[Journey] Niche blogging using Income School Concepts

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I don't have any blog posts that are reviews of a single product. I have a few posts that are pretty close to a review though in the sense that they're very product-focused.

I have one article that does a compare/contrast of two similar products so it's sort of a review of two products. That article hasn't done very well though.

Early on I did a "Affordable products for X" with "x" being my niche. I basically just shared all the products that I have personal experience with and really love and would truly recommend to a friend or something. It didn't do well either. So I later made a page (not a blog post but a page that is linked in my menu bar) that is just titled product recommendations. It just lists all the products I would recommend. That page has done better than the blog post did though it's not super high traffic. It gets about 50 pageviews a day on average. I link to it in my blog posts where it feels appropriate to the content like 'if you'd like to see other products i'd recommend, see my product recommendations page' type of a link.

And then I have another blog post where that is a "best (product) for X)" again, with X being my niche. That post I used 10 products for 3 days each, documenting my experience in photos and note taking over 3 days per product, then compared and contrasted all 10 product trials and ranked them based on various properties. So I guess that is sort of a massive, multi-product review? This blog post has done well traffic wise. It's only ranked #4 for its main keyword and it took a long time to reach the front page at all, but now it gets about 100 visits a day from that #4 spot. It's a more competitive term than most of the others I've attempted.

So I guess I have 3 posts that are similar to product reviews. I am working on a fourth. It'll be another 10-product comparison type blog post but with a different type of product. I've tested 5 of 10 so far so I'm about half way through. Very time consuming, but I think it will be well worth it.

But yes overall I don't focus on products very much, and that is an intentional choice that I made.
Oh I see. Because it is the same with me. The most visited articles of mine is the informational articles. Last question, did you buy the income school course and the acabado theme? If no, what theme do you use?
 

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Oh I see. Because it is the same with me. The most visited articles of mine is the informational articles. Last question, did you buy the income school course and the acabado theme? If no, what theme do you use?
I haven't bought the paid course, I am just using their concepts that they have shared in their free videos on youtube. I don't have the acabado theme, I'm using the Gensis theme called Beautiful Pro. I had purchased the theme for an old blog in the past so I just used it here too. I think I could benefit from updating to something a bit more modern, maybe. It's not a big priority though as this theme is functional.
 

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I was rejected from Adthrive based on my traffic not being 100k yet. The last 30 days it was 85,500. 100k a month is 3,334 pageviews a day. So I need to average that. Sunday I had 3339 pageviews, yesterday I had 3319, but those were higher than I had seen previously. So I hope that just becomes the new norm for my traffic but it's such a close call that I am now officially motivated to push out more content to ensure that I get 100k within 30 days. Really want into adthrive.
 

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Just found out the payment amount I see on my monumetric dash is all mine. I had assumed that because they do a 75/25 split that I would get 75% of what they list the earnings to be on the dashboard. They only show you your percentage though. So that's cool. I've made $334 and change since my ads went up mid-day on the 14th. Ignoring that first partial day (which was only $7 something), my average earnings per day is about $25 so roughly $750 a month.
 

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Just found out the payment amount I see on my monumetric dash is all mine. I had assumed that because they do a 75/25 split that I would get 75% of what they list the earnings to be on the dashboard. They only show you your percentage though. So that's cool. I've made $334 and change since my ads went up mid-day on the 14th. Ignoring that first partial day (which was only $7 something), my average earnings per day is about $25 so roughly $750 a month.
It's $750 a month? The share of monumetric is already deducted on $750?
 

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It's $750 a month? The share of monumetric is already deducted on $750?
So far it's only been 12 days or something so I've only made $334 so far but yes, I'm averaging $24 a day which will all go to me, so assuming that average of $24 a day continues I'll be looking at about $750 per month.
 

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The dog breed really only has one con but it's that both of my dogs have passed fairly recently (6 months ago and 3 months ago) so it's just a sad topic for me right now. And I think that's a pretty big downside. I love the breed, have tons of photos of the two dogs that I had for years.

Great journey, when I feel a little spaced out on what to work on the journey section really motivates me. Regarding new blog why don't you create a blog in memory of your dogs. That way your dogs will get love from everybody who reads your blog. Also, writing about them may help you overcome your sadness.
 

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Great journey, when I feel a little spaced out on what to work on the journey section really motivates me. Regarding new blog why don't you create a blog in memory of your dogs. That way your dogs will get love from everybody who reads your blog. Also, writing about them may help you overcome your sadness.
Thanks :)
I talked to my boyfriend about the two different niche ideas and ultimdately that I'll do the dog breed blod next seems how it will require less financial investment. The articles will all be focused on breed-specific search queries, so it won't be a memorial to my dogs as far as like a diary type of blog about them. But, I'll definitely be sharing anecdotes within articles to help support the points I'm making, and will be using photos of them and so on. Perhaps some of the blog posts will end up being about grieving as well, in which case I would work in more 'memorial' type stuff. But yeah I think writing about them may help with healing. Also, I know I'm biased because they were my dogs but I like that I'll get to share tons of pictures of how cute they were. :)
 

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April 2021 update (month 8)
Total sessions: 53,961 (up 14,246 vs March)
Total pageviews: 88,180 (up 21,611 vs march)
Blog post count as of 4/30/2021: 60

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Organic search traffic: 73.2% of my traffic was organic in April. I had 31,506 users come from organic searches (up 7296 from March)

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Pinterest: I had 6149 visitors from Pinterest this month (up 1633 vs March)

Google search console for April:
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Other social traffic stats:
Reddit brought in 291 users (down 14 vs March)
Facebook brought in 174 users (down 174 users vs March)

Social media following stats:
Facebook fans: 83 (20 new this month)
Twitter followers: 17 (no new this month)
Instagram followers: 127 (2 new this month)
Pinterest followers: 116 (41 new this month)
Email rss newsletter subscribers: 52 (15 new)

Income results:
I disabled Ezoic ads 4/8. My Monumetric ads were activated part-way through 4/14.
$75.07 from Ezoic
$423.50 from Monumetric
Ad total: $498.57 vs 207.80 from ads in March. So even with having no ads for a week this month I earned more than double.

Affiliates:
$69.70 from Amazon (up $26.30 vs March)
$25 from one refer-a-friend via Ratuken (down $5 vs march)
$1.52 from Impact (Walmart) affiliates.
Total affiliate income: 96.22

Total income: 594.79 (up 311.71 vs march)

Future goals:
I want to get into adthrive which requires 100k pageviews so I'm hoping to see my traffic jump a bit. I'd particularly like to join them before June 15th due to a 20% revenue increase guarantee that they are offering. For 5ish days my pageview stats were where they needed to be to reach 100k a month, but a few days ago some of my posts fell in the ranks so my traffic has dipped a little. Hopefully they'll climb back up or some other posts will start to rank and bring in more traffic.

I have a BIG blog post that I've put tons of time into, that I'm hoping might get done this month. I only posted 4 posts for all of April, things have slowed down content wise due to me primarily working on posts that require a lot of prep. I expect that to be the norm moving forward, so about 1 post a week is what I am expecting.

Random milestones from this month:
This month, this blog had more sessions than my other blog had pageviews. It was just in March that I outpaced that blog in sessions, so it's really kind of leaving that blog in the dust, making this my bigger blog by quite a good margin.

This blog made more ad money this month than my other blog too (the other blog is on mediavine)

Other thoughts on my blogging in general:
I've decided my next niche blog will be a dog-breed specific blog. I might get that going this month. I'm a bit afraid of spreading myself too thin though so I might wait on the new niche blog until I get this blog on adthrive. I may need to step back from my 'main' blog a bit once I try to have two niche blogs and that transition is a big scary as my 'main' blog has been THE blog for 10+ years. I know that pouring more time into that blog is just not worth it though so it needs to happen eventually...I just am not sure how I'll know when it's time.
 

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I mentioned a while back that the keyword tracker tool I had been using (the SEO add-on from manageWP) wasn't working as well for me as it only allows you to track 100 keywords. So I cancelled that and just decided to track my own in a spreadsheet. I'm using the main keyword as well as the keywords for subheadings in most cases though not all...just the ones where I think the subheadings may be searched. I also have ea couple of blog posts that don't really have a primary keyword, they are more interest-style articles.
Currently, I have 61 published articles and I'm tracking 58 primary keywords and 168 secondary keywords. Since the end of February I've just googled each of the keywords on Sunday and noted if their position # if they are on the front page, and if not I just mark that they aren't ranking.

It's a little time consuming to perform over 200 google searches and count the rankings. But, I'd recommend trying it to anyone following this who is doing a similar blogging journey with the goal of doing well on search.
The tool I was using just let me know if I was ranking better or worse. That's somewhat interesting to know.
But I've found it really valuable to see which posts(s) are increasing or decreasing in rank, which websites I'm competing with, and which keywords and articles just aren't ranking. It's really provided me with good insight into WHY things are working or not working.

For example, I have a few posts that when I google their keywords, they just produce results that...don't match. It really seems like Google just doesn't understand the query. So I had assumed those were just failures - but this week two of my articles like that suddenly started ranking well - AND, the other results on the page now match the query. So it appears that Google somehow now understands the query more accurately.

It's also interesting to see how when I lose ranks, it's almost always the same reason. Every now and then Google will temporarily try to prioritize sites like healthline or big magazine websites over smaller blogs. So far, this has only lasted a few weeks at most, and then I'll get my rank back, and other blogs will show back up higher in the ranks, too. This is nice because when I lose rank to healthline or similar, I am now less stressed about it, and anticipate that within a few weeks I'll get 'my' rank back.

It's also been insightful for understanding what Google sees as unique enough or not. In some cases I have written on topics too close together by google standards and I Can tell by seeing the results page for the keywords. For example, I'll search a keyword that I am hoping for "blog post A" to rank for, and "blog post a" isn't ranking, but two other blog posts of mine are showing up for that query instead. This tells me that I'm writing different articles that are too similar for Google to make sense of the differences.

Anyway. Just wanted to throw it out there that this has been something that I feel is worth the time. I don't know that it needs to be done weekly, I just enjoy keeping a close eye on my rankings. But even doing it once a month or something could provide insight as far as seeing your competition and seeing if you are covering topics too similar, etc.
 

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About 5 days ago my traffic bumped up, mostly due to getting more traffic from search. I've been aiming for around 3400 pageviews a day so that I can hit a 100k/month average for adthrive. Yesterday (my best traffic day to date) I had 4196 pageviews. Though Wednesday is commonly one of my highest traffic days (as well as Sundays). Still, I'm currently sitting at over 95k the last 30 days, and was only getting like 2800-2900 pageviews a day a month ago. So if this new average of 3900-4100 a day continues for the next few days I'll hit 100k in less than a week. Fingers crossed. may13.png
 

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awesome progress! How you coming along with the new website ideas?
 

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awesome progress! How you coming along with the new website ideas?
Thanks! I think I have two niche blog ideas that I'll definitely pursue in time but decided to just add one in at a time, and I decided on which one to do next. I opted to wait to get it started until after I got this niche blog onto adthrive, to make sure I got it on there before I risked getting distracted too much by a new blog. So, now that I'm close to getting this one on adthrive I will probably get that new blog going soon which is exciting. Though I'm also worried about managing my time and income, somewhat.

In addition to this niche blog, I have a lifestyle/nicheless blog that is very much a "hamster wheel" in the sense that I have to put out new content and put time into social media to maintain its traffic and income. Almost none of my posts on this blog get traffic after they're a couple weeks old. It's all about constantly having new content. It's a bad deal as far as how much time it requires vs how much traffic and income it gives, vs my niche blog. So longterm, I want to step away from this lifestyle blog quite a bit, but I think it may be a long time before I'm ready to really step back completely. I expect to take maybe 8 months or more for this new niche blog idea to bring in any income? Maybe longer. I expect it to be slower to grow than my current niche blog and to just stay a bit smaller. I think I got lucky with finding low competition on this current niche blog so I don't expect similar numbers. So I have to figure out how to balance stepping back enough to give myself time for a new niche blog without stepping back too much from the lifestyle blog and letting the income from it nosedive too much.
 

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Thanks! I think I have two niche blog ideas that I'll definitely pursue in time but decided to just add one in at a time, and I decided on which one to do next. I opted to wait to get it started until after I got this niche blog onto adthrive, to make sure I got it on there before I risked getting distracted too much by a new blog. So, now that I'm close to getting this one on adthrive I will probably get that new blog going soon which is exciting. Though I'm also worried about managing my time and income, somewhat.

In addition to this niche blog, I have a lifestyle/nicheless blog that is very much a "hamster wheel" in the sense that I have to put out new content and put time into social media to maintain its traffic and income. Almost none of my posts on this blog get traffic after they're a couple weeks old. It's all about constantly having new content. It's a bad deal as far as how much time it requires vs how much traffic and income it gives, vs my niche blog. So longterm, I want to step away from this lifestyle blog quite a bit, but I think it may be a long time before I'm ready to really step back completely. I expect to take maybe 8 months or more for this new niche blog idea to bring in any income? Maybe longer. I expect it to be slower to grow than my current niche blog and to just stay a bit smaller. I think I got lucky with finding low competition on this current niche blog so I don't expect similar numbers. So I have to figure out how to balance stepping back enough to give myself time for a new niche blog without stepping back too much from the lifestyle blog and letting the income from it nosedive too much.
Yea 8 months sounds about right. My suggestion is to look for the keywords with low searches like 10-100 as they are generally easier to rank & you'll always rank for a lot of long tails so the traffic you get is generally far higher than you'd expect. That's what I'm going for in my latest website, currently 2 months and half old getting 100-150 clicks from google daily so far, expect to reach 1000/day within 3-4 months by just targeting these easy keywords.

As for the blog that requires a lot of time to manage, once you feel like it's becoming too much of a burden, you can list it in Flippa and sell it :) better than just simply letting it die.
 

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I hit the magic number, 100k pageviews in 30 days. So I reached out to AdThrive as when I had applied about 3 weeks ago they said to contact them once I hit 100k. Hopefully they'll let me in and I can transition over to them soon. Will have to take a pay cut from Monumetric as they charge a fee if you don't give them 30 days notice that you're leaving but I think its 20 cents lost per 1k visits or something, nothing crazy. whcmay17.png
 

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Really impressive journey. Can you tell me How many posts you have made so far and how many of them are paid/purchased blog post? What is your average number of words per blog post?
 

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Really impressive journey. Can you tell me How many posts you have made so far and how many of them are paid/purchased blog post? What is your average number of words per blog post?
Thank you. I haven't purchased any articles, they're all written by me, use my own photos, etc. I have 61 published so far. I also have two pages. I don't use any of the tools that tell me word count so I'm just guessing here, but I'd say maybe 70% of my articles are in the 1200-1450ish range? I hold myself to a 1000 word minimum but I do have a few that are just over 1000 and I have a handful over 3k.
 

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I hit the magic number, 100k pageviews in 30 days. So I reached out to AdThrive as when I had applied about 3 weeks ago they said to contact them once I hit 100k. Hopefully they'll let me in and I can transition over to them soon. Will have to take a pay cut from Monumetric as they charge a fee if you don't give them 30 days notice that you're leaving but I think its 20 cents lost per 1k visits or something, nothing crazy. View attachment 173011

Congrats!
Joining Adthrive is one of those milestones in blogging when your income can double or triple "almost overnight".
Your stats seem great so if you have at least 40% US traffic I see no reason why they would not accept you.
 

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Thank you. I haven't purchased any articles, they're all written by me, use my own photos, etc. I have 61 published so far. I also have two pages. I don't use any of the tools that tell me word count so I'm just guessing here, but I'd say maybe 70% of my articles are in the 1200-1450ish range? I hold myself to a 1000 word minimum but I do have a few that are just over 1000 and I have a handful over 3k.

Thanks for sharing. Do you know SEO? How would you suggest for someone who has zero SEO knowledge like me ?
 
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