Alright, so this journey is going to be a little different. Its not one of those threads where I want to make $XXX in XXX time. This one is going to be a learning journey. I want to test out a few things and I think that the results could benefit other people, as well as solve a few specific questions a few people have. This is gonna be a long journey, since I'm working only with white hat on this one, each case study could take up to six months. There are two things I want to test first, each one a different study. 1st Case Study) This might sound a little wacky but I wanna take my site building strategy in a whole other direction. With google's recent updates, they are penalizing more and more people who over do SEO, excessive backlinks, crappy backlinks, etc.. So I'm going to do a minimalistic approach. Google wants sites that don't seem like they were made to make money and that deliver quality content, so that is exactly what I'm going to give them. I'm not gonna do any backlinking or traffic strategy, I'm doing the bare minimum SEO, I'm pretending I am an average Joe who doesn't know anything about SEO. The good thing about this is that I'm not going to have to keep worried about the SEO on my site, on every page, every post. I'm kinda paranoid about that stuff lol. All I'm going to worry about is quality content. I'm going to get in about at least 3 posts a week, some will be videos or fotos. The idea is that most sites really take a long time to get a large number of backlinks, a really long time. So I'm not gonna go about building backlinks. The idea here is to test out just how far quality content alone will get you, as well as to how the recent google updates will react to such a situation. So here's what I have done so far: - Researched for an EMD, found one with 75k exact searches, approx. 42 million search results (I know this is a lot, but none of the sites on the first 5 pages have anything to do with this niche, nor do they have the keyword in their meta data. Most of them are just pages from a few news sites that mention the keyword in their post, but really aren't offering what the surfer is looking for, nor any niche content.). I'm pretty confident I can eventually rank on the first page in a while. And each comission I get from this site will land me about $100-$150 a pop. So when I get to the first page I think it'll bring in some cash. - Installed wordpress on the domain. - Downloaded and installed a niche related theme. -Installed plugins that will give me info about my traffic, as well as google analytics for the click heatmap they have as well as other info. Also installed a plugin to help manage my ads, as well as the usual security plugins, etc.. -Site has been live for 10 days, 6 posts have been made, all posts and pages have been indexed so far. - So far I'm in position 390 for my main keyword, but that is to be expected as the site is brand new. - Have recieved 9 visitors so far, no sales. I plan on going on with this for 6 months, and see the results. This is a non english site, and will fit perfectly for testing out my second case study. 2nd Case Study) So this one is a doubt I've had for a while. Which is, how much does backlinks from sites that aren't from your country or language affect you. How much of a boost will it give? Will it have a negative impact? So since the site from my 1st case study isn't an english site, it will fit perfectly. I will take it and during 6 months, build backlinks only from english sites and see how it affects the SERPs. I manage a few sites that aren't in english and I have a hunch that my websites which have backlinks from sites that are the same language are ranking better, but I can't bet on that 100% because there are many factors. The good thing about the first case study is that I'm not worrying about SEO, so when the 2nd case study starts, I will have what I believe to be an actuall reflection on exactly how much the links from sites in english are affecting my site. The 2nd case study will only start after the first one is finished, so that's in around six months. I'll try to post often and update you guys on what going on with my site. The idea of this post is so we can all learn together, so when you guys have an idea don't be shy to share it. Also feel free to ask questions. If you have any ideas for different case studies that you think would be interesting, post them and I'll pick a few to test out later, and of course, share the results.