A Major Milestone

I was about to post about another domain purchase Terran Marketing made today when I noticed it was going to be the 100th post on my blog. So, instead of posting about our latest purchase, I just wanted to take a moment and thank all my readers who have inspired me since I started my blog about 8 months ago.

To say the least, I was very conflicted when I decided to start this blog. I’m a fairly private person by nature and don’t like to talk about my personal life or business dealings with people I know, let alone total strangers. However, as I stated towards the end of a blog post back in February, I felt like I had some social responsibility to pay forward some of my knowledge.

There are risks talking about your plans, successes, and failures in a public forum. Besides the obvious of looking really stupid when something you do doesn’t work, there is also the risk of creating undo competition with your projects. This is something I’ve been dealing with already – with people copying my site’s themes, strategies, and even content (word for word). However, I refuse to let it get me down or let a few people ruin it for everyone else. I’ve had people copying my ideas since the early days of the online poker affiliate industry. They say it’s the greatest form of flattery, but I’m not sure about all that.

I’ll post about our latest purchase later this week, but for now I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for inspiring me to keep the blog going. The number of positive comments that I’ve received have been humbling. It makes me feel good that I’ve been able to help others start an online affiliate business or make their business more successful. In my second 100 posts I plan on focusing on SEO strategies more. I was enjoying my series on How To Build An Affiliate Website, but got derailed when I sold the site earlier this year. This is a series I plan on picking up again in my next 100 posts. We have a couple projects coming up that I think will be perfect candidates for this.

In the mean time, stay tuned for a post about another great domain name purchase we made this week…..

8 Comments

  1. Isn’t it counter productive to copy content since they’d be negatively affected SEO wise?

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    • Bill – FYI your comment went into Spam. I’m not sure if it’s b/c “poker” is in your URL or what. Anyway, good to hear from you.

      Yes, it’s totally counter productive but it hasn’t stopped people from doing it. Check out copyscape.com against several pages on wordpressthemes.com and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Totally sick.

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  2. Great Stuff! Please continue. I really enjoy stopping by daily to see this next big thing. It’s amazing to be able to watch your ideas grow.

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  3. Well done MJ! Your blog is awesome and it has helped motivate me to push into new markets. Your series on building an affiliate website is honestly one of the best legit resources on the net IMO

    Thanks for all you do my man

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  4. Agree with the above –

    Hi Mike,

    Really liked the bit about focusing on SEO. I’ve been getting penalties from Google all over the place recently, and it’s been frustrating. Even on aged sites with 9o% branded anchor text I see penalties when getting just a few keywords links to money pages. I swore to never buy links, yet it’s hard not to point a few to the ones paying the bills. Google’s algorithm seems really sharp at the moment. Maybe the trick is to point branded links to the money pages, or to spread out the link building over a few weeks or months. I’m talking single digit links here, from PR3-PR4 sites that aren’t affiliate sites. Even that seems to trip filters temporarily.

    Seb

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    • In this day in age I practice 100% white hat SEO. The only grey hat thing I do at this point is buy links in directories (only quality directories). I’m very convinced that Google is better at detecting purchased links that most people give them credit for. I’d rather it take longer to get to the top than wake up one morning delisted. I’ve been there before and it’s just a horrible feeling. The only advice I can give you at this point is to continue posting good content and work on getting white hat links. The site will come back strong than ever. That much I’m sure of.

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