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    How did you do in 2013 compared to 2012?

    The year's almost over and it might be useful for us to recap a bit, especially those of us who have been doing IM for a while. I've made roughly the same in 2012 and 2013, but I've had some friends straight up leave IM this year, unlike any other year. I've had to spend a less time...
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    What percent of your new projects end up being successful?

    Success as in; it was worth your time, you collected all the money back you put in, and made or continue to make a profit.. not just pennies. I think it would be interesting to hear what % of people's projects they consider a success, and would give people a more realistic idea on what to...
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    Using flippa.com for good niche/keyword ideas

    Anyone else do this or something similar? I've had some success recently simply viewing the "Just Sold" to filter out a lot of the scams and made-for-flippa sites, look for sites that are relatively new and legit and have proven traffic and revenue. Sometimes the auctions go into great detail...
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    So Pinball unexpectedly dissapears... question for all the other Pinball affiliates

    Did you guys have any word this was happening beforehand? I know they had legal troubles in the past, but as as far I know they've been good recently, talking about rate hikes.. I do trust they will make money earned in June, they've never missed a payment for me, and they're are making that...
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    The common wisdom on BHW is to never put "twitter" or "tweet" in your domain name, yet...

    They are ranking fucking everywhere! Some that been up for 5 years after some quick whois checking. Yes some do get a C&D (which can take months, years), but we all know that's the furthest they'll go if you comply, they don't have time for you. Unless you're selling a twitter bot. Google...
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    Domainers piss me off...

    Nothing (online anyways) gets me more mad when I see the perfect .com, I check whois, and it was registered just months ago, or 10 years ago and the user just doesn't want to sell or answer emails. Usually these are parked, a lot of time it's just a "Server Not Found". So there's two kinds...
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    If you use W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache... UPDATE NOW. You're open to exploit.

    From my hosting company: We wanted to take this time to pass along information regarding serious security vulnerabilities recently discovered in two very popular WordPress plugins. They are: - WP Super Cache - W3 Total Cache These plugins have been reported as having a security hole...
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    Microsoft Surface and IM: Anyone using the Surface?

    I'll never buy an Apple product as long as I live, and I decided against a new ultrabook for now and want a tablet, and the detachable keyboard makes it more appealing. Who here is using the Surface with IM? Any compatibility issues with bots/software? Looks like the Desktop is only one...
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    A question for SEO's who strictly do work for clients and have none of their own sites...

    Why? Do you consider yourself less of the creative type and more of a worker or business man? Do you just not have the funds to create your own sites, or too busy working for clients? If you're a good SEO who has been around for a while, you've seen the revenue that you've created for your...
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    IMer's: How do you fight your "starting too many projects and not finishing" disease?

    I know a lot you have this problem. Coming up with new ideas and niches and then starting the first few stages of a project is the exciting part... then it's when you run into your first roadblock, whether it be proxy issues or getting your WP site right, then it becomes work and draining and...
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    Stop thinking everything is a Panda/Penguin/etc. algo update. It's almost always not.

    G's algo already has built in features to move your sites up or down at any time, it's not new. Remember? We used to call them regular automatic or manual review penalties, not big updates to the algo that affect everyone near the same time. It doesn't take a team of Google engineers to penalize...
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    How much longer would our social network bots last if sellers required English fluency?

    Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my friends from India and the Philippines and elsewhere. I wouldn't be where I am today without some great people from these regions. I'm not suggesting we do this, it's purely intellectual curiosity. If anything this is a cry out to IMers who write in broken...
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    "Copyright Alert Sytem" Coming This Year To Major ISPs

    ISPs to Begin Monitoring Illicit File Sharing - Wired Copyright alert system - Wikipedia Spread the word. Torrent VPN services are about to get more popular...
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    Bing Says Most People Prefer Bing To Google

    So Bing says they've been doing blind comparison tests, and that 2 to 1, people prefer Bing results even though they mostly use Google. And they're basing their new ad campaign off this. What do you think? Bing results are actually pretty solid, and they were the first to give webmasters the...
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    Backlinking inner pages that you don't need to rank...

    On a lot of my sites I'll post many inner pages with good content that has to do with the wider niche, but they're not pages I care about ranking. I usually only want my homepage and one or two inner pages ranking, everything else is just there so my site isn't redflagged as thin affiliate site...
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    Spammy blogspot sites ranking too high; Google favoring its own content

    I've noticed blogspot sites ranking higher than they deserve to for a while, but ever since Penguin it seems to be everywhere. I know Penguin was mostly an offsite thing, and blogspots get backlinked just like everything else, but something appears to have happened. Has anyone else been...
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    Stop getting emotional about Penguin and start studying it.

    Everyone who was hit on April 24th by Penguin holds a valuable piece of data about how it operates. The people who will get hit in this next wave also will have valuable data. If you have sites that weren't hit, and some that were, you hold the best data of anyone. What were the differences in...
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    Paying bonuses and giving raises to your outsourcers...

    It's hard to keep good writers, so I try to be good to them. Even native English writers are charging dirt cheap prices, it's really an employers' market, so being generous isn't even that costly. Same goes for outsourcing SEO, design, and coding. So when I have a batch of articles that will be...
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    Photo of man and his sick dog goes viral

    I read about this in the morning, and now it's already got 300,000 likes, 180,000 shares, and millions of views on facebook, and is the number 1 story on HuffPo. The dog is 19 years old, and he rocks it back and forth in Lake Superior to ease the dogs arthritis and help get him to sleep. He...
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    Theories on why G is still ranking sites with BH seo and penalizing others...

    Many of our sites were slapped by Penguin. Their links were from PBNs, comments, blogrolls, profiles, article sites, 301 redirects, etc... But when you type in competitive keywords now, like "unlock iphone" or "buy wow gold", you see sites in the top 10 still openly using these tactics, many...
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