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Getting There, but Not Just Yet. $0 to $0.0X a Day

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by roseink, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. roseink

    roseink Junior Member

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    Hello,

    I have made dozes of blogs on blogger and none seem to be getting me anywhere. Nearly all have adsense, and I get a few cents per day and only a handful of hits. On Blogger, I am not sure if I pinpointed the problem or not. I want my SEO to be perfect before I blast it on social media some more. So, I did an experiment with a brand new blog. I made a handful of posts, using various tactics.

    Step 1: Keyword research using Google's Keyword Tool
    I chose 3 keywords that had about 2,000 searches per month with "low" competition.

    Step 2: Wrote Quality Content
    I made a blog post for my new site using the keywords. I tried to add meta data, but Blogger just deleted it. Not sure how to get around that.

    Length wise, my post is 650 words and uses only one Amazon affiliate link and a picture. Not sure if I can post a link, but the quality is there.

    Step 3: Some Social Sharing
    I pinned the link to Pinterest and shared it in my Google+.

    Total page views: 7 (published 2 days ago)

    I feel like I am missing a few steps somewhere. Usually when I make a new post, I get between 5 - 20 hits per day, and hit or so after that.

    I know that a few cents per day adds up over time, but that's a few cents over several blogs. I'm willing to put in the man hours to fix the others, but I thought I would start one with a "clean slate" and learn the perfect formula. Basically, I want to perfect my SEO, then form a social media strategy in order to get traffic.

    Any advice on what to do next? How do I up my traffic? I have been blogging for years.
    I would love to take this up to $X per day or $XX per day with just AdSense. I can build more Amazon Affiliate stuff later on.
     
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  2. roseink

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    Update for 4/9/15

    Used Keyword Spy (http://www.keywordspy.com/) to try and get a better understanding of keywords. Added alt tags to all of my images using keywords that had high search volume. Bought a small pack of backlinks on SEO clerks, but I have still seen no improvement.
     
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    Good luck for your journey mate.. You should read more on bhw.. You should use paid domain.. If you can't buy then use .tk domain.. and install wordpress on it... and use seo wordpress plugin..
     
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    You're making a huge mistake in your keyword research, which is why you're seeing only a few cents a day. First of all, look for keywords with "high" competition in the keyword planner (this is not SEO competition). A keyword with a "high" means there are advertisers competing and if it has a decent CPC (aim for over $1), this can also indicate buyer intent for that keyword.

    If you're using SEO for traffic, you'll have to learn how to look at the top 10 for that keyword to gauge competitiveness (keyword planner is bad for this). I recommend you read a few articles on keyword research and how to find a good keyword for adsense site.
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    The keyword competition in the Google Keyword Planner is the number of advertisers who are competing for that keyword, not the SEO competition level.
     
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  6. roseink

    roseink Junior Member

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    I spent the day reading up on this after you posted it. Man was I going about it wrong.

    I am now using keyword tool to write my next blog post (general topic is handbags). I will look for high competition keywords with a higher CPC.

    Today I also:
    Searched My Keyword + Blog - I then commented on every result a relevant comment with my link to page 5.
    Bought- 10 Backlinks for $1 on SEO Clerks

    Tonight (Just now) I bought some repins, shares and +1's. Mostly to look more social and purchased in low numbers.

    My efforts have earned me 50 hits in the past 12 hours. Hopefully more to come.
     
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    Main focus is google page rank.
     
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    roseink Junior Member

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    So, these would be the type of keywords I need to find for my blog?

    (keyword)
    Searches: 5,400
    CPC: $2.75
    Competition: 9 Pages according to LongTailPro?
    Demand: High
    There is also a varient with 800 searches and simular stats.
     
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    You want to see results too soon. You started this thread 3 days ago, no amount of SEO you have done in these three days hasn't really kicked in yet.

    Also, I'm not sure if buying links, shares, and whatelse is a good idea just yet. Try to get your onsite SEO, keywords, your own link building in order before you start spending money. You may also be able to do some link exchange for free, etc.

    Another thing not to do as a beginner is to have dozens of sites. The idea is to have one successful site and then do it again...and again. Not to have one bad site after another. Your time is worth something as well!
     
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  10. roseink

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    I probably should have clarified why I have so many. Most are on blogger but I didn't start them all at once.
    I have my first blog, which was created 3 years ago. It is about my writing, ebooks, tips for other writers, ect. It is more for me to show my writing skills to clients/friends than anything. I have a second blog on another account that has four or five posts on it with excerpts from one of my nonfiction books, and I can't remember why I needed it at the time.
    About 2 years ago, people kept telling me that I needed to do something with my rejected content mill content. So I created 5 blogs that day with different topics, put the articles up and did nothing.
    Shortly after, My family requested I start a travel blog for my adventures. Little to no hits, no optimisation, just posts to Facebook/Twitter.
    1 year ago, I started my coupon blog and I get about 50 hits a day there, BUT I have 200+ posts. (I get a lot of app sign ups that made it worth it)
    About 6 months ago, my mom wanted me to get started in an affiliate for a shopping network, and so I made a blog with two posts. The "project" is kind of on hold.
    Around that time I wanted to try a Pinterest + WP Blog method that didn't work well. I tried to use SEO on the WP blog, but I obviously did something wrong because there is no traffic there.

    So, I started the new one to try and build it correctly from the ground up, as I learn by doing. Then I can rinse and repeat. :)

    Your right about giving this new blog some time. I'm going to write a couple new posts for it, posting one sunday, wednesday and friday of next week just to keep the content fresh.
     
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    One thing I noticed on this new one is SEMRush lists it as having no keywords? Whats the deal with that? How do I tell Google that I have keywords? I tried entering in META data but Google just deletes it...
     
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    It's my personal opinion, but I think you should concentrate on your coupons blog, especially since it gets some actual visitors. It's fairly easy to get visitors to a travel adventure blog as well, especially if you concentrate less on SEO and more on social networking.

    And stop letting everyone (your family) tell you what to do and which blogs to create, do something you want to do yourself :p
     
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    Thank you. I am trying out a variety of projects though, because I like to write. Blogging is my pet project and I want to get up to at least $XX a day with it and that seems impossible with the coupon blog alone. I am planning on adding more content and keeping it active, but I want more blogs that can help me create a slightly more passive income. The fashion blog, for example, could probubly keep a rank if I added 1 post a week and optimized it really well (after finding out what works). My competitors for the coupon blog, however, add upwards of 10 new posts per day.

    I am going to order some content from a Fiverr seller who finds/spins 20 articles for $5. I am thinking I can add about 200 - 300 words to each and set them up to post one or two a week on my blogs.

    Also creating Facebook pages for each blog that I can set to auto-update.
     
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    Not so sure spinned content should be used on your main money blog. Put there only high quality articles. For the onpage SEO, you can try to use you keyword at 2% density. Whenever you reach this 2% and you need to use it again, write a LSI word (read about it, it will be getting more important at the future) or a long tail keyword.
     
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    Floow the above steps and you'll get there.
     
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    roseink Junior Member

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    What is a good ratio of content? (Traffic and money wise)

    I was thinking...

    25% "Spun" Content (It has been run through a spinner and then rewritten by hand - this varies my content a bit yet keeps it 100% original)
    25% "Pinterest Method" Posts - Slightly modified - example: http://beautifulcheap.blogspot.com/2015/04/top-25-pinterest-outfits-online-now.html
    25% - Original content, no external links. How to Posts and the like.
    25% - Amazon affiliate posts that highlight 1 - 3 products. 300 - 700 words with unique content.

    Is that a good ratio or will I get flagged for spam?
     
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    If you are serious about blogging and want to make money;

    1. Choose what interest you the most. Decide what you like writing about THE MOST. It is you who is going to blog not any member of your family. Choose only one and concentrate on it.

    2. Think about a brandable domain name. Writing about great video games? Name it SICKGAMESdotCOM. Going for those beautiful but affordable dresses? Then register PRACTICALFASHIONdotCOM. It certainly sounds better than beautifulcheap.blogspot.com, right?

    3. Once you've decided on your domain brand name. Buy it and go for self-hosted Wordpress (wordpress.org and not wordpress.com).

    4. You mention all of those 25% spun blah-blah, 25% watchamacallit method, buying backlinks and repins... I suggest you go for on-page optimizations first before diving in in the advanced methods.
    a. Write Good content
    b. On-page optimize it
    Since you are creating content that is share-able, let the natural liking and pinning happen. Bought likes and pins can only do so much if the content is not well written and optimized.

    5. Focus on building readership first. You won't earn anything if your traffic is too low or if it's coming from fake Likers that are into video games when your blog is all about fashion. When you have ample amount of traffic, then you can start to monetize your site.
     
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    Here is a breakdown of my fashion blog as of now:

    Original content highlighting a fashion trend or how to (NO Products/Affiliate Links) - 4
    How to Content with 1 Affiliate Link - 3
    Fashion Trends Posts with 3 Products - 6
    Pinterest Highlights - 2
    Post About a Related Blog - 1

    Traffic: Up to 25 - 50/day
    Analytics show a lot from Google, but not any referring keywords.
    Total profit: One click yesterday for .52

    I'm going to do 4 more posts over the next week then get a www . com site to go with it. I just want an even 20 posts, since that seems like a good starting point.

    Then, I want to bring what I learned on this site over to WP. I have a seasonal keyword (oops) .net that I can work with. WP is a bit harder to play with than blogspot.
     
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    UPDATE

    After experimenting a bit on the Blogger site, I started to rewrite my articles and post them onto my WP Blog. It has a seasonal keyword for the title and a .net address. I was wondering why I was lacking traffic, but then I realized that I didn't input any meta data and some of my posts were way too short. I am working on adding some more content.

    The issues that I am facing now:

    - Cannot for the life of me figure out how to put AdSense on to WP. It keeps saying I need to be verified through Google to advertise off of Google, and I did the steps but still get blank spaces where ads should go.

    - Lack of organic traffic

    I also need to figure out a good keyword formula in order to get more traffic. So far each post uses my main keyword at least once, but then I researched some keywords that tie in to them. I have over 20 posts, but I don't want to go overboard on keywords. Can you have too many keywords?

    My main keyword gets about 12,000 hits with low comp in April and May, but it gets about double June - late August and then goes to about 3,000ish during the off season. If I can get it to be profitable in the next few months, I'd be very happy. Goal: $100 in AdSense and $100 in Amazon by the end of July.