Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fourth Judge On American Idol 8

Have you heard the news about the changes for next season American Idol contest? Changes are widely expected as the ratings experiences steep declines for season 7 contest and Simon Cowell, one of the 3 judges on the show, had drops some hints in a interview as well.

So, the first change officially announced: Grammy-Nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi joining American Idol as a fourth judge. She will sit alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson at the judges' table and use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to praise or critique the wannabe hopefuls throughout the American Idol competition.

The eighth season of American Idol premieres January 2009 and from now till then, will there be any other changes? We will wait and see.


Click here to read the official news on Kara DioGuardi joining AI.

Friday, August 1, 2008

I Am Still Around

It has been quite a while since I last posted here. For the entire month of July, I only managed to make 1 miserable post on Asia'h Epperson and that is to be expected as I am putting my full attention to my other blogs that are bringing me money.

Another reason is because this blog didn't move up the SERPs at all for the main keyword I am targetting: Asia'h Epperson. All my other blogspot aka blogger blogs also show up far behind in the result pages, but, surprisingly, my self-hosted wordpress blogs are doing very well.

I may be wrong, but, Google sent many new visitors to this blog for the past one month, with the majority of them are searching for terms involving SERPs. If you are not aware, this blog rank well for several long tailed keywords about Google SERPs. Based on the keyword these new visitors search for, I could see that quite a lot of blogspot blog got hit hard by the big G.

That is the problem here, can you see it. Asia'h Epperson don't rank well for the main keyword, but, it does for other long tailed keyword which I have not thought of before. All my links building which I have done is specifically targeting at Asia'h Epperson and when I look at it, I really don't understand why. Anyway, I am not the only one, I think most people don't understand how the system works.

So, I have decided not to pursue too hard, just do whatever I can and if blogspot cannot move, be it. It don't bring in the money anyway. For now, I will just blog here if there is something I feel I need to say and if not, then, most probably will be one post in a long while.

And, yes, Asia'h Epperson is still around :)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Google SERPs Update

When I first started to blog 3 month ago, I was very excited about practically everything about blogging. I read a few articles about why you should start a blog and learning the different ways about how to start a blog and finally, decided to start Asia’h Epperson on the free blogger platform.

The feeling is great in the beginning. I think every new blogger will feel the same as I do. There is always an urge to write new article and once it is posted, you will start thinking of what to post the next day. The next thing you know, you will be interested to find out who read your blog, who commented and then how is your keyword ranking in Google SERPs.

Where it used to be quite consistent in the past, there is a lot of uncertainty in Google SERPs for the past 1 month. Some called it the Google SERPs dancing. I have seen many blogs moving up and down the SERPs for their keyword ranking and similar scenario happened with all my blogger aka blogspot blogs.

Asia’h Epperson, this blog that you are reading, takes a roller coaster ride for the past one month, moving down about 100 spots and up to the top 10 again and now, dropping back to somewhere 20-30 spot again. My other blogspot blogs also swing quite wildly for some of the keywords which they are ranking well in the past. Strangely, my wordpress blogs are not affected yet. I am not sure if Google is targeting and cleaning up blogspot blog as I read somewhere that a lot of spam sites come from blogspot and that’s why the recent changes seem to affect blogspot blog more.

It is so unpredictable today. You may rank well in Google today, but the next day, you may well fall off the SERPs totally. And it can happen even if you have not done anything to your site, like posting or building links. Strange, but it is happening.

Looking at it, I think this trend is likely to continue for quite sometimes. It is really bad times for those blogs that depend largely on traffic from Google. As all the niche blogs that I have built mainly depend on Google to send me the traffic, I have seen quite a huge drop in both traffic and earnings from this recent SERPs changes.

Just hope that it will be stabilize soon.

Monday, June 23, 2008

How To Start A Blog In 5 Simple Steps

So, after understanding why you should start a blog, you decided to start one but not sure of how to start it. Followed this simple guide on how to start a blog.


1. Pick a topic

This is something that people fail to think about before they start a blog. If you want to have a successful blog, you need to pick a topic or subject that you have plenty thing to say about, something that you have knowledge or interest in. There are some bloggers who post only once or twice in a month and that will be very difficult to attract readers


2. Pick a host

There are many choices but if you are looking at free platform, then go for either Blogger or WordPress. Both are quite similar and if you can’t decide which to go with, find out what you have in mind for your blog. If you like nice presentation, go for WordPress as their design looks more professional; if you prefer simplicity and easy to use, then Blogger would be a better choice. If you want to put up advertisement in a later stage, then go for Blogger as WordPress won’t allow you to do so at this moment.


3. Start Posting

Once you have decide on the platform, go ahead to create the blog and the next thing is to start posting. The only way to start blogging is to start working on it immediately, don’t give yourself any excuse to do it at other times. Blogging is really about doing it now and if you don’t, then, you probably won’t do it again.


4. Keep Posting

The most difficult part about blogging is to post regularly. There will be a time when you encountered the writer’s block and don’t have anything to post. So, it is good to keep writing ahead, meaning, writes as many articles as you can in advance and saved it as draft post. When you don’t know what to post for a day, pick out one of the draft post that you have pre-written and post it. This will help your blog to maintain a consistent posting frequency.


5. Learn and practice

Learn about all the buzzwords that are associated with blogging, RSS, SEO, Adsense, Technorati, Digg. Getting to know these terms will help you to improve your blog and increase the number of reader reading your blog.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Google SERPs Dancing AGAIN?


I was checking some of my blogs stats and there seems to be some changes going on again in Google SERPs. If you recall, there was a minor algorithm changes in late May that affected all .blogspot blogs, causing most of the blogspot blog to lost their SERPs ranking for several hours.

I am not too sure this time round because not all of my blogs are affected, only 2 lost their ranking at this moment. Asia'h Epperson is not affected yet. I did found an article posted about the Google SERPs Dancing a couple of hours ago, and the scenario mentioned seems to match what I found at my 2 blogs.

Did you found any ranking changes with your blogs?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Why You Should Start A Blog


Blogging is a very powerful and effective tools to reach out to million of reader all about the world. It has reached such a high popularity that you see people from all walks of life, be it politicians, businessmen, students, professionals, started blogging.

And, if you are still wondering if you should follow the latest trend and start a blog, here are some of the reasons why you should:-


  1. Express Your Thoughts and Opinions

    In the past, when you have something to say, the only places you can go to is newspaper or magazine and even then, your letter might not be published or are subject to moderation.

    With a blog, you are free to write whatever thing you want to, nobody can stop you from doing so. Of course, you might want to be careful of what you write that may cause any legal issue out of it.

    Take this blog Asia'h Epperson as an example. Most articles that I wrote is all about personal rambling, I get the freedom to write whatever that I want, nobody can stop me from doing so.


  2. To Help People

    If you feel that you have great knowledge about a particular topic or field, then, you should start to blog about that. It will help people who are looking for such information.

    For example, you might have fall into debt and after years of struggling, manage to clear all debts and becomes a millionaire. Now, go ahead and write about your experience, from falling into debt, clearing them and how you finally get rich.

    Or if you are an experience parent, people will be interested to read about all the encounters and experience you go through from having baby, born, nursing to raising them.


  3. Stay Connected

    It is very common nowadays for friends or family member to live in different part of the world. You might have moved to another part of the world due to work commitment, study or maybe backpacking. Blog provide another alternative to keep them update about you. All you need is a internet connection and you can upload your photos, videos or stories and they are able to see them.



  4. Make Money

    Yes, there is money to be made from blogging, but, it really depends on the kinds of topics and blogs you have. Let’s take the example of point 2 where you blogs about getting out of debt. Once your blog gets readers and traffic, you can put up advertisement or affiliate products that can enable you to make some money out of it.

    It is important to note that to make money out of blogging, it takes times and patience. Don’t expect to make big bucks from it in the beginning, it is not going to happens.

    Again, we look at this blog Asia'h Epperson. This kind of personal blog is not going to make any money, so it is important that if you decided to make money online through blogging, you start on a right topic.



So, anything else that is holding you back from starting a blog?


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Writer's Block


When I decided to start blogging at Asia’h Epperson, never once did I think that writing personal thoughts or life events is difficult. There are so many things to write about, I can write about family, friends, personal encounter, thing that happens on the streets, television, movies and so on. I never think that I will run out of ideas to post.

But, apparently, I was wrong. There are so many times when I sit in front of the computer, staring at the screen, rack my brain for something to write, but simply don’t know what to write. Sometimes, I have an idea what to post, but, somehow, those thoughts just cannot translate into words.

People called it writer’s block and it will happen to every blogger, it’s just a matter of when. So, the next time round you see that I don’t post for days in Asia’h Epperson, you know that I hit that patch again. :)



Friday, May 30, 2008

Is There Money To Be Made Online?


When I started this blog, Asia’h Epperson, about two months back, I knew that making money online through blogging is never an easy road. It is all about hard work, hard work and hard work. Still, I decided to start working on it and as they said, the rest is history. Since then, I have created several other niche blogs as well.

To be frank, I am not making big money yet, just some small changes here and there, but, that is enough to convince me that there is serious money out there to be made. It is up to me to work my way there and grab it.

And before you ask, let me tell you, Asia’h Epperson didn’t make me a single cent. There is no money to be made here because I didn’t put up any advertisement and have no intention to do so. All the money that I made online so far is through my other niche blogs, not Asia’h Epperson.


So, how can money be made through blogging? There are two different views:-

One side argues that having a large reader base and high RSS subscriber will bring in the money. With a large reader base, advertiser will be attracted to your blog and that translates into money.

Another view is that having a large reader base won’t bring in the money. Only organic traffic from search engine will help you make money. Why? Because these are the people who found your blog and they are more likely to click on advertisement.


Let’s take a look at the most simplest form of advertisement, Google Adsense. Almost all blogs start their advertisement with Google Adsense as it is easy to sign up and implement.

If you take a look at all those big blogs with large reader base, you will find that most, if not all, of them are not using Adsense. Why? It is because there is a common understanding that regular readers that read your blog won’t click advertisement at all.



I will tell you how I make money online and you think and decide yourself which view is correct.


All my other niche blogs don’t have regular readers. Okay, maybe one or two will bookmark the blog and come back, but, the majority of the visitors are from search engine. I ranked well for some keywords, they search in Google or Yahoo, found and come to my blog. Most of them leave almost immediately when they didn’t find the information that they are looking for. Some of them will click my ads. Some don’t. If they do, I make some money.


That’s how I make my money so far. Simple?


Not really. The tough part is how to rank well in search engine. And if you are not aware, this blog that you are reading now, ranks well for Asia’h Epperson.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Teacher lets Students Vote out Little Boy


This is totally unbelievable and unacceptable, American Idol style. Teacher lets students vote to remove classmate and the class voted 14-2 to send that poor little boy, only 5 years old, out for the day.

I really cannot think of any good reason that warrant such drastic action from the teacher, I meant, the boy is only 5 years old. It is definitely inappropriate. Where is the common sense, compassion and loves?

I would never ever want to see any kids to go through that, would you?


Check out other general news on Asia'h Epperson.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How To Manage Your Time?


One of the biggest challenges that I faced since I started blogging 2 months ago is how to manage my time properly and wisely.

As of today, including this blog, Asia’h Epperson, I have a total of 7 blogs and already, I find it very difficult for me to divide my time properly such that I can cover all of them equally.

For the past one week, I have only been able to work on Asia’h Epperson and one of the niche blog that is drawing quite a handful of visitors from the search engine. The other 5 of them have not been updated for quite a while.

So, I am actually facing some hard time with only 7 blogs, that’s why I cannot understand how others managed to do it with a much bigger portfolio than me.


My day started with working on my niche blog. Now, that’s my money maker. I accidentally hit on a keyword that is getting many search a day and there is no much challenge on that keyword. So, I ranked well and manage to get quite a good number of visitors from the search engine. I am in the process of working to get more keyword ranking for that site into the big G and hopefully, that will bring me more traffic and revenue.

After that, I then move on to work at Asia’h Epperson, this blog that you are reading now. Although it is not monetized, I tried to update it everyday if possible because this is my first blog and my friends and family are actually reading.

When I finished my work, I will visit and read my regular blog and comment. After that, I will spend some time playing Sudoku before calling it a day.


I have think over the matter and in order to improve my productivity, I intend to cut down my time on reading and commenting on other blogs and hopefully, I will have more time to work on my other blogs.


If you have multiple blogs and have any tips for me on how to manage them equally, feel free to drop me a comment.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Me



1. I Don’t Like American Idol

Yes, it’s true. Or to be exact, I don’t like the way the system works. I simply cannot tolerate the fact that those eliminated idols-to-be are more accomplished and talented singer. I don’t have much argument about the two Davids that show up at the final 2 in this season seven contest, they deserved their places; but, if some of those that are voted off much earlier on could have another shot and stay on, it will be much more interesting. And in my opinion, you knew, Asia’h Epperson deserved at least a place in the top 12.


2. I like to play Sudoku

Sudoku is a very wonderful game and if you don’t know what it is all about, checks out wiki. And if you want to play, you can try it at Sudoku online.

Some people like the game as they think it is another way to energize your brain. As it is a game with some logic, you need to think and figure out the number. There is another group of people who think that it is a waste of time to play the Sudoku. Maybe yes, maybe not. Anyway, I like this game as it is really fun and it needs some logic thinking and calculation.

Most of the times, when I am finished writing on this blog, Asia’h Epperson, I will play that game for a while before I shut down my computer.


3. I am very good at computer

I can easily assemble a basic computer system with all the spared parts. Installing software like operating system and others is relatively simple job to me. I learnt how to install and setup computer system 2 years ago when my dad’s PC break down and he shows me the way on how to do it. After that, I am hook and started to play around with it, doing some hardware upgrades from time to time. My current computer system is a self-assemble system by me.



So, I guess today you know a little bit more about Asia'h Epperson.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Google Updating New Algorithm


On Friday I make a post about Google Don't Like Blogspot.com, obviously, I am not the only one that found such dramatic changes in Google.

There is some discussion on Digital Point forum and it look like not only blogspot blogs are being affected, some noticed changes in keyword ranking for .info and .co.uk domain as well.

Initially, there is some thoughts that Google penalize all these websites because people suspect that majority of spam comes from these websites, but, as the day passes, everything is back to normal. So, I think the most possible reason is Google is testing some new algorithm and not really wanted to flushed out all these site. Anyway, blogspot belong to Google, isn't it? There is no reason why they would want to delist their own blogger platform.


This blog, Asia'h Epperson, has been ranking in page 1 or 2 in Google for the keyword, Asia'h Epperson, for quite sometimes. During that period of madness, Asia'h Epperson was also missing from the SERPs.
One of my other niche blogs that is getting about 100 visitors from Google daily get no visitor at all as my blog is also being hit by the changes. From the first page listing on a keyword, my niche blog totally gone from the SERPs.

That leads me to think: We are so dependent on Google and any business that depends solely on search engine will go out of business anytime if Google penalize them. Of course, on a positive note, if you are doing the right thing, your site is not spam, then, not too much worry as it is unlikely that Google will simply penalize you.


So far, as of now, thing is back to normal. Business as usual. This blog Asia'h Epperson is still ranking in the top 10 for the keyword, Asia'h Epperson so I think that is probably a glitch when Google are updating their algorithm.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Google Don't Like Blogspot.com?


I think many people like the site PostSecret? Isn't it.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Since Frank Warren created the website on 1 January 2005, PostSecret has collected and displayed upwards of 2,500 original pieces of art from people across the United States and around the world.

The site, which started as an experiment on blogspot, is updated every Sunday with approximately 20 new pieces which share a relatively constant style, giving all "artists" who participate some guidelines on how their secrets should be represented.


According to Youth Trends' February 2008 "Top Ten List Report" PostSecret was the 10th most popular site amongst female students in the USA, with 7% of those polled naming the site as their favorite


But, it looks like Google started to dislike Blogspot blogs.


Postsecret used to rank #2 for the keyword 'postcard', when I started to write this post, it drop to number 5. Now, another check show that it don't appear in the top 100. Click this link.


And it look like they are not the only blogspot site that lost the ranking.


makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com used to rank top 10 for the term make money till two days ago, now no longer.


moneymakerinfo.blogspot.com used to rank top 10 for the term make money online, also no longer in top 100.


What's going on, Google?



Update:

I just did a check again and all the blogspot.com that I am tracking is all back to normal. I am not sure what causes the glitch yesterday. It look to me that Google is updating their SERPs and somehow all the blogspot.com blogs are being affected.

postsecret.blogspot.com, makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com and moneymakerinfo.blogspot.com, and several others that I tracked, including all my blogs are back to normal again.

Hopefully it is not going to happen again. :)


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Google SERPS Update?


It seems like there is some updating going on in Google for their Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).

I came to this conclusion is because when I just checked the keyword, Asia'h Epperson, I found that the Asia'h Epperson fan site that used to sit in number 3 spot, just directly after the official American Idol site, is no longer there. And if you are not aware, that site had been occupying the number 3 spot since early March.


So, what's going on?


Actually, since late April, I started to discover that a few websites that used to sit high up in the Google SERPs for the keyword Asia'h Epperson are being de-listed or push all the way back in Google, including this blog. After sometimes, ranging from a period two to four weeks, they are then re-included into the search result pages again.

One of my other blogs, which also sit nicely in page 1 of Google SERPs for a specific search keyword is also gone today. I tried a number of combination, but, it is just not appearing and the strange thing is, if I type “site:abcde.com”, it did show all pages of my blog. So, I think the blog is being indexed, but, Google had taken it offline for the SERPs page.


Back to the Asia'h Epperson fan site that I mentioned above. By typing “site:abcde.com”, it also return results, so, I think Google is currently updating their SERPs, and all those sites affected are being taken off temporary. They should be re-included into the Google SERPS sometimes later, the period might varies from 2-4 weeks, based on what I have seen so far.


It appears strange to me that website that used to rank high for Asia'h Epperson for such a long period can suddenly be gone from Google SERPs, but, as I said before, nobody really understand Google. The only thing that we can do is to keep working on it, don't bother about statistics, page rank and others.



Did you notice any changes in your sites’ rankings?



Asia'h Epperson FaceBook - Update


A month ago, I sign up as Asia'h Epperson for the Facebook account which I wrote about in the post Asia'h Epperson Facebook. At that time, I have only a few friends and although I knew Facebook is very popular, I have clearly underestimated the popularity of it.


To be exact, I am getting quite a big number of friends request daily and I knew that these people who wanted to befriend me, most probably, they mistaken me as the American Idol contestant, Asia'h Epperson. The number of friends request notification emails I received daily from Facebook is flooding my email. Not to sure if I can turn off that as I yet to explore some of the options. Anyway, it looks like I am riding on Asia'h Epperson fame in facebook :)


Initially, I logged into Facebook daily; but as time goes by, I found that I am spending far too much time in Facebook and decided to cut down the frequency. It’s addictive and I found that I can spend hours on it. There are times when I never worked on anything, be it this blog, Asia’h Epperson, or my 2 other blogs for the whole day. So, for now, I tried to restraint myself from logging in daily.


Judging from the number of people that want to befriend Asia’h Epperson, I think Facebook is good for social networking. You can make friends with people all over the world but if you don’t practice enough self-control, you can find yourself updating your ‘status’ every few minutes and staring at a computer screen for hours. If you really sit down and check your time spend on Facebook, I won’t be surprise that you are spending long hours in it. That’s really incredible, isn’t it?

For now, I decided to spend more time working on Asia’h Epperson and will only logged in once a few days. What about you? Are you spending too much time on Facebook?


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

David Cook - The American Idol 2008


David Cook won the "American Idol" title on Wednesday.

In my earlier prediction, I was with David Archuleta and apparently, I was wrong. As I said much earlier, the favorite might not win the competition. Before the show, all indication shows that David Archuleta is the clear favorite. The judges are full of praise for him throughout the entire season, and especially so the night before and it look like the audience also like him.

But, in the end, the voters decided otherwise.

So, here you goes, the Americal Idol season seven, David Cook.


Pack Light Or Pay More


It was reported that the largest US air carrier, American Airlines, would begin charging $15 for many passengers for their first checked bag, starting in mid June. What used to be a free service for all airlines will no longer be so as more and more airline started to charge for additional things in an attempt to battle the skyrocketing jet fuel price.

And almost nothing is complimentary on airlines anymore. We have seen increase in the fare, surcharges and fees for services and now, checked bags.


American is not the first carrier in the world to charge for checking the first bag. Spirit Airlines, a low-fare carrier with service primarily in the eastern United States; Ryanair, low-fare carrier in Europe are other that are charging passenger for their checked bag.


With American leading the way among major carriers, it is likely that other airlines will be tempted to follow suit soon, so, be prepare to pay more when you fly the next time round.


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Welcome To Asia'h Epperson


Welcome to Asia’h Epperson.


If you found this blog, Asia’h Epperson, through Google, thanks for visiting. You might not be aware, but, if you try to search Google 2 weeks ago, then, you will never ever set a foot on this bog. I still don’t know exactly what happens, but, this blog is not in the Google search result page for 2 weeks plus.

Today, as I am writing this post, Asia’h Epperson is sitting nicely on the first page of Google.


This blog begin as a simple experiment for me to learn more about blogging and to find out whether is there really money to be made online through blogging. As you can see, there is no monetization on Asia’h Epperson as I meant to keep it as a personal blog. I have another 2 blogs that are currently making some small money for me and I am quite happy with it with those small changes.


With the latest update to Asia’h Epperson ranking on Google, I decided to make some changes to this blog. I will attempt to increase the posting frequency and the topics that I will be covered will be very wide, ranging from celebrity news, current news, general news, blogging, commentary and many others.


Comment Policy

Currently, all comments on Asia’h Epperson are been moderated. As the volume of comments is not high at the moment, I intend to keep it this way. Any off-topic, spam, offensive or otherwise inappropriate comments will be deleted.


Okay, so much about the future direction, do check back regularly and thanks for visiting Asia’h Epperson.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who Will Win America Idol Season 7


If Asia’h Epperson was to make it to the final 2, do you think she will win this season American Idol? Of course, it’s just a dream which will never materialize. Asia’h Epperson was already eliminated earlier on.

For now, the final 2 contestants left standing in American Idol season 7 is David Archuleta and David Cook So, in your opinion, who will be crown this season American Idol?

My bet was with David Archuleta. Going by the early indication, it looks like he is the clear favorite. He has earned rave reviews and from the deafening screams you heard from the American Idol audience, they obviously like him. He might just nick it.

Of course, there is no certainty. David Cook might be able to pull off an upset. For the past few years, or rather in all voting competition, there is always a trend that favorite contestant is being voted off as there will be many ‘sympathy’ votes from fans of the other eliminated contestants. And, those votes might be massive and outnumber the votes for the favorite contestant.

Not true? You just need to see those contestants that already voted off earlier on, Asia’h Epperson is one of them. Asia’h Epperson may not be the best in this season, but, she definitely deserved to move further instead of voted out much earlier on.


Anyway, back to the final 2. Will the next America Idol be David Archuleta or David Cook? Let’s just wait and see for the final result.


Asia'h Epperson America Idol


It’s now left to the final 2 in America Idol Season 7 contest. My favorite contestant and I knew you know who is my favorite, Asia'h Epperson, was eliminated on 6 March 2008.

It is well documented that Asia'h Epperson was very talented and with all the focus on her due to her father’s death in a car accident two days before her audition, it is such a shame that she was being voted off unexpectedly in this season America Idol. It is the most disappointing result to date as far as I see because I really thought Asia'h Epperson had the talent and charms to go all the way to the final.


Have you noticed that most favorite are being voted off in previous season as well? That’s the reality of the show. You can be much more talented and sing better than the other contestant but, as long as the majority of audience likes the other contestant over you, you are out.

Asia'h Epperson elimination from the America Idol is a typical example. It is clear that she is definitely not the worst singer, but, as said, no matter how good you are, how talented or even how charming you are in front of the cameras, there is no guarantee that you will be voted into the next round.

Controversy? Well, it is not the first time, but, that is a fact of life. Talent might not bring you far in this show.


So, will Asia'h Epperson bound back? Don’t ever doubt that. Since her elimination from the show, we have seen her singing God Bless America during the Springfield Cardinals first baseball game of the year and also at the opening ceremony of the Joplin North Little League as well.

I think it is just a matter of time that America realize that yes, a talented girl was being voted off too early. Asia'h Epperson does have the talent, courage, determination and looks to succeed in the entertainment industry.

We will wait and see if she will be the next star on the horizon.



Monday, May 19, 2008

Make Money Online - The COWpetition


If you have read about one of my earliest post regarding Making Money Online blog here on Asia'h Epperson where I mentioned about all the controversy and drama in Make Money Online scene, I sign off with a note that there is more to come in Making Money Online, remember?

Okay, there is something brewing now on the Make Money Online scene. As you know, for the past 2 week, I was so busy with my other projects that I hardly post here on Asia'h Epperson and I almost miss out about this interesting contest between two MMO bloggers, Garry Conn and John Cow.

Initially, there are some interesting comments to and fro about the real identity about John Cow and whether Grarry is the man behind the blog. Then somehow, a challenge was being thrown and it was being escalated into a "friendly" contest to see who can build a niche blog that make the most money in 30 days.

Now, how to judge and verify which blog can make the most money? It will definitely be very tough to authenticate the earnings and so, after much debating, it was decided that both blog that was created will be listed on SitePoint at the end of 30 days and whichever blog that generated the highest sale win the contest. Interesting, right?


So, if you are going to ask, what’s so great about this contest that is worth mentioning here on Asia'h Epperson? Now, let me evaluate.

For quite a long time, there is a lot of argument and debate on Make Money Online blog. People question about whether does it really make money and does it teach people how to make money. Those questions have been thrown on some post in Asia'h Epperson as well. So, essentially, people are interested to know the whole process of how to make money online, from the start to the end.

So, in this contest between Cow and Garry, both bloggers are giving free "classes" to readers who are interested to see how they build the blogs, the entire process from start to end. So, if you followed them, they will show you how to create a blog from scratch that will make money online after 30 days. Interesting?

Okay, if you are interested to know more about how to, head over to their site and sign up for their class for the process update. I believe it will help you to gain some knowledge about the make money online process and also some valuable tips.


So much about the Make Money Online blog and contest. Do check back regularly on Asia'h Epperson.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Ramblings


It has been quite a while since I last posted here on Asia’h Epperson . The activities on Asia'hEpperson is quite low at these moment mainly because I have been busy with my other blogs, making post and building links.


The other reason is because this blog is out of the Google search result pages since my last post. As of today, by searching Asia'h Epperson in Google, this blog is still nowhere in the top 100 spot. I believe this blog is being sandbox, although I am not quite sure why it happens only now. Anyway, when that happens, the only thing that we can do is only wait.


I believe you are aware of the recent earthquake that happens in Asia Country, China. It seems like disaster occurs one after another. First, we have the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar, now, we have the earthquake that hit China. If you have been following news, you can see how badly China is being hit by this earthquake. It's really sad to see those scene. God bless them.


For America Idol, finally, it is down to the final 2 and therefore, the rumors on the internet that there is an wildcard tour is probably not going to happen. So you won't be able to see Asia'h Epperson, the eliminated contestant, back on America Idol again.

So much for today. Will be back again soon.


Till then.



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Support Disaster Relief in Myanmar


If you have been following international news lately, you should be aware of the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country. With the latest report, the death toll count at more than 22,000 people, with more than 41,000 were missing. It is such a tragic event and my heart goes out to the Myanmar people.


You can read some of the update from Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.


Now, Google had put up a link for donation on it's home page, hoping to help collect donation from millions of its users. Please take some time to click on the link and make some donation to support the people in Myanmar.

The full link on Google is: http://www.google.com/myanmarcyclone/


Thank You.


Sunday, May 4, 2008

What's Next, Asia'h Epperson?


Asia’h Epperson is the first blog I created and it was meant as an experiment into blogging for me. From the day it was created, Asia’h Epperson was always meant to be a personal blog. It contains various different types of postings; personal, America idol, make money online, positive and rambling. Basically, Asia’h Epperson was all about whatever things that came to the mind, I blog.

As time goes on, blogging becomes a daily routine for me. Through Asia’h Epperson, I came into contacts with fellow bloggers. There are some arguments along the way and I learnt many things from it.


Beside Asia’h Epperson, I created another 2 blogs and they are in specific niche. In the recent google pagerank update, one of the 2 got rewarded with a pagerank 3. I started to put up ads a week ago and apparently, they started to make some money for me. Although the amount made is small, it is still a big step for me as this is the first time I really make money online. I started to realize that it is possible to make money online, but, a lot of effort had to be put in.


As you know, I take a short vacation a few days back as I committed to shutdown day. While I was away from blogging for those few days, I think a lot about what I going to do with Asia’h Epperson and my other blogs.

Initially, when Asia’h Epperson was created, I had a very strong determination to move it up the SERPs and rank high for the keyword Asia’h Epperson. I do put in a lot of effort and while seeing it reaches the number 5 spot in Google, it fall later due to many reasons and apparently, Asia’h Epperson now sits somewhere in page 5 or 6.

Considering that fact that Asia’h Epperson won’t make me any money at all, whereas the other blogs already started to make money, most probably, I will put in more times to build up the other blogs. Although I will spend lesser time on Asia’h Epperson, I will not neglect it because this is the first blog I created and I learn a lot of things here.

I will review Asia’h Epperson again as time goes on and for the moment, posting will still be continue and I do hope that Asia’h Epperson will do well again.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Going For Vacation


Now, if you don't know, 3rd May is the Shutdown Day, and Asia'h Epperson had signed up to support the movement. Although the initial plan is to read some books at somewhere, Asia'h Epperson decided that it would be good to take a break from blogging. So, time to go for a vacation.

Asia'h Epperson will be going away for a few days. This post that you read is being scheduled to post on 1st May, by the time you read it, Asia'h Epperson already happily holiday somewhere.

Till then.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Google PageRank Update?

Courtney Tuttle posted about a possible google pagerank update going on and true enough, after checking out all my sites, there is indeed some update going on.

This blog, Asia'h Epperson, move from no PageRank to a PR0. Another site of mine moves from PR0 to P3 while a 3rd site moves down 1 rank.

As Google PageRank updates can take several days to be accurate across all of Google’s Data Centers, it is possible that you might not see any changes to your pagerank at the moment.

If you are interested to know more about what Google PageRank is all about, check out this Wikipedia article on PageRank.


So, did your blog pagerank increase?


Monday, April 28, 2008

Shutdownday





3rd May 2008 is the shutdownday.

From the website:

It is obvious that without computers we would find our life extremely difficult, maybe even impossible. If they disappeared for just one day, would we be able to cope?

Be part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the Internet. The idea behind Shutdown Day is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate!

Shutdown your computer on 03 May 2008 and find out!


So, Asia’h Epperson will be shutting down the computer for that day and be away somewhere reading books.





Will you shut down your computer on that day?


Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Funny Thing About Blogosphere


As you know, Asia’h Epperson had been reading some positive and self development blog lately and sometimes, it is really amazed to see the kind of cult followings some of those blogs can attract.

Today, Asia’h Epperson was reading one of the blog and for that particular post, Asia’h Epperson don’t think there is much value in it, but, strange enough, people just comment, praise it and some even link to it. That’s really make Asia’h Epperson understand why everyone is looking forward to be famous and being classified as the A-List. It is really straight forward, no matter what you write, whether it makes sense and helpful or not, readers will just comes by, comment, praise it and link to it. Why? Because you are famous.


But, is that what the blogosphere about?


Of course, Asia’h Epperson is in no position to discuss about it, but, really, it is funny enough for Asia’h Epperson to read and laugh. Now, there are closed to 200 comments on that post that talked about personal stuff. Can you imagine if those same comments on my first post or Asia’h Epperson facebook, won’t you fall off the chair?

That’s probably the benefit that those famous bloggers enjoyed. Asia’h Epperson had seen so many readers simply followed the famous blogger and clearly, they enjoyed, even nonsense.


Now, we are told by those same A-List bloggers that content is king. Write something that is useful to reader, things that will help them and don’t write simply because you need to post. Clearly, they forget to tell Asia’h Epperson that they are the exceptional. It is okay to write rubbish or personal stuff, provided you are famous.


Now, Asia’h Epperson don’t know about you, but, if that is the kind of post Asia’h Epperson is going to read weekly, then Asia’h Epperson is going to say goodbye to that blog. Give me a break please.



Thursday, April 24, 2008

You Comment I Follow. Err… Actually I don’t



You should have seen this logo or similar logo in different color been display in some blogs. That’s the You Comment I Follow badge, used by bloggers to indicate that the blog is a dofollow blog.


What is dofollow and what is nofollow?

DoFollow is a term used by bloggers and website owners who removed the “rel=nofollow” tag in their external link to other site. By removing this tag, google bots and all other search engine bots, will follow through the link and pass on page rank or link juice, commonly known as google juice, to the other site. That means, when you made a comment on a dofollow blog, you will get some google juice and if it is a nofollow blog, you won’t get at all.

So, to encourage comments from readers, some blog choose to remove the nofollow tag and put up the You Comment I Follow badge. That will indicate to the readers that if you comment, google will follow and you will be rewarded with some link love.


How to Remove The NoFollow Tag?

Well, there are already a lot of posts about how to do it, simply google “how to remove nofollow”, or click on this link, will return you quite a number of answer that can help you on how to remove it.



So What Is The Issue?

Some of the blogs out there are displaying the badge but, in actual fact, they don’t follow.

Now, there are some blogs that display the badge, but, will become dofollow only when you made a certain number of comments on the blog (that can be set using some wordpress plugin). Asia'h Epperson not referring to these blogs.


Asia'h Epperson is referring to those blogs that display the You Comment I Follow badge but, in reality, there will never ever follow you.

Why?

There are a few possibilities. Most of the time is due to they upgrade the wordpress installation and in the process, they forget to turn on the plugin that helps to remove the nofollow tag. Sometimes, it might be due to new plugin is being installed and causes problem with the nofollow tag. And, most of the time, the owner might not even realized it.

Whatever the reason, Asia’h Epperson feels that it is the blog owner’s responsibility to ensure that the blog dofollow if you put up the badge. There is really no excuse if you continue to use the badge and not following through.

If you are using the You Comment I Follow badge for your blog, it is good that after every new upgrade or installation of new plugin, put in some time to check that the blog is still followed.


Don't you think so?


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Oppss... Your Comment Hurt


Yesterday, Asia’h Epperson got two very big surprises. The first surprise is that this blog, Asia’h Epperson, is being booted out of the top 100 spots in Google ranking. Then, later another surprise comes in as Asia’h Epperson received an email from one blog owner asking Asia’h Epperson to stop spamming his site.


Note: To avoid any misunderstanding, I purposely blank out all the email address, IP, url and person involved.




First, let me put the fact right. Asia’h Epperson hate spamming and would never do so and had never never ever spammed his site. Now, the blog that claimed Asia’h Epperson spamming his site is a very reputable and active blog in the blogosphere and has a very high page rank. So, do you think that Asia’h Epperson is so stupid as to spam that blog?

Definitely not. So, why is he claiming so?

After a few corresponding email with that owner, Asia’h Epperson finally understand why and let me tell you in details.


Nowadays, it is very easy to find out all the external links linking to any site, including this blog, Asia’h Epperson. If you don’t know about it, go and read the article on How to Replicate Your Competition's Link with SeoQuake at Courts blog.


Apparently, there are other people, using some other name, making many comments on that same blog in a short period of time and hence raised the spam alarm. And all the URL is promoting the America Idol contestant, Asia’h Epperson.





To be fair to the other commentators, Asia’h Epperson read through those comments, they are not spam. But, it just happens that within a short period of 8-10 minutes, there are 5 comments being made on 5 different posts. That's definitely looks spam to the owner.

Now, here, let me put the fact right again. While the other blogs is promoting the America Idol Contestant Asia’h Epperson, my blog is not the same thing. My blog is solely about my personal life and ranting about other things and it just happens that I am also Asia’h Epperson.


So, it comes back to a question, is there anything that Asia’h Epperson can do to control what other people do at another blog? Asia'h Epperson don't think so, then, why penalize Asia’h Epperson? Now, it is very clear that Asia’h Epperson made the first comment over at those blogs and if people followed, there is really nothing Asia’h Epperson can do.

Again, this is not the first blog that penalize Asia’h Epperson. There are another few blogs that simply removed the comments or URL whenever Asia’h Epperson comments. And really, Asia’h Epperson knows why it happens.


Apparently, a few days ago, one of the sites that promoted America Idol Asia’h Epperson is being booted out of Google and no longer in the index. So, it looks to me that maybe someone had complain to Google and that’s why my blog also seems to get the penalty and drop in the SERPs. Of course, there is no confirmation on it, but, from the way Asia’h Epperson looks at it, there is such a possibility, else, it is really hard to understand why the ranking drops so much in the space of 2 days.


Now, it is very hard to accept the fact that Asia’h Epperson is being penalized on something that not within her control, but, this is part and parcel of the blogosphere and really, life still goes on.


This post is made not to bash anyone, Asia’h Epperson just want to highlight that when you proceed to make comment on other blogs, although not your intention, but, it may still hurt other. So, practice due diligence.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Stop Checking Statistics


When this blog, Asia'h Epperson was started about a month ago, Asia'h Epperson was very excited about all the statistics related to this blog, things like google ranking, visitors, keyword, pages index, and many other stuff. Asia’h Epperson was very keen to know how the blog perform that twicely daily, Asia’h Epperson will check on the statistics.

Now, Asia'h Epperson thinks this is pretty common among new blogger, there is nothing to be ashamed about. In the beginning, everybody probably check all the statistics everyday. But, after a while, the interest will most probably wane off if there is really nothing impressive about the statistics that you are looking at.

Of course, if the statistics showed lot of improvement daily, you might get hook on and continue checking them. Asia’h Epperson just get sick at looking at the same statistics daily. Now, everyday there are about 30-40 unique visitors to this blog, Asia’h Epperson, and really that is not a very impressive figure. Of course, sometimes, there might be a sudden increase of traffic, like after the post on Asia'h Epperson FaceBook, but, generally, the traffic stay quite constant. But, considering that Asia’h Epperson is just a normal personal blog, don’t teach readers anything, and most of the time, probably only ranting about everything that Asia’h Epperson comes across, it is not that bad at all.


The only point that is worth mentioned is probably Asia’h Epperson have been sitting pretty good in google for quite a few weeks. It does bound up and down sometimes, but generally, it is either in page 1 or 2. So, it looks like google really love Asia’h Epperson.

But, since yesterday, the whole situation changed. Out of the blue, Asia’h Epperson falls out of the top 100 spots and although there is some slight improvement today, it is still nowhere near the high that Asia’h Epperson achieve for the past few weeks. That’s why sometimes, Asia’h Epperson don’t really understand google. Many people don’t understand anyway.



So, there is really nothing impressive to talk about anymore on Asia’h Epperson. But, to Asia’h Epperson, it is not a big issue, because at the end of the day, a personal blog is still a personal blog. Nobody will really want to read what Asia’h Epperson rants about, of course, unless Asia’h Epperson is famous. People will be willing to read what Steve Jobs, Bill Gate, Obama talks about, but, who really interested in Asia’h Epperson.

Well, unless those fans chasing after the America Idol contestant Asia’h Epperson and somehow ended up at this blog. God knows.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Start Working on It


It seems like most of the time when we wanted to start working on something, we will hesitate and ended up never really start to work on it. We will probably tell ourselves: “okay, tomorrow I will do it.”

But, in reality, that day will probably never come.


There are many things in life where Asia’h Epperson really wanted to do, just ended up never worked on. During school days, my parents keep reminding Asia’h Epperson to do read up or do revision of the school work, well, most of the time, Asia’h Epperson just idle away the time and only right before exams kick in, then quickly pick up the textbook.

So, how many times in life we really got a chance to relive everything over again?


This blog, Asia’h Epperson, was created about one month ago. It was finally created, yes, Asia’h Epperson finally created it. The idea of blogging have been sitting in my mind for quite sometimes, but, most of the time, it will just flashes past and never really get into doing it.

Now, looking back, Asia’h Epperson might have just not created it at all. There is a lot of time when Asia’h Epperson pop up the same question: so, are you going to start or you are not?

It is really just sit down and worked on it. Any hesitation will actually stop you from doing it. Asia’h Epperson know it and you know it. Most of the time, when we really think again, we will most probably won’t do it. The amount of times putting in front of the computer is quite a lot. Really, it is just about sacrifice some of your personal time.

But, end of the day, Asia’h Epperson is glad that she did it.


So, what is the story between this?


Now, go and do whatever you think you want to do. Don’t hesitate too much. As simple as that. Hesitation will only make you wait much longer and you will probably never do it.

Asia’h Epperson knew it. You also, right?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Asia'h Epperson is Guilty, Are You?


Sometimes, it just take a little extra time or effort to clear any doubt and it really works wonder if that extra little bit of time is being put in. Asia'h Epperson Facebook, the post that Asia'h Epperson wrote a few days ago that created some misunderstanding with another fellow blogger, is the one that Asia'h Epperson going to talk about today.


The other day, Asia'h Epperson read about a post about the false Asia'h Epperson Facebook and obviously, felt upset as Asia'h Epperson felt that the post indirectly pointing the fingers at Asia'h Epperson and this blog. So, in a blur of moment, Asia'h Epperson wrote another post Another DumbFuck Is Born bashing back at the blogger.


TR, the other blogger, took the initiative to make some comments here clarifying that she don’t meant to offend Asia’h Epperson and she never know that Asia’h Epperson did have a facebook profile created and if she knew it, she would never make that post. Then, she took a step further and deletes her post that created the misunderstanding and although it is not necessary, Asia'h Epperson still appreciated it and that’s why Asia’h Epperson think that people are mostly nice and good.


Now, it is clear that there is some misunderstanding and Asia’h Epperson felt that if we both have put in some effort to make some contact and communicate, this kind of awkward situation can be avoided. Which lead Asia’h Epperson to think: maybe everyone is guilty of that at one time or another.

If a little bit extra time is being put in, there will probably be fewer conflicts between people and how the world might change because of that. Nobody can tell, but, it should be for the better.

Asia’h Epperson is guilty of that at times. If time can roll back, Asia’h Epperson might take the time to say sorry to a very old time friend. We no longer keep in touch due to some disagreement and it is such a shame that the friendship ended that way. And there are many other things, things that if we put in some effort, the outcome might be entirely different.


Asia’h Epperson is guilty of not putting in that little bit of effort and times, are you?


Friday, April 18, 2008

Another DumbFuck Is Born

So another dumbfuck is born again. The fellow at http://asiah-epperson-latest-news.blogspot.com. Now, I am not going to link there. You guys go and see. After my post on Asia'h Epperson Facebook, she obviously thought that there is an opportunity for her to post something, and so, made up a post on Fake Asia'h Epperson Facebook.

Now, if you guys go Facebook and search, there is currently only one Asia'h Epperson and that's me. So why she is a dumbfuck. If you want to bash or make fun of people, get the facts straight. From day one I created the account on facebook, only friends can see my profile. If simply search, there is no way you can see my profile, so, either her friend from Singapore (as she claimed) or she herself is blind, stupid or dumb. Else, how the hell she claimed that all the personal information in it were wrong. Only a dumbfuck can see something different, right? Okay, let's said I added that dumbfuck as friend, in my profile, there is a URL pointing to my blog here and only a dumbfuck and stupid person will mistake me as the America Idol Asia'h Epperson.


And from where you dumbfuck get the information that there is only Asia'h Epperson on the world? Do you know there are how many Barack Obama, George Bush and Jesus Christ on facebook, go do a search, dumbfuck.


The dumbfuck also claimed there are a lot of fake Asia'h Epperson site, obviously, pointing the finger at my site. Now, if you are not blind, stupid and dumb, from my very first post, I already said that I am NOT THE Asia'h Epperson from America Idol Season 7. Again, someone commented on my blog mistaking me as America Idol Asia'h Epperson, my reply to her is that I am not. That dumbfuck should have read that, but, choose to ignore and bash me.


So, from the fact that that dumbfuck made only 3 posts in this month, Asia'h Epperson can understand that you don't know what else to write. Now, Asia'h Epperson give you some advice. Go write about when you wake up, what time you take breakfast, shower, walk your dog, go shopping, what color of your cloth. Definitely you can write something everyday.


Now, don't be a dumbfuck and write something that you can't even get the facts right.


Everyday there are about 30-40 unique visitors to my site and I know all are fellow bloggers writing on Asia'h Epperson, and that include you. Now, you dumbfuck tell me, who will google for Asia'h Epperson and reach my blog when google return the Official America Idol Site, followed by Griz's site and a few sites that wrote purely about AI. So, those visit my blogs is not fellow bloggers eying the same keyword, then who else?

Claiming that you are a pure Asia'h Epperson fan site is a joke. A contestant voted off and you started a fan site for her. Come on, get a life. Everybody know why suddenly there are so many Asia'h Epperson site popping up. Go write about Simon Cowell, maybe I will believe you. And, take out your EARTH HOUR post, that's got nothing to do with Asia'h Epperson fan site.

And I can see that you are following Asia'h Epperson to make comments on some blogs. Go ahead, carry on, you won't win the competition. Why? Now, let me tell you dumbfuck why. Since day one, I already make at least 200 plus comments, visit at least 100 blogs and at least 20 forums. You can see my backlinks is about 5K plus. Now, I went to first page in google sometimes back, just behind Griz, and you dumbfuck are still nowhere to be seen.


Now, my blog falls in SERPs. Do you know why Dumbfuck? Because simply commenting won't get you to the top. See how our fellow friend, Asia'h Epperson on Squidoo did? Now, he don't comment a lot, probably a few sites but he got a lot of solid backlinks, people like Vic, Frank, Justin helps him and plus his own linkfarm. All are solid PR3 and above blogs which seldom give out link love. That's precious. Weighted links. Now, you go take a look at Griz's Asia'h Epperson blog, similar scenario, all solid backlinks, that's why they are now on top and I falls behind. Understand, dumbfuck?


And, I tell you why I post almost everyday. I just started blogging, Asia'h Epperson is my first blog. Obviously, I don't have linkfarms, I don't have many blogger friends to help. So, I need to make a lot of comments, but, that's the best the site can go in google. So, I try to make a post everyday, hoping that in long run, all my posts are stuffed with my keyword and maybe, that will push this blog up.


So, understand dumbfuck, go find out more and get the facts right before bashing me.


And remember, shut up your big mouth and keep working on your site.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Is That All About Make Money Online Blog


Is there any truth in make money online blog really making money online? That’s the question being thrown up in the latest drama in Make Money Online (MMO) blog sales.

Now, if you are confused, let Asia’h Epperson give you a brief introduction.

Recently, Asia’h Epperson posted about some make money online blog being put up for sales and some people purchasing it as a ridiculous price. Then, Asia’h Epperson continued to explain why it is not advisable to buy these niche blog.

And that’s not the end yet, there is more exciting drama coming up as some posts is being thrown in on the blogosphere and many comments, hate and love, are being made.


First, Vic from Bloggerunleashed made a post about the sales and as usual, there are people who are not happy with Vic’s style of posting and so, John Cow came along and joined in the fun with a post himself and eventually, Garry Conn kicked in with his own opinion about the whole thing.

Vic and Garry shared the same view that people are buying MMO blog at too high a price, but, Cow, looking to sell his blog, obviously has a different view. Then, Garry and Cow thinks Vic is too harsh on his post and bash too much about the issue.

Vic, Cow and Garry, each have their own loyal readers and all throw their weights behind them and going through all the comments being made, you can see more drama. Names are being called, integrity being questioned, and well, even business partner are being implicated.

You go and read those articles and make your own judgment about the whole issue.


So, back to the question: Is there any truth in make money online blog really making money online?

Asia’h Epperson has analyze it before and if you are still not convinced, why don’t you go take a look at this more detailed article by Grizz. You should be pretty cleared after reading it.


Is that the end of the make money online drama?

Asia’h Epperson don’t think so. More to come. Just sit tight and enjoy.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Asia'h Epperson FaceBook





Asia’h Epperson has been getting invitation from friends a long time ago to join Facebook, but, never really bother to take a look at it. Last month, finally, Asia’h Epperson took a long look at the latest and maybe hottest social networking community and yes, Asia’h Epperson said: I joined facebook.

It is not an overstatement that facebook is the hottest community now, and it is ever growing at an astonishing rate. Well, if you have not joined them, Asia’h Epperson recommends that you go and joined. Take a look, search for your friends and you won’t be surprise if you find many of them. It is like everybody is on the community now. Asia’h Epperson actually found some friends that already lost touch many years ago.


Crazy.


So, what are the reasons why Asia’h Epperson think people should use Facebook or what advantage Facebook have that people should joined them?


You can interact with friends that you seldom meet up or maybe those that you already lost touch with. Now, Asia’h Epperson knew it and you knew it. It is impossible to meet up with every one of your friends or different group of friends every now and then, right? With Facebook, you can interact with friends easier, send message, poke them, send photo and many other things. That’s great, right? Also, you can join groups that interest you. Those people who shares the same interest as you or works in the same industry as you. You can easier do a search and interact with them.

Now, facebook is so hot that if you don’t know anything about it, you are simply showing a lack of knowledge on the upcoming technology trend. It would be good if you can just joined them, take a look and if it really don’t interest you. Just forget it. But, Asia’h Epperson guess is that you will probably hook on it.

Then again, many people are developing application on facebook platform now. Not sure which way thing will go, but, at the present, if you are adequate with skill on developing application on facebook, Asia’h Epperson do think there is enough opportunity for you to move far.


Asia’h Epperson already on, are you?


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Will You Blog If You Can’t Write


Recently while reading some blogs, Asia’h Epperson came across a very interesting topic. The article questions about why people still blog if he or she can’t write well, meaning, basically, unless you have a flair in writing, you shouldn’t even blog at all because your article will be totally filled with grammar mistakes.

Asia’h Epperson can’t write well also, so, should Asia’h Epperson blog?


The question is a reality check for Asia’h Epperson because from the beginning, this blog, Asia’h Epperson, is meant to be a personal blog. Asia’h Epperson don’t expect many unknown reader to come here and clearly this blog is not going to Make Money Online.

So, should Asia’h Epperson stop blogging just because Asia’h Epperson can’t write well?


Asia’h Epperson don’t think so. Now, there is no requirement or entry bar to start a blog. Anybody can simply create a blog and start blogging in minutes. So, why hesitate and question?

There are many niche in blogosphere. If you are going to start a blog teaching people how to write article, proper English, of course, you need to write well so that people believe in your ability. Other than that, Asia’h Epperson don’t see any purpose why you must write well if you are going to start blogging.


Sometimes Asia’h Epperson finds it very funny that there are all this disturbing noises in life. You know, there are once when Asia’h Epperson had a conversation with this young lady who is a lawyer. Well, She told Asia’h Eppeson that she pity those lawyers who are not eloquent. She said why be a lawyer if you can’t speak well.

Well, guess what Asia’h Epperson told her. Asia’h Epperson simply reply: do you know that not all lawyers go to courts to fight cases? There are people who draft contracts and agreement, don’t you know. Well, that shut her mouth up. Young and Arrogant, right?


So, back to the topic. Asia’h Epperson will continue to blog, and Asia’h Epperson hope you do so. Don’t let all this silly question stop you. A blog can be in many forms, and no, no one should ever question you anything. It is your decision and rights.



Asia’h Epperson wishes you all the best. Happy blogging.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Asia’h Epperson On Don’t Buy An Existing Blog


Asia'h Epperson And Make Money Online Blog


Asia’h Epperson has been reading blogs for the past one year. There is no particular niche area of blogs that Asia’h Epperson won’t read. Make money online, self improvement, rambling, GTD, comics, blogging tips, article writing, business, you named it, Asia’h Epperson will have read it somewhere sometimes before.

So, what attracts Asia’h Epperson to keep going back daily and read these blogs? Well, the answer is very simple. It is the author, the topics of writing, the style and the relationship build up with the blog owner through commenting and interacting.

Now, some of those blogs will start to look for buyers within one year time. Asia’h Epperson had seen it many times. There are, of course no lack of buyers who look to buy into these blogs, thinking that they are making money and it is easier for them to start make money online with these blogs instead of starting a fresh new one.


It is a very wrong perception and Asia’h Epperson will tell you why.


Now, most of the times, those blogs that are being sold and bought by people are a one man blog, meaning, the owner is the only writer for that blog. Just like Asia’h Epperson is the only writer here at this blog. So, everything being written is the idea of the owner, from the design, logo, topics, posting to comments. All are by the owner itself.

So, readers that read the blog are basically being attracted to the blog by the writer’s charisma, the style of writing, the topics and maybe the discussion. So, unless the new buyer share the same characteristic of the previous owner, have the same ideology and maybe shared the same style of posting, writing, it would be a very difficult task to retain readers and attracts advertisers.


How many times Asia’h Epperson had seen those blogs that are sold and purchased fall? You know it if you are being around for a while in this blogosphere. Many.


Now, if you buy a blog for a couple of hundred dollars, it is okay. You can count them as money lose, not too hard feeling. Now, again, you look at those blogs that are being sold recently at ridiculous price, ten thousand or more, it really hurts.

If those new owner think that just by paying that kind of silly money and they can start make money online, think hard. Asia’h Epperson wishes you good luck. It is possible, but, Asia’h Epperson highly doubt it.

Now, if you go start a new blog and start writing, are you confident that you can get that kind of readers, money in 1 year time? If you don’t, what make you think that you can get that kind of income just by making a purchase of these blogs?


God bless you, never never ever pay too high for existing blog.

Asia’h Epperson hope you can hear me.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Asia'h Epperson And Make Money Online Blog


It is very common to see blogs or established websites putting up for sale and every now and then, we will heard of them being sold. Now, if you are not aware, recently there are a few Make Money Online Blog being sold at a very high price and it looked like the trend is going on.



The problem here is, will this Make Money Online blogs make money for the new owner? Did the new owner paid too much a price for this blogs?

Asia'h Epperson will take a look at one of the blogs and you make your own judgement.


OneMansGoal.com is the blog that Asia'h Epperson going to talk about. Now, if you have been reading blogs for the past one year, most probably you have heard of Bryan Clark blog. Now, the blog have been sold AGAIN for 10 thousand dollar. Yes, AGAIN, because it was the second time that Bryan Clark sold away this blog.

Interesting? Well, a couple of month ago, he sold away OneMansGoal.com for 8K plus and as like most of the make money online blog, the new owner is not able to make any money over the blog and in the end, the blog was sold back to Bryan at a lower price. Now, this time round, someone brought it at a much higher price again and so, do you think it will make money?


Asia'h Epperson don't think so. Now, it is a reality that Make Money Online Blog is not going to make money for the new owner. There are already many cases, to name a few, SiteFever, CashQuest and OneMansGoal. It is amazing that people are still willing to fork out that kind of silly money to buy these Make Money Online Blog.


Now, ask yourself. If these blog is really making money or let's say they have hugh potential to make money online, will the owner sell them? Most of them put up the sale and claim that they have no time to manage and have other project. Bullshit. Totally Bullshit. I don't see that interacting with readers, making comment or making a post several day once is that tough. It is all about taking the quick money and run.


Asia'h Epperson can tell you that maybe a few months later, you guys can see that Bryan Clark is going to buy back his blog. Let's see.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Two Things That Motivate Asia'h Epperson To Blog


This blog, Asia’h Epperson, was created on the 24th March and it was coming to about 3 weeks old. Since the first post is made, Asia’h Epperson tried to make it a point to post daily. There are a few strong factors, or would I said beliefs, that caused Asia’h Epperson to keep continue in writing, although most of the articles don’t really have any value or will add value to reader.

But, as I said before, Asia’h Epperson is just a personal blog. There is no particular niche that it is trying to pursue and hence when you read Asia’h Epperson, it is probably a ranting dairy.


So, what actually are the factors that keep this blog, Asia’h Epperson, going?


  1. The fulfill of a dream

    Believe it or not, my earliest dream is to become a writer. Asia’h Epperson in a way helps to fulfill this dream. The sad part of the dream is that this blog, Asia’h Epperson, is probably just a simple diary, and it most probably won’t make money online also.

    Anyway, Asia’h Epperson will be a stepping stone for me to move on. This is a trial and error place where mistakes can be made without causing too much hurt. I am learning everyday as I write on Asia’h Epperson and it is only through Asia’h Epperson blog that I learn more about blogging, networking and many others.


  2. The Google Love

    Now, everyone, including Asia’h Epperson, reaches out their hand to google and hoping that there will be some love been shown. Not everyone succeed. Everyone is trying hard to outrank each other in Google search, hoping to get some good ranking and hence the organic traffic.

    Asia’h Epperson is also the same. If you did go through some of my earliest post on this blog, you can see that I am trying to rank number one for Asia’h Epperson and I would think that it is an achievement if I am able to do it.

    Asia’h Epperson know it is not a easy task and a lot of hard work and efforts is being put in before this blog, Asia’h Epperson, started to rank well. That’s why, you can imagine how upset Asia’h Epperson was, when someone followed Asia’h Epperson and caused some issues to this blog. I was just glad that everything is now clarified and back to normal.



So, you know what motivate Asia’h Epperson. What motivate you?


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Will Not Pay To Learn Blogging


If you have been reading blogs for quite sometimes, you probably have come across the famous problogger, Darren Rowse. Recently, he is promoting his "Six Figure Blogging" course again as a pricing of $325.


Yes, you are right. Asia'h Epperson never write the amount wrongly. Now, ask yourself, will you ever pay that amount of money to learn blogging when I suppose that anything that you want to know about blogging, you could easily find them on the internet.

And Darren did mentioned that

Of course some people achieve this online through teaching themselves or reading other blogs on the topic - but most of those who signed up wanted to get this information in the one place in a more intense way (ie over a six week structured course) and were willing to pay for that.

So, that simply imply that yes, all the course informations are readily available somewhere on the internet. So, will you pay that amount ?


Asia's Epperson can't said for others, but, Asia'h Epperson will definitely won't pay that amount to earn blogging.


First of all, that kind of money is not cheap and it won't guarantee that you will earn it back through blogging.

Then again, you look around. How many bloggers around can earn a decent living through blogging? You can easily count and in one of the poll Darren make before, most of the bloggers don't make money.


Now, Asia'h Epperson has no intention to berate the problogger. He is able to earn good money through his own effort and that is admirable. Asia'h Epperson can also understand that he did put in effort for the course and it need to be rewarded. But, the kind of pricing is really too high, don't you think so?


Of course, there are people who support him and slam those opposed. Well, what can Asia'h Epperson said?


Asia'h Epperson can tell you that you guys go ahead if you are interested, don't support for the sake of support. It is very hard for Asia'h Epperson to believe that those people who claimed support are going to sign up, they probably won't.


Because end of the day, it is their pocket that hurts.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Take On Content Is King


Asia'h Epperson is really just a simple blog. There is no valuable content on this blog, at least that's what I think so. Most of the time I write things that I come across or encountered, and at times it is just about making noise only. There is no particular niche area that this blog, Asia's Epperson, is targeting. And no, this blog is definitely not going to Make Money Online.


Well, if this is the first time you are here, let me welcome you to Asia'h Epperson.


Most of the times, I read blogs and everywhere Asia'h Epperson go, people said Content is King. Yes, I agreed. Content is really king. If you are able to write valuable article, something new that nobody has written before, well, people will link to you and give you credit, and that's how you gain your authority and popularity in the blogging world, and probably get many readers and end up making money online. Asia'h Epperson totally agreed.


But, the truth is, how many blogs out there are writing new, unique and valuable article. You go check them out, most of the time, they are talking about the same thing. Same content, but just different style of reading. And hey, reader just love it. Strange.

Sometimes, Asia'h Epperson will read a post at Blog A and then felt that it looks familiar. Ohhhh.... Asia'h Epperson remembered. Asia'h Epperson read that in Blog B 2 weeks ago. And the pattern keeps repeating. Now, even those big blogs or a term bloggers called A-Lister in the blog world do that also.

So, is content really the king? Seriously, I has doubt on it. What say you?


And, by the way, everytime those big blogs was asked about how they gain so many RSS subscribers and readers or make some much money online, one of the key points they sure to mention is CONTENT IS KING. Come on, give Asia'h Epperson a break. That's not unique at all.

Well, or should Asia'h Epperson say content is king is bullshit?


It really up to individual view. But, Asia'h Epperson is really sick of those repeated ranting that say writing unique content is king bullshit.


I would prefer people to say, Content is Queen, Re-writing content is king. Something new for you? Asia's Epperson hope so.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Top Commentator Widget Problem


If your blog is using wordpress and you have a top commentator widget on your blog, you might want to take note of this possible problem that I have encountered. I did some testing and try out and this is a problem and possible causing some problem to either you or the reader, and maybe you are not aware of it.


Problem:

Top commentator widget is using commentator name as a grouping criteria. So, if two different person commented on your blog using the same name, when the widget calculate and show the top commentator, they will be group as one same name with an additional comment count.

For example, if you commented as "SEO Expert" and someone else also commented as "SEO Expert", the top commentator will count "SEO Expert" as making 2 comments. So, if "SEO Expert" happens to be one of the top commentators, the last person who commented will get his/her link shows beneath the "SEO Expert" commentator.



Implication:

Now, if you want to play prank, you can simply go to any blog with top commentator widget installed. See who is the top commentator name and make a comment on any post with that same name, but, put in your own URL. In this case, when the next page load, although the top commentator name is still the same, but, the link is actually changed. And chances are, he/she probably won't know about it.

So, if the search engine bot hit the site, you will actually get all the links instead of the other poor fellow.



Of course, I won't recommend you to do that because this will in fact make you more enemy instead of friends, but, sometimes, people don't know and such a mistake do happens.



So, if you have a blog with top commentator widget or making comment on other blogs, do take note of this.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Asia'h Epperson Loves Nice People


If you are here for the first time, a very warm welcome to you, and thanks for visiting my blog, Asia'h Epperson.


Recently there is some confusion and misunderstanding between Asia'h Epperson and a fellow blogger. If you don't know what's going on, you might want to read this, this and this.

Now, I am very happy that after all the confusion and misunderstanding and a few posts on my blog, everything is finally clarified and cleared.


So, I thought Asia'h Epperson should write something about it.


People are actually nice and friendly or to be more precise, fellow bloggers are nice people. There is this nice guy, Griz, who teach us how to make money online using blogger platform. There is also this nice guy called Vic, who show you the way to make money online.

And, without forgetting this nice guy blog, Fly Fishing for Beginners, who readily admit a mistake make and put in the effort to say it and rectify it.


And, I want to tell you guys that, you are great. Asia'h Epperson loves you.


Of course, not everything is nice in the internet world. There are also blogger who claimed to show you how to make money online, but, all they did are just keep pushing affiliate products to you without actually showing you how to do it, and they are also people who claim to make thousands and thousands of dollar without actually telling you how they make it.

So, end of the day, you really need to open your eyes and see clearly, who is really the real thing.


Asia'h Epperson has been reading blogs for the past 1 year, come across many big blogs about make money online, including those A-Listers. To think that I almost started my blog in the same way of those blogs is really scary. I was almost sold on their idea, but luckily, somehow, I come across Vic and Griz site.

Now, these two guys is really the real thing. If you are serious about making money online, go to their site and read their articles. It won't cost you a single cents reading their post, and you judge for yourself are they showing you the way to make money online.


To be frank, I don't ever think that I will start blogging because I think I write lousy. If you go through all the previous posts on this blog, you probably agreed. They are nonsense, non value added articles, right? But, do you know that this type of writing can make tonnes of money also? I won't tell you how, you go to Griz and Vic site and read it yourself.


By the way, a bit disappointed that Asia'h Epperson is no longer on position 9 of the google search. Read on a SEO blog that Google has made some more Search Engine Result Page update in April, that's probably explain why the appear and disappear of my blog, Asia'h Epperson, in google.

Well, not too bad, at least it sits at number 9 for two days. Just pity that I forget to take a screenshot to prove that Asia'h Epperson was there before.


That's all for the day. Do come back and see how Asia'h Epperson is doing on the SERP.


Sincerely,
Asia'h Epperson