Don’t get sucked into the scamming hype that spouts from via spam emails telling you a bunch of commissions are already yours. This is just another money sucking scam promoted by spamming bastards that post crap to your inbox with promises of riches for doing nothing.

Here’s an unsolicited (spam) email I just received:

Re: $2,535.39 Commission Paid to (email)

Congratulations on your first commission payment! …Oh Really?

If your email address is, duh please claim your payment what payment is that then? by clicking the link below:

Claim It Here Now …this links to

Congrats again,

PS: The words in red are my additions. Now, back to the plot.

Oh, I’m so terribly overjoyed… On the other hand…

Hey Michael,


I haven’t posted in this blog for quite some time for a very good reason. I’m not working in the MMO niche right now and there’s not much point in me wasting my time on it. I have more profitable niches that my time is much better spent at. But the above email targeted this site’s main address so I feel it’s personal.

I doubt many people bother to read this blog since the information in it is so out of date, but maybe this is a signal that I should start it up again. I could get going by calling out scammers and wankers who like to spam my inbox with their crap. Yep, that’s a good place to start.

So once again, stay away from money grabbing scamming fuckers like this Michael bloke and his pile of steaming shit get rich quick scheme which is doubtless designed to get HIM rich quick, not you!

There. Said it and because I’m so angry, I used the bloody C word too. Crap!

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Funny thing about search engines and the way we as Internet Marketers look at them in terms of their ability to generate targeted traffic to our websites from which we make our income, via affiliate commissions or PPC or whatever other monetization methods we use. For the last decade or so, Google has been the main engine in that it provides the bulk of all search traffic. It’s the Big I Am of search engines and we do what we have to do (using SEO) to get our sites to figure as high in their index as we can to take our slice of that traffic pie.

Google are the biggest mainly because regular surfers prefer it and that’s because it is unfussy and free of all those annoying ads that other search engines seem to plaster everywhere to confuse your search experience. At least that’s how it used to be. Not so these days as more and more advertising is creeping onto that first page of the index. Some are in the form of paid text ads, which have always been there to some degree or other, but lately more of the shopping type of ads that take a slot in the actual website index. For affiliate marketers, these are the kiss of death because regular surfers will click these if they are searching for a product to buy in preference to our websites that also promote the same products.

Was a time when all we had to do was compete with other affiliate websites doing the same thing. Now we have to compete with Google itself. And we a all losing.

But don’t despair, because historically, we can see where their very success will also be their downfall.

Back in the 1990s, when the world wide web was still in its infancy and e-commerce was only just getting going in a big way, Yahoo used to be the Big I Am search engine. They’re above fold search page looked more like an advertiser’s paradise. Nevertheless, the owners of Yahoo made truckloads of money from all this advertising and all was well in their garden.

Internet marketers were few and far between and of course there were no affiliate programs or PPC to make money from in those days at least until Amazon appeared, so marketers made money from selling real stuff to consumers. They soon learned that you could game Yahoo’s index using on-site SEO tactics like spamming your keyword meta tags (amongst other tricks) and your site would rise to the top of the pile. All was well in the e-commerce garden too.

At the end of the decade, Google came along with their simple, almost ad-less engine and everybody started using it cause they liked NOT seeing all those ads. Yahoo’s happy harmonious garden died a slow and painful death as Google’s garden grew. Internet marketers had to learn new tricks to feature their sites high in Google’s index, but they soon figured out how to do that and made truckloads of money, especially the new breed of IMer who was making use of the new affiliate sales technique that Amazon started off. Of course, in order to maintain their supremacy, Google now had to wage war on spammers who were deluging their index with crap sites full of affiliate and other ad links and no content. The “algo”, Google’s search indexing algorithm was born and it has been a constant battle between the algo programmers and the spammers (and also the Internet marketers who don’t use spamming tactics) to keep the index as clean as possible of all the dross. lately, Google’s algo is winning and thin sites are losing the battle to big, authority sites.

Of course, we all know most of this and this was just a little history lesson for those marketers who thing the world is flat and there has only ever been Google. But wait, because there is a new twist to this saga.

Google is fast becoming the New Yahoo.

Why do I say that? Because Google is adding ever more complicating extras to its once simple search index pages. It is also adding more advertising. There has always been the few text ads down the right column, but more recently the top area of the page has contained paid text ads that look similar to the search results. they are designed that way o entice would be surfers to click these ads thinking they are clicking on real websites that have been placed at the top of the search results because they are the most relevant to their keyword search.

In other words, Google is doing exactly the thing it’s algo programmers are trying to stamp out from SEO savvy website owners. Google are gaming their own index by placing paid ads above real websites for surfers to click thinking they are going to go to the most relevant sites, when in fact they are going to sites that have “bought” they way to the very top of the SERPs. A bit like the sites in the big competitive niches that buy links to get to the top, which is a practice frowned upon by Google. Does this sound just a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

But it gets worse. In the last year or so, Google have also been placing “shopping ads” in amongst the top 3 or 4 places in their index. These are accompanied by thumbnail images of the products searched for by the keywords entered by surfers. Again, Google is gaming its own index by allowing these paid shopping ads to outshine real websites in the index, with the result that a lot of affiliate sales are lost to legitimate websites would otherwise garner from their place of trust as the top most relevant sites in the index. But where is all this going to end?

Google is becoming the New Yahoo. I already said that, I know. This is why:

The next unfussy and ad-less search engine to rise to the task will do to Google what Google did to Yahoo. It will happen if there is another company out there with the balls to take the bull by the horns.

And so it goes around and around. Probably.

In the mean-time those of us IM mavericks who the rest of the world will never understand will keep doing this stuff no matter who the Big Dog Engine is or where he cocks his metaphoric leg. We pit our wits against the system and try to make as honest a buck as we can.

If you’re a Brit, then you’ll get this next bit (Google “Swiss Toni” and you’ll get some YouTube vids if you don’t know who he is). Here is what Swiss Toni would probably say on the subject:

Gaming a search engine is much like making love to a beautiful woman. You work out what makes her tick, point your backlinks to the right spot and then SEO her brains out.

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Internet marketing and money making traffic generation has taken another beating by Splork as he lifts the lid on traffic generation for making money telling it like it is right here: Sewage Islands in the Stream. I was going to write all this as a comment in his blog, but hey, content is expensive when I write it so I’d rather have it here in my own blog. Splork gets a useful link instead.

If you’ve just headed off over there and been courteous enough to actually come back, then here’s my take on this way of thinking.

With regards to generating traffic and monetizing it, the old adage of “throw enough shit at the walls and some of it will stick” actually works. But Google is just one wall. A big one I will grant you, but there are other walls sitting there right in front of you all but its amazing how many people are ignoring them, while concentrating totally on Google.

Yahoo and Bing are fun to mess with cause they count all those itty bitty nofollow links that Google ignores (most of the time but not all of the time). Bing traffic converts way better than anything else, cause most people that use it do so cause it came pre-loaded with their dinky new netbooks thanks to rich uncle Bill cornering the pre-loaded OS market (okay, mac users… oh who cares, there’s only 2 of them anyway). This is pretty common knowledge anyway.

But Splork went too far. Look what he’s done now, telling his 8 readers about Hubsquid traffic! Dammit now they’ll all go out (at least 5% of them will, anyway) and spam the hubsquids to kingdom come and we’ll all suffer. Damn him for letting the cat out of the bag! Can no one keep their big mouth shut on this Interpleb? Is nothing sacred?

For God’s sake don’t let on about how profitable spending 10 hours a day in the Warriors forum really is or they’ll all veer off in that direction like a shoal of demented minnows. And then they’ll ALL start spending their time making WSOs and Google will hate Slpork for taking all the marketers out of its index and leaving nothing for its algo-tinkerers to do. But the aftershocks will be worse…

There will be wholesale job losses and a flood of brainy people joining the ranks of the unemployed… then they’ll all start reading Warriors and learn how to get rich quick making… WSOs… the self fulfilling prophecy cometh and the world will end in 2012 cause Google will implode and the entire surface of the earth will be dragged into the vortex it created…

Man, drinking too much coffee and writing in blogs is a dangerous mix…

The long and the short of it that you can monetize any traffic, although you’ll have a tougher time squeezing any out of social traffic from the likes of twitter, facebook etc. but you can make a little and if you can generate enough traffic from those sources, a little can turn into a little more. The main source of monetizable traffic remains the targeted organic search traffic that comes mainly from Google but also from Yahoo and Bing as well as the lesser search engines. Social Hubbers and Squidoo folk may follow links in your mini site pages and find your main site and a few of them might even be enticed to click a link or buy an affiliate product, as long as its a real one (I mean something that Amazon et al would sell and not some junk ebook from clickbank).

But that’s as much as I’m saying here, cause I’m not giving away everything I know with regards to making money online. At least not the stuff that works right now. Once it gets to be common knowledge, its effectiveness will have died and then I’ll probably write about it, just like the other clever chappies who drip feed their loyal followers some of what they know every once in a while. It keeps people interested and gives them something to try, then come back for more.

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When a small WordPress MU free blog host gets de-indexed or taken down by its server for whatever reason, then no one really takes too much notice apart from the people who had created blogs on them. When it happens, you lose any links you may have created on the blog and in the worst case scenario, you completely lose your blog complete with content.

But when a big, stable and popular free blog host that has been around for a while gets taken out of the picture, then a lot of people are going to have their noses put out of joint.

This has happened to, a pretty big free blog host that I personally had several free blogs on and I know there are a huge number of people who did too. Well, it seems that the hosting company, BurstNet, took the server down by order of law enforcement officials who apparently paid them a visit on 9th July. The issue was of sufficient seriousness to cause the host to kill the server immediately and not give any notice to the owner of blogetery, who had been a pretty good customer for several years. When he contacted them, he was told it was a critical matter and he could not have access to the hard drive to retrieve files or the database. That pretty much kills blogetery, at least for the time being.

No one knows for sure why law enforcement have taken this action, but chances are they found some material published on one or more of the free blogs hosted on there that was illegal and sufficiently sensitive to cause them to take the server from the host. It is quite likely that the authorities will need to investigate all the material stored on the hard drive, which means it could be a long time, if ever, that blogetery and all the free blogs hosted on there can be reinstated.

This highlights one of the real risks that we all take when hosting blogs on free platforms. Sure, when you are building a large network of sites, you have little choice but to make use of the free blog hosts to keep costs down and spread the net as wide as possible.

But there really is no sure alternative to hosting your own domains. It is certainly more costly as you have to buy and maintain the domains as well as pay for hosting, but at least you are in control of what is published on them and as long as you create legit websites, you should not have any real problems. That is unless of course you happen to strike a rich vein of traffic and suddenly a domain can outgrow its server’s limitations, but at least you can either upgrade your hosting account to cater for it with only minimal downtime. Plus you are the keeper of your own content. In other words you have your own backup of all your data on your home PC (at least you should have), so if a server gets shut down or crashes, you can be back up and running usually within 24 hours on a different host.

For all the bloggers and network builders who lost blogs on blogetery, its tough luck and this is a tough business that will have it fair share of hard knocks. For all the backlinks you may have lost in the process, they will take time to replace. Your main sites (that were the recipients of those links) may even take a drop in the SERPs until you can get new ones.

Just remember, no free blog host is completely safe. You may think WordPress or even Blogger are practically bullet proof, but they’re not and if something gets hosted on their servers that law officials do not like, they can be taken down at the drop of a hat pending an investigation. The bottom line is to have all your stuff backed up! At least that way, if the worst happens, you still have a copy of the content you may have spent several hours writing.

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