Journey of a noob trying to succeed in the IM World

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by psaykham, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. psaykham

    psaykham Newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
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    Hello everybody!

    First of all, I'd like to apologize for my English, in case there is something you don't understand. It is not my primary language, but I will try to be as clear as possible.

    Few months ago, I started a blog in the recipe field.
    I managed to rank #1 on Google for my primary keyword (1900 searches/month) and in the top 3 for another keyword (1600 searches/month).
    Even though I'm #1 for my primary keyword, I don't get a lot of revenue from Adsense (CPC is very low). I could probably begin to build an emailing list, write my own ebook, etc... but I don't want to invest any more time on this website... It brought me only around 200$ (in 1 year and a half, i think). Moreoever, I think the food and recipe field is not that good...

    Currently, I am trying to rank 2 MNS :

    MNS #1
    Primary keyword : 14800 searches/month
    I'm currently ranking #12 in Google for this keyword.

    MNS #2
    Primary keyword : 6600 searches/month
    I'm currently ranking #16 in Google for this keyword.

    In order to rank these websites, I built, for each, a little link wheel (10-20 Web 2.0 properties linking to the money site). Then, I bought some Fiverr gigs : Xrumer, Scrapebox, Social Bookmarking blasts on those Web 2.0 properties, as well as some .EDU blog comments.

    Couple of weeks ago, I bought Scrapebox, and since then, I started blasting (every day) these Web 2.0 properties with blog comments from AA approve lists (lists that I mainly found here on BHW).

    I really don't know if my SEO strategy is good.

    My goal
    I want to be able to get a regular revenue from my sites (I think 5$/day is a good start).
    I started this thread for myself, to remind me of my goal, but also for everybody here in BHW who would like to follow me on my journey.

    I will try to update this thread regularly, but I can't guarantee anything... :)
    If you have any advice, I'd be glad to hear them !
  2. burgers

    burgers Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jul 13, 2011
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    I'm doing something similar, trying to rank for recipe related keywords, but its more because we have a hobby recipe site and we want to turn it into a SEO project at the same time. If we don't make money from it, its fine, we'll still continue it for fun.

    Compared to a lot of other niches that I have MNS in, I find recipe keywords get horrible CTR's, even though the CPC is actually not bad. What you're doing is only a small part of the overall link building strategy, I would say, but I'm not an expert. I've done what you do but also include high PR blog posts and Wiki's and high PR comments.

    But the real kicker is Social Media/Networks. In my opinion, recipe sites can go viral if you have quality pictures. We take all our own pictures with a great camera and photoshop them to make them look even better. When posting on Social Networks, they can get shared and go viral. So, even though we've got 1st page placement for dozens and dozens of keywords, our traffic spikes 5-10 times in a day when something goes viral.

    In terms of monetization, I think the focus should be on CPM through food ad networks rather than Adsense, but you need traffic. We're doing a few bucks daily from Adsense and a few bucks from Amazon. Also on the list of to-do's is videos and eBooks. Hmmm, I guess this is turning out to be lot of work.

    I would agree with you, as a MNS, recipe site is not a good idea, there are plenty of other better niches out there. Good luck!