If you missed any of the previous Google Sniper 2.0 case study episodes, you can see them here…
In the last update you saw a screenshot of my ClickBank account for day one of the Mobile Monopoly 2.0 launch. I was very happy with the outcome for the first day, especially given my less than spectacular rankings (more on that in a minute).
Sales have been fairly steady since then.
I’m averaging about 2 new sales a day, but I think I can bump that to 3 or 4 if I can climb a littler higher for the main keywords I’m targeting.
As you know, the Google Sniper system is all about dominating page 1 of Google.
But in all honesty, you really need to have your sniper site in the top 5 spots – preferably top 3 – to see regular commissions coming in.
When the cart opened for Mobile Monopoly, I was floating around the bottom of page 1, mainly because I got an extremely late jump on this launch and had to play catch up with other affiliates who’d already been gearing up for the past month or so.
If you remember, I started from scratch just 11 days pre-launch.
That’s not a lot of time to work my mojo.
But, as expected, I’ve seen some progress the past couple of days, as my sniper site continues to inch it’s way up towards the top.
My link building efforts are starting to kick in, and although the competition is extremely tough, I’m hoping to be in the top 3 spots for all primary keywords very soon.
Here’s proof of ranking for primary keyword “Mobile Monopoly 2.0″…
So, at present time, I’ve got a #4 ranking for my main keyword… which is simply the name of the product I’m sniping.
The product name is almost always going to get the most search volume, but it won’t always be the most profitable.
Here’s why: stiffer competition.
Everyone and their brother is going HARD for the name of the product, making it cut-throat to rank for (in ultra competitive markets like Internet marketing).
Being that I’ve been at this game for a while now, I’m always confident I can rank in the top 3 spots as long as I don’t get lazy.
Sometimes, it happens.
Laziness, that is ;-)
The thing that’s impossible to account for, however, is the extent to which your competitors are willing to spam their way to a higher ranking than you.
Google’s ability to sniff out spammy link building practices has come a long way, but it’s far from perfect.
And the first day of the Mobile Monopoly 2.0 launch was a testament to that fact.
Throughout most of the day there were at least 5 of the front page results that were given to forums of completely unrelated topics, such as IBM, Mozilla and so on.
Some affiliates think it’s real ‘stealth’ to leverage high page rank sites like this, then spam the living sh*t out of a keyword-stuffed thread they put up and cross their fingers.
In the short-term, this can work.
But it’s a friggin’ terrible long-term strategy.
Those artificial rankings definitely won’t last and I’d be surprised if anyone using blackhat techniques like this is really seeing any profits…
I mean, if you were looking for an honest review of some product and the result you clicked on took you to a forum thread that had one lonely post containing a poorly written paragraph of nonsense, with 6 links to click through to the sales page…
… wouldn’t that raise some red flags?
Sure it would.
Because it looks exactly like what it is: SPAM.
Another hurdle you have to look out for is other high authority sites that can be used more legitimately.
Lazy affiliates like to publish their content on these websites because you can rank easier, thanks to the high trust factor of the overall domain.
Same concept as with the forums I mentioned earlier, only in these instances, the strategy makes more sense since you can technically make your press release (or video or blogger blog) about any topic you’d like.
Here again, you can spam links at these pieces of content way more aggressively without Google taking notice.
This is due to the fact that those domains have thousands, if not millions, of pages indexed and there are literally just as many links coming in to those pages each and every day naturally.
It’s not all that uncommon for a new YouTube video to get published and have tens of thousands of views within the first day (if it goes viral).
Like The Evolution Of Dance video did:
When this happens, said video would draw in links from thousands of webmasters who wanted to direct their readers to it.
On the other hand, a new little desolate WordPress sniper site – that nobody knows about – would look highly suspicious if IT were to receive even a few hundred links in a day, let alone thousands.
So you can see how some affiliates would try to capitalize on that ‘loophole.’
Although, don’t get any big ideas. Once again, it’s more like gambling than smart marketing.
You never want your money pages on properties you don’t own yourself because one complaint is all it takes and your ass is grass, homie.
I’m just trying to give you some perspective on what to expect and what to watch out for if you go on to build Google Sniper sites in a really competitive niche like I did here with this case study.
If you take my advice and get your feet wet in a more low key niche, none of this is a factor.
Following the sniping blueprint, you shouldn’t have a problem with getting outranked for your main keywords, like the product name and product name + review.
Speaking of which, I’m also on the bottom of page 1 for:
And I’m completely dominating for terms like Adam Horwitz Mobile Monopoly 2.
Nothing sweeter than owning the first 40% of page one in Google ;-)
(Okay, I’ll admit… this is more for bragging rights ’cause I don’t expect many people to enter that exact phrase into Google).
You never know though.
It might generate a sale or two a month, so I’ll take it.
That’s the scoop for now. From here on out, it’s really all about climbing to that #1 spot and maintaining it. I’ll do my best to fend off the ‘mostly’ spammy competition and be back with the next episode tomorrow.
Remember, if you want to become a six figure sniper like me, I’m willing to show you the way.
Your super affiliate coach,
- Brad Campbell