There are Only So Many Potential Visitors

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Remember the popular method of getting a passive income by creating a small niche site with a few pages and loads of ads? Well, it’s probably about to change with Google Personalized Search since sites with a high returning frequency will rank better than simple sites used only once or twice.

If you lure your visitors into clicking on ads they will probably never visit you again and lets face the truth, there are only so many people searching for a specific keyword. Some day you will run out of them and by then you will wish you were converting them into regular visitors instead.

The Benefit of Converting Your Visitors

Every person creating content online tries to attract visitors. Unfortunately most of them don’t see the value of converting their first time visitors by using, for an example, a mailing list.

If you receive 1000 visitors on Monday and manages to convert 2% of them you will only need to attract 980 on Tuesday. After only one month you will have about 500 subscribers and therefore only need to attract 500 new visitors every day. What if you continue to attract 1000 new visitors every day then? Well, after 30 days you will have 1600 visitors with no additional work. After one year you will have 8300 visitors every day…

Lesson: Take care of your visitors and begin building your list today!

Google Presents Personalized Search for Everyone

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Google seems to be on a roll presenting new features every other day this week and therefore I will cover them one after one and share my insight on how we can benefit. Today I will cover Personalized Search.

What is Personalized Search?

When you use Google and search for a term such as the movie [fight club] and then click on IMDb you will raise the value for this result. If you then continue to have a tendency to click on IMDb, Google will take advantage of your search history and rank it higher just for you.

Other times, when I’m looking for news about Cornell University’s sports teams, I search for [big red]. Because I frequently click on www.cornellbigred.com, Google might show me this result first, instead of the Big Red soda company or others.

What is New?

This feature is nothing new for us with a Google Account and to tell you the truth I have often wished for it to not be so. Way back it was giving me a headache every time I tried to see how my niche sites ranked without my personal history interfering the search results.

The difference now is that visitors without Google Accounts will experience the same thing thanks to customized search based upon 180 days of search activity linked to an anonymous cookie in your browser.

How to Benefit?

As I told you above this is nothing new for us with Google Accounts but that does not mean we can’t take advantage of this in the future. I would actually say this could be better for us since if you get hold of a visitor you will have a better chance of keeping him since you influences his search results.

Your main goal should be to get your visitors to click on your links in the Google SERP. I’m certain you can come up with your own methods, and I would love to hear them as well, but here are some examples.

  • When helping someone over the phone or via mail, give him directions on how to find your pages on Google instead of giving him a direct URL.
  • Link to SERPs in your blog posts and via mail.
  • Make up a word or name and tell people to Google it. You might even become famous by doing so. How many know about the lemon law?
  • Mention your keywords in advertising and tell people to Google it.
  • Mention a keyword during an interview and relate to it somehow.

What are your preferred methods?

Video from Google Explaining it

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKuG2M6R4VM

Stop Trying to Save Time

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For some reason it has become extremely important to save time and always be occupied with something work related. Somehow it reminds me of an old method to look important at the office. Basically you grab a piece of paper and run around the office. Your boss will see that you are constantly in movement and will think you are doing something important.

Unfortunately 99% of us, the human kind, can only be efficient for a few minutes. Often less than one hour at a time. Because of this it does not matter if you learn how to tie your shoes 3 seconds faster.

I am not able to find a source on this one, so feel free to quote me:

A task will always take as much time as you have available.

Sure it is a good idea to save a few seconds but instead of spending time trying to figure out how to save time I recommend you to find your distractions and simply remove them.

By eliminating Twitter, instant messaging, Facebook, forums and similar distractions you will find yourself being more efficient and therefore getting more things done within the same amount of time.

Thanks to this method you can get all your work done during the day and still get time to play with your kids and be together with your family.

Remove Hyperlinks in Comments

Remove Hyperlinks in Comments is a very simple plugin that prevents WordPress from automatically creating hyperlinks in the comments section.

A few months ago Google decided to change their policy on nofollow and partly because of this I decided to remove the ability to add your website when commenting on one of my sites. Unfortunately most of my visitors decided to get around this simply by adding their site in the end of the comment. I personally have nothing against this but since the default behaviour by WordPress (as of version 2.8) is to automatically create a hyperlink from links in comments I was back on square one again.

Since I could not find a simple method to deactivate this I ended up creating this plugin which will unlink all links in the comments section. Feel free to share your thoughts and feedback with a comment below.

Download

You can download Remove Links in Comments from WordPress.

Installation

  1. Unzip, upload the folder to your WordPress plugin directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. You’re done!

Changelog

1.0

  • First public release (30/11/2009)

Donations

If you like this plugin, feel free to donate a link to this post or blog.

Celebrities Deaths Popular on Bing in 2009

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Even though there is one month left of 2009 Bing decided to publish their top 10 trending topics for this year and a bit surprisingly for me the list consist of four deaths, one kidnapping and a happy couple breaking up.

Top Trending Topics in Bing in 2009

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Twitter
  3. Swine Flu
  4. Stock Market
  5. Farrah Fawcett
  6. Patrick Swayze
  7. Cash for Clunkers
  8. Jon and Kate Gosselin
  9. Billy Mays
  10. Jaycee Dugard

Most Popular Searches of 2009

The same blog posts over at Bing also mentions most popular searches in 2009 but I am not able to find this list yet. For now I can tell you that Perez Hilton topped their list of most searched people this year on Bing, followed by Robert Pattinson in second and the beautiful Megan Fox in third place.

Take Advantage of This

Except Twitter, the stock market and the swine flu I am certain the interest in most of these topics will continue to drop and therefore there is no point in creating a website about them.

On the other hand we know that celebrities continues to be an interesting topic and there are still money to be made here. The big difference today is that you need to catch the celebrity before he or she becomes a celebrity. Sounds impossible? Well, it is not. The secret is simply to keep track of popular directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino to see who they cast in their upcoming movies.

You will get it wrong but with a good domain, link exchanges and updates once a week you will eventually find a rough diamond.

Spotify – Where are My Tabs?

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In graphical user interfaces, a tab is a navigational widget for switching between sets of documents. Having tabs allows an application to have multiple documents in a single window. They are commonly used in web browsers, text editors and preference windows. – Wikipedia

If I understand this patent correctly Adobe Systems Incorporated was approved for a “Method of displaying multiple sets of information in the same area of a computer screen” back in 1996. Later on we came in contact with it in software as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Notepad++ and basically every software where you can use multiple documents at once.

Today we all know it as tabs and none of us could live without it. My question is – how come Spotify do not use this 13 years after it was patented?

I have a tendency to constantly search for new artists, and to save my favourites I use playlists named as “artists” and “albums”. Occasionally I find a great compilation album with several different artists and just like when I go through my RSS-reader I prefer to open up every artist and listen to what they offer. Unfortunately this is not possible in Spotify and instead I have to visit every artist individually and then probably forget about them when I move on to the next artist on the album.

A similar problem occurs when you are searching for a specific song and come in contact with another great artist. In this case you got to write the name down for the future or simply forget about what you were doing and focus on this new artist and all of his songs.

Dear Spotify, why oh why?

Why Hubpages is a Bad Idea

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In January of 2006, Paul Edmondson, Jay Reitz, and Paul Deeds left their families and fiancés behind and moved into a three level house… This is how the story of Hubpages.com begins. After a lot of hard work the website was published on August 5th 2006 which is roughly 3 years ago now.

Today I constantly see new topics on forums asking if it is a good idea to give it a chance and make money with hubpages. Instead of constantly continuing to explain why it is a bad idea I decided to write this post and simply refer to it in the future. Hopefully you will add more information as time goes by.

What is Hubpages?

According to their tour – hubs are just like web pages. Each hub contains an article you write about a preferable topic and after you publish it you will receive 60 percent of the impressions. If you are unlucky all of the clicks will be on their advertising and result in you not getting any revenue. This is highly unlikely though but yet possible.

Why it is a bad idea

1) Few can live on it – This is actually something related to blogging. Unfortunately I can not find any articles at this moment proving my point but maybe you can help me? If I remember correctly less than 6 percent of all bloggers make enough money to be able to live on it. Most of them are companies. Unfortunately there are still rumours on how easy it is.

2) It is not your site – Because of this they can delete your account without any good reason. If you get banned from AdSense you can find new advertisers but if you get all your content removed you will lose all your income meaning you will have to start all over again.

3) Hubpages can be banned – More and more people are starting to create small hubpages filled with worthless information simply to rank high and make money. Hubpages will probably loosen their leash to make more money resulting in more spam and eventually Google will have to deal with it.

4) No site will be here forever – Remember I told you about Geocities last month? When Geocities came along everyone used it but eventually it got old and there was new and better techniques. This will happen with Hubpages and the question is when. If you create a couple of thousand hubpages, sit back and retire it might work for two or three years. Then people will stop using it and all your time will be thrown away.

5) Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket – Basically what I am trying to say is that you should not put all your eggs in one basket. Personally I am making money by blogging, niche sites, Twitter, web development, consulting and search marketing. Within a few years some of these jobs will be gone but I will continue to make money since I got backups as and constantly continue to finding new methods to make money.

What about Squidoo then?

Truth to be told I have never tried Squidoo and its lenses but according to posts and books mentioning the subject I understand it is basically the same thing and therefore the same arguments applies for this site.

Prove me wrong

As always this is only my side of the story and since I would love to see people benefit in the future from this post your comments are highly appreciated. Tell me if I am right or wrong and also explain the reason to it.

The Simple Secret Behind Courage

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I have been struggling with Windows Movie Maker for a while, but now it seems I have finally managed to subdue it. I also registered an account at Youtube (DucedoTV) so feel free to subscribe for my future videos.

Today I will start with a short video from the popular movie Three Kings where George Clooney explains how to gain true courage.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH4pV67yjFQ

Get Motivated With a Book of Dreams

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When it comes to our nightly dreams I truly believe every one of us can get inspired by them, but today I will talk about dreams in the sense of goals.

Last month I wrote a post on how you can motivate yourself with music. Even though it is a great method by itself, you can develop it by creating a motivational book which I call a book of dreams.

What is a book of dreams?

First I should mention that it is the tenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, which I had no idea about before I wrote this post.

You can think of it as a regular notebook which you should use to write your goals and add images to inspire yourself. If you want to lose weight, write a page about why you want to lose weight and add a few photos of a slim person. If you want to start with bodybuilding you can write a page on why and add photos of bodybuilders or hot women. For some reason beautiful women seems to inspire a lot of people from both genders.

A book of dreams is also a great method to figure out what you really want to do since you force yourself to put your goals and dreams into writing so anyone could understand it.

Make it a morning ritual

For some reason a lot of people get inspired to do things when they are lying in bed waiting to get asleep. This could be because they just read an interesting book or blog, got inspired by some music or simply took the time to begin thinking about what they really want to do.

The problem about this is that your inspiration and motivation will be gone when you wake up the next day. Because of this I highly recommend you to get up 15 minutes earlier and do a morning ritual where you read your book of dreams and spend a few minutes thinking about what you want to do.

It may sound trivial or even boring, but just a few minutes in the morning looking at photos will most certainly inspire you for the whole day.