Posts Tagged ‘catpuppy’

Entrecard: My Thoughts and Tips

I had been hearing a ton of stuff about EntreCard lately so I decided to sign up and try it out.

Since I have more than one site, I created 2 accounts. One for this website and another for CatPuppy. I created my little 125×125 icons and hit the ground.

The first thing I noticed on both accounts was that the same 7 or so people immediately asked to advertise on my widget. The same exact people! And I created these accounts a couple days apart. Do they just sit by their little computers and refresh their Entrecard page every couple of minutes in search of fresh meat?

I began to notice that my traffic suddenly had a nice little spike. This was with barely dropping my card on anyone’s site. I did a little research and found that this may be a good tool to drive up my traffic.

I discovered that some people make it their daily goal to drop the magic 300 (this is what Entrecard allows you to drop a day).

Here’s how they do it:
– You have to have the FireFox browser.
– Go to the category that your blog is in. Once you’re in that section, take your mouse and hover it over the first icon. Click onto the CTRL button and that will open it into a new tab. Go through all 15 of the icons till you have 16 tabs open.
– You’ll have to individually go through each tab and open up the sites.
– Once all 15 are open, go to the top of the browser and click onto Bookmarks. Then Bookmark all tabs. A box will pop-up and you can now create a folder where all the new bookmarks have been placed. (Pretty cool, huh?)

They do this for up to 300 sites. I guess some people have nothing better to do? Any who…

– Once this is finished, you can now right click onto each separate folder and hit Open All In Tabs. Every bookmark in that folder will pop open.

Now, you can drop your card on each site. Its a pretty quick process but still.. it seems like a little much to me.

I did this yesterday for CatPuppy. I bookmarked all 91 sites that catered to Pets. This morning, I woke up and did the first 30…then I got bored. I think I’d like to generate traffic from people who actually ENJOY my sites rather than have people who just to use it as a marketing tool for a few seconds.

But like I said, this seems like a great way to move traffic to your site. Meaningless traffic, but traffic nonetheless.

One thing I did notice was that the bounce rate is pretty high. I’m not exactly sure what this could mean for any sort of ad revenue. Anyone have thoughts on this?

My Skyrocketing Alexa Rankings

I basically started my 3 main sites around the first of January. I was new to WordPress, blogging, SEO and everything else involved with building sites – including Alexa and Technorati rankings.

I noticed a couple weeks ago that my Alexa rankings were skyrocketing. This happened in less than 2 months.

Take a look:

Catpuppy
(2/17) 12,946,832
(
3/24) 946,131

Ultimate Redskins
(2/17) 12,969,408
(3/24) 887, 251

Bloggintown
(2/17) 12,956,347
(3/24) 619,887

Is this normal? I’d love to hear your experiences with your Alexa rankings.

CPM = I'm an idiot

Idiot face Here’s another example of how much of an idiot I am: I just found out (or maybe that’s realized) what CPM means. Cost per 1000 impressions. So, for every 1000 views of your website, you get paid.

If you have the traffic of Yahoo, YouTube or MySpace this makes perfect sense. For people like me who still have a relatively small audience, this is bordering on stupidity.

How did I finally find this out? I logged onto Adbrite wondering why I had only made .11 cents in 2 months. Then I saw it: CPM.

I was using Adbrite just on CatPuppy and that’s only on the single post portion (as I wrote here) but still, .11 cents?? I had almost 400 visitors in the past month!

Why would anyone want to waste valuable space on their site using this type of ad?

Shifting ads units around

If you haven’t noticed, I changed some of the ad placements on this site – more so on UltimateRedskins.

I tried to change them around on CatPuppy but I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with that site adwise. I’ll address that in a later post.

I found some great info on ad placements and decided to move things around. I havent been making a lot of money from my sites (I’m cool with that, it’s just frustrating hearing about the amount of money I could be making if you have the proper placements) so doing this was a no brainer. Google has a nice page about where the best placements are. Problogger has one also.
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My quest to get Page Ranked

I’m relatively new to blogging and especially blogging for money, so up until a couple weeks ago I had never heard of page rank – much less Alexa. Well, I think I hooked up with a girl named Alexa back in High School but let’s leave that for another blog.

Anyway, after Text Link Ads (click here for the post) denied me because I didn’t have a high enough ranking, I realized: I gotta get recognized.

So, I started my research. (more…)

Adding: Chitika

Yesterday, I signed up for Chitika. You have to fill out this form, tell them what site you want to put on their program and submit it. It takes two business days to get approved or denied.

I told them I wanted to put it on UltimateRedskins but since it’s only like a week old, I doubt they will let me be a publisher. But…it’s worth a shot!

Also, I still havent seen Adbrite pop up on CatPuppy yet. It’s been almost 36 hours – 48 past the 24 hours they said it would take. Did I do something wrong? It seemed easy enough. I’ll have to check it out.

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