Month: July 2007

John Chow – Google penalty, yet still earns 12k for June

John Chow has a Google Penalty 

John Chow published his earning stats recently for his blog

June is the start of summer. Advertising revenue generally slow down during this time. Add in the fact that Google put me in their dog house half way though the month (June 16 to be exact) and you would expect income to go down again. However, I’m happy to report that summer and Google hasn’t done much to stop my rise.

Total Blog Income For June 2007: $12,569.61

It’s interesting to read that Mr Chow’s recent Google penalty hasn’t appeared to have affected his blog earnings. In fact he claims that they are up on previous months. One can only wonder how well he’d have done otherwise, John hasn’t yet published any figures on how much traffic he got from Google.

I’m sure John could monetise further by maybe allowing access to his server logs or publishing his stats somewhere. That would make for very interesting reading indeed.

I remember 1st encoutering John Chow’s blog from a link on Jim kukrals blog. I naturally went over and gave John my 2c’s worth and intially found myself thinking hmmn this guy is heading for a huge google kick in the nuts. Sure enough it happened too and as of today a search for John Chow doesn’t show John Chows blog. Even if you broaden the search term out a little and type John Chows blog you still don’t get to see his site.

Spotting a Google penalty from 6 squillion paces

 Look a little further at Johnchow.com by doing a site:johnchow.com search at Google and you’ll see that he has in excess of 2800 results.

Do a search for a unique title tag from his site, say “Laptopgamers.com Launched | John Chow dot Com” which theoretically should be the most relevant for that query and you’ll see that amongst the 8 results returned, the johnchow.com page is the last.

Seems like its hardlines for Mr Chow, or maybe not (going on his blog earning stats)

It is noteworthy to say that if you type JohnChow.com you do get to see his blog and at number one position, ableit with no snippet and zero cache.

John tells us that his site dropped out on June 16th, it’ll be interesting to see how long John’s site stays in search engine purgatory. I don’t know if he has submitted a re-inclusion request or even began to clear up some of the high profile Google no no’s he was engaging in.

The important lesson here for anyone who runs a blog or a service that relies on Google or any search engine traffic for that matter is this. If you are doing anything remotedley iffy then do not brag about it and expect to remain unscathed. They will and do make examples of people who do this stuff, and it can cost you a lot of money and kill off revenue streams.

John Chow ( if you take what he says at face value)  it seems, is relatively unscathed by all of this, yet one has to wonder.

Tr0 to TR10 in 90 days – Simple plugin for blog measurement and motivation

I looked at my sidebar today and noticed I’d made it to TR10. 😀

Yay me! Thanks to all those who have commented, without them I’d still be on TR0.

I’ve had the tumbleweed plugin on my blog now for about 3 months. Over that time I’ve noticed a steady increase in the comments on my posts.

Whilst this can probably be attributed to the blogs steady growth and readership and of course the fabulous quality of post and content 😉 – it may nevertheless have been aided by the little fellow with the cross eyes and the number on his chest reminding me of my progress, ensuring that I worked that little bit harder to stay on track and keep a focus.

If you have a wordpress blog, and want to revive old posts or keep yourself on your toes then it could be just the thing for you. Download the latest version of it here.

Comprehensive website review for zero monetary cost

Talk about your friends and help them in to the bargain!

Today I was flicking through the blogosphere in search of a little inspiration. It’s hard at times to release the old creative juices, it can get a little tiring.

I didn’t want to complain about a service or talk about the launch of some new product or service, or reference a blogger with a cool idea that I liked, or take a good look at a google algo aspect or even point to some a-lister in the hope of some little mention or other.

Its funny how I just did all those things, but yet by reading these people today I was able to arrive at the point of where I am right now. An aspect of the beauty of how things are created is how things can just pop into your head like a little light brightening a darkened room- ping!

So, here is the idea.

This is what I don’t want to  do.

I don’t want to review or look at a blog. Blog software is pretty standard with lots of tools that you can plugin and play with, I just don’t really want to look at tagging and hacking themes and generally dealing with all that stuff that so many others talk about so eloquently already.

No, what I’d like to do is look at something a little different. A standard ‘ordinary’ hand built website made by some random person out there who for whatever reason decided to build something from the ground up. They might be a friend of a blogger, or a business associate or just some resource that people need to know about yet just doesn’t show up in the serps for what they should or at least could.

Lots of sites out there merit a place in a kw related SERP somewhere. Yet an ever increasing reality is that the competition for available slots gets increasingly more competitive.

Whilst a site might have great content, its very design and layout and accessibility to spiders and indexers may inhibit its ability to perform how it ideally could.

In many ways basic SEO can help these sites perform so much better. Be it via original title tags for each page, better structured content, better copy, a few more links, better internal navigational structure, inaccessible flash, over use of graphics, a little PR…the list could go on.

There is a little difficulty with this request as most of the people who read the stuff I gab on about are either SEO’s, bloggers or savvy shrewd marketers, but I know that this isn’t entirely the case either so, we shall see.

Whats in this for me I hear you ask..

There’s lots in it for you.

Straight away it gives you a new idea to write about.

What better way to spend a Sunday or whenever, than helping someone you like or admire even?

Ok sure I can think of a few selfish alternatives, but hey – isn’t there just a  bit of appeal in a “give out a little love and get it back tenfold” mindset? Giving beats receiving every single time.

What should you do?

You can write about a site that you think is really cool, or a site that you use daily that isn’t mainstream and that people should know about. It could be one of your own sites, or it could be a site of a friend or a relative even. By writing about them you will be raising an awareness and giving them some all important link juice too.

If you’d like me to consider the site for a review then all you gotta do is link back to this post and hopefully I’ll pick it up and have a little look. In an ideal world you’d choose one of these sets of phraseology, “Rob is offering the chance for some Free SEO Advice ” or “Rob is offering a website review“,  but I’m cool with a rob or a yackyack or a click here even!

I’ll let things run for a week or two and select a site that I feel could do with a little help, I’ll then write up a few words offering suggestions and ideas for improvement and forward it to the blogger who wrote about them. I can’t help everyone so please, dont be offended or narked if I don’t pick you, its nothing personal.  🙂

If you participate then great have fun with it, I look forward to seeing you pop up in the blogosphere.

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