Everything you need to know about Blogging and Secrets : Updated 11/11/2010
What's this Blog About
In the first draft of this blog I dedicated it to what I learned each day to improve Google Adsense earning. Since that time I have found that it isn't just all about Google Adsense. I am now rededicating this blog as the Secrets that a lot don't know about. I will keep all the original text lessons and add to in order not to erase valuable information for those still starting out. Starting to advertise online can be very tricky, which includes vast research, however, resources are all around us.. I understand that there are many of you that already know what I have to say. Even if you do, remember, there is always something new you can learn. Whether just implementing some of the things that you started out doing or adding to with some useful tips I have discovered, you never know what some amateur publisher may know that you don't. The key to Marketing as I have found out, is continued learning and growth. i never turn down the opportunity to learn some other tip or trick that could potentially boost my online revenue.
How often should you check this Blog
I have been a member of Hubpages for three weeks now and have been amazed at how many things I have discovered can help you make more money with Google Adsense. I will update this every day so others can always come back and see what else they may be able to add to their arsenal.
As stated before in previous blogs, I started out not knowing a thing about internet marketing or publishing ads. This very blog site was my first experience. I stumbled upon it by doing a Google search about penny stocks. While reading what some hubber had to say about the penny stocks, I noticed that the site I was on was a simple blog site. The information was very educating and valuable. After reading what the hubber had to say, I quickly joined hubpages with their referral link. Little did I know I could earn money with Google Adsense. Heck i didn't even know how to go about doing it. Before going into the first lesson I must say that everything seems to link back to Google Adsense. You can make money with Adsense by doing nothing at all 25% of the time. So let's begin.
How to make money with Google Adsense Tips
Everything links back to Adsense. If you are just starting out this can seem overwhelming, but over time, if you sign up for these different sites and add them to your arsenal, you can earn substantial revenue. Nearly every site you sign up for has a referral ID.
Q. Why is this important? A. Because you have a profile and blog pages.
On your hub pages alone you can link to a sign up page. For example: Join here to become a member of hubpages. There, I just made a referral link. So if you are that lucky blogger that has a person view your blog from a search engine, and think to themselves, "Hey, this is a cool thing to do. I think I'll start blogging too, so I can share my opinions and make some extra money.", then right there you have a referred customer. You can make a percentile off of their future earnings. But that's just one example. There are hundreds of other sites out there that offer referral ID's. You can take these ID's and place them in your profile. Say another hubber, just starting out, views your profile to follow you or send you a message. More than likely they are going to read a little bit about you. Upon reading your information, they will stumble upon your various referral ID's. The fact that most people are lazy means that half of the people that decide to check out those sites will probably right click on them and open a new tab so they can stay on your profile page or the page that they are still on without having to go back after joining. So by doing this, you now have 1 viewer, but two possibilities of earning more income. You should make the links look legit. Always use the www.sitename.com for them to click on. Embed your referral ID with the link option when you are editing the text in your profile. This simple lesson could earn you 25% of your future revenue from google.
Editing and Proof Reading your Blog
People who read your blog expect professionalism. This meaning, they see a misspelled word, they may shy away from what you are trying to expose them to. Not only misspelling, but word placement and highlighting links. If you have a page that has the same size font, with no bold or outstanding characters, readers will sometimes become overwhelmed. I know I do. If I see a 10,000 word essay on a page without any key points in bold text or highlighted with a clickable link I will press that back button almost instantly. Why? Because readers are looking for a quick answer most of the time. They usually aren't interested in your backstory or success. They just want to know how they can succeed or find what they are looking for. By implementing bold text characters or highlighted link texts it gives them something that catches their eyes. Say your reader looks at you page and thinks, "Man this is way too long to read", but then they see where you have put the word guaranteed way to make money with no investment required in bold text. This catches the readers eye and if anything makes them read this solitary sentence. If they see something they liked in that sentence, they may be prompted to read other things you have to say. The sole fact that you have read this far may be for that very reason actually. Another thing is making sure you put your story in order. I have found it more readable when bloggers start from the beginning and go step by step to the end. The only time I ever shy away from order is when I have a story that has a surprise. An example of this is my story about my father. So always remember: Spelling, Bold Text, Highlighted Links, Word Placement.
Key words are a big determining factor on whether your page is found or not. Implementing them can be quite tricky though. You can be penalized by Google for having too many keywords in a short article. While not knowing the full determining factor on how many keywords is spammish , I do suggest that you not just write a blog and have make money in 3 straight sentences. Google is the smartest system I have ever encountered. They crawl the web daily, which seems impossible, but I know it's true. For proof you can go to Google, type in info:yoursitename and press search. It will load one page with all your statistics, showing which pages link to yours, sites similar to yours, last time Google crawled your page and so on. So make sure you find ways to put your key words in your article without making google disregard your content. This being a very long, updated blog, I don't think I will have to worry about said subject.
Learn From Smarter Bloggers
Not saying that you are not a smart blogger, but always remember the historical quote "Anything you can do I can do Better". While you may be the best at one thing you do, count on someday somebody doing it better. It has been proven throughout history. Yahoo kicked everybody's rears in the previous days of search engines. Who is on top now? Google perhaps? How about Michael Jordan being the greatest Basketball player of all time? Arguments can now be made for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the up and coming Kevin Durant. Always be open to learning something new. Whether it helps you or not, you can not be hurt for trying. It may even give you a new idea to blog about; something that you know to help others out and increase your traffic. I, myself have a specific blog about other Hubbers that everyone should follow and learn from.
Backlinks and How to do them
If you search hubpages you will find several blogs about backlinks. I was introduced to them by a fellow hubber. These backlinks will help your page be found in Google and Yahoo search engines. I have come to find backlinks to be the most tedious, time consuming task so far. It seems easy to do, but what you must realize is that there are thousands of people out there trying to do the same thing. Backlinks tie into key words. Say if you have a blog about Making Money online. If another person on the site that you have backlinked from has the same type of content, theirs may be listed higher than yours, depending on the original content. If you have something that has the same info as another blog on that site, more than likely the one with more original content will be ranked higher in the Google search engine. So make sure you always follow step #3 and have original content with key words placed throughout. There are literally thousands of backlink sites out there. What am I saying, there are millions. Every site is crawled by google and has the potential of being a backlink to your site. The key to getting that higher Page Rank, or PR as bloggers recognize the term, is to have your "Original Content on higher ranked back link pages. You have PR10 PR9 PR8 PR7 PR6 PR5 PR4 PR3 PR2 and PR1 sites. 10 levels. As far as I know, Google and Yahoo are the only PR10 sites, however I can't help but this eBay would be a PR10 site also if you could find a way to get a backlink from there. But I'm fairly certain they don't allow outside linking to their site unless you are a eBay store member. So rule them out. Their are other sites that link together under the same corporation. You can go to these sites and register at just one of them and have 13 quick back links. I'll credit this to the ever knowledgeable TerryGI, who posted 13 quick backlinks. There are several backlink sites out there. Some of my favorites are Shetoldmen, Xomba, Redgage, Bestreviewer and Seekyt.
Blog every day
I write a blog every day. Why? Because whether or not your previous blogs have been read or are being read, readers always want something new. Even if the new blog only gets you 10 views per day, that increases your potential to make money. You never know when someone will come across your page and see an ad that interests them and click on it to find out more. Realize that a lot of people out there have nothing better to do than search and read online. People do it for hobbies or to find information for school or to learn how to be a better blogger. While this is titled "What I Learned Today", there is no telling how many bloggers alone will read it. Aside from posting to this every day, people may bookmark it and come back to find out what else I have to say about what I learned new. And I can assure you I learn something new every day. I write something new every day. Since this is the longest blog I have done so far, this will probably be my only blog for the day. I average 1.5 to 2 blogs per day if you were wondering. By simply blogging every day I have increased my daily views from 25 to over 100 easily. I have 200 and 300 days, but it varies. I am still on my quest to reach my first goal which is 1,000 views per day, but have yet to succeed. My theory is that if your Adsense averages 2% Click/View Ratio then how many clicks per day would you have if you were viewed 1,000 times a day? The answer is 20. Just a moderate goal, but understand, the longer your blog stays out there, the more it will get viewed.
Don't try to cheat Adsense
Not that I have tried to cheat adsense, but I have definitely read the TOS and statements of others. The reason for reading these articles is beneficial. You may actually do something that you did not know was against Adsense TOS. So it's not bad to google "How to Cheat Adsense". Most results you will get will tell you not to try to cheat Adsense. Why do so many people swear by not cheating Adsense? Apparently because it is impossible. So if you are reading this part of my blog, just stop even thinking about cheating Google. You will get caught, and you will get banned. Google records IP addresses as well as other sites. They can tell operation by accessing cookies and locations also. If you have logged into a computer elsewhere under your Google Adsense account or Blog account, Google can tell. If you go straight to your page from another PC, Google can tell. If you encourage another to click on an ad for you and they stay on the ad for 3 seconds, Google can tell. Google is paid by advertisers to get potential customers to buy their product or service. So even I encourage you, don't click on any ad on this page unless it truly interests you. Clicking on other peoples ads just for one second could raise suspicion, so be thoughtful of those advertisers. I promise if you do this the legal way, you can make money. So once again just so we are clear Don't try to cheat Google.
Learn how to incorporate eBay and Amazon
eBay and Amazon are just other tools you can use to increase your earnings. The trick is trying to make a page that interests people and makes them want to buy the products you are listing. I have read other hubber's blogs to see how they incorporate stories to go along with products. I have to say that a lot of them stink, but there have been a few that made me want what they were pushing. Nelle Hoxie is a good example of a great promoter. One particular blog she has made me want to read a particular book so badly, James Forrestal and his Mysterious Death. She is a top hubber that I follow and learn from and can help you learn more about adding Amazon and eBay auctions to your blogs. Blogs that are best for promoting items are about items that you know about and that are interesting and popular. Silly Bands, Collectibles, Books, Game Reviews, Places to travel, Hotel Reviews. Get the picture?
Spinning an Article
Spinning an article goes back to backlinking. The first thing you need is an article spinning program unless you know how to manually spin one yourself, which can be very time consuming, but worth the time invested. You can Google "How to spin an article" and should get some relevant results, showing you how it's done. Spinning can help you get further up into google PR because it changes your content to make it look more original. Instead of having 5 backlinks that have an article that says : How to make money online, they might instead say, "Ways to make money online, How to generate revenue online, or Methods to earn income online." Google recognizes these titles as genuine and not the same content. So if you have the same blog backlinked from 100 sites, spinning it may make it pop up in more key word searches.
Updated 11/06/2010 4:25 AM CST
Social bookmarking has to be the simplest way of promoting your hubs/blogs. I am a member of over 20 social bookmarking sites as of right now and find new ones every day. Social bookmarking sites not only show other users your link but give it PR power because it is listed on their site. The higher PR the bookmark site, the better chance you have of moving your PR up. However when you start using these bookmarking sites be sure you aren't spamming, (posting every blog you have one after another). I usually pick 2 of my best hubs to bookmark every day. When posting a bookmark be sure to give the viewers a little preview. It could take a little time to write out a nice description, but I have found it is worth it. I usually write something totally original, but related to what I am introducing them to. The key is to get them to view that one page. If I can get them to do that then maybe they will check out other pages I have.
Updated 10/06/2010 11:00 PM CST
Review Blogging sites/Top 5 Blogging sites
Top 5, 10, 15 and 20 review sites are popping up all around all of a sudden. While reviews of income have been rather low to start, but they are sure to grow, the more the site gets popular. Best Review is the newest site that offers bloggers to write about their top favorite products or things. You can have up to 20 top subjects in one article. The benefit of these sites is that the articles can be written quickly. I have 2 posted already without spending more than 30 minutes on the site. It is a fairly new site with very few members. I do suggest signing up and taking advantage as you could be on of the first members, as I am, and have a edge over newcomers.
Updated 10/08/2010 1:50 AM CST
I started using the adwords tool when I first signed up with hubpages, but didn't understand it's significance until recently. When using this tool I usually sort it out by CPC price. After that I type in any word that I know something about, ex: Football, Insurance, Florida, Mississippi. After the results show I don't pay as much attention to the CPC price as I do the monthly search and competition columns. I first take a look at the competition. If it has over 25% filled, I usually move on to the next keyword. I then save all my keywords to a notebook file on my PC with the CPC price. I usually spend 30 minutes to an hour a day doing this. There are millions of products you can narrow down. It's a matter of finding the least competitive market. The next section will go further in depth.
Keyword Sub Keyword Implementation
Still using the Adwords tool, what I want to explain now is how to narrow down your results. For instance, I am an expert on Football. The first keyword I type in is football. I see several results. When I scroll down I see that football results and football scores are two of the highest searched terms. At this point I take the sub words "results" and "scores" and put them into my notepad file. As stated before I spend a while on this each day, but this is just the example I am putting forth to avoid lengthening this any more than it has to be. After getting all of my sub-keywords into my notepad file, I then go to Google search engine. I take those combinations, type them into Google and see what the results bring up. I usually browse through the first 10 pages. If I don't see any websites that are sub-directory sites, like forums or blogs or ehow articles, I usually go on to my next keyword. The reason for this is because .com websites are usually ranked as PR9 or PR10 site, because they have all original, pertaining content. However if you see a sub=directory listing, the better chances you have of getting higher above those other listings. With the implementation of backlinking and original content, I feel certain I can get my blogs higher or right next to those other sub-directory listings. So remember not to stop at just one keyword. Go in depth to at least two, but even better to use three. If you find a good three keyword listing, chances are that the competition level will be lower. Keep in mind this doesn't mean type "make money online" in and expect to find low competition. You are going to have to be creative. Something like DVLA number plates would be much better as everyone is writing on how to make money. Even me.
Updated 10/09/2010 7:30 PM CST
Using All Hubpage Capsules
Over the past couple days I have been experimenting with the different capsules that are optional. I have gathered data and found some remarkable things that some may not realize. This is not for fact, but it seems to have made a difference for me. The only thing it can do for you is help you and it won't take but a few minutes for each Hub. Hubpages has several different capsules you can post into your Hub. Those being RSS feeds, Google Maps, Videos, News feeds, etc... Just two days ago I started editing all of my hubs and putting these capsules in as many as I could, without making them look irrelevant. Over that two day period I have noticed significant gains in my Adsense. This leads me to believe that Google uses those hubs as a source of more original content, thus making your impression earnings go up. If you do not know by now, Google Adsense does pay you for certain page impressions. You can make $5 easily just off of page impressions if your page is constantly searched via a search engine database. With all that being said, the best thing you can do that doesn't require a lot of time is to put as many of those capsules into your Hubs to make them more content rich and original.
Hubpage Secrets you may not know
I may have already said this previously, but I will recap if that is the case. Every Hub I create, I always save the first draft unpublished. The reason being is that I have noticed it can grow up to 80 hub score without being published. I didn't understand why this was so at first, but I think I have narrowed down a logical answer. For every unpublished Hub I had, I noticed that it had been viewed whilst it was unpublished. Who might be viewing these pages unpublished I asked myself. The only source that has access to our unpublished Hubs is Hubpages itself. So who might be reading these Hubs from Hubpages? The only answer I can come up with is some sort of editorial system or grading system, if you will. So say Hubpages has a bot that scans your content. They can calculate how original, well written, laid out and content filled it might be. By saying that, I believe there is a computation system that grades the score of Hubs far beyond page views and comments. If you notice when you publish a hub directly after writing it, it will almost always start out as a 50 Hub Score. By saving Hubs unpublished and editing them with capsules and more relevant information over a span of a few days, you can actually start a hub score out around 80. An 80 starting hub score is sure to intrigue readers into going to your hub to see what you have to say. I also must add that the higher the Hub the more I'm sure Google ranks it. Google is one of the smartest platforms there has ever been. They aren't going to put some poorly graded page on their front search page.
Updated 10/13/2010 2:15 AM CST
I just found a new website called Constant Content. At Constant Content, they allow you to write articles on just about anything. Although this is not a Google Adsense based website, if you are a good writer, you can make some good money doing this. The key to making money there is to set your price for your article and have something that nobody knows, but everybody wants. The average price for an article is about $15, but you can price it wherever you want to. Be sure not to overprice yourself. If you are a high quality freelance writer then you may be justified, but for others, you make want to stick to the average asking price. You can also sell your rights to the article, giving the buyer full rights to publish it wherever they see fit. The website is really user friendly and easy to navigate. I suggest trying it out if you are looking for another source of income. The above is my referral link.
Updated 10/13/2010 9:15 PM CST
RSS Feed Sites
Another thing I have discovered is RSS feed sites. While RSS feeds aren't proven to be a big traffic source yet, I believe they will help in the long run, especially if you have a lot of articles about one particular subject. For people like me who write about anything and everything, it can be difficult submitting your feed because not everything lines up, but there are RSS feed sites that will let you create feeds. You can take your links from various sites and post them all into one RSS feed then submit that particular feed to any certain topic site. For example, I write a lot of sports articles on different sites. I have one particular feed for those. This takes a good bit of organization on your part as you have to save multiple folders containing all your articles on your PC, but if those feeds get just 10 leads, then you have made progress. There are many sites that accept feeds without having to sign up. Type in RSS feeds in the hub search or in google and you will quickly see what I mean.
Updated 10/16/2010 7:00 AM CST
I've been squidding for about a month now and absolutely love it. Being a member of Squidoo requires a lot of original content in order to reach the top, but can be very beneficial once you get there. After you get into the top 100 Squid Blogs, you have it made. Everyone will see your content and view your profile, leading to more views. While hubs are usually 400-4000 words on average, some Squidoo blogs can be 20,000 words long and feature many different capsules. They intriguing thing about Squidoo is that you are encouraged to update your blogs often instead of leaving them there as you can do with Hubpages. The best things to write about on Squidoo are things that you can always add to such as articles like this. Anything that requires ongoing research or how to tips will work just fine. You aren't given all of the available tools to start off like you are on hubpages. Instead, you have to prove yourself and climb up to different levels to unlock different trophies. The better your rank is the more you get recognized.
I learned this small trick from another hub here on hubpages, but thought I would share it and explain how I use it. Pingler.com is a free pinging site. You can take as many http addresses and ping them out to 89 or more sites for free, including google and yahoo. Pinging helps the search engines find your content faster. Instead of google's crawlers looking through your content, pinging it automatically sends the information out to several search engines. This is very good if you have just updated your blog or hub. I usually ping around 10 of my highest quality blogs per day to try to gain more views and page ranking. Type it into your browser and have a go at it.
Updated 11/11/2010 7:40 PM CST
Redgage.com is a great site for promoting your articles. If you are a member of flickr or shutterstock, you can use it with them also. The way I use redgage is to post my links to it. You may not see much money coming in, but while you have your links posted there, you will make money each time someone views them from redgage, not to mention what you will potentially make off of the original article. Redgage is very easy to use. Each time you publish a new article, go straight to redgage and upload your link. You can make money two ways now. It is definitely the least time consuming thing you will ever do. If you are not yet a member of redgage, Sign Up now!
Bukisa is yet another blog type site. It doesn't have all of the capsules that you may find on hubpages, but it has a simple interface and is very easy to use. The key to making money off of your articles at Bukisa is having unique content and lots of it. You will only see cents within the first few weeks, but if you continue to post new content and leave it there, Bukisa may actually become one of your larger sources of blog income. You can write about anything your heart desires. Bukisa is free. If you don't have an account yet, Sign Up.
Unfortunately that's all for today. Come back tomorrow to see what else I have to say. You never know I may find something else out in a couple hours. If so, trust me I will post it right here.
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