A Quick Update, and Thoughts on “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

Wow, life has been hectic the last few weeks!  School, extracurricular activities, and personal life have pretty much put a kibosh on getting any passive income creation done.  The concept of passive income was proven, though, as I got a few click-throughs on my AdSense ads over the last few days.  Work I did weeks and months ago was still sitting there, working to bank me a little cash.  Notably, I had my first click-through on the garlic site, and I had my highest CPC to date with a $1.22 click-through on an Infobarrel article.  In the great big money-making picture, the clicks aren’t coming fast enough yet to cover expenses, but each one is a powerful psychological motivator.

Since I don’t really have much to share in terms of my own endeavors over the last two weeks, I thought that would talk a little about some interesting commentary I’ve read about one of my favorite books, Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  I had been on J.D. Roth’s excellent blog, Get Rich Slowly.  I read some recent posts, then went back through a couple of older ones, including one about his suggestions for books on personal finance.  I was a little surprised to see that he hadn’t included Rich Dad, Poor Dad in the list, as I personally find it to be very inspiring. Continue reading

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Another Reason to Avoid Blog Blueprint

Working on keyword research and personal stuff has kept me pretty busy the last week, which is why it has been a whole week since I have posted anything new.  This is going to be a short post just to let you folks know that I haven’t gone anywhere.  I will post something with a little more meat later in the week.  For now, though, it’s more depressing news about the quality of the Blog Blueprint service.

I found yet another of the blogs on which Blog Blueprint had posted my “high-quality” backlinks.  The blog was, not surprisingly, only a PR 2 blog, below the range that BB was specifically supposed to provide.  Far worse than that, though, was the fact that this one blog was used for three of the backlinks that the service created, including two posts on two consecutive days.  Multiple backlinks from a single domain are worth far less for SEO purposes, and this is another indictment of the lack of quality or honesty with the program.

This happened to be the final straw that made me decide to seek a refund of my purchase price of the service.  Unfortunately, ClickBank (the vendor through which the company takes payment) will only issue a refund to the payment method initially used to make the purchase.  I used my Visa check card to make the purchase, and my bank just switched over to Mastercard debit cards, automatically canceling my Visa in the process.  Now I have no idea whether or not the money can even be refunded. I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out. :(

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The Keyword Academy, or “Trying Something New”

After my less-than-stellar results with Blog Blueprint, and after realizing that I stink at keyword research, I have decided to sign up for the 1-month free trial through The Keyword Academy.  I read a review on their keyword tools and the site looks incredibly professional, so I figured I’d give them a shot.

The cost after the 1-month trial period is over is only $29 a month (or $33 if you opt for the “Pro” version), so even if I give it three full months of testing, I will have paid less than my first month of SEO Blueprint.  The monthly fee apparently includes access to backlink-building tools, so this seems like it may provide a lot of value for the money.  I’m hopeful, but I will reserve final judgment until I see some results.  If nothing else, The Keyword Academy’s site is completely free of the sleazy internet marketing sales pitches so common in this game.  I’m looking at you, SEO Blueprint… Continue reading

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Comparative Value, or Why Your $134 Might Not Be A Waste

My last post was by far my most-viewed to date.  With 30 visitors to the blog over the course of the day, I nearly doubled my previous high of 16 visitors (yes the traffic I’m getting so far is still very low).  I’ve been thinking about Blog Blueprint a lot the last few days, and some things have occurred to me that hadn’t when I wrote the initial review.  As a result, I’d like to update you all on exactly what I think my experience with the service really means.

First of all, I want to get the negative stuff out of the way.  I stand by my statements that the advertisements put out by the company are intentionally misleading.  The blogs on which they post links for customers appear to fall within the PR 2-4 range, and not the PR 3-5 range advertised.  While there may, in fact be some PR 5 blogs in the mix, I did not personally see any of my backlinks on them.  What I’m saying is, if you are considering this service, base your decision on getting mostly PR 2 backlinks with some PR 3’s and a few PR 4’s.  Do NOT anticipate the PR 5’s they say you will get, as they are unlikely to materialize. Continue reading

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Blog Blueprint, or How I Wasted $134

In my backlinking strategy for my first niche site, I used a service recommended by Pat Flynn over at the Smart Passive Income Blog.  The service was Blog Blueprint, part of a larger package called SEO Blueprint.  This is my review.

First of all, the service isn’t cheap by any means.  For Blog Blueprint by itself, the cost is $57 a month, recurring. For an additional $10 a month, you get access to the full suite, which includes two additional services, Article Blueprint and Link Blueprint. For the sake of getting Article Blueprint, I opted for the full suite. Continue reading

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Well, I Think It Looks Pretty Good

Before I go into today’s post, I want to take care of something…

During the redesign I realized that my two favorite commentators had only been getting no-follow backlinks for their comments, and I wanted to make sure to correct that by sending them some Google Love. Thank you, Stephen and Yolanda for being regular readers and thoughtful commentators. :^)  Now, on to the post. Continue reading

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Excuse My Mess…

So, the look of the blog is obviously in the process of changing. I’m basically redesigning (well, redesigning would require that I had designed something in the first place…) everything from the scratch.  What I’m trying to say is, please pardon the fact that nothing will look the same for more than a couple of hours at a time over the next few days. Also, navigation may temporarily become a little difficult if I accidentally neglect to re-add some links during the transition.

I really like the high-class look of the Thematic theme, which is what I had been using, but it is just incredibly plain.  I am having real difficulty learning how to modify WP themes manually, so I didn’t have the ability to spice it up like I would have liked. My solution to this problem is making a switch to Weaver.  Based on the default Twenty-Ten theme, Weaver also happens to have 20 premade sub-themes and a metric $#!&-ton of customization options.  The settings pages even allow you to modify the CSS for each element without having to dig into the stylesheet file directly, which is just awesome! Continue reading

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Content, Content, Content

I have talking about my new niche site, and I made a promise to reveal what it is.  I was hoping to have a little more content on it first, but I really don’t want to keep putting off telling you what it is any longer.  The new site is about Good Pets For Kids.

The last few days of last week were one big push for content for me, and I do think I got a pretty good amount done.  It just isn’t anywhere near enough, though.  Especially with Google’s recent announcement that their algorithm for search-engine rankings has been adjusted to favor content more and backlinks less, getting more content posted to my niche sites is paramount in my mind. By the end of this week, I need to have at least seven more pages of good content added to my new niche site, and I really need to give my first niche sitea complete makeover somtime within the next two weeks.  On top of that, I really want to knock out a bunch of InfoBarrel articles, both to drive traffic and link juice to my various websites, and to start generating more direct revenue from that site itself. Continue reading

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Why I Need To Learn How To Make My Own WordPress Themes

I have been working hard since Thursday to get as much done on my passive income properties as I could, and I have learned a few things, both about myself and about the internet marketing game.

The first thing I learned is that my first niche site is for keywords that are way too competitive for a total SEO newbie to have taken on.  Even with an exact keyword match for my domain name, my garlic site has still only reached the #7 spot in Google for the benefits of garlic.  My ideal keyword is hanging out down at #14, and some other good keyword phrases are at #15, #25, and #26.  I need to produce a ton of additional content for the site and do a lot of backlinking to get it to the top, and it’s just killing my motivation.  And despite putting in a lot of hours trying to make it otherwise, the site is still badly designed and ugly as sin, which doesn’t help my motivation either. Continue reading

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Of Weekends and Niche Sites

I just got out of my last class for the day (it’s so nice to finish my Fridays by noon), and my weekend has officially begun.

So, why am I bothering to start my post out by pointing out the obvious and telling you that it’s the weekend?  Because, dear readers, this is my first real, honest-to-goodness weekend since August!  I had forgotten just how nice it is to have two whole days in a row when I know I don’t have to go to school or work.  It’s me time, and it feels great!  It has been less than a week since I left my job, and it has cut my stress levels so much I can’t even believe it. Continue reading

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