Lonnieat 12:28 PM
February came and went and all without a sale but definitely with some changes (and these changes cost some money!). The theme for me in February was frustration.
It's to be expected, I guess, especially for a new internet marketer. In my last post I wrote about my backlinking hell and since then I have taken steps to climb the depths of Google rankings from the dungeons to at least the cellar.
It required me to make some investments.
I had to lay out some cash.
Something I said I wasn't going to do (sorry honey, remember I love you!)
But I think I was being shortsighted. I realized that I needed to treat this endeavor more like a business and less like a hobby. And business requires investment. Investment which will show a return (hopefully). So I made three purchases during the month of February to increase my efficiencies and mentally get me in a better place.
The first purchase was to help with article marketing. I purchased The Best Spinner to spin articles that I can distribute to various article directories and gain backlinks. The marketers I admire most all use this product so I have no doubt in my mind that it is a good product. I am still figuring the software out (and right now it seems that it takes me longer to spin an article than actually write one!) but I can see that it is a very handy tool.
Next purchase was Market Samurai. This was more of an emotional purchase for me rather one that is completely necessary for me at this time. If you don't know, Market Samurai is the premier keyword research tool available. It not only does in depth keyword research, but evaluates competition, manages the ranking of your sites, and a whole lot of other things I need to figure out. It was more an emotional purchase because I was getting so frustrated with my niche site, I started to look for new keywords to monetize. I needed this break.
The final purchase was Blog Blueprint. This is a tool that gets you contextual backlinks from high PR domains. It's real easy to use and lots of people can attest to its success (Pat Flynn uses it as part of his backlinking strategy that works, and Moon Hussain is experimenting with Blog Blueprint for her niche sites as well). All you do is write a 100-word posts and include an anchor text backlink and Blog Blueprint does the rest. I started using this two days ago and built 8 backlinks so far. We shall see.
So lets get to the numbers.
The Best Spinner...$77/year
As you can see, Blog Blueprint and The Best Spinner have recurring charges. The downside to that is, I can really get myself into a financial hole if I don't start generating some income. But the upside is that I can use these tools on an infinite amount of sites, so this should pay for itself eventually.