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Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid?

July 11th, 2007 · 10 Comments

Whilst leafing through one of the London papers on the tube tonight, I came across a story called Brides From Hell about how to prepare for a wedding when the bride is being an A1 bitch. The story linked to a website called BridesmaidAid.com which I thought was a great domain name so checked it out when I got in.

Imagine my surprise when I looked around the site and couldn’t find any ads or affiliate links. An authority source website quoted in a daily newspaper read by tens of thousands of London commuters and not a single ad? What were they thinking? And then it dawned on me.

Maybe not everyone has a website to make money. Maybe some people create a website to pass on information and their rewards are the thank you emails they receive from grateful readers.

Now there’s a thought.

P.S. If the girls from BridesmaidAid.com are looking to make a few dollars through affiliate sales, my consultancy rates are pretty reasonable 😉

Tags: Making Money Online

10 responses so far ↓

  • Desty // Jul 12, 2007 at 11:49 am

    That is strange. Heck, even CNN.com uses Google’s Adsense.

  • Mike // Jul 14, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    It’s pretty unusual. There are very few sites that I visit that aren’t monetized in some way…

  • Betty // Nov 2, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Hi. Solid blog. Just wanted to let you know i linked to this post from a WordPress platform in an article on bridesmaid info, and the trackback failed.

    You can see your reference here. Have a SUPER-day! Best wishes…

    Sincere,

    Betty

  • Mike // Nov 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    No, Betty, the trackback was removed because your article is not even remotely linked to the content of this page.

    As far as I can see the trackback was created in an attempt to get people to visit your affiliate website.

    Am I right or wrong on this one?

  • Betty // Nov 6, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Uh…..I add outbound links to all my articles that are related in anyway to give my readers as much variety and interest as possible.

    I link to all sorts of sites that do NOT have trackbacks enabled.

    Since we are both WordPress users it’s only polite that a trackback is made when I’m giving you a related (by keyword Bridesmaid) deep link to your site.

    Zazbot is a site that makes money but it also allot of good content, and Google, MSN, and Yahoo give it plenty of traffic without this blog linking to it. Not required.

    So as a result I will leave your quality inbound link from my new blog (which will eventually provide you with another quality bit of Google juice), and of course I will have submitted a good bunch of my time with this original, and fresh, content related to the word Bridesmaid, and let you know that I sincerely wish you all very very best.

    Betty

  • Terry Zulit // Nov 6, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Just noticed my wife commenting here over my shoulder as we do our evening blogging.

    Jeez Mike…..what’s the deal.

    This is an interesting discussion actually. It brings up a few questions;

    1) the stigma commercial blogs have?

    2) is a trackback gift as long as it’s keyword related, enough that the blog post was found in a Google search for the same content term

    3) are bloggers so “spam paranoid” these days, they arbitrarily remove what would be legitimate link love

    There are more good questions as well. Anyway….I think I’ll link to this article to move the discussion along. Wonder how Darren and Yaro feel about this string? Curious to read opinions on this.

    Terry

    PS – I informed my wife that this blog is a “dofollow” blog, so she is actually getting a counted link for adding to the content of your blog. She’s new 😉

    PPS -Good work by the way.

  • Mike // Nov 6, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    A husband and wife combo on the blog. Now there’s a first!

    Trackbacks are fine provided they add value to the conversation. Typically a trackback is used to alert both the author and the reader that someone has added to the conversation elsewhere. In this case I did not believe that to be so. It seemed that the only connection was the phrase bridesmaid which wasn’t really the focus of the article above.

    As I’m sure Terry would testify, a lot of scraper sites or sploggers use trackbacks as a method for getting traffic to their affiliate or MFA (Made For AdSense) sites. As a result I tend to manually delete any trackback that doesn’t add to the conversation.

    I’m not saying that your site fits either category, by the way. For what it’s worth I think your site looks pretty good – I tried a similar thing last Christmas but it fell flat on it’s face :(

    With regards to point 3, Terry, I think this will only get worse due to Big G and their crusade against paid links. Google have said in the past that they look for unrelated links as part of the process and, with respect, a link to a page about bridesmaids from a site which focuses on Internet marketing, search and SEO would most certainly fit that category.

    Are people paranoid? Quite possibly but only because of the never ending battle to combat comment and trackback spam.

    Thanks to both of you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your comments.

  • Brudklänning Brudklänningar Bröllopsklänning Bröllopsklänningar // Feb 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Maybe it wasnt an active site, when they made a story on it. Or they did not just realize what they had.

  • Ada // May 7, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Maybe the owner simply has enough money they don’t need advertisements to fund them. I’ve seen many websites do it it’s not uncommon. I wish I had been able to save my marriage this would have been a great website to show my best friend and sisters. I’ve been a braids maid before and was a very long and difficult day, reading this site would have helped me a lot I’m sure.

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