Starting a New Blog? Pick Popular Keywords

Whenever I’m about to launch a new blog, I always try to do a little research first. I’ve learned from experience that I need to have some interest in the blog’s subject matter, or else I won’t spend enough time on it to truly make it worth my while. The other thing I always factor in is whether or not people are searching for the keywords I plan to use. You’ll probably have more competition, but there is also a lot more traffic to go around.

I’ve always found the best way to find high traffic keywords is to track Google’s rising search terms list that they release regularly. By going after rising search terms, you are more likely to find a decent keyword-rich domain that is still available, rather than established ones that have been picked clean.

Center Networks recently posted a list of Google’s Top 10 Rising Keyword Search Terms for both the United States and worldwide. Unsurprisingly, you will find the iPhone topping both lists. You’ll also find the keywords you’d expect to find, such as YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace. Some other popular terms include Webkinz and Second Life.   If you want to set yourself up for success, using one of these keywords is a great way to set yourself up.

When you go to launch a new blog, what research do you do first?  How do you pick the blogs subject matter?

Apple Confirms New iPods, New iPhone Pricing

I don’t spend a lot of time covering Apple on this site because I’m not a huge fan of Apple products, but I am a huge fan of the iPod. I probably use mine 6 hours a day at work to pass the time. As a result, I was pretty pumped up to see what the next generation iPod’s would be like when Apple announced the details today.

So far, here is the information I’ve found:

  • The iPod Nano will be very similar to the current video iPod, and will include three games and video playback. Additional videos and games can be purchased via iTunes at a later date. It will be available in 4 GB ($149.00) and 8 GB ($199.00).
  • The current iPod video will now be known as the iPod Classic, which will be thinner than its predecessor, come in 80 GB ($249.00) and 160 GB ($349.00), and have improved battery life.
  • There is also a new iPod, known as the iPod Touch, which will feature the company’s revolutionary multi-touch user interface (seen on the iPhone). This will enable users to browse and play their library of music, videos and more on its 3.5 inch widescreen display. It will also include wireless internet and web browsing. You will have the choice of an 8 GB ($299.00) iPod touch or a 16 GB ($399.00) version.

I’m not a big fan of the iPhone, and I wouldn’t considering using a phone that requires Cingular/AT&T as my cell phone, so I am really excited about the iPod Touch, which seems to have several of the same features without the phone part. The iPod Classic and the new iPod Nano both look like terrific upgrades to their current models as well, so iPod fans definitely have a lot to be excited about.

I had also heard rumors that digital radio would be included, but haven’t seen this reported anywhere officially yet, so I will continue to be on the lookout for that. If you can confirm this, please drop me a comment below.

In other Apple news, the iPhone has undergone some pricing changes. It looks like they are dropping the 4 GB phone completely, so they have dropped the price to $299.00 (from $499.00) to get rid of their stock in Apple stores. The 8 GB iPhone price has also dropped to $399.00 (from $599.00).

If you already have an iPhone, you will probably notice that this is $200.00 price drop on both models, after only two months of being on the market. Was it worth paying an extra $200.00 just to own an iPhone right away? It looks like some iPhone owners aren’t happy about it.

Not Interested in iPhone? How About iPhone 2.0?

Over the past week, I’ve been reading reactions around the blogosphere to the newly released iPhone.  Most people seem to have waited in line to purchase one, but not everyone. 

Chris Pirillo has talked about how he is not in a hurry and will be waiting for iPhone 2.0 before buying one.   I’ve also seen many other similar reactions.  A friend of mine asked me the other day “No interest in the iPhone, huh?   What about a year from now?”  At the time, I was sick of hearing about it, so I didn’t really give it much thought.   I just simply replied “No.”   

At the time, I of course didn’t think I would ever want an iPhone, but after reading this post on Technology Evangelist, and watched the included video, I decided to be more open minded about it and step into the line of those waiting to see future versions of the product.  After all, when the first iPod came out, I didn’t have any interest.   Now I’m loyal to the iPod (I think I’m on my third or fourth one).   Could the iPhone eventually work out the same way?   I guess only time will tell. 

If you’re interested in seeing what I was talking about with the video mentioned above, you can click below to see the original iPod commercial.   It’s amazing how much better Apple’s marketing department has become since then.

(Feed readers may need to click through to view the video)

Apple Covers the Demand for the iPhone

There is no doubt that the iPhone has caused a lot of chaos across the United States, with people waiting in line for multiple days in hopes of landing this overhyped phone. What’s truly amazing about Apple is reporting that they were successful in covering the insane demand, leaving no shortages. This is good news, but what does this mean for eBayers?

A Dallas news station has a report of what happened to those looking to buy out the store and sell these phones on eBay:

Feed readers may need to click through to see the video.

iPhone the Perfect Phone?

While I’ve avoided writing about the iPhone here to avoid regurgitating the same thing you’ve probably read on hundred other websites, the general opinion seems to be that its a revolutionary phone.

I was very impressed with the features, but I know of at least one man that wasn’t. Blake has posted a list of several reasons why the iPhone may not be all that its hyped it to be.

Some of the limitations he lists include:

  • Requires Cingular
  • Will ONLY support Yahoo! Mail (That took away most all of my interest)
  • Doesn’t sync with iTunes (Yes, you read that right)

You can see the other five on his site. Good points Blake!