Make Money Online For Real

Its another year gone and another one started and with it the promise of so much more than what’s gone before. In fact, this year will be better than the last financially. For once, that statement is actually true, at least coming from this camp. Its no hyped up bollocks that so many Internet marketers of the “fake it until you make it” ilk spout out to try to impress their handful of loyal albeit slightly misguided followers. It real.

That’s because I really do make my entire living from the Internet and I make it thanks to a lot of hard work and determination. Those are two points that the so-called experts manage to omit from their glossy ads that tell you how they can make several thousand bucks in a week, or whatever crap they’re trying to get you to believe so you’ll buy their ebook. Maybe they do make a few thousand in a week, but of the other 51 weeks of the year they more likely barely make ends meet (although they won’t tell you that either).

Oh, I wasn’t going to harp on about all that crap either, but I just can’t help it whenever I want to write about what’s real in this unreal online world. So let’s keep things upbeat and forget the scammers for a moment or two. Let’s talk about success.

Success is what comes from the sweat and tears (ok, maybe the blistered fingers from all that typing) that goes into building up a decent enough stable of websites that produce income. It does take a lot of work of the research, writing and promoting kind. Most of the work is actually the laborious link getting that pushes those sites up the SERPs to a position where they can enjoy enough organic traffic to convert visitors into clicks or sales. But when you see the results of that hard work in terms of coinage, then you know that what you’re doing is right and its working. Far more solid and observable than other less measurable methods, I must say!

So this isn’t going to be a long winded post full of make money keywords that everyone and their dog is trying to rank for, as I gave up trying to break into the MMO niche a long time ago. I don’t need to spend all my time banging my head on that particular brick wall, when there are other equally profitable niches out there that I have found much easier to crack with less work and faster results.

So for all you wannabe Internet marketers out there that are still trying to figure out how to overtake Griz in that area, good luck and may your efforts one day pay off! As for me, I’ll take my chances in the niches you guys are leaving alone for me. Thanks!

Happy New Year!

…and whatever you do, never give up!

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Build Authority Sites to Make Money?

Ah, its Sunday morning and I have a theory… What if…?

Its all a smokescreen. A great big craftily engineered smokescreen. To try and stop all the damn noobs creating tons of mini sites that were once a lucrative source of links and in the case of hub pages, money, for those of us who know what we’re doing. To stop the directionless masses in their tracks from building tons of thin sites that were clogging up the search index and get them to concentrate on…

Authority sites!

Well, sorry to burst the bubble and throw my spanner into the nicely oiled works, but its not a new fad, as is being touted around by the big names right now. Big content rich authority sites were always there. And in most cases they always ranked well as long as they had the links to back them up. But its only recently that the Internet marketing trend has swung back to building large, content laden authority sites because we’re all being told that’s what Google now wants to see in its index.

But that’s the beauty of this little ruse. Its not new!

Google has always wanted that. But people have short memories and will latch onto whatever any mentor or highly respected and knowledgeable marketer or SEO expert tells them. And we’re all being told that we should be concentrating on building authority sites if we want to dominate the SERPs. Thin sites simply don’t cut it any more and the dreaded algorithm is sniffing them out and tossing them asunder while giving more emphasis to authority sites.

There’s a little marketing psychology going on there because its quite stunning how everyone is suddenly focusing on the authority site theory and that means their focus has been diverted away from the splatter mini site theory of a few months ago. Is it just me or are Hub Pages starting to earn a little more money these last few days? Is there a slowdown in them being built because we’ve all been told its not worth it any more, because Hub Pages lost some of their SERP authority?

Maybe. Also, I don’t know if this is new, but I’ve recently noticed some PPC ads promoting Hub Pages appearing on Google’s front page for some make money terms. Why would they need to do that, I wonder? Perhaps the recent surge in page building has abated and the owners started to like the extra income it was generating for them and now that it has fallen off, they want some more? Only theorising here, by the way. I could be way off. But I’m not so sure I am.

But don’t take any notice of my Sunday morning ramblings. What do I know? Get back to building your authority sites and leave those mini sites alone as they’re no good to you. Honest!

Good! I’m happy now I’ve sorted that out. I’m also happy that I have more coffee. I’m not making a big deal about this minor discovery, either. I want everyone to keep concentrating on their authority site(s) while I can get back to building mini sites. I might be completely wrong here and those mini sites might not stand a better chance of ranking and making money, now everyone else and their dog have averted their radar to something else.

I might go write a few blog posts about how important authority sites are… Oh, I already did!

Gotta love the Internet, God bless Google and God help the rest of you!

Never give up!

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Make Money Online by Writing for Technorati

Here’s some interesting news I just heard that might help you Make Money The Honest Way. If you are already well versed in the art of writing articles to provide your sites with strong anchored backlinks, then here is another option that has just presented itself.

Technorati have just announced that they will be adding a new feature to their already well known and high authority name and domain, which is for authors to publish original articles there. Now, details are sketchy right now as the system is not live yet and only in the announcement stage. But if they follow the pattern set out by ezine articles whereby all articles are manually checked for originality and relevance, then we could be seeing another very good source of backlinks. That is assuming they allow a resource box with a link back to your site, which I believe is pretty much the done thing when it comes to publishing anyone’s work on your site.

So technorati should be no different, and if, if they can be strong like ezine articles and really only accept quality articles, they will keep the spammers out and provide us with a strong authority source of links.

How does this help me to make money online?

Unless you are a complete noob and have no idea how this works, or you have been chasing the get rich quick scams that all the A-listers peddle online, in order to make money online you need to be able to attract targeted search traffic to your site where you sell whatever it is you sell. The only way to get search traffic is to rank well in the main search engines, primarily Google and the only way to do that is to have a strong authority site and the only way to get that is to have lots of original, relevant content that is linked to from a wide variety of strong, authority sources.

In other words, you need to build a strong site with lots of relevant content first and get links to it from as many different sources as possible for it to rank well in the serps for your chosen keywords.

Those links need to be anchored with your keywords and those keyword anchors need to be varied in order to look as natural as possible. You do this by several different means, but one of those is to write articles and post them to respected article directories (those that have good authority) such as Ezine Articles. Now with technorati entering this playing field, you have potentially one more source of authority links that you can get by submitting articles. As long as they do it right and don’t screw up like most article directories have done by allowing crap articles, or duplicate articles to be published on their site.

Are there lots of article directories that will provide good authority links? No there are not, as most of them accept duplicate content and badly written or spun articles. In fact there are probably only a handful of article directories that will do you any good with strong links, which is why any newcomer with a strong domain authority such as technorati is a very welcome addition to this sector of the Internet.

Doesn’t this mean more work for me?

Yes it does. It means you will have to write more original articles and submit them,each with a keyword anchored backlink to your site for maximum link strength. The more links you can put in an article, the weaker the link strength get, by the way. If you want the full juice from an article, you really should only put in one or two links max. One is obviously best. It means more work because you’ll have to submit more articles, but that’s the best way to get links for yourself, apart from exchanging links with other bloggers and website owners, which as we all know is never an easy thing to do, nor are directly exchanged links as strong as one-way inbound links.

There is another option if you are already making money online and that is to outsource your article writing. You take a chance on quality but if you are prepared to pay a little more for each article, you can get pretty good quality that will be good enough to put on Hub Pages, or InfoBarrels (two excellent sources of links) and may be good enough for Ezine and now, technorati.

Outsourced articles that are of decent quality can be had for around $5 per 400 words these days, which is good if you are buying and terrible if you are writing them for sale! Ok, the quality may not always be up to the standard you could write yourself, but it will save you a lot of time and if you can make more money in the long term from a well placed link in an article that cost you $5, then its worth the outlay.

However you get your articles, you have to be aware that Google’s algorithm is constantly evolving and getting ever better at finding spun content or badly re-written or duplicate articles. There are already strong rumours circulating that Google is altering the ratio of the weight it gives to sites in its index and their placement towards good on-site SEO and away from external links. That’s because Google recognizes that too many site owners now know how to game its index by fabricating their own inbound links. So the emphasis, while still on backlinks, is shifting to more weight being given to authority sites that contain lots of original, relevant content and good on-site SEO in terms of keyword relevant titles and text.

That means those of us who have been quietly building our own authority sites over the years will begin to see a shift in their serps placement for the better over crappy, thin sites with little or no original content that are propped up purely by a ton of inbound links.

So bring on more human edited, authority article directories! The real winners will be authority, content rich sites that also have lots of strong, keyword anchored backlinks from lots of different, authority sources. You mark my words. But above all else…

Never give up!

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