Blogging for Charity – should improve their Google page rank

I’ve been tagged by Ken to carry on Gavin’s blogging for charity idea. I’ve twisted the idea a little as rather than repeat an ever expanding list, I’ll add two of my own and highlight two on Ken’s List:

To continue the flow , I tag the following people:

Free Search Engine Optimisation

To take up on Richard’s Kind Offer to all Irish Blog Award nominees.

  1. Just a little background on your website.
    • category you are nominated;
      Best Business / Best Technology Blogger
    • your blog’s topic or niche;
      Enterprise Development and Technology used by Business
      .
    • your target audience;
      Decision Makers within the Top 500 Irish Companies.
    • how long you’ve been blogging; 2 yrs +
    • how old is your domain; 7 Years
    • the names/URLs of a few other sites, competitors or friends, in your niche ;
      Similar Audience to Silicon Republic , Zdnet , Irish Times Business Section.
  2. Trackback Done
  3. Tell me what you want to achieve SEO wise;
    Have the Technology audience (fairly) well covered, want to improve my exposure to Business people with a technical interest.

Free Drinks at the Irish Blog Awards

Final Results for Round 2 of this challenge are now here.

In a recent challenge , Ken McGuire crushed all opposition by reaching 100 subscribers on Feedburner before anybody else could roll out a shameless self publicity campaign.

So , to give everybody a chance, we’re going for another round. You can join in at any point (leave a comment below to get included).

The rules are simple : The person who gets the biggest % increase in FeedBurner subscribers (that’s the number on the top right of the blog) between now and the Irish Blog Awards wins. Prize is a pint. And yes, all is fair in Love, War and trying to up your Blog numbers.

To subscribe to this blog (we really can’t afford to lose twice in a row, the price of drink in Dublin being so high), click on the Orange XML icon on the top right of this page. If you’re not automatically asked to subscribe , you may want to sign up to a service such as Bloglines. Subscribing means that you’ll automatically be updated on who is in the lead.

Due to popular demand (and the fact Damien will have 17 Squintillion subscribers before next Tuesday) we’ll probably have a round 3 after this one. If you want in , leave a comment. Remember, it’s all about the percent increase, so it’s an advantage to start small.

And the Contenders are …


Blog Start Current
Ken McGuire Creative Imaginations 103 Ken Feedburner Stat
Conor O’Neill- Louder Voice
44 Conor Louder voice stats
Aidan Finn AidanF.net 84 AidenF
  James Corbett – Eirepreneur 480 James Corbett Feed
Robin Blandford – ByteSurgery 42 Robin Blandford Feed
Tom Raftery – IT views 751 Tom Raftery Feed
Paul Browne – Technology in Plain English 96
  Richard Hearne – Red Cardinal 85 Richard Hearne Blog
Thomas Holmes – YClickIt 113 Thomas Feedburner
Eoghan McCage – Naive by Design 35 Feedburner
  Damien Mulley – Blog AwardsHonorary Lifetime Member –
1200% increase in first 24 hours
6
  Damian O’Broin- Ask Direct 23

Older News1):The most Recent entrant is Richard Hearne of Red Cardinal. With the SEO Ninja tricks this man has up his sleeve, he’s going to be a fairly strong contender.2): Mon Dieu! Thomas Holmes has entered. Almost certain to use a 2 language blogging strategy to take the title, how will the other competitors react?3): Eoghan is in. Damien and Damian may be in. Are there going to be any other last minute entries?

4) In a shock last minute move:

Damien Mulley forgoes his 400+ base and opts to start again with the Irish Blog Awards feed (6 readers). Rumour has it that we may as well buy the man a pint now, while the rest of us scrap it out for second place (prize – diet coke with ice). We did say almost anything was fair game … 🙂

5) In another shock first day wipeout: Damien Mulley has increased his total by 1200% using a little known site called the Irish Blog Awards. I’ll check the small change down the back of the sofa , buy Damien the pint, and the rest of us mere mortals can continue on to see who gets pint number 3.

Just who is Paul Browne, Digital Video Research?

Well, it’s not me. Despite my best efforts at blogging over 2 years (and a bit of Search Engine Optimization), a Google for ‘Paul Browne’ shows that I am only number 3 on the list. Even worse , the ‘Dr Paul Browne (PHD) DCU’ hasn’t been updated for 3 years. What do I need to do to get to number 1, get Twenty Major to take out a hit on this guy?
Paul Browne Search on Google

On a related note, Jason Kolb has a list of things to do to protect your online identity (good). John Breslin has a list of (bad things to avoid) and we’ve blogged about this notion of ‘blogs as the new CV‘ in that future employers will want to be checking out your blog (as a harder to fake version of your CV).

Update: As of Sept 2007, a Google Search for Paul Browne now shows this blog in No 1. position (unless Google are doing some fancy personalisation of searches. Next step will be to trademark (or even better find a way to Patent) the name and charge all the other Paul Browne’s for it use.