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[Journey] A newbie ranks his first review site

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by instagator, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. instagator

    instagator Newbie

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    Hey everyone.

    I first heard of affiliate marketing/SEO a week ago and have spent every day the past seven days reading up for 8-12 hours a day and trying to figure out how exactly to make money online.

    I have two different approaches... one site will be a blog style site that I try to get clickbank ebooks sold on and another will be a niche site that I did the keyword research for myself.

    This post will follow my progress on trying to rank the niche site on google. Here is the lowdown on the keyword...

    KW 1 (main keyword) Exact Local Matches: 4,400 CPC: 1.1 Adwords comp:High

    I have an EMD for this keyword.

    Others I'm hoping to rank for...

    KW 2: Exact Local Matches:5,400 CPC:1.08, Adwords comp:High
    KW 3: Exact Local Matches: 1,300 CPC: 1.22, Adwords Comp: High
    KW 4 : Exact Local Matches:6,600 CPC:1, Adwords Comp: High
    KW 5: Exact Local Matches:480 CPC: 0.86, Adwords Comp:Medium

    Here is the competition as far as google SERPs go according to market samuri:
    (it wouldn't let me post and image. Oh well. It looks relatively green/yellow. 3 0 PR sites in the top 10)

    SERP IQ is giving me a score of 44 (average competition) but I really don't believe it after checking out the SERP for myself and running it through market samuri.

    I have 4 reviews up right now on the product KW 1 is. They are all original (I wrote them myself, they are entertaining, and realistic with no comparable content on the web). They average 450 words each.

    I just threw up adsense on there, and they have yet to approve me. We'll see how it goes. I'm going to monetize through that and another program which gives me 8% on products sold through there site. I'll likely throw up a link at the end of each review with a link to their site and that product when I get approved to that network.

    I'm still learning about different kinds of link building, but for week 1...

    Week 1: 10 High PR backlinks/day manually.

    Post up with some feedback or good luck!
     
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  2. Findx

    Findx Newbie

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    A week ago. Is that all?
    I've been planning and writing out journals for a month now, on different ideas and jotting everything down.
    Still yet to make anything, but hopefully if i can plan what I'm going to do, my sites will blow up faster, then if I was just jumping straight into it.
    What kind of threads and articles have you read?
     
  3. instagator

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    I was thinking of doing the same thing, but after reading a lot on the forum I think one of the things they really try to hammer home here (ironically...) is to just start doing and stop reading. I'm still reading a lot everyday but I'm going to try every method I can until I find one that works and makes me money. I've already failed with 2 methods lol and this is the only one that has had some success, as you'll see.

    So, I had a list of a hundred high pr sites that allow new members to sign up and create blogs with active links.

    I actually only got about through 10 before I decided to call it quits. I'm wasn't sure that posting on a site completely unrelated to my niche was going to be that helpful (I'm sure it is, but it was boring as hell and I decided to go a different route).

    So basically what I started doing was backlinking to forums where a link to my website had the potential to bring somebody in it was actually USEFUL for. I've done this for the past two days and my results are good so far!

    For Keyword 1, I've hit 21 in the SERPS. I still have a long way to go, but wow, I think I picked a really good niche! I noticed yesterday that a guy that I approached about a domain name (yes I'm a noob...) started doing some SEO on his OLD site (talking it looks like a MFA from the 90's) and it's in spot number 2.

    I'm going to keep on doing manual backlinking for now to see how far it gets me before doing some fiverr services or something.

    BTW, this is a review site, and so far I'm monetizing with adsense and amazon. The past two days I've had a combined 60 views on my site, but no clicks on adsense, 5 clicks on affil links with no orders yet. I'm thinking of just taking adsense down so it looks like a legit site, but I'm not sure yet. I'll keep you all updated!
     
  4. dredew

    dredew Registered Member

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    One tip: ditch adsense. Go Amazon.
     
  5. zJolt

    zJolt Junior Member

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    amazon would be better
     
  6. Tishoy

    Tishoy Regular Member

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    tips:
    1 get a day job for more investments
    2 ask around for everything
    3 get a mentor
    4 double check everything
    5 focus on one method
    6 be patient and never givve up :)


    get senuke or/and scrapebox as soon as you can - these tool will make everything better !
     
  7. zJolt

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    don't give up
     
  8. OldSalt

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    I have to say - good on you for taking the initiative and reading through all those threads and learning rather than just asking ppl for help.

    thanks and +rep!

    Good luck on your journey!
     
  9. instagator

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    Thanks a lot for the kind words and advice everyone. I will likely ditch adsense today and just monetize (or lack thereof) with Amazon.

    I didn't really do much yesterday, but I autopiloted my way to 26 views yesterday. After about an hour of backlinking, I have so far gotten 47 views today! Things are looking up. No clicks on adsense yet, but Amazon says I have had 10 clicks on the affil links.

    Checked on my rank, and I moved up to 16 on big G! Yeehaw first page here I come. Of the views that I'm getting, some of them are for long tails and from organic KW 1 traffic.

    Right now I'm tracking using the wordpress jetpack analyzer, just because I don't really want to upgrade to VPS hosting (so I can run prosper 202) until this month is over. What do you guys think?
     
  10. instagator

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    Well guys, I was on vacation for a month in Hawaii. It was so beautiful and enjoyable, I decided to not do one thing for SEO/blackhat that week. I'm now back and ready to put in some work

    First thing's first: How did my site do over a week of no work?

    Well, over the week that I didn't do anything I was consistently getting at least 10 views a day, probably off of search engine traffic and residue traffic. I'm optimistic that I can eventually run this site just of SEO and residue traffic.

    I had 3 orders off of amazon this week, leaving me at a grand total of $1.97 for just hosting and domain purchase costs. However, I've already spent a fair time on this site, which is the most valuable asset I have. I gotta start finding a way to get this site up on the SERPS.

    I'll likely do some more backlinking today. On each update from now on, I'll let you guys know exactly how many backlinks I do a day so I can be more accurate with my counts.

    Until then!
     
  11. instagator

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    I guess I'll try to structure this a little more pretty so that the aesthetics are pleasing to everyone.

    August 14
    Backlinks created: 10
    Hits: 22
    Google Spot: 19
    Revenue today: $0.00
    Revenue to date this month: $1.97

    I'm getting a little sick and tired of staying on page two of the SERPS for my main keyword so I ordered a social bookmarking service from fiverr. We'll see what it does but for now I haven't seen any change in rankings.
     
  12. instagator

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    double post
     
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