Apr 082011
 

One of the hardest things for any blogger/webmaster is ranking well for keywords. Everyone wants to rank high on google/bing/yahoo but the reality of it is that MANY people fail. People spend hundreds if not thousands on improving seo by building links, using anchor text, social bookmarking and more. The list goes on and on.

I have been working on improving my SEO and it is finally starting to slowly pay off. I have done guest commenting, backlinking, article submissions, social bookmarking and have been asking other domain webmasters to do link exchanges. MOST said no as I imagined since they are not getting any benefits by linking with me – since this is still a relatively new blog. However that has not stopped me….

I have been working on improving my pagerank in google since I started this blog last year. I am finally seeing search engine results. I want to rank well for the keyword zoop. Why you ask? Well because its my domain name – so I would like to rank high for it. There are 3,600 local searches and 880 EXACT searches for ZOOP which is why it is a GREAT starting point! I am happy to announce that I am not fluctuating from the bottom of the FIRST page in google and the first spot on the second page – which is a hell of a lot better than what I used to be ranked on – which was page 7.

I also just submitted (and got approved) on Technorati. I should have done this a while ago but was focusing on google. If you have a blog or website, make sure to do EVERYTHING possible to get noticed!

Technorati is a great place for any blogger/website to join. It is FREE and the amount of traffic you get is substantial. I recently submitted my site and already have obtained Authority and rank well for my keywords! If you go to Technorati – (search by blogs) and type in ZOOP or CO DOMAIN My blog comes up FIRST! Now, I dont have serach data but this is a good and rewarding feeling!

In addition to technorati I suggest you start with backlinking, blog commenting, social bookmarking, tweeting, and posting to facebook. DO THIS DAILY! Then you also want to do directory submissions and make sure to join and create accounts with Technorati, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg – these are the MAIN ones that get thousands of views daily – dont waste your time submitting to 500 places when there truly are only a handful of them that make a difference!

Best of luck to you, and I hope you all improve your rankings!

Mar 102011
 

Domaining is a niche that just about everyone wants a piece of. I mean come on, who in their right mind does not like the idea of making money from a website, blog, or even a domain name. Everyone loves this idea but it is much easier said that done. Being a successful domain investor takes years of practice and making mistakes before you can truly master the art of domaining.

Blogging fits perfectly into the domaining world. If you are making money online then why not write about it? However as with every single niche there are people who post information and those who simply repost just to get attention. Go to any blog and look at the blogroll, or link section. Some blogs will have 20 or more links that point to another domain blog – is this overkill?

When someone says “search engine” I immediately think of google – then after thinking a bit more yahoo and bing would be the next obvious reason. What about “domain blog?” What is the first thing that pops into your head? Well that’s a tough one simply because every domain blog has something different to offer. No one has a “perfect” domain blog – but then again what is a perfect domain blog? Is it one that provides a service, say a dropping domain list, one that tells you how to make money, or one that keeps you up to date with all the latest and greatest domain information? Every person would yield a different answer. So how do you define the best domain blog? Well you cant, but one thing you can ask yourself is are there too many domain blogs?

According to GAKT , there are 12,100 global monthly searches for the broad phrase “domain blog” with moderate competition. If you google Domain Blog the first result takes you to a blogger blog called domain blog that has not been updated since November, 2010. The second result is a google question about domain blogs and it is not until the third result that we see an acutal domain blog – and that is Elliots Blog followed by Ricks Blog. Are these 2 blogs the best? They certainly are good but I cant say if they are the best. They do have the best SEO optimization since they are ranked so well on google.

Finding the best domain is not an easy task. Personally I feel that Domaining

is one of the best domain sites out there today. The idea is purely genius and works well. Imagine going to an airport, looking at the destination screen, pick one place and go there. That is what this site is. It is a hub that has access to each and every domain blog. The owner is also a marketing guru. If you want to be featured on domaining, you pay a one time fee and then any post you create will be submitted to the site and viewed by thousands, if not more, daily. Instead of remembering 20 different domain blogs or having them all added to your favorites, you simply pick and choose any post that interests you on domaining.

What about the blogs who cant afford domaining’s cost? (such as this one) What are we supposed to do? Well that’s where it gets trickier. Unless you have a blog that provides unique content you might not have much luck. Even with unique content there is still a mountain to climb. Without the proper marketing, linkbuilding, and even being visible on google you are SOL. There could be hundreds of domain blogs that will never be discovered due to low google search results or improper seo building. But it is what it is. Finally, I want to state that I do feel that there are too many domain blogs. There are many times in a week that I will read the same exact post 4 different times of 4 different blogs. However anytime there is someone making money and writing about it, people will listen and the traffic will flow.

Feb 072011
 

comluv2 300x121 Andy Bailey Creator Of ComLuv

There are thousands of different plugins available for any wordpress user. However there are a few plugins that are an ABSOLUTE MUST – and ComLuv is a MUST for any blogger. I have had the opportunity to interview Andy Bailey who is the creator of ComLuv.

    You are the creator of comluv, which is the best wordpress plugin I have ever used! To those who are unfamiliar, can you explain what comluv is and how it works?
    CommentLuv is a blog plugin that helps to encourage more comments from your visitors, increases traffic to your site and helps you to build a community. It does this by visiting the site of the person who is commenting on one of your articles and fetches their latest blog posts, when they submit their comment a titled link gets automatically added to the end of the comment for all to see.
    When the commentator sees that a titled link to their latest blog post is added to their comment, they are more likely to come back and comment again. That brings you more traffic and comments!
    By scanning the links on the comments of your site, you can immediately see what your community are writing about and a simple click will take you right to their article enabling you to return the comment. That helps you build a community, even more so if they have CommentLuv installed also.

     
     

    How did you come up with this idea and name “comluv.” When did you start developing it? Did you do all the programming?

    ComLuv is a contraction of CommentLuv , I came up with it because the first versions of CommentLuv used to use CommentLuv.com domain as the hub for the communications that fetch and send the last blog posts, after a while I did a rewrite of the plugin and upgraded the site to allow blogs to be created. I used ComLuv.com to do that because it was a shorter domain name. I may go back to using commentluv.com if I do a premium version.
    I have done all the programming for CommentLuv and the site/API, Hesham from famousbloggers.net helped with some css to make the info panel look really cool on the last major update which helped a lot because I’m not so great with designing pretty things (unless you speak code)
     
     

    Did you hand register the domain comluv.com? If not, where did you get it from? Do you own any other domains or you buy/sell domains?
     
    It was registered at the same place I always register my domains, I find it helps to have my domains registered separately to my hosting.
    I own quite a few domains but I don’t do anything other than make cool things with them, I have never sold one.
     

    What’s been the hardest part about getting comluv off the ground? Or did it immediately become popular? How did you get to this point in time – with the 30,000+ members and being a pagerank 6 website – has it been a struggle? That is a pretty amazing achievement. Have you been recognized anywhere or by anyone for all your hard work?
    I never intended for CommentLuv to get so big, it was supposed to be a simple plugin! I made it for my personal blog mainly to reward my commentators and because I was too lazy to maintain a blogroll! Someone liked it and asked for a copy so I sent it to them, then their friends asked for a copy and so on and so on. Before long there were tens of thousands of registered users, over 100,000 blogs that had installed it and my server was getting hit over 10,000,000 times a month for last blog post requests.
    The biggest struggle was keeping the server running with all those requests coming in. Also, trying to keep up with the changes to WordPress and keeping a hold on the features requested for the site and plugin. The hardest part was doing all that AND working full time in my family business (Chinese takeaway in Lancaster, UK)
    CommentLuv won the peoples choice awards in the WPMU.org contest in 2009.

     
     

    Comluv is free and you worked on it (for free as well) so what is your benefit? Why did you decide to make comluv free? You could easily charge people a one time fee. Have you gotten any donations from comluv users for all the work and time you put in?
    I made it for free because it started off as a simple script, I couldn’t charge anything for it because it was just a bit of fun. I get donations now and then, nothing that would cause me to consider giving up my job though! icon smile Andy Bailey Creator Of ComLuv
     
     
     

    What are some new things comluv users should look forward to in 2011? Do you have any new developing plugins or tools? Can you give us an insight?


    I have some super plans for 2011! I am going to be working with Hesham of Famousbloggers.net to help bring some of his creations into full WordPress plugins which may or may not be sold, we haven’t decided yet and, I have some awesome plans for a CommentLuv 3.0 plugin that will be released as a Freemium plugin. There’s an awful lot that can be done with CommentLuv and I have been thinking about what can be added to it for years and I think 2011 is the year that I will see CommentLuv go to the next level.
     

    How can someone with a blog -like myself – increase exposure to my site? What type of advertising do you offer? What has been the general reaction to advertising? Do people like it? Are they return customers?
    There are a few free options to help your site get noticed, the first is to make sure your site is registered with a site name, keywords, description and category. If you have the CommentLuv plugin installed on your own site then having those things will mean you can appear (at first) on the new CommentLuv sites list and if you have a popular post or you comment a lot, you can get listed on the top lists on the front page which gets refreshed every day.
    If you purchase Comluv credits in the dashboard of the site, you can purchase a featured site spot on the front page which will show you site name, description, your avatar and your five keywords. All the links will be dofollow. You can get multiple PR6 dofollow links for as little as 2$ per day doing that.
    There are also dofollow text links on the front page and sitewide which are very popular, most of the advertisers who have bought links there subscribe every month.
    There is currently a 40% off coupon that can be used until 16th Feb for the few remaining links available, use comluv-ad-offer at the checkout to take advantage of it.
     
     

    Take us into your daily routine! What’s an average day for Andy Bailey?
     

    Every day is the same!
    I wake up and go to the pc to check on the state of the server, then answer emails, there are ALWAYS emails that need answering! Then I check my earnings for the previous day on adsense, affiliate commissions and also check the traffic to my other sites and projects. I then take a shower, have breakfast and make a coffee for me and my partner and spend a few quality minutes starting the day with her. (it’ll be the last she sees of me until the afternoon!)
    Then it’s back to the PC! I will procrastinate for a bit reading CommentLuv users posts until I can convince myself it’s time to start working on whatever project is priority for that day. Currently, it’s an ePoS system for our family business. It’s a system to replace the current ancient software we’re using, it’ll handle the delivery, shop and pickup orders using a custom caller id app I wrote (had to learn c# to do make that!). It integrates with Google maps and streetview so drivers know what the house looks like before they get there and communicates with a custom android (or windows mobile) app so it can send the customer a text message when their order is on the way.
    It also has to print the order out to the kitchen on a bilingual receipt so the kitchen staff can understand it. It’s been what I’ve been coding every day since December 1st, I’m hoping to have it finished sometime this month (February)
    Then I have lunch which is usually a soup because it’s easy to cook and means I don’t have to go too far away from the PC.
    After lunch, I try to get dressed! hehe, the advantage of working at home and for yourself is that you don’t need to even get out of your dressing gown to go to work!
    I get dressed and it’s back to the pc to juggle the project and maintenance of Comluv which involves answering support tickets, editing and approving guest blogger posts, checking the sites databases (there’s 256 of them!). Sometimes I have time to research things for future projects and if I’m lucky, there’s time to visit my favourite blogs to read up on how they’re doing but mostly, I tap away at the keyboard on the current project.
    By the time it hits 4pm, I usually have a red patch on my wrist from the mouse and keyboard rest and hurray! it’s time to go to work! haha, I go downstairs to the shop and prepare it for opening (my partner and family have been there since 12pm preparing the food but graciously let me off from doing that coz I hate it!). I get the shop front ready, cash up the register, start the computers and flip the sign from ‘closed’ to ‘open’.
    It’s around this time that I get a chance to eat, always the same thing. A chicken baguette with lettuce and dressing. Sometimes if I’ve feeling adventurous, I’ll have mixed vegetables in garlic with rice. (Working in a Chinese takeaway with such tasty food available all the time and spending most of the day sat down has real potential to make you a fat boy! I started down that road so I had to stop eating our own food and switch to bread and chicken and serve people while I was standing, luckily it worked!)
    Work goes on until 10.30pm where I cash up, tidy up and head back upstairs to watch an episode of something. I tend to download (sorry, PURCHASE a dvd set) of an entire series of something and then watch every episode, one each night after work. It’s the only real time I get to watch TV (well, one that isn’t showing code) and it gives me and the missus some time to spend together where we’re both not working.
    Then it’s shower time again and then bed.. tick tock, next day, start again.


    Do you have any hobbies or possibly collect something? What’s the “nerdiest” thing about you – this could really be anything. What’s something you are extremely particular AKA anal with – haha

    My hobby is coding, it’s all I think, speak and dream about. I’d love to make a few million dollars just so I wouldn’t have to worry about work and take the time to learn some other programming languages properly, like, from the beginning instead of just learning what I need to do the task at hand. what could be nerdier? icon smile Andy Bailey Creator Of ComLuv add a bit of sci-fi and you have a complete nerd cake.

 
 

Andy – this is all I can think of at the moment – if there is ANYTHING you want to add – feel free. I really appreciate it and cant wait to hear back from you!
wow, I did go on a bit. I can tell that I’m at some particularly difficult bit of code in my project if I’m willing to procrastinate so much that I could answer all the questions in one sitting! haha, back to work!!

Andy – Once again THANK YOU! I wish you the best of luck in 2011 and cannot wait to see ComLuv become the most downloaded plugin!!!

Jan 262011
 
Question Mark

Have you ever had a day where you are just sitting in front of a computer screen and words just cant seem to translate themselves from electrical pulses to letters on a keyboard?

What To Blog About

This is EXACTLY one of those days. I am sitting here not knowing what to write about. This is a post written about nothing that does not convey anything – so in reality is writing about nothing actually writing about something?

Lets try to analyze. If I did not write anything then there would be no way anyone can read this. However I am writing something about nothing so technically this is a post about something.

Confused yet? Good! When you cant find something to post – then I suggest you create a post about it! It is exactly what I did and is a good brainstorming session.

So what did you write about when nothing came to mind? How do you cope with a “blank slate” when blogging?

Dec 132010
 
noob

Believe it or not, everyone has been a newbie at one point or another – the trick to not letting people know that you are a newbie is to do your homework, research topics correctly, and asking the right questions. If you ask a generic question that has been asked 100 times before – you will get bashed – and everyone will know you are a newbie – which is NOT what you want… So how do you ask a question and get it answered properly? You will soon find out

I just recently started buying/selling domains and I wanted to provide others a well written and resource filled walkthrough that will help any newbie/beginning domainer. This is more than likely going to be a multi-part post written over time, so I suggest you bookmark my page or subscribe to my RSS FEED which is also on the right hand side of this page.

Do your HOMEWORK

When starting something from scratch, it is extremely important to do your homework and find reputable resources that will give concise, correct answers. I am going to list just many forums, websites, and blogs that I use daily. Please note that there are millions of domains pages online, however I am going to list the ones I feel have helped me the most (and still teach me new things everyday)

FORUMS

Forums are a crucial building block when learning something new. I think it is important to register and become a regular on 2 or 3 different forums. If you join every single forum you will NOT learn as much and chances are you will not learn the basic building blocks. I regularly post on 2 forums – which have helped me gain insight into the domaining world.
Personally, my 2 favorite forums are:

  • NamePros – Everything Domin Name related. Tons of different sections and plenty of people to help answer your domain related questions.
  • Digital Point – This is a HUGE forum that has everything from Link building strategies to finding people to guest comment on your blog.

If you are going to join a forum – READ the rules. Also, make sure to use the SEARCH button – it is your friend and is there for a reason. Don’t ask questions that have been asked before. If you are a newbie – don’t let the world know you are one. There is a newbie “right” and “wrong” way to answer a question. For example, Don’t create a post asking

    “What is a domain”

People will not only bash you but they will NOT answer your question. Instead, do your homework and if you still have a question then CHANGE IT UP – Ask

    “Where is the best place to register a domain”

Right away people will view and respect your post and will answer you.

One downside of reading posts on forums is that you never know how valid the post is. Make sure to look at the number of posts that the person has. If the person has hundreds or thousands of posts – I’d say he/she knows what they are talking about and is valid.

WEBSITES

Here is a list of domain related websites that provide the latest domain news. These are the ones that I check daily, if not hourly!

Domain Blogs

Domain blogs are an extremely important way to get information and build relationships as well as backlinks back to your blog. I am going to list my favorite blogs, in order that I read them, and strongly urge you to check them out and comment on relevant articles.

So, there you go! This is just about every method I use to resarch domains and get all the latest news – of course, I am also trying to provide any new .CO related domain news as I find it out. Feel free to add any additional methods or tools you use when it comes to domains.

Keep an eye out for PART 2! and I hope this helps any and all future NOOBS!

Sep 282010
 
Twitter

Twitter 300x241 ..must remain twitter less

Twitter has over 100 million accounts and more than 300,000 people join twitter everyday… Its a no-brainer that any new blog/website that wants maximum exposure should hop on the bandwagon and join twitter, right? Well, I don’t think so

This blog is extemely new and I am still in the process of optimizing everything. I have been thinking about how to attract traffic and keep traffic coming back on a regular basis – which is not an easy task – for anyone.

Last week, on the digital point forums, I came across a member who has over 1,000 twitter followers and graciously offered to tweet about anything you sent him (which is greatly appreciated). So, since I am trying to popularize my .co blog, I jumped on the offer and used google analytics to track traffic. I also verfied his tweet and sure enough the sentence I asked him to tweet was there.

I figured that since so many people have twitter I would get some traffic directed to my site -
especially since he has over 1,000 followers – but not quite. I wasn’t able to attract even 5% (about 50 people) with the tweet. This is obviously not something that I wanted – but that was the reality of it.

Then I put myself in the other peoples’ shoes < -- If I were following this guy on twitter, and he started posting links to people's blogs in his twitter account, I would not click them either. I dont know if its spam, malware, shitty pop ups, or what. I also dont know if someone got into his account and started tweeting crap - I finally understood why I had no impact on traffic (well, thats what I assume).

I started researching the average twitter user and came acrosss some very interesting facts. Yes there are over 100 million accounts and yes more than 300,000 people create a new account everyday. But that does not mean that these accounts are used daily or ever after they are created. Here are some interesting facts I came across:

  • 85.3% of all Twitter users post less than one update/day
  • 21% of users have never posted a Tweet
  • 93.6% of users have less than 100 followers, while 92.4% follow less than 100 people
  • 5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity

These are very surprising twitter facts which all make sense now. YES, it is good to promote your blog but chances are that twitter will be a hard method to use, especially if you are new. Now, if you are a celebrity (#1 tweeter, ashton) or a twitter-whore (britney spears), then I’m sure you will have much more success than me. However, I will keep this path clear and use a different method to *hopefully* gain more blog exposure elsewhere. Farewell you time consuming, tween infested, 135 max character BASTARD!

If you are interested in reading a twitter study click here for a PDF.

Sep 242010
 
caution

caution Biggest Blog Mistakes to Avoid

According to Blog Pulse, there are 147,027,076 identified blogs worldwide – 56,372 NEW blogs and 1,020,810 blogs indexed in the last 24 hours. That’s ALOT of people blogging alot of content.

So what is everyone writing about? How much quality does their blog contain? Simply put, I don’t know. What I do know is that everyone want’s a content rich successful blog. Who doesn’t?

Just google “blog tips” or “blog guide” and there are over 557 MILLION hits – now on the contrary google “blog mistakes” and your results will be dismal. I found some great articles mentioned in the links below, but nearly all of them are outdated – I have deciced to create a new, updated list. Instead of adding to the 550 million + results, I would like to present some simple steps every blogger should avoid…

    1. USING A WORDPRESS.COM ACCOUNT

    It is extremely important to get your own hosting and domain name. This will separate you from many people and make your blog fully customizable. There is a significant difference in having your own blog on wordpress.com versus wordpress.org. If you use wordpress.com your blog will always be shown as a subdomain as opposed to have your own url extension.

    2. EXPECTING READERS TO MAGICALLY FIND YOUR BLOG

    This is a myth that many people believe it. If I blog about X, people will read it NO this is not true – you actually need to promote your blog to get readers – and informative, constructive posts to keep these readers coming back. A good way to promote your blog is to network. There are tons of various networking methods that will provide excellent exposure to your blog. Another tip is to have a contest in order to promote you blog – I will be having my first contest in a month or so and plan on creating t-shirts with my logo and site printed. You can also submit your articles to publishing sites in order to gain more exposure

    3. BAD SEO MANAGEMENT

    Having bad or no search enigine optimization means that your site will not be ranked by google. Google is the leading search engine and has excellent algorithms that will crawl to your site – USE them. If you don’t know about SEO optimization I suggest reading this. I also found another article about google backlink secrets.

    4. NOT LINKING YOUR POSTS

    I cannot stress the importance of linking your articles more. This is an important concept which helps your build backlinks. The more you sites that link to you, and vice versa, the more exposure you get! So if you come across an article that you found interesting and want to put your own spin to it, LINK it! I am linking this article to 3 sources that I found, and would appreciate it if those 3 webmasters would link back icon smile Biggest Blog Mistakes to Avoid

    5. NOT JOINING FORUMS/POSTING ON OTHER BLOGS

    If your blog focuses on a specific topic, say for example, zombies taking over the world – You’d find one reader right here – you should join a forum that has topics related to your blog. You should also find other blogs and comment on them – dont spam with crap – leave detailed comments that actually make sense…. not say: nice, or sweet… Make sure to always leave your name, email, and website since it will be shown to anyone else reading the same blog as you.

These are, what I feel, some of the biggest mistakes a blogger can make – I will keep the list growing as I get more readers and will possibly make a part 2. Feel free to comment, link, buzz, etc this article. I appreciate your input!

 Posted by at 12:11 PM  Tagged with: