[Blogging Journey] Niche Site Journey To Passive $1k/month (Already started)

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Why are you not using adsense?
Feels like Adsense is a lot of hustle just for getting peanuts, I prefer waiting to get more sessions to get on Mediavine or turn back on Ezoic!

Great, you are updating regularly. All the best to achieve your goal.
Thank you so much!

@GVald Have you considered moving this site to better hosting or VPS? That should solve additional load issues with Ezoic. Earnings should be enough to compensate for the upgrade.
I already did it, I first started with shared hosting, but hitting bandwidth limit and having the site off is horrible, so I moved the site to OVH like 2 or 3 months ago. (I said it in the weekly update, but I don't recall which one!). And I was on Ezoic with the new host, still getting some load issues, but can't really do anything about it, even with Mediavine or Adthrive, you'll get slower page loading. They're basically putting gif all over the place.

Great work so far OP! Keep it up
Thanks man! I will for sure.

Yeah, same for me. On the other hand Adsense doesn't slow it down as much. I got 80 mobile and 95 desktop with Adsense on speed insights.
Yeah, but what about the revenue? I don't want to get on Adsense just to get 50 to $100 each month.

Thanks, very good keyword methods
It's one of the most time-consuming, but it's also one if not the best keyword research method imo, you'll find a lot of untapped topics that way, that tools don't even have on their radars!
 

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If OVH is not able to guarantee decent page load times with Ezoic then there must be something else wrong. There are many sites that use them and load just fine, could be a theme or plugin-related issue. In the Kikerinka thread there was one member who is earning 15000$ with Ezoic, thus it should be possible.
I am not a fan of Ezoic as they seem spammy, but this should not happen. Anyways let's hope you reach Mediavine traffic levels by the end of the year or sooner.
 

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I don't want to get on Adsense just to get 50 to $100 each month.
Was thinking that until you get to mediavine, that's still something. Maybe that's peanuts to you but not sure if ezoic will pay significantly more than that.
 

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You never know until you try...
That's right

If OVH is not able to guarantee decent page load times with Ezoic then there must be something else wrong. There are many sites that use them and load just fine, could be a theme or plugin-related issue. In the Kikerinka thread there was one member who is earning 15000$ with Ezoic, thus it should be possible.
I am not a fan of Ezoic as they seem spammy, but this should not happen. Anyways let's hope you reach Mediavine traffic levels by the end of the year or sooner.
It's ok, I'm still getting +80 page speed score, but without them, I'm at 100.

Was thinking that until you get to mediavine, that's still something. Maybe that's peanuts to you but not sure if ezoic will pay significantly more than that.
I was getting at least $16 ePMV on Ezoic 2 months ago, so no doubt I'll make way more with them than with Adsense
 

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Feels like Adsense is a lot of hustle just for getting peanuts, I prefer waiting to get more sessions to get on Mediavine or turn back on Ezoic!


Thank you so much!


I already did it, I first started with shared hosting, but hitting bandwidth limit and having the site off is horrible, so I moved the site to OVH like 2 or 3 months ago. (I said it in the weekly update, but I don't recall which one!). And I was on Ezoic with the new host, still getting some load issues, but can't really do anything about it, even with Mediavine or Adthrive, you'll get slower page loading. They're basically putting gif all over the place.


Thanks man! I will for sure.


Yeah, but what about the revenue? I don't want to get on Adsense just to get 50 to $100 each month.


It's one of the most time-consuming, but it's also one if not the best keyword research method imo, you'll find a lot of untapped topics that way, that tools don't even have on their radars!
If you use this method to find 0 volume keywords, do you still go for it?
 

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Feels like Adsense is a lot of hustle just for getting peanuts, I prefer waiting to get more sessions to get on Mediavine or turn back on Ezoic!
1% of something is better than 100% of nothing, especially if that something earns you over $100 so you can get paid.
Apply for Mediavine when you can, but I wouldn't not take anything.
 

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@GVald I read a similar journey here at BHW, It's Rudrapada's Journey, he had a terrible page insight score I mean through lab test I guess, but He managed to get 50K traffics, and yet he achieved the goal. he got around $20 RPM. So try and see, 80 scores will be sufficient, however, real user loading is the thing, not the lab test.
 

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Also, check what parts of the page takes the longest to load. Sometimes it could be a tracking script while the page itself has loaded ages ago already thus falsely making it seem that the page loads slowly when for end user it doesn't.
 

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If you use this method to find 0 volume keywords, do you still go for it?
It depends, try to use common sense to know if people actually are looking for it, also, try finding similar keywords!

1% of something is better than 100% of nothing, especially if that something earns you over $100 so you can get paid.
Apply for Mediavine when you can, but I wouldn't not take anything.
That's true, I'm still far from Mediavine tho

@GVald I read a similar journey here at BHW, It's Rudrapada's Journey, he had a terrible page insight score I mean through lab test I guess, but He managed to get 50K traffics, and yet he achieved the goal. he got around $20 RPM. So try and see, 80 scores will be sufficient, however, real user loading is the thing, not the lab test.
yeah, I went through his journey many times! So I installed Ezoic again, and page speed tanked from 99 to 46 on mobile, and from 100 to 91 on desktop..

Also, check what parts of the page takes the longest to load. Sometimes it could be a tracking script while the page itself has loaded ages ago already thus falsely making it seem that the page loads slowly when for end user it doesn't.
Thanks for the recommendation! I will take a look into it :)
 

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UPDATE #37
20/09/21


Hello guys, here's the weekly, we're again hitting a record on SerpRobot, the breakdown:

  • Published another 4 articles on the second site
  • As you can see below, the site jumped from 153 to 145 in average position in a single week! I'm almost sure that it's the biggest jump we've seen in average rankings on SerpRobot.
  • I talked with many of you about Ezoic and the pagespeed problem, and I re-installed it on my site anyway, I'll wait a few time for the ePMV to stabilize, then, I'll start sharing the earnings again.
  • So far, there's not much movement on the second site, I shared the analytics from the start of the site below (3 months ago)
  • I had to disable WP Rocket (which was very useful to improve pagespeed) when I integrated Ezoic, otherwise, I was getting an error, and the site was basically off. I'll try to find some others ways to increase page speed when Ezoic is on the site.



SERP Robot (keyword rankings):
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Google Search Console:
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Google Search Console (Last 7 days):
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2nd site analytics (From first day of the site to now):
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WP Word Count:
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UPDATE #32
16/09/21


Another weekly update! Looks like the site is going up, again..

  • So as you can see how the charts below, looks like the site is getting more impressions & more clicks
  • I don't know if it's the result of getting out of the sandbox, an update, or removing Ezoic, or maybe all of them!
  • I haven't shared the chart of the 2nd site now (still sitting at 50 articles), it's getting daily impressions but no big changes since it's in the early phase
  • Like I said below, I'm actually on a road trip throughout France, spending some good times skating around so I can come back full energy and grind like I did with the first site!
  • I checked for some new keywords, I came to the conclusion that you can't cheat a good KW Research, it should be done manually, otherwise, you won't find those hidden gems with the popular tools like Ahref, SEMRush ...


IMPORTANT UPDATE:
I've said it before, but maybe you missed it, I went on a roadtrip, I'll be back home end of August, early September, so I won't bother writing and publishing articles along the way!



SERP Robot (keyword rankings):
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Google Search Console:
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Google Search Console (Last 7 days):
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WP Word Count:
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I just now found this journey, but read through the entire thing!

It's great that you are keeping yourself to at least weekly updates, even when you are pausing the content.

I'm glad you put Ezoic back on the site, but don't forget to consider alternative monetization strategies (you've mentioned maybe affiliates a few times).

Other than that, are you just starting from your broad keyword for your alphabet soup method? I.e.: golf a*, golf b*, etc.? If not, how are you narrowing down slightly, or is it just an iterative process?

Good luck, and this thread DEFINITELY has me considering reviving my 9 year old blog that's still getting clicks!
 

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I don't if someone asked this, but what is the Broad niche on these 2 sites your in ?

Health
Tech
Finance
Beauty
 

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Nice Gvald. keep it up.
Thanks! :)

I just now found this journey, but read through the entire thing!

It's great that you are keeping yourself to at least weekly updates, even when you are pausing the content.

I'm glad you put Ezoic back on the site, but don't forget to consider alternative monetization strategies (you've mentioned maybe affiliates a few times).

Other than that, are you just starting from your broad keyword for your alphabet soup method? I.e.: golf a*, golf b*, etc.? If not, how are you narrowing down slightly, or is it just an iterative process?

Good luck, and this thread DEFINITELY has me considering reviving my 9 year old blog that's still getting clicks!
Thank you for following! And yeah, you should definitely try to do something with your 9 years old blog! How many clicks it's getting?

I don't if someone asked this, but what is the Broad niche on these 2 sites your in ?

Health
Tech
Finance
Beauty
None of those, I don't want to talk about it too much, those are in 2 differents niches, Home/Garden & Animals, won't go deeper than that



Update coming tomorrow guys, I just realized that the site basically did +100% from last month, also, I've had the biggest days in terms of page views yesterday. The site is growing very nicely! See y'all tomorrow ;)
 
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Thanks! :)


Thank you for following! And yeah, you should definitely try to do something with your 9 years old blog! How many clicks it's getting?


None of those, I don't want to talk about it too much, those are in 2 differents niches, Home/Garden & Animals, won't go deeper than that



Update coming tomorrow guys, I just realized that the site basically did +100% from last month, also, I've had the biggest days in terms of page views yesterday. The site is growing very nicely! See y'all tomorrow ;)

The blog is currently down to around 6000 pageviews/month, but has gotten has high as 8-9k. I tried to enter it into Ezoic but it was rejected. So now if I went back I'd have to go more Affiliate or drive for 25k+ views.
 

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Awesome journey mate. Keep up the good work.
Thank you! I will, that's for sure

Interesting journey thread, best of luck!
Thanks! :)

The blog is currently down to around 6000 pageviews/month, but has gotten has high as 8-9k. I tried to enter it into Ezoic but it was rejected. So now if I went back I'd have to go more Affiliate or drive for 25k+ views.
That's still good! 6k pv per month for a blog you haven't touched in 9 years, right? Try to get on Ezoic again!

And sorry, I missed a part of your question earlier;

Let's take "dog" as a seed kw. I start by putting words like "do, how, when.."

Then I'll search "do dog a, do dog b, do dog c..."

Imagine I find a lot of variations with "do dog eat ..."

Then I'll narrow down and do "do dog eat a, do dog eat b, do dog eat c..."
 
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