LOL I love your name and outlook filthyrich! That deserves a smile!
I went back and looked at the two sites I set up when doing the 30-Day Challenge,
and haven't even looked at in months... and they went from 0 to 1 and 2! But when
I was working on them I posted to them a lot and gave great content... they are still
pulling in views if not money... just need to figure out what to do with them or their content!
OMG I wrote you a long answer & it disappeared! ARGGHH!
Ok, short version: I use Market Samurai first last and always. Bought it when I did the 2009 30-Day Challenge in March of 2010 by myself... invaluable.
I use the Promotion Module to make white-hat pingback links when I can.
I have a paid WP plugin called RSS Bomber that generates a RSS feed for every post and page.
I broadcast those RSS feeds with Icansoft's RSSBot.
I also use their SocialBot to disseminate my posts to a LOT of social 2.0 sites.
They just released new version of SocialBot this week & are running a sale.
I am not affiliated, just a satisfied customer. Their RSS & Social Bots are very inexpensive & it's a one-time price, no ongoing fees... and upgrades are free too.
Hope this helps some.
Stay tuned for Ed's new 2011 Challenge coming at the beginning of August!
HE will have what you need!
I hope you are still here on the Forum as I would like to thank you for this detailed and inspirational post.
I just found it while searching for information on pingbacks. My MS installation blew up and I'm now flying solo - having a hard time trying learn how to do pingbacks and trackbacks manually. At any rate, I hit a low point with this, today, so when I found your post, you really raised my spirits.
I still don't know how I'm going to figure out this pingback stuff, but I'm elated at your success. I hope things are continuing to going well for you.
Thanks for the inspiration to keep on plugging away at this.
Sincerely . . . pennchic (imagine a great big heart emoticon here)
I have been struggling myself nowadays, with trying to find time to keep up with last year's site AND fit this year's
Challenge into my life too! I am bound and determined to make it happen, and I am glad to hear you are working at it too!
One thing I have found is great for pingbacks is the whitehat method that GuruBob taught in the 2009 Challenge that I found
by accident in March of 2010...
When I write a post I open up Market Samurai and enter in a new keyword phrase
that would be related (but not necessarily identical) to whatever I am writing about... then I go to the Promotion module, check
all the boxes, and run a check for backlinks. Then I hit the Analyze All button located in the lower right of the page.
Once I get back all the results I click on the top of the PB (pingback) column so it sorts all the yeses and nos. I then look through
the Y's and click on any that look promising. If I like what I see on the actual webpage that opens up right in MS I put a checkmark
in the box to the left of it. I do select those that have higher page rank if there are lots to pick from.
I Mark them so I'll know in the future that I have already used that source.
Then I check mark "new window" so the resulting link will take my readers to that link in a new window, leaving my site still open
on their browser, and click on the "Copy Visual" at the bottom of that box.
Then I go over to the written article and I put something like "site name/keyword phrase's Recommended Reading: and past those
copied links into a list.
I normally do this below the last pictures, etc. of my own article so only readers that have read through my whole article find them.
It's like an added bonus. Bob said that there are a lot of sites that automatically authorize pingbacks so its an easy way to get some.
Anyway, just thought I would pass the method along. It's not mine, it's straight from the 30DC. I know they touched on it in 2010 but
I don't think as thoroughly as they did in the previous Challenge. Its simple to do. Hope this helps!
I would have liked to have done my pingbacks/trackbacks through MS, but I no longer have MS. So, my problem is trying to figure how out to do it manually. I'm sure I'll get it eventually; it's just a struggle getting there as my technological aptitude isn't particularly well-developed.
Good luck juggling your activities. I'm actually glad to hear that your 2010 site is still keeping you busy - it implies that it is continuing to show promise for you. Hope it continues!