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New Whitehat Link Building Tactic: The Grapevine Protocol

I’ve been keeping this tactic a secret for a while now.

And honestly, I couldn’t decide if I should write about it or not.

I could be wrong, but as far as I know, I’m the only one doing it (or at least writing about it).

And here’s what happens when we write about a new link building tactic on a blog: a small percentage of the people reading it--the black hats looking for shortcuts--immediately start cooking up schemes to abuse the living sh*t out of it.

One of the only reasons I’m doing it is because I don’t think it’s remotely scalable. I also don’t really think there’s a black-hat way to do it (although, if history tells me anything, I’ll be eating my words later).

But it is dead simple.

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The 55 Best Affiliates Programs For Bloggers in 2017 (Post Amazongeddon Edition)

Amazongeddon… March 1, 2017… a day that will live in infamy.

Kidding. Don’t be so dramatic. And this post is not about Amazongeddon. It’s about affiliate programs.

People are freaking out, though, and it’s important to understand why so many affiliates are currently scrambling to find new programs.

So here’s what happened.

The Amazon Associates program has historically awarded affiliate commissions on a volume-based model. The more you sell, the more you earn. It started around 6% and went up to 8.5%.

Amazon is a general goods retailer; they sell everything. And among general goods retailers, 8.5% is pretty high. Hell, 6% is pretty high. It’s been high on purpose because if Amazon attracts the most affiliates, it makes the most money.

However, some categories have significantly lower margins than others. Electronics, for example, are far less profitable than luggage. The margins are simply just slimmer.

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SEMRush Review & Tutorials (2017 Edition)

SEMRush Review & Tutorial

Being the first marketing tool to focus on competitor-based keyword research, SEMRush quickly became popular with SEO’s and marketers. Today, not so much- especially when compared to it’s closest competitor, Ahrefs. Not only did it underperform if some areas, but it completely lacked the tools needed to properly evaluate keyword competition.

Get 2 Weeks Free Trial With The Coupon Code "SEMRUSH-JKCQ31XC" (or click here)

Important Note

All the ratings & reviews have been made from an SEO perspective. SEMRush also offers PPC tools but we decided not to review them in this review, mostly because we don't think we're using PPC enough to give you a proper expert review.

Review of: SEMRush

Use: Competitor keyword research

Effectiveness

It finds a good # of keyword opportunities, but analyzing SERP competition is a pain

Price

It’s expensive for what you get. Ahrefs does the same and more for pretty much the same price.

Ease of use

The interface is a little confusing at first, but doesn’t take too long to get the hang of things

Support

Support options are pretty standard, but I did get a speedy and quality(ish) response via email

We Like

  • Easily uncover your competitors organic rankings
  • Check top performing pages for winning content ideas
  • Quickly identify the keywords with the highest traffic potential
  • Find thousands of competitors using a single seed URL

We Don't Like

  • Keyword difficulty metric is unusual and unreliable
  • Backlink analysis reports some very inaccurate data
  • The traditional keyword research functionality (still in Beta) is weak
  • Unable to carry out any manual SERP analysis from within the tool
  • User interface could be a little overwhelming for newbies
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Site Architecture: How to Beat High-Authority Sites with Fewer Links Using Silo Structure

I want to show you something that on the surface defies logic.

Let’s look at the keyword “christian mingle reviews,” a good keyword with solid search volume.

Definitely in the “doable” KD range, but would take a bit of effort, especially since higher-volume keywords tend to be slightly tougher to rank for.

...which is why this might be a surprise…

Of course, there are plenty of people who use hidden PBNs and the like to rank for these kinds of keywords, but I don’t think that’s the case here.

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How to Come up With a Good Blog Name: Future-proof Your Branding & Niche Angle From Day 1

My site was only getting 400 visits per day when one of the biggest brands in my industry sent me a cease and desist and ordered me to hand over my domain.

By pure chance, I’d picked a brand name very similar to a major company in the space. And it really was an honest mistake; when I first started my site, I literally named it after my own dog.

Needless to say, the lawyers were not nice. And I was freaked out.

But it really wasn’t that big of a deal (of course it would have been more painful if I’d done a ton of marketing under that domain, but I’d only been marketing for a few months).

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KWFinder Review & Advanced Tutorial – The Best Beginners Keyword Tool

KWFinder Review & Tutorial

KW Finder is an excellent keyword research tool that really simplifies the keyword research process in a way other tools just haven’t managed to do.

It offers a comprehensive data set to keep veteran SEO’s happy, but still manages to present that data intuitively inside their user-interface to keep it all noob-friendly.

We liked it so much here at Authority Hacker, we even used it exclusively for one of our new sites.

Free Trial then $12/month

Effectiveness

Gives you almost everything you need for effective keyword research, all in one place.

Price

One of the cheapest premium keyword research tools on the market right now.

Ease of use

It has an intuitive UI that makes it super easy to use, even as a beginner.

Support

Multiple support options including a very responsive live chat support.

The Good

  • Probably the most intuitive UI of any keyword research tool on the market
  • Web-based application - bypassing most compatibility issues
  • Strong data aggregation for keyword analysis
  • Multiple research options for unique keyword opportunities
  • Reliable, one-click keyword difficulty score for any keyword
  • Fast and high-quality support
  • One of the cheapest keyword research tools you can buy

The Bad

  • Potentially strict request limitations for heavy users
  • Keyword results are capped (also affecting the import feature)
  • SERP Checker preview cannot be customized
  • Doesn’t support multi-tabbed keyword research
  • Not ideal for competitor research
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How To Trade Money For Contextual Links (Without Buying Them) And 1 Free Copy / Paste System Template For You To Use

Gael's Warning Note: Epic rant incoming                 

In this post, Perrin goes into a pretty long rant about how inefficient / lazy most people trying to trade money for links are and points out the real life mistakes that puts their business at risk.

It's a read many people need, but not a read many people want. It will not bring us lots of search traffic or links but hopefully it will create the mind shift needed for long term success in the heads of those who pay attention. 

However, if you just want the actionable part of building system that trade links for money, just click here, we've prepared a copy/paste process for you ;).

Know what I hate? The shortcut mentality people have when trying to reach a goal.

Especially in SEO. I hate them because SEO is not a short game. It’s a long game. And taking shortcuts, to me, represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the business -- particularly for authority site builders.

Yes, there are proud black hats out there who use short-term tactics on purpose to make “churn-and-burn” sites. More power to them.

That’s not us, and if you’re reading this blog, it’s likely not you either. But I still see it: people seem to be drawn to shortcuts like moths to a flame.

And do you know where I see it the most? Link building.

It’s no mystery that people hate link building, but it’s still weird. Because here’s the thing: link building is a core competency. It’s one of, like, maybe three fundamental skills you have to learn to do SEO and/or build an authority site.

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SEO Copywriting: Tips & Secrets of a 10-Year Professional Writer

Here are just a few of the thousands -- yes, really, thousands -- of things I’ve written and published in my life:

  • Critical literary essays
  • Insurance guides used by Fortune 500 companies
  • About a dozen poems
  • Articles in trade magazines
  • eBooks published on Amazon
  • Massive case studies for blogs like this one
  • ...and, of course, a sh*tload of SEO-driven articles for the web

In fact, the last time I took stock, I’d written and published close to 1,500 articles on various websites, all of which I’d classify as “SEO copywriting.” That’s not an exaggeration.

Here’s the crazy part, though: of those 1,500 articles, only about 200 were ones I wrote for myself -- for my own websites -- to make myself money.

The other 1,300 were written mostly for one giant website.

If you know me now, that probably sounds crazy. I’m a site builder. I hire writers. I don’t write stuff for other people.

Would Perrin really write 1,300 articles to make someone else money?

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How Switching To The Authority Site Model Allowed Perrin To Build a Stable $7,504/Month Income

Gael's Notes                 

If you have been following us for a while, you may have noticed Perrin has been authoring most of the blog posts for a few months but hasn't had a proper introduction.

He has been helping on the blog side while I have been focusing on growing the Business and member area side of Authority Hacker and growing our other authority sites.

I am far from giving up on blogging though and hope to have more time for it next year (I am still on the podcast though)

If you followed Niche Pursuits in the past, you've probably heard of Perrin, but if you have not, here is a quick introduction of how he went from someone just "dreaming" of making money online to making some, to losing everything and to rebuilding it all the right way.

Perrin's one of those people who constantly innovates on 'classic' marketing tactics, which has made it really fun to work with him--and in many cases to coach him--as we grow our sites alongside each other, swapping strategies and creating new techniques along the way.

I'm happy to say his authority site is doing well and he is writing for us by choice and not because he needs the money anymore (not that we don't pay him!).

He now makes around $8,000/month from a site he started just 20 months ago.​

Sit back and enjoy his story!​

$97… that’s all I got for it.

It was basically my only form of entertainment: my Xbox 360.

But I needed a job. Bad. The problem was that my wardrobe was 100% t-shirts and jeans. I needed a job, but before I could even book interviews, I need something to wear.

And I was dead broke...

So I did the only thing I could: I sold my Xbox to a goofy 10-year-old kid on craigslist. It was my only option. I had $35 in my bank account, there was no way to pay rent next month, and I absolutely needed to buy a suit for job interviews.

I sold my baby for $97, took the bus downtown, walked two more miles to H&M, and bought the cheapest suit I could find.

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13 Creative Ways To Come Up With Blog Post Ideas So You Never Wonder What To Blog About Next!

How many times has this happened to you?

You sit down to write a blog post and... nothing.

You know your blog needs content to grow. You know your audiences.

Maybe you even have a little traffic. But no matter how long you sit there it's still just... nothing. 

Here's the good news: there's a much better way to come up with blog post ideas than just staring at a blinking cursor and waiting for a miracle.

More importantly there are methodical, efficient, ROI-driven ways to come up with blog post ideas that can drastically increase your odds of doing well with Google or with your existing audiences. 

Of course, what follows certainly are not the only ways to do it. 

These are just some of the best ways we've found for our businesses to keep the content machine churning out quality articles.

Let's dive in.

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