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Top 5 Referrers for December 2007 (and November)

Ok, so I managed to do this list for September and October and then missed on November.  Not sure how that worked, but it did.  So.  Here’s the list of the top 5 referrers for December of 2007.

A big thank you to all of my referrers.  Without you, it would just be a nice big search engine orgy around here!

Ok, so to make up for the missing November list, here’s the list of the top 5 referrers for November of 2007

A big thank you to those folks (mostly the same folks) as well.

Trash Management

There is always talk on sites like mine about how you have to actively manage your profile online.  You have to be in control of your brand.  But what happens when it isn’t your profile that has the problem.  What happens when the honest content that you create (albeit for monetary gain, but actual content) isn’t as high on the search engine rankings that you expected.

Garbage Recycle TruckIt’s time for a little trash management.  I don’t mean cleaning up of your content.  If it’s actual honest content, it’s probably pretty clean anyways.  But, what I do mean is to clean up the search engine results.

Take a close look at the results that are above you on the results page.  Many will be sites with actual honest content that the owner did better SEO on, or the page has simply been around longer.  But, some of the results will be downright spammy.  Sites like Squidoo, Google Groups, and Blogspot blogs are frequently used for the proliferation of spam links.  It’s fairly simple really, make a quick account, create a page or lens or blog, fill said page with keywords and affiliate links and viola!  You have your very own spam page.

Cleaning up these pages can be fairly simple as well.  You probably won’t get the job done on your own, but if you are consistent with it, the efforts of others will help you as well.  In all of the cases, the hosting organization will have a way to report the page as being of “less than admirable” quality.  i.e. Spammy.   Report it.

That’s it.  As you report the items, others will do so as well.  When enough reports come in, that site will get pulled.  Next time the search engine goes to crawl the site, it won’t be there.  It then gets pulled from the index and no longer shows up in the results.  Instantly, you’ve moved your listing up one spot on the results page.  If you’re already on the first page, one spot can mean a lot.

One suggestion here though.  Be honest about your reporting.  Don’t report a non-spammy site simply because they rank higher than you.  You wouldn’t want them to do that to you, so don’t do it to them.  Report the truly spammy sites.  The ones with the blocks of keywords that are gibberish to a human, but are golden keys to the search engines.

At the same time that you’re helping yourself out, you’re also helping the rest of the internet population by helping to weed out a few of the spammy sites and let the real content come through.

What non-standard ways do you have to increase your search engine rankings?

How Do You Price Your Ads?

Banner Ads for SaleI’ve been working on a new design for Thatedeguy.  The current one isn’t doing some of the things that I want it to and I’ve been wanting a more Magazine-y design for a while.  I’ve got it mostly finished and am about |   | this close to being ready to roll it out to production and begin tests here on the live side.

Part of the changes will involve some changes in how advertisements are done here.  I’ll be using some 125X125 banners and possibly a 468X60 banner on the index and other pages and an 160X600 banner in the prime left banner spot on all sub pages.  I may reserve the skyscraper for some affiliate banners, but I’d like to open up the others for purchase.  I’m going to attempt to use the open source ad server, OpenAds to manage those.  Another addition will be the universal use of the rel=nofollow tag on all banners to keep the Google gods happy.  I’ll continue “follow”ing most links in the content and the comments after 3 comments by the author.

My question then, is how do you price those spots?  I’m curious to see if there are any other methods besides the “by the month” method that I plan on using.  Anyone have any luck with CPM or impression ads?

Me next question is how much would you pay for any of those spots on this site?

You can leave your thoughts in the comments.  Feel free to say anything, and you can post anonymously if you fear offending me.  (I’m not easily offended though)   Also, if you’re interested in one of these spots, drop me an email at admin@domain and I’ll drop you a line when I get some more concrete prices and a better idea of a rollout on the new design.

Online Income for December 2007

December is normally a really good month.  You’ve got to be trying to not make money.  I had a pretty good indication that it would be a good month when my adsense earnings passed Novembers within the first week.  By the end of the month, they had surpassed the entire earnings from November.  Here’s what the rest of it looked like.

  • TLA: $61.43
  • Adsense: $354.73
  • Linkworth: $49.00
  • Amazon: $38.90
  • CJ: $47.26
  • Kontera: $112.45
  • Scratchback: $5.94
  • ClickBank: $44.36
  • ClixGalore: $1.25

Grand Total for December: $715.32

Wow.  An increase of 112.97% over Novembers earnings.   The biggest gainer, obviously, was adsense.  It was only $89.59 last month, so close to a 400% increase there.  Kontera continues to increase as well.  About 150% there.  Amazon also picked up with the holiday season.  CJ and Clickbank both got a big sale and jumped the earnings up there.  I’ve completely abandoned PayPerPost.  The payout just wasn’t worth the work I found myself putting in.

I’ve made some money with scratchback, but that’s been slow at best.  If it doesn’t pick up, it’ll probably be the first casualty of the new year.  TLA is headed there as well.  December is the fourth straight month that earnings there have decreased.  Plus, getting rid of them could help get me back in Google’s graces and get my full PR back.

Want to check out some of these big earners?  Take a look at my methods to Monetize your Blog.