Journey to an Authority site... journey to a thousand articles...follow the epic journey!

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Hi guys- I decided to contribute and make a journey on my latest authority site monetized by Adsense.

I do a lot of things outside of this, BUT in this thread this site will be only focus.

The domain is a couple of months old, and I started working on the site about a week ago.

I do IM fulltime for over 14 hours a day. (my work is more important than sleep)

I know exactly what I am doing and have done this before so everything will be done to perfection. I have websites with over 50k uniques per day and have sold websites for over 30k GPB =) Might not be "great" but it's enough to show that I know what I am doing.

The site, will NOT be revealed. But apart from that I will try to be as transparent as possible.

The plan:

Content:
Produce 1,000 high quality articles as soon as possible. Most of the articles(if not all) will be targeting long tail phrases in its niche.
(It's a huge niche with a lot of long tails) The articles will be outsourced from QUALITY writers who write excellent content. I am using multiple who are part of my content team.

The purpose of the content will be to INFORM and will be monetized by Adsense only.

Current article count: 43
Avg articles per day added so far: 5

Most articles are 700-1k words -
ALL are 500+ words


SEO:
A hard blown SEO campaign for this website will not start until at least 500 articles. But light link building efforts will be done by an epic SEO team. I will keep you guys updated on exactly what kind of SEO is done...

Site:
Yes, I am outsourcing a lot of stuff. BUT- the site will be only controlled by me. I will add the articles myself and make sure each article has perfect on-page SEO. I will proof-read before adding any articles to make sure they are perfect.

ADS are not yet added and will be added after I start seeing some solid traffic...

The purpose of building this site is to eventually sell it for high $xx,xxx or lower $xxx,xxx - if I do decide to sell it, I will reveal the website and it will be through Flippa. But that is a very long time away, lets focus on the "now"

THIS thread.. will be updated almost daily

If I have missed anything, let me know!

It will be a long and a tiresome journey

TO A THOUSAND ARTICLES = )
 
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The joys of writing articles... I've never had them lol I'm liking the start of this journey and am curious to see how things turn out. Good luck & Have fun! :eek:
 

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Thank you =)

I don't like writing articles either, that is why I leave that part to the people who love doing it!
 

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I'm doing the same thing, with the exception that I'm writing all my own content. Presumably you have found yourself a stable of high quality article writers, as this will be vital to the journey. Will be watching this thread closely, authority is certainly the way to go. SEO isn't going to be done until 500 articles, how hard are you going to go with the link building? I hear a lot about how authority sites can be more agressive with linking? Is this something you are considering.

Good luck btw.
 

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Good luck on your journey man. I'm always interested in authority sites because im in the process of building one as well
 

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Good luck with your journey man! I'm working on a Authority site to, but i'll do all by my self.
 

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I always do wonder why people think throwing a thousand articles on a website = authority?

An authority site is one that has a HUGE trust rank fro Google, with very high quality content that is respected by real professionals in that industry.

An authority site is not 1000 x $5 articles!
 

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What's your timescale to get to 1,000 articles and how much are you paying per article?
 

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Good luck on your journey man. I'm always interested in authority sites because im in the process of building one as well
Thank you buddy! Best of luck with your site as well.

Good luck with your journey man! I'm working on a Authority site to, but i'll do all by my self.
Thank you and goodlucksir!

I always do wonder why people think throwing a thousand articles on a website = authority?

An authority site is one that has a HUGE trust rank fro Google, with very high quality content that is respected by real professionals in that industry.

An authority site is not 1000 x $5 articles!
Firstly, the articles are not $5 articles, they are high quality 700+ word articles. If you can find some one willing to write 700+ word extremely high content for 5 dollars, I will eat my socks.

Furthermore, I didn't state that by "throwing" a thousand articles at this site will become an authority in its niche, it's simply a start of a journey.



What's your timescale to get to 1,000 articles and how much are you paying per article?
My maximum timescale is about a year for a thousand articles, for some of the articles I am paying $10+ dollars - it is extremely high quality content.

I'm doing the same thing, with the exception that I'm writing all my own content. Presumably you have found yourself a stable of high quality article writers, as this will be vital to the journey. Will be watching this thread closely, authority is certainly the way to go. SEO isn't going to be done until 500 articles, how hard are you going to go with the link building? I hear a lot about how authority sites can be more agressive with linking? Is this something you are considering.

Good luck btw.
Indeed, content is vital. And you are right the reason why I am waiting until the site ages and that I reach 500 articles is that I will be a bit heavy on the link building. However, I won't use any blackhat - all "white". The other reason is that I want to see how much traffic 500 high quality articles alone will bring me, which should be interesting to see.

Authority sites can be much more aggressive, but it is very hard to get that "authority" status. Best of lucky with your site as well buddy!
 

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Day 1:

Update: 47 articles thus far - 4 articles added today.

I have started some light SEO as promised, I have purchased 30 manual social bookmarks to one of my new posts, this post targets a very noncompetitive term for 1k exacts
I am testing the waters at the moment, so we'll see how that works out.

I am thinking of launching a youtube channel for the website uploading a video every single friday about a specific topic mentioned on the website. I'll need to outsource this so I'll do some research and see where it leads...

I am also thinking of buying a infographic creation and distribution service - targeting one of my posts on the site, again to lightly experiment and see how it performs.

Those are my thoughts for today
 

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Day 1:

Update: 47 articles thus far - 4 articles added today.

I have started some light SEO as promised, I have purchased 30 manual social bookmarks to one of my new posts, this post targets a very noncompetitive term for 1k exacts
I am testing the waters at the moment, so we'll see how that works out.

I am thinking of launching a youtube channel for the website uploading a video every single friday about a specific topic mentioned on the website. I'll need to outsource this so I'll do some research and see where it leads...

I am also thinking of buying a infographic creation and distribution service - targeting one of my posts on the site, again to lightly experiment and see how it performs.

Those are my thoughts for today
Good idea with a youtube channel, that get you some views to on the site to.
 

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This sounds like it could be an interesting journey to follow. Subscribed.

Best of luck with things.
 

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I am thinking of launching a youtube channel for the website uploading a video every single friday about a specific topic mentioned on the website. I'll need to outsource this so I'll do some research and see where it leads...

I am also thinking of buying a infographic creation and distribution service - targeting one of my posts on the site, again to lightly experiment and see how it performs.

Those are my thoughts for today
The YouTube channel is great, while my channel doesn't drive a wild amount of traffic to my site, the traffic that does come from YouTube is very targeted, has a low bounce rate, and a high rate of user engagement. I just write a script and get my girlfriend to do a voiceover, which works fine.

On the infographic thing, their are a number of creators which allow you to build your own infographics. The pro memberships for these services are generally cheaper than the cost of one infographic service. Of course you have to do all the distribution yourself which can be a pain, but if your willing to do it yourself you can save yourself some cash.
 

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Good idea with a youtube channel, that get you some views to on the site to.
Thank you - and in the niche I am in, the videos tend to be quiet entertaining and could possibly go viral so It'll be a good side-thing to the site.

This sounds like it could be an interesting journey to follow. Subscribed.

Best of luck with things.
Thank you =)

The YouTube channel is great, while my channel doesn't drive a wild amount of traffic to my site, the traffic that does come from YouTube is very targeted, has a low bounce rate, and a high rate of user engagement. I just write a script and get my girlfriend to do a voiceover, which works fine.

On the infographic thing, their are a number of creators which allow you to build your own infographics. The pro memberships for these services are generally cheaper than the cost of one infographic service. Of course you have to do all the distribution yourself which can be a pain, but if your willing to do it yourself you can save yourself some cash.
Try a site called "view.ly" for your youtube videos, I believe first you have to gather people from related videos and then it automatically shares people your video with those people. Super effective and simple =)

Also the infographics, I have a lot of things going on apart from this website so it will be very time consuming for me to create it myself - I love outsourcing and my general rule is that if I have the money to spare, and other people can do it better than me, OUTSOURCE IT! It'll be pretty cool to eventually have an info-graphic for each post, that's a pretty crazy goal, but if it happens to perform well in regards to distribution and traffic. I will actually buy info graphics creation and distribution twice a week. I think they are very underrated and can be vital for a site like mine.
 

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hey there, nice journey thread (little different) as 1k articles site will be a big one and that too with quality content!! you'll surely bank hard in long run. Best of luck for your journey.
 

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hey there, nice journey thread (little different) as 1k articles site will be a big one and that too with quality content!! you'll surely bank hard in long run. Best of luck for your journey.
Thank you =) Failure is impossible with quality content.



Update..

Article count is now 53

I now starting to see some traffic from google for (not provided keywords)

Received 25 unique visitors from Google so far since site establishment and the great thing is the avg bounce rate is 13minutes - this just goes to show how quality content can keep the visitors hooked.

I am now starting to think of strategic adsense placement locations, but I still doubt that I will withhold ad placement until a solid number of visitors everyday.

By September 1st, I am fairly confident that this will site will attract at least 100 unique visitors a day with very light SEO... that is on the basis of what I've been seeing so far.
And a simple calculation would be.. if every article produces 1 unique visitor a day from Google - and we have 100 articles, that's 1 visitor per day.

Of course this is a very short term calculation... and I am expecting visitor generation per article to be MUCH higher than 1 for the keywords which are targeted.

The social bookmarking for one of the articles are now complete and I'll report back on how that article performs!

That's it for the updates for today =)
 

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Great! I have also started a website like yours since three months. I'm planning to have 1000 articles before the end of the year. Actually, I have 70 articles. A mix of 300 words, 700 words and +1500 words. The amount of traffic is pretty low though. Around 50 visits each day. Hope that it will increase when I earn some authority.

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This journet really motivates me! I'm currently working on my new site in the sport niche, and i'm planning to hit atleast 50 articles before i starts in school again (12 August) I got 13 atm.
 

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This journet really motivates me! I'm currently working on my new site in the sport niche, and i'm planning to hit atleast 50 articles before i starts in school again (12 August) I got 13 atm.
Sport niche? You mean Sport news?
 
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