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Ever feel like your site doesn't get the recognition it deserves?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Jakerxxx, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Jakerxxx

    Jakerxxx Junior Member

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    I'm a full-time college student and put my knowledge to good use by posting truly useful content daily to my site. I spend about 2-3 hours every morning before school researching and writing the content. Everything on my site is free! If I were in someone else's shoes, and I came across my site, and I saw what was on it was free useful content that could truly help me, I would be amazed..because quite frankly..there are not a lot of sites like that!

    I look at my competition, and they have thousands of backlinks and aged domains, but their sites are crap. Sure , they look pretty..but their content does not even compare to mine! And most of their content isn't even free!

    So basically, I almost feel like giving up on my site for numerous reasons:
    A). I'm making $1-$5 daily on my site, but I have no other income=I'm running out of money to pay for gas to drive my butt to classes!
    B.) I don't have the SEO knowledge nor do I have the time to put into SEO. Right now I post to a forum everyday related to my niche, with anchor text in the signature. I have a twitter account with about 700 followers. I have submitted 19 articles to articlebase, submitted sitemap to google webmaster AND I did purchase some backlinks a couple days ago from a member here at BHW. Other than that, no SEO work is being done.

    Some details about my site:
    -The domain name is only 3 month old, and the site is almost 5 months old, so it is fairly new.
    -The ads pay good $/click, so there's good opportunity for money if I can just get the traffic!
    -The site has a very professional template. The grammar is perfect, the format is neat, etc.
    -I don't sell anything. The information I give is for free. The demand for my information is HIGH, but you're not going to find me for the necessary keywords in the search engine.

    I've even considered just grabbing a business partner who specializes in SEO and say "Drive traffic, i'll supply useful content and we'll split ad revenue 50/50." But If I was in an SEO experts shoes I would probably say "screw that, I can make my own site and make 100% of ad revenue."

    So...The purpose of this thread is to get some suggestions from successful webmasters.
    Should I give up?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing right?

    I also wrote this just to vent some frustration. When You put so much work into something, and get little to nothing in return..it sucks..a lot!


    I know there's tons of people with the mentality of "i'm not giving my secret away...I had to figure it out on my own, now you have too." etc.
    No intentions on offending anyone, that's just how some people are. If you do have great knowledge in SEO and would like to be a business partner or w/e or just help and give any suggestions...any help...any useful tips, comments, suggestions and it will be GREATLY appreciated by me.

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. Jakerxxx

    Jakerxxx Junior Member

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    double thread post. If a moderator could delete 1 of the 2 created thread, thank you. I apologize.
     
  3. Fwiffo

    Fwiffo Power Member

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    A few thoughts - no magic bullets, but hopefully some ideas for you.

    What you're doing right:
    1) you're working it
    2) you're taking action (most important)
    3) you're being honest about your results, and what you need to do
    4) it looks like you're focusing on traffic first and earnings second. Starting out this is the right order, and many people get this wrong.

    Where you might want to consider changing things
    1) when I see people get started in this industry, somehow they try to bite off the hardest thing they can chew.

    So much material is focused on showing numbers for weight loss / acai berry / mortgage refinance type of offers, which pay well per click, but are often the most competitive markets to be in

    Those are lucrative markets, and there is good profit there, but you're automatically going up against the pros.

    Consider a market that might pay less, but is less competitive. 1000 hits a day at an eCPM of $20 is better than 10 hits a day at an eCPM of $200.

    2) the other thing I see people do is they get focused on one thing

    not all projects work - not all methods work

    I personally always try to have 3 different methods on the go - things take time grow, and this lets me focus my abilities in different areas.

    As well, this way if one method gets shut down, it doesn't kill my cash flow

    projects are the same thing - you can't win them all. sometimes it's better to have a few irons in the fire, so you can run with the one that's hot (note: I'm not advocating you physically run with a hot iron right out of the fire)

    Some of my most profitable projects have been complete surprises - sometimes they were test projects and I stumbled on something good, and grew it from there.

    3) traffic doesn't have to be SEO

    people get hooked on SEO because it's "free"

    SEO is good traffic, but it's rarely truly free - there are other costs in time and resources to put together to get the SEO traffic (not saying it's not worth it, just saying it's not free)

    Look for other sources - craigslist, facebook, twitter are the most frequent of other "free" traffic.

    Anyways, enough rambling from me

    what's important is that you're taking action.

    You're already ahead of 99% of the people who start with "internet marketing" and in the exact same place that anyone who's ever been successful with it has been at some point.

    Congrats on your current success and I wish you the best going forward.
     
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  4. dday162372

    dday162372 Registered Member

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    If you're talking about the forex page in your profile, it's because you're in a very competitive niche and no matter how good the content, it's going to take more than a couple months to get some respect from G.
     
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  5. doyley

    doyley Registered Member

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    The google bot doesn't have human emoctions and cannont determine a good article :)
    Just keep doing what your doing since your already making money, just focus on backlinks!
     
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  6. suskito

    suskito Newbie

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    Depending on the type of tree that you are growing there is a time to wait before you can collect the fruits. Using this small tree analogy you must understand that 3 months is very little time unless you have been a super phenomenal hit on youtube. I have seen a website gain a page rank of 3 in less than 1 week. It has generated over 1500 backlinks, and all of them are natural and true, because of a youtube hit video.

    In your case however, its a website, and if you are just offering content and expecting organic traffic, then remember that its a slow process, often enough it will require many and many hours of work.
     
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  7. Venture

    Venture Regular Member

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    just keep at it and keep growing!

    slow money is better than no money!
     
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  8. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    nothing surprising.period

    but ...... you are doing an excellent job.so i like to pat you on the back.Your content is great as you say which is really nice.But at the same time,you must understand that without marketing/promotion,it is going to be real hard for you to get revenue.So start learning SEO and building links.Without that and just content writing,all your efforts will go waste.

    SEO is not tought at all.Just simple methods are enough to outrank a competitor.Once you employ both SEO and content writing,you are going to make it big.

    I have seen 4 page sites make 4000 dollars per month.Not mine but i know they exist.i am damn serious.So that explains that amount of content has nothing to do with success.hope it helped.Your efforts will surely pay off over time.hang on buddy.
     
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  9. zexx3101

    zexx3101 Newbie

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    hey, you're doing great with only one blog! why don't you try doing more so you would have multiple streams of income.
     
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  10. Jakerxxx

    Jakerxxx Junior Member

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    thanks for all your feedback guys. I'll keep at it!
     
  11. agag2

    agag2 Supreme Member

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    Like everyone said keep on working on it the results will come in.. It's just a matter of time