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Day 96 – Something Needs To Be Said

August 9th, 2009

When I made this website I initially intended it to be for people from the Niche Blogger who had been following along on my progress there and wanted to see how things continue…

I have never had any intention of growing the site readership or charging for the site as that’s just not me…

I’m NOT your average Internet Marketer…In fact, I don’t even consider myself an Internet Marketer when it comes to the IM niche..

I’m not going to spam affiliate links all over in each post, I’m not going to push products with the intent of making money, I’m not going to go out after this and start pumping out WSO’s so that I can make some profit off of what I’m doing here.  That’s just not me.  That’s not the kind of relationship I want to have with you guys.

I am NOT a guru here…I am like you guys, struggling to figure this whole IM thing out, it wasn’t long ago that I was making $300/month and even $0/month….I’m not making a full time income yet..

Now I’m more than happy to provide all this info charting my journey in a detailed way for you for free if you find it of help, however as of late I feel like I’m being taken for granted and being taken advantage of .

What I’m finding on more than one occasion is people are using my recommendations, actively using other links or stripping my affiliate link, and then coming back to me to ask me questions after doing so…not cool.

As I said before, I’m not charging a DIME for this site, but when I share some of the products or services that I’ve been using, if you find the service could be of use to you, be courteous enough to sign up with my link.  It’s a matter of principle, not money.  I don’t even like to consider money I make from this site as part of my affiliate income.

Now I’m also finding this site is becoming more of a liability as of late…There has been a drop in the number of hops I’ve been getting lately and with the $0 day yesterday I went to check out what was up…

What I found was that I have some extra “sniper-like” competition showing up.  one of the sites has knocked me out for 2 of my keywords…I also saw another site made by someone else who used similar wording on my sales page on their own…

The niche I’m in is not something as big as Weight loss, Weightlifting or Picking up Women and I already have 100+ sites in it..so if you find out I’m in the niche, then you try and jump into this niche JUST because of that, chances are YOU’RE GOING TO BECOME MY COMPETITION.

I don’t provide the information here with the detail I have so that people can go, look up the niche I’m in, then jump into them…There are SOOO many niches out there to choose from, you don’t have to jump into the niche I’m in…and going after the keywords I targeted, well, that’s a whole other story..

I now know why people don’t make sites like this…let alone for free.

Anyways, I know the above doesn’t apply to everyone on this site and I’d like to thank everyone who has been supportive of me and thanked me..

But regarding the points I’ve mentioned above, I’m struggling to make a full-time income here and the way the information I’m providing on this site is being used by some people and the way I’m being treated is all frankly quite discouraging.

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  1. Peter (pacecom)
    August 9th, 2009 at 05:30 | #1

    Wow Mike,

    That is really disheartening to hear. I don’t ever remember you having given out your niches so how are people finding out about your sites? I guess I really haven’t been paying attention to those details since I haven’t gotten in the sniper market. Maybe you just have to be less open about your sites and concentrate more on the work you do and your earnings.

    I guess since a lot more people are reading your blog who don’t know you from TNB site, they may feel less inclined to respect your niches. That would be a real shame if you had to stop your posting. I always try to check in here before bed.

    Peter

  2. August 9th, 2009 at 06:34 | #2

    Sorry to hear that Mike, but people copying you seems to be part of the IM game (unfortunately).

  3. Yuan
    August 9th, 2009 at 07:26 | #3

    The problem of sniper system is that it has very little protection.

  4. Evita
    August 9th, 2009 at 07:32 | #4

    Uh-Oh!!

    Sorry to hear this, Mikeman.
    It is SO not OK when someone goes out of their way to find your sites and then starts competing. But, do you know that the person(s) now competing with you found you here or did they just find your site by chance, liked what they saw and started copying your stuff?

    “What I’m finding on more than one occasion is people are using my recommendations, actively using other links or stripping my affiliate link, and then coming back to me to ask me questions after doing so…not cool.”

    What does that mean? Someone changed your aff. link out for their own???

    I can see why you feel disheartened. It is of course your choice to keep this up… hope you will. It keeps me going and I love seeing how you are making more and more money. 🙂 This is the site I always visits first in the morning… which reminds me, you didn’t post your earnings this AM?

    I would sure miss you if you decide to go. Hope that you won’t, but understand if you do.

    Evita

  5. Rob
    August 9th, 2009 at 08:50 | #5

    Hey Mike,

    I know how you feel. Happens to me sometimes. They even copy my sites using some sort of website ripping software, including the content and licensed graphics.

    Then there are those that simply copy every site that rank for keywords, and I’m sure some of your sites are getting caught in that net.

    What you can do is keep track of the domains, then pick them up when they expire. I’ve picked up quite a few domains over the years this way.

    As far as people swapping your affiliate links, I’ve never figured out why. In most cases, they don’t save any money doing that. You’d think out of professional courtesy they would give you the cred. I try to keep in mind the first place I saw an offer to make sure I give credit to that person, even when I see subsequent bonuses from other people that would have sweetened the pot for me.

  6. Shelly
    August 9th, 2009 at 10:12 | #6

    Mike – I’m sorry to hear this. I don’t get how people are finding out your niches, I don’t recall you ever mentioning them.

    *** People go get your own freaking niches! ***

  7. susan
    August 9th, 2009 at 11:56 | #7

    I do not understand how people are finding out what niches you are in after all I never heard you mention them.

    Sorry to hear that people are doing that!

    It might be because people do not want to go do their own work and take their chances on testing a new niche!! They find it much easier to use your information and build sites.

  8. Debbie
    August 9th, 2009 at 12:29 | #8

    Mike,

    I hope you can continue with your blog and updates. There is a forum at copyscape that discusses ways to report violations to their web host and also to google via dmca violations. Since your articles in directories and your site would have dates then it can scare the webmaster doing this hopefully. I know people on that forum reported success a lot of times with that method.(This would be for out and out taking of your site copy).

    Debbie

  9. Bruce
    August 9th, 2009 at 13:22 | #9

    THAT COMPLETELY SUCKS!!!! ..I am so sorry to hear stuff like that is going on.

    People who strip out affiliate links are just a-holes. Decent people would do just opposite: they would intentionally TRY to buy from your link to help reward you for all your effort and sharing here.

    As far as finding your sites, I’ll echo what others have said, I don;t know how they would even do that. I’ve never seen you give the slightest clue as to what areas they are in.

    Both John Reese and Frank Kern have spoken in the past about how greedy folks will swoop in and attack any niche they think is working for someone else…hence neither of them will reveal niches anymore (remember Franks “Parrot Site”)

    Mike, I wouldn’t blame you if you took more serious action, but I know I would miss reading your successes and experiments.

  10. Ruby
    August 9th, 2009 at 13:26 | #10

    I been reading your blog daily since I found it in Day 82. I find it very helpful especially for a guy like me who just starting out his IM life. I even read your previous post since Day 1 just to be sure that I understand what a sniper sites is and what you and the other commentors are talking about. I want you to know I found high value on your every post, admire the kind of attitude and motivation have and all these inspires me. I made so far 7 sniper sites but still without backlinks. I hope you continue with your blog post.

  11. Raf
    August 9th, 2009 at 13:44 | #11

    Violating your privacy by digging up your niches and sites and then exploiting that information is not only despicable, but–considering the abundance of niches with little or no competition–idiotic. There are people out there, it would seem, who think that exploiting the benevolence of someone like you is some sort of shortcut, even when it ends up being a lot more work for them. These people not only lack honour but also the ability to make sound decisions. I hope you do continue your posts; but I’m sure we will all understand should you choose to stop.

  12. August 9th, 2009 at 16:59 | #12

    Sorry to hear that. I’ve been here since day 1 cheering you on and being amazed at your progress. There are plenty of niches out there so hopefully people will go find their own!

  13. Mikeman
    August 9th, 2009 at 22:19 | #13

    When I made this post I was quite pissed off at what was happening…

    Regarding both situations mentioned above, I know some of those who did these things but I’m not going to single anyone out which is also why I won’t be replying to everyone individually(except to say welcome to the new posters, Ruby and Raf).

    At this point there’s nothing I can do except keep pumping out sites/content and focus on making more money…I’ll keep doing the updates for now, although I realize this seems to be the inevitable consequence when people see you running a blog like this and finding out you’re making money.

    Thanks,

    -Mike

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