How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

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How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

Note: I was inspired to do this post largely by Xfactor's monsterously generous threads.

I've been doing Adsense for a looong time. It's not my only source of revenue, or my biggest. But it IS my favorite (more on that below).

I see a lot of bad information, bad advice, mis-information. The plain truth is that Adsense can be a terrific way to make money, that it can generate substantial income, and that it isn't really all that hard to do - if you do it 'right'.

With this post, I'll lay out an outline that you can use to get to $100/day with Adsense. While the $100 figure is somewhat arbitrary, it does take time & effort, so there's a limit to what you can do, HOWEVER, nearly everything can be outsourced, so once you understand it, there's no reason you couldn't scale it up almost indefinitely.

Adsense is a 'numbers game'. How much you make is directly proportional to how much traffic you generate, what percentage of that traffic clicks on an ad (your CTR), and how much you earn per click.

This approach is based around niche mini-sites. The general idea is to find 'keyword phrase groups' - niches - that you can rank on Page 1 for quickly. You'll create these sites using well-optimized templates that will give you high click-through rates.

HOW THIS PLAN WORKS

There are 3 "Pivot Points" for this plan:

Traffic
Conversions
Revenues

The first Pivot Point is traffic. For this plan, we're going to rely exclusively on organic, or search traffic. We certainly don't want to pay for traffic (PPC), and 'referral' traffic, such as article resource box clicks, is nice but not where we're going to put our efforts.

Given that we're looking just for search traffic, we are going to focus our efforts on finding keywords/phrases that have good search volume and minimal competition. The goal is to achieve Page 1 SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages) for each target keyword.

The second Pivot Point is conversions. Conversions are the percentage of visitors that click on an ad, plain and simple. The higher the conversions, the more we make. Our target is 5% (1 click per 20 visitors) though it isn't unrealistic to expect 10% or higher.

Conversions are largely dependent on our site layout, and this is one of the keys to the plan. There is no shortage of opinions on layouts i.e. static vs. blog, ad placements, # of ad blocks, etc. What I can say is that I've tested many, many different type of layouts. For the sites I'm talking about here, I've found a particular Wordpress theme that gives me demonstrably better CTR (Click-Through Rates) than any other. The theme is called BlueSense (you can get it here: BlueSense: An Adsense Ready SEO Wordpress Theme). It's a free theme.

Finally, the third Pivot Point is revenues. By this I mean revenues per click. While there's no way to know in advance how much we make per click, and it will vary even for the same keywords/phrases, we DO know that some niches/topics/keyword phrases perform better than others.

Obviously we want to target the highest-paying Adsense clicks we can find.

FWIW, I average $1 per click. Some are higher, some are lower, but that's about average (last week I had TWO clicks that were over $8 - each!).

How do you target high-paying clicks? Think high-CPC keywords. While the CPC isn't what's being paid for ads on the Content Network (where you are showing ads), you CAN get a 'relative' idea.

Some of the 'usual suspects':

Financial - investing, Forex, insurance, foreclosures, mortgages, credit, loans, etc.
Health & Fitness - dieting, weight-loss, quit smoking, cures, etc.
School - vocational schools, training, advanced degrees, scholarships & grants, etc.

You don't want to target the 'primary' keywords, of course, but look for related and/or 'secondary' keyword phrases. And that's where the gold is: there are ZILLIONS of these 'secondary' keyword phrases that are there for the taking! Which brings us to...


KEYWORD RESEARCH

This is the single most important aspect of this plan. The goal is to find relatively high-search-volume, low-competition 'keyword phrase groups'. Each group becomes the basis for a site, with a single page devoted to a single keyword/phrase.

This is not nearly as hard as some might imagine. First, you'll want to get yourself a tool that does basic keyword research, but also gives you 'competition' numbers. I'm a fan of Nichebot (you can sign up for a $1 trial at NicheBOT | Keywords | Keyword Phrases that drive Huge Traffic), but there are plenty. MicroNiche Finder (Micro Niche Finder.) is very well-respected. Market Samurai (Niche Marketing Product - Market Samurai) is another good one and offers a free trial.

My criteria for creating a site are that I can find at least 10 thematically-related keyword/phrases the EACH have at least 50 searches per day (1500/month), and competition under 40,000 (phrase-matched, or in quotes).

Realistically, I want search volume over 100/day and competition under 20k. This is not nearly as hard to find as you might think.

BTW, you want to track your SERPS. You can do this with a spreadsheet, but that can be tedious. Traffic Travis (100% Free SEO Software | Traffic Travis) has a free trial, but it's limited to 5 projects, however that should be enough when you're starting out. They also have a 7-day trial of the unlimited version for $5).

RANKING

Note About Ranking: Since we'll be going for organic search traffic, it's important to understand how that works. Where a page is ranked depends on the search term. Assuming your page is properly optimized (on-page optimization - we'll go over that), than where you rank is a function of 'total backlink value'. "Backlink value" is the number of backlinks times the 'rank value' of each backlink. The 'rank value' is Pagerank plus 'Trustrank' of the link itself.

To give you a simplified example: Consider two identical pages. One has 10 PR-1 backlinks. The other has 9 PR-1 backlinks and 1 PR-3 backlink. The second page will rank above the first page. The 'trick' to ranking your page is to get an overall 'total backlink value' higher than the competing pages. If your page has the highest 'total backlink value' than you'll rank first. Second highest will rank second, etc. By optimizing each page, choosing a 'good' domain name, and going after relatively low-competition keyword phrase groups, we'll be able to get those top SERPS listings.

The key therefore is finding high-volume, low-competition keyword phrases, optimizing our pages for them, and building up enough 'backlink value' to get to Page 1 SERPS.

I won't go into a whole backlinking course, but I'll give you a few tips - plus my 'secret weapons'. First, don't worry too much about 'NoFollow' tags - they still count for backlink value, just not as much as if they were 'DoFollow' from higher PR sites. Second, don't worry too much about building backlinks too fast. Unless you're using some automated system to build thousands of backlinks at a clip, this shouldn't be a problem. Remember also that even if you add 100 backlinks in one shot, they are most likely to get indexed much slower over time.

My 'basic' backlinking routine is as follows: When I create a page, I tag it using Onlywire (Bookmark & Share - The Power of the Button | OnlyWire) and submit it separately to StumbleUpon and Digg. I'll also re-write the page somewhat and submit it to Goarticles.

Note on backlinks: where ever possible, I use the targeted keyword phrase as the anchor text, and point it to the appropriate page. Where I can get two backlinks, such as Goarticles, Ezinearticles, etc., I'll use the same anchor text with one link point to the appropriate page, and another pointing to the domain home page.

My Secret Weapons: In addition to the above, I use Comment Kahuna (Comment Kahuna | Free Link Building Software) and Unique Article Wizard (Unique Article Wizard - Submit Unique Content to Hundreds of Websites). Comment Kahuna is free and works well, letting you find as many blogs to add links to as you could want (NOTE: Read the post you're commenting on and make reasonable comments. It's good Karma). UAW is not free, but can get you hundreds of backlinks for any keyword very quickly. I consider it my most valuable paid tool.

You should also be taking advantage of Google's Webmaster Tools. Look at the sites that your backlinks are 'sticking' to and go back to them where possible for other backlinks.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Research, research, research! Use your keyword tool(s). When you find something promising, make sure you can uncover at least 5-10 related keyword phrases.

Purchase a domain name that has your 'root' keyword/phrase. This is VERY important!

Now create your content. You want to target ONLY 1 keyword per page. Use that keyword in the title and H1 tags (if you're using Wordpress, put it in the post title - that's your H1 tag).

Launch your site. Each day, focus on one of the pages (bookmarks, Digg, etc.). Whatever other tools you are using, UAW, etc., put in the effort and focus on one of your keyword phrases each day.

TIP: You can get decent articles written for $1.50 - $2.00 or so at Amazon Mechanical Turk (https://requester.mturk.com/mturk/welcome) - just MAKE SURE to check them for plaigerism! (just take a few sentences and search them in quotes).

Track your progress!

If you've been careful in your keyword research, you should start to see results in a week or two. Once your site is up and everything is indexed, spend a few minutes each day adding more backlinks for each site.

If you've picked your topics well, you should start to see good results.

Based on 5% conversions and $1/click average, you should be getting $5 per 100 visitors per site per day, with not too much effort once they're built and indexed. If you build two per week, even with these minimum numbers, you'll hit $100/day in just a matter of months.

Good Luck!

Mark

PS - there's a TON of great information to be had reading Xfactor's terrific thread (http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...s-learned.html)!
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  • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
    Well I read your post and it was very informative but it left me wondering.

    I use the google keyword tool and I usually type in 4-5 keyword phrases and then sort by competition. I then base my site around the lower competition words.

    Is this wrong? Are the words with lower competition going to make less per click?

    Am I an idiot and doing EVERYTHING wrong?

    Most of my clicks are below 25 cents. Occasional $1.
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    • Profile picture of the author runner
      Along Google`s algorithms the backlinks play the most important role. Google sees these as votes from other sites to your site. And if the linking site has a high PR, the better.

      You do not seem to put so much weight to this issue. However, if you want to rank high at Google, the backlink amount and the quality must be higher than the site, which you want to beat.

      According to my experience to get first page rankings with the keywords like yours, it takes a lot more time than one or two weeks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kappa
        So, does Google care what your domain name extension is? The .info on namecheap is only $2.98. That was how much I wanted to pay!
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      • Originally Posted by zeehar View Post

        Same things happens with me. I just get clicks within 5-30 cents. Occasionally more than 1$. How could anyone get more than 10$ click. I don't understand.
        Zeehar, Jitterbug,

        While low advertiser competition often means lower cost to "buy" those keywords in Adwords, there will still be a "base" cost. As such, lower competition doesn't necessarily mean low EPC's (Earnings Per Click).

        However, if you have multiple adblocks, then you are probably showing the lowest-cost ads along with the highest-cost.

        Keep in mind also that what you're seeing for CPC's are the costs to advertisers to place ads on the Search Network. Costs for Content Network, which is what you are as an Adsense publisher, are usually a fraction of that. And you are getting only a cut of that.

        Most of my sites average $.50 - $1.00 per click, and at least a third average over $1/click. I'm now getting an occasional $8 and $9 click on some sites that have a $2-$3 average click. I don't say this to brag, but rather to show you that there are plenty of high-payout opportunities.

        If you are successfully targeting "high-payout" niches, and are focusing your pages on high-cost keyword/phrases, then you will be showing those high-EPC ads.

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        • Profile picture of the author m4ster
          Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

          However, if you have multiple adblocks, then you are probably showing the lowest-cost ads along with the highest-cost.
          Are you trying to tell us to reduce number of adblocks to show only ads that are giving us more money per click?

          While I understand that could depend on keyword we are targeting, it sounds like logical action if there is big "gap" between money we get per click from fifth and sixth advertiser.

          But just like with pretty much everything else, I guess we should experiment.
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          • Originally Posted by m4ster View Post

            Are you trying to tell us to reduce number of adblocks to show only ads that are giving us more money per click?

            While I understand that could depend on keyword we are targeting, it sounds like logical action if there is big "gap" between money we get per click from fifth and sixth advertiser.

            But just like with pretty much everything else, I guess we should experiment.
            Yes, that is what I'm suggesting.

            When multiple advertisers bid on a keyword, their placement depends on where in the auction their bid is. For instance, the keyword phrase "dog training" has a range between .82 and 3.41 according to Spyfu.

            This means that the top bidder is paying Google $3.41 for Position #1 on a search for that term. Position #2 might be $3.10, while Position #8 might be .85.

            Now while the Search Network costs are different that Content Network, you can use this as a relative guide.

            If you are showing 1 adblock with 4 ads, you will show the 4 'top' ads. If you have 2 adblocks with 4 ads each, the ads in the second adblock will all be lower, hence less expensive for the advertiser, and lower EPC to you.

            By limiting the number of ads displayed, you can insure you are showing the highest-cost, hence highest-EPC ads.

            Of course this also means you may miss an opportunity where an ad doesn't appear, but for most layouts, the majority of clicks come from the same place, much like an 80-20 rule.

            Note: The 'order' of ads is according to the order they appear in the page source code, which means that what looks like the 'first' adblock may not be.

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            • Profile picture of the author carlos123
              Whew! I just spent the last 3-4 hours reading through this entire thread and culling out everything in it that was valuable for potential application and use.

              I don't presently have the discretionary income to invest in John's (XFactor's ebook) though I will have shortly but I wanted to get a head start on all this by sifting through both this thread and John's before I start doing some keyword research.

              If anyone wants what I culled out of this thread...it's quite long but not nearly as long as the thread let me know and I will make it available (probably at my site since it's quite long still...unless someone can tell me how to post it here...I think there is a limit on the size of posts here).

              Thanks to everyone who said anything useful on this thread. I have been familiar with most of the major concepts shared but it's been very encouraging to see them shared in the context of a discussion where people are actually doing something about what they know and making a very good living online through their application.

              Carlos
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              • Profile picture of the author carlos123
                Anybody know if comment Kahuna, a software recommended by Mark, is a Microsoft only Windows based program?

                I run only Linux and won't change to Windows to just run comment Kahuna LOL. They have nothing on system requirements at their site and I don't feel like giving then an email to just find out it won't run on Linux.

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  • Profile picture of the author UBotBuddy
    Mark,

    Interesting layout. I saved it for an offline re-read. We have some parallels I think.

    MSB
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    • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
      So is it dumb for me to be aiming for really low competition keywords if they are just going to be bringing me pennies per click?

      Should I redo my SEO to be based on higher competition keywords so i earn more per click?
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      • Profile picture of the author petevamp
        Originally Posted by jitterbug978 View Post

        So is it dumb for me to be aiming for really low competition keywords if they are just going to be bringing me pennies per click?

        Should I redo my SEO to be based on higher competition keywords so i earn more per click?
        This is why a wordpress blog is your best bet. I take the high paying keywords and use on the main blog index. I then use the lower competition keywords with good search volume. For my post on the blog. I just recently started one this way which is getting around 1 click per 10-18 page views. Granted most of the keywords are low paying keywords. How ever the more work and the more content I place there the more traffic it gets. More traffic means more clicks if it holds true to my current 1 click per 10-18 page views. I also use this blog to post the occasional clickbank product with in the niche. Also since I always also build a sales/review page selling clickbank, paydotcom, and click2 sell products. I make money off sales of these products as well. Which at present the lowest paying product commissions I make for these products is right around 50$ per sale. So even if the adsense does not get any better. I am still currently getting about 3$ from adsense for low paying keywords and a sale or 2. As another note too. I do run a ppc campaign how ever this goes directly to the sales page. I then have a link to the blog area from the sales page. As a way to keep them on the site longer. The more pages they view and not find what they are looking for the more chances I have at them clicking on an ad that pops up.

        The one thing I do not have that I do have on my other blogs is the ads in the actual post itself since it was interfering with my theme. I do however have one 600 virticle banner adsense ad 1 linked adsense ad and 1 200virticle adsense ad. The 600 virticle banner ad is right below all the categories on one side. Then the 200 and the link on the other side right at the top. I also added affiliate links which I would get paid per lead.
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  • Profile picture of the author UBotBuddy
    No its not dumb.

    I do that but I deflect that traffic to my sites that have higher value clicks. When they come to my site I tell them "Hey, you were looking for this but I also found this on another site."

    Guess, what it works!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Roy
    Thanks for the informative post Mark. One question on your target keywords: when you say 50/day or 100/day, are you meaning broad match or exact?
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  • @jitterbug, within Google's keyword tool you can show a column for "Estimated CPC" - this will give you a rough *relative* idea of that keyword/phrase value. The amount you're seeing is what you'd pay to advertise via Adwords, but you can use it as a relative measure. If it's shows .05, you know it isn't worth targeting. On the other hand, if it shows $1.85, while you won't get that for a click, it's probably worth targeting versus .05.

    Also keep in mind that you aren't interested in Advertiser competition, but rather search competition. Having low search competition doesn't mean you'll make less per click at all.

    @Ben, search volume is always phrase match. What you are looking for are the searches that your page will be optimized for.

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    Thanks for a very beneficial post, I was looking for such a theme.
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  • @blackscorpion,

    I've tested probably 20 different Adsense themes, and tested many against static page layouts as well. I consistently get the highest CTR with BlueSense.

    One thing I should mention thats very important, and that's the type of site you're creating.

    I do a little excercise where I create a profile, or mental image of my potential visitor, and imagine what they're expecting to see.

    My best-performing sites are informational, and those are the sites that BlueSense works best for.

    As an example, I might create a site around a particular type of vocational school. The person searching those keyword phrases wants to reach an informational site. Not one with a lot of pictures, or a magazine-style layout.

    Ideally, if I've optimized for a particular phrase, say "paralegal training course", the person typing that in wants to land on a page taking about how to find, where to find, how much it costs, etc., something along those lines.

    BlueSense is beautifully optimized for that searcher profile.

    And if I'm really clever, I'll have a page optimized for that phrase, with a mediocre article so that when they land there, they feel like they landed on the 'right' page for their query, read the article, not be completely satisfied, and click on one of the ads which will have been well-optimized for exactly that.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Just to note - if you are earning over $100 with adsense, try adding cpa offers too - your earnings could skyrocket
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    • Profile picture of the author billo
      hey i done the same
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  • @ChrisBa, that's not necessarily the case. Optimizing for Adsense is much different than optimizing for CPA or affiliate offers.

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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    This post takes me back to the 'good old days' of the Warriors. Lots of excellent content, based upon real experience and no hidden agenda.

    Great effort.

    Pearson
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    • Profile picture of the author Firstrate
      This is a fantastic post and one of the best ones I've come across in a good while on here. I think I love you. Thank you so much for the value - you've really inspired me to get going on this and get some sites up. I just had a couple of quick questions:

      1. How many articles or pages do you feature on each page and do you just leave them be after you've set them up? (Of course still backlinking them)

      2. Do you make any real effort to polish them at all (header, blogroll etc) because I have used the Bluesense theme quite a lot and it's not a real looker (I know that's not the point!)

      3. Have you experimented with autoblogging techniques at all with these?

      4. If you have like 10 student loan phrases that match the criteria (100+ phrase searches with less than 20000 competition), how do you decide which is the main keyword for the URL and which ones you will just write articles on?

      5. Using these techniques is it realistic to aim for around 100 sites generating around $1 each a day?

      Thank you so much,

      Adam
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      • Profile picture of the author Dimebag
        Hi,

        Great advice so far, really appreciate it.

        With regards to your backlinking method - you say you spend a day on each page with anchor text etc. How many links are you obtaining each day? Are you going all out and using your article submission software for each keyphrase each day? Is this not a bit aggressive to start with?

        So roughly how many links do you obtain per page on a typical new site and is each pages backlinking completed in one day?

        Thanks
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      • Originally Posted by Adam Bunch View Post

        This is a fantastic post and one of the best ones I've come across in a good while on here. I think I love you. Thank you so much for the value - you've really inspired me to get going on this and get some sites up. I just had a couple of quick questions:

        Great questions, Adam.


        1. How many articles or pages do you feature on each page and do you just leave them be after you've set them up? (Of course still backlinking them)
        If you're using Wordpress, there are two ways you can do this. You can create 'posts' or 'pages'. What I've found works best is to create a 'page' as your main keyword 'target' - the page you're going to try and push up in the SERPS. I'll then use 'posts' to add content over time, always including a link in each 'post' to it's target 'page'. Not only does this boost your on-page SEO, but you avoid diluting our efforts by having 'competing' posts vying for ranking versus focusing all your linking efforts on a single page.

        2. Do you make any real effort to polish them at all (header, blogroll etc) because I have used the Bluesense theme quite a lot and it's not a real looker (I know that's not the point!)
        That's a great point. In fact, we DON'T WANT a 'looker' as you say.

        Here's where 'profiling' comes in handy. Who is our 'target' visitor? What were they trying to accomplish when they entered their search query?

        For these types of informational sites, our target visitor is looking for specific information - not a review, product description, etc. What we want is for that target visitor to see our listing in Google (this is where your "meta description" is so important), click on your page, get there, see the answer to their query in the title of the post, and say "yup, that's what I'm looking for".

        They should get some good information from the post, but not so much that they're satisfied and move on to something else, but rather still questioning enough to want more and click an ad.

        3. Have you experimented with autoblogging techniques at all with these?
        My thoughts about autoblogging are that they create too obvious a footprint, that it's too easy for Google to create filters - which they definitely will do - and de-index or at least drop your SERPS ranking.

        In my mind, that's part of the "how to get something for nothing" school of thought - trying to 'beat' the system, so to speak, by finding 'easy push-button systems' that have no long-term viability.

        I wouldn't risk my Adsense account, let alone put time & effort into something that is guaranteed to have a very limited shelf-life.

        4. If you have like 10 student loan phrases that match the criteria (100+ phrase searches with less than 20000 competition), how do you decide which is the main keyword for the URL and which ones you will just write articles on?
        I actually look for keyword phrase groups like that. Then each becomes a page that I'm going to promote. In total, they will comprise that niche site.

        Ideally, there will be some common-denominator root keyword that I can use in my URL, or at least one that appears in most of the keyword phrases.

        5. Using these techniques is it realistic to aim for around 100 sites generating around $1 each a day?
        Sure, why not? However in my experience, if you've picked your niches carefully, you're getting appx. that much per click, which would mean only 1 click/day/site. Any ranking efforts should get you better than that.


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        • Profile picture of the author vema123
          [quote]
          If you're using Wordpress, there are two ways you can do this. You can create 'posts' or 'pages'. What I've found works best is to create a 'page' as your main keyword 'target' - the page you're going to try and push up in the SERPS. I'll then use 'posts' to add content over time, always including a link in each 'post' to it's target 'page'. Not only does this boost your on-page SEO, but you avoid diluting our efforts by having 'competing' posts vying for ranking versus focusing all your linking efforts on a single page.
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          My site is using WP, and I've made 50 posts in it, each lower post links to the upper posts. Am I doing the right thing? I mean, do I also get the SAME impact as the linking technique you're using (..create a 'page'...then use 'posts' to add content over time, always including a link in each 'post' to it's target 'page'...)?

          Thank you, Mark
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          • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
            thanks a lot, Im gonna try the comment kahuna thing :rolleyes:
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            • Profile picture of the author rocketmail009
              Hi. Now how much you're earning? For being over a year in adsense, you should make atleast some $/day... You should Learn, Test and Expertise in this field to make such money...
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          • [quote=vema123;1005768]

            My site is using WP, and I've made 50 posts in it, each lower post links to the upper posts. Am I doing the right thing? I mean, do I also get the SAME impact as the linking technique you're using (..create a 'page'...then use 'posts' to add content over time, always including a link in each 'post' to it's target 'page'...)?

            Thank you, Mark
            When you do this, you are diluting your ranking 'juice' across multiple pages. The reason to use a 'page' as your target ranking page is to concentrate your ranking efforts to a single page. Use your 'posts' to point to your target 'page'.

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            • Profile picture of the author Marigold
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              Originally Posted by vema123 View Post


              When you do this, you are diluting your ranking 'juice' across multiple pages. The reason to use a 'page' as your target ranking page is to concentrate your ranking efforts to a single page. Use your 'posts' to point to your target 'page'.

              Mark
              So what you are telling is that I should have pages for my categories and then continue to add posts to that page?
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    • Profile picture of the author cryterium
      Originally Posted by pearsonbrown View Post

      This post takes me back to the 'good old days' of the Warriors. Lots of excellent content, based upon real experience and no hidden agenda.

      Great effort.

      Pearson
      Hi, I had a look to yout link about english grammar lessons, and I must say it has been a help to me I will share with my friends in facebook!!

      Greetings from Spain
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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    Hi,

    This post was extremely informative, especially for a Newbie like me. I actually have someone who works for me, who is an SEO Exec. (6 months in the field of SEO).

    Together we are trying to put up a few sites, and work on them to monetize them.
    Your post will definitely help.

    A problem we have been facing is that we have not been able to to get over 100 uniques per day. No matter what we do, the average stays the same, on all 3 sites.
    I do have to rearrange the sites, as the layouts arent too user friendly.
    But i still cant understand why our uniques never go above 100.

    Along the way, i may have a couple questions..hope you'd be able to answer them.
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author dv8
      Originally Posted by WG Concepts View Post


      A problem we have been facing is that we have not been able to to get over 100 uniques per day. No matter what we do, the average stays the same, on all 3 sites.
      I do have to rearrange the sites, as the layouts arent too user friendly.
      But i still cant understand why our uniques never go above 100.

      Along the way, i may have a couple questions..hope you'd be able to answer them.
      Thanks
      Maybe I am misunderstanding you, but your problem is traffic. Not website layout.

      Did you pick a niche that had enough traffic to make this site worth it?
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  • Profile picture of the author capone2009
    ya nice report. the only problem is to get good topic ideas.
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      ohh cool ,
      Very interesting report , thank for share with us.
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    • Profile picture of the author SakeSushi
      Originally Posted by capone2009 View Post

      ya nice report. the only problem is to get good topic ideas.
      as per intermarketer99 states, do your keyword research to get good topic (=

      that the part that takes the most time. To me, keyword research is part of seo, takes up 70% of my time in doing so.
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  • Profile picture of the author Travis Clark
    I would like to thank you very much for taking the time to share this information with everyone. I have saved this thread for reference and sure I will be coming back to it time and time again.

    Greatly appreciated
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    IM99, great thread. Xfactor inspired a lot of people.
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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    Alright, i have done pretty much as you said..and this is what i have come up wth..
    Can anyone tell me if these statistics are good enough for the keyword selection??


    Search Volume
    Estimated CPC
    competition



    Search Volume Est. CPC Competion
    Keyword 1 18100 15.12 135000

    keyword 2 50000 27.65 391000

    keyword 3 1300 35.61 14000

    keyword 4 9900 23.79 825000

    keyword 5 14800 28.83 47700

    keyword 6 1300 22.64 71400

    keyword 7 3600 13.53 25200

    keyword 8 390 28.4 49800

    keyword 9 6600 62.69 1400000




    Would appreciate all inputs..thanks!!
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  • @WG - what tool are you using? What is the match type for the competition numbers?

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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    im a total newbie have no idea what you just asked me.
    I used keyword tool, to get the CPC (But i think they might be wrong..too high).
    Search volume, i also got from Google keyword tool.
    Regarding the competition, i used the keyword and did a simple search on google, and on the top right hand corner, the number that came up there, i used as the competition...

    Is that the right way to do it??
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  • @WG - to get a better idea of your competition numbers, take your keyword phrase, put it in quotes, and search. The number you get back will be a rough number you can use for comparison sake. Using that method, for this plan you want to see numbers under 40k.

    That said, it will take some time and work to rank well at those numbers. My advice would be to spend some time looking for new/different keyword phrases and keep trying them. You will come across keywords with far lower numbers if you keep at it.

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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    after putting the key word in "quotes" on google, and then doing the search, the competition numbers are MUCH LOWER...ranging from 194 to 45000.
    1 of them is higher...118,000. but the rest are much lower.
    Do you think this is good enough?
    I really appreciate all the information and guidance.
    Thanks once again.
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  • @WG - looks like you've found some good keywords!

    I'd skip the 118k as you probably realize. 194 is terrific is there's reasonable search volume.

    Now you just have to begin!

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    • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
      Thanks...What a thrill!!
      Im gonna get started on this tomorrow (its 3am here - India).

      As i mentioned before, im sure i will have more questions as time goes on..
      looking forward to more valuable inputs from you!
      Much appreciated!

      WG
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Does the PR of the sites that come up in the search not come into the calculation at all, or did I just miss that in your post?

    I have been following another persons formula on this research and finding the low hanging fruit that fits the search and competition criteria is just about to send me out of my head. Nothing I look at pans out. I even bought a list of keywords in a WSO recently and even those have strong competition. I am starting to think that there are no low competition key words left.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheAtHomeCouple
      There's tons of keywords, it's never ending, really... Think of it this way. There are currently 1 million words in the English language. A keyword or phrase is simply a combination of selected words. That's a lot of keywords! If you're not finding any within the particular niche you've chosen, move on to the next.. You'll eventually start to discover trends and plenty of availability to take top SERPs in tons of markets.

      Keep on chuggin! You'll eventually hit it.
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  • @Tim - by itself, PR is irrelevant, however 'total backlink value' is very relevant.

    If all other factors were equal (i.e. onpage optimization, domain name, domain age, etc.), than ranking would be in order of total backlink value. Now of course all other factors will never be exactly equal, but if we've selected a good domain name and do the 'basics' for onpage optimization (title, H1 tag, content), then it becomes simply a matter of boosting our total backlink value higher than our competitors.

    The value of a backlink is essentially it's Pagerank plus it's Trustrank. If we could somehow total our competitors backlink value, we'd know exactly what we need, but that's difficult.

    If you use Traffic Travis (above), it has a very nice feature to show you your competitors total backlink value as PR, high-value links, etc. You can use this as a rough gauge as to whether a keyword phrase is worth the effort or a futile excercise.

    You can also use Yahoo Site Explorer to look at the competing page's backlinks (use backlinks to the page you're trying to beat, not the domain).

    Often you'll be surprised to see your targets aren't that hard to beat.

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  • Profile picture of the author vema123
    Very nice posting you've got here. Basically I've done almost all the things you've said in your post, except for Comment Kahuna, but I'll do the comment kahuna thing very soon.

    By the way, I don't really understand with what you mean with: '... Launch your site. Each day, focus on one of the pages (bookmarks, Digg, etc.)....'
    Does it mean that after launching our site, we just submit each page or post to social bookmark sites (Digg, etc..)?

    So basically after we do the SEO on page we just make content, and submit to social bookmark sites, and look for more backlinks?

    Thank you
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    • Originally Posted by vema123 View Post

      Very nice posting you've got here. Basically I've done almost all the things you've said in your post, except for Comment Kahuna, but I'll do the comment kahuna thing very soon.

      By the way, I don't really understand with what you mean with: '... Launch your site. Each day, focus on one of the pages (bookmarks, Digg, etc.)....'
      Does it mean that after launching our site, we just submit each page or post to social bookmark sites (Digg, etc..)?

      So basically after we do the SEO on page we just make content, and submit to social bookmark sites, and look for more backlinks?

      Thank you
      When I launch a site, it generally has 10-20 target keyword/phrases, each as a 'target' page (a page I'm trying to rank).

      When I launch the site, I'll Digg and SB the home (index) page. Once the site is indexed (as soon as it shows up using "site:domainname.com"), I then begin my ranking efforts.

      Each day I'll focus on one page of the site, Digg'ing, SB'ing, etc. The next day I'll move on to the next page, etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
    Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

    Some of the 'usual suspects':

    Financial - investing, Forex, insurance, foreclosures, mortgages, credit, loans, etc.
    Health & Fitness - dieting, weight-loss, quit smoking, cures, etc.
    School - vocational schools, training, advanced degrees, scholarships & grants, etc.

    You don't want to target the 'primary' keywords, of course, but look for related and/or 'secondary' keyword phrases.
    Can you explain a bit more about what you mean by this? Please use one of your examples, like weight loss or insurance.

    Thanks!
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    • Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

      Can you explain a bit more about what you mean by this? Please use one of your examples, like weight loss or insurance.

      Thanks!
      Ok - weight loss.

      The primary keyword has millions of competing pages.

      "weight loss programs", still millions of competing pages.

      "list of weight loss programs" - appx. 300 daily searches, under 30k competing pages.

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      • Profile picture of the author andyj00
        Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        ...."list of weight loss programs" - appx. 300 daily searches, under 30k competing pages.

        Mark
        Thanks for the interesting thread, very informative.
        Just a quick question, what tool are you using to find the 300 daily searches for "list of weight loss programs"? I've just tried the keyword in MNF and got 880 per month (or 30 a day)??

        Thanks.
        Andy
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        • Originally Posted by andyj00 View Post

          Thanks for the interesting thread, very informative.
          Just a quick question, what tool are you using to find the 300 daily searches for "list of weight loss programs"? I've just tried the keyword in MNF and got 880 per month (or 30 a day)??

          Thanks.
          Andy
          Hi Andy,

          As per my OP, I primarily rely on Nichebot.

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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    Hi, me again.
    1 more query. When i do a search in Google Adwords Keyword Tool, do i do a broad match ? i have been using broad match to understand the number of searches for the terms that come up. Is that precise? or do i have to use Phrase, Exact or Negative??

    Thanks..
    WG
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    • Profile picture of the author timpears
      Originally Posted by WG Concepts View Post

      Hi, me again.
      1 more query. When i do a search in Google Adwords Keyword Tool, do i do a broad match ?
      WG
      Most people recommend using phrase match for the search. The broad match is pretty broad and will give you numbers for things that don't match your keyword very well at all. If any of the words are in there, in any order, that counts for broad. If you use phrase, then the words you choose has to be in there in that specific order, but there might be words in front or behind. Which for most folks works best. If you use exact match, then it has to match exactly with nothing more or less. You will miss quite a few possible matches with this, in my opinion.

      For all around best, I believe that phrase match is the best selection.
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  • Profile picture of the author WG Concepts
    I also notice that the local searc is sometimes higher than the global search? How is that possible?
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  • @ me again - You want to use either phrase or exact match. Broad match won't give you any real clue to competition. I find phrase match gives me a better picture than exact match, which often misses pages that are optimized for very similar but not exact phrases.

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  • Profile picture of the author sunkee
    Very Very inspiring, I have been using some of this stuff, now gonna try some more of it thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrtrance
      Mark,

      Awesome information you have presented here on this post. I have a few questions regarding the setup of the site.

      Let's say for example my root keyword is "weight loss" and I found 10 keywords with that root keyword in there that have 2000 searches a month and under 40K competing sites. Let's say they are "mens weight loss" "healthy weight loss" "weight loss diet"..etc...up to "keyword10 weight loss."

      So based on those keywords which one should I pick for the domain name? Should I pick an 11th keyword that passes criteria to use for the domain name or can I just use something like "weightlossguide.com" where it will have the root keyword, but necessarily any search volume?

      Next question is should we setup a broad homepage (www.url.com) that discuss weight loss in general and then have 10 more pages (www.url.com/KW2, www.url.com/KW2, etc..) with each of the 10 keywords (so 11 pages total not including the about, privacy, etc. pages)? Or will the homepage be just one of the 10 keywords we are targeting?

      So we setup the Wordpress theme and do pages with each keyword, not posts correct?

      So let's say I have 10 pages now (or 11 if we put up a general weight loss content for the homepage), do we also put up posts like you mentioned in your earlier post where you are linking back to each of the keyword pages? Why can't we just put in a link from each page back to the homepage?

      Do we need to pick more keywords for the posts or use the same keywords, but have slightly different content?

      One last question did you modify the BlueSense theme for your sites? Where are you putting your Adsense code...under your post titles, above them, at the end of the article, right column, left column?
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisnyce
    How much easier is it to have a keyword tool such as MNF or Samurai? Does it save significantly more time than just bouncing between the keyword tool and google search?
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    • Profile picture of the author tomo
      Great post, thank you very much. I have been working on my adsence site for 2 months now. Still having trouble getting traffic to my site i will put these steps in place and post again in a few months. once gain thanks allot.

      Regards,
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      • Profile picture of the author tomo
        Hi Mark, Just been putting some of your recommended steps in place, one quick question, two days ago I signed up to profitmiracle, can you tell me if this is similar to Article Wizard, don't want to sign up to two of the same seo tools.
        Kahuna is a great and very easy tool to use. just spent 20 mins on it and I feel I just about have it sorted. that's make a change from allot of the free marketing tools available online.

        Thanks in advance.
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    • Profile picture of the author richardmathew
      The posting is really very good and clear. But I have one thing to clarify who to place ads which pay more per click. Please any one could tell me more clearly.
      Hoping for the best reply from you all guys.

      Thank you
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      • Originally Posted by richardmathew View Post

        The posting is really very good and clear. But I have one thing to clarify who to place ads which pay more per click. Please any one could tell me more clearly.
        Hoping for the best reply from you all guys.

        Thank you
        Hi Richard,

        This is from the first post:

        How do you target high-paying clicks? Think high-CPC keywords. While the CPC isn't what's being paid for ads on the Content Network (where you are showing ads), you CAN get a 'relative' idea.

        Some of the 'usual suspects':

        Financial - investing, Forex, insurance, foreclosures, mortgages, credit, loans, etc.
        Health & Fitness - dieting, weight-loss, quit smoking, cures, etc.
        School - vocational schools, training, advanced degrees, scholarships & grants, etc.

        You don't want to target the 'primary' keywords, of course, but look for related and/or 'secondary' keyword phrases. And that's where the gold is: there are ZILLIONS of these 'secondary' keyword phrases that are there for the taking!


        Basically, you would target niches and keyword/phrases in those niches that have very high ad costs.

        Hope that helps ~

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    • Profile picture of the author cremedwheat
      Thanks for some great information because it makes sense and its something I can accomplish with a couple of my sites.
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      • Profile picture of the author NicheCowboy
        Mark,

        killer thread!

        Let's toss around a few keywords and if you don't mind, let us know if you'd pursue them or not.

        "cheap car insurances"

        MNF 1600 searches a month, 20,000 in quotes, $30+ adwords spend, SOC of 6 (green). The "intitle" count is 80.

        A million of similiar keywords like this are out there, except the top 10 SERPS (esp for the insurance industry!), are full of PR 4+'s.

        Would you go after this one?

        Here's another,

        "cheap car insurance rate"

        Again, looks too good to be true in MNF. Soc of 17, 31,000 in quotes matches, $28 adword spend, and 81 "intitle" count.

        Still, lots of pr 4's and 5's in the top 10 SERPS.

        I use SEO Quake firefox pluggin to check out the top 10 for all my keywords, and the comp. looks stiff on these two.

        Why are why wouldn't you target either of these two keywords.

        Pearson

        P.S. What do you use to tell you the # of backlinks? What exactly lets you determine if a top 10 serps is too tough to crack or not?
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        • Profile picture of the author Sowemimo Oladele
          Hello Mark,

          I have been busy setting up my empire of what you taught us . However, as I was sparing through the thread,giving us a little input from the perspective below would be highly appreciated.....


          Thanks in advance.....



          Originally Posted by NicheCowboy View Post

          Mark,

          killer thread!

          Let's toss around a few keywords and if you don't mind, let us know if you'd pursue them or not.

          "cheap car insurances"

          MNF 1600 searches a month, 20,000 in quotes, $30+ adwords spend, SOC of 6 (green). The "intitle" count is 80.

          A million of similiar keywords like this are out there, except the top 10 SERPS (esp for the insurance industry!), are full of PR 4+'s.

          Would you go after this one?

          Here's another,

          "cheap car insurance rate"

          Again, looks too good to be true in MNF. Soc of 17, 31,000 in quotes matches, $28 adword spend, and 81 "intitle" count.

          Still, lots of pr 4's and 5's in the top 10 SERPS.

          I use SEO Quake firefox pluggin to check out the top 10 for all my keywords, and the comp. looks stiff on these two.

          Why are why wouldn't you target either of these two keywords.

          Pearson

          P.S. What do you use to tell you the # of backlinks? What exactly lets you determine if a top 10 serps is too tough to crack or not?
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    • Profile picture of the author judelive1986
      How much easier is it to have a keyword tool such as MNF or Samurai? Does it save significantly more time than just bouncing between the keyword tool and google search?
      It is very easy as long as you watch the training video. Like Samurai, you can you tube it. It saves time and effort as long as you know your product.

      Dude, thank you for this very informative post...continue on doing this..thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author nofearman
        What tool are you referring that provides backlink "stickyness" as mentioned below?

        "You should also be taking advantage of Google's Webmaster Tools. Look at the sites that your backlinks are 'sticking' to and go back to them where possible for other backlinks."
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        • I'm not sure I understand your question.

          Google's Webmaster Tools, which is a free Google application that you access from your Google account, will show you the backlinks it has found to your site.

          These are the only ones that Google is counting towards your "Total Backlink Value", meaning the links that are helping your ranking.

          Since you know these links are "sticking", where possible you can go back to those sites to add additional backlinks.

          Mark

          Originally Posted by nofearman View Post

          What tool are you referring that provides backlink "stickyness" as mentioned below?

          "You should also be taking advantage of Google's Webmaster Tools. Look at the sites that your backlinks are 'sticking' to and go back to them where possible for other backlinks."
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          • Profile picture of the author nofearman
            Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

            I'm not sure I understand your question.

            Google's Webmaster Tools, which is a free Google application that you access from your Google account, will show you the backlinks it has found to your site.

            These are the only ones that Google is counting towards your "Total Backlink Value", meaning the links that are helping your ranking.

            Since you know these links are "sticking", where possible you can go back to those sites to add additional backlinks.

            Mark
            Yes, I use Webmaster tools. I meant what "function" are you referrring. BUt, I think you answered my question. I thought maybe a special function that displays "sticky" backlinks.
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          • Profile picture of the author Sebulba
            Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

            I'm not sure I understand your question.

            Google's Webmaster Tools, which is a free Google application that you access from your Google account, will show you the backlinks it has found to your site.

            These are the only ones that Google is counting towards your "Total Backlink Value", meaning the links that are helping your ranking.

            Since you know these links are "sticking", where possible you can go back to those sites to add additional backlinks.

            Mark
            Great Great suggestion. I don't know if I am dense or what, but where do I find this in my Google Webmaster Tools?

            Thanks

            Seb
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            • Profile picture of the author kingside
              Originally Posted by Sebulba View Post

              Great Great suggestion. I don't know if I am dense or what, but where do I find this in my Google Webmaster Tools?

              Thanks

              Seb
              On the left hand side of Webmaster Tools click "Your Site on the Web" and then "Links to your site"
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  • @mrtrance - you bring up a good point. I create a homepage that incorporates all of my target keyword phrases, usually a 400-500 word page. I then set WP to display that as the home page.

    Each keyword phrase gets it's own page. Beyond that, I add posts regularly, 'rotating' the keyword list.

    @chrisnyce - it is FAR easier. While you could do it 'manually', it would eventually become too time-consuming and tedious, at least for me.

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    • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      While you could do it 'manually', it would eventually become too time-consuming and tedious, at least for me.
      Which do you personally prefer -- MNF or Samurai?
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      • Profile picture of the author lonniewa2
        I vote for MNF because it give you want you need the fastest with less fuss.

        thanks,
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    • Profile picture of the author mrtrance
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      @mrtrance - you bring up a good point. I create a homepage that incorporates all of my target keyword phrases, usually a 400-500 word page. I then set WP to display that as the home page.

      Each keyword phrase gets it's own page. Beyond that, I add posts regularly, 'rotating' the keyword list.

      @chrisnyce - it is FAR easier. While you could do it 'manually', it would eventually become too time-consuming and tedious, at least for me.

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      Mark,

      So if you are making the post on the homepage/index to incorporat the target keywords what do you put for the title of that page when the homepage is listed in the SERPs? We know that if a internal page is ranked it will have the keyword for that page as the title, but what about the homepage?

      Say on your homepage you have incorporated the keywords "mens weight loss", womens weight loss", fast weight loss", etc.. and also have pages targeted for each of these keywords what would put as title of the index page when the homepage is showing up in the SERPS?

      Would you use the root keyword (in this example "weight loss") and name it like "Weight Loss Guide and Resource?" Or do you use a more targeted keyword (another 3 word length keyword) with low comp/high search volume as the title so that it will rank since using "weight loss" as the index title it will be difficult to rank for it initially.
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      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      @mrtrance - you bring up a good point. I create a homepage that incorporates all of my target keyword phrases, usually a 400-500 word page. I then set WP to display that as the home page.
      How do you set WP to display a Homepage of your own creation?

      Best Regards,

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  • As I wrote in my OP, I use Nichebot most heavily.

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  • I never mix Adsense sites with affiliate sales. The focus is completely different, and I would have to compromise one or the other - or both.

    I have plenty of affiliate sites, but their form, structure, and content are very different.

    In my own experience, if you want to maximize your Adsense earnings, you have to optimize for Adsense.

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    • Profile picture of the author petevamp
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      I never mix Adsense sites with affiliate sales. The focus is completely different, and I would have to compromise one or the other - or both.

      I have plenty of affiliate sites, but their form, structure, and content are very different.

      In my own experience, if you want to maximize your Adsense earnings, you have to optimize for Adsense.

      Mark
      I do have it optimized for adsense however I point them to my sales page say every 3-4th post or I simply pick a keyword related to the click bank product which is cloaked using a redirect from my own site to the clickbank site. They will do one of 2 things

      They will either go to the site I provided them with. If they did not like that they will browser back. Thus making them view more of my pages also with the more pages they view if I do not have a product link in the post sooner or later they will see an ad that is what they where wanting. This has worked very well for me and I have done this with every single blog I currently. My first goal is always picking the higher paying keywords so to pull up those ads. Second I focus my articles around the products.

      Most people will always use the browser back if they are using the search engines to find what they are looking for. Another point I would like to make out of the newest one. Which currently gets around 100 visitors a day in less then 2 weeks. This blog gets around 130 page views. Out of the 100 visitors only about 10 of them are bouncing. The average time they spend on the blog and main site is around 2-3 minutes. This is for a start up which has only been live now for 2 weeks. So I did something right considering it also only has a total of 60 backlinks listed at the time being.
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  • @pete - my point is that the best chances for success are to narrow your focus to a single business model, and optimize for that.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    I am following a similar approach as the OP. My time is limited due to working full time and family commitments so I put the time initially into creating a plan of attack and just sticking to it. My approach is doing 4 sites with 8 articles per site over 6 weeks. 3 of the sites are aimed at Adsense and the last is aimed at CPA and Clickbank offers.

    The first day of the cycle I do my research and find 8 keywords for each site I want to target. I purchase the domains and setup the sites ready for writing. The next 4 days (I work on it 5 days a week) I write 4 articles for each site and submit them to EZA.

    The next week I build a link wheel for each of the articles focusing on 1 or 2 properties a day (For e.g: I do Blogger and Wordpress for all articles on the one night, livejournal and tumblr the next etc). I stick to the properties that don't flag content and have fast, easy to use editors. I have a spreadsheet file that shortcuts to each article and automatically fills out the target urls for the proceeding properties. My login details etc are just a click away. Everything is streamlined.

    Week 3 I spend doing general backlinking, rss submits, commenting etc to keep the links looking random. I submit each article to thelinkjuicer for long term link building.

    I repeat these 3 weeks for the final 4 keywords for each site so that after 6 weeks I have 4 sites up and running and moving up the serps with google. Like the OP, I target keywords that I know this system will handle so I don't get stuck pushing a keyword that takes all of my time. I focus on the higher CPC ($5+) so that I can hit keywords that rank easy but less traffic.

    In regards to having CPA offers on an Adsense page: I found my Adsense CTR dropped when I put a CPA banner on the site as they are usually attractive ads. If the user is click friendly then they seem to go for the CPA over the Adsense. My CTR and CPC meant the Adsense worked better for me. My clickbank sites and CPA articles are written totally differently and target different styles of words to my Adsense sites so that is why I separate them. I have something to break the fall if Google bans me also.
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    • Profile picture of the author dv8
      Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post


      The next week I build a link wheel for each of the articles focusing on 1 or 2 properties a day (For e.g: I do Blogger and Wordpress for all articles on the one night, livejournal and tumblr the next etc). I stick to the properties that don't flag content and have fast, easy to use editors. I have a spreadsheet file that shortcuts to each article and automatically fills out the target urls for the proceeding properties. My login details etc are just a click away. Everything is streamlined.
      Wait, excel can do this automatically?

      That is the one thing that I hate, filling out my author name, article title, short description, article, resource, box, etc for every directory. Not to mention it seems most times I have to edit my article since it gets messed up when I copy and paste. And right now I don't have the extra cash for some article software to do all of this for me automatically.

      How do I set up excel to do this for me? Or are you just talking about copy and pasting?

      Thanks.
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  • @fraggler - sounds like you have a good plan. I wouldn't mix CPA and Adsense. They would each be optimized differently, and at best you'd be diluting both. Stick to what is working for you.

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  • The initial homepage will be titled as the name of the blog, which will contain my root keyword phrase and URL. As long as it has all my target keyword phrases in it's content, I don't do anything else with it. What I'm really working towards is ranking the individual pages and their target keyword/phrases.

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    • Profile picture of the author mrtrance
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

      The initial homepage will be titled as the name of the blog, which will contain my root keyword phrase and URL. As long as it has all my target keyword phrases in it's content, I don't do anything else with it. What I'm really working towards is ranking the individual pages and their target keyword/phrases.

      Mark
      So for my example in the weight loss, then if my blog name is "Weight Loss Guide" and my domain is www.weightlossguide.xxx, then I should just title the homepage with "Weight Loss Guide" or should it be www.WeightLossGuide.xxx when it shows up in the SERPs?
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  • internetmarketer99 (Mark),

    I have waded through oodles of stuff on Adsense and this is by far the best I have read for small long-tail keyword WP blogs. You really should think about making a product with this approach.

    Your advice on linking posts to pages for keeping the content fresh was priceless since posts can be short, say a paragraph or two. I've always had this problem of too many options for content with WP and your tip resolves it beautifully. Also, I loved the BlueSense theme.

    I'm going to do your system. After a site is built, indexed, and backlinked, I'm even thinking (for maintenance) of using a top 100 Google Trends keyword (in addition to the target keyword) in a post once in a while if it is pertinent and see what happens. And a video now and then.

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    • Originally Posted by Michael Stuart Kelly View Post

      internetmarketer99 (Mark),

      I have waded through oodles of stuff on Adsense and this is by far the best I have read for small long-tail keyword WP blogs. You really should think about making a product with this approach.

      Your advice on linking posts to pages for keeping the content fresh was priceless since posts can be short, say a paragraph or two. I've always had this problem of too many options for content with WP and your tip resolves it beautifully. Also, I loved the BlueSense theme.

      I'm going to do your system. After a site is built, indexed, and backlinked, I'm even thinking (for maintenance) of using a top 100 Google Trends keyword (in addition to the target keyword) in a post once in a while if it is pertinent and see what happens. And a video now and then.

      Michael
      Thanks for the kind words, Michael.

      I should add that any additional efforts i.e. videos, etc., can only help your rankings.

      Good luck - if you're so inclined, post your progress.

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  • Mark,

    I just read through the entire thread of John (Xfactor). What a treat!

    His idea of using a single block of Adsense code between the header and the content confirms what I did recently on a forum I run before stumbling onto these threads. My own Adsense earnings on the forum increased dramatically when I took away all the other ad blocks and placed only one at the place he suggested. But I did it without anyone telling me to.

    Since he confirmed what I have already experienced, I started looking for another WP template than BlueSense. I found Ad Flex, which looks like it will be the simplest among Adsense-enhanced WP templates for my ideas. I do intend to experiment with BlueSense, though, possibly for video games, since (like someone said somewhere) kids seeking cheat codes, etc. are click-happy. It makes sense to give them a few more alternatives.

    I also own MNF, so John's advice on using it and making small expanded sniper-like sites aligned with my own experiences. I greatly appreciated his idea of making sites only on specific products (or small groups).

    His comment about not optimizing an Ezine article for a keyword you are trying to get your site to rank for (since your article might end up outranking your site) was another of those obvious--but priceless--gems. Anchor text in the resource box for backlinks and that's it.

    This gave me the idea of optimizing an article for a researched keyword related to a target site, but one which will not be optimized on the site--still using the site's keyword as the anchor text in the resource box. That way you get the small traffic that naturally comes from an article related to the topic, and you get more traffic to the article from its high ranking in Google's SERPS, while still getting the backlink with the site's keyword.

    Thanks to you both. I have not posted over there yet, but I will.

    And, yes, I will keep you updated with some of my experiences.

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    • Originally Posted by Michael Stuart Kelly View Post

      Mark,

      I just read through the entire thread of John (Xfactor). What a treat!


      His comment about not optimizing an Ezine article for a keyword you are trying to get your site to rank for (since your article might end up outranking your site) was another of those obvious--but priceless--gems. Anchor text in the resource box for backlinks and that's it.


      Michael
      Yup, Xfactor's incredibly generous threads were a large part of my motivation for posting my methods.

      I also that tip about not optimizing Ezinearticle submissions for your target keyword and just taking advantage of the link juice to be brilliant, obvious-once-someone-else-tells-you gems.

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    What's the homepage of Ad Flux theme? I searched and found two variants: Ad Flex Blog & Ad Flex Niche
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  • vema123,

    That's an interesting idea, but I don't see much point to inducing confusion if your goal is traffic from SERPS (which it should be if you want money).

    One thing I have seen commented on in several places, and I have verified with my own sites, is that your main traffic over time comes from small percentages of people from a large number of weird combinations of words that often have little to do with your main keyword. This is because people type in all kinds of crazy things when they search.

    So focusing on a single term is not as important for organic traffic as it may seem at first. I believe that including a bunch of related terms is vastly more important.

    The best place I have found to get related terms (charmingly called LSI, Latent Semantic Index, just to confuse people a lot) is from the Google Adwords keyword tool. It gives you a bunch of terms (in both the "related terms" and "additional keywords to consider") and that Google finds important. Why not use what Google tells you it likes?

    Also, if you plug in the URL of a site from the top SERPS for your main keyword (select "website content" in the keyword tool), Google will tell you a bunch of related keywords it thinks are important for that site.

    It is a simple matter--literally a no-brainer--to make sure your content (article or site content) includes several terms from such easy lists to generate.

    I keep seeing people say you should optimize a keyword at 3-5% density. I think they just repeat what others say because when I do that, my content suddenly sucks. I certainly would not read crap like that, so why would I expect anyone else to?

    If I am using a long-tail keyword, even 2% density is hell to achieve without sounding like a dork. Now that Ezine articles has set a 2% cap for approval, I see no reason to worry so much about the main keyword you wish to optimize for the article (not necessarily the anchor text in the resource box).

    In my opinion, although I have no data on this other than a general impression from reading a lot of stuff and from my own experiences, getting a keyword density above 1% and including, say, 5 or more related terms from Google's lists at least once each, should do more for a keyword rank than a higher density for the term itself. And you get the added traffic benefit from all those weird combinations.

    I believe this will give you far more and far better traffic (for converting) than trying to squeeze link juice out of adding confusion to the URL.

    (But I admit, I really like sneaky ideas like yours... )

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  • Profile picture of the author rstanley
    This is good information, in particular the bluesense theme. I just downloaded it and modified it to fit my site. I will see how it performs, I am going to use it on a site that gets about 50-80 visits a day.

    Normally produces $25-30 in adsense revenue. It should be an interesting experiment.

    I have been using this style of low competition keywords, keword dense domains and seo for about six months. It works really well and getting content using outsourced providers makes the whole process rather painless.

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  • Profile picture of the author dv8
    What about using categories instead of pages? Will that work just as good or no?
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    • Originally Posted by dv8 View Post

      What about using categories instead of pages? Will that work just as good or no?
      Sorry I missed your question dv8.

      No, categories are very different than pages. Also, where you have a single category entry, you've actually created 'duplicate content':

      http://www.mydomain.com/categoryname/article-title

      is a duplicate (different URL's, same content) of:

      http://www.mydomain.com/article-title

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      • Profile picture of the author dv8
        Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        Sorry I missed your question dv8.

        No, categories are very different than pages. Also, where you have a single category entry, you've actually created 'duplicate content':

        http://www.mydomain.com/categoryname/article-title

        is a duplicate (different URL's, same content) of:

        http://www.mydomain.com/article-title

        Mark
        Ok. So should we never use categories then? Are they bad for SEO in general. My apologies if these are stupid questions. I have a good grasp of SEO, this is just the first time I've heard about the difference between pages and categories.

        Thank you.
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        • Profile picture of the author madmagician
          Originally Posted by dv8 View Post

          Ok. So should we never use categories then? Are they bad for SEO in general. My apologies if these are stupid questions. I have a good grasp of SEO, this is just the first time I've heard about the difference between pages and categories.

          Thank you.

          No, two plugins fix that problem:
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          Top Level Cats (cats for category)
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          • Profile picture of the author dv8
            Originally Posted by madmagician View Post

            No, two plugins fix that problem:
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            Top Level Cats (cats for category)
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  • Profile picture of the author angelah
    [quote=internetmarketer99;1000741]How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!


    My criteria for creating a site are that I can find at least 10 thematically-related keyword/phrases the EACH have at least 50 searches per day (1500/month), and competition under 40,000 (phrase-matched, or in quotes).

    Realistically, I want search volume over 100/day and competition under 20k. This is not nearly as hard to find as you might think.

    Good Luck!

    Mark

    PS - there's a TON of great information to be had reading Xfactor's terrific thread (http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...s-learned.html)!
    WOW Mark!!
    This thread is amazing and very informative. Thank you!!

    I had a question regarding your keyword information above.

    If I am unable to find one keyword with at least 1500 searches per month, but I can find multiple keywords that might have much lower searches, but add up to 1500 searches per month - would this be an effective alternative since I'm not finding only one keyword with 1500 searches?

    For example, say keyword1 has 500 searches a month, keyword2 has 500 searches and month and keyword3 has 500 searches a month. So all 3 of these keywords together equal 1500 searches a month. Would this strategy work? And if looking at lower searched keywords would I still be looking at a competition under 40,000 or should I be looking for a lower competition number. If so, what specific competition number should I look for?

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  • Profile picture of the author nailzer09875
    Thanks a lot for sharing the concept but I would a say this is a very old theory to get success with Adsense. Please do something innovative then tell everyone. Theme, good keywords, keywords density etc almost everyone knows those.
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    • Originally Posted by nailzer09875 View Post

      Thanks a lot for sharing the concept but I would a say this is a very old theory to get success with Adsense. Please do something innovative then tell everyone. Theme, good keywords, keywords density etc almost everyone knows those.
      Thanks for sharing your brilliant assessment and insight, and your extraordinary meaningful recommendations, no doubt based on long experience and success.

      I'm sure I'm not alone in looking forward to your next 25 gems.

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      • Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        I'm sure I'm not alone in looking forward to your next 25 gems.
        Mark,

        I certainly am. I am thinking seriously about targeting the newbie market and this dude is one who will never sell anything to them.

        I am so glad he is so obviously not interested. Less competition and all...

        But even if he wanted to, if that post is any indication, I doubt he could sell ice cream to kids at an amusement park on a hot day.



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        • Profile picture of the author steve39
          Hi Mark,

          I remember reading somewhere (I think it was a thread here) about new sites being given the benefit of the doubt and ranked higher than they would normally. Some even reach the first page in a matter of days while they are in this state of limbo. Then after 6 weeks, the main Google algorithm processes the site and it is ranked where it should be (usually lower).

          Have you ever experienced this?

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          • Originally Posted by steve39 View Post

            Hi Mark,

            I remember reading somewhere (I think it was a thread here) about new sites being given the benefit of the doubt and ranked higher than they would normally. Some even reach the first page in a matter of days while they are in this state of limbo. Then after 6 weeks, the main Google algorithm processes the site and it is ranked where it should be (usually lower).

            Have you ever experienced this?

            Steve
            On keywords with any sort of competition, this is pretty much the rule.

            When Google indexes a page, they do a 'first-pass' calculation. The page gets a more 'thorough' calculation later.

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          • Profile picture of the author vema123
            Hello Mark,

            It's me again. Yes, I agree with you that by making our keywords we want to rank high on SERP on into pages, it's a good point to make those keywords into pages (let's say, 10 pages).

            However, since early May this year, I've mistakenly made a website with pyramid cascade. I wonder if this method also has the same impact as your technique. It goes like this:

            1. Let's say I have 13 keywords I want to rank high on SERP (supposedly those keywords are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M)
            2. I made 13 POSTS (instead of pages) with pyramid cascade like this:
            I agree with the idea that we should make pages, instead of posts, for the keywords, however, as I've made so many posts in my site since 2 months ago, do you think the above linking strategy also has the same impact as if I'd made the pages as you suggested?

            Oh yes, another thing, Mark. Maybe it's still off topic, but I'm just curious about the problem I'm having right now:
            About 2 weeks ago I stupidly made 1 (one) off topic post with very low keyword. Since then I've noticed the CPC has greatly decreased, following that low keyword in my off topic post. Then I deleted that post, however I still have low CPC till now. Do you think that the low CPC I've got is due to that off topic post I made the other day? How can I make my CPC be back to normal?


            Thank you so much for your valuable answer, Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author dv8
      Originally Posted by nailzer09875 View Post

      Thanks a lot for sharing the concept but I would a say this is a very old theory to get success with Adsense. Please do something innovative then tell everyone. Theme, good keywords, keywords density etc almost everyone knows those.
      Why do you even bother posting?
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Pruitt
      Originally Posted by nailzer09875 View Post

      Thanks a lot for sharing the concept but I would a say this is a very old theory to get success with Adsense. Please do something innovative then tell everyone. Theme, good keywords, keywords density etc almost everyone knows those.
      Almost everyone knows it and almost everyone jumps right past it looking for the next easy trick to make a million dollars a day without working.

      New marketers/publishers coming into this forum should build a foundation on the basics before looking for too much "innovation" that confuses them and keeps them staring at their monitor doing nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieee
    thanks, very educative post mostly for newbies like me.
    i sure will work on them
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    very educative, sure will put them to work.thanks
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  • @angelah - There's no reason you can't go after lower-volume keywords, but you'll obviously see diminishing returns since it can take just as much work. My feeling is, there are so many possibilities that it's not worth expending the effort going after low numbers.

    That said, I have some sites that 'violate' my own guidelines - and it's important to realize they are just that: guidelines. The sites that I do that with are usually because they are very easy to rank for and I can group enough of these keyword phrases together to get good cumulative numbers.

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    thanks man, great post especially for us new to adsense, i sure will put this stuff into work
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      Originally Posted by danieee View Post

      thanks, very educative post mostly for newbies like me.
      i sure will work on them
      Originally Posted by danieee View Post

      very educative, sure will put them to work.thanks
      Originally Posted by danieee View Post

      thanks man, great post especially for us new to adsense, i sure will put this stuff into work
      Wtf?

      These newbie posts sure are getting annoying.
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  • Profile picture of the author homebse
    Mark,
    Thanks so much for the detail you have given in this post.

    Few questions for you:
    1.) If you can't get your keyword as the domain name will you use "dashes" in the domain name or do you add a number or word, or abandon all together?
    2.) Do you add adsense blocks right away to your new sites or do you wait until they have gotten indexed?
    3.) What adsense blocks do you use and how many?

    Thanks again for this great info.
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    • Originally Posted by homebse View Post

      Mark,
      Thanks so much for the detail you have given in this post.

      Few questions for you:
      1.) If you can't get your keyword as the domain name will you use "dashes" in the domain name or do you add a number or word, or abandon all together?
      2.) Do you add adsense blocks right away to your new sites or do you wait until they have gotten indexed?
      3.) What adsense blocks do you use and how many?

      Thanks again for this great info.

      I prefer adding a suffix or prefix rather than dashes, such as keywordhub.com or a1keyword.com, but I've used dashes as well. I don't believe that creates a problem, however I do remember a talk from Matt Cutts mentioning that though Google doesn't 'penalize' dashes, they were his 'last choice'.

      One indicator is that I rarely see domain names with dashes in the top few results, but that is also likely to be because the 'straight' domains rank well.

      Still, I'd rather have "weight-loss.com" than "weightlosshub.com".

      I always have Adsense on the site when they launch, but I don't launch until I have my my 'pages' done.

      As for which Adsense blocks, it's the theme's layout.

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    great info dude !
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  • @vema - regarding your lowered CPC, I assume you are referring to your EPC (how much you're getting per click). Are you saying your EPC site-wide has dropped, or just on the URL for that post?

    There isn't enough information in your post to really tell. Depending on your layout and theme, one post shouldn't alter your EPC site-wide. Also, it's entirely possible, again depending on theme, that you're getting "low-block" clicks, meaning clicks on ads lower in the auction (bottom ads, 2nd or 3rd adblocks, etc.).

    It could simply be an anomaly. I would set up channels on that URL, your homepage, and some other URL's first to try and isolate the issue.

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  • Profile picture of the author lifesshort
    I have been following this thread with interest but just get a little confused over keyword research and would appreciate some clarification.

    When I read posts (not just on this thread alone) about keyword research against competing websites and which ones to go after, I get a little confused because some refer to go with the [exact] keyword phrase term, (doesn't MNF use Exact?) and others refer to going with the "keyword phrase" results. Now which one is the correct one to apply and go after, as they both can't be right?

    For example I was looking at a keyword and I find that this can happen a number of times that when I put that keyword in to Google.com search, the results were as follows, both Broad and Exact returning the same number of competeing sites:
    Broad - keyword phrase Results 1-10 of about 1,860,000
    Exact - [keyword phrase] Results 1-10 of about 1,860,000
    Phrase - "keyword phrase" Results 1-10 of about 3,090

    Checking with Google's tools for the search volumes resulted in:
    Local Search Volume for June
    Broad 2400
    [Exact] 720
    "Phrase" 1300

    So my question with this example, would this particular keyword be worth going after looking at the phrase results?
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  • @lifesshort - keyword research, in many ways, is more art than science, particularly when it comes to interpreting numbers.

    For gauging competition especially, there are many different metrics and many different methods for determining those metrics and for interpreting their meaning.

    On top of that, different tools use different source data, extrapolate results differently, even differ in terms and definitions.

    Eventually you'll start developing your own intuition. There isn't a 'right' answer when it comes to competition since there are so many variables.

    As a starting point, I prefer using 'phrase match' for measuring competing pages, but with an understanding that it is only one variable. I've found that when trying to rapidly gauge my chances of success, it gives me a good baseline for comparison.

    In terms of your example above, I would look at the top 3-5 results and try to determine how strong they are. If they don't look too tough, I would consider it ok to go after, but with the search volume just at the point of being worthwhile, I would be hesitant tying up time and effort that could go to something with more potential.

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    • Profile picture of the author lifesshort
      Mark thank you for that explanation, I'm sort of using some of what you explained as my own starting point before moving on from that first initial dipping of the toe in to the water.

      I just have one further question then please if you don't mind: Taking my example above again, what do you then consider to be worthwhile phrase search volume starting point minimum to a maximum number before moving it up a gear?
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  • @lifesshort - it would depend on a few factors. I have some sites where I found a number of ideal keyword/phrases that I wanted to take advantage of, but less than enough to build a whole site around. In those cases, I'll drop my 'minimum requirements' somewhat.

    For example, if I find a good keyword phrase group with 6-8 high-volume, low-competition keyword/phrases, I may dig deeper to find another 5-10 that 'fit' but don't quite enough search volume (I'd rather bend on the side of search volume than on competition). In this case, I still want to see as much search volume as I can find, but would 'settle' for numbers over 30/day.

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  • Profile picture of the author driller000
    Hello , it is my First one here
    any way , i have took a long time to Read this thread
    and Still Wondering :
    1-R U will make post/page/Group each site and after finishing ur Phrases keep linking to pages as many as u can ,,,after that u will not add any content ?????

    2-R U sorting K.words descending with highest Traffic Volume ?(or descending with highest Advertisers competition )and take that between 1k-10k and neglecting those k.words with (high advertisers competition+less PPC cost) ???

    3-Is this Strategy work with Blogger blogs and static pages(not blogs) ,notice that blogger has no static home page and also no pages or posts manners like WordPress blogs??

    4-to measure competition in Google we put the k.word among Quotes,but Searchers type that K.words without quotes ,r we wrong ??!!

    5-What is the difference will made when I build my culculations on Broad Search Volume or Exact Search Volume,and when i put the K.words among Quotes and without quoets ?
    thanks alot for ur efforts .

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  • @madmagician - yup, good resources, thanks!

    @driller000 - Yes, I will continually add posts in support of the target pages. Once the site is up & running, I try to add a new post at least every other day. This 'trains' the crawlers to come back frequently.

    I don't go by 'advertiser competition' - that is for Adwords. I'm looking at SERPS competition, pages that I have to beat in order to rank well.

    Yes, this strategy will work with static sites, and I have many of those. However, I've found that I can rank better and maintain a high ranking more consistently with a blog.

    As for using Blogger, I don't recommend it. Find a way to come up with $15, get yourself a shared hosting account, and buy a domain name.

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    • Profile picture of the author angelah
      Originally Posted by internetmarketer99


      Yes, this strategy will work with static sites, and I have many of those. However, I've found that I can rank better and maintain a high ranking more consistently with a blog.


      Mark
      Hi Mark,

      Do you use Wordpress blogs? If so, which template do you use?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author TyBrown
    Great info. I've already copied it to a doc to use later
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  • Profile picture of the author Laura B
    In answer to a question asked by someone back on page 1, the reason local search volume can often be higher than global is this: Global is a monthly average based on a "recent 12-month period," according to Google. Local is based on the most recent month for which there is data. Therefore, you can see why a recent month's searches may be higher than the average for the last 12 months (or whatever 12-month period they're using). And often they are exactly the same, which tells us that we should take all these numbers with a grain of salt the size of say, Rhode Island.
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  • Profile picture of the author driller000
    thank u alot:
    but when I search competition I use Quotes but Searchers do searches without Quotes around the term they seeking to , iam Confused ,what about u ?!

    I do that :
    select niche via Google tool >>search related phrases with G tool and SEObook tool>>>sort them in categories ;every similar group of phrases in interest in one Set>>I make each Set as one Category of my site,i.e as mini-site to group of K.phrases>>>write content article/Keyphrase >>I do long Links Farm >>2 articles/week each one support one group or phrase in any group and contain 2 links ,one to home and one to the Article in same sort of Phrase<<<

    that my whole way , is it wrong at all or any part wrong ???plz tell me
    but i found , supporting articles may be relevant in SE's than the Original Article !!!
    and some phrases I cannot find Content to Write in it, How could that solved ???
    If I chose Conent as description to product from ClickBank or Commision Junction ,I copy some paragraphes from the landing pages of products and put them into my content ,that right?
    thanks again
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  • nice post mate, very interesting. might try some of your stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author lh1234
    thank you Mark for so generously sharing your knowledge with us.
    OK, so from what I've read so far no categories get used. So the RH sidebar of the bluesense theme will just have your contact, about and privacy pages; your 10-20 pages (your keywords) listed: then a list of your posts that you will link to your pages, listed under "recent posts" I'm gathering. Is that correct?
    A question about the posts you have linking to the pages. Do they have to have one of the "page keywords" somewhere in their title or that doesn't matter so long as we link the post back to one of the "target" pages?
    Many thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan6
    You don't see many great threads like this on other marketing/webmaster forums. This is why it's great to use Warrior. Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amenda Jessera
    I never tried, but I heard there are successful stories...... You can check some other threads here for advice. However, All of them are getting more clicks via promoting their sites. So, they are getting more backlinks and getting more visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author mixmastermidori
    This is a great post!

    I'm wondering if anyone can give an example of text for the Resource Box in ezinearticles. If we're supposed to write an article unrelated to the keyword we're trying to get ranked for, how do we incorporate this into the Resource Box? I apologize for the question. I'm new at the whole article marketing thing.

    Thanks for the help!
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    • Profile picture of the author Cosmo Demopoulos
      Originally Posted by mixmastermidori View Post

      This is a great post!

      I'm wondering if anyone can give an example of text for the Resource Box in ezinearticles. If we're supposed to write an article unrelated to the keyword we're trying to get ranked for, how do we incorporate this into the Resource Box? I apologize for the question. I'm new at the whole article marketing thing.

      Thanks for the help!
      Simple, how about something like:

      If you enjoyed this article on bald eagles and hairloss, please come read some of my other articles on Spam Recipes for Vegetarians and Nonalcoholic wine.


      Obviously "Spam Recipes for Vegetarians" and "Nonalcoholic wine" would be links to your sites, and no, neither of those are niches I'm involved in
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      • Profile picture of the author mixmastermidori
        Originally Posted by Ted Demopoulos View Post

        Simple, how about something like:

        If you enjoyed this article on bald eagles and hairloss, please come read some of my other articles on Spam Recipes for Vegetarians and Nonalcoholic wine.


        Obviously "Spam Recipes for Vegetarians" and "Nonalcoholic wine" would be links to your sites, and no, neither of those are niches I'm involved in
        Thanks! I just submitted my first article.
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    • Profile picture of the author probizlink
      Originally Posted by mixmastermidori View Post

      This is a great post!

      I'm wondering if anyone can give an example of text for the Resource Box in ezinearticles. If we're supposed to write an article unrelated to the keyword we're trying to get ranked for, how do we incorporate this into the Resource Box? I apologize for the question. I'm new at the whole article marketing thing.

      Thanks for the help!
      I have gone to ezinearticles and just read and copied ideas from there to write the resource box.
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      • Profile picture of the author StephenDavies
        Hi all,

        The main domain on my hosting account is, say, www dot fordcars dot com (I wish!).

        I create an 'add-on' domain at my hosting company for a second domain name, say www dot newkitchens dot com.

        Sometimes my newkitchens site shows fordcars Adsense adverts.

        I suspect this is because the hosting company treats the 'real' address of the new site as www dot fordcars dot com/www dot newkitchens dot com (or something similar).

        Does anyone else get this, and is there a cure that doesn't involve registering all of my domains with my hosing company? (I was advised to keep my domain registrations seperate from my hosting).

        Or is the answer to use a reseller hosting account? In which case are there any recommendations please?

        Steve.
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        • Profile picture of the author josher
          Originally Posted by StephenDavies View Post

          Hi all,

          The main domain on my hosting account is, say, www dot fordcars dot com (I wish!).

          I create an 'add-on' domain at my hosting company for a second domain name, say www dot newkitchens dot com.

          Sometimes my newkitchens site shows fordcars Adsense adverts.

          I suspect this is because the hosting company treats the 'real' address of the new site as www dot fordcars dot com/www dot newkitchens dot com (or something similar).

          Does anyone else get this, and is there a cure that doesn't involve registering all of my domains with my hosing company? (I was advised to keep my domain registrations seperate from my hosting).

          Or is the answer to use a reseller hosting account? In which case are there any recommendations please?

          Steve.
          G00G recently went to "behavioral" ads, not sure if that's the exact term they're using. What that means is that if you visited a site about kitchen cabinets, they will assume you're looking for kitchen cabinets and will throw up those ads.

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  • Profile picture of the author triplex
    i think content is a king
    keep your site updated with fresh unique content
    your adsense earning will increase
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    • Profile picture of the author AdamWB
      Originally Posted by triplex View Post

      i think content is a king
      keep your site updated with fresh unique content
      your adsense earning will increase
      Nah, not true. I've got several adsense sites that I haven't updated in a couple years and are still doing extremely well.

      Also, do you really find that article directory backlinks are worth it for you? I've never really had success from them as far as "link juice" is concerned - however direct referral traffic from places like ezinearticles/buzzle/goarticles can be decent.

      Say I submit 200 articles for a specific niche (mass submit using UAW and goarticles), I may have a pr1-2 in a few months and be on the 3rd or 2nd page for a decent search term.

      However using a few other linking methods (angela's,paul's,etc), a few hundred links usually gets me not only on the first page, but usually position 1-3, with a pagerank of 4. Plus, that aspect can be outsourced easily, leaving you with more important things to do - like finding more money niches.

      I've tested this many times and I get the same results. Article backlinks just aren't what they used to be unfortunately.
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      • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
        Originally Posted by AdamWB View Post

        Article backlinks just aren't what they used to be unfortunately.
        What do you guys think of Linkvana?
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  • Profile picture of the author JRLiem
    Hi,

    Thanks for the post.
    How many sites you have to get $100/day & is that stable ?
    I developed a site for adsense 4 months ago and just get $15 :confused:

    btw. I created a post about 2 days ago & today I still can't see in the search result even I entry the url in search box. Something wrong with the url? How to fix it?

    How about backlink, does Google recognize it as soon as you create it or it takes some days?

    Cheers.
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    • Originally Posted by JRLiem View Post

      Hi,

      Thanks for the post.
      How many sites you have to get $100/day & is that stable ?
      I developed a site for adsense 4 months ago and just get $15 :confused:

      btw. I created a post about 2 days ago & today I still can't see in the search result even I entry the url in search box. Something wrong with the url? How to fix it?

      How about backlink, does Google recognize it as soon as you create it or it takes some days?

      Cheers.
      Samuel,

      I have a few sites that do $30-$50/day consistently, but most are making $5-$10/day. If you follow the outline in the OP, you should be getting appx. $5 for every 100 visitors. Then just do the math: more, lower-volume sites, or fewer, higher-volume sites.

      The basic idea is to find relatively 'undiscovered' keywords in high-EPC niches, that have a minimum search volume, and aren't too hard to rank for. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these. Then use a format that gives you a high CTR.That's it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jaspworld
    Google adsense used to sort of work for me few years ago. The highest I ever got to was $15/day but honestly I never really tried too hard. I don't know why I gave up on it.
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    The option to set your own front page can be accomplished via your Administration > Settings > Reading panel.
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  • Profile picture of the author vema123
    Hello Matt,

    You mentioned in your post that we shouldn't worry about no follow links. Can these links give us link juice to increase us in the SERP?

    If other search engines aren't affected by these no follow links, therefore, can we rank high in other SERP by using these no follow links?

    thank you, Matt
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    • Originally Posted by vema123 View Post

      Hello Matt,

      You mentioned in your post that we shouldn't worry about no follow links. Can these links give us link juice to increase us in the SERP?

      If other search engines aren't affected by these no follow links, therefore, can we rank high in other SERP by using these no follow links?

      thank you, Matt
      Matt,

      NoFollow links still give you a backlink who's value is dependent on the page it's coming from, it just doesn't pass any of that value along to your page. So for this scheme, they are still viable backlinks.

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  • Profile picture of the author bigcat1967
    Instead of having mini-sites, could you have one site w/ many sub-directories or sub-domains?
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    its too lengthy to read. bookmarked it for now, will read later on, thanks for this useful content, everyone want that
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  • Profile picture of the author basmin
    yeah earnings of my adsense start increasing after using bluesense
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  • Profile picture of the author runner
    This post is so full of professional facts, that it takes a little bit time to digest that all. You give us vey valuable information. I liked your post mostly, because this is a 100 % business idea to launch a site, with guidance and tools. ( I think, we can buy them also).

    1. You said , that you prefer outsourcing. If you have used phantom article writers, do you give them a topic plus the keyword or what? What about the length?
    2. Secondary keywords. Do you mean long tail search term, which includes the root term?
    3. Keyword research. 50 searches a day, 40.000 competing sites, huh! Sounds hard to find, so the tools must be very effective ones. Do you use typos or other "special" terms?
    4. Your traffic was based on organic traffic and you said that it comes in a week or two. Most of it must come from the social bookmarks or article directories, or?

    Mark, thanks for this post. It really made me to think. And special thanks for the tip about WorPress Blue Sense. I must try it.

    PS. One more, is $ 1 per click really realistic figure?
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    • Originally Posted by runner View Post

      This post is so full of professional facts, that it takes a little bit time to digest that all. You give us vey valuable information. I liked your post mostly, because this is a 100 % business idea to launch a site, with guidance and tools. ( I think, we can buy them also).

      1. You said , that you prefer outsourcing. If you have used phantom article writers, do you give them a topic plus the keyword or what? What about the length?
      2. Secondary keywords. Do you mean long tail search term, which includes the root term?
      3. Keyword research. 50 searches a day, 40.000 competing sites, huh! Sounds hard to find, so the tools must be very effective ones. Do you use typos or other "special" terms?
      4. Your traffic was based on organic traffic and you said that it comes in a week or two. Most of it must come from the social bookmarks or article directories, or?

      Mark, thanks for this post. It really made me to think. And special thanks for the tip about WorPress Blue Sense. I must try it.

      PS. One more, is $ 1 per click really realistic figure?
      runner,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I have a few freelancers that I found through Getafreelancer (GetAFreelancer | Online Freelance Jobs | Employment | Design | Outsourcing | Programmers | Web Design | Freelancers) and Amazon Mechanical Turk. When I post a project, if I get a really good bid, or in the case of Aturk a really good result, I email the provider and ask them if they're interested in doing ongoing work.

      This has gotten me a 'stable' of good, reliable, writers.

      Some work with me on an ongoing basis where I have them working 4-8 'topics' (niches) - I give them the keywords and they provide x number of articles per week. Others I simply give them 'random' keywords.

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  • Just wanted to add a plug:

    If you've been following Xfactor's thread - who's generosity inspired me to do this thread - I've purchased and examined his course, and it is perhaps one of about 3 business model products, out of at least 100 that I've looked at, that I would unhesitatingly give a 5 star rating to.

    Particularly if you're a relative newbie, either to IM or Adsense, and want a complete blueprint to a workable and sustainable business, you couldn't ask for better.

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  • Profile picture of the author Flyingpig7
    Hello Mark,

    I'm with StephenDavies I too would be interested at looking at the other business models that you rate.
    I'm a little concerned in putting all my eggs in one basket regards adsense. However having said that I know that Xfactor says there is a way around that wtih his model.

    Thanks
    Keren :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Pruitt
      Originally Posted by Flyingpig7 View Post

      Hello Mark,

      I'm with StephenDavies I too would be interested at looking at the other business models that you rate.
      I'm a little concerned in putting all my eggs in one basket regards adsense. However having said that I know that Xfactor says there is a way around that wtih his model.

      Thanks
      Keren :-)
      I think the good thing about the foundation for both this method and Xfactor's is that you end up with sites which draw traffic and are optimized for readers to click on ads. If you lost Adsense tomorrow, you'd still have that foundation. You'd just have to change the advertiser.

      For anyone who is worried about this, I would suggest looking into OpenX Ad Server. If you lost Adsense, it would literally take less than a few hours to change the ads on all your sites even if you had hundreds by then. It also lets you experiment with using other advertisers so you are prepared if that occurs.

      Publishing (as opposed to "marketing") is still a viable and profitable business model.
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      • Profile picture of the author jawai
        Hi Mark,

        Great info in this thread,

        I sent you a pm yesterday.When you get a chance can you take a look.


        Thanks
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  • Hey Steve, Keren,

    One is Kneb Knebaih's public domain WSO: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ain-works.html

    The other is SpeedPPC. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send you a link to an article about the particular business model using it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Flyingpig7
    By the way thanks for a brilliant and informative thread some interesting ideas there and you clarified one or two things for me regarding posts and pages vs categories.

    I too use MNF and swear by it as I no longer have to slog so much over Google external keyword tool and Gsearch. Although I do use the Exact match never having analysed the phrase match at all that is new to me. Still I am getting a few clicks and am learning all the time particularly with the help of Xfactor's course.

    Cheers
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    • Originally Posted by Flyingpig7 View Post

      By the way thanks for a brilliant and informative thread some interesting ideas there and you clarified one or two things for me regarding posts and pages vs categories.

      I too use MNF and swear by it as I no longer have to slog so much over Google external keyword tool and Gsearch. Although I do use the Exact match never having analysed the phrase match at all that is new to me. Still I am getting a few clicks and am learning all the time particularly with the help of Xfactor's course.

      Cheers
      Keren
      Thanks for the kind words, Keren.

      MNF is terrific; the only caveat is that it's easy to be too hasty, too comfortable, or just plain lazy. Always, always, always double-check before spending your time and money on a new project.

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  • thanks for your post man.i always ignored adsense on my site but i will now look to maximize my earnings.I currently make about £1 a day
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      thanks for your post man.i always ignored adsense on my site but i will now look to maximize my earnings.I currently make about £1 a day
      You know what they say, "if you can make a dollar online..."

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    Thank you ! This is great artilce with detailed instruction. I really appreciate the links to the useful tools such as comment kahuna .
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    • Originally Posted by hanadaddy View Post

      Thank you ! This is great artilce with detailed instruction. I really appreciate the links to the useful tools such as comment kahuna .
      Comment Kahuna is a terrific tool. One of the best 'features' is that you're getting a very broad range of links that don't leave a footprint and aren't going to disappear because 1000 other marketers are link-spamming the same 30 sites over and over.

      Use it wisely and considerately - take the few moments to 'customize' each post and make a reasonably intelligent contribution.

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        Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        Comment Kahuna is a terrific tool. One of the best 'features' is that you're getting a very broad range of links that don't leave a footprint and aren't going to disappear because 1000 other marketers are link-spamming the same 30 sites over and over.

        Use it wisely and considerately - take the few moments to 'customize' each post and make a reasonably intelligent contribution.

        Mark
        Adsense sites still work wonders, no matter what you see posted on the internet. The key is to get traffic from organic seo and Comment Kahuna is a great way to help you rise up the rankings. I like taking the dofollow backlinks from my competitors that are in the top 10 already. Let them do the hard work and we can reap the rewards.
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        • Originally Posted by BrandonBourne View Post

          Adsense sites still work wonders, no matter what you see posted on the internet. The key is to get traffic from organic seo and Comment Kahuna is a great way to help you rise up the rankings. I like taking the dofollow backlinks from my competitors that are in the top 10 already. Let them do the hard work and we can reap the rewards.
          Great point, Brandon!

          Check the backlinks on the tops sites for the keywords/phrases you're trying to rank for, and try to get links there. Obviously they're contributing to top ranking.

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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    I was curious about one thing, wordpress. I'm not necessarily against wordpress, but it's using it in a mass strategy. Wordpress will need an updating in the future. For 10 sites that isn't a big deal, but in mass that is a little different. Maybe I'll have to dedicate an hour updating, which isn't that big of a deal, but I'm afraid i'll miss one. If I miss one than that leaves my hosting account open to being hacked.

    That's my fear.

    Any comment on that.
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    • Originally Posted by Stallion View Post

      I was curious about one thing, wordpress. I'm not necessarily against wordpress, but it's using it in a mass strategy. Wordpress will need an updating in the future. For 10 sites that isn't a big deal, but in mass that is a little different. Maybe I'll have to dedicate an hour updating, which isn't that big of a deal, but I'm afraid i'll miss one. If I miss one than that leaves my hosting account open to being hacked.

      That's my fear.

      Any comment on that.
      I install a plugin called Db Manager on my blogs which gives you a one-button database backup (WordPress › WP-DBManager WordPress Plugins). This makes it a "two-button" operation to backup and update your Wordpress installs.

      Alternately, you can use WordpressMU (multi-user) which allows you to manage all your blogs from one control panel: WordPress MU › Blog Tool and Publishing Platform

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    Don't tired your self, traffic is the only thing that can make you earn!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    Good call on the Wordpress MU. I'm going to have to give that a try. I'll start mixing in blogs with my static sites.

    Thanks.
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    Great read guys. Much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author wwmw51
    Hi; InternetMarketer99, this really sounds great will it work for Wordpress blogs also using adsense?

    Thanks!
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    thanks a lot for the useful information
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  • Profile picture of the author younghamir
    this is just what i am looking for. thanks very much. i am kinda new to adsense and this is worth more than those ebooks over the net.
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    • Mark,

      Do you tend to make the first page static?



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      • Originally Posted by TrevorIS View Post

        Mark,

        Do you tend to make the first page static?



        - Trevor
        Hey Trevor,

        It depends on my objectives.

        For the plan that I laid out here, not only do I make the home page a static "page", but I'll make a page (as opposed to post) for each of my targeted keyword phrases.

        I'll use posts to keep the blog 'fresh' with regular content updates, but it's the keyword 'pages' that I'll target for link-building - including from within posts.

        This gives me a 'flat' structure similar to a static HTML site as far as my target keywords are concerned, while giving me the greatly added benefit of it being a regularly updated blog.

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  • Mark,

    Good advice Im already bringing in some consistent revenue I think 100/day will be very acheivable in a month or two at this rate. Im not new to adsense but I find I enjoy it more. I tend to flip my sites early for instant cash but im going to start keeping the good ones till they hit 100/day.



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    • Originally Posted by TrevorIS View Post

      Mark,

      Good advice Im already bringing in some consistent revenue I think 100/day will be very acheivable in a month or two at this rate. Im new to adsense but I find I enjoy it more.


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      Good work, and great attitude! As with everything else, and especially in the beginning, expect ups & downs, but don't let that put you off.

      Let me know how it progresses for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author kingfisheruk
    thanks for the post! ive never really used adsense before having worked with large commercial websites!
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  • I have been doing some research and I have noticed adsense sites tend to flip for more then affiliate sites which is great. Im a big fan of flipping and I usually get 10-15 months revenue.

    People who are worried about adsense security can keep the big earners and flip the lemons. Those sites that only earn $2-3 dollars a day tend to be an easy $600-$1200 in your pocket.


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    • Originally Posted by TrevorIS View Post

      I have been doing some research and I have noticed adsense sites tend to flip for more then affiliate sites which is great. Im a big fan of flipping and I usually get 10-15 months revenue.

      People who are worried about adsense security can keep the big earners as flip the lemons. Those sites that only earn $2-3 dollars a day tend to be an easy $600-$1200 in your pocket.


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      This is exactly what I do!

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      • Mark,

        Good to know! we seem to be on the same page here. Seems lots of my favourite affiliate stuff works with adsense also. It's funny really because alittle research and some hard work you could pump out 10 sites in 10 days that will go on to earn $ 10 bucks a day.

        Proper linking and keyword choices and alittle tlc could make you $30,000 dollars in virtual real estate in just 10 days. Anyways back to work just something for people to think about.


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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    Hmm, that's a good idea with selling the sites that only make a few dollars. Getting a $1000 for a site that earns a few bucks a day would be sweet.
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    • Originally Posted by Stallion View Post

      Hmm, that's a good idea with selling the sites that only make a few dollars. Getting a $1000 for a site that earns a few bucks a day would be sweet.
      On "new" sites with less than 6 months stable numbers, you should expect appx. 5 x monthly earnings. That means for every $1/day you can expect $150. A site doing $5/day will get you $750, $10/day gets you $1500, etc.

      Of course if you hold them, the multiples go up. Get to 6 months or better of steady, stable numbers, and you can get 10 x monthly earnings.

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  • bossway,

    Your first post makes sense - I think - but your second post is just a copy of something from my earlier post.

    ?

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  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

    I have a nice stream of Adsense income that has been on the rise since May 2006. The trick is, there is no trick! The instructions at the beginning of this thread are pretty much what I have been using with the exception of UAW. I push for each site to generate no less than $38.00 per day and pretty much will push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips until I get it there and then move on to the next site. It's laborious work but it sure pays off!
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    • Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

      How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

      I push for each site to generate no less than $38.00 per day and pretty much will push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips until I get it there and then move on to the next site. It's laborious work but it sure pays off!

      You've discovered the Super-Secret, Known-Only-To-A-Few-Select-Guru's, $1995-Month-To-Get-In, Don't-Let-The-Cat-Out-Of-The-Bag answer:

      Adsense is a numbers game, and the most important number is traffic. If you're willing to "push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips" to get there, you win!

      Of course an alternative to all the physical exertion is to apply that same attitude to Traffic & Rankings 101: optimization and backlinks.

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      Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

      How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

      I have a nice stream of Adsense income that has been on the rise since May 2006. The trick is, there is no trick! The instructions at the beginning of this thread are pretty much what I have been using with the exception of UAW. I push for each site to generate no less than $38.00 per day and pretty much will push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips until I get it there and then move on to the next site. It's laborious work but it sure pays off!
      If you've got each site generating $38+ per day, you're either getting a ****load of traffic or you're getting high-paying clicks.

      It seems either way its hard to rank well. For a niche that is getting a ton of clicks, ther's usually already someone in the top spot getting those clicks. And obviously, for niches with high paying clicks, other sites are all over that as well. The competition must be outrageous, no?
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    • Profile picture of the author KateD
      Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

      How YOU can REALLY reach $100/day + w/Adsense!

      I have a nice stream of Adsense income that has been on the rise since May 2006. The trick is, there is no trick! The instructions at the beginning of this thread are pretty much what I have been using with the exception of UAW. I push for each site to generate no less than $38.00 per day and pretty much will push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips until I get it there and then move on to the next site. It's laborious work but it sure pays off!
      Great post!

      I have two questions for you:

      1. When you say that you "push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips", what exactly do you mean?

      I started a blog about 3 weeks ago. In that time, I have written and published 23 articles to Ezinearticles.com, another 5 articles to 100 other article directories, bookmarked on 25 social networking sites, and I even created a link wheel of 7 web2.0 properties each pointing back to my blog.

      What else are you doing?

      2. How long does it take you to get to $38 per day? I know that a number of factors are involved and niche selection is critical, but on average, how long does it take to get to that level?


      Thanks in advance for sharing some of your wisdom.

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      • Profile picture of the author WadeWinger
        I think you hit is on the noise with your last comment KateD "I know that a number of factors are involved and niche selection is critical" .

        Niche selection is key. The keywords you choose to target will make or break you.

        You can Karate chop all you want in some niches, but no matter what you do you will never rank on the first page for some keywords. It is just a fact. On the other hand you can rank on the first page within a week for other keywords.

        For the first keyword I ever tried to rank for with my new Adsense business, my site was on the first page of Google within one week. That site is bringing in a trickle of money everyday now.

        I think I did one Karate chop to achieve that :-)

        And this was just two weeks ago.
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      • Originally Posted by KateD View Post

        Great post!

        I have two questions for you:

        1. When you say that you "push, body slam, karate chop, drop kick and do flips", what exactly do you mean?

        I started a blog about 3 weeks ago. In that time, I have written and published 23 articles to Ezinearticles.com, another 5 articles to 100 other article directories, bookmarked on 25 social networking sites, and I even created a link wheel of 7 web2.0 properties each pointing back to my blog.

        What else are you doing?

        2. How long does it take you to get to $38 per day? I know that a number of factors are involved and niche selection is critical, but on average, how long does it take to get to that level?


        Thanks in advance for sharing some of your wisdom.

        KateD
        Wade gave you the real answer to what I think is the issue: "I'm doing all this stuff, been a few weeks already, am I going to see much return, and how long should it take??"

        It all comes down to keywords/phrases.

        I did a thread that might help shed some light: http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...backlinks.html

        The bottom line: Adsense is all about numbers, most important of which is traffic. Without it, well, nothing much matters.

        Lots of ways to get traffic - in this case, we're talking organic search traffic.

        The way to get organic traffic is to be on Page 1 for our targeted keywords/phrases. Full stop.

        Realize that the term 'ranking' is a relative term. It only means something in relation to a keyword/phrase.

        Now if our target phrase doesn't get much search volume, well than obviously no amount of time, articles, or link-building is going to result in a lot of traffic. So selecting what we target is critical.

        Secondly, it has to be a phrase we can reasonably expect to get to Page 1 for.

        From that point, it simply becomes how much time and what effort is required.

        Hope that helps~

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        • Profile picture of the author Riposte
          Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

          The way to get organic traffic is to be on Page 1 for our targeted keywords/phrases. Full stop.
          I've got dozens of sites on page 1 (ranking between #5-10) for their respective keywords, and the traffic is minimal (0-4 uniques a day). And these are keywords getting 2,000 to 10,000+ monthly searches.
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          • Originally Posted by Riposte View Post

            I've got dozens of sites on page 1 (ranking between #5-10) for their respective keywords, and the traffic is minimal (0-4 uniques a day). And these are keywords getting 2,000 to 10,000+ monthly searches.
            Hey Riposte,

            First, where are those search volume numbers coming from, and with what parameters i.e. Wordtracker, Google Broad Match, Phrase Match, etc.?

            Even if those numbers are accurate, that may not be far off.

            2000 searches/month = appx. 66/day. The #1 spot will often get as much as 50% of the clicks. The top 3 combined may get as much as 66-75%. That leaves appx. 16-22 clicks divided between the bottom 7, usually split in decreasing %.

            Also, the type of keyword/phrase plays into the division of clicks. For instance, informational searches tend to get distributed more proportionally than product searches, where often the first listing with the 'right' word or phrase in it ("review", "discount", "product-name", etc.).

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  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    I'm in SOME fiercely competitive niches BUT the reason I can maintain is because of my marketing and game plan. Here's my game plan for which I do not deviate...

    (1). If my CTR "IS NOT" at a minimum of 6.5%, I will tweak the site, analyze the traffic, scream at my monitor, change my Adsense Ad layout, alter the website color scheme, change the header, apologize to my monitor, change my background, improve my content, sing a lullaby to the site and viola, I get there! This is crucial. If you have a low CTR, you are wasting your time and traffic.

    (2). Shoot for a minimum of 1000 impressions per day per site. Once you get there with that type of CTR, you're in the green! That has been the magic number for every Adsense site that I have built.

    (3). Shoot for a bounce rate of in the range of 44% to 55%. Of course Adsense sites, the objective is to get them to click the ads and their gone. However, with truly good content, your site becomes viral via word of mouth.

    (4). Goes without saying, stay away from spammy keywords even if they are high paying.

    (5). When I said drop kick, etc., I was speaking metaphorically. Actually I was referring to marketing. I use every available means, AM, Web 2.0, VM, BM and SEO and link building.

    Once you get the site established, go in every now and then and add articles and short posts, (Each of my Adsense sites has a Traditional website with a blog attached to it). I found that my CTR dropped when I went Blog only.
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    wow $100 a day...
    That's every IM dream of..

    Great post,.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sowemimo Oladele
    Hello Internetmarketer,

    Thanks for all the info most especially making me believe that I can use wordpress to get the same result as well as static sites.

    I have some few questions though...

    1. Do you edit the bluesense theme header, sidebars and the already made adsense blocks?

    2. If yes to ? 1, what size of adsense blocks do you use and how do you arrange to get a good CTR ? Pls. I need this for a start, I would also think outside the box by tweaking and testing to see if i am going to get a better CTR.

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    • Originally Posted by Sowemimo Oladele View Post

      Hello Internetmarketer,

      Thanks for all the info most especially making me believe that I can use wordpress to get the same result as well as static sites.

      I have some few questions though...

      1. Do you edit the bluesense theme header, sidebars and the already made adsense blocks?

      2. If yes to ? 1, what size of adsense blocks do you use and how do you arrange to get a good CTR ? Pls. I need this for a start, I would also think outside the box by tweaking and testing to see if i am going to get a better CTR.

      Thanks alot
      Hi Sowemimo,

      I use the BlueSense theme as it is "out of the box" as far as Adsense goes (of course you must edit to put your own Adsense publisher ID in).

      The only changes I make are editing some of the theme links, such as "powered by Wordpress", "Dosh-Dosh", and "Valid XHTML" to NoFollow links.

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      • Profile picture of the author Sowemimo Oladele
        Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        Hi Sowemimo,

        I use the BlueSense theme as it is "out of the box" as far as Adsense goes (of course you must edit to put your own Adsense publisher ID in).

        The only changes I make are editing some of the theme links, such as "powered by Wordpress", "Dosh-Dosh", and "Valid XHTML" to NoFollow links.

        Mark
        Thanks Mark,

        However, what had been your average CTR since you have been using bluesense?


        Overall, I need to thank you once again,your OP is worth a WSO....so thanks for making it free...

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  • Profile picture of the author cctravis
    Do you think the BlueSense theme is against the TOS? Are the adds not defined enough where google might consider it bad? Is it to obvious that the site was created just for adwords?

    Just would love to know if anyone has got a letter from google when using this theme out of the box.
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    • Originally Posted by cctravis View Post

      Do you think the BlueSense theme is against the TOS? Are the adds not defined enough where google might consider it bad? Is it to obvious that the site was created just for adwords?

      Just would love to know if anyone has got a letter from google when using this theme out of the box.
      There is nothing inherent in BlueSense that violates TOS.

      And, there are thousands of BlueSense sites out there - I'm sure some have come up for review.

      By itself, having Adsense ads doesn't mean a site is created for Adsense. That would disqualify every site that is monetized solely with Adsense.

      BlueSense is a safe, proven, and very effective theme.

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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    I'm going to keep you guys updated in this thread on how my progress has been going. I picked up five sites and gave XFactor's methods a go. Basically the same stuff here, except I have static pages instead of blogs. I'll be doing it with wordpress with the next group of domain names I get.

    Right now i'm just waiting for my sites to index and see where they place in the rankings.
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeDaly
      What's the easiest way to insert my AdSense publisher ID into the BlueSense theme? I edited the sources in nVu and when I uploaded them the pages came out looking real ugly and disfigured(even though all I did was copy and paste my own ID). I downloaded a different WYSIWYG editor as well but it doesn't even let me edit .php pages.

      Best Regards 'n Thanks in Advance,

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      • Originally Posted by JakeDaly View Post

        What's the easiest way to insert my AdSense publisher ID into the BlueSense theme? I edited the sources in nVu and when I uploaded them the pages came out looking real ugly and disfigured(even though all I did was copy and paste my own ID). I downloaded a different WYSIWYG editor as well but it doesn't even let me edit .php pages.

        Best Regards 'n Thanks in Advance,

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        Hey Jake,

        You always want to use the "Edit Theme" function from within Wordpress. From your wp-admin screen, go to "Appearance" then "Editor". This will list all the theme's files on the right. Click on the one you want to edit and it will open it in the window.

        Note: You must first change the permissions to make them writable on the files you want to edit first (located in .../wp-content/themes/BlueSense). You can do this with cPanel or your FTP program. Make SURE you change them back afterwards!

        The files you need to edit are:

        single_top_adverts.php
        single_bottom_adverts.php
        header_adverts.php
        sidebar.php

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    • Originally Posted by Stallion View Post

      I'm going to keep you guys updated in this thread on how my progress has been going. I picked up five sites and gave XFactor's methods a go. Basically the same stuff here, except I have static pages instead of blogs. I'll be doing it with wordpress with the next group of domain names I get.

      Right now i'm just waiting for my sites to index and see where they place in the rankings.
      Good deal!

      John's system and methods are terrific, and they work - and I say that from direct experience. And John's generosity in posting his methods and all the time he's put into answering questions is one of the main reasons I decided to create this thread.

      This model is a little different. I tend to focus on higher-EPC keywords/phrases, and 'larger' sites. It can take more time and effort, but the returns per site are higher.

      As I'm sure John would agree, diversification is always a good thing - to a point, of course.

      You won't go wrong with either plan if you follow the process and keep at it.

      I for one would definitely appreciate updates!

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    nice, this is great stuff ....thanks
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    Why not article marketing? It seems to be very popular these days.

    Also, still wondering how do you get great conversions on the page? Is it really just BlueSense WordPress theme? Seems too easy. Or is it just a number game?
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  • Profile picture of the author justnewbie
    Thanks for the post, Mark... it's great deal of info for newbies like me. Some quick questions.

    Do you generalize which kind of niches go into Adsense, CPAs, affiliates etc? For example, if i'm on a niche that sells physical products like pet food, should I be targetting adsense or affiliates?

    Another example I'd use is debt consolidation. it's a high paying niche in adsense and plenty of CPA offers. Which will you go for?
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    • Profile picture of the author WadeWinger
      Question for: internetmarketer99

      I was wondering if you have tried xfactors adsense template? If so how did it compare to themes you have been using.

      Also, how exactly to you split test adsense websites?
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      • Profile picture of the author JakeDaly
        Once I set up a Home page and change it to static, am I still able to use Wordpress to write my anchor text.. or do I have to use an HTML editor to edit it?

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        • Originally Posted by JakeDaly View Post

          Once I set up a Home page and change it to static, am I still able to use Wordpress to write my anchor text.. or do I have to use an HTML editor to edit it?

          Thanks,
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          Hey Jake,

          Yup, you do everything in Wordpress. In fact, you shouldn't have to touch an HTML editor for anything if you're using Wordpress.

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      • Originally Posted by WadeWinger View Post

        Question for: internetmarketer99

        I was wondering if you have tried xfactors adsense template? If so how did it compare to themes you have been using.

        Also, how exactly to you split test adsense websites?
        Hey Wade,

        Yup, I've tried his template. I bought his course and wrote the review in the "Reviews" section.

        His system has a different focus than the one I've described here. His system is wonderful, and if you follow his method you will get great results.

        That said, it's based on targeting products, with the primary keyword in the domain name, and a layout designed to focus attention on a single main adblock.

        It works extremely well as-is, and I now have about a dozen sites following his blueprint exactly.

        What I've laid out here is different. My focus is on higher EPC keywords requiring more in the way of SEO.

        The reason for using Wordpress is it's SEO advantages; the reason for using BlueSense is it's excellent Adsense optimization for this type of site (I would not use BlueSense for product-centric sites).

        In terms of split-testing, Google Website Optimizer is free and very powerful: http://www.google.com/websiteoptimizer

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        • Profile picture of the author XFactor
          Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

          Hey Wade,

          Yup, I've tried his template. I bought his course and wrote the review in the "Reviews" section.

          His system has a different focus than the one I've described here. His system is wonderful, and if you follow his method you will get great results.

          That said, it's based on targeting products, with the primary keyword in the domain name, and a layout designed to focus attention on a single main adblock.

          It works extremely well as-is, and I now have about a dozen sites following his blueprint exactly.

          What I've laid out here is different. My focus is on higher EPC keywords requiring more in the way of SEO.

          The reason for using Wordpress is it's SEO advantages; the reason for using BlueSense is it's excellent Adsense optimization for this type of site (I would not use BlueSense for product-centric sites).

          In terms of split-testing, Google Website Optimizer is free and very powerful: http://www.google.com/websiteoptimizer

          Mark
          Mark, this is a very good thread and it is great to see someone else
          really give some good content as I have.

          What I like about this thread is that you are not just trying to do it
          "one way". I've been trying to tell people this for a long time - that
          you can approach this business in so many directions.

          As for the question on my template, it works amazingly well because

          of the super targeted niche approach.

          When someone is looking for "glossy picture frames" and all they
          see is a few blue links that catch their eye on that exact product,

          then - bingo - they click.

          However, with Mark's approach you may want to follow his advice
          on a different layout since the niche selection is different.

          Nothing is ever better or worse, just different. The key is to work
          smart from the start.

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  • Thanks John,

    As I mentioned in the OP, the generosity of your original threads were what motivated me to go to the effort on this one.

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  • Profile picture of the author pan2588
    Got some good quality information from your post. Actually people talk a lot about adsense, but many of them do not know the correct things. Thanks for being so elaborate on the explanation.
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  • Hey Mark,

    I sent you a pm but I thought it might be good to ask publicly might help someone else. Ever since Google has changed you can no longer search for a keyword in quotes and get the correct amount of competing pages.

    I'm just wondering if this is a problem with the keyword tools people use to find good phrases. I have been told you can find the proper number of competing sites by putting the phrase in quotes " " then just keep clicking till you find the last page and it will show the real amount of results.

    I find it only allows me to go 50-60 pages deep now so if the keyword has more then 500-600 competing pages I wont know it's competition level.

    Anyways hope this makes sense and if anyone can give me some info on how there dealing with this id appreciate it. Currently im doing things my way and doing a bit of guessing.

    thanks,


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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Pruitt
      Originally Posted by TrevorIS View Post

      Hey Mark,

      I sent you a pm but I thought it might be good to ask publicly might help someone else. Ever since Google has changed you can no longer search for a keyword in quotes and get the correct amount of competing pages.

      I'm just wondering if this is a problem with the keyword tools people use to find good phrases. I have been told you can find the proper number of competing sites by putting the phrase in quotes " " then just keep clicking till you find the last page and it will show the real amount of results.

      I find it only allows me to go 50-60 pages deep now so if the keyword has more then 500-600 competing pages I wont know it's competition level.

      Anyways hope this makes sense and if anyone can give me some info on how there dealing with this id appreciate it. Currently im doing things my way and doing a bit of guessing.

      thanks,


      - Trevor
      Set your default to show the first 100 results rather than the first 25 and the numbers will be correct most of the time. MNF made this adjustment, I believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author he_august
    Nice post...I want to take part on Adsense also, and i'll follow your sugesstion as my second step :>
    My first step is building my personal blogging...
    Let me know if my first step is wrong
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    i've learned so much in that one thread than in 5 Ebooks from gurus
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  • Thanks Carl that definently makes it easier to find competition levels.

    Mark- do you usually keep the same title and subtitle on every page of your bluesense blogs and just change the page title and <H1> or do you use an seo plugin or something and change the main title and subtitle to suit each page.


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    • Originally Posted by TrevorIS View Post

      Thanks Carl that definently makes it easier to find competition levels.

      Mark- do you usually keep the same title and subtitle on every page of your bluesense blogs and just change the page title and <H1> or do you use an seo plugin or something and change the main title and subtitle to suit each page.


      - Trevor
      I use the Alli-in-one SEO plugin: WordPress › All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugins

      Otherwise, I let Wordpress do the rest. Of course I make sure to focus each page on only one keyword/phrase, which I make part of the title, in the first sentence, and first sentence of the last paragraph.

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  • Profile picture of the author visit_faraz
    Hi,
    I have got started with this adsense thing and I think I have followed the instructions very carefully.
    I found the high cpc keywords( its around $6), built a site around it and the site is now ranked on the first page of google.

    I am even getting a decent clickthrough, but the problem is that I am getting paid less than 20 cents per click.

    Could you please help me out and tell me how to get a decent pay from those clicks.
    what am I doing wrong.
    am i smart priced or something. my adsense account is a fairly new one.

    I have even started a new thread for getting some help, but no one replied.
    here's the post in case, you want to answer there---> http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...per-click.html

    waiting eagerly for your reply.

    regards,
    faraz
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    • Originally Posted by visit_faraz View Post

      Hi,
      I have got started with this adsense thing and I think I have followed the instructions very carefully.
      I found the high cpc keywords( its around $6), built a site around it and the site is now ranked on the first page of google.

      I am even getting a decent clickthrough, but the problem is that I am getting paid less than 20 cents per click.

      Could you please help me out and tell me how to get a decent pay from those clicks.
      what am I doing wrong.
      am i smart priced or something. my adsense account is a fairly new one.

      I have even started a new thread for getting some help, but no one replied.
      here's the post in case, you want to answer there---> http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...per-click.html

      waiting eagerly for your reply.

      regards,
      faraz
      Hey Faraz,

      It's hard to say without more info such as how long, how many clicks, the layout, keyword, etc.

      What I can say is that if you've just begun, and this is your first foray into Adsense, it isn't likely you've been Smart Priced.

      If you'd like to PM me your site and details, I'll take a look and post my 'analysis' here (without the keyword & site) for others following this thread.

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      • Profile picture of the author visit_faraz
        Hi Mark,
        I sent you a pm with the url to my site.
        would love to get some tips from you.

        regards,
        faraz
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      • Profile picture of the author Sebulba
        I have never heard the term Smart Priced. What is that?

        Thanks

        Seb

        Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

        Hey Faraz,

        It's hard to say without more info such as how long, how many clicks, the layout, keyword, etc.

        What I can say is that if you've just begun, and this is your first foray into Adsense, it isn't likely you've been Smart Priced.

        If you'd like to PM me your site and details, I'll take a look and post my 'analysis' here (without the keyword & site) for others following this thread.

        Mark
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        • Originally Posted by Stallion View Post

          Just thought I'd give an update. A few of my sites have finally indexed. Still need to wait for things to bounce around though.

          I had a spread sheet of potential keywords that I was going to go after in the future. I was going through them today and noticed some guy already had a site up lol. I think he was inspired by Xfactor, even though he just has on static page. I've seen him for a lot of different terms I've been searching. The worst part is that he's ranking in the top 10 with no keywords.

          I decided to buy up a bunch of domains now to make sure I'm atleast in control of things. Even putting up a basic lander and than optimizing them when I have the time.
          Thanks for the update, Stallion; keep 'em coming.

          Often when you key in on something, all of a sudden it's everywhere. And of course there are a lot of people all of a sudden following John's model, many of them thinking along the same lines.


          Originally Posted by Sebulba View Post

          I have never heard the term Smart Priced. What is that?

          Thanks

          Seb
          @Seb,

          "Smart Pricing" is an Adsense policy where Google will discount the cost to Adwords advertisers on the Content Network (Adsense) if the advertiser is getting very low conversions.

          Unfortunately, if Google decides to "Smart Price" an Adsense site, it also means that the publisher - us - see sharply reduced EPC's, usually below $.20 per click.

          Worst of all, "Smart Pricing" gets applied to the publisher account, not just an individual site.

          It's the "Kiss of Death", and the only thing worse could be having your account banned.

          Once you've been "Smart Priced", all clicks on all sites get reduced to something below $.20 per click.


          Originally Posted by jimcal View Post

          Hi Mark,
          If you are running 100 websites, what type of tool do you use to keep track of everything.
          Thanks,
          Jim
          @Jim,

          Great question! One thing anyone who pursue's a many-site Adsense strategy quickly finds is that it becomes increasingly difficult keeping up with and managing everything.

          I have an Excel spreadsheet that I list all my Adsense sites on, one site per row. Next to the URL, I have columns set up noting when they were indexed and set up in Google Webmaster Tools, then in each subsequent column, every time I do something I enter a code and the date. The codes includes submitting an article ("EZA 8-15", etc.), Social Bookmarking a page ("OW 8-20" for Onlywire, etc.), a run of Unique Article Wizard ("UAW 8-20", etc.), a run of Comment Kahuna ("CK 8-25"), etc.

          This lets me see at a glance which sites are 'behind' in terms of maintaining "Link Velocity", assuring I'm covering all sites, etc.

          For the sites themselves, if they're static HTML sites, I use Xsitepro which allows you to manage your sites by project, and if they're Wordpress, I use WordpressMU (Multi-User) which lets me manage and maintain all of them from a single WP interface.

          That was a really good question, and I cannot over-state the importance of consistency in moving sites forward.


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          • Profile picture of the author jplanigan
            Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

            I have an Excel spreadsheet that I list all my Adsense sites on, one site per row. Next to the URL, I have columns set up noting when they were indexed and set up in Google Webmaster Tools, then in each subsequent column, every time I do something I enter a code and the date. The codes includes submitting an article ("EZA 8-15", etc.), Social Bookmarking a page ("OW 8-20" for Onlywire, etc.), a run of Unique Article Wizard ("UAW 8-20", etc.), a run of Comment Kahuna ("CK 8-25"), etc.

            This lets me see at a glance which sites are 'behind' in terms of maintaining "Link Velocity", assuring I'm covering all sites, etc.
            Thanks Mark. Organization is one of my big concerns as I start picking up momentum. I was thinking about using a spreadsheet for this, but I had not been able to think of a good way to implement this, so this info is very helpful. I need to get on the ball with this before it gets out of hand.

            I don't know if it applys to this or not, but Icansoft sells a site manager application that might be useful for organizing this stuff. Unfortunately, it is not 64bit compatible so I haven't used it.

            Patrick
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            • Originally Posted by jplanigan View Post

              Thanks Mark. Organization is one of my big concerns as I start picking up momentum. I was thinking about using a spreadsheet for this, but I had not been able to think of a good way to implement this, so this info is very helpful. I need to get on the ball with this before it gets out of hand.

              I don't know if it applys to this or not, but Icansoft sells a site manager application that might be useful for organizing this stuff. Unfortunately, it is not 64bit compatible so I haven't used it.

              Patrick
              I've learned - the hard way, more than once - that if I don't get on top of that stuff from the beginning, it quickly overwhelms me.

              As for Incansoft, I think you're referring to their "Domain Acquisition Manager". If so, it's more of a domain name manager than a 'site info' manager.

              That said, I'm a big fan of Big Mike's. I use and wholeheartedly recommend RSSBot and SocialBot. In fact, they're a key part of my ranking strategy for every one of my sites, Adsense or otherwise.

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              • Profile picture of the author JakeDaly
                Hey Mark, how long does it usually take you to get your sites indexed? According to my AWStats, I've been visited by Google bots 0+4 times(?). I found out yesterday, in that new SEO Strategy thread, that the worst thing you can do is Google bookmark your own website right off the bat and regretfully, that's what I did just a few days ago thinking it would be the fastest way to get crawled. I assume my site will be indexed pretty soon and I've blog commented and social bookmarked a few sites to speed up the process, but will Google bookmarking my site right off the bat have any true impact on whether or not I get sandboxed?

                Thanks,

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                • Originally Posted by JakeDaly View Post

                  Hey Mark, how long does it usually take you to get your sites indexed? According to my AWStats, I've been visited by Google bots 0+4 times(?). I found out yesterday, in that new SEO Strategy thread, that the worst thing you can do is Google bookmark your own website right off the bat and regretfully, that's what I did just a few days ago thinking it would be the fastest way to get crawled. I assume my site will be indexed pretty soon and I've blog commented and social bookmarked a few sites to speed up the process, but will Google bookmarking my site right off the bat have any true impact on whether or not I get sandboxed?

                  Thanks,

                  Jake Daly
                  Hey Jake,

                  Was wondering how you were progressing

                  Nothing wrong with bookmarking your site with Google. Sometimes it just takes a few days even if you bookmark, Digg, etc. Don't believe everything you read, though I'm not familiar with the thread you're referring to.

                  If Google's crawler has reached your site, it's a matter of hours to a day or so.

                  I generally don't worry too much about it since I have a continuous 'queue' of new sites coming online. If it takes a day or four days, it doesn't make too much difference.

                  Usually my sites are indexed within 2 days, and I almost always follow the same game plan:

                  Set up a new domain, point nameservers, wait a day for it to propagate.

                  Then in I'll Publish the initial site.

                  Immediately enter the site in Webmaster Tools, verify it, submit sitemap.

                  Immediately Digg, Stumble, and Onlywire the homepage.

                  Immediately Ping the Digg listing.

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                • Profile picture of the author Carl Pruitt
                  Originally Posted by JakeDaly View Post

                  Hey Mark, how long does it usually take you to get your sites indexed? According to my AWStats, I've been visited by Google bots 0+4 times(?). I found out yesterday, in that new SEO Strategy thread, that the worst thing you can do is Google bookmark your own website right off the bat and regretfully, that's what I did just a few days ago thinking it would be the fastest way to get crawled. I assume my site will be indexed pretty soon and I've blog commented and social bookmarked a few sites to speed up the process, but will Google bookmarking my site right off the bat have any true impact on whether or not I get sandboxed?

                  Thanks,

                  Jake Daly
                  Some may disagree, but I find it helps to go ahead and put your sites into Google's Webmaster Tools and it makes it easier to keep up with your indexing progress. It also helps to help show you how Google views your site. Some people feel you are leaving a trail for Google to track you, but I think if you're not doing anything wrong there's nothing to worry about, and they can track you anyway if you have Adsense on the sites.
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                  • Originally Posted by Carl Pruitt View Post

                    Some may disagree, but I find it helps to go ahead and put your sites into Google's Webmaster Tools and it makes it easier to keep up with your indexing progress. It also helps to help show you how Google views your site. Some people feel you are leaving a trail for Google to track you, but I think if you're not doing anything wrong there's nothing to worry about, and they can track you anyway if you have Adsense on the sites.
                    There is absolute *gold* in Google Webmaster Tools!

                    If you aren't using it, you're neglecting one of the best tools for ranking, free or otherwise.

                    Webmaster Tools will show you all the links that Google picks up - in other words, the ones that count towards your ranking.

                    It's as if someone said, "Hey, you're spinning your wheels trying to do all these backlinking activities blind. Here's where you should focus, and here's where you're wasting your time".

                    Generally, if a SB link doesn't show up after a month, I'm wasting my time with that SB site.

                    If a link DOES show up, I know where to make sure and input *all* my sites.

                    See a link you don't recognize? Click on it. It may be a blog that picked up an article. Comment on it with other URL's.

                    Want to know what you're ranking for, maybe even phrases you weren't targeting? Webmaster Tools can show you where you might be able to get big bang for your buck by putting a little effort into phrases you're ranking for that you weren't targeting.

                    Etc.

                    If you aren't using Webmaster Tools, not only are you 'driving blind', but you're squandering some crucial data that's there for the taking.

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                    • Profile picture of the author lonniewa2
                      Hey Mike this thread along with xfactor's thread and course we have a gold mine of information here. Great work!

                      I do have a question or two though. You said that you use RSSbot and Socialbot. Can you explain how these tools fits in your marketing strategies? I mean:

                      When do you use them?
                      How often do you use them on each website?
                      Do you only use one keyword?
                      Do you submit to all or some?

                      I just would like to know how you use these tools without getting sandboxed. I have these tools but do not know how to use them in a way that is safe.

                      If the questions above is to much any general advice when using them will do.

                      thanks,
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                      • Profile picture of the author RatherBeInCabo
                        I've spent the better part of the last 3 years tweaking, tweaking and tweaking some more a single site that is now doing better than $90 per day. It is a constant battle to reach the $100 per day but by the end of the year I should be there. I have had numerous $100 days, just not on average. I also incorporate affiliate marketing along with in-text advertising for an overall income from this site close to $50k per year.

                        Do a search for "herbal remedies" to have a look at the site. As of today, it is sitting in position #1 for that term. Take a look at the Adsense placement to get an idea of what works really well.

                        Best of luck to all.
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                        • Originally Posted by RatherBeInCabo View Post

                          I've spent the better part of the last 3 years tweaking, tweaking and tweaking some more a single site that is now doing better than $90 per day. It is a constant battle to reach the $100 per day but by the end of the year I should be there. I have had numerous $100 days, just not on average. I also incorporate affiliate marketing along with in-text advertising for an overall income from this site close to $50k per year.

                          Do a search for "herbal remedies" to have a look at the site. As of today, it is sitting in position #1 for that term. Take a look at the Adsense placement to get an idea of what works really well.

                          Best of luck to all.
                          Great work, great results!

                          Here's an unbeatable offer for you:

                          Change your main adblock to the default color scheme of blue link, green URL, and you will see a sharp increase in CTR, and tip over that $100/day average.

                          If you don't see a sharp improvement just doing that, I'll give you 2x your money back!

                          I know you've said you've tested & tweaked ad nauseum, but I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that if you just make the link stand out more and blend a little less, you'll see a sharp improvement in CTR. If you've tried the default blue, try it again, or perhaps a slightly subtler blue, or sharper green.

                          Of course, this is assuming I'm looking at the right site...!

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                          • Profile picture of the author RatherBeInCabo
                            Originally Posted by internetmarketer99 View Post

                            Great work, great results!

                            Here's an unbeatable offer for you:

                            Change your main adblock to the default color scheme of blue link, green URL, and you will see a sharp increase in CTR, and tip over that $100/day average.

                            If you don't see a sharp improvement just doing that, I'll give you 2x your money back!

                            I know you've said you've tested & tweaked ad nauseum, but I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that if you just make the link stand out more and blend a little less, you'll see a sharp improvement in CTR. If you've tried the default blue, try it again, or perhaps a slightly subtler blue, or sharper green.

                            Of course, this is assuming I'm looking at the right site...!

                            Mark
                            Thanks Mark,

                            I have used that blue in the past and will give it a go again. I just changed all the colors and it should take 15 minutes to update.

                            The main block at the top of the pages for the month of August had a 3.67% CTR and the overall for the site was 5.05%.

                            I will leave it like this for the entire month of September going forward and report back at the end of the month.

                            Regards,

                            Marc
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                              Just trying to make sure I understand the keyword research finally. I found a 3 word phrase in google keyword tool that shows about 301k avg, 368k searchs last month. When i paste the phrase in google with quotes, it says there are about 25k websites. Is that a good ratio, and something that would be beneficial to pursue?

                              Thanks!
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