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THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO
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.
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Table of Contents
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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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 .Mindmap! MODULE 3 .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 .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 .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 .Mindmap! MODULE 2 .
Mindmap! MODULE 5 .Competitor Analysis and Tools! Active Market Leadership .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! .Mindmap! MODULE 6 .Setting Up A Curation Workﬂow! Active Market Leadership Tools -! Leveraging Strategies For Active Market Leadership! Module 5 Checklist! MODULE 6 .Twitter Lists! Active Market Leadership .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 .Market Leadership! Passive Market Leadership .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 .
..Mindmap! MODULE 7 .Your Go/No Go Decision! Assessing Your Website Stats And Conversions! The Consequences Of Your Decision! Flippa ..Module 6 Checklist! 48 49 50 50 51 51 52 52 53 54 55 56 75 79 79 80 MODULE 7 .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 .You Made It!! Module 7 Checklist! SOME THOUGHTS..Selling Your Niche Blog! Doing More Of What Works! Mistakes Marketers Make! Congratulations.
Guaranteed. thousands more people will beneﬁt from The Challenge training.org/) which has the goal of How To Write A Novel In 30 days. 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. introduces the principle of market leadership.000 people even though the commercial goal of participating in The Challenge is just to make $1 by the end! Of course. As it happens. 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. At the same time Ed was also reading the book iCon by William Young (which is all about Steve Jobs of Apple). many many people have gone on to make a whole lot more than $1 by implementing what they have learned through The Challenge program. 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. In 2011. Since 2005. but at its core. 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.co INTRODUCTION What Is The Challenge? The Challenge represents many things to many people.www. it is an online video training program that gives participants a quality introduction to Internet Marketing for free. 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. Who Is Behind The Challenge? Many people have assisted in bringing The Challenge online over the years. creating a WordPress blog (website) to target a niche. developing a link network to improve the ranking of the blog in the search engines so as to attract trafﬁc. the Thirty Day Challenge (30DC) was born. was motivated to give back to the community that had served him so well. The Challenge recently changed name from what was formerly known as the Thirty Day Challenge (30DC). Ed had been very successful with online marketing and through the urging of his mentor. the genesis of an idea took hold. what would happen if he was to create a 30 day program to teach people how to be successful online? And so.nanowrimo. Gary Halbert. It offers a step-by-step system for people to learn the basics of keyword and market research. 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 . And Ed asked the question. at this time. When all these factors merged.challenge.
! ! ! ! ! Blog . contributor of training videos on setting expectations and disclaimer.http://www. backlink strategies. of training videos on Google Chrome.com/DanRaineHQ Jon Dean .http://www.co/! Twitter .facebook.com/ ! Twitter .facebook.Project Manager since 2005.gurubob.@gurubob Facebook . The Core Team Ed Dale . often behind the scenes as a technical genius.jondean.The face of The Challenge since 2005 and.The Challenge Webmaster responsible for coding and managing The Challenge website/blog and in 2011.http://www.A previous content provider and in 2011.http://www.@DanRaine Facebook .http://www.@Ed_Dale Facebook .http://www. has contributed videos on introducing Market Samurai and explaining niche concepts.@AndrewNez Facebook . ﬁnding sites to link from and ﬁnding afﬁliate products and creating and publishing afﬁliate ads.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 . market leadership.challenge. in 2011. responsible for developing and testing The Challenge strategy and contributor. trafﬁc and competition.org/! Twitter . Posterous. ! ! Blog .com/GuruBobPage Andrew Nesbitt (Nez) . making a decision and mistakes marketers make.http://www. In 2011. commercial indicators.com/tubbynerd Robert Somerville (GuruBob) .facebook.facebook. SEO matrix analysis.http://www. ! ! ! ! ! Blog . Challenge Meetups.com/! Twitter . publishing to a WPD Blog. ! ! ! ! ! Blog .andrewnez.http://www.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.http://www.facebook. ﬁnding and writing articles. backlink basics. in 2011.Involved since 2007. has contributed videos on the many aspects of Market Samurai including keyword research. consequences of decision and tasks moving forward.danraine. Twitter and forum commenting. ! ! ! ! ! Blog . Posterous.@JonDean1 Facebook .co/! Twitter . contributor of training videos on how to download ﬁles.eddale.www.com/nezcorp Dan Raine .
@michellem Website .http://www.http://www.http://www.http://www.@MichaelRRoberts Website .samwitteveen.challenge.http://www.@Sam_Witteveen Website .wpdirect.http://www.com/blog/ Michelle MacPhearson .Contributed videos on Wordpressdirect (WPD).wpdirect.Contributed Videos on adding Google analytics to a Wordpressdirect blog and monitoring a Google Adsense account.http://www. managing and completing the sale. Twitter . Twitter .com/ Kenny Goodman .co/ Marty Rozmanith .@DannyBatelic Website . Ezinearticles and how to make a decision. 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 . Twitter .@colligan Website .http://www.Contributed videos on keywords in domains and acquiring domains.ofﬂineherosmethod.com/ Emily Becker . Twitter .Contributed videos on The Challenge Forum and Challenge Teams.com/ Paul Colligan .Contributed videos on Flippa and how to submit a website for sale.com/ Sam Witteeveen .co External Content Providers Caro McCourtie .@KennyGoodman Website .com/ Michael Roberts . Twitter .www.Contributed a video on market leadership Twitter . obtaining a Google Adsense account and adding Adsense to a WPD blog and transferring a blog.tradingwebsitesblog. Twitter .michaelrroberts.michellemacphearson. 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.com/ Danny Batelic .http://www.@CaroMcC Website .Contributed videos on acquiring/installing Ping Kaching and how to submit a site to Ping Kaching for indexing.paulcolligan. Website .Contributed videos on acquiring backlinks through blog commenting and aspects of market leadership.com/ The Purpose Of This Supplementary Guide In years past.Contributed videos on Squidoo and aspects of market leadership.kenny. Website .
however. 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. Consequently.. many people that appreciated this gradual approach but also others that wished to proceed at a faster pace. techniques and services in this course. Google instituted a number of quality mechanisms between the ads and the web sites they linked to that also made it more difﬁcult. 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.co without a full appreciation of how they could beneﬁt. 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. Additionally. in 2007. 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 has never been (nor sought to be) a complete. The purpose of this guide is not to duplicate what is being taught in The Challenge videos but. Most of the effort and teaching in the 30DC was directed at creating the product and the website to sell that product. In addition. we gradually drip-fed the training over several months so as not to overwhelm people. 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. Consequently. it is important to understand that The Challenge is an introduction to Internet Marketing. Evolution Of The Challenge Training From the outset. In 2005 and 2006. detailed training on every Internet Marketing strategy and technique that can be learnt.www. of course.. 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. all of the content will be available to participants from the moment they sign-up to take part in The Challenge. 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. There were. 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. as you progress through the training (at your own pace). In late 2006. 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.challenge. For the ﬁrst time in 2011. this guide will assist you to appreciate the context and the reasonings that lead to the inclusion of various components of the training.
however. 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. Organic trafﬁc (while free) is much harder to acquire than simply paying money to Google Adwords and very ﬁckle. Google does not. In 2010.co whereby organic trafﬁc. 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. 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. Some modules can be completed rapidly (Modules 1 . that was no longer possible.3 for example).30dcwebinars. mainly from the search engines. 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. By making all of the content available at once.challenge. 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. 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. 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. some people will seek to rush through the training. 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 . became the main trafﬁc model. however.5 ranking positions. however.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 .www. the decision was made to extend The Challenge to seven modules of seven days duration with a weeks break in between each module. depending on the keywords. 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. 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. 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. From 2007 to 2009 it was still possible to achieve a testing outcome within 30 days but by 2010.
however. © 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 . The Challenge video training is entirely free.challenge.www. however. You will. we accept that we have transferred control of the pace at which participants consume and implement the training to the end user. 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. Hopefully this chapter has given you a sense of the history and motivation behind The Challenge. We realise the consequences of this.onto the training modules. 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.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. and leave it up to participants to decide for themselves what the best pace is for them. In all cases. should you have any problems accessing The Challenge material for any reason you may email email@example.com/forum We recommend that you regularly visit the blog (or register the RSS feed in your newsreader of choice . the owners of these products have made unrestricted free trials available which should allow you to complete The Challenge. each module has seven days of content which should take you a week to watch and implement.co Training Area:!! Blog:! ! Forum:! ! ! ! http://www. And now.challenge. you will almost deﬁnitely need a minimum of 4 . 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. however.co/training http://www..challenge. you will also receive recommendations to sign-up for and use various tools and services (Market Samurai.co/blog http://www. We then recommend you give yourselves a weeks break before starting the next module. At the very least. Our recommendation. Accordingly.challenge. While we do not have the resources to provide one-on-one training or to answer content related questions via email.com for support. By making all of The Challenge training available at the start of The Challenge in 2011.we recommend the free Google Reader) to stay up to date with all of the activities and notiﬁcations related to The Challenge.. be required to purchase a domain and hosting if you are to follow the training as speciﬁed. 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. During The Challenge training. Wordpressdirect and Ping Kaching). is that you proceed through the modules as they were planned and released in 2010. Either method is acceptable.
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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.www. In addition. which sets the Internet Marketing strategic context for all of the video training to come. UStream In association with the release of The Challenge training each year. Ed Dale often broadcasts a number of streaming TV shows to highlight certain aspects of The Challenge and to answer questions. Lastly. Twitter Twitter has come a long way in a short time and is now widely recognized as the #2 social networking platform behind Facebook.challenge. In this way it is possible to communicate efﬁciently to a large group of people such as The Challenge community. 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. 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). Twitter has other uses in addition to it’s value as a communication and notiﬁcation platform. Prior to starting The Challenge. The streaming service we use is Ustream and we recommend participants create an account on that platform. We strongly recommend that participants follow Ed Dale. we introduce the concept of the ‘Symphony Of Four Parts’. there were over 30 videos in the Pre-Challenge module which lead to overwhelm. Having a registered account allows users to participate in the community areas of the site such as the chat area. Twitter allows users to post brief (140 character) messages which are automatically transmitted to the people that follow that user. GuruBob and Dan Raine as any important messages regarding The Challenge will usually be tweeted or re-tweeted by them. so a decision was made in 2010 to reduce that number to 10. 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. By 2009.co PRE-CHALLENGE TRAINING In 2008. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale shows how to register for and setup an account an account on UStream. 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 .
that it looks and performs the same as when that website is shown in The Challenge videos.challenge. 2011) for the major web browsers is shown below: BROWSER USAGE 50 37. So even if you have a browser favorite. Google Chrome A fast.www. Another reason for recommending a particular web browser is our desire that when participants visit a website.and rising fast.5 25 12. This is useful for keyword and market research but also to ﬁnd people who may have an interest in the same subject.. after testing a number of candidates. A breakdown of usage (Jun. 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. 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. 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. By June 2011. you can use Google Chrome when following The Challenge training and return to your preferred browser for other activities.co related to those keywords. all of the other browsers are declining in usage whereas Google Chrome usage is rising.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. 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. © 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 . 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.
co Setting Expectations The Challenge is an extensive program that has a number of simple but important objectives: 1.0 service. 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. The Symphony Of Four Parts Internet Marketing is a hugely complex subject and difﬁcult to grasp. To offer a free but valuable introduction to Internet Marketing. 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. Click Here to view the training where Ed Dale discusses the disclaimer for The Challenge. 3.challenge. 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. 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 . Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discuss the expectations participants should have in relation to The Challenge. 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.www. The key to success is to learn a process that works and to persevere until expertise is gained. To teach a sustainable and repeatable method for testing niches online where the ﬁrst goal is to make a single dollar. 2. The only cost we strongly recommend participants incur is in relation to the acquisition and hosting of a domain. 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. While it is feasible that participants could avoid this cost by using free hosting or by creating a website on a Web 2.
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.www. the scale of your success online will be driven by the volume of trafﬁc that can be acquired. This will involve a combination of selecting products and /or services to promote and writing attractive and compelling sales copy (or other sales material). if you fail in this step then you WILL fail overall. In The Challenge. the website owner will layer a number of conversion techniques to maximise the probability of a sale. we focus on search engine trafﬁc as the primary trafﬁc model although many other trafﬁc models do exist online. the whole of Module 1 (and parts of Module 5) is dedicated to this subject. Product Having tested a niche or market using third party products or advertising. but also by an expanding group of afﬁliate marketers who drive trafﬁc (and sales) with the expectation of a commission. Conversion Once a sustainable volume of trafﬁc within a niche is secured. 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. attention can next be focussed on maximising the conversion of that trafﬁc to a commercial outcome. 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. Modules 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 11 .4 of The Challenge are concerned with various aspects of the trafﬁc challenge. Ultimately. 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. Module 6 (monetization) of The Challenge is largely concerned with conversion. 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. 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. coupled with the conversion of that trafﬁc to a commercial outcome as explained in the next step. Ultimately.challenge.co ated with those keywords.
Andrew Nesbitt explains how to plan and organise a meetup.challenge. 5. 2. a number of videos are provided that introduce and discuss various facets of The Challenge Experience. In The Challenge. © 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 .Andrew Nesbit explains how to download The Challenge training content for those unfamiliar with downloading content off the Internet. Market Samurai .ﬁnd out more in the Post-Challenge section). Click here to access the training page containing optional Pre-Challenge training videos. Optional Pre-Challenge Training On Day 7 of the Pre-Challenge module.www.Caro McCourtie introduces the Challenge forum and overviews the structure and provides some tips to get the most out of the forum. 3.In this video Dan Raine provides an introduction to Market Samurai which is a software tool custom designed to complement The Challenge training. the training is mainly focussed on Parts 1 and 2 with a partial focus on Part 3. 4.Physical meetups with other people participating in The Challenge who live near you can be highly motivating and educational experience.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. These are: 1. Challenge Teams . Downloading content . Challenge Forum . Meetups . 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. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale discusses The Symphony of Four Parts. 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 .In this video.
☐ Learn about downloading content from the Internet. ☐ Download and install Market Samurai.www.challenge. teams and organising meetups. ☐ Learn about The Challenge forum. [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 . ☐ Download and install Google Chrome and install the recommended extensions. ☐ Understand the concept of ‘The Symphony Of Four Parts’. ☐ Create a Twitter account and follow Ed Dale. ☐ Watch the video on setting expectations for The Challenge.co Pre-Challenge Checklist ☐ Setup an account on Ustream to participate in The Challenge TV shows. GuruBob and Dan Raine. ☐ Watch the video outlining The Challenge disclaimer.
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.co MODULE 1 . the user will be expected to have researched at least one micro-niche although more would be an advantage. 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.Keywords And Market Research The ﬁrst. 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. As the Internet and it’s connectedness is largely driven by words. these keywords become all important especially as many people ﬁnd web sites by conducting searches on keywords in search engines like Google. 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). and possibly the most important training module of The Challenge. In The Challenge. 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.. What Is A Niche? While a niche can be deﬁned as a community of people with a common interest. we are most often referring to micro-niches.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. By the end of Module 1. 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. In The Challenge.challenge. is focussed on the subject of keyword and market research. 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).www. 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. Within a niche many micro-niches can exist which are very speciﬁc (such as cavity backed irons). the term market. © 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 . 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.
however. keyword research has been a difﬁcult. © 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 . too much competition or a lack of commercial activity. We do suggest. 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.www. 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. Click Here to view the training page where Dan Raine discusses how to ﬁnd niche ideas to research and explore in The Challenge. Whether you are coming to The Challenge with a pre-existing product / service / business in mind. or 2. In the past. that you select up to 7 niche ideas at this stage as inevitably.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. Click Here to view the training page where Dan Raine discusses the subject of niches and keyword research. If you have no clue what niche ideas you would wish to explore. This situation is made more difﬁcult depending: 1. 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. 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. Our goal here is that you learn the process. 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. however. Have no product/service allegiance starting out but also are not sure what area of interest you might wish to explore. 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.challenge. What we have found over the years. largely manual process. some will not fulﬁll the criteria we will be imposing later in this module. the Day 2 video in Module 1 will help you to identify some niche ideas you might like to start with. since the creation of Market Samurai the process has been made much easier.
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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Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob reveals methods for identifying evidence of commercial activity for the trafﬁc associated with your target keyword.
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
☐ Understand the difference between a market, niche and microniche. ☐ Use Amazon and Google to explore niche ideas.
☐ 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.
☐ 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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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. were your theme keyword to be ‘labrador puppy training’ you would seek to acquire labradorpuppytraining. the goal is to acquire a domain to build a website on. . Fortunately.org) domains and you will need to ensure you set the geographic target as explained in this linked post on GuruBob’s blog. 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.org). Over the long term. We also recommend you use Hostgator for your domain hosting as it is very cost-effective and works perfectly with Wordpressdirect. competition and evidence of commercial activity. 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. 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.www.challenge. In Module 2. there will be an exact match between your theme keyword and the domain so. 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 . 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.co domain as phrase availability is much more likely on this TLD. we then recommend that you secure a free Wordpressdirect (WPD) account. 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.net or . In a perfect world.co MODULE 2 . 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. Once a domain has been secured. © 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 .com. You may also consider acquiring a . for example. to write articles optimized for your keywords and to create a website (Wordpress blog). WPD makes it easy to install and manage an SEO optimized Wordpress blog on your domain. however.net and .Publish Your Micro-Niche Website Having completed Module 1.
.and in the context of writing. Once again.. 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. Fortunately. We recommend that you prepare a draft article using the free writing technique and the publish content module of Market Samurai. good quality articles/posts speciﬁc to your keywords. 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. 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.www. 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. We can promise. Having written your article(s) yesterday. 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. Writing Keyword Optimized Content For many people. time is the difference between an adequate ﬁrst draft and a great ﬁnished product. 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. 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.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. 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. The goal here is to build up a collection of content related to your niche to strengthen your knowledge. the requirement to write a topical or information piece on any subject can strike terror into the heart. © 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.
3. Fortunately. 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. Tracking Your Wordpress Blog Having created your Wordpress blog on your domain and published your ﬁrst article. 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. 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. 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. 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. 4.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.www. 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. after an exhaustive research process a decision was made to focus on the use of the Wordpress blogging system. In 2008. The Wordpress content management system (CMS) makes it very easy to both publish and manage the content on a blog. Blogs have integrated functions that enhances search engine optimization (SEO).challenge. 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 . Google offers a feature rich (free) tracking service for web sites known as Google Analytics and after creating an Analytics account. Creating Your Website (Wordpress Blog) And Publish Your First Article Over the years that The Challenge (and previously the 30DC) has been conducted. 2.
We recommend you use the rank tracker module in Market Samurai to monitor the ranking of your blog in the search engines. Submitting the RSS feed of your blog to various RSS aggregator sites and directories.but fortunately we have access to a tool that largely automates this process called Ping Kaching. 4. Recommended link building practices for the purpose of having your website or webpage indexed include: 1.www. 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. 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. Submitting links to social book marking and social networking sites.. 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. directories. Submitting your domain to various 2nd and 3rd tier search engines.challenge. Submitting your domain to various directories. 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.which is Google’s spider).. Ping Kaching allows you to submit your URL (automatically in most cases) to a range of Social network sites. © 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 . See the glossary of terms for deﬁnitions of some of the terms being used in this section if you are unfamiliar.co your blog. this would become a timeconsuming and arduous activity. 3. 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 . second and third tier search engines and RSS aggregators/directories. If it were necessary to undertake these link building practices manually. it can take days (and sometimes weeks) before the search engine spiders will ﬁnd (and index) your brand new website. 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. 2.
☐ Familiarize yourself with found content in preparation for writing articles. ☐ Acquire a domain name and setup Hostgator hosting for your domain.co Module 2 Checklist Keywords and Domains ☐ Research candidate domain names using the domain module of Market Samurai. ☐ Add your domain and keywords into the Rank Tracker module of Market Samurai. ☐ Sign up for Google Analytics. ☐ 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. ☐ Publish your ﬁrst article to your new blog. ☐ Familiarize your self with the publish content module of Market Samurai.challenge. ☐ Write at least 1 (preferably 3) articles using the Market Samurai publish content module. ☐ After 24 hours. ☐ Add your WPD details to the Market Samurai publish content module. Keyword Optimized Content ☐ Use Market Samurai and Twitter to ﬁnd keyword relevant content. ☐ Add your Google analytics account details into your WPD account.www. ☐ Create a Wordpressdirect (WPD) account. Facilitating Indexing of your Wordpress Blog ☐ Create a Ping Kaching account. Setup Wordpress Blog ☐ Create a Wordpress blog on your domain using Wordpressdirect. © 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 . edit your articles (and tag) using the Market Samurai publish content module.
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Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google recognized their importance very early on and created the Pagerank algorithm that is largely founded on exploring and assessing these backlinks. you will have published your niche blog using Wordpressdirect and will have begun the process of having your blog found by the search engines by submitting your blog to various social networking and other destinations using the software Ping Kaching. In Module 4. Where the links are located (and the importance of the website containing the link) and the descriptive text used to describe the link (known as the anchor text) both reveal something important about the website the link points to. Just because your niche blog has been found (and indexed) by the search engines. © 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 28 . Done properly. does not mean that it will automatically appear in position 1 on page 1 of the search engine results pages (SERPS) if someone were to search in Google for the keyword or phrase that your blog is optimized for.0 web site. Backlinks are critical on the Internet as they form the network of connections between web sites that are so important for connecting web sites and to simplify the process of moving from one website to the next. Google only displays web sites on page 1 of the SERPS that it determines are the most authoritative and relevant for the searched for phrase and in order to achieve a page 1 ranking. Module 3 is principally concerned with teaching you how to begin the process of creating your link network initially by ‘borrowing’ authority by publishing content (with embedded links) on important Web 2. A Web 2. this should result in your blog being indexed by the search engines within 24 to 72 hours.Create Your Off-Page Network By the end of Module 2. The more links you get (from a range of different web sites or differing size and quality) will eventually improve the authority and relevance of your website (blog) and improve your ranking in the search engines for the keyword/s your website has been optimized for and which have been used in the anchor text within your link network. we will be teaching you how to ﬁnd authoritative web sites in your niche and showing you how to engineer backlinks to your blog from those sites.co MODULE 3 .challenge.0 sites like EzineArticles.www.. Squidoo and Posterous (and the various sites that Posterous connects and publishes to). YouTube and Squidoo are examples of a Web 2..0 web site is one where the bulk (if not all) of the content on the site is contributed by it’s users rather than the site developer or owner.you need to acquire and engineer a network of backlinks to your blog.
challenge. Articles are human reviewed by EzineArticles content reviewers to ensure consistency and to reduce the potential for spam or duplicate content.gurubob.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 . particularly in the eyes of Google. 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. 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. 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. 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.www. 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.GuruBob’s Blog) is located after the > and before the closing tag </a>.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. 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.0 site we are going to submit content to for the purpose of gaining a backlink is EzineArticles. EzineArticles is an ideal place to publish content with embedded links to your web site. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale describes backlinks and shows practical examples for illustration. Given the authority and trusted nature of EzineArticles. The actual link that is created in the background is an html tag as follows: <a href="http://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. 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. EzineArticles The ﬁrst major Web 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 29 .
© 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 .co Once your EzineArticle has been approved and has been published and appears on the EzineArticles web site. 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. or news articles published in multiple media outlets would cause duplicate content problems. In addition. create a lens. 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. Google will not give you credit for the backlink(s) in the article until it has been indexed. Posterous is a simple blogging platform started in 2008.challenge.www. Publishing to Posterous is similar to other platforms and offers a rich text editor through web access.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. 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. We do not. Click Here to view the training page where Michelle MacPhearson reveals how to open a Squidoo account. 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. 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. It supports automatic posting to a network of social network and other blogging and micro-blogging platforms. after the Squidoo lens has been created. however. Google understands the concept of content syndication. 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. 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. Squidoo Another important high trafﬁc Web 2. While recent editorial control has placed some limits on the number of links you can create from a Squidoo lens. don’t forget to submit your article to Ping Kaching to speed up the process of having the article found and indexed by Google. The lens creator has the ability to publish content containing backlinks to external web sites (such as your niche blog). submit it to Ping Kaching for indexing. Once again. recommend that you syndicate the unique articles that your publish to your niche blog.
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. Publishing to Posterous can be much more frequent (even daily). 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. videos and (anchor text speciﬁc) links to your niche blog. 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. Add your Posterous account and other sites to Ping Kaching for indexing. Links to the domain will. 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. 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. over time.com. 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. It is critically important that when building links to a blog post optimized for a speciﬁc keyword. Tumblr and Identi. Click Here to view the training page where GuruBob reveals how to open accounts on Wordpress. We recommend you publish an article to your niche blog optimized for either your theme or category keywords at least once a week. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale reveals how to open a Posterous account and setup accounts on Twitter.www. 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. You should be building links both to your niche domain and also to URL’s of your keyword optimized 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 31 . We recommend a method using Google Reader and email whereby you can include block quote elements.co Creating a Posterous Account And Adding Services Days 4. Publishing To Your Posterous Network and Niche Blog Now that you have created your Posterous network.challenge. Facebook Pages and LinkedIn and link to Posterous. it is time to publish into that network to build backlinks to your niche blog.ca and link to your Posterous account.
EzineArticles ☐ Open an account on EzineArticles. ☐ Publish your Squidoo lens and check that the links to your blog are active. Squidoo ☐ Sign up for Squidoo and create a lens optimized for your main theme keyword. Facebook Pages and LinkedIn and add to Posterous. © 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 .challenge.www. Tumblr and Identi. ☐ 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.co Module 3 Checklist Understanding Backlinks ☐ Make sure your understand what a backlink is. ☐ Open accounts on Twitter. Posterous ☐ Create a Posterous account. ☐ Prepare an article for submission to EzineArticles. ☐ Prepare and publish content to your Posterous network for the ﬁrst time. ☐ Open accounts on Wordpress. ☐ Write content on your theme and/or category keywords and publish to your niche blog on a frequency of at least once a week.com.ca and add to Posterous. LiveJournal and Xanga and add to Posterous. ☐ Open accounts on Blogger. ☐ Submit your article to EzineArticles and monitor until approved. ☐ Prepare and ﬁnalise an article and publish to the text module on your Squidoo lens. ☐ Continue writing and edit articles using the free writing technique. ☐ Add the guestbook and RSS modules to your lens.
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In Module 3. Any discussion of backlinks should include an understanding of the nofollow tag.Authority Back Linking Strategies By this stage of The Challenge. 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. 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. In Module 4. Squidoo and Posterous etc) which result in a range of low authority links to your content. over the long term.www. your ranking will be much more a function of how many authoritative links you have acquired. 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 . Here in The Challenge we do not share that view. we revealed a number of techniques for creating backlinks from Web 2. 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.co MODULE 4 . 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). 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. In The Challenge. 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.0 sites (like EzineArticles. we deﬁne an authority backlink as a link from a web page or blog post/page that has a PageRank of 1 or higher. Because of their importance for SEO. we will be teaching a number of methods for acquiring authority backlinks. 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.challenge. however. 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).
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. 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. when a blog offers the ability for readers to comment.challenge. © 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 . It is this commenting functionality that we are going to take advantage of to engineer backlinks to our niche blog. In 2011. over 156 million blogs existed in the Internet across a massively variable range of themes and topics. 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. There is no point submitting a comment if there is a low chance of it being approved by the blog owner. 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. Very often these blogs. will have acquired a level of authority over time and several posts (and the domain page) will have a PageRank greater than 0. Most of the time.co Finding Sites From Which To Acquire Authority Backlinks Progressively over the last few years. particularly the popular sites. These websites are predominantly blogs and forums but also certain Web 2. a hard ban (where the searcher no longer receives search results for a period of time which may be hours to several days). Market Samurai uses an integrated network of proxy sites which therefore allows us to assess a large number of sites in one go. Commenting On Blogs As of February 2011. on a keyword speciﬁc basis. By their very nature. 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. 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. 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. if too aggressive. the search engines (particularly Google) have made it more and more difﬁcult to assess the characteristics of websites ranking in the SERPS. email address and the comment itself. web address. The promotion module of Market Samurai allows us to assess.www. the commenter will be asked to provide a name. Some blog owners allow readers to comment using a keyword (or phrase) as the name and some don’t.0 sites as well. Fortunately. 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.
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. there are a large number of forums on the Internet orientated around a range of themes and subjects. While most forums do not allow users to post external links into their forum posts. Wordpress will automatically send a pingback notiﬁcation to that external blog. Click Here to view the training page where Andrew Nesbitt reveals how to create an account on a forum. as if you were ONLY using this function for the purpose of securing backlinks.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. An Internet forum or message board is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. Forums have a long life on the Internet and individual forum threads (effectively conversations) can become quite authoritative over time. When implementing the pingback strategy. 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. 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. That link can usually include anchor text that is keyword speciﬁc. To many links looks ‘spammy’. Pingbacks can be an effective way of securing backlinks from 3rd party blogs that are also posting on the same niche subject as yours. Sometimes. it is recommended that you place links to 3 or 4 external blog posts and no more. In most cases the title of your blog post is used as the anchor text of the backlink. The promotion module of Market Samurai allows you to ﬁnd forums (of different types) that contain content speciﬁc to your target keyword(s).www.challenge. add a link into your signature on that forum and post a comment into a forum thread. it is usually possible to have a single link in your signature which can be displayed below each of your posts on a forum. © 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 . Click Here to view the training page where Sam Witteveen shows how to comment on blogs to engineer an authority backlink. Most of the time.
While the strategy is effective and forms a critical component of a long-term link building project.www. it can take between 4 . The basic premise is that if your competitors have been able to secure a backlink from those sites. 2.challenge.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 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. 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. 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. The services then handle the submission of the articles to various web sites (blogs and article directories) on a gradual basis. The recommended services for leveraged content syndication are Article Marketing Automation (submission to blog network). In short. 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. 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). Fortunately. This strategy can result in the creation of up to 150 backlinks from a single spun article submission. This strategy is optional within The Challenge for the following two reasons: 1. 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. then there is a high probability that you will be able to do so as well. Unique Article Wizard (blog and article networks) and Article Samurai (blog and article networks) from the developer 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 37 . Market Samurai makes it relatively easy to do this using the SEO Competition module.8 weeks to result in a meaningful impact on the ranking of the page to which the links are being created.
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.co Module 4 Checklist ☐ Make sure you understand what an authority backlink is. ☐ Pick at least one of your posts and add pingback links to 3 or 4 relevant external blog posts. Forum Posting ☐ Learn how to correctly post in a forum and add a backlink to your niche blog in your forum signature. © 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 . Leveraged Content Syndication ☐ Understand the strategy of leveraged content syndication using services like Article Marketing Automation. ☐ Find at least 5 forum threads (with a PageRank > 0) and post in those threads to create an authority backlink to your niche blog. ☐ Learn how to use the promotion module of Market Samurai to ﬁnd web sites from which to engineer 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. The implementation of this strategy within The Challenge is optional due to cost and time constraints. Blog Commenting ☐ Learn how to correctly comment on a blog to gain an authority backlink. Pingbacks ☐ Learn how to create a pingback on your niche blog.challenge. ☐ Find at least 5 blog posts (with a PageRank > 0) and comment to engineer an authority backlink to your niche blog. Unique Article Wizard and Article Samurai to gain backlinks.www.
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This hiatus is not passive. 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. Market leadership is a broad subject that encompasses a number of passive and active techniques for understanding. 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. Having identiﬁed your competitors. 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. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale introduces the concept and provides examples of Market Leadership. monitoring and ultimately inﬂuencing your niche of interest (and the community within that niche). 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. It is within this time gap that Module 5 sits during time which we will be teaching the principle of market leadership.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. Google have created 2 critical tools for monitoring content and these are Google Reader.www. The time frame between Module 3 and Module 6 may be from 4 to 6 weeks. which allows you to monitor a large number of websites via their RSS feeds and Google Alerts.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.co MODULE 5 . 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. however. as you should be continuing your link building and publishing to your blog. Passive Market Leadership .challenge. 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 .
We are fortunate in 2011. 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. 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. 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. 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. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale reveals and describes his key active market leadership tools and morning and evening processes. 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 . 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. Active Market Leadership . Active Market Leadership . Active Market Leadership Tools Having setup a curation workﬂow. Click Here to view the training page where Sam Witteveen shows how to analyse your niche competition using Google and Twitter.challenge. it is time to go seriously hard core with your 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.www. To that end.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.
.putting yourself ‘out their’ and in effect saying that I believe and stand by the content I am sharing. The fact is. work yourself up to being one of the top 20 inﬂuencers in your niche. 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. 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.. © 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 . So. however. When it comes down to it. 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. to ease yourself into this. step by step.challenge. 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. 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.
Active Market Leadership ☐ Setup a Twitter List to follow the key players in your niche on Twitter.www.co Module 5 Checklist Market Leadership ☐ Watch Ed Dale’s introduction to and discussion of market leadership. ☐ Setup a curation workﬂow for your niche and implement daily. ☐ Setup Google Reader and Google Alerts to monitor the important keywords that deﬁne your niche. Passive Market Leadership ☐ Find the competitors in your niche using Google and Twitter. 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. ☐ Watch the videos outlining Ed’s market leadership workﬂow and the tools he uses and consider setting up something similar for your niche.challenge. © 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 .
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Our goal in this module is not necessarily to determine what is the best product or service to promote over the long term. Monetizing Using Google Adsense Google makes 97% of their corporate revenue from advertising on various Google properties. 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. 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.challenge.www. 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. 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. 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.34 billion or 28% of total revenue from Google Adsense (statistics from Wikipedia). it may take between 4 . 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. © 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.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. Consequently.co MODULE 6 . 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. Their ﬂagship advertising property is Google Adwords which displays keyword relevant ads in the SERPS. In Q1 2011.Monetization Depending on the level of competition for your theme and category keywords. In The Challenge. With a view to extending the reach of the Adwords ads. 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.
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 testing the commercial activity within the niche only to establish whether there is a justiﬁcation for sticking with the niche over the long term.. how to create an add for the afﬁliate product and how to publish the add to your niche blog all using the monetization module. Click Here to view the training page where Emily Becker reveals how to monitor login to and monitor your Google Adsense ads and activity.. Over the next three days we will show you how to use the monetization module to ﬁnd an afﬁliate product relevant to your niche. 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.challenge. 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. 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. Market Samurai comes to the rescue with its monetization module. 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. © 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 . Once again. We won’t be making any decisions about your ad performance in Module 6 or any other monetization option you may implement. but once again. 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.that will occur in Module 7.www. color and positioning of the Adsense ads in your blog posts. Monetization Using Afﬁliate Products In addition to Google Adsense. 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. There are a number of ways of ﬁnding afﬁliate products to promote.
we will show in Module 7. In addition. 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). 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.challenge. 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.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. you still have created something of value. Internet Marketing is a ‘lumpy’ business meaning that commercial transactions will not occur evenly spaced out within the trafﬁc coming to your niche blog.www. 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. that even in the case where you determine that your selected niche does not justify continued effort going forward. © 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 . 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.
☐ Create an afﬁliate ad for your selected afﬁliate product using the monetization module of Market Samurai. ☐ Once approved. Expectations ☐ Maintain realistic expectations at this early stage of monetization.www. 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. Make sure your various monetization ads have received at least 200 unique views before you begin to draw ANY conclusions.challenge. © 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 .. ☐ Learn and get comfortable with monitoring the performance of your Google Adsense ads.remember we are testing the niche only at this stage. integrate the Google Adsense code into your niche blog using wordpressdirect and create ads in your blog posts. ☐ Publish your afﬁliate ad to your niche blog directly from the monetization module of Market Samurai.co Module 6 Checklist Monetization and Google Adsense ☐ Open a Google Adsense account using your Google account..
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that as you proceed in your Internet Marketing journey you will very likely experience more failed niches than successful.www. 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.. as will be explained in the Day 1 training videos of Module 7 that is most important. What we have been doing in The Challenge is a test..Your Go/No Go Decision Finally. 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. It is all about the rate of conversion relative to the trafﬁc you are receiving. Firstly. it does not necessarily mean that if you make that dollar that your niche is sufﬁciently commercially viable that you would wish to continue. © 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 .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. 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.. 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.. It is the ratios between these numbers. 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.and a test only. 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. It is very important that you don’t allow yourself to take a negative result personally. 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. 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 .challenge.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. we are looking for a conversion ratio of 0. Ultimately. Even though the commercial goal in The Challenge is to make just $1. The fact is.
Marty Rozmanith of Wordpressdirect discusses some of those features in the Day 4 training content. 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. 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. 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. however.com. Wordpressdirect offers a range of options for managing. 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. cloning and auto-posting content. 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. 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. 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.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 .www.challenge. 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. You are in no way obligated to sell your blog if you don’t want to. Flippa .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. you do have choices and those choices are discussed in the Day 2 training video of Module 7. Should you decide to keep your niche blog that you setup in The Challenge. Even if your decision is negative.
however. Mistakes Marketers Make In The Challenge. 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 . 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..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. your immediate focus should be on getting more trafﬁc to your niche blog.www. two immediate strategies you can employ to get more trafﬁc are: 1.. 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. the more trafﬁc you get..the more sales you will make. 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. it always better to be focussed on what you can do and to ﬁnd reasons to do something and take action.there is nothing wrong with standing on the shoulders of the people that have gone before you. Some may say that you learn from experience and this is true but as Isaac Newton once said. 2.challenge. Initially. To that end. 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. The fact is.. some with success and some not. Internet Marketing is a vast mineﬁeld of possibility and many people have trodden this path before you. as in life. 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. 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. 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. however.
How to setup a Wordpress blog to target a niche and it’s associated keywords..www. whatever your journey will be from this point. 6. The importance of keyword and market research online. The critical importance of acquiring backlinks to your niche blog to improve it’s ranking in the SERPS for the keywords you are targeting. At the very least.co Congratulations. 9. 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. 5. it doesn’t matter. 2. 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 53 . 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. 7. you have learnt a repeatable and sustainable model for testing the commercial potential of a niche (and associated keywords) online. 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..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. Options for initially monetizing your niche blog to establish the potential for a commercial outcome in your selected niche. Having come this far.. The principles and value of Market Leadership.. Sure. Click Here to view the training page where Ed Dale conducts a special webinar to outline the options available post-Challenge. How to speed up the process of having the search engines ﬁnd (and index) your blog.You Made It! You made it to the end of The Challenge. you have learned an awful lot about marketing and Internet Marketing in particular which will stand you in good stead. 8. The importance of acquiring a niche speciﬁc domain relative to your niche. Along the way you will have learned: 1..congratulations! Whether it took you weeks to implement The Challenge training or many months.challenge. 3..
Webinar ☐ Watch the post-Challenge webinar to explore options for continuing your Internet Marketing education and improving your skill-set. ☐ 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.co Module 7 Checklist Assessing your Website Stats ☐ Ensure you have acquired and assessed all the required website and commercial stats.challenge. 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. Flippa ☐ Open an account on Flippa if you decide to sell your niche blog. ☐ Create a site listing on Flippa for your niche blog. ☐ Make a decision about whether you wish to continue with your niche based on the stats and conversion ratios. ☐ Learn how to transfer your niche blog to the new owner post sale.www. © 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 . ☐ Understand the techniques you will need to manage the sale of your niche blog through to completion. Mistakes Marketers Make ☐ Absorb and learn about critical marketing mistakes to prevent them from happening to you.
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 . we are very grateful for your participation in The Challenge and sincerely hope that you have derived maximum value and enjoyment from taking part.IN CLOSING "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. We don’t know what YOUR motivation is for taking The Challenge. At the beginning. In achieving this goal.www.. Internet Marketing and how trafﬁc can be obtained from the search engines through search engine optimization. but whether you are looking to improve the exposure of your website for a hobby or passion. you were probably underwhelmed with the goal of participating in The Challenge being to earn just a single dollar! What we have found though. Once you have proved to yourself that it is possible to make any money online. I would like to personally wish you every success in whatever Internet Marketing endeavor you choose as a consequence of completing The Challenge. 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.. is that it is the earning of that ﬁrst dollar that makes all the difference.. there will be more that you can and should learn. then your future success is just a matter of scale and implementation.this whole experience is about YOU! Are you prepared to take action and do what it takes to learn the methods and techniques. participants will also learn a tremendous amount about marketing." . a charitable concern. 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. On behalf of the whole Challenge Team. to do the research..co SOME THOUGHTS.challenge.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. Ultimately though. to build the websites/blogs etc? And even after The Challenge is over.
For example: < a href="http:// www. Amazon Is an American-based multinational electronic commerce company. it is America's largest online retailer and has an extensive afﬁliate program. 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.com/adwords Afﬁliate A marketing partner that promotes a product or service usually under a pay for results agreement. http://www.challenge. opt-in or click thru to a merchant’s website.amazon. 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). 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. It is understood that Google checks over 200 individual variables in its search algorithm.google. 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. Headquartered in Seattle.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. but the server could not ﬁnd what was requested. 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.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 .co GLOSSARY OF TERMS 301 Redirect See URL Redirection. Hence search engine optimization tends to require constant research and monitoring. Afﬁliate Product A merchant product or service that is available for promotion by afﬁliates and tracked such that if a sale takes place.www.challenge. then the afﬁliate receives a commission. http://www. Above The Fold Used to describe that part of the page that is viewable in the browser when visiting a website without scrolling. Usually occurs when the page being addressed does not exist. Search engines regularly change their algorithms to improve the quality of the search results. http://www. Adwords Google’s Pay Per Click advertising system (see PPC). 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). 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). Afﬁliate Commission The fee paid to an afﬁliate for generating a sale. Washington.com/ Anchor Text Anchor text refers to the visible clickable text for a hyperlink. Afﬁliate Agreement A document containing the terms that govern the relationship between a merchant and an afﬁliate. Afﬁliate Marketing The act of promoting a merchant’s products and services on the internet usually with the expectation of earning an afﬁliate commission.google.
Avatar A digital representation of a user in a virtual reality site. Blogs are easy to update.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.audioboo.co/ArticleSamurai Associate A synonym for Afﬁliate.challenge. video. requires about 10. An internal backlink is a link from one page to another page on the same website. Blog (Blogging) A blog is an online journal or "web log" on a given subject. the more authoritative a marketer is. however. Authority is also a Cialdini (Robert Cialdini . authority is derived from the quantity and quantity of web sites that link to a website or page of content. Windows Live Search. and syndicate. 57 . Full-motion full-screen video.bing.000 bits-per-second.. Article A discreet piece of writing usually focussed around a single theme. powered by individuals and/or corporations and enable users to comment on postings. 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. Autoresponder An email robot that sends email replies automatically. Usually measured in bits-per-second. images.000. give more credit to web sites that have a good number of quality backlinks. and MSN Search) is the current web search engine (advertised as a "decision engine") from Microsoft. An authoritative link is therefore a link from a website that has a high pagerank. Bing Bing (formerly Live Search. Bandwidth The quantity of information (text. An external backlink is a link to a page from another domain altogether. 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 more likely he/she is able to invite people to buy or engage with the products or services they are promoting. http://www. manage. A full page of text is about 16. 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. Backlinks are important for search engine optimization (SEO) because some search engines (particularly Google).000 bits. Backlink A backlink is a link to a webpage. The more links a website or page has. The comment function of a blog maybe a valid place to links to another website as part of a link building strategy. http://www. http://www. 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.see recommended reading list) inﬂuence factor whereby people will tend to obey authority ﬁgures. depending on compression.. without human intervention.www.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. sound etc) that can be sent through a connection. Banner Ad(s) Banners are graphical ad space (of various sizes) on commercial web sites that are usually linked to the advertiser's website.challenge.the more authoritative it is deemed to be.fm/ Authority On the Internet.
Captcha Is a type of challenge response test in computing to ensure that response is generated by a person (not a computer or bot). Blog Post An individual post (or article) on a blog.challenge. In The Challenge. and the largest distributor of digital information products on the Internet. 3rd party payment processor and marketing service for the development of afﬁliate programs. is the practice of artiﬁcially generating trafﬁc to advertisers’ sites either manually or through the use of automated clicking programs (called hitbots).challenge.co Blogging is the act of publishing to a blog. Chat Room Broad Match With respect to the search engines. Browsers provide a user-friendly interface for navigating through and accessing the vast amount of information on the Internet. Clickbank A popular online billing. (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. 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. a category keyword is a keyword within a niche or micro-niche that meets the SEOC (< 30. Cloaking describes the technique of serving a different page to a search engine spider than what a human visitor sees.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. http://www.co/ChallengePlus An area online where you can chat with other members in real-time. 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. Carcast A video or audio recording recorded whilst driving a vehicle. also called pay-per-click fraud. Commercial Indicators The presence of advertising or sales content on a website indicating that the website is designed for or achieving a commercial outcome.000) and SEOT (>80) criteria. Located at http:// www. Known for its ease-of-use. Eliminates the need for a merchant account.clickbank. advert or banner graphic. Browser An application used to view information from the Internet. Click The action whereby a viewer is transferred from one website to another by clicking on a link.www. Cloaking Category Keyword In the context of The Challenge. A common type of captcha requires the user to type letters or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen. 58 . Expressed as a percentage. 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. May also refer to the process of hiding page content or afﬁliate linking code. the recommended web browser is Google Chrome (see below).com/ Click Fraud Click fraud.challenge. 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. Clicks can be recorded by a web host or tracking service such as Google Analytics. 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. Caters for beginner to intermediate Internet Marketers.
The fee is based on every 1. Commitment And Consistency One of Cialdini’s inﬂuence factors whereby if people commit. Curation In the context of market leadership.000 ad impressions (M is the Roman numeral for 1. whether the user clicks on the ad or not. 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. 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. they are more likely to honor that commitment because of establishing that idea or goal as being congruent with their self image. Wordpress (see below) is an example of a content management system. Cookie A ﬁle on your computer that records information such as where you have been on the World Wide Web. Cost Per Click (CPC) Also called Pay per Click (PPC). Excessive cross-linking may lead to your site being penalized by the search engines and so this practice. Visitors can accept or deny cookies. cookies read and record a users browser type and IP address. Contextual Advertising Advertising that is targeted to a Web page based on the page's content. Since the Web's protocol has no way to remember requests. by changing a setting in their browser preferences. keywords.e. orally or in writing. The action could be making a purchase. Most display ads. usually your own. or category. curation is the process of organizing and ﬁltering content published within a THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 59 . An advertiser pays a set fee to the publisher based on the number of visitors who take action.challenge. 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. The majority of text ads sold by search engines are billed under the CPC (or PPC) model. Cross-Linking (Link Wheel) Linking a group of domains. is no longer recommended. to an idea or goal. The network of linked sites may often be known as a link wheel. Conversion When a visitor makes a purchase on a merchant website i. An acceptable sales conversion rate in the context of The Challenge is 0.www.000).5% or higher. they will continue to honor the agreement. to each other and to the target website for the purpose of increasing popularity of the target website within the search engines. An advertiser that charges every time an ad (usually a banner graphic) is displayed to a user. and store this information on the users own computer. Even if the original incentive or motivation is removed after they have already agreed. Cost Per Impression (CPM) CPM is the cost per thousand for a particular website. such as banner ads. During the CFT period. converts from ‘visitor’ to ‘buyer’. The browser stores this information which allows a site to remember the browser in future transactions or requests. An example is Google’s Adsense program. 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. a CMS allows a group of people to publish to a single website. These procedures can be manual or computer-based. Content Management System (CMS) A content management system (CMS) is the collection of procedures used to manage work ﬂow in a collaborative environment. Co-Branding In the context of Internet Marketing is where afﬁliates are able include their own branding on the merchant’s website. or asking for a follow-up call. signing up for a newsletter. Cost Per Action (CPA) A form of advertising where payment is dependent upon an action that a user performs. particularly in relation to Google.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. The conversion rate is the proportion of buyers to visitors expressed as a percentage. In the context of the web.
exact match relates to the number of web pages that contain the exact keyword (or key phrase) a user enters into the search engine. 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.com/ Facebook Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004. 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. Both the merchant and/or an afﬁliate may use this method of promotion. Ezine An abbreviation of ‘electronic magazine’. Facebook has more than 600 million active users. these pages are used to improve search engine placement. text ﬁles that are sent from one person to another.ezinearticles. For example.dropbox. Customer Value (Lifetime Value) The total amount that a customer will spend with a particular merchant during his or her lifetime. Yahoo! is a human edited directory. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 60 . Exact Match With respect to the search engines.co niche and sharing the best content to a community interested in that niche.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. Directory An index of web sites based mainly on human editing and categorization. being the ‘average earnings per 100 clicks’. in others you may wish to withhold all rights. operated and privately owned by Facebook. entry pages. http://www. portals or portal pages.www. the domain name system ensures the name can be translated to the IP address of the web server. This number is calculated by taking commissions earned divided by the total number of clicks multiplied by 100. gateway page. http://www. Earnings Per Click (EPC) Term used by the Commission Junction afﬁliate network. 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. or require the user to apply for a license to carry out certain actions. In most cases the content is submitted to the directory. Articles submitted to EzineArticles are vetted by human moderators before they are displayed on the website. google. Inc.facebook. Domain Name The unique name that identiﬁes an Internet website eg. Email Electronic Mail. 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.challenge. EzineArticles EzineArticles is an online article directory with the highest authority in the eyes of the search engines. In some cases you may wish to permit certain activities. Download The process of transferring a ﬁle from another computer or web server to a users computer.com/ Facebook Connect Facebook Connect is a set of APIs from Facebook that enable Facebook members to log onto third-party websites. When a domain name is delegated to a name server. As of January 2011. the editorial team will then approve a title and description and place the URL in an appropriate category. DNS Translates domain names to IP addresses. http://www. Dropbox Dropbox is a free service to sync and share ﬁles between computers that are logged into the same Dropbox account.com Doorway Page Also known as bridge pages.
Located at http://www. • Hangout . phone.com/adsense Google Adwords Google’s Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising program. The stream can be ﬁltered based on different circles. enabling more localized and personalized results.com/ Followers Followers are people who receive Tweets from the people they follow on Twitter.challenge. 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. Google Alerts Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web. http://www. Located at http://www. Google’s Adwords program allows for geo-targeting of ads. • Sparks . If someone follows you. Geo-targeting allows the advertiser to specify where ads will or won't be shown based on the searcher's location.com/ Google+ Google+ is basically Google's latest attempt at creating a social network to rival Facebook and Twitter.google.allows you to follow people in discreet and overlapping groups mimicking the complex nature of human group interactions. from which the webmaster earns a percentage of the price per click paid by the advertiser. • receive your Tweets in their home page. etc. Google+ comprises a number of functions: • Circles . TweetDeck. Forum Online community where visitors may read and post topics of common interest.google. you are their follower.co applications. Geo Targeting Delivery of ads speciﬁc to the geographic location of the searcher. 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.Allows users to receive text and multi-media updates from the people they follow inside Google+. or any application (like Tweetie. Located at http://www. Maybe a valid source of backlinks as part of a link building strategy. Google The most popular search engine and a tool for ﬁnding resources (based on user entered keywords or key phrases) on the Internet.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/adwords 61 .) based on your choice of query or topic deﬁned by a keyword or key phrase. Flippa A popular website that allows for the buying and selling of web sites. mobile devices and gaming systems with their Facebook identity. A user can have multiple sparks at any one time.com/ Google Adsense Text and image ads that are precisely targeted to page content.A simple to use group video chat service where up to 10 people can join a ‘hangout’ and chat at one time.) that they use. • If you follow someone." Most Internet sites will have a "FAQ" to explain what the website is about and how to use its features. As of July 2011. https://plus. • Stream .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. Located at http://www. etc.google.google.www. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) A protocol that allows the transfer of ﬁles from one computer to another. Commonly used to transfer ﬁles from a users computer to a web server (host).ﬂippa. news . they: • become your follower and will display in the 'newest follower' section. 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.
www. Google Trends Google Trends is a public web facility provided by Google and based on Google Search.google.com/webmasters Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) GIF (pronounced "gift") is a graphics format that can be displayed on almost all web browsers.52% worldwide usage share of web browsers.challenge. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame.google. A Google Slap occurs when Google suddenly increases the quality requirements between the keyword being bid on. Located at http:// www. capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or ofﬂine. and in Google Webmaster tools. Google Chrome Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. As of May 2011. form.google. Google Docs Google Docs is a free. Located at http://www. providing insights into the search terms people have been entering into the Google search engine. on web server logs. Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a country's map.google. that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world.txt ﬁle. the Adwords ad and the website the ad sends trafﬁc to. Located at http://www. It displays top searches and rising searches that may help with keyword research. 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. Most of the "pictures" you see online are GIF ﬁles. however. are subject to abuse by unethical SEOs and webmasters. Chrome was the third most widely used browser with 12.google. according to Net Applications.com/docs Google Insights Google Insights for Search is a service by Google similar to Google Trends (see below). of web browsers. 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. and data storage service offered by Google. GIF images are the most common form of banner creative. and in various languages. Located at http://www. or "chrome".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. slide show. Googlebot statistics can be viewed with web analytics software. Results can be narrowed down with categories that are displayed for each search terms. Located at http://www.com/trends Google Webmaster Tools Google Webmaster Tools is a free web service by Google for webmasters. It is a common compression format used for transferring graphics ﬁles between different computers. spreadsheet. Web-based word processor. The product is aimed at marketers and is the most widely used website statistics service. Grey Hat SEO Grey-hat SEO tactics are those which have some genuine and accepted use (for search engine optimization). Chrome is the recommended web browser for The Challenge and can be downloaded from: http://www. Unlike Google Trends.com/analytics Googlebot The name of the spider (see below) used by Google.com/reader Google Slap With reference to Googles PPC Adwords program. Located at http:// www. Instructions to Googlebot can be directed in the robots.co Google Analytics Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. An incredible important resource for monitoring a large number of web sites efﬁciently.google.google. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their web sites. They display in 256 colors and have built-in compression. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 62 .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. 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.
co/hostgator HTTPS A secure version of HTTP (see below). Different deﬁnitions exist for this term: 1. Header Tag The tag <header></header> that deﬁnes the title. This can be an HTML page. Caters for intermediate to advanced Internet Marketers. where a block of text is surrounded by codes that indicate how it should appear.challenge. but rather is an indication of server use and loading. each image on the page. <h1> deﬁnes the most important heading. Index The database of a search engine or directory.challenge. As one of the important on-page SEO factors. another page on the same website or a different website. 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. 2. It is the single most powerful and important function of online communications. Located at http://www. 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. The viewing of a page or ad(s) by the user. consisting of a word or phrase within the message preﬁxed with a hash sign.www. and many other ﬁle types. Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol. Agencies usually collect a fee for every thousand impressions. Therefore. and any embedded sound or video clips. it is recommended that you try to place your keyword that the page is optimized for within a <h1> tag on the page. png.). description and other Meta information about a web page. 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. 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. HTML allows text to be "linked" to another ﬁle on the Internet.co H1 to H6 Tags The <h1> to <h6> tags are used to deﬁne HTML headings. etc. HTML resembles old-fashioned typesetting code. An HTML page can account for several hits: the page itself. 63 . the format of the World Wide Web (WWW). a cgi script. magazine or webpage.challenge.co/ImmediateEdge Impression The ad impression is the metric a site uses for measuring inventory. it knows that it is viewing a WWW page. gif. Usually located at the domain of the website. Hostgator A popular discount Internet hosting service. an image (jpeg. <h6> deﬁnes the least important heading. 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. Headline A heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper.The request for a page or ad. When a browser sees "HTTP" at the beginning of an address. 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. Hyperlink Is the clickable link in text or graphics on a web page that takes you to another place on the same page. Hit A hit is simply any request to the web server for any type of ﬁle. http://www. HashTag A tag embedded in a message posted on a microblogging service (such as Twitter). a sound clip. the number of hits a website receives is not a valid popularity gauge.
when clicked. Marketing The act of making people aware of and eager to obtain a product or service. Because they have low competition they are usually easy to rank for in the SERPS. in order to improve search engine rankings. originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz allowing people "to write using an easy-to-read. will take the viewer to a particular page.com/ Long Tail Keyword A longer.linkedin. Link Network The sum total of backlinks (both internal and external) that link to a web page or website. or start a new e-mail with an address you specify. it is mainly used for professional networking. more speciﬁc keyword phrase that contains a hierarchically superior niche or market keyword. Located at http://www. easy-to-write plain text format. 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. Link building techniques may include reciprocal linking. 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.000 competing pages). Linked-In LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. entering barter arrangements.challenge. Merchant A business that markets and sells products or services (on the Internet or ofﬂine). a mailing list is an automatically distributed email message on a particular topics going to certain individuals. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003.challenge. Located at: http://www.www. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)" The language takes many cues from existing conventions for marking up plain text in email. Market Samurai A keyword research and Internet Marketing software tool (developed on the Adobe Air platform) and marketed by Noble Samurai. Link Building The process of getting quality Web sites to link to your Web site. For example ‘wedding party favor ideas’ is a long tail keyword of the ‘wedding party favor’ micro-niche. Mailing List (Email) On the Internet.co webpage or website by clicking a Facebook Like button that is located on that page or website. place on a page. 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. It is a very important component of business strategy. © 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. Sometimes long tail keywords are referred to as ‘low hanging fruit’. 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). A synonym of backlink. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to a mailing list by sending a message via email or by entering details into an opt-in form. Link A link is a “clickable” object on a web page that. Market Research Market research is any organized effort to gather information about markets or customers. Long tail keywords usually have limited trafﬁc potential but very low phrase match competition (less than 20. Markdown Markdown is a lightweight markup language.co/MarketSamurai 65 . 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. the ‘wedding party’ niche and the ‘wedding’ market.
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.co Meta Description The meta description tag is intended to be a brief and concise summary of your page's content. there are over 15. tasks. The SQL phrase stands for Structured Query Language. Netiquette A term that is used to describe the do's and don'ts of online behavior. 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.www. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment. Be polite. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller. or an image or embedded video.practice. The process of creating a mindmap is called mind mapping. Examples of micro-blogging platforms are Twitter (http:// www. In summary it all comes down to good business -. 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.000 newsgroups. talk nicely and not too much. When the meta description contains the keyword or key phrase that the search engines deem the page to be most relevant for. Google Website Optimizer offers the ability to implement multivariate testing.tumblr. whether it be a particular forum online or the Internet.com/) www. be aware of the folks you are talking to. in both actual size and aggregate ﬁle size. http://www. 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. 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. 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. others are junk and contain little but mindless drivel.com/) Mindmap (mind mapping) A mind map is a diagram used to represent words. Micro-Blog Microblogging is a form of blogging.com/websiteoptimizer MySQL MySQL is a relational database management system that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases.google.and social -. Currently.twitter. Money Page The page(s) on a website created to sell or promote a product or service. 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. Many of them cover professional subjects and societies and are rich sources of business information. then the meta-description is usually used as the 2 line description of the website that is displayed in the SERPS. 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. newsgroups consist of messages posted on electronic bulletin boards. Niche (Micro-Niche) In the context of The Challenge. Each board has a theme. Also called usenets. Newbie A term to describe anyone new to a subject. or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. 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). ideas. A website may contain several money pages where several products or services are being promoted. May also inﬂuence how the page is displayed in the browser. Multivariate Testing A process by which more than one component of a website may be tested in a live environment.
co speciﬁc niche. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to traditional paper methods such as cheques and money orders. 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. 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. This becomes important when for instance a male marketer is trying to promote products and services in a female dominated niche or vice versa. For this purpose. Examples include completed surveys. PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module. named after Larry Page and used by the Google Internet search engine. Located at http://www.www. Pay Per Click (PPC) An advertising payment model where the advertiser pays only when the advertisement is actually clicked. the title. 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 . In 2011. a very signiﬁcant update occurred over several releases which has been called the Panda/Farmer update. sites with poor quality content and sites with a high advert to content ratio or that offer a weak user experience. 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. 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. 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. Page Rank (PR) PageRank is a link analysis algorithm. which generates the web page document. 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). the meta-description and a heading tag on the page. These may include the age and page rank of the domain. an afﬁliate program where an afﬁliate receives a commission for each click (visitor) they refer to a merchant’s web site. PayPal PayPal is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. contest or sweepstakes entries. In the context of Internet Marketing.com/ PHP PHP is a general-purpose Scripting language originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. Also. downloaded software demos. This has impacted negatively the rankings of scraper sites.challenge. 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. the backlinks to the domain or web page itself and whether the page is listed in certain authority directories (Yahoo and DMOZ) etc.paypal. These signiﬁcant updates are noticed by the SEO community and given names. that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents. such as the World Wide Web. An example of a PPC service is Google Adwords. Phrase Match With respect to the search engines. 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 most important of these are whether the keyword or key phrase has been included within the URL. Panda/Farmer Update From time to time. 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. content farms. Outsource (Outsourcing) Outsourcing often refers to the process of subcontracting a service to a third-party service provider. with the purpose of "measuring" its relative importance.
videos.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. 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. Search Engines A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web and FTP servers. RSS is an acronym for Rich Site Summary. For example. the sales letter has become an integral part of Internet Marketing and typically takes the form of an email or webpage. A program that searches documents for speciﬁed keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found. Increasingly. 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. Revenue Total income for your sales. when a person receives something (of value) for free. also known as syndication. expressed as a percentage. Scarcity A Cialdini inﬂuence factor whereby perceived scarcity will generate demand. A term describing the calculation of the ﬁnancial return on a Internet marketing or advertising initiative that incurs some cost.challenge. and results from specialty databases on their SERPs. Sales Conversion See Conversion. Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS) The page searchers see after they've entered their query into the search box.00. Reciprocal Link(ing) The process of exchanging links with other web sites to increase search engine popularity. thus the pervasiveness of free samples in marketing. 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. 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. The search results are generally presented in a list of results known as search engine results pages or SERPS. © 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. since the advent of the internet. as well as marketingfocused tasks to make a site more appealing to users. 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. if you sell 50 ebooks at $27. search engines are returning blended search results. sorted by relevance. Although search engine is really a general class of programs. which include images. saying offers are available for a "limited time only" encourages sales. SEO includes technical tasks to make it easier for search engines to ﬁnd and index a site for the appropriate keywords. Successful search marketing helps a site gain top positioning for relevant words and phrases. For example. Return On Investment (ROI) Return on investment = (Revenue . Real Simple Syndication (RSS) Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. This page lists several Web pages related to the searcher's query. an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web. A very powerful mechanism to increase conversion.Cost)/Cost. 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 .www. 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.00 each. your revenue would be $1350. The XML ﬁle is also known as the RSS feed. In the context of Internet Marketing. Reciprocity A Cialdini inﬂuence factor whereby people tend to return a favor. without any expectation of a return payment. Although originally designed to be sent by direct mail.
Anyone who tries to use old mass market techniques in the new media environment is bound to fail. 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. 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. Google has dominated in this space (and built a very proﬁtable business) by offering the most accurate search results for the search terms entered. such as Facebook or Twitter. It is a measure of how competitive the Internet is (in terms of quantity of pages) for that keyword or key phrase. Social Proof A Cialdini inﬂuence factor whereby people will do things that they see other people are doing. Even worse. Spider (Bot. 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. The programs create a copy of each webpage for future indexing by the search engines.us. and owned by Microsoft since 2011. 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. 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. Crawler) An automated.icio.http://www. Sitemap A page which contains an organized listing of links to all pages within the website. 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. a program hidden within free downloaded software that transmits user information via the Internet to advertisers. http://www. social bookmarking sites like Del. Facebook. Skype Skype is a proprietary voice over Internet Protocol service and software application originally created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.com/ Spyware Also known as “adware”. © 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. Very bad netiquette.www. buying or using. etc. also known as a ‘name squeeze page’ is a landing page speciﬁcally created to solicit name and email 70 .contentboss. 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. Squeeze Page A squeeze page. The future of marketing online is about customizing products and information for individual users. 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. social news sites like Digg. and other sites that are centered on user interaction.challenge. The recommended automated spinner is Content Boss . They include social networking sites like LinkedIn.http://www.com/ Social Media A category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content. computerized algorithm hosted by search engines that browses the web.co/ TheBestSpinner.skype. Spam The use of mailing lists to blanket usenets or private email boxes with indiscriminate advertising messages. it's bad business.co the search engines. Having a well structured sitemap will assist the search engine spider to index the pages.challenge. The recommended tool for (manual) spinning is The Best Spinner . or Twitter.
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.com/?myID. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking. and so referring. sometimes from a known person. Theme Keyword In the context of The Challenge. Text Link A link (to a web page or website) not accompanied by a graphical image. sometimes from a private citizen. They are: 1. Market/keyword research 2. i. Visitors arriving at the side are tracked back to you through your special code. a theme keyword is a keyword within a niche or micro-niche that meets the SEOC (< 30. Located at http://www.squidoo. Trafﬁc Generally measured by the amount of visitors to a website. leads or clicks. a testimonial consists of a written or spoken statement. http:// www. Conversion 4. 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. or ID. Tracking URL A tracking URL is a web site URL with your special afﬁliate code attached to it. 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. Product Testimonial In promotion and advertising. extolling the virtue of some product or service. The method by which an afﬁliate program tracks referred sales. Trafﬁc Tracking Method 3. Surﬁng Exploring the World Wide Web. Squidoo Squidoo is a community website that allows users to create pages (called lenses) for subjects of interest. It is also the part of a directory submission that represents the title of the website. © 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 . to their articles or blog posts. The term testimonial most commonly applies to the sales-pitches attributed to ordinary citizens.awebsite. Theme (Wordpress) The look and layout of a Wordpress blog can be altered by the installation of different themes. may be differentiated in terms of unique or return visitors. Commonly known as "Surﬁng the 'Net. 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.com/ Stickiness A measure used to gauge the effectiveness of a site in retaining individual users. Title Tag An element of a web page which appears at the top of most browsers. Commonly attributed to Seth Godin." Symphony Of Four Parts A concept introduced by Ed Dale to describe the four main aspects of Internet Marketing that lead to success online. Super Afﬁliate The top 1 or 2% of afﬁliates that generate approximately 90% of any afﬁliate programs earnings.www.e. Many webmasters collect only email addresses.co addresses from site visitors. and usually who are loosely afﬁliated with each other through social media or other Internet mechanisms.challenge.000) and SEOT (>80) criteria AND reﬂects the niche/micro-niche to the extent that it will be used to secure a domain name. whereas "endorsement" usually applies to pitches by celebrities.
that are produced by end-users.www. videos. Upload The process of transferring a ﬁle from a users computer to another computer or web server. product information. Users can follow other users. Because Twitter only allows messages of 140 characters or less. links. a short-form blog.challenge. 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.twitter. owned and operated by Twitter Inc. "tweet" is as much a play on the size of the message as it is on the audible similarity to Twitter. sometimes styled as tumblr. also called URL forwarding and the very similar technique domain redirection also called domain forwarding. Twitter Twitter is a website. or address. or different computer terminals which have visited a Web site. publicly available.co/uaw Unique User / Visitor The total number of different users. or federated search results. which offers a social networking and microblogging service. images. 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). refers to various kinds of media content.tv/ Viral Marketing Any advertising that propagates itself.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. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's proﬁle page. Tumblr Tumblr. Probably the best measure of trafﬁc to a website. Located at http://www. or choose to make their tumblelog private. Unique Article Wizard (UAW) Rather like AMA (see above).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. Located at http://www. When publishing articles.challenge. This is measured using advanced tracking technology or user registration.. Uniform Resource Locator (URL) Uniform Resource Locator. URL Redirection URL redirection. The service emphasizes ease of use. is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text. and results from specialty databases like maps and local information. enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets.ustream. UAW is a paid syndication service for either publishing or receiving content from a network of Article directories. of a web page on the Internet. a microblogging service. This is the unique identiﬁer. A marketing technique that induces Web sites or users to pass on a marketing message to other sites or users. THE CHALLENGE MANIFESTO 72 . 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. http://www.tumblr. or news stories. Results can include images. are techniques on the World Wide Web for making a web page available under many URLs. an HTTP address used by the World Wide Web to specify a certain site. also known as consumergenerated media (CGM) or user-created content (UCC). quotes and audio to their tumblelog.com/ Tweet A tweet is a post or status update on Twitter. Located at http://www. universal search pulls data from multiple databases to display on the same page. Universal Search Also known as blended. 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.
Web 2. In addition. 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. Wikipedia A multilingual. its introduction transformed an academic communications system into a powerful marketing tool linking businesses and customers around the world. known as the "time-out" period. http://www. Some are harmless. If a visitor does not request any new information for a period of time. sites. and 73 . Web Page A HTML (Hypertext markup Language) document on the web. and services necessary to serve website pages and ﬁles. usually one of many together that makeup a web site. With rare exceptions. White Hat SEO Ethical search engine optimisation techniques that are encouraged by the search engines. simply by clicking the edit this page link. wikis. but also allows anyone to edit the content. widgets offer a method for extending the functionality of a Wordpress blog. or desktop. free content encyclopedia project.challenge. then the next request by the visitor is considered a new visit. codes HTML pages.co Virus These are programs that can be downloaded onto your computer or network from the Internet. web-based.com/ Wordpressirect (WPD) A web service developed by Marty Rozmanith to simplify the process of installing and managing a number of Wordpress blogs. usually making up several web pages and a single home page designated by a unique URL. This person lays out the information trees. designs the look. handles editing and additions and checks that links are intact. trash your ﬁles and disable your software. Allowing hypertext links and interactivity on an unprecedented level.com/ Wordpress WordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet.challenge. These usually include tools that let people collaborate and share information online. Widget A widget is a live update on a website.wordpress. Vlog A vlog is a video blog. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template (theme) system.0 A term that refers to a second generation of Internet-based services. connectivity. Wiki A web application that allows users to add content. Webmaster The individual assigned to administer a corporation or organization's web site. such as social networking folksonomies. Like plugins.www. It's often customized into a Content Management System (CMS). Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website. Also offers functionality to auto post content to those blogs from a range of public domain content sources. http://www. others are programd to destroy your system.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. webpage. as on an Internet forum. The web is a client/ server information system that supports the retrieval of data in the form of text. Website The virtual location for an organization's presence on the World Wide Web. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Visits A sequence of requests made by one user at one site. he or she monitors.wikipedia. graphics and multimedia in a uniform HTML format. Recommended in The Challenge to simplify the process of installing an SEO optimized Wordpress blog. Located at http:// www. routes and sometimes responds to email generated by the site. Web Host A business that provides storage. communication tools.
providing a customer self service portal. it is the second most searched website on the Internet (after the Google search engine) and is located at http://www. © 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 .youtube. created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. Located at http://www.challenge.zendesk. others are oddball and cover almost every topic imaginable.yahoo.com/ Zendesk Zendesk is a saas-based (software as a service) customer support / help desk product.www. share and view videos. Some are mainstream. rather than on paper.co Yahoo A popular web portal and search engine located at http:// www. Now owned by Google.com/ Zine Magazines that are published digitally. Its features include email ticket tracking.com/ YouTube YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload. and general help desk reporting and tracking.
Chris Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Proﬁt by Giving Something for Nothing. William Morrow 1982. Thorsons Publishers 2006. & Martin Steve J. Buzan. Buzan. Dan The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Beneﬁts of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. Plume 1996. Spencer The One Minute Manager. Foer. David Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Chris The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. Robert [Highly Recommended] Inﬂuence . HarperCollins 2010. faster. Allen.The Psychology Of Persuasion. Ferris. John The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture. Richard Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived. Kenneth H. Revised edition 2006. Tony How To Mind Map. Hyperion 2010. Hyperion 2006.. and Others Don't. © 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 . & Johnson. Live Anywhere.challenge. 37 Signals 2009. Blanchard. Ariely. Crown 2009. Had Fun. Collins. Jim Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Cialdini. easier way to build a successful web application. Dan Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. Penguin Group (USA) 2005. Crown 2010. Collins. Joshua Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Free Press. Branson. Crown 1999. New York: Harper Paperbacks. 2nd edition 2008. Cialdini. Anderson. Incredible Sex.co RECOMMENDED READING LIST Allen. Expanded and Updated: Escape 9-5. Jim Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. The Cunningham Group. Buffett. Timothy The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss. Viking Adult 2008. and Join the New Rich. Batelle. & Cunningham. HarperCollins 2010. and Becoming Superhuman. HarperBusiness 2001. David Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Jason & Hansson.. Penguin Press HC 2011. Lawrence A. David Heinemeier Getting Real: The smarter. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America. Timothy The 4-Hour Workweek. Warren E.www. Penguin (USA) 2002. Fried. Yes!: 50 Scientiﬁcally Proven Ways to Be Persuasive. Ferris. Goldstein Noah J. Tony The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential. Ariely. Anderson. HarperBusiness 1997. and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way. Reprint edition 2009. Robert.
Spencer & Blanchard. Malcom Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking.A. Selling: How to Sell by Word of Mouth. Michael New Sell: The Heresy of NewSell. Penguin Group (USA) 1999. Boost your Sales. Wrightbooks 1990. Little. P. Kirkpatrick. 4th edition 2011. Godin. Robert The 48 Laws of Power. Simon And Schuster 2011. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It. Greene. Godin. TechPress Inc 2002. McGraw Hill 2011. Dan Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Gladwell. Dan S. Pantheon 2011. Gladwell. G. a Theory. Issacson. Brown & Company 2002. Robert T. and Friends into Customers. Gerber.www. Crown 2009. David Heinemeier Rework. Hardie Grant Books 2006. and Winning the Deal. Godin. Godin. Rich Dad.B. Penguin Group (USA) 2000. Little. Mark Victor The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth. Seth Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable. a Flood. Walter Steve Jobs. Seth [Highly Recommended] Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us. Heath Chip & Heath. Malcom Outliers: The Story Of Success. Simon & Schuster 2011. David [Highly Recommended] The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World. Jason & Hansson. Oren [Highly Recommended] Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting. James The Information: A History. Penguin Group (USA) 2010. Adams Media. Johnson. Gladwell.M. Hewitt-Gleeson. New York: Penguin Group (USA) 2008. Kiyosaki. Klaff. Gleick. Hewitt-Gleeson.T. Penguin Group (USA) 2009. Seth Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends. Michael E. Michael W. Kenneth [Highly Recommended] Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life.co Fried. © 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 .challenge. Kennedy. HarperCollins. Poor Dad. Brown & Company 2007. Malcom The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Putnam's Sons 1998. Little. Brown & Company 2009. Random House 2007. Crown 2010. Seth Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. Persuading.O. The Ultimate Sales Letter: Attract New Customers. First Edition edition 1995. Hansen.
Hill Think and Grow Rich. Pressﬁeld. Surowiecki. Smith. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Simon & Schuster 2011. The Domino Project 2011. Aventine Press. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling. Twyla The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life.challenge. William & White. The Domino Project 2011. & Dubner. Works. and Content. Substance. Patrick & Morin. Grand Central 2003. Simon Icon. Sinek. Christophe Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer's Brain. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. HarperCollins 1997. Thomas. Inc 2007. Vise. Napoleon. The Elements of Style. Gary Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion. Random House 2010. Mark The Google Story. Nassim Nicholas Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. Wiseman. © 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 . Societies and Nations. Simon And Schuster 2005 Vaynerchuck. Penguin Group (USA) 2009. Simon [Highly Recommended] Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Patriotic Prostitutes. and the Principles of Screenwriting. Pressﬁeld. Steven D. Revised ed. HarperCollins 2009. New Ed edition 2004. John and Sons 2005.www. Tharp. Insight. Penguin 2009. Strunk. Delacorte Press 2005. Mark Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas. Nelson. & Malseed. ReadHowYouWant 2010. Levy. and Shapes Our Lives. Steven [Highly Recommended] In the Plex: How Google Thinks. Arrow (Rand). Steven D. Young. & Dubner. Knopf Doubleday 2005. Longman 1999. Taleb. Structure. Robert Story: Style. Taleb. Daniel H. Harper 2009. B. Nassim Nicholas The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House 2005. Levitt.co Levitt. Wiley. edition 2004. Steven Do the Work. James The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business. Steven [Highly Recommended] The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Levy. and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. William L. Renvoise. McKee. Richard Did you spot the gorilla. Stephen J. David A. Julien The Flinch. E. Stephen J. Pink. HarperCollins 2009. Economies.
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RSS Submissions.www. publish Content to Wordpress blogs. Recommended as the natural place for graduates of The Challenge looking to extend their Internet Marketing education. SEO Competition analysis. © 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 79 . Market Samurai is an all-in-one marketing tool with features that include: Keyword Research. Google Adwords Keyword Tool (Free) .co RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE & SERVICES This section is split up into software and services for beginners (many of which have been referenced through this guide) and for intermediate to advanced Internet Marketers which may be of interest as you continue your online journey beyond The Challenge. advertising competition and trends. Search Engine Submissions. Blog Creation (Wordpress) & Management WordpressDirect (Free Trial) .is intended to help you evaluate and discover the performance of different keywords and phrases.Ping Kaching is a powerful SEO Software that completely automates such important tasks as Social Bookmarking. RSS.A Wordpress blog installation and management tool.A US based discount web hosting service recommended within The Challenge.challenge. Software & Services For Beginner Internet Marketers Domains and Hosting Hostgator . but evaluation data revolves around volume. Directory and Search Engine Submission Ping Kaching (Free Trial) . promotion module for ﬁnding keyword speciﬁc authority sites and a monetization module for creating and publishing afﬁliate product ads. ﬁnd (keyword speciﬁc) content. Pinging and more. domain search and acquisition.Built on the Adobe Air platform (multi-platform) and featuring a simple interface. Membership Program Challenge Plus . Keyword Research Market Samurai (Free Trial) . Directory Submissions.A paid Internet Marketing education program created and maintained by the people behind The Challenge. Automated Social Media.
secure. inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. create stylish opt-in forms. manage subscribers.All encompassing hosted blog platform (Wordpress) with integrated online marketing functionality including squeeze pages. use auto-responder follow ups & more.Aweber is a complete Email marketing program that allows you to send out mass newsletters. easy sales letter builder. Hosting Rackspace . reliable. © 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 80 . at any time. Majestic SEO . membership area and webinars.ManageWP helps you manage all your WordPress sites from one dashboard.Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data. Email Autoresponder Services Aweber . anchor text spread and PR) now that Yahoo is beginning to shutdown the service they previously offered for free.Rackspace is a high-end cloud hosting solution that can automatically scale based on load and bandwidth requirements. fast. from anywhere on the web. Amazon S3 . Along with Majestic SEO below. The service aims to maximize beneﬁts of scale and to pass those beneﬁts on to developers.The most powerful domain search engine online which allows for ﬁnding keyword speciﬁc domains about to drop or become available.www.challenge.An online membership program with a number of SEO related services and features. product launches. SEO and Link Analysis SEO Moz .Has largest index of links online for analyzing links pointing to a particular website and the characteristics of those links. Blog Management Manage WP . keeping them updated and secure.co Software & Services For Intermediate To Advanced Internet Marketers Domains Domainface . they have the best link checking index (for establishing link numbers. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable. Has auto-bid functionality for buying dropping domains and the ability to store and manage your domain portfolio. Online Marketing Platform Market Pro Max .
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