If you run any site with a large audience, it’s easy to fall into the trap of producing just any old content and forgetting why people followed you in the first place. Though what I’m about to share in this post is going to be highly focused on paid traffic, there are a large number of insights for those who have no interest in doing the same.
I’ve always thought that it is better to master one main traffic source versus becoming only fairly proficient in a lot of them and for now I think I have a pretty perfect grasp on the old SEO game. In all honesty, I’ve never really given paid traffic (and specifically PPC) too much thought throughout my years of experimenting online. That changed recently when I met up with some friends in Bangkok who are making more money than any blogger income reports you’ve seen. I have no desire to enter the same industries as them, but I have the spare cash to put into an experiment, so I thought “why not”.
This post is going to create a bit of a stir, but before I get into the meat of the content, I want to make a few points. First of all, I know that building a search engine can’t be an easy thing. If it was, Microsoft’s billions pumped into Bing would have gave it more than a few % market share. Trying to create an algorithm which brings back relevant websites when everyone is trying to reverse engineer and ‘game’ the system has to be one of the hardest technical challenges for a business in the last decade. That being said, it amazes me that every SEO blog is preaching the same old things that they’ve been saying for years.
One person I was disappointed to see doing this was Rand at
SEOMoz. I won’t say his surname, as I don’t want this post to rank for his name (I don’t like ‘outing’, either). SEOmoz has been a website I’ve read for as long as I’ve been doing this stuff, back when Oatmeal used to be their CTO and Rebecca and Jane were regularly posting on the blog. I’m a huge fan, but what Rand recently advocated on his blog is just… totally misguided the total opposite to what is really working right now.
Nothing to do with the fact that we share the same birthday, Louis Theroux is without a doubt my favourite journalist / documentary producer. His shows cover everything from brothels and the porn industry to profitable infomercial companies and even cities ravaged by drugs.
In a scene from one documentary, Louis and the Nazis, he’s asked over and over again whether he is Jewish while filming a family in their home. At one point the self-professed Nazi’s he is interviewing get pretty hostile, asking for the camera to be turned off as they want to ‘kick his ass’ for being a Jew. They convince themselves he’s Jewish without him answering the question.
It has been a long time since I published a data-centric blog post, even though they’re often my favourite to write and tend to get the best response. Today I’m going to share with you some of the biggest earning blogs (and a few non-blogs) on the web that don’t rely on affiliate links or selling products. Instead, they make a good portion of their income – and in some cases all of their income – through good ol’ advertising.
One site is pulling in over $10,000 per month with only two posts per week, while others are hammering out 50 articles per week and making a livable income as well. Of course, there are blogs making much more money than this – Digital Photography School, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, etc – but there isn’t much inspiration when you think of how many people are actually working on those sites. Instead I’ve decided to focus on this with just a few people behind them (and often just one) to show you what is possible online.
How would it help your business if you could look over my shoulder and watch as I take a plain website and turn it into an email marketing and monetisation machine? Seeing exactly what I do, step-by-step, on a site that is already getting hundreds of targeted visitors every single day (but it’s only 3 pages).
That’s exactly what you have the opportunity to watch today with the public launch of Backlinks XXX. It has been out for one month now to my private email list – that’s why we have so many awesome testimonials – but there are still lots of big things coming.
Myself and Diggy would love for you to check it out (note: there’s an autoplaying video on that page).
In today’s guide I’m going to share with you every single detail about my recent behind-the-scenes product launch which also happened to be the biggest of my life, without a single affiliate on board. If you’ve got a product launch coming soon or have plans to do one in the future, this guide will give you all you need to make sure it’s a hit.
Before I start with the negatives during the launch, I want to share something really positive: The best testimonial I’ve ever received. About 6 months ago, Adam Beckett tweeted to me about how putting the tips on ViperChill into action had helped to pay for his entire wedding. Well, last month he finally tied the knot, and I asked if I could share the photo here.
Have you ever had that feeling when you’re making something and you’re really excited to keep going. Where you know the process is going to be as awesome as the end result? That’s how I feel about writing this post. I just want my fingers to keep moving, as there’s a lot of insights to come.
Before I do that, I want to do something I never do and that’s push a project or idea, but here we go: Sign-up to my email list at the bottom of this post or in the right sidebar here. Click through to ViperChill if you’re reading this elsewhere. The emails I have been sharing lately include information you won’t find on any other website (even here) mostly focused around unique SEO ideas. I actually have two more videos going live to the list this week.
A few years ago I wouldn’t have written a blog post about affiliate marketing. It all seemed too dirty. But that’s changing now thanks to a few animal updates from Google.
These days it’s all about trust and authority – you need your readers to see your blog as an authority and you need Google to trust your SEO strategy. That means it’s harder than ever to succeed but it also means that the people willing to work away at it for months and years are doing very well.
In this post I’m going to show you:
Last Update March 27th, 2016 As many of you will know, I love WordPress. I use it on most of my affiliate sites which make me thousands of dollars per month and I also use it on my blogs, such as this one. I’m certainly not alone when it comes to utilising this CMS though — tens of millions of sites online are powered by the software.
For all the great things there are to be said about WordPress, though, out-of-the-box SEO certainly isn’t one of its strong points. As I use the software so much and make a lot of my income thanks to search engine traffic, I have come to learn what works best in terms of optimising your WordPress setup.
Some of the biggest news in the blogging world over the last week was without a doubt Google’s announcement that on June 1st, they’re closing Google Reader. Paraphrasing their own words, the usage of Reader is smaller than ever, and Google want to focus on fewer products. I don’t believe the latter for a second, since new products like Google Keep are being spotted in the wild, and instead think it’s all about, well…money. Reader simply isn’t paying for itself.
Countless news articles have been written by the BBC, New York Times, the Verge and many other huge publications, all highlighting other services that people can be using instead. What people haven’t been writing about though is how this affects us as bloggers and what we can do about it (if anything). Here’s the jist of it: Reader’s closure is going to hit a lot of us very, very hard.