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All 6 Every Day

I have several different blogs on a lot of different platforms aimed at a lot of different audiences with a lot of different goals. That being the case, I’ve always had the notion that if I could focus on my six different blogs or websites, and update each of them every single day, that things like search rankings, link building, and monetization would largely take care of themselves. Unfortunately, I’ve never really been able to test that theory, in large part because I have other projects as a freelance writer that I’m working on, and updating six blogs every day requires a fair amount of overhead.

daily updates on multiple blogsHowever, after tracking various analytics, traffic, and even some earnings, I’ve noticed a definite correlation between frequency of posting and positive results. However, unlike other people have suggested, I find the best results occur when those regular postings are made across more than one of the websites. In other words, I see better results from posting one or two articles per day, not on one site, but on several sites. Each individual site might go four, five, or sometimes 8 or 10 days between updates, but this still seems to achieve better results than a daily post on a single blog.

Now, I think it’s time to put my writing where my mouth is. Would daily updates across multiple blogs increase traffic, earnings, and even links in a meaningful way? There is only one real way to find out and that is to try it.

I’ve decided to work with six different blogs across multiple topics. Each blog links around a bit to the others, but nothing that would seem like some sort of link scheme. Mostly there are sidebar links to popular pages on other blogs, but I do try and occasionally throw in another links within the text, but only when it’s natural. Or sometimes, I’ll do it like it is an ad or something. Like this:

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More Content More Links

Too many people focus on the fact that daily updates leads to daily indexing by Google. Being indexed quickly is important for news sites, and other real-time endeavors, but for what I do, it isn’t really important. However, a daily update would mean a steadily increasing number of pages to be indexed, marking the blog as fresh. Even more beneficial is that each new post provides several new links. The sidebar links are but one pocket of linking. Each post has tag and categories, those pages get a new link with each new post. Any inserted links, obviously, increases the links incoming to that page. Finally, with a steady update, that means more people have the chance to see something new on an RSS feed, aggregator, or just on regular visits, each of which provides another opportunity to link.

How To Write So Much Content

Clearly, if one is cranking out six blog posts every day, and still hopes to achieve any progress on other projects, you can’t spend two, or even one hour, on every post. In fact, there may be an argument for rotating on a calendar which blog gets the bigger, deeper, longer, posts with more pictures and promotions each day. But, for now, I’m going to wing it, with the in-depth article ideas I have being cranked out where they seem the best fit, or where I have the best motivation each day. The other posts will, of course, not be garbage, but will, by necessity, have to be briefer, or faster in some way to write.

The holidays are approaching, so this may be a fools errand. On the other hand, there is no time like the present. Even three a day, or six every other day should show some results if I’m correct.

So, without further ado, this is ONE.

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Fastest Google Indexing

I use Google Alerts as one of the ways to keep track of when and where my content, on my blogs or elsewhere, gets indexed, or otherwise shows up around the web. For example, I have alerts for both makemoneywritingonline.com and “make money writing online.” The idea is that whenever something I write here gets indexed, it should send me an alert. It doesn’t always.

I have my alerts set for “all” instead of best and for “when it happens”. If you have very busy websites that generate a lot of links and feedback and people talking about you, this is not the way to go. But, for a smaller website like this one, these specific alerts generally only trigger when:

  1. Something I posted gets indexed
  2. Something I posted gets linked with the name of the website
  3. Something I posted get scraped or stolen
  4. Something I linked gets indexed

This brings me to today’s point.

It turns out that as far as regular, no tricks, no effort, indexing goes, the fastest Google index spider that triggers my alerts is the one that indexes Digg.com.

For example, I posted an article on my freelance writing blog not too long ago. I post every-other-day-ish over there, so it is no surprise that Google doesn’t crawl my site every hour. Some days, it takes 36 hours or more to get a new post indexed. It’s not a “news” site, so that doesn’t really bother me.

When I post, I do the usual. I ping the proper servers, my feed goes out, and I bookmark, Like, and Digg my article. Less than an hour later, almost every time, the Digg of my article triggers a Google alert, which means that the webpage corresponding to that Digg, has been indexed and my information found. At that point, if I search, I can find the Digg in the index.

Interestingly, it seems, in my case at least, that while Google does index Digg in near real-time, the spider does not follow those links. In other words, even though the Digg for my latest article shows up right away, the spider doesn’t follow the link and index my page. Instead, my page gets indexed when the Googlebot rolls by of its own accord, or by following a different link.

So, if you want to get something indexed about your post right away, Digg it. It won’t help you get the actual post indexed, but if someone clicks on the Digg result, they’ll be just one click away from getting to your website.

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How To Delete SubDomain Permanent Redirect 301 .htaccess file

The HubPages experiment continues to be a success, though I haven’t seen any of the incoming links show up in Google WebMaster Tools yet. I’m sure that with the size and volume of HubPages, that it can take a while for the Google Spider to make its way around to indexing everything. The best thing to do is to point some more links at each Hub in order to get the indexing to happen faster. As an added bonus, that should also eventually drive more traffic and PageRank to those Hubs.

One of the reasons I like publishing writing on the HubPages is that it gives me a place to post some of my writings that are useful, informative, or otherwise quality writings, but that otherwise have no real home.

For example, yesterday I published a Hub about redirecting traffic via the .htaccess file on your webhosting account using something known as a 301 Redirect. A 301 Redirect tells both visitors and the search engine robots that the content has been permanently moved to a new location.

There are htaccess tutorials and example code all over the Internet. Unfortunately, most of them are specifically about how to move either a whole domain, or how to move a single page or directory. There isn’t too much out there about how to delete a subdomain with 301 redirect.

When I wanted to change from blog.financegourmet.com to www.financegourmet.com/blog/ that is exactly what I was looking to do. It turns out that it isn’t as simple as just getting the right htaccess code. There are a couple of other little tricks and gotchas you need to get right as well in order to make everything go smoothly.

When I finally got it right, I wrote up an article to help other writers with using .htaccess files to remove a subdomain. The only catch is that it doesn’t really fit in my usual publishing locations, so I wrote it up as a Hub and published it on HubPages. It is linked up above to get maximum SEO benefit, so go check it out. Then, do me a favor and add it to your delicious bookmarks, and any other social networking sites you use.

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