AdSense Image Ads or Text Ads?

When creating a new AdSense content ad, the first option presented to a publisher is if they would like only text ads, image ads, or both, text and image ads. I’m going to share a little known AdSense secret… ready?

When an image ad appears on your site, it has beat out AT LEAST two text ads at auction for a specific keyword phrase or for targeted advertising on your site. What does this mean? Well, obviously, higher CPC and, more money. Bottom line- image ads are not only good- they’re great and you want them on your site. Always opt in for “text and image ads” when creating new AdSense ads for your blog.

SEO Tips for Bloggers: Brilliant Blog Linking Strategy Part 1

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In my last post, I covered my “Blogging Keyword Strategy.” If you missed it, here’s a quick overview, but understand that to get the most from my backlinking strategy, you really need to read the full article and have already implemented the described keyword strategy.

Keyword Strategy Overview:

  • Create a list of related keywords to target using Micro Niche Finder (aff link)
  • Create a category for each keyword
  • Create a tag for each keyword
  • Write a pillar article for each keyword, using it as the title (no variations)
  • Write supporting articles for each keyword (keyword used with variations)
  • Link the supporting articles to the pillar articles using a plugin such as KB Linker

The next step: Backlinking for Bloggers.

One of the first things bloggers learn when starting out, is to get backlinks by commenting on other people’s blogs. Particularly with the help of plugins like Commenluv, this is an extremely effective approach with a bonus of being a great way to meet fellow bloggers. Since I know you all know this already, I won’t go into detail about it, and instead will focus on more advanced tactics.

Backlinking Tactic #1: Create your own link love using Twitter

Since every Blogger on the planet uses Twitter (and if you’re not, oi- START NOW) we’ll start here. Twitter is an easy, almost overly useful SEO opportunity. First, start by adding the Twitter Tools plugin by Alex King. Don’t use the tiny url co-plugin that now comes with this. We don’t want to tinyurl the tweets and hide the keywords we’ve so carefully used to name our blog posts. Alex has done a great job simplifying this setup, so just make sure yours is set to automatically tweet blog posts when they are published.

Once you’ve tested and are sure blog posts are showing on your specified Twitter account…

  1. Set up a facebook account where you’d like your posts to show. I opt to keep my blog posts on a specified fan or business page rather than on my personal fb page but this really depends on your own needs. Using a twitter app (I use Smart Twitter) link your fb and twitter accounts. Remember to test and make sure your tweeted blog posts are showing when you hit that magic publish button.
  2. Set up a Yahoo profile page (also, personal or one specifically for your site if appropriate.) Link your twitter account here so your twitter feed shows in the profile.
  3. Do this for as many sites as you would like. The more the better. FriendFeed is the most popular for this. Last I heard, FriendFeed was still “no follow” but we don’t care about that since the url’s will be showing “non tiny” and [BLOGGING TIP:] Google reads urls. (Google is so clever.)

I’ll list more of these sites at the bottom of this post, but feel free to share more in your comments.

For sites that don’t offer an automated Twitter-connect, grab your Twitter RSS and feed that to pages. Many will offer an easy option to add your RSS url. For those that don’t, if they happen to allow html, add your feed using a snippet that displays your RSS. For example, I use autoblogger (aff link) to publish one of a feed from my forums to a separate blog I also own. Not only does this drive traffic to the ad-monetized forums, but the feed pages actually rank higher than the forum pages because of the added SEO features wordpress offers. This works great for RSS exchange too; if you’ve got a blogging buddy with a similar site, you can use autoblogger to post to a specific category on their blog, automatically giving you backlinks for every post you publish and vice versa.

There are dozens of other ways to utilize this tactic but you get the idea. As you can see, using feeds and aggregators can really cut back your efforts of having to go around and place a link on sites individually. Ultimately, you can set this up so you are getting hundreds of keyword rich backlinks for every post you publish, and without an ounce of extra work. Here’s to blogging smarter, and not harder.

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Next post- more brilliant backlinking strategy.

Try this on any of the following: Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace, WordPress, LiveJournal, Blogger, FeedBurner (duh, right?) blogger (you can actually do this from just about any hosted blog site), Friendster, LinkedIn, bebo, hi5, msn live…

250GB Of FREE Storage Space

That’s right while making my usual rounds I came across one heck of a deal for us bloggers and social media users. All of us can use a little extra hosting space for something these days. I hope everyone enjoys this gold nugget of a find. Thanks to Grahm for emailing it to me! was created as a fresh alternative to sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare. Unlike those sites, we do not reel the user in and make them wait for annoying countdown timers. We do not hide the download link with aggressively placed ads. Their goal is simple, to offer the most basic file hosting and image hosting service so you can share your stuff quickly.

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Eliminate Blog Clutter

As you can probably see their are some changes going on here to the blog. Think of it as a live update. While the majority of work is done their is still a good list of things that will be changed and or adjusted. I hope everyone enjoys the new logo design as well as its placement in the new header. In a later post I will reveal who is doing this work for me and how you can commission him to revamp your site too. If you know I ask you do not spoil before the official post.

One of the many tasks I have appointed myself to do in the mean time is to eliminate my blog clutter. Items that would otherwise just be there to exist. These to your reader are a turn off especially when they go all the way down and around your blog. So in the interest of keeping your blog popular and well read I have decided to lend you a hand it making sure your blog is not clutter.

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The Qualities And Habits Of A Successful Blogger

In my own quest to continue to improve my own blog and blogging skills I have noticed a few things that seem to carry over from every great blog. It is a credit to the author who is writing the blog when they are able to keep things running almost perfectly as if not even trying. As we all know it takes a great effort every day to create, promote and network our blog to maintain and grow our current level of success. Having said this I think we can all learn how to establish ten effective attitudes incorporated by super successful bloggers.

Every blogger will have a certain way they like to execute their daily routine, and honestly I am interested to know what attitudes and methodology you incorporate in your own blogging career. Keep in mine just as in life it rings true in blogging as well, and that is that you should maintain ideas which you can change easier when you have successfully discovered new more effective ones. Many people list these habits as “beliefs” and generally in my own experience beliefs are harder to change. Always be open to new methods which can fine tune your own style of blogging and give you that extra edge.

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