The 5 Minute Check You Can Do Now Which Would Have Saved Me $1,800 per Month

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You know that feeling when you really screw up? The one where you get that feeling in your gut and taste in your mouth…like when you bump into a parked car with your parents new car or drop your friends new phone in the lake. No one got really hurt but you know you screwed up!

Well today I am going to share what I did online that resulted in a similar feeling. [Read more...]

The #1 Reason Why Some Niche Sites Fail While Some Succeed

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Maybe I am a slow learner but  for some reasons I seem to make a few mistakes over and over again! This is as true in life as it is in my online business. The mistake I am talking about is trying shortcut what I think should be one of the “laws” when it comes to building websites…always add value!

Having had the opportunity to work with a lot of people building successful and unsuccessful niche sites while at the same time building my own the path to success is very straightforward but not easy…

  1. On Page – Keep it simple with the site design, don’t over-optimize and most importantly ADD VALUE! Create content that truly helps the visitor.
  2. Off Page – Diverse backlinks including non spammy blog comments along with niche relevant & powerful PBN links

Most of number 1 is easy to do with WordPress and a logo from Fiver while #2 can be replicated or purchased. The difficult part is building a site that actually helps people solve the problem or answer the question they are coming to you for.

In my online business every site that has succeeded has had one thing (among others) in common…the content on the site truly added value! While a large number of sites that haven’t been as successful as I would like often had lower quality content that didn’t really “add value”.

Is Good Content Alone Enough?

LET ME BE CLEAR… I am not saying what a lot of the most popular SEO’s say “create good content and the rest will take care of itself” because I think for most of us that is BS. If you have a massive content budget and are playing a 2-3 year game then yes that pure white hat approach can work.

Although it is only one example my own case study site showed good content along was not enough.

In my case study I showed a site that had been ranking in the 50’s for its target keyword for almost a year with no promotion even though it most definitely answered the searchers query better than other sites.

All it took to push that one site up the rankings and to now be firmly at number 1 was a few powerful PBN backlinks (see full case study here).

Adding links at a rate of one per week has continued to push other higher traffic up the rankings as well.

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How Many Backlinks Do I Need to Rank Number 1 in Google

Give Google What It Wants

Google is trying to rank the best content for a given keyword and so we should both give them what they want (the best content) and do what we can off page to signal to them that our content is the best (build quality links).

5 Ways to Create Truly Valuable Content

Saying “create quality content” is far easier then it actually is in practise! To create truly useful content it is not easy to outsource

  1. Round Up Post – This is my current favourite for niche sites because it can be outsourced. Here is a guide to creating a niche dominating round up post
  2. Video Tutorial – One option to create a truly helpful article is to create a video tutorial that helps solve your readers problems.
  3. Hire Staff Writer with Industry Knowledge – Hiring a writer and giving them a title is not enough to get a useful article created. The best way to get truly helpful articles created is to have someone with expertise write them. Not cheap or easy to pull off and very difficult to scale!
  4. Supplemental Tool – Is there a simple tool that can help solve the searchers problem? For example on my student loan site I created a student loan ROI calculator. Another example is my expired domain filtering software I give away for free on my epic expired domain and private blog network guide. Stay tuned for next weeks post where another helpful tool is going to be given away ;)
  5. Collect, Analyze or Assemble Data – Massive lists are another favourite way to create a truly helpful article that can easily be outsourced. Hiring a VA to go do research and then share it with readers is a great strategy to outsource the creation of a value added article. One example of this is pricing tables on Amazon affiliate sites or this list of Education Grants for Single Mothers which is ranking #2 in Google.

Dissolving a Partnership and Changes at LightningRank.com

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Today I am happy to announce a few changes to LightningRank.com (an extremely powerful PBN I have built with only the best domains PA40+ DA30+ etc)

NOTE – LightningRank is currently closed during a transition phase but will open with the best domains and best prices yet soon…Click Here to be notified when it opens again!

Oversharing as my tagline goes(sharing everything but my password) has been something I have always tried to do and today will be no different. [Read more...]

How to Use a Private Blog Network to Improve Rankings – My SOP

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Are you wanting to know how I use my private blog network to improve mine or clients rankings? This post goes into exactly how I use a PBN to get better rankings for my sites.

If you have followed the instructions on my site to build your own PBN or purchased a PBN from me this post will provide you with some actionable information on how to make the most of it!

It is very clear that PBNs are currently very effective at helping quality websites rank…both from my data here and a recent analysis done by Tung showing examples of profitable amazon websites here . [Read more...]

7 Most Influential Business Books Of All Time – At Least For Me

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You rarely realize you are in the middle of a personnel transformation when it is happening…that is what this post is about. Here I share the 7 AudioBooks that have had the biggest impact on my business and its direction.

The inspiration for this post came from a comment on my last post from Alistair Cochrane who proposed the idea that he could track the big changes in his business looking at his audible history. [Read more...]

Podcasts vs Audiobooks – Stop Listening to Podcasts

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Today’s post will be a short one while I share some thoughts on the difference between listening to Audiobooks or Podcasts and which one is best for me. Plus I share my plans moving forward on why I will be listening to fewer podcasts and upgrading my account at Audible (links to Audible are affiliate links).

 

But first a quick car story…

I unfortunately recently had to buy a new vehicle after my “EntrepreneurMobile” as Ian from the TropicalMBA likes to call them (fully depreciated vehicles people choose to drive to allow them to reinvest more money into their business). [Read more...]

Be Successful at Your Day Job or Build an Online Business? Can You Do Both?

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Call me crazy, call me a traitor but I have a secret…the purpose of my online business is not to “finally” get me to quit my job… What?

What I am trying to say is that I do like my job (most days) but I have a very deep desire to be able to put my family in a position that if we ever so chose I could leave my 9-5 (I mean 7-6) job and move my family anywhere (most likely back to our hometown – great skiing and biking!).  So my goal of generating $15k/month of reliable net income by the age of 35 still stands. [Read more...]

3 Most Common Reasons Why Hiring a VA Failed for Me or You

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Have you tried to hire and work with a VA in the past only to have it fail? I have many times! Here are the main reasons that working with a virtual team member fails, at least from my experience.

Based on talking with other people I believe others have struggled with similar problems.

Many of my emails for my contest post had similar themes about why the VA didn’t work out. Here is the contest post (if you applied don’t worry the contest has not been awarded yet)

3 Most Common Reasons Why Hiring a VA Fails [Read more...]

How Many Backlinks Do You Need to Rank on the First Page of Google? Is 1 Link Enough?

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Are you wanting to know how many links you need to rank number 1 in Google. Well … unfortunately no one has that answer, but…

What I do have today is an experiment about the power of one very high authority backlink shooting a site from the 5th page to the first page and having it stick there.

One thing I want to make sure is emphasized is that the site used in this experiment is very high quality with 2,000 words of my own writing about a topic I am knowledgeable and it includes several useful videos. If you don’t have a quality site that deserves to be ranking on the first page of Google than throwing good links at a bad site is lipstick on a pig.

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7 Habits You Must Quit In Order To Build an Online Business on the Side

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Are you wondering how much of a sacrifice is required to build an online business if you currently have a day job and family?

This post lays out 7 habits I enjoyed but happily chose to give up in order to get serious about growing my online business.

Plus I let you in on the 1 tip that made giving up these habits not feel like a sacrifice.

Each habit took up a portion of my time and energy that was not used to grow my business. By cutting out these activities and applying more diligent focus in the last 2 years I have seen my business grow consistently from $1-2k/month to over $10k/month.

My typical online business work schedule has me working 2-3hrs each weeknight (7:30pm-10:30pm) and 6hrs per day on weekends when my son is sleeping. My total hrs worked on my business is typically around 25hrs/week (some weeks can be a lot higher). [Read more...]