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June 11, 2009

As a relatively new blogger, I realize there is a lot left for me to learn about this whole “blogging” thang. I signed up to get stats via sitemeter and they just look like alphabet soup to me. If someone knows what I should do with all that info, please feel free to speak up. I still don’t know how to post a you-tube video in my actual blog, so you are left clicking on a measely link. I am about to use up all my “free” wordpress space for pictures and am about to have to upgrade and *gasp* pay for blog space. And I still have not figured out how to get paid millions of dollars for my insights and wicked sense of humor – or even $5 for that matter. Talk may be cheap, but apparently writing is free – that is unless you use up all of your free space – but I digress.

Some people blog to ultimately get published – and sure – that’d be great – but sometimes people just blog to blog. I guess I honestly fall somewhere in the middle. I want to capture all of our memories of our great Indian adventure so that I don’t forget the details – but it is also (really, really) nice to know that other people are following along. It amazes me really. I have had people tell me they grab a cup of coffee (I am sure for some of them it is doctored coffee) and sit down to read my blog every day. Wow.

One of the things “real” bloggers talk about is google page rank. So, just for giggles, I thought I would see where I rank. When I entered the key words – a reason to write – into google, I almost fell over. I did not use quotation marks. Does that matter? I do not know. But I did not use them.

Some biotch with a handmade card business called, of all things, “A Reason To Write” ranked number one – oh yeah, that’s me. And then some blogging goddess with a blog called, of all things, “A Reason To Write – India” ranked number two.

Seriously, I am not sure how that happened and it may not last. Maybe my computer remembers it’s me and is empathetic – like a well-intention parent, it doesn’t want to let me down. Hey Data on Star Trek learned to show emotions – it could happen.

How do I know that it might not last, you ask? Well, I don’t want to use up all of my 15 minutes of fame in one place – but also, my blog was linked to a CNN article on prisons for about 20 hours. I (very) excitedly wrote to my family and dear friends to tell them the amazing news – only to find that they removed the link and replaced it with more current blogs on the same topic. Bastards. So, the time difference coupled with the dreaded in-box wait time, it looked like I was a liar, liar pants on fire. And, no, I did not screen print. That would have been the “smart” thing to do – so you can clearly see why I chose NOT to do just that. I had no evidence whatsoever. DAMN, is right.

So, if by the time you read this and google search me, I am no longer ranked as number one and two, rest assured that I have a mental picture in my mind of my success. And I believe me even if no one else does.

The bottom line in all of this is thank you for following along and catapulting me to rock star google status – even if it only exists in my own mind. 😉

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2009 5:19 am

    hey nice article..keep writing..cheers

  2. June 18, 2009 11:27 am

    I’ve enjoyed checking out your blog! My sister moved to Noida (just outside of Delhi) in December, and I am visiting her for six weeks beginning early July. It’s nice to get your impressions. Thank you!!

  3. June 17, 2009 12:22 pm

    First, if you are using up most of your “free” space, it means your readership is growing, which is a good thing. However, moving this blog to it’s own site would only cost you about $7 dollars a year. Google “host serving companies” and find out which one works for you. I recommend one called midphase.com.

    Sitemeter will tell you how many people are reading your blog daily, which is always good to know. That’s really the number to look at if you are curious. Adveritisers tend to look at the number of page views a site recieves, but that’s only relevant to them if you have hundreds of thousands of pageviews and are charging people to advertise on your site. e.g. if an advertiser inquires about advertising on this blog, they’d probably want to know how many pageviews you receive before they gave you their money. More pageviews = more readers = more potential customers for their products.

    In terms of making money from blogging, it’s very hard to do, but not impossible. If you get millions of hits daily you can make money off the google ad’s, which you can place on your blog. There’s a 17 year old girl making about $70,000 dollars a month blogging about her life! (whateverlife.com) – but she gets more hits that even oprah’s site!

    The way to make money would be for you to link this blog to your other stationary website. google likes articles and if all these articles were on one site, that stationary site would move up the rankings when people typed the word “stationary” on google or whatever it is you were selling.

    The other way to make money (assuming you don’t have millions of readers yet) is to sell a tangible product like unique T-shirts, stationary, etc, etc…this is how most bloggers make money. They cross-sell items.

    In terms of the google search, don’t use the words “a reason to write” because that’s not how most of your readers will find you. For instance, I found this blog by typing words like, “life in india for an expatriate”, “american living in india”, what’s it’s like for an american to live in india”, etc, etc….Think of terms that an american who is moving to india would type into google if they were looking for information on the country because that is what this niche blog is about.

    Hope this was helpful

  4. lisa permalink
    June 12, 2009 2:08 pm

    I love following your blog – so don’t quit, even if you have to pay! (assuming, of course, that you don’t have to pay a lot?!)

  5. pamj permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:51 pm

    u go girl!!

  6. June 12, 2009 10:20 am

    Being blogtarded, I can’t say that I’ve ever done much beyond sign up for Sitemeter and amuse myself with the search words. I looked at the stats on Google Analytics once, because Badass told me it was a real thrill (NOT), and I laughed. I had no idea what any of it meant.

    Good luck making money with the blog, girl. I saw a show about how if you stand on the sidewalk in New York, you couldn’t spit without hitting someone with a blog. Then they reported the number of people that make real money blogging, not a hundred bucks a year, and it was pitiful. There’s Dooce, the golden goose, and a handful of others ;(

  7. Tottsmom permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:17 am

    Confirmed. Google has you #1 and no.2, yahoo has you #2 and #7 Still in the top 10. Keep up the awesome post. Great job.

  8. June 12, 2009 10:12 am

    Data had an emotion chip installed in his processor. Have you downloaded any emotional software recently? If not, then that be you on Google (-; I just googled you and I can confirm it be you. My computer has no….no wait a minute I did download that emotion software last week (and my computer hasn’t kept a straight face since…as soon as I start writing he starts laughing “you call that writing??” Then I put in Loco in Yokohama in google and guess who was number one? That shut my computer up (-:

    I love your writing, and I have a cup of coffee right now (though I don’t do this every day as you know…I like to let your posts collect and sit down and read it, like renting Season 2 of a great TV show and watching the whole season in a single sitting. (-:

  9. June 12, 2009 5:47 am

    Oh, I have spent many hours looking over my stats and traffic and page rank data. It is thrilling, isn’t it?

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