Archive for the 'Tips' Category

06
Jun
07

Pros and Cons of Ads on your blog.

Well to me I see a lot of webmasters bitch and complain about ad’s on blogs. Look at Tyler Cruz, and John Chow. There blogs are filled with ad’s and I honestly think this brings a negative effect on there user audience. Most people that read theses blogs are other webmasters or unlucky digg users just looking for an interesting read. Then as they go to the site they are filled with ads. Let’s take a look.

John Chow:

You can notice that his site has more than 4 ad’s on it. I know he has lowered it since then. Plus I am not even counting the “buy me a beer” text.

Tyler Cruz:

Tyler has 4 ad’s on it as well.

You can say there sites have well placed ads. And I have to disagree. I find banner ad’s annoying and intrusive and really just want me to stick with the RSS feed than check the site. I am sure people feel the same way. I am not saying that it is bad they have many ad’s on there sites I just think it could be lowered for a more effective CTR and more user friendly experience on there site. So my advice;

1) Take off the google ad’s in the post.
2) Make a specific section for ad’s.
3) Take off most of the text links and offer your advertisers text links on the RSS feed where they would do better. Text links in an RSS feed would make the ads CTR sky rocket.
4) Replace banners at the top to skyscrapers on the sidebars.

Also, for anyone reading Tylers Post on the StarCraft2.net forum designer and he wanted $25 for the link? Well here it is;

The template designer is ForumTemplates.com
Thanks AoJon!

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17
Apr
07

An interesting email.

Well I got an interesting email today from Proxytopsite.net, In light of all the new developments that bots are going to proxy.org and giving invalid clicks on proxies to narrow out the competition for a hackers site apparently. Here is the email..

Dear ProxyTopSite.net Members,

Many proxy operators have recently received letters from Google Adsense notifying them that invalid clicks were found on their sites. While surfing the boards (specifically http://proxy.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1176233488;start=all) at Proxy.org, I came across a fellow named Jason Collins. He claimed that Proxy.org was the source of these invalid clicks. While I am unsure if the operator of Proxy.org (known as Baron) is the source of this or is at least complicit in this, Mr. Collins stated he has had personal contact with a manager in Google Adsense stating “over 90% of traffic through Proxy.org is non-human.” He has evidence proving his contact with Google. (he has a screenshot in this thread that involves a discussion of my account with his Google contact: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=293762) Further, Baron refuses to acknowledge this despite evidence otherwise, and removes posts stating that Proxy.org is the source of this traffic or flatly denying Proxy.org could be to blame.

If you would like more information about what Mr. Collins knows, or evidence he has, contact him at jcollins@lakotaoffice.com.

BOTTOM LINE: Either remove your sites from proxy.org (http://proxy.org/contact.shtml, select “Delist Proxy”) or make sure Adsense doesn’t show on your site if the referer is Proxy.org. Note that sometimes sites can be listed even if you didn’t submit them to Proxy.org. If Adsense does contact you, REMOVE YOUR ADS from your proxy sites immediately until it is resolved and you block Proxy.org users from seeing the ads and RESPOND IMMEDIATELY to Google.

Feel free to contact me or Mr. Collins regarding this, though Mr. Collins has much more information on this than I do and can provide more background on it all. Best of luck to you all.

Sincerely,

Eric

ProxyTopSite.net

Interesting information, just a heads up for all you proxy owners.

10
Apr
07

A little Help for people struggling with Alcoholism.

As well all know Alcoholism is one of the number one causes of death in the United States. 18 million Americans are controlled by their alcohol addiction. More and more teenagers are becoming addicted to the ‘drug’.

As more and more Americans become addicted to alcohol, Alcoholism is a huge deal for many Americans still struggling with there addiction or just need help with it. I have had many family members struggle with this epidemic.Narconon is a great treatment center with those still struggling with there sickness. I only wish my Grandfather had Narconon before he passed away thanks to Alcoholism. The fact is that all people struggling with addiction need a treatment center to get well, not everyone can do it alone.

25
Mar
07

Craigslist a lost cause?

Now time for some black hat information. 🙂

Now, if someone you don’t know Craigslist.org is a site much like ebay only free to list and browse where people in there local community can list items and services or just someone to talk to. And with some many users flooding the site it’s no wonder some many are making a lot of money by spamming and driving a lot of traffic to there site with this tool.

Now, there are a lot of good and bad things about doing this. First the good.

  • Increase back links – honestly Craigs list can provide a great way to increase back links with search engines crawling on craigs list so much, hey why not?
  • Increase profits – if your an affiliate marketer that has spammed my space before or anywhere really this can be huge for you since you can get a lot of leads from websites like this.

And now the bad,

  • IP Banning – This is true now more than ever with craigslist coming down hard on spammers and just blocking there ip’s
  • Fines – Much like my space craigslist is starting to crack down and bring spammers to court for spamming and even facing jail time.
  • Affiliate Account Closed – More and more affiliate companies are cracking down and taking spammers off there services and banning them all together which can result in a lot of lost profit if your using say azoogle.

Now it is really up to you to decide if it’s worth it, there are a lot of good things and more even more bad things that can happen and ultimately will happen.

08
Mar
07

A Deep Dive into Link building

Well Link Building is something we all must do to sort of build a reputation with the search engine. Almost like saying ‘Hey, this is my site look how many others like it!!’ and by that I mean how many other’s are linking back to your site. The more link’s the more the search engines find your site to be more popular when crawling.

Now link building can be a real pain in the ass, and by that I mean you have to keep submitting, trading, and adding more and more links to your own site in order increase popularity. It’s almost like ‘pimping’ SEO style. Nothing more than that. The best way I find is to trade with websites similar to your’s. This always increases relevance in traffic as well as listing. Now there are a few ways to build your SERP’s.

1. Exchanging Links
2. Submitting to Directories
3. Social Networking Site’s (Digg, Netscape etc.)
4. Adding links to Wiki (Great way to boost traffic and a great back link)
5. Blog entries and comments
6. Topsites

Now, I didn’t cover everything you can do seeing how there is black hat methods including spamming sites, forums, myspace but some people don’t like that side and well I don’t like to share secrets so if your interested google it. Now for the break down.

1. Exchanging Links
Now, this can be the easiest way to do things, You can check out forums like Digital Point or Talk freelance and really any web mastering forum for an exchange. Basically this means you add each other’s links to your site and there you go. There are ways to sell or buy links like ‘Text Link Ads’ and you can buy higher PR, and Alexa to increase the ‘popularity’ of your site.

2. Submitting to Directories
Now you can do this yourself which is really a chore. I find it best to buy a service from someone on a forum and they can submit it to about 100 directories and you can pay like $10. Pretty easy. This is really good depending on the Page Rank and can really increase your SERP’s on any search engine.

3. Social Networking Site’s (Digg, Netscape etc.)
Some argue this is a lame way to get a link back, and usually is only a small surge of traffic and then sees slow downs in traffic and usually steady out or slightly increases the site’s popularity depending on your story or article. Now, it is not a great idea to submit every single story to Digg or any other social networking site. It is better to submit a really good quality article instead of submitting some crappy shit.

4. Adding links to Wiki (Great way to boost traffic and a great back link)
I would say this is one of the best way’s to increase popularity for a niche site or anything that has something to do with an article. So people spam Wiki hoping to get on good link back and usually turns out they get banned so it’s best not to do so. On Wicked fire so people are saying that Wiki link’s are dead and no longer are as strong as they use to be. And so are really questioning if Wikipedia is worth it for adding backlinks.

5. Blog entries and comments
Making a blog entry about a website or a project is a great way to increase traffic or spark up interest in your site. Some people pay others to make reviews on there blog in order to get a real diverse SERP’s. Comments are also a great way to increase link backs since blogs on blogger or ones using wordpress get listed in search engines fairly quickly this can be a great method to do so as well.

6. Topsites
Adding your site to a top site listing is also a great way to get some link backs depending on how many you submit your site too. I find submitting site’s like proxies and myspace top sites can really give you a surge of traffic since most people on top site’s are looking for a specific thing which can really work in your favor.

And that’s it for now, enjoy. 😉

05
Mar
07

Is MBL worth it?

If you are an avid blogger you might of heard about the surge of people and even myself using My Blog Log. And I have to say I am impressed.

Now, most people are upset with the service for the minor security bugs that happen (Eric and the team always take care of them) and how the tool isn’t useful at all. I beg to differ. Before installing my blog log I was getting 5-15 uniques a day on my fairly new blog here, and the first day of installing the plug I received 59 uniques in a few hours doing nothing but adding the code which I have to say is pretty good.

I have also been able to met a lot of cool people and get in touch with people looking at my blog and reading it which is pretty cool. I like the fact that you can view statistics and see how many readers are interested and really see the people reading and not always commenting on your latest article and it really puts a face to your readers which is great way to start a community with your blog.

Now there are some bad things as well, One is why they hell even go to the site? All you can really do is look at other peoples blogs the own maybe comment and add them as a contact. Which in actuality is all you can really do with this tool. I do enjoy the plug in for your actual blog but other than that the tool is a bit worthless.

A blog can survive with out this new tool, it just honestly opens up a way to see your users and how they like your site really. Nothing more nothing less and the service does just what you would expect Log your blogs.

27
Feb
07

5 easy ways to have a successful forum

As we all know from experience if you have ever attempted to run or get a forum started there seems no easy way to get things going in the right directions and most experience a drought of activity and a slow first two months of running one. So I complied a list of good practices and tips to use when starting a forum and getting things to where they need to be.

1) During the first month(s) do not have ads! Most of the time the first few months of a forum are very important. Ad’s dis attract users for joining and having annoying affiliate offers and others just get the forum off to looking cluttered and over all not very appealing. Instead run private advertisers on a side bar when you start seeing an increase in traffic or getting more and more users. Also, I find it is best to wait a month or two to wait for Alexa and pagerank updates since you can step up your link prices with theses factors and allows you to make more money.

2) Paid Posting, Embrace it! Honestly paid posting is a gift from god as far as I am concerned. Organic visitors seeing a influx of posts and topics more often than not end up joining when others are engaging in insightful discussions. Forum Shock is a good way to get your forum going. I am using Bryan’s service mainly because it’s the best of it’s kind and helped me a lot and probably the best I have used. It also sounds a bit sad but would you join a forum with no activity? It seems lames since most don’t want to be the only one posting and discussing.

3) Promote you dick! I see to many people bitch and complain about how hard it is to buy advertising and get good results with a little amount of money. Well shut the hell up. I usually promote all of my forums with just word of mouth, signature links, advertising topics on competitive forums, buying cheap text links, and link exchanges. All that being said it should only cost you a minimal amount of cash ($40) and you can get your forum out to a great start. No need for huge advertising packages on big name forums, just buy some cheap text links or hell by all means link exchange!!!! that’s free advertising right there and gives you relevant traffic.

4) Custom Skin is the only way, or at least improvements to the default. Come on guys are you really that cheap? I see so many webmasters getting non unique and cheap looking skins and that is only a reflection of the quality of the forum. Now, I am not against paid skins but custom nice looking skins always produce the best results. It gives the members a feeling that the Admin is actually trying to go somewhere and is going out of his pocket to make the forum more appealing and just plain old looking good for the members. Now, I know what your thinkings ‘It’s not always about the design, some of us can’t afford a skin!’ Well I can point you to a few guys willing to do a custom skin for $20-50 just check out digital point. Lots of users there filling to go under market valve to get some portfolio work or just some cash. Your not going to get the quality of say a $200 skin but you will get something decent and worth while.

5) Paid Software is not always the way! I am so tired of theses ‘Forum Gurus’ telling people that a paid forum software is the only way to create a successful forum and that is bullshit. I can name a dozen forums running on phpbb or punbb and has more users that many paid options. Most forum users don’t care what software your using. For example. Mybb is some great software and is free and offers so many updates and there always releasing mods and secruity patches and that is a great way to cut down cost of a forum is to choose a free or cheaper option for software. Not everything paid is good.

And there you have it, a true guide to making a successful forum. Eat it Guru faggots.