November 1, 2007
Recently I read a post on CashQuests.com titled Find The PageRank For Every Page On Your Site. I hadn’t yet checked the rankings of all my internal pages yet since the new PageRank update, so I clicked on over to the tool Kumiko listed. If you use the LivePR tool, you can see the rankings for all the pages of your site, not just your homepage.
My homepage got a PR3, which I already knew. Only one of my posts also got a PR3. All my other internal pages were either PR2, PR1, or had no ranking at all. One thing that I thought was weird were that some pages on my site that got a PR2 were some of my most unpopular posts or some weird pages, like the lost password login page. And then, my most popular pillar post, 75 Ways To Increase Your Site’s Traffic, which got the most backlinks and lots of attention, didn’t even get a PageRank. I’m still finding it a bit odd, but that’s Google for you I suppose!
After you check the rankings for your internal pages, I do recommend that you read Kumiko’s post. She informs us of an interesting concept about how can you make money online with your individual posts’ PageRank. She claims she does not condone it and will never implement it on her site, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Apparently some people make money online by selling permanent links worth hundreds of dollars on their pages that rank nicely. Google would never approve of the tactic either, but if you want to learn more check out Kumiko’s post. Remember though – that is the evil, unethical way to make money online!
Let me know how you did in the most recent PageRank update, or any other ways to know of to make money with nicely ranked internal pages. I hope to do a lot better next time, so now I will be working harder on building links as well as traffic. Happy blogging, and keep making cash! :)
September 25, 2007
It’s now become widespead speculation of many bloggers that PageRank is no more. Other bloggers think that Google could possibly be just updating their algorithm and that is why this update is so belated. Who knows? But now that PageRank is five months overdue, the longest period inbetween updates ever, people are getting worried. CashQuests has a great post titled Google Abandons PageRank that you should check out. Some valid points the author makes includes:
- It has almost been five months since the last update, and usually PageRank updates come every two to three months.
- Updates on the internet usually get faster with time, not slower, especially from big companies like Google.
- Google is completely against paid links and getting rid of PageRank would help to stop the problem, since one of the biggest factors in determining link pricing is PageRank.
These are only some of the great points that CashQuests makes. So considering that Google did do out with PageRank… What would the rest of us do? Now’s the time to be thinking about it. Not only companies like TextLinkAds and PayPerPost will suffer, but so will all bloggers monetizing their sites. As mentioned above, a site’s PageRank is one of the biggest factors in determining text link advertisement sales.
It’s time to start thinking about how else you could monetize your blog, especially if you rely on PageRank to get more money with your advertising. There are so many other reliable ways to prove your blog is a great one for sponsors to advertise on. Your RSS subscriber count is a fantastic way. In my opinion, it could be a lot better than PageRank. PageRank counts your number of incoming links, but RSS subscribers are for real. That count displays how many loyal visitors you have that read your content every single day. Advertisers would surely be interested in those numbers.
Besides your RSS subscribers, consider how many unique visitors and pageviews you get daily. Take screenshots of the graphs of your statistics and place them on your advertising page. Any future sponsors would love to know the traffic you’re receiving! If you have a good, low Alexa number then display that too – but if you don’t, that’s okay. Alexa is not the most reliable source of information as their data isn’t tracked equally for everyone.
If PageRank is kaput, another way to lure advertisers in is to have testimonials from past sponsors who have really enjoy and benefited from advertising on your site. This way new advertisers will know that their money will be worth it.
Hopefully from reading above you’ve figured out ways to earn more money on your blog based on factors besides PageRank. No one knows for sure yet except those dastardly people behind Google itself, but it’s always best to be prepared for the worst in case PageRank won’t exist any longer.
PageRank being done with is a very logical assumption, even if it’s one most of us would hate. Without PageRank, the majority of bloggers and webmasters would go into a chaotic state. So what do you think? Is PageRank over, or is Google just changing their algorithm and system to base it on other factors besides links? Please share your opinions, and let us know what you would do if Google said PageRank was dead.
August 26, 2007
When I first started my blog, I envisioned using Google Adsense, and only that, to make a very decent profit. But early on I learned that Adsense isn’t enough to make money online – in fact, it will probably be one of your lowest earners.
Adsense was big in its day, but now it is slowly fading out of the picture as paid reviews and selling banners and text links come in and take its place. The majority of people avoid ads like the flu and don’t want anything to do with them, and most Adsense blocks stand out like a sore thumb. Only the very famous bloggers made a good income with Adsense, and even then, it’s not as much as you might hope for.
With Adsense, you don’t earn that much per click and the ad block is taking up a huge amount of valuable space that you could be using for something else and making more money with. For example, if you have an Adsense banner in your sidebar, you could remove it and replace it with text link sales, which will benefit others more and make you more money.
If you’re a beginner to blogging and have just started, then Adsense might be your only bet. You can’t sign up for PayPerPost until your blog is 90 days old, and no one will be willing to buy text links, banners, or reviews from a brand new blog. So if you’re just starting out, Adsense could be one of the only way to go.
But if your blog is a few months old and you get a nice amount of traffic, have a decent subscriber count, and have PageRank, then it may be time to ditch the Adsense and try something new. People will be willing to buy advertising from you, so not only are you making yourself more money, but you’re helping other bloggers and webmasters out and giving them traffic and a secure spot in your blog. To see some on ideas on the advertising you can sell on your own, see my post titled Advertising: Cut Out the Middle Man and Make More Money.
Google Adsense has strict rules and it’s easy to get banned when you do nothing wrong. Also, they’re very unpredictable and you can never be sure how much you’re going to make. But if you cut them out and manage your own advertising sales, then you create your own rules and run set prices the way YOU want to it. Not only that, but you’ll be making more. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, experiment around with your money making techniques, and possibly ditch Adsense if it’s not doing much for you.
June 28, 2007
I was over at ProBlogger and came across a post that informed me of a new option Google has given its publishers: your Adsense ads can now have square edges, slightly rounded, or very rounded. Click here to see previews of the three different ad border styles.
I think it’s great that Google is giving Adsense publishers more choices in the look and feel of the ads they run. A selection of different border types is not huge a difference, but it never hurts. However, when I use Adsense, I blend the ads into my site and you cannot see the borders at all, so these differently shaped edges would not matter for me. But I can see how this will be very nice for some people whose ads are not completely blended. More options never hurt anybody, and it’s not something to complain about, even if I won’t be using it!
What do YOU think about the new slightly rounded and very rounded edge options? Will you be using them, or do you not have borders visible on your Adsense ads you run?
April 9, 2007
Google Adsense is one of the most popular targeted advertising systems. (If you don’t know what Adsense is, click here) So if it’s popular, you wonder… Why aren’t you making a fortune from it?
Money comes in time. Nobody can become rich in a few days. Sometimes it takes you weeks or even months to make your first dollar with Adsense. It depends on the person, their determination, their knowledge with the program and the internet, how they advertise their website, and other factors.
But maybe Adsense isn’t making you any money because you don’t know how to place the advertisements. The key is to place them in a part of your blog where the main focus is, and to make them blend in. Also, avoid the common ad formats – like leaderboard, the long one, for instance (you see that one everywhere). Instead, try using the squares and rectangles and unique shapes for ads.
Place your ads where your visitors will be looking, or where they will be likely to click. Make your ad colors to match your site. For example, if the links in your blog are all blue, you might want to make your ad links blue. You’ll want it to have the same background color. Ads standing out aren’t good – your visitors will avoid them at all costs!
If you want to make money with Adsense, you have to be a hard worker. Try all kinds of color combinations, ad formats, and placement on your blog, until you get it right where you’re earning the most. And be sure not to neglect writing new content all the time and submitting your blog to directories and search engines! I can’t promise you’ll be a six figure blogger, but if you have perseverance, you’ll succeed.