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Bucketbot's Journey from $1 a day to $100 - Authority Site - Ads, YT & more methods!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Bucketbot, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Bucketbot

    Bucketbot Regular Member

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    Hi guys - Long time lurker here stepping up. I've decided to light a fire under myself and make a journey on my authority site that I have bigger plans for.

    This is pretty much a full time endeavor right now, so a lot of time & patience can be dedicated to the upkeep and development of the site.

    The site is a couple of yrs old with the concept and basis dating back to around late 2007.

    I'll try to keep most of The Plan as transparent as possible. I will keep the thread updated with earnings and notes on the action I took for the day.

    The Plan:

    Produce 100's of high quality articles with videos for each and every blog post. This will be a one man mission. Articles will be a mix of reviews & informative articles for site visitors. Traffic will be drummed up through videos, social media accounts and natural backlinks. I will be aiming to create 3 articles a day once I establish a rhythm with dragon naturally speaking.

    Quick Starting Stats:

    FB: 10k+
    Twitter: 10k+ (real active)
    YT: 500+ Subs
    Current article count: 20

    I will be aiming to make most articles around 700+ words each. The site has a superb design that allows for a ton of customization for the review articles. Each page and article will be unique to the site.


    SEO:

    This is not my forte and I'm done attempting to build links for now. The site will continue to produce social signals from visitors/social media accounts. This will be about the only thing happening.

    Site:

    The site is already somewhat established and has been a profitable earner since it very first started. The traffic is abysmal at the moment with most visitors coming from YT. I know that there is so much that can be done to make the traffic sky rocket. The only thing I'm in need of is a boot to get the action started. I'm hoping this thread will be a great motivational tool for myself & I hope it develops into inspiration for others. The niche will not be revealed but I will say that it is extremely malleable. The site design allows for niche specific content & the ability to expand to something more broad.
     
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  2. TheMoneyWizard

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    Good Luck with this Journey! :)

    If you need help getting more YT subs I might be able to help you (I've got an enhance views account with lots of credits that I don't need).
     
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  3. Rokebono

    Rokebono Senior Member

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    Good luck with your journey, don't forget to keep us updated! ;)
     
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  4. MyDymo

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    Suscribed. Good Luck!
     
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  5. ContentLockPro

    ContentLockPro Power Member Premium Member

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    Good luck with Authority Website. Get the most traffic, then bank hard.
     
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  6. Bucketbot

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    Thanks for the initial support. I'll be updating later this evening.
     
  7. Bucketbot

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    Day 1 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Sunday is an off day so the only thing I did was make this thread
    >Continued to monitor the YT videos that are bringing in the visitors

    Day Earnings: $1.80
     
  8. Bucketbot

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    Day 2 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Created a handful of essential pages (privacy etc.) for the site. I continued to edit old pages that needed an update to the formatting.
    >About 2 hrs of screen capturing done in order to setup galleries, new videos, & unique content
    >Starting to receive lots of spam so I took care of the inbox.

    Day Earnings: $3.50
     
  9. Bucketbot

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    Day 3 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Continued activity from day 2
    >Received a small affiliate payment of $5 which boosted earnings
    >Less productive day than usual but still managed to do some some research.

    Day Earnings: $8.61
     
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  10. Bucketbot

    Bucketbot Regular Member

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    Day 4 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Continued same activity formatting and updating old posts in need
    >Still trying to research and take notes from tutorials and threads
    >I brainstormed a couple of new ideas that will be implemented in the future.
    >Sort of just been using this week to make the little things on the site look pristine & professional. Once I'm done with that menial work I will mainly focus on content/traffic generation

    Day Earnings: Not worth noting
     
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  11. Bucketbot

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    Day 5 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Continued same activity formatting and updating old posts in need
    >Earnings and traffic starting to taper off so I'm planning to up the ante soon

    Day Earnings: Not worth noting
     
  12. Bucketbot

    Bucketbot Regular Member

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    Day 6 Summary

    Action I took today:

    >Decided to take a day off and train instead

    Day Earnings: Buck Fiddy
     
  13. Kingu Buraddorei

    Kingu Buraddorei Junior Member

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    Are you monetizing your traffic with only adsense?

    Good luck with your journey!
     
  14. Bucketbot

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    From here on out I'll be updating the thread with Weekly summaries instead of the daily. I'll be sure to pop in with general updates or helpful information during the week.
     
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    What's your idea about the monetizing the traffic? I think if you have an established site for about 2 years , you can make some extra money from it. I guess, there is something wrong there about your monetization strategy or you just want to make your site looks more authority by not lookalike over monetizing to your readers . Is it right? Anyway, good luck with your journey !
     
  16. Bucketbot

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    Ads & in the past CPA offers. Thing is that the site could use some premium content in order to help out my CPC which is very low.

    Over the two years the best the site did was a short stint at the #1 position for its main keyword. A total site redesign/re-brand was implemented this year so rankings are still recovering.

    That's why I think right now is the time for me to step up my production. When it recovers I might get the added benefit of increased domain authority along with my old or better rankings.
     
  17. Bucketbot

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    Good news to report as I just had a great 24 hr period that ramped up my earnings.

    Made about $20 with more than half that coming from implementing a cpa content locker.

    I noticed a page getting a ton of traffic and outbound clicks then bingo. Great feeling but I've been there & getting it to stay put is the tricky part.
     
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    Week 2 Summary

    Action I took:

    >Finished up the formatting mentioned above & moved on to article creation. It was tedious work but I'm glad I got passed that.
    >I'm not really digging the content locking & neither are the visitors. It made a little bit of money but once I reach the threshold, I'm going to remove it and try something else.
    >Not having much success with writing articles so far but this will be the only goal I work on each day next week. Looking for a optimal production 3x500+ word articles each day.

    Average Daily Earnings: $6.00
     
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    Best of luck mate, I just subscribed to your thread. :)
     
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  20. Bucketbot

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    Week 3 Summary

    Action I took:

    >A busy week for the site that has seen the highest traffic since earlier this year
    >The content locking might not be pretty, but earnings ramped up nicely. I decided to keep it around.
    >To combat ad blindness, I set up an experiment for the content locker that will most likely boost my earnings again.
    >1 article in total this week with two more in editing. That's a far cry from 3 articles a day.

    Everything seems to be picking up nicely, which in turn has translated to doubling the earnings from the site. I'm noticing that I get real giddy or anxious when thinking of great new ideas that can make more money for the project. At times it can be overwhelming to the point where I don't take action on those ideas. This is something I'm hoping someone can chime in on with advice. I'd say it's a good problem to have as long as I keep the ball rolling.

    Average Daily Earnings: $13.50