Blogging Questions & Answers 29

By Daniel Scocco

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It is Friday folks, and as usual we have a set of Blogging Questions & Answers live. If you have a question yet to be answered, hold tight! If you want to ask one, just leave a comment below.

1. SEO Genius asks:

I have heard you in the past saying that you invest in to domain names.

What I am wondering is:

1) Do you register them yourself or purchase of other people?

2) If you purchase them yourself how do you find a domain name that you think is investable?

3) What makes you purchase a domain name either if its unregistered or registered?

4) How many domain names do you currently have?

5) What do you do with the domain names after you have purchased them?

1) Both really. Whenever I come across a good domain that is still available, I will register it. Sometimes however I also research about registered domains for specific projects that I have in mind, and on those occasions I am willing to buy from the current owner.

2) That was the main topic of the eBook I wrote called “Killer Domains.” The eBook is off the market now, but my next project coming in January 2009 will talk about this too, so stay tuned.

3) I buy unregistered domains when I think that I might be able to use them in the future, or if I think I could be able to sell them in the future for a higher price.

I buy registered domains mainly when I have an upcoming project and need a good domain for it. For example when I wanted to launch a tech blog I did some market research and ended up purchasing TechCult.com.

4) Around 70, which is not that many. But then again, when we talk about domain names, quality trumps quantity any day. In 2009 I am planning to expand my portfolio though. My ultimate goal is to have a portfolio of 1,000 or so domains and get all my future projects covered as far as the domains are concerned.

5) The ones I won’t be using for a website I just park and put a link on them mentioning they are for sale. You never know when an offer might come in. One thing you definitely want to do is to get the domains indexed though. This improve their value for a future sale or even if you plan to use them, because Google will already trust them (even if a little bit!).

2. Roberto Montanez asks:

Do you use a post schedule?

I do, but a flexible one. That is, on some days of the week I know what post I am going to write already. For example, usually on Thursdays I have the Website Traffic series, on Fridays I always have the Blogging Questions and Answers, on Sundays usually I have the Link Tips and so on.

Notice that not all days are planned though. From Monday to Wednesday I usually decide what to post on the same day, depending on what news might be breaking or on what I feel like writing about.

3. Rajasekharan asks:

It has been a long time since we had a video post on SEO. When to expect the next one?

I am not sure when the next one is coming. I am planning to write a post explaining my experience with video posts though, and that should clarifies what is going on with the video. I will try to write it next week so stay tuned.

4. Angel Cuala asks:

Another great series of Q & A, Daniel. However, I would like to have a follow up question on item # 1.

You said: “When the other person seem to be in good faith though, and puts a credit to the original, I will just contact the author and ask him politely to remove it.

Sure, it could send some traffic my way, but honestly the problems related with this practice are much larger than that small benefit.

Here is why: blogs that copy and scrape content are usually very small, so the traffic they will send my way is negligible.

Does this mean one should still ask permission to you if he will use a part of your post, say a quote? Or you are talking only about the whole content?

I am totally fine when people get a quote from my articles and link to the original source. In fact, even if I didn’t like that, there would be nothing to do about it, because using small bits of copyrighted material for the purpose of commentary or criticism is protected by law (this is the so called “fair use” clause).

What I don’t allow is the republishing of my articles in their integrity, with or without credit link. I want them to be available only on my own sites, so whenever I spot someone trying to rip off my content I try to take it down.

5. Destination Infinity asks:

When you do monetary transactions with people over the internet, I assume they would come from different parts of the globe, what are the options available and what are the options do you use (For activities related to Blogging)?

Paypal is my main payment processor. I find it pretty reliable, and it is almost universally accepted. Paypal will also enable you to accept credit card payments, so it should be the only service you need to get rolling.

On a couple of occasions I have run into companies or individuals that didn’t work with Paypal (some for choice, some because it was not available on their countries). On those occasions you have two options: wire transfer, which goes directly to your bank account (and which is used by Google Adsense too) or finding another online payment processor. One popular service, especially in eastern regions of the world, is Moneybookers.

6. Saurabh asks:

How much time does it take to get a thousand visitors on a blog/website? And how much time did you take to get a thousand visitors?

I will assume you are asking about a thousand visitors per day.

The answer depends on the web experience of the blogger and on how hard he is willing to work. I will write some numbers down, but keep in mind those are ball park estimations, so just use them as a guideline and not as the ultimate truth.

For a first time blogger that that does not have much time to work on his blog, I would expect to take from 6 to 12 months to arrive at 1,000 daily visitors.

For a first time blogger that is willing to put a lot of hard work, the time to reach 1,000 daily visitors could fall to two or three months.

An experienced blogger, on the other hand, could reach that number in under 1 month.

Take my case for example. When I launched my first blog back in 2005 I had no clue about what I was doing, so every small detail was a learning experience, and a lot of trial and error was going on. As a result, I believe it took around 6 months to achieve 1,000 uniques per day.

When I launched TechCult earlier this year, however, I was much more experienced. As a result, after 2 weeks it was already receiving almost 1,500 visitors daily, and it kept growing from there.

7. Rahul asks:

1) Is it right to put videos available on you tube in your posts by giving credits to the uploader but without his permission.
2) Can u tell why google penalised pay per post users last year by reducing their PR.

1) I am pretty sure that on YouTube’s Terms of Services, which all users might sign before they can upload videos, there is a clause stating that other people will be able to embed any video on their website. In order words, the people that upload videos there (should) know that other people will be able to use them on their own websites.

If that is the case, would say that it is fine for you to use videos on your site even without crediting the uploader or asking his permission.

Most of the times, in fact, the creator of the video will be glad to have you hosting his or her video on your site, because it will generate more views for him.

2) On Google’s guidelines you will find the following piece of text:

“Google and most other search engines use links to determine reputation. A site’s ranking in Google search results is partly based on analysis of those sites that link to it. Link-based analysis is an extremely useful way of measuring a site’s value, and has greatly improved the quality of web search. Both the quantity and, more importantly, the quality of links count towards this rating.

However, some SEOs and webmasters engage in the practice of buying and selling links that pass PageRank, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites. Buying or selling links that pass PageRank is in violation of Google’s webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results. “

Pay Per Post violates that rule, because most of its advertisers (people that bought the reviews) were looking mainly for the link juice. That is why the bloggers working with Pay Per Post got penalized.




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35 Responses to “Blogging Questions & Answers 29”

  • SEO Genius

    Thanks Daniel for answering my questions.

    I have another question if you may.

    People regard the amount of subscribers a blog has as a good indicator as to how succesfull the blog is in terms of popularity and monetary values. However I was wondering what your view on a blogs value is and how you would indicate this in terms of popularity, traffic, and monetary values.

    Also what do you think will change in the blogosphere in 2009 what has 2009 got install for us?

  • Rajasekharan

    Thank you for replying to my query.

    Here is the one for this week:

    While looking at DBT feed, it seems you’re not using FeedFlare at all! Won’t adding a FeedFlare like “Add a comment” or “Digg it” encourage your loyal subscribers to participate in comments or to submit your articles to bookmark sites? (I could see only an average of 10-30 comments on every post though you have 15k plus subscribers.)

  • Roberto @ Psychbits.com

    Thank you for answering my question. As always, great blog!

  • Arun Basil Lal

    I got a question,

    Suppose one blogger has got multiple interests , like Books, Gadgets and Cars. Will he get more readers and traffic when he writes about them in separate blogs, or if he writes all of them on a single blog..? Please advise.

  • Destination Infinity

    Thanks for the answer Daniel. I have one more question:

    What is the best source for publishing statistical analysis (Like a Graph, Pie chart etc) in the blog? Is there any website which provides an online service where we can enter the stats and get the graphs which we could use in the blogs? BTW Can we get such graphs in image format, so that we can stick it on our posts?

    Destination Infinity

  • Maestro

    Great advice about getting the domains indexed!

  • Blog Expert

    Great questions and answers. I find that you can spend a lot of money on domains and never make a dime. But if you happen to get lucky where someone will pay a lot of money for one of your domains then it is worth it.

  • Angel Cuala

    Wow! You have answered my third question and it seems that I am now running out of things to ask. Some of them were asked by others, and your answers has greatly influenced me as a blogger.

    Anyway, the reason why I asked you about copying a quote from your blog is to make a post on my blog, and use a part of your blog post as reference.

    Thanks again for taking your time, while I will think of another question some other time. For the meantime, I can’t wait for another week to read the next Q & A.

    Keep it up!

  • Linda

    I was interested to read your comments about how long it takes to build up blog traffic.

    I’ve been blogging a month now and it’s good to have some sort of stick to measure my efforts against.

    Thanks

  • John’s Weight Loss Blog

    ” One thing you definitely want to do is to get the domains indexed though.”

    I have some unused domains that I added to Google Adsense for Domains for parking, but I’m wondering how one gets indexed when all you have is a park page like that. For small volume is it better to put a custom park page with some content to get indexed?

  • WebSuccessDiva Blog Marketing

    Good answers to some great questions, I appreciate your Q&A series 🙂 Good stuff!

  • Suz

    RE: the question on time it takes to get up to 1,000 uniques per day, I think that in most cases, there are many other factors aside from experience. I think that your niche & community will dictate readership & traffic levels quite heavily.

    -Suz

  • izzat aziz

    i been in blogging for more than two years, but im still at early age i could say im 19. but you say when one have experienced they will easily get 1000 uniques per day, and im with two year experience i still can get that much.. what is the lack of me.. when i set this new blog i thought i could share what i been doing in my blogging day.. but seem like im far away behind.. do i need to stay on this blog?

    this is comment, but then it become question.. but you dont need to answer it in the post.. just asnwer it informaly much appreciated.. and may other reader could answer my question.. that is enough for me.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @izzat, it would take some time to see what is lacking on your overall strategy.

    For one thing though, I had some trouble to read through your comment. Is English your second language? The first thing that you need on a blog is to be able to communicate ideas clearly, so perhaps blogging in your first language could help that part.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Suz, I thought about that while writing the answer, but I am not sure if that is the case.

    On bigger niches you will have more readers but also more competition right? On smaller niches you would have fewer readers, but much less competition too. So the two effects cancel each other.

    Else, how could you explain hundreds of tech blogs out there that very low traffic? Tech is one of the most popular niches online after all.

  • Internet Marketing Industry

    Very interesting post. – it led me to ask a question, since you have been doing this for such a long time with so much success, is there a preferred domain provider that you like to purchase from?

    I checked out deleteddomains.com and I was able to acquire some good domains that I thought were already taken – Who is the best provider to go to?

  • izzat aziz

    im sorry about that, when i submit it, i try to read it me either have problem to understand it.. but i can edit it though sorry about it..

    yes English is my second language.. sorry again about that
    and thank you.

  • LaQuitta Jones

    Hi Daniel,

    Could you breakdown trackbacks? Why they are used, how to use them for WordPress spefically, etc.

    Thanks,
    LaQuitta

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Izzat, I can understand what you mean no worries about that, but what I am saying is that it would be trouble some for blog readers to read long posts on that style.

    I am not discouraging you, just focus on improving your writing for the time.

    For example, you know about the usage of capital letters?

  • ryan

    great job,, usually some blogger wont answer the question from their visitor

  • John Sullivan

    Hey Daniel
    Just wanted to stop by and wish you and everyone a Happy Holidays 🙂
    Stumbled

  • Shafar

    Wow you have around 70 domains! Great! 🙂 Thanks for mentioning TechCult, very very useful stuffs there! Subscribed to it 🙂

  • B. Durant

    Here’s something I was wondering about because I often find myself struggling with it.

    If I write an article on blue acme widgets, for example, am I better off getting into depth on the topic or giving an overview and linking out to other sites that have gotten into the inner workings of blue acme widgets?

    Sometimes I want to introduce my readers to a topic but then after I hit publish on the article and look at it a few days later start to wonder if I would have been better off in terms of making my site sticky had I been the one to tell them all the details instead of relying on others.

    Does that make sense?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @John Sullivan, thanks.

  • laptop1

    some interesting talks for seo

  • laptop

    good article

  • Albert

    Wow, I just took a look at techcult’s compete chart and it was definitely very high growth for a site that updates once a day. How big of a role did being able to advertise on dbt play?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Albert, not that much actually, I rarely plug it here.

  • Lito | TheFilipinoEntrepreneur.Com

    Just curious about what you said about the 1,000 per month visitors. You said that for a first time blogger it would take 6 to 12 months before he or she will get 1,000 uniques /month. So what if the blog still gets below 400 uniques after one and a half year, does this mean that there is something wrong with the blog? what could be the problem?

  • Mr. I

    Just a small question Daniel, What exactly is a Blog Network?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Lito, this means you are probably using the wrong strategies.

    @Mr I. a collection of blogs that are owned by the same person or company, or that are linked among them in a structured way.

    b5media.com is an example.

  • Mr. I

    @ Daniel, Thanks. What is advantage of getting into a Blog Network?

  • switch

    It’s very useful.thanks for this info.I like it.

  • miss happy forever

    hey… may i ask wat is blogger main? and how is it related to blogskins? if blogger main is website or watsoeva, how do i use it or enter it and where do i find it? how do i oso use it to do blogskins?

  • medyum

    Great questions and answers. I find that you can spend a lot of money on domains and never make a dime. But if you happen to get lucky where someone will pay a lot of money for one of your domains then it is worth it.

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