I let the first anniversary of OpTempo pass without a mention since it’s been rather hectic with all I’m trying to do so I’ll make it up one day late.
One year ago, on October 6 2007, I started posting on OpTempo. My original goal was to post 200 articles during the month. I reached this goal, just barely. It was a learning experience. My intention was to follow trends like Vic was doing with his blog at the time but I was still confused about the difference between blogging for search traffic and blogging for social traffic. As a result, only a few posts got search traffic although I did get some social traffic.
I was also trying to figure out a monetization pattern that would work. It was frustrating because, as you probably know, blogs with only social traffic don’t make much money with a few exceptions. I kept experimenting with different methods. Dumping Adsense was probably the best move I made since having it here eventually resulted in my account getting smart priced. Later I came up with my Big Honkin’ Ads concept and later followed it up with my review/EPN post method which is when this blog really began to earn money.
Somewhere along the way I started seeing this blog get a lot of authority in a number of areas and thus a lot of good search traffic. This has been the key to OpTempo earning money and I have ideas from Vic and Griz to thank for that.
Where am I going to take OpTempo in the future? Well, I’ve already changed directions with it a few times so I suspect that there will be other changes in store as time goes on. I haven’t posted here as much recently since I’ve been kicking off at least one new site a day plus working on Blog Content Wizard updates and support. However, I do plan to keep this site going. As one of my favorite Sci-Fi characters, Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn of Firefly, said, “I’m a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar”.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite, and most popular, articles out of the 527 articles I’ve posted here over the past year:
The Secret Guide to Social Blogging Success is a 6 part series that takes a semi-serious/semi-satirical look at “Make Money Online” social blogging.
- Laying the Ground Work for Your Fame Blog
- Launching Your Blog and Building Buzz
- Fake It Until You Make It
- Google Shmoogle
- “The Ramp”
- The End Game
I’ve created several niche blogs on Blogger over the past year. Here are my most comprehensive articles on doing this.
On the general topic of niche blogging I’ve written several articles, both how to’s and theoretical ones. I like this one the best since it answers the “Why create a niche search marketing blog” and other questions often brought up by social bloggers: Arte Moreno’s Niche Blogging Lessons.
On a personal note, I have blogged about our pets, such as our Maine Coon Cat and our Blue & Gold Macaw and some of my favorite TV shows like Burn Notice and Lost. I’ve also mentioned movies from time to time in posts like these Top 10 Dark Science Fiction Movies and Watch Old Movies for Free.
There’s a lot of other content around here on OpTempo of all different types and I hope to add more over the next year. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to all of you who read OpTempo regularly and a special thanks to all those visitors from Google who read part of one post and move on.