Tuesday, 21 December 2010

USD 480 a day in 2011

My first blog post since March 2008. I'm back like I never left.

Unfortunately, I had to shut down the USD 480 blog, due to some heat from the SEO community. The fat and lazy executives in the SEO companies substitute "ethics" for creativity and hard work. And by "hard work" I mean link building -- some of the most difficult, tedious, challenging, time-consuming guesswork you can do. Much easier to flame someone anonymously on a blog or a forum for being "unethical", right?

But I don't care anymore: I continue my quest for 480 american dollars a day through the internet from 2011. And I'm so glad you're here. Perhaps you have the same goal? I'm looking forward to hearing from you! Really!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The Blog Solution 4.0

Just a quick note about the new The Blog Solution 4.0, which were released today. One of the problems with The Blog Solution used to be the butt ugly templates that came with the software. This problem is now fortunately solved, as The Blog Solution now supports any wordpress template (with a converter).

The English language is over-saturated on the web, and The Blog Solution now supports "translation" (Google-translation, that is) to/from 12 languages.

The new version also supports YouTube videos and (reportedly) Link-Vault and Receive Links (I haven't tried these features yet, so I can't vouch for them).

Monday, 4 February 2008

Week #3: Link building

Sorry for confusing my congregation (probably all three of you) by starting with week #3, but this has a perfectly good reason, which I will get back to later on.

Well, I've reached week #3, and my intensive link building week has begun:

Monday (week #3, day #1) is reserved for entering my keywords and URLs into Link Vault and Receive Links, and I really spent one entire day entering about keywords and URLs into these two linking schemes. I'm building one link for each keyword every day in both these networks. So I'm gaining 14 links for each keyword each week, in other words.

Tuesday (week #3, day #2) is reserved for The Blog Solution splogs. I take my well-indexed domains (www.usd-480.com, for instance) and add several subdomains on each domain (travel.usd-480.com, internet-marketing.usd-480.com, etc). A The Blog Solution-splog tends to be indexed a lot easier with Google if the "mother directory" (if there's such a phrase) is a trusted domain and has been in the index for quite some time. I make one subdomain for each domain I'm building links for, and about 50 individual splogs (one keyword for each splog) under that subdomain. I link to the new subdomain from this blog so Google will discover the new subdomain, and forget all about it.

Wednesday (week #3, day #3) is dedicated to submitting the URLs to FFA directories (and perhaps a few paid directories). I'm submitting by using SubmitEaze, bottled water, an iPod and lots of apples, to compensate for the super-tedious and boring task link building is.

So -- where do I put my links? In addition to SubmitEaze' default directory listings, which I'm quite happy with, I have found a number of websites with fresh and updated directory listings. I can recommend
If you've got more money that time, you can pay addurl.nu, directorymaximizer.com and info.vilesilencer.com to do the job for you. This will typically cost you around 50 cent for each submission.

Thursday (week #3, day #4) is set aside for linking from blogs with nofollow. I've used a programme called G-Lock Blog Finder AKA Fast Blog Finder which seems a bit outdated but otherwise ok. (If you want to try Fast Blog Finder for free, there is a trial version of Fast Blog Finder [link leads directly to .exe file] available). I know there are several programmes around which find blogs with nofollow, I'll try to find them and check them out.

Again, for those with more money than time, you can also buy this service: Buy Blog Comments is a black hat service that spams 100, 500 or 1000 blogs with a URL and an achor text of your choice.

Friday (week #3, day #5) is forum spamming day. I haven't got a clue how to do this. Manually, maybe? Well, this is really an easy choice: Just register, update your profile (if you're lucky, the signature is without nofollow) and add useful content wherever you feel like. Time-consuming and perhaps a little hard to find the right forums. But you don't want to piss off the seniors at the forums, so be careful.

I spend my weekends with my wife, so I'm not working Saturdays and Sundays. I bit odd in the beginning to take the weekends off, but I'm getting used to it.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Friday, 21 December 2007

Download The Blog Solution for free before 31 December 2007

The Halfagain guys (makers of The Blog Solution) has made The Blog Solution available for download, for free. Check this link out:

http://tbs.free.findex.no [theblogsolution.com]

You will be able to download the entire The Blog Solution software for free before 31 December 2007. The software will function properly on five different domains. Enough to build your very own linking empire.

This software is highly addictive, as you might have understood from my other posts here at this blog.

Monday, 3 December 2007

How to keep your AdSense account

I just had my AdSense account terminated, due to … yes, you guessed it: Stupidity. This is the most common reason for closing down someone's AdSense account, as a matter of fact.

Let me go into detail:

In my world, you have these different kinds of sites;
a) auto generated sites,
b) money sites and
c) my sites that draw traffic due to their domain names.
d) blogs (a blog that actually serve as a blog (i.e. diary), and not a blog that serves as a money site)

In case this is kind of blurry to you, here's the difference:

a) auto generated sites, whether if we're talking about RSS-feeds, The Blog Solution sites, database generated sites, scraped sites or any other sites with hundreds or thousands of web pages per site, is exclusively made for your linking strategies. You're NOT supposed to make any money with these kind of sites. Use unique templates. Avoid AdSense completely. Don't bother to monetize from auto generated sites. Keep these sites on a "dirty", dedicated server.

b) money sites are built to draw targeted traffic for specific affiliate products. A money site is a funnel that leads to the affiliate link. Avoid AdSense. Keep these sites on a separate server from the "dirty" server mentioned above.

c) a brilliant domain name that generates random traffic can be used for two purposes: 1) Pass the traffic on to another site through your affiliate link right away or 2) monetize traffic through PPC ads. AdSense comes in handy here. Keep this kind of site on a separate server from the "dirty" server.

d) When applying for an affiliate membership, a blog can be nice to have. In addition to using it as a blog, of course. I wouldn't recommend to put ads on your blogs at all, because you mess up the design, diminish your credibility by selling out, lose random visitors and send mixed signals to your visitors. It's simply not worth it for the two clicks a day you receive. What would Eli's blog be with ads? If you insist on putting ads on your blogs, the ads should be targeted: If you write about SEO, use a custom ad for SoloSEO (just a crappy example, this very programme doesn't convert at all) or SEO Elite.

Here's what I did, and why I screwed up: I forgot the difference between these different kinds of sites. Don't mix them. Keep them separated. I will. In the future. Using my girlfriend's AdSense account.

I made a mess from one of my domains, resulting in the termination of my Google AdSense account: I took my best domain name, made a site on my "dirty" server, put The Blog Solution on that site and started building links. Finally, I put AdSense on this crappy site with no original content. I wanted everything in one site, and didn't separate the three different kinds of sites.

And I got what I bargained for. To tell you the truth, I'm not that sorry, because it was entirely my mistake. 100 per cent. I'll live.

Here are some sound advice for not putting your AdSense on the line:

1. If Google label your site "garbage", remove AdSense ads from that site.
If your site gets de-indexed (I prefer this phrase to "banned") from Google, it's Google's way of telling you that your site stinks. If you keep your AdSense ads on a garbage site, you're likely to get your AdSense account terminated in addition to having the site de-indexed.

And remember: In this business, Google will de-index your sites all the time. Don't take it personally: Google do not hate you, just your crappy little site.

2. Never put AdSense ads on auto generated sites.
Sites made by The Blog Solutions should never include AdSense ads. Sites like this are on the verge of being banned all the time, even if you use a unique, custom made template for that very site.

3. Don't put AdSense ads on your money sites.
Your money sites are landing pages that are designed to draw massive quantities of traffic and sell a specific product. Why would you want to trade that traffic for 16 cents a click?

4. Don't put AdSense ads on your database generated sites.
Database generated sites are made for one purpose only: To be a foundation for your linking strategies. Don't confuse these linking sites with your money sites.

5. Do put AdSense ads on sites that draw traffic due to their domain names.
If you draw a lot of traffic due to a nice domain name, you should direct this traffic to a squeaky clean site with a nice layout, some sensible content and AdSense ads. Nothing but the ads should be clickable.

5.1. What if
a) you have a site with a brilliant domain name that draws a lot of traffic due to the domain name, but
b) this site gets de-indexed by Google?

Divert the traffic to this domain by using a 301 redirect to another squeaky clean site.

6. Be in compliance.
Don't place AdSense ads on sites with information about porn, pills, gambling or anything else that can be controversial, not safe for work, gross, rude or simply not acceptable in one way or another. Google don't want to upset the advertiser, which is a conservative, all-American, Christian familiy guy.

7. Offer some sort of information or substance
Your site has to be about something.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Mission completed: Auto generated content by The Blog Solution splogs

I started my "auto generated content" project 2007-10-01, and I ended it 2007-10-31.

The experimental phase is over. It's time to turn the experimenting into a full blown conveyor belt that delivers new sites that generates new web pages on autopilot. I chose The Blog Solution for my auto generated content sites, and it turns out that this has been a wise choice.

If you're interested in my splog business, you can follow the progress on the side bar on the right hand side of this blog. I will list all my splogs, with 1) URL, 2) indexed pages and 3) total pages.

It's time to move on to step 3: Scraping. I intend to scrape business directories and forums in the fine days to come in November. Stay tuned.

Optimising content: OptiRanker

OptiRanker (http://www.optiranker.com/) is a web-based service which is either pure genius or total rubbish. I haven't decided yet.

OptiRanker claims to find all relevant (and in OptiRanker's own words - all neccessary) words and phrases to make a semantic complete text, based on the search phrase you are optimising your site for.

My personal SEO guru John Alexander recommends OptiRanker, so I have to take it seriously.

It isn't hard to make objections to this kind of software: Content is - in a way - not as important as it used to be. Simultaneously, search engines are growing up and their reading abilities are improving. Semantics are becoming more important.

So maybe this product isn't soooooo 2001 after all?

To cover the topic in a meaningful, semantic way is important. Words and phrases related to your key phrase (the phrase you are optimizing for) is obviously more important than we are aware of.

Using OptiRanker costs USD 7 for each and every search phrase. You get five search phrases for USD 20 and 15 search phrases for USD 50, so you get a little quantity discount.

I bought five search phrases for USD 20 to test this product.

OptiRanker consists of a lot of buttons and menus, but the priciple is dead easy:

1) The user keys in a search phrase into OptiRanker, chooses a search engine (Google, Yahoo or MSN) and hits enter.

2) After a few minutes, OptiRanker comes up with two lists; 1) which words and 2) which phrases that relates to the original search phrase.

3) The words and phrases are grouped and sorted in groups in a way that makes it easy to use them in Content Solution 2, and is presented in an Excel spreadsheet.

When you're about to write your super-optimised text for your super-optimised site, you pick at least one word from each group. OptiRanker gets all these words and phrases from the highest ranking web sites, so this is a kind of hi-tech, hi-cost scraping.

OptiRanker ignores national characters, so avoid OptiRanker if you're optimising for non-English phrases.

I have used OptiRanker in several SEO projects, and I find it interesting. Too early to draw any conclusions yet about if it is either money out of the window or a goldmine.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

One million web pages before Christmas

To effectively produce a lot of web pages, you need a factory. My Web Page Factory 1.0 consist of the following machinery: Google Catalogs, Google AdWords, OptiRanker, Content Solution 2, The Blog Solution 3, Dreamhost account, WS FTP, a personal computer and a coffee machine.

I have some pocket money for buying domains now and then, and some spare time to actually work at my Factory, in addition to my ordinary day job.

The heart of the Factory is a pretty simple conveyor belt, which allows me to mass produce web pages without reinventing the wheel, well -- without even thinking, as a matter of fact. I'm actually listening to an irritating contemporary soft adult radio station while setting up the sites.

This is my no-brain recipe for creating one new site every day (and that takes me about one hour a day):
  1. Go to Google Catalogs or even a soon-to-be-extinct-Yellow Pages directory and pick a theme. Let's say you go for "Health & Personal Care". Pick a niche under this theme. Let's pick "Beauty". Pick a niche under this niche again, for instance "Shampoo".
  2. Brainstorm for five minutes, but don't exaggerate: Pick obvious phrases that come to your mind immediately like Kerastase, hair thickening shampoo, pet shampoo, dog shampoo, pureology shampoo and nioxin shampoo.
  3. Run these (few, but obvious) phrases through AdWords' keyword tool and write down every word in all the phrases, except beauty, personal, care and shampoo (these words are a part of the URL). You'll end up with maybe 150 words.
  4. Register a domain that cover everything under paragraph 1 (i.e. personal-care-beauty-shampoo.com). Group the words from AdWords and make the groups into subdomains (i.e. hair-thickening.personal-care-beauty-shampoo.com). Make blogs under each subdomain, and keywords under each blog.

    Register one domain name and create as many subdomains as you would like, but create no more than maximum 50 blogs under each subdomain and no more than five keywords per blog.

  5. Key your main phrase ("personal care beauty shampoo") into Optirank. Write a 200-words text using the words you get from Optiranker.
  6. Insert the text in the domain template in Blog Solution. This text is permanent and will never change. It will be located here: http://www.personal-care-beauty-shampoo.com.
  7. Make a new non-sense text from the Optiranker keywords in Content Solution 2, consisting of sentences, stop words (the, and, of, in, etc) and little else but variables. This can look like this, for instance:

    [beauty-1^cap] is [beauty-2]. [beauty-3^cap] - [beauty-4] and [beauty-5]. [beauty-6^cap] [beauty-7]. [beauty-8^cap] with [beauty-9] [beauty-10]! [beauty-11^cap] and [beauty-12]. [beauty-13^cap] in the [beauty-14] field. [beauty-15^cap] and [beauty-16].

  8. Create the blogs in Blog Solution and paste the RSS feeds from Content Solution 2 and Google Blogsearch into their respective blogs. Release one blog a day.
  9. You're set. That took about one hour. Rinse and repeat once a day.
Why should you want to do this? This will get you around 1 million web pages in a two months time (before Christmas, if you start immediately). If you're lucky, 20% of these pages will be indexed by Google, meaning 200.000 pages will give linking power to 100 money sites by giving each money site 2.000 backlinks. Expect no or little traffic to your shampoo site - so don't be bothered by placing any AdSense ads. You are building linking power, not AdSense sites.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Two Blog Solution projects I have run recently

I've been experimenting with Blog Solution, see my other post on this issue. As a test, I have done two projects with Blog Solution:

The first project is (unfortunately for my English speaking audience) in Norwegian, and was started on a whim: This week it became evident that tap water in Norway's capital Oslo has been infected with a parasite called giardia lamblia, aka just "giardia". Could I get some of that giardia action on the search engines if I acted quickly and the parasite persisted?

I registered the domain name giardia.no and set up 20 Blog Solution blogs on this domain. I use RSS feeds from the Norwegian search engine Sesam, more specific Sesam Blog Search and Sesam News Search. For an English blog, the equivalent would be to use Google Blog Search and Google News.

I think I made a major mistake by not using the domain name giardia.no for my money sites. After all, "giardia" is the most important of all the keywords.

One advantage of Blog Solution is that you are able to use multiple RSS feeds for each blog, multiple keywords for each blog and even multiple templates on random for each blog. So I distributed 45 keyords among my 20 Blog Solution blogs. Well, perhaps "Splogs" (spam blogs) is a more appropriate word than "blogs"?

I will use these 20 splogs mainly for linking to my money sites. The moment the 20 splogs are live, they're all hidden (or "in the batch", as Blog Solution calls it). One blog is released from the batch a day, just to make sure the growth looks a little bit organic and pseudo-natural. The active splogs are updated every hour (well, in 50% of the cases, just to make it look a bit more random/ less automated). And every hour 25% of the un-pinged posts are pinged.

So -- there you have my blogging & pinging machine.

And just for good measure, I put AdSense on every page, links to the index page of my money sites and deep links to my money sites (see next paragraph, please) on 25% of the pages of the splogs.

I made two money sites; one blogger.com based [http://giardia-lamblia.blogspot.com/] and one TypePad based [http://scandinavian.blogs.com/giardia/]. These two money sites will hopefully receive a lot of backlinks from the 20 Blog Solution splogs and from other linking sources.

I will leave the project for now. And I will update this post with an AdSense income report and ranking reports for all three sites.

[Update 2007-10-21] The second project is still in development. It's quite ambitious. But nevertheless, I will try to describe it a little bit: I believe in not only to pick a niche, but to pick a niche within a niche. Or even better: Pick a niche within a niche within a niche. Take for instance beauty -> acne -> acne scars -> acne scar treatment. I've taken on business -> accounting, no less, and registered business-accounting.net as a start.

I've defined several niches within the accounting niche as sub-domains, like
  • books.business-accounting.net
  • career.business-accounting.net
  • classes.business-accounting.net
  • course.business-accounting.net
  • information.business-accounting.net
  • program.business-accounting.net
  • schools.business-accounting.net
  • seminars.business-accounting.net
  • software.business-accounting.net (this is actually divided into several sub-projects, like software-for-mac.business-accounting.net and software-packages.business-accounting.net)
  • system.business-accounting.net
Each sub-domain has about 50 blogs, according to Omar's recommendations. Take career.business-accounting.net, for instance. This sub-domain has 42 blogs, each with 2-5 keywords, like this:

> jobs
accounting jobs
accounting job
job in accounting
jobs in accounting

> accountants jobs
accountant job
accountant jobs
accountants jobs
jobs for accountants
job for accountant

> accountancy jobs
accountancy jobs
accountancy job

> accountant job description
accountant job description

> job description
accounting job description

> accountant
accountant career
accountant careers

> accounting careers
accounting careers
career in accounting
careers in accounting
accounting as a career

> finance jobs
accounting finance jobs

> chartered accountant jobs
chartered accountant jobs

> forensic accounting jobs
forensic accounting jobs

> job cost accounting
job cost accounting

> finance jobs
accounting and finance jobs

> description
accounting career description
accounting career descriptions

> job descriptions
accounting job description
accounting job descriptions

> information
accounting career info
accounting career information

> opportunities
accounting career opportunities

> outlook
accounting career outlook

> paths
accounting career paths
accounting career path

> profile
accounting career profile

> salary
accounting career salary

> training
accounting career training

> degree
accounting degree career

> job search
accounting job search

> australia
accounting jobs in australia

> canada
accounting jobs in canada

> dubai
accounting jobs in dubai

> london
accounting jobs in london

> entry level accounting jobs
entry level accounting jobs
entry level accounting job

> financial
financial accounting career
accounting finance career

>graduate accounting jobs
graduate accounting jobs

> job description senior accountant
job description senior accountant

> jobs for chartered accountants
jobs for chartered accountants
job for chartered accountant

> part time jobs
part time accounting jobs

> public
public accounting career
public accounting careers

> trainee jobs
trainee accountant jobs
trainee accounting jobs
trainee accountant job
trainee accounting job

> assistant
accounting assistant career
accounting assistant careers

> planning
accounting career planning

> research
accounting career research

> salaries
accounting career salaries

> skills
accounting career skills

> carrer
accounting carrer

> field
accounting field career

> professional
professional accounting career

There is no need for redundant keywords in the URL, so the phrase "financial accounting career" ends up as the URL "career.business-accounting.net/info/financial/", the phrase "accounting career salaries" ends up as the URL "career.business-accounting.net/info/salaries/", etc.

I pulled the keywords from a sad piece of software called AdSense Smarter, which I will review in a separate post. Further, I derived more keywords with AdWords' keyword tool. I don't know how to use Wordtracker yet, and I don't have enough experience to use Elite Keywords or Keyword Discovery. I guess I have to evaluate all these keyword tools later on.

My strategy is to carpet bomb the market with all kinds of variations of keywords within this niche. I used to set up websites with typically 25 pages, each page to target one keyphrase. One page used to take typically 30 minutes to set up, mainly due to the time consuming time it took to write a unique text for each page. Now I pull content through RSS feeds in addition to pull unique content from Content Solution. With custom made templates. I choose to use pretty competitive phrases instead of the mandatory "low hanging fruit", and see how this will lead me. I build linking power, not MFA sites.

I have absolutely now clue how this turns out. Time will show. It takes 6-8 months to see a web site's true potential, so I'll be much wiser by Easter 2008. But if each sub-directory (each containing about 50 blogs) are able to generate a couple of clicks each day (30 cents) in addition to the linking power, this project has been a success.

[update 2007-10-24] One little nasty detail came up today: For each and every installation of Blog Solution, you need a separate MYSQL database. No big deal, since I can set up as many databases I want with Dreamhost. It's quite possible that this little detail is in Omar's Blueprint (Blog Solution's substitute for a manual), but I didn't see it.

One more thing I'd like to comment on, is the almost uncanny response time for the Blog Solution's support desk. I usually get a reply a couple of hours after I send an e-mail, and always within the same day. This product is for real, and so is the support.