Rabu, 22 Agustus 2012

Making Money With Email Lists - My 40k/Month Strategy

Hey everyone,
    I have found a lot of cool things on here and have been using them, but now I would like to give back. I found this method where you create an email list and then use that to market(I'm not the first one to use it but it could be helpful to some people). Basically what you are doing is buying solo ads, sending people to a squeeze page and getting them to opt-in to your auto responder, where you can send them cool products. It might sound complicated, but keep reading and it will get cleared up a bit. First I will just give some definitions.

    Squeeze page - This is a webpage that’s entirely dedicated to capturing a visitor’s name and e-mail address. This is what allows direct response marketers to build a list on the Internet … develop a relationship with that list … and then sell products and services to the prospects on that list.

    Auto Responder - Automated programs which are established to return a prewritten message upon receipt of e-mail. Program will grab the return address from the “header” of the message. Typically, these programs will send out the canned message within seconds of receipt.

    SLO - Self-Liquidating offer. Pretty much means however much you spend on solo ads, you will have this offer on the other end, making almost all if not more of your money back (usually more, but we'll get into this later)

    Conversions - People who Opt-in to your email list. Basically the higher the conversion rate, the better your squeeze page is and the more sales that you make. You want to have a high converting squeeze page.

    So now that you know the basic terminology, we can get started. I will try to be as thorough as possibly.

    The Whole Idea : You want to build the biggest list possible. On average, per month, for every subscriber on your list you would make $1. If you have 100,000 people on your list, and you send out an email promoting a product where you make $50 per sale and only 2% bought it, you would make $100,000. From sending 1 email. Now obviously this is rare, but if you send emails every day, you can easily make $40,000 a month from this method alone. Now to the prices of solo ads. You can buy a click for about $0.35 on average, so say you have 25$ to start. You can buy about 71 clicks. From those 71 clicks, 28 Opt-in. They are then sent to your SLO and 2 people buy it. You will make all of your money back and more. That's an average 28$ a month just from 1 ad, and you have your money back from the SLO. Now lets say you buy some every week adding 25$ each time, but including the money you previously made. The nest week, you send out 142 ads. 56 Opt-in, and 3 sales. You made the money back plus 58 subscribers. Now you are making around 80$-90$/month. Within just 3 months, you would have about 2,500 people, and thus around 2500$/month. At 6 months, 10,000 opt-ins, 10k a month, and at just 1 year, 40k people and 40k a month. Just remember we are talking about average statistics. So could be more and some could be less; nothing is guaranteed, but it is likely you will have similar results. Some people say the money is in the list, but really the money is in your relationship with the list, so be as nice as possible and build a character that is easy to relate to. Now lets get down to business.

    Step 1 : You want to find a good product to promote. Since this doesn't require SEO (Unless you want to get more Opt-ins by using this method with SEO ...) You should choose one with a high gravity. I go to CBengine to find products. Find one with a high gravity and go check it out. If it looks nice and professional, choose it. I recommend going on YouTube and looking for a review and what you will learn when someone buys this. Write down/type a few key points. You will need this for step 2.:

    Step 2 : Time to make a squeeze page. I use 90secondsqueezepage.com which is one of Russell Brunsons products. It is completely free to use and it makes unique, high-converting squeeze pages. It basically makes it look nice. What you want to do here is either make a video explaining what you get and why you should buy this product, or you can just put bullet points (it automatically makes the bullets into green check marks which will increase conversions.) Then you will need an auto responder to make a opt-in form. I will talk about this in the next step.

    Step 3 : Now you need an auto responder. The best one out there is Aweber. Everything with it is the best, including customer service. It is 1$ for the first month, but if you want a free one for the first month, go with GetResponse. I highly recommend going with Aweber though, because it is hard to transfer your list later. You want to set up your web form (with the thank you page being the offer you are promoting) and get the html code from it. Then paste the web form html code in the squeeze page (there is a box in the setup that requires this, you can't miss it). I won't go to much in depth on this because you can look it up on YouTube. You need to set up your follow up messages too. You can see how to do this on YouTube (its VERY hard to explain without a video, so try to find one there). You should have about 14 emails ready to send out through out the next month. After that month, you will have a very good relationship with your list. You can now send out broadcasts and products that you are promoting. Soft sell them. Also, always cloak your links. you can look up how to do this on YouTube (who would have guessed :P). NOTE: I can't stress how important it is that you test all of this (With respect to making sure they are being send through your affiliate link and everything. You don't want to be sending 1000 clicks through the offer and not your affiliate link). Once that is done, you want to start sending traffic, which brings us to step 4.

    Step 4 : There are a lot of solo ad providers. I only go with ones that have good reviews. You usually can find this with Reed Floren's reviews (soloaddirectory.com). You can read more about solo ads there. You can usually get about 100 clicks for 40$. Remember, this is HIGH quality traffic. I just recommend staying away from Bilaal Hussain, he doesn't deliver as promised. Everyone else seems good though. Some you will need to write a swipe for, other will do it for you. A swipe is just an email for the advertiser to send to his/her list. Just write something that you think will convert well... Mini pre-selling sort of. Just make sure to start small, with the lowest offer they have, and if it works for you, then move up to the bigger ones.

    Step 5 : Make sure you are consistent. Always check to see how many opt-ins you have and how many sales, and always cloak and track your links. Build a good relationship with your list and you will be successful.

    I hope that this helped some of you out. I would like to thank Tristam for making good music that I can listen to while making threads like this. I would also like to thank all you blackhatters for sharing your methods

    And as a great man once said, "One other thing. I'm non-violent by nature...BUT...I see one of you idiots
    rehashing this into an ebook and selling it on, and I WILL hunt you down and
    make you sorry you ever read my threads, LOL
    Let's stick to sharing, and helping, for FREE - ok?"

    If you need any help, just comment and I will help. I'm gonna go parkour now. Thanks for reading!

Make $$$$ per week... with email marketing

This stategy is broken down into 6 easy to follow steps. Many of you may already be familiar with the first 3 and others may be familiar with one or more of the steps provided below.

The concept is very straight forward. In order to succeed in the internet marketing business, you need to have a niche targeted buyers list, you need to know where to get it , how to grow it every day, and how to monetize from it.
In order to build a list you first need to have 3 important elements: your autoresponder service, a great free product to give, and a killer optin squeeze page.

The second thing you need to have are niche targeted viewers that will see your free offer and sign up on your optin page. You need to expose your optin page where you can get a constant flow of visitors that will result in constant email sign ups, and a constant growth of your list. This program will show you where to get that constant flow of visitors.

And the third thing you need to have in order to MONETIZE from this niche targeted list, is a load of blockbuster products with proven convertions that will pay you a 50% commission or more on each sale.

1.find a PLR ebook to give away and go build your own site to place it.
Squeeze page example: http://oi50.tinypic.com/2usy2at.jpg

2.Sign Up To An Autoresponder Service And Create An Optin Form

You are going to need an E-mail Autoresponder. You can use any autoresponder that you may already be subscribed to. If you don't have one yet, i recommend Aweber as one of the best autoresponders available on the web.

3.Get Niche Targeted Viewers

Ok, so you now have your optin squeeze page all set up and ready to start receiving subscribers. What you need now is traffic - niche targeted traffic - that will translate into subscribers to your list.

But where to get it?

Most of the time, anybody who creates an optin squeeze page will have to implement various marketing techniques and SEO strategies to get people to see their free offer and capture emails.

This translating into two things: too much marketing effort to grow a somewhat decent size list or live with the fact of having a very slow growing list, which happens in most of the cases.

Luckily, there is a very well thought-out practice that allows us to grow our lists at tremendous rates with little to no effort: it is called List Swapping or Ad Swapping.

The concept of ad-swapping is very simple: For a given day, you will send out to your list an email provided by a swap partner and that same day your swap partner will send out your email to his list.

And if your email that is sent out to the other swap member's list has none other than a link to your optin squeeze page, guess what? You will be able to get a substancial number of new susbcribers at no cost.
And you can schedule to swap with many members every month and have a consistent number of new niche targeted subscribers.

You can find ad-swap partners in the Warrior Forum Joint Venture board, you may be able to find many good swappers, but you may also find ad-swap partners who do not deliver on the clicks they promise. So just be careful who you swap with.

I particularly recommend to use Safe-Swaps because it keeps track of list ratings and average clicks each swapper's list can deliver. Also it is the largest ad swap community in the world. With more than 3000 ad swap partners, where you will easily find partners whether your list has 50 or 500,000 subscribers.


Buy Solo Mailings (Only do this if you don't have a list. We recommend not to spend more than 10% of your budget on this.

Solo mailing is the easiest way to get hundreds of visitors to your site immediately. If your list is small, you can easily add a few hundred subscribers in just one day.Solo mailings work identically as ad swaps, but you have to pay for a mailing because you don't have a list to send out your partner's email. The other person sends your swipe to his subscribers and you pay for advertising.

4.Grow Your List Every Day

Ad swap is a term used for a way to build a mailing list. What you do is find people with a mailing list and make an agreement that they will mail out your ad and you will mail out their ad… therefore is the term: ad-swap…Now, your ad copy (we call it swipe) is mailed to a crowd that does not know you. That crowd is familiar with the person who mails them. They respond because they know that person, and they respond because they may be attracted by your offer.

Why do ad swaps?
Participating in ad swaps can make you more money without having to pay more. You will get free advertisement for your product or website and the only thing in return that you have to do is to advertise the other publisher on your list.

5.Get Blockbuster Products To Sell

Sign up to Warrior Plus to access WSO Affiliate Links (You get paid commissions instantly through Paypal)

Want to earn some great commissions by promoting Warrior Special Offers (WSOs)? This is the place for you!The WSO Pro affiliate system works very similar to the popular RAP (Rapid Action Profits) system. What this means is that payments for sales are alternated between the seller and the affiliate, according to the commission rate.
The greatness of all this, is that your comission gets deposited in your PayPal account as soon as the sale occurs. You DON'T have to wait for that money to come around 15 days later!
Once you have chosen the offers you want to promote, it's time to prepare the email letters with your affiliate links.

6.Start Sending Sale Offers To Your List

First of all, you have to read the offers yourself and grasp the phrases that got stuck in your mind when you read it.
So, open your notepad and start copying the powerful impact sentences used. Add some personality to them, and don't be afraid to be edgy at times.

I noticed that using formalities and nicely said phrases resulted in less opens and zero sales. Where as the emails that had a spice of scinicism were opened over 50% more.Here are simple examples of these email titles:

"I PEED ON MY PANTS when I saw this for $9.95!"
[NO WAY!!!] NO Work, Just INCOME...
$3,000 with "BUY ME A BEER"???
(Cool video) SHOCKING traffic source Makes You $1,022 a Day!

Can you already see which ones caught your attention right away? That is the effect you want to create inside your readers email inboxes.One more thing, when writing email subject lines try to give impact to your words by using some capitals, brackets, parenthesis, etc.

Now, the email body: try to keep it short and simple. I don't want you to spend a lot of time on this. Actually give more thought to the Subject Line, because that is what is going to make the difference whether the email gets opened or not.
Try to keep the email body simple, write just as if you had just picked up the phone to tell a friend about this one special offer you just found.

Scheduling Your Sales Letters and The Swaps

Now this is always a controversial issue and many people have mixed thoughts about this. I totally understand everyone's point, but this is what has been working for me.
Many people say to email your list every 2 or 3 days.
Others say to email every single day.
I say (without remorse) email twice per day.
...and I know it is pushing the line quite to the extreme, but I like working this way and it has given me results.This is why, I want to build my list as fast as I can, and the only way to do this is by swapping my list with others every single day.By doing this I am sure to see a significant number of new subscribers on my list every single day and my list just keeps growing.

The decision is up to you, and you can certainly test and tweak it.

Build your list, never ever stop building your list and bringing new and fresh visitors to your offers.

HOW TO make x,xxx $/month Facebook Fan pages and Viral Techniques!!!

Hey there my friends,
so here I'm back on blackhatworld proudly presenting you my method on how to make cash with facebook fan pages!

Alright I'm going to show you what you have to do assuming you guys know the basics of facebook and fanpages

Lets sum it up first what this is about so in case you are not that interested you can skip to another thread on here :P :

The key is to use a viral app, a "like locker" and an existing fan page with a fair amount of users to start with (start up traffic)! I'm going to cover each one of the steps needed to build your own small empire

1. Buy a fan page or team up (there are many here willing to do a Joint Venutre) or even build up your own lil fan page from scatch (assuming you have the patience ) The more users who are liking that fan page, the BETTER.
CAREFUL if you are buying fan pages from people you don't know coz the way you treat the fan pages is important in order to make money off of them! If the fan page u have is being used for spamming them with CPA offers etc. the compliance of the users there will be fairly low!

2. Build another fan page. It can be about anything - my hints: stuff which is fun or entertaining is always a good choice

3. Get a good viral application. Also a hint here: Use applications which are social and also entertaining! Be innovative with your choice, don't take that standard shit which facebook users have all been seeing already! I'm currently one using which is fairly fun and new and thus it's going viral as crazy! You can also look for guys on here having apps to team up with them or contacting facebook app developers

4. You will implement your app in the fan page. Your app should have implemented that if the user is not part of the new fan page he will be redirected to the fan page and like it first in order to play with your tiny lil app

5. Go to lifestreetmedia (which is ACCEPTED by facebook), which is a good alternative to CPA - you will be paid by the amount of users visiting and playing with your app ..so you implement a banner or some other advertisement stuff in your app [you can of course use CPA as well if you wish]

6. Start posting the link to your app on your FIRST fan page where u have already enough visitors. Keep in mind to repost the same link from time to time again since the time for most people to be online varies of course

You will cash out a good amount and then you can reinvest and the users on your fanpages will grow exponentially with every time you apply this method to your fan pages! just try it and you will see what i'm talking about !

Have fun making money

Selasa, 21 Agustus 2012

How to Use SENUKE X to Make Money Online

If you aren’t making a penny online or if you are but are looking to diversify, if you are looking to boost your SEO game, if you want to promote some Clickbank products, or if you want to build an authority site you can accomplish all that and more with the help of SENUKE X.  This tool is very powerful, it can be used tons of different ways, and if your willing to put in a little time to learn SENUKE X and some time to use it and be patient as you starting building you will be rewarded in the end.  In this article I’m going to talk about one of the ways that I use SENUKE X to make some money online and this is a basic method so you should be able to do it too.  If you want to see SENUKE X in action you can check out these videos and see how this beast gets the job done.

The two cent summary of SENUKE X is that it is a tool that automates the process of building web 2.0 blog pages, social bookmarking submissions, video submission, forum profile submission, press releases, article submissions and about 10 more things.  You can sign up for a 14 day free trial to test out the software (you do not need to put a credit card on file, you link your free trial to your paypal account, they charge you nothing up front, and within 14 days if you don’t like it you can cancel your subscription and you got two weeks for free).  When you sign up you will get access to the SENUKE training tutorial videos.  There are about 10 videos, if you watch the first 2 you will learn everything you need to know to get going.  Then when you get more comfortable with SENUKE X you can watch the more advanced videos.  The first two videos total about 40 minutes.

Let’s discuss one method I’m doing to get money in my pocket with SENUKE X.  I’m going to create accounts at the Social Networks (this is sites like WordPress.com, Tumblr.com, etc…) using SENUKE X.  Takes me about 2 minutes to see up 3 profiles and then it does the work and runs for about 15 minutes.  Next, I’m going to identify which of my websites I want to 1.  drive traffic to and 2.  increase my offsite SEO work on.  Let’s say the niche is Sony Cameras.  I’m going to then post a few articles to each social network page about Sony Cameras.  I will either not put any link in the article, or put a link to a site that everyone knows like Sony.com.  What I’m doing here is building credibility with my social network accounts.  If you create accounts and then try writing an article and spinning it and putting your link in there a lot of them will flag it as spam and you just lost your most important backlinks.  So these first few articles are top notch.  I don’t spin them.  I don’t put my link in them.  They are on point about the topic I want the account to be known for.  And I’m gaining cred.  I’ll spread out submitting these cred building articles over a few days.  Then I wait a week.  And now I’m ready to go to work on making some cash for myself.  Now I use the SENUKE X to generate some high quality SEO value for my site, ideally I can drive some traffic to my site, and between the both I will generate some income.

Now that is a very short summary of one method I’m using.  You don’t get handed the keys to the kingdom but you get a sneak peek under the hood a bit.  I’m going to be posting quite a few articles about what I’m doing with SENUKE X to give you some ideas you may have not thought of.  In return, if you’re doing anything with SENUKE X and you want to give me a sneak peek under the hood drop me a comment and let me know how you’re utilizing this kick azz tool.

Fiverr + Youtube + My Site = Traffic & Money… Here’s How it Works

Here’s a little story about how Fiverr + Youtube + One of my sites = A Bump in Traffic which in turn results in a bump in money from my site.  I don’t mind testing things out if I think there is potential to get a nice fat reward and it feels great when you test something out and you actually get that reward.  I strike out more times than I hit a homerun, but I keep going up to the plate and that is why I find success.  Here’s what I did which I think can help a lot of you out there.
I have one of my niche sites that converts really well.  It is a seasonal site so it generates income for more for a part of the year and the other part of the year it is dead.  During the downtime I spend some time trying to think of new ways to drive traffic to the site when it comes back in season.  I’ve done lots of testing and one thing I did somewhat recently has turned out very well for me.

First, I analyzed how traffic gets to my site.  I was doing great from the SERPS through my SEO efforts but one area where I was getting nothing was from video sites.  And that is because, ding ding, I never submitted any videos for it.  In this niche I believed a testimonial  would go a long way in convincing someone to visit my site.  I headed over to Fiverr and checked out the video testimonial offers there.  I wanted a variety of videos so I bought 10 of them.  I got two from hot chicks, one from a kid who looks like he’s in a gang, one from an older guy, a geeky guy, etc…  Basically a nice variety.  Why a nice variety and not just hot chicks?  Because I wanted to test out which videos people were more responsive to.  So I dropped $50 bucks at Fiverr.  I’m not going to post links to the gigs I used because I’ll inevitably get people saying I’m trying to promote my gig or my friend’s gig (I don’t have any gigs on Fiverr nor do my friends) so I’ll let you surf Fiverr yourself and find people on your own.
I created my own script and sent it out to each person.  I had them mention my website URL twice in the testimonial (that is very important).  I didn’t want to watermark my videos because I don’t want them to look like a commercial, I want them to look like a real review.  You want to get credibility and not have the viewers think these are nothing more than Fiverr made commercials.

Fast forward…  got the videos and submitted them to Youtube (eventually to other video sites once I got a good response via Youtube).  I mixed up my Titles, Tags, and accounts that they were posted on.
And I sat back and waited.  I spent $50 of my money, maybe 3 hours of my time, and so my risk here was very small.  Some people put all their money into something and they can’t afford to sit back and wait.  They get anxious and nervous and check their stats every 30 minutes because they’re going to lose the shirt off their back if something doesn’t work out.  It is nice when you can set something up and not worry about whether or not it is going to work.  Remember, never put all your eggs in one basket.  NEVER.  Yes, you can hit a grand slam, but the potential for losing it all is right there in your face.  If you are starting out, start out slow, build a bankroll, and when you want to take a risk make sure it is covered by that bankroll which you can afford to play with.  I have a bankroll but I still test out things that cost me under $100.  You don’t always need to spend big to try to win big.
After two weeks I checked the stats.  How many views the videos had gotten on Youtube.  How much of a traffic gain at my site did I see.  What was going on with my conversions.  And a few more analytics I have going on.

My results…  success.  My earnings were about 25% more than I expected during this timeframe.  My 10 videos had about 35,000 views combined.  I could have some more exact testing but for the scope of this project I thought it was not worth setting it up.

What now?  Well, I expect to keep getting traffic from these videos for the next month, year, 5 years… who knows.  But it is all passive income and that is the kind of income that I dream of when I sleep.  Once this worked out I started to have a worker of mine post the videos on other video sites.  And I’m using this method for a few other niches that I think it will work in.  Oh yeah, the hot chicks did do the best in terms of views but I was surprised that the old guy did almost as good too.  I think the hot chicks got views because they are hot, but I think the old guy’s video got a lot of views because he looked credible and people interested in this niche were looking for that credibility.  If I tracked conversions based on each video I’d be willing to bet my left nut that the old guy converted better than the hot chicks.

A few things to take away…  this won’t work for everyone and every niche.  You need to understand your niche and your target market because I guarantee many people who try this method will fail because they don’t accurately understand their niche and target market.  You need to focus on your titles and tags (which I’m sure most of you already know).  But mix them up, don’t always use the popular terms, you can crush it by getting views on a whole bunch of the lesser used terms.  And you need a proven website where you have historically been able to convert people.  It’s great to get the traffic, but if your site currently does not convert than why would Youtube traffic convert any differently?

How to Create an Authority Site for the Long Term

Micro niche sites won’t last, you may make money today with them but in a month, six months, or year chances are that it will have died.  The way to make money for the long term is to build an authority site.  This does take hard work, long hours, and can test your limits (unless you love the subject of your site) but in the end you should have a product that will stay around for a very long time.  I’m going to share an example of an authority site that I built (but no I won’t give you the site URL or niche…) and how I went about building the site, how long it took me, the results that I’ve gotten, and what I think its prospects are for the future.  If you are interested in building an authority site I think this article will offer you some good insight into things to consider before you start out.

The most recent authority site I’ve been building I hadn’t planned to build.  I check out the domain name auctions frequently so I can both flip domains and find domains that are good to build sites out on.  If interested in flipping domains or learning how to buy premium domains at a discount I have two posts on Anticareer you can check out here and here.   I came across a one word domain on a topic that I knew would be excellent for an authority site.  I was already busy with a lot of other stuff going on but I couldn’t let this opportunity pass by so I bid on the domain.  Of course there is always that one other guy that wants it to, and if he was just sleeping that day I would have gotten the domain for $1,500 but he and I battled back and forth and I eventually tired him out and won the domain for around $4,400.  Yes, it is a lot of money for a domain when I could have added a few letters and bought an unregistered domain for $10, BUT I believe the first step in building an authority domain is in building it on a domain name that screams authority.  If you wanted to build an authority site on health, would you rather build it on a domain name like Health.com or a domain name like HealthSiteOnline.com?  Yes, there will be a significant price difference, so before you spend the bucks on a premium domain name you should sit down and work up some figures on how much you think this site will generate you in income when you are done building it.  I wasn’t going to spend $4,400 on a domain name to build an authority site out on unless I thought I could make AT LEAST $4,400 in the first 12 months following completion of the site (hopefully it would make much more).
When you are going to become an authority site it is more likely than not that the subject matter is already out there, it is not something new that you are discovering.  The key to becoming an authority site is that you are going to put all the information about that subject onto your site.  I wrote a post about becoming a consolidator which you can find here and this applies to a lot of authority site niches.  I’m not telling you to go and copy other people’s articles or information, but I am telling you that you need to do a lot of research to build an authority site, and there is nothing wrong with finding about all the different topics under your subject from other sites and then writing the articles yourself using other sites’ information as reference for your research.

When you create an authority site there’s a few things you’ll notice.  You’ll gain natural backlinks without any effort.  When your site is recognized as an authority you’ll have a lot of people linking to content on your site.  This may sound funny to all you 5 page mini site owners out there because most likely nobody links to your sites, but for an authority site it is different.  You don’t have to worry about offsite SEO, you just need to worry about content and being very comprehensive about the subject at hand.
Another thing you’ll notice is return visitors.  Nobody returns to a micro niche site because there’s nothing there to return to.  When you are an authority site you will get traffic that comes back to your site because they recognize the value of your content and know they can find all the information about the subject on your site.  What is key to helping people return to your site is having that one or two word domain name.  If you have a one word domain name (preferable the dot com, or dot net or dot org if dot com is not available) people will be much more likely to remember your site.  You’ll also get people who talk about your site in the real world and you’ll get traffic that way…
“Where’d you learn how to fix your transmission?”  
“There was this great tutorial on Transmission.com that I read.”
It just makes sense.  But if your site was TransmissionFixingManual.com than the guy who read your site may easily forget the name, or the guy he tells it to may easily forget the name and you just lost yourself some traffic.

Let’s talk about my real world example of the most recent authority site I built (and I’m still working on)…
It is a one word domain.  The subject matter is not consolidated on a site solely about this subject ANYWHERE in cyberspace.  Let’s say if the subject was “Legal Alcohol Levels in Each State & Punishment for Breaking Them” you would have an easy time finding state run websites that talk about the local laws in that specific state, but you would probably be hardpressed to find a site that had information covering all 50 states.  By consolidating this information you are building an authority site that will standout, that will gain natural links, that will be referenced in other people’s articles, and that will rise in the SERPs because you have a ton of content about a similar subject matter.
I went and found information about the different topics under the subject on many other sites.  Each site had an article or articles but these were all pretty short and nobody did a great job of writing comprehensive articles about the topics.  I did my research and wrote articles that blew everything else out of the water.  It was not the easiest thing to write about because I honestly am not interested about the subject matter, so I couldn’t sit down and write 50 articles in one shot so I broke it up and did a few articles a day with the goal of finishing in 2-3 months.  This is a realistic goal, I’m able to handle writing a few articles about this topic a day and the quality does not suffer like it would if I tried to write 50 articles in the same day and I got bored, frustrated, and rushed.

I waited to try to monetize the site until I had a lot of content up.  Right now I have about 100 pages of content up and in the end I’ll have maybe 250 pages up in order to complete the subject matter.  In the future I’ll add maybe 1 page per week based on new articles I read online about new information about this subject (I use Google’s Alert feature to receive a weekly email about articles featuring this keyword).  My monetization method is very sparse, meaning I only have 1 ad per page and the ad box is not very large.  By having fewer ads sure I’m hurting my conversion rate somewhat probably, but by only having one small ad per page I’m helping build credibility of the site by not making it look like a billboard.  Right now the traffic is about 150 uniques per day.  It is making $5 per day (my goal remember is $4,400 in the first year after the site is done so that would be closer to $13/day).  I think once the site is completed, once it gets more natural backlinks and starts to climb higher in the SERPS I don’t see why the site can’t be bringing in 1,000-1,500 visitors a day at least and possibly 5,000-10,000 a day if I land in the top 3 for a variety of keywords.  If I accomplish this my financial goal will be met and exceeded.  And the great part is I don’t have to work on any offsite SEO or be worried about any future Google updates because my natural backlink variety will be just that, natural.

While a lot of people are building small sites, trying to rank them quick and make a fast buck I urge you to consider building a site that may take some long hours, require hard work, and may take a few months to put some money in your pocket but it is going to last and succeed well into the future.  Passive income is where its at (for me at least) and building authority sites is one of the best ways to get there.

Let’s Talk About Scrapebox: Helps, Hints, & Tricks from a Jedi Master

There is one tool in my toolbox that I consider more valuable, versatile, and helpful than any other tool and that is Scrapebox.  I have a funny feeling that this post will be one of a few that I’ll need to say everything that I have to say about Scrapebox because it has a TON of different uses.  What is Scrapebox you ask?  Where do I begin?

The most common use of Scrapebox is to post comments in bulk across tons of different blogs.  That is a very simplistic statement so let’s dive into it a little more.  Scrapebox allows you to search for different blogs using built in footprints.  These footprints are for WordPress, Blogengine, or Movable Type.  You can associate keywords with the type of blog and then run Scrapebox.  It will find articles on the type of blog platform you select based on the keywords you chose.  Not interested in searching for blogs, rather look for forums or something else, there is the option for you to use custom footprints with keywords so if you wanted to find thousands of VBulletin based forums no problem.

The next step would be to take all the results and filter them.  You can get rid of duplicate results.  You can get rid of duplicate domains (so if you search turned up 10 different articles from 1 site you could filter it so that only one article URL would remain and the other 9 would be removed).  You can gather more information about your list, you can check the pagerank of the page, how many outbound links are on the page, you can extract internal or external backlinks from the list URLs, among many other things.

The last step of the most common use of Scrapebox would be to then take your filter list and run Scrapebox to post comments on each URL in your list.  You select the comment options (i.e.  the Name, Email, Website, and Comment) that you want to post on each site.  You are able to create a list of different results for each of these fields (so the “Name” field would be your anchor text if you were trying to get backlinks using anchor text… so you can create a list with 50 different names).  You can also use spin syntax (meaning  {search|find|look for|investigate} ) to try to create a more unique comment.  If you are using Scrapebox to the max you can post over 1 million comments per day if you’re using a VPS.  Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, using spun text might be what the doctor ordered, especially if you’re doing this for SEO benefits.

If you are a power Scrapebox user than odds are you knew all this so let’s talk about a few of the tips and tricks for Scrapebox that I use.

Using a Date Footprint to Find Recent Blog Posts
One thing that I like to do is to find blog posts from today or yesterday because odds are people have not spammed the comment section to death on these yet.  Its also good to have one of the first comments on a post because you’ll get more eyeball on them.  Instead of using the “WordPress” default footprint in Scrapebox I apply my own footprint to the keywords.  It looks like this:
“August 20, 2012″ “powered by wordpress” “will not be published”
This will look for blog posts that have this date in it.  A lot of blog owners leave the date published at the top of their article and you can use that as an identifier to find posts that are brand spanking new.  I find that my posting success rate by using this is more than triple the effectiveness of not using a date footprint.

Use Your Own Custom Footprints to Find Blogs that the Default Footprint Users Won’t Find
I found this list on a forum a long time ago, I cannot remember where I found out or who shared it so I cannot give credit to the person who posted it (otherwise I would).  While most of the Scrapebox users are using the default footprints loaded into Scrapebox you can find blogs that they won’t be finding by using custom footprints.  Here’s a huge list of footprints that you can use to accomplish this:
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Assign Anchor Text to Specific Websites for Backlinking
Let’s say you want to do a Scrapebox blast for multiple sites that are in different niches.  Normally people will do this separately because the “Names” and the “Websites” you set up in Scrapebox get randomized when posting.  But did you know you can align your anchor text name to your specific website URLs?  In the Website.txt file you set it up like this:
http://www.yoursite.com {keyword1|keyword2|etc..}
http://www.yoursite2.com {keyword3|keyword4|etc..}
This way when Scrapebox is posting it will select a website URL at random but then assign one of the specific keywords you assign to that URL as the anchor text to be used in the Name field.
There’s three good tips that you might not have known but you can use for Scrapebox in the future.  There’s a ton more about Scrapebox that I have to say and share but that will be for future posts.  If you have any questions drop a comment or if you have a tip you’d like to share drop that in the comment section too.  Good luck with your Scrapebox methods!

How to Make Money Flipping Domain Names – Part 2

You asked for it and I’m going to give it to you, this is part 2 of how to make money flipping domain names.  I originally wrote a post on flipping domain names and that was going to be the end of it but I got a few emails of people asking for some more information.  Instead of writing back to each email I decided I’d do a part 2 and give everyone the scoop of what I do to flip domain names.  First off, read part 1 because I’m not going to rehash what I already wrote.  In part 1 I talked about how I go about buying domain names to flip.  Picking the right domain names to flip is acquired through knowledge that you gain and experience.  But you can also do a little legwork to minimize your errors and maximize picking winners that you can flip.  This also leads into how I find people to sell the domain names to.

You have a domain name that you are either considering buying or placing a bid on, or you already bought the domain.  You want to scout prospective buyers of this domain.  What do you do?  There are two approaches that everyone should take which are major, and then a whole bunch of minor ones that may work out once in a while.  Let’s talk about these two major approaches.  The first approach is to get to Google and type in your domain keyword.  Meaning, if the domain I bought was BlueCars.com than I’d go to Google and search for the phrase – blue cars.  See who the natural search engine results are.  See who is paying to advertise for this keyword.  You can either grab all those website URLs and check the Whois data to get the email address of the owner, or you can visit those sites and see if they have contact information.  This first method provides you with some great potential leads.  These are people who are either spending bucks to advertise for this term or people who have focused their SEO efforts on this term.

The second major method is to find out who owns all the other domain extensions for this term… meaning if I bought BlueCars.com than who owns the .net, and .org, and .eu, .es, .info, .tv, .mobi, etc…  Because the .com domain is king, and if given the chance, most smart people would upgrade from a .net to the .com.  By finding out who owns all these domains you’re getting another list of potential buyers.  You should also consider who owns the hyphenated versions as well, i.e.  blue-cars.com, blue-cars.net, etc…  You can do this manually.  You can use a site like LeadRefs.com to help you with this (they allow a few free searches per day and then they want you to subscribe).  Or if there’s any other good sites that do this out there you can use them too if you want skippy.

Those are the two major approaches I’d recommend to you when looking to flip a domain name.  There are multiple minor ones which sometimes work to a lesser success rate.  I’m not going to blab on about all these, the only one I will mention is take a look if any related domains sold recently.  The historical domain sales site I like to use is DNSalePrice.com and in this example I’d type bluecar.com in there and see if any related sales are shown (it may show you something like fastbluecar.com or mybluecar.com or bluecars.com , etc….).  If someone bought a related domain name that they may be interested in your domain.  Get the whois of the domain they bought and reach out to them to see if they are interested in purchasing your domain name.

I have already read your minds and I know I’m going to get emails asking about how to determine what to ask for your domain when you are selling it.  I will write a part 3 about the negotiation process and who should make the first offer, how to determine what price to try to get, and how to know when you should take the money and run.

How to Make Money by Flipping Domain Names

One of the easiest ways to make money online is by buying something for a low price and selling it for a higher price.  It is even better when you don’t need to pickup or ship a product.  Today I’m going to talk about how to make money online by flipping domain names and how I personally have made tens of thousands of dollars in the past year doing this.

There are many places and ways you can purchase domain names.  You can purchase unregistered ones through sites like GoDaddy.  There are forums where people will gladly try to sell you their domain name (usually though the domains being sold in forums are either crap or the asking price is so high it does not allow you any room to flip the domain).  And then there is my favorite way of obtaining domain names, through an online auction at Namejet.  Let’s first talk about Namejet and then we’ll talk about how I personally ring the register by flipping domains.

Namejet is a domain clearing house (at least that is my term for it).  What happens is that people let their domain names expire everyday.  Some people just don’t need their domain anymore, some people forget to renew it, some people die, I mean there can be hundreds of reasons why a domain will not be renewed.  What the domain registrars want to do is cash in on the domain that someone forgot to renew, so they offer that domain to Namejet to auction it to the general public.  Think of it like a storage unit, someone doesn’t make their payment and the storage company hires an auctioneer to come and auction the storage unit to the general public.  Namejet is doing this but for domain names.  The bid for each domain starts at $69.  What I LOVE about Namejet is the process…  they let you search through the domains that are coming up for auction 30 days in advance.  Whoever places a $69 bid on a domain will be entered into an auction when the 30 days runs out with everyone else who placed a bid.  If you are the only bidder than you get the domain for $69.  If there are 10 other bidders than there is a closed auction, meaning only you 10 guys can bid now against each other in a 3 day auction with the highest bidder taking the domain when the clock strikes zero.  I love this because let’s say there is a great domain and it flies under the radar.  If it goes to auction with only 3 or 5 or 7 bidders my chances of winning this domain at a very low price are great.  I’ve won domains for $100 which I was able to flip for $2,000.  I won a domain for $2,500 which I flipped within 4 months  for $7,500.  I won a domain for $1,000 which I’ve turned down $5,000 offers on because I think I can get $10,000 for it.  The key is to not overpay in order to leave yourself plenty of room to turn a profit when you flip the domain.

The first thing you need to do is signup at Namejet in order to get your account (signup is free).  You can then use their search functionality to sort through all the upcoming domains for auction.  Place bids for $69 on the ones you want to go to auction for.  If you bid on 100 different domains for $69 each, and there is 50 bidders for each auction you need to understand you aren’t going to owe any money, you are not committing $6,900 to Namejet.  By entering that $69 you are getting an entry into the live bidding when the 30 days expire.  Only if you are the ONLY bidder on a domain would you automatically win the domain and owe $69 to Namejet.

So what are some strategies to finding great domains to flip?  Well, the first is to find quality domains.  There are some sights that publish a daily list of good upcoming Namejet auctions like here: http://www.tld.org/tld-blog .  This is an easy way without having to search to find some great upcoming auctions to bid on.  If you have the time you can search Namejet yourself.  The key is to making money by flipping domains is to find domains that other people will want.  If the 30 day window period just started on a domain (for this example let’s say it was Anticareer.com) you could use Google to search for ‘anticareer’ and ‘anti career’ and see if you can find people who own sites that may be interested in this domain.  Email them and ask them if they’d have an interest in purchasing the domain Anticareer.com.  If you get some bites you can then go and bid on the domain and if you win it you can flip it right away.  Once you get some experience it will be easy for you to spot the domain names which you can quickly and easily flip and you’ll also develop a good feel for what price you should pay to make yourself the amount of profit you want to make.

A rule of thumb that I follow is when I purchase a domain name I have to believe that I can flip it for a 100% profit.  So if I spend $500 on a domain I need to feel like I can sell it for no less than $1,000.  This way, even if I’m wrong in my estimation I still have some room to still turn a profit.  And if worse case comes to worse case I’ve sold domains before for a $0 profit (it happens even to the best of us).

Magento SEO

It’s now almost a year after the world saw the first stable release of Magento, and there was still no “definitive guide” to Magento SEO. A lot has been written on the subject, in the Magento forum and some blog posts, but nothing that gives a complete overview of this subject. It’s time to let all this knowledge and experience fall into one big piece; the definitive guide to Magento SEO.

As search, SEO, and last but not least the Magento platform evolve, we will keep this Magento SEO article up to date with tips, tricks & best practices. Because Magento, though pretty stable, hasn’t matured yet, the best practice is to stay updated with the latest release, at moment of writing 1.4.

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Table of contents

    1. Basic technical optimization
        1.1. General Configuration
            1.1.1. WWW vs non-WWW
        1.2. Header Settings
        1.3 CMS Pages
        1.4 Category optimization
        1.5. Products optimization
    2. Magento Template Optimization
        2.1 Optimized Blank Template
        2.2 Headings
        2.3 Clean up your code
        2.4 Aim for speed
    3. Advanced Magento SEO and Duplicate Content
        3.1 Noindex, follow for non-content pages
        3.2 Nofollowing unnecessary links
        3.3 Canonical URLs
        3.4 XML Sitemaps

1. Basic technical optimization
1.1. General Configuration

Magento is one of the most search engine friendly e-commerce platforms straight out of the box, but there are several known issues that can be taken care of to optimize your Magento SEO. The first step is to get the most recent release, 1.2.1. Then, to get started, enable Server URL rewrites. You will find this setting under System => Configuration => Web => Search Engines Optimization. Another good thing to configure now you are on this screen is “Add store Code to Urls” under “Url Options”. In most cases it is better to set this functionality to “No”.
1.1.1. WWW vs non-WWW

Under “Unsecure” and “Secure” you can find the Base URL, where you can set the preferred domain. You can choose between the www and the non-www version of the URL. With changing the setting you don’t create a redirect from www to non-www or non-www to www but set only the preferred one. Therefore it is a good idea to create a 301 redirect through .htaccess with mod_rewrite. Besides solving the WWW vs non-WWW problem this redirect prevents Magento from adding the SID query to your URLs, like ?SID=b9c95150f7f70d6e77ad070259afa15d. Make sure the Base URL is the same as redirect. When editing the .htaccess file you can add the following code to redirect index.php to root.

Around line 119:
1    RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9} /index.php HTTP/
2    RewriteRule ^index.php$ http://www.mydomain.com/ [R=301,L]

Or, when your Magento install is not in the root but in the sub-directory http://www.mydomain.com/magento/:
1    RewriteBase /magento/ RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9} /magento/index.php HTTP/
2    RewriteRule ^index.php$ http://www.mydomain.com/magento/ [R=301,L]
1.2. Header Settings

By default your Magento install has the title “Magento Commerce”. For your Magento shop to get the traffic it deserves you should keep at your mind:

    Search engines put more weight on the early words, so if your keywords are near the start of the page title you are more likely to rank well.
    People scanning result pages see the early words first. If your keywords are at the start of your listing your page is more likely to get clicked on.

First of all you should get rid off the default title “Magento Commerce”. Go to Configuration => Design => HTML Head. Choose a good and descriptive title for your website. This title will be used for several non-content pages without custom title, e.g. “Contact Us” and the “Popular Search Terms”.

To add your store name to all page titles, including categories and products, put your store name in “Title Suffix”. It is a better idea to keep the Prefix empty, for the reasons mentioned above. Also keep “Default Description” and “Default Keywords” empty. For a non-production environment, to prevent indexing of the site, it may be useful to set “Default Robots” to “NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW” but for all other applications make sure it is set to “INDEX, FOLLOW”.

Now we are optimizing the <head> of your web-store pages it is a good idea to add the new canonical tag. You can install the Canonical URL’s for Magento Module to add them to your head and improve your Magento SEO.

For some reason Magento turns non-set meta robots into a meta tag in this style:
<meta name="robots" content="*" />

This can result in some very strange behavior in the search engines, so we’ll remove it. To remove this empty metas from your code install the Yoast MetaRobots Module.
1.3. CMS Pages

At first sight Magento may lack some descent CMS functionality, but for most uses it will be flexible and powerful enough. One of the benefits of this simple CMS is that you can control each aspect of the pages. Once you’ve given each CMS page some decent content, pick a SEF URL Identifier and page title, (while keeping in mind the points under 1.2), and go to the Meta Data tab to write a description for each CMS page that you actually want to rank with.

You can keep the “Keywords” empty. The description has one very important function: enticing people to click, so make sure it states what’s in the page they’re clicking towards, and that it gets their attention. Thus, the only well written description is a hand written one, and if you’re thinking of auto generating the meta description, you might as well not do anything and let the search engine control the snippet…

If you don’t use the meta description, the search engine will find the keyword searched for in your document, and automatically pick a string around that, which gives you a bolded word or two in the results page.
1.4. Category optimization

Magento gives you the ability to add the name of categories to path for product URL’s. Because Magento doesn’t support this functionality very well – it creates duplicate content issues – it is a very good idea to disable this. To do this, go to System => Configuration => Catalog => Search Engine Optimization and set “Use categories path for product URL’s to “no”.

Now it’s time to set the details for each category. Go to Catalog => Manage Categories. The most important fields are:

    Meta Description: put an attractive description here; Keep in mind that people will see the description in the result listings of search engines.
    Page Title: keep this empty to use the category name including parents categories. When you customize it, the title will be exactly like your input, without the parent category.
    URL Key: try to keep a short but keyword rich URL. Removing stop words like “the”, “and”, “for” etc. is usually a good idea. Also note that you can set this only for all store views, for a multi-language store you should keep it language independent.

For each store view you can specify the Name, Description, Page Title and Meta data. For multi-language stores this is really a great feature.
1.5. Products optimization

Optimization of the Products pages is similar to Categories. You can set the Meta Information for the “Default Values” and for each “Store View”. Note that for the “Meta Title”, this will overwrite the complete page title, including categories but except title prefix/suffix, and not just the product name.

An often-overlooked aspect of Magento SEO is how you handle your images. By for instance writing good alt tags for images and thinking of how you name the image files, you can get a nice bit of extra traffic from the different image search engines. Next to that, you’re helping out your lesser able readers who check out your site in a screen reader, to make sense of what’s otherwise hidden to them.

By default the images will be renamed to the product title, the same for titles and alt tags. With some extra effort you can set the titles and alt tags for each product image. Under the tab “Images” of the Product Information you can set the label for each product image, this value will be used for the alt and title tag. Of course you can do this for each specified Store View as well.
2. Magento Template Optimization
2.1. Optimized Blank Template

The default Magento skins like “Default Theme”, “Blue Skin” and “Modern Theme” don’t do a very good job in the use of headings, so from an SEO perspective, there is a lot of room for improvement there. To make it easy on you, we have developed a Blank Magento SEO Theme, based on the core Magento Blank Theme, which incorporates all the things we’ve outlined below. You can download and discuss it here.
2.2. Headings

By default the logo is an <h1>, which is should only be on the front page, and on all other pages it should be no more than an <h3>. The most important thing is to get the title of the content in an <h1> tag, e.g. for a category page should it be the category name and for a product the product name.

The next step is to clean up the over usage of headings. It’s a good idea to get rid off the header usage in the side columns, or make the text relevant to the shop (ie. include keywords). There is no reason to add “static” and keyword less titles with an <h4>. It is, for instance, better to change all the <h4> tags in <div class="head"> to <strong> tags. Now it is time to optimize your content, at the category pages put the product names in a <h3> and the category name in a <h1>. On product pages, you should put the product name in an <h1>.

To learn more about why proper headings are important read this article on Semantic HTML and SEO.
2.3. Clean up your code

All that javascript and CSS you might have in your template files, move that to external javascripts and css files, and keep your templates clean, as they’re not doing your Magento SEO any good. This makes sure your users can cache those files on first load, and search engines don’t have to download them most of the time.
2.4. Aim for speed

A very important factor in how many pages a search engine will spider on your shop each day, is how speedy your shop loads.

You can do two things to increase the speed of your Magento install:

    Enable caching. Go to System => Cache Management and enable all caching features, like this.
    The importance of a good host and server config. With MySQL and PHP opcode cache you can improve the speed of Magento dramatically.

NOTE: there is a rumor that with the 1.3 release of Magento new functionality will be added with huge performance improvements.

Another thing to look for is the number of external files. For each file you make people download, their browser has to create another connection to the webserver. So it is a very good idea to reduce the number of external files and combine several external files in to one. By default Magento already combines (almost) all javascript files into one file.

It doesn’t do this for stylesheets though: the default template has 6 different stylesheet files. You can combine the content of these stylesheets into one new one, except for the print.css file, or you can use the Fooman Speedster module. Besides combining files, this module also compresses and caches your javascript and stylesheet files. (Please note the requirements for Speedster: mod_rewrite has to be enabled & and your server needs to have .htaccess support. If you use Canonical URLs for Magento and Fooman Speedster together, you need to overwrite the Canonical module with this download.
3. Advanced Magento SEO and Duplicate Content

Once you have done all the basic stuff you will find the rest of the problems amount to one simple thing: duplicate content. Loads of it in fact. For products you have, at least, the following URLs with exact the same content:


Besides that you have pages like the product review pages with almost the same content. Another problem are categories, you get a load of duplicate content with layered navigation and the sorting options. In essence that means that, worst case scenario, a product is available on 4 pages at least next to the page where it should be available.

We’re going to get rid of all those duplicate content pools, by still allowing them to be spidered but not indexed and fixing the sorting options and layered navigation for categories.
3.1. Noindex, follow for non-content pages

Install the Yoast robots meta module and make sure the settings prevent indexing of all non-content pages,

yoast robots meta: optimizes your Magento SEO

Now the search engine will follow all links on these pages but it won’t show those pages in the index.
3.2. Nofollowing unnecessary links

Another easy step to increase your Magento SEO is to stop linking to your login, checkout, wishlist, and all other non-content pages. The same goes for your RSS feeds, layered navigation, add to wishlist, add to compare etc. Still there is no plugin for Magento to work this around. You had probably have to go into your template files to add nofollow to those links by hand.
3.3. Canonical URLs

To help search engines to understand the duplicate content of your pages you can suggest the preferred version of the URL for each page, using the new canonical URL tag, so you should install the Canonical URL’s for Magento module.
3.4. XML Sitemaps

XML Sitemaps are an easy way of letting search engines know where your content is, it won’t help you rank, but it might help you get indexed faster. You can create an XML sitemap manually by going to Catalog => Google Sitemap => Add Sitemap, choosing a filename, path and store view, and then pressing “Save & Generate”.

You can then simply put the following code in your robots.txt file to point the search engines to your sitemap.xml file:
Sitemap: http://domain.com/sitemap.xml

As your inventory changes, you’ll have to re-generate XML sitemaps. To make sure they’re up to date, the best way is to set up a cron job, the process of which is extensively describe here.
Conclusion: Magento SEO development

This article has covered all the aspects of Magento SEO, if you have any feedback, or additions, let us know, so we can keep improving on this article. We’re working closely with the Magento core development team to improve the SEO aspects of Magento, so we’re actively trying to get some of the ideas in this article into Magento core.

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