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$20,000 for content. What would you do?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by tycbn1, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. tycbn1

    tycbn1 Newbie

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    My partner and I have been working on an affiliate site for a year that targets small business owners. The niche is extremely profitable and dominating with brands but there is not quality content. We are doing well enough that one of our friends has offered us $20,000 for a percent of the revenue. We want to use the money to make quality content to dominate the niche. Maybe not Neil Patel level but as close as we can get with our budget. We want to start with 100 quality (2000+ words) pages targeting the most lucrative keywords. We are good at SEO but are pretty poor at writing. The plan right now is to write the outlines and supply the research then hire writers from odesk and elance to write the articles.

    We also are going to make 100 shorts videos. The niche doesn't have any decent videos and we already have the equipment so it won't come out of the budget

    Down the road we want to make some awesome interactive data visualizations like http://www.truckerclassifieds .com/truckpocalypse. As well as some long (10,000+ word) articles.

    What would you do with $20,000 for content for an affiliate site targeting small business owners competing with national brands?
     
  2. johnnyd77

    johnnyd77 Senior Member

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    Write for the reader, not for google. Content is king. Just build a bigass authority site. Thats whati would do.
     
  3. ok888

    ok888 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    $20000 for a affiliate site?


    I would invest those money to create my own product n take all the profit
     
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  4. tycbn1

    tycbn1 Newbie

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    That's the plan. Write content that is good enough that it gets shared. Do a good enough job that we get more referral than search traffic.
     
  5. sdiehl

    sdiehl Newbie

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    $20,000 really isn't that much in the grand scheme of things. I don't know your current profit margins but how much percentage is he looking to take? Do you know how to properly calculate your 'worth'? Are you looking to reinvest that full $20k in expansion? Make sure you're not being ethically raped here...

    That aside, hiring writers is going to take a lot of that cash as is film production. From my experience (and many others) a poor quality video (both in content and production) is significantly worse than no video. Do you have writers and their prices already? Keywords are important, but the reader is more important. A keyword drives traffic, quality content not only keeps content but drives it as well.
     
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  6. sacoderbd

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    Build a content plan. Being a content writer, I suggest you to prepare an outline of the content you're going to publish on the website. Include some infographics inside the content as well. It'd be great if you prepare a complete blueprint of the articles/images/videos and graphs. There are literally thousands of quality writers craving for such big projects. But they (we) often lack direction from the site owners. If you know what you need, the content developers at odesk, elance, freelancer, iwriter can help you. Hope this helps
     
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    ohiohomedoctor Newbie

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    What's the best way to transform a regular site into a bigass authority site?
     
  8. mikeydell

    mikeydell Senior Member

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    I agree 100%

    I think most people spend way to much time trying to write to please google, where as they should be writing for their users. If you think about it from a everyday stand point , if you were having a conversation with someone face to face, your not going to emphasize every single keyword during the conversation correct? Just use that same thinking when applying it to content online. When your creating content your having a silent conversation with your perspective client. With that said, if you have a budget of $20,000 if you have a decent plan of attack, you should be able to get alot for your money. For example, you stated you want to create 100 2000+ word articles targeting specific keywords. With that said if you search the boards, there are alot of excellent writers here, with a average of $5-7 per 500 words, so your looking at roughly $3,500 for 100 2000+ word articles. But with that said, you should be able to secure a hefty discount if going with one writer, spend $7.00 with a couple of writers here so you can get a idea of the quality, alot of them with provide you with a free review. With all that said you should be able to accomplish the 100 articles and still be sitting with somewhere in the range of $17,000 to use. Thats my 2 cents lol
     
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  9. thejake

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    I'd spend maybe $2k on a few articles, infographics, and maybe a video or two, and $18k on nrelate or similar.
     
  10. usdachoice

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    You should consider using craigslist to find writers with experience in your niche. This way you can meet with them face to face to discuss your project and ensure they are qualified. Also 100 quality videos will take some time and skills to produce. I would allot some of the budget to adding to the production value of your videos. In your case I would spend 1/2 on written/video content and the rest on media buys if you are not doing that already.
     
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  11. tycbn1

    tycbn1 Newbie

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    @okSSS
    We have looked into starting a company in this niche and we may in the future.


    @sdiehl
    $20k is just for content. More is going to our pockets.


    We are in LA and have access to a small studio and equipment.


    @sacoderbd
    We already started on a content blueprint and will be doing the content development in-house.


    @mikeydell
    Our plan is to spend $30-100 per article and get quality and interesting copy.We want our articles to get shares. Not just rankings.


    @usdachoice
    We want the best writer. Face to face would be nice but we want great copy. There is a separate budget for media buys.
     
  12. virtueassistant

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    Compare your benefit from your business can bring to you with the payment you will make $20,000. I recommend you to invest this for a good content. It affects to all readers, other investor and buyers.. you catch their fancy, meet their demands and all content, images, videos, banner..they can help you promote your business. Just make sure that content must be best.
    Hope you can get a high result soon for your business.
     
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