Hey guys, I'm gonna cut the crap and be honest. I have seen a lot of private blog networks making a mint, in fact I have used some of them to cheat for some of my own projects. But what I have noticed is that a lot of them are a temporary ranking method, and it's definitely a means to an end. What I'm going to teach you guys is the method all the "gurus" use to rank to the top and by staying underground. There's gonna be three sections, and this is the first section. Ok so the first step is finding the domains, this takes about a week. We are looking for around 10 domains to begin with. You can start with less or more depending on your budget but I started with 10. why? Because first of all I like round and secondly on a more serious note, I say 10 by experience, because I'm not gonna lie to you, your first few blogs may get blocked by Google so you need contingencies. I initially lost 3 because no matter how much I teach you, it is in human nature to make a mistake. So if you do, don't panic, even I did. But the key point is do not give up. Introduction The main site I use to find domains is expiredomains.net. Why? Because it is by far the most comprehensive. If you have a bad experience with that, then type on Google "expired domains" and you can select another. But honestly guys, you can find so many domains around which people see as no value to them. I also use DP and various other forums to buy domains, and those of you who are aware of the flippa method I posted, they should be aware of how to find them. Now, the private blog network we shall be building is going to be niche specific. However, if you do not have any niche in which you work and will be using my own monetization methods, here is a list of niches which are generic and work very well: - Finance - specifically payday loans and Forex. Why do I say these niches? Because the content is easy to research on to fill up your blog. This isn't just me picking any niche, as promised I am going to provide you the exact blueprint to follow so if you pick these two niches, chances are it'll be very easy for you to write the content. - Health - if you are going to select weight loss and search, please make sure you make it country specific. So for example, try and pick a country as opposed to just a generic weight loss .com why? Because this will allow for an authoritative rank very quickly whereas if you go for the whole world...well lets just say you shall be going against the best of the best. DO NOT PICK PHARMA PRODUCTS!!! Please do not fall into this trap. Its not accepted by Google generally, and the guys who are ranking have a shit tonne of money to get to the top. I know I promised you can rank for any keyword, and you can eventually, but to begin with, please do not pick a blog about pharma products. I beg off you, it's by far the most disgusting niche. - SEO - this is a must guys. No matter how you monetize, having an SEO blog is a must. Why? Because this is a great way to have extra income by having legitimate sponsored links. It also allows you to diversify. Having a SEO blog as a backup is always good as it gives you complete diversity over what products you can promote. It will also give you a chance to perhaps even gain customers. - Hot Deals - Again this needs to be country specific. By hot deals I mean groupon and the like, I shall explain the monetization for this in detail later but basically, this again is hot right now. People don't have much disposable income but at the same time, want to be able to treat themselves or their girlfriends so these type of sites are working extremely well and it's very easy to gain authority. - Travel - I don't need to explain this one, this is always popular - Info products on making money online - I love this one. Whenever I type in make money online, I always see different people ranking everyday. People are desperate to make money by any means necessary. No matter what anyone says, Milton Friedman said it right: "Money is power, and power gives you authority"... or something along those lines anyway. - Local businesses - trust me, this is by far the most easiest way for you to monetize your private network. Again, more shall be explained later in detail, but the main ones I'd focus on is; plumbers, dentists, builders, lawyers etc. Basically any business you can think of which operates on a local level, and is in demand consistently no matter what season. Tbh guys the niche can be anything you want (apart from celebrity blogs and porn and pharma). There are plenty of FREE pdfs available on niche research and keyword research in general. I actually have a great presentation on it which I made for one of my friends not so long ago. If you would like it, then just drop me a message. Now I mentioned authority a lot in the above bits. For those who do not have experience in SEO, authority is by far the most important element of ranking. Let me explain a bit about authority (for the experienced, you can skip this, I just don't want to leave anyone behind thinking what the fuck is this idiot on about). Authority in the real world means power. The police have authority over the common citizen throughout the world, and similarly, website authority gives you the upperhand towards the common websites. Now there are two types of authority: Domain authority and Page authority. Domain authority is sort of like the authority that FBI, MI5 etc have. Whereas page authority is sort of like the authority the police has. Page authority and domain authority is just as important. Forget PR (page rank), authority is key these days. I actually saw about 2 weeks ago, one of my competitors had a page rank of 0. Now usually that raises flags in the everyday SEO, but I actually looked into it, the competitor had an authority of 55/100 as an average....to put that into perspective, my domain has an authority of 31/100 and has a PR of 2 yet he is ranking higher. Now, in this method, I shall be teaching you how to gain authority through some methods which shorten the whole process. (Experienced folk, now is the time to start reading again, I hope you haven't fallen asleep) So I think the best way for you guys to learn is if I take an example throughout the method, and implement it with you guys. I don't want anyone left in the dark, so I shall be creating a brand new private blog from scratch (not a whole network) so that you get the jist. Any questions once again, feel free to message me. The niche I have selected is SEO, why? Well, in all honesty, there is no reason behind it, I picked the one I first thought off. The next thing we need to select is the country. As I said, always set up your blog networks to be country specific, if you guys don't know, Russian links are all in the past, why? Well, one is because people got greedy but another is because you had backlinks from a country which is 1000's of miles away from you geniuses! Use your head people, Google's algorithm is changed so frequently, wouldn't they notice that a brand new website which has links from Russia? Making them country specific allows you to stay under the radar. I'm gonna pick USA as the country for now. So, here is a brief intro to expireddomains.net: So I selected SEO as the keyword. Now many SEO "Gurus" would say that the keyword in the domain does not matter anymore. Although this may be true to a certain extent, we're not trying to create a brand here guys, it's a quick way of ranking for you, why take the risk? I always try and begin my search by arranging the by age or backlinks. One thing I would say is do not pick any domains with a minus PR. This usually means Google has discredited the website in some way or another. So once you have arranged the domains available by the amount of backlinks or age. We need to start reviewing age domain. This is where it takes time, and I think this is the most important part of the process. We do not want to spend ages ranking these blog networks correct? If you said yes, then you are wise and will benefit from my next steps. Found a domain you like? Affordable? Well it doesn't just end there guys. Further research into the domain needs to be done: So I found something I like Generic Next Step Title The next thing we need to go on is moz.com. Now for those of you who are not aware of moz, I think it's by far the best SEO website available. The tools on there are very good, and the main one we need is FREE!!! Once you're on Moz, you need to click on products, and then select tools and data. Then select Open Site Explorer. Type in the domain you have identified. Now the domain authority for the domain I picked is showing as 24/100 and the page authority is showing as 35/100. What does this mean for us? Well, first of all, the page has had much more SEO done than the domain itself, which can be good and bad. So what we need to analyse is the links. The anchor text should be diversified, I.e. it should have a various amount of links directing to the domain. Why? Because this is the most natural way of linkbuilding. The new google updates have made it clear it's all about partial anchor texts forget EMTs. People who still just have one keyword and direct all of the link juice to one page on their website may have a temporary increase in SERPS but eventually will fall. From the links above, I can see they are pretty diversified and the authority is quite strong for one of the links. The formula I use to discover a domain is: how old are the backlinks, and how old is the domain. If the domain is older than 1 year, and it hasn't been dropped, I will give it a score of 1/11. After that, I take the domain authority and page authority and add them. So 24+35=59. I then divide that by 2 which gives me an average of: 29.5. For every 20 points I give the domain a score of another 1/11. So at the moment, this domain is on 2.5/10. For Every 2 PR, I also give a point. Now it is on 3.5/11. To check if the PR is real, use some PR checking tool (tonnes available on BHW). I'm not scoring backlinks purely because the authority speaks for itself. We care about the authority of the domain. Remember, we are not looking for whether the domain is currently ranking for anything, we are looking for old aged domains with a good PR and authority/diversified backlinks. The target here is aged quantity as opposed to new quality purely because it's much easier to stay under the radar. If you notice edu/gov links, that's even better. Remember, this bit can take weeks so don't fall into the trap of buying the first domain you see. Also, make sure you use ahrefs as well to see a more comprehensive list of your backlinks on the domain, and check them to see whether they're spammy. This is a patience game, so do NOT give up if you don't see a domain worth buying after an hour. It took me ages to find one that I liked, so be patient. The key aim here is to find a domain which looks as natural as possible. Lets say you find a domain which has 5 links but they're all gov links, I would much prefer to purchase that than a domain with 1000 backlinks. There's no amount of backlinks that I can say work, but what I usually do is check each backlink, where has it come from? If it's a footprint link it looks much more natural as opposed to a blog post. You're not looking for the best of the best because in the next section I shall show how to make these domains into powerhouses POST the latest google algorithm updates. Why am I doing this? Because, you don't want to select the first domain you come across which looks good. This is necessary. For every domain I would choose, I would analyse at least 100 domains, and do all the calculations within an excel spreadsheet. Again, I won't be showing how to set this up, excel is an essential which everyone must know. If it scores more than 3, I would say the domain is worth buying. So now that we have selected the domain, the next thing is the purchase. Now please PLEASE do NOT click on the go daddy link. You will always get ripped off with go daddy. I cannot describe my hatred for them. No free private whois, and the prices are always higher. Instead, I use internetbs.net. Not many know about this domain provider, but I have been with them for years, and I must say, they are by far the best. The domains are always marginally cheaper there and they provide free private Whois - which is CRITICAL for these private blog networks. Once you have purchased the domain, we need to discuss hosting. You need to make sure that each blog is hosted on a different host and IP. It doesn't matter if it hasn't got a dedicated IP which is contrary to popular belief. It's better if it is, but if you can't afford that, any host is fine. C class IP's are fine. You want to make sure however, that the hosting is from the country from which your domain is being indexed at. Oh and also, I forgot to add, this is a given but please check whether the domain has been deindexed, you can do this by going on google and searching for the different methods. There are also many different methods on here. Now what we have done is discovered a domain which people sell on WF, Flippa etc for $100+ but we are going to get it for a fraction of that cost. Why? Because we researched. This is the first monetization method. From the above method alone, you can start selling the domains you find and flip them quite easily. People don't want to put the effort in for looking for a domain, they just want it. I will speak more about this monetization method later. Once you have the hosting, and the domain, I personally believe half the work is done. If you chose the right domain and hosting, most of the authority shall be there, but the process has still not finished. Now is the time to select a CMS. If you're following this method to the T, then you would have selected 10 domains and if you have that's great, you actually listened to me. Although wordpress is fantastic, for a private blog network, I think having a diversified CMS approach is a must. This is because Google likes to see that your backlinks are not just coming from dodgy wordpress blogs. There are many available, and if you selected hosting with Cpanel and Fantastico/softalicious, then you shall have an option to install and try many different CMS's. For you first domain though, and for the sake of this method, I shall be using Wordpress. **EDIT** So I have received a few messages and posts on this thread stating that theres' alot of fake pr shit on expireddomains.net you can use scrapebox to check the PR or search check fake pr on google. I thought that was a given but hey, guess not. Due diligence is key at this stage ALSO: I noticed that someone said how do we know the backlinks are spammy and how do we know whether google has blacklisted the domain. Well first of all, you're not looking for those type of domains, use your common sense people and second of all, if you have a read of google's take on "manual actions" and "unnatural links", it's clear that the domain generally isn't banned. I'm not saying it can't be but what usually happens is that the domain is banned from certain keywords. So that's the first part, I shall be going through the next part in the next post, please guys let me know your feedback if you have any additions to make, it'd be great The next part shall be posted in the next few days/weeks, I just want to first see the feedback on this and whether you guys think this is helpful.