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Knuffels Journey To $20,000 A Month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Knuffel, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Knuffel

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    Hey All!

    I've been registered here for a while now, regularly read the threads, but never actually contributed.

    A Bit Of History:

    My background was web design and as a front-end developer (it's helped nicely in recent years, keeping costs down etc).
    A few years ago I got into a cruddy situation... I'd just turned 20 and my Mom decided to kick my Sister and I out. I had to move in with my GF and her family at the time, which was not cool. They lived in the middle of nowhere, I was un-employed at the time, had to sell most of my stuff and also the relationship was never right anyway.

    Fast forward a year and a half and I finally ended it regardless of the fact I'd be homeless. I had a little bit of money from selling PCs. Managed to get a deposit together, first months rent etc. It was touch and go, moved in here and had a month to make some money.

    I got my proverbial $hit together and went mad on oDesk and got some web design clients. This became a necessity to live as I was still rural and still didn't have enough money to drive. Boo hoo right? Anyway, as I said web design kind of bored me at this point, clients wanted SEO for their sites so I learned it so I could charge more!

    Eventually I had a list of SEO clients and it was clear to me marketing was what I loved. I learned PPC, Affiliate Marketing and everything else.

    Pitfalls Of Being A Freelancer:

    Anyone here who has done serious freelancing will know how bad it is. Prices keep going down, clients demand more and more, endless revisions and the tendency to tell you how to do what they're hiring you for, then blaming you when it doesn't work. It's a circus!

    You do get stuck in this vicious circle, working to pay the bills and not having enough money to stop doing the client work. I can't tell you how much I wish I started in marketing in my teens, when I lived at home with minimal expenses, instead of wasting my days on games!

    Why I Stayed Away From The BlackHat Community:

    Despite the fact I have always utilized in some instances 'black hat methods' and always read these forums, I decided to stay clear because despite the anonymity you can have I didn't want to risk anything.

    I had my own website where I was trying to get big in the general marketing community and was at a point ranked on the 3rd page for 'marketing expert'. I didn't get a huge amount of clients through the site as it goes, it was a cool hobby to run this blog, but it wasn't worth the time or effort. I got sick of so called experts writing articles that were purposefully ambiguous raking in thousands a month. These 'white hat experts' are minus some exceptions, massive liars. The methods they write about, especially surrounding link building are extremely difficult to pull of for ranking a site. Sure you CAN build links white hat, but it's slow to do so and extremely difficult to get those links as you well know.

    I personally see myself as grey hat simply because I wont avoid a link building method because of a label. If I follow a black hat method I ensure I protect myself or my client when I do.

    What's Changed:

    Well I still have to do client work. That hasn't changed... I hate using my skills for people who underpay me, don't appreciate the skill that goes into controlling an entire marketing campaign (not just SEO) to get results. I also hate spending all my time working for others with very bad ideas, when I know if I had more time and resources I could rake in thousands for myself.

    My Journey:

    I've been sitting on a niche for over a year with an AWV of $80.00 give or take. To my amazement when I found it there was seriously low competition, additionally I was more surprised when I found in the last 18 months no one has dominated this niche yet.
    Based off of the searches for the main keyword alone and the rough figure that the first ranked site gets 42% of traffic I can realistically expect between $20,000 and $25,000 dollars a month from this niche if I do it right.

    Basing this off of an extremely optimistic 10% CTR on the ads. This probably wont turn out this way though. The thing is that this niche has potential for monetizing with Amazon, as well as other affiliates.
    Now don't get me wrong - I'm not a typical noob and have been victim of circumstance more often than not. I've helped greedy clients rake in 6 figures while they've paid me less than $2000 a month while working me to the bone. Luckily, I've learned a lot in the last 2 years. More often than not, way out of my depth and this has taught me fast. Not to mention the fear of being homeless and starving ensures you get better than your competition.
    Having said all of this I've started working on this niche. I have some tier 2 sites that are growing in the SERPs daily. I'm working on creating excellent content for the main site which I will obviously monetize with AdSense. Additionally, the site looks excellent compared to my competitors (web design background) and I'm highly optimistic about dominating the SERPs for my main keyword.

    I've found additional keywords that should more than double my traffic - no idea how this will impact income yet.

    Basically I was extremely lucky to find this niche. No matter how good you are at keyword research finding a niche like this takes a lot of luck... Also I know realistically because of client work I can only focus on one project at a time.

    Interestingly my tier 2s are doing so well that if I wanted to branch out with other related interests in the future I think I could build an extremely powerful private blog network for my future projects.

    So basically the plan is to rank #1 in the SERPs for my main keyword.

    I'll be posting updates on here and honestly any feedback is welcome. I may be pretty good at what I do, but I'm bound to make mistakes since I have major dollar signs in my eyes.

    I'll be using any income generate from this site to fund a startup I've had in mind for a while as well as build my PBN and a few other niche sites.

    As I said I'm still doing client work these days and I don't mind working for discounted rates for BHW members, if you are interested though let's not break any rules and don't take the pi$$!

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. AIMFOX1997

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    good luck in your journey ..............
    wish you the best :)
     
  3. terrycody

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    good luck my buddy, wish u success
     
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    Hi bud, I've been also considering about your way so far.So I'm going to follow your thread for learning and review the related things. My best Wishes for your success!!! Thank you!
     
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    Good luck and wish you success.
     
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    Good post. Sounds like you got it figured out. Keep after it!
     
  8. Porphyrogenitus

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    You sound like an upstanding, professional guy. I'm sure you will be successful in your journey. Here's what a VC who's office I used to work out of told me one time:

    "If you really want to be successful you have to reinvest everything that you earn. Just last week I at a banana peal out of a dumpster"

    To do his line of work you have to be an "accredited investor", i.e., have at least $2m. That kind of humility is why he can sign multi-million dollar investment contracts.

    (please don't take this next part personally, I'm genuinely just trying to give you some advice)

    My point just is, if you want to be free you can't be a slave to your spending habits spending. It sounds like you're making good money, but really if you think about it you can get by on $500/wk after taxes no problem if you have to. With your skills that should be just a few hours of work a week. If you can cut your spending to those levels, you'll have extra to invest in services/freelancers and you'll have more time to dedicate to to your main project. To be honest, I outsource all my SEO but I know for a fact that SEO is a winner take all game. Average player in the industry makes $102k/yr (IBISworld), and since so many people are making so little it obviously this means the real winners are making a killing.

    If you lock yourself away for 6 months with your knowledge and experience working solely on building up this site, honestly I don't see how you can fail. A 25k/mo niche is certainly attainable... in fact if you are really going to do this 24/7 I'd say aim even higher. Go for it, when you're young you can always rebuild. But forget the world for a while, otherwise you're just chasing empty dreams. This is going to take 24/7 work for months obviously, especially once your competition starts seeing you as a challenger.
     
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  9. CribWare

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    Best of luck mate.
     
  10. hassan_isabad_subar

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    Sounds great, good luck mate :)
     
  11. Boriss

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    Incredible journey, I wish you all the luck in the world. Never give up and you will succeed.

    I think you should set your goals even higher, it's the best way to go.
     
  12. Knuffel

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    Thanks all!

    I purchased some scraped content on Fiverr and I'm spinning this stuff to put on my web 2.0s.

    I've obviously got a separate e-mail for each of these, two of these web 2.0s have hand written content on, social profiles etc. I intend on purchasing better links to those two, perhaps from a guest post or PBN.

    Meanwhile the other web 2.0s I'm currently running NoHandsSEO on. Then pinging the sites daily.

    I'm holding off on building another 10 or so web 2.0s until I've seen the quality of the links I get from NoHands. I've never used it before, I'm actually giving it a trial until I've decided on the best option out there. I hear people talk about GSA with a lot of enthusiasm. What are your experiences with GSA?

    So yeah basically once these links have been indexed I want to take a look at them before I commit to using this on my other web 2.0s I plan on building. My second tier will obviously consist of me sending links at those links.

    I also found some good expired domains that I think are worth doing a 301 on. I'm undecided yet on whether to 301 these to my money site or my better quality tier 1's. The thing about doing a 301 is you lose about 60% of the juice from those links so you need to build more to that domain.

    Of course the greatest thing about using an expired domain for a 301 is you can remove it easy as pie so the links don't need to be the greatest in the world.

    Any advice is appreciated, seriously!
     
  13. Knuffel

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    So I was using the spinner from smallseotools for a while as I'm waiting on my next payment from clients to get a paid spinner.

    I just wanted to let you guys know, it's pretty awful and I was spending about 10 minutes per article to get barely readable articles.

    Instead of this I found out about another free web spinner online called 'articlespinner' by ezarticlelink. On the whole it's way better, you can spin multiple articles from your spintax which you have actual control over. For this reason a 500 word article turned into a 45 minute job which is pretty long. However I got 3 decently spun articles out of this.

    For a free option it's the best I've found so far. Will trial the best spinner soon and see how much better this is than this free alternative. Anything that decreases the amount of time I have to spend to get a quality set of spun articles is the way forward I think.
     
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    all the best mate :)
     
  15. Knuffel

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    So I'm trialing GSA Submitter.

    Good piece of software, haven't even got it setup perfectly as I have no captcha software, only running blog comments, with a few harvested public proxies. Need to watch some tutorials on getting it fine tuned for when I purchase.

    Built about 15 verified links in total to my tier 1's.

    The links I was getting on NoHands were terrible. No relevance whatsoever. I'd rather have 1000 relevant links than 10,000 non-relevant links.
     
  16. ok888

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    I was going to say good luck but in this situation luck wont help you but hard work will


    TEST TEST TEST
     
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    Good luck cashing your niche!

    If the numbers you claim are true then it's maybe worth investing in a ranking service from the market place.
     
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  18. Knuffel

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    Thanks guys. I've been thinking about checking out the market place. Any services miles better than the rest?
     
  19. Knuffel

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    Thinking about purchasing...

    So yesterday, two helpful BHW members suggested I check out some of the services here so I'll be doing that today. I'm also thinking about purchasing GSA, some private proxies, captcha sniper or similar, scrapebox (had it before but lost the e-mail) and possibly the best spinner.

    I've got long tail pro for my keyword research, mailchimp with auto-responders and various other pieces of software. None though that are great for black hat seo.

    So yeah I will see what's most cost effective today and get those for now!
     
  20. Knuffel

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    My other site is a small product reviews site focused in a Womens beauty based niche.

    I haven't done any SEO on it as of yet... Just have a 1,500 follower Tumblr account and a 800 follower Pinterest account.

    I'm getting about 10-15 visitors a day which is pretty low unfortunately, bounce rate of 1.87% though and this is equating to about 60 views on various pages per day.

    Got my first AdSense earnings from it yesterday of $0.60!

    So today I signed up for Twitter and Facebook to try get some extra visits from these two sites. I'll be concentrating on these for a while, before doing any SEO.

    Monetizing with AdSense and Amazon Affiliates.

    Hopefully this will turn into a good site for my portfolio, but has nowhere near the earning potential of my main niche-authority site I'm building.