Make money pissing people off...

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Create a top ten or (like me) top five website. Focus on niches like movies, games, tv shows, cars, girls, etc.

Start making lists. For everything and anything. Think about ways that you can get your audience engaged (i.e. piss them off.)

Gamer's and movie geeks seem to have the most unwavering loyalty to the things they like. It's kind of insane really. I created a list earlier this month for the top five action movies of 2012. Decided to put Battleship on there and traffic to the blog exploded.

[Note: If your unaware, Battleship was not a well received "summer blockbuster" this year.]

But I just didn't put it at number five, but at number two. That seemed to anger more people. It took me all but 15 minutes to draft up and within a few days I had pissed off enough people with the list that the comments section was getting downright nasty. And I thought spam comments were bad!

So how do I make money? Just serve them ads. I occasionally link out with an affiliate code, but the audience usually catches on so I don't do that much anymore.

When all else fails? Piss people the [censored] off!

BP
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    I bought a great domain to do this type of thing also, but never had time to build it with the other projects I have going on. I am actually even thinking of just selling the domain name now.

    I'd be interested to find out how you even got the initial traffic to see that Battleship was ranked #2.
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by Ace Of Shirts View Post

      I'd be interested to find out how you even got the initial traffic to see that Battleship was ranked #2.
      Mostly social media and blog widgets like Scribol and most recently Zergnet.

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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    That's a similar attitude as when creating link baits - You intentionally create buzz doing so.
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by Trevor View Post

      That's a similar attitude as when creating link baits - You intentionally create buzz doing so.
      Glad someone pointed this out. I'm always arguing in the SEO section here on the forum that link-bait is one of the only tried and true method of link building that brings solid results every time you implement it correctly! And one that has always existed--and will continue to exist 18 months from now.

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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    That indeed is some great insights here.
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    • Profile picture of the author sigurdur
      Ha! Great tip, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelplies
    from where most of your traffic came from? twitter, fb, bookmarks, google, yt ? would like to know your promotion strategy
    to create a list is the easy part, but how to promote it is the info most ppl need.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Great marketing BloggingPro!!!

    Yes it seems that once you begin to hit a certain nerve with people they will go out of their way to give you their thoughts about it.

    You should consider using this method on Facebook my friend.

    I am sure you will get lots more raving madness on their and it will probably spread like "wildfire".

    Just a suggestion, please don't get mad at me!

    All the best and have a great day BloggingPro!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by gcbmark20 View Post

      Great marketing BloggingPro!!!

      You should consider using this method on Facebook my friend.
      Already two steps ahead of you. In fact, I get a crap-ton of traffic from Facebook because of the nature of my posts. Every time I make a new post on the site I update my fanpage with a link and a catchy headline.

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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    Of course this is true. The most traffic I ever generated to a page was one I called "The Jonas Brothers are better than the Beatles and I can prove it."

    People weren't happy
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Negative link bait is always a great strategy. One many people, including me, often forget about. So thanks for the reminder!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnpea
    How do you even know what lists to build? Maybe I'm just out of touch...
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by johnpea View Post

      How do you even know what lists to build? Maybe I'm just out of touch...
      It's niche based. For example my site focuses on movies, television, music, wacky, games, and not to mention sexy ladies. Basically the male 18-35 demo is my target.

      Not all of my lists are geared towards pissing someone off, but a majority of them are. And not all of them are positive lists. I'll throw in a "Worst five movies in [insert genre here]" from time to time.

      I would like to say that I'm in touch with pop culture, but honestly, I'm probably as geeky as the people commenting on my blog.

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  • Profile picture of the author footballbob06
    Thats a great idea and really funny. I never thought of that, but it is a great Idea. Also there are Automotive enthusiasts who this will work well with. Usually they have a high loyalty to one brand. Like me I'm a Chevy fan. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Perfect timing, BP.

    I was just trying to come up with ideas for my rock and roll blog. It would be easy to make a list that people wouldn't agree with, but it sounds like the real trick is to take that concept to the next level.

    Thanks for the idea.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I tend to upset a lot of people in my business, not intentionally though, it's just a simple fact that the truth can hurt and many people would rather be lied to than to face the truth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owenwick
    I thought Battleship was a fantastic piece of cinema... JK

    I think the key is to not go so far as to appear as a troll or people will tune out immediately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Bean
    I just had to bump this thread from page 3 back to the top because it's so important.

    The internet is all about people interacting with each other... sharing, discussing and debating topics that are important to them on a personal or business level.

    Don't you agree?

    If you want traffic and sales on ANY TOPIC ... just write about things that you, and other people are passionate about.

    Create an audience of like minded people on ANY TOPIC and making money will be easy with a little creativity and thinking outside the box... on ANY TOPIC.

    You are so right BloggingPro.

    The only back-links Google respects today are real back-links from real people who are spreading the word about your awesome content across the net via Facebook, Twitter etc.... or just emailing the link to their friends.

    There was a time, a few years ago when we could game the system with our SEO tricks.

    Guilty as charged.. but those days are over forever. and I mean FOREVER.

    Stop trying to trick the search engines with keyword research programs and back-link software and buying Fiverr FB likes and and all that other crap.

    Just write a ton of cool stuff that people want to read and share with other people.

    ON ANY TOPIC.

    It really is that simple.

    Dave
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by Dave Bean View Post

      I just had to bump this thread from page 3 back to the top because it's so important.

      The internet is all about people interacting with each other... sharing, discussing and debating topics that are important to them on a personal or business level.

      Don't you agree?

      If you want traffic and sales on ANY TOPIC ... just write about things that you, and other people are passionate about.

      Create an audience of like minded people on ANY TOPIC and making money will be easy with a little creativity and thinking outside the box... on ANY TOPIC.

      You are so right BloggingPro.
      Hell yeah I agree. When I first started I probably may not have though. I was more focused on the micro-niche and trying to rank for keywords with little to no competition.

      These days, I have no problem tackling a high competition niche. Why? Because there are millions instead of thousands or hundreds of people I can reach.

      In this case, I had the idea from the start that I was going to intentionally stir the pot. And it worked. It always works. I don't mean to promote negativity. Please don't get me wrong.

      I am simply saying when you can create something that draws the ire of someone or a group of people you are going to get some publicity.

      And YES, it can be completely harmless... like ranking The Avengers above The Dark Knight Rises to send fanboy's into a tizzy in your blog comments section.

      Then there are gamer's. Oh man. It's PS3 vs 360 and now I'm focusing on PC games which is getting some legit PC-elitist types commenting on my blog.

      Think of it in another way.

      A few years ago (when it wasn't overdone yet) we had just a few people come in and claim that a certain marketing method was DEAD! Some of those threads had to be closed because of the shit-storm it erupted into.

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      • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
        Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

        And YES, it can be completely harmless... like ranking The Avengers above The Dark Knight Rises to send fanboy's into a tizzy in your blog comments section.

        Then there are gamer's. Oh man. It's PS3 vs 360 and now I'm focusing on PC games which is getting some legit PC-elitist types commenting on my blog.
        Yah, try tellin a bunch of Babylon 5 fanatics that Babylon 5 should have ended after the 3rd season! Do that in person and you might get into a fistfight! Rabid fans!
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  • Profile picture of the author Last Rep
    THis is so freaking awesome.

    Like you said it's the tech community, or video game community who really get offended by these comments.

    But turning that into money is just....genius.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ctutz21
    Wait....Battleship isn't worthy of a #2 rating??

    HAHA...god stuff! Thanks for sharing....I'm thinking this would really work with sports since I never agree with any of the commentators anyway!
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  • Profile picture of the author ArielT
    BloggingPro, do you make all that in a single domain or a domain per niche?
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by ArielT View Post

      BloggingPro, do you make all that in a single domain or a domain per niche?
      All in one domain baby! It's getting to be a pretty big site. My host CPU usage was getting through the roof until I installed the WP Cache plugin.

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  • Profile picture of the author Trev81
    Yeah I have had a few comments on my blogs because people didnt agree with what I was saying. They were extremely annoyed. I found it quite funny tbh.
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  • Profile picture of the author BocaKenK
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    I love that idea. Creating controversy always draws attention. Look at the Kardashians. What are they famous for? Controversy.
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by BocaKenK View Post

      I love that idea. Creating controversy always draws attention. Look at the Kardashians. What are they famous for? Controversy.
      Well we all know what one of them is famous for.

      People seem to be drawn to drama and conflict. It's almost as if we are tapping into some primal nature when we are upset about something we feel passionate about. Using that to your advantage in a marketing sense, admittedly, is not something many people are doing.

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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    hah, this is actualy really interesting and useful. I will try something like this to bring more traffic to my blog. thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author acadien
    Thanks for the download. Revving up WWF fans would be entertaing but where's the return in that? Action figures? - A blog on WWF action figures and Voodoo!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    PT Barnum said something ilke the best way to draw a crowd is to start a fight.
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      PT Barnum said something ilke the best way to draw a crowd is to start a fight.
      Something UFC's Dana White knows all too well.

      I wish I could sit in on those marketing meetings. "We're expecting half a million buys to have one guy punch another guy in the face! Be sure to let so-so know to stir up shit even more at the next press conference!"

      Cha-ching!

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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Humble
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    Thanks for this tip - you could also make youtube videos saying something like "Macbook SUCKS! 10 Reasons Why".. I'm going to start a few websites like this.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      The only thing I wonder if if people are pissed at you are they going to buy from you?? This is a great way to get some good traffic to your site. I hope it works out for you. Let us know how it goes.
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      • Profile picture of the author SKM
        Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

        The only thing I wonder if if people are pissed at you are they going to buy from you?? This is a great way to get some good traffic to your site. I hope it works out for you. Let us know how it goes.
        I was thinking the same thing. It really seems like there is a delicate line between inspiring action and just plain turning people off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    I appreciate reading this thread. The way I found out about it was in a group discussion with one of my mastermind groups. And the reason it ended up in our group discussion was because of "controversial comments" made in another discussion blog by BP.

    Stirring the pot is a proven method of starting the buzz but if you're using it for a marketing method you must have a set goal of where you want to take it.

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  • Since IM is comparable to fishing then pissing people off to get their attention in the first place is more like a form of bait. It's okay as a strategy but like all other negative forms of attraction, it can sometimes (or more often) backfire to the user of such strategy. Also, aside from the user, this strategy can sometimes negatively effect other people as well. Nevertheless, it's still a good tactic to get traffic but I personally wouldn't count on that all the time.

    ~^_^~
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  • Profile picture of the author DesertSand
    Lol. This is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Linkbait.

    Totally, BloggingPro.

    This is one of the better tips you will see on the WF ever about traffic attraction, folks.

    Take notes.
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