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From scratch to making money on G's front page in a couple weeks

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Zak_A, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    (I had a hard time choosing what section to post this in, I ended up considering this as a combination of black/grey/white hat techniques, but I consider the mix as kind of light grey :), so I'm posting in white hat seo)


    Here is my own personal method I use for every new niche I target. It has been made by combining several methods I've found here and there, keeping what I prefer and spitting out the rest.
    You can take it as a step by step guide or only take the part you like and plug them into your own method.

    This involve a bit of time and work, and won't make you rich overnight. This method is designed to be profitable in the long run. After a few weeks of work and patience, when the site hit G's top results, it becomes an automated cash machine, even if it's only a few tens or hundred bucks per month, that's a steady income. I don't expect one site to buy me the playboy mansion (though I'd love to :D ), but that's the way I create my own little empire with many sites.


    Requirement and investments :

    - .com domain name ( <$10)
    - Hosting ( <$3/month)
    - Scrapebox (priceless) (It actually costed me $57, but it's worth more than ten times every single cent)
    - A bit of time, will, commitment and patience (these are priceless virtues, but are required to actually become successful, whatever the method you use)


    SETTING UP A BRAND NEW WEBSITE

    - After choosing a niche and some keyword research (I won't detail this process on here, anyway if you can't figure this up, this method is probably not for you), I keep a list of 10 - 20 top keywords for the niche and throw it into a bulk domain availability checker. Then I buy mykeyword.com or my-keyword.com and a hosting plan. From now on "my keyword" is my main keyword to focus on.

    - Install wordpress on my brand new site, and set up everything : install a nice looking theme (well that's subjective), plugins, set up permalinks etc.

    Here the list of the plugins I use for WP :

    - All in one SEO pack (some prefer platinum SEO, but last time I tried to swith to it, it screwed up all of my permalink structure, so I stick to what works for me without hassle :D )
    - cbnet Ping Optimizer (avoids wordpress to send to many pings, especially when you are editing an articles you've just published)
    - Fast secure contact form (a site with a contact page is always better looking)
    - Google analyticator (i'm an analytics geek)
    - Google XML sitemap
    - SEO searchterms taging
    - Simple 301 redirect (to cloak affiliate links, explained in the next steps)
    - W3 total cache (I always see a huge improvement of wordpress loading speed and performance thanks to this one)
    - WP Socializer (I like to add a "share" button on all posts and pages, along with a "facebook like" link)

    - I setup analytics and webmaster tools, this is optional, but as I said before, I'm an analytics geek.

    - Depending on the niche I chose, I pick an affiliate product from clickbank, or amazon products, or some other aff program, or Adsense... whichever applies best for the niche.

    - Set up a page on wordpress to pre-sell the aff product (exept if I chose adsense), and a link (image, banner or textlink) on the side bar.

    - Cloak the affiliate link with a 301 redirect. (eg. Use a link such as ht tp://my-site.com/name-of-the-product/, and set up a 301 redirect from this url to the real affiliate link)

    - Get a dozen 400 words unique and quality articles related to the niche/keyword (I write them myself, but this could be outsourced). Post the first one immediately, and the others with future dates.
    (When you create a new post in wordpress, on the right side you have the option to "publish immediately", or to set a date and time, including dates in the future. If you do so, the article will automaticaly appear on the date/time you set, just as if you actually posted it at this moment.) [posted by Zak_A on BlackHatWorld] So for the next 2 or 3 weeks, a new article will show up on the blog every 2/3 days, then that will make me a quality 15 or so pages site.

    So now I have a quality automated blog.

    - Social bookmark the site. (Digg, Reddit, etc.)

    Now the website is all set up, on-page SEO is done, and site will already be indexed by G thanks to social bookmarking, added to wordpress' autoping function and the fact that G loves wp anyway.

    This took me a few hours and I can let the blog alone as it is automated, and move on to the most important and challenging part :


    LINK BUILDING

    - Every few days, when a new article appear on the site, I'll social bookmark it.

    - Create Web2.0 properties (hub, squidoo, blogspot, etc.), and fill them with another batch of quality content related to niche/keyword, and outbound links to a couple related authority websites or real relevant ressources + my main site.

    - Draw my favorite toy (or weapon, as you prefer to call it)
    (For those in the back row who ain't listening : I'm talking about ScrapeBox)

    I'll use four lists :
    #1 Auto approve blogs without PR
    #2 Auto appove blogs with PR
    #3 High PR blogs (auto-approve or not)
    #4 Forum profiles with PR

    For all lists, I don't care if links are d0- or n0- foll0w. Linkbuilding will be more "natural" if I have links on both anyway.

    I'll soon make another post to detail my personal method to harvest these lists.

    - Blast comments pointing to web2.0 properties on auto approve blogs without PR (list #1).

    - Blast a few comments pointing to main site on auto approve blogs with PR (list #2).
    My main site is on a brand new domain, so I don't want too many backlinks at a time. Additionally, I'd rather lessen the risk of sandboxing, that's why I'll only throw backlinks on PR pages, which I think are better than tons of baklinks blasted anywhere and everywhere.

    - Manually post quality comments with backlink to main site on a few high PR blogs every day, or every other day (list #3). I actually read the posts and post clever and relevant comments on these blogs. These quality backlinks are worth the hassle, especially on moderated high PR blogs.

    - Manually create PR forum profiles (list #4). Fill them with personal info and images, to make the profile relevant and less spammy looking.

    - Eventually, after a few weeks of doing this (sometimes less than 2 weeks, sometimes more than 6, it all depends on the competition and the efforts put in it), my main site will hit G's first page, and with a bit more luck and efforts, Top 3 or #1 position.


    That's it ! Rinse and repeat with another new blog. Depending on the time you have to do that, you can either do this with several sites at once, or focus on only one, and when you're done move on to the next one.


    Questions

    Q : (I know lots of you guys want to know this) How much do you make with this method ?
    A : It all depends on the site/niche. Some make a few bucks/day from adsense, other make bigger aff comissions every few days. My most successful website is ranked #1 for a 10k searches/months keyword, in a low competition niche. It generates anywhere between 1 and 5 affiliate sales per day, and makes me $25 commission/sale (You do the maths :) )


    Hope that helped giving you guys some ideas or directions. Feel free to comment or suggest any tweak or improvement you can think of. Feel free also to ask any questions

    The thanks of give rep buttons post can be used to show that you found this post valuable (if applicable :) ), and using them will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Topher

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    "- Cloak the affiliate link with a 301 redirect. "

    Is the point of this to trick the user into clicking, without tipping off that it is an affiliate link?

    Also, looking forward to hear your personal method for harvesting links.
     
  3. effigy

    effigy Newbie

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    Thanks for that detailed outline of your method. hope the method works even if a lot of guys implement it. by the way, can you give us some tips how to write quality articles? many thanks. cheers!
     
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    Thanks, new info is always good
     
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    Google doesn't really like affiliate links. So if you redirect a link it is much better. Plus the user won't think it is an affiliate link as well like you stated.

     
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    I like your off-site SEO strategy. Seems like a time consuming task, but definitely works!
     
  7. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    philly3 is totally right. "mysite.com/product/" on my page looks way better for G and visitors than "vendorsite.com?affiliate=mynickname", even though the 301 redirect makes clicks on the 1st link end up on second URL.

    Coming soon :)

    I see no reason for this to stop working if lots of guys use it, as we're all targeting different niches.
    About quality articles... Well I'm not sure there's any tip to give, I just write (or re-write an existing article if I don't know much about the topic) myself and actually use my brain while writing to create an article that makes sense and is useful and readable for my visitors, instead of throwing crappy spun articles. A quality site (from the visitor point of view) is likely to offer better results... I doesn't take that much time, and I prefer spending 10 more minutes and have more quality.
    Doing good SEO to drive traffic is key to success, but having additionally a quality site to better convert this traffic is even better.

    Yes it is.
    Yes it does :)


    To everyone, thanks for your interest and support :)
     
  8. Raulies

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    Interesting method. How many sites do you have approx.?
     
  9. Zak_A

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    Not a lot yet actually :) I started this a few months ago, and thought I'd share this method as I'm starting to have good results from several sites.
    I'm approaching 10, still growing on a regular basis :)


    I wanted to edit the first post but it won't let me... So I'm adding this here :

    Additional resource about on-page SEO for wordpress powered sites :
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...279930-get-how-get-page-1-ranking-google.html
    This is not enough to get to #1 and stay there, but that's still quick, easy and effective on-page SEO.
     
  10. Erik

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    You and I are pretty much doing the same type of thing. I outsource the scrapebox/rumer and web 2/bookmarking though. This is actual work but I too feel it will pay off. Just going 1 site at a time.

    I use WP-Super Cache and WP-minify (highly recommend adding this to your list of plugins). How does W3 Total Cache compare? Do you prefer it over WP-Super or did you just go with that one from the beginning?

    Also, I'm new to the Site TermsTaging Plugin. I noticed it's not on the WP autoinstaller. Any tips on configuring it?

    Thanks for the post + REP
     
  11. angeal

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    So, where did you get auto approved comment list for your scrapebox??

    can you reccomend me?
     
  12. Zak_A

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    I had WP-super cache before, but found it very complicated to set up and it's effectiveness seemed a bit random. Then I switched to W3 Total Cache (that a friend of mine recommended). It is literally "push button" (install, activate, and it works already ! :D of course there are some advanced settings) and I felt a real improvement in my pages' loading time. So I clearly prefer it.

    Regarding "SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2", well there's not a lot to say about it. The settings only have a dozen options that are pretty self explanatory.
    Basically it just adds the search terms that have been used to reach your page and add them in your content (at the bottom of post/page or inside a widget), which improves your on page SEO a little bit further.

    Thanks ! :D


    I harvest them myself, I'll soon make another post to detail my method. This is pretty time consuming, but I prefer doing most things by myself. Of course you can outsource the job or buy a list. Go to the B/S/T section here on BHW, some fresh lists are put on sale on a regular basis. Also search for "loopline", this guy seems to have some awesome lists for sale.
     
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    Nice info Zak, thanks.

    What is the typical search volume of keywords you're targeting?
     
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    I use pretty much the same method as you, started a month and a half ago. I started 15 sites as adsense sites but I have found I am making more money on Amazon so I am now steering towards affiliates instead.

    LOL about the advice on avoiding sandbox. I started blasting autoapprove lists because I believed everyone that said sandbox was not real. Got on to first page for keywords and then off the map and still not back. Half my sites were spared fortunately and are doing well. I have about 20 pages on each site now and am getting traffic for lots of long tails. They were going to be 4 page Adsense sites but I changed my mind.

    I am using an article directory for my backlinks now and it is effective and easy. Scrapebox and web 2.0 is too time consuming for my liking.

    I like the advice on the 301 redirect and cache plugin, I will try those. Your other plugins are the exact ones I use too. But I stopped using the search tag plugin for fear of keyword stuffing on my pages. My pages are already optimized and I don't want to risk a penalty, but maybe I am paranoid.

    Thanks for the advice. It is reassuring to be seeing a little bit of money so far.
     
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  15. Zak_A

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    Thanks for this interesting feedback and input Judge Snails :)

    Yeah about the sandbox, I know for a fact that it's real. Even though I don't know exactly what are the limits (what will get you there for sure and what won't), so I prefer avoiding any risk for my money sites.
    I started some tests on one of my website I consider as "disposable". Currently I blast a few (a dozen or so) auto approve comments everyday, and this doesn't seem to hurt, it even seems to go slowly up in rankings (after quite a bit of dancing between page 2 and 10). But I'd definitely never blast hundreds or thousands of comments at a time to a main site !

    You're right about keyword stuffing : such methods would for sure earn your site a huge penalty. But I see no reason to fear this if you keep the settings within reason, like 5 or 10 keywords max to display per page...
     
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    There is a thread here on BHW where it is advised to change the settings to 100 keywords and everybody is swearing that this method works. I tried it for about a week but then came to my senses. I just don't think it is worth the risk of penalty since I am ranking OK already. Maybe I misinterpreted the thread, IDK.

    As for sandboxing, I have found that even when I set my article submissions to 10 per day that even that got some of my inner pages sandboxed. Went from 1st or 2nd page to la la land. Keep in mind that my sites are about 1 month old only.

    So I dropped the submission rate down to 2 or 3 a day. Sounds really low, but after 2 or 3 months I will have a few hundred solid contextual backlinks and that should be more than enough for most of my keywords. The domain as a whole is getting 10-25 links a day in total. I would rather go slow and steady.

    I am getting more bold and today bought a EMD with 10,000 exact match and $10 CPC. I want to build fewer but bigger sites now instead of focusing so narrowly.

    Keep up this good thread. I will keep lurking and pick up some more good tips. :)
     
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    Thanks, Zak, great outline without a lot of confusion. I think some people tend to over complicate things, and doing so, many people give up before they even start. I thought I would add, if you arent quite sure how to do a 301 redirect, there is a wp plugin called 'pretty link', which makes your aff link look like a normal link. Thanks again Zak, great work! :D
     
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    Spot on Zack, I've just started doing this exact thing (except for manual backlinks) for the past 2 months and progressing well. Just 1 question, those backlinks you build, do you just leave them getting indexed naturally or you ping/rss them? If natural, how long do you normally see your bl numbers rise?

    Thanks a million!
     
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    @ Zak_A great !
    may be you must consider to give this out as a service now.

    basically you bookmarked the new article url page which is www keyword com / keyword page right

    Simple 301 redirect does this do the same work of gocodes plugin.

    good luck
     
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    Hey, great manual there, rep given :)

    But I still have some questions for you:

    1) How many websites you use to social bookmark your new article?
    2) How many web 2.0 properties do you create everyday?
    3) Do you use article directories?
    4) Do your sites experience "google dance" or do they just climb to top positions step by step without hughe up`s and downs?
    5) Do you accept your sitemap to google webmasters tools?
    6) Do you ping your backlinks?
    Thanks again.
     
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