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Blogging/Sales Experiment; The Follow Up

In my last post, which was kind of brief, I mentioned that I was trying something new. That was to see if I could create HTML pages and attach them to this blog in some fashion.

The immediate answer turns out to be yes. I don’t know why I’d never thought about it before, but just because one has a blog, what would have prevented me from uploading HTML pages? Nothing, it seems. After all, I’ve uploaded pictures and files before. That part was actually very easy, as I just added a pretty much nothing page with one line, and it worked just fine.

The next part wasn’t as easy, though. I thought about it, and wondered how easy it would be to make at least the header look like the blog header. The first thing I realized is that I couldn’t just look at the source code and get what I needed because much of what you need is coded into the CSS files, along with the PHP files.

But I’m not so dumb; where there’s a will, there’s a way. It took me about an hour, but I figured out how to get the image to do what I wanted it to do so at least that looked like the blog. Then it took me another 10 minutes to figure out how to get the blog name onto the image; that was just stupidity on my part, and that’s one of the problems with trying to do things really late in the evening, or early in the morning, since it was almost 1:30 at this point. I did get it on there, though, got the font correct also. What I can’t do, though, is get the spacing correct. So, it’ll look like the main page, but the name will jump if someone comes to the page. That may or may not be a minor issue for some people.

The next thing I wanted to try was to see if I could get my brief content to look like it does on the blog. I spent 25 minutes on that before I decided either I was too tired or there’s something I’m missing. When I got the font and color to look like it does on the blog, it also added this line in front of the content, looking like some emails do when things are repeated and people aren’t using the > sign to indicate it. When I didn’t have the font color looking like my blog everything defaulted totally to the left. I tried adding the “blockquote” attribute, and things went, well, weird. Seems the blog software, even if it’s an independent page, just doesn’t like that one.

In the end, I’m left with some conclusions. One, can it be done; yes. Two, is it worth trying to make everything look like the rest of your blog? No. Three, is that a major deal? Probably not, but I’m troubled with some of the formatting issues I was having, especially everything defaulting totally to the left. I’d hate to get into having to add that “nbsp” thing all the time (I didn’t type the code in correctly because then you wouldn’t see it here) to add spaces for every line; that’s ugly coding, and way too much work if you want to have a long page with lots of content and products on it. At some point it might be worth it to do things that way. For now, though, I think I’ll continue sending people to my S&S blog to see my weekly specials. So much easier to deal with.

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A Blogging/Sales Experiment

This is going to be a relative short post because I’m working on a project, mini project, that I want to see what happens with it.

This blog is actually the domain, as you can probably figure out. I’ve been wondering if I could add a HTML page to my host, link to it, and have it show up as a page off this site. I’ve never thought about it before until today, and I’m thinking that, if it works, I just might add a few sales pages, with specific products from specific affiliates, and see how that all works out.

This should prove to be interesting; stay close to see how I report on this one.

Oh yeah, one more thing I want to mention. Seems I won a contest on Sire’s Wassup Blog, and I now have a 125×125 badge as one of the prizes; neat!

See, short and sweet; this definitely isn’t my norm! lol

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October Income Report – It Is What It Is

Well, the numbers are in for October, and I can’t say they’re all that pretty. I didn’t do a lot of marketing in October, though; not that I ever do all that much really. But as we rush towards Christmas now, I’m going to see if I can spark some things up in some fashion. Without further ado, here’s the modest numbers:

Adsense – $63.57
Commission Junction – $6.49
Infolinks – .46
Voxant Newsroom – .01
Grand Total – $70.53

And there you go. Nothing spectacular, but a little weird. Adsense was off drastically, and it seemed like there were days in a row when I earned nothing, which hadn’t happened before. But that’s not bad, so I’ll run with it. Also, that Voxant Newsroom thing made its first pitiful money, but at least now I know I will earn something if people click on it. This is actually a video thing on my finance blog, something I picked up from Sire, that I have set to play financial news headlines if someone decides to take a few moments to catch the news. If they do, I get paid for it. It actually has lots of different video things you can select from; I just decided not to put it on this blog because there’s already so much here. If you’d like to see what I mean, go to Top Finance Blog.

There were a few of changes I made this month which may have affected the numbers here, or not. One is that I finally came up with my own comment policy, which basically is that people have to leave me a real name or nickname that I can call them rather than keywords names, otherwise I’ll edit the name to an initial. Some folks are still missing that one, and if there’s no name in their email address I respond to them with the letter only. If you check out the comment policy, I link to the post that explains why I went that direction.

Also, now above every individual post, I’d added a Commission Junction rotating banner, which means if you visited the same post multiple times you’d see multiple ads. What that’s going to do for me is allow me to now add some banner ads from some of my other advertisers to this page, to hopefully promote some of those advertisers here. I recognize that I push CJ products more often than all the others because it’s just so easy to access, but there are quality names and products from some of the other sites as well, so I just need to get to them. One of these days I’m going to list all the affiliates I belong to, just to show you how spread out I am. I know, someone’s going to say I should concentrate on just one affiliate to see where that will get me. I think I’ve done that, in a way, since CJ probably accounts for 90% or more of everything I have on all my sites.

And finally, I started underlining links that led to products in my posts, which in a way might look like Infolinks or Kontera, only I don’t have either of those on this blog anymore. I wrote about doing that in last months income report post. The gurus all say that their best sales come from text links; I’ve had none so far, but it’s still early.

And traffic overall for the month of October was down. Only my main business site and my anti-smoking site went up in traffic. Of course, once I discovered that I forgot to move the code on my business blog, which accounted for that number to drop drastically, I knew why that figure had fallen so much, so hopefully it’ll come back up to at least the average it was before.

Anyway, that’s the month. I’ve had a blast with my writing in October, and I expect to have even more fun in November.

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Post #501 – Way Ahead Of Pace

Some of you saw Post #500, which means of course that this is post #501. This is the one where I recap what’s happened over the last 100 posts.

First off, I’m more than a month ahead of when I got my first 200 posts done, which means I should easily hit my 600th post before my anniversary date, December 12th. Not that I’m necessarily shooting for it, but with my potentially new way of posting, it’s possible. Then again, I ended up going on a major writing jag to hit that number back then; I’m not going to intentionally push myself to hit the anniversary this time around.

Oddly enough, something I wrote in my last post, about talking more on personal things, I actually did for the first time in these last 100 posts. Once again, I also end up with six rather than a top five, with two new categories and two dropping. One that dropped drastically, which I have to think about, is Marketing, where in the previous 100 I wrote 15 posts about, and this time around only 3. Marketing is what will help my businesses survive and grow, so I need to get back to that. Meanwhile, here’s the top six:

Blogging – 23

Internet – 15

Personal (new) – 8

Research – 7

Writing – 6 1/2

Product (new) – 6 1/2

There was a lot more diversity overall on what I wrote about, and I added a new topic, social media, which there might be a growth on as I now know all my previous posts about Twitter and Facebook needed to go under that.

Next, the posts of mine that were visited the most during this time period, which incidentally was 4 1/2 months. And, just like last time, only one post was written during this period; seems my older posts retain a lot of juice and popularity. I might need to go back and monetize those posts. Anyway, here’s the top 5, along with the visits:

Getting Google Desktop To Index Thunderbird – 334

Top 100 Singers Of All Time – 236

Nameboy (new) – 157

Cute Things Falling Asleep – 124

Next the posts that people commented on the most during this time period:

April Income Statistics – Getting Better, Getting Worse – 59

Smoke Not So Much – 51

Google Health – 44

Bloggers Can’t Hide Behind Fake Names Anymore And Defame Others – 42

Michael Jackson Follow Up – 36

I found it interesting that this time around, everything was just so different that the previous times I’ve done this report. No duplicates as far as one post ending up on more than one list; not quite sure how to interpret that.

In one way, I already talked about some changes I’m going to make over the next 100 posts. One thing I said I was going to do in the previous 100 that I didn’t do was to break up the long posts into two posts. It just didn’t look right, and none of the topics really warranted it. I also said I was going to advertise my affiliate programs more; nope, didn’t get around to that either. But with my supposed new focus, maybe that will change up. I did start including more affiliate links into my posts when the words matched up, especially on my “lists” posts.

I’m not sure many people link within the content as much as I do, and I make a conscious effort to do it also. One thing I need to think about is based on some things I’ve been reading lately from both Problogger and Lynn Terry about repurposing old blog posts that may not have gotten much attention in the past. They say rewrite the posts and either post them anew or make sure you link to them and get the benefit of age out of them. I have linked to many of my older posts, but I’ve never thought much about rewriting any of them. Yeah, time and money; always comes down to that, unfortunately.

Meanwhile, since I hit that 100 subscribers on Feedburner it’s gone down slowly, and my Technorati ranking is dropping fast also. More reasons to change some things up, try to be fresher. I want to grow; then again, who doesn’t?

That’s all I have; on to #600!

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August Income Report – Two Steps Backward

I hate when I’m right. After my best month ever, I mentioned last month that I didn’t think I would sustain it into this month. Well, I was right, but I hadn’t expected it to drop like this. First, here’s the figures:

Adsense – $61.86
Text ads – $19.83
Commission Junction – 70 cents
Chitika – 23 cents
Infolinks – 3 cents

Grand Total – $82.65

Yup, that’s it. Now, I expected most of those to go down, except for the Adsense. It was weird because after a couple of really high months, the first week of August showed me not making a single cent. That didn’t make any sense at all, but other people were saying that August was starting out badly for them also. I think Google did something to take away our revenue, especially since the rest of the month was something spectacular. Oh well, it is what it is.

So, am I expecting anything better for September? Nope, nada, zip. I think Adsense will recover, but otherwise, I just don’t see it. Sure, I’m running that new Commission Junction rotating thing on the side, but I think I need to move that to another site to see if it will do anything there, since two of my other sites are more geared towards sales and such.

Oh yeah, the text ads. I get those from a company that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned, but ever since this blog lost its PR the number of ads has been going down. If it stays at this level or goes down again, I’ll be dropping this company from this blog and working on a better way to get paid ads of some kind, the kind where I can throw on the nofollow so that the almighty Google will accept me back into their good graces once more. As I’ve said often, I don’t really care all that much about PR, but this was a PR 4 blog before they took it away, and if that will get some other advertisers, who aren’t as savvy on nofollow and dofollow, to think about advertising here, then so be it.

And let me add this; my visitors have increased again. I went up a little more than 16% this month from the previous month, 23% from June. I think it’s because of posting frequency, as I wrote almost every day last month, and I expect to continue that this month, where, in three posts, I’ll write my 500th post on this blog; wow!

So, there you are. Maybe I need to take Mirjam up on the Keyword Academy thing, eh? 🙂

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