Well, Hayden Miyamoto is at it again! I decided to bring Hayden back onto my podcast for the 3rd time because he continues to build his business in unique ways that I think we can all learn from.
In my interview with Hayden today, we discuss how his niche site business has fared over the past year, and what he is doing differently now. In particular, Hayden has been able to build a huge business using expired domains and his own private blog network.
You may recall my previous 2 podcast interviews with Hayden of NoHatSEO.com. They were very in-depth and groundbreaking for many people.
- In my first interview, Hayden shared how he was making 30,000 dollars a month with niche sites, post penguin.
- In my second interview, Hayden shared how to find valuable expired domains for just $9.
I HIGHLY recommend that you listen to those podcasts if you haven't already.
In the interview today, Hayden reveals that his niche site portfolio took a serious hit after the EMD update. I wanted to know why, and also what he is doing differently in his business now.
As it turns out, he is still in the business of building sites, but many of these sites are now in foreign markets (like Mexico). He has some interesting ideas for building very large content websites using the same basic principles that I always talk about around here (solid keyword research, quality content, and link building).
Although, I have to admit that his link building tactics are much more advanced than mine.
It will come as no surprise to you (based on his previous interviews with me), that Hayden is actively using his private blog networks (from expired domains) to rank his own websites. However, he is doing so much more now with those networks.
He is actively selling packages to SEO agencies to help them rank their clients websites as well. As we discuss on the interview, this is huge business. SEO agencies are spending vast sums of money each month to get the links for their clients all the time. Hayden has now built a very profitable business out of this venture.
What I really wanted to know on the interview was this: Is it possible for someone just starting out to build a business out of selling links? I'll let you be the judge of that based on the interview; but the answer to me is clearly a yes.
Is it a Shady Business?
I want to address the question of whether or not this is an ethical business head on. We discussed this on the podcast as well. However, I know others will bring it up, as they have in previous podcasts with Hayden.
The truth is that Google does indeed make it against their policies to buy and sell links. So, yes, if you get involved in private blog networks and sell links, you are going against Google's guidelines.
But the reality is that this is very common practice among SEO agencies and is the way business is done for their clients. Could it get your website banned from Google? Yes. Is it unethical or illegal? No; there is demand for the product and you are providing this product and service. I'll let you be the judge for yourself, but just because Google doesn't want you to do something doesn't make it that is illegal or bad per se.
I'm not here to convince you one way or another what business to go into; but if you do go into this business, just go in with your eyes wide open. Be aware that this is indeed something that Google frowns upon.
What's Covered in the Interview
During the course of the interview, we cover a number of different topics, tips, and resources. Here's what was discussed:
- An update on Hayden's Niche Site business
- How the EMD update hit up to 70% of his sites
- What Hayden is doing differently now
- Using expired domains to link to his own sites
- Building large content sites in foreign markets
- Selling links and private blog networks to SEO agencies
- How one intern has built a $15k/month business after just a few months by selling links
- The big business of private networks
- How to develop out a private blog network
- How an individual can get involved in this business. Is it realistic?
- What happened to TextLinkAds and other link brokers
- What a “guest post” network is
- How to find valuable expired domains
- and much more
You can stay in touch with what Hayden is up to on his blog at: NoHatSEO.com.
Where to Buy Valuable Domains – Coming Soon!
Hayden has developed a process to find valuable expired domains very quickly. As a result, he finds more than he can use right away.
After Hayden and I discussed the fact that he is finding so many domains, we decided to partner up and offer for sale some of these valuable domains that he has found. So, early next week I will be adding a list of domains for sale, right here on my blog. These will all be domains that Hayden has gone through and spam checked; so they are clean domains.
You can certainly use the steps that Hayden has discussed in previous podcasts to find your own domains. But for those that don't have the time or are not comfortable with the process yet, you can pick up some great domains very easily.
I'll let everyone know with a blog post and email early next week when these domains are ready.
Listen to the Podcast Here
You can listen to this interview on iTunes as well right here. As always, if you have a minute to leave a review on iTunes, that would be great!