The Keyword Blogger Found his Niche! Like it?

by Alex on January 1, 2011

Like where the keyword blogger is heading in 2011

I debated whether the Title should have a question mark or not, because what I secretly want you to do is ‘Like’ my new FaceBook Page, but since that would come across as perhaps too forceful – I did not want to go that route. Besides, commentLuv does not pickup questions marks (have you noticed?) so it will look for all intents and purposes like I am making a request every time I make a comment.

Perfect :)

First of all – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year from Alex Whalley.com

2011 is upon us already and I for one cannot believe how quickly 2010 flew by. Harrison will be 3 in a few months! I mean – whoa! That certainly puts it into perspective for me.

With a New Year Comes a New Direction

niche site guy reminds me of Duff man

"New Directions Make Duff Man Go Oh Yeah!...DuffMan"

I started this Blog in February of 2010, so it is coming close to a year old now – and in that time I have established myself as the Keyword and Niche Site Marketing Blogger. I also somehow lost the Niche Site Marketing Bit in most instances because of a combination of Laziness and most feeds inability to pick up that many characters, but that’s neither here nor there.
Well now that 2011 is here it is time to shed that title and begin the transformation no, Metamorphosis! Into the Niche Site Guy. (OK not THAT precisely. In fact, not that at all! Makes me think of DuffMan or something… “Niche Sites, Oooh yeahhhh!”)

Where was I? Oh yeah; So without further ado I give you -

Build | Rank | Profit

You may have already noticed that I have started to make some small changes to my Blog, and one of these changes includes the addition of a Like Facebook Plugin (see it on the right hand sidebar – and click Like if you would be so kind :) )I am also waiting on a new Skin I am getting customised for Thesis . The reason I am still waiting is because I have a new logo being designed as we speak (by LogoNerds who kindly contributed this service as one of the prizes for winning the TechnShare Guest Post Contest)

Teaching you how to build, rank and profit from niche sites

Sneak peek at new Logo Design and Tagline

All of the changes are simply to keep in line with both the new Tagline and the new colour scheme. The Post Schedule and general Make Money Online niche will remain much the same, but as my own Niche Site Empire grows, the content on my blog will focus around its resulting successes, failures and everything in between. Keyword Research and SEO will still feature heavily because as you know, you can’t Build, Rank or Profit from a Niche Site without them!

Plans | Goals for 2011 include:

  • A New E-Course that will provide a Step by Step Guide to Building, Ranking and Ultimately – Profiting from a Niche Site.
    This will be provided through Aweber as an email follow up series to those who subscribe – but those already on my list will receive it in a .pdf format
  • Bringing the Focus Back to the Niche Sites themselves
    This does not mean less for you. On Cont-rare mon ami. This means more focused content for you.
  • Building BuRP! Consulting – a Sydney Based SEO Company.
    Recently I started my own SEO Company, BuRP! Consulting – and this name BuRP! was derived from the acronym: Build | Rank | Profit.
  • Becoming more Active in the Blogosphere
    I may not Comment, but if I like it I will share it – and as a moderator over at BloKube.com I am always on the lookout for quality content.
  • Learn some Technical HTMLPhpCss (Pronounced: Hutamulla-fipakuss)!
    The one thing that has held me back all year is my inability to get my head around the technical side to blogging. It’s time to Code Up!
  • Jump on the Facebook Bandwagon
    It starts with this new page and so begins my foray into the world of Facebook. (without a Farm or a War) I intend on actively engaging with my readers on the page and using it to build the profile of both Alex Whalley the Brand and BuRP! Consulting the Company.

So What Do You Think?

tell me what you think about my new blog directionThe first thing I should ask is Do you Like it? If so then I think we are far enough down the page now that the new Like Widget is just about level with us to the right :) How convenient. I mean – “Please Like Me” (pathetic enough?)

  • Do you like where this Blog is heading in 2011?
  • What Do You Think of the (potential 0f) the new look?
  • Do You have any Major Plans for your own blogging in 2011?
  • How do you fold a fitted sheet? (I Mean Honestly?!)

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

TheInfoPreneur January 1, 2011 at 5:20 AM

Hey Alex,
Hey, I love the stuff you have going on over here. I’m still trying to figure out how to best merge my offline internet stuff, with my online internet stuff. I like your BURP stuff…pretty cool.

Hope you have a great new years, and talk soon.

PS. I really like the new logo. Looks great!

Take care,
Brandon

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Thanks Brandon!

Look forward to connecting more in 2011

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Ana @ Internet Marketing Tools January 1, 2011 at 5:30 AM

Go, Alex!

I was wondering if I should do a “goal” post, but then decided it’s much more fun without them. :) Go with the flow and be surprised.

I bet you had a lot of that in 2010 as well. :)

Love the logo by the way!

I sent a reader from my blog the other day to you: he was interested in Amazon sites and you are the man in my book for that. So you see, you never know where your next sale might come from – fun, fun, fun…

Happy New Year to you as well and look forward to be surprised by your incredible content and never-ending personality!

Ana

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Hey Ana,

Thanks so much for your support throughout 2010, it’s good to have someone like you keeping me on my toes.
You are absolutely killing it and I have all but given up trying to keep up with you LOL

I really appreciate the comment and having you around Ana. You’re an asset to the blogosphere :)

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mark@choose a niche January 1, 2011 at 5:32 AM

Hi Alex,

I really like the new color scheme & logo! Also, your new focus sounds like a grand idea. Certainly, I am looking forward to the new pdf – I like all pdfs. Great job writing down your goals (I am actually writing mine tonight as the clock rings midnight).

As far as the folding of a sheet goes, there is no right answer. It is not possible to fold one without cutting off the sides. I tend to just put them in the back of the closet so no one (e.g., my wife) sees that I have no idea of how to fold them. These are the things we must live with in today’s world…

One more thing. I am very much in favor of you learning Hutamulla-fipakuss.

Have a good day!

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Hey Mark!
Glad you like the new logo – you know what I would have to do to you if you didn’t…
Cutting of the sides of the fitted sheet LOL, then it’s just a sheet. Kind of like a sack with holes in it is technically a T shirt.

Thanks for your support Mark – really awesome that you’re back again mate

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Erik Emanuelli @ FreeMakeMoneyAdvice January 1, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Well, heppy nwe Year and good luck for every new project you have in your mind !

To the success

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Thanks Erik, and same to you my friend – I appreciate all your support throughout 2010

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Wendy Jane Whalley January 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hi Alex,

I too wish you a wonderful start to new things in 2011 – may it be the beginning of a whole new phase of growth, maturity and prosperity.

As for folding a fitted sheet, the first person you should have asked is your fount of all knowledge, your Mum! Next time you come over, I will show you how it is done!

2011 is your year for networking – both online and in person – use everything and everyone that you can for support and growth – you have given it to so many others in many ways, it is your turn to get something back.

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Thanks Mum! Oh, and the reason you keep getting the ‘stupid email updates’ is because you obviously checked the box to receive updates when someone comments on the post LOL
Oh, and the only reason I allow myself to simply throw the fitted sheet into the cupboard is because I know no other way – please don’t change that.
Ignorance is bliss in the fitted sheet world.

Thanks again Mother, you are my best friend and mentor – I love you :)

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Jazz Salinger January 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Hi Alex,

Happy New Year!

I love your new logo. It looks fantastic and I love what you’re planning to do with your blog this year. I can’t wait to get my hands on your new e-course.

It’s going to be an awesome year!

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Hells yeah its gonna be an awesome year!

Thanks Jazz for living things up (no pun intended – OK maybe a little)

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Patricia@lavenderuses January 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Hi Alex

Love the new logo; probably cos blue was my favourite colour….up until recently. Can’t have a lavender blog and say go blue now can I?!

Great goals and I look forward to where you are taking all this. I have set my goals for 2011 and will post on Tuesday.

Kudos to you for putting it out there that you are going to learn code. Definitely not on my list and I’m just relieved I’ve met enough helpful techies who will code for me ;-)

May all your plans and more come to fruition in 2011 Alex. I so appreciated all your support and encouragement for my small niche blog and me in 2010.

BTW The only one I didn’t enjoy reading was the less comments….whenever you visit my sweet smelling blog you always add to the conversation.

Patricia Perth Australia

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Thanks Patricia! I wasn’t sure if you would like it because it hasn’t got any lavender in it :)
Can’t stay and chat though, need to go and visit… and COMMENT before you unleash the hounds :)

Take care Patricia – it has and continues to be a pleasure to have you in my circle of blog friends :)

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Steve Youngs January 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Hey Alex!

Spiffy looking logo, man. It’s kinda cool and sexy and yet still professional at the same time.

As for the fitted sheets, the way I see it, you have 2 possible solutions…

1) Get used to having them scrunched up in the linen closet.
2) Get somebody else to fold em (often this will result in more of #1)

Kind regards,
Steve

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Steve mate!
Love your feedback on the logo -from now on that’s how I am explaining it to people LOL

Thanks bro!
As for your answer to my last question – brilliant, absolutely brilliant LOL

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Lye Kuek Hin January 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Hi Alex,

The new logo looks great. Some solid goals you have set for yourself .

Learn some Hutamulla-fipakuss, sounds great. I believe this is one i need to set for myself too in 2011.

I wish you all the best and have a great year ahead.

Lye

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Thanks Lye.

Glad you are jumping on the Hutamulla-fipakuss bandwagon LOL!

Take care my friend, see you again soon

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Devesh Sharma January 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Awesome stuff man. You’re doing pretty cool work. As i said before, your logo really looks awesome.

I love the stuff you’re doing with BuRP Consulting.

Great to see you’re learning languages. First start html/css fromw3schools.org
then learn php !

As you’re getting new design, you should also go for a custom FB landing page and twitter. It really helps for branding purpose.

My goals for 2011 are
~Working on the seo of my blogs
~Creating a paid product
~Starting 2 new sites

Looking forward to your niche course man.

Thanks for sharing. Happy NEW Year. Hope you have more success in 2011.

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Hey Dev!

As usual, your support and comments are awesome and I am glad to have you on my side.
Thanks for the tips on the coding school – definitely checking them out :)
Of course, I could just pay you to do it all for me LOL

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Fran Aslam January 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Alex:

I am happy for you. I am moving in another directions also, but did not have the guts not to do what I was doing. I am still writing to make money, as I like writing, and it has scope, but I do not have the time. I started another gig, which I will talk later.
I actually I finalized it after two hours of 2011. I am excited.

Alex, I was wondering that you are so much ahead in networking what are you going to do about your key word niche ahead? When Google is the king of keywords, either you join horses with Google or simply follow. But since you are starting your own company,
and expanding yourself, this is perfect for you. May 2011 be the best year for you .

Good luck

fran A

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Thanks so much Fran!

Your comments are always so heartfelt and I have truly appreciated your support over the course of 2010. To our continued success in 2011 Fran :)

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Michael Pedzotti@tools for bloggers January 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

It looks great Alex. Your vision for 2011 looks to be ambitious and solid – I like the direction you’re taking.

I am working on niche sites linking to Amazon and eBay and maybe even CB as well as premium WP plugins. It is good to see you’re going to be dipping your toes into the code water.

Fitted sheets were designed in the early 1600′s when bedding wasn’t washed – it was just thrown away after 12 months of use – with plenty of frankincense in the meantime. You could try that with yours but be sure to check your life insurance and the pre-nup agreement are in order first.

Cheers, Michael

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Hey Michael,

Thanks for the comment mate – glad you appreciate the direction the blog is heading – and as for the code, I don’t think I will ever be at your level LOL
Oh and thanks for the history lesson on fitted sheets LOL That’s priceless that is

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Pritam @ SpeakAsiaOnline January 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

I liked your new settings and clicked on Like button so that I can get updated from facebook too. You have so many things for 2011 and it inspired to set some goal for myself.

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Thanks Pritam!

That’s really generous of you to say, and I’m glad you are inspired to do the same :)

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Murlu@Niche Site Ideas January 2, 2011 at 3:43 AM

Those are some proper ideas you’ve got there Alex – a few of ours kind of overlap so it should be interesting to see some healthy competition :P

I think the fresh design is a great direction – it’ll really get you boosted and I’m happy to see you’re going to be more active in the blogosheeehfunaf (hate that word) again!

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technosuman January 2, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Thank Alex! Great Firework. However choosing a right niche for promoting a affiliate product is a great challenge and many people get it wrong in their first attempt.

Your blog post sheds some light on this topic and gives insight that is going to be really helpful for many affiliate marketers. Thank You again. Happy New Year!!

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Thanks Technosuman!

And happy new year to you too my friend :)
(Fireworks are always awesome over Sydney Harbour!)

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Steve@Internet Lifestyle January 2, 2011 at 4:54 AM

Alex, Happy and New Year! although I think with the time
difference is about January 5th in Australia while I’m still
shaking off the last remnants of a hangover here in New Jersey. I
like your breakdowns and new ideas. A lot of the sound similar to
what I have planned including making a push having actual real
presence on Facebook myself. I have seen you promoting BuRP before
but hadn’t realized what the acronym was for. I had assumed it was
some strange “Australian” thing. Now I just think it is a kick ass
tagline. All the changes sound awesome and minor enough not to
really change the direction of your site just clarify things going
in the future. I look forward to hearing a lot more. I hope that
you your family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s and even
more importantly I hope you all have a wonderful 2011.

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 11:02 PM

LOL!!
I seriously cracked up at that opening statement because it felt like that! I was putting the kids to sleep in Jan 1st and getting Tweets wishing me a good New Years Eve.

Glad you like the Acronym and even happier that it took the status to AWESOME :)
I like how you pointed out the direction still being in line with the current content – a definite must if you ask me.
My family and I honestly had the best christmas ever, kids were just too beautiful. Thanks for asking!

Hope you and yours had a fantastic break (not that your prolific blogging and commenting indicates you had one) and I will speak to you soon mate

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Brankica @ Social media fan January 2, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Hey Alex, great New Year resolutions. First I wish you a very successful new year.
Further, I hope to learn PHP too (I am satisfied with HTML and CSS knowledge, at least for what I need). It look so scary, the PHP does.

I hope you will become the Niche guy, cause I believe in the power of niche (I have a niche website that makes some money for me).

Oh, and not only will I like your page, I will share it with my friends!

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Adam Paudyal @ endeavor online January 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Alex, Certainly..

Not a problem mate. Clicked on the like button couple of seconds ago, before I even started reading this post…haha

By the way, your new header and logo looks awesome man.

Happy new year to you and your loved ones.

Later.

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Thanks Adam!
I am stoked with the new logo design myself, so thanks for the confirmation :)

Thanks for the blessing! We had an awesome new year with the kids

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Tom Huntington January 2, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Happy New Year, Alex. I LOVE your new logo!!! And I love
your blog. One of my New Year’s resolutions (O.K. it’s really only
an INTENTION at this point — not quite to the committed RESOLUTION
stage) is to FOLLOW YOUR BLOG more consistently and MAKE THE EFFORT
to study and LEARN more how to grow my blog and develop my other
blogs-in-development (two, I’m working on right from the get-go of
2011) . . . . (eg. I’m still pretty clueless as to how to do SEO
for my podclasses at Tom’s University, and I know I need to create
categories for the podclasses to make them at least a little more
accessible to anyone who comes to TU, but I’m afraid to mess around
with the categories functions for fear I’ll make it even worse!)
Actually, for the past two weeks I’ve known I NEED to hire someone
to do or help me do a re-design of TU, and just this morning I got
the email from the person I had asked to do it (and who had told me
he’d be available to work on it right after the New Year) that he
wasn’t going to be able to do it “in the balance of his life” (he
has a full-time “day job” for a tech compnay and his website design
stuff was on the side) — so I had my disappointment for 2 minutes
(maybe less — my goal for disappointment or discouragement or
overwhelm is 3 mins. max [notice I said "goal" I don't always make
my goal, but when I don't it's never more than an hour and a half
or half a day at the very most]), and I had already started making
a list of where to start looking to find someone to help me do a
re-design for TU. this BTW was before I opened my email . . . and
you were on the list!!! WOW! and then I see your post email (I
subscribe by email, since I still haven’t figured out how to do RSS
to evaluate whether that would work better for me), and then since
you were on my list, I opened it and WOW I love your new logo
design!!! SO, I’m gonna check out the LogoNerds first on my list.
If you have any other recommendations, please let me know. I don’t
have a big budget for Tom’s University, because it is definitely
NOT a niche site, and I don’t know how long (or if) it will attract
enough of an audience to generate income, and I have my other two
websites/blogs to develop within the next 3 months and they both
have more possibility of generating income probably sooner than TU.
Thanks, Alex. I’m so happy to get your well wishes for 2011. YOu
are always (at least when I read your blog posts) so positive and
inspiring. I love your style of writing and your open enthusiasm
for your work and your life and your family and teaching comes
through so clearly. Thank you! (I’m now a little closer to
RESOLVING to follow you more consistently and with more of a
committed & open learning-focus as opposed to INTENDING to)
Tom

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Holy crap and wow Tom!

I don’t know where to start…
I am really happy that this post gives you a direction to take your design woes – and I can say with confidence that Joseph from LogoNerds is a really easy guy to deal with.
As for your warm sentiments, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to comment as you did and provide such bountiful enthusiasm – as I apparently do :)

Thanks again Tom, I wish you and your endeavours well and I look forward to seeing you again :)
btw: whats with the weird formatting?

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Tom Huntington January 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

My “weird” formatting? Well, I guess it’s just because I’m “kinda” weird (maybe a lot weird). I take it you didn’t like my formatting? It IS my style to use a lot of “” and !!! and CAPS. I think of it as “poetic license” but if it puts cool, caring people like you “off”, I’m sure I can change my “weird” style. I want to communicate effectively. I think I have a lot of good stuff to communicate.

Thanks Alex

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:27 AM

Hahah nah it was just the fact that each sentence had its own line, so on my 24 inch monitor it was long and down the middle :) All good, nothing wrong with the grammar or any of that at all!!

Dont change your style for nothing!!!!! Its bloody engaging mate

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Tom Huntington January 6, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Thanks, Alex. I REALLY appreciate your support for my style. I like my style and it’s so effortless for me, but I do keep having doubts since I don’t seem to be engaging many (any) visitors who happen to my blog.

Don’t have any idea why the formatting you mention happened on your side. It isn’t on mine. I’m not very tech proficient, so it could be some simple thing on my end I know nothing about.

Henway January 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I like the direction of the blog – there ain’t a lot of blogs out there talking about creating niche sites, and picking the right niche for your blog/website.

As for me, I am planning to focus less on SEO, and search engines and focus on ways to create a mailing list, and gain visitors without relying on search engines.

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Thanks Henway!

I appreciate you taking the time to comment, and I wish you luck in your own direction. Let me know when the blog goes up :)

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Jared Holland @ MetroMarketingBlog January 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I can’t wait to see the new logo design added to your site. I like the simple classic style of your site now, but I think that new logo is great and will add value to your content. Keep up the great work.

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Alex January 2, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Hey Jared!

Thanks so much for the awesome feedback man! I too like how it’s not too complicated. In fact this was my only prerequisite actually :)

Thanks again mate – all the best for 2011 too btw.

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Alex@Jocuri January 3, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Hey Alex,

Glad to hear you got your priorities straight and you now have a new path (of the jedi ? )
I am sure that everything you want to do will be great and you will have great success with it, I mean isn’t that what all new beginnings are?

And because it’s a new year I want to wish you a great New Year and may all your wishes and projects come true. (and of course may you share with us more of your knowledge).

I am glad you want to learn php css html, if you need any help (with any kind of programming languages) you can always shoot me an email.

Have a great one Alex!

P.S. do you really fold a fitted sheet, I thought you just stuff it into a bag and store it away.

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Alex January 3, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Thanks Alex!

You should not have offered you know, now I am going to be emailing you every ten seconds LOL

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Karen January 3, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Hey Alex,

Lots of changes in store! I love the new logo, they did a fantabulous job for you :-)

Yup, it sounds like you will have to cut out all your laziness in order to meet those impressive goals for 2011. Lots of hard work for you in the upcoming year. But, I have total faith in you – remember how far you’ve come in just one year. Your life is really different than it was a year ago.

Congratulations on the new BURP business – that’s awesome!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

Karen

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Hey Karen!

Always fantabulous to… oi! don’t go dropping that word around here ;)

Cut out all my laziness?!? Are you implying… can’t be bothered finishing that rant.

Thanks so much for the awesome support and feedback Karen, it has been a pleasure to have known you from the very first week that I started blogging – I’ll never forget those who helped me get noticed in the first place :)
All the best for 2011

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Chris January 3, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Hey Alex, I see you have quite a few resolutions for the year, I’m looking forward to your blogging email series. I quit the goals and resolutions as I was always unable to fulfill them… too many unfinished project, too much to write, too lazy maybe, I don’t know. So I’ll just stick with existing projects that need to be finished and see whatever comes up on the way.
Happy New Year!

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:27 AM

I like your honesty Chris. I usually just try and kid myself LOL
Happy New Year to you too mate, and thanks so much for your awesome comment!

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Amr Boghdady @ Learn German Online for Free January 3, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Wow, that new logo is definitely something you should be proud about!
Seems like you already have most of 2011 planned out Alex :D

I’m still kinda lost on how I’ll continue my online marketing journey in 2011, still deciding whether to invest in micro niche sites or not

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Hey Amr!

Thanks for the awesome comment man, glad you like the logo! I’m stoked (obviously)
Yeah 2011 is going to be the most rocking year – its my year to shine!

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TJ McDowell@St Louis Photographer January 3, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I like the new logo design. Top notch. So what are you going to focus on with your SEO company? Who is your target audience for that?

If I were to really go full throttle with an SEO company, I think I’d really like to push the training side. Maybe I can incorporate that into any photography workshops our studio puts on. We’ll see.

Best of luck to you man!

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:25 AM

Hey TJ!

Good questions, good ideas yourself!
I was thinking primarily of focusing on small local businesses. Ones that are even not online yet – providing basic packages of a blog and first page rankings fo geo targeted phrases.

Thanks for making me think about it!

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TJ McDowell@St Louis Photographer January 6, 2011 at 3:57 AM

Alex,
You should definitely have plenty of small businesses needing that service. You’ll probably have to figure out how to minimize your time with each client and still provide good results because from my experience you won’t be able to charge too high with business startups (or were you looking at mature businesses without an online presence?).

Sounds like a great start! Talk to you soon.

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Brandon@Internet Millionaire System January 3, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Nothing wrong with a farm if it doesn’t clutter your wall man. I like to play CityVille but I don’t post all that crap to my wall. I allow one every now and then but I delete it within 24 hours. Doing such things tells people that you are not just some internet marketer, and you are an actual human.

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:23 AM

I see you like to play Cityville you annoying bastard LOL!
But in all seriousness – that is a very good point you make about the human side. Glad my wife is playing it on my account now then

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Rick LaPoint January 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Hi Alex,

I haven’t been by your site about building niche sites in awhile because I was too busy building niche sites.

Inspired by your http://bestbabycarseatcovers.net –which I take a look at several times a week (am I screwing up your traffic stats ;-) ) — I decided enough of this blogging nonsense, and so had to put together a couple of niche sites of my own.

This is the year I suspect many of us will be kicking things up a notch. Or Two. Your new Look is going to be great, and will bring your level of professionalism up significantly, since you won’t appear to have your head in the clouds anymore (looking for that pie in the sky, perhaps?)

Here’s to Success in 2011 :-)

Rick

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Yeah I noticed my stats improving – yeah good on ya LOL
I am hoping that everyone kicks it up a notch this year – after visiting and subscribing to my blog of course :)

Thanks for rocking it all the way – all the time man!
Stay… Rick!

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Peter J January 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The new logo looks amazing, can’t wait to see it go fully live on your site, I bet it will totally rock!

Sydney fireworks were awesome, although i watched them on the tv, Perth can’t fund their fireworks much. Hope you had a great new year, and best of luck for 2011 and your successes.

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Hey Peter!

Thanks so much for the feedback brother (aussies have good taste)
Yeah I watched the fireworks from my TV too, I live close enough to Sydney that Icould hear the fireworks booming outside LOL – still sat at home though (and blogged LOL)

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Richard January 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Hey Alex,
Happy New Year! I also need to improve my html skills. I’ve got no real experience in computer programing, so many times I have to pick it up myself or if I’m in a real bind, I lean on a few friends for help.

I’m looking forward to reading all about your progress on your new goals for the upcoming year.

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:20 AM

What happened to your Avatar Richard?
Almost did not recognise you mate
Happy new year to you too my friend – thanks for dropping by

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Sire January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Sounds like you’re going to have your hands full mate, but that’s cool, at least it should keep you out of trouble.

I used to have that facebook plugin but I deleted it because I saw it was slowing down the site, and I have enough things doing that I just didn’t want to add to the load.

Good luck in 2011 Alex and I hope all your goals come to fruition.

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:01 AM

Is it about staying out of trouble, or not getting caught?

I just hope that this plugin does not slow down my site… now you got me paranoid!

Thanks for your comments dear Sire!

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Praveen@Techperk January 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Hey, nice and a very good piece of share. I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work. promoted the post.. Thanks

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Thanks for the comment and the share Praveen – good to see you again mate!

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Jimi Jones@PersonalDevelopment January 7, 2011 at 6:11 AM

How many times are you going to SPAM this same comment around the net? Get real!

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LaTonya January 4, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Hi Alex-

Excellent post…as usual! I absolutely love your writing style, because your personality really shines through.

Since you’re in the process of revising your blog, might I recommend the following resource:

http://www.dynamicmedia.com/ultimate-heatmap/

A guy by the name of Michael Campbell, created this awesome eBook! After extensive research, Micheal found the optimal locations for ad placements within your blog. The results will totally change your setup, so check it out before your customization is complete.

As for my 2011 plans….

I have a few things up my sleeve regarding list and relationship building (which will be my primary focus). My mentor and I are discussing a partnership, which will catapult my efforts 100 fold. I tell ya, one-on-one mentorship is the way to go from 0-1,000,000 in half the time.

As usual, I’m going to steal a few of your ideas;-) The autoresponder series is mine Chap!

Cheer-io

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Thanks so much LaTonya!

That is by far the nicest compliment I can get regarding my writing, so thanks so much! :) :)
As for the links – wow, what a resource that is – well it would be if I could download it, but it will not let me for some reason :( Any chance you could email me a copy to alex@alexwhalley.com (pretty please :) )

Glad you are pumped for the year ahead and even have a mentor (I’m jealous)
Look forward to sharing the journey with you LT!

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Michelle Mangen @ Your Virtual Assistant January 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Alex:

Congrats….I love blue so I’m enthralled with your new logo and color scheme. I will say I do miss your smiling face on Twitter though.

While I know it’s not the content of your post if you don’t mind (and have time) will you tell me more on CommentLuv not picking up question marks?

Glad to have been a small part of your “world” in 2010 (glad I “met” you through a post of Dave’s). And while I don’t get here all of the time I will still be around in 2011.

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Alex January 6, 2011 at 1:10 AM

Thanks Michelle!
Funny you say that because the only stipulation I gave to the designer was that ‘it had some blue in it’
I love the design!
Thanks so much for popping in, it has been awesome to share 2010 with you and I look forward to the journey ahead. SOrry I have been a stranger over at the Virtual assistant.

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Matthew Needham | Big Red Tomato Co January 8, 2011 at 2:09 AM

Hey Alex! Congratulations on the new look. But it’s kind of missing you smiling face! :-)

IMO this looks much better. I also like you build/rank/profit – simple yet very effective.

I think it’s quite heartening for the rest of us that even an SEO expert / Keyword dude etc also changes / narrows his niche a bit. It just goes to show that running a business is about constantly refining, testing, and trying new things.

Good for you, and all the best in 2011.

Matthew

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Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Hey! I still have my smiling face in the top right :)

GOod to see you again old friend, and thanks so much for everything in 2010 mate!
I look forward to a fruitful 2011 – I know this year is going to be HUGE

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Pete Carr @Blogging Genius January 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Hi Alex.
Loving the new logo. Might check out logo nerds myself, I have heard very good stories about them. I am so glad to see your little empire growing. It’s amazing that it has nearly been 1 year, doesn’t time fly.
I believe 2011 will be a great year for many of us. Keep It Simple and Take Action.
I have just moved over to Thesis myself (had some issues with the last theme) why I haven’t been using it before I will never know. (Doh).
Good luck mate see you soon.
Pete

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Alex January 9, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Hey Pete!
Good to see you again, always nice to see an old face and have that nostalgic moment LOL. And yes, time really does fly – especially in the blog world.
Keep it Simple and Take Action – I like that, in fact I have written it down and pasted it on my wall. Thanks man!!
Enjoy Thesis and if there is anything I can do to help – which I doubt, then shoot me an email.

All the best for 2011 Pete.

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Jocuri Online January 13, 2011 at 2:47 AM

I sent a reader from my blog the other day to you: he was interested in Amazon sites and you are the man in my book for that.

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Alex January 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

You’re awesome!

Thanks Alex. Alex?

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Alex@Jocuri January 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Hey Alex, that’s not me. It’s just some guy (the competition) which unfortunately is spamming the blogs I am commenting on.

You can delete his comment if you want (he is not affiliate with me in any way!)

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Alex January 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM

I’ll kill him off brother!!
Bastard infultrating impersonators!

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Citate February 2, 2011 at 12:31 AM

War war war…@Alex…the competition should inspire you to work harder.

Ted @ Dictionar Englez Roman February 23, 2011 at 5:34 AM

Oh, I’m a bit late. This post is great even after 2 months :)

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Alex February 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

haha thanks Ted!

but of course its great after 2 months!
My posts are all like a fine wine.
They get better with age and can give you a headache ;)

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Alex February 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM

LOL! Yeah, no pressure now ;)

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