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May 21st, 2009

Enhance your SEO with Website Directories

I’m working on a new SEO project with stashSpace.com, a provider of video transfer services and online video sharing.  In addition to the paid adwords campaign I’m conducting, we are also starting to build the number of incoming links to the site.

Links to your site from other websites play a major role in determining how you rank when someone searches on a given keyword.  A great way to do this is through Directories.  However, the process of hand-submitting to hundreds, or even thousands (!!), of directories can be time-consuming to say the least.

I just found a service online called Directory Maximizer, and will be trying it out.

They list on their site the following benefits of their Directory Submission Service:

  • Get permanent one-way links by having your site manually submitted up to 1172 quality web directories.
  • Get links that are valued by the search engines by ensuring that the directories to which we submit are SEO-friendly.
  • Receive a continuous flow of links by having your website submitted to our regularly updated list of directories.
  • We increase your chances of link approvals by ensuring that your site details meet all directory guidelines and are submitted under the most relevant category.

Some of the features of Directory Maximizer include:

  • You can target multiple search terms by submitting up to 20 different titles and descriptions
  • You can choose from various submission options at no extra cost:
    • Submit to all or a specific number of directories
    • Submit by PageRank
    • Control the pace at which we make your submissions
    • Subscribe to submit to 100 directories every month for 12 months
  • Avoid duplicate submissions on future orders as we keep track of all previous submissions made with our service.
  • Save time handling directory emails by opting for our email handling service where we create a separate email account for your submissions, handle all the directory emails and give you a report for the same.
  • Upload list of any previous submissions made to avoid our submitting to the same directories.
  • Get up-to-date live reports of your submissions as and when they’re made.
  • Manage multiple sites from a single account.
  • Place orders from as little as $5.
  • Great value for money at just 14 cents per directory submission, i.e. every 100 directory submissions cost only $14. One-time fee only with no other costs involved.

I’ll update everyone on how the service goes over the next few months and let you know the results.  If you have experience with Directory Maximizer, or another directory submission service, please let me know how the results were for you!


September 26th, 2008

Add a directory to your site with PHPMyDirectory

Ever think of adding your own directory to your website?  Structured properly, a niche industry directory is a great way to add keyword-rich content to your website to increase the amount of content on your website, thereby also increasing visibility with Google and other Search Engines.  Now you can build your own directory with PHP My Directory, a packaged solution you can use to launch your own full-featured business directory, link directory or classifieds website.

You can set your directory up with multiple levels of listings based on location and/or specialty, and it comes with automated billing to make it easy to collect listing fees if you don’t want to only offer free listings.   Listings can include an image gallery, products gallery, review & ratings, maps, pdf export and links to external websites.

With Google’s revised stance earlier this year on adjusting or eliminating page rankings for sites accepting payment for links, it’s up to you whether you want to collect fees for your listings.  I for one, will be implementing this on a number of my sites, and will be accepting payments on my higher-traffic commercial sites, but keeping listings free for my free resource sites.  In any event, I’ll keep you all updated on how phpMyDirectory.com performs across my network.


September 25th, 2008

Build your online audience through Business Cards

In business, everyone has business cards, so why don’t you create some for your online business? While you are certainly spending a lot of time creating your online community, don’t miss out on the opportunity to spread the word by handing out business cards whenever the opportunity arises. I can’t tell you how many times I have met someone on the plane, in the espresso line or at a party who ran an interesting site. If I don’t get a business card, the chances of me actually remembering their web address is virtually nill.


September 21st, 2008

Blog Update: Sponsored Reviews Deleted

After a year’s absence from this blog attending to other sites and business, I’ve come back to Lugnut22 to chronicle my online marketing & blogging efforts.  As part of this, I have removed all of my paid and sponsored posts from this blog.  Like many other bloggers, my site was hit last year by Google’s crackdown on sponsored-listings promoted by such companies as Pay Per Post, Sponsored Reviews, etc. and my Page Rank was removed and has stayed at 0 for the last 12 months.  My hope in removing these posts is that my page ranking will return and my site’s content will once again become available to people interested in starting their adventure in making money online.  I continue to think that sponsored posts remain a viable money-making opportunity for bloggers, I will just not be taking part in any organized effort as I had in the past. 

In any event, this blog will continue to focus on the many opportunities available make money online, either through affiliate programs, Google and Yahoo ad placements, advertising networks, directories or classifieds, or even selling products in conjunction with a wholesale drop-shipper.  I hope you’ll stay tuned.


October 11th, 2007

Easy Video and Video Sharing with Pure Digital’s Flip Video

Back in June, I ran a quick post about the Pure Digital FlipVideo Camera over at DVGadgets. I was so taken by this new camera, that I purchased the 30 minute version the very next week.  And I wasn’t alone - over 300,000 Flips have sold since they came out, and the company expects to sell 1 Million over its first year.  That would make it the second largest Camcorder manufacturer in the world behind Sony.  Not bad for a new product.

How has the experience been over the last few months?  My wife and I haven’t had this much fun with a video camera. Ever.

We are acknowledged video freaks. We bought the Canon GL-1 when it launched years ago, and have a variety of Sony and Panasonic MiniDV (standard and Widescreen) camcorders to go along with our digital cameras as well.

But here’s the rub. When we’re heading out and know we want to take video, we’ll grab one of our camcorders, as well as one of our tripods if the occasion warrants. When you want high-quality video, nothing beats videotape. We very rarely just want pictures, but on occasion will also have our digital camera packed away somewhere in our car - “Just in Case”.

The problem comes when we’re just out and about on a casual trip and didn’t plan on taking any video. And that’s where the FlipVideo comes to the rescue.

Small and very light, Jean has taken to bringing the FlipVideo everywhere in her purse. After 10 days of using it, she has claimed it as her own. The casual, candid, everyday family moments that were usually a story to tell to my parents over the phone are now being preserved and shared in video form with my family over the web. Extremely easily.

Although the FlipVideo comes with easy-to-use software to upload your videos to Grouper or YouTube, I choose to upload all our video to stashSpace. Yes, I am a co-founder of the company [disclosure], but my free account at stashSpace lets me trim the starts & ends off of the individual clips, and arrange them in a movie sequence. This way, I can share one movie (made up of a number of clips) with my family, instead of having to share a whole range of individual clips. The video management features (movies, collections, tagging, search, etc.) make it very easy to customize movies for different family members, as well as just keep track of all the video that you take.

I was hoping the FlipVideo would be a convenient would be an easy-to-use way for Jean to take video and post it online for our families without having to get me involved. I am glad these hopes were not in vain.

What else can I say except if you are currently using a photo sharing or video sharing service, buy a FlipVideo now! I very rarely feel this strong about product recommendations, but this is a video device that makes video accessible across all generations.

Even if you own a digital camcorder or camera that can take video, you still need to go out and buy a FlipVideo now! It is not a replacement for your current camera or camcorder - but it will allow you to preserve so many more of your precious moments on video for the future.


July 5th, 2007

June “Get a Gadget” Winners

Congratulations Cheryl and Colleen! You are both winners of June’s Get a Gadget Contest, and will each receive a free ZoFunk Video iPod case.

Be sure to come back and check out our July Get a Gadget Contest.  You will absolutely “Flip” over this month’s prize!


June 9th, 2007

BlogNut - Eternal Flux

The only true constant is change, it’s how we deal with it that matters.

This is how Leigh Davis starts out her newest blog (fourth blog, I believe) located at Eternal Flux.  It just started at the beginning of this month, but if her other blogs are any indication, it will soon be chock-full of posts and good information.

Leigh’s opening to Eternal Flux is very similar to one of my favorites - “What happens happens - Get over it.” 

So often people will encounter changes in their life that were unplanned or unexpected, and spend too much time aimlessly complaining or wondering “Why did this have to happen to me???” instead of figuring out a way to deal with it and move forward. It’s always good advice, and if you do want to complain a little bit - that’s OK!  Just make it short and then move on!

Leigh is married with two daughters and two cats, Colby and Sugar.  She is a part-time blogger who also runs a MaryKay distributorship along with working full time.  Phew! That must be a load.  Keep your head up, and your dream in clear site Leigh, and you and hubby can make it to Key West!  Go For It!


June 9th, 2007

Building Traffic One Link at a Time… or 120?

Building traffic to a new blog can be a challenge, especially if you are new to the blogging community all together. One of the best ways to start getting traffic is by getting links to your site from other blogs through link exchanges. Basically, you agree to trade links between your sites, either as a link within their Blogroll, or as a link within a blog post that reviews your site (preferred).

I saw another option that I hadn’t seen before over at Total Web Review, that can get you as many as 120 links at once. Read more below to find out more.

———copy and paste the Viralink and instructions below this line———

Below is a matrix of 120 stars, I have already added a link to my blog onto one of the stars, all you need to do is copy and paste the grid into your blog and add your own link to one of the other spare stars, and tell others to do the same!

 

Viralink

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New Addition: When I receive a ping back once you have added the Viralink to your site I will add your link to this grid, and each person who copies the grid from here will also link to your site!

———copy and paste the Viralink and instructions above this line———

Also, be sure to write your own original introduction paragraph so you (and others participating) are not penalized by search engines for duplicate content!


June 8th, 2007

BlogNut - TylerCruz.com - An Internet Entrepreneur’s Journey

Tyler Cruz is a 23-year old Internet Entrpreneur that hails from Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Tyler got his start on the Internet with Movie-Vault.com, a site that generated substantial content from both Tyler and a group of volunteer movie critics after being started as a homework assignment for one of his classes.  It currently houses over 1,800 movie reviews, with a goal of reaching 5,000!

There are some great articles on the site about domain brokering, an area in which Tyler himself made over $23,000 brokering the sale of someone else’s domain.  He has a great perspective on domain name values, which I take to mean that very rarely is the value of a domain in the name.  Rather it is in the value of the content, the brand, and the network that the author has been able to create.

We’ll be tracking his income in our upcoming monthly series ”What Blogger’s earn.”  THe majority of Tyler’s income comes from advertising on his sites, so he calculates his monthly earnings based on his average earnings over the last six months.  It’s already sizeable - $256/day - and he’s thrown down the PPP gauntlet, vowing to overtake Colleen as top network owner.  It’s a lofty goal, but if experience is any indicator, Tyler should be able to give it a good run!


June 8th, 2007

Contest - Best scenery picture

I found a Best Scenery Picture Contest at JAB. You just need to submit your best scenery picture along with a mention of their blog url on the picture (It will be used on their blog as an ad, I believe). Here’s my submission, a picture taken from our backyard toward our garden with our field in the background.

Lugnut22 scenery

It was taken last November, just as our winter snowfall was about to hit (you can see it coming down in the background). We were wildly trying to pick everything up in our yard, as we were shortly covered (in only a couple of hours) with 12 inches of snow, which lasted until our spring thaw in early April.