Has blogging lost its soul and become just another medium tarnished by blatant commercialism? Looking at the growing mass of pro-blogs that dominate the blogosphere, it is easy to conclude that yes, blogging has utterly sold out. Too many people are blogging just to make money. The mass of poor quality, sales-driven content they generate is reaching critical mass. Soon the backlash will begin!
When blogging started it was an amateur affair. People wrote about what interested them without any intention of making money. Some used blogging to draw attention to their existing businesses. Then, bloggers started to realize that they could use blogs to make money directly. A few of them went on to earn well-deserved fortunes. Unfortunately, there are now so many people trying to make money blogging that the original ethos of the medium has vanished.
The rot started when "six figure bloggers" realized that they could make a second fortune by selling the secrets of...
What's your affiliate marketing strategy in 2012? The New Year has come and it will surely bring more challenges to your affiliate marketing business. If you want to boost your success in 2012, you have to make sure to prepare better strategies to conduct your affiliate business in the New Year. Here are 7 recipes to become a successful affiliate in 2012:
1. Create new campaign in new niche
If you are the loyal follower of a niche that doesn't give you enough income, it is the time for you to create a new campaign in new niche. Sometime, a change in your niche can bring you significant change in your affiliate commission. By starting a new campaign in a new niche, you are expanding your affiliate marketing business and by doing this, you are giving more possibilities for success.
2. Buy a new blueprint or report and implement it
There are many new e-books being released that will help you to make more money doing affiliate marketing...
Nothing is more frustrating than putting considerable effort into designing a blog, and additional effort into writing posts for the blog, for only a small trickle of traffic to ever see your efforts. Driving high amounts of traffic to your blog can offer a variety of benefits. If you are selling a good or service that is associated with the blog, you can see an increase in sales as a direct result. Your goal may just be to spread certain ideas and connect with like-minded individuals, which high amounts of traffic can help you attain.
Capturing high levels of traffic on your blog primarily requires hard work. Another requirement is patience, since blog traffic can take some time to build. That being said, there are five things you can start doing right now, that will help increase your blog’s traffic in the near future.
1. Link appropriately. Your blog posts should not just always contain plain text, but they should also have links to other...
In April 2011 Google's Panda update gave a huge boost to bloggers and webmasters who rely on content rather than code for their traffic. Google now penalizes websites with thin or duplicate content by dropping them down its search rankings. After Panda all the SEO tricks in the world can't compensate for poor content.
Google wants happy users who find interesting, trustworthy websites every time they use its search. It has declared war on regurgitated, paraphrased and stolen content. Websites with shallow, uninteresting text that is only there to contain keywords are dropping out of the charts faster than disco records in 1979. Having unique content is no longer enough. Your text now has to be both original and engaging.
Google based its Panda update on the results of tests where people rated the value and trustworthiness of thousands of websites. It discovered that websites with well-written, original text and few adverts were the most...
Customers know more about your business today than ever before. The internet is covered in reviews, opinions and customer reflections for every type of business. Your customers will search the internet for information about you before they set foot in your store, you need to make sure the information they find online doesn't stop them from doing so.
Visit Google and search for your business. Google will often pull up a bunch of information about you, including your street address, price range, a map, reviews and all sorts of other bits and pieces. Look a little further and you'll find there are customer opinions from all sorts of sites, providing opinions about your products, website, customer service, location and just about every other aspect of your business. Beyond those are reviews from newspapers and other media outlets.
The first step towards managing your reviews is offline. You need to do is provide a great customer experience at both your physical...
Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have forever changed the way we interact with one another. Those social media sites have also changed the way companies interact with their customers and how those firms market their products and services. As a matter of fact, many companies who were early adopters of the Twitter model are already reaping the benefits in the form of increased sales and enhanced brand visibility.
Just consider some of the many advantages of setting up a Twitter account to market and promote your business.
You can use Twitter to provide up to the minute information about what your company is doing, including current promotions and product demonstrations.
Twitter can be used to reward your followers with product discounts, coupons and other special offers.
Twitter will allow you to keep your followers informed on what is going on in your industry as a whole, as well as what is happening...
To get a better understanding of how to create viral content, it's helpful to understand a few terms. Here's a basic glossary of viral content types you should consider for online marketing and SEO efforts.
Creating controversy isn't for the weak-willed, but it's a great way to engage readers and get them to spread ideas far and wide. Before publishing controversial content, think through how you'll defend yourself to those who disagree. Prepare to be called every name in the book. And, get ready for a massive influx of organic visitors to your site as the conversation takes on a life of its own.
To create controversial content that goes viral, consider ideas you feel passionate about that are outside the mainstream of your niche. Recall arguments with co-workers or competitors. Choose controversy that's fresh and exciting, not the same old thing you can read all over the Internet. Just make sure you're correct in...
There are numerous SEO strategies and tips available to web publishers, but that doesn't mean a web publisher has to incorporate all of them. There is such a thing as over-optimizing a website – pushing it over the edge. When this happens, the website could lose ranking rather than gain it. While strategies abound, the best advice may be "Keep it simple, baby."
Consider the basics by doing just enough to push it to the edge without forcing it into the muck and mire of bad SEO practices. Bad SEO practices include keyword stuffing, link-building from unrelated sites, as well as link-building too quickly, and link farming. Other bad practices include adding poor quality content that relies only on keywords to lure the search engines, as well as duplicated content. Using tricks like hidden text and doorway pages will push the site back in the rankings. Spamming hundreds of directories all at once is also a big no-no in terms of SEO. These...
Next time your Google search results show you something unexpected, don't blame your typing. It's probably Google doing what it does best – showing you the information it thinks you want to know. The more obscure your keywords, the more likely the ubiquitous search engine is to "improve" your search term, often frustrating your intent and arousing your temper.
Google Suggest, launched in 2008, originally featured suggested spelling correction, auto-suggestion for commonly used words and real-time query completion. Since 2009, with the arrival of increasingly "intelligent" algorithms, spelling correction has been automatic, with the option to display results for the original search term. As the Official Google blog considerately puts it:
"When we have high confidence that your query was misspelled, we go a step further than asking 'Did you mean …?' thus saving you a click."
Online entrepreneurs learn from their mistakes. For many people those mistakes are plentiful. With one mistake after another, they continue to spend good money after bad. Here are a few things to avoid and consider when starting an online business. The best lessons are found in cliches.
Diving in Feet First or Sweat Equity
Before investing money in your idea for an online business, research well to evaluate the market. Don't dive in feet first. Many people don't study the market enough before setting up their online presence. Their minimal efforts fail to bring readership and revenue to their sites. Research every aspect of your online business from picking a domain name to studying the market potential and learning top-notch search engine optimization. It's important to set up a workable business plan. Some mistakes that occur early on are not easy to repair. There are numerous places to ask for help or to get answers to questions. People...