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Day 162 – Wrote 20 Articles

October 14th, 2009

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Today I was out most of the day so I didn’t get my usual amount of work done, but still, I was able to get 20 articles out there.

A lot of my Ezine Articles have gone live, I have 35 in queue which means another 74 went live today.

As far as my income is concerned, today I made $32.12…not as much as yesterday, but I’ll be happy as long as the overall trend continues upwards.

Earnings For Today:

  • CB = $73.94 – 3 Sniper Site Sales
  • Hops = 228(new) / 515(old)
  • Adsense = $32.12


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  1. Shane
    October 14th, 2009 at 21:51 | #1

    Hi Mike
    I saw you doing Adsense more recently. Which system do you think has more potential on pulling in BIG money, Google Sniper or Xfactor’s? And which one do you think needs less work on making same amount of money?
    I haven’t got accepted by Adsense, wonder if I should buy Xfactor’s book.

    And thank you Mike, your blog encouraged me a lot.

  2. Mikeman
    October 14th, 2009 at 23:29 | #2


    Hey Shane…well, after having done both Google Sniper and XFActor’s system, I have to say it is a LOT easier to find good, profitable, easy to rank for keywords with XFactor’s “system”.

    I was able to have success with Google Sniper because I stumbled onto what, at the time, was a relatively untapped niche that had a lot of openings…

    If you are doing that program, a lot of it depends on your ability to find these openings in niches and a lot of the success I had with that method was due to my lucky break in finding that niche…the other niches I tried out only made me a combined total of $200 maybe $300/month while the money niche over 1k.

    When you’re looking for keywords for adsense snipers though, there are so many product keywords that are wide open and easy to rank for, it’s just crazy…you still have to find those money keywords, but I feel like it’s so much easier to find them with this than with GS.

    Again, not that GS is a bad system, it’s what I’m getting a good chunk of my money from and who knows, I might start making those sites again…but I’m feeling really good about where my income is headed with Adsense right now..

    And about the work…they both require work…no getting around that, you need to come to enjoy it….however, I can say with the CB snipers, I had to make almost 100 before I started earning 1k/month while right now I’ve made 30 adsense snipers and am making $30/day on avg it seems at this point, which is around 1k also… Whether that’s because I’ve been more picky with keyword research or because it’s just easier to make money, I don’t know though.


  3. ThomasT
    October 15th, 2009 at 01:04 | #3

    Hey there Mike,

    I commented the other day about how you where able to write articles so fast. Well, I went back to the beginning of your blog and skimmed over the entries until you mentioned Xfactor and then read every single entry since then. πŸ™‚ Again, I have to say, great blog man!

    I was wondering if you could help a bit more with keyword research. (Yes I have xfactor’s book. Haven’t joined the private forum yet)

    I’ve spent pretty much the entire day doing keyword research (2 hours here, take a break, 2 hours there, make some food, etc, etc). I did read your day 152 post where you talk about keyword research also. I think my brain might be fried at this point between what John says in his book, your day 152 post, and posts on the Warriorforum.

    Are there some specific numbers that you look for? I remember seeing something on warriorforum mentioned that we should go after keywords with less than 20 k results and a SOC in the single digits. Anytime I find a keyword like that it has barely any searches.

    I have one Xfactor site up right now. It’s on page 30 or so in google for the keyword I’m targeting.. haha! I am getting traffic and some clicks from some off the wall super long-tails that I rank on the first page for. (like – “extra long custom striped polka dot thing”)

    The keyword has about 90 k competition and a yellow SOC around 70. I chose it because it had 2 amazon listings, a bizrate, and moderate PR/yahoo link competition. I have SEnuke, so I thought I could blast it up there. To be honest, I’ve spent a lot of time on that one site, Still waiting on EzineA’s to get published (just started there) and only blasted SEnuke out once. I did do Angela’s backlinks on it and bookmarked and RSS’d the bookmarks. I see you talking about really focusing on picking good keywords and being able to rank right away with them.

    Sorry, I’m long-winded. πŸ™‚ Anyways, reading your blog got me motivated to pump out a bunch of sites, but choosing the niches/keywords is what’s holding me up. I think you can see that writing won’t be a problem for me.. lol!

    So any specific numbers you look for? Keeping SOC’s under a certain number? Exact searches above a certain number? (I’m looking at keeping it above around 3,000 don’t want to go below 2,500) Competition around a certain number before you hit the SOC button? Or like you said in day 152 it’s more about what page 1 of Google competition looks like?

    Thanks for sharing with us Mike! (If I get to the point where I want to outsource through human rewriter or pick up UAW I’ll definitely use your AFF link!)

  4. Mikeman
    October 15th, 2009 at 14:49 | #4


    Hey thanks Thomas :>

    As far as KW research goes there is no hard rule one way or the other. I prefer going after 3k+ searches keywords for the main domain, but I have gone after a keyword with 1,600 because it had a $15+ CPC…that site is currently one of my top earners.

    But ya, usually 3k+ searches, and I prefer under 50k competition…the main thing is the page 1 competition and whether I can overtake it or not though.

    If you don’t end up ranking on page 1 within the week, you haven’t picked a good keyword. If you end up ranking on page 30, well…best to start focusing on a new site.

    Sometimes those can climb, from page 30 to page 15, to page 3…but don’t hold your breath on that happening. If I were you since you seem to be new to keyword research, I’d only go for easy keywords, don’t go after any yellow SOC keywords or keywords with over 50k competition(even though this is not a hard rule for me)…

    If you want to see some guaranteed success, I would start looking for SOC in the green, preferably under 10 and with competition under 30k, the lower the better. Also, you want to make sure that there are enough PR -/0/1/2’s that you can easily overtake on page 1. This comes with practice, knowing which you can overtake easily.

    Seeing Web 2.0 sites on page 1 is a good sign, seeing other snipers is a good sign, and seeing PR’s in the above range near the top of Google with few backlinks is a good sign as well.

    I’m really against having rules for this sort of thing though so don’t get stuck in a robot mentality and thinking you have to stay within those variables, start working on developing your intuition, that is going to be the most powerful tool you have in picking these niches in the future..


  5. Shane
    October 15th, 2009 at 21:21 | #5

    Hi Mike

    What does SoC mean?
    The only SoC I know is System on Chip… Haha

  6. Mikeman
    October 15th, 2009 at 22:55 | #6


    πŸ˜€ Strength of Competition…it’s something that is exclusive to Micro Niche Finder. It calculates competition in a keyword by finding the in anchor count, in title count and in url count.

  7. October 16th, 2009 at 06:59 | #7

    Just wanted to say thanks for the info about how you pick keywords. I was struggling a little with this too. Very good of you to be so detailed!

  8. Mikeman
    October 16th, 2009 at 13:35 | #8

    @Web Career Girl

    Hey NP WCGirl, glad that helped. I really think the best way to learn how to do good keyword research is to do so through building MANY websites(30+) and developing that intuition, as that is what I rely on most of all.

  9. Nik
    November 30th, 2010 at 15:03 | #9

    Hey noobie here. Been trying to get in to thegame for about a month now with no success. Just wanted to know if there was still some room for a noob?

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