Google Blocking Search Queries

This is what I got for doing Keyword Research. Apparently Google gets lots of automated queries that force them to block queries now. At one time they was a captcha but now they just block me. I wonder how many queries are allowed?

I ran a google search on my other computer, a mac, using the same IP and I got in. Guess it’s on a per computer block.

Domain Name: To Dash or Not To Dash

As the internet grows older, it gets more crowded and internet real estate a.k.a. domain names get snapped up left and right. It gets harder and harder to register a short domain name, and even the long ones are taken too!

Oftentimes we are faced with a situation on whether to choose a domain with a dash or without a dash (hyphens).

According to Google engineer Matt Cutts, Google is generally neutral on the dash issue.

Is the domain name too long?

A short domain such as punkrock.com is fine and easy to remember without the hyphen, but gadgetreviewsonline.com is a bit harder to read when it appears on the SERPs.

Will the domain name result in a pun?

Be careful with domain names that have two or more words that are not hyphenated. They may sometimes lead to a very interesting or a damaging pun. ExpertsExchange.com (ExpertSexChange.com) and PenIsland.com (PenisLand.com) are just two examples of how domain names can go wrong without hyphenation.

Will the domain name be easier to remember with or without the dash?

This is much left to your own discretion. Generally, long URLs are easier to read with dashes.

How To: Look for a Niche Keyword

Before embarking on an SEO campaign or when choosing a niche market to target, keyword research and careful planning should be done so efforts are focused.

Here are some steps to get you started

  1. Use Google Keyword Tool to gather relevant keywords.
  2. Copy results and paste into Google Traffic Estimator to get CPC, Clicks and Revenue data.
  3. Alternatively, you can pay $25 a month for SEMRush’s service and skip steps 1 & 2.
  4. Choose which keywords have high CPC and Monthly Search Volume

Now we have our keywords, it’s time to determine how hard it will be to be on the first page of the SERPs.

  1. A tool such as the SEOQuake Firefox Plugin will be very useful for this task. Other alternatives are tools from SEOBook and the Firefox Plugin repository.
  2. Do a search on Google.com or your target geographic.
  3. Note how many websites have the exact keywords as the first words of their title tags. These are your main competitors. Disregard hub pages such as ehow.com, about.com, wikipedia.com because there is no way you are going to displace them. If your keyword is filled with these hub sites, pack up and find another keyword.
  4. With the noted websites, see what their Google PageRank is, how many links from Yahoo “sitedomain”, the existence of a DMOZ listing, Domain Age, SEMRush Rank and SE Traffic Price and Keyword Density. Also check websites on WebsiteGrader.com, Compete.com and Google Trends

Great! now you have your shortlist of niche keywords, go on and bring in some traffic and moolah!

Chitika Secrets ebook – How to Supercharge Your Website Revenue – by Joel Comm, Dr. AdSense

Joel Comm wrote a “free” eBook with a catchy title – Chitika Secrets ebook – How to Supercharge Your Website Revenue.

It’s free because at the footer of every page, his “Sign up for Chitika here!” link goes to his Chitika referral program page. But that’s another story.

I wrote this post to summarize some good points about implementing ads on your website.

Here are some rules

  1. Show ads only when the user really wants it.
    This makes sense, because otherwise, they will not click on it anyway and you’re wasting ad space.
  2. Tell your users why they’re seeing the ad.
  3. Show your users what they want to see.

The eBook also goes on to give some pointers on implementing chitika ads such as selecting the right ad format, creating alternate ads from Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, CPM ads (ValueClick, AdsDAQ, MorningFalls).

There’s obviously things to learn from Joel’s eBook, and it’s only fair that he puts in some ads to go with it.

Chitika Secrets ebook – How to Supercharge Your Website Revenue – by Joel Comm, Dr. AdSense

Joel Comm wrote a “free” eBook with a catchy title – Chitika Secrets ebook – How to Supercharge Your Website Revenue.

It’s free because at the footer of every page, his “Sign up for Chitika here!” link goes to his Chitika referral program page. But that’s another story.

I wrote this post to summarize some good points about implementing ads on your website.

Here are some rules

  1. Show ads only when the user really wants it.
    This makes sense, because otherwise, they will not click on it anyway and you’re wasting ad space.
  2. Tell your users why they’re seeing the ad.
  3. Show your users what they want to see.

The eBook also goes on to give some pointers on implementing chitika ads such as selecting the right ad format, creating alternate ads from Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, CPM ads (ValueClick, AdsDAQ, MorningFalls).

There’s obviously things to learn from Joel’s eBook, and it’s only fair that he puts in some ads to go with it.