1. This website uses cookies to improve service and provide a tailored user experience. By using this site, you agree to this use. See our Cookie Policy.
    Dismiss Notice

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

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Big Ron, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    Stat Counter July 6 2019.jpg Paul isn't wrong. I could be spending less time on promoting my site for inorganic traffic and use that time to write more content. I have been motivated by the desire to get off Adsense and move to a more lucrative agency. Knowing that Ezoic requires a site to be four months old and getting 10k page views each month gave me something to strive for..

    I'm also writing in my profession so when I complete an article that I think benefits my fellow peers, I link to it in our social media groups. So there's that. I've kinda told myself I'm done writing content for this niche. I've hit the 30 articles I need for it and have completed 8 out of 10 youtube videos. I don't feel good about the vids at all but like the course says, just get something out there for now. It's basically me standing in front of my bedroom wall and recording on my old laptop with a webcam. Whatever. I got it done.

    The podcast has two episodes and THAT i really like doing. I think that is how I will continue to add content to this first niche site, as time goes by. Maybe aim for two podcast each month. I've successfully recorded one hour with the guest each time. Then run it through Audiophile to clean it up. Then I edit it in Audacity. Add an intro and outtro. Let the guest hear it first to make sure they aren't going to freak about anything. Then once they give it a thumbs up, I post it.

    So, technically I've moved on the second site which I've already talked about. And my wife has started her first site. So July, Aug and Sept will be spent setting up blogs #2 & #3.

    Oh, I haven't come up with my three sales items for site #1. That's what's left on the to-do lists. Project 24 teaches to have three digital products to sell on your site. Like Guide eBooks or How-To's or something. I'm still trying to figure that out for my niche.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  2. Tonytony9999

    Tonytony9999 Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Thanks so much. Keep continue
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. BHSEONewb

    BHSEONewb Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2018
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    68
    Gender:
    Male
    Super motivating journey! I've bookmarked it. I'm in a similar situation with two sites both relating to my profession. One has a blog the other an online store. Need to start following some of these principles and clean-up the amazon portion of my store.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. Lilith55

    Lilith55 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    1,184
    Likes Received:
    604
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wild West
    Home Page:
    Well planned journey.
    Which stats are you using on your website?
    Good luck op!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  5. Suang J

    Suang J Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2017
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    23
    Going to follow this one.

    Keep going op:)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    I started with Blue Host as recommended by Project 24. But I have a feeling (unsubstantiated) that my Google page speed is not optimal due to the host. Again, not my field of expertise but to experiment, I have left my first two niche sites on Blue Host and started the next two on Site Ground. It sucks learning new platforms, so to speak, but I'll get it down eventually. So far, Blue Host has been easier to deal with only because their internet/phone connection has been clear. Site Ground sounds like they're in a war bunker on the other side of the world ( and English isn't their first language.) Nevertheless, they have both helped me troubleshoot and I have no qualms about either yet. It is yet to be seen which is faster.

    I say all that to get to the stats. Project 24 advised not to use the Monster plugin and just go with Google Analytics. I did that for the first two sites. I'm only a few weeks into niche site #2. The 3rd and 4th are just parked. But, on the Site Ground, I went ahead and installed all of the bells and whistles: Yoast SEO, Monster Insights, JetPack, etc. We'll see if this slows the site down or helps at all.

    For comfort, I still use StatCounter.com for viewing hit counter type statistics. It's nowhere near as complicated as GA and shows me a lot of data. So I have it installed on everything. But I also have GA on everything. The screenshots I post here are a mix of StatCounter and GA.

    I will add that site #3 was a new addition to an old blog that I tried to resurrect on blogger. While I was building niche site #1, I was experimenting with the Project 24 layout on my old blogger. After about 8 Response Posts, I decided I might as well give this niche its own site and get it off the blogger.

    Since this is starting to confuse even me, I'll be a little more specific.

    Niche #1 is healthcare related - 90 days in and over 30 articles completed, including 8 YT vids and two podcasts. This is the one that all my Journey has been about so far.
    Niche #2 is food related - two weeks in, only three articles so far, one video. Wife's going to work this one with my help (and iWriter to help).
    Niche #3 is outdoor sports & rec - transferred 8 Response Posts from my blogger. I"m going to work this one (and might lean on iWriter)
    Niche #4 is seasonal. You guys will laugh at this one. Not enough there yet to poke fun at but...let's just say, every year I grow my beard out woodsman style, triple bleach it and pimp myself out in a big red suit all through December. I've got tons of pics volunteering at nursing homes and such. I figured, what the hell. Let's see what Project 24 can do with it.
    I'm also considering building a site just like Ferdy Korp. Then offer local seminars on "How to Build a Website using Divi".

    Another quick tip. When I first started using iWriter, I got a really good 4000-word article from a writer for $66. Using her name, I found her on LinkedIn. I connected and offered to cut out the middle man. She accepted. I now get 4000-word articles for $40-45 (before tip). It may not be the most ethical but... this is business. And her writing is graduate level grade
    AND in the healthcare niche, which is even harder IMHO.

    Tip #2 - I thought I was a pretty good writer. I'm headed for my doctorate in August. Then I downloaded Grammarly and holy crap was I wrong. With only the free Grammarly, I went back and corrected every single post. Some of the suggestions are wrong but it caught a lot. Mostly was me typing fast and misspelling and not doing a good enough job proofreading. I highly recommend the free Grammarly. I have not paid for an upgrade yet but probably will someday.

    Hope this stuff helps. It encourages me to see positive feedback.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  7. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    Sometimes its not about sharing expertise. It's about sharing what you did from start to finish and talking about what worked and what didn't. Then we all become a little more of an expert together. In healthcare, we have a saying: "See one, do one, teach one. " It means watch my Journey, start your own Journey and tell us about it (teach us) along the way. Good luck brother. You can do it.
     
  8. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    I"m hoping to hit the requirements soon. I want to be a Junior VIP like you :)
     
  9. PaulSmithAUS

    PaulSmithAUS Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    74
    Great update.

    I am interested in how you see the finances going at the moment. What is your totally outlay at this point and what have you made back?
    I am interested to see if the $66 per article is worth it? How are you tracking the article vs revenue ?

    See if you can follow me here, assuming the site needs 30 articles plus the resources pages written it adds up to around 85,000 words for a minimum site as per the instructions on Project 24. That means each site excluding hosting costs about $1000-$1500 to outlay for content. I am assuming about $1 to $1.50 per 1000 words depending on the writer. Add on hosting and domain and your total outlay is around $1600.

    That seems like peanuts to pay when you consider the possible return but how is it tracking right now at the early stages ?

    Obviously if you write the content yourself your outlay is only $100-$200 per year for hosting and domain. At what point did you decide to take the plunge with writers to scale?

    Thanks for the journey posts.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  10. porewezifa

    porewezifa Newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2019
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    4
    Gender:
    Female
    Man I wish I could write good posts in english... Maybe some time in the future ill try grammarly and see if it helps.
    In my country the minimum wage is like US$250... so you could imagine how even a small blog could make a huge impact for people here lol
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. NoSlack

    NoSlack Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2019
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    6
    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    Alright. I just read the entire thread @Big Ron .

    Great stuff. You're getting me motivated to finally start my own niche site. The problem is I'm always afraid of wasting my time on a shitty niche. Then again, if I never try I'll be wasting time anyways.

    Can't wait to hear more. Good Luck!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  12. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    "You'll never hit a target that you don't aim for." YEah, corny, I know. Just trying to give you a little nudge.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  13. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    You are pretty accurate in your numbers. I have laid out the following (that I can remember):
    BlueHost - 80 (came with domain name)
    Divi - 80 one year membership
    5 articles from iWriter - probably around 150, cuz i ordered different sized articles
    page speed optimization from guys here on BHW - 49 (made huge diff on speed, no effect on organic traffic that I can see...yet)
    logo design - 30 (dezinerguys here on BHW), they do good work
    so, i'm around 400 or so. I've probably spent a little more. Oh, like Gleam.io is 50/mo for contests and I ran for two months to build email list

    the income school guys posted a yt video in the past week or so that reviews a website they built using their Project Rexburg writing team. Their analysis was that it takes about 13 months or so (ROI) to break even. But they don't say what their actual expenses were so I'm assuming pretty much like you said: hosting, paid content, etc.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  14. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    Boom! Made VIP pre-requisites. Paid late last night. Should have my badge in the next seven days.
    Edit: already have the badge! Now to go find the perks (forums?)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  15. Borque

    Borque Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2017
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    most probaly a dumb question but how to read the first link you give about project 24 guideline. It is all xml files and I can't read them.
     
  16. xTKSD

    xTKSD Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2017
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    4
    Gender:
    Male
    Good luck, hope its gonna work out
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  17. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    help2.png
     
  18. Big Ron

    Big Ron Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2019
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    112
    Gender:
    Male
    12A45C5B-54CC-4087-8953-61C760865CA4.jpeg I previously mentioned optimizing niche #1. Here's what $49 got me...
     
  19. blackbeans

    blackbeans Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,643
    Likes Received:
    596
    Occupation:
    American Writer
    Home Page:
    I'll definitely be FOLLOWING this thread

    I keep seeing Income School's videos on YT

    My initial reaction was "Build it and they will come actually works.... in 2019?" and "Publish and Pray? Was Brian Dean wrong?!"

    I want to see how it all pans out

    I can create TONS of LONG highly authoritative LSI-powered articles but before I blow all that time into a niche network, I want to see it pan out... without link building
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  20. PaulSmithAUS

    PaulSmithAUS Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    74
    Sorry to keep bombarding you with questions but I hope they are at least insightful questions and not annoying questions. Its good to see how your progressing and when I comapre to my own niche site I can see what might be working and what might just be random luck.

    So to the question:
    What are your thoughts on their income projections ? I have to say they are a little high in my opinion for the average niche.

    The average in the spreadsheet is a RPM of $10. That is $10 profit per 1000 visitors. I would think this is heavily dependent on niche and does require you to be selling your own products.

    I would think most people have a RPM of around $3 to $5 for ads. Throw in affiliates and they might stretch it out to $5-$8. I wonder if this is why they don't recommend adsense and recommend other ad agencies.

    What RPM are you currently going at ? Do you think $10 RPM is feasible?