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Scrapers, Spam and No Follow

When I turn on the computer in the morning, one of the first things I do is review yesterday’s stats. Sometimes I’ll check to see where the views are coming from. When I find something unusual, I track it back to learn more. This morning I saw an unusual referrer. Not wanting to give attention […]

Tennessee Tuxedo

Tennessee Tuxedo Strikes!

The old schoolers know who Tennessee Tuxedo is.  For you young folks, Tennessee Tuxedo is the penguin in the old cartoon of the same name who had the sidekick Chumley.  Google’s latest Penguin algorithm change brought the old character to mind. This penguin algorithm change is supposed to weed out web spam. How Penguin Affected […]

Panda Strikes Again

The Panda Returns

You know something is up when you walk into a room and the kids suddenly get quiet and each of them has “that look” on their face. A mother’s gut knows something is up. Well, when I clicked on my statistics page for my page views, one of my sites had “that look” while the […]

Lipstick on a Pig

Lipstick on a Pig

Most of us start new sites/blogs because we have a passion for the subject matter. Well, let me re-phrase that. There are some sites we create because we’re passionate about the topic and other sites we create for the money. If the moneymaking sites don’t make money, I recommend getting rid of them because unless […]


I Thought So

Being the numbers junkie that I am, I keep close track of my earnings, and to a lesser degree my page views. I especially keep track of my Google earnings to get an indication if Panda is morphing into a kinder or meaner type of animal. According to my numbers, somewhere around September 22nd, things […]

Peeking out of the Google Sandbox

Peeking Out of the Sandbox

About a month ago I wrote how my new site was an apparent victim of the Google Sandbox. My strategy for getting the blog out of the sandbox is the exact same strategy I used for getting it tossed in the sandbox. My strategy was to post high-quality articles to the site once a week […]

Search Engine Wars

Life in the Sandbox

As a blogger or webmaster, one of the last things you want to hear is that your site is in the Google sandbox. To some it is a fate worst than death. Once in the sandbox site owners lament, question why and attempt to work feverishly to get out of it. It is what it […]


Playing in the Google Sandbox

When I did usual stats check this morning, I was surprised to see that I had only received 15 page views on my new site yesterday and only 1 page view today. I know it’s Easter weekend and all, but 15 page views? Something was amiss. I looked at my page views to see they […]

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Google, Content Farms and Diversification

If you write for Suite, HubPages or some of the other “content farms” you may have noticed a drop in traffic in the last day or two. The traffic drop is most likely due to recent changes in Google’s algorithm. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify You’ve heard it before and it bears repeating again. If you have […]

Things One of My Blogs Taught Me

Things One of My Blogs Taught Me

I decided to truly analyze one of my blogs that started earning money from the first month of being on the web. That surprised me because it doesn’t get a lot of traffic. Since it consistently earns money each month, I decided to see what I had done differently on that blog that I had […]

Google Indexing Speed

Google Indexing Speed

Some time ago, I wrote a post about switching one of my Google-step-child-sites from a hand coded site to a Joomla site. I made the switch because I originally hand coded the site several years ago and things have changed since then (and I’ve learned a lot since then). Not to belabor the point (for […]

DoFollow vs NoFollow Backlinks

DoFollow vs NoFollow Backlinks

Crystal brought up a good question the other day and I didn’t have the answer. So I thought I’d do a little research, write about what I found and post it here. We both (Crystal and I) would love to hear your thoughts on DoFollow and NoFollow backlinks. Before I go into DoFollow and NoFollow […]

Working Smarter to Enjoy Google Favor

Working Smarter to Enjoy Google Favor

Recently I tried an unscientific experiment. I wrote three articles all targeting the same keywords. Although the keywords were the same, each article was unique, approaching the topic from a different angle. I then decided to place one article on Suite 101, one on HubPages and one on eHow. After posting the articles I searched […]

From $0 to $35 a Day

From $0 to $35 a Day

From time to time I find threads on forums that I find to be very interesting and informative. With information overload occurring quite frequently, I find that I usually save or .pdf some threads to come back to them later. Here’s a thread on the Warrior Forum started by one of the users. The topic […]

The Not So Bad Newbie Mistake

The Not So Bad Newbie Mistake

When I first starting playing around with web design and creating websites, I utilized free article sites like Ezine Articles and Article Database for content. At first I wrote 100% of my content. Then I started adding free articles so the ratio switched to 50-50. Over time, I think the ratio changed a bit more […]