Many beginners who are looking at building their own online business will ask me if they should follow their passion or simply chase after what’s hot and profitable at the time. I’ve even touched on this in the past when speaking of finding a niche market to make money in for yourself.
We all want to get into that hot niche market and get as many sales right away. However, my answer is always to go for the passion.
Now, I could end this lesson here and just say “Hey, go follow your passion! End of story!” but I can’t do that.
Why? Because the next question I’ll get from you is “How do I find what I am passionate about?”
To be completely honest this can be tough, it can be hard and it can be crippling for some.
I have been in dozens of niche markets, both new and old and I can tell you that without a doubt the markets that I have a passion in are the ones that make me the most money every single time.
I’ve struggled with finding my passions before and I’ll tell you that in the recent past I’ve pushed some of my passions off and chased the money first and it was a huge mistake.
There are a few reasons why we tend to make more money following the markets that we’re passionate about.
Have you ever worked a job that you hated? I have! Even though you might work hard at something you hated, how likely would you be to continue doing something you hate? Probably not very likely?
This is the problem.
Because it doesn’t bring joy to us it’s easier to push away from it. This leads to lack of interest, friction and ultimately the point of giving up.
But, on the other hand, think about something you love in this world.
When you love something it brings you to life, strikes your soul and pushes you to strive for what you want to achieve.
When you love something you’ll think about it often.
Now let me ask you this question. How easy is it for you to talk about these things? Does it bring you joy to discuss your passion? Do you find that having a conversation about these things to be much easier?
You’re likely saying yes right now.
If you’re not saying yes then maybe you simply haven’t found your passion yet. If you haven’t found it, there is still plenty of time. It doesn’t matter what age you are, because in this day and age we have the Internet with infinite amounts of information at our finger tips.
You could easily start by doing some research, investigating the topic and simply trying new things.
If you’re not doing something you’re passionate about right now I challenge you to do the following:
Grab a pen and paper (yes, it’s old school) and go into a quiet place.
Turn off the cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, Radio and TV. Start writing about what brings joy to your life.
You might find one thing or ten things, but I challenge you to write them all down.
Continue in deep thought and find out of those you’ve listed which one inspires you the most.
That just might be your passion.
If nothing comes to mind write down something you’ve always wanted to try that you think might bring joy to your life.
What would be exciting or fun to learn/try?
Write these things down and keep them for yourself, then pursue learning about them. A simple search in any search engine will be enough to get you started.
Heck, you could even buy a book and read more about the subject.
Then over the next 30 days make it a point to focus on learning the subject and seeing if it sparks a true passion in you.
If you end up with one passion or are lucky enough to have several these are the niche markets I believe you should pursue.
Have a question or comment? Do you know your passion yet? Let me know below!
If you know someone that this advice would help? Please share on social media wherever you can. Not only would I appreciate it, but I am sure they would as well!
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.
Now add in the other product I am promoting on the site:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I wanted to take some time out today to share with you some ways to convert sales from your blog or in many cases more sales if you're probably already making some sales.
The reason for this posts stems from a conversation I had recently in one of my forums and I thought it'd be a good time to shed some light on this extremely important subject.
This post is for anyone who is getting at least some traffic to their site, but, not making many sales yet.
I know a lot of my readers like to use Adsense so this one is especially for you.
If you have ads on your blog and they are just in your sidebar you're missing out out on clicks and sales.
Let me show you Adsense click through heat map briefly.
Now, notice the darker orange spots. You'll notice the center left, focused around content is typically the best spot. Well, your sidebar can handle one of these for you but the rest need to go in your content. That can be a pain to implement without a plugin. Luckily, you can use a plugin like Ads Within Content to instantly add ads to your content area.
You can also use the above mentioned plugins to insert any type of ad, not just Adsense. This is good for people, like me, who do not use Adsense much.
One of the common mistakes is believing you'll make fortune with Adsense. The problem is to make a lot with Adsense you'll need to have a lot of clicks or you'll need extremely high paying Adsense keywords. By the way you can use tools like Market Samurai or Keyword Canine to find high paying Adsense keywords.
However, one thing I like more are using affiliate programs that pay very well. Even if you're just using ads in content it should ultimately help increase your sales.
When you get traffic to your individual posts people are coming there for a reason; they want to read what you have to say on the subject.
The problem I see with many sites is that they are driving people to their site whether through social media or the search engines and they aren't really promoting anything to the reader based on what they are being sent there for.
Let me give you an example. Let's say you have a post on "Preventing Joint Pain" and none of the ads on your site are based on helping solve joint pain, you're losing sales.
This can sometimes be a problem with Adsense as well if they are not showing extremely relevant ads. Make sure your ads are in tune with what you want people to buy.
One thing that greatly helps with this is to not put ads in your content at all. However, manually placing an affiliate product that you recommend in that post is much better.
You might be thinking "What!?"
But, let me explain. Instead of having ads all over the place why not only promote things in individual posts based exclusively on what your post is about.
So if you're discussing a "Anti Dandruff Dog Shampoo" in your post, offer your audience some choices to buy it, right there in your post. Don't let an ad on the side of yur screen make the sale, show them right in the post.
I know it's not always possible but if you want more attention to your affiliate links embed the links into an image. Images draw attention and break up text, so use them over just plain affiliate links when you can.
I'm not saying plain affiliate links are useless, they are still good, but it's a fact that images are easier to see and you want things that are easier to see to make you money.
If your site looks like one big ad, you're probably losing sales because you're distracting your audience. Instead, select a couple of great products to ad to your sidebar site wide. This also can increase the sales for a particular product you'd like to promote above all others. I teach this tacticin The Review Formula and I call it the #1 product recommendation.
Create some of your posts around buyer keywords that help promote products. Here are some of my favorite buyer keywords:
where to find xxxxx
Deals On xxxxx
If you put your mind to it you can probably think of even more. So when you're doing keyword research focus on using some of these.
Review products and services for your audience to help increase sales. I've done this frequently in the recent past you might remember my Niche Jet, Keyword Snatcher, or even my Accurank Tracker reviews. These reviews were written to help my audience who is interested in these types of products.
Likewise, your audience might be interested in reviews in your niche. Not every post has to be a review style post but, if you give a good detailed review of something it can help make sales!
You can even build full sites based on reviews in case you were not aware of this.
This could be seen as a way to get more traffic as well and I highly suggest it. You should build an email list at some point. An email list allows you to market to not only help your audience, but, market things to them as well.
I also don't want to leave out the fact that you can set much of your email marketing to auto-pilot. Not all of it but, many aspects of it. This will save you time while you work on other things.
Out of all the tweaks on the page, this one probably takes the longest as a whole because you'll need to actually grow your email list, but it's a worthwhile because it will pay off.
I want to go back to my point about using images again. When you use images they can help break up space and of course drive the click, as I just mentioned. But, if you put a little bit of space around the image and the text that can help as well.
When you are adding an image to your site you can make this easy clicking the image once you've added it to your blog post and the editing to add a little bit of padding.
Optionally, you can add a buy button near the image or even a visit site button. It's easy to do and you can also get buttons from sites like Fotolia.com for $1.
Anyway, an image, a button and some white space will draw attention and break up simple typed texted and increase sales in the process.
Most people never do this, but, you should. Simply test different types of ads and offers on your sites. Maybe Adsense isn't making you much money but an affiliate program is making you a lot more? Maybe what you're promoting is too expesive and your audience needs some cheaper stuff? You won't know unless you test. Of course, if you have traffic and your site is producing sales you might be fine to leave it alone. If sales are slow or non existent, change.
I actually did this on a site of mine that converts very low. I noticed that not a lot of sales were coming in from this site. So I added some smaller ticket items on there as well as Adsense and then magically I was making acouple bucks per day from this site as well as now selling a few smaller ticket items per month and one big sale per month.
If you're using Amazon as your affilite program you'll definately want a mix between smaller tickt and high ticket items to maximize your sales %.
This one works extremely well when you have an email list with your site. You can promote deals to them. People love deals and will buy when things are on sale, so promote deals to them.
Optionally, once you've made some sales from a product you can ask the vendor for a coupon code to give to your audience. I did this with Article Builder and was able to get my list a special $100 discount from the owner. Sure, I lose some comissions doing this but it helps make my audience happy and increases my sales overall.
If the vendor says no to your request for a deal for your audience, don't sweat it, in time they might.
Another thing that not many people do is ask for a raise. If you're making a bunch of sales for a particular vedor you can as for an payout increase. Sometimes they will, other times they won't. They may also ask for more sales before considering this.
If you're in a niche where you can teach something, do it!
Let me give you an example. Let's say you were running a website on "How To Lanscape The Yard" and one of your posts was titled "How To Build A Retaining Wall – Step-By-Step".
Wouldn't it be cool to guide people through how to build a retaining wall and at the same time make money? You better say yes to that!
Well, when you demonstrate how to do something you can recommend the products on how to do it. So for building a retaining wall a you could say first, you need a shovel and show them where to get one. Next, you need sand, here is where you get one online and so on. If they need X The may need Y and also Z.
It's a great tactic that can help your audience, increase your sales and works in any niche.
One thing I see happening a lot as well is people will assume they are not getting sales which may be true. But, the main reason may be lack of traffic or maybe they have no traffic at all, rather than conversions. Obviously, without traffic all the conversion tips in the world won't help.
Make sure you are working on traffic before you even worry about conversions! It doesn't matter if it's social or search engine traffic, you need it to make sales. Also be sure you're writing a good blog post. If you just take 300 words and slap it up online and don't take the time to make sure it even makes sense fr your audience you're simply wasting your resources.
Take everything you do day by day and implement things that will help convert those sales. Even 1-2 small tweaks mentioned above can help greatly!
What about you? Are you already implementing these are seeing improvement? Doing something different that I didn't mention above? Have questions? Ask below.
Plus, it'd be really cool if you found this helpful, to share it with someone on Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter today.
At first I was simply going to send an email out and tell you how to make sure you keep seeing my emails if you're a Gmail user.
But, I figured it'd be easier for you, if I just showed you how. Plus, it's a simply 30-45 second tweek.
As you probably know Gmail recently changed their inbox layout as I discussed here.
Even though I do not promote much, my emails are most likely going to always end up in your promotional tab. If you're OK with that, do nothing.
But, if you'd like to make sure you see my emails (of course, my recommended option) then follow the simple steps below.
A. First, open your promotons tab in your Gmail inbox after receiving one of my emails.
B. Then click my email and drag it into your primary tab.
Next, go to your Primary tab which will look like the below.
A. When the little tan box pops up asking if you want to do this for future emails of mine, click YES.
That's how to make sure to keep getting my emails in a few simple clicks.
Of course, this works on any email that you'd like to go directly to your Primary tab.
The only tab that will notify your smart phones and devices of a recieved message is the Primary tab. The other tabs will not trigger an email recieved notification.
So all of those businesses that you signedup for for weekly discounts and coupons will need the same treatment I am showing you above.
Also there are a couple other ways to do this, but, this is the easiest way to make ure you can see the emails you want to see.
Have you had any issues with the new Gmail inbox or would you like to discuss anything about it?
First off, what is NicheJet?
NicheJet is a service that is designed to create niche websites for you at a low price. Pretty simple right?
The folks at NicheJet do all of the following:
The 100 articles are about 85% unique content. The writing however, will pass Copyscape if you’re worried about that. They are also using Article Builder to create the content on the posts.
So here is my experience so far with NicheJet so far.
I ordered my package on June 5th.
Within 1 hour they had the following done:
Here is a screen shot of that: (click to enlarge)
The next day the following was completed:
Here is a screenshot of that: (click to enlarge)
On June 8th I was notified of the following:
Then on June 9th I ranked #10 for my keywords on Google already!
So 4 days after this whole process began I was ranking and I fully expect my keywords to move up.
Update: June 25th I now rank #5 for my keywords, again, by doing nothing but ordering the package.
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Another Update: July 1st. I am still ranking #5 for my keywords and I just got a cool email 2 days ago from the NicheJet team.
So 3 weeks into this and they are building me more links. I'll of course try to keep this post updated when I get more results to show here.
Quick note: If you want to buy your own domain and host it on your own server you can.
Update July 25th: The guys over at Nichejet also now provide hosting transfer FREE of charge thanks @Chuck in the comments section for the recent tip.
So here’s how the entire process worked during my NicheJet review.
Step 1: Order A Package (takes about 30 seconds)
Step 2: Select Niche (I only spent 2-3 minutes here)
You’ll do this from a list of 110 niche markets they have researched.
Step 3: Select Exact Keywords (again, I spent 2-3 minutes on this part too)
Now, you’ll select a keyword you want your website built around. I found most of these to have between 500-1500 monthly searches. Some had more and some had less.
Once you select a keyword they remove it from the database so you’re not going to be competing with other NicheJet customers! That is a very handy and cool feature by the way.
After you select your keyword you’ll then give them the green light to start by simply clicking a button. I recommend doing a quick keyword research on the potential keyword using Market Samurai or Keyword Canine or even the Google Adwords tool just to see how many monthly searches the keyword is actually getting before selecting one. Anything over 500 searches will do the trick.
The rest of the process is handled by the NicheJet team.
I found the entire process of getting my niche, selecting my keywords and ordering the package to be extremely easy to understand and perform.
The follow up emails are nice as they really let you know what’s going on every step of the way. So you never wonder “where are they at with my order?” or “what are they doing to my site now?”
I fully intend to make quite a bit of money from each site I have them produce for me. In fact, a site only needs to average about 35 cents per day to make my money back or 48 cents per day if you select their included hosting service.
Awesome! The goal should be to make much more than that with every website you create anyway.
What Happens After The 100 Posts Are Completed?
After you have 100 posts added in the 100 days by the team then it will be up to you to create more content. This can be done manually using a service like Iwriter, INeedArticles or manually by you. You could also optionally hook it back up to your own Article Builder account and start pumping out more content in the same niche.
What Can You Do With The Sites?
Anything. You can add your own ads, sell them to clients, sell them on Flippa or grow them into even more profitable niche markets.
Who This Service Isn’t For
If you like to micro-manage everything and like only 100% unique content for everything you do, this service will not work for you.
Up until 2012 I actually hated all duplicate content however, with the creation of Article Builder creating content on auto-pilot has been easier and more professional.
So the articles NicheJet is importing are all 85% unique articles not created from scraped content or created from PLR junk. These are all handcrafted and only used in the Article Builder circle before being spun and made pretty darn unique.
Again, if you hate that type of content or only like to write your own; you will not like this service.
Who NicheJet Is For?
If you want your keywords, domain, hosting, link building and website all done for you, this will save you a lot of time.
A+ Grade For My NicheJet Review
I can’t find any faults with this service at all and I highly recommend it. I was impressed with the price, ease of use, the niche selection and keyword selection process and the speed of implementation. Since they are doing all of the link building for the website it is a no-brainer!
You can get your NicheJet order in here and even save some cash if you decide to order in bulk.
Through this review I will not only be sharing my feedback but I am going to give you a walk-through of how to use it plus I can give you a $100 discount if you choose to buy it through me.
Article Builder allows you to create content without the need to do any research, pay for a writer or even wait for content. You can actually spit out dozens of articles in about 30 seconds and I’ll show you below.
So where does all of this content come from? Jon has the content written in bulk and then added into the tool (this is not private label rights, junk, these are human writte and edited articles). The tool can then re-write the content based on parameters you allow, and remaking the article into something that can be around 85% unique (you can always add a couple paragraphs of your own writing to make it even more unique). But, 85% unique is still very good.
Sounds complex? It’s really not.
It comes equipped currently with 109 categories to choose from. The reason I say “currently” is because more categories get added based on demand. So if several people are asking for a particular category Jon will have it created.
Here is a demo blog created with this tool. Keep in mind you can add a custom header, custom widgets, basically whatever you want. This demo is just bare bones. By the way that site ranks #1 for it’s keywords all on auto-pilot and I’ll get into that in a second.
Article Injection Feature:
Article injection allows you to automatically inject additional content into the article. This makes it more unique by adding tips or ideas to the article.
Here is what an article with tips looks like.
Here is a quick walk-through on how to create an article in less than 30 seconds.
Note: (through out the walk-through simply click images to enlarge)
A: Select "Build an Article"
That will take you into th article building page.
A: Select a category
B: Superspun options (if you don't know don't worry about it)
C: Input an optional keyord you want into the post
D: Select word count, up to 1000!
E: Select how many articles on the topic you want
F: Save the job if you want more of the same category later
G: Click "build article"
Next, you'll be presented with a couple of options.
A: Here is your article
B: You can post directly to your blog from here if you add your blog or…
C: You can download it and use the article anywhere you want
Pretty simple right? It's extremly easy to use and create with this.
Auto-Posting With Article Builder
So for this Article Builder review I want to show my favorite feature.
First you need to have a blog installed on your own hosting and you need to have one category created for your blog.
This feature allows you to setup posting jobs that automatically post to your blog and it takes only about 45 seconds to setup! Let me walk you through this below:
Here is a graphical Article Builder tutorial walk-through for auto-posting:
A: Click "blogs"
This will take you to the next page.
A: Click "Add Blog"
A: Fill in the required blog info and click "Add This Blog"
Done. Your blog is now added to the system. Hopefully you're enjoying the Article Builder review so far! Stay with me here.
Now let's create the auto-posting content schedule.
A: Click "Auto Posting"
A: Select your blog
B: Select a category
C: If you use superspun content select this, if not do not worry about it
D: Select article word count
E: Select word count limit. This is used if you want to set random word counts
F: Select how often you wat it to auto post to your blog
G: Select when you want it to stop posting. Or leave it at no-limit for unlimited
H: If you want to create aresource box you can do it here. I never use this. Select "Select Blog Posting Category"
A: Select your category from inside of your blog and click Finish.
A: You can now see your posting job is setup to run
That’s all there is to it! Now the blog will add posts on straight auto-pilot. You can add ads like Adsense to your blog or whatever type of ads you want. Using a plugin like ad-injection will let you automatically set ads into individual posts as well.
Recently Jon added a new feature to this tool. It’s called Unique Auto Posting.
For this Article Builder review I wasn’t able to use it yet as it’s brand new, but here is what it does for you:
If you have an account over at Ineedarticles.com you can fund your account and have Article Builder automatically request writers write content for your blog. Upon writing, the articles will then be automatically posted onto your blog!
Sorry for the totally geek-out over here, but that is a huge time saver for anyone who is actively growing a blog. I am sure more features will be added to this portion of the tool as well. As soon as I test this feature out I’ll update this review with it. But, knowing Jon it’s going to be awesome.
Auto-Link Building With Article Builder
This feature sounds almost unbelievable but it’s a real thing. When you use the auto-post feature to make an auto-blog Article Builder actually queues a link building function that builds links for you automatically. What this means is, no link building is needed.
When I first saw this feature I thought it was total BS. So I created a blog using this feature to test.
Within a week I’ve hit #11 on Google and I fully expect to be top 10 for my keywords in another week or 2 and soon, #1.
Here is all I did.
Step 1: Used Keyword Canine to find a domain and grabbed an exact match domain for the keyword. I spent about 30 minutes doing this. If you don’t have Keyword Canine, Market Samurai will do, you can get a 12 day free drive of Market Samurai here.
Step 2: Bought the domain, installed it on my hosting.
Step 4: Set up Auto-posting just like I showed you above. I also set it to post 1 new post per day. You can opt to post up to 10 new posts on your blog per day.
I plan to make several of these and monetize them all very soon.
For this Article Builder review I wanted to make a point to share with you how I use it. I not only use it to create blogs with but I use it for link building to my other money sites.
I wrote about how I used it to help get top 10 search engine ranks the other day. I essentially use it to create web 2.0 properties that link back to my sites and boost them up in search.
I.e. you can take the content that it creates and create:
It will not only save time, it will save a ton of money if you had to pay someone to build these things for you. As you know link building is critical to rank your site and this tool will help you do all of that.
What I Would Like To See Before My Next Article Builder Review Is:
Look Article Builder is awesome but I am hoping that in the near future a couple tweaks can be made.
The ability to create web 2.0 properties on auto-pilot just like auto-blogs. I am not sure if this is possible but this would make this tool even better.
It would just simplify the power of this tool even more.
Here are a couple of my suggestions of places of where not to use this and what NOT to do with it.
First, do not use it on Ezine Articles. They do not like anything less than 100% unique there. Trust me from first-hand experience; they will just ban your account at Ezine Articles. I had to wait a week to be reinstated.
Secondly, do not build Squidoo pages with it either. Squidoo can sometimes be a pain because I’ve had great lenses with 100% unique content get closed down. So if they will kill great lenses with 100% unique content they will do the same with only 80-85% unique content.
Heck yea. I really like this tool and I really think Jon did an azmazng job gettingthis setup th right way.
So in my review of Article Builder I want to stress one thing. I am not saying that this should be the only writing you ever do. I am also not saying that writing your own content is truly dead. I think the best content is pure unique content just like what you’re reading now.
However, what I am saying is that you can use Article Builder to simply and speed up many tasks. In my case, I mainly use it for link building ad added extra content to my blogs. I know many other people who use Article Builder solely for the auto blogging purposes and other people who create a blog and write their own content but also have Article Builder post daily to their blogs.
All in all I give Article Builder an “A” grade and over time I believe it can truly be an A+ with the new additions plus possible future additions.
Grab your copy of Article Builder with a $100 Discount that you can only get through me.
Are you using this tool? Thoughts? Feedback? Questions? Have your own Article Builder review? Share!
The reason you need to be on Bing now is two-fold.
Bing does not find all of your indexed pages as easily as Google Docs from my experience. The largest reason is because most of us are not submitted everything to Bing the way we do with Google.
I've noticed that when Google finds most of my pages, Bing does not. It takes Bing a little longer and I’ve noticed some pages; not at all. Again, this may simply be because we are so used to doing everything that is Google friendly and for Google that we forget about Bing. Of course, if you're joining Google Webmaster Tools but not Bing's; Google will obviously find you much faster.
Facebook Graph Search. If you haven't heard of Facebook's Graph Search yet check out this article here. Soon Facebook will be rolling out there new Graph Search and they are going to be hosting many results posted by Bing.
Check out this screen shot provided to me by Justin Lewis: (Click to enlarge)
Over the last couple of years Bing has been cutting into Google's search dominance more. In fact here are the stats from early 2013: Bing is at 16.3% market share (all time high).
Some of this is in-part because of their Bing It On campaign, which has seen a decent amount of success, but let's not forget the enhancements they made to make their search engine worthwhile to it's users.
Once Facebook Graph Search is up and fully running, it's almost obvious that Bing’s search engine share will easily expand.
I'm not saying that Google will suddenly cease to be the powerhouse in the search engine market, because I feel like Google will be dominant for many more years. However, as Bing increases their search reach you need to make sure you’re part of that as they grow. Would you really turn your nose up at more free traffic?
Now is the time to make your sites “Bing ready” as much as we make them “Google ready.”
Below I will show you exactly how to get all of your pages indexed by Bing easily.
Step 1: Join Bing Webmaster Tools here:
Important Note: If you do not yet have a Bing account they’ll make you sign up for one. (click to enlarge)
Step 2: Submit your website to Bing: (click to enlarge)
Enter your website URL into the box and click "ADD."
Step 3: Submit your sitemap to Bing: (click to enlarge)
A. Add your site URL again.
B. Add you sitemap URL (http://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml – if you're using a sitemap plugin)
C. Select your highest traffic times (optional).
D. Clcik "ADD."
Step 4: Get Verified (click to enlarge)
A. Download the small file to your computer and then upload it to your hosting account.
That's it! You've now added your site to Bing's Webmaster Tools and submitted your sitemap. Now, Bing will start indexing your site. You should quickly notice an increase in your traffic as Bing begins displaying your content to the search engine. Of course, it will take a few days to index your entire site, especially if you have hundreds of pages.
I also suggest you learn to search around inside of Bing’s Web Toolbox a bit too. They have many unique things that Google’s Webmasters Tools doesn’t offer.
You can use also Bing’s statistics to find a lot about your site much like you can with Google. In fact, you can track your keyword rankings, click-throughs and many other stats with Bing.
They even have a nice color coordinated graph to make life easier for you. (click to enlarge)
It doesn't matter how many websites you have or how old/young they are; it's time to pay more attention to Bing.
Check out SEOMOZ's walkthrough on Bing here if you want to learn some of Bing's power (After you go and get your ste added to Bing's Webmaste Tools, of course!).
Thoughts? Opinions? What do you think of Bing?
*The Bing Logo is a trademarked logo with the Microsoft Corporation.
A couple of days ago Justin Lewis and I opened our first podcast and I think you will be as stoked as we are about it.
You can read more about it here: http://www.nicheoptimizer.com/introduction-to-online-success-podcast/
The main objective of the podcast is to help you….
Make money online
Achieve your goals
Increase your business
Start a business from scratch (if you haven’t yet)
Plus you’ll get great advice on every subject from…
Link building and search rankings
What we’re testing that is working/not working
And so much more.
We’re also open for suggested topics as well. If there is an area you’re struggling in we can help.
I know this post isn’t long, I just wanted to let the people that only read my blog and are not on my email list and elsewhere, know about this.
To your success this year!
A few days ago my wife and I had a fun-filled experience I wanted to share with you as a lesson of how to NOT run your business. Whether online, like most of you are, or offline (like we experienced) take heed.
The Pizza Saga Begins
It was a Friday night and my sister-in-law and her kids came over to play some Wii-U and hangout with my wife, my son and I.
We and the kids were getting hungry so we ordered in some pizza. What goes better than Mario and a good slice of pizza, right?
The pizza company is fairly new to town and we’ve probably ordered from them 15 times in the last year. On the phone we were told it’d be 45 minutes for our pizza and on a Friday night we understood.
After waiting for an hour we started wondering where they were. Hey, 15 minutes last isn’t horrible and things happen so I let it go. About 15 minutes later, still nothing.
So my sister-in-law picks up the cellphone and calls to inquire about our order. After asking when we can expect the order she was handed off to someone (presumably the owner or manager) who then told us that the delivery girl was lost.
No GPS? No map? In 2012/2013? Look, we don’t live underground in a military industrial complex here.
Not to mention this was the 15th time or so they’ve been here. Something wasn’t adding up.
By this point we’re about an hour and 20 minutes into waiting for the food.
She kindly reminded them that they said it’d be out in 45 minutes and that they’re running extremely late. He simply said “well’ whoever told you that shouldn’t have told you 45 minutes, that’s not my fault.”
News flash, when it’s your business, everything is your fault. If you manage a business, everything is your fault.
At the 1:35 mark finally our food arrives. It was the same delivery person, who has been to our house at least a half dozen times. Lost? No way.
Immediately looking at the boxes I notice that there is sauce
all over freaking covering the outside of the box, literally dripping from it.
So, my wife calls in to them, explaining that we just called a few moments ago and our food has finally arrived but there is sauce all over the boxes. Meanwhile I opened the boxes only to find that the entire contents of the stromboli dish had been completely dumped out all over the inside of the box. There was barely anything left in the sauce pan.
Here’s a nice pic of that junk.
Then I opened the pizza and the pizza was all slid to one side and mangled.
Here’s a pic of that junk too.
Good God! You’ve got to be kidding me!!
So, she mentioned to the manager that our food was ruined. In which he replied “What! Did she drop it or something?” Sir I don’t know but we can’t eat this.
He continued to say “I guess I’ll make new and bring it out.”
Good thing he seemed extra sincere.
She asked if it’d be 2 hours again. O.K. side note; by this point she’s pissed and I would have said something far worse than that.
He said “ I don’t know, it’ll get there as soon as we can, you’re not the only customers we have tonight.”
Those lucky “additional “customers must be having a swell time too!
Immediately, without question my wife hit the end call button and stated we’d never order from there again. I however, wanted to see what the guy would do.
A). Would he come out himself and apologize?
B). Send coupons and come out and apologize?
C). At least send coupons or vouchers for free food with the delivery girl?
D). Perhaps send a different delivery person as to avoid stress for everyone involved.
E. Send the same delivery girl, without coupons/vouchers/without apology….
That is when I decided we were really done with them. I don’t care if they made the best food on Earth; we were done with them for good.
I told their delivery girl to take back a message to her boss. It was simply; we will never order from your company again.
That’s probably a lot of money seeing how we order pizza at least twice per month. But, if it was just us it might be live-able. Note: Cue the surreal foreshadowing music.
After we finally ate my wife immediately posted the awesome pictures to Facebook for all of our friends to see. After all, many of our friends eat in the same places and do the same things we do.
Do you think they’ll think twice about ordering rom there? You bet.
Upon posting the pictures, comments started coming in immediately with people who have had the same or similar experiences.
Do you think the people who see that 25 other people had a bad experience with a company would choose them in the future? No way.
This is why, especially in this day and age, that when you are running a business (even if it’s just a website) that it’s critical to handle any issues immediately and take ownership.
It’s also important that you do not promote crappy products. If you tell someone that something is great and it’s lousy, they won’t appreciate it.
How do you think people who order a really crappy “get rich” product feels? Do you think they’ll ever trust the site that promoted it? What will they tell their friends, family and social media?
This is why what you promote matters as much as how you run your website.
Take ownership of your business no matter what your website promotes. Interact socially with your website and take care of problems and you’ll be better off for it. Remove products that are suddenly junky or warn your visitors about it.
Of course, like all businesses, you’ll always get that one person that is loud, rude and yelling over nothing. But, politely send them on their way and always keep your composure.
You’re never going to please everyone but, you need to please the majority. If the majority starts having the same experience you’ll soon be sitting in an empty room all by yourself.
Lastly, I won’t name the company as most of you do not live near me, nor am I vindictive as I wish the company no harm. I actually hope they change their ways and straighten their business out. However, they will permanently be doing it without us and probably most of our friends who live in the area.
Have an awesome experience to share? How did you handle it? What are your thoughts?