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Adsense Niche Site without Wordpress

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Galator, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    Hello Everybody!

    This (longterm) journey thread is written to keep myself motivated, to get some feedback and hopefully spread some knowlege :)

    My Goals:
    Create an adsense (Micro-) niche site with a (inital)budget of 100-150$.
    Not using Wordpress unlike most of us (more on that later).
    Buy most of the articles and off-site SEO, but in small batches spread out over the next 6-12 months.
    Earn my expenses back, everything else is bonus :D

    About me:
    I am programmer/student in my mid 20s, working a well paying 25h job which covers all my expenses + 500$ in savings every month. I created a Micro Niche Site about 4 years ago and it didnt go that well. Currently its no where in google but #2 in yahoo and bing (main kw), in total it earned around 700 $ which i used as spending money for my free time. I did pretty much everything wrong with that site (spamming links via scrapebox, barely readable articles, crappy&cheap host with insanely long loading times) and it still covered all expenses, I learned very much about websites, hosting, security and html/css/js

    Why I don't like wordpress:
    It is too bulky for my taste, and I don't need most of its features (Admin Backend, Plugins, Comments, User Management, etc.)
    So what am I using instead? A static site generator (https://www.staticgen.com), specifically Hugo (https://gohugo.io/). These are small programs which turn some input (text)files + a theme into a static website which can be uploaded to your webhost. Just plain HTML, CSS and some Javascript, your webhost doesn't need php which frees up alot of resources. Serving static content is extremely cheap.

    What i have done till now:
    I started this journey 2 weeks ago and have a main keyword + domain + own vps running nginx + the complete site setup without content. The domain is a very general one, not containg the main keyword but very describing of the overall niche. I have payed a service in the marketplace to find some mre keywords in the niche to give me some possible expansion options. Additionally I bought a 1000 word article for my main keyword.

    Expenses:
    16$ - low end VPS for a year
    10$ - domain
    12$ - initial keyword research
    24$ - high quality 1000 word article (not recieved yet)
    15$ - additional keyword suggestions in my general niche
    =77$

    My off site SEO plan for the next 2 Months:
    Profiles on all social sites
    Web 2.0s as basic backlinks
    Social Signals to get post indexed

    After the 2 Months:
    Maybe a more expensive service from the marketplace
    Selfmade videos and photos

    Depending on the result of the first 2 Months I will add adsense to my site or wait a bit longer...

    Hope someone out there thinks this is interesting and helpful :D. I will try to update this thread twice a week :)
     
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  2. sergey007

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    $24 for a 1000 word article is not cheap. Your article must be really good. Anyway, good luck with your journey!
     
  3. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    Yeah, i thought so as well, in the past i only ordered cheap articles and spent far too much time correcting them. I want to see the difference between a $8 article and a $24 dollar article, I am willing to spend that much if the article is perfect, if its not then i will opt for a cheaper version and do some corrections myself.
     
  4. Weblycos

    Weblycos Senior Member

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    Good luck man of your journey. Just wondering where have you got low end vps for a yr for only 24$?
     
  5. Kingfresh

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    Good Luck for your journey.
    Just one thing, why not create some post with wordpress on a different host (maybe free?), download the html and upload it to the money site? Using some wordpress plugins, you could be sure that those post are optimized for seo.

    I havent tried the method yet, but as I also want to enter the micro niche business, I am thinking of creating some non wordpress websites too.
     
  6. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    http://virmach.com/special-offers/ (OpenVZ Pro+), found it on http://lowendstock.com/ or on the forum http://www.lowendtalk.com/categories/offers cant remember, they are both excellent sites for vps research. The last 2 weeks it had 100% uptime and very low response times (<100ms) according to https://uptimerobot.com. Im sure it will not stay that reliable, but i can live with some outages considering the price and the specs... My static site setup is using ~14 Mb of RAM in idle and ~30 under reasonable high load (100 visitors every 5 seconds, tested with siege https://code.google.com/p/siege-windows/) so the 2GB of RAM is a bit overkill ^^
     
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  7. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    I have tried that before using different caching Plugins for Wordpress and there were always some problems with other plugin dependencies, but I am sure one could get it to work. I just really like the approach of Hugo, where you have one executable which processes plain Markdown files and outputs the finished website to a remote directory. Its basically just a single command to publish the changes to your site. Additionally Hugo has a built in local, live reloading server which is great for debugging and trying things out.

    Concerning the SEO aspect: Most themes I checked were quite well optimized, since they copy a lot from modern wordpress and bootstrap templates. Once I have some articles up I will run a thorough SEO audit and adjust the theme to my needs...
     
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    why u need a VPS ?
     
  9. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    Since it is cheapest and i have full control over the sites caching and routing settings, additionally its great for watching US Netflix :D

    EDIT: But you could certainly do the same without a vps, using a standard webhost. One of the best options IMO would be https://pages.github.com/ since it is free and has support for Jekyll (another very mature static site generator) built in.
     
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  10. Weblycos

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    Thanks for the response. Looks pretty decent for the price they are offering. I need one.
     
  11. Galator

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    Small Update

    I optimized my sites theme and removed all unnecessary Javascript and CSS, got the size of the main page down to 180kb including two feature-images, load time is under 300ms. Google PageSpeed still shows some problems (87/100) which i will solve soon. I also searched
    https://pixabay.com/ (creative commons images) for some pictures i could use as feature images.
     
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    Good luck!
    Yeah, GH Pages is great for start.
     
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    Good luck,
    PS where you find vps 16$ for one years ?
     
  14. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    Already answered that, post number 6
     
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    Update:

    I got my article and I am quite pleased, it was a research heavy topic and the writer really captured a lot of knowledge in the 1000 words. I will try out some cheaper services, but I think the quality is unbeatable.
    My keyword research guy also sent me his niche report today, it contains a huge amount of possible keywords, and I will chose around 3 and order more articles for those...
    Im also looking into programming a small python script which minifies my css,html,js and images automatically before the upload to my server since I have not found an all in one solution online :)
     
  16. Galator

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    Update:

    Did an SEO audit of my Site, changed some meta tags and pointed the www domain to domain.com. Added a keyword cloud and some Categories, Activated Google Analytics and Webmastertools, site is now indexed :)

    Things left to do today:
    Design and Add a favicon
    Create Social Media profiles

    Forgot to give you some keyword stats:
    keyword1 - 2400 exact searches - $4.2 CPC
    keyword2 - 4400 exact searches - $3.9 CPC
    keyword3 - 4400 exact searches - $3.6 CPC

    I have about 10 more with similar figures and medium to low competition. I will get an article each for the three kw above in the next week.
     
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    You can use cloudflare.
     
  18. Galator

    Galator Registered Member

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    Thanks for the tip, nearly forgot about them. Image minification is a pro only feature unfortunatley...