Friday, March 23, 2012

What is the Best Blog Post Length?

Know what length your blog posts should be.
Just how long should a blog post be?  I think that it is something quite important, though,  often overlooked.  I think everyone has had the experience of looking back over their previous posts,  and thinking,  " That's way too short"! Or "That post goes on forever"!

Check out   Seth Godins Blog showing that even ultra short posts can work(If you're Seth Godin, Of Course)  This is a great Blog done on the typepad Platform.

Though,  as far as Blog post length is concerned,  it is the exception to what I have seen out on the web,  not the rule. 

Although,   there does not seem to be any set of rules to follow,  a too short or too long Blog post would probably have a noticeable affect on a blogs(Websites) success.

Most of us when reading articles and blog posts online,  would make our own decisions on what seems " Just about the right length" of a blog post(Article).  It's through our experience. 

Also,  we should write our blog posts with our audience in mind.  If we are not writing to engage our readers and to keep them interested,    then our post length, short or long,  won't matter at all....

Though,  what about our own Blog posts length? 
Are we writing them too short or too long?  And if so,  what should we do to fix this?
If visitors are greeted by a "Wall of Words" they may be put off by this.

Maybe they will skim over the article,  looking for certain information.
Or,  they may feel it's just too much work(To hard to read through) so they click to exit the site.
On the other hand.
If your visitors are met with "Thread bare Articles" (Posts with hardly any content,  and often very short) they may think the blog or website has nothing to offer.

They may also believe that the author of that blog or website,  has very little understanding of the topic they are writing about.   

So,  what can we do to make sure our Blog posts( articles) are the right length to get the best possible results for our Blog or website?

(1) For Too Short Blog Posts
For the" Too Short post" Our first thoughts are to either add new content,  or stretch(Add Padding ) to the existing content.
This usually works if done correctly.  Though,  if you just add words to "fill in the gaps" or to reach a certain number of words(Word count)  you will end up with a poorly written article.

Here's an example of what I would consider a too short post.
Link here> Too short post example   (Note:  I had over trimmed about 60% of the original content)The post had plenty of images and instructions but was too hard to follow.  It went from too long to too short.

AlsoIf you find your posts are too short you may need to do a little more research on the topic of your post.
That way,  whatever you do add will be of use to your readers,  and will fit in with your posts topic(A little bit of research can really work magic for a blog post).

(2) For Too long posts   
Here's an example of a too long Blog  post  Link here> Too long post example 
Hard to believe but I cut at least 30% of content from that article whilst editing it.  Yet,  it is still on the long side.

So what should we do for long posts. 
For the "Too long Blog Post "  we would probably go through a number of edits(Shortening sentences,  removing content,  adjusting the format of the page).  
This will work fine,  if done properly.  Though,  if the article is very long,  it may be better to break it up into two smaller posts.
You can do this by either going through the article editing and polishing,  as  you read.
Once you are finished,  and if all the content matches your post topic,  you now have two well written posts on that subject.

So you then have a spare post(On that topic) that you can either keep for a later date,  or publish around the same time and link the two articles together.
On the other hand you may find that,  a lot of the post content can not be fitted in(It just does not match properly).

Sometimes what you may find is that "Whole Paragraphs" do not match the article.
With those " None Matching Chunks"  it is sometimes better to remove the whole paragraph(Copy and paste it) then use it for another article(Post).

A word of caution { Do Not Delete Your Content}
Even if your content looks quite bad,   it is usually far easier to polish and edit that content to make it suitable.
If  the content is so bad that your edits and polishes can not help it,  then it would probably be better to delete it.
Deleting your content should always be the very last option. 

Getting your Blog posts to the perfect length to ensure the best results,  will take some time.
Though,  the benefits that your Blog or website receive in the long run,  will be worth all the effort. 

"Are you having trouble deciding on the length of your Blog posts"?
"Do you find it difficult to know what content to remove,  and what content to keep in your posts"? 

Let me know your views about " Blog post length" with your comment below.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Google Seo Over Optimization will get You Penalized

Google Penalty For Over Optimizing Your Website

Google has announced it will be rolling out another Algorithm update,  this time focused on punishing sites that have over optimized.  Going by  Matt Cutts,  the go to man at Google,  the whole idea of this algorithm update,   is to create a more level playing field  that will put more  emphasis on quality content,  and less emphasis on sites that have relied heavily on SEO optimization.

We need to note here:   This is not the first Website Over optimization SEO penalty from Google.  Going by one site I visited,   they(Google) started this type of penalty back around 2005(possibly earlier) .

Also,  going by what I have just read on a few sites,   it seems that even the most common forms of onsite optimization,  have a strong chance of bringing a penalty.  

My believe is that,    Google  SEO  is now treated as  Black hat  SEO. What I mean by this is,  most of the "Good SEO Practices we have been told to follow"  to keep on the good side of Google,  won't apply anymore.

Now!  Things like Internal linking of your website(linking to your inner pages--cross pages) and    doing constant editing to improve your content could be considered   " Over aggressive SEO optimization.   

Here's a nice article about the Google update,  over at   written by Joseph Foley... about Google's announcing the over optimization penalty.     

If you can,  read down to the end of the article.  Joseph  includes some funny stuff to lighten things up a little.

Compared to previous Algorithm updates,  I think there are differences in this latest Algorithm update penalty,  as far as how our sites will be affected.

Unlike the usual penalties for things like Keyword stuffing(using too many keywords throughout content) duplicate content,  and of course,  having large numbers of links from link farms etc.,  this latest site penalty is punishing simple "every day" on page optimizations,  such as your internal linking,  etc.

 What About All that Website Optimization Advice?

This goes against all that advice we have been fed over the years,  regarding the importance of optimizing our sites. 

We spend so much time doing keyword research to rank  high in the Google search results.
 and now we really have to ask ourselves,  has it been,  or is still all just a big waste of time?
The end conclusion would be that all website optimization would be pointless.  It would simply be a waste of our time,  as there would be no rewards in our Google search ranking results,  and we may even suffer a  Google Penalty for all our hard work.

So,  we would be better off just writing up a nice post and doing zero keyword research or SEO optimization(Unless of course,  Google still secretly does reward our SEO optimization efforts  for improvement.).

Over at Search engine Land,  Barry Schwartz  has an interesting article about the Google Over optimization Penalty. 

He has included a 2009 video where Matt Cutts from Google says there is no such thing as an Over optimization penalty.

That contradicts what has been discussed elsewhere,  whereby,  Google put penalties in place for this pre 2009(around 2005).  Sometimes I wonder if we should really trust anything that Google tells us, anyway.

Something else we need to really thing about here!

What was it you were told was often the reason why a website did not rank very well? 

What about Under Optimization of Our Websites?  

That's what I would hear all the time!   "Oh,  the sites performed badly as it was under optimized(not optimized enough) "    I have heard this " Your site is under-optimized"!  a thousand times more than I have ever heard  "  Hey,  your site is over optimized"!

Unless of course,   it was already an "Unspoken rule"  that an over-optimized site,  was considered to be a " Black Hat SEO" optimized site.
If you read that funny part of Joseph Foley's   article that I linked above,  I think you will not only laugh out loud,  you will also probably say to yourself,  "  Hey!  That makes a lot of sense"!

If you did not see the article it basically included a mock up conversation between Matt Cutts and Joe(Joseph Foley.)  whereby,  no matter what question Joe asks to try to understand the new Google over optimize penalty,  Matt gives Joe,    the run around.......

So what are your thoughts on Google's new Seo Over-optimization Penalty?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Google Seo Equals Black Hat Seo

Google Seo Rules You Followed May Now Be Black Hat

Well,  so much for all that "You must do this to improve your Google search engine rankings to achieve greater success!

What are you saying,  Daniel?   You may be thinking just that.  Though,  it seems Google's Seo rules,  and Seo practices in General,  are now considered a bad practice according to Google.

So,  now it seems,  according to the reasoning behind Google's latest Algorithm update, all those above the board(legit,  white hat seo) methods that we have made an integral part of our work(plan,  schedule) to help us achieve improved Google search engine ranking results,  are now looked upon by "Google" as another form of Black Hat Seo.     

There is a lot of Discussion Going on about this.

One Discussion that I am involved in over at Webpronews,  an article by Chris Crum called Google is Working on Making Seo Matter Less. 

After going and reading other discussions about this topic,  then looking at all possible angles,   there is really no other way of putting it.

Google Seo' ed Site No Better Than A Black Hat Seo'ed Site

And what is even worse is that unlike yours or my site that will now be punished for following the never ending list of Seo rules that Google "Demands"  you must follow,   "REAL BLACK HAT SEO "  Sites are being totally ignored.  And some of those sites are "Cemented to page one"  in the Google search results.

Here's my comment(I will be adding a few  more across the web about this) from that Web pro news article linked above........

"With all due respect, Google hasn’t got a clue!

There are sites perched on top of the Google search results, for high quality keyword terms, that have taken “Black hat” tactics, to a whole new level. And those sites are cemented to page one.

When I saw what one particular site done, I nearly fell off my chair.

As to that site, if Google can not even pick up on this particular glaringly obvious technique, then it would prove what I have suspected for quite some time(Google actually rewards Black Hat seo).
I have been to reputable sites within my niche(topic) where the webmaster openly admits on their about page, of how they used the most hard core style online scam/black hat seo methods.
And that person is highly respected, and is a regular guest poster on Authority sites(in that niche).

Yet, conversely, sites doing nada black hat style activities, are penalized by Google(sometimes severely) in the rankings, with not a single justifiable reason.

The take away from this?

Either Google has not got a clue, or possibly, Black hat seo has become an essential practice to ensure a sites success!"

So now if you really weigh it all up,  Google has Blurred the Line between Black Hat Seo practices and what is/was considered acceptable Seo practices to the point where there may no longer be any real difference.

Unless of course,  if you wish to now refer to acceptable "White Hat Seo"  as "Grey Hat Seo" 

Think of it this way!

What is Black Hat Seo?  In both theory and practice,  it is a form of over aggressive(zealous) application of Seo methods...... punished(supposedly) by Google.......

What is acceptable so called " White Hat Seo" ?  An endless collection of Google Seo methods that,  if not applied and adhered to are punishable(supposedly) by Google.

Google White Hat Seo + Black Hat Seo = Grey Hat Seo

Though,  probably an unusual way of looking at it.  If Black hat Seo methods are not being properly monitored by Google and punished,  and the so called acceptable Google Seo methods(White hat seo) are to be monitored(and punished in the rankings).

Then this could be construed(interpreted) to mean that things are no longer simply "Black & White"  so to speak.

"That would mean that both Google's so called acceptable Seo methods and the so called(must avoid) Black hat Seo methods,  could now both be considered  as  "  Grey Hat Seo " .

You know!  That grey area where the line between right and wrong(Good or bad) where  Google Seo or Black Hat seo practices are so Blurred,  that it no longer really applies.  As differences between the two would no longer be distinguishable(noticeable). 

This would result in Google Seo being no Different than Black Hat Seo.    

I will be adding an update post,  regarding this topic,  as it is something I do believe is quite an important issue.  

What are your thoughts on Google's latest update on applying Seo rules?

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Time Management Activities: For Your Website And Your Life

Time Management Activities:Make The Most Of Your Time

You only have so much time in a day.  There is really no way around it.  So without a  proper  time management Activities plan,   you may soon find yourself spending way too much time optimizing and tending to your website,   but leaving no time over for other important life activities.

Also you need to have a strong motivation to ensure success ,  and  keep yourself from falling back into old time wasting patterns. 

"The simple fact is,  we can sometimes waste way too much time on our websites that,  with proper time management,  that time could be utilized in far more productive ways." 

Even the simple act of having a schedule and having a "set amount of time" put aside,  whether a schedule for how often you should publish your blog posts,  for editing, doing  keyword seo research,  promoting your latest post,  etc.,   can go a long way to getting back some of that lost time.

A Key To Time Management Activities Is To "Do It Now" !

That's the part most of us get hung up on!  We jump on our Chair in Front of our Computers with a whole head full of ideas we wish to get on the page,  waiting for some magical inspiration to guide us through the writing,  only hours later,  we are still staring at a blank page on the screen.

This is not the way it works.

The best way to really make the most of our time management activities,  is to follow the wise words of Steve Pavlina in his Personal Development for smart people,   and to Do It Now! 

Your Time Is in A Limited Supply:  Don't Waste It!

One of the worst things is to allow too much time to be frittered away,   only to realize later on you are now engaged in a race against time.

"From my own personal experience:  When I have had my daily activities properly time managed and when using the  " Just Do It " approach,   I was able to get an incredible amount of activities completed,  and I had plenty of time to spare".    

On other occasions,  if I did not buckle down and get to work on the things I wanted to complete,   I would find that days or weeks had passed without the tasks having even being started!

What can happen is that within time,   this can start to cross over into other areas of our lives if we are not careful.

Soon the time wasting can become(form into) a habit,  if we are not careful.  In many cases we will not even realize it,  until it has become seemingly to hard to change. 

"So it's very important to "Grab the bull by the horns" as early as possible and to conquer(tackle) this time wasting behaviour - Head on!

An Effective Time Management Activities plan can stop time wasting in it's tracks,  and help you to take back control of your time,   and your life.   

What are your thoughts on time management Activities for your website and your life?

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Most People Quit Blogging Within The First 3 Months. What About You?

What Makes These Bloggers Give Up After 3 Months?

That's the reality of it.  the majority of people give up in under three months. They either delete their Blogs, or no longer maintain them.  There would be a number of reasons for someone to decide to do this. Though,  is it always the right thing to do?

Is Blogging Worth The Effort?
If you are spending a great amount of time working to get targeted traffic to your website and you are not getting any nearer to the goals you have set,  this could sooner or later lead to a person throwing the towel in(Giving up).

Or maybe if you no longer have the time to keep up with the constant writing of posts,  editing,  Promoting your Blog(site) across the social networks,  learning and applying all the latest Blogging trends(must do's).

Still others would have started Blogging for fun,  or a " Hobby".   Soon the fun has worn off  and eventually they lose interest,  altogether.

Many people would have heard that "To succeed in Blogging is easy" . Soon they realize that this is not the case. 

It Can Feel Like You Are Going In Circles
A number of people would have found themselves asking " What am I wasting my time doing this for"?  They would feel like they have been doing everything possible to gain success with their blog,  but they just end up back where they started.

They have not made any progress. The fact is,  it happens to everyone.  Who hasn't felt like quitting Blogging(Or anything else) at one time or another?

Stick ability Makes All The Difference
Ask any of the top Bloggers out there(Or any ultra Successful person in any field) and they will tell you that they wanted to quit all the time.  But they didn't.

They may have felt like quitting but they toughed it out,  and made their mark.

When people get discouraged if things are not going their way,  the easiest thing to do is quit.
But is it the right thing do?

Aren't we told all the time by our parents, our teachers and all those Motivational Guru's  that

 " The best time to push forward harder is when you feel you want to quit"  Something like that,  anyway. Motivation truly is the secret behind Successful online entrepreneurs.

Persistence Pays Off
Look at it this way.  If you hang in there,  and keep yourself motivated to keep working on your Blog beyond that first three Months,   you will have already shown yourself to be someone who sticks it out.

You will have proven yourself to be a non quitter.  You will also now be part of a special group who has gotten past the toughest hurdle in Blogging.

Also,  that experience you gain by pushing through,  will give you an advantage over anyone just starting out.  Experience is priceless(Well, so they say)!   

That effort on your part,  will have put you in the same select group of  people who haven't quit  every time they felt like it.  This is the missing ingredient(For Success) that if you apply it,  you will go on to be successful.

It is something  we all possess,  though,  not very many people will make the best use of it.   You are probably doing a lot better than you realize,  anyway.   So maybe the best thing for you to do,  is to just stick to it. 

Are you thinking of  quitting Blogging,  or just plain bored with it?

Pop a comment in to let me know how you feel about this. 

Your comments are always welcome and  appreciated,  and will be responded to.

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How I Became A Six Figure Blogger In 6 Months.

How it all began.
Well,  it all started late last year.  I had just been retrenched from full time employment.  Due to my  circumstances at the time,  my choices of work were limited.  I only had a small amount of money from that job(Long service) to keep my head above water.  Soon that money ran out,  and I was faced with a pile of bills growing bigger by the day.

Sink or swim
I tried a number of things.  I applied for jobs I had no experience in,  whatsoever.  When I turned up for work,   I used the old "Fake it till you make it."  approach.  I pumped myself up trying to lift up my confidence.  Well,  that didn't work.  I managed to last anywhere from a few days to a week tops,  before the wheels fell off (They realized I didn't have a clue).

Try something new(But what)?
During this period I already had been toying with the idea of working from home.  The most obvious considering I spent so much time on my PC,  was an online business. But which one?  I didn't know anything about affiliate programs, online marketing,  even less about SEO.

The turning point.

The turning point came when I started to read articles by many of the top online entrepreneurs.  This soon led to my reading a lot of the articles written by the top Bloggers(The six figure Bloggers).  At first I was over the moon. I mean,  I didn't know people could even make that sort of money from a Blog or Website.

The learning curb
Well,  the excitement soon wore off.   After setting up a number of Blogs(site) in certain niches,  I found myself  working anywhere from 8, 10, 12 even 16 hours a day.  And the worst part was,  for all that work I was making next to nothing. I did everything possible.  I optimized every single page on all my sites to get the best results possible. Why were my results so bad for all that effort I was putting in?

A change was in the wind
While I was so caught up with wanting to get instant success,  I didn't even notice. My stats(Page views, visitors, page impressions, CTR, etc)  had been making dramatic improvements,  and were continuing to do so.  At this point I did a lot of experimenting with my ad-sense adds,  to get the best possible results. I also did a lot of keyword research and applied what I had learned.

Show me the money 
I finally received my first ad-sense check!  You would have thought I had won the lottery if you had seen my face when I opened that envelope and was holding the check in my hand.  I still have that first Ad-sense check to remind me of all the hard work I had to do just to earn it.  Rather than slacken off,  I doubled my efforts. I did almost twice the amount of writing posts,  I had been doing before. I also made sure I did a lot of background research on my topics to make those posts of the highest quality(Content is King , yes)?

 Free at last(Well, almost)
At this point,  and within the following few Months my results started to snowball.  It was as if all the work I had been doing before finally came together. It finally all clicked.  Soon I was getting regular checks, the number just kept increasing.  And now today I have achieved what I had thought in the beginning would be impossible.

After six Months of Gut breaking work,  doing everything possible.

I have finally achieved my dream of becoming a Financially independent(Six Figure) blogger.

"Okay,  Disclaimer time"!  The truth is, I am not a six figure Blogger. This post is more of a hypothetical story of what many people would like to achieve, or are currently moving towards with varying results.. Though, their circumstances are different to my character in my little story,  I am sure this is a very familiar experience for many.

The real facts.
Many of the experiences(Lost job,  financial problems back then) in the story I have already been through,  which is what led me into Blogging in the first place. Although,  just like in the story,  I looked into a number of other Money making ideas firstly,  before seeing the great potential that setting up Blogs(websites) and monetizing them possessed.  

This story is not meant to mislead
It's purpose is pure entertainment.  In fact, apart from the six figure results,  much of the story is identical to the Blogging path I have followed and am still on today.

I spend quite a few hours every day
I do as much as I can every day,  to improve my blogs(sites).  It's still not perfect. I still make plenty of mistakes(Though, as long as I learn from them,  then it's fine by be).    I have actually seen some incredible results, lately.  Nothing special compared to the top Bloggers out there. Though,  some of my sites have made huge jumps in the rankings.  If they continue at that pace,  I should be seeing some really impressive results within a few months. And that should also bring with it some respectable financial returns,  as well.

I hope you enjoyed my article (Hey! I wrote it with you in mind) .

Well,  I will keep you all posted on my results.

Feel free to let me know about your experiences on your own road to Blogging success. 

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Rank High using the Google External Keyword Tool

The Google External Keyword Tool Works!

Using The free Google External Keyword Tool to find appropriate keywords for  high Google Search Ranking,  is not that difficult.   If you are willing to spend enough time sorting through the lists of keywords, then researching your final choices,  you can achieve some very good ranking results in Google search.

If you want to Rank High in the Google Search Engine Results for your Keywords,  it will depend on how much work you are willing to do with Google's external Adword Keyword tool. Finding the right Keywords is one of the most important things you can do for the success of your Blog or website.  Many Successful websites and Blogs,  had(Have) a list of targeted keywords, even before thinking about starting their website.

Applying proper Keyword research,  is very important.  And will save you a lot of  hassles later on.

Firstly before you start doing Keyword research using the Google external Keyword tool,  make sure you are following the Golden Rule for Keyword research and Search engine Ranking.

Why Google's free External Keyword Tool you ask?  Because many of the Best Keyword and Seo tools are using the Google External Keyword tool to collect their data from(Of course you will get far more information provided to you if you sign up for a Google Adwords account.).

Yes,  the paid tools have a whole lot of other functions, as well.  Though, many of the Paid tools  can take a really long time returning their search data(Because they have to get it from the Google Adword external Keyword tool).

So by the time you have done a ton of keyword research Using the Free Google Keyword tool,  many of the paid keyword programs are not even 1/2 way in getting your search results data for you.

Google is the Biggest search engine out there,  and it should be your main target to put your Keyword research into action. If done properly you should be able to bring in some really decent traffic to your blog or website and achieve a high Ranking as well..

Keywords that get Best results for High Ranking

If you want the best results using the Google External keyword tool,  you need to do a fair amount of  Research on which keyword terms you can target,  that are bringing in lots of traffic but do not have much competition.  Some Keyword search terms are being dominated by many of the big websites and Blogs who have ranked high(Page one) for those Keyword terms for quite a long time now. .. 

To even get close to competing with these sites for those terms,  you will need to optimize your Post(Copy) as much as possible.  If you go and set up your Blog posts around those Keyword terms,  without putting in a huge amount of work,  you will not rank high for those keyword terms,  and probably be stuck back on page five or ten or....who knows!  

So to get the best results you want to target keywords that will Rank your posts up on page one of the search engines(Especially Google) that will also bring you some decent traffic numbers as well. 

Seek Profitable Keywords With The External Keyword Tool

Don't target some vague quite long Google Keyword terms from the External Keyword tool. You will end up on page one for Google.  Maybe on top of page one.  But guess what?  Hardly anyone will even know your article is there. The problem is you will not get hardly any visitors. 

Why?  because those keyword terms have almost no traffic value.....

What about Long tail Keywords?  

This post is not really about Long Tail Keywords,  though I think it's important to give a brief explanation about them. 

Long tail keywords have much lower search volume(less traffic for your site) though, they are much easier to rank up on page one in Google search results.

If you wish to collect a large number of long tail keywords that are less competitive,  though easier to rank on page one in Google search results,  you can do that also.

Long tail keywords can often be multiple strings of words,  with very low search volume.
The beauty of the Long tail keywords is,  usually if you are ranking for one keyword term,  you will also be ranking for a whole collection of similar(and not so similar terms)
The combined search volume of all those low volume long tail keywords then accumulates giving you a decent amount of search volume.

And because Long tail keywords are far easier to get on top of page one in Google search,  they can generate some consistent long term traffic and exposure for your website..  

Though,  even with those long tail type keywords,  it's important to ensure you  are still going to get a reasonable amount of traffic to your website.

Whether you go after Long-tail keywords or high volume Keywords( more competitive Keywords)  is  fine.   

Please don't  waste your time on Keywords that are not worth Ranking for.  If you do chase after those keywords, you will have achieved the highest Ranking in Google Search but you will not get any rewards for doing this.

Why?  Because the Keywords you have used have next to zero people using those search terms in Google search.  Some of the Keywords terms people use may not even show up when being Analyzed with keyword research tools. 

What does that all mean? 

It means:         "You need to do some Google Adword External keyword tool research"

Authors note: 

For this article we are using the standard Google external keyword tool. 

If you have a Google Account you can log(sign in) to the Google Adword External keyword Tool.  This will offer you far more information than the standard Google external keyword tool.   

Once you find some decent quality Keywords using the Google keyword tool,  it's then time to check out how much competition
there is. 

Before we start our Google Keyword Research to rank high for quality Keyword terms, here are two links to very useful Google tools that will give you plenty of help in choosing the best Keywords to target.

(1).  Google Trends.

(2). Google Insights

Both of those tools can take a lot of the guess work out of making Keyword Choices.

Now for our Google Keyword research.

Which brings us to.    Google's Free External Ad-word(Keyword ) Tool

Google's Keyword tool is not perfect.  Though, as far as free Keyword Research tools go,  you can achieve some great results.  If you put some extra effort into it.   

The main thing as I mentioned earlier,  is to make sure you target Keywords in the "Hitting Zone".  Go for Keywords that you can  get your posts up on page one,  and bring in some decent traffic as well.

Using the Google External Keyword Tool
Take a look at the following example: 
(1)Firstly,  after typing in the Keyword term "Start a Blog" in the Word or Phrase box,  you  fill out a Catch-pa(just copy the jumbled letters into the empty box provided.

(2) You will be shown a list of 100 Keyword Ideas(2 pages).

(3)  {Notice I have ticked the Broad[Shown with brackets] and Exact boxes on the left under Match Types}
This is very important to give you an idea of the different number of searches depending if you use an exact or broad search term.

We need to target exact Match search results.  This will give you a far more accurate idea of the amount of potential visitors,  you could possibly receive.  

Remember though,  even if you are placed at the top of page one for a keyword term in Google search results,  this does not mean you will be getting 100% of the potential traffic.  
You should get somewhere between 35% and 45% of traffic(visitors) when ranked in first place.
So lets have a look at the results for the keyword term  "Start a Blog"


Notice the results for our Keyword search term " Start a Blog"

Broad  search{  201,000 Global Monthly Searches. 

(Broad search is when someone types in different(Though related) search terms.

Broad search examples:  "Starting a blog"   "How to start a Blog"   "Start Blog"    "How to start a blog page" "Creating a Blog"  "Free blog hosting"  

(Notice how the Broad search term examples even contain terms such as free blog hosting---which is in no way the same as "Start a blog" but it is related.
For example:  You need or want(free or paid) blog hosting when you  "Start your Blog"

Exact Search  { 9,900 Global Monthly  Searches.  

(Exact search is when someone types in the Keyword search term " Start a Blog" with the exact same words in the exact same order(  Start A Blog).
For an interesting Comparison take a look at a Google search using our search term " Start a Blog

The Keyword Term " Start a Blog"  returned  1,680,000,000 results in Google search.
This should help you to understand just how important it is for you to do some Keyword research before writing your Blog Posts.

Think of it this way
Out of 1,680,000,000 pages containing variations of the three words "Start a Blog"  only 9,900 times Globally were the EXACT SEARCH TERM  "START A BLOG"  being searched for.

If you go and check out the first page of the Goggle search results for the Keyword term  "Start a Blog" you can see it looks pretty  competitive,  and may be a little out of reach for new website(blog) owners. 

And yet the keyword term " Start a Blog"  is a very high quality Keyword and get's some really good results (traffic)compared to many other Keyword Terms shown in the 100 Keyword Ideas list.

Note: That huge number of search results for "Start a Blog"  (1,680,000,000) is how many different web pages are out there with the words " Start a Blog" written somewhere in their posts or articles(In one way or another).  So you are competing with that number of pages which contain those words. That's large number of web pages(1,680,000,000)  with the words " start a blog" (In some way or another) makes it quite a difficult Keyword to go after.

So it is very important to refine your Google Keyword research if you want to achieve a high ranking for the best(Or really good) Keyword terms).

Back to Our Google Keyword Research

Take a look at the first page of 50 Keyword Ideas,   of the 100 Keyword search term combinations taken from your original Keyword term  " Start a Blog"
Note:  The keyword ideas with [                 ]   around them are Exact term search results(That's why their numbers are much lower than the other(Broad) results.

What we should be doing when using the Google external  keyword tool,  is going through those 100 examples and finding some keywords to use that are getting some good search results,  but are not to competitive.  

Some Keyword terms like "Start a Blog for Free"   " Why start a Blog"  "Best place to start a Blog"   are  getting fewer searches. So  if you use Exact Keyword terms  like these for Keywords you may struggle to get traffic to your site. 

Another thing that is very important is to make sure you know your real Page ranking in the Google search results for your keyword terms.  
The worst thing you can experience after doing a lot of keyword research,  is to think you are up on page one in Google search,   and it turns out you are way back near page ten or much further.  On the other hand you may have a much better ranking for your keyword terms,  only  you are not being shown very accurate results.  Always check to ensure your posts(keywords) rankings are accurate.  This is very important.

So before you go off to write your next Blog post,  just go and spend a little time doing Google Keyword research first.

The benefits you will receive in the long run surely be worth it. 

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elgooG : elgooG The Google Search Engine In Reverse esreveR

elgooG : Has Google Got Search Back To Front?

Finally proof that Google may have gone the wrong way when it comes to search engine ranking results.

I have always wondered if doing the opposite of everything Google "Preaches and Teaches"  would improve our website and blog success in the Google search ranking results.  

Well!   Here it is.     Google literally reverse engineered. 

Here's a quick explanation from  Wikipedia.

" elgooG (Google spelled backwards) is the literal mirror image ELGOOG of the Google search engine; not only is all of its content a reversal of Google, the search terms must also be written in reverse in order to yield the desired results ".

" A WHOIS request shows that the domain has been registered to Google Inc. from 2000,[3] but says that the domain is on sale "

Check out the first highlighted section above. "The search engine terms must also be written in reverse in order to  yield  the desired results"  

Finally an explanation that tells us why those "Crazy search engine ranking results"  are always way off!

We have been doing our Google Search Ranking Checks (kcab ot tnorf)  I mean (Back to front).

And  in the second highlighted section: 

 WHOIS behind this madness?   " the domain  has been registered to Google Inc.  from 2000,  but says that the domain is for sale"

 Is elgooG The Alter Ego Of Google?

Not only is elgooG  Google in reverse,  elgooG is owned by Google.   

I always knew there was another side to Google. 

 And if you don't believe it,  you can Google it,  or was that elgooG ti?  

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Google Apps Login: Using Multiple Accounts Solves Sign In Problems

Why Login To Google Apps Using  Multiple Accounts ?

Many people are having a really hard time Logging into their Google Apps accounts.
I had mentioned this in an earlier post that shows a way to try to log into your Google Apps Cpanel. 

Once you have created your account and logged in you have access to many great free apps.  Or You can upgrade to Google Business Apps for even more tools.

 You should only Just have to hit the sign in button on the top right hand corner and a box will appear.  

Then a box will appear.
From here you just add your Domain name(website or Blog name) in the box on the left.  Then if you want to manage your Domain click the "Silver arrow "  under the box on the right and select "Domain management(As shown in the picture below.

 Authors Note:  You will probably need to add(.com) or whatever extension you have to gain access.  Sometime if you just enter (your domain name) This may be one of the crucial mistakes people are making as part of the Google Apps Login Process. 

So just enter your details. (try entering your domain name with and without the extension) 

 Then as the final Google Apps Login step,   you are shown a box where you fill out your Username and Password.

 Now if you are not having any Google Apps Login Problems,  you can now manage your Google apps Custom Domain Cpanel.  

Once Logged in to your Google Apps Cpanel,  you can access the different the options in the Blue bar. There you will find many great tools and apps to use.

If at this stage you still have not managed to access your Google Apps Login,  try the following method as it worked 100% for me.

There  seems to be one small problem occurring for some Google Apps users after having created and Logged into their Google Apps Accounts.

Currently,  if you are logged in to your standard Google account, or your Gmail account,  you will probably have difficulty signing into your Google Apps account.

Google uses a sign in Cookie that only allows you to Login to one Google account at a time.

The way to solve this conflict between your Google Apps,  Google Gmail and other Google accounts,  is to go to the Google Accounts help page to Enable Multiple Account Login for your Google Apps account.  

This solution definitely works.   I was having the same experience recently.  I was continually having to login then log out of my Google Gmail account and my Google Apps Account,  whenever I wished to use either of these accounts.

Once I did the Multiple account sign in for my Google Apps Account,   I have had no problems at all staying logged in ever since.  

I can now gain easy access to all my Google accounts,  and have them all open at the same time.

Have you tried the multiple account login for your Google Apps Account?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Social Bookmarking Tools For Website Backlinks

Do Social Bookmarking Tools Work for Backlinks?

There are many discussions online about whether using Social Bookmarking tools will have any lasting benefit for your website.   A while back I had tried out a few,  not really knowing if they would work or not. 

I have always had mixed feelings about these type of Bookmarking sites,  so the best way to be sure was to give them a go.

Though, in our quest to know the secrets behind Successful online Entrepreneurs,  we will find ourselves trying out many methods,  and just as many programs.   

For me personally,   I like to try out different ideas.

Firstly,  I was using the free versions of these tools,  mainly as the price was so good!
Not to mention that I have read somewhere that using paid bookmarking tools would break Google's Adsense (TOS).

The theory behind that is you are getting paid traffic--paid backlinks.

But to be quite honest I am not even sure Google really cares if you use Automated Back linking tools. I say this because so many websites are building links by doing this,  and  they never get penalized at all.  

The first Social Bookmarking Tool - Help!

This did not get off to a good start!  I spent a number of hours filling out their bookmarking submission forms,  then when I went to submit my articles,  the articles vanished.

Later when I checked my submission history details at the software owners website,  it said " You have 0 Submissions completed"  That's the last thing you would want to see after all that effort.
(Remember also that I gave this program a re try,  on many occasions,  and got the same result....

After trying to contact the maker(owner) of the(quite well known) program on a number of occasions and not receiving a response,  I'd had enough.  So after uninstalling that near useless first tool,  I was a little hesitant to go off and grab another one to try out,   after all that time wasted on that first program.

Authors note:  Though I would love to really stick the boot into the program I used above(the useless one) by telling you the Product name,   I would prefer not do so.  

From my experience,  whenever you have major problems with a program-tool- software,  and you get zero response from the maker,  or person promoting it,  as soon has you throw some negative light on them(bad review -- or a post telling the facts)  they will be all over you in no time.    

The Second Social Bookmarking Tool Worked Quite Well

The second tool I tried out called IM Automator was quick and easy to set up,  and you were off and running in no time building back-links.

That's how it should be!   No messing about for hours with zero gain,  as was the case with the first Social Bookmarking tool..   So,  even though I was using the free version of IM Automator ,  I could add(submit) a number of my Posts that could be drip fed each day,  over a period of time...building up a few Back-links whilst I was busy doing other site related things. . 

Authors update note:  The free version of IMAutomator has been discontinued.  It is now called IMAutomator Light,  and is a paid service at $2.99 per month.

Compared to the IMAutomator PRO deal at $49.95 per month,  $2.99 per month for the IMAutomator light deal is still okay.  Though the PRO version of this Social Bookmarking tool,  offers you far more "Bang for your buck".

Apart from a great number of extra tools and capabilities that are only available in the PRO version of this Social Bookmarking tool,  the PRO version allows you to build up a possible 2910 backlinks per day.   

The light version of this Social Bookmarking tool will only allow you to build at the most,  around 150 backlinks a day.

That's a huge difference!

Results For IMAutomator Social Bookmarking Tool

Well,  just a reminder for anyone wishing to give Social Bookmarking tools a try.   Going from the results I got using the free version of IMAutomator (now paid) I noticed a number of backlinks slowly building up within a day or so,  after I started submitting my posts.

As far as backlink quality,  the range went from PR 0 sites up to  PR 4  sites.

So,  as I continued to submit posts each day,  the number of Backlinks did build up quite noticeably.
Though, you need to keep submitting your posts with the Social Bookmarking tool every day
Then with the "drip feed" system in place(automatically submits your posts to Bookmarking sites each day)  you are able to consistently build up Backlinks.   

My thoughts.   

Even after seeing those "Lovely Backlinks" I am still not 100% certain if there are any real long term benefits of using these Social Bookmarking Tools.

One of the main issues I can see is that you should be generating Targeted website traffic to your site.

When using these tools,  this is not the case.  The traffic if any,  will be of poor value(quality).
After all,   Social Bookmarking tools are more for  Backlink building than for gaining targeting quality traffic to your website. 

This in itself may make using these Social Bookmarking tools,  a "not too great" Business Strategy.

Also,  there are many respected figures in the Blogging world who also have their doubts about whether these Backlink Building Social Bookmarking sites are worth the effort.

This has a lot to do with the way Social Bookmarking sites have been devalued in the eyes of Google.
So the Backlinks obtained,  even a large number,  may not be too useful.   

Though,  on the other side of the coin, Social Bookmarking Tools still seem to be quite popular Amongst Internet Marketers(IM's).  So they obviously have some benefits...... .
So,  at this point " the jury is still out" on how effective Social Bookmarking tools really are...

I intent to find a few more free tools to give them a test run. Who knows! Maybe they will turn out to have far greater benefits for our blogs and websites........  

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Intensedebate: Blogger Template Upgrade Comments Missing Fix

Intensedebate Comments Back in Blogger Blog.  

Many Intensedebate users on the Blogger platform,   have been having a lot of difficulties with the recent changes that are taking place .

According to Michael Koenig the man behind the Intense Debate program(software tool)

"Over the next couple of weeks Blogger will gradually roll out redirects to country -  code urls.  
If you’re in Australia and viewing [blogname], you might be redirected [blogname] A ccTLD, when it appears, corresponds with the country of the reader’s current location.
This update will unfortunately cause a major issue with our Blogger Widget installation, where the same post will show different sets of comments depending on which ccTLD your readers visit."

Here's the link to Michael's  official Intensedebate blog,  with a short tutorial for the new Intensedebate Installation for Blogger users

My first advice is that you try the tutorial by Michael first,  then if you are still not seeing your comments after you have done the Intensedebate installation upgrade,   try the method that I have written below.

An important note:   Please make sure that you follow that tutorial over on the Intensedebate Blog  "One step at a time" 

If you jump ahead of yourself,  there's a good chance you may end up accidentally cancelling out your Intensedebate comment system upgrade,  without even knowing it.

I should know,  as it happened to me.   I would estimate that at least 50% of the Intensedebate installation upgrade issues are due to a slight error in following the steps. 

Though,  I realized that after following the instructions exactly,  and apparently having the new Template code in place,   I  still was not getting my Intensedebate comments to show.      So what did I do?

Remember that this is A WAY that worked for me. Whether or not it works for you,  will depend on what issues you are having with the Intensedebate comment software installation.  

How I got My Intensedebate Comments Showing After Upgrade

After Pulling out my hair and going over the installation steps time and time again,  I decided to just STOP.

Then I went through all the steps again to see if I had missed something.

No. There did not seem to be anything I had missed at all.

So the Intensedebate comments missing,   had to be coming from something else.

I went and opened up my Blogs Html Template to look for anything out of the ordinary.

I was looking for any changes in the Template coding since attempting the Intensedebate upgrade installation.  


Time to put your Code Masters Hats on!
Okay,  it's some very simple code checking and repairing,  so you can leave your "Code Masters Hat" on the hat stand.

Firstly,   open up your Blogger Dashboard.

Now find the Blog you are making the Intensedebate Comment upgrade on. 

(a).  Click on the design tab.

(b). On the top(left hand side) of the page Click on "Edit Html" .

(c).  Now please make sure  you hit the "Download full template"(Blue link) to "Back up(download) a copy of your template to your hard drive before going any further.

(d). Hit   Ctrl + f (on your keypad at the same time).  You are now shown a "Find box" on the bottom left side corner of your Computer screen.

Okay.  Now to explain what we are looking for. 

What I found was that after installing the Intensedebate template upgrade,  a piece of code(just one) was not closed correctly.

If your codes are not closed,  your template will not Parse(or form) properly.  So you will  not be able to save your Updated(upgraded) changes. 

To close a piece(or line) of code,  you need to have either </  or <  on the left side of the line of code(should be first character(piece of code) you see)   and    />  or  >  on the  right hand side of the code(should be last character(piece of code) you see .  Note: Without these characters your line of code will not be closed.

Now lets see if you have the same Intensedebate comment system problem I had.

Now type in(or copy & paste) the following characters.    b:if    Into the find box in the bottom left corner of your computer screen

The find box should have found a  b:f     it should be highlighted. Now depending if you are at the top or bottom of your template,  you need to work your way(up or down) using the Blue arrows on the right of the find box.

The find box will keep showing you(highlighted) < b:f  or </ b:f (for left side codes) or  b:f > (for right side codes) as you work your way up or down the Template.    We are looking for   b:f with out < </ or > closing tags.

In theory the missing tag should be(on the right side) >  (as this should be the main closing element to complete a b:f line of code).

So keep going through now.  Have a little patience as it may take a minute or two.

Okay.  Once you have found a b:f  with a closing tag(left side) < </  or(right side) >  missing,  just add the missing piece of code

From   b:if      to    b:f > 

Though I am pretty sure the missing closing tag will be found on the right side.

(if the closing tag is missing on the left side just add  )  <  or </  from b:f   to < b:f 
 or </ b:f 

Now hit the Save Template button. 

Now either hit the preview or view blog buttons to see if your Intensedebate Comments have now been restored.

I hope this tutorial helps you to get your Intensedebate comments back where they belong on your blog.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Will Blog Commenting Improve Your Level Of Success Online?

 Blog Commenting: What Are the Benefits ?

The following questions have been on my mind quite a lot lately.

(1)   " Is making regular comments on other peoples Blogs really worth all the effort"? 

(2)   " What are the actual benefits you gain from doing so "? 

(3)  " Would your time be better spent working to improve your own Blog"?

         I think that they are reasonable enough questions to ponder.

So let's put things into perspective:

Many Bloggers spend more time on other peoples blogs, than they do on their own Blog(s).  Not that it's a bad thing if you are finding something that grabs your interest,  or you are part of a particular community.

You can actively share with others,  both learning and imparting knowledge at the same time.

Though,  what about those who are spending an incredible amount of time and effort,  going from blog to blog,  making regular comments in the hope of gaining some visitors over at their own blogs in return?

What benefits are there in doing this if,  after commenting regularly at a number of sites they only receive a handful of visits to their own Blogs or Website. Has it been worth their effort?

You do not seem to make any  noticeable gains Financially as you are not generating near enough traffic to your site.
Without visitors to your Blog(Website)  it is much more difficult to get your Blog up and running.

Blogging may be a Social Medium, though,   for a great number of Bloggers it is also an avenue for which they endeavor to generate an additional(Or possibly main) source of income.

Ways Blog Commenting Will Add To Your Online Success?

You have the opportunity to make yourself known within the Blogging Community.  If you do it  the right way,  by making quality comments,  that may also provide some helpful information to assistant others,  you will develop your reputation within the broader community.

Soon you will have an Established name,  that in time will be well known. 

You are developing relationships.

One of the most(If not the most) important areas that separates the Successful Blogs and Websites from those that are not,  is the owners ability to form relationships.  The people you are building these relationships with,  could possible become your business associates,  partners or customers a little later on.   So the importance of engaging in Blog Commenting can take on a whole new meaning,  when viewed in this way.

Another thing is that just by going to these sites,  you often can learn a great deal. There are sites I visit where many of the comments offer just as much vital information as the post(article)

Also,  if your comments are well written and they catch the eye of the website owner,  this may lead to an opportunity to guest post on that website. 

Hidden Gold Nuggets for Your Blogs Online Success

So you are building your name(Brand) out in the broader Blogging community.

You are developing relationships, that could eventually lead to people becoming your future Business Associates,  Partners or customers(clients).

You learn a great deal by engaging with many people across a wide range of subjects,  and many of these individuals are professionals who may at times provide you with some valuable tips.

And a very important Gold Nugget that we have not looked at yet! A piece of Gold that will be a direct help for your own blog or websites Search engine ranking Success.  

And that Nugget of Gold is that,

Commenting on blogs and websites is a great way to build back links to your site.
Each time you leave comments on other Blogs and websites you are Building up the number of back-links to your own site!

Building up back links to your website is very important,  as it used for both PR(Page Rank) and it also goes towards determining your Search engine ranking.   

Blog commenting is known as one of the best ways of building up links(back links).

So now we can see just how many benefits there really are to blog and website commenting.  

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Motivation: The Secret Behind A Successful Online Entrepreneur

Our Motivations For A Successful  Blog or Website Are the Key

So what is Your Motivation?  What is it that has made you sacrifice so much time?  What makes you  put in so much effort in pursuit of your Blogging Online Success?  Our Motivations are what drive us.  Strong Motivations directed purposefully can help us to achieve things we would have once thought  impossible.

Many Blog and Website owners spend hours every day Optimizing their sites to achieve higher Search Engine Ranking.    

If we look at any Successful individual,  we can see a strong Motivation working behind the scenes..

The Successful Online Entrepreneurs are no different.  They,  Like other strongly Motivated Individuals,  seem to have an all consuming  "Drive"  that never seems to stop,  or become weakened. 

Website Success Is Not Easy And Many People Quit

If you take an honest look at the odds of Achieving Success Online with Blogging,   you would be asking yourself    Why Start A Blog in the first place?

It can be a lot of work over a long period of time,  with little to show for it.  This is why so many people just give up.

It has been said that  most Bloggers quit within the first three months of  starting their blogs.

And the process continues with thousands, if not many more new Blogs and websites being started up every day  worldwide.

So out of all those new blogs and websites starting up,  many do not last very long before closing down. 

If we break down the numbers and do a little bit of research,  the HUGE number of Blogs that quit(Or are abandoned) in their first three months,  are probably made up of Parked Domains sitting not being used.

Think about all those second, third fourth, fifth(often many more) blogs that are started up,  then quickly forgotten.

So many new Blogs are started  through,   Blogger 
WordPress,   Tumblr  etc,   only to be left untouched as the owner(Author) is too busy keeping their main site running,  or they just close all their sites and quit altogether.      

This in my mind would go a long way in accounting for there being so many Blogs and websites starting up everyday,  and also for there being so many sites shutting within the first three Months of starting.

This is what separates those who quit from those who tough it out!

What Motivates Successful Blog & Website Entrepreneurs?

What is the key Motivating force that drives some individuals to achieving outstanding online success?

Successful Online Blog and Website Entrepreneurs,  don't Quit!
They may make changes,  they may adapt.  They may sometimes feel like just plain giving up!  

Though,  the Successful Online Blogs and Websites Got that way due to their owners {Stick-ability }.

Here are a few lines from one of the articles I wrote to help lift your Motivations,  and to add a smile.  

I will leave a link at the bottom if you wish to read the whole article(Don't worry. It' s only a short,  yet very powerful read)

I believe you are a success if you are able to lift yourself up to put in that extra effort required during the tough times.  Even when you feel nothing is working out with your Blog and your motivation is weakening,  You still forge ahead............ 
............Blogging Success.  You Can Achieve it.

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