Google and Amazon

Love affairs... killer penguins? This is starting to sound like a cover story from The National Enquirer! The difference being, this stuff you are about to read is all true and based on facts.
Over the past few days, I put on my detective cap and did a little digging around online for you.
It’s about time for YOU to know what’s going on here.You see, for the past 24 months I knew this was quietly happening in the background... with few people actually commenting about it or making any fuss.

Lately, I’ve been speaking a lot about and why there is a major shift in power taking place right now in the search engines - especially with Google.

Amazon is taking over Google. Affiliates, Search Engine Marketers and ecommerce sites are all watching their rankings (and traffic) plummet, while Amazon gets a front of the line pass straight to the top of Google!
Why is this happening? For a few reasons... Everyone knows that when Google ranks a website, it looks at the volume of backlinks. This is an important ranking factor. Affiliate Marketers we’ve
been building affiliate sites, review sites and blogs with Affiliate links all pointing back to
Now before you jump up and say, "But wait... I only use no follow links and
other tactics to hide links"… it does NOT matter.Google admitted (well Matt Cutt's admitted) that Google does give some link value to no follow links, and the point is that thousands upon thousands of webmasters have been sending links and traffic to Amazon - this includes social activities such as Tweets and Facebook Likes that are also very powerful links.

So, we’ve been doing all the dirty work to generate HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of backlinks to and make Amazon into a monstrousauthority site. And now.... Amazon is dominating Google competing against the very Affiliates (like you) who helped Amazon rise to the top.This is evident now more than ever since the latest Google Panda update.

And recently, after a series of Google Panda updates, now Google’s love affair with Amazon is even MORE apparent. I’ve known about this for that past 24 months and since I’ve been speaking about it a lot lately, many people are finally starting
to take notice.
The first time I publicly discussed this was a few months ago. I was invited to speak at Yanik Silver’s
Underground Seminar and really didn’t know what to expect.
It was my first time ever speaking in front of a large group of people. The minute I stepped offstage, there was a crowd of people following me towards the back of the room. Their questions, comments and feedback only reconfirmed in my mind about what was really going on.

People are frustrated trying to playthe “free traffic” Google game.Let’s face it, Google is still the “king” of search. And now that Google is giving mega sites like preferred treatment... it’s getting even
more difficult to complete.

The Top 13 Autoblogging Blunders

Welcome to 2009. 2009?!? It's 2012 now! Yeah, I know. But, when it comes to “how to make money autoblogging”, much of the information you read today is based on what worked in 2007-2009. In Internet time, 2009 was 6 years ago. When you rely on Google, Yahoo and Bing for free traffic (like we do with autoblogging), following information from 2009 = 90% chance of failure The rules are constantly shifting. You need to adapt... or die! That’s why I wrote this post. If nothing more than to cut through all the fog out there and give you a proven-to-work autoblogging roadmap. Information you can use that will get you results right now and for years to come. If you are like many Internet Marketers today, you are interested in getting started with autoblogging. Let’s face it. It’s the ultimate hands-free “set-it-and-forget-it” business. But, before you jump in and set up your next (or first) autoblog, give this post a quick read. It will really get you on the right track and avoid the all-too-common 13 blunders that will de-rail your autoblogs. But, before I get into the real meat here, let me say something real quick. I know that’s what you are used to reading lately. All kinds of wild claims about someone hauling in 8 grand in 12 days or getting 178,000 visitors with a brand new blog using some secret software, Google loophole or underground method. Let’s face it, autoblogging is a HOT topic right now. Some shady marketers know this and exploit it by showing you some crazy numbers, and then asking you to buy a $97 autoblogging product or software to learn the “secrets”. There is only one way to describe it. And since a picture speaks a thousand words... I call bullshit! Sure, anybody can log into their ClickBank account and show you how they made $8,000 in one week. How do you know all that money was generated from a brand new autoblog? The fact is, you don’t. These days, making $8,000+ in 12 days with a new blog rarely happens - unless you have a huge list, pay for traffic (Facebook ads, PPV, PPC, etc.), you are promoting a big-ticket $1997 product (with 50% commission)or have other advantages working in your favor. Or, unless you just got really, really lucky! What I’m about to reveal to you is all based on in-the-trenches fieldtests. Stuff that actually works. I’m not promising you, $8,000+ in 12 days. Let’s talk about REAL numbers for a second, ok? The thing is, you can build a nice $57,600 per year (that’s $4,800 per month) autoblogging business.That’s enough cash to replace a good salary. You can do it. What’s the real secret to autoblogging? Start building your autoblog empire following a proven blueprint and playing by todays rules, not by trying to trick Google, like it was 2007. Today, autoblogging is a game of Angling, not Hunting Angling? The anglers are the ones making good money with autoblogging. Blunder #1: Being shady Being a shady autoblogger is not cool. Sploggers are shady. Tricking (or gaming) the search engines is not the way to build a long-term business. Shady autobloggers steal (or scrape) content from other blogs or websites. They also remove any links from third-party articles they post to their blogs (so not cool)... and do a host of other things that are low, dishonest and just.... well, shady! Don’t do it. Google will punish you. I love to keep Google happy, so should you. Ok. That first one may be an obvious one. Now that we got that one out of the way, let’s get more specific. Once you’ve installed and configured your first autoblog, some experts tell you to immediately do something. This “something” will hurt you. Blunder #2: Aggressive pinging In WordPress, you can define a ping list. What’s a ping list? Basically, it works like this... Every time you make a new blog post, your blog will alert (or ping) dozens of other “hub” sites and let them know that your blog was just updated with fresh content. You’ll get some backlinks too. Back in 2009, aggressive pinging was the norm. More pings = more easy backlinks = more search engine activity on your blog... and so on. Today, aggressive pinging doesn’t work like it used to. Just like taking your daily vitamins. One a day is good, two a day is better.... 30 a day might kill you! Take Away: Our tests indicate that Google gives more credit to a site/blog that gets found naturally through a few third-party links and not through mass pinging. Getting a link or two from an established website is a perfect way for Google to ‘accidentally’ discover your site. Don’t force feed your site into Google, over-ping or get 200 backlinks in 2 days. More is not better. Blunder #3: Stinky content These days, Internet Marketers are worried about duplicate content. I’m not going to go into a big discussion here. Our experience shows that Google does filter out sites that have the same content. Think about it... when was the last time you saw the top 5 sites on Google with the exact same content? Never happens. What is at the heart of every autoblog? What keeps things humming along? That’s right... good content. In 2009, getting content was easy. Grab an RSS feed or two, grab some content from an article directory, cut-and-paste some Yahoo Answers... or use a script that does it automatically. Today, Google has dropped the hammer on these type of autoblogs. It’s easy to spot these autoblogs 3 seconds after you visit the page. Don’t you think Google has the technology to do so too? You bet they do. Take Away: Use unique content sources. Don’t use the exact same crappy content as everyone else. Don’t make your blogs look spammy (like splogs) by auto posting useless press releases and Yahoo Answers to your blog.

New Neighborhood

Thanks for the guest post by Kristofer Bartlett

 My husband and I just moved into our new house, and we love our neighborhood. We have never lived in a place that has such a sense of community. Everyone is so friendly, and willing to help. We were lucky to find a house here, because they usually do not stay on the market for very long. Most of the neighborhood is filled with people who have kids around the same age as ours. Because we all have kids who go to the same school, we met people pretty quickly. Since we moved here from out of state it was nice to make friends who we could ask for recommendations. We got some great tips on which restaurants and stores to check out. One couple recommended we go to to get our satellite TV hooked up, and another one recommended a great day care center for our youngest child. If it wasn’t for them it would have taken us much longer to get life organized in our new place. We’re also happy that the kids are already making friends and feeling like part of their classes at school. We are relieved that things worked out for us.