Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Naulex, Jun 26, 2019.
good luck mate. following.
Seems interesting and good luck to reach your goal soon!
Good luck mate !!
Hope you will reach your goal soon.
Good luck. I'm trying to do something with AdSense as well right now, maybe you'll inspire me to do more..
Good luck, following this.
Good luck op followings
Awesome thread OP, love the style of detailed day by day info, following along best of luck
Good luck on your journey!
Following, good luck!
Great post! Following! Good luck
Hi everyone! I know, I should have updated yesterday but it was a really busy day, I had three meetings and also just finished 4 domain auctions we are going to use in other projects.
But... let's talk today about hosting! But first, thank you everyone, for your support, glad you like how I am doing this journey!
Sometimes they take their time, anyway have you posted enough articles?
Let's find a host
Important note: I am not going to promote nor recommend any hosting service, so I won't say names. Just I will give some recommendations about what you should look for!
There are a few key things you should look for a good hosting:
Enough disk space. Meanwhile, usually a niche site (at the beginning) is not really big (maybe 1-2GB) in the future you could need more (and more if you upload a lot of images). At least try to have 10GB and I am sure you will need later more but let's start small and cheap.
If a hosting offers you "unlimited" space keep something in mind: space is not unlimited. (I could talk about inodes and similar things but I don't want to go technical) I am not telling you they are selling you false things, you will have unlimited space if you understand it as "enough space for most projects". It is a nice thing if your host offers it to you but don't let it determine your hosting decision, if it has 10-25GB, focus on other parameters instead what server offers more disk space.
For example, I would say it is really important they offer SSD hard drives. I think website speed is really important and trust me, SSD makes a huge difference.
Enough RAM. Meanwhile WordPress with just 256, 128 or 64MB works... well, not really with a lot of plugins and/or traffic. And you are building an AdSense site, you need traffic. So be sure to have at least 512MB-1GB RAM. It will make your life easier.
Bandwidth. Some hosting services offer unlimited, others just some GB per month. In the beginning, you don't have to worry: no traffic, no need to pay for more bandwidth. But at least be sure your host lets you upgrade your server to have more bandwidth once you need it.
Server location. Some people say if you build your site in a host in the location where you want to rank your site, it will help. That is not something I usually care a lot and more when trying to rank in the global market but... I would recommend that if you are going to write in English, try to get a server in the USA since they will be the people who will visit your site the most.
A lot of people recommend having a hosting with backups integrated. I really don't care about it nor pay that service, since I use external services to backup my sites. But that is your decision.
Be sure to have access to a cPanel or a SSH console. I don't care if you know about managing servers or not. Maybe you think you won't need it but you will. Or someone doing fixes on your site. Get one. For some people this advice will sound crazy, they will say "All hostings offer a panel!". Sadly no, they don't. A client of me came with a site he had and the hosting gave him access only to his WordPress installation! I know it is not normal but just be sure to avoid things like that!
You will see recommendations like: "Get a shared hosting if you are starting!" or "Get a VPS!" or "Later try and use a dedicated server". Let me tell you: don't go for a dedicated server if you don't have several sites to host and you are already earning enough, it needs technical skills to manage it and some money to afford it. Go for a VPS if you have technical skills to setup everything or you want to pay someone since, well, I love all the control you have with a VPS. And if you are just starting, with just a few dollars and no technical skill, go for shared hosting.
Oh, and finally, I would recommend you to avoid those big hosting names you are reading on the internet by the bloggers (yeah, I am talking about 1a*d*, blu*h*** and similar). Not because they are bad (some of them are not really good in the cheaper packages, let's be honest) but because you can find really good deals for smaller dealers (for example here in BHW marketplace or in other sites). Just... don't buy the first shiny thing you see!
What have I done?
Well, I have also bought my hosting. Or... not really. Since I have several sites for me and my clients, I have created the site in my own server but... I am thinking to buy or reviewing a BHW marketplace seller on this journey, just to try to find a good one here, so... today I will research here for hosting providers and let's see!
What will we do tomorrow?
Building the site! Yeah, choosing a good theme (I will talk about CTR and themes I have tested with a good one), installing it and installing some key plugins; we are starting to reach the moment when our site will be alive!
Following your journey mate. hoping with your wide success in the future.
brillaint write ups, it like i am there, loving it .
good luck .
good luck, i'm following
Good luck .
I know it s a bit weird to ask but how much money did it cost you to buy you domain ?
But first, let's answer the questions you had!
The domain for this journey? $60. Very cheap for what it is and I don't think I would have to spend more on growing on that niche.
Lets choose a good theme
There are thousands of good WordPress themes and also you could build one just for you (or hire someone) but let's do two assumptions: 1) you can't/don't want to hire someone to build you a custom WordPress theme and 2) you want a theme that loads quickly, it is not bloated of unnecessary functions and if it is possible optimized for ads and SEO.
One thing I will tell you: you don't need to pay for a theme. You can build a successful site using free themes. But, it can help you. There are three themes I like to use right now (I use more themes but for particular niches, those three themes are what I use right now when I want to just install one and later do some tests with other themes):
JNews. I know, that theme is a little bit bloated of features. But you can disable most of them if you don't want to use them. And I love the easy customization, the support for mobile (including AMP if you want to use it), the built-in support for Schema and SEO and it is already built with Ads optimization in mind (really easy to add your ads, without any other plugin!). I use it in sites I want to build a broad site in the future and where I have a powerful server to run it (it uses a lot of resources and you will need to speed optimize it!).
San Francisco. A similar theme, with a really good esthetic and a really good CTR based on what I have tested. I use this one in sites I don't want to use all the resources the JNews theme needs.
Magazine Pro by StudioPress. I use this theme when I am going to customize a lot of things on the site and I want a mostly empty theme where I can customize almost everything. Also, it has really good CTR, so that is always a good point.
And now some plugins!
I will tell you some plugins but maybe on your site, you will need some others or you won't need some of them, be wise and try always to use the lowest quantity of plugins!
Yoast SEO. Lately, in the forum, a lot of people have talked about what is the best SEO plugin for WordPress. I haven't done tests so I can't talk about it but I like to use Yoast SEO because I am used to and also due to all the plugins that integrate with it (like WP Rocket, Clearfy or the JNews theme).
WP Rocket. There are a lot of cache plugins but for some reason the one that gave me better results was WP Rocket so, for now, I stick to it (I will keep testing others anyway).
Clearfy. In a forum thread, I read someone talking about this plugin and me tested it and well... I love it. It integrates a lot of features in just a plugin so you won't need to install many. And it is free (it has a pro subscription with more features but I haven't used it yet). Keep in mind something: it also has a cache system so if you use another plugin like WP Rocket, be sure to just enable one cache system! Oh, and it has a module to compress your images for free (one of the best features in my opinion).
If your theme doesn't integrate by itself rating stars, I like to use a plugin called Rate My Post (a free plugin). I think it increases the CTR on Google Search.
If you just bought an expired or auctioned domain, you should redirect all the 404 errors to your homepage (for example). You could use a plugin or even some server config.
If you are going to accept Europe users, be sure to add a Cookie plugin like Cookie Notice for GDPR, you don't want legal troubles!
Meanwhile, I am a dev myself and I love coding, sometimes I prefer to use builders to format in awesome ways my posts. In that case, I use Elementor (but lately I am using Thrive Architect, you will see why soon!)
A mailing list is a really important addition to remarket your posts, I like to catch those emails using Thrive Leads (that is why I use Thrive Architect)
Meanwhile, you don't need it, if you have enough resources in your server, I like to change the default commenting system to one more user-friendly (social login, some kind of gamification system...). In that case, I use Thrive Comments.
Maybe I forget some other plugins, but most of them are optional and I use them if I feel I will need in that niche site so... don't worry about it.
What have I done?
For this niche, I have chosen to use the JNews theme. I will be honest, for now, this journey has a delay of a few days, since I don't have a lot of free time to write these posts; so the site is completely ready.
I have created the forms to catch emails, I have created all the logos and graphics we will need, set up the site emails ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]).
And I have optimized the site (I could have reduced the requests and the load time but... it is not really important since it is the fully loaded time, it is lazy loaded so the user has the content sooner than that, time for the first byte is just 0.3s! And about the requests, keep in mind I filled the homepage with demo posts to test its performance when the site will be full of content so... I am happy with this optimization, the site loads really fast even with a lot of content showing!):
What will we do tomorrow?
Tomorrow we will talk about the article creation, structures, and other optimizations. And I will write and publish the first post of the site! Keep tuned and ask me any question you have!
Great journey. Keep to rocks
So today has been a busy day. I had two meetings with some clients and after that, I have too much work to do just to feel like I was finishing the work for today. But anyways, I have been able to do all of that and I am ready to update the thread.
First at all, if someone is following this journey and it is looking to start and wants to get a free domain I have just shared two threads to get a free .es domain and to get a free.com (and .pt) domain; just be sure to get them as soon as you can, I don't know how much time they will be up!
Now, let's start!
What have I done today?
I can't explain a lot today since today I have just created content (yeah, I have written it by myself, for now, I am not going to ask the writers of my team to write there, it is personal for now).
I have written a post, formatted it, optimized the On-Site SEO of the post and published. Nothing more, nothing less. I will publish 1 article per day so it will take a few days to have enough but who knows, maybe it starts ranking soon, I am focusing in really easy keywords and my articles are by far better than any other published by the competence (in terms of content, word count, keyword optimization and so on).
Today I am not going to build any backlink but soon I will start building some. Maybe just 1-5 per day but enough to let Google see the site is being linked so later when I create more links (and faster), Google will think (I hope) it is normal. Oh, and I will start building links to the homepage, diversified (no follow, follow, brand, plain and some with keywords), just to keep it natural.
What will I do tomorrow?
Just as I said, write another article, post it and build a few backlinks. Anyway, if you have any question, post it!
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