It’s been a while since I last posted here. We had a major family bereavment at the end of January 2012 when my younger sister passed away during childbirth. She was giving birth to her fifth child. She was only 32 years of age at the time and as you can imagine, it completely knocked me and the whole family for six. She was my AdSense partner who developed tons of content as well as developing WordPress themes until 2009/2010 so naturally, trying to update my portfolio of sites has been incredibly emotional as well as trying to find the motivation to do it.
A couple of days ago I was on the Warrior Forum after such a long time and there was a post about Build My Rank (BMR) apprarently being shut down and deindexed. At first I didn’t believe it but lo and behold when I visited the site, it seemed like they got it hard by the wave of Google algorithm updates.
Google seems to have in the last year or so completely changed the SEO landscape with localised search and also with that nightmare update…PANDA! I suppose they have to keep their shareholders happy and to be fair they are trying to provide quality.
SEO is an ever-changing game so as online marketeers we need to adapt and roll with the punches.
It is very admirable that the BMR team are being totally transparent about things and are offereing full refunds. When my subscription got taken, I was refunded within a matter of hours.
Cheerio BMR, it was good while it lasted…..! I’ve therefore decided to take a different approach, instead of just SEO, now is a time like any other to make use of Social Media…PROPERLY…lets see if you really can drive traffic. I am very au faix with Twitter, Facebook etc but have only really used it for fun and can see the value in it. LEts see if it can actually help search results and bring in the money.
Below are the links to the BMR articles:
I’ve been using BMR for a while now (about 2 months) and I must say that it has been quite impressive. Its not cheap but the fact that you can focus on only a few domains and really get some decent links into them is quite a good thing.
Ok guys, firstly, I want to appolige for posting such a late update….I’m not sure how many people are actually going to be reading this anymore…lol.
You probably all thought I disappeared or something, well I was still here in the background but it was just laziness that got the better of me.
Amongst all this chaos, I thought I’d take a bit of a break from everything. I went on holiday for 2 weeks to ermmmm, well lets just say a ‘different’ environment than I’m used to with no internet access, no laptop, not even clean drinking water so yea it was a little difficult to say the least.
Anyway, while I was out there, I wanted to make sure that all my sites were taking care of themselves since I would have NO access to anything. Guess what happened 24 hours I went away? Yup, you guessed it, according to ‘Sods Law’ all 3 of my hosting companies over a period of a few days had issues which in turn meant that pretty much all my sites were suspended. That was about 70 odd sites, including this site as well!
So finally after waiting since April 2010, Google decided to update it’s toolbar with a ‘fresher’ version of PageRank. What a coincidence on the day the Larry Page becomes the new CEO of Google. From looking at my personal sites, it seems as though sites that were gaining more ‘natural’ looking links tended to do well. A lot of my sites either stayed the same or dropped. I had a few surprises with some going up to PR1.
Quick update, I finished my article of 1,800 words…wow. Thankfully though its a topic I can write about quite fluently so its all good. The article was already about 400 words but I just added new sub headings and organised keywords into the right places and slotted some LSI terms.
I think I have learn many mistakes as well as many positive things in the last 18 months. Its now time to ‘notch’ up a gear and really make things happen. Just an overview on the areas I will be concentrating on;
Authority Site Building – 800lb Gorillas
I’ve been working on an authority site for the last few weeks on a project that Ive had since Decemeber 2008. My aim is to build this up to become a powerful site that can make money on its own. Initially the target is a very modest £3-5 per day and then onto double figures within a matter of months. It can average anywhere from between a few pennies to several ££££s per day but it is inconsistent. I will be making a separate post on this project shortly.
Thin Sites – Casting out the net to catch the fishes
I have a shedload of domain names that I purchased prior to my XFactor niche site building endeavours. In addition to big authority sites, I want to still test the waters and see if the domains are worthwhile developing. Some of my time will be dedicated to creating 1 page sites with about 1,500+ words.
Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone and wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my journey.
Lets make 2011 our most successful and best year.
To your sucess!
If you’re in the AdSense publishing business and have been developing your sites from a cave, you’ll have heard of John XFactor. A few days ago I received an email from him letting me know that his ‘NEW’ course was available for download.
Becuase this is a completely new course, John has written this from scratch. The purpose of this eBook is to focus on building bigger more authority sites while managing as little domain names as possible.
John has had a bit of a tough time being called all sorts but I’ve always admired the way he has helped others. In fact he inspired me to develop my AdSense sites (and I’ve been on the AdSense scene for a looooong time pretty much on and off). It took 18 months of waiting but I was sure as hell going to buy it!
There are a few pricing systems for this, if you are not on his existing system then you have to pay the discounted price of $77 from $97. If you are a member of his previous course whose name is on the system then you get this for a bargain of $39.99.
All orders are approved manually so it could take a few hours before you get the URL. Fortunately enough, I got in there early and it only took 2 hours. I recevied it at 11pm.
So? What can I expect from the course?
This post is going to be more of a rant than something educational.
I’m always on the lookout for an article writers who can develop exceptional copy. Anyway, on Monday just gone I thought I’d found someone who sounded pretty good. She charged decent rates per article and I thought I’d take a punt. I’ve already got a team of writers who I’ve been using for almost a ayear now but recently I havent been too happy with what they’ve been churning out, more filler content and waffle than ‘meat’.