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About Michael Brown

I'm Michael S. Brown, Internet Marketer, husband and father. I have been successful in business and marketing since 1998. In 2007 I took to the internet marketing world and have never looked back.

I love teaching people the knowledge that I have acquired and the ultimate boost to my ego is to see everyone I teach succeed in business. My goal is to make everyone who comes into contact with me as successful or even more successful than myself.

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My Niche Site: Over $14,500 Now

Ok guys, I’m back after the holidays here to share my niche results.

The niche is growing and I am going to sit down and chart it’s future sometime this week.  This is again, modeled after what I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg and In Niche 60.  Coming up soon I’ll be adding more to both courses to expand on the stuff I am teaching.

If you haven’t read my previous writes-ups on the subject here they are.  They explain exactly what I did to find my search terms and how I built the site.

Here are the lifetime stats for the site.  Pardon screen shot 2 as it’s hard t get a great overall shot from that account because of the way it’s setup.

jan stats part 1

Now add in the other product I am promoting on the site:

jan stats pr 2

You can see that the site has come a long way since it’s inception.

Traffic has increased month after month and continues to climb.

I now rank for 3,050 keywords (most of which were unplanned).

I had a question come in a couple of weeks ago asking me what I did to get so many keywords ranked with a limited amount of posts.  The truth is some of the posts I planned to include a few keywords to rank for, but, the bulk of the rankings just came from writing detailed write-ups on the subject.

Let me give you an example:  Let’s say you are going to verbally teach someone how to do something.  If you simply said step 1, do this, step 2 do that but didn’t detail it, you’d have less words in the conversation.  The person you were teaching would probably not understand what to do as well.

However, if you said; step 1 do this and then explained exactly how to do it down to the finest detail you would have spoken many words.  This same concept applies to your writing.  Not only does it help make more sense for your audience, but, the search engines see all of those juicy terms and phrases that get searched that even tools (including keyword planner) do not pick up.  I explain this concept in detail at my post about creating a good blog post.

I have been slowly adding new posts as I mentioned in the past.  The detailed ones I am writing, but, I am also using Iwriter for the basic stuff and tweaking their work to sound better, look better and include my touch.

Going Social

I haven’t fully decided yet, but, I am likely going to build a small Facebook community on the subject soon.  Like I said, I am not 100% on board with going social in it right now, but, I might.

I have found in many experiments that social is good, but more money comes from search.  The reason is, is because it’s much more targeted.  1000 clicks from the search engines are always going to make you more money than 1000 clicks from Facebook and it’s not even close.

However, Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter allow you to build communities which help overall success and can just be a nice supplemental source for traffic.

I’ll let you guys know in the next update what route I take the site.  Right now I am leaning towards getting social on it.

Continued Growth

I plan to use Keyword Snatcher again to uncover more terms that I am probably missing (there are thousands) and as I mentioned in the past, these terms are generally easy to rank for without a shred of link building.

I will add a minimum of 1-3 posts per month to the site going forward (more if I have time).

Other Plans

I am sitting down this week to do an update on Niche Blitzkrieg and sketch out new additions to Niche 60 so these 2 things will take some time.  So I will be very limited in my current work on the niche site.  Again, hiring a writer will help with that issue and since it doesn’t cost much, it’s more than worth it.

I am also going to start another niche site (already started actually), which I may actually share with you guys once it’s ranking.  Part of me is still saying not to do this, because it just brings in the people who can’t think for themselves and purposely harm other people’s hard work.  We’ll see, as I am not sure it’s something I want to share, but, I haven’t ruled it out.

I might take a small study group only who I give access to it and break down everything in detail for them if hat is something people are interested in.  Again, I have to think deeply about it though.

I created an affiliate theme, with an AWESOME crew, that I am putting the final touches on.  These guys can code like beasts.

I simply got tired of changing themes constantly so I wanted one that works everywhere and right out of the box and be extremely versatile but newbie friendly.  I’ll be releasing that soon — trust me, you’ll hear about it.

I have the designs sketched out for a product conversion tool as well and I’ll have it created and marketed sometime during 2014.

My biggest focus right now is on what I said I few days ago (you can read that here).  I am having some mind blowing life changes right now and I thank God daily for the ability to seek peace on the stormy seas we all face.

Hard Work

Again, as I always point out in these posts, none of this is to brag.  I am simply just a man and all of the talents that I have are learn-able.  Apply yourself, go after what YOU want, not what I want.

Go in the direction that you feel you should go and build it and keep going.

Building niche sites might come easy for some or hard for some.  As time goes by, no matter what you do, you’ll get better and grow more if you simply strive to do it.

Repetition grows success, skills and a closer walk to perfection.

I came into the world of niche creation with none of the skills needed and have learned and applied and grown.

Not every project is awesome or perfect and I’ve failed countless times.

Not every niche turns out the way you want, whether by chance or by poor planing.  If a niche fails learn why.

  • Not enough planning?
  • No traffic?
  • Poor conversions?

Figure out what went wrong and try again.

Work hard and then learn to work smart, but, continue to work hard, smartly?  Make sense?  ;)

Just go after it today and build the site that YOU want to build, but do it!

A New Year, A New Hope

2014I had some big plans to release a different type of post to the public today.  However, I don’t feel that it’s the message I want to share right now even though I was fully intending to do so this morning.

Instead I’ll probably get back to posting on building a killer niche tomorrow (if you’d rather read that today, go for it).

Today I want to share something a little bit more personal and a little deeper from the heart.

Doom and Gloom Abound!

In all accounts 2013 was a bad year for much of the public.  A recent report that was out said something around 2/3 of all Americans felt that 2013 was a bad year.

The biased media has heaped on B.S. message after message upon us.  By the way, as side note, I am not condemning one source of media over another, all of the mainstream media outlets are biased.

The news has been one negative onslaught after another.

99% of the politicians seem to not care about the public, otherwise would we not see different, constitutional and useful policies actually come to pass?  Have you ever looked at a politician and said “He said he/she said they didn’t believe that!  Why would he vote that way?”  I’m not condemning one side or the other here, it’s on every side of the aisle.

Meanwhile commercials tell us that unless we accumulate stuff, we have no worth.  That if you’re not like guy/girl in the picture you’re not worth a dime.  That without whatever they are selling you are basically nothing.

The economy is still in the tank, unemployment and unhappiness is extremely high.

Wait, Michael You Said This Was A New Year And A New Hope?!?  What Gives?

I’m getting there trust me.

Despite all of the negativity I am going to tell you my hope for the year.

I believe in life there is a narrow road that we should walk that is filled with care, love, compassion, salvation and freedom.  This is what I feel and believe.

Some of the points below I feel are critical to being happy in dark times.

Forgiveness

I read something not long ago on tips for being successful, not just in business, but as a person.  One of the most important points was forgiveness for others and moving on with it.

Look we are all humans, we all make mistakes and occasionally someone gets hurt.

I’ve been wronged many times in my life and when I was younger and much less wise I am sure I have hurt many around me.

Forgive and move on.  I am not saying that if someone hurts you or continues to hurt you that you should continue to put yourself in a bad situation.  However, I am saying to forgive and get passed it so you can focus on your success as a person.

Give And Help Others

One thing the world seems to lack right now is compassion and love.  From my youth until now, I don’t remember a time where the love just felt as sucked from the air as I feel now.

Sure we all have businesses to run and we need to make money and eat, but, when we can help others I truly believe we should.

This is something I want o work hard on this year.  It’s something I feel is extremely important.

Work Hard!

I can’t stress this enough.  I always hear people say “Work Smart” and I agree that we should.  But, working smart means you need to learn how to work hard at your goals.  I don’t care if your goals are making money, weight loss, being a better human being or anything else.  You must work hard at it.

Without working hard, just working smart means that you’re still not getting anything done but, hey, you’re efficient at it!  Work hard and dedicate time to whatever you’re working at.

Practice and training lead to being better at anything.

Respect Those You Disagree With

This is something that I think has gotten out of hand in the last decade.  It seems now that instead of listening to other people and at least giving them respect, the majority ridicule, mock, chastise and slander in some of the most horrible ways.

If someone believes something that you do not believe in, get over it.  I disagree with many people whom I still love and even though it may be hard sometimes, I believe it leads us to a better life.

If someone continually offends you, don’t continue to put yourself in a situation to be offended, but move on.

In the media in recent months I’ve heard stories on both sides of the spectrum where someone or some group is offended by something someone said or did.  Instead of just tuning them out, they fight to boycott, to slander and to defame.

Tune out the negativity.  If someone makes a completely stupid statement that is offensive to you, you don’t have to continue listening.  If America (like other countries) has the ability to have freedom of speech, why not let everyone say their piece and either agree with them or disagree and move on.

But, in all things with freedom involved, let’s continue to have these freedoms.  When you start asking for others to become involved because you don’t like what someone says, that opens the door for loss of freedom in my opinion.

To those of you reading this in other countries I feel the same.  But, as an American I can only speak from what I see in front of me here.

Closing

I wish the very best for all of my readers and everyone that comes into contact with me throughout 2014.  Be a beacon of light if darkness surrounds you and continue walking your path.

It’s great to pay attention to what is going on worldwide and be informed.  I think most people should be paying more attention to what is going on.  But, do not let the doom and gloom beat you up.  Don’t let the crap the media spits out breed apathy in your life.

I’m not asking you to agree with all of what I said, or any of it for that fact.  I however, am asking you to consider it and in all that you do this year do the following:

  • Work Hard
  • Work With Joy
  • Work In Happiness
  • Work In Peace
  • Be Ethical
  • Take Pleasure From Your Successes
  • Learn From Your Mistakes….

….and grow.

Never forget that no matter what anyone tells you, you’re worth more than any amount of money or any product on the planet.  You are someone and we all have the ability to shine.

Have a happy and joyous new year.

Market Samurai 50% Off Deal (Today Only) & Why I Still Love This Keyword Tool

Note: The sale is over, but you can still get a free trial here.

First and foremost there is a Market Samurai 50% off deal going on that ends TODAY!

Get it here.

Before I continue, I know, I am a keyword tool fiend.  I have a bunch and I use:

  • Market Samurai
  • Keyword Canine
  • And Keyword Snatcher

I use Market Samurai and Keyword Canine on a daily basis and Keyword Snatcher weekly.

Do you need them all?  No.  Do you need a keyword tool outside of Google Keyword Planner?  Not really.  But, having tools like this will greatly cut down research time, make you more money by finding additional keywords you might have missed and showing you how strong all of your competition is without manually doing it or guessing.

But, let me tell you why I still love Market Samurai specifically and why I recommend it.  It’s 3 fold:

  • Simplicity
  • Free Training From The Team
  • Pretty Accurate Assessments

First, it’s simple in it’s use.  You can use MS’s default settings to find great keywords in any niche in fact, watch their free start-up Videos here.

Once you play around with the tool it gets even easier to use. I’ve demoed this tool here before.

Now, I basically fire it up, plug in my keywords and check the stats for search volume and competition in a few minutes.

The Free Training

The guys over at Market Samurai are pretty smart and pretty down to Earth.  I hosted a webinar with Ben from their team in the past and trust me, they know what they are doing.

They have an entire training area for Market Samurai set up here.  They call it a DOJO and you can learn a lot of techniques for easier keyword search that I have personally never even taught.

They also break down every use of the Keyword Tool itself where as I just break down the basic uses.

The Tool Is Accurate

With keyword research there is one thing to always remember; every tool uses estimates including Google  It’s impossible to not do it.  Since Market Samurai gets some of their information through Google’s Keyword Planner API they are accurate up to Google’s standards.

Overall I’ve had the tool for I believe around 4 years.  I actually was late to the party by around 6 months of their original release date.  I love the tool and glad the team keeps working to improve it.  Get a copy here.

It’s a good sale on a good tool and if you’ve even thought for a minute about buying it, I recommend it.

If you have questions about it’s use or anything else you want to ask me, do so below.

Article Builder Discount – Biggest Price Cut Possible Here

Here is the steepest Article Builder discount that you can get.  In fact It’s $100 off the original price.

If you need a discount, get it here.

Aside from this Article Builder discount deal I have also reviewed it before here.

Some of the things I use Article Builder for are:

  • Web 2.0 Blog Link Building
  • Supplemental Website Content
  • Auto-Blogging

Web 2.0 Blog Link Building:

This is a process I explain in my 45 days to the top of the search engines piece but I feel like explaining it again.

You can link build to your main site (money site) from web 2.0 blogs like (Tumblr, Rebel Mouse, Blogger etc).  However, on those blogs you need content.  That’s where Article Builder comes in.  You can actually get content from Article  Builder and post it directly to these web 2.0 blogs.

This will save you time and money and will save you from hiring a writer or even writing the content yourself.

Supplemental Website Content:

You can use Article Builder to automatically schedule posts to your blog in a special category that you choose.  This quickly does a couple of things.  It establishes your blog as a source of constant fresh content, which search engines love, and saves you time because you won’t have to write this content yourself.

Another way to supplement your content with AB is to use the content for a post and manually add parts to it.  Or save more time and hire someone to add an additional 150 words or so to the article for you.

Auto-Blogging

I don’t use this part very often.  However, you can set-up unlimited Word Press auto-blogs with this software.  This means that you essentially set it and forget it while monetizing with ads or Adsense.

Because Article Builder can create up to 85% unique content these types of auto-blogs work.

Closing Out

If you’re interested in an Article Builder discount coupon just visit this link and the $100 discount will automatically be applied.

I decided to post this up again because my previous review wasn’t focused on the discount and savings as much and I’d get questions asking me if I had any coupon codes for Article Builder.

Enjoy!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me below and I’ll answer them ASAP.

 

My New Niche Site Update – Over $5000 Now

Sorry for the delay on doing the update.  I am trying to put my niche marketing demo results up by the 20th of each month.  However, I am eternally behind schedule.  But, I believe if your schedule is ever empty for more than an evening, you’re not working enough.

I’ve had a few requests about how he niche was doing this week, so I thought I’d post my update here.

Let’s get to it.

If you haven’t read Post 1 and Post 2 on this subject, make sure to do so.  It will give you the overview of what I am doing in this niche and how I am making it happen.

I also teach these things and more inside of Niche Blitzkrieg, if you’re not a member consider joining it for a one time low cost.

In the first 2 updates the site had made $280.41 in the first 54 days and $2323.79 within 3 months respectively.  That total has now exceeded $5000.

In fact here is the exact amount as of Nov 21: $5633.75

Here are the screens of that: (add up both amounts for the total).

4 month niche results total

12-20 nov

New affiliate program I added Nov 12

As you can see from my last update I’ve added a new affiliate program on the site that is doing decently for me.  In fact, it’s much better than the 2 others I removed (bottom 2 with low conversions).

In just 8 days it has pulled me in almost $250 on top of my sales from the other affiliate products still converting well.  It looks like a sure keeper.

I got rid of the 2 affiliate program that you can see in screenshot 1 that only had a couple of sales each as they were converting at an abysmal pace.

Digging Deeper

I recently fired up Keyword Snatcher again (I review it here by the way) and found a flurry of little ranked and known keywords that I can easily rank for.  The keywords aren’t exactly perfect but close enough that I can do same great stuff with them.

It’s leading me to believe it’s time for a spin-off site based on the same industry.  I really want $20,000/month from the niche and I am now approaching over $3,000/monthly.  I haven’t fully decided if I want to build a second site in the same niche or not yet, but, I am leaning that way.  Plus, I never like putting all of my eggs in one basket.

I know my goal of $20,000 monthly isn’t far fetched, it’s just going to take time, more writing and just a little more work.  Basically from the traffic I am getting now I can assess how much more traffic I’d need to get to increase conversions.  I need about 7 times more traffic to reach my goals.

Traffic+conversions = sales.  Never forget that.  You need both.  You need to be ranking for keywords you want to rank for and you need to convert those rankings into sales.

Again, more writing , more keyword rankings and simply improving any keyword rankings that I have that are not quite where I want them.

You can see my results for November alone:

novemberresults

So the $2451.79 plus $ 247.88 =$2699.67 in November so far.  With 8 days left I should far exceed $3,000/month in this niche market.

The Current Writing & The Future

I’m pretty busy with many other things right now so I hired a writer who is going to start cranking out about 10-15 additional articles for me per week.  I am currently up to 54 posts of which I wrote some and again I hired out some from Iwriter & Fiverr, cheaply.

As far as converting the sales I wrote this the other day teaching you how to convert more of your traffic into sales.

Overall

Overall I feel pretty happy in the niche.  Sometimes I wish could clone myself though as I’d hit these goals much faster.

The hardest part with this project for me so far has been two-fold.  Time and control.

I like to do everything myself and I hate outsourcing.  But, I am learning to outsource to get more done.  I am really learning to love letting writers do more of my work and I can always just go back and tweak and proof read.

As far as time goes, the summer and up until now has been CRAZY.  I broke my foot as many of you know and at the same time we just moved into a new home.  The combo has been somewhat  brutal.  But, we’re in now and I am getting my stuff back on track.

It’s life, it’s the way it is sometimes and we just have to adapt and make things happen.

A Special Note To You

Look, this niche has been good to me.  Many haven’t been in the past, I dropped them and moved on.  This isn’t setup to brag, to discourage or to be negative in anyway.  I am putting this out there to show you that simple niche markets still and always will have money in them.  I am doing this to uplift you and help motivate you to do more.  If you’re willing to work at it and grow you can do this.

Don’t expect overnight riches, this site took 54 days to earn just under $300.  However since then it’s gone up nicely.  In order to make more money with this market I will need to put in some more time and work and yes, effort.  Any niche you get into will need to be scaled up this way as well.

You can do this.

In the near future I’ll release another update of the site plus I’ll keep you notified of any changes I make as I go forward.

Enjoy and go get your niche sites going!

If you loved the post, why not share it on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ with your friends?  I’d appreciate it it and it would put a smile on my face.

O.K. and you’ll be helping someone else out who is looking for this information.

Thoughts?  Comments?  You getting killer results in a niche?  Share below.

My Niche Blog Update — Now: $2323.79

A month ago I put out a report on a site of mine I created that started cranking out some nice profit for me (you can read about that here and I’ll show you what I did step by step).

The nice news is my results have increased exponentially.  The site has now brought in $2323.79 in under 3 full months.

Here are the stat shots: (Sorry for the watermarks but I’ve had people steal my images before…)

results

Clicks: 4190

Commissions: $2323.79

Conversion Rate: 6.85%

Here Is October’s Outlook So Far:

resultsfromoctober

Clicks: 3,100

Commissions: $1778.78

Conversions: 6.74%

As you can see the bulk of my sales occurred in October.  This is great news as it means the site is getting more popular.  I also added  3rd affiliate program to the site in late September.

The only bad result is that the 3rd affiliate program I’ve added isn’t converting very well so I’ll probably get rid of it at the end of the month.

My conversions have been pretty good (over 6%) as anything over 2% is considered good in my book.  The reason I have such high conversions is because I am following my own tips on conversions here.  I am not sure I can improve those numbers but I am going to try to do so by adding some more large click-able images and by adding more sales type posts rather than informative.

Let’s take a peek at my traffic stats for the site.  Keep in mind nearly all of my traffic is organic from search.

trafficstats

As you can see I am ranking for about 1240 keywords.  Most of these are not by design, it’s just from making sure that my posts are on topic and that I am fully explaining the subject to my audience as I teach here.  Each post I made focused on 1 main keyword phrase and I did this knowing full well that if I explain my subject I’ll rank for those additional keywords.

At the end of the graph you can see I have a small dip in traffic.  This is due to some of my keywords fluctuating as normally happens in search especially for young sites.

I added only 6 posts since September 20th even though I have many more planned.  Adding more posts will greatly help increase my traffic and sales.

I also plan to rank better in Bing.  Currently the site isn’t ranking very well in Bing.  The reason?  I don’t have a ton of backlinks built to it so far.  Bing loves links and lots of them and until I ramp up the link building I’ll b a bit lower in Bing.  I am not sure when I’ll do my next round of link building, but, for now I am enjoying the sites success.

For keyword research I again used Keyword Snatcher to find several low volume but easily rank-able search terms in my niche.

Again, my link building was done using Rank Crew and getting a few additional links outside for indexing purposes early on.  I could have done all of this manually as I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg, but I wanted to save myself some time.

My Disappointments

I do have one disappointment with the site.

I haven’t worked on it as much as I would have liked.  Between the broken ankle, which is now finally about 80% and preparing to move, this has kept me busy and from making the money I want out of this niche.  I know the $2300+ is still good and I’m not complaining by any means, but I always strive for better results and I WILL get them.

My Success

I think overall the site is pretty successful and I think that anyone who puts their mind to building their site and ranking it can do this!  I am creating some training over at www.niche60.com that will help anyone who wants it and I also have Niche Blitzkrieg which I highly recommend of course.  Keep in mind that both sets of training can be combined.

I feel good about the content of the site.  I feel as though I accomplished making a very nice site in the niche.

My Goals

I want to take this niche up to $20,000/month or more.  I fully believe it’s possible.  I plan to do this by simply increasing my traffic.  The site is currently averaging around $85 per day which equates to around $2550 per month.  So I’ll need to significantly increase my traffic to hit my goals.

Again, I fully believe it’s possible and I’ll be buckling down to hit those goals.

This post is short and sweet but I simply wanted to update you on how the sit is doing and offer you some encouragement.  If you put your mind to it, you can do whatever you want — so do it!

Personal Note: In December I’ll be starting a brand new podcast and maybe have some other surprises for you guys/gals.  You asked for moire of me and darn it you’re going to get it :)

Plus, I plan to continue growing both Niche Blitzkrieg and Niche 60 to make them even better.

Like this post?  Share it with your friends on social media!  If you have any questions ask below.  Keep in mind many of the EXACT things I am doing on the site are already answered here.

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