Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blogs Suck for Internet Marketing and Making Money Online

I know there are a lot of you who think that only blogs make money online or that only blogs rank well in the search engines or that you must be a blogger if you want to be a successful internet marketer. It's not entirely your fault for thinking this since most of the so-called top make money online bloggers do a very good job of feeding you this crap. However, it is absolutely NOT true and I can prove it! The fact is that bloggers suck at internet marketing and search engine optimization... Which is how you make money online!

Want to see what I am talking about? Keep reading...

The other day I was doing some searching on Google for various keyword phrases in the niches that typically fall under the "Internet Marketing" umbrella such as; work at home, make money online, home business, home based business and so on. After a few minutes of searching I started to realize that I wasn't finding very many blogs in the top ten of these popular searches.

So, I started looking a little closer at the search results and found that there really aren't very many blogs that rank in the top 10 on Google for any of the most popular internet marketing related keywords. The only exception was "make money online" (without quotes) but even the first page of search results for that term was only half full of blogs.

The results of my little experiment are below...

* Internet Marketing = 0 blogs in the top 10
* Make Money Online = 5 blogs in the top 10
* Home Business = 1 blog in the top 10
* Work at Home = 0 blogs in the top 10
* Home Based Business = 1 blog in the top 10

Total = 7 blogs out of the 50 websites listed at the top of Google for those keyword phrases.

The only one that even had a decent showing of blogs in the top 10 was Make Money Online. Now, you might be thinking that “make money online” is the most searched for keyword phrase of all of these so it's the one that you want to rank highly for with your blog anyway. Think again!

I checked each of the phrases in the Google Adwords keyword tool and the free Wordtracker keyword tool to see how many searches each of them receive. You can see what I found below. The first number is the monthly searches the keyword phrase gets according to the Google keyword tool and the second number is the daily searches it gets according to the free wordtracker tool.

* Internet Marketing = 1,000,000/month, 3412/day
* Make Money Online = 673,000/month, 956/day
* Home Business = 1,830,000/month, 1128/day
* Work at Home = 1,000,000/month, 1184/day
* Home Based Business = 673,000/month, 763/day

Now you can clearly see that of the five top keyword phrases in the internet marketing niche, make money online comes in right around the bottom. It was tied for last with home based business for monthly searches according to the Google tool and it was second to last in daily searches according to the Wordtracker tool. Home business and internet marketing were the top two respectively.

I admit this might not have been the most in-depth scientific experiment in the world but I don't think there's any doubt that it shows you definitely do not need a blog to rank well on Google or to make money online!

What do you need to rank highly in search engines and actually make money online?


You need lots of keyword anchored backlinks. These are also called "inbound links" or "inlinks" depending on who you talk to, but they are all the same thing. Getting backlinks is the most important thing for ranking highly on the search engines and making money online.

Now hopefully you know that you don't need a blog that you update five times per day just for the sake of posting on it because you heard from some A-list blogger that's how to make money online. A very select few bloggers ever make it very far by following that school of thought for making money online, but plenty of website owners do very well with their sites by ranking highly on search engines. Which would you rather be?

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Free Make Money Online Tips

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Great Way to Increase Your Traffic, Backlinks, Rankings and Profits!

Every blogger and/or website owner is always trying to increase their traffic and make more money. One of the best ways to do this is to get more backlinks and improve your search engine rankings. I am about to tell you a great way to increase your website traffic, get more backlinks, and raise your search engine rankings, which will result in you making more money!

There are plenty of blog contests going on at any given time. You know, the ones where you do a certain task such subscribing to their feed, blogging about their site, linking to a certain blog post, or something else along those lines and you get a certain amount of entries to the contest for doing each task.

Typically the prize for winning the contest is money or a free product, but it can be any number of things. The winner is picked randomly at the end of a specified time and is given the prize.

Often times the bloggers who hold these contests will ask for sponsors to donate money and prizes to the contest and it can really end up being a big deal with hundreds of entries and a lot of great prizes. The sponsors will usually get at least one link back to their site/blog and often times it's more than one link.

I'm sure by now you have figured out where I am going with this. Yep, you guessed it; I am going to tell you that sponsoring some of these contests is a great way to increase your traffic, backlinks, rankings, and ultimately your profits!

You can usually donate just about anything you want as a sponsor of the contest. If you have a product that you have created you can offer it for free to the winner, you can donate some money to the contest, you can offer to give a free review on your blog, a free ad spot on your site for a month, or just about anything else of value that you have to offer.

I am currently a sponsor of a contest on a very popular make money online blog. It is consistently ranked in the top 5 on Google for "Make Money Online" (usually #1) and it's also ranked highly for many other keyword phrases in the make money online niche. All I did was donate $25 to the contest, which I will send to the winner as soon as I am told to do so. It was that simple!

So far I have gotten at least two permanent backlinks from this blog and both were keyword anchored. This will certainly help to increase my search engine rankings and long term traffic. I have also been sent a few hundred direct visitors from the links so far. All this for a measly $25 donation. And if you don't have any extra money that you can give then you can always do one of the other free options I mentioned above to become a contest sponsor.

Sponsoring contests is also a good way to make some great new online business friends and contacts as well as get more recognition for your website/blog. You are a winner no matter how you look at it!

Check out the popular blogs in your niche and see if any are running contests and need sponsors. Usually they will say in the contest post that they are looking for sponsors for it but even if they don't you can always offer to be a sponsor and see what they say.

This is something you can do over and over again on many different blogs or websites as long as you have something of value to offer as a contest sponsor. It won't take long for all those backlinks and traffic to add up!

That's it for your free online business tips for today. Come back soon for more home business tips, internet marketing information, and money making advice. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don't ever miss out on new posts!

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Make Money Online from Home

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Finding the Perfect Backlink

It’s no secret that you need inbound links (also called backlinks or inlinks) in order to rank highly on search engines. Just about any backlink is better than nothing, however certain inlinks are much better than others and you should be spending more of your time getting these.

So what is the perfect backlink? Is it even possible to find the perfect inbound link? Here are some criteria you should consider when you set out on your linking campaigns…

Related Sites

As a general rule the best backlinks are from websites that are related to yours in content and niche but do not directly compete with your site. For example: A link from a make money online blog to your work at home website would be ideal.

Anchor Text

The anchor text of the link should include keywords related to your website. Anchor text should also be varied because if all your links have the same anchor text they will not appear natural to the search engines. For example: If your website is about home based business then you might have links with anchor text such as; home business, work at home business, home based business opportunities, home based jobs, and others related.

Page Rank (PR)

When you have an inbound link from an authority website with high PR it will carry much more weight in the search engines than a link from a new website or one without any rankings.


Your backlinks should be live, followed links. If it contains the “nofollow” tag you are not getting any benefit from the link as far as the search engines are concerned. Make sure you are getting do follow backlinks!

One Way Links

If a site is linking to your website without you linking back to them in return it’s called a one way link, and these are much better than link exchanges, paying for links or any other way of artificially gaining backlinks.

Deep Linking

All of your backlinks should NOT be pointed at your home page. Deep linking is when you have inbound links pointing to internal pages of your website. This appears more natural to search engines and will help boost your rankings. If all your inlinks point to one page of your site (usually the home page) it can be interpreted by the search engines that you are trying to artificially inflate your rankings.

Gradual Link Building

You should gradually build your inbound links over time instead of all at once. The gradual building of backlinks is much more natural and will help a lot more with your search engine rankings.

Spread It Out

Your inlinks should come from many different sites. Having a lot of sites linking to you with just one link each is almost always better than having a lot of links from just a few sites.

Updated Content

Search engines love sites that are updated frequently instead of static sites that never (or rarely) get updated. So getting an inlink from a site that is updated often such as a blog is often better than getting one from a static site.

Number of Links and Position

With all other things being equal it’s always better to have your link on a page with fewer outbound links as opposed to a page with a lot of links. You will get a lot more “link juice” this way and your backlink will carry more weight with the search engines.

It’s debatable but the location of the link on the page can also count towards your link juice. Some people say the higher your link is on the page, the more weight it is given.

Aged Domain

The older a site is the more authority it gains with the search engines. So if you have inlinks from sites that have been around a long time it’s a lot better than having all new sites linking to you.

Links in Content

An inbound link from a page with a lot of content such as inside an article is much better than a link from page that is just a list of links and no real content.

Age of Backlinks

It’s always good to keep getting new links so after time you will have aged inbound links and new inbound links. It looks pretty darn good to search engines if you have sites that have been linking to you for years and you are also still getting new links.

Finding the perfect backlink is not easy to do, if such a link even exists. However, the above tips will help you tremendously in finding high quality inbound links that will definitely increase your search engine rankings and traffic to your website!

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Make Money at Home

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