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Old 28th November 2005, 08:00 PM   #51
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Default Day 11 - Google Shares the Love, DNS Issues Resolve and CafePress Lets me Down

Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006242.html

Day eleven was a happy day. Google rankings kicked in, making it clear that Jagger was still a fan of CafePress sites and that you can work around the sandbox if you make use of someone else's domain. I also finally figured out what was going on with the DNS issues that were holding up the launch of www.thelactivist.com and ran into the first real reason to be unhappy with the CafePress system.

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Old 29th November 2005, 10:08 PM   #52
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Default Day 12 - Google Bypasses MSN, CafePress Shares Traffic and Offers of Help Pour In

Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006258.html

Day twelve saw the start of a sudden rush of traffic from a few solid links, gave me a true appreciation for just how generous Search Engine Guide readers can be and showed just how powerful Google rankings are. If I was learning anything from this experience it was the importance of creating a business that sparks people's interest. If I'd started up a business that sold something common like books or scrapbooking equipment, people likely wouldn't have paid much attention other than to say that the experiment was interesting. It's the uniqueness of the product line that has sparked such an interest and such interaction with readers. That's a powerful lesson to learn for people looking to start up a new business online.

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Old 30th November 2005, 09:12 AM   #53
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Default Great project, but is it real?

Hey what a wonderful idea!

I've been working on building a Small Business web site for the better part of six months... full time

I've learned some great tricks from your work.

But I do have to ask -

a) Is it real that the common Small Business Person has access to all the Blogs that originally created your Viral Marketing traffic?
b) The event itself generates traffic, how can the average Small Business Person expect to repeat that effect?
c) Is it real that you received Google indexing at day 10? My experience, and maybe others, Google indexing and Google traffic takes months to acquire! Personally I've sent out over 400 emails for recip links. This has resulted in about a dozen responses, of which, Google has tracked only 1!

There is much more to discuss put I think you get the point.

I came into this bright eyed and bushy tailed and am gathering a different feeling. This exercise seems more akin to Martha Stewart saying to the girl scout, watch how I sell brownies. Martha immeadiately goes to her speed dialer and starts making calls

None the less, its a fun read!

PS - I've started a small business web site and have worked it on average 65 hours a week. It's a good unique idea that produces content. Currently I am seeing 40 unique visitors a day and have a Google Page Rank of 1. Sadly I find myself spending 85% of the time wearing a SEO hat, and 15% of my time creating content.

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Old 30th November 2005, 09:51 PM   #54
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I'm splitting SpongeBob13's post and the resulting responses to the excellent questions he's raised in the post above here:

Just how Important is SEO in a Biz Start Up

This will allow us to explore his questions in depth.

This thread will continue from this point on...

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Default Day 13 - First Sale for the Milk Banks, Set up an Affiliate Program and a Day to Focu

Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006271.html

Almost two full weeks into the project and just after the Thanksgiving holiday, I finally gave myself a chance to relax a little bit with a slow day that focused mostly on search engine marketing. I also had a chance to contemplate where I wanted to start reinvesting the dollars that were finally starting to add up for The Lactivist project.

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Default KeywordTracker vs Trelian

I wonder if Jennifer would be willing to elaborate on the differences between the two services. Sort of a product review type thing based on her experiences.

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Right now, I prefer Wordtracker, but that could be because it's what I'm used to. I've played around with the Trellian tool to pull up some data, but I know that I'm likely not using it the way that it's supposed to be used. Give me a few more works to dig around and I'll share my thoughts.

(I do have many friends in the industry that simply love the Trellian tool, so I know there's some gem hiding in there that I just haven't found yet)

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Default Day 14 - Jagger is Not My Friend, CSSAnnoys and I Experience CafePress as a Customer

Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006291.html

I don't suppose I can really complain. After two solid weeks of surprising productivity, day fourteen actually delivered a fair share of frustration to make up for the supposed ease with which things had launched. That said, I still managed to get quite a bit done and I was encouraged to see that the search marketing world had finally started to buzz about the project as well.

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Default Foreign Blog translation

You mentioned in your day 14 writeup that there was a link from a blog in a foreign language. You called it a "foreign blog". I plugged the blog contents into Free Translation The language is Dutch and it reads:

Do in 30 days a successful e-commerce site put up? According to Jennifer Laycock, columnist by searchengineguide. com, is not it impossibly. As an experiment is they without a penny on bag begun with the putting up of her own T-shirt-webwinkel The Lactivist, by which they makes use of the services of cafepress. In her columns describes they the progress of her experiment of day until day.

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Default Day 15 - Blogging Away, Customer Service Part Two and Giving it a Go on Ebay

Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006296.html

Day fifteen saw me putting a lot of focus toward The Lactivist Blog. From adding new entries, to guest blogging on other sites to finally integrating the blog content as a live feed into The Lactivist web site, blogging was the focus of the day. I also ended up having another conversation with CafePress customer service, made some more changes to my AdWords campaign and decided to give eBay a shot.

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