Who Wants To Make Money Right Now?...Yes, Right NOW!

by Steven Wagenheim 162 replies
Okay, if you're bored, have nothing else to do and want to make some quick
cash without a ton of work, and WITHOUT having to wait for EZA to approve
your article...give this a shot. And the beauty of this little money maker is
that there are so many niches to choose from that nobody will get in another
person's way...not really.

Here it is...step by step. It shouldn't take you longer than an hour...tops.

Step 1 - Go to Google Hot Trends.

Here is the URL:

Google Trends: Oct 12, 2008

You will notice a TON of hot trends there, so there is plenty to choose
from. These are keywords, things and people that are getting mass
searches RIGHT NOW. It will tell you the last time it was updated. Right
now, as I am writing this, it was updated about 50 minutes ago.

Step 2 - This is the part that takes a little research and most of your
hour. Look for items that you can monetize, either through selling a related
affiliate product (preferably Clickbank as it's easy to sign up) or through
Adsense.

You have to use a little imagination for the monetization part. For example,
right now, one of the hot trends is nascar results. Now, a lot of people
into nascar are into stuff like hats and shirts and other memorabilia. You
can monetize this either through Adsense ads that sell this stuff, or, if
you can find an affiliate program that sells this stuff (won't be Clickbank)
you can sell a few items yourself. Take your time on this part of it because
if you don't monetize this carefully, the next steps are going to be for
nothing.

You also want to do a little keyword research for this to make sure you're
not going up against a million sites. The newest hot trends, especially if
they've never been hot before, will have very few competing sites.

These are the ones you can cash in on quickly.

Step 3 - Get a blogger blog and name it something that fits the niche. It
isn't the best choice but waiting for your own domain and hosting will
not get you up and running quickly. So start with a blogger blog and if
you see it's taking off, you can always move everything to your own
domain later.

Step 4 - Write an article on the subject matter and put it on your blog.
If you are selling an affiliate product, make sure you have a link to it at
the end of the article.

Step 5 - Go to sites like Digg and dig your article. Do this with as many
sites as you can.

That's it.

Total time for this whole thing is one hour, more or less.

They don't all come up winners, but I have hit on some big money makers
when I picked JUST the right hot trend.

It's kind of like playing hit and run at the stock market. Yes, it's risky, but
it's the quickest way I've ever seen of making money when it works, which
for me is about 40% of the time.

Like I said, if you've got nothing to do (and that's the key) and you can
blow an hour in your day, or just want to take an hour to have some fun
(yes, this can be a real thrill ride looking to see if your site takes off) then
I don't see the harm.

Are there better ways to make money for your business? Of course there
are, but as I said, this is for when you want to kill some time and still
make a few bucks besides.

My best blog earned me over $500 in one day for a hot trend that lasted
for almost 24 hours. It was a very big news story from about a year ago.

Anyway, thought I'd throw this out there for a Sunday afternoon for those
of you who aren't into football and are tired of BSing with their Aunt
Matilda.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
    That is sheer craziness.

    I like it.


    ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      That is sheer craziness.

      I like it.


      ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
      It's crazy and it's a lot of fun.

      I do it expecting nothing but when it takes off, it's wild to see the money
      start coming in on stuff that, quite honestly, I don't understand what all
      the fuss is about.

      Half the stuff that these people are searching for I don't even know what
      it is and can't for the life of me figure out why they even give a rat's ass.

      But the point is, they do, so why not capitalize on it?
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        thanks Steve for being so selfless in Sharing these great strategies. Most people just keep stuff to themselves for their own Profit.

        This is cool !!
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      • Profile picture of the author D.K. Magnus
        I learn something useful every time you post.

        Thanks.

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      • Profile picture of the author IM_Geek
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Half the stuff that these people are searching for I don't even know what
        it is and can't for the life of me figure out why they even give a rat's ass.

        But the point is, they do, so why not capitalize on it?
        Amazing post, Steve. Inspired me to do my first blogpost. I don't want to shamelessly promote myself, but the link is in my signature. (ed.: but it won't show, so just in case: http://im-geek.co.cc)

        It's really interesting how a GREAT deal of those searches deal about watching TV shows online, or downloading them through torrents. This will seem strange for a US-resident, but it seems there's a VERY big stream of traffic. The top 25 searches right now have at least 8-10 searches about it, and it seems there's few internet marketers aware of it, simply because the search query that is being used, uses specific kinds of keywords. Or am I wrong?

        I used my geeky touch to elaborate on it. My geek senses also prodict a surge of searches Heroes season 3, episode 5 in all kinds of certain keywords, in a few hours.
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    • Profile picture of the author websitemoneynow
      great blog , capatalizing on current events and trends is a great way to go
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    • Profile picture of the author Dick Doe
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      That is sheer craziness.

      I like it.


      ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
      Right, we should buy more and more beer for Steven so that he continues to spill all the 'secrets' for free like this

      I have gone the Digg route many times but never thought Google trends could be such a great money maker!
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  • Profile picture of the author Razvan Rovinaru
    Thanks for sharing, will give this a try

    Actually I've used a variation of this method before, but I chose the PPC way because there usually isn't any competition for hot trends keywords and the bids are low - it converted pretty well, so I'll try the free route too - should be fun.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    I'm thinking of changing my sig to:

    "Thanks Waggers!"

    ...seems to be all I write these days anyway.

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  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    Awesome Idea, thanks for sharing with us all!
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  • Profile picture of the author itblogger
    Thank you for sharing. A great post.
    But that will be better if you give more examples about what you have done with this method.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clare Moser
    Great Tips Steven. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Brazil
    Nice post Steve. I have done some things like this in the past however I did not do to much with digg and social networking sites. Instead I wrote press releases. There are quite a few places that allow you to submit press releases for free some of which will even get you on Google News.

    If you can put yourself in the right frame of mind and think like a reporter you can do rather well. Of course your press releases do not get approved right away and can sometimes take you a day or so.

    A few years back I had a press release that was about Satellite TV For PC Pro and the possible effects that it could have on the cable / satellite industry. It made me thousands in affiliate sales within a week or so.

    The best part about doing press releases or even digg, etc... is that you do not need to write about a hot trend it simply has to be controversial.
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    Great info...Your a star sharing this
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

    Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      You can use this strategy to add to your existing business as well though. I check Google trends nearly every day and if there happens to be a weight loss trend I write about it on my weight loss blog. My post usually gets indexed within the hour and I get alot of extra traffic, which means I get more subscribers as well as a few sales.
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      • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
        Originally Posted by Hamida Pall View Post

        You can use this strategy to add to your existing business as well though. I check Google trends nearly every day and if there happens to be a weight loss trend I write about it on my weight loss blog. My post usually gets indexed within the hour and I get alot of extra traffic, which means I get more subscribers as well as a few sales.

        Now theres someone who's thinking.....

        Use Steve's methods above for quick cash.....Also do as Hamida here says for longer term income. Best of both .
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
      Another idea for what Steve posted.

      Try this also. I've done it time and time again. And it works all the time. I used it over the past 2 weeks and grabbed a shit ton of traffic from people looking for VP debate times. And connected the traffic with a nice converting voting CPA offer.

      Take some time and build up a decent self-hosted WP site. Create one that covers a wide range of topics. Like a "current events" themed site.

      Slowly build links to it and use the usual social linking techniques too.

      Give this site about a month and post unique content here and there.

      Then have fun with stalking long-tail words from Google Trends and other sites.

      Connect those terms with things that can pay you and you WILL make some $$$.


      The traffic for each phrase you target usually only comes in for a short time. Since the term is usually hot and then slows. But if you get on a term early and connect it with a good offer. You can sit back and watch some nice little chunks of $$$ come in.

      This technique takes a little more time than what Steve posted. But works just as good too. Because once the site has brewed you can use the same site over and over for all the long-tail Trend words you want to profit on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Headhunting55
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      Maybe, but this is a GREAT exercise for those of us just starting out. It's a simple process that involves many of the elements of more complex Affiliate marketing, such as picking a market, picking a product, writing an article, etc.

      I just now went through the steps as Steven described them, and although I may not make a nickel from it, it was certainly not a waste of time. It's just a simple and condensed version of the more complec stuff.

      And, having done it once, my confidence has increased. In fact, I will probably do this several times today and tomorrow.

      Thanks, Steven.....!!

      DJ
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      If you bothered to REALLY read my post, I said that this was just a way to
      kill an hour.

      Not everything has to be about building a REAL business and it doesn't have
      to be done every second of every day. Sometimes people just want to do
      something for fun.

      Fun...remember that?
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      That gets my vote as post of the week Don.
      I wonder if anyone will begin to "get it"
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      • Gosh, thanks for sharing this great content!
        I've never thought of this before.
        You truly opened my eye and what I can do if I'm creative and
        think out of the box.

        Thanks a lot...
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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      I agree, in part...

      However, a real business could be built from this method.

      Let's assume 1 hour per day spent on:

      - writing
      - researching

      Assume you're earning, on average, $30 per trend.

      Hire someone (from RAC) to do the writing and researching...
      @ 1hr, I'd expect to pay around $10-$15 for someone good.

      This way it is scaleable and wouldn't affect my main business.
      If you're consistently earning profit, you can hire more people
      or get the same person to work for, say 4 hours.

      I wouldn't turn away $15-$20 profit for each hour I don't work

      Steven's method above is no substitute for growing a real business, but
      it can bring in much needed cash, in a short amount of time - cash
      that can either be reinvested, or pay the bills - taking pressure off
      you while you grow your business.

      It's much easier (for me) psychologically to grow a business without
      the pressure of HAVING to earn immediately.

      With that said, I chose another route...

      I went BACK to my job, and grew my business on the side -
      then went part time on my job - and then when I was losing
      money by being at my job, I left... there's 95% chance I'll never
      have to go back to a regular job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Thanks Steve for the excellent tips and ideas! Think also about applying Google insights into the idea and in case some haven't heard... First major upgrade ever, Google Blogsearch...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
    You especially can make money Right Now if you choose products to promote that are based on the $7 Dollar or the Rapid Action Profits script, that way you get paid directly to your PayPal account.

    Or, if you have any PLR material based on the subject, go through and edit it, add affiliate links, and sell it directly to the traffic coming from the site. This may not be possible because of the urgency of the trend, but it's not impossible.

    Do it! Do it now!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bishop81
    That's also a great way to pull in a little income to use for funding your projects. If you spend a few hours each week on this, you could hopefully have at least a good $100 or $200 to use for buying domains, sites, hosting, etc...
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      You know you could make this excellent strategy far more powerful if you did it in niches where you already have sites, you're collecting email addresses etc.

      That way you could be driving traffic to adsense or monetizing your site in these ways but also be picking up new prospects and clients for the sites you're running.

      Ultimately in your online marketing you want the effort you put in to pay you in multiple ways.

      Kindest regards,
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        You know you could make this excellent strategy far more powerful if you did it in niches where you already have sites, you're collecting email addresses etc.

        That way you could be driving traffic to adsense or monetizing your site in these ways but also be picking up new prospects and clients for the sites you're running.

        Ultimately in your online marketing you want the effort you put in to pay you in multiple ways.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
        That is true. The problem with the hot niches concept is that a lot of
        them don't fit into your "standard normal" niche. Actually, I have found
        that most of the hot niches are more of the news/entertainment variety.

        In other words, turn on the TV, watch the news or the hot new program
        or maybe premiere movie and you'll find a lot of these things popping up
        in the hot searches.

        But sure, if you have a regular niche, simply writing relevant news type
        articles related to that niche and then going to sites like Digg will most
        certainly bring you extra traffic.

        This is something you should be doing on a regular basis anyway if you're
        running a content based model. For those who just dump thousands of
        dollars a month into pay per click, no, this method isn't going to be very
        appealing.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
          Thanks for the excellent idea Steven...here's what I did.

          I was working on a WP site and saw a long tail kw that was "mildly hot" and related to what I was already working on. I grabbed an article from EZA (complete with bio box and all) and made a page with that keyword as title.

          I then 'digg'ed it and set about researching an article of my own. I finished my own article (500 words) and replaced the one I'd borrowed. I then did the SEO plugin for that page.

          Time will tell, but my digg is 4th on the first page(!) for that term after only a few hours.

          Brand new site, no traffic yet so we'll see how it does when the analytics kick in.

          Thanks man, I may not make a penny, but the urgency and fun of getting something up and running sure made that lousy football game at lot easier to swallow!

          Stephen

          p.s. How do I upload a picture on here? I was trying all afternoon and still can't get it.
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    Great advice, Steven. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tina Williams
    Steve-

    Thanks for the fun idea on a Sunday! It's a great idea for pretty much any day of the week too. Whenever I look at Google Trends there are always some tings that I have to wonder "what were they thinking" when they were searching? But your point is well taken...who cares if you can capitalize on it and have some fun at the same time?

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    Hey, Steve! Great post!
    I imagine you recommend DIGG because usually it could rank on the 1st page of a SE within few minutes (if competition is low), right?

    So it makes me think... I think I might do a 24h challenge, meaning I'll do that for 24 hours straight, doing a new hot trend every 2 hours or so
    Could be a great blog post...

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      Hey, Steve! Great post!
      I imagine you recommend DIGG because usually it could rank on the 1st page of a SE within few minutes (if competition is low), right?

      So it makes me think... I think I might do a 24h challenge, meaning I'll do that for 24 hours straight, doing a new hot trend every 2 hours or so
      Could be a great blog post...

      Alex
      That...seems like a good idea!

      I'd like to know your results.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
        Originally Posted by Chris Hunter View Post

        That...seems like a good idea!

        I'd like to know your results.
        Well, the idea is good... but I checked Google and the hottest trends seem to be names... ellie smith, don drysdale... I don't think I can do much with it. 2 word keyword phrases, which also happen to celebrity names - I m not sure how much one can do with it...
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    I did this earlier today shortly after you posted this. My Digg post is number one for the keyword - my blog is nowhere to be found though. I am also seeing a few twitter posts on the first two pages for that keyword, so Twittering might be something to consider too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Rollend
    Thanks Steven, this a great idea. I already started working on it.

    Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
      Originally Posted by kundanghanekar View Post

      I don't know who is a thief..
      It is same like ewen chia showed me
      Because only ONE person can come up with such idea?
      Wow...
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    • Originally Posted by kundanghanekar View Post

      I don't know who is a thief..
      It is same like ewen chia showed me
      Bloody Hell! This is why I rarely post in forums. Replying to posts like this usually leave me with my foot in my mouth, wishing that I had rather just shut up. So I'll just restrain myself.

      @kundanghanekar: Have you never heard the saying "great minds think alike"? I myself learned something similar from one of Alex Goad's books. Take Steven's post for what it is - a FREE gift

      @Steven: Thanks for your post. It has given some ideas that I can test (on one of my *real* businesses)- WHILE HAVING FUN at the same time...
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Good Tips!

    Don't forget Squidoo also
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    • Profile picture of the author dclodge
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Good Tips!

      Don't forget Squidoo also
      Good point. I created the blog and then went over to squidoo and create a lens there.

      Thanks Steve for yet another great and valuable posting.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      As much as I see Dan's point.. I have to say that I am guilty of testing this a few times and having some pretty sexy results on a sunday afternoon..

      It's fun to test your game a little like this...

      Peace

      Jay

      p.s. Alex.. that 24h things seems like we could have a ball... Ustream -> some beers -> Google Trends.. and DIGG.... that'd be cool to put on ya know..
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    • Profile picture of the author traces2757
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Good Tips!

      Don't forget Squidoo also

      I've been wondering about Squidoo. I've noticed that lenses aren't coming up in Google like they used to. Not in the first 2 or 3 pages, anyway. I wasn't sure if I should keep putting any time into Squidoo or not.
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      • Profile picture of the author Megas
        Thanks Steven.
        This has given me several ideas for promoting my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Great post, but can you go into a little more detail onh ow you implemented the content so you made money?

    Cheers for the idea, will certainly use it if i can spin an idea into money in my ehad through the blog.

    This is always the sticking point for me, i have a great diea but never feel like i can spin money from it properly through implementation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Jay could you give me a few pointers on implementing this idea?
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      Jay could you give me a few pointers on implementing this idea?
      Matt...

      Go to socialmarker.com and register with some of the bigger sites

      DIGG, Propellor etc.. the bigger named ones...

      Then hit Blogger.com and create an account, this way you can have unlimited free blogs in all manner of niches as and when you need them...

      Then follow Steve's link to Google trends above... get used to the feel of GTrends, it will become your best friend whilst doing this little game....

      Then pick a monetizable (is that even a word??) HOT Trend... and fire up a blogger blog in your new account with an URL with the trend in the name,

      I just looked over there at GTrends and saw Watch Entourage episode 5... so hit up an URL like entourageepisode5.blogspot.com...

      Now write an article (or 3 if you are feeling creative)... plug in your adsense code or some CPA offers around entourage merchandise or fun things...

      Then use Socialmarker to bookmark that badboy with DIGG, propellor etc...

      Watch it ride and do another if you are feeling lucky...

      Sometimes it will end up a complete waste of time... other times you will have a laugh seeing the profits off such a simple task.. it's fun to do and you can test your game a little by experimenting with new trends...

      I've hunted in full niches before as a result of this simple little play around

      Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    I've recently bought socialbot so i can social bookmark quite easily.

    So basically you just make money from the adsense?

    Do you use the under 10,000 compeition rule for keywords of that niche though? or do you just go in any compeition. It's the adding content and mentizing the g-trend/keyword that i find hardest.

    Is this basically getting people to the page to earn off adsense?
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      I've recently bought socialbot so i can social bookmark quite easily.

      So basically you just make money from the adsense?

      Do you use the under 10,000 compeition rule for keywords of that niche though? or do you just go in any compeition. It's the adding content and mentizing the g-trend/keyword that i find hardest.

      Is this basically getting people to the page to earn off adsense?
      It doesn't have to be adsense.. some hot trends can have products that fit perfectly with them...

      Clickbank isn't the only game in town.. look at independent affiliate programs, and CJ.com etc...

      CPA offers... CPL programs...
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  • Profile picture of the author tmdassc
    Hiya Steven,

    Thanks for another great informative post.

    Geez, I don't see what all the fuss is about though. All this talk about being a thief, not being a business, etc... hell, it is just a simple idea of a way that can make some quick cash every now and then when you have an hour or so to kill.
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    • Profile picture of the author JordanFrancis
      Thanks Steven.

      This looks like a fun way to kill time and make a little cash at the same time. Can't argue with that. Naturally, if it ain't fun to some of you, then do something else. Pretty simple. I don't think anyone will be hurt by your decision
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    • Profile picture of the author JackieLee
      Hey Jay,

      Have any good places to pick up CPA offers? I have a lens I wanted to use a CPA offer on but haven't been able to figure out where to get them.

      Thanks,
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      Steve thanks for sharing the strategy!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
        To all the people saying this is not a real business model. WHO CARES!

        It is a great way to generate some nice extra income for mindlessly easy work.

        If you follow Steven's example or the example I posted about using your own hosted WP domain you will make some cash.

        So what if it is not a business model. This is something you can do in your free time. Hell, you can crack a beer late at night while at your computer and do this. It really is that easy.

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    • Profile picture of the author clint48
      Thanks Steven, I have been using G trends and blogger for a few months, but it's funny how just reading about something can get you to thinking and this thread started me thinking about a good niche to use with G trends so thanks a lot for starting it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
      Originally Posted by tmdassc View Post

      Hiya Steven,

      Thanks for another great informative post.

      Geez, I don't see what all the fuss is about though. All this talk about being a thief, not being a business, etc... hell, it is just a simple idea of a way that can make some quick cash every now and then when you have an hour or so to kill.
      Exactly!

      Not only that, but what about the newbies just starting out who have yet to make a single sale online?

      I remember my very first sale. My commission was $1.60.

      It was the hardest $1.60 I've ever made online, because it was the first. Before that, I had no belief or expectation that IM would "work" for me. Once I made that very first commission, everything changed.

      I forever viewed the internet differently, and my life has been much better for it as a result.

      If Steven's generous offering helps just one new marketer make his or her very first sale, and that sale leads to them to now believing in themselves, and they go on to leave their job and do this full-time, then how valuable did this turn out to be?

      Bravo Steven! Your generosity is something I hope to emulate here as time goes by.

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    • Profile picture of the author JasonParker
      Nice tips Steven.

      I don't know if this was mentioned in this thread or not. It's so long that I didn't get through much of it.

      Here's a Google Trends Tool by WordTracker. It's free and it'll help you find long-tail keywords for different trends.

      Free GTrends Tool From Wordtracker
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by JasonParker View Post

        Nice tips Steven.

        I don't know if this was mentioned in this thread or not. It's so long that I didn't get through much of it.

        Here's a Google Trends Tool by WordTracker. It's free and it'll help you find long-tail keywords for different trends.

        Free GTrends Tool From Wordtracker
        Jason, the problem with the tool is it doesn't update real time like Google
        Hot Trends does. For example, the current number 1 hot trend shows no
        searches at WT, which is clearly wrong since the trend is volcanic.

        So unfortunately, this tool, for this purpose, is useless.
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        • Profile picture of the author JasonParker
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Jason, the problem with the tool is it doesn't update real time like Google
          Hot Trends does. For example, the current number 1 hot trend shows no
          searches at WT, which is clearly wrong since the trend is volcanic.

          So unfortunately, this tool, for this purpose, is useless.
          Aha... Good to know. Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Karin
      Thanks for the post. It is a great way to find out where the money is. Social bookmarking is such an easy way to get started. I have used a method similar to yours and came up with some winners.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Oh i think i see how it works now. I was thinking the traffic would come from search engines which made me not quite understand but now i see the actual traffic is coming from digg, stumbleupon etc.

    I've noticed i get about 200-300 uniques when i stumble something.

    Do you do you target the search engines at all?
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      Oh i think i see how it works now. I was thinking the traffic would come from search engines which made me not quite understand but now i see the actual traffic is coming from digg, stumbleupon etc.

      I've noticed i get about 200-300 uniques when i stumble something.

      Do you do you target the search engines at all?
      Yes it works both ways Matt, target the search engines too.. usually the stumbleupon traffic doesn't convert well with products, but they do like to click things and get things for free.. hence the CPA offers etc

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    • Profile picture of the author ladyjane
      Cool idea! I just gave this a try. Found a hot trend on Google, threw up a quick Blogger blog about it, with four posts, added Adsense to it, and bookmarked it like crazy to a bunch of social bookmarking sites. Now, let's see what happens with it!
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    • Profile picture of the author reapr
      Great post Steve you have my tail Wagen'.

      Similar to a method I use and works great.
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        I just watched the video series on this great method. If you need extra help with this, you can also access 7 FREE videos by Soren Jordansen who walks you through the step-by-step process.

        Be sure to also utilize propeller.com, stumbleupon, delicious, socialmedian, FeedAgg.

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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    Every single day I'm amazed at the number of ways there are to turn a buck online. This life certainly isn't for everybody but it sure gets my vote!

    Thanks for this post Mr. Wagenheim
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    First, let me say I see both sides of the issue.

    There seems to be a bit of a misconception in some of the replies here. How so? Well, there is always a chance that one of these hot trends will stay hot, and become the next big thing.

    Imagine if Google had their trends running about 10 years ago. You check the results one day and see this thing called "work at home business", and decide to spend an hour following the plan. My guess is you would still be raking in profits on it. Obviously, names are less likely to stay big for a long time, but you never know. Britney Spears stayed 'hot' for a long, long time (and may be hot again very soon), and other 'names' could do well.

    Granted, these may be rare, but that doesn't mean that both sides of this issue can't be right. It's a bit of a gamble no matter what you choose, but the risk is small and the payout may be decent. If nothing else, it could be a good way to do something different to keep things from getting too monotonous.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Forey
    Is it better to set up a blogger account or use wordpress on a subdoamin. Main domain is pretty general url?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
      Originally Posted by Michael Forey View Post

      Is it better to set up a blogger account or use wordpress on a subdoamin. Main domain is pretty general url?

      Thanks
      Michael
      Michael,

      Read the freaking original post. Steven clearly states:

      "Step 3 - Get a blogger blog and name it something that fits the niche."

      Pay attention, dude. Reread #3 if you have any more questions about that task.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Forey
        Originally Posted by Chris Hunter View Post

        Michael,

        Read the freaking original post. Steven clearly states:

        "Step 3 - Get a blogger blog and name it something that fits the niche."

        Pay attention, dude. Reread #3 if you have any more questions about that task.
        -- Damn just asking a simple question. You have obviously as lot of pent of frustration --

        I did read the post and maybe you should read step 3 again yourself:

        “Get a blogger blog and name it something that fits the niche. It
        isn't the best choice but waiting for your own domain and hosting will
        not get you up and running quickly”

        Obviously, if I am talking subdomain I have hosting and could create a subdomain that fits.

        Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
    Dude, just follow the directions.

    Don't over complicate it.

    Try both! It's not rocket science.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    >>
    However, a real business could be built from this method.
    >>

    I agree, is very interesting, since this is Niche Marketing to the max....in a sense that it is even limited in time.

    Not that long ago i read about a similar concept, not sure if google trends was used or even "google news".

    it was about getting the literally recent trend, whatever it is, and the example was about some rap-star which hit headlines this very day.

    Person made a site about this rapper, and started PPC, and (as far as i remember) made a killing from AdSense within hours.

    Since this is a VERY quick living thing i am thinking further, you could immensely expand on this concept. Maybe i will work on somehing.

    What i am thinking:

    AUTOMATION!!

    Imagine a tool going out on google trends, google news and getting the latest trends, and automatically create/fetch articles, slap those on a landing page/template...upload on blogger/squidoo etc...and this basically 24h/day....7 days/week automatically You wouldnt even need to bother about adsense since AdSense would slap the right ads on your page, based on content.

    Darn..my fingers itch to create something like this...i am aware there are systems like this out there already...but this would be solely and especially for short lived but extremely hyped trends.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      >>

      AUTOMATION!!

      Imagine a tool going out on google trends, google news and getting the latest trends, and automatically create/fetch articles, slap those on a landing page/template...upload on blogger/squidoo etc...and this basically 24h/day....7 days/week automatically You wouldnt even need to bother about adsense since AdSense would slap the right ads on your page, based on content.
      I've been doing this for a while now. Sometimes Google likes it and other times they like to raiseth their pimp-hand and smack down.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    So if someone wants to make money NOW!
    There is a HOT Trend (on Google) - anti palin t shirt

    ... Cafepress.com offers such t-shirts - most importantly they offer an affiliate program! Go for it and make some quick cash! Elections are coming up and people will be looking for these... especially now, after FOX NEWS talked about it
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      So if someone wants to make money NOW!
      There is a HOT Trend (on Google) - anti palin t shirt

      ... Cafepress.com offers such t-shirts - most importantly they offer an affiliate program! Go for it and make some quick cash! Elections are coming up and people will be looking for these... especially now, after FOX NEWS talked about it
      Boom! Right there. A great tip man.


      See how easy this is. Go make some money with this one.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      So if someone wants to make money NOW!
      There is a HOT Trend (on Google) - anti palin t shirt
      I saw this trend, but I can't figure out where it's coming from -- the Google results for the phrase don't show anything currently happening.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
        Originally Posted by KenStrong View Post

        I saw this trend, but I can't figure out where it's coming from -- the Google results for the phrase don't show anything currently happening.
        Fox News talked about it today...
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      So if someone wants to make money NOW!
      There is a HOT Trend (on Google) - anti palin t shirt

      ... Cafepress.com offers such t-shirts - most importantly they offer an affiliate program! Go for it and make some quick cash! Elections are coming up and people will be looking for these... especially now, after FOX NEWS talked about it
      This is EXACTLY the kind of stuff that has landed me hundreds of bucks in
      a day for doing almost nothing.

      Yeah, it's kind of sleazy, but at least it's legal.
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    • Profile picture of the author dexthor
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      So if someone wants to make money NOW!
      There is a HOT Trend (on Google) - anti palin t shirt

      ... Cafepress.com offers such t-shirts - most importantly they offer an affiliate program! Go for it and make some quick cash! Elections are coming up and people will be looking for these... especially now, after FOX NEWS talked about it
      I saw this one and tried to find the kws for it. But all the words I put into Google (varying from 1,000 to 40,000 searches) were topped by one or two sites (cafepress, zazzle, etc.)
      I gave up the idea thinking that people who would search those t-shirts would naturally click the first link they saw, right? My blog would stand no chance.
      So, what's the idea with the blogs? Would all my traffic come from soc. bookmarking site alone?
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      • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
        Originally Posted by dexthor View Post

        So, what's the idea with the blogs? Would all my traffic come from soc. bookmarking site alone?
        Yes...

        something that's newsworthy and "in buzz" is worth stumbling, digging, tweeting etc.

        You might pick up a little SE traffic, if you're indexed quick enough - but not necessarily worth concentrating on - unless it's a trend that's going to keep growing over a number of days... S Palin T-shirts are one such thing that "might" just do that.

        You should focus all your efforts on driving traffic via social bookmarking in my opinion.
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        • Profile picture of the author dexthor
          Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

          You should focus all your efforts on driving traffic via social bookmarking in my opinion.
          Yeah, that make sense now.
          Thanx Karl.
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  • Profile picture of the author ItsMoneytime
    Thanks Steve...I'm On It!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      Reading your tip, Steven, resulted in a "duh!" moment for me. Sometimes the obvious is right in front of your face (considering I just started a Blogger blog on a certain niche *wink wink*).

      Thank you! Now .... where to find that spare hour .... Anyone got a spare hour???

      *Barb wanders of into the WF crowd as you hear her ask, "You got a spare hour I can have?" "Anyone have a spare hour I could have?"*

      :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Viner
    This is a great thread and very inspiring. I am going to get started on this right away.

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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Google Trends: marcia brady, Oct 13, 2008

    Marcia Brady? ROFL

    Seriously, though - if you could figure out a way to monetize the Southern California wildfire, you'd be in fat city.
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    • Profile picture of the author cscarpero
      You could always post it to Associated Content. They are just paying for traffic so you wouldn't have to worry about monitization.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
      Originally Posted by steveinidaho View Post

      Google Trends: marcia brady, Oct 13, 2008

      Marcia Brady? ROFL

      Seriously, though - if you could figure out a way to monetize the Southern California wildfire, you'd be in fat city.
      Go on CJ, find who sells Fire Extinguishers
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  • Profile picture of the author Chiayee
    I'd like to give some suggestions here. Following techniques work for me in the past:

    1. Ringtone offers: if you monitor G trend carefully, you will notice that some song titles are in the top 100 occassionally. The search terms are usually in this format : "song title + lyrics".
    Well you can set up a quick slash page that contains the lyrics, singer bio, and its youtube video(if available), then sprinkle with ringtone offers(make the offer big and noticeable).Next, social bookmark the page. You should be able to make a quick buck or two.

    2. Occasionally, people are looking for information for some sport events (UFC, NFL etc etc). A great way to monetize these traffic is to sell tickets to these sport events.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommyfocus
    I will incorporate this into my plans right Now!! Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Susan Hope
        errr Shane, your post really has nothing to do with this topic plus I see you have basically asked the same thing in 3 other places.

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          • Profile picture of the author David Reed
            Originally Posted by trueblue23 View Post

            Well no one has replied and I am excited. Sorry.

            Oh and This forum is about making money RIGHT NOW isn't it?
            Your post here is out of context. If you want to find your account deleted then just carry on with your "spammy" messages.
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          • Profile picture of the author Susan Hope
            Originally Posted by trueblue23 View Post

            Well no one has replied and I am excited. Sorry.

            Oh and This forum is about making money RIGHT NOW isn't it?

            For sure it's about making money. I was trying to point you gently in the right direction about how to use this valuable forum and for you to avoid what David points out below, if you carry on that way you could get your account deleted.

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    Cool, thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      My best blog earned me over $500 in one day for a hot trend that lasted
      for almost 24 hours. It was a very big news story from about a year ago.
      Well, since the trend is gone, why not share specifics so people will have a better idea what you're talking about. Nothing beats real world examples.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhlehr
    I decided to do this. However, I learned a valuable lesson here. I haven't worked with actively promoting affiliates very much, but I found a nice ebook that fit in perfectly with my chosen niche. Unfortunately it wasn't through a recognized place like CJ or Clickbank, but was run by the individual product owner.

    Got everything set up, and then had to go work on other things for a day. When I checked my stats tonight, I had made $5.00 off of adsense, but no affiliate sales. Mmmm. I checked my affiliate stats and discovered that I actually had 994 people click on the affiliate link in just over a day! Not bad, but not one sale!

    I decided to purchase the ebook myself (even though I knew what was in it) to test the link. I got the book ok, but the sale never showed up on my stats. I emailed the product owner to explain the situation. She said she's noticed an increase in traffic on her site over the past day or so, and have made some sales, but nothing could be attributed to my link. She was even surprised that my own sale, through my own affiliate link, didn't get recorded. She refunded me the money I paid, and said there wasn't much she could do about the sales or the link problem.

    So, I spent the past couple of hours putting together my own ebook on the subject, and have now replaced my affiliate links with my own product.

    Live and learn.

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  • Profile picture of the author sridhar
    Steven: Just to test how this works out, I have implemented your idea. Here's the baby.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
      sridhar, mind keeping us informared on your blog of this?
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    • Profile picture of the author adamv
      Originally Posted by sridhar View Post

      Steven: Just to test how this works out, I have implemented your idea. Here's the baby.
      The links in your blog post to your affilliate program are not working. When I clicked on them a blank page came up.
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  • Profile picture of the author sridhar
    Matt: I am not sure how to track the no. of clicks from Adsense since I've used a 'gadget' for the ads and it doesn't provide any Adsense channels. If I get a commission from ClickBank product that I have linked there, will come back and update the thread.

    adamv: Strange, it works fine for me. I tested both the links and they both take me to _http://fasttvdownloads.com/?hop=srikat

    Can anyone please test them?
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    • Profile picture of the author remodeler
      Originally Posted by sridhar View Post

      adamv: Strange, it works fine for me. I tested both the links

      Can anyone please test them?
      They all worked fine for me. Am interested in the amount of traffic you get from this. Lots of good info in this post. I'm off to give it a go!
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      That does bring up a good question - how do you track the effectiveness of your Adsense ads in your Blogger blog if there is no way to "hook" it to a channel within your Adsense account?

      Originally Posted by sridhar View Post

      Matt: I am not sure how to track the no. of clicks from Adsense since I've used a 'gadget' for the ads and it doesn't provide any Adsense channels. If I get a commission from ClickBank product that I have linked there, will come back and update the thread.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

        That does bring up a good question - how do you track the effectiveness of your Adsense ads in your Blogger blog if there is no way to "hook" it to a channel within your Adsense account?
        You simply go to your Adsense account and add a custom URL channel.

        If I get the time, I'll make a Camtasia video on how to do this. It's not hard.
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        Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

        That does bring up a good question - how do you track the effectiveness of your Adsense ads in your Blogger blog if there is no way to "hook" it to a channel within your Adsense account?
        setup the ad units from your adsense account instead of through blogger. You'll have to edit the template though.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamv
      Originally Posted by sridhar View Post

      adamv: Strange, it works fine for me. I tested both the links and they both take me to _http://fasttvdownloads.com/?hop=srikat

      Can anyone please test them?
      I tried clicking the links again and I'm getting the "internet explorer can not display this page" message. The url that comes up in the browser bar after clicking the link is http://bit.ly/amysedaris

      Good luck with your test of this method. I'm going to try one of my own.
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    Thanks for the great information.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulGee
    Yes there are some strange niches come up using this method but it's still a good idea. I think Jay's system is probably the fastest way to promote this method and intend to do something similar myself.

    Thanks, Steven for sharing this with us.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by PaulGee View Post

      Yes there are some strange niches come up using this method but it's still a good idea. I think Jay's system is probably the fastest way to promote this method and intend to do something similar myself.

      Thanks, Steven for sharing this with us.
      A lot of the niches will be totally useless, even for Adsense. Quite honestly,
      some of this stuff, I don't even know why people would look it up. But every
      once in a while, you'll find a keyword phrase that has you salivating, and then
      you check the competing sites and there's nothing out there.

      Like I said, 40% of the time, the niches I choose earn me money. Picking
      them is the hardest part. You have to develop kind of a sixth sense for this.

      That's why this isn't really a method that you can teach a "step by step"
      approach to because a lot of it is the selection process. Sure, I could
      point out certain things to look for, but that would solely be based on my
      limited imagination.

      In other words, the more out of the box you can think doing this, the more
      successful you will be doing it.

      That's why this is such a great money maker for anybody regardless of
      how many people know about it, because not everybody is going to have
      the intuition to pick just the right niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author vbm08
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    Thanks Steven, Another Great Method To earn some good side income. But cashing on the search data available from Google Trends requires a very deep and meaningful keyword analysis. As most of the time, the searches performed everyday would not be profitable or marketable all the time. But if you get on the right rising keyword news then you definitely hit the jackpot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Darrel Hawes
    Steven,

    Thanks for this... you always give great ideas for people to try.

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  • Profile picture of the author TashylaB
    You always know what to say, how to say it and especially at random times. Thanks for the post Mr. Guru
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    Steven, what would we do without you?! YOU ROCK!!
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  • Profile picture of the author wordsandthings
    I registered to this forum after reading this post, and trying it out. Friggin awesome! Totally worked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior Markets
    Great post, Steven

    With regards to making a blogger blog on the hot trend, as mentioned earlier, it's clear that a lot of the trends are either TV programmes, or names of celebrities. So, with regards to copyright issues, we can't, for example, have Britneyspears.blogspot.com, right? What about Heroes.blogspot.com?

    Also, it was mentioned that you should look at the competition for your keywords. But I'd assume that the system was more geared towards using social bookmarking sites to deliver direct traffic; wouldn't that bypass any 'competition' factors? (Obviously, lower competition is better, but would that be more for 'long-term' interests?)

    -WM
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Warrior Markets View Post

      Great post, Steven

      With regards to making a blogger blog on the hot trend, as mentioned earlier, it's clear that a lot of the trends are either TV programmes, or names of celebrities. So, with regards to copyright issues, we can't, for example, have Britneyspears.blogspot.com, right? What about Heroes.blogspot.com?

      -WM
      Says who?

      What am i doing with my life?

      It's there. There's nothing on it, but it's there. And I don't see Blogger
      or anybody demanding it be taken down.

      If you look all over the Internet, you will see TONS of blogs with
      celebrity names.

      If the celebs began demanding that they all be taken down, we'd all be
      up the creek.

      So I don't see a problem of putting up brettfarve.blogspot.com if you
      can get it.
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    Thanks Steve. Great information!
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  • Profile picture of the author adam123
    Thanks for sharing.

    It's really informative and sounds great. And you share it for free

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by adam123 View Post

      Thanks for sharing.

      It's really informative and sounds great. And you share it for free

      Thanks
      Well, it's just an outline. To go into great detail would have taken pages and
      pages, but it should be enough to get you started.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash37
    I hate when people praise posts like this because in theory they work but no one ever tries it and post their results...

    Well I tried this, setup about 20 blogs yesterday... all on hot and volcanic topics according to Google trends. All different niches, some CPA offers, and some ebooks. One product promoted per page (I.E. no Adsense). Dugg, ping'd, bookmarked blogs.

    RESULTS:

    On average I got 18-20 visits per blog. No clicks to the offers, no sales. And barely indexed, if that. I have a lot of respect for you Steven but I have to say that your preaching to the choir here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Cash37 View Post

      I hate when people praise posts like this because in theory they work but no one ever tries it and post their results...

      Well I tried this, setup about 20 blogs yesterday... all on hot and volcanic topics according to Google trends. All different niches, some CPA offers, and some ebooks. One product promoted per page (I.E. no Adsense). Dugg, ping'd, bookmarked blogs.

      RESULTS:

      On average I got 18-20 visits per blog. No clicks to the offers, no sales. And barely indexed, if that. I have a lot of respect for you Steven but I have to say that your preaching to the choir here.
      Just because YOU didn't get any results doesn't mean that this system
      doesn't work.

      Maybe your blogs don't have anything on them that got people interested
      enough to stay or click on any of your affiliate links, Adsense or whatever.

      That's like people who come here and bitch that article marketing
      doesn't work because they wrote 10 articles and didn't make any money while I know tons of people, myself included, who make a killing doing
      article marketing.

      I'm sorry this didn't work out for you, but don't bash the whole thing
      just because YOU didn't get any results.

      ** EDIT ** One other thing. Just because something is volcanic doesn't
      mean that it's monetizable. There are plenty of trends out there that
      have no way of being monetized. You have to learn what to look for
      and how to take advantage of it. That's the key.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
        OK, here's some results from back when this thread first started...

        I found a hot trend related to the US Presidential election. I already had a Wordpress blog related to the election hosted on a subdomain of my main domain. (This blog had virtually no traffic before this.)

        I put up a post related to the hot trend (so while the main search term was in the post title, it was not in the URL or the blog title, because that had already been created)...and I social bookmarked it in a few sites.

        (AdSense was the only monetization for all this..)

        The first day I made $84.38.

        The next few days I made declining amounts. I kept adding posts over the next week, but didn't see any rise in results -- apparently most of the traffic was going to the first post (that's where all the comments ended up, too).

        After about a week, it was down to a buck or two a day. Then suddenly, one day I got a traffic spike and made about $40.00.
        Then back down to almost nothing.

        Now the last couple of days, after getting zero clicks for about a week, I'm getting mini-spikes worth a couple of bucks a day.

        I check the Gtrends page, but I can't figure out where these later traffic spikes are coming from.

        I also made a blog about the SoCal wildfires -- got lots of traffic for a few days, but almost no clicks. That would be a hard one to monetize.

        Also tried a few other blogs on other hot trends with no success. So it seems very hit and miss, but obviously it can work very well.

        Thanks, Steven, for starting this thread!
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by KenStrong View Post

          OK, here's some results from back when this thread first started...

          I found a hot trend related to the US Presidential election. I already had a Wordpress blog related to the election hosted on a subdomain of my main domain. (This blog had virtually no traffic before this.)

          I put up a post related to the hot trend (so while the main search term was in the post title, it was not in the URL or the blog title, because that had already been created)...and I social bookmarked it in a few sites.

          (AdSense was the only monetization for all this..)

          The first day I got 1,682 impressions, 644 clicks, 38.29% CTR, $84.38.

          The next few days I made declining amounts. I kept adding posts over the next week, but didn't see any rise in results -- apparently most of the traffic was going to the first post (that's where all the comments ended up, too).

          After about a week, it was down to a buck or two a day. Then suddenly, one day I got a traffic spike and made about $40.00.
          Then back down to almost nothing.

          Now the last couple of days, after getting zero clicks for about a week, I'm getting mini-spikes worth a couple of bucks a day.

          I check the Gtrends page, but I can't figure out where these later traffic spikes are coming from.

          I also made a blog about the SoCal wildfires -- got lots of traffic for a few days, but almost no clicks. That would be a hard one to monetize.

          Also tried a few other blogs on other hot trends with no success. So it seems very hit and miss, but obviously it can work very well.

          Thanks, Steven, for starting this thread!

          Ken, as I said, my success rating with this is about 40%. $84.38 for your
          first day is pretty good, but I've had better days than that, as much as
          $500.

          Does it work EVERY TIME? Of course not. I've picked some real turkeys.
          But for the amount of time I put into this, it's certainly worth it when you
          hit on a winner for all of 30 minutes work.

          Thanks for sharing your results.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cash37
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Just because YOU didn't get any results doesn't mean that this system
        doesn't work.

        Maybe your blogs don't have anything on them that got people interested
        enough to stay or click on any of your affiliate links, Adsense or whatever.

        That's like people who come here and bitch that article marketing
        doesn't work because they wrote 10 articles and didn't make any money while I know tons of people, myself included, who make a killing doing
        article marketing.

        I'm sorry this didn't work out for you, but don't bash the whole thing
        just because YOU didn't get any results.

        ** EDIT ** One other thing. Just because something is volcanic doesn't
        mean that it's monetizable. There are plenty of trends out there that
        have no way of being monetized. You have to learn what to look for
        and how to take advantage of it. That's the key.
        That isnt even an acceptable rebuttal.

        It works because in theory... it would.

        It doesn't work because I tried it and I know it doesn't... wait! That's not true! In because theory it has to work eventually!
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by Cash37 View Post

          That isnt even an acceptable rebuttal.

          It works because in theory... it would.

          It doesn't work because I tried it and I know it doesn't... wait! That's not true! In because theory it has to work eventually!
          Maybe you should read Ken Strong's results posted in a few posts above
          this one.

          I'm done arguing about this because it's an argument I'm not going to win
          with people who have already made up their mind.

          Doesn't work for you? Don't do it any more.

          Simple enough?
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        • Profile picture of the author Nato Guajardo
          Originally Posted by Cash37 View Post

          That isnt even an acceptable rebuttal.

          It works because in theory... it would.

          It doesn't work because I tried it and I know it doesn't... wait! That's not true! In because theory it has to work eventually!

          Not to start an argument but I agree with Cash. I've noticed that Mr. Wagenheim's products and posts are very theory based.

          Does this stuff actually work? Maybe, but I'm not going to waste my time on adsense when I could be actually building a business. Been there and done that with adsense.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Nato Guajardo View Post

            Not to start an argument but I agree with Cash. I've noticed that Mr. Wagenheim's products and posts are very theory based.

            Does this stuff actually work? Maybe, but I'm not going to waste my time on adsense when I could be actually building a business. Been there and done that with adsense.
            This can work with Adsense, Amazon Products, CPA, affiliate products,
            anything.

            People HAVE built businesses around this model, though I personally don't
            recommend it. And as I said in my post, this is just a quick and easy way
            to pick up a few bucks a day.

            And as for my products, unless you have actually purchased them, how
            can you say whether or not they are "theory" based?
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            • Profile picture of the author Nato Guajardo
              Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

              This can work with Adsense, Amazon Products, CPA, affiliate products,
              anything.

              People HAVE built businesses around this model, though I personally don't
              recommend it. And as I said in my post, this is just a quick and easy way
              to pick up a few bucks a day.

              And as for my products, unless you have actually purchased them, how
              can you say whether or not they are "theory" based?

              I was away for a couple of years building my offline consulting business but I've been a member for a long time under a different handle. I'm pretty sure your old username was "swagen". I have a couple of your products.

              I'm not hating just my opinion. I'm sure you make money in the IM niche.
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          • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
            Originally Posted by Nato Guajardo View Post

            Not to start an argument but I agree with Cash. I've noticed that Mr. Wagenheim's products and posts are very theory based.

            Does this stuff actually work? Maybe, but I'm not going to waste my time on adsense when I could be actually building a business. Been there and done that with adsense.
            LOL @ wasting your time on adsense... tell Darren Rowse that.. ask him what his biggest money maker was last year...

            Steve posts could be considered as theory based, and because people like cash wanna make broad sweeping statements it would appear that it doesn't work, and although it might not be a 6 figure strategy.. it can and does result in cash when done right and with a keen eye on the trends.. and it makes a fun afternoon testing your research and implementation skills..

            Peace

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            p.s. Speed Of Implementation.. google it
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            • Profile picture of the author Cash37
              Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

              LOL @ wasting your time on adsense... tell Darren Rowse that.. ask him what his biggest money maker was last year...

              Steve posts could be considered as theory based, and because people like cash wanna make broad sweeping statements it would appear that it doesn't work, and although it might not be a 6 figure strategy.. it can and does result in cash when done right and with a keen eye on the trends.. and it makes a fun afternoon testing your research and implementation skills..

              Peace

              Jay

              p.s. Speed Of Implementation.. google it
              Broad sweeping statements?! I actually did it.
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        • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
          Originally Posted by Cash37 View Post

          It doesn't work because I tried it and I know it doesn't... wait! That's not true! In because theory it has to work eventually!
          What you meant to say was

          It didn't work for ME because I tried it....

          There is a sea of affiliate's out there who get slapped by pay per click every week, but does that mean it doesn't work for profits????

          Same with article marketing
          Same with squidoo lense building and amazon products
          Same with formula one racing
          same with fishing
          same with playing football
          same with golf..

          You tried it and it didn't work for YOU... maybe you didn't have it down right?.. but I can vouch for this little trick... I've done it multiple times, it's not a strategy, it somethin fun to do when you find a hot trend.. make a little cash sometimes.

          But it works for me....

          So to come here and rubbish that on the strength of 20 blogs that you put up is complete nonsense my friend..

          Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author obiswill
    Good post! I looked at the hot trend and realized there was something I could use for another business. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Monty
    Yes, this is the same stuff that was in "Current Event Domination" last year and in the bonus pack of my WSO, "SEO Supremacy".

    Going after Google Trends is still a viable and profitable venture. When you're ready to take it to the next level, however, take a look at Google Insight. Holy cow!

    Nice post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Franck Silvestre
    Awesome Steven.

    I like the simplicity of your Google Hot Trends method.

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  • Profile picture of the author getmorebuyers
    This works if you hit gold and can become a waste of time if you don't choose the ideal hot item that people want to buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rien
    Just thought I would post some results. I posted about 5 blogs at first just choosing things that were heating up and made about 9 cents.

    Earlier I put up a real short blog post (maybe a paragraph or two) on a volcanic trend and splashed adsense around it. I made the adense ads a different color than the background instead of blending it like the first 5 I had done.

    I was lucky enough to get a trend that was hot with not many posts on it just yet. I popped up the blog and posted to about 10 bookmarking sites (less than an hour to do, more like a half hour). Within a half an hour after bookmarking it, the blog had made a little over $10. I know that it is not much, but in that little time I am pleased with the results.

    It is also a nice break from other IM activities (I am working on a sales page).

    I think the key though is speed, as you need to jump on the trend right as it is heating up or peaking and trend selection. The first 5 I picked just because it was in the top 10 and just wanted to test the waters. I think what also worked was putting myself in the shoes of the other person. This last trend has folks basically looking for a link to get what they are after (works well for adsense - IMHO).

    Give it a shot, I am sure at day's end I will have made back my purchase (of Steve's WSO on this method).

    Thanks Steven.
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  • Profile picture of the author MeTellYou
    awesome tips. thanks,
    Sebastian
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    • Profile picture of the author andreypod
      Hi Steve,

      thanks for the great idea!

      I have implemented it, however something is not working for me. I have just checked my blog and adsense ads are not showing up on one of my computers. I had over 2000 impressions per day and only a 6 clicks so I suspect there can be something wrong with my blog theme and that people just can't see the ads when they view the pages.

      Do you guys mind having a quick look at yournewsfix(dot )com to see if adsense ads are showing? They are supposed to be just under the posts heading.

      Thanks in advance!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave777
        Originally Posted by andreypod View Post

        Hi Steve,

        thanks for the great idea!

        I have implemented it, however something is not working for me. I have just checked my blog and adsense ads are not showing up on one of my computers. I had over 2000 impressions per day and only a 6 clicks so I suspect there can be something wrong with my blog theme and that people just can't see the ads when they view the pages.

        Do you guys mind having a quick look at yournewsfix(dot )com to see if adsense ads are showing? They are supposed to be just under the posts heading.

        Thanks in advance!
        Your adsense ads are showing just fine in Canada exactly under each post heading...

        Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author sridhar
    andreypod: Nice blog. Ads do appear below the first three posts. The max. no of text/image ad units per page is 3, if am not mistaken. So ads aren't appearing from 4th post onwards which is just fine and the way it should be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chaz Bennewith
    Steve,

    Fantastic post. That's opened my eyes up to what is possible.
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    Hi,
    Great post for all of the newbies trying to make it work.
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  • Profile picture of the author shibbeymon
    This is still a quick and viable idea to try ( I gave thanks to Steve as well ) but does anyone check the dates of threads before posting on them and dragging them back to the top of the main forum? LOL.

    Then again maybe it should be brought back up to top.....
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleDearest
    Very cool post and Thanks for this Steve! I'm a relative newbie. I'd say on a scale of 1-5 I'm maybe a 2. I can grasp the idea of this so I thought I'd give it a try! I did it yesterday. I saw the words TEST DIES and had no idea what it was. Went to check it out and discovered it was a wrestler. I decided to give it a go. I used a blogger blog, did a little research and just basically wrote he died and history...here's the blog if anyone wants to check it out: (I can't make it a link cause I only have 7 posts)

    testdies.blogspot.com]Andrew Martin Test Dies

    Now I have to say this took me about 4 hours! lol...That was only my second google blog too so that slowed me down.but writing the article was the longest part. I am not good at writing about something I don't know about, researching. So I am wondering too, is this blog too much? Would a few pics and just a basic news story work? (in my own words of course)

    I am so new to social media that I didn't know what to do. I had a Digg account so I posted to it. That's all I posted to. I tried to do some other similar stuff but they wouldn't permit it for one reason or another. So anyway, all I did was the Digg and the Blogger. I got on the second page of google real quick and as of now I have 75 hits in less than 24 hours. I had 12 clicks to the epn campaign so tomorrow I'll let you know if I sold anything.

    I can imagine with even a few other Digg type places where one could really get a ranking fast. I REALLY LIKE THIS IDEA. I know it's not a way to make money often but the fast pace of it combined with SEO tactics is challenging and as you said, it's kinda FUN! I can see where someone with a little more experience and know how than me could really take advantage of Google trends and make a game of this once in a while. Then as you said, you get lucky sometimes and make a few hundred! I'll post my results Monday evening.
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  • Profile picture of the author AtticusBaker
    I genuflect in your direction, Steven! I would kneel longer, but I need to get working on this! Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author tradewiser
      Hi steven,

      can you tell me how this method is different from the the one you have for sale?

      thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by tradewiser View Post

        Hi steven,

        can you tell me how this method is different from the the one you have for sale?

        thanks
        wal
        The only difference is the ebook goes into a lot more detail on the steps
        involved. But what I have posted here should be more than enough for you
        to figure it out on your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevereel
    Another great idea from Steven. I'm adapting this to watch for hot trends related to one of my niches, just to add a little more juice... but thats easy juice to add that I wouldn't have had. Thanks, Steven!
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    Love it! Thanks Steven.
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    Holy cow I feel like I just stumbled onto a pot of gold!
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  • Profile picture of the author clarissa25
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    Now steven, just wondering adsense takes like a month to pay correct? you have to wait a bit before u actually get the money right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis-White
    I can see how this can work, thanks for teh info... Im going to try right now with a few trends
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  • Profile picture of the author AmyKay
    Too funny. I just saw a lot of people searching for 4/20. Turns out it's national pot smoking day. Who knew?
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  • Profile picture of the author carlcholette
    Nice info, I bought this ebook written by Micheal Campbell called GOOBERT last fall and It is basically a similar methods of using google alert and social site.

    Never tried it though, so could not say how well it works. Looks promising though.
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    I did this same exact thing months ago for "Youtube guitar hero" for one little post on my blog
    Youtube Guitar Hero 5 Hilarious Videos

    I did not get amazing results, but it is still a tried and true traffic generator and somehow got page rank 3 all by itself!
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  • Profile picture of the author Styleearn.com
    Thanks for the awesome share, But what's the traffic matter? I meant , only digg can do it?
    I think adwords is too a good option , though need initial investment.
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