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Day 1 – AKA Day 129, AKA The Last 5 Days

Ok, I guess I’ll call this Day 1, even though it’s more like month 4.5 or Day 129 (I started back on December 28th 2008)..

Today I didn’t do too much other than work on setting up my site so I’ll take this time to go over what has been going on the last 5 or so days.

As of right now, I have created 29 sniper sites…I also have 13 more domains registered in 2 different niches that I have yet to turn into sniper sites.  The 29 sniper sites plus my 8 main authority sites = 37 sites total.

Now to give you an idea of the kind of hops these sites are generating, have a look at my hop count for today:

These are my tracking id’s in Clickbank.  No Tracking Code + Null are for my authority sites with Clickbank products (Site#1 – Site #5).  Out of the 42 hops there, about 26 are for Site #1, 3 for Site #2 and 13 for Site #3.  The rest of the 48 hops are for my sniper sites!

It’s crazy, I think today is the first day the sniper site hops have been MORE than the hops I got for my main authority sites.  Before I was only getting an extra 20 or so hops from them.  BTW, today is also a record for the # of hops, I’ve never had 90 hops in 1 day before.

So, aside from all that, I should mention that I got 2 more Sniper site sales in the past 5 days…1 was yesterday for $31.85(new niche) and the other was today for $20.04…this makes for 8 Sniper Site sales within the last 30 days for a grand total of $172.13.

What’s interesting to note is that the site that got the $31.85 commission has only gotten 3 hops IN TOTAL before getting the sale and the sniper site that got $20.04 today has gotten 28 hops total in it’s lifetime and yet got *3* sales!

It’s insane…I looked over those sites to try and see why the conversion could be so high and I realized that when I read my own copy, it actually read quite well, better than some of my other sites, so I believe that has something to do with it…it could also be the keyword though.

I don’t always get results like that though.  One of my Sniper Sites that gets a ton of hops (104 in the last month) has had 2 sales which isn’t too bad and then there is one that has had 126 hops yet only 1 sale…Then of course I have a boatload of other sniper sites that have anywhere from 3-36 hops so far without a sale.

Now I started creating these sites around March 26th and most of the 29 I have were created within the last month, so I think it’s still too early to be thinking I should be getting more returns for my efforts.

One thing I’ve noticed is just how HUGE a difference going from position 5-10 on page#1 up to position 1 on page 1 can make.  1 of my sniper sites today was able to make that transition and rather than getting the usual 1-3 hops a day it instead got 12 hops today being at #1!

I’ve decided recently that I’d slow down on the site creation for the time being and work on building backlinks to these 29 sites I’ve already created.  I’m planning on doing a Unique Article Wizard run on them, maybe covering 2 sites per article I submit with UAW….Then after that, I’ll submit backlinks for the sites via Steve’s backlinks(similar to Angela Edwards’ links).
There’s more I want to talk about but this has gotten kinda long so I’ll go over the other stuff in the next post :>

Earnings For Today:

  • 1 sale for a sniper site = $20.04
  • 1 sale for Site#1 = $26.20
  • Adsense = $4.30

Here’s a visual look at my sales over the past little while:

-Mike

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  1. Shelly
    May 6th, 2009 at 01:54 | #1

    Wow 29 sniper sites! How many niches are you covering all together?

    Congrats on the clickbank sales.

  2. Yarra
    May 6th, 2009 at 02:27 | #2

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for the updates.

    How did you go about your keyword research? i.e. did you use George’s method for GS sites and Amy’s method for NB sites? Appreciate if you could shed some light on this.

    Cheers!

  3. Debbie
    May 6th, 2009 at 06:48 | #3

    Hi Mike,

    It’s great to see the new update. Do you backlink to the sniper sites early on or let them fall naturally in search engines? Do you think it was Steve’s backlinks that helped the sniper site move up to number 1?

    Debbie

  4. Donna
    May 6th, 2009 at 08:02 | #4

    Wow Mike, your results so far are awesome!

  5. Deb
    May 6th, 2009 at 08:12 | #5

    awesome…and now that you have so many, you see how I’m easy at 80 sites now…once you get in a pattern, it’s a snap to build them and keep moving.

    I have a question…how many sniper sites do you do PER topic? I have 90% authority sites, but I popped up about 10 sniper sites back when we picked up the sniper ebook….I picked it up the first time you wrote about it…and it’s a nice quick break from my other sites

  6. Lisa
    May 6th, 2009 at 09:11 | #6

    Just wondering what your method is for using the backlink packets. I have so many sites (not nearly as many as Deb though lol), lenses, articles, etc. that I’m never sure which ones I should be promoting. I need a method to my madness and looking for input on what others do.

  7. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:12 | #7

    Hey Shelly, thanks….Those 29 sites cover 4 sites all together. I like to make as many sniper sites in 1 niche as I can, try and find all the possible keywords for it that I can exploit before moving on.

    Yarra, when it comes to KW research, I use the Google Keyword tool and check for keywords that have over around 2,900 in searches when “Phrase” match is selected. I’ve found a few sites that have between 5k-22k searches with phrase match, these are the types of money keywords you want to look for.

    Then once I’ve found those, I check to see if the domain is taken by using namecheap.com. If it’s not, then I go in Google and do a search on that keyword in quotes. As long as the competition is under around 50k(preferably this is around 10k or so), I then check the first page of results and see if it looks like I can overtake the competition. This comes with experience…

    If I see sites that have a PR or 1, 2 or even 3(as long as they don’t have thousands of backlinks, that makes it tougher), or I see other sniper sites, that’s a good sign that I can overtake them. If I see a site with a PR4, it becomes a tough call. Sometimes you can overtake a PR4, like if it’s not specifically targeting the keyword in the title, most of the time it’s not a good idea to go after that though.

    It’s really important you do the phrase search, not broad search…I made a website based on 40k broad which only has 720 phrase searches a month…that site is getting VERY little traffic.

    Debbie, when I was creating 2 websites a day, I would always finish off by running Bookmarking Demon on the site(which results in 50 backlinks, out of which maybe 1-3 register in Google), I submit the RSS feed with RSS Submit/Traffic Mania RSS Bot/SENuke(To cover a lot of RSS sites)…I submit to Friendfeed and Profilactic which are RSS feed aggregators, then I Digg the site.

    I’m going to have to go back and do more promotion for my sites though with UAW and using Steve’s backlinks…I’ve only used UAW on around 10 of my sniper sites and Steve’s backlinks on 17 of my sites(links for each spread out across 15 sites so far)

    It’s hard to say what has helped…Some sites that I have yet to run UAW or Steve’s backlinks on have risen up naturally on their own…for instance, the site that yesterday suddenly appeared at #1 for a keyword with 16k competition only has 6 registered backlinks when checked. I hadn’t used UAW or Steve’s links on it yet but it nevertheless went from page 2 to top of page 1.

    I do know though that UAW definitely helps…Because it is constantly building links to these sites at a rate of around 5-7 links a day, I can see some of my sites constantly fluctuating on the first page…1 fluctuates from position #3 to position #1 for instance. Other sniper sites where I haven’t done UAW/Steve’s backlinks don’t fluctuate like this, so I believe it is due to UAW’s daily link submissions.

    Donna, thanks :>

    Hey Deb, ya, I completely understand..it is very easy to just keep popping them out. As I mentioned when answering Shelly, I like to find as many sniper sites as possible in 1 niche before I move on to another. It’s easier to make sniper sites that way because your mind is focused on 1 particular niche at a time and once you write the content for 1 sniper site, all you have to do is make slight modifications to it for the next.

    Hey Lisa, with the backlinks, I only deal with sites that have blogrolls or blogs. For the sites with blogrolls, I get 11 links total out of it(1 for the post I make on the blog and 10 for the blogroll). If a site only has a blog, I make 1 post where I list 10 links and then just type out some text above that like “Here are some interesting sites that I visit” or some such thing.

    I haven’t had issues with anything getting deleted by doing that thus far…so far I’ve been bookmarking 10-11 sites at a time to 15 different high PR sites…the whole process takes me a little over an hour. I create a new e-mail to use for each run of this.

    -Mike

  8. May 6th, 2009 at 10:31 | #8

    Mike so you aren’t following George’s site competition numbers then? Maybe I should over look that aspect for now. That has been the hardest part for me. Often I will think I have found a good niche as far as the number of searches with “phrase” match but then the site competition might be 5-20k more than George suggests. of course the numbers will fit TNB quota but since these aren’t exactly going to be authority sites, I want to stick close to George’s recommendation.

  9. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:37 | #9

    @Sara

    Sara, ya, he himself has said that is just a guide..he has sites himself that are ranking #1 out of 50k competition.

    If you were to only look for sites under 7k comp, it would be a lot tougher to find Sniper keywords.

    The more competition there is though, the harder it will be to rank high, but then as long as you have some good backlink building tools at your disposal and are patient, that shouldn’t be a problem.

  10. Evita
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:46 | #10

    I’m beginning to think that the competition “thingie” can be hit or miss…

    I have a site that is about 8 weeks old now, got the exact domain (.org) and am now #3 on page one. (Just checked, I’m #5 today) There are 108,000 competing sites.
    Yesterday I had a PR7 and then a PR 5 right beneath me 🙂 This site has 93 back links. Who’da thunk, eh?

    So, my new motto is, 1. If I can’t get the exact domain, I won’t bother.
    2. I’m going to take a gamble on being able to rank amidst high number of competitors if a, there are no authority sites to get past, such as wikipedia, and b, there are enough searches, with a great product to sell, and the keyword is a specific buying one… I may just give it a whirl.

    Picked up a domain with 48,000 exact searches per month, (78,000 phrase)competition is 114,000. It’s a bit of a gamble, but I’ll give it a shot, especially with that amount of searches….

    But, I do prefer to stay with a LOT less competition. Some of the sites will make it, some won’t. Just gotta test it out.

    Mike, how do you keep tab on what you do? Do you have a check off list? I find myself getting shut down when I get confused. I also have a hard time remembering what I have done to what site.

    Evita

  11. Shelly
    May 6th, 2009 at 12:04 | #11

    @Evita
    Evita – You have a PR7 site that’s only 8 weeks only??? How did you do this?

  12. May 6th, 2009 at 13:34 | #12

    @Shelly
    No she said “Yesterday I had a PR7 and then a PR 5 right beneath me 🙂 This site has 93 back links.”

    Meaning her competition.

  13. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2009 at 13:43 | #13

    Hey Evita, that’s some crazy good results! It really is something you have to take on a case by case basis…you can take risks like that and have them pay off, it’s totally up to you and if you’re willing to risk it.

    As far as keeping track of what I’m doing, I make a new directory on my hard drive whenever I start up a new sniper site…in it I put a Word doc of the Welcome post, the tip post and the front page review.

    I then have another text file which has a list of all the sniper sites I’ve created, and I put an asterisk next to each site that has yet to be indexed by Google. I check to see if those sites are indexed each day and when I notice one has, I go and post up the review.

    That’s about all the organizing I do…As far as keeping track of where each site is ranking, that I don’t keep track of…I just focus on getting the necessary promotion done for each site(UAW + Steve’s Backlinks) and when that’s done I shift my focus onto other sites…If my efforts were successful, I’ll see it reflected in the # of hops I’m getting.

    When you’re handling this many sites, you’ve got to choose where you put your attention.

    Shelly, I think what she meant was that she passed a PR7 with an 8 week old site.

  14. Shelly
    May 6th, 2009 at 13:44 | #14

    @Sara
    Oh duh…. Thanks Sara! Boy did I read that wrong!

  15. Shelly
    May 6th, 2009 at 13:46 | #15

    Where does the picture here in the comments come from?

  16. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2009 at 14:58 | #16

    @Shelly

    You can get a pic at http://gravatar.com/ …once you associate a pic to an e-mail, every time you enter your e-mail when writing a comment, your pic will pop up.

  17. May 6th, 2009 at 18:12 | #17

    Ok Mike I took heed of your suggestion on competition sites. I found a niche with 18k searches for phrase match and only 50k competition. I got the domain name as the .org and the #1 and #2 page 1 spots are the .com and .net urls. Only one of them has a PR of 1 and the other has PR 0. Both are selling a different clickbank product so I think I have a fighting chance.

    I got all excited about it and finished setting it up and writing the first 2 posts in 2 1/2 hours time. Not bad for me. And I am a dude! For some reason I pictured my audience to respond better if i was a man. 😛

  18. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2009 at 21:03 | #18

    @Sara

    That sounds like a great find, nice! If there are already 2 other sniper sites at PR1 and 0, you should definitely be able to rank.

    You got me worried for a sec when I first read you said you were a dude, I had to look at your picture again confused O_o Ya, you gotta do that kinda stuff sometimes…

  19. Yarra
    May 6th, 2009 at 22:06 | #19

    Hey Mike,

    Thank you so much for taking time and giving such a detailed reply.

    Cheers.

  20. Debbie
    May 7th, 2009 at 07:34 | #20

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for the great updates and explanations. When you said that bookmarking demon will go to 50 sites, do you spread that out over a number of days or is it all at once? PS Is there a place you want people to ask you general questions about how you use the different tools or should we just put the questions within updates as you mention things?

    Debbie

  21. Mikeman
    May 7th, 2009 at 12:22 | #21

    Debbie, I actually submit to around 81 sites, but out of that, only around 50 are successful.

    I do the submissions all at once for 1 or 2 sites at a time..a random bookmark is thrown in by the program too from a Yahoo/MSNBC/Digg feed as well.

    All of this bookmarking is spread out across several different profiles, I have anywhere from 2-7 profiles setup at each bookmarking site.

    Asking general questions in the thread is fine, they don’t HAVE to be on the topic of the post or anything…

    -Mike

  22. May 24th, 2009 at 17:33 | #22

    Hi Mike (and everyone else 🙂 )

    I have a few questions to ya all.

    1. When you’re talkin about setting up a few sites a day, do you buy the domains for each site (like $6 * 3 sites)?
    Or do you use some kind of free service to test things out first?

    2. Bookmarking Demon – Mike, do you use a proxy server for your bookmarking?

    3. About Competiton – When you say that there is 50k of competing websites is that when you search for “dog training” or just dog training (without quotes)?

    Really digg your blog, gonna trow your RSS feed in my bookmarking demon (that’s my way of saying thx, hope its ok) 🙂

  23. Mikeman
    May 24th, 2009 at 18:21 | #23

    @Hjalte

    Hey Hjalte whatsup?

    The domains I buy are actually more like $8.81 from Namecheap.com (which for me in Canadian dollars is basically $10 a pop)..

    I’ve been buying seperate domains for each sniper site I’ve been setting up as that’s the power of the program, when your domain name = your keyword and the competition isn’t too tough, you can get 1st page rankings literally as soon as your page is indexed…

    Just today I had 4 of my sniper sites made over the last few days get indexed and 3 out 4 of them are on the 1st page for their keywords already…the other one is at the top of page 2 and I expect it to hit page 1 in the next few days, if not through backlink building.

    I test things out as I go along…you’ve got to be willing to make some mistakes with these sites.. at worst, you’re out $10 for the domain name, that’s nothing, you can spend $10 for a meal each day…

    For Bookmarking Demon, I haven’t been using the proxy servers, I spread my bookmarking out over many accounts I’ve created and I use the feature that lets you pull from a feed to make bookmarking look more natural (I pull from a digg / msnbc and yahoo feed)..

    the 50k competition thing is in quotes, I always check competition in quotes..although once you get good at judging competition, you don’t go by the numbers as much as your intuition about the first page of competition(this you check WITHOUT quotes, you look at their page rank/backlinks). I’ve been able to rank on the first page where competition is higher than 50k several times.

    Thanks man, sure, bookmark away :>

    P.S. looks like your backlink to your site is not setup right.

  24. May 24th, 2009 at 19:37 | #24

    Hi Mike..
    Oh well.. a misspelling in the website link… not to worry, thats just an old blog, haven’t nutured it for a long time 🙂

    Really appreciate your long and troughout reply…
    And must say, you’re a motivation. Thanks a lot 🙂

  25. Lonnie
    September 7th, 2009 at 13:10 | #25

    Wow I am glad that I found this website as sniper type websites is what I am trying to make money with. Course I have purchased are NMOC, Google Sniper, Xfactor’s adsense course and info product killer. I go by the name of studman at online forums and blogs.

    My questions if you are not using different IP and you wanted to bookmark your website at 10-15 of the top bookmarking website how would you try to do this without getting sandboxed?

  26. Mikeman
    September 7th, 2009 at 13:32 | #26

    @Lonnie

    Hey Lonnie, well, you don’t get sandboxed for bookmarking..

    What I do for bookmarking though is I use Bookmarking Demon and I create 3+ bookmarking accounts at each of the sites…they have an automated account creator which makes this easy…Then once I have that I bookmark 2-3 sites at a time and I usually don’t bookmark more than 9-10 sites a day.

    By doing this I stay under the radar. Sometimes you lose some bookmarking accounts, but I don’t worry about that. I haven’t bothered doing any bookmarking through proxy as I’ve found this method of staying under the radar and spreading out your bookmarks over several accounts works for me.

  27. William
    October 15th, 2009 at 04:51 | #27

    Hi Mike,

    I have some questions.

    You mentioned bookmarking 2-3 sites at a time. If lets say you bookmark 3 sites a day using 1 account, at the end of 10 days you will have 30 sites (similar templates except the domain is different) inside a bookmark account? Just wondering if 30 sites with similar templates inside one bookmarking account is ok.

    Do you digg the domain homepage only or all the pages? Is the purpose of submitting to digg same as bookmarking at social bookmarking sites?

    Do you bookmark all the pages of your sites?

    You mention about using Bookmarking Demon to pull a feed to digg / msnbc and yahoo feed. I do not understand how to do this step. I am not using bookmarking demon, is there a way to do this step manually?

    What is the purpose of Friendfeed and Profilactic? I looked at FriendFeed tour, and it seems like a rss reader, I do not exactly understand what it does. Do you mean using FriendFeed to subscribe to the feed of my own sites?

    Thanks

  28. Mikeman
    October 15th, 2009 at 15:07 | #28

    @William

    Hey Will,

    What I do when using Bookmarking Demon is I have several accounts setup at each bookmarking site so that each time I do another run, it randomly picks one of those accounts to submit to..and at this point, I don’t do much bookmarking, I only bookmark my new sites for the purposes of helping them get indexed fast and maybe get 1 or 2 registered backlinks in Yahoo backlinks.. I don’t bookmark every page, although some people do that.

    I use Digg to bookmark the homepage, it gives you a high PR backlink that helps with indexing as well as ranking. You don’t want to abuse Digg by digging more than that, they will ban your account, you have to be careful with Digg.

    About putting in the msnbc/yahoo feed, that is a feature of bookmarking demon, you’d need to have the program to understand it. It basically submits a random bookmark from one of those feeds along with the sites you’re bookmarking so that the bookmarking appears more natural. So you don’t just have bookmarks for curing hemroids, and your forex site or whatnot, but also some random news item bookmarks as well.

    In BMD 4, you go to preferences, and then there’s an option to pull from feeds, you just paste the feeds in there. This tip is only if you have BMD. I would never do manual bookmarking submissions myself, so I can’t recommend that.

    As far as Friendfeed and Profilactic, all you need to know is that you can enter your feeds in there and they will provide your site with some nice powerful backlinks that register in Yahoo Backlinks pretty quick and can help get your site indexed and ranking faster/higher.

    -Mike

  29. Chris
    November 28th, 2009 at 00:32 | #29

    Hey Mike,

    I just discovered your site and it’s been an amazing journey so far! I went all the way back, hoping to see how you got started in CB because I am interested in your CB strategy but alas, from day 1, you had your CB stuff set up already.
    If you wouldn’t mind sharing, is your CB based on niche sites as well?
    If so, do you put up generic articles on the topic and then put up CB banners or does your website copy speak directly and recommend the CB product itself?

    Thanks!

  30. Mikeman
    November 28th, 2009 at 16:23 | #30

    @Chris

    Nice Chris :> My CB strategy was based on Google Sniper, the program George Brown created…If you read that, that will pretty much tell you how I set up all my CB sites.

    -Mike

  31. January 9th, 2010 at 17:55 | #31

    I get a virus warning when I click the google sniper ad on the top right side of your page. What’s the go? Is it for real?

  32. Mikeman
    January 9th, 2010 at 18:50 | #32

    @Dave Vower

    Weird, well, that .html file is a redirect I created using Ninja Link Cloaker, it leads towards the Google Sniper sales page, nothing to be concerned about there…

  33. Mohamed
    April 7th, 2010 at 15:49 | #33

    Hey mike 😀

    nice of you to have this to help ppl.

    I am a virgin compared to you in creating sites for moeny.

    1. What are sniper sites?
    2.What is a Backlink?

    I have more to ask but, i have school to follow on, will be waiting for your answer

  34. Mikeman
    April 7th, 2010 at 17:21 | #34

    @Mohamed

    Hey Mohamed..

    A sniper site is a site that targets a specific keyword.

    So if you’re trying to rank for a keyword that gets 3k exact searches a month that is called “brown piano chair”, you would register the domain “brownpianochair.com” or .org or .net…. By doing this, your site is given a bit more favor in Google to rank well for that term, provided the 1st page competition is low.

    That’s just the basics of it. There are Clickbank snipers for selling informational products and there are adsense snipers for getting adsense revenue…right now I’m doing the latter, it’s explained in the XFactor Micro Niche Adsense book which is linked to in the side bar.

    And a backlink is when another site is linking back to your site via a hyperlink, such that when that link is clicked, it redirects to the site.

    If you want to improve your rankings for say the word “brown piano chair”, you need to create backlinks on other sites which link back to your website with the anchor text being “brown piano chair”.

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