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I figured it’d be a good idea to look back at 2013 and share what was accomplished as well as what projects I’m still working on. So for all those that say I don’t post enough, this is why!
Partnered with Scott to add my sites to lower grade link brokers
This was kind of a failed project as Google started hammering down on link brokers in Q3. It’s still making a low 4 figure income though.
Built the Crawler with Han
We went over 10 billion ways to monetize it and decided on simply not selling it. I will however be holding a competition soon and giving access to it away… stay tuned!
Bought a TON of expired domains
This was the build-out period for my private network.
Did the V3 Internship
Great internship. Ended up partnering with 4 or 5 people after the internship was done.
Started selling to SEO agencies with Phil
Nearly 5 figure recurring in 3 months, and is now our main focus.
Partnered with Greg in development of Australian Niche Sites
As the recent post illustrated, this is going quite well.
Partnered with an intern in development of an Italian PBN
We built about 50 PBN sites, and some money sites. We’ve found a good financial niche and are earning 4 figures and hope to hit 5 soon. Playing with some Amazon now too.
Partnered with an intern in development of a German PBN
The v3 intern I partnered with lost interest, then the project stagnated a bit, but a newer German intern took it over in December . We’re 2nd page right now on a term that we know is a high 4 figure/mo earner, and we have about 20 sites in the PBN (looking for more).
Read here for more info on NHM. We decided to focus solely on link sales to agencies until the end of April.
Built the Oracle
The Bottom’s-up keyword research tool. It’s got millions of keywords in the database now. It is currently for interns only and I have no plans on selling, but have plans on evolving this into another tool.
Traveled to the South Pacific
Ok, this wasn’t work-related but it was cool that I could basically take 6 weeks off and the business kept going. Thanks Phil, Scott and Han!
4 Internships run by NHM
Craziness. So many Skype calls! Met lots of interesting characters.
Built a Spanish PBN
I hired and trained someone in Mexico to build this out, and the 50 site PBN is currently just sitting there.
Built a French PBN
We actually did this in response to some clients wanting french links. Then we built out a single money site which is 2nd page right now for some very strong terms. I believe this will earn well, but still looking for the right partner here.
First foray into finance affiliate niche
I worked with my Italian partner here and expanded globally in the niche we were working on. This has been quite successful and I think could grow to 50k/mo+, but it’s a somewhat volatile niche.
This was a huge win for automating all our systems so that we can scale. The public networks were more of a test and I consider them a success as lots of users are reporting great results.
2 internships run by NHM
Good groups – I partnered with more people here than any previous internship.
Started doing PMD Shares with 8 different people from the Q4 internships.
Still waiting on results here, lots of 2nd page rankings. The sandbox period for new sites is 2-4 months it seems.
Rebuilt the entire private network using Link Injections and RankHero
This was a huge task, but we leaned heavily on interns and trading links for labor. It paid off!
Started licensing our network to others interested in selling.
5 licensees thus far (all from the Q4 internships)- they just started marketing this month. I’ll leave updates, but 3/5 are already at 4 figures/mo in month 1 (and the other 2 haven’t started marketing yet).
NHM met for the first time!
Phil, Han, Scott and I plus all our families went down to the beach in Mexico for 2 weeks. We had a blast! It’s hard to believe we created a business and worked for 6 months together without actually physically meeting (I had met each partner but none of them had met each other).
Goals for Q1 2014
I can’t see much further ahead then this, so I’m only making goals for these first 3 months:
- Help 10 people quit their day jobs by replacing their income online.
- Blog at least 4 times a month!
- Start a new blog that covers more than just SEO
- Launch a new SEO SAAS product
- Hit our NHM financial goals
- Make decision re: continuing all other projects
- Adjust my residential status so I can legally pay no taxes.
There are two more goals I have for this summer which I’ll include because they are huge, and also to force myself to be accountable:
- Launch a new Project in which ROI is measured in doing good, not money.
- Do a 2 month test run of homeschooling my kids.
- Work 4 hours a day.
Questions about any of the projects or goals above? Leave a comment!