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How To Increase Website Earnings Webinar Replay

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

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Here’s a replay of the webinar I did with Chris Guthrie and Spencer Haws on how to increase the income of your niche websites without increasing your traffic through proper site layout, advertising sizes and color choices. Chris and Spencer collectively generate thousands of dollars a month with Amazon, Adsense and other affiliate programs, and it was great to have them share their knowledge with you.

During the webinar, Chris and Spencer showcased a new WordPress theme that solves a lot of the problems that plague niche website creation and made a special offer for it to Webinar attendees. I’m happy to extend that offer to you.

The Niche Website Theme is one of the best WordPress themes I’ve come across to create niche websites quickly and profitably. Between now and Sunday April 15th, you can pick up the theme for only $67. Try it for a full 60 days, and if it’s not everything you hoped for, send Chris and Spencer an email and they’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked. Enjoy the webinar.

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Why I Removed Livefyre Comments From My Blog

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

Sharp readers are noticing that the Livefyre comment system has been removed from my blog and replaced with normal WordPress comments. I’ve been using Livefyre since November of last year and for the most part, it’s been a positive experience. However, Livefyre has quite a few drawbacks that made me remove them.

It Slowed The Loading of The Blog

Site performance took a slowdown with Livefyre comments. You really noticed it on the 728×90 top banner. It would be the last thing to load and took a long time to do it. This might be caused by the Livefyre plugin not playing nice with my OIO advertising plugin, but the instant I turned off livefyre, load speed decreased noticeably.

You Can’t Edit The Comments

It drove me up the wall that I couldn’t edit a commentator’s comment. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I never touch a comment, but there are rare occasions when I need to edit for swearing, incorrect data, or personal attacks on another commentator. Livefyre has no comment editing features. You can either delete the entire comment or let it stand.

Livefyre told me they’re working on a comment edit feature, and it should be ready in 30 days. However, they told me that 60 days ago. I got tired of waiting.

Livefyre Can Get Your In Trouble with Google

To help prevent spam, Google has stated that links in blog comments should be nofollow. However, links in Livefyre comment don’t have any nofollow tags. Not only could this get you trouble with Google, it could increase the amount of spam your blog gets. This is funny because the number one reason for switching to Livefyre was to get rid of spam.

I have noticed an increase in the number of comments with links in them. And since Livefyre doesn’t have a comment edit feature, I couldn’t remove the links. I had to delete the entire comment.

No Integration with Aweber

Aweber has a great WordPress plugin that allows subscribers to sign up to your list when they leave a comment on your blog – without having to fill out a separate web form.

Newsletter sign up

This is a great way to build your mailing list because potential subscriber doesn’t need to fill out a separate form. Checking a box while already leaving a comment is a lot easier than commenting, then finding and filling out a completely different web form. However, Livefyre and Aweber don’t work together. The Aweber plugin works only with normal WordPress comments.

The number of spam has increased tremendously since Livefyre was removed. However, Akismet is doing a great job killing them. I have to go back to check the spam folder everyday to check for legit comments. When Livefyre was running, the spam folder always said zero, so I never had to check it. This is what I will miss most about Livefyre.



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How New Media Has Transformed Traditional Journalism

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

New communication technologies have always driven change in the media. From Gutenberg’s printing press to the internet – the media realm has undergone drastic transformations with each new medium, bringing methodologies and techniques that have defined and shaped journalism.

Come the age of internet and web 2.0 and we are witnessing a media metamorphosis like never before. Not only has the digital age made information dissemination faster and more efficient, it has fundamentally altered the direction of this information flow. Gone are the days when information used to flow in a one-way, “top-down” fashion, from the powerful media barons to the passive audiences. Now, thanks to the social media boom, the audience is actively involved in the kind of content that is aired and published in addition to producing that content themselves.

A technologically empowered public has given birth to new form of journalism altogether, popularly called “participatory journalism”, “grassroots journalism”, “citizen journalism” or “crowd-sourced journalism”.

Social media platforms like blogs, micro-blogging websites like Twitter and social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Reditt etc are at the pinnacle of this new media revolution. The development of user-friendly, low cost or free online content management tools like Blogger, BlogSpot, WordPress, Tumblr etc have helped facilitate the rapid growth and popularity of independently managed websites that are now sharing the role that was traditionally occupied by the mainstream media.

While some established media owners and professionals have responded to this new “invasion of the audience” with suspicion, skepticism and even derision, others have gladly accepted it and integrated new media into the conventional newsroom. Audiences, readers or subscribers are now empowered by the multiple choices available in the marketplace that are faster at disseminating mews. Add to that the collapse in advertising revenue faced by a large number of media organizations globally, and you have the perfect formula that spells the demise of traditional print. Internet journalism in the form of news websites utilizing multimedia platforms, blogs and citizen journalism are now taking the place of mainstream print media.

The diminishing importance of print has been abetted by the competition from television news. Breaking stories are already broadcast on televisions and news websites as they happen, making their appearance in the next day’s newspaper pointless. Those who believe that newspaper provides analysis and in-depth reporting (that electronic media doesn’t), can find more dynamic versions of said in-depth reporting on news websites and blogs. By the time a story makes it to the news paper, it has already been covered with all possible angels on television channels and news websites.

Breaking grounds with breaking news

Anyone with even a little exposure to today’s social media would be able to vouch for how social networks and micro-blogging platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been effective mediums for breaking news along with providing discussions and analysis. A number of major news events have been broken and reported in-depth on the social media by citizens.

A major example is the news of Osama bin Laden’s killing which was first reported on Twitter by a Pakistani blogger Sohaib Athar when he unknowingly live tweeted the entire episode as US helicopters raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad (Pakistan). After a number a number of tweets that served as a live report for the entire raid, Athar tweeted “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it”.

Similarly, reports of number of bomb blasts have often made it to twitter first before being reported on the local media. It is believed that the Mumbai terrorist attacks were first reported on Twitter. Describing the role played by Twitter in breaking the news, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone described how the first Twitter report of the ground shaking during earthquake tremors in California came nine minutes before the first associated press alert.

Conclusion

While these trends show how new technologies and new journalism concepts are being embraced by the mainstream media, there is a need for traditional media to be cautious in its use of social media. Concerns about credibility and ethics are not unfounded. There is always the risk of inaccuracy, deliberate misinformation and spin. As one of the fundamental principles of journalism holds, being right trumps being first. Only organizations that are able to adapt themselves to changing technology, while adhering to the essential principles of journalism, will be able to survive in the future.

Sohail Qaisar runs a technology review blog, which is also a guest posting blog. Checkout his article on a very interesting topic related to graphics cards, NVIDIA or ATI? If you want to write a guest article for his blog or hire him as a writer for your blog, then contact him through: contact@gamesht.com



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5 Ethical Long-Term Link Building Techniques

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

You’d probably have read about the recent happenings around Google and Build My Rank. John even published a post on it here a few days ago.

To be sincere, I was as surprised as you when I came across that post as I can imagine how much loss the owner of the service and its users will have incurred.

As much as I love the concept of it, automated isn’t something to smile upon if you own an online business and really care about it, especially if you depend on the search engines for your results.

The key to SEO success is to be as ethical as possible; every search engine I know of has advocated this, and all the trends have proved to be in favor of those who are ethical.

If you’re still involved in unethical link building practices for your online business, it is time to change. If you don’t know much about link building, this article will help. I’ll be sharing with you 5 ethical long-term link building techniques guaranteed to work. Most of these techniques I’ll be using with my led tubes website, so I think I should share them with you first.

1. Guest Blogging

You’ve read about it, and it’s not new, but it’s effective.
One thing that surprises me about guest blogging is the rate at which big companies are using it, whereas bloggers pay little attention to it.

Guest blogging is the process of writing a guest post for another blog, with the hope of gaining quality backlinks, exposure, or traffic back to your site. It’s been for a few years now, and everything proves to show that it works.

The key to success in guest blogging is for you to focus on authoritative blogs that work. Not necessarily smaller blogs, but not also the blogs that are too big. Focus on the moderate blogs, observe your results and be ready to tweak when necessary.

The key to successful link building via guest blogging is to be as unique and informative as possible in your guest posts. Focus on offering as much value as possible, let people see it and you’ll get the results you desire.
If you don’t know what guest blogging is, check out this article on YoungPrePro.

2. Trackback Links

Very few people talk about this, but it is quite effective. There are two advantages to focusing on generating trackback links. First, it requires you to link to other bloggers in your article, and this is healthy for your blog in the search engines. Search engines like it when people link back to other sites, since it is authoritative sites that usually do this. It means you can be trusted, and that you don’t only care about getting ranked.

The second advantage of linking back to other bloggers in your article is that it helps you score permanent links. Most bloggers display trackbacks on their blog, because it is a way to boost their ego and let everyone know that someone linked to them.

Trackback links won’t be deleted, they would always be given a priority by the bloggers that get them, and they are keyword rich since they contain your post title (this is a privilege ordinary comments won’t enjoy).

Linking back to other bloggers also helps them know you; it fosters a relationship between you and them, and increases your future chances of success. Link to other bloggers, there’s a lot of benefits for you in it!

3. Video Links

Videos can provide you multiple advantages if you use them right. First, the search engines give them priority over text and other mediums of content; in other words, your video will be ranked higher, linked to a lot more and then benefit your site on the long run.

You can also submit your video to several streaming sites without having to worry about having duplicate content problems; in other words, you can use one video to get as much as 20 unique backlinks.

Videos are becoming more popular and effective nowadays, both for links and better user experience so make sure you start doing more of them.

4. eBook Distribution

If you search for education related keywords you will notice a lot of pdf files already indexed in the search engines. The fun thing is that if you try to read any one of those pdf files you will notice that those files actually have their own pagerank, which is often very high in most cases. In other words, if you could have 20 pagerank 4 ebooks linking back to your site with your desired keywords, you can imagine how much impact that will make.

Very few people write ebooks to build links, so this particular tactic is highly underutilized. Here’s your opportunity to capitalize on it.

Focus on writing quality ebooks, embed links back to your site in them, and try to market the heck out of them.

5. Be Interviewed

You’ll be surprised at the number of people willing to interview you just to build their portfolio. You don’t necessarily need to be established in your field; you just have to be interesting and unique.

It doesn’t matter which field you’re in, you can still be interviewed. Contact other bloggers in your niche for interview opportunities, ask relevant media outlets whether they want to interview you, and subscribe to sites like Help a Reporter Out to get updates on who might be interested in interviewing you.

What are Your Tips?

These are the link building techniques I’ll be using with my led tubes site, what are your tips? What is working for you? Has your site ever suffered as a result of unethical links from other sites? Kindly share them below!

John Holt is a professional led tubes expert that gives link building tips.



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Mad Men In The Modern Tech World

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

Man Med is an AMC drama set in 1960s New York that follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.

Mad Men has received critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity and visual style, and has won multiple awards, including fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning it in each of its first four seasons.

Because Mad Men is set in a time when people wrote stories with something call a typewriter, I often wondered what the show would be like if it was set in modern times. Well, wonder no more! My friends at Infolinks has created an Infographic of Mad Men in the modern tech world. The Infographic features your favorite characters and how they would interact with the tech toys of today.

Win A New iPad For Posting The Above Infographic

Now it’s time for you to vie for a brand new iPad! Go a bit Mad posting this sleek Infographic to your website, Tweet it to your followers, Pin it to your boards and Share it on your Facebook Timeline. After you post it, share a link in the comments section on Infolinks Facebook Page to be eligible. On April 16, they will choose one lucky winner who just like Peter Campbell, will have the new iPad before everyone else. Good luck!



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