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  1. I haven't posted here in a while Richard, but this was one of your absolute best posts/threads ever. I use admin renamer...so you are saying that the original admin is still in the data base? It renames as opposed to creating a new user. If you could clear that one up, I would appreciate it. On a separate but related side note, I found a really cool account name and password generator: http://passwordsgenerator.net I typically make passwords with 20+ characters, including special symbols. I went to one website that calculates how long it would take to crack it, and it said 6 trillion years with an Intel i7, ROFL. I also rename my account names using this generator as well. I am glad to see you are such an .htaccess fan. I use it for everything, including affiliate links, IP blocks, country blocks, and bot blocks. But you opened my eyes on a lot of finer points here. I never bothered to work on the permissions (which I really should care about more, and will now that you wrote up such an excellent piece). Thanks again. p.s I just had a few PBN's hacked...and guess what? They didn't come in through wp-login.php. They did a cPanel hack. And I found it because I found one of their files, and a few words in that file led me to a cPanel hack site. So now I strengthen cPanel to 20+ character passwords.
  2. Last year after Penguin I started a thread on this. I was hit hard, so I had to take any measure to get out (one site was a six figure income). I did the 301, and everything was perfect for 6 weeks. I had all the traffic, rankings (I even ranked higher for a large # of terms), and then it crashed. So I recovered income for 6 weeks which was good, but I still ended up in the ditch. I didn't do this on just one site, but a bunch of sites. All sites where I did a 301 the penalty passed. The penalty will pass - trust me. Although you say that rebuilding is out of the question, I don't believe that is the right way to look at it. I had some sites hit on the more recent update, and all I am doing is saving the website, put up junk on those same pages, get everything crawled, wait for the cache to begin showing the new junk content (about 2 weeks), and then move everything over to a new website. Then some linkbuilding. And everything is getting resurrected very quickly. You have a large site, and you don't have to do it all at once. You can take the pages that are penalized, start there, and do this in parts to a new website. So say you have a 300 page website, and 100 pages are penalized. I would target those pages first (save those pages or the entire website, put up junk on those pages, etc.). Once the junk is cached, I would get the new site going. Put up a new homepage, move over the penalized pages, and start linkbuilding (proper, safer linkbuilding for the long term). Then you can recover and make lemonade out of those lemon pages. You then can have two sites making $$, or you can gradually move everything else off the penalized website. I personally don't believe in keeping a website where some or all of it is penalized - it will never be the same.
  3. I think you have two choices. Basically you can get more aggressive with link building, build smaller sites, rank, and then fall at the next update. Rinse and repeat. Or build a bigger site, take a softer, higher quality approach to linkbuilding, and maybe not knock the lights out in ranking, but score on a lot of search terms and build steady traffic - while being relatively immune from algo updates. It all still works. There are plenty of us doing it full time. It just takes a lot more work to make the same amount of money. I think a lot of people have dropped out of affiliate marketing as I am seeing a lot less affiliate websites lately.
  4. Congrats Terry! I used to backpack a lot, and I have to say, those are some gorgeous mountains. You are spot on regarding doing it with fewer links. When I read your post I felt like you were reading my mind, lol. I have been working on conversion for nearly 15 years now, and that's where you can double and triple the money - Amen. Best of luck!
  5. Ron

    Interesting SEO study

    ^^I totally agree. I can't say I have ever seen such a scholarly analysis of ranking factors. Nice share - thanks.
  6. Great post! I'm.away and wont be on my pc till late tomorrow, so i couldn't see for myself. People were freaking me out lol.
  7. Once the linkbuilding is in place and the rankings are happening, I probably spend 90% of my time increasing CTR. Most of my time is spent on-page, but I do fiddle with the serp listings a few times until I feel I have it right. One person I was talking to pretty much summed up why so many in seo suck at CTR and conversion...because all they learned to do coming into the industry is rank, rank, and rank, and linkbuilding. Whereas someone that has a true marketing background is focused on CTR, conversion and monetization. How true.
  8. That was just discussed here: http://trafficplanet.com/topic/6593-any-value-in-high-pr-blog-posts-that-roll-off-home-page/
  9. ^^Exactly. The business model that works for affiliate marketing keeps changing, and you have to adapt. It doesn't mean you have to like it. In fact, now that I think of it, I really can't think of one person that likes their 9 to 5 job. So I guess in my worst case scenario I am like them. ^^Exactly (I think I just said that).
  10. Not speaking for Terry, but I think what he is getting at is that while the true power lies in homepage backlinks, you do get additional little boosts from new high PR sites (the blog posts) - but so long as you do it on a regular basis. Yes, they roll off and go to an interior page (just like today's articles on CNN roll to an interior page which is profoundly natural), so yes, you lose that high PR power. But just like CNN, you do get that interior page on a reputable site, and usually you get some decent PR and authority with that page over time - all is not lost. So from experience I can tell you that blog posts on high PR sites are obviously not as powerful as HPBL's, yet they have their moment in the sun on the homepage, and definitely inherit some juice once they fall off to inner pages. It's just another arrow in your seo quiver.
  11. The lifetime of a site keeps getting shorter. I'm not technically a churn and burn guy, and I used to like when you could put up a good size site, add new things, and rank those new things quickly. Now I am forced to break bigger sites down to several smaller sites with each focusing on their own sub-niche. The silver lining is what Richard and others alluded to: it just keeps getting easier to rank - so that is a huge plus. The downside is that it is harder to stick for long periods of time. I think you just need to have a mentality that most sites are going to have a limited life, and you just need to cycle in new sites to replace the ones that will eventually get hit anyway. None of this is particularly fun, but you can still make a great living with it.
  12. Go clean, don't 301. I did it right after the penalties, it helped for about 6-8 weeks, and then I was toast, lol. Every site where I did that, it followed me and caught up with me eventually. Don't do it. It's so easy to rank a clean site. In fact, it's easier to rank a clean site. And you have the ability to make your links exactly the way you want them to be.
  13. I have seen it all over the place. I think I know which search term you were looking at, and there are 2 sites in the top 6 using the exact same tactic. In fact, one of the sites had no less than 600 Russian PR1+ sites linking to it (I did an export and checked PR - gulp!). You can't buy that many links, practically speaking. I think it has to be one of the founders of SAPE doing that. That is just way too many links to buy on a gamble. But if you own the network, well, then it surely isn't a problem. The good news is that I know I can't compete there, so it sure saved me some time to do the research
  14. Thanks Steve - you were very thorough and I appreciate it. It used to be so much easier before the updates (like 2 years ago) to snag a domain. Now you just have to be a lot more careful. I agree that it is much trickier to make it work as a moneysite. For me at least, I think it is easier (less hurdles) to qualify these as pumper sites. That was excellent about SEMRush. I totally forgot to include them in the research process. Anyway, thanks a bunch!
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