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Regarding The Daily Updates

Hey guys,

I’ve been thinking about this for some time….lately the daily updates have gotten pretty mundane/monotonous and I’ve been questioning whether or not this is really something I should continue doing.  Especially since the daily updates have served their purpose, I intended to update daily until I was able to reach a full time income, which I did some time ago.

Granted I had a dip in the income, but I question whether I should be updating you on a daily basis about adding 10-15 pages to a site each and every day…I also don’t want the blog to be just about checking how much money I made for the day.

I’ve done the daily updates continuously now for 427 days, and sure, I could keep going , but I just feel that the original intention has long been served.

One other thing about giving daily updates is it doesn’t give me much time to rethink and figure out additional approaches to my business as I feel a responsibility to deliver some tangible work rather than just log that I’ve been brainstorming various tactics for 1 week straight.

I’m thinking I should switch to just updating just whenever I feel there is something worth mentioning.   I’ll try not updating for a week and see how that goes…

Thoughts?

-Mike

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  1. July 13th, 2010 at 02:13 | #1

    Forget about the daily sales updates, just post the video clips.
    (Just Kidding! :) )

  2. July 13th, 2010 at 04:32 | #2

    yeah I really like the video clips Mike

  3. July 13th, 2010 at 06:11 | #3

    Hey Mike,

    I agree with you, but at the same time the daily updates are cool because I remember when the whole mayday thing happen, seeing your dip in a way was a relieve because it was like I was not the only one :)

    So in some cases the daily updates are great, but I say weekly is good too since this way you can see the effects of what you had done the previous week in regards to backlinking and maintaining etc.. :)

  4. Alex
    July 13th, 2010 at 09:37 | #4

    JamestheJust on Elance :
    Alright, onto other topics: has anyone had much success with profile links? I’m curious – stupid question, maybe, but I only had one experience with them – and if so: what’s the best route to go?
    I’m not personally a fan, but my competition has links in the thousands in some niches. A YSE check reveals a lot of those are forum profile links…cheaters!

    I find profile links give a ok short term boost. If alone it makes my inner pages rank quickly to lets say the second page after being created but it doesn’t last all that long. If outsourced it’s like $15-20 for 60+ profile links and if done with SEnuke or other software I usually have to baby sit the software a bit and it takes me a bit of time… For outsourcing I don’t think its worthwhile for the price but if your already using SEnuke for other stuff ( I only use it for bookmarking sadly + profile making) than it might be worth it.

  5. July 13th, 2010 at 14:16 | #5

    Thanks, Alex!

    That helps, just wondering if these sorts of links are worth much investment of time or money, seeing as they’re the easiest to do (well, second to maybe directory submissions, RSS or bookmarks).

  6. July 13th, 2010 at 18:30 | #6

    JamestheJust on Elance :
    Thanks, Alex!
    That helps, just wondering if these sorts of links are worth much investment of time or money, seeing as they’re the easiest to do (well, second to maybe directory submissions, RSS or bookmarks).

    Profile links are great – easy to build and give a great SEO boost, especially in low/medium competition niches. I just wrote a blog post about using profile links effectively…

  7. CLR
    July 15th, 2010 at 04:09 | #7

    Hey Mike,

    I visit your blog daily and this is my first time commenting. I can understand your feelings as far as the daily updates. However, I for one enjoy your income updates and other tidbits… I really look forward to them. It’s is one of the main reasons I visit.

    Everyone who visits your blog and is trying to do what you are doing is emphathetic to your situation in posting things that may seem mundane. However, I think that this is the very thing that keeps your site “real” when compared to all of the others.

    Either way, thanks for all you have offered your visitors…. and here is hoping you keep as before… :)

  8. Mark S
    July 15th, 2010 at 04:26 | #8

    Damn, I miss those daily updates.

  9. Francesco
    July 15th, 2010 at 13:36 | #9

    Hi Mike,
    you were inspiring me with your daily updates…tnx for your job so far….i hope you’ll restore this….anyway, good luck with your buiness and your earnings…best regards.
    Franceco

  10. July 15th, 2010 at 13:40 | #10

    Thanks, bay37 – will check out your post.

  11. July 15th, 2010 at 23:34 | #11

    Heya Mike,

    I just ran into your blog while searching for information on trackbacks. I’ve contacted several Internet marketers in the past hoping to gain insight into what my IM potential earnings would be.

    Will you be my mentor? Please contact me at the e-mail provided in this post or e-mail me @ contact .at. stoweconsulting dot net. I’d like to get to the point you are at, at the very least. I’m currently freelance writing for fulltime income and I was an at-home technical support agent prior to this. My arthritis is getting to me and I refuse to take a $10-$12/hour customer service or technical support job again.

    My long-term goal is to live location free with Internet marketing and consulting work.

    Kindest Regards,

    Thomas C. Stowe

  12. July 16th, 2010 at 13:59 | #12

    I want to earn $100 per day..but damn i am not able to earn. Keep working like tortoize. Waiting for mazic and searching very high paying keywords. because it is possible either way.

    low traffic high cpc or high traffic low cpc. for both you need to rank some where on google. and most hubs don’t rank..but if you make website or blog it will attract some long tail traffic. which can be moetized by other means also.

  13. July 16th, 2010 at 15:51 | #13

    @All Is Well
    You can rank a Hub like you would a site – there are plenty of examples of that in the SERPs (front page Hubs). SEO is the same, on and off page – build links to your Hubs with comments, bookmarks, etc. etc.

    The best way to use HP is to have research for what will rank/get traffic, etc. If you want to use HP internal traffic, then you can check out their forums, comment on other hubs that are somewhat related, mention your hubs to other hubbers, etc.

    But off page SEO is really where you want to be with that. I don’t think that spending time w/HP as your main resource makes much sense, though – if you earn $1k a month from AdSense on Squidoo or HP, you would have earned $2k if you had done the same work on your own site…

  14. July 18th, 2010 at 01:21 | #14

    @JamestheJust on Elance
    You are probably right. I am new and just wanted to check, which niche will rank easily by hubs.. than i will make niche sites.

    Some times i don’t understand every thing for seo.

    1) Content is king or not??? I read court post about hub pages….
    In my view content is not king…because i posted some crap content (350 words) with just title.. it gets 10-15 visits per day..
    but my 1000-1500 words article is not ranking any where…
    2) i tried 300 searches per month, but my hub dissappear from page 3.
    3) Backlinks matters.

    Now i will be building backlinks for every thing…

  15. Josh
    July 18th, 2010 at 17:12 | #15

    @All Is Well

    I had decent luck with hubs going for ones that get 500-1000 searches a month(exact in google) with all pr NA/0/1. I always go for random keyword no one else is targeting.

    In my opinion, the more mundane the keyword is the better. For example one of the keywords on my list that I haven’t targeted yet is “yellow flip flops”. (however I can see that since I made this list someone else has made a hubpage targeting it-which is on the first page).

    Send it a ezine or similar link, maybe even a MAS run or something like that, and you will be fine. However, you will need several hundred like this before you see anything significant.

    Another thing, which Ben has pointed out actually, is that it takes a good 6 months of age on each hub before they really do anything.

    To be totally honest though, I’m not sure how well this whole strategy would work out post-mayday. My hub traffic has decreases since then, but that could be from a number of different things.

  16. July 19th, 2010 at 23:08 | #16

    @All Is Well
    If you read Mike’s “ReadMe” in regards to keywords, you can get a good feel for a keyword’s competition.

    I think the main issue is competition.

    Have you tried finding the first-page competition by using SEO for Firefox or SEO Quake? Both are free to use.

    Check to see the first page competition: are they high PR? PR 2 or more? Mike’s ReadMe has a good example of how to do this…you can also compare the:

    allintitle: keyword
    allinurl: keyword
    allinanchor: keyword

    And you’ll get a sense of your competition. Some SEO’s say they keep those numbers below 100k, or below 50k, it’s really up to you – you can technically rank for anything with enough work and money… =)

    Hope that helps.

  17. July 19th, 2010 at 23:12 | #17

    @JamestheJust on Elance
    oh, and spot on w/you and josh – need those backlinks, but if you read Mike’s blog, you’ll see he didn’t have tons of backlinks per se. Just found some winning kw’s.

    Also make sure you name your modules on HP with the keywords, in the title and any bold text – make sure they’re prominent in the first paragraph as well.

    And for hubs (and websites) you’ll do better if you put up some video, link out to a high PR site (like Wikipedia) in your niche, throw in some images (rename your alt text and tags), put up an RSS to a news feed (the new and updating content will signal to the spiders etc. that you have fresh content)…let’s see…

    Oh, and off-page SEO like you guys mentioned. SocialMarker is a good free tool to check out, too. You just need to sign up to the services to get it set up…

  18. greentea
    July 20th, 2010 at 22:10 | #18

    hey guys. do ya’ll have a quick way to get crawled?
    i have tried to ping the hell out of my stuff, submit sitemaps, digg them, tweet links out, etc.
    but 1 to 2 weeks later im still not in google search.
    mikes, gone gone, huh? hope hes doing well!

  19. greentea
    July 20th, 2010 at 22:13 | #19

    Did anyone buy any .co domains?

    Does anyone have an active blog to move to? this is one of the best group of peeps around, id like to think!

  20. Josh
    July 20th, 2010 at 22:56 | #20

    @greentea

    It can really depend on the niche. I think google has a mini sandbox for some niches. Otherwise, I find the best way to get indexed is just to point an ezine at your site.

    Also, check out James’s blog.

  21. July 21st, 2010 at 05:33 | #21

    greentea :Did anyone buy any .co domains?
    Does anyone have an active blog to move to? this is one of the best group of peeps around, id like to think!

    I was thinking about buying some .co’s, but meh… Lets hope they become popular – I’d quickly dominate all of my shopping/product niches, as most of them are still available.

  22. July 21st, 2010 at 05:36 | #22

    Josh :@greentea Otherwise, I find the best way to get indexed is just to point an ezine at your site.

    Either that, or if you’re using WP – submit a sitemap. I have never had problems getting my sites indexed. Don’t really understand what’s this “not getting indexed” thing that everyone’s talking about tbh. :)

  23. July 21st, 2010 at 05:36 | #23

    @greentea
    Josh, your check is in the mail. (don’t wait for it)

    “greentea” – are you on WordPress? I have copied a ping list from Pingler, and used that for my “update” file on my WP blogs.

    The last post I put up got indexed in under 10 minutes. I dunno why, exactly. I do have over 1k backlinks (all comments), and I also RSS submitted my Feedburner feed to RSS aggregators, like Mike’s been talking about for about a year.

    I use Magic Submitter and RSSBot for the feed submissions, but either one of those will do.

    Every time you post, your feeds update, and your ping list is going like a church bell.

    Besides that, you’ll need backlinks. One quick way to do that is to open up an account with OnlyWire…and spend the three hours or so setting up all the accounts…

    It will auto-submit all your content to the social sites you sign up with, around 30-40, I forget how many are on there.

    Once you’ve done all that, you just write content…

  24. July 21st, 2010 at 12:01 | #24

    Hey mike not sure when you will check your blog again but i did have to questions :)

    First, regarding starting out a new site you had mentioned you dig it, now what exactly do i have to do to dig it, do i just make an account with dig and dig my own site?

    Also I noticed when you do keyword research using the google keyword tool you put it in phrase, i keep hearing to put it in exact and when i do most of the huge searches go way down. What is the difference between phrase and exact and how come you prefer phrase?

    Thanks mike!

  25. Josh
    July 21st, 2010 at 18:49 | #25

    @JamestheJust on Elance

    Seriously though, your one of the only ones who updates their blog anymore.

    Mike stopped, Ben stopped, Grizzly stopped, Kelly stopped, Dave stopped…

  26. July 21st, 2010 at 19:25 | #26

    @Josh
    Um…that may be because they’ve “made it” already. One day you won’t ever hear from me. I’ll be at Mike’s drinking some umbrella drink.

    Nah…

    Mikeman:

    Are you friends with Areeb of SEnuke? Curious – I just learned he’s in Toronto on Facebook…hmm…

  27. Josh
    July 21st, 2010 at 21:49 | #27

    I think what it comes down to is that there is only so much that can be said before you start constantly repeating yourself.

    hard work+backlinks+targeted content=money

    That said, I think if you keep focusing on programs and services you can probably keep your blog going forever.

  28. July 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 | #28

    @Josh
    I noticed few things.
    1) When i throw random post. just 2 minutes research it starts attracting some traffic. per day.
    2) When i try to target 1000-5000. monthly searches per month. I fail. Even the post goes long as 1500 words.
    3) My two hubs rank for 1000+1000 searches. Which i added tons of same keywords targetted. Got rank and profitable. making me stable money.

    @JamestheJust on Elance
    Hi james,
    I am using seoquake from long time. Every page i visit, i see them. Even after i consider every thing.
    1) number of pages indexed first 10 results for any keywords
    2) pr of pages should be less then 3.
    3) number of pages should be less then 1 million. preferably. 5,00,000.
    4) I check the backlinks. This is the one where i am failing in hubs. Never tried to make any backlinks.

    Recently i visited courts blog. Where he mentioned without backlink money making business will never successful.

  29. Josh
    July 22nd, 2010 at 18:01 | #29

    @All Is Well
    Just go with what works for you. I stopped making hubs and infobarrels(except for backlinks) because I can’t seem to really make money with it. I’ve tried all kinds of things, but what I described above is what I had the best luck with.

  30. greentea
    July 22nd, 2010 at 21:29 | #30

    Yeah, i use WP (Thesis).
    i delete everything, then i create a new post and a new page.
    fill in the seo blanks for those pages. plop in adsense.
    plug in the sitemap maker and let it do its thing.
    i have a list of pings but im not sure if they are bad or what.
    i plop in that list and change the url maker to custom.
    change the category slug. Change some of the Thesis configs and then go through the WP options. (like close comments).
    i also go in change the pics to the subject with seo names and change the thesis footer, closed comment – comment, and the 404 page.
    finally i will tweet the page and digg it.

    couple days later i will add more pages and click bank. just now adding amazon to appropriate subjects. will also see if i cant yahoo answer it, even though im sure these are dead for follow.

    you know that i asked my first yahoo question the other day and google had it in its search LITERALLY TWO MINUTES LATER!!! wow!!

  31. greentea
    July 22nd, 2010 at 21:33 | #31

    What are your opinions on this… its a gray area, i know.

    i made a site for a guy last year, dirt cheap.
    but it was a good site with decent traffic. it even has a great pr.
    but i put a lot of ’sweat’ into this thing.
    30 days out i give him a reminder that his hosting and domain are expiring. 14, 7, and 3, days out again. day comes and he never replies.
    i even emailed an invoice over twice. i have 3 or 4 emails for him.
    sent to all of them.
    i paid for the domain renewal because i wasnt about to let it go to whom ever (which i would have) and the hosting was done through me.

    i dont want to shut it down, but … its not mine.
    i mean he paid for the site, i can just take it back cuz he isnt using it. ???
    however the domain i think is mine. he paid for it for a year and it expired and i renewed it for my own accord.

    what do you guys think??

  32. Kasey Langton
    July 22nd, 2010 at 22:41 | #32

    Mikeman,

    How did you get your comments (in the sidebar) to have it where the name is clickable to go to that comment and has a small excerpt of the actual comment?

  33. July 23rd, 2010 at 22:45 | #33

    All is Well -

    Using direct linking to a Hub with UAW would help, I’ve been doing that with ArticleRanks on a test – every site (hubs/selfhosted sites, etc) went up, within days.

    It’s a crazy good service and cheap – though I’m not giving up UAW since it’s a bigger network and definitely works.

  34. Jordan
    July 26th, 2010 at 00:41 | #34

    @greentea
    take the site. He abandoned it, his loss. your gain!

  35. July 26th, 2010 at 13:02 | #35

    Just a couple of EzineArticle links and my sites seem to get indexed really quickly. It seems as simple as that.

    As for the original topic of this post. Yeah I don’t think you need to do daily updates. Monthly earnings/updates and fill the rest of the posts with other interesting topics that you write so well about. As long as you keep posting, we’ll keep reading!!!

  36. July 26th, 2010 at 13:56 | #36

    Hey Mike,

    You posting anytime soon :) Wondering how things are going.

  37. greentea
    July 26th, 2010 at 20:35 | #37

    im a little shocked he hasnt been around in a few weeks!
    i should be blogging my progress. im not making any money, but i am up to 40 to 50 sites. I have done NO seo on them though. I have to stop buying domains and start doing SEO.
    i just signed up for a ezine article account. looks like i will be having many many of those accounts.
    im still trying to get the cash for xrumer. (have senuke and scrapebox)
    i like the group here

  38. July 26th, 2010 at 20:54 | #38

    @greentea
    You might do better just to farm out your XRummer runs – they’re not that expensive (Josh knows a guy) – and that thing is the beast of them all! I’d like it, too – but not for $500.

    When you say that “I have done NO SEO on them…” do you mean on or off-page SEO?

    You should be doing on-page as you build. But with SENuke and Scrapebox – that’s easily done.

  39. greentea
    July 26th, 2010 at 21:59 | #39

    I have been using Thesis 1.7 and
    doing what i can SEO with it as i go.
    I keep going back thinking of things i can do to help SEO.
    really i only understand parts of that thing.
    all that do and no follow stuff, wow.
    i pretty much leave it as its unpacked.
    i have senuke down, havent touched scrapebox yet.

    what scares me is that i basically dumped thesis on all of my domain,
    created a post, an about page, and a footer privacy page …then dumped adsense in it. so they are very MFA. dont want to get into trouble really. i SHOULD do one site at a time and do it right, but i went backwards. i have about 7 more domains i would like to buy i think i could cash in on.

  40. July 28th, 2010 at 23:15 | #40

    He’s still not back yet for a check in?

    @greentea
    I did some xrumer outsourcing on fiverr.com and it worked really well, though they only did about 1000 links.

  41. July 29th, 2010 at 02:36 | #41

    @greentea
    Yeah – definitely start in the Readme…

    One site up and making money is better than 10 MFAs just waiting for someone to report you (like an advertiser or other IMer) – best to build at least 3 pages of content, backlink, move on.

    Let it climb in rankings until you get to the next – otherwise you’re only creating a web of red flags screaming, “Shut me down!”

    (not that I think with only a few sites it would matter – but it’s in violation of TOS – you should change it.)

  42. July 29th, 2010 at 05:38 | #42

    Mike – I think there is a big value in you posting your daily stats. We can see the long term pattern etc. it is massively inspirational to all of the people slogging away out there to see that you are earning day in, day out and that you keep on going. So please, don’t stop! Is there a way that you can publish stats faster and give yourself more time to develop your business?

  43. greentea
    July 29th, 2010 at 13:55 | #43

    thanks

  44. July 29th, 2010 at 14:44 | #44

    Hey guys, just wanted to let you all know that I’ve started a daily journal just like Mike’s. I’m on day 17 and have made a whopping $1.71 from adsense so far! lol

    Check it out if you want, I think you can just click my name to go to my blog.

  45. July 29th, 2010 at 22:03 | #45

    Lee –

    I wouldn’t worry about that – day 17 and you’ve made more money than…well. Some people.

    =)

    Keep building. Will have to check out your site. BTW, has anyone tried out Socrates WP theme? I’m getting that methinks…

  46. July 30th, 2010 at 10:53 | #46

    Hey James, I actually have both. I would hate to choose between one or the other, socrates or thesis. Get both! lol

  47. July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 | #47

    If you want me to demo anything specific on either theme, e.g. on socrates there are templates for squeeze pages, sales pages, contact form, tons of headers, etc. – let me know because I can just activate that theme on my blog.

  48. greentea
    July 30th, 2010 at 21:10 | #48

    i debated between the two at first and everything i read sounded like thesis would be best. so that is what i went with. i like the setup and the way it works. i can put up a full fledged site, front and back work done, in a couple hours. once im making some money i can the time to try out another.

    i think i made 5 or 6 bucks my first month.
    its almost impossible to make money at first, SPECIALLY if you are rocking a new domain.

    anyone seen the new backlinkspro wp plugin???
    wow!

  49. July 31st, 2010 at 02:25 | #49

    @Lee
    Thanks, Lee – I’m going to get Socrates methinks. I’ve been eyeing it for a while – more of a marketer than a web developer, but I also have Clickbump for AdSense.

    Anyhow – backlinkspro, huh? I’ll have to check that out.

  50. July 31st, 2010 at 15:10 | #50

    @greentea
    Is this the tool you meant:

    http://www.squidoo.com/blacklinkspro-wp-plugin

    I found another that was spelled differently – but is that the one? I’d take the second payment plan on that in a heartbeat.

    That looks pretty enticing!

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