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I always get asked what I do for a living...the answer always leaves people wondering what I do exacly.It is a hard question to answer as the majority of people do not understand how the internet works, how websites can be monetised and many don't know what SEO stands for.

I have created a little plan that will help you get started quick. I would advise you to start with physical products as they convert better. You can use this website in order to find products to promote. It is very easy to sign up.

Now it is time to do some keyword reasearch (use google keyword tool)! Type the name of the product in the google software,set it to exact match and pick USA from the list. Go for keywords with over 1000 searches.

Create a list of keywords that meet this criteria and then do some basic competition research. You can do a quotes search, allintitle, inurl searches...but I usually do not look at this as the top 10 results are the most important. Use the firefox plugin(it is called seo quake-do a google search) to check how many backlinks the top websites have pointing to the page they are optimising for that keyword.

Only pick keywords that have less than 30 backlinks if you do not know much about SEO. Now it is time to write articles for yor website. Make sure they are unique. After you have created the website, do a google search about how to do on-page seo(it is very easy). Make all the changes and then you need to start creating backlinks.

You can look at my previous thread created today and get backlinks from the places I have specified there. You can also create backlinks by commeting on blogs(high pr pages) and use your keyword as the anchor text.

Build the backlinks consistently as this is very important.


I hope I have not left anything out...if I have,please do not hesitate to ask .... :p


I hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author noobjet
    Thanks for the thread. I'm struggling with the concept end of it I guess. Could you perhaps explain in non-technical terms, as much as possible, the steps. I am pretty computer savvy but the IM field has a language all it's own.

    So for examples sake lets say I want to promote "Red widgets". What kind of numbers am I looking for when I search Google Trends or AdSense ? Should I be searching Trends and AdSense ? What kind of cost-per-click, search volume, ad placement (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3) do I look for ?

    Is there some kind of formula such as CPC<Comission(traffic x conversion) ? Or something along those lines for best performance. Please use as few acronyms as possible as I only understand SEO,CPC,CPA and a few others. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author mince001
      Originally Posted by noobjet View Post

      Thanks for the thread. I'm struggling with the concept end of it I guess. Could you perhaps explain in non-technical terms, as much as possible, the steps. I am pretty computer savvy but the IM field has a language all it's own.

      So for examples sake lets say I want to promote "Red widgets". What kind of numbers am I looking for when I search Google Trends or AdSense ? Should I be searching Trends and AdSense ? What kind of cost-per-click, search volume, ad placement (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3) do I look for ?

      Is there some kind of formula such as CPC<Comission(traffic x conversion) ? Or something along those lines for best performance. Please use as few acronyms as possible as I only understand SEO,CPC,CPA and a few others. Thanks.
      Always use google keyword tool(adsense basically). Select exact match(this is on the left hand side). Look for keywords that get at least 1000 searches per month. Don't go for anything lower than that, as you are wasting your time. You are talking about adsense here... this is a mistake. if you are at the begining, adsense is the wrong way to start making income online. Adsense requires a lot of testing and even very advanced internet marketers see that their websites gets banned by google without any explanation. Try and promote CPA offers or become an affiliate for products. If you want to become an affiliate for basketballs for example just go to google and type basketballs "affiliate" and you just pick one and sign up.

      The concept I explained works like this:

      1. you use the google keyword tool to find a keyword that gets over 1000 searches in the exact match setting(this site has a lot of tips on keyword research- highly recommend all the stuff there)

      2. create a list of keywords that meet the criteria of 1000 min searches per month

      3. do competition research on those keywords; use seo quake which is a firefox
      plugin that helps you to see how many backlinks(links from other sites pointing to the sites that are ranking high for the keyword);skim through the keywords and only pick the ones that have less than 30 backlinks;just to a youtube search to see how you can use seo quake...it's very easy

      4. write the information for your websites(posts)

      5. do on page optimisation for all those posts(optimise them to rank high for the keyword you are targeting).you do this by looking at h1 tags, h2 tags, bold, italic, underlines, keyword density. This is a long topic to explain,... but quite easy. Just do a google search for "on page seo" and you will see what you need to do.I think

      6.Now you need to keep creating content for your site and also build backlinks to the appropiate posts on your site. You can find a lot of backlinks in my previous post. When you backlink to pages on your site, always make sure you use the keyword as the anchor text. For example if you optimise your site for "buy basketballs" your anchor text should look like this <a href="www.yoursite.com">"Buy basketballs"</a> this means that when people hover over the word basketballs, it will change colour as it is a link to your site....if that makes sense...

      I hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author RedWaterDub
    Hi there...Can you explain something about backlinking keywords for me please?

    Say you have a website called "whitedog.com" and it has some other pages. say..."whitedog.com/largewhitedogs.html" is one of them.

    Does it matter which page you link to with your anchor text? I mean...if I wanted to make a link with anchor text "large white dogs" what is the difference whether it links back to the main URL or if it links back to the "largewhitedogs" page?

    What I am getting at here is... to rank for multiple keywords, is it necessary to create new posts and or new pages and link back to them with your additional keywords or is it okay to just use the main site URL as the link with different anchor text as per each keyword?...man this is harder to explain than i thought...

    Do you know what I am trying to say here?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author mince001
      Originally Posted by RedWaterDub View Post

      Hi there...Can you explain something about backlinking keywords for me please?

      Say you have a website called "whitedog.com" and it has some other pages. say..."whitedog.com/largewhitedogs.html" is one of them.

      Does it matter which page you link to with your anchor text? I mean...if I wanted to make a link with anchor text "large white dogs" what is the difference whether it links back to the main URL or if it links back to the "largewhitedogs" page?

      What I am getting at here is... to rank for multiple keywords, is it necessary to create new posts and or new pages and link back to them with your additional keywords or is it okay to just use the main site URL as the link with different anchor text as per each keyword?...man this is harder to explain than i thought...

      Do you know what I am trying to say here?

      Thanks
      You will have to link with your anchor text to the right url...the url where you have a post that is optimised for your keyword (in this case largewhitedogs).

      You can always have more keywords on a single page, but I would advise against this, especially if you do not master seo. Create a new post for each keyword, do all the on-page seo and then build backlinks using the appropiate anchor text to that post.

      Never build backlinks to the main domain if you did not optimise that page for the keyword that you are including in the anchor text. Just create a new post for each keyword. Always try to interlink the posts if you can .... For example if you have a website about dogs and are writing about what products are good for small dogs, you can add a sentence where you say : "However, if you have a large dog, you should use different products, such as the one's specified on the page .....(here use the anchor text of the keyword you are optimising for on that page)"


      I hope this answers your question.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedWaterDub
    Thanks for your answers you explained that very well.

    Here's another question for you...Is the following right? Because it seems like an awful lot of work to accomplish this..and then you got to do it again for every new site....

    Say I have a site and it has 20 pages optimized for 20 keywords...

    So to rank every page/keyword I will need to do the following for every one of those 20 words EACH.

    -Get social bookmarking backlinks (20-100 good social bookmarking sites)
    -Get forum & blog post comments with backlinks on high PR sites (as many as poss)
    -write a unique article for each keyword for my own website posts
    -either write another similar article optimized for that post/page keyword or spin the same article so that it becomes unique and readable.
    -syndicate or distribute that new or spun version of that article to all the best article directories...and then some- using the appropriate anchor text as you explained so well before.

    Okay I think you will agree..the above is a must...right?

    NOW....The following I am unsure whether to do this with each keyword/page or use clusters of my keywords into its mix?

    -create social profile pages and accounts on all the good social sites like facebook, twitter, squidoo, blogger, wordpress, hubpages..and tons more
    -make a video with a backlink signature for the website and post on youtube, vimeo, and others
    -Make newspress posts and submit to newspress sites..
    -Submit URL (do we submit each page UL?) to website and search engine directories...as many as poss.
    -Submit to RSS directories...many as poss...

    and then what?

    -Link all the relevant pages together...
    -keep updating, optimizing and building your own website (images content, softwares, intraction options etc) on a continuing basis...even as you are marketing your already made pages
    -On-page SEO everything

    AND THEN DO IT ALL AGAIN...and again and again and again

    SO Have I left anything out?
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    • Profile picture of the author mince001
      Originally Posted by RedWaterDub View Post

      Thanks for your answers you explained that very well.

      Here's another question for you...Is the following right? Because it seems like an awful lot of work to accomplish this..and then you got to do it again for every new site....

      Say I have a site and it has 20 pages optimized for 20 keywords...

      So to rank every page/keyword I will need to do the following for every one of those 20 words EACH.

      -Get social bookmarking backlinks (20-100 good social bookmarking sites)
      -Get forum & blog post comments with backlinks on high PR sites (as many as poss)
      -write a unique article for each keyword for my own website posts
      -either write another similar article optimized for that post/page keyword or spin the same article so that it becomes unique and readable.
      -syndicate or distribute that new or spun version of that article to all the best article directories...and then some- using the appropriate anchor text as you explained so well before.

      Okay I think you will agree..the above is a must...right?

      NOW....The following I am unsure whether to do this with each keyword/page or use clusters of my keywords into its mix?

      -create social profile pages and accounts on all the good social sites like facebook, twitter, squidoo, blogger, wordpress, hubpages..and tons more
      -make a video with a backlink signature for the website and post on youtube, vimeo, and others
      -Make newspress posts and submit to newspress sites..
      -Submit URL (do we submit each page UL?) to website and search engine directories...as many as poss.
      -Submit to RSS directories...many as poss...

      and then what?

      -Link all the relevant pages together...
      -keep updating, optimizing and building your own website (images content, softwares, intraction options etc) on a continuing basis...even as you are marketing your already made pages
      -On-page SEO everything

      AND THEN DO IT ALL AGAIN...and again and again and again

      SO Have I left anything out?
      What you have listed it definitely a must. Make sure you build the links gradually and consistently...even though you will have the urge to do them as fast as posssible,DON'T!
      As far as the second part... you will be best off to create one account for facebook and then post links of all your pages. But on websites like wordpress,hubpages, create 1 account for that niche and then create different "posts" using a keyword for each one. You can also sometimes use 2-3 backlinks from the same source...For example what you could do is to create a squidoo lens and add 3 links(anochored keywords). Then build many links pointing to that squidoo lens. The link juice will go to your money site without harming your rank. Also the links created to the squidoo lens do not need to have the anchor text the same as your main keyword. They can be anything.

      After, keep linking all relevant pages together.Update your content.I would not advise you to create pages that are containing similar content. For example, do not create a page about "training big dogs" and then another ot
      her one about "how to make a a big dog to obey the owner".
      Also, a trick would be to have a main keyword for your site and add it in the code of the footer.php This will help your internal linking a lot, especially if you have many posts.

      I hope this helps!
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      • Profile picture of the author RedWaterDub
        Originally Posted by mince001 View Post

        For example what you could do is to create a squidoo lens and add 3 links(anochored keywords). Then build many links pointing to that squidoo lens. The link juice will go to your money site without harming your rank.


        Also, a trick would be to have a main keyword for your site and add it in the code of the footer.php This will help your internal linking a lot, especially if you have many posts.

        I hope this helps!
        Hi..THANKS for your help man.

        Just a query about your comment above..Where do you suggest building links from that go to the squidoo lense type sites?

        And also you said to build a link in the footer of my blogs that may help with interneal linking seo..but wouldn't the navigation links ie: pages, recent posts etc in the sidebar cover that purpose already?
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        • Profile picture of the author mince001
          Originally Posted by RedWaterDub View Post

          Hi..THANKS for your help man.

          Just a query about your comment above..Where do you suggest building links from that go to the squidoo lense type sites?

          And also you said to build a link in the footer of my blogs that may help with interneal linking seo..but wouldn't the navigation links ie: pages, recent posts etc in the sidebar cover that purpose already?
          I have noticed that it works even better if you add it in the footer too. It has to be anchor text though. Otherwise, there is not point. All these little things add up and help you rank higher.

          You can literally build links from whatever sources you want. However, make sure there are not porn websites or stuff like that. I would suggest blog commenting, 5 unique article backlinks from the top directories, social bookmarking, forum signatures. On blog and forum signatures, make sure you post on high pr pages.

          I hope this helps you! Let me know...
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  • Profile picture of the author Spyder77
    I'll add that you can get a lot more precision and information out of your Keyword Research with Market Samurai and that you can also get a fully functional copy of the product on a 12 day trial before you either decide to buy or lose a lot of that functionality. If the 12 day promo isn't offered from the first link you find, Google something like 'Market Samurai 12 day promo' and follow the trail from there.

    I choose my keywords (and niche to build them around) partially out of interest (I can write better content a lot easier if the niche is already something I'm into), and partially from a post I came across here but don't have the link to. Its author recommended that the keyword have at least 100 exact daily matches and an SEOV (commercial intent) greater than $30. I prefer to shoot for an SEOV much higher than $30, while the 100 daily exact match minimum is fine for keywords which I also check against G's front page both in MS and using a Chrome incognito phrase search with personalization turned off as a double check.

    I'm looking to see what I'm up against on the front page of the SERPs: if its lots of authority and high PR sites I call it a wash on that keyword and go back to the drawing board. If the top results are sites that I can co-exist happily below (because I'm using a different approach to stand out from them and draw traffic) and if the remainder of sites include mostly lower PR sites with not too many inbound links and indexed pages which I believe I can outrank with some work, then I have my primary kw and my niche.

    For secondary keywords I consider the above, but the standards are more relaxed in some areas: 20 exact daily matches will suffice instead of 100 and the SEOV can be lower as well (though still over $30), while it has to meet the same front page criteria as the primary kw. My willingness to settle for exact matches under 100 on the secondary is proportional to how competitive the front page is: 20 dailies is fine if I can hit place within the top 3 spots on it and still stand apart from whatever is above me.

    The other criteria for my secondary keyword(s) is that it mustn't compete with my primary keyword: I need to be able to use it in articles that are focused on the primary keyword, rather than write articles that are focused on the secondary keyword because they don't fit together: I want one primary keyword and at least one secondary keyword as a starting point; I don't want two primary keywords, and therefore my secondary kw should tie into my primary kw rather than compete with it by not being able to use it with the primary in the same article without using it in place of the primary kw.

    That is my own approach to keyword selection.

    -Spyder
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    • Profile picture of the author mince001
      Originally Posted by Spyder77 View Post

      I'll add that you can get a lot more precision and information out of your Keyword Research with Market Samurai and that you can also get a fully functional copy of the product on a 12 day trial before you either decide to buy or lose a lot of that functionality. If the 12 day promo isn't offered from the first link you find, Google something like 'Market Samurai 12 day promo' and follow the trail from there.

      I choose my keywords (and niche to build them around) partially out of interest (I can write better content a lot easier if the niche is already something I'm into), and partially from a post I came across here but don't have the link to. Its author recommended that the keyword have at least 100 exact daily matches and an SEOV (commercial intent) greater than $30. I prefer to shoot for an SEOV much higher than $30, while the 100 daily exact match minimum is fine for keywords which I also check against G's front page both in MS and using a Chrome incognito phrase search with personalization turned off as a double check.

      I'm looking to see what I'm up against on the front page of the SERPs: if its lots of authority and high PR sites I call it a wash on that keyword and go back to the drawing board. If the top results are sites that I can co-exist happily below (because I'm using a different approach to stand out from them and draw traffic) and if the remainder of sites include mostly lower PR sites with not too many inbound links and indexed pages which I believe I can outrank with some work, then I have my primary kw and my niche.

      For secondary keywords I consider the above, but the standards are more relaxed in some areas: 20 exact daily matches will suffice instead of 100 and the SEOV can be lower as well (though still over $30), while it has to meet the same front page criteria as the primary kw. My willingness to settle for exact matches under 100 on the secondary is proportional to how competitive the front page is: 20 dailies is fine if I can hit place within the top 3 spots on it and still stand apart from whatever is above me.

      The other criteria for my secondary keyword(s) is that it mustn't compete with my primary keyword: I need to be able to use it in articles that are focused on the primary keyword, rather than write articles that are focused on the secondary keyword because they don't fit together: I want one primary keyword and at least one secondary keyword as a starting point; I don't want two primary keywords, and therefore my secondary kw should tie into my primary kw rather than compete with it by not being able to use it with the primary in the same article without using it in place of the primary kw.

      That is my own approach to keyword selection.

      -Spyder
      If this strategy works for you, that is great. I use market samurai as well. Google keywords tool is still useful though. Market samurai is more useful if you are looking to promote digital products, rather than physical.

      I use a different strategy. I never go for keywords under 1000 exact match monthly searches. The only case where I break this rule is when the keyword is a very good buyer keyword like "buy ....". As far as secondary keywords go, I still go for high searches. After all, why would me and my team bother with creating backlinks to keywords that get just a low amount of searches.

      And for the main keyword, I go for 4000+ searches for digital products.
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      • Profile picture of the author Spyder77
        Originally Posted by mince001 View Post

        If this strategy works for you, that is great. I use market samurai as well. Google keywords tool is still useful though. Market samurai is more useful if you are looking to promote digital products, rather than physical.

        I use a different strategy. I never go for keywords under 1000 exact match monthly searches. The only case where I break this rule is when the keyword is a very good buyer keyword like "buy ....". As far as secondary keywords go, I still go for high searches. After all, why would me and my team bother with creating backlinks to keywords that get just a low amount of searches.

        And for the main keyword, I go for 4000+ searches for digital products.
        MS 'plugs in' to Google's keyword tool for keyword generation and analysis, so the source of the raw data is the same. The difference is in the additional analysis functions that MS does for you which Keywords doesn't.

        Beyond that its just a question of how you decide to interpret the analysis or further refine it. On that end, I like the 100+ daily exact matches rule of thumb for the primary kw, and the higher the SEOV the better since its an indicator of whether the searchers are buyers or information seekers.

        100 daily exact matches is 3,000 exact monthly searches. Which I think is not a bad search volume for a micro-niche product with high commercial intent and low front page competition on G. That's pretty much all I strive for as far as that goes - if I have that much then I have a basis to work with in the hunt for secondary keywords and how exactly I'm going to market to that niche (site layout, social media, content, etc).

        Its pretty much the beginning. My 2nd site is a recent launch: I spent two full days looking for the right kw in MS (one that met the criteria above + was in niche I was interested and knowledgeable enough on to develop content for and to want to keep doing it day after day) and did the domain research within an hour or two before buying it. That was about a week ago (so its very new). The rest of the time was spent getting it off the ground, fine-tuning the initial look and feel (enough that I can leave minor details for later),
        and coming up with a long range market blue-print to guide the content creation and orient it toward my strategy to monetize it.

        Currently its indexed with one article posted, and a second one in draft that needs to be tweaked before I publish. The irony for me on this site was despite a pretty high SEOV (over $300 on the primary kw) and just 160 exact daily matches, I started out with the goal of launching it within a few days, putting content up fast, and then updating it just enough to keep it fresh.

        That wound up evolving in an entirely different direction during the strategy phase, and if I get the core content up over a 90 day period then I'm fine with that, and plan to then focus mostly on properly using the list I create along with regular updates to the site itself. It kind of wound up generating a lot more usable ideas than I registered the domain with. Which is not a bad thing.

        Anyway that's a long way of saying that I think kw research is pretty much just the starting point (but an important one). Once you have the kw, in a lot of cases at least, there are many, many different ways to build the sales & site blueprint around it. I come up with mine by trying to put myself in the mind of the person entering it, and then delivering what I'd want to find if I was that person - within the bounds of my strengths & limitations.

        I look at secondary keywords as just that: secondary. Less important is exact matches (this is decided by the primary kw), so long as there is some volume, and more important is that commercial intent is still high and that it combines well with my primary kw and has low front page SERPs competition. As an example, lets say my primary kw is

        Christmas toys for kids


        Good secondary keywords for me are phrases that I can work into articles about Christmas toys for kids and which are going to be organic in the article (I can use them naturally, they aren't forced and they don't look out of place); therefore they'll either contain part of that phrase or be phrases that go with it, such as 'shopping for,' etc - all stuff I can use in the same article. I'm still mainly targeting the primary kw, yet I'm also building in non-competitive keywords that are organic with the primary.

        A competitive kw to me would be Christmas toys for adults. I call it 'competitive' because its not going to behave well with my primary kw, and therefore using it detracts from the primary because each use of it is a use where I would have used the primary otherwise. Good secondary keywords to me are those that don't 'compete' with the primary in this way, and are keywords I can use to describe, transitition to, or somehow otherwise use in conjunction with my primary kw.

        That is niche kw research in a nutshell to me: find your money kw that has enough exact matches and high enough SEOV and then choose secondary keywords that suit the primary well and can be used with it.

        Anything else just over-complicates something that I don't think needs to be any more complicated than that for a typical tightly focused niche. The rest of it is going to hinge on where you go from there in all other elements of IM with this niche. I'm happy with 100+ unique matches per day on an evergreen kw that is workable for me, has high commercial intent, low front page SERPs competition (or competition I can co-exist amongst with the right differentiation) and some decent secondary keywords that work with the primary. They don't need to be 'better' than the primary, and if they were they *would be* the primary kw instead of secondary keywords

        -Spyder
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      Originally Posted by hireseowriters View Post

      Thanks for this useful post!
      My pleasure!
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