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Monday, March 28, 2011
I promised to tell you guys about my secret weapon that I found through another guy's blog.
It's called Build My Rank and the website is getting a lot of buzz and is a brilliant idea, in my opinion.
For example, I just wrote a page about hair stuff on my other website -- but what's the use of it sitting there if no one knows it's there?
In the past I tried to be a good little girl and follow the rules that said "just write great content and readers will come."
Now I'm realizing what faulty advice that can be in the online and real worlds.
Backlinks are important things. I'm no longer waiting around for years for them to happen naturally -- although I love when the Spirit of God makes my post go viral supernaturally!
I'm already into my free trial on Build My Rank and have written my own articles over there -- check out the site to see what I mean.
And I noticed that one of my pages has climbed to position 20-something on Google, the highest it's been yet. Look out #1!
I plan to budget for the monthly cost to continue to use the service after my free trial is over because I think it will be worth it.
Again, I will update you guys, but I wanted to make sure to tell my readers about the service, which I like because it doesn't accept "spun" articles.
I had a dream that getting link juice passed was as easy as typing out the code in HTML, with 16 backlinks all passed in one "a href" hyperlink and me specifying the 16 sites all in the hyperlink code.
Would that it were that easy, but I know I'm getting clues to how to rise in Google's ranking.
(My secret weapon is coming up in the next post, I promise! No more teasing...)
Another dream showed me automated code, which was a hint to keep pursuing various types of auto-posting and auto-blogging, even after the Google slap. But that I'll do cautiously, and not on domains that I really care about.
Which "follow" codes work in the eyes of Google?This guy asked if a rel="follow" will affect the "nofollow" attribute, and the answer still seems up in the air and unanswered totally by Google.
I've already changed the code of this blog, I believe, back to the "do follow" I had made it years ago (and then had changed it back to nofollow) but as you'll see from my previous post, I didn't see the backlinks coming back -- at least not as listed in the Yahoo site explorer.
Let me go check my Wordpress site dashboard for incoming links...
Okay, I do see blogspot links coming in from this blog under the "incoming links" field in my Wordpress dashboard, but it only gives a few, and not to the specific pages.
We will keep testing and reporting the positive results.
So nearly every day I've been popping link:http://paulanealmooney.com into the Yahoo search box on my toolbar, or the specific detailed link to pages that I'm watching grow in rank:
I choose "Except from this domain" from the drop-down menu to see what links are making it back to the pages I want.
Naturally, since this Blogspot blog is trusted in Google's eyes, with a Pagerank 4, I've linked to other sites from here, but I don't see them coming through on Yahoo.
I've read that Yahoo doesn't show all the incoming links, but I think it odd that it doesn't show any blogspot links coming back.
Do you see any blogspot backlinks coming into your site using Yahoo site explorer?
Hopeful person that I am, I believe they are still counting.
Plus, I've got another secret that I'm testing out -- and I really think it's working to push me up in the SERPS.
Stay tuned to any upcoming post about it.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Publishing on Kindle: How to get your Microsoft Word doc published as a Kindle book, or on Kindle Singles
It's wonderful how Kindle Singles can be a minimum of 5,000 words.
Heck, that post I wrote about publishing your own Kindle book was more than 2,000 words, so that's nearly half-way to a Kindle Singles book right there!
Apparently there's an approval process for books to be considered for the Kindle Singles program (they list an email address to contact), but any books that don't make it as a Kindle Singles are still allowed to remain on Amazon.
Hopefully readers will look at the details and get an idea about the page length before they buy the book, but for Kindle books priced at only 99 cents each, that would be a great bargain either way.
Folks are used to assigning value to the things they see on Amazon, and used to paying money for books, mostly, as opposed to getting them free.
Heck, just today I thanked God that I found the How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better book waiting just for me as I searched for in a Borders that was closing, and therefore couldn't search on the computer for in-stock items.
Anyway, my point is that people are used to paying for books -- not blog posts or other stuff websites try to put behind a pay wall.
If you're an expert on a topic, why not pop out at least 5,000 words on it, give it a good, well-searched-for title that people can find once it's on Amazon.com and see how many Kindle books you can sell?
Heck, with a 5,000 word minimum, I could seriously make my goal of publishing a book per month that I thought about doing earlier this year.
Monday, March 21, 2011
This post has been overdue -- in my brain and heart for a little while, but I've been waiting to see if things would turn around.
Ever since the Google Panda-Content Farms-Farmer update shook up the online world, I've been reading from a lot of different perspectives how it's affecting some folks.
I can't necessarily get a good estimation of how much the Google update has affected my Examiner.com pageviews because I haven't been writing as much for the site as I used to back when it was so easy to get views.
To tell you the truth, it's frustrating when I see those "your piece wasn't deemed Google News-worthy" emails from them that we didn't used to get.
Still grateful for channels where I see I've pulled in over 1,500 views bringing more than 10 bucks for a previous day where I might not have even logged onto Examiner.
And just like in the past, God is using one closing door to open better ones -- like when I temporarily lost ranking on this blog for my name back when I didn't totally understand Google bombing, and how linking to the same site with the same anchor text repeatedly was a no-no in Google's eyes.
That forced me to go out and figure out how to make my own dot com back in 2007, and I've been going forward ever since.
On to bigger and better...I still love writing on Examiner.com for the ease of some quick eyeballs -- especially on days when the Google News hits and a big story happens and I get in there.
But most of March has found me updating my own sites, trying out some of the tricks I've learned from studying some of my 50over50k people and getting inspired by Amanada Hocking, the Kindle millionaire writer.
I spent most of the day redesigning PaulaNealMooney.com with the Thesis theme I love, and setting up niche sites all about Spanx, Spanx and more Spanx.
But lots of people are still making it into Google News for Examiner.com articles every day, so it may still end up being a very profitable stream of income along with all my others.
And let's not even mention how much my Droid 2 has increased my productivity, with its Droid Blogger app and Android for Wordpress app allowing me to blog laid out in bed on my back when my my laptop is shut!
I've got a feeling 2011 is going to break all kinds of good records...
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I got the below email -- twice in fact -- notifying me that ToysRUs has kicked me out of their referral program without much explanation.
They are a part of Linkshare.com network, and it's no big whoop to me because I don't remember making a ton of money through them anyway.
Perhaps it's the youtube videos I did on my youtube.com/realcustomerreviews channel that got too popular?
I will investigate.
Dear PAULA MOONEY: We regret to inform you that ToysRUs.com has removed you from their affiliate program. Merchants may remove affiliates from their programs for many different reasons, including violation of legal terms, inactivity, changes in site content, etc. If you feel that you have been removed in error, or would like further clarification on why you were removed, please contact Affiliates@toysrus.com. LinkShare manages hundreds of other affiliate programs. We encourage you to log in and find other merchants with whom you may want to partner.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I just learned that not only is Google Blogger coming out with a major redesign sometime this year, but the same article taught me about this official Blogger for Droid app that I am now using to write this post.
Boy, blogging sure has come a long way since I first started in 2005... and I love the possibilities.
Now, how can I blog to my Wordpress.org sites from my Droid phone? That's my next quest.