Archive for 2012

Vagex Review: Increase Youtube Views

You should be using Youtube as part of your strategy if you are trying to make money blogging or do any kind of internet marketing.  I've heard that it is the second largest search engine--thousands of people go there to look for information about products and services.  Speaking of search engines, Youtube videos also tend to do very well as far as google ranking goes.

One serviced I'd highly recommend for this is Vagex.  You can use credits from this website to increase video views, which is one in how they rank within Youtube.

One important note:  you cannot directly monetize videos you put into the Vagex system.   But there are no limitations in the kind of links you put in the video descriptions (affiliate links, links back to your blog, etc.).  Just click here to check out Vagex and increase your Youtube views. 

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Hostgator Review and 25% Off Coupon

A while back I finally made the move to a self-hosted WordPress blog for one of the niches I target.  At some point I may talk more about Blogger vs WordPress.  For now I'll just say I have really enjoyed using WordPress, especially the versatility of using different plugins.

Anyway, I decided to use Hostgator after researching different web hosting companies.  I've been very happy with them and have no problem recommending them.

Use the coupon code beginnertips to get 25% off your initial purchase if you decide to try them. 

Note:  I did not use Hostgator to register my domain name--I just used for that.  Some bloggers recommended having a different company for your hosting and registration.   

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Internet Blackout--Doomsday Virus

An internet blackout is looming for thousands of computers infected with the doomsday virus.  Apparently this virus routed computers' searches through a particular DNS and earned millions in bogus advertising revenue for the creators of the virus.  Once the scam was busted, the FBI set up a server for infected computers to go to.  But the FBI server will shut down Monday, so infected computers will experience a blackout.

The best way to check if your computer is infected is

A "clean" computer will look like this:


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Google Penguin

Many bloggers and webmasters have felt the full effect of Google's latest algorithm, called Penguin.  This one hit me pretty hard (just like when Panda algorithm hit about a year ago). 

Here's the story so far:

A while back I created a new blog.  It was my first time to try a WordPress self-hosted, and I really liked the domain name.  Things were going pretty well.  I wasn't getting huge traffic, but I was ranking pretty well (first page on Google) for some keywords/phrases.  I had some good articles for the keywords I was ranking for, so things seem to be "working."  

It seems this new algorithm has changed things--most of my search engine traffic is coming from Bing and Yahoo.  I'm not even ranking for a term that matches my domain name. 

How am I responding?

Well, this time I'm not really doing much.   I did remove my link from a couple of blog rolls.  I also sent a reconsideration request to Google and received a reply:  "We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google."  Translation: my blog was collateral damage. I knew the reconsideration request wouldn't accomplish anything, but it was about the only thing I could do to complain.

Here's why I think my response to Penguin will be very limited:

*There are so many variables that it's hard to say exactly what (if anything) I've done "wrong."  I've never done any black hat SEO.

*There was a Panda update right before Penguin came out, which makes it even more difficult to know exactly what's going on.

*Most importantly: I want to wait and see how they tweak Penguin.  I believe they have no choice but to change it if they want to stay competitive (more on that later).

My biggest disappointments with Penguin:

*The consensus of bloggers is that this new update just stinks overall.  There are cases of empty blogspot pages (no content) ranking #1 for competitive keywords.  This is why I believe this algorithm will be changed soon.

*It still seems overly generous to exact-match keyword domains.

*It opens the door for negative SEO--using low-quality links to attack a competitor's website.  There is debate as to whether or not it is possible, but I fail to see how Google can keep it from happening.

I'll wait and see what happens.
By the way, here is the best article on penguin I've read so far about this new update.  

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