Does Pictures of Pretty Girls = More Traffic?

Hey all…

I decided I would perform a bit of a test today… On my other site, I’ve posted an article about Mike Myers and Jessica Alba’s new film called Love Guru which comes out in June. Near the top of the article, I have a picture of Jessica Alba. This is to test the prevailing theory that if you have pictures of pretty girls you’ll get more traffic.

This is the picture…

Jessica Alba

Funny enough, I had a picture of Marion Cotillard (who won an Oscar recently) in one of my other postings and it continues to get search engine traffic day after day, so we’ll see if it holds true in this case also.

(Here’s the picture of Marion Cotillard…)
Marion Cotillard

I’ve decided NOT to drop any Entrecards to see what the result is. I’ll post the results later in the week.

–Fitz

Is EntreCard Really Worth It??

Hi all…

For the last few weeks, I’ve been attempting to do the EntreCard dance every day… Dropping at least 100 cards, sometimes more than 200 if time allowed, and my traffic has grown considerably. I’m getting about as much traffic as cards I drop in a day. It’s averaging about 100 pageviews a day at any rate.

EntreCard

That said, the process of dropping every day is very time consuming. Yes, I’ve come across some great blogs and sites in that time of dropping all these EntreCard cards, but still… Is it quality traffic or just people flying by to drop cards on my site to get their own stats up?

Continue reading “Is EntreCard Really Worth It??”

List of Free Internet Marketing Books from Caroline

Hi all!

I don’t know if you know who Caroline Middlebrook is, but she’s been on this road of monetizing a blog for longer than many of us just starting out and seems to have her act together. Hers is one of those blogs I check out regularly!

Anyway… She posted a great article on Tuesday this week providing a list of 20 free e-Books covering internet marketing and monetizing blogs in preparation for putting out her own e-Book. This is a great list that includes some of the big names in the blogosphere, including Yaro Starak (another blog I check out regularly) and Jack Humphrey (yet another great blog).

You can check out her list here. I will certainly be working my way through the list.

Caroline also noted that she’s actually starting to see some income from her efforts now, which is great. I wish her the best of luck. Maybe some of it will rub off on the rest of us. 🙂

Happy reading this holiday weekend!

–Fitz

DiscountClick Services for your Blog or Website

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Hi all!

The great folks at DiscountClick.com have a great suite of Internet Marketing services to help out your website or blog. By providing an array of services aimed at improving your SEO and increase traffic (and therefore hopefully sales) to your site, DiscountClick is there to help you make sure your links are targeted to the right folks in the right places to get you (and them) more money down the line.

They do this by handling several key areas of SEO (Search Engine Optimization):

Cost-wise, they have a variety of entry points for their services also, starting from a flat $50 per link for one way links back to your website from a variety of sources – page rank, domain age, domains, and IP addresses. They state that each of these premium links is worth about 100 links from other SEO consulting companies.

Up from there is the entry level SEO website service, which is a $500 fee. It’s difficult to discern from the text on their pricing page whether this is $500 a month or a flat $500 fee. But they will help out small businesses get started in the SEO marketing space.

They offer many other services, including a Pay Per Click (PPC) starter service, self service tracking and tools, ultra ranking & promotion, and so on, ranging from a low $50 fee up to $3000 for companies with custom high marketing budgets who want to see a good return for their money.

For those folks using their services, they also provide an affiliate program to help spread the word and gain a little additional $$.

Visibility wise, they have a number of high profile clients that use their marketing services including Phillips Lighting, Blogsvertise, and The Stevens Institute of Technology.

So check out DiscountClick if you’re looking for dedicated folks for your SEO!

–Fitz

I’ve caught the Flux! BlogFlux!

Hey all…

BlogFlux

I thought I’d try and add my blog to another blog network, this one called Blog Flux. According to their site, they have more than 95,931 blogs listed on their site and have been getting quite a number of hits on a daily basis. Yesterday, based on their statistics page, they had more than 2,318,010 unique visitors and 4,451,527 page views. I’d say they’re generating a good deal of traffic!

They also offer some cool services like e-mail obfuscation, a button maker, and so on.

So we’ll see if it helps out traffic to Fitzy Business and the Lair of the Green Knight. One can only hope!

–Fitz

Are you ever at a loss for words? Try these sites!

Hi there!

Are you ever at a loss for words? Sometimes the words flow like honey… and other times, they flow like cement it seems. Well, here’s a few cool tools to help you find the words to say what you’re trying to say:

  • Dictionary.com: A very easy to use and comprehensive online dictionary
  • Wikipedia: Yes, I still use this sometimes maligned site, but it provides great depth in some areas that can take you in unexpected directions with an idea
  • Thesaurus.com: A more traditional thesaurus done by the same folks as the Dictionary.com site
  • And Thinkmap’s VisualThesaurus.com: A very cool visual tool that will help you SEE some options for the words you’re looking for

If you haven’t played with the last one… Here’s an example. You enter your word — in this case, I entered “excessive” and it provided a variety of options… You can click on any of them and get a whole new range of options, and so on. It’s a great way to brainstorm for headings or titles or even if you find yourself using the same adjectives or adverbs over and over again to get out of a rut!

Visual Thesaurus

So check them out… I use them on a regular basis! What tools do you use? Leave me a comment and let me know!

–Fitz

Cool Utility to See What Search Spiders See on your Site…

Hi all…

If you haven’t been to the Bontrager CGI site for web site-related scripts, you’re missing out. I’m not much of a web programmer, but I’m learning. And this site has an amazing array of useful tools, including the Search Spider tool that I’ve hooked up via the Utilities page on this site.

Spiders

The tool is very easy to use. Simply enter the URL for your web page or blog, click some options, and let it rip… It shows you links that the spiders see as well as keywords and a ton of other useful information. So if the tool doesn’t show much for your site, it’s quite possible that the search spiders prowling the internet for search engines aren’t seeing much either.

So give it a test drive. See what you think!

–Fitz

Help picking profitable markets for beginners…

Hi there…

I just today decided to spend $7 on an online resource for choosing a profitable market… This program was produced by Terry Dean and Glenn Livingston and I’m going to give it a shot. These guys are so confident that we will make money using their system that they’re going to give 100% commission to anyone else who sells their program.

So if you’re interested in this kind of thing, click here and see what it’s all about. When you buy the program, you also get four free reports on various aspects of internet marketing.

I’ll let you know how the process goes for me over the next few weeks.

–Fitz

“Meme”-orizing Technology Tidbits… (Techmeme)

Hi all…

This term keep surfacing in my web surfing… Meme. According to Dictionary.com, the definition is:

a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

There’s a cool service for us tech junkies called Techmeme.
Techmeme logo

Techmeme’s mission is as follows (according to the Techmeme About section):

At this moment, the next big story in technology may reside on a blog you’ve never heard of or a news site you don’t have time to scan.

So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.

Coverage is driven by a mix of industry insiders, passionate independents, and established journalists. So Techmeme gets the story no matter where it appears, and often days before it hits major sites.

Techmeme has consistently provided interesting stories from the forefront of technology… Today’s headlines include information about the iPhone, FCC, AOL, Google, Intel, AMD, Blogging… and so much more. It’s a feast for the mind for us techno-geeks.

And if that wasn’t enough, Techmeme also provides a leaderboard for the top sources for the information on their pages.

Techmeme Leaderboard Top 10

So if you’re a tech junkie like myself, you can keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry pretty easily by browsing the headlines here. Techmeme does an amazing job of transmitting these technological items repeatedly!

Until next time… Enjoy!

–Fitz

Do you Hubsess about things?

Hi all…

I recently found a new news aggregation site called Hubsess… It works similar to Bloglines or Google Reader or other online RSS feed readers, but has a more low-tech feel with the concept of “newspapers”. Though I’m not sure it will take off, it’s an interesting approach.

Hubsess Screenshot Tiny

Basically you create a “hub” for a person, place, or thing, and then relate your hub to other hubs, creating a network of hubs about particular topics.

According to their FAQ, what makes Hubsess different than other sites is:

Hubsess allows you to get the news you want, while skipping the news you don’t want. Hubsess gets news from two sources. Users can submit news stories, and tag them to hubs. Users can also submit an RSS feed and get Hubsess will automatically add stories from that RSS feed to a Hub’s news.

Hubsess allows ordinary people to write news stories on their blog, and submit them to Hubsess. This means that you no longer have to rely on traditional media sources for your your news.

Hubsess also allows you to vote on stories. Each story will have a score. That score will go up and down, depening on user’s votes. This score will help other users decide whether a story is a good read, or something they should pass on. Users also can discuss a story.

As far as I can tell, it’s not the most exciting site on the web, but another option when trying to make relationships with readers/viewers. I’m hoping that their interface gets much cleaner. It has a very old-fashioned web page kind of vibe to it, as opposed to Bloglines and Google Reader, which are both very Web 2.0.

Will this help or hinder your marketing efforts? Probably neither — it’s just one more site to be aware of on the edge of your radar.

Until next time! Keep blogging!

–Fitz