October 2011

7 Links ChallengeI have been blogging for a little over 18 months.

This post is my 493rd post.

I did a post a day for year (to the day) and did much of that while traveling through Europe.

My blog on Day One was far-far different than it is today….

A current reader might see a lot of unfamiliar looking stuff in the form of my old “personal development” type of articles, such as “What I Learned from Punxsutawny Phil” and “53 Life lessons of Homer Simpson”  and they may even see the faint beginnings of my current style with articles like “Why I Love Hemorrhoids”.

In the beginning this blog was a lot more about lifestyle.  Slowly but surely, I have turned the topic of this blog into being more about “how to” make the money that then can afford the lifestyle you desire; rather than telling you how to live.  I think it has been a good change.

The reason that I am thinking back to the beginnings of this blog is because of a challenge…  The 7 Links Challenge to be exact.  (Check out that link for the exact rules)

The idea behind the 7 links challenge is simple.  List your top seven links in very specific categories and give a short reason why they fit the topic.

Of course, all of this looking back has gotten me to thinking about where I have been.  This is a good thing.  Before you can go forward, you have to know where you have been.  And what a long strange trip it has been. [click to continue…]

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Niche Affiliate Income SeriesWelcome to the 3rd part of the series on creating niche affiliate income.  Missed anything?  Then go check out this page and get caught up on the last two lessons.

Up to this point we’ve answered some questions and gone over fifteen strategies that will “Google-Proof” your website.

Now let’s that first step towards building a successful niche website!

Everything starts with your topic.  Most people recommend starting with keyword selection.  I disagree.  My plan is to target specific affiliate marketing niches and products.  I’ve found you can make a lot of money by picking the right product in the right market.

Here’s how to do this… [click to continue…]

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Niche Affiliate IncomeWelcome to the 2nd part of the Niche Affiliate Income Series.

Last time I answered seven questions about building niche sites.  This post will help you learn How to Stop Pandas from Playing in Your Sandbox.

As we discussed, this income model relies heavily on search engine optimization (SEO). Specifically we’re going to target Google.

Unfortunately Google constantly changes what they like and don’t like about websites. They even do frequent updates to their algorithm that weed out what they consider to be low-quality web properties.

They have updates and penalties with cutesy names like:

  • Google Slap
  • Florida Update
  • Panda Update
  • The Sandbox

I won’t go into detail about what each means.  Suffice to say, Google works hard to ensure they give the best search experience to the end user.

What does that mean to you?

You need to build websites that Google loves!

It’s important to know what they want.  That way you can prevent any sort of penalty to your niche sites.

I’ve done an exhaustive amount of research into the Google Panda update.  Plus I’ve even looked at how Google Adwords comes up with their quality score.  (In my opinion, I think these two are related.)

Bottom line is you need an “authority blogger” mentality with niche sites.  Your first concern is to create a quality web experience for the end user.  Only then should you worry about monetizing a niche site.

During my research I found fifteen ways to make Google like your site: [click to continue…]

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Niche Affiliate Income SeriesYou’ve responded positively to my recent poll.  So it looks like most of you want to learn how I build niche income sites.

There’s a lot that’s involved in this process.

You have to find the right market, pick keywords, write content, create backlinks and put things on autopilot.  It’s not easy.  The trick is to do everything in a streamlined, step-by-step system.

This series will cover that process.

First, we’ll start with answers to seven questions you might have about niche income sites: [click to continue…]

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Question about Niche Affiliate IncomeMy brother (Gene) loves to make fun of me because I’m always changing my mind.

One day, I decide to do one project.  The next day; I get inspired and try something else.  (I guess this comes from having too many ideas I want to implement.)

What’s my point?

Last week, I wrote a blog post about a “niche affiliate income” case study I decided to do via Twitter.

A lot of people responded positively to this post.  Some even emailed me privately; asking for step-by-step details.

After doing the Twitter-thing for a week, I realized something –>

It’s really hard to describe a process in 140 characters!!!

Basically, I wanted to give great content over Twitter.  But it’s freakin’ hard to do it in a succinct manner. [click to continue…]

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Website Copywriting Hidden GemsA successful Internet business starts with copywriting.

It’s the words you use that impact what people do on your website.

Simply put:

Great copywriting = Great response rates

Now, I won’t pretend to be a great copywriter.  I do work at improving on this skill.  So I’m always looking for excellent resources on this topic.

What’s interesting is the Internet is chock-full of copywriting resources.  Most of them are completely free!

Here is a list of 71 copywriting websites (and tools) you can use to improve the success of your Internet business…

(WARNING: There’s a lot of content on these websites; so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.) [click to continue…]

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How to Create Niche Affiliate Income [Case Study]

October 8, 2011

Want to create a small niche affiliate income site? Check out this case study (on Twitter) where I detail the actions I’m taking…

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Stop Commission Theft! (How to Manually Cloak Affiliate Links)

October 6, 2011

Did you know it’s really easy to steal your hard-earned commissions. That’s why it’s important to learn how to cloak affiliate links. In this guest post, Cristina, shows how to mask these links and protect yourself!

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7 Actions that Increase Blog Traffic by 25.3% [Traffic & Conversion #1]

October 4, 2011

Know how to increase blog traffic? In September I improved traffic by 25.3%. Check out the seven ways I increased this number & blog readership

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How to Prevent a “Red Sox Collapse” with your Internet Business

October 1, 2011

The “Red Sox Collapse” just made baseball history. This time will now be famous for having a great team and completely failing. Read this post to find out to prevent this from happening to your Internet business.

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