Not a very SEO friendly post title I know, but I wonder what the point is with this site as I have done basically no backlinking and even with the links from you guys (thanks) I am well and truly in the make believe sandbox for now. Google absolutely hates me for now, well, this site at least.
Many of the readers, and I am actually surprised how many there are (I have no idea where you came from), may be surprised that a blog about gaining good search engine rankings to make money from blogs gets little to no search engine traffic itself. It kind of goes to show you how important it is to pick the right niche (i.e never pick the MMO niche if you actually want to make money, this is just fun fun fun for me) and the importance of backlinks if you want to get anywhere. Oh, yeah, and a smattering of the dreaded keyword research too.
Anyway, as usual, at least when I am in the mood and not feeling grumpy or too burned out, I digress. This post is not about the lack of organic search traffic this site gets:
No, this is the WAKE UP CALL I talked about a few posts back in the comment section. I think I said something about writing an article that most of you will not want to hear and will really get you in a sweat and yet will allow you to make a lot more money.
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I am not singling you out Dude, I have been just as guilty of this as you are too, and to be honest we are all a bunch of idiots. Why are we involved in writing blogs or building websites?
TO MAKE MONEY, RIGHT?
So what the hell are you doing wasting most of your time doing what you are doing?
Ooh, Dave is getting all angry and shit. Well, not really no. Oh, and please tell me to stop talking to myself like that if I do it again, it is stupid, I know 😉
So, what is Dave banging on about now (bugger, I just did it again didn’t I?)
What I am talking about is the hours, the days, and actually the months that I, and you, have wasted on nearly all of the sites that we own. I know some of you have a hundred, or even many hundreds of sites, that all add up to a good income, I don’t agree with that approach, but some people seem to be able to manage it.
No, what I am talking about is most of us. We have a good number of websites or blogs and we spend most of our time throwing our precious resources (us) away.
How many sites do you still work on even though they have made you no money? Or how many hours have you worked on a site that has given you next to no return?
How many sites have you made that are really hard to get to rank, yet you still go at it, even though it seems impossible to get a good listing. And what you do have simply does not convert?
Look, I have given out countless strategies to make money on the Internet. From buying 100 .info domains in 100 niches and putting ten posts in each of them and seeing which ones fly. From attacking very tough keywords with Hubpages or our own aged domains. And man, throw a big package from Backlinks Philippines or a Backlink Solutions run at an uber tough keyword and you can make some scary money very quickly if you are brave enough to cope with the article disappearing for a few days before it leaps to the top of the SERPS.
But what I have never advocated is banging your head against a brick wall.
I did this some time ago and for a long time until I finally woke up and smelled the proverbial coffee. What have you got that has ranked relatively easy and made you money?
What niche have you found that seems to be full of people that actually buy stuff?
What single site do you own that you like the most and still makes you money?
What single article have you got written that brings in money day after day or week after week?
So, and I guess that you can see it coming, why are you still messing around with all the other sites, pages, and posts that you have?
You can have a single article that can attack a myriad of keywords and make you a decent living. Get a couple of them and you are singing all the way to the bank.
No one said, well actually loads have people have, that you have to have a ton of sites to make a lot of money online. If you have a single post that makes money every day then why not go over it with a fine toothed comb and add in content to it? Add more header 2’s to it for all the associated keywords. Add more longtails throughout the text. Add in videos and links to other authority sites in that niche.
Make that single post that already makes you money the best damn piece of information on the whole of the disgrace that is t’Internet. Make it so good, so exactly what the searcher was looking for, and so damn fine that you would be proud to actually tell someone about it or hang it on your wall.
Who says that you cannot make a damn good living from 1 or maybe 2 or 3 single articles? Or certainly from a single site or two.
You may find this extreme but I know for a fact that most of you reading this spend most of your time chasing new stuff and spending most of your time writing content for your sites. I am, or at least was, very guilty of this. How many Hubs have you written that you never backlinked properly to see if you could actually make money? How much content have you written for your sites that you sent maybe 1 or 2 links to then moved on to the next? I think I must have thousands of such pieces of content myself. What a total waste of time.
Why do we do it?
If you have stuff that does well now, or does OK then have you actually worked it until it cannot be worked anymore? Is that piece of content or that site that makes you money number 1 in Google for its main term, its associated terms, and all the longtails too?
I bloody well doubt it.
Why do we all still keep on looking for new niches and writing more content when we make money from stuff we already have? We should, and actually we do, know that if we are already lucky enough to have found a single niche that converts at over 4% then we are actually pretty lucky. 4% of those that click an affiliate link and buy is average and many are much lower, if you have a niche or a page that does much better than that then you are actually one of the lucky few.
I have a couple of killer niches yet I still find myself dreaming of new niches and new sites that I want to make. I can’t help myself. It’s like crack for those that are too sensible to do hard drugs.
How Stupid I am
Let me show you what I am talking about. I just had a look at the earnings from one of our niches. Up until September this year it has made $60,000 give or take a few dollars here and there. And a lot of that has been made in the latter part of the period. And that is earnings from just part of the few affiliate networks it uses. It has made more than that overall but I can’t be bothered to check, I just know it makes plenty of money.
But I can’t help always chasing new stuff. Just, you know, in case. It’s those
again. They may come and destroy all my stuff so I need to find new things just in case.
I have begun to be more dedicated to getting my Amazon earnings up, partly just so my partner and best friend (dammit, from now on I am going to call my lovely lady my Wife, I hate having to try to think what the best word to use is, girlfriend sounds weird when you are talking about someone you have been with for nearly 20 years) can stop being so smug. Yes, my dear I know you have made $800 on Amazon in five days, thanks for sharing again my sweet. Love ‘ya.
So, 60 large ones from the partial earnings of a niche and I still can’t help spending days, weeks, and so much time doing other stuff that I do not even know if it will convert well. What the hell?
But, I am rather restrained. I always put most effort in to my content that makes money or that I know for sure will make money.
In the comments recently (which you really should subscribe to, the stuff recently by readers has been kick ass) I have been talking about how we should spend our time and the more I have been thinking about it the more I have raised my timelines for what we do each day. The best results come from backlinks to our content.
Don’t write another blog post unless you are going to go out and get at least 9 or 10 links to it. I don’t mean, “Oh, yeah, I will do that next week”
I mean, if you write a piece of content then do not do anything apart from get your 9 or 10 backlinks to it before you do anything else. At least give the poor thing a chance. Better yet do nothing but backlink content that you already have for a solid month, you are going to be in for a real shock at how you will alter your earnings, I guarantee it. Use my tools to succeed page for some great ways to get links. But generally you will have the most success with making money if you spend at least 90% of your whole time online making backlinks.
Be bold. I still get scared using the big forum profile packages.
Quite often the pages linked to or the whole site will DROP out of the listings. It gets scary. But this is a good thing. It shows that Google is just having a bit of a think. Go back to more normal link building for the site and in a few days or a week, ta da, some nice shiny new high rankings and more money in the pocket. Stay brave and never simply stop your normal linking to the site, that is exactly what many do and it is the opposite of how to keep those forum profile links having a massive effect.
You really cannot test to see if a niche converts if you are going to be happy with low SERPS listings. There really is such a difference between the bottom and top of page 1. Searchers think that Google is telling them that you are the site THEY trust when you are number 1. Sales and conversions then go up.
And this could be to a couple of posts that are winners or to just a few sites. There really is no need to have millions of sites, it can just make your head spin.
On a forum recently I said what I would do if I had to start all over again.
I would have 1 website about tech products and simply spend all of my time writing it and getting backlinks for content about reviews of the latest gadgets and gizmos and stuff like that. People always buy stuff like that. How do you think that would fare in 2 years time? Someone give it a go and report back in 2 years if the Internet is still alive. And don’t forget my commission.
And people always buy white socks, and sexy underwear, and books, and toys at Christmas, and expensive handbags, and cheap midget thongs, and designer belt buckles and best price made up spiggles and cheap imaginary bokkles for sale and discount bag hinges and ………………you get the idea I am sure.
The hardest part is just finding a niche that actually coverts. I mean, how gutting is it when you make a Hub and it gets 1500 people to it in one day and makes zero sales? Quite, I can tell you. But at least I tested the niche before building a site around it that would have taken months to rank in the same position the Hub did.
EDIT: Hooray, it made 2 sales the next day. $30 dollars for me, which has now covered the Backlinks Philippines run it had.
Find a good niche and let loose on it. Once you do find a good niche, and it is much easier said than done, then what they hell are you doing looking for new niches? You have your goldmine there in front of you yet you continue to waste your precious time when you could spend the next year or so on one site or even just a few articles and retire to your dream location.
Me, I am off to try to see if the fishing spackkle for sale niche converts well, I have a feeling I could be on to a real winner this time.
And to finish off in a totally unrelated vein, I was reading something yesterday by way of a commenters link and it is something many should be wary of. If you are linking to your site i.e http://www.makingmoneyontheinternetfree.info/
be consistent. Don’t do a link to http://www.makingmoneyontheinternetfree.info/ and then a link to http://www.makingmoneyontheinternetfree.info
Same goes for the www. Be consistent. This is something I learned a long time ago and reading it yesterday reminded me that it is very easy to get a link with the / at the end sometimes and not other times.
How is that for a nice little tip of the day?
Anyway, I am off to see if the spackkle niche converts.
I may be some time…………….
Give it a go. If you write something backlink it with a vengeance before you add any more content. Better yet, have a solid month off from writing your content and do nothing but backlinks. You really will be astounded at the difference it makes to your income.