The Secret To Making Money Online

In this rather lengthy article I intend to lay it all bare and to really get to the bones of how to really make money online. Many people are looking for the real secret to all of this, the secret to making a fortune and buying a brand new house for cash.

You ready?

Spend 8 hours a day 5 days a week writing content for your sites and for backlinks. And do that for 3 years.

Um, yeah, a bit shorter than I anticipated.

There is no “shortcut”, it is not easy, it is not quick and it hurts. And at any point it can go horribly wrong. But there are rewards far beyond what you first envisioned as well.

If anyone wants to know the secret to making money in this game you know where to send ’em.

Up next there really is a bit of a beast, but for now I have some typing to do.


p.s Forgot to say, latest algo update is a bit of a bugger isn’t it. The things we go through for money. Don’t worry, normal business shall be resumed (for some, for others it may be the end of some of your sites!)

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  1. Cinz says:

    Very long post indeedy!

    Question: Do you have any suggestions to overcome traffic loss from the October 14th update? Or do you think it will roll back? It surely sucks butt big time.

    • Dave says:


      Just hold tight and let it wash over you. The worst thing to do is panic and try anything daft. Hopefully it will settle down soon enough. It’s a major shake-up but just hang in there.

      • Gerald says:

        I feel now more relaxed after reading your comment Dave because my site was also recently got slapped on the 14th.

        • Dave says:


          Just hold tight, the serps are a total mess at the moment. Just carry on working, no point worrying about what you can’t do anything about. Glad I made you feel better 😉

          • Gilles says:

            I’d been linking quite aggressively before the update. Should I continue or is it better to just keep adding content and waiting a bit on the backlinking?


            • Dave says:


              A bit of content won’t hurt but to be honest it won’t really make any difference. If your site stays penalized then there it will stay, if it comes back it comes back. It will just depend on what the algo settles on at the end of the day. Then you will have an idea of what needs to be done. i.e what the content is like in front of you in the serps.

              • Gerald says:

                I am happy to tell you that my site that was recently slapped has gotten back into its track. All I did was follow your advice which is to focus on the work since google is at a total mess right now. I’m so glad that I did. Otherwise, I have lost a lot of my time thinking that I have done something wrong about it.

                • Dave says:


                  Good stuff, better than panicking and doing something daft, which is what a lot of people do in these situations. Glad all is back on track for you now Dude. Nice one.

                  • Gerald says:

                    What in the hell is happening with Google. Is it already broken? My site was up on the search then suddenly it was gone then goes back then gone and so on…

                    • Dave says:


                      Tell me about it. My stats look like I just started in this game last week for a number of sites. Very disheartening but we just need to ride out the storm I guess. A lot of peeps are in the same boat. It won’t last, some of the serps results are so ugly that you just know that that is not how they will stay.

  2. Cinz says:

    Oh yeah.. first one to comment! yay! lol

  3. Dave Starr says:

    Hmm, hadn’t even heard the rumblings about 14 October ’til I read this post. All I can say is, my search traffic and rankings seem unchanged or up in several cases, so it will be interesting to see what sites have actually been severally “slapped”.

    • Dave says:

      Dave Starr,

      You are lucky Dude, this is the first time an algo has effected me negatively and lots of others are in the same boat. It will pass though so I am just carrying on as per usual.

      Good to hear from you, it’s been a while 😉

  4. The real irony of this update is that the only sites of mine taking hits…are the sites that provide the most value. My crummy 10-page sites loaded with affiliate links are still plugging along. WTF?

    I’m actually thinking that this is one of those things that will straighten itself out over time. I’ve seen similar trends in the past, and my best sites have always recovered after a week or three.

  5. James Hussey says:

    Wondering if anyone is noticing they are getting slapped in “spammy niches” (like those niches that Squidoo won’t let you publish in, for example)?

    There was a theory that certain niches got hit a bit harder, like Forex and Acai, etc….but I’ve no idea if there’s anything to it. I’m not in those niches and thankfully not hit.

    So Dave I had no idea you were in the game 3 years? I just passed the 2 year mark myself.

    Pond’s great btw. Holy cow you write some content in there…there’s no way I want a forum to run. Glad you took that upon yourself, great place.

    • Dave says:


      I don’t run in those niches either so couldn’t say. But some rather obscure ones are getting hit so it is just down to the G Gods as usual.

      James it is now just about 3 years since I first decided to make money online. It took me 8 months from now to understand what a blog was, how to make a keyword backlink (and the importance of it) and to basically get going having any idea at all what I was doing.

      I even did paid surveys online at first, I was just looking how to MMO and never knew about affiliate marketing before then. Or WordPress, keywords etc.

      Seems crazy now but it worked out good in the end!

  6. Bruce says:

    I’ll echo James’s comments on the Pond. Tons of stuff in there. I was a bit late to the party, so have been busy trying to catch up on everything. It should get easier to assimilate everything once I can do daily visits & just view via the new posts function.

    • Dave says:


      Glad to have you in there. There is rather a lot to get through though, and a lot more to come too.

      The new post function is a must, I would be lost in there without it 😉

  7. Jamie says:

    Yeah that’s all well and good but what about the secret sercets!???

    Come on we know you’ve got them (-;

  8. ChrisCD says:

    Time is good. Also adding some extra quality content would probably help. And probably finding a few extra quality links.

    When someone goes down, someone else goes up. So if things haven’t come back after a couple of weeks so who is in the top and if there is something that can be done to increase your “score” over them.

    BTW, my alter ego is lovin’ the pond. People get over there. :O)

    • Dave says:


      Glad you are loving it, and you are right, once the dust settles then do what they did to get where they are. I have a feeling that this will all blow over soon enough for most though.

  9. Kerry says:

    I can see it now. Other sites (TKA, hubpages, infobarrel) brought you the 30 day challenge. brings you the Three Year Challenge (pronounced only in an echoing voice).

  10. Tony says:

    Man oh man guess what Google just announced that they would be implementing the encrypted search for logged in users… this is going to be tougher now folks!

    I dunno, but I also use statcounter just like most of us… The problem now is if users who are logged in to their google accounts have made a search query it won’t even show up on statcounter..

    I just made an experiment a while ago. made a query on a blog that I am using statcounter with and made two different queries one with a signed in account and one without…

    Guess what only the UNsigned account got recorded.. BUGGER BUGGER BUGGER!!!!!

    Its safe to say that a good number of searches landing on your money site came from a search result with an account signed. Im not saying they are but with a lot of people having their own Google account this is going to get tougher guys.

    Heck even if you use Google Analytics, it won’t even show up there if the searcher that landed on your page is logged in to their account…

    What’s your say on this Dave?

    • Dave says:


      I say BUGGER! That is going to mess up a lot of things in a big way. So, are you saying that the traffic did not even register? Not just that it didn’t show the actual query? That is harsh Man.

      EDIT: Just read up and it seems you still get the data that a visitor came just not the terms used. Still very bad but not as bad as it could have been. Gonna be a bit of a bugger to plan out your best terms to rank for though, to say the least.

      • Tony says:

        It did not show the query.. But of course, that is the gyst of it. What we needed were the queries.

        Google is saying that only a single digit percent is going to get affected with the queries, the rest would still be a normal query with the user logged out and the search terms registering as normal complete with everything.

        But I tell you, the single-digit percent of people that have google accounts is still enormous than it may seem…

        Lets put the Google Plus users for example. Google already hit 25 million users (

        lets assume that 9% of those are logged in to their account while searching for something… so 25mil x 0.09 = 2.25mil accounts that is still a lot… and its going to hurt us in one way or another…

        • Dave says:


          Yep, unless of course you pay for an Adwords campaign, then, oh what a surprise, you get to see the data.

          Privacy reasons don’t really add up do they. Another nail in the coffin for SEO, unless you PAY! The reality is that a lot of peeps that use gmail stay logged in so it is going to be massive, and make our job just that little bit harder.

  11. James Hussey says:

    Always a fight between the SEO and the SE they’re optimizing for. Welcome to Sparta.

  12. ChrisCD says:

    I found this nugget in the first link Tony gave. NoSSSLSearch. Not sure if this can be at the website level or the host has to do it.

    “To utilize the NoSSLSearch option for your network, please configure the DNS entry for to be a CNAME for We will not serve SSL search results for requests that we receive on this hostname. If we receive a search request over port 443, the certificate handshake will complete successfully, but we will then redirect the user to a non-SSL search experience along with an initial message explaining so.”

  13. Darrell says:

    Hi Dave and Wifey 🙂

    I have joined you over on the dark side….aka the duck pond. life will never be the same again for anyone…

    Later dude

  14. Darrell says:

    You are just months away from owning that private island. A couple more signups and that should be you over the top for sure…..heheh