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Google Sniper Sites in 2014 – Do They Still Work?

The  ‘Google Sniper’ method first became popular about five years ago – in 2009 when George Brown posted in the well know Warrior forum about his new method.

Since then there have been a number of other popular internet marketing products and methods based on this method – or similar methods (BTF, for example).

But does the original method still work now in 2014 – after a number of Google Penguin and Panda updates?

And if not – what does?

The Method in a Nutshell

A simple explanation of the GS method would be that it essentially involves combining an SEO trick with affiliate offers to make money; taking advantage of Google’s preference for sites with relevant keywords in the URL, page content and links to rank a site.

But there is a lot more to it than just that.

George’s guide goes into the method in detail, and pays close attention to the most important part; selecting a niche and how to find profitable and easy to monetise key words.

I go into more detail in my review here if you’re interested.

Has it ever worked?

Yes – there are a lot of people who have built, ranked and successfully made money with the sniper method.

Some of Google’s updates from 2011 onwards have been to combat the large number of ‘sniper sites’ from out ranking older and more established sites, that in itself if testimony to how many people have successfully used this or similar methods.

But many of the principles of the original sniper method (now updated anyway) are still effective; good keyword research, on page SEO, back links and key words within the domain and/or URL.

Does it still work now, in 2014?

There are still a lot of these sites around – despite what Google has done to reduce the number of them in some of their search results (payday loans being a prime example)

There are still many examples of successful Google Sniper sites in 2013 and 2014.

Perhaps the best example is just to look at some search results for valuable keywords – such as the term ‘google sniper’ which this site ranks on the first page for:

https://www.google.com/?#q=google+sniper

This site that you are on now uses basically the Google Sniper method – but with a few additional tips that I’ve worked out along the way, while building a lot of these sites and making money from them.

I review the whole GS course in much more detail here if you are interested.

How easy is it to rank a site using the GS method?

That depends on the keyword – but the method, now updated for 2014, does still work – as do other similar methods like those detailed in Bring the Fresh by Kelly Felix.

It can be pretty simple; there are still lots of sites ranking and I’ve done many myself.  Head over to the BHW or Warrior forum and you’ll see people who talk about the sites they have ranked using similar methods.  Or search for a keyword like the one above to see the number of sniper sites that rank on the first page.

I don’t want this post to turn into a Q&A though, as I’ve done a separate one of these here.

If you have any questions you want answered or would like to see the answers to some popular questions, I’d recommend that post.

Otherwise, I’ve written up a full review of Google Sniper by George Montague Brown here.

Are Exact Match Domains Dead Now in 2014?

If you’ve been reading about Google Sniper, Bring The Fresh or anything to do with EMDs (Exact Match Domains) or ‘sniper’ sites then you will have heard something like this; ‘Sniper sites are dead’ or ‘are EMDs over now?’

Are Sniper Sites Dead?

Well, the simple answer in my personal opinion is no, they most certainly are not dead – they still work and they work well.

Are EMDs dead

This site and many others like it – those ranking for keyword phrases that are similar to the words in the domain name – are living proof that exact match domains and sniper sites can and do still work.

However, with so many changes to the way that Google ranks websites, you do need to be careful not to over-optimise your site – or it could be penalised and may then be blocked from the top 100 pages!

What are EMDs?

Just to clarify, an EMD is an ‘Exact Match Domain’ – a domain name that matches the key phrase or keyword you are targeting in the search engine results pages (SERPs).

For example, if you want to target the term ‘google sniper review’ and set up a site with the URL www.googlesniperreview.com that would be an EMD.

You don’t need it to be 100% exact though – you could almost as easily rank, all other factors being equal, www.googlesniperreviews.com or www.googlesniperreview101.com as well.

What has been happening with Google lately?

They have been changing their algorithm to reduce spam sites and irrelevant results in their SERPs.

One of the things they have been targeting is ‘over optimised sites’ – that is ones that seem to be too well optimised to a particular, often valuable, keyword or key phrase.

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You will probably have seen recently the number of spammy affiliate sites that occupy much of the first page of results for a lot of key words – and then they all disappeared.

Well this has happened a few times since about 2010.  Google are believed to have been applying a penalty to sites that have been optimised too much – for example, sites with a key phrase in the domain, the URL, all over the page and as the anchor text for about 80% of the links pointing to the site.

If you are interested in a good example of the sort of sites I’m talking about, here is exactly the sort of thing they were trying to stop.

Does this mean that you cant use EMDs any more?

No – you just need to make sure you don’t over do it.  Here is a helpful guide.

Do not:

    • use exactly the same key words for more than 10-20% of the links to the site
    • point all the links to one page
    • have over 2% target keyword density on the site
    • over use the same key words in the headlines
    • over use the same key phrases in the
    • build thousands of links a day to a brand new site

As long as you o not over optimise the site, it should be fine.

Google Sniper System

The Google Sniper method has been updated a number of times since the changes Google made – I’ve written a more detailed review of GS here, but in short it is a good method and if you want more detail about how to make profitable sites it certainly is the guide I recommend.