Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Keyword Academy Article Directories

One of the hidden gems of The Keyword Academy's cheap paid membership program is their article directories. I have recently performed a test using them to see if it would help me make money with Hubpages. In fact, it already has.

About 2 weeks ago I slammed one hub with 40 different links from the Keyword Academy's article directories. (I did it all at once.) 4 keywords were targeted... Here are the before and after rankings:

Keyword 1
2 weeks ago rank = 46th
Now rank = 7th

Keyword 2
2 weeks ago rank = 18th
Now rank = 7th

Keyword 3
2 weeks ago rank = 10th
Now rank = 7th

Keyword 4
2 weeks ago rank = 46th
Now rank = 5th

The anchor text in my links were split up 25% to each of the 4 keywords. And it's in a higher competition niche than Court suggests getting into. Number One is an Amazon PR5.

Now I am spreading my TKA Article Directory link building out amongst a bunch of hubs that I view have high money making potential. In order to really make money with Hubpages, it is very helpful to have access to 50 different domains on which you can post a bunch of little 125 word posts, each with one link pointing to a hub.

My big question when I did this experiment was if the hub would be penalized for spammy backlinks. I didn't think it would, but I was surprised at how quickly it shot up the rankings... as well as how far. In the two weeks since I posted all the links, I have made a little over $12 in Amazon earnings alone from this one hub.

From that graph, it doesn't look hugely impressive. You can kind of see how the Google traffic had begun to die down after the initial New Content Bonus.

This next graph (from Google Analytics) shows how the new links directly correlated to a complete turnaround in the weekly search engine traffic to the hub:

What that graph doesn't show is that the traffic is notably more focused now. Keyword1 is dinging several times a day. Will it continue to grow or will I have to add some more links? I have resolved not to touch it in anyway until a month of data is in.

Now, it took me several hours to knock out forty 125-word articles and to actually post them to The Keyword Academy article directories. Since then, their system has been upgraded and made faster. It has become my new favorite tool in order to make money on Hubpages.

From now on, though, I will spread out my link building so that it looks more natural. Instead of attacking one hub all at once, I'm currently planning out spreadsheets that will keep me organized in hitting all the hubs I want to "nurture" a little bit at a time. If I understand Google's algorithm as well as I think I do, then the same amount of links will have a much more powerful and long-lasting effect when spread out over at least 2 months.

The Keyword Academy is the perfect complement in order to make money with Hubpages.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Examples of Successful Money-Making Hubs

I thought I would give away a couple of the models I have used to learn how to make money with Hubpages:

1. The Truth About Wu Yi Tea

This hub has made over $200 in one day. It was made by Maddie Ruud, who is now a Hubpages employee. (I guess they realized she knows what she's doing!) Notice how she has perfectly relevant Adsense, Amazon, and eBay ads and products displaying all up and down her article.

If I had a few money-making hubs like this there's no way I would go to work anywhere. In fact, I don't go to work any "where" as it is... But I'd still prefer the passive income versus the money I earn writing (for others).

Maddie's hub ranks first in Google for the search "wu yi tea" which gets 81,000 searches a month worldwide. The Google Adwords Keyword Tool says that the term only gets a cost per click of $0.05 but I guarantee that this is wrong. Anyone who's ever used Adwords knows that Google basically doesn't let you display ads for less than $0.25 or so, and that's when there's no competition. Maybe this particular term has been somewhat diluted but there is still obviously a large and relevant inventory of ads as evidenced by the ones displaying on Maddie's hub.

(Google's sponsored links tool (shout out to Josh B) shows 54 different advertisers.)

2. Five Best iPhone Bluetooth Headsets

This is the hub that I showed a snapshot of in my post about making money with Amazon on Hubpages. It was written awhile ago by Mark Knowles. I read somewhere that it makes a couple hundred dollars per month through Amazon sales alone, although that may have been awhile ago. I imagine it's still doing pretty well, regardless.

It echoes my own thoughts (and experience) that electronics in the $50 to $200 range sell well. My own best performing hub last month was modeled after Mark's design of: brief review + picture followed below by the Amazon link. Rinse, repeat.

(Remember: I am still waiting on my Adsense account so in the mean time I am trying to make money with Hubpages via Amazon affiliate sales. I can't wait until I can turn on Adsense.)

If you're looking to build a super-hub you may want to read Mark's hub called How I got my hub to be on Google's first page. Not only is he helpful but he writes with... personality!

3. Want to Make Money with Hubpages? Forget the Myths!

This is a hub that I just discovered tonight. In itself I don't know if it's making money but the author displays her Adsense earnings screen shot showing two individual hubs which are making $96 and $90 respectively. Those were one-month money totals. She makes a great point about how you don't necessarily have to have a lot of hubs in order to make money on Hubpages (although that is one way that is certainly working for some people). Instead, you can focus on making a smaller number of hubs a lot stronger. I suspect this is what I will gravitate toward once I get my Adsense going.

By the way, she seems to like to write about computer viruses.

Other Successful Money-Making Hubbers

Now, Court from The Keyword Academy has stated somewhere that he had a $300 hub last month. He built 100 hubs for the HubChallenge and that was his best performing one. I think he had a couple others around $100. And of course a lot of duds, which is to be expected. With links and age they should perform better over time.

One last resource: the article where I first learned of Maddie's hub was this interview with Hubpages employee Ryan Hupfer. It may help you to believe you can make money with Hubpages -- if you're not there already.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Should You Use Kontera on Hubpages?

It's commonly believed that of all the ways to make money with Hubpages, Kontera is the worst. But is this true? Most hubbers will say yes, but there are a few who make a bit of cash this way. I have even heard of one woman who claims she makes $60 per month on only 100 hubs from Kontera alone.

I have only done a little experimenting with using Kontera to make money on Hubpages so far. And the results have been very unimpressive. I had a couple hubs around a political topic that got really hot all at once. Because there were no good Amazon or eBay products to sell around it, I decided to see what would happen if I turned on Kontera on these three hubs. I got about 1,000+ hits over the course of the next 24 hours and when I checked my earnings, this is what I saw:

I'm not sure how visible that shot of my earnings is, so I'll explain it a little. (It may get bigger if you click on it.) Basically it shows that I got 1,034 impressions and only 15 clicks. Well, okay. That's like a bad Adsense click-through rate. But then if you go on to look at how much those 15 clicks earned me? Twenty-eight cents. Each click was worth less than 2 cents.

At this rate I'll be dead before I get my first payout from them...

So, my analysis up to this point is that Kontera might be all right on the right hubs. It may be able to help you make money on Hubpages. A little extra money. I can't see it ever being worth actually designing your hubs around it.

But I really don't like the effect they have on the readability of pages. I know that this has nothing to do with making money, but it still bugs me. I noticed that WiseGeek uses them in addition to Adsense, and I'm sure those guys must have run the tests to see if it was worth it; to see if it damaged the Adsense earnings.

Anyway, here's my conclusion: block Kontera. Remove it. Turn it off. If someday you've got 100 or 200 hubs and you want to test it out for a few days, then go for it. But if you're not at that point yet it will only distract you from what's most important in terms of making money with Hubpages: getting a bunch of solid hubs up that are at least 550 words and have targeted some vulnerable keywords. First we have to get some volume going. Then maybe we can tweak things.

In terms of how to come up with some ideas for potentially vulnerable niches, I will be touching on that in my next post here on How to Make Money with Hubpages. I am going to give away at least one idea which I have not heard anyone else in the field mention yet. (I'm testing it out as we speak.) It's not your traditional keyword research.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

50 Amazon-Centric Hubpages in July

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This blog is all about how I and many others are making a significant (and growing) income off of writing articles on this great site. Basically how it works is that Hubpages is a trusted authority by Google, and thus it is much easier to rank for keywords by putting your content on their site instead of your own. In exchange for them letting you get a little piece of the Google love, they take 30-40% of the revenue generated by your content. You get to take home 60%. If you sign up through me I will get a piece of Hubpages' revenue, not yours. I repeat: signing up through my links here will not take away from your earnings at all.

All I ask is that if you are new to Hubpages you sign up through my links. In exchange I'll diffuse everything I learn here on this blog for free. Mmmm k?

Anyway, onto my exploits:

So I have just decided my goal for this month. But first let's go over what I didn't accomplish the last few weeks: I didn't create 300 hubs. Hahaha. It was a noble goal... Instead I made about 20 hubs. A couple have earned me a few bucks so far. To be more specific: it probably ended up being about a $30 income exclusively through Amazon sales. It was certainly enough to brighten my spirits at the prospect of earning money on Hubpages, a reaction that seems to be quite common amongst Internet marketers everywhere these days.

I have now compiled a hodge-podge list of keywords and products that I think I can do reasonably well for you in the Google search engine rankings. All of them correspond to items selling on Amazon, as that is my only good method of monetization right now seeing as I have no Adsense account. (Amazon is really a great program because anyone who is a "buyer" online already has an Amazon account and trusts them.)

July Hubpages Goal

I plan to make 50 hubs over the rest of July. Today is the 4th, so that gives me 28 days. I will be splitting the work up into 4 a day on the weekends and 1 a day during the week. (I double as, of all things, an article writer during the week or I'd be making 4+ hubs everyday; gotta bring home the bacon before you can bring home the pig.)

All of these hubs will be geared towards Amazon products, and now that I know what has worked for me with my first 20 hubs I think I will be able to better duplicate the successful ones and eliminate the strategies that haven't worked so far. In my previous post I alluded to the best Hubpages Amazon layout. So far I have found nothing that works better than that.

So, I think I might be done babbling here. I have work to do bringing together all my Amazon affiliate ideas that are scattered here, there, and everywhere around my apartment and on the computer. And then I have to create 4 hubs.

Link Building

A quick note about link building: I think I will put this on the back burner while I focus on creating 50 (or more) hubs this month. Maybe I'll spend the first week of August sending some love from Ezine, etc. I did that for my first 18 or so hubs and I think it helped. But it's best to divide up or batch work if possible. More gets done.

Remember: it's never too late to just take the plunge and sign up for Hubpages. It's not unrealistic to expect to create a couple thousand dollars a month of passive income. You just need time and a good work ethic. (If you lack one you can make up for it with the other.) I will continue to be here giving away my tips for you to follow.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hubpages + Amazon Revenue Update and a Nod to Keyword Academy

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So it's been awhile since I gave any update here. I figure I better reiterate what the original plan was and how it has morphed since the beginning of the Amazon + Hubpages experiment began on June 13. (That was 16 days ago.)

The original Hubpages / Amazon affiliate experiment

Originally my plan was to create 300 hubs by July 4th. I would've had to have been writing about 15 hubs a day. That has not happened at all. I got caught up a bit when I re-thought things and realized that could end up being a major waste of time. In all reality, I was probably just balking.

For all you new hubbers, the fact that I don't have an Adsense ID means that I am going to leave a lot of money on the table for Hubpages to pick up if I go and create a bunch of hubs. Nevertheless, I have seen some promising reas
ons to go forward with my plan to create hubs that specifically focus on trying to make money through Amazon affiliate links. (Hubpages lets you easily stick these product links on your hubs, provided you have an affiliate ID with them, which I do.)

Hubpages + Amazon affiliate revenue so far

So far I have made some good Amazon sales through some of my hubs. I have 25 total hubs. And I have made about $19. So, let's do some math so we can extrapolate this data out into the future:

$19 / 25 hubs = $0.76 / hub

That took place over 16 days, so we can call it approximately $1.50 per hub per month. That means over the course of one year each hub would be worth $18.

These estimates are actually conservative. The fact is that at least a few of my hubs are not targeting Amazon sales. (They do not even have affiliate product links on them.) Furthermore, some were thrown together haphazardly while others I concentrated more upon. Based on the little sample of data that I have so far, there is definitely a return on that extra effort involved in the initial creation of the hub.

$17 of that $19 came from one or two hubs selling the exact same product. What is that niche? I'm not going to tell you that. I will tell you the method I have favored and which has led essentially to all of my Amazon sales: Reviewing a product or multiple similar products, and puttin the Amazon link underneath each review. (i.e. in between two reviews) Whatever you do, I don't think you want to hide that buying opportunity amongst too much crowding on your hub.

The above is a perfect example of the way I've been laying out my Amazon hubs for the most part. It's taken from a hub which has done very well, producing I think a couple hundred bucks for the author, Mark Knowles, on a monthly basis. He is a great guy to follow on Hubpages because he represents the "well-thought out" approach to making money over there. All in all with this approach to making money online you end up doing less writing but more thinking. If you can leverage your brain you should be able to do at least as well as others who are bombarding the space with articles. This is kind of in keeping with Grizzly's less is more philosophy. We'll see how it continues to work out.

A community of like-minded money-makers: The Keyword Academy

Without the Keyword Academy, I never would've thought to get into Hubpages, so a big shout out to Court and Mark who have put together an educational resource and community of like-minded "make money onliners", many of whom (including your truly) who will probably end up being able to create a sustained passive income form applying what they teach.

If you sign up for the Keyword Academy, the first month will only cost you $1. You pay through Paypal and you can cancel through Paypal without dealing with Court & Mark at all. If you cancel before a month is gone by, then that is that and you go on your merry way. If you decide to stay on like I have decided to do, then it will cost you $33 per month. I can tell you it is the best money I have ever spent in my life, in terms of getting a financial return on money spent. By the way, make sure to sign up for the trial month which allows you access to the forum: this is the premium or $33 option. It's in the forum that I have gained most of my knowledge.

The bottom line is that making money online is not hard. It mostly requires a good model to follow and some work on your part. If you can grasp the basics and implement them, it should be easy to recoup any initial expenses (Keyword Academy, domain, hosting, etc.). After that it all starts to be come gravy, and if you have a bit of smarts about you, you will figure out ways to cash in on "the buying public" while genuinely helping them at the same time. This is what Taking Hub Mountain is all about: putting Google's love for Hubpages together with people's trust of Amazon in order to develop as passive an income as possible. All from the comfort of my computer chair in my apartment in New Jersey :-P So jump on board and let's tackle this thing while it's hot!

Monday, June 15, 2009

36 Hour Update

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9 hubs done in 36 hours. Not exactly on pace, I don't think.

1 hub / 4 hours = 300 hubs /1200 hours

1200 hours / 24 hours/day = 50 days

So, at this pace it'll take me 50 days to get to my goal of 300 hubs.

Why did I slow up?

I was so raring to go, but -- I hesitated because I started worrying about the fact that I don't have a way to get an Adsense account. I so curse the day I lost that now. What an idiotic thing to happen. If not for that, I'd be tearing through Hubs.

Hubpages are simply amazing. Anyone who might ever read this blog I'm sure will already know that, but I'm only learning it as we speak here. One question that still remains for me here is: will hubs fall quickly after their initial new content bonus? And after they fall, will they stay down? And how much will it take to prop up hubs at that point? (i.e. links)

How I'm approaching my Goal to Master Amazon sales on Hubpages

My strategy at the moment is basically this:
  1. Wisely pick a niche/keyword/idea to go after.
  2. Throw shit at that wall.
  3. Spend a good deal of time, effort, and thought on each of these before I throw them against the wall.
  4. Throw it at the wall.
  5. Go back and pick out a new target/keyword.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Et cetera.
Don't worry if that doesn't make sense. It makes sense to me, and it's what I'm doing. If it actually shows results, I'll flesh it out a lot more and concentrate on communicating my style.

Because I'm focusing on Amazon and not Adsense (at all), I'm applying some different keyword selection than Court and Mark recommend. In short, a good Adsense keyword can be a bad Amazon keyword and vice versa.

Example: "bad credit mortgage" is I think a great Adsense keyword. It probably has almost no A-zon worth. I think that customer is looking to get free information quick and fast; he doesn't want to order a book about how to get a fucked up mortgage for his shitty credit score and wait three fuckin weeks for it. Dial 1-800-OBAMA. It's quicker. (j/k)

For instance, I just did a mammoth 2,500 word post about five books that meant a lot to me. (Over on Hubs.) This is a real shit thrown at the wall type of hub. I am doing it mainly to see what happens. Does it pull in more long tails? Does Google like it better or worse? Does it gain me some sort of Hubluv? Is there even such a thing? I have an Amazon link to go buy the book at the end of each pod about each book.

This is the fun part of Hubs -- throwing shit out there and seeing what happens. Oooh it's such a surprise!

I link some hubs together and don't link others to see what happens differently to them. It's a really great science lab like that. You can pick up patterns better. I think picking up patterns is the real job of an Internet Marketer. If you can't do that, then you can probably make a living just following someone else's direction like Court. But if you can see patterns yourself, and the subtler the better, then you can go fishing for bigger fish and operate with more... diversity's not the word... ehhhh... with your eggs in a bunch of different baskets whatever that's called in investing. But you can grab fruit early on, too, etc., etc. If you're a good pattern seer you'll come up with internet marketing techniques no one else has invented yet. That has to be a good thing. All things equal.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

300 Hubs in 21 Days? OMG!!

Inspired by the infamous Ban Kung and his Make Money Online with SEO blog, I have decided to embark on an odyssey unlike any other ever undertaken in the Internet MMO world:

I will create 300 hubs
in 3 weeks
(aka 21 days)
starting tomorrow.

By 12:00am
East Coast US time
July 4th, 2009,
Independence Day
here in America
I will have created 300
solid-quality hubs:

each and everyone
aimed at making Amazon sales
because my Adsense is banned
and eBay won't accept me :-(

Just to clarify things I have made 4 hubs total in the past and they will not count towards the 300 in 3 weeks self-challenge.

There comes a time in every great Internet Marketer's life when he or she has to stop pussy-footing around this thing, pretending that there's a way to avoid working "like a dog" as Ben says.

At some point you have to stop thinking and start acting. Stop reading and start writing. Stop dreaming and make 300 God-damned hubs in 21 days. Even though:
  1. your Adsense is banned
  2. you have to do your day job
  3. Hubpages might not maintain its high view in Google's eyes
  4. Hubs take 40% of your money
  5. "Well it's not such a good long-term strategy... Bah bah bah."
While you are making your excuses I will be making a ton of money, or else setting myself up to make a ton of money, or at the very least I will be very solidly learning that I just wasted 3 weeks of my life oh well. The potential reward outweighs the risk.

Enough blather. I have to plan my strategy so I can get at least 10 hubs done my first day tomorrow.