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Archive for December, 2009

Blogging for a living

Thursday, December 22nd, 2009

The number of stories you hear about people turning to blogging for a living is always on the up. First there was Jason Calacanis, then Darren Rowse - one of my favourite bloggers at problogger.net and today I was reading about Duncan Riley at Blog Herald going solo. In Duncan’s case it sounds like it […]

Christmas Holidays ?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2009

This time of year is one of the times I can get more work done than any other. The phone stops ringing and you can really get your head into planning and sorting out some of the jobs you’ve been wanting to do all year. Last Christmas I had just heard about Google Adsense and […]

Outsourced SEO and Web Design requests

Monday, December 19th, 2009

Honestly, I take one of these calls per week.
“Mr Christie, have you considered outsourcing your web design/seo work to India.”
“No, I don’t outsource any work”
“Ah, would you consider it, it’ll make your projects really cheap”
“No, my clients are hiring my SEO skills, based on my record, not yours”
“Ah, OK bye.”
It’s the same every time. Plus […]

Google Christmas Pressies

Thursday, December 15th, 2009

It would appear Google have been sending out Christmas Pressies to their Adsense publishers again this year. I really hope they send me one. I know it’s completely geeky but I want some Google branded stuff on my desk. I wonder if I should send them a clock with my name on it. Perhaps just […]

Linking akin to social networks

Wednesday, December 14th, 2009

Read an article this morning called Filthy Linking Rich by Mike Grehan in which he explores search engines’ reliance on link popularity for determining search results. Comparisons are draw with social networks and others to explain why things are the way they are. It’s slightly pessimistic suggesting that things are the way they are - […]

Is blogging better than Dreamweaver?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2009

This is something that has been praying on my mind recently - is blogging better than using Dreamweaver to set up a website?
There are pro’s and con’s to both I guess:
Dreamweaver:
Easy, rapid development of sites, templates, navigation.
Adding new info requires the content to be added then the relevant links to be added by hand before […]

Making money from Adsense

Tuesday, December 13th, 2009

Definitely one of my favourite bloggers, and to many people THE blog guru, Darren Rowse is running a poll at problogger.net to see how much money you earned from Adsense last month. As you would expect, results up to now show a lot of people in the lower income brackets, but it’s interesting to see […]

Adwords - do you use the content network?

Monday, December 12th, 2009

I am a Google Adsense publisher. I show Adsense ad’s on a number of my websites and make a few bucks out of it every month. That makes me part of the Google Content Network
I am also an Adwords Advertiser occasionally.
So, as an advertiser, do I ever let my ad’s be shown on the content […]

How long to get Google traffic ?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2009

I’ll be very interested to see how long it takes this domain - www.designbydave.co.uk to start receiving any Google traffic. I spend a lot of time explaining to customers that at the moment Google takes the age of a site and the number of backlinks as seriously as the content. Just look at the top […]

Amazon Affiliate Program

Tuesday, December 6th, 2009

Quite possibly the first of all the affiliate programs, Amazon has recently come to my attention again. In recent times a lot of people have been displaying Google Adsense to generate revenue from their website, but it looks as if Amazon are making a comeback. It could be down to their excellent ad units that […]

Adsense - Advertise on this site link

Tuesday, December 6th, 2009

I see today that Google Adsense has started showing an Advertise on this Site link on their adverts. I don’t mind it on a blog like this, but on some of my other sites I sell advertising and placements separately so I’m going to have to figure out if I can de-register from this particular […]

Web stats analysis - Google Analytics still not performing

Monday, December 5th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, when Google Analytics anounced it was going to a free for all model, everyone was happy about it. Then we all tried to sign-up on one day and the entire system got overloaded. I managed to get a few sites registered before they stopped new registrations and from what I’ve […]

Why do we need another tech blog?

Monday, December 5th, 2009

We don’t really need another one, but I spend time each day reading the posts of other SEO consultants and wanted a place to air my experiences on dealing with building and promoting websites. It’s good to feel like I’m just touching base with a few other SEO guys and designers through this blog. If […]

SEO Appraisal for SEO Company

Monday, December 5th, 2009

At my SEO website, I invite potential customers to send me their URL for a free appraisal of their site with regards to search engine optimisation. It’s really just a way to send a quote for services to a client, but in this game, every quote has to be tailored to the individual site, so […]