Archive for September 2010

Crushing the 90,000 Rank!

Awesome news!  My fitness blog has broken the 90,000 rank in Alexa!

The traffic rank, of course, may go back down one day--there are many factors you can't completely control when you blog (search engine ranking, etc).   But I'll enjoy this little victory in the meantime. 

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Lately my inbox has been overrun with spam.  It is always a message from someone I know with "no subeject" in the subject line.  The the email is a link to some website that actually redirects to a spammy site (advertising the usual spammy stuff like viagra, etc).  The url of the bogus blog often has the person's name in it.

It seems someone out there has created a system that hacks email accounts and creates spammy blogs automatically.  Probably some kind of malware or worm.

I'm not sure what precautions you should be taking other than keeping your anti-virus software updated.  

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Before you Blog about Blogging

It seems one of the most crowded niches in blogging is about . . . blogging.   There are thousands of blogs about making money online, having a profitable blog, making money from home, etc. 

What makes Beginner Blogger Tips so special?  What makes this blog stand out from the "how to blog" crowd?  Absolutely nothing!  I'm serious:  I just started this blog because I've given advice to my friends and I decided to share these tips with a larger audience.  I also wanted a place to post articles that would help me remember how to do stuff with blogspot, etc.  Beginner Blogger Tips hasn't made any real money for me or elevated me to super-blogger-guru status. 

But blogging about blogging has helped me tremendously.  How?  Primarily through guest posting and bringing traffic (and page rank juice) to my fitness blog

I've had the opportunity to guest post at Problogger, Daily Blog Tips, and (more recently) MaxBlogger Stories.  These are all "a-list" blogs with great rankings, thousands of subscribers, and big-time traffic.  I usually submit my best stories or articles to one of these a-listers and see if it will get accepted (see also:  Guest Posting for A-List Bloggers).

My point:  I'm not trying to discourage you from starting your own blog about making money online (or a similar niche).  All good niches are crowded, and you might just be the next Darren Rowse or Shoemoney.  But you may want to consider using your blogging articles/stories to promote a completely unrelated niche.  So far it has worked fairly well for me. 

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Google Gravity I'm Feeling Lucky

Here's a neat trick you may want to try: type "google gravity" in google and click the I'm Feeling Lucky button.  Google will look as though it is overcome by gravity.

I'm not sure of the story behind this little trick, but I'll try to find out.