Winner of the Week – Toni Turner of Internet Dreamer

December 30, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

wow.jpgChristmas was a great time to take a break from blogging and to spend some time with friends and family. But not for Toni Turner. She created a cartoon Flash video of herself singing Christmas carols with top Internet marketing blogger toys in the background. Very creative link bait which I’m sure got the attention of the targeted bloggers. Anyone who sings Christmas carols for everyone to hear is a winner in my book. Keep singing, Toni!

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Below are some of the other stories I found interesting this past week:


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Winning the Web a BIGLIST Search Marketing Blog

December 29, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

I’m proud to announce that Winning the Web is now included in the BIGLIST of search marketing blogs. Lee Odden does a great job covering Internet marketing and SEO at Top Rank and was gracious enough to review Winning the Web and include it in his prestigious list of top blogs. Thanks Lee!

Big List - Search Marketing Blogs

This is another huge step forward for the rapid growth of Winning the Web. In just 2 short months of existence, this blog has attained close to 8,000 links (according to Yahoo), an Alexa rank of 96,878, and 265 RSS subscribers. Statistics aside, Winning the Web is getting noticed by some of the top Internet marketers around the web and has been featured on authority blogs such as Top Rank, JohnChow.com, Shoemoney, Tyler Cruz, Jack Book, Sphinn, and more.


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5 Killer Strategies to Get Your Online Avatar Noticed

December 28, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

Your avatar is your face on the web. Since people make instant mental associations when they see an image, it’s important to represent yourself through the use of an effective avatar. This will help you to build up a reputation and to gain exposure for yourself, your sites, and your business. If you aren’t doing so already, you should definitely be using a custom avatar whenever possible including on all social media sites, blog comments, and forums. Optimally, you should use the same avatar on all sites to maximize effectiveness and exposure. Below are some strategies to consider when choosing an avatar. Pick one and stick to it.


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Optimal SEO WordPress Permalink Structure for Your Blog

December 27, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

wordpressIf you’re creating a new blog using the WordPress platform, it’s important to establish a permalink structure that is optimal for search engines and for users. So what is the optimal structure? There are many different views on this topic, but from my experience and SEO knowledge, using /%postname%.html is best. Below are some of the key reasons why you should be using this structure.

  • Avoid using dates in your URLs
    Many WordPress blogs default to a structure which includes dates in subfolders. This ties your post to a specific point in time and limits your ability to update old posts. Also, the added subfolders may result in search engines placing less weight on your post and thus reducing the crawl rate.

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How to Create a Crazy Contest that Will Explode Your Site

December 26, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

dynamiteIf you’ve been following Winning the Web the past couple of weeks, you know that I launched a very successful contest that yielded incredible results for this blog. For those of you that don’t know, I bought a $400 John Chow review to promote a contest for a free John Chow review. The contest was unique in that readers had to unscramble a code released one letter at a time only in the RSS feed. Sounds like too much work? I later added another prize for a John Cow review for all the lazy folks who would rather rely on chance. Needless to say, the contest attracted loads of attention and links. In just 2 weeks, Winning the Web gained over 225 subscribers, 400+ comments, and a 500% increase in traffic. Winning the Web attained huge success through this contest and I’m sure all of you are eager to learn how I did it. Well the wait is over. I’m going to lay everything out in this post including how I did it, what I learned, and how you can apply the same methodology to launch your own contest that will skyrocket your blog to new levels.


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Top Picks Update

December 26, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Top Picks section has been updated. The page lists and describes some of the top Internet-related products and services that I recommend. Take a look and make sure you check them out.

Some of the new items added include:

  • Liquid Web Web Hosting
    A fantastic web hosting company that is over 10 years old and has their own data centers. They specialize in fully managed dedicated servers and VPS but offer great shared hosting packages as well. If you’re looking for a web host, definitely try them out. Winning the Web is happily hosted at Liquid Web.

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Merry Christmas to All!

December 25, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

seasons greetingsI want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope all of you have a jolly day with friends and family celebrating a time of love and happiness. Amidst all the holiday hoopla, let’s not forget why we work so hard during the year, whether it be for religion, family, love, or accomplishment. Enjoy!

To everyone participating in the Secret Blogging Santa, feel free to leave your guesses in the comments section of the secret Santa post. After a couple of days, I’ll let you know if you’ve guessed correctly. 🙂


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For Websites, a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

December 24, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

Like the popular saying goes “a picture’s worth a thousand words”, especially on websites and blogs that contain a lot of textual content. Are you utilizing pictures to their maximum potential? Here are the top reasons why you need to include images on your sites.

Pictures draw readers in
Have you ever encountered a site with pages and pages of nothing but plain black text? Nothing turns me off more than a bland site with an overload of text. If you want to draw readers in, you want to have an inviting site design with relevant images and pictures to accompany your text. That way your content will seem less intimidating and will increase the chances that visitors will stay on your site and come back for more.


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Get a Secret Blogging Santa! Holiday Party

December 21, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

To celebrate the holiday season, we’re going to run a Secret Blogging Santa event here at Winning the Web. This is a great way to grow the blogging community and to spread the holiday cheer. Don’t miss out!
secret santa
Here’s how Secret Blogging Santa works:

  1. If you’d like to participate, comment on this post using the URL of the site that you want to use.
  2. On Sunday night (12/23 11:59 PM ET), new entries for the event will be closed so be sure to act ASAP.
  3. I will then randomly assign each participating blogger to another as a secret Santa and notify through email.

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And the Winner of the John Chow Review is…

December 21, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

clam chowderCongratulations to DotDriven for correctly unscrambling the 11-letter code. The answer was in fact CLAM CHOWDER. I know, I know.. it’s pretty random but I was actually eating some on the pier when I was visiting San Francisco and it was awesome stuff. Anyway, I admit that the code was very tricky. I intentionally made the scrambled code start off with READ COW just to throw you guys off and apparently it worked very well. There were still some great guesses including ‘welcome card’ and ‘calm cowherd’. Very creative wrong answers. 🙂


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