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Is Link Building Dead?

link buildingHas Google Killed Link Building Off for Good?

So, is link building really dead? Does it no longer work?

Ah, well….No

What has happened over the last year or so is that Google has become much better at creating an algorithm that is able to recognize good content versus crap, spam content.

And as a marketer and someone that is trying to stay on top of the Google search engine results, I’m telling you that change is something you need to make friends with.

I doubt if all link building will ever be a thing of the past, but I can tell you that linking to a main site with thinly built blogger blogs is probably a thing of the past…and quite frankly should be.

Link Building Still Works You Say?

Link building, to some extent, will always be a viable method for ranking your site on the search engines…there’s just no way around this, but how Google does this (and make no mistake about it, Google is still the big internet boss man) is different than before.

Google is actually getting pretty good at detecting spammy, weak content.

The lesson here is DON’T DO CRAP!

I have built some of the spammiest and crummiest blogs online for the work from home niche…I will not lie about it. When I first started marketing online this was the “standard” and how we ranked well for specific keywords and phrases.

We would build huge “link farms” or “blog farms” in order to get a good number of links back to our websites as this was how Google determined if a site was popular and therefore if they should be rewarded with a first page or number #1 ranking on their search engine results page.

At one time I had over fifty blogs dedicated to doing nothing more than generating links back to my main blog site. Today, I’m a little more careful.

No apologies for the past here, but I must admit that I am interested in aiming a bit higher and creating content that has value to it…a LOT of value. I mean c’mon, the main reason we did this stuff in the first place was to build and audience and…

…dare I say it…

…make money!!!

Yep, slimy capitalists! I’m one of the biggest and I have absolutely no regrets about that either, but I don’t want to digress here into some political diatribe.

I do want to use the Internet to make money. The reasons for this are my own, but let’s just say I like freedom and am not interested in economic slavery.

Back to the lesson at hand….build great content and work on that first rather than building links from one poorly ranking site to another and then back to yours.

And like I said, I’ve been a big offender in the past and it’s tough getting out of the spider’s web once caught, but it can be done.

link buildingBuilding Links That Work

OK, so the first step is creating good…no, great content. What’s next?

Well, Google still looks at the links coming in from other sites to yours, but not as much. The one area where they really have changed is in the “social approval” from the average users out there.

That means more g+ likes, more facebook likes, more facebook sharing, more comments on social sites AND your site, twitter retweets, etc.

The popularity of your site now depends on you getting good content out to folks that are looking for it and their approval of it. That approval is shown through the sharing of your content through out the social media world, especially with facebook and google+.

With that said, what do we need to do?

There are still ways to game the system – and there always will be. For better or worse when there is a way to generate money there will always be a market for skills that most of us just don’t possess.

Admittedly, I pay for results and I spend more time looking for outsourcing resources that can generate content, likes, views, and comments for my sites than I spend on generating this approval from the common man, or woman, naturally.


Because I want to make money. I want to live a lifestyle that most will never know about and I am willing to do just about anything for that.

Now while this might seem to be a quick fix solution to a bigger problem, a quick fix solution simply equates to becoming a more streamlined and efficient marketer and while you purists don’t have to like this, you should just accept it.

As long as there is a way to make money online, there will be people looking for and taking the short cuts to those pots of gold.

So, there are still some sites and services out there that will promote your site and your site’s content that work. I’m not going to mention them in this post because…well, I want to reserve that for MY team and those that sign up to programs with me.

Web 2.0 properties are still viable options, sites like YouTube are still doing very well and if you can figure out how to rank well there then I can tell you that it is an excellent method for generating a LOT of visitors to your site or to your offers.

As far as specifics are concerned, if you want to know what I am doing to start ranking well and generating targeted traffic, sign up with one of my programs and I’ll be more than happy to show you!

See you at the top!


Using Fiverr.com

Using Fiverr.com for To Promote Your Siteusing fiverr

Just about every marketer out there, especially when they first get online and try their hand at marketing, will look to buy leads or to buy traffic for their site.

It seems ridiculous that you have been writing on a blog for weeks and you still only get about 5 or 6 visitors a day to your site. I mean you’ve heard of bloggers getting tens of thousands of visitors to their site on a daily basis…what are you doing wrong?

To be honest with you, nothing is really “wrong.”

Building an audience for a blog or any other site can be a monumental and tedious task and so a lot of people will opt to outsource much of this work.

The question is, do sites like fiverr.com that offer traffic for a price really work?

I’ve used fiverr.com a number of times for different reasons and while you can purchase traffic to your site, I prefer to use fiverr a little differently.

Yes, I still use fiverr to promote my sites, but not in the manner that you might think.

Fiverr.com and Website Creation

The folks at fiverr that are offering jobs or “gigs” as they are referred to, will do a variety of things for you for $5 bucks.

You can upgrade many of these gigs with extras, which will also cost extra.

I recommend using fiverr for things like splash page creation, WordPress creation and coding and things along these lines. You can have image files designed that can be used to promote things on craigslist and just about any HTML coding that you need done can happen for a very low price.

As far as straight up traffic generation, I prefer to do things a little differently when I use fiverr.

First let me say this, I don’t believe that you are going to get a ton of “real” visits to your site, your videos, your article, etc. from the fine folks at fiverr.

So why use fiverr?

Because sometimes just getting views to a site is enough to push it over the edge when it comes to Google or some other search engine ranking you on page 1 and if you are trying to rank on the first page for many different key phrases then you are definitely going to want to make sure that you are on the first page for most of them!

What I recommend is this…

…create web 2.0 properties such as YouTube, blogger and squidoo accounts. You can even do this with article marketing sites.

Once you develop the site a bit with an article or a video, go to fiverr and promote that video with views and maybe some SEO work. Within a few days you should be ranking on the first page of Google and possibly even YouTube for your key phrases.

Of course, you want to make sure that the key phrases you are going for get a decent amount of traffic in the first place.

Once you are ranking….and if you have put your URL in the description or in the author’s resource box (for articles, of course) then you should start getting some traffic headed your way.

Yes, this is a very indirect way of generating traffic and can take some time, but it is effective and generally speaking those visitors that you do get coming to your main site are the ones that are targeted and ready to go!

Remember, you also get the link juice from your web 2.0 sites as well and this will help your main site increase it’s ranking value on the search engines.

Good luck and check out my newest YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE….I’ve already got a video up that I am using the above technique with and am producing a video series showing my results….hope it all works out!



All in One Profits Blog is up!

all in one profits blogAll In One Profits Blog Site

Hey folks, yep, if you didn’t know it I have an All in One Profits blog that I promote…or am going to start promoting…titled All in One Profits Opportunity.

This blog site is dedicated to the All in One Profits business opportunity (obviously) and will include information about the business as well as training videos, audios and some pdf files!

If you are not familiar with the All in One Profits program here’s the skinny…

All in One Profits is a tool suite AND business opportunity rolled into one. Now I’m not going to go all into here on this site, I’d just rather you check out the AIOP blog site.


I do recommend that you at least check out the program pretty well because all of the training I do with the Elite Marketing Systems Group is based on the AIOP platform.

And before you think, “Ah ha! He’s trying to get us!” The AIOP system offers everything you need to build your current business INCLUDING HOSTING YOUR OWN WORDPRESS BLOG for a mere $11.50 per month.

One you bring just 1 person into the fold, your per month payment is taken care of…well $10 bucks is as there is a $1.50 admin expense.

So, it’s quite worth it.

Anyway, check out the All in One Profits Blog by going to http://allinoneprofitsopportunity.com

all in one profits blog

You can check out the pertinent details about this program by clicking on the banner above or you can just check out the blog site itself.

I also am producing quite a few videos about the program – hopefully the scam busting crowd won’t try to close them all down – and I will post them on other sites other than just YouTube.

I highly recommend this particular program because it works. I haven’t actively promoted this site or program in some time and still generate leads and members on a slow, but regular basis.

In the coming weeks I will start promoting the all in one profits blog as well as the program itself using the AIOP suite of tools to do so and a few advertising sites I have found along the way (you may want to check out our free training!)

Anyway, check it out, if you like what you see then sign up, if not then have a good one and we’ll see you next time!

I’ll see you at the top!


12 Steps of Starting a New Online Business

Starting A New Online Business Begins with Research

When you are starting a new online business, the first thing that you need to think about is what type of business you want to get involved with…and with the amount of business opportunities out there this is no easy task.

There are a few factors that you can look at when deciding on a new online business. Some of these factors that will determine what type of online business you should start are:

  1. Do you want your business to be product or service driven
  2. Can you generate income immediately or is this a long-term process
  3. Low tier (low or small ticket) or Large tier (big ticket item)
  4. Do you need to build a team of distributors to earn big money
  5. Is your opportunity isolated to online marketing methods? Offline methods?
  6. How much time will be required to build your business? How many hours per day, per week, etc?
  7. How many resources will need to be tied up into this one opportunity?
  8. What is the risk/reward factor?
  9. How will this business affect your current relationships?
  10. Do you believe in this business? Does this business excite you?
  11. How long has this opportunity been around? Is it in pre-launch? Is it an established company with a positive history?
  12. Mentorship – Is there someone already out there

As you can see, when starting a new online business there are tons of things to think about and the list above is just a small sampling of the questions you could ask when it comes to your own unique situation.

With a Product or Without One, What’s Better?

There are many different business models out there that someone, with the right IM training, can find success with. Some of these models are product driven and some are not.

For those businesses that are product driven, you want to make sure that it is a product you like and believe in, something that you won’t have any problems getting involved with and that you can promote without any hesitations.

The litmus test for getting involved with a business with a product is to determine whether you need an opportunity with the product or could you just promote the product alone.

If the answer is yes, you can exist with just the product then you may want to give it a shot.

If, however, you do not want to just promote the product then I would suggest that you continue to look for something that you can put your heart into.

Starting a New Online Business and Building a Team

Some business opportunities require you to build a team of distributors and this will often time require that you have some serious “people skills.”

If you do not have a strong sales or hospitality background, are not a people person then I can promise you that it will be a struggle for you to build this type of business opportunity.

On the other hand, if you are one of those folks that have never met a stranger then you might want to jump right into this type of business opportunity.

Most network marketing opportunities require that you jump out there and build a strong team of distributors before you start seeing that big money, but if you don’t have any problems building an organization of marketers then you might want to start researching different network marketing companies.

Your Available Resources

One of the things that a lot of people don’t think about when researching a business to get involved with is the available resources that they have for such things as advertising and promoting.

Once someone understands how much an opportunity might cost to get involved with they forget that this expense is usually just the start.

As mentioned above, there are additional costs when starting a new business, even when it comes to starting a new online business.

These additional costs might include creating or outsourcing marketing materials and, of course, advertising your business. Even if you are planning on using a lot of free marketing methods, you may have some costs in terms of tools for promoting your articles and videos on a larger scale.

Summing It All Up

As you can see, when you are starting a new online business there are many factors to consider and taking the time to develop your own “must have” list can put you in a position to find the right type of business that will fit your needs.

Finding something that you are passionate about is also important because starting a new online business can be a struggle and can require a lot of your time so all of that can become a LOT of work if you are that passionate about what you are doing.

If you do have a lot of interest in the opportunity you are promoting then building your business may not seem like work at all.

Using the 12 steps above is a good starting point when you are looking to start a new online business and, as you can see, there are additional factors that you may want to consider as you build your own unique, custom search list.

The upside is that the lifestyle possibilities for those that find success with a new online business can be unlimited.

The real question is what do you want? Once you figure that out….all I can really say is go for it!



Finding a New Program to Join

A New Program…Again?

Yep, I’m on the hunt.

I’m on the hunt for a new program that I can promote without having to worry about some jackass telling me I am breaking some obscure, gray area law that seems to be the whole and entire reason why there are people out there that lose money.


People have everything to do with their own failures and their own successes. Very seldom is it a program.

And while I’m still on that same rant, I am still going to find a program (yes, a less controversial program than gifting) to show folks that it ain’t about the program!

Where to Start Looking for a New Program to Join

First things first, we must start looking for the program itself.

I think this calls for a google and bing search, but I also have to develop some parameters, a guide as to what type of program I need to think about getting involved with.

Should it be a low-ticket item? A network marketing program? Something in direct marketing perhaps?

There are a LOT of choices, but I think for this one we will go with something very, very low-risk in terms of capital that is at risk and something that is product driven.

Either an affiliate program of some sort or network marketing.

So, I am off to start the process of finding my “perfect” business. Well, probably not perfect, but good enough to make some money business.

Let’s see how I do!

See you at the top!