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Google Adsense Might Have Broken the Camel’s Back

January 18, 2007

Google Adsense Terms of Service have just changed. Jensense has this great post about the ramifications of the change. Jensense should be in every Adsense advertiser’s list of feeds. She has always given great updates on the TOS for Google. At first she did it via posts on webmasterworld, but now she does it from her blog.

Anyway, Jennifer does a great job of making sense of the Adsense TOS changes and I highly recommend you check out her post.

It looks like none of the changes will affect my sites and blogs, but with all the restrictions I can see why Darren Rowse (who I first found this story from) says:

I’ve already heard from a number of publishers that if given the choice between AdSense and YPN that they’ll jump to YPN because of the less stringent requirements – this change has put one too many hoops to jump through in front of some publishers.

Google might have just added the straw that broke the camel’s back. Personally, I really like Adsense and I don’t plan on switching to YPN. However, the constant changes to the Adsense TOS are getting to be annoying. I do plan on experimenting with YPN at some point. It certainly has the advantage of being less restrictive and there is something to be said for that.

MyBlogLog Quick Update – Join my Community

January 17, 2007

Now that I have started playing around with mybloglog, I discovered that I should have created a community to go with this blog. So now I have a community page. Feel free to join it.

Anyway, I like mybloglog so far. It will be interesting to see if it makes any difference in my traffic.

Add Me As a Friend on MyBlogLog

January 17, 2007

I just added MyBlogLog’s recent readers widget to the right navigation of my blog. If you have a mybloglog account go add me as a contact/friend by clicking here and clicking the “add as contact” button.

I look forward to networking with you on myBlogLog.

Best Blog Post of 2006

January 17, 2007

In 2005, the best business blog post that I read was this post from Alice Seba.

In 2006 there were a lot of excellent business related blog posts. However, at the end of 2006 Anik Signal (aff) posted what I considered to be the best blog post of 2006. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you go check it out. In fact, I highly recommend that you read it more than once.

My Todo List For January 2007

January 16, 2007

After getting back from vacation, I decided to make a quick summary of some of the things I want to do in January for my online business. In no particular order here is my todo list for January 2007:

1. Hire a Traffic Assistant
Austin mentioned this site called to me the other day. I am looking for ways to outsource some of my tasks and this looks like it could be a very cost effective method of bringing in more traffic to my websites. This should free up some time to do other tasks. I do love getting traffic to my sites, so I will still do some work on it myself. It’s just that after I hire a traffic assistant, I won’t be doing as much of it myself. I will let you know how it works out.

2. Get Active on
I joined it a month ago, but haven’t done anything with mybloglog yet. Now that Yahoo has bought it, I should definitely get started making use of it.

3. Do my Taxes
Any volunteers to do my taxes for free?

I am not a big of fan working on my taxes, but it’s something I have to do.

4. Promote our American Idol Blog and Homeschooling Wiki
Our American Idol blog is a pretty decent money maker during the season. Jill will be writing on it a lot. It is one of my favorite blogs, because I am big fan of American Idol and because Jill does the writing.

On the other hand, our homeschooling wiki is the site I want to focus the most on for the first quarter of 2007.

5. Work/mentor/network with Austin of Trust My Mechanic

Austin and I are working on a quick project that takes precedence over all my other work. I figure Austin is making his living online and if he has an idea that might help me get there faster I should try it. I am learning a lot from Austin, and I hope to continue building a friendship with him (as he is a very nice person).

6. Keep up with my Blogs

Keeping up with my blogs can be a lot of work.

7. Make a Solid Business Plan
Goes without saying that this is important.

8. Write my Next Newsletters

I put out a newsletter for an ebook I wrote about website traffic. It wasn’t exaxctly as successful as I had hoped at the time. I would do things WAY differently now than I did at the time I created that ebook. However, it was a great learning experience.

Anyway, I write a free monthly internet marketing newsletter, where I talk about some things that I don’t cover on this blog. This month, I plan on writing about a Search Engine Optimization technique that I use and see ton’s of other top ranking websites use to get higher rankings from the Search Engines.

9. Sort through the JV offers I got while I was on Vacation
I recieved about 4 Joint Venture offers while I was on vacation and I need to determine which ones look the best. They are all Internet Marketing related.

10. Pray
Yes, you read that right. I have to pray about my business. When I don’t pray about my business it seems to just putter along, when I do pray about it doors open up. At least that has been my experience so far.

I have a lot of work left for the rest of this month. The first part of this month was consumed by a vacation, but the vacation reinforced some things that I learned towards the end of 2006 (in particular this and this).

I am Back From Florida

January 15, 2007

I got back from Florida late Saturday night. I went from playing on the beach in Clearwater Florida to preparing for an ice/snow storm in Houston. Somehow that just doesn’t seem right, does it?

Anyway, I have a lot of catching up to do with my email, blog comments, rss reading, blog posting, etc. But first I am off to finish preparing for the ice storm…

I didn’t plan on doing this but…

January 11, 2007

I decided to go through some of my email this evening, even though I am still on vacation and I came across something that looked real interesting.

Scott Boulch the author of “The Death of Adsense” came out with a new free ebook “The Autopsy” that looks like it will be a good read. I am going to download it when I get back to Texas and take a look at it. You can click here and go check it out for yourself and let me know if it’s any good. I think you also get some sort of bonus mp3 for referring 3 or more people to it, but I haven’t really looked closely at the details yet.

My friend Austin is friends with someone who was heavily involved in the original “Death of Adsense” book. I may talk more about that some other time, but… now back to vacationing!

Fun and Sun – Still on Vacation

January 11, 2007

My family vacation is coming close to an end. We had a great time at Disney and have had a lot of fun at my parents house in Tampa. I may write more about the vacation later, but I just wanted to pop in and let you know I have been having a great time here in Florida.

I have a lot of email to read when I get back. It’s been nice taking a vacation away from everything. I have only written 1 blog post (for the season premier of the apprentice) on this vacation. I have spent most of my time away from the Internet, which has also been nice. It reminds me of the good old days… (I didn’t really say that, did I?)

Anyway, I am sure I will have lots of interesting things to tell you about when I get back to Texas. I just wanted to let you know that I am still around and having a great break. See you when I get back.

How Thai Food Changed My Business Direction

January 3, 2007

A few weeks ago, I had Lunch with Austin C. Davis of Trust My Mechanic at a Thai food restaraunt in town.

Austin lives a lifestyle that many of us would like to live. He works 3-4 hours a day/5 days a week on his website business and spends the rest of his time with his family, and at his church. He vacations a lot and lives a very comfortable life.

He doesn’t spend all day blogging, and/or reading blogs. He is not tied down to a regular work schedule. He can take a week off and continue to make money. His visitors don’t expect him to be adding content on a daily basis (although he often does).

His web business pretty much fits most of the first goals I ever had for a web business:

1. Work 20 hours a week
2. Make more than enough money to live off
3. Spend time with my family
4. Don’t work 60 hour weeks
5. Help those in need

The last few months I have been thinking that something needs to change in my business. Jill and I had really good success with the Winter Olympics blog, but Jill had to put in a lot of hours to write about the Olympics. While it was fun for a short period of time, it was very time consuming. I don’t think blogging is the ideal way for ME to earn MOST of my income.

Don’t get me wrong, I will still be blogging and Jill will still be blogging. However, I am going to be focusing on activities that I know from past experience (and from Austin’s advice) will bring me the most amount of money with the least amount of work.

What does that mean for this blog?

Since, I really enjoy writing on this blog, you won’t see much of a change on this blog.

As for what other projects I am going to work on besides blogging…

I have several things in mind, but the first thing I will be working on is a project with Austin, that could bring in some good money. Even if it doesn’t, I have learned some very valuable lessons from Austin that will affect my business direction in 2007.

Now, I am off to Florida, be back on the 15th. See you when I get back…

While I am Out There Will be Tons of Product Launches

January 2, 2007

I will be going on vacation this Thursday, so after Thursday it will be quite difficult to get in touch with me. I will be spending very little time blogging while on my vacation. We are heading over to visit my parents in Tampa and we are going to spend a few days in Disney World. We will actually be spending my birthday and Jill’s birthday in Disney World.

If you own The Product Launch Formula you know that there are going to be a lot of product launches while I am in Florida. This is both good and bad…

Good – because I won’t be tempted to buy proucts I don’t need.

Bad – because there are products I am seriously interested in buying and won’t be available to buy them on the days they launch, which means I will have to pay more for them.

The one product I am most interested in buying is launching on January 10th – Joel Comm’s Instant Adsense Templates membership site. I will be in Disney World when it launches, which means there isn’t much of a chance I will be able to sign up the first two days it is offered.

In the world of blogging, the biggest blogging product being launched has already been launched. It is the half price deal that Andy Wibbels is giving on all of his blogging products combined. He is calling it the Season Pass. For those interested in becoming professional bloggers, I recommed you click here and check out Andy’s offer.

Anyway, you can expect one or two more posts from me, before I head off to Florida. Then I won’t be posting much (if at all) until I get back.

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