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Long time lurker finally decides to come out of the shadows

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by alexthepbndude, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. alexthepbndude

    alexthepbndude Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hey all,

    Alex here.

    I've been lurking around BlackHatWorld almost since its very beginning, but finally decided to register and join the community only 2 days ago. I guess I just felt a little bit lonely in the shadows of the "bending Google's rules" world and decided to get involved more and meet more same minded folks, network and why not, have a great time meanwhile (maybe I'll get to know some of you personally during the BHW Conference in Las Vegas in November this year and we'll have a drink or too... ;)

    And now a little bit more about me, as short as possible and straight to the point...

    First saw the potential of IM early in 2004. Finally decided to give it a try at the end of the year. Made my first dollar several months later, after reading various IM blogs and purchasing a ton of worthless products LOL. At the end of 2005 made my decision and realized that I want to do this stuff full time and started working hard, focused on SEO mainly.

    In 2006-2008 I made a ton of money with blogsposts (AdSense and affiliate offers). Blogspot subdomains were ranking like crazy with any type of links so I scaled and banked as much as I could.

    At the beginning of 2009 I invested in 100 new real TLD, outsourced everything from content to links to VAs in Philippines (had 5 writers and 3 link builders at that time) and banked even harder from those websites with something similar to the XFactor's method. In May 2010 lost 30% my traffic due to the "May Date" update, but instead of diversifying my income streams I invested in another batch of 100 websites.

    Enjoyed my up to 5 figures per month earnings till February 2011, when Panda hit and I lost more than half of my business, due to the sudden drop in traffic. Bye bye passive income. Nevertheless, this made me even stronger and after several days of analysis, started all over again with fresh keywords, niches and another batch of 100 websites. I guess I somehow got addicted to always starting with 100 websites, it used to work back then so I stick to what works right?

    Once again, build sites, add content, get links, rank and bank.

    Everything is smooth, enjoying life and the passive income from SEO till April 2012 when Google simply smashes my business with it's first Penguin update, killing 95% of all my traffic. At this point I lose all hope in SEO and after several days of getting drunk like mad and trying to forget how good earning 5 figures per month while outsourcing to the Philippines felt like, make my final decision to get into paid traffic and affiliate marketing.

    Read a lot of marketing books, including Eric Whitman's "Cashvertising" and Robert Cialdini's "Psychology of Persuasion", which made a big difference in everything I knew about direct selling and advertising. My short attempt at paid traffic ended up with me losing most of my money, but I learned a hell of a lot about marketing which I never though I will by doing plain SEO.

    At the beginning of 2013 I accidentally stumbled upon an article about private blog networks and never looked backed since then. Nowadays I run and manage my own PBN of around 500 websites and growing and have developed some really sleek methods of optimization, hosting and content posting that I would gladly share with the community here.

    So that's why i'm Alex, the PBN dude. Simply because I think PBNs are the ultimate way or ranking and making the most possible money from Google's organic traffic. Nowadays I don't spend time building or outsourcing Web2.0 creation. I don't spend time with GSA or any other similar spam tools. I have around 10 main money makers and I constantly add new pages and backlink them from my PBN. I focus on less sites and do pretty well. Sold a few during this year and bought 2 new businesses on Empire Flippers, which I am now growing really nice with the help of my network of sites.

    That's it for now. Sorry, but my "short" introductory post didn't go as short as I intended

    I'll probably have to start a new thread about my PBNs techniques and share some insights with the fellow PBN builders around.

    Thanks for your time reading all my rant and looking forward to having a good time on BHW!

    alexthepbndude
     
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  2. blackerthanblack

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    Welcome buddy. Share your knowledge
     
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  3. evansharb

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    Welcome home! I just wish you didn't re-register or re-join somehow or somebody previously banned... just kidding..
     
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  4. Dally180

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    Welcome to the forums buddy :)
     
  5. tempestcayla

    tempestcayla Newbie

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    Hello, Looking forward to networking with you and hearing more about your journey!
    -Cayla
     
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  6. lord1027

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    Welcome to BHW, enjoy your stay!
     
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    Its a wild guess, as per my analysis its true and you are correct.
     
  8. yazo80s

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    Hey Alex welcome to BHW. Looking forward to hearing some more of your posts.
    Are you by the way the same Alex (aka Nod)? :)

    yazo
     
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  9. sakib

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    How do u manage your PBN network? Will you please share?
     
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  10. bartosimpsonio

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    Great intro there mate. I'm gonna spin your intro and turn it into some blog posts.

    PS. Welcome to BHW.
     
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  11. Hai Ah

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    Hi Alex,

    Real glad you've joined since you seem to have an interesting story.

    Quick question about your SEO system; are you able to rank sites with just one network?
     
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  12. alexthepbndude

    alexthepbndude Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hey yazo, thanks for your welcome message.

    I don't know who Alex (aka Nod) is, therefore I'm not him :)

    I will soon launch a series of posts on my way of "PBN-ing Google", exclusively for BHW.

    Have a great day!
     
  13. alexthepbndude

    alexthepbndude Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hey sakib,

    Please stay tuned, I will soon share a series of posts, or maybe even a Q&A thread regarding the way I build, manage and rank with my PBN(s).

    Take care
     
  14. alexthepbndude

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    bartosimpsonio,

    I was a big fan of your sarcasm even before officially registering on BlackHatWorld :)

    Thanks for your welcome message!
     
  15. alexthepbndude

    alexthepbndude Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hey Hai Ah,

    Keep your eyes open on my Q&A thread regarding PBNs. Will launch it these days somewhere here on the forum :)

    Short answer: Yes, but it depends on how big your network is.

    Take care mate
     
  16. TheKingGeek

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    Welcome to the forums bro! Looking forward to see your PBN techniques!
     
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