First Blogging Journey. Lets do this...

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Its just really really frustrating writing articles on a lot of these keywords and google slaps that article to page 2 and never budged it. Not even slightly. This person slaps a spun article with just the keyword in title and what do you know. Instantly top 3.
It's just temporary. They'll lose rank eventually.
 

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JANUARY UPDATE:

Site word count:785,713
Number Of Articles:448

Posted 16 articles last month. I was short 6 articles because my writer is currently sick with covid and trying to complete the work she missed last week right now. This Month seems to have gone a good step in the right direction.

TRAFFIC LAST 28 DAYS:
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ALL-TIME SEARCH CONSOLE:


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SEARCH CONSOLE LAST 28 VS PREVIOUS 28 DAYS

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The blogs sessions have increased a rather large 36.8% over the last 28 days. I have had a few days hitting over 700 visits a day which I am quite surprised happened so quickly after things have felt so slow. I hope they keep going at this pace. It was just looking back in November and realized I was getting a little over 400 visits a day and now I am at 600+.

JANUARY EZOIC EARNINGS:

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I managed to make more than I did in December in January. Partially due to the fact I joined Ezoic premium halfway into December and also because my traffic has increased. I still wish I could get that EPMV up but I am holding off messing with anything currently as it's such a pain in the butt messing with things on your site. Once you fix one thing you manage to break two other things I have learned lol.

I have noticed my largest contentful paint on Ezoic is now in the orange for some reason this month. I haven't changed a single thing I do but for some reason, things are loading a bit slower. Pushing me out of the green. I hope this doesn't end up hurting my site. I may take some time this coming month to try and fix that issue if possible.

AMAZON EARNINGS JANUARY:

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I started to implement a strategy Shaun Marrs uses to add amazon product links to my articles the last couple of weeks. Earned a bit more and managed to get a few more clicks this month than in December. I have only done this to a few of my top-ranking articles to test and will try and implement this across more articles on my site this month.

Overall I am very happy with this month.
 

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Although I suspected you wasted several k $$$ reading your journey as you bought countless useless forum links, pbns et cetera.

You said that you (or a guy who you bought website from) targeted high-comp keywords at the beginning, the articles cover broad niche and are too bad. They are not going to rank anywhere.

What you should do:
  1. Make a decent structure on your site and put articles in the proper categories. Example: Cars->Audi Cars->Audi Car A, Audi Car B and so on
  2. Buy Ahrefs ($7 trial for 7 days is enough) or Semrush (30-day trial is cool too). Must have tools
  3. Check for what keywords you rank, if you are in TOP-10/20 check them, sometimes editing and expanding articles (adding 0-10 relevant keywords) in a proper way helps them to get higher in serps.
  4. Check competitors, how they write, what they target
  5. Add articles targeting low competitive keywords for the categories that a) already have articles b) already ranking. In other words expand articles/categories you already getting organic traffic from Google.
Basically you have to rewrite and redo what you have done previously. If you are super serious about this site, order a website audit from some guy, theoretically a good audit will be more beneficial for you than hundreds of links.

And stop buying links before you understand what are good links and what are bad.

If everything done right, you increase your traffic from niches you already cover plus let the big G know that you're up to something else. Maybe reach 1k too. Will make good foundation to expand in the future as you already present in a broad niche.

Cause now it looks like a failed journey, you don't spend 10-15k for 200 bucks a month. With such expenses, 2-3k in revenue you should be your minimum otherwise it's totally useless. But for newbies it's useful case study as it tells them what NOT to do when you start in seo.

Thanks for the feedback.

I will try and respond to everything you said.

To me, a journey thread is my journey. Failing or succeeding. You literally cannot start and be a massive success from the get-go. I chose to invest and see what works and what does not. I literally listed all my mistakes in this thread so others can learn as well.

Here is a list of my expenses for this site.

5k was when I outsourced the start of the site. I spent another 1k or so fixing stuff that got messed up with the site because of the people who were working on the site and a little more than that trying to find a good writer. I used a writing service on here, I will not mention, for close to 1000 bucks and they were completely awful and a waste of time as well.

4k is to my main writer on Upwork and a few other writers.
I spent close to 1000 on buy-sell text testing articles from them as well.
I spent a couple of thousand on backlinks to get my site up to DA 30. Also several other small costs like canva, Ahrefs, Grammarly, etc.

The 6k I spent outsourcing the site from the start was a mistake and a learning experience for me. I thought I could pay someone to build a site for me and make money on it. I learned it was a bad idea. I listed it in this thread as such as well to help people not mess around with things and learn things yourself.

A lot of what I wrote is overestimating but id would say 7k was what was spent on the site that wasn't a complete waste. Such as backlinks, Ahrefs, Content.

Now, I am going to respond to your list of things I "should" do.

1. I do this already.
2. I have Ahrefs and have used it when trying to learn keyword research.
3. I will have to try this. Thanks.
4. I do this as well. Especially on my newer content. I have every single competitor in an excel sheet, all their keywords, all keywords related to them, how they write, how they structure each article, what they use for subheadings, etc.
5. This is what I have been doing for the last 4 months.

I don't really wanna touch on the rest but I know what a good backlink is. I follow several people over the years and have spent a lot of time learning things they have talked about.

I really wish I could be absolutely perfect and make my very first website a complete home run without any problems or learning but I don't think that's exactly possible. I have had a couple of people on here, who are actually very successful at this, look at my site and tell me my site looks fine and my keywords are all good. Exactly what they would do when creating a site. Not what I did at the start but what I am doing now.

I appreciate the constructive feedback though. Thanks for reading the thread.

Oh, and one more thing, since I didn't see it before, I never bought PBN links. To my knowledge, I did not mention anything about buying PBN links... I only bought guest posts, forums, and niche edits. I know a few really successful bloggers who are ONLY using forum links to rank and have had a lot of success with them. I used the same providers they used as well. Forum links are not useless. I am not sure where you got that information from either.
 
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Brief for lazy people: he spent 10k$ to order a lots posts and backlinks for his site, and after few month he had traffic about 600-700 and earned about 6-10$/1 day on ezoic
 

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I started to write this long drawn out thing to the user above me about why I’ve even been doing this thread but it’s not ment for you or other people who want to discredit learning and documenting everything.

I am documenting successes and failures in this thread. That’s all.

The start of the blog for several months? Failures. bad keyword research, bad articles, money waisted on outsourcing, etc.

The last few months? Successful.

Recent keywords are ranking more and more.

This is my last 30 days

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Website traffic is increasing since I’ve learned things from testing. Check the last two months when I changed how I target keywords.

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My traffic is increasing since I’ve learned what did not work and what is now working. My traffic increase is credited ONLY to articles written in the last 3 months. Most last 2.

100s of people start sites and quit when it doesn’t work. Complain about how it’s a scam when the first thing they try fails.

If you are reading this thread wanting someone to ,from start to finish, to have had 100% success then this thread was not ment for you. The title literally says first journey thread. Idk how I could make it any clearer then that.

If you wanna see someone try things, fail, try again, fail, then learn and have the knowledge to Improve this site and knowledge to have a far better sites In the future then read this thread.

Saying all that.

Don’t post in my thread anymore unless it’s constructive and gives advice.

Thanks guys.
 

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Don’t give up but yes I agree with Shwepps, a little bit of external help or audit would be useful!
 

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I told myself I wouldn't stop updating this thread no matter what and well... Guess who stopped updating lol.

I did not, however, stop actually working on this blog. I worked on it much slower after I wasn't sure what I was doing was working but just kept thinking it would eventually and that I needed to keep going.

I just wanted to give an update as to what has happened with the site in the last 4 to 5 months.

So here goes.

UPDATE:

In the last 4 months, I have published around 60 more articles.

In February my writers stopped working on the blog and needed to find a couple more writers. I only published about 4 articles in February.

I also did not want to keep putting new money into the site so decided I would only start putting money into the site that it makes. The site was only doing about 200 a month at the time so it wasn't very much.

After a few more months these are the stats.

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Once I switched my keyword focus and started to go after lower volume keywords with very low comp I've been getting more and more keywords to hit the top 3 positions. Most average 3 to 6 visits a day but some bring in upwards of 20 a day.

ANALYTICS LAST 28 DAYS

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17k sessions to 30k sessions from February. This increase in traffic is about 90% of the articles I have posted in the last few months. My older content from a year ago with bad keyword research, and bad writing, bring in very little traffic.

SEARCH CONSOLE LAST 28 DAYS VS PREVIOUS


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Almost double the impressions since my last update.

EZOIC LAST 30 DAYS


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and amazon is roughly 70 dollars for everything combined (still need to incorporate more links into articles)

So roughly 700 a month now.

Since I have been making more and more on the blog I have slowly been adding more and more content again. I went from maybe 3 posts a week on average to maybe 5 now.

Since 4 or 5 months ago my goal is still the same, to get the blog into Mediavine. I am sure I will hit the 1k a month mark once I manage that. Heck, I might even be able to hit that before getting into mediavine. I just feel like if I can get into Mediavine my earnings will jump up a good amount. Ezoic pays well but I can't help but feel like the site could make even more.

Sorry for the super late update but at least I managed to actually update the thread after all this time for anyone who was curious lol.
 
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Yeah, they were pretty good quality but I had to go through about 40 writers to find one. I pay a little more now for articles but the quality is better but still feel like the price is cheap. Just have to go through a LOT of crap writers to find ones that are very good. For most of the writers, I have had, I would pay easily 25 to 30 dollars per 1000 words If I used a content service.
 
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