".......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 312011
 
  • I wish that I would become so poor that I could spend six months learning how to make a blog and finding out what a backlink is
  • I wish that I could then work like mad to be able to afford to buy 2 laptops a year later so me and my Wife could both try to make money online
  • I wish that I could then spend a solid year writing content and earning more money than I dreamed possible
  • I wish that I had spent 3 months on a Thai beach when I was younger with my lovely Wife
  • I wish I had the money to finally say to my Wife that she can buy whatever she wants
  • I wish I had always been tight with money until I finally felt secure and had some savings
  • I wish I had saved when I had to have a real job (Urgle) and always said that if I was going to work for the “Man” then I bloody well was going to save it to get out of that crappy lifestyle
  • I wish that I had saved and stretched my budget to the limit to buy my first house
  • I wish I had renovated it and moved to a bigger one and done the same thing and then done it again
  • I wish that I has sacrificed spending my hard earned in the pub and instead looked to a future life
  • I wish that I had then sold up and moved up a mountain in Spain
  • I wish that I had dedicated 3 months to a single site over Christmas to earn more money than I thought possible
  • I wish my Wife was beautiful and much more intelligent than me
  • I wish I knew how to tell my Mum to make $500 on Hubpages even though she only began a few months before
  • I wish I knew that if the Internet broke today I would be cool for for 4 or 5 years as far as money was concerned
  • I wish I would set myself a goal to earn a quarter of a million pounds in the next couple of years so I could buy a house in the UK again, but this time where I want it to be, not where money dictates it “has” to be
  • I wish I had spent just over two years learning to make money online and then begun to pay people to do my backlinking
  • I wish I had found Build My Rank and upped my earnings in an amazingly short period of time
  • I wish I could spend a little bit of time helping out others who seem serious about really making money with blogs
  • I wish I could go on a nice holiday if I felt like it
  • I wish I didn’t have too many websites
  • I wish I focused on just a few sites and really put a lot of effort in to them
  • I wish I stopped reading what others do and only do what I know works (keyword rich post titles and backlinks), all the rest is just filler
  • I wish I had a cool blog
  • I wish I had a cool blog with only a few subscribers but ones that actually helped each other out and weren’t dicks
  • I wish I had a blog where people didn’t just write “Great Post” just to be stupid (bugger, OK bring it on)
  • I wish I had decided that life is too short to not do what I dream of
  • I wish I knew that basically most people are annoying and “real” friends will be very few
  • I wish I knew that anyone can earn a full time living doing Internet stuff in less than a year if they did some bloody work

Um………………………

Hang on a minute..

Life really is too short Dudes. If you want to do something then do it. Man, I am 37 now and I am pretty sure it was really only yesterday that I was still driving a forklift truck to earn less in a week than I get while I go to sleep every night. Decades fly by so pack up and move in to the Caravan until you get the job you want. Pack up and travel the world with a Fridge if you want to.

Poke the boss with a pointed stick and spend 6 months working like a crazed person to up your online earnings. Eat rice and vegetables for 6 months to survive while you make a go of it. Anyone can get a job again if they need to.

Or, we could wait 40 years and then say:

Oh, BUGGER! That was it was it? Can I get another go?

 Posted by at 11:15 am

  175 Responses to “I Wish”

  1. You’re right. Life IS too short. But there are people out there working hard to ensure that this will no longer be the case in the future.

    http://www.sens.org/

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    If you could download your brain in to a virtual computer world and live forever would you do it?

    Man, why do the comments sections here never have anything to do with the KICK ASS content I give you guys? πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Yeah, provided the transfer would be 100% safe and it would actually be a TRANSFER of my consciousness and not a copy.

    The reason why us meaties are busting our balls in the meat world, is because our meat prisons require maintenance.

    Imagine the freedom of being a virtual entity. No more getting dirty, no more getting hungry, no more having to chase the money.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I want a million clones that I would send off in to the Universe. We would meat up every million years to see what was happening and to merge memories. A bit like House of Suns

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Blackthorne,
    “The reason why us meaties are busting our balls in the meat world, is because our meat prisons require maintenance.”

    Nice one. I just spewed oatmeal out my nose onto my keyboard. Damn, that hurt.

    Oh, and Dave, nice post, and I know a great site for a Canadian pharmacy. Let me know if you want the details…..

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    Huh?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Dave,
    Just kidding, dude. It seemed funny to me, but it’s early……

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    Aah. Are you saying I’m a MENTAL.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Dave,
    Only in a kind, considerate way.

    Seriously, a very encouraging post and I gotta say now that I am a month past from removing myself from every Guru’s MMO mailing list, how much clearer my head is about all of this stuff.
    “I wish I knew that basically most people are annoying and β€œreal” friends will be very few”.
    I’m just gonna take the opportunity to say a broad thanks to everybody here….I am glad I found you Dave, Wifey, James, Lando, Tracey…..I shouldn’t have tried to list. But it feels like I found a place, finally.
    Okay. Enough of that soft, fluffy rubbish. I gotta go write some stuff.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    Great stuff Dude. Lists,ebooks, blah blah, all just trying to sell you crap, apart from a very few cases. Stick to the basics and do it until you feel very sick and you will earn.

    If everyone just wrote good keyword posts and titles and got some backlinks they would do well.

    Those are some kind words Peewee, everyone will appreciate it.

    Let’s hope this site stays nice and friendly and helpful to our little group of kick ass Internet dominators.

    Even if you did call me a Mental πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave,

    Yeah, reminds me of a post I was going to write (re: Pee-wee’s sentiments). I scrapped it because I wanted to slap myself for being so sentimental, but your blog/community has been some serious glue.

    Great. I think I’m about to lactate again.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JamestheJust,

    Thanks James, you just keep your man milk to yourself though πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Peewee, As that particular sentence rolled out of my meat tentacles, I had an ominous premonition that, somehow, it would either hurt someone or make them laugh.

    Not in a million years had my humble meat computer been able to dream up that it would actually do both.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Blackthorne, A transfer not a copy? But of course *you* wouldn’t actually know the difference either way! And a copy followed by termination of your original is functionally identical to a transfer…

    Have you read Cory Doctorow’s ‘Down & Out In The Magic Kingdom’? Some very cool stuff about consciousness transfers and biological immortality in there. It’s released under a Creative Commons licence so you can download the ebook for free.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Yeah but a copy is still a copy. It would still be YOU but the YOU that is is a copy of the original.

    If you destroyed the original could you call the copy your name? It is not actually the real person is it?

    Whether that makes a difference to the copy is probably not as important as the fact that the original “I” may be a bit peeved.

    Man, ten of them babies and I could write some serious BMR’s πŸ˜‰

    I am gonna check out that book. Thanks Craig.

    Um, how did this all start? This site is about backlinks and rankings and leaking time, not your mumbo jumbo πŸ˜‰

    http://craphound.com/down/?page_id=1625

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, “A copy is still a copy” But a perfect copy is identical to the original. So, assuming there were no obvious environmental cues, after the copying process the copied ‘you’ and the original ‘you’ would both simply believe that they were you. They would both have your memories, your beliefs, your thoughts, your feelings… It sounds reasonable to argue that the copy can’t be the real person, but at the same time you can’t point to anything about it which is different (assuming a perfect copying process).

    I don’t think they ever addressed these questions on ‘Star Trek’ but technically their transporters made a copy of the person each time they were used. But the original was destroyed before the copy was created.

    Hope you like the book! I read it a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it. And I don’t even like Disneyworld!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    And it was going so well too………….

    STAR TREK! Man!

    πŸ˜‰

    I downloaded it, I am gonna read it after I finish reading Homicide. Best TV show ever, Munch be da Man. The book is amazing.

    You US folks really do like to shoot each other don’t ya?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, Hey, I grew up on Star Trek, don’t diss it! Of course Babylon 5 was infinitely superior, but there you go. (And Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning is an hilarious spoof of both at once).

    Never heard of Homicide. I don’t watch that much TV. The first series of The Wire was excellent though (probably other series were too, I just haven’t watched them yet), and Dexter was great fun. Breaking Bad is probably my favourite US drama, though.

    Also, I hope that “You US folks…” wasn’t directed at me! I’m about as American as a Cornish pasty.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Homicide is by the same dude as the Wire, check out the corner too. Yeah, Breaking Bad rocks. I like a bit of Chuck too for some light relief.

    Not directed at you Dude, I just find it amazing the amount of violence. I don’t know why that is. I read an interesting fact a while ago that whilst Canadians have more Guns per person that US folks their murder rate is more on a par with the UK, so it ain’t the Guns, maybe it’s because they call trousers pants, which is just stuuuuuuuuuuupid πŸ˜‰ Or maybe owning Guns not for hunting reasons but because the right is there? I don’t know. I am happy in my isolation.

    And hey man, I AM Cornish. I was born in Truro.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, A fellow Cornishman! I grew up in West Cornwall. Penzance, Newlyn, Marazion, Porthleven, Camborne…I moved around a little. I haven’t lived there for over ten years but I went back for a holiday last year and it’s still home. (After living in London for five years it’s crazy to remember that Truro used to be a big city to me!)

    My plan for this year is to build up the business so that next year I can travel the world, but eventually I think I’ll go back to Cornwall. About the only reason I won’t move back there now is because I know the next time I go back I’ll never leave, and I figure I should see more of the world first.

    You’re right about the Canada/US number of guns thing. But apparently Canada has much stricter laws. Handguns are illegal, for instance. Seems like a good system: allow hunting, discourage murder.

    It can’t be the ‘pants’ thing, as Canadians say that too, stupid as it is!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Traveling the world is a great idea, there are so many cool places I would love to go to. Hopefully we will at some point.

    I would love to move to Cornwall too but I think our intended quarter of a mill won’t go too far there to buy a house!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Cat Reply:

    @Craig,

    I remember that TNG episode where Riker discovered he had a clone, as a result of a transporter malfunction. They didn’t get along very well. I suppose it’d be kind of weird to meet another ‘you’, especially if they were the annoying type lol

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Craig, Didn’t read that particular book, but I’ve been familiar with these sorts of visions of the future for quite some time now.

    It was about 10 years ago that I first started reading http://kurzweilai.net.

    Shortly after, I set up my own technology related site, which accidentally started making a few bucks per month.

    It was my first foray into MMO.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Cat Reply:

    @Dave,

    I hate the idea of being immortal, at least in this world. I’d feel trapped eventually. Isn’t there a old Chinese curse that goes ‘may you live forever’ or something like that. I like my life, but 70-odd years of this ‘meat world’ will be enough for me!

    But living as a disembodied consciousness without all the hassles of physical life would be very cool. I’m interested in learning to have out of body experiences at will. It’ll be fun to explore other ‘realities’, or just go floating around the neighbourhood πŸ˜€

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Cat,

    I got very close to astral projection once and am in no doubt that you can do it. I practiced quite a bit and had the real feeling that it was about to happen.

    I freaked out though and stopped. If that cord gets torn you may get stuck in wherever it is you go. I don’t think it is likely but I was younger and more nervous.

    There are some cool books I have, I will dig them out and let you know. So look out everyone, I have your IP addresses. I shall astral project to your home and whisper “Dave’s blog is cool” in your ear whilst you sleep your fitful sleep πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Cat Reply:

    @Dave,

    Yeah, I’ve had a similar experience re. getting close and then getting excited or freaked out & coming out of the trance state. I really need to practice keeping my mind under control. I’ve had a few involuntary OBEs, so know it can work for me. But learning to control it consciously is a whole other thing.

    I’d be interested in your book suggestions. I really like Astral Dynamics and Mastering Astral Projection by Robert Bruce (it’s his method I want to follow – I just need to get into practising consistently). I’ve got Robert Monroe’s books too – lots of weird stuff in there!

    I even bought a domain related to this ages ago. I thought it would a fun idea for a site, but I don’t feel like I can write about it until I’ve got a lot more experience.

    “I have your IP addresses. I shall astral project to your home and whisper β€œDave’s blog is cool” in your ear whilst you sleep ”

    haha, there’s a brand new IM promotion technique. You could write an ebook about it πŸ˜€

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave,

    Then astral project your @$$ over here and bring the Cava.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, A friend of mine had exactly the same experience. He was lying in bed doing all the typical relaxation techniques when he got the vibrations. Even though he was expecting them he said they were so intense that they scared the crap out of him and he didn’t continue.

    Not sure about the cord, though. Robert Monroe says that lots of people don’t even have a cord when they project: it depends entirely on whether you believe there’ll be one or not. In his hundreds (thousands?) of projections he always got back to his body safe and sound.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Cat, I think I could quite happily live to be 500 in this world. Just think of all the things you’d get to see! I want to visit the Mars colonies and explore a whole other solar system!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    And I want some Space Hotel action too πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, Yes, definitely! In the unlikely event that I ever become a billionaire I’m going to go all Elon Musk and start my own space company!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Cat Reply:

    @Craig,

    Yeah, that kind of thing would be fun. Not sure I’d want to hang around in the meat suit for that long to see it though! I suppose if I could astral project at any time & get out for a bit it would be ok. It’s the feeling of being limited and stuck in here that I don’t like. Bodies can get a bit claustrophobic lol

  2. Great post.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Googlebot,

    Okay, I am freaked out!

  3. Great post. πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JamestheJust,

    James, if you can leave it at that then I will eat my proverbial hat.

    I wondered how long it would take for someone to get all “clever” πŸ˜‰

  4. I used to drive a forklift for a living too, and I could never get over the ‘older’ people, about my age now -35!, who were happy to keep doing it for the rest of their lives. They’d moan about low wages but not bother to do anything about it. Incidentally I’m earning less now than I did then lol but that’s not for much longer, thanks to BMR et al! And I have a massive amount of freedom that allows me to appreciate the simple things in life.
    Great post btw πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dean,

    Thanks Dean. Life really is about making the changes if that is what you want, sounds like you have done just that. The thing is that if you are not depressed from a crap job then you probably need less money as you don’t have to spend so much to try to forget the misery of it all.

  5. Another great post Dave, it’s clear that you have the right sort of mental attitude. There are not many people that have, I am glad to read your blog, it makes me feel I am not alone.

    Only yesterday I thought, I have no life, here I am on my only free day working on my sites. But I am not going to stop until I get it to work. This is the only way I am ever going to get a life that does not involve me working for some one else.

    You and your Wife truly are an inspiration. I have given up all forums and yours is the only blog I read because it is the only one with the right attitude for success.

    I want a house in the New Forest, now that is not cheap, so I had better get back to work.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    Thanks for the kind words, it really does mean a lot, and that is the truth. If you want it then you will get there Suzanne.

    The way I look at it is that for almost all niches there are dabblers and there are players. You can rank for almost any terms if you be the player and do the most work. Treat it like I said in the earlier post i.e you have 1 year to make the most you possibly can from the internet, it is a great motivator.

    That house may come sooner than you think if you really dedicate yourself to earning online.

    Go get em Tiger. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Dave,

    Thanks Dave. Sometimes it seems a long way off, but not as far as if I never start.

  6. Dave, I am about to commit blasphemy, but I just gotta. I find your information even more helpful and motivational then Griz. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Griz, and TKA (yes, I’m a member), but your story about the speed of your success, and the clear, concise information are just amazing. Thanks, ever so much for being here.

    Now If I could just get off my ass and work as hard as I know I should. That’s the really hard part.

    Ray

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Ray,

    Praise indeed there Ray, I am feeling all nice and fuzzy now πŸ˜‰

    If you know what needs to be done then all you have to think about is if you want the earnings this year or in 5 years time if ever.

    You know it works so just decide this is the year you get to where you want to be at. Could be $1k a month or 20 cents a month, whatever you need to earn to feel you have reached your goals.

    My problem is that 2 years ago I was leaping for joy earning a dollar a month but I keep raising the bar. I think a Jet would be cool next πŸ˜‰

  7. You know what you looks so young. Looks like till 35 you did nothing in online. I am 24. I am doing it right now and I am going to increase my income $3 per day to $25-$50 day from one adsense revenue sharing site. Not the popular one. But i will post this in future. I am talking with webmasters regarding this. If i will be able to prove my results. They will give 10 years revenue sharing or life time. But for me it is challenge.I know i will take my profits and prove myself.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Rahul,

    Good luck Dude, just don’t forget to build up your own sites too, think about where you want to be in ten years time. You would still be younger than I am now by a long way and could have built an truly massive online empire.

  8. Are hubpages still good to go? I would imagine the dust has settled after all the fuss about HP closing down and deleting hubs that spam links to them.

    This might sound weird….. but my first goal is to be like your mum

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Colin,

    Being like my Mum is a very good goal indeed, she rocks.

    Hubs still rank well, just no automated links. BMR and postrunner etc are all goof for linking to them though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Colin Reply:

    @Dave, Cool, I will start backlinking my HPs through postrunner and other article sites.

    I am not a member of BMR just now… can’t afford it as well as TKA

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mason Reply:

    @Dave,

    I second that. You can send 20+ links per day to Hubs from the beginning as long as they’re non spammy…. (non-spammy according to hubpages cause 20+ links per day seems a little spammy to me πŸ™‚

    Also I dont know if this has been others experience but with the hubs Im working on now it seems as though it takes about 1 month for the hub to really get some traction. It would make sense to just write a ton of hubs for a month and then go back to your first hubs and start linking.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Colin Reply:

    @Mason, Do you think that sending article from UAW at 15 per day would work then?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mason Reply:

    @Colin,

    Im not sure about UAW but it seems as though that would work. I wouldn’t expect the same results as using BMR and postrunner though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mason,

    You could be right. I am also noticing with Squidoo that although I can rank them quite well in a few weeks they begin to lose their place after a while, but a few more regular links seems to top them up nicely and after a few odd links they then keep there place with no more work.

  9. Great post lol.

    Found your blog from TKA. Reading about how you’ve pushed yourself as hard as you could and now you’re enjoying life is very inspiring. I just got my first adsense payout and am looking forward to challenging myself to match your success! Thanks for being so helpful to us newbies!

    Philip

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Philip,

    Way to go Philip, welcome to the site. The hardest part of this game is realizing it works at all, now you know that it is all just a matter of scale.

  10. Re: Hubpages…you can use an indirect layer of high PR links for direct links – YouSayToo, SheToldMe, Best-Reviewer, Xomba and other social bookmark type sites work well. Throw in some other type of links like article directories and what not…then you can blast that to Nirvana using whatever you got.

    [I mean Nirvana as in Kurt’s band, of course.]

    Anyway. That indirect method I learned from Joseph Archibald – and it works, at least so far. Throw in your BMR and you’re good to go. Give me a month with a hub and I’m in the top 15, if not the top 10 – but I think it also might be the terms I choose.

    I’m pretty picky.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JamestheJust, So you’re saying use all those sync services to link up your hubs and it works?

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Not sure what you mean by “sync services,” but I’ve been simply using an article blast to my hubs and buffering the barrage with a direct layer of links on high PR sites (Ezine, for example, would be a good high PR link – I know Google was talking about content farms, but I don’t see any difference in the old familiar names with the new algo targeting such).

    Personally, I do play a bit risky because I do this all at once (the AMR blast using Article Marketing Robot, about 1700 article directories, 1/2 or more will post) – after my HP has aged 3-4 weeks.

    Maybe it’s just the terms I target, I dunno. My wife’s hub was targeting some pretty good competition – and I set up a linking layer of a handful of properties.

    Spun my anchor texts, URLs. Originally I was hitting it with 10 articles a day, then ramped it to 15, 20…

    Just got fed up with it – the highest I got was #289 or something unreal. I figured I had nothing to lose and just hit it with the remaining 700 or so (about 3.5 weeks after it was published).

    Now I’m building other links to new web 2.’s and then hitting them all at once that way. Seems to be working out so far (I do have one direct link to the property spun into the URLs in the resource box, if that makes sense).

    I might be taking a risk at the moment, but I’m cool with that. I don’t do it unless I’m having trouble ranking a lens/hub, btw – usually I find these properties rank highly with just a link wheel or whatever. Other times I use a BLP package – but not to Hubs.

    Simple link wheel, or layering, so far has helped for whatever reason. I don’t wind up with a ton of direct links this way, but I have noticed some of my older articles have PageRank, up to PR4 (that happened once, I have more PR1s, PR2s and a few PR3s).

    My money site and Hubs are the only time I bother with this, but my traffic stats show it’s working peachy.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JamestheJust, By sync services I meant sites such as the ones you named. I thought you used those sites to feed your RSS into or something.

    Tnx for the explanation.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Oh, I don’t worry about indexing ever. If a link is made, regardless of indexation – I just track the results in ranking.

    If I had Backlinks Energizer or some other plugin I might care. Otherwise, I just focus on the SERPs and sales. The rest will take care of itself (unless you’re making forum blasts, that’s when I might care, but I just use Backlinks Philippines for that).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Colin Reply:

    @JamestheJust, thats interesting because I was using that method too but wasn’t sire how to deal with HPs. I will now put an anchor layer round them and link like mad to them instead

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Colin,

    See above, I do trickle some direct links (if you can call it a trickle). Not saying you should copy what I’m doing – I haven’t lost any HPs yet doing it, but it’s a risk I’m taking since I primarily use them for link juice anyway.

    I can always use HMA (my VPN service) for signing up to a new account (methinks – haven’t had to yet).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @JamestheJust, Hey James, Could you elaborate on what entails being picky about the keywords you make hubs around?

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Wishal,

    I use Market Samurai (I actually worked for that one – bartered for some ghost posts). I used to use Micro Niche Finder, then learned what I was doing (after reading Dave’s fave ebook, the Amazonian Profit Plan – they have a section on keyword selection using SEO Quake if you don’t have Market Samurai)…

    Anyway, after learning what to look for manually (essentially checking the backlinks of my top ten competitors for their PageRank and variety: are all links coming from the same site? Are they internal or external? Are they high PR or crummy links?) – making sure I’m picking “buying keywords” versus general keywords…

    “Long Tail” keywords in other words, with low or easily defeated competition –

    These are the KW’s I go for. Dave has talked about this a few times, if you use his search bar and type in “buying keywords” I think you’ll find the post.

    Dave and I go for two different beasts – I still play in the lower traffic end, but I’m looking for low compete terms that are either my product names or product name + discount, + review, etc. – I find the traffic converts better that way.

    I’ve a post coming up shortly on market research, there are other things I check (Alexa has a great market research function where you can check out your top competitors and see their demographics – it really helps to know your audience).

    Nothing really revolutionary – except I don’t typically go for “tough” terms – I stick with easy or moderate competition and I don’t promote what isn’t already selling (unless I have a hunch about something).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JamestheJust,

    The Alexa toolbar is a great add on. It can give you a great quick glimpse in to the top traffic terms to a site. Apparently I do well for fishing spackle, so, as always, take all tools with a pinch of salt.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Isobel Reply:

    @Dave, I dunno, I would guess there are only two types of people who have the Alexa toolbar installed: intermet marketers, and people who didn’t realise they were installing it and don’t know how to remove it. Why would anyone other than an IMer want it? A friend of mine used Alexa for market research recently and found it reported that an unreasonably high number of sites had a “baby boomer” demographic. Tattoos for the over-60s, anyone? There’s a hot niche for you! πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Isobel,

    Yeah, I think this is part of the reason I basically rely on my common sense nowadays. For me the best research is simply typing the beginnings of a product in to G and seeing what their auto complete results are. That is what people are going to type in. Keeping it simple works best for me.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave,

    Dude. You really want to spend the $57 on Scrapebox, then – it scrapes not only Google’s Suggest, but Amazon’s, Shopping.com, Google Products, Yahoo! Shopping and Yahoo! search assist, YouTube and Bing…

    So, in all of 5 minutes, you can load up a few seed keywords, or start w/Google, then put it into SB, then scrape away.

    Works with Wonder Wheel, too (for LSI terms, pretty sweet for article marketing or coming up with related topics to link to your site for BMR runs).

    It’s the cat’s meow, Scrapebox. Competitve analysis as well. It’s all that and the guacamole.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave,

    Ha! That’s funny…I just keep going to Alexa for all that. They show you a lot about demographics in Alexa…really informative when you’re selling something that’s expensive or need some ideas for content or promotion.

    Will check it out, thanks, Dave.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Dave,
    Oy Dave! I hope this get through the 20 inches of snow outside, thought I would try before trying to extricate my truck. (I gotta get my ass to Spain)

    Do you like the Alexa toolbar better than SeoQuake?

    Also, I have another buck noobie question, What is the easiest and best way to see where your stuff is in the rankings?

    Cheers, and fire up the pizza oven for me.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    Hope you made it out Dude, sounds tough. I use Seo Quake more, Alexa is just for being a bit nosy really.

    For ranking checks I use a less local google http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en but these are better often:

    https://ssl.scroogle.org/ very good
    http://www.seoserp.com/web_tools/google_top_1000_serps_checker.asp very accurate it seems and good for other countries
    http://searchenginereports.net/ just to round it off.

    Pizza awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Dave,
    Thanks dude. I will give them a look.

    BTW could you put some prosciutto and basil on mine? Be right there (the sound in the background is maniacal snow shovelling).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil, that is all you are getting buddy!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Dave, hahahahaha! I’ll take it!

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    @Dave,

    Ruined a perfectly good pepperoni.

  11. I wish!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8BY86AO5Bs

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    OLD SKOOL BABY!

    Yeah.

  12. Ok, I want to say great post, because it is, but I realise that is going to sound kind of lame now πŸ˜‰

    So let me instead say:

    I wish I had friends online that inspire me everday to keep doing what I’m doing because this game can get lonely
    I wish those friends had the same feelings about internet marketing that I do
    I wish those friends knew how I enjoyed hearing about their successes.

    πŸ™‚

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tracey,

    Nice one, I can’t even imagine not having the Wife to talk to about this game through the day, I think I would burst otherwise.

    Nothing like the morning coffee where she can boast about how she made money on Amazon to make me feel proud.

  13. Hi dave,

    Thanks for the post, I love this blog!

    I don’t know if you remembered my previous post but I have been building those backlinks, many many many many articles submitted, my site was registered on november the 8th so its almost 4 months old, I started to build backlinks to the page I wanted to rank in january and I have seen progress, however it seems now no matter how many articles I write my site bounces on page 3, the highest it’s been is 36, what do you think could be the reason for this?

    The term Im going after is a buying term but doesn’t seem to have much competition, I haven’t done much backlinking to the homepage, perhaps google doesn’t trust me yet?

    Sorry for all the questions, I guess I’m just venting and wanting to make sure I’m on the right track, I’ll keep going with the backlinks and report back on my progress, btw your entire blog made me commit to getting this going, I liked your style of telling it actually how it is instead of just endless pitching of products.

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mick,

    I remember Mick. I am a little confused about the age of your site, you say November?

    Anyway, even if it is 4 months old it may still be too early to rank it high. But you talk about a page? You need to really make sure that you link to every piece of content on it. It is a big mistake I made early on.

    If you write content for your sites then backlink it, every single article. It will give you faster results.

    With a new site you can try adding in longtails to your existing post titles. Add in them and go for that term which will be easier to rank for and with age go for the harder term.

    You may just have the new site penalty, you can also get hit if you backlink too much to a new site. It will come good in time but could take a while.

    And on an interesting side not to everyone. I had a site come back from total oblivion the other day after a year in no mans land.

    All I did was take the tag widget off the site. It was actually the only site I had a tag cloud on and I never even thought about it. I know Mick you said your site was static html so it won’t apply, but it just goes to show the importance of testing anything you can think of.

    Stay inspired Dude, it will come to those that work.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Rahul Reply:

    @Mick, I bought 21 domains in jan. 16 is up and 5 of them are in top 5 pages for these keywords. Another one i did some blog commenting jumped from no where to 10 page. So, i can say if some site not ranking after lot of trial leave that one and build another. or just keep working slowly. Some times we get unexpected results (failure) from expected (where we are expecting success) and expected (Success) from unexpected (where we are expecting failure).

  14. Great post! ;p (I think I’m the sixth to say that…).

    Seriously, thanx for all the value you’re providing with your blog. Great info and a fun personal style.

    I tried out buildmyrank and it’s a great service, the only problem I have is that they accept only English content for English sites (I want to work on German, Spanish and Portuguese sites). Do you know any similar sites to buildmyrank that might not be that restrictive?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Fede,

    Thanks for the comment, it’s appreciated. Glad you like the style, there are way to many boring old MMO blogs if you ask me, this is more like real life chat if such a thing is possible on a blog. I try anyway πŸ˜‰

    And unfortunately I really can’t help with that question. Hopefully someone here may be able to point you in the right direction. But I haven’t heard of anything like that.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Fede,

    I have tried looking for any sites like BMR but have not found any that will take foreign sites. I am interested in linking to German sites. I am going to try using an article and seeing which article directories will take these links, some might be OK. I know there are German article directories but my German is not that good and they seem to all want unique content.

    I have also tried to come up with search strings for these sites for blogs and forums that have a .de domain. Also social bookmarking with .de sites.

    Have you had any success with just using .com for your link building? I am trying to use a mix. It is hard to tell whether or not this matters as there are so many conflicting views, so I am just going to experiment.

    Vote -1 Vote +1jamesthejust Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    If you are already in a foreign niche (I’m in the US, it might not be foreign to you, re: .de, etc.), why not just analyze your competitors for your KW’s and see where they get their backlinks?

    You can use Blekko, SEO Quake, Market Samurai, SEO Spyglass, or good ol’ Yahoo! Site Explorer (which SEO Quake and Market Samurai use anyway)…or Majestic SEO would be the most thorough backlink checker thingy.

    If you analyze enough of those sites you should see where they’re getting links from as a pattern.

    Scrapebox is good for that, too, since you can scrape the German Google index with your chosen keywords and find forums, directories and article sites in addition to blogs…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @jamesthejust,

    Hi James, thanks, that is what I have been doing. Quite eye opening, a lot of sites buy their backlinks by the look of it.

    I am going for a mix of backlinks, yes I am also analysing competitions backlinks for this. I don’t have scrapebox, I might have to put it on my to buy list. It isn’t too hard to find plenty of sites, I just would be interested to see if there is any difference in getting site to rank with .com’s etc or if it is easier with .de backlinks.

    And of course it would be a lot easier with BMR, or similar.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun L Reply:

    @Fede,
    You might be able to use PostRunner? As long as you write English articles linking to your foreign sites… Check it out, see if it’s possible.

  15. When I checked my Amazon account for the Feb 1 update it seemed a bit odd. Upon further investigation, in my account settings, it told me that I was on the Classic Fee Structure. There’s no way anyone in their right mind would choose that so I’ve no idea how it happened.

    Might be worth looking at if it doesn’t tell you how many items you need to sell to reach the next referral rate on the front page.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Yeah, that has happened before. I can’t understand why they still even have the classic as an option. Always worth checking every month to make sure you are on the tiered rate. Hit 7% yet?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Thanks Lando – happened to me too. I don’t think that is by accident with so many of us having the same issue. Seems, like more deliberate at this point. But, I will keep an eye on it.

    Cheers

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lando @ Docking Bay 94 Reply:

    @Darrell,

    Would seem so. At least at the moment we can change it back. Just imagine what would happen if they said they were getting rid of the Performance fee structure!

  16. Up to 7% in one day?! Stop boasting πŸ˜‰

    Not even hit 6.5% yet! But I am getting closer and closer to 8% each month.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Seth Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94, Mine was switched magically to Classic as well.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lando @ Docking Bay 94 Reply:

    @Seth,

    That’s not good πŸ™ But I’m glad to hear I’m not alone.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Didn’t say I was there, just wondered if you were. It’s slow for me this month!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Carrie Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Weird, I just checked mine and I was also switched to Classic. Everyone better double check their accounts.

    Thanks for bringing it up!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Pete Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Yup – it happened to me as well. Thanks for the heads up!!

  17. Someone calm me down. It seems that now I have peeps doing my backlinks for me I am suddenly going after new niches that I can investigate. More free time is seeing me contemplate world domination for anything remotely popular.

    Where or where does it end?

    I need it to be Summer so I can escape to the beach.

    Should have stuck to the white socks niche. Them there suckers are pure Gold I tells ya.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Reed Reply:

    @Dave, Hey Dave, I know it’s bound to happen, but are you going to give some sage advice on outsourcing? That seems to be the next step for a lot of peoples in tha biz.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Reed,

    Yeah, I will talk about it a bit in the next post, although there isn’t really much to it. Go to a job board and try people out and get frustrated that most of them are either no good or you never hear from them again after a short trial πŸ˜‰

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Tara Reply:

    @Dave,

    Yes, that’s pretty much it. This is what Dave told me at the start of January and I jumped right in there….have been through about 4 writers. But I now have one that is good. Although it’s a guessing game at to how long she will stay.

    The biggest thing for me from outsourcing – I have never done this before, is that someone else is doing the grunt work (BMR’s) that would take me all day to do….and it frees me up. Not to the extent that it has freed Dave up to dominate the world by looking at other niches πŸ™‚ but enough that I am not frustrated and angry that I am working at a much slower rate than I would like.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tara,

    I think that is an important factor. You know that even if you don’t lift a finger all day then your online empire is at least ticking over. I wish I had done it sooner on one hand. But on the other I know what is to be expected from a worker as I have done it all myself.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tara Reply:

    @Dave,

    No online empire………yet……..some days it just seems like an absolute impossibility….

    So much hard work and nothing much to show for it.

    Just gotta keep at it.

  18. Wotcha Dave,

    Ok, its about time I dropped in to say hola tio!

    Hola tio!

    I didn’t know you had a place on a mountain too. Mine is near Casabermeja (Malaga) but the lack of water/electricity never mind anything else made life pretty difficult up there, but it was blissfully peaceful.

    I’ve been living down here on the coast in Fuegirola with my other ‘alf (who I met here) for the last few years and its a lot more convenient, just bloody noisy. Although its worth putting up with for being able to go for a walk along the beach today in the warm sunshine and its only just February. Try and do that in Brrrritain! So whereabouts are you hiding yourself out here? It really is a lovely place to live.

    Anyway, I take my hat off to you for what you’ve accomplished in just 2 years – way better than me in my 4 online. January was pretty amazing for me so if things keep going this well, maybe I’ll be hot on your heels this year… the only way is UP!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Terry,

    Thanks for dropping by. Your old place sounds a lot like ours. We are right in the South of Catalonia, in the mountains an hour inland from the N340. We have to use solar panels and the water gets delivered by a tractor.

    All good fun when it is warm and sunny but not so cool when the pipes burst and the Sun doesn’t shine. Never thought I would run a water system with a car battery and a small DC pump!

    Mind you, I love walking in the mountains and not having any neighbors, I guess you have plenty of them now?

    A walk on the beach would be cool. It is bloody freezing up here today. Funny that no one ever talks about Spain being windy isn’t it? A secret they try to keep to themselves.

    Come back soon Terry, it is great to have peeps around that have been in the game for some time. I am sure you could offer tons of great advice to this lot that I have to put up with on a regular basis πŸ˜‰

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Terry Reply:

    @Dave, Did you say windy? My memories of the two winters I spent up that mountain were of hurricanes that tried to blow my roof off and when it wasn’t windy, sitting in a cloud not being able to see further than a few metres ha! Then the summer came with blisteringly hot days and nights, so mountains are ok if you like extremes of weather!

    Funny thing, but in those two years I really found myself and learned a lot about living on the edge. I’m now a master at water conservation, figured out how to take a shower with less than 20 litres of water that was heated by the sun! I learned about electricity and amps and how much you can take out of a battery before you have to put some back! And walking in the mountains on a sunny day, just me and my dog was heaven!

    But I was also seriously broke and living day to day as a musician, so it wasn’t all bliss. A 40 something re-living his days as a teenager wasn’t exactly a responsible way to live.

    Anyway, that was then, this is now.

    I’m typing this up on my new netbook in a hotel bar with wifi and a cold beer while Jan reads her emails on hers. A tool of the trade is a justified backup to the laptop and it means I’m more mobile if I want to get out of the house for a while and still get a little work done…

    Ok reading blogs and writing comments isn’t work, but its been a long day writing BMR snippets and this is my reward! Cheers!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun L Reply:

    @Dave,
    Solar panels? Surely you can buy a sun now with the money you’re making? lol

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    It’s the shipping costs that make it a bit pricey.

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun Reply:

    @Dave,
    You should buy on Amazon, shipping is free πŸ˜‰

  19. Hey Dave,

    Great and inspiring post as usual.

    When you are doing product research, would you type in tires and see what G brings you, or type in Goodyear super duper traction tires and see what comes up?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JohnM,

    I would go for the specific product first and see what comes up. Also type in buying keywords then the beginning of the product. Then check the wonder wheel and the related search options too. Also type it in to amazon of they have it.

    Then rank it!

    But general terms are good too, buy………, best price………, discount etc. It depends on the niche how well more general terms convert though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JohnM Reply:

    @Dave,

    Ok and now the follow up question πŸ™‚

    How to you determine if that word/product is too competitive to go for? How do you find the so called low hanging fruit products?

    +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JohnM,

    Um………

    I don’t look. I just rank them there babies. If it is just your average product then you can beat the competition. Most people are simply too lazy to put real work in to rank.

    Best tip ever? Get feeds from Amazon etc for new releases and stuff that is climbing the rankings and write about it first. Very easy to rank then and you get a big bonus in terms of how easy it is to rank if you are one of the first with content about an item.

    -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, But now you’ve released that tip all of your 18 readers are going to use it and you’ll never be first again!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Firstly, there are only 7 of you, and secondly I am already number 1 πŸ˜‰

    Oh, and thirdly I will get my team to RANK MY ASS!

    Um, that sounds a little odd thinking about it.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Dave,

    You should definitely make this site rank for “RANK MY ASS”.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    πŸ˜‰

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    First negative on the site, and you have the honor Craig. Not so clever now are we mister smarty pants?

    Huh?

    Huh?

    +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, First!!! πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Got yourself a bit of a record there now buddy πŸ˜‰

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Craig, Here, have an upboat.

  20. Dave you’re right on.

    I’m 62 and can’t believe I’m not 37 anymore. It goes fast man. There was no internet for most of my life but there has always been a way for those who didn’t dig a “boss”. Other than the wife of course. I’m writing this from the warmth and beauty of Mexico right now and it’s pretty cool not having to be in the U.S. for the winter.

    I’m like most of us here though in that I’m working hard everyday to increase my income and because I like doing it. We all have our “I wishes” but I’m proud of you for making your wishes a reality. Thanks for all you do,

    Jerry

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Jerry, I’ve been lurking since Dave started this site, and your comment is the nicest comment that’s ever been written here.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jerry,

    Thanks Man, much appreciated. Sounds like you have already made your wishes come true too. Inspiring stuff for everyone I hope.

    It seems the older you get the more the years seem to fly by at breakneck speed, gotta make the most of it.

  21. Since Google loves proximity in SEO (first / last content ….can’t help with the first bit):

    Rank my ass

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @jamesthejust, Build My Skank!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @jamesthejust,

    Send me a backlink instead! But for something like “The best blog in the world”.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Can I send one that says “the rick jerk”? πŸ˜›

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    And after all the advice I have given you too. Man, that’s appreciation for you!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Whaaaaaaaat…. I just wanna help you outrank this other guy I know who’s kind of a rick jerk!

    I thought you’d be happy!

  22. I just wrapped up my second batch of 20 BMR articles. That’s 40 BMRs for the day!

    I still have a few hours left and I might put in some more work.

    How much work do other people on this site get done in a day?

    Even though I can write 10 BMRs in half an hour, 40 BMRs somehow end up taking me not 2 but 4 hours.

    The more you do it, the more boring and harder it gets, doesn’t it?

    The links I’ve built are 75% exact keywords and 25% slight variations. I’m laser targeting a few keywords here that I think have reasonable volume and low competition.

    I don’t care what it takes. I’m conquering my own slice of the net. And that’s final.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Try taking a break after every group of ten.

    I find it helps me keep the speed up.

    Also, if you are doing 40 or 50 on the same keyword try coming up with 4 or 5, respectively, unique articles and then rewrite each of them ten times.

    To be honest though, I have trouble hitting 40 or 50 BMRs every day. I’m going to be hiring a writer or two in the next month so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, How much success are you having with 40 BMRs per day?

    I already have a writer doing 35 BMRs for me, and I see some ranking increases. But the rewards remain from my clutches.

    I’m thinking about focussing more on very few sites and not spreading it out that much anymore.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Do you mean how much success am I having, or how much success am I having at holding that schedule?

    40 BMRs a day to one of my pages will make it shoot up the serps. Last week I wrote 50 in one day to a page and it made it go from 37 up to 10 for the main keyword.
    If it’s the second question, I am pretty bad at sticking to a schedule.

    Also, try and mix in some profiles with BMR. I find that helps a lot. If you need any help finding someone to Xrumer for you cheap, send me an email- Benpari [at] gmail [dot] com

    How did you go about hiring your writer?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I can do about the same, I get brain fried if I do any more.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Well, there we have it…. I’m doing just as much as you have done to get to your riches, Dave.

    If I don’t make it to a full time income this year, then I don’t know how I’m ever going to make it.

    (but I’ll still keep trying)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Full time work online for about a year and a half once I knew what I was doing is what I have done. No, actually I have only had my own laptop for just over a year. Before that we could not afford to have one each.

    You should be making a very good full time living by now dude. Above the fold, above the fold, repeat after me………………

    Sorry to everyone else, that is just something Blackthorne needs to make his new mantra.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, As Chris Rempel mentioned way back in 2007:

    “I’ve seen affiliate commissions go up by nearly 1000% just by placing a short plug at the TOP of a page, in addition to the one at the bottom or end of an article.”

    (It’s interesting, scrolling through that book (Confessions Of A Lazy Super Affiliate) how little the fundamentals have changed in the last four years. If you listened to the guberus you’d think that you needed fresh new techniques weekly…)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Above the fold.

    Adding content to the site daily and hammering it with links from BMR.

    I don’t have a full time income yet. I have a half time income. And there’s nothing I change about that RIGHT NOW.

    However, there should be real results once the first half year is over. And by the time I get to December, I should definitely be there.

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    If it makes you feel any better, the last 2 months my income has climbed like crazy. I made about $300 in December, then just under a thousand in January, and I have averaged over $100/day since February began(which is my 14th month in IM). That fulltime income might happen more suddenly than you think, rather than something you build up to.

    Also, that huge rise at the end of January was thanks to 140 BMR articles to a squidoo lense. Just keep hitting your pages with articles.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, Great to hear that Josh.

    I’m currently writing up a Squidoo lens for a keyword that gets nice volume and has real crappy competition.

    I’m taking this one to the top quick and then we shall see how much I can make my income jump!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Deano Reply:

    @Blackthorne,
    Hi Blackthorne, please let us know how you get on with it – I’m stuck in two minds as to whether I should spend some time on squidoo

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Deano, Yeah, you should.

    Everybody that needs to gain quick starter income needs to ride the wave of existing authority sites.

    Plenty of time for setting up your own authority sites a little later.

  23. I need to sell 12 sites that have unique content, are aged, backlinked, indexed and receiving trickle traffic.

    They’re going fast and cheap.

    Can anybody recommend a place to sell my sites? I’ve looked at digitalpoint, sitepoint and flippa.

    Any other options?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Pet Reply:

    @Blackthorne, might be interested, can you provide contact details pls?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Pet, Give me your addy so I can contact you.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Pet Reply:

    @Blackthorne, sure it’s leisuretrader(at)gmail.com …are they wordpress sites?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Pet, Mail sent.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Myles Reply:

    @Blackthorne, Im always looking for sites to purchase. Drop me an email Myles(at)molesza.com

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Myles, Sent you the email. Get in touch soon.

  24. I have decided I must be doing something horribly horribly wrong. I need to write more content, a heck of a lot faster. But. I can’t seem to get anything written in under an hour. How do you guys/gals do it? How good is good enough content so that I can get faster at this?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lynn,

    Just focus in and don’t get distracted. Know your subject before you write. As to how good is good enough that is impossible to say. I do plenty of product posts and they are simply talking about how great it is etc. Done in 20 minutes for 300-400 words. But for in depth stuff it could take all day, totally depends on the audience.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    @Dave, I know I overdo it sometimes. I have more than one 6,000 word post on more than one site. They do take all day. I just wonder if product posts alone are enough to make a good site. I do some articles, or try to, and then do a lot of product stuff. I actually took a hiatus in early Sept and just got back at it, determined to make it to a full-time income this time. I have 48 domains, aged between 10 years and 2 years minimum. I put up posts in the style you’ve said is best and noticed some definite movement. Now I’ve just got to get the content and backlinking going at a pace that will get me to where I want to be. But at my current rate, I don’t think it’s going to be possible. I HAVE to get faster. So, I worry that I’m still laboring under the “old rules” of fabulous content when I should be a lot more worried about just getting plenty of “good enough” content online. And I haven’t even started to think about links….

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lynn,

    My advice? Work on just a couple of sites that have shown promise, made sales or rank well. Make it a must do priority to backlink every post that you put up before you write another one.

    The honest truth is that you only need a few decent search terms ranking highly to make a full time living. One thing I firmly believe is that spreading yourself too thin means you never get a single site to rank where it could be.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    @Dave, I firmly believe is that spreading yourself too thin means you never get a single site to rank where it could be

    Oh this is so true. I used to have the hit and miss approach (throw up as many sites as you can and hope that some sticks) but since I’ve narrowed my focus to just a few sites I’m making far more money.

    Pick your best site (or two or three if you have the time) and focus on that EXCLUSIVELY for a month or two. You’ll be very pleased with the results.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Lynn, It seems like the main problem isn’t the length of time it takes you to write site content. I tend to write lengthy detailed reviews of products on my sites – although I am experimenting with Dave’s style of shorter posts for specific buying keywords.

    The main problem is lack of backlinks, and – as Dave and Tracey said – focus. The ladies behind Amazonian Profit Plan state that they pick five pages at a time to focus on. They’ll build those pages up, backlink the crap out of them, get them ranking for several different keywords, and then move on to five more pages (presumably with a residual trickle of backlinks going to the first five in order to sustain their rankings).

    Maybe give this a try. Pick your five best earning pages and focus on them for a month or two. Tweak the content a little if you think it needs it, but mostly just backlink those suckers!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Amen to that. It works like you would not believe. Or just pick a site and work on that, as long as it has some age and a history of backlinks. I spent 3 months over Christmas backlinking to one site for 8 hrs a day, oh boy, it works, and then some.

    The thing is that you find some really hidden gems of keywords too, stuff you would never even know about until you begin getting all the longtails once you put in the backlink work.

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun Reply:

    @Lynn,
    A good idea is to re-write your own content if you’re struggling with what to say. So if it takes you long to write an original article, instead of doing another new one just re-word the original one.

    For example:

    1. White socks are the in thing right now. There are a lot of places to get white socks cheaply, so if you’re looking to buy white socks you should look online.

    Then when you’re re-writing it it will turn into:

    2. White socks are currently extreamly fashionable. You can find cheap white socks all over the place, but if you want to buy the best white socks you can do so from this website.

    Basically say the same thing in a different way / using different words.

    Just make sure when you write the original article that each paragraph is only a few lines, this will make it easier to break down and manage. Good luck.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    @Shaun, I already do this for articles I submit to directories but so far I’ve not had a lot of luck doing this fast either. πŸ™‚ I guess I’m looking for a secret to speediness that just isn’t there.

    Vote -1 Vote +1jamesthejust Reply:

    @Lynn,

    Try Dragon Naturally Speaking – I’ve had a dozen people I trust swear by it. If I had a quiet place for it I’d get it myself. 7 kids in the house doesn’t mean quiet anything.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @jamesthejust, Get one of the Jawbone bluetooth headsets or a wired Plantronics headset with a noise canceling mic (the USB ones). I have everyone here using the SupraPlus Wideband and no one on the other end of the line has guessed that the office next door is being remodeled.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    @jamesthejust, I have it. I actually type faster than I speak an article. I can’t get my thoughts in order when I’m talking to the computer. Good suggestion though. I think it would work great for people who are better speakers.

    Vote -1 Vote +1jamesthejust Reply:

    @Lynn,

    Me, too: I gather my thoughts better through my fingers. Not that I can’t speak fast – I just type faster.

    You might need to re-think your backlinking it sounds like – I’m not going to talk you down off great content…

    Other than: you might be able to make your 6k posts into 6 different pages, then stop and backlink those (if you have it divided into 6 questions answered for the reader, with 6 different main keywords – then voila: more content).

    Backlinking can be as simple as using Auto Backlinks Bomb or Sick submitter on top of your re-written content for articles. 1k word content = 7-8 BMRs if you’re using it…or stop at 400 words and spin/submit, whatever.

    You don’t have to answer all the readers’ questions on your site: you can leave the real answers at the affiliate site, and the link can be in the form of a question – click here for the rest of the story type of thing.

    That way you give an incentive for yourself to stop writing, and for the reader to click for the answer.

    Just food for thought.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Lynn,

    As well as what everyone else has already said, I find that caffeine helps me stay focused. Also, I use snuff on occasion if I am really having trouble staying awake or really can’t focus.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    Old Skool, I like it.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    @Josh,
    Caffeine sensitive. I love coffee and tea both but I had to switch to decaf more than a year ago because my heart skips beats when I overdo it. And I always overdo it. I still drink 6 cups of coffee a day and 2-3 cups of tea even with decaf. πŸ™‚

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Lynn,

    The same thing happens to me when I drink coffee, but not when I drink soda.

  25. I thought BMR had a 10 posts per domain per day limit. I must be wrong on that one.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Jerry,

    You can enter the same domain over and over again in different projects.

  26. Hi Dave, I had a quick question. I’m still working on my first two Amazon affiliate sites (All my previous sites sell ebooks / software etc), but was wondering what’s your view on making it clear the products are coming from Amazon? Currently my sites don’t mention anywhere clearly that the products are sold and shipped by Amazon (Apart from in the privacy policy page and deep in a couple of pages), but I see some other people’s affiliate sites making it clear with ‘buy from Amazon’ buttons and messages in the sidebar saying that you can get this product at Amazon.

    So my question is: Do you think it’s best to make it clear that all the products come from Amazon on each page, or do you think you should just provide a more info / buy link and let them go to Amazon without any pre warning (And why)?

    And one more question, do you think the Amazon link should open in a new window / tab or in the same one? Currently I make them open in the same window as surely that will make it more of a smooth process for the visitor? Plus I’ve already got the cookie so I don’t mind that they’re not on my site any more lol.

    Thanks a lot for the help, still loving the blog!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun,

    I always say somewhere that items are from Amazon but usually I don’t do it in the post. Mostly this is so that if people have already been to Amazon they won’t be putt of from going there again.

    If they end up there twice then I “hope” that they then buy as it seems like they really are the best deal.

    And yeah, I am with you on opening in the same window, they can then make their purchase asap.

  27. I wish I did my 30 BMR’s today (new one day high) in less time today πŸ™‚

    Maybe I will tomorrow before the Super Bowl.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JohnM, The Super Bowl… is that where they play a 2 hour game with half hour commercial interruptions every 15 minutes or so?

    (this is hearsay, feel free to correct me! :P)

    Vote -1 Vote +1JohnM Reply:

    @Blackthorne,
    LOL yes it does seem that way.

    I’ll have it on in the background as I do some work on my sites πŸ™‚

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @JohnM, A sure way to guarantee increased productivity for hours to come!

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