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Smart Passive Income #281 – Spam?

Niche Site Spam
Niche Site Spam?

Creating niche sites seems to be like stock trading … you continuously watch the rank of your pages, get depressed when they do not change or worsen, and rejoice when they rise …

The rank of Pat’s niche site rose from #117 to #53 … Could it be that the sand box a myth???

Nevertheless, Pat learned (or better remembered) that the quality of back links is far more important than the total number

Rule #1: Create excellent content, and you will get quality back links. Motto: Build and they will come … 

To get more (?quality?) back links Pat posts articles to:

… he creates additional blogs with quality-content posts on:

For his niche site duel, he created new blogs on those sites using his keywords in the blog name. Strangely all of that blogs contain only a single entry … did he abandon his strategy later on, or does this really suffice?

… and he uses two “cheating” tools to create his content … don’t know if I like that! … he writes an article and uses the tool to “spin it” to create a new article … is this really “quality content“, or is it just spam?

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Smart Passive Income #280 – Sandbox Effect & SEO Crash

SEO Crash
SEO Crash

Last time Pat learned about the Google dance, now (September 2010) “he had to” discover the sandbox effect.

The sandbox effect describes the “unconfirmed” phenomenon of being penalized by search engines for bad SEO … e.g. link spam, buying back links, …

Pat wanted to speed up his ranking for the niche site duel, using a service which should enter his site into hundreds of web directories … he paid real money … his rank did not improve … now Pat thinks, Goggle does not like him any more 🙁

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WordPress Plugin – Social Media Feather Updated … yet again …

Two weeks later … t updated again … does that prove it’s quality or the opposite?

Not long ago I mentioned the social media plugin Social Media Feather for wordpress, and also that there was an update …

Remember it automatically creates those little buttons with link to various social networks:

https://ramble.m2m.at/

… it’s free version supports:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Linkedin
  • Tumblr
  • Mail
  • RSS
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Instagram
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
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Tiny Tiny RSS-Stream Colelctor Udated

Collect RSS Streams
Collect RSS Streams

In Summer last year Google discontinued the Google Reader – a free service to collect various RSS streams and to view them online. Tiny Tiny RSS is an open-source software which provides the same functionality on your own (local) server. It requires PHP and MySQL, is quite easy to install and allows even to import data from Google Reader …

… however running the reader on your own server – even if it provides “more” privacy – requires keeping the software up to date.

How to update Tiny Tiny RSS?
First backup your current installation as well as the database.

database backup using phpMyAdmin

Let’s say your current installation version 1.11 is at ttrss, just create a copy of that directory naming it with the “old” version number. Why? If something goes wrong, you want to go back to the current – working – installation.

cp -rp ttrss ttrss-1.11

To create a backup of your current database use your favorite tool, e.g. phpMyAdmin

or by command line

mysqldump -u [db-username] -p ttrss > ttrss-1.11.sql 

For the actual update, you could download the new version and do a manual update, but there is a more convenient way. Let it do Tiny Tiny RSS itself:

cd ttrss; php -q update.php –update_self

This will download the new version, (create a copy of the current version – which we actually do not need because we created a backup above).

The current version also fixes the permissions on the cache folder, but still seems missing the upload folder which it will tell you when opening the online interface the next time. Just change it yourself e.g.

chmod -R 707 cache/upload/

Now open the online interface in your browser, the software will run an update on your database … done

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Smart Passive Income #270 – Changing the Niche

He was wrong :(
He was wrong 🙁

In his last post Pat found a niche for his niche site duel. Now he noticed, he was wrong

Pat chose “Cop Training” because it had lots of search queries, and not to much competition. It turned out that there is this guy named “Cop” who offers “Trainings” and those search queries where meant to find his site …

Thus Pat changed his niche site to “Security Guard Training” …

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Smart Passive Income #268 – Niche Site Duel

Niche Site Duel
Niche Site Duel

Pat has been challenged to participate in a niche site duel by Tyrone Shum.

What’s a Niche Site?

A niche site is a website (or a bundle of websites) focusing on a certain topic. Providing content about that topic in combination with placing the right keywords and creating links and back links to those sites will – if you are succeed – place you on #1 of a e.g. Google search query for those keywords. (At least that’s the idea …) … and thus if you sell products using those pages or if you place affiliate links to appropriate products should create a steady stream of income for you …

The Duel

Now Pat and Tyrone will (actually did – remember those posts are from August 2010) create such niche sites from scratch to see who is more successful … The only rule they agreed on, is not to use any paid advertising to drive traffic to those sites …

While Tyrone plans (planned) to use those sites to collect emails address for a newsletter, and to use that newsletter to offer products later on, Pat will (did) try to use them directly to make money via affiliate links …

They will (did) report their steps … and Pat alone wrote about 18 posts about this duel … I will report … if you are nosy go ahead and read who has won 😉

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WordPress Plugin – Social Media Feather Updated … again …

Guess what! It updated again ……..

Not long ago I mentioned the social media plugin Social Media Feather for wordpress, and also that there was an update …

Remember it automatically creates those little buttons with link to various social networks:

https://ramble.m2m.at/

… it’s free version supports:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Linkedin
  • Tumblr
  • Mail
  • RSS
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Instagram
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
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