".......and unfortunately nearly all make money online blogs are crap, so he, Dave, decided to write his own. It's pretty spankin."
Dalai Lama
Jan 232011
 

I treated the latter part of 2010 like the Internet was going to close. What would you do if you had 2011 and only that year to make as much money as you can?

DO IT THEN

Anything can happen.

The Death Of Affiliate Marketing

I know a lot of people will be talking about building sites that are future proof, but to be honest I don’t believe any site is. Over the 3 month period around Christmas time me and my lovely Wife worked like demons and the result was that if the Internet broke tomorrow then we are good for a number of years.

What I want everyone to think about is that things change, and they can change at any time. What if Google stopped letting any site with affiliate links rank?

Adsense may get shut down, affiliate programs can stop.

Basically anything can happen. And it probably will sooner or later.

This year I am going to work like this is the last year that the Internet is going to be around. I am going to work like it is the last year that I can get paid commissions for sending traffic to sites for products and ranking those sites.

Sure, I have long term strategies, and I hope that my sites will be around for as long as the Internet. We all need to be flexible in our approach to how we make money online, but currently, for me, getting paid for making a sale for someone is what I do best. Although the Wife will say she does it better than me!

So many people simply do not put in the work it takes to really change theirΒ  lives, it take a lot of it and it takes a lot of commitment. But imagine if this was the last year that you had to really make the most of this amazing opportunity.

Would you just not bother, or would you say:

“Wow, if I work really hard then maybe by the end of the year I could make $100,000 in December selling white socks and hankies on Amazon”

Stranger things have happened dear reader (yes, you). I have told you how to do it.

If you want to actually make really good money then I say do it today. Grab it while you can. Everyone seems to be banging on about building up a site over the long term, taking years to gain natural authority and get those coveted natural links.

OK, fine. I am in on that.

BUT……………………………………

The fact is that building your own backlinks and hammering a site that has age and existing backlinks can make you the money tomorrow and every day for the rest of the year.

Get busy and get productive. End of the week I started a new set of product posts and did 8 in a day. All with images and aff links and filled with juicy keywords. Do you even write that much in a day?

Maybe it really is time to think that you need to either begin to do the work or forget about it. A small amount of work simply will not cut it. Get really busy and pretend that you have one year left in which to really make a success of it. I can tell you now that you will be amazed how much work you can do if you actually get busy working. Not busy pretending you are working by reading this nonsense.

Busy by not looking at your email until you have written 6000 words busy.

Busy by not looking at you stats until you have written 10 posts for your site in a day busy.

Busy by not checking your reader until you have made 30 backlinks busy.

Untold Riches?

The rewards really are quite incredible if you put your mind to it. I am not talking about $1000 a month, I mean some staggering numbers. The people that do it are the ones that really focus and get productive.

Maybe you simply are not earning what you think you should? Maybe you have put the effort in?

If you are not making good money and you have been productive and really tried then look to your niche. Some simply suck and you need to wake up to it sooner rather than later. Failed sites and sites that simply never convert are a part of the game. Annoying but no one said this was goingΒ  to be easy did they?

To make money on the Internet is a hard slog. It is not easy and it is littered with people who have failed. Most do. Most simply give up in frustration. Don’t get bogged down in details.

I can tell you now that on one hand it is hard to make a living ranking online properties. But I can also tell you that you cannot fail if you put in the work. You simply can’t fail to make a full time living. And in well under a year.

Go out and write 50 or 100 Hubs or Squidoo lenses this week.

Send them 20 backlinks each as soon as you can. Come back here in a couple of months and tell me I wasn’t right. You see, you now have an extra grand a month.

Simples, but only for those that do the work.

Now, as it is Sunday I am in a dilemma. No more drinking Cava in the week is allowed. Buuuuuuuuuuut, is Sunday still the weekend or is it seen as part of the working week as a thick head would impinge on weekday productivity. Hmmmmmm. Oh yeah, the time is leaking post. It’s true you know, honest. Results are already leaking back.

  138 Responses to “You Only Have 1 Year Left”

  1. So true – for a long time I was ‘afflicted’ by the notion that I have all the time in the world to MMO, and that’s why my results have been mediocre. Now that I’m going to be a dad in a few months I have a deadline to work to and I’m starting to see some results. It’s hard to keep the momentum going though, due to so many distractions that seem to keep popping up, and I don’t mean TV shows or socialising.

    Re the Cava: It’s still the weekend dude, just remember you have to be back at work tomorrow πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dean,

    Congrats on the new life to be. It is tough keeping going at times, but personally I just stay motivated by thinking that it could stop at any moment so make the most of it while you can.

    And I will try to go easy on the Cava. Although it is horror movie night so I may need a few. Black Swan and Let Me In, hope they are good.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, How were the films? I haven’t seen ‘Let Me In’ and probably won’t, because the original Swedish film – Let the Right One In (LΓ₯t den rΓ€tte komma in) – was so amazing, and I don’t see why nobody trusts Americans with subtitles.

    ‘Black Swan’, though, I quite want to see.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Lol. I hadn’t even realized until Let Me In began that I had seen the original too. To be honest it wasn’t a bad re-make at all. But the original was more atmospheric and I film I really enjoyed. A shame it was needed to do it just so it was in English, I agree.

    Black Swan, hmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Alright, but nothing to write home about to be honest, good fun but wouldn’t watch it again. If you likes stuff like Let the right one in then check out Audition.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lando @ Docking Bay94 Reply:

    @Dave,

    +1 for Black Swan. (atmosphere, tension, “What’s going on?”)
    +1 for Audition.

    Not seen LΓ₯t den rΓ€tte komma in. Sounds intriguing.

    Watched ‘Michael Clayton’ the other night. Worth a look if you haven’t seen it.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay94,

    You should love it Lando, not sure about your rating for Black Swan though πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, Not heard of ‘Audition’. I’ll look out for it. Along vaguely similar lines, I enjoyed ‘The Orphan’ when it came out. Which reminds me, I haven’t been to the cinema in ages…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    There is a ton of great Japenese horror out there, plus anime, if you are a fan.

  2. You mentioned about the possibility that Google would stop allowing affiliate sites to rank in one of your previous comment threads, that really made me think as it is a possibility and nothing is forever. Having said that I’m hoping they’ll be around for a good while yet as there’s good money to be made lol. True entrepreneurs will always find a way to make money, but it doesn’t get much sweeter then what we’re doing now…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    Too right. I have to pinch myself sometimes that all of this actually works. But we should also face the fact that every affiliate program could simply shut down at any point. Make hay while the sun shines, as the saying goes.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Melt the iron while it’s hot. That’s how us Dutchies say it.

    I was once promoting a small business that still owes me >$1500 to this very day.

    I can’t contact them, because they will not reply.

    With bigger businesses, you are much safer.

    And what’s all this crap about G not allowing affiliate sites at the top?

    G loves to make money. They even want you to place Adsense on your parked domains. The few people that got banned from it are comparable to the handful of thousands of people that break an arm or a leg on their skiing trip.

    A good affiliate site provides value to the searching buyer. Would G crap all over valuable sites?

    If that’s what you think, you’d have to be thinking that G is out to get you, personally.

    And that would be plain irrational paranoia.

    I worry more (not that I actually waste my time worrying about anything at all because it is counter productive) about the whole world going mobile, while you, me and the rest of us here are still building large screen sites.

    The real gurus (the ones that know their sh#t and have alread made millions, such as Howie Schwartz) have gone into mobile years ago already.

    I’d like to do this as well, but I’m not really sure how to do it yet.

    I’ll find out in due time, though.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I don’t worry, I have my nest egg now. All I am saying is that anything is possible. And I am in no doubt that they longer we are in this game the more weird stuff we will see happen.

    Look at all the affiliate problems that Amazon are getting involved in because of new laws in certain states. Some people who were making livings from being an Amazon affiliate have been shut down and need to find sneaky ways to get back in.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Too bad for those Colorado fellas.

    But you’re right. Even with the big guys you aren’t entirely safe. But with multiple big ones you would be.

    So the obvious solution is to set up multiple full time incomes with multiple big guys.

    Who in his right mind would aim for only one full time income anyway? This is IM and the sky is the limit.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Yep, multiple income streams from different programs. Heck, even this site makes some money now. God knows how though with my 7 readers.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Your modesty becomes you well, Dave.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Why thank you πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun L Reply:

    @Dave,
    Very true *Goes and checks if there’s an affiliate market for hay*

  3. Agree! Let’s MMO like there’s no tomorrow :p

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Carlo,

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. If you were teaching someone who knew NOTHING about this gig (but can write well, would you suggest starting them out with the 50 to 100 Hubs or Squidoo lenses strategy?

    If so which one? or both?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Seth,

    Definitely, it is what I did for my Mum. I am now really liking lenses, they look cleaner and it is easier to get more Amazon money using the squidutils program. But I would say do equal with Hubs in case one goes out of favor with Google.

  5. Build 50 Squids, send’em 20 links, make a grand a month.

    Sounds great. I’m building Squids now. I built 1 to start with and sent it 15 backlinks. A few days later, it was #1 and capturing no traffic for that keyword at all.

    Now I’m building a few more. I just pick popular products from Amazon. I don’t (always) look at what the adwords keyword tool tells me about the volume.

    I can see my Squids rising steadily as I build links to them. Some will make it to #1. Others will stay afloat right below the site which is the official brand behind the product I have built the Squid for.

    The Squids are floating on page 2 and page 3’ish. I’m not getting any traffic yet.

    My goal is to write 50 Squids. I can do 10 per day relatively comfortably. I have a system for doing this.

    I’ll have my target number of Squids in no time. Then all I have to do is build them backlinks.

    A few months from now I’ll come back here and let Dave know I was successful. I’m sure he’ll write a nice post about me to inspire the rest of y’all.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Sounds good Dude, just don’t go for anything with too little search. But basically anything that is in the bestsellers lists should get some search traffic if you rank it high.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, That’s right. They have to have volume, or they would not be best sellers.

    Btw… normally I do 20 euro Adsense days. But yesterday was close to 60.

    Could the magic be happening for me right now?

    Are my future results leaking back into my present?

    Who knows!

    All shall be revealed! Stay tuned for another episode of “Blackthorne’s Life”, right after these sponsored messages!

    (read this in Ted Williams’ voice please)

  6. You realize it would take 6 and a half months to backlink 100 squidoo lenses with one BMR account right?…Or is that the idea?

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, You can create multiple projects and add Squidoo to each of them.

    For every extra project, you get 10 extra posts to Squidoo.

    Seems to me like 50 per day would be enough.

    Doable.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Awesome. That was my only reservation about BMR.

    Looks like I need to come up with a more ambitious plan than the one I am currently working on….

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I still thought it was just 10 links a day to a domain.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, I got this workaround from John himself when I was discussing upper limit exclusions for high authority sites (not gonna happen, btw).

    But at least we got the workaround!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    Nope. Use Fiverr, Postrunner, Infobarrle, Hubs, Ezine, snipsly, etc. But I would just use Postrunner and BMR for convenience. Oh, Backlinks Philippines too.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Dave,

    If I’m honest, in my experience linking to your pages with infobarrel, hubpages, ezine, or snipsly will not only not help you in the serps-they will actually make you go down. Hell, in my experience the only thing that will make you rank for anything even slightly worthwhile is to spam it will thousands upon thousands of profiles, comment links, and article directory links.

    Anyways, I just added more “projects” with squidoo listed as the domain. I will see if they approve it.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Josh,

    I have it listed on 3 projects and all are now set to active. I can knock these things out like crazy and you don’t have to do anything to submit them.

    This is going to be absolutely devastating to my competition.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    Cool, I didn’t know you could do that. Thanks to Blackthorne for the tip.

  7. Good post. I’ve ramped up my own efforts in the last 3 months of 2010 and I will be hammering links to my self hosted WP sites this year.

    I want to say a big thanks to you as well. I’ve been using BMR for some time now – but not in the manner which you described. I was mainly using it to get stuff indexed and doing one or two links per site to a variety of sites. And then only when I wasn’t doing other stuff.

    Anyway, I started hammering out 10 snippets a day per website – day after day. The results are awesome – I would never have thought this was possible. So now I am doing ten a day to 2 or 3 sites per week and it is going great guns. I can get 3, 4 sometimes 5 snippets up there in between doing other stuff. They rack up before you know it – and they really have an effect.

    Anybody reading this – get BMR if you can (worth every penny – an absolute steal) – and listen to what Dave tells you.

    Apart from his alcohol related advice that is. Sunday is absolutely the weekend – albeit the last day of the weekend. It is a little cooler in Scotland than Spain – so I will be having a nice malt rather than cava. I like to think of it as fortification for the week ahead (and it could turn colder tomorrow). Cheers.

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

    @Hamish,

    Where you at? I’m going to be in Edinburgh in July.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Hamish,

    You gotta ward off that chill Hamish πŸ˜‰

    You are using BMR well by the sounds of it. It is amazing how much of an effect it has once those links add up. I am still amazed just how much it improves rankings, seems to easy. Need to get our 4th outsourcer found.

  8. http://business2press.com/2011/01/22/google-gets-serious-on-spammers-content-farms/

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    It sounds to me like they are going after websites with duplicate content rather than spammy backlinking strategies.

    Honestly though, they probably aren’t going to do much of anything that they weren’t already going to do…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, You think G likes all those rewritten snippets on BMR’s network?

    G thinks that’s just low quality content that clogs up the index.

    But since BMR sites aren’t monetized, they have a good chance of staying under the radar.

    But G does not approve, I can tell you that.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I honestly have no idea what Google is planning on changing, I just think they are trying to make some kind of PR move. There is no way they are going after the content farms that are actually clogging up the index – ezine, ehow, associated content, mahalo etc…

    I do think that backlink networks are going to slip under the radar. I have a feeling that google doesn’t see them as that much of a threat.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, There’s no way they’re going after ezine… because?

    You have a feeling link networks will slip under the radar… because?

    You’re just convincing yourself of whatever it is that you want to believe.

    When push comes to shove, it’s adapt or die.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    They are never going to go after the content networks because they are in that “legitimate” business range.

    They link networks will keep slipping under the radar because if it was on the agenda to get rid of them they could have done it the second they came on the market.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, No they couldn’t have, because the link networks keep expanding their domain collection.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    If I were working for google and was tasked with shutting down Build My Rank I would write some articles, submit them all, find all of them the second they went up using a google alert.
    From there, I would come up with basic outline of what all the sites had in common and query the index for sites with a similar footprint. I could do this right now without access to their index using Scrapebox. I can’t even imagine what kind of data someone at google could have at their disposal.

    I could knock out a significant amount of the network in a single day. A network like BMR, where their network’s authority is so important, couldn’t survive while the sites are actively being hunted.

    You need to think about it from their perspective though. The people who are really spamming up the index aren’t taking the time write thousands of BMRs. This is also considered “legitimate” website promotion according to Google’s policy. Though this changes depending on who you are asking and when.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, Do you rewrite the same article over and over when posting to BMR?

    If you do, it’s against Google’s guidelines.

    Not gonna stop me, btw.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Hahaha, if I was worried about google’s guidelines I wouldn’t have a VPS spamming with scrapebox 24/7.

  9. I’m not down with this, “the internet is going to break scenario”. I don’t want to get a job!

    $100K for selling some white socks at Christmas sounds nice though! BRING IT ON!!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lando @ Docking Bay 94,

    No way I am ever getting a “real” job again. I think whatever happens there will always be ways to make money with our sites now Lando.

  10. Agreed – work for today, not tomorrow.

    Except on the weekends. I don’t work weekends πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tracey,

    Me either, apart from just messing about with this site now and then.

  11. Interesting thoughts, and good advice, Dave. You know, we often have no real sense of history … especially regarding the ‘Net.

    Things change, sometimes rapidly, and depending on the ‘net being what it is today at the end of 2011 is like drawing to an inside straight.

    Anybody remember Google Arbitrage? How long ago was that an easy path to riches .. maybe two years or so ago? Dirt simple, put up a site to draw AdSense ads, buy cheaper AdWords ads to drive traffic and Bang! Bob’s your uncle. Try it today and you’ll lose your account(s), and possibly your bank account too.

    In addition to long-term creative thinking (and diversification) you have to take advantage of what works now, and take advantage ‘with vigor’.

    Tomorrow might not be the same as today, and for sure next week, next month and next year will be different. Bank on that.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Starr,

    All very true. I see no reason to not really take advantage of how the rankings work at the moment. I will worry about changes when they come. An eye to long term strategies is always good, but there is money to be made now too.

  12. Hi Dave

    I think you could expand the title out to say, live your life to the fullest everyday like its your last day. The fact is most people will simple go through life second guessing and wishing their life was better.

    I remember my grand parents when they were alive, always talking about going to Florida to escape the cold Canadian winters for 3 months. They talked about, certainly had the money, but ultimately never went. They just never took action. You see, this is not some unique story, but its a story told over millions of times a year. Don’t wait till its too late, you too old or too sick to have the life you desire.

    ** But, the important question you need to ask yourself at the end of each day. What have you done today to move your business and your life forward?

    Remember, for most of us, we all have choices and its those choices that ultimately design the life we have today. If you want a better life, then its time to get serious and do the necessary productive activities like, writing content and back linking as one example. Nobody is going to hand you success.

    I think without a doubt, Dave and his Wife (what is your wife’s name please?) have shown what your life can be like, if you just put the necessary time and energy into it.

    Hey, I have a pretty comfortable lifestyle and my job pays me really well. But, I don’t want to work for someone for the next 20 years either. I want freedom so that my wife, along with our daughter can travel around the globe. I am willing to pay the price ie: doing the work to have the choices in the near future that most people only dream about.

    Have a great week…But more importantly, have a productive week everyone.

    Cheers

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Darrell,

    Great comment Darrell.

    This is exactly our outlook. We sold up and moved to Spain in our early thirties. Now, we have had 6 years living up a mountain and have had a great adventure. In a couple of years I want to buy a house back in the UK and still keep this one on.

    Life is all about living and having adventures, some sacrifices may have to be made along the way, but I don’t want to look back like you say with the grandparents and wish I had done something.

    Man, I would live in a bus rather than have a mortgage now.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wifey Reply:

    @Darrell, He hasn’t thought of a name for me yet – me being merely a wobbly figment of his imagination – but I like to call myself Alexis.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Reply:

    @Wifey,

    Hi Alexis – nice to meet you.

  13. I read somewhere a few years ago that the Samurai used to live each day with the belief that they would be dead within the year. Not a bad philosophy at all, certainly better than the “I’ll do that…one day” philosophy that most people seem to have now.

    Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    Too true. Life is too short, do want you want today and let life be an adventure if that is what you want.

  14. Dave-
    Thanks for the kick in the arse. This is really no different than getting out in 9 degrees Fahrenheit (like it is today here) and strapping on your carpenter’s tool belt. It ain’t fun or romantic, it’s just work.

    I easily fall into the “if my offline work falls apart tomorrow, I can do online marketing” mentality. It’s easy and more fun than actually working on MMO. Only issue is that…..

    Regarding the weekend discussion: I believe it to be near heresy to even bring up for discussion the remote possibility that Sunday is not the best part of the weekend. Not that I have strong feelings about it or anything.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Peewee,

    It’s why I’m here Dude πŸ˜‰

    My head is clear, even though we had a few, just gotta be good until Friday now. I need to move somewhere where booze costs more.

  15. Well this nice post. Future is soo unpredictable. Thats why peoples says ” live like it is last day of your life”
    Well my plans is to add 50 hubs per month whole year with as many as sites too.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Rahul,

    A man with a plan. That should see some serious income for you, no doubt.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Not if he doesn’t leave time to link’em up, he won’t.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Rahul Reply:

    @Blackthorne, If i am taking risk of buying tons of domains and research. I will be forced to do loads of actions. Whether it is one site or 100. I will do it some how.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Rahul, Good luck to you, buddy.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Rahul Reply:

    @Dave, I hope, I will be at much better situation at the end of 2011.

  16. Affiliate Marketing will likely never die and here’s why….

    Companies like Amazon, Walmart, Ebay make billions of dollars a year. Do you honestly think because some link is an affiliate link, G is just suddenly going to be stupid and piss off major companies? I really don’t think they want that kind of battle.

    So, if they do, guess who will gladly take them and run with it? Bing/Yahoo – yup they would love a reason to kick G’s butt.

    The fact is when people put up a website, its to make money period in one form or another. That is aside from a personal blog of course. Even non profit sites have to make money via donations.

    Come on everyone, the internet is fine and I am sure it will be a great place to make money in 5 and 10 years from now. The rules will likely change, but not the fundamental bottom line – everyone wants and needs to make money…

    But, I still like Dave’s thinking on this…now back to my epic challenge to create 400 articles this week – all unique by the way. No spinning ….

  17. Dave,

    I have never jumped on the Hub or Squidoo band wagon. I am going to try it, I am going to do 100 hubs and back link all of them-around 20 or so links each, then I will share my results in a few months. I will use BMR and just blog commenting.

    Does anyone have a preference between Hub or Squidoo?

    Vote -1 Vote +1DMace Reply:

    @Kelly, with Squidoo, you can use the uber-clickable squidutils banners….I love those things

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Kelly,

    It will be interesting to see the results. If you backlink them then you should definitely get some good extra money coming in.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Kelly,

    With squidoo you can use spam (and by that I also mean backlink Philippines style profiles), but with hubpages you also get some adsense clicks.

    With squidoo you will also get ad clicks, but you will get a much smaller portion of the earnings from them.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Kelly Reply:

    Thx everyone!

    I am going to split up between both of them. 50, 75, 100 on Hubs and 50, 75, 100 on Squidoo. This should also work in case one site is ever banned or if I am kicked off.

    I am also curious for those of you that use BMR, which I went through your link Dave. The max links you can send to hub or squidoo is 10 a day right?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Kelly,

    Thanks for that Kelly. I can only seem to send 10 a day but some of the others seem to be able to send 50 a day but I couldn’t get it to work, hopefully they will tell you how they did it.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Isobel Reply:

    @Dave, I may be dreaming this, but didn’t someone (?Josh) say you can add Squidoo and Hubpages into multiple projects and send 10 links per project? As you can tell, I haven’t tried it yet πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Isobel,

    It was Blackthorne who suggested it first. I currently have squidoo set to all 5 domains and it allows me to send up to 50 posts a day.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Isobel,

    Yeah, I tried it but it didn’t work for me. May be because I am on the old system sign up.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Isobel,

    I just tried it again and you can do it. I added the same site to a different project and now I can send more links to the same site every day, very useful for Hubs and Squids.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Isobel Reply:

    @Dave, Excellent, I will now DO IT πŸ˜€

    Vote -1 Vote +1Kelly Reply:

    That is what I was curious about, and now I will try that!!!

  18. I think hubs and squidoo will be a good thing to invest time in, albeit not for a permanent solution. You always have the risk of getting everything shut down yadda yadda yadda…

    BUT

    if you build a bunch of them out and backlink accordingly, you will have a quick glimpse of what kind of products actually do convert and then you can build your own site around that product knowing that it will convert.

    I see them as a shortcut that will pay you both short term as well as long term when you build out your own site!

    I enjoyed the whole post Dave, but just the sentence about building out hubs and squidoo lenses gave me an epiphany!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tyler,

    It is a definite shortcut to seeing what works and converts. I have been surprised myself with some that I have done. I didn’t actually think they would convert well but have done amazing so it is worth it, plus you get a good backlink then with some links pointing to it.

  19. Just had to make a comment here…

    I was checking out some Squidoo lenses and came across one by Tracey about Kindles… and about 3/4’s of the way down found this:

    “Things to Do While Waiting for your Kindle to Arrive:

    1. Pretend that the current book you are reading is a Kindle and practice clicking the side of the book to turn the page.

    2. Print out a picture of the Kindle then cut out the ‘screen’ area and place it over your current book so it will look like you already have it.

    3. Re-check your estimated delivery date AGAIN to see where your Kindle is at.”

    Needless to say I lqtm’d (laughed quietly to myself)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    @Mason, πŸ™‚

  20. Why do I feel so guilty after this post and think is was written directly at me? πŸ™‚ I am definitely guilty of the looking busy but not really being busy. For example the first thing I do in the morning when I turn on the computer is check my email, check my stats, and then check a forum or two and then Facebook. Then maybe I will write one article and take a break. Really productive huh? I don’t have all the time in the world to work with little ones at home and I really need to just do the work.

    Your post defintiely made me see things from a different light and basically kicked my butt into what I should be doing. So, for the next week (small steps here) I am not checking my stats or forums before I write at least 2000 words for the day. If I can do it for a week I can do it for the next year! Thanks for the kick in the pants that I needed right now!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tiffany,

    That is a great goal. It is easy to get distracted so checking all the routine things after works really makes you uber productive.

    And I did write it just for you Tiffany πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust on Elance Reply:

    @Dave,

    OK. Now I am officially here – this really is the 4 Hour Workweek for IMers all of a sudden. Love it. Great read, BTW.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JamestheJust on Elance,

    Aah, that’s more like it. It is usually a minimum of 3 comments per post for you James.

    Can I tempt you? πŸ˜‰

  21. So, wait…if I agree with you…then I admit I was here and not building a link or content…I’m stuck.

    Can I say “fantastic post” and not look like a hypocrite? Since, you know…the whole point is not to waste time on blogs and such?

    I don’t know what to do, Dave. I want to compliment you, to agree – but that betrays the heart of the post. Tell you what. I revoke being here. I am not here. Tell Dave I was writing content instead…

    (Actually that’s why I’ve been missing in action, to tell the truth: building links….)

    Great post. I’m out.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JamestheJust on Elance,

    Glad to hear you have been so busy James, it’s the best way to really up the earnings quickly. I thought you had been a little quiet.

  22. Another great post.

    I’ve not had a chance to work back through all your posts, do you have one specifically about targeting amazon products on hubpages? Also when you backlink to a hub do you tend to use a nice selection of anchor texts or stick pretty much with your primary keyword?

    Cheers,

    Jamie.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jamie Sandford,

    Here you go Dude http://www.makingmoneyontheinternetfree.info/how-to-make-2-thousand-on-hubpages-in-2-months πŸ˜‰ Although nowadays you need to ensure you never send any automated links to Hubs, manually made ones only , eg. BMR or Postrunner etc.

    I go for mostly the same anchors, authority sites can handle it no problem. Maybe go for a slight mix, 7 perfect then 3 variations per ten links. That is usually fine.

    Go get em, Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, 7 exact and 3 variations.

    Intuitively, that sounds like a risky formula to me. But if it works for you, I guess I’m going to have to try that out for myself sometime.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Just a rough number, heck, just link to the URL using the URL and you will see results. Why risky? My words are golden don’t you know πŸ˜‰

    I have done all number of variations on keyword backlinks, sometimes nothing but exact match and nothing else. I am just promoting a little caution as there is a tipping point, especially for tough terms where too many perfect links will send you to oblivion for a long time until you get some crap links too.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, That’s exactly what I was talkin’ about!

    Gotta be careful not to end up in Oblivion!

  23. Hi Dave!,

    Don’t know if you remember me at all but anyway few weeks ago I added amazon affiliate links to my posts and so far (like 2 – 2.5 weeks ago) got 5 shipped items πŸ˜€ and was wondering how to get my affiliate links to amazon.co.uk URL but can’t get that since they only let me search through amazon.com ….

    So do I have to register for their UK domain separately πŸ™ …..?? thanks.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sameera,

    I remember all of my children and the ladies that bore them πŸ˜‰

    Sorry Dude, just messing.

    Yeah, it’s simple, just sign up with amazon.co.uk as an affiliate the same as for the US site. It’s super quick to do. Be warned though, us Brits are not as happy to spend in a recession as the US folks seem to be. A little tip is that if you can be bothered then a .co.uk domain seems to make UK folks happier to buy, although I do nearly only US stuff myself.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Sameera Reply:

    Hi Dave,

    Ahhh got it, thanks Dave…

    btw you know, there are spying apps which are designed to help ladies to keep “track” of their husbands! πŸ˜‰

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sameera,

    I would have to have one of those “slidey” phones for that wouldn’t I?

    Apps? Nah, my phone is for receiving junk texts from the phone company!

  24. THE ETERNAL MONEY MAKING PRINCIPLE (worked 2,000 years ago, will work 2,000 years from now):

    1. Convince people to spend money on a product/service you sell.

    2. Convince people to spend money on a product/service someone else sells and collect a commission/broker’s fee/markup/etc. (the vocab changes, the principle remains the same).

    In order to convince someone, you must first contact them. On the internet, that is using SEO, social, email, flyers hung up at the local library, etc. Once you’ve contacted them, you must do a good job convincing them, and that is copywriting, design, split-testing, etc.

    That’s it. That’s everything there is to all forms of marketing.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jeremy,

    Short but very sweet there Jeremy. Nice.

  25. Hey Dave, would you still recommend backlink solutions?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    To be honest I have not used it for a couple of months now, if it works like it used to then I would say yes.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, And that’s a big IF.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Dave,

    Haha, that’s the reason I asked. To find out if it worked like it did a couple of months ago.

    I guess it doesn’t really matter though, they are still closed.

  26. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your tips and comments.

    Nowdays, what link networks do you use – are they all in the “tools” section, i.e. BMR, BLS, BLP etc?

    Also, how many active niches do you work on now, I understand you don’t have many but totally dominate the ones you work on. For those niches, what’s the traffic and conversion rate like?

    Thanks again.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sam,

    Yep, I just use what is in the tools section, postrunner should not be overlooked, probably the most useful one.

    Active niches? Quite a few, active sites probably only a handful. Traffic can be all over the place, depending on the time of year. Conversion goes from 1 in 10 visitors spending money to a 5% conversions rate once only about half of them click a link, varied to say the least πŸ˜‰

  27. I never understood how you are able to work the way you do, but I understand after today.

    One of my pages has pulled in sales for the last 3 days and today made me well over a hundred dollars.

    This page has had 90 links added to it through BMR in the last 3 days. It’s 4 AM and I just finished adding 50 of those today(and maxing out my BMR account for the day).

    If you are having trouble working just trust me in the fact that it will get easier after you start actually seeing results from the work you do.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    Way to go, that is very impressive. A hundred in a day from a single page is amazing. Keep that up and that is 3 grand a month which would be incredible.

    Things like that motivate everyone Josh so thanks for sharing. It is why I kind of say to build lots of links to a page now and then. I have mentioned it haven’t I? πŸ˜‰

    Putting in the work really does pay off big style. If everyone sent 100 links to every piece of content they wrote they wouldn’t be asking whether or not they can make money online they would ask if there was a limit to how much they could make.

    Sleep well Josh, after that mammoth session I am sure you will be doing it with a smile on your face.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Dave,

    Yeah, I was going to try sending all of my squidoo lenses 20 links like you mentioned somewhere else but now I am definitely going for 50-100 each.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Josh,

    Yeah, good plan. I say start with 20 and see what happens but I would go for 100 at least long term if earning potential is there.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Josh,

    Well done Josh, the hardest thing I find is how to write about the same thing over again. I tend to spread them out between a few keywords a day or else I just can’t think of what to say. Again though it is getting easier.

    The thing I also find is if you do them last thing at night, which I often have to, is that your mind is still racing, and I can’t sleep.

    It is worth it though, I have not seen as mush success as you, but my hubs and pages are moving at last. I have one page that has sat in the middle of page two on google for what seems like forever, it is now number eight on page one. I am clawing my way up page one, slowly, but it is moving.

    One thing this has taught me is to focus, I now know how much I can get done in a day. It is not easy trying to fit it in with every thing else I have going on, but it is possible, just hard work. I am now going to make hubs and also use squidoo as these do rank quicker, while building links a day to my sites. Trying to look both long and short term.

    Thanks Dave, your advice is spot on, wish I had joined BMR before. I am now going to start my daily 50! I do not know how you do it day in day out for so long, but I guess I will find out.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    What I do is come up with an article concept and then just rewrite it ten times.

    Like come up with some type of story relating to the product, and then just tell it ten different ways. Or write about a specific feature of the item, and then write about it ten different ways.

    It’s pretty easy with BMR because they are only 150 words. It’s a lot harder when you are writing bigger articles. 250 words is a whole different magnitude of difficulty above 150.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    It really is down to just making the most of it while I know exactly what works and how to rank quickly. That is what motivates me.

    Mad thing is we now are in the process of getting our second full time outsourcer along with our two part time ones and we are still working full time! But come the nice weather I am going to spend all my time swimming and eating in Spanish restaurants and getting a nice tan.

    Now THAT keeps me motivated πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tara Reply:

    @Josh,

    Well don Josh, what a result and I bet it has motivated you even more! It seems we plod along for ages doing what we think is tonnes of stuff (that is, until we read about Dave’s level of output and then we realise its nothing close to what he’s doing……) and when we don’t get any results, any movement whatsover and the affiliate stats keep on saying $0 Β£0 $0 Β£0, it is totally disheartening. But then when you get a trickle of consistent sales as a result of something you have done, like backlinked like mad and then you see the sales…..its a great feeling. It seems to have taken forever to get to this stage – just finding things that convert…

    So what I meant to say in a round about way is that I agree 100% with what you say. I could never work out how Dave got that work ethic but I can see that if you make sales day in day out, then the next step is to just scale everything up.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Tara,

    Yeah, it is definitely hard to reach that point, but once you get there you will definitely be making money at this.

    I have talked to a lot of people and it seems like you have to be really dedicated or lucky to get there in less than a year.

    There are a lot of people who blow my mind with work ethic though. I can understand how Dave gets done as much work as he does, it just takes making a full time job out of it, but when I read the stuff that Ben writes he sounds downright superhuman.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, Those are some nice results.

    Thankfully, I have balls of steel. This and only this fact enables me to press on in the face of failures stacking up one after another.

    I got an exact match keyword site to #2 and it was supposed to have 40,000 monthly searches according to the keyword tool.

    A complete lie. Because it gets zilch.

    I keep successfully ranking stuff, but the traffic doesn’t come.

    I’m just gonna keep hammering. I don’t care if I have to do this until the end of my life.

    Everything beats working for somebody else.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Google’s keyword tool is absolutely useless. I have hit the first page for all kinds of keywords that get 20k+ searches a month and instead I will get MAYBE 100 a month.

    I’m try to use wordtracker these days, but it also isn’t terribly accurate, but atleast it doesn’t lie by such a ridiculous magnitude.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, Is there any way at all that a guy can get a good idea about how much traffic certain keywords get?

    You just take a few shots in a couple of niches and experimentally find out what has traffic?

    Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @Blackthorne, You can’t tell exactly what traffic a website gets for a particular keyword – but what you can do is spy on other websites and see which keywords they are targetting – on the grounds that they wouldn’t bother to target them if they weren’t getting traffic.

    Go to SEM rush, and type in a url of a popular website in your niche.They’ll show you the keywords a site is ranking for in the organic search, and also whether they are targeting adwords. The Adwords info is interesting, as the only reason someone would advertise for a keyword would be if there is traffic and sales in it.

    http://www.semrush.com/

    If you register for a free account, they allow you to make 10 searches a day

    Vote -1 Vote +1Josh Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I’ve been using wordtracker. It won’t tell you how much it actually is going to get, but it is a pretty good gauge of if the keyword gets traffic at all.

    Also, I’m sure you have atleast one keyword that you know how much traffic it gets(from experience). You can use google trends to compare that keyword, to the ones you are considering.

    It will also let you know how they keyword does throughout the year.

    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    There is no doubt that the Google Keyword Tool is way off for some keywords.

    But sometimes I’ve found that what I have in my title & meta desc tag makes all the difference about how much traffic I get too. Check out the top 10 results and see which titles & descriptions are the most interesting and make you want to click through.

    Of course still use your keywords in the title etc, but try and be a bit more inticing as well. Which do you think would get the most clicks out of these two titles: Cheap Red Socks OR At Last! Our Premium Red Socks Are On Sale – Buy The Best for Less

    With a bit of time I could do better, but you get what I mean. Remember you want to entice REAL people, not just use keywords for Google.

    Hope that tip helped.

    t πŸ™‚

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tracey,

    Great tip Tracey. It is always worth seeing what snippet google uses for your listing. Changing it can often make a big difference.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    @Josh, That’s awesome Josh. 100 or so BMR’s hey? Hmm looks like I’m going to have to increase my output once more. Fantastic results.

    t

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Josh, You mentioned you ‘finished adding’ 50 of those BMRs.

    Are you doing this manually?

    Because if you do, I got a tool to load your articles into 1 CSV so you can up’em all at once.

  28. Hi Dave,

    In your opinion – are .info domains harder to rank than .com or .org ones (talking about exact KW match ones)

    Going after Google πŸ˜‰

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sameera,

    I have never had a problem with them at all. as long as they are sites with good amounts of content I have ranked them just as well as any other domain.

    Look out Google πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Sameera Reply:

    @Dave,

    Thanks Dave!.

  29. Dave tells me: don’t go after keywords with too little volume.
    Josh tells me: adwords keyword tool is a liar.

    Dave… how am I supposed to know what keywords will work?

    I’m pushin’ stuff to the top and not getting jack in terms of traffic.

    This is exhausting.

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Here is what will work.

    Dance Central price
    Buy Dance Central
    Dance Central deals
    Best price Dance Central
    Discount Dance Central
    Dance Central Amazon
    Dance Central for sale
    Dance Central Xbox
    Who has Dance Central for sale
    Dance Central discount
    Dance Central coupon
    xbox dance central price
    kinect dance central price comparison
    dance central price comparison
    dance central price kinect

    Write a Squidoo lens with all of those keywords as text capsule titles, backlink it ten times for each keyword and come back when it is done.

    Man, I didn’t look at a keyword tool but if it is the second best Xbox game then I would assume that would make you some money.

    Scrap that, I guarantee it.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Tnx Dave.

    Will Squidoo appreciate it if I write the same Squid over and over again?

    They say that many people can have different angles on the same topic. But when 1 person writes all those Squids…

    Plus I might not be able to find a coupon code for the game, so using the coupon keyword would be misleading.

    But I will definitely make at least 5 Squids based on this.

    Tnx mate.

    Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @Blackthorne, He’s recommending that you write a SINGLE Squidoo lens, with all those keywords in the text module title. Essentially you are writing a very thorough lens, and those text module titles are all H2 tags, so they get added emphasis.

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @teatree,

    Exactamente.

    And anyone else who nicks these ideas, and this includes you Blackthorne, owes me 10% of the earnings.

    I trust you to keep a tally and recompense me when payments are banked.

    Yeah, like that is going to happen.

    Man, I know this stuff is hard in that niches are hard to find that convert well but the keywords are not brain surgery.

    If you took a year to make the bestest Xbox game site for games with a ton of cool keywords you would rake it in. Someone has to rank and it could be anyone. One thing I have learned is that most people can be beaten for all but the toughest terms in a year or less.

    Bottom line is try something you think is almost impossible, you may be surprised. I work in a very competitive niche and in just over a year I own it. But who will work 8 hours a day for a year in the hope they rank?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Yeah okay Dave. You get 10%!

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’m trying this one out. Thankfully it only needs to be 1 Squid!

  30. Well Dave, I just learned I’m not supposed to buy things on Amazon through my own affiliate link so I did it through yours.

    I cleared all my cookies and then went through your link so I hope you get the commission for Dragon Dictate 2.0 I just bought. Hope it improves my article story telling and linking capabilities for BMR because I am getting damn tired of typing.

    BTW, did you really live in Japan or is that BS? (I won’t reveal the site where you say you have) I only ask because I really did live in Japan for 13 years.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Seth, I’m guessing you got the one for the Mac? Make sure you get a Plantronics USB headset with it. The Plantronics .Audio 655 USB is a good headset and should improve the recognition by leaps and bounds. Also, make sure you back up your dictate profile every week since Nuance hasn’t been able to fix the issue with profiles not working after upgrades.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Seth,

    Thanks for the buy Seth. Appreciated.

    Ah ha, been spying have we. That is not me, just a good friend who may or may not say hi. That is the power of my site layout technique, there are a few who follow the layouts to good effect. I would love to go to Japan though, hopefully I will one day.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Seth Reply:

    @Dave, I haven’t really been spying. We have done a few link exchanges in the past and I was pretty sure that was yours. But to be sure, i used the Amazon llink from this blog.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Seth,

    Thanks Dude, I don’t want another one of those paranoia episodes like the one the other month with that dude leading me to change all my hosting. Urgle. πŸ˜‰

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