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[Journey] Road to Secondary Income

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by DFWi Reaper, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. DFWi Reaper

    DFWi Reaper Regular Member

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    About Me:
    This is going to be my little adventure to a secondary income with IM. I am 24, living in Texas and currently inbetween jobs. Was doing IT management for my dads company but ready to move on to something bigger and better. Currently looking for a new job, and have some interviews coming up, but in the mean time I wanted to broaden my IM knowledge and create another source on income. Although IM is not new to me, the concept of doing it WH is definitely new. Everything I've done so far has been BH or pretty much BH, which means that it has always been burn and churn. I'm ready to make some consistent income for once.

    The Projects:
    So while I am in the job market, I will have a few projects. Here they are
    - "Authority" Site
    - IG account - Related to the site
    - Pinterest Account - Related to the site

    Goals:
    1) My main goal is to get the authority site up to at least $100/day, and then create some more
    2) Ultimate goal is to get the coveted 1Mil Followers, but first goal is 1k. Baby steps!
    3) Goal is to get 20k-30k followers, but first goal is again 1k.

    Process So Far:
    1) Authority Site
    • setup the site about 2 months ago
    • currently have 112 articles, all targeting different keywords ranging from high-very low competition
    • began backlinking a week or so ago

    2) IG: starting that today
    • Followers: 0
    • Will be doing this manually, no bots

    3) Pinterest
    • I had started this in December 2014
    • Followers: 72

    Update Today:
    1) My website was having issues ranking, 3 of the articles ranked for a few days but today they have fallen off. I was curious why the others were not ranking, and 3/4 of the articles were not even indexing.
    Read a thread today about onpage seo, and it recommended taking off "recent posts/comments" so I removed those. Then realized my sitemap had errors when checking with GWT, so fixed that, resubmitted them. Now waiting to see if that helps. GWT showed all my articles and pages so hopes are high D:

    2) Creating that today

    3) Setup my pinterest with PinterestBot, going to scrape, pin, repin, follow, like, etc. I won't be updating much in this thread besides followers probably.

    Rebuttal:
    So everything is going somewhat smoothly, now that I fixed some website issues, I think I may make my updates in a specific color so they are easier for me (and others) to find later on.
    Keep your fingers crossed, I'm going to be interviewing with a company hopefully this week or early next week!
     
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  2. salu7

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    best of luck i wanted to ask what type of niches are best for authority sites?
     
  3. DFWi Reaper

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    I wouldn't say there is a "best" kind of niche, but there are definitely ones that pay better than others. But they can be difficult to get ranked high in.

    The BEST kind of niche is the one that you yourself are interested in. That way you will tend to be knowledgeable in that area, can write about it more easily, and it will keep your interest more as well :)
     
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  4. salu7

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    so all an authority site can be developed in all niches? can you explain what is the difference b/w normal site & authority site?
     
  5. DFWi Reaper

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    Yes, they can be pretty much any niche!

    And the biggest difference is size and topics covered. I guess that'd be the most basic difference.
     
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    Good luck with your relatively complex journey.
     
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    Interesting journey, will follow this thread. Keep coming back to update buddy and good luck.
     
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    Subbed. I'm assuming that if you opted to go for IG and Pinterest that your niche is fairly female-oriented? Do you have timetables that you're expecting to hit your goals by?
     
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    Why aren't you using a bot for IG? It will only help you. Nice journey btw. Good Luck.
     
  10. DFWi Reaper

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    Thanks, going to get on writing the articles.
    Got Twitter and FB profiles up and running.

    1) Don't have the cash to get one atm
    2) I don't want it to be spammy

    If I did use one, it would be to follow-unfollow
     
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    So, update for today!

    Auth-Site:

    • Added two articles
    • Created Facebook page + Twitter page
    • Redid the sitemap as there were issues indexing my pages

    Pinterest:

    • Set it up, letting her rip

    IG:

    • Found a name I want to use, set it up

    Tomorrow:

    1. Write a few more articles
    2. Make sure created social media is updating properly
    3. Add photos to IG account, follow some peeps

    By the way, whether people reply here or not I will continue posting on here, hope no one gets mad at the constant bumping! I want to have a better record of my stuff in the long run :)
    Still no call for the new job, hoping to get it as it will be....a once in a life-time deal.

    Until tomorrow!
     
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    Morning all! Or evening wherever you may live.

    Process So Far:
    1) Authority site

    • 114 articles
    • 8 views yesterday
    • almost every articles/page is now indexed (still haven't hit the 48 hour mark since resubmitting the sitemap)

    2) IG:
    Followers: 0
    Haven't started posting pics yet
    Haven't started following yet either

    3) Pinterest
    Followers: 71, dropped 1 follower last night?

    To Do Today:
    1) Do more KW research
    Create more content

    2) Upload some photos, follow people

    3) Setup and let her rip

    No big movements yesterday so just keeping on the grind! Still waiting for interviews to happen as well.
     
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    Out of curiosity: What are you using to track SERPs? And what's your gameplan for monetization?
     
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    For tracking I'm using SerpBuddy, and at first I will be doing monetization then probably throw in some CPA as my niche has an insane amount of crap for it.

    But as of right now I am doing nothing as far as monetization goes, I just want to get some traffic.

    UPDATE:
    So yesterday was kind of a slow day, I got two articles done but not much else. My dad invited me to golf because the guy he was playing with had some job openings and he wanted me to meet him.
    Round was fun, we blended well, played decent (76). Didn't talk much about business but I've learned from my entrepreneurial father that getting someone to like you is better than talking business most of the time.
    And you can tell a lot about someone on the golf course.

    Good news is by resubmitting my sitemap I am seeing every page indexed now, went from like 38 to 130+. All within the 48 hour mark.
    Also within that 48 hour mark 2 articles ranked on Bing for the first time and 1 ranked on Google for the first time.

    I didn't get my pinterest setup last night so that sucks, and didn't get to work on my IG either....those will be goals for this evening as my dad just called to go golfing again while I am typing this.

    Going to get my resume off today as well so I can get a shot at this job opening.

    Goals for today:
    1) Authority Site
    • 2 more articles

    2) IG
    • post some pics
    • follow some peeps

    3) Pinterest
    • Set her up and let her rip

    Will get an update later tonight!
     
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    UPDATE:
    Chill Sunday, had a heart to heart with my dad while golfing. Always fun lol

    Been helping my parents build their house, and elsewhere. They decided to give me a little startup cash to buy articles and work harder on getting a job and building other stuff. Also want me to build them a site as well, but I probably won't be including that process in here unless people want me to?

    So going to work on KW research today to get my articles on the way. Also submitting my resume to a big company see how that goes, my friend is close with the VP of that department so we will see.

    Articles are ranking okay, indexing perfectly, just time to continue with content and let it age a bit. Still not making any money :'(
    I am getting some more views/activity on the site though which is always good :)

    GOALS for today:
    1) Auth Site
    KW Research for articles, thinking about 60

    2) IG
    Post pics
    Follow peeps

    3) Pinterest
    Already setup this morning so I don't forget -_-

    Will update later!
     
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    UPDATE:
    So I had a client (do sidework for website design and some graphic stuff, mostly for friends or my dads company) who wanted some articles. I had never outsourced articles but figured I would give it a shot, specially since I'm deciding to outsource my own articles. Well I used a service off BHW, and I must say I was disappointed to the max. I quickly learned the good ol saying "you get what you pay for" applies virtually everywhere. Well I got these half-ass articles, turned them into some decent articles, and sent them to my client to see if he wanted them. Haven't heard back from him yet so I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing?

    But what this leads me up to is that I must find another source for outsourcing my work as I do not want to be editing work like I had to from this seller. So I made another thread asking for some advice and got some good responses. Decided to try one guys approach and use iWriters. After setting up my campaign I had two people taking the two articles within about 30 mins. Just received the first one and it was well written. Met what I was looking for, and is a good sign to finding some decent quality articles. Granted, I paid more for them, but if it takes more to get better writing then I will just have to accept that.

    TODAY:
    1) Authority

    • found a new source for articles
    • First article is well written, so will stick with it
    • Waiting for second article to see how it turns out

    2) IG

    • Building, no results yet

    3) Pinterest

    • Letting this baby rip as usual, new update need to figure out what it means :O
     
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    So why are you outsourcing your writing anyway? I feel like in the early going, spending money on having someone else write for you is a tough pill to swallow when your initial budget is small. But maybe yours isn't? You already have a 100+ articles, when are you going to turn your attention to linkbuilding?
     
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    Good luck on your journey mate. Subscribed to see updates once you start earning from your project. :)
     
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    Looking good bud, Im from Texas as well over near Longview/Tyler and I'm about to be 24. Im gonna follow your progress and try to learn because I am very new to this whole process. Good luck!