With so many "Journey" threads around, and so little actual "Success" threads, I thought I'd finally get around to writing up my own.
So I've been a member on BHW since September 2009. It wasn't until 2012 that I started making any kind of money online.
I started making websites in 2005. I was very, very nooby at this, and wanted to make a Gameboy Advance rom website, since I saw one online and thought it'd be sweet to make one myself. I spent months learning basic CSS and HTML - and finally got around to creating the website.
It flopped. Hard. In spite of this, I was determined not to give up. So I purchased vBulletin, and spammed the crap out of a ton of gaming sites. This lead to me having (after 2 years), thousands of members, (hundreds being active everyday). However, I was only making around $1 per day. This lead me to another idea: Gamers love watching TV/Movies online. Why not make a place they can watch all their series on?
Fast forward another year. 2008. I had recently signed up to Digitalpoint, and was offering some Yahoo Answers services there (making around $100/week). This was taking up my entire day. Every day. My streaming site was making $3/day and it was mostly on autopilot. Then, something happened (personal problem), and I needed some quick cash. So I sold my streaming site for $1,500 and managed to pay for said problem.
Now, here came another idea. If I could get that much money from selling websites; why not make and sell more? So what did I do? Made another streaming site. This was in 2009. As I started working on it, I wondered why it wasn't taking off. That's when I found out that most websites' traffic comes through search engines. So after getting some free SEO on Digitalpoint, coupled with some pretty crappy paid SEO, my site started ranking finally. Although it never held a position. This got me looking for alternate sources of backlinking information.
Fast forward to September 2009. I joined BHW and there were "money making" threads everywhere. I was so excited: I can finally start making thousands of dollars online! .. which I didn't. I continued placing up series on my streaming website, while browsing BHW for hours every day. I read so many threads, went through so many methods, but in the end, I never got around to trying any of them. This resulted in me losing a whole year of time. I know, that's ridiculous, but I was 19 and had no experience. I even went as far as to purchase plenty of eBooks on Digitalpoint regarding "how I make $5/day!" etc. Was a bad time for me.
Now we're in late 2010. I get kicked out of my 1 bedroom apartment. I got nowhere to live; no car, no home, just my little sister, my PC and my cat. I ended up going to a caravan park and living out of a caravan for several months, before I decided I was done reading, and wanted to try actually getting this streaming site to go somewhere. I started building profile backlinks, bookmarks from Digg and the like, and got my streaming site earning $5 per day. That, coupled with what I was getting from the government was enough to go out and rent another apartment.
Fast forward to late 2011: I've been using the same form of backlinking all year. Bookmarks, Article directories, Profiles, and Directory submissions. This got my streaming site up to $15 per day. I thought that wasn't too bad, as it was more than I could get outside. (dropped out of highschool in year 9.)
After several long (hard) months, MegaUpload/MegaVideo went down. It just so happened that all my videos were hosted on Megavideo. So in an attempt to save what little traffic I could, I got my little sister (and cat) to help me replace series with mirrors from Putlocker, Novamov, and other video sharing websites. Each series we replaced, we exported to a second streaming website I made to keep track of fixed series. After several more months, when we had a lot of our series replaced, I was shocked to see the new site was outranking my old site. It was making $20 per day itself. That was $30-$35 per day! I was quite excited, so went on to BHW to see what I should invest that into.
I ended up choosing an adult streaming website, against many negative recommendations telling me not to do so. It was hard, especially since in 2011/2012 is when Profile backlinks stopped being a miracle ranker. But, using some good manual blog posts and Web 2.0 services from BHW (Seo_Lover and Leith), I managed to get my adult site up to 40,000 unique views per day. Around this time, I changed ads on my streaming websites and managed to get them from $30-$35 per day to $100-$150 per day. I couldn't believe how stupid I was, using such crappy ads. My adult site then began earning aruond $50 per day itself. This was great. I was at $200 per day, could afford things for my little sister, my cat and myself. And so I invested some money into more backlinks from BHW.
I won't list what they were as most the services I used in 2012 aren't updated anymore. However, I will list the services I have used in 2013 at the end of the post.
Fast forward to 2013: I now have several streaming websites, each one being backlinked and worked on every day. I also have several adult websites, each one being backlinked and worked on. They're streaming websites, so they don't need tons of unique content. Most of them have several articles regarding their niche only. For example: "What are good Romance Movies?" with a 600-2,000 word article. I post an article on each site once every.. month or 2. They're also earning me over double what they originally were.
So here are some methods I've used in the past year to get double the amount of websites ranking:
- Aged domains. I've gotten several year old domains, had some articles created for them, then started backlinking them. I leave them for several months, while exporting 10-20 series per day onto them, slowly getting the series and episodes indexed. I did this with several domains at a time.
One service in particular that I've found incredibly useful in a site's early age is sarkark21's Sherlock Hacks Google. Use it on your site when it's new. It works wonders. After a month, or whenever you're happy doing it, use foodtrip's Social Bookmarking service to backlink your homepage, along with 10-20 internal URLs. Make sure to use 10-20 generic keywords with it. Try not to target your main keyword with social bookmarks.
- Redirects. After doing the above, and letting the aged domains remain live for 2-3 months, I redirect them to a much nicer, researched, keyword-rich URL. I then purchase sarkark21's Sherlock Hacks Google service once again, to get the new URL picked up, and then proceed to use foodtrip's Social Bookmarking service a second time. This is to make sure none of sarkark21's or foodtrip's backlinks have fallen off in the last 2-3 months, and to make use of any new website's they've added into their service.
- Strong backlinks. In the last 6 months, I've made great use of specific backlinking services. I use them over and over. I'm currently spending a large sum on backlinks every month. What services are they? Please see below.
Badass SEO - Great for targetting multiple keywords for diversity, and your main keywords.
Speed Rank - I've recommended t0mmy's service multiple times over the last few months, because they've done amazing things for my websites. These should be targetted at 1-3 of your main keywords.
Sherlock Hacks Google - Great for both your main keyword, and eyword diversity. One of the best services I've found on BHW at the present!
Social Bookmarks - foodtrip's bookmarks are amazing at providing generic keyword diversity for your website, and deeplinks. Recommended to use every month or two!
Lady GaGa Google Rider - Great link diversity. Social signals are also a plus, as when used with a strong backlink campaign, they can do wonders.
MarketMongoose - The link diversity provided by MarketMongoose is fantastic. They also provide generic keywords to go along with your main keywords, so they should always be at the top of your list! (even though I listed them near the bottom! lol)
Doc Power Pack - Keyword diversity. Should be used several months into your campaign.
These backlink services along won't get you where you need to be. If you have the right kind of (aged, redirected!) domain, with some good, high quality content, you can literally rank for some insanely hard to rank for keywords. I do. Some keywords I rank for I never imagined I would be able to. What is this due to? Hard work, patience, and taking initiative. If I'd started earlier, I may well be earning double what I am now. But I can safely say that in the next year, I'm going to attempt to hit the $1,000 per day goal, through hard work, initiative, and some amazing BHW service providers.
Please feel free to leave any questions below, and I'll try as hard as I can to answer them! Screenshots of my earnings will not be posted, because I have nothing to prove. I'm just hoping to help some other BHW users take initiative and get motivated, so they can start their journey to making a living online!
Thanks for reading! Happy earning everyone!