Archive for September, 2009

Increase Your Blog Traffic with Article Directories

September 29th, 2009

One of the best ways to promote your blog or website is by publishing articles in Article Directories. Some of the better known directories are EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com.  Publishing articles in these kinds of directories is smart for a few reasons.

  • They create direct click-through traffic to your blog posts, articles, or domain.
  • They can help your site become indexed by search engines more quickly.
  • They create back-links to your site, which helps it achieve higher search engine results in Google and Yahoo.

How do Article Directories Work?

You can publish articles about anything, but you want the subject to be specifically related to what you write about on your blog.  The reason for this is that you get to place two links in the signature box at the end of your articles.  This is pretty much the whole reason you want to write for article directories: building links to your work.

Once your article is approved, it will be live and should soon get some search traffic to it.  This will in turn send some traffic to your blog via you signature links.  Other web publishers can re-publish your work on their own websites as long as they include the links to your site, which can further increase the amount of links you get to your work.

How to Get Click Through Traffic from Article Directories.

It is always nice to see high rates of click-through traffic on your ezine articles.  One way to increase clicks on your links is by writing in such a way that your reader still wants more information and will naturally want to click your link as a means to finding it.

In my last post I used the example of home brewing beer so I’ll continue that here.  Your article may be about how to brew beer properly or some things to know for beginners.  You may write in your signature something like this (with the link in quotes):

Read more about how to choose the best “Home Brewing Kits.”  Also, learn more tips and tricks to getting started “Brewing Beer at Home.”

Both links can be to different posts on your blog, or one can be to a post and the other can be to the homepage domain.  You want to also make sure to use keyword-rich anchor text.  The first link in the above example could lead to a review of several “home brewing kits,” while the second may be to the homepage, which may be more general in theme, which is why you use the text “”Brewing Beer at Home.”  It really depends on what your target keywords are.  In this example, you would

Keyword-rich links are good for off-site SEO and will help your site in the SERPS.  If you’re looking to gain traffic to your site, both direct and long term, article directories are a good place to start.

Article Length

400 to 500 words is the optimal length for these articles.

It can be frustrating getting started at Article directories–at least for me it was–because your work may be rejected for not reaching the publisher’s standards.  They don’t want spammy or keyword-stuffed content, which is part of the reason these directories maintain their high quality reputations, which are reflected in PR and search engine rankings.

Make Money on Hubpages by Writing Multiple Hubs on the Same Topic

September 15th, 2009

One of the ways that people make good money with Hubpages is by writing several hubs on the same topic.  If two hubs are about a related subject, you can link them to each other.  Not only does this give your readers access to more information, it also creates a new permanent link to your other work.

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Links between hubs will help you gain more impressions and could help you make more money.  Say you write a hub about brewing beer at home.  You could write a definitive hub about this hobby and include some information answering the basic questions on how this kind of thing is done, how to get started, and possibly even where to purchase home beer brewing kits.

Your next hub could be about a specific home made beer or your own experience brewing.  Maybe you write a product review.  You could then link from this hub to your previous hub, thus strengthening your Hubpages search footprint.  What I mean by this is you are creating a wider net for people searching for this kind of topic on Google and Yahoo.

You can do this a few times, or you could do this one hundred times.  As long as you are creating useful, search engine friendly content (which I will be going into deeper later this week), you will be on your way to getting some good traffic and even earning some money on Hubpages.

Three Reasons Writing Multiple Hubs on the Same Topic Is a Good Idea:

1) It strengthens your previous Hubs by creating back links.  Back links help your content become more findable in search queries.

2) It increases your pageviews.  More pageviews means more ad impressions and more opportunity to make money on Hubpages.

3) It provides access to more information to your reader.  This is a big one because if your content is authoritative, meaning you provide very useful information, your readers may pass on the link, save it on their desktop for future reference, bookmark it, or even link to it from their blog.  All these are cool things and will help you gain more exposure.

Learn how to make money with Hubpages.  Also, read my recent Hubpages income report.

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How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog – Some Domain Search Tips and Tools to Help You

September 14th, 2009

Website Domains – What’s in a Name?

Finding a good domain for your site is probably the most important step in creating a new website.  You need a strong name.  Here are some tips and tools to help you out.

If you are starting a blog, perhaps the best domain name for it is your name, first and last, followed by a dot com. It really depends on what you want to do with your site. Are you promoting yourself, your work, your service or your portfolio? In any of these cases, it makes sense to use your name in your domain.

You may run into a problem, however. It is very possible that your name will not be available for purchase because someone else got to it first and now owns it. What do you do in this case? You can search for different combinations of your name and last name. If your name is Steve Andrew Smith but SteveSmith.com is taken, consider SteveASmith.com or SteveAndrewSmith.com. If all of these are taken, the next step is to see if you can get any of these addresses as a .net domain.

Having a domain name that ends in dot com (.com) is the most popular and well-known option for people who own websites, but there really is nothing wrong with a dot net (.net) name. People won’t really notice the difference and it doesn’t matter in terms of having search engine traffic sent to your blog or anything like that.

In other words, a domain name that isn’t a dot com won’t hurt you. But, that being said, get one if you can.

There are quite a few free tools you can use online to help you find a great domain. The following are a couple that should help you find the right domain name (or URL) for your site. You may be wondering why these tools are free to use. They’re free because if you decide to purchase domains through the owners’ affiliate links, they earn a few dollars. Like many things on the Internet, these sites are often monetized with affiliate links.

Here are three domain tools you can use to help find your diamond in the rough.

Another quick tip about domain names: it can be very useful to use keywords associated with your niche in the name of your site. This is good for a few reasons: it lets people know what your site is about, gains you interested readers, and may help with your search engine rankings. Another added benefit is that people will link to you using your chosen keywords, which will help you climb up the search engine rankings and attract more website traffic.

In the middle of creating a list of domain tools, I found a very comparable (or probably better list) at Six Revisions blog.  Check out some of the tools available.  I have found that people find one or two tools and stick with them.  Just like any other applications, websites, or programs on the internet, you can confuse the heck out of yourself by over-searching and inundating yourself with tools.  Good luck.

If you have any questions about choosing a good domain, please leave a comment and I will let you know my thoughts.  Anyone else can chime in with ideas as well.  This is an open forum, so if you are looking for a new domain name, leave your 2 cents.

Twitter New Terms of Service: You Own Your Tweets!

September 11th, 2009

I don’t really see what has changed, but I guess the guys over at Twitter felt it was a good time to revisit the Twitter terms of service.  

One noticeable thing, which I think most people already took for granted, is that Twitter users own their Tweets.  The owners are also still keeping the doors open on advertising.  There is no news yet on what they may do to monetize the site, but the TOS reads:  

The Services may include advertisements, which may be targeted to the Content or information on the Services, queries made through the Services, or other information. The types and extent of advertising by Twitter on the Services are subject to change. In consideration for Twitter granting you access to and use of the Services, you agree that Twitter and its third party providers and partners may place such advertising on the Services or in connection with the display of Content or information from the Services whether submitted by you or others.

It is my guess that if Twitter does take the advertising route, they will make large overall deals with premium CPMs, but then again, what do I know?  They could create their own contextually related and super-targeted ad platform similar to Adsense.  

The thing that Twitter can really bank on (and sell) is the ability to watch conversations as they happen and know what people are talking about (ie, brands, companies, products, movies, culture) right NOW.

To marketers, advertisers, and companies, this is very valuable, and not only because Twitter has captured the public’s imagination and can be quite useful, but because it might be a great way to promote a business.