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.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Content Solution - personal experiences

Content Solution 2 is installed simply by uploading files to a new directory and then stepping through a very simple setup routine.

If you have several authors, it can be a good idea to install Content Solution on different domains -- one domain for each author.

Don't run Content Solution with FireFox. I had to resort to Microsoft Internet Explorer to make it run as it should. No problem - as long as you're aware of it.

The Content Solution is OK (not good, but OK) for storing content. I prefer my own CMS with my own MYSQL database for storing content, but if you get used to it, Content Solution will do.

Use Content Solution for fetching text from the internet and then rewriting it by substituting regular words with variables. The sentence "Welcome to Oslo" can easily be altered to "Welcome to [city]", and if the variable [city] has five different values -- voila; you've got five different texts instead of one. Change two words into two different variables, and assign five different values to each variable; and you suddenly have 25 different texts! Shuffle sentences in the text -- and you have texts that are unique enough to pass the Google Duplicate Content Radar.

Content Solution outputs RSS, which can be imported into Blog Solution for further use. This is done on a once-for-all-basis, and everything happens automatically if you've set up everything correctly:

For instance: You create a text in Content Solution that outputs 1024 versions of that text through a RSS feed, with scrambled sentences an' all. Create nine more of those texts within the same theme, and you've got more than 10.000 texts, ready to be publicized. Now Blog Solution comes in handy: Blog Solution publicizes one post every day, just to make sure it doesn't look strange when 10.000 new posts suddenly appear out of the blue.

Content Solution is a bit harder to use than Blog Solution, but the instruction videos are pretty neat and extremely helpful.

[update 2007-10-08] Non-English text: I've tried to scrape and edit text in Norwegian, with only partial success.

First and foremost: You can search and scrape from Google within Content Solution, but you're getting the American English Google results. You cannot localize the various search engines, which make this function somewhat limited. The solution is to search Google outside Content Solution and simply copying the text to Content Solution before you start editing it. But I can live with that.

The editor doesn't support national characters like æ, ø, å, ñ, etc which is the most serious error in Content Solution's editor. Unfortunately, this error makes Content Solution virtually useless for non-English languages.

[update 2007-10-09] One workaround for national characters is to enter the unicode instead of the character itself in Content Solution's editor. This works for me! The same goes for the variables, but there is no need to use national characters in the variable's name.

To replace characters with unicode, you need a conversion table.

Blog Solution - personal experiences

I've installed Blog Solution, and all in all I'm pretty happy with it. Here are my impressions so far:

Unlike most software in the get-rich-quick genre, Blog Solution actually delivers. Of course, they use the same daft sales pitches you've seen everywhere else ("OMG - I earned $40.000 in my first week", "All my sites have PR6 - I'm in shock", "The Future of Software", etc) but the software is solid built, fairly easy to use and comes with an active forum and video tutorials.

Omar, one of the authors of Blog Solution, has compiled a blueprint which contains a lot of useful hints on how to use the Blog Solution software to avoid penalties of various kinds. The blueprint has a down-to-earth, honest, biased (of course) and affiliate-link-free way of guiding you through the art of setting up splogs.

Blog Solution is a bit picky when it comes to your server's configuration. You need to install the scripts on your server. You need at least one domain and a hosting account that support:
  • Linux (no support for Windows boxes)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Zend Optimizer
Be sure that you are able to configure cron jobs without any hassle on your server! I used my Dreamhost server for this purpose, and I was able to configure and install everything, including the cron job, in one go.

BlogSolution makes simple web sites that doesn't look too good. You can use customised templates, so I guess your autogenerated blogs can look pretty well, it just depends on how much design work you put into it.

The content is pretty simple and pretty poor. Well, this depends of course on the RSS feed(s) you are using, but if you use all the default settings, you end up with a pretty crappy looking blog.

When you install BlogSolution, you have to install it on a brand new domain. I created blog.norgesinfo.com (this is regarded as a new domain. www.norgesinfo.com/blog isn't). Then you install the files (one minute binary upload), enter your keywords, generate your blogs (18 keywords generate 18 blogs -- one blog for each keyword), set up your three cron jobs (one for blog creation (in case you will roll out one and one blog at a time instead of hundreds of blogs at the same time), one for post creation and one for pinging) and finally forget all about the blog.

My main site www.norgesinfo.com is about traveling, so I decided to give my blog the same theme. I entered the following keywords:
  • experience norway
  • travel norway
  • lofoten islands
  • paddling canada
  • kayak mexico
  • kayak canada
  • kayak geirangerfjord
  • paddling helgelands coast
  • paddling
  • group adventures
  • coast of helgeland
  • lofoten
  • geiranger fjord
  • activities geirangerfjord
  • activities lofoten
  • activities norway
  • experience geirangerfjord
  • experience lofoten
You can see the result here: blog.norgesinfo.com.

Cons: Crappy layout (can be improved by better design), limited amount of text in each post (due to the RSS feeds. Can this be improved? I think a product called RSS Magician can help me here), poor quality of the various posts (is there a way to quality control these posts before they are posted? I think ContentSolution can help me rewrite articles manually.).

Pros: Very randomized postings, very randomized link building, very flexible mixing of the various RSS feed sources, extremely easy to set up, fun(!!!!), fantastic tutorial videos, nice software.

All in all: I can recommend this product, and I'm looking forward to playing a lot more with it in the time to come!

How to get the World's best web hosting -- and USD 50 off

Dreamhost offer some out-of-this-world web hosting solutions. For USD 10 a month (USD 120 a year) you get
  • 500 GB disk storage (increases weekly by 2 GB)
  • 5 TB monthly bandwidth (increases weekly by 40 GB)
  • an unlimited number of MYSQL databases
  • an unlimited number of e-mail-addresses
  • an unlimited number of FTP accounts
  • ... well, basically everything you'll ever need.
If you enter the promo code "MAPDADDY50", you'll get another USD 50 off the annual cost. So the first year will cost you USD 70 instead of USD 120.

Dreamhost host BlogSolution and manage cron jobs extremely elegantly, with Zend Optimizer and all the features you need to get this software up and running.

Dreamhost is involved in many of my projects, and I can recommend Dreamhost wholeheartedly!

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

30% off Blog Solution, Content Solution, RSS Evolution and RSS Magician

When ordering Blog Solution, Content Solution, RSS Evolution or/ and RSS Magician, order one product at a time and enter "mapdaddy" as a promo code. This will grant you 30% off all of these products.

If you try to order two or more products, you will be forced to accept the quantity discount, which is merely 20%. So order one product at a time to get the highest discount.

There is also an affiliate programme available for these products.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Lap #1, step #2: Autogenerated sites: Low-quality sites with auto generated content

This is a step I haven't been looking forward to. I hate sites like these, I hate to waste time producing rubbish and these sites are to absolutely no value to anybody. Perhaps with the exception of the owner of the AdSense code embedded into the sites.

But this will be an experience anyway, so here goes.

I've decided to use BlogSolution as a CMS for these auto generated sites. This web based software takes care of automatic generation of content of as may blogs you could possibly want, after you've set it all up.

In an ideal world, I would prefer to program this myself. Maybe in lap #2? Formerly I've used Carp to deliver RSS feeds to my semi-automatic sites (or at least to certain parts of the site, just to make it look fresh) along with MySQL and PHP, but this time I'll give BlogSolution a go.

BlogSolution does everything for you. One other advantage to BlogSolution is that there is a whole line of BlogSolution compatible products available. Check these URLs out:
I will install BlogSolution shortly, and an extensive report is due right after that. Se separate posts about my experiences with BlogSolution, Content Solution and the other software I'm evaluating.

Lap #1, step #1: Registering leech domains

Well, I included this point just because it has given me some traffic in the past. It is a sooo 1999, lo-life way of getting traffic, but if you get the right domain name, it really pays off.

I will not mention the specific domains I've already registered (besides, they're of no interest to you, because they're already taken). I will just give you some general ideas of what to look for:
  1. Look for volume sites with domain names with double consonants. Internet users in general cannot spell, and often omit one of the two consonants (if there are double consonants present in the word).

    I.E: If "blogger.com" is a popular site, register "bloger.com".

    Even better: If the domain consists of two words where the last character in the first word is similar to the first character in the second word, you have a winner.

    I.E: "carregister.com" is often mis-typed as "caregister.com". In this case, you register both "caregister.com" and "car-register.com" (see next paragraph).

  2. Internet users use hyphens much more than the companies that name the sites. Especially is this true if the site consists of both letters and numbers.

    I.E: If "seat24.com" is a popular site, register "seat-24.com".

    Naturally, this also goes for all domain names consisting of two or more words.

    I.E: If "facebook.com" is a popular site, register "face-book.com".

  3. Use your imagination, take a chance. Domains are cheap, the downside is limited to a few dollars and normally you just need that one sale a year to profit from it. So go wild. You will be surprised to see which words people actually type into the URL field in their browsers.

    Assignment: Log into the affiliate system you use (Trade Doubler, Commission Junction, Clickbank, Advertising.com or whatever you use) and see if you can find domain names that matches the criterias I've mentioned above. Then register a leech domain and redirect all the traffic from your domain to the advertiser through your affiliate link.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Gameplan

Hugely inspired by Eli's blog post "SEO Empire Part 1", I realize that I need a number of different web sites, hereby referred to as "steps":
  1. Leech domains with redirect: This is not even a site. Domains similar to sites with huge traffic.

  2. Autogenerated sites: Low-quality sites with auto generated content. [2007-10-31 Update: I ended up with autogenerated blogs. Click here for all posts that apply: Splogs.]

  3. Scraped sites. Mid-quality directories, forums, etc. Rewritten or at least redesigned to avoid duplicate content penalties.

    The pages in the sites described in paragraph 2 and 3 will probably be moved to Google's supplementary index immediately after indexing, and should be kept on a separate server to prevent them from jinxing the entire project.

  4. Huge sites: I need several huge sites for building links to my optimised sites. A huge site consists of a huge number of dynamic pages with fairly original content, for instance 500.000 web pages. Normally, around 20% of all pages are indexed on Google. This means that 100.000 pages are indexed on an average site this size.

  5. Recycled sites: Expired domains with recycled content from either Google cache or Archive.org.

  6. Warehouse sites: Collection of affiliate URLs.

  7. Optimised pages: AKA "Mini sites". Pick a niche, build optimised pages, build links and get good SERP rankings. One optimised site consists of from 20 to 100 optimised pages. Google seem to have a thing for sites with 100+ pages, so I'll try to make them bigger than 100 pages. 100.000 link pages from the huge sites (se the previous paragraph) distributed among 20 optimised sites with 100 pages each gives each page 50 links each. Carefully built, this is normally enough offpage SEO to get good SERP rankings.

  8. Landing pages: Pages made with good conversion rates in mind, but with no SEO implemented whatsoever. Optimised pages (previous paragraph) or AdWords will send traffic to these pages.

  9. Blogs (like this one): High-quality, custom made blogs with quality content. Crappy conversion, no SEO, but these are the sites to show prospective sponsors and partners when applying for their affiliate programmes.
I have sorted the steps quality; lowest quality (and normally the highest page/site ratio) first.

This is all I know right now.

The gameplan is a) to run through the gameplan several times (each time is a "lap"), b) make changes to the gameplan and c) run the necessary laps until I've got my daily 480 dollars.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

My entire strategy in one go

When I sit down and think about all the various ways to earn money from the internet, earning USD 480 a day shouldn't be that hard.

A future internet empire is within my reach.

But first, a few words about myself and why I do this:

I'm really a newcomer: I started earning money from AdSense when I set up exactly two pages (on one single site) in November 2005. I put AdSense on them and forgot all about it. I actually did this at work because I was bored to death and had nothing better to do. In June 2006, about six months later, I was absolutely skinned, and checked my AdSense account on a whim because I was bored (again) (and caught in a dead end job). During the six month's period I had managed to earn over USD 8,000.

Google's algorithms have changed since that, but I really became aware of the potential of internet marketing in June 2006.

I have been doing this more intensely since May 2007, so I have six months of experience to draw from. Currently, I'm earning a little bit less than USD 100 a day. And this is mainly from a non-systematic experimental phase where I've scraped directories and republished them, published small sites on random and put AdSense on them, registered domains and run the traffic through affiliate programmes like Trade Doubler, tried to buy USD 1 traffic for USD 0.8 by arbitrage traffic through AdWords, written blogs and earned absolutely nada, and so on. All in all without making any big bucks.

So - how hard is it to rake in USD 480 a day?

I know how to pick a topic, make a small site with ten, 15 or 20 pages and earn USD 2 a day. I could do that 240 times. I have scraped large sites and recreated them as equivalent large sites with 250.000 pages and earned USD 20 a day. I could to that 24 times. I have bought traffic through AdWords for USD 0.2 a click and converted it into traffic that have made USD 0.25 a click (on average). I could do that 9.600 times a day.

I make USD 80 a day right now (well, actually I make a little bit more, but let's say USD 80 for argument's sake, it's such a convenient figure). That is USD 3.33 an hour. I spend six hours making USD 20.

My goal is to make USD 480 a day. That is USD 20 an hour. USD 5 every 15 minutes. One dollar every three minutes.

All in all - my point is that this is doable. If I eventually will succeed or not? Stay tuned and you will find out.

My aims are true. You're not supposed to send me money, neither buy anything from me. I don't sell anything. But please send me your comments. They are highly appreciated.

Manifesto

Welcome to my blog. This is my very first blog post, and nothing is more appropriate than trying to clarify my main goals and purposes of writing this blog.

What do we all want? No worries, basically. My goal is to have a life without worries, peace of mind and quality time with my wife. I'm not a material girl (or in my case; boy), and I am not dreaming about piles of money. Just a carefree life.

Your success online should not be measured from how much money you are able to make, but how much joy you are able to get from the money you actually make.

Hence this blog isn't just about money. It is about happiness and quality of life.