".......and unfortunately nearly all make money online blogs are crap, so he, Dave, decided to write his own. It's pretty spankin."
Dalai Lama
Jan 082011

After my Build My Rank Review a while ago me and Wifey have gone in to overdrive using it to amazing success. I know a lot of you have been itching to get a piece of the pie but they have not been accepting any new members for some time now.

Well, the word on the street is that they are going to be opening the doors sometime next week. For how long, or for how many people I really don’t know.

Best advice. Use the banner at the top of the page so I get a lovely affiliate commission and get on the mailing list for when they open the doors.

I need the money to feed my Cava addiction (weekends only now as I am being a good boy), and you need to join to get your sites ranking number 1 baby.

There has been a lot of talk lately about getting social with your sites and getting natural links. All well and good. But I am in no doubt that you still need to make your own backlinks to rank high so that you are seen to be a player. Then you can plug away at obtaining natural links by writing your link bait or being the Guru on a forum in your niche.

A mix of links from as many places as possible is key. But I can tell you one thing, spend a month writing ten articles a day in BMR and you will kick yourself in the head for not getting in before the doors closed last time. I know a lot of those new to IM are loathe to spend any money, I was the same for a long time. But the difference in having things like this from the get go is amazing. Try it for a month and see, you will be amazed, I promise you.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you, in conjunction with Postrunner they are the absolute easiest way to boost your sites rankings if you are still Old Skool like me and build links manually to dominate the SERPS.

Cava time!

Hey, it is Saturday you know 😉

Some quality articles will be arriving in a few weeks, not crap like this.

And for no other reason than because I see it as a thing of real beauty and we finished stacking it this morning, here is some wood! Nothing like the site of a nice stack when you rely on it for staying warm. Er, um, yeah. And yes, the back garden still needs some work. What do you think of the pizza oven I built though?

 Posted by at 3:21 pm

  56 Responses to “Are You Ready To Rank”

  1. I am certainly going to keep adding links to my sites. Being social is great, and may be the future, but Lady G will soon find that people can pay for a ‘social buzz’ just as easy as they can for links.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Yeah, but don’t forget that a unique spin on a niche can get you a lot of natural links long term. Or a simply killer post. i.e my Amazon one.

  2. Very good point Dustin!

    Thanks for letting us know about this Dave. I am on the list and will keep my eyes peeled!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Ruth – Web Career Girl,

    It honestly is amazing for ranking, you should really like it Ruth.

  3. Its not snowing there?
    Any beaches close by?
    A baja track maybe?
    What is the fastest way to learn Spanish?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Nope, today was t-shirts and doors open. This time last year we were snowed in for a week though and we couldn’t even open the front door.

    1 hour away.

    No Badgers around here 😉

    Be born that way.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dean Reply:

    Nice! I’m sick of being cold here on the west coast of Ireland, it’s gonna warm up soon right? Please tell me it is…
    I’m away for a few days next week so I hope I don’t miss the BMR re-opening, hopefully they won’t charge more either. I have to make it this year…Your view looks amazing, did you chop the wood yourself? That’d keep you fit -Enjoy the Cava and the rest of your weekend 🙂

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    A few months and the jumpers will be off. Well, for me anyway 😉

    We ran out of wood for the first time so had to have a delivery, certainly makes it a little easier, which I won’t complain about.

  4. I’ve not come across this one before – I use Submit Your Article for getting backlinks to articles – but they don’t do the social bookmarking piece.

    I headed over to the site via your banner – but couldn’t see a price (that drives me nuts by the way – why hide these things??). So fill me in – how much is it?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    1 Million Dollars!!!!!!!!Bwaaaaaaaaah.

    Um, $59 if I remember correctly. $2 a day is money very well spent. If it doesn’t allow you to recoup that in less than a month then I will give you your money back.

    Actually that is a fib, but if you use it every day you will be earning more than it costs in a matter of a few weeks if not days. I am not kidding either.

    Enough of the sales pitch, it’s back to the Cava.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Clare Reply:

    @Dave, $59 – not too bad I suppose. I signed up for the notification when they open the doors and then if I get in I’ll put it to the test!

  5. Hope that the price is as you say – I recently read it’s $127 a month, which prices me out. It would be easy to send out 150 word snippets and get a website to rank from a couple of dozen, easy – that and whatever else you use.

    But I’m not at the point where I’m paying that much (yet).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Reply:


    James – they are still advertising over at back links forum for 59/month, so you should still be good to go, although I know they have mentioned in the past, the price could rise, but I think they just price themselves out of the market by going so high because you are doing things manually.


    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    That would be good news (I’ve been on the waiting list at least for the free trial). And YES I signed up through Dave’s link. Now when Carrie and Josh read this they’ll think I’m schitzo…I told them both I wasn’t going to sign up for it.

    I figure why not try the ten links on a certain property I’ve already ranked in the top 10. If the 10 links move it up further, then I’ll sign up…

    But it’s been a few weeks now. No word on their opening up the flood gates (which I think is smart of them if they’re actually building their network and policing it – here’s to hoping they don’t get de-indexed).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Reply:


    Well, if you can afford it, I would honestly give it a month trial and put the effort into creating 10 articles per day.

    As well, they are just moving their final websites over to their own servers. In fact, over the past couple of months that is my understanding. They moved everything over to their own independent servers to have better control and avoid as much as possible, downtime on their sites. All of my links have got indexed – like hundreds.

    Hope that helps alleviate any reservations. I am not sure 10 links for anything competitive will do much, but that’s why the recommendation on 1 month min.


  6. Is a link from a BMR site better than one from a KWA site?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jamie Sandford,

    In terms of ranking results I would say yes, but a mix is always the best approach.

  7. OK, here’s my 10 cent plug for Dave on behalf of build my rank…..it works….so how about the 10 spot now Dave for doing you that favor? 🙂

    Actually, I started using it even prior to Dave, so I am being honest here and I think it is one of the best run private networks. No spun content, only unique. They run that like a real business.

    Dave, we see the nice weather – want the -10 celcius weather and blowing snow over here in Alberta, Canada?

    ** So, you show us your pictures of that nice looking pizza oven, but the more important question, when the hell are you are going to invite us all over to your place for a glass of cava and some home made pizza??

    As well, this whole thing about social buzz etc..Here’s my 25 cents worth. Yes, you should use all available means to position yourself outside of the search engines for just organic rankings if you want to. But, come on people, there are programs that are being developed and systems being developed right now that will manipulate this thing about getting likes/friends stuff. I know for a fact and not theory.

    Ben posted an interesting article over at his site last night and he actually gave some clearer examples. Whereas Griz, no I am not picking on him, but he really avoided going into details about how he gets natural links. Oh sure, he mentioned it in passing from what I can remember, but not really enough information that would help most people in my humble opinion.

    Yes, natural links are important although its kind of an oxymoron statement because a computer software program is not natural – its code only. Like Dave and Ben stated, they are still back linking and will continue to do so to help rank.

    Personally, I like press releases because they are about as natural as one can get. People are choosing to place your content on their sites. Besides, your press release can’t be too sales type because they won’t accept it. That’s why they are good and yes even if some are no follow because they still add value and the key IP diversification.

    I am going to keep doing it all and its not either /or for me.


    Now waiting for that bloody invite from you and your wife for us to come on over 🙂

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    I have a few clients who’ve hired me for their pressers – and they tell me the phone rings (they have 800 numbers for their domains). Do you find that media follow up is an issue with those?

    And agreed on Grizzly – I have a guest post at my site from a guy who wrote for Leo Di Milo recently, all about this issue of link baiting for natural links, vs. link building…

    It’s worked a bit for me (my sites have been used by other people as a reference to answer questions on Yahoo! Answers…which I found hilarious and couldn’t quite get my head around – I mean, I write well and research…but wow).

    But I’m with you on the idea of link building yet – Splork’s got a great one (the last post he did in 2010, Dec. 29th). He admits that Google may be heading down the tubes (heard that one before? Maybe for years now?), but he’s still spamming his links.


    It works. Still.

    And until it doesn’t, why change?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Reply:


    I have not had any issues with the press releases as I outsource it with a guy that does it all for about 28 to 30 bucks, including writing it and submitting it to his system. I actually don’t recall getting any media calls. They normally just send the odd email stating my press release is live if that is what you were referring to. But, I don’t use any 800 numbers personally as I use a skype number on my press releases and they can pay to call me if that interested.

    As far as the link building, what the hell else is the search engines really going to rely upon right now other than treating a link as a vote for your site. Sure, we all want it to be natural as possible and diverse. I am not going to radically change something that is working, but yes I will make adjustments as I go along to avoid any sudden big changes like Griz, Ben and other’s have stated already.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    Actually James from what I have heard Google’s bureaucracy is collapsing under its own weight and they are bleeding employees(they are losing them all to Facebook apparently). I really doubt they are going to “die”. It sounds more like they are entering a point in their business kind of like Window’s Vista era Microsoft.

    I think we are just going to have to start focusing on Bing more. Frankly, I don’t have a clue how to game Bing. None of my pages EVER get Bing traffic. For now, I’m doing fine spaming my way to the top of Google though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    If you can rank Google, you’ve got Bing. I don’t know of the ‘secret’ per se, but they love me as much or more than Google, and I just aim for Google…but I think we link differently.

    I usually get a good handful of articles on big sites (not spun) and they syndicate well, then AMR blast, handful of web 2.0’s…I dunno, maybe you and I just aim for different niches.

    I still have yet to need more than 2 AMR’s to rank to page 1, top 5 (although I do use ArticleRanks and AMR, after setting up the first handful of articles). It’s prob. just a competition thing.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    I’m ranking a squidoo lense at #3 for a very very difficult term and It never gets traffic from Bing(though I do get some from MSN, interestingly). But yeah, we link much differently.

    Thanks for reminding me to use AMR. I haven’t used it on any of my new pages.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    You’re insane. Bomb it man!!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks for the cool comment, much appreciated. I keep meaning to get press releases done but it keeps slipping my mind. I am sure someone left a cool link here somewhere, may even have been you Darrel, for someone that will write and submit them.

    The weather here is freakily warm at the moment, probably means next week we will be snowed in.

    Come over any time for a pizza dude, but bring your own bloody Cava 😉

  8. I haven’t seen squat from BMR yet despite being on there for a good few months. But you know… I just have this attitude of building up as many links to my site as I can. And that just got real easy, because I outsource nowadays.

    A new site I just set up and gave 30 BMRs gets as much traffic as another site that I set up and spent months building hundreds of links to.

    Why don’t I just set up a whole bunch of sites that all do 20 traffic right from the start?

    One strategy I’ll take on is the promotion of more expensive products, not the twenty dollar schizzle. That sh#t sucks.

    It’s much effort for very little in the biz as far as I can see. Had it not been for other people, I would not know there’s gold at the end of this rainbow.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    I’ll spill the beans on my winning sites – they’re selling expensive stuff…high 3-digits to low 4-digit products. I don’t sell a lot of these items – but I don’t have to. (These are a mix of CJ products and Amazon.)

    I think you’ll see good return on that if you have some sites that target profitable products rather than trying for the easy stuff…like books…I mean, really? Books? You’d have to beat Barnes and Noble and Amazon for that to matter.

    Just sayin’.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JamestheJust, It ain’t books I’m sellin’.

    But those 600 dollar jackets I sold in the winter months sure added up to my profits.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    I meant that as an illustration (I found a number of “how to make money online” articles a while back where people were pushing that you can sell books on Amazon or eBay – and they meant actually SELL them as in PACKAGE them yourself…I had a good laugh).

    There’s a pretty significant affiliate program on CJ that asked a bunch of folks to push their designer products – $1k – $2 coats, $400 jeans, the like – I’m not quite up for that (10% commission, though – not bad).

    I can’t quite penetrate the mindset of clothing…although I do have a client who’s ranking for a nice chunk of designer clothing (I regularly write their articles for article marketing).

    After writing 10 of their 400-word articles, I feel like dying…like: jumping into hot magma wearing a suit made of napalm…

    I couldn’t do an entire site on it, not unless I really had nothing else to sell.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    We actually made some good extra money selling off a load of second hand books on Amazon UK before we moved to Spain. It is actually surprising how the money adds up, and we even had some that were worth a bit of money, 1st editions etc.

    Worth a try if you have loads of old books you never read, I think we sold nearly everything that was listed. You make a couple of bucks just on the postage if you only sell paperbacks.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, Aye, I know a couple of people who make a decent income from selling books on Amazon. They’ve developed an eye for it, and now they buy books from charity shops, garage sales, etc. and sell for a decent profit. It may not be a path to riches, but it’s not such a bad way to make a living.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    I’m a bookworm. Libraries are jealous. You will have to knife fight me for my books.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    It’s there Dude, just gotta keep testing the niches until you get the goodies.

  9. I used BMR with good success towards the end of last year. Of course with hindsight, I wish I had pushed it more, but it’s no good crying over spilt milk. However, with a day job and a commute, I found the prospect of churning out 10 BMRs a day pretty demoralising and took it out of me.

    So far this year I have pushed out about 30 BMRs…all outsourced. I have a bit of cash to plough back into this malarky, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s teetering on the edge of outsourcing. I went via oDesk, and am paying more than the Philippines workers ask for, but have someone in the US who is highly reliable…it’s bloody amazing to just not have to worry about generating this content yourself.

    I will be setting up a job to outsource 100-200 BMRs over the next few weeks and keep them in a queue, and I know that will be earned back in a week or two.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Billy, You expect to earn back 200 BMRs in a week or two?

    I’m doing 600 per month now and I don’t expect to see a return until about a year or three from now.

    I figure G will let me have some traffic by then because of my site’s age.

  10. Dave, when you say cava do you mean those leaves that people chew(or something)?

    Looks like I won’t be getting BMR next week though… I just bought a second copy of scrapebox and 2 new VPS servers.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    It is the poor mans Champagne, only leaves I eat are in my salads.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    I’m down with that.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Sam Reply:


    Josh, that’s Kava. Us Pacific Islanders have kava sessions all the time lol

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    I looked it up, it sounds interesting. I will definitely try it if I am ever in the area.

  11. Dave – sent you a donation. Have a drink on me. Absolutely the best blog I have seen in years. Love it!

    I have been making a lot of money from Amazon for about five years now. I still learned a lot from your blog post. Brilliant stuff.

    I’ll be back.

    Best Regards,


    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks, it is much appreciated. And that is praise indeed from someone who has been earning for so long.

    Cheers Hamish.

  12. It happens too often that Amazon clothing product pages disappear any links go dead.

    Which affiliate program can I use to get my hands on promotable clothing related product pages that last throughout the ages?

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Can’t say, but there’s plenty online (CJ has some high-priced designer stuff). I just can’t get past the t-shirt mentality, some niches…nope.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JamestheJust, What mentalities do you enjoy then?

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Mentalities with deep pockets that aren’t trendy. Fashion seems to come and go a bit too much, and I’m just more practical-minded, so it’s easier to write for stuff I can get my head around.

    If someone told me they were paying three digits for a pair of shoes, I’d shake my head…

    To write a site about that would take too much play acting for me, not sure I’d want to invest the time to get in the zone enough to follow up.

    For all that, no doubt you could make a killing in clothing. Just not for me.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    Try linking to a search result.

  13. Unrelated-

    I am going for a keyword that already has a squidoo on the first page so I need another web 2.0 thats ranking well right now and lets you use a affiliate link. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Also, no hubpages(they don’t allow profile links) or infobarrel(they don’t allow affiliate links in the first paragraph).

    Thanks guys.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Google will list 2 or even 3 results from the same page. For me a listing on page 1 is a positive thing. You will need to do less work to get there too. Get anywhere on page 1 and you automatically get to be underneath them and then just push it a bit further until you are above them.


    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    Worth a try.

    Thanks Dave.

  14. Hey Dave…. Been reading up on many of your past posts…thanks JamestheJust for sending me this way….and have to say it’s been like reading a good book, just couldn’t put it down. Got a lot of thoughts rattling around in the old noggin but there is one that I really need to throw at you that relates to the posts about looking at larger sites. Here we go!

    I started a small niche site about 6 months ago and the plan was to have a home page based on the keywords “my little niche site keywords” which is the domain and site name as well, and then have a few buy pages that would be posts. Do the normal things to get links and then move on to the next niche.

    I like this niche and think I could build it up into a larger site so here’s a couple questions…………….

    1) If I change the site name to a broader term that makes more sense for the larger site will the longer tailed domain name be a problem when it comes to rankings and conversions? I have already got some links to the home page and have a few keywords on page 2 and 3 in Google. I’ve got 3 post pages with just a couple links each and not ranking very high.

    2) After reading the post about Amazon I thought I would build the site around them, at least at first. This is how I thought I might proceed but would like to hear your thoughts on whether it is the way to go.

    Keep the Home Page but change it to give some general info about the site and then maybe some Amazon images down the page related to the broader keywords I would like to rank for. Those images and keywords would be linked to the product pages with the Amazon products.

    Then, those pages would be nested with pages of closely related longer tailed keyword products. How deep the nesting would depend on the number of good long tailed keywords for that broad keyword.

    These would basically be static pages except when new products are added or an occasional change is needed.

    For ranking I would write posts using the methods you described in your Amazon post. An image or two at top of the post with links to Amazon and then some content below linking to the static pages. Then the post categories listed in the sidebar with maybe a title like “Featured Products” or something like that.


    BTW, I too am a Brit, well half a Brit. Dad met Mom during the Korean war. Took her home to a partially built house in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. Talk about culture shock…..She grew up in Widnes on a street that is no longer there. (Midwood St.) We used to spend the summers there when we were kids. Playing in the streets with all the dirt and soot from the factories. Going to the corner shops for sweets. Eating fish and chips. Couldn’t quite get a taste for the mushy peas though. Great memories. I could go on but maybe another post……

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave Dedrick,

    I want my affiliate commission, Dave.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Dedrick,

    Sounds like a perfect plan. There is no reason why not to broaden out the site name. In time you will rank for that term if you so wish.

    Don’t really know what else to say as it seems like you know what to do, main thing is just to get on with it.

    And thanks for reminding me of fish and chips, now I really really want some 😉

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Dedrick Reply:

    @Dave, Thanks Dave, I guess I just needed confirmation from someone who’s done it…………I know, wish we could get some good F&C’s around here but it ain’t gonna happen in good old Indiana ….

    Thanks again for the comments and better throw JimmytheJust a bone, he sounds hungry!

  15. ** Update Everyone – Build My Rank is now open again ****

    They have grown the network by 40% since closing down in November. Best part, they have moved their entire network over to their own servers and can now pretty much control all aspects.

    If you have been waiting or sitting on the fence, I would suggest give it an honest evaluation for a month and invest $59 bucks. I really believe based on results its one of the best networks out there.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Couldn’t agree more, it is the business at the moment, no doubt about it. Great to see they have grown the network so much too.

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