Category: Other Stuff
Good ol’ Yahoo Site Explorer (YSE) closed it’s doors in November 2011. In case you didn’t know it YSE supplied the back link data for the vast majority of link checking tools, including the one I use in my 5 Minute Keyword Research process. Not only was YSE comprehensive, but it was also free.
So what are the current alternatives for checking back links?
To be honest I hate backlinking and try and avoid it if I possibly can. Backlinking is either too time consuming, too expensive, or both.
One is a cool site for finding the latest domain name discount coupons and promo codes. The other is an interesting case study of how a guy flipped an Adsense site for $11,000. Continue reading
One of the issues that often comes up when creating more than a handful of niche focussed websites is the cost of domain names. At $10 per domain name per year, a group of 30 websites with exact match domains will cost $300 per year in domain registration fees.
My view is that if any one website can’t cover it’s annual domain name and hosting fees, then you should dump that site and create another site that can. However, I have had numerous emails from people who would rather have fewer, more generic domains, than lots of exact match domain names.
The next question is usually along the lines of “what domain name should I register – aren’t all the good generic domain names already taken?”
Google’s love affair with exact match domain names (EMDs) has been going on for a long time. I’m sure everyone has seen sites with no links, not much content and no authority at the top of search engine results. Why? Presumably because they have perfect query matching domain names.
But is this still the case? After all the major Google updates (“Panda” etc) is an exact match domain still a license to rank?
New rules okayed by the body that oversees internet addresses (ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) now allow a virtually unlimited number of domain name extensions – “.anything”. ICANN will accept personalized domain name requests for almost any word in any language, including in Arabic and Chinese, based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes eg “.coke” or “.map”
The possibility of domain names ending with almost any word in any language presents organizations across the globe with possibilities of marketing their products, brand, cause or community in unique, never seen before ways.
Up until recently it had bugged me why the average amount I was earning per click on some of my sites was nowhere near the average cost per click reported by the Google Adwords Keyword Tool – even allowing for the fact that Google only pays approx 60% of the click cost to the Adsense publisher.
For example, one of my sites was earning $0.25 per click when the Google keyword tool reported an average cost per click (CPC) of $1.50! Continue reading
I don’t always get the number 1 search ranking for a Google search on my targeted keyword phrase. But guess what? It doesn’t bother me because there is a way to pull more traffic than the web pages ranked above me. Continue reading
The other day I got an email requesting a link exchange. The person requesting the link exchange said that they had a PR4 site on which they could place a link to my site.
I immediately thought “great, a PR4 link, which of my sites could most benefit from the link?”
I decided to have a quick look at the PR4 site where my link would go. The site was “getmentocommit.com”. As soon as I saw the site I was suspicious.
When you create a new website, the first aim is to get search engines to find the site and index it. Indexing means that the pages in the website have been crawled by the search engine and have been added to their database (index) of pages.
Just because your website has been indexed doesn’t necessarily mean that the site will show up in search results – that is a whole separate topic. However, indexing is the first goal because if your site isn’t indexed it doesn’t exist as far as the search engines are concerned.
How do you know if your website has been indexed?