Blogging Sucks

i-love-bloggingWow who would have thought writing blog posts would be so hard. Definitely not me! I mean really all those guys online cranking out a few blog posts a week about some epic shit, surely I could write out a few on what I was doing online. Wrong! As you can see my posts have been sporadic and inconsistent. There is one tip that I read from Seth Godin, he mentions scheduling the blogs posts to go out at certain times, and let them go out with whatever is in there. This way you have pressure to actually sit down and finish them so that your readers don’t see half-finished or non-existent work. This is something that I plan on doing in the future to help hold my fit to the fire and give myself a sense of pressure to perform for everyone…I did start a 30 day content challenge with Josh Coffy over at flight media, it started off pretty good, but do to some family issues that took me out of the loop and some travel combined with catching up at my day job, I was never able to get caught back up and I quit. Quitting is easy, but putting my head down and getting to writing wasn’t. There is some mental toughness that needs to be built up to power through life’s ups and down to continue on and be success overall in what you do. Those are a few things that I’m doing to prep getting a solid posting schedule down, and help me push towards a more regular blogging routine. Another great idea is to come up with a rough content calendar, having a couple of blog post in the can ready to go out. Planning ahead will help for when those moments when life throws you a curve ball. Another piece of advice is to quit reading so many blogs and read more books. Not to say I won’t stop reading all blogs, but I plan on selecting just a few to keep on top of. Then adding some more books to the list, I have already read 5 books so far in 2015.Get over the imposter syndrome! This one I’ve heard John Lee Dumas over at EOfire.com talk about a good number of times. It is really easy to fall into telling yourself that you don’t know enough about a certain topic or that people don’t want to hear from you about that topic. All you need to know is more than the person listening to you and you my friend are an expert! An interesting thing to note is the people talking about overcoming feelings and limiting beliefs, are people who are crushing it! Don’t think that you are the only one thinking it, the most successful people at one time were in your shoes, doubting themselves and if they could make it. Your audience wants to hear from you! Now I don’t have much of an audience and you might be thinking that you don’t have an audience either. But we have to start somewhere. I want to mention a book that has been very beneficial to me.

new psycho cybernetics reviewThe New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz; updated and edited by Dan Kennedy. Dan Kennedy provided some updated examples and with case studies to give it a more modern spin. It was a great book! It really helped me realize that I had self-image issues that I needed to be overcome. It’s not about having emotional problems, but it goes along with perceptions we have of ourselves. One personal example is, that I am just not a good writer. So naturally it was easy for me to procrastinate sitting down and writing a post, or even writing something and then telling myself it wasn’t good enough to post and share with others. We all see ourselves in a different light than others see us. This book will help you assess what you got going on, and how you can improve your self-image. Now some of you guys might be skeptical that it’s all overly positive thinking and emotional spilling crap. This isn’t some book telling you just to think positive and everything good will come your way…Not at all. I am not down with that, the book provides actionable things that you can do to improve yourself. Being successful takes work and isn’t always easy.

Let me know what books you’ve read and loved and I am interested to hear about how The New Psycho-Cybernetics helped you out.

Where to buy a domain name?

So you want to get a website. Where do you start? Well you need a domain name. There are plenty of places to purchase one. From the many hosting companies offering a free domain name with the purchase of hosting, to all the companies that just sell domain names. Which one is the best deal? Between the domain being free, or getting Who-is protection for free. What deal do you take? I’ll lay out a few places you can get your domain.

 

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I’ve purchased a few domains from GoDaddy. They aren’t bad. There are actually quite a few coupons out there that offer super cheap domains. ie $1.99 domains! Which is super cheap. Just google for GoDaddy coupons. I know Solohour.com always mentions the $1.99 domains, so head over there and check them out.

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Namecheap is where I’ve bought the bulk of my domain names. They usually offer free domain privacy which is nice and domains are decently priced at about 10.99 -ish. Plus what I really like is the fact that the interface to manage and look at your domains is very easy to navigate. Also they offer two step authentication when logging into the site, which is nice for security.

 

Weekly Blog Roll

Yay its Friday! lol

Just wanted to compile a list of some of the blog posts that I’ve read during the week and are worth listing. Some actually might be past reads, but still worth sharing.

Kyle Duck over at YokeBreak.com wrote a good article about Negative SEO. I read it about 2 months ago, but figured it would be good to share. This has seem to be quite the hot topic as of recently. Kyle added a funny and interesting spin to his article. It wasn’t the typical dry techy SEO post, made me laugh a few times, lol.

http://yokebreak.com/ultimate-guide-to-negative-seo/

Spencer over at NichePursuits.com and his August income report. I really liked this post. I enjoyed reading about the updates on his goal of site buying for 2014. He hit his 25K mark in spend on site purchases and recently purchased some good high earning sites.

http://www.nichepursuits.com/august-income-report-new-sites-purchased-and-authority-project-update/

The ahrefs blog always seems to have pretty decent posts coming out. I don’t read all of them, but I do read through a few of them. This one was written by Pawel Grabowski and talks about managing your cash flow of a SEO agency.

 http://blog.ahrefs.com/manage-cash-flow/

Empire Flippers – Joe and Justin always come out with a great podcast that I enjoy listening to. This one is especially cool, since they are interviewing a website seller that has a 200k site! That is pay for a house money! This made me step back and rethink what I’m doing trying to build a measly Amazon affiliate site with the hopes of getting $500 a month. lol

http://empireflippers.com/seth/

Matt over at DumbPassiveIncome.com is doing a “niche site at night” project. I always enjoy reading posts about people building out sites and their way of going about things. Helps to be able to see what is and what isn’t working for a particular person, and then being able to possibly apply it for your own sites.

http://dumbpassiveincome.com/niche-site-at-night-choosing-a-niche/

 

Thanks for stopping by. I know this isn’t a very big list of sites, but I’ve been trying to do more and more work and less reading of blogs. I have found myself getting distracted from what I really need to do whether it is planning out content for my sites, or doing some keyword research. One too many times I’ve caught myself getting off task for 30-45 minutes reading about the latest and greatest endeavors of my favorite blogger when I shouldn’t be.

Best Webhosting

***Disclaimer*** There are affilate links in this post. If you feel it was useful please feel free to click through them when making a hosting purchase.

Webhosting? You gotta have it if you want to have a website. Webhosting is pretty much essential if you are wanting to do business online. I mean sure you can just set up a Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, or Instagram. But really you need some your own place online that you have 100% control over! Even if it is just a landing page with an email capture form. That will be good enough. As everyone says, “The money is in the list”. Also what would happen if you got banned from Facebook? or your Twitter account got hacked and shut down. How would you let people know what happened? Through that email list. And through your Website! which is hosted on with some companies Webhosting.

PlanetTraffic Hosting

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They are a relatively new hosting company. Terry Kyle over at SEOtraffichacks.com started it up due to him being fed up with the slow hosting provided by the shared hosting companies. They have been great so far. I’ve only been with them for about 2 months now. The load speed is night and day compared. One reason being my site YakSEO.com is hosted on a server with only 32 other domains. Compared to 2k or even 21k! But there is a catch I pay $25 a month compared to $1 or $4.

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A great dependable low cost hosting provider. I went with Bluehost for my first site, and this site is actually hosted on Bluehost. I haven’t had any issues with them. And for a shared hosting plan the loading speed is actually pretty good! Especially when you compare it to other shared hosting. ie ipage :( Just for example take a look at the two screen shots below.

Bluehost – 2.3K isn’t too bad I guess. I mean what do you expect when you pay 4 bucks a month.

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Ipage –  Holy Crap Batman!! 21K domains on a single server!?!?! 1 dollar hosting? You get what you pay for I guess.

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hostgator

 

 

 

I haven’t heard anything bad about them. Except, the SEO hosting, which I’ve heard sucks. But other than that they seem to have a pretty decent reputation. I wasn’t able to pull any info, because I don’t know anyone that uses them.

 

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Well I had heard good things about them until I was reading Matt Woodward’s blog and he wrote a post about how they hijacked his business.

Matthew over at Dumbpassivincome.com is using them, and I ran his site through viewdns.info to see how many domains were hosted on the same server. It came through with a respectable 38 domains. The plans start at $29.

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This should at least help ya get started when looking for webhosting. If you are just starting out I would recommend something like Bluehost if you are building out some niche sites. BUT if you are actually serious about starting a business online I would recommend a better hosting provider like TrafficPlanet. My thoughts are if $25 is going to make or break your business than you have bigger issues in my opinion.

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If you buy some hosting either through TrafficPlanet or Bluehost leave me a comment and I’ll help you do keyword research for you site! Or multiple sites if you are planning on building out some Niche sites…That way you can have a good plan on what keywords to target and rank for some of the easier keywords to help you gain traction in the SERPS.

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How to get Cheap Content

DISCLAIMER: Big Shout out to Jon over at AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com this article is following his post with or without a few of this steps. Jon is great with his processes and organization!

Hey you guys. I’m going to lay out how I get “cheap” articles on oDesk.

odesk_statI’ve been able to consistently get good 500 word articles for $2-$3 a piece over and over. From US based writers! Some of you might be thinking that sure you can get good articles for 3 bucks. I’ve spent a decent amount of money so far, but I’ve also worked away from oDesk with several of the writers so it doesn’t reflect all of my hires. Basically once I get comfortable with a writer I bring up working not on oDesk and just paying them through paypal. I don’t pay any more than I was, but they get to pocket more money since oDesk takes 10%, and paypal is only 3% I think.

I’ve found that for $2 bucks generally the content won’t be good enough for my money sites, but it is more than good for my PBN sites. I use this system to weed out the bad writers and identify the good ones, that I can offer more money to and get better quality articles for my money sites. Usually I’ve been paying around $4-$5 dollars per 500 words for content that will end up on my money sites.

I pretty much followed what Jon put out on his blog to find “cheap articles that don’t suck”. I’ve modified it slightly. Well actually I’m just not as organized and do not have the systems in place like Jon, so I just kind of wing it. Plus the amount of content that I need isn’t much.

I post a job for 10 – 500 words articles for $20 dollars. In the job offer I say that I’m looking for English speaking writers that are looking for 5* feedback.

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5* feedback is crucial for freelancers on oDesk. I know from experience. I myself am a freelancer on there as well. It took me forever to get hired for any work on oDesk Until! I got some feedback. Most people aren’t willing to gamble on hiring someone you won’t perform.

But that is exactly what we are doing when we are getting these articles done for cheap. Its a gamble, BUT a very cheap one!

So now that you have your job posted. You are gong to get flooded with applicants. Most of the applicants will be from overseas. I look for the folks who are based in the US, Canada, or the UK. Don’t get me wrong about some of the folks overseas, there work ethic is great, but some of their English writing skills isn’t the best. I do have a couple overseas writers that put out good work, and can crank it out at an insane pace. Way faster than I can provide jobs for them.

So we will assume you got at least 2 US/Canada, or UK based applicants.

Hire both of them! NO UPFRONT Payment!! I did this once, and the writer only produced one HORRIBLE article. At least it was only 20% down so only $4.

When I hire, I put a caveat in there saying that I want one article written first, and if it meets my standards then will continue with the other 9 articles. Of course you want to mention that they will get paid for the 1 article regardless. If it turns out to be a crappy article, ehh oh well you only paid $2 bucks! just throw the article up on a web 2.0 or something.

No need for interview, or wasting your time getting them to answer canned questions for something of an interview. This is what Jon says to do . Because usually interviewing people is not going to weed out the crappy writers who won’t be able to produce content for you.

So now you have hired 2 writers and they have started the project and you are just waiting on them to deliver.

Here is where you have to decide if they both deliver great work. Do you only hire one and “fire” the other? Me personally I hire both.

bamGood writers are very hard to come by. I’ve found that out the hard way. I had two awesome writers that would produce great cheap content. and then BAM they stopped responding to my emails and I was left with no writers except my overseas folks, which don’t write my money site content. So its always good to have more writers than you need, so when something happens you can hit the others up.

So that almost sums it up. You have two great writers churning out cheap content for you. This is where you can work with them to get slightly better/more expensive content for your money sites through them.

Copyscape! Buy a premium subscription. Its only 5 cents a search!! Yes I know there are free alternatives out there, but you have to find them and they can be slow or what not. I really think out of all the things you can purchase for your online business. Copyscape is a great buy.

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Reason being I hired a guy and he produced content fast and what looked great at first until I threw it in Copyscape. His content was over 60% plagiarized! He ended up rewriting, but just a word of caution not to trust folks too much.

That is it! Please share if you found this helpful, and Go give Jon a shout-out over at his blog. He does give a good incentive to sign up for oDesk through his affiliate link. He sends ya the names of some of his writers. I did that, and they are pretty good, but they aren’t $2 writers. They are more like $5 writers.

Staying Motivated

How do I stay motivated? Well to tell you the truth, I’m not always motivated. Motivation comes and goes. There are several things that I do to either keep myself motivated or to get my motivation back after it has gone from a 10 to a 5. Podcasts, YouTube, Blog posts, and books are several of the ways I bring my motivation back to a 10. I don’t always do the same thing to get there, sometimes all it takes is listening to a podcast, or reading a book. Then I get back in the game, and hit it harder than before!

There are many different types of motivation that I pull from. Sometimes it is about Sales, Marketing, SEO, Social Media, Business, or Copy Writing. It usually isn’t the same thing every time. Sometimes I get knocked down a bit when I check my rankings and see a drop, or maybe my Google Analytics shows a drop in traffic. Or maybe I’ve gotten told NO by the 5th business owner when I’m selling them on my SEO agency.

Here are some of the top Podcasts, YouTube Videos, Blog posts, and books that get me going and bring me back to a 10!

Some of these people might not jive with how you think or could be considered abrasive. Especially Grant Cardone or even Derek Halpern. They bring a lot of energy to their videos. I think I might have offended someone by sending them a Derek Halpern YouTube video. I sent them this http://socialtriggers.com/build-an-email-list/ Basically Derek said if you aren’t building an email list you are an idiot. I knew she needed it, she was for a potential client. I signed up for her email newsletter and did not get any emails from her over a 4 week period!!!! The only email that I got was to confirm my subscription!!! Nothing! Totally insane to me.

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Ramit Sethi – http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/ramitsethi

Grant Cardone – http://www.grantcardone.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/GrantCardone

Cardone Zone

Young Hustlers – http://young-hustlers.com/

Gary Vaynerchuk

https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVaynerchuk

Derek Halpern

https://www.youtube.com/user/SocialTriggers

Jaime Tardy Of Eventual Millionaire – http://eventualmillionaire.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/eventualmillion

Books –

Do you realize that the average person has only read 5 books in the last 12 months? Personally I’m shooting for 1 book a month. Which will put me about twice the average. Not bad, but not as good as one Stat that I heard saying that the top earning CEO’s read about 5 books a month! I’ll need to up the speed of my reading to be able to get there. I’m not a slow reader, but not a fast one either.

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Do you all have any tips to increase your reading speed?

Have Read:

4hour-workweekThe Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – This book totally changed the way I thought about business and the way to go forward. I’m not sold on the 4 hour workweek for me, but I like the ideas Tim wrote about. I actually enjoy working, but want to be able to have the freedom to say “I’m not coming in the office today, or I need to take my daughter to her first day of school.” Or even just to be able to be home when she comes home from school. That is what I want.

how-to-win-friends-and-influence-peopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Wow! This book was great. Looking back a lot of it actually seems like common sense, but most of us do not implement what Dale writes about in this book.

 

emyth-revistedThe E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do about It by Michael E. Gerber

Game changer for my thoughts on business.

 

Will Read: These are all on my to read list.

Crush It!: Why NOW is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to tell your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuck

Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

The Eventual Millionaire by Jaime Tardy

Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

Blogs

Gary Vaynerchuk – http://garyvaynerchuk.com/

Pat Flynn – http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/blog/

John Dumas – http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/

Totally killing it! John’s July Income was over 282K!

Motivation can be a crazy thing, it can be easy to be a Debbie Downer. Especially if things are not going the way you expect them to. Or if you have negative people in your life telling you that what you are doing won’t work.

Sell, Sell, Sell….Selling doesn’t have to be bad, or sleazy. As long as you are selling something that provides extreme value that you believe in 100% then selling isn’t bad.

So get out there and be motivated!! I know I’m about to explode after writing this post up!

 

 

 

 

 

30 Day Content Challenge

Twitter-stats-day1Today I’m kicking off a 30 Day Content Challenge. The idea and challenge came from Josh over at blog.flightmedia.co. I came across him on Twitter and read a few of his posts. He has done some pretty good things over there. He increased his twitter following all the way to 38K+ in a very short amount of time. Heres mine, I’ll catch up soon :)

I haven’t been good at all about keeping this blog updated. I’ve said it before that Dan over at TMBA was right about blogging not being the best idea when starting out online. I agree for the most part, I’ve been super busy building out 4 websites and starting on 2 others. Along with trying to get some clients for my SEO agency. YakSEO.com. Plus tie all that in with working a full time job, with a family. BUT busy is good! I like the part of blogging where it makes me feel accountable and less likely to not identify things that are lacking or fool myself to think they are better than they really are by writing about them. Like my post about Google hating me, I’m 1k deep into a website that isn’t even getting any traffic, much less making money.

So this challenge will hopefully kick me in the butt, and get some content up. This will be good to be held accountable for writing everyday. Plus getting into the habit of producing content will be a good thing no matter what.

As of right now I have all but 4 days of content planned. Planned not written, lol. Things could change and the topics I have planned aren’t set in stone. There will be a good mix of written blog posts, screen captures, and a video or two.

I’ve never done anything but written blog posts. So it will be a good learning experience to get some screen captures and video going. Camtasia is the software I plan to use for the screen recording.

But if you all have any recommendations on good free software please let me know! The plan for the screen recording isn’t until the end of next week so I have some time to figure out what I’m going to be using and then also record the screen flow.

Here is a shot of my Google Analytics. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the end of the 30 days.

Traffic Stats

Check back tomorrow for the real start of some great content that I have planned out.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

Page 1 or Bust

So its been a minute since I’ve given an update on NS1 and its rankings. Been super busy getting NS2, 3, and 4 built out. Getting content ordered for PBN links has taken quite a bit of time. I’m shooting for 2 links per site per week. So that makes for 32 articles a month just for PBN links! That doesn’t even include planning and ordering any other content for the sites. Busy Busy.

For NS1 I’ve added one piece of content and continued link building.

I’ve added 1 piece of content, and 6 links from a PBN. I really need to get more aggressive with the link building. This brings the total links to 15 PBN links, and 1 HOTH platinum package. The breakdown is 8 links from Lighting Rank ( 2 more are scheduled for August), and 7 links from Rankhero.

The main reason I haven’t is that my two main writers are not putting out content for me like they used to. One of them isn’t even responding to my emails, so I’m not sure what is going on. Which sucks because he was a great writer.

The other writer only does this part time and has a family to raise so I can understand. At least she is able to give me some content even if it’s not much. I’m only getting 2-3 articles a week. They are really high quality though.

Not that I don’t have other writers, but they are overseas and the quality isn’t quite up to where I would like it to be.

I’ve been spoiled with having good writers the last few months, and have forgotten how hard it is to find good ones. I’ve hired 3 more writers on oDesk, but their content isn’t great. One of them says they are from Canada, but I swear he isn’t. His English is broken, and he responds in the middle of the night US time. Which makes me think he is based overseas. Ehh oh well, Personally I don’t really care where the person is from as long as the content is good. Too bad his content isn’t that great, I’ve hired him for 4 articles and every article I have to send back to him because CopyScape picks up the article for not being unique like over 20% matches every time. One of the articles even 44% match. At least he is ok rewrites them and get the content that matches under 10%.

As always I do recommend reading over Jon’s Guide on how to get cheap content.

http://authoritywebsiteincome.com/cheap-article-writing/

Now for the good stuff!! I finally cracked page 2!!! And not just 1 or 2 keywords, 5 total keywords are on page 2. I’m super stoked about this, and hope to see some traffic start rolling in real soon. It’s a real motivation killer when I check my Analytics to see 6 visits for the day L Soon that will change!

The 5 keywords have a total lms of about 5100! Which is awesome. There is also quite a few other keywords that are sitting on page 3 and 4.

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Now I can start thinking about throwing some affiliate links up. From what I learned during my NoHatSEO PTC was that they recommend waiting until you get about 10-15 visits per day before you put affiliate links on your site.

But as you can see I’m not quite up to the 10-15 visits per day. I should be there soon.

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Traffic_numbers and bounce rate

If you want to sign up for the upcoming internship or PTC. They are offering some great stuff this time around.

CLICK HERE

I have some real good stuff coming up. I’ve been reading up on GodofSEO.co and plan on recreating one of his case studies and see if it can work for me.

Also I should have some update for NS2, 3, and 4. I really won’t be writing detailed updates about them. The plan for them is to flip them in the next 6-9 months after they start earning. Well actually one of them I might consider keeping because I believe it has some real potential to be a real authority site, and a good long term project. Plus the niche that it is in, is for a good cause and something that I might personally wouldn’t mind evolving into a bigger thing later on if I have the time and resources. Sorry to be vague, but I might reveal it later once I get it established in the space.

So I didn’t hit my goals for going forward.

Plan going forward. 

  • 2 links a week for the next month. RankHero and RankLightning
  • I added 6 new links, not quite the 8 I was shooting for. But I’ve been spreading my self out between the NS2, 3, and 4.
  • Add one new review post a week – It already has 31 articles so far.
  • I only added 1 new article this past month, Been super busy
  • Start being active on Social Media( whether that is using Social ADR or doing it manually)
  • Wasn’t able to get Social ADR started up or do any Social Media activity

Page 2!! Finally

Hi Action Takers!
So its been a crazy two weeks. I went to #WDS2014 and finished up with the NoHatSEO PTC. So I now have 4 total niche sites! NS1 is finally gaining traction and making me feel slightly better about being 1k deep into this.

Page 2!!

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I broke through to Page 2. NS1 is also gaining some good traction for pages 3 and 4 for a number of other keywords. It is getting past the “Google Sandbox” I believe. From what I’ve learned in the past month is that I should have started building links sooner.

Too bad it hasn’t translated into visitor yet…

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Yes Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is two epic spikes of 12 whole visitors! NS2, 3, and 4 will be more impressive than this. I can’t wait to do a write up of them and lay out my game plan. The keyword research for them has been WAY better than NS1. I actually learned how to properly evaluate keywords along with the 1st page results.

The first links that NS1 got were about a month or so after there were 5 or 6 pages of content. Which now I know I should have built them sooner, when I had my first 3 or 4 pages up. Also I was so worried about killing my site before it even got going kept me from building links. I think I would have seen Page 2 about a month sooner if I had started linkbuilding sooner. But hey you live and you learn. :)

Here is a shot of NS1 stats.  I really need to ramp of some Social Media efforts.

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I really need to take another look Matthew’s Post over at DumbPassiveIncome

He talks about using Social ADR to gain some Social media signal and links. Not sure if I’ll go forward with it, but its always an option.

I’m pretty positive about finally breaking through to Page 1. Several of the keywords have EMD’s on page 1, that are crappy at best. One of them is even using WordPress theme 2012(don’t judge, yes this site is running 2012). And the link profile is literally non-existent.

But who am I to judge?
They are the ones on the 1st page of Google for a pretty decent keyword with a good amount of Search Volume. 6,600 to be exact.

Plan going forward. 

  • 2 links a week for the next month. RankHero and RankLightning
  • Add one new review post a week – It already has 31 articles so far.
  • Start being active on Social Media( whether that is using Social ADR or doing it manually)