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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.

  1. Big Ron

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    on average, $85/mo from Ezoic and $10 from Adsense. Amazon Affiliate between $20-40.
     
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    My ezoic has dropped like a rock. Wondering if I take them down and just add Amazon product boxes to my informational posts if I could make the same. Or I was even thinking about using content egg to add some affiliate boxes to my posts and see what happens.
     
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  3. Big Ron

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    Anyone currently on Ezoic and not happy, I urge you to HOLD until I get my data from Monumetric.

    Here's why.

    The amount I made while using Ezoic seemed paltry. But you have to look at Ad Earnings like the stock market. You WILL have UPS and DOWNS. It is the average that matters.

    And you can't use an average of just a few months. It needs to be a minimum of six months. It would be better to use an average of one year.

    I get caught up looking at the day to day, just like they say NOT to do in the stock market.

    When I saw $2.45 EPMV, which was down from $16 not four months earlier, it admittedly caused me to consider leaving Ezoic.

    This, mixed with poor customer support, is what led me away from Ezoic and over to Monumetric.

    Now, don't forget too, that Ezoic enables its own proprietary Artificial Intelligence formula. They claim it takes 3-6 months for this algorithm to determine the "best" way to show ads on your site.

    If you leave Ezoic, as I have done, to explore another network you risk having to repeat that learning phase with Ezoic IF you go back to them.

    This is not guesswork. Ezoic sent me an email explaining just this. It will have to relearn if I stay gone "too long."

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    With the graphic above, you can see that I average $8.88 EPMV. This isn't really all that bad. I would like to think it can be much better as my site continues to get more traffic.

    Now that I have turned off Ezoic, I have zero ad income. I figured it would take at least one week for Monumetric to get their ads up and running.

    Mixed with limited staffing thanks to Corona, this seems to be a good estimate.

    I turned off Ezoic on 3-27-2020 and today is 4-4-20.

    Monumetric started "turning on" their ads on 3-28-20.

    Here's what Monumetric promised: "Based on the earnings data you sent, where you have 1371 page views earning $2.43, Your pRPM is right around $1.77. Most of our publishers are somewhere between $3.00 and $15.00 pRPM's, so it's safe to say you will earn more with a Monumetric ad strategy."

    It remains to be proven...

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    That is my Monumetric data from April 2. Notice above my graphic that Monumetric acknowledged that I made $2.43 with 1,372 page views. In my Monumetric graphic, you see that I had 1,872 page views and earned only $0.10.

    Hence why I tell you to HOLD on leaving Ezoic until I get more data.

    The grass is always greener somewhere else brethren. Let me bare the brunt of this lesson so you don't have to...in case I have to go back to Ezoic.

    Yes, I pointed these poor earnings out to Monumetric. Here was the response:

    "Hi Ron! We are having the damndest time with your ads.txt. Our implementation team has been working on this non stop, I just saw them pull it back into queue this morning. I will keep you updated on everything today.
    Thanks for being patient, we run into these issues every now and then, but we have it under control as of now. "

    I will keep reporting my data.
     
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  4. ritafairclough

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    Hi Ron,

    Firstly, thank you for keeping us updated on your journey. I think most of us can relate to what you have/are going through in building your Amazon business.

    I have watched a few YouTube videos from income school and they are almost mesmeric to watch.

    My question to you is, do you think the alphabet soup method is a solid way to generate enough traffic for display ads site?

    In your experience (with your own site and what others said on the IS forum) do these zero search volume keywords bring in enough visitors to invest 200 articles based on this philosophy?

    Thanks!
     
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    Alphabet soup has helped me find keywords that was easy to rank for, and is currently bringing in 1000's of visitors every month to several different pages.
     
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    Those are excellent questions and welcome to the journey.

    I believe 100% in the Alphabet Soup Method. I did use the AskThePublic but never really like that methodology much.

    However, I also, as you see in my journey posts, am a big proponent of using social media to gain momentum via inorganic traffic. I mention that because I also got content ideas by lurking in niche related Facebook Groups. When I saw a question posed and 50+ answers, I turned that question into a post.

    Here's an example that wasn't from the Soup method, it was front being CONSTANTLY asked on FB groups:

    https://theradiologictechnologist.c...echs-faqs-tips-costs-comparisons-yeezy-bonus/

    People were forever asking the same question: what are the best shoes for my line of work (x-ray tech). I'd be like "Jesus, do a search on the forum already." But no, every week somebody would ask. Then 50+ stubborn people would give their opinion because their shoes were better than anybody else's.

    I created the post based on all the answers and turned into a survey. Now, every time someone posts that question, I link to my article. People still argue over which is best but I get good page views every time.

    The other thing I've learned, is that one article you write may rank MUCH higher for keywords you didn't even know existed.

    My Pigg-O-Stat post ( it is a medical contraption that holds babies still for rays) for example, ranks for:

    • baby x-ray machine name (holds the snippet)
    • pigg o stat alternatives (rank #1)
    • pigg o stat inventor (snippet)
    • pigg o stat still used (#6)
    And I'm only tracking 100 of my keywords out of 2800. I probably have more keywords from that post.

    So yes, pick a keyword and go after it but don't be surprised if you find that post ranking for something else. That is what I use SerpBook for. I hate paying for anything but SerpBook tells me what keyword are ranking for which articles AND it gives volumes.

    I'm getting too far off topic now.

    Secondly, Zero Search Volumes are not what I would go after personally. I did go as low as 10 in search volumes but never went for zero.

    I did this to start "establishing trust" from Google by ranking #1 on a sub-100 search volume term. Is that really such a thing? I'm not really sure, but IS taught it so I followed it.

    So far, my first niche site has followed their rough outline:

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    I'm pretty sure I worked on the first 30 articles in May, June, July with an "official launch" July 15 but I may be off by one month.

    I have published 181,748 words (158,489 is in posts.) Earnings are following the IS timeline.

    On search volumes, I would set your target on 250 or less. Consider the Golden Ratio formula too.

    Lastly, my biggest push for what bloggers should do is write about what you know. At some point, you'll run out of niches but at the start, it comes in handy.

    Because I know radiology, I know what everyone is talking about in the world of radiology. Like right now, it's everything around the coronavirus.

    What chemicals to clean with, how to put on PPE, using specific equipment to keep other equipment clean for the rest of the hospital, etc.

    Those aren't from the Soup method. It comes from being intimate with your niche.

    Good luck and post any more questions you have.
     
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    Just waiting for UberSuggest to post my March numbers. Curious to see if niche #1 continues on the upward trend of organic keywords.

    Here's Feb to review:

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    With everything else that is going on in the world, it would be nice to get some good news. Like, my keywords passed 3000.

    According to GA, my monthly organic traffic was 3,704 (over double what was reported by Uber in Feb at 1360.) We'll see if they updated Uber data reflects that number for organic traffic.
     

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    UberSuggest March results are in. Impressive increase in Keywords. Not so impressive on Organic Traffic, at least what Uber is claiming. My GA shows 3704 for March. But either way, I'm still headed in a positive direction.

    More and more, I can appreciate the slow, gradual income increase timeline that Income School teaches.

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    Revenue:

    Adsense
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    Ezoic (tanked until removed march 27th)
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    Even though volumes were at 17,611 for March:
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    I feel more revenue should be generated at this traffic level. I will continue to drive more traffic to my site with quizzes through Quize. Plus, I'm blogging a good amount about the coronavirus and how it is affected my niche (radiology.)

    We should see a dramatic increase in traffic for April.
     

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    Best of luck and hope to grow more in the near future. Looks amazing. Slow and Steady wins the race!

    Keep it up!
     
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    It was interesting to read, good luck!
     
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    My best wishes
    Do your best!
     
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    Monumetric appears to be having issues getting my ads to work. Still no revenue to mention. They are reaching out to their Google Advisor to have them get involved. Something about my ads.txt file not working properly. I can see it just fine. Ezoic has been 100% removed. Adsense is still running and actually starting to earn some. Made $7 today, for example. I may have to give Monumetric a timeline to fix or I'm reverting back to Ezoic.
     
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    What’s your goal for your main site?
     
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    How is your experience with bluehost so far ? I had not heard good things about them so far.
     
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    Most people in Adthrive & Mediavine got around 50% drop in RPM now during corona-times, so I think it might be difficult to say what RPM your new ad network have normally.
     
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    For example, You both have the usual Quarter 1 January Drop and Corona RPM drop. Here is the RPM of my site for example, so excepting good RPM's with these networks in these times are abit optimistic :D Have seen people with even bigger drops in RPM now
     

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    50,000 page views per month is the first goal. I'm around 30,000 now.
     
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    I have had zero problems with BlueHost and when I did need things done (like upgrading PHP version or adding a CNAME). I highly recommend BlueHost for hosting.
     
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    And what's the earning like from this stats?

    I want start a site with a goal of to make $50 per day. How much traffic do you think I need to achieve that?
     
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    Depends on what you choose to generate revenue:

    • Ads (Adsense, Ezoic, MediaVine, Monumetric, Hooligan, etc)
    • eProducts (eBooks, guides, infoproducts, etc)
    • Affiliate sales (Amazon Affiliate, Commission Junction, ShareAsale, Click Bank, etc)
    • others
    You'll need over 10,000 page views per month to get above Adsense.

    Your goal of $1500/mo is admirable and ambitious. I am nearing the one year mark with my first niche site and have yet to make over $120 in any given month on ads. I think my highest month in Amazon Affiliate sales was around $80.

    I'm going to say you need 100,000 page views per month to make $50 a day but again, depends on your niche, what you sell, how often you post content, how long the content is, etc.
     
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