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How Dominant Should Wikipedia in Google’s World?

Rand Fishkin and the folks over at SEOmoz have launched their inaugural podcast discussion how dominant online user-edited encyclopedia resource Wikipedia should be on Googles SERPs (search engine results pages).

Doing a search for “affiliate marketing” shows the Wiki entry at the top position for the organic results.

google serp

Should Wiki entries be so dominant? Especially as the members of the SEOmoz team point out other high authority sites might provide more comprehensive and relevant information?

As Shoemoney pointed out (more…)

Google Toolbar PageRank Update In Progess

It’s been due for sometime and I was checking out ZZ Online Marketing’s post “Google Toolbar PageRank Update

I checked my Live PR at the Google datacenters:

Google PageRank

My Google Toolbar PR displays a 3, though it may be headed to a PR5 at the end of this exercise. Some of my other sites look like they may be moving up a notch.

This is encouraging because I’ve mostly focused on a content-based approach (except for a brief period where I felt I was excessively focused on meta and H1 and H2 optimization). Looks like the organic route has worked out well.

If you’re like to check the Live PR for your sites from the Google Datacenters, check out (more…)

At last, a blogger’s path to making Internet Marketing money!

It was a long wait.

SecretBlogWeaponAnd the wait is over.

To be frank, I have been mucking about with blogging till about a week ago.

That’s when Malaysia-based star blogger Gobala Krishnan launched his WordPress Adsense System. I call it my SecretBlogWeapon.

What is it?

It’s an integrated product containing an insider guide to the WordPress blogging platform, with all the plug-ins and templates to give you flexibility in developing a corporate, hobby or Google Adsense contextual advertising-optimized blog.

Speaking of Adsense, he includes the ‘Top 5 Adsense secrets you’ll ever need to know‘ and approaches to build niche content (which gives you greater traffic and income earning power) as well as methods to generate traffic and original content for your site.

There’re also other goodies like a comprehensive SEO guide and a ‘profitable blogging’ ebook.

All in, it’s great value and beats some of the products that I’ve paid more than double the price for.

Gobala mentioned that depending on demand the price might be adjusted. So do check it out now at SecretBlogWeapon.

As a bonus, having recently implemented it, I am available to help the next few bloggers who purchase it and have difficulty along the way (but not likely as the ebook is well-written).

If you have to plan to go Internet Marketing, be sure to bring your Secret Blog Weapon

Viral Internet Marketing: fedexfurniture.com

FedEx FurnitureCredit to Gwen for pointing this site out on her site: GwendolynTan.com.

Let’s look at the elements of this site:

  • An intriguing story

Jose’s friends moved to Seattle and did not have a job. Although they managed to get housing, they didn’t have furniture. They decided to built furniture using Federal Express shipping boxes.

Some time later, Jose moved to Arizona and faced the same problem. He decided to follow their example building his own furniture, which now includes:

  • desk
  • bed
  • couch
  • dining table
  • chairs

Whether you’re curious about how they did it, or just wondering if they’re plain crazy, you’ll be drawn to their site.

How sticky is their site?

Very. Even though they don’t have a technorati account, there are 91 links to their fedexfurniture.com. (now 92 after counting this post!)

Their Google PageRank (PR) is a mighty 6. (anything above a 4 means the Google Spiders crawl your site very regularly). Their Alexa ranking is also a respectable 439,637 (as of Aug 19,2006).

What helps is that lots of traffic has been generated from links from several high authority sources like:

  • Digg
  • Livedoor (a large Japanese portal)
  • USA Today
  • Wired
  • TechCrunch
  • Boing Boing
  • The Seattle Times

Controversy, controversy

The biggest element of their publicity likely has been the frenzy whipped up by FedDex. Look at the legal letters they’ve sent to poor Jose.

It’s better publicity than anything you could buy at Google AdWords.

Where’s the money?

To monetize their traffic, Jose and company could consider revenue streams such as:

  • Google Adsense
  • Leveraging off their PR ranking to sell backlinks to other sites
  • Affiliate marketing to monetize their incoming traffic
  • Do promotions for other companies like furniture or deliveries companies (can you imagine UPS or Ikea advertising on their site?)