Blogging For the Big Bucks???

You hear it all the time, this blog is making thousands of dollars. On my side I hear how can I make money on my blog, I am hoping to make six figures.

Now you may want to comment from your own experience, but from what I have seen blogging is fun and can be profitable as a ghost blogging provider for other websites, but I have not seen any blogs raking in the cash to the tune of six figures.

I do know that a well-trafficked blog can make a decent or at least respectable income from AdSense or really rather the “products” that Google offers as in my case, but I think you really need to be in the “stratosphere” of popularity to be making enough income that you would want to quit your day job and blog full time.

For my part I blog for search engine benefits and for the authority that blogging gives to my website and my business. Blogging is just one of the overall techniques that I use for improving and maintaining my own business’ organic placement. I have made money from my blog, but not enough to really be a major income flow. So if you are blogging for money, well think again – ‘taint going to happen – blog because you love it or because you can see the organic benefit.

The New World of Web Visibility for New Websites

You just can’t do the same old thing anymore – get your website out and hope that someone visits. You just have to more now to be visible on the Web.

In addition to building a great website that is search engine friendly you need to prepare it for search engines and really push to get your initial exposure. Here are some of the things that we advocate to help get your new website visible and in the Google index quickly.

  1. Make sure to do a Google Sitemap and Yahoo URLlist. You want to make sure that when the spider comes they will spider everything.
  2. Make sure to use the free webmaster tools to register your site on Google, MSN, and Yahoo Engine. I don’t recommend that you pay $299 for Yahoo Directory listing unless you have other issues where this may be needed.
  3. Register with Google Local with a free business listing.
  4. Create a My Space site as well as one for Facebook and LinkedIn. Sounds foolish? Well I have to say that one big problem for new sites is getting Google to pick them up and put them in the index. We have found that the Sitemap helps, but that the site doesn’t actually make it into the Google index (even thought the Google bot has been by) until you have one or two links to your brand spanking new website. These services will provide the links you need to get indexed on Google fast.
  5. Post your website link in some of the blogs on your topic or forums. Some sites will not allow you to do this and I certainly do not advocate being carried away here, but you are trying here to get a few links to your new site so that the search engines will take notice.

From my side as a professional, I am definitely seeing the difference when we follow these steps in regards to how quickly I will be able to find a new site for Google searches. Try it and you’ll be convinced that this is truly a very smart yet simple strategy.

I love this Blog, Blog Tutorials

If you are like me, you have your own favorite blogs that you watch, ones that you check every day and that resonate with you. Well here is one of mine, The Blog Tutorials – I think that the site owner truly has his or her finger on the pulse of bloggers and professional bloggers. No I don’t agree with everything written, but the point of view and new ideas is refreshing and gets my vote for sure for one to watch on a regular basis.

If you are a pro blogger or just trying to become one, I recommend checking out this blog. The titles are well written, content good, and wealth of new ideas excellent.

Google WiFi Is It Safe?

You know I never gave WiFi networks a thought until I started doing webmaster work for the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts. I myself was thinking isn’t this great, I can be connected anywhere I go with new wireless networks.

With Google and Earthlink trying to create a big WiFi hot spot in San Francisco and Google celebrating the first year anniversary of covering cover about 12 square miles and 25,000 homes serving approximately 15,000 unique users, I am wondering now what the health tradeoffs will be by going wireless in public spaces. Are we polluting ourselves with electromagnetic radiation and simply thinking what we can’t see can’t hurt us?

We all love technology, our kids are all tuned in to it too. If you haven’t seen the technology used on university campuses now, you just wouldn’t believe it. Our kids in college now have piped in cable, high speed Internet, WiFi spots and some campuses going totally WiFi. The libraries have more computers that you may see in a year, and many campuses even offer free computer tech services to students for their own computers. Every college student now needs a laptop and teachers upload their class notes and lectures to the Web.

With this new push for technology and being online all the time, are we trading off our health? Are we polluting our air with radio and microwaves that we can not see but may be causing health issues down the road? I am not sure myself what the answer is, but I have to say after having read the papers and documents that I am posting for this client, I am starting to wonder whether the trade off may simply be too big or whether we should have more definitive research before we push more wireless networks.

Tell me what you think, by leaving your comment below.

Carnivals, Blog Memes, & Synchroblogs

What is a carnival, meme or synchroblog? I’ve pulled a snippet from Wikipedia to help you understand what each one is so you can decide if you want to participate.

“There are many variations, but typically, someone who wants to organize a carnival posts details of the theme or topic to their blog, and asks readers to submit relevant articles for inclusion in an upcoming edition. The host then collects links to these submissions, edits and annotates them (often in very creative ways), and publishes the resulting round-up to his or her blog.” Full definition:

Blog Meme
“…an Internet meme is simply the propagation of a digital file or hyperlink from one person to others using methods available through the Internet (for example, email, blogs, social networking sites, instant messaging, etc.). The content often consists of a saying or joke, a rumor, an altered or original image, a complete website, a video clip or animation, or an offbeat news story, among many other possibilities. An Internet meme may stay the same or may evolve over time, by chance or through commentary, imitations, and parody versions, or even by collecting news accounts about itself.” Full definition:

My version a blog meme is where you post links of blogs that you like and then ask others to add them name and five others to the list and then post to their blog. It creates interest and typically works in someways like a chain letter – you take off two from the bottom and add two at the top. Let me know by posting a comment if you’ve seen other uses or definitions of blog memes.

“A recent variant is Synchronised Blogging, or synchroblog, where a group of bloggers agree to post on their own blogs on the same broad topic on the same day. The titles are circulated a day or two beforehand, and each blogger includes links to the other blogs.” Wikipedia considers this an extension of a carnival. See the full definition:

The bottom-line on all of these terms is that they are about connecting with others in much the same way as old web rings used to work. That being said they have a special twist, can spice up your blog, and are a fun way to interact with other bloggers in the blogosphere.

Checking Out Brand Marketing

Here’s a new site that we have started to work on for Web visibility that you may want to check out if you are interested in branding, brand growth, brand marketing, and brand ideation.

It is called Candescence. Run by Robert Davies, this firm is located in Charlotte, North Carolina but with engagements all over the United States. We are working to help this great looking site have better web visibility through search optimization, online marketing, and will also be doing blogging as well.

Check it out today for information about brand consulting services.