My Passive Income Report [October 2012]

October was a fun month, mainly because I was on vacation for over a week (more on that below) and tax season (the 10/15 deadline) ended.

As far as income goes, things were pretty stagnant – as I expected, my income level returned to where it was at prior to last month (when I made a decent amount from an e-mail I sent out).

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to make that last big push to make sure 2012 ends on a high note.

Anyway, let’s get into the specifics of October…

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Google AdSense Fails Me AGAIN – It’s Time to Move On

As you might recall, I wrote about when I was banned from AdSense nearly 8 months ago.  It’s been my most popular blog post in terms of comments (200+), and ranks #2 in Google for the commonly searched phrase “Adsense account disabled“, right below Google’s own page regarding the issue.

It was a hot topic then, for me and many others.  It ended the monetization of my niche sites, and combined with Panda/Penguin algorithm updates, basically set me back to ground zero.

The title of this blog post gives you a pretty good idea of what I’m going to discuss here today, but keep reading anyway.

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Ranking on Page 1 for “Make Money Online” Without Even Trying [Case Study]

Sometimes SEO works in mysterious ways.  With all of Google’s algorithm changes, and the basic fact that no one really understands all the components of Google’s algorithm, strange things can happen.

People tend to focus on the negative observations, but sure enough, positive ones occur probably just as frequently.

I was faced with one of these positive occurrences, something I came back to after my 8 day vacation overseas (which is why I haven’t been able to respond to your comment or e-mail lately, in case you’re wondering).

This actually blew my mind when I saw it - one of the most competitive keyword phrases, and I’m ranking on page 1 (without even trying to).  I decided to turn this startling observation into a case study to see if there’s something we can learn.

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How to Get REAL Backlinks for Free (Without Much Effort)

If you’ve read about and learned the basics of SEO, you know that backlinks are important for the ranking of your site. More important, however, is the fact that backlinks can range widely in quality.

Generally, the easier it is to obtain a backlink, the lower quality it is (there are exceptions, of course). I don’t ever claim to be an expert on SEO, but I wanted to share with you a very simple strategy that I tried recently, that helped me get a real backlink without having to spend any money.

When I say “real”, I mean that it isn’t a backlink I manually built for myself with content on an article directory or Web 2.0 site, and it isn’t something auto-generated by software.  Also, I didn’t have to write any content (i.e. it wasn’t a guest post).

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My Passive Income Report [September 2012]

September is over and so is summer, unfortunately.  It was fun while it lasted. Hopefully, the cold months ahead will mean more productive times indoors…we’ll see.

From an earnings standpoint, September was actually awesome for me, as I saw a big jump over August.

Before I (or you) get excited though, it’s important to understand why earnings were unusual, and evaluate the likelihood of repeating these results in the following month.

Let’s get right to it.

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Dominating ALL Keywords in Your Niche: My Authority Site Keyword Strategy

Many of us are familiar with the niche site keyword research process, and if you’re not, I’ve written about it in some detail before.

You know the drill: Find a keyword, research its competition, find a related domain name (exactly matching the keyword if possible), and hope that your SEO efforts allow you to rank highly for that keyword. It’s not an exact science, but the process is fairly standard.

For authority sites, it can be a bit different.  Although you might begin targeting one keyword, your ultimate goal is to dominate many keywords.  This is complicated by the fact that SEO and keyword research may not be your primary focus as it would be for a micro-niche site.

Today I’m going to share with you my keyword research strategythe exact keywords I’m targeting, and how my authority site currently ranks for those keywords.

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