There hasn’t been a whole lot of change in search engine numbers, but from browsing the vBSEO forums it looks like it takes a couple weeks to see more dramatic changes.
site:gamingvidz.com (Google) stayed the sameÂ at 33,400
site:gamingvidz.com (Yahoo) up 708 to 10,782
site:gamingvidz.com (MSN) down 13 to 107
Â Overall, I expected no change in these numbers this early. I will repost next Monday and include google analytics graphs from before the vBSEO installation, as well as, after the vBSEO installation.
After you file to form an LLC you still have to fill out a master business application, so I did that a few moments ago. The last step will be to apply for an FEIN (Federal Employee Identification Number). Most people just call it an EIN.
In any case, I also applied for some in text advertising programs. You’ve probably heard of them before, Kontera and Intellitxt. I’m pretty sure I’ll get accepted as GamingVidz receives well over 500,000 page views a month – a figure both programs require to even be considered in the first place. I’ve heard good things from other forum administrators and believe it will be a great way to add another revenue stream to the site without a lot of work. I’ll let you know when I hear back from them.
I took some time to file for an LLC in Washington this morning. I’m not sure about other states, but Washington’s site was easy to navigate, find what I was looking for, and file to form an LLC online . I expected to spend a lot of time figuring out not only where to go to form an LLC, but how to do it; however, it turned out to be relatively easy. It was pretty expensive at $195 though, but not nearly as expensive as it would cost you to file through one of those stupid “Form a Business in 3 Steps” sites. Before I got onto the various government sites this morning I browsed around a little on Google to see if there were companies that can do most of the legwork for you and there were a ton. Every one of these sites had package deals for forming corporations with some costing as much as $399! Do yourself a favor, if you’re looking to form a business in any state wether it’s a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC or whatever, avoid doing so through these sites that require you to pay them just to file the paperwork that you can easily do for yourself on your respective state’s websites.
Anyway, I should be hearing back from them in 24 – 48 hours at which time I will be able to finish off the other steps to form the business. I still have to apply for a Federal Tax ID number (EIN) and fill out a few more forms, but I’ve been meaning to do this for a while so I’m glad it’s taken care of. I wanted to get everything taken care of so that I can apply to some ad networks that require you to be a company to apply, but also to take care of all the tax stuff etc.
The primary focus of my blog is to help my fellow webmasters increase their forum traffic and in turn their revenue. So when I heard thatÂ vBSEOÂ had aÂ 48 hour sale to celebrate the release of vBSEO 3.0 Gold I jumped at the opportunity to itÂ at a cheaper price. A license of vBSEO usually costs $149, but at the beginning of the two day sale they were just $117 each.Â Either way, I’ve heardÂ so many good things about the plugin that I was going to buy them for $149 each anyway butÂ then the sale came along, so I caught a break andÂ picked up two licenses.Â The first site IÂ installed vBSEO on wasÂ GamingVidz.com and I did so on April 14th 2007. I am using a few different plugin’s on there for the video database, so it required a little more custom work that I had to finish up the next day.
In any case I should have done these numbers before I installed vBSEO, but I don’t think thatÂ being two days late will really matter. Here are the results from a site:gamingvidz.com search on various search engines:
site:gamingvidz.com (Google) 34,300 results
site:gamingvidz.com (Yahoo) 10,074 results
site:gamingvidz.com (MSN) 120 results
Â I will be tracking these numbers weekly, but I’m also going to be tracking other data through Google Analytics and AWStats such as where the traffic comes from and how many of the people that come to the site are new visitors or returning ones. Obviously the returning visitor count is pretty big because GamingVidz.com is a forum, but I’m most interested in seeing how many more new visitors come to the site as a result of finding us through a search engine.
I’m still finishing up several different projects right now and have been really busy. Soon this will be a great source for you to learn new ways to increase your forum traffic. Head on over to my about page to read my journey as an entrepreneur.