Cool. Free content for me. This is a guest post, the first, by a good buddy who I know for a fact is making serious headway with his sites and is on track to kick my ass in a year or so when it comes to earnings. I mean, bugger, I taught the Wife all she knows and she is making so much money this month I am feeling a bit weirded out by it all. I told here I reckon she will make $60,000 or so in a month close to Christmas and I seriously think she will!!!
Anyway, before I ramble on too much here is the first guest post. Read it and believe it. This ain’t rocket science guys and gals. Just work is all.
Um, did I sound American then? I’m British don’t you know.
This deal’s getting worse better all the time
Before I start bigging Dave up too much I just want to give myself a reciprocal high five for being the first guest poster on Dave’s Making Money on the Internet blog. The topic of this post is going to be part time internet marketing. This is something I know quite well because I myself am a part time internet marketer. Still working a 9-5 job means that if I tried to do full time IM work as well, then I would simply have very little time to actually enjoy life, well that’s what I tell myself anyway, obviously there is a bit of an excuse there too. Don’t get me wrong, my job has its good points and I love checking my Amazon Affiliates account to see how much I earn each day but I would much rather not have a job and not have to write articles every day either. I think that has been my problem for so long in this game. I’ve been dreaming of IM success without actually taking the action required to get there.
Trying to Make Money Online
I have been fiddling about with websites for years but it was not until the end of 2008 that I realized there were people who were making real money from websites. Then in the spring of 2009 I discovered Griz’s Make Money Online blog which I imagine almost everyone who follows Dave’s site has looked at themselves at some point. This got me into the Adsense school of thought and creating sniper sites. I was making sites based around totally different niches trying to find ones that would convert – I’ve got a few, as well as some stinkers. I think it was September or October of 2009 that I made my first monthly Adsense payout and have been getting a little over $100 or so each month since then. I think I was just being too part time about the whole thing to really make my earnings jump and the fact that my niches were so diverse was not helping either. Still, it was nice to be getting a little bit of money for my efforts. But I had a nagging feeling that there were things I did not know that were holding me back. I’m sure that’s still the case!
There was a forum that I used to visit quite regularly too on Ben’s Making Money Online with SEO site. That’s where I met Dave. I know there are many members from there who are also followers of Dave’s blog. I’m sure many of you are like me. Dave gave me plenty of advice and we did some nice link exchanges so why would I not want to read his thoughts about MMO? Well, I suppose I should be writing articles instead. But I already told you, I’m a part time internet marketer. I’m allowed to read MMO blogs! That said, this is the only one, apart from Leo Dimilo’s newsletters, that I read now a days. I have the occasional peek at Tracey’s Making Money Online Blog too.
Learn From Your Mistakes
One of the reasons I try to avoid information overload is because I spent a couple of months going down a rabbit hole earlier this year. Before anyone thinks I am blaming Ben for this, I hold my hands up and am sure that I wasn’t following his instructions correctly. But do you remember the blog farm post over on Making Money Online with SEO? From what I read on Griz’s site too I was under the impression that you cannot be successful at making money online unless you have a blog farm. I thought that this was the thing I had to do so I set to work using Blog Content Wizard and setting up loads of accounts on free blog hosting platforms and was trying to set up my own blog farm. Now, I don’t think I really knew what I was doing. And I certainly didn’t work hard enough at it. But I ended up just giving up because accounts were getting deleted and the time I spend trying to get backlinks using Free Traffic System just seemed like a waste of time. Hardly any backlinks were showing up in Yahoo Site Explorer. I was close to just giving up the whole dream of making money online. I took a few weeks off while I thought about what I was trying to achieve.
How to Make Money Online
Then, through talking to Dave I began to think – “This guy is coining it in and he doesn’t talk like he’s got a dirty little blog farm. Maybe there is another way.” And as we all know through reading his posts, Dave’s way is simplicity itself. Build websites then get backlinks, lots of them. It was coming to the realization that I was totally over complicating things when it really is not that difficult at all. Another of my problems which I know some of you have as well is that I would be constantly chasing a new niche rather than focusing on my existing sites. Perhaps Dave will be kind enough to add an editor’s comment here because I do not remember on what page he said words to this effect EDIT: neither do I;)- look at your sites that are making you some money and just start to go backlink crazy on them. Rather than starting a new site every few weeks and then not even developing the site properly, never mind giving them enough backlinks, all I am doing now is focusing on sending backlinks to a couple of sites that I know are money makers. Well, I tell a lie…I just bought a new domain for my own MMO blog, Docking Bay 94, as well as purchased a new domain that will become a case study for that site. But that’s not going to start until the new year. Until then I am going to try and keep my focus, which I have kind of lost a bit over the last couple of weeks and continue to backlink my money makers.
Dave and the lady with the “wobbly botty” (his words, not mine!) seem to have a great system of working on sites in similar niches, writing loads of articles while smoking fags. I am trying to do the same, but just stay away from the tobacco. On Leo’s excellent Internet Marketing site where you can sign up for his amazing newsletters he talks about focusing on a broad niche and having lots of sites in the same general niche. My understanding of what he is saying is so that you can send yourself backlinks from related sites; you will be seen as an expert by others in your niche; and you genuinely will become an expert because you will be writing so much content about related products or concepts. So using one of Dave’s favorite examples, if you have a site about white socks, it would make sense to have another one about belts. You could even then think of starting a site about shoes. But is it really a good idea to start writing about acne? I have taken this advice to heart and now have decided upon my general niche and I’ve got a couple of performing sites within that niche. Over time I will start a few more sites and grow my network. One of the great things about this is that I will end up with less sites than I currently have – less overheads. While the sniper model may work for some, Ben warned against it after he had a network de-indexed and in my own experience I did not get it working the way that Dave’s Amazon method does.
I follow pretty much all the advice Dave gives me these days. It took me a while to take the plunge and join The Keyword Academy so I could use the Postrunner system even though he was telling me how good it was for at least a month before I joined. If you are relatively new to MMO and are not yet making 100s of dollars then this suggestion is for you. Do you have a site with over 50 pages of content in a niche that you believe will make you money? If so, then it might be time to start sending it some serious backlinks. The Keyword Academy which includes the Postrunner system costs $1 for the first month (EDIT:now free) and then $33/month after that. Now this may seem expensive but to tell you the truth, it is actually the cheapest service that I use. And it may well be the most powerful! Dave has written about the service at length and there is not much to say other than, IT WORKS! But you have to make it work. Every article you submit must be hand written and at least 300 words in length. So it does take at least a couple of hours work a day to generate some good backlinks. But if you can write five articles an hour then in two hours you’ve got ten articles. Do that five days a week and you have fifty articles. That’s two-hundred unique articles for backlinks per month each with two backlinks. If you split that over two sites that’s a solid one hundred articles = two hundred backlinks per site. I can tell you from experience that this has a profound effect on SERPs position and number of unique visitors I am getting per day.
Part Time Work Pays
Working part time just means it takes longer to get the same amount of money than a full time job. But you do less work. One of Dave’s philosophies is to buy 10 domains and try to develop them into $500/month websites. If 10 seems like a large number, starting with fewer sites is an option. I already had a few websites when I started following Dave’s advice properly. I have turned one from a $100/month site in June 2010 into a potential $1000/month site in September of the same year. Unfortunately this is my only really good earning site but I’ve got another one brewing. All that remains is to keep going, then pick up a few more sites, get some content up and then backlink away. There definitely seems to be a hump to get over as an internet marketer that once you do establish a few sites that make a bit of money and have a bit of PR, it then becomes much easier to afford all the products that Dave recommends and do higher quality link exchanges. Both of these of course help to make even more money.
What do I mean by part time work? Dave coined this phrase at some stage on this Making Money on the Internet blog. He said something like “writing 10 articles a day is part time work”. I have been thinking that I should be getting 20 or at least 15 done seven days a week and this has led me to skip days and make excuses. So rather than set my sights too high I am now reverting to part time mode. As Dave has written numerous times, if we can’t manage 10 articles a day, even with a full time job then we really do have to question what we think we can achieve in the world of MMO. Ten articles works out at two 1 hour bursts. I try and get some written before work and then do some writing at work as well. In fact, this article is being written while I am “working”. So in this respect, my job is great. I do get plenty of down time.
It’s a Numbers Game
The more backlinks I create, the more visitors I get on my sites and the more money I make. Previously when I heard the statement, “it’s a numbers game” I just didn’t have the numbers of unique visitors to really see this clearly, now I do. I am sure it will depend niche to niche but my projection is that with between 1000-1500 unique visitors a day to my Amazon sites it will be easy to clear $3,000/month. This assumes that any new sites I start have the same conversion rate as my existing ones. With hard work and loads of backlinks I am beginning to wonder just how much money it will be possible to generate.
What I Would Do Differently
Looking back on it, I have wasted loads of time trying things that did not work out as well as plenty of procrastinating. But learning how NOT to do things is still valuable information and in some ways more valuable than simply being told what to do. Now I have a much better understanding why what Dave advocates is the way to do things. But if I was just starting out, and in some ways I am there are a few things that I would do differently. For a start, I would not even bother looking at the Google Keyword Tool or spend any time on keyword research. It is quite tempting and you can say to yourself that it is “working” but the only real working is in writing articles. Even though I make a little bit of money through Adsense, I would not even try to make money with Adsense to begin with. I would choose the affiliate product route with either Amazon or Commission Junction as Dave suggests. It will probably be a bit longer before you see any money come in. But once it starts it really could take off.
Secondly, I would start far fewer sites. This would save me money and also keep me focused. I would probably just start five sites in a related niche, e.g. clothing. Five articles a day five days a week gets you twenty articles on each site. This is a pretty good start. Writing five articles for one site each day of the week and scheduling the posts might make things a bit easier rather than writing on various topics each day. I have heard that The Keyword Academy training videos have a time line for how to build “Super Sites” but I have not sat down to watch their videos yet. This is something I might do next year. There seems to be quite a lot to get through and thanks to Dave, I kind of know what I should be doing anyway. When setting up my sites I only use the WordPress platform. The plugins that I make use of are the All in One SEO Pack, the Google XML Sitemaps and the Official Statcounter plugin.
With twenty posts across five sites after one month, I would spend my next month writing ten Postrunner articles per day (five days a week). As a matter of fact, this is what I am currently trying to do. Spreading these backlink articles across five sites works out at 40 backlink articles per site. If they have two backlinks per article that is 80 backlinks for each site. This only costs $1 for the first month. (EDIT: me again, free for the first month so a no brainer)
I would imagine that after a couple of months you will be able to see in Statcounter which of your sites are generating a bit of traffic. At this stage you have a choice. You can continue to spread yourself across all your sites or start to focus on just one or two. I think another month of working on all of the sites would be time well spent and then perhaps after the third month I would narrow my focus. Out of the five sites that I started, I think that after six months that I could have two of them making me over $500. There will of course be people who can do much better than this. However I was one of those doing much worse until I started listening to what Dave was saying and actually internalizing it.
The total cost of doing things this way is not particularly expensive at all. Of course, there are the hosting fees but if you want to avoid paying for hosting then you may as well stop right now. There are quite a few companies that provide Unlimited Hosting Accounts. This means that you can have as many domains as you want without it costing you any extra for the hosting. You do of course have to pay for the domains themselves. I recommend Webhostingpad as out of all the companies that I have used, they have the most knowledgeable support staff and their prices are very reasonable too.
What My Site Is About
Up until the Christmas holidays I am not planning on doing too much on my site, Docking Bay 94. While what I am doing is very similar to Dave’s method, as I am a part timer my experiences are different from the full time Bonnie and Clyde internet duo making sums that might make you think they did actually rob a bank. So my target audience is not really those of you who are already making thousands of dollars a month, but rather those of you who have yet to make a penny or break the $100/month threshold.
At the moment I am going to follow Dave’s advice and try to focus on my top earning sites to see if I can really get them humming in the run up to Christmas. After that I am going to plant a few more seeds and start some new sites. I will use these sites to start a MMO diary for 2011 and chart my progress. This is as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Part time internet marketing can pay off. We just have to have a plan. I’ll be revealing mine over the coming months.
There Is No Doubt About It, Dave Is THE Man
I really turned a corner and now know that I will be able to make a full time living online simply through following Dave’s advice. If you have a site (or two) that is making you over $50 a month and you know in your heart of hearts that you have not really backlinked it up properly, then stop spending time reading about MMO, stop researching keywords and stop buying new domains. Instead, sign up for The Keyword Academy if you are not already a member and start writing five posts a day to backlink your site. This should only take an hour. You can read a bit more about how to rewrite articles on my own site. If you only do this on weekdays, that is still 100 articles per month. Within a month or two you should start to see a decent increase in your traffic volume as well as the money your site generates.
All that remains is for me to thank Dave for giving me the honor of being his first guest poster. Thanks man!
And thank you Lando. Man, what a great article and it also does my ego no end of good too.
Check out Lando’s site and subscribe. I know he is going to have some cool stuff on there so leave him a comment so he feels all warm and fuzzy inside too.
Well, that saved me writing 3000 words so don’t forget that you can also send in a guest post. Read the guideline here and get yourself some dubious links from a stupid MMO blog just like Lando did.
So, that was a load of crap right?
Fancy saying you can make a grand a month just by writing content and then sending it backlinks!!!!
Bonkers. Surely you need an e-book to tell you how to really make money blogging? Don’t ya?