Getting behind with my blogging friends

I am getting a bit behind with blogging, with running two now and having a host of lovely people to respond to, plus writing advertisements I have got a long to do list. Right now I am starting to put plants out and we are meant to have a lovely few days of weather so I have got to get to it. I will get around to everyone who has left a comment plus visiting as soon as I can. That is on both blogs.

Slowly I am moving back to Blogger as one can do so much more on it that you can’t on WordPress.  I had a company contact me yesterday wanting to pay me $40 if I would put a text link on my blog so that is easy money and I can’t do that sort of thing on WordPress.com unless I host my own blog and I have decided I don’t want the bother, or at least not at this time.   So far I have found Blogvertize the most lucrative of the pay for blogging companies. I have earned about $120 in three weeks. Over a year that adds up to $1440 if it keeps up, that is a lot towards a holiday. If my PR goes up maybe they will offer me more per post.  I don’t seem to get much elsewhere, but I am working hard on raising the PR on my blogger blog. I am mostly visiting from there now so I hope people will start moving their links for me over to that address. http://caribooponderer.blogspot.com. I have called it Cariboo Ponderer’s Mexican Pot of Gold however the name might have to change as Mexico seems to have fallen by the wayside. I am currently trying to find somewhere we can afford that is warm in winter. It is not as easy as it sounds. 

The only thing about WordPress I prefer really to Blogger is the easiness of responding to folk. Blogger is a bit clumsy I think, unless I am doing it wrong. I have comments sent to my gmail and respond from there, which takes me to their profile and then if they have more than one blog I have to hunt around for the right place to leave a comment. WordPress had a person’s email and blog link together with the comment so it was much easier and quicker.

Anyway the sun is out and it is a balmy 12C or about 53F and that is Spring here so I have to go outside and enjoy it.

Page Rank – does it matter

Want to check your Google Page Rank just visit this site and type in your blog address.

I guess the Page Rank (PR) is not important if you are getting visitors and you are not interested in making some money on your blog but if you do wish to make a little extra than page rank unfortunately is all important. The advertisers generally do not want to have anything to do with a blog that is under a PR3. A blog that has a PR5 if they wished to make some money with it probably could be earning $20 for every advertising post they did. I have a PR3 on both blogs so earn about $10 per advertisement on the Blogger (Mexico) blog but WordPress.com, that is this one, does not allow me to write advertisements.

Why did so many blogs including my Blogger blog get put back to 0 in October last year. I don’t think there is a straight answer to that. One reason is that Google was working out a new algorithm which determines where your blog or website will appear in the search results. The other reason seems to be that Google decided to penalize PayPerPost and all those associated with it.

Smorty, another advertising company, put this advice on their site.

There have been some recent changes that search engines have made with regard to sponsored postings.

Smorty would like to offer you some advice on this issue. search engines have primarily targeted member blogs and reduced their Page ranks across the board. Although this WILL NOT REDUCE your rankings or readership, your blog will receive more campaign offers if it has a higher page rank. To prevent any future loss of page rank due to this issue you can take the following steps:

1. Remove all sponsored post tags on each of your posts. Search engines can follow these tags to determine if you are being paid for posts.

2. Remove any other tags like “hire me” and “review me”. Any general affiliate banners are fine to keep.

Since you are only obligated to keep an advertisement on you blog between 14 days to 1 month depending on the company you are writing for it would be OK to remove posts older than that.

There seems to be ambiguous advice about using ‘do follow’ or ‘no follow’ code in the html of your blog. I can’t figure out if Google penalized for that or not. Occasionally you will come across a blog that states it uses ‘do follow’ but I can’t answer any questions on that because I don’t know.

I know my old blogger template had ‘do follow’ on it as I put it there, and now I have a new template it is not on there.

Another thing Google doesn’t like is duplicate content. Which is irritating as if one has two or more blogs, with different folk visiting, and one has written what they think is a good post you could be penalized by posting it twice. Something I recently found out and have been guilty of. So the best thing to do is link to it from the other blog. Which I will do from My Mexican Pot of Gold to here as I think this post may be of interest to someone who checks in there. Plus I just got a sneaky link to that blog.

I am trying to build up the other blog as I can see it as a way to bring in a bit more cash and contribute to our Mexican trip and although it is in its infancy I would very much appreciate anyone who links to it as it will help me. I will be doing more posting there in future. For example my Heads or Tails will come from there now as well as other things although I will keep this one going until the domain name expires and it just goes back to the wordpress address. This money making thing might be a flash in the pan but I feel I have to give it a try, as I shared before our pension is cut this year by $500 a month, because of the nasty tax man, and this might help a bit. I have also got my beady eye on and Mobile Internet Device as the ideal thing to take on trips. They seem quite inexpensive and might be just the thing to keep in touch and blog on vacation. Anyone have one?

Hope this answers some of the questions I received in my mail this morning.

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WordPress.com is too restrictive

I have been trying to do things with this blog that it just won’t let me do. As you know I am working with my old Blogger blog and it allows me to do all sorts of things that WordPress does not. I bought a domain name for this blog some time ago and I suppose the next step is hosting but I don’t think I will bother as the advertising companies have the old address anyway. The old Blogger blog is doing fine, although not a lot of money I have made $50 off it in ten days. If I can keep that up I will have a nice little pot of gold to go to Mexico with.

To add insult to injury this blog dropped in PR today although the blogger one stayed up. Probably because it is a Google product, I just might slowly move back to blogger. I will have to renew the domain name in December and I will have to decide what the smart thing to do is, let it go or whatever. I hate these technical decisions that may affect my blogging fun. Knowing my luck I will get it all sorted out, make a little bit of income and the PR will drop back to zero and I won’t get any jobs.

Also I have been having a hassle with PayPal the last three days. They have my measly $92 in there and they won’t give it to me. They want me to go through all sorts of hoops to get it. Every time I jump through them I get another email to jump through some more.

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Moms blogging from home rule

Here is a really encouraging article I found at Problogger about women blogging from home. Keep it up ladies it is going to pay off.

Five Reasonswhy Mom blogs are the Blogs to Watch

Excerpts from Mom Blogs is by Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit.

1. Moms can blog at home

You don’t need a PhD, an office or a small business loan to start up a blog and this especially appeals to mothers who are looking for ways to bring in extra income while they’re at home with their children.

2. Moms need the sociality of the net

IWomen need to read about other moms’ struggles and disasters–it’s how we feel that maybe our own traumas aren’t so bad–and there are more and more moms daily that are discovering how the world of mom blogs helps them feel connected to other women…

3. Moms have a wealth of material to use

Tech blogs are just about technology, celebrity blogs are strictly about celebs but a mom blog could focus on parenting, protecting the environment, politics, crafts, food, homeschooling, gardening, household products, design, travel or just funny stories…

4. Moms are record keepers

Blog means “web-log” and most blogs are started as online journals. Moms naturally tend to be the record keepers for their families whether it’s a newsletter, scrapbook or photo album and more and more women are turning to blogs as an easy way to keep their family’s diary…

5. Mom blogs wield economic power

You’ve heard “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”? Well she who does the shopping then blogs about it rules the net.

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Images using CSS

A graphical depiction of a very simple css documentImage via Wikipedia

If you would like to know how to position your photos and images with CSS check this out.

I know some html but I don’t know any CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and it is becoming increasingly mentioned in blogging circles so I found this information, so just sharing with you.

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Don’t know what I can do and what I shouldn’t

All of a sudden I am being asked if I want to write paid posts. I have been contacted by Blogvertize, Smorty, Blogitive and Sponsored Reviews, and Loud Launch. I assume it is because I submitted my old blog in October and then my page rank dropped to 0 when Google changed its page ranking system, and I did not hear from them again. Now the page rank on that blog, despite not working it, has gone up to Google Page Rank 3 and these advertisers are picking it up.

I have already done two posts for Blogvertize, a half hours work for $20.00 and two for Smorty for $13.80 which is a good beginning, but I am scared to foul things up by accepting more jobs from other advertisers. What affects the magic Google Page Rank which enables me to get the opportunities in the first place. Sponsored Reviews and Loud Launch are offering me a jobs for $15 each but will that mean Google won’t like it and I lose my Page Rank and my chance to make some change or not. Anyone have some guidelines in the blog monetizing business.

I would really like to pursue this now as our pension is likely to be cut this year by about $500 a month, which does not mean we will starve, but it will affect the bottom line a bit. Our friend S. knows of one person who blogs for a living and makes enough to work from home. I don’t have aspirations to do that, I don’t want to be in front of the computer full time, I am retired,  but I would like to contribute to our funds in a way I can and actually enjoy doing it. My husband is out today fixing someone’s house and doing odd jobs in the village and bolstering our pension and I feel I would like to contribute my bit.

So any tips would be appreciated.

A couple of search engines you might like

Exalead is a French search engine and has indexed more than a billion web pages.

Although results are not as relevant as the top search engines, Exalead is doing some interesting things on the presentation side. All results have a thumbnail of the homepage.

Clicking on a result loads up the page in a bottom frame with the search terms highlighted on the page. This allows for quick scanning and a fast way to determine if the result is relevant to the initial search. If the page isn’t relevant, users have instant access to the search results.

Gigablast is the only search engine indexing meta tags beyond just the meta description that some others index. It is the only search engine that can also display meta tags in the results list. Gigablast aims to be an efficient search engine alternative to its larger competition, being able to store a large number of cached pages on a given server.