search engine optimization

SPI 176: Backlinking – What’s Working and Is it Even Still Important – with Brian Dean from

I’m thrilled to have Brian Dean from Backlinko here to share his expertise on backlinking. You may remember Brian’s epic post on backlinking that appeared on the Smart Passive Income blog in 2014.

In this episode, Brian reviews the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and teaches which strategies will help you boost your site’s Google rank and drive traffic to your site.

SPI 134: Crucial and Common WordPress Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, with Dan from WP Curve

Dan Norris, co-founder of WP-Curve (a company that provides on-going support for Wordpress users) has helped hundreds of Wordpress site owners through a myriad of different problems. He's on the show today to help us with the most common mistakes webmasters make, and how to avoid them for an improved site and user experience.

THE Backlinking Strategy That Works – 2014 and Beyond Edition

Are you looking for the latest UP-TO-DATE information on backlinking, SEO, and getting your site to the top of Google? Well look no further, because this post will reveal everything you need to know that works today in the world of linkbuilding. This is a completely updated version of my previous popular backlinking post (with over 2100 comments).

Niche Site Duel 2.4.0 – Pat’s Food Truck Niche Website Revealed! (Part 2)

In my last post, I revealed the niche site that I built to serve aspiring and existing food truck owners. was very well received and a lot of people left very positive comments about the concept, design and content currently on the site. Thanks for that! In this post, I'm going to pick up where [...]

Niche Site Duel 2.0 (research post) – Effective & Long-term Link Building for Niche Sites with Jon Cooper

The official launch of Niche Site Duel 2.0 will be this coming Wednesday! On Wednesday, we'll kick off NSD2.0 with a post about: How you can follow along and participate. The application process for joining the 'learning group' of 5 people who I will personally select to not only 'coach', but learn with while we [...]

Niche Site Duel 2.0 – Criteria and Thoughts for Keyword and Niche Selection

When starting a brand new website, choosing the right topic for your site is the most important part of the process. Everything about our website - the name of it, what it looks like, what we publish - is determined by the topic or niche that we choose, so it's mandatory that we spend some time [...]

Niche Site Duel 2.0 (research interview) – What’s Working in SEO Right Now with Alex Becker

Niche Site Duel 2.0 is right around the corner!  For those of you who don't know, the original Niche Site Duel (NSD) was a public challenge to create a niche website from scratch, rank it high in Google and start earning an income from it. In 73 days I was able to work my Security Guard [...]

Niche Site Duel – Investigating a Sudden Drop in Earnings

It's been a while since I last published a dedicated update about my niche site, A lot has happened in the world of search engine optimization since the last update and there's a lot of interesting data to report and thoughts in my head that will determine where I go with this site in the [...]

How 9,900 Exact Match Searches Equate to $1,500 Per Month

As most of you know, last year I publicly built a niche site from scratch that is now ranking #1 in Google for the target keyword "security guard training" and is consistently making about $1500.00 a month. You can read all about how I found this niche and built the site on The Niche Site Duel [...]

Niche Site Duel – One Year Later (Earnings and Traffic Update)

A lot of you have been asking me for a Niche Site Duel update and I'm happy to share my latest report with you today - exactly one year after posting my very first announcement about the challenge. One year after deciding to build a niche site from scratch, I now own the #1 ranked [...]