[JOURNEY] BUILDING AN AFFILIATE WEBSITE TO $1,000 PER MONTH WITH NO MONEY TO INVEST

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Alright BHW community, it was about time for me to start my very own journey. Need something to keep me occupied and motivated and though what best to actually document everything for a journey thread.
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In recent months I have been thinking, considering and evaluating many things and genuine worrying too much about failing but recently I reached 1,000th post in this amazing community and end it up posting a 3,000+ long article on how to build a WordPress website completely for free and ultimately motivated me into taking action and finally open a journey.


A LITTLE BACKGROUND ABOUT MYSELF

I am a 41 year old economist from Venezuela passionate about everything that has to do about SEO but particularly about On-Page SEO and despite what others may think I believe it is the single most important SEO tasks of all.

Not to take anything away from all the other, every single SEO tasks it´s important, SEO it´s a beast and what makes it so damn powerful it´s the sum of all its part.

10 years ago, I used to work in an insurance company in my city as the branch administrator until I was unfairly fired after I gave everything to that company. At that point, I promised myself to never work for another company in my life.

I started looking for options and immersed myself in something I was beginning to learn but about which I felt a passion that I didn't feel for any other activity in years. I felt that it could become more than a hobby and it was like that for almost 7 years.

What I'm talking about? ONLINE POKER!

For many years I was able to generate enough money to pay for my family´s monthly expenses and for many other things. We never had serious money problems and even started saving. Thankfully, it doesn´t take much to sustain a pretty decent lifestyle here.

Take into account, minimum wage it´s something like less than $10 per month. Personally, I believe earning anywhere between $200 and $300 a month would be sufficient to live pretty well in Venezuela and, when I was playing poker, I was making around $500 and $800 a month.

But one of my biggest mistakes were to never look ahead and plan for the future and, as an economist, was a 2-time mistake for me.

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Electricity and internet issues started to hit me big time and even up till today that has still been a major issue for me. I even stopped plating poker all together for the past year or so and I also spent almost 7 months without internet at the beginning of the year.

Thankfully, the internet issues are somehow fixed. I am still getting regular daily disconnections and the service is really unstable overall. Not to mention this year the electrical issues has gotten worst to the point when on March 7th we had 3 majors blackouts.

The first one was back on March 7th when we experienced 110 hours straight without electrical power, then a month after we suffer the second one, almost 60 hours and a couple of weeks later, the 3rd one, a bit over 40 hours.

Even today, we get daily power shortage ranging from a few minutes to 4-8 hours almost daily which makes playing poker not an option.

So, that´s is why when I got my internet back after 7 months back in March (the day before the first blackout actually) I decide it to speed up my SEO learning process. I became a student of it. By either reading blogs, watching youtube tutorials, going through courses some gentle soul gave me access to or just actively posting on this amazing community.

I even started offering SEO related services over Upwork and things are starting to pick up there I will always have that thorn of not having started a project to create, build and develop an affiliate site. So, HERE I AM!


OK ROGER, THAT´S ENOUGH!...WHAT´S THE PLAN?
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I already got the niche I will be focusing on. It is related to Health & Fitness. For the rest, I pretty much will be following my 1,000th post thread with some additions and tweaks.

Especially when it comes to generating traffic using free resources but, beyond that, I will be following the same guidelines.

Well, that´s not entirely true. In addition to what I wrote on that guide, I am actually doing one thing different or perhaps added a new step or stage to the process.

What is it?

I am now planning beforehand how the website will be structured in terms of the main navigation menu, categories, topics I intend to cover, how I will structuring certain articles, among other things.

DOMAIN
I will be getting the domain from FREENOM

HOSTING
My site will be hosted with InfinityFree

CMS
Obviously, I will be using WordPress and it will be built based on the advice from @fasttrak on his amazing thread Don't Buy An Amazon Site, Make Your Own, but I also will be taking into account many other valuable pointers and advises from these other threads…

[Guide] How to Start an Amazon Niche Site (Or Any Affiliate Site for That Matter) + Giveaways by @Nerva

hekke’s Guide to Building Affiliate Websites by @hekke

[BlogPro's AMA] Amazon Affiliate Sites - Will try to answer all questions by @BlogPro

THANKS A LOT GUYS FOR PUTTING THE TIME INTO WRITING THOSE!
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PLUGINS
Since my site will be hosted using a FREE service I´ll try to keep the number of plugins at the very minimum to NOT affect the site loading speed or its overall performance.

But the ones I consider to be a MUST are...

Yoast
Elementor Pro
Autoptimize

And that´s pretty much it!

MONETIZATION
For this, I will be using several affiliates networks. Thanks to @BBulldog for sharing a very comprehensive and valuable list together of some of the best affiliate networks and offers i´ve seen here or in any other place.

CONTENT
I will write the content myself mostly through rewriting PLR articles, YouTube videos (Downloading the subtitles using Contentbear – Thanks, @FatBee ), recreate posts that are already ranking, etc.

But don´t worry, it´s not going to be all rewritten. I will also write original stuff like:

Product reviews - following the guidelines and advice posted mostly by @Nerva on his epic How to Write Your Amazon Buying Guides the Right Way thread. THANKS, A LOT DUDE!
Products comparison
Case Studies
Testimonials
Tutorials
How to...” Guides
Resource or “Tool” pages


I obviously will make it as original as possible and give them my own personal touch when writing the content. I don´t consider myself to be a professional writer but writing is something I enjoy a lot and I believe I have the potential to become a good one.

I will also check every single one of my articles for plagiarism before publishing them just to be on the safe side.

I also will follow the advice posted by @felix on his journey thread regarding not to post $$ content at the beginning until the site gets some traction from traffic.

GRAPHIC ELEMENTS
This is something I will be focusing a lot to add to my articles. Thankfully I have learned how to properly use both Illustrator and Canva to make high-quality custom images and other graphic elements like an article featured images, post images, small infographics, etc.

I also have Filmora Wondershare and I am fully capable of editing and producing my own videos. Not quite sure if I will be using YouTube yet to drive traffic due to the amount of time it requires but I'm not discarding the idea yet.

For images, I will be leveraging sites like Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash.

For videos, Pixabay, Pexels, and other and other royalty-free stock video sites.

TRAFFIC
100% FREE and coming mostly from different Social Media platforms. I will be heavily focusing mostly on Facebook and Pinterest.

Why?

Because it´s what I am more familiar with and feel the most comfortable. Particularly, with Pinterest. I follow a YouTube channel from a guy that specializes in driving traffic using Pinterest and I will be following his advice.

That would be all by now, I will try to post updates every other day or perhaps once a week specially at the beginning since I will be more on a “building phase”. Once things start to get more dynamic I will start updating every 48 hours.

If you have read this far, It means you have a genuine interest in this journey or on my results, either way, if you have any pointers, advises or would like to reach out and help in any way feel free to PM, my inbox is always open for people like you :D.

Thanks a lot and let´s get this thing GOOOOIIIIIINNNNG!

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:cheers loudly for Roger:

Awesome man I am following. I need to start a pinterest account asap as i see it all over the serps with my current project. I will be following along.

If hosting speed sucks when you get the site going let me know if you want me to hook you up with my hostinger account. I can move my account I have there over to Hawkhost and give you that account if you want.

Or if you trust me I can just add you to my hawkhost account. The speed there is awesome for my very simple site. It has to be a on a "subdomain" but I dont think it matters. I moved my dads site over there and it also loads fast.

I am a little jealous I am the only one of my siblings that has never caught a peacock bass.

I also have supported my family through poker for awhile here. I was doing it "fulltime" until I decided to focus on IM. I live 2-5 hours from the casino depending on weather which made it tougher than it should of been but oh well. Glad I got focused on IM. Poker will be a lot funner to play when I am trying to blow some of the massive earnings of the future.

I am sure our projects will overlap in areas if you want a link at some point hit me up.
 

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@TheVigilante I could ´t agree more with you. I used to be one of those guys when just starting out here looking for some "spoon-fed" money-making guide I could just follow step-by-step and print money.

I took me some time to realize it was never going to happen. So, I started to lurk this journey threads as much as possible, taking notes and diving into more depth about specifics advises I repeatedly saw in several of them. Either by also searching here, on other forums, blogs, youtube, etc., and I just started to take notes of them until I had enough to start building my own guide or blueprint.

People (especially newcomers) often undervalue the usage of this forum (and any other for all that matters) advanced search feature as much as they undervalue these journey threads and case studies.

I use to be a big fan of Case Studie, I read every single one that crossed my path. I don´t do it anymore as I believe many of them are made up to gain reputation and authority. But I still read them if they come from a reliable source.

The truth is, all the required information is out there up for grab. It only requires you to go and get it and make the best use of it.

Thanks for following!
 
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Oh my, this is not only a journey thread, its an how to thread!
Cool stuff bro!
Thanks a lot for sharing!
 

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Get this done and move to another country, a more stable one. Electricity blackouts in 2019, damn. Loved your 1000th post thread, i'm sure i'll love this one too.
 

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A very well written journey, better than most I’ve seen. I expect your articles will have similar quality, which will be the pillars of your success.
Keep it coming, I’ll cheer for you.
 

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But why free domain & free hosting?
Financial reasons, i can´t afford either.
Very bad for long term projects.
100% agree, hopefully, it won´t be a long-term thing. As long as I can afford $60 I am getting a .com domain (From namesilo - $10ish) and a solid hosting service provider (SiteGround - $47 for their StartUp plan).

I don´t want to sign for a cheap hosting like ipage nor Namecheap. Although, i have heard many great things about Namecheap and on their Stellar plan it cost $17.28 for the first year and even allow up to 3 websites.

Namecheap would be the only cheap or affordable hosting i would be willing to consider besides Siteground. Other than those, i will aim for the stars! :D :p
 

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Following. May the constant power be with you!
Following I wish you all the best of luck
Get this done and move to another country, a more stable one. Electricity blackouts in 2019, damn. Loved your 1000th post thread, i'm sure i'll love this one too.
A very well written journey, better than most I’ve seen. I expect your articles will have similar quality, which will be the pillars of your success.
Keep it coming, I’ll cheer for you.
A well-structured plan, stick to it and you'll succeed :) LETS GO
Well That one was the best thread I read till now.. goodjob.. Following
keep growing op and work smart ways to archive your goal. best of luck i will watching your journey keep updating us.
Cool stuff.Good luck man.
Good luck with your journey,keep us updated.
Definitely a great Journey and a structured plan.
Wish you all the best with achieving it.
Following !
Good luck with your journey.
But why free domain & free hosting?
Very bad for long term projects.
Good plan, but we will see how it goes.

Thank you ALL for your best wishes!
 

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Financial reasons, i can´t afford either.

100% agree, hopefully, it won´t be a long-term thing. As long as I can afford $60 I am getting a .com domain (From namesilo - $10ish) and a solid hosting service provider (SiteGround - $47 for their StartUp plan).

I don´t want to sign for a cheap hosting like ipage nor Namecheap. Although, i have heard many great things about Namecheap and on their Stellar plan it cost $17.28 for the first year and even allow up to 3 websites.

Namecheap would be the only cheap or affordable hosting i would be willing to consider besides Siteground. Other than those, i will aim for the stars! :D :p

I moved my sites from Namecheap to Siteground and the SERP boost was pretty big. I find my Namecheap sites have continuous 503 errors (we are talking about sites that get 50 visitors a day, so I know it is not me, the servers are crammed!), moved a bunch to SiteGround and not only do they fly & stay live, but they jumped considerably in the SERPS. If you can go with a decent host, do it.

Good luck with the journey and I am following you.
 

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LOL love the image you have there! Great journey.
 

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UPDATE #1

Alright, this is my first update.

Domain and hosting is setup. I havent started building the site yet as this is perhaps the last thing I have plan to do in the launch process.

The last couple of days been working around how the content will be structured, how I will approach my content strategy, what categories i will offer, how my main navigation menu will look like, etc.

Thus far I like how everything is turning up.

Will start building a few "big" articles on each category and then focus on writing a few smaller ones and interlink them to the big ones.

After this is done, I will start focusing on actually building up the site. I left this at the end because it´s actually the fastest (at least for me), Using element and having access to a shit ton of templates for each of the blocks i can have the website up and running within a day.

After that, I will create a blog post template inside Elementor so when uploading content it will stick to the same format each and every time.

Will post again in a couple of days, thanks to everyone for showing interest in this!

Cheers!
 

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To be honest, InfinityFree is the worst of the free hosts. I've used it total 1 day and immediately switched to others. A simple wordpress site will be reaching "full resource usage" and have your page down and inaccessible. If that happens with only one visitor, imagine what will happen when more users visit your site... awful. There were other free hosts but I think they lacked something (like SSL, if that's important to you) so I switched to Namecheap.

For their first month I paid $1 for the EasyWP managed hosting. It's been perfect for me. (it's around $4 a month after) so you can consider that as well :)
 

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To be honest, InfinityFree is the worst of the free hosts.
Care to recommend a better one?
I've used it total 1 day and immediately switched to others. A simple wordpress site will be reaching "full resource usage" and have your page down and inaccessible. If that happens with only one visitor, imagine what will happen when more users visit your site... awful.
This really scares me
There were other free hosts but I think they lacked something (like SSL, if that's important to you) so I switched to Namecheap.
I am not worried about a free hosting not offering SSL because i can install it for free. There are many options out there.
For their first month, I paid $1 for the EasyWP managed hosting. It's been perfect for me. (it's around $4 a month after) so you can consider that as well :)
Yeah but i will need more than a month. I can´t get cheap hosting for just one month because after that i won´t be able to afford it and i will need more than a month to get some traction and hopefully a few sales commission which will help me switch to a premium hosting service.

This is the main reason why i am using a free hosting provider. Not to prove a point or to experiment. I am on a really complicated personal financial situation. If i could afford $4 a month for a decent hosting service...Do you really believe i would be waisting my time on a free one?
 

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Care to recommend a better one?

This really scares me

I am not worried about a free hosting not offering SSL because i can install it for free. There are many options out there.

Yeah but i will need more than a month. I can´t get cheap hosting for just one month because after that i won´t be able to afford it and i will need more than a month to get some traction and hopefully a few sales commission which will help me switch to a premium hosting service.

This is the main reason why i am using a free hosting provider. Not to prove a point or to experiment. I am on a really complicated personal financial situation. If i could afford $4 a month for a decent hosting service...Do you really believe i would be waisting my time on a free one?

It will be interesting to see what your website speeds are with the free host.

All I've heard is how bad they are. I was close to using one for the first few months since Google hates new sites then anyway
 
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