Last year, our 2008 Goals were pretty relaxed. Mind you we still progressed on our long term goals, which were written down the previous year.
What are my Goals for 2009?
I believe they were something like buy a second house, and pay down our debt, and work towards buying a beach house. We did make progress towards buying that beach house by working on the other two…but we still are quite a few years away from that goal.
However this year, I am going to make a promise to come up with some goals, and to revisit them at least four times throughout the year.
I am not going to write the complete goals here, but they will be something like this:
Attend church regularly and read the Bible on a daily basis.
Increase our tithing to well over 15%.
Double our business income.
Develop and implement our SEO training program with new Baldydog staff.
In this economy, jobs are really hard to come by. Even the low paying jobs like dish washers are competitive. I am suggesting that that anyone who is in the job market, should start a blog to help get a job. Posts on your blog could include:
Last week I updated WordPress. In so doing the settings were changed and the link structure setting was changed to custom, where previously it was set to the date-name structure, so anytime a visitor or myself tried to visit a post, the result was a page not found. After being frustrated by the host support, I decided to do a little tooling around this morning in the updated WP back office, and I realized the link structure setting was different. One click and voila it was fixed.
I also noticed prior to this incident that when I tried to get to the blog, occasionally I would be redirected to the home page…I believe Paul of Newhomesection sent me an email telling me had similar results. And thanks to the Marbella Spain Real Estate site blogger who notified me as well. My webhost said that there was a redirect in the HT access file. Got to hate when that happens.
Hmm..still seems to be redirecting to the homepage..I deactivated the “comment relish” pluggin which is a pluggin that sends a thankyou email to first time commentors…that may have done the trick.
Well at any rate, I had a little vacation from the blog and am now back in full swing. Until my current host has the one click update to WordPress 2.7, I should be groovy.
Since the holidays are fast approaching, this will also serve to be my Merry Christmas
blog post. I have been posting pictures for the 2008 Christmas Season on Flickr, if you wish to check out my pics, just click on the ice picture to the right. Until my next next post, I wish everyone a blessed holiday if you are celebrating it. Be safe, ttyl.
The last post in this series on Social Bookmarks was Social Bookmarking with Delicious, where in I introduced the series and highlighted the post with a video about Delicious, which you should watch if you have not done so. This long over due social bookmarking video goes over my opinion about Delicious and suggests a few other social bookmarking sites that would be better used for the general purpose of link building.
Is Delicious Good for Link Building?
My advice, don’t use Delicious as a means of getting direct one way links since all Delicious links are currently no-follow. However, if you concentrate on creating a site that is truly helpful or entertaining, then visitors will gladly bookmark your website in Delicious as well as any of the other bookmarking sites that your visitors use. If you get a ton of Delicious bookmarks within a short period, your page will go to the home page, which will result in more people visiting your site. The thing that is important about Delicious, is that it is a bookmarking site, which means if they do bookmark you, they are doing so because they intend on revisiting.
Link Building with Social Bookmarking
Using Social bookmarking sites for link building is and can be done very easily. There are services such as those offered by WLmarketing that will create profiles on numerous social bookmarking sites. There are also services, such as Social Submitter, that allow you to easily post a link to many bookmarking sites at once. I myself have only tried one of the mass submission services one time, and did receive questionable results. Many of the links that are built with these tools have little if any link juice. When submitted like this, unless you take the time to develop your profile on each of these sites, the traffic return will be minimal if any.
A Few Other Social Bookmarking Sites
Digg- Who has not heard of Digg, if you have not, here are some Digg posts for your to read. Links are good links, and if you get to the front page of Digg, expect a ton of traffic…make sure your host can handle the traffic load.
Stumbleupon-links are either redirects or nofollow, so there is no juice here. But again Stumbleupon can give you a lot of traffic. Here are some Stumbleupon posts if you need more info.
Mixx- Within the last month I started using Mixx on a regular basis. With a little regular Mixxing my Karma is already over 400…woot. I have not done any reviews of Mixx yet, but at least one of these is forthcoming. Link juice is questionable for mixx since many of the links are redirects. However, it does as I said before have a very positive community. I also like the ability to create community portals that closely resemble your website.
Solinkable – I just started using Solinkable after one of the site owners left a comment here. Since that time I have come to really like the ease of using Solinkable. Its “Promoted/Queued Links system follows the Digg system, but Gravity follows that of Reddit.” meaning you can vote on stories that others submit and your friends can do the same. Its a pretty new site, however the thing that I like about it that the links are all direct, and blog links that are added show up as trackbacks. Since it is such a young site, I would sign up and add Solinkable to your Bookmarks toolbar. Visit the Solinkable blog and sign up to receive updates of developments as the happen.
Social bookmarks are just another source of potential links. As Wayne said in his post about Social Submitter, use common sense when using social bookmarks. When link building in general, remember to use variety, so over doing it with the bookmarks could potentially hurt you.
Have you heard about Neil Young’s Electric Car? I just read the blog post on The Huffington Post blog about the making of Neil’s electric car. How cool would that have been to here Neil creating some new songs or playing something from his Harvest album while you were working on his car. Neil also has some advice about saving the the automobile industry. Check out these posts as well as any of Neil’s other Huffington Post articles.
A $19,000 electric car similar to the smart car is to be released in the US in 2009. This electric car is only to be a low speed vehicle(LSV) so nothing for those of you with a lead foot. Links in this article then lead me to several other electric car articles:
Paul NewHomeSection has a post about Arnold’s action that is being taken in California. The state has started a project that will provide solar electricity for about 1300 homes, which is the first of 150 similar projects projected for the near future in the Terminators home state. If you are in the located in the west coast, and looking for a home, check out Paul’s site as he has a not only a ton of real estate listings in many states, but he also has a lot of real estate related info.
Wayne John‘s post about the Blogger.com Interface is sure to be a resource for those of you using the Blogger.com blogging platform. Yea, I know WordPress rules, but Blogger is owned by Google, so a ton of people are using it…I sadly have a few Blogger blogs, and Wayne has been a great resource when dealing with those blogs.
MLM Home Business has some good advice for those thinking about getting involved in an MLM business. Check out the post about Vampire Networks. Hmm, I wonder if I was in a Vampire Network?
For the top three commentators, I gave a few extra bonuses. I not only Stumbled and Dugg your highlighted posts, but I bookmarked them on Solinkable, Mixx and delicious as well.