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A noob's first journey

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by qcl09, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. qcl09

    qcl09 Newbie

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    I've spent the last few weeks reading a fair amount on here deciding on where to go on my first journey. I've seen others post that they feel their head is spinning through all the information and I can see how that is the case. I have 'decided' on what I am going to do a few times, only to change my mind the next day for various reasons and end up back at the drawing board.

    I had a train of thought earlier and was browsing expired domain names. I registered one domain name based on a guide I was reading on here. I carried on browsing slightly different keywords and by complete chance found a domain for a very specific niche. This was the keyword analysis:

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    I spent about half an hour researching the niche in a bit more detail and am confident I can rank on page 1 quite easily. I registered the domain for about £1.60 through GoDaddy and have bought 1 month hosting through Hostgator for 1p. If the site takes off I have some spare hosting I am no longer using so I will transfer to that.

    I will spend the next couple of days building the site up, then I will start to promote it and increase traffic. I will then consider the best ways to monetize the traffic. I plan on spending virtually nothing on this project, as I would like to prove that you can succeed without a significant outlay. Obviously this is up for review depending on how the project goes.

    I have decided to make this thread in order to hopefully inspire others who have not yet taken action. It is always a leap of faith due to set-up costs, but obviously mine are very low. It will also serve to keep me motivated. I hope to go back to my original plan once the set-up is complete on this one, but to start with I will work on one thing at a time. I plan on updating the thread daily, though I know most of these threads say that in the OP. All I can say is I will do my best!

    Day 1 - 22nd July
    - Found a niche
    - Bought a domain
    - Bought hosting
     
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  2. kinlee

    kinlee Supreme Member

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    You're off to a good start. Good luck! :eek:
     
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    Finally, a new BHW member today who has posted something intelligent and who has actually taken the time to read and digest the wealth of information here.

    I wish you well on your journey, your first steps have been the right ones and hopefully you will do well.
     
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  5. erickishere

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    Good luck on your journey mate :)
     
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  6. Trash4Cash

    Trash4Cash Newbie

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    I'd be interested in following your thread throughout the process of achieving your goal. Hope you'd make this as simple as you possibly can. Good luck, man!
     
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  7. qcl09

    qcl09 Newbie

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    Day 2 - 23rd July
    Signed up to Google Analytics.
    Created website. It's kind of there for a starting point but needs some tidying.
    UV - 13. I don't know where they came from. I guess they're mostly bots?

    Tomorrow I need to sign up to some social media accounts and attempt to start creating some back-links. I'm already eager to start appearing on search engines and receiving hits from them. I will then need to learn more about page ranking.
     
  8. Fans4sale

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    you're officially off to your success! Goodluck mate. :)
     
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  9. Skeybu

    Skeybu Newbie

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    Best of luck :) I will be following your progress :)
     
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  10. silvermember

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    good luck mate, you doing good, I started same thing recently! Take your time,read forums around,and try this and that, Quality before Quantity :couch2: , and yes - success doesn't apply over night!! in some cases it takes over efforts ,-)
     
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  11. Slim Picky

    Slim Picky Newbie

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    Will be following this journey since it mirrors my own.

    I've just got hosting and already had a domain. Right now trying to figure out how to best set up my wordpress site.

    Then hopefully set off the long road to ranking and traffic.

    Hit me up OP, will be happy to share ideas/insights

    Slim
     
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  12. spacezeus

    spacezeus Power Member

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    Good luck OP! I was planning to do the same thing as you do, subscribed.
     
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  13. SPQR

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    Hey man, keep going! I am sure you will be successful in no time. Soon, you can withdraw the title of 'noob' from yourself. :)
     
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  14. S E O

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    All the best my friend for your journey
    cheers
     
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  15. qcl09

    qcl09 Newbie

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    I haven't had much of a chance to do any work over the last couple of days. The site has now been indexed on Google, though only two of its pages so far. Plus I can only find it if I type the actual URL into Google. Anyway, it has given me the motivation to start working on back-linking and using social media tomorrow.
     
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    Keep up the good work, I will be following closely. Out of curiosity how many exact searches does your keyword get a month?
     
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  17. vinothks

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    Good Luck with ur journey.....
     
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  18. qcl09

    qcl09 Newbie

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    368,000 global. My early traffic has already come from a variety of different countries.

    My long term aim will be to be on page 1 of Google. I am indexed but for some reason cannot find my site using the keyword yet. The only traffic I have received from Google has been from visitors who happened to enter the website address into the search (why they would do this I don't know).

    Since the last update I have created a Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tumblr and tried to comment on some other related sites on the web to hopefully improve my ranking. Pinterest seems to have been the biggest success as you can just follow anyone. Facebook is a pain as you can't follow people as a fan page. But I am writing some comments on others. I still don't have a single Facebook like and I'm not sure how I am going to overcome that yet.

    Traffic has doubled from 14UV yesterday to 28UV today, though it is still early today. Pretty lame figures I know but I have spent virtually no money and am trying to grow this project organically. Google Analytics is saying I've had 2 visitors... I guess I installed it wrong.

    My next tasks are:
    - Improve content of the website.
    - Create a Youtube channel.

    My medium term target is to achieve 1,000UV per day. In the longer term I would like to think I could eventually make £5 a day out of the site. Either that or flip it to someone who could make more of its potential.
     
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    Day 7 - 28th July

    Today I have made some improvements to the website. I realised I didn't even have a newsletter signup option which was pretty stupid. I have also found a neat way to produce a completely unique and relevant article in 2 minutes pretty much every day. Then I spend 10 minutes promoting it on social networks. That is how I am receiving most of my hits at the moment. This is something I will probably have to continue for as long as I run the site (or until I can hire someone).

    I received my first hit from a Google search. It came from my main keyword with another word. I checked it and turns out I am on page 2 for that search. However, I still cannot find myself anywhere for my main keyword alone. The day I crack that is the day that traffic rockets. This is why projects require persistence.

    Yesterday I ended up with 46UV. I am on 45 so far today so will have a new record by tomorrow. I am therefore roughly 5% towards my target of 1,000UV in a single day. I have just hit 100UV overall while posting this.

    My current tasks are still to create a YouTube channel and make some more improvements to the site content.

    As this project is all about traffic at the moment I am going to try and post a numerical update each day even if I have nothing specific to report. I know some people can't be bothered reading the waffle and prefer to skim-read stats.

    Target Daily UV - 1,000
    Yesterday's UV - 46
    Today's UV so far - 45
    Total UV - 100
     
  20. qcl09

    qcl09 Newbie

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    Day 9 - 29th July

    I finally received my first likes on Facebook. Most of my new traffic seems to have come from there. When I create an article I am posting a link on similar fan pages so I guess they could get marked as spam. I'm trying to also write some normal comments so people click-through to my fan page.

    Today I...
    - Attempted to submit the site to some free directories.
    - Made some improvements to the site.
    - Posted and publicized another new article.

    Target Daily UV - 1,000
    Yesterday's UV - 63
    Today's UV so far - 42