Good SEO or Spam?

good seo or spamSpam Alert? Not Quite, but Close!

I’ve got to admit it – I’m a sucker for keyword research and trying to get a ton of visitors to my site using (and abusing) on page seo tactics and the question that has been raised, or the criticism rather, is some of this good seo or spam? Not that this stuff is black hat or anything, but it just doesn’t really make sense a lot of the time. I have to admit, after looking at it and in that much detail, it doesn’t look like great seo.

I had a friend remind of that this weekend…someone I really respect and maybe some of you that actually read this blog wouldn’t mind looking up. His name is Marshall and he is a website seo professional and he wasn’t shy at all about helping me “identify” a problem article that I had…no, he’s not a shy guy.

Anyway, Marshall not only provided me with some more than adequate feedback and a good verbal lashing about keyword stuffing and spamming (Thanks again Marshall!), but his comments also made me realize that I have gotten off of the path that I laid out for this particular blog.

Forgetting the Mission

You see, Make Money Online Anywhere, was suppose to be a blog about promoting different ways that you could generate an income online. I wasn’t necessarily going to focus on one way or another, but as many different ways as I could figure out and test. I then wanted to relate my findings back to you in an effort to help people – especially newbies coming online to make a buck – find something that would work.

What has happened is that the ZNZ programs for me have just exploded and I have been able to make a pretty good income from just these programs. Oh I also earn a decent wage from Google every month for the adsense on my sites and additional monies from other companies as well, but the ZNZ One and Big Cash programs just sort of took off, so I spent a bit of time running with them so to speak.

Now it is the empower network that I am working on and true to the “90 day rule” that I push so hard, it looks like the Empower Network is actually going to start paying off! (Click on the Banner below for more info!)

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A Good Rule of Thumb

Anyway, once again I am back to my “old” ways and some of my old blogging rules which I started out with a while back! My main rule – the 4:1 prose to technical ratio – is going to be adhered to more than ever. I actually sort of reversed it and now I’m bringing it back.

What is that 4:1 rule? It’s quite simple really – and makes more sense by the way – you write from the heart, from your own experiences and just off of the top of your head – still relating to your niche market and readers – but you DO NOT focus on keywords/key phrases. What you need to focus on mainly – and this is especially for blogging more than anything else – is on writing quality content for your human readers.

I sort of forgot about all of this, I sort of got to the point of doing everything for traffic no matter the cost and I almost blew it!

You do still want to do your keyword research and write on topics that are around your niche, but you don’t want to forget that your readers are human and that you should write for them and not the web crawlers from Google or anyone (anything?) else.

So once again, Thank you Marshall! For bringing this to my attention, I salute you! (You’ll just have to imagine that whole AC/DC cannon explosion thing)….until I throw it on a video that is!

good seo or spamFor those of you that are interested in better rankings and other SEO related topics, check out Marshall Adler’s site http://emarketingguy.com

 

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earn money bloggingEarn Money Blogging By Educating Yourself

I’m one of those guys that does a ton of research and when it comes to something like being able to earn money blogging or generating a passive or residual income, I’m all ears. I wholeheartedly believe in always increasing my knowledge of the Internet whether it’s learning a different or more effective marketing technique or reviewing tools and systems to make things more simple and efficient.

While I have written quite a number of articles surrounding making money online – anywhere, of course – today I’m going to write about how I earn money blogging.

Now when I say “blogging” I may be using the term fairly loosely. I don’t really consider myself a professional blogger, I’m more of an Internet marketer and very proud of the fact. That is not to say I don’t do a bit of so-called blogging when it comes to things that I actually know something about and I do capitalize on that blogging as well from a standpoint of monetizing my blogs in different ways.

Three Methods I Use to Earn Money Blogging

There are a few different ways to earn money blogging and I’m going to go over two or three that I use to earn money with.

First, Google adsense. For me, this is a fantastic program and with this one site I probably generate a couple of hundred dollars a month. Now I know two hundred isn’t anything to write home about, but you also have to remember that this isn’t my only blog! You also have to remember that I am going to have to attract traffic to my blog for other purposes so making money with adsense is just sort of a bonus.

A lot of people use adsense exclusively to earn money blogging and the key is traffic generation and not just any traffic. Like anything else, you want to make sure that your traffic is very targeted. You should only have visitors coming to your site that are interested in what you are offering – sort of makes sense. If you sell bananas you don’t want people looking for apples coming to your site, you want people looking for bananas. Yep, sounds pretty simple when you put it that way.

The second method I use to earn money blogging is with affiliate and referral programs. There are simply tons and tons of programs out there, that you can join to sell many different products. You can partner up with Amazon and sell all kinds of products or you can go with an affiliate opportunity like clickbank and sell digital products. You have many choices to pick from and you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding something that you are interested in promoting.

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The Best Way to Earn Money Blogging and From a Blog

I save the best (in my humble opinion) for last, network marketing or MLM. Now I know that for many folks out there network marketing is the last thing you want to hear about. Many people have begun a network marketing career with high hopes only to find themselves in utter frustration and failure within a fairly short period of time…somewhere around 4 months statistically speaking.

However, you need to look at this business model from a business perspective. Network marketing, when done properly (most struggle with this) is fairly simple to build and utilizing the Internet is a fantastic way to build your business because you can automate so many systems and automate so much of the work.

The biggest problem with network marketing is that people are not properly trained to market their programs online. The second biggest problem is that there is typically an auto-ship program of some type or another that distributors are involved with that can slowly drain your cash reserves. There’s nothing like realizing that you have made $23 bucks in the last 3 months, but you have paid out over a grand and things just don’t really seem to be getting any better. Good news, things can get better if you get the proper training!

The key, once again, is learning how to become an effective promoter and marketer of your program. Think about it, if you were able to effortlessly recruit someone every week to your program and then be a part of teaching that person to recruit a person into their business once a week then what would your business look like after 3 months? Probably would be making a buck or two also, wouldn’t you? Like I said, I saved the best for last.

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Learning to earn money blogging is not that difficult a process. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve, but if you are serious you can literally be started within the next 24 hours and begin to generate an income within a couple of months. Although I cannot teach you how to do this stuff overnight so you can make money the next night, you can eventually become a very proficient blogger and you too can earn money blogging online.

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How to Attract Blog Traffic

attract blog trafficOnce you’ve come online and created this awesome blog the next thing to do is learn how to attract blog traffic. For the most part this isn’t that big of a deal, but I use a lot of different methods to generate visitors to my blog. With that said, I can assure you that most of the techniques I use are free.

Reasons to Attract Blog Traffic

Now a few professional bloggers may likely come up and say that I’m far from being a “real” blogger and they may be right. More than anything else, I use my blog as a platform to promote different affiliate programs and as a review site for different money making programs, so the traffic that I generate are often times people that come by, check out a program and don’t return everyday and that’s fine.

I have been doing some things to try and change the stop by and check out a program crowd into a stop by once a week to check out what’s going on crowd by writing more and more articles surrounding “how to” types of subjects.

Attract Blog Traffic With How To Topics

These “how to” subjects range anywhere from article marketing to free methods to generate backlinks to a website. For example, “How to Attract Blog Traffic.” Hmm.

So I know a lot of folks are wondering how I come up with different topics in the first place, but I assure you that isn’t really that great a problem. There are many different sites that I check out, I’m an avid reader of a few blogs and I like to check out different forums to find out what people are searching out.

If someone wants to know how to do something and it’s within my own experience cache, then I’m more than happy to share what has worked for me. Pretty simple really.

Attract Blog Traffic With Articles

So, what are some of the ways we attract blog traffic? There are quite a few that I use like article marketing and this starts with one thing: finding the right keywords or key phrase. This can typically be done with a little simple keyword research. This is the one thing that MOST rookie marketers forget to do, but it is the most important skill that a marketer must master.

Once you find a good keyword or a key phrase to write about, it’s about developing a good article to post on your site. Once you write the article, at least 400 words, you will want to sort out all of your on page seo tasks. You will want to write a separate article for promotion purposes.

Video Marketing

You will also want to produce videos. This is an excellent way to generate traffic and not only that, but you can also set up your own YouTube channel and drive generate traffic through your video marketing as well.

Another good way to attract blog traffic to your site is by creating valuable and quality content. Remember that you probably aren’t the only person out there writing around your niche, so you will want to make sure that your information is a little bit, or a lot, better than the competition.

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Another tip is to write for human beings. Yes, it might not help in terms of getting great rankings with the search engines, but you are going to do a whole lot better creating a base of subscribers by writing with personality. If you are technical, write that way. If you have a strong sense of humor, don’t hide it. People connect with people, not with articles written by a robot.

Directories and Carnivals

Blog directories are becoming more popular, but these can be difficult to be accepted by, which is actually a good thing. At first you need to focus on creating a body of work and eventually submit your blog to one of the more respected blog directories. A good rule of thumb is to create one hundred posts before you submit your blog to a quality directory.

Attract Blog Traffic By Writing

Post often. One of the keys to keeping your readers interested in your blog is to update it quite often. Think of it this way, if the newspaper never changed the articles do you think people would continue to read them? Of course not. You need to think of your blog this way. Post every day, multiple times if possible. Give your readers a reason to stay interested.

Attract Visitors With An Attractive Site

If you want to attract blog traffic, make sure your blog is attractive. I’ve been one of the worst at taking this advice. One of the problems with some bloggers, including myself from time to time, is focusing on search engine optimization or SEO, rather than making sure my site was visually appealing.

While I still believe that you don’t have to purchase an expensive theme for your WordPress site, you do want to make sure that your site is attractive. When things look good, people remember it, it’s just human nature. We remember good looking and forget everything else.

Using the above tips will help you attract blog traffic and build your readership base. Learning how to build and attract blog traffic isn’t that difficult and having a large subscriber base will pay you dividends for years to come.

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Can I Use a Free Blogging Program?

free blogging programCan I use a free blogging program like blogger.com or WordPress.com to make money online?

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this particular question and my answer is usually the same, as a smart a** I usually answer the question with another question. My question goes like this:

When you search for information how many first page results do you see that are “free” blogs?

Identifying A Free Blogging Program

Yes, you can always tell when someone is using a free blogging program as opposed to someone that has created a unique URL and created a WordPress blog using the hosting accounts cPanel and Softaculous rather than using a free blogging program. How? The free blog will have a subdomain format such as: makebigmoney.blogspot.com  or  makebigmoney.wordpress.com.

Why does this make a free blogging program a bad idea? In the simplest of terms, this structure – along with some other things – makes ranking a free blog more difficult than one with a unique URL. In the long run, that is the exact reason why I don’t use them other than to use to support my other sites with a unique domain name.

A Free Blogging Program and The Rules

The other problem with a free blogging program is that if you violate rules or policies with the blog host, they can and will terminate your account. What if you had a hundred posts on the account, was using it to promote other blogs or promoting an online program that WordPress or Google decided violated their policies and therefore shut your blog down? I can tell you from personal experience, it stings.

I suppose I am one of those types of people, considered a “rebel” I’m sure by many, I like having the least amount of people with direct control to my life and my lifestyle as possible. I don’t like following the rules, never have and probably never will. I tolerate and abide by rules because I have to in many cases. Violating someones ridiculous policy is not one of those things I’m going to lose sleep over.

Having my site taken down for crossing over into “grey” areas in terms of my blog subjects is another. It is a lot of work to create content for a blog. Once you have developed a base of readers, something else that isn’t easy to build up, you don’t want to lose them.

Free Blogging Program Better Than None At All

Overall, I just like the flexibility and independence of having a self-hosted blog. I like the fact that I can develop a URL based on a popular key phrase or my own name. There is nothing wrong with starting off in the internet world using a free blogging program and if another option is not available at this time I would start here rather than do nothing at all.

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On Page SEO: The First Step To Ranking Well

on page seoI love article marketing and part of getting your blog posts and articles ranking well on Google and the other search engines has to do with a few things including on page seo, but what is on-page seo exactly?

In a nutshell, on page SEO is nothing more than making sure that you post or article is optimized for the search bots from the search engines and there are specific items that you want to make sure that your post has in place so that your site will appear and hopefully will be more relevant than the next guy. When you are in the business of learning to make money online anywhere, this stuff starts to look quite important.

Start The On Page SEO Process With Good Keyword Research

With the proper on page SEO, I have seen my blog posts rank on the 1st page of Google and even the coveted #1 spot within hours of writing a post, so this stuff really is important. Now I do want to make clear that the most important factor in achieving good results with the search engines is still going to be your initial keyword research. This always seems to be such a hassle for some, but you need to learn it. If you aren’t interested in learning good keyword and key phrase research then just call yourself lazy or stupid and move on down the road, I have no time for you!

OK, let’s assume you’ve done your keyword research and you’ve found a few winners. Out of all of those phrases that you have found one in particular stands out and you decide that you are going to write a quick blog post and this is where the on page SEO starts. You’ve done your research and have enough info to write about the subject and you write a pretty good article about 500 to 700 words minimum. Good start.

Keyword Density As It Relates to On Page SEO

You want to make sure that your keyword density is somewhere around 1.5% to 2.5%. That means for every 100 words or so in your article you want your keyword or key phrase in the body twice. That’s fairly easy if you have found a key phrase that is easy to write on. Keyword density is the first element of on page SEO. Make sure your article reads well and doesn’t sound like you are forcing the key phrases in the article.

On Page SEO: Header Tags

If you notice this particular article about on page SEO, you will notice that there are sub-titles over certain paragraphs and they are highlighted in size and perhaps bold as well. These are called header tags and  you want to make sure that you have them:

  1. Inserted in the body of the article, and
  2. contain the keyword or key phrase you are writing about

If you are using the WordPress platform to write your blog, there will be a drop down box from the tool bar above the body text box. You will see header tags 1-6. For proper on page SEO you simply need to worry about an H1, H2 and H3 tag.

Generally, your title should serve as an h1 tag, but I would put one in the body of the article just to make sure that you have it covered. There is no order for this task, you may place the h3 tag first and the h1 tag last, just make sure they are in the article.

On Page SEO and Images

The search engines, and humans, like images so put some in your article. Generally speaking you can search the internet for images and you should be able to use them on your blog. There shouldn’t be any types of problems with you using images in a blog, but you should never grab an image online to place on a sales page, splash page or any other site you have created for commercial purposes.

When you have found an image that goes with your article simply insert it into the body of the article where you would like. With the WordPress platform you will be able to change the displayed title of your image and you will be able to set the alternate tag or “alt” tag to your key phrase. Images are a big deal for on page SEO and I usually do a little better when I put a couple in the article.

You can also make these images “clickable,” so you may want to inert a link back to your blog site or a different offer of some type. If you insert an external link to an opportunity program perhaps then you will want to make sure you make this a “no follow” link (see below for more).

On Page SEO: Inserting Hyperlinkson page seo

For proper on page SEO you will want to insert an internal link in your post. This link will go back to another page on your blog, perhaps containing just the main domain name. This link is a “follow” link which simply means that you don’t need to do anything other than place it within the text somewhere. I will generally try and use an anchor text that will relate to another page or post and insert the link that points to that post. I’ve heard that this will help out the other post, but I couldn’t tell you for sure.

For external links, may a link to an affiliate product or an opportunity program you are marketing, for on page SEO purposes you will need to make this link a “no follow” link. To do this you simply need to go to the html editor (click the HTML tag at the top of the text box in WordPress) and scroll down to where the link is which should start off with <a href=… If you place the following behind the “a” it will look like this:

<a rel=”nofollow” href=http://example.com>no follow link</a>

The no follow code you insert: rel=”nofollow” will automatically be placed in the appropriate location of the hyperlink and your on page SEO concerning this element will be complete.

Make sure you don’t forget to do this with those “clickable” images where you have placed an external link to.

On Page SEO: Bold, Italic and Underlines

One of the on page SEO techniques that some software like SEO Pressor use will be to bold the first key phrase, put the second one in italics and underline the third time the key phrase is used. This practice once upon a time believed to sort of act as a “look at me” sign for the crawlers to identify the key phrases and key words and draw attention to them. One way of saying, “this is a relevant article for these keywords,” sort of deal. Does it still work? Not sure really, but once again I use SEO Pressor and it automatically does this.

Plugins for On Page SEO

I’ve already mentioned SEO Pressor and this is a fine tool, don’t regret making this purchase at all. The single site license is $47 and the multiple site license runs $97 and probably still worth it for no other reason than it shows you how well you do your on page SEO by scoring your post. Good feedback until you learn how to do this stuff.

There is also a plugin on WordPress that you can use that will tell you how to optimize your page as well and this plugin is free (although you can and probably should make some sort of donation to the developer). The plugin is titled “WordPress SEO by Yoast,” and I would get this plugin and learn to use it if I didn’t want to make the SEO Pressor plugin mine with a purchase. This plug in works very well and will virtually do the same thing a premium plugin will do.

Ultimately, on page SEO is nothing more than learning a few elements and making sure that you use them when you write your blog post or articles. Good and consistent use of these on page SEO techniques will ensure that your blog posts or articles will stay at the top of the search engine results pages (SERP’s) and in turn provide you with plenty of free targeted visitors.

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