Saturday, October 15, 2011

Do You Blog for Money or Love?

If the Money Is Not Coming Will You still Love Blogging?

It might sound like a pretty easy question to answer at first.  Though,  if you have been Blogging for quite some time and the Money you thought would be flowing in from all directions by now still hasn't shown up, would that change the way you think about Blogging?

I mean let's be honest about this.

NOBODY no matter how much they tell you they love Blogging,  would be OKAY with spending countless hours writing up and editing posts,  continually learning SEO principles, visiting an endless list of other websites and Blogs(Adding comments,  subscribing,  learning as much as you can)

Spending hours every day working on Keyword Analysis then applying this to your site,  learning and applying numerous on-page - off - page optimizations.  And many many more things that take up a large chunk of your time.

Are you Blogging for Love for Money or Both?

Possibly one of the most important decision you will be making when you decide to start a blog(Website) is your reason for doing so.

If you say you're starting a blog because you love Blogging and just want to write up Blog posts(Self expression, sharing with others) Yet,  your real intention was to Make lots of Money(To eventually become financially independent) then you are setting yourself up for a huge reality check further down the line.  

The simple fact is,  there is only so much time, money and effort you can keep putting into your Blog(site) without seeing an acceptable amount of results from all that work. 

Some Advice For Bloggers just Starting Out

No matter how much you may say you love Blogging in the Beginning,  the fact is, sooner or later you are Going to want to make some Money out of doing it.

If you are just about to set up a blog(site) my advice would be that,  if your intentions are to make money,  do all you possibly can to give your Blog(site) the greatest possibility to achieve this.

Leave nothing undone.  Do some thorough research into which niche(Blog topic) area you want to get into. Research how difficult or easy that niches competition is,   then throw yourself into it 100%.  

Optimize and Monetize your site completely(Getting Paid web hosting gives you much more freedom in this area).
Don't keep second guessing yourself,  especially in the beginning.  Once you have got your site up and running,  keep at it,  building more and more momentum as you go.

Feel free to  leave your valued thoughts on this topic in a response below.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Google's Panda Update Could Be Costing You Traffic

How Much Impact Is The Panda Update Having?

There's a lot of talk out on the web,   as to just how much of an effect the latest Panda Update is having on Website and Blog performances.  If you're a regular visitor to a number of sites,  you will find a wide range of opinions,  anywhere from " The Panda Update causing the website to experience increased traffic"  to  " It made no difference at all"  or at the other end of  the road  "  The Panda Update resulted in some sites losing 40% of their traffic".

latest Google Update only one of 500 updates(Algorithm changes)

that's 500 Algorithm changes Google has made in the past year alone. Yep!  You heard that right.  500 changes to the way Google is collecting and Analyzing data,  and then altering the way your site and mine is performing out on the web,  based on this.

No wonder we're sometimes baffled by the constant changes in our sites performance,  that do not seem consistent with how we're optimizing our sites. It's as if some of these Google Algorithm changes can sometimes,  actually negate any good work you have done.

Here's a snippet from an article by Chris Crum,  over at the  Webpronews site that has some great insights into the latest Panda Update.

Panda Victim Blames Analytics Glitch

Late last week, it was discovered that Google had rolled out another version of the Panda update earlier in the week. Industry voices have dubbed the update “2.5″. Google dubbed it “one of the roughly 500 changes we make to our ranking algorithms each year.”
Did you notice a drop or increase in traffic in the past week or so? Let us know.
Here's another section discussing the ongoing saga with Daniweb,  the IT discussion website run by Dani Horowitz,    that was hit hard with the previous Panda Update.

DaniWeb, which has been an ongoing sub-plot of the Panda storyline throughout the year, due to its victimization and full recovery, was hit again by the most recent update. In fact, Dani Horowitz, who runs the IT discussion community, is the one that tipped us that this was even going on.
Here's a link to an article by Courtney Mills on the I Need Hits website,  which was written back in march.
It discusses how the Panda update had caused up to 40% traffic loses for some websites.

Link here>   Google Panda Update Causes 40% Traffic Lose

Pretty dramatic stuff when you think about it.  And remember that there have been 500 Google Algorithm changes in the past year alone.

The big question for all website owners and those doing business on the web is,  just how much Google is impacting on their sites traffic.       That's something we would all like to know.

Have you been hit by the latest Panda update?

Feel free to leave your thoughts on this topic in a comment below.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Google Analytics Premium $150000 USD Per Year

Google Analytics Premium Released

Google has just released  a new Paid version of their very popular Analytics Tool.

I went to the site thinking this was just some sort of upgrade,  where you may pay a reasonable amount of cash,  to have access to addition features and services.

Reasonable Price for The Google Analytics Premium Service? 

Yeah,  I got that wrong!  Big Time.

$150000 USD Per year for this " Premium"  Service.

Lucky I was not having dinner when I saw the cost,   I may have  choked!

What A Huge Price tag! And Who Could Afford That Amount?

Okay,  if you're one of the largest companies on the web,  I guess that sort of cash would be no big deal.
Many large companies do spend a ton of Mullah building up their online presence,  through extensive marketing and advertising.

So,  for any cashed up Bloggers(Website owners) out there who have a spare $150000 USD on the side each year to invest in their Blog(site),  just head on over to the Google Analytics site. 

If you are still too shell shocked to even hit the Google Analytics Premium links I have provided,  just take a quick browse at the article snippet below.

Here's a snippet from the Google Analytics site showing some of the details.

 Introducing Google Analytics Premium

We learned from some of our largest customers that they have some specific needs that the current version of Google Analytics can't meet in their entirety. Today we're addressing these needs by announcing a new option built for our largest customers: Google Analytics Premium.
  • Extra processing power - increased data collection, more custom variables and downloadable, unsampled reports
  • Advanced analysis - attribution modeling tools that allow you to test different models for assigning credit to conversions
  • Service and support - experts to guide customized installation, and dedicated account management on call - all backed by 24/7 support
  • Guarantees - service level agreements for data collection, processing and reporting.

 What are your thoughts on the new Google Analytics Premium?  Too Pricey?  Worth the investment?

Feel free to leave your valued opinions on this topic in a comment below.

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