Thursday, February 26, 2009

Google Has Beated Yahoo! in Alexa Rank

I had just noticed that Google is now ranked number 1 in Alexa and Yahoo! is on second position. This is the first time in my internet history to see something like this. Is it because of the change of popularity or because of the new Alexa ranking system? Previously Yahoo has able to maintain the rank because of the variety of services. Now Google is doing the same thing and some of it's services are more popular. I've read somewhere that Google has actually being owned by Yahoo therefore no matter who's on top, same people are getting the profit.

I wonder why my pagerank is still not updated. Does Pagerank and Alexa rank use similar type of algorithm on measuring site popularity?


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Google Launched Adsense for Domain

I was surprised when I checked my adsense account to modify an ads when I found out this new thing. Google has already launched adsense for domain. The service might have been launched within the last two weeks. From this service, you can profit when you have an unused domain or when your site is under construction. AdSense for domains provides links, search results, advertisements and other content.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lose Your Readers by Changing Your Blog Name

I've learned a precious lesson today. Changing your blog or website name will automatically loose your readers from search engines. Eventhough your blog is in the top ranking for a certain niche, once you change the name, the blog will fall to probably the last page of the search results. It will take a long time for the blog to climb back to the first page unless you can do some magic and there are no other sites are challenging you for the same niche or keywords. I am so regretful right now as one of my blog which is usually having a constant amount of search engine visitors is now nowhere to be found for it's top keyword. What I did was just modifying the name a little. I really need to do some magic to push the blog back to it's proud position in the first page of the search results.

The blog still have acceptable amount of visitors from referral links but loosing search engine visitors is something that we should really avoid. These search engine visitors are those that make your blog profitable. Today I only manage to get 1 click on my ads on that blog. What a disaster. I learned this the hard way so you should always be careful about this. Maybe somebody had warned about this but I didn't read it. This is only about the blog name. Since the blog URL is maintained, visitors still come from referral links on forums and discussion board therefore the blog is only injured and need some cure before it could back to a healthy state. If you change the URL, you are actually killing the blog and it is then become a new born and need to start surviving from the start. If you don't feed it right, it will not grow big enough to feed you back.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Alexa Traffic Ranking Tips Compilation

Alexa traffic ranking is important because usually it is proportional to the number of visitors we are having. Some advertising networks will only accept blogs with high Alexa rank and for paid-post network, high Alexa rank will allow you to have higher asking price for your blog. There are so many article on how to increase the Alexa ranking. To make things easier, I wrote this to be the ultimate source on how to increase your blog traffic rank. Read the original articles for detailed explanations.

1) By Marketing Scoop:
  • Download the Alexa toolbar and use it every day to visit your own website.
  • Use Alexa redirection to replace your site's link ex. (not working anymore)
  • Encourage visitors to add their positive testimonials on Alexa’s detailed listings page for your website.
  • Write your own site reviews on the top 100 rated Alexa sites and include your redirect URL. (Redirection might not work)
  • Download the Alexa ranking button, traffic history graph, info links, and other traffic counters.
  • Take an inexpensive advertisement at
  • Placing a free listing in DMOZ.
2. By Dosh Dosh:
  • Install the Alexa toolbar and set your blog as your homepage.
  • Put up an Alexa rank widget on your website.
  • Encourage others to use the Alexa toolbar.
  • Install Alexa toolbar in every computer in your office/school/college/ and set your blog as homepage.
  • Get friends to review and rate your Alexa website profile.
  • Write or blog about Alexa.
  • Flaunt your URL in webmaster forums.
  • Write content that is related to webmasters.
  • Use Alexa redirects on your website URL. (I checked this and Doshdosh had been listed as illegal referrer)
  • Post in Asian social networking websites or forums.
  • Create a webmaster tools section on your website.
  • Get Dugg or Stumbled.
  • Use PayperClick Campaigns.
  • Create an Alexa category/label on your blog
  • Optimize your popular posts Alexa widget/graph
  • Buy banners and links for traffic from webmaster forums and websites.
  • Hire forum posters to pimp your website.
  • Pay Cybercafe owners to install the Alexa toolbar and set your website as the homepage for all their computers.
  • Use MySpace
  • Try Alexa auto-surfs.
3. By
  • Install Alexa toolbar
  • Recommend Alexa Toolbar to Your Users
  • Create Contents that Appeal to Webmasters
  • Take Advantage of the Social Bookmarking Sites
  • Create Sub Domains or Run Multiple Blogs Under One Domain
  • Get Involved In Chinese Sites
  • Remove Unnecessary Secure Pages On Your Site
  • Create Great Content


Monday, February 2, 2009

I've Joined Paid-to-Click but I Don't Even Click

Around a month ago I joined some PTC programs, PPClix, Neobux, and Makemybux. For those who still don't know what is PTC, it is an advertisement program that pays you to view advertisement on their page. For viewing a page for at least 30 seconds, you'll receive about $0.005 to $0.01. If you want more, click on another ads and view them for another 30 seconds. Unique contents of the advertisers' page might interest you to view for a longer time or take part in their programs. PTC networks offer users from 3 to 15 clicks per day with earning from every clicks range from $0.001 to $0.02. They also provide referral programs where you will also earn some percentage of the earnings of your referrals. QiWoman has been earning steadily from PTC since she is already have many referrals in her PTC programs.

I'm not promoting the PTC services. Actually I rarely use them because I don't feel it is worth my time for viewing the ads I don't even want to. By taking example of one PTC network, most usually we'll have 5 clicks available per day. For 1 click, 30 seconds are required to receive earning. For 5 clicks, 2 and 1/2 minutes are required. That is only if the counter starts immediately after you click on the ads but they are actually not like that. Sometimes the counter starts only after a minute. Therefore for a single PTC network, at least 15 minutes need to be spend just for 5 clicks and $0.025. For 3 PTC networks, I need to spend about 1 hour or more for looking at pages I don't even care about. If you are willing to spend some of your time just to view some ads, PTC would be a good choice.

The PTC networks will only be great if you have so many referrals that would earn you $20-$30 per day but there are still some limitations. Some PTC will only give you referral earnings if you also made your clicks for the day. This means that if for one day you don't use the service, you'll get nothing eventhough your referrals did generate a lot for you. We will always get what we paid for. No job no earning.


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