Now A Free eBook - 7 Steps to Build a Profitable Niche Site Without Spending A Penny

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Everyone wants to get started in Internet Marketing, but few know what to do. You may join a "program" which is another way of saying you do the same thing as everyone else. It doesn't succeed. So you try something different. The problem is, due to lack of experience, you make critical mistakes, and, once again it doesn't succeed.

What is needed is a template that forces you to do the main things right, but leaves you enough latitude to add your own personality into the mix without breaking anything. What I propose in this thread is a simple way to identify a niche that you know you would like working in, then build some sort of affiliate site that serves that niche, and finally get traffic to the site and start a revenue stream.

The beauty of this method is that you can personalise it 100% and do something totally unique. All of this without spending one red cent. Here goes:

1. Get Keyword Ideas
Go to Google, and click the link called "shopping" at the top left of the page. Underneath where it says "Search Stuff To Buy" there are 25 search terms of things people want to buy right now while you are staring at your computer screen. Scan the list. If you see anything that you think you would like to sell, write down the search term. Refresh the page. Repeat this process until you have 20-30 search terms. Don't worry if you don't know enough about the thing to write anything intelligent. You can research the topic later. Of course if the keyword describes something you know about all the better.

2. Research Keyword Search Volume
Go to http://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal. One by one, type in your 20-30 keywords and click "Get keyword ideas". The main reason we are looking here is to get some information on search volume. However, we may stumble upon slight variations on our keyword that are less competitive and easier to target.

When you do this you will see a list of keywords on the left, and the search volumes on the right. Trim your list down to keywords with over 1,000 searches. If you see variations with good search volume, write them down too. You will see why in a minute. One of the first niche keywords I came across on the Google shopping search page was "fiber optic lighting". As of this writing it has 27K searches a month. This is really high, probably too competitive for us. But I will keep it on my list for now. I will also keep variations such as "fiber optics lighting", "fiber optic light" and "fiber optic lights" which all have healthy search volume.

Now it's time to research the commercial intention of your keywords. Note: This was not included in the original OP. I honestly don't know how I managed to forget it. It is a gem, so if you don't know about it yet, it's time you did!

What does commercial intention mean? Well, broadly speaking there are two kinds of keywords: buying keywords and information keywords. People are looking for information most of the time. But sometimes they are looking for something they want to buy. When we see a keyword we need to know which one it is. You or I may think we know the difference, but we could be wrong. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find out how many times an actual keyword resulted in a purchase? Well you can. Go to adlab.microsoft.com/Online-Commercial-Intention, type your keyword in the Tool Input field, be sure to click the Query radio button, then click Go. You will get a number between 0.5 and 1, plus a qualification of Commercial Intention or Non-commercial. You only want words with an index that indicates commercial intention, and the higher the better. Personally I like to shoot for 0.8 but this is not always possible. However, our search term fiber optic lighting has a Commercial Intention of 0.91! It doesn't get any better! (I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't rather be selling fiber optic lighting kits...) Proceed this way with each of your keywords, and write down the Commercial Intention value next to each one.

3. Research Competing Pages
Now go to http://www.google.com and search each keyword, putting it in double quotes. In other words, don't search fiber optic lighting, search "fiber optic lighting". This will return only pages that have the exact phrase you are searching, and these pages are the most likely to compete with you in searches. This is an excepted method used by many successful marketers to pre-qualify search terms. It is not perfect and there are other parameters you could consider, but for you, right now, it is a good place to start.

When you search "fiber optic lighting" with the quotes you will see something like Results 1 - 10 of about 135,000 for "fiber optic lighting". (0.18 seconds) in the upper right of the results page. This tells you that you are competing with 135,000 pages. I don't know about you, but I am beginning to find this exciting. As marketers we want the maximum number of searches and the minimum number of competing pages. As a rule of thumb we go for at least 1,000 searches per month and at most 100,000-150,000 competing pages (exact numbers vary from marketer to marketer). Here we have a whopping 27K searches and only 135K pages!! This may be a goldmine. But we're not finished yet.

Do the search again like with the allintitle operator. Search allintitle:"fiber optic lighting". We get 1,400 pages that have our exact search term in the page title. Anything under 10K is good so we are still on solid ground.

Next go to PageRank Search - SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization, Google Optimization and search for your keyword without quotes. This nifty tool will display the top results with the Page Rank of each page. Page Rank is not the be-all end-all in judging how competitive a page may be but it is an indication. What we want to find out is what we are up against. If the top 5 results in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) are all PR5 and up, then we are in trouble. If they are all HubPages and Squidoo, and Ezine Aritcles, it will be a piece of cake.

When we do this for "fiber optic lighting" we see that there is some formidible competition but some easy stuff too. A mixed bag. The greatly feared Wikipedia page has PR6 but it is below the fold (bottom half of the page) and the #1 result has no PR. It may be worth a go.

You may wish to corroborate all of this by doing the search directly on Google, and clicking through each result to see the PR with your Google toolbar. (If you don't have it just search "google toolbar", find and install it in your browser. It shows you the PR of every page you visit).

4. Decide On Your Horizontal
Now you know your "vertical" market - fiber optic lighting, or whatever you may have chosen. This must now fit into a "horizontal" market. Three are covered here:
  • physical products shipped from Amazon, Ebay or a multitude of other retailers
  • information products shipped from ClickBank or other digital product marketplaces
  • CPA income from a CPA (Cost Per Action) advertising network
You need to make a decision about which one suits you best. You may have a preference for information products, or you may have found a niche that really wants a physical product to ship, for example, a specific model of a consumer electronics product. Only you can decide at this point.

5. Find A Product To Sell
Now you need something to sell. What you do next will vary depending on what decided in step 4:
  • for physical products, just search your keyword on amazon.com and ebay.com. Try to find products to ship. Also look for retailers by searching your keyword on Google until you find one that can drop ship products for you. You will need to open an affiliate account with the chosen retailer. Procedures vary from one to another.
  • For information products, visit clickbank.com, open an account, log in and click on "Market Place". Search products using your keyword until you find information products that serve your market. Do some ground work on the numbers after each product description: sale price, future, referred, gravity and % commission. This is too big a subject to cover here. If you are serious about doing ClickBank there are good resources here on this forum where you can find out more.
  • For CPA revenues, you must join on or more CPA networks. You can begin by applying to NeverBlue, MaxBounty, CXDigital to mention but three. There are loads of them. Just search "CPA" on this forum.
6. Create Your Money Page
Now go to squidoo.com and open an account. Write a 250 word article on your subject. Create a new lens and put the subject in a new text field. After the article, put an affiliate link to your product. This may be a ClickBank hop link, an Amazon affiliate link, or a creative provided by your CPA network. Squidoo will complain that your lens does not have enough stuff on it to make it interesting, so keep Squidoo happy and add some stuff. If you don't like Squidoo or if you find it too complicated you can always try HubPages. Stay away from WordPress because they do not like commercial blog postings.

Now you have a complete business all set up. You just need some customers. That means getting traffic.

7. Get Targeted Traffic
Go to lemonarian.com. Download the report that explains how to build a link wheel. Write a second 250 word article, different from the first one, to be used in your link wheels. Make sure your second article is a blog post that talks about your subject but does not appear to be trying to sell anything. You will get better results with review-type text rather than ad copy.

Open accounts on Weebly, Blogger, WordPress, Vox, LiveJournal and HubPages. Build a link wheel using these six Web 2.0 properties. Use your second article on all six. Duplicate content is ok, according to Lemonarian. Use your keyword in the anchor text of all the links to your money page, and the links to the other spokes of the wheel.

Build backlinks to the spokes of the link wheel using bookmarking sites such as A1webmarks , Ask, Backflip, Blinklist, Connectedy, Delicious , Diigo, Linkagogo, Mylinkvault, Spotback, Spurl, OYAX, Pixelmo, TeDigo, MyPIP, SyncOne, Yattle, Memfrag, Ziki, i89 and Chipmark . Try to put 1 to 3 new links per day per spoke of the wheel. This is tedious work so you may want to automate it. There are a number of automated services around this forum that have a free trial period. Use them, and if you haven't made a sale by the end of the free trial just cancel your subscription. But you can get this off the ground without spending any money, that much is certain.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Fantastic stuff, Peter...

    This is the kinda stuff that makes people cash.. and that's what we're here for

    It's not my kinda business plan.. I much prefer starting from my own websites.. but for the n00b amongst us... quick cash to re-invest is possible with this..

    There are many people who can take this info and act on it right away if they need to!

    Peace

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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Outstanding post Peter As I do with other fantastic and informative WF threads, I have bookmarked this thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author jujusan
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      Fantastic stuff, Peter...

      This is the kinda stuff that makes people cash.. and that's what we're here for

      It's not my kinda business plan.. I much prefer starting from my own websites.. but for the n00b amongst us... quick cash to re-invest is possible with this..

      There are many people who can take this info and act on it right away if they need to!

      Peace

      Jay
      Hey i'm new to the forum and I'm psyched AND kinda overwhelmed by so much info about internet marketing, can anyone PLEAAASE point me in the right direction so that I can understand all this, so I can actually use it? Whoever is kind enough to reply thankyou very much
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      • Profile picture of the author Hackbridge
        Originally Posted by jujusan View Post

        Hey i'm new to the forum and I'm psyched AND kinda overwhelmed by so much info about internet marketing, can anyone PLEAAASE point me in the right direction so that I can understand all this, so I can actually use it? Whoever is kind enough to reply thankyou very much
        Hi Jujusan

        What you should do is introduce yourself to the forum and tell everyone what your aspirations are with regard to making money online.

        Welcome

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  • Profile picture of the author jbode
    Hey Peter that's good advice for new internet marketers,

    I would use blogger as my main site instead of squidoo because there is less distractions with blogger, this results in more people clicking on the product/offer instead of outside links.
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    • Profile picture of the author peetred
      Originally Posted by jbode View Post

      Hey Peter that's good advice for new internet marketers,

      I would use blogger as my main site instead of squidoo because there is less distractions with blogger, this results in more people clicking on the product/offer instead of outside links.
      There are ups and downs of both. The up side of squidoo and hubpages is that you automatically get a better ranking in google because of their rank.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by jbode View Post

      Hey Peter that's good advice for new internet marketers,

      I would use blogger as my main site instead of squidoo because there is less distractions with blogger, this results in more people clicking on the product/offer instead of outside links.
      Interesting... and a valid thought about Squidoo. I lean toward Squidoo because they actively encourage commercial content where others ban you for it. But the distractions are there for sure, and this could impact CTR.
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      • Profile picture of the author JustaWizard
        Good solid content.

        I'd advise spending $10 on a domain name and $7 on hosting and create your own site using Wordpress as the CMS, and then use Squidoo Hubpage etc as other spokes in the wheel because although it's not likely that Squidoo or whatever free site used will crash and burn anytime soon, but relying on free web sites and not owning your own domain and having secured hosting means that if they do go down for any reason, poof goes your money site.

        I realize the theme here is doing it free, but sometimes paying a little is worth quite a lot.

        My $0.02

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  • Profile picture of the author Abiel Jiqna
    Thats a great post can u tell witch automated service you would use??
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
    Originally Posted by adriano9 View Post

    Thats a great post can u tell witch automated service you would use??
    Hmmm... You're putting me on the spot here... Maybe you could take a peek at my sig?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gee S
    Great Post Peter! Appreciate the info
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Thanks Peter, need to cash in some extra $$$ to buy a new car to my wife and will test this technique next days. I know it should work cause this is what i (kind of) do with my sites Will test it for CB/PDC products.

    Thanks, really needed a reminder on how simple things work.

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    • Profile picture of the author badfun
      Great post Peter. I didn't know about Google 'shopping'. very cool!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    The big problem with this model is......

    You're at the mercy of someone else - if Squidoo shut down or went offline ,or just closed your account or your lense... Your money stops and all of your efforts are for nothing.

    I would suggest if you're doing this to spend $1 or $2 on a domain name (.info are cheap) and have that as the place, even if all you do is redirect it to your Squidoo lense, if the lense craps out - you just redirect to somewhere else and keep making money.

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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewHansen
      Great post...

      And it would be perfect if you substituted Squidoo.com to "YOUR OWN WEBSITE"

      Sure you'll have to wait an extra few weeks, even a month for income. Might even cost you a few dollars more for a domain and hosting...

      But you won't have someone shut you down if you make a mistake, you'll have total control over your content and sales message (so you can convert more!) and you'll be building an asset that YOU own and can do with what you want.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Tani
    Oh dear...

    I didn't know about this feature of Google shopping. Now I can't stop refreshing.

    *sigh*

    ;-)

    Love,
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  • It is so important to remember that there are an endless variety of keyword phrases that people will use to find your product or service. It really helps to spend time getting inside the head of your target audience and predicting their behavior.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimerson Farveez
    Hey Peter, You R the man...
    Nice tips buddy, actually, you gave me idea to begin a new business. Hm, let's begin and get success with your tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author anwar001
    This is a very informative and excellent post. I am looking forward to trying it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
      Hey all,

      Not a bad plan at all.

      My only suggestion is definitely put the money site on your own domain.

      Also, before you go through all that work test the commercial viability of the keyword you are going after first.

      All you need to do is run an Adwords ad using your main keyword. You don't have to get the ad profitable, all you need to do is run the ad and see if you can get any sales.

      If you run the ad for a couple commissions in clicks go by without getting a sale then don't waste time putting in all that work.

      Test your market first. Then set up your free method money machine.

      Your time is worth much more than the cost of running the ad to see if anyone wants to buy it at all.

      Also, after I seen it could sell I would set up an opt in and start building a list.

      Terry
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
        Originally Posted by Terry Hatfield View Post

        Also, before you go through all that work test the commercial viability of the keyword you are going after first.

        [snip]

        If you run the ad for a couple commissions in clicks go by without getting a sale then don't waste time putting in all that work.
        Really good advice. Won't necessarily work all the time though... depends on the bid...

        Originally Posted by rapidscc View Post

        Wow thanks for the google shopping thing.. will go try it now..

        EDIT: I'm not seeing the shopping link..Where is it? :-(
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        • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
          Thanks for that. Food for thought there for a site I'm in the process of setting up. Lemonarian is so cool - I'd never heard of it before. Is that guy a member here?
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        • Profile picture of the author JamesBlack
          Peter,

          Thank you for this great post.

          Google shopping, FANTASTIC!

          I hope you become a Kajillionare
          for helping us with this info.

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  • Profile picture of the author cheesy
    Thanks for the detailed post, im going to bookmark this thread and try it out myself
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    • Profile picture of the author redrossero
      The idea with the Google shoping is great. However, due the fact that so many people do linkweels nowadays, they are not effective anymore, at least not for me and it lets too many footprints.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Gallivan
    Hi Peter

    Great information.

    My thoughts are similar to some of the others who suggest get a domain name and have your own site. Wordpress is easy to use.

    Mary
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  • Profile picture of the author actionplanbiz
    This is a Great Detailed Post. Thank you very Much.
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  • Profile picture of the author vitrow
    Great post.
    help and support
    grow together.
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    • Profile picture of the author Al Vaughan
      Hey Peter
      Great post, many thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishthakkar
    Where did u get the info -> ""fibre optic lighting". As of this writing it has 27K searches a month"

    I think it's for fibER optic lighting...


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  • Profile picture of the author Pipinscott
    Thanks Peter great post. Great quick start to $$$

    hmmmm Squidoo going down? How long has it been operating?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis-White
    Great post great read this will work for any new marketer is they stick to the plan!
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  • Profile picture of the author yommys01
    Great post man. Will be usefulf for my project next month
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Wow thanks for the google shopping thing.. will go try it now..

    EDIT: I'm not seeing the shopping link..Where is it? :-(
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  • Profile picture of the author $life
    Thanks..for such a nice share!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author LIndaB
      Where did u get the info -> ""fibre optic lighting". As of this writing it has 27K searches a month"

      I think it's for fibER optic lighting...
      Since Peter is in the UK, it would be "fibre" optic lighting, just as he said.
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  • Profile picture of the author MSGeek
    Awesome. In essence Bum marketing on steroids. Especially thanks for LinkWheel reference - love it! Although compared to multi-level linking, it's just a matter of time when Google will be able to crack 6-property wheels - they already announced "more powerful" search engine platform.

    One concern though: it requires to create a lot of fake blogs, and lately it seems that FTC started to investigate those, or is it just a rumor?
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by MSGeek View Post

      One concern though: it requires to create a lot of fake blogs, and lately it seems that FTC started to investigate those, or is it just a rumor?
      The method does nothing that remotely concerns the FTC, which has taken on a number of sites lately, particularly the **** berry type offer that starts with a freebie and you can never cancel and they keep billing you. Undoubtedly some people may be using fake blogs and whatever to promote these offers, but the blogs themselves are not the issue.

      You may end up posting the same article to half a dozen accounts. This is analogous to an author submitting the same article to half a dozen magazines, and is perfectly legitimate in my view. I wouldn't call them fake blogs, myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Great post here man. But what I'm stuck on is the competition research. When looking at the PR for the top ten results, what's the maximum PR number we can attack? Like 3 or below - go for it or what?
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by Biggy Fat View Post

      Great post here man. But what I'm stuck on is the competition research. When looking at the PR for the top ten results, what's the maximum PR number we can attack? Like 3 or below - go for it or what?
      I have seen pages with PR0 in postion 1 and PR6 in position 5, so I wouldn't pay too much attention to PR. That said, if all the top sites have high PR, you may be in for a battle. Also, you need to avoid terms where the top slots are held by the likes of wikipedia or other well-known authority sites. If you can find terms with not competition above PR3, all the better.
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      • Profile picture of the author warfore
        Great stuff in this post. Thanks alot. You've given me three new tools to research.
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  • Profile picture of the author GFox
    Very well done, Peter. So nice of you to take the time to put this valuable information together and then share it. Kudos!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    This is awesome stuff Peter, I would have gladly paid for this information.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      This is awesome stuff Peter, I would have gladly paid for this information.
      Hey, if you want I can give you my PayPal details... ;^)
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  • Profile picture of the author ex9to5guy
    great thread, i need to try this out
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  • Profile picture of the author dherbert
    Good advice.
    When you search “fibre optic lighting” with the quotes you will see something like Results 1 - 10 of about 32,000 for "fibre optic lighting". (0.18 seconds) in the upper right of the results page. This tells you that you are competing with 32,000 pages.
    Actually you might not be up against 32,000. It's a google feature that if you keep pushin on "Next" which is beside #10 at the bottom of the page you will end up getting a number a lot lower. Like if you look for a word that returns a thousand results and you keep clicking on Next to see where it actually ends, you will end up getting a number like a hundred. And I don't mean the content which is not unique. I always do key word shopping in pairs of 2.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDebtEliminator
    Hello Peter,

    This was an excellent post

    Very informative

    I am going to implement some or your ideas

    All the Best
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerry MD
    Good Job
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    • Profile picture of the author stevendennis
      nice informative post for generating traffic.thanks for sharing your post.
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      • Profile picture of the author fxmmorale
        This is a very informative post that takes away any excuses for not getting started and making some money... but...

        The only problem I have with making squidoo the money site is those freakin' in context Kontera links they're using to steal my traffic.

        I've noticed a few other article directories are starting to use these and that's a jacked up way to treat authors.

        Other than... Great post :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author Joshua.E1
        Thanks Peter for the sharing.

        There is something I think I need to add in is the search for phrase match.

        Using phrase match to search for your competitors is not the good way, where I would suggest using (allintitle:Your Keyword phrase) is much better.

        Because Google uses the title tag of the web page as the most important search relevancy (besides inlinks).

        Anyway the SEO people who does promote the product knows that the keyword must be in the title.

        So use the allintitle to find out your true competitors.
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
          Originally Posted by Joshua.E1 View Post

          Using phrase match to search for your competitors is not the good way, where I would suggest using (allintitle:Your Keyword phrase) is much better.

          Because Google uses the title tag of the web page as the most important search relevancy (besides inlinks).
          Good point. Although I still think that both can be used. You may notice that the allintitle operator is in fact mentioned in the article:
          Originally Posted by Peter Adamson View Post

          Do the search again like with the allintitle operator. Search allintitle:"fibre optic lighting". We get 1,400 pages that have our exact search term in the page title. Anything under 10K is good so we are still on solid ground.
          I would appreciate remarks from experienced marketers as to the ideal number of competing pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      The big problem with this model is......

      You're at the mercy of someone else - if Squidoo shut down or went offline ,or just closed your account or your lense... Your money stops and all of your efforts are for nothing.

      I would suggest if you're doing this to spend $1 or $2 on a domain name (.info are cheap) and have that as the place, even if all you do is redirect it to your Squidoo lense, if the lense craps out - you just redirect to somewhere else and keep making money.

      Andy
      Originally Posted by JustaWizard View Post

      Good solid content.

      I'd advise spending $10 on a domain name and $7 on hosting and create your own site using Wordpress as the CMS, and then use Squidoo Hubpage etc as other spokes in the wheel because although it's not likely that Squidoo or whatever free site used will crash and burn anytime soon, but relying on free web sites and not owning your own domain and having secured hosting means that if they do go down for any reason, poof goes your money site.

      I realize the theme here is doing it free, but sometimes paying a little is worth quite a lot.

      My $0.02

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      Originally Posted by Mary Gallivan View Post

      Hi Peter

      Great information.

      My thoughts are similar to some of the others who suggest get a domain name and have your own site. Wordpress is easy to use.

      Mary
      Thanks for great OP!

      Please could someone recomment a source/URL for getting a (free) website template that would fit nicely with Peter's IM model?

      thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
        Originally Posted by Ian Jackson View Post

        Thanks for great OP!

        Please could someone recomment a source/URL for getting a (free) website template that would fit nicely with Peter's IM model?

        thanks
        WordPress has been suggested as a basis for doing this type of thing. You can get a cheap hosting account with hostgator or similar with one-click WP installation. Then, you can create one blog posting for each money page. If you build it on WordPress then you have 100's of free templates to choose from. Just google 'wordpress template'. Is this what you were thinking of?
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        • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
          Originally Posted by Peter Adamson View Post

          WordPress has been suggested as a basis for doing this type of thing. You can get a cheap hosting account with hostgator or similar with one-click WP installation. Then, you can create one blog posting for each money page. If you build it on WordPress then you have 100's of free templates to choose from. Just google 'wordpress template'. Is this what you were thinking of?
          Not exactly Peter, but thanks for your reply anyway! I'm kind of used to, and familiar with, my Dreamweaver8 software, but do recognise what you say about WP.

          I tickled about a bit with WP on my Hostgator cPanel fantastico several months ago, think I should get my head around it again; I'm printing Colleen's "Blog Inferno" as I type

          Thanks for your OP

          Cheers
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        Originally Posted by Ian Jackson View Post

        Thanks for great OP!

        Please could someone recomment a source/URL for getting a (free) website template that would fit nicely with Peter's IM model?

        thanks
        Limedomains ( I am not an affiliate but a customer) is offering free hosting with domain registrations. I have just registered a few and am trying the hosting, which includes a lot of software including WP. Not bad until now, great for trying out some new niches without spending more than 10 dollars or so!
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Hart
    Hi.

    Very nice information, and a good road map to follow.

    I had some problem finding Google's shopping because my version of Google did not show any direct link called "shopping".

    If any others having the same problem you can find it at:
    Google Product Search

    Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author SMP
    Great post Peter.

    I've noticed alot of people on WF are looking to establish themselves online and start working towards making money with minimal investment. This is just the sort of thing they are looking for.

    This process you have outlined brings into focus that, as long as you are prepared to dedicate a bit of time and effort to put your business together, there's no reason that 'average Joe' can't start to make money online.

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  • Profile picture of the author thebaddest101
    Nice post, a lot of people do not research competing websites enough
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  • Profile picture of the author Toelover
    Great article Peter.
    I just joined this site ... kind of new to the whole internet marketeer thing and trying to make my first steps and your article certainly gave me a direction to follow and some great ideas.

    tnx ! great stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author ajparker
    Wow - great post. I was unaware that the Google shopping results gave hints at what people were searching for. That tip alone may have me working for a few days....

    Re: squidoo and other third party sites - they may not go down tomorrow, but terms of service can change abruptly. This might be a good method to test/hone with free sites and then once you have the right feel for doing your competitive research then move to self hosting for the center of the wheel. After a few experiments hopefully you'd have made some money to reinvest anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Nice list.

    You can also Get Keyword Ideas from Amazon bestsellers lsit, ebay pulse and Google Trends.

    That's what I can think from the top of my head.
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  • Profile picture of the author mukti
    Great content, Peter!!
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    thank for the sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author didiert
    Very Usefull Information Peter

    Good Content

    Thanks for sharing

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    great post
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  • Profile picture of the author currypuff
    Great content here. For newbies, you can always start with Squidoo as a money site. When it has proven to be profitable, create your own WP site and change your links from your spokes to point to your money site. QED!

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  • Profile picture of the author vincentdee
    You might to want to try Examineurl.com as well to analyze your site... It could provide you useful insight information on its progress
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    thank you for this post. This is very helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon74
    Hi Peter,

    thank you so much for the great post, really informative! I have learned somenthing new today thank again.
    Simon
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by solongotgon View Post

      I enjoyed your article very much and I am attempting to do as you suggested. And I wanted to know if opening an account at squidoo is only for articles and not for products? If I choose a product to market, where should I have the money account? And is dropshipper the only option?
      It's really up to you. I suggest Squidoo because they encourage commercial activity whereas some sites will ban you for it. So you could use a squidoo lens as your money page, yes.

      However, as many have pointed out on this thread:
      1) You don't own the site
      2) Squidoo has distractions that siphon off your traffic, so HubPages may be a viable alternative.
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      • Profile picture of the author cyberws
        I like the info on Lemonarian but it's identical to (a copy from?) a book Michael Campbell wrote many years ago called 'Revenge Of The Mininet'. About the comment that this strategy 'doesn't work anymore": it worked years ago, it works now and will work as long as linking is the basis for search engine placement.
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
          Originally Posted by cyberws View Post

          I like the info on Lemonarian but it's identical to (a copy from?) a book Michael Campbell wrote many years ago called 'Revenge Of The Mininet'. About the comment that this strategy 'doesn't work anymore": it worked years ago, it works now and will work as long as linking is the basis for search engine placement.
          I have heard of that book before but did not realise it was at the origin of linkwheels. I think I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.
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    the shopping link is great, never thought of clicking it myself
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  • Profile picture of the author VoodooMethods
    Thanks, you've summed up what I've been trying to find for a week now Already knew lots of the info, but some things I didn't.

    Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author Beyers
    great post Peter, very easy to understand from a IM to be's pov. Certainly will be trying some of these ideas in the next few days, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author thegamecat
    Good post and a relevant method. I like the fact it's relatively modular - I can supplant my traffic method with yours and just use the niche detection method.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayson L
    I'm putting this to use today with the main site being my own!!
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  • Profile picture of the author didiert
    Really appreciated this usefull info.


    Have you tested the link wheel for real good amount of targetted traffic ?





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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by didiert View Post

      Really appreciated this usefull info.
      Have you tested the link wheel for real good amount of targetted traffic ?
      As pointed out above, the method is very modular so you can take bits of it, and replace other bits with things of your own. I tend to use stars more than wheels, but I used the wheel in this example because it is known to give good results in promoting Web 2.0 sites and I wanted to keep the post as short as possible.

      Yes, you can get lots of targetted traffic using social media to build links, if you keep at it. Once you make a bit of money doing this it is recommended to automate the link building as it is a never ending process.
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  • Profile picture of the author katiec
    I just printed this out - some things I knew, but I also got some extra out of it. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    Ironic. I have payed for this information 7 times now in different guides and not ones ever was I told in a clear manner like this. Finally I understand and the light bulb above my head has gone Ping!

    Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author CRainey
    Thanks for this information, I have been searching for something like this for a few days and I have even paid and still no one has even come close to telling it any easier.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by Colin Palfrey View Post

      Ironic. I have payed for this information 7 times now in different guides and not ones ever was I told in a clear manner like this. Finally I understand and the light bulb above my head has gone Ping!
      Thank you
      Originally Posted by CRainey View Post

      Thanks for this information, I have been searching for something like this for a few days and I have even paid and still no one has even come close to telling it any easier.
      Reading this thread is giving me some ideas. If I were to make an ebook out of the OP, would anyone here be interested in using it as a free giveaway bonus with their offers?
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  • Profile picture of the author hubreality
    This article is helpful especially the google shopping stuff for getting Keyword Ideas. Just checking it out right now. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Strange
    Hi Peter, thanks for sharing i'm going to take action using your info as a guideline.
    I have a couple of questions..

    1.In the keyword tool when researching your niche does the "Broad" "Phrase" "Exact Phrase" come into the equation?

    2.When creating accounts from blogger, wordpress, squidoo e.t.c do you think you would get penalize from google if you use the same keyword in all, like the url string and link to the main site?

    Thanks again
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by Strange View Post

      Hi Peter, thanks for sharing i'm going to take action using your info as a guideline.
      I have a couple of questions..

      1.In the keyword tool when researching your niche does the "Broad" "Phrase" "Exact Phrase" come into the equation?

      2.When creating accounts from blogger, wordpress, squidoo e.t.c do you think you would get penalize from google if you use the same keyword in all, like the url string and link to the main site?

      Thanks again
      1. I think you are referring to the keyword tool in AdWords. In the OP I am referring to the free keyword research tool at adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal which only has one option, synonyms, which I leave checked.

      2. Some say use identical anchor text, others say vary them. In the case of the link wheel they are few in number so there should not be a great risk.

      Cheers,
      Peter
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
        Because this post has been so popular, I have made it into a free ebook. You can distribute it freely, use as free giveaway, whatever. It expands a little on the link building part, making heavy use of a free trial of my own product which I can't really do in the post.

        You can download it at http://www.thelinkjuicer.com/7.steps....marketing.pdf
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  • Profile picture of the author olympus
    Bravo!! I can't think of anything to add for now but I will someday..

    we should really think and plan our marketing strategy and know when and how to start, reading your tips is a good jumpstart guide for internet marketers!

    love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author rimam1
    Peter is one of the most trustworthy people I've come across on WarriorForum. There are many, many others also, but this post is golden.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
      Originally Posted by rimam1 View Post

      Peter is one of the most trustworthy people I've come across on WarriorForum. There are many, many others also, but this post is golden.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    Finally some nice soul has explained how to build backlinks!
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