Keyword rank trackers or position checkers or whatever you want to call them have been around since SEO was first established. They are the easiest way to report your SEO services back to clients and a good keyword tracking software can sometimes make or break a deal. In this post I’ve reviewed 5 of the front runners in this industry, across 4 main criteria – Usability, Pricing, Display/Reporting and Additional Features. All of which are rated out of 10 to give the scores you will see. Links to products are affiliate links, but also non-aff links are also placed.
Today marks exactly 2 weeks at #1 for SEO Freelancer. (Google.co.uk)
Aside from the fact I enjoy bragging to my friends about this achievement, it does bring a nice steady flow of leads into the site, without any active advertising or reach out, which is always nice.
This was an active keyword I chased for around 4 months. At the same time I was also able to rank for some other semi-decent keywords, such as: private seo consultant #1, freelance seo / freelance seo consultant (page 1). And now it’s achieved and secured I’m looking for a new keyword to target.
As I like a challenges, I’m going to be trying to rank #1 for “seo consultant” in 90 days. Although this is not the most competitive keyword by any stretch, to go from nowhere to the #1 seo consultant in the UK inside 1 year would be an awesome achievement for me and as I’m competitive I think making it a challenge to myself and my entire readership of SEO Oasis (all 7 of you) motivates me further.
Current results are below:
As you can see I’ve bounced around page 2 for around 2 weeks, currently sitting at #16.
Sidenote: Just in case your feeling particularly generous, the site is: https://ghostmarketing.co.uk (not seo oasis) feel free to link ;).
Over the next 90 days I will be writing posts titled “the quest” here – to keep everyone (and myself) updated on progress and exactly what I have done to achieve these rankings. Give me a follow on twitter to stay updated. I’m also actively looking to write guest posts anywhere and everywhere now too, so contact me if you need anything technical or want an awesome post!
Promotions – Part 1 – Building Trust
My current promotions for the next 20 days will be as follows:
- Strengthening the brand image in Google by getting my clients to add a review on my G+ page.
- Building 20 high quality unique web 2.0 sites with high TF, all anchor text being branded.
- Building an additional 100 citations + indexing them in Google.
- Hiring a PR guy to try and get some strong media links
- Sort site speed issues, currently a terrible 77% in GTmetrix!
That’s all the promotions for part 1, next post will be 20 days in on the 24th June.
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If you haven’t heard of it already, the 80/20 rule is a business phrase that essentially means: “80% of your results, will be achieved by 20% of your actions.” It is also referred to as the pareto principle, but personally I think 80/20 is more catchy.
Anyone who has a successful business will know this, and if you are one of the individuals still on the grind to business success (like myself), then you will know that knowing where to spend your time and money IS the most important decision for your business’s life. This rule allows you to be a successful in business whilst keeping your sanity / social life at the same time, as I think we are all guilty of the late night seo grind for the extra link / .2 second faster site or improved tone of red in our proposals! And although I’m not saying those things aren’t important. They aren’t the difference makers to a start up business.
Spend 20% of your time doing the things that result in 80% of your results!
SEO and the 80 / 20 rule in action
I’m a bit of a marketing/business book nerd (although the bank balance doesn’t show it). I feel I know what works and what is a waste of time. Let’s go over a few concepts everyone in the seo industry should know:
1.) There are 2 types of currency TIME and MONEY – You have to input one to get the other.
2.) Your most valuable asset is your PRODUCTIVE TIME (Work smart, not hard!)
3.) 80% of your outcomes (whether this be rankings/sales/clients/happiness) will come from 20% of your efforts/time/inputs.
It’s also important to note the 80 / 20 principle can be applied to life; health, fitness, business, sales, marketing, happiness, hobbies, anything! Find the 20% that works and do it again, and again and again!
Now that I’ve got my “I read business books” quotes out of the way we can get started on the important stuff.
Productive time and SEO.
The reason I’m writing this entire post is because I’ve recently been tracking my own “work time” and discovered some interesting things based on the 80 / 20 principle.
I discovered, the 80/20 principle is 100% TRUE, maybe even more drastic 90/10, 99/1 in some cases.
I also assume that a lot of digital marketers are suffering from the same problem too – Spending to much time on the things that dont work and not enough time on the 20% that will make you the real money! To give you an example, lets look at something that most SEOs already know: ON-PAGE.
80% of on-page seo is summed up by the following: Titles, URLs, H1 tags and images…Everything else is extra; SURE site speed, code, SSL, videos and even text are semi-important, but they make up the 20%!
So don’t spend 5 hours on your site speed if you have only spent 10 minutes on your titles!
Also kill the dead time in your business. I know I’ve done all the below things this week. How many of you are guilty of the following:
- Checking domain metrics you are never going to buy.
- Continuing through FB/Twitter, long after you checked/found what you were looking for.
- Checking your rankings more than once a day.
- Responding to emails you know are going no where.
- Watching videos / Webinars of things you already know / trying to sell you something
Why do I think we do these things? Well: Information overload and human nature if you ask me. If you’re like me, you watch videos, read articles and do things that you eventuall believe will benefit your business. AKA Research! But the majority of the time, it doesn’t…I’d say over 95% of the time I spend “researching” has no direct effect to my bottom line.
Spend more time doing what works!
Don’t hate the person who works 5 hour weeks and makes 10 million a year… They use their time wisely, learn and copy!
There is an incomprehensible amount of information available online now, especially with the content marketing revolution (which by the way is a posh way of saying PR) but all this means is we are spending more time “learning things that we already know.” (go back to the on-page point!)
Time – Work Smart not hard!
One statement I hate more than possibly any other in the universe is “Oh I don’t have TIME“. This is a posh way of saying “I do not think my time is best spent doing this action” or a nice way of saying “I do not want to do that.” Which is fine if your looking to preserve someone’s feelings, but in the dog eat dog business world F*ck feelings. Check out these reasons why you’re currently not successful, what’s the top one? Procrastination! Change these and you will be successful.
SIMPLIFY YOUR BUSINESS
If you only remember 1 thing from this entire article let it be this:
Spend more time doing the 20% of tasks that generate you the 80% of results!
Personal example of the 80 / 20 (more like 99/1) rule in action: I wrote an article slating Mark Wright (the apprentice geezer) back in December. This article took me around 20 minutes to write and ranked top 3 for “climb online” until his lawyers got involved. All in all, writing, re-writing and promotions took me around 4 hours. This article resulted to 3 new clients, all of whom are still with me with a total of about £3,500 and growing…. £875 an hour is not a bad rate.
If you make £500 a month currently, switch your thinking to doing more of EXACTLY what made you that £500 in the first place, lose and forget what didn’t work and scale the things that did and you can be at £100,000 by year’s end. And I know that sounds like an Alex Becker video, but its true, the first dollar (or million) is the hardest, once you master that: —- Money BREEDS money. —
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This post is simply on where I am going in the coming months of my entrepreneurial career. I’ll be focusing on 5 main aspects, of which I am looking to drive extremely hard over the coming 90 days and will report on the results.
- Video SEO – Over the past 15 days I’ve created a number of videos and began video SEO or VSEO with a relative amount of success, going from page 2 to 1st for 1 highly competitive keyword, and also testing promotion methods and refining processes that now allow me to rank for medium competition keywords in 5 days. I will most likely be bringing a course out on this, it would be a paid one as don’t want to increase competition too much as the process involves $20 and about 2 hours of your time and is super effective!
- Authority sites – Promoting my already established authority websites. More on this in a later post.
- Amazon business – There has been some huge talk in the SEO industry about how important amazon is, but I’m going to do this a little bit differently to what most SEOs would generally call an Amazon marketing campaign. This will be more of a business model in itself, which will fit into the skill set I already have.
- Ghost Marketing and HQ SEO – My SEO company and freelancer front. These will always be a big part of my seo career as now (especially Ghost) is so established it would be stupid not to continue pushing towards growing my client SEO profile, although I may take more of a focus on local seo as this is where my skills lie.
- Foreign SEO sites – Another test of mine that has thrown up some interesting, promising and unusual results, there will be a case study on this soon, so stay tuned for that. The method is simple and involves creating foreign affiliate sites to promote offers (like the good old days) competition is lower and search terms are pretty similar in most cases. This process also nicely integrates into the amazon and video SEO portions of promotion.
That’s my plan for the next few months, let me know what you guys are doing!
Thanks for reading.
Updated: September 2017
CPA is a common way to use your SEO skills to generate a solid income. Individuals in the SEO industry are making over £1,000+ per day solely from CPA offers.
The ground rules are the same as any other business / SEO model. Get a strong offer, research and analyse your keywords and set up a profitable site.
I won’t bore you with KW research as there is enough information on that, instead I’ve just compiled a list of the top 5 CPA networks, as finding offers can be a pain in the a**.
5 Best CPA networks of 2017 (For Internet Marketers)
1.) Maxbounty (Aff link)- Been my long term favourite, always deliver payment on time, never had any issues with support or communication, commissions are high and fair and the interface dashboard is easy to navigate. The only issue I have with Maxbounty is they don’t have that many offers and many are country specific. But all in all always a solid network to work with especially if your starting up. This goes for the majority of CPA networks actually, the choice of offers is very high but the choice of real high converting offers, not so much. Update for 2017: Don’t do much CPA stuff anymore but Maxbounty is always my first stop for new campaigns and offers if I do. Site has evolved nicely in the last few years but the core elements are still simple and well built.
2.) Peerfly – Despite a buggy display this is another great CPA network, amazing support from whoever your affiliated with and a good range of offers to boot. Just the slow, unresponsive display is the only disadvantage for this network, why these circles appear on my page I will never know….. Update for 2017: Got banned here, not really sure why and don’t really care as it was so long ago but at least this shows they check their affiliates (maybe too much though.)
3.) Share a Sale – Dashboard looks like it was designed by a toddler, but that does make it painfully easy to navigate. Offers are awesome, there are loads of great offers for SEO/I.M. websites on this site, such as optin monster. They are constantly adding new great merchants and as a result are now the go to network rivalling Clickbank. They are mainly an affiliate network but currently have 300+ CPA offers and more importantly they aren’t country specific, so traffic from anywhere in the world can convert for you. Update 2017: Still going strong and actually really like this network moving forward.
Never Blue – Yet to use never Blue yet but heard strong things about this network and the client list featured below shows they are a great network to get in with. Update 2017: Re-branded to GlobalWide Media and no longer offer CPA services.
5.) CJ – In my opinion a terrible CPA network but has to make the list just because of the sheer volume of offers on the site. Thousands of offers to promote from some huge providers too. Update 2017: CJ got brought out at some point recently, although have heard very little actually changed. Highly regulated so if you are serious about affiliate marketing with the top cpa sites then make sure you find yourself an affiliate manager you can trust and ping emails if anything does go haywire!
Sidenote: Some people recommend using offer vault for searching for the best CPA sites. I’m not a huge fan as the features are very buggy and they are not affiliated with all the CPA networks. Call me crazy but I prefer using this weird tool when searching for affiliate programmes.
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