Tuesday, October 30, 2007

How to use a Page Rank Penalty to your Advantage

In recent weeks as you may know myself and many others have been hit with a Pagerank Penalty, it appears that Google are finally making good on their promises to fight back against those that attempt to gain links in non - organic methods. This means specifically reciprical links, link exchanges and the dreaded "buying and selling text links".

In fact I am almost wondering whether it would be prudent to even stop talking about text links altogether as it appears unless you are a big name blogger no mercy will be shown.

I am on a bit of a positive thinking buzz at the moment and have now realized that this timely reminder has been given to force me into action to find better ways of making money than by writing sponsored posts and selling links. Here are some of things I am going to attempt to do over the next few weeks...

  • Concentrate on creating more content, in the hope of attracting organic search traffic as well as "natural" links
  • Run PPC campaigns and attempt to make more than I spend or at least build up the worth of some of my sites, by getting more signups and hopefully return visitors.
  • Experiment with selling banners/links with the idea of selling traffic rather than pagerank.
  • Continue to look at alternative and additional methods of monetizing my existing traffic.

I guess I am thinking along the lines that if I concentrate my efforts on these things and suffer a short term hit in income, long term the theory is that I will be creating a more sustainable business model.

Don't forget to stick with us as we try these different methods, you will still see a few sponsored posts as we still have to pay the bills and reach our ever increasing exponential targets!

Another record money making month in October, make sure you check back or subscribe to catch our monthly summary coming soon.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Make Money Fast By Finding Out How Much Your Visitors Earn

One of the key metrics when looking at generating traffic for your sites is to work out how much you will earn once they reach your site. I will demonstrate what I mean.

I have site A and it has 2200 unique visitors a month and generates $35 a month on contextual advertising. Now I work out the ..

revenue / visitors to get revenue per visitor.

In this case 35/2200 = .015 so my visitors are earning 1.5 cents each. This doesnt really work to well if your income is generated on a per month or per year basis, best to consider when looking at earnings related to your traffic e.g AdSense, Widget Bucks etc.

Why do I want to know this, well if I for example wanted to do a Google AdWords campaign and drive extra traffic to my site I know that if I spend 3 cents a click on Pay Per Click I should get half of that back. If your site converts well enough maybe you can even make some money!

This is also something you can keep track of and try to increase as much as you can. The more you can raise this the more effective traffic campaigns will be.

I am experimenting a lot with this at the moment, and will of course share my experiences as I go on.

At the moment I am using AdWords as my PPC program, however I am very interested to hear about what programs you have used as alternatives to AdWords and what kind of results have you found?

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Another PR Update - Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back In the Water

If the first wave of PR updates wasn't enough it looks like we have just been hit with the second round, although this one seemed to change sites both up and down. Unfortunately for me most of my sites went down, with many 3's going down to 2's and one of my best sites sirblogger.com being strongly slapped down to a PR1.

A couple of new sites that I have now have PR however nothing worth writing home about.

If you thought you escaped the wrath of Google (like I thought for some of my sites ) think again, let me know if you have been stung by the second round.

UPDATE: it appears that sites like copyblogger and problogger that are big enough to make waves have had their PR put back up again.....

Have Google really lost the plot, they are not really playing fair are they. Maybe they think they are so powerful they can just do whatever they want.

You can see more info at this post by Andy Beard

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Miracle Burn

If you are struggling to keep off the weight well there is help and its very easy to take a look at. There is a way that help to do a Miracle burn on all the fat on your body and that is definitely worth taking a look at on the dietawarenessinstiture.org website.

If you are overweight it can be very bad for you health, so its a good idea to sort it out and get on with living.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Is it better to have many sites that make a little or a few sites that make a lot?

Lately myself and Greg have been in the position where we have so many sites that we struggle to find the time to work on them all which of course raises many interesting questions as to what is the best way to go.

Obviously if you have 100 sites and they all make around $1 a day then you are doing ok, but what a lot of effort it takes to drive traffic to all these sites and maintain them.

The other side of the coin is if you have say 1 or 2 sites that earn $100 a day, the effort is very minimal however of course the risk is much greater. With many sites the chances of them all getting hit with an algorithm change at Google for instance is much smaller than the potential of it happening with one site.

I think somewhere in the middle is the place to be so I am going to try to work on getting around 20 sites to earn $5 each a day. Thats a happy medium and probably will do nicely. Of course it is never that simple and some will earn more and some less, however I am thinking 100 sites is way to many to handle.

What do you think? How many sites are you going to have or already have and what do you think is optimal?

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Featured Post - Save Money On Your Ink And Toner Cartridges

When it comes time to buy consumables like inkjet cartridges, toner and toner cartridges then you can save a lot of money by checking around and finding cost effective alternatives to the high cost brand named cartridges.

The other option is to purchase generic toner and ink cartridges that are full compatible with your printer yet cost a lot less.

The site we looked that supplied generic cartridges is called Inkers and they supply all of the USA as well as Puerto Rico and as an added bonus offer free ground shipping.

Time to diversify

I think many of us have realized lately how you cannot rely on one single company for our online endeavors and I am of course talking about the way that Google can with one almighty swipe wipe out millions of dollars of text link value off the face of the earth in one single night. Will the text link industry ever be the same?

You used to be able to have assurance that if you generated enough one way links to your site you would end up with a fairly solid PR and in turn rank well on Google.

However the landscape is changing and so we must change with and adapt to the new environment and try to profit from it as best we can.

I think a lot of webmasters are up in arms a little at the moment, as for some many hours, weeks and even years of link building has now become useless, I notice that Matt Cutts home page has a PR rank of 6 and has one sentence on it, yet sites like copyblogger have tons of great info and doesn't even sell text links and his site is one that got the big slap and had his rank decreased from 6 to 4.

One can only wonder what they are trying to do, however one message is clear if Google remain the number one search engine they have an incredible power over what site owners can and can't do. I wonder if they would have done the same thing if say msn was number 1 and they were trying to gain the top spot.

Imagine if MSN suddenly brought a pageranking of their own and they did still place a high value on backlinks, however although it would probably not be to hard to convince all the bloggers out there right now to start using the MSN search engine how hard would it be to convince joe public?

I have recently heard on a couple of sites starting with shoemoney that widgetbucks have now pissed off google as well, by the way perhaps they place links in their widgets. How right do you think it is that Google gives widgetbucks such a slapping that they don't even rank for their name. Is it just a coincidence that they are competition for AdSense?

I used to think Google was the greatest, I have it all the gmail, the google homepage, I use the document apps and spend half my day with Google. I used to think they were like the underdog, looking after the little guys however now I am not so sure.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Featured Post - Taps

Sometimes buying what seems simple items can be very difficult, a couple of months ago I need a new tap for my kitchen and spent hours driving around hardware stores trying to find the right one.

I didn't realize back then that there is actually an online store where you can purchase Taps from the comfort of your house and this site is Taps4Less.com.

There is a great search feature on the site that lets you just type in the name of the tap that you are searching for and it will display the related results.

There is also a best buys section where they have a selected range of taps that are one special.

I found the tap I was looking for in less than a minute, and didn't have to try and explain it to a salesman either! Some products are just so much easier to buy online aren't they?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Have I been punished?

Well it looks like my site has dropped PR to 3 (it was a 4) , that is very disappointing however I guess we knew it could happen if we dared to ever sell links.

Do I really care? Well I care if it affects my income however I don't think any of my links were sold with PR in mind, it was more about the traffic they could generate being on more than 500 pages.

I just checked a live PR update checker and some DC's were showing 3 and some 4, so who knows.

Google are obviously trying to tell us all what we can put on our sites, and thats their choice to punish us, I guess as long as I haven't been slapped in the search results it doesn't really worry me to much.

Check your toolbars folks and also check this live pr checker.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

How the Million Dollar Experiment Has Changed My Life

Its just over a year since I came across the Million Dollar Experiment by chance on Steve Pavlina's website. I read a few more of his articles and realized that this guy was just making a fortune blogging about how to improve yourself.

Anyway I joined and created this site, wanting to do a similar thing and although I have only made a few thousand dollars the facts are that this has changed my life in so many ways and even given me the freedom to live wherever I want. (as long as there is a broadband connection!)

Here are some of the ways my life has changed since taking on this experiment, the good and the bad...

  • I now only work 3 days a week at my full time job

  • My career in the real world has come to a standstill, by my choice

  • I can now earn enough money online that although I haven't replaced a full time income yet I am well on my way, and have reduced my reliance on working a nine to 5 job.

  • I spend much more time with my kids

  • I enjoy what I do so much more and have become very highly motivated.

  • Somehow I am better of financially now than I ever have been in my life and I only work 3 days a week and my wife is also just doing a little work from home when she feels like it.

  • This blog ranks 2nd on Google after Steve Pavlina himself for the words "million dollar experiment"

  • Money now seems like monopoly money to me - strange but true. Its like a game and one that I am enjoying.
What did it take to achieve this - simple I just started doing it, and doing it and never giving up. You to can do this if you want.

I have reinvested a lot of the money I have made and now have probably more than 20 websites (including partnerships with a couple of colleagues). I spend my days building and enhancing these sites and working out the best ways to optimize the income from them.

If you are saying to yourself oh no, it's to hard or you don't have the skills or whatever thats BS, you are just making excuses, so if you want to make your life a better one, stop talking about it and feeling sorry for yourself, just get of your butt and start working at it. Maybe you will be writing about how your life has changed in 12 months from now.

Or you can just keep reading about other peoples success's and you can be doing exactly what you are now in 12 months time.

The choice is yours!

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Traffic Increase - This Month

This month is going to be a record traffic month for the Make Money Fast - Million Dollar Experiment Down Under and that appears to be because of some kind of algorithm change during this month that literally doubled my traffic overnight!

What this means is more money, as the more traffic I get the more I earn from affiliate programs and advertising like AdSense.

I was wondering if maybe now that this site is over 1 year old Google has given it a little more loving, maybe they have something in their algorithm which notices that a site has been regularly updated for over 1 year, and then pushes that up the ladder a little, who really knows?

This week I am feeling what it is like to be a solo parent, looking after my little son (20 Months old) while his mother and sister are away in Perth. So far so good, however it is a lot of work being a "Mr Mum" and trying to keep things organized.

Luckily I had my $500 (almost) week the other week, as that kept me on top of things money wise.

Anyway I am interested to know if you have seen any noticeable traffic increases this month? Has Google done you any favors lately?

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Get the Next Big Thing

ExhibitDEAL has always had the best selection of trade show displays, but now they're offering Entasi Tension Fabric Displays for those looking to upgrade their displays with the newest and best thing. I've seen these displays and the graphics are amazing. Banner stands offer a great opportunity to display additional graphics and information at a trade show.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Securing your Network

BNC, the leading Denver computer consultant has been offering their Denver IT outsourcing services for years, and now is a great time to start working with them to ensure that your company has the network security that you need. Having a leader in network security working for you is the best way to ensure that all of the valuable information your company has stays with you and not with people with less than the best intentions. Check out BNC today and I'm sure you'll see why they're one of Denver's leading IT companies.

Missouri’s Best Selection of New and Used Cars

When you’re looking a Missouri car dealer then I can’t think of a better place to look than the one place for all of your Missouri used and new cars needs – Conklin Fangman. Whether you want a new or pre-owned vehicle, they’ve got something that is sure to fit your needs, in fact, when it comes to Missouri used cars there’s not another place that I can think of to recommend you look. Why waste a perfectly good day searching all over the state for a car that you may or may not like when you can go to Conklin Fangman and find one that I'm sure you’ll love.

Report on Widget Bucks

Well I have been using Widget Bucks for a week or so now and I have to say that I am very impressed, there are a few dollars coming in and the ease of set up, certainly appears to make them a viable alternative to Google AdSense.

There is only one catch and that is that noone has actually been paid yet, however they do appear to be a reputable company so I am sure that payment will not be a problem come November when the first people that signed up will probably become due. (They pay 45 days after you have reached $50 in a month)

Widgetbucks also have a decent referral system and it works like this..

Yes. When you refer a new WidgetBucks user, you will receive a 10 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people you refer. You'll receive this 10 percent for the full 12 months after the new member joins. Your referral fees will be credited to your account and paid monthly, along with your commission payout.

Its definitely worth a shot and you can use it alongside Google AdSense because it is not contextual (You choose the category and the ads are worked out by that category that you choose. )

If you want to jump on board the widget boat you can join here.

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Jane Iredale

If you are interested in make-up and perhaps want some that is actually good for your skin then you will be glad to know that for a great range of Jane Iredale products you can head over to lavandou.com. The site is extremely simple to use and you should visit it because they have a fantastic selection of skin care and make-up products.

Orlando vacations

Well it seems to come around fast doesnt it, soon it will be time again to head away on holiday and take some time out. I have to admit this year I have probably had more time off than any other year in my working life! And soon it looks like I will have even more time off.

For those considering a break away from it all, we can recommend Orlando vacations as worth looking into.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Miley Cyrus tickets

Miley Cyrus is the actress daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She plays the character of Hannah Montana who is every girls fantasy. Hannah is a regular kid during the day and a pop star come nighttime.

You may still be able to get to see her, check out these Miley Cyrus tickets and you can see what all the fuss about firsthand!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Astore Landing Page Experiment Relaunched

After renewed interest in the initial landing page experiment I have decided to relaunch this particular campaign. With a greater knowledge of AdWords than what I had at this point I think I have managed to significantly decrease my cost of clicks for the one product that I did have some success with.

Also this week I am working on creating two new websites, one is another recipe site along the same lines of my curry recipe site, and the other a sports news site.

I have a bit of time this week due to half the family taking off to Perth for a few days, lucky for some!

There is also a 7 year old kid giving it a shot (landing page) with his Lego Store - we will let you know how that goes to as long as they keep updating me!

Stay tuned for daily updates as the Astore Landing Page Experiment continues!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Million Dollar Memorabilia

As I get closer to my goal of making lots of money fast online I could if I wanted start filling up my house with memorabilia from celebrities, sports stars and entertainers.

There is a great site that has all this and more and its called MillionaireMemorabilia.com. The site is very well laid out and you can browse through the collections from the comfort of your own house.

Look at this example, it is a scarface movie display that has been signed by Al Pacino himself!


Some of the pieces like this one are limited editions, in this case there are only 3 such pieces produced worldwide!

You can search the entire site just by typing in a keyword, this makes it very easy to find those hard to find collectibles and you don't need to spend hours going through the site to do so.

Not all the memorabilia is signed - in addition to the signed pieces they also have some great unsigned movie masterprints and displays.

Its always great to be able to entertain guests with the memorabilia that you have collected over the years. One thing is for certain - the more famous of course the better!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Make Money Fast With Widget Bucks

I have signed up and are trying Widgetbucks on a couple of sites. There are a couple of reasons why I am quite keen on them and they are..

1./ They pay for impressions and clicks, not just clicks.
2./ They give you $25 to start with.
3./ Pay via PayPal
4./ Nice looking adverts

Thanks Tom for the recommendation, there are lots of people talking about Widgetbucks on the DP forums, with some users reporting better results than AdSense!

So if you want to earn an instant $25 I would recommend signing up fast, because who knows when they will stop giving all that money away.

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Playstation 3

Whenever I get sick of blogging and want to chill out for a bit I normally like to spend a bit of time on my playstation 3 and play a few games against my daughter.

She can't quite beat me yet, however she is getting better all the time! It won't be long until she will be telling me how to play.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Buying Traffic

Greg and I have bought a few traffic packages before from the DP forums for some of our sites. We are very careful with this traffic to make sure it is proper traffic and not bots or anything like that as you want "Real Visitors".

We are just experimenting with a package now that will mean 10,000 visitors for one of our sites, and over the next few days I will be watching analytics closely to make sure the traffic is proper traffic, and I will of course report back here with how it goes.

I have also been getting some 2 cent clicks via adwords for another site and this is just about breaking even with the conversion via the advertising on the site.

Its all about experimenting and trying things, sooner or later you can normally latch on to something that works.

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How Many Posts on the Front Page

For a long time I only kept about 3 posts on the front page, thinking I was being smart for keeping it clean. Especially as I do a few sponsored posts I wanted them off the front page as quickly as possible.

At the time it seemed a sound idea however I now realize it was a silly one, your main page normally has the best page ranking with google, so content that is on your front page is much more likely to show in searches than if it is orphaned off onto its own little page somewhere.

I guess you could go to the other extreme and have to many posts on the front page. To many of course can overwhelm a visitor and become slower to load. Some bloggers report higher bounce rates when they have to many posts on the front page.

The optimum I think is around 7 - 10 medium sized posts, with perhaps less if you write very long posts ( 400 words plus) and more if you write short 50 worders.

I have noticed my search traffic has increased considerably since I changed from 3 to 10 however of course it could have been a change in the google algorithm, however my traffic literally doubled overnight!! which has not happened before.

You can see from the stats below the difference I am talking about, it was around a week ago when I changed from 3 to 10 and whether it is coincidence or not... boom!

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Featured Post - Credit Cards

For myself my credit card is something that I use on a daily basis, and a credit card can be a very useful tool indeed. You need to be very sensible however when you are using credit cards on a regular basis and try to ensure that you pay the entire amount owing each month to avoid paying interest.

Some cards you can get however do have excellent interest rates which can then be used to buy larger items, just be careful not to get caught in the endless loop of borrowing money to pay money as this is not a smart thing to do!

If you buy a lot of goods and products online a credit card is definitely the way to go, it opens up a whole new shopping world and its a world with no car parks, no traffic and no annoying salespeople harassing you!

Back to Normal

Well its back to normal for me, my holidays are just about over and actually I go back to work this week, only for 3 days however as my wife and daughter are heading to Australia so I have some more time off to look after the little guy.

Its nice to not have the pressure of making $100 a day like I did last week, I can just take my time and make a bit, as well as spending quality time on building new sites and enhancing the ones I already have.

The latest site I am working on is a niche site where I have done quite a bit of analysis before creating it both on keywords as well as well paying adsense words. This means the content of my site will be targeted to what I have found to be high cost keywords in Adwords, with the theory that if they cost a lot, they must pay out well to the lucky publisher.

I will let you take a look at the site once I have some more content published, probably later in the week. I have also used a Wordpress theme that has been specially designed for Adsense, so it should be an interesting project.

Enjoy your day.

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Kids Bedding

I don't know about you but I like my kids to have the best kids bedding that there is, my son has little cars on his bedding and my daughters is all pink and fairy themed. They love going to bed when its a fun place to be and I certainly enjoy the times that they are sleeping!

Kids are great fun, I love them to bits of course, however I do also appreciate the quite times when they are sound asleep.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Alternatives with Adsense

Its never good to have all your eggs in one basket and I am always on the lookout for quality alternatives to Google Adsense, but I have to admit I struggle to find anything that converts even closely.

While seaching through some forums I found a like to a site that has a MASSIVE list of possible alternatives, some I had never even heard of before.

Definitely some on the list I will be trialling on a few of my sites.

I would be interested to hear which of these you have used and whether simply they were successful or not.

For me I have recently experimented with Bidvertiser however found it hard to get related ads to the site I had them on, however the cost per click was not to bad.

A while ago I tried Adbrite, and had no luck at all.

Are there any from this list that you are using? (more than 30 alternatives on the list!)

List of Adsense Alternatives

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Condo Hotels

If you have ever considered buying or selling Condo Hotels then it is worthwhile checking out the condohotelmarketplace.com website as they have a large marketplace of condos.

The Condo Hotel Marketplace is certainly one of the best methods to directly link buyers to sellers and also match renters to owners.

One of the best things I like about the site is the very easy to use interface, sites like this should be easy to use and this one definitely is.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Summary - Day 5 of the Make Money Fast $500 Challenge

Well it is with a huge sigh of relief that finally the end is reached in what has been an eye opening and very interesting (although tiring) experiment in making money online.

I have been forced to realize that I am not quite at the point where I can make a full time living from this game, however I do think I can make half a living which is a whole lot more than when I started one year ago and made $36 in my first month. Now I can make that before lunchtime, and even more.

I have certainly had some challenges over the last few days, including the DP forums being down for most of today, as well as life and family things not always allowing me the time required to make the most of each day. But when you put things in perspective family and kids etc are so much more important that making money so it really doesn't matter does it.

I think the sheer amount of sponsored posts that I have been doing would soon kill a blog completely and I am very fortunate to have kept most of my subscribers over the last few days, to them I really apologize for all the unrelated reading you must have been sorting through your inboxes. Normally I try and do most of my sponsored posts on my wordpress blog where you can actually filter them from your feed, however on this blog I have not yet found a way to do this, if you know of one please let me know and myself and around 90 other people will be very grateful I am sure.

Anyway although it is tough to admit it, I have to now say that I did not quite reach my target of $500 in 5 days. I came pretty damn close though and here is the breakdown for today's efforts.

Payperpost $25.50
Payu2blog $10.00
Article writing (3 articles) $30.00
Contextual Advertising $3.94

Anyway the earnings for today comes to a total of $69.44 (day 5), unfortunately it was another under budget day however I still got a few solid hours in. Alas we didn't quite bring it home ending up with a grand total of $459.79

I have learnt alot over the last few days, and still feel a sense of achievement even though I didn't quite make it to the golden $500 mark. A lot of curve balls have headed my way this week and lets just say in a lot of ways it is a relief to be at the end of it. There is a lot of pressure when you are trying to reach targets that are perhaps just a little out of reach. I really need to build up a better passive base before trying this one again.

Thanks for sticking with us through the week.


For all those Needy Men out there - help at last!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Summary - Day 4 of the Make Money Fast $500 Challenge

I thought I had today sorted after scoring a writing gig for a bunch of articles. However guess what they took a lot longer than what I estimated, meaning I got tied up doing those for the majority of the day and they were not enough to put me over the line. Also payperpost has been terrible for me today so that is not helping things.

Well noone said it would be easy, today I am a bit short again, however now only one day left, and I need a big one, serious selling required tommorrow on the DP forums to try and bring in enough dollars.

Now is the time to tell me you want to buy a page on my site or something, lol.

Payperpost $10.00
Smorty $14.40
Payu2blog $5.00
Article writing (4 articles) $40.00
Contextual Advertising $3.14

Well my loyal readers thanks for sifting through the sponsored posts! Anyway the earnings for today comes to a total of $72.54 (day 4), unfortunately it was another under budget day however I still got a few solid hours in. Alas we now drop below our budget where the total is standing at $390.35.

Tommorrow it is time to stand up and deliver, can I crack the $500 mark or have I bitten off more than I could chew? How do you think the final day will go - maybe it depends on how much payperpost love we get!

Until tommorrow...


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One heck of a day

The day is more than half over, however I am only just half way to my target today, another battle ahead unfortunately but that has come to be expected. PPP are again not giving me much love at this stage of the day, however I keep refreshing in the hope that a $20 job will materialize in front of me, however today I am lucky to get $10 posts.

There is a lot of news flying around about biggish name sites losing PR because they are selling text links, I find this hard to understand, as a lot of the sites have great content which surely is what Google is all about? Why punish sites with great content?

Make sure you check back later on for the full summary of Day 4. Its going to be a close call is all I can say at this stage.
Luckily Greg has left me in peace today, he must be at work, this has meant at least I can get some work done!

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Featured Post - Teen Bedding

Its a strange time being a teen, you are no longer a child and yet you are not quite an adult either. When it comes to bedding most adult bedding is a bit bland and boring, so it's great to see that there is a fantastic Teen Bedding website that not only has a great range of bedding, it also lets you create your own personalized bedding products.

VisionBedding.com uses new technology that lets them dye any design, image or photo into their bedding products!

There is no one style that suits teens and this site understands that simple fact making them the site with the coolest bedding out there!

Google Giving Me Some Love

I have really noticed a pick up in traffic over the last few days infact it has pretty much doubled which is very pleasing to see. Traffic to this site had gone through a bit of a decline over the last couple of months however it seems to be turning around again.
We all know that traffic = money, so the more traffic that you can swing your way should equate to more dollars in the bank.

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Weird News Blogs

The world is a very strange place. If you are like me and sick and tired of following politics or other boring mainstream news you should really give a try to some of the weird news blogs out there. They are quite refreshing and gives you lots of fodder for the talk around the water cooler.

Make Money Fast with Content Creation

One way I have recently found of making money online is by creating content for people, there are a number of opportunities out there if you are keen enough to write articles for other people to put on their sites, you have to be quite cheap with your quotes though and only time I guess will tell whether it is worth the time and effort. The issue here is you are caught in the old trap of swapping your time for money, however it is another way of making money online.

To see what I mean check out this content creation forum on digital point.

Someone just emailed me out of the blue about advertising on one of my sites as well, so things are looking good for today so far..

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Canadian Link Directory

If you are anything like me you love to travel and learn about the world. One of the most interesting places to visit is Canada and there are tons of great Canadian websites out there to help, start your search with a Canadian link directory. If you are looking for something a little different why not check-out a Canada style weblog.

Flat out today

Its pretty easy to see how you could turn this into a full time job, I already have as much work as I can probably almost handle for today and its only day 4 of the experiment. With any new business you would not expect to make money for the first little while and making money online is no exception. Its taken me around a year to get to this point and it has been a year of hard work.

I wouldn't choose to make my money always in this manner ie. so many posts for pay per post companies, however its ok as a small part of the operation I think and to keep funds ticking along. The last few days of course have been an exception to my normal practices in the share quantity that I have needed to do to reach my goal.

Anyway back to work for me, I will write another summary this evening.

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Featured Post - icontact

In todays world email marketing has taken a whole new direction with an internet world now filled with blogs, RSS feeds, autoresponders and more. Its important to be able to integrate your online marketing into one product and iContact is such a software tool that can do this.

Most companies send out some sort of email newsletter and probably have newsletter software to fulfill this task however a newsletter is only one of many avenues that business’s, associations and non-profit organizations can take.

I recommend that if you interested in such a product you watch the video on the icontact.com website, it shows how easy to use and comprehensive the software really is.

Featured Post - Drug Rehab

If you know anyone that has drug or alcohol problems then its important to realize that most of the time they are unable to help themselves and need professional help. Drug addiction can and does ruin lives so its great to know that there is help close at hand.
You may need to convince them to get help at one of the many drug rehabs as sometimes drug addicts will not be able to take this step on their own.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Summary - Day 3 of the Make Money Fast $500 Challenge

Today has been another battle, I really have to say I thought it would be easier than this, however I am hoping that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew! Luckily we are now over halfway and still hanging in there.

It seems to be fairly straightforward to make say $50 in a day, however once you have done that all the good opportunities tend to dry up a bit and I seem to spend the rest of the day scratching and scraping to get the rest.

Payperpost $42.00
Smorty $18.00
Blogsvertise $20.00
DP Forums $10.00
Contextual Advertising $6.45

That folks comes to a total of $96.45 for day 3, unfortunately it was another disjointed day however I still got a few solid hours in. Again fortunately we are still ahead of budget total is standing at $317.81.

Tommorrow we are really going to have to think of some new ideas to continue to hang in there, however I have just received news that I may have landed a writing job that should help push me over the finish line!

Take care out there.


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Featured Post - Cash Advances

We all hope that we don't end up in such a situation however it happens to most of us at some stage of our lives, a time where we simply need money very fast and just have to get some kind of cash advance or else things are going to go very badly.

There are a lot of opinions out there about the pros and cons of payday loans however I think it comes down to a simple decision, decide what will happen if you don't get the loan and weigh that up agains getting the advance and paying the interest. Make sure it is for a necessity and not a want or addiction. (e.g a better car or gambling)

Make sure you pay it off as soon as you can and don't get stuck in the vicious circle of borrowing to pay back and so on.

Payday loans... perhaps they have there place?

Make Money Fast with Financial News

Keeping up with financial news and trends can be quite challenging. If you are a major web-head like me (internet web, not spiderman) then you will have scoped out all the cool and usefull personal finance blogs already. Keep a level head and buy low!

Keyword Services - Wordtracker Review

When writing articles one keyword services tool that I have been using lately to find niche keywords to use is the wordtracker trial. If it continues to prove itself a worthwhile tool eventually I will probably start paying for a subscription to it.

The trial lets you have a play for a couple of hours - here is the wordtracker trial.

I am going to step you through it, so you should be able to see yourself why it can be such a useful tool. Remember when it comes to keywords you are looking for something that is a) often searched for and b) not to much competition. This is exactly what the wordtracker tool can be used for .

Firstly sign up for the trial, click on the link that you will be sent via email and enter the keyword you want to start mining...This will bring you to the screen below..

Now what we want to do is drill down on some of the suggestions, as you can probably pick up on I am killing two birds with one stone and using this articles techniques on this article... lets look at the term "keywords". You will see from the shot below by focusing on the word "keywords" we are starting to get some useful terms that I will add to my "keyword basket"

There are two columns of particular interest that we are looking at. One is called count and the other is called predicted. Count is what the wordtracker database shows for the particular term over the last 90 days, the other column is predicted which is the number of predicted searches for the term today over all the major search engines.

Now that we have some keywords that we are wanting to concentrate on we can move to the final stage which will show us what kind of competition we are going to be facing. If you recall earlier we mentioned that what we are looking for is words that are often searched for but little competition. Well wordtracker gives us a keyword "score" that tells exactly that as well as showing the competition for a given word.

The KEI compares the actual count result (number of times a keyword has appeared in wordtrackers data) with the count of competing web pages so that you can pinpoint exactly which words are most effective for your keyword targeting.

You can see in this case the best keywords for me to use are "Keyword Services" so I will incorporate those into the title of the article and another couple of places, however the score is not great, if I was serious about the keywords in this instance I would actually go back and mine for some more that had a better KEI score.

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What I love about Payperpost

I have only been using payperpost for what seems like a short amount of time, however I do really love it, mainly because it helps me achieve my dream which is making money fast online.

I know a few great people that also use it and one of my online friends that I talk to on MSN is along with me always in the payperpost system. We frantically message each other when a great paying opportunity comes up so that neither of us miss out.

I first heard about payperpost probably about ten months ago when reading other blogs that were making a few dollars for it, I at the time anxiously waited for the 90 day minimum period before submitting my blog and have never looked back first.

I checked today and so far I have been paid over $600 and they have another $200 to pay me. So folks it is official, one thing for certain about payperpost is that they do pay you to post, it really is as simple as that and I recommend it to anyone that is looking to make money online.

If you would prefer to donate the money that you earn to charity you also have that option everytime you submit a post.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Summary - Day 2 of the Make Money Fast $500 Challenge

Well today has been a bit of a battle with Greg bombarding me with jobs to do for GRIS for some of our combined projects, however I guess either way I am making money, I am not counting GRIS money in this experiment though...

This morning I had a good start to the day earning 10 pounds from money4banners, link is at the bottom of this post. (= $US20-00).

Payperpost was very sparse this am which immediately put me on the back foot, and advertising sales on the DP forums has also been quiet today.

Never one to quit though I now am glad I had such a big day yesterday and have battled through as best I could today, the totals are below...

Thanks to the following programs and sites that have helped us achieve our goals today. Please note some of them are affiliate links, so if that upsets you please don't say I didn't warn you.

Money4Banners $20
Payperpost $21.00
PayU2Blog $10.00
Blogsvertise $10.00
DP Forums $9.00
Contextual Advertising $4.21

That folks comes to a total of $74.21 for day 2, I started at around 9-00 am and had a very interrupted day today. Luckily we are still ahead of budget total is standing at $221.36.

Tommorrow we are really going to have to pull out all stops to avoid falling behind.

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Featured Post - Advertising Media

myadbase.com is an advertising marketplace and sales lead generation system for media owners and publishers. There basic services are actually free of charge however they do also offer enhanced services which myadbase sell as packages.

There are so many different forms of advertising media available these days it is almost mind boggling, going back ten or so years ago things were a lot simpler - however it was also a lot more difficult to reach the wide range of consumers that companies can now target.

If you are a media or publisher seller it is a good idea to contact myadbase.com and they can help you reach freelance ad-sales people that are based in Ireland or the UK.

If you are looking to buy advertising space myadbase.com can assist. The comprehensive and wide reaching system is designed and built to work through all types of advertising throughout the UK and Ireland, including websites, billboards, television, magazines and just about every other advertising medium you can think of!

Make Money Fast With Wap Sites

An increasing market of web users is going mobile and unless you have a wap site then you could be missing out on potential customers.

As with any web site if you are wanting a mobile website then you are going to need a company that can look after the mobile website design and also you may want to acquire mobile website hosting.

In a recent study mobile users cited one of the reasons that they did not use the medium more was because mobile sites were hard to find! Certainly an opportunity there that is begging to be taken by those companies smart enough to get the ball rolling.

Featured Post - North Face Jacket

As winter comes around (except for those of us lucky enough to be in the southern hemisphere) it is time to start thinking about warmer clothing. For some that may be a sweater, a warm jersey or if you are looking at really cold weather you may want something along the lines of a North Face jacket to keep you nice and warm through the colder months.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Summary - Day 1 of the Make Money Fast $500 Challenge

I woke up this morning full of energy and ready to embark upon what can only be described as an online challenge of epic proportions. To make $500 in just five days is something that we have not done in such a constructive manner before.

First out I did a review, then a few sponsored posts and had reached just over $60 by lunchtime.

In the afternoon I moved my concentration to the DP forums where I set about selling some advertising packages on some of my sites. This proved to be fairly lucrative and it was lucky because I had hit a bit of a brick wall with the sponsored articles.

Thanks to the following programs and sites that have helped us achieve our goals today. Please note some of them are affiliate links, so if that upsets you please don't say I didn't warn you.

ReviewMe $20
Payperpost $37.50
Smorty $6.00
PayU2Blog $10.00
Blogsvertise $10.00
DP Forums $59.00
Contextual Advertising $4.61

That folks comes to a total of $147.11 for day 1, I started at around 8-00 am and had made the 100 by about 3PM. (went out for a Chiropractor appointment in the morning and stopped for lunch for a bit) Even though I achieved the figure early on I thought I would keep going because in this business you never know what the next day will bring.

Tommorrow we embark upon day 2, tired but satisfied right now. Still bitter about the All-Blacks getting an early exit from the Rugby World cup - I have never seen the country in such a state of mourning.

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Featured Post - Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers

Hopefully most of us can get through life without requiring the services of Criminal Defence Attorneys however sometimes circumstances get out of hand.

Sometimes we may have 2 or 3 drinks and think that its ok to drive but when it comes down to the letter of the law you could well be over the legal limit. Getting pulled over and charged with a DUI offense can pretty much ruin your whole life.

If events do go down this path then may I suggest you contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys | California Felony Misdemeanor DUI Lawyers - with over 50 years combined experience they can certainly advise and assist you with your case or inquiries.

The Challenge Begins

The Challenge began for me this morning, Monday morningin NZ. Flat out now writing posts and also are heading over to the DP forums to see what kind of advertising I can sell.

A FULL update will be done at the end of the day along with each avenue of income reported on. For now I want to leave you with a great vid from Shoemoney where he discusses why it pays not to upset Google, I certainly found it interesting. Let me know what you think.

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Featured Post - Las Vegas Real Estate

Shortly I will begin the process of selling my house and then I will be moving out of the town that I live in. While looking at houses to buy online I came across this great Las Vegas Real Estate website and if you are looking for properties in the Las Vegas area I would highly recommend it. When you are buying a house or selling a house make sure you do your homework first, and having a good look through teh lasvegasproperties.com website is a great place to start.

Featured Review - Online Casino Bluebook

If you are interested in Online Casino's but perhaps aren't to sure about which sites are the best to use then you will be impressed with the Online Casino Bluebook site, all the hard work has already been done.

The site shows the Top 10 Online Casinos and if you are still unsure and have particular needs that you want met, you can actually email them outlining your requirements and they will get back to you with the perfect online casino to suit your specific circumstances.

The site rates each online casino on the amount of welcome bonus, as well as the payout percentage. Payout percentage is the proportion of the total amount of money bet by players that is paid out in winnings. So for example if the percentage is 98% that means that 98% of all the money bet at the casino is in turn paid back to the winners, and the casino itself keeps 2% of the total bets made. The welcome bonus is playing money that is given to the players on sign up.

I think the site is worth bookmarking, and one of the reasons for this is that if you type online casino into a search engine there are so many to choose from that you don't really know the reputable ones from the non-reputable, at least at the Online Casino Bluebook site you can have some peace of mind that the sites are rated that way after reviews from experienced online gamblers.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Featured Post - Garages

Most people use garages to park their car in but not at our house. Our garage is half a make shift hair salon and the rest is used to store stuff like bikes, golf clubs and of course the exercise equipment. When you have a growing family and a smallish house often it becomes a necessity to place the car out on the drive and use the garage as an extra room!

Preparing for the $500 5-day challenge

Well I am now 1 or so days out from the beginning of the epic challenge, can I actually make money fast enough to pull in $500 in 5 days on the internet? I say yes I probably can however the proof is in the pudding as they say.

Every day after the days earnings are complete I will be summarizing a post of the action for the day. If you want to be part of the action I have a number of sponsorship opportunities available, just send me an email to robstgeorge at gmail dot com and we can talk.

Already for the first day I think I have enough lined up to get me through it, once day 1 is over we are well on the way, and of course if I can do more than 100 in the first day that will make the other days easier.

I will try and treat it like an eight hour work day, but of course I will have to put in more than that if required to meet the goal.

Sometimes it takes a challenge like this to really get you going and encourage you to pull out all stops, as well as think outside the square. I am sure that if you set your mind to it, you could probably make $500 in 5 days on the internet as well.

Unless I can sell some serious amounts of advertising I am going to be doing a heck of a lot of paid posts, and reviews, however that still beats going to work in an office.

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Featured Post - Christmas is Coming!

Well I hate to say the dreaded word however yes Christmas is again nearly upon us and when you have kids its certainly a great time for all - if not the bank account.

Many of the things I will be buying this year will be purchased online and this is where it can really pay off to go looking for coupon codes and save some money.

I hope my wife reads this article and spends some time looking at the dell coupons savings as I am in desperate need of some new computer equipment. For the kids of course we will probably be heading to gap coupons as they have some great deals as well.

It took be a long time to really appreciate how much money can be saved with coupons, however now I go searching for them every time!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Count Down Begins

Well in a couple of days I begin my biggest online money making challenge, and I am really looking forward to it.

Luckily for me I get a day or two's holiday from both blogging, websites and the kids thanks to some great in-laws and a need for a rest.

So never fear, we have not given up, we are not going away, just having a day or two off before the challenge begins, stay tuned as we embark on Monday to find our way to earning $500 in just 5 days. Each day we will by diary show how we do it, which means that you if you are hard working and willing to give it a shot, theoretically you should be able to easily replicate these great methods of making money online fast.

Today I spent most of the day playing on the beach with my kids, and its days like this that make you appreciate the simple things in life, and for me working 40+ hours in a corporate job is just not going to cut it any more, surely if we have a few brains we can stop selling our skills to someone else and being bound to their time frames and rules. Why not work for yourself, and live a fantastic lifestyle from anywhere that you want in the world.

That is the dream, the $500 5 day challenge will help convince myself and my family that it can be a reality!

What do you want to be doing in 1 years time? still bashing away at the same job? If nothing changes in your life then thats what you will be doing, however its your choice.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

One Year Anniversary - The $500 5-Day Challenge

Well it has been just over one year since we began this fascinating adventure and we would like to announce that next week, we will be attempting to make $500 in just 5 days.

Now obviously I don't expect to many other people to be able to just drop everything and commit themselves to such a challenge, however if you want to give it a go and see how much you can do in a short period of time, then please let me know and I would be happy to of course add your results and experiences to this site.

I kind have it worked out that I will break the day into 4 $25 dollar segments, earn 25 before morning tea, then another before lunch and do a similar thing in the afternoon. Often when you break big goals into smaller chunks they can be a lot more achievable.

Rules of the $500 dollar challenge

1./ Money can be earned, does not have to actually be paid, so if you do a $15 payperpost that counts as $15 regardless of the fact that you have not yet been paid for it.

2./ The days are Mon 8th, Tues 9th, Wed 10th, Thu 11th, and Friday the 12th of October, you can do separate dates however the days must be consecutive.

Prizes - if enough people are interested in entering I will put up a prize, however the incentive is the motivation to earn some dollars.

I don't mind if anyone else does it or not, mainly I am doing it for myself and will be writing about how I get through each day.

Its a good time to subscribe to the Million Dollar Experiment Down Under, and join us as we prepare for next weeks challenge - to make $500 in just 5 days.

Can it be done?

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Make Money Fast with Bidvertiser

I have just been experimenting with Bidvertiser on a site I have set up for a colleague and I have to say its not looking to bad.

I will update again once we have driven some traffic to the site and let you know how it is converting, my only concern at the moment is the relevancy of the ads, however I am unsure whether that is because the site has just been set up or if perhaps they do not have many advertisers.

The concept is a little different than adsense, in the way that you choose a category that your site reflects, the ads will be targeted to the category you select rather than the actual content of your site.

Also you can just login and change the templates within the bidvertiser site and it will update to your website, meaning changes to the colours etc are very simple to make.

If you would like to see the adverts in action this is the myspace resource site that I have just placed them on.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

September Summary for the Make Money Fast Experiment Down Under

Well another month ends and for me I guess you could say a disappointing one in terms of money making. This month the experiment suffered due to me not spending the time on it that I have been in the past. Its true the old saying that you get out of things what you put in and this experiment in making money fast online is no exception.

I haven't done my normal quota of pay per posts and also have not been selling as much advertising as I would have liked. On the positive side a couple of new sites were created which mean long term we are still heading in the right direction.

For October however we have a bit of time off work, and a renewed attitude so will be gunning for a big one. Also I will be creating a new website about coffee addiction so keep your eyes out for that one!

Anyway down to the nitty gritty this month we added $564 to the coffers of the Million Dollar Experiment down under, update graph is below.

Our referring sites have changed a little this month and I would like to congratulate the following five sites that have referred me the most traffic for last month. These are all good sites, and I suggest you check them out.

This coming month I will be experimenting with a program called openads, which actually lets you become an Advertising provider, especially if you have a large number of sites, which is where we are starting to head. With openads you can sell advertising like banner ads, and sell them by month, by amount of clicks or whatever you like. The person buying the advertising also gets an admin console that they can login to to view the statistics of the ads, however I will do a more thorough post in a week or so, still really playing around with it and learning how it all works.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities flick me an email at robstgeorge at gmail dot com and we can talk about it, I am open to most ideas.

You will probably see a few weird things happening with banners and so on with this site as I experiment.

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Featured Post - Headache Treatment

If you have ever suffered from headaches, and I am sure most people have at one time or another, then you will agree that headache treatment is something that would be worth looking into seriously, especially if the problem is a recurring one.

There are many causes of headaches, alot of them stress and lifestyle related as well as the usual medical causes, its important that advice is taken from experts in the field and that's what the team at nyheadache.com are.

Have a look at the testimonials on the site to see what I mean.

Featured Post - Real Estate

I have been looking at buying a new house recently and its certainly a stressfull experience to go through. There are not many house transactions that go through 100% effortlessly so it pays to have a real estate onside that you trust and can help you through the process.

I have found over the years that there are good real estate agents and there are not so good ones, so do your research and try to find one that has a good history and preferably is recommended to you by someone that you trust.