Getting Your Blog Gased Up

Keeping up on this blog entry stuff can be a little tough. You have to realize that this blog is not the center of my attention right now. I have focused the majority of my attention on my HUGE directory project. I have been keeping up with my posts so far and that was my initial goal. Although I have slowly kept the level of posts up I have been reluctant to stick any links out there.

With this in mind I still get a decent amount of readers considering the blog is under a month old. Another thing that surprised me is the amount of feed subscribers I have. To everyone that has stuck with me, I appreciate it. My goal is to provide you with good information but before I get into the good stuff I need to do a little blog comment link building. That’s next on my list.

I have a few blogs I like to visit on a regular basis and I plan on commenting where I feel that I can be of use. By doing this I’m trying to attract like minded readers, not only building links but building readership. Not that there is anything wrong with just building links but by searching for like minded people I will have a better chance of building a readership. At the moment that’s what this blog is all about. After the blog ages a bit I will have to map out more of a link building strategy. Let’s face it, if you have no links you have no traffic.

Right now my focus for this blog is quality content. Let’s start the blog commenting experiment and see what happens with the readership level.



Domain Investors Beware!

This is a post that I was going to do a few days back but I just didn’t know how to approach it (before the Snapnames buyout). I was doing a post on how domain names are online real estate and I was going to try and explain why the big domain name backorder companies need to either sell off now or diversify within the next few years. I’m a true psychic, right. Snapnames saw the numbers here and saw an opportunity to grow. The question is what kind of deal was struck? I would really like to know more. owns which could be a good business match for if it’s done right. The problem with is that they get most of their good domains from the aged and large domain registrars like Network Solutions and So how does plan to address these issues? They say that “Snapnames will continue to operate the firm, which will remain in Portland, Oregon” but in reality they can do whatever they see fit. If they choose to close Snapnames down to the public there are going to be a lot of upset domain investors. There is just a lack of great domain names to be had at a good price. This is because there are only so many dot coms available. This is only a problem for those of us that need a good domain as the domain investors that already have a good portfolio will be happy campers.

Years ago when domain names were being bought up by all types of people, registrars were pushing ten year registration periods. Although the ten year registration periods were good for both parties, the one thing the registrars did not push was automatic renewal. Lots of people who bought up domain names then are now seeing (or not seeing) them expire because they forgot to renew their domains. A lot can happen in ten years. The companies that registered these domains went out of business and the individuals have all too often changed their email addresses from those listed in the database. This topic made mainstream news a while back and more people have picked up on the fact that their domains they bought years ago will be gone unless they do something about this.

The other problem is, the good domains are all but gone. Just in the past year I’ve noticed a difference in the quality of domain names expiring. The domain industry is so competitive and there are a lot of hungry business people out there. Mainstream businesses have started to come around to the fact that a great domain is a very valuable tool in online commerce and have started to play the game as well. Plus, in the next five or so years most if not all of the good domains will already be had by investors that have backordered and are sitting on these domains. Where does that leave the average guy? Most likely you will have to pay a good deal for a great domain name because the high prices will not go away any time soon. With a domain investment company like at the wheel of the largest domain backorder company in the world should you be worried?

Keywords 101

One of my goals for this blog was to rank for the search term Business Blogger. By accomplishing this I will at least be at the top of Google if someone were to remember my blog and go looking for me. Well I am happy to announce that I am on the first page of the serps for the search phrase business blogger. I have been fluctuating between three spots depending on how many pages Google decides to index for me that day. I’m just happy I’m not in the sandbox. I talked earlier about internal linking and how important it was to link to your posts internally. If you don’t currently make a habit of this you should start.



I started out unranked then I found myself on page four of the serps. By using the internal linking strategy for my term I quickly went to page two. It’s not like “Business Blogger” is a highly sought after search term and that’s why it’s so easy to pull rank, but I’m just trying to point out some basic SEO principles that most bloggers don’t take the time or may not know how to use.

I then adjusted the title tag, taking me from page two to page one in the serps. Until today I had intentionally left the “keywords” and “description” meta tags along with the link title tags in my posts blank to see what type of results adjusting them may have on my Google ranking. I will keep you posted.

Be sure to keep in mind that this is a very new blog. Even for a new blog you can see how these small tweaks can change the serps for a particular keyword phrase. For those bloggers out there with established blogs and tons of content, a little tweaking will get you some great results on the road to improving your serps. Lets see if these new tweaks manufacture any results.