June 2008

When Season 2 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew gets underway on June 19th, my youngest son will be tuning in and has already asked us if he will be allowed to vote. Why does he want to vote? For the last few years, he has been taking hip-hop dance lessons at a local dance […]


For those that are new to the site, you may not be aware of a case study that I performed last August after installing the All-In-One SEO plugin on this blog. Each phase of the case study consisted of a two-week duration. For more background information, you might want to reference the first three installments […]


On my recent trip to Las Vegas, I flew on Southwest Airlines. As a matter of fact, Southwest is usually my preferred choice due to the airport that I typically fly out of and my overall positive experiences. Until recently, one of my largest gripes with Southwest was their open seating arrangement where they did […]


Speedlinking – Thank You

by derek on June 9, 2008 · 10 comments

Just days after sharing my rant about how page rank is irrelevant, I discovered one serious cause to the decrease in traffic that one of my sites had been experiencing. As I caught up on reading my RSS feeds, I came across a post detailing a recent WordPress exploit that redirects the search traffic away […]


When I first started blogging, I was obsessed with all of the rankings and statistics – Google PageRank being one of them. A few PageRank updates later and two of my blogs were sitting with a PR4, not too bad at all. Fast forward to today and you will see that my personal finance blog […]


Blogging For Money :: May 2008

by derek on June 5, 2008 · 25 comments

You’ll recall that last month I had record earnings from my blogs as I surpassed the $700 per month mark for the first time. Unfortunately I lost out on a few Amazon affiliate commissions that I had been hoping to receive. After setting an earnings record, I continued to set the bar a little higher […]


When you leave 5-10 comments within a few minutes and they all point to different “.info” domains, don’t be surprised when they are not approved. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for sharing the link love as just about anyone will tell you but don’t be a whore about it. Thanks! 🙂


The other day I had asked for your feedback on a new comment policy that would require commentators to supply their name along with their site name. More than 70% of you felt that requiring a name was a good idea and that it would help add to the community that we are building here. […]


Speedlinking – May's Most Vocal

by derek on June 2, 2008 · 21 comments

The month of May was certainly exciting, as any month with a trip to Las Vegas will be, with a considerable amount of quality dialog within the community. Overall, there were three posts that really stood out in terms of the comments – both in the sheer number of comments and the quality of the […]