Watch it on YouTube – http://youtu.be/KGgXzQpDVNg
The world wide web is full of opportunity.
Now more than ever it’s absolutely imperative to get a presence online, business or personal.
Get your ideas out there or sell something. End of story.
The amount of people you can reach is staggering and you can make money while you’re asleep.
Domains are like real estate, but instead of depreciating over time they more often than not continue to gain value.
Most people don’t know this or even care, so they will do all of this work to build up their domain and then simply let it slip.
They let it expire or just give up years into a project or blog without selling it.
Companies go out of business and let their domain drift away like a fart on the Gravitron.
If you know your SEO, then you know that this opens a huge opportunity to just steal someone else’s work and make it your own.
Before we move on, I suggest you read some primer posts on SEO if you have absolutely no experience. They may be too advanced for newbs but it will probably clear some things up.
Note – these were written over a year ago but the information is broad and largely still applies:
I am going to outline a process I go through to relaunch a neglected domain, automate it with content, and start getting traffic within a week of its launch – on autopilot.
Here’s an example site I launched on 6/7/16 and had 310 visits on the 7th day after being live, with almost no work at all and a bullshit design setup.
I repeat – I did almost no work to this site, and traffic continues to go up.
When a domain expires it goes to auction.
During the auction, you have an opportunity to bid on the domain until someone eventually wins.
They usually last about three days and this gives you an opportunity to do some research to find out what it actually might be worth.
To do this, we use some essential tools that any good SEO knows how to use:
Majestic.com – “trust” evaluation
Ahrefs.com – great crawler and usually has the most overall backlinks
Moz.com (sometimes) – “domain authority”
I put this shit in quotes because quite frankly domain authority is ambiguous.
The following is a brief overview of the process I go through.
I have a custom tool that checks multiple auctions sites at once, and filters everything by some essential domain metrics that I am looking for…
I run a scan and it brings me back domains expiring within about two days that match my desired wheelhouse.
I ran a scan just now (7/29 9PM EST) and here are the results. The first domain on the list seems decent and is aged fourteen years.
It could be a potential winner. The auction is going down on NameJet.com.
My all-in-one tool displays the Majestic Trust Flow right on the dashboard, however I like to put it in the actual Majestic tool directly so that I can figure out the theme of the site according to their analysis.
Here are the results. I like to set it to “subdomain” which is often what older sites used (www.), and fresh index (more recent link index).
The reason for using “subdomain” is that most of the time, this is where the majority of the backlinks are pointed. It just seems to be a trend on the web, especially with older domains.
I then look at the topical trust flow – here we have a domain themed around Society/Politics.
When evaluating Trust Flow, we are looking for sites above 20.
15 is passable.
10 is borderline spam or perhaps very new.
Lower than 10 disqualifies the domain.
This is a potentially useful domain because we all know we are in the middle of one of the greatest election periods of our time.
My brain begins to churn with ideas on how to abuse this site to gain traffic and cash in the election news niche.
If you stop here and put your bid down, you are a fool. Here’s why.
You need to do one important step before putting cash on the table.
It is imperative to evaluate the history of the site, visually, to try and determine if it was ever used for nefarious reasons or shady dealings in the past.
This is important because you could waste a lot of cash on a domain that has lost trust in the eyes of Google over the years, or was converted into some tranny webcam SEO site for a few years.
You do not want that.
You want a domain that remained consistent or at least kept the theme and relevance going through its lifetime.
Sometimes you find what appears to be an absolute winner only to find that some Chinese dirt ball picked it up and used it as a link farm or PBN.
Let’s take a look at the history of this site. To do this, we’ll need to use the WayBackMachine.
I’m doing all of this, right now, on the fly…
Let’s start in the beginning.
Boring looking site, but legitimate. From Sept., 2002….
A few years later – 2004. Still bland as fuck, but could have been a popular site…
Let’s skip ahead…what’s this? Parked domain? Hmmmm..
A short time later…
Link Farm! This site is disqualified.
Looks like somebody already swiped this site years ago and whored it out for links.
Now it’s expired again and although the backlink history is pretty good, this site had its day.
Funny, because I was planning on whoring links myself, tastefully, and tactfully, of course.
If a site passes the WayBackMachine test, I usually then throw it in Ahrefs to double check incoming links and anchor text.
If the inbound link anchor text is something like:
cock shaped bong
Site is burned, dude. Move on.
If a site is CLEAN, then I will put in a bid and move on to the next part of the strategy if I win.
What I do next will not be revealed step by step, because I don’t want people stealing my method.
However I will explain the idea, and if you have any experience in SEO you can try to figure it out for yourself.
Basically, I rebuild the expired domain.
I make it look pretty, throw up a nice logo and branding elements.
Then I auto-generate content that keeps posting and posting.
I also setup social media accounts so the site automatically spews out a feed to Twitter, FB, and a shit load of other social sites.
Over time, dumbasses follow this feed and visit the site. I am serving them shit they can find elsewhere but the key is I’m bringing them to me.
Think I am making this up? Here’s one of my Twitter feeds that is auto-posting. I’m rarely even there and people are retweeting my bullshit all the time.
That dumb twat Cenk Uygur even retweeted one of these to his audience, and so did the The Young Turks.
That’s a Twitter account auto-posting content that’s auto-curated on a domain I am whoring out for traffic and paid links.
I am not even there, and these dickheads are retweeting my shit to hundreds of thousands of people.
Once I set these sites up, I can monetize them in the following ways:
Amazon Ads or Amazon CPM
Collect email addresses and retarget
Sell links on the site to chumps
Why can I sell links?
Over time, these dummy sites start to gain attention.
The stats on the sites are readily available for people to see. You can just plug the domain in to Majestic or Moz etc. to read the stats, like I did when I was first evaluating.
Receiving a link from a site with good “SEO stats” can influence your own site, and increase your rankings.
Other bloggers or marketers that are hungry for links to their own sites will often times do whatever they can to get a link on your site if it’s CLEAN.
You can EASILY ask $100+ for a permanent dofollow link if your site has good stats.
Remember, someone else did all the work, and now we are just “repurposing” their hard earned time.
By the way, buying and selling links is against Google’s terms of service.
I don’t give a damn, because there’s no way in hell they can know for sure.
People have been doing it for years, and I obviously don’t care if the link was even effective for the buyer.
Google spits out propaganda and fuckall to make you believe otherwise, but I’ve never been penalized once for this. It’s like “guest blogging.”
Still a skeptic? Here are some emails I’ve gotten over the past month, for the site with the Twitter account listed above:
This is some bitch that reached out to me for more juice in late June after a previous transaction a few months ago.
Earlier in March she approached me about my website whore. That’s four “links” she’s asking about…
Another one from last week:
Guy had worked with me previously in March:
Later the same damn day, another suitor emerges:
This site has taken it in the ass so many times for links and I don’t give a shit because I don’t care if it gets burned.
I’m building more and I move on.
As you can see many of these are casino links, because online casinos don’t have many options when it comes to acquiring links.
They are desperate so they pay.
All of this boils down to one thing, my friends.
Being in the know on SEO.
In today’s age you can win the internet if you know how it works.
People that blow off SEO are fools.
Oh, and don’t get tricked by the “gurus!”
They know everything about SEO!
Just put the right keywords on the page, and you’re good dude!
There is so much more to know.
I’ve taken the time to read the Google patents.
I want to know everything there is about online search so I can manipulate it and gain an advantage in any way possible.
This way dipshits like Cenky Uygur retweet my website whore to hundreds of thousands of people.
More free PR for me!
Watch it on YouTube – http://youtu.be/aaEP_zXSvqU
I have a nice gig coming up in exactly one week at a local theater.
It’s times like this where the most work is needed, until the deed is done.
Leading up to any major gig, I have a standard practice routine that is actually very simple and effective.
I repeat this routine for about two weeks or so leading up to the gig itself, while getting together with the band to practice 2-3 times within the same time period.
Remember, you should treat your band like a business.
Either you are prepared and ready by doing the hard work or you slacked off and are willing to risk it and suffer lack of cohesion and overall skill erosion.
My routine per day is as follows:
- Guitar Aerobics workout of the day. – I like to keep this random and unpredictable, the way it’s designed. I don’t go to any specific exercise. I play what’s next on the list which challenges my fundamentals. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard. Get it done.
- Two song review – I’ll play at least two songs all the way through up to ten times each. The main goal is to hammer down the timing and song changes so everything is natural when I join the full band. I should seamlessly and without thinking know instinctively what’s coming down the shoot as we play.
- Free play jam. I take some time to just let it flow and jam for a bit.
Here are a couple videos I shot specific to the upcoming show where I’ll be playing the first solo to “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden.
Powerslave Solo – Learned it from a Pro
Darren Armitage Crushes Powerslave and Teaches Us How to Do It
Listen to the FEELING in this SOLO
Guitar Aerobics by Troy Nelson – Essential Practice Exercises
Too lazy too practice? Now you have no excuse. Get Guitar Aerobics by Troy Nelson ►►► http://amzn.to/1S0rhcW
Practice is the most important part of becoming a disciplined guitar player, especially for beginners.
You really will never make any progress unless you stay on course and have a variety of exercises and scales to work on.
What I love about this book is that every day you can sit down, open it up, fire up the CD and hack away at a new task.
It has licks, bends, scales, sweep picking, arpeggios, and more.
It’s great for getting back to fundamentals if you are a more advanced player and just need a way to keep your chops up.
My eBook, Show Stealer ►►► http://showstealer.rocks
Blog ►►► http://alphadark.com
Watch it on YouTube – http://youtu.be/zp0uO0EhZJk
It’s one week to the gig – practice or become the FOOL.
In this video, I discuss an upcoming show that should be a great one – my band Makhaira has been summoned to produce some 80s metal covers for a tribute show in Philly.
We’re playing Powerslave by Iron Maiden, which is one of my favorite songs and favorite solos to play. It has a tremendous blues feel and really epitomizes the classic metal sound. I better not blow it or I accept disgrace…
Powerslave lesson by Darren Armitage ►►► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPvcuXAPJHY
My eBook, Show Stealer ►►► http://showstealer.rocks
Blog ►►► http://alphadark.com
Watch it on YouTube – http://youtu.be/kUuABKg-IR8
I do everything in my power to see as many legendary bands and guitar heroes at least once before they call it quits or worse.
It’s just one of those things I find that I need to do. I’ve spent countless hours reading about their life history and their path to greatness.
The only thing missing is live confirmation that they are the truth.
This week I went to Generation Axe in Philadelphia, featuring Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, and Tobin Abasi.
This was an all out shred fest where a billion notes must’ve been played, and I’m not even kidding.
Now, I’m always down for a good shred session and there are plenty of takeaways from this kind of event, particularly with how each performer held their own.
I’m a believer in soul and feel above all when it comes to guitar, which is why my personal favorite guitar players are Billy Gibbons and David Gilmour.
This post will breakdown each player and attempt to describe how I feel about their technical skill, charisma, and soul/feel, on a scale of 1-10.
Each shredder played with the the same backing band so all things being equal the circumstances were pretty much the same.
First up was Tobin Abasi, guitarist from Animals as Leaders and probably the one guy I knew the least about.
But that’s what it’s all about, getting exposed to new music and new artists in a unique situation that allows them to play their own music but also collaborate with the others on stage.
It might even be noted that he is not in fact a “legend” as of yet, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt since he was invited on stage with some of the greatest axe wielders of all time.
As expected, Abasi played some music from Animals as Leaders which I had never heard before.
I dug it.
I would certainly consider it “progressive” and Dream Theater-like, however I don’t even like using the word “progressive” very often. I am not quite sure how else to describe it though so I guess it’ll have to do.
His technical skill was pretty damn incredible. There is no question the guy has raw talent.
He plays a 7 or possibly 8 string guitar which is rare and pretty intriguing, because it allows you to reach new octaves and create different chord shapes than if he was using a standard six-string.
Overall his style of playing is hit or miss with me…
On one hand I appreciate the hell out of it, as it’s one of a kind and truly unique.
On the other, it’s sometimes incredibly easy to get lost, almost as if not knowing the songs works to your disadvantage because the sudden changes in time signature and/or key can throw you off.
Because I am a self-taught guitar player who didn’t have any musical training whatsoever until my early twenties (and even that was nothing more than YouTube lessons), I feel that I have an ear for soul, but a weak ear for “notes.”
It’s hard to describe what I mean, but it almost feels like I am slightly behind when I am trying to process the music.
Hell, Nuno Bettencourt came out to jam with him and even joked that he had trouble knowing where the “1” is and described practicing for the performance with a joking gun-to-the-head gesture.
I would say that the one thing he lacked was any type of charisma, but perhaps he was just being humble after being invited to such a prestigious shred session…
Unfortunately I didn’t get any good footage of Tobin but here’s the verdict:
Technical Skill – 9.5
Charisma – 4
Soul/Feel – 6
Total – 19.5
Now here’s a guy with character.
I had listened to Extreme in the past, but not enough to really get a real feel for their entire catalog or Nuno’s playing.
Bettencourt was easily the most charismatic performer of the night, combining epic shredding ability with tasteful blues licks, singing, and some jokes.
Nothing for nothing I thought he brought the most feel and soul of all the performers, barely edging out Steve Vai who was also very high in this category.
Nuno covered one of the most popular Extreme songs “Get the Funk Out” which is a great tune.
Some people might be quick to judge it as “pop” sounding, but if you really listen to the guitar riffs and licks you will hear some unique stuff that is tremendously creative. It just has a characteristic sound that you really don’t hear anywhere else, and that’s what I like about it.
The main chorus riff and the subsequent turnaround are quite cool – good picking exercise too.
At the end of his set he played “Sideways” with Zakk Wylde which was a Citizen Cope cover I believe. Their vocal harmonies were impressive and the guitar tone of each shredder complemented the other very well.
This song also brought out some of the best in Zakk – it actually forced him to not sweep and play a billion notes per second endlessly!
Here’s some video:
Overall Nuno was impressive as hell and seems like a really cool dude you want to have a beer with and talk metal…
Technical Skill – 9
Charisma – 9.5
Soul/Feel – 8.5
Total – 27
Up next was Zakk Wylde, and there is no doubt about it – this guy can absolutely rip. I also think he has a pretty damn good voice for basically being a viking.
The first time I saw Zakk Wylde he was playing with Ozzy and he was pretty damn impressive. The only thing he did at that show that I didn’t care for was the constant use of pinch harmonics in a way that wasn’t very tasteful.
I think when you use a technique like a pinch harmonic, bends, sweeps, etc., it needs to be used tastefully, meaning not for the sake of using it.
If you are playing pinch harmonics over and over with no real reason other than to simply do it, I think it takes away from the performance. This is the problem I have with Yngwie and sweeps but we’ll get to that later.
Zakk had a nice tone but there were times when he just simply played a billion notes a second over and over with no apparent structure.
Arguably someone could say “well Riz, you just don’t get it” or “Riz, you don’t have the ear for it.” Maybe. But a lot of people started yawning when it was drawn out to great lengths…
I saw Jeff Loomis do a solo performance and it was dreadful. It was the same type of thing, a shitload of sweeps and technical playing but not an ounce of feel or emotion.
Some people rip on Tosin Abasi for the same thing, but I actually believe his stuff is legitimately more complex and does have feeling, albeit a sideways lateral schizophrenic kind. Loomis didn’t have it and Zakk Wylde faded in and out of utterly boring to soulful and “bendy.”
The highlight of his performance was a trip into the crowd to shred. He literally walked down the aisle without missing a note, high fiving fans and getting about as intimate as it can get.
Funny thing was he was wired up so his techs had to follow him around to keep the cord in place. Thing must’ve been 2 miles long…
Check it out on video:
Overall, throughout the night Zakk treated the crowd extremely well, high fiving fans and even stayed after the show to walk across the front row to interact with people, which I thought was pretty cool. Nuno did the same. For this reason Wylde gets a charisma bump on the rating scale.
Technical Skill – 9
Charisma – 8.5
Soul/Feel – 7.5
Total – 25
Going into the show, this is the guy I most anticipated seeing, as that he was probably the one guy I had heard a ton about but had never witnessed live. I believe the live show completes the story. Plenty of bands put some great tracks on tape but actually suck live because they have no stage presence or simply can’t fake it like you could on an album. Malmsteen’s legend is one of greatness and intrigue but also ego and arrogance.
He did the classic Yngwie guitar poses that you see on the epic artwork on some of his albums, and he’s definitely got some of the most badass album covers in existence.
He sort of danced around a lot too, kicking his leg, trying to kick picks to the crowd among other posturing.
He also attempted guitar “tricks” that seemed a bit forced, like throwing his guitar in the air (only about two feet), spinning his guitar in hand, and the classic around the back spin toss.
I’m find with the old around-the-back strap spinner, but the rest was not impressive because it wasn’t risky enough. There’s no point of throwing you guitar about two feet in the air because it’s no impressive. He also threw it to his guitar tech, only to go retrieve it in about five seconds which seemingly made no sense and wasn’t exactly entertaining…
Anyway let’s get to the shredding. This dude can play fast as fuck but he does it incessantly. Kind of like Zakk Wylde but even worse when it comes to tasteful deployment. It’s impressive and entertaining yes but it’s not very musical in my opinion.
Then misery struck.
His gear took a shit.
Not sure if it was his pedal, one of his guitar heads, a cord.
Whatever it was, something wasn’t right and he was pissed about it.
His guitar tech ran around frantically checking everything over and over and eventually the entire show came to a halt for about five minutes which is an eternity in show time.
It got awkward and Malmsteen had to be absolutely furious inside.
He eventually got through it and finished the set with another four thousand sweeps and eighty six million trills.
Overall I was pretty disappointed, but at the same time I feel the pain if his gear did in fact blow out on him. Can’t really fault him for that I guess.
All I know is similar shit has happened to me and I would panic a bit, but the lesson I learned was that if legends like Yngwie Malmsteen experience gear failures, then shit, I really shouldn’t sweat it. Just go into “fuck it” mode, keep your composure, finish the set like a professional. I thought he would be the most charismatic of all but his schtick felt a bit forced…
Technical Skill – 9.5
Charisma – 7.0
Soul/Feel – 6.5
Total – 23
The guitar wizard and axe nerd himself arrived on the scene to close out the night.
I can’t say it enough – the guy is a damn nerd, but holy shit can he play the guitar.
Vai was probably the one guy who shredded and sweeped and trilled his way through the set at a furious pace, but kept it in balance with some interesting effects, breakdowns, slow passages, and just some generally weird but entertaining shit.
He also was the one person that seemed to me to be the most in-touch with the instrument, meaning his body language and presence sort of imitated exactly what he was playing.
As I mentioned before, Vai was somewhat feminine, dancing around, almost prancing in some cases but I personally didn’t care. This is what music is about, putting the soul and feel of who you are straight into the sound waves.
It was almost like he was the only one in the room.
I honestly think that’a a great position to be in when you’re up on stage.
You just don’t give a damn and you’ll play what you want to play and make the audience feel what you want us to feel. His execution and technique were something to behold.
There’s not much more to say. I thought he performed extremely well and kept up the delicate balance between soul and mindless shredding. Seemingly mindless, of course…
If I had to dock him anywhere, it would be overall charisma, because he’s just such a damn nerd and nerds tend to fail in the humor or public speaking department!
Technical Skill – 10
Charisma – 7.5
Soul/Feel – 8.5
Total – 26
The finale was a real treat because it was an opportunity for all of the players to jam together on one stage, which allows for one thing in particularly – harmonies and trade off solos.
Also, the playing tends to be more soulful, bluesy, shreddy, but tasteful and playful even.
They covered “Frankenstein” and “Highway Star.” I got Frankenstein on tape and I’ll just let the music do the talkin’…