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    December 29th, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Statistics, WooHoo

    (1) December 7, 2007 – First Day I Hit $10.00 Adsense Day

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    Yes .. I look at my adsense figures a few times in a day, but mostly because it is part of a tab of sites that open up as my start page. On December 7th, 2007 – as I was approaching $10.00 adsense earnings for the day .. I was actually staying up until the statistics reset (2:00am CST) clicking refresh until I did break the $10.00 high! As it turned out, I did not hit this $10.00 high per day since.

    (2)December 28, 2007 – First Time I ever broke $200.00 Adsense Month!

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    I started blogging in May 2005 and it took until February 2007 that I finally broke the $100.00 per month level. I am glad I broke the $200.00 level in 2007! This includes all of my sites by the way .. not just one or two. Perhaps sad .. but, still a milestone to me 🙂

    (3) We DOUBLED The Traffic since September 2007

    sitemeter-2007-summary-as-of-dec28-2007.jpg

    The above is the sitemeter public stats collected from all the stats of all blogs in the HART-Empire Network. It is obvious that in June and July 2007 there was downtime when I consolidated all my efforts on two servers into one mega dedicated server. By the time I got my act together with the move and testing in August 2007 .. I considered September 2007 the first month on a dedicated server where I was able to consider to promote my blogs – instead of worrying about whether or not my efforts would overtax my server.

    But – a picture is worth a thousand words, eh? Both the unique visitors and page views practically DOUBLED in the month of December 2007 over the figures from the month of September 2007.

    I hope 2008 continues with this trend and HART-Empire Network continues to grow and provide continued value to our readership base and beyond!

    Happy New Year and All The Best To Everyone in 2008 as well!

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    December 23rd, 2007HARTQuickies

    I’ve been concentrating my blogging efforts to the *NEW* Original network template design by Thord Daniel Hedengren .. As I’m calling it in the footer .. all basic templates are “HART’icized by HART (1-800-HART)” aka me.

    Well, now I am in TESTING mode – and there are still changes needed. I kind of know what I want .. but, how to do that is still in the air. If I see something or want to do some changes, I just do them! For this reason, I am holding off from mass-updating these templates to the rest of my sites.

    Feel free to check out the new templates!

    * HART-Empire-Network.com
    * Battling Arthritis
    * Battling Cancer

    I just wanted to say that, after I noticed that I haven’t posted in here since December 8, 2007.

    For future update: I will be continuing to talk about the blogging of the HART-Empire Network and its business in this blog – but, I will be posting more or less ‘Factual Update’ type of posts on HART-Empire-Network.comthe new home of the HART-Empire Network – such as … I did this. I did that. I did this again. Etc.

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    December 8th, 2007HARTAnnouncements

    Schedule Downtime Maintenance has been complete .. and we’re still here~

    That’s good news.

    HART

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    December 8th, 2007HARTAnnouncements

    My host provider has been reminding me this week that there is a planned outage of part of certain accounts including my Dedicated Service Hosting Plan.

    At about 1:00am Saturday Morning December 8, 2007 (which is about 50minutes from now) 100% of all the sites of the HART-Empire Network will be unavailable while routine maintenance is performed.

    My sites should be down at least an hour – and, if it’s more .. it’s not my fault! They suggested that all it will take is 45 minutes, but give it an hour just in case!

    I apologize for any inconveniences in advance.

    HART

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    December 6th, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    I was locked out of my blogs today … I received this message

    Latest Activity
    Error 403
    We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /wp-admin/index-extra.php?jax=incominglinks on this server.

    Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity. See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures.

    Your technical support key is: ce2d-4fe7-1366-73cd

    You can use this key to fix this problem yourself.

    If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, please contact hart (at) PetLvr (dot) com and be sure to provide the technical support key shown above.

    The referral page how to fix this problem yourself .. reads

    Technical Support
    Your request was intercepted by security software which protects the Web site you visited from malicious activity, such as hackers, spam and viruses. We apologize for the inconvenience, but your request matched a profile of suspicious activity. This problem is usually quite easy to fix.

    Your computer’s IP address was determined to have recently sent spam or engaged in malicious activity as reported by a third-party monitoring service. This means your computer is most likely infected with viruses or other malicious software. See below for more information and removal instructions.

    Your request was blocked because of malicious automated requests received from your computer’s IP address.

    This problem may be caused by viruses or spyware on your computer, or by malicious software that pretends to be anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Ensure that you have REAL anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer, that they are kept up-to-date, and that you have run a full system scan using each tool. Once your system is cleaned of viruses and spyware, please try your request again.

    The free Google Pack provides trustworthy anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Get essential software with Google Pack.

    Blacklist Reason(s):

    If the above suggestions fail to resolve the problem, click Back and contact the e-mail address you were given for further assistance.

    So I emailed the plugin writer

    You see .. that key was quite confusing, because there is no logs table in MySQL database .. it’s just one bad_behavior log. And – where do you input this key? There is no place to input this key! Aaargh!! So, I emailed the author of the plugin, Michael Hampton .. and he pointed me to this:

    www.bad-behavior.ioerror.us/2007/12/06/bad-behavior-2011/

    That’s correct. There is a solution – you need to upgrade to the latest Bad Behavior Version 2.0.11

    WHY?

    Well, according to Michael on that page ..

    In brief, yesterday I moved all of my sites to a new dedicated server. In the process, I decommissioned an old blacklist I was running which I thought wasn’t being used, not realizing that Bad Behavior was still set to use it. Shortly afterward, I found myself locked out of my own blog, just as you all did. So therefore, this release.

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    December 4th, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies, WooHoo

    * I’m keeping track of my HART-Empire Earnings for 2007 Online .. and yes .. I forgot to post my October 2007 earnings – (but, it’s included YTD)

    Here is the link: HART-Empire Network Earnings Spreadsheet Document

    After the decision to consolidate my network into a handful of sites back in September … October and November 2007 were rebuilding months for month. Although, I still haven’t completely reworked the consolidation of about half of my sites – but, it’s not out of mind.

    In October 2007 .. I hired my first two blogger/writers that weren’t related to me! Woohoo! If you haven’t met these bloggers or visited their blog .. please do!

    * Gloria Gamat has taken over my Battling Arthritis blog and
    * Lesly Maranan has taken over my Battling Cancer blog.

    I wish them all the best, quite happy with their work and results, and feel my blogs are in great hands! Feel free to go stumble their blogs or articles and leave them some comments! 😀

    Besides writers, I have been expanding (and incurring expenses) in acquiring content – mostly sites that are or will be part of the HARTmarket.com ‘mega site’. I probably need a good portal site but, here are the current stores part of the “HART Market”:

    * Animal Art @ HART Market new
    * Birthday @ HART Market new
    * Classifieds @ HART Market new
    * Furniture @ HART Market
    * Halloween @ HART Market
    * Lingerie @ HART Market
    * Medieval @ HART Market
    * Pet Care @ HART Market new
    * Pet Supplies @ HART Market new
    * Vision @ HART Market new
    * Wedding @ HART Market new

    I have a few more stores or sites being implemented on this domain, but will probably not introduce them until 2008. Once these and other sites are at the level I imagine, I will be concentrating on expanding content by hiring more writers in 2008.

    I feel that things are starting to become more stable and opportunities continue to exist for modest growth and minor expansion. I’m still spending waaaaaaay too much, in relation to my earnings – but it’s all part of growth. All my earnings are put back into the HART-Empire Network. I’ve been trying to implement a switchover to a network wide themed HART-Empire Network template that I hope will be in place before 2008 that might help speed up the loading of certain sites, and help with branding. This has been a long-time in coming and I’m at the mercy of my designer and implementation strategies and design. I’m not in a real rush, because I know once I finally get this in place I will have to upload them to all of my sites! This means downtime, final upgrading of sites, new plugins, delete old plugins, adding unique sidebar and footer codes to individual templates, etc. I will be tackling a ‘mega site’ at a time, starting with the Battling Series of sites hopefully!

    If you are a blog owner monetizing your own site, I am assuming you are quite aware of Google’s PR downgrades around the ‘net. Most of my sites have been affected and were changed. My 1800HART site, which was a PR5 back in May07 is now a PR0 – but, I suspect that it has more to do with me posting all of the 2kbloggers links back in the month of August 2007, instead of the Text-Link-Ads issue. I’ve lost some sponsors, but generally I’ve also been picking up new sponsors and quite frankly, search engine traffic continues to grow for me and didn’t seem to be affected. And (knock on wood) nor was my earnings. I still consciously am looking for alternate ways to monetize, which has explained some of the growth in the HART Market series of site .. which are all affiliated-based instead of product-in-my-basement-based sites.

    So – back to my earnings YTD to November 30, 2007. The earnings are on an “Accrual” basis, where I’m documenting what I’ve earned, but monies will usually come in the following month, or (if ever) when I reach the minimum threshold for release of my earnings for payment. The expenditures are on a “Cash” basis, as I pay something related to my online earnings, I just load up the spreadsheet and modify it.

    Summary of Gross Earnings 2007

    * January 2007 – $344.61
    * February 2007 – $372.37
    * March 2007 – $492.41
    * April 2007 – $491.85
    * May 2007 – $620.99
    * June 2007 – $632.47
    * July 2007 – $672.66
    * August 2007 – $701.78
    * September 2007 – $706.09
    * October 2007 – $801.12
    * November 2007 – $859.20

    ** Year-To-Date Gross Earnings (Jan-Nov/2007) – $6,695.55
    * Average (YTD) $20.05 per day or, $608.09 per month
    *** Still not enough to quit my day job!~

    Reflection

    Year to date NET income shows me making $1,128.65 profit. Based on my paypal account balance, which is basically -NIL- .. this is obviously the amount that I have spent foolishly paying bills. However, the reality is that 100% of the google adsense earnings ($1,316.90) automatically transfered directly into my bank account – so, I must have actually PUT BACK $188.25 from bank account to cover some paypal purchases during the year. I’m hoping that for 2008 it will only be one way – the first way – from paypal/google to my own bank account and not the other way around!

    Season’s Greetings Everybody!

    In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy Holiday Season .. and, for all of you sites out there monetizing your blogs and have online stores .. a successful and profitable Holiday Season for you!

    Take care
    HART (1-800-HART)

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