Monthly Archives: May 2012

Many Socials – My First iOS App

Before I went China, I thought of diversifying my online income. So what’s the best thing to do right now, and it’s going to expand in future. Of course, it’s non other than mobile apps.

The success of iphone, iPad, and all other smartphones are because of the unlimited apps. These phones have the capability to do wonders, depending on the creativity of the app owners.

If you buy one smartphone, you can have unlimited new apps everyday! Therefore, smartphone is here to stay, so do the apps!

You must have heard many success stories where companies were sold for billion dollars (Instagram), and angry birds were found in almost every smartphones. The apps are just like the initial phase of websites, where people have difficulty doing. Outsourcing to programmers cost a bomb and it wasn’s simple.

However if you think long term, these small money are definitely worth it, if you look at the potential for years to come. The search engine by apple store/play store are still young and easily manipulated. Currently they are ranked by feedbacks and sales. If you give your apps for free to exchange for feedbacks, your app will be able to rank high. After that then sell it for $0.99. That’s it!

I’m very excited about the potential and I looked for my developer to develop my first app – many socials. I’m facing this problem of having different social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google +, etc … Having to update my status is really a pain, especially if I want to say the same thing. I’m sure many people/companies are facing this problem too. That’s how I have the idea.

This app is still in the development phase, and I hope everything will go smoothly. I still don’t know how to monetize this yet, but I’ll hoping to sell it for $0.99, or even give it away for free!

So what do you think? Is free a better option? I’ll like to hear from you.

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The Future Direction of Google

Before I went China for my holiday, I had plans to expand my online business. I do not want to put all my eggs in one basket again. Horror stories such as Adsense accounts being banned were on the rise recently. Google kept updating their algorithm, making Internet marketers mad. We’re like going circles again and again.

I took some time to analysis where Google was going, and found some findings. Previously in 2008, article marketing was king. Ranking high on Google was so simple. Simply stuff keywords multiple times into your articles and you’ll almost get ranked within first 2 pages of Google.

Ezinearticles was the king at that time. Everyone was using it to create backlinks. Backlinking was the way to do SEO. Google found their ranking was easily manipulated and in 2011, they kill of some major players like Ezinearticles and eHow.

Article marketing wasn’t as effective as previously. Backlinks using articles were not weigh that much.

Next early this year in Mar 2012, Google took action and killed off BMR, a self owned blog directories. Thus proved my theory. Google believed that backlinking was the wrong way to rank sites. Think about it, who do backlinks? Only Internet marketers themselves. They are playing with Google to get ranking high, even if their content was crapy.

So right now, google is looking at the way you build your links. With the latest penguin update, Google completely de-indexed sites that are over-optimized. Google doesn’t want any unnatural backlinks anymore. If you are one of the few millions who spent thousands on your backlinking strategy, I urged you to stop now!

So what is Google looking for and what direction is Google moving to? Many friends were asking me that. I believe Google is moving into one direction, social media. Using backlinks as counts to rank websites aren’t that accurate anymore. Anyone can do that easily. However, by using social media proof, only real person can do it. No doubt it can still be manipulated, it’ll still serve as an accurate counter.

1000 Facebook likes aren’t going to bluff anyone, unlike 1000 backlinks. With so many proof, from panda to penguin, I can smell I’m moving in the right direction.

So do you agree with me? Have you start building your social media proof? Do it fast!