Archive for December, 2008
Posted on December 18, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
To continue detailing the results of my neglected conduit site, I am now up to 7 posts/reviews. I’ve done a bit of social bookmarking for each of the reviews. I still haven’t worked on any other manual backlinks.
I dropped this site’s feed into my RSS pipe, and I’m already seeing some small traffic from that as well as some backlinks.
Since my last post about this site, I’ve made two more sales – both of which are for a membership site.
I moved this project up towards the top of my list after seeing the results it was getting. Now I’m putting even more effort into it. Quite obviously, the Conduit Method works, and while the theme I’m using looks a little sparse to me, it’s driving sales. Who am I to judge?
Posted on December 17, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
Most of us have used a couple of the many free blogging platforms for building backlinks to our main (money) sites. Some have probably even used a dozen or two.
However, for those seriously hardcore link-builders, I present a list of 259 free blogging platforms.
I have not checked every single site to make sure that each one is still active, so if you find a dead site in the list please let me know. Also, please post real content on these blog platforms. Most are likely human-reviewed, and it will save them and you trouble if you provide content – even duplicate content.
Now get busy!
http://2pt.net/ http://9rules.com/ http://apcala.com/ http://avatale.com/ http://avblog.userplane.com/message.cfm http://blog.360.yahoo.com/ http://blog.9hts.com http://blog.allyouwant.cn/ http://blog.com/ http://blogbud.com/ http://blogcityusa.com/ http://blogema.org/ http://blogetery.com/ http://bloghi.com/ http://blogisme.com/ http://blogmole.com/ http://blogonfly.com/ http://blogrox.com/ http://blogs.botw.org/ http://blogs.namesatnames.co.uk/ http://blogs.skaffe.com/login.php http://blogs.xanco.com/ http://blogsarena.com/home.html http://blogsavy.com/ http://blogsearch.google.com/ http://blogslive.net/ http://blogspex.com/ http://blogster.com/ http://blogstreet.com/ http://blogvis.com/ http://boingboing.net/ http://clearblogs.com/ http://conservablogs.com/ http://current.com/ http://dakotablogs.com/ http://ebzzo.com/ http://edublogs.org/ http://findory.com/ http://geocities.yahoo.com/ http://home.live.com/?mkt=en-us http://hubpages.com http://iblog.net.au/ http://jaoblogs.com/ 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Posted on December 6, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
Yesterday I posted a comprehensive list of RSS directories to which you can submit feeds from your sites for both backlinks and traffic.
However, the list is huge.
I can only speak for myself, but although I’d like to be able to say that I would submit every new site to that entire list, I know that over time there would be a dropoff. Before long, I’d be lucky if I remembered to add my feed to the first five on the list .
I prefer an automated solution for this type of repetitive task.
I have a couple of software tools that are designed to help automate this – one of which only handles RSS directory submissions. Neither has anywhere near as many directories as are on the list. (The second tool, SENuke, also does many other things very well, so I’m still happy with it.)
I’ve ironed out a mostly-automated system over the past few days that will make it super simple to add your RSS feed to all of the sites on the list with just a couple of easy steps each time you create a feed-enabled site. Follow along:
- Copy the link for one of your feeds. For WordPress blogs, http://yoursite.com/feed/ will work.
- Go to http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/.
- Either create an account or log in to your account if you already have one.
- Once inside your pipes account, click on the “Create a pipe” button.
- Drag the “Fetch Feed” block into the workspace. This will also create the “Pipe Output” block.
- Enter your feed URL’s into the feeds block. If you want to add additional feeds, just click on the small “+” next to “URL.”
- Click and drag the control point from the feed block to the output block. This will create the “pipe” for your data. (Yahoo pipes is designed to be able to do some pretty complex stuff, but we’re just mixing feeds)
- Click on “Save” and name your pipe something memorable. Your new pipe will be your friend, so treat it kindly.
- On the next page, click on “More Options” to get to the URL for the pipe’s RSS feed.
- Right-click on “Copy Link Location” to copy the feed’s URL into your clipboard.
- Paste the RSS URL from your brand new pipe into every single directory on the list from yesterday’s post. This step is tedious, but the great news is that you only have to do it once.
Whenever you create a new site with a feed, just head back to your saved pipe and add the additional feed(s) to the pipe’s input. You’ve already added the resulting combined feed to the RSS directories, so you’re just adding content to the existing feed.
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Posted on December 5, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One way to put your blog content in front of a lot of eyes is to submit your blog’s RSS feed to RSS directories. Every time you submit your feed, you increase the chance that it will be picked up by someone who’s looking for content – and you’ll get backlinks and traffic in exchange. Also note that you can do the same thing for any site with a feed, such as a lens, hub, Blogger blog, etc.
Below is a fairly comprehensive list of RSS directories to which you can submit your feed for maximum exposure. This list should be current, and I’ve tried to trim away any niche-specific or paid directories. While there are some automated solutions for submitting your feeds to a handful of directories, I will post a follow-up to this article tomorrow detailing how you can add every new feed-enabled website you create to all of these sites with very little effort and zero cost.
List of RSS Directories:
NGOID News Network
If you know of a generic non-niche-specific RSS directory that’s not on this list, please leave it in a comment and I’ll make an addition to the list.
Posted on December 1, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One of the benefits of using WordPress as a platform is its ability to automatically notify “the world” when you’ve made a new post. It does this by sending a small bit of XML to a ping server letting it know that there’s new content. These ping servers are used by aggregators and search engines to determine when a site has changed so that they can more efficiently crawl for new content.
By default, WordPress is set up to use rpc.pingomatic.com, which in turn relays your ping out to a list of other ping servers.
The problem with using ping relays like pingomatic is that if a server starts using their service and you already have that server on your ping list, they might consider the duplicate pings as spam and stop announcing your blog’s changes. This happens even more frequently if you just grab a big list of ping servers from the web since pingomatic isn’t the only relayer (pingoat is another, for example).
If you leave the default setting alone, you’ll be safe, but you’ll also miss out on a handful of ping servers which in turn could cause delays in getting your new posts crawled by some sites.
I’ve begun using a streamlined list of ping servers which doesn’t include any relay services. This should eliminate any chances of getting flagged for ping spam while maximizing my exposure when I make new posts.
Here’s the list:
Please note that some of these servers require you to manually visit the site and initiate the first ping for your site. It’s fast and easy, but that step keeps their services from being abused.
If you know of a ping server that you think should be on the list, comment below and I’ll do some research to see if it is a relay server.