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Day 272 – End Of January Totals + Scrapebox Results!

February 1st, 2010

I was trying to put up another adsense sniper today, but was having some issues with the webpage not displaying properly within XSite Pro, I didn’t get around to putting the site up as it was getting late and I need to wake up early..

Other than that though, I did research inner page keywords for 7 of my sites, and assign all that to one of my writers to tackle…I also assigned 35 articles to be used as additional pages for existing sites to one of my new writers.ย  At the moment I now have 5 writers, plus an additional writer that is on the 5 article trial and a writer who is still out of commission due to bad weather., so 7 total.

As far as Scrapebox is concerned, the backlinks just continue to go up, it’s crazy!

This shows what I started at and how it’s progressed day by day(Note: all sites are around 6 months old):

Site #1 = 12 backlinks – 14 – 22 – 45 –105 :0 so many in so short a time..no adverse effects, it is still in the same spot, #7 pg 1
Site #2 = 29 backlinks – 35 – 37 – 47 – 82 :O this is also still in the same spot, #10 pg 1
Site #3 = 17 backlinks – 18 – 20 – 20 – 43 still in same spot, #8 pg1
Site #4 = 0 backlinks – 14 – 18 – 18 – 26 started at #6 pg1, went to #4, now back at #6 pg1
Site #5 = 1 backlink – 1 – 5 – 5 – 37 :O moved from #7 to #9 on pg1

Wow, I didn’t expect such a drastic increase over time…

Now for the totals this month:

Ebay = $42.09 Canadian ($39.33 US)
Adsense = $2,732.29 ($1,789.91 last month) + $942.38 increase (The prior 2 months I increased by around $500 each time, this is almost double, thank you outsourcing ๐Ÿ™‚ )
CB = $788.95 GROSS ($1,171.88 last month)
CB = $768.91 NET ($1,080.06 last month) -$311.15
Hops = 5,297 (4,620 last month) more hops but less sales O_o
Gross Sales = 36 (53 last month) -17
Net Sales = 35 (49 last month) -14
Refunds = 1 (4 last month)
4 XFactor Sales = $123.20
5 UAW Sales = $134.00

Grand Total For January = $3,797.73

Thanks for those who picked up products through my aff links, it helped to offset the decrease in Clickbank sales :>

BTW, the earnings for today were: Adsense = $97, CB = $16.22, Hops = 174.

-Mike

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  1. Richard
    February 1st, 2010 at 06:06 | #1

    Hey great results Mike. I’ve been following you since the beginning and it is inspiring. I hope you can maintain it.

    Would you be able to publish your expenses from this so we can see the net figures?

    I’ve worked out the following. Would this be about right?

    Outsourcing = $1000 a month (I think you said it could be $1500)
    Domains – 150 x $5 domain = $750 a year, $62.50 a month
    Hosting – 2 resellers? Say $50 a month
    Senuke: – $67 a month
    UAW – $67 a month
    Income tax 20%? – $500 assuming you declare it!

    I know you have bought other software but haven’t included this. Were there any other monthly costs to consider? I reckon your net total is between $1500 & $2000 which is not to be sniffed at! I’m trying to get an idea of expenditure costs to make $2000 a month net. Which is what I’d be more than happy with! Congratulations.

    Ricky

  2. Susan
    February 1st, 2010 at 08:00 | #2

    Mike

    Hey awesome results man; this month should be another great month as you have outsourcers. My goal is to begin searching for some outsourcers next month. This month I am going to try to go all out and set up as many adsense sites as I can. Great job I am so happy for you and can not wait to see what your totals will be at the end of February!!!

  3. JR
    February 1st, 2010 at 08:29 | #3

    Hey Mike… Awesome month man! Are any of your adsense sites sitting at #1 for their keyword or are you seeing these awesome adsense numbers just sitting somewhere on page 1?
    Where are you getting $5 domains? I thought I read that you were getting domains at namecheap. Coupon or something to get a $5 domain?

  4. Evita
    February 1st, 2010 at 08:38 | #4

    Awesome! Some nice totals there, you must be very pleased!

    I picked up Scrapebox last night. Haven’t used it yet, will let you know the results…

    I did make 4 comments on a blog, within hours backlinks were showing and after less than 48 hours those 4 links resulted in 131 backlinks and counting!!

    Holy Toledo!

    Too bad they are nofollow… and the blog is PR 6… I don’t do blogs myself, so my knowledge isn’t that great about how they work, but I’m assuming the comments showed up on the sidebar, in various categories and archives and that explains the number of links?

    Since the content in the sidebars keep changing, those links will fall off I assume?

    I’m a little afraid to make any more posts on the blog…lol..

    Evita

  5. February 1st, 2010 at 10:19 | #5

    Nice results! Now I see why I’m interested in this product. By any chance, I noticed you havent mentioned SENuke in awhile. Are you still using that in conjunction with UAW?

  6. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 13:28 | #6

    @Richard

    Hey Ricky,

    Regarding “I hope you can maintain it.”.. You should never have a fear based mentality in this game. Mentality is everything. My mentality is not to maintain anything, maintaining = stagnation = no growth…I would have never gotten to the point I’m at today if I just tried to maintain.

    Now if you look at my progress over the months, you’ll see that with each month my income has only gone up..that is because my mindset is focused on GROWTH rather than maintenance. Even with some income sources taking dives, it still goes up each month.

    I’ve also got to say you spent more time figuring out expenses than I have :>. I’m paying $80/week for writing to be done, however they don’t always get the job done on time so that isn’t an exact science…I used to have 4 people which was around $330 x 4..now I have a few more but I’m probably not going to keep them all.

    However one thing you need to understand is that in obtaining the income that I have, I didn’t nickel and dime everything..In other words, I just put money where it needed to be put without stopping to count expenditures. If I had the mentality of tracking every last expenditure, I wouldn’t have put out as much money as I have and I wouldn’t have grown my business as fast as I have.

    Also I should mention, my expenditures are in no means indicative of what you need to put in to reach the same income level. My expenses are more a showing of what you need to GROW a business as FAST as I’m growing it. Before I started outsourcing, my adsense was increasing at $500/month, since outsourcing it has almost doubled this month as my adsense income went up $942.

    I have more info on this question in my read me too, look for this q’n:

    Q: What are your expenses? / What is your net profit? / Are you โ€œbreaking evenโ€?

    @Susan

    This is the 2nd time you used “man”, you’re not a guy in disguise are you? :> Thanks Susan, ya, if you want to pump out adsense snipers real fast, outsourcing is the way to go..When you outsource, you really have no excuse since writing content is the most time consuming part of pumping out the sites and with 2-3(or more) writers helping you out there you churn out sites rapid fire.

    @JR

    Hey tnx JR, ya..I do have a few sites that are #1, although I don’t know how many as I don’t have all my sites input into Market Samurai and I don’t spend much time checking rankings, my time is mostly spent just churning sites/content out.

    I can tell you that its not important to get #1, it’s more important to get your sites SOMEWHERE on page 1. Last I checked I had near 50% of my sites showing on page 1, this # might have gone up as I got better with KW selection although I have not checked on it again, too busy..

    And I buy domains at namecheap, $8.88 w/coupon. I’m happy with their service & free privacy.

    @Evita

    Thanks Evita, now that I’m near my old goal of 4k/month, and I’m moving into a new condo, I’ve raised my standards, I now want to get adsense up to $200/month so I can really live comfortably.

    Nice results with Scrapebox! Ya…I don’t know how many links will fall off, but damn good results either way..

    @David

    Thanks Dave, ya..I stopped using SENuke back in December.

  7. February 1st, 2010 at 13:39 | #7

    So I assume the combination of UAW, Scrapebox, RSSBot/RSS Submit, and Bookmarking Demon can do the trick. I’m trying to not send as much on memberships, but I know UAW is worth every penny.

  8. Gary
    February 1st, 2010 at 14:26 | #8

    Hi, Mike. I am assuming that I posted this question on the wrong page or something. But I have two questions for you. For someone who could only afford one of the two services, UAW OR BLS which one would you recommend? I mean which would be more effective in getting backlinks.
    I also wanted to know if you minded sharing how many site you post comments on with each run of scrapebox. I have it and haven’t been seeing the best results. I figure this has to do with me beeing too concerned with looking like a spammer. I usually only post to about 100 or 200 at a time. Any suggestions. Thanks… And congrats! Keep up the hard work brother…

  9. Evita
    February 1st, 2010 at 14:33 | #9

    Just to clarify,,, the links from the 4 blog posts was from
    manual commenting.

    Running my first Scrapebox run as we speak… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you use real names in the “name” slot, or do you try to get your keyword in there?

    We should start a bet on when you will get to $200… anyone knows a good bookie?

    My bet is you will get there by the end of April.

    Evita

  10. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 14:35 | #10

    @David

    Well, I use RSS Bot/RSS Submit/Digg/Bookmarking Demon for my initial backlink push, this works well to get indexed and get maybe 4-5 Yahoo recognized backlinks off the bat.

    After that I do a UAW run and that bumps it up another 25-30..I’ve only recently started using Scrapebox, but it’s looking to be a great supplement.

    @Gary

    No you posted in the right place, sorry, I just missed it, but I did go back and answer your first question.

    About Scrapebox, I’m about as new to it as you are…you can see all of what I did by reading my blog. if you’re not having as much success, you need to work on the quality of your comment, make it something people are more likely to approve. You also need to spin the comments to 30%+ unique otherwise you’ll get fewer registered backlinks.

  11. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 14:40 | #11

    @Evita

    Ahh, I see. For the name, I use a mix of real names plus the keyword/keywords I’m optimizing for. I probably stuck in the keywords 35-40% of the time.

    Hahha, about reaching 200, I’d probably get there faster if I didn’t have to spend so much time with condo stuff :/

  12. Evita
    February 1st, 2010 at 15:17 | #12

    Oh, another thing…

    Do you bother to try to make comments on blogs related to the topic on your sites, or do you just sort the blogs to comment on so you can make a comment that is more relevant and thus more likely to be accepted?

    I personally do not think it makes much, if any, difference if the comments are posted on blogs not on same topic as the site we are wanting to link to…. but that’s just my own opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But bunching the posting into projects where one can get some sorta relevant anchor text into the “name” sounds like something to try for…

    My first run went to 1700 blogs, 673 were “successful” and an immediate check showed 31 posts went through… Will check the stats again tomorrow and later this week…

    I will also use Scrapebox to possibly find some high PR sites with dofollow to post to manually… if it’s a topic you enjoy, you can make a bunch of posts while having fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Evita
    February 1st, 2010 at 15:20 | #13

    @Gary

    I’ve been pretty happy with Article Bot from Big Mike. It can usually be found for around $7 or so. It also supports spin syntax and it is easy and fast to set up and go.

    A nice alternative, or addition to, UAW, IMO. And a lot less expensive…

  14. Lance
    February 1st, 2010 at 16:28 | #14

    Hey Mike, one tech question. How many sites do you host per one account, or do you use dedicated server?

    The reason I ask is that I wanna make sure I don’t get in trouble. My old hosting said it all depends on traffic rather than number of domains, so I ask you as your live in it.

    Just FYI, I’m not rolling with Hostgator, and tho my current host claims unlimited service, I wanna be on the safe side.

    Thanks. Lance.

  15. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 18:33 | #15

    @Richard

    Richard,

    Mike doesn’t “believe” in tracking expenses. Makes total sense right? Who on earth would want to track how much money they are spending? I’m curious whether Mike realizes that after expenses and taxes his income is only “livable” in the ghetto. Unless I’m wrong though…anyhow none of my business ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not to mention, income tax is not the only tax you have to pay. Social Security and Medicare add another 15%. The rule of thumb is to cut your net profit in half = how much you actually keep.

  16. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 18:38 | #16

    Which raises the question…Mike, do you even realize that you have to pay taxes on this money? And do you realize that in order to pay your taxes you have to know your net income? And to know your net income you have to know how much money you spent (unless you want to end up paying even more in taxes…)?

  17. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 19:01 | #17

    @Evita

    So far I’ve just posted on blogs related to my niche..but ya, for sure that’s not necessary and you’d get many more if you didn’t limit yourself like that..

    @Lance

    Hey Lance, I’ve got close to 300 sites on one of my accounts, the rest are on another. I could probably put a lot more on 1 now though as Hostgator recently upped the bandwidth and capacity of reseller accounts.

    How many you’re comfortable putting on 1 account is up to you..I’ve been using Hostgator and haven’t had any trouble with them.

    @Lee

    “his income is only โ€œlivableโ€ in the ghetto.”

    Lee, I don’t tolerate BS like this on my site..if you’re going to disrespect, get off it.

  18. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 19:29 | #18

    I may have used the wrong tone above, so I apologize for that.

    I mean no disrespect to you, Mike. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and think you’ve done a great job. I just think you’re overlooking a few details like I mentioned above. Can you really live on ~$1500 per month? From the information you’ve made available on your blog, that’s approximately how much you are making per month in reality (after subtracting expenses and taxes). But you should expect to hear comments like this when you’re publishing with so much detail in your public blog.

  19. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 19:37 | #19

    For example, have you started your 2009 taxes yet? Do you know you have to send the government a big fat check, and Google doesn’t withhold your taxes? I’m guessing the answer is NO.

    I sincerely hope you’ve set aside enough money from your 2009 earnings to be able to send the government the big fat check you owe them by April 15 this year. The taxes you owe them are based on your 2009 net income which is gross revenue minus expenses. And since you haven’t calculated your expenses yet, either:

    A) You don’t realize you have to send the govt money

    or

    B) You are calculating your taxes based off your gross revenue, in which case you’re giving away money that you can be deducting!

    Either scenario is bad. I’m trying to help you out Mike!

  20. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 19:41 | #20

    Sorry, I keep forgetting stuff…make sure you are setting aside HALF of every penny you make from Google (starting NOW), and put it in an account that you don’t touch. This will be used to pay taxes for next year.

    I apologize if you already know this…but honestly it seems like you haven’t been accounting for this. And like I said, I’m telling you this for your own good!

    If you decide to start tracking your expenses (a VERY good idea), figure out how much you spend in a given month and subtract it from how much you get paid for that month. Then you only have to set aside half of *that* which will be much less.

  21. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 20:07 | #21

    @Lee

    Don’t need help Lee, my tax situation is taken care of.

    A record of my expenses is in my Visa transactions which has been dissected with my accountant… I’m incorporated and as such a lot of IM expenses have been write offs…I’ve paid myself via dividends as well and as such, kept my taxes down to a minimum.

    I don’t talk about it in detail because frankly it’s nobody’s business and talking about it doesn’t help anyone.

    Bottom line is I have a passive income stream coming in that is increasing quite a bit every month, the reason for that is due to the money I’m putting into it now to GROW it further…it’s not needed if I don’t want to grow it further though and live off of what I’ve built, but that is the wrong mindset..I have the funds so I am continuing to invest so that I can grow it further.

  22. Peter (pacecom)
    February 1st, 2010 at 20:18 | #22

    @Lee, I think Mike knows exactly what he is doing in respect to running his business. He is far from naive and has run his own consulting business for years. In the present case he is plowing all his earnings into growing his business so he has very little income to pay taxes on.

    If he were to stop growing his business today it would start to pay him a livable wage on a residual basis. But the whole idea in an aggressive business strategy is to take all your business earnings and reinvest them into growing your business to a massive scale.

    Soon, Mike will have more income than he can outsource in content creation and monthly tools expenses and will surely know what income is taxable. With all due respect, I think it is you who are naive to think Mike does not know this part of business accounting.

    Peter

  23. February 1st, 2010 at 20:22 | #23

    Hi Mike
    Good Work!
    Do you use the high PR links from Angela or others in Bookmarking Demon? Or do we need to put them into some other software.
    I’ve been posting them manually and boy, it’s like the dark ages.
    IT JUST TAKES FOREVER.

    Thanks Bill

    PS. Where are your aff links? You may as well make some $ when I buy some of this stuff.

  24. February 1st, 2010 at 20:23 | #24

    Mike, did you ever get adsense click lock to work? I tried it and had no success… ever hear about Asrep?

  25. Mace
    February 1st, 2010 at 20:50 | #25

    @Mike – FYI: I just used your link to buy XFactor’s course. Off for some reading…

  26. February 1st, 2010 at 22:02 | #26

    Lee :
    Can you really live on ~$1500 per month?

    I don’t mean you or anyone else here any disrespect, either, but with 7 kids and growing…yes, I can.

    Of course, if things were that tight, I’d have to own my home and have zero debt, and it may sound ridiculous – and it’s NOT the point of this blog, sorry Mike – but this isn’t impossible by a long shot.

    Onto other news, Mike, uber-fantastic, as usual. Love your aggressive strategy. Taking notes.

    Taxes…please, change the subject. BUT I will say for the record – love that you’ve incorporated. Been considering the same, in either an S-Corp or LLC…prob latter for simple tax shelter reasons.

  27. February 1st, 2010 at 22:10 | #27

    I’m getting the hint that scrapebox freaking rules?? Dude. You need a page of aff links with how you use the things, and your results. You could shut down all your CB snipers and rake it in, man – but I don’t think you “need” to ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just for the record, @ Evita Re: using Article Bot – thanks for the tip. I just got my RSS feeders, will need to invest in BMD and Scrapebox soon, too. Can only go so fast, slow growth for me at the moment.

    I’m glad to hear the optional programs from – who is that, Incansoft? – actually work. Hate to take a shot in the dark.

    Alright, I’m out, gotta freelance for other successful IM’rs so I can play catch up with you fab folks.

    Mike, deuces, man. Thanks for the tips as usual, I don’t mind using every aff link you can come up with, just give me a moment and you’ll get the props, least I can do to thank you.

    @ Lee: hope I didn’t disrespect you there, I’ll leave it at that.

  28. Lance
    February 1st, 2010 at 22:33 | #28

    hmm just ran into some inconsistencies in MNF. While it shows that search results for one of my niches are 7000+,
    Keyword Elite shows nothing,
    and Keyword Spy shows only 350

    Google is at 136 (talking local searches)

    yet there is more than 90 advertisers for this product.

    I mean I bit the bullet, and got the domains, and we’ll see what comes of it.

    However I wonder, if you came across stuff like this before and is there a reliable service that can show actual searches or reliability of certain keyword assessments?

    What would you do?

  29. February 1st, 2010 at 22:36 | #29

    Hey Mike,

    Yet another big congrats to you and your efforts. Always inspiring that I’m sure everyone here appreciates. I’m not going to comment on what another blogger mentioned earlier because I think this blog is primarily for showing people what is actually possible.
    However, when you briefly mentioned about your tax structure and how you’ve incorporated yourself, I’d be really interested in hearing how you’ve done it or what it is you’ve done (of course, I don’t need any of your specifics, more of some info on how I can do the same).

    As for your money situation, I think some forget that it’s what you do with the money that is most important. Personally, I’d love to have an extra $1000 a month that I could put on my mortgage (imagine how fast it would be paid off then ?? The banks would hate me….) or invest it in shares (or something else). Whether you are using the money for basic necessities is really none of my (or anyone’s) business. It could really be a good discussion in another forum setting and tips for people on how to reduce your tax liability.

    In the meantime, keep up the great work and, and here’s to an even greater February !

  30. Lee
    February 1st, 2010 at 22:49 | #30

    @Peter (pacecom)

    No offense taken Peter…I guess I’m not as soft as the rest of you. Anyhow, with the information available on Mike’s blog, my conclusion was perfectly sound. However, I think Mike is fairly capable of speaking for himself ๐Ÿ™‚ He says he has his affairs in order, and it is truly none of my business so I’ll leave it at that. But, Mike, like I said — don’t be surprised to get comments like mine when you are divulging such personal information in your blog.

    And finally, I sincerely hope that one day Google does *not* come along and ban your for no reason, like has happened to PLENTY of people. Your income will drop to 0 in an instant in that case. Or, you can get de-indexed from the search engines. The point is, anything can happen….a business built solely from Adsense income is FAR from stable and definitely NOT a reliable stream of income. That’s a pretty hard point to argue.

    Good luck, and I’ll continue to follow this blog…

  31. Mikeman
    February 1st, 2010 at 23:59 | #31

    @Bill

    Hey Bill, Bookmarking demon is for posting to Bookmarking sites not to profiles… I tried doing profile backlinking but didn’t see results which spurred me on, so I stopped doing it. You can outsource it though or you can use SENuke’s profile Nuke to auto submit to a number of profile sites though.

    And thanks man, my aff links are in the top right sidebar.

    @Mace

    Yes, I saw that, thanks Mace :>

    @James M Hussey

    Ya James, I actually got incorporated long ago for my regular job as a contract QA Analyst / Business Analyst..

    And ya, Scrapebox has yielded some crazy increases in backlinks O_o rankings remain relatively the same thus far though..

    @Lance

    Ya Lance, if you try to compare results you get from one program to another, you’re just going to confuse yourself…What I find best is to just get used to 1 program or 1 system and really learn that well, then discount all other programs/systems.

    What I personally do is go by MNF or the Google KW tool, both are using the same data…If the global is 2.4k exact or more, and the CPC is decent and the front page competition is low, I go for it.

    One thing though, if you see that the global search volume in the Google Keyword tool is some high number like 8k but the local is only like 1k or 380 or some such thing, beware, keywords with low local but high global usually perform poorly.

    @Doug

    Hey thanks Doug.. I got incorporated so long ago I don’t remember all the specifics…and plus I’m in Canada so I’m sure it’d be different for you if you’re from the States.

    All I know is I applied for a numbered corporation, got 10 forms (articles of incorporation) to fill out. I filled those out, returned them, paid a fee of $250-300, then a few weeks later I had an Ontario corporation setup. I then went to the bank and created a bank account for my corporation to accept payment and got myself a check book…

    @Lee

    Lee, that is why this question has been answered already in the ‘Read-Me’..but when you say comments like yours, you need to understand that your comment was not the norm, it came off as rude and disrespectful which is why you got the response you did.

    As far as Google bans or being banned from adsense or any other such similar fear, you can either let that cripple you and stop you from taking action, or you can spend your time on more constructive thoughts like how to put together and build a network of web properties which add value to the end user and pay you for doing so.

    I know several people personally who are making over $100/day or more with adsense and none of them, nor I, possess this fear based mentality, if they did, they’d have never gotten as far as they have. My intention at the moment is to focus 100% on building an adsense empire of quality sites.

    When I get to an income level I am happy with, be it 10k or 15k/month, I will then move on to WPMage and build up my EBay income…and as time goes by there will be many other projects started to further build up my online income portfolio. If you really did read my blog from the beginning you would know already this is what I do.

  32. Peter (pacecom)
    February 2nd, 2010 at 00:03 | #32

    @Lee, I just happen to have known Mike for much longer than this blog has been up and consider him a friend. I also know, without divulging any personal information, that he could walk away from this income and have a near 6 figure income starting next week.

    So it is not a matter of Mike being incapable of speaking for himself, it is simply a friend standing up for another friend. I’m sure you can understand that. It has nothing to do with being soft but knowing more of the facts.

    I think all of us in the IM world fear that Google could pull the rug out from under us with Adsense and know that we must diversify. I’m certain Mike knows this too.

    Without belaboring the point, you have to admit your first post was sarcastic at the least, and more likely inflammatory. So, my response was quite appropriate.

    Now let’s move on and get back to business.

    Thanks,
    Peter

  33. Peter (pacecom)
    February 2nd, 2010 at 00:59 | #33

    Dam,
    It seems like both of my comments about Mike were posted after he already responded. In both occasions we must have both been typing at the same time. Oh well.

    Peter

  34. February 2nd, 2010 at 01:00 | #34

    @Evita……… Does Articlebot spin the article body. I am reading that it uses jet spinner, but I want you to confirm that. Also, are the articles indexed?

    @ Mike……….or anybody that uses scrapebox………..does the pages where the comments are placed index?

    Mike I would like to know what proxy service you are using for scrapebox.
    Also, when you are using BMD do you submit to all the sites (ie 26 main sites and the xx pliggs) at once or on the same day.

  35. Gary
    February 2nd, 2010 at 01:30 | #35

    @Evita Thanks for the suggestion/ I already have articlebot. It is just not automated enough for me though. I need to write the articles, submit them once and let them be distributed without me lifting a finger. I really dont mind paying a monthly fee for UAW but I have heard that they post to low quality directories and blogs. Whereas BLS has blogs that have a higher pr although they dont have as many to post to. I just prefer total automation. I have some great tools in my toolbox already but I think UAW would be a great addition.

  36. Gary
    February 2nd, 2010 at 01:36 | #36

    Oh yea, I also wanted to add for those using scrapebox. The blogengine feature rocks. Yes it is very slow but if you harvest your urls and start posting before you go to bed or just let it run in the background while your doing something else it doesn’t really matter. I have noticed that most of the links I get from posting on blogengine blogs are sticking more than wordpress or moveable type.

  37. Mikeman
    February 2nd, 2010 at 03:27 | #37

    @Gary

    Hey Gary, ya, you hear a lot of things from a lot of people…But once you’ve used a program extensively(I’ve done 129 UAW runs), you can tell who is talking after only running the program a handful of times vs who is talking from substantial experience..The bottom line is results…

    Upon doing UAW runs on all of my sites, I get an additional 25-30 backlinks and I raise in rankings for my main kw. Most importantly though, I often see an increase in my adsense revenue in the coming weeks… Can’t argue with results..

    Granted I did also see some great results with my initial run of BLS…I’d rather use UAW though, you get more backlinks out of it and there is no limit on how much you can use it.

    And thanks Gary for the info on the blogengine feature..

  38. Mikeman
    February 2nd, 2010 at 03:29 | #38

    @Tech Blogger

    Hey Tech Blogger, I just added the answers to the readme :>

  39. Mikeman
    February 2nd, 2010 at 06:04 | #39

    @Tech Blogger

    About this question: “does the pages where the comments are placed index?”..not sure what you mean…

  40. JR
    February 2nd, 2010 at 08:19 | #40

    “I can tell you that its not important to get #1, itโ€™s more important to get your sites SOMEWHERE on page 1.” Mike, that’s really awesome to hear. So if you are shooting for getting listed on page 1 and not necessarily in the top 3 spots, how do you evaluate the top 10 competition before going with that keyword? Do you do a total PR count of the top 10? or only the top 3-4 sites PR? Check competition backlinks? Maybe you answered this in your FAQ. I don’t recall. I’ll have to go back and look.

  41. JR
    February 2nd, 2010 at 08:24 | #41

    Okay… I checked and found my answer here.

  42. Richard
    February 2nd, 2010 at 19:32 | #42

    Well Lee makes some valid points even if he goes about it the wrong way. I just feel a rough net figure would put it into perspective. A lot of folks might not realise these figures are not pure profit and are encouraging hype in something that has a very short shelf life.

    I left my day job in 1999 and hit $10k a month at my peek in 2001, that was a lot of cash back then. I’m still getting by today! I’ve seen these things come and go for years. Some make some big money quick (the sellers of the ebooks especially) but most waste their time. It’s all part of the learning process I guess.

    Trust me people there’s no fast way to earn the money.

    Do people think a company like Google with a budget of $200 billion who employ the brightest people on the earth and pay them vast sums of money to build the best algorithum in the world won’t really spot 30% unique spun articles and xfactor sites!!!!

    There’s a link going around the net at the moment with 65000 pages of Xfactors ‘about us’ page. Every page is from the template from John’s book, word for word. These idiots can’t even be bothered to change the template! The book is being swapped all over the black hat sites. What do you think these guys are gonna do with it?

    These sites work short term because they have just been indexed. The algorithum will take a few months to kick in. That’s why sites owners see their rankings falling and end up having to fire more spun content at it. And they buy more domains, more hosting, more articles, blah, blah, blah. They’re just fighting a losing battle. In the end you end up spending $10k while only turning over $8k!

    Trust me Google is gonna find this, it’ll be dead in the water soon and a lot of Adsense accounts will be gone in the process. Enjoy it while it lasts. These sites will be gone but I’ll still be here for the next 10 years building quality, authority sites full of content working my nuts off in the real world.

    My advice to Mike would be to pick 5 or 10 sites that generate the best income and build them up. Drop the rest and take yourself of the radar. Build them into huge authority sites and make some serious money.

    Your blog is attracting some unsavoury types, trust me. I’m not one of them BTW! Hopefully you will read betwen the lines and see that I’m offering some sound advice. Trust me I’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt! Although your heart is in the right place Mike, you’re becoming a victim of your own success.

    Good luck

  43. Mikeman
    February 2nd, 2010 at 20:07 | #43

    @JR

    Alright, good stuff..

    @Richard

    Hey Rich…I’m not worried about any of this because I only put up quality content and I am currently expanding my better sites and building additional pages.

    The point of this site is to chronicle my journey and take note of everything that *I find important* in the trek, which is what I’ve done. My goal isn’t to accommodate everyone and uncover X, Y and Z details about my business, details that even I haven’t bothered to figure out. If people want to model my mindset and how I went about achieving the income I have today, all the information is already here..

    Anyways, lets get off the fear based talk, I didn’t build this blog to bring in that kind of negative energy, we’ll leave that for the other forums.

  44. February 2nd, 2010 at 20:47 | #44

    I like how I’m an idiot and posted using my real name. No, not this one. What a freak!

    Anyhow, Mike, Richard has his opinion, I’ve read John’s book and agree with you and John X-Factor – quality counts. I think Richard thinks he has you pegged, and certainly sounds like he has the rest of us pegged.

    But let this point at least be heard: both you and John X-Factor are keen that content is king, not negotiable. I hope ppl like Richard realize we’re not spamming here.

    “unsavory” types…let’s not generalize and hate each other, we’re in the same boat. that’s very akin to comments racists make, not that I think he’s a racist.

    I’m sorry for going on about it, you wanted to put this one to bed.

    I’ll get to the question:

    I’m an idiot, technically. I believe that’s what my mom called me…no, really, I’m not as savvy as 1/2 of you guys here, so I lurk and pick up what I can, and this month get my first Google check of $158 for 3 sites and about 45 days (not counting the $350+ affiliate sales) comes in. I’m happy, and am now going about the process of automating this bad boy.

    SO

    I bought 10 proxies from someplace, I think it’s who you use – like I said, I follow you guys here – and have a bookmarking software (bought the “wiz” vs “demon” to stretch the funds a bit for now, gotta save for the wife’s birthday and V-day coming up, you know) – and I want your advice:

    Do you set up (in BMD) your email accounts (anonymous randoms), and submit to ALL the social bookmarking sites at once with, say, 10 users?

    How do you do that with BMD – all at once, or do you select a few at a time?

    Pardon me if I’m asking a question you’ve answered, Mike, not trying to waste your time.

    Thanks, man.

  45. February 2nd, 2010 at 23:14 | #45

    For the record, BAD experience with the non-BMD competitor, the Bookmarking Wiz. Database is broken…nice. For the same amount of money, I can get Scrapebox, or Bookmarking Demon: what would you suggest?

    Oh, one other bit: I did NOT pick up on your hint about doing your own, manual captchas…so I paid for THREE services to do it…because I shop at 1:30 am…low sales resistance…and after running the “BMW” software to register at all of the social bookmarking networks, doing manual captchas, I figured out how to use the paid-for captcha services.

    EVERY SINGLE CAPTCHA was WRONG!

    AND

    My database was “broken.” Lovely. Waste. Of. Time. Word to the wise: I’m sticking with what works. Getting BMD or Scrapebox (both, in time).

  46. Mikeman
    February 3rd, 2010 at 04:03 | #46

    @James the Just

    Hey James, that sucks that that didn’t work out for you..Ya, I couldn’t recommend that Bookmarking Wiz program as I have never tried it before.

    As for BMD, I setup several accounts at each bookmarking site and then when I do a run, I select all the sites at once to submit to (100 odd sites) and it auto selects 1 of the accounts at each site to post the bookmark to.

    BTW, BMD’s captcha solving abilities seems to be messed up at this time since decaptcher(dot)com has recently changed their IP…there may be a way around it as I noticed in BMD there is an option to enter a server IP/port though, but when I tried putting in the IP I couldn’t get it to connect to the new IP..

    Even without being able to submit to the captcha sites automatically, it still does a good enough job for me though.

  47. February 4th, 2010 at 01:12 | #47

    @Mikeman
    holy canole, Batman – that solves my fiasco with the BM Wiz…and that has nothing to do with eating more fiber, btw…


    Mikeman :
    @James the Just
    As for BMD, I setup several accounts at each bookmarking site and then when I do a run, I select all the sites at once to submit to (100 odd sites) and it auto selects 1 of the accounts at each site to post the bookmark to.
    BTW, BMDโ€™s captcha solving abilities seems to be messed up at this time since decaptcher(dot)com has recently changed their IPโ€ฆ

    Yeah…I hired three captcha service companies, and fired them all, requesting a refund…because every captcha was dead wrong. I freaked out, blew my top, and the rest is history. Still in arbitration.

    I can’t believe I’m such a jerk! If they changed their IP that would really explain it. Now I may have international apologies to cook up.

    Or not.

    Anyway, that is freaking amazing that the BMD does 100+ sites or so at one time and doesn’t crash. BM Wiz – without the fiber, again, this isn’t potty humor, folks – has a little less of an automated functionality, which explains the $50-60 cheaper price.

    Thanks for taking the time, Mike.

  48. Mikeman
    February 4th, 2010 at 12:46 | #48

    @Kyle

    Hey, your post got caught in the spam…I haven’t setup adsense clicklock as of yet.. Haven’t heard of Asrep…

  49. February 5th, 2010 at 03:37 | #49

    Great thread, just purchased Scrapebox through a WSO and I’m learning the ropes so far, but I see the potential already.
    Oh and I see you also an Xfactor follower ๐Ÿ™‚ Are on his forum as well?

  50. Mikeman
    February 5th, 2010 at 04:49 | #50

    @kislany

    Hey Kislany, I don’t really check out the forum much but I am on it…I’ve been making adsense snipers since mid Sept..at this point however I’ve developed my own method of building/promoting the sites.

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