Do you feel sick?
I do. So does the Wife. We have spent the last few months writing for niches that convert well for Christmas, so much so that if I write about another XXXXXXXXXXX I just may explode my tiny brain. Christmas niches are invaluable for earning some amazing additional revenue. Get it right and there is a good years wage to be made in a few short months.
But I contradict myself, as I know for a fact that I will be blasting out 10 Build My Rank articles a day to my main site and countless postrunners, stupid and pointless Magic Article Submitter article directory articles (that never seem to work), using Backlinks Philippines runs to get crazy serps jumps, and anything else I can think of to improve my rankings.
I find ways to look for blogs to comment on with high PR, I steal ideas from forums, I do anything I can in the never ending attempt to rank number one for everything in the world that relates to my niche. Ezine articles links to Hubpages? Surely someone else has already done that? Look for new places to get links from.
My one niche is down $4,500 for October because I have neglected it for the month, my Christmas one is up thousands, I have lost a site entirely to the Google Gods apart from for image traffic (which actually converts), the Wife has lost two sites.
Welcome to the Google dance for those that have not been there before. Sites go up, down, sideways and then disappear down a hole like a rabbit of some killer Viagra. What can you do?
You can carry on like normal, adding content and backlinks and try not to cry. You may be sandboxed for 6 months or more or it may just be the dance for a few days but you must just carry on like Google means nothing to you. It is hard and it makes you want to cry.
Many of the commenters have stated that they have lost sites to the sandbox and it happens to us all sooner or later. Just carry on and push on out the other side. If you have lost all your earnings then use Hubpages, Snipsly or whatever and write good content and backlink them to replace your lost earnings, it is do-able.
But anyway, I digress.
The point of this article is that you should be feeling sick at this time of the year. You can make a fortune at Christmas. The Wife and her Many Many THOUSANDS of dollars for October leaves me in no doubt. My site that made $750 all year until September but now makes thousands every month leaves me in no doubt.
If you don’t have a Christmas niche then you are missing out big time, any item that is a possible Christmas gift should be promoted until you really want to take a lie down.
This Internet Marketing sickness should be with you until the online stores close the doors on guaranteed Christmas delivery. And then relax.
This year we are going to have a Christmas break and recoup our strength. We have come an unbelievable distance in terms of earnings since a year ago and I know it is down to hard work.
So what’s the score then?
EDIT: Let me just write some nonsense here so that the bullet points look all nice and tidy and show up under the image. Ta very much like.
Here is what it is not down to:
- Reading blogs
- Writing this bloody blog
- Answering emails and chatting online
- Buying an e-book
- Looking for any shortcuts
- Wondering if this game really does work
Here is what it is down to:
- Writing content
- Spending ten times as much time backlinking the content as writing it
- Working 8 hours a day and then sipping on the Vino drip to relax in the evening (Cava preferred)
- Bouncing ideas off each other (invaluable)
- Doubling up on profitable niches (at least). There are ten listings for grabs on page 1, get as many as you can.
- Focusing on profitable sites and forgetting the others (within reason)
- Realizing that you can make a full time living off a single page on a single site
- Understanding that if you find a profitable niche then you need not look for another one (ever)
- Building up a profitable niche until you can not stand the site of it and then carrying on regardless as it makes the money
- Understanding that we can’t all make money from a niche we have an interest in (that is a luxury few of you can afford to even consider)
- Making sure that if a site simply does not work out and convert that we have the sense to shrug and move on
- Testing a new niche but never spending too much time on it when there are already profitable ones that we know convert
- Thanking your God of choice that we were so poor two years ago that the Wife left me for 3 months to work in the UK with 3 young Dogs, 4 chickens, me doing building work for people and trying to understand how to make a website, a backlink and what the **** is a blog. WordPress????
- Thanking myself for figuring it out even if I did then spend 6 months (and the Wife) writing stuff that makes no money and thinking that adsense was the best way to make money with websites.
- Persevering in the face of mounting debts and eating on a miniscule budget for a year.
- Now realizing that we are so lucky to be able to do this job and set our own hours and live the best life ever
- Carry on backlinking til you PUKE
This Is Not A Game
This game is not a game. It gets harder every day. Every man and his manky Dog wants to make a living online and it is harder to rank every day. Large sites are going to be the future.
You wait until one day you wake up and find that exact match domains mean nothing. If that is what you rely on then you better get busy.
Now having sites that are 1 and 2 years old has really woken me up to the amazing beauty of a general niche site. You do n0t need an exact match domain to rank for the most competitive terms in your niche. The older my sites get the less links to them they need to rank well. Age and a history of consistent backlinks is the most important factor.
Find your niche and then never look back. Don’t look for another one, build out the site until it is unbeatable. And hopefully you have a niche that is good for Christmas. I and the Wife are working our butts off to make our Christmas money and then it is going to actually be a relaxing Christmas time where for the first time in many years we can actually afford to buy each other a present.
I cann0t tell you how beautiful a thing that is (and my Wife). To not be worrying about money is a dream for many and it was for us.
I can’t help it, I am happy. I pretty much always am. Even when we owed thousands and were working from 1 laptop and getting up and 6 in the morning to take a turn on it and we could not afford heating for our cottage I was optimistic. I always told the Wife that something would turn up when we were poor and it did.
This game that is not a game is tough.
But the ones that stay focused and optimistic will last.
Yes, it is hard but it works. All it takes is that one golden page or niche and your job is done. Then it is just about scale. If you stay confident that this actually works then you will make more money than you could dream of. Just keep plugging away at it.
But I do mean that you have to take it seriously. You need to put in the work. Just because you don’t feel like it is not an excuse. I literally feel ill sometimes after I have been writing about a single topic day after day and feel so bored. But it is worth it. Once the work is done it leads to a different life.
Stay away from blogs, don’t read anything apart from your own content and just get on with the work that will pay off for years to come. You know what to do, are you letting yourself down by not focusing and just putting a smile on your face and staying motivated?
Right, back to the grind. I will relax near to Chrimbo and then I am going to blast my way to my $30,000 a month goal in the new year, if we don’t get there this month that is. We shall see.