Publisher-For-You wrote:Some of us are, um, slow to catch on...
Publisher-For-You wrote:I never really took the sites seriously, because I thought nature just wasn't a very profitable niche. I was probably right.
AllanGardyne wrote:Yep. The older I get, the more convinced I am that I shouldn't be wasting time doing things I don't enjoy.
Over the years, I've started quite a few sites that I abandoned because I became bored with them.
Phil, if you'd like to post links to those sites in the Site Review section, forum members may like to do a little brainstorming to help you come up with ways to generate more revenue from them.
Let's see if we help you boost your income 100 times. That's a nice challenge. :)
Publisher-For-You wrote:Before I did ANYTHING, my wife and I sat down and committed to getting 25 links a day for at least the next year. I've learned, the hard way, that's it's pointless to start a site until I know what the marketing strategy is.
AllanGardyne wrote:Wow! That's a fantastic goal. If you achieve that, it's hard to imagine how your site could fail.
AllanGardyne wrote:Blog comments and forums? As I understand it, the THEORY says that such a pattern would look a bit unnatural to the search engines and so you should seek a wider variety of link sources.
It might be interesting to keep a track of how many of your links on blogs are nofollow links. I use an SEO Firefox extension which makes it very easy to tell with links on sites are nofollowed.
I'm NOT suggesting you get only "do follow" links, because doing so would create an unnatural pattern.
Anyway, if you create heaps and heaps of links yourself, and if your site is worth linking to you'll attract attention and voluntary links from a variety of sources, so you may not have to worry about creating an unnatural links pattern.
It would be interesting to check, say once a month, to see how many links Yahoo! says you have, compared with the number of links you say you have.
Publisher-For-You wrote:I belong to a membership site whose main purpose is to launch viral content. The members vote each other's content up Digg and other social media sites, where they hope their content will attract interest, be picked up by reviewers, go viral etc.
Thus, so far I've read no reports of anyone who has actually gone viral.
I've set the site up so it can offer free forum hosting for nature topics. With luck, in theory, a few years from now lots of other folks will be creating most of the content and links on my site.
Ok, great idea, I could use that. Could you mention the name of this extension again please?
...it does look like Yahoo will record all these comment links. The part I don't know is, how do they use them in rankings calculations?
Publisher-For-You wrote:The next big milestone I'm shooting for is to get more backlinks than Allan. :-)
AllanGardyne wrote:I think I'd better get in early and admit defeat now.
With that new widget of yours, it looks as though you'll get people who put the widget on virtually every page of their site. Nice one!
You wouldn't want to risk under-counting all Phil's links. :)
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