SEO eBooks That Helped Me Make Money Online

The 3 SEO eBooks That Helped Me Make Money Online

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My first ever post at this site was titled “The Ark Is Now Ready To Sail!” I pictured out myself as an ark carrying worry-free thoughts and now ready to sail into a new world… a world of making money online.

At first, I was a bit skeptical asking “How can a web site particularly one focusing on blogs attract at least 2,000 visitors and make at least $20 per day?” I have read various success stories but could not help myself wondering if I can also do it. I realized that in order for me to find out, I should try it. From those stories, I found out that search engine optimization (SEO) is the key. I should optimize my blog posts in such a way that I rank high in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for specific keywords.

You see, visitors coming from the search engines are the ones who will bring you money. Since they arrived at your site looking for something, they are the ones who will have the tendency to be interested and click the ads displayed on your site. And we all know that every legitimate click converts into cash.

After finally getting my first pay-out of $159.58, I feel it’s time to share where I learned SEO.

There are many FREE SEO eBooks available in the internet. But these three are the ones that really helped me.

1. Guerilla Blogger’s Strategy and Tactics on How to Make Cash Online by Marhgil Macuha and Zigfred Diaz

I have always been a fan of the Prince of Philippine SEO, Marhgil Macuha. I am a subscriber of his web site and regularly posts comments there.  I like how he is being unselfish as he often shares his techniques and plans… and even his keywords. So when I decided to monetize my web site, it was his ebook co-authored by Zigfred Diaz that I first read. I even printed it and have it soft-bounded as my picture below shows:

Their “guerilla blogging” approach encouraged me that I can make money online even if I have a regular day job. Marhgil himself is working as IT analyst while Zigfred is a lawyer. Having a niche is also not necessary. And the most important thing I learned is about “keyword hijacking”. To have a steady stream of traffic to your site, the secret is to make posts about high-traffic low density (HITLOD) keywords. Meaning, make posts about keywords that has a high incident of people searching for them but has less competition in the SERPs. The authors cited various examples in this ebook.

This ebook is a must-read for every Filipino who wants to make money online as the authors are Filipinos themselves and as such, you can easily relate to what they are trying to say. The tips are presented in a very organized manner and they made sure that your non-geeky ears will not be having trouble understanding the various terminologies they presented.

You can download it for FREE at macuha dot com or at zdiaz dot com. I also suggest that you visit their sites and subscribe to their feeds to be always updated whenever they post some interesting tips.

2. Make Money Online With John Chow dot Com (How I Went From Zero to $27,000+ a Month By Blogging and How You Can Too) by John Chow

I tried to find out what Wikipedia has to say about John Chow but was amazed to know that there’s none! Considering that he is one of the most successful bloggers ever, I think he warrants a Wikipedia entry. His first post tells a little about him.

His web site has a tag line of “I Make Money Online By Telling People How I Make Money Online”. Every month, he blogs how much he earns and how he did it. His ebook was released on December 31, 2007 and its title is actually already outdated as he now earns around $40,000 per month. Wow!

John Chow’s ebook is very comprehensive but is pretty much easy to understand. He shares his recommended money-makers, tips for beginners, blogging mistakes to avoid, good habits to maintain, linking strategies and what he does when he has a writer’s block. He is a wordpress user and also gives his plugins preferences. His how tos on content creation, increasing subscriber count, encouraging comments, doing affiliate marketing and optimizing your Google Adsense ads are very useful.  He even shares his “evil” ways which caused him to be banned by Google.

You can download his ebook for FREE at john chow dot com. I also suggest that you visit his site and subscribe to his feeds.

3. Search Engine Optimization Made Easy by Brad Callen

Brad Callen is an SEO expert and the author of the best selling software SEO Elite and Keyword Elite. Although his ebook pretty much advertises the benefits of using his software, the tips he provide are presented in such a way that even if you don’t actually buy his software, you can still make it at the top of the SERPs.

His ebook is much more technical than the two previous ebooks above but his step-by-step tutorials are easy to follow. It focuses on keyword research and the onpage and offpage optimizations you must do in order for you to rank high in the Google SERPs and how to outrank your competitors. It also talks on how to get listed in Google within 24 hours, how important Page Rank (PR) is and how to avoid being banned by Google.

You can download the FREE ebook here.

I have not actually read these 3 ebooks in one sitting. On my free time, I read them and try the tips presented little by little.

After applying what I learned from these ebooks, I’m proud to say that my personal achievements were getting my first $100 from Google Adsense in 5 months, getting a PR of 2 after 3 months and having a subscriber count of 201 as of today.

If you are still wondering how you too can duplicate what I did, you might as well try these ebooks. However, I don’t guarantee that you will get immediate results. Just be diligent and couple that with patience.

Remember, hard work and determination always pay off. Good luck! 😉

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100 Responses to “The 3 SEO eBooks That Helped Me Make Money Online”

  1. Miah Says:

    Nice post ark! thanks for sharing this! I have only read the Gueilla E-book of Marhgil… hmm.. will try to read those e-books you’ve mentioned…:)

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    ark Reply:

    Yes, try them. Even if you are earning already, there’s still too much to learn.

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    Gilene Forever Reply:

    kuya, pwedeng hiramin ang mga books mo? para mas maintindihan ko pa ang seo na yan..hirap ako seo sa blog ko..paano kaya yun?

    help mo naman me, new blogger kasi..1st week ko palang sa blogging..sana magkaadsense na rin ako..

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    ark Reply:

    Download mo na lang ang mga ebooks sa link na binigay ko. Free naman sila eh.

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    Joel Reply:

    I have read all three books you mentioned and they do indeed gave me good tips to improve my blogging experience. Thanks to your post because if not for it, I would not have known about these ebooks.

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    ark Reply:

    No problem man. Good luck to your blogging career.

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  2. weng cariaga Says:

    sir, ayus to!!!! try ko po basahin para magkaroon ako additional ideas!!!

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    ark Reply:

    Don’t just try. You should really read them. You’ll gain plenty of ideas.

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  3. ianemv Says:

    another pose naman si ark hehe..model na model ang dating.

    this is great post ark. i’ve always wanted to duplicate your achievement and yet i’m not even half way hehe. anyway, like you always tell me “sipag at tiyaga” talaga ang kelangan to achieve those.

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    ark Reply:

    Doble sipag at tiyaga pa yan. Para next time, ikaw naman ang magpopose ng ganito, hehe..

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  4. bona Says:

    Magsulat ka ng The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money Online! (ginoogle ko, wala pang nagsulat nun, lol).

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    ark Reply:

    Siguro title lang ang wala pa. Pero marami ng books on how to make money online. Mahirap makipagkumpetensiya jan.

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  5. Pastilan Says:

    Uy paturo naman ng techniques dyan.

    Yes okay yung Guerilla Blogger’s Strategy and Tactics on How to Make Cash Online nina Macuha & Diaz, dami napupulot dun. And yes, dapat sa mga blogger na may planong kumita sa internet ay magaral ng SEO, magbasa ng mga aklat na tulad nitong nasa post mo Bro. At hindi dapat huminto sa pagbabasa, maghanap ng maghanap ng mga bagong mababasa kasi araw araw nagbabago ang internet kaya dapat laging updated para hindi mapagiwanan.

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    ark Reply:

    Amen bro!

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  6. Guerilla Blogger Says:

    Wow ! You really printed our ebook, that’s great ! We really feel flattered.

    Thanks for the great review. Congrats on getting your 1st check. More power to your blog ! Watch out for the revised edition of our ebook soon !

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    ark Reply:

    Salamat po. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo, di ako magkakaroon ng additional source of income. Sana marami pa kayo’ng matulungan. More power!

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  7. LIFE Moto Says:

    that is good news bro, finally you got your 1st hard work. congrats

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    ark Reply:

    Thank you very much. :-)

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  8. bari Says:

    bago sa pandinig ko ung ke brad cullen hehe, thanks for the info. me bgo ako mpagaaralan thanks!

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    ark Reply:

    Ok yan si Brad Callen bro. Sikat na sikat nga ung mga software nia ngayon eh. Magaling na SEO master un.

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  9. enad Says:

    im learning seo

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    ark Reply:

    Glad to know that bro.

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    enad Reply:

    yeah. i feel like im playing around with it. havent read any seo book though. my blog has a better ranking na.

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  10. ricojake Says:

    thanks sir ark for these tips. i already have the john chow ebook but i didnt know the other two. i will try to read and apply them all. My only problem is that, will they gonna work in a free blogging platform like Blogger?

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    ark Reply:

    Well, for the first 2 ebooks, they will work even if you are in a free hosting service like blogger. However for the third one, you really need to have your own domain and a paid hosting service because the limitations in a free hosting service will prevent you from applying the concepts presented therein.

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  11. Vlad Says:

    Thanks Ark for sharing these stuff. I will try to read these ebooks and learn the SEO tricks.

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    ark Reply:

    No problem Vlad. You can do it too.

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  12. Cyril Pauya Says:

    Very nice of you to share these, now at least I will know the what, when and how to be a pro-blogger.

    More power to you.

    :)

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    ark Reply:

    Thank you bay. Good luck.

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  13. Winziph Says:

    nice post sir ark, try to read this books lalo na yung kina sir diaz syempre dapat unahin ung mga gawa ng mga kababayan natin before ng iba… nice one sir ark…

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    ark Reply:

    Salamat. Sige, unahin mo un. Very easy to understand that one.

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  14. Trekking in Himalaya, High altitude Trekking, Peaks climbing Says:

    It’s very nice and best way
    really very good
    lovely article

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    ark Reply:

    Thank you.

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  15. Mao Says:

    Nabasa ko na po yung mga recommended seo e-books nyo and it helps me a lot po khit nguumpisa plang ako.. thank you kuya ark..

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    ark Reply:

    I’m glad na nakatulong ako kahit papaano. Good luck sa iyo. :-)

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  16. Kerslyn Says:

    nice one Khe. thanks for sharing. dina-download ko na ngayon yung first ebook.

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    ark Reply:

    Good luck sa iyo len. Go go go!

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  18. earlied Says:

    Hi arkhe, salamat sa imong mga tips..I read those ebooks that you recommended me and they actually help me in many ways…salamat kayo..keep up and more blogs from you..

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    ark Reply:

    Glad to know that sir. Good luck in your blogging endeavors.

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  19. Menard Says:

    Ark,
    Congrats!
    got ur link from newest Marghil post!

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    ark Reply:

    Cool! Thanks to Marghil. He’s a very humble and unselfish guy always willing to help others.

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  20. Dexter | Techathand.net Says:

    Got the links of this particular post from Marhgil, and it is nice to know that you are now enjoying and being successful in blogging.

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  22. CooCoo Says:

    Hey I read the two books except Jon Chow’s. I am just starting out my blog. Wish me luck! I linked you by the way….

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    ark Reply:

    Good luck to you. I know you can it as well. Thanks for the link.

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    elie palima Reply:

    John chow’s ebook is a must read.. :)

    anyways,.

    ark, thank you for this post.. I just downloaded the ebook by marghil..

    and I’m enjoying reading it.

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    ark Reply:

    No problem. Spread the word.

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  23. melardenio Says:

    I do read the Guerilla blogging..galing talaga nila sir Marhgil…

    thanks sa tips on ebooks ni john chow at brad callen..

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    ark Reply:

    Sure no problem. Good luck sa iyo.

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  24. melardenio Says:

    I did read the two ebooks but i think mas concise yung seo ni sir marghil…galing talagang pinoy…

    sir macuha.com really is the prince of seo. now my blog is getting traffic.

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    ark Reply:

    Nice to know that. Keep it up!

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  25. reyjr Says:

    That’s very generous of your Ark! Maraming salamat. 😉

    Now off to read them ebooks.

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    ark Reply:

    No problem. Good luck to you. I know you can do it too.

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  29. hector Says:

    These are great ebooks. Very informative. Thanks a lot!

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  30. ferzam Says:

    nice blog here

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  31. tom|freemoney Says:

    I am glad I check topblogs.com because it lead me to your blog here. Your information is amazing…

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  32. Japhikz Says:

    Salamat kuya Ark! I’ll download this two ebooks now, meron na ko nung kay Sir Marghil eh :)

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    ark Reply:

    You are welcome. Good luck sa iyo.

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  33. Franchise Philippines Says:

    paki update naman po ng download link ng ebook ni john chow, page not found na kasi.

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks for pointing it out. Di ko alam na nawala na pala ung link na un. Anyway, when you go to his site, you are prompted to download a FREE copy of his ebook by giving your name and email address. I suggest you do it to avail of the ebook.

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  34. Franchise Philippines Says:

    Thanks! na download ko na po. nabasa ko po yung story nyo how you got banned from adsense, laki pla ng kita nyo sir. hays kailan kaya ako makakatikim ng ganyan kalaking $. tanong ko lang po how much are you earning now that you are using other ad networks?

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  35. Franchise Philippines Says:

    sorry for the double post, nabasa ko po yung earnings nyo sa best adsense alternatives post nyo, ok rin pla yung ibang ad networks. kumusta naman po earnings nyo sa adbrite?

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    ark Reply:

    Naka-$300+ ako sa adbrite for February. Still a far cry from what I have been earning with Adsense though. :-(

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    Franchise Philippines Reply:

    ok na yang $300+ kysa sa wala. pero sayang rin ang adsense, gumawa na lang sana ka ng site for streaming videos sir at ibang ad networks ang gamit

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    Ver Reply:

    mas maganda ba ang adbrite kaysa adsense?

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    Philippine Android News Reply:

    I am using adsense, but my income is not really that good.

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  36. Unwired Technologies Says:

    This is a good article, and all three books are very useful.

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  37. Jaz Says:

    Sir Ark, try mo bidtraffic marami daw kumikita dun ng malaki parang Adsense din.

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    ark Reply:

    That’s my first time to hear about it. I’ll give it a try. Thank you.

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  38. lala_sky Says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m also trying to maximize the internet by earning money online. I’ve already bookmarked this page so i can check the websites you mentioned.

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  39. InfinitelyBlessed Says:

    reading books is really inspiring especially when you need motivation in starting your own business or trying a new venture in your career.

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  40. OLAN Says:

    ARK, paturo naman… tagal ko ng ngata-travel blog pero wala pa rin akong earnings! promise! hehehehe. happy to see you here!

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    ark Reply:

    Grabe andami mo nang napuntahan lan. Well, way back college, I already know you as laagan, haha.. Sayang di ako nakasama sa tour organized by sir avel.

    Anyway, hindi ko alam paano magmonetize ng travel blog eh. As you know, I’m more on sports and entertainment. But one thing is sure, the more traffic you have, the greater the chance that visitors will click on the ads on your site.

    I suggest you create another site na mas marami traffic gaya ng entertainment site. Sa travel blog kasi, kunti lang traffic lalo na pag ang audience mo eh mga locals din. Mas malaki traffic pag international ang audience mo.

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    OLAN Reply:

    thank you Ark. :) sige, will try to make one. :)

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    ark Reply:

    Just read the ebooks here. Then, just email me kung may mga hindi ka naintindihan or you need additional tips: ark_anthill@yahoo.com

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  41. jayme Says:

    hi Ark, Ask ko lang dude what plugin can i use to display related posts. Like the one in your website.
    Thanks pre

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    ark Reply:

    I use the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

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  42. jay Says:

    Hi ark,
    Im also waiting for my first adsense check to arrive this may. thanks for your advice. I already have your link in my blogroll.

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  43. pinoy bballer Says:

    thanks for sharing your insights on blogging kuya ark.. sana kahit papano mag-improve din yung traffic ng blog ko.. good thing wala akong gagawin ngayong summer.. i can have the luxury of reading these books and reinventing my blog..^_^

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    ark Reply:

    Dito ako nagsimula so I know you will learn a lot from them. Just email me if ever you need some help.

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  44. pacmanny Says:

    Great tips br0! na-download ko na ung Guerilla Blogger’s Strategy and Tactics nina Macuha at Diaz, pero nde ko pa nabasa, next week cguro… Thanks alot! :)

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    ark Reply:

    No problem bro. Good luck to you.

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  45. Kathy Says:

    I’m just starting to blog. I don’t know much about SEO yet. I am in the stage of learning about it. Thanks for these 3 ebooks you shared!

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  46. fiona Says:

    I am glad I check topblogs.com because it lead me to your blog here. Your information is amazing… thanks so much! =)

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  47. Arwin Says:

    Thanks for the info mate. My first post in my blog (http://arwinmargallo.blogspot.com) was 3 yrs. ago but when I read macuha’s blog, it made me inspired and downloaded his ebook. I’m applying the tips right now though it is really hard finding hitlod keywords.

    BTW. I got your link from Macuha…good luck!

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  48. Richele Says:

    this is a GREAT one insan!!! keep up the great work, you rock \w/

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  49. Vic @ Business Tips Blog Says:

    Wow great list of eBooks, and the best thing is that they are free. Currently my blog is still relying on Adsense. I’m wondering how I can monetize it aside from it.

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  50. GMG Says:

    The best things in life are free! Will definitely check these books.

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  51. Julius Capua Says:

    Great tips! Definitely I will apply these freebies. Keep up the good work!

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  52. Lourdes Galang Says:

    Is this for real? this is something I’ve been wanting to do but I am still reluctant and if I can really make a living by just doing this and earning as much as you are earning aside from doing other stuff, I’d be so damn happy!!!

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  53. sws Says:

    this is informative!

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  54. Yourfan Says:

    Thanks for that great article,.I have read your topics about banned from adsense and live streaming post..by the way, i’m also a Filipino, I’m just asking why not applying google adsense again? I heard that they(people got banned) applied google adsense and some were approved by google adsense by just changing their only address,.and i know your sie has a great potential for live streaming and video replay, why not register to forum.philboxing.com? that forums, gave drives a lot of huge traffic..promise..hope it will help….thanks…

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    ark Reply:

    Applying for adsense requires me not to post fight videos and live streams at this site because they are copyrighted content. Un ang gusto mangyari ni google sa letter nila sa akin. However, I can’t do that since since this is a sports site. Thanks for that link.

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    Yourfan Reply:

    No problem bro. Just sign up there for registration and you can post there the links of your live video streaming fight especially if there’s a fight. But be sure, post your links in the exact category and you can read their forum rules there but they are not strict as some of the pinoy forums. Why i’m telling you, because, some of them were there playing around the links when it comes live streaming because there’s no more hard times for you to tweak your blog for SEO, that forum, drives a lot of foreign visitors directly to it searching links for live streaming, because I for one, who used to visit that forum directly and clicking of those links with streaming, you know why bro? As surfer/user, who wants live streaming, don’t need to go to google search engine to search those live streaming since big G gave me some useless and spam websites directly on the first,second, etc on results page which are not true live streaming site, the result is very frustrating, then proven and tested, that whenever there’s a fight and looking for live streaming, i’ll go directly to that forum.philboxing.com and i think they were also doing this for sure finding some of those real links. Just search on alexa, that forum site has credible traffic stats. Hope this will help you to go on sailing with your ark!…Cheers!

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  55. msa Says:

    Google not use SEO anymore. More advanced robot?

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  56. J.se Says:

    May adsense naako pero mababa pa rin cpc ko. Is it normal to an education website to have a low cpc rate?

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