Profitable Blogging

Keyword Research Sanity

10 Lessons None

About this course

​The next step is putting together an intelligent link building strategy.

You are right, this is not the logical sequence, I am putting it here simply so that your Ahrefs trial doesn't expire before you get to this task.

Stealing competitors backlinks is the best strategy because each of the sites we analyze are already ranking in the top spots of Google.

The concept is pretty simple-

  1. Find the top ranking pages for your target keyword
  2. Download all of their backlinks
  3. Replicate as many as possible

​You ​will ​need to replicate as many backlinks from the top #5 results to your site as possible! It’s a simple theory but highly effective.

​Matthew Woodard's spreadsheet will automatically analyze your competitors' link profile and with Ahref's power spit out the best links to steal first.

It does things like-

  • Automatically filters out spammy links that could hurt you
  • Removes all of the “weak” links that aren’t worth stealing
  • Allows you to assign link types like “Resource Page” or “Guest Post”
  • Builds a precise “backlink theft strategy” of which links to steal and in which order

​Setting this up follows a near identical to process to setting up the keyword ​sheet.

There are 3x tabs at the bottom to navigate through -

  1. ​Start Here – Enter your competitor URLs here
  2. Data – Enter the data you export here
  3. Plan of Attack – This is your backlink plan (the most important links at the top)

Step #1 – Find Your Competitors Ranking URLs

The first thing you need to do is get a list of the top #5 ranking URL’s for your target keyword. Select the keyword you want to target from ​the keyword ​strategy sheet.

Then do a search in Google and make a list of the first 5x organic search results.

Step #2 – Open The Sheet

Once you have a list of the top 5x organic search results for your target keyword, open the first tab on the sheet #1 – Start Here

Enter the URL’s of your competitors in column A-

Then click on the “Click Here” links to automatically open the right report that you need.

Click on the export button and select as much data as you want to export. The more data you have to analyze, the better!

Repeat this for each of the competitor URL’s until you have exported all of the data.

Step #3 – Loading The Data

Head over to tab #2 – Data and import each of the files you exported in step #2.

The quickest way to do that is-

  1. Open one of the files from step #2
  2. Delete the first row of data
  3. Highlight all of the remaining data and copy it
  4. Then paste it into Tab #2 of the google sheet
  5. Repeat the process adding each report you exported in step #2 to tab #2

Step #4 – Your Plan Of Attack

Now head over to the 3rd tab #3 – Plan Of Attack .

This sheet has already found the best backlinks for you to steal!

​The sheet has already worked it’s magic and

  • Filtered out spammy links that could hurt you
  • Removed all of the “weak” links that aren’t worth stealing
  • Built a precise “backlink theft strategy” of which links to steal and in which order

You can also use the “type” column to assign what “type” of backlink it is.

Step #5 – Steal Those Links!

Now all you need to do is open each link on the 3rd tab #3 – Plan Of Attack and look at how your competitor was able to get the link-

  • Sometimes it’s a blog comment, so you just need to post your own
  • Sometimes it’s a forum post so you just need to get involved
  • Sometimes it’s a guest post and you will have to submit your own
  • Sometimes it’s a web 2.0 site, so you just register & create your own
  • Sometimes it’s an infographic, so just get your own made on Fiverr
  • Sometimes it’s a resource page and you just need to submit yours

Course Structure



​This course gives you a stripped down strategy to do your keyword research and start making money with your blog with affiliate marketing.


Finding The Right Monetization

Do you really want to make a lot of money with your blog? Here is the first key ingredient.


Content Clusters (Siloing)

Instead of creating multiple random blog posts, follow the strategy of less articles grouped into a content cluster. You will show to Google that you are an authority and get better rankings.


Targeting Low Hanging Fruit

The key to website traffic is long-tail keywords that have low competition.


Determining Competition from Top 10 SERP Results

It’s important to know that competition scores should only be used as a filter to find possible keywords.


Keyword Tools To Use

I am going to show you the best tools to do your keyword research.


Getting The Most Out Of Ahrefs $7 trial

You ​probably ​think ​Ahrefs ​is an expensive tool. And you are right. But Ahrefs has a 7-day $7 trial.


Using Ahrefs Trial For Keyword Research

Now let's do keyword research that will provide content ideas for the next two years.


Keyword Grouping

One web page can rank for multiple keywords. So why don’t we focus on optimizing content to target dozens of similar and related keywords?


Ahrefs Link Building

The next step is putting together an intelligent link building strategy.

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