What’s Working Now
I have written many reviews on this blog (probably too much) but I really do try to be as honest as possible and review only services and tools I have used and tested myself. I will be the first to admit that when I first started this blog, my only intention was to make money writing these reviews but that has changed. I can promise you that and if being ranked number one for one of the biggest launches in 2011 of Google Sniper 2.0 and ending up not recommending it is not proof enough than I don’t know what is.
Another important thing that is constantly changing is the internet marketing and SEO world. It is a dynamic world and the things (services and tools) that worked a few months ago like gangbusters might not be so good today and 2012 is a clear proof for this.
This is exactly why I decided to create this very important, What’s Working Now page. This page will be updated from time to time and will only show what’s working great for me now in my online business and my online endeavors. I hope that this page will put things in a better perspective and will help you get a better understanding on what is working for me now.
Important To Understand
It is true that with SEO you will bring in what is commonly considered as FREE organic traffic but please don’t think you can start building websites, doing SEO and making thousands (or hundreds) online without the need to invest money upfront.
That means putting money on the table before you see any from your efforts.
I won’t say you can’t make money online without investing first because I don’t know. It might be possible but it just doesn’t sound to me like something most people can achieve and I don’t think it is something you should aim for.
If you understand that you will need to invest money and time upfront before you see any income than you are set to go. If you don’t understand this I think your chances for success are much smaller.
Content has always been important but after the latest Google Panda and Penguin updates it seems it is now more important than ever. For me, I use content for 2 separate purposes:
- For SEO and link building
- For my various niche sites
SEO & Link Building Content
I know that people are running away from spun content recently after the latest Google updates but I don’t think that you should run away from every spun content. It can still be used and provide great results, you just need to be sure you are using high quality spun content and there are 2 resources I know and use for this purpose.
The Leading Articles - If you visited my blog before than I assume it won’t be a surprise that the first content solution I used for SEO and link building are the Ultra Spinnable Articles and the Ultra Spinnable Minis. In case you don’t know what these services are than I recommend you read my Ultra Spinnable Articles Review and my Ultra Spinnable Minis Review so you will have a better understanding of what these services will provide you with and why I am still making full use of them.
Article Builder – Jonathan Leger has great products and services and it is no secret I really love the stuff he puts out there. Article Builder is no different and a great addition to his massive collection of services. I recommend you check out my Article Builder Review so you can learn more about how it can help you with content creation.
For the content you are going to use to post to your various authority and/or niches sites you can’t really cut corners in my opinion. You will need good quality unique content and you have 2 options as far as I see it:
Write It Yourself – I don’t think I need to write too much about this option .
Outsource – Not all of us are great writers and even those who are, can’t really enjoy writing about every topic and it is also very time consuming. The solution for this is to outsource your content writing.
I’m not going to provide you with an outsourcing guide since I don’t consider my self to be an authority on the subject and because I really don’t think it is rocket science. Just understand that it is a process and that it will take a little time for you to master. Your first attempts might not turn out too good but I promise you that as long as you stick with it you will find the right people to work with and you will save tons of time and money in the long run.
Here are some personal recommendations for where to look when outsourcing content:
Feel free to add more recommendations if you know of any by commenting below. I’m sure everyone will be very grateful .
SEO and Link Building
This is probably the section most visitors to this page will want to read. 2012 has been a very busy year when it comes to SEO with all the changes and updates Google has rolled out.
SEO isn’t dead yet and from what I manage to gather, it might even become easier than it was in early 2012.
Sounds strange, ah?
Here is how I see it. The biggest impact all the major changes Google made during 2012 is FEAR. I think it was more of a physiological warfare than anything else. This FEAR is what caused many wannabe SEO’s to feel lost and stuck and they just stopped building links.
What most people doing SEO are asking themselves is what links should I build now and how I should go about getting those links and not having a specific answer for these questions causes them do to nothing.
I know because I’ve been there.
The thing is that we actually know the answers to these questions but that FEAR that Google managed to create stops us from realizing it.
Build Your Own Blog Network
I’ve asked a few of the SEO’s and internet marketers that I respect and follow what they think of the Google changes and what will they recommend doing and most said that building your own private blog network is the one of the ways to go.
This is of course not something everyone can or should do as it is not something that takes time to build and need to be done right so all your effort and money won’t go to waste. I can tell you that I planned on building my own private network a while back, before Google implemented their changes but I ended up not doing it which something I regret.
There are many people out there that know SEO and how to build links post Google Panda & Penguin and will do it for a very low hourly or fixed price.
Just check Elance or oDesk and you will find thousands of applicants. You probably won’t find the best ones on your first project but as you do it this more you will get better at it and that is something you must master if you really want to build a business that will grow and last for a long time.
You just simply can’t do everything yourself and even if you could, there is only so much one person can do. Learning how to outsource is probably what made my business grow the fastest and brought me great results.
Don’t over think it and just start.
WordPress is the only platform I am using for all the sites I am creating as I am sure that is the same case for you. If it isn’t, than I would love to know why.
Under themes I would like to recommend two great themes I purchased recently and I simply love them. Each theme is designed for a specific purpose and both themes deliver.
OptimizePress – This theme is all about helping you create squeeze pages, landing pages, sales funnels, product launches and membership sites easy and fast.
Heatmap Theme – I recently got back to building AdSense monetized niche sites and I decided to get the PRO version of the Heatmap Theme as I previously only used and recommended the free version. I can know say that you should get the PRO version as it is much more powerful and feature packed than the free version.
Be sure to read my Best AdSnese WordPress Theme posts in order to learn what the Heatmap theme is so great and why I recommend it for those that are building niche websites. The main reason I love it is that it is very customizable and comes with more than 20 ready made, drag n drop, widget positions so adding ads and banners is as simple as it can be.
Thesis – I can’t recommend WordPress themes without mentioning the great theme I use to run this blog. I am using Thesis and I love it. The main problem with thesis is that if you don’t know how to code it might be difficult for you to get it to look different than all the other thesis based sites out there. This is where Thesis Skins come into play and it took me a while to find a skin that I really love and that gives me all the options and features I need (and more) and the skin I am using on this blog is called BlogSkin by ThesisAwesome.
The second major part and what makes WordPress so great is the ability to use plugins. I would like to share with you some of the plugins I think you should be using on your blogs.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – Forget about All in one SEO or headspace. WordPress SEO by Yoast is the best SEO plugin for WordPress and you should not be using any other plugin and if you are, make the switch. If you don’t know who Yoast is, than I recommend you find out by visiting his blog at Yoast.com. Don’t be intimidated by all the options that you will see, here is a simple guide that will show you exactly how to setup this plugin.
Automatic Bonus Delivery Plugin – If you are promoting Clickbank products and you are using bonuses as a way to get people to buy from you than you would probably want to know that you can automated the entire bonus delivery process. This is another great WSO purchase I made and it will also save you tons of time as your bonuses will be atomically delivered. Easy and short setup and your buyers will get their bonuses and will even be added to a buyers list (if you want) on autopilot without you needing to waste your valuable time.
W3 Total Cache – Loading speeds is becoming more and more important and it is definitely something you should start paying attention to on your blogs and sites. The W3 Total Cache is the best caching plugin and it will improve your sites performance. Since it is a very complex plugin with many options and features I recommend you read the following guide on how to set it up. Be sure to check your site loading time before and after you enable the W3 Total Cache plugin so you will be able to see the huge difference it can make.
BackupBuddy – After being hacked once and the site getting bigger I knew I needed a better backup solution than the free backup plugins that are out there. After some research I decided to go with BackupBuddy and I am more than happy with my decision. Being able to automatically backup everything (widgets, themes, plugins and SQL database) and also send it to Amazon S3 and/or Dropbox made my life easier and I know that my blog is safer now since I can restore everything with a click of a button if something really bad happens. Be sure to read my BackupBuddy Review to find out all the reasons that helped me choose this plugin over the competition.
Hybrid Connect – There are many list building WordPress plugins out there but this one is the winner in my book. You can check my Hybrid Connect review or visit the official website to learn all about the various features that makes this plugin the winner in its category.
4 Hour Workweek – This is my current bible. Read it 3 times and I learn new things every time I read it. I love Tim Ferriss and I love the type of lifestyle he is living and showing how he was able to achieve it in this amazing book.
Do The Work – This is an amazing book written by Steven Pressfield that really hit home run with me. You can read my thoughts of the book on my Do The Work – Overcome Resistance post I wrote after finishing the book for the first time.
The War of Art – Another book by Steven Pressfield. After reading Do The Work I had to read this book and as I expected, it is another masterpiece. The biggest obstacle we have in life is ourselves and this book will show you how to go about winning your inner battles.
4 Hour Body – This is the second book written by Tim Ferriss. It is not about online business and making money but I still think it is great and I enjoyed reading it. I am sure everyone can find some great topics inside this book. If you haven’t watch the book trailer (yes, this is the first book with a movie trailer) than you really should check it out on YouTube.
Steve Jobs – The official biography of Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs made a dent in the universe like only a selected few have been able to. I really enjoyed reading his biography and I learned a lot about him like how big of a role LSD had on his life . Great book about a truly great man. Don’t miss this one.