How To Start A Successful Blog And Make Money Online Step By Step

I think we can all agree:

 Starting a blog is hard work.
And it gets worse:

Because starting a blog that actually makes money is even harder!

But you are not the only one! Many struggle to build a profitable blog.

However, it’s not impossible and many people have been able to do it – including me!

That’s why I wrote this post:

 I am going to show you how I launched my blog and made $73,334.09 
And not only that:

The blog also won 5 major awards!

So I invite you to continue reading and join me on my journey to learn how to start a blog and make money over my shoulder.

What You Will Learn

While this post is a look back at the previous year, I’m going to show you precisely what I did and how I did it from day 1 to the current day.

You’re going to see ‘behind the curtains’ of how I planned the blog and promoted it, along with everything I have done to get it where it is today.

  • How to start a blog and make money
  • How I grew the blog from day 1 to now step by step
  • Why I started the blog
  • How I setup the blog
  • How I produced content
  • How I promoted content
  • How to start a successful blog

So let’s start at the very beginning.

How To Start A Blog And Make Money With Your Passion

I started the blog for a few reasons…

But behind each of these reasons is  the passion for what I do.

I’ve had a love for websites, marketing, business & sales for more than half of my life.

how to start a blog and make money with passion

 Last year I had a eureka moment.
The blogosphere used to have some really good internet marketing & SEO blogs but over the past few years these have decayed.

What popped up in their place were a bunch of sites that just posted guest posts in the great guest post link building gold rush.

All that was getting published were regurgitated rehashed low quality no meat on the bone posts over and over and over.

Even market leading blogs like ProBlogger and John Chow fell into this trap!

This spilt out into forums as well when people would ask for help and were just offered general flakey advice that didn’t actually help anyone.

I then came to realise I was not leveraging my most valuable asse…

 My own personal internet marketing knowledge and experience.
And so the idea of my blog was born, my own digital playground where I could share my passion with the world.

It is that passion that has led to the success of the blog.

If the only reason you are reading this to learn how to start a blog and make money…
I guarantee you are going to fail.

I see it time and time again, people learn how to start a blog and make money and after a couple of months when there is no money – they quit.

So whatever you do, forget about the money and focus on helping other people that share your passion.

Work Harder Try harder

This doesn’t really flow or fit in with the post but it’s an important point so I’m making it.

I’ve spoken to a lot of old geezers in pubs and I always ask them what 1 piece of advice they have for a younger guy.

You usually get the same advice from most old men – fuck everything while you still can.

But the best advice I have ever had was simple – try harder.

 Try harder at everything. So I did.

Don’t Be Fooled

For anyone that has followed the blogs growth it is very easy to be dazzled with the illusion of the blogging lifestyle.

On the surface it appears that I make a bunch of money, travelling the world having a jolly ole time!

how to start a successful blog and have fun

That is not the reality.

The reality is starting work at 6am and finishing at 10pm.

By a Wednesday lunch time I’ve already knocked out a standard full time 40 hour week.

It’s physically & mentally impossible for me to keep that pace everyday (trust me I tried) but an average working week consists of 70-80 hours across 7 days.

Quite often I’ll snap out of work mode a starving quivering mess about to piss my pants. Just seem to get locked in and forget about the real world!

work harder

While I have managed to travel a lot this year and hit a different country each month, let me tell you – they are the most stressful times for me.

Every day I don’t work around 3-4 hours work builds up. So if I go away for a week, I’ve got around 25 hours work to catch up on when I return. On top of the existing work load.

So don’t be fooled the illusion of the blogging lifestyle it might look like ‘the life’ on the surface but the reality is gruelling hard work with great personal sacrifice.

 I love it though.

How To Start A Successful Blog

Before launching the blog I put thought into the execution. Lot’s of people want to learn how to start a successful blog but not many people are willing to spend time preparing it.

Having passion is all well & good…

But there’s got to be some sort of method to the madness!

What Is The Point?

  • What was the purpose of the blog?
  • What did I want it to offer?
  • Where did I want it to go?

When I first launched the blog I wasn’t expecting it to be as popular as it was. Its initial purpose was just to ‘publish high quality internet marketing tutorials’.

However I soon changed the purpose to be…

‘When people ask for help on a forum, my tutorials will be shared to help’.

 That is a much more developed purpose over and above just publishing stuff.
Achieving that would be pretty tough; I would have to become highly visible in what is considered a competitive niche.

But we all need a purpose and goal to work towards right?

An Experiment Was Born

To spice things up a little and introduce a bit of a challenge, I decided I would attack this goal by not using one of my strongest areas of knowledge.

I have spent a lot of time experimenting with the technical side of SEO and link building is something I’m very comfortable with on large scales.

But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and see if I could achieve my goal without link building.

 So the SEO without link building challenge was born.
Was it possible to rank an SEO blog without using SEO?

Not only would that develop my skills in other areas I also knew that had the potential to be a great post in the future if I pulled it off.

I guess writing this annual report means I managed to pull it off?

You Will Remember Me

To make sure people remember me I put a strong emphasis on branding. I spent a bunch of time playing with colour combinations to see what worked best.

I eventually settled on the black, blue & pink combination that you see today.

It was bright, didn’t really go together but sort of did and stuck in my mind throughout the day when choosing the brand colours.

choosing your brand colours

With the colours in mind I then started to create a logo. I didn’t want an anonymous business corporatey type logo – I wanted it to represent me, be personal, friendly & inviting.

So I decided to go with a smiley cartoon version of me which looked like this-

my first logo

At this stage it is important to note that I suck at design and have since hired a pro!

Anyway I had a purpose, a brand and a logo!

Content Strategy

When it came to the content I knew it needed to be something special.

Especially given my overall goal and the fact I had forced myself down the zero link building avenue.

That Matt Cutt’s bloke has always said the best way to get links is by creating great content.

In this video he explains what great content is-

  • Create a blog and establish yourself as an authority
  • Do something that is unique/different/original
  • Create content that is useful/helpful to the community
  • Answers common questions in your niche
  • Publish original research
  • Create videos
  • Publish how to guides and tutorials
  • Create lists of helpful resources

In summary:  find out what people want, give it to them.

So that’s what I did – I started to browse forums/blogs looking for peoples problems and making notes every time there was something I could help with.

After doing that for a day I saw the same common problems coming up over and over.

With my notes in hand I created possible tutorial titles and then bullet pointed the areas each tutorial should include.

So I knew what my audience wanted and how I could help them.

I also had the mind-set that each piece of content I produced would be the best piece of content on that topic period.

 The content strategy was born!
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Setting A Tone Of Voice

Quite often you will see bloggers say you need to set a tone of voice with your writing. But what does that actually mean?

I have had a lot of great feedback about my style of writing and straight to the point approach and that is because I set a tone of voice.

I know for the most part the internet marketing niche is full of false claims, glitzy sales pitches, rehashed advice & general bull shit to separate you from your money.

tripping meme

On top of that I also know internet marketers are busy people and time is not on our side!

All of that creates a great opportunity not just with the content I create but also to set a tone of voice that cuts through the bullshit.

So I decided my tone of voice would-

  • Tell it like it is – straight & to the point
  • Fake business etiquette bullshit can go fuck itself
  • Like I’m talking to a friend in the pub
  • No more than 3 sentences in a paragraph
  • Short & punchy
  • Keep it simple

Setting that tone of voice means I can have fun when I’m writing – which hopefully makes it fun to read as you learn!

After writing a post I always go back through it and shorten sentences where possible.

If you want to get a better idea of how that looks in the real world take a look at this post about Amys Baking Company or this one!

Traffic Generation & Promotion Strategy

When I was planning how to drive traffic to the blog and promote it things started getting a bit complicated.

In the end I decided to sack it all off and just keep things simple.

simple traffic generation strategy

Quite literally as simple as finding people that need help on forums/social media and helping them.

I made a list of popular internet marketing forums and my plan was to just help people out, linking to my tutorials where relevant.

I also setup some Google Alerts for a range of terms that would alert me to other conversations online where people needed help.

That was it – nothing more.

  • No PPC
  • No link building
  • No SEO
  • No media buys
  • No spending money

Just good old fashioned human interaction.

There are real people behind metrics & usernames don’t ya know!

Planning Takes Time

That plan probably took you 10 minutes to read. But let me be clear, that was the culmination of months of passive thinking and mulling things over.

I eventually put it all on paper in less than a day but I had spent months thinking about the best way to skin the cat so to speak.

This planning was critical to the success of the blog. It is amazing how many people do not plan out how they are going to attack something.

Keyword research is not planning.

I didn’t do ANY keyword research until 6 months after the blog launched.

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Setting Up The Blog To Extract The Most Value

So I had a purpose, a brand, I knew what my audience wanted & was ready to create great content.

 Setting up the blog itself though was a whole different kettle of fish!
One of the biggest mistakes a lot of internet marketers make is not taking care of the user experience and the overall ‘flow’ of things.

I spent a lot of time working out the best way to setup the blog to not only deliver the most value, but extract the most value from visitors as well.

So I started to think about what ‘value’ actually is and what ‘value’ each and every visitor can actually offer me.

This is what I came up with-

  • Affiliate sales
  • Affiliate link clicks
  • Social shares (Google+/Twitter etc)
  • A full time subscription
  • User generated content (comment/forum post/post ideas)
  • New traffic by sharing the content with others
  • New traffic from telling their friends in the pub

The obvious two are people clicking on affiliate links and buying stuff.

This is the goal of every internet marketer right?

But when you think about it, that is not actually the most important goal and that’s a very backwards way to look at things.

So I decided to shift the focus in this order of priority and setup the blog based on that-

  1. A full time subscription
  2. Social shares (Google+/Twitter etc)
  3. User generated content (comment/forum post/post ideas)
  4. New traffic by sharing your content with others
  5. New traffic from telling their friends in the pub
  6. Affiliate link clicks
  7. Affiliate sales

Not everyone is going to agree with that. But no one agrees that the primary purpose of an ecommerce site isn’t to sell things either.

There is method to the madness though and it relies on the basics of human relationships rather than the constant quest to separate people from their money.

Relationships make it easier to separate more people from more of their money and be happy about it.

 The entire blog is setup with those goals in mind end to end.

Choosing A Theme

Having a great design can make or break a blog. If it is too busy and cluttered it will turn users off and convert badly.

 So I wanted a theme that was clean, simple & easy to read.
I found a free theme and I spent the next week tinkering with it and customising it to meet the goals above.

theme update

As you can probably see, it looks very different than the original.

HOWEVER: In hindsight this was one of my biggest mistakes and I highly recommend reading this post about choosing the best WordPress theme.

You can also download a copy of my blogs theme here.

Forming The Ultimate Relationship

The ultimate relationship online comes in the form of a full time subscription.

They are explicitly stating I want to hear more of what you have to say. I give you permission to invade my personal life with an email or status update.

Each and every subscriber is a real person that has built trust with you.

Treat them like a real person & do not abuse that trust for a quick buck.

The blog makes it really easy for people to subscribe-

blog email optin forms

As you can see – it’s pretty hard not to subscribe which aligns with the primary goal of the blog!

Social Shares

As I couldn’t build links and was aware of Google’s shift to introduce social signals into the ranking algorithm I thought about how I could take advantage of that.

I did the usual tried and tested technique of adding social share buttons to the end of my posts, but I added a big ugly arrow to make it OBVIOUS!

share call to action

But that is pretty boring right?

So I started to look at other ways I could encourage social signals.

I came across a sweet plugin that would hide content until the user shared the page on a social network.

So with each tutorial I created I tried to put together an exclusive pack of resources or make the video downloadable in exchange for a social share which used to look like this-

social sharing plugin

I have since upgraded to the OnePress Social Locker which is much more robust and compatible with caching systems.

I also decided to try and drive a social following by asking people to connect with me on Twitter & Google+ in key conversion areas.

So when someone submits a comment for the first time, they get taken to a page like this asking them to subscribe and follow me on Twitter-

thank you for your comment

That is a really effective page and really helps to drive subscribers.

Equally when someone subscribes they get taken to a page which asks them to circle me on Google+

thanks for signing up

What all of this creates is a self-supporting eco system of social signals.

It offers multiple opportunities to extract value from users over and above affiliate clicks and sales.

User Generated Content

User generated content is a great way to keep the blog fresh and people engaged.

When the blog first launched the only form of user generated content on the site came in the form of comments.

I encouraged comments by just telling people to post if they had any questions or problems that I could help with.

Later on I used BBPress which was a huge success and helped drive the blog forward in a number of ways, but more on that later :)

When I started out I was just focused on blog comments themselves which I knew would help me not only create relationships with people but also please the search engines with new and fresh content with natural long tail keywords.

Getting More Traffic

I also figured that every visitor had the potential to bring more visitors.

I found the most effective way to make that happen is by asking people. At the end of emails/tutorials/posts I simply ask people to share them with their friends.

Over 80,000 visitors came to the blog via referrals from other people & sites in the past 12 months.

traffic statistics

Looking back this was particularly effective because of the huge amount of value my content provided upfront – people were more than happy to share it with others!

Although I did get a complaint that is was too good to share in case competitors saw it =/

This also aligned with my overall goal and purpose of the blog to get people sharing and talking about the tutorials in forums.

One of the best examples is with the controversial Ahrefs vs Majestic post which says-

Next time you see this topic in a forum – feel free to use this post to instantly win the argument.

It’s amazing to see how many people use that post every time the which is best Ahrefs or Majestic question comes up.

Affiliate Clicks & Sales

So with everything else taken care of…

 How was I going to drive affiliate clicks and sales?
Well it turns out you don’t actually have to do anything. With everything else put in place this area takes care of itself for the most part.


Keeping my problem solving high quality content strategy in mind, affiliate sales just happen naturally without any sneaky tricks.

However some tutorials do lend themselves to affiliate promotions more than others.

One example of this is when I was trying to track & manage huge volumes of backlinks; spreadsheets just weren’t cutting it anymore.

It turned out a lot of people had this problem and there wasn’t really a publicised solution. I eventually came across Inspyder Backlink Monitor and after trialling it for a few weeks it became an essential tool in my arsenal.

That gave me the opportunity to create a tutorial that teaches people how to organise and manage their backlinks properly. It showed people how I was doing it and the problems that created.

It then introduced Inspyder Backlink Monitor and taught people how to use it properly to make things really easy saving a bunch of time & money.

You could break it down like this-

  • Identify a problem the target audience faces
  • Explore the problem & its drawbacks
  • Solve the problem with a 1 click solution
  • Teach them how they can do it as well

Not only do people click the affiliate links and buy the product, they also thank me for helping them resolve a major problem that was taking up huge amounts of time.

In this specific example I also went the extra step to haggle a $10 discount for my readers to sweeten the deal.

It takes a bit more effort and sometimes you take a hit on commission but then again you get emails like this-


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Making A Bang!

So I had a solid plan, I spent time setting up the blog and put some thought into the overall user experience.

But what good is a blog with no content or traffic!

empty pool

I decided that my first few posts needed to make the biggest bang possible that would hopefully set off an avalanche.

I looked though my content strategy and quickly decided that link building and more specifically tiered link building was an area that had a lot of misinformation.

There were no real nitty gritty detailed tutorials…

 And just so happened to be an area I excelled in.
The tiered link building series took a total of 100-120 hours to produce. Then I gave away all of the hard work free of charge to anyone that would watch it!

In the past 12 months that series has had a total of 99,882 visitors watching them for a total of 284,253 minutes generating nearly $15,000 in affiliate commission.

I have had so many people tell me I was stupid to give them away and if I launched the videos as a product I would of made a lot more money.

That is probably true but what you can’t measure is the bang and impact these videos made as people began to watch and share them.

As people watched and learnt, they formed a relationship with me – you cannot put a monetary value on that.

Creating The Videos

When I was younger I edited gaming videos and created animations in Adobe After Effects so I was pretty comfortable with that side of things.

What I wasn’t comfortable with though was teaching others or even having the confidence to record myself speak.

So with a cheap Sennheisser headset in hand I started to plan out the videos and how I would give them a bang!

I also wanted to ensure the videos were branded, memorable and gave people a reason to stick around quickly.

So I created a set of ‘video resources’ that I could use throughout my videos-

  • Introduction
    I used Adobe After Effects to render a quick branded animation.
  • Fly In Banners
    I also used Adobe After Effects to render some fly in banners that I could use to get people’s attention and take action.
  • PowerPoint Template
    I created a branded PowerPoint template that I could use to explain things in the tutorials.
  • Watermark
    Just my logo on a transparent background that I could use to watermark the videos where necessary.
  • Closing Slide
    A closing slide asking people to subscribe to my blog and share my tutorials with others.

Giving people a reason to stick around quickly was also important, so every video dives straight into telling people ‘What They Will Learn’.

With all of those resources created I used Camtasia Studio to record and edit everything!

Publishing The Videos

When it came to publishing the videos on the blog I put some thought into the best way to present them.

Videos offer a couple of problems from an internet marketing stand point.

Firstly, Google bots can’t understand video so how will these tutorials attract search traffic?

Secondly, how do I get people to ‘convert’ after watching a video, whether that is subscribing to the blog, sharing the tutorial on a social network or clicking an affiliate link?

The first problem I solved by publishing a transcript under each video that could be shown/hidden by the user.

It turns out that these are actually very helpful to readers with disabilities or struggle to understand my voice and I get a lot of praise for providing them.

The second problem I solved with a plugin that would show a custom HTML splash screen at the end of the video and let me make certain parts of the video clickable which looked like this-

new video CTA

I have since ditched that plugin and moved over to the much more robust LeadPlayer to drive video conversion.

Then I needed a mechanic to drive social sharing to bring more traffic and better rankings.

By using a social locker plugin I was able to offer the videos for download along with exclusive resources.

Finally I tried to keep the posts brief and to the point, internet marketers are busy people so I quickly tell people what they will learn and present the video.

So that’s great content, that offers multiple points of conversion through email sign up/affiliate clicks, set up to drive social sharing & user engagement taken care of.

Promoting The Videos

 Promoting the videos was actually the easiest bit
And it all started with a little forum called TrafficPlanet.

I updated my signature to include a link to the videos with a catchy call to action driving initial trickles of traffic.

Then I created this thread to share them with everyone and answer peoples questions.

I also updated my signature on forums like DigitalPoint, BlackHatWorld & WarriorForum and started to take part in conversations helping people out.

Not all forums like you sharing your own stuff and I have had my fair share of bans but even 1 year later, this is still a key method of promotion and driving traffic to the blog along with BuzzBundle.

Because I have put so much time and thought into the user journey, the value each user can offer and how to extract that while providing consistent quality – all of the cogs are turning in my direction.

 Each and every visitor becomes a planted seed in one way or another.
This is something I feel a lot of people overlook that are purely focused on keyword research, link building and affiliate clicks.

Let The Games Begin!

At this point I have launched the blog and it is starting to get initial trickles of traffic, nothing fancy just growing from 20-30 a day to 40-50 a day in less than a week.

 I spent considerable time laying down the basic foundations for the blog to be a success.
But what did I do next?

I publish a series of income reports that details what I’ve done each month so lets take a look at the best bits month by month!

August 2012 – $605.28 Profit / 2,125 Visitors

I officially launched the blog, the first 4 parts of the tiered link building tutorial & wrote about my zero link building case study experiment.

I published a video conversion rate case study based on my research when creating the blog and launched my very first competition.

august 2012 visitor statistics

The First Competition

The tiered link building series featured a piece of software called Kontent Machine. Those guys were so impressed with it they sent me an email and we got to talking.

They agreed to give me a lifetime license worth $37 per month in exchange for creating a dedicated video tutorial about the product.

I decided to turn this into a competition with the goals of-

  • Increasing traffic to the blog
  • Capturing new subscribers
  • Driving affiliate sales

The competition was a huge a success bringing 274 new subscribers & generated nearly $1,200 in affiliate commission.

Competitions & giveaways quickly became a core part of the blogs strategy moving forward.

Traffic & Promotion

I didn’t do anything special to promote the blog. All I did was post regularly on forums with links to my tutorials in my signature.

I focused on DigitalPoint, TrafficPlanet & WarriorForum making a total of 927 posts.

I also had a few web monitoring tools setup to monitor link building related keywords so I could engage people with my tutorials where possible.

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 2,125
  • Subscribers: 288
  • Profit: $605.28

You can read the full August 2012 report here.

September 2012 – $4,006.88 Profit / 4,518 Visitors

With a great start in August and some fantastic feedback coming in I really pushed forward in September.

I finished up the tiered link building series & showed you how to do guest posting the right way.

September 2012 visitor statistics

Reaching Out

To try and shine some light on the blog I decided to create a guest post which ended up getting published on SearchEngineJournal.com.

 That post was shared over 800 times and was one of the most popular posts on SearchEngineJournal.com in 2012.
It was great to see my tutorial be so well received on one of the biggest search engine blogs on the planet.

Sunday SEO With Terry Kyle

For those that don’t know who Terry Kyle is, he runs TrafficPlanet.com and created one of the most popular forum based SEO experiments we have ever seen.

He had a weekly video series called SundaySEO and he invited me to produce a video for his audience last minute.

I jumped at the opportunity and created a tutorial that taught people how to manage their backlinks and hooked up an exclusive discount for the featured software.

That opportunity brought me 467 visitors, a whole bunch of new subscribers & delivered $675.46 in affiliate commission.

Thanks to Terry for the opportunity at such an early stage. In fact he has helped me a bunch of times as you’ll see throughout this post!

Feeling The Pain

As the blog became more popular I was getting more and more emails and private messages.

This started to become a problem with the sheer volume of them coming in. However answering them was critical as it allowed me to form relationships with people that might just return the favour by sharing my tutorials.

So previously when time was purely spent on content creation and promotion, I now had to factor in the increasing volume of messages from people.

The main problem was I was putting so much time into answering all of these messages, the answers were just getting locked away in someone’s private inbox somewhere.

So I knew something needed to change and I started to think about a possible solution that would allow me to extract more value from the time invested.

Google Starts To Show Some Love

This was the first month where Google started to pay attention to the blog.

It had moved onto the front page for the term ‘Buy SEO’ completely by accident.

I hadn’t targeted the term or even tried to rank for it, but Google decided it was worthy of the front page for a competitive term.

buy seo ranking

Google was also kind enough to move me up to the #1 spot when you searched for my name-

ranking for my own name

It was great to see the zero link building experiment slowly start to pay off!

Traffic & Promotion

Again I didn’t do anything special here however I did start to post on Blackhatworld alongside TrafficPlanet, WarriorForum & DigitalPoint.

I made a total of 456 posts across the 4 forums which in turn sent me 3,929 unique visitors.

Although I did get banned from DigitalPoint ^^

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 4,518
  • Subscribers: 696
  • Profit: $4,006.88

You can read the full September 2012 report here.

October 2012 – $6,907.60 Profit / 6,240 Visitors

The blog quickly went from not earning much, to earning quite a lot in a short amount of time.

I published a bunch of helpful tutorials my google penalty checker tutorial and shared my blogs traffic strategy with the how to find & engage your target audience for profit post.

Oddly that is one of the least popular posts on the blog but is the post that offers the most value in my opinion.

october 2012 visitor statistics

Took A Shot At Disavow

Google had just announced the Disavow tool which caused a bit of the stir in the SEO world.

I took a stab at it and highlighted why the Disavow Tool is bad news for SEO and not the saving grace everyone thought it would be.

This post ended up going viral (see the big spike in the graph above) to a degree and sparked discussions in a few places including this post which has nearly 5,000 views.

John Chow vs Search Engine Journal

When I was trying to get my guest post published I sent it to both Search Engine Journal & John Chow. After not hearing back from John Chow, it was published on Search Engine Journal.

6 weeks later it magically appeared on John Chows blog, he still hadn’t replied to my email to even acknowledge receipt never mind let me know it was going live.

Either way this not only exposed me to his audience but also gave me the opportunity to create the John Chow vs Search Engine Journal case study.

The Second Competition

I also launched the second competition, this time it was for the Inspyder team offering up prizes worth a total of $715.

I actually cheated a little bit here and repurposed the video from last month’s Sunday SEO and posted it on the blog.

Although it didn’t quite perform as well as the previous competition, it still helped to bring $654.38 in affiliate commission.

Solving The Email Problem

In the previous month I was having a hard time keeping up with emails and messages from readers.

I was getting overloaded and I spent a lot of time replying which ended up just been hidden away in someones inbox.

So my solution to this was to install a WordPress forum plugin into the site and get people to post questions there.

This had a number of benefits-

  • Anyone that joined the forum, became an email subscriber
  • The questions & answers were publically viewable for everyone’s benefit
  • It introduced a new form of user generated content to the site
  • It increased visibility in the search engines ranking for long tail keywords

Learn how to do the same with my BBPress tutorial.

Self-Serve Banner Advertising

I also introduced the OIOPublisher plugin to the blog that would allow banner and text link adverting across the blog.

The plugin makes things really easy and allows advertisers to buy advertising, check statistics and so on.

advertise on the blog

It is a fully automated setup – all I have to do is approve or reject ads as they come in. The plugin handles everything else automatically.

OIOPublisher costs $47 but has earnt $2,931 in advertising revenue serving over 2,985,328 banner views since its introduction.

Discovered A Secret Weapon

I was already pretty organised but I was introduced to The Secret Weapon GTD system by Malcolm Simmonds who is the master of all things productivity by the way.

It took less than an hour for me to learn and integrate & across the past year this is one of changes I have made that has had the biggest impact on my business.

If you don’t use any kind of GTD or organisation system check it out. Its a small change with huge benefits for anyone.

Won My 1st Award

best of search engine journal awardRemember that guest post I published on SearchEngineJournal last month?

Well it was so well received it ended up winning…

 The Best Of SearchEngineJournal.com 2012 award!
The post attracted huge amounts of social shares and comments making it one of the most popular posts of the year.

Traffic & Promotion

I continued with my mantra of posting on forums, still banned from DigitalPoint my focus was purely on TrafficPlanet, WarriorForum & Blackhatworld.

This brought a total of 4,521 visitors from just 328 posts across the 3 forums.

I’m not going to include the traffic & promotion section again because well, you get the jist – this is what I did every month. I’ll detail anything I did differently :)

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 6,240
  • Subscribers: 1,145
  • Profit: $6,907.60

You can read the full October 2012 report here.

November 2012 – $9,315.59 Profit / 5,008 Visitors

In the previous month I hadn’t published an awful lot of content so I put a huge focus on this in November.

I posted a grand total of 8 posts including a look at The Best Spinner, how to add a forum to your site, how not to launch a website & the John Chow vs Search Engine Journal case study.

november 2012 visitor statistics

Regular Features

I also decided to introduce 2 regular features to the blog that would be posted every month.

What I Have Read This Month – Quite simply this is just a roundup of posts that I have found interesting across the last month.

Income Report Roundup – Quite a few blogs publish income reports, so I decided to round them up and rank them every month!

Both of these regular features were well received and have been a part of the blog every month ever since!

Resource Bottleneck

I was struggling to keep up with rendering and uploading tutorials. It was taking around 5-8 hours to render each one which made the computer unusable for long periods of time.

So I decided to upgrade my PC from a shoddy 2.5Ghz dual core/4GB ram to a 3.4Ghz quad core/16GB ram & an SSD drive.

my home office

This was a huge benefit and I was able to render tutorials in less than an hour and still be able to use the computer!

At the same time I upgraded my broadband line from 24MB ADSL to 76MB Fibre which helped with uploading tutorials often weighing in at ~500MB a piece.

Both changes combined saved me a bunch of time and helped me to get more done in less time!

John Chow & Terry Kyle Features

With the whole John Chow vs Search Engine Journal showdown, John followed up with a post on his own blog!

This sent a new wave of traffic and subscribers allowing me to squeeze even more value out of a guest post that got published on 2 major sites, allowed me to create a case study, get a dedicated feature from John Chow AND won an award.

Internet Marketing Magazine Feature

I also got invited to publish an article in the Internet Marketing Magazine which had a readership of 26,000 people around the world.

In an effort to squeeze even more value out of that one guest post, they republished it along with a pretty picture of me!

As you can probably tell – I like getting as much value out of things as possible, that guest post got abused hard.

The Third Competition

I also launched the 3rd competition on the blog – the biggest yet with a total prize fund worth $1,497.00!

Winners could win either an enterprise license ($999) or pro license ($399) of SEO Powersuite with a third winner choosing from any one of the standalone products worth $99.75.

Developed My Traffic Generation Strategy

buzzbundleI was invited to try the beta of a new piece of software at the time called BuzzBundle.

In essence it listened to forums, blogs, answer sites & social media for any keyword you wanted.

I started to use it to monitor keywords that were relevant to tutorials I had produced.

When it found a match, I could get involved with the conversation directly and introduce my tutorial all without leaving BuzzBundle.

So over the coming months my traffic strategy consisted of posting on TrafficPlanet, WarriorForum, BlackhatWorld along with using BuzzBundle for 1 hour each day.

#1 Ranking!

Traffic from Google had grown steadily since the start of August and this month saw the ‘Buy SEO’ keyword move up to the #1 spot.

buy seo ranking improvement

Again I hadn’t targeted this keyword or even tried to rank for it, but for one reason or another Google thought my post was the most relevant result.

What this did show though was that Google was starting to trust the site and give it more and more weight in the search results.

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 5,008
  • Subscribers: 1,571
  • Profit: $9,315.59

You can read the full November 2012 report here.

December 2012 – $5,796.03 Profit / 5,477 Visitors

Already the blog had come along way and as I entered the 5th month I decided to take some time off.

I had spent the last 3 years developing my online business working stupid hour’s day in day out.

So I decided to try and take as much time off as possible in December and published just 1 post – the best free SEO tools.

Although I knew I would probably end up doing something.

december 2012 visitor statistics

Site Speed Optimisation

I launched the blog on cheap $1 a month hosting which was fine for a while but overtime the site became slower and slower.

Did you know a 1 second delay in load time causes 11% less page views and a 7% drop off in conversion.

site speed before

Personally I don’t like burning money so I spent some of my time off improving site speed.

site speed after

I managed to do this by moving my hosting over to WPEngine and a bunch of other things which made a huge difference to my website speed.

Fell In Love With BuzzBundle

During my ‘time off’ I started to use BuzzBundle more and more.

The software really aligned well with the blogs traffic strategy and allowed me to reach new audiences with ease.

I was previously hacking together a few services with a bit of manual processing to do this but BuzzBundle delivered a very clean solution.

It is available for a onetime fee and quickly became a key part of my traffic strategy.

#1 Affiliate

The Kontent Machine team got in touch with me to let me know that I was their #1 affiliate!

They had been so impressed with the performance of the competition they decided to give me a 50% bonus.

That was greatly appreciated and a nice pre-xmas bump during my month off!

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 5,477
  • Subscribers: 1,808
  • Profit: $5,796.03

You can read the full December 2012 report here.

January 2013 – $9,511.93 Profit / 9,485 Visitors

After taking a month off I was refreshed and ready to kick some blogging ass!

Well that was the plan – I actually spent the first couple of weeks playing catch up but once that was done… I kicked ass.

I published 5 posts including the successful people vs unsuccessful people poster (read the testimonials at the end of this post to see how that changed someones life o_O), website speed is money along with the regular income report roundup & what I have read this month features.

I took a look at the best backlink checker by comparing Ahrefs, Majestic SEO, SEOMoz, Raven Tools & SEO Spyglass which promoted this boss response from SEO Spyglass CEO Viktar Khamianok.

january 2013 visitor statistics

Increasing Email Subscribers

In January I decided to try and increase the amount of email subscribers I was getting by introducing an inline opt in form that I could place in blog posts.

Start a scucessful blog today

Introduced An Email Engagement Sequence

While I had been collecting email subscribers since day 1 – I hadn’t written any kind of auto responder series to keep people engaged with the blog.

One of the main problems with blogs is that your best content often gets buried away.

So I decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and create an email engagement autoresponder series in Aweber breathing new life into old posts keeping new subscribers engaged on auto pilot!

This is the sequence I setup-

email sequence

If you look closely messages number 2, 7 & 17 are actually designed to engage the user.

First off I ask new subscribers how I can help them in email number 2 which always gets some interesting replys.

In message number 7 I ask people which tutorial they would like to see me produce next – this provides a steady flow of content ideas.

And finally in message number 17 I ask people to tell me 1 thing they like about the blog, 1 thing they don’t like about the blog and 1 thing they would change immediately.

These 3 emails are critical and help me build relationships with people while getting critical feedback on how to drive the blog forward.

A lot of the tutorials and changes I have made to the site were born out of responses to these emails.

Made A Bunch Of Improvements

I made a bunch of improvements to the blog in January including-

Upgraded About Page – I changed the about me page to be more about you adding testimonials and opt in forms.

Income Reports Page – I added a page to display summaries of all of the income reports.

Advertise Page – Although I had setup the OIOPublisher plugin I hadn’t created a dedicated page with all the information advertisers needed.

Top Social Share Widget – I added this widget to the sidebar so people could see the most popular posts based on social shares.

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 9,485
  • Subscribers: 2,196
  • Profit: $9,511.93

You can read the full January 2013 report here.

February 2013 – $3,245.59 Profit / 9,938 Visitors

I completely stopped client work for a while as I wanted to focus on growing the blog. This came at the cost of upfront profits but was a good decision long term.

I shared my custom Google Analytics profile to increase traffic and created a full blown video tutorial showing you how to use BuzzBundle to increase traffic.

february 2013 visitor statistics

Choosing A New Logo

As the blog was becoming more popular I decided it was time to get a professional logo.

So I created a logo contest and was spoilt for choice!

I then setup a logo test to measure if having a professional logo actually made a difference or not!

Unfortunately it did which meant I had to go through a complete rebranding process across social media, PowerPoint templates, my video intro and more!

YouTube Optimisation

I had identified that YouTube was consistently sending the highest quality traffic in terms of subscriber conversion, time on site and pages per visit.

During the rebrand I decided to optimise all of my YouTube videos – but the problem is you can’t just make changes to a video. You have to upload it again which means you lose all your views, comments and ratings.

 But it was totally worth it.
First of all I created a branded outro and edited this into every single tutorial. This means I can keep people moving around my videos instead of YouTube’s related recommendations.

I added watermarks throughout each video and also took advantage of the new option to upload custom thumbnails for your videos.

If you take a look at my YouTube channel you can see how eye catching they are!

The Fourth Competition

After a bit of a break from competitions I launched the 4th competition.

This time with 2 BuzzBundle licenses worth a total of $432.95.

Upgraded Income Reports

The income reports get published on the 1st of every month and are one of the most popular posts on the blog.

I started to look for ways to present the data better and integrated Google Charts.

income report graphs

You can see in action for yourself in this income report.

TrafficPlanet Sticky Status

Terry Kyle was kind enough to make my tiered link building tutorial thread a sticky in the SEO forum.

This means it is always stuck to the top of the forum no matter what so it gets maximum exposure!

Thanks again to Terry for hooking that up =D

My Second Award

problogger awardI was also listed as one of ProBloggers One To Watch 2013.

I’ve been reading ProBlogger for longer than I can remember so to pick up an award from them is a huge honour!

Thanks to all of those that helped to make that possible!

Went To Amsterdam

I also took the opportunity to sly off to Amsterdam for a few days with a friend!

It would be rude not to given it’s an hour flight from the UK!

amsterdam 1

amsterdam 2

amsterdam 3

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 9,938
  • Subscribers: 3,197
  • Profit: $3,245.59

You can read the full February 2013 report here.

March 2013 – $5,953.23 Profit / 13,487 Visitors

I had slacked off on content the previous month so stepped it up a gear with a total of 8 posts.

I posted a full review of WPEngine, IFTTT tutorial, SENuke XCR tutorial, a look at WordPress security plugins, the logo split test case study along with the 2 regular features.

march 2013 visitor statistics

The Fifth Competition

I also launched the fifth competiton with WPEngine.

Although this competition had an added twist of combining a review, case study & competition into one massive orgy!

There was 12 months of hosting up for grabs worth a total of $348!

Added Thirsty Affiliates

I wanted a way to monetise the forum by automatically replacing keywords with affiliate links.

I tried a number of solutions and eventually came across the Thirsty Affiliates plugin.

The developer helped me out a bit with the integration to ensure it only replaced keywords with links on the forum and nowhere else on the blog.

I now use the plugin to create and track all of my affiliate links across the site and it has been a great help.

Keyword Optimisation

Jason Acidre published this awesome post teaching people how to increase traffic with a Google Analytics Keyword audit.

So I followed his tutorial to the letter and conducted my own audit on the blog making a bunch of changes!

Moved To The Cloud

As I was starting to travel a lot I wanted to make sure I had access to everything no matter where I was in the world using any device.

So I moved to the cloud setting up Google Apps to control email & calendar synchronisation and Google Drive to store key business files.

I also setup Google Chrome to sync all of my tabs, bookmarks, extensions and history between devices.

Password sync is handled by LastPass with an annual $12 subscription.

I setup remote access with no-ip.com and forwarded the remote desktop ports on my router and I also installed TeamViewer as a backup.

Music sync is taken care of by Google Music.

outside office

The end result is as long as I have access to a web browser I can run my entire business from anywhere in the world using any device that has a web browser and an internet connection.

I also bought an ultra-light powerful laptop to take with me on my travels.

I actually wrote a more detailed post about how to work and travel at the same time.

Met Terry Kyle

It turned out that Terry Kyle was in the UK for a while so I shot down to London to meet him.

We had some great views of London, fantastic food and were joined my Malcolm Simmonds & Chris Freville.

club room

Traffic & Promotion

At this point I was still continuing with my back to basics traffic generation techniques.

I was still active on TrafficPlanet, Blackhatworld & WarriorForum as well as using BuzzBundle on a daily basis to build traffic gently.

Went To Iceland

I shot over to Iceland for a few days to see the Northern Lights, along with some close encounter whale watching, a look at the famous Geyser and hit the geothermal blue lagoon.

Iceland 1

Iceland 2

Iceland 3

Iceland 4

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 13,487
  • Subscribers: 4,388
  • Profit: $5,953.23

You can read the full March 2013 report here.

April 2013 – $6,060.41 Profit / 16,017 Visitors

With things progressing nicely on the blog I decided to push forward on content creation and promotion.

I created 6 posts including the monster Ahrefs vs Majestic SEO post, how to add banner advertising advertising to your blog and the results of 2 case studies about an email popup and video conversion rate.

april 2013 visitor statistics

Majestic SEO Got Their Knickers In A Twist

One of the best bits of this month was the publication of the Ahrefs vs Majestic SEO 1 million domain showdown.

Dixon Jones, the Majestic SEO marketing director had tried his best to blindly discredit my earlier test claiming bias and a bunch of other things without checking his facts first.

So you can be sure my follow up was more than entertaining to read putting him under the microscope – after checking my facts and backing up my test with a huge dataset drawn from Majestic themselves.

They posted this response clutching at straws saying the data size didn’t provide a realistic comparison even though they said the data set for my initial test was too small.

In short, Ahrefs knows more about Majestics top 1 million domains than Majestic does.

A big shout out to Dixon Jones for handing me this on a plate – I couldn’t of done it without you!

Added A Sweet Email Signature

In an effort to solidify branding and grow my social followings I upgraded my email signature with WiseStamp.

email signature

It even pulls in my latest post automagically!

My First Interview!

I have been a long time reader of Zac Johnson’s blog so I was pretty excited when asked if I would be willing to give an interview!


The problem is most interviews are really boring and after looking at what people like Pat Flynn and Chris Guthrie had done I knew I could do better.

So I decided to try and flip the interview model on his head and try to produce more of a tutorial than a review.

I wanted people to walk away from it feeling like they had learnt something they could implement immediately.

Check out the interview here – it took me a full day to write!

Got Invited To Costa Rica

At the start of the month an interesting email landed in my inbox.

invite to costa rica

You can probably guess what I chose to do :P

I didn’t know it at the time but that email was the start of something special that has had a fundamental impact on my life.

Went To Snowbombing

I went to the Snowbombing music festival which is set in the mountains of Mayrhofen, Austria.

The problem with this was I had to leave for Snowbombing on the 1st of April at 9:30am and I have to publish the income report on the 1st.

I can’t actually get the final numbers for the income report until 00:01am on the 1st.

So I had to work through the night to prepare the report and hit the publish button minutes before walking out the door into a 21 hour journey.

I didn’t have time to proof read it or check if links were working.

snowbombing 1

snowbombing 2

snowbombing 3

I even got to meet part of Rudimental & Breach!

I later found out that one of my readers was there and not only that – I had actually taken a picture of him in fancy dress!

snowbombing 4

We only realised this after we both got home – but I’ve already booked it again for next year so I’ll see you there!

The Brutal Return

Snowbombing was 7 days of skiing all day and partying all night into the early hours of the morning. After 7 days of that my schedule looked like this.

  • Sun 7th 1pm – leave Austria
  • Sun 7th 9pm – arrive home, start work
  • Mon 8th 5am – stop work, sleeeeep!
  • Mon 8th 9am-10pm – work
  • Tue 9th 8am-10pm – work
  • Wednesday 10th – mind, body, soul broken – client booked for 10am, didn’t wake up till 1pm. Start of chest infection, still not had time to go the doctors.
  • Thursday – 7am-9pm work (catching up on the catching up now)

While it might look like fun travelling the world the cold hard reality of this is for every day I have off, 3-4 hours work builds up which all needs catching up on when I get home.

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 16,017
  • Subscribers: 5,053
  • Profit: $6,060.41

You can read the full April 2013 report here.

May 2013 – $5,432.24 Profit / 19,248 Visitors

May was a fairly plain sailing month still focused on content creation while working promotion daily across the 3 forums and BuzzBundle.

I created an Moz review (more on that fail in a moment), how to blog & work on the road (written from a plane), how to use social media to destroy your business (Epic lulz don’t miss this!) along with the 2 regular features.

may 2013 visitor statistics

My Big Fat SEOMoz Fail

The SEOMoz affiliate program was one of the best converting at 10%!

So I decided to send more traffic that way and create a dedicated tutorial showing people how to use the tools properly.

epic fail

The only problems were-

  1. A couple of days after publishing, SEOMoz rebranded to Moz and changed the entire design/layout
  2. They had also closed down the affiliate program

So the tutorial was instantly out of date and even if it wasn’t, couldn’t have earnt any affiliate commission anyway.

I can see that I sent them 300 clicks and at previous conversion levels that was worth $750 to me!

You can’t win them all huh!

Updated Social Profile Designs

Now let me be 100% clear – I am not a designer, I suck at design.

However since I had launched the blog a number of social networks had updated layouts and changed things around.

Twitter introduced the header image, YouTube changed to the one channel and so forth.

So I decided to update them all in one clean sweep and added my pretty little award symbols where possible to add social proof.

So take a look at my Google+, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook profiles!

Prepare to envy my design skillz.

A Custom Phone Case

One of my readers got in touch and sent me a custom cover for my new phone!

custom phone case

Great quality case and an unexpected surprise!

The Sixth Competition

This month also saw the launch of the Licorne AIO competition giving readers a chance to win 1 of 5 lifetime licenses.

This was one of the most successful competition promotions generating $2,120.00 in affiliate commission!

Won My 3rd Award

unbounce awardThe Unbounce team announced the Top 75 Internet Marketing Blogs and it was great to see me featured amongst them!

The only problem is they didn’t rank them in any particular order – hopefully they publish an update in the future with a more competitive spirit ^^

Went To Costa Rica

In the previous month a reader had invited me out to Costa Rica for a beer. So this month I went to Costa Rica for a beer to meet Andrea & Yeison.

We also spent a good few days working together and I shared my mind-set/approach to internet marketing and helped them out.

My visit to Costa Rica really opened my eyes to a lot of things, mostly to do with quality of life and the pura vida lifestyle.

costa rica 1

costa rica 2

costa rica 3

Taught In A Costa Rican High School

While Andrea & Yeison was showing me around the neighbourhood Yeison grew up in, he decided to quickly drop into the local high school.

Long story short I ended up teaching internet marketing to an IT class with Yeisons help translating.

teaching in costa rica

Certainly wasn’t expecting that to happen!

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 19,248
  • Subscribers: 6,728
  • Profit: $5,432.24

You can read the full May 2013 report here.

June 2013 – $9,366.19 Profit / 16,444 Visitors

June is always an awesome month, mostly because it is my birthday!

I had planned to have a wicked sick fun month but had to cancel most plans including my trip to the Download Festival as I was swamped with work.

I did create a bunch of content though including how to start a blog, how link color affects conversion, if the left sidebar and right sidebar alignment matters & a look at Google Alerts vs TalkWalker Alerts along with the 2 regular features.

june 2013 visitor statistics

Primary Hard Disk Failed

Half way through creating the how to start a blog tutorial I decided to take a quick break and grab a drink.

Upon returning I had blue screen of deaths all round and the lovely smell of burning electronics.

My primary hard disk which was an SSD drive had somehow overheated and died.

Luckily I had previously moved to working in the cloud so there was no data loss and I was back up and running in a couple of hours after swapping the drive out.

Increased Video Conversion

A lot of my tutorials are video based so I’m always looking for the best way to squeeze more value out of them.

I had previously created a case study on increasing video conversion but wanted to improve this further.

So I decided to try LeadPlayer out which allows you to place opt ins and call to actions at key points of the video.


I tested it with a couple of videos initially which saw 1,577 opt in displays and 64 email subscribers in 28 days.

Previously it had taken a few months to get 1,922 opt in displays and 111 email subscribers.

Based on that small test I rolled out LeadPlayer to every single video across the blog at the end of June.

Added A Sticky Sidebar

I always ask my readers for feedback and things they would like to see improve – Serge Marchuk took me up on that and introduced the Q2W3 fixed widget plugin.

If you look to your right hand side you will see a red opt in box that follows you down the page.

That is the plugin that I use to do that with =D

Squeezed More Value Out Of The Contact Form

Although I introduced a forum and changed the copy on the contact page to reduce the amount of email coming in, I knew there was more value to be had.

What I wanted to happen, is every time someone submit the contact form – they get added to the blogs newsletter.

I eventually found the solution with a simple Contact Form 7 addon!

The Seventh Competition

I also launched the Link Emperor competition this month which had the biggest single prize fund yet!

The prize was worth a total of $1,800 and was snapped up by one lucky reader!

BuzzBundle #1 Affiliate

The BuzzBundle team got in touch with me to let me know that I was their #1 affiliate and sent me this-

buzzbundle affiliate

I had to laugh at the slogan when you consider the Kontent Machine team gave me a 50% bonus ^^

Yeison Blew My Mind

I went to Costa Rica and met Yeison at the start of May. When I met him he had no previous web knowledge, didn’t know how to bold text, how to setup a blog, very little money and poor written English skills.

We spent a few days together in Costa Rica and I was totally blown away to find out that 6 weeks later he had built a blog that had been featured in 2 newspapers, earning him 3 all expenses trips including staying in a $375/night hotel.


His blog is all about Costa Rica but take a look around and look at what he has achieved in such a short amount of time.

So if Yeison can do it with all of those challenges, you have no excuse! Start your blog now!

Met A Reader In Spain

Former competition winner Stuart Jewson invited me out to the south of spain for a few days!


We spent a few days forming a plan of attack for his new blog putting together target audience definitions and a solid content strategy!

spain 1

Although we did spend most of our time working out of bars and on beaches we got an awful lot done!

But that’s why the planning stage is the best bit ^^

spain 2

spain 3

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 16,444
  • Subscribers: 7,987
  • Profit: $9,366.19

You can read the full June 2013 report here.

July 2013 – $6,758.07 Profit / 18,654 Visitors

We are now entering month 12 since I launched the blog and as you can see it has been a wild ride so far!

I slacked of a little bit on content creation this month but did publish a Google Analytics event tracking tutorial, my favourite TED marketing talks as well as the Blackhatworld vs TrafficPlanet vs Warriorforum case study along with the 2 regular features.

july 2013 visitor statistics

Personal Branding Google Results

One of the things I had been trying to do is dominate the Google search results for my own name.

A year on this is what the search results look like-

search results

I even managed to hack them with a big red start button for a while ^^

Zero Link Building Experiment Update

I also felt like it was a good time to reveal how the recent Google update had affected my zero link building experiment.

Here is a graph showing organic search traffic with each algorithm update overlaid-

algo updates

It’s pretty safe to conclude the experiment was a success!

Top 100 Business & Top 100 Small Business Blog Awards

I started the year with a bang and I’m finishing it with a bang!

Technorati are one of the biggest blog search engines in the world tracking millions of blogs and billions of links. They rank blogs in order of influence across a range of categories.

In July 2013 I picked up 2 Technorati Awards-

  • Top 100 Business Blog
  • Top 100 Small Business Blog

technorati ranking

Expecting Kittens!

I had planned to spend the last few days of the month with Dave & Vicky from ACoupleTravelers.com in Poland but had to cancel it after finding out my cat was up the duff.


That’s when she was little & cute instead of the whore she is today though.

Even though I had to cancel the trip, I more than made up for it in August! But you’ll have to wait for next month’s income report for that.

Key Statistics

  • Unique Visitors: 18,654
  • Subscribers: 8,949
  • Profit: $6,758.07

You can read the full July 2013 report here.

So What Are You Waiting For?

If your still with me – you now know everything you need to know to start a blog & follow my success.

Whether its a blog about internet marketing, finance or travel you have all of the tools & knowledge you need to start your journey today.

Don’t know how to setup a blog? I’ve got you covered.

Start your journey today. You can do a lot in a year.

Crunching The Annual Numbers

Let’s take a look at all of the important numbers and metrics across the past year.

Visitor Statistics

My traffic strategy looks to have paid off throughout the year with BuzzBundle along with posting on forums like TrafficPlanet, WarriorForum & BlackHatWorld.

 A grand total of 113,170 unique visitors (310/day) with a total of 632,452 page views!
In July 2013 the blog was pushing 601 unique visitors per day so it’s great to see that’s currently double the annual average.

july 2013 visitor statistics

Most Popular Content

I’ve published a whole lot of content across the year, a grand total of 82 posts made up of video and text based tutorials.

But what was the most popular content this year?

most popular content

The tiered link building tutorial series, link building forum, free SEO tools, tools of the trade and the backlink checkers compared posts take up the top spots!

Top Traffic Sources

Given my fairly basic traffic strategy the traffic sources below should come as no surprise!

my traffic sources

Google sends the most traffic with the forums and social networks bringing up the rear!

Search Engine Traffic

As you probably know by now this blog is a zero backlink experiment so looking at how search traffic has performed across the year will be interesting!

search traffic

As you can see traffic has increased steadily and Google has sent a total of 80,650 visitors across 7,463 keywords!

YouTube Views

YouTube has been a critical part of the blogs growth. Not only has it helped with the delivery of videos, it has also delivered the highest quality traffic consistently.

youtube stats

What is interesting though is that discovery of the videos only occurred 34.9% of the time on other websites (eg my blog) and 58.5% of the views happened directly on YouTube after a search or clicking on a related video.

Social Shares

The blog has seen a total of 16,559 shares across Facebook, Twitter and Google+

My Forum Statistics

The forum has seen steady growth since its introduction and claimed 2 of the top 10 spots in the most popular content category.

If you haven’t joined the forum yet, get involved!

I’ll personally answer any internet marketing questions you have!

  • Users: 1,396
  • Topics: 604
  • Posts: 2,298


The most important metric on the entire blog – earning a subscription from someone is the ultimate form of commitment and conversion.

There are now a total of 8,949 subscribers across all of the different channels.

  • E-mail – 4,031
  • Twitter – 1,307
  • YouTube – 1,396
  • Facebook – 594
  • Google+ – 1,156
  • RSS – 465

Forum Promotion Posts

I made a total of 3,335 posts across 4 forums in the year which averages out to roughly 9-10 per day.

  • TrafficPlanet – 1,488 posts (9,374 visits)
  • WarriorForum – 864 posts (7,854 visits)
  • BlackHatWorld – 781 posts (12,940 visits)
  • DigitalPoint – 202 posts (752 visits)

Income Report

Here are the numbers you really want to see-

Affiliate Earnings


Consultation Earnings

I separate out the consultation earnings from the affiliate earnings. The blog drives affiliate sales directly and whilst it does generate consultation leads these are separate projects in their own right.

This year I generated $27,910.03 / £17,844.14 in consultation earnings.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $47,012.24
  • Consultation Income – $27,910.03
  • Expenses – $1,588.18

Grand Total: $73,334.09 / £46,885.78

But Money Is Not The Biggest Reward

Over the past year I’ve collected feedback from people through emails, forum posts and so on.

Some of the feedback I get from people is truly staggering and I wanted to share some of that with you.

I never thought I would create something that could touch people’s lives in the ways you are about to read.

Tom Whettem

It’s been a few years since I have done any serious seo, but with your help I have doubled turnover month on month every month for the since October when I started promoting an ecommerce site I have a financial interest in. Feb already looks on trend to double Jan sales again.

I have not even really started any of the tiered link building but your blog has enabled me to get back up to speed with SEO and understand the fundamentals that work which have been a massive help.

Moody Blue


I watched this video a while back and really liked it.

I actually used this strategy on an SEO job interview. I applied for an entry level SEO job for an SEO division of a major corporation that was tasked with the SEO a large website (about a million pages). I had little experience but I decided to make up for it by doing a presentation.

So I analyzed the website the company was supporting using the techniques you discuss in this video. My interviewer absolutely loved it. I followed up this with “my link building strategy” where I basically walked them through your multi-tier link building strategy presentation. At this point my manager’s jaw dropped.

I went into the interview thinking that I would be super under-qualified for the job, but from what I saw the techniques you talk about are like 4-5 years ahead of what some SEO companies are doing. I won’t say the name of this company, but their SEO division has at least 75 people working to support one major website. Kind of crazy.

So thank you again, you have really made a difference for me.


Moody Blue


Hey Matthew

Few months ago i discussed some issues of Think and grow rich with you and how it opened my eyes about life and people in it.

Now it’s 6 months later and i started my own webdesign/marketing agency in Belgium.

We are serving clients (me and 2 other php, design, and engineers experts as my mastermind group, all three age 20-23).

One of our clients is who is a sales coach in europe who’s really succesfull with his self-help books. He contacted us to do his entire online marketing + webdesign and product branding.

We are launching him for a series of seminars in the U.S. (website under construction ). And we get payed over 150$ per sign-up for his 3 day seminar. The youngest of us is going with them so we can live stream webinars for his clients.

Another project he trusted us with is his . We can launch it in Dutch, English, and 6 other languages.

We also launched a exhibition . We launched his website 2 nights ago and currently i’m active as international relation manager and head-marketing for getting 5% commission on the annual turnover.

Other than that we already made 7 people happy with a website that’s locally ranked paying me for their SEO on a budget they can decide for themself.

This happened 6 months after reading Successful People Vs Unsuccessful People – Which One Are You? And after reading Think and Grow rich. I still got that image of successful vs unsuccessfull hanging above my computer screen.

So thanks!

Tom Blackshire

Hi Matt,

I know that your site serves as your income and you get financial reward through it, but I just wanted to say a sincere thank you for your content.

I’m currently an agency based SEO that specialises in technical SEO for large companies, typically the sites I am working with have massive authority (PR 7-8) and I just need to restructure and improve content to achieve rankings.

Your site has opened another side of SEO to me that I knew existed but looked down upon. Because of your content I have begun exploring and experimenting at ranking fresh sites. Through building links and creating fantastic unique content. I now have Adsense and Amazon focused sites that are supplementing my income nicely.

My plan is to keep this process going until I can work for myself full time. The best part is that I am helping people out as I go and this is even leading to out of hours consultation work and recommendations.

Thanks again, your website that I came across by chance and enabled me to build upon my technical knowledge gained through my career and given me the opportunity to work for myself.


Paschalis Iliopoulos

Your videos. Your attitude. The fact that you respond.

The way you show you care.

You sir, you rock. Have a nice day
and I wish you the best.

I dont want to ask anything right now, maybe in the future.

But right now I am just sending you and email to thank you and send you my wishes.

Keep up the fantastic work.

Really i mean it.

Bye :)

John Lefler

Hi Matthew,

I stumbled across one of your YouTube vids on back linking. Good grief! It was incredible! Thank you SO much for your kindness in sharing some of the most amazing training on the Internet. And free??? Amazing. For such a young guy your IQ is obviously through the roof and yet you have a heart that shares such genius. Bless you for that.

I am an old great grandfather (who loves technology) and have been working toward an online business for several years and it is so rare to find such generosity that I simply wanted to say thank you.

My only regret is I just found this site and am excited to dig into the wealth of knowledge here and my wife is calling me to come to bed. Drat. Oh well. I’ll be back first thing in the morning. Thank you so much for the kindness Matt. This is a wonderful gift you are providing.

With gratitude,

John Lefler

You can’t put a price on feedback like that!

Have My Tutorials Helped You?

If my tutorials have helped you like those above – then I want to know!

I have no idea what I will do with them but one thing is for sure – reading things like that is a great inspiration.

It makes all my gruelling hours’ worth it and provides great motivation to push forward.

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What’s Next?

I’ve come a little long way in a little long time but really I feel like I’m only just scratching the surface.

There’s still an awful lot to explore and given the dynamic pace of the web it’s likely I’ll never explore it all.

But I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do over the next few months – if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

How to start a successful blog in 7 days

Taking A Chill Pill

It’s been a very hectic year to say the least. I’ve never worked so hard in my life and after a while that begins to catch up with you.

I had planned not to work at all in August but well, I kind of suck at not working and this post has taken around 30 hours to put together alone.


But I’m off to Costa Rica for nearly 3 weeks except this time it’s all pleasure.

Hopefully I can spend the next few days preparing some posts so I don’t have to do much while I’m there.

I’ll return refreshed & ready to rock – as long as the pura vida lifestyle hasn’t set in too hard.

Complete Site Audit

As the blog has grown it has started to become a little bit messy.

So I’m going to give it an annual spring clean going through the entire blog fixing & improving things where necessary.

I suspect there’s a lot of internal linking opportunity I’m missing out on and a bunch of stuff that doesn’t work as it should anymore.

Upgrades Ahoy

I’ve also got a few upgrades for the blog planned that should help make it more useful to people in general.

I’m going to improve the navigation and also change the category/structure of the site which currently sucks.

I will also be adding a few things to keep you guys coming back but that’s more of a master plan that will turn into a case study at some point ^^

The theme also needs some work, I have hacked it an awful lot so I would like someone to rewrite it from the ground up so it’s fast, agile & responsive.

If that sounds like something you can do – get in touch.

As I complete the site audit I’m sure some other ideas will spring up along the way, either way the blog will be much better than it is right now.

If you have any ideas then please let me know. A few on the list have come directly from readers!

Free Product Launch

About 10 months ago I started to tease people with a free piece of software in the income reports.

free software

This all started by me trying to automate a manual process, which turned into a product I could give away to my readers.

Which then needed a squeeze page, which needed a video, then the software needed to be upgradable & a bunch of other stuff.

Along with pushing the blog forward & creating content this has dragged out an awful lot.

So I know I suck and it’s taken a whole lot longer than anticipated but all the pieces of the puzzle are now done!

AND I’ve nearly finished putting all the pieces together.

video slide

Trust me the wait will be worth it – you will have a robust reliable piece of SEO software that will stand the test of time.

It takes one of the most aged SEO tactics that has survived 15 years of updates & automates it.

I could easily sell it for $97 a pop but I’m just going to give ya’ll for free! It’s what I do.

My Biggest Tutorial Series Yet

I will take $100 and show you how to build a business online from the ground up.

I get lots of tutorial requests for very specific tutorials focusing on different parts of the internet marketing puzzle.

So instead of creating tutorials about individual pieces of the puzzle – I’m just going to create the entire puzzle step by step over my shoulder.

I will publish a highly detailed video tutorial every week documenting everything I’ve done that week and everything I intend to do the following week.

You will be able to create your own site and follow along week by week.

Explore New Types Of Media

One of the main pieces of feedback I get is you guys want more content, more often.

After reading this post I hope you can see why that is a problem.

But every problem has a solution so I’m going to explore new types of media & ways I can deliver content.

I’ve already got a good idea of how I’ll do that – whether its technically possible or not is a different question.

Wrapping It Up

When I started writing this post I wanted to give people all of the information & knowledge they need to succeed online or improve their current position.

So I’m hoping the 30 hours I have put into this post over the weekend will help you in some way!

Looking back it’s been a crazy year and the next year is looking to be just as crazy if all goes to plan ^^

 I would like to personally thank every single reader that has helped to support the blog from day 1 – without you guys I wouldn’t be writing this post, so THANK YOU!
If you want to say thanks & help me out, then I only ask one thing.

Please share this post with others. On forums, on your blog, with your email list – anywhere & everywhere you can post it =D

If it helped you – it will help others, share the love folks!

Learn how to start your very own blog with my step by step tutorial

1,372 Responses

  1. Matthew

    Holy shit. Well, I know what I’m doing tomorrow (reading!)

    14,000+ word post if others are wondering.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Haha cheers Matt ^^

      • Vivek Moyal
        August 1st, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        Holly !!! man i think my sunday will go in spending my while day to read this tooooooooooo long post….. How can you write that much mannn :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 4th, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Hahaha if your going to make a bang, make a bang!

        • RedfredG
          August 1st, 2015 at 5:59 am

          Great inspiring post . Thank you very much..

    • Will Mitchell
      December 9th, 2013 at 3:13 am

      Wait until after you’ve read it – my to do list is filled for the next month now!

      • Matthew Woodward
        December 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am

        Sorry ^^

    • JB
      May 28th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Matthew,

      amazing post and approach, the best read this year and top ten IM ever came across!Thanks!
      It´s my first time visit, found you via a forum (so, your strategies work indeed;).
      I would consider myself an intermediate SEO, whereby I never really used the backlinking SEO stuff, although wanted, but lacked money to invest and had time since I had no job then (burned-out kinda of).

      I went out to realise that the wonderful world of IM is either a fairy tale 2.0 or first good hard work, just like this mega post of yours!

      Since i want a lifestyle, not a new job, I still have to learn some foundational stuff on productivity, goal attainment and the value proposition of the knowledge worker I see myself as.

      I don´t care of driving a Ferrari (though I like the Ferrari biz model in terms of positioning and wouldn´t mind driving it, but not necessarily owning it, if this makes sense).

      I car about owning my time aka life and having a purpose in life that´s got to do with connecting and changing the world ina positive way, no matter how small.

      Enough talking, gotta work to do you delegated on us here;)

      Keep the good work, it “works” and matters….


      You´ve connected some dots and fresh thinking which I´m completely down with and kinda lack.

      • Matthew Woodward
        May 29th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        Sounds like your already on the right path and its just a matter of time, good luck!

    • Rahul Dubey
      November 17th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Same with me friends ! I have finally finished with reading this. And it seems, I have achieved a great feat which I had been waiting so long for !

      Hi Matt ! Epic post and what else I can say ? Tired but feeling pleasant.

    • Josh Miller
      June 27th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      I’ve never seen my scrollbar so small on a blog-post before :L

      • Matthew Woodward
        June 29th, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        Hahaha sorry about that

        • Josh Miller
          June 29th, 2015 at 3:41 pm

          Just out of interest, is there any SEO value to writing super long posts like you’ve done here?

          Doesn’t it start to conflict with page-load speed factors?

          • Matthew Woodward
            July 6th, 2015 at 10:28 am

            Yes long form content typically outperforms shorter content

      • Dragos
        November 10th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        This your most popular article by far Matthew and I really appreciate everything you write. I read one old article about Ahrefs versus Majestic and I just took a trial with Ahref`s product and they are great. I wanted to “brag” that I just launched a website that will help everyone to create their site from zero, maintain and grow it. Maybe you will feature me soon in the Income Roundup :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 15th, 2016 at 9:51 am

          I would love to :)

          • Dragos
            November 15th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

            At the end of the month, I will make a report for everything I did this month and I will send you a message. Thank you

  2. umair

    Thanks Matthew,

    This is All In One package for all your readers :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I’m hoping it will do the trick!

  3. Akbar Sheikh

    Hey Matt,

    I want to put the shortest comment on the longest post! :) You ROCK man!! Will read it later tonight when I’m building my online business…..

    Thanks again… Shared!


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Someone beat you to it :P

  4. Akila

    Congratulation with your success Matt and thanks for this inspirational post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Akila!

      • fadzil
        March 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        thanks matt for the great tutorial!

        • Matthew Woodward
          March 3rd, 2014 at 5:16 pm

          No worrys!

  5. Rahat Bashar

    This is a pretty motivational post.

    Although my traffic has stayed the same, I’ve managed to double my email subscriber conversions.

    I’m currently experimenting with different types of passive income, so after I’m finished, I’ll be sure to send you an email and give you the details.

    Keep up the great work man

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      More often than not the best thing to do is make your current traffic work harder for you.

      Most people just jump to getting more traffic though ^^

  6. Amy

    Hey Matt, I am just starting out and I really appreciate all of the transparency that you offer to your readers. This is by far the most in-depth sort of case study of a site that I have seen, and it is really helpful for me as someone who is just trying to find my voice and begin a blog.

    You mention that you spent months figuring out how to “skin the cat”… out of curiosity can you give an estimate of how many months you were actually in the planning phase vs the time it took to actually get a blog up and published with the first bit of content? I feel like one of the most important things for me has been to simply take action and try to make something happen, but after reading your article I feel like I should have really ironed out a bit better what my personal voice sounds like…


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Amy,

      Thanks very much :)

      What I tend to do when I have an idea, is nothing. I just let it sit in the back of my mind and overtime I’ll think about it until eventually I put it on paper. I don’t force my thinking, just passively in the back of my mind kinda thing.

      Thats not to say you can’t plan it all in a week, but most people don’t have a plan at all!

  7. Claude "CodeAngry" Adrian

    I usually don’t write such comments but Awesome post!. Never have I seen such a tiny scrollbar tracker. The fact that someone spent the time to put something of this magnitude together… is mind blowing. Top link-baitworthy material :)

    PS: I enjoyed reading it too…

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Hahaha thanks very much =D

  8. Sam

    Absolutely awesome post Matt.

    These kind of in-depth case studies are very rarely made public, so thanks very much for sharing with us.

    Inspirational stuff too! I’m betting this post will make a lot of people realise what they can achieve with a bit of elbow grease.

    I’ll Buffer this for a few times in the coming weeks as I know my followers will appreciate it.

    Thanks again for the post and congratulations on the amazing achievements over the last 12 months.

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve done by this time next year!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Sam,

      Well hopefully some people will learn something and take action, thats the plan anyway =D

      Thank you for sharing it with your audience, much appreciated!!

  9. Serge Marchuk (@MrMarchuk)

    Holy crap! It’s a good thing that I work for myself: saving this as a pdf and will read it at the coffee shop. Thank you for taking the time to write this!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Hahahaha quality research time ^^

      • Serge Marchuk (@MrMarchuk)
        August 19th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        Exactly :)

        Also, let me know if you’re ever headed to the states, I live in (around) Portland, Oregon and would love to show you around ;)

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

          Cover the costs and I’ll be there ^^

  10. Jonny Hardwick

    Absolutely fantastic post mate. The best one I’ve read in a long time. I’ve been reading your blog when I can for a few months now and I love your straight-talking, no BS approach. It’s very refreshing and just what the industry needs. On top of that, the advice and tutorials that you put together are top notch. Better than most of the stuff that people charge for. There’s no wonder you’ve had this much success. Much respect to a fellow Brit! Keep it coming man.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Jonny,

      Glad you enjoyed it =D What would it take for you to share it with your list ^^

  11. sagbee C

    Speechless, But Obviously got to know What kind of daily routine a Successful blogger should be… gonna working on it right now!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Always be hustlin! Even when your asleep :)

  12. hugo

    Very inspiring and motivating for me! Lots of things to learn from you. Btw just found your blog through IMglory

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      What is IMGLory?

  13. Mate

    Oh man, I feel dizzy!

    It took me 3 hours to read everything with couple of minutes to take a break, and now I had 15 more tabs opened because of the stuff I found useful reading through all of this.

    The amount of good content in this post is too damn high!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Haha sorry about that, I should have put a warning at the top of the article

  14. amit shrestha

    One of the BEST post that i have ever read..!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks – please share it with others =D

  15. Sam

    Hey Matthew,

    Talk about putting it all out there! .. just finished reading the whole thing. Some inspirational stuff in there.

    Great to see you having success, you deserve it old chap.

    Perhaps google likes your buy seo post because you are saying it for them….

    The main thing I got from this post is.. choose a topic you really have a passion for and then implement it properly but with a solid plan…. cheers

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:49 pm


      Thanks for sticking around to read it all =D

  16. Chris

    Another rocking post! Made me feel better about all the hours i work, i joke only days i get off are Christmas and Easter, hate when holidays fall on a weekday bc i usually still work good 8 hours.

    Also loved the new PDF share. What plugin/software are you using for that?

    And what plugin are you using to put the email optin form inside middle of articles.

    Love both ideas

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Oh you get Christmas off :P

      The PDF thing was made with a chrome extension then the social locker plugin.

      The form is just a form

  17. zkq1028

    Thanks for this valuable post and learned a lot here just read half of it,keep going tomorrow and get more juice here, great job indeed!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Let me know if you have any questions!

  18. Tung Tran

    This is such an amazing article packed with extraordinary & helpful advices Matt !!!!

    I will put all into action tomorrow and definitely will link to this post :D

    Amazing! Really amazing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you Tung!

  19. Mate

    Wow, man I feel dizzy!

    Spent 3 hours reading through all of this, thank you very much for such a useful information! ;)

    Have a great day! ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Haha well I have up all of friday day/night, saturday day/night and sunday day to write it so nurr :P

      • Mate
        August 19th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Well, you’re the prodigy! :D

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 19th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

          So your name is going to be the one dropping into my inbox in a couple months sharing your success correct?

  20. Jitendra Kumar Sahoo

    Congratulation matthew, great post but only 18 patience reader. Also I don’t have patience to read it now. I bookmark it, will read it later when I will get enough time to read it completely with patience.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Hahaha I did worry it was to long but if you want meat on the bone what can you do huh =D

  21. Terry Kyle

    Truly awesome work Matt! Major kudos.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Terry! Thanks for all your support!

  22. PrIyAnGsHu

    Man, that’s a ‘Bazooka’ post, lol. Pretty impressive, Matt. Amazing report, loved reading the beginning, I will have to schedule the rest of the reading for tomorrow :P.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Hahaha KABOOM!

  23. Shane Turner

    Epic post Matt. I can’t think of another time when someone has shared in such detail the steps to success. Thank you – i know the best is yet to come for you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Shane =D

  24. Narein

    Awesome post… Thanks for sharing your experience mate.


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Cheers =D

  25. Siddharth Rajsekar

    What a brilliant post!! Thought the longest post that I have ever read in my life.. the most awesome post depicting your entire journey. You’re awesome Matt.. ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Glad you stuck around to the end – thanks =D

  26. LastSentinel

    1 year of your life gathered in approximately 16.083 words from what i saw from last night post! This post is just breathtaking…
    Whatever i say will be less. My lesson from this post sounds like:

    Success is a Journey, not a Destination!

    The second thing that make me really great, amazing impression of what kind of man you’re is that you reply in every comment in this article!

    I’m really glad that i follow your blog from the beginning. Man you are amazing and i’m sure that the best is still to come for you. TRUE INSPIRATION

    P.P. I will continue following your blog (of course) and in some point in the future it will be a great pleasure to invite you to Bulgaria to meet and show you our amazing nature :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:58 pm


      Well actually I would say success is a choice.

      Which takes you on a journey ^^

      I’ll always do what I can to support readers where possible, without you guys I wouldn’t have been able to write that so it swings in roundabouts.

      Not been to Bulgaria yet ;)

  27. Peter

    awesome, read this on my iphone when I woke up.

    you’ve inspired me to finally get started on my own blog and leverage my own experiences in IM.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      So your telling me I dont need to get a responsive design coded? ^^

  28. Jay

    Great post Matt. What plugins do you use for the parts at the end of your posts (social share buttons and the box right below it that allows them to subscribe or follow you on social networks)?


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm


      Thats just hard coded html into single.php

      • Jay
        August 19th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        Ah damn, was hoping it was a plugin since I don’t know anything about coding.

        Oh well, thanks for the response!

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 19th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          Just grab someone off odesk – its worth learning the basics of CSS. I know just enough to get me by but can’t write anything from scratch.

  29. Dolly Estrada

    It’s like a little Christmas when I see a new Matt Woodward post in my inbox. :D

    Hell of a journey buddy, congratulations and cheers to your success!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Hahaha thanks dolly =D

  30. Jordan

    Wow. Just skimmed this as im currently still stuck in a 9-5 but will sit down and thoroughly digest all this post and hopefully get on the right track to earning something similar on my own site.

    Thanks Matt

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Keep on hustlin sir! We were all there at one point or another

  31. John Gibb

    hey Matt


    I love reading your blog and this super meaty post makes no exception. It looks like you may have spent a few days creating it, is it?

    I like your “zero link building” challenge / article… I’m doing something similar with some of my niche sites soon. You’re a true inspiration.

    Thank you!

    I’d like to ask you… what’s your experience with social locker plugin, and do you have a (video) review / tutorial on it yet?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:50 pm


      Like 14 hours Friday, 10 Saturday, 7 on Sunday and then a couple this morning tweaking things last minute lol

      The social locker plugin I only deployed last month to replace another plugin – but so far its great, robust, caching compatible (the only 1 that is) and provides stats!

      But I heard its like a million times better if you buy it through my affiliate link https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/get/sociallocker/ – so they say any way :P

  32. Yeison

    This is your Bio so far … and for FREE. After blogging full time for the last 3 months, I can assure that just a very few people give this quality information without charging money.

    We started from Zero and thanks to our friends Matthew and Andrea we are building our dream job … we quit our jobs and we are making it so far …

    Thanks again Matt

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hey Yeison =D

      I’ll be back with you in 7 days mate :)

  33. Neil

    Great post! I really do enjoy reading your income reports and tutorials (even after I have been in the affiliate game and found your site later on).

    Speaking of content, I know you must have other projects going on besides this blog. What internet marketer doesn’t? I would love to hear about what else you are doing in the IM world outside this blog!

    Thanks for the great post, take care.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 16th, 2013 at 10:09 am


      I do a few things and have a couple of authority sites although my fingers are in lots of pies :P

  34. Sean Cosby

    I am reading this in office and man am I getting excited? There is so much of firepower in this post. More than anything! Great work Matt!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Sean – please share the love =D

  35. Charlie Southwell (@charliesaidthat)

    Fantastic stuff bro. Great to have seen this blog grow!

    Have been following for a while and love the resources you put together.

    Here’s to a bumper 2nd year dude :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Charlie, thanks very much!

      What would you like to see happen in year 2?

  36. Bashoo Zmmarraii

    This is epic post!

    I saw your post screen shot on facebook and its amazing the post is live now!

    Though i have been tracking you since day 1 and i have learned alot from your tuts as this is was just a flash back


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Thanks for sticking with me so long!

  37. tjalling

    Not going to read all of that but nice pictures :p

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Looking at your site – you should do ^^

  38. Charles Floate

    Slightly scared I managed to read the whole thing (Only took me about 2 hours :P) can’t wait to have a look at this new software and get my claws dug in!
    Congratulations to your puddy cat (yay, more cat pictures!)
    Still can’t get over how much that Spanish guy looks like a mini version of Paddy McGuiness (Spitting image!).

    Download? Probably a good thing you missed it ;)

    And DAMN that’s some killer loading time! I probably should of written this comment whilst reading because I’ve already forgotten the 2-3 questions I had, sigh.. I’ll have to re-read it and ask you sometime this week :P

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Hahaha glad I caused you a welcome distraction ^^

  39. Shalu Sharma

    This is the first time I have been on your blog. I found your site shared on my timeline. Someone must have shared it to download the ebook/report. I am bookmarking it so that I can read and learn. Very impressive way to increase your traffic. I like the idea of using BuzzBundle, seems like a great tool to use.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:43 am

      I’m glad it made a great first impression =D

  40. Jamie Anderson

    Congratulations on a very good year mate, that is some post you’ve put out there. Always love a good success story, hope the next year brings you even more success.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Cheers Jamie!!

  41. Krystian Wlodarczyk

    I found your tier link building tutorial some time ago and now I spotted your post on Inbound.org. Beasty content. I took some time to read it, but it was worth every second.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sticking around!

  42. CoolFarher

    Haha man, u think i have time to read all this [email protected]&$t lol
    Great post dude!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Hahaha I did worry it was a bit long, but woudld you have rather paid $97 for it in PDF format? :P

  43. Michelle

    Very inspiring post… thanks, Matt! You’re the only SEO-related blog I follow ‘cos you cut out the BS and post only the good stuff!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Michelle =D

  44. Michelle

    Oh yeah, just remembered, when are you going to post a keyword research tutorial? It’s hard to believe you’ve covered pretty much everything SEO-related but not that one! :/

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:42 am

      That will be covered in the mega series ^^

  45. Tyronne Ratcliff

    Wow Matthew, you blew me away with this post! Just thought I’d stop by and let you know I appreciate you and all of the hours you put into creating us solid content. Have a good one!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Thanks very much Tyronne!

  46. Mac Bartine

    Thanks for the entertaining, information-rich post, Matt. Your success is well deserved!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 19th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Mac! You guys not up for the responsive conversion huh?

      • Mac Bartine
        August 19th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Ouch. :)

        We’re the cobbler’s kids, if you know what I mean. But we’re in the process of launching our new, responsive site in a month or so.

        Here’s a recent responsive design client of ours: http://www.maggiebags.net

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 16th, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Well if you want the work – its waiting for someone to stand up and take it ^^

  47. Jon Haver

    Thanks for such a great post! I started my site around the same time and have enjoyed some really solid growth but not nearly as explosive as your. What is interesting to see is how much our metrics are the same with returning visitors, bounce rate, time on site…so similar its creepy!

    Keep up the awesome work and hopefully the trajectory continues. Also great job on the monetization/visitor.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Perhaps you could write a comparison post ^^

  48. Tauseef Alam


    I just read a small part of this post, seems to be very informative. Really you made a good effort to discuss all the things you’ve done to build those blogs. Will complete the full post by EOD.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Let me know if you have any questions!

  49. Sunday

    Hi Mathew,
    For sure, newbie bloggers wouldn’t have demanded anything more than this. The details in the post are so clear that they just guide and motivate one to start a blog today.

    Thanks for sharing this helpful insight and congratulation for the success of your blog in just 12 months!


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Thanks for sharing the post :)

  50. Anthony

    Hi Matt, thanks for the great post!

    Quick questions:
    1) what advice would you give to those who don’t know any specialized knowledge and have no authority in any niche? Can they still achieve similar success via blogging like what you’ve done?

    2) do you do paid advertising(ppc, ppv, media buy etc) at all? any great resources you could recommend? please feel free to email me if you are not willing to share it in public…

    Thanks a million!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:21 pm


      1) Well – what are you most passionate about in life, what do you enjoy more than anything else? Work out what that is before anything else

      2) Nope – but I will be exploring that publically ;)

  51. Nick Hughes

    Well it appears you’ve done it again! Outdid yourself! You are a generous man who holds NOTHING back and have no doubt, saved me, and others countless, grueling hours, of trial and error.

    Am looking forward to your “over the shoulder” tutorials. Thanks so much for your time and effort… :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you very much for those kind words Nick!

  52. Jonny Lis

    Hi Matt,

    Someone sent me the link to this blog post as they thought I would find it really usefu., I’m only a quarter of the way through the article and already can see a huge amount of useful stuff for my own blog. I’ve actually not updated it much for the last 4 months and like yourself do little to no link building whatsoever, but I still rank pretty well for most of my keywords and get a decent amount of traffic, so have been trying to find ways I could monetize it if I start posting again.

    Anyway I think this is going to help me out a great deal so thanks so much for writing this – I can tell this must have taken a hell of a lot of time and effort to put together!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:20 pm


      Who pointed you to the blog?

      Please let me know how you get on!

  53. Gerard McMullan

    great read Matt, i see you got a nice little push from Kontent Machine also.

    nice one.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Did they drop an email out?

  54. Paul Rone-Clarke

    Nice work Matty. So much overlap – and on the other hand so much stuff that we do 100% different. Maybe 50/50 on those. Some great tips though mate. Buzzbundle sounds like a blast for content producers.

    Good luck for the rest of this year and into the future. :)


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Well thats the beauty of the game we play – there is no ‘1 way’ or a ‘right way’ ^^

  55. Dhruv Bhagat

    This is fuckin’ awesome! You just nailed it.. I am gonna follow your path from the soul now :)


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Gingers dont have souls though

  56. Rushin

    Hey ther’s a typo you have written pay flynn inspite of pat fynn…. Hope it helped

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 20th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Fixed thank you =D

  57. Jonathan Alphonso

    Hey Matt, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the high quality and unfiltered content you put out. I just finished a web design certificate program in Toronto and have referred all my peers to your blog for IM info that works. Looking forward to that “Mega Tutorial”.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Thats very kind of you thank you muchly!

  58. Viral

    Mother of posts, that was goooooooood! Keep up the fantastic work bro, reading this was just the inspiration i needed :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Keep in touch and let me know how you get on!

  59. Brad Zombie Burnie

    *slow clap* – seriously, an awesome read

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you brad =D

  60. Febro

    True words! :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Always be hustlin’

  61. Ivan


    This is the most refreshing long post I’ve ever read in my years online. Full of lessons to learn from and I will even pay to read something like this – so thanks for the share!

    I’m very interested in your zero link building experiment and have actually started out about 4 months ago to build a site from scratch without link building.

    My reason? My main blog is hit by Panda and Penguin “thanks” to my trial and error experiments in link building which yielded great results – until Google bashed everything last year.

    So, I’m becoming an apprentice again and start all over again – this time, without SEO.

    Gotta read more stuffs from your blog, Matt!

    Cheers :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Ivan,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Drop me an email if you want any pointers!

  62. Perkins

    Damn show off bitch, iceland, terry kyle, austria etc…
    But, that is what I love from Matt.. Never bored visiting this blog. Always got something new each visit.
    You roxx dude, like thissss…..

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Haha thanks Perky ^^

  63. ChrisCD

    Terry Kyle just gave you some additional attention. Congratulations and well done.

    I appreciate that you laid out the level of effort required for something like this. So many people think the internet is easy $. It isn’t. It takes time. Anything worthwhile will. :O)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      He is a great guy =D

      Yeah I wanted to point that out early doors, but I’m wondering if people forget about that bit the time they get to the end, might move it.

  64. sofian

    A Real wow! :p

    thanks.really good post and full of information…

    good luck Matthew!and please also share other good article like this again. ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Well most of my posts are of this standard, just not this long lol

  65. Nicola Boschetti

    Simply awesome… I am speechless. Very nice job Matt, indeed :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Nicola!

  66. Jerome Aaron Tan

    Wow your site is a nice guide for me =)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Let me know if you have any questions

  67. Sal

    Always wondered how you came up with the pink, blue and black stripes.

    So when do we get Woodward bobbleheads in that color combo and where do i sign up ^^?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hahaha can you even get custom ones of those made?

      • sal
        August 22nd, 2013 at 6:03 am

        Boobleheads – 1st hit and top right hand corner “how it works” ;)

        Add an audio chip and you’ve got your first paid product ^^

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 3rd, 2013 at 10:03 pm

          hahaha they look sweet – sure I can think of some ways to put those to use!

  68. clarge

    Great Post Matt, love it very inspirational and functional. Really looking forward to your complete from scratch series! Already on the email list eagerly awaiting that. I am going to be putting a journey on my own SEO / IM blog following your techniques that I am learning here and elsewhere as a kind of diary / pathway for myself to follow and any body else that may stumble upon the blog :) and will also be following that week by week implementing your exact process (with my own twists hopefully). Thanks again for being awesome and stay awesome please :D. P.S Not sure if its worth it but as you have some really good teaching material maybe worth looking at a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) like moodle :D. Even though probably not as easy to optimise and monetise as wordpress just an idea.



    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Chris,

      That sounds pretty awesome, drop me an email when its rockin n rollin!

      How would you like me to integrate a VLE?

  69. Sandipan Mukherjee

    Wow…This is a very motivational post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 23rd, 2013 at 7:27 am

      No worrys :)

  70. Ignacio Garnica

    Damn, this post is pure gold, thanks Matthew!
    Greetings from South America!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 23rd, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Igancio!

  71. James


    You started working 80+ hours a week. What were you doing beforehand? Did you have another job? If you did and you gave it all up, did you have some money behind you or just self belief!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 23rd, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Yeah I had a job in the corporate world, but most of them can’t tell their arse from their elbow and I got fed up of it all so quit.

  72. Mahavir

    That’s really a comprehensive post. All in one.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 23rd, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you muchly!

  73. Dionne Taylor

    Omg! Matt this is truly inspirational! I had no idea that you could drive that much traffic to your blog from forum posting. Oh and this blog post is probably the longest post I have ever read. Thank you for this amazing report. I hope you have an even better year this year.

    Best of Luck,

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for giving me your time to read it!

  74. Jonny Hardwick


    I’d love to see a case-study in the next few weeks of how much traffic this post got you from social sharing and what not. I saw your Alexa jump massively in the last week so I’m intrigued. I know you’re very open about sharing your income and stuff so I think it would be an awesome post for your readers. Just an idea (plea) :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Yeah I was going to do it in the latest income report but only have limited access to things while im away and wanted it to be a much bigger piece, stand by :)

  75. Joel

    Hi Matt,
    I am really impressed with your post.It is really inspiring! I need your help and advise.I have been blogging at morningtadka.com and it get organic search of nearly 300-400 unique visitors/day.But now since I am employed fulltime and do not have the time to blog,I would like to sell this site at Flippa.com . Could you please tell me the estimated amount that I can expect from selling this site or what could be the best price to sell this site at flippa. Wouls really appreciate your reply and help.Looking forward to your reply.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Joel,

      How much money does it earn?

  76. udin

    what a great post,..i think i make a right choice by subscribing to your blog,this is what im looking for,your post really motivates me..i’m fired up.gonna Restart my blog journey again.. thanks alot Matt,your post more worth than what i used to buy..

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Udin – good luck in the future hombre!

  77. Lee Kennedy

    Amazing post, Matt. I’m going to read through it and take notes tonight.

    One question though: how do you have the energy for 10+ hour days all the time? Coffee? Red bull? Crack? I feel like I’d be worn out after two days like that!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      A good diet with very little fat/sugar/proceessed shit and regular exercise, oh and the fact this isn’t work its fun!

  78. ChrisCD

    Wow and now a mention in Moz’ newsletter. Well done, Sir.
    cd :O)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Really? Can you forward that onto me please

      • ChrisCD
        September 3rd, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        I just emailed it to you.
        cd :O)

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 3rd, 2013 at 8:43 pm

          Cheers Chris much appreciated!

  79. Sara Thornton

    Wow. Just wow.

    What an incredible piece of work, and a remarkable read.

    A truly refreshing change to the pithy, hollow content that seems to be cluttering the intertubes these days.

    Great job Matt and thanks so much for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  80. Sjaak Hummel

    Damn, this is one inspirational post. It’s posts like these which get me back to work at night, after working all day.

    Thanks for the inspiration Matthew!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Lets see you turn it into gold!

  81. Adam Roseland

    Great post.. but for a guy that says this was a “zero-link” site… you sure spent a lot of hours putting links in forums.

    3k+forum posts is a ridiculous amount that most of us will never ever invest in.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Well its impossible to get traffic without creating links, so the links I have created have only come from 3 domains. As you probably know 3k links from 3 domains is worth the exact same as 3 links from 3 domains.

  82. elliptique

    wow fantastic ! I’m really impressed. What kind of cyborg are you ? This article is not human. So priceless. Full of lessons, full of secrets and truly tips.
    I wish I could have the same journey. You became an inspiration Matthew.


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Hahaha possibly the best comment so far ^^

  83. Rod

    Kudos. What a post Matt. Amazing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Rod =D

  84. Sam


    This is goldmine of information. Lots to learn from it. We own a blog that gets 50K unique visitors a month and not even close in revenue. I would like to get your thoughts on how to monetize our blog more.

    Again, great work and very well deserved success.


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:36 pm


      I would say put the relationship before the money – most blogs focus on the money and as such, don’t earn so much money ^^

  85. shuseel

    Thank you for sharing motivational post. I have shared this post on FaceBook and downloaded.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you kindly!

  86. sachin

    This is awesome guide for newbies like me ! Thanks for this great post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      No worrys glad to help!

  87. Jason Fox

    Just when I start to think I know a few things… I run across a post like this. Well done sir.

    I will be incorporating some of your strategies…. if you don’t mind.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Sure no worrys :) Weirdly one of my closest friends is called Jason Fox :P

  88. Sita Gabriel

    Wow, Matt!

    Awesome post I have to say. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      No worrys :)

  89. Jason

    Hi Matt, Great post! Quick question regarding the Convergence theme. Did you have any problems with it after you installed it? I purchased it for one of my sites, but after successfully installing I can’t change colours, header image, site Title, description. Not sure whats going on. I have emailed support but Im just a little impatient. Any ideas?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm


      I just edited the stylesheet file

  90. Patrick

    Great post, well written. Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Cheers Patrick!!

  91. Matthew Woodward

    Hi Chris,

    Glad I captured your attention :) I was worried it was a bit long but didn’t want to skimp on details!

    Is Maui in Hawaii??

  92. Alex

    Matt, I share the post but not getting the link for the pdf. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 11th, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Drop me an email :)

  93. Victor Tribunsky

    I was reading this post slowly the whole week :-) It is very useful. I am very glad for your success. Thank you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 11th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, let me know if you have any questioms!

  94. MoldySock

    Hello Matt,

    There are some extremely useful tutorials on your website, especially those that revolve around increasing the usability of your site. I particularly enjoyed those where you explain A/B split-testing and tracking using Google Analytics

    There is just one issue I have, where are the examples of sites that you have ranked to earn money from (this site excluded)?

    Would be great if you could share? If you don’t want to make any of them public then I would love it if you emailed me.

    Twelve months have flown by.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am


      I don’t need to provide examples. By revealing sites I have to accept the high risk of losing all income from those sites.

      So if your happy to provide that, I’ll reveal them :)

      • MoldySock
        September 16th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        So it’s fair to say that you make money by telling people how to make money, without showing how you make money yourself; apart from the money that you make from showing people how to make money.

        Very disappointed.

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 18th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

          As someone that lives online anonymously can you please explain why I need to divulge every area of my business interests in the public domain?

          • MoldySock
            September 19th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

            What I do is irrelevant and has nothing to do with the point that I am making. There is no need to get defensive here, I am merely airing my disappointment in the decision you have made to keep any of you ‘real’ business endeavours secret.

            The techniques that you preach may indeed work and present a high ROI but it is clear that your focus is making money from your readers.

            It’s certainly a unique angle that you are attacking the make money online niche from but it would be nice if you stuck to your initial promise and delivered on this: “If you want to learn internet marketing over the shoulder of an established expert, you’re in the right place.”

            We watch over the shoulder and all we see is a person pushing various affiliate programmes and producing nothing of real value.

            Show us start to finish you building and ranking a website using the techniques on your site. Then I’ll be impressed.

          • Matthew Woodward
            September 20th, 2013 at 9:45 am

            Well then impressed you shall be – thats one of the big projects for the year. Build a profitable site with a $100 investment step by step. That will be after my software launch which will actually be free for everyone…

            FYI since July there has only been 1 affiliate centered post, for a plugin I use on the blog.

            Not sure how your not seeing real value? What is your contrast/comparison here, what do you consider real value if this post isn’t?

  95. Brendan Baker

    This is one of the most epic and inspiring posts I have ever read! Keep it up Matt!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 16th, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thank you kindly =D

  96. Blog Geek

    Oh My God ! That’s a really legendary blog post ! Congrats for your success Matthew, you’ve made a good job ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 18th, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Thanks :)

  97. Deepak

    Damn! Really nice info. It motivated me again to start working hard on my own blog.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 22nd, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Good luck deepak!

  98. Forest Parks

    This post has been open for weeks in a tab in my browser. Really glad I finally decided to give it a read!

    I’ve been scratching around like a chicken looking for grain for the last 5 years or so online, I have had successes and losses but still feel a little clueless about the whole thing! Still I am here and living free of a J.O.B with the man so got to be happy about that!

    Of course I have learned a bucket load but it’s fragmented and reading your journey just makes me realise what you can achieve if you just get it together!

    I’ve got some serious reading and thinking to do over the next few weeks but I will get a plan and a direction sorted! Thanks for the help.

    I just moved to Budapest and if you happen to be in town then you are always welcome to a few beers ;)

    Cheers from a fellow Brit!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 24th, 2013 at 9:38 am


      Well all this internet stuff boils down to is basic sales and marketing. Find out what people want, give it to them.

      When you step back and look at the bigger picture putting all the peices of the puzzle together you have learnt over the last few years I’m sure you can do something great!

      I’ve got to hit another 3 countrys yet this year and none of them are planned/booked yet so budapest might be on the list :P

  99. Sarah Harper

    OMG! What a huge inspirational post. You did a great job Matt.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 22nd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

  100. Ian Harmon

    What an awesome post Matt! The link landed in my inbox from one of Terry Kyle’s excellent emails and in perfect timing as I’m currently starting my own personal marketing blog after 7 years in the industry.

    I’ve had numerous blogs in disparate markets, none of them even close to the quality of yours and none bearing my name either. So this will be a first.

    I have got to say though, this is the best most in depth and transparent blog post I have EVER read on a blog.

    If I or anyone else can’t take what you have published here in this epic post and then go and create and make a success of their own blog then I would pack in marketing and go and make cheese or something lol. (Not that there’s anything wrong with cheesemakers I might add, I like cheese :)

    Seriously though dude, superb post and blog, you deserve all the success you’ve had and beyond.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 26th, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hi Ian,

      Did Terry send an email about it this week??

      I wish you all the luck in the future and please let me know if you have any questions!

  101. Adam

    Well that was an inspirational 40 minutes of reading! Thank Matt, having studied marketing at Uni, and then working in marketing / digital marketing since 2011, this year i decided to set my own site up and youtube channel. I stumbled across your tiered link building tutorial and got to work, my latest payout from adsense was £125, and last month i earned £90 from just adsense. Im in the top 3 for a few terms on google now, and whilst £90 is peanuts to the you its a good starting point and making me go further. (P.S i purchased GSA SER, indexer, captcha break and KM through your affiliates :P)

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      40 minutes not bad :P

      We all have to start somewhere and I went through the exact same process :)

      Thanks for your readership!

  102. Vukasin

    I’m glad you make it with your blog. I started my blog two months ago and I trying to archieve a lot. Tips that I can find on your site has been really helpful so far.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 8th, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Glad its helping – hope all goes well for you in your new venture :)

  103. Darrin

    WOW! Fooking amazing!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hope it helps you out :)

  104. Ade

    Hey Matt.

    I am originally from Indonesia, and I was amazed with useful articles that you give away for free.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Hey Ade,

      No worrys :) Its what I do!

  105. shaz

    Unbelievable!!!! just read this from start to finish with a bacon buttie and 3 cups tea. I am now going to unsubscribe from all of the leeches in my email, who i was hoping was going to teach me
    how to build successful blogs, so that it leaves room for all your emails. I cannot wait to start the journey. Bless u.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Hi Shaz,

      Thats very kind of you – hope it has helped and you know where I am if you have any questions!

  106. Brandon Dennis

    Great post. You really motivated the shit out of me. I’ve had a tech blog for a year now barely posting on it. Now im about to completely redo it.

    Once I’ve made note worthy progress ill be sending you an email.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 4th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Sure would love to check it out just drop me a line!!!

  107. Paul

    Hi Matthew, I thought I knew all the decent IM’s out there who were sharing great stuff like Pat Flynn, Spencer Haws & Glenn Alsopp (of course) , but I have to say I have know added you to my subscription list.

    I found you whilst browsing You tube for link tiering techniques. That was yesterday, or was it Saturday…? I have been consumed by your blog ever since, I have watch god knows how many tutorials…it is really is a gem, well done!

    One question I did want to ask is on the assumption that this blog is NOT your only revenue stream, and this blog has a NO LINKS policy, do you use you link tiering techniques in your other channels, and it it still relevant and does it still work?

    All the best, and thanks again.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 5th, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your kind words :)

      Sorry for costing you a couple of days of your life ^^

      Yes its still working for those that didn’t take shortcuts – although you should never rely on 1 method of link building and diversify it out.

      • paul1107
        November 5th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Credit where credit is due Matt…

        I was just about the get GS (through your link), but before I do, I would appreciate your guidance in that I have hand built a 1st tier of links using high PR (4-8) sites. so wanted to know how you would bolt on something like GSA into that existing tier 1, is it possible?

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 11th, 2013 at 9:52 am


          Yes its easy enough just use it for tier 2/3 link building to strengthen the tier 1’s

  108. Sumit Chhikara

    Now finished reading your this post twice. Very Lengthy but highly informative. The links you have given in middle are also great I have bookmarked some of them. Your content is so engaging that I am reading this post at 4 A.M. Now going to sleep otherwise my next read will spoil my next day. Ha ha

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Hahah thanks for your kind words :)

  109. David

    Hi Matt! I’ve been lurking about these posts for some time, and have finally reared my ugly head to start up my own endevour. I’m attempting to try and give clarity to the muddy water surrounding affiliate & internet marketing, I’m writing it in a blog-esque format, and featured a quote from you in my inaugural post! It’s not much, but I hope with hard work and dedication I can get to where you’re at today with your blog.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Hi David,

      Nice to see you taking action. I would suggest you write 5-10 good posts that solve peoples problems then begin engagement for the quickest route to success!

  110. Tony Nguyen

    Hi Matt,

    I just finished reading your longgggg post, wow, it’s amazing how after 1 short year (well, I guess it’s almost a year and half by now), you have accomplished what you have got so far.
    I just picked up a lot of helpful tutorials, which I’m going to give them all a try. That’s also crazy how you have got so popular in the search engines
    without much link-building tactics. You’re the man Matt!

    Tony Nguyen

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 17th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Tony,

      Glad to hear it helped, let’s see you do something cool :)

  111. Ashwin

    Read,Read and Read again so that I don’t miss out any point! Informative and Inspiring Matt! I started a new blog 2 weeks back, I want it to be the best blog(i would love to use the same words as u “subscribe to my award winning blog” one day)

    Thanks alot for this post! In the process of exploring more posts in your blog, (but this one will be my favourite)

    thank you,

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Please keep us updated with what you produce :)

      • Ashwin
        November 23rd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        Sure Matt,

        After reading your blog, I straightaway implemented 2 things,

        First thing I implemented is including social locker plugin in my blog post,

        Second thing is Forum traffic, I opened a thread at a IM forum on the topic of my blog post,

        I will be implementing above two things and many more of your suggestions in all my future blog posts,

        I would love to show my blog post to you, but i’m not sure if I can leave the link to my blog post here in comment !

        Thanks for the suggestions,

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 23rd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

          Sounds good to me! You can link if you wish!

          • Ashwin
            November 24th, 2013 at 5:50 am

            Here’s the link Matt http://earnwithashwin.com/finally-overcoming-shiny-object-syndrome-made-super-easy/

            I have shared my experience on how to stop jumping from one money making ebook to another without taking any action on what we have read before.

            I got this idea from your content strategy part of this post,

            Thanks again,

          • Matthew Woodward
            November 24th, 2013 at 11:16 am


            Thats an interesting post and topic although I believe its more down to the psychology of the person.

          • Ashwin
            November 24th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

            You are right Matt, but I feel just following few simple things, we can take control over it,

            Anyways thanks for visiting my blog and giving your opinion.

            Thank you,

          • Matthew Woodward
            November 25th, 2013 at 8:47 am

            No worrys :)

  112. Saif Samir

    Hi Matthew!

    I spent the whole night reading this blog instead of sleeping and let me tell you something my friend: it was worth it! :)

    This is the kind of stuff I love. Amazing work and commitment you put into this. So inspiring! :)

    Congratulations on your success! Keep up the good work! :)


    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Ahhh sorry about that, glad you enjoyed it though :)

  113. divramis

    Dear Mathew, l read all the reviews you have, they are great and l have a question for you. How about a greek market niche blog like mine? (paramarketing.gr)

    l think you got the point of the question -tools, affiliate products, article spinners-

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 27th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      So this style blog, but in greek? What is the size of the greek speaking market?

      • JOHN
        December 1st, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        The problem is that my market is the greek market. l cannot survive in an international market as soon as l live and work in greece…What is your opinion?

        • Matthew Woodward
          December 1st, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          Why can’t you survive in an international market? The internet makes most things location independent.

  114. Peter Meier

    Hey Matthew could you tell me font you are using for your images?
    It would be very nice for Youtube thumbnails.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 1st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      How do you mean?

      • Peter Meier
        December 1st, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        I got it. The meme font is called “Impact”.
        Thanks anyway!

        • Matthew Woodward
          December 1st, 2013 at 10:29 pm

          Ahh I see – yeah impact, big and bold. Check out http://immeme.com/

  115. Max Webster-Dowsing

    Great post Matt, very interesting seeing the process from beginning to end. Let me know if you are ever in London, would be good to meet and chat over a beer, we are already connected on LinkedIn

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 4th, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I drop into London every now and then (twice last week!)

  116. Halfnium

    Hello, Matt,

    Thank you for staying up late to support the Cambridge, Massachusetts SEO Meetup with your Google Hangout participation of Dec. 2, 2013 (Dec. 3 per Greenwich time).

    I was glad to hear about your process, which seems spot-on for my planned self-publishing project.

    I asked that question about the Preparation step. I did not go further because I figured that the study of audience, competitive environment etc. must be quite topic-specific, and I would not drag my Meetup mates through Q&A on my own particular topic.

    I can’t afford to follow every IM-related blog, but I will be following yours. Thanks for doing it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 4th, 2013 at 10:48 am

      No worrys :) I started work 06:30am and didn’t finish till just before 3am so was worried I wasn’t going to make much sense :P

      Just hit the forum with any more specific questions you have and I’ll be happy to answer them :)

  117. Fervil Von

    Long time fan here Matt, you’re simply the best! Please don’t stop sharing your thoughts. Thumbs up for this post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 4th, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Fervil!

  118. Tony Nguyen

    Thanks for your writing. I am a blogger and I always want to have good traffic for my blog. After reading your writing today, I realize that I will have to change some points for my blog in order not to create an attractive niche. I hope that after I created my onw niche, more readers will join it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Tony!

  119. Jason Giroux

    Hey Matthew, I am going to ramble here for a minute, please forgive me :)

    Your stuff is brilliant, no doubt about it- one of the most brilliant SEO blogs out there right now hands down.

    I have learned or am in the process of learning the majority of the methods taught on your site.

    I have to ask though, and I intend no disrespect, but is the irony intentional? By this I mean the irony of having a hugely successful SEO blog that focuses very much on Link Building strategies even though the premise and success of the blog itself is based on your “Zero Link Building” experiment?

    So on the one hand you are teaching all of these techniques and promoting all of these link building products, making money off them, and publishing your income reports- but none of the success of this blog comes from actually applying these techniques or products, not directly anyway, right?

    So to me it seems the most valuable strategy, or the one with the most proof anyway, are the “meta” lessons of the blog itself as opposed to the actual content of many your posts:

    1. Research and connect with your audience
    2. Build great content based on audience need (tired cliche, I know, but true)
    3. Get in front of and engage your audience
    4. Offer a great user experience
    5. Optimize for conversions
    6.Test (and test again)
    7. Planning and hard work pays off

    In this context your most valuable post so far is this one by a long shot.

    With this in mind I have a request for what I believe would be a very interesting and useful post:
    Would you consider writing a post utilizing some of the tactics outlined on your blog to rank and monetize a site and to do so with full disclosure and documentation? This is not meant to be a challenge, I am sincerely interested.

    I am available to help with any of the set up, grunt work or documentation if it makes seeing this post happen more of a potential reality. Feel free to hit me up via the provided email or on this thread if you are interested.
    Best regards.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Jason,

      Thanks very much :)

      I’m not sure why you have the impression the blog is link building based, go through the posts I cover a huge range of topics. But yes that is an irony :)

      A lot of the lessons taught are applied to this blog bar link building.

      There is a huge difference between a building a blog/brand/audience & ranking an affiliate site.

      I’m going to launch a case study building an online business with $100 budget step by step week by week through an e-learning platform :)

      • Jason Giroux
        January 8th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

        Great! I will be really looking forward to that. Again, thanks for this post- it has validated many of the approaches and philosophies I have incorporated into my work for sometime and given me many new ones to ponder. Best of luck ;)

        • Matthew Woodward
          January 10th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

          Great to hear :) Good luck with your ventures!

  120. Robert

    Hi Matthew,

    Let me commend you for the work you have put into sharing helpful information freely with others. As you have said clearly there is an underlying strategy to your processes, but you put you viewers first. Not the search engines. this is key!

    I am now moving into monetising blogs, which is brand new for me, but I believe I have the business skills to do so. But need to learn a few things.

    I started about a month ago and have come to the conclusion that, without a clear plan and good understanding of what people are truly, monetising a blog will be an next to impossible.

    But I am with you on creating a blog that have really help people solve problems and the rest will follow.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    Best regards

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 11th, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thank Robert, good luck with your ventures =D

  121. Sohil Memon

    Amazing achievement man! Here I can’t handle the 3 blogs in a day and you are flying in the sky. Hats off. And about the post, your tips are too useful. Hope it helps me to do so. Thanks for it!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 11th, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Sohil! Perhaps you should just focus on 1 to begin with :)

  122. PrIyAnGsHu

    One of the longest posts I’ve ever read man. I like the way you are transparent about everything you share on this blog, and the hard work you do to get the results. Cheers man. Wish you and your blog for a great success in the next year. Hard work pays off :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 11th, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  123. Abhay

    Hey Matthew, Thats awesome information and good insight into the blog promotiom strategy. I would surely love to apply few of the tips given by you… Thanks a lot!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      No worrys :)

  124. Bill Burniece

    Great content as always Matthew. I really appreciate your honesty and transparency. Damn rare in this field!

    Sincerely – Bill

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Bill!

  125. Roland

    I have been working online for 10+ years and i haven’t seen such a clear detailed and lengthy post before.

    Highly valuable content! Thanks Matt for keeping this place an awesome pool full of exciting updates.

    I would surely recommend this post to my SEO students and all those who are starting up.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Roland glad you enjoyed it!

  126. Usama Arshad

    Blogging is a hard thing to do but it is disguised by charm and EARN MONEY ONLINE by doing nothing! Well it’s not true!! and I’m amazed your zero link challenged work.. I think I should give it a try.. stuff my website with unlimited content until my hosting is down! :D well it was nice to read you blog. This post made me a regular follower of you! and Yes, I downloaded my free copy of RC checker.. Thanks Matt for this useful content on this awesome blog. Keep rocking and keep coming some more useful content! I don’t want to end up my comment here :D but i’m doing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Usama =D

  127. chris barnes

    Thanks for being personal on your blog and sharing your experiences, nice work :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 15th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      No worrys :)

  128. Latha

    Just what I needed. Totally awesome, totally simple, so simple it is hard to belive actually.

    I am going through the thinking things in my head phase and it really hurts.

    I have also created a list of 81 videos I want to create but have been afraid to make the first one in that series.

    It is all in my head.

    I had all the thoughts.. is it a waste of time, why should i give all for free..

    but now it is time to take action.

    Thanks so so much
    an eyeopener and i am on fire

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 17th, 2013 at 10:31 am


      The first one is always the hardest one :)

  129. John Paul

    Yet another awesome article Matt!

    Very few people exposes such valuable case studies to audience at free of cost, but you are totally different from all of them and I must appropriate your efforts and goodwill behind that .

    Keep sharing such useful content in future. Best luck

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 19th, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Thanks John

  130. Bill Burniece

    Matt: Wow. There’s so much value in this one post you could literally turn it into a book on affiliate marketing. Nice work! Thanks for all of the value you provide to us.
    Sincerely – Bill

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 19th, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Bill :)

  131. Melodye Lorrayne

    Hi Matt,

    Great post! I do have a couple of questions though:

    1) What plugin or tool do you use for your end of post, in line and side bar subscription optin boxes?

    I’m using a tool that only does traditional pages, nothing like this.

    2) What type of plugin shows/hides post content (video transcript) ?



  132. Nick

    Fantastic content. Your thoughts about success with no SEO approach was very enlightening.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 24th, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Nick!

  133. WP Website

    Really really impressive. I read this article about ten times in just a few days..! It really motivates to build an outstanding blog myself!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 2nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Lets see you do something cool :)

      • WP Website
        January 2nd, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        Definitely will in 2014!

        I was also wondering… I haven’t discovered any AdSense ads on your website. Is that right? If so, is there a specific reason for not using Google AdSense to monetize your blog?

        As far as I know CPC’s at online marketing topics can be very profitable.

        • Matthew Woodward
          January 3rd, 2014 at 3:53 pm

          I would rather have someone join my list than click an adsense ad :)

  134. oloyede jamiu

    Hi Matt,
    I managed to read everything on this article from start to finish. It took me more than three hours because i read in between lines to make sure i understood everything you put up. This is really fantastic.

    This is really wonderful. Its really a post full of great information, wisdom, guides and other important things one can actually think of.

    This article would help me in improving my blogging career.

    Oloyede Jamiu

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 2nd, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Oloyede,

      Hopefully you didn’t need to read between the lines too much because I tried to put it all out there!

      I hope it helps you in the new year :)

  135. Andre L. Vaughn

    You have some awesome pointers and quick success. Keep doing what ever that makes you successful. Nice post and keep up the good work in 2014 and beyond!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Just keep working hard :)

  136. Syed

    Hey Matthew, I am trying forum maketing but BHW keeps deleting my thread. The thread had over 800 views and 30+ replies but they deleted it. Everytime I create a new one, they delete it lol.

    Do you know what the reason could be since you have a lot of experience posting in BHW.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 3rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I have replied to your email :)

  137. Danny Howard

    Hey Mat,

    This has to be one of the best posts I have read for a while and I read and study lots of posts :) Your humor and personal character that you bring into your content is me all over.

    Just want to say a BIG congrats to all your success and thanks for being honest with your style very inspirational.

    Cheers mate


    • Matthew Woodward
      January 6th, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Thanks for you kind words Danny hope it has helped you out some what!

  138. Scott

    I’ve been following you since October 2012, and have been very impressed with what you’ve done over that span of time. I’m finally at the point where I’m confident with an idea for a website and its time to move forward.

    I have a few questions for you:

    I’m new at building a website. I’m literally at the research stage and have never built a website at all. I’ve watched your videos to tiered link building and they seem very overwhelming and seem to cost a lot of money to get all of the products that you used to streamline the process.

    Is it possible to follow your experiment to zero link building and forget about link building altogether for right now and pick it up later?

    I plan on purchasing buzzbundle through your affiliate link for sure. Is there any other recommendations of easy to use products I should use if I’m NOT going to build links?

    Lastly, Leadplayer isn’t taking new customers. Is there another video uploading product you recommend? And do you know of a plugin or product that allows viewers who create a log in to my site to be able to upload their own videos? Similar to the concept of YouTube I guess.

    Lots of questions. If you have answers to some or all of them, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again Matt!

  139. Adnan Ramzan

    Hey Matt,

    Its good to see a fellow person from the UK making so much money. I hope you make even more money in 2014. Your blog is awesome and you have some great content on here, especially this post!

    My question is what sources of advertising do you think are the best type to use? Do you think using paid advertising like Facebook ads or Google Adwords is worth it?

    Thanks for the great content!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 8th, 2014 at 11:42 am


      Thanks very much :)

      It really depends on what you are trying to do. Facebook works better for some things than others, market prices are different across different paid sources in different niches – not really a single answer to that one.

  140. Jo

    Matthew, thank you for this blog post. Very educational and amusing. Best wishes for your future.


    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Jo!

  141. frankaboutcroatia

    Hi Matthew,
    just found your blog through MyTanFeet. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of adding follow button after people submit a comment on my site. Do you have any plugin to recommend to do so? Thanks!

  142. Myoptimind

    This might be the longest blog I’ve ever read! Oh wait, I’m not finish yet! haha.. But I will continue the other half, my eyes are hurting now.

    Wow, it’s really wonderful how you’ve started and what you have achieved! :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 9th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Hope it helps you out!!! Let me know if you have any questions!

  143. Ramnath

    Great post !!

    Actually inspired me to start a journey like this !! I will consider it successful if I am able to reach atleast half of what you have done :)

    Great blog .. Soon this site will become a one place to know about Internet Marketing :)

    All the best bro :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Be sure to drop me an email and keep me updated!

  144. TJ

    Holy crap this is the longest post I have read that actually had value throughout all of the content. Inspired me to write a post as value packed and long as this one.

    Thanks ;0)

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Send me a link when its done!

  145. Adam Methew

    Thanks for share. Very informative but honestly its to much lengthy.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Well you can either learn properly, or not :)

  146. Ritesh saxena

    Mind Blown!

    As always an amazing post, Mathew. It took me a day to read the full content of your post. Will be applying to my blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Hope it has helped you out!

  147. Kamran

    Well thats the longest post that I have ever read. But It’s the most inspirational as well. Good for you mate!

    You deserved it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 13th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks Kamran hope it helped you out!

  148. Simon

    Holy Moses. Now that is a post. As a new blogger myself, I have to say that blew me away. Scared me in fact ! So that is what to do to make money blogging. What a lesson.
    I had to bookmark it because it’s such a long read. Will definitely be coming back for more.
    Many many thanks,

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2014 at 11:12 am


      Hope it has helped you out Simon :)

  149. Numbers

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own
    weblog and was wondering what all is required to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2014 at 11:10 am


      You just need hosting, a domain and a theme to get started!

  150. Matthew Woodward

    Yeah pretty much =/

  151. Ansari

    Hi Matt,

    Whats the plugin you use that asks people to share your content on social media after they leave a comment?


  152. mohammed

    Thank you very much
    I have a problem in this web site big drop

  153. Brahima

    Great Stuff! Thank you for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 23rd, 2014 at 10:03 am

      No worrys :)

  154. Peter

    Hey Matt,

    I have a question for you about finding the problems in your niche. I’ve been looking around forums and other websites related to a topic that I’m interested in, but there don’t seem to be as many problems in that niche as there are in IM. The only stuff that seems to be talked about is news related to the topic. What should I do in this case?


    • Matthew Woodward
      January 29th, 2014 at 9:29 am

      There must be problem, theres always problem :) Use twitters question search perhaps? Yahoo Answers/quora?

  155. Peter

    Thanks Matt. I was actually able to think of some questions last night. I found at least one question on Yahoo Answers. I guess I must’ve been tired or something when I wrote that comment.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 30th, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Don’t work too hard :)

  156. geekmom

    Ha! That funny picture of our lame president (obama) has sold me on you just for that alone. I enjoy reading your blog, but seeing that has just made me want to buy from you more. THANK YOU!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 30th, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Hahaha I was surprised no one had made pics like that of the UK leadership!

  157. Stephen Anderson

    I am already terrifically impressed that you are answering comments months after you posted this. I have a blog up and running which for me was part of the difficult area, so now I am looking to grow this blog so that it reaches lots and lots of people.

    A friend recommended that I come by here and read about how you got your site to that rank, and I am so glad that I did. Looks like I’ve got a lot of work ahead. No worries, that part’s not a problem, spent my whole life working hard, I ma just glad to have some direction to follow. Thank you, Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 30th, 2014 at 11:09 am


      Yeah it takes up a lot of time (emails more so) but without the people that read/comment, I probably wouldn’t have a blog to reply to comments on so :)

      You know where I am if you have any questions – good luck!

      • Stephen Anderson
        February 11th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        Thank you Matthew, I know I will have more questions. I don’t even know what they will be yet. Kind of that not knowing what I don’t know stage in some areas. But I am working on it.

        • Matthew Woodward
          February 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am

          The unknowns are the best questions :)

  158. micky manu

    Wow! That is amazing. I have built a few blogs but nothing as extreme as you have. Well Done.

    I suppose I better get cracking on with a new site and use some of your excellent tips and strategies.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 2nd, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Let me know how it goes!

  159. M. Rameez Ul Haq

    OMG! You have provide a complete guide to run a blog first time I have read a post that really helped me to learn great techniques.

    have you ever experience any google Penalty ? If yes so what you did to tackle it or please tell me how to get rid of it in a week :(

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 2nd, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    • Mark - SEO
      February 2nd, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Mate, You must be kidding :D there is no way to get rid of a penalty in week in fact it is almost impossible to get recover in a month

      • Matthew Woodward
        February 3rd, 2014 at 10:03 am

        Yeah its a long haul game for sure!

    • Mark
      February 2nd, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      I really appreciate you Matthew to provide you excellent techniques. Thanks

      • Matthew Woodward
        February 3rd, 2014 at 10:03 am

        No worrys Mark :)

  160. Haroon

    Ah. Thank God Post ended. Great effort and great saying that “Preparation Is Victory” no doubt if you are prepare yourself to face every challenge then you will get success.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Hahaha hoped you enjoyed it!

  161. Tim Soulo

    Fuuuuck!!! just finished reading this huge post!

    Matthew, that is super informative and super inspirational roundup.

    I’ve noted quite a few things to implement on my own blog! And yeah.. load speed is something I’ve started struggling with as my blog got bigger.. need to invest some time there (bookmarked your tutorial).

    But what impressed me the most is your ability to squeeze affiliate commissions with super low traffic.. you seem to have a talent of lazer-targeting some very specific issues, suggesting tools to solve them and then shooting that post at the right audience.. that is really impressive..

    all in all, I guess you’ll get quite a few affiliate commissions from myself as I’ll work on those things that I’ve noted from this article :)

    And thanks for answering emails… you’ve answered my email when I was reaching out about my online tool and now I’m here reading your blog :)

  162. Ajith Agarwal

    Nice Post ,very informative and useful. Learned some new methods to promote my site from this post,Thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 14th, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Hope it helps you out!

  163. Chris

    Congrats, man! What a great year!

    Hope you’re enduring floods on the island (just got back from visiting family in Poole – it’s all anyone was chatting about over there).

    Given your focus on transparency, any thoughts about conducting a case study, along the lines of what Spencer did with Perrin over at NichPursuits or the “internships” at nohatseo?

    You’re already mostly doing this, of course, via video, but a series of coaching engagements would provide value for visitors and potentially lead to win-win relationships as regards content and private networks.

    Best, Chris

    PS. Beer’s on me the next time I’m in the UK.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Haha my experience of the flood so far are chest height in a car park, the roof blew off a train station and I got stranded in Manchester.

      Crazy stuff – but leaving for Rica soon :)

      I’m currently putting together my $100 case study. This will be a live coaching programme people can follow week by week delivered in a course like manner with modules/topics to work through.

      I completed the first 2 modules for that this weekend – its my main focus right now (hence lack of posts recently).

      • Chris
        February 17th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        Ah, cool. I’m sure it will be great…

        Seems like a brilliant model to me, in that it validates the method, provides value for your audience – and extreme value for whomever you’re mentoring – and, potentially, allows you to build a private content network.

        Yeah, I heard it was very bad up north; the other half of the family lives in Liverpool and Malvern. Water, water everywhere.

        Safe travels.

        Drop me a line, btw, if you’re interested in broadening your network in Rica; we have some good/chill family friends over there (mostly government/academic types).

        • Matthew Woodward
          February 20th, 2014 at 9:38 am

          I’m just going to put this here for the first time http://course.matthewwoodward.co.uk/ :)

          How about you just come to Rica ^^

          • Christopher Rogers
            February 23rd, 2014 at 5:15 am

            I’d love to. There’s some awesome surfing off the coast….!

          • Matthew Woodward
            February 24th, 2014 at 9:29 am

            See you there :)

  164. Mark

    Hi matt

    Great article packed full of valuable strategies for blog growth

    i will be actioning this right away

    Thanks again


    • Matthew Woodward
      February 24th, 2014 at 9:45 am

      No worrys :)

  165. Andy

    The strategies on this post is great but I think that’ll be a big challenge for newbie who just start a blog,

    Thank Matt,

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 2nd, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Well you got to start somewhere :)

  166. Andy

    Hi Matt,

    Your blogging process was so detail and professional, with choosing plugins to support for promote the blog, I think the most difficult is how to produce content permanent if lack of somethings to write about.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 2nd, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Well thats why you need to spend time finding out what your audience wants, then you just have to give it to them!

  167. Robbie Richards

    Hey Matt,

    Really like the content, already spent several hours on your site this week!

    Quick question. What plug in (or code) did you use to create the about box in the right sidebar?


    • Matthew Woodward
      March 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 am


      Thats just raw HTML/CSS in sidebar.php

  168. Stefan

    Most detailed SEO post i ever found. It’s like a book ^^. I am sure you invested so much time into this post and I appreciate that. I just found in post that you have Licorne tutorial which I gonna watch right now.


    • Matthew Woodward
      March 5th, 2014 at 9:24 am

      This post had nothing to do with SEO =\

  169. Marcus

    Really interesting post. I’ve seen tons of bloggers brag about getting SEO traffic without backlinks, but I’ve never seen a solid example of how. This is really inspirational, thanks for sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Google doesn’t rule the internet

  170. Alexander Giggs

    Very inspiring to read and this is something that I am really going to follow and try to do myself! Thanks.


    • Matthew Woodward
      March 10th, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Good luck :)

  171. uzzal

    I can’t finish to read full article because of time but i will surely read and finish the article next Sunday.

    Thank’s to Matthew for the Great (i wish it will be great) Article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Let me know if you have any questions!

      • uzzal
        March 13th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        Ok Matthew thanks.

        • Matthew Woodward
          March 14th, 2014 at 10:20 am

          No worrys

  172. Dario

    I’ve looked at your blog and your story and this gave me the last push I needed to start a website project I was too scared to put myself into.
    Of course I’m still scared (fear of success, fear of failure, fear of effort, and all the usual stuff), but knowing that there are real people like you that with hard work get some decent results is good.

    So, thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2014 at 7:59 am

      The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is an unsuccessful person will do everything in their power to avoid failure. A successful person embraces it.

  173. Boby Kurniawan

    Hey Matthew, it’s my first time visit your blog and it’s the first article that i read from your blog. It’s very a loooooonggg article i think i should bookmark it first, By the way thanks man, you rock.

    sorry for bad english :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  174. andy

    Hi Matt, very interesting you have inspired me to start my own site on my topic of passion, starting a business from home would be great if you could take a look and give me some feedback, I have based the site similar to yours, but not copying of course :) anyway the question I wanted to ask was… for affiliate sales would you recommend individual affiliate signups like you have done, or something like click bank or jvzoo? in your opinion whats best?

    Thanks for your time


    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Banner annoyed me, closed the tab =/

      • andy
        March 17th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        Hi Matt… are you talking about the Google banner or my header? Im a bit confused by your response, please could you elaborate


        • Matthew Woodward
          March 18th, 2014 at 8:20 am

          Whatever the massive banner was trying to jump through the screen and punch me in the face

          • Andy
            March 18th, 2014 at 8:40 am

            Haha have removed it now! Thanks for the feedback Andy

          • Matthew Woodward
            March 19th, 2014 at 8:09 am

            No worrys – less focus on making money, more focus on making something awesome.

          • andy
            March 20th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

            yes your right! couldn’t agree more, sometimes your vision becomes blurred when you have been working on it solid but I shouldn’t be greedy, you are a true inspiration for blog writers! The success you have seen with your blog, and continue to see is the whole reason I started one, I was given your site via a friend on a forum as I used to buy and sell domains, and he suggested I started Blogging on the domains instead to build up the site and perhaps flip them, anyway I did have one more question and that was…. your site loads perfectly on my mobile, but my site has the same template and i’m experiencing problems with the side fixed widgets and a couple of other bits, did you have to do any customisation to make the site work correctly on the mobile device? or is there a plugin I can use? all the best, hope you have a relaxed and great weekend! :)


          • Matthew Woodward
            March 21st, 2014 at 7:43 am

            I haven’t made any mobile specific changes but I have hacked the theme to death and back.

            Sure its not one of your widgets messing with things?



    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2014 at 7:52 am

      No worrys :)

  176. JithinC

    And the Award for the longest blog post Goes to . . . . .

    Hi guys out here, any one have friends in Nobel prize committee?

    Well great written post.. Let me scroll up and find where i stopped

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 19th, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Thanks :)

  177. Rav

    Hi Matt,

    Im a new blogger starting out in the MMO niche. Firstly Thank You! WOW this article is helpful and i think i have found my new nightly read.
    One thing i have found is that i feel IM Marketers now are caring less and less about there followers and focus more on sales sales sales. Obviously thats how to make money but its refreshing to se someone like yourself who is a successful marketer giving back like this and i hope one day to be able to do the same. I am trying to consume as much knowledge as possible and would love any tips and advice about my blog: laviemarketing.com if anyone has the time to give it a look.

    Much Love guys,

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 20th, 2014 at 7:45 am


      Well unfortunately there does become a tipping point where there are that many people to answer on a daily basis, it becomes impossible.

      I could literally spend all day every day just answering peoples questions and I’m not willing to outsource my inbox to a VA.

      So it’s tricky to find the right balance!

  178. MJ

    this seems more like a diary with a lot of colorful pictures rather than how you build a top 100 blog in 12 months

    If you work 80 hours a week on this then you probably do something wrong

    Some other posts of you are really good though

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 20th, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Thats an interesting way to look at it. I also hit 15 different country’s last year where I didn’t work so I suppose that balances out the time at home.

  179. dee

    nice blogging tips

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 22nd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Glad it helped!

  180. Jodee Weiland

    Great information…a lot to digest! Thanks for sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 23rd, 2014 at 8:21 am

      No worrys :) Let me know if you have any questions

  181. Appzuniverse

    I should thank you for writing on this topic, very useful information you have given through this blog.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 25th, 2014 at 11:36 am

      No worrys :)

  182. Jayashree

    Wow so much of useful information in one single post. Bookmarked this as I need to revisit and implement the methods you have outlined. Thanks again

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 26th, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Hope it helps!!

  183. Reza Akhmad

    Hi Mattew

    Previously I apologize if my grammar is bad. LOL (Honestly, I am writing this comment to rely on google translate)

    Introduce me from Indonesia. You are one of those who inspired me associated with SEO. I always promote your website to my friends in Indonesia, if someone asks me where I need to learn SEO? So I answered it mattewwordward.co.uk

    I studied as a basic SEO since April 2013 and I want to be an SEO expert like you. I want to know how long you learn SEO? I was really amazed because you managed to make the top 100 websites in 12 months. I myself made ​​one can not be a top website.

    I would like to ask for a sentence of your motivation, so I can still be the spirit in learning SEO.

    thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 26th, 2014 at 8:05 am


      Thanks for your support. I’ve been doing online stuff for well over 10 years.

      For motivation you only need 2 words – try harder.

  184. Silas Wilk

    Hi Matthew First i wanna say i love your blog! it helps me alot with building my own Blog, Bud one think i like about your blog is the sidebar widget,

    Welcome To My Blog!
    Let me introduce myself, my name is…

    Is there a way that you can help me out. or give the name of the plugin

    Thank you!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 28th, 2014 at 9:01 am


      That is just raw html/css in the sidebar.php file – anyone with basic html/css skills should be able to do one.

  185. Matt

    Thanks for giving such a detailed insight into how you managed to create a successful blog. I learned a lot reading through that and I am looking forward to implementing some of your techniques.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 31st, 2014 at 8:41 am

      No worrys – I hope it helps you :)

  186. Ovi

    I really admire your way to approach your blogging efforts. But I have some SERIOUS questions regarding my approach.

    The biggest hurdle I find in my way is choosing the right niche. What I’ve learnt over the years is that ideal topic for your blog is the one in which you have some expertise or experience. Otherwise, you can choose a topic you’re interested in and start blogging about it. In both the cases, you also have to keep in mind the earning potential in your topic.

    But when I look at myself I hardly find myself as an ‘expert’ or an ‘experienced’ person in ANY topic whatsoever. The biggest question I want to ask is that HOW can I choose the right niche for my blog? Knowing that I do not have any experience or expertise in any field (obviously not in IM)? I was thinking of choosing skin care niche but I realized that I’m not a Doctor, a nutritionist or a health expert, why should my voice be heard?

    Is this the right way of evaluating your topic?

    Because I think that if IM blogs are ran by successful IMs like you, tech blogs are ran by tech geeks, design blogs are ran by designers, so a skin care website should be backed by a Derm, isn’t it?

    And in this sense, I don’t think that I can find ANY topic for myself to start a successful blog.

    I hope you’ve got a satisfying answer for that.

    Thanks a lot :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      I have an entire section dedicated to this in my upcoming course but a quick way to do things is ask yourself-

      1) What do I enjoy
      2) What do I want to learn more about
      3) What am I good at
      4) What do I suck at
      5) What problems do you face every day/week/month/year?

      List 10 things for each – write it all down with pen and paper physically in front of you (important, do not use computer) and then cast your eye over it all.

      • Ovi
        April 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        That’s interesting Matt, I can easily fill dozens of things in each of these categories. But what do I need to do after I’ve written these things?

        • Matthew Woodward
          April 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am

          Come up with niche ideas based on that, then do further research for traffic/profitability

  187. David H

    Great post!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 4th, 2014 at 7:29 am


  188. wasim

    hey thanks for sharing your big ideas and how you come up with those ideas. i really like your logo design idea b’z i also stuck over there for my site but finallly i put simple text in it.
    just check out …

  189. PyjamaMoney

    It’s amazing what you managed to build in only 1year! It’s nice you are sharing your knowledge with us.
    I hope I would achieve my goals too :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 5th, 2014 at 8:25 am

      No such thing as hope – just do it.

  190. Viktor

    Great job Matthew, keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 15th, 2014 at 8:03 am


  191. Raaj Paatkar

    Wow! great post … I am going to take inspiration from you to build my next website based on zero linkbuilding.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 15th, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Thanks :)

  192. Amit Jha

    Awesome work Matt. I am really happy to hear that such a successful blogger in our niche works nearly 16 hours a day. This shows how much effort one needs to be successful.

    Keep writing such brilliant posts.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Work hard, play hard.

  193. Alan

    Thanks for sharing this with the world
    there are some many peope that like to hide this sort of info
    plenty of internet to go around

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      No worrys!

  194. Sergio Felix

    Hey Matthew, this is my first time here and I came here browsing stuff on the War Room forum.

    Just wanted to tell you that this is one of the most badass posts I have ever read.

    Thank you for taking the time to put together this, it’s just over the top brother and it just shows that for those willing to work hard, success is just around the corner.

    Sergio Felix

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks – hope it helped you out!

  195. Todd Daon

    Matthew nice posts here you are an inspiration for many bloggers I am sure of that.

    I noticed though Traffic planet? it seems so dead there I went to check it out and a lot of old threads on the first page of the inner forums.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Sure they aren’t with recent replys?

  196. Patel

    Awesome posts!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 19th, 2014 at 2:42 pm


  197. Beggy

    Bad idea, show us your progressing work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I assume you didnt read that post

      • Brodie Tyler
        April 23rd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        Hmmm. I felt that the blog was sort of defined by its showing us your progressive work and describing it. But, apparently, Beggy missed that part – the one in which you outlined, described, detailed and explained your work as it progressed from month to month.
        Maybe “Bad” here is being used in the late-80s/early 90s incarnation in which it means “good”. Maybe the comment is meant to be read as, “That was a very good posting. Particularly the way you showed us your progressing work like you did.”

        • Matthew Woodward
          April 25th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

          Bad man riddim!

  198. Irfan Saleem

    First time I saw you on my favorite forum, BHW and from there i started following your blog and only thing I can say is, AWESOME (with everything capital :D), You’re doing an awesome job and I’ve learned a lot of things from. Not sure you remember me but I’m the guy who almost took your interview :D.

    I am yet to try out your Rank Cracker, looks really good and I know it will be as well.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 30th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      I remember :) Thanks for your kind words!

  199. Syed Irfan Ajmal

    Hi Matt, great article indeed!
    Could you please let me know the name of this ‘share to download pdf’ plugin that you are using? Thanks

  200. Blogineed

    Great post Matthew…
    Many things for me to take home and experiment…
    Thanks a lot..

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Let us all know how it goes!

  201. Amaterasu Blackhatworld

    I really appreciate time time you spent writing this awesome article. I hope I can see you in person in BHW conference but I don’t have visa lol. Keep it going matthew you will be more successful someday

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Maybe one day :)

  202. Mohammed Saimon

    Very Inspiring post. Greatly inspired by you

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 16th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Let’s see you do the same :)

  203. Matthew Woodward

    Yeah im living there at the moment, tamarindo is only 30 minutes for me :)

  204. BJ

    Most people think that these days is easy to suceed. Hell yeah 99,9% don’t even suceed for the first time.

    You need to invest good amount of time on planning, social build, website build, brand, content etc….

    You can’t make money in 1 month, if you have just started (only if you have good niche and luck). I am learning more then a year all this, I failed, but I’ll try again.

    If you want to suceed on short term then that’s not for you. This is really long term work, it’s like lifestyle.


    • Matthew Woodward
      May 21st, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Well the dot com lifestyle doesn’t come easy, but when it does ^^

  205. Ezam Marjan

    Congratulations! and thank you for the comprehensive article on your journey to 100 best blog..very inspiring. Wish I will be there one day.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      No such thing as wish, you either decide to do it or you decide not to :)

  206. michael

    Hi. matt
    I got a question, why do you use 301 redirect the affiliate link?
    maybe 301 is good

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Just looks nicer!

  207. JithinC

    Finally i completed reading this. Well written Matt. Worth downloading a pdf..

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 31st, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks :)

  208. Sameer

    wow awesome post, will try to follow and create one such blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 31st, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Good luck =D

  209. Manohar Tn

    This is the first Long post I have Ever seen…in my blogging carrier …….And it’s the best…..

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 3rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      glad you enjoyed it :)

  210. Annie

    Great post Matthew !!

    I made a similar journey when i started back in the days !! It seams like you made some nice progress and i wish many more people will be able to use this great info for their success as well.

    Great blog .. :)

    All the best ! Annie

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 5th, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Thanks Annie :)

  211. David

    Very motivational post Matthew. I am always browsing BHW and always read the journey posts, however none of them ever go in to as much detail as yours did. I have tried on more than one occasion to start a successful blog of any type, but I always get distracted by something else and abandon it after a week…

    I’m going to read all of the other articles you referenced in this post and give it a real go this time! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 5th, 2014 at 12:22 am

      If you give up after a week you don’t want it hard enough :P

  212. Louis

    Fantastic information. Just what I need.

    It is wonderful to meet a real marketer who does’nt mind sharing his success. The best part to me is the action we must take to make a success online.

    In fact to make a success offline too. Many people read what needs to be done but few go into action.

    Thanks Matthew. I look forward to following you and all I know is I have a lot of work to do on my blog but luckily I can rebuild it with lots of content I took off my previous website.

    Thanks also for sharing the resources you mention here. all the best to you and keep going!

    Hopefull I can have a beer with you sometime too if you come to sunny South Africa!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 5th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      No worrys I’m glad it helped you out and I look forward to seeing you grow :)

  213. Erik Emanuelli

    WoW, Matt!
    This could be easily an eBook!

    Very interesting.
    Shared and recommended on Google+,
    for consult it again in detail when playing with my iPad.

    Congratulations on all your achievements!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 7th, 2014 at 2:13 am

      Thanks Erik, glad you liked it :)

  214. Donald Francis

    I was directed to your site by a friend of mine. I had no idea I would end up spending hours reading your stuff. Thanks for all the great content you post and I can’t wait to see what you post next.

    I hope one day I can have a blog like yours.

    Thanks Matt

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 7th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Glad you liked it :) No such thing as hope though, you either do or you don’t!

    • Donald Francis
      June 7th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I love your reply. Your right. The only way to make it happen is to do it.

      • Matthew Woodward
        June 8th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        And I look forward to seeing you do it :)

  215. Shahbaz Ali

    a bombastic post of the year, i can’t saw the some gigantic post. The Matthew is well managed blogger, who produce some superb. A single post is enough for the year… amazing..superb..mind blowing and awesome post…great stuff

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 8th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Haha thanks :P

  216. Lakshman Teja

    My friend suggested this site when i am irritating with stupid questions on nice sites. I finally end u daily reading atleast a post on this blog to learn some thing new. This post was an eye opener for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 8th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Glad it helps you out, let’s see you do something awesome :)

  217. SudoRank

    Thanks for the 48 Hours Logo tip Matthew. Never new such a service existed before it’s really good!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Yeha they are cool :)

  218. Rod


    Sorry if I post in the wrong place, the link you posted on FB on the “free video – 21 Step Business System” does not work for me – is there any chance of getting a link which works? Thanks. :)

  219. Ryan


    Let me be perfectly honest, this is the first blog I’ve commented on, ever! A little bit of me is annoyed that this one comment is another addition to your success, but mate, you deserve it.

    I haven’t come across another site where one person puts this much effort into it’s audience. It’s overwhelming and the results are extraordinary.

    I will be another statistic on your returning visitors report, because in all honesty the value you provide is brilliant.

    Although it’s “your job”, thank you.

    (P.s Awesome to see a fella Brit doing well online)

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 13th, 2014 at 10:42 pm


      Thanks for letting me take your comment virginity :)

  220. Duane


    2 words…STRONG WORK

    Seriously this has given me a lot of confidence for my blog (soon to come) Time to get the planning pad out…you’ve inspired me massively!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 2:25 am

      Thanks Duane, good with your future venture :)

  221. Aaron

    As a new blogger, I’ve been trying to figure out what would attract people to my blog. Your post highlighted a couple important things that I never even thought of, regarding SEO.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Good luck =D Let us know how it goes for you!

  222. Hammad Rafique

    Hi Matt, I’m in big trouble,, somebody is making spam backlinks for my blog with banned keywords… I am getting near about 200 to 300 spam links from different domains. I am disavowing the whole domains, what can i do further to avoid penalties of penguin?

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 1:34 am

      To be honest there is not a lot you can do you just need to do an audit every once in a while and stay on top of things. Jason did a great post http://kaiserthesage.com/negative-seo/

  223. Christine

    That was long, but worth the time! Thanks for showing the reality of creating a blog, the bumpy road, and the solutions to apply for risks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Let me know if you have any questions :)

  224. Tom

    Very inspiring stuff, I particularly like the way you approached what your audience can do for you (affiliate sales, shares etc).

    I think this is also the longest post I’ve ever had the attention span for so congrats on that :-)

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Haha thanks I was worried it was too long :P

  225. Come fare soldi

    This is amazing Matt! This is the longest blog article that I ever read in my life. Can I ask a question just for curiosity?
    How long it took you to write this?

    Many thanks,

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 25th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      About 3-4 days!

  226. David

    Hi Matt,

    Great extended post, which no doubt has helped a lot of people.
    I have a question on traffic generation. You said that “Quite literally as simple as finding people that need help on forums/social media and helping them.”

    Well, in my niche, 80% of the market hangs out in about 3-4 fora. If you post, and try and insert links in the post (no matter how helpful) you always get moderated/banned. Any tips/tactics to get around this?



    • Matthew Woodward
      June 27th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Well some posts must have links, what about when users want to share something they have found on the web/discuss something? Do they get deleted as well?

      Its nearly impossible to host a web based conversation in a forum without referencing other sites online.

      • David
        June 27th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

        The aforementioned fora want you to share everything/link to everything internally. If you post a review of something, but link back to your site for a “read full story” type of thing, they’ll deem it as having a commercial intent and ban you or remove the link from the post.
        Have you experienced bans/edition for this reason in the past?

        • Matthew Woodward
          June 28th, 2014 at 12:54 am

          I’m not entirely sure what your question is sorry

  227. Paseo

    Hi Matthew,

    I don´t want to sound as these cheesy fake testimonials, but, holy shit man. Your post has been totally inspirational for me. I have had a blog for more than 10 months without any good results. Some visits, of course, but… not enough to feel motivated to keep on posting. After reading your post (I didn´t even finished it yet) I saw the light and starting making some changes on my blog. I worked on the graphic part to create some colors that could stay on people’s mind after visiting my blog (it was really minimalist before, just black and white). And I also changed completely the editorial direction. My previous posts… I think even me, I wouldn’t read them. I had interesting content but I was forcing myself to write in a very flat way. I decided to go all in and write as I am, joking and making it funny. And… it´s crazy, counting in the day I posted it and the day after, I got more visit than the 2 previous months altogether. It has become crazy viral on SM and now I really feel like I’m enjoying writing a blog.

    Really, thanks for this bible.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 30th, 2014 at 4:01 pm


      The testimonials aren’t fake thats genuine feedback I’ve collected over the year, actually I’ve got a huge archive of them – feel free to submit your own https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/submit-your-testimonial/

      Glad you have managed to make some changes and see success with your blog – keep up the hard work!

  228. Lucas

    The 99centarticles is good for quality Guest Posting?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      In what sense?

  229. Damien Porter

    Hey Matthew, just to let you know the Convergence theme is no longer available for WordPress. The link you posted takes you to a “sorry” page :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 6th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Yeah I know, not much I can do about that :(

      • Damien Porter
        July 6th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        You know, the industry could do with some decent information about WP themes. Most of the info out there is just sales BS and as a result, it took me about 2 years and until around my 10th website before I settled on a small selection of themes that I use for everything now (Avada and Fearless most of the time. A good post on the subject would save a lot of people a lot of messing around.

        Something like “top 5 WP themes for blogs”, “top 5 WP themes for Woocommerce”, “top 5 themes for corporate sites”, that sort of thing. Bearing in mind of course that most people who have sites to promote are not design experts. If they’re anything like me, they’re heavily dependent on the right theme and a handful of freelance coders.

        Just a thought. I love your work and I’m sure you’re just the man for a task like this :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 7th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

          Hi Damien,

          That sounds like it should be focused on how to pick a good theme, what to look for rather than showing people specific themes that come and go?

          • Damien Porter
            July 8th, 2014 at 9:17 am

            Sure, that could work. That’s a better approach for the thinkers, but for those of us who do not have a lot of time and have multiple projects on the go, way back when I would have appreciated someone just saying “here, use this one”.

            The advice existed but it was either out of date (and therefore recommended out of date themes), or it was regurgitating the same old content published elsewhere.

            Could potentially be a good affiliate post?

          • Matthew Woodward
            July 8th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

            To be honest I don’t put all that much thought into theme selection above and beyond, do I like how it looks. But I suppose within that there are small things I look for like clean design, easy to read text etc

        • Royce
          July 21st, 2014 at 7:06 am

          A list of recommended themes would be nice. Whilst there might not be a huge difference between good themes, there are certainly some themes you should avoid, even premium ones. Nichehacks.com just made a post about the problems he had with site loading times with a theme he used to use.

          I also just started a review website using a popular theme from Themeforest. I noticed, that a 3 page website of mine that was started at the same time was appearing for several times more search queries than my 20 page review site. I’m not sure if this is down to the different themes or the competitiveness of the keywords. I did notice on the review theme that all of links to post within the post loop do not contain any anchor text and is blank i.e. it looks like a href=”example.com&#