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[Journey] Growing A Money Site Network To $10,000 A Month!

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  1. Shaunm

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    Been babysitting most of the day so haven't been able to get much done.

    • Processed the inbound content orders for today, Received PBN/BN linker articles as well as some new money site money page articles so I posted them all out to their relevant locations. While posting the new money site stuff I decided to tweak the layout of the article and how it links to Amazon and I like it much more this way so will probably keep it for my future articles. One of the money site articles was also the one using my new keyword theory, while formatting it for posting I thought of two tweaks that I could do so decided to order another one. The writer is swamped right now so it might take two weeks before I get it back but I am very curious as to how they both turn out.
    • Decided to compare the analytics profile of two of my sites in monthly view. One from last year and one from this year and the gradient of the traffic lines are very similar so I am confident in a month or two the one from this year should be pulling decent traffic volume. The site from last year was around 120 pages where as the one from this year is only 30 so thats why there is such a difference in traffic volume.
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    good journey mate!
     
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    Do you use rankerx to build t1-t3
     
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    Great man.Good luck, enjoy with your journey
     
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    • Listened to audible while taking notes.
    • Tweaked my trello setup to auto push items to my calendar.
    • Cleaned out my Evernote deleting everything in there as I rarely use it to freaup space as I plan to use it to save the notes of the book over views that I take while listening to the audio books. I also plan to have a second notebook based on ideas to be implemented to various sections from the various books.
    • Typed up my review for a service I received a free review copy for, so far nothing really to show and the page has actually lost a SERP position. - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/k...w-copies-inside.609095/page-160#post-10439993
    • Finished listening to Scrum, added it to my reading list, typed up the 12 sides of A5 paper notes I took and added them to my Evernote. Started listening to ReWork.
    • Went over my forum accounts to try to post at least once on each forum so they show activity for future projects.
    • I checked up on the page that I mentioned last week that I needed Google to recache and the test failed. Basically I was trying to auto include the correct year at the end of the post title instead of manually needing to go in and update it.
    • Noticed that theres three new first page entries split between two main sites, the article I put us yesterday with my new keyword research method jumped into the SERPs at possition 38 too, not the best and I expect it to dip as most keywords have before returning stronger but I am interested in how it climbs over the coming month.
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    • Noticed Amazon have been putting some work into their native ads and you can now earn from .ca and .co.uk using .com ads. They also have the new card format that I think may fit my content better so I am planning on trying a split between adsense and amazon native ads to see what one performs better.
    • Spent some time brain storming stuff for my own possible tool for the future with the stuff I have picked up over the past few month.
    • Went over my RMP for the adsense site who’s ad space I updated last week, althogh though the CTR is down 38% the over all RPM is up 6%. So less ads are being clicked but the new ad units have a higher CPC so earnings are still up 6%. I plan to leave it as it is for now and check again in three weeks.
    • Been thinking of getting an Alexa Echo for christmas as theres nothing else I need or want so reached out to a few tools I use to ask if they have Alexa integration. IFTTT should be able to automate a whole bunch of it but things like Alfred and Hazel (probably going to pick Hazel up soon) don’t say anything about being able/unable to integrate with Alexa. Spent some time looking into the alexa custom instructions you can set up too.
    • Processed todays content orders and pushed the content out to my money sites, PBN and BN. That is the last of the BN content but theres still a few PBN based articles and one MS article to come. The Money Site article I posted today is the test keyword directly from my new keyword research system along with all of its secondary and LSI keywords so I am interested as to how it gets on, its initial entry position is SERP 22. I expect it to drop a little before either climbing or settling at 22. Only time will tell.
    • I’m a bit of a fan boy of Herb Kelleher who founded South West Airlines. Currently the 4th most profitable airline in the USA and the only US airline to keep turning a profit after 9/11. I noticed him in my PodCast feed doing an interview on How I Built This and think it might be worth a listen. It shows how long it takes to actually set something up and how long it takes to turn a profit. Might be useful. - https://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510313
    • Manually went over all of the affiliate Dashboards I use for my personal blog and noticed there is about $400 of commissions held in their accounts. I chased each of them up asking why and the only one to get back to me is Tim89 and he has authorised all payments for me, hoping the rest sort it out ASAP.
    • Finished listening to ReWork, i’m keeping it as a T1 book on my reading list as I love that book and think it provides a massive amount of value for such a short book. Typed up my notes to Evernote and started listening to the Richest Man In Babylon.
    • Decided to run some tests with Google Alerts for a theory I have that will make some of my traffic leaking systems easier. Set them up and make my calendar to remind me to check them.
     
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    • Decided to research how to buy and use bitcoin for a potential future project. After watching a few videos and reading some articles I decided to throw some cash in to see how it all works. Setup some logs to track my stuff and setup/modified a number of Alfreds to try keep tabs on cryptocurrency. As my BN stuff is complete and PBN stuff is almost complete I may throw $500 into day trading crypto to keep me occupied and learn how it works/keep me occupied rather than with a goal to make a bunch of cash.
    • My Google alerts test has started bringing results already, checked them out and it still needs tweaking so I did a few adjustments and will let it run again tonight.
    • Processed the last of my T1 current content order batch and posted the linkers to the PBN, probably only a day or so worth of posting linkers left then the PBN stuff will also be complete.
    • The Alfred dev got back to me and said there is no current support for Alexa commands to trigger alfred macros so I spent some time researching it myself and ways to integrate IFTTT.
    • After spending so much time reading up/watching videos on crypto currency I decided to check out the side bar notes on https://www.reddit.com/r/investing/ I haven’t finished them yet but its high on my to do list as well as a bunch of stuff from money saving expert I saved to my Pocket Too.
    • Although I have used YNAB in the past I decided to research it a little more as I plan to pick it up again tomorrow to assist with me budgeting outgoings.
    • Listened to Audible while taking notes.
     
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    Good spot :p. I think I have did it a few times now tbh.
     
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    • Finally got around to swapping the Adsense display ad code for Amazon Native ads on some of my money sites, although I like the way it looks on the article, i'm not sure it will out perform Adsense as they are more "How To" style articles but I will check it over the coming months.
    • Posted out the last of my PBN Linker articles and a few fillers to the PBN and BN. Just waiting on one MS article and then thats all content orders for this section complete.
    • Listened to Audible while taking notes, completed the richest man in babylon and typed my notes up for it, I moved it down from a T2 book in my reading list to a T3 book.
    • Checked up on my analytics for the tests I set up a few days or a week back and the UTM doesn’t seem to be showing up for YouTube videos, shame but not a major issue.
    • Read a whole bunch of articles and watched a whole bunch of videos on Crypto Currency investing and day trading and such. Within a few days I expect there to be nothing more to do on the SEO side of my projects other than wait so I am taking a serious look at trying my hand at crypto. Although I initially said I was planning to throw $500 in as a test I will probably put $100. The goal is not to make money, it is just to learn how everything works, try to workout patterns and see if I see the potential for scaling.
    • Decided to use some semi-relevant filler content to link out to some of the the PBN domain linker pages from the BN on a test keyword to see how it performs. Everything is setup, all thats left it to wait and see.
    • When going over my PBN/BN matrix I noticed that I had totally missed one of my keywords so decided to order another content blast for it.
    • Reached out to the dev for SEO Content Machine about a feature suggestion for his new tool that could save me a whole bunch of time.
    • I decided to dig up the linked AHRefs article that I read a few month back on what their crawler data has suggested about ranking times. My lower search volume stuff does seem to be lining up with their prediction suggesting that the bulk of my pages for my main site won’t do much until the 183-304 days old period. That would mean October 17 - Jan/Feb 18 time with around half of the article going unto April 18 time due to me essentially drip feeding my review articles. - https://ahrefs.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-rank/
    • My Google Alert test ran again over night, its getting closer to what I want it to do, tweaked it again so hoping for third time lucky.
    • Noticed the SER boosted site that dropped a few weeks, maybe months back seems to slowly climbing back up. Its only on page 5 now, close to page 4 but interested to see what it does.
    • After researching day trading/short term trading with crypto currencies I decided to go with the long term holding strategy. I decided to research a hardware crypto coin wallets and decided to go with Trezor Wallet to keep my coin keys offline to add an extra layer of security. The Trezor also has a WordPress app to add login security to my domains. I may also still throw the $100 into one of the exchanges to practise and see how it goes but the bulk of my coins are currently planned for long term holding.
    • Spent some time uploading channel art to my future YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyfj9qyOzBInnFITIt2Bw0w and looking at the settings on the backend of what I can and can’t setup by default as well as things I could automate in IFTTT.
    • Did my monthly analytics check of my two main sites, my main site has doubled it monthly traffic for three month in a row now although its still really low traffic. I’m thinking may actually stable out in October rather than keep climbing at this rate though. The other site is the one that used to be my old zero back linking site and only recently got backlinks pushed to it so I have no idea how it will react in October.
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    Been busy with real life stuff today so havent been able to get much done.
    • Setup integration between Google Analytics and YouTube for my future YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyfj9qyOzBInnFITIt2Bw0w as well as set up a few new Social Media profiles for the project.
    • Listened to Audible while taking notes.
    • Went over the budget for vlogging kit and stripped everything other than the bare basics out and I managed to get the initial cost down to around £1000 rather than the £2500 it was.
    • Researched Grammarly for another way to vet the content provided by my writers as theres no way I can read every article. It seems like it can be a good work around, especially for human T1 content. Chances are if my sites keep going the way they are then I will get the premium version. It even has a pretty good plagiarism checker built in so will prevent me requiring copyscape and the business upgrades means I can give logins to my main writing team so they can use it directly, further requiring the time I need to put in.
    • Updated all the themes and plugins across my networks.
    • Canceled the VPS I picked up for posting filler content to the BN and PBN as I plan to cut right back on it from now on and I will probably post the PBN filler to the PBN manually from now on anyway.
    • Researched crypto currency again and my current thinking is to look towards Ethereum for my main long term coin with bitcoin and litecoin as second and third.
    • Spent more time going over the data of my pyramids using auto-generated content and I'm 100% convinced that it is dead. Not sure when it came in or if it's something to do with Rank Brain but from now on I plan to only use 100% human wrote articles and human spun articles. I'm classing the domains that I used auto-generated content for as toxic so deleted them from my rank tracker and analytics but did leave my amazon ads on them so if their amazon tracker starts pulling an income then I will take another look at them.
    • My Trezor was delivered so I set it up and transferred my crypto coins to it and played around with some of its features. Tomorrow I want to try the Trezor Wordpress login system and their password manager as I should have more time.
     
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    • I’m hoping I accidentally gave myself a scare when checking the overnights and noticing my two main sites had dropped in traffic by over 90%. When updating the themes and plugins yesterday I forgot to read the Google Analytics code to the sites. Rather than keep doing this to myself I decided to just use a plugin to auto include the analytics code for me to stop this happening. If this is not the case then a penalty would be a massive pain in the neck right now.
    • Spent some more time researching crypto, Ethereum in particular and I am 90% sure I want to get more cash into it before the update on the 17th Oct.
    • Heardback from the SEO Content Machine Dev about the feature request I made a few days back for his new tool. Looks like the new version of the tool will do most of what I need. Made a few more suggestions but I intent to beta test it when its ready.
    • Did a little consulting with a client for a job.
    • My test from a few days ago to authorise my bank account with my crypto broker finally completed and is authorised so sent them more money to push into crypto coins. I doubt I will release any exact numbers for my crypto based stuff such as how much cash I put in or how many coins I have but I will probably share % increase/decreases in my investments.
    • Received the last of my money site articles for this batch, check it over, formatted it and published it to my money site network. I also tried Grammarly to help me format it and it helped a whole bunch in all honesty and saved me a bunch of time. It is a totally different type of onpage to what I am used to based on data gathered from my test network since April and the keyword research method I developed last week or the week before.
    • Decided to install and try a new plugin on one of my money sites to see how it does. Looking forward to seeing it it ends up doing what I want it to do or not.
    • Cleaned up the formatting on a bunch of posts on my money site network as the theme update from monday seems to have caused a few problems.
    • Synced up my Trezor to one of my Wordpress domains to test out its security login plugin. Its pretty basic and not a priority for the company but has a use for logging into your domains from shared computers so no-one is able to key log your password. I have a number of thoughts on the plugin that would make it very strong though and if I get my money site network off the ground I will reach out to the Trezor team about them implementing it.
    • Spent a little time readying up on ICO’s, day trading and short term holding cryptos and looked for an exchange to do it in. It seems a bunch of the exchanges are having a nightmare dealing with the increased volume of users right now making it a pain to go for ICOs and Alt Coins.
     
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    • Added in a new Grammarly section to how I trial my freelancer writers, it should help me screen out bad writers quicker.
    • Checked my overnights for the main two sites and the problem with the analytics was down to me updating the theme not a penalty so i’m happy about that.
    • Added the money pages for the SER boosted pyramid to a dedicated SERPLab project set to auto refresh every few hours as I am curious as to how much it is dancing.
    • I came up with an idea while going over my Analytics for my main site that could prove profitable. I will track it throughout the month of October and then if it does what I think it will do I will probably throw $1000 as particular content for it. I have approached my main writer for it and setup a test job for him setup his writer account on the domain and a shared trello. I pushed an initial batch of keywords to the Trello but I will add more over the coming days.
    • Decided to tweak the on page of some of the pages on my main site to see how they react over the course of the month as well as increase the monetisation of them.
    • The money hit my crypto broker account and I put the majority of it into Etherium with a small part into Bitcoin and a tiny part into Litecoin.
    • Listened to Audible while taking notes.
    • Discovered Yubikey so decided to research it and it seems like the perfect 2factor authenticator for me so I will probably pick one up in the future.
    • Noticed a bunch of positive movement for a few keys words across my two main sites as well as a dedicated tracker I have set up for the article I published yesterday.
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    • Listened to audible while taking notes. Gave up on Influence the physiology of persuasion. It had a strong start and I made it half way through but there are just too many examples and most of them are massively drawn out in my opinion making it almost painful. Moved onto The First 20 Hours.
    • It was brought to my attention that Amazon Australia has just launched so I spent some time looking into it but it turns out the affiliate program is not active yet.
    • Spent some time looking into getting more filler content for the PBN/BNs and posting it all at once with the internal wordpress scheduler being used to drip feed it.
    • Spent more time researching Yubikey. I love the idea but CPannel does not support it or any other form of 2FA from what I can see. I don’t see a reason to setup 2FA on the front end when the backend is wide-open so I have reached out to a bunch of web hosts asking if they have work arounds for this. I also set up 2FA for my registrar accounts as theres no point securing the hosting if the registrar can be a weak spot and the name servers flipped.
    • Reached out to some potential future PBN hosts to ask if they lock down the plugins users are able to install in the same way easy blog networks do.
    • Spent some time researching ways I could rapidly scale my PBN.
     
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    • Listened to audible while taking notes.
    • Had to screw around resubmitting my W-8 authorisation for my various Amazon based accounts.
    • Updated how my rank tracker works for some of my specific tests and it should improve how I get my data.
    • Received some test filler content and I am actually surprised by the quality of it for the price.
    • Spent more time going over future PBN plans, I have the cash ready to scale it but I am half wanting to wait two or three month to see how the current stuff does.
    • Had to spend some time editing short codes on one of my websites as its ads stopped injecting.
    • Decided to signup for PBN.hosting to give it a try, it seems ok but not 100% sure if I will keep it or just adjust the way I run my PBNs so I can use SER for it all. I adjusted a few things on my plan and in theory the whole thing can be done using SER for much cheaper.
    • Spent some time messing around with the options of scrapebox for PBN/BN posting and I think I have it at a stage where the posts it makes are exactly what I want. I will format some filler articles tomorrow and then do a test run across the bridge network to see how it goes.
    • Started to migrate my domains off Easy Blog Networks to other locations, it takes so long for the DNS to propagate blackout that I only managed to get a few done.
    • Listened to the Ethereum dev meeting on their stream.
    • Noticed some nice SERP movement in my over nights.
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    Have you completely stopped doing the monthly income reports? I really liked to see your progress not only in things you accomplished but with the corresponding earnings :)
     
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    I have for now, if things keep going the way they are then I will probably move over to vlogging on my YouTube channel next year. Planning on it covering the same types of content as my blog did while also covering the daily stuff I get upto similar to the journey thread.
     
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    • Spent a whole bunch of time reading up on Ethereum and Litecoin I am still leaning more towards ether for my long term hold.
    • Had a bit of a nightmare migrating my domains off EBN with DNS propagation to the new host managed to get about half way through them.
    • Listened to Audible while taking notes.
    • Received a small affiliate payment. I couldn’t decide if I should drop it straight into Crypto Currency or PBN domains as I don’t really need it right now. After a bit of thinking I decided to convert it to crypto, the update to the Ethereum network is on the 17th and I am hoping the price holds or gains meaning I can convert it back into cash if I need it for PBN scaling. Sent the money to the broker, with it being the weekend it probably won’t get there till Tuesday.
    • One of my Upwork writers approached me about a joint venture on him writing for free and me giving him a % of anything the site earns rather than a flat per article fee. I spent some time crunching some numbers and once my concepts have been proven I think I will take him up on his offer as he is the best writer out of my main group anyway. I explained everything to him about how I am essentially developing a new method from scratch as my old SER method doesn’t work anymore and he said he’s happy to wait.
    • Noticed Ethereum seemed to have a small spike yesterday compared to how it has been since I first invested. I could have sold all my current holdings to make a 6% gain before fees but rather just hold it for now. The same happened for bitcoin with a 2% gain and Litecoin seems pretty stable. Noticed that OmiseGo is in a downward trend right now but after researching it I might throw some cash in if it stabilises so signed up to bittrex.
    • The SER site that was slowly climbing back through the SERPS has dropped again. It's rank tracker fires every 3 hours rather than every 24 so I can see that it's dancing as if it's trying to get back up but I decided to just use its regular rank tracker again.
    • Reached out to the GSA dev with some possible bugs/feature requests for PBN management.
    • Noticed I crossed my 3 month total time recorded in Rescure Time so thought I would share the dashboard break down.
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