I Love Decorative Painting

Back in 2002, when I started teaching classes in One Stroke Decorative Painting, I was quite surprised that the One Stroke organization did not have pre-planned courses for their One Stroke Certified Instructors to teach, along with supply lists, and step-by-step instructions. As a newly certified instructor, I struggled with planning the classes, and demonstrations, that I was holding at the local Michael’s Arts and Crafts store.

Perhaps if I had been painting for a number of years before becoming a certified instructor it would have been easier for me to plan the classes, but I really had only been painting less than a year before I became an instructor and landed the job at Michael’s.

I had been given the impression that I was going to get a lot more help with planning and executing the classes, and demonstrations that I was expected to hold. Because of this, I found myself spending at least eight hours planning and conducting a two-hour class, and getting paid very little money for the time I had invested.

To be honest, if I didn’t love decorative painting, and sharing what I had learned, and the great students that I had coming to classes, I probably would have thrown in the towel. But decorative painting is a lot of fun, and I didn’t want to give it up!

One of my favorite demonstrations that I did at the store, was with the Outdoor Paints that had been newly released by Folk Art Paints. The demonstration was done in only one hour, start to finish, with a wooden birdhouse. The photos above are the result of that demonstration that I had done. I can’t remember for sure what year that was (I wish I had written the date on the project) but I think it was in 2002.

I get a lot of compliments (and offers to buy) that cute little birdhouse! A few people have even commented that they think it is cute enough to be sold online on websites like YardEnvy.com. I considered selling it on Etsy, but my hubby insists that it is “his” birdhouse and he won’t let me sell it! It seems that every time I make something and talk about selling it, to generate a little bit of extra income, my hubby “rescues it” and claims it as “his” so it ends up staying home with us!


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Busy busy busy

Unfortunately I have been too busy to keep posts coming on this little blog of mine. There just are not enough hours in the day! Rumors were that Google was going to be sending out another major Panda update by the end of November. If it did do that, I can’t see where it made any difference in my Page Ranks, so I guess I should just breathe a big sigh of relief over that.

One of the blog broker companies that I have been working with for about four years has suddenly gone quiet. I’m not sure if I’ve angered them so that they will never give me any work again, but I have been out “beating the bushes” looking for other sources of income. Doing my local networking thing has mixed results, my relatives think I am wasting my time networking with the local people, but I’d like to think that somewhere down the line I will meet someone who will find my skills to be exactly what he/she is looking for to help them grow their business and we will create a wonderful synergy that will astonish all of the critics that don’t understand the value of having a correctly coded well designed website and to actively market it. Having a website just sitting on a server, without ever updating it, without marketing it is a sad waste of resources. And yet that is what so many of the local companies are doing.

I’ve always loved horses but I do wonder if I will ever get these horses that I’m leading to water to drink, or if they will all just perish because they don’t believe that the water I am leading them to will quench their thirst. I guess time will tell.


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Change can be a good thing

free clip art superman changing

free clip art superman changing

Installment 9 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO.

So in a nutshell, if you find yourself  getting only very low paying jobs, or no jobs at all, and you want that to change, then I encourage you to consider the techniques that you are using on your blog. Are you using a domain that already had PR when you bought it? Are you using a web hosting service that has your domain on a “bad neighborhood” server? Are you spinning/scraping content? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” and you want to start getting better paying jobs, then I suggest that you take a hard look at that and seriously consider changing your techniques so that the answer to all of the questions are “no.”

I believe that if you make those changes, and market your blogs so that you earn good Google page rank that you will find yourself being offered better paying blogging opportunities. I don’t know about you, but I would rather type one 200 word post for $10 or $15 or $20 dollars each than have to type twenty 200 word posts for $1 each. After all, for every post that I am paid to type I have to type a second non-paid post, and if I am typing one post for $20, then I am only typing one non-paid post, but if I am typing twenty posts for $1, then I am also typing twenty non-paid posts. And that, my friends, is a lot of typing!

The more you alter your blog to more closely follow the guidelines that Google likes, in the long run you may find yourself making more money with less effort. And in the end, isn’t that a good thing?

Please keep in mind the Google Guidelines about blogging for money. I am not going to go into those guidelines here.

So, I hope that these posts helps you in some way to scrutinize your blogging techniques and see if making any adjustments to your blogs would help you in any way in your quest to generate more income from your blogs. I wish all of you the best of luck in your pursuit of good Google Page Rank and income from your blogs!

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Opinion disclaimer


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Tweak your blog now to prepare for the next indexing

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Free clip art – computer


Installment 8 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO

This is just my opinion, and everyone has one, and you may not agree with me, and that is fine. But I think that if I were in that position that has been discussed in the blog post “Take off your cloaks“, and if I were certain that a sweep has just happened, I would check to see if those blogs still have any page rank. If they do, I would go into those blogs and unlink every link that you have already received payment for. And if there are any links in there that you have not been paid for, I would only keep them active until they were paid for and then I would delete them too.

In fact, I would also delete any and every scraped/spun article completely, for Google is not going to allow you to get away with that technique much longer – they WILL catch up to you eventually and once you get de-indexed (banned, blacklisted) it is almost impossible to get it back. I know, I have one blog that apparently was blacklisted (I have NO IDEA why) and I have been trying for well over a year to get Google to take it off of their blacklist, doing everything that their help page says to do, and yet I still am blacklisted. I even moved the blog to a different server, but it made no difference. (Sigh) Interestingly enough, I keep blogging on that blog as if there is nothing wrong and I still get paid opportunities on that blog, so I keep renewing the domain name. I’ll let you know if Google ever lifts the ban on it!

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Taking action

Installment 7 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO

So now those bloggers using these “Black Hat” techniques may very well ask, “Linda, please help me! What can I do?” Well, I’m no expert on that. Really, I’m not. But this is what I did, and hopefully it is bringing me back from the brink of blog extinction.

I started buying new domain names with no PR and started building the blogs from the ground up. And I did a lot of learning about how to build a blog in such a way that the almighty Google would hopefully throw me a reward in the way of Page Rank somewhere down the line. I knew that it would take a very long time for that to happen and I had to be patient. I bought several different domain names and worked on all of them. I tried to work on them equally, but apparently some were “better” than others and some got good PR quickly, some got low PR and took a very long time to improve their PR. But it had to be slowly, over time, as Google is suspicious over anything that happens fast, and I do not want to incur the wrath of Google!

Through a lot of trial and error, and good advice from my good sister N, and a lot of independent reading of things that I found online I slowly started to make money blogging without buying and using the expired domains, without using spun or scraped materials (I never did that, never heard of it before this group!)

I learned that in between each post where I am providing any links (whether do-follow or no-follow) I should put in a post that has no paid links at all. I learned to only use unique content that I wrote myself. I learned to make sure that there is fresh content on each blog more than once a week. I learned to not allow spammers to publish their comments on my blog, for they are trying to steal my PR and that will cost me at the next sweep. I learned to not take any pay-per-click or pay-per-action jobs. They don’t pay me anything and they make my blogs look spammy, which is a huge “turn-off” to any potential advertiser. I learned to not take any banner ads. I learned to not blog about porn, pills, gambling, religion, politics, or to promote any controversial “cause” that is likely to cause any business (potential client) to decide to avoid using my blog.

I have joined local Chambers of Commerces and gone to a lot of their free lunch and learn programs, networking meetings, and met a lot of people who consider themselves to be experts in SEO. When I tell them that I am a professional blogger they sometimes get quite upset and tell me that some of their clients lost PR because they had paid bloggers for back links. And some get very interested in talking to me about blogging for them. It’s all a good learning process.

And I learned that the vast majority of SEO experts, both local and online firmly believe that Google is now taking aim and targeting companies that have websites that have links from blogs that use the spinning/scraped content. And they believe that Google will be penalizing link farms and any website that has nonsensical strings of letters/numbers etc. They are going to penalize them, and they are going to be banning/blacklisting those blogs that use those techniques.

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