Many of the readers of this site have blogs or sites of their own and I would like to share the top ten traffic articles of this site, remember there are now over 600 articles on the Million Dollar Experiment Down Under and its time to reflect on which ones pull in the readers on a daily basis...
1. Summary of the $500 5 Day Challenge
Recently I decided to try and make US $500 in 5 days online, this is the summary of that challenge.
2. Make Money Fast With a $50 Dollar Day
In this article I walk you through the process of making US$50 in one day from your blogs.
3. 10 things I wish I had known 6 Months ago about Blogging and Earning Money Online
If only someone had showed me this list before I started...this article was even linked to from the team at Smorty.com.
4. Its not that hard to make $100 US Dollars a month part time
Shows how extremely easily $100 US dollars a month can be made...this is an old article probably not one of my best, however it still brings in the readers.
5. Make Money Fast With Your Own Proxy Site
One of more recent articles however swiftly rising the ranks, we look at how easy it is to set up your proxy site and hopefully start making a few bucks out of it.
6. Make Money Fast from our Definitive List of Paid Post Sites
An article that I still refer to from time to time, simply a list of sites that will pay you to blog!
7. Can We Be Number One For Female Celebrity Foot Picture
Hmmm... not quite sure why this one is so popular however it talks about my experiences with getting traffic from Female Celebrity Foot Pictures...
8. The Bloggers Octet- 8 Proven Methods to get your Blog Earning!
Another old article but a proven one - 8 methods that you can use in your quest to get your blog making money.
9. How to Make the Technorati Top 100,000 in 90 Days
I did it and so can you - sure fire methods to break your site into the top 100,000 on the technorati ladder.
10. Keyword Selector Tool - Bloggers Toolkit Series
We look at a free keyword selector tool - great for getting ideas on popular words for articles and/or titles.
Well there you are - the top ten articles from the Make Money Fast Million Dollar Experiment.... enjoy.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Many of the readers of this site have blogs or sites of their own and I would like to share the top ten traffic articles of this site, remember there are now over 600 articles on the Million Dollar Experiment Down Under and its time to reflect on which ones pull in the readers on a daily basis...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Well for the last month I have been buying traffic via Google AdWords and then sending to various sites and paying varying amounts per click. I have learned some valuable lessons about AdWords in this time and would like to share them with you. As far as money made I am pretty much breaking even at the moment from what I can work out, and heading for a record month on AdSense earnings which is fantastic.
What I am essentially doing is trying to buy traffic low by targeting long tail keywords and then send them to sites which will convert well and pay reasonably highly for its targeted market contextual advertising. If you can earn more than you are paying obviously you are on a winner.
Don't stick with a losing campaign unless you have to.
By all means give your campaign a bit of time before you ditch it and it helps to have more than one campaign and site to compare with as well, however if you are not converting well and just wasting money then it could be time to pull the plug.
Add more keywords a few days or a week after launching campaign
When you initially set up your campaign by using the keyword tools you will be able to set up a good range of words, however after approximately a week or even a few days you can then add additional keywords related to the words that are working well for you.
How this works is that you use the keyword tool and will see your best performing keywords at the present time, the tool will then pull up a number of similar words (long tail ones) that should suit your site and by adding these you should start to see improved impressions and click throughs.
Look at results over weeks or a month rather than a day by day analysis
Often you can have a day where you spend a lot of money for no return at all, however other days you may spend very little however the traffic may convert extremely well, its a matter of stepping back and taking a look at the overall picture rather than focusing on every click.
Don't be afraid to experiment
For my own situation although I am trying to create an income to live off, I am also conscious that sometimes you need to spend money to make money and by reinvesting some of the money I am making on generating more traffic and hopefully more money my sites are self financing themselves for future growth. If you don't experiment and try different things then you are going to struggle to build your online empire, there is however an element of commonsense involved and don't spend to much time flogging a dead horse. AdWords for me works well for some sites, and is terrible for others however as I keep experimenting I can close the gap between earnings and expenditure and perhaps even turn a small profit.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Its taken a long time to get to the front page of Google for the term "Make Money Fast" however finally we are there. The way I managed to do it was the old fashioned way, content. Basically I have written article upon article about how to make money fast on the internet and finally Google is giving me some loving.
Where is the site now ranked?
I am not sure how long it will last, however currently ranking at number 7.
What effect does this have on traffic?
A very positive effect, these words are popular ones and searched for many times a day. To be on the front page for these words means that you are in a prime position to capitalize on this. As the site has only just hit the front page, I will write more about the traffic effects in a future article.
How was this achieved and how long has it taken?
It was back on April 13th that I set this as a goal and you can read about my thoughts at the time and why I chose these words on this article - Make Money Fast - An experiment in Choosing Words. It has taken 7 months of constant writing to get to where I am today. However I think it will be worth it in the long term. You can see the path that the words have taken over this time below..
Other things that I did were to change the Title and Name of the site and also plug a few keywords into the template.
Achieving targets is a great feeling.
As you can see this has been a mammoth task, however it is a great feeling of achievement to set out to do something like this, and finally begin to see the fruits of my labors. Proof I guess that if you are persistant enough you WILL achieve what you set out to do - just keep on going until you get there.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
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When you are doing a lot of traveling having the right luggage can make all the difference and Swiss Army Luggage is designed specifically for the busy traveler, and they also offer a lifetime guarantee against airline damage which certainly helps peace of mind.
Just over 1 year ago I was pretty firmly entrenched in the rat race along with the rest of the world, however I knew that this kind of life was not for me. One thing is for certain and that is that life is short, so although this is up to each individual I for one did not want to spend 40 + hours chained to a desk and my time being at the mercy of other people.
The ideal lifestyle that I am seeking is one where I can live wherever I want to in the world - where money is not something that holds me back and where I can continue to grow as a person. For me working 9 - 5 in a company role was not providing me with the freedom that I so wanted and as we all know life is about choice - I for one choose not to do that and knew that I had to create different avenues of income to release myself from the shackles of the "normal lifestyle".
If you find yourself in a similar situation it is easy to say that you have no choice and that circumstances have made it the way it is, however although that is fine to think like that I don't think like that at all and believe that we are each in charge of the way we choose to live our lives. The chances are that unless you can change your view of the world it's quite possible that you are going to continue to live like that for the rest of your life - don't get me wrong that's ok, however I do believe that this is a conscious choice.
One question that I do ask that you think about is why do you work 40 hours a week? Now I realize that some people work more and probably some less, however the standard working week is 5 days a week and approximately 40 hours. However do you really think that working for 5 days and having 2 days off is smart? Do you enjoy going to work on a Monday morning and feel refreshed after your 48 hours of freedom? Why not work 2 days and have 5 days off?
It is drilled into us from the time we are born that a 5 day working week is good and normal - people even say "he's a good worker" after poor average joe does another week of overtime however is it really a smart thing to be doing?
The way to free yourself is firstly to stop making excuses about why you can't - come on I know it's hard but this is very important. Set yourself some targets and start working to achieving your dreams.
Friday, November 23, 2007
There can come times in anyone's life where the pressures of career, financial commitments and family can become to much, this is often when people turn to drugs as a way of escaping the real world.
Luckily however there is help at hand so if you know of anyone with drug or alcohol problems you can help them by pointing them towards a reputable drug rehabilitation program.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
This is a question that is not very easy to answer because it is really up to the individual however the first thing I would reply to this question is..
How hard are you prepared to work for it?
That is the key - and the answer to this question fuels the answer to the main question because if you are prepared to work very very hard I certainly believe you can make a lot of money online.
My earnings for the last few months have been pretty good in terms of just starting out, however I will be honest I could probably increase my efforts 5 to 10 times... it's true that I am guilty of slacking of a little sometimes and also I am still working a mixture of part and full time.
Imagine if you started any small business from scratch, they take years to build up and become profitable and although you do hear of quick fire success stories you will find that the majority of those making good money online have built their business's up on hard work, long hours and sensible decision making.
So.... How much money really can you make Online in a Year?
I think it would be realistic to be able to earn 5,000 - 10000 dollars in the first year part time, and perhaps $10,000 - $25000 full time with this increasing over the following years as long as a reasonable percentage of time is spent building passive income.
One thing is for sure though - you need to start doing it and don't keep putting it off, action is the key! So get going!
Well I had heard that RealRank was now live so I logged in to payperpost interested to see where I was ranked.
The thing is that as not many people are using RealRank yet it is just a grading from 1 - ?? (however many bloggers have the code on their sites) and according to the ppp blog have recently logged in to PPP. Quote from the PPP crew below.
It represents your position within the world of all users who have installed it on their blog, so if 50,000 people suddenly all start using it, your place in the world could rapidly change.
So far so good, you can view the RealRank that has been calculated so far by heading to the "View my Blogs" part of PPP. Heres mine below...
I am guessing there are maybe 5000 or so sites currently being ranked? What do you think - is this going to work and how is your RealRank looking? You need to get the code installed on your site to be able to receive a RealRank. In the picture below RealRank is the last column.
Enjoy the day - Happy Money Making!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I cannot get through a single day without at least 1 or 2 coffees and over the years my wife and I have owned several espresso machines most of which have done the job extremely well. After owning several machines your tastes do change and you may find yourself with new requirements when it comes to buying your next coffee machine.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Its a fact there is more than enough sites out there about how to make money fast online. Maybe you have one yourself and are struggling to attract visitors.
One way to give yourself a good traffic injection and perhaps make a few dollars at the same time is to do something unique and challenging like the $500 5 day challenge that I attempted a month or so ago.
If you are lucky you may be linked to by some high traffic sites, as in my case Cash Quests was kind enough to write about my little project, sending me some very good traffic over the last couple of weeks - thanks Kumiko! You can see the spike in the traffic graph below of when Kumikos article hit the news stands..
Also fellow blogspot entrepreneur Mike linked to the challenge, thank you Mike - I am always grateful when you send traffic my way! Hopefully I can return the favor as if you are interested in making money online from free blogs Mike's site is a fantastic resource.
The other thing is by linking to your projects and experiments from your front page you can continue to attract traffic from these on an ongoing basis. By linking to your subpages from your main page you are giving that article more kudos than standalone articles on your site - thats in the eyes of the search engines anyway.
So if you have an idea or a plan of something a little bit different that you can try and do to set yourself apart from all the other bloggers out there I strongly suggest you give it a shot. If you do something different it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you will probably get different results!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Well Google I think that you have been pipped at the post (sorry for the pun..) with this one, instead of spending your time trying to punish poor bloggers scraping to make a living online by reducing pagerank which has in effect now made pagerank mean nothing at all...certainly not a metric you can use to get some idea of the popularity and authority of a site - Google should have been working to improve their algorithms to reduce the reliance on the paid link industry which they created....
One good thing to come out of all this is RealRank which is almost ready to be released by Izea (which is the parent company of payperpost).
RealRank is an interesting way of ranking sites and uses the following key areas initially anyway. They are happy to share their formula and also to accept advice from the community. (Unlike our friends at Google)
70% weighted towards visitors per day
20% weighted towards amount of ACTIVE inbound links per day
10% weighted towards pageviews per day
I think this is a fantastic move forward, currently with pagerank I have one site that gets about 7 visitors a day and has a PR of 3 and this site which gets around 100 + has 600 pages of content and hundreds of links in and gets a PR of 0.
An advertiser would be far better off advertising on this site than the PR3 so Google have shot themselves in the foot there a little by destroying PR as any kind of site estimation tool.
If I hadn't been penalized the site would probably be a PR5 by now, which would have been ok and realrank would not have been necessary.
The future is looking bright with realrank coming into play, I am sure it will gradually take over pagerank as an advertising selling medium, especially as it uses visitors and pageviews as a big part of the equation.
Down with PageRank!!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I am growin a Mo. That's right I'm bringing the Mo back because I'm passionate about men's health and the fight against prostate cancer. Why...
- Every year in New Zealand 2,656 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 600 die of the disease, making prostate cancer the second largest cause of male cancer deaths, after lung cancer.
- The average life expectancy of a man in New Zealand is 4 years less than a woman.
To sponsor my Mo please go to http://www.movember.com/nz/donate, enter my registration number which is 187020 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor me by cheque made payable to the "Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand" clearly marking the donation as being for my Registration Number: 187020. Please mail cheques to: Movember, PO Box 87 150, Meadowbank 1742, Auckland, NZ. All donations over $5 are tax deductible.
All donations are made directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand who will use the funds to create awareness, increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer, fund research and scholarship programs.
For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the detail at: Fundraising Outcomes.
Movember culminates at the end of the month at the Gala Partés. These glamorous and groomed events will see Tom Selleck and Borat look-a-likes battle it out for their chance to take home the prestigious Man of Movember title. If you would like to be part of this great night you'll need to purchase a Gala Parté ticket.
Thanks for your support - picture of the mo coming soon....
More info is available at www.movember.com.
For a small business it can often be a challenge to choose the right phone system for your needs. You need something that takes care of all your requirements however fits into an affordable budget and is also preferably simple to use and easy enough to fix if issues arise.
One option that has a great range of not only products but options is Talkswitch and they are specialists in the small business market when it comes to communication systems.
From past experience I can tell you that having a reliable and well supported phone system can mean that your business really can operate like a well oiled machine, while on the other hand if you are constantly having problems with your phone system - which can happen with sub standard phone systems, business can become very difficult indeed!
Neobits.com have the ability to install services in every zip code and they also offer broadband as well as dial tone internet in every state. They have more than 3,000 customers so its great to be able to deal with a company that has already proven that they can deliver. It certainly makes things easier when trying to make a decision about who to go with on this.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Well folks it appears I now have no pagerank whatsover, google has decided that although they continue to send lots of search engine traffic to this site, they want it to appear that it has no value whatsover.
I for one am confused... what have I done that is so bad except be open about what I am doing. It now appears that unless you hide your disclosures, you disguise your sponsored posts and you try to camouflage your text links you will be punished via a pagerank penalty. If on the other hand you...
- Hide any sponsored posts as best you can...
- Blend your sold text links into your content...
- Don't disclose or mention anything like payperpost or similar networks...
Then you may get away with it and will come across as A1 fantastic site...
Google has lost the plot, whats going on guys you used to be a company I respected and looked up to. Now although I still earn money via your advertising network and of course appreciate the traffic that you send me I am really disappointed.
The facts are that now if you disclose and are open about what you are doing which means that you let your readers decide your worth you will be punished.
Google used to pride themselves on the line that you should write your content for people not search engines, well hasn't that changed, now they are saying you should base your content on what they as a search engine wants, and even go so far as changing your links especially for search engines... (nofollow)
Well maybe they have a master plan, however I am not that sure anymore... what do you think have google lost the plot?
Do we all now go cowering to google and tell them we have sinned, but finally seen the light and change our sites for search engines instead of the way they are for people?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Its funny how you always hear that its bad to have a blogspot blog and you should get your own domain name and so on, however there is something that myself and fellow blogger Mike know and that is that blogspot blogs can really rock and here is why...
Google loves blogspot blogs
I have never had a site indexed faster than a blogger.com blog, as far as I am aware Google owns blogger.com so why wouldn't they treat the domain name as a trusted one and of course they are going to index it in a hurry - its owned by them! Heres an excerpt from the about page of blogger.com...
Now we're a small (but slightly bigger than before) team in Google focusing on helping people have their own voice on the web and organizing the world's information from the personal perspective. Which has pretty much always been our whole deal.
They seem to rank well for search terms..
Similar to the above I guess, of course google wants blogspot blogs to rank well.
Easy to set up
If you have an idea and want to test it out, why not set up a quick blogspot blog and test the waters.. thats what I did lol and here I am 13 months later....
One thing that amazes me when I log into companies like payperpost is that they love my domain name sirblogger.com and would much rather have me post on that and often they exclude blogspot blogs - well lets be honest they would be much better off getting a post on this site than my sirblogger.com site which struggles to rank well and does not get very good traffic.
You often hear people around the net talking about how easily you can lose your blog (if you don't own it ) and it can be shut down etc, however I think if you are sensible about what you post on your site(s) you should be ok. Also its probably a good idea to back up your content somehow, so worst case you can get all your content back up on your own site.
I haven't ever sat down and figured exactly how much I earn just from this site, as I now have loads of sites and they are all kind of jumbled up in my figures, however I know it would be over $100 a month.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Back in the day I used to work on the help desk for the company that I still currently work for and as part of my job I would have to sometimes re cable computers or add new cables when setting up something new. If only I had access to bulk cable back then... I always seemed to be running out and having to re cable other areas to get by.
Feeling our way through cyberspace with our first Proxy Onemorepimp.com has been an interesting experience for Greg and myself and getting traffic to a new site is always challenging.
The current visitors to the site as you will see in the graph below show that things are really just ticking away at the moment with nothing worth writing about in the way of visitors.
Thats why we decided to take a look at what one of the members on DP was offering called a "Proxy traffic Blast" hoping that it would help to launch our proxy site into cyberspace!
I received a message this morning along the lines of "your blast has been sent" so anxiously waited until this evening to both catch up with Greg and check analytics on the site as well as our advertising mediums to see what kind of impact we had received.
Well day 1 of our proxy blast is reassuring, we have earned a couple of bucks and as you can see from the analytics below traffic is heading in the right direction, lets however hope this proxy blast is long and keeps going!
Over the next few days I will continue to demonstrate just how much this $7 traffic blast helps the site, and whether it was worth it or just another meaningless waste of money.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Today I got home from work to find one of our sites had been hacked, more than once by the look of it.
Its one of our best sites - its a myspace layouts site the hackers had turned it into a front page basically saying we had been hacked.
I have changed all my passwords for the site and also checked all the directory permissions as you don't want folders where someone can externally upload files. That can really be the doorway hackers are looking for.
Hopefully the changes I have made will keep them out, otherwise I am really going to have to start learning a lot more about website security.
It took me a while to get the site going again, fortunately they didn't delete all the files, however they certainly made a mess.
I feel violated right now!!
You may remember we recently set up a proxy site as an experiment in making money online, so far it has not made much for us however the visitors are slowly increasing. Greg and I have a myspace site with over 1500 friends on it that we have been sending bulletins out to - also we have invested $7 with a guy on the DP forums who promises to send a "proxy blast" of traffic. It appears that he is a member on a lot of yahoo groups and the like, and will send out a newsletter of some sort which includes our proxy to thousands of people.
I will report more on these methods as we continue in our adventures to Make Money Fast online.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
One of the paid post companies that I use on a regular basis however probably don't often talk about is Smorty. They have some great paying ops at times however the best thing that I like about Smorty is that if you reserve a post you have 3 days to write it.
When you are looking to make a living online and part of your revenue is coming from paid posts its important to have a range of choices that you can utilize. That way when one company may not have much in the way of work available you can simply log in to another and find some work.
Smorty didn't previously have much in the way of an affiliate program however they have recently released one which offers 5% ongoing commissions.
Sometimes it seems that out there in the blogosphere payperpost is the only major player however most of my income is infact generated from the smaller sites and I actually prefer to do that if I can. We have all seen what happens when we let one company monopolize something...
I guess when you come from a small country at the bottom of the world, its fun to support that little guys out there fighting for their place in the dog eat dog world of paid postings.
Anyway if you are looking for a paid post company that pays on time, has great ops and offers an ongoing affiliate program I can recommend Smorty, I have made several hundred dollars from working with them, and that is a fact.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
With a world that is slowly becoming more focused on products that have a minimal effect on our environment it is like a breath of fresh air when we see what companies like greenandmore.com are doing in the way of offering environmental products to consumers.
The best thing is that many environmentally aware solutions like solar power if used long term are not only better for the planet they can be better for the bank balance as well.
No one as yet charges for you to harness the power of the sun - it's freely available to all and what gives life to much of the world can also help to provide heat, power and light to your home.
Of course there is more that can be done apart from just solar power, think about purifying the air, recycling wood and plastics instead of creating more pollution and of course smart compost handling that turns garden waste into nutrient rich plant food.
We all need to do our bit to protect the future of our species, and although the pollution of the world may seem to big to do anything about, be assured that by everyone doing a little bit the earth will be around for a lot longer yet!
There has been some interest lately in how I landed a writing gig when participating in the $500 5 day challenge and I thought I should walk you through it. There are plenty of opportunities and money waiting to change hands on the DP forums and it really is just a matter of being realistic about pricing and getting in touch with people.
Where to go...
The content creation forum of DP forums is a great place to both advertise your writing services or respond to members that are looking for articles to be written.
How much to charge...
Unfortunately there are loads of people hanging around the forums that are willing to write articles for very cheap prices, you need to be competitive however if you have above average writing skills and/or perhaps something else to offer you can certainly wheel and deal your way to some work.
Quality of work...
Once you have made the commitment to do a job give it your best shot, even if it may take longer than what you may have thought. You may be judged on what you write both now and in the future - so make it good enough to be proud of.
- Make sure your write the content in your own words - I am sure it is obvious but I will say it anyway you cannot expect to paste content and sell it as unique.
- When writing a large article write paragraph starters, then fill in the content - I find this to be the quickest method, otherwise you can waste time trying to think about how to fill in the article.
- Be polite and ask for feedback
As you can probably tell from a quick look of the forums this is a busy little industry and one that can provide you with a good base of income. Don't expect to make a million in this manner but you can use it to help fund your other projects. Also you are making money without cramming sponsored posts into your own blog.
Friday, November 09, 2007
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Thursday, November 08, 2007
I have written hundreds of articles in the last year or so, however a few of them stand head and shoulders above the rest and attract great search traffic every day. These articles were not written just because I felt the need to write about the subject, I did keyword research on them and found that they were terms that were being searched for and had very little competition.
Having little or no competition means that by writing a unique article you are giving yourself every chance to rank highly for that keyword, and perhaps well into the future, unless of course you share all your secrets like me.... lol.
You can do a quick payperpost type article and maybe earn 10 dollars or even more sometimes however imagine an article that earned you 10 or 20 dollars a month, every single month ongoing for the foreseeable future... thats what a great article can do for you and those are the ones that I try to write.
Remember a couple of weeks ago we talked about how to work out how much each visitor made for your site... it was a simple matter of dividing the total contextual traffic driven income that your site created by the visitors and you could work out an earnings per visitor amount.
Let us say in my example I earn approximately 2 cents per visitor, quite a normal amount, meaning if you had 3000 visitors a month you would earn $60 dollars. Certainly achievable however you can adjust to your own scenario.
Now I have one article on my job search site that I wrote showing how to resign and obviously this is becoming a popular past time! (actually I just resigned myself a week or so ago). Now this article pulls in around 700 uniques a month which multiplied by .002 is $14 a month. However the beauty is the work is all done, it just keeps doing it and actually often even improves over time as the trust of your site grows.
I just checked my analytics and this how to resign article as served as an entrance page for me 769 times this month, thats around $15 earnings all because I created something original that people were looking for.
What do you think of the article is it that great? Or do you think work just sucks for a lot of people right now so a pre written resignation letter comes in handy!
The best thing about what I am telling you is start thinking to yourself... what if you had 100 such articles, or even just 10, how would that improve your earning potential?
If you want more great tips and money making methods why don't you subscribe and share the benefits of my experiences making money fast online. I don't offer unrealistic ideas or promises, just share what has worked for me in the process of earning thousands of dollars online in just over one year.
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I have had one of those weeks where pretty much everything I have touched has turned to custard and its easy to get despondent at times like this however one thing I have learned over the last year or so is that every day is different and new challenges will show themselves constantly.
When things don't go our way there are two things you can do...
- Give up and take the easy path - sometimes its not worth the hassle and this may be the best option for you.
- Learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up and strive to improve things for next time.
I think when I look back I have actually learned more from my mistakes than from my success's and I count myself lucky sometimes to be able to do so many things that give me so many opportunities to screw them up.
Tonight I hit rock bottom there for a while when I set out the monthly newsletter for one of my sites to all the newsletter subscribers, in the past I have screwed it up before including...
- Forgetting to include the subject line
- CCing everyone instead of BCCing meaning everyone could see everyones address!!
Today though took the prize, I carefully checked the Subject line, I made sure twice that the BCC field was ok and I had sent a copy to my internet partner for proofreading, he had spotted a couple of minor grammatical mistakes and so I had copied and posted the newsletter - everything was perfect.
SEND - There is always the anxious wait when you send a mass email newsletter out however I was quite confident I had nailed it, imagine my horror when my copy arrived and it looked like this...
All the formatting of the links was screwed up and I now know not to paste from my Gmail into Microsoft outlook - another valuable lesson learned!
I was quite down in the dumps for a while, as I set high standards for myself and are trying to make my living doing this stuff. But then I thought how lucky am I to have a great site like Curry Focus where people like it enough to sign up for the newsletter and the site continues to grow from strength to strength.
At the end of the day most people prefer content written by humans, and we are always going to make mistakes.
I just need to chill out, not make the same mistake again - and keep providing content the best I can.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Ssshhhh.... don't tell Google however on one of my adwords campaigns I am making more than I am spending. It evens out however as on some of my other campaigns I am spending more than what is being generated.
Now I am fine tuning, one campaign I have spent several dollars on and not even one click has converted. My winning campaign is consistently delivering, it is like a market trade of buying and selling. The site is making more per visitor than what I am paying.
This means I can now up my advertising and spend a bit more to drive even more traffic and see what happens from there.
This month as I am working full time again for a couple of weeks (temporarily) I am spending what little time I have working the sites, trying to build a better passive base. I have some challenging months ahead and what to be in an ideal position.
I have actually found that with a broad range of keywords being used, it's quite possible that when the visitor reaches the site, it is not quite what they are looking for so they exit via another ad....
This I think is the key to this particular sites short lived success at making money fast with Adwords.
When you decide to ask that wonderful woman in your life to make things official you are going to be spending some serious time looking at all types and kinds of diamond rings, in fact it is possible you will soon be an expert on them.
One way to buy diamond rings and learn alot about them is by heading online, so why don't you check out a site like reeds.com before you spend to much time wandering around town.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Greg and myself have been experimenting a bit with the newsroom on a couple of our sites. Its good because you can set their videos onto autoplay and if you have a high traffic site you will be paid whether they click on anything or not.
Its not a big earner however we have earned maybe $10 in the last 3 or 4 weeks, you can check out one of the feeds on the bottom of our cute myspace layouts site.
We are managing to get cheap clicks through from CPC (Adwords) and can help recoup that by playing the newsroom video with celebrity news or whatever down the bottom of the site.
Dont worry I wont put one on this site lol. However I wonder how much extra I could earn if I did.....
You can check out the newsroom yourself, this is not an affiliate link, they don't appear to have such a program.
Another Blogger that uses the newsroom on some of his sites is mikes money making mission.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Its often hard to know what site to choose when you are thinking about playing Online Casinos and thats where sites like topusaonlinecasinos.com can help by saving you the time, effort and money that it may take if you take your chances and just try casinos picked at random.
The sites are ranked on different metrics including customer service, payout percentages and ease of use. The top ten sites are on the front page of the site and you would not probably need to go any further as the top ten all looked to be very good online casinos.
I like the site and as I have always been interested in Online Casinos but have never really known where to start I may actually go and try a couple of the top sites. I have always fancied myself as a bit of a card shark - who knows I may be able to give up my day job!
One popular method to make money online is with a Proxy site. We have just launched our first site and would like to share what we have learned so far, so that you can set your own site up if you want to.
I will also report further down the track with the success of this site and any additional lessons learned along the way.
If you decide you want to do your own site, feel free to ask me any questions, I am here to help and can give technical advice and/or assistance if necessary.
What is a proxy?
A proxy allows anyone anywhere to access sites that may otherwise be blocked. E.g at work you may be blocked from visiting facebook or myspace, however through a proxy you will be able to access them.
Why do you want a Proxy?
Proxies can become very viral and attract a huge amount of traffic in a short space of time, however they are not always looked upon as a long term solution because often they are blocked as soon as they are discovered by the schools, workplaces etc.
How much does it cost to set up a proxy?
Here are my set up costs.
Domain Name $7-15 (Godaddy with coupon code)
Custom Logo $5-00 (DP forums)
1st Month Hosting $4-00 (DP forums)
Total with 1 month hosting $16-15
And probably one hour of my time, which involved finding a template, uploading the files and a couple of minor customizations to setup AdSense and Logo etc.
Ok ok I am convinced what do I do now?
1./ Choose a proxy script - the most common types are php proxy (no longer being developed), zelune (this is the one I chose) and also a type called CGI-proxy which I have not had much to do with yet.
2./ Find hosting that allows proxies, remember to check with your hosting provider first because proxies are very resource intensive, so there may be a clause about whether or not they are allowed. A search on the DP forums is the best place that I found to find both discussions and links to good proxy hosting.
3./ Register the domain name of your choice, I use godaddy.com and you can normally find a coupon to save you a few dollars on the net. Once you have purchased the domain name, you will need to point the nameservers to your new hosting.
4./ Upload files to your hosting, change the pub-id for the adsense, and make any other minor changes that you may want to (e.g your own logo) and that really is about it.
Here is my finished site. One More Pimp
Ok thats great - but how to make money from this?
We are trying several methods to generate traffic to our new proxy, there are many ways of doing this including topsites that list proxies, myspace bulletins and many other methods.
Money making is simply a matter of then converting this traffic, once the site is ticking along we may experiment with pop ups and pop unders, as well as the more traditional methods like AdSense. Remember your proxy may only be around for a short time, so its a good idea to make the most out of the traffic that you get.
Good luck in your proxy venture, let me know how you get on, or if you need any help.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
If you like making your house look the best it possibly can one of the often overlooked areas, that can make a huge difference to the overall first impressions of a home, is the lighting.
Nothing sets the mood quite as much as lighting that is well placed and thoughtfully set out . Just think about your favorite restaurant, sometimes less light is more and getting this balance is the key.
October has been a month of two halves, the first half was a mad flurry of money making unparalleled in my time so far, the 5 day challenge where I attempted to make $500 in 5 days was instrumental in making this the top month to date in this experiment, however due to circumstance for the last couple of weeks of the month I was unable to spend a large amount of time making money.
By looking after my dad’s contact lenses online business for a couple of weeks I was also able to pull in some extra internet money.
This month Google made some kind of algorithm changed that boosted my traffic considerably. I dont know how or why but I like it. This site had actually dropped for the last couple of months and then suddenly BOOM - off we go again.
This large boost in traffic helped to top off a good month. The increase was approximately 64%.
A flow on effect from this is that I now have over 100 subscribers, welcome to all the new feed readers!
1. Hot Blog Girls
2. Mikes Money Making Mission
3. David St.George Photography
4. Greg Stratz
5. Adventures In Moneymaking
A drop in PR is not something you want when you are making a living from your sites, however we took this one on the chin and I think it was a timely reminder of what is important longterm when it comes to building the profile of a site.
Three new sites have come under the umbrella this month and they are…
Sports Only News - A site with you guessed it Sports only news.
One More Pimp - A proxy site, further information coming soon.
Mexican Focus - Due to the success of the Curry Focus websites, we have launched a Mexican version.
The numbers - how much money was made
This month we added $1278 US dollars to the kitty, which brings our NZ total so far to $6675.89 with only $993,324.11 cents left to go. We have actually made a small dent in our target and should reach $10,000 NZ in a couple of months.
If you want to dig into the depths of some of the ways I have made this money I summarized 5 days in the $500 5-day challenge.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
There are many ways of marketing your business, fancy advertising campaigns, flyers that are mailed out and even promotional pens that can be used as a give away.
One thing is for certain, if you don't get your brand and name out there, your competitors will be. I like the pen idea, because unlike a flyer which is read and then likely thrown away, a pen being a useful item may be in front of a potential customer for weeks or even months on end.
Well we are now into what is the beginning of Year 2 of our exponential growth "Make Money Fast" experiment and October has been very successful.
I am still collating the information, have had to go back to work for a few days (GRRRRRRR!) so a bit short on time, however the summary is coming soon.
Also I have another article I am working on where I show you how I set up my own proxy site (myself and Greg) for around $10. I still need to buy a logo for the site however you can have a quick preview if you want. The site is called OneMorePimp.com. I am going to show you how you can do the same. In coming weeks we will try to make some money out of it.
Come back soon and check out our October Summary - Lets hope November is another good month for all!
If you want to smarten up your appearance and perhaps impress that special someone in your life you may want to invest in cufflinks.
Cufflinks have been around for many years and are now enjoying a resurgence of popularity. If you want to add a bit of class and sophistication to your appearance there is no better way to get started.