Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Latest on Google and IBL's and OBL's

This week Matt Cutts went into some great detail on Google and quality links in his indexing timeline post. What it boils down to (and what most of us know anyway) is that you need high quality IBL's to get indexed often, excessive link exchanges = bad, few IBL's = bad, and linking to non-related sites = bad. Giving people good information and linking to high quality sites = good.

Ahh, so it's probably time for me to really slow down on the reciprocal linking... good riddance!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Okay, nothing has really happened yet... but remember that big magazine-style site I was going to do? Well I'm using a domain name that I've had for 2 years - I've been working on transferring it over to my new registrar before it expires (tomorrow!) and I just got a note that it is now transferred.

The coolest thing about it is when I look up the domain's keywords, it still comes up number 3 on Google, even though it hasn't had a thing on it for almost 2 years. AND... it has a PR 4 - weird!

So I'm hoping maybe I can skip the sandbox with this one...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Busy Busy

Whew, between my two goals, I sure have been busy! I've got some new sites set up (sans articles) on garden supplies, globes, and cats. I hired a writer at Elance to do the articles for the main pages for these.

Then, I'm starting 2 gigantic sites - one will be mainly press releases - and the other completely original.

Site A is pretty general and was inspired by SheKnows - I noticed they had used an article that I had used on another site of mine and started inspecting further and realized that much of their site consists of press releases and reprint articles. I thought I could set up a magazine style site too and post only good, relavent articles and press releases (though my categories are a little different) as well.

Site B - well - this is going to be my magnum opus - the best site yet. I am going to do all of the writing myself, and it's going to take research, library research. With this site, I'm not just hoping to get into important directories like About and Dmoz, but I'd love to see it as a DMOZ 'cool site' - and there are other places I'd like to see it in but I'm going to keep that hush hush for now :)

These two sites are going to have many subdomains - and for the challenge, I am going to count each subdomain as a site.

Between all of this, I just got two articles written last week: Strawberry Shortcake Dolls and antique dolls.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Keyword Update

Here's the latest update on my other goal of promoting one keyword until it gets to the top three of one of the big three:

I have done some link partner exchanges, article dist., and just submitted to more directories this week.

Two weeks ago:
MSN: 22
Yahoo!: 159
Google: ???

MSN: 17
Yahoo!: 171
Google: ???

I guess I never posted my April earnings... they're not too exciting :( It was a little over $500.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What Has Burke Been Up To?

I ask myself more and more lately, and this is a question you may want to ask yourself.

Why? Because he has managed to go from $166 a month to over $2000 a month over a time span of nine months.

How does he do it? His system seems a bit complicated at first glance, but I think it's worth looking into - and he just spilled the beans telling exactly how he does it.

Sites Update:

I've got the newest one up and running: The Doll Site. In the last few days I wrote these articles for it: American Girl Dolls, Barbie Dolls, Bratz Dolls, and Paper Dolls.

Didn't get any writing done today - focused on my current keyword instead.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Free, Clean Website Templates

With the 50 site challenge, there's no way I can buy templates on top of everything else, so on the new sites I'm currently working on, I simply did a 3-column setup with a header I came up with using SXC or STOCKXPERT photos and Paint Shop Pro.

But I recently found a site with some nice, free templates that I'm going to start using for the new sites, coupled with my own headers: Andreas Viklund free templates. He does require a link back - but it's more than worth it IMO.

His sites are in oswd, which has loads of free templates, but after browsing there a bit, I still like the Andreas templates best.

Challenge Update:

Last week I finished the articles for the main pages of the tea site: green tea, herbal tea, Oolong tea, organic tea, white tea, teapots, and tea cups. Then I posted some press releases and reprint articles to fill things up for now.

I also did four articles for the newest one I'm putting up... whew! This much writing is tough on my schedule! I think I'm going to post an Elance project soon!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Latest Challenge

Okay, BJ and Chrissie have come up with an amazing challenge: to create 50 sites before the shopping season! WOW! This was perfect timing for me, since I was losing focus and haven't made a new site in a while - so I decided to join in.

Recently, my main goal has been to focus on one keyword and promote it to the hilt - but there's only so much of one keyword I can handle, so this will be something else to do to balance that out. Plus it's just really FUN! I can try out every site idea I've ever had!

It's been loads of fun so far, but I'm still not sure if I'm going to go for 50 - I'm wavering between doing 20 and 50 right now. This week I'm putting a site up as quickly as I can with a FT job (this means getting up at 4 AM) as well as promoting my keyword, just to get an indication of how much time I will have.

My current plan is to write all of the product pages, and then post a few articles - which may be press releases - but I may be hiring a writer for this mammoth project soon.

Here's my first site in the challenge: Tea First, today I did articles on black tea and essiac tea. (And yes, I'm going to throw a little caution to the wind on these and put some links on here.)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Internet Freedom Under Attack

Okay, this is a bit frightening, and I'm sure it will pique the interests of site owners everywhere. AT&T and Verizon are trying to manipulate their customers' internet browsing - allowing only certain sites to open, and they're pushing US Congress to allow them to do so. Here's more from MoveOn (I don't agree with all of their issues, but they hit on some good points like this one sometimes):

Big Internet operators like AT&T and Verizon want the power to decide which Web sites open properly on our computers—giving them control over what we do and where we search online. So far, Congress has caved to their demands.

But because of intense public pressure, some members of Congress are starting to switch from AT&T's side to ours! In just a week, Congress saw over 250,000 of us sign a petition demanding the Internet stay free. Joining this call are tech pioneers like Google and Microsoft, diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, and even some celebrities.

If enough of us stand up now, there's still time for the House of Representatives to do the right thing next week when it votes on whether to protect or destroy Network Neutrality—the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom.

I would like as many people as possible to sign this, whether I get credit or not. I do have a referrer ID (I could win an ipod) - but I'll post the non-referral link as well - it doesn't matter either way to me as long as you take action.

Join the petition asking Congress to protect the free and open Internet

Join the petition - non referral link.

It may seem like a small thing, but it does involve two very large service providers and could have a real impact on net browsing - not to mention the doors it will open.