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[Journey] Blogging based on Income School (Project 24) Philosophy

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Big Ron, Jun 12, 2019 at 1:47 AM.

  1. Big Ron

    Big Ron Registered Member

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    Hello World,

    BHW has been helpful to me, maybe my journey will spark ideas for you.

    Case Study:

    • Can I make a profit following the Project 24 method found at IncomeSchool.com? It is a 60 step process and eludes to being able to replace your full-time job in 24 months.
    Background:

    • I have been blogging for over ten years but only dabbling. I am familiar with Blogger and WP. I have coded in HTML, PHP, CSS, C++, ...and I'm so old I cut my teeth on Basic, Fortran, and Cobol. This is my first attempt to get serious with blogging in hopes of replacing my 9-5 job.
    Timeline:
    • April: Establish niche site #1, complete Steps 1-21 of Project 24
    • May: Complete Steps 22-40
    • June: Complete Steps 41-60
    • July: Establish niche site #2, complete Steps 1-21
    • Aug: Complete Steps 22-40
    • Sept: Complete Steps 41-60
    Month 1 - April 2019

    Steps 1-20 include the following:
    1. Watch the video on what it is all about
    2. Choose your topic and domain
    3. Sign up for hosting
    4. Get a logo
    5. Themes and Plugins
    6. WordPress settings, SEO
    7. Watch video: No Nonsense SEO
    8. Create an Article Hit List
    9. Watch video: Formatting posts
    10. Write first Response Post
    11. Write second...
    12. Write third...
    13. Write fourth...
    14. Write fifth...
    15. Write sixth...
    16. Write seventh...
    17. Write eighth...
    18. Write nineth
    19. Write tenth...
    20. Add legal content blurb
    21. Resizing images

    Niche Ideas (steps 1-7)

    I watched the video. Pretty much the same stuff that is on their YT channel. It was very difficult for me to decide on a niche. There is a list from Income School that you can download from their site and it contains dozens of ideas. My first question was "how many are still good if you've been giving this list out for a while?" So I continued until I found my own.

    My advice: if you can't decide on a niche, go with what you know. I won't divulge mine but let's just say if I was a plumber... I would create a blog about the plumbing profession.

    I used good old FlamingText.com to create a temporary logo.

    I used a nulled theme of Divi from Elegant Themes found here on BHW until I got to a point where the functionality was broken due to needing an update. Of course, you can't update a nulled theme so I dropped around $80 for an annual subscription to Elegant Themes.

    Helpful Hint: To learn Divi like a boss, watch Ferdy Korp's 3+ hour tutorial.

    Domain Name and Hosting

    So I picked a domain name with the words of my profession in it. Example: TheCertifiedPlumber.com or something like that. I went with BlueHost for hosting as suggested by Income School. I bought the annual hosting package for $80 and it came with the domain name free. I set up Word Press and began creating content.

    Article Hit List

    The Income School guys teach this on their YouTube channel as well. You basically search Google for your niche word and see what Google shows as the common questions around that search. Using their method, I came up with about ten article topics to write about.

    Writing 10 Response Posts

    Knocking these out took me a little over a week. I work full-time and have a large family so I did these mostly at night after everyone had gone to bed. Many nights I stayed up until 2 or 3 am to get the posts done. I started the whole process mid-April and was able to finish with the 10 Response Posts by May 1st.

    Resizing the Images

    I actually didn't want to do this due to monotony. I skipped it and moved on to the next month's tasks.

    Stats:

    I saw no traffic this month and didn't even have a hit counter or analytics installed. Project 24 says you won't see your first $5 until month SIX of the process. I was content just blogging my brains out for April.

    [Sneak Peek, I'm six weeks in and seeing traffic and income. Nothing great, mind you but it is starting and way ahead of the projected plan. ]

    Family duties call. I'll continue with what I did in May with some screenshots as soon as I get more free time.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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    It's a solid plan you got there.
    Will be following.
    Do you plan to rely only on quality content to rank? is your niche competitive?
    You need at least some backlinks imo.
     
  3. Big Ron

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    This method is all about "quality content." They don't believe in building links etc. But I will be linking some.
    My niche is competitive but only against the organizations that either provide the licensure for the career field or the organizations that are the "societies" for the career field. There are not a lot of sites doing content on "What is a Plumber", "How do I become a plumber", "How much do plumbers get paid" etc. This niche model should work for any field. I'll be trying a different career niche after this one to verify.

     
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    I'm going to try and upload some pics of my stats now. What you'll see is data from StatCounter.com which I've used since 2007. I started tracking my niche around the 3rd week of April but then messed up the code somehow and lost the tracker. I wasn't concerned as I didn't expect any traffic yet. So the first blip you see around April 23rd is actually me being tracked because I hadn't chosen to hide my own footsteps yet. May 3rd is when I fixed the tracker but it was still tracking my hits. I hid myself and the real traffic started around May 8th or so. By that time I had written the 10 Response Posts and started on the next set of ten posts called Staple Posts. Staples are 2500 words, a 1000 word increase over the Response Posts. One of the Staples went quasi-viral, so to speak, and got shared around Facebook around May 16th. I ended up with 1600 pageviews and about 1300 unique visits. Needless to say, I was stoked. (yeah, I said stoked. So what. I'm old.)

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    May: Complete Steps 22-40

    • Step 22: Make a Resource Page
    • Step 23: Build a framework for Resource Page
    • Step 24: Buld first Resource Category Page
    • Step 25: Build second...
    • Step 26: Build third..
    • Step 27: Site design and structure
    • Step 28: Watch video: Staple Posts, and write it
    • Step 29: Write second Staple Post
    • Step 30: Write third...
    • Step 31: Write fourth...
    • Step 32: Write fifth...
    • Step 33: Write sixth...
    • Step 34: Write seventh...
    • Step 35: Write eighth...
    • Step 36: Write nineth...
    • Step 37: Write tenth..
    • Step 38: Watch video: how to promote
    • Step 39: Record first YouTube video
    • Step 40: Watch video: how to YouTube with screen sharing
    Writing Staple Posts

    The key, as they explained it, is to write 2500 words or more. These are no longer responses to Google questions. These are shorter How To posts and 5 Best Things type of posts. Short guides, etc. The method they use it to put a Headline 1 at the top and add another H2 or H3 every 2-3 paragraphs. Keep the paragraphs short and to the point. No extra drivel just to fill space. Keep the wording simple unless you know your audience is going to be highly educated. Make your own graphs and charts to use as images. Take your own pictures to use as thumbnails and post images. If you absolutely have to use someone else's photos, subscribe to a service to have a large library to chose from.

    YouTube Video

    They recommend using your phone camera to record and not overcomplicate this part. Just 5-10 minutes talking about something relevant to the blog. I already had one video made on this niche topic prior to starting the blog so I just plugged that video into a page on my blog. Month 3 I'm supposed to have ten videos total.

    They also say you can create a podcast to have a similar effect. I'm guessing we're just going for an alternate method of driving traffic to our niche site. I kind of like the podcast idea better. They show a video on how to record a YouTube video using a screenshare / screen record just in case you absolutely don't want your own ugly mug on video.

    Marketing

    After getting a taste of that 1600 pageview day, I became hooked on watching my hit counter like a Hoes on Santa. So to keep the hits coming I went out and found a few groups in the niche genre on Reddit, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Luckily, they all accepted me and my gentle spamming in their groups. So, in Reddit for example, I joined the Plumbing subreddit. When someone would post a question about "How do I get into Plumbing" or "How much does a Plumber make per hour" I would write a sentence or two of small talk and then link to my niche post that answered the question. I repeated this on all three social networks. I've been doing this since the last week of May and have had terrific results.

    But it isn't organic traffic. It's all marketing traffic. Which is fine but it means I have to do stuff every day to stay engaged in each group. The days I have content to post, it is pretty easy to get traffic. But the days I don't crank out content, it is a bit more of a struggle. My saving grace here was that I had already been making memes in my field for about six months just for fun. But I had only been posting them on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not the greatest place to wrangle traffic. I mean, I'm hitting the niche of people who don't know what they want to be for a career and they are asking questions. LinkedIn is built for people that HAVE a career and are networking. Facebook and Reddit ended up being MUCH better.

    But I grabbed all my memes and recycled them through FB and Reddit. They were widely accepted to the point where I created a meme page on my website as a library. The trick here is to create your own memes with your own pictures, then you can paste your own URL on the picture. Now, when people download my memes and share them somewhere else on the internet, they are advertising my site for me. Memes are easy to make. I doubt I need to tell anyone how to make them but just in case, I simply downloaded the phone app Photo Director and used that. $4.99 to buy the app and I was ready to go. The droid version is WAY better than the iPhone version.
     
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    I'm not sure how accurate it is but I enjoy visiting CuteStat.com and running my domain name through it. The outcome, among other things, is your Alexa ranking and dollar value of your website. At two weeks old, I had no Alexa ranking at all. By four weeks my Alexa ranking was 4,292,170. I think the value went from $8 to $240 during this 4th week but has remained unchanged. I'm now at 3.7M on Alexa. Further down on the page it shows you your average daily unique views and daily average page views. This thing may be total crap, I don't know. YYMV.

    I have continued the same marketing strategy through today. My traffic dips if I don't have time to engage in social media for a day. But I'm hoping, in time, I'll have enough Return Visitors and new people interested in the career field that traffic will continue without my input. I do intend to return to make this an "authority" site with more content after I finish the second niche site.

    I'll post my June actions in the next post and include my Pre-Launch Go Live Contest.

    My Adsense, in my opinion, is pathetic. I'm around $16.28 for the last 30 days, but I didn't get serious about loading up on Adsense ads until the end of May. Now every page has 3-5 ads on it. Never more than 5, even on the 4000+ Pillar Posts.

    Amazon is at $5.74 for May 11-June 11. However, Income School teaches that you shouldn't see your first $5 until your sixth month and I'm there in six weeks so I shouldn't complain. I am linking to Amazon products on a few pages and on the sidebar of every page.

    The third income producer that I haven't tackled yet is selling info products. Income School teaches to do (1) ads (Adsense, then Ezoic when at 4 months old and 10,000 page views each month, then Thrive if you can hit 100,000 pageviews each month), (2) Amazon affiliate links and (3) info products.

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    June Action Plan

    Complete Steps 41-60

    • Step 41: Record a how to video
    • Step 42: Make a contrary opinion video
    • Step 43: Make another video
    • Step 44: Watch video: how to create a Pillar Post, write 1st PP
    • Step 45-53: Write 9 Pillar Posts for a total of 10
    • Step 54: Promote on Pinterest
    • Step 55: Record a Staple Video
    • Step 56: Record a PP video
    • Step 57: Record another Pillar video
    • Step 58: Make a video for Recommended Gear pages
    • Step 59: Record 10th video
    • Step 60: Set up Amazon Associates
    Now, I clearly jumped the gun on Amazon Associates. But I already had one from my previous hobby blog. I have set up an account/page on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. I added the social share buttons on my niche site hoping folks will share my content.

    I even tried to jump the gun to join Ezoic and dump Adsense. I signed up and they contacted me. They liked my stats but you have to be at least four months established AND have 10,000 pageviews each month. I'm not even half that old yet.

    I have subbed out my articles to IWriter.com and have had mixed results. The $66 Premium service for 4000 words is stellar. The $33 Premium service for 2000 words sucked. I have paid for two of each. That is who Income School recommended if you are going to pay someone else for content. The only good part is that you can send the article back for a rewrite up to three times or ask for a different writer all together if the article is bad enough. I did both on the lower tier. Both upper tiers got praise from professionals in the career field that was written about.

    I have three Pillar Posts left to write. Those are 4000 words or more. There are YouTube videos from Income School if you have questions about that part. I need to do 9 more YT videos. Then, according to Income School, I can stop if I want. That would conclude the makings of a niche site. Let it ride for six months and the organic traffic should start to build at that point and income should start to be realized. I kicked off a pre-Go Live contest today to both drum up more traffic AND build an email marketing list. That is not part of the Project 24 outline but I know the value of a good email list so I'm giving it a shot.

    Wish me luck! I'll post back early July and let you know how June turned out. Oh, I did start to see organic traffic from Google yesterday. Fingers crossed!
     
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    Niche selection is definitely the hardest part. Would you say the niche you went with is one you are experienced with or an expert in? I went through their stuff recently too. The idea of pillar, staple, and response posts is interesting.

    So you started in April and already getting traffic from google? That's pretty good.
     
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    It's a niche I'm an expert in. But the writing can still be exhaustive. I've found that when I can afford to hire a writer, then I can just add in personalized blurbs about what I know and make the article more personal. Some of these writers are spot on...some, not so much.

    I looked today and see search engine hits from Google, Bing and Yahoo but it is only a few referrals each. I'm hoping this means they'll open the flood gates soon.
     
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    Just for clarity, I would still love access to the Project 24 library if anyone has a copy. I grabbed a link here a few months ago and apparently failed to download it to my own drive. The shared Google folder it was on is no longer shared :-(

    I fully intend to join when I can afford $450...
     
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    I’ve watched their YouTube videos about SEO but never really payed attention to their program. I’m interested in seeing how it’ll turn out for you, goodluck!
     
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    I saw a major lag in traffic today so I thought I would share an idea I came up with that boosted them temporarily.

    Since I have had good success with creating Memes in my niche what I did was put them all on one page on my website and create a meme gallery.

    Then I went to my social media accounts and posted a quick blurb saying “I went back through the last year of my meme posts and gathered them all into one page on my website. If you need a good giggle, pay it a visit." and then I linked to my page. On Reddit I put another blurb below that saying if this is too close to self-promotion please delete.

    I received over 100 unique visits in one hour from Facebook already. I do not think the mods have released my post on Reddit yet. Linkin is pointless for this kind of thing.
     
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    C72AE26E-5C11-4308-86D6-BADD02164FE8.jpeg I'm on track to have my second highest page view day thanks to thus dumb meme idea. What started out as a desperate attempt to drum up some traffic had done great. I clearly didn't understand the value of memes. Now I how to figure out how to capitalize on memes better.
     
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    June 14th, I've started making my obligatory 10 videos. I already had one made previously and am using that as #1. I made the second video this morning. I used my iPhone XS and the animal emoticon thing to mask my face. I did a 3-minute video on something that happens in my career field a lot since I'm blogging about my career field. So, in this journey, I have been using the example of being a plumber. In that case, my video today would have been of me talking about what I do as a plumber and the stigma of plumber's butt. I made a joke and kept it light-hearted while still explaining what I do with a little seriousness.

    I made a thumbnail for the youtube post. Used the Slice iPhone app to crop, add text and sound effects. UPloaded it to youtube and embedded the youtube URL in a new page I created on my blog. When I posted to social media about my video, I linked to my site so I would get the pageview first, then hope they hit the second click to view the video. I still need 1000 subscribers to monetize my YT account so views there are not as critical. However, it is sending traffic to my YT channel so I added the words (Please Subscribe) in the title. I have over 4000 hours watched which I bought from a service here a while back (and it stuck).

    Not really getting much action on my Reddit or FB posts about this video. At least, nothing like yesterday's post about a meme page. I ended up with 715 pageviews for that one. Come on organic traffic! I'm going to knock out the rest of my ten videos tomorrow and post them on YT. Then I should be about done. I'm waiting on one more post from iWriter and my 30 posts are done. Then it's time to move on to niche site #2. I still haven't thought of a topic yet.
     
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    Damn, wish I could use this strategy, follow these guys everyday on youtube but their course is too damn expensive X)
     
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    I haven't bought their membership yet. Everything I'm doing is off the free stuff they put on YouTube. I'm practically listing it for you here too.
     
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    Good luck with your journey
     
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