Sunday, August 26, 2007
If you want to move up in Technorati there are 2 ways to get there: gaining massive amounts of links to you from other blogs, or getting the most favourites. One thing you can do is get lots of favourites who favourite you in return!
Before you start you may want to grab this supercool autofave program from Eng Tech. All the people who have favourited you, this automatically favourites them in return. No more excuses for not returning the favour! Automatic Technorati Fave program the coolest program ever! Finds fans that have favorited you and automatically favorites them!
This is a program that connects to the Technorati.com service, finds everyone who has favorited your blog and automatically favorites them back.
grab the program here [2.4MB].
So, do you want to ride the Technorati Faves Train?
Move the 3 new faves (one is you) to The Original Faves. Add 3 to 5 new people to new faves. Each name linked to their blog, and Fave the site is the link on their technorati fave widget on their site. AND, name THE WHOLE POST DIFFERENT FROM MINE!) The Train was started at Gary Lee. I taked the article from whiteseo..
Here are the rules:
1. Write a short introduction paragraph about what how you found the list and include a link to the blog that referred you to the list.
2. Download the zipped article from here. Unzip the file, make your changes and post it on your blog. To avoid duplicate content and increase the amount of keywords your site can accessible for, go ahead and change the titles of the blog. Just don’t change the links of the blog.
3. Add at least 3 Blogs that you’ve just added to your Technorati Favorites to the “My New Faves” section. Remember to also add the “Fave Me” link next to your new blogs (i.e. http://technorati.com/faves?add=http://www.yourdomain.com)
4. Add Everyone on this list to your Technorati Favorites List by clicking on “Fave the Site.” Please FAVE EVERYONE on the List! Those who want good karma will fave you back. If not, you will for sure get the benefits of faves from the bloggers who continue this list after you.
My New Faves
Moneys online - Fave the site
Whiteseo - Fave the site
Poker Diamonds - Fave the site
The Original Faves
Casino Diamonds - Fave the site
Kaklong - Fave the site
Platinium girl - Fave the site
Teng Foung - Fave the site
DZI BEADS - Fave the Site
BokJae - Fave the Site
Lili - Fave the Site
Monkey Wong - Fave the Site
Dani - Fave the Site
Endoh - Fave the Site
Forumer - Fave the Site
Gary Lee - Fave the Site
Amber - Fave the Site
Mariuca - Fave the Site
JeanChia - Fave the Site
Janice - Fave the Site
Bobby Revell - Fave the Site
Wonder Woman - Fave the Site
Steve Olson – Fave the Site
BlogoSquare – Fave the Site
Dosh Dosh - Fave the Site
Nate Whitehill - Fave the Site
Ms. Danielle - Fave the Site
Jeff Kee - Fave the Site
Scribble on the Wall - Fave the Site
Jimi Morrisons Head - Fave the Site
Jon Lee - Fave the Site
SiteLogic - Fave the Site
Julies Journal - Fave the Site
Tea & Slippers - Fave the Site
Pencil Thin - Fave the Site
Garry Conn - Fave the Site
Stephen Fung - Fave the Site
eWritings - Fave the Site
Mommy’s Getaway - Fave the Site
GR8 Egypt - Fave the Site
Divya Uttam - Fave the Site
Sean Dinner - Fave the Site
O Salepito - Fave the Site
Kyle Beabo - Fave the Site
Six Degrees of Inspiration - Fave the Site
Randa Clay Design - Fave the Site
Failure is the key to success - Fave the Site
Tech Bold - Fave the Site
Download the zipped article from here. Unzip the file, make your changes and and post it on your own blog.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Today’s hottest Internet businesses are all about the power of social networks. Companies like MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube have become worth billions because businesses have realized that these social networks are generating huge advertising and marketing opportunities. As these social networks grow, the economic potential for its owners – and the advertisers who target the site’s users – is remarkable.
At AGLOCO, we asked a simple question: The users created the community, where’s their share of the profit?
It was from this question that AGLOCO set out to create the Internet’s first Economic Network, harnessing the power of Internet-based social networks to directly benefit the Members who help to create the community.
Becoming a member of AGLOCO is as simple as completing a brief sign-up page (name, age, location and email address.). Once you’re a Member, you will be asked to then download the Viewbar™ software. (Note: the Viewbar™ software is currently unavailable, as it is in closed testing. It will be ready for public download in a few weeks, and members will be notified when it is available.)
AGLOCO makes money for its Members in many ways:
Search: Every time you use the Viewbar™ to do an Internet search, AGLOCO earns money from the search engine providers. (For example, Google pays as much as $0.10 on average for each search that is directed to its search engine.)
Advertising: The Viewbar™ itself displays ads that are targeted based upon the websites you’re visiting. When you click on an ad and make a purchase, AGLOCO receives a referral fee, which we pass on to our Members. (Please note: Individual members do not receive any compensation for clicking on ads in the Viewbar™, and the Viewbar™ can detect if someone is clicking ads in a fraudulent manner.
Transaction commissions: Many major retailers pay commissions when you refer customers who make a purchase. AGLOCO collects that commission and passes it on to our members. (For example, Amazon pays an 8.5% commission to most websites who refer customers, and has cut deals for even larger percentages. The bigger the AGLOCO community, the better commission we can negotiate for our Members.)
Software distribution: Numerous software companies pay websites to encourage the download of new software releases (for example, Adobe’s Flash and Acrobat Reader software), and trial versions of new programs. AGLOCO members not only get access to the latest and coolest software, they get paid for it.
Service distribution: Many online service providers will look to the AGLOCO community as a source of new and active users for their services. (For example, eBay, Skype, and PayPal, among others, all pay fees to people who help them recruit new active users to their services)
Product distribution: When Members agree to use a product, such as cell phones, high-tech gadgets, office supplies, new credit cards or financial services, AGLOCO can collect referral fees. Some companies even offer special rebate and cash-back programs.
AGLOCO Members make money in four ways.
1.Members earn a monthly share of the AGLOCO revenue based on the use of the AGLOCO Viewbar™ that month.
2.Members earn part of the company based on the use of the AGLOCO Viewbar™ that month (currently a maximum of five hours are rewarded). Click here for details.
3.Members who use our referral system to help build the AGLOCO network will earn more. (AGLOCO only has significant value as a large network and people who help build it should be rewarded. – We also feel that the early users who told friends about YouTube or MySpace or even Google probably deserved something too, but no referral system was available to record their work).
4.Members will also get a share of any commissions AGLOCO gets when a Member purchases a product or service from an AGLOCO Sponsor company.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
- Leave Comments.
- Use Trackbacks.
- Use Social news networks.
- Taking part in contests.
- Hosting blog contests.
- Group writing projects.
- Email is your best friend.
1. Leave Comments : This is the best way of generating the traffic. Although, it can be slow but if you have the capability of writing great content then you’ll just do with this tactic only and you’ll be able to draw lots of visitors. Now think this way that someone comes to your blog and leaves a comment and with that he leaves the URL of his blog, won’t you visit that blog to see that what else that person has to say. I’m sure you will if not for reading it but at least for checking the design. That gives you the traffic. Now, if you do it on 10 blogs then you get 10 visitors and again, if you leave something meaningful in the comment then you may attract more visitors too of that blog.
I myself found pretty reluctant in leave comments but over the period of time I learnt this and found that it is really helpful in building the community around the blog too and thanks to Nirmal who constantly left comments on my blog and made me leave comments on his posts and that way I came into the habit of leaving the comments.
2. Use Trackbacks : This is another way of generating the traffic. It works exactly in the same fashion as comments. Trackback is basically linking to another post (which you may have liked or not liked) and the author or owner of that blog automatically gets notified about your post and the urge to read that post will increase in that blogger and he’ll read the blog post. PlasticBag.org has given a great visualization of what exactly Trackback is.
If in doubt think this way that I linked to your post where you are talking about how your boozo (your dog) plays with ball and you get the notification that TipsoSaurus has written a post and linked to you, then won’t you try to find that what exactly TipsoSaurus has written ? So, you see that leaving comments and trackbacks can get you the traffic.
In a live example : Ken linked to Ashish’s post in a very smart way, where he was talking about web hosts and he dragged the story to Alexa rank and linked to the post written by Ashish on alexa rank. Oh my gosh! I just left two trackbacks, earned two readers
(I’ve seen many experienced bloggers not to do this. But, one blogger makes a real good use of this feature and she is Lorelle).
3. Make use of Social networking & social news networks : Social networking is important in blogging and if you can’t do social networking then it’s a rare chance that you’ll be successful in blogging. Leaving comments and trackbacks is part of social networking. Apart from that be part of one of the popular Social news networks i.e. Digg.com or Stumbleupon. I’m not saying that go ahead and start spamming these social news networks (it doesn’t work that way, believe me. I’ve failed myself) by submitting your URLs in these networks. But, if you are an active user then most likely you’ll find readers from these services who’ll submit a well written post by you to these networks and Digg and Stumbleupon can get you heaps of traffic! Sometimes it becomes difficult to handle too.
4. Participate in contest run by bloggers : There are many bloggers who run various contests and ultra popular bloggers like Darren Rowse (You can imagine the popularity of Darren by checking this post, where Pearl couldn’t believe her luck when Darren said that he has subscribed to her blog) and John chow hold them regularly. You’ll find many bloggers in those contests and you’ll find that many contestants will visit your blog too, just to see who is the competitor. Won’t you like to do that, I’m sure you’ll do it, it’s just in the human nature! I think I don’t need to elaborate much into it, as you are wise yourself.
5. Host blog contests yourself : Ok, if you’ve got something to gift to others or have some thing which can be of some value to others then you can get good amount of traffic. Because there are bloggers who’ll take part in your contest and will do whatever (till it is sensible) to win the prize. So, if you ask them to just mention about your blog on their blog then they’ll happily do it. But, then again it completely depends on the prize you are giving. Don’t expect lot of people running for contest if you are giving away $ 10 but if you give away something like an iPhone then you can expect lots and lots of crowd running over towards your blog!
6. Group writing projects : There are many group writing projects organized by bloggers and most of the successful bloggers have run something like this and Daniel of Daily Blog Tips (Currently the blog seems to be down because of some error, but it will be up and running in sometime) ran an excellent group writing project and I’m sure that you’ll love all the posts which were submitted in that group writing project.
7. Email is your best friend : Remember that this may be old fashioned but if you can email the link to your blog post to your friends and family members and then ask them to read it and leave comments and participate in the communication then they’ll definitely become the regular visitor. They’ll also forward the link to your blog post, if they find it really good. You won’t believe your luck, if just in case your blog post becomes part of this old Viral marketing. There’s no harm in trying it. But don’t over do it, people may not like it either but once in a while its ok and if the content is compelling then you may expect them as a regular visitor.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
How does SEO work?
"SEO is the attempt to modify something about your Web site to improve the quality of your organic or algorithmic rankings at the big search engines," says Eric Peterson, a JupiterResearch senior analyst. That sounds straightforward enough, but the devil is in the details. SEO expert Shari Thurow says the first step is to build a user-focused site. This may sound obvious, but many companies fail the test, says Thurow, author of Search Engine Visibility. "There is a complete overemphasis on positioning. Just because you have a number-one position doesn't mean you'll get qualified leads, and it doesn't mean you'll close the sale," says Thurow, webmaster and marketing director of search engine marketer GrantasticDesigns.
Simply put: You gain nothing from a site that ranks high on search engines but turns off visitors.
What are some basic SEO principles?
A Web site built with users in mind is likely to fare well with the software "spiders" that search engines use to index content and rank sites, Thurow says. The three building blocks of such a site are:
-- Text: Use content that includes words and phrases your company's target audience is likely to type into search queries. If you're selling mountain bikes, that term should be everywhere -- in page headings, navigation buttons, photo captions and the like.
-- Links: A site's navigation scheme should be accessible, coherent and consistent so that spiders and humans can easily traverse it.
-- Popularity: A good site will prompt others to link to it. External links from reputable sites will enhance your Web site's ranking in search engines.
Why should a company bother to use SEO if it can buy pay-per-click ads?
A company can always buy pay-per-click (PPC) ads on search engines. These ads appear whenever users query specific keywords. However, JupiterResearch has found that the average company gets about 80 percent of its commercial search engine referrals from organic results and the rest from PPC ads. So while PPC ads can complement organic search results, particularly when doing seasonal promotions, they are no substitute.
How much should a company expect to spend on SEO consulting work?
It depends on the size of the Web site and the condition it's in, says Chris Winfield, president and cofounder of search engine marketer 10e20. Most of his company's clients sign up for a year's service, paying between US$5,000 and $15,000 per month, plus sometimes an initial, one-time fee, he says.
What should CMOs look for when evaluating SEO consultants?
In addition to checking the obvious -- references, expertise and resources -- it's critical to hire a consultant who abides by a search engine's SEO guidelines. Avoid search engine marketing firms that offer to elevate rankings for a low, one-time fee, since the only way to legitimately guarantee top positioning is with a PPC ad. Unscrupulous firms typically try to trick search engine spiders by employing so-called black hat techniques, such as stuffing a Web site with hidden keywords. When a search engine detects such a trick, it will ban the site from its index. Then no amount of SEO will make it appear.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Of course, the search engines don't always get it right. Non-relevant pages make it through, and sometimes it may take a little more digging to find what you are looking for. But, by and large, search engines do an amazing job.
As WebCrawler founder Brian Pinkerton puts it, "Imagine walking up to a librarian and saying, 'travel.' They’re going to look at you with a blank face."
OK -- a librarian's not really going to stare at you with a vacant expression. Instead, they're going to ask you questions to better understand what you are looking for.
Unfortunately, search engines don't have the ability to ask a few questions to focus your search, as a librarian can. They also can't rely on judgment and past experience to rank web pages, in the way humans can.
So, how do crawler-based search engines go about determining relevancy, when confronted with hundreds of millions of web pages to sort through? They follow a set of rules, known as an algorithm. Exactly how a particular search engine's algorithm works is a closely-kept trade secret. However, all major search engines follow the general rules below.
Location, Location, Location...and Frequency
One of the the main rules in a ranking algorithm involves the location and frequency of keywords on a web page. Call it the location/frequency method, for short.
Remember the librarian mentioned above? They need to find books to match your request of "travel," so it makes sense that they first look at books with travel in the title. Search engines operate the same way. Pages with the search terms appearing in the HTML title tag are often assumed to be more relevant than others to the topic.
Search engines will also check to see if the search keywords appear near the top of a web page, such as in the headline or in the first few paragraphs of text. They assume that any page relevant to the topic will mention those words right from the beginning.
Frequency is the other major factor in how search engines determine relevancy. A search engine will analyze how often keywords appear in relation to other words in a web page. Those with a higher frequency are often deemed more relevant than other web pages.
Spice In The Recipe
Now it's time to qualify the location/frequency method described above. All the major search engines follow it to some degree, in the same way cooks may follow a standard chili recipe. But cooks like to add their own secret ingredients. In the same way, search engines add spice to the location/frequency method. Nobody does it exactly the same, which is one reason why the same search on different search engines produces different results.
To begin with, some search engines index more web pages than others. Some search engines also index web pages more often than others. The result is that no search engine has the exact same collection of web pages to search through. That naturally produces differences, when comparing their results.
Search engines may also penalize pages or exclude them from the index, if they detect search engine "spamming." An example is when a word is repeated hundreds of times on a page, to increase the frequency and propel the page higher in the listings. Search engines watch for common spamming methods in a variety of ways, including following up on complaints from their users.
Off The Page Factors
Crawler-based search engines have plenty of experience now with webmasters who constantly rewrite their web pages in an attempt to gain better rankings. Some sophisticated webmasters may even go to great lengths to "reverse engineer" the location/frequency systems used by a particular search engine. Because of this, all major search engines now also make use of "off the page" ranking criteria.
Off the page factors are those that a webmasters cannot easily influence. Chief among these is link analysis. By analyzing how pages link to each other, a search engine can both determine what a page is about and whether that page is deemed to be "important" and thus deserving of a ranking boost. In addition, sophisticated techniques are used to screen out attempts by webmasters to build "artificial" links designed to boost their rankings.
Another off the page factor is clickthrough measurement. In short, this means that a search engine may watch what results someone selects for a particular search, then eventually drop high-ranking pages that aren't attracting clicks, while promoting lower-ranking pages that do pull in visitors. As with link analysis, systems are used to compensate for artificial links generated by eager webmasters.
The Search Engine Features Chart has a section that summarizes key areas of how crawler-based search engines rank web pages. The Search Engine Placement Tips page also summarizes key tips that will help you improve the relevancy of your pages with crawler-based search engines.
Search Engine Watch members have access to the How Search Engines Work section. This section provides detailed information about how each major search engine gathers its listings and an additional tips on enhancing your position in their results. Learn more about becoming a Search Engine Watch member and the many benefits members receive by visiting the Membership page.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The technology behind Google's great results
As a Google user, you're familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank™, a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University Building upon the breakthrough work of B. F. Skinner, Page and Brin reasoned that low cost pigeon clusters (PCs) could be used to compute the relative value of web pages faster than human editors or machine-based algorithms. And while Google has dozens of engineers working to improve every aspect of our service on a daily basis, PigeonRank continues to provide the basis for all of our web search tools.
Why Google's patented PigeonRank™ works so well
PigeonRank's success relies primarily on the superior trainability of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia) and its unique capacity to recognize objects regardless of spatial orientation. The common gray pigeon can easily distinguish among items displaying only the minutest differences, an ability that enables it to select relevant web sites from among thousands of similar pages.
By collecting flocks of pigeons in dense clusters, Google is able to process search queries at speeds superior to traditional search engines, which typically rely on birds of prey, brooding hens or slow-moving waterfowl to do their relevance rankings.
When a search query is submitted to Google, it is routed to a data coop where monitors flash result pages at blazing speeds. When a relevant result is observed by one of the pigeons in the cluster, it strikes a rubber-coated steel bar with its beak, which assigns the page a PigeonRank value of one. For each peck, the PigeonRank increases. Those pages receiving the most pecks, are returned at the top of the user's results page with the other results displayed in pecking order.
Google's pigeon-driven methods make tampering with our results extremely difficult. While some unscrupulous websites have tried to boost their ranking by including images on their pages of bread crumbs, bird seed and parrots posing seductively in resplendent plumage, Google's PigeonRank technology cannot be deceived by these techniques. A Google search is an easy, honest and objective way to find high-quality websites with information relevant to your search.
PigeonRank Frequently Asked Questions
How was PigeonRank developed?
The ease of training pigeons was documented early in the annals of science and fully explored by noted psychologist B.F. Skinner, who demonstrated that with only minor incentives, pigeons could be trained to execute complex tasks such as playing ping pong, piloting bombs or revising the Abatements, Credits and Refunds section of the national tax code.
Brin and Page were the first to recognize that this adaptability could be harnessed through massively parallel pecking to solve complex problems, such as ordering large datasets or ordering pizza for large groups of engineers. Page and Brin experimented with numerous avian motivators before settling on a combination of linseed and flax (lin/ax) that not only offered superior performance, but could be gathered at no cost from nearby open space preserves. This open space lin/ax powers Google's operations to this day, and a visit to the data coop reveals pigeons happily pecking away at lin/ax kernels and seeds.
What are the challenges of operating so many pigeon clusters (PCs)?
Pigeons naturally operate in dense populations, as anyone holding a pack of peanuts in an urban plaza is aware. This compactability enables Google to pack enormous numbers of processors into small spaces, with rack after rack stacked up in our data coops. While this is optimal from the standpoint of space conservation and pigeon contentment, it does create issues during molting season, when large fans must be brought in to blow feathers out of the data coop. Removal of other pigeon byproducts was a greater challenge, until Page and Brin developed groundbreaking technology for converting poop to pixels, the tiny dots that make up a monitor's display. The clean white background of Google's home page is powered by this renewable process.
Aren't pigeons really stupid? How do they do this?
While no pigeon has actually been confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, pigeons are surprisingly adept at making instant judgments when confronted with difficult choices. This makes them suitable for any job requiring accurate and authoritative decision-making under pressure. Among the positions in which pigeons have served capably are replacement air traffic controllers, butterfly ballot counters and pro football referees during the "no-instant replay" years.
Where does Google get its pigeons? Some special breeding lab?
Google uses only low-cost, off-the-street pigeons for its clusters. Gathered from city parks and plazas by Google's pack of more than 50 Phds (Pigeon-harvesting dogs), the pigeons are given a quick orientation on web site relevance and assigned to an appropriate data coop.
Isn't it cruel to keep pigeons penned up in tiny data coops?
Google exceeds all international standards for the ethical treatment of its pigeon personnel. Not only are they given free range of the coop and its window ledges, special break rooms have been set up for their convenience. These rooms are stocked with an assortment of delectable seeds and grains and feature the finest in European statuary for roosting.
What's the future of pigeon computing?
Google continues to explore new applications for PigeonRank and affiliated technologies. One of the most promising projects in development involves harnessing millions of pigeons worldwide to work on complex scientific challenges. For the latest developments on Google's distributed cooing initiative, please consider signing up for our Google Friends newsletter.
Monday, August 6, 2007
There are plenty of ways of making money on the net without requiring Internet marketing knowledge and I have introduced a number of them in the previous posts of this blog. For easier searching, I decided to combine them into this post. Here are them:
1. Work Online for Others
Guru.com and Elance.com are freelance marketplaces with tons of online job opportunities. Getting an online job through freelance marketplace is similar to getting an offline job, it involves competitions. You search for an online job that is right for you in freelance site, then you bid for the job. If your bid is the lowest, the employer will usually award the job to you.
Another site offers online job opportunities is Clicknwork.com. Unlike freelance marketplaces, there are no bidding competitions involved. They will assign the work to you. But to become their home-based professionals or workers, you must pass a difficult test.
2.Submit Articles for Cash
If you are passionate about writing, you may submit your articles to the below sites for publication and earn cash for each article published:
Developershep.com/writers.php - Accept articles related to web development and Internet marketing.
Associatedcontent.com (AC) - You become their member and submit articles in wide array of topics for payment consideration. Available to US only.
Newsforge - Pay $100 to $300 for each article about Linux, open source and free software.
3.Try Companies Offers
The concepts are simple. You join a website that contains a list of offers you can sign up or try. For each offer completed and approved, you'll be credited an amount of money into your account. Most of the offers available to US residents only. Treasuretrooper.com is one of the programs allows you to earn by completing offers.
4.Submit Photos and Images to Photo Agencies
Web designers, magazines and press need new photos and images often. They will look for photo marketplaces and agencies to buy photos that fit their need. You can submit your photos and images to these agencies and they will sell the photo and images for you. Below are some of the photo agencies:
5.Write Products Reviews
Have something to say about the products and services you have used? Send your product comment to products reviews websites. If they decide to publish your review, you'll be paid.
Softwarejudge.com - Reviews software and online games.
Reviewstream.com - Plenty of product categories to review.
6.Be a Paid Bloggers
Here are the blog networks you can apply for a blogging position:
Large video sharing websites like Metacafe and Break willing to pay people for uploading interesting videos such as funny, amazing and entertaining videos. You can earn hundreds to thousands of dollar, if your original video attracted tons of views in these video sites.