[Journey] Growing A Money Tree Via Blogging In 2021!

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Ok I will try to disable script execution also.

I am not using page builder, I m using Astra theme and Gutenberg. The only extra thing I use is the Ezoic video player to get better user metrics and extra income.

Are you showing ads in above the fold of the screen on mobile/desktop?
You only need to disable script execution if you are using AAWP or any other Amazon plugin that needs to deploy a cookie on page load for redirection.

Are you lazy loading the videos? I have never used their video player and its rare I embed videos in my post anyway so maybe that's causing you problems with your speed?

Yea I show ads above the fold on mobile and desktop, usually just one header ad across the top.
 

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You only need to disable script execution if you are using AAWP or any other Amazon plugin that needs to deploy a cookie on page load for redirection.

Are you lazy loading the videos? I have never used their video player and its rare I embed videos in my post anyway so maybe that's causing you problems with your speed?

Yea I show ads above the fold on mobile and desktop, usually just one header ad across the top.

There is no control provided over the videos played by Ezoic. In the page speed insights, I can see extra errors and warnings for the thumbnails of videos being not optimized for the device and not lazy loaded. So that is a culprit too.
 

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There is no control provided over the videos played by Ezoic. In the page speed insights, I can see extra errors and warnings for the thumbnails of videos being not optimized for the device and not lazy loaded. So that is a culprit too.
Are you using iFrame video embeds? If you are go into Ezoic Leap, click advanced settings on the content option, and make sure that Lazy Loading iFrames is turned on. It may take a day or two for everything to recache with the settings if you don't manually reset the cache.
Good luck with your journey
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  • Black Friday resulted in a nice boost for the ad income but had minimal effect on the Amazon side of things but this is probably due to the majority of the content on the site being based around informational keywords.
  • Although the November Core Algorithm Update had apparently completed its rollout, I saw a spike in keywords jumping into the top 3 for this project on the 26th with Algoroo showing an amber alert for SERP change. Most of these are in 2nd and 3rd rather than first but it has pushed traffic up a little. I am hoping that the increase in traffic is due to the changes in SERP ranks rather than Black Friday due to this site not really being in a Black Friday friendly niche.
  • This site got a new natural backlink this week from a pretty good blog within the niche. The strange thing is I used their site for research for this projects back when I started the content in January and now they are linking to me >.<.
  • No new content added for this project as I am still just banking content for the project for 2022. I didn't want to publish any of its content until January but I may have to start publishing stuff in December as a few things have came up for January that will restrict my time online. Heres a sneak peak at the current banked content in draft for my 2022 journey project and I am considering buying a bunch more content while I also try to add at least three posts per day to my drafts.
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Very nice traffic growth, lovely to see it.
Also, the new blog looks very exciting.
I'm trying to think of a new niche to commit to in 2022, but these ad sites take a full on gas commitment if you want proper growth and decent income.

I'm at 270 articles so still a long way to go but I'm very happy with Ezoic. My EPMVs are skyrocketing to over 45 this month.

I bet you can't wait to publish all those posts.

Something a bit off topic, but I find with publishing lots of content, a some days when I do not hit traffic levels it gets me really down and miserable.

Do you ever get like this Shaun?

Wondered what a decent remedy was, maybe do something different for a bit.
 

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I bet you can't wait to publish all those posts.

Yea I am curious how they perform, trying to aim for an average of 150 organics per month for the articles that take me 20-30 minutes to write but I have a decent chunk of tests mixed in with them that can end up potentially getting much more than that. I have been close to publishing them a few times this week to get the ball rolling but I am trying to wait until the last week of December at the earliest.
Something a bit off topic, but I find with publishing lots of content, a some days when I do not hit traffic levels it gets me really down and miserable.

Do you ever get like this Shaun?

Wondered what a decent remedy was, maybe do something different for a bit.
I don't really get like that to be honest. I put it down to me getting started with churn and burn sites when I first started so I have always had a disconnect. Theres a saying from investing that can help here though. "If in doubt, just zoom out" and it means the price charts for investing but you can apply it to your analytics and extend the time period back a few month and see how much you have grown in that time frame.
 

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  • Black Friday resulted in a nice boost for the ad income but had minimal effect on the Amazon side of things but this is probably due to the majority of the content on the site being based around informational keywords.
  • Although the November Core Algorithm Update had apparently completed its rollout, I saw a spike in keywords jumping into the top 3 for this project on the 26th with Algoroo showing an amber alert for SERP change. Most of these are in 2nd and 3rd rather than first but it has pushed traffic up a little. I am hoping that the increase in traffic is due to the changes in SERP ranks rather than Black Friday due to this site not really being in a Black Friday friendly niche.
  • This site got a new natural backlink this week from a pretty good blog within the niche. The strange thing is I used their site for research for this projects back when I started the content in January and now they are linking to me >.<.
  • No new content added for this project as I am still just banking content for the project for 2022. I didn't want to publish any of its content until January but I may have to start publishing stuff in December as a few things have came up for January that will restrict my time online. Heres a sneak peak at the current banked content in draft for my 2022 journey project and I am considering buying a bunch more content while I also try to add at least three posts per day to my drafts.
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Nice stuff mate! :)
Nice to see people succeeding with their sites :)
Did you build/buy links to your site?
 

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  • Great week for income and traffic grow, the SERP has been really good for the last few days so I am hoping I can hold onto some of the new positions and keywords in first place as it gave the site a nice traffic jump.
  • The site made it to the next level of Ezoic premium with the new premium ads being live on the site this week helping with a little boost in display ad income.
  • I have been playing around with some new placeholder placements for Ezoic on the site ready for my 2022 project and its actually pushed the site up to Black Friday income levels again even though that ad spend has tapered off. I checked the Ezoic Ad index to see if there was a correlating spike in ad spend and there wasn't so its looking like its the new placeholders giving the extra income.
  • The site got four new organic traffic daily records this week of 1416, 1460, 1483, and 1651.
I also uploaded the monthly video update for this site for November too going into more detail on it.

 

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Good update, and great video on keyword chef Shaun.

I pretty much use it like you with the Serp analysis feature being really cool.

I like the tool just not the pricing, I think the credit system is naff and wished they had a monthly subs.
 

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Good update, and great video on keyword chef Shaun.

I pretty much use it like you with the Serp analysis feature being really cool.

I like the tool just not the pricing, I think the credit system is naff and wished they had a monthly subs.
Cheers, yea that's why I put method 2 in the video, it drastically reduces costs for using the tool but you can still get very similar results.
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Cheers.
 
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