Thursday, July 31, 2008

Why You Should Back Up Your Computer!

I have been an internet marketer running my own online home business for over 5 years now, so you would think I was a little smarter than this but I guess not.

Let me tell you the story...

A little over two weeks ago I came downstairs to start my work day at about 9:30am just like I do everyday. It seemed as though it was going to be just like any other day... except I was a little more excited than usual because I had finished a new offer the night before and I was planning on launching it that day.

When I sat down at my computer it said it needed to restart to complete some updates. No big deal. That's nothing out of the ordinary. So I restarted it.

Just before it was finished loading back up one of those dreaded error messages popped up telling me something was wrong and my computer wouldn't start up. I tried shutting it off and starting it again (and doing everything else I could think of) but that damn error kept coming up and I couldn't do anything.

I figured Dell support would be able to shed some light on the problem and get it back running in no time. So I gathered all the information I thought they might need and dialed them up. To make an already long story a little shorter... they couldn't fix it. I was told I needed to re-install my operating system and would lose everything on my computer.

Like I said above, I have been an internet marketer for over 5 years and I have had this same computer the entire time. Everything I have purchased, downloaded, written, saved, etc... The entire time I've had my online home business is on this computer. That comes out to thousands of dollars worth of information, tools and resources. And countless hours of time! Not to mention all my pictures, songs, and other stuff that isn't for my business.

Needless to say, I didn't want to lose any of it. I didn't know whether to cry, scream, puke, or smash my computer into pieces. I wanted to do all of that and then some!

I started calling around to local computer shops to see if they could recover and backup all the files for me before re-installing the operating system. Luckily it seemed as though it could be done but it wasn't exactly going to be cheap.

Finally after two weeks of not being able to do any work and over $200 down the drain to fix it, I finally have it back. Everything was able to be saved and it seems to be running fine, except my sound won't work now for some reason (still trying to get that fixed).

Now I can finally get back to running my online business but I am waaaay behind and I lost a lot of money by not being able to work.

Basically what I am trying to tell you is to get an external hard drive and BACK UP EVERYTHING ON YOUR COMPUTER!!! You never know when something like this might happen and you might not be lucky enough to have it all recovered.

I am going today to get an external hard drive so I can rest assured that if this happens again I won't have to worry about losing everything.

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Free Home Business Tips

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Who Says You Can't Make Money Online With A Free Blog?

I like to take some time every once in a while to search Google for some of the keyword phrases that I target with my various sites/blogs to see what comes up at the top of the results. It's usually the same sites so I pretty much know what I am going to find, but sometimes a new one sneaks in there, which is why I like to check.

Today I searched for Make Money Online to see what sites are on the first page.

The #1 spot on Google for make money online both with quotes and without quotes is Money Maker Info and if you take a look at it you will notice that it's a free blogger blog and only has a PR2. That's pretty darn good for such a competitive niche!

The #4 spot for Make Money Online (without quotes) is How to Make Money Online for Beginners and that site is also #6 for the same search with quotes. Once again it's a free blogger blog.

And if you really think about it neither of them are very pretty. They are actually quite ugly! Kinda like my blog - the one you are reading right now. It's very ugly and is managed for free through blogger. Yet it also ranks highly for some pretty good keywords.

So who says you can't make money online with a free blog?

This simple search proves that you don't need a really pretty blog or high PR to rank highly in the Google search results and make money online!

It's all about providing quality content and getting keyword rich backlinks. Anyone can make money online if they really want to!

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Free Money Making Information


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Monday, July 07, 2008

Finding the Perfect Backlink

It’s no secret that you need inbound links (also called backlinks or inlinks) in order to rank highly on search engines. Just about any backlink is better than nothing, however certain inlinks are much better than others and you should be spending more of your time getting these.

So what is the perfect backlink? Is it even possible to find the perfect inbound link? Here are some criteria you should consider when you set out on your linking campaigns…

Related Sites

As a general rule the best backlinks are from websites that are related to yours in content and niche but do not directly compete with your site. For example: A link from a make money online blog to your work at home website would be ideal.

Anchor Text

The anchor text of the link should include keywords related to your website. Anchor text should also be varied because if all your links have the same anchor text they will not appear natural to the search engines. For example: If your website is about home based business then you might have links with anchor text such as; home business, work at home business, home based business opportunities, home based jobs, and others related.

Page Rank (PR)

When you have an inbound link from an authority website with high PR it will carry much more weight in the search engines than a link from a new website or one without any rankings.


Your backlinks should be live, followed links. If it contains the “nofollow” tag you are not getting any benefit from the link as far as the search engines are concerned. Make sure you are getting do follow backlinks!

One Way Links

If a site is linking to your website without you linking back to them in return it’s called a one way link, and these are much better than link exchanges, paying for links or any other way of artificially gaining backlinks.

Deep Linking

All of your backlinks should NOT be pointed at your home page. Deep linking is when you have inbound links pointing to internal pages of your website. This appears more natural to search engines and will help boost your rankings. If all your inlinks point to one page of your site (usually the home page) it can be interpreted by the search engines that you are trying to artificially inflate your rankings.

Gradual Link Building

You should gradually build your inbound links over time instead of all at once. The gradual building of backlinks is much more natural and will help a lot more with your search engine rankings.

Spread It Out

Your inlinks should come from many different sites. Having a lot of sites linking to you with just one link each is almost always better than having a lot of links from just a few sites.

Updated Content

Search engines love sites that are updated frequently instead of static sites that never (or rarely) get updated. So getting an inlink from a site that is updated often such as a blog is often better than getting one from a static site.

Number of Links and Position

With all other things being equal it’s always better to have your link on a page with fewer outbound links as opposed to a page with a lot of links. You will get a lot more “link juice” this way and your backlink will carry more weight with the search engines.

It’s debatable but the location of the link on the page can also count towards your link juice. Some people say the higher your link is on the page, the more weight it is given.

Aged Domain

The older a site is the more authority it gains with the search engines. So if you have inlinks from sites that have been around a long time it’s a lot better than having all new sites linking to you.

Links in Content

An inbound link from a page with a lot of content such as inside an article is much better than a link from page that is just a list of links and no real content.

Age of Backlinks

It’s always good to keep getting new links so after time you will have aged inbound links and new inbound links. It looks pretty darn good to search engines if you have sites that have been linking to you for years and you are also still getting new links.

Finding the perfect backlink is not easy to do, if such a link even exists. However, the above tips will help you tremendously in finding high quality inbound links that will definitely increase your search engine rankings and traffic to your website!

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Make Money at Home

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