when google gives you a lemon

Monday, January 26, 2009, 3:36 pm


maybe i’m not being reasonable right now but i’m pretty pissed at the fact that techfresh.net‘s pr dropped from 5 to 3 overnight.  i’m not really sure what happened but i speculate there was a ddos attack around the time google performed another routine dance.  this would make techfresh.net disappear for a while and that’s probably why google dropped the pr, assuming it’s no longer good to go.  anyway, i have my suspicions but i guess pissing off wouldn’t do me much good.

this has however put me in check.

i realize now that it hasn’t been wise at all for me to rely on just search engine traffic all along.  that i should start doing some guerrilla marketing and start rebuilding traffic by other creative means.  it also made me realize how fragile and transient anything in life is.  how it could all be taken away from you just like that and you’ll go from rich to poor, from healthy as a horse to dead in a split second.  it simply reminds me not to take anything in life for granted, no matter how small or how big it is.

i’m just thankful that traffic hasn’t all been affected that much.  and i’m thankful that despite what great problems maybe coming my way, i still have my feet on the ground and my arms around the person i love the most.

if you have any ideas on how to survive pr drops and/or how to build blog traffic by natural means, please do share.

lololol on pr drop

Sunday, October 28, 2007, 12:12 am

i guess it wasn’t wise to talk about the slapping around unless i wanted to get slapped too. and so i did. lol. jermexpress.com is now officially a pr3 domain. it’s no surprise though, not that i did anything wrong or anything, but i haven’t done anything on this domain at all besides talk about my “little findings” on various topics. and considering that most my blogging friends are mia and not linking me anymore, the pr drop is to be expected.

so, i guess i’m cool with this. i still love google and all and i honestly think it was wise for google to straighten up the whole pr bs out there. pr is just one factor that weighs your serp folks, it’s not the deciding factor at all. and for those of you losing your high almighty pr, quit worrying and go back to your content. yes, your content, that thing that people actually read when they come to your blog. lol.

pr drop for top blogs

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 10:54 am

i just noticed that engadget, one of my favorite gadget blogs but also one of the toughest, meanest competitors for techfresh, has dropped from pr7 to pr5 today.  then i read darren’s blog and he too had a big drop, from pr6 to pr4.  daniel at dailyblogtips has compiled a list of top blogs that experienced the same pr drop in the last couple hours.  what’s going on folks?  is the big-g penalizing people right and left, or is this their shout out to pr-addicts that pr isn’t all that great of a deal anymore?  these blogs seem to be doing just fine, by the way, no drop in traffic or anything.  if anyone sees a pattern or whatever, hit me up in the comments.  i sure am curious.

Kontera Kicking Ass

Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 3:36 pm

Kontera is an in-text advertising system.  What the hell is an in-text ad is not my (or your) problem, there’s Google for that, look it up.  Lol.  Now what’s amazing about Kontera is the ability to make me an additional $60 a day from my blogs.  Why is an additional $60 amazing?  Because it converts to around $1800 a month.  And if you still wonder why $1800 is amazing talk to a guy who’s been living off $50 a month in South East Asia.

So why all the wait?  Well Google had this policy against using any other contextual advertising programs on your blogs, so we had to (a) comply or (b) say good-bye to Google.  It was unreasonable at the time to let our only revenue source go so we stuck with Google.  Now Google is living up to its “Do no evil” slogan and they’re allowing contextual advertising programs to run alongside AdSense so we decided to give some other programs a try.  And Kontera prevails.

If you want to make money from blogging, talk to Darren or read Dosh Dosh.

Chitika vs AdSense

Monday, October 16, 2006, 9:59 pm

Does anyone out there have a blog that generates more $$$ with Chitika than AdSense? I’m just wondering because our network has been doing good with AdSense for about a year, until it dropped over the summer and it still hasn’t recovered yet. I’ve done everything I could think of to revive our earnings but nothing’s working so far. So I tried to maximize Chitika a little bit and it seems to be working. It’s nowhere near where AdSense was a few months ago but it’s climbing up pretty good. So I was wondering if anyone has the same experience and if it’s wise to maximize on Chitika more than AdSense when the tide is low like right now.

Let me know your thoughts, and if you have an idea that can help us we’ll be sure to take you out for a beer! ;-)