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Forum: Beginners Area 22nd August 2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 473
Posted By brettb
Re: Help me to find the way in this jungle

What worked for me was doing a progamming day job for 20 years and investing every damn cent I made.


Also avoid office politics, stay out of water cooler discussions, leave your troubles in work...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd August 2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,464
Posted By brettb
Re: I’m done..

I would give up and focus on getting a career going. I spent way too much time working on niche sites and stuff when I should have been focussing on my career.


Sure, I did make a tonne of money...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th July 2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 148
Posted By brettb
Re: I find a good domain, the page is parked, but says in top page "name expired"?

Try to find a similar name that's available.


I did this in 2012. I wanted redwidget.com but GoDaddy listed it at $1700. I tried to buy it but the website blew up.


Good job I didn't buy it...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2019, 03:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,269
Posted By brettb
Re: Best way for earning passive income

"Passive" income stuff you do online takes too much time these days. The easy money has been made. I put huge effort into making a mailing list (like everyone says you should do) but when I did a...
Forum: Beginners Area 4th February 2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 146
Posted By brettb
Re: SEO - Should i start from scratch?

You need more backlinks and more brand recognition. Don't waste time SEO'ing your site. Google loves popular sites. It's smart enough with image recognition and stuff these days to know what's in...
Forum: Beginners Area 27th January 2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 115
Posted By brettb
Re: Establishing an online forum

I started a forum a year ago with phpBB. I now have a few regular posters.


phpBB is much better these days. The bigger problem is competing with Reddit, Quora, FB etc.


I was lucky in that a...
Forum: Beginners Area 21st January 2019, 03:29 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,254
Posted By brettb
Re: I am in need of increasing Youtube views.

Remember to do keyword research too. My best video targeted specific keywords ("productname" review). It gets more traffic than all my other videos combined.


I think if you also have a website...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th January 2019, 02:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,435
Posted By brettb
Re: Have Things Changed On The Net? Is it now a Dead Horse?

Yeah it's dying for us little guys really. I started a forum but these days people would rather be on Reddit or Facebook.


Google's algorithms just mean that the big guys get bigger.


Thank...
Forum: The Warrior Path 22nd December 2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 475
Posted By brettb
Re: [Case Study] Can I Build a New Forum Community From Scratch?

Forum going well. Another member joined overnight.


Next year could be really interesting for this particular project.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd December 2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 552
Posted By brettb
Re: Will you be doing anything different in 2019?

Yes I will be just building websites for fun.


2018 was the year I realised that it's just too competitive out there. IM in the hope of making money is a waste of my time.
Forum: Beginners Area 9th December 2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 127
Posted By brettb
Re: Advice on creating a forum or bulletin board for website

That sounds like a great niche for a forum. People with problems will tend to sign up and post away. On the downside you might have serious competition from a related Reddit (if there is one) or FB...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 318
Posted By brettb
Re: Should I worry about running out of content? Is recycling content ever okay?

If you're active in your niche then you'll never run out of ideas.


I tend to do more content curation these days. Just set up a load of Google Alerts to keep you in the loop on new developments....
Forum: Beginners Area 17th October 2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 127
Posted By brettb
Re: Advice on creating a forum or bulletin board for website

I started a forum in February this year. I'm using phpBB. It's not as easy to use compared to a blogging platform like WordPress. It also takes more effort to maintain a forum.


It's not easy to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th October 2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By brettb
Re: If You Are Looking For A Market To Get Into, Maybe You Should Go "Old."

Nice report. My new site is popular with older people. They have time to post content on there, AND they have a load of disposable income to spend on their hobby.
Forum: Beginners Area 30th September 2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 542
Posted By brettb
Re: What's the Biggest Problem Facing Newbies Today?

Newbies are absolutely terrible at choosing good niches.
Forum: The Warrior Path 20th September 2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 475
Posted By brettb
Re: [Case Study] Can I Build a New Forum Community From Scratch?

Actually I think new forums can work BECAUSE of social media.


FB is mired in privacy/censorship hell. Teens don't use it. Older people are leaving it in droves. Reddit is hot right now, but as...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th September 2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 176
Posted By brettb
Re: What do you think? Cause there's going to be a fight!

You could put it on a subdomain of your current domain. I've found that subdomains get traffic pretty much straight away, especially if your existing domain gets traffic.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th September 2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 192
Posted By brettb
Re: 5 of my weirdest (but highest converting) subject lines + done for you templates

Thanks for the ideas. I've also been using these types of headlines for my new forum. It's definitely working as I have my lowest ever bounce rate.
Forum: Growth Hacking 4th September 2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By brettb
Re: Can one person operate a small SaaS platform?

There's a lot of doubt there. Either you can or you can't. I guess the key thing is being able to write software.


SAAS is not hard to write but you'll find some customers want something and...
Forum: Growth Hacking 4th September 2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 110
Posted By brettb
Re: Payment processor that can bill $350 initially, $20 per month thereafter?

Maybe Avangate could do this - I use them for software. They just rebranded so I'm not sure what they're called now.
Forum: Beginners Area 4th September 2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 5,901
Posted By brettb
Re: Is there really an on-line marketing system that will work for the little guy with limited funds

One thing that seems to be working for me is moving 3rd party landing pages from their site to mine. That way there's a bit more trust and the landing pages load a lot more quickly.


Simple but...
Forum: Beginners Area 30th August 2018, 02:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By brettb
Re: Niche markets -

B2B is great. I made $100,000 from selling a niche software tool. I found out about the niche from my day job. To be honest I should have charged more. Then I would have made $250,000.


So many...
Forum: The Warrior Path 30th August 2018, 02:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,912
Posted By brettb
Re: 192 Days for 2018 Kindle Income

Would also love an update. My niche is perfect for Kindle publishing.


Right now I've put a few short stories on my site to see how popular they are. I think they will be popular. After that a...
Forum: The Warrior Path 30th August 2018, 02:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,158
Posted By brettb
Re: JOURNEY: Let the Work Begin - Holding Myself Accountable to Fulfilling My Dreams

Thanks for the updates.


On the Facebook thing - us old timers (2011-2012) learnt not to rely on 3rd parties. Many of us were making a fortune from HubPages and Squidoo. Then our pages were...
Forum: The Warrior Path 30th August 2018, 01:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 475
Posted By brettb
Post [Case Study] Can I Build a New Forum Community From Scratch?

Here's a challenge I've started this year. I hope you find it useful. Basically I want to know if it's still possible to start a new internet forum from scratch.


My background: I've been making...
Forum: Beginners Area 18th August 2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 101
Posted By brettb
Re: Followers stooped abruptly on Instagram.

Don't base your online empire in someone else's walled garden. I learnt my lesson from the rise and fall of HubPages.


Also don't post political stuff or heavily opinionated stuff unless you're...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th August 2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By brettb
Re: Saturated market with lots of people vs niche market with much less

I'd stay away from saturated markets. The barrier to entry is just too freaking high these days.


Just find a small obscure nano niche and completely dominate it.
Forum: Beginners Area 15th August 2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 177
Posted By brettb
Re: What do you guys think about highly competitive/saturated niches?

Just find a micro-micro niche and completely dominate it.


I started a forum earlier this year and this morning I've been looking at my competition. No niche is too small really when it comes to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 6th August 2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By brettb
Re: Adsense arbitrage

Number of clicks largely depends on your niche. People go click crazy in some niches (e.g. dating) but not others (e.g. software).


Try and develop your own products as an alternative to...
Forum: Beginners Area 30th July 2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 438
Posted By brettb
Re: Some tips for a beginner

Definitely go with something you're passionate about.


Also don't be afraid to target a really micro-micro niche. I started a forum this year but it's just too broadly based. In time it might do...
Forum: Beginners Area 30th July 2018, 01:44 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,227
Posted By brettb
Re: Should I just keep my day job?

Definitely keep your day job, it's too tough online now and the easy money has been made.


I still build sites and stuff but it's more of a hobby now rather than a "job".


Actually doing this...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th July 2018, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 137
Posted By brettb
Re: How to increase authority of a new website ?

Create something useful that attracts natural backlinks. Tools, calculators and interactive stuff are great. They're harder to create than just writing blog posts. But few of your lower quality...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th July 2018, 01:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 208
Posted By brettb
Re: Website pages are not indexed in Google

Make sure you're registered with Google Search Console so you can check to see if your pages are indexed. But in general you won't get ranked with a new site in a lot of niches these days. I wrote...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st July 2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 236
Posted By brettb
Re: How would you make money in this Niche with 30k followers?

Maybe you can sell mugs and other collectibles with short poems on them.


And yes, the poster above is right about etsy being a potentially good way to monetise your niche.
Forum: The Warrior Path 20th July 2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By brettb
Re: [Journey/Case Study] New Software Download Business... Can it Succeed?

Update: yeah I've sold a few copies but haven't been actively working on this site for a few months now.


I've been working on a couple of other projects.
Forum: The Warrior Path 30th May 2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By brettb
Re: [Journey/Case Study] New Software Download Business... Can it Succeed?

Yes I have made a few sales. Nothing spectacular but the niche is fairly saturated these days.


I have done better since I moved from ClickBank to JVZoo. The dime sale is very popular with users...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th April 2018, 03:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,441
Posted By brettb
Re: UNDEAD! Passive Traffic Method from Dead Domains

Actually I think I just found a winner.

A large site has become sick and has symptoms worse than 50X errors.

I think it will die.

Now this site's domain hasn't expired. But I bought a...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 16th April 2018, 03:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,551
Posted By brettb
Re: How to get traffic to a food blog?

You need backlinks. Moz says your site has a really low score (1/100).

Also your site wasn't working when I checked (SSL issues). That's not gonna help.
Forum: Beginners Area 27th March 2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 811
Posted By brettb
Re: Living in debt (-1000$) since 3 month ago. | Passive Income + Mentor

I started with HTML and JavaScript. I got a job in IT and added on ASP (now C#) and SQL.

I got a lucrative 20 year career out of that tech stack.

All the extra money I made online went into my...
Forum: Beginners Area 27th March 2018, 03:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,519
Posted By brettb
Re: Clueless - Is that Easy to Make Money Online?

It's a lot harder to make money online these days. The barriers to entry have been raised.

I have failed to get any traffic to a new site I started this year, and I've been doing this for 20 years...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd March 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 104
Posted By brettb
Re: Forum Ranking Website

Have you checked out FindAForum.net (http://www.findaforum.net)?

I built this site 5 years ago when I found big-boards had disappeared. It ranks forums by members and posts. SkyscraperCity was and...
Forum: The Warrior Path 1st March 2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 979
Posted By brettb
Re: [Journey] From Zero to 5K

The products route is a good one. I made $100,000 from my first product idea (software niche).

I made a product this year but it's not proven a good seller. However once you have a product then...
Forum: Beginners Area 21st February 2018, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 85
Posted By brettb
Re: Advice, Please! | Returning newbie lurker

I tried ads on 3rd party sites but traffic quality was always the issue.

To look at it from another angle, when I was an AdWords advertiser I was always surprised at how many trashy sites my ads...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,466
Posted By brettb
Re: The BEST Way to Make Money Online in 2018

Blogging is still good. There are loads of relatively uptapped niches. I found an enormous new niche the other day - shame I'm too busy to fully exploit it.

I'm also trying video. OK so I'm not...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th February 2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 196
Posted By brettb
Re: google ad blockers now in effect as of feb 15

Probably not too bad for us.

I will stress the importance of text based adverts in your site. They take up less room AND convert better.

Also if you've got a tonne of adverts on your site...
Forum: The Warrior Path 16th February 2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By brettb
Re: [Journey/Case Study] New Software Download Business... Can it Succeed?

Yes ClickBank approved my software. However I did put it up on an existing account where I used to sell an eBook.

I'm not sure if that is the best thing to do but it seems to work. ClickBank is...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th February 2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,020
Posted By brettb
Re: Stalled! :o( I have a great site, but now what?

Nice site - you've got a similar niche to one of my friends.

If you want to make money, focus on the relationships part of the site.

If you want more traffic, check your web stats and enhance...
Forum: The Warrior Path 15th February 2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,810
Posted By brettb
Re: A Most Peculiar Authority Service Site (not what you expect)…

Thanks for your inspiring story.

I've actually made a living from obscure and just plain weird niches.

My first software business was so obscure but there was enough demand to make it a...
Forum: The Warrior Path 12th February 2018, 02:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 377
Posted By brettb
Re: Inspired by the jogging blogger

I think I have 50 websites now lol. I sure need to focus. But I am now letting old domains expire if the sites don't have much potential.

One thing I have started doing this year is to look at my...
Forum: Beginners Area 11th February 2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 315
Posted By brettb
Re: What social networks bring in the most traffic?

Reddit is great for getting instant traffic to a site. My secret here is to write a blog post about something cool I've found.

So the traffic is junk but I do think Google values the backlinks...
Forum: The Warrior Path 10th February 2018, 03:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By brettb
Lightbulb [Journey/Case Study] New Software Download Business... Can it Succeed?

tl;dr: Goal: sell my software product online. Timeframes: short term - sell 1 copy in the first 2 weeks of release. Medium term - make $1000 a month. Long term - make enough passive income to...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 14th July 2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 329
Posted By brettb
Re: Google hates my site

Maybe a minor point but don't put "coming soon" articles on your site - that's a big red flag of low quality content to Google which goes back to the early days of "under construction" banners on...
Forum: Mind Warriors 25th April 2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By brettb
Re: How to stay motivated when you have no results?

It can take a long time to get successful online.

I started my first business in 2002. I had my best ever week in 2008. Most people would have given up in 2003.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th April 2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,159
Posted By brettb
Re: I’m Sorry Your Article Marketing is Dead – Mine Isn’t!

My boss has a book out. His article on a major news site got 700 comments in a single day.

So article marketing is NOT dead!

I do much smaller scale stuff, but I have seen a few niches where...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th April 2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 805
Posted By brettb
Re: Does anyone have like thousands of small income streams that all add up to a lot per month?

It is nice to have several different projects. I tend to write my blog articles in batches for a particular niche, then I just run dry of ideas.

I've also got a few sites that have taken a long...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 254
Posted By brettb
Re: Thoughts on EMD's (exact match domains)?

One of my best sites is a two word EMD domain. It died in 2012 after the Panda/Penguin updates. In 2014 I wrote half a dozen non-keyword targeted articles and removed the trash articles and it came...
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