Sunday, November 29, 2009

"Matt Cutts Talks Caffeine and Site Speed"

"Google’s Matt Cutts discussed two key ingredients of where Google is headed in an interview with WebProNews out in Vegas." Listen in as he talks about Google's latest update which is called "Caffeine". Find out why the speed of your website is going to come into play when it comes to your rankings.

Monday, November 23, 2009

"How should I link to a site that I have a personal relationship with?"

"Tom Critchlow from London, UK asks: "If a site owner has a personal relationship with another unrelated site in a different niche and adds a link to their site from his, this link looks a LOT like"...See how Matt Cutts responds.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

“Review of Reliable Webs Hosting”


Name Of The Product: Web Hosting

Where You Can Sign Up

Product Description: Web Hosting Service and Domain Registration

Who This Product is Intended For: Small Business Owners, Bloggers and Internet marketers who are looking for reliable web hosting at an affordable price. 

Uses:  ReliableWebs provides web hosting and  domain registration. They also offer FREE WordPress blog installations to all customers.

Pros:  ReliableWebs offers several hosting packages available for your web site needs.  They also provide domain registration.  Their support staff responds quickly and solves issues with speed and efficiency.  Their Uptime stats are impressive. They'll even move your website for you from your old hosting.

Cons:  None at this time. The only thing that I could say is that I've seen hosting that is cheaper, but, in my experience that usually comes with cutting corners -- something that Reliable Webs does not do.

Personal Opinion:  ReliableWebs is absolutely reliable and affordable. 

I am provided with all the tools I need to manage several websites with one host. 

The support staff at ReliableWebs is very friendly and helpful.  The support staff resides in the United States and all members speak English as their first language (something that's getting harder to find in larger or cheap web hosting companies). Whenever I have required assistance I have received both a quick response as well as service above and beyond what I expected. 

Overall, I would have to give a 10 out of 10 stars.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“Fun and Useful Things You Can Do with Domain Names”

In Part 1 of this series we discussed how to pick a great domain name, and in Part 2 we 001_41 reviewed where to register and how to manage them. In this the final section, we're going to discuss some uses for multiple domains.

Before you become a "domain connoisseur," you need to understand the advantages of owning more then one domain and what you can do with them:

1) Redirects: Maybe when you registered your site there were other names you liked as well, or perhaps you registered the .net version of your name. It's very easy to point these names to your existing site so when someone types in one of these alternate domain names in their browser, they'll still wind up at your site.

For example or

will both take you to the same place. Your web host can set this up for you. Some charge a small monthly fee for this service. You can use these alternate names in your advertising.

If your name can be easily misspelled, make sure to register any variations and redirect them to your site. This will also keep your competitors from registering them and infringing on your traffic, while sending all those who can't spell to the right place.

Remember that other domain names don't have to point to your main page; they can be forced to point to certain pages or sections of your site as you deem fit.

2) Mini Sites: By monitoring hot trends online you can quickly register a domain name and design a mini site around one product or service. If promoted correctly, mini sites can be good residual money makers. These are great for pushing and making affiliate sales.

3) Domains as Commodoties: Some people buy domains simply to resell them at a profit. If you purchase the right names, it is possible to sell them to the highest bidder. Selling domains at auction sites has increased in popularity and is a great way to move your domain inventory. Some of the better known auction sites are:

One of the most popular places for buying and selling domains. Seller accounts start at 19.95 a year, other account types are available.

No membership fee to list your domains, but you'll pay a commission fee to them if you sell.

They actually have a section for selling your domain names. Upon entering Ebay, do a search
in the search box for "domains."

Before putting your domains up for sale, you may want to have them appraised so you know
what they're worth. You'll find many appraisal services online to help you do just that.

Appraisals start at only 12.99 and go up to 28.99for an analysis that includes a hard copy.

4) Shrink Them: Despite your best efforts to come up with a name that's short and concise, you may end up settling for something longer then you'd like. There are free services you can use to shorten them into something  more manageable. When these new links are pasted into a browser they go to your site. If you're promoting any kind of associate program, these types of services come in extra handy for dealing with those extra long domain names they give you. They also help to hid the fact that you're using an affiliate link.

I love this service. Just paste your long domain into the window and it spits out a version so short you won't believe it's possible. Great for using in your ezine to break long domain links into shorter ones so they don't break off in unexpected places.

Shorl offers not only url shortening but statistics as to how many people click on your new short name.

As you can see, there's more to domains then meets the eye. As you find yourself collecting
more and more names you need to be aware of all of the creative ways you can use them in
your daily business. Sell them, shorten them, redirect them; but above all, use them in your online ventures and you'll generate more income.

Monday, November 09, 2009

"How to Integrate Clickbank Affiliate Links Into Your Website"

If you're trying to make money online, you either have to have your own product/service or promote someone else's. Usually this is in the form of what's called "affiliate programs." Follow me

Clickbank is the largest marketplace online for finding products you can resell. You can earn commissions from 1 to 75% on over 10,000 digital products that Clickbank offers. There is no charge to sign up as an affiliate. Once registered you'll need to find the specific merchandise that you want to promote.

So now you're all signed up and excited about all of the money you're going to make but how do you get people to click on your affiliate links? There are plenty of ways to promote & market affiliate programs from ezine ads to using Pay Per Click Search Engines, but recently some new ways have been developed that allow you to easily promote your affiliate links via your own website.

Similar to PPC Search or Contextual ads the ads appear in blocks to the right/left or top of your web pages. Your affiliate code is hard coded into the ads shown and the advertisements are related to the content of your page. When people click on the links and make a purchase, you earn commissions.

Let's examine a few of the options for integrating Clickbank links directly onto your website.

1) CBClicks:

Free to sign up, just make sure you have a Clickbank ID first. The ads shown on your web pages are targeted by keywords you select. For example, if your site is about ebooks you would choose "ebooks" as one of your keywords, and the ads displayed on your website would all be related to that word. When someone clicks on an ad and makes a purchase from the Clickbank merchant, you earn commissions on each and every sale.

2) ClickSensor AdWords:

Not a service, but a powerful PHP script that places ads similar to "Google Adsense" on your website. Again, these are Clickbank affiliate product ads and you'll earn commission when someone clicks thru and makes a purchase. There's no need to supply keywords, as the script spiders your pages and then matches each page with related ads. Once set up, you'll cut and paste some JavaScript onto your pages where you want the ads to appear. They offer 11 different ad styles to chose from, including towers, buttons and banners.

So next time you're tempted to show someone else's ads on your site, you may want to consider using one of these Clickbank Ad Services instead. Why earn pennies on the dollar displaying any advertising when you can promote your own affiliate programs as integrated website content and earn commission at the same time. Expanded contentand money, now that's a good thing!
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"The Complete Guide to Google Wave"

Google has yet to release "Google Wave" to the general public but it promises to be the next best thing since sliced bread for social media. That's yet to be seen but plenty of beta users have been publishing what they think of Google's new toy. Here's an online guidebook that's a "work in progress that will update in concert with Wave as it grows and changes." Read it online.