Thanks for the guide, you rock!!

How do you set up the permalinks on your sites?
https://site-name.com/postname/ or https://site-name.com/category/postname/

Thank you for your willingness to share valuable knowledge.
 
When you do this: yourdomain.com/fitness/wearables/best-fitbits

How far and specific should you go?
Is there a limit to it?
 
Thanks for the wonderful guide.

On avg how many articles does your every site(s) have? less than 20 or more than 20?

I am wondering how many articles are enough until you enjoy the benefits :)
 
What a great mass of comments lately! I've been on a train-only Europe trip visiting countries like Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and many others. I'd highly recommend it if you are living in Europe (or is interested in it).

During this time it was caught to my attention that the thread was shared on BHW newsletter (unfortunately I don't follow it myself) but it's a big honor. Now, let's get down to the answers!

This is awesome! thanks.

Maybe one more question. How do you know when to call it quits on a project? I run several projects and all have been money losing.

It depends - as with everything in SEO. What I would focus on is how much resources can you invest while still feeling that you don't risk losing too much? If you have a portfolio of 10 sites, sometimes a few of them will take some time to be profitable - however, just letting them sit there and age and eventually start making more and more, is a good idea. As long as the overall portfolio is growing and profitable, you're fine.

Great guide for n00bs, the thing with the silo structure I have never seen it work, I have rebuilt about 25 medium size (+/- 100 articles) sites into a silo and rankings never went up at all, I have concluded that it is incredibly overrated and real rankings are still decided by the backlinks :)

Still not a bad way to set it up anyways...

As I build sites from scratch during the guide shared, I just build out the structure as I deem is the best for scalability. However, buying a site and restructuring it is harder, and I wouldn't advise anyone to do that if they want to do a quick flip.

What if i won't go for auctioned domain and buy a new one. Is it still possible to get ranked easily to me ?
Please let me know.
Thanks!

It will take a longer time to rank, and you need to acquire more links yourself - could usually end up being more costly than buying an auctioned domain directly.

I will deffinitely read this once xanax wears off..

Read it yet or still on Xanax? Be careful.

Nice share. This will help newbies like me.

Nice guide op

A simple and clean guide. Great work.

Nice one @hekke. A simple way to start an Amazon affiliate website. Thanks a lot :)

Nice share. Thank you

Thank you! :)

thats great guide @hekke but theres no part about choosing the proper affilate network

That's the easy part, it's apart of the domain selection/niche selection part really. There's affiliate programs for anything these days so let your mind run free. There's a ton of (usually affiliate-based websites about building affiliate websites, lol) that can help you if you google like "best fitness affiliate network", make sure to compare terms and test the conversion rates/earnings/etc with your traffic.

Thanks for the guide, you rock!!

How do you set up the permalinks on your sites?
https://site-name.com/postname/ or https://site-name.com/category/postname/

Thank you for your willingness to share valuable knowledge.

I usually do /main-category/sub-category/post-name/ - the URL is not an important part IMO - as long as it is clear and mentions the main keyword of the post/page.

When you do this: yourdomain.com/fitness/wearables/best-fitbits

How far and specific should you go?
Is there a limit to it?

It shouldn't be too many clicks down for the user or Google, so yourdomain.com/fitness/wearables/best-fitbits is the lowest I go. If I write one about fitbits under $100, I put it like this: yourdomain.com/fitness/wearables/fitbits-under-100.

Thank you @hekke for this great guide. But for the order of the first 2 chapters, Do you think it would be better to pick a niche and then set up the site (domain, hosting, etc.)?

It's not the method I use since I base niche around the auctioned domain.

Thanks for the wonderful guide.

On avg how many articles does your every site(s) have? less than 20 or more than 20?

I am wondering how many articles are enough until you enjoy the benefits :)

Way more than 20, usually. Some have around 12, and are doing really good - depends on how broad we're going.

your site bandwidth limit seems to have exceeds
https://prnt.sc/odwgaj

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, it should be fixed now :)

Thank you for putting this together. I came up with couple of questions while reading through your post:

Domain selection:
How do you pick an auctioned domain.
How do you define what a good domain is? What criteria to consider when picking one?
Are you using some services or software to find the domains.
How do you valuate the domain? How do you find out if the domain worth the money you are paying for.

Content outsourcing?
How do you find a quality writer? Would you recommend someone providing that service and how much to pay per word?

What template to hand over the writer to provide hier with guidelines she needs to follow. Would you mind sharing the scripts or template you are currently using?

How do you evaluate the quality of the articles.

Thank you again.

Great, great questions!

I get offered auctioned domains from a source (I am unfortunately not willing to share this currently, might change later). It's already spam-checked via archive.org and backlinks. If I see niche-relevant backlinks from strong domains I usually just buy it. As long as it got a clean backlink profile without spam and is within a niche I am interested in taking part of, and got strong backlinks from many, big authoritative websites the domain is mine.

I have a team of 15-20 writers I hire, and we have proofreaders and a content manager. There are some great ones I've found on Upwork. Here's an OLD guide on this: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/guide-how-i-find-writers-for-0-6-100.785592/

@hekke lots of good information. Thanks for sharing! :)

I'm pretty new to site building...

Could you please shed a little more light on the following:

- How many articles should an authority site have?

- How often should we add content to the authority site?

- What is CTA? >>> "Have buttons for CTAs"

- What should the FAQ section include/have in it? >>> "Have a FAQ section in the article"

Thanks in advance! :)

Of course!

1. There's no limit on how many or how few it should have. Dig deep within your niche, and cover everything within that space - that's an authoritative website in my opinion. Depending on how broad your niche is, the number of articles will depend solely on that. Don't target terms that you don't deem relevant or profitable, though.

2. Usually good to keep some sort of flow on the site, so once you're done with most of the content, one article every week or so would be good but it can also be 2-3 per month (doesn't have to be more than 300-500 words, so shouldn't be too hard).

3. Call to action. What the user should do next.

4. Questions and answers to common questions. Usually the Google autosuggest or "People also searched for" is a good source of information. :)
 
Amazing guide and technically not at a bad time for me. Thanks OP.

Btw. I already setup my first seo site 2 weeks before realizing i should have gone for an expired domain with some metrics already. It might be too late as I'm already about 10 articles up. This probably will just a test for me.

From my next site, it'll be an expired domain or nothing else.

One quick question please, what will be the minimum DA you'll be looking for in a domain you want to get?

Thanks once again
 
How long will it take to rank a site by your ways?
Do i need to do link building SEO?
And if i rely on these ways, should i expect traffic automatically after 2 months?
After making a site, should i have to update the site regularly to keep the visitor number equal?
 
Amazing guide and technically not at a bad time for me. Thanks OP.

Btw. I already setup my first seo site 2 weeks before realizing i should have gone for an expired domain with some metrics already. It might be too late as I'm already about 10 articles up. This probably will just a test for me.

From my next site, it'll be an expired domain or nothing else.

One quick question please, what will be the minimum DA you'll be looking for in a domain you want to get?

Thanks once again

I do not use metrics in that sense, I look at what sites link to the domain in question and, if there is enough high-quality sites linking to it, I buy it. The stronger the better, of course!

How long will it take to rank a site by your ways?
Do i need to do link building SEO?
And if i rely on these ways, should i expect traffic automatically after 2 months?
After making a site, should i have to update the site regularly to keep the visitor number equal?
1. We (my team and I) usually go profitable within 3-9 months, which is quite a bit faster than the average - and that includes buying a domain for $400-1500, and putting around $1k on content (initially).

2. Not automatically - it'll still need work like any other venture out there. The first time it will take longer, until you start to learn, adapt and make systems for everything.

3. Yes, and no, as long as you rank with the content you once put up - the traffic number won't decrease. However, keeping the site up to date and occasionally posting a few new articles isn't a bad thing. :)
 
Wonderful guide !

I have some questions for you actually :)

What's the average total word count in your websites?

Have you ever tried to rank a website without any backlinks ? do you think someone can rank without using an auctioned domain and without any backlinks ?

i have actually around 120k words on my website currently and still trying to reach the 200k words mark ( it's on a brand new domain)

I am not experienced with backlinking and never wanted to learn about it since i consider it to be risky for the website.

but I might consider investing in some bhw services if you think that it's a must.

Thanks Hekke !
 
Kudos for share buddy.

I LOOVVEE YOUR METHODS I'M GREATFUL.

This is so valuable , thank you so much.

Good job mate for this

Not on my computer so I’m hoping it can be done on iPhone anyway good job to you.

Thank you all! :)

Wonderful guide !

I have some questions for you actually :)

What's the average total word count in your websites?

Have you ever tried to rank a website without any backlinks ? do you think someone can rank without using an auctioned domain and without any backlinks ?

i have actually around 120k words on my website currently and still trying to reach the 200k words mark ( it's on a brand new domain)

I am not experienced with backlinking and never wanted to learn about it since i consider it to be risky for the website.

but I might consider investing in some bhw services if you think that it's a must.

Thanks Hekke !

1. Average word count depends, it is anything from 50 000 to 1 100 000 words :) Depends entirely on the scope of the niche.
2. Yes I have, several times but one that stands out: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-i-made-5-figures-without-any-backlinks.849060/ that I shared here. It's very, very hard to rank for any big keywords (where you can make a significant amount of money) without links. But yeah, it is possible if you're early on a niche or target sub 100 searches a month keywords basically.
3. Backlinks is basically a must, especially since more and more companies understand the value of SEO. Now we start to compete against big brands that understand that them showing up for "best hair extensions" is great for their branding as well as their bottom-line.

Good luck Ali!
 
Hello @hekke! Thank you for your guide, it contains some invaluable information which I’ve never seen in the paid courses. I've got one question:
I’ve found an auction domain with a niche that interests me. The domain is in the expired status. What can it affect?
I checked the domain, previously it had a site with relevant niche content - it is definitely a plus. But according to ahrefs, there are no backlinks to it.
Should I purchase this domain, or should I search for a domain with some backlinks to it?
 
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