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Creating a News Empire, Defeating The Mainstream Media & Big $$$

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TwoOneThree, May 26, 2017.

  1. TwoOneThree

    TwoOneThree Regular Member

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    Introduction:
    I'm a 16-year old with some prior experience in making money online, primarly with Fiverr. I'll use a part of the money I earned with Fiverr to start my new project.

    The plan:
    So basically, I'll be creating a news website. In the beginning I'll focus one two niches. As I'm getting more visitors and hopefully some $$$, I'll start paying writers to write articles for me so I can focus more on driving traffic. I'll start with 4 articles a day (2 per niche). Only thing I'll invest in for now is a .com domain from Namecheap and a good hosting plan. I'll buy both soon, I'll upload a screenshot of the exact costs then.

    How will I drive traffic?
    So like I said, I'll only invest in the domain + hosting for now. No paid ads. I'll use primarily forums, Facebook and Reddit to drive traffic. I'm very familiar with Reddit, and used to drive thousands of visitors in a matter of a couple days to my previous blog. Basically I'll write specific articles for specific subreddits which they'll love, so my posts will get frequently upvoted = traffic. I'll also frequently post in forums and in Facebook groups to drive traffic. I'll also use Twitter and YouTube if I got the time. On YouTube, I'll for example live stream joint sessions of Congress and put a link to my website.

    Every $$$ I earn will go to writers, ads, and some tricks I'll try to pull off (you'll read more about this when I start doing it).

    Also, English is not my native language, but I have the premium version of Grammarly which I'll use to correct my articles.

    Edit: I forgot to tell about my monetization strategy. I'll try AdSense, and see how that works out. If I think it's paying too low, I'll try something else like native ads.
     
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  2. ThopHayt

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    Sounds like a good way for a young guy to practice his skills, don't worry about the money just enjoy and learn.

    -ThopHayt
     
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    Please don't disappear and stop updating like 90% of people that start a journey.

    good luck
     
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    That's a very noble cause, and quite ambitious at that - quite a go getter attitude you have! Be consistent and don't lose your drive. And create some original, high quality content. Good luck!
     
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  5. TwoOneThree

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    Thanks.

    I'll keep this updated and I'll do my best to turn this into a success.
     
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    Give it a try. :) I'm sure with all the advice, you'd be able to succeed. All the best.
     
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  7. TwoOneThree

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    Thanks for the advice, my main / second goal is like you said to learn something out of this. The other goal is to make a nice profit.

    Thanks :)
     
  8. TwoOneThree

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    Quick update:

    I've bought the domainname and hosting. I'll setup WP now, create a logo, banner, and start optimizing the site. After that I'll start writing the articles!

    So total spent until now:

    $35.14

    (see images)
     

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    You've got a refreshingly realistic and clear plan.

    If you want to pump out content, you may want to look into voice to text software if you aren't a fast typist. I am a 120+ wpm typist, so I don't know if Dragon or Google Docs is the go to. However, there are a bunch of people who rely on such programs. Personally, I'd be wary of the second option if you are doing anything SEO wise.

    Looking to forward to future posts.
     
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  10. TwoOneThree

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    UPDATE:

    So this will be a bit harder than I thought. My website is a long way from finished yet, but I've posted two news articles of 300 - 400 words. I've attached a screenshot with the traffic results.

    At the moment, I'm just using one traffic source. I haven't made a FB page account yet, and I haven't done forum posting simply because it took me so much time to make the site + about 1,2 hours to write the articles.

    So what I'll have to do now:

    - Finish the site (logo, background, layout, etc.). After I've done this I can focus more on writing the articles and promoting them. This step is taking me way more time than I thought it would.

    - Setup social media accounts: FB, Pinterest, Twitter, YT, etc.

    It will be harder than I thought, but I won't give up. The only thing stopping me now are my exams which I have in 4 weeks, but until that time I'll do as much work as I can and after that I'll go beastmode on this.

    This might totally fail and there's a chance I'll never make anything off from it, or I can earn a nice profit from the site and maybe in the end sell it.

    In my opinion this is all better than not taking action. Atleast I can say I'm trying and maybe in the failed, than never having failed because I've never tried.
     

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    Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuys it has been JUST DAY TWO AND I'M GOING VIRAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOOK AT THE SCREENSHOT!

    It's 300 active user at my site now BTW!

    I haven't implemented AdSense yet.... so no income... but this is going viral! I've had other articles also go semi-viral, but this one is killing it!

    Edit: actual update on the site:

    The site is finished now, I'm now focusing on writing articles. I've yet to setup some social accounts.

    Also, one question. AdSense hasn't yet approved my site because of a lack of content, any suggestions to alternatives until it gets approved?

    Edit2: site is on 400 active users now.

    Edit3: aaaaaand the website has crashed.

    Edit4: removed the screenshot, because it showed my website name.
     
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  12. GeorgeCarl

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    You could add a newsletter box to your website and capture some email-leads before you got AdSense figured out.
     
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    Almost forgot about this, thanks for the suggestion!

    Also a big shout out to this guy^^^^, I uploaded a screenshot of my traffic stats in my previous post, but it had my website name on it, and GeorgeCarl was very nice to tell me:)
     
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    Hello guys, it's been three days since since my last update!

    It's going pretty well with my news website, the design of my website is finished. I have yet to create some social media profiles, but I'll do that today.

    Here are some stats:
    Day 1 unique visits: 205
    Day 2 unique visits: 4579 (went viral)
    Day 3 unique visits: 308
    Day 4 unique visits: 599
    Day 5 unique visits: 682 as of now, 6 hours left until the day is over.

    My only concern right now is getting AdSense approved, so I can start making money. I've applied three days ago, but haven't got any response yet.

    So that's basically it for now... I'll report to you guys if anything special has happened.
     
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    I'm young just like you (18 years old) and have recently started my own website which is similar to yours, could you tell me or pm me on how you use or will use reddit to drive traffic in a little bit more detail, also have you thought about instagram? I use it a lot and it creates the majority of my traffic but well done on your stats so far I hope you can carry on and start earning some $$ from it;)
     
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    Unique visitors for today are 995 as of now, instead of 682.

    Does anyone have maybe an answer to my following question: I applied three days ago for AdSense, one day after I got rejected (I had just two articles and little traffic (200 +/-), now 6,5k+ traffic + 13 articles), when can I expect a response? I'm missing quite some money now, since I can't put ads on my site... :(

    I won't use IG, since most of the people on IG are not interested in James Comey publicly testifying against President Trump or the President of South-Africa planning a secret residence in Dubai, so it won't bring me any traffic.

    Reddit is a bit tricky... the only way to really learn how to drive traffic from Reddit is to use it for some time so you'll understeand how everything works and what the community is like. That's how I did it. The Reddit community is very savvy and will recognize and call you out immediately if they feel like they're being tricked, or money is being made off of them. So you've to learn to think like them, what they like, what they don't like, etc. then you can start driving traffic to your site.
     
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  17. Turhan

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    You won't really make any money from redditors with adsense since most redditors have adblock
    Look into native advertising. Put cpa offers on your sidebar or banners with affiliate links in your sidebar since adblock can't hide them
     
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    Good to see this am looking into redit and hope to tap into that traffic for a new project