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BING It Today
Last week many bloggers, SEO specialists and small online businesses were really upset with Google – myself included. Why don’t we all just Bing it and forget it! Maybe Bing would account for more searches and help us all get more out of Bing vs. Google. Plus look how pretty their homepage is. And isn’t this one ironic with these Panda’s? Love it!
How often do you use search in a day? 21% of our time online is spent searching. That is #2 behind time on social networks at 22% of the time. 3rd is reading content online at 20% of our time online. Google alone acounts for over 1 billion searches per day. Bing and Yahoo are right behind Google and Facebook for daily visits. (*Stats from Comscore, Nielson, TNS Digital Life and Pew)
The Bing Advantage
- You can see what your friends like on Facebook when you log in. You can see their referrals. Just log in via Facebook on Bing.
- You can also sign in via Microsoft.
- You can earn REWARDS via their Bing Awards.
Bing Awards are easy to do. Everytime you search you get reward points. You earn 1 credit per 2 Bing searches and up to 15 credits a day. That is 30 searchers per day that you can earn rewards from. When you have enough rewards you visit their redemption center to claim your rewards. You can earn Starbucks cards, Amazon cards and more. How nice is that! Is Google rewarding you for searching? They also offer sweepstakes that you can enter to win prizes when you sign up.
What others were saying about Google’s recent changes:
Nancy Cawley Jean – a Communications and Media Relations Pro blogged about the Google Reader changes a few days ago.
Google, you have gone too far. You’ve become a cyberbully! Yes, that’s exactly it. You’ve become a big, bloated, egotistical bully…… You can read more on Nancy’s blog.
Ana Hoffman from the Traffic Generation Cafe did a slideshare on the death of the Google Reader (You can click on image below to read more from her SlideShare)
“Google is on a killing spree 70+ dead products and counting….”
— Danny Goodwin (@DannyNMIGoodwin) March 14, 2013
— Robert Caruso (@fondalo) March 16, 2013
— Pam Moore (@PamMktgNut) March 14, 2013
SEO Updates via Google
Hubspot did an eye opening post the other day on the SEO Panda updates and it wasn’t pretty. It confirmed my suspicions on an Google update as one of my sites was tanking just on Google for the past 5 days. (I believe messy coding was the cause, more to come.) Some of the comments on Hubspot’s blog on the topic included:
It is a shame when a regular site created for anyone that is interested in that content gets hit. A regular site being the everyday business person not knowing much about algorithm’s and such builds a site to help his business along creating no foul play or black hat tactics…..
My website has 2,200+ pages of original content written by experts, minimal ads (in a narrow right column), NO duplicate pages, NO purchased links, NO empty pages. But, still, Panda took my traffic from 22,000 visitors on a good day to 8,000 on a good day. Killing my revenue and losing me my expert contributors….. Read more on their blog on this SEO topic.
— Danny Goodwin (@DannyNMIGoodwin) March 15, 2013
Will you be switching to Bing for your searches and earn their rewards?
Have you noticed a change in your traffic from Google in the past week or two?
Check out my guest post today too over at Adrienne’s Place.
Changing Your Theme?
Will changing your theme on your website affect your Google ranking and traffic? I really hadn’t given it much thought until I thought of making changes after seeing others change their themes pretty often. What I have found is a mixture of answers to this specific question. So I wondered have you noticed any changes when you changed the theme on your website or blog?
Here are some of the answers I found along the way:
It may cause the site to jump around in the SERPs temporarily, but if the on-page SEO is roughly the same or better than it was previously, it should come back or get higher than it was before.
I was actually just going to start a thread about this. I switched my theme and my rankings completely tanked. Ive switched back, its been a few days and the rankings still haven’t come back. I haven’t done anything to the site other then change the theme in weeks so I can’t really think it would be anything else.
What other factors affect the Google ranking that could be theme related?
- Fresh Images – Would changing the theme help this one? (a Panda update).
- Image Size - This is an upgrade to how we use the size of images as a ranking signal in Image Search. With this change, you’ll see more images with larger full-size versions.
- Fresh Content – Does changing the theme mean “fresh content? “
- Faster Mobile Browsing – If you changed to a responsive theme would that increase your Google ranking in the speed area? Or if you went from a responsive theme to a non-responsive theme would it hurt your Google ranking?
- Page Layouts – Content must be “above” the fold. If a theme made this better would it also help for page layouts?
- Browser Size Tool – This is how your blog will look under various browsers. If the new theme improves in this area wouldn’t it improve the rank and thus traffic?
I’d love to hear from those of you have changed your theme this past year and if it has affected your Google ranking or traffic in any way.
Earn Dough Online Is Not Easy or Quick
Recently some friends asked me to help them make money online. I sent along a few blogs before we were to meet and they asked: ” Why are you sending us blogs, we want to make money online? ”
So I thought I would do a post for them to earn dough online and others who have thought about it but weren’t sure which direction to go in. There are at least 6 that I can think of myself. Maybe you can add more to this list.
- Sell Your Own Products – If it’s truly your product from design to finish you would need a patent, copywright, etc. It can be timely and costly to go this route but in the long run may be the most profitable to earn dough online.
- Sell Others Products - You could sell someone else’s products. You would have to research and see where there is a need.
- Drop Ship - This is great way if you don’t want to carry inventory or ship yourself. The downside is you are at the mercy of your supppliers.
- Affiliate Programs - Another possible way to sell – The profit margins are small but you could easily set up a blog and website and start selling a few items this way. The affiliates are endless too.
- Sell e-Books - You could sell an e-Book – sell what you have learned and help others through your eBook.
- Paid Ads – You can have ads on your blog or website. You can use GoogleAd Sense or SocialSpark as well as direct ads or sponsorships.
Selling your own products would mean you would be coming up a with product, having it made and patented. You would have to know that it would be something that would sell. You would need attorneys. You would need someone to manufacturer the products. Then people to pack and ship them. But it is a great way to earn dough online.
Selling others products would be easier. But what would you sell? You could do research online through Think Insights. Another one I really like and use often is Google Insights. You can see the trends on how much people are searching for items and what keywords they are using and which ones are trending up. It can also tell you in which states of the country as well are searching the most. You would have to find suppliers and decide if you would keep inventory, ship yourself, and bill people or take credit cards and paypal.
Drop shipping is another method. You would not have to keep any inventory and you would not have to ship. This is the method we do with our storesonline websites. You do get charged for each item that is drop shipped. Fees vary from $1-$5 each. You can have access to tracking to pass on to your customers which is in demand these days. Some suppliers provide inventory reports to you or give you access to a “dashboard”. I prefer the dashboard method so you can check anytime on inventory. With an online store you should look for credit card processors that accept all forms, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express. The first few months we did not have American Express and lost some sales due to that. Of course PayPal is another must too. This is a viable source to make dough online.
The next method is affiliate programs. We have started that this year through Linkshare and love their selection of stores. They have thousands to choose from. You can click on my affiliate link below to check them out. This method takes time to build up and make your self some dough online. But it can be a nice stream of monthly income.
But if you like us live in a state such as Rhode Island there is something you should know before you earn dough online. I blogged about this before, the Nexus Law. You have to pay taxes on these in 10 states and some affiliates do not like to do business in these 10 states. So do check that out. We have found some that some do and we are starting to have some success with it. We have found products that make sense for our websites. It has me thinking about doing more websites in the future. You can place banners, text links or actual products into websites through their program. Stores pay anywhere from 4% to 20% commission on anything sold.
Paid Ads – Of course you could have paid ads on your blog. You can have these ads through Google Ad Sense, Social Spark, Amazon Associates or direct from retailers that love your content. That is why a blog is so important in selling online. You need content to attract an audience.
The last method I know is e-Books. I have seen many bloggers selling e-Books with success on their websites. The problogger offers this one on their website for bloggers. So if you can offer valuable information via a blog you may want to consider making an e-Book to give-away for subscribers or to sell one to earn dough online.
None of these methods will earn you money overnight. It takes time to make dough online. You have to provide content through a blog, be on various social media channels, be in online communities, advertise offline and revise your methods constantly along the way. It takes hard work. You really have to have a passion to do it.
Which methods have you found to be the best way for you to earn dough online?