Hey guys, after not doing much SEO related work in the past 3 months as I mentioned in my last post on SEO/Adsense I’m starting to work hard on it again. With public blog networks possibly losing a lot of power in the future I really want to consolidate my website “portfolio” to websites I want to work on in the future. So those 5 page websites that have been passively making me $5-20 a day? Time to sell them because I’ve been losing rankings on these “stagnant” websites in the past 3-8 months and while they don’t do a lot of my overall income (less than 20%) they could definitely be sold for $1,000 + on flippa which is about a years worth of income from each of them if you calculate $100 per month (each of them averages around that) * 10 months which is the bare minimum formula to sell adsense websites on Flippa (that I see thrown around anyway). It’s very easy to take over an adsense website for a potential buyer so they tend to get a higher price. Especially when you can prove that all your traffic is free and has been existent for 3-6+ months (aka not just a lucky month you were #1 on Google).
Anyway, more on Flippa at a later date… I might do a post on my experience with it. I’m probably gonna sell 2-4 websites.
New websites – Keyword Research
So I’m looking to at most only work on about 3-4 blogs/websites in the future and thinking of which ones I want to focus on.
I recently started getting into the topic of lucid dreaming (aka controlling your dreams) and I figured maybe I should do a website about it. I mean I already have to record my dreams and other things I am trying as part of the experience and maybe it’s a decent niche.
I’m currently back to using Secockpit for keyword research (that’s my affiliate link that provides a 5 day trial) since I have a lot of keyword research to do this month for new/existing websites and while I like the free google keyword tool, it’s not the best use of your time when you are dedicating a lot of time to keyword research. Especially when you are making money online and the more time you have (with good time management and using software/VA’s that help you) the more money you can eventually earn. I had done a semrush review about a year ago (crazy how it’s been almost exactly a year since the last time I’ve done a lot of keyword research…What’s up with me deciding to work full time on IM when April kicks in??) and I made a new video around using secockpit to help with keyword research today.
Even if you don’t want to use Secockpit but are interested in learning more about keyword research, make sure to still watch the video because I go into the whole mindset I use when looking for new niches or keywords for my sites.
I think a lot of people are stuck on the keyword research phase so hopefully this video sheds some light on the process. UPDATE: I forget about some of the columns in Secockpit, I made an image below explaining how I use them to quickly analyze keywords in terms of competition.
With yahoo backlinks having being phased out over the last year Secockpit is definitely a bit more important in the process of analyzing your competition but as a newbie I would not waste too much time with those values because you don’t have much experience knowing what you can beat or not anyway… Either way, things in SEO are not black and white so a lot of the time I try to aim for keywords that in the top3 have some lame IM guy ranking that does not truly care (that definitely counts me in for a few niches my small sites are in… Which is why I want to sell those sites and focus 100% on the ones I want to work on). I know that I can beat him and if my content/website is better people will choose my site over his in the search engines. While this is not “perfect” by google currently they will definitely go more and more towards this approach as they perfect the panda updates and other algorithm tweaks they do each week/month.
When you start and need to learn a lot of broad experiences, make a few websites on different topics/niches and try to rank on many keywords, starting with the ones you might have personal interest in.
Let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions. Any subjects you guys would like to see in future posts?
Thats pretty much how I go about grabbing keywords for articles, but when I look at potential niches using secockpit I add the Adsense Value column and Adwords comp. column. Now I try to target broad niches that I can rank inner pages with vs the main keyword. Trying to do “authroity” type sites that I am interested in. Cuz it does suck to have a ton of sites to look after that I have no interest in. Great video and thanks for that…
I would def like to see a vid or post on how to sell sites on Flippa. Like the process and how to fill out the form etc… I have 4 sites that I would like to sell.
Something I would mention on the topic of selling sites is that you might want to use http://statcounter.com/ immediately. It’s free and you just put the code they give you inside the wordpress plugin. I got it setup in under 5 minutes the first time. I never had Google analytics on these smaller websites and I was using a shitty reporting feature so I figured it might help the trust people have on my websites. With statcounter you can allow guests to log in and see your website’s stats in Flippa (flippa has a field for this). So I figured I will let it collect a few weeks worth of data so potential buyers see that my sites are still ranking fine (which would be my concern if I was buying a website currently…).
So ya, if you know you are selling them and if they do not have google analytics I would recommend you switch to stat counter right now so you can allow it to gather data for when you sell later 🙂
Oh and I COMPLETELY forgot you can customize the columns in Secockpit… I’m gonna update the post because some of the additional colums are AMAZING, especially knowing if youtube videos or sniper sites are ranking for that keyword. Thanks!
Really enjoyed this. Shane Melaugh is the man. Most keyword tools heavily UNDER-deliver, however, this looks really good, I’ve been meaning to give it a try. Wish it was a onetime instead of monthly payment, that’s my only real gripe. But, I figure you can get it for a month and get all your keyword research for the next 6 months done.
100% Agree. This tool is the bomb, but the monthly fee (which is quite high too) is quite annoying. If it was a $20-40 monthly fee I might have it full time or get a 6 month plan based on that fee (which would have another discount) but at the current price I usually only use it for 1-2 months when I need it (which I am currently since I want to get some new keyword research done).