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EVO vs SENuke – two powerful SEO Tools (Why I cancelled SENuke today)

I just cancelled my SENuke account, but let me give you the whole story…

I started with Bruteforce’s EVP about three years ago.  I was really impressed by their video (see it here).   I think I was one of their early customers, and I had a subscription that last about two years.  Unless I was swamped with work, I ran it at least once or twice a week.  One summer, when between jobs, I ran it as often as seven times a day (in that release, it took at least a few hours for each run).   What I liked about it was that it took such little effort.

When that subscription expired, curiosity got the best of me, and I again become curious about SENuke, which I had used for a brief time a few years back.  It is truly a more sophisticated product and has a lot more control, power and options.  Some people think it is hard to learn, but my full-time work is doing enterprise level software, so the learning was not that hard for me, and picking it up wasn’t that hard either.

I then bought Peter Mai’s how to guide, to keep the most out of it.  After all is said and done, I spent $147/month for at least two months, and I’m not sure I even finished my first submittal.  I do my SEO on nights and weekends.  So overall, even being a techie, I found I didn’t have the time (as a part-timer) to fully exploit the power of SENuke.  I do believe it’s a great product, but just too time consuming.  Peter’s suggestions involved writing an article that was at least 30% unique.  I think it took me an hour or two to generate one that was 25% unique.  I know that can be outsourced, but the first one, I wanted to do myself.

With EVO, I let it pick a similar article and have everything submitted in under five minutes, literally!   Let me say it again; if I had time, I think SENuke is the better tool and solution.  But since I don’t have time, I’m going back to EVO.

 

 

 

Neal’s Coaching Lesson 1 – Start a WordPress Blog

A friend recently asked me about getting into Internet Marketing. After thinking a while, I would recommend the following plan of action.

First, start a blog. Why?

  1. If you are a newbie, you will learn a lot, including web hosting, WordPress, and some other techie skills.
  2. You won’t lose any money, but you will pay small fees for web hosting and your own domain name.
  3. You will improve your writing skills, and perhaps start to think how to position and brand yourself.
  4. You will begin to build your “herd” (that’s what Dan Kennedy calls your followers or audience).
  5. Even if you never create a make-money site, you will still have a blog site you can use for the rest of your life.

How to get started with your blog?

I would on only suggest self-hosted WordPress sites.  Yes you can do free blogs on many different sites, but if you want control over your site and your future, WordPress seems to be the most popular tool right now.  And it is seems to be the basis of most internet marketing websites these days.   WordPress has gazillions of free plug-ins.

NOTE: we are talking here about a self-hosted WordPress site.  You can get a free account with WordPress, but you will not have control over your own site, to install your own plug-ins that can help make profits in the future.

Here are the exact steps (and costs):

  1. Signup at HostGator – Click on the link that says “View Web Hosting Plans”. I suggest the “Baby Plan”.  This will allow you to learn WHM (step 2 below), and have more than one site in the future.  You can always upgrade later.  The prices vary depending on how much in advance you want to pay for.   But basically, under $8/month.
  2. Register your domain with GoDaddy.  You have two choices, a site based on a single topic (such as “ceramic pottery”), or a site based on you (your name, family, personality, business, etc..).  Why not start with something like your name, if it’s not already taken.  If JimSmith.com is taken, then try something JimSmithOfMyTown.com, or TheRealJimSmith.com.  Or pick a topic instead.  It will be frustrating at first, a lot of the names you want will be taken.  Try http://NameBoy.com for even more assistance, but I do suggest GoDaddy for ultimately buying your domain (under $10/year, I suggest getting two years).  NOTE: By getting your name, then in the future, I’ll show you how to have a “vanity email”, such as: Jim@TheRealJimSmith.com, and even tie it into your GMAIL if you want.  On the other hand, if you are the world’s expert in underwater basket weaving, then start a site on that topic.   You blog should be on a topic that you are passionate about.
  3. Learn how to use WHM – Web Host Administator using Hostgator’s free training videos: http://www.hostgator.com/tutorials/whm/creating-an-account-in-whm.htm.  Every domain you buy requires an account in WHM.
  4. Logon to your CPanel, and use the utility/program called “Fantastico” to install WordPress.  It takes under 5 minutes, and here is the video: http://www.hostgator.com/tutorials/wordpress/2.7/installing-wordpress-via-fantastico.htm
  5. Watch all the free videos on WordPress here: http://www.hostgator.com/tutorials.shtml.  Note: WordPress is now at a higher release (such as 3.1), but the changes are not that much different than these videos (that demonstrate 2.7).
  6.  I don’t want to overwhelm you with WordPress settings now.  The important one is to change your “permalink settings”
    to %post-name%. (see “configure settings” video in #5 above).
  7. Delete the sample “Hello World” post that came with the WordPress installation, and write your own first Post (and click “Publish”).  Congratulation, you are now a blogger!
  8. Try to write one new post per week.  Start thinking of what your “categories” will be.  For example, see http://NealWalters.com.  Set aside 30-60 minutes a week to write this post, such as Wednesday morning, before work or breakfast.  If you don’t set a time, your posts will be sporadic, or you won’t post as often as you should.

As time passes, you can “tune” your WordPress site by changing the theme and appearance settings, but we will cover that later.

The domain will cost you $10 or $20 for one or two years, and the hosting will be under $8/month (and with that hosting, you can host other domains in the future).  If you don’t want to spend that much money, go to a free site such as Blogger.com, Tumbler.com, Squidoo.com, and find yourself another coach.   Those sites may have some potential, but they often typically lack the tools and plug-ins that WordPress has.

 

 

 

 

Click Conspiracy Review and Critique – What do you actually get in the box?

Click Conspiracy Review and Critique

This “Click Conspiracy Review” is as much a critique as it is a review. I’m shocked that after an hour of video, they don’t even tell you exactly what it is your are buying!

Who is Max Fortune

Well obviously, Max Fortune is a fictional character. But you might be interested in knowing the cool guy behind behind my Click Conspiracy Review. It’s Tim Atkinson, and here is his website:
http://www.TimAtkinsonlive.com. But I’m not sure it’s his voice on any of the videos, maybe two of them so far. I’ll give him an A+ for having a good photographer make his mug shots.

My “Click Conspiracy Review” Tells the Whole Truth about What’s Inside the Box

The basic product is $47, and from the video and sales pitch, you would have absolutely no idea of what it is you are actually getting. So here’s the inside scoop. The base product is two WordPress plugins:


  1. A WordPress plugin that automatically submits each of your posts to http://pixelpipe.com/. To do this, they recommend using http://fiverr.com/ to pay some dude $5 who will create all the accounts for you. I’d be afraid to use an auto or “legit” account for this, just in case something gets it banned.
  2. A WordPress plugin that does “old-fashioned” cloaking. I didn’t know people still tried to use cloaking! What is cloaking, you ask? The idea of cloaking is that you present one HTML page to the search engine robots that crawl your site, and another HTML page to a real-live user. Robot/crawlers are nice enough to identify themselves as such, and thus it’s simple for a programmer to put an “if statement” in the code to change the web page for one vs. the other. This is the first tool I’ve seen that does in WordPress, however, I just did a google search and found several free ones. I haven’t looked at them, but I watched the training video from “Click Conspiracy”, and it looks very flexible and easy to use. Here’s the Wikipedia full explanation of cloaking:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloaking. Most people warn that cloaking is a “black hat” technique that should be used with extreme caution.

Let me give you one example where I could see I might could use this tool. I recently bought SEOPressor, a WordPress plugin that looks at on-page SEO. It analyzes you your keyword density, headings, etc… (Read the blog here: SEOPressor Review. I wanted this blog, the one you are reading now, to rate well for “Click Conspiracy Review”, and that made me stuff the exact same words, “Click Conspiracy Review” into the article more times than I wanted. So with a cloaker, the search engine would see the repetition of words, and the user wouldn’t be cluttered by that. This however, means double the work, writing one article or post for the search engines, and another for the user. Believe it or not, that’s why I added this paragraph to the article, to get the phrase “Click Conspiracy Review” in my post three more times! Enough to satisfy SEOPressor.

Click Conspiracy Review Tells About the Upsells

A good Click Conspiracy Review should tell you something about what’s in the box, and something about the upsells.

So, what does this mean to a buyer? These tools are obviously aimed at an experienced affiliate marketer who already has several WordPress sites. If you are starting from scratch, I would honestly say this is not the product or course for you. There are training videos that show you to install and use the plugins, but they all assume you already know WordPress. However, they do a free offer with a partner that will be one website for you for free (not sure what the catch is there, probably an upgrade on graphics or something).

Now, I shouldn’t tell you this, but if you are going to buy the upsells, you can save $50 on the second upsell, and $20 on the third by choosing the “no” option (but don’t choose no on the first one). [An upsell, is common now on almost every launch; it’s when they sell you additional products, immediately after you bought the first one.] The upsells are additional tools: Abitrage Conspiracy and Tube Conspiracy. I’m still looking into them now. Arbitrage basically posts spam comments to forums in order to get you more backlinks. I don’t have a tool like that in my arsenal yet, and I’ll probably give a try on a couple of sites I’m having trouble ranking for.

I realize that I might have just “unsold” a lot of people on this tool, but I don’t care. I believe in telling a person what it is they are actually buying. Dan Kennedy says number one rule about advertising is that is CANNOT be boring. The cute little movies about spies stealing briefcase is cute, but as a business person, I really don’t need that. I bought it because I’m a tool collector. I like tools that make my websites do better and make more money.

Since I’m such an open and honest person, I would encourage you to join my mailing list at the right side of this page. No bull, guaranteed!

My Click Conspiracy Bonus – Only if you Buy From My Link

If you are experienced in affiliate marketing, and need to add a few tools like this to your toolbelt, then click my link below, and I’ll send you a bonus copywriting course that originally sold for $999. It includes audios from 3 CDs. now on mp3s. To claim, send your receipt from the first upsell to bonus@massnichewebsitebuilders.com. When ordering, make sure “walters” shows up as the affiliate link at the bottom of the order page.

The Click Conspiracy Review and Critique order/banner links is below:



I hope you appreciated this honest and frank, no bull Click Conspiracy Review.

Installing and Using a WordPress Plugin Called “SEOPressor”

I have a few websites that aren’t getting the SEO rankings I want, despite using Bruteforce EVO on them regularly.

There are two types of “search engine optimization” (SEO), on-page and off-page.   Bruteforce EVO  focuses on off-page techniques, namely building backlinks.  On-Page techniques involve adapting the page itself, by using the proper mix and density of keywords, and appropriate tags (including headings, bolding, italics, underline).

Video 1 of 3 – Basic install and setup of SEOPressor

Video 2 of 3 – Basic install and setup of SEOPressor

Video 3 of 3 – Results in my keyword ranking

I’ll watch my SEO ranking over the next week or two, and post a new blog with the third video, the results.

RealPlayer Video Download – One of My Favorite Tools

Video Problems

1.  You might have slow bandwidth, and would rather download a video to play it later, without the ‘buffering” interruptions
2.  The site you are on doesn’t provide a download button, and you just want to keep a copy on your own computer. The video might only be on the site for a day or two, so your only chance to watch it again might be to save it to your disk.
3.  The site you are on doesn’t provide a rewind or backup button, and you want to hear something again (without replaying the entire 2 hour video)
4.  Many sales pages now use long, extremely long videos (or recordings of webinars).   Perhaps you want to skip by (fast forward) through some of the sales pitch, for example, jumping to the end to see the price, the offer, or the web page of the actual offer.  I’ve seen this trend increasing a lot lately.  Many sales pages include videos that are 1.5 to 2.5 hours.  I know that Dan Kennedy teaches that a long sales page outsells a short sales page, and maybe the same is true with videos.  But with the knowledge of the tool in this article, you can now be smarter than the masses, and not waste your time watching the entire boring video.

Video Solution

RealPlayer has a great tool that allow you to download videos from most any site.  Once you start playing the video, if you mouse to the upper right corner, a little RealPlayer box appears that says “Download This Video”.   See red arrow pointing to bow below.

 

NOTE: This functionality IS included in the free vesion of “RealPlayer”.  No need for the upgrade that they try to sell you.

After clicking on the above button, the “RealPlayer Downloader” appears.   It shows a progress-bar, and yes, you can download multiple videos at the same time.

You can play the videos from within RealPlayer itself, or you can go to “c:Usersyour-user-idVideosRealPlayer Downloads” (on Vista and Win7) and find the video, copy it elsewhere, and/or watch it with your favorite Video Player, such as VLC.  I like VLC because use you can use ALT-arrow to move forward or back 10 seconds, and CNTL-Arrow to move back or forward one minute, or of course you can drag the play cursor to start the video anywhere in the middle.

The one below looks a little fuzzy, but I think that was the original webinar recording, not the download or playback causing it.

 

WordPress PlugIns – AmazonPress and Amazon-Showcase Not Working

I just built my first CommissionMagnets site. They ask for your Amazon associate id, access key, and secret key, so when I went to my site, I expected to find some Amazon products or ads there. But nothing. After twiddling with it for an hour or two, I contacted the support at Commission Magnets and they said:

Its unfortunate that Amazon has just recenlty removed the abilities to use there
product Advertising API section. We honestly had no idea about this
change till last week.

The support email then goes on to talk about other monetization methods that can be used.

The official word form Amazon seems to be here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/advertising/api/detail/api-changes.html. I think the key verbage is this: “If your application currently accesses the API without passing a valid Associate Tag, such requests will be rejected.” So most likely, the makers of any Amazon Plugins will have to release an upgrade of their plugins, if we are to be able to continue to use them. It’s confusing, because it says the changes happen 10/25/2011, but yet already, the plug-in seems to be dying in 08/04/2011. It would also be nice if the plug-ins somehow logged error messages and showed the errors to you in the Settings screens.

Lessons to be Learned: This is a good example of what is frustrating with Clickbank products, and other “mass niche website builders”. The very first site I built has minor flaws because of this Amazon change. Commission Magnets is not responsible for the error, as they use commonly available WordPress Plugins, and they were super-fast in answering my support ticket. The website still works fine, just no Amazon Ads. And the site I was building would have been perfect for a few specific types of products on Amazon. The key lesson, is not to get frustrated and quit, but get over the hump, and keep on building sites.

This is not a show-stopper, but it is disappointing. Caleb was describing how he has actually created a new website in as little as four minutes and 43 seconds. But yes, you have to get inspect or “audit” the site, and then tweak it when things like Amazon is not working.

In my case, I have to either 1) wait for the Amazon plugins to be corrected, 2) find alternative plugins, or 3) find other ways to monetize (such as a CPA offer), or 4) just be happy with the Adsense and Clickbank revenue on that site, and go on and build more sites.

And by the way, if you are using the “AmazonPress” WordPress plugin, you might want to read this forum post:
http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-amazonpress-wordpress-plugin-pirated-software-that-steals-your-commissions. I don’t if it’s true, but they basically claim that the plugin was forked from another plugin (nothing wrong with that), but that perhaps, it puts in the plug-author’s Amazon affiliate-id on some percentage of the web pages.

Google Search Prefixes (Operators)

I was looking for a list of the “Google prefixes” yesterday that you can put in front of search queries. It turns out that they are called “operators” instead of “prefixes”.

For example, in the Google search box, if you type “cache:abc.com”, you will get the cached (saved) version of the web page (the last time Google crawled it). The word “cache:” is what I’m calling a “Google prefix” (also called operators), because it prefixes your search term or URL.

Here are the the moist popular Google prefixes that I use regularly (note, I just capitalized them here to make them more readable):

  1. Cache:URL – see if Google has cached a page. Useful to see if Google has indexed a specific page of your site. Also useful when buying expired domains, sometime you can see what used to be on the site, to help you know if it is a domain you want to buy.
  2. Site:URL – shows all pages Google has indexed on your site. Useful to see if your site has been indexed yet or not, and how many pages Google found. This is also very useful to search a specific site for a keyword, for example: “dog training site:abc.com”.
  3. Link:URL – shows pages that point to the given URL, i.e. shows you your “backlinks”. Everyone doing SEO is interested in getting as many backlinks as possible. If you are running an SEO program such a Bruteforce EVO, this can be used to help you determine if your backlinks have been crawled and “accepted” yet; i.e. if they “took”. The concept is similar to a picture on a camera; some take and some don’t…
  4. AllInTitle:KEYWORDS – restricts results to those containing the query words you type after the colon. Some people use to to analyze competition, i.e. how many sites have titles containing the keyword you are researching. The related prefixes are: AllInURL, AllInText, and AllInAnchor.
  5. Define:WORD – gives websites that provide a definition of the word.
  6. filetype:FILETYPE – limits search to files ending with a certain extension, such as .PDF or .DOC
  7. info:URL – a quick way to show how google would display your site in a search listing, but only shows your site. Below this, are some of the other common prefixes already encoded for you.

There are quite a few others, such as “movie:Harry Potter” will help you find local theater play times, or “stock:GOOG” will give you a stock quote on the ticker symbol for Google itself. A great guide to all the operators can be found here: GoogleGuide.

Solution for Error: Sorry, you are not allowed to add any more than (0) addon domains!

I was trying to add a new add-on domain to a HostGator main account, and I got this error:

Sorry, you are not allowed to add any more than (0) addon domains!

Even CPanel tells you that this feature must be “enabled”, but I couldn’t find out.  At first, I thought it was something I had to ask HostGator to do, but in fact, I handled it myself on the WebHostManager (WHM).

The solution was to logon to WebHostManager (WHM), and change the package associated with my main account, to allow not 0 (the default, or at least what I had specified), but for example, 1000 (or maybe “unlimited”) add-on domains.

With most hosting companies, you get to the WHM by typing in your domain followed by :2087, for example http://abc.com:2087 in your favorite browser.  On the left, you can add new “accounts”, and when you add an account, is assigned to a package.  To get WHM, you typically need a “reseller hosting” account, i.e. when you got your “hosting”, you didn’t want it for just one domain, but for several.  What packages allow you to do, for example, is set up bronze, silver, and gold hosting sites, where for example bronze doesn’t get MySQL, silver gets MySQL and more disk space, and gold gets 5 MySQL databases, more FTP accounts, and more bandwidth and diskspace.

In WHM, you can tune each package by selecting “add” or “edit” under “Packages” on the left menu.

 

 

 

Then the following screen appears after you select the package-name from a list of packages:

Just change the desired value(s) and click the save button at the bottom.

If you need a good hosting company, check out GVO:

 

Finding the Best Keywords using Commission Magnet

A large part of the work of a successful website is the research, i.e. choosing the niche and selecting the profitable keywords. The theory with keywords is that some may have lots of monthly searches, but they are also highly competitive. Part of the secret sauce that I’m seeing consistently across different “systems” is using tools to pick your keywords.

Below is the tool I’m using with “Commission Magnets” (from the best i can tell, it really was a limited release, and is currently NOT available).

As with other systems, you start with Google AdWords Keyword tool. When you are logged on to Google, you usually get 800 keywords back from that tool, and you can save to disk as a .csv file. You use “Commission Magnets” to browse to that file and load it. It puts all the keywords in the grid down the left side. You can set a couple of filters, but I’ve been taking the defaults. The two filters are:

  1. Quotes Search – default 6000 to 20000
  2. Allintitle search – default 10 to 8000

Click on this link to read my article about Google Prefixes, which explains that “Allintitle” means.

I also just noticed the “Delay in seconds” which is set to 15. My guess is that by staggering the Google request 15 seconds apart, you won’t get stopped by Google and have to fill in “Captchas”; or perhaps it is part of the Google terms of service for using their API.  By the way, this tool does run on your home computer.  It was written in Flash and requires “AIR” to run (which means it should work on Windows or Mac).  This seems to be a big trend today in tools being created by internet marketers, and it makes sense, because they want to create one software program that runs on both Windows and Mac.

Anyway, because of the 15 second delay, this thing can take hours to run.  To be more exact, 800 keywords (at 4 per minute) is 200 minutes, or about 3 hours 20 minutes. But what comes back are the keyword that meet the search criteria, i.e. the “hot” ones, the ones that are less competitive, but still have a reasonable number of searches. In the screen shot above, you can see the “oscar bets” was a “good keyword” in the betting niche.  Now, it’s of course up to you to decide if you can monetize that.   There probably aren’t any Clickbank products that deal with that topic.

After the good keywords are chosen (after the 3 hour run), you can save the keywords, and search for domain names that contain the keywords.  Most people are teaching that if your keywords are in your domain name, then it is much easier to rank for that keyword in Google searches.

I’ll keep you posted when I have done more, I’m about to build the first site today with Commission Magnet.

What’s hot this week? Anik Singal has release a new course called “Commission Domination”.