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Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?

October 12, 2007

There were some rather interesting posts and developments this week. Most of them were about Google. So instead of my normal “Internet marketing tips from the web” post, this post should be titled “Internet marketing tips from the Googlesphere”.

Hmmm… Did I just create a new term?

I will have to go “Yahoo” it… back in a sec.

Nope, Yahoo shows 999 results for Googlesphere, rats!

Anyway, the biggest news of the week across the blogosphere was that Google is lowering the pagerank of sites that sell text link advertising. I don’t know if this includes buying and selling banner links or not, but it should since banner ads normally don’t use the no-follow tag.

I think that those who made this decision at Google don’t understand how powerful the blogosphere really is, or they expect most bloggers to act like sheep and fully support Google.

Here are some of the many posts I have read this week about paid links causing websites to lose Google page rank:

Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google (I read it here first)

Part Three – NoFollow is for Blog Spam…no Paid Text Links, wait…Paid Ads…Aww Heck, Just Stop Linking and Let Calacanis Decide the Rankings

Penalty Confirmed – But I Don’t Sell PageRank

Dancing With The Gevil – Defamed By Google?

Garry Conn and Google

How to Profit from Google’s War on Paid Links

Last, but not least, Aaron Wall pretty much takes the words out of my mouth on this topic:

Google is Becoming Wikipedia Without the Talk Page

So, what am I going to do about this issue?

I haven’t decided yet. On the one hand, I have come up with a plan that could REALLY tick off Google, on the other hand I can be a sheep. Decisions, decisions...

In other news…

Tiny start-up rival to Google?
A new company called Proximic has come up with a very cool new technology. From the sounds of things it might become a great way to monetize your site and be a huge competitor to Google’s Adsense. Microsoft, Yahoo, Google… let the bidding wars begin!

Lastly, I got an email from Google’s Adsense program last night about a new service that lets you make money from YouTube videos. I am very excited about the possibilities for some of my other blogs.

That’s it for now…

How Much Would You Sell Your Blog For?

September 20, 2007

Recently, an Internet marketer who sells quite a few info products, approached me about buying my blog. I wasn’t really considering putting this blog up for sale, but I decided it would not hurt to see what he had to offer.

He wanted me to get back to him with a price, so I had to do some pricing research. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the prices that blogs normally sell for. From doing research, it seemed like fair market value for the blog would be somewhere between 12,000 and 30,000. When I looked at my current plans and made a realistic estimate at next years profits from this blog I came up with a higher number than 12,000-30,000. So, I went ahead and asked for a price that was over 30,000 dollars. I don’t want to give specific numbers in case someone else offers to buy my blog in the future. Also, the number I gave was higher than the number I would have taken.

I personally just couldn’t see selling this blog for it’s fair market value, because of the plans that I have for it. If he had made an offer at the upper end of it’s fair market value, I would have seriously considered it. I am glad he didn’t make an offer that was in my “I don’t know” range. He made it quite easy to turn down the offer.

The price I ultimately asked for was pretty close to the numbers being discussed in the sale of the Blog Herald. The potential buyer let me know that on average he was buying similar blogs to mine for under 10,000 dollars. He actually, gave me an exact number, but I don’t want to reveal it.

That’s when I changed from selling mood to buying mood!

I mean if I could buy a bunch of blogs with similar content and traffic to mine for under 10,000 dollars each… I am pretty sure I could make my money back in no time and have a nice network of blogs for fairly cheap. Alternatively, I could buy other people’s blogs, monetize them better and then flip them. That’s actually a business I would really enjoy.

Needless to say I have not sold my blog. However, the conversations I had with the potential buyer did help me to think more about what I need to do with this blog to make it more remarkable.

So, after going through this whole process, I am REALLY interested in knowing…

What would you be willing to sell your blog for?

Take the poll below and/or leave a comment to let me know.

Internet Marketing Tips 8/24/2007

August 24, 2007

I am starting this week’s links with something different. It’s not an article on Internet marketing, but it is a great example of drawing readers in with a story:

LOT OF POKEMON CARDS THAT MY KIDS TRIED TO SNEAK BY ME
In this ad on ebay, a mom with her hands full tells a great story to sell some pokemon cards. I love this story! It is funny and makes you want to read every last word. Because the ad was so witty it has become quite viral. The person who wrote the ad, also has a blog at http://mom2my6pack.blogspot.com/ which is getting TONS of new traffic. Not only that, but she got over $100 for something that would have cost about $3. You can learn a lot from this story, be sure to check it out.

Google Proxy Hacking: How A Third Party Can Remove Your Site From Google SERPs
Dan Thies writes about a Google hack that really needs to be fixed. Black hat SEO gurus can use it to remove your site from the SERPs, just like they did to Brad Fallon’s wedding favors site last year.

Summer Slowdown Myth
Alice Seba says we should ask the question “Is it your market or you who is slowing down?” Very interesting post. I personally have not seen a slow down in traffic this summer, but I have had a slowdown in comments.

How To Launch A Membership Site – Part 4: Content and Pricing
Yaro continues his membership site series with part 4 – “Content and Pricing”. In part 4 Yaro discusses how to choose the right price for your membership site. He also discusses what type of content to provide to your members and how to provide it.

How To Launch A Membership Site – Part 5: Triggers
In part 5 of Yaro’s series, he covers pyscological triggers. I like his disclaimer at the start of the start article, because the idea of using triggers to make people buy is a hard one for me to come to grips with ethically. Ultimately, the money we earn is directly or indirectly a result of advertising that uses phsycological triggers to get us to buy. Love it or hate it that’s just the way things are.

How Not Knowing Something Makes You More Of An Expert
Very good read about what makes you an expert in your niche.

Will The FTC Investigate Google & Matt Cutts For Paid Links?
Andy Beard takes an interesting look at Google’s stand on paid links. I don’t think the FTC will ever attack Matt Cutts for the lack of disclosure on his blog. If he worked for Microsoft it might be a different story…

This World – This Next Activity Map
This Next is a new social shopping site. What is really cool is the activity map (see link above). You can actually watch people buy stuff in real time. It shows what people are buying and where they are buying it from. Very cool! Found via Jack Humphrey.

Defeating Self-Limiting Thoughts
Chris Garrett wrote a nice post about staying confident and positive by removing negative thoughts. If you want to have long term success online, you need to stay positive.

WEB USERS NOW SPEND HALF THEIR TIME VISITING CONTENT, FAR OUTPACING TIME SPENT WITH SEARCH, COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMERCE
Very interesting study showing changes in the way people are using the Internet. How can you use this to your advantage?

That’s it for this week’s Internet marketing tips from around the web.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 8/3/2007

August 3, 2007

Along with my regular reads, I found a few new blogs in my search for good reading this week. Here are the articles and posts that I really enjoyed this week…

Lunar Pages – The Worst Mistake A Webhost Can Make…
This was an interesting conversation that I participated in. I had already picked Lunarpages as the company I was going to host my new project with, and then I stumbled across this post on Andy Beard’s blog. Uggh! Back to the drawing board.

The Saboteurs Of Search
This article is the reason for one of the questions I asked Aaron Wall in my interview with him earlier this week. In the Forbes article, Matt Cutts confirms that it is possible to hurt your competitors websites by pointing lots of bad links at it. This is a MAJOR flaw with the Search Engines. They should not be penalizing sites for too many and or bad inbound links. If anything, they just shouldn’t count them. found via Threadwatch (which just closed down).

Why You Probably Won’t Survive as an Independent Consultant
This fictional story makes a good point about running a consulting business.

Should I Date My Blog?
Dawud had an interesting discussion about removing timestamps from your blog. I am still in the pro-dating camp, but I understand the reasons for leaving off dates.

What Type of Blogger Are You?
Chris Garrett’s poll is kind of cool. I am a little surprised by the results so far.

Run a First Time Reader Audit on Your Blog
If you are a blogger and you don’t read Darren’s blog on regular basis, then what’s wrong with you? Anyway, this month Darren is running a 31 day challenge to help you improve your blog. I really liked the idea for day 2. I have never done that before with any of my blogs. It would definitely be interesting to see the results.

That’s it for this week’s reading…

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 7/20/2007

July 20, 2007

I have been under the weather all week, so I have done very little blog reading and blog writing for that matter. Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources
Excellent list of open source web design resources.

Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Website Traffic Metrics with Google Analytics
The title pretty much says it all.

Does it Take a PhD to Read Your Content?
Good reminder for those of us who tend to use big words in our writing.

You wanted my secrets now you have them!
A very interesting look at how Amanda is raking in money with paid ads.

Sometimes It’s Better to Hit Delete
Personally, I am not into writing “controversial” posts, but I know many people are. Do you ever wish you had deleted a post, before publishing it?

Free Internet Marketing Tips Video
Lastly, this video from Eben Pagan (formerly known as David DeAngelo) has some solid Internet marketing tips in it.

3 Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 7/13/2007

July 13, 2007

In this Friday the thirteenth version of my Internet marketing tips from around the web, I am only going to write about 3 posts that I read this week. This is in keeping with Daniel’s Big Three Project, which caused me to read through 115 posts to come up with a top 20 list. If that wasn’t enough blog reading, I went ahead and read three more posts this week:

1. What is a Blog Post Really?
This post was prompted by Jakob Nielsen’s article “Write Articles, Not Blog Postings” that kind of disses blogging. I don’t think that Jakob get’s that blogging isn’t just about the article, it’s about the conversation.

2. Comment Spammers the End of Do-Follow Movement?
Based on the comment I left, I obviously agree with Chris’ final decision on the matter. Whatever he decided, I would still be a reader of his blog, because it is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs to keep up with.

3. Why Text Link Ads Work For Me!
Amanda has had some really great results with selling text link ads and doing paid reviews to make money on her blogs. If you are interested in blogging for money, I highly suggest you keep an eye on what she is doing with her blogs.

In case you missed it… here is my top 20 list from Daniel’s project.

Here’s Why You Should Try The Affiliate Classroom

July 11, 2007

After going through the Stompernet trial, I decided to compare it to other membership programs that I have tested out. There were two membership programs that I felt beat the pants off stompernet in terms of bang for your buck. One of the programs is the Affiliate Classroom (the other is Easy Profit Auctions).

Here’s the deal. The Affiliate Classroom gives you everything you need to succeed as an affiliate marketer.

They have recently revamped the Affiliate Classroom to make it even better than when I first I checked it out. One of the best new features they have added is a complete step by step online system for creating successful affiliate sites. This brand new system even tracks your progress all the way through and you can use the system for as many projects as you want. In my opinion, it is a perfect way for beginners to start making money online.

My personal favorite part of the Affiliate Classroom is the case studies. The case studies review various affiliate marketing products/techniques and give honest feedback on their results. If you join the Affiliate Classroom, you have to read the case studies. They are VERY helpful.

Another thing I like are the monthly interviews. They provide lots of solid Internet Marketing information in the monthly interviews.

The Affiliate Classroom also has live conference calls, which I found to be very unique and definitely excellent for beginners.

It also provides free ebooks and information that teaches you everything from HTML to Search Engine Optimization. With all the tutorials and books available in the Affiliate Classroom, a beginner really has everything they need to start up a successful affiliate marketing business.

You can ask questions directly to the affiliate classroom coaches or you can ask questions on the private forum and get back answers directly from the owner Anik Signal.

If you are new to affiliate marketing, I suggest that before joining the Affiliate Classroom you read through the free sitesell book The Affiliate Masters Course. Then if you are still interested in affiliate marketing, but you feel like you need more help and/or personal coaching, then you should join the Affiliate Classroom.

While there are some pretty interesting tidbits of information for seasoned affiliate marketers, I think the Affiliate Classroom is best suited for beginners and intermediate level affiliate marketers. However, if you’ve been online for a while making money in other ways, but you’re ready to add affiliate marketing to your arsenal, this product would definitely make it easier to make that transition.

The price is pretty awesome, especially for a program that is loaded with so much information. Right now, you can get a 2 week trial membership for a dollar. That’s a pretty hard deal to pass up…

Click here to learn more about the Affiliate Classroom

Quick Reminder – Wednesday Is The Last Day!

June 26, 2007

I just wanted to post a quick reminder that Wednesday is the last day you can join Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind course at the discounted rate. If you have any doubts about signing up, you can always take it for a test drive. Yaro is offering a 30 day money back guarantee. Thirty days should give you plenty of time to evaluate it.

If you want to join Yaro’s Blog Mastermind program at the discounted rate, then click here to sign up now.

Quick Reminder – Blog Mastermind Program Starts Thursday

June 20, 2007

As you know from reading my interview with Yaro Starak, Yaro knows what he is talking about when it comes to blogging. Yaro is a professional blogger who makes over $5000 dollars a month from blogging. Yaro has just launched a brand new Blog Mastermind mentoring program for people who want to work from home full-time as a part-time blogger.

Considering how much I respect Yaro as a professional blogger, I really think that those who want to improve their blogging skills will benefit by joining his program.

The program is less than $100 a month to become a member. When you join you get direct access to your own blog mentor. Not only that, but Yaro has put together lessons, audios, and vidoes that reveal how to make money from your blog.

If you are new to blogging or you are looking to take your blogging to another level, I really believe that Yaro can help you do that.

You can learn more about Yaro’s mentoring program by clicking here.

Let me know if you decide to join.

Internet Marketing Tips From The Web 6/8/2007

June 8, 2007

Oh my goodness, I barely did any reading this week. I have been very focused on my new project. Here are a few articles read this week (mostly this morning) that I thought might interest you.


John Chow vs Darren Rowse

My friend Garry just asked some great questions on his blog about Darren Rowse and John Chow. You can see my answer in the comments of his post.

Is Your Blog Truly Valuable?
Chris Garrett’s guest post on problogger about the value of your blog was terrific. Go check it out.

Should We Remove the Timestamp?
Apparently some bloggers are starting to remove the time stamp from their posts. I came across this on one blog recently, and I thought to myself,
“When in the world did they write this? Was it this week or last month?”

It actually bothered me quite a bit. I was planning on adding their post to this list of weekly reads, but when I couldn’t find a timestamp I decided not to add it. Check out what other’s say about it, by reading Daniel’s post.

How to Make Salesletters Interactive
Really great idea for people selling a product. I like that Michel included the javascript code. Since I am currently in the early stages of creating two products, I will keep this in mind when it’s time to create the sales letter page.

PS. In the next few weeks I plan on discussing my blog traffic challenge results. I also plan on discussing my stompernet experience. Plus, I plan on making an exciting announcement about this blog.

My Review Of Blog Profits Blueprint By Yaro Starak

June 1, 2007

Recently, I was fortunate enough to do an interview with Yaro Starak. He had some great things to say about blogging and blog monetization. Now Yaro has released a FREE ebook called Blog Profits Blueprint. I just finished reading it, and I found it to be a really worthwhile read.

Blog Profits Blueprint is a very practical introduction to making money with blogs. In the book Yaro covers blog traffic, blog monetization, networking, the biggest mistakes bloggers make, and more. One of my favorite things about the book is that Yaro gives you a realistic picture of making money from blogging. This is not a get rich quick scheme.

Yaro’s discussion of information overload on page 50 made a significant impact on me. Information overload often keeps me from taking action in my business, and if you have the same problem, you really must read what Yaro has to say about dealing with this common distraction. Even if you don’t struggle in this area, you should read what he has to say to keep it from becoming a problem down the road.

You do have to give your email address to get the book, which may bother some people, but other than that, there is no downside to checking out the book. It’s free information, and reading it will definitely be worth the time you invest. The report is just over 50 pages and is a pretty quick read, but you’ll want to set aside time to go back and look over the ideas, digest them a bit and decide which of them you need to put into practice.

Overall, Blog Profits Blueprint is a really good read, and I recommend it for bloggers, whether you’re just starting out or an experienced blogger. You can click here to get it now.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Net 6/1/2007

June 1, 2007

This week I still didn’t manage to read all my favorite blogs. Here are some of the better Internet Marketing blog posts and articles I read this week…

10 Signs That You’re A Lazy Blogger
Kumiko cracks me up sometimes. If I had things to do over I would make this blog more humorous like hers is. I had to include this, because it was so funny!

I Wanna Be a Rich Blogger
This is a good post from Gayla. It echoes some of the sentiments I have seen from many professional bloggers.

I’ve Tried That
I found this new blog called “I’ve tried that” (actually the owner emailed me about it) and I checked it out. Anyway, I think this blog has a lot of potential. The description for the blog says it all, “We lose money so you don’t have to!” Pretty clever. I highly suggest you read the post on sales letters, it is funny (warning:it does contain a little bit of colorful language)

Finding and Connecting With Bloggers and Targeting Blog Audiences
Really good post by Chris on connecting with other bloggers. It reminds me of what I have been doing a lot of the last 6 months.

Networking within your Blog Niche: Seven Essential Tips for Bloggers
While we are on the topic of networking, Maki also wrote a nice article on networking this week. Guess it’s networking week!

The man who owns the Internet
I came across this on accident. It’s a really good article about someone making quite a bit of money online doing something that I am not fond of. However, I don’t find what he is doing to be morally wrong. What do you think of the way he makes his money online?

Create a Project plan in 5 easy steps

I have been working on an action plan for the family business project we are working on and I decided to look to see if I could find a good article on project planning. Since I was already using Microsoft Project to create a timeline for the project, I found this to be a really useful article.

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