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[Journal] Low-Budget PartTime Journey to $30/day

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by graphox, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Hi guys, so I decided that to manage my budget better, and motivate myself, I will be creating a journal on my journey to $30/day. I hope to reach this goal within 100 days. $30/day would be $10,000+ a year, which isn't a lot for some of you, but it's a good start for me :)

    More details about me:
    -Student
    -Can only work on this for around 25 hours a week (It's a lot of my time but I know many of you spend a lot more :p)
    -Have tried multiple monetizing methods but have not been successful since.

    Rules on this Journey:
    -Can NOT go negative for budget
    -Any amount of the money made can go back into the budget
    -Can use prexisting resources I previously purchased, etc
    -Suggest more rules?

    Starting Budget: $500 (May seem high to some but I know many big earners invest much much more)

    Resources:

    3 Paid MNS:
    MNS #1 - 5 posts, 1600 local, $0.39 CPC, rank #6
    Other keywords not in top 30 yet so doesn't matter to me much
    PAID $120 FOR THIS.

    MNS#2 - 10 posts, 9k local searches, $1.77 CPC, high competition, Not in top #100 for main keyword
    Other keywords: 450+ Exact local searches, $0.80 CPC, low comp, #32
    PAID $130 (before journal started so doesn't count towards budget)

    MNS#3 - 2 posts, 1k local searches, $1.06 CPC, low/medium competition, Not in top #100 for only keyword
    Ranking was outsourced so I'm just letting this one sit
    Paid $70 for this (before journal started so doesn't count towards budget)

    3 Domains:
    AUTH#1 (This is it's name I will use for this journal):
    Niche: Health
    Not EMD
    Wordpress is located on page, not root (so DOMAIN.com/blog)
    Root domain is indexed, blog is not (as of 2/23/12)
    To-be authority site
    Writing own unique articles, one every 2-3 days.
    Not ranked for anything

    AUTH#2
    Niche: Health
    Not EMD
    Does not have WP installed yet, root indexed

    CPA#1
    Nothing on this site yet. I may hire a coder to help me out with this, but I don't have enough in my budget for this yet.
     
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  2. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    DAY 1 (This includes the past 5 days I did not log):
    Spent $120 on a pre-existing MNS site.
    Site details:
    1600 Local Searches
    4000 Global Searches
    $0.39 CPC
    #6 on Page 1
    Spent $47 on Contextual Blog Network service

    Money Earned: $0

    Budget Left: $333
     
  3. cyrilchua

    cyrilchua Junior Member

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    Good luck on your journey, in my opinion, as long as you get a method that works, the money will start rolling in. Just be sure not to make it over saturated ;)
     
  4. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Thanks for the first post :) Editing OP with resources I started with. Then I will edit this for Day 2 stats. (Day 2 as in yesterday, I will post what I do today tomorrow).
     
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    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 2
    Wrote 2 articles for AUTH#1 (300 words and 500 words). Articles to be dripped.
    Contacted an old writer, he has not responded yet. May possibly outsource articles but as of now probably not since I'm low-budgeted.
    Not planning on starting SEO yet since I still need to edit stuff such as make a banner.

    Amount earned: $0
    Spent: $0
     
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    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 3

    Didn't do much. Created a video (that I messed up so not using), will try to use it to help SEO rankings possibly.

    Amount Earned: $0
    Amount Spent: $0
     
  7. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 4

    Wrote a 400+ word article for MNS#1. Used a keyword I was already ranking for on a page that was targetting that keyword. I moved the old page to a new page and my new article to the old page. (Basically DOMAIN.COM/blog/oldpagebeingranked 's content was moved to DOMAIN.COM/blog/newpagethatisn'tindexed. I put my new article on DOMAIN.COM/blog/oldpagebeingranked)

    I think that might hurt my rankings, was an accident lol.

    SEOSerp came back alive and told me that MNS#2 was ranked #185, but I couldn't find it myself. Is SEOSerp accurate? Well hopefully it did come out of the sandbox, it was at #1000+ before, so it got me excited. Built some medium-quality forum profiles to the inner links of MNS#2 (medium as in PR1+ but they are just full of profile spam).

    Also did some social bookmarking for AUTH#1 to get pages indexed.

    Amount Earned: $0
    Amount Spent: $0 ($0.50 but credits were already in my account before I started journal)
     
  8. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 5
    Wrote a 500 word article for AUTH #1, to be drip feeded tomorrow.

    Amount Earned: $0

    May possibly buy some monthly services soon. Anybody have recommendations? Been looking at LinkVana, HighPRSociety, ALN (how do I get in?), or recommend me stuff :)
     
  9. Xictus

    Xictus Regular Member

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    How are you monetizing this? sorry if it's a noob Q
     
  10. prashanth502

    prashanth502 Regular Member

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    I will follow u r methods.
     
  11. wanna_earn

    wanna_earn Regular Member

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    subscribed........
     
  12. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Adsense only so far. It isn't the biggest money maker out there, but I personally believe it is ONE of the best (not the best, I am not 100% satisfied with Adsense) long-term monetizing methods.

    I used to make a good $300-$400/month with blackhat methods, but they would all quickly die out and I would always get spikes (like $10 one month, $400 the next), and I want to build a solid base for long-term payments.
     
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    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 6:

    Really didn't do anything... May possibly do some site flipping or grey-hat monetizing elsewhere for some spare cash to bring in so I can invest more.

    Also, will be updating every few days now, because my days are quite dull and boring. So updates when something big happens, or I spend/earn.
     
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    Day 7:

    Bought a $10 plan from HighPRSociety. I've heard good and bad about them, will see how well it goes. Doing very slow backlink dripping to MNS#2

    Amount Earned: $1.13 (adding Day 7 & 8 together) :D
    Amount Spent: $10
    Budget Left: $324.13
     
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    graphox Regular Member

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    Day 9-11:
    Amount Earned (Last Month): $5.49
    Amount Earned (March 1st - March 4th): $0.19
    Google Keyword Tool told me that my CPC should've been around $0.39... Well it lied, I'm getting a lot of $0.03 clicks :| :(

    Oh and forgot to say that I spent $47 on a monthly plan for High PR blog network posts (t0mmy). I heard a lot about Panda 3.3 killing these off though :( So I don't know if I will renew:
    Budget left: $281.68 - I gotta earn more and spend less now...
     
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  16. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Made $8 from 3/1/12 to now. So $8 in like 2 weeks.... O.O
     
  17. bashhunter

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    Great job graphox. Keep us updated.

    By the way, have you done any on site SEO?
     
  18. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Thanks! :)

    and yes, they are MNS sites and the KW density is at around 1.7% for the main post, a bit less for the other posts

    besides that I didn't do much more ONsite SEO
     
  19. NikosX

    NikosX Power Member

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    come on! really?
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    In a VPS far far away...
    good job OP, try to do some manual comment posting / web 2.0s to decrease the costs and boost SEO
     
  20. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    MNS #1:
    First KW (1600 monthly): #3
    2nd KW (4000 monthly): #5-#6

    Earning $1/day ish from this.
    $1/month from the rest of the sites combined