It’s Good To Be Busy

October 31, 2007

Last 14 days I haven’t wrote even one single post at this blog. One might say I’ve finally made a common mistake all bloggers do –raring their articles over the time. Well, I sure owe you an apology but since you’re not here in order to listen lousy excuses let me explain what actually had happen. 

Thing is I was quite busy (and still am) with my regular job, but beside that I have started brand new, you could say money making, blog and I’m proud to say it’s performing pretty well. It’s been live for two weeks already (as you see, parallel with the idle period of this blog) and already have 5 RSS subscribers, around 30 unique visitors daily and I even made $0.30 already (hehe). It’s a free blog running on Blogger platform. I won’t tell you its URL because I think it’s too early to brag with it. 

Anyhow, I’ve managed to organize my time with this new blog and now I am going to continue to write on this personal blog of mine. So, come back soon. 

Thank you for your patience and until my next post, have a great life.

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Boost Your Writing With Welford Writes

October 17, 2007

This would be a follow up post on my previous article about improving your writing skills. But, before I continue, let me first apologize to all of my readers because I rare my posts in last few days. Reason is my regular job which took me over 16 hours daily while preparing one ongoing project for release. I hope you’ll take this in consider and find the place in your hearts for forgiveness.

Now, let’s get back to the subject.

If you are writing a blog, and unless you are damn good or even professional writer, you’ll notice that your blog is filled up with similar phrases or sentences. And what’s worst, those sentences probably aren’t looking as pretty as those written by professional writers or journalists. Don’t hate your self because of that, because it’s something to be expected from an ordinary blogger, like you and me. Lucky for us, there are people professionally involved into writing which are willing to help us improve our writing skills, mostly for free.

One of those people is John Welford of Welfordwrites. As he explains in his blog, he will help people with their writing by taking their text and editing it, by which he means, sorting out all their mistakes in grammar, phrasing and everything else. You should check his blog and actually see what he has in mind. Few examples of his assistance show how brilliantly he’s doing it. He offers his help for free unless it’s something more extensive in which case you’ll need to check his website.

Anyhow, take some time to visit and don’t forget to bookmark his page, because you most certainly will come in situation which will require his services. Since he’ll probably do it for free it would be real shame to waste it.

Again, thank you all for visiting. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. I sure would love to hear your opinion about John’s blog.

Until next time have a great life.


Make Money Online With Attractive Headlines

October 15, 2007

Check one. Check two. Testing… 

Hi! 

Thanks to great post written by Simon at Yeepage Journal, I’ve decided to wrote this article and put his claims to the test. Since you are reading it it’s redundant to say that he made his point. 

He says that attention grabbing title is the key of getting people to read the actual writing. In his article, How To Write A Headline That Will Grab Your Readers Attention, he points to couple of different techniques to get this done. And, this guy actually gets the taste of it with one of his posts which made over 1200 hits after being submitted to StumbleUpon. If you are really interested to learn more about it fell free to read the whole article 

Also, don’t be surprised if you would find a bunch of other interesting stuff over there. After all, Simon is running a distinguished blog.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. 

Thanks again for visiting and have a great day.


Golden Rule Of IT – Backup Your Data

October 12, 2007

Last night, when I came home and sat down to check the situation with my blog, I’ve pressed power button of my laptop to turn it on, but to my surprise, nothing happened. Huh. $2000 worth equipment had failed down on me. First thing that fall to my mind was: When did I back up my work last time? Hell, I didn’t do it since August. Cold sweat. Let’s give it another try. Nothing. Ok, these things tend to happen with notebooks so I’ve decided to try to reconnect the battery. Power button again and there it works. It was just my pure lack that this wasn’t real malfunction. I could end up loosing all my work for last two months. Trust me when I say, it’s a lot of work. 

No mater if you are an IT professional or not, backing up of your data is a must, unless you don’t care about consequences. All those files are results of time spent at your keyboard and it would be real shame to loose them without the possibility of restoring it in case of any trouble.  

Depending on the type of your work and how often you change your information, you should consider doing backup every few months, once in a month, once per week, every day or even more often but that would be some extreme situation. When prepared, backup could be stored at another PC, network storage disk, CD or DVD.  

Situation is same with blogs. You should backup all your articles and comments too, because they contain valuable information. 

If you are running your blog with your own [paid] hosting service, then they provide you with the way to download and backup complete content of your website. 

But, if you are running your blog with one of those free platforms, situation is little bit different. I’ve been checking WordPress and Blogger in order to find out if they offer any backup options with their free service.  

Guys at WordPress are claiming that they backup data hourly but if you want to back it up on your own there is Export section under the Manage link on your blog’s Dashboard. Exported blog is in XML format and they don’t recommend you to use it often because it requires a lot of resources to create that backup file. Here is the complete article about it.  

Blogger on the other hand don’t have an export or download function than its providing these instructions for creating single file with all your posts. 

But, simplest thing to do would be to crate a copy for every article you would wrote on your PC and then, every once a while burn new articles on CD or DVD. It requires some time to backup existing articles if your blog is already running for some time and if you haven’t do it before. But, once you do it, all work comes down to backup of one single article immediately after it’s published. And it’s saved in friendly format rather then in XML or something else for what you’d need proper software to use it later.

I hope this article gives you usable information. If you would have any additional questions or comments please leave them below.  

Thank you for dropping by and until my next post, have a great life.  


How Take The Benefit From Your Free WordPress Blog

October 11, 2007

Maybe you don’t know, but WordPress won’t allow you to use any sort of advertisements on your blog, if your blog is hosted with their free service. So, at the startup, basic source of income from blogging is withheld to you. Considering this, I was wondering if there are any benefits, you might get from your free WordPress blog, besides letting people know about your existence. I was searching around the net, asking for help, but haven’t received any proper answer. Until now.

Actually, it wasn’t a straight answer to my question but better said, a moment of enlighten. I was checking one of my favorite bloggs, Bryan Clark’s OneMansGoal, and there was one interesting article, Make Money Online With Multiple Blogs – Free!, a guest post written by Joe from BONTB. You are free to go and read the whole article, but I want to draw your attention to one specific part of that article which gave me the idea about how to take some benefit from your free WordPress blog. Here is the interesting part:

“…As many of you know iPod Touch just came out. So what I did was write a couple of articles about it on my personal blog and just waited for Google Analytics to show me what keywords have been used to access those articles. I notice two keywords popping up quite frequently: “ipod touch tricks and ipod touch tips” …”

Bam! It hit me like a stroke of lightning. If you still don’t get it, here is the thing: when you write free blog at WordPress, you are able to check your blog’s traffic stats, and among other things, those stats will show how many visits your blog made from specific search query (go to your Dashboard, click on Blog Stats, and at the bottom of that page is Search Engine Terms link). Beside WordPress Dashboard, you could use Google Analytics, as described in noted article, to watch those stats. And, beside WordPress blogs, this could be used for any other blog, no mater which platform it runs on.

Next thing to do would be to find the most often used search query and base the subject of your new money making blog on that term. Easiest thing to do would be to use Blogger’s free service, create a blog, ad advertisements to that blog and wait for money to come in. I guess that I don’t have to remind you that you’ll also need to maintain that blog as any other if you want to make it successful.

Anyhow, I find this to be a great opportunity, don’t you?

If you would have any questions or comments about this article, please leave them below and I’ll be more then happy to respond.

Until my next post, have a great life.


Google AdSense In A Nutshell

October 10, 2007

Last few days people are writing a lot about Google AdSense. Most of them complaining about their service, but also, some of them praising it. Anyhow, I’ve decided to summarize all those conclusions into one single article so you wouldn’t get lost in the sea of very similar posts. 

About Google AdSense 

If you don’t know already, AdSense is Google’s service which allows you to make money by displaying their ads on your website (AdSense for content) or to provide Google’s search to your site’s visitors (AdSense for search). The program is free, and combines pay-per-click and pay-per-impression advertising – meaning you get paid for valid clicks on the ads on your site or search results pages as well as impressions on your content pages. Price for each click or impression varies, depending on how Google calculates it at that moment. Because the ads are related to what your users are looking for on your site, you’ll finally have a way to both monetize and enhance your content pages.

How to join 

Registration procedure is quite simple and straight forward. All you need to have is email address and a website URL. If you don’t have your own hosted website and domain name, you can use a free one at www.blogger.com or pages.google.com. After you fill their signup form, you’ll need to wait couple of days until your account gets approved. After that, you are ready to roll. 

How to integrate it with your website 

When it comes to integration with your website content, there are different opinions around the community. Some people suggest that AdSense should be blended with the content of your site and some people suggest the oposite – to make them stand out. But, all of them agree on one – they came up with their conclusions only after certain time of experimenting and determining which way brings them more money. So, that’s what I would suggest to all of you – experiment and find out which method brings you more money and then stick to that method. 

Pros and cons 

PROS – Almost anybody can join. They have couple of different payment methods which are suitable for almost every part of the world. You don’t need to have your own hosted website or domain name to use it. Your website’s traffic size doesn’t matter. They have probably the largest number of advertisers in the world. Customizable ad types usable with any type of site design. You can use more then one website with one AdSense account.

CONS – You don’t have a clue how much you could get paid for specific ad. You shouldn’t use ads from other networks together with theirs. Your account could be ceased without any notice or without any clear explanation (thus, most of these cases happened because people were not respecting their TOS). You could make more money with some other advertising networks or affiliate programs. 

Conclusion If you are thinking about either to use Google AdSense on your website or not, I suggest you to give it a try. It cost you nothing, especially if you are just starting up. Eventually, while your website grows, you’ll be able to test some other sources of income and decide if you would stick with AdSense in the future or with somebody else. But important thing to have in mind is while using it, don’t abuse it. Google, being one of the most powerful companies out there, do have the resources to make your life hard or better said, the life of your Internet business. You can read about all of those who were playing around with AdSense and finally, all of them were punished in few different ways. Was it by decreasing their PageRank, ceasing them from Google’s search listings or removing their accounts and make them lost everything they earn by that moment, it sure wasn’t worth the game. Like in any other business, you need to do it respectably.  

More topics on the subject

Why I Don’t Use AdSense
Forget Everything You’ve Ever Learned About Adsense 
Don’t Make Google Look Stupid – Period 

I hope you have enjoyed this article and if you would have any comments please leave them below. 

Thanks again for visiting and until my next post, have a great life.   


About OneMansGoal Dot Com

October 9, 2007

Every once in a while we end up reading a story about someone’s success made online. Would it be an accident or intentionally driven project, it doesn’t mater. Most important thing is that they all came from ordinary people, like you and me. We all find it very interesting because it gives us a hope that we too could live to wait for similar experience. 

But, over the time we get kind of tired of those stories and they become something regular and not so interesting any more. 

OneMansGoal is one of these stories, but what makes it different from all previously read is that this story is at its very own beginning. Barely 4 months old, his blog talks about the man with the goal “… to make viable source of income by harnessing the power of net [Internet] …”. Why we should care about, one might say. Well, let me tell you. All those success stories you’ve read about in the past were just a news stories to you. No specific benefit to take from it. But this story, since it’s at its own beginning, allows you to join the ride and if nothing else, to actually learn how to build one of your own. 

Now, let me say few words about his project.  

He managed to earn $427 from his blog in the last month (September – third month of his blog existence), what makes slightly above $1000 together with previous two months. This sounds pretty good to me. Considering that he has 9 more months to achieve his goal, I’m pretty sure he’ll succeed. 

Blog’s design is cool, but I am sure it could be done better. Since it’s supposed to make some serious money I would suggest him to make it look like it’s actually worth of it. 

As a blogger, you’ll find a waste of useful tips and advices through its content. How to optimize your blog, how to monetize your blog, how to drive more traffic to it, and so on. But, if you are in a search for some artistic reading, don’t expect to find it over there. After all, this blog is strictly intended for money making, so most of its content is driven that way. Anyhow, I believe its worth of checking for anybody. 

Finally, I would like to invite you all to join this ride and to give Bryan all of the necessary support, which he truly will need, along his journey.  I’m already doing it. Are you going to join me? 

That’s all for today. Thank you for dropping by and please leave your comments because they are much appreciated. 

Until my next post, have a great life.