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! ;-)

Selling Links (or Selling Out?)

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:56 pm

Believe it or not this blog is a PR5 blog. I never really put much thought to it but since I took on blogging as a world domination plan fulltime profession I’ve harnessed its PR5 magic more than a few times. It’s quite amazing I tell you. Now I’m no expert when it comes to SEO but how else would you explain techfresh.net jumping from PR0 to PR5 in less than a month? peepculture.com was even better at PR6 under the same time frame. I know it may sound like a dream but do you have a better idea? Google PageRank is like rocket science to me but it sure did me favors without having to fully understand it. Maybe I’m delusional but it seems now since we have a network of high PR blogs all our blogs are growing at a substantial rate. But we all need more traffic all the time, don’t we?

Well I came up with an idea. I’m sure I borrowed it from somewhere but I can’t remember now. What if I were to share my PR5 mojo with other people for a small token? I would spread the love with a nice outbound link and people can repay me with a few dollars or a link back. What do you think? No this isn’t an attempt to extort readers or anything, think of it as more of an experiment. If your ranking picks up in a few weeks/months (given you seek other incoming links from other sites too) you can pat me on the back and treat me Starbucks. If not you can stick a finger behind my back and get on with your life.

You know I didn’t mean that.

But anyway I’m more interested in what you guys think, rather than the actual execution of this idea. Would selling links help the blogosphere at large, or would it turn into another petty money scheme?

Doubling AdSense CTR Overnight

Friday, May 19, 2006, 3:31 pm

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my AdSense report last night. I’m not allowed to reveal the numbers by Google but let’s just say my CTR doubled overnight. It was better than weed or even caffeine I tell you. I couldn’t sleep until it was 5am.

Maybe I am one step closer to that early retirement plan after all! ;)

All right, there’s a lot of room for this online and I’ll tell you a little secret. Relevant images. If you have a very small niche this could work in your favor. It’s not misleading (as opposed to when you implement images on a wide topic blog) and it would only compliment your AdSense ads. There is a fine-line however, so watch your step and make sure you comply with Google’s Policy.

Ding ding ding…

Google Dancing?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 12:23 pm

Is Google dancing again or is it just me? Effective about two weeks ago both our new blogs techfresh.net and peepculture.com have been upgraded to PR6. It’s crazy cuz it took jermexpress.com 4 years to get to PR5. I really don’t know what’s up but I sure ain’t complaining. Anyone else out there experienced the same PR jump lately?

Google RAWKS!!

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 3:14 pm

Woohoo I got my first EFT from Google today!! Google is just AWESOME!! :D

I feel a little bad though cuz I emailed AdSense support a few hours ago asking why my account has been showing “Payment in progress” for the last three days. The next hour the moolah is in my account. Shame on me!! :oops:

Increase Your PR with Yahoo!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 1:04 pm

One of the best ways to increase your PageRank is to have incoming links from high PR webpages. While it may sound simplistic getting incoming links isn’t an easy task, let alone getting incoming links from high PR webpages.

Why would anyone with a PR7 link a PR1 page? Content.

This may not be a major enlightenment but if you look around Yahoo! has a lot of high PR pages in its directory. For example the Web Page Design and Layout has a PR6 and it’s not very hard to get listed there if your website has something to do with webdesign and such.

You want to find a matching category and click on the Suggest A Site link at the bottom of the page. Give it a few weeks and if Yahoo! finds your page relevant and useful they might just give you that high PR incoming link, for free.

JErmExpress.com has a PR5 and I think most of it is because I’m listed by Yahoo!