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From N00b to ? A goal of doubling.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by perlaborem, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. perlaborem

    perlaborem Newbie

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    Greetings BHW. I've lurked on this site for ages, had another name, but it linked too much to my real one, and I assume separate the two.

    Background:
    A decade + ago I did web development in a small company (my self, and a friend, then whomever we needed for the project), went along well until a bad client made me rethink things, and I got away from working in tech at all. I was a founding member of two forums, one ~30k members, the other ~15k members, which have both come and gone. Now a few years later I want to get back into 'web stuff', this time the focus is a 70% money, 30% fun. Before it was 90% fun, 10% money. So I'm a n00b, just not at total complete n00b.

    Bluematter's thread was an epic kick in the pants, and I needed it. I had been toying with ideas of completing things I had started before, or ideas I had, and he laid out a great basic, but scalable path. So myself, and a friend who I had done forums and stuff with before (friend of over a decade, whom I trust), are on this journey. Journeys have goals. Here they are (and I'm looking at averages): Dec 13: $0.50/ day, Jan 14 $1.00/day, Feb $2.00/day, March $4.00/day, April $8/day, May $16/day (and this is when I really have to start scaling up and use the previous months as a base), June $32/day, July $64/day, August $128/day (I should have a few good properties at this point, and a little diversification), September $256/day (this will be the start of the really hard bit), October $512/day, November $1024/day, Dec $2048/day. Now I know $2048/day is a very very lofty goal, and hopefully I'll be able to sell some of my secondary sites around then in order to prop it all up. I also plan on doing a good amount of reinvesting, I'm developing a set of rules for myself about how much to put back in. At a certain point doing everything yourself isn't an effective use of resources.

    As of right now, earnings are about $1.75, and I'm using the money I made flipping stuff online last month toward this project, about $200... this will go toward content, logos, services, domains, etc. I will be putting in 1hour to 5 hours per day. I have a 9-5 that I loathe, but pays well-enough.

    So T-18 days stats: 1 semi built domain, built around an ok keyword with Bluematter's method as a base, 1 week old, ~20 visitors/day.
     
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    I can't wait to see how this pans out. I've never seen a journey where the goal was to simply double the daily income from the previous month. Now, if you get ahead of schedule and say make $10/day in one month will you fast forward to the $16/day goal? Or proceed to double that and shoot for $20/day the next month?
     
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    Good luck with your journey man, don't give up! Persistence is key.
     
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  5. perlaborem

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    Exine, great question (is that an X reference, eg the band?). I figure we'll hit and exceed goals in the beginning, maybe by a quarter per day, maybe by 10 bucks. I think that money will be half pocketed, and half reinvested.

    In contrast to a lot of the threads here where it's young people making their way in (14-22 year olds), I'm in my 30's and at a spot where I have friends embarking on their own journeys. Two that I'm looking at teaming up with 1) has a very inexpensive patented product that is one of two in the space. Getting him on Amazon, and doing some affiliate marketing for him may be part of this journey as well. 2) is an accomplished brewer who maybe ready to venture on his own soon, and has mentioned he wants me on his team because of my 9-5 skills... so that may be part of the reinvestment as well.
     
  6. perlaborem

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    So, here's where I'm at right now:
    I have two sites up, we'll call one Femm, and the other YabbaDabbDoo.

    Femm was a personal fun project from a few years back, I threw adsense on, and it was a blog in it's truest form. It has about 15 back links, almost all of which are no follow, and it got 38 views over the last month, and made $1.82. How, I don't know. This one is basically dead, but I'll leave it up.

    Yabba Dabba Doo is brand spankin new. The domain was purchased 8 days ago for this purpose (but was first registered in about 2008), threw on wordpress, messed with a simple theme, put up a nice logo, and started writing.
    It it's an EDM with a prefix, the main keyword gets 30-35k monthly searches, about $5.75CPC, and I screwed up, the competition for the keyword (two words) is high at 1,300,000 results.
    I have 25-30 articles up, 200-500 words each. 15 pintrest pins (1 has 10 repins, the others have 1-2 each), 10 tweets, 2 web 2.0 blogs, 35 backlinks (reporting), 1 article on an article site with a link. As of right now the traffic is virtually nil, under 10 UV a day for the last 2 days, but one click for ~30 cents.

    The challenge now, at least what I know I need to learn, is link building. I need to get some more good tier 1's, and then get the 2's and 3's going. The site is indexed but isn't showing on the first 10 pages yet. Again, it's a week old, so I'm not worried... yet. I'm also in the process of unfucking whatever I did tying the two sites together on analytics. That previous 30 views/day isn't right.

    Earned in month 0 ~$2.10. Goal for next month is $15.50 ($0.50/day).
     
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    Keep up the good work OP. You're making progress
     
  8. Vonais

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    Good luck with your journey. What method are you using?
     
  9. perlaborem

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    Starting out with Adsense, per Bluematter's thread. Then I'm not sure. Probably do about 10 of them, and I want to do another forum too.
    Now, I did screw something up. My main KW has 1.3 million results, and the competition for the top spots is higher than I thought. I didn't realize N/A didn't mean 0.
    YabbaDabbaDo is up to 3-10 UV's per day, Ranking is slowly going up, nothing on page 1 or even 2 yet, but a few on 3,4,5.
    I'm cranking out content for another site, DuckDC, hope to have it up by months end with 30+ articles.
    I also need to get some tools to help with SEO/Link building... doing things very slowly by hand right now for my T1&T2 links.
     
  10. SirIsaac

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    Main KW 1.3 million results damn! Anyways, Good luck!
     
  11. lotus121

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    wow seems like it could be an impressive journey
     
  12. perlaborem

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    Yeah, I effed up, and it's not as bad as I said, it's 800,000. Plus some of the sub keywords are much smaller in search volume. Either way it'll be part of the portfolio, if it makes it great, if it doesn't, oh well, chalk it up to learning... I'll wind up with about 20-50 sites all together I think.
    One that we're kicking around, we'll call it PeeCee, will be a forum, and that is something we have some experience with.

    I'm a cheapass, and I'm trying to get over that and figure out if I should get GSA, and some of the other tools, or wait a bit until I have 5+ sites to go crazy on the link building.
     
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    13 days in, at $0.28/day. I have 5 days left until the goal starts... $0.50/day. I'm really optimistic. The second site, DuckDC is getting content spun/written this week, so I'll have 2 up. Only done super minor SEO at this point, but it's already going up in the rankings.
    I'm already looking though the great BST vendors thinking about which would be the next great step.
     
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    So Far, so good.
    YabbaDabbaDoo is getting ~75 visitors/day.
    DuckDC is slowly getting articles, and virtually no hits.
    Newest one is EnglishSecond (again, all code). This one I have high hopes for. ~9,000 results, 10,000 monthly searches, and good CPC.

    I cashed in some alt currency (just a little) and I plan to buy GSA (or if you suggest another) in a week or so, and get going with that. To really get my link building rolling.

    So I'm 100% reliant on adsense, 3 sites, using pintrest to drive some traffic to one site. Nothing crazy yet, and the goal for December is $0.50 per day. I'll keep everyone updated.
     
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    I tried to post an update, but it's throwing up a spam warning...
    Things aren't going great this month, a bit behind the curve... but been making money every day.
    Traffic is way up, clicks are next to nihl, and I got linked to from a popular social book marking site.
     
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    Getting my butt kicked thus far this month.
    10 days in and I'm only at 0.36.
    On the bright sides my traffic is way up, which is awesome, and I'm making progress in ranking the sites (which have been up less than a month). Maybe the second half of the month will make up for the lousy start. Either way I'm keeping up with the actions.

    I have YabbaDabbaDo up, with about 40 posts. 3 Tier 1 web 2.0's, A few from a popular book marking site, and a dozen pintrest pins which have been repinned a few dozen times.
    English second has about 15. 2 Tier 1 web 2.0's
    DC Duck has about 10.

    I have a lot to learn, my CTR went to crap too.
     
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    I've yet to even hit 0.25 per day for a week straight. I've had some decent days, and some crap days... but nothing impressive as of yet. In fact I've yet to hit $5 for an entire month.
    Been posting links to pintrest, and getting a majority of views from them. Sadly I've only about 75 followers on my primary pintrest account... still working on that.

    So yeah, YDD is the money maker, ES is ranking ok, DCD is failing hard.
     
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    Believing .. patience and strict time management
    These matter a lot
    Can't wait to see how this goes after couple of months, hopefully it will be a full of successful posts

    Good luck with your plans, and always think of secondary plans in case primary one;s fail