Monday, July 30, 2007

Update your Site's Thumbnail Image in Technorati

I have been noticing, in addtion to the never ending ping problem as of late, that my thumbnail on Technorati has not been updating like it was. A while back I wrote a very small post, Changing Your Site's Thumbnail Image In Technorati, that has garnered a lot of traffic. I had followed this method and updated my Alexa thumbnail several times in the last month which resulted in no changes to Technorati. I was beginning to wonder about Technorati.

After the power outage last week and the increase in ping problems, I contacted Technorati concerning my thumbnail problem and my site ping problem. I was told that they were dropping the Alexa thumbnail system and would be changing to something better, but they could not give me any more information. I asked why they dropped Alexa weeks before they had another system in place and I was not given an answer other than that a new system would be in place shortly.

Finally Technorati has released the new information on how to update your thumbnail picture. Technorati has moved to Snap as their blog thumbnail provider. Here is the new way to Update your Site's Thumbnail Image in Technorati.

1. Go to www.snap.com and in the search box you will type

yoursite.address.com

replace yoursite.address.com with your actual site url and then hit search. If your site has not been added to the snap directory your site will not come up. You will need to submit your site here and then wait for about 24 hours and then try this method again to assure you have the right thumbnail picture.

2.Locate the link that says "Report a problem with this image" below your current Preview Image.

3.Click the link. The page preview should be updated within about 24 hours.You can always check back with the page to make sure it's been updated.
later all and have a profitable and productive blogging day

Yours Truly
C “has to stand for Chow” Man

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Friday, July 27, 2007

I'll Literally Give You Toast With Jam and $20

Okay so the first part is a bit of a dramatization. The $20 part on the other hand isn't. Let me explain.

You may have noticed that at the top of the site there is a leader board of contextual text based advertisements. For quite a long time, before I rearranged things here, I had at times experimented with various types of ads at the top of the page. I eventually settled on the rotating banner that has been in place for quite some time now. This was pretty successful, but there have been some comments as to the relationship between the ads and this site. The ads chosen for the banners were picked by me and the why is really for another time, but a partial explanation can be found in my article Boca Java, Rush Limbaugh And Affiliate Marketing.

I have now replaced that banner as part of a little experiment in conjunction with a friend of mine. You my friend are the proverbial guinea pig. I am curious to see the click through stat comparison of the contextual text ads vs. the ad banners. The ad banners I ran were not contextual so the comparison won't be the most scientific exercise alas I'm curious nonetheless.

Okay now about that $20. In conjunction with this little ad experimentation I decided to give you one of the keys to my success with this blog and affiliate marketing. I advertise! AAHHHHH! Shocking I know. I'll give you a minute to regain your composure...............A minute is too many dots sorry. Many of my most profitable and productive ad campaigns have been with Bidvertiser. Bidvertiser is very similar to adsense, but I have found that in almost every case the keywords I am wanting to target are far cheaper with bidvertiser than with adsense. This is a more productive use of the ad budget and gives a higher return on my investment. For these reasons and because I such a helpful guy I decided to pass along this little bit of information. Bidvertiser is giving away $20 in free clicks for new advertisers.

There are additional benefits to joining up with Bidvertiser other than the $20 in free clicks. Bidvertiser also has a very good referal program that if you choose to promote can also be an additional income stream for you. Also whenever I publish Bidvertiser ads on my pages I find that the click through rates are a bit higher so the income is on par with adsense and yahoo. The The combination of lower advertising costs, good clickthrough rates on the ads published, and the referral program make Bidvertiser a profitable productive choice indeed.



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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Maximize Your Hits4Pay Earnings in 5 Easy Steps

Maximize Your Hits4Pay Earnings Many of you may have read my original Hits4Pay Program Review article published towards the end of June as it seems to pretty popular internally and with google :). I wanted to give a big thanks to all of you who have joined Hits4Pay and give all of my readers an update and all of my affiliates some tips on maximizing your Hits4Pay income. Hits4Pay has been a very successful program for me to date earning me close to $400 in about 2 months. I don't state that to brag but to show you the potential that is there. In light of my recent article Blogs, Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing, I don't want to just tell you how much I earned, tell you that you can do it to, give you a link, and leave it at that. I want to help you succeed, and maximize your earnings in the Hits4Pay program. In that spirit here are my 5 Steps.

5 Steps to Maximize Your Hits4Pay Earnings

Step 1
One of the biggest mistakes I see when talking with my affiliates is the under utilization of the interest categories. If you haven't checked the maximum categories, You Aren't Receiving Maximum Emails! You need to immediately go into your Hits4Pay account, select the My Account Tab, choose Edit Interest Categories, and pick the maximum allowed which is 25. This will give you the best chance to get the most emails possible based on your interests. I have read 71 emails this month. The results of this problem can be seen in that the most emails read by any of my affiliates is 50. I believe this discrepancy is a direct result of the category issue just explained and the ones I will address next.

Step 2
It is very important to make sure that you are receiving the Hits4Pay emails. I have many affiliates I talked to that were never receiving the new message alerts because the messages were being filtered as SPAM. Whatever email service you are using make sure that hits4pay is on your "white" or approved email list. When I told this to one affiliate the question was asked "If all the emails must be read from the internal mailbox why does it matter whether or not I am receiving the alerts? I am checking my internal box daily already." Well I'll address that in step 4 but first step 3.

Step 3
Now that you are getting the max emails for your interests and receiving the alerts in your email, you need to be able to find them easily and quickly. Use a filter for incoming mail so that you can sort and label the Hits4Pay alerts. I don't know that email program you are using but most allow for filtering of emails into folders or categories. I receive hundreds of legit emails a day and trying to find the Hits4Pay alerts amongst them would be cumbersome if not for the filter and label option in gmail. The benefit of this is that you can readily see when new alerts come in and you can quickly and easily respond. This is key to step 4.

Step 4
Respond quickly to email alerts by going to Hits4Pay and viewing the email as soon as possible. Back in step 2 I told you about a question that arose when I told an affiliate about the importance of receiving the alerts. The question was "If all the emails must be read from the internal mailbox why does it matter whether or not I am receiving the alerts? I am checking my internal box daily already." Here is the reason why. The emails you will receive have a limited number of times they can be read. If you are not receiving the alerts when they are offered and if you are only checking once a day, you are missing out on many emails.

Step 5
Promote the Hits4Pay program and help your affiliates. Okay maybe this is sort of two things. But this is about helping others succeed as well, so promotion without support just isn't acceptable.

The question I seem to be asked the most when discussing Hits4Pay, and probably one that most people ask themselves when taking a look at the program, is "if they only pay 2 cents an email won't it take forever for me to reach the $25 payment threshold?" The answer is yes, if you are the only one doing the reading. It will take you a bit to get to $25. For example, mtd I have read 71 emails personally for a total of $1.42 generated by me. With the $10 free at sign up, and no referrals, I would be at $11.42. A far cry from $25. Let us run the numbers here so you can get a better idea.

$25 - $11.42 = $13.58 still needed to reach payment
$13.58 / $0.02 = 679 emails to be read to reach payment
679 / 71 = 9.6 rounded up to 10 months to reach payment

And that is if the email count stays steady, which is never guaranteed, and you have maximized your personal earnings using steps 1-4.

Now look at the numbers when you add in 10 referrals who each refer only 2, which is very realistic to attain if you promote using the various methods below.

71 * 30 = 2130 emails to affiliates
2130 * $0.01 = $21.30 earned by affiliates + $11.42 earned by you, including the free $10 signup bonus = $32.72.

Thus you would earn payment in at the very latest your second month. With just a few more affiliates you could be earning payout every month. This is why it is much more profitable and productive to promote the program than to simply try and earn the payout yourself. Now how to promote the program.

Recommended Promotions are as follows:


  • Your own opt-in list

  • Email ads to Safelists

  • Banner exchange programs

  • Traffic programs

  • Newsletter advertising

  • Article Promotions

  • Link Exchange services

  • Free classified advertising

  • Email advertising

  • List building

  • Pay-per-click advertising

  • Signature files

  • Product Reviews

Let me tell you a few of my favorite and most successful promotional tools.
Bidvertiser will give you $20 free PPC advertising so you can start promoting almost instantly.
Business-World List is free to join and allows you to send out 200 emails for free along with being able to earn more credits through member promotions. I also have had good success with signature file promotions. I recommend trying different mediums to find what works best for you.

I hope this has been profitable in helping you to maximize your Hits4Pay earnings. Are there any questions you have? Anything I wasn't clear about. Maybe you have tried some things and would like to share your experiences. Leave a comment and start the discussion.




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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Blogs, Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing


Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare
I have noticed as I've traveled the blogosphere that too many blogs talk about making money but I have found that too few actually show and tell. They are in my opinion - blogs, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Too many have lost their way. The have become a shell of the blog they were and could be. We the blogging community have become focused on simply building traffic numbers, giving away "stuff" to attract readers, talking about how, when, and what to post, and about our latest dollar amount. What we fail to do is connect with our readers. We need to give more substance and less sound, more instructions, more guidance and less fury.

I am not so vain as to assume I am a blogging expert or an authority on making money online. There are literally hundreds of blogs that you could read about making money online and blogging monetization. There are many that have more posts, write with more finesse and wit, and have a longer track record blogging. I read them, as I am sure you do and should. I read about all the money they are making, conferences they are going to, people they are meeting with, and dinners ate. What I find too little of, are good explanations and instructions on the what, when, where, and how of their success.

Why am I here? Here meaning this small corner of cyberspace. What is my reason, my motivation, for this blog? Is my motivation simply to make myself a little money? No it goes deeper than that for me. Is it because I just feel I have this plethora of knowledge that will astound readers? No I'm learning as I go and simply sharing what I learn.

I have been suffering lately, as I am sure many of you have or maybe are, from what I would call "blog fatigue." I really didn't feel like posting, surfing, commenting or interacting with other blogs. I had to take a step back and examine my position, place my motivations under scrutiny, and regain perspective on the purpose of this blog. Let me state it clearly and succinctly. The purpose is as the title states Profitable Productive Blogging. Now so as to really understand what I mean let us explore together each word a little more deeply.

Profitable
Not simply profitable in monetary terms, but also in knowledge. Not for me alone, but for all who read. A community of readers striving for personal growth, financial security, and inspiring others to the same. Words that are profitable, useful, for teaching, correcting and training in the art of blogging, so that the blogger may be thoroughly equipped.

Productive
Fertile; Blogs that breed success in others. This is a true mark of a successful blog.

Blogging
Experience and knowledge, substantive, shared with others through the Internet. A collection of a persons thoughts, insights, and wisdom.

To all my fellow bloggers, lets take a minute to evaluate why we are doing what we are doing. We need more blogs focused on substance and centered less on style. As the blogosphere becomes more and more crowded, puff pastry blogs devoid of real substance will be left behind. They are but a "shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more." How many blogs have you seen fade away as their hour on the stage is up? To my readers, I will endeavor to follow my own advice and to offer you real substance, explanations, and mentoring so that we may all become profitable productive bloggers signifying long term success.

Lend me the benefit of your feedback. Do you agree with the article? Do you disagree? Is this blog relevant to you. Am I writing what you are wanting to read and providing information you are looking for? What are some blogs, heck maybe even this one, that in your opinion are maybe lacking a bit in the substance department? Let the debate begin.


later all and have a profitable and productive blogging day

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Are Your Blog Posts A Commodity?
Building A Good Relationship With Your Readers

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I'll Give You $2 Free Instant Profit

Well, I won't be giving it to you exactly, but I am going to show you how to get $2 in your paypal account for free. You really can't get much more profitable or productive than that. Well okay maybe..

Pedro Sardhina is giving away $2 via paypal to everyone that promotes his free ebook. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Head over to his article How To Instant Profit From Your Blog?
  2. Download his Free Ebook "The Ultimate Guide to Your Easylist"
  3. Write a review article about his ebook.
  4. Submit your article url and your paypal id to him in the comment section of the article How To Instant Profit From Your Blog?
  5. He will depost the $2 into your paypal account.

I downloaded the ebook and it has some nice tips in it that might be of benefit to you. The ebook talks about building an "easy list" using several programs in combination to maximize your profitability. Check it out, write a quick post about, collect your $2 and be happy.


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Feed Success in 5 Easy Steps


Several days ago I told you how to achieve Feed Failure in 5 Easy Steps . I wrote that article after experiencing issues with a few feeds I had subscribed to as well as a few small glitches with my own. Well today folks it is a more positive note - Feed Success.

Step 1
Post original relevent content. If you are only posting content the readers are getting elsewhere you will lose them. Readers typically subscribe to a fairly large number of feeds and trust me they will notice if you are simply redressing the content of others. Take some time on your articles and put some thought into what you want to say and how you want to say it. DON'T be afraid of saving drafts of articles and returning to them later. I know for me personally I usually am working on several posts at any given time. Original and relevant content will help avoid commoditization of your articles and go a long way to building a better relationship with your subscribers.

Step 2
Make it easy to subscribe to your feed. Obviously before you can even worry about keeping or losing subscribers you need to have them. People need have subscription options readily visible and available. Head over to feedburner and burn your feed and start using their free feed optimization tools.

Step 3
Publish a full feed. Readers are subscribing to your content - Give it to them. Don't give them the trailer to your content, buy them a ticket to the movie. This is may be a step 2a, but this is why internal linking is so important in your articles. Folks reading your blog through a reader will clickthrough to your site. Don't go overboard with the links though.

Step 4
Don't post too often or too infrequently. It is imporant to keep the feed fresh yet not flood it with content. If you post a great article and the shovel a bunch of useless posts on top of it people won't read it. Kevin of Blogging tips recently wrote a very article on The importance of spacing your posts out talking about how and why he spaces his posting out. Darren over at ProBlogger did a survey of his readers and came up with 34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog. The top two reasons given - Too many posts and not enough. Frequent properly spaced posting of quality content is key in building a large subscriber base.

Step 5
Feed Your Feed!

Thanks to the folks over at John Cow dot Com for this one! Okay so maybe this is really a few steps rolled into one.

The idea is simple: You want readers and you want link backs too because that’s all us bloggers want, it’s more precious than milk for some.

#Start copy here#

So how does it work?

Simple! You just copy the list down below on your blog, hence creating link backs for your blogging friends and then click the RSS feed link to subscribe to all of them. Then you add yourself and up to 5 other bloggers and their feeds to the end of the list before you publish it on your own blog. Show your friends some link love Just imagine if just 10 people would do this and then 10 more after them. That would get your blog 100 extra link backs and 100 extra feed subscribers!

The List:
Subscribe to Profitable Productive Blogging
Subscribe to A Cowboy's Wife
Subscribe to Make Money Online
Subscribe to JohnCowdotCom
Subscribe to BobmeetsWorld
Subscribe to LifeisRisky
Subscribe to TheKingKongBlog
Subscribe to My New Hustle
Subscribe to GadgetTastic
Subscribe to Life of Browie
Subscribe to Disregard Me
Subscribe to Everybody Go To
Subscribe to Brian Vaughan
Subscribe to Fuery
Subscribe to Sam Breadstone

Extended list:
Subscribe to 40Hourstogo
Subscribe to A Nice Place in the Sun
Subscribe to Abundance Highway
Subscribe to Weighwewere
Subscribe to DietivitySubscribe to Emoms
Subscribe to OnePennyProject
Subscribe to TotalWellnessTips

#End copy here#


Not in the list? Don’t worry, you can grab it, publish it and if I get a pingback, we’ll add you to this list too! I will do my best to check who joined and add you here. Leave a comment to let me know you are participating.



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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Your So Vain - Top 10 Reasons John Chow Probably Thinks This Blog Is About Him



1. Come on he's "the Chow" and all the girls blogs are dreaming of being his partner.

2. He really is on the People Magazine World's 100 Most Beautiful People list. But because People is playing favorites and deliberately keeping him off the official "published" list big magazines and newspapers won't write about him. So a whole new blog devoted to "the Chow" has risen.

3. This has to be one more way google is punishing him for his linking campaign, by making an obviously inferior little blog all about "the Chow" just to disgrace him and keep him from the #1 ranking.

4. Because he had me as a reader several weeks ago, when I was still a quite naive blogger. When I had dreams of blogging grandeur. Now those dreams are just clouds in my boca java coffee, clouds in my bova java coffee. In desperation I gave into my anger and have obviously crossed over to the dark side of the blogosphere and become his apprentice. "Cman - I am your "Chow"der!"

5. The blue "Sports" bull in the header has to be a veiled reference to "the chow's" header.

6. It is the perfect way for "the Chow" to show his readers How To Handle Negative Comments.

7. There are pictures of people eating food.

AP Photo by Louis Lanzano

8. I don't run the 100 meter dash but I do love Mrs. Dash.

9. My name is John too.

And Finally

10. The C in Cman has to stand for Chow, right?



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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Feed Failure in 5 Easy Steps



Are you tired of having a successful blog with a large readership? Is the pressure of having a large subscriber base getting you down. Do you want to end the headaches caused by the incessant hunger of subscribers for new food from your feed? Take five of these and comment in the morning.

Step 1

Remove all Feed Subscription buttons from your site. If you want to know what some look like check the end of this post. If you see anything remotely like this or anything that says subscribe, bookmark, fave, or add this, REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY. You do not want people to be able to easily subscribe to your feed. By removing all of these buttons most people just won't bother.

Step 2
Use one or two word non-descriptive titles for all of your posts. Headlines like Post 1, Title, or Article are surefire ways to not grab a persons attention. With headlines like this your feed is sure to go unnoticed in the subscribers reader.

Step 3
Post articles on your blog only once every month or so. This infrequent posting is a great way to ensure "feed blindness" or in extreme cases "feed deletion" or even "feed death"

Step 4
Cram your feed full of In-Your-Face feedvertising. Your readers will just love having to wade through, climb over, and marco-polo their way around ads to find your content. This little game of hide-and-seek will be sure to induce feelings of annoyance and frustration among your subscribers.

Step 5
If steps 1-4 fail, or would that be succeed, then it is time for drastic measures. You must now ignore step 3 and begin to post at least 10 - 15 totally useless posts a day preferably full of useless gibberish that appears to be written by those monkeys we've all heard about pounding away in a sweatshop somewhere trying desperately to compose the complete works of Shakespeare, or articles full of run-on sentences.

If for some reason these 5 steps don't work for you, my friend, then you must have been beaten with a lucky stick at sometime in this or a past life and are just doomed to success for all eternity. If that is you then I wash my hands and am not to held be accountable for your success.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

This Contest is NOT a Huge Mountain of.......It is Much More Beautiful Than That




Sorry I couldn't resist the chance to put in a shameless plug for my recent article on contests full of sh-t. Okay so the above image really is a mountain of sh-t, but the picture discussed below is much more beautiful.

Now on to why I'm writing this. Lori over at A Cowboy's Wife, who started blogging not too long after I did, and a good friend is having a contest. Isn't her site great by the way? She has some wonderful photography. And it is that photography that brings us back from a tangent and smack dab into the middle of the topic again.

A Cowboy's Wife is a blog with a much smaller audience, though moving higher quite rapidly, than John Chow and is making him look cheap by giving away cold hard cash. She is giving away $10 for the reader that can guess what a mountain scene, not the one above, is portraying. You can view the contest mountain scene here. I feel a bit reluctant to give away my guess since I think I am first but oh well. Here it is. My first thought when I saw the picture was that it was a cowboy laying on his back relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Texas sky. Well go on over to A Cowboy's Wife and take a peak enter the contest and stop back by and let me know what you think.

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Contests Are Full of Sh-T

I have to admit I participate in the occasional contest, and even write the "sell-out" type John Chow inspired "make money online" link to me posts. I didn't enter his SH-TTY contests though. The reason being of course that the contests were full of SH-T. More on that later. I do have to give you a reason to keep reading. I know the suspense is killing you. Hey there is nothing wrong with trying to win free stuff. There is even less wrong with it if the entry is free. TANGET

Do you ever wonder why people "pay" to enter all of these contests that are going on all the time? Aren't all these contest free, well for the price of a stamp (don't get me started on the inefficiency of government), to enter. The whole "no purchase necessary" bit you hear. I've seen a guy buy a drink he doesn't like and spend more money than necessary, see price of stamp above, to "enter" a contest. I guess the promotion worked huh? You know you've done it too.

I mean at any given time there are probably hundreds of brands and products that are giving away free this or free that. Open the wrapper you can win one miilllyawn dawllars. Or the new tactic of the evil "big" corporations the enter the code online to register contest. Which we all know is really just a way to get your personal information so that they can bombard you with advertising.
Now what was I saying? Oh yeah, contest posting. There are lots of bloggers giving away stuff. From useful things like Bloggrrl's "cow patty bingo" prize of 50$ to John Chow's crappy mouse and usb drink thingy that doesn't work(these contest are not so useful, unless of course your John Chow which of course is the point - suckers ;) ) The latter contests are the ones that are contests full of SH-T. The former from Bloggrrl TANGET
Bloggrrl also happens to be the writer of one of my favorite articles in recent memory, The Three Little Blogs: A Cautionary Tale. I only just found this blog via Darren of Problogger (thanks) via his link to the three little blogs post. I have spent quite a bit of time reading through the articles at Bloggrrl and have really enjoyed the content as well as Michelle's humorous style.
Okay.....The former from Bloggrrl falls into the category of contests that give away useful SH-T but aren't full of it. You see this very post is an entry into said contest via my links to the contest post and The Three Little Blogs article. This isn't a blatant contest entry comprised of 3 sentences with the obligatory links. I have actually read through the blog, subscribed to the feed, and even left a comment. No, this is more than an entry. It is a review, recommendation, contest entry, and short rant on blog contests in general all rolled into one really great article. Enter the blatant self promotion :). So anyway, head on over to Bloggrrl, enjoy the great content, and if you don't think her "cow patty bingo" contest if full of SH-T go ahead and enter that before you leave.

What are some SH-TTY contests you have come across lately? Have you actually entered some? Even won one? Well that is it for now folks.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Are Your Blog Posts A Commodity?

A commodity is a product that is essentially undifferentiated. In other words, regardless of which company you buy from you get basically the same thing. It is an item usually traded on price alone and not on quality or features in that there is really no difference between producers or sellers. Blogs posts are a dime-a-dozen commodity, quality blog Articles on the other hand are not. Don't get me wrong I believe a mix of shorter commentary style blog posts are a necessary part of blogging, but a blog strictly of these types of posts will be hard pressed to build a successful blog with a large loyal readership.

Jakob Nielsen Ph.D. "one of the world's foremost experts in Web usability," according to Business Week, says
Blog postings will always be commodity content: there’s a limit to the value you can provide with a short comment on somebody else’s work. Such postings are good for generating controversy and short-term traffic, and they’re definitely easy to write. But they don’t build sustainable value. Think of how disappointing it feels when you’re searching for something and get directed to short postings in the middle of a debate that occurred years before, and is thus irrelevant.
In his article Write Articles, Not Blog Postings Nielsen argues the focus should be on writing in-depth value-added content.
It might take you only an hour to write a blog posting on some current controversy, but a thousand other people can do that as well (in fact, they'll sometimes do it better, as shown above). And customers don't want to pay for such a tiny increment of knowledge....

In contrast, in-depth content that takes much longer to create is beyond the abilities of the lesser experts. A thousand monkeys writing for 1,000 hours doesn't add up to Shakespeare. They'll actually create a thousand low-to-medium-quality postings that aren't integrated and that don't give readers a comprehensive understanding of the topic -- even if those readers suffer through all 1,000 blogs.

Thorough content's added value can rise above the threshold where customers become willing to be separated from their money. This is the true measure of a sustainable business.
Blogs from Problogger to Daily Blogging Tips cover the topic of building a base of "pillar" articles. I agree with Daniel at Daily Blogging Tips that the concept of writing "pillar" posts or articles is certainly not a novel concept in the blogging community but the "way Nielsen[sic] handles the matter is quite interesting." I certainly don't agree with everything in his article he does make some very interesting and valid observations.

There has been a cardinal rule in blogging that in my opinion plays right into the commoditization of posts. The rule is post every day. I recently wrote an article about building a a good relationship with your readers that addresses this from the quality vs. quantity angle. The pressure of posting something leads to superficial posts that really do not differentiate themselves from the myriad of posts out there. I believe that if you take the time to really get into an article, really put yourself into it, and add value to your blog and to your readers through it, that it will go 100x farther than tons of superficial "commodity" posts.

In this journey we are on together to build a profitable productive blogs that add value to those who read them, I encourage everyone, myself included, to take the time to post thoughtful, personal, and well researched articles. Articles that go beyond the buzz topic of the moment. Will, and even more importantly does, every article need to be an epiphany? No, not even the best among us could pull that off, instead as I stated earlier strive for a well rounded mix which to me follows the rule I try to live by - moderation in all things.

Has pressure to post something ever lead you to simply put something full of nothing up? I know there have been times when I posted to post due to the "rule" and really had nothing unique to say. Let me know your feelings on this matter.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

As If I Needed Another Reason To Drink Boca Java Coffee

Some you may have noticed that I have a lot of coffee related ads. This is because I love great coffee. I kept hearing advertisements on various radio programs, like Rush Limbaugh, about Boca Java Coffee. I ordered some and found it to be arguably the best coffee I have ever tried and certainly the best coffee I have ever ordered from anywhere. I recommend it to all of my readers as a tool to be a more profitable productive blogger. Hey more coffee means you can stay awake and be more alert which gives you more time to devote to blogging. You were wondering at first I know. Besides I know many of you already use this as a productivity tool anyway.

Now, as if I needed another reason to drink Boca Java Coffee, they are giving away a $200$ gift card. Also for all of my readers check out my post on what Affiliate Marketing, Rush Limbaugh, and Boca Java have in common. Here is a hint: Great Opportunity. Okay so the hint pretty much gave it away but read about Affiliate Marketing, Rush Limbaugh, and Boca Java to find out one of my best strategies to make money in affiliate marketing.


Boca Java Gift Card Giveaway


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Udder John Cow

If you are like me after about 2 weeks of John Chow and you had just about enough. Don't get me wrong I still check his feed and read some of his posts but i'm certainly not fawning over the site. Well anyway there is a new parody site that is actually much more fun to read and I'm actually over there quite a bit more than Chow's site.

The site is John Cow dot Com. It is a site not about making money online but about making mooney online. Now I'm not real sure what mooney is, but it seems to be pretty profitable. The site has some hilarious posts and is a really fun read. I recommend my readers to check it out and enjoy the humorous side of making mooney online.

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BloggingTips Has A Great New Forum

I ran across BloggingTips several weeks ago, liked the post I read, and subscribed to the site feed. Since that time it has become one of my favorite blogs and one I stop by quite often. Sunday I read a post talking about the new BloggingTips forum and decided to check it out. I really like the forum setup and have already found it to be an extremely helpful resource. Besides Kevin from BloggingTips being around to share his wisdom and experience, I have found the other folks at the forum knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend to all of my readers to stop by and register with the forum to avail yourself of this great resource for profitable productive blogging.


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Monday, July 9, 2007

Building A Good Relationship With Your Readers

Having a good relationship with your readers is very important for reader loyalty, linking, social bookmarking, and just overall blog success. Building a good relationship with your readers goes hand in hand with building traffic and reader loyalty. If readers feel a connection with your blog and other readers of your blog they are more likely to return and to also help you in your social bookmarking efforts. Here are a few tips on building a good relationship with your readers.

1. Content is still King

Let me qualify the above statement and help you avoid a pitfall that I still and many new bloggers fall into. Quality of content not quantity of content. The latter will follow as your work on the former. I know that the “rule” around the blogosphere is “post every day!” This pressure to post every day drives poor quality content and will in turn eventually impact your relationship with your readers. Read a great article that goes into more detail on this over at the MyDailyFix blog on this topic.

2. Respond to Comments

Responding to comments lets your readers know that you are involved and reading what they are saying. It also encourages return visits and creates more of a community of bloggers/commentators than simply readers. Actively involved readers become loyal readers.

3. Link to the blogs of your regular readers/commentators blogs

If you have a reader that consistently posts quality comments and has a blog, link to their blog in a post or via a top commentators list.

4. Visit and comment on the blogs of your readers

This encourages reciprocation and will build loyalty and who knows you may even learn something.

5. Subscribe to the feeds of your readers.

This goes hand-in-hand with #’s 3 & 4. By actively engaging your readers through links, comments on, and subscriptions to their blog increases the likelihood of gaining a loyal reader and one who will spread the word about your blog.Place value on your readers and their comments and they will place value in what you have to say as well. Integrate these tips into your blogging and you will be rewarded with a more loyal and engaged readership.

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Blogger How To – Ads That Appear Only An “itempage” Or “permalink” Of A Post

When analyzing my traffic data I noticed that most of my posts were being read via their permalink page and that this percentage was steadily increasing. Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and the links I post, rss feed links, and internal links all refer to the permalink of a post. As these are an increasing percentage of traffic I decided to find a way of removing ads from my main page posts and have ads that only appear on the permalink of a post. This is a great way to remove advertisement clutter from your main page (something I'm still working on) and place ads where the reader is more actively engaged and likely to follow the advertising.

Step 1

As always the first thing you should do before making any changes to your template is to make a complete backup.

Step 2

Generate the ad code at whatever provider you decide to use and in the format you prefer, mine is a 468 x 60 banner. Now you will have to parse the code so that it can be placed into your template. If you don’t know how to do this using &; formatting or simply just don’t want to waste the time, then you can use this code parser (thanks Blogcrowds) to do it for you. Copy and paste your html ad code into the parser and then copy the output it gives you. This “parsed” code output is what you will paste into your template.

Step 3

Go back to your html edit page click and check the box to Expand Widget Templates

Step 4

Scroll down through the template code until you find the code that looks like this.

<div class="'post-header-line-1'/">

<div class="'post-body'">

<p>
<data:post.body/>
</p>

Step 5

Paste this code

<b:if cond="'data:blog.pageType">
</b:if>


Into your template like this

<div class="'post-header-line-1'/">

<b:if cond="'data:blog.pageType">
</b:if>

<div class="'post-body'">
<p>
<data:post.body/>
</p>

Now if for some reason you want the ad at the end of your post past the code after the </p>

Step 6

Now paste your parsed ad code into the conditional if statement like this

<b:if cond="'data:blog.pageType">

Your parsed code here!

</b:if>

Step 7

Save your template. There that’s it. You now will have the ad block you created showing up in your post only when it is viewed via its permalink url.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

Newsletter update

I sent the first edition of the newsletter out early saturday morning, only to realize today after some comments by people about the newsletter being late, that my e-mail database had been corrupted(I will be switching to constant contact next month which should help). I know there are many of you who did not receive the newsletter. I am working to correct the problem. Depending on my time constraints I should have the problem resolved and the newsletter out to everyone by Wednesday. Thank you all for being understanding. This is the first time I have done a newsletter and I'm still working out the logistics of it.

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