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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Link Back Project

I discovered this on my buddy John's blog and figured I'd give it a go.

This is a simple procedure. You might have seen it done elsewhere on a few scarce weblogs. What is different, is that when we reach a certain point on the list, we start yet another one. Instead of one master list and its done, we will repeat the process over and over again, with new folks jumping on board. These back links combined with the social networking friends status will affect all areas of search engine algorithms.

-=This List Will Stop At 100, then the next phase will start=-

To participate is simple:

Visit The Linkback Project

Copy This Post & The Updated List from The Linkback Project into a blog post of your own.

Add Your Link to the list at the bottom.

Comment On the original post at LBP so that the list will be updated with your link.

Make sure the list links and names are in place on your weblog post.

Digg, Stumble, Tag, and Reddit all of us, spread the word, get more on board.

Be sure to check back to The Linkback Project often for the updated list and update your own!


1. The Linkback Project
2. All About Crime
3. Foolsville
4. Guy Vestal
5. SunEGrl Loves To Shop
6. Great Ways to Make Money Online
7. Shabam Development
8. CoffeeCoffeeCoffee~the blog
9. Kinky Personification
10. Da Kinky Kid Speaks
11. Josh Ottley Dot Com
12. Cebu Entrepreneur
13. Random Detoxification
14. PoeARTica
15. CoolAdzine for Marketers
16. Best Blog in the Universe
17. Ctrl + Alt + Delete : Personal random journal and reviews
18. the blog lab
19. Bradley Hankins
20. The Radical Blog
21. Get Rich Quick !? Really ??
22. Musikalye - Music is a two-way street
23. Planeta Turismo Activo
24. Swollen Pickles
27. Picture to People
28. Your Fun Family
29. Mob Me
30. Healthy Moola
31. Champagne Dreams
32. David Rader
33. Gossip Girls
34. Before I am Famous
35. SUPLADO Online Reviews
36. Salsa Faith
37. BigMoneyList
38. Emmsy’s Stuff
39. That Blog 4 Me
40. Hey Just Blog
41. A little bit of THIS & THAT
42. Poker Forums
43. Blogging Tips
44. Journal of Journey
46. Download Applications, Themes for Smart Phones
47. Memory This
48. Make Money Online from Earth
49. Dare to be Rare
50. Your One Stop Information Center
51. Reality of Legal World
52. Nita's Random Thoughts
53. Nita's Corner
54. Great Finds and Deals
55. Thomas Travel Tales
56. Filipino Online Community
57. Batuananons
58. My Wandering Thoughts
59. Erlinda's Wandering Thoughts
60 Thomas Web Links
61. Aeropama Dot Com
62. Nita's Ramblings
63. Junior IM Dot Com
64. Internet Marketing Expose
65. Hasbullah Pit
66. Tangan Yang Menghayun Buaian
67. Jejak Sahabat SMSP
68. Blog Sempoi
69. More Cowbell!
70. Blog Anak Raja
71. Malaysian Digest
72. Encik Beliau : Interesting Tips
73. Ariyako `news of software, hardware, technology, tips and tricks”
74. Techno Zone
75. Hidup Biar Sedap
76. Inside Of Nasz
77. Blog Farahaznil
78. Mezain
79. Simply ONE Saffawati
80. Suara Dari Keyboard Daddy
81. 24 Patrol
82. ketuk_angel
83. Koogita
84. Artikel Komputer & Internet
85. Sagittarius Wifey
86. Aeirin's Collections
87. MerapuLand
88. Ima Blogger
89. Morphed
90. The Techsta Blog
91. Mother’s Got a Dot Com
92. Mutiara Hati
93. The Unemployed Dad
94. Entertainment Daily
95. Life From A Cat's Perspective
96. Comedy Plus
97. Daytona Beach Real Estate
98. laketrees
99. EconoIndicators
101. Everything Wordpress : Blog Installation Service
102. mar1masri
103. Reflections by Mariz
104. Link Building


Phase 2 coming Soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Making Changes With EntreCard & Do Follow

Wow... It's been over a month since I posted anything on here! I wonder if I have any readers left... lol... Sorry folks... I have been focusing on other projects, making changes and additions to my online endeavors with another new blog and a forum while exploring some different ways of building traffic.

For starters... I have changed the way in which I use entrecard. For quite some time I was dropping 300 cards per day with both of my entrecard blogs and was getting an average of 160 - 170 return drops for each blog per day. It was very time consuming to drop 600 cards a day and although it was generating traffic... it wasn't quality traffic... the vast majority was "drop & run" which only served to bring up my bounce rate... so now... I am being more selective with my card dropping... taking the time to actually read the blogs that I am dropping cards on, and leaving comments when I have something intelligent to say... no spamming. I have also removed my "u drop - i follow" badge because quite simply... I am no longer immediately returning drops... sometimes it takes me a few days now. Of course I have noticed a substantial decline in my entrecard traffic... however it is now of a much higher quality... with people actually spending time on my blog, reading, subscribing and leaving comments.

I have also joined the Do follow movement with all off my blogs so that we can all share some of that "Google Juice"... All Blogger templates, by default, have the Nofollow attribute built into their comments mainly to discourage comment spam. However, by removing this attribute, it encourages people to comment on your blog because they realize that links in comments are being followed by the google spiders. It's acyually quite easy to remove the Nofollow attribute for both comments and backlinks in Blogger blogs. For detailed instructions and lots of other cool tips and tricks for Blogger blogs... check out Blogger For Dummies.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The 80/20 Rule... What Do You Think?

This post was actually inspired by a reader's comment on my last post. Thanks for planting the seed Rick :-)

Also known as The Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule basically states that, for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes orin other words, 20% of your efforts create 80% of your results. An example of how this could apply in business could be that 80% of your income is generated from 20% of your customers, which I have found to be fairly accurate in my own business. An example in blogging could be that 80% of your comments come from 20% of your readers, if your lucky... lol

Rick Vaughn said...

"As an avid reader of everything business. I'm a firm believer of the 80/20 rule. Marketing should be 80 percent of your time with 20 percent devoted to content. What do you think?"

Now... Rick is obviously looking at this from a unique perspective which I find very cool. He's not talking about the 80% being an effect of the 20% cause, but rather a relationship between two causes (marketing and content) to create a desired effect (success, readers, money etc.)

So let's think about that for a minute...

It's certainly and unfortunately true that a crappy product with a brilliant marketing campaign will most likely be more successful than a brilliant product with a crappy marketing campaign; but with respect to blogging, does this really mean that you should focus the majority of your time on marketing rather than on content. I don't really think so, especially not in the early stages of your blog or in a highly competitive niche.

I'm a firm believer in creating quality content first and the rest will follow. I'm not saying forget about marketing because it is absolutely critical to success, however I believe that you're much better off focusing on making your content stand out from the rest before you over-publicize a "mediocre at best" blog which could totally backfire on you.

So... What's the perfect ratio?... In my humble opinion... I would shoot for 50/50... you can start with the 80/20 but with 80% of your time focused on content.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Time Is Money!

"Time is money." It's a very simple and very old expression, and also very true. Being in business for myself, I have learned that in order to be successful, time management is absolutely critical. There are many different aspects to any business of which an appropriate amount of time must be spent on each in order for that business to grow and prosper. Being able to "multi-task" is certainly helpful for the "day-to-day routine activities" however focused, individualized attention must be spent in areas such as research & product development, advertising & marketing, customer relations etc.

The same is true for building a successful online business or a successful blog. With respect to blogging, we've all been told that quality content and regular posting is the key, but if no one knows it's there it's pretty damn useless. So then we start searching for ways to build traffic and get ourselves some readers. There are a million & one ways out there to do this and it can become a "total time sucker" causing you to slack off on creating quality content and posting regularly. This can cause a negative effect on your blog because the last thing you should want to do is attract new readers to a stale and boring blog.

So, here's my advice. Make a schedule and stick to it. Write it down, put it on your calender and most importantly, keep it realistic. Choose the days and times that you will devote to your blog, whether it be an hour or two a day or 10 hours every Sunday and then break that time up for all the different areas that you want to concentrate on, but remember; we all have a life outside of the blogging world, so don't forget about your family and friends or your real job :-)

Friday, May 2, 2008

How Many MMO Blogs Really Make Money?

Let me start out by apologizing for not posting here in almost a month. I do run my own contracting company and with spring time finally upon us I have been extremely busy which is a very good thing especially considering how crappy the economy is and the real estate and new home construction markets have been in the toilet for quite some time now.

So back to MMO Blogs. How many really make money? My personal opinion is probably not very many. There are so many of them out there which makes it a very difficult niche to break into and actually make some coin in the process. Also; sooo much of the same old crap is rehashed on 42 million different blogs so therefore most have no real value and carry a certain stigma. I'm sure that if you've read more than a few, you've seen it for yourself. Unless you are extremely passionate about making money online and spend a lot of time actually doing it you will never have a successful MMO blog.

I'm relatively new to the blogging world and have already seen quite a few come and go. It seems that a great many new bloggers start blogging for the wrong reason, to make money, it doesn't start rolling in quick enough and next thing you know the blog is abandoned. If your going to be a successful blogger you should love to write and also love what you're writing about. Yeah, I know... we all love money, but that should be secondary and it will come. If your just in it for the money, people will smell ya from a mile away which is the biggest reason why the MMO blog is so difficult to be successful with just because of what it is...duh...a make money blog.

Honestly, my personal blog is much more successful than this one. I have more readers and much more active participation from those readers and because of that it makes more money. The funny thing is that both were started with basically the same intention, to tell a story. Both blogs are monetized but neither are designed for the sole purpose of making money. For this blog specifically, I'll continue to tell you what works for me and what doesn't. The programs that I recommend... they work and they make me money...the blog itself... not so much yet, but I'll definitely let you know if, when and how that changes.