My Shortest Blog Post Ever (For Those of You in the Make Money Online Niche)

Last Update: March 05, 2022

You’re getting no images.

You’re getting no funnies.

You’re getting no sarcasm (that’s probably not true).

However, something kinda BIG happened in the SEO world a few weeks ago.

One of my initial SEO heroes… WAIT.. STOP… THERE…

Why did I say “initial”?

You know what, SEO evolves year-to-year, month-to-month, week-to-week, and even day-to-day.


Some of these massive SEO Gurus already have a website heaving with traffic, income, subscribers, and followers.

But, they still live off SEO “rules” from years gone by.

And the reason they do this is that they haven’t realised that SEO has changed (well they probably have, but they still choose to ignore it).


Because they are already an authority, their website is already LOVED by Google, and so, they can write whatever they want, perhaps not even target a specific keyword, and yet, Google will still rank them for about 1,000 keywords per post.

I’m talking about people like Pat Flynn, Brian Dean, Neil Patel, Lisa Holden, Rand Fishkin, Danny Sullivan, Jordan Kasteler, and even a few of our favourite long-term Wealthy Affiliates.

The SEO rules are different for these people.

And yet, I would still challenge any one of them to start a website TODAY and use what THEY STILL USE and see how we do in a year or two (I’m so gonna lose, aren’t I?)


I’ve just mentioned Brian Dean.

Brian in my mind is frickin’ awesome.

Okay, he’s still living off “pillar posts” and writing “guides” or 25,000-word articles (and you guys and gals are moaning about 1,000 words)...


His website, Backlinko has been a MASSIVE success for over a decade.

He’s one of the biggest names going in SEO.

So, what did he do?

In January, he only went and sold his website to Semrush.

Semrush Acquires SEO Training Website Backlinko

To put this into perspective, and to explain the magnitude of this…

This is similar to our very own KYLE saying, “You know what, I’ve loved the last 17 years, but it’s time to do some more skateboarding and spend more time on my eldest’s soccer team (It’s FOOTBALL by the way Kyle… Why you wonderful guys on the other side of the Atlantic have to ruin it, I’ll never know), So, I’m selling up and moving on.”


Well, this is EXACTLY what Brian Dean has done.


Anyway, me being me, I’ve been reading up on it, and ended up doing some keyword research too (obviously!!!)

All we know is that he sold his website for “an undisclosed sum”, but we can guess that it’s probably at least SEVEN figures, maybe even EIGHT.

Basically, Brian definitely doesn’t have to worry about where his next Big Mac is coming from (or the next 5,000,000 Big Macs - Can you eat that many Big Macs in One Lifetime?)

For the love of Big Macs, will you stick to the point Partha?


Okay, so this happened a number of weeks ago, but many online marketers are still totally bemused.

So, they are constantly reading as much information about the Brian Dean/Semrush transaction as possible.

If you can target the right keywords and write a brilliant OPINION-BASED article, I’m guessing there’s a few HUNDRED THOUSAND website visitors over the next few months for you.

BUT, this will involve sharing on social media (you know how Google likes to take her time to pull her finger out).


I’ve also discovered a few keywords that you could rank for quite quickly in the BIG G (I would only say that this is true if you have a Make Money Online Website that is AT LEAST 6 months old, but more specifically over a year old… basically, the older the better).

Okay, this isn’t EVERGREEN content, but it is the type of article that could see you get a LOT of visitors in the space of a month or two.

Here we go:

“Brian Dean Net Worth”

Currently has a Quora result on page one, as well as websites with a Domain Rating of 19, two sites of 22, 24, and 38.

The article title - “Will We Ever Know Brian Dean’s Net Worth Now He’s Sold Backlinko to Semrush?”

You don’t have to know the exact answer (Brian never reveals his EXACT earnings), but you can definitely write a very interesting article on this subject.


“What is Brian Dean’s Salary?”

Page one of Google - Domain ratings of 25, 26, 29, and 38 of page one of Google.

The article title - “Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful to Know Brian Dean’s Salary After the Semrush Acquisition?”

Research, research, research, and then write the article.


“How Does Backlinko Make Money?”

Admittedly, a bit harder with websites on page one with Domain Authorities in the 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.

BUT, Quora does have the Featured Snippet.

Research, write, research, write, research, write.

Okay, I’ll admit that this could be a completely fruitless endeavour, but are you willing to take that chance?

If you’re promoting Wealthy Affiliate, if you have a Make Money Online website that has been going for a while, can you afford to ignore one of the biggest bit’s of news in recent SEO history?

What have you got to lose?

Thank You For Reading


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MichalB Premium
Just got back from the backlinko website, and I was curious about what guys in here at the WA platform have to say about it.

And stumbled upon your blog post, Partha.

I must say the last few minutes have been valuable for me and already got a few ideas that I am going to implement.
-> besides the article idea above ;)

Thanks a lot,
Have a good one
gizmo2021 Premium
Thank you, Partha

I had not known about all of this before reading your post, and that is why I value following you. You keep us all updated on the most important news non-stop, we all really appreciate you going out of your way to share all you do with all of us.

Thank you once again
Roybretton Premium Plus
Good morning Partha,

Thank you for another useful and informative blog post, it's appreciated! Like quite a few of your other blog posts, I will bookmark this post!

I guess if Brian sold his website to Semrush he made a terrific amount of money, good for him for making it happen!

I'm not even sure if there is such a thing as an SEO expert anymore, as things change so rapidly!

Have a great Sunday.


PS: I am not sure if it is your shortest blog post!?
JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
My thoughts exact on the PS, my friend!
Roybretton Premium Plus
Great minds think alike, Jeff!

JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Yes, Roy, they do, indeed!

BrendaMZ Premium
Hey, PP, we can’t shut you up, you just gotta say something eh? Shortest maybe not but still a lot to digest in one sitting, no beers or wine just plain ditzy BB here. Yo, man, you forgot Matthew Woodward from UK, in PP’s (your) domain. He is another SEO guru wannabe for the likes of every other guys you mentioned. His stuff is isn’t old as the others are but he is an avid affiliate marketer, who now is selling his SEO services. Like other guys before him, he has an authority site, his WP theme named after him Authority site by My Theme Shop. His SEO methods are similar to yours, he uses a lot of real case studies that hard to decipher. I don’t get any of the technical stuff but the basics you laid out in this post is simple as that, “ research, write, research, write.”
Dhind1 Premium Plus
Thanks, Partha,

That is all I seem to be able to say, every time that you part with another of Partha's pearls (of wisdom). They seem to drop willy-nilly from your fingertips into my greedy grasping hands.

I am not currently engaged in a MMO niche, though I do have one that I am not paying attention to. But the concept that you have outlined here applies equally well to other niches.

Yet again a common sense approach to online business. This is not rocket science, and people are basically the same everywhere, we just need to capitalize on that.

I would dispute that this is your shortest post ever, but it may be true.

Thanks again,