Mini-Review GuruKnowledge.org

It’s been a very long time since I’ve submitted an article to another website or any article directory, but something about Dale King‘s new site, GuruKnowledge.org intrigued me… could just be the limited focus of his site (Internet Marketing), or the fact that he’s doing interviews with his authors (neat idea) or the fact that the site isn’t full of advertising yet, or that he didn’t use one of those free CMS’s to run his website, or that he was very fast to respond via email to questions I had.

The article I used to test his new site: Think Bigger When Doing Article Marketing

For the authors on our site that are into “Internet Marketing”, you may want to check out Dale’s new site.

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Edward Weiss writes:

Just visited GuruKnowledge.org. First impressions… site’s clean and looks professional. Easy to naviagate and I know exactly what the site is about.

I’m curious to know how/if he intends to monetize it. Probably Adsense. But a nice niche site (even though information about internet marketing is pretty mainstream now.)

Comment provided July 11, 2006 at 2:29 PM

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Edward,

I asked Dale the same question earlier today! For any project to succeed over the long-haul, it needs to be self-supporting; otherwise it may become one of those ‘forgotten’ websites that the net is littered with.

Dale is off to a great start and I’m sure he’ll figure out a monetization strategy to keep it going.

Comment provided July 11, 2006 at 7:12 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

If an old website has good information on it. And I assume that the information you put on the site Chris is in fact good information and interesting, then how can that be considered litter? Indeed I find many AdSense websites with “good information” on them actually which look like litter. I find that some websites look stupid if the AdSense is done wrong. The EzineArticles.com site is done respectably and I am sure the Guru site entrepreneur is smart enough to do it correctly. Yet, I also realize a good graphically done website, with important information only costs $8-39.00 for the Domain Name and many are hosted with a package of unlimited use and multiple sites for under $300 per year, so really is that little if the information is interesting, good or educational? No. So, we should be careful of forgotten websites, because many are excellent places to find answers to questions. That would be the same as saying that older articles on your own site would be litter “Unless they had AdSense” next to them? What?

Monetization of websites assumes that the trickle money coming in “Turns you on!” and that it is more than whatever business you are in or may be in in the future. No one can doubt that AdSense, cheapens a website, makes it look like a commercial and this is perceived by Surfers due to the many poor “Hatchet Job” monetization jobs out there which are littering The Internet.

Perhaps a redefinition of “Littering” and “Forgotten Websites” might be a worthy, because I think we are too quickly condemning other people’s websites? Why? Does someone here work for Google? Own stock? or wants to commercialize the world? Often it simply is not appropriate to add AdSense and it “IS” in BOLD perceived by most Internet Surfers as CHEAP and many feel it is littering the Internet. I am one with the many on this feeling. And unless it is done correctly and professionally it is bad advice. And those who simply build AdSense sites as their sole purpose often litter the Internet with trash. So, we should be careful with such statements.

Comment provided July 12, 2006 at 12:33 PM

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So I go to the site and sign up last night… I do my author bio, and I upload my picture. Seemed promising and a couple of names on the list I already knew to be good folks.

Well, Dale and I chatted back and forth a bit. Seemed like a nice guy and has a great idea…

But then this afternoon, less than 24 hours after I registered and before I’d had a chance to even explore the site – I was asked 1) if I would write a testimonial for him and his site (hadn’t even used it yet) and 2) was sent an email from him (not an autoresponder) that indicated if I did not post an article, he would delete my account. Less than 24 hours after I registered!!! Like I said, I hadn’t even had a chance to look at the site fully (although some of the links inside the author’s account didn’t work).

There were also no TOS as far as I could see, and I usually look for them. I wouldn’t have a huge problem with having to post one article upon registration – if I’d known that in advance instead of being told my account would be deleted.

I haven’t ruled it out completely yet, but I did tell him to delete my account at this time. He has a great idea, but I don’t feel he’s fully ready to implement it at this point – at least not to my satisfaction.

Which just makes me appreciate the set up and sight you have here for us… so much more than I already appreciated it!

Comment provided July 13, 2006 at 1:31 AM

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Dale King writes:

Interesting, interesting comments. First of all, thank you to those of you whom actually visited my website. I appreciate you stopping by. Hopefully, you’ll come by again. And I’d especially like to thank Chris Knight for his kind review.

Edward, thank you for your nice comments about my site. Question. Why are you assuming I will be monetizing my site with Adsense? I won’t be. Ever.

Lance, interesting perspective you have there. I don’t necessarily agree with you, but your perspective is interesting nonetheless.

Michelle, I apologize for asking you to write a testimonial about my site. That was my enthusiasm getting the better of me.

Also, the tone of the e-mail I sent you regarding the submission of articles was obviously harsher than was intended.

Because I’m an aggressive personality, my e-mails sometimes come across more intense than is actually intended. If I offended you in any way, I sincerely apologize. That was not my intention.

Comment provided July 13, 2006 at 2:52 PM

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Hey Dale, like I said – you have a great idea and I hope it goes well. Your enthusiasm is one thing that can keep you successful. I’ll check back in later and see how it’s going, but the lack of TOS really concerns me…

I do however wish you the very best of luck!

Comment provided July 13, 2006 at 7:20 PM

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Ed Howes writes:

Good Lord,

I have discovered civilization in cyber space. What a delight! My guess is that Dale has his ideas on monitizing his site, simply as a result of his marketing interest and exposure to that info in particular. He may have just purchased a super course on affiliate marketing and will not need to make what appear to be all too common mistakes. He might be appreciating what a tremendous resource EzineArticles is already proving to be, regardless of traffic volume. I intend to visit and do some reading, by the bye.

Comment provided July 14, 2006 at 1:16 PM

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Dale King writes:

Thank you Ed for those very kind and flattering words. As you so astutely remarked, I will NOT be doing things the same way as everyone else. I’m a contrarian in every sense of the word and proud of it. Stay tuned.

I hope you enjoy my site.

Comment provided July 14, 2006 at 1:45 PM

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