2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



RE: Some questions for bloggers who get 25k+ pageviews a month. 




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  • 1) What is your blog name?.

Space Dock 13

also known as

EK's Star Log

have changed hosts and url names multiple times before finally settling on EelKat.com in 2013

The reason for settling on that url was obvious - it's my name.

In the early days I was using a place name from one of my books. (Space Dock 13 is a space station in one of my novels). By 2003 fans were call me "EK" and referring to my blog as a "Star Log" (a term from Star Trek) so in 2003 it was renamed EK's Star Log and some people still call it that.

If you are asking about names to try to figure out your own name...

It's actually best practice to create a brand name of under 8 letters. When I say brand name, think:

eBay.com (4 letters)

Amazon.com (6 letters)

Tumblr.com (6 letters)

BuzzFeed.com (8 letters)

Reddit.com (6 letters)

ProBlogger.com (10 letters)

FaceBook.com (8 letters)

Twitter.com (7 letters)

Zazzle.com (6 letters)

Yelp.com (4 letters)

Google.com (6 letters)

Bing.com (4 letters)

Yahoo.com (5 letters)

In every case a made up "gibberish-type" (on first appearances) name with no connection to the site topic at all (until you read the About page that tells how they came up with the name and go: "wow, that's actually makes sense!"). But easy to remember, easy for visitors to manually type, and unique enough that it's hard to mimic.

My own SBI site? In 2013 I was changing hosts and changing urls. The niche seed word topic I originally started out with is: "How to be a better a writer", which then evolved to "How to write dark fantasy novels".

So, you'd think my url would be either:

how-to-be-a-better-writer.com

how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com (31 letters)

So what is my current url?

EelKat.com (6 letters)

Why?

Because 6 letters is easy to remember and promote.

For the first 3 years of my site I had bot-blockers in place and refused to all Google, Bing, etc to index my pages. Instead relying 100% on organic traffic instead of search traffic. (organic traffic means, the visitor typed the url directly, as opposed to typed a search term and found the url). How did I get traffc those first 3 years?

My website is painted on my car as can clearly be seen in these pictures of my car:

and as you can see I repaint it every year so you never know what it'll look like from one picture to the next.

It's also painted on my motorhome, as seen here:

As you can see the letters on the side of the motorhome are over a foot tall and can be seen from quite some distance away.

Now, think of how hard it would be for to paint how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com in foot tall letters across my mototorhome, verses EelKat.com instead?

We being carnival Gypsies, the RV gets parked at festivals, carnivals, fairs, side shows, etc all over New England, and why have a plan white RV when you can have a 22 foot long neon pink billboard that screams EelKat.com across the side?

Bigger then on the side of my motorhome is the "billboards" in my yard. (currently 3, they change constantly) and are made out of queen sized bed sheets:

Because I live on a beach

in a town that gets 2 million tourists every June/July/Agust, and as many as 10,000 people walk by my driveway/car/motorhome on their way to reach the beach, that means, a lot of people see the url eeklat.com and wonder "what the heck is that?" and search it on their phones while sitting on the beach.

Now, think of how hard it would be for eople to remember how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com verses EelKat.com instead when it comes to typing it in on their phone once they get set up on the beach?

Because I am a retail merchandiser and travel 100+ miles a day to multiple WalMarts, walGreens, & CVSs all over the state, my car is seen by a lot of shoppers as well.

Because I'm an author who CosPlays my novels' characters at gaming/comic book conventions

and, just around town when going shopping at walMart, eating at McDonalds, etc and stuff because I'm OtherKin

(Yes, that is how I dress every day, 24/7 - since 1987)

this results in me handing out 100+ business cards a day, as people are constantly running up to me asking to get a picture with me and my car, and wanting to know where they can find out more about me, my car, and my over the top outlandish costume, and I just hand them a business card.

Now, try to imagin what how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com looks like printed on a business card - long and clunky, vs EelKat.com instead, short and sweet. I mean think about it... on a business card, you ain't got much room to work with... most companies have a limit to how many characters per line and the limit is usually 18 characters or less.

Yie! :( :o :shock:

That means if I had gone with how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com (31 letters) instead of EelKat.com (6 letters)

I wouldn't be able to print up business cards, due to the fact that a 31 letter url is longer then the 18 character maximum space limit per line.

To get business cards with a long url, I would have had to break it up putting half the url on each line!

Like this:

how-to-write-dark

-fantasy-novels.co

m

THAT^ it was that looks like! To fit that url on a business card, it would need to be broken up into 3 lines! Look at that poor lonely "m" all by itself.




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So, when choosing a url you need to consider too, any promotional issues that may come up, like is your url too long to print on a business card?

What about buttons, pens, mugs, postcards, t-shirts, etc? (Yes I use those as well. When I said I do heavy duty offline promoting, because offline promotion brings in way more traffic then is possible with online promotion... I mean I REALLY do a LOT of super heavy duty offline promoting... my url is printed on more than 200 different types of products, thanks to Zazzle.com's ability to make your own promo materials on everything from sneakers to yoga pants to dogfood bowls to shower curtains... yes, my url is on shower curtains and yoga pants! I think most people don't realize the level of offline marketing I do, and think it's just limited to handing out business cards.)

Then there are design features. Yep. That's a thing.

Have someone write out your url in fancy hand painted calligraphy. What does it look like?

I know, it's not a thing the average site owner thinks about, but it's a thing I thought about, because I'm the type of person who likes to think of every possible angle. :P

Well, it turns out, in calligraphy, my url looks like a dragonfly, so, I went and had a calligraphic dragonfly shaped logo made up and started using it on t-shirts and yoga pants as an all over print. You know, the way Coco Chanel made the double "c" logo everyone knows as soon as they see it?

Short urls can easily be made into logos. The longer the url, the more difficult it becomes to turn the url itself into a logo.

This offline promotion resulted in my site consistently have around 14,000 page views a month, right out the starting gate, all of them 100% organic, manually direct typed url, without any traffic coming from search engines at all.

Then there is online promotion. I have 300+ social network and forum accounts. I'm member of tons of online writer groups and chats and message boards. When ever I add a new page on my site, it gets promoted to various ones of them, depending on the topic of the page and the rules of the group in question. My site adds 1 to 3 new pages every day.

Now, just think of how tedious it would get to type how-to-write-dark-fantasy-novels.com/long-tail-keyword-page-topic 30 or 40 or 50 times a day vs eelkat.com/long-tail-keyword-topic-of-page?

Keeping in mind that I'm not just randomly spam posting links to my site on these paces either, but rather I'm writing long posts (like the one you are reading right now) answering someone's question. I write at minimum 10 of these long forum posts a day, and only 1, maybe 2 of them will contain a link back to my site.

I have never bought ads or traffic for my site, and have always done my own offline and online promotions (mostly offline). And having a short 6 letter url has made it a lot easier for me to get my marketing done, because I'm not having to constantly try to remember "Now did I put a hyphen there are an underscore; did I use a or the between them?" etc. With a simple, easy to remember, 6 letter word for my domain name, I'm able to get my marketing and promoting done easy.

I ending up gaining 16,000 backlinks (mostly from page viewers sharing pages on Twitter, FaceBook, Tumblr, and Reddit) from casual viewers linking back to me. The power of organic link building can be seen in search engines later. By keeping the site blocked from bots and search indexes for the first 3 years, and by having nothing but manually typed traffic and social network backlinks, when I removed the bot blockers, Bing indexed 500+ pages of my site in less ten 48 hours of it having access to do so, and Google had 700+ pages indexed in under a week.

Neither Bing nor Google will index a site under 6 months old, so your first 6 months you aren't being indexed anyways, and Google actually puts meta data around new urls (under 3 years old) to force them very low in search results (because 90% of all websites get shut down within 3 years by a webmaster who looked for instant online income and gave up; and thus Google classifies every site under 3 years old as not worth indexing because it has not yet proved it'll stick around). Which is the reason for blocking bots the first 3 years, because once the site is 3 years old, it no longer is at risk of being forced down in search results just for being too young any more, and it's easier to NOT get dinged by Google in the first place, then it is to convince Google to unding (I've been building websites since 1997 btw, so that's why I knew to block bots right out the gate when starting my SBI site in 2013.) But that's me going off topic again...

Back on topic...

The point is, people don't like to be made to think, when it comes to finding info. If they wanted to think, they'd do research, and would not be on the internet to begin with. If a person is searching the internet for answers instead of heading to the library to do real research in books, then that person is only looking to be told something, they want a canned food answer, not a home cooked meal, they want Ramen noodles in a cup not a thanksgiving dinner. They want the internet to spoon feed them answers so they don't have to do the work and find out for themselves.

People looking for hard core research are NOT on the internet looking for fast answers.

That brings us to the reason behind short urls.

The type of person who heads to the internet searching for help writing a novel, is also the type of person who'll never write a novel, because they can't even be bothered to type a long url. Authors are readers in addition to writers. They will read a long article and be upset by anyth page under 2,000 words.

Whereas the person who is just looking for the easy road to fast cash via novels, doesn't really want to learn how to write a novel and they will NOT take the time to read a 4,000 word article on how to write a novel, because they can't even be bothers to type a long url.

This means a lot of people on my site will leave soon as they realize they actually have to do the work of reading my how to write a novel articles (which are 20,000 words PER page long - the text count on my site is massive.) And it's okay by me for them to leave and go look for quick fix answers elsewhere because if they can't take the time to read, they certainly don't have the time to write a novel.

But... this is an example of the mind set of the average internet browser who is looking for the quick fix of someone else doing the work for them, not a lot of people read long articles, and they are the same people who don't type out long urls, and they make up the bulk of the internet traffic.

We who run websites, we want the readers who read our article, but we also need traffic.


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If you are living off AdSense, you want those fast click away types as well as the readers, because it's the fast click away types who click those ads that Google puts on your site. So while we want readers to read our content, we also want the fast paced browser who clicks away as well. And to pay the bills, we actually want more of those, thus we need a short url to attract them to us.

So we as webmasters give them the processed baby mush they ask for: urls of 8 letters of less.

Let's go back to amazon for example.

What is their site topic?

international online book seller

so, had they named their url after their topic, their would be have had

international-online-book-seller.com (38 letters) instead of amazon.com, right?

Well, those people who make up the bulk of internet browsers... you know, the ones who want instant noodles instead of a 5 course meal? How many of them do you think would take the time to manually type out "international-online-book-seller.com" (38 letters) every time they wanted to buy a book?

The answer? None of them.

Do a search on Google and Bing for that search term. (international online book seller) and you will find that there are millions of booksellers online who ship internationally. MILLIONS. And yet, most of them are unheard of and rank low in search results.

Why?

Because most of them are using long tail urls as their primary domain name.

Because most of them have 4 or 5 words domain name urls of 20 to 50 letters and nobody is going to type that out. It takes less time to cook Ramen cup o soup noodles then it does takes to type out the domain names of some of those sites.

Think of it this way: if you can pour water over instant noodles faster then you can type your domain name, then your domain name is too long, no matter what your topic is.

And THAT is why sites like Amazon reign king, because it's easier for lazy browsers (who make up the majority of internet browsers) to type "Amazon.com" then it is for them to type "international-online-book-seller.com". Amazon's domain name is the instant noodles url of booksellers.

  • 2)How long have you been blogging?.

My site was started in August 17, 1997, so just crossed the 20th anniversary this year.

I checked in August of this year (2017) and at that point it now has 9,772 posts. However that number has gone up obviously.

It'll cross 10k posts before the end of the year.

  • 3) How did u start getting views on your blog?was it gradual growth overtime or was there an inflection point after a post went viral?

Gradual growth over time. I've never really done anything to promote in before 2010 and by that point is had already had a post go viral (in 2007)

I'm an author of Epic Fantasy (main character is an Elf wizard with his unicorn; 130+ novels and 2,000+ short stories in the series which first started in 1978 - next year will be it's 40th anniversary), am an artist (watercolour, acrylics), art car builder, costume designer, CosPlayer, YouTuber (vlogger and gamer) and doll maker. My site started out in 1997 as an author home page for my books, it has moved host several times. Crashed WordPress servers when it reached 9,772 pages, and so I moved it to SBI in 2013. Currently 1,508 pages are moved to SBI... the Wordpress site is still live, but each page is being deleted as it get moved, so eventually the WP site will be gone once all 9,772 pages are moved to SBI.

The topics of my blog & site are:

  • how to write Dark Fantasy
  • how to write Yaoi
  • how to write Bizarro
  • how to create characters for your novels
  • world building for authors
  • creating magic systems
  • writing Elves and wizards
  • how to publish your novel
  • how to win NaNoWriMo from an 11 time winner
  • SEO for authors
  • web building for authors
  • successful blogging tips for authors
  • Cosplaying your own characters at conventions
  • the history of my town (Old Orchard Beach, Maine)
  • the history of my family, The Scottish Gypsies (owners of the World's Most Haunted Car and featured in multiple Stephen King movies including Christine and The Thinner which was filmed on my farm)

The bulk of my income is of course sales of my books and art.

Income from my blog is as follows (in order from top/most to bottom/least income):

  • my art on Zazzle products
  • AdSense from my YouTube vlog videos embedded on my site
  • my books for sale (both paperbacks and ebooks)(Novels, non-fiction books, and short stories)
  • my crafts/dolls/etc for sale on eTsy (often made with my Spoonflower fabrics)
  • designing fabric for Spoonflower
  • my art on CafePress products
  • Share-a-Sale Affiliate Program
  • LinkShare Affiliate Program
  • Commision Junction Affiliate Program
  • AdSense ads on my site
  • Amazon affiliates

It was slow at the beginning. First starting out there were months with only 10 views the whole month. I didn't start getting more stable/consistent views until about 3 years after I started, and then it was maybe 100 to 500 views a month.

It's definitely something you have to stick with a long time, and be very dedicated to doing. You want to be blogging for the love of doing it, because the first 3 to 5 years, you are going to be doing it for almost no views and no income.

If you ever pay attention to the bloggers making a full time income at it, they are always very old blogs that started before 2005. Nearly every one of them are minimum 12 years old. And nearly every one of them are quick to tell you they did not reach their levels of traffic or income overnight. And nearly every one of says they stuck with it minimum 3 years before seeing any results in traffic and minimum 5 years before they could live off their blog.

Most of my marketing is offline marketing as explained above, and it's MASSIVE. My online marketing is almost non-existent. Online, I just share each new page on my Twitter, FaceBook, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Reddit Profile Page minutes after it is published and then more or less forget about it and let it sink, swim, or soar of it's own accord.

Because of my offline marketing... when my site changed servers/hosts/url in 2013, even without being in the Google index, I was getting 14,000+ visitors a month right out the gate.

Right now my site fluctuates between 10,000 views a month on slow months and 77,000 views a month on high traffic months, with most months staying around 22,000

  • 4)how many times do you post/week?

How many times do I post PER WEEK? LOL! Try asking that question again, instead saying: How many times do you post per DAY.

I post at minimum once a day, 3 to 4 posts a daily is pretty normal, though as many as 10 posts a day, not that unusual.

Side note: NONE of my posts are under 2,000 words long, MOST are 4,000 words or more, and my most trafficed posts of all time have the following word counts:

  • I would really appreciate if i can get some answers on this.

If you are looking for some "secret to success" via keywords and SEO, there really is none.

I have succeeded where many failed, because I stuck with it and never gave up.

If you want to do what I do, the secret to success is this:

  • motivation
  • dedication
  • determination
  • discipline

With those things, you can succeed in ANY topic, with no knowledge of keywords or SEO.