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RIP Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Steve you were legendary. You will be missed.

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The easy way to grow traffic to your site

Friday, November 13th, 2009

This is so simple I’ve simply overlooked the concept for years.  Earlier today I was browsing ProBlogger.net and JohnChow.com both are blogs which I used to read everyday trying to gain knowledge from them.  Being a web developer I decided the greatest value to myself and others was in web development.  It was at that point that it made sense to me that the easiest way to “make money online” was to use my knowledge of web design and development to help others and build sites rather than to take the route of trying to blog for money.

As time has passed I’ve realized that my skills lie in development and design and those skills are best to use sharing knowledge here, and also for a monetary gain selling those skills to others as well.  Now the thing i’ve finally taken away from these sites where the authors make crazy amounts of money from their blogs is a simple lesson and epiphany.  The easiest way to grow traffic, is to continually create new and unique content. Now it has been a few years since I first came across these “make money online” blogs, and just now I’m realizing why those individuals succeed.  They make money off of their traffic, and they keep and build their traffic by continually creating new content.

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When some is greater than many, or why not to fish with dynamite

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I’ve been trying to become more active in a web developer communities which I used to frequent these last few weeks.  Now in more than one case I’ve seen topics of conversation go to Twitter and MySpace and Facebook as a means of “Driving lots of traffic to my site”.  Heck that may work, but is it what you want?

Let’s say you go to your favorite fishing spot and after moderate success someone says “You can catch a lot more fish if you use dynamite.”  And the poor, poor sucker you are tosses a stick of dynamite in the water.  Boom goes the dynamite, and dozen upon dozen of fish float up to the top of the water for you to scoop up.  Now you’ve got countless times more fish than you wanted…. but you were only fishing for bass, and you’ve got yourself no less than 15 different fish varieties.  You may have countless fish, many more than on a normal day, but how many more bass did your tactic get you?  A marginal increase?  Some is greater than many.

Now that ridiculous example follows exactly over to social networking and using social media to drive visitors.  Now these conversations i’m finding involve someone asking how to use Twitter or Facebook, and the user is getting several replies telling the original poster to create a massive amount of friends or followers and that by having that huge volume of people, that will translate into more people at their site.  That may work, but like the fella with buckets of fish… If you are only looking for a particular niche of visitor you are trying to get to your site, your massive friend pooling technique will only result in a moderate increase in traffic.

Here lies the moral of the story: It is better to slowly grow a closely targeted group of followers and friends who are more likely to be interested in your content from the start, than try to simply pool together a large group of people who may, or may not be interested in your content.  Targeted users are much more likely to not only click through to your site when you post a link, but also these targeted followers also provide you with a higher likelihood that they will become a continued visitor because you share a mutual interest and they fill the niche you are targeting.

Dynamite Fishing

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Win a FREE pass to FOWA in Miami!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Do you want to go the the Carsonified event Future of Web Apps in Miami FL?  I’ve got a pass for the event that I am giving away.  Due to financial reasons and losing my job* I can’t make the trip so I’ve decided to give away my pass.  To get a chance to win the pass simply do the following:

1) Follow me on Twitter
2) Retweet this message:
“@propstm is giving away his pass to Future of Web Apps. Follow this link to find out how to enter for a chance to win http://bit.ly/tEPz”

In one week I will randomly select a winner from everyone who has completed both parts!  Best of Luck!
*To anyone who can pass me along a possible lead on a job, it’s greatly appreciated.  My resume is available at http://bit.ly/vJbh

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