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Search Query Sunday, 55th Edition

March 8th, 2009

search-traffic-statistics-55.jpgThe first week of March has been a profitable one in terms of both traffic and revenue. We managed to surpass 1,000 unique visitors per day for four days last week, including one day (Monday) in which there were over 1,000 visitors just from the search engines. Even more encouraging is the fact that the number of pages from the site that received at least one visit has increased to 497, significantly higher than the totals observed previously, which have averaged around 300-350.

This indicates that I may have received an overall “authority boost” of some sort from Google; a similar phenomenon occurred about one year ago when the site went from about 40 visitors per day up to about 250 within one month. Back then I was closely observing the number of pages indexed and ranked well by Google and noted that this number had stagnated at around 25 for several months and then suddenly jumped to 51 back in February 2008. Since that time there has been a gradual increase in the number of pages ranked relatively well as I have continued to publish pages at a consistent rate of one per day, but there have not been any sudden jumps until this past week.

Of course, we can always speculate on the exact reasons for this type of pattern, and without knowing the exact algorithms we don’t really know for sure. According to most of what I have read about SEO, this could be an overall boost due to increased domain or site age, or it may be a loosening of the much-debated “sandbox effect” that supposedly suppresses rankings of newer sites. Either way, this is a very positive trend because it allows many pages from the site that have never received any real traffic to begin gaining some visibility, thus attracting sales, AdSense clicks, and even some comments from readers.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be a relatively new blogger, you can take heart in this because the ultimate lesson here is that persistence pays off in the end, and in fact you CAN make a living solely from the Internet if you want it badly enough. Unfortunately, most bloggers give up before they ever make it this far. This particular blog will be two years old on March 31.

Now we can finally look at some of the queries themselves. I have cut off the list at 12 this time; the actual lists in the weekly Google Analytics reports that these are taken from are becoming so long that just looking through them all is becoming a serious drag on my time. But all things considered, I suppose that this is a good thing!

“can you write a number after a colon?” — As far as I know, there is no rule against this. Numbers are frequently placed after colons in the case of expressing time (for example 12:00) and it occasionally occurs in regular sentences when the subject that is being placed after the colon happens to begin with a number.

amazon associate means — “Associate” is Amazon’s term for “affiliate”, so an Amazon associate is simply a person who has signed up with Amazon’s affiliate program and is eligible to earn referral fees (also known as affiliate commissions) on purchases of items made through that person’s links.

amazon book referral rates — The normal referral fee rate for items in this category is 4%, although this may increase somewhat depending on how many total sales an associate has made within the current month. For specific details, see this page on Amazon referral fee rates.

amortize savings interest earned over time — “Amortize” may not be the word you’re looking for here. Amortize actually means “to bring the death of”, that is, to eventually eliminate, and is usually used in reference to things like house or car loans, which are actually debts. It is generally desirable to eliminate debt, but you probably would not want to eliminate your savings interest! A better word for this would be “compound” or “increase.”

any websites similar to quick rewards — You can try Treasure Trooper. They have a similar model to Quick Rewards where you can earn money from completing offers and surveys. You can be paid via PayPal each month when your balance is at least $20. Check payments are also available.

can you cash out paypal payments? — PayPal payments can usually be withdrawn to your bank account once they are received, although the ability to do this varies somewhat by country of residence. For areas where this is not available, it is often possible to withdraw PayPal funds by check.

can you use parentheses within parentheses? — Yes you can, although this usually results in rather awkward prose. I always try to stick to one set of parentheses per sentence.

do i need a credit card on paypal for treasure trooper — No, you do not need a credit card, just a valid PayPal account in order to receive payments by this method. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can still receive payment from Treasure Trooper by conventional check.

does pinecone research pay you for the registration survey they send to your email — No, there is no payment for the initial registration survey unless Pinecone has changed this recently. The registration is simply a way to for them to collect basic information so that they know which surveys you will actually qualify for before they send you the relevant emails. They are actually one of the better survey companies in this regard; whenever I receive a survey from them I never have problems with “screening out” and not getting paid. Apparently they use the registration to pre-qualify everybody such that if you normally would not qualify for a survey, you simply never receive the email invitation to begin with. I like this system better because it does not waste my time with inefficient emails and clickthroughs like what happens with most other survey companies.

does usaa accept paypal — USAA has always accepted transfers from PayPal when withdrawing funds from my account. I have also been able to transfer funds from USAA to my PayPal account without any problems.

dropped lg rumor phone into toilet not working — So you dropped your cell phone into a toilet that wasn’t even functional? How lame!

dropped phone in bath now can’t hear — Wow, dropping your phone in the bath actually causes deafness? Ouch!

One Response to “Search Query Sunday, 55th Edition”

  1. comment number 1 by: Frequent reader

    “dropped phone in bath now can’t hear — Wow, dropping your phone in the bath actually causes deafness? Ouch!”

    This is too funny! It’s very interesting and informative to read other people’s search queries. Look forward to this each Sunday. Also, would like to see more English Grammar articles. Any coming soon?

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