How Many Internet Marketers Does It Take To Depress Everyone?
Not many it seems.
C’mon peeps, it isn’t the end of the world!
What am I referring to? The mass de-indexing of blog networks like BMR and the like, of course. Trawling various MMO blogs, reactions in the Pond, and the general feeling in the air, seems to suggest a lot of people are somewhat lost after this latest twist in the many turns of an Internet Marketers life-cycle.
What Did You Expect
BMR was golden. I for one wrote many thousands, and paid for even more than that. Now they are gone, no more easy links Dudes. But look at it this way, maybe it is a good thing. What kind of sites were you pointing those links to? How great were they? And what are you going to do now?
Oh, the doom and gloom.
Hey, I just got banned from Amazon and they are withholding many thousands of dollars because of it, but you don’t see me moaning. It is what it is and all it should do is to spur you on to better things. There are always work-arounds, and now I am earning more money since I switched some sites away from them and found better things. So, thanks Amazon 😉
Firstly, I have found a great alternative that seems to be working for me. More details in the Tools section. And for those that emailed me asking, please note that the network I recommended that began with “Link”, I got some data back from. Awful, please accept my apologies, do not use them. Spam central of an unbelievable kind. Seriously, I checked a post and it was on a page full of spun content so bad it made no sense at all. I apologise for saying they may be of interest, they are not. The Japanese sounding one is the one I recommend, simple yet effective.
The other recommendation? It’s coming up to 2 months and so far so very good. Pond members know what I am talking about. No mention of it here please.
But this is not the gist of this article really. Want I want to talk about is using the current state of affairs as a wake-up call.
Not only are networks for links being de-indexed, many people who have sites in Webmaster Tools (why would you put a load of sites in THERE!) are getting, or have had, notifications that there link profiles are dodgy. And many are speculating that this is partly how link networks are being discovered. Peeps panic and spill the beans on what they were using.
With algo changes going on, networks showing that they are never ever going to be infallible, and all manner of bans, loss of accounts, sites plummeting, and the usual goings on in the IM world, many people seem ready to throw in the towel.
And if not they are lost in a sea of indecision, not knowing what to do and where to go.
How can I make my quota of backlinks a day now?
Time To Move On
Maybe this is the golden opportunity you have been waiting for?
Personally I made a fortune because of BMR. Backlinking the buggery out of less than stellar content that could have been taken by any number of other Websites. But some simple on site SEO, and links, took plenty of sites to the top. I can tell you now, it gets very boring very quickly.
Not long before the demise of BMR me and Wifey had been talking about the future, and the direction we were taking.
And guess what? There are no surprises, and no shortcuts.
It’s that old cliche that will stand always, over the long term, if not the short term.
Build Quality Sites
Yeah, yeah, heard it all before.
We had decided that this is going to be our future. Not all our sites are bad, don’t get me wrong. Some are good, great even, but not mind-blowingly f******g fantastic.
Take a look at what you have achieved. Like me you may have earned some great money by using networks to rank, and I don’t apologise for it. We made a lot of money. But I didn’t go into it with my eyes closed. I knew it would not last forever. How could it? If you use artificial things like this then they will all see their demise at some point.
No, after talking with Wifey just before all this happened, even before my damn Amazon ban, we had decided to take a new approach.
I am not saying you should follow what I am about to write. It is certainly not going to make you a load of money in the short term.
But long term? It will win out.
If you want to get to a monthly wage with IM, then I still stick to my guns. Build out a good number of niche sites, backlink them and see what shines through. Then play on the winning niche. Build out a few big main sites, build smaller satellites in the same niche for links and to earn in their own right, and take the money.
But this is not going to be sustainable long term unless you build a main money site that is never based upon links gamed from backlink networks. One day they house of cards will inevitably fall, and so will your site. It may get a penalty, it may just drop in rankings, or it may be sent to oblivion.
Either way, the time would have been spent better long term if you forgot the crazy, daily mind numbing grind, of writing snippets for link juice, and put that effort into your masterpiece.
My Plan Going Forward
I will keep sites I have, and my outsourcer will continue to backlink them using various, less easy to uncover networks. The best being Postrunner. Which, by the way, is about as good as it gets. Soon it will be updating and taking a new direction, so if you want to use it for the current price then join the Keyword Academy now before the price hike. Details on the Tools page.
But for me personally and my golden fingers?
I am going to make the best Website on the Internet in my niche.
Money is being invested in graphics. Money is being invested in social share plugins to make the site look as user friendly as possible. Catalyst will be used to make a site so damn beautiful it will make you want to cry.
Layout and design will be considered carefully and tweaked to perfection. It won’t just be thrown together and left in anything but a perfect state.
It will be funny, amusing, clever, give an amazingly direct call to action in terms of making me money. But it will be so damn good that visitors will want to share it socially, they will link to it naturally, and the content is going to be tweaked and written so damn well that I will want to show it to the world. But obviously I won’t!
Copy is going to be written differently.
It is going to be written so that if I had to pay for traffic it would not lose me money. It is going to be, quite frankly, amazing.
If it takes a day, or a week, to write a single post then so be it.
I will not take anything but the best as my published copy.
THIS IS BUSINESS
Maybe it is time for you to invest some money in this business. And I don’t mean outsourcing backlink making. I mean on-site design, and other factors that can influence how people react to your site. I mean making it so damn good that people will be unable to leave without showing some love in the form of using some social buttons.
Invest to make a site that stands head and shoulders above anything else in your niche.
Something unique. Something wild, funny, something that makes you weep.
Do you have sites like this?
Most peeps don’t.
This is a business and you have to think long term.
But, and I will say it again. It is NOT going to earn you big bucks quickly. The bottom line is that niche sites and backlinks, and more backlinks, are going to do that. Get a stable of OK’ish niche sites that are just of a certain size and you can make good money.
But over the long term, 2-5 years, your site of beauty will shine though.
Ask yourself this.
Could you approach others in your niche and get a guest posting gig? Even outside your niche? Many site owners accept guest posts from people if they write in the right style, and allow then to link out to unrelated sites.
Would anyone want to link to your site?
If not then you know that you don’t have a great site long term. All your links wil be manufactured using networks etc.
Already I have resurrected one site from the ashes I began years ago, and have done 2 guest post gigs. On REAL sites, sites that get comments, sites that have real content. On blogs that have some lurve put into them. These links are worth more than a big handful of BMR’s.
Maybe all this talk of link networks, notifications and bans all over the place is a good thing?
For me I am not getting sad about it.
It is what it is and it has allowed me to focus even more on a real long term strategy. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good stable of steady sites that deliver exactly what people want, and will be around for many years.
But what I don’t have is a site that is simply damn beautiful and amazingly crafted. Time to build one.
Of course, an aged domain with some kick ass PR, and age, and a killer backlink profile will be employed, not point wasting about a year while a new site builds up some Kudos 😉
Anyway, just thought I would throw in my take on all the fidgety feelings going on of late.
Look at it as a great opportunity to do something slightly more artistic and creative.
Long term it is where the money is at, and that is why we are all here, innit?
One more thing, if all this talk of building great sites and guest posting etc sounds cliched, then ask yourself this, why?
It’s what the Internet should be like, that’s why.