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Day 78 – Research Time

July 22nd, 2009

For Sega Genesis…lol

Well, I’m finding that research time is really eating into my productivity, because I’m not sticking to 1 niche and switching to new niches every day, there are learning curves I have to deal with.  Some of the highest paying CPC keywords have high learning curves for the subject material and as such it’s taking me a bit more time to write for them.

In addition to this fact, I’m also finding that even though you may have a high CPC niche, finding 10-20 keywords in that niche you can target and rank well for is a whole other story.  That’s the other thing which is taking up a lot of time as well.

So while I can pump out 20 hubs a day, it would seem this is only possible if I have already got my research for my niche out and also all the keywords laid out for me.  If I don’t have this, it’s a bit tougher.

So the only way to get around this I’m seeing is to do even more outsourcing, IE: outsource not just the Infobarrels as backlinks, but also outsource some hubs as well.  I think I’m going to be doing this….It’s going to get expensive though, even though the services I’m using are relatively cheap at $3.75 an article…20 of those is going to be $75/day.  Well, I’ll see how things go…but one things for sure, I’m going to be spending a lot more time researching…researching both potential keywords as well as researching the niche itself.

As for what I did today, I got my last 20 hubs posted up, so now I have 140 total up… I also spent the day researching keywords…I found about 30 and narrowed it down to 20…I then started researching the niche and began writing.  I got 8 articles done so far..

Earnings For Today:

  • $97.12, 2 sales for my main sniper site, 1 for site #3 and 1 for another one of my sniper sites
  • 629 hops
  • Adsense = $6.52 (Small amount from Hubpages)


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  1. Rob
    July 22nd, 2009 at 06:50 | #1

    I know what you mean about kw research. I remember in 2000 when I was buying domain names at about $50 each. There were so many great domain names available back then. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the vision back then and let some great ones go. Up until about 2005, awesome domains names were readily available.

    Now google is smarter (remember how traffic equalizer worked), trademark laws are being enforced among other advertising laws, and powerful free tools are available to everyone.

    I put some seed keywords into google, got about 35 domains with 5k+ exact searchs, and every com/net/org domain name was taken. After adding dashes, numbers, or prefix/suffix stuff, I found a few that made sense. However, they would be competing against several authority and established sites, some of which didn’t even used obvious keywords in the domain, but were in the url and/or content somewhere.

    So I can totally empathize with you on researching. I was trying to hit up a few other niches that are getting 100K+ exact searches on the two and three word phrases, but dwindle to less than 5k+ very quickly. The competition is rather lite once you get past the main keywords, but so are the searches.

    So the phrase “widget trees” is like 500k exact, but “grow your own widget trees” is like 1k exact, and every variation that would make sense is also about 1k.

    Would you just drop this as a niche for a sniper site? Even when widget trees is extremely popular? Would you try to compete on the main keywords for hubpages?

    Thanks again for this blog.

  2. Mikeman
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:34 | #2


    Hey Rob, ya I remember those times, back in 1996-97 I used to manage 3 different websites on my ISP’s bandwith :>

    As far as targeting keywords that have 1,000 exact searches, it’s a waste of your time….that’s not enough traffic to generate sales out of. You need to be looking in the range of 4.4 or 5.4 – 14.4k exact searches…3k exact at the bare minimum if it’s a good keyword.

    For Hubpages I’ve been going after keywords that have 300+ searches..usually 300-3k, sometimes higher though. The competition for high CPC keywords is a lot tougher…I’m still new to Hubs so I’ll see how that works out.

  3. MikeM
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:32 | #3

    Hey Mike,

    Do you use phrase match or exact match when determining whether a keyword is worth building a sniper site for? And do you ever look at broad match to measure the competition?

    Thanks so much.

  4. Mikeman
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:49 | #4


    Hey, I use exact match. When it’s particularly difficult to find keywords where exact match is 4.4k +, only then do I look at phrase match.

    So if all I can find are keywords that are around 3k exact, I will judge my ability to rank for variations of that keyword by looking at the phrase match. If the keyword searches jump from say 3k exact match to 12k phrase match, it’s a good sign…if it only jumps to 4.4k phrase match, I might skip over that and look for better keywords.

    But ya, 95% of the time I look at exact match..I never look at broad match..


  5. MikeM
    July 22nd, 2009 at 15:36 | #5

    Thanks Mike!

  6. clefty
    July 22nd, 2009 at 19:02 | #6

    Hi Mike. I’ve been reading every day before work and find it great to keep up on your progress! I was wondering if you have tried cyberhub? I usually get batches of 10 articles from them within 6 days or so. I know it’s slower than you’d like, but you could plan ahead and order in smaller batches like this and then have a day where all you have to do is quickly edit them and post them up. For the most part I am really pleased with their quality! At their normal price a 450 word article only costs $2.70 so it’s a fair bit cheaper than your other source (though slower). Just a thought!

  7. Mikeman
    July 22nd, 2009 at 22:12 | #7


    Hey Clefty,

    cool man :> Thanks for the info..6 days would be a bit slow for me, I need to get things done quick, I need a full time income like yesterday!…Human Rewriter get back to you in 24-36 hours.. you can also get a discount on the $3.50..20% off if you order a lot of credits which would bring it down to $2.80.

    I’ll talk about this more in the next update :>

  8. MikeM
    July 22nd, 2009 at 22:39 | #8

    Hey Mike,

    Sorry to keep bugging you! I’m a bit confused about the keyword research process when using Google adwords.

    1) When the Adwords Tool search results come back I can see 2 columns: Local Search Volume and Global Monthly Search Volume. Often one hits the criteria but the other does not. Which do you use?

    2) For Match Type the drop down should is set to Exact. Is this correct?

    3) If the monthly exact searches are above 4.4K+ then you said you move on to look at the competition. Do you look at the Phrase competition in the Google search page i.e. “keyword keyword” in quotes? Or do you look for exact for this as well?

    Thanks Mike.

  9. Mikeman
    July 23rd, 2009 at 02:07 | #9


    Mike, go by the global monthly search volume..

    And ya, match type = exact

    I generally like to go with keywords that hare higher than 4.4k exact, although there are several times when I go with 2.9k or 3.6k if the keyword is a targeted one. Don’t discount the 2.9 and 3.6’s…

    Once I find a kw though, I check to see if the domain is available via namecheap as a com/org or net. If so, then I do a search for “keyword” in quotes to see the competition. After seeing the competition(preferably 15-30k ish) I then do a search on the keyword without the quotes to see the REAL first page competition I’ll be up against…

    From there, I check the PR of all the pages, and sometimes the Yahoo backlinks (use SEO for Firefox to get this info)..


  10. September 4th, 2009 at 18:31 | #10

    Good to see your steady CB sales at $90+ today and your adsense picking up 😉 Looks good.

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