It’s been a great year guys, and as 2014 is starting to wind down, I decided to do a “best of 2014” post for One More Cup of Coffee.
I produce A LOT of content on this website. In fact, I would name a high volume of content product as my #1 tactic for getting traffic, ranking, and making sales. I know this goes against the typical advice of “quality over quantity”, but I can’t deny that this strategy has worked for me.
Of course I don’t purposely put out crap, but looking back over what I’ve published this year, some is stellar, and some I would be embarrassed to put my name on. I think there’s more of the former than the latter, but I can’t deny that there were some stinkers 🙂
Regardless, I’ll just show you want I’m proud to have produce this year, and why, in my best of 2014 list!
1. Affiliate Masters LLC Phone Call Scam
These jerks called me on the phone while I was still living in Riverside. I had received these calls before and just ignored them, but on this particular day I was in a mood to crack some skulls.
After a year of stewing in Google, this post has amassed over 50 comments from folks that have been scammed by this company.
There are also links to other similar phone call scams, some of which have heart breaking stories in the comments about people racking up bills costing over $10k, or even losing their retirement to this “investment”.
I still get phone calls from similar companies, and these fraudsters are still on the loose.
2. Wake Up Now Review
Someone tipped me off (Thanks Rick) that he had been approached by several people to review this MLM program and that it seemed to be gaining some momentum. After looking through their advertising videos and the droves of MLM zombies on YouTube showing off their wads of cash, I had to add something to the conversation.
Well, it turns out it was a controversial opinion.
Over the past year this post has accumulated almost 100 comments, and there were probably another 100 that I deleted because people were rude or included affiliate links to their Wake Up Now page.
I was ranked in the top 3 results for “Wake Up Now Scam” for a while, and still consistently rank in the top 5 for a term that gets over 3000 searches per month.
3. Beginner Niche Marketer Series
This is the blog series I started to explain how I go about making my niche websites, and how I earn money from them. It’s not finished yet, but we have gotten through the initial setup stages and are getting into things like keyword research and ranking.
Though started in 2013, I added quite a few blogs to this series, and plan to add more in 2015 about writing content, finding and benefiting from affiliate programs, and analyzing traffic to optimize for sales.
I basically wanted to make a “DIY” course for people who had the time and energy, but not the money pay for affiliate marketing training.
Read it: Full List of BNMG Posts
4. Binary Options Scams
These rocked the world of internet marketing this year, and not in a good way. Several hundred, if not THOUSAND of these products were launched this year. The premise is always the same: a super rich person discovered a secret to making money and is now releasing his secret for free.
The catch is that you have to fund a non-refundable trading account for $250. Very often, withdrawing money, even your initial investment funds is impossible. These brokers and trading software creators are located overseas in non-regulated countries.
It’s been proven time and time again that internet gurus are using fake names to promote, and advertise these products and that the software just doesn’t work. People lost millions of dollars this year to these scams.
5. Detective Work Posts
There's nothing more satisfying than discovering and exposing a conspiracy to scam money off of people, then exposing it for what it truly is. The awesome thing is that the more reviews I do, the more connections I start to make. I'm even starting to recognize actors and voice actors that gurus use across products, or share with each other. I was going to list just one or two favorites, but got carried away an listed 6 instead.
If you take the time to read these and follow all the subsequent links in the posts (it might take a while), you really begin to see the true face behind these so-called successful internet marketers. Once you start reading their emails and seeing how they actually do their promotions (versus what they teach in the products), you get jaded pretty quickly.
Writing review after review can get boring. But when there's a bit of controversy and a scam artist leaves a trail of bread crumbs for me to follow, suddenly my day becomes interesting!
Read It: Income Black Box Review
6. P1 Traffic Machine Review
I had a particularly good time writing this scathing review because of a verbal altercation I had with someone about the legitimacy of automatically creating siloed websites and spinning content stolen from other sites to put on your own.
If that sounds like a bad idea, it’s because it is. But this person (a newbie) was convinced that having a robot do crappy work then having you edit it to make it more human was easier than doing it yourself.
I can feel myself raging again. Read the review and feel the true rage I felt that day. LOL.
But ask yourself, “Where is this software now?” Answer: Useless and unused in just a matter of months.
7. Reaching Out To Groups of People Military, Retired, Student Debt
This is more of a group of posts. These are just 3 separate posts I wrote targeting a group of people that I thought could really benefit from online business. I hear countless stories from people in email and in the comments. A few that pop up frequently are military guys looking for jobs, retired folks living on fixed income, and students trying to find a way to pay off debt faster.
Unfortunately, these posts I created neither rank well nor get much traffic. I guess this wasn’t a “success” on my part, or a particularly powerful post (all are just a general introduction into what I do), but I enjoyed writing them, and hope they get found some day. I may update them later and do more sharing in an effort to boost their rank. I'm not going to link to them because if you know anything about my site and/or affiliate marketing, you can pretty much guess what they say. Still, these 3 posts were one of my favorites to write this year because of their pure potential.
8. Jaaxy VS Longtail Pro
I had a great time writing this post because as a long time Jaaxy user, I was interested to see what the big deal was about Long Tail Pro. LTP one of the most widely used keyword finders and website analyzers out there, so I had to give it a shot.
To be fair, I only tried it over the course of a couple weeks, so I didn’t get as familiar with it as I was with Jaaxy. Still, the review is pretty in depth – over 2000 words long!
No LTP users have really spoken up about it, so maybe Jaaxy just isn’t on their radar. But I am getting some traffic to it, and it is converting to sales. I’m particularly proud of this review because it was written just from personal interest, not based on research, and has turned into $ for me.
9. Anti Blog Networks Post
Can I say I told you so? Probably the most widely discussed Google update of 2014, well known and widely used blog networks were hit hard, and entire websites disappeared over night. Not only that, but websites those networks linked to were penalized.
But months before I had written this post basically making fun of the people who were still clinging to the idea that a link scheme was still a legitimate way to boost traffic and sales to your business.
Point in case: no matter how well it works now, eventually you’ll get caught and penalized.
Many of these niche marketers don’t care. These sites are built in order to be flipped to unsuspecting buyers on Flippa and Empire Flippers (which is another reason to build your own site rather than buy one). But if you are building a business for yourself, for residual (and growing) income, links from these networks can be poisonous.
10. Amazon Auto Plugins Just Don't Work
Another concept that’s been perpetuated over the past year or two is the idea that you can run your business on autopilot by tapping into Amazon. No work necessary! Just steal their content, their pictures, add your links, set your plugin on auto post and watch the money roll in.
But as someone who’s actually TRIED that and failed miserably (in 3 months, not a single post indexed), I can confirm that this strategy does not work.
Duplicate content won’t rank, and Amazon’s copy isn’t meant to pre-sell or “warm up” customers. Even if you do get ranked, you’re going to be limited to low page 1 or 2 positions, below the REAL Amazon.
The power of keyword research and writing helpful content based around those products you are trying to promote is what is going to make sales.
Sorry, went off on a tangent there. It’s all discussed in the post. But the crazy thing is that people are still trying to take shortcuts just like this, and wondering why everyone else is making money.
Did you have a favorite post from 2014? Let me know in the comments. I'm curious to see what you guys read.