Final Space Shuttle Discovery Mission

For those of you who aren’t aware, yesterday was the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. I was lucky enough to be able to watch the launch from the plane since we had DirecTV service on our flight. The launch left me wondering what’s become of our space program. When I was a kid the entire country stopped to watch the Space Shuttle launches. When I was in elementary school, we had the TV rolled out so we could watch the launches. I also remember, like it was yesterday, watching the Space Shuttle Challenger blow up. It was a moment of great tragedy for the country, but everyone pulled together and it became a time of great patriotism. Today, it seems like hardly anyone could give a crap. I know this county is in the midst of a horrible budget shortfall, but I’ve always been a big believer in the space program. To me the space program pays dividends way past the initial money that is spent on it. It creates high paying jobs, supports rapid science advancements, produces 100’s of useful inventions, gives the country something to pull for, and fulfills mankind’s appetite to explore. I want to see the USA balance its budget and cut down the deficit more than anyone, however I think a case could be made that space funding actually could help with that. Obama went on and on during his State of the Union about how this county needs to advance in technology; the space program could help with that. There are only 2 Space Shuttle launches left on the calendar. We...

Building An Affiliate Website (websitehosting.com) – Part Two

Building An Affiliate Website – A Case Study With websitehosting.com – Part Two This is part two of my series on how to build an affiliate website, where I’ll be using websitehosting.com as a case study. In part one, I discussed how to get the basic site structure set up – by selecting a web host, selecting a website platform, and doing some initial setup. Now that that’s out of the way, I can start adding content to the site. So, part two in this series will be all about content. Overview I cannot stress how important posting regular content can be in regards to your SEO efforts. When Google sees a site that is static, lethargic, stale, insert any other adjective here, it’s simply doesn’t give it the same credit as a site that is continuously updating and adding content. Now, it doesn’t make sense to just post content for the sake of posting content. You want to post content that is relevant to your site, benefits your visitors, and most importantly will attract links. This content can come in the form of how-to articles, news articles, blog posts, instructional videos, white papers, industry statistics, or product reviews. In the case of Website Hosting, I plan on posting a variety of all these types content. For sites in highly competitive sectors, I like to post at least two fresh content pieces per day. However, if you are targeting less competitive key terms, you can get away with as little as three posts per week. In the case of website hosting, you will see at least two fresh content...

Wine Tour of Temecula, CA

Today was a day of firsts for me. It was my first time using Groupon, my first time taking a wine tour, and my first time in a party bus. A few days ago, my wife found a deal on Groupon for a half priced wine tour of Temecula. Temecula is a small town off I-15 north of San Diego and south of Los Angeles. As it turns out, Temecula has become a the Napa Valley of Southern California (who knew?). As we got off I-15 and headed east, it seemed like the grapevines went on forever. There were no less than a dozen wineries in a five-mile stretch of road. Our first stop was at the Inn at Churon Winery were we met up with our tour bus. The tour was through a company called Uncorked Tours Of Temecula. For $89 (Groupon Price), we got chauffeured around to three different wineries, got to enjoy wine samplings at each one, had professional photos taken of us, and got to ride around a pretty amazing party bus. The tour guide was really awesome and made the trip even better. It was a pretty neat experience overall, and something I will definitely do again. However, I don’t think I will tour more than one winery per day. After touring three wineries and sampling wine at each one, I was totally blitzed. Luckily, my wife didn’t drink quite as much as I did and was able to get us to dinner where we were able to sober up. Wineries We Visited: Inn at Churon Winery Danza Del Sol Winery Longshadow Ranch Winery...

Building An Affiliate Website (websitehosting.com) – Part One

Building An Affiliate Website – A Case Study With websitehosting.com – Part One As promised, I wanted to make a post about what I’m going to do with Website Hosting in the first 60 days. Some of the discussion will be past tense, as I will be talking about a few things I’ve done already (I took possession of the domain on Jan 29th). Then, I’ll transition into what I plan on doing between now and March 31st. However, this series of posts won’t stop there. I plan on documenting my work step by step until I’m at the number one position for my terms. This is the first in what will become a long series of posts on how to build an affiliate website. These posts are directed at SEO & affiliate marketing neophytes, up to more of an intermediate level. They will start very basic and build from there. If you’ve been doing SEO or affiliate marketing for a number of years, you might find these posts boring. The idea behind this series of posts is to help those who are struggling with SEO or affiliate marketing, or to inspire people to jump into this amazing industry. So, without further ado: Background: If you are new to this blog, I suggest reading my post about keyword domains and my post about why I purchased websitehosting.com. This will give you a good insight as to why I purchased the domain to begin with and what my objectives are. In a nutshell, my objective is to rank as high as possible for the keywords “website hosting” and “web site...

Why I Paid $190,000 For The Domain Name websitehosting.com

A few days ago I closed on the biggest domain name purchase I’ve ever made. At the time of the transaction I ran the gauntlet of emotions: excitement, fear, pride, nervousness, vulnerability, happiness, and the list goes on… That’s because the purchase price, at $190,000, is enough to buy a nice house with. According to Domain Name Journal, this is the largest domain name purchase of the year. It doesn’t show up on their chart yet since it was a private domain name purchase, but I suspect it will after making this blog post. So, anyway you look at this, it was a major purchase! Why Purchase This Domain? Keyword Domain websitehosting.com is a keyword domain for the search terms “Website Hosting” and “Web Site Hosting”. Additionally, it can capture several long tail search terms such as “Business Website Hosting” or “Dedicated Website Hosting”. Search Volume Of the two main keywords I’m trying to target with this site, “Website Hosting” gets searched 246,000 times per month and “Web Site Hosting” gets searched about 301,000 times per month. This means I have an audience of 547,000 searchers per month. At position 1 in google that will capture about 235,000 visitors per month to my site. At position 10 it would bring in about 16,410. Web Hosting Pays High Commissions Since I purchased the site last week I signed up for over 50 web hosting affiliate programs, all of which pay at least a $100 CPA. This means that each time someone signs up for a web hosting account via my site, I will make at least $100. These are some...