Read Me First – Tips & Info!
I decided to quickly whip up a Read Me / FAQ section over here because I’ve noticed I’ve been having to answer the same questions over and over…If’ you’re looking for an answer to a question, please try searching for it first, a lot of questions have already been answered in the past comments.. you can also read on and you might just find an answer to a question that’s been in your head…if you can’t find your answer after both searching and looking through this FAQ though, shoot me the question and I’ll see if I can answer it for you..
Part 1 = Questions and Answers
Part 2 = Useful/Interesting Posts
Part 3 = End Of Month Totals
Part 1 – Questions And Answers:
Q: How long have you been at this?
A: Since around June of 2008. I’ve been at it seriously though since late December 2008 when I began logging my progress on a daily basis over at another site’s forum, I eventually moved that daily updating over to this site in May of 2009.
Q: What hosting do you use?
A: I use a Hostgator reseller account (several now, I bought 2 more so I can have around 300 sites on each)
Q: Where do you get your domains?
A: I buy my domains at Namecheap (free privacy protection first year and 99 cents after that with coupon)
Q: How many sites do you have?
A: I don’t know off hand, but about 130 Clickbank Snipers made via George Brown’s Google Sniper (link in the sidebar), 8 authority sites with 60-180 posts each selling Clickbank products and at the time of writing this(January 2010), 130 Adsense snipers as per John/XFactor’s book. **Update: I have around 228 adsense snipers right now, to find out the most recent # of adsenes snipers, simply scroll through the most recent posts and look for the last adsense sniper I made. The title will be something like “Day XXX – Adsense Sniper #228”
Q: What are your expenses? / What is your net profit? / Are you “breaking even”?
A: I am strongly against the whole notion of counting expenses for the purposes of seeing if you’ve “broken even” and whatnot…just a useless mentality. If I thought like this I’d never be where I’m at with the passive income that I have; This kind of mentality will seriously impede your success, it does not put more money in your pocket and it’s the WRONG thing to be focusing on. What you focus on you attract..If you focus on breaking even or making sure you’re in the green, you’re mind is not going to be conditioned for success, you will not have the needed mindset to attract the wealth you’re looking for.
Really, the only thing you need to know is that I spent money on whatever I felt was necessary to progress my IM understanding and my IM business, no matter the cost…that becomes a lot easier when your business starts making money and is basically funding itself. The end result is that I now at the time of writing this have about a 3 – 3.5k/month passive income stream. This mindset never served me in the past and it’s not going to serve you now…Under “A Few Generic Tips” read point #2 : Click here to read on…
Q: Can you show us one of your sites?
A: It’s not often that I get asked this, but most IM’ers know that if you put out a site of yours, you’re basically asking to get ripped off, copied and raped. This is a business and you’ve got to protect your sites from those who would attempt to uncover your network of sites and backwards engineer your success and become your new competition.
Q: Can you tell me how you make your sites from beginning to end?
A: Read this
Q: How do you pick your keywords?
Q: Why aren’t you backlinking as per XFactor’s guide?
A: I initially started backlinking as per John’s suggestion (Predominantly Ezine Articles), you can see me going nuts with that over here. Read through Sept – Oct and you’ll see me doing many Ezine submissions, I did around 300+ of them, you’ll even find screenshots of the results of my efforts..
Although it was generating some results, it was not giving me the results I was looking for and not nearly as fast as I’d like. I figured there had to be a better way and hence I began making use of other backlinking methods.
Q: What do you use to backlink your sites?
A: Unique Article Wizard is an absolute staple in my backlinking efforts, each run of that goes out to 500-1.5k directories and out of all that I end up with 25-30 registered Yahoo backlinks. And if you’re wondering why that wouldnt’ result in 500-1.5k backlinks, his is just the way things work, not all backlinks are counted by Yahoo, even fewer by Google which is why most ppl use Yahoo backlinks to check their backlinks.
What I like to do is outsource the writing for the Unique Article Wizard Articles to Human Rewriter. I find an article on Ezine Articles related to my niche, bring it down to 350-400 words and submit it to Human Rewriter to be re-written 3x which costs me around $9-$10, then I use those 3 re-writes as input into the UAW system to auto generate those 25-30 backlinsk for each of my sites. ****NOTE: I don’t use Human Rewriter anymore, they have stopped paying their affiliates and their business practices are now in question, read this to learn more. ****
Q: What rate do you submit your UAW articles at?
A: 15/day, although I used to do 10/day before and that was fine as well.
Q: When did you start working on the Google Sniper Method/Xfactor Method/Hubpages/Infobarrels etc…
Q: Why do you have videos in your posts?
A: It’s how I roll..
Q: How do you link to your sites in a UAW submission?
A: Read comment #5 right here.
Q: How do you pick the categories you submit to in UAW?
A: Read comment #23 right here.
Q: When doing a UAW submission, does the article you’re submitting have to be related to the links in your resource box?
A: It’s been my experience that at least 1 of the links must be related, the other can be unrelated…you just have to word your bio box the right way. If the article is piano related, you could write this: “Bob Jones has a passion for pianos, however he has also written on dolphin toys, check out both his sites: piano chairs and dolphin ball hoops.”
Q: Isn’t it getting hard to find keywords now for adsense/clickbank snipers?
A: Read my reply to Vince in this comment.
Q: Are adsense snipers and clickbank snipers just short term sites that won’t last in the SERPS?
A: Read my reply to Kelly in this comment.
Q: When you outsource to Human Rewriter, how much do you wind up paying?
A: About $9-10 for 3 350-400 word articles(I always take 1 Ezine Article and queue it to be re-written 3x).
Q: How do you manage all your sites?
A: I use a free program that you might still be able to find on the net if you search long enough, Domain Dashboard. I use this for all my Wordperss blogs to access their individual CPanels relatively easily…this only works for reseller accounts though. For my adsense snipers, XSite Pro 2 itself is a management system for all my sites, very easy to navigate them all. For statistics, I use analytics, 50 per account and I have a few…also I started using Statcounter due to Analytics limit.
Q: What are you using to track your rankings in the search engines?
A: I used to use Magic Rank Tracker, but that was a bit cumbersome, now I use Market Samurai.
Q: How do you manage all your sites?
A: For my adsense snipers, XSite Pro is what I use to create the sites and it also serves as a management system as well. It is easy to navigate through all your sites in the program and then go and edit/add pages to any of them using it.
For my Clickbank snipers I can’t go and edit them as easily, but I never edit my CB snipers anyway…One thing I do use to easily check their statistics though is Domain Dashboard, it is a free app you might be able to find, it only works if you have a reseller account though. Also, I use Analytics and more recently Statcounter to track my site info…although I should note, I rarely go and micro-analyze and check this stuff, I just build, promote, build promote, I rarely look back..
Q: Do you use dashed domains?
A: I never go for dashed domains and never will pick one up..just like with adding words to the end of a domain, it will be harder to get it ranking, I prefer easy/guaranteed rankings.
Q: How do you maintain all your sites?
A: I have a different mindset..I don’t see anything as needing maintenance, I just put my time and effort into BUILDING and everything else takes care of itself I’ve found. Maintenance seems regressive…
When I find out what the winning sites I have are, I will not try to maintain them, I will try and GROW them further. That’s what I’m looking to do with some of my adsense sites that are performing well, I’m going to hit them with more UAW runs.
So no, I don’t spend my time building backlinks to sites, not unless I’m trying to grow them further. The only routine I have is of building more properties or building up winning properties..it’s never motivated by dips in earnings. If dips happen, they happen.
Q: How many hours do you work on your business each day?
A: Back when I was working IM while still on contract working a regular job, I’d work at least 3 hours each day and more on the weekends. When my last contract ended and I started doing IM full-time, I would spend around 6 hours a day 7 days a week (sometimes more, sometimes less).
Q: How do you stay focused/disciplined and get work done each day? AKA How can I improve my time management / be more productive?
Q: How do you use Backlink Solutions?
A: Read this.
Q: What proxy service do you use for Scrapebox?
A: At the moment, yourprivateproxy(dot)com.
Q: Do you do your Bookmarking Demon submissions to all of the sites at once?
A: Yes, I submit to 100 odd sites…not all of them go through though, only about 1/2…I have no adverse effects from doing this. I also make 2 alterations of the title and 2 alterations of the description before submitting.
Q: For your Ezine submissions, do you use 1 account/name?
A: Use multiple names for your Ezine submissions, you don’t want your whole network of sites on 1 name for all to see.
Q: How many visitors per month do your best sites get?
A: Read this.
Q: Why did your adsense income drop so much in June?
A: Due to the Google “Mayday” update which was designed to make it harder for small websites like adsense snipers to rank and pull in long tail traffic. I’m currently in the process of backlinking/adding more content to my sites to overcome this.
Part 2 – Useful/Interesting Posts:
Don’t just rely on my site for motivation, motivation is not enough…read more here >>
My first serious venture into outsourcing via Human Rewriter – Need motivation in overcoming your fear? Read this.
My first venture into outsourcing via ODesk & GAF – If you’re considering it, but you’re intimidated, read on from here to see how I started doing it.
Over 300 Clickbank hops in 1 day – For this and the ones below, you might be interested to note how quickly the hops grew…
An in-depth look at my Clickbank hops broken down by site – This was done a long time ago when I wasn’t making as much as I am now
Me discussing the bandwidth used by a WordPress site vs. an HTML site made with XSite Pro – Read the comment from 1/2 way in
Part 3 – End Of Month Totals:
December 2009 – Also includes a summary of each month’s total’s for the year 2009
Part 4 – Screenshots of Clickbank & Adsense Income:
Part 5 – Misc Posts:Mail this post