You're probably asking yourself, what is a Travian money cheat and how do I get money from it? The Monetizer had no clue what it was either, until just today. My initial thought was it must be from World of Warcraft or Webkinz. However, Travian is a popular online game developed in Germany. It involves a multiplayer setup in an ancient world around the time of the Roman Empire. You start off as a settler (either a Roman, Gaul or Teuton) in a single village and then begin to move up to the top ranks, as you build up your resources and alliances. The main objective is to be part of the first alliance to build a "level 100 Wonder of the World". It seems like a new online combination of the popular Sim City title and several other strategy games. Travian is free to join and play, and according to their current US website's stats, there's over 46,000 regular players of the online game. You can see a screenshot of the cozy Monetizer village below:
I could easily turn this into an analogy of how conquering the online Travian game is like conquering the make money online world. The real point here is that the search term came up 4th when I researched the word "money" on Wordtracker. It's a tool I've been using a lot more lately to help me create new SEO-targeted blog posts elsewhere. You type in a simple keyword like "money", and Wordtracker gives you the top related keywords people search on, plus the estimated times they are searched for each month.
Here's a look at the "money" results:
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1539 travian money cheat
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1504 free money
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1100 money honey
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1031 unclaimed money
So basically people aren't just searching for free money, but also Club Penguin money, 50 Cent's I Get Money song, the 80's pop star Eddie Money, and yes even the Travian money cheat which ranks 4th. Divide any of the numbers next to the above terms by 30 and that gives you a daily estimate of searches. So about 50 plus searches per day for the Travian money cheat, and who knows this just might end up being a result?
(Are you a Roman, Gaul or Teuton?)
Sometimes you have to get creative in your blog posting and SEO strategies, especially here in the "Make Money Online" world. SEO can be fun, so don't look at it as a chore so much. It's something I've dedicated myself more to in 2008 and am already seeing traffic increases due to search engine results. I recommend heading over to Wordtracker and searching on any keyword terms related to your blog. Work on developing blog entries that are amongst the hot keyword searches. Keep an eye on the keywords that others may not be using for blog entries. Make sure to use these keywords in your blog title and entry itself. Once Google starts indexing your blog more, and you start using internal linking to those posts, I think you'll be pleased to see your entries start showing up in the higher search results.
And if you happen to know the Travian money cheat, feel free to drop me a line! (From what I've read, there's really no such thing.)
All images courtesy of Travian.us
Another way of making money online is done in the exciting world of trading stocks, bonds, and options. Many people have been able to quit their dayjobs in favor of daytrading too. The cable station that has emerged as the leader in providing the best business news and stock information, is CNBC. They've basically turned stock-trading into a sports type activity, offering shows that bring excitement into what many may consider boring. If you've ever seen Jim Cramer's Mad Money, you know how crazy it can get. Cramer uses all sorts of sound effects and even behavior such as tossing a chair around the studio to illustrate his enthusiasm.
Another helpful show that CNBC offers nightly is Fast Money. The show airs every week night at 5 PM EST and is currently hosted by Dylan Ratigan. The traders who appear on the show bring their Wall Street trading floor knowledge straight to the viewers by offering a plethora of stocks to trade so you can in effect, make money fast!
Sometimes you might miss all the picks they give on the show. There's a website available to help you with that called Fast Money Stock Picks. The site, while plain in nature, does a good job in recapping the evening's stock picks and comments presented on the CNBC show. My first observation was that the site while providing these recaps, didn't really give me a true feel for a "stock market" type website. By this I mean, the banner for the site could be better associated with money, dollars or even black and white pictures of Wall Street. This may not seem like a major point to those that argue "content is king". Banners and site design often best create an atmosphere for what the site is trying to convey. The picture on the banner made me think it was a random blog image.
Overall, the site is simple and could use a bit more in terms of navigation and design. It still does what it says by providing the nightly stock recaps. The site owner may also consider making the stock pick text titles and ticker symbols differentiated with bold, underlining, italics and other techniques. Right now the website is still young, with just 103 entries. In the About section, the author says they try to watch every show and update. So if you follow the markets, this could be a good place to subscribe to in case you've missed any picks on the CNBC Fast Money show.