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Google/Amazon Journey: Static page vs Wordpress in Google and learn the best places for Amazon links

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  1. Nintendo

    Nintendo Junior Member

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    This is more of a double journey, doing two things at once. This is a journey to learn more about Google and SEOing, and making money with Amazon. I'll then use what I learn here to make future sites to make money with Amazon.


    So every one says Wordpress sites do way better in Google than static sites do. Well, I *totally* hate Wordpress, because it makes the site load slooooow, and it shouldn't take 78 megs of files just to run a simple money making site.

    So here, I'll be making and promoting two web sites, both covering the same topic, and each site has it's own content. One is Wordpress, and one is a very simple static page, ie .shtml files with some perl to show ads and generate the logs.

    I'll post about five articles a day, five or six days a week, and for promoting them, I'll post to Youtube, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, along with the Wordpress site having it's own extra SEOing via plug-ins, like pinging. For Youtube, I'll upload about 15 videos. A few will be information videos, while the rest will simply be extra link juice videos, linking to both sites in the description. Not SPAM videos, just videos that very few people will view.

    (If you got any other SEO ideas, post away.)

    Both sites have had content on the index page since May 12th, and were quickly found by Google (and get a little bit of traffic already!), so they both already got a little bit of age juice. I hope to have the sites all finished, content wise, by Thanksgiving, and then I'll just keep promoting the sites and from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is when I'll find out where the best places are to put Amazon links in a web site. Both sites have 15 different locations with Amazon links, and each of them have their own tracking ID.

    Home Page
    Header
    Middle of article, little text ad.
    Between the article and comments
    Footer
    Direct links in articles.
    Review section: Product name in header.
    Review section: Image at top of review.
    Review section: Click here for more info.
    Review section: Order from Amazon button.
    Review section: Text links in article.
    Review section: A big image of a review or two from Amazon.
    Image quote section, the images link to Amazon.
    Lists, where there are text links all through out the lists.
    Store section.

    Combined, there are around 2,400 Amazon links on each site, and 1,517 of those links are in the Lists section. This is a topic where the lists can cover ANYTHING, so this section is for generating thousands of other keywords that can be used to get visitors from Google. For an example, if the site was about day dreaming, the lists would be things you can day dream about, which of course is ANYTHING!!!

    Wordpress Plugins.

    Google Analytics
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Jetpack
    No Category Base (WPML)
    Nofollow for external link
    RankScanner: Rank Tracking
    SEO Referrer Link Ping
    Social Media Widget
    W3 Total Cache
    WordPress Ping Optimizer
    WP Frontpage News
    WP Smush
    WpEnhance
    XML Sitemap & Google News feeds
    Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
    Yoast SEO

    (If you have suggestions for changes to this list, or how to make Wordpress pages not be as slow as a slug, comment away!)

    If Google does show that it likes Wordpress sites more, then I'll start doing extra SEOing on my static page, like ping the articles like Wordpress does, make more Youtube videos, post other articles to free web hosting accounts, with links to the site and articles, and comment to blogs on the same topic with my name linking to the site. If Google ends up liking my static page just as much as the Wordpress site, I'll then do this to promote both sites.

    For Tracking Google, I got three kinds of logs. One covers all hits, one blocks the bots, to see how many visitors they get, and one that only logs the Googlebot. Both sites got their own special keyword that was not indexed in Google at all. I'll use that keyword and the site: search to see how many URLs get indexed in Google.

    Trying to get the static page to get more visitors than the Wordpress site, and get the visitors to Amazon is my goal here. I already got all the content created and I'm ready to post and promote. I've been working on the sites since around March! So all the boring hard work is done and all that's left to do is the easy stuff, where the learning takes place!

    As I do this, I'll post here so you see EVERYTHING I do to generate traffic, and post updates on how much traffic they get, how much Google likes each site, and once they start generating earnings, I'll start posting Amazon earnings.

    Both sites got their own pluses and negatives. I like static pages because they are simple, load fast, and you can have them set-up exactly how you want them. For example, you can give each post it's own og:image, making the posts all ready for visitors to share to social networks and they load fast, while the only plus I know of for Wordpress is having plug-ins that do some SEOing work for you.

    tl;dr

    What's better, static or Wordpress sites? What's the best kind of links for making money with Amazon?
     
  2. Nintendo

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    Here's the SEO I did on the Articles...

    Gave each article a main keyword to promote.
    Used a H1 tag with the keyword in the header.
    Have the main keyword takes with a <b>, <i>, and <u> in the article, and had an image with an ALT tag with the keyword.
    Have the main keyword in the post title, first sentence, and last sentence of the article.

    For images linking to Amazon, I had border="10", to make it very clear the image is a link.
     
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    Does " <b>, <i>, and <u> " make a difference SEO-wise, or is it just for the users to focus on that word?
     
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    Nintendo Junior Member

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    That's just for Google. One of the Wordpress plugins even scores the posts based on those.

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    Day 1.

    Added the store section and two articles to each site. Then on Wordpress, I discovered how to give an article it's own og:image code (Use the Featured Image option.) so I gave each article and store section it's own image there. This way I can easily promote Wordpress posts through the social networks with the article having it's own image. To make the alt tag have the page title, go into your themes directory, to the functions.php file and add this code to it...

    PHP:
    /* Register callback function for post_thumbnail_html filter hook */
    add_filter'post_thumbnail_html''meks_post_thumbnail_alt_change'10);
    /* Function which will replace alt atribute to post title */
    function meks_post_thumbnail_alt_change$html$post_id$post_thumbnail_id$size$attr ) {
       
    $post_title get_the_title();
       
    $html preg_replace'/(alt=")(.*?)(")/i''$1'.esc_attr$post_title ).'$3'$html );
       return 
    $html;
    }
     
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    Day 2.

    Added six more pages to both sites. Ran them and the posts from yesterday through Facebooks Open Graph Object Debugger because for some reason, the first time a URL is shared to Facebook, it's totally messed up. This adds the page to Facebooks cache.

    Then I got organized for SEOing. Registered both sites at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home

    Started posting on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+ and then I submit the URLs of each social network post to
    https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

    I'll post one URL from both pages at a time to the social networks, through out the day, and on Facebook, I'll schedule the posts through out the day.

    Current Google index results....
    Wordpress site has 19 URLs indexed now, about 15 added today.
    Static site still has one URL indexed.
     
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    Day 3: Added six more pages to each site, did social network posts, and submitted them to Google. Turns out you can only submit 50 URLs a week to Google. So I'll keep adding pages to the site, and keep posting them to Social Networks, and see how well just doing that attracts Google. Then next week I'll re-start submitting them to Google.

    Google index results....
    Wordpress site has 23 URLs indexed now, four gained today. When I enter my special keyword in the search, Google says 121 results, but Page 2 then stops at 12 results.
    Nine URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.

    Static site now has three URLs indexed, two gained.
    Five URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.
     
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    Day 4: Added six more pages to each site, did social network posts, and submitted them to Google. Turns out you can simply log-in to another Google account and submit away. I also collected all my social network URLs to submit those to Google every now and then, providing more URLs with links to my posts.

    Google index results....
    Wordpress site now has 12 URLs indexed, it looks like some Google dancing is going on.
    10 URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.

    Static site now has five URLs indexed, two gained.
    Three URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.
     
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    Day 5: Added six more pages to each site, did social network posts, and submitted them to Google, and I also submitted my social network URLs to Google, providing more URLs with links to my posts.

    *Most of what I do will be what I've been doing, adding six pages to the site, promoting them on social networks, and submitting them to Google. So unless I do something different, after this I'll just post Google/Amazon updates.*

    Google index results....
    Wordpress site now has 17 URLs indexed, increase of five from yesterday.
    Seven new URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.
    Non-robot traffic: About 40 page views yesterday.

    Static site now has 10 URLs indexed, double what it had yesterday.
    15 URLs crawled by the Googlebot today.
    Non-robot traffic: About 40 page views yesterday.

    Amazon: Over the last month, up until two days ago, the max clicks I got a day were five. The last two days got 14 and then 21 clicks. The lists on my wordpress site, with keywords all through out them linking to Amazon generated most of the click increase.
     
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    Wordpress site now has 28 URLs indexed.
    53 different articles have been crawled by the Googlebot since starting.
    Non-robot traffic: 585 pageviews.

    Static site now has 16 URLs indexed.
    59 different articles have been crawled by the Googlebot since starting.
    Non-robot traffic: 565 pageviews.

    Overall, so far it's currently close to a tie. My wordpress site is very slow, so I'm surprised the Googlebot hasn't just given up the domain for the dead!! The wordpress site has more URLs indexed, while the other site has had more URLs crawled, so once everything's indexed that's been crawled on both sites, the static site probably won't be that far behind on traffic. Then it'll be mostly watching the traffic numbers while continuing to add articles to the sites until all the articles are posted, 269 articles per page, and then I'll just keep doing SEO work on them, and then come the Christmas season, I'll probably have the SEO part of the journey done and then just find out what Amazon link methods make the most money while continuing to do SEO on them.