Paid Links | Hindsight gives perspective

Paid Links

It is five years, almost to the day that Yahoo started charging $299 per year for a listing in their directory as this article on Pandia clearly illustrates.

The main benefit of being in the Yahoo directory isn’t traffic, it is pagerank / trustrank. Who actually uses the Yahoo directory for anything other than listing their own sites?
It is many years since I went to Yahoo to lookup an entry for anything other than a competitor in a niche.

Readers Throwing Money Away

Or maybe it is just me throwing money away by not just including my own selection of ebooks for my best ebooks post recently.

The post brings in search traffic every day, both from blog search and even Google’s main search that could be reading the recommended ebooks from my subscribers, rather than links I suggest.
Currently 7th and 4th on the first page of Google.
It is not bringing in a huge amount of traffic (a few visitors every day), but then it hasn’t been marketed at all yet, and those 2 terms are not highly competitive.

FTC | Word of Mouth and Affiliates

I was honestly so caught up in other things over the last 36 hours, I totally missed this and it is highly relevant to my Disclosure Policy Plugin.

I am not a lawyer, thus any interpretation of the situation I am going to leave in the hands of lawyers who I have a great deal of respect for, and who themselves are involved in the internet marketing field.

Headline Formatting In Blogs

H2 Headline on AndyBeard

When most people write content, they think about how that content looks in their WYSIWYG editor, and probably in their preview of page contents.
I am sure after publishing, they take a look at their published version of the content.

Best Free Ebooks | Free Reports of 2006

Every year 1000s of free reports and ebooks are published to promote various products or services. or just to encourage email sign ups.

The tactic is commonly referred to as one form of “Viral Marketing”

How to use Digg

Lots of marketers start thinking about how to make money from a service like Digg, before they even understand what the service is about.
Neil Patel has written a very good Beginners Guide to Digg. Hattip to Blog Bullet which I also subscribed to recently thanks to MyBlogLog.

Insular vs Community

Darren Rouse yesterday had a very useful reader tip on insular blogging.

In his comments I outlined the planning I have for this blog, and I thought it best to include it here.