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Blog Tips From the World Wide Blogosphere

September 28, 2006

Well, this week I have been very busy at my 9 to 5 job. In fact, this week I have been working on my 9 to five job from the time I get up in the morning to the time I go to sleep. So I have had very little time for my business (I have been thinking about it though).

In light of that, here are a few more good blog posts that I came across this week, that provide excellent blog tips:

Promoting and Marketing Your Business Blog

101 Ways To Run Out of Things to Blog About

Your Blogs Theme Doesnt Matter

10 Not So Obvious ways to promote your website

Don’t be ashamed to …

Happy reading…

How to Beat the Google Sandbox

September 27, 2006

I am still catching up on my regular blog reading and, I just finished reading this excellent post by Andy Hagans about beating the Google Sandbox. From experience, I can tell you that many of the things he advises in his article works well.

Our 2006 winter olympics site never got put in the sandbox, while most of my other sites have. As a result, we earned a good amount of money (over 3000 dollars) for the 2 months we spent blogging the 2006 winter olympics. One of the biggest reasons was all the great search engine traffic we got for our blog.

In my opinion, the best thing that happened to our site was all the links we got from authority sites. However, there were many factors that helped us out (like the domain name). Here is a list of a few of the factors that Andy mentioned that I believe kept us out of the sandbox:

1. Make a good site…
2. Get those easy trusted links…

  • Ultra-trusted directories…

  • Parasitic link sources…

  • Your existing sites…

We never intentionally created link bait. However, Jill did write some great posts that other people linked to.

Some other things we did can be found here. Also, I gave an overview of what we did traffic wise in the comments here. Probably, the best advice I gave in those comments was this:

The most important piece of advice I can give on getting traffic is to work on getting traffic from as many sources as possible. In other words, don’t throw all your eggs in one basket.

Anyway, go check out Andy’s article. It is a really good read. Then bookmark it, because you will want to refer back to it anytime you create a new site.

How to Create Link Bait

September 25, 2006

Link bait is fairly popular topic these days. Once things calm down for me at my 9-5 job, I am going to brainstorm some link bait ideas for some of my sites.

Since, I don’t have much time to write content myself this week, I wanted to direct you over to Aaron Wall’s SEO Book blog to go check out the following posts on link bait:

Digging for Links

Digg is for Dweebs: Free Link Bait Ideas

If you want a good link bait idea, just comment on the Digg is for Dweebs: Free Link Bait Ideas post of Aaron’s and he will give you ideas for free!


Please Keep The Fortins in Your Prayers

September 24, 2006

Michel Fortin’s wife Sylvie has a very severe form of breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes.

Michel is one of my favorite copywriters. He gives great advice on copywriting, Internet marketing, and website conversion both on his blog and on his copywriter’s forum. Please support Michel and Sylvie and keep them in your prayers.

To learn more about Sylvie’s condition click here.

New Poll – Should I add more writers to this blog?

September 22, 2006

My latest poll has recieved the fewest votes in a while for a poll of mine. It makes me believe that adding interviews to my blog, isn’t going to make a huge difference in the traffic. However, I am still going to consider doing occasional interviews. The results of the poll are listed below, but first I wanted to let you know about my new poll.

I have contemplated adding writers to this blog ever since I started it. I was wondering what you thought. Please, let me know by voting.

Now for my previous poll results:

If I start doing interviews on this blog, what would you like to learn about MOST from the Interviews?

  • Traffic Building: 33% (3)
  • Internet Marketing: 0% (0)
  • Blogging: 22% (2)
  • Website Conversion: 0% (0)
  • Affiliate Marketing: 11% (1)
  • Running a Business: 11% (1)
  • E-mail Marketing: 0% (0)
  • Website Monetization: 0% (0)
  • Web Design: 0% (0)
  • Joint Ventures: 11% (1)
  • Making Big Money Online: 11% (1)
  • Copywriting: 0% (0)
  • Other: 0% (0)

Total Votes : 9

Can You Make Money Blogging?

September 21, 2006

Many people ask me the question, “Can you really make money blogging?”

Well, yes you can!

But it takes time, a good niche, and good promotional skills.

I just came across this excellent article on CNN Money about making money blogging. For all of you aspiring to make big money blogging, check out the article for inspiration. It profiles several people who make really good money blogging.

Please, Please, Please Don’t Read this Post

September 20, 2006

Hey, didn’t you read the title?


Especially if you are at all interested in reading my blog. So come on, just go and read something else. Come back to this blog later in the week, or next time I have a new post…

You aren’t gone yet?

Ok, for those of you who insist on reading this, I mentioned the other day that I learned something last week that I hate to tell you. But since it is related to my business, and I do think it will benefit your business long term here goes…

Darren Rowse of Problogger is having a group writing project and he is asking people to write a “how to” post. So, you should stop reading this post and go enter his group writing project now…

You are still here???

Oh, alright… here’s my entry to Darren’s project:

How to save time and become more productive in seven simple steps:

1. Stop Reading Blogs
Yep, I hate saying this, but stop reading so many blog posts. In fact, take a week off from reading blogs. A lot of what you read is taking time away from important business tasks (writing content, promoting your products, etc.) What I suggest is making use of an RSS reader. Add all your favorite blogs to the reader and then browse the headlines. Only read the posts that intrigue you the most.

While I was ill, I only looked at posts that I thought had a high likelihood of containing advice that I didn’t already know.

2. Stop watching TV
Another one I hate writing. My wife and I write on three blogs that cover TV shows (onourtv, american idol, the apprentice) and yet I have to be honest with you. If you spend less time watching TV, you will have a lot more time for your business.

3. Stop reading the Newspaper
I used to read the newspaper every morning, but I gave that up about ten years ago. It saves a lot of time.

4. Stop watching/reading the News
While it can be useful to keep up with the weather and world news. You can stop reading a large majority of news stories, because most of it only serves as entertainment.

5. Stop participating in forums
Forums can be a good way to get traffic to your site. In fact, if that is one of your primary traffic generating techniques then you should ignore this one. However, if you spend a lot of time participating in forums that bring little or no traffic to your site, then you should consider at the very least restricting the time you spend on forums to some reasonable number of minutes per day. For instance, if you are currently spending three hours a day reading through forum posts, maybe you could try cutting that down to one hour a day. That will give you two extra hours a day (10 hours a week) to spend on your business.

6. Unsubscribe from Newsletters
Another one I hate to mention, but I personally am subscribed to tons of Internet Marketing newsletters. Most of them are just constant pitches without useful content. Some of them offer useful content, but for the most part it’s information I already know about. If you are in the same boat, it’s time to hit the unsubscribe button at the bottom of those newsletters. It’s just wasting valuable time you could be using on your business. Even taking time to delete the emails is valuable time you could be using for something else. Just Unsubscribe!

7. Take Time to Relax
Now this one may seem contradictory, but I have found that taking time to relax actually helps clear my head and make the time that I do work more productive. Over the last several months I have taken very little down time and yet I have become less and less productive. I think that when you take time to relax it helps you think clearer and function better. What this looks like will vary from person to person. For some, it might be taking a walk, saying a prayer, playing video games, meditating, going for a swim, playing tennis, etc. Whatever it is, make sure to make time to relax. It will give you more energy and help you achieve your goals.

There are many other ways to save time, like finding time saving technologies, etc. However, cutting back on your non-productive activities can save you a lot of time and give you more time for your business. Albeit, make sure to make time for your family as well. In fact, if you are making time for your business, but not for your family then use this advice to make time for your family and friends.

A good way to implement the steps above is to make a list of the things you want to accomplish each day. Then, prioritize the list. Once you complete some of your top priority items, reward yourself by reading some blog posts or news or playing that video game you like playing. Then get back to your list. Once you finish the entire list, then you can spend the rest of your free time doing whatever you want. But get the most important things out the way first. That way you won’t get caught up in the less important activities in your life.

So, stop reading this blog and make more time for yourself…

Uggh, I hated having to write that last sentence.

So Little Time

September 19, 2006

Last week I was ill and didn’t get much done with my online business.

Then on Friday I went to my wife’s family reunion at a State park in Oklahoma. We stayed in a cabin over the weekend and had a pretty good time. They had only one Internet connection at the Park. It was an ehternet jack at the Lodge. We stayed in cabins that didn’t have internet connections, so we weren’t on the net at all.

Now, that we are back in Houston I have something else that is going to be taking up most of my spare time. So, I won’t be working much at all on my business over the next two weeks.

What is interesting about all this?

Well, I have learned something very important from all of this. While it may seem unfortunate that I haven’t been able to spend much time on my business lately, it actually was a blessing in disguise. I learned an important lesson, that I plan on sharing later in the week. I am going to wait until later in the week to tell you, because in some ways I just hate to tell you what I learned.

A Purple Cow or Two

September 14, 2006

My brother sent me this site today, which I thought was an interesting Purple Cow. But then I searched the web and found this site, which one ups it.

One billion mazes, one trillion puzzles, I should print them all out for our trip to Oklahoma this weekend. First I will have to buy one trillion pieces of paper…

Anyway, I do think these sites are good examples of Purple Cows. They are certainly link worthy and remarkable.

Added some free Internet Marketing eBooks

September 13, 2006

I have been ill this week, so I haven’t spent much time blogging (or anything else). Anyway, I was going to send this out Sunday, but my blog caught my cold.

I added some free Internet Marketing ebooks by Dan Lok to my website. I am going to be doing a review of Dan’s product Instant Web Profits Systems fairly soon, but since I like the information in his free ebooks I thought I would go ahead and add them to my site.

I really like Instant Web Profits Systems, but it’s not for everyone! You should only consider buying it if you are selling a product or service. It’s not geared towards affiliate marketers or bloggers. It’s all about coverting website visitors into customers. I will tell you more when I do a full review of the product (probably in two weeks after my wife’s family reunion).

Also, I am strongly considering doing away with my week in review and just posting through out the week on various things I am doing to make money. Let me know what you think about that.

Whether or not you are interested in marketing a product or service I think that reading through the last two free ebooks (107 Killer Traffic Conversion Secrets and The World’s Greatest Marketing Stories )is well worth while, because there is some good free marketing advice in them. In fact, I learned something in The World’s Greatest Marketing Stories that is bound to impact the direction of my online ventures.

Special Note: I am not thriled with the “screw the golden rule” traffic conversion secret from 107 Killer Traffic Conversion Secrets, but I understand what Dan is saying. As with all ebooks, websites, etc. that I link to, I may not agree 100 percent with the auhtors.

PS. I am scheduled to go out of town on Friday, so you may not hear from me again until next week.

My Blog Must Have Caught My Cold

September 11, 2006

Is it possible for a blog to catch a cold?

I caught a cold last night that has been going around our house over the weekend. So I didn’t spend much time on the business (or anything else for that matter).

Sunday night I went to this blog to finish a post I started last week. To my surprise all I saw on my blog was a string of error messages that looked somethng like this:

WordPress database error: [User has exceeded the ‘max_questions’ resource (current value: 50000)]
SELECT option_value FROM wp_options WHERE option_name = ‘siteurl’ LIMIT 1

Unfortunately, my blog limits the amount of queries it does per hour. I had never run into this problem before. In fact, when we were blogging the olympics we got “WAY” more traffic than I ever get to this blog.

So what went wrong?

Well, it seems that the plug-in I recently installed to show related posts was creating too many queries to the database. This is partially because of the WordPress Template that I am using and partially because of how many posts I was showing on the main page.

Anyway, for now I have removed the plug-in.

The good news is that my blog has gotten over it’s cold! The bad news is that my fever and stuffed nose are signs that I am not quite over my cold yet…

How to get Bloggers to Promote Your Business

September 8, 2006

I ran across this excellent article the other day on how to get bloggers to promote your business. It’s definitely worth a read for all of you trying to get more traffic to your site.

Bloggers have given our new wiki (Know Homeschooling) most of it’s traffic and we have been very happy with the results.

Update: One further note, several bloggers have gotten me to write about their business just by asking or by leaving comments on my blog.

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