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Day 20 – 300!

Wow, today I hit 300 hops..EXACTLY..crazyness!

Now as crazy as these hops are, the sales don’t seem to have been going up at the same rate…

I just created 2 more sniper sites today in my main sniper site niche and the next 4 sniper sites I’m going to make in this niche will be for product name keywords (ie: productname.org)…hopefully these sites will fare better…After that though, I think I’m going to branch out into other niches and see if I can get better results elsewhere.

Also, today I had 4 of my previously made Sniper Sites just get indexed within Google.Β  I went back and posted up the last post for all of them (a review of the product) and 3 of the 4 sites are already on page 1 of google.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that some of my sites that have disappeared from page 1 of Google for several weeks have now reappeared…Good to see some sites I thought were lost come back into the game (these were sites that previously got me a sale each).

Earnings For Today:

  • 1 Sale from a sniper site in the main sniper site niche = $27.12 (This niche, in 11 days, has had 1289 hops which has resulted in 7 sales for $188.26 total)
  • Adsense = $1.64
  • Hops = 300 …triple the hops I was getting 20 days ago (To give you an idea where that’s coming from, 20 days ago I had 29 sniper sites, today the count is at 49…most of my most recent sniper sites have earned page 1 rankings…although some disappear and reappear from time to time.)


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  1. Debbie
    May 25th, 2009 at 07:39 | #1

    Hey Mike,

    That is great that some of the sniper sites returned. Do you think if the competition is low enough they won’t fall in/out of google? Also can I ask you what the plug in is you use for recent comments on the right side? That is really good that hops have increased.


  2. Shelly
    May 25th, 2009 at 08:33 | #2

    Debbie, you can find out what plugins people are using by adding /wp-content/plugins to the end of their url.

    Mike, I can’t wait to see the results you get from sniper sites in a different Niche.

  3. Deb
    May 25th, 2009 at 10:42 | #3

    300 hops is great…here’s to making more sales!

  4. Mikeman
    May 25th, 2009 at 14:09 | #4

    Hey Debbie, once the sites stabilize and the Google dance period is over, I don’t see them falling off of the first page of Google. The competition for these keywords is not that fierce that that would be major concern.

    I actually don’t know what the plugin is, but that’s a cool tip Shelly gave there, didn’t know about that. I just install my blogs with Firepow and that automatically sets them up with all that.

    Ya Shelly, I’m thinking that if I can get this many hops/day out of these last few sites, if I can just do the same in another niche for a better product, I might see some amazing results!

    And thanks Deb, here’s hoping!

  5. May 25th, 2009 at 16:20 | #5

    Hi Mike…

    I’m kinda hoping you guys here can help me a bit and lead me in the right direction…

    I’m really having trouble with finding low competetive keywords.

    This is what I do:

    – Go to CB and find a product I want to promote, I look for a gravity around 100 and a sweet salespage.

    – Go to google’s keyword tool and create a long list of long tail keywords.

    – From this list I find KW’s that have at least 2000 searches a month and chek out the competition on google.

    – Generally I go for competition less than 15000 but I check the top ten sites manually on google.

    And this is where I’m stuck.
    Its like that every niche I check out, has one or more PR3/4 sites and a lot of them have KW targeted sites.

    Please… What do you do?
    Is it because I choose the wrong markets or am I too critical in my research?

    Any Help appriciated (now, I know that this is not a forum, but you, MIke, seems like a guy who knows what he’s doing πŸ™‚ )

  6. Mikeman
    May 25th, 2009 at 17:16 | #6


    Hey Hjalte, feel free to look at it as a forum :>

    Ok…I used to have this problem too…

    I’ve refined my procedure over the last 50 or so sniper sites to this:

    -I do a search with the Google Keyword tool and I look for keywords that have at least 3k searches (sometimes 2.4k) a month for *Phrase match* not broad. When I find that, I then check real quick to see what it is for the *exact match* to get a better idea of how much traffic I can pull from that keyword specifically.

    Sometimes you have keywords at 3k phrase match that drop to 1k exact, other times it drops to 1.9k exact, there can be a lot of fluctuation…In the end, I find exact match is the best determinant, more-so than phrase match.

    Once I’ve got a list of those keywords, I check to see if that keyword is available as a .com/org or .net domain. If it is, then I do a search on the keyword in quotes. I DO NOT only go with keywords under 7k or 10k competition…I’ve gone all the way up to 50-60k competition and still ranked on the first page, position 1-5. You really have to dig deeper. But seeing the competition numbers does give you 1 piece of the puzzle in figuring out how competitive it is…

    After you have that piece of the puzzle, you then need to check the keyword without quotes to see what sites you’re up against. If you see PR3 and PR4 sites on the first page, you CAN overtake them if they are not specifically targeting the keyword you’re after or they have few backlinks.

    Ex: If the keyword you’re going after is “dog training guide” and there is a PR 3 page up there but the title for it is “Train dogs to sit properly” it is possible to take them…

    You’ll develop a feel for what you can take after making several sites, you have to be willing to make some mistakes, this is how you learn…Don’t be afraid to take gambles!

    If you realize that you can take certain un-targeted and poorly backlinked PR3’s and 4’s…AND you realize you can take competition that is 50k in quotes (and sometimes even higher than that), then many more opportunities open up.

    Also, there are some markets which are easier to penetrate than others, some markets are thoroughly mined…so you could also try different niches..but if you look for keywords with comp more than 15k with what I said above in mind, I’m sure you’ll find something in that niche you’re investigating.

    But again, knowing what you can take comes with practice, it took me a while to get the hang of it…I’d say after creating 20-30 sites targeting keywords of varying competition I had a pretty decent idea, but I definitely do not get it right 100% of the time…


  7. May 25th, 2009 at 17:46 | #7

    Thanks Mike… You’re really helpful. I admire the way you choose to spend time helping others.. With no $-signs on your mind.

    I wish there where a way to repay you anyway… oh wait, there is πŸ™‚
    I see you have a hostgator banner πŸ˜‰
    I might click on that very soon.

    Once again, thanks.. and please.. keep up the good work!

  8. Peter (pacecom)
    May 25th, 2009 at 18:25 | #8


    Hi Shelly,

    Just a quick comment. If you want to protect your plugins and themes folders from prying eyes, create an index.php file for each folder and insert this exact code:

    When you try to snoop into someones plugins and themes folder after these files are installed you will get a 404 page that directs them back to the site. I do this on all my sites as a way to prevent hackers from entering the site.


  9. Peter (pacecom)
    May 25th, 2009 at 18:30 | #9

    @Peter (pacecom)
    Looks like the code did not show up on this post. Maybe this will work:

    <!– –>

    Ignore the comment out code.

  10. Peter (pacecom)
    May 25th, 2009 at 18:32 | #10

    @Peter (pacecom)
    Didn’t work. I will email Mike to see if he can post the code.


  11. Mikeman
    May 25th, 2009 at 18:46 | #11

    Thanks Hjalte, and np :>

    Hey Pete, sorry, don’t know why that waasn’t showing up. This is Pete’s post:
    Hi Shelly,

    Just a quick comment. If you want to protect your plugins and themes folders from prying eyes, create an index.php file for each folder and insert this exact code:

    < ?php header("Location: yourdomainurl"); exit(); ?>

    When you try to snoop into someones plugins and themes folder after these files are installed you will get a 404 page that directs them back to the site. I do this on all my sites as a way to prevent hackers from entering the site.


  12. Shelly
    May 25th, 2009 at 19:55 | #12

    @Peter (pacecom)

    Peter, I’ve noticed some sites must use this code but I never could figure out what was going on. Thanks for sharing! Where exactly does this code get inserted? I’d like to use it on my sites too. πŸ˜€

  13. Shelly
    May 25th, 2009 at 20:10 | #13


    If you are having a really hard time finding keywords then I recommend getting some software like “Micro Niche Finder” or “Market Samurai” (which can be used on Macs) to help you find great keywords with the click of a mouse. You can cut your search time from hours down to just minutes.

  14. Peter (pacecom)
    May 25th, 2009 at 21:27 | #14

    Shelly, Just open up a blank note pad file and name it index.php Then insert the exact code that Mike has posted above in the file. Close the page and upload it into your plugins folder and themes folder for each and every wordpress site you have and it will help protect you. That’s it!


  15. May 26th, 2009 at 03:30 | #15


    Thanks Shelly..

    I’ll continue researching, perhaps I was just searching for the wrong keywords in the wrongs niches πŸ™‚

  16. September 4th, 2009 at 16:49 | #16

    Nice job. Good to see the sites are paying out more than once in a month. Looks like you picked some good niches.

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