Convert Podcasts to Text

Podcasting (aka making digital audio files kind of like a downloadable radio show) is big business these days. With the number of iPods and other MP3 players, podcasting is fast becoming a popular way to gain some online fame. But what about search engines? If podcasting is an audio file, how are the engines going to find them and send traffic to my website?

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Have no fear, the Transcribr from Enablr is here! Transcribr is an online podcast transcription service designed to turn your hard earned audio content into the precious searchable text that search engines use to categorize and funnel traffic to your site. For the fee of $1/minute of podcast, Transcribr will convert your podcast into text and send you an html file and corresponding CSS stylesheet for integration with your website. If you have a heavy audio content website, you can easily convert all your hard earned content and publish it in a complimentary format.

If this kind of thing is up you alley, consider using Transcribr Pro which will monitor your podcast RSS feed for updates and automatically reproduce your content.

Crazyegg Heatmap and Ad Placement

crazyegg logoOne of my new favorite Web 2.0 tools is a user activity monitoring tool from crazyegg. There are several javascript based applications that can track what links/images your users are clicking on, but crazyegg has taken it to a whole new level. Their userface is intuitive, the free account is certainly worthwhile and the data you can gather is fantastic.

My favorite offering from the crazyegg tool is a heatmap which shows you which links are getting the most clicks with an easy to understand graphical interface. Not only does the tool show you which links are getting clicks, but the actual placement on the screen where those clicks are occurring. In just a few days I’ve started to see trends among my users wherein they gravitate and click on specific words more frequently than others.

Below I’ve taken a screenshot of the tracking campaign I’m running for, my role playing games website. This particular screenshot represents 1,199 visits and 289 clicks on the page. I’m particularly pleased with this tracking information because it shows that my ad placement for this page is spot on!

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Niche Market Landrace

In recent news, larger megalithic websites like Google, MSN and Yahoo! have been losing traffic and web presence to smaller more niche oriented sites with focused user bases. We’re already seeing a shift in attitude of the larger sites as they make moves to harness the marketing power of millions of individual websites and stop trying to draw traffic away from them.

One program poised to lead the way in this Internet revolution is Google’s widely disparaged AdSense program. Google is currently the #1 search engine and serves more than 50% of Internet search engine traffic. If it were to monopolize the search engine market and double in size to 100%, where would it go from there? Google has already addressed this issue by instituting their AdSense program that allows their company to have presence and control over not one, but millions of websites.

This process of diversification is facilitated by new web standards, RSS and XML feeds, and open source community software. As it becomes easier to establish an online presence, individual markets become more focused and competitive.

If you haven’t carved out your own place on the net, you are losing your opportunities. The good niches are going fast and the rest won’t be around forever. With such emphasis placed on the age of a website and the effort it takes to establish one, it will be difficult for newcomers to plant a foothold and make an impact further down the line.

Webserver Downtime and Profitability

Web server outages are a fact of life for website owners and online entrepreneurs. Site downtime means lost customers and less advertising revenue, but can also lead to a backlash from online search engines. Search engines crawl your site on a daily basis checking for new content, but also to see if your site is up and running.

Typically, most search engines build a small amount of downtime or website inaccessibility into their algorithms, but if a search spider is continually visiting a site that’s out of commission it will be reflected in the search results and can negatively impact your traffic.

Consider using a website up time monitoring service like or something similar. There are several freeware programs that can be implemented on off site servers if you have one available to you.


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