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I hit my first major goal that I had set for myself

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by kireol, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. kireol

    kireol Junior Member

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    I just wanted to share. I set a goal this January to get 1 check every month from adsense. Here's my story.

    I started reading BHW and a few other sites back in January of 2010. I've been a web developer since 1992, but I always snubbed my nose at the whole Black hat scene. I made great websites for companies like Ford, Chrysler, etc. My sites were from the users perspective. They looked and functioned great.

    Then I had a client that wanted me to get his site to the front page of google.

    So I read BHW and a few other places and tested and tried to see what really worked. Every day I'd teach myself something new. I started by redesigning a website that had been running for over 10 years. I looked up the SERPs for it for a few keywords before I redid the site. Without backlinking, and just redoing on site SEO, I went from 14th to 4th spot in the SERPS on google.

    So I worked in parallel on my clients site and my own.

    My personal money site now gets roughly 100 hits per day and makes me $125-150/month. Sure it's not a lot of money, but it's happened for 4 months in a row now.

    In a nut shell what I did was:
    1) Pick a great domain name that isnt in too competitive of a market.
    2) Make good unique content
    3) Follow typical onsite seo
    4) Make a ton of backlinks

    I know it's not a lot of money, but it's a start. I think that money should continue for a few years at least.
     
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  2. snoozebot

    snoozebot Regular Member

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    Congratulations kireol! With the experience you have as a web developer, I think you have a lot of potential as compared to other IM newbies like myself.

    Now just scale it up, create a couple more sites and another and voila, you'd be making a stream of steady income. All the best!
     
  3. dunk15us

    dunk15us Regular Member

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    That's great I love to hear success stories like these , they make my continued ongoing work in IM and study, worthwhile! Good luck and I hope you can get some more sites like that rolling out and earn a very nice stream of income :)
     
  4. allphase

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    Congrats!!! It feels good don't it...
     
  5. bluegarden

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    nice to know that. i have a few questions for you.

    1. what are your backlinks ? is it mostly blog comments?
    2. are your backlinks mostly do follow or no follow backlinks ?
    3. do you always use keyword anchor text for your backlinks ?
     
  6. BassTrackerBoats

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    Nice to see a success story and in my opinion, it's not the cash aspect as much as it is the achieving a goal. Hopefully, you set another goal with regards to revenue and hit that in a reasonable time frame.
     
  7. momo14

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    Great, now put some cpa link or banner and start making money. good luck man
     
  8. shansharif

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    congratulation,nice plan..goodluck
     
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    If only I could actually get an adsense account...bugger! I would implement your example as well as some well optimised autoblogs.

    You said you have been doing web design and development since 1992...? What was the industry like back then? I have been working with web design and development for the last 4 or so years and am doing a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and am keen to know. Maybe you can pass on some useful tips and tricks for me, as I really want to make it in this industry.

    EDIT: For everyone- If you really want something, plan exactly how and when you'll get there, constantly visualise what it will be like when you reach your goal/s, learn as much as you can from others in related industries, actively participate on awesome forums like BHW. This is what has been keeping me going for the last 4 or so years. Have hit a couple of rough patches and times of self-doubt, but somehow I always seem to pull through and keep going/trying, and I maintain a small but steady client base (with hard work, I aim for the client base to gradually increase).

    Also, if you are into web design and development and run a website related to the industry, visit my url in the sig and visit my "Partners" page and from there you can submit a link exchange with me. I have tried to keep all OBL's per page to around 30.
     
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  10. knarxed

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    Congrats. That's kind of the road that I want to go down. Web Developer -> working on my own sites.
     
  11. fatjack'sblackhat

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    These are some very good questions I would like to know myself. Hey bluegarden, you know a lot about stuff... For a n00b. lol Im just kiddin dude, Im talkin about the few posts that you have qualifies you as a "beginner" at best.
     
  12. kindit77

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    you have done well for yourself and am glad that you took the right step all you need to do now is to scale it up and you will earn more money.if i were you i will add more pages and backlinks and have a long term goal to build it into an authority site.
     
  13. kireol

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    I'm already on it! Thanks :)
     
  14. kireol

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    1. Mostly? Yes. I started by hand. Then I automated it.
    2. Mostly do follow
    3. I do now. When I started I played around with different things. Now I pretty much just target what I want to.
     
  15. kireol

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    I tried CJ for 1 month. I had zero click throughs. I'm a bit gun-shy now and not sure I want to try again. I keep reading how great it is, but my first experience was a failure.
     
  16. kireol

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    The industry back in 1992 was a bit different. Back then we thought of making it big by designing web sites. I never did. I've always thought of myself as clever, but I never came up with and went though with a good idea. Coding sucked. Java was brand new around that time. PERL was the lastest and greatest. Adsense and click throughs didnt exist as much as they do now. They were really looked down upon. PHP, Ruby, Python, CMS'(drupal wordpress), MVC approaches didnt exist much back then. Sites made money back then mostly by selling domain names, going IPO, or being bought out.

    Tips and tricks in the industry....Don't always follow the bleeding edge. There's something to be said for tried and true. Example:pHP might not be the best language, but there's so much that's been done, it will save you time. Follow and MVC approach. Keep your business logic separate from your display logic. That way you can switch at any time. Example: You might want to upgrade from a wordpress blog and go to a full fledged real CMS like drupal or joomla. Keeping the code right means easier switch over. Lastly, don't be afraid to charge for your work. Don't be afraid to tell everyone around you that you'll do side work. I average about $180/hour for my side work that I do.
     
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  17. accelerator_dd

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    What really matters is that you found something that works for you. Spend some time tweaking it to get the most of it and rinse and repeat. Goals are just a progressive system to keep you productive. Be quick to set a new higher goal if you don't want to stay at 100-150$ per month.
     
  18. Coastal

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    Its great to hear of your success in producing a money making site. You might

    not think its a lot but that's just the beginning once you model what you have

    done its just rinse and repeat and you get the snowball affect.
     
  19. dannyhw

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    Good for you man. There's definitely a lot to brag about being an SEO friendly web developer. Most of them haven't got a slightest clue, and it feels really great to see a pretty design a potential client has and tell them how bad their developer fucked them when it comes to ranking. See how quick they stop caring about splash screens and how many questions they ask about SEO. Screw the $125 man if you can do that you've got an extra edge over your competition when it comes to consulting.
     
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    I get paid 10 times that, but it's only 5% of my goal..i wonder when im gonna actually reach my goal.