What Is A Good Quality Website
There have been some great threads in the Pond about people finally starting to make money online and discussions about how quickly you can make money with blogs.
The joys of making your first few dollars online are definitely the most exciting. You finally realize that this stuff does actually work. It makes the hours, days, weeks and months of slogging away at keyword research, content writing and dreaming about IM all worth it.
But the reality is that it is not easy.
And you also need to make sure that what you are doing will stand the test of time.
It is getting harder and harder every day. Tactics need to be improved, what worked last year simply does not work this year. It is great to see just how much people work before they begin to earn and it is a credit to their perseverance. And once the money begins to be earned it does seem to kind of snowball as you hone in on those elusive winning keywords.
But Man, it is getting harder. If you do want to make money with blogs, Websites or Web 2.0 properties then my advice to you is simple.
Do it damn quick. Get going, now, this second, before you even read the rest of this post.
The competition is hotting up in a big way Dudes and it is getting harder and harder to succeed. Sites that used to rank no longer do and the whole arena is changing pretty fast.
How To Succeed
So how do we make it in this uber competitive arena where every man and his Dog wants to cash in on earning some affiliate sales or selling products or even money for peeps clicking on a link?
We need to create, and we need to create a lot.
It simply will not happen unless you are able to produce masses of content on a very regular basis. And the days of it being any old content are quickly becoming thing of the past as well.
The game has changed and quality is more important than ever before. More on that in a moment. First I want to tell you about what is no longer cutting the mustard and then we will go on to look at what we can do.
What Not To Do
Straight up affiliate sites are not working like they once did. Boy do I have my share of these. You know, the usual stuff. Sites with affiliate links on every page that really are not offering up much in the way of uniqueness, even if they do pass copyscape.
Sites that are just in the way of the real stores in other words. Sites with no extra information, it is just worded differently. Sites with nothing to say really.
They are on their way out and they are soon to be a thing of the past. If this is all that you have in terms of online properties then act fast and totally change them to offer something more. The ground rules are changing and in a few years the serps are going to be a very different beast indeed.
What do we do Dave? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Sites That Work
So, what is the best way to build a website?
I spoke about this in depth in private but basically there is one thing I can tell you looking back over 3 years of stats from the sites I have.
The sites that have remained the most stable are the ones that were personal.
Written with personality and uniqueness on topics that I had an interest in. Sound familiar? Yeah, I bet it does.
And for a reason.
They are unique and are not just affiliate or adsense sites, no matter what disguise they go under. These are blogs in the true sense that offer up great information and done in a style that is different. A bit like this SEO Tips blog (at times anyway).
If products are talked about they are talked about with personality and if they get a manual review there is no way they can be seen as anything but reviews or information of the highest order.
They won’t get slapped.
Ironic really that for a few years many of my blogs like this have had nothing done to them but they still rank just fine. So, what are we going to do to secure our futures when trying to earn from search and get some commissions?
Members Contributor Based Blogs
This is something we are beginning to do in private. Buying aged domains and collectively writing content of stellar quality from unique points of views from different personalities. Real informative content written with passion, knowledge and with flair. Content that everyone would enjoy reading if they stumbled upon the page.
And we throw in the odd affiliate link. So far so good, but it is very early days.
But sites that can be inspected and pass as they really are a truly valuable resource should be what we all strive for.
Yep, it is here and it is here to stay.
Invest in logos and headers, get FB pages up and make your site sing out that it is not thrown up to get affiliate sales or adsense clicks. They are easy to spot a mile off.
Branding is becoming more and more important so don’t go relying on those EMD’s for your retirement. They still rank now but Google is getting better and better at recognising what is a legitimate brand site with an EMD and what is not. And the algo’s will only get better over time.
It is being bandied about the web at the moment that re-hashes of product descriptions simply are not going to cut it long term, and I agree.
Inject personality and your own views onto the things you are talking about. Make it stand out and make it funny, sad, awe inspiring or just rant.
Make content that goes above and beyond the others in your niche and you will reap the rewards.
And to be honest it is like a breath of fresh air when you write content like this too. If you have been simply writing pretty much junk articles until now then you will feel like a load has been taken off if you simply let go and be who you really are.
And if that is also the best way to make some money then all for the good.
This is not any kind of Uber article that is going to pretend to have all the answers. It is just a quick reminder that the playing field is far from level and the search Gods are really upping their game. I hope you are upping yours too.
And if you haven’t really got started yet then work like a demon, you have a lot of catching up to do.
But do it the right way, be honest with yourself. Is your site KICK ASS, or just filler for clicks? You know the answer. And I can guarantee one thing, pretty soon the bots will know too and your work could be history in seconds.