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Squidoo Lens Rankings Falling on Google

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Squidoo - the much loved brat of search engines Google and Yahoo is now heading south with a vengeance. I noticed when there was a recent email from Seth Godlin to all squidoo lensmasters about some big-time spam done by one spammer who had utilized some flaw in squidoo and exploited it badly. Godlin said that everything is under control now and the exploit has been fixed. However, it seems that this spam trick did not go down well with Google and gang.

My squidoo lens - http://squidoo.com/online-earning used to be on the first page for the terms earning money online and online earning. I was getting huge amounts of search engine traffic which had helped my lens get into the top 100 list not once but twice! I dont know what went wrong but the lens is no longer on the first page and the rankings on squidoo have gone down correspondingly. Its becoming more and mopre difficult to predict the Google pattern these days has its changing quite rapidly these days!

Using Flickr to Generate Traffic

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Flickr is a social photography website which allows you to upload and share your pictures with friends and family, registered Flickr users as well as the general internet audience.

Flickr’s built-in social features, strong user community and growing mind share has transformed it into a viable platform for marketing your website or business. Some bloggers like Barry Schwartz and Matt McGee have written about how Flickr can be used to drive traffic to your website or online business.

According to HitWise, Flickr is currently the #2 photography website in the U.S, UK and Australia, while holding a U.S marketshare of 38%. While it still trails Photobucket in all three markets, Flickr’s global presence means that it possibly has a greater market share in various other countries.

Networking on Flickr to Promote Your Website

The Flickr community is close-knit and many of them interact through a great variety of Flickr groups, with each of them having their own discussion board and pool of photos. These groups are either public, invite only or completely private.

Joining a group and submitting your photos is a good way to get some exposure for your website and profile. Another networking method familiar to most bloggers is to actively comment on pictures that you come across.

This will get some users to click through to your profile page, which should have an introduction and link to your website or business.

Alternatively, you can also create your own group if you do not find any which fit your interests or website focus. Here’s how you can get started: Go to the Flickr Groups homepage, do a search using keywords related to your site or interests and then join the groups that are active or interesting.

Finding a group that is active is important. Some of the groups I’ve come across are dead, with the last image shared several months ago. The members aren’t interacting within the group anymore.

You should examine two main factors before you join any group: The overall size of the group and secondly, the date of the latest discussion post and last image submitted.

You can track their image sharing activity via RSS before proceeding towards deeper interaction.

Cool New Wordpress RSS Plugin

Ankesh Kothari, the creator of the buy me a beer Wordpress plugin has done it again! This time, Ankesh has created a RSS feed footer plugin that allows you to add messages under all your new blog posts in your RSS feed. Here are just some of the thing you can do with feed footer:

1. Copyright Your Feed!
Add copyright notices under all your Blog Posts in the RSS feed

2. Monetize Your RSS Feeds.
Show and rotate ads under your blog posts in the RSS feed (maximum of 10 ads can be rotated.)

3. HTML Enabled Footers
Any HTML code can be shown in your footers! You can snazzy up your footers with banners and images! You can make your text bold or italics or underlined.

4. No Word or Line Limit.
Your footer ads and notices could be 200 lines long if you so desire!


Installation is extremely simple. Just download and unzip the plugin and then upload the folder into your wp-content/plugins folder and activate. Then it’s just a matter of adding the HTML codes for the RSS footer.

The plugin allows for ten footer messages. To show a footer under all posts, copy-and-paste the same footer in all ten fields. If you leave any of the field blank, its corresponding feed footer will show up blank too. Also, the plugin adds footers to new posts only. Old RSS posts aren’t touched.

Original from JohnChow.Com

8 Cool Methods to Promote Your Website Offline

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1. Have a bumper sticker printed up with your web site address and other business information. Place it on the bumper of your car. People will see it when you're driving.

2. Have some t-shirts made with your web site address and other business information. Your family or friends could wear them almost anywhere.

3. Have some ball caps made with your web site address and other business information. Wear them to keep the sun out of your eyes and promote your business at the same time.

4. Have some business cards printed up with your web site address and other business information. Pass them out to people you meet or that might be
interested in your business.

5. Have a magnetic sign made with your web site address and other business information. Place it on your car door or roof when you are traveling.

6. Have some flyers printed out with your web site address and other business information. Keep a few with you to hang on bulletin boards you see.

7. Have some jackets printed with your web site address and other business information. Give
them away to family and friends. When it's too cold for t-shirts, you can wear jackets.

8. Have some mugs imprinted with your web site address and other business information. Use them when you have company or give them away to friends and family as gifts.