Thursday, January 26, 2006

WiredPages Business Directory

I am adding a business directory to WiredPages. Eventually there will be a cost to add a business listing to the site, however the first 50 business owners to list their businesses here, will get a free listing for the first two years. Certain restrictions apply, including:

  • Must be a Family Friendly Business
  • Graphics [logos] and descriptions of the business are subject to my editorial review.
  • I also reserve the right to reject any business without cause.

I plan to have the WiredPages Business Directory fully operational by early spring '06. If you would like further details contact me here --> WiredPages Business Listing Inquiry. Again to list your site -- see this post.

Also note, the business listings will be part of a separate new section aptly named "Business Directory" and not part of the site's current layout. Advertising options for WiredPages, [not including the new Business Directory] are outlined here.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

2006 Hot Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its Hot 100 Entrepreneurs of 2006. Here is the link.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Blogging On a Budget...

I have given a lot of thought to an Entrepreneur Magazine article, [Using Blogs to Attract Customers, [Dated: July '05]], I read recently, about an e-Tailer [binoculars.com] and the business's new blog [birderblog.com]. The article discussed the reasons why the business owner started the blog, associated costs, methods used to update the blog, and projections for when the gains would out-weigh the costs.

What really caught my attention was the [blog] cost -- $60,000 as of the date of the article [July '05] and another projected $50,000 during the second year.

Did it work? I ran both of his sites against Alexa rankings and found his e-tailing site [binoculars.com], with a pretty good ranking of 28,235 -- certainly better than I thought it would be and the blog [birderblog.com] -- Alexa currently ranks at 402,120. Of course, I do not know where his numbers were before the blog started, but the keyword "binoculars" is unique and the site is the first result with Google when that keyword is used.


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Does my business blog direct potential clients to my business site for custom software solutions? Even with a popular term like "Blogger Calendar"...? Not that I can tell...

How popular is the term "Blogger Calendar"?

Snapshot taken: 11/13/05
see this post


Snapshot taken: 1/22/06 [today]

The number of views -- represented by 3873 in the first picture and 5459 in the second are the indicators. [Not me incrementing the counts...]

BTW: The forum thread [BloggerForum.com] I started as noted in the above diagrams, is the number one result with Google when the search term "Blogger Calendar" is used.

I am not sure I want to spend $60,000 on a business blog.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

NS&J Software Version Upgrade Complete

The News, Software, & Java [NS&J] forums software [phpBB] version upgrades have been completed.



Reference Post: NS&J Fourms Unavailable...

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

NS&J Forums Unavailable Noon Tomorrow --

I will be updating the NS&J forums software [phpBB] tomorrow -- from 12:00 noon until about 1:00 p.m. [barring any unforeseen problems]. The forums will be offline while these updates are integrated.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Technorati Charting...

Technorati is offering a charting tool that shows the number of times a keyword/term is used in blog posts over a specified period. I have added charts for keywords I use -- [QiSoftware, Blogger Calendar] on the lower [right] sidebar.

Posts that contain "QiSoftware" per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

Posts that contain "Blogger Calendar" per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

Get your own chart!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Odd Report, Public Record

Legal notes, see offline record. Click-throughs like this [looks like testing] show up when I am logged in. I didn't do this.



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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Gather.com

Gather.com currently in beta, is a social networking site for professional, semi-professional, and amateur writers/bloggers. Users are able to post articles, network with other members, and at some point earn from advertisers willing to sponsor the many articles that will be available to the general public.

Touted as an older more sophisticated version of MySpace, the popular teen blogging network gathering place, Gather.com is hoping to attract high-quality, experienced writers and bloggers to add to its archives of quality articles covering a myriad of topics from Politics, Business & Finance to Style and Living.

I tend to write with an informal approach to business and personal issues -- therefore I will not be submitting articles via this network. I am a member of LinkedIn and have accepted several connection requests -- for business reasons. My only question with regard to this new online networking forum -- "If I were a member, why would I connect to other members?" The site claims you can earn Gather Points... Is it like TypePad's "Add Me To Your Friends List"?

Possible Reasons:
(1) A Fad - LinkedIn members love to connect...
(2) Forward thinking for something in the future...

How do you know I am not a professional writer? -- I pondered this question "Why would I connect...?" longer than I rechecked this post for awkwardness, grammar, and other writing problems I tend to overlook where I am concerned.

References: Boston Globe Article, Gather.com

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Friday, January 13, 2006

QiSoftware@YahooGroups

Yahoo groups that I started:


Groups are a great way to network. I also belong to several LinkedIn Yahoo groups and have expanded my business network considerably through these online forums. The LinkedIn groups are the most active groups.

Consider forming or becoming a participant in online networking groups to garner friends, business, or other perspectives.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Affiliate Sign-Up Merry-Go-Round...

I have been an advertiser for computer companies for sometime. One advertiser only offered the Small Business system ads. I joined another program where the same company offered the home systems. I applied with the www.qisoftware.com [main site] reference url to the affiliate.

I was rejected with this explanation [removed company's name from the following and replaced with the company]:
We reserve the right to reject your application if we determine your site is unsuitable. An unsuitable site includes, but is not limited to:
Sites that are unavailable or are under construction
Aesthetically unpleasing sites
Sites that do not contain computer or electronics category
Sites with hate/violent/offensive content
Sites containing sexually explicit materials
Sites promoting alcoholic beverages or excessive drinking/drug use
Sites promoting discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age
Sites that promote violence or illegal activities
Sites containing extreme religious content
Gambling or lottery sites
Political sites that endorse one party or extreme political sites
Sites containing the company name or derivations in the url
Sites that misrepresent themselves as the company by co-opting the visual "look and feel" of the company site
Sites that use any type of spyware or illegal adware


Wonder why I can advertise the company's small business ads?

A related issue: I recently applied to another non-computing affiliate with the same program using the main url [www.qisoftware.com] as the reference. At first I was rejected. I then narrowed my reference site to just WiredPages and was immediately accepted. I am not going to revise my application for this advertiser. Every single area of QiSoftware relates to computing and computers in some way shape or form.

I think the blogs are the issue, but I am not sure. Why wouldn't they want to advertise on the blogs? They can claim posts like this are the problem? When is honesty objectionable?

I don't like politics when I am offering free ad space... and thus far I am told I have never sold anything -- so therefore I am providing free ad space.

Why keep the advertisers? -- Another legal avenue to the Department of Justice.

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Digital Dirt & Job Searching

CareerJournal has an interesting article, "How to Clean Up Your Digital Dirt Before It Trashes Your Job Search" about digital dirt and the effect it may have on your job search. Learn how to clean up your online presence.

Check out the Employment Guide on WiredPages and get the latest headlines from CareerJournal.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

QiSoftware@Yellowikis

The open business listings directory -- Yellowikis, provides a means for businesses to list their organizations and company profiles online for free.

Q's Wire... my personal blog, maintains a list of Site Finds... -- Yellowikis is the latest offering.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Affiliate Programs... December '05

My major affiliate program yielded 6227 impressions, 34 click-throughs, and no sales. All but two of the click throughs were for the travel search ad located on Q's Wire. I have noticed, that adjustments are made to the number of click-throughs on or about the third day of the new month -- however it appears that the click throughs are recorded for the new month and not the month they actually occurred in. The number of click-throughs recorded for any one day seems to indicate this trend. For instance, last month the travel affiliate all of a sudden recorded 31 click throughs around the beginning of the month -- and then mostly nothing. Several questions about sales I recorded were never properly addressed by this affiliate program and I am still waiting for an explanation.

A secondary program yielded, 1592 impressions, 2 click throughs, and no sales.

I had $2.82 in revenue from the AdSense program for the month of December.

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