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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 [...]


Getting Used to Google’s New Interface

Since receiving the e-mail from Google in which they advise that the old AdSense interface will soon be disabled  and the new one enhanced, I realized it was time for me to start getting warm and fuzzy with the new one. As I clicked around the new interface I found that I had a few [...]


How Do You Drive Traffic?

I thought I’d write this post because every so often I receive comments about driving traffic to a blog or site. I’m not so crazy about the term driving traffic, because when you’re stuck in traffic, the only vehicle you can control is your own. On the internet super highway, your blog is your vehicle [...]


Google’s View on Article Marketing

If you haven’t viewed Matt Cutts’ explanation of how Google views article marketing, I think it’s worth a look see.   Early in my online career I not only tried article marketing but also used articles from free directories on my first website. Shortly thereafter I abandoned both practices as they didn’t yield the results [...]


Google AdWords Scam Alert

The following email showed up in my inbox today: The sender’s address was Google AdWords <adwords-noreply@google.com>. At first I was a little concerned, but then I read the email carefully.  There were two things that struck me: I don’t use Google AdWords Just take a look at the grammar There’s a hyperlink in the email [...]


Peeking Out of the Sandbox

Peeking out of the Google 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 [...]


Google to the Rescue

The other day I was doing some online research and I came across an article that sounded familiar. As I read the article I realized it was a poorly spun rendition of one of my articles.  A few words were changed here and there but there was no doubt in my mind that it was [...]


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 [...]


I mentioned a little while ago that one of my blogs received the kibosh from Google and was tossed in the sandbox. I’m not concerned because it is a new blog and sometimes new blogs get sandboxed. I think what might have triggered my sandbox stint is that I added several posts in one day. [...]