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Income Report: January 2015

By Chris Lee 18 comments

monoflat_icons_278I haven’t written on RankXL in a long time – almost 3 weeks. But it’s with good reason. I’m really excited to announce here that I crushed my goal of $10k/month in January (final figures at end of post). It’s an amazing feeling achieving a goal I set for the entire 2015 in just the first month. And it also shows you that you can still crush it with niche sites and Adsense, and that the niche site Adsense model is still very profitable.

It’s also kind of a weird feeling. I’m not going to lie. It’s a bit of a weird feeling. Bittersweet almost. I started the year with this giant overwhelming motivation to reach this goal and work my butt off to get to it. And to be honest, I reached it without doing any work (at least since the time that I set this goal).

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How I Get Permanent Links From Wikipedia for Every Website I Build

By Chris Lee 53 comments

wikipedia linkWikipedia has a very good reputation as being nearly untouchable by SEO spammers. It’s one of the biggest, and most authoritative websites in the world, and it allows just about anybody to go in and edit the content… without even logging in or anything.

Even so, it’s been immune from spam for the longest time. Impressive.

I’m going to show you the proper way of getting a link from Wikipedia. If you do it right, the link will be permanent and pass any manual review by an editor.

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How to Find $100/Day Keywords with No Competition

By Chris Lee 53 comments

no competitionThe way I do my keyword research is a lot different than it was a few years ago. In the past, I would look for any uncompetitive keyword that was getting 500-1000 searches a month and rank them within a month or two. These days, it’s not so easy.

Google gives so much weight to domain authority now that it’s getting significantly more difficult to build sites to a quick $10/day. But this does, however, make it easier to get to $100/day.

Why? Because once you build up enough authority to rank for anything these days, your domain carries enough power to rank for smaller long-tail keywords with far less effort than you needed in the past. You just have to know how to find the right keywords.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Adsense CTR (Click Through Rate) and CPC (Cost Per Click)

By Chris Lee 113 comments

adsense-placementThe biggest mistake I see with people using Adsense as their monetization strategy, is they forget that Adsense is a CPC based network. You get paid per click, not by impression.

Yet over and over again I see people not laying out their ads on their sites to maximize their income potential.

Forget traffic for right now. I’m going to show you how you can close to double your income from your existing traffic with a few optimization tricks I’ve picked up over the years.

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Finally!! #1 Rankings for My Biggest Keyword Ever

By Chris Lee 14 comments

Last year, I started a giant authority site project. The combined total of keyword searches for the 5 main keywords is 745,000 searches with the biggest one getting 245,000 searches per month. Did I think I would get that much traffic, passively all free traffic from Google when I started the project?

No. I expected more. As I noticed with all of my authority site projects, the traffic from long-tail keywords far outweighs the traffic from the main keywords. However, ranking for the main keywords (the most competitive, and most searches) maximizes the traffic I receive from long-tail searches.

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