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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Google re-indexed my website after kicking me out - 3 years after Google de-indexed me!

It's funny to see how far you've come online and the things that can happen when you're online for years upon years.

I first started this blogger blog back in December 2005 -- wow, almost 6 years now.

And then in 2007, I started getting my feet wet with regular dot coms like after Google temporarily took away my ranking for the term Paula Mooney. (I didn't know if you kept linking to a website with the same exact term that Google would bomb you for it -- or rather, I didn't want to change doing it.)

But it was all good (or rather, all God) because that forced me to get outside of blogger and learn something new. I started WatchFreeEpisodes.com and another site called CPTimes.com, and they were going great till I got greedy and started adding scraped content from feeds too much and too often and in the wrong way and that got both sites de-indexed.

It was a silly move of sorts, especially since Watch Free Episodes was getting $5,000 in Adsense income at its peek. But again, it all worked out. Now I know not to put my eggs all in one basket and am totally on the multiple niche site tip these days.

Anyway, CPTimes was initially going to be some kind of site about African American entertainment. Some guy online was going to partner with me in getting the site together, but he disappeared.

It's a trip to look back at the archive of the site to first of all see that someone had that domain back in 2002 -- gee, does Google look favorably on that domain age even though I didn't own it back then? -- and to see how it looked when I first started it in 2007.

Anyway, around 2008 is when Google de-indexed both the Watch Free Episodes and CPtimes.com sites, and even though I did the reconsideration requests and had cleaned up my mess, the big G didn't do anything about it.

The sites still got traffic from other search engines (nothing like from Google) so I kept paying the $10 fee each year to keep the domains active.

When I got the latest warning from Dreamhost that CPTimes was expiring, somehow or another I checked the stats and saw that I was getting Google traffic again -- after 3 years!

So Google can be forgiving -- and not so forgiving. They haven't yet put Watch Free Episodes back in their index. And I don't even know if CPTimes is still sandboxed or tagged by Google as blacklisted in anyway.

Still figuring out what I'm going to do with that site. At least it's back in Google.

Monday, July 18, 2011

How did I get over 5,600 links to this blog?

I was just messing around trying to figure out what pagerank this blog now sits at today -- I guess Google loves me with a pagerank of 4 for the homepage according to the toolbar.

My other PaulaNealMooney.com site they dropped down to a pagerank of 1, the same PR as some of the sites I just started a few months ago. (Don't know why that happened.)

It all reminds me not to be "page rank obsessed" -- as one of my readers said back when I didn't want to hear it, and was mad at Google for dropping me around. Oh well, at least I'm grateful to have access to some high-ranking page rank sites that either I own or write for. It's kinda still all about the backlinks.

And speaking of backlinks, according to Yahoo, I've got over 5,600 links pointing to this blog -- a fact that somewhat surprised me.

I didn't even know I had that many. I've been doing so much keyword research lately like a fiend. And when I see a website that's been around for years with over 2K backlinks or whatever, sometimes I don't even touch it -- that is, I might not try to go up against it to grab the #1 spot, especially if it's obviously established with time, a high PR and tons of links and proprietary names.

But that's not a hard and fast rule...

Because methinks Google still loves the exact match domains, at least from the latest Matt Cutts "read between the lines" YouTube video advice, as well as some of what I've seen with my hours and hours of keyword research that tells me what specific niches are still possible to make money within.

There's tons of them; it might just take a little time to build out a website around it and have Google recognize it. And then there's the "Google dance" that you just don't know why Google favors a site and allows it to have 100s of searches one day, and then they obviously tweak something and the site drops to 10s of searches the next, if that.

That's what happened to my product blog's stats as you can see in the pic above -- but hopefully the traffic will pick up, along with my commissioned sales.

But there's still money to be made with Google Adsense...

It's tripping me out that my Google Adsense income thus far this month (around $400) is surpassing the Examiner earnings (around $300 so far this month), and that I'm making that switch from making more money via Adsense and other outlets under my own sites, not anyone else's.

This is a good thing, and I've been dropping all kinds of queries you can think of into Google Adwords Keyword Tool thing to determine which keywords pay more (I've been using around $2.00 per click as a minimum basis) and have a good amount of search traffic (at least 1,000 local searches per month) and don't have too much competition to try and get in front of.

I've learned so much in the process. I mean, who knew they even made "alcoholic whipped cream" these days?

But sometimes, the best ideas for niche websites are living right under your nose, the things you blessedly experience each day -- so you can bet your bippy that other people are out there experiencing and searching for the same things.

Caught the link love? Yeah, I know. And since Google is lovin' this blog right about now -- I mean, after all, it is almost 6 years old and did have those viral "Paula's List of Blogger Salaries" posts that drew plenty of big, heavy-hitting links from the likes of Darren Rowse and John Chow and Yaro Stanak -- I am coming back to give a little bit of juice to the new sites and see how well they do.

But I'm learning from Spencer Haws, my favorite 50 over $50k philosopher right now, that you can do great, extensive keyword research and start your niche sites and then just build links to them slowly...not necessarily like the maniac link-building I became when I started the Spanx swimwear websites.

And another thing: People don't like to buy many swimsuits online! I mean, I've purchased one or two during times of desperation, and ended up with some ill-fitting tops, but one suit I did love.

It's all a matter of trying a great number of great topics that might interest you (or interest you to learn about) and write, write, write -- and find ways to automate that the Google bots and algorithm won't bop, and see what happens.

Praying for our good Adsense income to increase. They seem more stable than Amazon Associates at the moment, Google's got a ton more money via Adsense to pay us -- plus, people only have to click on stuff and not buy in order for us to reap the benefits.

I've rather rely more on that than too heavily on any one site that might go kerplunk when Google's panda comes out to play.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Over $16K in 6 months from blogging

Just calculated all my writing income thus far for the first 6 months of 2011 and wrote a long post about how I got the $16K.

I like this pic I took for one of my niche blogs about Sally Hansen nail strips, but honestly, I think people aren't buying a lot of those that I see coming thru. I gotta check again.

It's been a good and long and pretty productive day, but it's time to get away from this nice, new laptop.

I just saw an interesting proposal about tithing 10% of our time each day to God -- and I'm intrigued by the 2.4 hours of time that could be set aside to learn more about what direction my life should take.

I'll admit, while I can be good about the giving of money -- I probably could spend a lot more quiet time trying to hear from heaven.

Let me go start...

Paula Neal Mooney