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First niche site - journey to $200/month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by smok3blow, May 5, 2017.

  1. smok3blow

    smok3blow Newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I'm quite new to BHW and want to share my journey to $200 per month with amazon affiliate niche site.
    This is my first project and I thought I can stay motivated with this thread! I would also be glad about your feedback and tips!

    Also excuse me for my bad english, this is not my native language.

    What I have already done in the last 2 weeks

    Domain & CMS:
    - Registered an expired, aged domain (exact match domain without backlinks, 5 years old)
    - Installed Wordpress and some Plugins
    - Searched for good themes, found one and did some adjustments

    Design:
    - Bought a nice logo from edgedexine, because my photoshop skills are limited :(

    Keywords:
    - Did alot of keyword research
    - made a plan, what content I will write in the next weeks for which keywords

    Content:
    - Wrote 4 articles with 500-1000 words
    - LSI optimization for the content

    SEO:
    - Set up Google Analytics & Search Console
    - Meta title & descriptions optimized
    - pinged the content to get indexed faster

    Results so far

    About a week after the things I have done so far, I was quite wondering when I checked my site for the first time on Xovi. I got 70 keywords already and 77 Top 100 rankings. Also got 4 Top 20 rankings. One of them with the keyword I optimized a content site for.

    I was very glad to see this. I thought that there won't happen anything for the next weeks or months :) But also I have to say that my plan was to pick some very low competition and low search volume keywords for the first 4-5 articles to get some rankings.

    What's next?

    To stay motivated and get my shit done, I also created a roadmap for every week. So I thought I can share my weekly plan and also the results with you!

    This week:
    - Write at least 2 more articles with 500-1500 words
    - also register and ping the sites in Bing webmaster tools
    - some CSS design crap
    - prepare my sites to place some amazon affiliate products (haven't done this yet because I want to put some good content on the page at first)

    WTF, what a wall of text, sorry for that. I hope you can give me some advice if there is anything that I can adjust, optimize or even if I have done mistakes.

    Expenses: ~45$
    Income: 0$
     
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  2. cibbia

    cibbia Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Sounds like your doing good so far getting ur keywords ranked fast. Just a thought have you ventured into social media for your site? They reckon getting some videos to be really beneficial too :)
     
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  3. smok3blow

    smok3blow Newbie

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    Thanks! Yes it is planned for the next weeks. At first I want to get the onpage stuff done. Social media and backlinks are next after that :)
     
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    Follow , good luck
     
  5. smok3blow

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    Thanks buddy!
     
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    All the best bro
     
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    It is good you are aware of lsi. Some people report getting slapped for targeting best ____ to many times.

    As you begin fleshing out the buyer keyword articles... make sure to add urgency for someone to click off to Amazon. (where it is natural, don't overdo it) You just need them to click off and add it to their cart. That's all we get paid to do in the end.

    Also, don't forget about interlinking your articles(It is a lot easier to do it as you go). A presence on FB and Pinterest will be something to consider soon too.

    As you get more content study up on building backlinks. Some people prefer the "white hat" way of emailing and others prefer directly buying links from marketplaces. A link is a link ultimately... as long as it isn't spammy. (think automated and obviously manufactured) This is why a really good pbn will look like a bunch of authentic sites linking to a really helpful and active site over the course of months. Worry about this as you progress.

    Just remember there is probably an answer somewhere on BHW, just use on G, "issue description" site:blackhatworld.com.

    Good luck. You've done more than 95% of people ever will. To make it to the top you just need consistent action. There are few magic bullets really. My first few sites were total disasters lol. Each one taught me a lot. Now, I'm at the threshold of being able to afford doing IM fulltime, so it is definitely possible for you too.
     
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    Thanks for the kind reply!

    I will keep that in mind, thanks.

    Yeah I just have to put up some more content so that I can start interlinking so that it also makes sense :)

    You are right, I have to try things out, but for this project I think I will try to do it white hat with some good links. Maybe I will try different things for my other project to get some more expirience about that.

    Wow good to hear that, thanks, appreciate your feedback!
     
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    I am not expert, but can tell you that if you add unique content, wait for few months and you will see wonders.
     
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    Good job and good luck!
     
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    Thanks Peter!
     
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    Update

    Just got new data and things are working quite well. Especially because I just started about 3 weeks ago. I'm now at 166 keywords in Top 100 and an overall position of 52. Also got 4 (crappy) top 10 keyword rankings with very low search volume, but I'll take them for free :cool:

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    What I did today

    - wrote another 2 articles as planned
    - got sites indexed on bing webmaster tools

    Tomorrow

    - write another article with at least 500 words
    - some CSS stuff
    - integrate amazon affiliate products probably

    Next week

    Keywords
    - Some more keyword research :(

    Content
    - write 4-5 articles with 1000 words
    - I will focus a little bit more on midtail money keywords to get some more traffic hopefully

    SEO
    - Optimize my meta descriptions again, I'm not yet satisfied with them
    - fix some microdata stuff, especially for rich snippets

    I've also just started another project so I got alot to do, especially because I am also working in a 9 to 5 job. Hope I can keep my motivation up!
     
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    All the best op. Let me know if you have any questions. I've been doing Amazon sites for a few months now.
     
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    Thanks buddy :)
     
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    166 keywords in top 100 sounds good OP. You are doing really well.
     
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    You are doing good bro. Just remember to add links to some high authority websites in your articles as well. Google loves that!
    Also, add links to the anchor text which relates to your other articles on the same website.
     
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    You are doing good bro. Just remember to add links to some high authority websites in your articles as well. Google loves that!
    Also, add links to the anchor text which relates to your other articles on the same website.
     
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    Thanks, yeah it looks like it is a pretty good niche so far :)
     
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    Week 4

    Keywords and rankings increasing more :)

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    What I did last week

    Unfortunately I was ill and could only write 3 articles. I also set up some amazon affiliate products/links in the articles and optimized the meta descriptions.

    To Do - this week

    - Write 3-4 articles
    - Try to create a specific landing page with at least 1000 words for a low competition keyword
    - Improve amazon affiliate product design
    - micro data stuff

    I'm still feeling a little bit ill so I hope to get this done until weekend.
     
  20. what_hat?

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    You seem to be doing great! Hope to see your first sale soon. Following. Good luck