Why should you start a blog?

I think everyone should have a blog, whether it is to make an additional income, to build a home based business or even just as a hobby. Today I want to answer the question, “Why should you start a blog?”

Here are the top five reasons why I think you should start blogging.

1. Sharing is caring.

Why should you have a blogIf you have a hobby or passion, chances are that you have experienced something along the way that will help someone else. Maybe you ran into a particular problem that is now vexing someone else. By writing a blog about your experience, you may help someone (or many someones) out.

Maybe you just want to share your daily life with friends and family. While you can share these things on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, they have their limitations. On your own blog you can create more user friendly image galleries and link your content in a fashion that is conducive to the way you want your viewers to see it.

2. The more you write the better you get at it

There is no reason not to be a good writer and often, becoming a better writer is in our own best interest. If you have a job where you have to communicate with people via electronic medium (email, chat, etc…) being a good writer is almost a requirement.

When you write your own blog, you will learn new techniques at writing and as time passes and your writing quality increases, all of your written communication will improve. The more you write, the better you will get at it, so the point you are trying to get across will become more clear and concise to everyone.

3. You can meet new people.

Make new friendsThis is maybe the best part for me. If you write a helpful blog and engage in the community you are helping, you are going to make friends. Why? Because you will get known for helping people.

The really great thing about this is that people can view your blog from anywhere in the world. You may make a friend in Germany or Ireland or Australia. Think about it. The world wide web does not know any boundaries (except for the maybe the great firewall of China or other countries that limit internet access to their citizens).

You could be chatting with one person from the U.S. in the morning then chatting with someone from India in the evening. It’s a really neat way to meet new people (your audience) from all over the world who share a common interest with you. You could be forging a new life long friendship.

As you research for your content, you could also find other bloggers just like you. If you start following them and engaging on their blog, you may find that they reciprocate.

4. It’s completely free.

Blogging does not cost you one red cent. There are tons of great places to blog for free, not the least of which is Wordpress which offers free hosting for personal blog sites.

There are a few other sites that offer free websites to blog on as well. My top pick is Wealthy Affiliate. They offer free hosting for up to two WordPress websites completely for free. There is also a lot of great free training on how to best use WordPress and how to write. And if you decide to start making money using your fancy new blog, they have you covered there as well with some other great training.

Well that’s a great segue into my next reason.

5. You can make a few extra dollars.

Earn money bloggingWhile blogging does not have to be a source of income, it certainly can be. If you are helping people in your blog or even simply writing about a hobby you are passionate about (what we call a niche in affiliate marketing), why not throw a few ads on your site. Or if you write a review of a product you use for your hobby, why not earn a commission on the sale if someone decides to purchase it based on your review?

Blogging can be a great source of revenue for you. You don’t have to believe me. If you do a google search for how to make money blogging you’ll come across all sorts of products and programs to kick you off. Just remember, a lot of them are complete and utter rubbish.

If you are interested in a revenue stream by simply writing a blog about something you are passionate about, I highly recommend you read my review of Wealthy Affiliate and sign up for a free account. It is a great place to 1) create your free blog and 2) find more information about how you can create an income stream through doing something you enjoy. The best part is that it is completely free to start.

There is, of course, a premium option, but you can go your own pace and you never have to upgrade to it if you don’t want. You can just stick with your free account if that is what you want.

Why should you start a blog? There are lots of reasons and these are just my top five reasons. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and as always, if you have a question or have another good reason to start a blog, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Remember, I’m here to help.


What is the Chris Farrell Membership? – Just another scam?

I just got through with an evaluation of the Chris Farrell Membership. What is the Chris Farrell Membership? Good question. Let’s dive right in.

What is the Chris Farrell Membership?Product: Chris Farrell Membership
Website: chrisfarrellmembership.com
Price: $4.95 for a one week trial, $37 per month afterwards
Owner: Chris Farrell
Sucker Rating:  (three and 1/2 suckers)
Who it’s for: Newbie affiliate marketers

What is the Chris Farrell Membership?

Chris Farrell is a marketing professional who is eager to teach you how to become an affiliate marketer. His product is polished up pretty nicely and if you are a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, this might be a good course for you to start out with because it covers the fundamentals of where to start.

One of the most endearing things about Chris is that he says this is not a get rich quick scheme. As you know, here at Sucker Free Online Business, we preach that success will only follow hard work and we can really appreciate the fact that he is not promoting a scammy “set it and forget it” product like many of his competitors push.

Before making a decision on whether to a Chris Farrell Membership or not, please read this entire review and also check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate. Both products are good, but I give Wealthy Affiliate the edge.

When you go to chrisfarrellmembership.com, you will land a video sales page. Normally I don’t like this kind of marketing, but this particular one is done fairly well, and does not feel as sleazy as most of the ones I’ve seen. He asks you for your email and in exchange for it, he moves you on to the next page and sends you a free bonus via email.

Chris Farrell quick start guide bonus.

On your bonus email you will be provided a link to join the Chris Farrell Membership program as well as a link to download your bonus.

Pros and Cons


  • Low cost to start
  • Easy daily training to follow
  • Decent supporting documents for supplemental training
  • OK Support


  • Training is not updated frequently enough
  • There are a number of upsells not explained initially
  • No free trial

What is included in the training?

About Chris FarrellThe strong point of a Chris Farrell Membership is definitely the step by step training they provide. If you are not an absolute beginner, you will probably not get much out of it, but if you are, there is some key stuff in the training that will help get you going.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the membership area:

  • How to build a website
  • How to get traffic to your website (SEO)
  • How to leverage social media
  • How to market you articles
  • And much more…

The training is primarily video based which I found pretty easy to follow. There is also some supplemental documentation which Chris calls “blueprints”. If the training is followed an applied, with diligent work and some other supplemental learning tools outside of the courses provided, I do believe that you can build yourself a successful internet marketing business.

But, let’s be clear, it will take more than just a Chris Farrell Membership to make you successful. The primary ingredient to your success is you.

What support is included in the Chris Farrell Membership?

The site is primarily supported by a member’s only discussion forum, which is not unlike many similar products. This is both good and bad. The good part is that there is a large community to draw helpful knowledge from. The bad part is that many of the members are newbies so a lot of times the advice you are receiving may not be the best advice that could be offered.

Chris also does offer a phone number to call for support. While I have not attempted to call the support line, some of the members were complaining of a lack of support.

How much does it really cost?

The “trial” week will cost you $4.95. After that there is a monthly subscription fee of $37.

Chris also offers a “Mentor Me” program at a cost of $997. The Mentor Me program lasts for six weeks and claims to teach you the nuts and bolts of website management and internet marketing, giving you the greatest chance for success.

Is there anything else not to like?

Chris Farrell Membership was voted #1 by who?There is one thing that struck me while I was going through the membership signup process. Chris makes mention of being voted the #1 program of its type, but he never says by who.

Who says it’s #1 and why?

What’s the final verdict?

While there are a couple of scammish feeling detractors from the Chris Farrell Membership, I do not feel it is a scam. I do believe it is a worthwhile product for someone just starting out in Affiliate Marketing and it has earned an esteemed three and one half suckers from us here at Sucker Free Online Business.

If you feel it is for you, please visit their site and sign up, but only after also reading my #1 recommendation for getting started at building an online business.

If you have asked yourself, “What is the Chris Farrell Membership,” I hope this review has cleared it up. And if you have used Chris’ program I’d love to hear about your experience as well. Please let me know about it in the comments below.

How to Learn SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is critical to the success of your online business. Here at Sucker Free Online Business, we are devoted to your success. Today I want to show you how to learn SEO.

What is SEO?

how-to-learn-seoSEO is simply creating a webpage in a manner that search engines like google will want to rank them at or near the top of the search engine results page (SERP). The higher you are in a SERP the more traffic you are going to get. The more traffic you get, the more money you are capable of making. Traffic = money.

Practicing SEO is the art of learning what the search engines are looking for and putting it into practice. But be careful of tricks and schemes. Your primary concern should be helping your targeted audience.

Write for Humans

write-for-humansRemember that the number one reason you should be writing a webpage or blog post is to provide a human user with a solution to a problem (they want to buy something) or answer a question (how to learn SEO).

Years ago, a lot of marketers were employing techniques to trick the search engines into thinking their websites had more valuable content than they really did. Well, guess what happened. The search engines got smarter and began to rank the sites based on how helpful they really are to a user.

Old tricks like keyword stuffing, automated backlinks and shady traffic exchange programs are no longer useful for getting traffic to a website. In fact, those practices can now actually hurt your website’s rank.

Fortunately for me, I never relied on these types of behavior but a lot of people did. And unfortunately for someone who is newer in the trade, some products and programs such as Social Monkee and Google Sniper are still promoting these techniques.

Content Quality

quality-contentOne of the products that I use, support and promote is Wealthy Affiliate. Over there we have a saying, coined by one of the co-founders: Content is king.

A lot of poor products and training will promote the use of targeted “mini-sites”. Let’s say that I wanted to promote apples. What these other products would tell you to implement is:

  1. Find a product or service to promote (apples).
  2. Purchase a domain with the product in the domain name (whatisthebesttastingapple.com).
  3. Write a few pages of content about apples (green apples, red apples, tart apples, sweet apples).
  4. Have all of the content written in step 3 funnel to a sales page about the best apple I ever ate and sell them that apple.

After completing those four steps, you would leave that website out on the world wide web forever and it would funnel cash to you. This used to work quite well, but times have changed. Google (as well as other engines) now look for content that is updated regularly.

There is not much in the world that is static or unchanging. The search engines know this, and if your content is not evolving, they know that too and will consider your site obsolete and you will lose rank. That is why we 1) write for humans and 2) write regularly. A site with a lot of quality content, relevant to its keywords, is going to rank better than a “thin” site with just three or four pages, one of them being a sales page.

Website Trust

Website trust is just how much the search engines trust you. A brand new domain is typically not going to rank well until the search engines recognize that content is being created for it and updated regularly.

There is no magic number of days that this is. It just takes time, but if you consistently create content and update old content, the search engines will begin to trust you.


Keywords, quite simply, are the subject that we are writing about. In the above example, my keywords would be apple. But if I search the term “apple” in google, I get 1.5 billion results back.


Let’s assume that I already have a website which has gained some trust. Targeting a keyword with 1.5 billion results is likely not going to get me ranked very high for a long, long time. That’s where keyword research comes into play.

In order to do this we need to use a keyword research tool like Jaaxy or or the one included in a Wealthy Affiliate membership. Using the tool at Wealthy Affiliate I have come up with a good, longer keyword: “what is the best tasting apple”.

Keyword Research

Although this particular term is searched far less, there are only 21 pages targeted at it. That gives me a very good chance to get ranked on page 1 near the top of its SERP.

While you want to use good quality keywords and keep your content focused on them for SEO, you want to avoid engaging in practices like keyword stuffing. This is again something that used to work, but does not anymore.

keywords-for-seoYou want your keyword to be in the URL (not necessarily the domain) and you want to mention it in the first and last paragraph of your webpage. It is good, but not necessary, to bring it up naturally throughout your content. If it is used in an unnatural way, Google will likely spot it and not give you as good of a rank. You want to write the way you talk.

For example, if I was writing a page targeting my example above, “what is the best tasting apple”, I would not want to write like this:

What is the best tasting apple? What is the best tasting apple depends one what you think is the best tasting apple. What is the best tasting apple might be different to me than what is the best tasting apple to you. But when I think about what is the best tasting apple I like Gala apples.

That paragraph sounds forced and unnatural. Google would like consider it a keyword stuffed page.

One thing to note is that while it is important to target a specific keyword or phrase, don’t get too wrapped up about it. I use my keywords to drive a topic but rarely use them outside of the first and last paragraph. The search engines will find other keywords you never intended and get you rank that you didn’t even think of.

The bottom line is that you want traffic. SEO will help you get there and while keywords are an important aspect to that puzzle, I find a lot of people put too much emphasis on them.

Use of Images

images-for-seoThe use of images is another important aspect of search engine optimization. It’s also important for your readers because humans are usually visual animals and a well place image may help them engage and better understand the content you are writing.

One of the primary things you want to leverage on images, though, is the alt tag.

The alt tag used to be primarily used for readers who for some reason could not view the image, whether it was because of a disability or if the image would not load for some reason. It would give them context about what the image was trying to display.

Today the search engines spiders read that alt tag to determine what the image is about. Having a strong alt tag (and one that contains your keyword) will help you with rank. It also helps with things like a Google Image Search.


Backlinks are invaluable for SEO, but I cannot stress one point enough. Never, ever, and I mean never purchase a backlink. Usually purchased backlinks are going to be automated in some way shape or form. They will wind up being low quality and will hurt your website’s rank.

Instead, you want to engage your audience. You need to figure out a way to inspire them to want to write their own blog post referencing your webpage or post it to social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Natural backlinks can greatly improve your SEO.

SEO Checklist

  • Write about one specific topic (keyword)
  • Include the keyword in the page or post’s title
  • Include the keyword in the URL
  • Include the keyword in an image’s alt tag
  • Provide unique and quality content about a the subject (keyword)
  • Engage your audiance and encourage them to give you quality backlinks

I hope you have enjoyed this article on how to learn SEO. If you have questions or tips or tricks on this subject, please let me know in the comments.

Is Google Sniper a scam?

Today I set my sight on a very popular product that promises to teach you, the aspiring affiliate marketer, the way to make money. The product is called Google Sniper. But is Google sniper a scam? Pull that belt tight, we’re going for a ride.

google-sniper-the-ultimate-blueprintProduct: Google Sniper
Website: gsniper.com
Price: $47 (plus a myriad upsells and a few downsells)
Owner: George Brown
Sucker Rating:  (two suckers)
Who it’s for: People wanting to make money online.

What is Google Sniper?

It took me a little while to figure out what Google Sniper actually is. Let’s start with what it is not.

Based on their landing page and their use of the word Google in their product name, it would lead you to believe it is a Google product. But there is some fine print at the bottom of the page that tells you otherwise.

This site and the products and services offered on this site are not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google,…

George also lets you know in the video that they are not at all affiliated with Google at some point. So it’s not a Google service like Google Drive or Google Voice is.

You would never know it by watching the video on the landing page, but it is a product that provides training on how to become an affiliate marketer. It is sold through clickbank (an affiliate program).

Sounds good, right? Well it might be if it weren’t for some of their shady practices trying to stealthily trick you into paying more money.

Does Google Sniper provide training?

As I mentioned a minute ago, Google Sniper does provide training, and honestly, some of it is pretty good. The basic scaffolding that they are teaching is: Find something to promote (usually a product from clickbank), create a website (and have the product you are promoting in the website name) and create a bit of content (by way of a review or commentary) for your shiny new website.

Part 1 of Google Sniper Training
Google Sniper training process flow from Part 1 Training

At a glance this is pretty sound architecture for setting up a niche website. The problem is that they’re telling you to employ some old and bad techniques in some of the training.

One such technique is the practice of setting up many “mini” authority domain websites. I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll touch on it again here. This dated practice is being left behind by the search engines. Search engines are now more interested in sites that have a lot of quality content than they are a mini website.

While you may get mini websites to initially rank, my opinion is that they are eventually going to be de-ranked by Google as well as other search engines.

Further, according to Google’s Quality Guidelines on affiliate sites (emphasis mine):

Google believes that pure, or “thin,” affiliate websites do not provide additional value for web users, especially if they are part of a program that distributes its content to several hundred affiliates. These sites generally appear to be cookie-cutter sites or templates with no original content. Because a search results page could return several of these sites, all with the same content, thin affiliates create a frustrating user experience.

My feeling is that these mini websites are going to start suffering in search engine ranking. If you want a site to rank, you’re best off to create quality content intended for users to read, and create a lot of it for one website.

Let’s talk about Google Snipers shady upsells for a minute.

There are quite a few of them and if you are new to affiliate marketing, you might be tricked into paying more money than you have to. It’s a trick as old as the hills, but it is, and always has been dishonest.


See that crafty little “ON” switch next to “Give me trial access to Sniper X…”? That is a recurring monthly subscription but they do not tell you that anywhere. Your credit card will be billed $47 each month if that discreet little switch is not turned off. I’m not clear on what service that recurring fee provides because they do not tell you anywhere on the site that I could find.

There are also a few other upsells and downsells to get through AFTER you have already purchased the program, but before you make it to the member’s area. If you decide that Google Sniper is for you, I recommend that you not participate in any of them. During the upsell process it is not spelled out what each upsell service or product provides. Here is a chart I found on their affiliate tools page that at least sheds some light on the cost.

Google Sniper Cost Plus Upsells

It’s not clear when you’re going through the signup process how much each of these cost So,if you did not know any better, here’s what your credit card might get charged:

Google Sniper: $47
Elite Upgrade: $187
Case Study: $97

That’s $331 when you thought you were paying $47. Dishonest!

The 60% next to that number is what you would get paid if you were an affiliate of the program, so if you got one customer who opted into all of the products and services (whether they meant to or not), you would make about $198.

That sounds pretty lucrative, but let me ask you a question. Do you really want to promote a product or service that is trying to make money off of its customers in such a dishonest manner?

Is there support?

The only thing that I could find with regards to support was a means to email them. They also state that you need to have your website(s) and campaign(s) set up before emailing them. There was even a quip saying:

…We’re here to help you personally make money from your campaigns but we unfortunately cannot provide one on one coaching to everyone i.e. How do I make a Twitter account? (We do give you a lot as it is for $47 and I’m sure you agree!)

Hrmm.. So you’re basically stuck following the training to get yourself set up with a money making website. If you are an absolute beginner, this can be a daunting task.

Here is the nitty gritty.


  • There is some decent training material that can help you create a profitable site
  • There seems to be no further upsells once you are in the member area and past the signup phase


  • Dishonest and confusing upsells after the initial purchase
  • Hidden subscription to “Sniper X” access after initial trial
  • Some training courses promote unethical and illegal behavior in some areas
  • Some techniques taught in the training is outdated and can actually hurt your website’s rank in Google and other search engines

Here is my final verdict.

I would not recommend that you purchase Google Sniper. While there is a bit of good training, there are other places that you can receive better training, where you will not be pitched upsells in a dishonest way (or at all). To me this product does feel like a scam due to their shady upsell practices.

They also resort to trying to convince you that you will make buckets of cash by employing their techniques. Now, George himself says that he cannot guarantee that you will make any money using their methods but then he goes on to show you screen captures presenting five figure paychecks. This type of behavior just screams, “SCAM!

George showing you his five figure paychecks.

As I mentioned a second ago, there are better places to get the tools and training you need to become a successful marketer that can show you how to create a successful online business. And I would love to show you how.

My top recommendation for tools and training is Wealthy Affiliate. In my opinion the resources and training there far outshines anything that Google Sniper has to offer. Furthermore, you can create an account for free. You do not even have to enter a credit card to gain access. You can have a website up and running and be learning how you can make an honest living supporting it.

Have you had experience with Google Sniper? I’d love to hear about it, whether it has been a good or bad experience. Please let me know in the comments below. And as always, remember I’m here to help and I was a sucker, so you don’t have to be.

What is facebeast? Is it facebeast or fakebeast?

A colleague of mine recently called me up and said, “Hey Christian, have you ever heard of facebeast?” My response was, “What is facebeast?” My colleague did not know either so we set about figuring out what it was and if it is something worth using to work from home.

facebeast-logoProduct: Facebeast
Website: facebeast.com (there an auto launching video with sound)
Price: $97 (plus upsells)
Owner: William Moore
Sucker Rating:  (one half sucker)
Who it’s for: People wanting to make money online.

What is facebeast (or should I call it fakebeast)?

This is a bit of a pickle to answer. In short it’s simply a training series that teaches you how to drive traffic to a website using facebook. But that’s not what they lead you to believe on their homepage.

What they do tell you on their landing page is that you will make money by doing something you do everyday: using facebook. I was actually a little creeped out by the videos on the site. We’ll get into that a little bit more in a second.

Their entire sales pitch seemed dishonest and quite frankly I felt like I was watching an infomercial at 2 o’clock in the morning.

What you actually get when you join is an immediate upsell pitch to a “free” product called Auto Profit Replicator which is a binary option trading software with a claim that it will help you earn $1500+ per day. It’s basically a gimmick that gets to to sign on with a binary option broker and that will cost you money.

What do binary options have to do with facebook? Not a thing. The owner of the site is just trying to make more money off of you by upselling you to another product that won’t work.

After you get past that gimmick plus another upsell for an “Elite Coaching Program”, you find a few different levels of training.  But it is nothing like what is purported on the home page.

Facebeast is not a money making scheme. There is no secret to making money on facebook, and if there was, facebeast does not tell you how. They simply offer training on how to drive traffic to an existing website.

If you decide to use facebeast’s training (which I don’t recommend) you will need a website to drive traffic to. I can show you how to create one for free.

So is it a scam?

On my initial visit to their site, there were several things that immediately tripped my scam’o’meter. The very first thing is that they show you some flashy screenshots for people supposedly earning upwards of $1000 per day.


This type of activity just absolutely screams “scam”.

What about the video testimonials?

Remember when I was saying that the videos creeped me out? Let me explain why a little bit more.

For starters they felt extremely scripted. It seemed like these were low paid actors who were handed a piece of paper and told to sell this product with gumption. It did not work.

Now, it’s not uncommon to script your videos, and frankly, it’s a good idea to. But usually when people are creating a genuine and honest review of a product they have written themselves it does not feel like it is scripted.

Then it dawned on me that the guy in the video capture below looked really familiar.


So I got to thinking about it and thought that I recalled seeing him on another site. I set to sleuthing about and found it. He’s an actor for hire on fiverr.com who sells video product testimonials.


That was the final nail in the coffin for me. I cannot recommend a product if they are going to trump up product reviews. If they are dishonest about that, my inclination is that they are going to be dishonest about a lot of other things, too.

The final verdict.

While facebook (and other social media outlets) can be a valuable tool to drive traffic to your site, I cannot condone dishonest behavior. If this product was marketed in an honest way, it might have some merit.

If you are looking for a way to create an online business please checkout my article on Wealthy Affiliate. It is my top pick for a place to learn how to create a successful online business.

What are your thoughts on these types of tactics to sell a product? Let me know in the comments below.

What is Social Monkee?

Hello, worldwide web peoples! Today I stumbled across a site that had me scratching my head for a few minutes and wondering, “What is Social Monkee?” I initially thought it was going to be something to help automate posts to social media outlets, but that’s not what it is at all.

Here at Sucker Free Online Business, we are dedicated to directing you to the best products to build your online business. There are gobs of them online. Some are good, some a mediocre, some leave me running through the woods, screaming in terror.

Social Monkee is one I would avoid. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

What is social monkee?Product: 
Social Monkee
Website: http://www.socialmonkee.com/
Price: $7 (with a threat to raise it to $47 soon)
Owner: Colin Klinkert
Sucker Rating: half-sucker (one half of a sucker)
Who it’s for: People wanting to drive traffic to their site

What is Social Monkee?

Social Monkee is a product that you pay your hard earned money for that promises to give you traffic to your website through the use of backlinks. For those who don’t know, a backlink is simply a hyperlink from someone’s site back to yours. We’ll get into that more in a few minutes.

How much does it cost?

What is Social Monkee's cost vs reward?

Currently Social Monkee has a lifetime buy in fee of $7.

The $7 (soon to be upped to $47, per the current video on the homepage) allows you to get 25 backlinks to one webpage per day (750 per month). The only upsell I could find was to $47 which allows you to get 100 backlinks per day for three webpages.

Who is Social Monkee for?

Almost everyone who has a website has one sole purpose. That purpose is to drive traffic to their website. The best way to drive traffic to your site is to gain rank in search engines. That means that when someone searches for whatever your site is about you want it to be ranked as close to the first result on the first page as possible.

What does Social Monkee offer?

Social Monkee claims that they can get you more traffic by producing backlinks for your site which will give your site better search engine optimization (SEO). The problem is that in many cases backlinks can cause you to lose search engine ranking and thus lose traffic to your site.

Why can (poor) backlinks be potentially hazardous to website health?

A few years ago this type of gimmick was working. Then one day, google updated the algorithms that they use for website ranking. The other search engines shortly followed suite.

People who owned websites that were extremely lucrative one day, woke up the next morning to getting no new traffic and losing thousands of dollars in sales and commissions as a result.

A lot of these marketers had resorted to backlinks to their site, thus “tricking” the search engines into thinking that the site was more popular than it really was.

Today, most search engine algorithms that rank your site take backlinks into consideration differently than they had in the past. They watch them with a leery eye, meaning they will not give your site a better rank if you are using them. In fact they can, and most likely will, hurt your SEO, if they deem it a poor quality backlink.

Google refers to this practice as a link scheme. Here is an excerpt from their site on what they have to say about it:

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

And one of they items that they specifically call out:

  • Using automated programs or services to create links to your site

Based on my research, it appears that Social Monkee is automating their service through open source software that allows for creating backlinks to your site. The quality of the sites are likely poor, containing little to no content other than a bunch of links to a bunch of different sites.

Google’s algorithms are complex and very smart. They will catch you if you engage in this type activity. If your backlinks are of poor quality, you’re likely to get slapped with google’s big ‘ol ban stick.

Social Monkee’s Money Back Guarantee

Social Monkee's Money Back Guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied, you can get 100% of your money back within 60 days. That sounds pretty good, right?  WRONG!

Here is the problem: if you’re trying to drive traffic to your site and you employ this technique, google (who holds 70% of the search engine market share) could put your site in a timeout because it is violating their quality guidelines. There is no telling how long that timeout could last. I have heard of websites that have been “punished” by google for not adhering to their guidelines years ago and still are stuck in a timeout.

Are all backlinks bad?

All backlinks are certainly not bad. In fact they can help your SEO if they are organic. What I mean by this is that you have a web page or blog post that is so engaging that it causes someone else to write an article about your content. In their content they provide a meaningful link (backlink) to your page. This would be good. In my opinion, what Social Monkee is doing is bad.

So how do we drive we get good traffic to our site?

As you frequently hear us say at Sucker Free Online business, the only path to success is through hard work. If you want to drive traffic to your site, I highly recommend you do it the old fashioned way, without gimmicks or scams.

You want to create a content rich website that is meant for human consumption. If you are serious about getting started in an online business, I have found a great place that provides quality training on how to create a great quality, revenue producing website that will get organic traffic driven to it. It steers clear of gimmicks that could potentially harm your website. And best of all you can try it for free.

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What’s the final verdict on Social Monkee?

social-monkee-can-hurt-youI hate to say it but I have to give Social Monkee a big, fat thumbs down. I really wanted to like this product. The page is put together well and, although it screamed “scam” in a couple of places, I liked the presentation of the homepage video.

But the bottom line is, I cannot recommend a product that could potentially harm your website rankings.

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear your feedback.