How Can I Make Money Online?

Now there’s a commonly asked question! Following my last post here that concentrated on The Google Dance, it would seem at first glance to be an extremely steep uphill struggle, unless you’ve been around a while and actually know what you’re doing.

Well, the vast majority of newbie hopefuls just don’t have the experience or haven’t yet found the truly honest blogs or websites that are going to let them in on the information they’ll need to actually make money online. What is worse is that Mr Noob (or Mrs/Miss/Ms Noob for that matter – but for the sake of making this article readable, I’ll just stick to Mr) will most likely type in that well worn phrase, “How can I make money online” into the Google search box and up will come a confusing and bedazzling array of millions of related website pages that are all vying with each other to be the one to tell him!

So who does Mr Noob believe?

The first result would seem to be the best one as it is the top of the list, or so any newcomer to the world of Internet Marketing would logically assume. Well its a sad fact that the odds are stcked heavily against Mr Noob getting the honest advice and information from the first site he visits. Or the second or third or all the way down until he’s so sick of being told by smarmy, slick scam artists that he can make money hand over fist by simply pressing a button and sitting back as the hundred dollar bills rain on him from out of the sky. And all it will cost him is $97!

Then he reads his $97 investment and six months down the line he’s still broke, or worse as more sharks take their bites out of his credit card for their worthless eBooks along the way. Then its back to stacking shelves at the local supermarket to pay back his credit card debts.

Well, Mr Noob shouldn’t be too surprised to hear he is one of 95% of all Internet Marketers who fall bay the wayside. Not for lack of intelligence, eagerness, willingness to work or any other commendable qualities. No, most failed Internet Marketers, those who failed to make money online were most likely the ones with all the right qualities necessary to succeed.

But they all failed for lack of one of the most valuable commodities any budding Internet Marketer must have. What is this veritable golden chalice of potential success?

Honest Information.

The fact is that most Internet Marketers that do make money online, make it by selling stuff to other people. Some sell a wide variety of merchandise online and are completely legitimate and do very well for themselves. Others have gained specialised knowledge about SEO and make their money from getting high traffic to their sites from the search engines and reaping the income from on site advertising. Still others run websites that promote the movement of money between countries, so perhaps someones wants to send money from Japan for instance, they can do that easily and make the marketer a small commission for his trouble.

Unfortunately there are yet others who are are pure, out and out scam artists that prey on newcomers to the make money online niche and make money by selling their worthless, recycled, tried and tested and known to fail garbage to the likes of Mr Noob. This happens because the Mr Noobs of this world are plentiful and easy pickings, mainly because they find the scammers before they find the honest people who will help them by telling them the truth about how to make money online.

Well one such honest guy is Grizzly Brears.

If you find him first before the scammers and follow his honest, down to earth and no nonsense advice, you stand a chance of joining the 5% of Internet Marketers who succeed.

So where can you find this Mr Brears?

Well, he has one or two informative blogs floating around the system, one of which does sit on the first page for several make money online terms in Google’s index. But the purpose of this post is to direct your attention to a new blog he has just launched, because it is designed to act as his new centre-piece font of knowledge from which will spring forth more valuable gems of honest information on how to make money online than just about anywhere else you’re likely to find online.

Have I whet your whistle, tempted your tastebuds and stoked your fires of curiosity enough? Well here is where you can find Grizzly’s new blog:

Make Money Online with Grizzly

Follow that link and be prepared to learn, earn and turn your fortunes around right now!

You’ll be glad you did.

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way

The Google Dance

Well, well, well. It seems my last post How to Get Legitimate Backlinks, had come at just the right time. It is obvious to any marketer that right now Google’s index is dancing around like a cat on a hot tin roof!

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation as to why suddenly many thousands of sites are disappearing from the SERPs altogether, while others that previously ranked well for their keywords have dropped considerably.

So what is happening?

Well, I can speculate just as well as the rest of ’em, but I’m going to base my own theories on a fairly strong foundation of observation, knowledge, listening to what other experienced marketers say and weighing the odds.

Back in my last post, I made it clear that my own methods of obtaining links to my sites were slow, ponderous, hard work but natural. The way one would expect to see a site grow over time, slowly and surely. I also know that there are many marketers who don’t have time for all that, or want to see results quickly, so use other, more automated methods of obtaining links to their sites.

Well, its pretty obvious to me that getting links to your site fast using social bookmarking software and automatied comment producing software is unnatural and seen by Google as trying to game the system by artificially pushing your sites up in their index. This is exactly what Google does not like to see, because these are similar to tactics used by spammers to rank quickly in order to make some fast cash.

The way you have to look at it is that Google wants quality, information strong sites at the top of its index, so that when someone types in a serach for, say “how to make money online” they actually get sites that tell them how to make money online and not sites that hit them with a page full of ads and nothing to read. Same goes for every keyword search that is made of their index. If you’re looking for information on what are the the most honest ways of promoting a website, then you should be presented with sites that tell you exactly that. This is why Google are the number one search engine. Their results are pretty much as relevant as is possible and why when you type in the same search in Yahoo or MSN etc, you get widely different results.

Well, recently a lot of information on how to game the system has been published in various blogs with only the best of intentions of course, for instance how to go up against the big boys and stand a chance of competing. Unfortunately, that information is exactly the sort of thing that Google does not want made so public, as it has enough trouble on its hands as it is with spammers.

So when this or that great new piece of software or method of getting links to artificially climb the SERPs gets made public, what do you think Google are going to do about it?

Exactly what they’re doing right now!

And that is tinkering with their index yet again in order to counter the new influx of marketers using artificial tactics and techniques for gaming it. They have the ability to simply not count links that are created by artificial means. So what do you think are going to be ignored first? The easiest ones to spot, ie rapidly obtained social bookmarking tags, blog comments and links contained in duplicate content sources.

I repeat, this is only conjecture on my part, but I reckon I’m not too far off the mark from what I can observe for myself and from what people are saying.

Duplicate content has always been a no-no if you want your site to rank well in the SERPs. Every marketer knows this, yet so many fail to see that by writing one article with a link back to their site in its resource box that is then sprayed all over the net to hundreds of article submission sites using article submission software is going to be a target for ignoring by Google. Not penalising, as that would cause more problems than it would solve, but merely by ingnoring links contained in duplicate articles, Google can easily weed out a big proportion of the sites that have gotten links faster than they would have done naturally.

Similarly with social bookmarking links that have been obtained unnaturally rapidly. No penalty needed, simply ignore the links and the receiving site suddenly gets ranked as it should.

Another type of site that is obviously not welcome in Google’s index is the thin affiliate, or commercial sites that contain lots of ads but very little or no informative, relevant content. These include BANS sites, or eBay store type sites that contain mainly links to eBay auction items but very little true content. Recently GoDaddy had a domain sale of .info sites for 99c each , which many marketers jumped on to use as BANS or thin affiliate sites. Well, many of those sites either failed to get indexed, or if they did, were soon de-indexed again. The problem that was not forseen is that the .info qualifier is meant to identify “information” sites, as .com indicates “commercial” so using .info domains for commerce is viewed by google as wrong.

Google has for many years been at war with MFA (made for adsense) sites. These are sites that contain little useful content and mainly lots of adsense (or similar) PPC ads with the intent to attract visitors from the SERPs who will find the site of no value and click an ad to navigate elsewhere. This has the potential to make the site owners a lot of money if they can get their MFA sites onto the first page of Google’s index, which is why spammers and other get rich quick marketers constantly do battle with Google to get this type of site indexed and highly ranked. By Google ignoring automated software generated links, this is a powerful way for Google to beat the spammers.

So if your own sites are bouncing all over the place in the SERPs at the moment and you are wondering why this is happening, I hope to have shed some light on things. It may not be exactly as I’ve pointed out, but I’ll bet that I’m pretty close to the mark. If your sites are legit, contain plenty of good, original and relevant content and you got your links the slow and steady way, then yuou should have nothing to worry about.

For my part, that is exactly how I’ve been building my own sites – slowly and naturally over a long time. For me then, I hope that Google is stamping out the automation in getting links by simply ignoring them. It makes the playing field more level for me and those like me that do things the honest way!

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way