“Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab Bag, Oh My!”
-Dorothy from the Wizard of SEO
It is Sunday here. The Sun is shining. The sky hasn’t dumped snow on us here for a few days. The Jets are still in the playoff hunt. Birds are chirping and everything is good with life. Did I mention that the Jets are still in the playoffs? Not as good as if the Giants made it, but at least one of my teams is in the hunt this, “Championship Sunday”.
Anyho0… no more football talk for those of you who couldn’t care, I will not bore you anymore (today). For this Sunday roundup I am going to highlight on what I think is a very important part of any online business, whether that business is blogging, affiliate marketing or even perhaps ecommerce (not sure about that one). The Landing Page.
Cameron gives us a basic intro to the landing page in his Landing Page Beginners Guide.
Knowing what NOT to do is as important as knowing WHAT to do. Brian gives us some landing page mistakes to avoid.
Of course, I have often spoken of the need for landing pages here on the SSS. Here is my 13 steps to perfect landing page design, In case you missed it.
In my final attempt at shameless self-promotion I will point you my article on how to make money with affiliate marketing. The importance of a landing page is not the only thing here but a fair bit of time is certainly spent talking about the overarching importance of having a landing page.
OK, it is not exactly a Landing Page topic, but list building is the key and and is often the reason why you SHOULD be building a landing page. Here Kristi lets us know all about learning list building from the experts.
One of the first things I do after I publish an article is to link it on Blokube and Blogengage. These are both excellent social bookmarking sites. At the very least they provide you with a Dofollow link and a way to connect with other bloggers; at best they provide a nice small bump in direct traffic too. Take a moment and see what Devesh, the young wunderkind who created Blokube has to say about this social bookmarking community. If you happen to bump some of my articles after you sign up I will just love you to pieces too!
It is important to do whatever you can to get your blog found. Let me rephrase that for an important distinction. It is important that you do whatever you can that will not get you sandboxed to get your blog found. Getting banned by search engines is something that should be avoided. Phillip lets us know the things we should NOT do to stay on the search engines good side.
Chances are you have heard that Domain Age is one of the 200 factors that represent Googles ranking System. But how important is Domain Age? Is it worth buying an aged domain? Lyuben lets us know all about domain age and its effects (or lack of).
I am not a mom (I don’t have the plumbing) but I am all about, “stay at home”. The Blog Tyrant talks about stay at home moms and ways that can make some good money with the online blog business. Some really good lessons, even if you are like me ad could never be a stay at home mom.
Robert talks about not only the power of list posts but some ways to get ideas for list posts. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times, list posts work! Hmmm Perhaps I should change my Sunday selections to something like,” 10 best posts of the week?” Of course, then I would have to do 10. What a pain that would be….
100 Comment challenge : Yes there is another one. If you have been around the internet for a little bit, you may remember a 100 blog comment challenge that Jacinta Dean did a while back. It was a good idea and I think it worked pretty well to give quite a few blogs more exposure. Well, Ryan Renfrew (who was not around when Jacinta did her challenge a while back) is trying to organize one too. Head over to his post on the topic, pick a post of your you would like to see get some extra traffic, and sign on up. Just make sure you leave some good quality comments, this should never be a spam fest!
The guys over at Mashable had a cool list of funny 404 error pages. It is always good to mix in a few laughs for your Sunday and this may be a good place to get it.
One thing people always overlook when they talk about success is luck. Let’s be honest no matter how good you are or hard you work, luck and timing are factors. It is hard to control them; and while it is unlikely you can succeed with only luck, luck is an element of success . Steven brings up the concept of luck and how we can (to some degree) control and shape and control our luck.
My final request is that you all swing by the Steve Scott YouTube Page. Part of the reason that I have not been on as much, is that I have been in the lab concocting a up a few series of videos that I will be putting up there. I would love some views and comments, if and when you all get the chance. Right now there are 23 of them, some recycled older content, a few travel videos, but I am making more and more direct video explanations and how-to’s that should hopefully be of interest to you all and help you to create an Internet Lifestlye.Take Action. Get Results.