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Day 164 – Did Some Research + Adsense Sniper #32

October 16th, 2009

Today I decided to spend some time unearthing new niches…since I had outsourced the backlink generation to many of my sites, I decided that I’d work on creating a new batch of Adsense snipers… I also decided on this because ever since hitting $30/day I haven’t been seeing further boosts with the last bundles of articles that were submitted to Ezines…

I found a couple sites that I can make, maybe about 5-6 so I’m going to spend some time tomorrow making sites and possibly doing a bit more research.Β  Once I’ve put up another batch of new sites, I’ll go on an Ezine backlinking spree with them too and see what happens with my income…I REALLY want to get this to $100/day by the end of the year…

Earnings For Today:

  • CB = $42.88 – 1 sniper sale + 1 sale for Site#1
  • Hops = 132(new) / 364(old)
  • Adsense = $31.47


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  1. Shane
    October 16th, 2009 at 07:17 | #1

    Hey Mike

    Back again. It seems you never mention CB product refunds issue. I’ve only made 4 sales so far, but 2 got refunds. I guess most of CB products must have very high refund rates. So how do you choose your products?

  2. ThomasT
    October 16th, 2009 at 07:53 | #2


    He has in the past. I think it’s on his monthly total posts. (on the 1st of the month)

  3. Ant
    October 16th, 2009 at 12:32 | #3

    Hey Mike, stumbled across your blog a few days ago after hearing all the hype about gsniper.

    anyways im reading your blog from beginning and taking notes down where i can from your comments and blog posts πŸ™‚ hope u dont mind.

    I just wanted to ask, has your technique in writing changed since the whole FTC rule change? i haven’t read from 54 days onwards, so im assuming you havent changed much.


    ur hustle is truly amazing and as well very inspiring.

    keep going trooper.

    gonna keep ploughing through your posts!!


  4. Mikeman
    October 16th, 2009 at 13:32 | #4


    Shane, Only some products have high refund rates, you’ve got to promote the right ones…

    I first do my keyword research and when I find a keyword, I then look at products for that niche..from there, I just analyze all the products being sold and make a decision as to which one to sell, there isn’t really a formula, just pick one out based on #1. The Gravity, #2. The Commission, #3. The Sales page.


    Hey Ant, glad you’re getting something out of it, have fun πŸ˜€ I have no idea what the FTC rule change is to be honest…

  5. Trevor
    October 16th, 2009 at 14:12 | #5


    during your process of making websites, how many articles do you submit to Ezine for each site before moving on to another?


  6. Mikeman
    October 16th, 2009 at 16:01 | #6


    Hey Trevor…well, if you look at my past history, you’ll see that I create sites in batches and only after do I start sending Ezine backlinks to them.

    I don’t have any set limit now on how many I send out to each site, but I like to start with 12 to each site(12 links to the main domain and 3 links to every inner page)

  7. Ant
    October 16th, 2009 at 17:18 | #7

    Hey Mike, thanks for the answer.

    Just another quick q, im about to start my sniper empire thanks to your inspiring blog.

    Do you own many ProductNameReview URLS and snipers site?

    I have found a few domains that are free and i could rank for but the only thing is the search amounts are very low (under 500/month)

    the gravity for those products are 50-200

    Any advice, should i pursue these domains/sniper sites?


    thanks mike

  8. Ant
    October 16th, 2009 at 17:24 | #8

    PS: what kw tool are you using? I find KE very very slow πŸ™ also gives me diff results to MNF.

    thanks a million mike,

  9. Mikeman
    October 16th, 2009 at 18:02 | #9


    Eew, less than 500/month is wayyyy too low. most of the clickbank snipers I made had an exact search between 3k-9k, although a handful had even more than that. I wouldn’t go for those, don’t go lower than 3k…if it’s a product keyword, I may consider 2.4k though.

    I only made a few productnamereview url’s, but that’s not what got me all my money…

    And when i made my CB snipers, all I used was the Google Keyword reseearch tool and followed up by checking the first page of competition with SEO for Firefox. I only recently started using MNF for my adsense snipers.


  10. Ant
    October 16th, 2009 at 18:22 | #10

    Thanks for the reply mike, regarding the FTC they have enforced laws on Review Type websites such as the sniper sites.. but im not too clued up on this either.

  11. Stacey
    October 16th, 2009 at 20:06 | #11

    Wow, seems like ages since I last visited the blog. Kept up with it through RSS, though. Last I was here, Mike kicked my butt off my worried state (I was worried about XFactor sites being too thin for google). Since that time, I’m proud to say that I’ve managed to put up a few XFactor sites(still single digits) with several on page 1 for their keywords. So thanks for the butt kicking, Mike. Now, if only the inner pages would rank…

    @Ant, when I first found Mike’s blog, I spent the entire night reading from page 1 to the current page. That was about a month or so ago. It’s awesome reading and took me from total newbie to somewhat informed.

    Regarding the FTC, the essence is that you need to declare whether you have been compensated by the manufacturer of the product you are reviewing. In their infinite wisdom, the FTC failed to give guidelines as to where we are supposed to put this declaration. I suppose I could put it at the end of every post/page.

    Also, not sure how this will work out, but Mike is in Canada. BTW Mike, I was in Montreal (love those Poutines!) for a week to attend a wedding, and I love your country — I also visited Vancouver and Victoria a few years ago, anyway, I digress. Don’t know if the FTC can touch Mike, as that’s a Yankee Bureaucratic Machine, and it may not apply to our Northern Cousins.

  12. Ant
    October 16th, 2009 at 20:12 | #12


    Thanks for that stacey, im actually from the UK πŸ™‚ my gf is in vancouver…. so im hoping to move over once i get my online income on track.

    Yep ive started 1 day ago, im actually on day 140 and i started from the beginning.

    How long have you been sniping for stacey?…

    Im kinda overwhelmed and really just need to dive in and get started.. seems so many tweaks and things to learn!

  13. ThomasT
    October 16th, 2009 at 20:57 | #13


    Hi Stacey, would you care to share how much you are making on average per day with your Xfactor sites? You said you had a few ranked on page 1 for their keyword, so wondering how you are doing with them? πŸ™‚ My xfactor site does not rank on page 1 for my main keyword, (no where near it) but it does for some off the wall long tails. I’ve managed to average about $1 a day with it so far.

  14. Mikeman
    October 16th, 2009 at 23:12 | #14


    Nice job Stacey..Fear is one of the main reasons why people don’t get anywhere in IM, the other thing is taking action, but sometimes the two are tied together.

    I’m guessing it may come down to where the hosting company is at and I’m with HostGator…but really, I’m not concerning myself with all this fear based shuffling around, not my style. I seriously doubt people in a few months from now are going to be complaining about getting sites shut down by the FTC.

    I haven’t been to Montreal, but I’ve been to Vancouver, which is beautiful..I’m actually from Toronto..and ya, poutine is pretty damn good, we have that stuff at KFC and New York Fries.

  15. Stacey
    October 17th, 2009 at 03:03 | #15

    Thanks for the comment. I feel like I have a bit of traction now, compared to when I first started lurking on your site. It’s a good start and I have a long way to go before I can retire and travel all over Canada just for fun πŸ™‚ Your endless energy has been a great motivator for many, esp me, so thank you. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that there’s always work to be done (or in our case, keywords to find, sites to build, and links to be had), and testing to be performed.

    If by sniping you mean google sniping as Mike has done, the answer is I’m not doing that. I got started by building a BANS-type site, then got busy with hubpages and around the same time found a few sites that talked about XFactor’s Adsense success, so I shifted over to making XFactor sites. I have been doing this stuff seriously (meaning at least 4 hours per day, oftentimes a whole lot more–I even skipped sleep every now and then in the beginning) since early September, so really about a month and change. As far as feeling overwhelmed, I too was awash in confusion in the beginning. Still am, to tell you the truth. But the old adage holds true: just do it. Experience will be your best teacher. It was for me, and I continue to learn every day. Also, Mike and other generous individuals like Griz, Court, Vic, Ben (you’ll learn who they are soon enough) and Sara too always have great insight. I’ve reached out to some like Mike and they’ve always been willing to help answer a question or two.

    A few of my XFactor sites are barely raking in pennies (about 28 cents per day) because I didn’t pay attention to the estimated ad cost when I first started building, so the value of each click I got was next to nothing. One is totally dead. Indexed, but nowhere to be found. The better ones are pulling about $2 per day, on a good day. You see, even though most of those are on page 1, they’re not in the top five spots. The best one is sitting in position six (when it got there i was celebrating because I leaped ahead of wal-mart, which was so hard to do). So I guess I’m not catching the bulk of the traffic. Also, despite ranking for quite a bit of long-tails, google webmaster shows that the people are only clicking through on a few of them. Sigh. Maybe in time, either I will continue to move up, then hopefully the volume will follow. Christmas is right around the corner, and so I’m hoping shoppers all over will be happily clicking away…

  16. ThomasT
    October 17th, 2009 at 03:29 | #16


    Stacey, thanks again for sharing. πŸ™‚ When you say you didn’t pay attention to the estimated ad cost, would you mind sharing what the keywords average is that you went after?

    To share my experience, what I’ve been doing during keyword research is going to SpyFu and looking up the keyword. I’ve been looking at anything that has a range of low end of 50 cents, to the minimum high end I like to see is around 1.50.. (so .50 – 1.50 or higher). My site that is buried for it’s main term but ranking for long tails, has a .80 – 3.00 spread. Again, the SOC for that term was yellow around 80.

    Since my last post here I went out and found a new keyword and built a new site, just put it up. πŸ˜€

    Mike, I hope you don’t mind our little conversation here! hehe. I also want to THANK YOU for your inspiration and work ethic you are showing us here every day! I am going to go on a binge and pump out as many sites as I can in the coming days, the only thing that will hold me back is keyword research. I’d really like to build 20 sites in 20 days, or less. I’d REALLY like to build 20 sites by Nov. 1st. (15 days from now).

    Well, back to work for me.. sleep? what sleep? COFFEE! πŸ˜€

  17. Stacey
    October 17th, 2009 at 04:52 | #17

    I see I’m not the only one working hard on a Friday night/Saturday morning. I think this is going to be one of those sleepless nights as I’m pushing to get a couple of sites out. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, it’s diet coke that keeps me up, as well as a few well timed breaks to run on the treadmill so I keep alert (and in shape).

    I realize John’s (XFactor) course advocates the use of spyfu, but I never really got into that. For cpc estimates, I pull data from google adwords tool the old fashioned way — which is how I learned it from Court. A quick look at some of the better performing sites shows an ave cpc of around $1.57, the high being around $2.84 but the rest are way below that.

    The low performing sites (in terms of earnings, not necessarily volume) had estimated cpcs way under a dollar. I wasn’t paying attention when I started, and built those sites as soon as I saw green in MNF and decent volume. Well, decent rank+decent volume does not equate to decent money if the cpc is low. Should have known, but I guess I was too excited back then and just wanted to get going, which is fine. By the way, I’ve never pursued a keyword that shows SOC of more than 50 in MNF. But that’s just my preference; there’s no rule that states thou shalt not build a XFactor site for keywords with SOC of greater than 50… πŸ™‚

    Wanted to get your thoughts on one question, if you don’t mind. A while back, there was a discussion here about using keywords plus the word “review” appended to the end for the domain name if the com/net/org were not available. Not sure if you’ve done this, but if you have, do you see any impact in terms of how google treats your site that has the appended “review” on the domain name, relative to those without it?

    Reason I’m asking is that I shied away from doing that (appending “review”) for all my sites, and so I have no experience with it. What I did was, when I couldn’t get the com/net/org, I moved to another niche, with one exception when I went for the biz TLD instead. Well, that particular site is the one that is indexed but buried so deep in the serp I couldn’t find it. I’m wondering if the biz TLD contributed to the site being buried, so for the next batch of sites, I’m considering adding “review” so I could use the com TLD. What do you think?

  18. ThomasT
    October 17th, 2009 at 05:32 | #18


    Stacey, thanks for the info again. Nope, I’m still up and still working. πŸ™‚ SpyFu is free (don’t know if you know that) and I don’t really get “into” it. I just type in my keyword and see what the ad cost spread is. John said to make sure the minimum is above .50 in his book, so that’s where I learned to check that out. πŸ™‚

    The reason I picked the keyword I did with the SOC that high, is I thought the front page competition wasn’t that strong. It had two amazon rankings, a bizrate, and the rest of the comp had low-ish PR and links. I thought the cpc (.80 – 3.00) was high, and I have SEnuke, so I went for it. Figured I could get it up there with using SEnuke. πŸ˜€ I’ve only run SEnuke for this once so far. Did a package of 30 links of Angela’s links, some social bookmarking, and that one SEnuke run. I will certainly be running SEnuke more, but I just haven’t gotten around to writing up another spin-syntax article, AND I don’t want to hammer it with a ton of links too quick. Ok.. I guess that might not entirely be an issue, but I’ve been reading and researching other things/niches.

    This last Xfactor site I built had an SOC of around 15. πŸ™‚ Going to try sticking to the low SOC keywords and see if I can get ranked on the front page based on keyword domain very quickly. I still think I can get my first high-ish SOC site up there, it’s just going to take some time. For now I’d love to see some of those immediate result words!

  19. Mikeman
    October 17th, 2009 at 12:26 | #19


    Hey man, don’t mind the conversation at all, go right ahead and thanks πŸ˜€


    Stacey, the only time I would append review to the end of a keyword is if I was specifically trying to rank for “product review”. If I was trying to rank for “product” I would not append review to the end. If you don’t have your domain name matching your keyword EXACTLY you’re going to have a harder time getting that site to rank and you’re going to have to do a lot more SEO work(backlinking) to raise it up…

    I personally don’t want to be bothered with that so if I were in your shoes, I would not be appending ‘review’ to the end of your keyword. There are so many available keywords where the exact domain is free, I’d rather spend a lot more time doing keyword research and finding them.

    As far as going with a .biz, if you go with anything other than a .com/org/net, you’re going to have a hell of a time trying to raise it up in the rankings as Google strongly favors these 3 domains. I wouldn’t waste my time with any other domain extension.

  20. Stacey
    October 17th, 2009 at 13:56 | #20

    Thanks for the feedback. It’s good to get another person’s perspective on this. I guess the answer really was staring me in the face. As I indicated on a previous comment, I have one XFactor site that’s in deep trouble, and the only thing different with that site is that it has a TLD of dot biz. OK, back to MNF to seek an alternative KW phrase…

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