Ask Me Anything I Am Matthew Woodward, 6 Figure Blogger, Elite SEO, Digital Nomad, Laptop Lifestyle, Corpora

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  1. MatthewWoodward

    MatthewWoodward Active Member

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    Hey!

    First of all I would like to thank Alex & the Apex forum team for inviting me to take part in an AMA here.

    For those of you that don't know me, let me tell you a little bit about my self.

    I'm 29 years old and have been using the internet since I was 10 years old. I started my first writing gig when I was 13 writing video game reviews for a popular website which even gave me access to games long before release date.

    As I was obsessed with the internet and video games, that naturally led to competitive gaming that took me to various tournaments and I claim to have pulled off the first 360 no scope with a sniper rifle (it's on YouTube).

    My obsession with competitive gaming led me to building my first website so people could share highlight videos/demos with each other and this was before YouTube existed. People had to upload the videos via FTP and this was all paid for by my paper round!

    In fact to record the videos we had to connect our graphics card output to a VCR to record to a VHS and then play the VHS back through a digital capture card to create the video. Damn I feel old writing that.

    It wasn't until I was around 18 when I realised that you could actually use the internet to make money (/facepalm) and not just shoot people virtually which led me into the corporate world.

    I eventually ended up as head of online marketing for one of the biggest distributors in Europe leading campaigns for global clients.

    Although I had huge success in the corporate world, I was a near permanent resident in the Human Resource offices because people get really upset in the corporate world if you are honest with them. You can't call a spade, a spade.

    So after being told I'm too passionate to work in a corporate environment - I took the leap to follow my own ventures 6 years ago.

    In those 6 years I have achieved an awful lot, I've built, ranked, bought, sold and penalised more sites than I can remember. I have had sites that make me 4 figures per day that crashed to zero overnight and vice versa. I've done 6 figure product launches and zero figure product launches. I've helped change peoples lives and pissed off a bunch of people at the same time.

    My internet marketing blog has won a bunch of international awards, being featured in lots of fancy pants places and all sorts of other willy waving type stuff.

    I've spoken at conferences all over the world from Bucharest to Las Vegas and I always just wing it and speak from experience and the heart rather than preparing a script or rehearsing.

    In recent years I quit the capitalist/consumerist driven 'first world' in complete hypocrisy, ripped out everything I knew about life by moving to a strange new country because a blog reader invited me for a beer one time! Pero mi espanol neccesito practica mas y que sueno como un gringo super!

    I have had a huge interest in anything to do with the mind/psychology/business for as long as I remember - whether that be hustling Pokemon cards at school, positive thinking/mindfulness through to controlling peoples buying behavior.

    I'm a huge believer in the power of observation and I'm always watching. My comfort zone is uncomfortable. Weirdly I don't really care for money, this is just the game that I love. In my head I'm still sat in front of my SNES playing Super Mario and collecting coins as I go.

    Outside of all of that I've developed a love for free diving and holding my breathe for as long as possible in complete darkness underwater - weird.

    So that is me, inside and out.

    Ask me anything.
     
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    Hi Matt,

    I have been following you for some time, online of course (I always think that sounds a little seedy!). I wondered do you do any small talks / training sessions. Also what would you recommend is the best affliliate software for an ecommerce business to use?
     
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    Nice man, I've just been reading your blog lately.

    I'll start with a question off the top of my head. You mentioned somewhere on your site that in competitive niches it's pretty much not worth executing long-term seo strategies because of the amount of negative seo. Do you still think that's true and if so do you still churn and burn in competitive niches?
     
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    Hi, First of all I'm a huge fan of your site.
    I would like to know what is the best outreach strategy? and do you believe there is a market in creating niche websites in other languages than English?
     
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    Hi Matt, I'm managing a large PBN and I would like to automate my work.

    What practices and tips do you use to automate your PBNs? What do you think of plugins like WP Robot? Do you think i can still use it to create new content although of poor quality?
     
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    Hi Matthew, big fan of your site and have followed it (I think) from when you first started it. I remember coming to it from a video on BHW about (if I remember correctly) tiered link-building. I've been at this now for about three years trying to build an income through blogging and, though I've had some small successes (I sold a site, for instance, for $5000), I've plateaued a bit. I have three sites, all on topics that I'm passionate about, each making around $100 a month, but I'm unsure how to build them out to turn them into a source of income I can make a living from (I currently support myself as a freelance writer) - so my question would be, what would your strategy be for sites that are a little established but not making a huge amount of money?

    Sorry for the long question. Can post links to th sites if it's appropriate to do so!
     
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    Hey Matt, I've been following your blog for years and have taken all the actionable advice you've given. "My question concerns paid advertising, I've used the forums but my traffic is still a bit stagnant, should I ramp it up to paid ads and if so what venue should I explore for a blog centered around training for newbies".
     
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    Hi Matt,

    what strategy would you recommend for a Web Designer/Developer to gain access to the US/European Market apart from outsourcing websites like Fiverr that basically force you to do work for pennies?
     
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    Hello Matthew and everybody, Love the site, I learn something everytime I visit. Would like your recommendation on the best resource for learning cost per click/cost per action. A resource the that would be for a complete noob thru advanced. Thanks for the site full of information and thanks for being available. Charles
     
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    Hey Matt, good to see you on here, seems like a great forum so far!

    No questions from me, just a friendly sup sup ^.^
     
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    For certain, Matthew your stories resonated much with my outlooks in life. You had really attained much in less time at just 29! big ups. How do I keep interested visitors for long in my blogs. 2ndly, What's the big deal blogging on a free platform, like blogger. I will be glad if you can be of any assistance to really get my platform off the ground. Thanks.
     
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    Hey Matthew, first of all, thank you for all of your awesome teachings. You are the one person I look forward to seeing in my inbox.

    I think I am like a lot of your readers in the sense that we are trying to make an income from SEO to replace our day jobs. For myself, I am becoming more and more knowledgeable from your teachings but still have not cracked the $100 threshold. I just want to start by covering my monthly expenses.

    My question is this: What can you recommend for someone that has a very small budget for software and buying domains/hosting to start with? Should I be buying a software like SeNuke to help rank my lead gen sites or should I focus on spending money on SEO resources like Ahrefs, SemRush, or similar so I can start to approach new clients having solid research resources?

    The goal is to make money and to cover the few hundred dollars in expenses so I can grow and advertise my company... Just feel lost and don't know what the quickest way to get there would be.

    Any advise is very appreciated.

    Cheers
     
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    Matthew what are the exact software you use yourself for SEO work and what your fastest methods for ranking up a site?
     
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    How deep can you freedive?
     
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    what is the value a blog comment gets, like a guest post? or the comments section has less value? how can i boost a blog comment authority?

    is possible to rank websites for keywords with traditional backlinking ? (comments, social bookmark) i heard somewhere that you should check your competitors backlink profile and copy their strategy, so maybe they have 100 backlinks with exact match anchor text and they rank for that keyword, is that true?is it safe to use exact match anchors with traditional backlinking (because they have less value that a pbn link)

    how much diversity is needed when using expired web 2.0, lets say i build 3 tumblr, 1 blogspot, 1rebelmouse etc, is there a rule for diversity?

    does tiered backlinking still works without pbn links?

    how do you concentrate on your projects? like how you got the discipline to be that great achiever that you are now? thanks
     
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    Hi Matt, Great blog full of great info. My question is what have you found as a marketer to be the best way of dealing with the abundance of spam emails?
     
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    hey i was reading that youre passionate about psychology, check this guy work www.thisisciaran.com
    just to add some vbalue to you, his teaching is potent.
     
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    Hi Matthew,

    I am a bit tired of web services development, SEO for clients, etc. and am looking to apply my 16+ years experience as an Internet professional to developing a stream of passive income via affiliate marketing (if that is the most appropriate method of developing easily sustainable passive income).
    I have done a bit of research re setting up on Amazon and using my skills to market in new/trending niches, etc.

    What is your recommendation for the best and fastest way to developing some passive income via the Internet?
     
  19. MatthewWoodward

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    Hahaha I don't mind :p

    I have spoken at conferences but decided to hang up the speaking hat for a short while although you can see a presentation from Boston SEO here http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/talks/boston-seo/

    There isn't a single right or wrong affiliate software for any business, it really depends on the businesses individual needs and goals. Some people want a self hosted solution while others want a 3rd party solution.

    Location is also important for example in the UK, Affiliate Window is a popular network for different categories of companies where as Commission Junction is more popular elsewhere.
     
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    Thanks for your readership :)

    It depends on the brand factor, if you are doing SEO for a big well known brand then you have that on your side which makes ranking longer term in those ultra competitive niches easier.

    However even big brands (specifically in the casino/gambling industry) employ satellite sites and all out blog networks to add an extra layer to their efforts essentially working as affiliates for themselves.

    Negative SEO still exists but its not as easy to pull off as it once was unless it's a relatively new site.
     
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