February 16, 2013

More info about WordAds and blogging for dollars…

The Daily Post

Yesterday, Krista gave you some questions to consider as you decide whether to monetize your blog. If you’re leaning toward “yes,” then this post is for you — the nitty-gritty of applying to and participating in WordAds, in the form of ten questions for our Ads Lead, Jon Burke. (Hi, Jon!)

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February 15, 2013

If you are a blogger (WordPress.com) and want to make a little money – please read Krista’s great article!

The Daily Post

Each of us blogs for a reason: you might write to document your life, you might write to satiate your inner muse — constantly clamouring for your attention just at the side of your consciousness — you might post photos to help you learn more about that awesome digital camera you just got, you might make stop-motion claymation movies because you just couldn’t get enough of Wallace and Gromit, you might write because you just can’t stop, or, you might be working on building traffic to your site so that eventually, you might be able to earn some money from all that creativity flowing through your veins. Each of our reasons for blogging is as individual as we are and that’s one of the wonderful things about the internet and the blogosphere.

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You Ask – We Answer

January 22, 2013

We’ve received a number of comments and questions on various topics and I will try to answer some of them.

1) The vast majority – about 95% of the posts for Homepreneurs are researched and written by me.  If sources are used, references are noted at the bottom of the post.  All content is COPYRIGHT and may not be reproduced or reprinted without specific permission from me.  Please email me at homepreneurs@gmail.com .  You may link to Homepreneurs or reference my work with a link.  Please see an earlier post about copyright.

2) Homepreneurs is a WordPress.com blog and hosted by WordPress.  I have no control over loading time or in some cases, how the blog displays in a browser.  Several have noted issues with IE.  I test all posts in Firefox, IE 9, Safari, and Chrome.  If you are having issues with a specific browser, I suggest applying the latest patch or trying a different browser.

3) The theme of this blog is a custom version of Contempt and is available through WordPress.  Most of the custom work was done by StellarEdgePR – featured as a success story.  Lindsay and Sin are talented and very responsive.

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Blog or Website Posts That Drive Massive Traffic

January 10, 2013

Does a big difference exist between a website and a blog.  In some cases – yes.  A website is often larger with static content; a blog is dynamic with shorter snippets of text.  Both are very similar: blogs or websites are personal or corporate or used by non-profit or government.  SEO or search engine optimization is similar and each provides information, opinion or both.  Websites might be a storefront, blogs not as much.  Both are hosted, though blogs are often free or inexpensive.  Websites are larger and are often hosted by the company or third parties.  Blogs  – WordPress.com is an example – is hosted by WordPress at minimal cost to the blogger.  Finally, websites are more likely to make money, whereas only the larger blogs will get a return on investment.  Blogs can lead to book deals, if the content and topic is appropriate.

In either case, every blogger or website content writer wants to drive large numbers of visitors on a regular basis.  The best blogs or sites have millions of visitors per month.  Homepreneurs – by contrast – has a few to several thousand visitors per month.  Listed below are the top 5 websites and their approximate number of visitors:

1)     Google.com – 185,000,000 monthly visits

2)     YouTube.com – 160,000,000 monthly visits

3)     Facebook.com – 150,000,000 monthly visits

4)     Amazon.com – 100,000,000 monthly visits

5)     Yahoo.com – 95,000,000 monthly visits

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Trackbacks and Backlinks and Pingbacks

December 7, 2012

WordPress sometimes notifies me in comments that I have a “trackback.”  When I write a new post, I can also provide a trackback to another blog.  WordPress says: Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress sites they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.

So what is this stuff?

Trackbacks, Pingbacks, and (rarely) Refbacks are all forms of linkbacks.  Linkbacks enable website and blog authors to keep track of who is linking to – or referring to – their articles.

–        Trackback: Trackbacks are generally used for communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, the commenting blogger can notify the original blog with a TrackBack ping. WordPress, SilverStripe, Drupal, and Movable Type all support automatic TrackBack pings.  TrackBack is often used in place of the linkback term.  A little more prone to SPAM.

–        PingBack: Another way of notifying blog and websites of a reference or comment from another blog.  PingBacks are less prone to SPAM issues due to more modern technology.

–        RefBack: Uses no code, returns minimal information, uses HTTP values.  RefBacks often require a physical connection between blog and/or websites and are seldom used.

And Backlinks?

Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node.

Inbound links were originally important (prior to the emergence of search engines) as a primary means of web navigation; today, their significance lies in search engine optimization (SEO). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (for example, this is used by Google to determine the PageRank of a webpage).[i]

These terms are similar and confusing!  Know that linkbacks, etc. help a websites or blog’s SEO and pagerank.  Improve your SEO and comment on other blogs, refer to their content, and notify the original author with one of these tools.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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