Bootstrappin’ The Hell Out Of Hell (When You Don’t Have A Near Nothin’ Budget!!@#$)!!!@#$!

Let’s lay it alllllllllllll out on the table: the last year and a half have been quite the struggle for me. But really, with those struggles, for the most part, I am proud of the person that I am becoming and how far along I have come.

My 34th birthday is coming around the corner and last year, I set a goal of creating a revenue generating Amazon affiliate site that I would rank for a handful of keyphrases, with the end goal being to sell it.

So, how is that goal coming along? Where I am with all of this?

Let’s Get Person-al, Person-al

Get it? Like Olivia Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical, Physical”… well, lemme get person-al, person-al… okay, now I’m snorting:

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But in all seriousness, personally, 2015 has been one of the most challenging years of my life and 2016 is proving to be equally the same. I could delve into the really personal stuff but I am not afforded that frank luxury at this point in my life, so I’ll keep those things to myself.

Just KNOW, that I understand what struggling means on every level. So when you throw at me: “how do I rank without a budget?”, really, what it comes down to, if you dig deeper, is “how do I give myself this leverage, create this edge, give myself the best shot I can towards success?”

Before you roll your eyes, you need to let that sink in.

And believe me, I understand!

Last year was so tough that there were days I could not get myself to be productive. The outside world wouldn’t know this, of course; when I left the house, I’d make sure to paste a smile and give the best I had. When I returned home, all the anger and sadness would take several forms, and mostly, the form of not wanting to get up and begin the day. And it wasn’t about the “not wanting”; I just… couldn’t. As much as I loathe having to describe it this way, perhaps I was depressed and it still rears its ugly little head here and there. But I think people who know me at a personal level also realize that… maybe it’s normal with all the things going on around me.

But eventually, you have to come to this essential point in your life where you realize that you, as an entity, are responsible for yourself. How cliche to say: You are indeed responsible for your own success and for your own failures. Perhaps not when you were a child, not when you were a teenager (this can all be debated), but at some point, you must come into your own.

At some point, you learn to cry, feel sad, down, eat a few Ben & Jerry’s, then hit the gym hard, go hiking for hours… but you learn to get the hell up and keep moving.

… and if you’re the kind of tenacious fucker who can get up, look at yourself in the mirror despite being knee deep in debt, going through a divorce, hell with your family, then you are the kind of person that will never give up. And that’s the best kind of human there can be!

Because, now, guess what? You can apply all of these hard lessons to your online business šŸ™‚

Here’s what I accomplished in the last 4.5 months:

  • Decent income from the services I provide
  • Partnership with another SEO for PBNs
  • Connections with other well established SEOs who I can turn to for advice

Hell yes, Broskiz!

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That doesn’t seem like a lot but it happened after a whole year of struggling. Sure, I wanted to build a serious PBN for my own Amazon affiliate niche site and while a few hundred dollars doesn’t seem like much, right now, for me with the bills and all, it IS quite a lot.

So, what happened? Another SEO who I had connected with on FB offered me a PBN partnership/affiliation of sorts. That generated a bit of income. Not a whole lot, but this allowed me to start offering services and playing with copywriting and ads.

Next, I started playing with not just web 2.0s, but expired ones that could be available for registration with some PA (page authority) behind them, meaning with some juice behind them. Sure, one could consider these low end PBN type of things but the more I played with them, the more results I received.

After I started seeing results, I started offering Tumblr packages with PA behind them. I sold Tumblr links and now am selling Over-Blog and Weebly links as well. I just got done offering some Blogspot links too!

I made mistakes along the way. I offered some packages for too cheap and became overloaded. I also hit some sweet points where I didn’t sell a lot of packages but made as much as the previous month where I did become overloaded, in fact. But through it all, guess what? All of my clients have been happy with the services and understood that since I do the work myself, manually, there can often be a delay.

They have been pretty cool with that.

Through it all though, I have sweated bullets as other sources of income dried up. However, my services have taken off through lots of trial and error and while I’m not comfortable revealing numbers, they help me pay my bills.

But Moon, What About Your Amazon Niche Site Rankings?

Remember the partnership/affiliation for PBN links? I struck a deal to place my own links on those. I also placed my links on web 2.0s with decent page authority such as Blogspot, Tumblr, Weebly, and Over-Blog.

The results? A handful of keyphrases are now teasing me on the very bottom of page 1 dancing over to page 2 and back and forth!

God, I’m so hungry for the top positions now!

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If you want more in-depth case studies, go read this šŸ˜€ Do Expired Web 2.0s Really Work?

Because I have learned to NOT give up & had to be resourceful, I started experimenting with expired web 2.0s. I figured out how to pay my bills using my SEO related skills without compromising my values. I’ve also used those skills for my own site and now, I feel like I have a damn good chance.

Pretty cool, y’all. I can feel myself edging there, but so much resistance sometimes!

Now, I know I don’t have the budget to build out 5-10 PBN sites within 1-2 months. So, what’s the next best thing? Rent or buy additional permanent links.

Sure, there are risks to this, so I have to look at all the services out there in detail. BUT then again, there is a possibility as well, that you could play by the rules and STILL have the search engines screw you over.

This month is essential for me as my birthday is coming up and so, if I cannot directly hit my goal, here is what I need to accomplish:

  • Hit my goal of monthly income from providing SEO services
  • Work on my business, not die from working IN IT (& retain quality!)
  • Purchase effective PBN links
  • Unleash another blast of high PA Tumblrs, Weeblys, Over-Blogs, and Blogspot links

When you are managing client work and your own, and doing most of it with white/grey hat methods, it can take up some time. In the background, I have started playing with Facebook Ads. I am learning about brand exposure, the audience I can appeal to at a low cost per click, and just having fun growing my email list. Today, I started my second Facebook ad campaign with the tiniest of budgets ever, but guess what? I don’t have a choice and have to make do with this tiniest of budgets and see what kind of results I can garner. Keep tweaking and adjusting.

So, the question becomes for both you and me: what will YOU do better or smarter or quicker than the guy next to you? Will you train yourself for endurance? Can you keep getting back up, punch after punch? Are you going to be the guy who stays down and doesn’t get up?

Take a good look at your challengers in life and your competition in SEO. As much as more tools and budget can HELP, they are not a necessity to your success; in fact, they can be quite the distraction. Do you think a set of Nikes will make a runner? Or do you think a true athlete who eats right, learns his/her body, sticks to a running regimen on the daily, will make a great, successful runner?

Do you need $500 in SEO tools to rank? Nah. It’s difficult but you don’t NEED it.

Create your own fucking opportunity because, guess what? We’re all in the same boat and no ONE gives a FUCK about you, really. Get your shit together.

Not before you watch this video though, heh:

Do Tumblr Links Work? How About Those Weebly & Pinterest Links?

[Note: This article has been updated to include more graphical data šŸ˜› ]

About ten days ago, I published Using Tumblr Links For Ultimate Rankings. Since then, I have received feedback from a few more clients who have seen their rankings shift in the positive direction.

A few of my keyphrases have shifted from pages 3 to pages 1 & 2 and some that were never in the top 100 have jumped in top 100.

You’ll see quite a few examples below but let me start with one:

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[Edit: This is for 2500k searched term, Bing. Lots of dancing happening and finally at #5 :P怀 It’s been jumping pages 2-4 in the last 3 months and now sticking Tumblr and Blogspot links to it (with PA).]

All from what? A few PBN links, but those were reserved for the main keyphrase only. As I’ve explained before, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Weebly all seem to play an important role in sending those social signals that Google has come to love… but it can’t be denied that Tumblr links are especially delicious right now.

Why Do These Links Matter?

Because such links indicate viral content. Content that has taken off. Content that isn’t just good, but great. And search engines want to return results that are relevant (hence, great!)

As an SEO, it is my job to either:
A) Create viral content and give it the best chance to BE VIRAL OR
B) Mimic the strategy behind content that’s gone viral šŸ˜€

(We could go with either choice, depending on your budget, duh!)

And that’s what I’ve been doing. That’s what I offer to my clients too. You’ll see, in just a minute. As of now, way more Tumblr links have been added (PA 31+), Pinterest accounts are being readied, one Blogspot link I’m getting ready to restore, and a Weebly link as well. All of these links are hitting my one main site. I take care in keyphrase variation, targeting my main one, but also creating naked URLs, brand texts, and links to my inner pages as well.

I’ve become very comfortable creating these links on the daily. Pinterest accounts are image heavy, so they take some organization, but these two, by far are my favourites. Still, creating these in a drip feed manner is easy enough to do, not too time consuming, and the pay-off has been sweet.

I make it a point not to ping all of my posts. Some clients choose to. For my personal projects, I’ve chosen to submit half of them to Link Centaur for indexation purposes.

Now, here are some of the questions I receive from folks:

  • What is the trust flow?
  • How many backlinks exist for each Tumblr account?
  • Can you do 4 links for $10?

Kindly, I will respond in generalities and specifics.

While I understand why you’re asking for Trust Flow, my current Tumblrs were once deleted and now re-registered and setup to go once again. The day I raise a few of my own accounts with a decent Trust Flow, I won’t be selling those links as cheap as I sell these. Consider that these are manual posts done by Yours Truly and so far, 99% client satisfaction. (I could’ve lied and said 100% and you’d never have known the truth, haha). One link on that account would be $25 at the very least… not 4-10 as I had been offering!

Backlinks… since these are deleted and re-registered Tumblrs, most backlinks are gone, finito. “But, Moon, won’t that hurt your sites in the long run?” Uh, if you’re ballin’ in the SEO World, Kid, there are no guaranteed long runs NOTHIN’. That’s the harsh truth. If you do good overall backlinking, you’re not gonna get hit hard, if at all. My rankings are climbing and I’m about to hit this shit, hard.

Every link has value and serves its purpose. If you can afford $500 of one type of link on some of the biggest sites your niche has to offer and it’s worth it to YOU, then by all means, go for it. These links are showing me some DAMN GOOD results which is why I’m offering these services in turn to my own clients. If I could offer guarantees (which other marketers outright lie about!), heck, I’d be rollin’ in it right now šŸ˜‰ (Remember! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!)

Okay, so not to sound condescending, but your $10 is not worth my time. That’s why I have packages. If you can’t test a $25 package, maybe you shouldn’t be in the SEO game. OR! Stick to Fiverr. I’m not knockin’ you NOR Fiverr. Been there, done that. I have found a couple of good providers there, as well as a couple other places. You just gotta know your shit, Kid.

So, let’s collectively take a look at a few of the rankings, from my own site that is making slow but steady (& lovely!) progress to client rankings, which I freakin’ looove.

Here we gooo šŸ˜›

15000 searches, less than handful of Tumblr links:
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“Do these Tumblrs have backlinks?” Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the SUCCESSFUL LEAP IN RANKINGS šŸ˜€
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“What is the TF of these accounts?” Shhh…..:
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“But what about those redirects?!” It’s damn well lookin’ good to me:
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Wanna find out more? Well, sign up! This is where I announce PBN sites and my Tumblr & Blogspot packages >:) :



More stuff that clients reported back. No more questions, because these little graphs are too pretty. Thank you!
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Another SEO conducted his own Tumblr case study to find a sweet jump in rankings:
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This is all before my second set of Tumblr links are picked up by the search engines, plus a handful of Pinterests. As I’ve mentioned before, the PBN links only target one primary keyphrase, not the others.

I could paste another 10 images but what good will that do for ya? Are you ready to experiment? I will be posting live results on the Moon Hussain Ninja FB page here, if ye’d like to follow! Just like acquiring expired domains, there’s a bit of art to acquiring Tumblrs. By all means, if you’ve got the moolah, get some nice placements on some nice Tumblrs. My Tumblrs have pretty good Page Authority (PA) and now I’m building and selling equally decent Pinterest links.

Here are some benefits my clients have experienced from my Tumblr, Blogspot, and PBN services (I write the posts and articles manually, myself):

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880 searches on Google. Nothing huge, but certainly a fun one to track since only Tumblrs were appointed to this page šŸ˜›
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Seems to take a few weeks to catch on, but when they do, hell yes!

Like I mentioned before, just think: what kind of links would be coming in to your site if content from it went viral? Go & build those links or get them built! šŸ˜›