A quick round-up of what I learnt from the world of trying to make money online this week:
So you get your blog going, and get to grips with page rank (that Google says doesn’t matter but the rest of the blogging world thinks is essential?), then you discover you need to improve Alexa rank if you’re ever going to impress anyone with your new site….THEN I find out you’re gonna be judged on domain authority too!
Show Me Some Money is at 25 ~ over 30 and you’re starting to go places, so I guess I just set myself a new goal!
Check yours here http://moonsy.com/domain_authority/
Your Alexa rank is based on traffic stats, the more traffic you get the higher you rise in the ranks, but stats are only calculated when people with the Alexa toolbar installed visit your site.
Fix this with the nifty little Alexa rank widget, you’ll see I have it in the side bar over there somewhere –>
It really works! I’ve noticed the number going down steadily by around 2k a day.
http://www.alexa.com/siteowners/widgets just grab the html code and put it in your blog sidebar or footer. With this, ANY visitor to your blog that has java script enabled and who stays on the page for more than a minute (pop in a nice little word search or sodoku maybe?). The widget is free and takes a few seconds to create and install.
Hat tip for this great find goes to We R Bloggers
It seems the next weapon in the search ranking wars will be Author Rank, Google will be using its algorithms to assess your writing abilities and see where you are guest posting (and who is guest posting on your site).
It’s quite a complicated process to understand, I found it best summed up here: http://www.sitepronews.com/2012/10/25/google-author-rank-and-you-what-you-need-to-know/
Do be warned, however, it is not easy to implement Google Authorship – I’ve been trying for 3 days to no avail so far. Not to worry, it took Ana Hoffman nine months to get it working!
OH! And just to add to the fun – once you’ve finished head scratching and Googling for tutorials, Google makes it clear that it is under no obligation to implement your authorship in search results!!! PFFTttt
Great fun, but very time-consuming! The main aim of a blog hop is to get your Alexa rank moving in the right direction (you need the Alexa toolbar installed to get involved), but they are also useful for blog commenting (getting and giving!), networking (some fab people get involved),getting visitors to your site, social media engagement (most of your new visitors will give you a like/tweet/pin).
You also get to find some real blog gems, created by very talented and creative writers.
If you would like to get involved in a blog hop (linky) but aren’t sure how, there’s a great tutorial and trial hop going on at Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker, huge thanks to Maria for setting this up for us newbies!
Building an email list is right at the top of my to-do list for next year, but it’s an expense that I really can’t justify before money is coming in.
Tiny Letter is one option I’m looking at. It needs some research before jumping in as I usually do though, after all this will be other people’s privacy at stake; If something seems to good to be true….
They do get a thumbs up from TechCrunch though!
If you have a disposable email address, feel free to sign up to my non-existent newsletter, guaranteed no spam, not ever (unless it’s a dodgy site and they steal you info!). https://tinyletter.com/Showmesomemoney