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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Social Monkee Review

Social Monkee Review

My attention was brought to a tool - social monkee - that promises to build backlinks for your site. Now we want backlinks because Google will like us more, and rank us higher in the search engine right?

Well yes but I am not yet convinced that back linking with automation is a provable technique, maybe I am wrong but I have a sneaking suspicion Google has something in their algorithms that can spot mass populated, or automated, back linking and does not rate us any higher, perhaps even giving our site a lower ranking.

I stand to be proven correct but until then let us start out from a neutral point of view and look at this tool to see:

What it is?
What it does?
How much does it cost?
What Features are included in the account levels?
Does it do what it says on the tin?
Money back guarantee?

Now I have submitted a blog to social monkee to see exactly what results I get from it. It is too early right now to say if it has had any effect on the ranking of my site but let us at least review the overall concept and see what we do know, this will give us a springboard to review the overall results at a later date.

So lets address each point above:

What it is?

Social monkee is an "instant backlinker solution". You can use it in two ways:

  • On their site you can submit one URL once every 6 weeks (dependent on Membership - see below) for backlinking
  • Download a Firefox plug in tool and use it on your Web browser to automatically send URLs to social monkee

What it does?

It promises:

Create 25 inbound links every single day - This is dependent on membership levels.
All links are on UNIQUE C Class IPs and Domains!

Dramatically increase your number of backlinks
For better search engine indexing, rankings and traffic!

Increased online exposure and traffic for your site
For tons of targeted traffic, more leads and sales!

How much does it cost?

One off submission $3.97
One time payment of $7 - Silver Membership
Yearly $47 payment for Premium Membership
Ambassador Add-on $19.97 Monthly

What Features are included in the account levels?

This site looked like initially it was free membership, and the existing members were upgraded to silver membership without cost, the default membership is now the silver Membership level, which you pay $7 for.

Premium membership: Yearly investment of $47

  • You can submit 3 URLs to 100 sites each a day (300 potential backlinks)
  • For Even Better Search Engine Rankings and Even More Traffic
  • Get Access to Full Reports and RSS Feeds
  • Get Access to Advanced Training
  • Drip Feed Your Submissons Over up to 14 Days << see my notes below
Note: My suspicions are confirmed about mass URL back linking here they are inadvertently admitting that mass sudden URL back linking is probably an SEO no no; drip feeding URLs to back link on other sites means the Search Engine algorithms won't get "suspicious" of mass blanket URL back linking. Does this mean that only the premium Membership level is worthwhile, are you shooting yourself in the foot by using the other levels of MS?

    Ambassador Add-On Membership:

    This is an add on feature for both silver and premium members you cannot buy it on its own:

    • Submit 1 More URL Every Day
    • Get 25 More PR Backlinks Per Submission
    • Resubmit URLs After Only 3 Days as opposed to 6 weeks for silver and premium members
    • Auto-Pinging of Your Backlinks Through to Lindexed
    • Access to Our Private Facebook Group

    One off submission:

    You can also submit just 1 URL to 100 sites with a one-time submission to 100 sites for only $3.97

    Does it do what it says on the tin?

    I have not yet been able to judge what if anything it has done for one of my blogs, but from what I can see so far I am a bit sceptical about the mass URL back linking, would it be detrimental to your rankings in Google? The jury is still definitely out on that one but something tells me it is not all it's cracked up to be. Overall I do not think there is anything too negative in the actual idea behind it but my overall feeling is it maybe a bit overhyped in the actual claims, you may get these back links to hundreds of sites but how favourably does the Google algorithms look upon it, would 100 automated back links be as worthy as say 50 genuine ones you can post yourself?

    Money back guarantee?

    60 day MBG

    I will of course be watching this space and if you have any feedback of your own experience with this then please do post and let me know. I really hoped you enjoyed reading this; I strive to bring you unbiased reviews of a whole host of internet marketing tools, in return if you read a post and found it useful I want to encourage you to please leave your positive feedback below thank you very much.

    End of

    Social Monkee Review

    Have a good day

    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    How do I Get on the First Page of Google

    How do I Get on the First Page of Google

    Good afternoon I hope everyone is well. It seems like an unachievable dream to answer the question - How do I Get on the First Page of Google - doesn't it but just not long after I started blogging on various topics I got one of my pages in a blogger account on to page 1.

    Now for instance try getting website on google for the search term "Lose Weight" and you will still be trying in a few Years! The trick is to target smaller niche markets with say 500 - 5000 searches a month per keyword, for instance in one of my blogs for helping singers improve their singing voice I had a Google page 1 rank for "Tips for holding notes longer".

    Now this page was on the 3rd or 4th page and to move it up to page one I done a lot of experimentation and investigation resulting in my successful link aimed at a target market on page 1 of Google. Now we may rest on our Laurels here, and it is good to see our hard work paying off, but we should always aim for more. To be honest it will be hard to get our positioning on that page to the very first position, this is usually reserved for Yahoo answers and Wiki articles etc.

    One of my voice coaching links is on 5th position of page 1, with 2 wiki articles and a Yahoo answers link taking up 1st/3rd/4th place, and an article in 2nd place. Now we should really be looking at how the askvocalcoach site is in 2nd place, look at the site and how long it has been up, the content etc. We can of course perform some more research on this.

    We can employ a lot of different tools to enhance our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) practices but I always believe that the more automation and fancy tools you use that you are not really learning the basics of the whole overarching concept of what SEO actually is, and how to build a good basic understanding of it so you can use it effectively longer term.

    This will help us try and get us up into maybe 3rd place. Now my attitude is if you are not in the top 3 of Page 1 then you have some work to do!! But in all seriousness we have plenty of options at our disposal and it won't take too much effort to really get our rankings up. So now you can begin to see some answers to your question - How do I Get on the First Page of Google - and believe me I will keep plugging away and bringing you the neat tips and tricks to further refine this process.

    I strive to bring you unbiased reviews of a whole host of internet marketing tools, in return if you read a post and found it useful I want to encourage you to please leave your positive feedback below thank you very much.

    How do I Get on the First Page of Google

    Tuesday, 5 June 2012

    Make Money From email List

    Make Money From email List

    Let me see, consider if you have the following:

    A great product with a great sales pitch
    A web site with attitude
    Technical Support
    Affiliate scheme
    ....and all the rest

    One question - who are you going to sell it to?

    Now I have been playing about with all sorts of different ideas in internet marketing for a few years now, granted I have had information overload many times in these few years but I do have persistence and I am starting to really fine tune my approaches now towards becoming an internet marketing "pro"!

    That information - what I have already read up on and taken action  - is what I am going to share with you, and more precisely to make sure you don't make the same mistakes I made. Ok you are going to call me a hypocrite with the next statement but you really need to make some mistakes when you are building up your "portfolio", it is no good handing you it all on a plate, and lets be honest no one is going to do that unless there is some kickback along the way, like me selling you a little eBook for my troubles :)

    And when you get the information you will find that you will still make mistakes because you have to remember that humans will find their own slant on someone else's work and tend to do things a slightly different way, even if you follow the overall plan. I have gotten some downright crappy courses but I have always managed to recognise errors/flaws in it and turn it to my advantage, or just learn from it.

    Some information marketers are selling genuine information and it does work but you have to actually find your own way of doing it, sometimes it just doesn't work "for you" in that way and you can find some courses are (by sheer coincidence) tailored to the type of approach you would take in doing the same activity.

    Overall though you have to have one thing and that is a plan. If I learned anything from my years as an IT developer it is you have to have a plan and STICK to it - sorry for shouting :) For instance we could be developing a system and seem ahead of time frames, everyone breathes a sigh of relief and then someone in the business comes along and says you know what if we could just have this little bit changed it would be so much easier. With our human kindness head on we want to say "Oh Ok", but as I said stick to the plan and remove humanness from the equation, we say NO - well usually :) .

    Ok sorry Back to the list

    :). So assume we had this...

    A great product with a great sales pitch
    A web site with attitude
    Technical Support
    Affiliate scheme

    But we need someone to market it too, we need to build an eMail list to sell it to. Lets approach the subject head on (that's a logical head I may say!) in this and the next few posts.

    In today's post lets just try and answer a few higher level questions and see where we get, then we can dissect them a bit more in the coming weeks.

    So the burning Overarching Question Is:

    How do we get a list?

    So then we have to ask:

    What type of list will it be?

    Now I hear people saying okay what do you mean what type of list is it, it's a list of email contacts (opt-ins or leads) who we can sell to - yes I say, that is right but we have to have our marketing head on this time.

    We need not a list but a Targeted List. No prizes for guessing what that I am using this blog and say I am putting up lots of regular posts with lots of really useful information on information marketing and I say to you look this is all great but do you want to be that bit further ahead of the game, really get the meat and potatoes on how to be a success at internet marketing, do you want to learn the insider tips and tricks for building lists, getting lots of backlinks, getting to the top of the search engines etc???

    I then say look just enter your name and email and you can join my newsletter and we will send you more really useful and actionable content ..... PLUS ... for the trouble of signing up you get a free eBook on building lists.

    So now you are on my list of targeted internet marketers who are hungry for information on this subject. I may have another blog on fishing or something and I do the same there. I do like fishing but it is not something I get overly excited about, I do love internet marketing and it is not only a hobby but a business venture, a serious one at that. That makes all the difference if you have a bit of an edge for something and you can form arguable and agreeable opinions on various subject within that particular topic, it really helps when you are writing about it.

    Monday, 19 October 2009

    Cost Per Action Explained


    Well it's been a busy few months what with work and other internet projects but as an addition to all that I want to share with you the ins and outs of all the little techniques within the internet marketing sphere. As I said previously I want to cover CPA in a little more detail to show you what to use, where to use it and when to use it.

    CPA can be a great little income stream on the side or you can go the whole hog and apply most of your efforts to implementing a successful CPA project. Remember there are no rules on what you choose to do, it is more about how you do it.

    So what is CPA, well CPA is where you have an advert, either a glossy clickable image ad or a plain text ad. These can be run on various Websites and when someone clicks on the ad and registers for the product (usually enticed by a free product trial), you get a payment.

    You get paid when the person registers so you have no pay per click fees, unless of course you combine it as a pay-per-click ad as well on Google or Yahoo. If you do not have it as pay per click you will then have to pay advertising costs and in order to strike a balance you need to find a website that markets the product your are promoting. If you are selling a lose weight product you will of course want to target it at a weight loss type of site.

    For instance a weight-watching section in a womans magazine or a general lose-weight online forum or ezine is a good place to start. A word on weight loss products though, this market is quite lucrative so the prices are usually a bit higher for advertising and competition is usually a bit tougher, in other words you will find most of the Google toppers are well catered for.

    One of the places I use for health-related products is Joe Bucks or is free to join and you get most of the promotional material you need such as banner links and landing pages, you do not need to do anything other than find somewhere to put the ad.

    I will go through the whole process of using this with helpful screenshots, at a later date, but lets keep to the basic mechancis of CPA just now.

    So how do you know if you are going to make a profit? Well you don't but if you choose the product and advertising medium carefully you can increase your chances of turning a profit. You should not give in if it does not work first time as you need to experiment and learn what works and what doesn't but you can limit any learning cycles down to the bare minimum with some simple research i.e.

    What product are you going to use?


    Where are you going to market it?

    And Most Importantly

    Is there a market for it?

    A very important factor in this is to get contacting site marketing departments and asking specific questions about advertising, page hits on a certain page, suitability of your ad on their site, their marketing plans for the site. If you choose sites at the top of Google expect to pay a bit more than ones down the list but always ask anyway, the difference may only be a few pounds.

    Always ask for an introductory trial advertising fee for a month to see how it goes. Say you are advertising on other sites and this will make them more inclined to try and offer you a better rate. Remember they want your business and you want to make money so it is in their interest to attract you to their site.

    Look at the site and see if other brands are advertising about the site and see how long it has been up. If it has been up for a while you can bet that advertising works well on this site. This is another 'Green Light' for you to get advertising on that site.

    Ok I have not finished with CPA, not by a long shot but I like to stop early so you can digest what you have read, and so you don't get info overload. Info overload to internet marketing is something that can easily put you off and have you very confused in a very short time. I know I have done it many times! Learn from what I am saying and take a break from it.

    I would take a bit of time to digest this info, and then read it over again before continuing.



    Sunday, 6 September 2009

    seo keyword research

    SEO Keyword Research

    If you are writing your own articles or using PLR articles you want to check that the articles has related keywords for your main keyword in it. So remember we has the main keyword 'improve golf swing' and then a list of related keywords like:

    how to improve golf swing
    how can I improve my golf swing
    how to improve your golf swing

    You wouldn't write an article with each of these terms stuck one after the other would you? You can also get punished by search engines for over using one phrase or known keywords too much, and also if you do this it just heightens the reader's awareness that the article is a promotional tool for a product, and it just wouldn't sound right would it. You want to make it look like those keywords just happened to be there.

    What you can do to get an idea of other websites keywords go to Google and type in your keyword, see what site is listed first then next to the site listing click on 'cached'. This will show you a version of the site with the keyword phrase or parts of the keyword phrase highlighted throughout the site, in the heading and in articles.

    Try it for 'improve golf swing'.

    SEO Keyword Research

    Thursday, 3 September 2009

    Tips for Writing Your Own Articles and Publishing on Ezine

    Hi Again

    I hope you enjoyed my previous post on article marketing. If you have any questions or comments please post them as I will be able to help people even more if they highlight things they are not sure about.

    So last time I promised to go through the things to do if you want to write your own articles, especially if you are going to publish them and use them to promote either affiliate products, your own products or a site or blog with an email opt-in.

    I also promised to cover publishing tips for article publishing.

    Lets start with writing your own articles. Whatever you are going to write about, and whatever target market you are aiming for you will want to have keywords in the articles so that when people search for say 'Tips for a better golf swing' your articles will have keywords related to that niche.

    So say you were writing about how to improve your golf swing how would you find related keywords? Well you can use either of these free sites for a start:

    Keyword Tracker Tool

    Google Keyword Tool

    Note: Related keywords are keywords including the term you are searching for that also include other words such as 'how to improve golf swing'. The main keyword is in bold and additional words in non-bold.

    The first site gives you daily searches for keywords related to whatever you type in.

    The Google keyword tool gives you a bit more. It gives you stats by month for local and global searches and it also gives you advertiser competition for each related keyword.

    If you are going to write about improving your golf swing you would want to include the related keywords in your article. Now that is all very well but sometimes the related keywords do not lend themselves to being included in the article because they are very similar or are very repetitive.

    Now the first link I gave you for the free keyword tracker tool, you need to go to that and type in what you are going to write about, say it is improving your golf swing, well put in a layman term such as 'improve golf swing'. Lets look at the results for that:

    Daily Search Results for 'improve golf swing'

    Can you see how many searches this has per day?

    It has 2191 daily searches (this number may vary a bit) for the keyword improve golf swing

    Now lets look at 'improving your golf swing'

    Daily Search Results for 'improving your golf swing'

    Can you see now how many returns this result has?

    It only has 6 ??

    What a difference but can you see how just taking 2 minutes to check your keywords for your articles can ensure the difference between success and failure?

    If you never researched an article you were writing and just used the phrase 'improving your golf swing' instead of 'improve golf swing' related keywords you would be missing out on 2185 daily searches.

    So now we have our main keyword we want to check what the related keywords are for this search term. We want to make sure we have a good amount of searches per day so we are entering a market with plenty of people hungry for information. How daily searches should you be looking for? Well a good figure is about 1000+ a day. You could go down to about 800 but I wouldn't go any lower.

    So for the main keyword 'improve golf swing' the daily search results of related keywords is 2191 as you can see in the link. Note this may vary from day to day:

    Daily Search Results for 'improve golf swing'

    In the next posting we will look at the related keywords and how to analyse and use them in your article. Remember it is good to have review of what you have learned every so often. so sit and think about what you have just learned.