THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO

A SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDE TO THE ONLINE VIDEO TRAINING PROGRAM LOCATED AT
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September 2011

by

Robert Somerville (GuruBob)
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FOREWORD
I was greeted with silence and the slight raise of an eyebrow. On arriving back from New York, I'd just informed Guru Bob of my hair-brained scheme to teach people how to make their first dollar online inside a month. For free. I'm pretty sure he thought I was nuts, but then proceeded to help me create the first ever Challenge in 2005. Fast forward to today. Without Guru Bob, the Challenge wouldn't happen (for example, I'm typing this foreword five hours before the new challenge kicks off)! Robert spends all year crafting the contents and lessons of the challenge. My role reduced to that of providing the beefcake... This year, Guru Bob on his own time has produced "The Challenge Manifesto". It is AWESOME! I hope the fact it's free does not distract you from the fact that many people have paid thousands of dollars for not anywhere near the quality of information found in this tome. I hope you take the time to thank Guru Bob on Twitter. I get to thank him in this foreword. Thanks heaps Rob.

Ed Dale

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION!
What Is The Challenge?! Who Is Behind The Challenge?! The Purpose Of This Supplementary Guide! Evolution Of The Challenge Training! How To Participate In The Challenge!

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THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO

PRE-CHALLENGE - Mindmap! PRE-CHALLENGE TRAINING!
UStream! Twitter! Google Chrome! Setting Expectations! Disclaimer! The Symphony Of Four Parts! Optional Pre-Challenge Training! Pre-Challenge Checklist!

MODULE 1 - Mindmap! MODULE 1 - Keywords And Market Research!
What Is A Niche?! Finding Niche Ideas!
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Create Your Off-Page Network! The Basics Of Backlinking! EzineArticles! Squidoo! Posterous! Creating a Posterous Account And Adding Services! Publishing To Your Posterous Network and Niche Blog! © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! ii .Checklist! 17 17 18 19 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 23 23 24 24 25 26 27 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO MODULE 2 .Mindmap! MODULE 2 .Assessing The Traffic and Competition For Your Keywords! Understanding the Broad Phrase Match Paradox! Finding Theme And Category Keywords! Assessing The Strength Of Competition In The SERPS! Evidence Of Commercial Activity! Module 1 Summary! Module 1 .Publish Your Micro-Niche Website! Keywords And Domains! Finding Keyword Optimized Content! Writing Keyword Optimized Content! Editing Your Keyword Optimized Content! Creating Your Website (Wordpress Blog) And Publish Your First Article! Tracking Your Wordpress Blog! Help Your Blog To Get Found (Indexed) by The Search Engines! Module 2 Checklist! MODULE 3 .Mindmap! MODULE 3 .

Mindmap! MODULE 4 .Authority Back Linking Strategies! What Is An Authority Backlink?! Finding Sites From Which To Acquire Authority Backlinks! Commenting On Blogs! Posting In Forums! Using The Pingback Function Of A Blog To Acquire Authority Backlinks! Exploring The Link Networks Of Your Competitors! Leveraged Content Syndication To Article And Blog Networks [Optional]! Module 4 Checklist! MODULE 5 .Module 3 Checklist! 32 33 34 34 35 35 36 36 37 37 38 39 40 40 41 41 41 42 43 44 45 45 46 46 47 THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO iii MODULE 4 .Twitter Lists! Active Market Leadership .Mindmap! MODULE 5 .Market Leadership! Passive Market Leadership .Mindmap! MODULE 6 .Monetization! Monetizing Using Google Adsense! Monitoring Google Adsense! Monetization Using Affiliate Products! Monetization Expectations! © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! .Setting Up A Curation Workflow! Active Market Leadership Tools -! Leveraging Strategies For Active Market Leadership! Module 5 Checklist! MODULE 6 .Competitor Analysis and Tools! Active Market Leadership .

You Made It!! Module 7 Checklist! SOME THOUGHTS...Module 6 Checklist! 48 49 50 50 51 51 52 52 53 54 55 56 75 79 79 80 MODULE 7 .Selling Your Niche Blog! Doing More Of What Works! Mistakes Marketers Make! Congratulations.IN CLOSING! GLOSSARY OF TERMS! RECOMMENDED READING LIST! RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE & SERVICES! Software & Services For Beginner Internet Marketers! Software & Services For Intermediate To Advanced Internet Marketers! © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO iv ...Your Go/No Go Decision! Assessing Your Website Stats And Conversions! The Consequences Of Your Decision! Flippa .Mindmap! MODULE 7 .

Ed had been very successful with online marketing and through the urging of his mentor. Guaranteed. developing a link network to improve the ranking of the blog in the search engines so as to attract traffic. At the same time Ed was also reading the book iCon by William Young (which is all about Steve Jobs of Apple). As it happens. the Thirty Day Challenge (and subsequently The Challenge) has taken place every year around July/August and has introduced and taught the principles of Internet Marketing to over 170. was motivated to give back to the community that had served him so well.challenge. Who Is Behind The Challenge? Many people have assisted in bringing The Challenge online over the years. When all these factors merged. It offers a step-by-step system for people to learn the basics of keyword and market research. The Challenge recently changed name from what was formerly known as the Thirty Day Challenge (30DC). This section © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 1 . offers options to monetize the blog and shows how to decide whether the niche has sufficient commercial viability to justify continued participation and what to do if the answer is yes or no. at this time. many of whom are behind the scenes including the wonderful team of volunteer forum moderators and Dominic Goucher who continues to provide amazing transcriptions of The Challenge Videos. And Ed asked the question. what would happen if he was to create a 30 day program to teach people how to be successful online? And so. All of us involved in The Challenge wish you well with your Internet Marketing journey and hope for success in whatever online endeavors you ultimately participate in as a consequence of completing The Challenge. In 2011. Gary Halbert. the genesis of an idea took hold. The Thirty Day Challenge was created by Ed Dale in 2005 following a visit to New York where Ed was exposed to the National Writers Month (http://www. the Thirty Day Challenge (30DC) was born. it is an online video training program that gives participants a quality introduction to Internet Marketing for free.www. creating a WordPress blog (website) to target a niche. Since 2005.org/) which has the goal of How To Write A Novel In 30 days.000 people even though the commercial goal of participating in The Challenge is just to make $1 by the end! Of course.nanowrimo. many many people have gone on to make a whole lot more than $1 by implementing what they have learned through The Challenge program. introduces the principle of market leadership.co INTRODUCTION What Is The Challenge? The Challenge represents many things to many people. but at its core. thousands more people will benefit from The Challenge training.

Twitter and forum commenting.co/! Twitter .facebook. commercial indicators.com/nezcorp Dan Raine .http://www. contributor of training videos on how to download files. contributor of training videos on setting expectations and disclaimer.http://www.com/GuruBobPage Andrew Nesbitt (Nez) . Challenge Meetups.http://www. backlink basics.com/DanRaineHQ Jon Dean . market leadership.The face of The Challenge since 2005 and. in 2011. Posterous. SEO matrix analysis. Posterous.com/tubbynerd Robert Somerville (GuruBob) .gurubob.@JonDean1 Facebook .facebook. ! ! ! ! ! Blog .challenge.Involved since 2007. ! ! ! ! ! Blog . of training videos on Google Chrome. consequences of decision and tasks moving forward.com/! Twitter .@Ed_Dale Facebook . making a decision and mistakes marketers make.com/ ! Twitter . publishing to a WPD Blog.The Challenge Webmaster responsible for coding and managing The Challenge website/blog and in 2011.A previous content provider and in 2011. In 2011. responsible for developing and testing The Challenge strategy and contributor.eddale. has contributed videos on introducing Market Samurai and explaining niche concepts.http://www.@gurubob Facebook .com/JonDeansPage © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 2 .http://www. backlink strategies.co focusses on The Core Team (responsible for bringing The Challenge to you) and the external content providers who you will see in at least one or more of The Challenge training videos. ! ! Blog .org/! Twitter . has contributed videos on the many aspects of Market Samurai including keyword research.http://www. ! ! ! ! ! Blog . in 2011.co/! Twitter . traffic and competition.facebook.Project Manager since 2005.http://www.http://www. often behind the scenes as a technical genius.danraine.jondean.facebook. finding and writing articles.@AndrewNez Facebook .www.http://www. ! ! ! ! ! Blog .@DanRaine Facebook .http://www. The Core Team Ed Dale .andrewnez.facebook. finding sites to link from and finding affiliate products and creating and publishing affiliate ads.

@Sam_Witteveen Website .@MichaelRRoberts Website . scan the agenda (and/or guide were it to have been made available) and quickly decide that it is was not for them © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 3 . managing and completing the sale. Twitter . Ezinearticles and how to make a decision. Twitter .challenge.Contributed videos on acquiring backlinks through blog commenting and aspects of market leadership.paulcolligan.http://www.com/ Danny Batelic .http://www.com/ Paul Colligan .http://www.offlineherosmethod. obtaining a Google Adsense account and adding Adsense to a WPD blog and transferring a blog.com/ Kenny Goodman .michellemacphearson.co External Content Providers Caro McCourtie . Website .Contributed videos on Squidoo and aspects of market leadership.com/ Michael Roberts .com/blog/ Michelle MacPhearson .kenny.Contributed videos on Flippa and how to submit a website for sale.@colligan Website .Contributed videos on acquiring/installing Ping Kaching and how to submit a site to Ping Kaching for indexing. Website .@DannyBatelic Website .com/ Emily Becker .Contributed videos on Wordpressdirect (WPD). we have been reluctant to offer a written guide to accompany The Challenge video training largely to avoid the situation where people sign-up to The Challenge.tradingwebsitesblog.@KennyGoodman Website .Contributed videos on keywords in domains and acquiring domains. Twitter .Contributed Videos on adding Google analytics to a Wordpressdirect blog and monitoring a Google Adsense account.www.com/ Sam Witteeveen .http://www.com/ The Purpose Of This Supplementary Guide In years past.wpdirect.michaelrroberts.http://www. Twitter .@michellem Website .http://www.@CaroMcC Website .http://www.http://www.samwitteveen.http://www. Twitter . Twitter .wpdirect.co/ Marty Rozmanith .Contributed a video on market leadership Twitter .Contributed videos on The Challenge Forum and Challenge Teams.

There were. a list of book recommendations that have been made to The Challenge community in the Recommended Reading List and a list of Recommended Software & Services at the end of this guide. of course. detailed training on every Internet Marketing strategy and technique that can be learnt. as you progress through the training (at your own pace). Google instituted a number of quality mechanisms between the ads and the web sites they linked to that also made it more difficult. Evolution Of The Challenge Training From the outset.www. Throughout this guide. definitions of the various Internet and Internet Marketing terms participants will be exposed to is provided through a comprehensive Glossary Of Terms. Consequently.it has never been (nor sought to be) a complete. Additionally. The purpose of this guide is not to duplicate what is being taught in The Challenge videos but. the 30DC (as The Challenge was then known) was largely focussed on finding a market and developing a (digital) product to sell to that market. all of the content will be available to participants from the moment they sign-up to take part in The Challenge. links to the various online training pages are provided to make it easy to jump from the contextual material in this guide to the detail provided in the training videos.co without a full appreciation of how they could benefit.challenge. In addition. we gradually drip-fed the training over several months so as not to overwhelm people. The challenge of securing traffic to the product website was easily achieved through bidding on a large number of keywords in Google’s PPC adwords program for what is now a ridiculously low cost.. In 2005 and 2006. this guide will assist you to appreciate the context and the reasonings that lead to the inclusion of various components of the training. Consequently. techniques and services in this course. it became impractical to teach an introductory course where the primary traffic model was based on PPC (it would have been too costly and fraught with difficulty for a beginner) and a strategic change took place to teach search engine optimization (SEO) methods © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 4 . it is important to understand that The Challenge is an introduction to Internet Marketing. For the first time in 2011. however. that situation drastically changed as Google instituted a number of measures (known as Google slaps) to prevent people from buying cheap unrelated traffic to direct to a website. in 2007. Most of the effort and teaching in the 30DC was directed at creating the product and the website to sell that product. A great deal of thought and testing has been put into The Challenge training which has transformed through a number of changes over the years largely due to external changes as the Internet Marketing world has evolved. In late 2006. many people that appreciated this gradual approach but also others that wished to proceed at a faster pace. This supplementary guide has been written to provide more of the context behind The Challenge and to justify and explain why we have chosen to teach certain methods..

some people will seek to rush through the training. however.3 for example). The reality is that most of the traffic associated with a keyword goes to the web sites ranking on page 1 of Google for a keyword and mostly to those web sites in the top 3 . however. however. depending on the keywords. the requirement that the website being developed in The Challenge must have a high enough ranking to receive an acceptable amount of traffic cannot be avoided. Google does not. This decision made it easier for people to keep up with the training by reducing what was expected of participants on a day to day basis and also to provide sufficient time for the search engine optimization methods to deliver an acceptable volume of traffic. that was no longer possible.www.challenge. From 2007 to 2009 it was still possible to achieve a testing outcome within 30 days but by 2010.30dcwebinars. By making all of the content available at once. How To Participate In The Challenge Having signed up for The Challenge you will have been first invited to watch a webinar introducing The Challenge. Some modules can be completed rapidly (Modules 1 . became the main traffic model. If you are reading this guide and have not watched this webinar we strongly suggest that you do and a link is provided below: http://www. Organic traffic (while free) is much harder to acquire than simply paying money to Google Adwords and very fickle.5 ranking positions.co whereby organic traffic. make it easy to rank that high for a keyword when starting from scratch and a certain amount of time (along with the need to acquire backlinks) must take place before any hope of a page 1 ranking for a keyword can be achieved. There is no point starting on Module 6 (monetization) until enough traffic is being received and it will not be possible to make a decision on whether the niche chosen is worth going forward with until enough people have been exposed to the commercial offerings to establish a meaningful conversion rate. the decision was made to extend The Challenge to seven modules of seven days duration with a weeks break in between each module. Then (and now) the focus in the 30DC shifted from developing a product to researching and testing keywords and establishing the commercial viability of those keywords by determining whether the traffic would purchase an affiliate product. mainly from the search engines. In 2010.com/challenge Having watched the webinar you will have been introduced to the three main areas of The Challenge website which are: © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 5 . it still takes a variable but significant amount of time to secure a high enough ranking that the website will receive sufficient traffic to be able to meaningfully test whether that traffic will participate in a commercial outcome at an acceptable conversion. At that time it was very difficult to determine how much traffic existed for certain keywords and whether that traffic would participate in a commercial outcome. The strategy in 2011 remains largely the same as in 2010 (with perhaps more of a focus on building links to the website being developed) and.

During The Challenge training. is that you proceed through the modules as they were planned and released in 2010. In all cases. Either method is acceptable. you will almost definitely need a minimum of 4 . and leave it up to participants to decide for themselves what the best pace is for them.co/blog http://www. We then recommend you give yourselves a weeks break before starting the next module.co/forum We recommend that you regularly visit the blog (or register the RSS feed in your newsreader of choice . © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 6 . To access the training content you will mostly be visiting the training page (link above) or following links in this guide to specific training pages. each module has seven days of content which should take you a week to watch and implement. The Challenge video training is entirely free.www. however. Our recommendation. Should you wish to keep using these tools at the completion of The Challenge then there will be a cost to retain all of the functionality offered by the products. Discount pricing has been negotiated for participants of The Challenge and you will receive notification regarding accessing the discount offers towards the end of the free trials by email. We realise the consequences of this.. By making all of The Challenge training available at the start of The Challenge in 2011.challenge. the owners of these products have made unrestricted free trials available which should allow you to complete The Challenge.. you will also receive recommendations to sign-up for and use various tools and services (Market Samurai. While we do not have the resources to provide one-on-one training or to answer content related questions via email.co/training http://www.co Training Area:!! Blog:! ! Forum:! ! ! ! http://www.onto the training modules. Accordingly. Hopefully this chapter has given you a sense of the history and motivation behind The Challenge. The forum is a great place to ask questions about what is being taught or to clarify any misunderstandings you may have about the training. And now. should you have any problems accessing The Challenge material for any reason you may email challengehelp@gmail. however. be required to purchase a domain and hosting if you are to follow the training as specified. we accept that we have transferred control of the pace at which participants consume and implement the training to the end user.6 weeks time gap between the end of Module 3 and the start of Module 6 to provide sufficient time for your website (and the links you will be engineering) to be found and indexed by the search engines and for your website to receive a page 1 ranking for your main target keyword. however. At the very least.challenge.challenge.we recommend the free Google Reader) to stay up to date with all of the activities and notifications related to The Challenge. You will.com for support.challenge. Wordpressdirect and Ping Kaching).

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Twitter Twitter has come a long way in a short time and is now widely recognized as the #2 social networking platform behind Facebook. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale shows how to register for and setup an account an account on UStream. there are videos to explain what expectations participants should have in relation to The Challenge and a disclaimer video which is a necessary requirement for any online product offering. the goal of Pre-Challenge is to introduce and show you how to acquire and install those products/services that we believe are the absolute minimum that we expect participants to use (all are either free or available as a free trial). The streaming service we use is Ustream and we recommend participants create an account on that platform. GuruBob and Dan Raine as any important messages regarding The Challenge will usually be tweeted or re-tweeted by them. We strongly recommend that participants follow Ed Dale. which sets the Internet Marketing strategic context for all of the video training to come. Ed Dale often broadcasts a number of streaming TV shows to highlight certain aspects of The Challenge and to answer questions. In this way it is possible to communicate efficiently to a large group of people such as The Challenge community.www. so a decision was made in 2010 to reduce that number to 10. there were over 30 videos in the Pre-Challenge module which lead to overwhelm. In addition. Having a registered account allows users to participate in the community areas of the site such as the chat area. UStream In association with the release of The Challenge training each year.co PRE-CHALLENGE TRAINING In 2008.challenge. Lastly. Twitter allows users to post brief (140 character) messages which are automatically transmitted to the people that follow that user. By 2009. it became necessary to include a Pre-Challenge module to introduce and explain the various online tools and services that were incorporated into The Challenge training. The core team behind The Challenge were early adopters of Twitter as a platform for rapid communication and also for market research and market leadership activities. Prior to starting The Challenge. Twitter has other uses in addition to it’s value as a communication and notification platform. we introduce the concept of the ‘Symphony Of Four Parts’. It is possible to search Twitter using keywords or hashtags to find recent or breaking commentary © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 8 .

By June 2011. Click Here to view the training page where Andrew Nesbitt shows how to register an account on Twitter and how to find and follow people to receive their tweets. you can use Google Chrome when following The Challenge training and return to your preferred browser for other activities.www.challenge.. Readers of this guide may not be aware that it is possible to install and use several web browsers on a computer and they will co-exist quite happily.5 0 5 Firefox Chrome Safari 44 Internet Explorer Firefox Google Chrome Safari Others 44% 28% 21% 5% 2% 28 21 IE 2 Others More impressive than the actual usage stats is the rate of growth. A breakdown of usage (Jun. We require all content providers (in The Challenge) to use Google Chrome when recording the video training so as to achieve this consistency. Google Chrome was introduced in 2008 and by June 2011 is now being used by 20% of all users. This is useful for keyword and market research but also to find people who may have an interest in the same subject. Google Chrome A fast. Another reason for recommending a particular web browser is our desire that when participants visit a website. So even if you have a browser favorite.5 25 12. that it looks and performs the same as when that website is shown in The Challenge videos.and rising fast. modern web browser that supports all of the recent technology developments and multimedia formats is a minimum expectation and requirement and in The Challenge. our recommended web browser is Google Chrome. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 9 .co related to those keywords. all of the other browsers are declining in usage whereas Google Chrome usage is rising. 2011) for the major web browsers is shown below: BROWSER USAGE 50 37. after testing a number of candidates.. It is possible that having used Google Chrome you might prefer it anyway :) Click Here to visit the training page where GuruBob shows you have to acquire and install Google Chrome and a range of recommended extensions.

2. The four parts are: Market and Keyword Research The first and probably most critical step in succeeding with Internet Marketing is understanding the keywords associated with your area of interest and the market factors associ© A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 10 . To segment the training so it can be watched and implemented in a step-by-step process with a small daily commitment of 30 minutes. The Symphony Of Four Parts Internet Marketing is a hugely complex subject and difficult to grasp.www. The only cost we strongly recommend participants incur is in relation to the acquisition and hosting of a domain. Disclaimer We have created The Challenge training with full transparency and are happy to disclose all relationships we have with 3rd parties who have assisted us in delivering The Challenge program and the tools and services that are recommended within. 3. The symphony of four parts is an attempt to distill the key concepts that lead to success and focus when one is thinking about and working at Internet Marketing.challenge. The key to success is to learn a process that works and to persevere until expertise is gained.co Setting Expectations The Challenge is an extensive program that has a number of simple but important objectives: 1. To teach a sustainable and repeatable method for testing niches online where the first goal is to make a single dollar. While it is feasible that participants could avoid this cost by using free hosting or by creating a website on a Web 2. Click Here to view the training where Ed Dale discusses the disclaimer for The Challenge. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discuss the expectations participants should have in relation to The Challenge. the fact is that ownership of your site in this case is uncertain and the search engines may or not view that site differently than a self-hosted website. Participants can be confident that there is no cost for the video training itself and that any tools recommended within the training are available for use on a free trial basis. To offer a free but valuable introduction to Internet Marketing.0 service.

Ultimately. The leverage provided by having a group of other people selling your product can only be applied when you are the product or service owner.challenge. Modules 2 . Module 6 (monetization) of The Challenge is largely concerned with conversion. We would even go as far to say that even if you were successful in ALL other aspects of the symphony of four parts. In The Challenge. the website owner will layer a number of conversion techniques to maximise the probability of a sale. the scale of your success online will be driven by the volume of traffic that can be acquired. Ultimately. coupled with the conversion of that traffic to a commercial outcome as explained in the next step. the whole of Module 1 (and parts of Module 5) is dedicated to this subject. In The Challenge. Traffic Having established the niche focus of an Internet Marketing activity the next step is to undertake the process of obtaining a sustainable flow of traffic to a website in order to promote a product and/or service. we focus on search engine traffic as the primary traffic model although many other traffic models do exist online. but also by an expanding group of affiliate marketers who drive traffic (and sales) with the expectation of a commission. It is imperative that you know or can predict the traffic and competition around those keywords and have established that a market exists relative to these keywords that is interested or has a need for the products and/or services that you may wish to promote. This will involve a combination of selecting products and /or services to promote and writing attractive and compelling sales copy (or other sales material).4 of The Challenge are concerned with various aspects of the traffic challenge. This step involves creating a web presence and then undertaking the work to expose that website attractively to the search engines and other sources of traffic.www. Product Having tested a niche or market using third party products or advertising. if you fail in this step then you WILL fail overall. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 11 . it is often good practice to create products and services specifically for the niche being targeted which can then be sold not only by the product developer.co ated with those keywords. Conversion Once a sustainable volume of traffic within a niche is secured. attention can next be focussed on maximising the conversion of that traffic to a commercial outcome.

2.Physical meetups with other people participating in The Challenge who live near you can be highly motivating and educational experience. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 12 . a number of videos are provided that introduce and discuss various facets of The Challenge Experience.www. Challenge Teams . Product creation is not covered in The Challenge itself but is significantly covered in our paid member programs that follow on from The Challenge (Challenge Plus and Immediate Edge .Caro McCourtie introduces the Challenge forum and overviews the structure and provides some tips to get the most out of the forum.Andrew Nesbit explains how to download The Challenge training content for those unfamiliar with downloading content off the Internet. 4. the training is mainly focussed on Parts 1 and 2 with a partial focus on Part 3. Meetups . 3.challenge. In The Challenge. Downloading content . Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discusses The Symphony of Four Parts.co At any point in your Internet Marketing business you will probably be working on something that relates to one of the four parts listed above and it is good practice to focus your immediate attention on the part that is not operating at maximum efficiency at any point of time. Market Samurai .In this video. Challenge Forum . These are: 1. Optional Pre-Challenge Training On Day 7 of the Pre-Challenge module. Click here to access the training page containing optional Pre-Challenge training videos. Caro McCourtie discusses the importance of working in teams through The Challenge training and offers some tips for finding a team and maximising the value of the team experience.find out more in the Post-Challenge section). Andrew Nesbitt explains how to plan and organise a meetup. 5.In this video Dan Raine provides an introduction to Market Samurai which is a software tool custom designed to complement The Challenge training.

☐ Download and install Market Samurai. [Optional] © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 13 . GuruBob and Dan Raine.co Pre-Challenge Checklist ☐ Setup an account on Ustream to participate in The Challenge TV shows.www. ☐ Create a Twitter account and follow Ed Dale. teams and organising meetups.challenge. ☐ Watch the video on setting expectations for The Challenge. ☐ Download and install Google Chrome and install the recommended extensions. ☐ Watch the video outlining The Challenge disclaimer. ☐ Learn about The Challenge forum. ☐ Learn about downloading content from the Internet. ☐ Understand the concept of ‘The Symphony Of Four Parts’.

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. the term market. the user will be expected to have researched at least one micro-niche although more would be an advantage. is focussed on the subject of keyword and market research. What Is A Niche? While a niche can be defined as a community of people with a common interest. Markets exist at the largest end of the scale (for example the market of golf) within which some or many niches may exist (such as golf clubs). we recommend that participants target micro-niches and we will show you how to find micro-niches that have acceptable traffic and competition profiles (both quantity and quality) and where there are sufficient indicators of commercial activity. we are most often referring to micro-niches.Keywords And Market Research The first.. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 15 . A micro-niche is a subset of a niche (for example ‘labrador puppy training’ is a micro-niche and is a sub-set of the ‘puppy training’ niche). A market or niche is a community of people that share a common interest or activity and have needs that can be satisfied by certain products and services. In The Challenge. these keywords become all important especially as many people find web sites by conducting searches on keywords in search engines like Google. and possibly the most important training module of The Challenge. niche or micro-niche can be used interchangeably in that they refer to different scales of communities both in terms of the number of people within those communities and the number of web pages that exist that are focussed towards those communities. So the first challenge in exploring a niche is to find out the keywords that best define that niche and then establish the traffic and competition that exists on the Internet for those keywords.challenge. In order to participate in Internet Marketing (which can be defined as the marketing of products and services over the Internet) it is necessary to choose a market or niche within which to focus your activity.co MODULE 1 . In this document we will use niche and micro-niche interchangeably but as our goal is to find niches (read micro-niches) with limited competition that we can reasonably hope to compete for. By the end of Module 1. In The Challenge.it is also defined by the words or phrases (referred to hereafter as keywords) that people in those niches are likely to us on the Internet to explore that interest and to find information and products/services associated with the niche. As the Internet and it’s connectedness is largely driven by words.www. Within a niche many micro-niches can exist which are very specific (such as cavity backed irons).

some will not fulfill the criteria we will be imposing later in this module. Click Here to view the training page where Dan Raine discusses how to find niche ideas to research and explore in The Challenge. Module 1 teaches a 3-Step process for researching a niche and it’s associated keywords and the purpose of this research process is to minimize the probability of choosing a niche which will likely fail either due to a lack of traffic. Whether you are coming to The Challenge with a pre-existing product / service / business in mind.www. too much competition or a lack of commercial activity. however. Not all keywords are the same and they have different (aesthetic and commercial) value depending on the likelihood that people within a niche use certain keywords when specifically interested in looking for products or services to buy. Our goal here is that you learn the process. the Day 2 video in Module 1 will help you to identify some niche ideas you might like to start with. Click Here to view the training page where Dan Raine discusses the subject of niches and keyword research. since the creation of Market Samurai the process has been made much easier. There is no right or wrong here because the method of research you will learn will ultimately allow you to assess niches very quickly in the future.co The process of exploring the keywords used within a particular niche and quantifying those keywords from the perspective of traffic and competition is known as keyword research. is that the people who come to The Challenge with a preexisting allegiance to a product/service or niche have the most problems because that allegiance can cause them to ignore the warning signs that the niche is either too competitive or that there research indicates very little traffic searching for the keywords most associated with their niche.challenge. Have no product/service allegiance starting out but also are not sure what area of interest you might wish to explore. keyword research has been a difficult. We do suggest. or 2. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 16 . largely manual process. This situation is made more difficult depending: 1. If you have no clue what niche ideas you would wish to explore. that you select up to 7 niche ideas at this stage as inevitably. niches and micro-niches doesn’t necessarily mean a participant will automatically ‘know’ which niche or niches they would wish to explore and test during The Challenge. What we have found over the years. Finding Niche Ideas Understanding the hierarchy of keywords and how they relate to different scales of communities (of people with common interests) such as markets. In the past. however.

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Assessing The Traffic and Competition For Your Keywords
The first stage of the keyword research process after having identified a niche to assess is to establish the traffic and competition for the keywords associated with that niche and filter out the keywords that either have too little traffic or too much competition. Before we can get to this stage, however, a little education is required to explain what we mean by traffic and competition. Traditionally, estimating traffic for a keyword was extremely difficult to do and it wasn’t until Google began providing traffic estimates via it’s external keyword tool in 2008 that we could assess keywords with more confidence of what search traffic existed for those keywords. Don’t assume the numbers Google provides to be 100% accurate, however, it is probably the best data source we have access to at present. Google provides the total search traffic in it’s network of sites for keywords but our interest is in establishing what the website located in the number 1 position in the search engines results pages (SERPS) would receive as this is probably the maximum amount of traffic we would expect to receive if we were targeting a particular keyword. We call this traffic value SEOT and it is the maximum traffic that a website ranking broad match in position 1 in Google for a keyword would receive. Competition or SEOC is the number of webpages that Google has in it’s search index that contain the specific keyword (or phrase) that you are investigating. This number can be found by entering the keyword phrase into Google using quotes. Were you to enter the keyword phrase without quotes, then Google would return the number of webpages in it’s index that contain the words but not necessarily together and not necessarily in the correct phrase order. As many of these pages are not specifically optimized for our target keyword phrase, then these are of less interest to us. We only want to know how many pages specifically contain the keyword phrase we are investigating...as these are our true competition. While finding and assessing keyword and competition for keywords can be done manually, Market Samurai makes the process of assessing large numbers of keywords very easy as you will see in later videos in this module.

Understanding the Broad Phrase Match Paradox
The astute reader will at this stage have noticed an apparent paradox in that we look at the traffic based on broad match (SEOT) but the competition for a keyword phrase based on phrase match. The reason for this is that once we have a web page ranking highly (top three position on Page 1) for a keyword phrase based on phrase match, Google will automatically rank that page highly for broad match and therefore that web page will receive the broad match traffic potential which is by it’s nature higher that the phrase match traffic. But we judge the competition that we face to rank for a keyword phrase based on the phrase match traffic as these are the pages that contain or are optimized for the keyword phrase we are targeting.
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Finding Theme And Category Keywords
Now we are ready to jump into Market Samurai to research our niches identified on Days 1 & 2. When you enter a niche keyword into Market Samurai it will extract a range of semantically related keywords and phrases associated with the starting keyword (from Google) and assess those keywords based on traffic and competition. Our goal is to find keywords that meet a range of criteria and these are: 1. SEOT > 80 2. SEOC < 30,000 3. PBR ratio > 15% SEOT and SEOC have been previously discussed, however, the PBR ratio (or the phrase to broad match traffic ratio) is the ratio of phrase match traffic for a keyword phrase (as provided by Google) compared to the broad match traffic for the same phrase. When this number is below 15% it tells us that while searchers are using the words (in your niche keyword phrase) they aren’t often typing in the specific phrase. This is enough to suggest that the phrase does not justify that we create a website or webpage to target. Our goal at this stage of the process is to find niches that have at least three keyword phrases that meet the criteria above. If you can’t find at least three keyword phrases using Market Samurai when assessing a niche it is best to move on and start assessing another niche. Keyword phrases that meet the criteria are also know as theme or category keywords. • The theme keyword (or phrase) best encapsulates the niche you are investigating preferably with strong traffic potential and acceptable competition. We need to single out a keyword phrase as the theme keyword as we will be acquiring a domain name that incorporates this keyword phrase. • Category keywords are the other keywords that meet the traffic and competition criteria but which you don’t decide will be the theme keyword for your niche. Instead they will be used to setup categories on your Wordpress blog later in The Challenge. Click Here to view the training page where Dan Raine shows how to use Market Samurai to find candidate theme and category keywords for the niches you are investigating.

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Assessing The Strength Of Competition In The SERPS
Assessing the traffic and competition for a keyword phrase is the first step of the keyword research process. The second step is to assess the quality of competition for the keyword in the Google search engines results pages (SERPS). By this we mean, what is the nature of the web sites that are currently ranking on page 1 in Google for your keyword phrase. Are they small, young, poorly optimized web sites with few backlinks pointing to them or large powerful authority web sites that have existed for many years with 100’s or perhaps thousands of backlinks (authoritative sites). If all of the web sites currently ranking on page 1 of Google for your target keyword are too competitive then your chances of ranking on page 1 are minimal at best. Our goal here (for the keywords we are investigating) is to find at least one website ranking on page 1 of Google that we can reasonably and confidently outrank if we do a proper job of optimizing for the keyword on the website and will engineer and acquire a sufficient number of backlinks from other websites. Quality of competition and an understanding of the on-page SEO factors of web sites is a complex subject and is covered in detail in the videos on Days 5 and 6 of Module 1. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean discusses aspects of SEO competition to allow you to assess the quality of the website currently ranking for your target keyword. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean overviews the SEO Matrix module of Market Samurai as a tool to assist in assessing the quality of website competition that is currently ranking in Google for your target keyword.

Evidence Of Commercial Activity
The 3rd and last stage of the keyword and market research process is to establish that other web sites currently optimized for your target keyword/s are attempting to make money on the Internet. It is very likely that even before you get to this 3rd stage that some of the niches you started out with have already failed in that they did not meet the traffic and competition criteria or you found that the web sites already ranking in Google for the niche keywords were just to authoritative and powerful to easily out-rank. The reason that we seek to find evidence of commercial activity for the web sites already ranking for your target keyword/s is that it is much easier to participate in an existing market than it is to create that market. The principle here is that if no one else has found a way to make money from the traffic associated with a keyword then you are going to find it difficult to do so as well.

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Module 1 Summary
By the end of Module 1 you should have found at least one niche (preferably more) where you have identified at least 3 keywords (or more) with sufficient traffic potential and acceptable competition where the currently ranking web sites are not too authoritative and where there is evidence of commercial activity on the websites currently ranking for those keywords. By moving forward with keywords that meet these 3 stages of criteria you will be significantly increasing your probability of success. Please remember...it takes exactly the same amount of time and effort to target keywords that lack traffic or commercial intent as it does to target ones that do. So if you are going to go through the process, then you may as well do so for keywords that at least meet the minimum criteria. This does not guarantee success but WILL reduce the chances of failure.

Module 1 - Checklist
Niches
☐ Understand the difference between a market, niche and microniche. ☐ Use Amazon and Google to explore niche ideas.

Keyword Research
☐ Use the concept of traffic and competition on the Internet. ☐ Understand the broad match traffic / phrase match competition paradox. ☐ Identify at least 3 niches using Market Samurai that satisfy traffic/competition criteria. ☐ Understand the quality of SEO competition concept and gain familiarity with SEO Matrix module of Market Samurai. ☐ Review each of your niches (from Day 3) using the SEO matrix module.

Commerciality Analysis
☐ Analyze those keywords that meet the traffic/competition and SEO matrix criteria and look for evidence of commercial activity. ☐ By the end of Module 1 you should have identified at least one niche that satisfies all the criteria introduced in this module
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com. there will be an exact match between your theme keyword and the domain so. we then recommend that you secure a free Wordpressdirect (WPD) account.org). to write articles optimized for your keywords and to create a website (Wordpress blog). Over the long term. however.net or . Click Here to view the training page where Kenny Goodman shows you the importance of domain selection using Market Samurai and Marty Rozmanith shows you how to acquire a WPD account. Fortunately. We also recommend you use Hostgator for your domain hosting as it is very cost-effective and works perfectly with Wordpressdirect. the goal is to acquire a domain to build a website on. were your theme keyword to be ‘labrador puppy training’ you would seek to acquire labradorpuppytraining. Market Samurai has integrated domain functionality that makes it easy to search for keyword domain availability and ultimately to acquire a domain once a suitable candidate is found.com (or .co domain as phrase availability is much more likely on this TLD. competition and evidence of commercial activity. they are more expensive than (. Module 2 focusses mainly on the on-page SEO aspects of your website which is that aspect of your search engine optimization over which you have the most control. In Module 2.org) domains and you will need to ensure you set the geographic target as explained in this linked post on GuruBob’s blog. In a perfect world. for example. You may also consider acquiring a . WPD makes it easy to install and manage an SEO optimized Wordpress blog on your domain.co MODULE 2 .net and . Keywords And Domains A critical aspect of maximising your on-page SEO is to ensure that your main theme keyword is contained in the domain name you acquire and upon which you will build your website. If the exact match domain is not available then we suggest you add a modifying keyword as is explained in the training video on Day 1 of Module 2. your offpage SEO will have the most influence over your ranking in the search engines but it is critical that you ensure your website and it’s keyword optimized pages are properly on-page optimized so as to maximise the value of your off-page link network that you will create in Modules 3 & 4. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 22 .Publish Your Micro-Niche Website Having completed Module 1. This website will become your main ranking vehicle (MRV) in the search engines and eventually will receive traffic from the search engines as soon as it begins to rank well. Once a domain has been secured. you should have selected at least one niche/micro-niche to continue with through The Challenge which will contain at least 3 keywords that meet the Module 1 criteria for traffic.challenge.www. .

the find content module of Market Samurai comes in very handy for this task and we also recommend using the search functionality of Twitter as well. Fortunately. today you are going to re-visit your article in the publish content module for Market Samurai and edit the article from the renewed perspective of a 24 hour time-gap. We recommend that you prepare a draft article using the free writing technique and the publish content module of Market Samurai.www. We do NOT recommend you copy these articles or plagiarize them in an way as the search engines have become very sophisticated over the last few years and if your website is found to contain duplicate content (which is illegal) that has been published elsewhere then this will very likely have a negative impact on your search engine rankings. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 23 .. Editing Your Keyword Optimized Content We all know that time is the great healer. Once again. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale shows how to use Market Samurai and Twitter to find content related to your niche for the purposes of research. We can promise.co Finding Keyword Optimized Content A critical part of creating a website and ranking well in the search engines for your target keywords is to write and publish unique. time is the difference between an adequate first draft and a great finished product.and in the context of writing. Having written your article(s) yesterday.. the requirement to write a topical or information piece on any subject can strike terror into the heart. the process is a lot easier than you think if you are well prepared (that is you have researched your niche as shown by yesterdays training) and you practice a writing technique called free writing. The goal here is to build up a collection of content related to your niche to strengthen your knowledge. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale teaches the writing method called free writing using the publish content module of Market Samurai. that by leaving your writing for a day (or more) you will improve the article when you return to edit the article you have written. good quality articles/posts specific to your keywords. Writing Keyword Optimized Content For many people. it is very likely that you will not know very much about your niche and you will need to do some content research in order to build up sufficient knowledge that will allow you to write the keyword optimized articles you are going to need. Depending on the niche you have chosen.challenge.

Fortunately. the next thing we need to do is setup tracking on your blog so we can determine what traffic is coming to the site and also to monitor the performance and ranking of the website for your target keyword in the search engines. Google offers a feature rich (free) tracking service for web sites known as Google Analytics and after creating an Analytics account. In 2008.co Having edited the article to your satisfaction we also need you to prepare it for publishing by finalizing it’s title and adding suitable tags inside Market Samurai. Creating Your Website (Wordpress Blog) And Publish Your First Article Over the years that The Challenge (and previously the 30DC) has been conducted. Blogs have integrated functions that enhances search engine optimization (SEO).challenge. 3. 4. Market Samurai also allows you to integrate the details of your Wordpress or Wordpressdirect account to make it easy to publish your content directly from Market Samurai to a (Wordpress) blog. Tracking Your Wordpress Blog Having created your Wordpress blog on your domain and published your first article. Search engines (particularly Google) seem to like Wordpress blogs to the extent that they consistently rank well across a wide range of keywords. we have explored and tested every possible system for publishing content online for the purposes of achieving a search engine ranking to gain traffic from the search engines. This decision was made for a number of reasons: 1. after an exhaustive research process a decision was made to focus on the use of the Wordpress blogging system. The Wordpress content management system (CMS) makes it very easy to both publish and manage the content on a blog. The plugin and theme functionality of Wordpress makes it incredible easy to add and extend the basic Wordpress functionality and the look and feel of a blog.www. it is very easy to add the Analytics function to © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 24 . Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale shows how to edit and finalise and tag your article(s) using the publish content module of Market Samurai. Click Here to view the training page where Marty shows you how to set your Wordpress blog up inside your WPD account and Jon Dean shows how to publish your article from Market Samurai that you wrote and edited over Days 2 to 4. 2.

Added to this is the fact that it is much better that your site is ‘found’ by the search engine spiders by following a link from another website where the anchor text of that link is the same as the keyword optimization of the page (or domain) of your website that you are seeking to be found. Ping Kaching allows you to submit your URL (automatically in most cases) to a range of Social network sites. directories. We recommend you use the rank tracker module in Market Samurai to monitor the ranking of your blog in the search engines. If it were necessary to undertake these link building practices manually.challenge. 3. Help Your Blog To Get Found (Indexed) by The Search Engines The ‘build it and they will come’ mentality doesn’t work perfectly on the Internet and without user intervention.. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 25 . Submitting links to social book marking and social networking sites. Submitting your domain to various 2nd and 3rd tier search engines. Submitting your domain to various directories. this would become a timeconsuming and arduous activity. second and third tier search engines and RSS aggregators/directories. It is therefore necessary and recommended that you implement the first stage of backlinking which is to acquire backlinks that increase the probability that your website will be found by the search engine spiders (particularly Googlebot .but fortunately we have access to a tool that largely automates this process called Ping Kaching. 4.which is Google’s spider). See the glossary of terms for definitions of some of the terms being used in this section if you are unfamiliar. Click Here to view the training page where Michael Roberts shows how to setup Ping Kaching and add your blog so as to create backlinks to aid in having your website indexed by the search engines. we recommend that you submit your domain URL to all groups of sites and your blog post URL’s to the social network sites that Ping Kaching supports. it can take days (and sometimes weeks) before the search engine spiders will find (and index) your brand new website. Click Here to view the training page where Emily Becker shows you how to create a Google Analytics account and add to your WPD blog and where Jon Dean reveals how to setup the rank tracker module of Market Samurai for your blog. Recommended link building practices for the purpose of having your website or webpage indexed include: 1.www..co your blog. Submitting the RSS feed of your blog to various RSS aggregator sites and directories. 2.

☐ Familiarize yourself with found content in preparation for writing articles. ☐ Add your WPD details to the Market Samurai publish content module. ☐ Add your domain and keywords into the Rank Tracker module of Market Samurai. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 26 .challenge. ☐ Create social bookmarking and various accounts inside Ping Kaching ☐ Submit your blog domain URL and first post URL to Ping Kaching and complete a full submission. ☐ Familiarize your self with the publish content module of Market Samurai. ☐ Create a Wordpressdirect (WPD) account. ☐ After 24 hours. ☐ Publish your first article to your new blog.www. Keyword Optimized Content ☐ Use Market Samurai and Twitter to find keyword relevant content. ☐ Add your Google analytics account details into your WPD account. ☐ Acquire a domain name and setup Hostgator hosting for your domain. Setup Wordpress Blog ☐ Create a Wordpress blog on your domain using Wordpressdirect. ☐ Write at least 1 (preferably 3) articles using the Market Samurai publish content module. edit your articles (and tag) using the Market Samurai publish content module. Facilitating Indexing of your Wordpress Blog ☐ Create a Ping Kaching account.co Module 2 Checklist Keywords and Domains ☐ Research candidate domain names using the domain module of Market Samurai. ☐ Sign up for Google Analytics.

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EzineArticles is an ideal place to publish content with embedded links to your web site.0 site we are going to submit content to for the purpose of gaining a backlink is EzineArticles. Articles are human reviewed by EzineArticles content reviewers to ensure consistency and to reduce the potential for spam or duplicate content. Most content management systems like Wordpress have rich text editors (rather like simple word processors) that make it easy to turn text into an active link. Given that EzineArticles uses a human review and moderation system it may take several days to a week between submitting an article and it actually being published to the EzineArticles web site. Click Here to view the training page where Caro McCourtie reveals how to open an EzineArticles account shows how to submit an article for review and publishing. Articles are accompanied by a biography box containing details of the author of the article where up to two links are allowed that can point to the authors website(s) at their discretion.www. The upside is that users of EzineArticles may take and publish your article on multiple other web sites thereby extending the potential to acquire multiple backlinks from publishing a single article. Users of the EzineArticles website who wish to use an article on their website are required to publish the bio box information along with the article. particularly in the eyes of Google.challenge. EzineArticles was created to allow content publishers to make articles available online for website owners to use and publish on their own websites or in Ezines.gurubob.GuruBob’s Blog) is located after the > and before the closing tag </a>. The actual link that is created in the background is an html tag as follows: <a href="http://www. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale describes backlinks and shows practical examples for illustration. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 29 . EzineArticles The first major Web 2.co/">GuruBob’s Blog</a> The destination of the link (URL) is contained within quotes after the href= and the descriptive text (anchor text) that is displayed on the web page that contains the link (in this case .co The Basics Of Backlinking The goal of Day 1 of Module 3 is to provide a practical introduction to backlinks and provide an examples to enhance your understanding. Given the authority and trusted nature of EzineArticles. EzineArticles has been around for many years and is a highly trusted site consistently ranking in the top 100 sites on the Internet based on traffic.

recommend that you syndicate the unique articles that your publish to your niche blog. after the Squidoo lens has been created. Another point of differentiation is the automatic publishing of content to a network of linked sites which gives the user a significant syndication leverage whereby content (and links) published once to Posterous will then be published automatically on other linked sites. don’t forget to submit your article to Ping Kaching to speed up the process of having the article found and indexed by Google.www. Posterous The last four days of Module 3 in The Challenge will be focussed on creating a network of sites linked to a Posterous account and publishing an initial article into that network of sites. the authority of the site coupled with the ease with which a lens can be created makes Squidoo a useful destination for publishing content for the purpose of gaining a backlink. Once again. Google will not give you credit for the backlink(s) in the article until it has been indexed. The lens creator has the ability to publish content containing backlinks to external web sites (such as your niche blog). It supports automatic posting to a network of social network and other blogging and micro-blogging platforms. Click Here to view the training page where Michelle MacPhearson reveals how to open a Squidoo account. What differentiates Posterous is the ease with which a user can publish via email which makes it easy for a user to publish when mobile. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 30 . Posterous is a simple blogging platform started in 2008. Google understands the concept of content syndication.challenge. We do not. In The Challenge we will be taking advantage of that leverage to incrementally add to the number of links pointing to our blog from a single submission. In addition. or news articles published in multiple media outlets would cause duplicate content problems. add content and create that all important backlink to your niche blog. Squidoo is a high traffic web site meaning that your lens not only produces an SEO benefit but may also deliver human traffic to your niche blog as well over time. however. Publishing to Posterous is similar to other platforms and offers a rich text editor through web access. Squidoo Another important high traffic Web 2.0 site that has enjoyed fluctuating fortunes (in the eyes of Google) but is now a trusted and authoritative site to publish content is Squidoo.co Once your EzineArticle has been approved and has been published and appears on the EzineArticles web site. create a lens. Squidoo was created by Seth Godin (and associates) in 2005 and employs the concept of ‘lenses’ as pages where a lens is created by an external user and is themed or optimized for a particular subject. While recent editorial control has placed some limits on the number of links you can create from a Squidoo lens. submit it to Ping Kaching for indexing.

Publishing to Posterous can be much more frequent (even daily).co Creating a Posterous Account And Adding Services Days 4. contain anchor text that contains the theme keyword and your category keywords and this will strengthen the relevance of your domain to the niche (and for the important keywords) that you are targeting. Facebook Pages and LinkedIn and link to Posterous. Add your Posterous account and other sites to Ping Kaching for indexing. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale reveals the process for publishing to your Posterous network and also discusses the expectations you should have for publishing to your niche blog and Posterous network going forward. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale reveals how to open a Posterous account and setup accounts on Twitter.ca and link to your Posterous account.challenge. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob reveals how to open accounts on Blogger LiveJournal and Xanga and link to your Posterous account. Links to the domain will. We recommend a method using Google Reader and email whereby you can include block quote elements. Going forward from here you will predominantly be sharing your time amongst publishing content to your niche blog and building links using the methods taught in Modules 3 & 4. that you engineer backlinks to those post URL’s using the same keyword (or phrase) that the post is optimized as the anchor text of the link. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 31 . videos and (anchor text specific) links to your niche blog. Publishing To Your Posterous Network and Niche Blog Now that you have created your Posterous network. We recommend you publish an article to your niche blog optimized for either your theme or category keywords at least once a week. It is critically important that when building links to a blog post optimized for a specific keyword. over time. 5 & 6 of Module 3 covers opening up a Posterous account and setting up accounts on various blogging and social network sites and linking them to your Posterous account.com. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob reveals how to open accounts on Wordpress. Tumblr and Identi. There is nothing particularly difficult about this process but it is critical that all your accounts are optimized for your theme keyword as far as is possible and pay particular attention to the process of linking your various accounts to your blog using your theme keyword as the anchor text of the link wherever possible. You should be building links both to your niche domain and also to URL’s of your keyword optimized posts.www. it is time to publish into that network to build backlinks to your niche blog.

challenge. ☐ Prepare and finalise an article and publish to the text module on your Squidoo lens. LiveJournal and Xanga and add to Posterous. ☐ Add the guestbook and RSS modules to your lens. ☐ Prepare and publish content to your Posterous network for the first time. ☐ Open accounts on Blogger. ☐ Open accounts on Twitter. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 32 . ☐ Publish your Squidoo lens and check that the links to your blog are active. ☐ Continue writing and edit articles using the free writing technique. Squidoo ☐ Sign up for Squidoo and create a lens optimized for your main theme keyword.com. ☐ Publish regularly to your Posterous network (several to many times a week) making sure you are constantly adding links to your niche domain and to your new posts as they are published.ca and add to Posterous. Tumblr and Identi. Posterous ☐ Create a Posterous account.www. ☐ Write content on your theme and/or category keywords and publish to your niche blog on a frequency of at least once a week. Facebook Pages and LinkedIn and add to Posterous. ☐ Prepare an article for submission to EzineArticles. EzineArticles ☐ Open an account on EzineArticles. ☐ Submit your article to EzineArticles and monitor until approved.co Module 3 Checklist Understanding Backlinks ☐ Make sure your understand what a backlink is. ☐ Open accounts on Wordpress.

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In Module 4. What Is An Authority Backlink? Day 1 of Module 4 is focussed on introducing the concept of authority backlinks and the importance of establishing the PageRank of the websites and specific pages from which you will be attempting to create a backlink. Any discussion of backlinks should include an understanding of the nofollow tag. over the long term. Here in The Challenge we do not share that view. we will be teaching a number of methods for acquiring authority backlinks. Accordingly. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob discuss the principles of Authority backlinks and why they are so important for the long term ranking of your niche blog. your ranking will be much more a function of how many authoritative links you have acquired.Authority Back Linking Strategies By this stage of The Challenge.www. authority links are much harder to acquire and almost impossible to do so with leverage. While the debate regarding nofollow tags still rages online some people do believe there is no value in creating a link on a site that places a nofollow tag on all of its external links. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 34 . linking strategies that result in the acquisition of authority backlinks are usually manual but as the reward is an authority link (that has a disproportionate effect on the ranking of your web site) it is worth the effort to implement these linking strategies properly. we define an authority backlink as a link from a web page or blog post/page that has a PageRank of 1 or higher.co MODULE 4 .0 sites (like EzineArticles. that while it is important that you acquire a platform of low authority links (defined as links from pages that have a PageRank of 0 or 1). we revealed a number of techniques for creating backlinks from Web 2.challenge. however. In Module 3. The fact is. and believe there is still value in creating links on sites that use the nofollow tag especially where the Page Rank is 1 or higher. Squidoo and Posterous etc) which result in a range of low authority links to your content. it should have become obvious that ranking in the search engines starts with creating content that is properly optimized for your target keyword(s) and then follows with acquiring a network of links to your content similarly optimized for the same keyword(s). On Day 7 of Module 4 we will also be discussing another technique for acquiring low authority links through the process of leverage content syndication through article and blog networks. In The Challenge. Because of their importance for SEO. The nofollow tag was instituted to reduce the effectiveness of search engine spam by preventing any authority or pagerank of the page which contains a link (that includes a nofollow tag) being shared with the page being linked to.

Most of the time. a hard ban (where the searcher no longer receives search results for a period of time which may be hours to several days). particularly the popular sites. this has meant that it is almost impossible to do even small scale PageRank analysis from an individual computer without being soft banned (where Google imposes the need to enter a captcha before delivering search results) and. It is this commenting functionality that we are going to take advantage of to engineer backlinks to our niche blog. The promotion module of Market Samurai allows us to assess. email address and the comment itself. Market Samurai uses an integrated network of proxy sites which therefore allows us to assess a large number of sites in one go. Some blog owners allow readers to comment using a keyword (or phrase) as the name and some don’t. The only way round this limitation is to use a solution that involves a network of proxy sites that still allows the assessment of multiple sites. blogs allow the owner to publish material but also most blogs have commenting functionality which allows the blog readers to comment on the blog posts and offer feedback and opinion. Even if you have to use a real name when making a comment it is still worth acquiring the backlink if the PageRank of the post where you attempting to acquire a link has a PageRank of 2 or higher.challenge. the commenter will be asked to provide a name. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 35 . In 2011. Don’t use a keyword as the name if it is evident that no other comments have been accepted (and approved) by the blog owner where a keyword has been used as the name.0 sites as well. Most of the time the blog will automatically convert the name into a backlink using the web address provided as the destination URL of the link. Commenting On Blogs As of February 2011. the websites currently ranking in Google for our target keyword(s) in order to find candidate websites where there is a higher probability of being able to engineer a backlink to your niche blog. over 156 million blogs existed in the Internet across a massively variable range of themes and topics. By their very nature.www. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean reveals how to use the promotion module of Market Samurai to find candidate web sites from which to acquire authority backlinks. if too aggressive. Very often these blogs. the search engines (particularly Google) have made it more and more difficult to assess the characteristics of websites ranking in the SERPS. web address. on a keyword specific basis.co Finding Sites From Which To Acquire Authority Backlinks Progressively over the last few years. when a blog offers the ability for readers to comment. These websites are predominantly blogs and forums but also certain Web 2. will have acquired a level of authority over time and several posts (and the domain page) will have a PageRank greater than 0. Fortunately. There is no point submitting a comment if there is a low chance of it being approved by the blog owner.

© A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 36 .co The promotion module of Market Samurai will allow you to find blogs that contain content that is specific to your target keywords based on PageRank and incoming links. Forums have a long life on the Internet and individual forum threads (effectively conversations) can become quite authoritative over time. An Internet forum or message board is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. Wordpress will automatically send a pingback notification to that external blog. it is usually possible to have a single link in your signature which can be displayed below each of your posts on a forum. it is recommended that you place links to 3 or 4 external blog posts and no more. Most of the time. Sometimes.challenge. Wordpress fully supports the pingback function to the extent that if you place a link to an external blog post in a post on your niche blog. blog owners require pingback requests to be approved and they appear as comments in the approval area when the blog owner accesses the admin area of their blog. Click Here to view the training page where Andrew Nesbitt reveals how to create an account on a forum. That link can usually include anchor text that is keyword specific. there are a large number of forums on the Internet orientated around a range of themes and subjects. as if you were ONLY using this function for the purpose of securing backlinks. add a link into your signature on that forum and post a comment into a forum thread. Click Here to view the training page where Sam Witteveen shows how to comment on blogs to engineer an authority backlink. In most cases the title of your blog post is used as the anchor text of the backlink. Using The Pingback Function Of A Blog To Acquire Authority Backlinks A pingback is one of three types of link notification methods for web authors (particularly blog owners) to be notified when someone links to one of their documents. The promotion module of Market Samurai allows you to find forums (of different types) that contain content specific to your target keyword(s). While most forums do not allow users to post external links into their forum posts. Pingbacks can be an effective way of securing backlinks from 3rd party blogs that are also posting on the same niche subject as yours. Posting In Forums Similar to blogs. the external blog will automatically approve the pingback and then a reciprocal pingback link is placed on the blog post that you linked to that creates a backlink to your blog post from that blog. To many links looks ‘spammy’.www. When implementing the pingback strategy.

The services then handle the submission of the articles to various web sites (blogs and article directories) on a gradual basis. Market Samurai makes it relatively easy to do this using the SEO Competition module. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean reveals how to use Market Samurai to explore the link networks of your competitors in the SERPS to find candidate web sites from which to gain authority backlinks.co Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob and Jon Dean reveal how to use Market Samurai to create pingback links on your niche blog. The recommended services for leveraged content syndication are Article Marketing Automation (submission to blog network). it can take between 4 . Leveraged Content Syndication To Article And Blog Networks [Optional] Day 7 of Module 4 covers the strategy of creating multiple backlinks to your niche blog via leveraged content syndication to article and blog networks. Unique Article Wizard (blog and article networks) and Article Samurai (blog and article networks) from the developer of Market Samurai. This strategy is optional within The Challenge for the following two reasons: 1. the strategy requires the creation of unique articles which can then be spun (creating multiple versions using synonym or phrase replacement) before submission to the various services.challenge. Exploring The Link Networks Of Your Competitors One of the easiest methods to find web sites from which to gain an authority backlink is to explore the link networks of your your competitors that are already ranking in the search engines for your target keyword(s). In short.8 weeks to result in a meaningful impact on the ranking of the page to which the links are being created. While the strategy is effective and forms a critical component of a long-term link building project. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 37 . 2. This strategy is impossible to implement manually and requires the use of software or online submission services that vary in cost between US$67 and US$97 a month. The basic premise is that if your competitors have been able to secure a backlink from those sites.www. This strategy can result in the creation of up to 150 backlinks from a single spun article submission. Fortunately. Spinning of the article content increases the probability that Google will index (and give you credit for the links from) multiple versions of the article. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob discusses the strategy of creating backlinks though leveraged content syndication. then there is a high probability that you will be able to do so as well.

The implementation of this strategy within The Challenge is optional due to cost and time constraints. Unique Article Wizard and Article Samurai to gain backlinks. Blog Commenting ☐ Learn how to correctly comment on a blog to gain an authority backlink. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 38 . Pingbacks ☐ Learn how to create a pingback on your niche blog.challenge. ☐ Find at least 5 forum threads (with a PageRank > 0) and post in those threads to create an authority backlink to your niche blog.www. Leveraged Content Syndication ☐ Understand the strategy of leveraged content syndication using services like Article Marketing Automation. ☐ Pick at least one of your posts and add pingback links to 3 or 4 relevant external blog posts.co Module 4 Checklist ☐ Make sure you understand what an authority backlink is. Forum Posting ☐ Learn how to correctly post in a forum and add a backlink to your niche blog in your forum signature. ☐ Learn how to use the promotion module of Market Samurai to find web sites from which to engineer authority backlinks. Exploring Your Competitors Link Networks ☐ Learn how to use the SEO Competition module of Market Samurai to explore the link networks of your competitors in the SERPS to find candidate web sites from which to gain authority backlinks. ☐ Explore the link networks of at least 5 of your competitors in the SERPS for your main theme keyword and engineer backlinks to your niche blog on those web sites found where it is possible to engineer a backlink. ☐ Find at least 5 blog posts (with a PageRank > 0) and comment to engineer an authority backlink to your niche blog.

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From the end of Module 3 till the start of Module 6 there is a natural hiatus where you are waiting for the search engines (principally Google) to reward you with a page 1 ranking for your keywords and a suitable volume of traffic so you can proceed with Module 6 where you will attempt to monetize that traffic. you will need to monitor the content being published in your niche so that you can either use that content as research material for your own activities or to share great content to your community of followers.www. We are very fortunate that Google sees all on the Internet as they seek to index new content to expand the relevance and coverage of their search engine. It is within this time gap that Module 5 sits during time which we will be teaching the principle of market leadership. The time frame between Module 3 and Module 6 may be from 4 to 6 weeks. Having identified your competitors. Market leadership is a broad subject that encompasses a number of passive and active techniques for understanding. This hiatus is not passive.Market Leadership We are now just over half way through The Challenge training and you will have researched and published a niche blog and have begun (and are continuing) your link building activities to strengthen the authority of your blog in the search engines and ultimately increase your ranking for the keywords you are targeting. Passive Market Leadership . monitoring and ultimately influencing your niche of interest (and the community within that niche). which is a © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 40 . This involves a combination of using Google and social search engines (like Twitter) to seek out those people/companies who already have a strong presence within your niche. The rewards of market leadership are many-fold but principally focussed towards being a recognized ‘player’ within your niche from which you will significantly increase your potential as an influencer and to maximise your marketing/sales activities.challenge. Google have created 2 critical tools for monitoring content and these are Google Reader. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale introduces the concept and provides examples of Market Leadership. as you should be continuing your link building and publishing to your blog. which allows you to monitor a large number of websites via their RSS feeds and Google Alerts.Competitor Analysis and Tools The first aspect of market leadership we need you to understand and become skilled at is to be able to analyse your niche to assess your competitors who are operating within that niche.co MODULE 5 . however.

Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale reveals and describes his key active market leadership tools and morning and evening processes. To that end.challenge.Twitter Lists Having identified your competitors within your niche and setup Google Reader and Google Alerts to passively monitor the content being published in your niche it is time to start undertaking some active market leadership activities. Click Here to view the training page where Sam Witteveen shows how to analyse your niche competition using Google and Twitter. We are fortunate in 2011. Click Here to view the training page where Michelle MacPhearson shows how to setup a curation workflow. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 41 . The first activity we recommend is creating a Twitter list targeted to your niche where you follow the top 20 Twitter personalities that have a clear interest in and are publishing within that niche. Active Market Leadership .co service provided by Google to reveal new content that Google finds during its indexing activities that contains a keyword or key phrase that you nominate. Active Market Leadership Tools Having setup a curation workflow.www. Click Here to view the training page where Michelle MacPhearson shows how to identify and follow the key players in your niche using Twitter Lists. that there are a number of tools available to us to allow for the efficient curation of your niche content as will be discussed in the Day 5 training of Module 5. Click Here to view the training page where Paul Colligan discusses and shows how to use Google Reader and Google Alerts.Setting Up A Curation Workflow The next level of active market leadership activity is to curate the content being published in your niche and then share the best filtered content with your growing Twitter (and possibly Facebook) community. Ed Dale discusses his daily (morning and evening) workflow in the Day 6 training for Module 5 and outlines the tools he uses to facilitate the market leadership tasks he undertakes each and every day. it is time to go seriously hard core with your active market leadership. Active Market Leadership .

work yourself up to being one of the top 20 influencers in your niche. step by step.. You CAN do it! Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale summarizes the market leadership concept and tools and provides advice for success.challenge. whether you will become a market leader using the processes we teach will probably depend on you overcoming your fear of publishing.co Leveraging Strategies For Active Market Leadership Our goal by the end of Module 5 is that you understand the importance of market leadership as a concept and have some exposure to the passive and active market leadership tools at your disposal. however.. to ease yourself into this. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 42 . Ed Dale will urge you to use Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone to simplify the process of market leadership and to make it easy to jump into market leadership mode wherever you have a spare five minutes be it standing in a queue at the bank or during the ads when watching TV.www. So. we suggest you start on firm ground by starting with a subject you are comfortable with (a hobby perhaps) and select a content medium that suits your personality and. When it comes down to it.putting yourself ‘out their’ and in effect saying that I believe and stand by the content I am sharing. The fact is. the process of market leadership we teach here can be implemented on a range of devices the only requirement being that they are connected to the Internet.

☐ Setup a curation workflow for your niche and implement daily. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 43 .co Module 5 Checklist Market Leadership ☐ Watch Ed Dale’s introduction to and discussion of market leadership.challenge. Passive Market Leadership ☐ Find the competitors in your niche using Google and Twitter. Active Market Leadership ☐ Setup a Twitter List to follow the key players in your niche on Twitter.www. Summarizing Market Leadership ☐ Select a subject and content medium you are comfortable with to start with market leadership. Watch Ed’s advice for succeeding with this critical important marketing process. ☐ Setup Google Reader and Google Alerts to monitor the important keywords that define your niche. ☐ Watch the videos outlining Ed’s market leadership workflow and the tools he uses and consider setting up something similar for your niche.

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co MODULE 6 . Monetizing Using Google Adsense Google makes 97% of their corporate revenue from advertising on various Google properties. it may take between 4 . Consequently.34 billion or 28% of total revenue from Google Adsense (statistics from Wikipedia). Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discusses monetization in The Challenge and Marty Rozmanith shows how to open a Google Adsense account. Your initial activity is to open a Google Adsense account which is then followed by integrating the Adsense code to your niche blog using Wordpressdirect and creating ads in your blog posts.6 weeks (from the completion of the Module 3 tasks) for your niche blog to rank in the SERPS such that your blog is receiving sufficient traffic to justify adding monetization elements to test the extent to which that traffic will participate in a commercial outcome. In Q1 2011. but to establish whether the people who visit your niche blog will participate in a commercial outcome be it clicking on an advert or purchasing a product that you promote. Our goal in this module is not necessarily to determine what is the best product or service to promote over the long term.challenge. You may ask why don’t we add monetization content to the niche blog right from the outset? Our testing has shown that sometimes Google will retard or depress the ranking of a blog/website in the SERPS if Google perceives that the site has ONLY been setup to create a monetary outcome. Google earned US$2.Monetization Depending on the level of competition for your theme and category keywords. In The Challenge.www. Google developed a service known as Google Adsense where web site owners allow Google to place ads on their sites based on the keyword relevance of the page where the ads are placed. With a view to extending the reach of the Adwords ads. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 45 . we recommend that your initial monetization activity is to add Google Adsense to your niche blog because Google has the best technology for matching advertising with your blog content. We do not recommend that you commence implementing the content of Module 6 until such time that your blog is receiving at least 50 unique visitors per day. Their flagship advertising property is Google Adwords which displays keyword relevant ads in the SERPS. we allow Google (and the other search engines) to judge your niche blog initially based on the quality and relevance of your published content and only add monetization elements once an adequate ranking (and volume of traffic) has been achieved. Testing has also revealed that Google Adsense can co-exist on a web site without significantly affecting the conversion of any other monetization option you may wish to include.

Monitoring Google Adsense Having added Google Adsense to your niche blog it is important that you become comfortable monitoring the performance of your Adsense ads in terms of the number of times your ads are being displayed and the ratio of people clicking on the ads. but once again. Once again. color and positioning of the Adsense ads in your blog posts. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 46 .co Click Here to view the training page where Marty Rozmanith reveals how to add your Adsense publisher ID to your niche blog in Wordpressdirect and customize the look. We are less interested on the amount of money you are making from the clicks on ads rather whether the traffic coming to your niche blog is clicking the ads at all.. Market Samurai comes to the rescue with its monetization module.that will occur in Module 7. An affiliate product is a product made available by the product developer/owner to marketers to promote with the expectation that if a sale is achieved from the marketers efforts then the marketer will receive a commission (which may vary from 25 to 70%) from the sale proceeds. Over the next three days we will show you how to use the monetization module to find an affiliate product relevant to your niche.www. We won’t be making any decisions about your ad performance in Module 6 or any other monetization option you may implement. how to create an add for the affiliate product and how to publish the add to your niche blog all using the monetization module. we re-iterate that we are not trying to find the best long term monetization outcome as that may very likely require the creation of a product which is outside the scope of The Challenge at this stage..challenge. we recommend that participants in The Challenge promote affiliate products on their niche blog to test whether people visiting the blog will participate in a commercial outcome. Click Here to view the training page where Emily Becker reveals how to monitor login to and monitor your Google Adsense ads and activity. Monetization Using Affiliate Products In addition to Google Adsense. There are a number of ways of finding affiliate products to promote. We are testing the commercial activity within the niche only to establish whether there is a justification for sticking with the niche over the long term. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean reveals how to find a niche relevant affiliate product using the monetization module of Market Samurai.

© A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 47 . Not all niche tests will be successful as in some cases the people searching within your niche are just not prepared to buy anything or click on ads or will do so at an unacceptably low rate of conversion (more of that in Module 7). Internet Marketing is a ‘lumpy’ business meaning that commercial transactions will not occur evenly spaced out within the traffic coming to your niche blog. Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean reveals how to publish your affiliate ad for your selected affiliate product to your niche blog directly from the monetization module of Market Samurai to your Wordpressdirect blog. we will show in Module 7. Monetization Expectations At this early stage of monetization it is important to maintain realistic expectations regarding the outcome of your monetization test on your niche blog. you still have created something of value. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discusses the expectations you should have in relation to the monetization tests that you will be conducting on your niche blog.co Click Here to view the training page where Jon Dean reveals how to create an affiliate ad using the monetization module of Market Samurai for your selected affiliate product. In addition.challenge.www. It will be very uneven requiring you to ensure that you have received at least 200 unique views of your ads before you begin to draw ANY conclusions about the commercial value of your selected niche. that even in the case where you determine that your selected niche does not justify continued effort going forward.

co Module 6 Checklist Monetization and Google Adsense ☐ Open a Google Adsense account using your Google account.remember we are testing the niche only at this stage.challenge.. ☐ Publish your affiliate ad to your niche blog directly from the monetization module of Market Samurai.. Monetization and Affiliate Products ☐ Learn how to find affiliate products and select at least 1 product relevant to your niche blog using the monetization module of Market Samurai. integrate the Google Adsense code into your niche blog using wordpressdirect and create ads in your blog posts. Expectations ☐ Maintain realistic expectations at this early stage of monetization. ☐ Create an affiliate ad for your selected affiliate product using the monetization module of Market Samurai. Make sure your various monetization ads have received at least 200 unique views before you begin to draw ANY conclusions. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 48 .www. ☐ Once approved. ☐ Learn and get comfortable with monitoring the performance of your Google Adsense ads.

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Even though the commercial goal in The Challenge is to make just $1. it does not necessarily mean that if you make that dollar that your niche is sufficiently commercially viable that you would wish to continue. Don’t worry if your niche turns about to be one where you are unlikely to proceed into the future. and that is perfectly normal.and a test only. What we have been doing in The Challenge is a test. as will be explained in the Day 1 training videos of Module 7 that is most important.challenge...and for most of you that will be making money online! It is far better (and a much better use of your time) to put that niche aside and get on with finding a niche that will perform than persisting with a poorly performing or marginal niche. It is very important that you don’t allow yourself to take a negative result personally. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 50 . We are going to show you a method for extracting some value from a failed test but also be confident that the niche testing method you have learnt through The Challenge is one which can be implemented far quicker and easier when you know all the steps than it was to learn and implement in the first place.co MODULE 7 . we are looking for a conversion ratio of 0. that as you proceed in your Internet Marketing journey you will very likely experience more failed niches than successful. you will need to be aware of the raw traffic (visits and unique visits) to your blog and also the number of clicks on your monetization options (Adsense and affiliate ads) and the number of sales. after six modules of research and implementation we have finally arrived at the point where we can begin to draw conclusions and make decisions regarding the niche/micro-niche we have chosen to test.Your Go/No Go Decision Finally. It is all about the rate of conversion relative to the traffic you are receiving..5% or better meaning that at least 1 person in 200 unique visitors to your blog will engage and take action with your commercial offerings.www. It is the ratios between these numbers. Firstly. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale and Caro McCourtie discuss the principle of making a decision about your niche test and the stats and ratios you will need to assess to be able to make that decision. Assessing Your Website Stats And Conversions The first aspect of being able to make a decision about your niche is to ensure your are fully up to speed with your website stats and the stats and conversions associated with the monetization options you have implemented on your niche blog. The fact is. Our ultimate goal is to find the niches that perform well and allocate as much of our time and resources into those successful niches as possible.. Ultimately. You should be strongly motivated to make this decision because no one wants to waste time and effort working on activity that won’t reward you ultimately with the outcome you are seeking.

cloning and auto-posting content. Marty Rozmanith of Wordpressdirect discusses some of those features in the Day 4 training content. Should you decide to keep your niche blog that you setup in The Challenge.com. You are in no way obligated to sell your blog if you don’t want to. Flippa . however. A thorough understanding of the service offered by Flippa can only be of benefit in the future as you may wish to sell a web property that you have developed either to raise capital for a future project or to exit a niche you have been operating in but wish to move on from for some reason. you do have choices and those choices are discussed in the Day 2 training video of Module 7.co The Consequences Of Your Decision Now that you are on the verge of making that crucial go/no go decision with respect to your niche it is helpful to consider some of the options that open up for you either way. if you have no intention of using your blog for SEO purposes going forward and have no intention of undertaking any further activities in the niche that the blog has been optimized for.challenge. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob discusses the consequences of making a decision about your niche test in The Challenge and options you have depending on wether you decide to go forward or not. Wordpressdirect offers a range of options for managing. then selling the blog may allow you to extract some value from the time and effort you have given to creating your niche blog during The Challenge.www. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale further discusses the options available to you if you decide not to go forward with your niche and Danny Batelic introduces you to Flippa and shows sign up for an account and create a site listing. Some of those choices may require you to have a fuller understanding of certain Internet Marketing strategies than we have had time to cover in The Challenge itself.Selling Your Niche Blog On Days three and four of Module 7 we will be teaching you a method for selling your niche blog on the buying and selling website service offered by flippa. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 51 . Click Here to view the training page where Danny Batelic reveals how to manage your site listing through to sale completion on Flippa and Marty Rozmanith shows you how to transfer your site to the new owner with Wordpressdirect. Even if your decision is negative. Most of those are covered in much more detail in our other (paid) member programs such as Challenge Plus and Immediate Edge and we invite you to consider joining those programs should you wish to expand your Internet Marketing knowledge and skill-set.

www.co Doing More Of What Works In the situation where you decide that your niche has further potential and you decide to go forward there is a myriad of things that you COULD do. We would much rather you conduct your activities online with at least some understanding of what has worked for others but also to be aware of some of the mistakes other marketers have made so that you can avoid them yourself. Publish more content on your niche blog optimized for a wider range of (semantically related) keywords than the theme and category keywords you have already been publishing on. Initially.. Mistakes Marketers Make In The Challenge. To that end.the more sales you will make.. it always better to be focussed on what you can do and to find reasons to do something and take action. however. Click Here to viewing the training page where GuruBob shows how to use Market Samurai and Google Analytics to find more keywords to optimize and publish content for and Dan Raine outlines a backlink strategy for increasing your authority. two immediate strategies you can employ to get more traffic are: 1. By increasing the authority you will almost certainly rank higher in the SERPS and you will receive more traffic from the search engines as a consequence. The fact is.there is nothing wrong with standing on the shoulders of the people that have gone before you. 2.. some with success and some not. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discusses some of the mistakes marketers make so that you can benefit from their experience. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 52 .challenge. Increase the authority of the pages by acquiring more (and higher quality) backlinks to the pages on your niche blog that are already indexed and ranking for your target keywords. Ultimately. many more so than can be explained in The Challenge but which are covered in much more detail in Challenge Plus and the Immediate Edge. however. Some may say that you learn from experience and this is true but as Isaac Newton once said.. the more traffic you get. This will include long-tail keywords that have smaller traffic potential than the initial filters we employed in Module 1 but where the competition is much lower and therefore you will find it much easier to rank (and receive the traffic) for. Internet Marketing is a vast minefield of possibility and many people have trodden this path before you. as in life. your immediate focus should be on getting more traffic to your niche blog.

you have learned an awful lot about marketing and Internet Marketing in particular which will stand you in good stead.. Options for initially monetizing your niche blog to establish the potential for a commercial outcome in your selected niche. 6. it might be possible to test a niche faster (using paid PPC traffic for instance rather than organic traffic) but the method you have learned is largely free to implement with the only major risk being a time risk..You Made It! You made it to the end of The Challenge. The criteria for making a decision about whether a niche has sufficient commercial potential to justify future effort and the options that are available depending on that decision. Sure. The principles and value of Market Leadership. 5.congratulations! Whether it took you weeks to implement The Challenge training or many months..www. 7. The importance of keyword and market research online. 4. At the very least. 9.challenge. The critical importance of acquiring backlinks to your niche blog to improve it’s ranking in the SERPS for the keywords you are targeting.. 3. How to setup a Wordpress blog to target a niche and it’s associated keywords. it doesn’t matter. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 53 . you have learnt a repeatable and sustainable model for testing the commercial potential of a niche (and associated keywords) online. Having come this far..you are very likely wondering what options are available to you to continue your Internet Marketing education and to that end we have created a special webinar to assist you to with exploring those options. 8. 2. Along the way you will have learned: 1..co Congratulations. How to speed up the process of having the search engines find (and index) your blog. The importance of acquiring a niche specific domain relative to your niche. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale conducts a special webinar to outline the options available post-Challenge. whatever your journey will be from this point. The fact that not all backlinks are the same and that you will need a platform of low authority and high authority links to maximise your ranking.

Flippa ☐ Open an account on Flippa if you decide to sell your niche blog. ☐ Create a site listing on Flippa for your niche blog. ☐ Understand the techniques you will need to manage the sale of your niche blog through to completion. ☐ Learn how to transfer your niche blog to the new owner post sale.www. Going Forward ☐ Learn how to increase traffic by publishing content across a wider range of keywords and increasing your site authority by acquiring more and higher quality backlinks. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 54 .co Module 7 Checklist Assessing your Website Stats ☐ Ensure you have acquired and assessed all the required website and commercial stats. ☐ Understand the consequences of making a decision and familiarize yourself with the options available to your depending on whether your decision is to go forward or stop.challenge. ☐ Make a decision about whether you wish to continue with your niche based on the stats and conversion ratios. Mistakes Marketers Make ☐ Absorb and learn about critical marketing mistakes to prevent them from happening to you. Webinar ☐ Watch the post-Challenge webinar to explore options for continuing your Internet Marketing education and improving your skill-set.

On behalf of the whole Challenge Team. there will be more that you can and should learn. to build the websites/blogs etc? And even after The Challenge is over. Will you do what needs to be done to secure the understanding and skill-set you will need to become an Internet Marketing professional? We hope The Challenge has give you a great (and free) head start with Internet Marketing and we encourage you to join us in one of our member programs (Challenge Plus and Immediate Edge) to continue your journey towards success! If you have come this far with us.challenge. I would like to personally wish you every success in whatever Internet Marketing endeavor you choose as a consequence of completing The Challenge. In achieving this goal. participants will also learn a tremendous amount about marketing.this whole experience is about YOU! Are you prepared to take action and do what it takes to learn the methods and techniques. to do the research.IN CLOSING "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. An infinite number of marketing and business opportunities have now opened up for you on the Internet if you dare to implement what you have learned! Robert Somerville (GuruBob) © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 55 .co SOME THOUGHTS..Frederick Engels Our goal in The Challenge is for participants to learn a credible and repeatable method for testing niches online to find evidence of commercial value and to justify the building of an Internet Marketing presence within such niches. to improve the online visibility of an offline business or to create an online information or product business we are confident that within The Challenge training you will find much to assist and benefit you regardless of your initial motivation. but whether you are looking to improve the exposure of your website for a hobby or passion. Ultimately though. Once you have proved to yourself that it is possible to make any money online.. a charitable concern.. Internet Marketing and how traffic can be obtained from the search engines through search engine optimization. you were probably underwhelmed with the goal of participating in The Challenge being to earn just a single dollar! What we have found though. is that it is the earning of that first dollar that makes all the difference." . then your future success is just a matter of scale and implementation..www. We don’t know what YOUR motivation is for taking The Challenge. At the beginning. we are very grateful for your participation in The Challenge and sincerely hope that you have derived maximum value and enjoyment from taking part.

For example: < a href="http:// www. but the server could not find what was requested. Adwords Google’s Pay Per Click advertising system (see PPC). Originally came from the newspaper industry to identify content (photographs and headlines) visible when the newspaper is folded (which is how most people first see a newspaper) and therefore is content that editors felt would entice people to buy the paper.amazon. Affiliate Product A merchant product or service that is available for promotion by affiliates and tracked such that if a sale takes place.www.co/ama © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 56 . Article Marketing Automation (AMA) AMA is a paid syndication service allowing the user to either: • receive keyword relevant content for automated publishing to a user contributed Wordpress blog. Washington. Alt Tag The alt attribute is used in HTML and XHTML documents to specify alternative text (alt text) that displays when the element to which it is applied cannot be displayed (for instance when a user has turned off the display of graphics in their web browser). http://www. Usually occurs when the page being addressed does not exist. 404 Error Page The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server.google.co GLOSSARY OF TERMS 301 Redirect See URL Redirection. It is understood that Google checks over 200 individual variables in its search algorithm. Algorithm The process a search engine applies to web pages so it can accurately produce a list of results based on a search term (keyword or key phrase).com/" >Click here to visit Google< /a > The text usually gives visitors or search engines important information on what the page being linked to is about. http://www. Hence search engine optimization tends to require constant research and monitoring. then the affiliate receives a commission. opt-in or click thru to a merchant’s website. Affiliate Commission The fee paid to an affiliate for generating a sale. Search engines regularly change their algorithms to improve the quality of the search results.challenge. it is America's largest online retailer and has an extensive affiliate program.google. Headquartered in Seattle. http://www.com/adwords Affiliate A marketing partner that promotes a product or service usually under a pay for results agreement.com/ Anchor Text Anchor text refers to the visible clickable text for a hyperlink. or • Publish spun article content to a network of blogs for the purpose of receiving keyword specific backlinks from those blogs to a user-specified website. Affiliate Marketing The act of promoting a merchant’s products and services on the internet usually with the expectation of earning an affiliate commission. Above The Fold Used to describe that part of the page that is viewable in the browser when visiting a website without scrolling.challenge. A/B Testing The process of testing two different variations of a web page to see which performs best in delivering the outcome the page has been created to achieve (maybe an opt-in or a sales conversion etc). Amazon Is an American-based multinational electronic commerce company. Affiliate Agreement A document containing the terms that govern the relationship between a merchant and an affiliate.

depending on compression. manage. however. Article Samurai A paid content syndication service created and marketed by Noble Samurai that allows users to publish spun content to an extensive network or article and blog sites for the purpose of receiving keyword backlinks to a userspecified website. powered by individuals and/or corporations and enable users to comment on postings. Full-motion full-screen video. Usually measured in bits-per-second. Windows Live Search. the more likely he/she is able to invite people to buy or engage with the products or services they are promoting. Aweber is an example of an © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO email autoresponder service. even if they are asked to perform objectionable acts. video.co Arbitrage Arbitrage is the technique of simultaneously buying at a lower price in one market and selling at a higher price in another market to make a profit on the spread between the prices. An internal backlink is a link from one page to another page on the same website. 57 .challenge.co/ArticleSamurai Associate A synonym for Affiliate. Autoresponder An email robot that sends email replies automatically. http://www. An authoritative link is therefore a link from a website that has a high pagerank. Blog (Blogging) A blog is an online journal or "web log" on a given subject. without human intervention. Google provides a measure of authority by calculating a parameter called pagerank which is a number between 0 (lowest) and 10 highest and is a measure of the link network that links to a page or website.see recommended reading list) influence factor whereby people will tend to obey authority figures. and MSN Search) is the current web search engine (advertised as a "decision engine") from Microsoft. Blogs are easy to update. Authority is also a Cialdini (Robert Cialdini . Avatar A digital representation of a user in a virtual reality site. Backlink A backlink is a link to a webpage.fm/ Authority On the Internet. give more credit to web sites that have a good number of quality backlinks. requires about 10. http://www. and syndicate.www. the more authoritative a marketer is. The more links a website or page has. authority is derived from the quantity and quantity of web sites that link to a website or page of content.challenge.com/ Black Hat SEO Those practice of search engine optimization (SEO) using unethical methods that are against the terms and conditions of the major search engines. Backlinks are important for search engine optimization (SEO) because some search engines (particularly Google)... images. An external backlink is a link to a page from another domain altogether.audioboo. Article A discreet piece of writing usually focussed around a single theme. Banner Ad(s) Banners are graphical ad space (of various sizes) on commercial web sites that are usually linked to the advertiser's website. sound etc) that can be sent through a connection.bing. A full page of text is about 16.000. Bing Bing (formerly Live Search.the more authoritative it is deemed to be.000 bits-per-second.000 bits. Audioboo AudioBoo is a website and iPhone OS application designed to allow users to post and share sound files on the AudioBoo website. Accordingly. The comment function of a blog maybe a valid place to links to another website as part of a link building strategy. Bandwidth The quantity of information (text. http://www.

(The) Challenge An online video training program created to teach the basics of Internet Marketing and to provide a repeatable methodology for testing the commercial viability of niches/micro-niches online.co/ChallengePlus An area online where you can chat with other members in real-time.challenge. Known for its ease-of-use. 58 .co/ Challenge Plus A private paid member program created to provide more in-depth Internet Marketing education that follows on from that provide in The Challenge.clickbank. Click Thru Rate (CTR) The proportion of views that responded to an advertisement by clicking on the ad button/banner relative to the total number of views of that advert. In The Challenge. Expressed as a percentage.challenge. Located at © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO http://www.challenge. Browsers provide a user-friendly interface for navigating through and accessing the vast amount of information on the Internet. Bounce Rate Is the proportion of views of any given web page that resulted in an exit from the page without a visit to any other page on the same website. Cloaking describes the technique of serving a different page to a search engine spider than what a human visitor sees. advert or banner graphic. Browser An application used to view information from the Internet. A common type of captcha requires the user to type letters or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen. Blog Post An individual post (or article) on a blog. a category keyword is a keyword within a niche or micro-niche that meets the SEOC (< 30.000) and SEOT (>80) criteria. Commercial Indicators The presence of advertising or sales content on a website indicating that the website is designed for or achieving a commercial outcome. Click The action whereby a viewer is transferred from one website to another by clicking on a link. Clicks can be recorded by a web host or tracking service such as Google Analytics. broad match relates to the number of pages that contain all of the keywords a user enters into the search engine but not in any particular order or even whether those keywords occur together on the page. is the practice of artificially generating traffic to advertisers’ sites either manually or through the use of automated clicking programs (called hitbots). Eliminates the need for a merchant account. http://www. Caters for beginner to intermediate Internet Marketers. Cloaking Category Keyword In the context of The Challenge. 3rd party payment processor and marketing service for the development of affiliate programs.co Blogging is the act of publishing to a blog. Canonical Tag Code (usually an html tag) which is read by search engine crawlers/spiders to tell search engines which URL is the original version of a web page. and the largest distributor of digital information products on the Internet. Carcast A video or audio recording recorded whilst driving a vehicle.www. Located at http:// www. Captcha Is a type of challenge response test in computing to ensure that response is generated by a person (not a computer or bot). also called pay-per-click fraud. Chat Room Broad Match With respect to the search engines. the recommended web browser is Google Chrome (see below). Clickbank A popular online billing.com/ Click Fraud Click fraud. May also refer to the process of hiding page content or affiliate linking code.

orally or in writing. Cookie A file on your computer that records information such as where you have been on the World Wide Web. Cost Per Action (CPA) A form of advertising where payment is dependent upon an action that a user performs. or category. converts from ‘visitor’ to ‘buyer’. a CMS allows a group of people to publish to a single website. The cookie can be read only by a server in the © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! domain that stored it. Conversion When a visitor makes a purchase on a merchant website i. Visitors can accept or deny cookies. The fee is based on every 1. Cross-Linking (Link Wheel) Linking a group of domains. Cost Per Click (CPC) Also called Pay per Click (PPC). Since the Web's protocol has no way to remember requests. are sold by CPM Critical Focus Time (CFT) A commitment to work for a specific amount of time (30 or 45 minutes) during which you will only work on actions critical to your business. These procedures can be manual or computer-based. to an idea or goal. Cost Per Lead A performance-based advertising model where the advertiser pays a set fee for every lead (or opt-in) generated by the ad. An advertiser that charges every time an ad (usually a banner graphic) is displayed to a user. Excessive cross-linking may lead to your site being penalized by the search engines and so this practice. An advertiser pays a set fee to the publisher based on the number of visitors who take action. During the CFT period. Most display ads. to each other and to the target website for the purpose of increasing popularity of the target website within the search engines. Curation In the context of market leadership. they are more likely to honor that commitment because of establishing that idea or goal as being congruent with their self image. cookies read and record a users browser type and IP address.www. Contextual Advertising Advertising that is targeted to a Web page based on the page's content.e. The browser stores this information which allows a site to remember the browser in future transactions or requests. curation is the process of organizing and filtering content published within a THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 59 . signing up for a newsletter. An example is Google’s Adsense program. In the context of the web.challenge. Cost Per Impression (CPM) CPM is the cost per thousand for a particular website.000 ad impressions (M is the Roman numeral for 1. Even if the original incentive or motivation is removed after they have already agreed. The action could be making a purchase. or asking for a follow-up call. An acceptable sales conversion rate in the context of The Challenge is 0. particularly in relation to Google. usually your own. The network of linked sites may often be known as a link wheel. Commitment And Consistency One of Cialdini’s influence factors whereby if people commit. they will continue to honor the agreement. and store this information on the users own computer. Wordpress (see below) is an example of a content management system. The majority of text ads sold by search engines are billed under the CPC (or PPC) model. keywords. a person usually works with a single purpose (without other distractions) with the expectation of a defined outcome. A performance-based advertising model where the advertiser pays a set fee for every click on an ad.co Commercial (Viability) A circumstance where the commercial outcome delivered by a website results in a profit scenario sufficient to justify the continued development and existence of the site.5% or higher. The conversion rate is the proportion of buyers to visitors expressed as a percentage. by changing a setting in their browser preferences. Content Management System (CMS) A content management system (CMS) is the collection of procedures used to manage work flow in a collaborative environment.000). whether the user clicks on the ad or not. such as banner ads. Co-Branding In the context of Internet Marketing is where affiliates are able include their own branding on the merchant’s website. is no longer recommended.

Email Electronic Mail. or require the user to apply for a license to carry out certain actions. Email (List) Marketing The process of using email to market products and services to an email list that has previously opted-in to receive information about that product and/or service. Earnings Per Click (EPC) Term used by the Commission Junction affiliate network. Caution: some search engines will de-rank or remove a website (from the search index) entirely if the existence of doorway/gateway pages is detected. As of January 2011.com/ Facebook Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004. the editorial team will then approve a title and description and place the URL in an appropriate category. In some cases you may wish to permit certain activities. these pages are used to improve search engine placement. Ezine An abbreviation of ‘electronic magazine’. entry pages. Directory An index of web sites based mainly on human editing and categorization.ezinearticles. google. exact match relates to the number of web pages that contain the exact keyword (or key phrase) a user enters into the search engine.dropbox. EzineArticles EzineArticles is an online article directory with the highest authority in the eyes of the search engines.www. Dropbox Dropbox is a free service to sync and share files between computers that are logged into the same Dropbox account. in others you may wish to withhold all rights.challenge. Domain Name The unique name that identifies an Internet website eg.co niche and sharing the best content to a community interested in that niche.com Doorway Page Also known as bridge pages. The detection of duplicate content by the search engines may have a negative impact on the ranking in the search engines of the page that is deemed to contain duplicate content and is not considered the original version of that content. Articles submitted to EzineArticles are vetted by human moderators before they are displayed on the website. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 60 . Inc. operated and privately owned by Facebook. http://www. In most cases the content is submitted to the directory. This number is calculated by taking commissions earned divided by the total number of clicks multiplied by 100. Facebook has more than 600 million active users. the domain name system ensures the name can be translated to the IP address of the web server. When a domain name is delegated to a name server. Disclaimer A disclaimer states the terms under which the website or content may be used and provides information relating to what the copyright owner believes to be a breach of his/ her/their copyright. For example. gateway page. Both the merchant and/or an affiliate may use this method of promotion. Download The process of transferring a file from another computer or web server to a users computer. Customer Value (Lifetime Value) The total amount that a customer will spend with a particular merchant during his or her lifetime.com/ © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! Duplicate Content Refers to webpages with the same content across the same domain name and across different domain names. http://www.facebook. http://www. portals or portal pages. text files that are sent from one person to another. DNS Translates domain names to IP addresses. Yahoo! is a human edited directory. Exact Match With respect to the search engines.com/ Facebook Connect Facebook Connect is a set of APIs from Facebook that enable Facebook members to log onto third-party websites. being the ‘average earnings per 100 clicks’.

Google The most popular search engine and a tool for finding resources (based on user entered keywords or key phrases) on the Internet. • receive your Tweets in their home page.Allows users to receive text and multi-media updates from the people they follow inside Google+.) based on your choice of query or topic defined by a keyword or key phrase. or any application (like Tweetie. • Hangout . phone. https://plus. TweetDeck. Located at http://www.google. As of July 2011.com/ Google Adsense Text and image ads that are precisely targeted to page content. • Stream . • Sparks . Maybe a valid source of backlinks as part of a link building strategy.allows you to follow people in discreet and overlapping groups mimicking the complex nature of human group interactions.google.com/ Followers Followers are people who receive Tweets from the people they follow on Twitter. http://www." Most Internet sites will have a "FAQ" to explain what the website is about and how to use its features.challenge.flippa. Flippa A popular website that allows for the buying and selling of web sites. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) A protocol that allows the transfer of files from one computer to another. If someone follows you.com/adwords 61 . A user can have multiple sparks at any one time. they: • become your follower and will display in the 'newest follower' section. Commonly used to transfer files from a users computer to a web server (host). Geo Targeting Delivery of ads specific to the geographic location of the searcher.co applications. from which the webmaster earns a percentage of the price per click paid by the advertiser.google. Located at http://www. Located at http://www. Located at http://www. Google Alerts Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web.A function to receive content found and filtered by Googles search algorithms that is relevant and up to date based on a subject of interest.com/ Google+ Google+ is basically Google's latest attempt at creating a social network to rival Facebook and Twitter. Google’s Adwords program allows for geo-targeting of ads.) that they use. etc. enabling more localized and personalized results. news . Google+ comprises a number of functions: • Circles . Geo-targeting allows the advertiser to specify where ads will or won't be shown based on the searcher's location.A simple to use group video chat service where up to 10 people can join a ‘hangout’ and chat at one time. Commonly understood to receive ~70% of Facebook Fanpage A specific feature of the Facebook service that allows for the creation of commercially orientated pages or pages not specific to a user’s personal circumstances.www.com/adsense Google Adwords Google’s Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising program. The stream can be filtered based on different circles. you are their follower. Forum Online community where visitors may read and post topics of common interest. The main video window (seen by all participants in the hangout) is focussed automatically on the current speak while small thumbnail versions of each participant (not speaking) are displayed below the main video window. etc.google. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) FAQ is a commonly used abbreviation for "Frequently Asked Questions. A simple text chat interface is also available to Hangout participants.google. mobile devices and gaming systems with their Facebook identity.com/alerts © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO the search traffic online. • If you follow someone.

It can also refer to the period of time after which a web page is initially found and indexed by the Google and before the ranking of that page in the SERPS becomes stable. It is a common compression format used for transferring graphics files between different computers. Located at http://www. that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world.google. Located at http://www.google.com/trends Google Webmaster Tools Google Webmaster Tools is a free web service by Google for webmasters. according to Net Applications. Instructions to Googlebot can be directed in the robots.com/insights/search © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! Google Reader Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator.txt file. Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a country's map. It displays top searches and rising searches that may help with keyword research. Results can be narrowed down with categories that are displayed for each search terms. Located at http:// www. As of May 2011.www. A Google ad has the net effect of increasing the relevancy within Adwords but also to drive out advertisers who can’t afford to pay the ever increasing costs or whose business isn’t profitable enough to pay for PPC traffic. Google Trends Google Trends is a public web facility provided by Google and based on Google Search. If the website does not meet minimum quality requirements then Google either turns off the ad or requires the advertiser to pay more to keep the ad alive. The product is aimed at marketers and is the most widely used website statistics service. An incredible important resource for monitoring a large number of web sites efficiently. Located at http:// www.com/analytics Googlebot The name of the spider (see below) used by Google. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 62 .google. form. Chrome is the recommended web browser for The Challenge and can be downloaded from: http://www.google. and data storage service offered by Google. Chrome was the third most widely used browser with 12. Grey Hat SEO Grey-hat SEO tactics are those which have some genuine and accepted use (for search engine optimization). GIF images are the most common form of banner creative. and in Google Webmaster tools. Googlebot statistics can be viewed with web analytics software. or "chrome". however. A Google Slap occurs when Google suddenly increases the quality requirements between the keyword being bid on. and in various languages.google.com/webmasters Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) GIF (pronounced "gift") is a graphics format that can be displayed on almost all web browsers.challenge. of web browsers. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame. the Adwords ad and the website the ad sends traffic to. spreadsheet. Google Docs Google Docs is a free. on web server logs. Unlike Google Trends. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their web sites. Located at http://www.google. Most of the "pictures" you see online are GIF files. capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. Web-based word processor. slide show. providing insights into the search terms people have been entering into the Google search engine.com/docs Google Insights Google Insights for Search is a service by Google similar to Google Trends (see below).com/reader Google Slap With reference to Googles PPC Adwords program. Located at http://www.52% worldwide usage share of web browsers. They display in 256 colors and have built-in compression. Google Chrome Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. are subject to abuse by unethical SEOs and webmasters.com/chrome Google Dance Some internet marketers refer to the "Google Dance" as the time just after the search engine results pages change because of a change in Google algorithms.co Google Analytics Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website.google.

an image (jpeg. 63 .co/ImmediateEdge Impression The ad impression is the metric a site uses for measuring inventory. magazine or webpage. Usually located at the domain of the website. HTML allows text to be "linked" to another file on the Internet. Located at http://www. Header Tag The tag <header></header> that defines the title. HTML resembles old-fashioned typesetting code. http://www. it knows that it is viewing a WWW page. Immediate Edge A private paid member program created to provide more in-depth Internet Marketing education that follows on from that provide in The Challenge. a cgi script. where a block of text is surrounded by codes that indicate how it should appear.challenge. When a browser sees "HTTP" at the beginning of an address. Different definitions exist for this term: 1.www. Hit A hit is simply any request to the web server for any type of file. Indexing The process whereby a webpage or website is found by a search engine spider (bot or crawler) and added to the search engine index so that it may be displayed in the SERPS (see below) when that web page or website is deemed relevant to the keyword or key phrase a user may be searching for in the search engine. Agencies usually collect a fee for every thousand impressions. consisting of a word or phrase within the message prefixed with a hash sign. An HTML page can account for several hits: the page itself. Therefore.challenge. Significant as it is usually grabs the initial attention of the viewer and is therefore an important influence over whether the viewer continues to read the remaining content of the article or web page. the number of hits a website receives is not a valid popularity gauge. png.co H1 to H6 Tags The <h1> to <h6> tags are used to define HTML headings. and any embedded sound or video clips. but rather is an indication of server use and loading. This can be an HTML page. The assumption is that the page or ad images were successfully downloaded and the user viewed the page or ads on the page are recorded whether or not a user clicks on an ad. It is the single most powerful and important function of online communications. it is recommended that you try to place your keyword that the page is optimized for within a <h1> tag on the page. Caters for intermediate to advanced Internet Marketers.).The request for a page or ad. and many other file types. the format of the World Wide Web (WWW). etc. 2. description and other Meta information about a web page. <h6> defines the least important heading. Hostgator A popular discount Internet hosting service. Headline A heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper. Index The database of a search engine or directory. Hyperlink Is the clickable link in text or graphics on a web page that takes you to another place on the same page. The viewing of a page or ad(s) by the user. HashTag A tag embedded in a message posted on a microblogging service (such as Twitter). <h1> defines the most important heading. gif.challenge. Homepage The page designated as the main point of entry of a Web site (or main page) or the starting point when a browser first connects to the Internet. another page on the same website or a different website. each image on the page. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO HyperText Markup Language is a coding language used to make hypertext documents for use on the Web. Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol.co/hostgator HTTPS A secure version of HTTP (see below). a sound clip. As one of the important on-page SEO factors.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) JPEG (pronounced "jay peg") is a graphics format newer than GIF which displays photographs and graphic images with millions of colors. Internet Service Provider (ISP) A business that provides access to the Internet. Internet Marketers take advantage of this factor by presenting marketing material designed to increase the like-ability of the marketer and the product/service being marketed. is the marketing of products or services over the Internet. it's up to the search engine to determine them. which consists of a number in the format A. also referred to as i-marketing.000 independent. is an algorithm used by Google (and possibly other search engines) to determine how words are related to each other in the context of a web page.instapaper. Keyword (key-phrase) A word -.co Instapaper A free service that allows a user to save webpages so as to easily retrieve and read later on a range of computer and mobile devices. Most people use Domain Names instead and the resolution between Domain Names and IP addresses is handled by the network and the Domain Name Servers.B. Essentially.com/ Internet A collection of approximately 60. an applet (Java program) embedded in the Web page will automatically run. Java (Javascript) Java is an object oriented programming language created by Sun Microsystems that supports enhanced features such as animation. Leverage The power to influence a person or situation to achieve a particular outcome which in the case of Internet Marketing is likely to be a commercial outcome. Internet Marketing Internet marketing. interconnected networks that use the TCP/IP protocols and that evolved from ARPANet of the late '60s and early '70s. online-marketing. it also compresses well and is easy to download. Most search engines do their text query and retrieval using keywords. or e-Marketing. IP Address Internet Protocol (IP) address.www.D where each of the four sections is a decimal number from 0 to 255. Unless the author of the web document specifies the keywords for her document (possible by using on-page SEO factors). The Net. Latent Semantic Index (LSI) Latent Semantic Indexing or LSI for short. Keyword Optimized The process of optimizing an article so that the search engines will deem it to be relevant for a particular keyword or key phrase. Every system connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. Keyword searching is the most common form of text search on the web." is a worldwide system of computer networks providing reliable and redundant connectivity between disparate computers and systems by using common transport and data protocols. A keyword is a database index entry that identifies a specific record or document. this means that search engines pull out and index words that are believed to be relevant or significant. Keyword Density The ratio between the keyword being searched for and the total number of words appearing on your web page. or real-time updating of information. Located at http://www. If you are using a web browser that supports Java. Since Facebook introduced the Facebook Like button. Liking A Cialdini influence factor whereby people are easily persuaded by other people that they like. liking may also be defined as the process of liking a THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 64 . Joint Venture (JV) A general partnership (between 2 or more independent entities) typically formed to undertake a particular © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! business transaction or project rather than one intended to continue indefinitely.used to focus an online search.C.challenge.or often a phrase -. Keyword Research Keyword research includes the processes and methodologies to research key words that would be used for search and internet marketing campaigns. webmarketing.

Long tail keywords usually have limited traffic potential but very low phrase match competition (less than 20. Located at http://www. Located at: http://www. a mailing list is an automatically distributed email message on a particular topics going to certain individuals. Because they have low competition they are usually easy to rank for in the SERPS. Market Samurai A keyword research and Internet Marketing software tool (developed on the Adobe Air platform) and marketed by Noble Samurai. easy-to-write plain text format. or start a new e-mail with an address you specify. It was conceptualized and developed to be consistent with The Challenge training process and is therefore perfectly matched to support the methods and techniques required to be implemented during The Challenge.challenge. Market Leadership A process (defined by Ed Dale) whereby you seek to control and influence the conversation taking place within a niche/micro-niche using common publishing and social media techniques. For example ‘wedding party favor ideas’ is a long tail keyword of the ‘wedding party favor’ micro-niche.co webpage or website by clicking a Facebook Like button that is located on that page or website. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to a mailing list by sending a message via email or by entering details into an opt-in form. publishing content on 3rd party web sites that include a link and may include buying links (although this practice is not considered acceptable by Google). Market Research Market research is any organized effort to gather information about markets or customers. Marketing The act of making people aware of and eager to obtain a product or service. Your main ranking vehicle was also likely contain money pages which have been specifically constructed to engineer a sale for a product or service you are promoting within the niche. It is a very important component of business strategy. Linked-In LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Link A link is a “clickable” object on a web page that. Sometimes long tail keywords are referred to as ‘low hanging fruit’.co/MarketSamurai 65 . © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO Main Ranking Vehicle (MRV) As an Internet Marketer you will probably create a number of web properties when targeting a niche for commercial benefit. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)" The language takes many cues from existing conventions for marking up plain text in email. the ‘wedding party’ niche and the ‘wedding’ market. entering barter arrangements. will take the viewer to a particular page. originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz allowing people "to write using an easy-to-read. when clicked. Merchant A business that markets and sells products or services (on the Internet or offline). A synonym of backlink.com/ Long Tail Keyword A longer.000 competing pages). Markdown Markdown is a lightweight markup language. The main ranking vehicle or MRV is that web property containing the highest quality content that you intend will rank highest in the search engines for the keywords you are targeting. Link Building The process of getting quality Web sites to link to your Web site.www. it is mainly used for professional networking. Mailing List (Email) On the Internet. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003. more specific keyword phrase that contains a hierarchically superior niche or market keyword. Link Network The sum total of backlinks (both internal and external) that link to a web page or website. Link building techniques may include reciprocal linking.challenge.linkedin. place on a page. in order to improve search engine rankings.

Monetization The act of exposing traffic visiting a web page or website to ads or sales copy with a view to engineering a commercial outcome (a click on an ad or the sale of a product or service). Also called usenets.co Meta Description The meta description tag is intended to be a brief and concise summary of your page's content. be aware of the folks you are talking to. Newbie A term to describe anyone new to a subject. Currently. A website may contain several money pages where several products or services are being promoted. In summary it all comes down to good business -. Google Website Optimizer offers the ability to implement multivariate testing. newsgroups consist of messages posted on electronic bulletin boards. Netiquette A term that is used to describe the do's and don'ts of online behavior. The purpose of identifying a niche/microniche is to create a website to attract viewers interested in the topic and expose that traffic to a commercial opportunity. When the meta description contains the keyword or key phrase that the search engines deem the page to be most relevant for. Multivariate Testing A process by which more than one component of a website may be tested in a live environment.practice. Examples of micro-blogging platforms are Twitter (http:// www. or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Money Page The page(s) on a website created to sell or promote a product or service.com/websiteoptimizer MySQL MySQL is a relational database management system that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. http://www. Newsgroup A discussion group on Usenet devoted to talking about a specific topic. and there are tens of thousands of newsgroups concerning every imaginable topic.com/) Mindmap (mind mapping) A mind map is a diagram used to represent words. a niche/micro-niche is a collection of keywords and/or key phrases that are semantically related and that meet certain competition and traffic criteria. tasks. in both actual size and aggregate file size. others are junk and contain little but mindless drivel. Niche (Micro-Niche) In the context of The Challenge.google. Many of them cover professional subjects and societies and are rich sources of business information.000 newsgroups. ideas. It can be thought of in © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! simple terms as numerous A/B tests performed on one page at the same time. May also influence how the page is displayed in the browser. Niche Persona The process of creating an online persona so as to market products and services to people that are interested in a THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO and Tumblr (http:// 66 .challenge.twitter.com/) www. talk nicely and not too much. or an image or embedded video. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller. The meta description tag is therefore important not only from the perspective of SEO but also as a marketing factor to influence a viewer to visit the web page.tumblr. The SQL phrase stands for Structured Query Language. there are over 15. Micro-Blog Microblogging is a form of blogging.www.and social -. Each board has a theme. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment. The process of creating a mindmap is called mind mapping. Be polite. whether it be a particular forum online or the Internet. Niche Marketing The process of marketing products or services to a group of people interested in a narrowly defined theme and who are searching on the Internet using keywords that are semantically related to that theme. then the meta-description is usually used as the 2 line description of the website that is displayed in the SERPS. Meta Tags Information placed in the header of an HTML page that provides important information about the page which is not visible to site visitors but is visible to the search engine spiders.

paypal. that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents. sites with poor quality content and sites with a high advert to content ratio or that offer a weak user experience. Examples include completed surveys. contest or sweepstakes entries. an affiliate program where an affiliate receives a commission for each click (visitor) they refer to a merchant’s web site. the service provider will very likely be located in a 3rd world country where the labour cost is much lower thereby leading to a significant cost saving. The update was designed to reduce the ranking of ‘low quality sites’ from the top of Google’s search results pages (but not de-index). Panda/Farmer Update From time to time. PayPal PayPal is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Phrase Match With respect to the search engines. The tag was intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain search engine spam although the degree to which the nofollow tag is taken notice of has been questioned in recent years. the title. the meta-description and a heading tag on the page. This becomes important when for instance a male marketer is trying to promote products and services in a female dominated niche or vice versa. downloaded software demos.com/ PHP PHP is a general-purpose Scripting language originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to traditional paper methods such as cheques and money orders. Also. Page Rank (PR) PageRank is a link analysis algorithm.co specific niche. Outsource (Outsourcing) Outsourcing often refers to the process of subcontracting a service to a third-party service provider. On-Page (SEO) Factors Those search engine optimization (SEO) factors that relate to the page content being optimized for a specific keyword or key phrase. These may include the age and page rank of the domain. In the context of Internet Marketing. with the purpose of "measuring" its relative importance. These significant updates are noticed by the SEO community and given names.challenge. PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module. content farms. which generates the web page document. Pay Per Lead (PPL) An affiliate program in which an affiliate receives a commission for each sales lead that they generate for a merchant web site. named after Larry Page and used by the Google Internet search engine. Google makes a significant update to it’s search algorithms in an attempt to significantly improve the quality of the search returns across a wide © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! range of keywords.www. Off-Page (SEO) Factors Those search engine optimization (SEO) factors that are not directly related to the content being displayed on a particular web page or the address of that page. Pay Per Click (PPC) An advertising payment model where the advertiser pays only when the advertisement is actually clicked. Located at http://www. In 2011. Nofollow (tag) Nofollow is a value that can be assigned to the rel= attribute of a link tag which instructs some search engines (particularly Google) not to share any of the page authority that the page containing the link has with the destination URL of the link. or free trials Pay Per Sale (PPS) Affiliate programs in which the affiliate receives a commission for each sale of a product or service that they refer to a merchant’s web site. phrase match is a form of keyword matching where the number of pages that contain the phrase will be displayed if the user's search THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 67 . the backlinks to the domain or web page itself and whether the page is listed in certain authority directories (Yahoo and DMOZ) etc. For this purpose. This has impacted negatively the rankings of scraper sites. The most important of these are whether the keyword or key phrase has been included within the URL. such as the World Wide Web. An example of a PPC service is Google Adwords. a very significant update occurred over several releases which has been called the Panda/Farmer update.

Podcast A method of publishing audio files to the Internet for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The first Web portals were online © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! services.posterous. Ping The act of querying (another computer on a network) to determine whether there is an active connection to it. Also known as a "gateway to the Internet". the quality of an ad's landing page. and on-line shopping malls. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 68 . The main ranking vehicle will very likely contain pages designed to convert traffic to sales (money pages).text.www. methods for authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. The net amount left over from revenue (see below) after cost of sales and expenses are deducted. Allows for transparency in the image which is not possible in GIF or JPEG files.com/ Product Creation In the context of The Challenge. such as email. and other undisclosed attributes.co query includes the exact phrase. or referring to their articles. but by now most of the traditional search engines have transformed themselves into Web portals to attract and keep a larger audience. and Facebook. The software is recommended in The Challenge to facilitate the efficient indexing of a new website or web page http://www. PDF. and custom themes. Located at http://www. and considering other factors used to determine the quality of a site and reward those of higher quality with top placement and lower bid requirements. a plug-in (or plugin) is a set of software components that adds specific abilities to a larger software application. Must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. analyzing the relevance of the landing page. Quality Score A score assigned by search engines that is calculated by measuring an ad's click through rate. Portable Document Format (PDF) A document format (developed by Adobe) used by word processing software. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to. audio or video etc) to satisfy the information needs or desires of people within a niche or micro-niche usually (but not always) for the purpose of engineering a commercial outcome. such as AOL. The functionality of Wordpress (a blogging platform recommended in The Challenge) can be extended by the installation of plugins. forums. Posterous Ping Kaching A software application (developed on the Adobe Air platform) by Michael Roberts which allows for the automated submission of a web page or website to a range of social networking sites. search engines. Portal A Web site or service that offers a broad array of resources and services.challenge. Profit Plugin In computing. All of the major search engines now use some form of quality score in their search ad algorithm. It supports integrated and automatic posting to other social media tools such as Flickr.co/PingKaching Pingback A pingback is one of three types of linkbacks. plug-ins enable customizing the functionality of an application. Twitter.challenge. even if their query contains additional words. Some factors that make up a quality score are historical keyword performance. If supported. the ranking vehicle is that website designed to rank highest in the search engines for the main keywords or key phrases being targeted. search engines and RSS aggregators. Privacy Policy A privacy policy establishes how a company collects and uses information about its customers’ accounts and transactions. that provided access to the Web. Ranking Vehicle When developing a range of web sites within a niche or micro-niche. product creation is the process of creating (usually digital products . a built-in Google Analytics package. PNG (Portable Network Graphics) A graphic file format similar to JPEG that can be displayed in most modern web browsers. funded by Y Combinator. business applications or desktop publishing to save files on the Web that look exactly like the originals. directories. Posterous is a simple blogging platform started in May 2008.

expressed as a percentage.00 each. when a person receives something (of value) for free. they are more likely to take action in the future when presented with a commercial opportunity by the merchant that originally provided the free item. Reciprocity A Cialdini influence factor whereby people tend to return a favor. thus the pervasiveness of free samples in marketing. Scarcity A Cialdini influence factor whereby perceived scarcity will generate demand.challenge.co Rank Tracker A module within Market Samurai to track the ranking (in the search engines) of nominated web pages for the keywords or key phrases those pages have been optimized for. search engines are returning blended search results. the sales letter has become an integral part of Internet Marketing and typically takes the form of an email or webpage. saying offers are available for a "limited time only" encourages sales. For example. Return On Investment (ROI) Return on investment = (Revenue . The XML file is also known as the RSS feed. as well as marketingfocused tasks to make a site more appealing to users. which include images. Reciprocal Link(ing) The process of exchanging links with other web sites to increase search engine popularity. Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS) The page searchers see after they've entered their query into the search box. an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web. sorted by relevance. since the advent of the internet. This page lists several Web pages related to the searcher's query. A term describing the calculation of the financial return on a Internet marketing or advertising initiative that incurs some cost. For example. videos. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search Engine Optimization is the ongoing process of making a site and its content highly relevant for both search engines and searchers. Although originally designed to be sent by direct mail. Real Simple Syndication (RSS) Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. Although search engine is really a general class of programs. Increasingly.00.www. Search Engines A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web and FTP servers. A program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found. SEO includes technical tasks to make it easier for search engines to find and index a site for the appropriate keywords. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! Sales Letter A sales letter is a piece of direct mail which is designed to persuade the reader to purchase a particular product or service in the absence of a salesman. This practice is no longer supported by Google and may lead to a reduced ranking in the SERPS for those pages which have a large number of reciprocal links. The search results are generally presented in a list of results known as search engine results pages or SERPS. the term is often used to specifically describe systems like Google that enable users to search for documents on the World Wide Web and USENET newsgroups.Cost)/Cost. without any expectation of a return payment. Revenue Total income for your sales. Sales Conversion See Conversion. A very powerful mechanism to increase conversion. and results from specialty databases on their SERPs. if you sell 50 ebooks at $27. Ranking A generic term to describe where a web page ranks in the SERPS for the keyword or key phrase that web page has been optimized for. Successful search marketing helps a site gain top positioning for relevant words and phrases. your revenue would be $1350. In the context of Internet Marketing. also known as syndication. Residual Commissions Commissions paid over a defined or open-ended period of time to an affiliate for the referral of a sale to a merchant. Search Terms Text that is typed into a search engine to identify web sites and web pages deemed to be relevant to the search term by THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 69 . RSS is an acronym for Rich Site Summary.

Very bad netiquette.contentboss.challenge. a program hidden within free downloaded software that transmits user information via the Internet to advertisers. Spam The use of mailing lists to blanket usenets or private email boxes with indiscriminate advertising messages. Squeeze Page A squeeze page. computerized algorithm hosted by search engines that browses the web. It is a measure of how competitive the Internet is (in terms of quantity of pages) for that keyword or key phrase.http://www. it's bad business. etc. Google Webmasters allows for the submission of site-maps which may improve the probability that the website and it’s pages will be indexed by Google. The future of marketing online is about customizing products and information for individual users.co the search engines. Facebook. The programs create a copy of each webpage for future indexing by the search engines.com/ Social Media A category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content. Crawler) An automated. buying or using. Silo (Siloing) The act of structuring the internal linking of a website to control the importance (and therefore the authority) of certain pages and to improve the ranking of the website in the search engines for target keywords and key phrases. The recommended automated spinner is Content Boss .skype.com/ Spyware Also known as “adware”. Skype Skype is a proprietary voice over Internet Protocol service and software application originally created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Even worse. such as Facebook or Twitter. Spider (Bot. social bookmarking sites like Del. http://www. Google has dominated in this space (and built a very profitable business) by offering the most accurate search results for the search terms entered. SEO Matrix A table displayed in the SEO competition module of Market Samurai listing key on-page and off-page SEO factors for the web sites or web pages currently ranking on page 1 of Google for a specific keyword or key phrase.us. or Twitter. Spinning The process of creating multiple versions of an article or post (for submission to leveraged content syndication services) by utilizing synonym or phrase replacement within the article. and other sites that are centered on user interaction. also known as a ‘name squeeze page’ is a landing page specifically created to solicit name and email 70 .challenge. The recommended tool for (manual) spinning is The Best Spinner . Internet Marketers take advantage of this principle by providing evidence of Social Proof to potential customers in the form of testimonials or positive reviews of the product or service they are promoting. Other types of spam include search engine spam and twitter spam which all have the objective of increasing the exposure of a product by mass publishing low quality content within a particular content network.icio. Having a well structured sitemap will assist the search engine spider to index the pages.co/ TheBestSpinner. Anyone who tries to use old mass market techniques in the new media environment is bound to fail. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO Social Networking / Marketing Meeting and building relationships with people using one or more of a broad range of social media sites. They include social networking sites like LinkedIn. SEO Competition (SEOC) SEOC (a variable displayed in the keyword research module of Market Samurai) is the number of phrase matched pages that exist in Google for a particular keyword or key phrase. Social Proof A Cialdini influence factor whereby people will do things that they see other people are doing.http://www. SEOT A projected value (in the keyword research module of Market Samurai) of the traffic that the number 1 ranking website would receive for a specific keyword or key phrase. social news sites like Digg. and owned by Microsoft since 2011. Sitemap A page which contains an organized listing of links to all pages within the website.www.

The term testimonial most commonly applies to the sales-pitches attributed to ordinary citizens. Commonly attributed to Seth Godin. sometimes from a private citizen. Title Tag An element of a web page which appears at the top of most browsers. Trackback A trackback is one of three types of linkback methods for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. sometimes from a known person. extolling the virtue of some product or service. Surfing Exploring the World Wide Web. Commonly known as "Surfing the 'Net. Conversion 4. It is also the part of a directory submission that represents the title of the website. The method by which an affiliate program tracks referred sales.challenge. Located at http://www. to their articles or blog posts. may be differentiated in terms of unique or return visitors. or ID. Visitors arriving at the side are tracked back to you through your special code. i.co addresses from site visitors. a theme keyword is a keyword within a niche or micro-niche that meets the SEOC (< 30. Squidoo Squidoo is a community website that allows users to create pages (called lenses) for subjects of interest. Market/keyword research 2. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 71 . and usually who are loosely affiliated with each other through social media or other Internet mechanisms. Traffic Generally measured by the amount of visitors to a website. Product Testimonial In promotion and advertising. Text Link A link (to a web page or website) not accompanied by a graphical image. and so referring.000) and SEOT (>80) criteria AND reflects the niche/micro-niche to the extent that it will be used to secure a domain name. Thirty Day Challenge (30DC) The Thirty Day Challenge (30DC) is the precursor of The Challenge which was first conducted in 2005 and ran up till and including 2009. Many webmasters collect only email addresses.awebsite. whereas "endorsement" usually applies to pitches by celebrities. Theme Keyword In the context of The Challenge. Traffic Tracking Method 3. leads or clicks. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking.www. They are: 1.com/?myID. There are many paid and free Wordpress themes available on the Internet Tribe The term tribe is used as a slang term for an unofficial community of people who share a common interest.com/ Stickiness A measure used to gauge the effectiveness of a site in retaining individual users. Theme (Wordpress) The look and layout of a Wordpress blog can be altered by the installation of different themes.e." Symphony Of Four Parts A concept introduced by Ed Dale to describe the four main aspects of Internet Marketing that lead to success online. Tracking URL A tracking URL is a web site URL with your special affiliate code attached to it. Arguably one of the most important parts of on-page SEO (along with having your keyword in the URL) is ensuring an optimized title or unique titles exists for all pages of a website. http:// www. a testimonial consists of a written or spoken statement. Super Affiliate The top 1 or 2% of affiliates that generate approximately 90% of any affiliate programs earnings.squidoo.

"tweet" is as much a play on the size of the message as it is on the audible similarity to Twitter. are techniques on the World Wide Web for making a web page available under many URLs. quotes and audio to their tumblelog.tv/ Viral Marketing Any advertising that propagates itself. or address.. an HTTP address used by the World Wide Web to specify a certain site. publicly available. videos. also known as consumergenerated media (CGM) or user-created content (UCC). or choose to make their tumblelog private. Results can include images. This is the unique identifier. Probably the best measure of traffic to a website. Tumblr Tumblr. UAW is a paid syndication service for either publishing or receiving content from a network of Article directories. Upload The process of transferring a file from a users computer to another computer or web server.tumblr. and results from specialty databases like maps and local information. Uniform Resource Locator (URL) Uniform Resource Locator. The service emphasizes ease of use. Located at http://www. Twitter Twitter is a website. also called URL forwarding and the very similar technique domain redirection also called domain forwarding. owned and operated by Twitter Inc. enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. links. or different computer terminals which have visited a Web site. Universal Search Also known as blended. a microblogging service.challenge. or federated search results. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 72 .com/ Tweet A tweet is a post or status update on Twitter. Users can follow other users. of a web page on the Internet. Because Twitter only allows messages of 140 characters or less. refers to various kinds of media content. Located at http://www. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page. a short-form blog. the end user can include Keyword-specific links to a user © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! specified Website meaning that UAW can be thought of as a link building service. is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text.challenge.twitter. URL Redirection URL redirection. Two-Tier (affiliate system) An affiliate program structure whereby affiliates earn commissions on their conversions as well as conversions of webmasters they refer to the program.com/ Twitter List A Twitter List is Twitter's way of allowing users to group profiles (and their tweets) together without having to display them in the main user profile. The HTTP standard defines several status codes for redirection the 2 most used being: 301 moved permanently 307 temporary redirect User Generated Content (UGC) User-generated content (UGC). UStream Ustream (established in 2007) is a website which consists of a network of diverse channels providing a platform for lifecasting and live video streaming of events online. videos. Unique Article Wizard (UAW) Rather like AMA (see above). A marketing technique that induces Web sites or users to pass on a marketing message to other sites or users.co/uaw Unique User / Visitor The total number of different users. Located at http://www. universal search pulls data from multiple databases to display on the same page.ustream. sometimes styled as tumblr. which offers a social networking and microblogging service. This is measured using advanced tracking technology or user registration.co Troll A person who publishes a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board or blog with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. or news stories. When publishing articles. that are produced by end-users. images. product information.www.. http://www.

com/ Wordpress WordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website. trash your files and disable your software. routes and sometimes responds to email generated by the site. as on an Internet forum.challenge. Widgets contain personalized neatly organized © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO content or applications selected by its use. Allowing hypertext links and interactivity on an unprecedented level. or desktop. wikis. codes HTML pages.wikipedia.www. handles editing and additions and checks that links are intact. communication tools. If a visitor does not request any new information for a period of time. widgets offer a method for extending the functionality of a Wordpress blog. Webmaster The individual assigned to administer a corporation or organization's web site. others are programd to destroy your system. web-based. such as social networking folksonomies. sites. In addition. but also allows anyone to edit the content. Recommended in The Challenge to simplify the process of installing an SEO optimized Wordpress blog. Web Host A business that provides storage. free content encyclopedia project. With rare exceptions. The web is a client/ server information system that supports the retrieval of data in the form of text. its introduction transformed an academic communications system into a powerful marketing tool linking businesses and customers around the world.0 A term that refers to a second generation of Internet-based services. These usually include tools that let people collaborate and share information online.com/ Wordpressirect (WPD) A web service developed by Marty Rozmanith to simplify the process of installing and managing a number of Wordpress blogs. Visits A sequence of requests made by one user at one site. White Hat SEO Ethical search engine optimisation techniques that are encouraged by the search engines. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template (theme) system. Wikipedia A multilingual. Wiki A web application that allows users to add content. Web 2. http://www. and services necessary to serve website pages and files. usually making up several web pages and a single home page designated by a unique URL. Website The virtual location for an organization's presence on the World Wide Web. This person lays out the information trees. http://www. usually one of many together that makeup a web site. graphics and multimedia in a uniform HTML format. Web Page A HTML (Hypertext markup Language) document on the web. designs the look. webpage. its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet.co Virus These are programs that can be downloaded onto your computer or network from the Internet. It's often customized into a Content Management System (CMS). known as the "time-out" period. Vlog A vlog is a video blog. Like plugins. Widget A widget is a live update on a website. then the next request by the visitor is considered a new visit. simply by clicking the edit this page link. and 73 . connectivity. he or she monitors.wordpress.co/WordpressDirect World Wide Web (WWW) The web allows computer users to access information across systems around the world using URLs to identify files and systems and hypertext links to move between files on the same or different systems.challenge. Some are harmless. Also offers functionality to auto post content to those blogs from a range of public domain content sources. Located at http:// www.

Its features include email ticket tracking.com/ Zendesk Zendesk is a saas-based (software as a service) customer support / help desk product. and general help desk reporting and tracking.com/ Zine Magazines that are published digitally.com/ YouTube YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload. share and view videos. providing a customer self service portal.youtube.www.co Yahoo A popular web portal and search engine located at http:// www.challenge.zendesk.yahoo. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 74 . rather than on paper. Now owned by Google. it is the second most searched website on the Internet (after the Google search engine) and is located at http://www. others are oddball and cover almost every topic imaginable. Located at http://www. created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. Some are mainstream.

Thorsons Publishers 2006. Warren E. & Johnson. HarperBusiness 1997. Tony How To Mind Map. Allen. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America. David Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Fried. Viking Adult 2008. Chris The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. Goldstein Noah J. Robert. Expanded and Updated: Escape 9-5. Dan The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. Crown 2009. Jim Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Ariely. Joshua Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Plume 1996. Crown 1999. Penguin (USA) 2002. Richard Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived. Crown 2010. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 75 . Kenneth H. faster. Free Press.www. Collins. Spencer The One Minute Manager. and Others Don't. & Cunningham. Incredible Sex. Reprint edition 2009. William Morrow 1982. Hyperion 2010. Had Fun. Ferris. Robert [Highly Recommended] Influence . David Heinemeier Getting Real: The smarter. and Becoming Superhuman. Buzan. Jim Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. Hyperion 2006. Blanchard. Penguin Group (USA) 2005. Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive.. Anderson. New York: Harper Paperbacks. Branson. David Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Batelle.challenge. Penguin Press HC 2011. Live Anywhere. Buzan. The Cunningham Group. Timothy The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss. & Martin Steve J.co RECOMMENDED READING LIST Allen. and Join the New Rich. 37 Signals 2009. Cialdini. Chris Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing. 2nd edition 2008. Lawrence A. Revised edition 2006. Timothy The 4-Hour Workweek. HarperCollins 2010. Dan Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. Foer. Ariely.The Psychology Of Persuasion. and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way. Collins. Anderson. Buffett.. Ferris. Jason & Hansson. Cialdini. HarperBusiness 2001. HarperCollins 2010. John The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture. easier way to build a successful web application. Tony The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential.

Kenneth [Highly Recommended] Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life. TechPress Inc 2002. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It. and Friends into Customers. McGraw Hill 2011. Gladwell. Issacson. David Heinemeier Rework. Heath Chip & Heath. Mark Victor The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth. Gladwell. Random House 2007. Robert The 48 Laws of Power. P.challenge. Dan S. Brown & Company 2009. a Flood. Kiyosaki. HarperCollins. Klaff. Rich Dad. Penguin Group (USA) 2010. Walter Steve Jobs. Penguin Group (USA) 2009. Boost your Sales.B.A. Seth [Highly Recommended] Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us. Wrightbooks 1990. James The Information: A History. Little. Kirkpatrick. a Theory. Godin. Johnson. Malcom Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking. Godin. Simon & Schuster 2011. Greene. Michael New Sell: The Heresy of NewSell. Michael E. Malcom Outliers: The Story Of Success.co Fried. Adams Media.O. Jason & Hansson. Malcom The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 76 . Seth Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. Godin. Little. Brown & Company 2007. Persuading. Gleick. Kennedy. Hardie Grant Books 2006. Spencer & Blanchard. Putnam's Sons 1998. 4th edition 2011. Gladwell. Gerber. Robert T. G.T. Godin. Hewitt-Gleeson. and Winning the Deal. Dan Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.M. Little. Oren [Highly Recommended] Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting. Brown & Company 2002. Penguin Group (USA) 1999. First Edition edition 1995. Poor Dad.www. Pantheon 2011. Seth Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends. Simon And Schuster 2011. David [Highly Recommended] The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World. Crown 2009. Seth Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable. Penguin Group (USA) 2000. New York: Penguin Group (USA) 2008. Hansen. The Ultimate Sales Letter: Attract New Customers. Selling: How to Sell by Word of Mouth. Crown 2010. Hewitt-Gleeson. Michael W.

Patrick & Morin. Levitt. Sinek. edition 2004. Aventine Press. & Dubner. Mark The Google Story. Penguin Group (USA) 2009. Surowiecki. Works. Napoleon. William & White. Penguin 2009. and the Principles of Screenwriting. Longman 1999. James The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business. Structure. Vise. Grand Central 2003. Stephen J. Simon [Highly Recommended] Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. Random House 2005. & Dubner. HarperCollins 2009. Thomas. Insight. New Ed edition 2004. E. Simon Icon. Societies and Nations. The Elements of Style. Young. Economies. Nelson. Knopf Doubleday 2005.www. Steven [Highly Recommended] The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Simon And Schuster 2005 Vaynerchuck. Pink. and Content. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. Inc 2007. Steven D. Harper 2009. Nassim Nicholas Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. Renvoise. David A. Simon & Schuster 2011. The Domino Project 2011. Pressfield. Nassim Nicholas The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. McKee. Robert Story: Style. © A L L R I G H T S R E S E RV E D R O B E R T S O M E RV I L L E! THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 77 . Levy. Smith. Wiley. Substance. HarperCollins 2009. Wiseman. Arrow (Rand). Taleb. Taleb. Random House 2010. Steven D. Levy. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling. Stephen J. Steven [Highly Recommended] In the Plex: How Google Thinks. Strunk.challenge. Tharp. and Shapes Our Lives. HarperCollins 1997. John and Sons 2005.co Levitt. ReadHowYouWant 2010. Pressfield. Revised ed. & Malseed. Steven Do the Work. B. Julien The Flinch. Christophe Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer's Brain. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Delacorte Press 2005. Hill Think and Grow Rich. Mark Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas. Richard Did you spot the gorilla. Patriotic Prostitutes. Daniel H. William L. Twyla The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. The Domino Project 2011. Gary Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion.

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