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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.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Increase Your Traffic With EntreCard!

I have just recently signed up for an account with EntreCard and I must say the increase in my traffic is phenomenal! Sign up is free and the increase in traffic is almost instant! It's quick, it's easy and it's fun!

I see it as a blog networking goup, very similar to a business networking group. You create a card that is sort of like an online business card for your blog. When you visit the blogs of other EntreCard members, you can "drop" your card for them, giving them the opportunity to view your blog and also earning you credits for a variety of things such as advertising on other members' blogs.

Other members will also request to advertise on your blog, which earns you even more credits! And; of course you have the right to approve or deny any and all "advert requests. As we all know the key to a successful blog is exposure and targeted traffic and EntreCard provides just that! Check it out for yourself!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What's The Deal With Paid Links?

I did not write this article, however I feel that it has value and is well worth sharing, giving full credit to the author of course! Thanks Jason!

About the author:
Jason Lee Miller is a WebProNews editor and writer covering business and technology.

Google Time Warp Edition

Here's a hard truth for the hardliners to swallow: Outlawing something sometimes has worse consequences than the thing outlawed. Or, as the mob tried to tell Congress once: Prohibition's a bitch.

Pardon my French. I'm descended from Appalachian bootleggers.

Google's recent and notorious hard line stance against paid links is resulting in something quite predictable: The disaffected are leveraging every back-alley strategy they can think up. At least it doesn't involve exploding trailers, tripwires, or bullets.

Andy Beard was a bit of a pioneer on the link-laundering front; his (complicated) strategy for masking paid links got some attention last month. But simpler tactics are emerging, some inspired by Google itself.

One of them, which is the digital-world equivalent of impersonating a police officer is destined for a crackdown. Dave Naylor points to (and thus becomes a bit of a narc) what appear to be Google ads but are really nicely done spoofs.

Now that's pretty sneaky.

John Andrews reports another method, which Google would have hard time targeting since the idea came from them to begin with. Instead of buying links, barter for them, which makes for a weird 21st Century currency time warp.

It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me/ So you can't see me, no not at all/In another dimension…

It's just a jump to the left and then a step to the right to find Google rewarding volunteer participants at the Google blog with juice-filled back links. Andrews gets a little dramatic in his analogies (so do I, for that matter) comparing Google to a casino and SEOs to card-counters before suggesting Google is actively looking to destroy the entire SEO industry.

There is a nugget of reason within this paragraph, though. See if you can find it. (Hint: It's in bold type.)

The take-away is this, folks: Google is controlling you not for some benevolent reason, but in order to control the currency of the web. It took X amount of effort in those forums, dedicated for free by those posters, to earn a direct backlink from Google’s very popular webmaster blog. What was that worth? Google got to decide. Google thinks it is fine to barter in links without the nofollow… it just wants the price for such links to remain pitifully low, managed by Google. Can you see it now? Do we really need to wait a few more years until it is perfectly clear beyond any doubt that Google has all of the money and there is no room for us to share?

… But it's the pelvic thru-ust/ that really drives you insane-yay-yay-yay-yane.

Bob Massa carries on that idea in this extraordinarily long, but perhaps more reasonable, post, which you can read for lots of good industry insight, or you can rely on Aaron Wall to dig out a solid, actionable nugget. In a smaller nutshell, people will barter links in exchange because:

Either it makes them money, saves them time, provides added value to their visitors or they believe it makes them look good or smart or benevolent to their visitors, their peers, their friends, their relatives, to the search engines, award sites or just about anyone that can make them a buck or stroke their ego.

Or, as it's still known by the revenuers in Washington: You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

By Jason Lee Miller - Sat, 03/29/2008 - 12:26pm.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Blogging And Google Adsense

A really simple way to make a little extra money online or even potentially a lot of extra money, especially if you like to write is to create a blog and incorporate google adsense into your blog. Your blog can be about anything that your passionate about, opinionated about or have a vast amount of knowledge about. The key is to make it fun and interesting so that people will want to read it! Then, of course you'll need traffic (people visiting your blog). I'm not going to get into traffic building just yet because it is a very extensive subject that I am still in the process of learning about and attempting to master.

Once you've created your blog you can sign up for google adsense. (it's free) Basically what adsense does is places targeted ads on your on your blog that are relevant to your content. Every time that someone clicks on one of these ads, you get paid! The amount of money that you will get paid per click varies greatly from a few cents to quite a few dollars per click, but the bottom line is you will get paid for every click! There are several "program policies" that you must adhere to. Most importantly, you can not click on your own ads and you can not specifically ask for clicks. Trust me; as you start to develop more traffic, the clicks will come! We live in a "click happy" world now and it doesn't cost your readers anything to click on the ads to see what they are about. Remember, the ads are targeted to your content so they should be of interest to your readers. Another plus is... I have heard that there are lots of bloggers out there that click on ads in the blogs that they like as sort of a small contribution to the blog writer's creative efforts!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Project Payday

There are lots of ways to make money online, but most of them require a big investment of either time and/or money. You will have to put in some time, but very little money. If you don't work at it you won't make anything. It's not a BS set it and forget it system, however if you can devote 2-3 hours a day to it, you can easily make $150 to $200 a day or more if you can devote more time and you really can start getting paid within a few days of signing up. It's not for everybody though, but a lot of people absolutely love it. It involves completing offers at IFW's (Internet Freebie Websites)

Unlike most of the other ridiculous "Make $1,000 a day" ads you see all over the Net, Project Payday is definitely different.

* It's fairly easy and most anyone can do it
* You can be up and running in under an hour
* Training Videos walk you through everything
* They have real membership support

You won't "get rich" but it is a realistic extra income system for the "Average Joe" as they call it.

I have never seen anything like this before, and I'm sure you probably haven't either. This is a unique strategy for making a realistic extra income online. I use it and it really works!

Check out the videos on the site and see what you think ... Project Payday

Monday, March 10, 2008

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is one way to way to make some cash on the internet. You are promoting someone else's product or service and in return you get a certain percentage of each sale that is generated from your promotion. There are many companies that are happy to do this because it's free advertising for them. This is usually accomplished by providing you (the affiliate) with a special tracking link to the company's website and if a sale is made you will receive credit and get paid your commision. The upside is you don't have to come up with your own product or service to sell. The downside is you (as an affiliate) generally don't get paid for referrals. You only receive a set amount per sale and there is no "mark-up" because all sales are made by the company, therefore you'll want to refer a lot of traffic your target company's website and there are a lot of affiliates out there making a lot of money.

Affiliate programs directories are one way to find affiliate programs, another method is large affiliate networks that provide the platform for dozens or even hundreds of advertisers. The third option is to check the target website itself for a reference to their affiliate program. Websites, which offer an affiliate program often, have a link titled "affiliate program", "affiliates", "referral program" or "webmasters" somewhere on their website, usually in the footer or "About" section of the site. Even if all those methods seem to indicate that a site does not have an affiliate program, it could still be the case that there exists a non-public affiliate program. The only way to find out for sure, is to contact the site owner directly and ask.

If your interested in learning more about affiliate marketing, send me an Email by clicking on the Email tab at the top of the page and I will send you the free report that got me started. There is no catch. Your not signing up for anything. Your not going to be placed on a list and the report is really free. What you do with it is totally up to you. I will tell you that there is a pitch at the end to buy a membership. I did and it was well worth it, but you don't have to if you don't want to and you can still use all the information in the report and get yourself started as an affiliate marketer. Good Luck and if you do take me up on my offer and send an Email, please put "send my free report" in the subject line and you should receive it within 24 hours.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Little Bit About Me And My Purpose Here.

I'm trying to do things a little different here and be honest! I'm just a regular guy sharing my experiences in trying to make a few bucks online. I will only recommend products and programs that I use and that have worked for me. I will offer advice from both myself and from others that has been proven to be effective.

So, if you want to start making money online, you absolutely can. The key is to start small and don't give up. Beware of all the "Get Rich Quick" scams and schemes. I have tried many and most don't work. Unfortunately it is very difficult to tell the good from the bad because they all sound great. Keep in mind that their main objective is to get your money. If it doesn't sound good your not going to buy it. Don't be a sucker, but don't be a complete skeptic either. If you don't try anything, you won't make anything!

Oh; and you can search until doomsday for "Free" programs that actually work all by themselves. You will always have to buy something else in order to make it work! That's not to say that "ALL" free programs are bad. I have come across a few good ones but they require a "LOT" of time and effort to see any type of income. That's not how they market it, but it's the truth! In order to actually make any "real" money, your going to have to spend a little!

I will be making more posts with some advice about things that have worked well for me, things that haven't worked so well and things that didn't work at all, such as paid surveys! Just please remember, it really takes work to make money online, no matter what the ad says! If you have any questions feel free to ask.