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

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nice! how much is your site #1 making nowadays?
Thanks! About 150$/month

How many articles are there on the 2nd newly started website?
70 articles, nothing new, might try some different type of content on this site

For the 2000 word articles, what is your keyword density?
I really don't know tbh, not measuring those types of things

"I also took the whole month of January to develop a python script that generates content (Scraping, Paraphrasing, Mixing, and using GPT),"

Can I ask which GPT u using for your python bot? is it a commercial one?
I also built up a similar bot but the result is bad, still no clue of how to improve it now.
If u can share some tips, I really appreciate it!
Ur journey is awesome bro, and I am following it now.
Congrats on ur success!
This bot is 100% custom-coded, but you can check @Sartre journey, I'm doing similar things ;)

question regarding your Script, you said you were running it in a machine with 15GB RAM, how much you paying for it monthly & can you link me to it?
It's about 300$/month, but I'm buying Google Cloud accounts with free 300$ credit, so my cost is only those accounts (like 50$/month)
 

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Got my first +2'000 PV day! Also, 1'000 organic click/day is just around the corner, at this point, seasonality is kicking hard - Now pretty sure that I was battling an uphill battle this whole time (Getting traffic from new post + seasonality going down = Plateau at best)

I'm still getting 10-12$ EPMV with 60% traffic from US and 20% from UK tho. Is anyone getting higher EPMV here on Ezoic?

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I'll probably add more content once I finish what I'm working on right now!
 

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Got my first +2'000 PV day! Also, 1'000 organic click/day is just around the corner, at this point, seasonality is kicking hard - Now pretty sure that I was battling an uphill battle this whole time (Getting traffic from new post + seasonality going down = Plateau at best)

I'm still getting 10-12$ EPMV with 60% traffic from US and 20% from UK tho. Is anyone getting higher EPMV here on Ezoic?

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I'll probably add more content once I finish what I'm working on right now!
So far my March epmv is 20.58.
 

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How many Pageviews and sessions you have on this website in the last 30 days? If I may ask, have you start building links to this website? Hope to hear from you soon.
 

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How many Pageviews and sessions you have on this website in the last 30 days? If I may ask, have you start building links to this website? Hope to hear from you soon.
36k - Still not building links, but looks like I managed to pick a couple ones organically :) Thanks for following along!

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36k - Still not building links, but looks like I managed to pick a couple ones organically :) Thanks for following along!

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This is fantastic. This is a great boost, thanks for not giving up on this project. Please give us the full update when the month ends. I can't wait to see next update
 

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I'm still getting 10-12$ EPMV with 60% traffic from US and 20% from UK tho. Is anyone getting higher EPMV here on Ezoic?
I honestly believe the data from others won't help you much :). Ezoic EPMV (or EPMV with any other ad network) depends on so many things besides US traffic %. Just to name a few:
  • Niche
  • Mobile vs Desktop traffic (RPM for Desktop is much higher)
  • Ad layout on the website (how aggressive it is)
  • Average time on page
  • Whether you apply those pesky categories like Native ads, vignette, video ads
  • ....
For the record, I have now multiple smaller sites on Ezoic, and not a single one has EPMV over $10. But as I said at the beginning, this shouldn't make you (or me) feel good or bad about the number really, since it depends on many factors.
 

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I honestly believe the data from others won't help you much :). Ezoic EPMV (or EPMV with any other ad network) depends on so many things besides US traffic %. Just to name a few:
  • Niche
  • Mobile vs Desktop traffic (RPM for Desktop is much higher)
  • Ad layout on the website (how aggressive it is)
  • Average time on page
  • Whether you apply those pesky categories like Native ads, vignette, video ads
  • ....
For the record, I have now multiple smaller sites on Ezoic, and not a single one has EPMV over $10. But as I said at the beginning, this shouldn't make you (or me) feel good or bad about the number really, since it depends on many factors.
Thank you for your insight! With the current growth, maybe I can hope to get on Mediavine by the end of the year!

This is fantastic. This is a great boost, thanks for not giving up on this project. Please give us the full update when the month ends. I can't wait to see next update
I will, but nothing really changed since last one (no new content - no link building), I think it's just about the seasonality kicking in!
 

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Month #16
05/04/22


Another update, another record, again, yesterday was the best day ever for this site, in terms of: Page views, clicks and impressions; 2.203 pv, 693 clicks from Google, and 13.517 impressions.

Also, the site had over 44.500 pageviews for the whole month of March (vs 28.800 for February, which is +54%). I'm going to keep the update short, since I haven't published any new content.

I checked the backlink profile, and it looks like I managed to get some interesting links again (from organic traffic - I don't do any link building) - So far I'm pretty happy with the progress, looks like it's going the right direction! Not only that, but I plan to start publishing again this month since the site has clearly some authority now!

Ezoic revenue also jumped with the increase in traffic, first month over 200$! Also got some +10$ days (matching the spike in the chart below)

Quick take about the 2nd site: It looks like it's still dead in the water, I might use this domain to try out some different things in terms of content

Google Search Console (Last 6 months):
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Google Analytics (Last Month):
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Ezoic:
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This is another fascinating update. This update shows that the traffic increases as the website attracts more backlinks.

So strong backlinks still play a major roles in the website authority since you don't add new contents to the website for long time.

I manage to stumble on Phil's website when I was doing keyword research for my website. Though he did not build backlinks to his website as he stated in the case study, but the sites attracts lots of backlinks ( over 1500 backlinks).

I will advise you to focus on this website and add more contents to it in order to increase the traffic and authority of the website. Soon, this website will hit $1k, it's just a matter of time.

How many backlinks are on your website at present? And how many keywords you have on the top three position on SERP? hope to hear from you soon.
 

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This is another fascinating update. This update shows that the traffic increases as the website attracts more backlinks.

So strong backlinks still play a major roles in the website authority since you don't add new contents to the website for long time.

I manage to stumble on Phil's website when I was doing keyword research for my website. Though he did not build backlinks to his website as he stated in the case study, but the sites attracts lots of backlinks ( over 1500 backlinks).

I will advise you to focus on this website and add more contents to it in order to increase the traffic and authority of the website. Soon, this website will hit $1k, it's just a matter of time.

How many backlinks are on your website at present? And how many keywords you have on the top three position on SERP? hope to hear from you soon.
SEMRush shows 2.5k links, and +280 keywords in top3 position. In all those links, I bet only a few matters, those that are included in relevant article and on site with authority, pretty surprised I managed to get those without doing any outreach tbh.

A lot of those +2.5k links are automatic link from site directory list, scraped site etc.. I believe Google ignores those whatsoever.

In the end, either you build link, or you write content that attracts them, but you need links if you're looking to get serious traffic.

Thanks for your encouragement, I will for sure resume publishing on this site, probably this month (I started waaaay too many other IM projects that I now have to take care of)
 

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If you started sharing on social media you would make 5X the traffic and the money you are making right now. Social media has a great impact on ranking and getting your website to people. I am not saying about aggressive sharing. Just ping all your articles on multiple social media platforms with proper search terms and keywords, using hashtags and stuff.
 

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Month #16
05/04/22


Another update, another record, again, yesterday was the best day ever for this site, in terms of: Page views, clicks and impressions; 2.203 pv, 693 clicks from Google, and 13.517 impressions.

Also, the site had over 44.500 pageviews for the whole month of March (vs 28.800 for February, which is +54%). I'm going to keep the update short, since I haven't published any new content.

I checked the backlink profile, and it looks like I managed to get some interesting links again (from organic traffic - I don't do any link building) - So far I'm pretty happy with the progress, looks like it's going the right direction! Not only that, but I plan to start publishing again this month since the site has clearly some authority now!

Ezoic revenue also jumped with the increase in traffic, first month over 200$! Also got some +10$ days (matching the spike in the chart below)

Quick take about the 2nd site: It looks like it's still dead in the water, I might use this domain to try out some different things in terms of content

Google Search Console (Last 6 months):
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Google Analytics (Last Month):
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Ezoic:
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I just read through the whole journey. Looking great so far!

Also, I don't want to dampen your mood but I think you have installed the Google analytics code twice and it's double counting your pageviews. That explains the extremely low bounce rate of <1%. No sites have such a low bounce rate, it's a clear sign of a double tracking code somewhere on your website. Luckily, it doesn't matter that much. You still have the same amount of visitors, just less pageviews.
 

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What's up guys! Site still growing, I'm inch away from $20 days and 1k clicks days in GSC! I resumed publishing, will write a proper update when I publish the 500th post (at 478 right now).

I also added 4 others site on Ezoic, this might get me to 1k/month much faster, but I'll only count this journey as success when I'll reach this amount solely with the site shared here


If you started sharing on social media you would make 5X the traffic and the money you are making right now. Social media has a great impact on ranking and getting your website to people. I am not saying about aggressive sharing. Just ping all your articles on multiple social media platforms with proper search terms and keywords, using hashtags and stuff.
I will consider this, thanks for helping

I just read through the whole journey. Looking great so far!

Also, I don't want to dampen your mood but I think you have installed the Google analytics code twice and it's double counting your pageviews. That explains the extremely low bounce rate of <1%. No sites have such a low bounce rate, it's a clear sign of a double tracking code somewhere on your website. Luckily, it doesn't matter that much. You still have the same amount of visitors, just less pageviews.
Hey thanks! Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's the case after thinking about it, but I don't recall where I installed the code other than my Header code plugin. Guess I'll have another look soon, the KPI here are the earnings so no big deal ;)
 

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@GVald it's good to hear about this wonderful short update. This is a good news and i can't wait to read the full update. It seems the full update will come at the end of the month since you have less than 30 articles to write in order to reach 500 posts on the website. Keep up the good job. I have 360 posts on my 10 months old website, the traffic is not encouraging but I will keep at it. Honestly it is good not to give up.
 

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Your journey is really inspiring. From start to till date this is how a genuine website is built for real users. Search Engines love such websites and their owners are rewarded in due course of time.
 

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Update coming on beginning of next week!

Sidenote: Travelling for a month or so, in Colombia right now until mid-June, then, going to a skateboarding event in Copenhagen for a week, and then back to France. Nonetheless, I'm still trying to stay consistent with the publishing schedule

@GVald it's good to hear about this wonderful short update. This is a good news and i can't wait to read the full update. It seems the full update will come at the end of the month since you have less than 30 articles to write in order to reach 500 posts on the website. Keep up the good job. I have 360 posts on my 10 months old website, the traffic is not encouraging but I will keep at it. Honestly it is good not to give up.
You're right! If I can give you just a little advice, KEEP GOING! The snowball is real, I've also been there, here's my takeoff graph so far:
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Your journey is really inspiring. From start to till date this is how a genuine website is built for real users. Search Engines love such websites and their owners are rewarded in due course of time.
Thank you sir!
 

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@GVald please include the follow metrics Domain Rating, Number of Referring Domain, Keywords in Top 3 in SERP etc in the next update. Thanks.
 
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