".......and unfortunately nearly all make money online blogs are crap, so he, Dave, decided to write his own. It's pretty spankin."
Dalai Lama
Dec 302010


What a year that was. Our first year of having a laptop each, our first year of using tools and networks to make an incredible difference to our productivity. Our first year of making some frankly scary cash.

I hope it treated you all well too.

And if not then this is the year to get where you want to be. Internet Marketing is getting harder every day so get busy and get your sites ranking and jam packed with kick ass content that no one will be able to catchup with or compete with.

I have a proven strategy that is guaranteed to make you some decent money on the Internet.

This is not a hit and miss approach, this is a guaranteed way to earn great money writing content that others find on the Internet. We all want to earn from our endeavours and many seem to think that it is impossible to earn great money. Those of you that have been reading this site for a while know that I have a goal for monthly earnings to be made by me and the Wife.

Well, for November the goal was blown out of the water in a big way. And by December we had reached so many thousands by the 4th of the month that it seemed like we were being given noughts to add on just for fun, just on Amazon!!!!!!!!! In fact December was so good that we actually made more than we payed for our first house a little over 10 or so years ago! It boggles my brain that this all comes from just 2 years of learning about this game. But it all adds up. Inspired by Tracey I wrote 7 Squidoo lenses which made $1000. Numerous others sites all added up to many many thousands, good converting sites made lots of money with absolutely no work done to them at all. But a few main sites were worked like they could get lost tomorrow and it payed off big style.

I am, if I am honest, amazed and dumbfounded. You all know I don’t know any technical stuff, I don’t hardly look at keyword tools. Rather I use the drop down box on google when I type a term in, if that is what peoples options are then I damn well better rank for them, hadn’t I. What comes up on Amazon when I type a product in? Better rank for that too.

Anyway, yes, we made a bloody fortune. At least 2 or 3 years worth of money that could easily mean we did not have to type another bloody word for 3 years. It amazes me and it also makes me sad. I know that many of you are still struggling to make enough to call it a living. I will get to what we have been through for the latter part of 2010 in a mo, but first I want to open your eyes to what you can do, and how to do it, even if you know nothing about what you are actually doing.

How do you mean Dave?

An Interview With Dave’s Mum

Hey Mum. Um, can you explain how you made $200 on Hubpages in November, and nearly $500 in December and exactly what you did to achieve this. (Bearing in mind she wrote all her Hubs in October)

Basically I did what you told me. I wrote 50 Hubs and then the ones that were getting some Google I wrote all those articles for that you put somewhere. The ones with the backlink things in them.

Anything else Mum?

No, that’s it. When will the rest get a google?

There you go dudes, (My Mum likes to call a visit from the search engines a google). This is not rocket science and if we get too bogged down in all the little tweaks we may end up getting nowhere. Just write your content and backlink it every day. My Mum made some cash and she really does know nothing but the basics, and I think that may well be the best way. You just have to put in the work.

So, new year and a new opportunity to get serious about this here game we are all involved. in. One thing I want to ask you all though is how serious are you about it.

Increase Your Earnings Online

If you have a site than earns money, and I have one site that earned xxxxxxxxxxx over the Christmas period then there is one way to both guarantee that you earn about double next year and also protects you from getting the slap:

build another one.

Next year I am going to do exactly that. Build more sites the same, on a different hosting account and clean up. Either do that or put all your best keywords as Hubs and Squidoo lenses.

I would love it we got some real success stories this year, now that the audience for this blog has grown from 2 to at least 5!!!

Focus and forget the rest

Write backlinks all day to a single site or a few pages on that site

Get rid of that bloody niche that does not convert. Forget it and move on……NOW


This is something that we have begun to do and are going to do a lot more of it for 2011. Now that there is no doubt that some very serious money is to be made around Christmas time I am seriously thinking of building more sites covering the exact same topics and getting someone to spend a whole year backlinking them.

If you can afford it then beginning to outsource is definitely something to be considered. If you are earning and have sites that make money and convert well then you really do want to have more than one position on page 1 if you possibly can. Use reseller hosting to get up a few new sites and totally dominate. Use http://www.onlinejobs.ph to get some low cost outsourcing and really attack those converting niches with gusto.

Why hunt around for a new niche if you already have one that you know converts well? Build another site the same and really flesh out the first site to make it the must go to site online.

My Amended Backlinking Strategy

Remember I have stated numerous times that if you are going to write content then backlink it. If you are not going to do this then you are a fool. I have done it so many times I dread to think of the time wasted. I have been saying previously to spend at least 90% of your time backlinking. Scrap that. Make it 99%. Seriously. I am not kidding.Β  Write a post on a blog or site and send it 99 or 100 links. Ones you write by hand, backlinks philippines, the bloody amazing Build my Rank. Mix it up. Never stop.

Of course you need to build out a site first. 20 posts to to get the site going and then begin to slowly build up backlinks to it. After a while you will be able to be building links all day to the site and you will be dumbfounded by the difference in earnings this will equate to.

We made a very good years wage in November. Yep, that’s right. I know, bonkers huh? It amazed me and I find the numbers hard to deal with. It is getting like Monopoly money.

I can’t get my head around the numbers and it makes little sense to me.

Many know my background. Just over 2 years ago we were skint and in debt so I turned the crappy old laptop on and set about looking at ways to make money online. I did paid surveys for a few bucks, I came across Squidoo and blogger. I spent about 6-8months writing stuff no one could make money from. I didn’t know about keyword backlinks and the like.

Then it clicked. Target buying terms and terms that convert to sales. Tracey talked about Amazon and last October 2009 we began to try to make money with Amazon as well. It is still not our main focus but we now do well from it.

And here we are 2 years later. Really we are looking at a year and a half of work as I had no guide to teach me what to do and how to do or install anything. But that is in the past.

The latter half of 2010 we sat down every day and worked on just a few sites. I would spend many weeks working single sites and simply write backlinks all day adding an odd page of content as a new product appeared that I fancied. By the end of the year much of the content had hundreds of backlinks, all manually written plus forum profiles and the like.

The results speak for themselves. We made a killing. If you begin slowly with your backlinking then ramp it up in a few months you can be full bore. You spend all day writing links for a single site or a few pages on it. No one else is going to put that work in and if you do then you will make a lot of money.

There is no magic guide or formula, just write the content and backlink it until you are number 1. It sounds easy but most people are simply not going to write backlinks for a post every day for months. I did, and I ranked number 1 for many popular items in my niche, beating Amazon, Walmart and many others. In fact my site is now one of the big players for many terms and it reflects in the earnings.

Can you do that?

You will have to.

Big sites are in favor and you need to be one to compete.

Simple Affiliate Marketing Strategies

The main thing is simply staying motivated. Once you have a niche that converts well then you really do need to stop looking for anything else. Forget all the other sites and really work the site that makes the best money.

Spend a year doing that and doing some work on a few other sites and the results will be frankly amazing.

If you want 2011 to be the year that you give up the day job or buy that sports car, or like me simply have money in the bank to secure your future, then you need to stop treating this like a hobby. More and more people try affiliate marketing every day so you better be building out a few larges sites that are simply going to be so far ahead of the competition that they will leave you alone.

Forget sending a few links to a post and then moving on. You need to get really serious about this. The rewards are immense and we are very lucky to be in this position. But for it to be a real wage, and a very good one, then think about each article you write as more akin to a whole website.

By that I mean that you will be sending it at least 100 links. You will send a good number of them for the main term you want to win for. You will also send a mix of click here type links and also a number of related terms that you have as H2’s in the article. And when you see what google is sending you traffic for then you will send backlinks for that term as well.

This kind of attitude is going to give you a site with massive authority. In a year you will find that basically anything you wrote on a site that has had this kind of attention is going to rank well. It then means you will not need as many backlinks to rank well. But you need to put in the work first.

Some Cool Stuff

I came across a few things you may be interested in. You should be able to have some great fun with this free graphics creator. I am certainly going to put it to use in the new year. For anyone that is hard up but wants to get the benefits of spinning their content then there is a great free article spinner that has a lot of peeps giving it positive reviews. Use the free spinner and submit content to article directories (including Ezine), Infobarrel etc. You know the drill.

Get creative with your approach. Find sneaky but honest ways to get that coveted cookie. Some people will go to a lot of effort to get a cookie, but it shows that there are plenty of ways to get a great cookie for the day.Β  Try using large and really rather small images as well that link to affiliate products. If it is for an item that has a lot of detail then visitors will click on a small image for a closer look. And then you get the 24 hour or 30 day cookie, depending who you are affiliated with. But try to think outside of the box a little of you can.

But mainly you just need to rank number 1 for everything in your niche. It really is as simple as that. And you are not going to do it unless you put in proper work.

Ditch The Junk

This really is the crux of it all. Until you are making some very good money each month, more than you would get with a “normal” job then stay away from anything that does not give you a great conversion.

I am talking about finding a niche that gets 12% of the clickers to buy. I am talking about making a site in a niche that makes a sale for every ten visitors. Strive for that niche and when you find it work on it for a year and nothing else. Do n0t spread yourself thin.

If you find a single post you wrote makes ten bucks a day then you can work on it and it will earn $100 in a day in a years time. And then that is it isn’t it? Get a couple of them and you are earning more than most people who slog it out working for an idiot boss. But you need to put in a lot of work until you get there.

Don’t keep working on sites that convert badly.

Use your time wisely and return to other niches when you have the luxury of having other sites earning your wage. I have made countless sites where I am sure they will make me very rich, only for them to convert like a nightmare. You need to simply get over it.

Only a fool would be foolish enough to not admit they are a fool.

Admit that you made a dud and rather than deciding that you are absolutely going to make the site a winner even though all the signs tell you otherwise simply move on until you find that magic niche or page that coverts like a dream. This is the Holy Grail that you should always strive for. There is nothing wrong with admitting that we got it wrong, it could save you a lot of time and heartache.

Stop Wasting Time

The previous part of this article has been written yesterday and then I spent the afternoon and evening reading a cool book that really brought it home to me what I have been striving for in terms of being productive. Since we had our vacation in Dubrovnik we have worked like demons for the best part of 4 months and the rewards were massive.

And now we have had 2 weeks totally away from writing any content online and feeling ready for some more epic work. But one thing that we have always done is to balance work and rest. We work until 5 PM and rarely after that. 8 hrs a day is more than enough to be sat at a computer, especially if you are being productive.

And in the last week before we had our break it suddenly hit me that I was at my computer for 8 hours a day but not being productive, I was simply being busy. And this is exactly what the author talked about in the book I recommend that you all buy. The 4 hr work week.

The author talks about making the most of you time and cutting out the crap. For a week both me and the Wife were at our computers all day but on reviewing the week and talking about it we realized that because we were burned out we were busy but not productive. I would check emails all day, I would keep taking a quick look at forums, and basically do all things repeatedly that should only be done once a day if that.

It is time to really think about what you actually do with your so called work time. We have become a success because we do actually spend our time at the laptops working. A quick email check and then we mostly work for 8 hrs a day doing backlinks and writing content. This is how to succeed. If you are simply being busy but not actually working then you need to stop fooling yourself.

I mentioned to James onΒ  his honest post about his thoughts about the year gone by and the year to come that productivity really doe need to be looked at by us all. We can work less if we work smarter. Set proper daily goals for work to do and then do all the messing about that you are actually including as part of your work time.

For me this means that I am going to try to outsource nearly all my backlinking work this year. We have already made a start, we get 30 Build My Rank articles outsourced daily and I am going to at least double that. It will free up a lot of time and also allow us to make more new projects and really build up the ones we already have. I really do recommend that you buy The 4-Hour Workweek. It will be an eye opener to a lot of you and it sums up a lot of what I believe I have been saying about really actually doing the work rather than pretending that you do.

It also talks a lot about working smarter, and getting rid of projects you spend the most time on that make you the least money. It is what I have been saying for a long time. Just concentrate on a few things that make you the most money in the easiest way and simplify your life and free up more time by never looking back and working only on the best projects. Sure, the author bangs on about traveling the world quite a lot, and some of it is a bit too nobby for my liking, but it really will open your eyes to how to be a lot more successful.

Don’t keep checking emails, forums etc. I found that the last week before we had our 2 weeks off I wasted an incredible amount of time. I probably only actually did 1 or 2 hours of REAL work a day.

Take a break

It is very important to have a rest from this game. 4 months of dedicated hard work left this little team burned out big time. Now we are raring to go again. But now that we have the available funds it is time to step things up in to the world of becoming truly part time. The goal after all is to make as much of this income as passive as possible, isn’t it?

If you know that you are not being productive or simply feel burned out take a week off and it will work wonders. Enjoy what the world has to offer you, a walk in the country is free yet priceless at the same time.

And I can’t wait to build my new super duper kick ass site, I just know that this is going to be the one niche that will make me a million in a few months πŸ˜‰

  125 Responses to “Successful Internet Marketing Strategies”

  1. Wow. A mention and a link? I bought the book. Call it a Christmas present to my family – you’re only the 80th person to tell me to get the darn thing – and I can’t see once where you’ve steered me or anyone wrong (except when you gave me that link to that awful “music”…oh, man).

    I’m devouring it when it comes. Thanks for the real gut-check and practical, been in the trenches long enough posts. There’s plenty of wisdom in what you’re talking about – even though your mum stole the show this time around.

    Does she really call it a google? That killed me. Alright. I’d stay and chat longer but this comment box isn’t making me money at the moment…and I want to eat, live and breathe your salient advice. Thanks for being an astounding friend and inspiration.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Do you actually sleep? I am sure that you were online at your blog this morning for me Spanish time and now you are still here early afternoon!!!

    My Mum loves to call it a Google, who am I to deny her? James the book is a great read. Some of his references about New Rich and his approach left me a little cold but overall it really does bring it home about making sure that you concentrate your efforts in the right place and never waste time.

    It made me take a hard look at how I do things and I am going to really streamline this year so that by the Summer we can really enjoy it.

    Earning a lot of money is pointless if you can’t enjoy it. Better to earn less and be happy, this has always been my approach. What I loved about the book was his approach to life that it should be a series of mini retirements. Why wait until you are 65? Life is for enjoying now and if that means working less but a lot smarter then that, for me, is a very good thing.

    Here is to 2011, I know it will be a great year for you James, just get some sleep πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    I’m taking my own advice – going from vampire hours to having a solar powered life again with the rest of my hemisphere. (And since my family lives in this same time zone and not in Spain, it’s a good thing!)

    Read: No, I haven’t gone to bed. Been about 24 hours today. I’m fun at parties.

    The Amazon book’s shipped, just received notification – like anything, I’m sure there will be some “bones in the fish,” but it’s all good.

    Thanks again for the recommendation. If it doesn’t help, I’ll try this “sleep” thing. πŸ™‚

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I love me some sleep. I slept in until 11AM today. Making the most of it before next week.

  2. Thanks for the great post, Dave! And for good motivation. Happy New year to you and the Wife!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks. And a happy New Year to you too.

  3. Thanks for the motivation Dave. Although I don’t comment much I really appreciate everything – and I am sure you’ll be seeing a lot of success stories from your readers here in 2011, including me πŸ˜‰ I even did what your mum did and put up some Hubs for xmas. Unfortunately I did it late November, but at least what I did achieve shows me that it is simple and it just works. I’ve wasted so much time on guides and courses, I am pretty much ignoring them now.

    And what you said about productivity – it’s spot on. That’s something that really hit me when I read the book too.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Ruth – Web Career Girl,

    Thanks for the kind words, it really does mean a lot to me when everyone comments.

    It is odd isn’t it? We all know what we need to do but sometimes get caught up in the latest new technique etc. If we ignore it all and just do the basics we will be a lot better off.

  4. Congratulations Dave, your success is inspiring, and well-deserved. Out of curiosity, did the $1000 you made on Squidoo come from your own affiliate links, or their revenue sharing? I gave up on Squidoo a year or so back, since mine hardly ever ranked well (if they even got indexed), but maybe it’s time to throw up a few more and see what happens.

    Good points about the difference between productivity and busy-work. My own major aim for next year is to spend less time on the computer overall, but be much more focused when I am.

    Happy new year to everyone.

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    A lot of the Squidoo earnings came from the Squidutils widget. I don’t put their own Amazon modules on. I would prefer to give away 1 in 10 clicks than half of them. And they look uber clickable.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dustin Reply:

    @Dave, How many links to you think you hit each Squidoo lens with?

    less than 25? 25 to 50? 50+?

    I spent last night putting up 25 as an experiment to see what I see.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    20 BMR’s minimum then I also got someone on Fiverr to do a massive article blast for a couple, but that didn’t seem to make a lot of difference.

    The winners then had a few more BMR’s and ranked very high, if not numero uno.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, I’m settin’ up a bunch of Squids pretty friggin’ quickly now!

    I’ll just have my philly girl blast them with BMR links. πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Same here once I sort someone out. I trialled someone but they could only do 15 in a day which is no good.

    I did 6 Squids yesterday though and 8 quality blog posts too so it was a good first day back in the game.

  5. Thanks for the motivating articles Dave. Your advice about when things go wrong(Google dancing on your rankings, etc.), to just write more content or work on backlinking is wonderful. It really stuck with me and instead of spending the energy getting down about things, I’m really trying to work that much harder.

    I’m finding for me that success will come with product reviews and Amazon. I’m finally starting to make some money this way and beginning to know that, “yep it can be done”. Best to you and your family and especially to your mum. Thanks so much.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks for the kind words. It is hard to stay motivated when sites jump all over the place but they will come good in the end, they always seem to.

    Hard work is all there is to it, keep at it all year and you will be amazed.

  6. Hey there Dave,

    I’m glad to see 2010 treated you so well…especially during the holiday season. I sat this one out in the hopes of building up a few websites that were just lying dormant, but actually came to the realization that I have niches that currently make me money and some that I just downright don’t care about, and therefore, 2011 will be a more focused year for me (as I’ve mentioned in my newest blog post).

    I really understand where you’re coming from about scaling down and working on that one website you have that does the best. I currently have one there now that makes the bulk of my monthly income (…and actually receives NATURAL LINKS that I didn’t have to get myself), so that will definitely be one of the websites I put more of my focus into for next year.

    Cheers to a great 2011,


    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Yolanda @ Paid in Passive.com,

    Hey, where you been? Sounds like you are going to have a great year and a profitable one too.Getting rid of the sites that waste your time is definitely the best thing to do.

    A site that earns and gets natural links is definitely one to spend your time on. Have a great year Yolanda.

  7. I basically spent the whole year working only on my 5 niches that are the big winners. i don’t think I started anything new as 5 solid niches was more than enough to keep me busy. Like you suggest, I have multiple sites for each niche on page one of Google for 4 out of the 5. (I mean I have multiple Googles for each niche – Mom speak)

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Sweet. That is definitely what I am going to focus on this year. Why waste time looking for new niches when we know we have profitable ones already. We all want more googles πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    You do give some solid tips, ol’ bean.

    The “focus on what works” was one that went over my head for most of 2010, but you waited all year to tell it to me…(that’s on you, right?).

    It’s funny how a little common sense seems so uncommon, but there you have it. Focus on what works already, and build on it.

    Grizz was recently saying the same thing, Leo Dimilo as well – although, it’s funny about Grizz’s latest posts – he seems to be getting into another scope of business altogether.

    Not to be too off-subject, but have you read the recent posts there? Interesting…

  8. Whats the best way to stay focused throughout the day, especially for those of us who are so accustomed to wasting time.

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:



    Decide if you want to earn very good money a year from now or just enough for some extra pocket money. We know we can change our entire life if we want to, and quickly.

    Just decide that you want to.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Breakaway, Steve Pavlina wrote a cool post a while ago about building self-discipline in the same way as you would build muscle. Just as if you start off by trying to bench press 300lbs you’ll probably fail, if you start off saying to yourself “I’m going to write 10,000 words a day for backlinks” then there’s a good chance you’ll fail (assuming you don’t have terribly much self-discipline to start with, that is). But start off with smaller goals – 1,000 words, or even 300 words (one Postrunner/two BMRs) – and gradually increase them.

    The idea is that failure and success are both self-reinforcing. If you set a massive goal and don’t hit it, you’re giving more ammunition to that little voice in your subconscious saying you can’t do this, it’s not going to work, Dave’s obviously just fluked it, nobody can actually succeed at this stuff…. But if you set smaller goals and achieve them then you’re constantly proving to yourself that you can do it, you become someone who achieves their goals, that little voice in your subconscious is drowned out by the much bigger voice saying “Of course I can do this, I can do anything I set my mind to.”

    At least that’s the theory. Apologies to Dave for sullying his no-nonsense manly blog with self-improvement psychobabble! (But seriously, I think it makes some sense. It’s the approach I’m going for and if you’re having trouble finding motivation/discipline then it’s got to be worth a try)

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Dave’s obviously just fluked it, nobody can actually succeed at this stuff


    Weirdly akin to Lando’s latest post. http://www.dockingbay94.info/the-joy-of-internet-marketing/

    But I would say don’t set the daily goals too low. I know Lando well and he has had the best results, i.e more than tripling his earnings, by pushing himself. Set something that you know you can achieve and take it from there.

    I also recommend something that I had very good results with when I used to weight train.

    You have your weekly routine but once every month or so you simply throw the rules out of the window and go gung ho, balls to the wall. For our game this would mean picking one day a month, or every fortnight and going bonkers.

    Get up early, no email, no forums or blogs etc. Just a day where you sit down and be the most creative that you have ever been in your career. Just constant mad work that will make you so proud of yourself that you will inspire yourself to be a real success. Psyche yourself up, lock all doors, tell everyone you are not talking to them for the day and write so much content you want to bleed.

    Honestly, going full out for just one day like that will inspire you. You can see what is achievable. Then just scale it back for how you usually work. You will find this improves motivation no end as you will have seen what is truly possible and it will give you inspiration to stay focused.

    I love it when this site takes these unexpected turns.

    Now, the meaning of life is………….

    Answers on a postcard to the God of your choice please.

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


    Thanks for the mention πŸ™‚

    Set something that you know you can achieve and take it from there.

    That is exactly how I built up my Postrunner and Build My Rank muscles. The similarities with working out are uncanny. When I go for a mega session (of writing), I often find that the next day I am pretty fatigued and don’t manage to hit my reps.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    Next you will be using pre-exhaust, negatives only and partials. Not to mention going for the weekly max and forced reps πŸ˜‰

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


    I’m all about the burn.

    What’s the IM equivalent of a protein shake?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94, I know what Dave’s gonna say. Cava. πŸ˜€

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Hey man I actually had a night off yesterday and am going to be good from now on. I feel good and clear headed. I need to start looking after the Liver, at least during the week anyway πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JanisG Reply:

    It will work even better if foam rolling and other myofascial release exercises are used before workout πŸ˜€

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, Nice idea, shaking up the routine, going way outside of your comfort zone, and breaking the boundaries once in a while.

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


    I used to love reading Steve Pavlina’s blog although I pretty much stopped when there was all the fuss about the “Site Build It Scam”.

    For me, Internet Marketing and Personal Development go hand in hand!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94, It’s funny, I read a post on somebody’s IM blog about how they got suspicious about SBI when they found out that Pavlina promoted it. For me it’s completely the other way around, I don’t know how he can bring himself to promote something like that.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Earning peoples trust to take their money?

  9. Congratulations Dave and Wifey! You are such an inspiration to my husband and I. We are going to try to just focus on a few sites, get them making good money, and then start outsourcing to build up some other domains. By the end of next year, we’ll hopefully be joining you as Internet success stories!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I hope you do. A year can get you anywhere you want to be if you put in the work, or can afford to get others to do it for you.

  10. Another brilliant post Dave, you definitely have a way with words and I hear what you are saying loud and clear. If we focussed on just content and backlinks, avoided the shiny new distractions, worked smarter whilst also remembering to take time out and have a break…….we might just get there. Me….I’ve been in frantic mode a lot of the time. But I made some money during the times I backlinked. I don’t have so much time and stopped the backlinking, HUGE MISTAKE. So now I know I need to outsource and focus on the sites I have.

    You promised us a stellar post-Christmas post and this is exactly what this was.

    Thanks so much and Happy New Year to you and Wifey πŸ™‚

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Happy New Year. Keep at it this year Tara and use your time wisely like you have been doing and the only way is up.

  11. “Remember I have stated numerous times that if you are going to write content then backlink it. If you are not going to do this then you are a fool.”

    Did you read Griz’s brand new post? Looks like he doesn’t backlink at all anymore. Since he is the one that taught us to backlink and it obviously works, this is very confusing. Looks like he is scared of Daddy G.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    I found it kind of odd as well. However, its easy to see why he is doing it that way. He is going to get all kinds of links because we already know who he is and he has great content.

    However, I can guarantee that none of us will ever get any natural links to our “socks” websites.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I love Grizz, he got me out of the gutter. But I know what works and it is backlinking until you are number 1. He is talking about a different kettle of fish altogether. ie. local search for non competitive niches.

    Or spammy niches that get backlinked to buggery.

    But, yeah. I am confused too πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Ah, I should read further down, sorry – it appears you all have opened up this kettle of fish so to speak. Who, btw, eats fish in a kettle?

    Definitely not the norm in these parts…

    Re: Grizz – I never read his old site all the way through as I was making money by the time I had found it. Nonetheless, it sounds as if he’s simply tired of the IM “game” altogether and more focused on brick-and-mortar sites, which is great, but not where I’m at currently…

    It sort of feels like an entire arm of the industry is swinging that way (PotPieGirl and others releasing the “offline” hero type of training, and StomperNet doing the same).

    Until I can get to the place where I’ve met my income goals, though, I definitely won’t be jumping at every opportunity…that’s a quick way down into oblivion.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I love Grizz but a lot of peeps are going to get confused if they think about his latest articles.

    I think of it like this, content and backlinks works, so that is what I will continue to do. When it no longer works I will then do what does work.

    Simple as.

    You have the right approach James and just doing more of what we know works is the best way for many years to come.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun L Reply:

    I think he’s trying to get rid of all the IMers competing with him lol. It’s the only thing I can think of…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    He can simply afford to take a very long term approach, I want my money now πŸ˜‰

  12. Like a lot of other people, the whole productivity thing rings true with me as well. I often find myself procrastinating by checking Facebook, checking my email, or checking my earnings. I look back at some of the time I wasted and think about how much money I could have been potentially making if I didn’t waste those hours every day. Next year I am going to have less time to work online so I need to have all the time I am supposed to be working be completely focused. I am working on building my websites and next year is going to be a year of backlinking and more backlinking!
    Thanks for all the motivation!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Yeah, it really brought it home to me in my last week of work for this year. I was just clicking about in an effort to stay at the computer until 5. A total waste of time. I could have been off to do something better rather than sticking to a stupid work ratio that I had no intention of committing to.

    Tiffany if you spend most of next year backlinking you will be amazed at the results.

  13. You need to get your Mom to guest post – “a google”, love it!

    Another great post, thanks.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    He he. I am amazed how well she has done. I am going to give her a site I have built in the new year that I can’t face working on but I know will be a great earner.

    She is actually very motivated to do the work and I think she could be a big player in a year. It is also a great hobby and interest for her. We can give her money but parental pride is something hard to get around.

  14. I cannot express how ridiculously frustrating it is to know that your mom made more money than me in December from 1 month of work than I made with 12 months of work.

    To build on what we were talking about earlier, do you do find you have better luck with squidoo or hubpages?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Did you write ten backlinks a day to your content that made some sales? That is what I told her to do. Anything that ranked well she backlinked every day.

    Personally I am going to go for Squidoo only this year. One of my bloody Hub accounts went down to 71 and I just can’t be bothered with their gimicks. But the Wife prefer Hubs and she gets better conversions there, while I do better with Squidoo from what I have seen so far.

    Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @Dave, I prefer Squidoo as well. They are more flexible – they allow you to put links on images, they allow you to mess around with basic HTML, which means that if you have the time and inclination you can customise the look of the lens. And of course they allow you to use the stuff in Squidutils.

    Hubpages is far too restrictive, and the big adsense blocks distract from sales, unless you fiddle and arrange all your modules and images so that the ads don’t appear.

    Squidoo also doesn’t care what types of backlinks you have. All they care about is the content – as long as your content is unique, not plagiarised/copy/pasted and not one of their Squid-don’t topics, plus you’ve made an effort to make it all look good, you are OK. The only people people who get into trouble on Squidoo are the lazy ones who put up bad content or try to do something illegal (eg advertising those torrent sites).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I am with you Dude. I am going to build a load this year. Hubs are a lot more restrictive and all the adsense annoys me. I want to sell products.

    Some Hubs made like $60 a day in adsense this year (on a few days) which was actually really annoying, they were set up for Amazon. Squidoo looks a lot cleaner and there is a lot more white space.

    But the Wife does not agree so it just goes to show.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    I’ve picked out 7 keywords, all are showing between 600 and 1200 on wordtracker(when you said 1000 per day you meant it would show 1000 on wordtracker right Dave?- they aren’t clear about what the number means) and the items are all $100+ on Amazon.

    I’m going to create some squidoo lenses and try and backlink them primarily with profile links and then backlink the profiles with scrapebox(I’ve had great luck with this in the past). I might try to backlink them with postrunner but I’m still not too sure about it. I want to give BMR a try but I’m not sure if its in the budget this month.

    Thanks Dave.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Sounds like some good keywords. Try the forum profiles and if they don’t get you the rankings then switch to PR. See what does the best in terms of sales then strive for number 1 for it and work it really hard for every other term it gets search results for.

    You don’t need many of those babies to make a grand a month.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    What is your success rate with postrunner? The way people are, it seems like you would only get a legit dofollow backlink 50% of the time.

    Also, when you do well with a keyword- something like “Nike socks”, when you take it broad to just “socks” do you find you have a similar conversion rate? Or when you are expanding do you just skip the upper keyword and go for as many long tails as possible?

    Vote -1 Vote +1SueC Reply:

    @teatree, but if you’re doing all that work, why use Squidoo, why not just build blogs?

    Vote -1 Vote +1JanisG Reply:


    Are you saying that they deleted your hubber profile with all the hubs? Ouch…What about your IP address? Did they ban it as well?

    This weekend I noticed that HP banned one of profiles of a guy from whom I learned about this HP+Amazon business idea more than a year ago. He had around 400 hubs in this profile….

    I am going to make couple of hundreds of Squidoo lenses this year as well. Probably I will start with rewriting the best performing hubs and making lenses as backups just in case πŸ˜‰

    JanisG (previously known as Johric)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    No, I meant the Hub score, that stupid dofollow/nofollow thing. That is a shame for that guy. This is a major problem with them and frankly I am going to stick to Squidoo now. Been doing some today already.

    So, JanisG it is from now on.

    I may even tell you my real name one day πŸ˜‰


    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    When you make a Hub, I’d make it into a lens as well if you could. If the product converts and you can target slightly different terms, that is (or, heck, just go for the same kw’s). One of the easiest ways to double your earning potential (so long as you rank them both).

    I think Dave’s said that a time or two (at least on Tracey’s blog).

    Vote -1 Vote +1JanisG Reply:

    And you can still have double listings on Page 1 πŸ˜‰ So why dont we make 2 hubs, 2 lenses, and add a Blogger blog, EZA article, YouTube vid. And your own site(s).

  15. Dave, Happy New year to you, your lovely wife and your precious Mom. As you know, I’m an older guy and one thing that frustrates me about many of my ‘more aged’ compatriots is that many refuse to learn new things .. ignoring the fact that there income, to be made, learning keeps the mind healthy and young.

    A quack note on your multiple ‘parallel’ sites idea. A good friend is a hybrid online/offline entrepreneur. he uses a big, authority-style website to sell physical gift items for home delivery overseas.

    One day he shared with me that he actually had three ‘satellite’ sides, aside from his bread and butter site … all with different names, different IP’s, different 1-800 numbers for calling in orders, etc. Why? Simple, to do as you frequently espouse … to own as big a chunk of his niche as possible.

    (It’s also great when a problem customer can’t be made happy and leaves in a huff, saying “I’m going to use site X from now on”. Which turns out great, becuase after he goes on site X and makes his purchase, he’s still buying from the same guy. Gotta love it πŸ˜‰ )

    Here’s hoping 2011 turns out to be a banner year for both of is … you’ve certainly helped me alot already. Be well.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Starr,

    It really has been very good for my Mum. She is 65 and learning (as you say) really does keep the mind active. It is a hobby to focus on and already she is asking me if $500 in a month is good.

    Good? It’s bloody amazing, she has done really well. Man, it is probably not far of the state pension she gets.

    Imagine, all the pensioners could double their income in a few months and get a cool new hobby too. We better watch out.

    Have a great year Dave and thanks for all the very kind comments that you always leave, it is much appreciated.

  16. Hey Dave – Found your blog over the festive period – fantastic job. You are offering true value and I will certainly pop in from time to time to see what you have been upto.

    I certainly agree with many of the things you have said from the posts I have read so far. We do not have Amazon sites, but do have quite a few affiliate sites that occupy numerous page 1,2 & 3 positions.

    We achieve this by do the following…

    1. Create informative unique information.
    2. Great onsite seo – basic stuff but still important If you are competing with other affiliate marketers producing the similar amount of backlinks, the onsite seo will give you an edge.
    3. Links, links, links. We get our links from as many places as possible. In the big G’s eyes it’s far more natural for a site to have links from different IP’s.
    4. Outsourcing. About a year ago we started heavily outsourcing and using a lot more software. I don’t want to talk exacts, but this has seen our earnings break 5 figures per month. I only say this so your readers can understand the power of using tools and outsourcing, once you’re in a position to fund them. Re-invest part of your earnings to grow quicker.
    5. Focus. I still suffer from this now. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head and I can get distracted. Find out what works by testing and tweaking, create a plan and task time frame for each site / page and stick to it.

    My wife is starting to show an interest in affiliate marketing and in particular Amazon so we will be certainly looking at the Amazon model and revisiting your blog in the new year.

    Thanks again for the great blog – looks like you have a really supportive community.

    Wishing everyone a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2011.


    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Great comment Dude. You certainly sound like you are doing amazingly well. To be honest I wish I had got in to outsourcing sooner. But it is good to know your business first and to know what you want and what works well first.

    Tools can definitely make a massive difference, you are right. It is just hard for people to spend the cash until they see the potential, but it is more than worth it.

    Have a great year Jason and feel free to comment any time.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Jason Reply:


    Agreed Dave – you need to know what works to be able to scale it up profitably. We have a full time VA and outsource our content to an excellent writer. However, we had to go through a lot of trial, error and dissapointment until we found people we can trust and rely on.

    When you go down the VA route, be as specific as you can with the type of tasks you want completed.



    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    We are just going to hire peeps for backlinking, I still want to write content for my sites myself. Thanks for the tips Jason, sounds like you have a great operation going on.

  17. Hey Dave,

    The 4-HWW is the book that made me decide I no longer want to work for the man :p

    As already shared, I’m going to take fully your advice and focus on 3 sites for the next 6-12 months. I hope I will start to see some light at the end of the tunnel (quitting JOB that is) by month 6…

    Anyway, I plan to start easier and then ramp it up. However, I don’t have big direct experience with how much is too much in the beginning. I would be so happy if you could share perspective if my strategy below makes sense:

    1. Two years aged site, 143 pages indexed (about 30 posts), 286 links showing in Yahoo (I think it has 300-400 though), no links built for months (inconsistent pattern, no continuity), 60-80 visitors/day, ranking no 1 and in top 10 for several tails
    2. Two months old site, 30 indexed pages (around 20 posts), 44 links showing in Yahoo – I actually continuously built ca 100 links with BMR, 5 visitors/day from tails
    3. Two months old site, 18 indexed pages (10 posts), no links so far, no visitors, no rankings (also it’s in the competitive weight loss niche)

    I was planning to use same approach for all (except a little slower for third one in the beginning for 2-3 months). So the draft plan is (per site):
    – Phase 1 (2 months): 200-300 links/month (split equally among Post Runner, BMR and Web 2.0s&Articles)
    – Phase 2 (2 months): 300 – 400 links/month
    – Phase 3 (after 4 months): go crazy with 500-1,000 links/month

    What do you think about:
    – Link Velocity: is it ok as per the above? Should I take it slower or ramp it up faster?
    – Link Profile: what do you think about equal split among PR, BMR and Web 2.0s, with some bookmarking and directories added for diversity?
    – Links Structure: In first 1-2 months I will use a variety of anchor texts and build the foundation, via making sure every post is backlinked with at least 10 links. As of months 2-3 I plan to focus on a KV I want to rank for and build links only to few pages on the site which promote that KV – with 60% anchor text for that specific KV and the rest related cousins, for diversity.

    I would appreciate immensely your advice and hopefully other readers will find these useful, as well.

    Good luck to ALL! πŸ™‚ May we have a great 2011!!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Sounds like a man with a plan. The linking sounds fine to me although I would probably start off with just 3 links or so a day to the sites and then build up to the higher number by the end of month two.

    As for anchor text I have to say that up until now I have used almost exclusively the exact keywords I want to rank a page for. This normally means that 90% are the main exact term and the rest are different variations.

    I have now switched to about a 70% exact match just to mix it up on my sites before it gets too saturated with perfect backlinks.

    What I find s that there is definitely a tipping point where if you get too many perfect links you lose rankings. Then some crap links can pull you back up. Best thing is to experiment as it definitely seems that each keyword and each site is treated differently.

  18. Question!

    You say switch your backlinking efforts from 90% to 99%.

    So are you saying you can rank high if your site only has 1 post and you send 99 links to the post?

    Or does the 99% thingy only go for big sites that have already amassed a certain amount of authority?

    Happy new year everybody!

    Ole’ Blackthorne gonna get rich in 2011.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Never tried it and never will. Build a site and see.

    I am saying this is the road to a true authority site. A site where every page has plenty of links, wherever they come from.

    This strategy worked like a dream for me and then new content will need less and less links to rank because of the general site authority.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, I know. Whenever I set up a new site these days, I put 100 posts on it right from the start so I got plenty to backlink.

    Don’t wanna have to constantly return to a site and post new material on there.

    Also… that one site I set up over a year ago because you suggested it… it made a $600 sale right at the end of the season!

    And now the site is back to doing no traffic again. But I’m sure it will do nice again next season. πŸ™‚

  19. Wow Dave, do you suffer from ball sweat too? I need to get me one of those pads…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    I smell of nothing but roses in all places and am as dry as the Sahara πŸ˜‰

  20. G’day Dave,
    Grouse post and congrats on your success. It has been fun watching it these past few months.
    You are spot on about working smarter. I too fell for the trap of checking emails and forum posts way to often.

    Now I focus one one task and go hell for leather till it is of the desk so to speak.

    I’m sure most people here had a smashing December with Amazon but the goal is to not only match it every month, but surpass it. Cheers mate


    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig McPherson,

    The Wife now wants to aim for $100,000 for next December! I laughed but then thought about it. Hmmm, new sites and a lot of outsourcing, who knows?

    Like you say, gotta aim high.

    First it was ten dollars a day, then a hundred dollars a day. Now it is a thousand a day to aim for for every day of the year. This time next year……..Who knows, although that is more than enough for me.

    Have a great year Craig.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Jason Reply:


    Dave – is that a $100k for the month of December? I like that target if it is πŸ™‚

    I will definitely take a look at Amazon this year and incorporate it into our portfolio.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Wifey reckons we could do it between the two of us. We shall see, but from what I can see in this game after 2 years the sky really is the limit.

    You should definitely get in on Amazon. Sites I thought were not worth bothering with still brought in thousands over Chrimbo. Get that cookie and you are away.

  21. Hey Dave & Wifey


    Managed to grab myself a champagne or two last night before logging on today and seeing that everyone has new posts! You, Griz, James – man I’ve got a lot of reading to do. Have to agree with going after Squidoo big this year – My goal is 1000 of the little lenses with as many links as I can send their way. Of course, I’ll probably never get that many done by the end of the year, but it’ll be fun trying.

    Anyway, pizza has just arrived and I’m off to break my diet (no that wasn’t a new years resolution).

    t xxx

  22. 4 Hour Work Week is such a money book. Most people who read it or want to read it are expecting that it will be a step by step guide to getting rich, and if you are expecting that then save your money, but what the book is great at doing is planting the seeds to both make money and live the life you want… how you do it is up to you and takes some creativity. My muse is internet marketing and in about 2 months I’ll be quitting that job i hate forever!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:



    No more working for the Man. You must be really pleased, nice one.

    Vote -1 Vote +1kiddlattimer Reply:


    Oh yea, big time! Big thanks to your process… I made a few tweaks that work nicely for my niche but it’s mostly what you outlined above.

  23. 4HWW is a great book! The first time I read it, certain parts like the Automation chapter just didn’t seem relevant. Over time, that changed! I’m a big fan of his Dreamlining technique.

    I also like how Tim Ferriss does not try to present a scientific or academic proof of his theories. The “this is what I do, and it works for me” style is really appealing. Could this be why Dave has so many fans?

    The best thing about 4HWW and this blog is the feeling of motivation I get from reading them.

    Happy New Year To Everyone Here!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    What fans? There are only like 5 of you. You just all keep using different names πŸ˜‰

    Have a great year Lando, I know you are going to be big time by the end of the year when you can devote yourself to this game full time.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94, You’re right… Tim is great in that he just does his thing and doesn’t give a flying fuck.

    I’m on Reddit and over there people like to talk shit about him.

    I say that everybody who wastes his time talking shit about successful people is doing just that… wasting time.

    A real man doesn’t give a rat’s patoot about what others think. Real men just buckle down, do the time, and get results.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Real men just buckle down, do the time, and get results.

    Great. Dave married a man.

    “Wifey” sounds more manly than most, in terms of your definition (way to go!).

    She is Dave’s secret weapon…:)

    Anyhow, the way you all talk about the book, glad I bought it.

  24. Another great post Dave! Happy New Year. This time next year you’ll be buying that Thai island!

  25. Dave, this post is the most inspiring I’ve read all year! I’ve been following your blog for a while and it’s SO good to hear you and your wife did so well. You surely deserve, for your hard work and for paying it forward the way you have here. I’m at expat too (in the Middle East now) and although so far the bulk of my income has come from an online consultancy contract, you’ve really inspired and motivated me to get off my butt and do some serious content writing and back-linking.

    May this year see you both living the life of your dreams πŸ™‚ Oh, and WTG to your mum for her success – that’s awesome!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Shame we are only 2 days in. If it was Dec 31 I would feel more chuffed πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the kind words Isobel, I am just messing. I think this year is going to be very interesting and if you can get a load of content online and backlink it then there is no reason why you can’t make some great money.

    Let me know how it goes. I am really pleased with how my Mum did and it goes to show that anyone can do it if they put in the work.

  26. Thank you for another awesome article Dave! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you, your Wife, and your Mom!
    And to all fellow readers and commenters as well. πŸ™‚

    I decided to start using my real name here on your blog, so it is the last comment from Johric πŸ™‚

    JanisG (previously known as Johric)

  27. Hey Dave or anybody else that knows –

    Is there a way to get around only being able to post 10 articles per domain with BMR? I’ve tried to add my domain a second time to the same project but I haven’t had any luck getting it approved yet.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Reply:


    Damn. I was talking about working with Hubpages/Squidoo as I’ve been on a rampage creating them lately. They just approved the domain Hubpages.com again for me a 2nd time but it still looks like I can only send 10 links per day to my hubs which is kind of disheartening. Is there anything I’m missing that will let me send more then just 10 links per day? I’d really hate to have to go back to using PR and typing those dreaded 300 word articles for links ;(

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mason Reply:


    I’ve got the same issue and can’t see my way around it. Im just focusing on one hub at a time with BMR, giving it 100 or so links from there and 30 from Postrunner. Then moving on to the next one.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    No way around it Dude. As Diane says it is ten links per domain a day. Only other way is to get another account with them when they open the doors again.

    Suck it up and do the dreaded 300 πŸ˜‰

    Arggghhhhh. Feels like a lifetime to do them after writing the 150 doesn’t it?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Steve, Why can’t you just contact support and ask for a daily limit raise on public article domains such as hubpages and squidoo?

  28. @Steve, You can post unlimited articles to a domain, the limitation is 10 posts DAILY per domain.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    Which is a problem when you are using hubpages.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:



  29. Anyone read Grizz’s latest post?

    What do you think? Gonna stop backlinking?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    The niches he is ranking in and not backlinking are definitely not the niches I’m making money in.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I hear that.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Dave, Er, can’t see his post on his .CA site – got a link?

    P.S. Happy new year!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    http://makemoneyonlinegrizzly.com/useless-stuff/careful-you-may-become-popular/ and the one before it too.

    Happy New Year Dude, hope it’s a good one for you.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    @Dave, Am I going to stop backlinking? No way. Although I am going to be more careful about the anchor text I use. I’ve proved to myself that I can hurt a site with no variation.

    Griz has just moved on to big clients, so he can’t afford to mess up so it HAS to be totally white hat for them.

    And has for his last past, I think he is confusing his Griz persona with his online actions as a real person. They are not always the same, and thus he is feeling some guilt, which is stupid because he has helped a lot of people whether his goal was that or not. So he has nothing to feel guilty for.

    Its similar to someone experienced in IM trying to teach a newb. You tell them what they need to do, even though you don’t do that yourself anymore because you are further along the IM journey. Doesn’t mean the stuff you told them to do doesn’t work though – it’s just that you are at a different level to them.

    It’s why I always say it’s hard for an experienced IM’er to teach a newbie.

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


    Dave mentioned something recently about anchor variation as well. I’m starting to get a bit scared. I’ve been doing really well sending perfect anchors to my posts for the last few months.

    Might be time to mix it up a little bit. When you say that you use variation, what sort of variation are you talking about?

    “white socks” becomes:

    – minor change “colored socks”
    – bigger change “clothing”
    – totally unrelated “red widgets”?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I am still in two minds about anchor text variation. I do throw in a mixture now and then but for me anything that is not too tough reacts best to the same anchors.

    Problem is that there is a fine tipping point so it may be best to mix it up more from the beginning.

    Grizz is definitely interesting at the moment. I guess he just couldn’t face talking about getting backlinks all the time anymore if you does not do it himself.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:


    So far I have had no problem spamming 25k links with only 2 or 3 anchor texts. If anything it has helped tremendously.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    This is the quandary. Exact match does work well for me too, but there seems to be some kind of tipping point. But it seems to be specific to only some keywords. But if you do lose rankings then a load of un-optimized links seems to bring you back from the brink. All about trying and seeing what happens I guess.

  30. Dave,

    Great Post to start the New Year!. As mentioned earlier I will be starting with my first couple of Amazon sites and I have all the right information thanks to you.

    You have mentioned that Amazon is only part of your business, are you working on other affiliate marketing products or offline stuff?

    Once again thanks and wishing you and your family a wonderful, healthy year ahead.

    PS: It is really inspiring to hear about your Mom’s success during the nov and dec…way to go…


    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Have a great year dude. To be honest Amazon is second place to other affiliate stuff, but all our business is online affiliate marketing.

    This year I am working on a few sites to start them earning more through the year on Amazon. New goal is a quarter of a million UK pounds in the bank. Gotta get busy as it may take some time.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Raj Reply:



    It always good to have diversified source of income. Awesome goal and best of luck.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks Dude, and to you too.

  31. I like your new goal Dave! That’s huge. A few weeks ago you were freaking out about Wifey telling you to go for $100,000 in Dec 2011 and you were thinking that was big….I think your other half has the right attitude about setting big goals and it seems as though you have come around to the idea.

    Will be watching you like a hawk………:-)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    We are toying with buying a property back in the UK so we can eat fish and chips πŸ˜‰ We just need to get the money to do it. It was why we left in the first place, property with land is so expensive.

    It will probably take a while to get it done but having something to motivate you is important. Lots of new niches are being begun this year and that is quite exciting. I say lots, maybe 2 or 3 πŸ˜‰

    I forgot to reply to your email Tara, will get on to it later. Hope you are well.

  32. Well done Dave to you and your better half, it sounds like you make a great team. It’s great reading about your ongoing success, and very inspirational too of course. Hopefully I’ll have earnings worth writing about this year! Keep up the good work!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks Dude. If we can do it anyone can, and I mean that honestly. We have a scattergun approach with almost zero research.

  33. Dave, you mentioned that you get 30 BMR articles outsourced daily. How much do you pay for them?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    It’s family, so waaaaaay too much πŸ˜‰ Although it is very reliable and hassle free so it is all good. I am interviewing people from the Philippines at the moment though and it seems the going weekly rate is between $50 and $75 for that amount of work to be done 5 days a week.

  34. Re: Mum making 50 Hubs

    Dave, why did you tell her to do 50 Hubs, as opposed to the “A 30 Day Guide to Making $1000” method.

    Could you please explain. Maybe I missed something. Thanks.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I just told her to write some and she got totally carried away and went a bit mad. Plus a lot of the ones she did were a bit daft keyword wise so I go her to do some more.

    She doesn’t understand blog commenting or keyword competition etc so I had to keep it real simple. i.e I set her up a free wordpress blog so she could write articles to put links in, she saves as a draft and I publish them places to get backlinks for her.

    Her strength is in being able to write a lot for backlinks, she doesn’t understand any other aspect of this game at all, maybe not a bad thing either, less distractions.

  35. First of all congrats to you and “Wifey” for your incredible year. It is very inspirational.

    Thank you for laying out a blueprint for me to follow. I made about $1.97 on Amazon when I first found your site and made $497 in December. Thank you.

    Now let’s talk about your mum πŸ˜‰

    How did she go about selecting the 50 topics/hubs to write about? Were they all Amazon products or a mix of Amazon and CJ and what not?

    If they were Amazon, did she just look under best sellers? Were they all related products or where they from different groups ( coffee maker, lawn mowers, hockey sticks).


    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Hey Dude, that is good going, nice one. Work on what sold in December and you can add a cool zero to those earnings in a year easy.

    My Mum?

    Totally random from bestsellers lists and up and coming products. She then just backlinked what seemed to rank best naturally and what sold the most.

    All Amazon stuff as it is the easiest to work with.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JohnM Reply:


    When she finds a product to build a hub about, what does she use as the anchor text for the backlinks? Let’s say the product is Schumacher SC-600A SpeedCharge High Frequency Battery Charger.

    Does she use that as the anchor or would she use battery charger or a variation of that?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    She would go for Schumacher SC-600A plus some with the full title. Plus whatever people get to the hub from typing in. Stats are your friend for keywords. Basically begin typing it in Amazon and google and see what come sup after a certain point, that is what people type in, as well as copying the full title from Amazon and pasting it in google.

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