Monday, May 25, 2009

Content That Grips the Reader

How can we grab the attention of our readers and keep them? Content that arrests the reader is possible but there are a few things that must be done.

Make sure to read these simple but powerful techniques. They have helped increase the amount of time visitors spend on my website/blog and they will help you as well.

These tips for composing your content help you will establish the kind of relationships that will bring your readers back for more.

1) You must have a title that grips the reader and provokes their curiosity.

2) Assure them that you are an expert and give a brief testimonial of how what you have to say has helped in your life. This will establish credibility. Keep these stories brief though.

3) List how your readers can benefit from what you’re explaining.

4) Appeal to the reader’s sense of discomfort. This can often be accomplished through asking questions. Here’s an example: Do you suffer from insomnia and your work and home life are affected from your lack of sleep?

5) Use bullets and numbering.

6) Use a photo that grips the visual senses to explore more of the article.

It’s recommended to keep paragraphs structured in two to three line sections. This will keep your post from having an overwhelming appearance.

Most readers have a tendency to skim the first line in a paragraph so get the point across quickly.

There are hundreds of ways to write content that will place a hold on your visitor’s intuitive side. An article that grips the reader’s attention will cause them to bookmark your website/blog and come back for more.

Keep your content simple, to the point and be assured that these techniques will increase the amount of time people spend on your website.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Making More With Adsense

Did you know that you can make more with your websites by researching a few things related to Adsense and your website’s niche? If you’re not familiar with keywords and the bidding process that takes place in the Adwords program, then this article is for you.

There are certain keywords that are worth a lot more than others. For instance, if you have a guitar website where the average payout might be around 10 cents per click for guitar related things, but if you start writing about owning a guitar store and what the insurance requirements are for that business, the insurance keywords pay much better than guitar related keywords.

If someone were making a search to see how much it costs for commercial business insurance for a guitar store and you have a related article with Google Adsense advertisements on it, there’s a good chance that you could make some serious money for an insurance advertisement getting clicked on.

So find a website that lists high paying keywords for Adsense and see if you can write a few articles for your niche that may pay a little better than what you’re getting. Making a better revenue show in your monthly earnings is going to take creativity and research.

Here are a few examples:
Auto Insurance Cabinet Business
Workers Comp Insurance Cabinet Company

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Twitter-Get Recognized by Google Page Rank

With all the buz about Twitter- how do we get high page rank? Is it related to the number of followers we have? Does the amount of people that we are following affect the search result placements of our pages? Does deep linking to posts have an affect upon the status of where we rank in the SERPS?

Recently, I’ve been following a very interesting post at Website Babble about Twitter Link Juice. The owner of the Forum posted a an interesting video on this subject that clarifies a lot of possible misconceptions about link building using Twitter.

According to Matt Cutts the only links that have any juice value for achieving better page rank are the ones pointing to your Twitter page and posts. He explains that Google views Twits like any other website in that quality back links affect page rank.

Incidentally, if you want to learn more about Google go to their Youtube channel, Google Webmaster Central Channel and watch an assortment of videos.

Getting recognized as an important site, in relation to back links, will increase the page rank of your Twitter page and individual twits- if the recognition comes from back links.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Reduce (or, “compress”) Video Size - Homestead Website

I have had to reduce the size of several videos that I added to some Homestead website pages. You can learn to compress them by following the free video instructions provide in this article. The allowable size that can be uploaded into the SiteBuilder is 100 mega bites. So, what do you do with a large AVI video that you recorded using a screen recorder such as Cam Studio? Making the file size smaller is going to take a couple of hours of learning.
There’s a free program called Virtual Dub. Download it and then follow this tutorial from Youtube showing you How to Compress an AVI Video Using VirtualDub. How to Determine the Size of a Video FileRight click on the video icon and choose “properties” at the bottom of the menu. The file size will be abbreviated with MB for mega bites.

The process of compressing an AVI video, so that it is small enough to add to your SiteBuilder page, is going to take a while. I had an older computer, using a Penium three processor, and it took about one hour per one hundred mega bites. So a video that had a file size of 800MB took eight hours to reduce.

If the compression is done properly, the file size will be reduced to somewhere around eight to twelve mega bites for a video that is ten minutes long.
Videos recorded using the CabStudio recorder can be uploaded directly to Youtube usually without the necessity to compress the file size.

Recording videos to add to a Homestead website is a lot of fun. After you reduce a few it will become second nature. However, just like any other computer program the process of learning how to compress a video is going to take a while. You should be able to find everything that you need on the Internet. After a little trial and error you will be able to reduce the mega bites size of an AVI video with ease.

Videos usually take a couple of minutes to load and play on a Homestead/Intuit SiteBuilder web site page.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Does Anyone Click on Top Page Banners

I see these 780 x 90 banners at the top of many blogs and websites constantly, I honestly cannot ever remember clicking on one of them, can you?

Do you think that they are unattractive or attractive? I suppose my answer would be unattractive. If they weren’t, I would have taken the time to click on them in the past three years of surfing the Internet.

Have you ever heard of banner blindness? I guess that the term defined means exactly what it implies; we don’t pay any attention to them unless they jump out of the flat screen and punch us in the nose.

The reason I am bringing this to our attention is because they are tacky looking and oftentimes rather irritating.

Have you seen the new flash type advertising banners that drop down over the menus at the top of the page? Isn’t it ridicules what lengths product marketing designers will go to in order to try to get our attention?

If you want to add advertising to your Homestead websites pages, either in the form of Adsense or Commissions Junction affiliate links, consider using the HTML codes provided for text ads. Surveys suggest that more people click on them anyway.

Now, I must admit that I have on one occasion been the victim of purchasing something from a banner advertisement, but the ad was located at the bottom of an article about how to make money with Adsense. It was the best purchase I ever made.

Before you decide to add an unattractive image advertisement at the top of your Homesteads website pages, stop and ask yourself this question: “have I ever clicked on a banner at the top of a website page?”

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Viewing Photos Homestead Site Builder File Manager

Here’s a video showing how to view photographs in the file manager of your homesteads Site Builder account. It gets really frustrating if you don’t know how to find pictures in the listing except by trying to click on them and view each one as it opens. This tutorial will have you viewing all of your photographs easily and quickly once you understand how the system works.

If you’re anything like me, you never change the file descriptions of the pics and you end up with a bunch of saved pics that have numbers for the descriptions in the file manager. Before I discovered this technique for viewing photos, I was irritated beyond belief every time that I would desire to delete unused photos from the listings.

Here’s how to view and delete photos that are in the file manager. At the top right hand side there is an option text box that says “listings.” Just click on the dropdown arrow and there is an option for “thumbnails.” Once you select the thumbnails option, then you will be able to view all of the pictures that you have stored on the Site Builder file manager.

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What’s New Google

Just wanted to share a great blog post that I discovered by Matt Cutts. I was wondering if anything new had been posted about Google this month.

So I did a search and discovered this awesome post that was made yesterday, May 18th, showing several new things that Google has incorporated into the search options.

Check it out here-The article is called, What was New at Searchology.

At the top of the Google search results page, on the left, they have included an optional link which says, Web show options.

Click on the link and see all of the new features there are to enhance the searchers experience when using Google.

Now we can find videos, forums and reviews that are related to our search terms very easily.

Among the new features we find the capabilities of finding the most recent results to our queries. There are even options for tracking down posts that were made in the past 24 hours, the past week or the past year.

These new features were very complex to integrate and yet the design remains true with the company’s reputation for designing simplistic web pages.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Google Webmasters with Homestead Website

The way to get things set up is by first registering with Google for a free account. Learning how to set up a webmasters tools account that corresponds with your Homestead website be beneficial to your success? Did you know that this is a great way to improve upon the amount of visitors that you have coming to your web site?

Once your account has been configured you will see an icon for webmasters tools.

You will have to go through a verification process so that your site can be authenticated. This is done by entering a code in the advanced properties editor of your Homestead website site builder that they give you during the setup process.

The Benefits of Registering Your Website
There are many great statistics that are offered once Google begins to keep track of your website data. You can have the system provide statistics for several websites withing your account.

A Listing of Links
You will be able to determine how many external links (other websites) there are linking to your site.

What are Your Most Important Keywords
There is a list showing what keywords that they view as being important on your web site.

Where are you Ranking in the Search Results
Google will tell you what the top search queries are and where your sites average position is for particular search terms. This is extremely valuable for link building.

Discover Errors that Google Finds
If there are any errors with your Homestead Website the Google webmasters tools will display what errors that they have discovered. For instance if you have broken links they will inform you.

This is Where you Add your Sitemap
This is where you can tell Google about your sitemap. If you don’t have one this Homestead sitemap tutorial will help get you going in the right direction.

There are many benefits to setting up Google webmasters tools with a Homestead website. It’s not a difficult task to undertake and the results will certainly help you build your Internet business in a way that it can be more appealing to Google’s spiders.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Twitter, what’s the Big Deal?

I’ve flown over to the Twitter tree and honestly don’t get it. What’s the big attraction that has people flocking to the website?

Here’s my take on it, people who sell affiliate products post links that point to whatever deal they are trying to sell.

Every person that decides to follow you (become your friend or join the flock) will have your comment’s show up on their Twitter page. So if you get 1,000,000 followers and you make a post every ten minutes, those will show up on your 1,000,000 follower’s pages every ten minutes.

Tip: Use an enticing picture for your profile. This will attract people to follow you.

It just appears that most of the people interacting on the network are posting links to their websites hoping that they will get more traffic. I have actually had twenty five visitors from the website in the past month. There is some value in getting a little traffic from there. When I combined the results with the fifty visitors that I had from Ezine Articles the benefits seemed better.

I can honestly say that I am not a daily participant with the social club, but I do drop in occasionally.

Here’s what I did to make my blog posts show on my friends Twitter pages. I went to a place called Twitter Feed and set things up so that every time I make a new blog post it automatically shows on my friends pages. I don’t have to go to the website at all, it’s an automatic feed.

Twitter SpammersEverything that starts out as a good thing eventually gets negative interaction from spammers. I clicked on a home improvement banner to follow them on Twitter and when I received a private message from them, they were only selling a product that would help you make money on Twitter. Deception will only increase as more and more affiliate marketers join in on the latest craze.

On another occasion, I decided to follow several people in another sector or niche. After I clicked on about ten people to follow, when I looked on my home page all ten had the same spammy message plastered on my home page. Grrr, I had to take time to delete each one.

So, if I had to sum things up, the big deal about Twitter is that you will get a few visitors and possibly be able to make a few dollars if they decide to purchase something from your website when they click on a link that you have posted. The more followers you get the more visitors that will find your website through clicking on your links.

Watch this video about Twitter, it sums it up nicely. The creators obviously dont' undetstand what's the big attraction either.
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    Monday, May 4, 2009

    Getting Few Visitors-Need Help

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    SOS! Is this your story? You built your website now your getting few visitors? I’m confident that you need HELP, don’t you? Well here are three steps that will get you going in the proper direction, I guarantee it.

    Step One

    Study SEO! Here is a great tool for learning SEO for Homesteads Site Builder users.
    It’s sad but true, many newbies don’t know what to do first, and therefore they fail because they design the website first without understanding how to optimize a Homestead website.

    What is SEO?
    There are certain things that you must do on your website and off of your pages that will almost guarantee you will get more visitors to your site. Learn how to do these things or you will not succeed.

    Step Two

    Keep a fresh stream of content flowing on your website. All of the articles that you write should be optimized by applying the correct SEO techniques to your writings.

    Step Three

    Be persistent and patient at the same time. It can take up to six months before you see any real increase. The Internet system of attracting visitors to a Homestead site is going to take a little while to understand and implement.

    As you apply what you’ve learned about increasing visitors to your niche time will be gracious toward your efforts and so will Google. Spend time in forums like Website Babble to learn more about the complexity/simplicity of increasing visitors.

    Increasing visitors to a Homestead website takes work. There’s nothing simple about it. It’s normal to need help when you first start learning about making websites as it relates to getting people to visit your site. Just keep studying all the things that you can find about increase as it relates to getting more visits.

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    Friday, May 1, 2009

    Overcoming Writers Block, Brain Storming With Google

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    The two ways I overcome writers bock will help you break out of your rut. Once you begin to implement these suggestions, there’s going to be an increase in your article production.

    After writing over 60 articles for one of the niche websites that I own called Fix My Cabinet, I began to run short on things to write about. One day I decided to explore what some possibilities might be for article writing by using some of the tools that Google has provide for free.

    Using Google Suggest, found at, greatly enhanced my motivation for writing. When you type a term into the search box, Google will make suggestions in the form of a dropdown menu just below the search entry box.

    Here’s how I use it. Let’s say I want to write an article about wood cabinets. I would type in the search term and then, one letter at a time, add to the end of that term.

    Wood cabinets a
    Wood cabinets b

    What happens is the system then makes suggestions for the next word.

    Wood cabinets Alabama
    Wood cabinets Accessories

    Now I have a whole alphabet full of suggestions to write about that are related to my niche. Just be careful to not become so intrigued with it that you don’t get some writing accomplished.

    Another great tool that I often use is the Adwords keyword finder. By typing in a search term, the system yields results that will show you what the most popular searches are on the Internet related to the term you entered into the box. There are thousands of suggestions to sift through in search of something interesting to write about.

    Both of these methods work great for me to overcome writers block. It’s like brain storming with Google. If you apply these methods of discovery you will be overcoming the type pad lock up too!
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