Archive for January, 2006

Review of week 3-4

Quick round up of week 3-4 performance.

Traffic

Traffic graph for 0 to independence and 59ideas.
0 to independence stats 59ideas stats

Traffic for Whois.la
Whois.la

Financial result

Jan revenue trend

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Behind plan, my adaptation and the Month in review

Barely a month into my 0 to independence plan, the Chinese New Year holiday is wreaking havoc on the plan. The demand of relationship added to that as well.

Already I’m behind plan for the last two weeks. Beside a personal short-coming that need improving,  I seriously need to adapt and overcome.

So, I’m behind

  • writing content
  • weekly plan
  • forthnightly idea
  • forthnightly round up

Some of the original plans and thoughts had to be changed.

I was supposed to launch a new idea every 2 weeks. I believe this is still possible, but need more focus.

The last idea, Whois.la, was simple – brought it and made an introduction. A new design was made and should be ready this week.

The idea for week 5-6 was in the head but I might not pull it off, again because of the happenings in my offline life. Despite that I’m going to put in a filler idea.

The filler idea is really just that, to fill up the gap in my plan. It will be lightweight so that I can get a grip on my time and get back on track.

More reports on my progress, traffic, revenue, plans and idea coming up.

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About Directory Submission

First, some backgrounder.

Online directories are very much like their real world counterparts. They are classified list of websites.

Two of the most well known directories are Yahoo and dmoz. Getting a listing in these 2 can mean a noticable increase in traffic and search engine ranking but it is not easy.

What about other directories?

There are countless other directories. Some are effective, some marginal, the rest worthless waste of time. But how do you know?

One useful method is to look out for personal testimonies or experiences. My plan is to also report my experience with directories on this blog as time goes by.
As countless as the directories are services that will help you submit to them. Coincident? Just say they mutually ensure eachother’s existence.

So, what about the paid inclusion and paid submission services?
Is Yahoo directory worth $299?
Personally I have yet to use any paid service so I cannot comment from experience. Again, report will appear as if I ever try them.

More good readings:

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Stop reading and start Blogging

An advice I will give myself today and those planning to make a living blogging.

The Internet can be a tremendous time waster. Links goes from one page to another, before you know it hours are burnt.

If ever there is a way to add up all those hours spent reading online, it woudn’t be surprise I spent a good portion of my last 10 years doing just that.

A typical scenario often starts off as follows:

  • Proceed online with a valid objective in mind (say research for a topic, school report).
  • A quick search revealed a number of results which are successively opened in windows (now tabs).
  • Upon reading each result, more windows/tabs are sprawned from links within the page.
  • Slowly, topic began to drift from related, to fairly related, to distantly related, to unrelated.
  • Attention, interest level raises which drives more reading.
  • More reading

Familar?

Bet I’m not the only one with the problem. How do you deal with it?

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How to be the fastest glowing blog?

Ever wonder how some people are able to get their blog right off the ground and immediate into the Fast Glowing WordPress.com blogs list?

It is like they sign up for an account and the with next few posts they are on the list.

Well I thought it would be nice to know the secret. So I’m going to find out.

Let’s look at the top list today and collect some statistics

  1. SHARE
    Topic: Mp3 download?
    No. of post: 11
    Google: 0 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
    Yahoo: 1 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
    MSN: 0 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
  2. arturogoga
    Topic: Technology, games (in Spanish?)
    No. of post: 24
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 92
    MSN: 38
  3. Squash
    Topic: Technology, web2.0
    No. of post: 20
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 68
    MSN: 534
  4. Jen’s thoughts
    Topic: Freebies, technology, miscellaneous
    No. of post: 30
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 66
    MSN: 81
  5. B(oot)log
    Topic: Music, MP3 download links
    No. of post: 6
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 5
    MSN: 11
  6. Pay Attention To Me!
    Topic: Technology, photo, blogging, miscellaneous
    No. of post: 50
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 153
    MSN: 429
  7. 家住杭州
    Topic: Technology, audio/video, satellite tv code?, (in Chinese)
    No. of post: 99
    Google: 0
    Yahoo: 1
    MSN: 0

Obviously the data I’m looking at has no trend at all except that certain topics might prove to be extremely popular.

An 1 hour exercise, but no where near an answer. Any thoughts? 

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ToDo Week 4

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Last week (week 3) really dampen my momentum. It proves beyond doubt that being a ProNetizen is a fulltime endeavour that tolerates no slacker.
Points learnt

  • Get those content written!
  • Focus on task at hand, not wander off surfing
  • Find a mechanism to keep track of my time spend
  • Be more realistic in terms of goals
Activities (42hrs):
No more breakdown until I find a way to control time better. Instead, set flexible targets.
  • Get Whois.la redesigned
  • Get content written (at least 2/day)
  • More linking, promotion
  • Research and write on topics
Content coverage:

  • Domain name backgrounder
  • Audience Alignment
  • Setting up and backgrounder on Whois.la
  • (open)

Routines

  • Finalise idea for Week 5-6
  • Plan Week 5 ToDo
  • Prepare financial for week 3-4
  • Surf ideas for 59ideas
  • 1/2hr /day on Best Blog

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How much can a blog worth?

A lot it seems.

(Yes, I back in Singapore. Great to get some warmth and sunshine. Plus spending time with people that matters.)

Right, blog. According to The Mystery Blog, The Blog Herald is going for a cool USD72K. (This is confirmed according to the comment here.)

I’m not sure if this is the highest yet paid for a blog yet but it sure is a significant landmark in terms of blogging and online revenue.

Looking at the annals of the Internet, technology startup hogged the limelight in terms of attracting the big money. Little known to many, money are also made online on “simpler” things like domain names and now on blog.

This proves to me one thing:

There is more path to success online other than the technology path.

So if you are not a techno-wiz, take heart. Perhaps you can use your writing skill to good use. Perhaps your marketing skill. Perhaps your networking skill.

Get those idea working to your greatest strength!

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