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[Journey] Into White-Hat List-building (GOAL: $2k/month)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by SaltyButterfingers, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. SaltyButterfingers

    SaltyButterfingers Registered Member

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    My Goal:
    I'm hoping this will generate $2,000 per month; that is my goal. Though I won't stop building after I've reached my goal, it's going to feel so good to meet that milestone. I will update this thread through good or bad, success and failure, as often as I can (at LEAST once a week; setting a calendar reminder just in case). I'll be working on a few other projects simultaneously, as I don't want to rely on only one thing, and I might start threads on those ventures as well. This thread is meant to help people interested in the same venture, as well as to keep me motivated.

    The Method:
    My plan is to focus on a niche (using Clickbank to see popular, fruitful categories with lots of promising items), which I have yet to select. I will be doing email marketing while using article marketing and content syndication as a stepping-stone to getting targeted traffic, along with guest blogging and relationship-building.
    Also, some SEO, on-site and off, doesn't hurt anything.

    So far, my plan is as follows:
    1.) Select a niche (pretty much already got one), research keywords and long-tails, and get a domain. Pick up an aweber account (not sure if I should use a proxy for this) and set up the autoresponder service on the site. I have to learn more about how this works before writing any content.
    2.) Write some articles focusing on long-tails, almost like an MNS, but with many articles and pages of content that actually matter (content is the KING here). This process is going to be very time-consuming and could take a long time, but I plan on channeling a regular 40-hour work week every week into this, so it shouldn't take more than a month to write at least 750 pages of content. I plan on writing quickly using Dragon speech interpretation software and editing it afterwards (when I used to run my MNS farms, this worked exceptionally well to generate content quickly). I'm almost building an authority site, but my ultimate goal is to get a list. I might use Ads*nse on the site as well.
    3.) Syndicate, syndicate, syndicate. I will be using article directories after my content is indexed (to prevent content hijacking) to spread my content throughout the web, giving me a reputation in the niche.
    4.) Using my content as an example and by writing new articles on interesting subjects in the niche, I'll start on some JVs with others in the niche. This will drive my main source of traffic and conversions to my site, which will help to build my list.
    5.) With the home page being a good squeeze page, and with every page having a small opt-in box, I'm hoping to get more people on the list, regularly, from a targeted audience. My subscription will offer a freebie in exchange for the addition to my list. Something valuable, satisfying, and worthwhile to them, but simultaneously leaving them wanting to hear more.
    6.) Issue weekly and sometimes semi-weekly broadcasts that subtly suggest CB items. Never send on the same day of a given week, and always use careful titles; nothing misleading.
    7.) Get on over to 5rr and get some quality backlinks for my project, as well as some low-grade links with optimized anchor texts.
    {8.) Get solo ads to gain an initial, targeted base for the list, or to supplement what I already have.} <-- Not sure about this one.
    9.) Rinse and repeat until my goal is met.

    I'm aiming for at least a 22% open rate on my newsletters/broadcasts. I would like to promote items right away with CB using cloaked links in the newsletters, and I'd love to see at least an 8% conversion rate on the opened mail, but regardless of how focused this niche may be, I'm doubting that figure will be a reality.
    I'm also thinking about CPA offers, as those might be easier to get conversions.

    Honestly, I'm nervous to do this, but I'm enthralled to be taking action.

    I will not give up, and I am expecting to make many mistakes that will become lessons.

    The best thing anyone can do, which is what I am doing starting NOW, is:
    STOP talking, STOP reading, START working!
     
  2. Tmill

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    Good luck reaching your goals, it sounds like you have a solid plan. Just don't ruin it with bad seo, if you are going to be writing 750 pages of good content, you should keep it as white has as possible for long term. Guest posting in your situation would be ideal and building relationships. Also I have learned niche and keyword research can be everything.

    I haven't looked into Syndicating, interested in seeing how that works for you.
     
  3. SaltyButterfingers

    SaltyButterfingers Registered Member

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    Thanks! That's a good point you make about bad SEO ruining my pages. Even though I'm not relying on big G for my traffic, the extra searches and visits certainly wouldn't hurt anything, and it'd be nice to not get punished like hundreds of thousands of niche sites before mine, lol.

    I'm trying to focus on a niche that I'm basing off of CB products. I want one that has a lot of selections so I can use those promotions for quite some time, and that has a decent amount of people gravitating towards it (even though I don't plan to promote high-gravity stuff). Trying for something 'evergreen' as well, but oh well if I can't jump in on that, honestly.
    From there, I plan to do keyword research to find a sub-niche with plenty of content and topics to write about. However, I may simply use the broad niche, then use my articles to target specific subs or long-tails. Not sure about that one yet.
     
  4. SaltyButterfingers

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    UPDATE

    I've picked up a domain name for my niche authority site, and I'm working on signing up with Aweber right now.

    I'm rather confused about how their opt-in generator works; are they going to try and upsell that to me?
    What really comes with the basic $19/mo. Aweber membership and no extra fees?

    Anyway, I've also begun thinking of more clever methods to syndicate my content as well as draw in multiple demographics that will share an interest in my freebie and my promoted products through CB.

    The site is a WP-powered blog, where most of the content will be meticulously organized categorically, with email opt-in forms on every page. The forms won't nag, they'll just be in the upper-right corner with a simple message and a spot to enter their email for the freebie. I've read experiences with split-testing where when the opt-in form was packed with info, such as sub counts and whatnot, users were less likely to fill it out. Asking for their names is also like dressing yourself up as an insurance salesman and pitching helicopter insurance to them. People aren't stupid; they know auto-responders don't personally know everyone's name in an email list, and (believe it or not) the extra work hinders conversions.

    Additionally, I've started to generate some content (a few articles and some images) that will come in handy as first posts.

    If anyone recommends something besides WP for organizing a site that provides 'evergreen' info, I'm all ears. I'm using Goda*dy for my hosting plan.


    WHAT'S NEXT
    1.) Generate more content in the meantime, between larger moves.
    2.) Start researching more about solo ads, or looking at gigs on 5rr as a last resort.
    3.) Think more about newsletter quality; character and tone are important to relating/connecting with end users. Hopefully Aweber has an included newsletter builder in the $19/mo and they won't try to upsell me on that too.
    4.) Crack a bottle of hard cider, sit back, relax.

    :)
     
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    Best of luck on your journey.
     
  6. stharthjw6j

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    I'm following. Good luck and good shout on updating even in the event of failure, there is no shame in having failed and a heck of a lot for you and us to learn from the journey.

    I'm subscribing :D
     
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    Good luck with your journey mate. I wish you luck. :D
     
  8. SaltyButterfingers

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    Thank you everybody for your replies! It definitely keeps me motivated!!!

    whatrat : What's a journey without a little bit of trial and error? :)
     
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  9. SaltyButterfingers

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    UPDATE

    What I've done lately:
    -Got an AWeber account.
    -Built the main sign-up form for the front page, and a sub sign-up form for all of my posts for the sidebar in the WP blog. Put those on my pages (with the theme editor).
    -Gathered some images from obscure sources, wiped 'em, and ready to upload with each article.
    -Finished a bit more content, but no amount that's really remarkable.

    TO DO:
    *Write the follow-up email series (12-part "course"; no BS, because this is the most important bit of content for connecting to my subscribers and forming relationship).
    *Create more content.
    *Draft some newsletters and mail ahead of time, so I don't have to make it every week.

    STATS
    Subscribers: 0
    Clickbank ([sales] -> [revenue]): 0 -> $0.00
    Adsense ([clicks] -> [CTR] -> [revenue]): 0 -> 0.00% -> $0.00
    Traffic
    ([UVs/day] -> [Bounce] -> [Total Visits/mo.]): 0 -> Undefined for now -> 0
    Backlinks: 0

    Notes:

    Looking pretty bleak, but it should right now. It's not even at the one-week mark, lol.
    I'm not looking to add any off-page SEO until some of my main content is indexed and established. That's when I'll really kick it into overdrive and syndicate everything. I plan to use Fiverr to get an initial traffic flow to my site (traffic for one month, guaranteed 80-100 UVs/day) and to get high-PR backlinks.
    I'm worried that my page looks a bit simple, but I don't want to migrate the theme (since I already matched it with my AWeber form, and the fact that changing a theme is a bad choice at any time because it throws your game off).

    I've decided on a 'character' when sending promotions and newsletters; however, I haven't figured out what to send in my newsletters (when not promoting). Latest industry news? More facts that you don't get on the site? Not sure yet.

    Oh, and I enjoyed my cider. ;)

    I just want to make a note to myself and whoever is listening:
    I'm definitely going to funnel my resources into other projects if this one fails, as well as if it succeeds. So, if my authority site drops like a stone, you can bet I'll be cropping another one up with better keyword research to continue the journey (maybe in a newer thread). If it succeeds and meets my goal, I'll push it to its limits, AND start another.
     
  10. davids355

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    Sounds like a really well thought out journey and it sounds like you have a lot of motivation.

    one question: how are you going to write that much content on the subject? Is it something you know a lot about, or you have a technique for rewriting or something?

    lastly, just my advice - don't give up too quick on this, I would pick a timescale - say 2-3 months maybe? That you really plough into the project. Wait until then to decide if it's workibg or not - otherwise it might be easy to think it's not working after a month, and start wondering in to other projects, but that's tio soon to loosen off the momentum.
     
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    This is a great plan. Gave me a few ideas meself. :) Good luck mate !
     
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    Thats great mate!! thanks for share and updates your journey.
     
  13. SaltyButterfingers

    SaltyButterfingers Registered Member

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    Thanks! I'm definitely motivated enough to keep this up, and even if I do fail, it won't be anytime soon. My timeline that I had originally set out to reach this goal is a solid six months, so that gives me plenty of time. And even if I'm only making $1,300/month or something by then, I'm going to keep pushing forward!

    To answer your question: I originally planned on writing hundreds of articles of content, each over 750 words at least. But honestly, I think the subject matter may be slightly limited in this niche, so I'll probably only be able to pump out 50-100 good articles that are worthy of publishing. That won't limit my site's ability to gain subscribers, though, because I'll always have something to share in my newsletters/broadcasts. Plus, I can drip the articles onto the site after I get a good 30 written; that way I appear to be actively writing, and it will give me time to come up with other content when writing gets difficult.

    I do know a lot about it, and it's something that I can make videos about and document well. But my technique for writing my articles is smooth because I use speech interpretation software to jot down my thoughts, then I edit them later. It makes it much quicker, even if you're not sure what to say.
     
  14. SaltyButterfingers

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    Thank you everyone for your replies; it keeps me even more motivated!

    UPDATE

    Not much to say for this one, because it's such a slow process to get this site built.

    What I've done:
    -Finished some more content.
    -Completed the landing page/home page of the site. All of the opt-in forms are in optimal spots that I've read get the most subs.
    -Worked a bit on my freebie.

    TO DO: (same stuff)
    *Write the follow-up email series (12-part "course"; no BS, because this is the most important bit of content for connecting to my subscribers and forming relationship).
    *Create more content.
    *Draft some newsletters and mail ahead of time, so I don't have to make it every week.

    STATS
    Subscribers: 0
    Clickbank ([sales] -> [revenue]): 0 -> $0.00
    Adsense ([clicks] -> [CTR] -> [revenue]): 0 -> 0.00% -> $0.00
    Traffic
    ([UVs/day] -> [Bounce] -> [Total Visits/mo.]): 0 -> Undefined for now -> 0
    Backlinks: 0

    Notes:

    Not much to say for this update, except that I've done my best to the landing page, and I'm hoping it's nice enough to hook some people!

    I started to work on the follow-up, but I got a bit of writer's block, as I need to make this content outstanding.

    It's still looking good, though, and this project isn't going anywhere away from me any time soon; I've very much dedicated myself to it, and I'm going to see it through. The SEO and, most importantly, the article syndication is coming after I get 25-35 GOOD articles and it's all indexed.

    Thank you everyone for joining me and lending a helping hand on this journey. It's a ton of help and it feels good to know other people want to see me succeed as much as I want to succeed.

    :)
     
  15. SaltyButterfingers

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    UPDATE

    Hell yeah!

    What I've done:
    -Made even more content, cut out the crappier articles and am weeding out the top 10 to kick-start the site's article-base.
    -Finished the whole email follow-up, threw in some automatic promotional emails after the 4th follow-up (wherein I used my first product soft-selling) to sell in between their expected content.
    -Made a Pinterest account that I'll update daily with at least 15 pins of related content, 2-3 of which will point to an article on my site to reduce suspicion (13.33%-20% of my pins will link back to my site).
    -Created 301-redirect PHP pages in a deep folder on my site to completely cloak my affiliate links, and added a noindex meta tag to the head section on the pages. Also, put the folders in my robots.txt to keep the bots out of my folder. Using these links for my email promotions.
    -Signed up for CB and got some affiliate links rolling.

    TO DO:
    *Make a Facebook fan-page.
    *Site SEO, on-page first, off-page later.
    *Index the articles by pinging them, then start syndicating.
    *After that, buy solo-ads and get some Fiverr traffic gigs
    (if anyone could make suggestions about these 5rr gigs, I'd love to hear it as I'm a bit iffy about 'em; no "Fiverr SUX L0L" remarks, though, please)

    No stats section needed until I start focusing on traffic and subs.

    Notes:

    Got so much done today and last night that it's unreal. I'm really, really happy with my email follow-up series, and I truly believe the products will sell well because I don't push too hard.
    I feel like I'd have a lot of subscribers who'd like my attitude/character and content. Really happy about this.
    Pair the site's informative articles with a crazy-useful email freebie, and I think I have a one-way ticket to White-hat Moola Blvd. :p

    So, that's what I've got done and am going to do for the next few days; see you all next time!

    Oh, and a massive thank you to SeamlessR for providing me some sweet tunes to jam to while I work. :)



    P.S. I have to ask: is anyone reading?
     
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    Keep more updates.
     
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    Yep still reading :)
     
  18. SaltyButterfingers

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    UPDATE

    :( So, I've done a little more meticulous reading about the subject of article syndication, and it's bad news.

    I might have to stick with ordinary SEO like an MNS.

    watch?v=x5xP-pTmlpY (can't post vids; that's for YT)

    There's too much propaganda, and it's hard to know what to believe. But, I will admit a very shameful truth... If anyone knows who Alexa Smith is, then I think you know where I may have made my misstep. I was taking advice from the WRONG people...

    I'm just now realizing, after reading a thread about the whole Charles Floate drama, that Alexa Smith is a gigantic BSer, who runs multiple accounts with tutorials for IM, but is not really an IM at all.

    So basically, I've been taking advice from someone who really knows NOTHING about anything, except running a cunning con.

    Am I angry? Sure, but I'm relieved that I didn't waste any of my time and energy. But I could have had a bigger site by now...

    Ah, well, I guess it's back to good ol' SEO. I'm nervous, though, because I haven't done this in AGES and I don't want to push the site around in big G all day long.

    I really don't want to have to basically make this an MNS, or a mini authority-site for that matter, but there's not enough content to make it a full-out authority.

    WHAT DO I DO?

    The show must go on!!!
     
  19. SaltyButterfingers

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    UPDATE

    What I've done:
    -Published some good articles. Letting them index.
    -SEO on-page is done. Targeted over 30 keywords and am hoping to rank decently for them all.

    TO DO:
    *Make a Facebook fan-page.
    *Off-page SEO.
    *Guest blogging.
    *Buy some solo-ads (if anyone wants to PM about a good provider here on BHW, I'm all ears)

    No stats section needed until I start focusing on traffic and subs.

    Notes:

    Haven't been very active lately on the forums (with this post), but have been working on multiple projects simultaneously and it's been killing me.
    I'm trying to start more niche sites with different SEO formulas to see which one really pushes me ahead of the game.
    Hoping to get my stuff indexed rather quickly, then going to start contacting fellow bloggers about guest posting and all that.
    Gonna buy some solo-ads to start dispersing my follow-up series and get my name out there.

    The show is going on and the project is going STRONG!
     
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