Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
How To Place KeyWords On Your Page
You should have at least 1 primary keyword, 5 similar keywords, and up to 10 synonymous keywords for EACH page of your site.
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD (and preferably ONLY word) of the url. The url mysite.com/SEO is going to outrank mysite.com/the-top-10-best-ways-to-rank-in-seo
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the title
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the header <h1>
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the subheaders <h2>, <h3>, and <h4>
The page's primary keyword should be in the first 90 word of the first paragraph, preferably in the first 7 words.
The page's primary keyword should be in the first 100 words of EACH paragraph on the page.
The page's primary keyword should appear 1 time per 100 words AND there should be synonymous of it 2 to 3 times in every paragraph.
Google will NEVER index a page with fewer then 400 words and will take longer to index an article of 1,000 words or less. Google is quicker to index pages with 2,000 words or more, giving preference to articles in the 2,500 to 3,400 word count range, indexing them faster and higher ranked.
A site that focuses all it's articles on ONE primary topic, and has tiered articles with 3 to 5 similar but on focus sub topics, received higher ranking and faster indexing then one with lots of topics and no clear focus (Tier 1 being topic 1, tier 2 being topic 2, tier 3 being topic 3)
(for example my own site has a primary topic of: how to write fantasy novels; sub topics are writing Yaoi, writing Erotica, and self publishing - 4 separate topics, all closely connected)
(Notice too that I said A primary topic, not THE primary topic. While writing is a primary topic found on this site, the primary topic is Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Pay attention to differences in THE primary topic of your site and a primary topic which is one of many lesser topics; each of the above having sub-topics. Additional tiers include the fact that each sub-topic in turn has smaller sub-sub-topics within them. Think of you site in layers like this and you can have many topics covered, all within the umbrella of your one biggest topic.)
You need to pick a niche, a single topic, with a couple of sub-topics, and focus just on that, targeting one specific keyword for each article, aiming to have 500 different keywords about a single topic, with 500 pages on your site about that one topic, each page 2,000+ word each.... BEFORE Google is going to give your site any sort of high ranking.
From the few dozen pages I clicked open, most of your site appears to be lists, none of them unique. No different from the millions of other nearly identical lists on millions of other nearly identical websites.
What are you an expert in? Write about it.
What is your favorite hobby? Write about it.
What issues are near and dear to your heart? Gay rights? Animal rights? Speak out. Speak up. Write about it, whatever it is. Feel your passion burn within you and unleash that passion in a firey fury upon the world.
Be unique. Be you. Let your voice be heard.
You have the start of a good site, now expand on it. Narrow your focus. Look deep into your heart of hearts, to find the REAL you, the TRUE you, and let that person out to write lots of content for your site. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Break the mold. Be unique. Make Google WANT to send traffic to you.
Think about it this why: If your site doesn't stand out from the rest, then WHY should Google send traffic to you?
Give Google a REASON to send traffic to you and not the other guy.
Basically you have set up a foundation that needs work to build a strong structure out of. You are off to a great start, but it's just that: A start, you have a long ways to go before you build your tower tall enough to see over the tops of the trees. Your site as it is now is a foundation, now you need to build upon it and make it bigger, better, and stronger.
If you are reading this and asking: "What the heck is an AdSense ad? How would I know one if I saw one?"
THIS is an AdSense ad...
Ads by Google
Note that, we've been approved by Google to test out a new type of Google ad program, that displays "intelligent" and "responsive" ads based off of YOUR internet browsing search history, showing you ads based of YOUR interests.
These new AI ads are part of Google's artificial intelligence program, known as RankBrain, and are displayed based on which web site you've visited in the last 28 days, as well as items you've bought off online stores, and any search terms you've typed into your browser. We at EelKat.com have no control over what ads this AI ad program displays, as the ads are based off your browser history and not our web site topics.
So, I have no idea what it is Google is going to stick in that box there. It'll be based entirely off what type of web sites you have visited, searched for, and bought from in the past 28 days.
AdSense by the way, is my third best income earner, bringing in around 10% of my total monthly income.
And if you are asking, how is an AdSense ad different from an Affiliate ad?"
THIS is an affiliate ad...3 different ones...
Unlike AdSense ads which are PPC (Pay Per Click) affiliate ads are Pay Per Sale. They pay a percentage of the costs of items bought by the visitor.
NOTE: ALL affiliates you see on EelKat.com are products I use and/or companies I have bought from myself. You will never see an affiliate link on this site, for items and companies that I have not personally tried.
I was an Avon Sale Rep for 16 years and one thing I learned doing that was to never promote a product or company you didn't feel comfortable backing.
For example, as the founder of the Proctor & Gamble Boycott, you will never see P&G products promoted here.
You also see a lot of "hippie companies" like Magic Cabin and HearthSong, because Magic Cabin and HaerthSong are two of my fave companies, each a company I've been buying from for decades.
How much do they pay depends on the company, the ad clicked on, the products bought, and the agreement signed by the site owner. Income varies from .01% to .70% depending on the company and their terms. When you sign up for affiliates, be sure to read all the fine print because pay varies dramatically from one company to the next.
Also... be careful of using too many affiliates. March 28, 2017 Google unleashed and update known as FRED, and it's KILLING content sites, specifically content sites that focus on banner ads. Since the release of FRED. if you put banner ads above the fold, it's an automate black list from Google.
As already stated in several other articles EelKat.com was not effected by FRED. The reason being because The Nexus Tax, a law passed in Maine that BANNED affiliate marketing.
FRED was released March 28, 2017... by site was not effected because it had NO affiliate banners on it, so, FRED had no reason to bother it.
The law banning affiliate marketing in the State of Maine (passed August 2013) was over ruled April 4, 2017. Yay! As of April 7, 2017, this web site is now monetized with affiliate links, something you never saw here before.
Also, important to note that if you use affiliate income, the federal government regulates those and you must have proper disclaimer in place, regarding them.
Laws require that we place this notice on our site informing you of this change.
You can find out more about the FTC Laws at:
Before the law banning affiliate income in Maine, this was a big income earner for me.
At the moment however, the option has only been available to us Maine residents for less then 30 days, so at the moment it is undetermined, what so of income affiliates will be for EelKat.com as this is the first time this particular site has ever had affiliates.
And if you are asking, how are AdSense ads and affiliate ads different from an Amazon ad?"
THIS is an Amazon ad...
Eye of The Grigoi
Eye of the Watchers
Eye of God
Hand of God
Eye of Protection
A type of affiliate ad, Amazon allows you to select individual products, instead of just promoting banners.
Back in my Squidoo days, (before Maine's ban on affiliate marketing) I was making far more money from Amazon affiliates then anything else. This was my #1 income earner from 2004 to 2013. Now that Maine gov has lifted the ban on affiliate marketing, this will likely once again become the #1 income earner, once I have time to reset up the links I had on my previous sites.
And this is a different style Amazon ad:
And if you ask, how are all those different from Direct Sales?
Here is a Direct Sales product from Zazzle...
Everything you see on Zazzle is paintings, drawings, and photography made by me.
Unlike AdSense, which is pay per click, and affiliates, which pay me a percentage of what their customers bought after clicking the banner, direct sales are a full 100% income.
Direct sales (not to be confused with drop shipping, which is a different thing entirely) means the product is made by you and sold only by you and not available any where else.
Art sold by an artist = direct sales.
Books sold by the author = direct sales.
This means the artist or author makes all the money from the sale.
In my case, I am using Zazzle's service to sell my products for me, so I don't have to deal directly with costumers. Because they do that part, they keep a percentage of the sales. (So the opposite of an affiliate program, when I get a percent of the sale, they in turn get a percent of the sale. Because Zazzle also creats the prints, they take a cut for that as well; in the end meaning they keep quite a large cut... 55%, with me keeping 45% of the sale price; in other words a $100 print makes me $45 per sale)
Zazzle btw, is my #1 income earner, bringing in more then 50% of my total monthly income.
And here is Direct Sales product from Amazon Kindle...
Same as Zazzle, Amazon's Kindle, because I allow Amazon to handle the customer service, they keep a cut of the sales. (They take 30% of cover price, meaning I earn 70% of cover price. Meaning for a $4.99 book I earn $3.49 per sale.)
Kindle is my #2 income earner, bringing in about 35% of my total monthly income.
Those are all methods I use to monetize this website.
When you see links like those anywhere on my site, those are the links which make money.
But as you can see, AdSense is far from my big income earner.
Same as every one else, Direct Sales is for me, a much bigger income then AdSense or Affiliates, and again, this is why you see me promoting Direct Sales far above and beyond, promoting ads or affiliates, because it's been proven again and again, that AdSense and Affiliates can't touch the income of Direct Sales.
Unlike the internet marketers who hype up their fake "incomes" to sell you 4 page "reports" for the "great low price of $199.99", I am fully transparent with my income and what I do to get it. Telling you exactly what worked for me, how and why, as well as what didn't work for me, how and why.
I give you actual income figures, not the fake figures of tens of thousands each week shown by the very same "internet marketers" who can also be found posting on the Warrior's Forum asking questions like: "I can't get traffic; I can't make money; what am I doing wrong?"
- uhm... how can you sell a report saying you earn $25,000 a week AND post on WF saying you are struggling to earn $100 a year? Something's not right there. Scams like that need to stop.