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Super Fast One Hour or Less Google Indexing

After I published my previous post, I noticed from my user’s online page Googlebot came munching the content almost immediately.

If you Google the term “latest google pagerank update Sabahan” you will notice that the post appears first on the list, but that’s besides my point.

When I did the search at 9:30PM, I noticed the post was indexed 7 hours ago as shown in the screenshot below. That’s about an hour after I published the post at 1:30PM. It appears that now it takes Google about an hour or less to index my post.

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While I’m not certain whether a blog’s PageRank and update frequency have any influence over the Google indexing speed, I tend to think they do and this shouldn’t be confined to blogs alone. Can you imagine the potential traffic you could drive to you blog if you are the first to break an important story?

Have you experienced the same effect in your blog? If you haven’t, I suggest you create a sitemap for your blog and see what happens.

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How to Setup AdSense Revenue Sharing on a Blog with Multiple Bloggers

Running a blog can be fun. Then for whatever reason, you started creating another blog, and then another until the fun part begin to fade as the demand to delivery good content and finding time to maintain those blogs begin to take their tool.

I myself maintain several blogs in various niches ranging from Internet marketing (this blog), internet security, personal finance to funny video blogs.

Keeping my blogs up to date and interesting has been a continuous challenge. That’s without considering my other Internet ventures in affiliate marketing, software development, forums and so on. Sometimes I wish I have several “gamans” to help me out.

I found myself compromising the posts quality and trying to compensate it with quantity. As my interest begins to fade, some blogs ended up gathering digital dusts and the decline in their traffic and income were inevitable. So I came up with a plan to revitalize those blogs and started looking for contributors. Up till now I have a full time assistance and two bloggers helping me out on a contractual basis. My plan is to find contributors that are willing to post regularly for all of those blogs.

Inviting guest bloggers to contribute offers an effective way to ensure your blogs do not suffer from the occasional silence when you are unable to write. Guest blogging is a win-win arrangement since the blogger who does the quest spot is exposed to a new audience offering him or her a chance to drive traffic back to his or her blog. As the blog owner, you can take a break and keep your blog running while you are unable to post.

Guest blogging can be great for an already established blog. However, for a new blog, or blog with low traffic, finding willing bloggers to contribute for free can be more challenging. In such case, you need to either pay the blogger to write or offer some kind of compensation for his/her hard work.

There are several ways to do this and one of the practical options is to share the blog’s AdSense revenue with the contributing bloggers. I’ve arranged an AdSense revenue sharing in several of my blogs where bloggers earned a percentage of the AdSense monthly income.

I let bloggers plug in their AdSense Publisher ID into the profile and earn 100% of AdSense revenue from every post they create. Blogger who’s the last to post will have their AdSense ads displayed on the front page too. The more they post the higher the potential income would be.

Here’s a list of my blogs that you can contribute in return for displaying AdSense ads with your ID imbedded into them.

 

  1. Portable CD MP3 Player
  2. Internet Security Online
  3. Software Business Blog
  4. Office Supplies Equipments
  5. TechnoMint

If you are interested, please contact me and let me know which blogs you are interested in contributing. I no longer require one posting per day. You may post as often as you like and each post must be at least 200 words in length. For full details please check out the original job announcement here.

 

How to Setup AdSense Revenue Sharing on a Blog with Multiple Bloggers

I am using a plugin called Author AdSense Plugin which, at the time of this writing, appears to be no longer supported by the author. An alternative plugin based on this one is available here.

In order to display the AdSense ad on the front page that belongs to the blogger who posted the last, the following code is placed in the header, just below the <body> tag.

<?php function lastpost(){
global $wp_query;
$thePostID = $wp_query->post->post_author;
}
?>

This code basically obtains the last poster ID which can then be used to call the associated AdSense ID. For each AdSense code on the page, I replaced their google_ad_client value with the following code:

"<?php echo kd_get_google_id($post->post_author); ?>";

So it becomes

<script type="text/javascript"><!--
google_ad_client = "<?php echo kd_get_google_id($post->post_author); ?>";
google_ad_width = 728;
google_ad_height = 15;
google_ad_format = "728x15_0ads_al";
//2007-09-10: Personal_Finance_menulink_top
google_ad_channel = "0361274381";
google_color_border = "FFFFFF";
google_color_bg = "FFFFFF";
google_color_link = "CC0000";
google_color_text = "666666";
google_color_url = "CCCCCC";
//-->
</script>
<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
</script>

When the page is loaded, this line will be replaced with that particular blogger’s AdSense ID.

While I am aware that Google doesn’t allow publishers to edit their AdSense code, I don’t think this is against Google TOS since the resulting AdSense code has everything intact. Apart from of the rotating google_ad_client value there’s no other changes made.

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How to Add the “Edit This” Link Somewhere In Your Blog Posts

The “Edit This” link lets you go directly to WordPress’s Write Post editor where you can edit any post that has been published. It offers a more convenient way to edit your posts than having to login into your Dashboard and click Manage > Posts

The link is usually placed next to the date or post info and only visible when you are logged in as admin, editor, author, or anyone who has been granted with the ability to edit a post.

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Some WordPress themes have this function built-in while for others, you would have to add it yourself. To do so, login to your Dashboard, and then go to Theme Editor under the Presentation tab.

Select your Single Post or Main Index Template file, then add the following code anywhere you want the “Edit This” link to appear. Done? You are ready to go.

<?php edit_post_link(); ?>

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My Latest Blogging Projects and a Chance to Supplement Your AdSense and Affiliate Program Income

Some of you may recall that sometime in May 2007, I’ve made an announcement to invite interested bloggers to contribute related articles for some of my blogs.

In return, I’ve promised to pay the bloggers via an AdSense revenue sharing arrangement where they would keep 100% of the AdSense income generate by their own posts.

So far I have had several interested bloggers contacted me but only one decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, our discussion didn’t materialize and nobody took up the job offer in the end.

I’ve created two more new blogs and finding contributors becomes more of a priority now if I want to keep these blogs alive. In addition to the requirements I’ve stated in my earlier post. I’d also like to mention that

  1. I might add other contextual advertising programs into the blogs in the future. However, if I were to add Kontera for instant, it would be on a revenue sharing basis too.
  2. Some non-contextual advertising programs such as Text-Link-Ads.com and Chitika would not be on a revenue sharing basis.
  3. You are allowed to write product or service reviews which include your affiliate programs. However you may only do this once for every three non affiliate articles. Remember that you’ll earn money from AdSense regardless of whether you include affiliate links or not.
  4. No spamming is allowed. The reviews must be useful, not just toss in between posts to make a quick buck.
  5. No pay per post allowed.

Below are two of my latest blogging projects

Personal Finance Blog
As the title implies, this is a personal finance blog. The content is targeted towards the American audience, obviously because of the larger market share. In addition to a potentially good payout for AdSense ads, you can find some of best paying affiliate programs in the personal finance niche. This is your chance to get good payouts from AdSense and promote high paying affiliate programs.

Techno Mint
This is a tech blog with a touch of green. Once a week I’ll require a post related to green technology such as hybrid cars, renewal energy, green tips, eco friendly products, eco home and so on. Other categories that should be covered include latest gadget reviews, general tech industry news, Apple, gaming and consoles, Google news, Microsoft and tricks and tips.

 

You may recall that the other day I gave out tips to help bloggers make US500 or more per month from Text-Link-Ads.com (TLA). Instead of just giving out unproven theories in this blog, I think it’s important to walk the talk and this is exactly what I am doing now.

I only need some $170+ more to reach the $500 mark in Text-Link-Ads.com monthly income. Hopefully, my plan to revive my neglected blogs and find contributors will not only help me attains the goal but surpasses it all together.

I’ve laid out my plans, nobody preventing you from copying it. This is what this blog is for – to teach my readers how to make money based on my own experience.

Is this going to work work? Well, anything is possible – I could fail but I’m sure it won’t be a miserable one if it were to happen. What I know for sure is that in order to make your dreams a reality, you just have to start taking action NOW. Stay tuned if you are interested to know my progress.

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BlogRush – The Answer to You Blog’s Traffic Needs?

Recently I asked my readers a question about topics they would like to read more in this blog. Each time when I run such survey, most would say they want to know how to attract traffic to their blog.

Talking about finding traffic, it’s such a coincident that a service called Blog Rush that help bloggers to do exactly that was launched recently.

I am sure many of you have seen this service mentioned around the blogosphere especially if you are a reader of any money making and blogging blogs. It was launched 3 days ago and has been generating quite a buzz when the big name bloggers put it in the spotlight.

Blog Rush has done very well at creating the hype which was instrumental in attracting droves of new members in just three days. Just check their Alexa stats below and see how it surpasses ProBlogger.net’s traffic in about two days.

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What Is Blog Rush?

Blog Rush is basically a traffic exchange program that promotes your blog posts on other blogs via a widget. However, it would be more accurate to say that it doesn’t guarantee you traffic; instead it helps your latest post’s headline in getting some exposure.

Here’s how it works. You earn 1 display credit when a page on your blog with Blog Rush widget installed is loaded once. Your latest post headline will appear one time on other blog’s Blog Rush widget. So if you display Blog Rush widget 100 times, your latest post will be displayed 100 times elsewhere in return.

When you refer a new member into Blog Rush, the number of display credits that downline earns will be added into your own display credits.

So for example, if Nancy signs up under your referral link, and her blog displays the widget 150 times, your total display credits would be 100 (yours) + 150 (Nancy’s) = 250.

Blog Rush claimed that you’ll earn display credits from your downlines for up to 10 levels deep. However the ratio would be different after the third level where you’ll earn 1 display credit for every four impressions you downlines generate.

From the seventh level onwards the ratio is 1:8. Now if this sounds a little complicated, there’s no need to worry about it. Just let Blog Rush take care of the details. It’ll become clearer after you sign up.

If this sounds like some MLM scam, don’t worry it has nothing to do with making money, it’s simply a tool to help bloggers generate some traffic to their blog. If you don’t like it, just dump it 🙂

The video below will do a better job at explaining how you could benefit from it.

 

How Much Traffic Will You Get?

I’ve just added Blog Rush to Sabahan.com yesterday and so far I have earned 747 credits. Personally I don’t know how much traffic it will send on my way because it’s still too new and there’s lack of data to make any assumption.

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Collecting display credits is one thing, but getting someone to click on your headline is quite another. So far I’ve seen the Blog Rush widget placed in a less than prominent location in many blogs which could result in a low click-through-rate (CTR).

Crafting attention grabbing headlines is important in order to increase your CTRs because that’s the only thing that readers will see in the widget. In addition, make sure to select the right category for your blog so that your headlines will be viewed by the right audience.

While Blog Rush only accept English language blogs with non-adult content, I’ve seen a couple of blogs in Chinese appear in the widget. Perhaps this is something that they are still working on fixing.

I would also suggest you add your own blog domain into the URL filters because I’ve seen a blogger own headline appeared in his widget! In the future I wish Blog Rush offers the ability to customize the widget style so that it’ll integrate more closely with any blog’s design.

While I am not a fan of cluttering your blog with another widget, I think there’s no harm in giving this one a try, who knows, you might get lucky and get some free traffic along the way. In the coming days I’ll report if Blog Rush is working for me, so stay tuned!

You can sign up with Blog Rush here if you haven’t done it already.

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Topics Suggestion – What Do You Want to Read?

From a poll I conducted recently, I know majority of my readers are interested to read more about money making tips.

However, instead of trying to come up with the topics myself, I’d like to ask your opinion about the topics that you want me to write about.

If you want to learn more about something, this is your chance to let me know. I’ll do the research and share my findings here.

Obviously, it’s not possible to satisfy every suggestion so I’ll select those that I have some knowledge in that can benefit others too. You may suggest any topics in the following areas

  • Blog/site promotions
  • Tech Development and News
  • Making money tips
  • Search engine optimizations
  • Others…?
36

Should Bloggers Reveal Their Income?

Revealing your income can be a good way to generate buzz to your blog if you are making good money from it.

After revealing my income the other day, the post was mentioned in several blogs, many of which were new to me. It’s a good way to attract other bloggers to link to you.

As I wrote earlier some bloggers may prefer to keep quiet about their income for fear of being copied by others, or they don’t want to be perceived as bragging.

On the other hand, sharing the details of your blog’s income (or Internet income) offers a powerful way to generate interest and it helps to keep the buzz going.

I see this method used effectively by John Chow Dot Com. By revealing his income, he had attracted the attention of many people including several TV stations that had invited him as a guess to talk about his money making blog.

The cumulative effect of all this allowed him to make a over US17,828.61 from his blog in August 2007. That’s how you make money from “how to make money” blog – keep the buzz going. Once you’ve created the buzz, take advantage of it by selling advertising in your blog.

There are other blogs that are more popular than John Chow Dot Com as far as traffic from the search engines is concern but they make less money because they don’t create as much buzz.

One way you can create the buzz is to fake it until you made it. People like ShoeMoney.com or Markus Frind of Plenty Of Fish are known to employ this method when they weren’t quite there yet. Nonetheless, it kept the ball rolling and helped them achieved their ultimate goal.

Now I am not suggesting that everyone should fake it before they made it, that’s practically lying. But hey some people are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goal as long as they see the ends justify the means.

I like to read other people’s experience. Knowing how much they are making motivates me to work harder. I wish more “ordinary” bloggers will reveal their income as it can be a powerful source of inspiration for others.

Probably like most people, jealousy may occasionally surface when we read other people success stories. However I usually responded to such feeling positively and use it as a source of motivation that reminded myself that I have to keep going.

If I don’t act now, other people will “overtake” me in my own game and become more successful. In the end I have nobody to blame but myself. It’s not that they prevented me to do whatever I wanted to do. My mantra is if they can do it, I can do it too, if not better. Please excuse me if this sounds a little self-centered 🙂 – well you are already half way there if you believe in your own ability.

Earning over RM15,000, RM20,000 or more monthly is quite an achievement by the Malaysian standard. If you are living in a small town like me, there’s some money to be saved. I work in my shorts and t-shirt from home, earning as much as some big shots in a multi national company but without all the stress and corporate politics to deal with. How cool is that?

Due to the diversity of my Internet business, the income is consistent month after month. It’s not like I suddenly make tons of money after a successful email campaign (although I should have started doing that) and then nothing the next day.

The downside of making that much is that you start giving excuses and become complacent with what you’ve achieved. My progress stagnated for a couple of years. I had always set to attain higher goals but I only started acting on it seriously this year.

Today, I am launching several projects simultaneously and hopefully they will help me attain my goal of earning USD10,000 by the end of this year.

August could had easily be my best month ever if not because of technical glitch which had resulted in the disappearance of my sites from Google index. Thankfully, things are back to normal now. I am glad that when that happened, I’ve started to ramp up my PPC campaigns which managed to balance things out at the end of the month as far as my income is concern.

I am not telling you this to brag; hey I am not even there yet. But I feel that by telling others, I have greater chance of sticking to my plan. You may even decide to set similar goals for yourselves.

One of my projects involves experimenting with a newly released pay per click software.

The software is called SpeedPPC and it cost an absolute fortune, US497 to be exact but I see the potential of this software so I went ahead and bought it. If it doesn’t work as expected within 30 days, I might ask for a refund.

If I have any success with it, you might hear me writing about this software again in this blog.

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What Would You Do If You Are Experiencing a Blogger’s Block?

I had been out of town, away from the computer for the past few days during the long weekends. We were celebrating the Independence Day on the 31st of August.

From where I am, it sometimes involves an activity that we called Aramai Tii or “be merry” in its direct translation.

While most Malaysian think that we are celebrating our 50th year of Independence, we Sabahan would like to think that it’s only the 44th year.

Historically, Malaysia as we know today only came into existence formally when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya in 1963. As a matter of fact 50 years ago was the Independence Day of Malaya from the British.

Sabah was supposed to attain independence through Malaysia on 31st August 1963. However a study by the UN on confirmation of the wishes of the people was delayed and the official merger date was then postponed by two weeks to 16th Sept 1963.

Today, Sept 16th is celebrated as Malaysia Day but the 31st August celebration always takes precedence. I’d love to see more people to be more aware of the significance of the 16th Sept 1963 as far as Sabah and Sarawak are concerned.

It’s not hard to imagine how this can become a political issue but anyway I am not about to go into that.

Anyway, talking about blogging, it has become a habit for me to easily switch gear from the weekend mode to the working mode without much hassle. Working at home, the temptation to slack off can be irresistible.

But today, I find it’s a bit harder to sit down and gets the idea flowing as I find myself experiencing what some call the bloggers block. Perhaps I was still having the weekend hangover.

Blogger’s block is a situation where you loss the ability to blog, typically due to lack of inspiration, ideas or motivation.

Lack of idea is not one of my problems though. I keep an idea list that’s recorded in Outlook consisting of topics that I am planning to write in this blog.

While any of them can be a valuable addition to this blog, I am less inspired to write long articles that requires tons of research today.

To help me overcome the blogger’s block, I am writing anything that came to mind to ensure that my lack of motivation won’t stop me from coming up with something that’s at least interesting.

How about you what would you do to overcome writer’s block or blogger’s block?

Do you temporarily stop writing completely, or write something very short or do something with the hope that it’ll ignite your inspiration?

12

8 Ways to Make Money from a “How to Make Money” or a Blogging Blog

This is a follow up to my recent post titled Why You Shouldn’t Create another “How to Make Money” or “Blogging” Blog

If you are a newbie, I’d incline to recommend that you should avoid creating another “how to make money” or blogging blog for reasons explained in the post.

However, if you are passionate about the topics and really think it’s the niche that you’d like to start your blogging journey with, here are some tips to help you make money from such blogs.

As I explained in the previous post, it won’t always be a futile attempt, provided that you know what you are doing.

 

  1. Alternate Your Subject Matter

    If you want to make money from AdSense, it helps if you write posts that draw those ads. You may need to cover subjects outside of the making money niches.

    Writing posts about blogging attracts “normal” AdSense ads that are often served to an already unresponsive audience. As a result your click through rates (CTR) will remain on the low side.

    To get around this, try to write about industry news, new gadgets and so on, once in a while.

     

  2. Write Subjects that Attract Traffic from the Search Engines

    Visitors that arrive from the search engines are mostly information seekers (well it’s depend on what they are searching for). While some are preoccupied with the subject they are reading and ignore everything else, others are more willing to explore other sources of information.

    If your AdSense ads present a highly relevant information to what they are looking for, you are just a click away from making money from them.

    So write subject matters that attract traffic from the search engines or rather popular subjects that are proven to be the crowd’s favourites.

    Here’s a post I wrote last year which is still relevant today to help you find popular subjects to write about in your blog.

     

  3. Do Product Reviews

    Instead of trying to make money mainly from AdSense and other contextual advertising, try to write product reviews. Not just any review mind you, but one that offer a solution to problems your audience might be facing.

    Sprinkle your affiliate links in the post. It’s important to make your links relevant with the context of the post so that it doesn’t look like you are just trying to make a quick buck from your readers.

    How do you know what problems your visitors are having? Well conduct a reader poll like what I’ve done. Here’s an example

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    If I could offer some proprietary information at a price that could immediately solve your problem and it’s backed up with a money back guarantee, would you be willing to spend the money to get your hands on such information?

    The best posts to write are good honest reviews, how to articles, tutorials and tips that offer valuable information to your readers.

     

  4. Monetize Your Blog with Text Link Ads

    A good how to make money blog will attract text link ads advertisers. It’s often one of the easiest ways to make money from blogging provided that you have a good blog to start with.

    Instead of repeating everything that I’ve written earlier, check out the following articles

    How to Make $500 or more Per Month From Text-Link-Ads.com – Guaranteed!

    10 Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Making Money from Text-Link-Ads.com

     

  5. Write Linkbaiting Posts

    Link baiting is one way to attract certain blog owners to link to you. You can write something interesting that catches people’s attention, write an analysis that generates interesting information, or say something controversial that contradict what other people say about certain issue.

    Link baiting doesn’t have to be negative. A properly created link baiting article can capture large number of links on its own.

    One of the most successful link baiting articles that I’ve written is the 50 most influential blog in Malaysia .

    The article has catapulted the popularity of Sabahan.com literally overnight.

     

  6. Learn How to Actually Make Money By Exploring Other Money Making Methods

    Instead of attempting to make your “how to make money” blog as your main source of income, try to explore other money making methods.

    Create other blogs in other niches or develop a site to promote affiliate programs, then write about your experience in your money making blog.

    You’ll come across as someone who knows what he’s taking about. When you gain your readers’ trust, start writing reviews about the products and services that you’ve found have helped you become successful.

     

  7. Create a Buzz

    If you can create a buzz, like what JohnChow.com is creating, you’ll find it easier to sell your ad inventory. People will be happy to part with their money in return for some exposure on your blog.

    Talking about JohnChow.com, most of you know that I’ve ordered a ReviewMe recently. Unfortunately, it didn’t bring in as much as traffic as expected

    Over the course of a week, the review brought in a total of 535 visitors to Sabahan.com (this excludes readers from RSS). What I find a little puzzling is that the review was viewed over 6000 times according to the post view stats during the same period.

    That means over 90% of the readers didn’t click on any of the links in that post that lead to my blog. Did John Chow manipulate his post view stats in order to make a post looked more popular than it really was to attract potential ReviewMe advertisers?

    Regardless of what’s really happening, the buzz created has benefited his blog. While my expectation wasn’t met, I didn’t regret ordering the review.

     

  8. Write Useful Posts

    It goes without saying that it’s crucial to write useful posts, regardless of what niche your blog is in. They don’t necessarily have to be original though, they just have to be extremely useful.

    If you are talking based on your own experience, that originality will set you apart from the other wannabes.

    Personally, if I do not learn anything new from a blog, don’t expect me to return – sad but true.

    If most of your blog posts is about asking people to sign up with affiliate programs, expect no one to sign up. You’ll have to give something of value in order to get something back. Often, writing useful posts will help you achieve your goal.

    In such case, even if your readers do not sign up with your program, they might click on your AdSense ads if they find them to be highly relevant to your post. I am sure that had happened here at Sabahan.com where related "how to make money" ads appear next to my "how to make money" post which enticed people to click.

    Ok enough repeating that "how to make money" phrase already 🙂

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Reader Poll: Do You Have A Blog?

Perhaps that would be the case if the blog is about blogging and making money online.

However, blogs in certain niches such as politics or technology might attract a large portion of non bloggers readers because of the wider appeal of the subjects.

Now it’s time for me to run another poll.

From what I know about the type of audience that visits Sabahan.com, the outcome of the poll is quite predictable but here’s a question for you anyway.

It would be interesting to see the percentage of bloggers to non-bloggers that visits Sabahan.com

{democracy:16}
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Why You Shouldn’t Create another “How to Make Money” or “Blogging” Blog

Recently I’ve written a post about beginners’ guide to making money on the Internet where I recommended to newbies to avoid creating another “how to make money” blog or a blog about blogging.

I find that it’s harder to make money from such blogs since they attract the type of audience that’s not very responsive to ads. Let me give a few examples

Most people (well at least his loyal readers) know that a large portion of Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net income comes from AdSense. However, most of this earning comes from his other blogs such as the Digital Photography School not ProBlogger.net.

At one point he considered removing AdSense from ProBlogger.net because it didn’t make him enough money to justify the placement, and that’s for a blog that attracts an average of 10,000 visitors per day. Last time I check, AdSense ads are no longer served at ProBlogger.net after the recent redesign.

Another famous “how to make money” blog that doesn’t make money from AdSense is JohnChow.com. John has also removed AdSense from his blog and has started selling the empty ad spots directly which has helped him make more money.

Getting traffic from the search engines is crucial if you want to make money from AdSense. One blog that has taken advantage of this is ConnectedInternet.co.uk. Everton the owner has been pulling over $4000 monthly from AdSense alone.

His explanation why a higher proportion of his income comes from AdSense clearly support my point that writing post about blogging won’t make you money.

Writing Posts That Get Good Ads: If you want to increase your AdSense earnings then you need ads with good CPCs, and to do that you need to write posts that will attract those ads. Writing posts about blogging, themes, what you did last night etc are probably not going to get good ads as no-one is going to want to advertise on those posts, whereas posts about products will. That’s why even though probloggers like Darren Rowse don’t disclose their earnings, I can guarantee you that his digital photography blog makes disproportionately more money than his problogger site,which I bet relatively makes no money at all, even though it probably has a lot more traffic

Let’s take another example closer to home. GobalaKrishnan.com is one of the most useful Internet marketing blogs in Malaysia. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help in attracting traffic from the search engines. From his stats, the blog attracts an average of 294 visitors per day.

There are other good “how to make money” blogs out there. While the owners are making tens of thousands dollars from the Internet, their blogs continue to attract little traffic from the search engines.

Just to mention a few – eMonetized.com, SuperAffiliateMindset.com (the guy who’s making $90,000 profit per month) and ZacJohnson.com (251 average visitors per day). What about ShoeMoney.com? Well his offline reputation probably has helped promote his blog. Besides he makes more money from his other sites.

Most of these people do not use their blog to make money as they are making money from somewhere else. Instead it’s a place for them to share their knowledge and experience with others.

About 60% of Sabahan.com traffic comes from the search engine and a large portion of this traffic landed on pages unrelated to blogging or making money.

Most of my posts about making money, affiliate programs, AdWords, AdSense receive little traffic from the search engines. Not because they are not optimized, but because there’s just too much competition while at the same time the demand isn’t that high. It usually take me hours to research and do the write up but the pay off seems not worth the effort.

The reason why I continue writing about these topics is because I am passionate about them. At one point I was considering writing more about other topics but I figured this blog should be about my real interest, and not about making a quick buck.

As you can see below, I lost about 60% of my traffic when Google removed my pages from their index. Thing was back to normal on Tuesday onwards when the pages were re-indexed. It shows how dependent this blog on Google.

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Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that creating a “how to make money” blog is a futile endeavor. By all means if you are passionate about the topic go ahead and do it. But if you are new to blogging, just don’t expect to get rich overnight by creating another “how to make money”, or a blog about blogging.

I know one of my readers; Katana was running Hemmy.net, a blog of varied interests as he called it. He once mentioned that he had learned a lot from Sabahan.com which had helped him in his effort to monetize and promote Hemmy.net – glad to know :).

Last time I check, this blog received around 10,000 to 15,000 unique visitors per day and generated four figures monthly income from AdSense alone in USD.

Then he created another blog at xenkatana.com where he shares his money making endeavor. Now if you were to ask him, I’m pretty sure he would say it’s harder to repeat the success he have had with Hemmy.net with this blog because of the reasons mentioned in this article.

I’ve written a related post about staying away from the Internet marketing niche especially if you are a newbie.

All I am saying here is don’t create a “how to make money” blog or write posts about blogging IF your only goal is to make money. Unless you are passionate about those topics, you’ll be better off exploring other niches.

If you can create the kind of buzz JohnChow.com is creating, you will do better with advertising programs such as ReviewMe, and text link ads or direct ad sales. So I guess the question you should ask yourself when you try to make money from a how to make money blog is, can your blog generates the same kind buzz as that of JohnChow.com?

If you have a “how to make money” blog already, just continue with it, I know it can be a great learning experience. But I’d also suggest you creating another blog in a different niche or explore other money making methods and use your make money blog to share your experience instead of attempting to make it as your main income generator.

11

Update Your Text-Link-Ads.com Referral Link Now

If you are a Text-Link-Ads.com (TLA) publisher you may have received their email notifying publishers that they have begun using tinyurl.com.

The purpose is to shorten and secure the affiliate referral link.

It’s important that you do this today because your current affiliate link will no longer work starting next month.

 

I quote their email below

As a Text Link Ads affiliate we’re pleased to let you know that we’ve begun using tinyurl.com to shorten and secure our affiliate referral links. We encourage you to update your affiliate links using the following:

Homepage URL
http://tinyurl.com/2vzzuj

Starter Promo URL
http://tinyurl.com/3cnex2

** Please note that our old affiliate urls will no longer work in one week so please update today. Thank you!

 

Personally I think this move is quite unnecessary and might not be the best thing to do due to the following reasons:

The original affiliate link is already short, making it five characters shorter or so won’t make any different.

http://www.text-link-ads.com/?ref=23915

While I appreciate their attempt to offer a secure affiliate link, it won’t prevent anyone from signing up with TLA directly. In addition, using a shorter URL service that can be abused by spammers would cost TLA the users’ trust. Some people might be reluctant to click on the link because they don’t know where it may take them.

Anyone who has been promoting TLA heavily would have to hunt down every single links in their blogs and this could mean a lot of unnecessary work. To make this task easier, you can use phpMyAdmin or any MYSQL tool for that matter to update your existing links all at once.

This method works for WordPress blog only. To get started enter the following command into phpMyAdmin

UPDATE `wp_posts` SET `post_content` = REPLACE ( `post_content` , "OLD_TLA_AFF" , "TINYURL_TLA_AFF" )

In case of Sabahan.com, the line would be

UPDATE `wp_posts` SET `post_content` = REPLACE(`post_content`, "http://www.text-link-ads.com/?ref=23915", "http://tinyurl.com/2vzzuj")

(credit: LiewCF.com)

 

It took me less than one second to update all my TLA links in all my post. I had to update the link on my sidebar manually though. Just be sure to backup your database before running this command.

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