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More Dancing

August 12, 2010

Anyone who has come here from the Sick forums probably read that about an hour after I posted my last post on August 1 I tweaked my code with a 301 redirect that just tanked my site.  Once again I was doing the dance.

My main URL was not in the top 1000 results for any of my keywords and any pages that did show up were on page 6 or more.  My traffic slowed and my adsense went down accordingly.

As with the last dance I just kept on building backlinks as I had been knowing that eventually the site would come back.  It finally came back yesterday.  My rankings still aren’t as good as they were before but I’m hoping that they’ll continue moving up as the site stabilizes again.  What’s interesting is that while my rankings and traffic were down my EPC went up and I started getting multiple $8+ clicks which is always nice. 🙂

I’m hoping that by the end of the month I’ll be back to where I was on August 1 and I’ll not be changing any more code. 🙂

What a difference a month makes!

August 1, 2010

So it’s been a little over a month since I started my Niche Domination push.  I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t as dedicated to it as I should have been, particularly not when it came to promoting my Web 2.0 properties.  However, even with my semi-slacking ways I’ve had a great result.  Below is a month/month (June/July) comparison for backlinks, SERP, Traffic and earnings.

Backlink Comparison – 7/1 – 8/1

On 7/1 I had 85 backlinks.

On 8/1 I have 571 backlinks.

Serp Comparison – 7/1 – 8/1

What a huge difference a month and a bit of work makes.  On July 1 I had just been swung into the Google dance.  I had only 1 keyword that was ranking in the top 200 on Google for my primary domain page and only 14 keywords that were ranking in the top 200 for any page at all.

Yahoo and Bing were better but still nothing to write home about.

Currently my rankings are:

Google:  33 in top 100, 11 on page 1
Yahoo:  24 in top 200, 10 on page 1
Bing:  23 in top 200, 3 on page 1

My Squid Lense, which was at 227, is now at 107.  I need to work on that more because I’ve discovered that the traffic I get from it tends to click ads so getting it onto page 1-2 would definitely increase revenue.

Now, the results:

Traffic Comparison – June/July

In June, I had 400 visitors and 867 page views.
In July, I had 1684 visitors and 5681 page views

Earnings Comparison – June/July

These earnings are for adsense only.  I’ve made a bit with affiliate commissions but I don’t do channels on those so I can’t be sure which sites the money is coming from.

In June, I made $149.86 ($4.96/day)
In July, I made $703.79 ($22.7/day)

All-in-all, I’m very satisfied!

Week/week Analytics Comparison

July 26, 2010

In this post you’ll see that I provided an analytics snapshot for my traffic/adsense from 7/2-8.  I’m going to compare it to 7/19-25 just to see the difference.  To be strictly fair I should do parallel weeks but I’m motivated to do it now so if I want it done at all… 🙂

7/2-8 Summary

  • 157 visits
  • 3.12 pages/visit
  • 22 visits/day
  • 66.88% traffic from Search Engines
  • 29.94% traffic from Google
  • Adsense Revenue – $63.88
  • Average Adsense/day – $9.13

7/19-25 Analytics Stats

As you can see, I’ve almost tripled my number of visitors which is great.  I’m even getting traffic on the dreaded weekends. 🙂  My pages per visit has gone up slightly and my bounce rate is better.  All-in-all, a very good result.

The percentage of traffic I’m getting from SEs has stayed about the same but the % of traffic I’m getting from Google has risen almost 15%.  My referring sites is up but I think a lot of that has to do with admins checking out my site after I drop a link on theirs.  I’m getting a surprising amount of traffic from info.com who I’d never heard of before this.  It’s classified as referral traffic but I think it’s more Search since info.com is a search aggregater.  Squidoo has taken a bit of a tumble, sending me only about 3% of my traffic during that week. I think I need to focus on promoting it more.

7/19-25 Adsense Stats

While there were a couple bad adsense days in this week, overall my adsense revenue has almost tripled – which makes sense as my traffic has almost tripled as well.  My daily average was $23.10 which is more than double what it was and more than I need for my daily travel budget – so I’ll be leaving soon. 🙂  My average click amount went up slightly to $2.22/click.

Once again, this section is the most interesting.  Info.com, which provided only 10% of my traffic brought in over 65% of my revenue!  That’s crazy but it shows that the traffic from info.com is much more targeted and converts better.  Similarly, Squidoo, which only brought about 3% of my traffic, provided 11% of my revenue.  Definitely need to be promoting that more.

And Google!  What’s up with that!?  As my primary traffic source, with 43% coming from them, you’d think that they’d be responsible for more than 4% of my traffic.  Very strange!

I’ve no idea where the yahoo mail came from unless someone has subscribed to my feed and through that clicked a link…

All-in-all, I’m very happy with these results.  If I can continue on this path I’ll be more than pleased.

This is Why I’m Not a Blogger

July 26, 2010

I’m really crap about blogging every day – or even on a consistent basis – which is why I generally don’t run blogs.  So, sorry for the long absence.  Not much has changed on my end.  I’m still doing the dance.  For about a week I was on page 6-7 for 80% of my keywords then I moved back up.  Yesterday I was in spot 5 for my main keyword – today I’m in spot 10.  But, I’m just carrying on with my backlinking and hopefully I’ll find a good spot and stick.

Adsense is good – averaging $20-50/day which you can’t beat with a stick. 🙂

My backlinks are increasing daily and now I’m up to 448 sitewide links.  My main competitor has about 1000 so I still have a ways to go. 🙂

The Adsense Dance?

July 15, 2010

I’ve not heard of it but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out it existed.  Take, for example, my adsense earnings from yesterday.  Yesterday, in a full day, I got 5 clicks which totaled $5.64.  This, despite having great traffic for the day because my SERP positions are holding.

Compare that to today where by 8 am I had 5 clicks for a total of $12.21.

I can’t think of any reasonable explanation for such different performances aside from Google mucking about with my adsense.

Thankfully it seems to have bounced back a bit!

WPMU, SEO Book and More

July 13, 2010

SEO Book

First, welcome to visitors from the SEO Book Community forums.  I don’t have a membership there (because I’m a cheapo) so I’ve no idea how or why my blog was mentioned (could be something along the lines of “check out this idiot!”), but the more readers the merrier.  To be honest, I never really expected to get *any* readers so it’s all a bonus. 🙂  Though now I feel like I have to actually put up some solid, helpful content so if you want some of that, keep reading…

WPMU

Second, a new *gasp* reader contacted me yesterday to ask more about WPMU blogs.  This enterprising soul went on to do some additional research to learn more about WPMU blog and how you can use them so he no longer needs the information but I figured I’d post more here for those who are not quite so independent.

WPMU stands for WordPress Multi User and basically this is the wordpress.com blogging platform which has been released to the public so any old Joe or Mary can host their own free blog network.  This can be both a good and a bad thing.

First, the good points:

  • They are all on different IP addresses so when you build links out from them you’re getting them from a variety of sources.
  • You don’t have to worry about paying for domains, hosing, installing scripts or any of the other time and money intensive stuff that can come along with hosting your own website.
  • Many of them are parts of social networks so your blog will get some automatic publicity as your posts generally get listed as “recent posts” on the front page of the WPMU host blog.
  • They come pre-loaded with templates and plug-ins so you don’t have to do any installing or upgrading on your own.
  • They generally are more lenient about including advertising than wordpress.com is on their blogs.

Now, the disadvantages:

  • These blog networks are owned by people like you and me which means that they are at the mercy of others.  This means your blog can be deleted because it’s not the right niche, it’s too commercial, the owner gets click happy or they just decide to shut down the network because the expense of paying for the server load just doesn’t make it worth it.  If you’ve read back, you’ll see that several of my blogs have been removed by the owners for various reasons.
  • Because they already have templates and plug-ins installed you can do limited customizations – as with wordpress.com – so you may not be able to optimize it exactly how you’d like.
  • Occasionally you have to put up with the owner infringing on “your” blog with their advertising or links.  I found one platform where the guy had a 6″x3″ batch of links at the bottom of each page in each template…it was a bit over the top…

You would probably agree with me that being at the whim of the blog owner is the biggest drawback, but in my opinion, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages – which is why I’m using them.

Now the question becomes how to best use them.

As with most things in IM, there are automated tools that you can use which  can make your life substantially easier.  The best known tool for this type of job is Link Farm Evolution (LFE for those in the know).  It basically will manage your blog network for you.  It’ll create your accounts and then you can add content to them all whenever you like.  At a one-time cost of $297 it’s at the higher end of the expense curve but the people who have it tend to rave about it and depending on what your goal is for your blogs, it could be very useful.

Since my goal is to build backlinks to my websites, not to promote my or someone else’s products, LFE is not really the tool for me because while it automates the account creation, you still have to go in and manually add the content when you want to publish to your network and frankly, that’s too much work for me.  I like to market the lazy way.  Plus, as I mentioned earlier, I’m a cheapo.  As a result, I’ve developed my own cheap and lazy way of autoblogging with WPMU sites.  With my method I don’t need special plug-ins or templates or any software to manage the process.  It’s very set and forget.

Basically, I will create the blog, set up the content addition and then just let run.  I publish 5-15 articles on each blog each day and once it’s set up I have nothing more to do with it.  It takes less than 10 minutes per blog from start to finish.

Now, you may be wondering, how do I autopublish that content?  Well my friends, I’d love to tell you, but that’s my secret right now, sorry.  I’m still debating whether I want to release the info or not or if I might do an ebook at a later date or whatnot.  I know, it’s not nice to be selfish but I have to figure out just how damaged this method could get if released because as much as I like to help people, I don’t want to ruin a great method to do it.

And More

Finally, I invite you to participate in this blog.  Make comments, ask questions, etc.  As I said, I never anticipated getting readers so I chose to do this on a wp.com blog which isn’t the greatest for visitor friendliness.  However, it’ll do and nofollow links are still useful so feel free to use your keywords when making comments!

Have a great day and happy IMing!

7/12/10 SERPs

July 12, 2010

After a short disappearance from the SERPs I’m back and stronger than ever with great traffic and adsense being the result.

I have 237 backlinks showing in Yahoo.