Friday, April 28, 2006

Promoting My Current Keyword

I've spent the last couple of days just promoting my one keyword... I'm thinking this should help, because before I was just doing a little bit here and there over 17 sites and I think I was spreading myself too thin.

What I've done to promote my keyword:

Yesterday I wrote a large (1400 words) informative guide for the site.

I wrote two articles for reprint and submitted them to my five favorite article sites:
http://www.ezinearticles.com/
http://www.goarticles.com/
http://www.articlecity.com/
http://searchwarp.com/
http://www.articlebiz.com/

Worked on getting partners at Value Exchange.

And, submitted to a few directories, I found a great directory listing and submitted to those with the highest PR - got to Jayde then I'd had enough.

Time to enjoy the weekend and hopefully those links will work a little magic while I play!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Major Focus

Lately I've been working on the sites willy-nilly - no focus, adding a few articles here, doing a few link exchanges there, etc. Also, lately, I've noticed that a good portion of my earnings are coming from one keyword that's number one at MSN, so I thought it would be a good idea to focus on keywords.

My new goal is to focus on one keyword until it is in the top three of one of the major engines, then move on to another one. To do this, I'm going to write distribution articles for it, do link exchanges primarily on that site, submit it to directories, and maybe even look for related forums to post informative entries in with the keyword in the sig.

It'll give me some focus and a clear goal, which is just what I need right now.

Current position of keyword:
MSN: 22
Yahoo!: 159
Google: ???

Monday, April 03, 2006

March Earnings, the BUZZ, and off-site optimizing

$547.54

Still lower than normal, one thing is that my visitor numbers haven't dropped, I guess there are just fewer people shopping this time of year...

Finally dropped the BUZZ!

Yep, it's been pretty useless lately, James spends more time advertising his products and chatting about that blasted Cobra than he does giving useful information lately. If things improve, let me know!

So I dropped that and got a subscription to the Webmaster World Support forums - I've learned so much in their free forums about not over-optimizing sites, useful directories, and so much more that I thought it might be a good idea. Now I have a lot of reading to do!

Off-site optimizing

I'm shifting to doing a lot of off-site optimizing rather than frantically adding articles. What first gave me the idea to do this was when I was doing some searches on some of my keywords and found that many of the top sites in G were just directories! Very little content, nothing terribly useful. Then I realized that I really haven't done a whole lot on the way of links, mainly because I really don't like gathering links... but it needs to be done.

So I've been spending some time getting link partners (which I don't mind too much), spreading PAD articles around (I can handle submitting to two or three directories but need to work on submitting to more), and submitting to directories - which I hate!! I mean, I submit a site to two directories and I just feel beat, that's torture!

But, that's my focus for April, that and de-Martelling my sites (meaning I'm under-optimizing them, mainly making sure the anchor text, title text, and H1 tags don't all match). Oh, and adding forums to a few of the sites.