Archive for May, 2008

Buying My Frist Website!

Wednesday 28 May 2008 @ 11:00 pm

This is something that I’ve been considering more and more lately now that I’m becoming more serious and interested about online marketing and making money on the internet. Last week I finally made the plunge and purchased a website!

I’ve doing a lot of reading over on the Digital Point Forums and I usually check the “sites for sale” forum when I’m there, just to get an idea of what some things are worth. One type of site that seems to appear on a regular basis is a site on a travel niche, focusing on information about a specific travel destination. These sites seem to get a fair number of bids, and seem like a decent niche to focus on. They are pretty specific, which means less competition, and there are lots of opportunities to target your content to specific long tail keywords, which will help with the SERP.

I found a user who said they were clearing up room on their server and had 10 sites for sale, all at different prices. There wasn’t a lot of information given about the sites, and I think they were assumed to have very little traffic. I didn’t give much thought to it when I first saw the post, but I left my browser open and noticed it again the next day. Most of the sites were blogs, but I noticed one was a travel niche site which was priced lower than most of the other ones.

I took another look at the site, and really liked the design, there was some effort put into it and it didn’t just look like all of the other travel niche sites. I also saw some quick improvements that I could make to improve the monetization and SEO, and got some ideas for a bit more targeted content that would help with the site.

The site was already indexed by Google, as it has been around for at least 6 months. Although it didn’t have any PageRank, this is still a positive note as it gives me more to build on and improve.

I got pretty excited the more that I thought about and decided to make him an offer for the site! I offered him half of what he was asking and then waited. While I was waiting, I thought more and more about the site, and decided that it was something that I definitely wanted, and actually sent him another offer, increasing my bid if we could close the deal that day.

He got back to me within a few hours and everything was set, I was now the new owner of! I even got my first AdSense click on my first day hosting the site, I’ll take that as a sign that it was a good purchase!

I’ve made a few quick improvements, such as blending the AdSense colour schemes in with the the rest of the site and changing the header graphics for the articles to styled <H1> tags. I’ve also added an extra page of content for a long tail keyword that I’m going to see if I can target, but my facts about Rome page isn’t finished yet.

I’ve already got some traffic coming in from Google, and I”m ranking well with a few good keywords, so I’m thinking positive that this site will do well.

Take a look at the site if you want, and let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for improvements. You can find it here: Rome Travel Guide

Find Targeted Blogs for Comment Backlinks

Thursday 22 May 2008 @ 3:23 pm

So yes, many people will say that posting a comment on a blog solely for the purpose of a backlink is unethical. I’m not going to completely disagree with that, but it can be a good way to build up some links for your site, and it can really help with page rank if you can find some high ranking blogs. As long as your conscience allows it, read on!

It’s not to tough to find lists online of dofollow blogs, but the problem with these is that its tough to find blogs with content that is similar to the site you are trying to promote. You don’t want to be sifting through these long tedious lists, hoping to find something that might be related to your site. A backlink from a site with similar content is much more valuable then just trying to spam your links onto any random blog.

The search query below will help you to find blogs with commenting available with whatever keywords and phrases you want. Just replace <Target Keywords> with some of your keywords from your blog and see what you can find. Start with the first results, as they will generally be higher ranked and more popular pages, and those are they types of backlinks that you want.

Here is the search query:
<TARGET KEYWORDS> “Remember my personal information” “Notify me of follow-up comments”

Don’t forget to view the source of the page to make sure that the blog isn’t using “nofollow” links for comments. And please make sure to try to post a somewhat reasonable and intelligent comment. Comment spam sucks, and if the blog is moderated there is a good chance that your lame excuse for a comment won’t get added, especially on a dofollow blog.

Good Luck!

What’s Your Favorite Newsreader

Wednesday 21 May 2008 @ 3:42 pm

I know this is a little off topic for this blog, but it’s actually a lot more relevant than you might think! One of the most important things when you have your own blog, is networking and establishing relationships with other bloggers.

If you have your own blog, then chances are very high that there are several other blogs that you read regularly, if there aren’t then you should definitely find some! Two blogs that I love are DoshDosh and College-Startup, check them out if your feed list is empty!

Keeping up to date with other blogs can help you in 3 ways, especially if they are on similar topics to yours.

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What’s Your Favorite Newsreader

Make Money with Niche Websites: Part 1 – Introduction

Monday 19 May 2008 @ 8:38 am

Does the idea of some steady daily income from a website that you can basically build and then forget about sound good to you? I thought it would. That is the basic goal of building a niche content website, and my next few posts are going to help you to setup your own.

Now I’m not saying that you’re going to start of making thousands of dollars a month without any effort, this will require some work on your part, but once you get your first site up and making money, you can leave that one and start working on the next site. With each site that you add to your portfolio, the more your monthly income will increase because each site is adding a small passive income.

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Make Money with Niche Websites: Part 1 – Introduction

Cash Crate – Get Paid Completing Offers Online

Wednesday 7 May 2008 @ 2:38 pm

CashCrate is a ‘Get Paid To’ (GPT) website that allows you to make money in two ways:

  1. Completing Offers: The website provides a list of possible offers for you to complete, each with they’re own payout value which is presented to you when you are choosing which offers you would like to do. These payouts can vary anywhere between $.20 and $50 depending on what is required of the user to complete the task.
  2. Completing Surveys: You can complete one survey each day and are payed a flat rate of $.80 per survey.
  3. Referring Others: You will also receive a commission for users that you refer to CashCrate. You receive 20% of what your referrals make, and 10% of referrals that your referrals make. You also get a bonus if any of your referrals reach the $10 minimum payout level.

Before signing up, I did a lot of research to see what experiences other users had, and whether the company actually paid out and was happy to see a lot of positive reviews, and many users showing proof of payment. I haven’t received any payment yet, but I have not done enough to reach the minimum $10 required. I just signed up, and after a short amount of time, I’ve already been credited with $8.

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Cash Crate – Get Paid Completing Offers Online


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