Saturday, December 29, 2007

How to Attract Links and Increase Web Traffic – The Ultimate Guide

As I start to market this blog, I'm trying several SEO tips and tricks. That includes tips in driving traffic to this site.

Here's one that I found-- How to Attract Links and Increase Web Traffic – The Ultimate Guide

Instead of re-listing the guide here, better check the source. :)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Google Analytics : Tracking Your Visitors Effectively

On my wordpress blogs like Bohol Beach Resorts, I'm using Counterize II to track my visitors. It was great, very easy to use and effective. But when I needed to know more about what the users do on my site, Counterize can't give me vital information I need. Data like Bounce Rate, New Visits and Average time on the site is not captured.

Then there's google analytics. It has been around for a while and I must admit that I ignored it at first. Besides, I'm just new to online marketing. It turns out that analytics is a lot easier to use and doesn't even have need to eat up your resources. And most importantly, it gives me a lot of information about my visitors. Oh yeah, it's kinda scary that Google has the capability of tracking what we do in the internet but on a business point of view, it opens a lot of opportunity. As they say, the more you know about your customers(on this case, your visitors), the better you can serve them.

If you have your own blog or website and wants to know about them, use Google Analytics!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Last Breath for AGLOCO

After so much hype generated by AGLOCO, it seems like the company is about to go down the drain. At least, that's what I felt when I read their email. If they don't get a financier, they will surely close shop. How can you operate a company without funds, anyway.

I'm a member of AGLOCO but after trying out their service for two weeks, I dropped it. I just liked using the ViewBar but I stayed away from the referral. The scheme to make money is just too limited. Imagine, I can only log 5 hours a month when I'm practically online for at least 10 hours a day. So where then does the remaining online time of the Viewbar goes?

I did not like their other offerings as they simply sound like a multi-level marketing (networking) which I despise greatly. I was a victim of MLM before despite the fact that I stayed away from it for years.

But I'm still hoping that they be able to continue their venture. For now, I'm happy with Entrecard. It's free, it does not directly generate money but the traffic it generates for my other site is steadily increasing.

Monday, December 17, 2007

EntreCard - An Effective Way of Driving Traffic

Of all the scheme on driving traffic to you site, EntreCard is by far the best I've seen. It is so simple yet very effective. What's good here is that you will really have to visit sites of entrecard members to be able to earn credits and then you can use your credits to place ads on the widgets of other users.

If you save enough credit points, you can place an ad in A-list bloggers like Darren's Problogger and John Chow. Well, that is if the queue and ad spots are not full. hehe.

Some caveats, though. As your site becomes popular, the amount of credits to advertise on a particular site also rises. I've seen blogs that costs 280 credits to advertise and the queue are eternaly full.

I won't say much about it but I recommend reading this link.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Peso Exchange Rate Affecting Online Income?

With the recent rise of the Philippine peso against the dollar, a lot of people are already complaining. Most notably, families of the OFWs are already feeling the crunch. Exporters are also hit badly. Already at 11% increase, that's also 11% less amount of money going to the pocket of the OFW receipients. And the rise is not going to stop at least in the immediate future. Actually, it seems like the peso is getting stronger and stronger.

This leads me to a question on SEO experts and other people monetizing their site. As a netpreneur, how much damage has the exchange rate has already done to them? I have only just begun with this make-money-online scheme and hasn't feel the crunch yet. I'm not at all affected negatively and it is even cheaper for me to buy goodies from outside the country.

How about you? What's your take on this?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Google Adsense Tips and Tricks...

by Pat Watt

Every single website and its owner have the opportunity to make some great money by displaying Google Adsense ads on it. Although many webmasters are making a nice income with these ads, many aren't.

Many people say that all you have to do is put up a website and you'll be making over $100 a day with Google Adsense. It does sound simple and it is, but you will need to optimize your site so that you do generate more and more clicks on the ads that are sitting on your site.

The first thing that you need to do is to Place the Google Adsense ads in the right spot of the page. This will determine how much money you will make each day. It is very important that you place the ad at the top of the page (above the fold) on your website in order to get the most clicks. What this really means is that you will want to place the Adsense code that Google gives you high enough on the page so that your visitors do not have to scroll down to see the Google ads. If you choose to have the ads right at the top above everything else then do that. By placing the Google Adsense ads at the top of your website above the fold, there is a greater chance that people will click on the ad, which will help your site generate a higher click through rate also known as CTR. The reason for this is because the majority of your visitors will not scroll down the page and look at it.

A lot of the time, people look over the top part of the page without worrying about scrolling down. The way you blend the ads with the rest of your page can determine if the ad is visually appealing or not. It is very crucial to make the Google Adsense ads look like your site and not another ad. You can do this by making the font and color of the ad's text similar to the rest of the page. I also recommend that you blend the background of the ad with the background of your page. It should basically have the same color.

Google gives you the option to go into your account and customize your ads in different fonts and colors. This will help you blend the ads to your site. Make sure that you don't use the banner ads on your site because this will decrease your click through rate.
People who visit your website usually try to avoid any banner and picture ads that they see. If you want to increase your click through rate, you will want to add text ads. Google gives you that option so use it.

Here are some other small tips to increase your Adsense income:
1. Google has confirmed that using the 336x280 rectangle ad block size does have the highest click through rate. Using this ad size will increase your click through rate and the income that you generate.

2. Using a blue underline for the links can also improve your click through rate. This allows the ads to actually stand out and look clickable.

If you follow the advice given above, you can improve your CTR and make more money with Google Adsense.

Pat Watt is the owner of . Her website is geared for people who are interested in finding an online work at home opportunity or finding the perfect home based business.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Adsense Optimization Tips - Make More Money With Adsense

by Shakil Zaman

The google adsense program can be a powerful way to make money online. However most people that use adsense on their sites are not using proper optimization to maximize their adsense revenue. If you do not have an adsense account then you will need to get one first. Make sure that your site is complete and looks professional.

If you are just starting out as an internet marketer then you can create a blog at Blogger and make a useful post on it then use your blog to apply. Usually google will accept you if you have a blog especially on one of their own sites like Blogger. Once you are accepted into the program do not fool around and violate their terms and conditions.

You may be tempted to try a lot of things when it comes to making money with adsense but you need to stay focused on a long term strategy for success so stay away from the methods that promise to make you a quick buck with adsense and never violate the terms and conditions of the adsense program otherwise you may get banned from a program that could easily replace your day job income many times over.

The long term strategy for success with adsense is to create one or a handful of authority sites that receive heavy free traffic from the search engines. Creating an authority site is another article altogether but some quick tips would be to add lots of original content regularly and use something like article marketing to spread the word about your site as well as build link popularity.

Now once your site starts getting traffic you need to be able to maximize the click through rates on your ads to maximize your adsense income. Make sure that you are also operating in a niche that has dense advertiser competition. This will help in increasing your pay per click because the average bids will be higher but do not expect to receive a dollar or more per click. Be satisfied with an average pay per click in the double digit cents, anything higher is a bonus.

The colors of your ads are very important. Make sure the link color on the ads matches that of the main links on your site. Also make the url color black or grey, this will make the ad headline stand out more which is good because most adwords advertisers are good at writing catchy titles.

Make sure you remove the borders from the ads also as ads that have borders tend to get ignored because people immediately recognize them as ads. The idea is to make people notice your ads and if they notice them and the ads are relevant then there is good chance that they could get clicked on.

The google adsense program while there is no mention of this on their site, tends to reward those sites that have great content, are genuinely useful and are considered authority sites. Make sure your site really is of the greatest quality you can make it, also be sure to have a privacy, about us, contact us and sitemap pages on your site.

Place adsense ads directly in your main content. For instance if you have an article then put some adsense just after the first paragraph and have the words on the article wrap around the content. You are allowed 3 ad units and 2 link units so if you have a lot of content then be sure to use all of the allowable ads. Remember to only put adsense on content rich pages. Follow some of these strategies to optimize your ads and make the most money possible from adsense.

Shakil is a webmaster. We recommend Hypervre to help you make more money online with adsense. Read our Hypervre Review and also learn about the top work at home business opportunities at our site.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Adsense Changes Ads to Avoid Accidental Clicks

by scaredcrow

It's a good thing that google changed the way their ads were clicked. Before, even the background of the ads are clickable and that leads to accidental clicks. I myself has fall into this and was afraid that my adsense account be suspended or terminated because of that. I think it happened thrice already.

With the new format, it is only the title and the url that's clickable. The background, text and white spaces are no longer clickable. More than the user experience, it would benefit the advertisers more.

Finally, this change won't just improve user experience on your site; it
benefits advertisers as well. We currently monitor clicks on Google ads for
accidental clicks, and the format change complements our monitoring system by
further ensuring advertisers only pay for meaningful clicks. By reducing
accidental clicks, we hope to increase advertiser campaign value and
satisfaction, encouraging additional spend and facilitating higher monetization
for all publishers.

For the complete adsense announcement about this, click the lick below.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Monetizing Your Online Life

With the onset of user-generated contents (such as this blog) and the rapid penetration of fast internet connection via broadband across the world, the internet is becoming the main battlefield for advertisement. They call it Web2.0 phenomenon and it is driving internet sales and advertisement.

More and more companies of all sizes are competing to put their ads on popular sites. Coupled with new technologies and mobile internet, more and more people are getting online and the reach is far greater than even cable TVs can reach.

If you'll see the the graph at the left, internet is about to overtake television in the number of hours spent by users in a day. There's actually a more detailed survey results on this wherein people at 18-25 years old shows more inclination to spending their time in the internet rather than watching the idiot box. It presents a great potential for websites and social networking sites and the internet in general. Unlike what happened during the internet bubble before the end of the millennium, Web2.0 is to stay. People and internet techies has learned from the bubble and this time around, the internet revolution has a better footing.

As a "Taong Grasa" with nothing but my internet connection and laptop, we'll restart a journey to make money online.

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