Psst I wanna start blogging ...Can ya point me to a good site to begin

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  1. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    I am trying to find a way to get traffic to my hubs , sometimes it looks ok and shows potential ,then just falls away (drops off the radar)

    Also sunforged mentioned using tailgate keywords. Are they keywords that follow right after each other ?

    Yes I use Google keywords tool thingy ,though never quite sure whether to choose a highpaying keyword or one that is maybe lower but searched for more.

    Also what are your thoughts on tags , more or less is better?

    In anticipation of your help -thankyou smile

    1. blue dog profile image60
      blue dogposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      hi eagle,
      far be it from me to suggest anything other than putting a lasso around ryan kett, dragging him to the ground and tickling him until he gives up all the info he has.

      i'm using blogspot for its ease of use, plus its range of layouts. i believe it's an extension of google, therefore google ads are free. my girlfriend, along with others, will suggest wordpress, where you must pay an upgrade fee to allow google ads. 

      others will know so much more, so i, and you, should defer to them.

    2. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You can't tell without yet another bit of information, which Google doesn't provide and many people don't consider.

      To make a good decision, you also need to know how many other websites are actively doing SEO stuff to rank for those keywords, both onsite and offsite.

      Onsite means the keywords that are being used in the title, URL, headings, etc.
      Offsite means the type and number of links that other websites have made to the page.

      The easiest way to do this is with a tool like Micro Niche Finder, or Market Samurai. These are not free tools, but they don't cost too much - Around $150 each.
      (You can do it manually, but it takes a lot of time)

      If you REALLY want to learn about this stuff I strongly suggest that you look at the training provided by Ed Dale's Thirty day challenge.

      Invest 30 or 40 hours going through the material there, and a similar amount working on your keywords and sites.
      You'll also get a free 30 day subscription to Market Samurai, and be taught how to use it. (A limited version of Market Samurai is available for permanent free use)

      You can watch everything online, or download all the free lessons from the apple store, and watch the video courses on an iPod.

      Eaglekiwi (and anyone else reading this)
      At some time you've got decide if you're serious about this stuff.
      Rather than hanging around forums picking up a morsel here and there, make a committment to really learn something. Invest some time.

      All of the experts here have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours of frustration, learning, gnashing of teeth, and finally success.

      It's called paying your dues, and there's no short cuts.

      Ed Dale's course is the best free course available on the net.
      If possible, take advantage of it.
      (you'll need access to a fast broadband connection)

      Eric G.

      1. Pearldiver profile image66
        Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Well said Eric........ totally agree... But of course I also swan around in the forums yikes  I followed your advice and have done that.... Thanks mate.

    3. lrohner profile image70
      lrohnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Not tailgate, Kiwi, longtail keywords! LOL! Anyhoo, take your eyebrow-tweezing hub. No one is searching for your keywords. And your URL, title and tags are conflicting in the keywords you're after.

      You need better keyword research and search engine optimization, babeeeeeee!

      1. Eric Graudins profile image60
        Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I put up an optimised hub in the last few hours just for fun.
        results: less than 20 views, over 5 clicks, earnings over $5.

        Thinks: Hmm. Maybe I should do more like this lol

        This is what I use for keyword research.

        Watch the free videos. you'll learn a lot.

  2. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    Hey bdog thanks for answering , your suggestions sounds as good as any to me . For some reason (dont have the right programmes installed or something) I couldnt figure Wordpress, just got a whole lot of coded stuff.

    Thanks for ya input and yea dunno whats with Ryan ,maybe hes become one of those reformed smokers an ignoring me...sure he loves me deep down lol hehe

    1. profile image0
      \Brenda Scullyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      When you have sussed it all out, can you pass it on to me

      1. Eaglekiwi profile image72
        Eaglekiwiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        sussed out ? lol, um its not gonna be before lunctime , but scroll back Brenda and you can start today with me smile

        We will be hittin that great highway at the same time, I will drive when we hit Route 66

  3. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago


    Gawd ,for a moment there ,your post transporteed me back to high school!! lol almost heard , now young lady ,you have a good amount of potential if only you would apply yourself!!

    Sheepishly Ive gone back to my seat wink

    Truthfully it does seem like a lot of work , but realistically I might as way make good use of the free time I have too.

    Thanks you and luv ya for taking the time providing the info big_smile

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I suppose that's how it came across, but I didn't really mean it like that smile

      You may have noticed that I don't post here much any more. So I'm glad that you've taken it in the spirit it was intended.
      cheers, Eric G.

      1. Eaglekiwi profile image72
        Eaglekiwiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yes the good (dare I say sane people are low on the ground) but truly the info (above) has challenged me ,and thats always a good thing smile

        At least the both of you are on the same avatar ,less confusing  j/k lol

  4. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    Ok buggar it all , Im off to training wink

    (Buy ya a beer with my first hundy payout )

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Great. you'll learn a lot.
      The objective of the challenge is to earn a dollar online - which sounds like a huge waste of time.
      Until you realise that the skills you learn to make that dollar are applicable to making lots more.

      And I'll look forward to that beer smile

      @ PearlDiver.
      No worries.
      And sorry, but I REALLY can't get used to your new avatar lol

      1. Pearldiver profile image66
        Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Hell I know.... No one takes me seriously anymore... (if they ever did?) But I get a huge amount of petting attention lol

        1. Eaglekiwi profile image72
          Eaglekiwiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I bet them bumbletown ladydogs dont minds ya shedding all over ...the wheres ,lol...

          Eric@ woohooo Ive started training and signed up to that 'she rocks in the tree-tops all day long" twitter, least I think I did.
          I even gotta dashboard thingy , all this work , I need a wee lie down already lol
          (exited ,really) if I was Pearl Id probably just wee on the floor

          1. Eric Graudins profile image60
            Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            That's great to hear.

            After all the preseason stuff, (which introduces some great tools and websites) you'll start to learn how to select effective keywords.

            Even if this is all you learn to do, you'll be able to use this knowledge to choose great keywords to use at hubpages.

            If you keep going with all of the course material, you'll pick up a huge amount of skills that you can use in many different ways.
            I look forward to seeing you becoming a mentor for others.

            All the best, and let me know how you're going with a PM from time to time as I don't come here much anymore.
            Eric G.

            (And pearl wears doggy diapers - or so I'm told - so the floor is safe!)

    2. Pearldiver profile image66
      Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Bottom line is EK: thats what sets you above tyre kickers (If you Know what I mean!) I was about to recommend that you spoke to Eric and/or bought his e-book... when he jumped on and posted. smile

  5. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    Eaglekiwi, I'm another who thinks Blogspot is a good one (particularly for someone new).  It's really, really, easy to use; and Google will put ads on it if you want them to.

    I, too, use the "maybe-as-well-make-good-use-of-my-free-time" approach, rather than a more business-like one.  So, I don't do what people really need to do to get traffic and "whatever".  Still, that doesn't change the fact that anyone who wants to take a more business-like approach to a Blogspot blog can easily do that.

    I have a Wordpress blog (for some half-baked reason I don't really know), and I have (I think) 13 Blogspot blogs that I started with the idea of kind of organizing/categorizing by theme my different writing, adding to, and "creating an atmosphere" for any readers (as if there are actually readers  lol  ).  Since the blogs are kind of "two tiers down" from my "main free-time endeavors" they're not what they should be; because everything is just spread too thin.  My aim is to gradually fatten them all up; but in the meantime, it was fun to set them up, create the custom colors/themes, add music, etc.  I think Blogspot (besides being super-easy to deal with) is the next best thing to having your own website.  (I've had two websites, as well as a free one or two that come with other accounts; but they were "three tiers down" on the "free-time" thing; and they had nothing to do with where I find "real" freelance assignments - so I dumped them for now.  For now, the blogs are just kind of there - waiting to be turned into something more than musical "storage units" for writing.  smile

  6. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    Hey Lisa I love reading of your experiences,and you always go into detail ( I like that )Gifted marketer girl, ya sold me on Blogspot too ,cuz I love whistles n bells ,throw in some color and I will settle down and write big_smile

    Eventually this might just all come together ,thankyou once again !!

  7. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    lol@ doggy diapers (they actually have them ,can you believe!!) lol

    Um mentor seems a long way off ,but thanks for the vote of confidence.

    Are you happy with your adsense returns though ,cuz thats really what Im after.

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      It may surprise you, but I don't really use adsense.
      When I had a lot of hubs published, I think it was about $30 per month some months.
      Recently it's been nothing, but I may start putting up a some adsense attracting hubs soon.

  8. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Listen to Eric Kiwi, this double bloke knows what he is talking about. Yet I definitely have better than him luck with adsense. smile

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yep - Misha makes enough from adsense to lease that drilling platform that's in the background of his pic.

      (And that's also why he's dead against the "water for fuel" movement.
      Because if people realise it actually does work, then they wouldn't buy the petrol produced from his oil rig lol )

      1. Misha profile image63
        Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        You just hit the nail Eric! lol

  9. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 14 years ago

    30 Day Challenge - awesome!  I can't believe how much I've learned.  Thanks Eric!

  10. RedElf profile image89
    RedElfposted 14 years ago

    Wow - great info Eric - had to go check out the hub and your link. Looks promising. When My hubs grow up I want them to be big strong money vacuums just like yours, LOL wink


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