Friday, April 30, 2010

Examiner.com has 33,000 writers...plans ramp up to 85,000 by the end of 2010

Just read this interesting press release about Examiner.com publishing its 1,000,000th article -- and the fact that they plan to actively add more Examiners by year's end, planning to reach 85,000!

Apply to Write for Examiner.com here now...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Guy sells 40,000 Kindle ebooks, makes $4,000 monthly - set to make $134,000 yearly when Amazon switches to 70% ebook royalty rate

Guy sells 40,000 Kindle ebooks, makes $4,000 monthly - set to make $134,000 yearly when Amazon switches to 70% ebook royalty rate



I was so amazed with this guy's success with selling his ebooks on Kindle -- he's sold 40,000 ebooks just since last April, and makes $4,000 per month selling ebooks -- that it's seriously changing my whole paradigm about switching my Random House-hardcover book dreams.

"When the royalty rate for Amazon switches to 70%, I'll be earning $2.04 on a $2.99 ebook. That's $134,000 a year," says J.A. Konath about Amazon's current 35% payout rate. (Amazon.com will make the switch on June 30, 2010.)

And with all these ways you don't need a Kindle that Amazon is introducing, it seems like a great time to make this Kindle ebook switch in philosophy.

Talk about newfound inspiration!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Get more Examiner.com pageviews: Focus more on content than comments - and here are my Top 10 keywords

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Back when I wrote an article titled something like "Why You Should Respond to Your Blog Comments" in 2007 or so, I was a still a blogging newbie and had a lot fewer readers -- and thus, a lot fewer comments to moderate.

The piece is so old I can't even find it.


Apply to Write for Examiner.com here now...





Just as well, because in this article I'm going to offer the exact opposite advice, namely, if you're looking to bring in page views to your Examiner.com articles or other articles you write across the web, don't spend a ton of time on the comments or comment moderation.

Hopefully most sites will pick up on the reader comment moderation technique that other big websites use -- you know the ones that let users give thumbs down or thumbs up to comments that are just out in left field, and are then brought to the attention of the editors.

Why I Stopped Reading 90% of My Comments

I found that comment moderation is such a time-consuming job -- pouring over comments that most of the time aren't helpful.

Granted, sometimes you get some gems that help you correct a mistake made in an article, or with helpful links that give you more info.

But other times you'll get less helpful stuff from idiots hiding behind keyboards that want to make insulting comments because they think they're getting away with it. They'll attack your writing because they think it will hurt you, blah, blah, blah...get you all riled up and focused not on creating more content, which is where the money lies.

Basically, I'd thank them in my head for the page view and move on, wishing I hadn't read it in the first place. So I stopped and focused on writing more.

Writing More Content Pays Off

At least it did yesterday, when I pulled in around 60 bucks from my Examiner.com pieces.

I don't really know which one got the most traffic -- I can suspect from just viewing the number (not content) of the contents that piece that hit -- because I also stopped worrying about taking the time to drop Google Analytics code into each piece.

Like one guy just commented on this blog (a comment I actually read that actually made it through this blog, one that I've tightened the comment policy from anonymous to at least those with a Google account) -- sometimes it's good not to have the stats code in the Examiner pieces so you won't spend time comparing stat counts and fretting.

My Top 10 Traffic-Getting Keywords from Examiner.com
So it's a good thing I at least have stat-tracking Google Analytics code in a good portion of my Examiner articles -- and that's what gave me a great look at what my top keywords have been since 9/2009 (when I began writing for them) till today, April 7, 2010.

If this doesn't tell us what works well for getting traffic, I don't know what does:
 keyword Visits Pages/Visit Avg. Time on Site % New Visits Bounce Rate


1 youtube.com 117,447 1.20 00:00:22 96.96% 86.10%
2 youtube 29,340 1.16 00:00:23 97.33% 88.03%
3 tiger woods latest  27,843 1.33 00:00:58 86.23% 80.70%
4 tmz.com  23,965 1.42 00:01:14 83.87% 75.48%
5 loleini tonga  18,724 1.18 00:00:29 92.09% 85.41%
6 tiger woods  15,561 1.23 00:00:25 68.11% 80.71%
7 rachel uchitel wikipedia  13,139 1.14 00:00:19 92.98% 89.47%
8 tyra banks weight loss  10,545 1.10 00:00:17 96.79% 92.20%
9 brittany murphy funeral  10,519 1.25 00:00:30 91.21% 82.82%
10 tmz  9,970 1.24 00:00:34 87.65% 82.78%

Thursday, April 01, 2010

What Google Adsense ads do people click on the most?

I just took an interesting journey to finally find under "Adsense Setup" and "Ad Review Center" to figure out how I could block categories of ads from showing up on my websites.


I write so much on on this site about the scam ads I find, I didn't want to contribute to any of them. So I've ended up blocking the "get rich quick" category -- and most all of the others below.


I wonder what ads will show in their wake?


In the meantime, you can tell what people click on:
Category   % Recent Earnings % Recent Ad Impressions
1.3% 2.6%

Includes lifts, suctions, lasers, hair removal and restoration, tattoos, and body modification.
0.6% 2.2%

Includes dating services and online dating communities.
2.3% 2.7%

Includes pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, and related retailers; does not include resources providing information about drugs.
18.7% 13.8%

Schemes promising fast earning.
0.2% 2.5%

Includes politics or controversial social issues; does not include ads for news organizations that are not generally associated with a partisan viewpoint on issues.
6.6% 4.6%

Includes ads that are sexually suggestive, relate to sexual and reproductive health, or refer to sex and sexuality.
1.5% 3.6%

Includes religious ads and ads advocating for or against religious views; does not include astrology or non-denominational spirituality.
2.2% 2.0%

Mobile add-ons including ringtones, and other downloadable goodies such as screensavers and wallpapers for desktop PCs and profile layouts and graphics for social networks.
0.7% 0.6%

Includes sexual function and fertility ads; does not include normal pregnancy resources.
1.0% 1.9%

Includes video games, online games and downloadable games; does not include video game consoles.
7.9% 3.9%

Includes weight loss, dieting, and related products and programs; doesn't include healthy eating or general fitness ads.

Paula Neal Mooney