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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th September 2019, 04:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 163
Posted By brettb
Re: anyone with godaddy affiliate?

This isn't 2010 - there are much better hosting options available these days.


I've just moved my Windows hosting from GoDaddy. The new host is a third of the cost and the Plesk control panel is...
Forum: Beginners Area 22nd August 2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 271
Posted By brettb
Re: Keyword Research

Once your site starts ranking look in Google Search Console. The secret tip here is to look for the keywords in the Images report. Often there are loads of great keywords here.
Forum: Beginners Area 22nd August 2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 489
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: Beginners Area 22nd August 2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 69
Posted By brettb
Re: Site with lots of duplicate content - how to keep focus?

I've had a lot of success by removing any post that doesn't get a lot of search referal traffic. I think too many sites are weighed down by junk. It's kind of a 80/20 rule - cull 80% of your pages...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd August 2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,522
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: Beginners Area 24th July 2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 90
Posted By brettb
Re: Any feedback on this?

Do some research first to see how competitive the niche is. Could you imagine doing some marketing of something like water coolers with a marketing budget of zero?


Actually I had a similar job...
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 July 2019, 02:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 333
Posted By brettb
Re: 2019 is 1/2 over what are plans for the rest of the year ?

Currently building a new keyword tool. I'm torn between selling it and using it to look for keywords to write about. Well maybe I'll have time to do both.



Other than that I'm glad I took the...
Forum: Beginners Area 1st May 2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 443
Posted By brettb
Re: What is the reason that most of the blogs are not able to earn even first $100?

A lot of my clients have good blogs but they're in super competitive niches like drones.


I started a few micro niche sites back in 2011 and they don't have many more competitors these days....
Forum: Beginners Area 1st May 2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 250
Posted By brettb
Re: Do You Need a $188/Year Standard SSL Certificate for your website?

I found out by accident that Hostgator give everyone unlimited free SSL certificates for their hosted domains.


Doh!


I've converted most of my domains to use SSL and I'm pleased with the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st May 2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 546
Posted By brettb
Re: How much money did you spend before you starte profiting doing online marketing?

I spent nothing to get started. My first online business was a shareware business. I eventually sold around $100,000 of product.


In those days I only had two competitors. I just found an obscure...
Forum: The Warrior Path 1st May 2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By brettb
Re: [Journey/Case Study] New Software Download Business... Can it Succeed?

Update: things are going pretty well. My sales are up and also my Google traffic is way, way, up. More on that later.


Downloadable software is still popular after all.



One thing that...
Forum: Beginners Area 3rd April 2019, 03:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,075
Posted By brettb
Re: Is it possible to write copy in English without being a native speaker?

My non-native speaker friend has a website that targets a largely English speaking audience. He makes over $5000 a month. I wish he would hire a proof reader though. His weird English must put off so...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2019, 03:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 452
Posted By brettb
Re: NICHE RESEARCH. HOW AND WHAT?

What are your interests? What makes you unique?


My best sites are have been in niches in which I'm really passionate about. I still don't have that many competitors because thankfully most...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2019, 03:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,869
Posted By brettb
Re: 2 Essential Ways to Explode Your Adsense income

I hate those next >> links in articles. They take so long to read and usually the content is junk anyway. Google is probably smart enough to know I hate them. This advice is terrible.
Forum: Beginners Area 27th February 2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 90
Posted By brettb
Re: My site used to perform well in Google and is now plagued by SEO issues — now what?

I've had quite good success in taking poor quality content off a site and putting some better stuff up there (like 2000+ word articles). I think if you have X number of poor articles on your site...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th February 2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 165
Posted By brettb
Re: Can I build a great community based site built on WordPress?

WordPress is really bad as a forum. I tried but failed at that.


I've been having some pretty good success with phpBB. It even has a Pages module that you can use to add pages to the site.

...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th February 2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 152
Posted By brettb
Re: Need Help with deciding what to do with 37 aged domain names

I think they're largely worthless. If you put a new site on them Google will say, huh, it's a new site.


They might be useful if they get referral traffic in a particular niche. But my experience...
Forum: Beginners Area 20th February 2019, 04:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 346
Posted By brettb
Re: 4K YouTube Subs, now I’m lost!

I would do some keyword research to make videos targeting keywords people are actively searching for. As the other posters say, don't annoy your current subscribers though.



Also maybe you...
Forum: Beginners Area 20th February 2019, 04:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 133
Posted By brettb
Re: Newbie questions

I do IM in my spare time. I invest every cent I make online. When you don't need the money, there's a lot less stress from Google updates, Adsense warnings, Paypal bans, or hosting suspensions or all...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th February 2019, 04:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 280
Posted By brettb
Re: Best SEO forums with Do-follow links

I'd also look for ancient looking link exchanges and directory sites.


Last year I started a forum and I got a link added from a really ancient looking link exchange. I regularly get around 5...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th February 2019, 04:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 606
Posted By brettb
Re: What are the some best ways to get a natural backlink to your site?

I've always got a lot of natural backlinks by building useful things.


A new approach I've been taking is to look for keywords with the 300 - 400 monthly volume.


Instead of writing an...
Forum: Website Design 20th February 2019, 04:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 151
Posted By brettb
Re: Framework for Responsive Website

Bootstrap is great - I've been using it since 2013. It's a good thing to have on your resume too. I've used it in several jobs in the past.


On the downside I've got a few sites using Bootstrap 3...
Forum: Website Design 20th February 2019, 04:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 65
Posted By brettb
Re: Issues in forcing ssl certificate

I had to manually edit my .htaccess file (instructions above) and also use the Really Simple SLL plugin. After doing both of these things then everything worked OK.


Oh, remember to change the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2019, 04:07 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,033
Posted By brettb
Re: Sales volume dropped after increasing my price...is this normal?

It might not be anything to do with your price rises.


I sold 6 products in January, but so far there have been no sales at all this month.


I attribute it to either people making New Years'...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2019, 04:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 61
Posted By brettb
Re: problems in blogging

I just realised Hostgator gives away free SSL certificates. What an awesome bonus.


On the downside it's taking quite a bit of effort to move sites over. It's easy if you just blog and post...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2019, 04:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,061
Posted By brettb
Re: How to Make Money Online without Paying Anything

I got told off by the Mods for replying to an old thread, but what the hell, it's an interesting topic.


Anyway, back in 2002 I started my software business on my kitchen table. Yes my PC was...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th February 2019, 03:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,306
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: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 509
Posted By brettb
Re: Unable to generate traffic in my blogging website

The main thing you can do is focus on your bounce rate and time on site statistics.


If they're bad then you won't get ranked because there are just too many great sites around these days. Also...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 232
Posted By brettb
Re: How many niche sites do you run at a time?

I still have loads of sites. Many still get some traffic even though I haven't touched them for 5 years.


I'm gradually expiring the old domains though and focussing on around 5 really good sites.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,338
Posted By brettb
Re: Your Fav Traffic Method In 2019

I launched my channel exactly a year ago and it's starting to do pretty well. I need to focus on keyword research to make content people want to watch.


So yes, YouTube is definitely worth...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 51
Posted By brettb
Re: How Long Does SEO Take to Start Working on New Site?

You can get traffic almost immediately. But if your bounce rate/time on site figures are bad then Google will assume your content isn't up to standard and you'll lose rankings for that particular...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By brettb
Re: Newbie has a popular web app and can't monetize it, help needed

I used to write articles about SQL and stuff, although StackOverFlow came along and stole all my traffic.


I monetised my articles by selling my range of developer tools. I didn't get huge...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 547
Posted By brettb
Re: How did YOU made your first bit of profit online?

Back in 1998 I saw some "write for us" links on some sites so I wrote some articles and got mailed some USD checks.


You can still make money doing this - it's pretty easy but helps if you have...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 243
Posted By brettb
Re: Make A Professional Blog.

I would look at Wordpress AMP plugins. I've been reading some blogs that use these and they look fabulous on tablets/phones. Also they load really quickly.


Too many of you people are relying on...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 152
Posted By brettb
Re: Niche Research

The best niches are those you know a lot about or are actively doing something in that niche and are yourself hungry to learn more about it.


A good question to ask yourself is "what would I make...
Forum: Beginners Area 12th February 2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 175
Posted By brettb
Re: Innovative ideas to make youtube chanel

I was always scared of showing my face and using my own voice on video. But actually I've got some pretty good feedback on my videos.


Having said that I mostly do screen recordings as they're...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 531
Posted By brettb
Re: Best Online Payment Method

PayPal is really popular and still the universal way to send money to each other.


I tried Stripe but my customers complained that they couldn't use it with PayPal. So abandoned that experiment.
Forum: eCommerce Sites, Wholesaling & Drop Shipping 4th February 2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By brettb
Re: [BANNED] Stripe Account | TOS Changes Here

I wasn't banned by Stripe but I got some really bad feedback from my customers - apparently they were rejecting way too many orders.


It seems they're another company boasting about how cool...
Forum: Beginners Area 4th February 2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 202
Posted By brettb
Re: I have a dream, but don't know how to reach it - Looking for advice

Go get a job.


Find out the problems they're facing on a day to day basis, or find out stuff they're doing that's wildly inefficient.


Make a tool to automate things.


Put a version 0.1...
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 4th February 2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 372
Posted By brettb
Re: My Best Advice For Beginners,

Just rush out a version 0.1 of something - anything.


Everything I've ever put online has sold.


I'm currently building a 0.1 of a new SEO tool. I'm not sure if it will be popular, but I just...
Forum: Beginners Area 4th February 2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 237
Posted By brettb
Re: What to do with all these ideas??

I'm the same - I own dozens of domains.


I built the site then lose interest.


At least I can code because I can actually build my ideas. I've decided to focus more on this, and play to my...
Forum: The Warrior Path 4th February 2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 477
Posted By brettb
Re: [Case Study] Can I Build a New Forum Community From Scratch?

My forum traffic has stagnated, and so has user growth.


I think my topic is too broad which means that I don't have enough content in niche X to satisfy Google. It sent me a load of visitors for...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 4th February 2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 380
Posted By brettb
Re: What is best service to help your website run forever?

Some sort of monitoring service would be good. I found out my site had gone offline for 6 weeks due to a cloudflare/godaddy IP address issue. It sucks to think of how much money I lost from that.
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: 3,255
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: Beginners Area 21st January 2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 106
Posted By brettb
Re: Need advice on maximizing revenue and preventing complete loss of said revenue?

I'm a software developer and have had plenty of instances of stuff being shut down.


Just recently Amazon have shut off my access to their API. It's not a huge loss for me, but it would have been...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2019, 03:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 499
Posted By brettb
Re: gow to get more views to my Youtube videos

I put a few videos up last year. Those that have done the best were targeting specific keywords. So keyword research for YouTube is definitely worthwhile.



I should put some videos more up. I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2019, 03:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 698
Posted By brettb
Re: Goals for 2019. Which ones do you have?

My online income is down to 15% of my total non-day job income. I want to decrease that to 0% through 2019/20. Then I don't have to worry about Google algorithm changes or PayPal bans etc. etc.

...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th January 2019, 02:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,437
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: Beginners Area 22nd December 2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 203
Posted By brettb
Re: Isn't converting popular blogs to video a fast-track to success?

I added some YouTube videos to my site back in February.


Some of them are actually doing quite well. But again it all comes down to effective keyword research.


I'm way off the point where I...
Forum: The Warrior Path 22nd December 2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 477
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: 553
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: 128
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 26th November 2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,246
Posted By brettb
Re: A Little Advice From a 13 Year Veteran

Never get comfortable - yes those are wise words indeed. I made a fortune on HubPages for a while. Then they changed all their rules. The goalposts are always moving online, so never get complacent.
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