The Truth Behind Affiliate Leaderboards

​​Couple of days ago, there was a screenshot of the top affiliates and yours truly was #11 on the ole’ list.

That was somewhere in the ballpark of 2015 and it was compiled by who appeared the most on launch leaderboards for that year.

What’s cool about all of this is the fact that my list was a fraction of what most of the people on that list.

Now for the stone cold truth about all of it.

I got tired.

Tired of all the launch bs.

​Too many people kissin’ ass.

Of the people that wasn’t taking care of their customers.

​It was like a “launch hamsterwheel” with every day a new GAME CHANGER.  

Where people get a pass as long as their “killin’ it or crushin’ it with their conversions”

For example…

I had a horrible experience with a lifetime deal from an email company where I was the customer…

Not the affiliate.

But just like you the customer on the receiving end.

And the “guy” literally went untouched in all the madness despite hosing over hundreds maybe even thousands of users.

It opened my eyes and changed how I wanted to do this business.

Now, by no means I’m not saying that’s everyone in the launch game is bad.

Or those pesky gurus…  

Nor am I saying I’m perfect in everything I’ve done.

Far from it.

I’ve made mistakes and had to own ‘em.

Some of the coolest guys I know are still doing the launch game.

I chatted with one of ‘em last night throughout the Celtics game talkin’ hoops, working out, and local seo stuff.

It’s a numbers game just like with anything else.

-Church members (not all are good.)
- Restaurants
-Gyms
- Any business you can think of.

There’s good and there’s bad.

But for the launch guys I know- it’s just a bidnass decision.

A way they can bring in fresh leads over and over again.

But it’s time for a reality check for those of you reading this.

Here’s what I mean…

I saw a video from a guy recently and he said something like this…

“The reason I mail so often is because I don’t know where you’re at in your business and I want to make sure you see everything you need to succeed.”

This guy mails something new and game changing every damn day.

Let’s get to the truth about that statement…

It’s a P-C answer.

And it’s fooking bull sh!t.

Much like shitting in a box and putting pretty wrapping around it.

Pretty nice website with a great price for a garbage software that doesn’t work and will not be supported in 3 months.

The reason many mail is to make commissions.

Bottom line.

Not knocking it.   

Because that’s the reason we all mail - we wanna make greenback - right?

But just be real about it and don’t make excuses for it.

Those guys that do this without any concern for the end user are ‘churnin’ and burnin’

They know it’s a numbers game and the truth is they’ll never be able to get off the ole’ hamster wheel.

This is why you’ve seen less affiliate promos from me in the last couple of years and mostly just internal promos.

I felt I was doing a disservice by mailing every whiz-bang software that gets rolled out because it keeps you jumping from thing to thing without any real focus on what you’re trying to achieve.

I promote a couple of things here and there but it’s very, very rare.

After all, if I can’t even keep up with what’s going on - how the hell are you suppose to even use it?

I’m too damn busy doin’ my thing.

See what I mean?

It’s a racket that’s keepin’ you hopin’ from one thing to the next.

And you’ll never get to the next level jumping from offer to offer every day.

I want to be different.

I want to be real with you.

I want different results for you.

Plus, if what I’m doing works - why deviate from it?

And it’s working now more than eva…

So the bottom line in all this is for you to start being the creator instead of always consuming.

The equation is simple.

Create > Consume

And if you want help with that, I’ve got the goods for you with my brand new training and coaching program.

There’s more value in me helping you put all the systems in play, showin’ you what works and giving you the blueprint to what I do day in and day out for starting and growing your digital marketing bidnass.  

If you’re ready to stop jumping from thing to thing…

And get off the launch hamster wheel.

Then head on over here and apply.

It’s a short questionnaire and then you’ll be directed to book a time.

Derek Pierce

PS… If you’re looking for a PC answers and for me to kiss every product creator’s ass and serve shit on a stick to ya, then I’m probably not the guy you need to be listening to.

I just can’t do it. 

However, if you're ready for a real difference maker, then head on over here and apply

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

​This past weekend, I did something completely out of my comfort zone.

I spoke.

Like in front of people and everything.

It was a conference for real estate investors and I gave the talk about creating online branding and a social presence.

And more importantly how to connect it all together.

You can see the proof below…

​Now, why is this a big deal?

Because 10 years ago I couldn’t even imagine getting on a stage or talking about what I did.

Not even 5 years ago.

I was weird AF when it comes to getting in front of people.

Sweaty palms.

Dry mouth.

The nervous jitters.

It was to the point that the mere thought of standing in front of a crowd would break me out in a sweat.

Stage Fright 101 - right?

Seemed like more. 

That’s one of the reasons I’ve not been a huge event guy.

Call me weird.

I know.

I’ve battled with it my entire life.

But Saturday was different.

I felt calm after a couple of minutes in.

Here’s why…

For starters, I knew the topic.

A lot of what I talked about was stories from my days in the real estate space and how to transition what I’m doing now to help close more deals.

Secondly, I’ve done hundreds of webinars over the years - both training and sales webinars.

The first webinar I did I was so freakin’ nervous.

And I bombed it.

Big time.

But I did it anyway.

I continued to do the 2nd, 3rd, and the list goes on and on.

To the point, I could drop everything I’m doing and hop on a webinar now impromptu with no topic and be able to talk for 90 minutes.

My point in saying this is because none of this happened overnight.

It wasn’t as a result of a magic bullet software where I pushed an effin’ button.

It took time.

Reminds me of the first website I launched.

TERRIBLE.

Looked awful.

I didn’t make a dime.

But after I started building a few, it got better.

It got easier.

As a result, I developed systems over the years.

That get consistent results.

So, here’s the deal.

If you’re looking to start or grow your digital business.

And you need help with gettin’ it all to click, then here’s what I want you to do.

I’m opening up a few spots to train a few people over the next few months.

And I want to invite you to join me.

Here’s all you have to do.

Fill out this short questionnaire.

Then you’ll be directed to book a time with myself or my team for a fureee strategy call.  

And I’ll explain the program and give you all the details and you can see if it’s a fit for you.

Want in?

YES! I’m Ready to Implement Your Systems and Kickstart My Digital Business!

Derek Pierce

PS - If you’re worried about the price…

Here’s the dealio.

One local deal or one affiliate page ranking can more than pay for what I’ll be charging for this upcoming class.

And I know how to make it all happen because I’ve been there, done that and I can show you the way.


He Called My Ass Out (Drama From Inside A Mastermind)

Back in 2011 I was part of a mastermind.

There was 5 of us that go together to talk strategy and help each other along the way.

When they ask if I’d join, I was a bit hesitant.

I wasn’t the man I am now.

I was skeered as hell. 

Nervous.

And hated talking to people.

But…

I was the # 1 SEO guy in my own mind with a bit of an ego about my craft.

After a few conversations, I agreed to join.

So, here’s the way it worked out…

One guy was into webinars, another paid traffic, another into doing Joint Venture deals, and couple of real estate guys.

Apparently I was speaking in a different language because they looked at me like I had a 3rd eyeball.

And no I’m not talking about my Alabama-nese accent.

It’s about what I was doing in terms of SEO.

They couldn’t believe it.

After one of our first meetups, I had one of the guys hit me up and said…

“Why the hell aren’t you teaching this stuff?”

“People will pay.”

Up until that point, I hadn’t really thought much about teaching anything.

I was just doin’ my thing in the affiliate space.

I’d rank a site.

Get commissions.

Then repeat.

I had a few others nagging at me to release a product teaching what I did with SEO…

So, I caved.

I finally decided to release my first product in the marketing world.

But what happened next blew me away.

I didn’t know what I was getting into.

After all, if you've never experienced something first hand, it's pretty tough to know what to expect.

 It was like openin’ the door to a completely different universe.

One that I could spend an hour a day…

And get paid.

One that I could continue knocking out my sites…

And still do this side hustle that would actually help my SEO.

I remember one day in particular…

I’d worked a little that morning…

And headed to town with the missus.

While I was at lunch, I started getting all of these commission notifications.

That’s when the light bulb went off.

And over the course of the last year or two I’ve refined this approach…

5 in 10?

To build 5 figure campaigns with less than 10 hours of work.

Which boils down to about an hour a day.

It works if you’re selling your own products and services or if you’re an affiliate marketer.

And you can pull it off over and over again.

Watch Your Email Tomorrow...

Tomorrow you’ll want to check your email because I’m going to walk you through this entire process.

Till then…

Derek Pierce

PS - On a side note, if you like my Alabama-nese accent, I just released a new Youtube video that will help you if you’re trying to decide on a niche to go after…

I explain the 4 keys I look for when building out new campaigns.


The Wrong Way to Do SEO in 2019

​I was introduced to a very successful online entrepreneur a few weeks ago that’s had a major thorn in her side for the majority of the last year.

She's lost sleep and very distraught...

If you do this, I promise you it’s not going to end well for you, so listen up.

Here’s what happened…

There’s a guy that thinks he’s an SEO badass.

Self proclaimed 'SEO Badass' decides to rank for all of his competitors brand names.

Leaving them bad reviews and trying to position his brand as the superior.

It would look a little something like this…

Don’t buy the AssBlaster3000, instead buy me AssMegaBlaster4000

...​it’s way cooler and has a better name.

For starters, it’s a desperate move to talk shiz about your competitor and weirder to rank for their brand in an effort to position your site as more superior.

Reminds me of all the pyramid marketers that tried to launch jack people’s stuff in the marketing space.

Instead…

Why not use that same energy to rank for something cool?

When you go at it from this angle, you’re just making enemies and it’s not going to end well.

Wouldn’t it be better to build up a site and instead make friends?

Some of the best friends I have sell competing products.

And I’d do anything I could to support them.

Even though I’m not friends with everyone in the space, there’s no way in hell I’d make a negative review post to position my product as superior.

For starters, I've got to much going on to worry about that kinda stuff. ​

So, here’s what to do if you find a bully…

Or to prevent bullies in the first place. ​

1. The first order of business is to clean up the SEO for your brand.

That means making sure all your social profiles are up to date.

Getting them active again.

Connecting them to your Youtube channel, Facebook pages and Money Site.

2. If you’ve not reserved your brand, go to every major channel - Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, etc and reserve your brand or as close to your brand.

Start posting to your blog, YT channel and connect them all together so they’re updated automatically (IFTTT and Zapier are your friends)

3. Clean up any on - page SEO isssues
- (duplicate content, making sure SEO plugins are setup correctly, Titles, description, etc)

4. Use any assets that you may have not thought of.

For example, use your Shopping Cart urls, Support Desk URL’s, Clickfunnels urls, guest posts you may have done - anything you may have at your disposal that you’re not currently using.

5. Go on the offensive.

Run a ranking report of the bully’s top pages (prefer Ahrefs) and download what they’re ranking for on the first 2 pages of Google.

Take the keywords and build out content to outrank them for their terms with strong SEO.

6. Finally, get some links.

Link to your social profile urls, shopping cart url’s as well as your money site.

7. Be Patient and stay on the offensive - focused on building your brand.

And if you need help, hire someone to do it all for you that’s got a solid track record.

I've done this for best selling authors and multiple 7 figure business owners and here's the thing...

Once you focus on building the "brand"

You'll also improve your overall SEO and rank for all kinds of different terms.

Want some help along the way?

Follow me on Youtube and Fa​cebook (they may look abandoned atm but we're dusting off the ole' cameras and as soon as my face heals we'll be dropping some gold.)

And for the stuff I can't share publicly​ that I do for my affiliate sites and client websites, schedule a strategy session here.

Derek Pierce​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


This Mistake Cost Me Bigly

Over the summer, I’ve employed our 16 year old son, Dawson, to do some graphic work for me.

He started building out some PBN’s for me, creating graphics, and basic type stuff.

Once I felt he was good to go…

I let him loose on a client website redesign a couple of weeks ago.

Once he was done with all the graphic work…

I gotta admit…

It looked ‘super-sexie’

I showed it to the client and they loved it.

(Of course I didn’t tell ‘em a 16 year old had done it - but he did.)

He loves doing the design work and some of the graphics you’ve seen from me over the last year, he’s done ‘em.

So if they seem a little prettier - now you know the reason 🙂

Anyway…

I was talking with him over breakfast about a project I wanted him to do…

It was something super easy and…

I had it in my head exactly what it should look like.

But then, something happened that caused my anxiety to skyrocket.

Causing all kinds of confusion.

And doubt.

Know what it was?

He opened his mouth…

And started talking about what he was gonna do.

I stopped him immediately.

He continued to try to ‘but in’ while I was doing my damnedest to stop him.

Finally, I got him to stop talking.

See, I didn’t care how he did it.

I just wanted it done.

The more he talked the more I was convincin’ myself he had no idea what I wanted.

That’s the way a lot of guys in the local marketing arena are.

They get hung up on the ‘geek-speak’ because they’re so excited about the tech side of the business.

Business owners don’t care about all that.

See, they’re worried about 1 thing and that is…

Getting more customers.

You know.. making more sales and…

Increasing the ‘ole bottom line.

The minute you speak geek, you’re losing ‘em.

They’ve gotta keep up with if “Little Suzie” clocked in on time.

Meeting payroll.

And making sure inventory is in check.

They don’t keep up with nor are they excited about feeding your inner nerd.

I know because I’ve been there and done that and the fact is..

It’s cost me BIGLY.

That’s why I’m excited about a video I’ll be sending you tomorrow that outlines the 3 core strategies I learned over 15 years ago from a $5,000 encyclopedia.

Grab a cup of joe and watch for the email hittin’ your inbox in the morning.

Derek Pierce

New Google Update

​Morning…

I’ve just polished off another cup o’ joe…

Gettin’ ready to start building out a marketing campaign for a local business…

And I’m doing some pretty cool stuff.

I’ll touch on that more next week.

But for now, let’s talk about the recent Google update.

Yep.

Another damn update - right?

It leaves the feeble SEO’rs scramblin’  and tremblin’

Skeered to death to even look.

No need for all that…

You feelin’ me?

So here’s the process and mindset I take every-time there’s an update regardless if my site is up or down..


And typically there’s a major core update 1-2 times per year that gets everyone all shook up.

1. Don’t take it personal.

Lots of guys think the big G is huntin’ down them individually pickin’ them off like a sniper 100 yards away.

That’s not the case.

This is all based on some machine algorithm and while there are manual actions the big G takes, there’s ways I teach to get around it.

​There's a lot more algo shifts than there's manual actions, so don't take it personal.​

2. Take a deep breath.

Seriously.

Go for a walk.

Turn off the phone and get away for a few days.

Because often you’ll see that once they initiate a big update things are bouncing all over the place.

Meaning once things settle a bit - your site may not have been hit as much as you thought.

During my first big shakeup…

I remember losing sleep.

Not being able to eat.

Not any more.

I slept like a baby last night.

But it's because I've seen these things for over 10 years and know this is exactly what happens every single time there's a major update.

​So, relax. ​

3. There’s a fix.

Realize if you do things the way I teach you…

There’s a fix.

So don’t thing for a second you’re succumbed to a lifetime of doom ’n gloom.

It may take a few days to iron everything out, but there'll be a fix along the way.

​If you like to get your hands dirty and don't mind testing a bit, once everything has settled down, get in the lab and start testing different things.

​First, test your onpage with some basic tweaks.

Then look at your anchors and see if you can tweak these a bit and track the movement.

4. Control what you can.

​Like I said, the first thing I look at is the On Page.

Have I got all my ducks lined up or did I miss something?

For example, the Yoast update I talked about in the Fight Club a couple of months ago caused a lot of peeps to lose rankings and it wasn’t even a Google update but a plugin update!

Next, I look at my anchors and links.

Since I control ‘em all because their my Private Blog Network, I can make modifications on the fly.

Oh and if you’re wondering…

All my sites enjoyed a little bump from this recent update…

So, I’m one happy guy.

Which brings me to my questions for you…

Are you not controlling your stuff?

It’s high time - don’t you think?

​Head on over and watch my webinar where I outline my 5 steps I take in any niche by going here:

Click Here to Register for Derek Pierce's Webinar

Better Than Evel?

​Last night we watched Travis Pastrana nail 3 of the iconic jumps that help make Evel Knievel...

All in one day.

In case you missed the jumps.

He made it look like child's play.

While impressive, let’s look at a couple of things in his favor that maybe Evel didn’t have.

For starters, he got to study and dissect Evel’s jumps…

Slow it down.

Analyze it.

Breaking down where he made mistakes…

As well as getting it “right”.

When you see someone else do something, your mind then becomes open to the possibility.

To the fact it can become real.

This is true when running a 5 minute mile or building a business on the internet.

Anytime, you see someone else make it happen…

Retracing the steps or

Following in one’s footsteps has it’s advantages.

Finally, I’d like to believe technology made this a bit easier.

The bikes are obviously built stronger, more reliable.

But also we now have the ability to better gauge winds, temperatures, and just about every conceivable “outside” influence that could make or break the jump.

Making this better than anything Evel could’ve pulled off.

These hold true with your SEO as well.

Technology has made it easier than ever before if you know the rules of the game and how to use the bots to your advantage.

And it gets better results than any complicated or ‘EVIL’ link building strategy when you have this as your foundation.

Watch your email tomorrow where I’ll show you what you need to put these bots to work for you.\

If you're not on the email list, then head on over here to get started.

Derek Pierce

Rankings Up But Traffic Down?

I’ve been a bit on a hiatus the last few weeks with the email thing…

Vacation and time away from the interwebs.

Even managed to grow a pretty strong beard with a handle bar mustache that I'll have to share a pic later on with Facebook. 

If you're not following me on Facebook, we're getting ready to roll out a lot of new stuff, so be sure you're signed up on Youtube and Facebook.

Anywho…

We’ve got over 100 page one rankings in a super competitive market and the rankings are climbing strong.

See the screenshot below of our Ahrefs overview of the organic keywords.


However for a lot of these keywords..

The traffic is down.

Which brings me to what we look at when we typically see something like this…

The first thing I try to think about is where the end user is…

Is there something weird going on that takes everyone’s attention?

For example, the week the Hurricane hit Houston last year…

For two weeks, traffic had dropped by 30% for a client in the real estate space.

This type of stuff happens when something “major” is dominating the news cycle.

Secondly, we take into consideration “the season.”

Does our content match something that’s seasonal?

For example, if you’re looking for a kayak, you’re not going to go shopping for it in middle of the winter.

But that’s not what happened in this case.

This was different and I knew immediately what it was because I’d seen the shift start happening a few weeks ago.

And chances are you did too.

So what happened?

Video made a big comeback…

Taking up a huge 3 pack for a lot of terms…

And in most cases I’ve seen, it’s above the fold.

Which is a biggie for SEO’rs

Because you can nab freetraffic from the top 2 most visited sites in the world for your keywords

I recently did a full training program on how to pull it off called the Video Ranking Formula.

In this training program, you'll learn... 

  • How to rank for your most desirable keywords
  • Build your brand while growing your overall authority to your channel making it easier to rank for future content.
  • How to multiple your content using free tools to take up more spots on the home page of Google.
  • Create brand awareness with a huge chunk of Google real estate with these big thumbnails.

All you have to do is order you copy here.

Derek Pierce 

Is SEO Dead?

I logged into Facebook a few weeks ago and read the ad. 

"Email Marketing is Dead!" 

The marketer was selling the idea that the way to go was building "chat bots."

It reminded me of when I first began online. 

I opted into a free report for a product on Video Marketing and bought the product. 

Literally the next week, the promoter was pushing list building saying video and SEO was just too hard. 

Why is it that many marketers began selling their product and service by saying a technique, a competing product, or strategy is Dead? 

Which brings me to SEO. 

I began tinkering with marketing online in the mid 2000's, so I've seen countless updates, a lot of speeches, read a lot of books, as well as conducted my own tests in that time. 

When I began, the way to the top of Google was pure spam. 

You'd simply fire up your favorite SEO spam tool (which was often Xrumer or Senuke) and let it rip. 

Whoever had the most links won the top spot in Google...

Quality didn't matter as much then. 

It was purely spun, duplicated garbage content that would make a site pop in a matter of days or weeks.

I remember ordering gigs of 10,000- 50,000 links to be dripped in a matter of days and you'd see the site pop almost immediately. 

The "Sky is Falling" Talk Was Dominating Then Too

  Speakers and authors of books would give you the rundown about how the sky is falling and you'd get slapped. 

These guys were just regurgitating stuff they'd been told from Google because that's what Google wanted people to believe. 

They never tested linking strategies. 

Nor did they push the boundaries of what was possible. 

Yet, they somehow managed to have a voice on a stage and incorrectly tell people that link building was bad. 

While SEO has evolved and changed over the years, the fact remains, it's alive and kicking. 

As a matter of fact, forecasters project spending to be over $80 billion dollars by 2020

Does that sound like SEO is dead?

"Everyone Has a Voice"

As I mentioned earlier, everyone has a voice which makes it easier for disgruntled customers and clients to be heard. 

Who do you think businesses will turn to whenever anything less than stellar shows up on the web? 

It's my belief this will only increase the demand for SEO'rs that know how to protect a brand and bury negative reviews in the search results.  

Which brings me to your SEO in 2018 and how to get the most from it. 

First, is your on-page SEO. 

This is more important than ever before and should be viewed as a necessary foundation for your business. 

Secondly is your links. 

If you're not building links, nothing will happen.   

It's as simple as that.  If you think all you have to do is create quality content and the Google gods will shine in your favor, you're going to be sadly mistaken. 

There's a lot of different link building tactics, but most do not work.   The only reliable way is what I teach here

Third and finally is your engagement. 

Engagement is becoming a huge factor for ranking.

  • How long is your visitor hanging around?
  • Do they click through and visit multiple parts of your site? Or
  • Do they hit the back button as fast as they land?

This is why it's important to make your content good enough so you're users will want to hang around. 

So, while the process had definitely changed, SEO is not dead and as long as there's a Google, SEO will be a highly sought after skill. 

When anyone tries to say SEO is dead,  you'll know it's another marketer blowing smoke trying to sell you on the latest fad. 

New Reputation Management Video

This is a new video from Derek Pierce that outlines how many product creators, business owners are actually hurting their own brands. 

If you have an company that's working on reputation management, be sure they watch this video.