Here is an overview of the most important metrics, when doing a keyword search:
1) Monthly Searches – These are the traffic numbers that you should focus on. If you’re going for natural rankings, ANY traffic is considered good. When you rank under keywords your campaigns will cumulate with time.
2) KQI (Keyword Quality Index) – This gives you a quick sense of the keyword quality for your marketing campaign (PPC, SEO etc.). A quick way to determine keyword quality, is priceless, for performing effective research.
3) QSR (Quoted Search Results) – This is THE competition metric. It gathers information from Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. and tells you the exact number of competing pages under each search term. Set your goal to under 400, and you’ll have an excellent chance of getting a high ranking (Ideally 300). There are countless keywords out there, and with this tool you can take full advantage of them.
4) SEO Power –With this you can quickly determine whether or not a keyword is good for SEO rankings. If you can achieve good rankings, you have every chance of making money!
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Of all the scams online, this is by far the scariest.
This one has only been brought to my attention recently, and I have never been exposed to it myself, but after doing some research, I have discovered that it is in fact quite common.
People trying to scam others for money, are generally pathetic human beings, but this is as low as it gets.
Also known as “The Hitman Extortion Attempt”, it is basically an attempt from cyber criminals, to get hold of your money, by sending an email wherein they threaten to kidnap, kill or in other ways harm you or someone close to you.
The MO in the Hitman Scam, is different to the others, in the way that the usual scams, offer you some sort of (fake) reward if you take action, it’s your choice. This one however, tries to force you into taking action, using scare tactics.
Receiving a threat like this, can be absolutely terrifying, and cause serious psychological trauma’s, such as extreme paranoia.
Be careful with what you share online!!
The messages can seem very realistic, as they contain a lot of information about you, and your life. Information that they have gathered from various social media. (Another reason why you should always be careful with what you share online.)
In my opinion, receiving threats like these, is such a serious matter that it should always be reported to the police, FBI, or whatever authority that handles matters of this sort.
The thought of someone hiding in the shadows, with evil intent, is enough to drive anyone crazy.
In conclusion, DON’T share your details with these criminals, call the authorities, and do NOT expose too much about yourself on the internet! It can easily be taken advantage of, by people looking for a way to get your money.
If you, or anyone you know, has been exposed to The Hitman Scam, or anything like it, please leave me a comment.
Thank you for reading, and stay safe out there.
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The Lottery Scam, is another frequent visitor in my mailbox.
“Hooorrayyy! You’ve won the lottery. Millions of dollars are headed your way, all you need to do, is provide your bank details.”
Man, how lucky can you get? What are the odds of actually winning the big price in the lottery?! Especially when you don’t even recall ever having bought a ticket! Hmm, how did that happen?
Well, sorry mate, it DIDN’T! You are being scammed, and how strange it may seem, there are actually a lot of people falling for this one.
Why? Because, it’s the dream of being able to quit your job, financial freedom, having the opportunity to do exactly what you want. What if all I need to do is just click this button!
Don’t do it! Remember these words: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Repeat them in your mind, and don’t you ever forget.
Don’t read, just delete!
If you have a junk or spam folder, it usually catches these scams, but if you’re like me, you’re probably occasionally browsing through your junk folder, just to see, if anything of value accidentally got caught.
If you see a mail that congratulates you on winning the lottery, DON’T open it, in fact, you’ll be best off just deleting it!
Thank you for reading, and be careful out there in cyberspace!
High Traffic Academy is basically an online marketing training course that teaches ordinary people, like you and me, how to generate huge waves of traffic and how to convert them into sales.
The course is a series of training video’s, where you can learn how to build an email list and funnels, using certain traffic generating methods, or “tricks”, and make a lot of money.
In short, it’s about building and maximizing landing pages.
The concept of mailing list marketing has been around for years, and it isn’t at all as revolutionizing, as they claim. However, one could question the ethics behind this campaign, since they aren’t really offering any value, except a way to earn money, of which most end up in their own pockets.
Your job is basically to lure others into joining HTA, so that they can do exactly the same as you are doing, putting even more money into Vick’s and Jason’s pockets, for every new member you recruit.
In my opinion, to get real value out of this course, you would be better of, using the methods you learn, for your own business. But this would mean that you would still have to pay the price of your training + the tools and upsells, which would cost you thousands of dollars, and there would still be no guarantees.
I’ll admit, some of the training is good, and I don’t doubt that Vick, the marketing Guru, knows what he is doing, but there is so much unnecessary information that I feel is deliberately mixed in, only to make you feel that you are on top of things. The first (big) part of the course, is Vick promoting himself.
My general advice, is to never ever buy into anything online, unless you know the product, or you get to try it out first. I would also take the time to make some background research on the product, and the individuals behind it. This is easily done with Google, but I would make sure to use at least two sources of information.
I did some research on the main individual behind HTA, Vick Strizheus, and I found some very interesting information that I will share with you later in this review.
Pro’s & Con’s:
They have some great video’s
The training is easy to understand
Some great psychology tricks on how to turn prospects into buyers
WAY too expensive
No direct interaction with other members
No updates, could suggest that the owner has moved on to new projects
Nothing revolutionizing that you can’t find elsewhere for free
I have found a LOT of complaints and scam reports about HTA
What about the money?
The methods they teach in HTA is how to get PAID traffic, and this is something you should be aware of, before you even begin. It means that in order to make a substantial income, you will have to pay money.
So, not only do you have to pay the initial members fee + the tools + the upsells. You also have to spend money on your campaign, so unless you have money to spend, you won’t get anything out of this course.
I have seen a lot of reports from people, who paid up to $500 to attend summits, with some top names in online marketing, arranged by HTA. But for some reason, the summits get cancelled, (after people have paid)and when people try to get their money back, they can’t.
Who is Vick Strizheus?
This is where it get’s REALLY interesting.
Before I got started on the course, I did some background research on the owner(which you should always do), Vick Strizheus, and what I found out activated all my alarms.
The first thing I found out, was that Vick Strizheus’ real name is Vitalis Strizheus, and that he has quite the history.
Convicted of Insurance fraud
In 2007 Vick, or Vitalis, was convicted of insurance fraud, after creating fake insurance applications with information about people that don’t exist, almost getting away with around $30,000. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation, in which he was not allowed to leave South Dakota.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he also has a couple of dubious projects under his belt that have turned out to be scams, and one of them, the “Global Success Club”, even got closed down by the police.
Here is a list of scams that Vick Strizheus has been involved with:
7 Figure Marketing School
Global Success Club (closed down)
Big Idea Mastermind
Internet Traffic Formula
All of these programs, promise high incomes, and they all have in common that they are very expensive.
And then there is High Traffic Academy.
I can’t say if this is a scam, but it does look a lot like the others he has been involved with, and I wouldn’t want to get involved with a person with a history of fraud.
My Final Verdict:
There are basically two reasons, why I wouldn’t buy into HTA:
It has some good training, but it is way overprized, and it is in no way revolutionizing, like Vick Strizheus claims, and I could’ve found this training elsewhere for free.
I have found so many complaints, and scam reports that I wouldn’t take my credit card anywhere within a five mile radius of Vick Strizheus.
My verdict of High Traffic Academy: SCAM!
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Anyone who is interested in internet marketing, has probably come across the term “Marketing Guru”, and some might wonder, what the term actually means, or stands for.
The word “Guru” originates from Sanskrit, and it is a term used for someone who is a teacher, a spiritual guide, an expert or a master, in a certain field. In Indian tradition, the Guru is the master, or guide in matters of spiritual nature.
In Buddhism the tantric Guru is worshipped, and his teachings are considered holy and should not be violated.
But what is a marketing Guru?
The word Guru still means the same, as I have explained above, however, when associated with online marketing, it has become a somewhat ironic term, actually covering persons, who claim to be experts, and who offer to guide you, and help you towards “economic enlightenment” so to speak.
They promise you quick success, and all you have to do to achieve it, is to follow their guidance, and not question their authority. Oh, and pay what they tell you to.
These so called Guru’s, are self proclaimed experts, but their intentions are not pure, and the enlightenment you will achieve by following them, is no more, than a lighter wallet.
The marketing Guru’s I have encounteredare all experts, in spinning their web of deceit, and luring you into it, and if you earn anything at all, it is only by luring other innocent people into the net as well. Their funnels offer no value, only the (false) promise of making money.
In the end, the only one making anything substantial, is the “Guru” himself, through your hard work.
So, How Do You Recognize The Guru?
I wish there was a simple way to spot these scammers, but none of them have horns on their foreheads, sharp claws, fangs or yellow catlike eyes. If anything, they look more innocent than the average person, and it is easy to fall for their charms.
I admit it can be very hard, to see through the deceit, and all you can do, is be careful, and suspicious, whenever someone gives you promises of easy money. So set your alarms to go off, whenever someone promises quick and/or easy money.
My advice, is to never ever buy into anything, unless you get to try it out first, and even then you should proceed with caution.
So What CAN You Do, To Achieve Success Online?
I can not, WILL not, promise you a way, to earn a fortune overnight. I have spent a lot of time, and money, searching for it, and it doesn’t exist.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve success online. You can be very successful, and even earn a fortune. It just takes time, and work, but with the right guidance, you really can make it big.
If you want to learn more about how to achieve success online, you should read my review about Wealthy Affiliate. They are in my opinion, the best, quickest, and safest legit way achieve your goals.
Another scam that seems to have been around for ever.
Most people have had the questionable pleasure of finding this in their mailbox, and many have fallen for it, myself included.
So how does it work?
You receive a Greeting Card that seems to be coming from a friend, it may look something like this:
A Friend has sent you a Hallmark E-Card.
To view your e-card, you will need to download the updated version of Flash Player.
Flash Player Download
After you have downloaded Flash Player you can view your e-card, by clicking the link below:
Your Greeting Card
If you click one of the links, malicious software will be downloaded to your computer and installed onto your operating system, it can basically affect which ever device you use, when you open it..
You do NOT want this to happen!
It may “just” be an extremely annoying program that will result in ads and popups appearing on your screen, at any given moment.
It can also be “ransomware” or some financial malware, and this is more serious. It could also, and this is one of the worst case scenarios, be a part of the infamous Zeus family.
This typically means that your computer, will become part of a network of computers that are affected, and sending private data to a fraudulent server that is controlled by IT criminals. This is usually what happens, in most cases of modern identity theft.
How To Keep Safe From The Greeting Card Scam
There are a lot of specialized programs out there, designed to detect and remove this sort of malware, and I recommend that you always have installed software to keep your computer, and you, safe.
Above all, I urge you to use your common sense, whenever you receive something you’re not really sure of. If you don’t know the sender, or you have the slightest suspicion, don’t open it.
Name: Commission Cartel Website: www.commissioncartel.com Price: $9,95 Owners: Michael Cheney Overall Rank: 2 out of 100
Commission Cartel Product Overview
This program offers more promises than actual commissions. The initial ad has some very convincing, and professional looking images, and Michael Cheney comes on, as an ordinary guy, who really want’s the best for you.
However, the initial “low” price, is only the first of a couple of upsells that you will need, in order to make it big. He promises you that you can make all this money, even if you’re a newbie, and without even having a website, and here are a lot of bonusses available, and templates you can use. But since there aren’t any instructions, no newbie, will ever be able to find any value in it, and neither did I.
The Orientation Call
I never did find the supposed step by step that he mentions in the initial offer. However, you are required to attend the so called orientation call. This “orientation call” is supposed to be live, and it will not be possible to get a replay. In my case, it aired at 3 am. So even though you, according to Cheney, need this orientation call, in order to get anything out of the product, AND you’ve actually paid good money, you only get this one chance to see it.
So what do you get from the orientation call?
Apart from some tips, on how to use Facebook, it offered a bunch of upsells that were way above, what I can afford to pay, I got no value whatsoever. Absolutely NOTHING I could use.
Pros & Cons
There are a lot of banners and templates you can use, if you know how.
An experienced affiliate marketer might be able to put the bonusses, banners and templates to good use.
There are no instructions on how to use the bonusses and templates.
A lot of expensive upsells that you supposedly need , in order to get full value of the program.
Apart from my own bad experience, my research found a lot of bad reviews, and scam reports on Commission Cartel.
Who is The Commission Cartel For?
The Commission Cartel is supposedly targeted at newbies, and inexperienced people, who
want to earn easy money, but after trying the product, I can’t imagine any newbie being able to generate any substantial income on the Commission Cartel. For that matter, I can’t imagine any experienced marketer wanting to touch this either.
Commission Cartel Tools & Training
A lot of templates and banners and some basic guidelines on how to use them.
Commission Cartel Support
I tried to contact the support, but they never got back to me.
Commission Cartel Price
You are promised the possibility to earn an easy initial $500 for the sum of $9,95.
My Final Opinion of Commission Cartel
The Commission Cartel looks very professional, and Michael Cheney really is a master manipulator, pretending to be this ordinary guy, who understands you, and wants to help. I fell for it, paid the $9,95 and got absolutely nothing in return.
I will not recommend anyone to buy this product.
Name: The Commission Cartel
Website: www.commissioncartel.com Owners: Michael Cheney Price: $9,95 Overall Scam Rank: 2 out of 100
The Nigerian Scam is probably one of the oldest, and most common, scams on the internet.
I don’t know anyone, who has an email adress, who hasn’t been subjected to some variation of this one, and I personally get one of these at least once a week.
They come in different variations, but they are basically the same.
They usually start out with an emotional email, from a person, who claims to be of some importance, royalty or maybe a government employee, mostly in some African country (hence the name), who needs YOUR help, to retrieve a large sum of money. (go figure)
So what is your role in this?
All you need to do, is pay some initial fees, papers, transactions, and legal matters. And in return, you are promised a huge sum of money. It’s as easy as that!
But the initial payment, is just the beginning. Eventually you will be asked to pay more, and the additional costs keep piling up, until you even get wise, or you get broke.
Once they have you in their net, they might even send you papers, and forms that may seem convincing, but their only cause, is to convince you to send more money.
An Empty Bank Account
If you fall for these scams, you will only end up with an empty bank account, and a bucket full of promises.
There have been cases, where these scams have developed into threats, and even kidnappings.
So stay clear of the Nigerian Scam!
If you have been subjected to the Nigerian Scam, or maybe you know someone who has, please leave a comment, and share your experience.
If you have any comments or questions, please write it in the comment box, and I will answer as soon as I can.
The victim of online scams, is typically a person who is in need of money, or someone who is fed up with his nine to five, or just anyone, who wants an easy way to earn money.
Also, ironically, known as online “Guru’s“, these individuals have no scruples whatsoever, and they will lie and manufacture fake jobs or business opportunities, with NO regards to the consequences for their victims.
Their scams include a wide variety of categories, like Affiliate Marketing, Pyramid Schemes, and non existent jobs.
Money For Nothing, Or Nothing For Money?
Usually, the victim is lured into joining a course, or system that promises a lot of money in a short period of time with minimum effort, for a low startup price. But this is only the beginning; usually there are a lot of “upsells” and additional costs, before you can reach your goal, a goal that in the end turns out to be non existent.
The criminals are smart, and before you know it, you have spent more than you intended, and this makes it even harder to quit, because you don’t want your money to be spent for nothing, but in order to continue, you need to pay even more.
When you finally do get out, your money is gone, and trying to get it back, is a lost cause.
I have learned to be very suspicious, whenever someone promises me easy or quick money. My experience tells me, there is no such thing.
My advice:If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Don’t spend your money on anything online, unless you get to test it first.
Good luck with your online adventure, and watch yourself out there.
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