December Articles for 2007

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
January 6, 2008

Seven Steps to Reaching Your 2008 Goals

Here it is just a few hours before we welcome in the New Year, 2008. For some it is a time of excitement. For others, they just want to crawl into bed and never come out.

What is the difference between the two? The excited person has goals. They have taken the time to decide what they want in life. They have a plan for achievement. They want something bad enough to get off their butt and make it happen.

Which one are you? Are you excited about the new year? Is this the year you reach out and grab the golden ring? Have you made your plans and calculated each step so precisely, that all you have to do is walk out the front door and success will come to you? Do you want it so bad it hurts?

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If you have never heard of AdToll here is your opportunity to learn more and to find out how you can make some sweet cash. I have been involved with AdToll for over 6 months now.

Success Is Achieved By Doing The Fundamentals

As 2008 quickly approaches it is time for us to consider what we can do to improve our websites and blogs. We need to look back over what we accomplished in 2007 and determine if we are happy with the results. Did we get the number of visitors we wished for? Did our visitors click on revenue producing links and ads? Were our page views up for the year or down? Did users visit more than one page. Did they make it to the order form and then abandon or did they continue and purchase our products? Are we doing the fundamentals?

Sometimes we are so busy writing articles, fulfilling orders and commenting on other blogs, we never take the time to see if all the things we are doing are producing the best results. I encourage you to stop today and evaluate where you have been. If you could analyze your current results and see holes in your strategies that could up your numbers by 25%; wouldn't that be excellent?

Over 470,000 Page Views in 2007

The year in review. I have to say that 2007 has to be considered a successful year for the You Can Learn Series website. Page Views were through the roof as measured by Google AdSense. I had nearly half a million page views this year. That totally blows me away.

I am drawing my numbers from Google AdSense because I didn't sign up for Analytics until late in the year. Historically, my numbers drop in November and December. I guess everyone is out shopping and they don't have time to visit? No, actually it is because of the different categories on my website.

Twas The Night Before Christmas For Bloggers

This light hearted rendition of the Night Before Christmas was changed to a poem about blogging. Share this with your favorite SEO specialists many are mentioned by name. It is sure to become a classic to be repeated to blogging newbies each December.

Mary and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Drive By Commenting is for Manipulators

I recently was wandering around the web and I found this article about driving traffic to your website by dropping comments on other blogs. Now, if you are an active reader on this website you might say, "hey, haven't you already written about this activity?" Well, yes I have but this is something new.

I am a little older and wiser now, so my take and perspective on this activity is a little different than it has been in the past.

There is So Much Noise I Can't Hear You

Have you been going to blogs and getting distracted by all the noise on the web site? Is the monetization of the Internet becoming overwhelming to you? Are there so many ads on the blog that you just leave? Are the load times for these blogs going up, up, up?

Is blogging supposed to be about money or should it be more focused on the community? Remember earlier times (okay that is only 6 months ago on the internet) when you went to blogs to get information and you weren't inundated with so much noise? What do you think, are all these advertisements good for blogging?

Free Advertising And More Traffic

Are you looking for new traffic to your website? There is a new way to interact with other websites. Is it social? Well it is kind of a new social network, but it is more than just a social network. It is also an advertising network. A FREE advertising network.

The name of the company is They recommend you pass out business cards, virtually. Well, passing out business cards is how the company talks about their business. If you haven't heard about EntreCard here is a quick summary of their business.

Writing Secrets For Greater Productivity

I read an article the other day that has cleaned off my desk workspace. Every blogger should begin doing this today. The life you save will be yours. It might save your marriage, too.

When I wander around the internet or read books; sometimes an idea will spark inside my brain. This is interesting stuff. I wonder if I can write an article about this. So, I will do a couple of different things. I might jot a note on a piece of paper or I might email a link to myself. At the end of the day I will remove all these little notes from my pocket and put them on my workdesk. They are all ready for when I am ready to take action.

Well, I do take action on many of them. When I write that article or contact a supplier or visit a website to get more information then I will throw the piece of paper away. But, sometimes I might write 5 excellent ideas on that one piece of paper. Maybe 3 of them are actionable items, but the other two are just long term ideas. That slip of paper will then go in a pile on my desk. Here's a way to fix this problem.

How Often Should You Blog?

You have taken the plunge. You signed up with WordPress and you have written your first article. Now what? Do you just wait for someone to comment? Do you check the stats page every hour to see if anyone has read your first article? Your little baby. Your entry into the World Wide Web?

You might want to start thinking about your next article. And, oh yeah, the article after the second article you write. The days will pass fast and furious the first 3 days. You have been storing words in jumbled form in your brain for weeks, months and maybe even years. They are begging to be released. "Start writing", they scream from behind the cerebral cortex. (Actually, I don't know where they are screaming from, I just hear them screaming.)

PageRank Paid Links Smack Down Update

I couldn't stop laughing on Tuesday after reading a post by randfish on his SEOmoz blog. He has come up with a solution to the paid links debate. Seriously, it was the dumbest idea I have read about. Why do I think it is so dumb? Because it is still paid links.

Rand's great idea is to create something called Sponsored Editorials. According to Rand, webmasters would pay money to have someone review their website. The people reviewing the website can do one of three things.... Read more about the battle in Google's PageRank Paid Links Smack Down Update.

Protecting Your CopyRighted Articles

Are you doing everything you can to protect your copyrighted articles? In the fast moving internet blogging world there are many articles and many websites looking to hook up with each other. Some people think nothing of grabbing sentences, paragraphs or even whole sections of your copyrighted articles and placing them on their blog or forums. What can you do to protect yourself?

Strategies of a Good Email Newsletter

So you want to send out an email newsletter. What are Good Strategies of an Email Newsletter? What should your email newsletter campaign contain? Do you want new information? Do you want to tell you customer what you have done the last week or month? What format is best for your information, HTML or regular text? Do you include a video or photos? Do you only include information about your company or do you have links in the email to other relevant companies? Do you include an article that is not in your website but is exclusive to your email recipients?

Four Things You Must Do to Make Your Blog Excellent

As you sit in front of your favorite computer each day to put words onto the internet, make these steps a lifelong habit. Blogging is more than just spitting out words onto a computer screen. You need to communicate ideas that are important to you. You cannot just sit in your ivory tower issuing orders from on high. You need to be concise in your writing, you need to be simple. Have you ever been to a blog and then left after the first two paragraphs because you just didn't get it? You need to have courage in your writing. Courage to write what you feel and not be threatened by people who disagree with you. Courage to step out of your comfort zone and really write the truth as you know it.

Know Your Customer - Make a Lot of Money

Identify Your Customer and Build a Web Page Just for Her. Do you have problems identifying your target audience? Are you unsure which unique selling proposition to present to your potential customers? Are you afraid you are leaving money on the table because you aren't targeting the right people?

Do You Use Google Adsense Channels Report to be More Profitable?

Adsense makes it real easy to track revenue from the different sections of your website. Do you analyze your Adsense reports to make your business, website or blog more profitable? Where do your customers land? Which channel is the most profitable? Should you concentrate more attention on one channel over another channel? This article will lead you to create channels if you haven't already and then to analyze the Adsense reports more thoroughly to make sure you are getting the most revenue you can.

FeedBurner, StumbleUpon, Surveys and Comments

Read about my forays into these different Tools and Plugins. Maybe they will give you some ideas about your website. I added FeedBurner, Surveys and Comments to my blog this week. I am anxious to get your feedback to see if you like these additions or if you think I should pull them?

Make Your Email Campaign a Profit Center

Are you getting the most out of your email campaigns? Are you reaching the right people with the message they need to make a buying decision? Are you sending out enough emails to generate results? What is the proper amount of emails? Do you have the reverse problem and you are turning off your customers with too much of a good thing? Whenever you send out emails you need to ask yourself some simple questions. Who are you sending the email to? Have they requested the email? Why are you sending the email? When should you send the email? What do you want the recipient to do when they get your email?

Don't Quit Your Day Job

You don't have money in the bank. You don't have any customers. You don't have any experience in the industry. You don't like your boss. You don't like your coworkers. I don't care, Don't Quit Your Day Job. It is important you read this little how to stay out of trouble when you want to go into business for yourself.

Converting Images for Your Website

Are you looking for an easy way to convert your images for use on your web pages? This article was prompted by a couple of experiences I have had recently. I have a cousin named Peggy who is building her first web site for her booming embroidery business. She sent me a link to review, looking for any tips or hints I could provide. The website was good, but one of the pages had a number of images on it that were huge in size. I was running a T1 line and the page was taking a long time to load. Looking for a fast software tool to Convert Images for Your Website? This easy to use tool can make the job of resizing and changing images for your website a snap.

Driving Traffic to Your Website or Blog

Are you looking for some tips on how to Drive Traffic to Your Website or Blog? This article lists different ways to encourage visitors to your website. Use them all and see the jump in your numbers immediately.

I Got Spanked by Google.

Last week Google smacked down web sites that had paid text link ads on their websites. I got spanked by Google and here is my chance to rant and rave about the issue. Many websites were hit negatively by Google's latest page rank indicator update. Google has made a statement and it is time for websites to get in line with Google's rules.

My First Blog Entry - Influence, How and Why People Agree to Things

My first topic I am blogging about is really nothing more than a book review. I was recently made aware of the book and actually found it a fascinating read. The title, Influence, How and Why People Agree to Things. Find out how prisoners of war were influenced to go against their country. How to get life saving help from a crowd of people when it appears they are all ignoring you. This is an excellent read.

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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.

Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.

Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.

We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.

Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.

Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.

Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.

Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.

The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.

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