Friday, 28 November 2008

Alternative To OnlyWire

Onlywire is a bookmarking service that I have recommended in previous posts. And for a while it was useful.

But recently onlywire has become a subscription service i.e you pay so much a year if you want to continue using the service.

There is still a free service but that entails you putting a code on your site that allows them to place their adverts on your pages. Not clear whether these woll be adverts recommending onlywire or promoting other products. Needless to say, it will be completely out of my control as a webmaster

Not very satisfactory!

Anyway a FREE alternative to Onlywire is Socialmarker

Social marker is another mass social bookmarking service that allows you to submit lots of bookmarks in a short period of time, so check it out

I think if onlywire wants to become a paid for service, they need to up the service

If you are considering a paid for social bookmarking service then I suggest BMD.

This is a truly automated social bookmarking submission tool that just takes the hassle out of getting backlinks to your site

You can
  • set up multiple accounts for each bookmarking site
  • randomly vary the title, description, user name of your bookmarks automatically
  • set up a schedule so bookmarks can be submitted at spaced intervals and loads more

And it is a one time fee not a recurring bill.

Anyway click here for more information and videos on BMD

Till next time

Sunday, 16 November 2008

USfreeads and niche Marketing. Does USfreeads work?

USfreeads is a free classifieds site with paid option that a lot of marketers especially bum marketers use

And you will see a lot of blog posts extolling the virtues of USfreeads, with the necessary affiliate link of course :) , and telling you how very easy it is

And I, as a newbie affiliate marketer, saw one the afore mentioned blog posts, and hurriedly went and signed up for a free USfreeads account.

I rolled out a handful of ads and waited and waited and ...... nothing. not a sale, no onslaught of traffic, nothing

And to make things worse, after what seemed like a short period of time, my ads became inactive!!!

So I was perplexed and thought, there must be something in it. There must be a way of using USfreeads to promote my niche websites

So after a lot of research and experimenting I found a few answers

So here is a list of the things that I think contribute to my improved results with USfreeads

USfreeads tip 1: Get the paid option. It's only $10 a month and you can post a lot of ads with this membership. Click on USFreeAds to sign up

USfreeads tip 2: Test everything. You need to test and track your ads. Use unique tracking codes when setting up the affiliate links to be used in your ads campaign, so you can know when the sales are coming from you ads campaign

USfreeads tip 3: Put up loads of ads. those that have success using USfreeads have stated they have 70 to 100 ads running at any one time. You can weed out the ads that are not generating sales and replace them with new ads

USfreeads tip 4: Apply basic on page SEO when writing your ads. That way your ads will do well in the search engines and you can get tons of traffic to the ad campaign

More info at USFreeAds marketing Guide

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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Adsense Hijack

Adsense Hijack?

Just came across a marketer who monetizes his sites using adsense

He noticed a drop in his adsense revenue and decided to investigate further

To cut to the chase, he found that some of the adsense blocks on his site had his publisher id on them and some had a strange id

Website hacking is getting more common and problem is the techniques are sometimes so subtle, that even the most vigilant can miss the signs

Just a heads up

Till next time

Getting a New Site Indexed In Google

All affiliate marketers want their niche marketing websites to appear in the Google index quickly, preferable with good search engine position

A quick look through the affiliate marketing forums reveals a large number of posts regarding getting indexed in Google

Before you submit your site for indexing, make sure that your website is up to scratch. Check for any broken links. typos and code bloat

Then you can do one of two things

1. Go to the Google submit your url tool and submit your website's address there. You will be asked to fill in a verification code and then you have to wait. Often a long period of time. So many sites are submitted everyday with Google that it can take a long period, some have reported 3 months, before the bot crawls your site

2. You can give the bot a helping hand by helping it find your site. The thing to do is, instead of submitting your site to the 'submit your URL' form, try and generate some backlinks to your site from other frequently crawled websites. examples include ezinearticles, blogs and active forums

Obviously the links have to have a 'do follow' attribute or the bots just will not see these links

Hope this helped

Till next time

Saturday, 8 November 2008

On Page SEO For Your Blogger Blog

So I have managed to get a few of the posts on this and other blogger blogs to rank well with the search engines for a bunch of keywords

Everyone in affiliate marketing goes on about how great Wordpress is and how all those plug ins allow you to enhance your optimization efforts. And there is no disputing that this is true

But blogger posts can also be easily optimized and you have the advantage of quick indexing with blogger

Here are a few on page optimization tips for your blogger blog

On page SEO tip 1: Domain name. Before you choose the domain name of your blogger blog, do some keyword research and determine which keyword is most relevant to your blog.

Once you have identified the keyword, use it as the first word of your blogspot domain name
Remember, the earlier in your URL the keyword appears, the better for your SEO

On page SEO tip 2: Post title. When setting up your blog, you should have selected yes for the option to allocate each post it's own unique URL.

If you have done this each post's URL is your blogger domain name + the post title.

You should, where possible, include the keyword you are targeting in each post, in the title of your post

On page SEO tip 3: Template. We know that the google bot reads the webpage from LEFT to RIGHT and TOP to BOTTOM.

So why would you want to choose a template that has the about me and other widgets on the left side of the page? They have little or no SEO value.

It makes better sense to use a template that has the blog post to the left of the page and all the other widgets, ads etc on the right side of the page

Till next time

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

A New Dawn For America

It is just amazing

Yes the polls suggested it

And yes the campaigns alluded to it

But now it is a reality, it is just an amazing truth

The american people have by a landslide chosen an African American as their next leader!

You may not realize how ground breaking this is but a little look at history

First African American slaves arrive in Virginia in 1619 and slavery was first legalized in 1641.

Slavery carried on for 2 centuries and was eventually abolished in 1865 by the passing of the thirteenth amendment to the United staes constitution

The picture is of an african slave with keloids [raised scars] on his back as a result of whipping by his supervisor

The majority of the slaves came from the west coast of Africa

During the American war of independence, initially both the revolutionaries and the loyalists recruited black slaves into their armies.

However for a short period, George Washington put a ban on recruiting black soldiers. However due to man power shortages He lifted the ban in 1776

The loyalists promised there fighting black men their freedom but on losing the war, the americans declared all slaves 'property' to be returned

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation, freeing all slaves in the southern states.

In 1865 the thirteenth amendment was passed abolishing slavery in the united states and the fourteenth amendment 3 years later granted full american citizenship to all african americans.

1870 saw the passage of the fifteenth amendment which meant that for the first time, African Americans men could vote.

Despite winning there freedom, African americans still had the battle of equality to fight
There was the era of segregation
Every thing from restaurants to water fountains to cinemas had the separate entrances and separate waiting rooms for black 'coloured' and white

In 1955, the practice was for black people to sit at the back of the bus and to get up and give up their sit for any white person that did not have one

Rose Parks was the third woman in records to refuse to give up her sit when asked to by the bus driver

This was not a woman of great social status but one who had worked as a domestic and a hospital aide

Living in a house that often witnessed a klan parade, it is not surprising that she became involved in the civil rights movement and was secretary to the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People [NAACP]

Her refusal to give up her sit on the bus in 1955 sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott which ran from December 1 1955 to December 20 1956

The Boycott was lead by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a Baptist minister who achieved international renown for his civil rights activities

Dr. Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel peace prize for working for an end to racial segregation and racial discrimination through non violence and civil disobedience in 1964. At that time he was the youngest person ever to win the Nobel prize

On the steps of the Lincoln memorial on August 28 1963, Dr. King delivered a speech which has subsequently been labeled one of the greatest speeches of our race

In this speech he says

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Today, The American People elected an African American, Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States

Monday, 3 November 2008

Free Directory Submission Tool

Directory submissions for backlinks is a great way of getting traffic to your site and of improving your site's performance in the search engines using backlinks.

There are two things about directory submissions that however really irritates the affiliate marketer

1. It is so monotonous to submit your sites manually to the directories. And considering that if you are doing free submissions, it can take up to 6 weeks to get your listing approved, it really becomes a pain

2. Some directories use no follow links. Now this in itself is not a problem. In a later post I will give a list of directories that have given my websites Do follow links.

But please note that I am not saying that directories with no follow links are without value. Quite the opposite. I was surprised to find that some of my websites were getting some traffic straight from my links in directories. I don't even want to venture a guess as to what person uses directories to find a website in these days of the big G, but hey, it takes all sorts

Although there are rumours out there about Google possibly ignoring directory links in future when calculating a websites popularity, for now the links still count

I have found a free directory submission tool to help automate the process

But before I give you the link, here is a quick guide on how to get the best out of this tool

Load notepad or a blank word document or get a blank piece of paper

Identify keywords that you want to rank each of your pages for and write these against the URL of the webpage on the notepad.
So you should have a list like this

Webpage 1: Keywords a, b and c
Webpage 2: Keywords X, Y, Z
Webpage 3: Keywords d, e, f

I am sure you get the trend

Now for each webpage write 4 different titles that have one or the other keyword for that page in it

So now you have a list that looks like this
  • Webpage 1: Keywords a, b and c
    Title 1 'Keyword a' made easy
    Title 2 A step by step guide to 'keyword c'
    Title 3 Is 'keyword b' a spam
    Title 4 10 things you must know about 'keyword c'
  • Webpage 2: Keywords X, Y, Z
    Title 1 'Keyword X' and 'Keyword Y' 3 crucial tips for success
    Title 2 'Keyword Z' and your business
    Title 3 A guide to making money with 'keyword Y'
    Title 4 'Keyword X' a step by step guide

Next you need to write 4 descriptions per webpage. Remember to include your keywords in the description

Save this document

The reason you are doing this is to have a variety of links once you set up your directory submitter. This means that not all the links generated to your site are the same. Anchor text variety is something that seems to count when it comes to the Google bots

Oh I forgot to mention the directory submitter has a data rotator

One last tip. Because the directories will not approve your links on the day of submission, there is very little risk of your website getting a large number of links all in one day. Even if you submit to a hundred directories in one sitting

Anyway, enough fluff from me

Click here to get your free directory submitter

Till next time

How To Make Money With Google Adsense

Google Adsense has become a means of generating an extra income for Internet marketers. Some affiliate marketers opt to make Adsense their primary revenue source via made for Adsense sites

Problem though is a lot of Internet marketers, especially newbies, come across the Google Adsense opportunity and get really excited by it. It is after all a great business model. So they rush in and start building Adsense sites without first mastering the rules of the game.

How do I know this?

Because I was once that ill advised newbie

So a quick browse through the forums will turn up a lot of people declaring their $2 earning in a day after 6 months of working on their Adsense sites

$2 a day is hmmm.. $60 a month. Not enough for a meal for two at my regular restaurant.

This is not the way to build a business guys!!!

With any online business opportunity there is the potential to make a lot of money but things have to be done right

So here are a few tips on how to make money with Google Adsense

Google Adsense Tip 1: Read the terms of service and stick to it. You just cannot trick the Google Adsense code. If you click on your own ads, you will be penalized. It may just initially be registered as an invalid click, but persist and you will get banned

Info: An invalid click is one that Google does not pay you for the click because it is thought to be fraudulent or outside the terms of service

Google Adsense Tip 2: Have a large site. If you are going to make a significant income from Adsense, then you need to have a whole load of pages up online. 10 or 20 pages won't do. We are talking about a hundred or more pages. And the pages should be optimized for different keywords. I cannot over-emphasize this.

Google Adsense Tip 3: Traffic. You need to drive a ton of traffic to your made for Adsense site. Not hundreds but thousands of unique visitors every day. The traffic should also be targeted because it is only people who are interested in your content that will have some interest in your page relevant google Adsense blocks.

If you have a multi paged website with each page optimized for a different keyword, you can easily build a wide spread online presence with this one site and get the huge amounts of traffic necessary to make you Adsense campaign successful

It takes time, great content, good search engine rankings and targeted traffic, but it is possible to make a decent living by displaying Adsense ads on your websites

Till next time