In this issue:
1. Buying High PR Domains – Watch Out!!
2. SEO Link Vine Update
3. PDFs and Apple’s iPad
4. Coming Next Week!
Today I have an update on SEO Link Vine, and why I cancelled my subscription, plus a look at Apple’s iPad and how to get your PDFs onto it.
I’ve also got news of a new mini-course I’ll be starting in this newsletter from next week, as well as some of my software that I’ll be giving away.
However, before that, I wanted to talk a little bit about buying high Page Rank domains.? A lot of people end up paying a lot of money for what looks to be a high PR site, but it is?? The video I have recorded shows you how you can check the validity of Page Rank on a site, and see whether that high PR domain you have had your eyes on is really too good to be true.
1. Buying High PR Domains – Watch Out!!
Building Page Rank (PR) on a domain is usually a lengthy process. You need to get links, and quality links at that.
Page Rank is usually built up over time and no matter what anybody else says it is still a good indicator of the sites authority in the eyes of Google, and with authority comes the ability to rank higher.? Once you have high Page Rank on your domain you can then link to important pages on your own sites, and this authority link will go a long way to helping you rank better for your chosen terms.
Because Page Rank has been so important in the past, there has been a kind of underground market buying and selling high Page Rank websites. If you do a search at Google you’ll no doubt find websites that claim to be PR4 or PR5 for as little as $200.
I’d like to warn you against buying one of these high Page Rank domains without doing your own due diligence on that domain. What looks too good to be true, often is.
I am going to show you how I quickly check to see if domain Page Rank is real or faked. Be aware though that a domain that has real Page Rank could still turn out to be a waste of money, because it will depend on how that Page Rank has been achieved, whether the links that currently point to the site will still point to the site after you have bought it, and also a small factor of how Google will treat the domain once it’s been transferred to a different owner and probably a different web host.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on the process of buying domains, transferring domains, and attempting to maintain the Page Rank, because I’m no expert. If you bought the excellent Commission Blueprint 2.0 (a fantastic course in all aspects of affiliate marketing which includes various tools to help you carry a keyword research, linking, article submission, etc), go ahead and look at module six. That module goes into great detail on buying high Page Rank domains and trying to maintain the Page Rank on those domains after you’ve purchased them.
BTW; I just visited the Commission Blueprint Site, and found that if you close the sales page in your browser, a popup appears offering you a $100 discount on the course.? (I am not sure if I am suppose to tell you that, but check it out if you are interested? and click “Cancel” when the popup appears).
The part I would like to look at in this newsletter is simply the evaluation of so-called high Page Rank domains to decide which would be worth considering and which ones are clearly scams.
Fortunately to do this due diligence, you don’t need to buy any tools.? There is one tool I do use, but there is a free version that does the job very well.? The biggest limitation of the free version is that you cannot save your data, but from the point of view of evaluating domains, this is not necessary anyway!? I seem to remember that the free version also limits the sources that the software looks for backlinks, but it can certainly help you evaluate domain PR as it is.
Download SEO SpyGlass
(Scroll down and you’ll see a big red button for the free version).
Rather than writing down my due diligence process, I have recorded a video to show you instead.? However, I can summarize the process in a few steps (all of which are covered in the video):
1. Go to the site and check the site is still live and has the suggested Page Rank.
2. Check out Google to see what, and how many pages are indexed. Also do a cache:domain.com search to see if Google has been able to cache a recent version.? If it has, is the current cache the same as the live site?
3. Do a google search for info:domain.com to make sure that Google is talking about the site you think they are talking about.
4. Do a Way Back Machine check to see the site history and what was on the domain in the past.
5. Use SEO Spyglass to check actual backlink counts to the domain.
Following these 5 points you should be able to spot suspicious domains.? The following video shows you what to look for.
2. SEO Link Vine Update
SEO Link Vine promised a lot.
Post your articles up on their site, and they would distribute them to real sites for you.? What I liked most of all was the promise of real webmasters posting my content on their sites, and getting real backlinks.
.. So why did I cancel my subscription?
Well, in the time I have been a member (less than a month), I posted 7 articles onto their system and these were published 282 times.? Now, these were not duplicate articles – they were spun to a high degree using the Best Spinner (http:ezseonews.com/bestspinner) which now has a Copyscape checker for your spun content (and checked to make sure the spun versions were very high quality) so that every site that posted my content was getting a unique version.
Since the sites that my content were being posted on were “blog” type sites (WordPress, Joomla etc), I would have expected to see some notifications on my sites that these links were appearing, yet I saw only one.
A second test was to use SEO SpyGlass (the tool I used above to help my due diligence on high PR domains), to look for backlinks to my sites.? Despite the fact that SEO Link Vine told me my articles were published 282 times, I found a total of 2 links.?? That’s not to say the other 280 did not exist, it just means they are almost certainly not in the search engines.? Those types of links are useless!
Why did I cancel?? Well I think I have spelt it out above.? Looking from a user prospective, the links seem to be VERY poor quality, and not something that will help your rankings much.
3. PDFs and Apple’s iPad
The iPad was finally released here in Spain.? Early in May, a local shop had one in their window, but wanted 848 euros (it was a 32GB version WITHOUT 3G).
They somehow sold that one, and got another one in, but this time put the price down to 799 euros (again for the 32GB version).
A quick check on the Apple website told me that when they were officially released over here, that version would sell through Apple for 579 euros.? Obviously I decided to wait for the official release.
Last week, I bought a 64GB version (without 3G) for 624 Euros (Apple sell it for 679 in Spain).? That’s a whopping 175 euros cheaper than the local crook I mentioned and mine has an extra 32GB storage!
Firstly, let me say that I love my iPad.? I have bought just two applications for it – a pinball game for a couple of euros, and a PDF reader called GoodReader.
I wont go into details of the Pinball, but if you are a fan of that type of game, you have to get it 😉
Goodreader on the other hand is a brilliant PDF reader.? I transferred all of my PDFs this morning in a few minutes.? The process was simple enough:
1. Open iTunes.
2. Connect the iPad.
3. Click you iPad icon in the left menu
4. Open the Apps tab.
5. Scroll down to the Transfer section.
6. Select Good Reader from the list (its the only entry on mine, but if you have other apps capable of this type of transfer, you may have more in your list).
6. Drag across your PDFs into the window on the right.
That’s all there is to it.? You can then create folders for your PDFs and move them into a more logical storage structure.
Incidentally, I also love the iBook software for reading books.? The iPad came with Winnie the Pooh, but you can buy more (and get a lot of free ones).? One experiment I tried was to convert a PDF ebook into an iBook format, so I could read the eBooks with that fancy page turning effect (plus the other tools in iBooks).? However, while the conversion was easy enough, the images in the PDF documents didn’t render in the correct positions, and page footers tended to appear mid page.? If you would like to play with this type of conversion yourself, there is an excellent tutorial here:
You need a piece of software called Calibre, but its free!
Maybe by playing with Calibre you can make a better conversion, but with Good Reader now handling all of my PDF files, I’ll give any more playing around a miss.
Just a couple of honorable mentions if you are looking for new apps to play around with.? I really like SkyGrid.? It has realtime news streaming into your iPad on a range of topics.? This application could be very useful if you are getting breaking news in your niche 😉
Another great app is the Press Reader which allows you to read newspapers from around the world on the iPad.? If you have a paid subscription you can have newspapers automatically delivered to your iPad every day, as well as read most newspapers from around the world.? Just out of curiosity, I was reading the “Cape Breton Post” last night before bed.? Its a place I visited a couple of years ago when I spent three weeks in Nova Scotia.? Lovely place (though a little quiet for me).
If you have a favourite app for your iPad, please let me know by leaving a comment at the end of this newsletter.
4. Coming Next Week!
Next week I hope to have a free gift for you.? For several years I sold my SEO Website Builder for $147, and it received a lot of positive reviews.? In essence, it allowed anyone, of any skill level, to create HTML websites.? Next week, I should be releasing it to this list for free.? If you want it, you can have it at no cost, and no need to sign up for any list to get it.? I’ll simply post the download URL, and you can go and get it.
Also next week, time permitting, I am going to be starting a new mini-series in this newsletter.? I want to take one of my existing domains (that was never really developed) and turn it into a niche review site.? I’ll cover everything from setting up the WordPress template and review plugin, to setting up the site structure and adding content.? If you would like to setup a review site yourself, you will simply be able to follow along and copy what I do.
Well, that’s it for this issue.? If you want to ask a question or have a comment about anything in this newsletter, please leave a comment at the end of this newsletter.
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