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[JOURNAL] Time to take action, step by step road to authority success

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by nikao, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    I've been in IM 10 years ago, when money making through adsense was still easy ;) I quit once I got involved in a full time job etc. etc.
    I always kept a few websites as a hobby, but they weren't making any real money any more. They served as experiments instead to test out different SEO /social media stuff.
    A few months ago I started getting the 'IM fever' again and started working on one site of me in particular. Things are going ok SEO wise and I get 200+ visits / day, but it's an informative site so really tough to monetize (adsense ranges from 0.01$ to 0.40$ with CTR of 0.8%)
    I kept reading and wanting to do something different, even started two new niche sites, but didn't really do the right keyword research and didn't take action.

    Until now.

    The journal is meant as an extra motivation for myself, and for me to learn from. And hopefully some of you can learn from my steps and mistakes as well :)

    I'm planning on making a site targeting a niche, but with real and good articles. I want to target many variations of the keyword, so it more or less will become an authority site.
    Since it's a product the monetization will probably come from a combination of AdSense and Amazon.

    the keyword I've got the EMD for (keyword1keyword2) has only 320 exact searches, but with an extra word added it's 29000+.
    I'm gonna target many variations of this, all including keyword1 by adding an extra keyword to it. Search volume varies from 200 to 12000 for the important ones. CPC ranges between 1$ and 8.9$
    Competition is quite low, although there are a few strong ones in the top rankings.

    I'm gonna try and do daily updates in this thread.
    Welcome aboard and please enjoy the ride! :)
     
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  2. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    Day 1:

    Today started with keyword research. Determined to finally find a good niche to start working on. Told myself that I would have a niche + EMD at the end of today, if not I would buy it from a service offering EMD's.
    Luckily I found one myself :)
    Spent a lot of time researching and ordered the first 5 articles (I'm a bad writer myself)
    Ordered hosting + domain and setup the blog.
    While waiting on the articles to come in (can take a while with the backlog of the holidays) I will start working on my linkwheel/linkmodel. Will use web2.0 (mostly blogs) in the first ring. There will be 9 for now. Planning to put real content on them as well and update from time to time. No links will be created yet obviously.

    Here is a snapshot of my log with all the details (including tools & services/sites used)

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  3. goredbull

    goredbull Junior Member

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    keep up the great work.Keyword research and quality articles is the key to sucess
     
  4. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    your reply worked; ordered the 2 * 500 word articles gig ;)
     
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  5. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    Day 2:

    More work on the linkwheel/model. Registering on the web2.0's and putting content on them. Write, rewrite or I use Google Translate on foreign articles as a spinning method.

    My Link model looks like this at the moment, any suggestions or tips?

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    and this is Day2 in detail:

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  6. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    ok.. up to day 5 in the mean time..

    Short update:
    Still waiting on my main articles... so no links or promotion done for the main site yet.
    I did build the linkwheel, now consisting of 10 sites/blogs, with the first content (no links yet on most of them)
    Started today with building 400 PR forum links to one of the items in the linkwheel and placed link to next web2.0 site in the wheel. No further links and of course no links to money site.

    Noticed that google has indexed the pages on the money site already.... (who needs indexation services! ;) )

    actions in detail:
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    Linkwheel (plan) at this moment;
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    still looking for feedback :)
     
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  7. smerf

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    Thanks for your topic,following you.
     
  8. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    It's been a while since last update, mostly because I was waiting for content/articles to come in :)

    Have been updating the site with them yesterday, and the site has now 11 articles around keywords on it of around 400/500 words each.
    Everything fully indexed in google and I'm starting to put the linkwheel live one web2.0 site per day. Also bringing 400 forum backlinks to each of the web2.0 sites. This is all for the main keyword.

    In the mean time I also am lucky enough to get myself access to SenukeX and decided to give that a go as well. Campaign created for a subpage of the site including that keyword. This will be some social networks and web20s + social bookmarking + forum links in a linkpyramid, slowly building over the next 20 days. Will test and see how that goes.

    While waiting on the articles I also started 2 accounts on yahoo answers and tried working them up to level 2 (one of them is nearly there, the other is level 2). Will be trying that out as a traffic source as well, but doesn't look to promosing I must say..

    Furthermore I also placed adsense on the site now. No real traffic and $ yet...
     
  9. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    Ok, even though there doesn't seem to be much interest in this at the moment, I'll keep posting updates (for my own motivation)

    Added 2 more pages to the site and fooled around with SenukeX a bit more.. the program I had set up didn't run as planned (seemed to be 'stuck' in the scheduler), I did create 50 SB directly to the site.
    Right now I'm going to create some web2.0 profiles to point to the money site as well.. and after that some more SB to these links.

    Noticed one longtail keyphrase is ranking #64.. the other words still nowhere to be seen (in the top 1000) .. need to be a bit more patient I guess :)
     
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    thanks for the detailed journal, keep it up mate
     
  11. zachlepwner

    zachlepwner Registered Member

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    Following. Best of luck to you! :)
     
  12. shortguy014

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    Your level of organization is astounding, and in my opinion keeping motivated and knowing what tasks you need to do is the key to success.

    The golden rule of these forums is implementation! Keep it up!

    Also: What competition are you up against, Monthly Local and Global searches etc?
     
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    Great plan bro. Good to see you've got yourself organised which is a huge step forward to reaching your goal. I'm following this thread as I want to see how your linkwheel works out for you.

    Don't let me down buddy!
     
  14. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    Competition varies a lot for the several keywords within this (micro)niche. There are a lot of variations available with decent # of searches which made this keyword perfect for me since I want to create a site with a quite a bit of content targeting several keywords.

    This is a screenshot of the Keywords I'm currently covering with my content. The colored bar is the niche keyword, it's in the domain name but I'm not planning to rank for that.

    For people not familiar with the abbreviations:
    SEOC = number of results for the search phrase
    SEOTC = number of results with the search phrase in the title
    SEOUC = number of results with the search phrase in the url.

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    A few of the $0 at the bottom are actually over 5$ with 'for' added to the search phrase (copy pasted wrong).. ;)

    The domain name I have is for the keyword with (only) 320 exact monthly searches, and 948 results for this keyword in the url (so this should be easy).
    I chose this one as it is a more general term, so it actually makes sense to have articles about the other keywords on this domain as well..
     
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  15. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    thx :) .. It will be hard to determine how the linkwheel will work I'm afraid, as I'm also testing out SenukeX at the moment. (got access to it for now, not sure how long it will last ;) )
     
  16. nikao

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    Update Jan. 19
    tempted to write another page, but decided to wait with that to spread content creation a bit more.
    Did do some more link building, to the homepage but also to two inner pages. (social bookmarks)
    Also put out some tweets, want to build a good niche relevant account with some real interaction.
    Furthermore I received the 50 Google +1s from another BHW threat, curious to see if that has any visible (direct) power.

    Good news is that a few more keywords started showing their faces in the top 1000.. nothing useful yet, but at least some improvements :)

    obviously still no real traffic or $$

    see screen of rankings:[​IMG]
     
  17. JasonZ10

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    Wow, this is pretty insane. Good luck with all of this! Authority sites are amazing sources of cash from what I hear.

    I'd like to start one sometime. I don't know anything about what makes a keyword profitable :S
    Any resources you recommend for learning more about authority websites?
     
  18. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    well.. to me an authority site is basically any site that aims to have a lot of good quality content (let's say minimum 25 pages) and targets many different keywords (within a niche).
    I would recommend to just go out and do a little research, but don't hesitate to long to get in and just start doing it. Experience is really the best teacher.
    As for what it is a keyword makes profitable; a lot of combinations! First of all, your keywords need to be 'good' in that sense that they have a decent amount of people searching for it, your ability to rank for them, the CPC and then most importantly; if this is a search where people are likely to click any ads.
    I've got a site with over 100 articles that ranks quite good for quite a few different keywords, but my CTR is below 0.8% and I never seem to manage to get that up. So despite the 150 visits I get per day, this one is hardly making me any money. (it's a good learning 'playground' though to test stuff out on ;) )

    The CTR is the thing I'm most worried/curious about how it will turn out to be for the site of this journal. I'm confident about ranking and getting the visitors, but making money of them.... we'll see! :)
     
  19. nikao

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    Update Jan 20

    Quiet day.. SenukeX is running over the course of multiple days, so links are added automatically on a daily basis.
    Added Socialmonkee SB links to another inner page. I'm spreading the 100 links out over the maximum time of 14 days.. so also from SocialMonkee there are daily links added automatically.
    No big changes in rankings and still no traffic or $$. That's ok as I'm taking this slow as I want to do it right.. Im patient :)

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  20. thetermy

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    I'd use market samurai's rank tracker over the one you are using now, samurai has more accurate results.