There are tons of tools out there that can help you optimize your website and maximize your profits. John says that there are really only two critical components to having a successful website (or blog). First, you need to generate traffic. Second, you need to monetize that traffic. Over the course of this review, we’ll have a look at three tools that address both of these core areas.
Spying on the Competition
Have you ever had a burning suspicion that the person who runs one website is also the same person that runs something else? If the sites are hosted on different servers and have different WHOIS information, site ownership can be pretty well masked from the public. Even so, most webmasters who specialize in MFA (Made for AdSense) sites still use the same Google AdSense account across their entire portfolio. And AdsSpy can do that cross-referencing for you.
AdsSpy.com current tracks over 400,000 Google AdSense domains, as well as numerous accounts from AdBrite, Chitika, YPN, Kontera, and more. In effect, you can spy on the competition and see what other projects they may have running in the wings. For example, by throwing www.johnchow.com into the search field, I am able to discover that he uses the same AdSense account on thetechzone.com and laptopgamers.com. Most of you know about TTZ, but did you know about Laptop Gamers?
The basic report does not provide all of the information. Instead, it will only show how many domains (and subdomains) are associated with a particular publisher ID. To gain access to the full report, you’ll need to a pay. You can either order based on the number of reports you need or you can get unlimited access for a certain number of days. Prices range from $4.95 for a single report to $199.95 for 180 days of premium access.
A Reverse Index of Google
There are probably certain keywords that you are trying to target on your blog. For example, John has used a few initiatives to get rank for “make money online” and “root of all evil”. These strategies are for when you already know which keywords you want to target. With SeoDigger, “you can find out for which keywords your site ranks high enough to be in Google Top 20.”
In many ways, this is Google in reverse. When regular search engines, you pump type in the search term and it finds websites for you. With SeoDigger, you enter a website and shows which keywords are ranking the best for it. This valuable SEO tool also displays the keyword popularity as calculated by Wordtracker and Overture. All data can be exported via CSV.
Aside from the entertainment value — you’d be surprised by some of the search terms for which your site ranks in Google — there are plenty of SEO benefits to a tool like SeoDigger. It probably makes more sense to improve your ranking on terms that you already reach the first page of Google than trying to start from scratch with new keywords altogether.
The free service lets you look up the rankings for a single page and the number of queries is limited to just five per hour. By registering with SeoDigger, you can check for results across an entire domain, seeing if any internal pages are ranking well with Google. Upgrading to a premium account provides even further benefits.
Shaking the Room for IE and Firefox Browsers
As if SeoDigger and AdsSpy weren’t enough, the same developers have come up with SeoQuake as well. This is a toolbar and series of plug-ins for both Firefox and Internet Explorer users. When activated, you can instantly see the Google PageRank, number of indexed pages, incoming links, and so on of any given page. One of the more interesting SEO plug-ins included lets you sort Google search results according to different parameters. You can list them based on PageRank, for example, instead of using Google’s default algorithm.
Combining SeoQuake with SeoDigger with AdsSpy, you should be well-equipped for the world of making money online. Now if only the rest of us could figure out the John Chow effect, we’d be set!