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What are the top ways to make money online in 2015?

This is something that I get asked a lot – and that is seems many people looking to make money as affiliates or ‘through Google’ and that are asking, so I wanted to dedicate a special post to it.

Where I started

When I first started with internet marketing, a long time ago in the summer of 2008, I began with Google PPC ads and some Clickbank affiliate links.

I made my first commission pretty fast – it took about a day to find a product to promote, put together a simple website and a few landing pages, research the keywords and build my ads. It was an exciting moment when I got my first sale the next day!

That site went on to make me a few thousand dollars in affiliate commissions over the space of about three months, which I was very happy with because once it was set up I didn’t really need to do much else for the money to continue coming in apart from monitor my spend on Google Adwords and optimise the site and Adwords bids a bit.

The downside came when Google reduced my ‘quality score’ to 1 and I lost all my traffic – and income from that site. This happened to a number of affiliate sites (I’d built more by then) that I had – and many that other affiliates had too.

Since then, Adwords + Clickbank (or many other affiliate networks) hasn’t really been a moneymaker anymore, and I moved on to try other methods.

A lot of people will tell you that it was easier back then. And it is true that there were some simple – and fast – methods for making money online that worked much better then than now.  But there are many more opportunities now too.  All is not lost – quite the opposite in fact!

Affiliate Marketing is Dead, Long Live Affiliate Marketing

In 2011 I discovered that I could get the same sort of traffic that I was getting buying clicks on Google Adwords using highly targeted and simple SEO strategies – called ‘Sniper Sites’ – but for free.

The highest CTR that I managed to get with my PPC ads was about 15% and the average was less than 4%, but the top search result in Google’s organic listings gets as much as 45% of the people who searched clicking through to that site.
So I started focusing my efforts on simple SEO strategies – and the results were great.  More traffic, more affiliate commissions, more profit (there were no PPC costs).   Oddly lower conversion rates though, but that didn’t matter that much.
I’ve written more about the key features of a sniper site here if you’re interested in learning more.
Also I’ve reviewed the best selling guide to making money with this method here – George Brown’s Google Sniper.
It went well, but got more complicated the following year when Google released updates aimed at removing affiliate sites from their results.
A lot of my sites were hit – none of the sites that were making money in 2012 or even 2013 are still in the search results or earning any money now.  Other affiliates were too, which got rid of a lot of the competition too.
But I built more, adapted my methods and continued to rank sites and make money – this site ranking for the term ‘Google Sniper’ and similar long tail variants is evidence of that.

What works now then?

Google has changed and SEO site building affiliates have adapted their methods.
Indeed with so much less competition and a lot of the most spammy methods of ranking a site effectively invalidated by Google, in many niches the lack of competition has made things much easier!
Fundamentally the key principles still work well – and there are a lot of affiliates making money with them in 2015.
The Google Sniper method has been adapted, and with the third version of the program released earlier this year there is no sign of that changing any time soon – indeed I would say that now is a great time to start.
Click here for more information about the sniper method and for my own review of the latest version of Google Sniper.

Site Updates – Many To Come Soon

This is my first post in a while – so sorry for the long wait for any updates.

Unfortunately I have been neglecting this site a lot lately.

But the reason is that lately I’ve been working on building and making money from the type of sites that I talk about here (among a few other things) – so will have some good updates and useful articles to post here again soon, over the next few weeks and months.

In the meantime though, what I’ve written about George Brown’s Google Sniper method is still true; it can and does still work (with some modifications and updates – now available in the third version of the course as well as on this site and other sites like it) and it is possible to make money as an affiliate marketer (and other ways, but this is my personal favourite) in 2015 and most likely beyond as well.  There are a number of articles on this blog that you may find interesting and also some links to other useful resources.

Please come back again over the next few weeks – I’ll be posting some new and interesting updates then!

Here are some links to posts that may be of interest:

Sniper sites in 2014

Purpose of this site

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.

Google Logo

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.

The Case Study I’m Going to Use

I’ve mentioned before that I plan to use a site as an example of how well the ‘sniper site’ method can work.  So I think it’s time to introduce the site I’m planning to use as a case study:

This site – TheGoogleSnipers.com

I will be it’s own case study!  I’ll probably write about more later, but as I plan to rank this site for the terms ‘google sniper’ and ‘google sniper review’, as well as some other similar smaller key phrases, it makes sense to use it to show that this is possible – after all, one of the main reasons I’ve set this site up is to show what can actually be done.

I will also be doing some more ‘overview’ and less in depth reviews of sites that have been successful – like this one that (once) ranked for this very competitive key phrase, for example.  But these will come later and wont be a working case study – rather just examples of what I’ve seen work well for others.

From time to time I build and work on other sites that are targeted to certain profitable keywords – I may use these as examples too if they are interesting.

Please give me suggestions too though – I really want to get a discussion going like this.

I’m happy to offer advice wherever I can.  Although I may not be an expert, I’ve made a number of successful sniper sites in the past – and hope this will become one of them soon too!

The Google Snipers.com – the Purpose of This Site

Hello,

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you arrived on this site after typing in something like ‘google sniper review’ or ‘what is google sniper?’.  This site if for people who are either already using the ‘Google Sniper’ method to make money on line and are looking for a resource and a place to find ideas and research opportunities – or you are thinking of buying George Brown’s guide and want to find out more about it first.

Well, you are in the right place.

I really hope this site will be of use to anyone interested either in George Brown’s guide or the method itself.

Please note – this is not the official Google Sniper site.  If you are looking for that, it can be found here.

 Why have I set up this site?

I’ve made a number of ‘sniper’ sites that I’ve used to drive traffic to offers and make money as an affiliate.  Indeed, this site is an example in itself – you’ve probably arrived here after typing in something along the lines of ‘google sniper’ – or similar.

I want to use this site to show what can be done with the GS method – and also talk about some other additional strategies to make it better so anyone who is interested.

I’ll be writing a review and Q&A post, as well as some case studies of sniper sites I’ve successfully built and others that I think are interesting.

What is it for?

It’s for those who are researching the GS method and those who are using it already but looking for additional ideas.

Hopefully it will be useful to the people looking for more information about GS.   Please feel free to join the discussion by commenting on any of the posts I make – reader questions and feedback is what will make the site even better and more useful.

I’d like your help though…

I cant do a good Q&A post without some questions – and I can’t write a good review or research and write up useful case studies if I don’t know what points people are interested in; what questions you want answered.

So please either email me or preferably post a comment under this or any other article on this site (you’ll need to register first, as I want to avoid spam comments – but please know your email address will be safe and not sold on or used for marketing).

Let me know what questions about GS or the ‘sniper method’ you have and want answered – and also if you are already building sniper sites, what (if anything) you feel stuck and want advice with.

Is the Google Sniper method any good?

I am going to write much more about this here in good time, but for now I will say this – yes.

In my opinion it is an effective and potentially profitable method – it is what I started with when I first made money as an affiliate online in 2011.

Since then I’ve added a lot to what I originally learnt from George Montague Brown’s guide, but the basic idea of it has been very effective for me.