Saturday, 12 November 2016

How To Reinstate Amazon Associates CLOSED Account

As part of struggle to make 2017 goals reality, Today on 12th November 2016 I headed to my very old but almost zero-meter Amazon associates account which I made years ago, in 2011. After struggling with recovering password I managed to sign in but welcomed by an important notice, mentioning;
Important Notice This account is closed and will not generate referrals. Access to this site is for historical purposes only.

Amazon Associates CLOSED Account

Sunday, 23 October 2016

I Win Bet of Google Ads Optimization To Improve Performance

Good day, hope you all doing great. Few days back I received a notification under Optimization tab in Google Adsense that one of my link ad unit needs an optimization in order to improve its performance. I mostly avoid that kind of recommendation because by experience I'm aware of my audience and niches that what kind ads perform best. But this time I decided to give it a try because I noticed there is an option of "Run Experiment" right next to the notification.

So Finally, I decided to run an experiment based on their optimization tip; which says your link unit border has to be have the same color as of its background color for better performance. I found it so simple to create. You just have to click on Run Experiment and then Google Adsense will initiate it itself.

The experiment ran for 3 days, and during all that time, I thought may be the border color isn't making any difference thats why its taking so long. But I was wrong, after gathering 36 thousand ad impressions, Google Adsesne jury made an announcement with 100% confidence that I was right. My original link unit ad was chosen as winner over there recommended ad unit with variation in border color. YEAHHH!!!! :D

As you can see in above screenshot, because of the changes they recommended the RPM decreased by 22%, Quality Score over 40%, and the overall performance decreased by 61%. And thats huge.

So, the conclusion of this interesting story is to be confident on what you are doing. Especially, don't get confuse and apply experiments when your site is getting tons of traffic for a very limited duration like for few hours or 4-5 days as we observe during events or when posts goes viral on social media, etc. Mine website was kind of small semi seasonal, so it didn't make much difference, but, if you will do the math, it still costed me $4.872 USD because of drop in RPM. Over to you!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

.PW tld Domain Good for SEO - Say Na Na Atleast for Now!

Is .pw domain good for SEO. Does Google treat .pw tld as same as .com, .net, .co, info, .org, etc. in search results?

Hello, recently I have gone through some experience, which I thought very worth to share with you, and thats what which bring me back to this site after years of gap. So here is the scene.

Few days back I bought few .pw tlds for my new projects. All were exact match keywords rich domains and I was feeling very lucky to have them. Because on behalf of my seo experience I was sure enough to dominate my niche real quick by having specially like that keyword rich domain (P.S: I'm already in that niche with my two sites, so very well aware of the efforts aka the game needed to play to come on top). Back to the scene, the same day I put some high quality content on my first .pw tld domain. And then made it submit in Google Webmaste Tools, its sitemap, and fetched it also. In few minutes the homepage url got indexed in Google search. Happy Again (Smile emoticon)!

In other couple of days I put lot of content on it, if I tell you exactly, I put 130 pages of good quality content on site, and fetched every page also. But what I realize during these couple of days that my new pages urls are not getting index in Google. Thats something which was new for me in my years of SEO journey. I also pinged my pages. But no result. Only a total of 11 page urls got listed in Google search after multiple tries of fetching, pinging, submitting in Google index, and wait of multiple days. Then after few days Google started kicking those indexed urls out from search and they fall back to 8, only. But, in real only 6 pages appeared in serp by using pages content as query in commas.

So, I headed towards Google webmasters dashboard to see any errors in Structured data, or any notification in html improvements section. Found everything perfect. Then in sitemaps section I observed something very strange. Sitemap got a problem in indexing..

As my other similar sites on other tlds, .pw one was also has same atom feed, and same structure. But in Sitemap section, Google is not realizing or picking up what type of feed is it, Processed column was still in pending, neither realizing items kind and nor number of submitted items in feed, except the one (of which I failed to realize why). I resubmitted my sitemap and waited a day but got same problem. Look at the below screenschot to know excatly what I'm talking about. Although, look at the second screenshot which is of my one other site on .com tld but in similar niche and with same site structure, and know how .pw one is expected to be.

Then later to make things more clear, I decided to make live my other .pw tld domain with its on unique hight quality content but in different niche (but not new for me, already dominating first positions on main keywords with another .com gear). I also dressed it with my another theme to know if there is any issue with theme. As usual homepage got indexed in less than hour. So I moved to sitemap and tried to submit but same shit. Google webmaster tools is not realizing or accepting its sitemap.

So, in curiosity, I decided to launch my .com site with exactly same theme as my first .pw tld domain but with different content on homepage, and for pages I used the not-yet-indexed content which I published on my first .pw tld site. Site with its pages got indexed as usual, and it sitemap also got accepted by Google webmaster tool. See yourself below in screenshot.

So things started getting clear, how Google is trreating .pw tld, aka the Professional Web. So in curiosity I was exploring every function of webmaster tools to get any clue what I'm missing. Then I got the most awaited clue, aka kind of MVP :v (Silly cracking emoticon). Hahaha, my eyes got wet, mouth got spread as about to smile, ensuring me the hard work I put in my these project, the money I throw to get handful of new .pw domains, the efforts and days I put to explore what causing the trouble, all got almost wasted. Google was treating .pw tld same as we hear in stories about stepfathers cruelty, lol. Google even don't let you set the crawl rate for pw site via site settings in webmasters section. See the screenshot below for more details.

So my dear, this is Google, aka Uturn. Not sure why they do mostly go opposite of what they brag in front. I bought domains after a recent detailed news of John Mueller giving Google faqs for treating new tlds in search.

So, yeah. Thats my experience with .pw tld. I may go for a few days wait before making .pw tlds redirect on any .com, .net, .info, .org, etc. Btw, I also got some experience with .xyz domains and they all performed good in Google search (not in bing and yahoo). So, its very difficult to tell what new tlds are performing well in Google serp. So be sure to test the waters before throwing big money or efforts.

It may also possible that I'm still missing something or misinterpreting. So, please share your thoughts and experience if any with .pw or any other new tlds / gtlds. Have a Good day!

Update 1: After wait of two more days, Google kicked out more urls now, the indexed urls according to Google are only 5, while the searchable ones with exact content dropped to two. Update 2: I have bought the same domain but in .org version, as .com is not available. Its completely new, will make it live soon with same content, and will hopefully update this post as well.