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Day 287 – Scrapebox Runs + $200 Pt.IV

February 16th, 2010

It seems like my Clickbank sales have picked up…the last few days have been pretty good, you can see the progress that’s been made in CB by comparing these screenshots..

Crappy sales since mid Jan:

Improved sales:

Also today is the 2nd day in a row where I’ve made over $200 and it’s the 4th time I’ve broken the $200 barrier! I’ll cut to the earnings:

Earnings For Today:

  • CB = $91.08 – 3 CB sniper sales, 1 authority site sale
  • Hops = 163
  • Adsense = $115.80
  • 1 UAW sale = $26.80 (thanks Edwin :>)
  • Total = $233.68

Now aside from this, I spent the day experimenting with Scrapebox..

Test #1

One thing I did was run the Scrapebox Rapid Indexer add-on on 15 of my sites.  10 of the sites were from 2 days ago when I put up 10 sites in 1 day and the other 5 are the 5 sites I put up before that.

This feature in Scrapebox basically executes queries with certain sites that results in additional backlinks.  Ex: running a query via alexa on a website or via quantcast will result in a backlink…there are several other websites where you can run queries on a site and in so doing, give it a backlink and this helps to not only get extra backlinks, but also to quickly index a new site apparently…

Sites #1-10(the last 10 sites I made in 1 day) were not indexed so we’ll see what happens there.  The remaing sites, 11-15 are indexed but are showing 0 backlinks.

We’ll see what happens..

Test #2

Another test I did was to run Scrapebox on 10 of my adsense snipers…I didn’t pick my top adsense snipers but not my worst either, I picked some that were doing fairly decently.

These sites were different from the ones used in Test#1 BTW.

For 9/10 of the runs I submitted the comments to WordPress blogs, for the other 1, I submitted it to Blogengine blogs:

Site#1 (backlinks = 35/pg1 #5) – (327 success/56 failed)

Site#2 (backlinks = 35/pg1 #7) – (332 success / 59 failed)

Site#3 (backlinks = 31/pg1 #6) – (319/31)

Site#4 (backlinks = 6/pg1 #8) – (330/67)

Site#5 (backlinks = 22/not ranking) – (330/56)

Site#6 (backlinks = 20/pg1 #5) –  (171/152)

Site #7 (backlinks = 18/pg 4 #2) – (240/36)

Site #8 (backlinks = 20/pg 1 #3) – (338/46)

Site #9 (backlinks = 18/pg 2 #3) –  (blog engine submission) (180 success/109 failed)

Site #10 (backlinks = 23/pg 2 #1) – (304/22)

Will be interesting to see what happens..


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  1. Susan
    February 16th, 2010 at 07:54 | #1


    Again congrats on making over $200 again. Now this is going to be a common thing for you from now on.

  2. Nick
    February 16th, 2010 at 09:06 | #2

    Hi Mike. I can’t recall whether you bought any proxies in the end. I know you were searching around for the best deals, but did you find a proxy supplier or do you just go with scraping for proxies within Scrapebox?

    If the former, how many proxies did you buy?

  3. February 16th, 2010 at 13:51 | #3

    Hello Mike,
    My first ghost writer did not work out. So rather than wade through the $2/writers, I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and pay slightly higher for my articles to be writing. Outsources my first set to this person today. THough I wont be doing as much as you, I am investing at a level that is comfortable for me and wont have to dip into household money since my IM income level is able to support me reinvesting. Well so much for that new suit i was about to buy. LOL I do know I will pay off. That’s why I don’t mind doing it.

    Also the person that I outsource to knows how to get the most out of UAW submissions so there are no worries for me on that end.

    You are inspiring me to take my business to a new level. I dont have the time to write content so that is really holding me back from taking my income to another level. its been rather stagnant though consistent. I will continue to do my own rewrites though with “the best spinner” for the outsourced UAW submissions. I some point though, I will invest in my own copy of UAW through your link.


  4. Chris
    February 16th, 2010 at 14:38 | #4

    Hey Mike,

    You know xfactors template? Do you find the link unit on the right hand side useful?
    It seems like the clicks from the link unit produce significantly less money than the regular rectangle ad.
    Are you finding that too?

  5. TJPann
    February 16th, 2010 at 15:13 | #5


    I just filed my taxes and it turns out I owe the gov’t money, because I came out with a profit…how ridiculous.

    Few questions, since I know you know financial stuff as well…

    1. What kind of stuff do you write off for this business>>> Hosting, UAW, Scrapebox, SEnuke, computer, internet bill, etc?

    2. Do you put money aside to pay good ol’ uncle sam?

    3. Do you have an LLC or S-Corp to keep everything separate?

    4. What do you identify your business as (marketing/advertiser/publisher?)

  6. Mace
    February 16th, 2010 at 15:31 | #6

    @Dee – I pay about $4 for a 500 word article. Back when I was writing for other people, I used to charge $5 so at least, in my own mind, I’m getting a deal. It’s much easier than trying to constantly score someone for $3/$2/$1 per article. I think my sanity is worth the difference.

    @Chris – Don’t use the link unit in the right column. By taking it out of my templates, my click have gone up, on average, about $0.20. While not a ton of money, it is enough for me. It does look awfully bare though, huh?

  7. February 16th, 2010 at 18:10 | #7

    Re: your article outsourcing, I know MikeMan mentioned this before, but where do you find the $4/500 word guy? I just posted a job on Guru. The Elance thing isn’t the place to be if you’re on THIS side of the equation…funny because I make some great money on Elance. 🙂

    Everyone there (including me) has about a $10/500 wd minimum, though unspoken (unless you check their blog/watercooler – the writers have tried to get together and set higher prices as a collective/quasi-union).

    I want the most bang for my buck, so I’m wondering where you found your source, and how long did that take? Do they write your content, or just linkbait?

    (MIKEMAN – Where do you outsource to again?)

    And as Mike has mentioned, agreed on the right-hand links – they pay out much less. I do get regular clicks there, though. I think I’ll take your (and MikeMan’s) advice and take them out, see what happens.

  8. Mace
    February 16th, 2010 at 18:40 | #8

    I think Mike has said he uses O Desk. I can’t deal with the constant excuses any more so I’ve recently gone a different route all together. The last $4/article company did ok but I had to re-write stuff too much. Yesterday I found a new company (for the same price) and the samples they provided kicked ass but I haven’t received my custom ordered job yet (turn around is 7-10 days). I’ll send you over their information as soon as I’m comfortable that they can get the job done right.

    I’ve just now ventured into trying my hand at sniper sites (XSitePro2/X-Factor method) and outsourcing this type of content so this could be great or a total disaster (as I’m sort of a control freak). Since I’m trying to launch 50 sniper sites between now and March 1, I’m hoping my $1,000 investment works out 🙂 [5 articles per site; 50 sites = 250 articles; $4 per article].

    almost forgot, I’m using them to write my website content as I can spin articles rather easily for link-bate purposes.

  9. February 16th, 2010 at 19:24 | #9

    Mace – yeah, send me the link when you can. Sounds like good stuff. Thanks

  10. Mikeman
    February 16th, 2010 at 19:59 | #10


    Thanks Susan, ya, with CB picking up again :>


    No, it’s best to use private proxies…if you just scrape you will get horrible success ratios when trying to post. I bought 10 private proxies, unlimited bandwidth for 1 month at $30 from yourprivateproxy(dot)com.


    Hey Dee, ya, that sucks..but that’s just the way the outsourcing business is. The way I see it is as a revolving door, people come in and people go out, you’ve got to accept it and get good at hiring people to offset it.

    Ya, I don’t even look towards buying luxuries with my money, investing into growing my business is my luxury, I’ve come to enjoy it :>

    Glad my blog has had a positive effect..with outsourcing, there is no excuse for not getting up 1-2 sites/day(if you’re outsourcing to at least 2 people that is).

    Just focus on refining your kw research/selection abilities and pumping out the sites, then doing runs of UAW and you’ll see some definite increases in income.


    Hey Chris, I personally don’t use that link unit and have felt no need to add it, my CTR is quite high and I’m making enough money with just my 1 large rectangular block of adsense.


    Hey TJ, well…I have everything divided up into different categories…ex:

    “Telecommunications”, “Vehicle”, “Office and General”, “Travel”, “Legal and Accounting”, “Advertising and Promotion”…

    And ya, I write off my hosting, domain purchases, outsourcing and any IM related book/course purchases.

    In Canada we don’t have an Uncle Sam :> But I have a big chunk of savings that I always keep aside (being a contractor it’s a habit), so I’ve never TRULY lived paycheck to paycheck, I’ve always had a reserve for when I’m not working.

    And ya, I’m incorporated..I had to many years ago when I started out as a Quality Assurance Analyst.

    All my income goes to my corporation, it acts as a tax shelter as the max tax you pay is 20% rather than 30+% if it were sent to my personal checking account. After that, I can withdraw up to 35k to my personal account each year tax free as a “dividend”.

    Not sure what you mean by what I identify my business as…when I incorporated though I had to give a few sentences on what my business was. It’s part of the articles of incorporation, however that’s not a big deal.

    @James the Just

    I outsource to ODesk as well as GAF..

    And BTW, Mace, Dee and anyone who is outsourcing… it is possible to get good native writers at $2/article. There is a common misconception in the IM community that you have to pay at least $1 per 100 words or so to get good content, this isn’t the case.

    I’ve hired many writers who write fluently at $2/article and it wasn’t hard to find them either.

    I currently have 2 writers like this, 1 from the US, the other from the UK. I pay them bonuses so really they are making more like $2.30-$2.40/article.

  11. February 16th, 2010 at 20:08 | #11

    OK, really MikeMan – can you spill the beans on how you did that, or tell me where to read it here? I paid $10/500 words just a few days ago…

    Also, what is “GAF”? Get a Freelancer? Thanks.

  12. February 16th, 2010 at 20:31 | #12

    Oh My Goodness, MikeMan nails it again:

    I posted the same job across 4 platforms:

    getafreelancer (still in review)

    …and the Elancers – I can vouch for this, this is why I work there – are all overly priced. Except me. Nevermind that now.

    The others haven’t responded yet, but in less than 2 minutes I got a response from an Indian freelancer who’s pretty darn good – and I’ve tripled my output!

    The only bad thing is now I have to actually do the keyword research to keep him busy – THANKS for the oDesk tip, man!

    Happy camper here.

  13. February 16th, 2010 at 20:54 | #13

    So, this is the last time I’ll post here today because I’m being neurotic, but last week I hired a Brit on Elance for 5 articles at $60, which is about what I charge so I figured OK.

    Then I was able to launch 2 sites and only had to write one article (3 each initially).

    On ODesk, I’ve hired this guy who will do 15 for that price. That sounds like a deal to me, but I wanted to know what you all thought – I’d like to know how MikeMan got the $2 article folks. That would have been 30 articles, and 10 sites, rather than 5 sites…but I’m happy with 5 for now!

  14. February 16th, 2010 at 21:49 | #14

    I definitely agree with you Mike that there. And I share Mace views on the piece of mind. I don’t have the time luxury to sift until I find the jewels. Pay the same as Mace does and has already proven to be a keeper along with a good rep. Like I told my husband…. I’d rather go to Macys and find what I want in 20 minutes and not have to spend an hour sifting through the clearance rack for the perfect find.

    As long as I’m not going through household budget I’m find. If I had more time to leverage I probably would go the sifting route …. Mike has motivated me to kick it into higher gear so I want to spend as less time in trial and error as possible with outsourcing

  15. Todd
    February 16th, 2010 at 21:57 | #15

    Mike, do you go for the .net’s and .org’s if the .com is taken?

    I know this is a simple question but I can’t find it anywhere in your strategy. Maybe i’ve missed it somewhere.

    Thanks man.

  16. Mikeman
    February 16th, 2010 at 22:56 | #16


    Like I mentioned before, it’s not hard to find them. On average when I’m looking, I find 1 native writer/day at that price.

    I actually prefer people continue to think that it is hard because what I’m doing is not something I want to get out there on a large scale..

    With my technique I’m essentially growing my business twice as fast by getting the same native people at 1/2 the price most others pay…

    @James the Just

    James, I can tell you that you’re on the right track by posting the same ad on multiple sites. And ya, GAF is Get a Freelancer..

    You know I really think that if you held the belief that you can easily find native writers at $2/article, and you went out there, like I did trying to find them, *and you stuck with it*, with what you’re doing now, I’m sure you’d eventually come to realize just how easy it is yourself..

    A lot of people hold a belief that its not possible to easily find native writers at that price and thus they never come to realize just how easy it is(especially in these economic times), because their belief sabotages their efforts.


    Hey Todd, most of my sites are .org’s. When you’re finding an exact match domain for your keyword, the .com/org and net all do exceptionally well provided you picked a kw with low front page competition. All domains rank equally well.

  17. February 16th, 2010 at 22:58 | #17

    MikeMan, I am SO SORRY!

    I forgot to tell you Happy Valentine’s Day…

    …and yes, that video is of me. That’s a profile pic of mine…hm.

    Sorry, man, I’m just PUMPED about finding this guy on oDesk – you’ve really helped me bust down some stupidity walls in my thinking. You are the freaking man, I so appreciate you 2 cents. Go figure: quality analyst. You deliver, man.


  18. February 17th, 2010 at 01:42 | #18


    I’m #1 in Yahoo for my latest site – WTH??

    Thanks, Mike – I guess you know your stuff. And yes, I LIED. I said I wouldn’t post here again today. I don’t know who else to talk to…

    I did do something a little different: I added the Yahoo authentication key to my sites – I was sick of not ranking in Yahoo, so, now all of a sudden they know my name?

    That really freaks me out, because it has all of 7 backlinks…yee haw, right? I just don’t get it.

  19. Kasey Langton
    February 17th, 2010 at 02:33 | #19

    @ James the Just
    Yaho0 is definitely a different beast and hard to tame..msn is even worse. both are unpredictable and very difficult on knowing what their algo’s look for.

    I have sites ranking #1 in msn and yaho0 and there is no way i can explain how its done. As ive said before I do everything the same on all sites and some rank high in yaho0 and msn but most dont. Its strange.

    at least go0gle is somewhat predictable and you can expect pretty steady results. which is good because they get the most traffic obviously. but you will for sure receive some pretty good traffic if you’re #1 on yaho0 so thats good and a job well done. just keep pluggin’

  20. Mikeman
    February 17th, 2010 at 04:17 | #20

    @James the Just

    James the Just :

    MikeMan, I am SO SORRY!

    I forgot to tell you Happy Valentine’s Day…

    …and yes, that video is of me. That’s a profile pic of mine…hm.

    Sorry, man, I’m just PUMPED about finding this guy on oDesk – you’ve really helped me bust down some stupidity walls in my thinking. You are the freaking man, I so appreciate you 2 cents. Go figure: quality analyst. You deliver, man.


    hhaha! Nice man.. and congrats on getting the #1 on Yahoo ..Now go build 10 more sites :>

  21. February 17th, 2010 at 04:36 | #21

    Mike I have been meaning to ask how do you get your coupons for name cheap

  22. Mikeman
    February 17th, 2010 at 04:59 | #22


    Well, once you have over 50 domains with them, you can request a coupon code which will automatically give you discounts for every purchase you make then on..

  23. February 17th, 2010 at 08:35 | #23

    Great conversation! I haven’t had the greatest luck outsourcing for cheap, but this post/comments have inspired me to try again. Thanks everyone.

  24. Me
    February 17th, 2010 at 08:45 | #24

    I always look for coupons online for Namecheap. The current coupon for registrations is ILUVNC.

    I think it is 15% rebate.


  25. Mikeman
    February 18th, 2010 at 03:18 | #25


    Ya, it’s pretty easy…


    Hey Evita, your name confuses me :/

  26. February 28th, 2010 at 07:55 | #26

    Hie Mike, your post inspires me. Just wondering how many adsense sites you have to generate average $110 a day?

    Also if you don’t mind here, I am from Malaysia and have hired 2 full time article writer and I was wondering if I can outsource my team if you dont mind me posting this here. I am thinking from the comments since many of IM need article writer, I can offer something similar like 350-400 words/2.50usd paypal, 100% copyscape passed and keyword optimized with minor LSI put in

  27. April 16th, 2010 at 07:47 | #27

    When you ran scrapebox indexer, did you you use the basic index sites you that comes with scrape or the large list that is circulating?

  28. Mikeman
    April 16th, 2010 at 07:59 | #28


    Hey Charles, you can find that out by just looking on my front page to see what adsense sniper I’m up to.

    I’d rather not have any advertising on my site though…thanks.

    @M Martin

    The answer to this is in one of my past posts..I found a large list of sites off of a BHW post and used that.

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