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How to cheat Google AdWords and make thousands per day!

Posted by Brandon Hann  /   December 02, 2011  /   Posted in Advanced, Blogging Tools, Business, Make Money Online  /   8 Comments

That title is right! However, it’s very sarcastic in that I’m not going to show you how to do it any more than I’ll be exposing how it’s done. I know that doesn’t seem to make sense, but what I mean is that this article is an exposé, not a guide. The intent here is not to defame anyone specifically, but to expose a truth about things that are really happening that I don’t completely agree with. And for the record, no, I’m not bitter about not being able to perform these “tricks” myself. I’m just a blogger who actually chose the straight and narrow path of creating a website with actual content that I feel will help users—this article being one specific example.

To help illustrate where I’m going with this, we need to take a little history lesson. First I’ll explain how it used to be, then what it became and then how it is today. Let’s get to it!

Google AdWords

This wonderful service from Google is the exact opposite of AdSense. With AdSense, publishers (like me) can place ads related to content on their website(s) in hopes to make some money from publishing useful and valuable content. Take a look at the banner to the right and at the bottom of this post to see what I mean. Google AdWords is the service that actually places those ads there by allowing advertisers to buy ad space. This service also allows advertisers to buy ad space on Google search results pages (sponsored results). This article will focus mostly on that form of AdWords.
Google AdWords
Every time you search on Google, you’ll see three sponsored search results at the top and a whole list running down the right side of the page. This is a dramatic shortcut for companies and individuals to get their website placed on page 1 of the search results page, whereas without this service, they might be lost hundreds of pages into the results and probably never found by any visitors. Of course this can come at a high price as most companies are paying high dollar amounts for every click that Google sends to their site. So remember that next time you click on a sponsored link—somebody, somewhere has paid for that click.

Affiliate Marketing

In its simple form, affiliate marketing is a way where a company can have you promote their products and give you a % of the revenue as incentive. For example, every Amazon.com product I promote, I will get 4% of its selling price just for sending you over to the site to buy it. I do this constantly and I make no attempt to try and hide this fact. This website costs money to run and in order to offer it to you for free, I try to make what I can by promoting products and services people buy anyway. It costs them nothing to buy things through my site if they were already going to purchase it.

Anyway, with heavy amounts of traffic and lots of people to market to via an email list, you can imagine how much money could be made if people responded to links like these. And some of these affiliates pay direct commissions like say $45 to sign someone up for a credit card. When you start multiplying these numbers by hundreds or thousands of visitors, you can see how it’s “possible” to make $10,000 per day or more.

Now, mix this with Google AdWords and you have a recipe for worldwide domination! Imagine, you could spend some money promoting just an affiliate link and started receiving thousands of clicks per day. Let’s look at an example:

You have an affiliate offer that pays you $45 for every signup. You have an advertising budget of $10,000 per day. You decided to advertise your offer at $0.25 per click. This means you’re willing to spend $10,000 per day for as many 25 cent clicks you can get, which happens to equal 40,000. Google runs your ad campaign and off you go. The next day you look at your numbers. Your ad was shown over 1 million times and received 12,430 clicks. Those clicks cost you $3107.50. However, out of those 12,430 clicks, 153 people signed up for the offer you were pushing. At $45 per signup, you just made $6,885. After soaking up your losses, you made $3777.50 profit.

It’s starting to make sense why you see all over the Internet, ebooks on how to make thousands of dollars per day on Google. Well, maybe not so much anymore because Google caught on to this mayhem.

Google Cracks Down

No, Google was not against making money online and no, they weren’t out to punish the top marketers for utilizing a completely legal system to make tons of cash. What happened was that they realized that everyone was doing this and as a result, legitimate companies were being squeezed out of the sponsored results and/or having to pay much higher dollar amounts to stay on top of all the junk. Remember, it’s a bidding process and the highest bidder gets to be number 1.

What Google did back in 2009 was eliminate the ability to create ads for affiliate links through AdWords. They did this by implementing a harsher review process and most likely huge lists of unacceptable domains and websites. Their goal was to keep the search results clean by only allowing ads to be created that linked to legitimate websites offering real content, products and services.

Of course the debate was launched as to what qualifies as “real” and “valuable” to the end user, but Google’s belief is that the end user would rather be sent to a page that has unique content and important information regarding their original search. An example might be if you searched for how to make money on eBay, you probably would much rather be sent to a page that offers real help and tips for how and where to get products you can sell or techniques on how to make your listings look better instead of being sent to a one-page affiliate link that offers to sell you the super secret eBay sellers handbook for $97.

Personally, I agree. In short, you can no longer (legally according to Google’s terms, not the law) purchase ad space through the AdWords system for direct referral and affiliate links.

The Rockstar Alliance

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This is no joke…that’s their name. For the low price of $1997 plus $297 (or $197 depending on a sale or not) per month, you can have access to a software suite The Rockstar Allianceand training materials that will help you cheat the system. Now, they point out that by using this system, you’re not actually breaking any laws, so you can’t be sent to jail or anything, but you can have your AdWords account suspended or banned. It’s ok though because they will teach you how to create new accounts and show you how to keep them from getting banned. That’s good…I was worried for a second! Ok, moving on…

Before I continue, I want to say that I’m not here to blast these guys and pass judgment on what they’re doing. Personally I would only care if I was somehow losing important visitors and money because of their bogus ads. Fortunately I’m not, so feel free to form your own opinions on this. I’m not here to police anyone, but I thought I’d help inform people so they know upfront what they are getting into if they decide this is for them.

Since I’m not a paying customer of this system, I can’t explain everything that it entails, but from what I’ve seen, I can tell you the following:

They are running a cloaking service via multiple AdWords accounts and proxy servers set up all over the world. The gist of what you do is you create an ad in their system that has two URLs, the real one and the fake one. Once in their system, you then take the fake URL and build an ad around it in Google AdWords just as you would any legitimate website. When the Google bot goes to review the content, they see a legitimate link that contains real content related to your purchased keywords and your ad is approved.

However, when a user clicks on your ad (after seeing a legitimate looking URL, site description and preview image) they are redirected to the REAL URL which is the landing page for your chosen affiliate program. You know…the landing pages you see everyday that always sell something that started out at $197, then got cut to $97 and then got reduced again to $47…oh but only for a limited time, so act fast!! If those figures look familiar to you, it’s because almost every single one of those affiliate offers uses the exact same business model and pricing! I think it’s lame and unoriginal.

To most unsuspecting users, they will either signup for the offer or click the back button, so these guys probably feel like they’re not hurting anyone, but I disagree. For example, if I’m a reputable company that is spending my good hard-earned cash on trying to get people to my site, I don’t think it’s fair that I have to compete with junk sites. Google maintains this thinking and so do many others. The reason for it being unfair isn’t just about money or competition, it’s about quality. Let’s say out of the 10 sponsored links, my company is number 6 and the first 5 are junk affiliate links. A Google search is performed and the user clicks on the first link, finds out it’s junk, clicks back and clicks on the second link. He/she finds out that’s junk too and tries the third link. Feeling frustrated, he/she might try just one more and after finding out the fourth one is also a junk link, they stop clicking on sponsored links.

In this extreme example, my link never got clicked and I could have lost a customer. Of course you could also argue that because my link never got clicked, I also didn’t spend any of my advertising money, but that’s not the point. Google is trying to create an exceptional user experience for both visitors and advertisers. I find that kicking out the affiliate-only websites is a great first start.

My two cents

I’m not a hater. I didn’t try this system and fail so now I’m here to be bitter. As I said in the beginning, I’m a simple blogger running this little website and I make some small about of money doing it. Because of this, I feel like since I’m playing the game by following the rules, I don’t like when I hear that others are not. Plus, in the near future, I might be launching a business in which I will require the services of AdWords and I don’t like the idea of competing with people running these cloaking services.

The other point I always seem to gravitate toward (even when I see money-making ideas on tv) is that if these people were really making tens of thousands per day or even per month, why in the world would they come out and tell the world about how they’re doing it?! Even if you argue that they’re doing it to be charitable and to help out the “littl guy”, why would they feel the need to sell it?

I’ll tell you two facts right now. 1. If I found a way to consistently make $10,000 per day, I wouldn’t tell another human being as long as I lived. 2. Even if I decided to tell someone, I would be making so much money, I wouldn’t need to sell it.

If you’re making $300,000 per month, what would another $2,000 do for you?! At that point, it’s just pocket change. Naturally, these are my opinions and I know that greed is a powerful force, but I think you can see my point. And if you look back into the annals of time, you’ll notice that every single great money-making idea that ever appeared on tv or the Internet has failed in one way or another…bankrupting many people along the way.

All I can say is that this system does work…I saw it work and I know with the right amount of work and dedication, you can make lots of money. Nobody is arguing that. The problem I have with this system is that it’s ethically wrong and once Google finds out how to plug this loophole, the game is over. At least I’ll still be running my little site that keeps growing and growing the right way.

Last updated: October 19, 2012
  • A.R.

    Do you know any Affiliates or companies who are using The Rockstar Alliance in the Finance/Personal Credit Industry?

    • http://www.ledfrog.com Brandon Hann

      I honestly don't even know of anyone using this system yet. I was invited to a free webinar last night, so I don't even know how new this system is.

  • J.W

    Yo are you serious fuck ethics. Google isn't your friend they are the enemy. Soon you will be crying like a bitch when you get your pages deindexed or banned when google changes there algorithms. Stop being a pussy, and get money. Do you know how many small businesses google fucking destroyed with there affiliate sweeps. You sound like a bitch. Stop hating it's called black hat there are no ethics.

    • http://www.ledfrog.com Brandon Hann

      I wasn't here to decide for anyone whether this tactic was right or wrong. My opinion is that it's wrong, but I'm not about to start reporting people or websites to Google, so you're attacking comments didn't affect me. I'd say if you're successfully taking advantage of the system, then continue "getting" your money. However, I find it comical that you define Google as the enemy, yet if they didn't have the tools available for you to run your campaigns, you wouldn't be able to make money the way you do. I would say in this sense, Google is your friend. As far as your assessment about small businesses being destroyed…if you call running a website that focuses 100% on affiliate marketing a "small business", then you're just another moron adding to the population of junk websites on the Internet. Nobody wants to see that stuff. I can understand if you're doing video reviews and/or posting articles about products you like and then you link to an affiliate page to make a commission from it, but anything else is just adding to the crap. I feel like if you're putting in hard work (like I am) and actually contributing something to online society, you should get rewarded for it. I'd much rather get high Google rankings for free because of my content quality than to pay for it through AdWords. My whole point for writing this article was to illustrate some of the things currently going on in this industry and let people decide for themselves how they feel about it. All I can really say to you is good luck when Google catches on to your little "black hat" operations and you have no more "get[ting] money" techniques! But don't worry, when that happens, you can always come back to my site for more help/information…I'll still be here!

      And by the way, Google has changed their algorithms many times since I started this site and I'm still high ranking. It's all about quality…I don't play these little games that you play to try and cheat my way to the top. I'm doing that just fine on my own terms.

  • fivespotprintshop

    Hey Brandon,

    Kudos to you my man for your response to JW.

    There is a part of me that understands JW's stance but I believe you are right. I have been fascinated with "Making Money on the Net" since entrepreneurs started flooding the web with their entire "Buy My Crap Industry". I do know there are ethical marketers out there, but many marketers like JW literally consider most of the people who buy their stuff as nothing more than "Useful Idiots".
    I have bought more than a few products from them and caught on to their game rather quick. From that point on I have been very selective about who I buy products from.
    Just learning online marketing has it's own learning curve which I'm sure you're well aware of.
    I got turned off by being taken the first time so much that I swore I would make sure I did my homework first from that point on. And I have, I even got into doing just basic SEO, setting up accounts and blogs for customers and entrepreneurs through Craigslist and Warrior Forum. It has been very slow going and yes, there are many times I have felt that maybe I am one of the real suckers in this game because I'll get frustrated that I'm not making any money to really speak of and on top of having to hold down a job to keep the rent paid I literally run out of time in my week to really devote to the internet. Plus, the real frustration is learning everything. The websites, the programs, the Social Media, the blogging, Article Spinning, Adsense, Adwords, Analytics, WordPress, Site Development, MindMapping and on and on and on. But you know what I'm getting at Brandon, after months of doing this the picture REALLY begins to come into focus and you start having website and marketing ideas which really surprise you in the sense that you say to yourself, " Hey, I could really make that work". *******Cont.

  • fivespotprintshop

    *******Cont.
    And yes, maybe that makes me a sucker even more because since I don't have the bank account to buy all this "Guru Coaching" I have to just keep plugging away and exploring and building my vault of notes and ideas. The reason I'm the "Sucker and Idiot" for doing it this way is because I haven't jumped onto the bandwagon of Outsourcing and Network Marketing, etc.,etc. – I have nothing wrong with this because I started my internet career as a micro worker and virtual assistant but I also know the inherent flaws, i.e. language barriers, time differences, etc. and the Network Marketing seems to be nothing more than just tribal gang-cults. I know many out there have made it in the Network Marketing field and it's a billion dollar industry but to me it's one of the toughest rackets out there to break into. Not to mention the Cookie Cutter Crap Product sites which I don't want to look at anyway. I mean how many times can you read another website of almost exactly the same sales copy. I have been so busy with so much other stuff that I have never really had the time to explore Ebooks and I know they are a huge business. I guess my main fault is I'm a reader. I know you know what the Acronym, RTFM stands for, well I'm actually one of the people who practice that beautiful maxim. I just have to know how everything works before I dive in. Some call that being a "Control Freak" but that's fine by me because it's a hell-of-a-lot better than being "Controlled" especially when they control you through your wallet. Not trying to drag this on but I felt it was important for anyone who came after me and looked at these comments to know that there are decent hard working people out there who would just be happy to replace their income at their lousy jobs with a small internet business. And I'm not saying anything against JW, just because he has a "Take the Money and Run" attitude I CAN empathize with that. He probably has a family also and there are many unfair things which happen to all of us in Life and certainly when the crunch is on it can be really stressful trying to make the ends meet. I have been there and I do admit if I had enough internet savvy to build my online empire fast and make it profitable it would be very tempting to just "Take the Money and Run" but I don't have that, I have thoroughness. Most people don't care for that trait in this "Hyper-Consumable" society we live in today but I'm like you Brandon, I really want to build something that will last. Even a Brand I can sell to a bigger company one day, to me it's just more fun that way than sheisting people out of their hard earned money. When you do that it just adds to the problem, even if you can't see it, it's better to promote goodness in this world…… it really is and believe me, I'M NO ANGEL! I'm certainly not "Holier than Thou" and I'm no better than JW as a person or anyone else I just believe in me no matter how hard the road. Not to mention, whenever it seems to be almost more than I can bear I remember this great quote from Benjamin Franklin,
    "Treachery and deception are the practice of fools who don't have the brains to be honest."

  • fivespotprintshop

    *******Cont.
    Then again, like I said before I know how unfair life can be and you just got to balance cutting the corners and confusing it all with what you do to survive.
    A friend of mine shared his moms wisdom with me one day, she told him, "If you want things to go fast you have to go slow at first, if you try to make it all go too fast too soon it'll happen slowly. Not to mention you run the risk of what you were trying to explain to JW, you just run the risk of ruining your online reputation, maybe that 's why all these marketers hide themselves.
    I'm to the point now that I'm really starting to build my professional online presence and I'm all for maintaining your anonymity if that's what you want to do, there's nothing wrong with being cautious, but YOU CAN DO IT ETHICALLY and build something really strong.
    As I am building my websites I came up with what I thought is a great concept for being a micro-worker on sites like fiverr. if you got time click my gravatar and check out my site and let me know what you think ( Not trying to sell anything, I REALLY want to know what you think and especially from someone who has been doing this awhile.) Excuse all the babbling I've done but I felt it was important to mention this.

    Thanks,

    fivespotprintshop.com

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