1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

[Journey] Scribe's Journal - Noob to 10,000 a month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by scribeforthetribe, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    BHW is like a never ending all you can eat buffet where everything is your favorite food...

    So if I don't start a journal, I may never get moving.

    I've run (into the ground) three niche blogs in my life. I've made approximately $300 lifetime on those blogs, generally as an affiliate for some niche ebooks. I shied away from any SEO and more or less any publicity or networking whatsoever, and the results shouldn't be surprising in light of that.

    So I came here about a month ago, and read and read. I joined a couple similar forums, and read and read. I even started a journal at another forum but the nature of that forum doesn't seem to have people giving helpful advice as much as is the case here (every forum specializes in its own thing).

    I've collected several courses, and bought monster amounts of software, most notably Clyde's suite of products available on these forums, as well as Proxy multiplier. a few bots, Pin Pioneer, The Best Spinner, Scrapebox, and I am probably forgetting several, though my plan tonight is to inventory everything after my kids go to bed.

    I don't really know how to use these softwares yet but I am just going to start and learn, and fail spectacularly, and learn some more.

    First Steps:

    A week or so ago I purchased six adsense sites from williamk's service on these forums. They aren't finalized yet, but I did visit a couple of them a few minutes ago and it seems that they are close to being delivered by williamk.

    I have some major holes in my knowledge from there. I understand the concept of Link Pyramids and Link Wheel's but not sure how extensive of one to create for small niche sites. For example, one of the niches is a particular sneaker. I apologize for the newbie question, but if I were to create a bunch of Web 2.0's for this, would I make them completely associated with this particular site? i.e. a Nike Air Jordan Weebly. A Nike Air Jordan Squidoo lens (Nike is not the particular niche...just using as an example).

    This question gets thornier for me in regards to two authority blogs I own and want to improve as there's been no SEO or backlinking done. Do I make web 2.0's to point to these and make it clear to the reader that I am the owner of the 2.0 and the authority blog? Or is the point of the 2.0 to be a pseudonym fan-boy of the authority blog?

    Yes, I know it's a fundamental question but I think it's assumed that all noobs know this, and I don't.

    In addition to the adsense sites and two "authority" blogs, I will be getting much deeper into Kindle. I've written a couple books for Kindle that are linked from my one blog, but sales and traffic is minimal. Maybe $15 a month the last few months.

    So these are the three plates that I'm spinning for now. Adsense, Authority blog, and Kindle.

    I'm trying not to get distracted by all the other yummy BHW treats along the way, but there is an enormous amount of info on how to do SEO, Backlink, Social stuff, Youtube, Google +, Twitter etc.

    I'm interested in being slightly black hat but not at the risk of getting anything banned so I'm treading cautiously. However, if adsense gets banned or a site gets sandboxed, I am willing to accept that as part of the learning process...I'm just trying not to be reckless and causing it.

    I picked ten grand a month because that would replace our family income and hopefully pay for expensive health care for my kids who have pre-existing conditions.

    Any thoughts or advice would be most appreciated. Thx!
     
  2. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    And I forgot to put a time frame on this...I am shooting for twelve months from now (Aug 2013), which is probably very optimistic, but I am also very concerned with mass layoffs that keep occurring at my employer.
     
  3. susenky13

    susenky13 Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    10
    Best of luck to you, my friend. $10,000 a month does seem very optimistic, but it's very much possible if you're dedicated, committed, and have something to work for (particularly your children's health care (health > everything else)). Keep us updated on your progress. :)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. GobBluthJD

    GobBluthJD Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    781
    I'm following! Best of luck.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  5. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    The last two days have been trying to get an authority blog up and launched. I get lost a bit in trying to make everything perfect and that prevents me from launching. It also takes me a long while to figure out the simplest of things on the site. I'm beginning to think that Thesis isn't that great of a theme for a blog, or at least for idiots like me who don't know how to tweak it.

    I've been writing a freebie guide that will be used to entire email subscriptions. I've also placed an order for a BHW SEO service for my other blog which has had no significant traffic or work done on it in the year it's been open. I was surprised to see that I've managed to sell some Kindle books on that site this month. Copies of two books I wrote and so far my commission total for this month is $48.
     
  6. cutepinky

    cutepinky Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    16
    ohhh should i start my journal too?
     
  7. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    An update...just about a month into this journal and so I thought I'd give some numbers...definitely far short of $10,000 a month...but there's a ways to go.

    Kindle Royalties - $22.28
    Adsense Revenue - $2.24

    So that's just short of $25 in about a month. I have six adsense sites right now and they aren't getting any traffic. I'm averaging less than 1 impression per day per site. I've done little SEO. I ordered a small SEO package on one of the sites and it had very little effect. The good thing is that I have the WEB 2.0's that came with that package and I can begin to start bolstering those Tier 1 links a bit. I didn't want to go like a bat out of hell coming out of the gate so I will slowly build things up in Month 2.

    I have a Socialadr monthly subscription and I tried it out today for a link on my Authority site. My Authority site is in the IM niche and is a bit like this journal except much more in depth. I have a couple of affiliate ads on the site for different IM tools. This site just launched and I don't even have my second article up yet. I'll be using Socialadr for the adsense sites as well.

    On my authority blog, I have a handful of premium plugins that I am trying out to help do on page SEO, syndicate content and create backlinks. I'm using Doc Presser - which spins your articles into PDF's with backlinks and uploads them to about a dozen document sharing sites, WP Traffic Magnet - which does something similar for Web 2.0's, and WP Easy SEO which is a nice plugin for assessing the On Page SEO of my articles. I really can't speak to whether the other two plugins are effective at all...too soon in the process.

    I've also ordered a service from BHW for my authority blog that creates a dozen EDU blogs for you and uploads an article to each. I will be actively using these for creating backlinks to all the sites.

    I'm working my way thru creating systems (procedures, process flows, whatever you want to call them...) still, that I can copy and repeat for all of the sites, with some variations. I've got dozens of automation tools in my hands, and I don't really know how to use them all yet so I am working with them one at a time to try to figure them out and as I assemble my systems I will share them here.

    Still finding it hard to focus on one thing and I am always afraid I'll miss something on the BH forums...just trying to remind myself to focus on one step at a time.
     
  8. Michael Knight

    Michael Knight Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2012
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    California
    interesting to see your results. I'll be following
     
  9. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    I've not given up on my journey, but have been lax in updating it. I am going to try to update it daily because some of the things I learn and my thoughts on them might help other newbies like myself.

    For November, month to date, I've sold seven Kindle books. This is actually a good month for me. I have only three titles out there, and they are actual books written by me, not recipe books or other stolen/rehashed content. I've been using socialadr to drive some traffic directly to the Amazon listing of one of my books, which has sold five of the seven copies this month. I have a $40/month (coupon somewhere on Google) subscription to socialadr and I'm not sure it's worth it right now. If I can leverage it for traffic at some of the other sites, maybe, but right now it's not being covered completely by my Kindle royalties.

    I'm testing out whether backlinking the hell out of my Amazon book listings will help. My understand is that Amazon won't ban or penalize you, so I hope this is true. My books sit on the third page or fourth page of Amazon, on average, for my main keyword, so I want to get them on the first page.

    I've made $59 so far this month on adsense, spread across six sites. Part of this boost is from using Innoshow's ad service on this forum. Yes, I know the risks. I am playing it very carefully and if I do get banned, I am prepared to accept that. My return has been about 5:1 so far, using this service, which means I've spent a little over ten dollars so far this month on ads.

    Started another new blog on the topic of meditation, which I am very passionate about. I started this blog a few days ago and have created one Web2.0 so far with a backlink to the main site. I manually built the Web2.0 on Typepad. Today and tomorrow I will be working on a Squidoo lens as well, which will be part of my Tier 1. The only item of monetization that I have planned so far is a book I wrote on the topic of meditation.

    I've soured a bit on some of the services offered in BH forums, and so I am working thru how to manually create links myself, at least my 1st Tier.
     
  10. stfrank

    stfrank Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    2,012
    Likes Received:
    1,922
    Home Page:
  11. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    I will add that I have a subscription for Linklicious, the lowest paid tier, and am using this for every backlink that I create.

    I'm learning Scrapebox as well (which I bought with the BHW link for $57), but just as a search tool right now. The threads on here regarding Footprints have been incredible lately. I'll be mentioning different products and services throughout this journal because I think it's important to give the full picture. I've spent a fair bit of money on tools and some services starting out here, and it's important to keep that in consideration with the profits I do make, because right now I am deep in the red from what I've spent on these things. Hopefully that will change soon.

    I also rent a VPS monthly for $59/month, and there are many more tools I have that I've still yet to learn, that I will mention as I use them.

    Some that come to mind, is that I buy ten private proxies every month, for $20. I bought some credits on Copyscape and DeathbyCaptcha as well...ugh...I'll take this part offline. I'm going to write down everything I've spent on tools so far and add that as a subsequent entry, then vomit, then get back to work.
     
  12. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    It's been a hectic few days at home. I am a father of 3 year old triplets and my wife is on a Cruise that she qualified for with sales incentives for her side business. That means I've been managing the kids while she's gone and I'm pretty whooped once I finally scoop them to bed.

    But given that some progress is better than no progress...

    I'll start breaking things out into specific projects, since there are multiple.

    Project Meditation-authority site that I just launched. I spent about an hour today setting up a Facebook page, signing up for Twitter, and also getting a branded gMail account, for it and finding some high PR, expired Tumblr's that I could scoop up for Tier 1 back links. I found two PR3's and a PR2 and I developed one of them today (one of the PR3's), created a short post with a backlink to my money site. I find these using Scrapebox, looking for recently dead ones with PR >=2. I'm reading up on what I can regarding how to use Tumblr. Since Meditation is a bit of a wholesome topic, things that normally draw traffic well such as pics of half naked women, or fast cars, don't fit too well with this niche.

    Project Adsense (6 Adsense sites currently). I continue to run campaigns from Innoshow. I try to set up a weeklong campaign so I don't have to manage it daily, and I am going very easy on the campaign. I am at $98 income for the month (as of today) so it would seem that I will certainly cross $100 finally.

    I took advantage of some Black Friday/ Cyber Monday specials and picked up Zennoposter Standard, Keyword Map Pro, and the Social Media Bots that are for sale on these Forums. How to use these yet, I don't know, but my first step is to learn the Social Media Bots to start growing my new Twitter account and Facebook page that are associated with Project Meditation.

    Is there any benefit to getting my site listed with BOTW Directory (Best of the Web)? They are having a cyber sale, which I will probably miss by the time I get the answer. CYBER50 is the code if anyone is interested.
     
  13. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    I should sub-title this entry "Misadventures in Stupidity."

    So yes I'm a noob. And I've been acting like an idiot. No arguments from me. When I started researching internet marketing in July of this year, I immediately gravitated to black hat forums. And because I wanted to be action-oriented I immediately bought many different softwares and tried many different services/techniques, related to websites, driving traffic, and creating backlinks.

    When one tries a little bit of everything, one doesn't get far, or so I've learned now.

    One of the first things I did was pay for a service on these forums to start me out with a half dozen adsense sites. The niches I got were, quite frankly, pretty far removed from what I felt like I could continually create new content for, and still give a shyt about. Things like wall art for your bathroom or storage auctions in certain geographic locations of the US. I felt reservations then with these niches, but I went forward anyway because I thought if you were good at marketing, you could may a go at just about anything.

    Well I'm not good at marketing yet, and I can't seem to get myself to care about these niches. Four of the six sites are actually trademarks. This is not the BST persons fault, I requested a mix of trademarks and non-trademarks, again because I had no idea what the frig I was doing.

    A few weeks ago I really started feeling uneasy about having these trademarked URL's and was planning to get out of them, but never pulled the trigger because I was dedicating my time to another website that I am passionate about, and writing a Kindle book for it.

    Well I didn't get busted for trademark yet, but my Adsense account got disabled last night for unnatural traffic, from a service here on the BST's. This is fine. I'm not terribly upset about it, but this just gave me the motivation finally to take the six websites offline, which is what I did today, and redirect my plan toward my passion sites.

    So yes I wasted a shyt-ton of time and was very ignorant and noobish in the process.

    What I have left is:

    I have a site now that covers meditation.

    I have a second site that is my own personal name, that covers books I've written on Kindle.

    And I have a third site which is literally a personal journal of what I am learning, applying and mislearning on Internet Marketing.

    On the whole, I don't feel too terrible. I read stuff, then took action, then read more, and took more action. But I think I took action before I fully understood what the hell I was doing...and I still don't fully know what I'm doing.

    So what's the new plan? Working on that now and will update it hopefully later tonite or tomorrow.
     
  14. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    I'm concentrating on the Meditation site this week and I'm developing some simple systems to help me streamline some of the engagement and marketing processes. I am going in a White Hat direction with this, and the intent is to make this meditation site an authority site. I see a lot of crap out there, and much of it not updated in several years. This is a topic I am passionate about and that I think I can continue with for several years.

    Let me share one that I used today to help me with Twitter and Facebook Page engagement. This should help some newbies, as it did for me, and I'm not the genius who thought this up. It's a combination of what I've learned others use.

    1. I use delicious.com bookmarklet to queue up good articles all the time that I might want to share on Twitter and FB.

    2. In Delicious, I tag the articles I bookmark with a tag that is specific to the name of my meditation website so that I know the article is related to that site and what I want to promote.

    3. I create a feed for these delicious bookmarks, which any of you can do. Feed format is as follows: www.delicious.c0m/v2/rss/delicioususername/delicioustag

    4. I also create a feed from YouTube based on several of my keywords. The feed format is as follows: www.youtube.c0m/rss/search/keyword1+keyword2.rss

    5. I also load up on feeds for other blogs related to my niche.

    6. For queueing up tweets, I signed up for the pro plan of bufferapp. You can use the free plan, but I think it will only let you queue up a few days worth. I set my schedule in buffer app to tweet four times a day, every four hours. On weekends it's only twice a day. I install the bufferapp firefox add on.

    7. I head over to Google reader where all my feeds are from above. And I start going thru the feeds. If I like something, I simply use the bufferapp button to add the tweets/FB posts to my schedule.

    8. Daily: Spend a few minutes a day going thru my stream for retweets, and DM'ing any new followers to thank them for following me.

    So for the most part, once this is set up, it takes less than a half hour to set up a week's worth of tweets. As today was the first time I did this entire thing, including creating and adding the feeds, it took about two hours, but I am queued up through the end of next wednesday for both Twitter and Facebook. Bufferapp also works with several other social media platforms but I haven't had time to check out which one's yet and I'm only on Twitter and FB so far.

    I also added another article to the main site today, targeting a low-hanging-fruit keyword. As the site is not fully set up yet, I've only been going after some keywords that generate a handful of global monthly searches. These are easier to own in the SERPs as I am starting out.

    I spent another two hours jotting down notes of other areas I need to cover, on and off the site. There are just so many options out there, and I still have to add the appropriate plugins, contact us, privacy page etc. to the site. It's a bit overwhelming when you don't know what the hell you are doing, like me, but I am pleased with some of the steps I've taken today.

    I have a fulltime job and three little kids so my progress may not be as fast as others, and I have to learn each step of the way, as I execute it, since my knowledge level still sucks and I got too lost in overexposure to "methods" over the last few months.

    I've abandoned all softwares for the moment, till I come up with a linkbuilding plan. And I've archived 100% of the internet marketing courses and articles collected from here and elsewhere. It's my intent to only study what I need, when I need it...and the past few days it was studying how to be active and engaged on Twitter/FB without always having to be on.

    My FB page is brand new, with no followers, as of today. My twitter is an old account under my personal name but with only 255 followers. I hadn't used it in several months, and today, I cleared out all the people I'm following and started fresh with a dozen or so people who are directly related to this niche.

    I'm trying to keep better track of what I spend and use as well. I paid for the domain and hosting for one year already. That is approximately $88 for both. I also paid for a year of Elegant Themes for $39. I also spent $10 here on BHW for some help finding several thousand long tail keywords.

    The only monetization I have currently on the site is a link to two Kindle books I wrote.

    Total Cost to Date: $137
    Total Revenues in December so far: $14.54
     
  15. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    Forgot to mention that as part of my daily Twitter plan, I am intending to find and follow up to five people a day related to my niche.
     
  16. scribeforthetribe

    scribeforthetribe Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    31
    It's been a busy couple of days with the blog and creating systems that I can repeat for new content. In my last post I talked about my twitter daily and weekly checklist and I continue to do that daily at least the steps in regards to verifying articles in my Google reader and using del.icio.us bookmarks what for the good ones that I may want to add to my twitter stream later.

    I've been working on creating systems for content reuse and implementing them in the last two days. So for example, I created a new article for blog that was about 500 words long targeting the low hanging fruit keyword. By low hanging fruit I'm talking about keywords that have usually less than 100 searches a month. I'm finding that I can often just write the article and call it with Linklicious & the article generally ends up in the top 100 search results within a day again for low hanging fruit keyword so not that impressive.

    However I can do a couple of things that can push it to page-one rather quickly. The first thing that I do is create a PowerPoint presentation that I upload to slideshare.net. The PowerPoint usually takes only 10 min. or so for me to create. I'm sure it would be faster as I get better at it but I just started doing this yesterday. If you take your original article input into Microsoft Word and after each sentence make it a

    You can then load that Word document as long as it's been saved as a text file into PowerPoint and PowerPoint will make each sentence its own slide. You can do some very quick formatting and adding some links including linking any photos you put in the PowerPoint to your website. The great thing about this is you can really keyword stuff this PowerPoint to 10% or more and not really run afoul of search engines at least so I'm told.

    Then the beautiful thing about the PowerPoint is I can take that and using camtasia quickly make a video that I narrate and also put some nice meditation music behind. Since my niche is meditation it turns out really nicely. That was the easy part. The bigger pain in the asked today was signing up for a handful of video upload sites. So I hit Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, and a brand new Youtube channel to upload my screencast. I'm looking for other sites as well, but I spent several hours on this today and ready to turn my attention to other things.

    So my plan is with each article that I create for the blog targeting one of thousands of keywords that I managed to accumulate for my niche to also quickly create the PowerPoint and upload a video screen cast of my PowerPoint presentation to the top video upload websites.

    I'm running out of time for the day as it's Christmas season and there are a lot of things I need to take care of for my kids but I did spend time in the last two days creating a newsletter from aWeber. The only thing keeping me from launching it on the website is I'm still in the process of creating an e-book to entice subscribers. As we are entering the weekend I'm not sure how much more time available to devote to this before Monday again because of the holiday but I'm hoping to finalize a strategy for creating memes and uploading them to pinterest, tumblr, and Facebook.
     
  17. ComputerJunkie

    ComputerJunkie Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2012
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    82
    Just read you're progress, not quite sure why no one has actually replied but what your doing in regards to trying to get started with in the IM world and having triplets etc is quite inspiring, well done for keeping the drive and determination, most would have probably quit by now.

    I understand what your saying about learning certain things as and when you need them or on a need to know basis but if I were you I would learn how to back link, effectively as this will increase your SE positions.

    Personally I'm no pro but I've seen some success in what I've been doing and I have been targeting keywords within the 800-1000 local search count have have reached 1-5 positions for over 5 keywords.

    Work on one site at a time, add a least 10-15 good informative posts which I already think you are doing, judging by your grammar on these lengthy posts here.

    It's taken me around a month to get ranked for my keywords and there med-low competition and sitting at around 800 local searches so if your aiming for keywords that only have a handful of searches then you should see much more dramatic changes in implementing what I'm about to tell you.

    As I said, I'm not a pro, I've just been successful with this method and most of all it's self sufficient.

    You have scrapebox and only use it for locating expired tumblr domains? Now you've completely abandoned all your software you've spent money on?

    Have a look at these link building program's

    Ultimate Demon
    SEnuke XCR
    GSR

    Those program's should help you build tier 2-3's at the shedload, even useful for tier 1's but use decent content so they stick.

    So once you've literally added 12 posts or so gather up your post urls and keywords for those urls that you want to rank for, start building web 2's

    Wordpress
    Tumblr
    Blogger
    Squidoo

    Etc, set them up being as neutral as possible, don't directly spam your link but mention a couple other websites that do what you do, link to them aswell if you want, no keywords though simply there brand, and somewhere within that web 2 place your link within anchor text.

    Once you've built a good 5-10 web 2.0s with your keywords as anchors it's time to create tier 2 and 3's this is where senuke, ultimate demon or GSR comes in, you want these links to be created by the masses and also automated, set and forget, create campaign and let it simmer.

    Once you've back linked your back links, look into a prog called back link monitor, wack all your back links in a project and then simply monitor them, links will die everyday, you need to counter this by creating them. ( link building being an ongoing process ).

    It's important that your tier 1's stick and that you can control them, otherwise all your tier 2's and 3's you create on them will fall and not increase rankings...

    Anyways I'm blabbering on a bit here and it is 2am, just read your journey and wanted to share with you what had taken me a couple months of testing and around $300 to find out, and I will stick to what I have said above, I'm not an expert, I've just seen significant changes in my rankings for multiples sites implementing what I have suggested, let me know if it helps you...