Does PageRank Still Matter? It Sure Seems Like It Doesn’t

by in Lifestyle on Jul 29th, 2014

The other day I was having a conversation with a tennis buddy of mine whose wife has a fitness blog. Her site receives about 30,000 pageviews a months. Not too shabby at all.

I mentioned I do some blogging too, and he asked me the address for my blog and I told him Financial Samurai. Given we were at our tennis club working on our laptops before playing a match that afternoon, he immediately looked my site up.

Here’s the first thing he said, “Nice site. I really need to work on personal finance. Oh…….. you’ve really got to work your PageRank up to a 5. That’s when good things happen and Google will really like you then.”

I was pretty surprised he mentioned PageRank given I haven’t read any articles from the SEO circus on PageRank in at least a year and a half. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough? I know we have the occasional PageRank discussion in the Yakezie forums from newer bloggers, but we definitely haven’t published any PageRank-related posts on Yakezie.com.

There once was a time when PageRank and MozRank were all the rage. Here’s a June 29, 2011 post I wrote here called, “Google Updates PageRank And The Yakezie Rises” as reference. Ahhh, the good old days! But now, unless I’m totally out of it, I don’t hear much about PageRank at all.

PAGERANK’S IMPORTANCE

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How To Make Good Money Freelance Writing

Advice on being a great freelance writer from someone who hires freelance writers

by in Lifestyle on Jul 21st, 2014

Since January 2014 I’ve been in charge of building out a corporate blog as part of my part-time consulting duties. It’s been a good challenge that has effectively lowered marketing costs for the company, improved the company’s authority, and allowed the company to tell their story the way they want. So far so good.

Instead of hiring tons of writers, I wanted to hire only a handful of writers who I felt could each bring a different perspective on various topics. I also wanted each writer to be able to write with authority due to the experience he or she has. There would be no such thing as someone writing a post based off pontification under my leadership.

With a healthy budget, I got to work finding quality over quantity, which I think all of us at the Yakezie Network believe in.

Let me share with you what I think makes a fantastic freelance writer for those of you interested in freelance writing part-time or as a career. My perspective comes from not only being a managing editor of a corporate blog, but also as a blogger who has survived through all the Google land mines over the past five years and makes a viable income stream online.

TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT FREELANCE WRITER

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When Is Enough, Enough In The Online World?

by in Lifestyle on Jul 6th, 2014

For five years in a row I’ve been posting on average 3-4 times a week. I just went with this posting schedule frequency because that’s what I had in me. But as I get older, I’m beginning to lose a little steam in my enthusiasm for writing a lot as frequently. Search engine traffic makes up 70%+ of my traffic, so the incremental return of publishing a new article isn’t as great anymore.

I’ve been thinking about going down to a two times a week publishing schedule for the summer. Seasonal online traffic trends are pretty evident once you get to a certain amount. If people are away, why bother writing as much?

There used to be a certain amount of guilt if I didn’t keep up with my publishing frequency. When I left my job in 2012, there definitely wasn’t an option to publish less because I had so much more time. But now, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove anymore. I’ve reached my traffic and revenue targets and I’m happy with the way things are.

WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

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Smart Couponing: How to Maximize Your Savings on Amazon

by in Personal Finance on Jun 30th, 2014

Coupons. The very word conjures up mental images of being stuck in line behind an elderly lady rifling through her purse for an eternity to save 2¢ on a package of gum. Fortunately for all of us, thanks to the global superstore of the future, the Internet, today’s shopping experience is far quicker and more efficient. Consequently, coupons have also received a makeover and are much more popular with Americans. No more waiting in line behind Queen Save-A-Lot.

Conversely, your local supermarket just got a few light-years bigger. As such, the prospect of online shopping is a potentially time consuming, not to mention hazardous concept. For instance, one of the kings of the online shopping arena, Amazon, is a venerable one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need, ever. Sites with online coupon deals have considerably lessened your workload, helping you get the most out of your online shopping trip by locating the best deals and conveniently listing them in one spot. This makes the store of the future a much more manageable, far less scary place to venture.

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The Best Job For Bloggers Today

Bloggers Know Your Worth. It's More Than You Think.

by in Lifestyle on Jun 23rd, 2014

One of the fears many people from many different industries have is whether their skills are transferable to another occupation. They say people change jobs on average seven times in their lifetimes. The older I get the more I believe this statistic.

Despite getting an MBA and working in finance since 1999, I wasn’t sure whether I had any useful skills in the tech sector. I wanted to at least give tech a try just to say that I participated in the golden era of the internet while living in SF. Succeed or fail was less important given I had already accumulated my target financial nut.

As feared, I wasn’t given a chance to join any tech company despite my applications. I knew very few people in tech to provide any introductions. It was only after almost two years of half-heartedly searching that I stumbled across Personal Capital, a financial tech company, because a content manager position opened up, and I was a long-time affiliate partner and user.

Although we bloggers have come a long way, I still think we lack the respect we really deserve by journalists, everyday people, journalism schools, and businesses. Sure, some blogs have sold for multi-millions of dollars, but for the most part, anybody over 30 will probably discount blogging as a admirable profession. People looked at me cock-eyed every time I said I was a blogger, so now I just say I have an online media business. When they don’t understand, they discredit.

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How To Make Money Quitting Your Job
  • jgalvin @ NearlyRetired: Perfect timing — I was planning to start integrating advertising into my site during...
  • Robert @ The Prop Trading Futures: I never tried their customer service, so I’m happy to hear your positive...
  • debt debs: 100,000/mth page views are unfathomable to me. I’m at 6-7K a month now. I know I’ve only been...
  • Derek@LifeAndMyFinances: Sam, do you use only Media.net? Or do you use both Media.net and Google Adsense?
  • Financial Samurai: 7 years is a long time. Congrats and good luck on the new gig!
  • Financial Samurai: Hmmm, weird. I’m sure they can as they were more than happy to customize my skins for...
  • MMD: I’m both surprised and excited to see that you do so well with Media.net. I had them on MMD for a while...
  • moneystepper: Phew. I’ve just this week moved from my full time job into focussing solely on my online revenue...
  • Untemplater: Having great customer service is worth a LOT. That’s awesome you’ve beeb able to get so much...
  • Financial Samurai: Every single site is like it’s own little business. Definitely worth trying to maximize!

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