Thursday, November 16, 2006

How do blog networks get away with linking all of their blogs together?

Everyone has thought that excessively linking their own sites together is a no-no - especially if they are unrelated. But blog networks don't seem too worried about this. I've noticed several blog networks lately that link all of their blogs together, the most prominent being Weblogs, Inc., which links their entire network of blogs over a slew of subjects on the sidebar of each and every blog.

These networks have very high PR and seem to get a lot of comments... so how is it that they don't get penalized?

Do you link your own blogs together? And under what conditions?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

That was fun...

Ok, it looks like things settled down right after my little flood of traffic - I still have a little trickling in from Yahoo! but not like before - luckily I got the AdSense earnings on there long enough to make for a better than average day.

Alright, I've settled down - that just REALLY surprised me - I know now that I'm going to tag as much as possible - and I don't even know how or why all of that works, really, but it was really amazing to see a site go from zero traffic to a steady stream in no time.

HOLY S#*T one of my new blogs is suddenly getting a FLOOD of traffic!

[edited title - i'll be nice :) ]

Wahhh - I didn't even have ads on it until just now - let's hope it keeps up!

I didn't even know what "tagging" was before today - but I looked into it and decided to tag a few of my new blogs in del.icio.us - or whatever - today (grumbling, I might add, I really didn't think it would do a darn thing).

So I check back about a half hour later - and I'd gotten 70 uniques (from ZERO) in that half hour - all coming from a section of Yahoo! that has a link to the new blog. TOO BAD IT ONLY HAS LIKE FOUR POSTS - LOL! So I just stuck some AdSense on there - wish me luck guys - I'm at work and have to head home now so I won't be able to check on it till later.

OMG I'm more giddy than a schoolgirl - hope it lasts!!!!!

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Over the past few weeks, ReviewMe has been one of those buzzwords that's been flying around blogs and forums. But like many other affiliate-marketing related buzzwords, I chose to ignore it - I mean, there are just too many "new ways to make money online" for one to look into each and every one - especially since my time is limited. So I ignored it. That is, until two bloggers who I really trust, Chrissie and Empress were checking it out - and had some good things to say about it.

So I decided to give it a spin, seeing as how I am currently working on some new blogs and plan on looking into good ways of monetizing them in the future. The first thing that impressed me (as well as other bloggers) is how quickly you can get started (webmasters tend to have disturbingly short attention spans). It took right around three minutes for me to apply and to get accepted, and voila! I had a project.

The payout is another thing that impressed me - I can see how one could make a pretty good amount per post if they had a decent blog going.

Now, for the big question on everybody's mind:

Will this make me a dirty little whore??

I don't think so... if the review is on topic with your blog - and if you're honest in your review (remember - they aren't paying you to give a good review - just a review - so by all means - be honest!), then I think it can be valuable to the reader. And as BJ pointed out, if you're clever enough, you can make a paid post full of integrity and wildly entertaining as well.

What if I can't make it wildly entertaining?

Then sharpening your thinking skills through writing will certainly help you become a cleverer writer along the way. And that's another plus - I know I put a lot more thought into this post than I do for most of my blog posts - which often range from stream-of-consciousness to downright flippant. Something about having an assignment just makes me want to make things a little more... structured - for good or for bad.

But whatever the case, having writing assignments may compel you to write more, which may make you a better writer, which may make your blog more interesting, which may make your payout higher, which may make you want to write more, and chances are, if you're writing more... you may want some syrup to go with it.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

New Goals

Okay, I've been quite productive today and I'm excited about getting started on some new goals.

My last goal was to focus on a certain keyword - I picked said keyword because it was usually on the first page of MSN and I thought it would be an easy one to bring to number one. Well, I wrote countles PAD articles over this keyword - made that section of the site bigger, even did an interview, and guess what? Now that page isn't even in the MSN index - the other 437 [ages of the site are, but not that one.

This, amongst other things, has prompted me to started working on the quality site. Now, I do make some attempt to make all of my sites quality sites. But this one is going to be different - I have very high hopes for this one. I would like it to be in DMOZ's Cool Sites, in About.com, and even better - I even have a picture of this maybe being a print publication someday - maybe :)

I've bought the domain name, now I'm looking for the right host - I don't want it to be on a host where I have any other sites, I want it to be solo. Also, I'm following Brett Tabke's advice (per a recent post) and plan to have a bunch of articles written before I even put it out there. I already bought the domain name - it's a .net, but that's the best I could do for what I wanted. .Net's aren't so bad, are they?

Now the tricky part - the writing. I don't know if I'm going to set a goal of xx articles per day on this one - because I'm going to do all the writing and they need to be well-written articles. So I'm just going to do what I can.

Writing for the site will be in the afternoons - and that's the only site (except for some blogging) that I'm going to be writing for. I'm just going to post the rest of my PLR's and hire writers for the others - and that will be what I do in the morning, before my daughter wakes up and I get her ready and off to school and then go to work myself.

SO - I will keep you updated - the new site is daunting - but hopefully it won't be as slow-going as I'm worried it might be - I just want everything to go right with this one.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

So I started 2 new blogs...

They're pretty lame. I started them on two of my affiliate sites to maybe help things out, to maybe have something to put text link ads on as well, but honestly, I don't know if this is just a big waste of time or not.

They're over candles and dogs, and I can put products on them and news and such, but it's really hard for me to make them interesting, haha, I mean, I don't have any strong feelings for the subjects.

Have any of you out there tried out blogs with your affiliate sites? Is it worth it??? Should I just stop and delete them now???