Thursday, 23 September 2010

Adgitize Continues To Deliver The Goods

Adgitize your web site.


 I've previously posted about Adgitize - and many people already know about it - but I just want to say that I've been with them for just shy of 2 years and have never regretted it. You won't make huge amounts of money here, but it's a steady little earner without really having to do much for it. You also get extra traffic from views of your ad(s).

To get the most out of Adgitize, you really need to be an advertiser - it only costs $14 a month to get displayed across the whole network, and it's possible to get that back through your earnings. Plus the increased traffic - I've been getting around 50-60 visits a day from Adgitize to the 2 blogs I advertise there.

So what do you have to do to make money?

Article Points - you get points if you post on your blog(s). You do this anyway, so there's no extra work involved here.

Click Points - you get points for clicking on the Adgitize ads. I combine this with Entrecard dropping, which I do anyway. Not everyone has an EC widget, but I would say that out of the 50 Adgitize sites I visit every day, only about 5 don't have one. Why do I only visit 50 sites? Because, as an advertiser my points are doubled and I get my maximum 100 from visiting just 50 sites.

Ad Views Points - If you display Adgitize ads on your site, you get points for the number of views of those ads every day.

Page Views Points - As above, but these are points for views of pages that have the ads displayed.

Advertisers Points - This is points for being an advertiser.

So where's the extra work? The only thing 'extra' you have to do is visit some blogs, which you're doing anyway if you're in EC, and even if you aren't, how long does it take to visit 50 blogs and click on them? Especially if you're getting paid for it! I would say it takes me about 30 minutes a day - perhaps longer when I stop to read articles I'm interested in.

But even if you don't want to visit blogs and click on the ads, you're still earning points - and money - from the other categories, it's just that you're losing a potential 20% of your earnings.

You can earn as a publisher, without paying anything, but by becoming an advertiser as well, you not only can get your $14 a month back, but also make more on top of it. I've managed to be in the top 3 of the points leaderboard regularly and, as I said, I've never regretted joining - in fact I would definitely recommend it!




Adgitize your web site.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Get A Free Analysis Of Your Blog

I just found this great site where you can get a free analysis of your blog - SpiderFX-Lite. Their tool spiders your page, analyzes and scores the on-page factors that affect your search engine ranking.

You just type in your URL and your keywords and it produces an online score out of 100. It shows your strengths and weaknesses and scores the following areas -

Search Traffic
Organic Keywords
Google PageRank
Domain Authority
Page Authority
Number of Incoming Links
Social Media Mentions
Top 25 External Links
Keyword Page Density
Heading Summary
Image Summary
Title Tag
Meta Description Tag
Top 3 Anchor Text Terms
Domain Age
Server Info


I got a score of 80 out of 100 for my recipes blog and after making some tweaks based on their comments, I got it up to 85. A really useful tool that not only analyzes quickly, but gives advice.

Have any of you used it? What did you think?


Thursday, 29 July 2010

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Adding A Facebook 'Like' Button To Your Blogger Posts


Facebook released their new 'Like' button a few days ago. When people anyone who is logged in to Facebook clicks on this, it is displayed on their FB Wall, thus giving exposure to you to their Friends. The code that Facebook provides for the button is aimed at giving you a Like button for your site, but not for individual blog posts, which is what bloggers are more interested in.

Not to fear, however, you can get a code to paste which will place the button on each of your posts. For those of you using Blogger you can visit this post here to find out where to get the code and where to post it. The only problem I can see so far is that it doesn't show the number of people who have 'Liked' your post. However, the Like is automatically posted on their Wall in FB.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Ning No Longer To Be Free

For those of you who use the free Ning service, you may or not have heard that the network of social networks that boasted 20 million visitors a month has announced a complete end to free services for its users. Those who pay for premium services will be asked to pay more, and those who are getting their social networks free of charge will be asked to upgrade to a premium service or phase off the Ning platform.

For those of you who want a social network, but don't want to pay for it, you may want to check out the following free alternatives (each also has premium services).

Grou.ps

Spruz

SocialGO

Of these 3, Grou.ps also offers you the possibility to monetize the site with AdSense as part of the free package.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

What Time Should You Post On Your Blog?

Often, writing posts on our blogs is done whenever we have the time or are feeling 'in the mood'. However, usually your posts will not only be read by blog readers - in which case it doesn't really matter at what time you post - but by others on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter.

Personally, I'm a 'morning person' as far as writing is concerned, but I started to realise that I may be missing a lot of the people that could be reading my posts. Three of my blogs are on Networked Blogs on Facebook, which means that not long after I have posted, it is automatically fed onto FB. But is this the ideal time for it? When will most of my friends be on FB and will my post still be easily visible to them at this time?

The same applies with Twitter. I read somewhere recently that the highest numbers of people are on Twitter at between 11.00 and 14.00 EST. Again, my blog posts are automatically fed to Twitter through Twitterfeed, so I have to wonder, 'Are most of my followers fast asleep when my blog posts are tweeted?'

So, basically I'm rethinking the time that I should post on my blogs in order to get the maximum exposure in social media as well as on the blog itself. I just have to take into consideration the time differences and when I reckon the optimum number of friends and followers are online.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Getting Links To Your Posts From Popular Blogs

A good way to increase traffic to your blog or to particular posts is to get a link from popular blogs with a lot of readers. Just recently the Problogger blog published a post with 30 Bloggers To Watch In 2010. Readers were then asked to post a similar article on their blog and send the link to Problogger.

I posted 10 Food Bloggers To Watch In 2010 on my Authentic Greek Recipes blog and then posted the link on Problogger. A few days later all the 'To Watch' posts were listed and I got a sudden increase in traffic from it.

Watching out for opportunities like this can be beneficial as popular blogs not only have a large number of readers, but are also considered to be authorities in their field, so links posted there are taken seriously.

Yet another way to get yourself out there and get seen.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

10 Sites To Write For Money

As well as writing on your own blog, there are plenty of opportunities around to write articles for money. I've listed 10 sites below where you can get paid for what you write or you can get in touch with people who are looking for writers.

They're listed in alphabetical order.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

A marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. Based on the idea that there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, performing data de-duplication, transcribing audio recordings, or researching data details.

Bhokta

Here you can write about anything you want, as long as it isn't copied, and get paid between $1 and $4 depending on the length of the article.

Blogger Jobs

As the name would suggest, a site putting you in touch with people that are looking for writers.

Constant Content

Serving over 10.000 websites by providing them access to almost 30.000 writers, Constant-Content claims to have developed the most comprehensive and quality articles production system on the web. You can either write an article, which becomes available to purchase, or respond to specific requests.

eHow

A chance to write articles on 'How To' do something. Payments are only made to residents of the USA, however.

Freelance Writing Jobs

Again, the name is self-explanatory.

Helium

You can earn cash for contributed work, daily revenue share and writing contests.


Lulu

Lulu is a self-publishing site where you can write your own books and e-books and sell them.

Online Writing Jobs

Displaying available writing jobs.

ProBlogger Job Board

Run by ProBlogger, it lists regularly updated jobs available to bloggers.

Friday, 15 January 2010

MyLikes - Sponsored Post

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I joined when the site was Likaholix (see previous post) and now that it has come out of Beta and become MyLikes it seems that it has improved and become more interesting. I've got a feeling that it will take off in a big way. Great to be in at the beginning!




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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Learning From The Pros Again - The Shoemoney System

I've written in other posts how important I feel it is to continuously learn from those who have been extremely successful online - they've obviously done something right! In that vein, Jeremy Schoemaker is launching his Shoemoney System for those that want to follow it. I have to be honest, basically the only thing I know about Mr. Shoemaker is that he makes a lot of money online and over the last 5 years has really turned around his financial situation.

Anyway, I signed up and look forward to seeing his system and improving my effectiveness online If you want to check it out, it's here. I'd also be interested to hear anyone else's opinion of it.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Making Money From Ads

One important way of making money from your blog is through Ads on your site. Some of the most popular ways of doing this is through Adgitize,CMF (CMF Ads - 30 day ads starting from $0.01), and Project Wonderful. You can also sell adspace on your site directly.

Does anyone have any other recommendations?

Which of the following brings you the greatest income?

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