Thursday, June 2, 2011

SEO - Focus on niche genealogy keywords as explained by SEO.com

As we have discussed here in the past SEO.com today blogged about trying to rank for keywords that make sense to you and your niche genealogy field instead of for example the actual Big Daddy - the keyword 'Genealogy'.

Instead of trying to outrank the likes of About.com and Ancestry.com for 'Genealogy' 'Ancestry" and 'Family History' instead focus on such keywords as 'Denmark Genealogy' 'Utah Census' 'Olsen Lineage' or 'Affiliate Genealogy'. Those are much smaller battles to fight and you will such much better - faster results. Keywords are your friend when those are also your genealogy specialties.

Take a look at the blog post from SEO and you will see these are the experts telling you these things now not just the OnlineGenGuy.

Reading Blogs in RSS Readers such As Google Reader and Affiliate Banners

If you are like me and many blog readers when you read a blog you don't type in and actually visit the blog or site every day. Instead you subscribe to the RSS Feed or the content feed of the blog and visit just one site such as Google Reader. At Google Reader you can then search for and add the blogs you follow and then read them when you see a new entry.

This process takes very little time and you can quickly read through - skim over - many blogs all at once throughout the day.

The problem for us bloggers is that although very convenient the result is that many avid readers may never visit our real site.

The big question for affiliates is - How do I get clicks, earn affiliate commissions, if they never come and see my banners? Text links within you blog do show up and function in the readers. Banners within individual posts should also function normally - some readers will not be able to show them.

Ideally what you will do, as I have done, is to add an RSS feed footer. In blogger - simply go to Settings - Site Feed -
There you will need to allow Blog Feeds - yes
and simply paste your banner in the Post Feed Footer Box
Save Setting.

I have just done this and am using this post as a test. (Look at the very end of this post in any reader and you will see one line and a banner ad)

Separately today I saw a great video blog from FindMyAncestor.com
Which very quickly shows how to make your blog mobile friendly - which is very important with so many of us using our cell phones so much nowadays.

Enjoy from FindMyAncestor.com



Dick Eastman also posted about RSS Readers

Way to stick it to 'em FatWallet.com

Wow - what a story of little guy vs. Goliath - or taxes.





FatWallet packed and moved to avoid the new tax imposed by Illinois on affiliates. Way to go FatWallet! As an affiliate Program FamilyLink.com has many deal and coupon sites in our program so this is very nice to see when one of our own defends themselves.

Bet those Illinois Legislators are still feeling the sting from this slap in the face!