Date archives "October 2007"

Kabizzle – New PLR Search Tool

Today I’m proud to introduce a new “proof of concept” website that for the time being I am calling Kabizzle. Why Kabizzle? No idea, but that’s not what’s important. The important thing is what it can do.

You see, Kabizzle has been born out of my frustration of managing and tracking all the PLR products that I own. PLR, for those of you that are not in the know, stands for Private Label Rights. It means I can take a product such as an ebook or piece of software and call it my own, say I wrote it and put my name on it.

I’m a member of at least a half a dozen monthly PLR sites that each month give you hundreds of new articles, ebooks, software or audio products. I also actively buy PLR firesales from the likes of Jeremy Burns or Edmond Loh. All this means my 160 GB harddrive is close to over flowing and worse…I have no idea what’s on it.

Everytime I create a new product I find myself again and again trawling through my folders trying to find all the PLR products on topics like “SEO” or “affiliate marketing” or maybe “list building”. Days can be wasted as I search through these folders.

So now I have Kabizzle…

It’s a search engine, just like Google or Yahoo, except that this is a search engine for Internet Marketers.

It allows you to type in a keyword (it’s only a proof of concept site and can’t handle multiple keywords yet) and returns all the PLR products that it knows of that matches your searched keyword.

For each product it tells you from which site it came from (the provider) and when it was introduced. This hopefully allows you to then be able to zero in on the files on your computer. It means you don’t have to go through every folder and every firesale to see if there are any related products, you just pop your search term in and it tells you instantly if there are any available products.

As I have mentioned a few times now, this is a just a proof of concept site and is by no means the finished thing or all working the way I want. It’s just a search function with a few products loaded in to it.

If you are an internet marketer, I’m very keen on getting your feedback, whether you think something like this is useful, would you use it and what extra features you think it needs to make it an excellent resource.

Here’s the link to it again:

RIP Pagerank – No More Pagerank Updates?

Pagerank. It’s a little green bar that can mean the difference between your site earning thousands of pounds a month and nothing. Well, that has been the story up until now. An entire link buying industry has sprung up around the little green graphic.

Google was “supposed” to update the pagerank of all the sites in mid July. Now, 3 months later and there is still no sign of this happening. Pagerank is not being updated.

Further research has led me to conclude that Pagerank as we know it is dead. Google has constantly stated that it doesn’t rank websites according to pagerank (it’s a very common misconception that higher pagerank automatically means higher rankings), and Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google, has said that pagerank is not a big deal in Google and exporting the data to the toolbar is seen as a none event.

There’s no official word from Google as of yet on the status of Pagerank and it’s future, so it might not be officially dead, but they’ve never taken this long to update the toolbar before.

Still, pagerank had it’s uses. You could gauge the level of popularity of a website if it had a high PR and determine whether it was worth getting those valuable backlinks. Now that PR is dead (but certainly not forgotten) it leaves webmasters and internet marketers to rely on other sources, namely Alexa and Compete.

Both of these sites try and estimate the level of traffic to a site and quite frankly, both of them do a rubbish job. They take their sample data from users that have installed their toolbar. This means that if a site gets 100,000 visitors a month but none of them have the toolbar, and another site gets 1,000 visitors a month and 10% of them have the toolbar installed, the latter website would be ranked higher.

So what are we left with now to determine the value of a link or advertising on a website? It’s very difficult. Say what you want about Pagerank, but it was an exceptionally useful tool for determining the cost of a link or advertising.

The Running Man

I just wanted to share with you some results that I’m getting by going for a run fairly regularly around a local park. I started off really badly and was out of breathe but now I’ve done it nearly a dozen times I’m pretty shocked at the results I’m seeing. In just over a month I’ve managed to knock off over a minute from my original time.

The course that I run around is shown below. Thanks to Google Maps for the image (not entirely sure if I’m allowed to post such an image). The red sections are the parts I run and the blue section is the part I (currently) have to walk. The blue part is actually up a small hill 🙂 The starting point is in the bottom right hand corner where the red lines meet to a ‘V’ shape.

Route of my running course

I’ve taken a rough measurement based on the scale in the bottom left hand corner and it seems to be about 1.1 miles all the way around. If I include the route to and from my house then the entire course is about 1.6 miles.

The bit I actually time myself around is the course shown in red though.

The time it takes me to get around this course is still quite shameful, but it’s getting better as time goes on as this graph below shows…

My Running Times Graph

For some reason I seem to be getting my best times on Mondays, then throughout the week the times creep back up again. My most recent run (today) gave a time of 11 minutes dead on, but on Monday I did it in 10 minutes 53 seconds, so I was 7 seconds slower. I wonder what it will be like on Friday?

One theory I have that I get better results on Monday is because I’ve had a couple of days rest and my body is better prepared. But it’s just a shot in the dark theory, so who knows!?