Hey guys, I've been reading up on SEO for a few weeks now but I am still a complete newbie when it comes to actually doing it. In this journey I've decided to set a decent goal of just ranking a site and getting organic traffic. The site This goal isn't really about money for me at the moment, I just want to learn the mechanics behind ranking a site. So I picked a topic that I know well. So I can write about the various keywords I dig up myself to save some cash. So far I've found 8 keywords with 1600-8500 monthly searches. I'll throw adsense on there once I start ranking, the CPC is $2-8. The plan is to make a small blog with around 12 articles, one for each of those keywords and a few articles that aren't optimized for anything to practice writing. The keywords were found on kwFinder and the difficulty was 30-40 for all of them. What I'm currently Trying Currently my plan is to build an effective PBN to boost my site up. At the moment I'm just trying to get this site indexed. Only my about me page is indexing and that's not SEO optimized for anything. I don't want to send any links to the site until the crawlers have found at least some of the main pages. To remedy this I've thrown a link from the about me into one of the articles. The site is semi-siloed where the articles link to each other, so if something follows this about me link, it'll find most of my site. On site SEO, all my keyword articles have around 0.5% density for their keyword, but there's a lot of related keywords getting thrown around organically due to the needs of a good article. I'm trying to write articles that are useful for traffic yet optimized for Big G. Here I realized that I'm not amazing at writing content, even stuff I know about, so when I do a real monetized site I will probably get content writers to do articles for me. It's definitely passable for Money sites, but I think I'll just stick to writing content for my T2 PBN to keep it clean. As for my PBN, I'm building it from scratch. My plan is to buy expired domains and build a home page blog on them with "real articles" written by me, with media and no-follow links to other relevant sites, with do-follow links to my "money site". I've registered a PBN domain with TF=CF=22 and a PA of 25. I haven't gotten hosting for it yet. I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. I work full time and can throw about $700 a mo in investment usually, but I'm going on a trip to Vegas soon. This guy will come live mid December. In the mean time I've paid to have a permanent post in a TF25+ PBN for my site. I bought it before I found my domain, otherwise I'd be building it instead of getting the post. Oh well. Currently I'm waiting to index. Questions I have -How hard is it to rank on a 30-40 difficulty on kwFinder? Would it be pretty simple, could I do it just with my first PBN or would I need more? None of the competition has exact match in URL or meta data on the front page, in content or URL. My articles have a relevant main URL with an exact match subdomain and are optimized via Yoast. -How do you get a wordpress site indexed on google? I'm having so much trouble. I tried to submit site maps and use the meta tag, but it's having difficulty indexing between the HTTPS and HTTP version of my site or something. Half the time it says it's not indexed and the other half it says it is. All that got indexed was my About me page which I didn't even know I had. -How effective is outsourcing writing for keyword articles? Realizing how crappy I am at writing demotivated me a bit. I'm focused on SEO but I want the traffic to get the most out of the content so it actually helps them find the information they want. With this in mind how much would an 800 word article cost? What kind of information do the writers need to create an article in a field they don't really know? Do they just research it if the buyer doesn't know anything about the keyword? Would the just rewrite other sites?