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How I ranked my first site on a budget using BHW resources

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Mksands, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Mksands

    Mksands Registered Member

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    Hey everyone, I've been a member of BHW for a few months now. This is a short "how i did it" post.
    If it is a little rambling do forgive me.

    I set out to learn about how to live the IM dream.
    The first few months were spent reading, alot of reading trying to figure out what works and what would work for me.

    Following journeys in particular one by @lunapt. It showed me resilience and patience was going to be required

    The case studies by @Ozzyzig were quite an eye opener for me. In particular the parasite ranking ones.

    Then I came across this thread about ranking using tumblrs https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/c...case-study-on-1st-page-in-3-5-months.1063206/

    I read more of @mindmaster threads and his medium opus https://medium.com/expired-tumblr-d...to-get-high-pr-pa-tf-tumblr-blogs-b60e91dbcff and a plan began coming together.

    I spent a week researching keywords and came up with a few, then went looking for recently expired on expireddomains.net
    I found a 2 year oldish domain, with a few, nothing to write about, backlinks.

    Setting up up site and on page seo took about 2 weeks to get right, optimising images, internal linking, reducing page load speed, trying to figure out if siloing was needed and so on.

    For the content I did myself, occasionally popping over to archive.org to look for expired content for inspiration.

    Now for the links, this is where the work was really.
    I was lucky enough to get a free vpn for a year from one on the freebie threads, bhw has amazing resources.

    I wanted to use high DA tumblrs as the main links. There are all the threads about scraping with site:.tumblr.com keyword etc.

    I did try it a first. I did not have scrapebox so I use a free scraper from a freebie thread https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-turboware-scraper.760187/

    It worked, though the going was slow. I invested $5 in some private proxies which was a bit better.
    As this was happening I was creating the foundation diversity links from another thread https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/mega-thread-build-backlinks-together.1070265/

    This bit of creating links was boring as hell, it was slow going, sometimes spending days without creating one.
    A reply to a post I made by @MisterF really gave me an impetus to continue.

    misterf.jpg
    I decide to spend $10 on getting the foundation links done to get out of the slog.

    So far money spent was
    $10 domain
    $10 Foundation links
    $17 vps hosting for a year

    For content, since I was doing tumblr posts I used this scraper form images https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-my-image-scraper-for-15-sources-passive-project.1076203/

    Now the tumblr I was getting were few per day I was scraping using the turboware scraper and checking for 404 using xenu.
    It can be really heart breaking testing 1000 tumblr urls and only coming up with one having good metrics.

    I was using a script I found here https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-bulk-da-checker-using-free-moz-api-in-php.919041/ to check the Moz metrics

    I went back and read the medium post about an alternate way to get expired tumblrs.
    As I was browing bhw I came across a social scraper https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-bulk-da-checker-using-free-moz-api-in-php.919041/

    That is when everything came together. Using the software I could now scrape 100,000 notes of tumblr posts and thus get some good expired tumblrs

    An example this post
    notes of posts.jpg

    The workflow was now
    1 Scrape tumblr notes
    2. Check 404 with xenu
    3. Check Da PA
    4. Register tumblr using vpn and add some content, like, reblog
    5. Wait for it to index
    6. Rinse & repeat


    The scraping and 404 checking was running overnight so that in the morning I would spend 2 hours or so creating the tumblrs, checking index status and so on.

    Now i know for anchors i need diversity, LSI to avoid penalties. What I did was to check the google search console for related words. I was using the rank math plugin which pulls the data into wp and made it easier to search and see how things were going overall.

    ranking check.jpg

    It had occurred to me from the @Ozzyzig case studies that using url shorteners also gives a boost. I thought it can't hurt, so the way I used it was using a social poster wp plugin.
    When I created a post it would auto post it to twitter and tumblr using *********** ,wp.me, bit.ly shortlinks

    So then the link flow would be t.co ->wp.me -> url for twitter
    or t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2F -> ***********/xxx -> url for Tumblr

    Of course I could also use the shortened urls in creating links.

    It occurred to me that I could use this on several twitter and tumblr accounts. So what i did was get 10 high da tumblrs 80 PA plus (took a few weeks to find them) and 5 expired twitter accounts (from a giveaway freebie thread)
    And voila 15 social links every time I created a post.

    Now everything was going swimmingly the only fly in my ointment was the time it was taking to index the tumblrs. Searching on BHW was only giving the paid services which had mixed results. There had to be a better way.

    Much later I came across an youtube vid that was liked by @BassTrackerBoats when I was viewing his video about using multi quotes. It is a simple way to index backlinks using search console



    Simply it works. I bought a cheap domain and knocked myself out getting the links indexed

    Now the workflow was

    1 Scrape tumblr notes
    2. Check 404 with xenu
    3. Check Da PA
    4. Register tumblr using vpn and add some content, like, reblog
    5. Index through search console
    6. Add link after indexed
    6. Rinse & repeat

    For rank tracking I was using serposcope

    I just kept going building tumblr links, high da links and forum links

    Then one day

    The site started ranking
    mainkw1.jpg

    The main keyword I was targeting popped in to serps around mid Feb and rose steadily to where it is now
    mainkw.jpg

    Other keywords I had used as LSI turnout out to have awesome searches as well popped into serps a few weeks later

    mainkw2.jpg
    Another keyword
    mainkw3.jpg


    The keyword difficulty according to keysearch
    keywordstat.jpg

    The traffic
    thetraffic.jpg

    Closing thoughts
    When my site started getting 100 visitors a dayI was so excited I could not sleep I kept checking to see the stats every so often even waking up at 4am to see that it wasn't an error. Eventually I accepted that the site had ranked and I could focus on making it better.

    Well has it been easy, no. There have been times i wanted to give up but i kept going. (This was the most difficult bit, just keeping slogging through)

    I learnt several things along the way and I'm still learning. One thing is that there is more than one way to get backlinks and one backlink can be leveraged in different ways through syndication and aggregators.

    Am I making money? Yes! Flow started after I passed 200 visitors a day, currently at mid $xxx a month

    Am I an IM ninja? No, I still consider myself a noob with lots to learn. What I have learnt til today has gotten me this far.

    My niche? No.

    How am I monetising it? I'm using a subscription model

    Why did i write this? So that other can see that by using BHW resources and more importantly Taking Action you can succeed. You do not necessarily need hundreds of dollars.

    Now that i do have cash flow I have upgraded to paid tools where necessary and have bought some services for new projects.
    What next for this project? I will keep pursing the number one spot for my keywords

    TLDR I used bhw resources took action and ranked my first site

    Hope this helps you in your IM journey! Cheers
     
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  2. majdi107

    majdi107 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Good job man but
    i see it on the making money section better then here
     
  3. HAkorehdeh

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    Great to see someone coming to give back to the community. I will sure read this later with patience.


    Alright!
     
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  4. MisterF

    MisterF Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    A very inspiring post, congratulations on what you have achieved thus far.

    Keep working on this and keep members updated as you go along, maybe.
     
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    Very inspiring keep at it!
     
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    Wow excellent very detailed post. I'm saving this so I can read it later. Excellent results, keep it up!
     
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    Nice write-up, and congrats for your success! :)
     
  8. MEng

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    good inspiring post and more importantly very well detailed guide.
     
  9. mindmaster

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    Well done.
    This is golden:
    "TLDR I used bhw resources took action and ranked my first site"

    And I am glad that my medium post was of help. :cool:
     
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  10. Nut-Nights

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    Tumblr stopped working for me, Too many bans and all that shit, Op you did a great job by taking action.
     
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    This really compacted a lot of good information, congratz on your success man, you deserved it!
     
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    Great journey and thanks for share. May I know which plugin is that on wordpress for position tracking.
     
  13. Goodi OG

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    Great share man. Really great.
    Just curious where you got a vps hosting for $17 a year?
     
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    Good stuff!

    Love threads like these.
     
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    wow thanks man detailed guide. taking action is the key i didn’t take action for months finally last month did take action started working on a website. Im already seeing small results. Your post is soo inspiring. lets see if i can replicate what u did
     
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    this could be considered inspiration for all the people that give up before getting results.
    nothing happen overnight in SEO, you need to put some time and work, not always money

    Thumbs UP @Mksands
     
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    This is inspiring as fuck, thanks man! I'll be using this ;)
     
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    Great post !

    Btw. What plugin do you use to track Views, CTR, Position Clicks?
     
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    It's always great to see people taking action on what they read here. I hope that in a couple of years you'll check the visits while on flying on your private jet.
     
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    Congrats mate, keep up the good work.