Blogging Questions & Answers 29


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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

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”

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • switch

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

  • Mr. I

    @ Daniel, Thanks. What is advantage of getting into 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. is an example.

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