Are you looking to get into the world of internet marketing? Do you want to know how to run a successful internet business? You've come to the right place. My name is Adam White. I have been involved in running successful internet businesses for the past 10 years.
Now I spend my time fixing up and selling websites for huge profits, also known as flipping websites. My whole philosophy is to build websites that are completely automated so you can make money online while you do whatever you want. Read more about the Prosperly Way.
Last Updated August 2012
Since Prosperly's inception, I have been a proponent of Flippa, formerly Sitepoint Marketplace. Flippa is the main website where people go to buy and sell websites. Whenever I have sold websites in the past I have always dealt directly with the buyer and never used Flippa to sell before. I finally decided to try them out Continue Reading
What the heck is link cloaking? To be as plain as possible, cloaking affiliate links is the art of showing your visitors an internal link when they mouse over an affiliate link so that the visitor doesn't think they are leaving your site.
For example, one of the websites we used to run was a site that provided leads to online Continue Reading
Can you make money with clickbank?
We have posted before about how our favorite way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. This has been our bread and butter and has by far generated the most money with the least amount of ongoing effort.
One of the biggest affiliate networks around that you can make money with is ClickBank. This Continue Reading
Yesterday I came across a Google ad on someone's website. The ad caught my eye because they touted how they made $7k a month posting links on Google. So I clicked on the ad and it was a story about a young guy who believe it or not grew up in the exact city where my office is.
Since he made a point to mention it twice I knew something Continue Reading
I know that watching websites plummet in the search engines can make the prospect of buying and selling very scary. As with all things there are risks to this business. (and remember, for every site that fell out of the results another replaced it)
I just wanted to write a quick post and let you know that I am still both buying and selling websites. Things are always going to change, you just have to be able to adapt with them.
For example, link building has to be done much differently now than it did a year ago. Doing it wrong can kill your rankings but doing it right will still get you to the top of Google.
I am in the process of selling 2 websites that I bought recently (less than 5 months ago), and as soon as the deal goes through I will post the results here. I will tell you that we are making a nice profit.
There is money to be made in the world of website flipping.
In conclusion, don’t get discouraged and don’t panic. Flipping websites is still a viable business.
I have to say I am so sick and tired of the stupid changes Google is making. They are trying so hard to stop people from doing SEO that they have completely lost their way. Their search results are ridiculously bad. I am almost always going to Bing now if I need to search for something.
For the past 10 years I have relied on Google for my main income. I have always been able to achieve high rankings for almost every key phrase I have ever targeted. I have always promoted SEO as such a great strategy because it is free traffic from people who are looking for exactly what you offer.
But the time has come now that I can no longer preach that same message to people without giving you a warning. Here is the warning message I give you: “If you make SEO your main source of website traffic Google may pull the rug out from underneath you at any time.”
Google doesn’t care about you or your business. As a power hungry monopoly Google has decided to make stupid hasty decisions on how they will calculate search results. They have decided that they don’t want people using SEO to get high rankings and the only way they can stop it is to penalize anyone who has done any advanced SEO at anytime in the past.
You are almost better off doing the opposite of SEO to promote your website. If something seems logical to do to optimize your site, think of the opposite of that thing and try it. You may end up at the top of Google before you know it.
I am speaking in jest of course when I say do the opposite but the point is you just can’t trust any of the changes they are making. In the past 2 years they have had about 12 big algorithm updates and it doesn’t seem like they have any plans of slowing down.
So what does this mean if you are trying to buy websites? You have to be really careful about buying a website that has search traffic as it’s main source of traffic.
What you need to look for:
Google had their biggest updates hit starting in April of 2012. If you are looking to buy a website you need to get traffic proof from before then to see if there has been any major drops in traffic at any point from April of 2012 until now.
Doing this still won’t guarantee that the site is safe from taking a big hit in Google but it will at least show you that up until now they have avoided any Google penalties. Not too many site that know anything about SEO can say that.
If a person that has a site that is older than one year old and they are saying that didn’t put analytics on their site until recently they are lying to you. Don’t buy from them.
If someone promotes that they have done aggressive SEO campaigns on a site (as if that were a good thing anymore) they are probably in line to get hit by a Google update. If you can’t get a smoking deal on the site don’t buy.
The types of sites you should be looking for are sites that have shown steady growth in search traffic over the last 12 months. If you can find a site like that you will most likely be able to avoid Google penalties from surprising you as soon as you take the site over. (I speak from experience)
I just got back last night from a trip to Disneyland with my family. My wife on Monday morning says to me “why dont we go to Disneyland today?” I was surprised at this level of spontaneity from her which isnt her style but I liked it so I said yes.
We packed up that day and took off in the afternoon to drive down there. We had a really fun 3 days at the parks. Our kids of course had the time of their lives as well. It was fun being there during Halloween season. That was a first for our kids.
I realize what a great thing it is that I have the freedom to just at any moment pick up and go do something really fun. I didnt have to request time off, or beg an employer to let me go. I also had the means to do it which is obviously an important part of the equation.
I am just feeling grateful for the life I have and the freedom I enjoy. I also finished the short film I emailed all of my Prosperly followers about. It came out really good and I will post a link to it in the near future.
Some of you might have noticed a severe drop in traffic over the weekend to one or more of your websites. You are not alone. Google as they have been so eager to do lately has decided to implement yet another major update to their algorithm.
This one seems to have targeted exact match domains. In other words if you own a website where the domain is the exact match of a phrase that gets searched often in Google.
For example, if you own the website motorcycleinsurance.com that would be an exact match for the phrase motorcycle insurance and up until last weekend you would have an immediate advantage in the search results for that phrase. It became much easier for you to rank on page one of Google
It looks like what they have done is really penalized exact match domain websites that don’t have a ton of content or links. In other words, the automatic bonus you got from just being an exact match domain is now gone.
I still think there is an advantage to having an exact match domain and you will rank highly and quickly if you do the rest of your SEO the right way.
So what is the real net effect of this update? If you do SEO the right way regardless of what your domain name is, you will have success. Sounds ground breaking right?