I’ve only been to four high school graduations. My own, and my kids’ graduations. Up until last week, when I was invited to attend the graduation of one of my nieces. Since my last kid’s high school graduation was in 2006, I had anticipated a level of electronic advancement and sophistication that would knock my socks off!
My kid’s graduation ceremonies were held in a large college auditorium. My niece’s graduation ceremony was held outdoors, in the school’s football field.
My kid’s graduating classes were smaller than my niece’s class, so there was time for more entertainment, which included extraordinarily superb live music and videos. Scholarships and awards were handed out during the ceremonies. Apparently scholarships and awards from my niece’s school were handed out previously during a convocation ceremony. The
There were many differences between the ceremonies, which really surprised me. But there were a few common threads – the kids went up on stage to receive their diplomas, and even though the audience was requested to NOT cheer for individual students, and to hold their applause until EVERYONE got their diploma, every single graduate that walked across the stage WAS cheered by their family and friends. And, as usual, the people that were the most vocal, both in frequency and volume, sat right behind ME. Seriously, people, screaming “Boo-Ya” every 90 seconds throughout the entire ceremony was really over the top! I really wished that there had been some type of security to come and escort those people out of the stadium!
I still have a migraine, and it has been a week since it happened! I hope to never have to go to another High School Graduation ceremony again!
Posted in Community, Family and Friends, Life, Memories, Opinion, Rants, Videos and tagged family, graduation, high school, kids, memories, opinion, school by LindaB with .
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!
Posted in Black Hat, Blogging and SEO, Gray Hat, Make money, Opinion, White Hat and tagged bad neighborhood, blogging, guidelines, nutshell, opinion, techniques by LindaB with .
Installment 5 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO
Now let’s think about purchasing expired domains with PR that have expired. Well that sounds just wonderful, doesn’t it? I did that at first myself, being brand new to the entire concept of blogging and getting paid for blogging. I had no idea that anyone would have any kind of problem with that. Until, that is, the company that I was blogging for (which was an Izea company now called inpostlinks.com) sent me an email telling me that one of their advertisers accused me of “cloaking” which was a violation of their Terms of Service, and they suspended my account and froze my payments for ninety days! Well, at the time that was the only company that I blogged for, having never heard of any other company, and I had never heard of “cloaking” before. I was very upset, as I was in a very bad financial position and desperately needed the income! So there were a lot of emails sent back and forth about what “cloaking” is and I learned a lot. Although “cloaking” is different than having purchased a domain with an expired page rank, they explained that they considered it to be a misrepresentation of the true worth of the blog and they would not allow me to use that blog again until the next re-indexing. They said that they considered it to be a form of “cloaking”, which is a violation of their terms of service. Their reasoning was that at the next re-indexing (sweep) Google would give an updated page rank and then it would be OK.
At that point in time I learned that buying an expired domain with existing PR was very risky and I stopped doing it. Whether “right” or “wrong,” “ethical” or “unethical” the consequences of buying expired domains could (and did) cost me money, and I did not like that!
Posted in Black Hat, Blogging and SEO, Make money, Opinion and tagged account, cloaking, expired domains, opinion, page rank, risky by LindaB with .