The Online Entrepreneur Magazine
Please pass Boomer eZine on to a friend. They will thank you for it.
a friend passed this to you,
you can start your own subscription at www.boomer-ezine.com.
Complete the subscription form and you will receive
a free copy
of “How to Choose The Best Web Host for YOUR
This issue will be published on or before November 2, 2007.
Contents for this issue.....
Where did October go? It seems like yesterday we
the last issue and here we are starting November.
Where did October go? It seems like yesterday we published the last issue and here we are starting November.
I love the fall in South Texas. It has finally cooled down and the weather has been beautiful. This is the time for football and hunting.
It is also the time to start thinking about how to benefit from the forthcoming Christmas season if you are selling online.
the time you get the next issue of Boomer eZine, we will all have
enjoyed Thanksgiving (in the US). Linda and I wish all our
the very best during November. No matter where you live,
to give thanks for your blessings.
If you have anything for this
section or you have a suggestion for a topic for an article,
please use this suggestion
form to give us your suggestions or your input.
With your help, we can improve the Boomer eZine.
This link will open a new page.
Close the page to return to Boomer eZine.
is giving away one of my secrets, but I consider that my job
help you, the readers of Boomer eZine, so here goes.
very common search on the Net is “best ______”.
You fill in the blank.
have started using this domain name concept to build websites that
combine pay per click traffic with organic traffic (non-paid traffic
from the search engines).
also buy the domain names if they look good and hold them for the
since I cannot build too many websites at a time.
You can register a domain name for under $10.00 per
year so why
not hold a name that looks good. It
might be a good investment for you.
You can build the website or you might be able to
sell the name
for a profit.
site I am building now is www.the-best-gps.com
which mainly focuses on selling the Garmin Nuvi 350 automotive GPS unit
started this site as a landing site for pay per click advertising from
Microsoft AdCenter, but the natural traffic is building.
It is only coming from MSN and Live Search since I
focused on search engine optimization for Yahoo and Google.
always include a script from www.statcounter.com
and Google Analytics on every web page I build so I can
see how viewers
track through the sites and what keywords are attracting customers.
that both Google Analytics and Statcounter are free.
See the previous article on Statcounter in Volume
1, Issue 40. The
titled "Another Internet Tool". This
article includes a video about Statcounter.
is a look at the keyword report from Statcounter for the-best-gps.com.
keywords not shown in the picture:
garmin gps is the best
is the best gps?
is the best gps
is the best nuvi?
rated auto gps
are not numbers that are going to blow anyone away, but the important
thing to remember – the searches on a variation of “best” or
“the best” come from a viewer who is focused on finding information
and is probably going to buy a GPS.
And the traffic is FREE.
free traffic is coming primarily from MSN and Live Search.
is number one on MSN and Live Search (they come from the same Microsoft
search engine) for the keyword “the best gps”. It is third on these
same two searches for the keyword “best gps”.
am selling GPS’s on Amazon and doing OK.
I have a respectable click through rate (CTR) on the
click advertising, but I see now that I need more free traffic to the
site to average down the cost for each GPS that I sell.
did not originally make this site a Site Build It (SBI) site,
I originally planned for it to be comprised of a couple of landing
pages. As I added
site and it grew, the organic traffic started to grow.
Mind you, I was not working on search engine
but I will take good luck whenever it comes along.
Now that I see the potential for free traffic, I am
site to SBI so it will assist me with the search engine optimization
(SEO). This will
average selling cost for each GPS down with the free traffic.
now, SBI has a Halloween
/ Days of the Dead sale on for an extra SBI site for an
$100 so I can buy two sites for $399.
Based on the concept of “the best” or “best”, I am
two sites. I will
use one to
build out the-best-gps.com. The
other site will be to build my next “best” project www.the-best-HDTV.com.
This domain name is parked on SBI right now and if
you click it,
you will land on a sales page for SBI.
I plan to start this site as soon as I migrate the
GPS site to
If you are interested in this sale, check it out at Halloween
/ Days of the Dead sale.
If you are interested in this sale, check it out at Halloween / Days of the Dead sale.
will I move a site from a web host (Hostexcellence.com) that charges
$6.97 per month to host six websites to one that charges $299 per year
for one site (Site Build It)? Simple
traffic that comes to the site and buys a GPS, the lower the cost per
other part of the equation is that Google controls a large volume of
Internet search traffic. If
I use SBI SEO to get my keywords ranked high on Google, the free
to the site will explode, and I will sell a lot more GPS’s from free
a closing note, many people have already picked domains named
but they may not have picked “best-domainname” or
“thebestdomainname” or “the-best-domainname”.
I have found that putting “the” in front of
the name still
gets about the same search engine treatment as the keyword without it.
you have a passion that would make a good website or if you identify a
hot market that you feel you could exploit, jump in there and purchase
that domain name, “the best whatever”.
you jump in, look at the variations of the “best” domain name you
are considering. See
a “best” domain is built or is just parked.
If it is built, see if you think you can do a better
If you use SBI to help you, my bet is you can beat
I have mentioned defensive
names before in the Boomer eZine, but in looking back, I never wrote an
article about the concept.
A defensive domain
name is a
name very similar to your main domain name.
You need to protect it so someone does not take
advantage of your
hard work to promote your domain by purchasing a domain name so close
your name that people can confuse the two names and your traffic will
end up on the other domain.
I was reminded of this when I
evaluating the “best” names for “best HDTV”.
bestHDTV.com and best-HDTV.com are taken.
I purchased the-best-HDTV.com some time ago, but I
did not check
on thebestHDTV.com. When
checked on the names while writing the previous article, I found it was
available and bought it to protect the-best-HDTV.com, which is the name
I will use for the main website.
Sure, it costs about
year to own each domain name, but I recommend that you
domain names that are similar to your main domain name.
These may not be new, but they
newly mentioned in Boomer eZine. Credit
where credit is due. I
learned about these from an article on Site Pro News http://www.sitepronews.com.
I get the Site Pro News email newsletter and it
some great information.
XML Sitemap Generator trawls through all levels of your site
to generate an XML sitemap. It also gives you a running count of pages,
provides a text-based URL líst and a HTML sitemap you can import
straight into your site. The online version of the generator is free
sites of less than 500 pages, but there's also a low-cost script-based
version for large sites that can be set up to automatically index your
site, upload an updated XML file to your server and ping Google and
Yahoo when done.
Free for sites of 500 pages or less
plan to write an extensive article about Google Analytics in the next
is a multiple auto responder and mailing líst management
service rolled into one. Members can send an unlimited number of
campaigns, follow up messages, and newsletters to an unlimited number
approved opt-ín lists. For newsletter purposes, a wide range of
templates are provided, as are free training guides and videos to help
you create campaigns.
From USD 19.95 per month
the autoresponder that we use to
handle the mailing list for Boomer
consider it to be outstanding.
in Volume 1, Issue 49 of Boomer eZine (http://www.boomer-ezine.com/V1I49_031607.htm),
I thought I had found a better ad system than Adsense.
This ad system inserted ads that pointed to
Clickbank rather than
using Adsense. The
per click was a commission from Clickbank which is usually in the range
of 50% of the sale price.
switched the advertising in Boomer eZine over to this and waited for
money to come rolling in ---- and I was still waiting when I decided to
switch back to Adsense on the October 2007 issue.
choice was a few sales from the Clickbank system versus many clicks on
Adsense ads at pennies per click.
discuss the Adsense program on Retirement Jobs Online (RJO) as an
example. Site Build
RJO web host) encourages you to not try to monetize your site too
quickly. After I
site, I placed a few recommendations to various products on the site,
but I did not put any Adsense ads on RJO.
I wanted to wait until the traffic on the site
started to build
to a respectable level.
the second week of October, I decided to start placing Adsense on the
RJO site. This is a
since there are 72 pages on the site and I have to edit each page to
place the ads where I want them.
decided to take the page popularity rank off the Site Build It traffic
reports and start adding Adsense to the most popular pages and work
to the least popular page. At
the same time that I am adding the Adsense, I am also adding the script
to the page for Google Analytics so I am going to do this with every
page and it will take a while.
will not make you rich unless you specialize in Adsense and have
websites with high traffic. However,
if you are a retiree living on a fixed income (social security and
retirement savings), $100 - $200 per month from Adsense is welcome.
This is achievable from Adsense if you are getting
traffic to your site.
into Google Adsense. Consider
starting a blog or building a website on which to place your Adsense
ads. You will need
traffic to the blog or website so do not think that all you have to do
is create the blog or site and sit back.
You will have to work at traffic generation to make
But when traffic starts to hit your site and click
on the Adsense
ads, you will start receiving that monthly check that helps your
admit it. I was not
the power of Google Image Search until my recent experience with it on
our Retirement Jobs Online (RJO) website.
you probably already know, RJO is a Site Build It (SBI) site.
SBI has great a great traffic analysis section that
reading each morning to study the traffic from the day before and the
sources of the traffic.
always check the number of visits, the number of unique visitors, and
the keywords they used to find the site.
I noticed last month that I was starting to get hits
keyword “retirement” which is not a keyword that I target.
The keyword “retirement” is super popular and I
chose not to
even attempt to compete for it since the big investment companies and
other companies with deep pockets pay big bucks for it on the pay per
kept watching my traffic numbers for “retirement” and they kept
climbing so I though there was something wrong with the SBI reporting
software. I sent an
SBI support and as usual, I received a very quick response.
enough, when I went back to my SBI traffic reports and looked at
of traffic, Google Image Search appeared several times from several
see what my viewers were seeing, I did a Google Image Search on
is the standard Google search page.
The link for Image Search is indicated by the arrow.
I searched, lo and behold, the picture that I use on the RJO home page
showing a street sign that says “Retirement Lane” is number 5 on the
image search results for “retirement”.
That picture is an eye catcher and it is responsible
for most of
the image search traffic.
the rest of the story, I purchased the picture from a photo site to use
on the home page. My
thoughts were that it conveyed a strong picture to a visitor about
“strolling down retirement lane”.
you put a picture on your site, always give it an “Alt Tag” (correct
name is alt attribute, but no one uses that description).
This is a text label explaining what the picture is.
It is from the Alt Tag that the search engines get
information to know what the picture is for entering it in the image
search engine database.
is the HTML code for the picture on the home page of Retirement Jobs
Online (the HTML greater and less than signs are removed so your
does not think this is an HTML command and put the picture on the page
rather than the HTML code). The
highlighted text is the alt tag.
width="225" height="188" align="center" alt="Picture
of Retirement Lane Sign"
I used to think
“why bother to put an alt tag on a picture? It
is an old fashioned HTML practice for people with low speed connections
who do not download graphics.” WRONG!
It still works that way, but it also assists people
disabilities to know what the graphic is AND it gives the search
engines the necessary text to enter the graphic into the image search
When you set up a
picture or graphic, always give it an alt tag and
use one of your
associated keywords in the alt tag so it can help you attract traffic
from the images searches on the search engines.
traffic is free, and we should use every technique to attract it.
That wraps up
this issue. Until
month, stay tuned.
If you are changing email addresses in the future, put a note on your calendar to send us a blank email after you have changed your address. Send the blank email to: email@example.com. We want you to remain a subscriber to our newsletter!
is OK to go ahead and join our
subscriber list with more than one email address.
You never know when an
email will be blocked these days. The SPAM filters are
getting tighter and
tighter and are blocking many legitimate emails.
Boomer eZine Home
Table of Contents
Copyright 2015 John Howe, Inc.
Please visit the other Boomer sites