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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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Is JustRetweet Worth It or Not?

JustRetweet is an interesting online social marketing service. The idea is simple. You upload a tweet for Twitter that you want retweeted. Then, other users of the service retweet your tweet for you. Of course, such a system is ripe for abuse, so the website has some interesting mechanisms to avoid turning JustRetweet.com into a scam for spammers.

How To Use JustRetweet

JustRetweet works on a credit system. You can get credits in one of two ways. First, of course, you can pay money for credits. Second, you can earn credits by retweeting other user’s tweets. Either way, you will have to login via your Twitter account. Doing so authorizes the system to make tweets on your behalf, which is how the system keeps track of what you retweet and awards you the credits.

Users offer a certain number of credits for each retweet. To retweet and accept the offer, click Schedule Retweet. The software then builds a tweet for you and sends it to your Twitter account. To avoid stacking up a bunch of retweets all at once in your timeline, there is a built in scheduler. By default, a tweet goes out from Just Retweet every 15 minutes, however, you can adjust it in settings.

How To Get Retweets with JustRetweet.com

Once you have some credits, you can ask users to retweet a tweet for you. Click where it says to submit a retweet. Type what you would like to tweet. Include the link or anything else you like in the tweet.

First, there is a box which you use to set how much you will pay per retweet. Look on the pages where other people have offers to see what the going rate is. For example, if you really want retweets, then you may have to offer 30 credits in some categories, but only 10 in others. Second, you put how many retweets you are willing to pay for, or the maximum number of retweets. The total cost is the amount per retweet times the maximum retweets number. It calculates this number for you where it says, “You will spend X credits.”

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So far, so good.

Here is where it gets tricky. The total amount of your offer (per retweet X max. retweets) will be deducted in full, IMMEDIATELY from your account. In other words, if you offer 10 credits for up to 50 retweets, you will pay 500 credits right away, not 5 credits every time someone retweets your post.

This is important for two reasons. First, you can run out of credits faster this way leaving you unable to submit more retweets without earning, or buying, more credits. Second, you pay the full amount, even if you don’t get the full number of retweets. In other words, using the example above, if only 10 people take you up on your offer, you still pay the full 500 credits, not just the 100 credits for the people who actually retweeted. Technically, your offer remains in the system, but it will drop off the recent screen as time goes by.

The best way to use JustRetweet is to offer a small number of maximum retweets at a time. When you offer has been used up, submit a new offer. That way you don’t waste credits paying for retweets that aren’t going to happen. You can also judge the demand at your price point. If you offer 20 credits and get your maximum retweets quickly, then you can try offering 15 credits or 10 credits and save some credits. Conversely, if you get no takers at 20 credits, then you don’t waste credits on a high maximum number of retweets that are never going to happen.

I’ll keep you posted as I experiment with this service and figure out if JustRetweet is worth it or not. If it is worth it, I’ll expand to a full JustRetweet review of the best ways to get the most bang for the buck.

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Best WordPress Themes For Writers Feature List Continued

We’ve been looking at what kinds of features and functionality professional freelance writers should look for in a WordPress theme. At first, it can be hard to quantify exactly what a writer needs in a WordPress theme because they sort of all start to blend together and you forget what it was that compelled you to download one theme over another in the first place. Then, as you start to try and actually implement the themes it starts to get clearer. Whenever there is something that a writer can’t do easily with that WordPress writers theme, then you know what features are important.

One feature that is vitally important for any writer looking to make money writing online, is the ability to automatically provide links to other writings. For example, a freelancer writing a WordPress blog about local events as a way to drum up interest from local business, for example, would want that site to link to their freelance writing business website automatically. In this case, adding the homepage of that website to the blogroll or other link list would suffice, but what about really powerful link building?

While many SEO experts offer the misguided advice to be stingy with your links, one should never pass up the opportunity to link for their own benefit. For example, if there was a particular post on your blog that seemed to be attracting a lot of attention and traffic, using that page to link to other pages in your blog will boost that posts as well. This way you don’t end up with a huge website that has only two pages that have a high enough search engine ranking to ever draw any website traffic.

To really take advantage, however, you would also want to link your high PageRank pages and posts from many other places as well. That site about parenting skills could link to articles on your writing site about how to write high school essays that get good grades. Likewise, the writing site could link to an article about parenting tips for dads showing how important good writing skills are.

Doing this within individual posts is useful and essential for long-term search engine optimization power. However, linking to several of the best posts a writer has from all over requires putting those links in the template or widget part of a WordPress theme.

That is why the best WordPress themes for writers must include either a footer that can be used partially for links, or well-configured sidebars that can be filled with widgets full of links. Unfortunately, it seems that too many themes are either designed for AdSense, or designed for those who never want to earn money by writing. Smart writers want themes that are somewhere in between.

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HubPages Author Score – Phase 1 Complete

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Couldn’t really sleep very well, so I got up early this morning and noticed that my HubRank over at HubPages is now over 75. It was showing at 79 when I checked. The reason this is so important is that HubPages nofollows all links from Hubs published by authors with an author score under 75. By hitting that magical number, my links should now be un-nofollowed and therefore building up additional authority for the various pages I have linked out to.

The next step is to build a few more hubs to ensure that my HubRank stays above 75. The HubPages Guide says that there is a "random" element to the scoring, whatever that is supposed to mean. Apparently, HubPages prefers the "fun" of moving scores to the accuracy of legitimate scores, but hey, its their ball.

Monitoring Incoming Links Google Webmaster Tools

Now that my HubScores are high enough and my author ranking is high enough, it is time to start monitoring incoming links to see if and when they show up. There are a ton of tools out there that will count and measure you incoming links. Some of them are free and others costs quite a lot of money. But, in the end, there is only one place that matters when it comes to link building, and that is Google.

If your incoming links are not counted by Google, then they don’t exist.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that every link on the Internet counts toward your PageRank and authority when it comes to Google’s index. Their spider does not index every page of every website every time it visits. One look at your site’s Crawl Stats inside Google’s Webmaster Tools will show you that.

The deeper a backlink is inside of a site, the more likely it is to not be indexed. This is why a lot of automated linkbuilding services don’t work. Sure, they post your links on a site, but they also post 100 other links on that site. As long as your link is on the first page, you are getting full credit. But, when it is buried deep inside of a site that the Google indexing algorithm doesn’t think is worthy of a full crawl, that is a different story.

That’s why I always monitor my website’s incoming links straight from the SERP source. Google’s Webmaster Tools are free and don’t require you to install any code like its Analytics Tools do. (You have to verify that you own a site either by including a meta tag or uploading a file, but that isn’t the same as adding a hunk of JavaScript to your website.)

If you want to check your incoming links at Google without messing around with webmaster tools, you can also just use some of the advanced search operators. Searching on link:www.yoursite.com will list the sites in the index that link to that domain. The drawback to this method is that you have to manually type in every page you want to check – link:www.yoursite.com/page1.htm , link:www.yoursite.com/page2.htm , and so on – versus being able to select multiple pages from a list. As an added benefit, Webmaster Tools lists your pages in order by how many incoming links they have, so if there is a surprise bump in links to a page you might not be manually tracking, you will still see it.

You can check out Google Webmaster Tools here.

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