️️ [Journey] Conquering the Digital World with My AI Website, So I Can Do Useless stuff Even More! ️️

Thanks for your great Journey. You are a inspiration for me. But i see in this Journey that it is better to start with an expired Domain. I am looking all the time, but it is not easy to find a good expired Domain, with Traffic, Keywords, indexed and a good Link Profile. The German Market is fucking crazy for buying expired Domains. So i will try in another language.

Thanks again and please update us. Your Journey has much more value than a lot of online courses in the Internet.
 
Thanks for your great Journey. You are a inspiration for me. But i see in this Journey that it is better to start with an expired Domain. I am looking all the time, but it is not easy to find a good expired Domain, with Traffic, Keywords, indexed and a good Link Profile. The German Market is fucking crazy for buying expired Domains. So i will try in another language.

Thanks again and please update us. Your Journey has much more value than a lot of online courses in the Internet.
THANKS for following.

It is better to start with expired but in this journey all my results are on a completely new domain after popular vote.

I am also doing in english which is the hardest language to rank. Dont give up (well depends on your niche, idk what your competition is like)

I have multiple websites translated into german because in my opinion it is one of the BEST for making money online.

More or less the same strategies work but in all non english languages, black hat tactics are way more effective (my opinion) so you cant fixate on

the strongest keywords.

"Your Journey has much more value than a lot of online courses in the Internet"


This is not my goal but for some reason this made my already good day, even better.

also, just a suggestion, but do not need a perfect expired domain to get results, often time the most perfect one is

too much money or always taken quickly. Related niches and heck, sometimes even unrelated niches can give boost unlike what google says.

Just stick to some of the fundamentals and remake old pages, and on every old page, you find a way to rope it into

the direction of the new niche. For example, if you are in real estate, but buy a stocks website, on the pages you need to

get them related to real estate stocks, then real estate itself over time for a smoother tansition, but avoid anything too

drastic as google systems do work even though they are not perfect.



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Update:

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We got a jump baby, I just optimized for a featured snippet on a post that was close and jumped from rank 8 to 1 over night.

Did this in inspiration from the website I recovered from snippet ban.

god, id be horrible at certain types of business because I cant keep my mouth shut, I already explained

on here before how I did it and said I wont talk about it again, but the growth that site I recovered has been seeing has

been so insane that I feel like mentioning it.

That is partly why ive been sleeping on this project a little but dont fear, im not dropping it.

I dont think ill get jumps from featured snippet optimization on every article with this however, so dont expect more.

or often.

Also, that page isnt even finished updating in GSC

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Image from discover


The jump as seen from google analytics (taken through site kit)

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Following this amazing journey! Can you explain what is your process to create AI content?

I'll get back to this, sorry im just lacking the time to type it out.

However I am pretty sure ive talked about it in the old journey post if you want to go dig, since I have never posted it on this one I was planning

on retelling it here at some point so when I get time ill explain the process, thanks for following!


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The real reason im here:

Update:


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Another jump sunday? hopefully this means this week will be even higher since weekend days are supposed to be lower.

That being said, we are almost one month in and I already have more than 1 k clicks from google alone.

If anyone tells you they cant get 1k clicks on google on a brand new domain in 1 months, tell them they have a "skill issue"

sorry for the 2020 joke, stuff goes outdated so fast I cant keep up.

regardless, I could have done much better with this but I work on so much other projects I barely had the time.

My first programmatic play with AI and SEO will end the month off around 1.3 k clicks.

Google sandbox where??????

Anyways, this isnt luck, so good luck to those of you who can read between the lines and get success with nothing but parasites and
and keyword research.

(and spam to parasites etc where needed).

ive still been lazy on the next knowledge panel I was supposed to do.

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google analytics as seen from sitekit
 
UPDATED:


First 200 clicks a day from google, in first month of a totally brand new domain.


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Data for day isnt done filling but it is clearly over 200.

Google discover still bouncing around:

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google analytics:

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so update:

(also I got lazy to clean up my grammar, so just deal with it cus I need to sleep, you not missing much, just me overthinking about my current biggest post all of a sudden being unable to trigger featured snippets.)

the article that was driving the most growth all of a sudden lost every single featured snippet and is unable to trigger them.

So traffic dropped a little, but it is just odd I cant trigger any.

I checked my other posts and some of my featured snippets are still there so it isnt a full sitewide snippet ban "yet".

Honestly the article was slightly controversial so I was particularly looking out for this as these things are what

google pointed at before to explain why a site could be barred from snippets but rank normal in regular search.

I could be over reacting, but seeing as ive had sites fully banned from snippets with no recovery *except for with recent method)

obviously I fear a site wide ban slowing down growth, the project is so new that a site wide snippet ban

is probably worth me starting over.

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so game plan? Im gonna just slow down publishing the next few days and watch if it becomes site wide or if the snippets start triggering again.

I have a good idea what programatic post that was made is probably controversial enough. If this does become a site wide snippet ban. Then

on the bright side ill have an oppertunity to test if removing offending content actually can return your sites ability to earn snippets.

the site is still so small that making a plan for changes is easy, I can delete over half the articles just to test if it really is as good said.

(not to be confused with john mueller denying this even exists).


Ive noticed an uptick in people mentioning they got snippet banned again so I know right now the algo is handing them out (or it did during the core and people are only noticing now, no idea).

All I know is barely any snippet bans occured from the HCU by itself.


I can also only really blame myself because I new the keyword was controversial but the easy ranking potential made me bite it.

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Part of me hopes it is a snippet ban even though it would cost me the journey, id at least get to test if removing the content truely fixes the ban.

other times ive got the ban, it was on sites too big to properly "fix". id need to be blindly shooting down potential controversial posts, waiting for them to deindex, only

to not get any result.

My site still shows in SGE however, but based on my previous tests, many websites that are snippet banned are also banned from being SGE sources, but it

lags as when SGE was just put out, it was letting these sites be used in the answer. :


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I dont see this drop jumping back up because it is purely because the best traffic article lost all snippets.

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Also, chances are google might do tests where they disable all snippets on random posts in the serp.

Im not no ultra seo expert as far as every single thing google does so I have no idea if this is just

a known type of test they do that im only witnessing for the first time in all my years.

Especially because I normally dont watch individual posts as closely as with this website.

Ive explained before the purpose of this website is something very personal to me, so I have been trying to dive into eeat

and other methods that I normally dont apply as heavy on other projects.

As such, im watching it closely for any sorts of "start over" or "dead project" like signals.

The sites I recovered from snippet bans still have their snippets so, you know what, I rather feel like I over reacted, than feel like I didnt do enough

to try and figure it out.
 
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nothing much to say, my article is still unable to trigger snippets

google update announced, also it is common snippet bans are handed out during update.

Just gonna keep watching, nothing much changed.
 
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Traffic is down, core update, snippet issues, etc etc, site is small so not really worth too deep of a dive.

felt I might aswell just drop the update even though it is a short term setback.

No real instant plan, just gonna keep doing what I was doing before.

Right about now, many new website makers would probably panic but Im posting the drop

as somewhat of a reminder that in the grand scheme, this drop will look tiny eventually (because it is).

The google analytics:
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Since google bypassed bing traffic in recent times, its ups and downs show stronger in GA, just to explain why the drop looks so much deeper
here.

I think seeing down turns is healthy to watch a little, because if you follow someones journey and all you see is up and up

you beat yourself up more when you feel like your own journey is too bumpy.

This core update started off bumping some of my sites but they leveled off (not all but most).

I was hoping for more upward momentum from the google update but it is what it is.

I dont always feel bad about updates in q 4 because one of the best q4s I had in the past was from updates shooting me to some of my first

"quit your traditional job" levels of income.

Some seo pretend they know everything, frankly I have looked at some sites that got hit recently down 90% after hcu.

And even with everything I know, I dont think some of those sites were worth such a huge drop. Sure everyones content can be "better"

but sometimes a clear reason really isnt there, and no one wants to hear "it depends" when they go from wealthy doctor income to mc donalds worker.

At some deeper level so much stuff just ends up going back to links because many bad practices are ignored when they are done on strong domains.
 
Watching this space, this looks like the perfect journey for me to learn from as OP is giving a lot of information and updates. I am just starting on this Journey of creating something from IM and make $ out of it. Lots to learn more but this will help as inspiration. Thanks OP for all your contribution :)
 
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PSA: just a reminder that jumping off a building is NOT the answer when your site traffic drops.



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in other news, held a tennis match with people the site gathered so far, it ended up being more of a bbq because rain was killing the game but we had good
shelter to cook and chill and eat. It was fun.

It cost me a bit to do but I dont count this as expense to the website since it is just me hobby spending.

I did however get some good pictures and a single good video that I can hopefully use in promotional.

Looking across this site, lot of the traffic loss is from losing a ton of relate keywords but not necessarily the main keyword.

Also, Dead man walking:

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Core update reviving a site? or just another fake out, we will see.
 
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The walking dead site is still somehow walking, no idea, did practically nothing.
Update must of raised some algo hit or something idk.


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We are fucking back baby, shot right out of the ditch and had out largest day.

I kinda feel stupid looking back as I was paying too much attention to the dip when I know it is mainly because a few articles driving all the traffic were bouncing around.

My main article got its snippets back. I dont know if this is the full reason but im gonna share that I had noticed the snippet had an image with words (like a comparison table) and

I didnt optimize an image for that before, after I did that, it got both the image in the featured snippet and the words.

rookie mistake, I keep forgeting some old basic seo because im used to playing on an easier mode with better domains.

A friend of mine got me tempted and wondering to play around with an idea about automating non linked mentions of my website on the

net that grow over time to see if I can get any sort of benefit (we have no proof this works, it is just things we talk about trying looking for leg ups)

Im not gonna do this to this site, I am already using parasite method and since im going in on it, I would never know if the mentions helped or if it is just my other stuff.

So im gonna create 10 domains targeting a fake word and try to see what order they rank. Will do spam off site mentions for only 3.

If this does indeed help even in a tiny way, id expect the 3 choosen domains to all be in the top 5 (giving it wiggle room of 2 spaces).

These are not meant to be ultra scientific tests, you need larger to get more definitive results but im a fan of these small scale ones because price is low

and usually they help me vet an idea before doing it larger. For instance, if the mentions fail to produce a single top 5 ranking after a few months or worse, they

rank horrible compare to the ones that didnt get mentions, then I dont have reason to text it larger.

It is smaller scale tests like this that showed me things like the effect of outbound links on rankings etc before I got to test it larger.

Also, based on what ive seen, my personal opinion is having a single good outbound link on your page gives you a better ranking advantage than none at all.

for instance, you can do a small test like this one done on how outbound links affect things https:// www .rebootonline .com /blog/long-term-outgoing-link-experiment/

and then with positive results you can test it further.

This was the orignal thing I saw that made me question it, even though im aware that search engine land, and john mueller etc says it doesnt work.

But in my own tests, all things equal, it did work, to a rediculous extent because in 1-2 months all the outbound links would overtake the pages with none for a nonsense keyword.

yeah yeah you can kiss my ass if you gonna say this doesnt prove anything, sure it might not prove anything in concrete but it for sure can let you see that some things about different

pages can create fundamental differences. I dont need to understand WHY they ranked higher, just knowing that things like this occur can advise how I create content.

Many people down talk small tests but never try to do tests themself. Then you wonder why some seos always have an invisible edge.

Writing in outbound links is a common practice a lot of us do but barely wonder why beyond citing the source. Many dont think about how even outbound anchor text

affects how google understands your own site topic. anyways I ended up rambling.


tldr im gonna be testing unlinked mentions automated. If this does prove even a little positive in the results then it will be worth checking out more ig.


last psa, according to Jaordas, dont be greedy with your links, depending on how you do it, it can actually help you.

Your pitiful tiny link on a fresh domain isnt going to super power your competitors.

If any of you have ever played around with outbound links, let me know your results.


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analytics for journey site:

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not sure if it is lagging, ill need to check if I had severely less traffic on bing or something cus I had best day on google but not best day over all.


Now, im probably not gonna show this again, but to show it is organic traffic and now like me just sending bots to click my home page.

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This is the ahrefs of the site keywords and traffic, I kept thinking of how to show the most without making it extremely easy to finger print.

I settled on removing the middle part of the graphs so it isnt easy to finger print but you can still know what range it was in during that time before the break out of

more keywords. Sorry if someone has a problem with this, but you guys know the month I start and all sorts of other things so as a fast growing site it is more

or a sitting duck than someone who wants to find a site that did nothing all month.

Plus you guys literally see the GSC so you dont really NEED to see the exact bumps and growth on AHREFs which is public.

Ive also potential manipulated the graph (or lying I did to cover my ass) who knows.

I removed the keyword count, one of the lines is 700, you can guess which one yourself.



Edit, forgot to mention, my discover traffic fully died, rip.

I tried, oh well.

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been draging my feet on updating, but we broke the old all time high so im just gonna post this without much comment:

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@Waifu_tatyana

just @ you so you can see a more recent screenshot if it still matters. Check your own, you might have some upward momentum (well, the updates are still going).
But none of the new posts put out recently are contributing to this bump, it is for some reason my rankings improved in a random jump. (barely visible on a tiny site but still
worth mentioning)
 
Been slacking on updates, couldnt even find the thread to update.

Traffic GSC:

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Still upward, randomly this sunday was higher than the entier last week single days, hopefully that means ill hedge against the drop in traffic that is gonna come from thanks giving.


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In other news, another ai site hit by hcu that I did a mass content wipe on, still has not shown any signs of having its site wide demotion reduced.

It seems that either google makes it take time to recalculate you on purpose, and it isnt truely continious (for example, it checks and re evaluates once every 3-6 months. (would make sense if this is expensive for google)

or the tiers of unhelpfulness are really wide, since even removing thousands of thin articles havent improved the rankings of the remaining even in the slightest.

I know john mu eller said this wouldnt work, dont get on my case, the point of doing it is testing if that holds up or not. Which so far for the most part it has.

tldr, if you didnt deleted a ton of content, you probably arent missing out, because whatever the hcu is doing or how exactly it judges, most of us

still have no idea, and very little successful "revived from HCU" websites.

Not knowing annoys me, I damn near want to delete an entire one of my websites and slowly republish the best posts (completely new, but posts targeting the same things the site proved it could rank for in the past).


but the one particular site I feel like is the best one for me to test on is still making 6k a month even after the update so I cant bring myself to mess with it over a test like this.

Since that brings in too much unknowns with how fast google would even re rank things it fully de indexs. We do know that google keeps some sort of

history even after it deindexs you because many times people get a large part of their site deindexed, and reindexed after fixing a problem

and many pages return to their old rankings without waiting 9 months as if they were never gone (not all but many).

Im rather surprised how well the old journey site I took to 5 k is doing post HCU compared to some sites that litterally had good quality, more backlinks and more age............................

At that point google got me wondering if helpful content = ai content.

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other unrelated stuff, but I just feel like talking about it.

A while back I bought someones personal finance site for in my opinion cheap (they were getting good traffic, but not good earnings, and since I had sold my own finance site months back, this one was such a quick win for me).


They tried adsense and ezoic, couldnt even get a epmv over 10$, and lost motivation to try and get it to raptive traffic level (it kept being denied by mediavine )

Now, obviously I feel sorry for the dude but I had to take the deal for myself.

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Took it from 8$ epmv to


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20$ epmv just by flipping buttons and turning on ads they didnt want to put on their site............. yes, it is that dumb.

welp, part of me doing this is cus im waiting to see if Helpful content system kicks in and degrades it.

Someone on twitter did some look at websites on the different ad networks and found that ezoic sites performed the worse.

Now it isnt my test, so idk but it is something I kept in the back of my head wondering about.

I forgot the name of the person, if I remember or run into the post again ill mention it if anyone cared.


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In other other news, I got 4 impressions back on google discover, was at 0 for multiple days. (journey site)
 
Been slacking on updates, couldnt even find the thread to update.

Traffic GSC:

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Still upward, randomly this sunday was higher than the entier last week single days, hopefully that means ill hedge against the drop in traffic that is gonna come from thanks giving.


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In other news, another ai site hit by hcu that I did a mass content wipe on, still has not shown any signs of having its site wide demotion reduced.

It seems that either google makes it take time to recalculate you on purpose, and it isnt truely continious (for example, it checks and re evaluates once every 3-6 months. (would make sense if this is expensive for google)

or the tiers of unhelpfulness are really wide, since even removing thousands of thin articles havent improved the rankings of the remaining even in the slightest.

I know john mu eller said this wouldnt work, dont get on my case, the point of doing it is testing if that holds up or not. Which so far for the most part it has.

tldr, if you didnt deleted a ton of content, you probably arent missing out, because whatever the hcu is doing or how exactly it judges, most of us

still have no idea, and very little successful "revived from HCU" websites.

Not knowing annoys me, I damn near want to delete an entire one of my websites and slowly republish the best posts (completely new, but posts targeting the same things the site proved it could rank for in the past).


but the one particular site I feel like is the best one for me to test on is still making 6k a month even after the update so I cant bring myself to mess with it over a test like this.

Since that brings in too much unknowns with how fast google would even re rank things it fully de indexs. We do know that google keeps some sort of

history even after it deindexs you because many times people get a large part of their site deindexed, and reindexed after fixing a problem

and many pages return to their old rankings without waiting 9 months as if they were never gone (not all but many).

Im rather surprised how well the old journey site I took to 5 k is doing post HCU compared to some sites that litterally had good quality, more backlinks and more age............................

At that point google got me wondering if helpful content = ai content.

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other unrelated stuff, but I just feel like talking about it.

A while back I bought someones personal finance site for in my opinion cheap (they were getting good traffic, but not good earnings, and since I had sold my own finance site months back, this one was such a quick win for me).


They tried adsense and ezoic, couldnt even get a epmv over 10$, and lost motivation to try and get it to raptive traffic level (it kept being denied by mediavine )

Now, obviously I feel sorry for the dude but I had to take the deal for myself.

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Took it from 8$ epmv to


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20$ epmv just by flipping buttons and turning on ads they didnt want to put on their site............. yes, it is that dumb.

welp, part of me doing this is cus im waiting to see if Helpful content system kicks in and degrades it.

Someone on twitter did some look at websites on the different ad networks and found that ezoic sites performed the worse.

Now it isnt my test, so idk but it is something I kept in the back of my head wondering about.

I forgot the name of the person, if I remember or run into the post again ill mention it if anyone cared.


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In other other news, I got 4 impressions back on google discover, was at 0 for multiple days. (journey site)
Would you mind telling what was the total earnings for the month?
 
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5. INTEND TO SELL ME ANYTHING OR ASK FOR ME TO SELL YOU MY STUFF.
6. I will not share revenue unless I feel like it. You will follow along traffic, if that is a big problem, leave.

Would you mind telling what was the total earnings for the month?

Yes I would mind, sadly, I dont want this thread to end up like my last journey.

I would only share it if I feel like it, not on request.

Those goes for even non journey sites, as sharing revenue for even the bought site can be reverse calculated

to estimate the old owners earnings and then narrow down and find the site and site sale from website brokers

which would eventually lead users here to my identity once they find that as ill obviously be plastered

all over the site for eeat. Hope you understand, I dont mean this in any rude way.
 
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