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[Method/Journey] Rank New Non-EMD Site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by azusa, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. azusa

    azusa Newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Hi guys. I'm Azusa and this is my first post.

    I've been lurking here in BHW for at least a year now (I'm a member of Warrior Forum under a different username, but I don't go there anymore because those bastards suck) silently reading as many threads as I could, but never actually joining. Last month, I finally joined as a BHW member, specifically to reply to some thread about facebook e-whoring, only to then be distracted by all the members area downloads. I went straight to the BHW sitemap and started downloading everything.

    As I downloaded as much "free" stuff as my three hard drives could bare, I realized that if I really wanted to increase my online income, I would have to take action. Exactly twenty days ago, I did just that.

    I already run a bunch of affiliate stores, but don't do anything really special about them anymore since they weren't converting, and all of them are crappy and obviously half-assed. Most of them are nowhere to be found on Google now even for low-competition keywords, and some of them can't even be found when I type the EMD in the search bar. So I decided that I would just get a new domain and try to build an actual brandable site that can rank for my low-competition keywords. I'm using all the same keywords that I was trying to rank for with my other stores.

    This was (and still is) the Plan:

    STEP 1:

    Buy a new
    Non-EMD Domain and start using my paid hosting account for all my sites. 20 days into my first month and already I'm having noticeably less problems with all of my sites.

    Cost: $10 a month + $13 for the new domain

    STEP 2:

    Set-Up the site. I built an affiliate store, again. Hey, that's the only type of monetizable site I actually know how to set-up. But this time, I'm taking great care on using a
    nice, clean, high conversion theme, and actually spending time on developing my site as opposed to the set and forget method I was using before.

    STEP 3:

    I bought a
    nice logo + custom header and footer deal on fiverr, and signed up for an old affiliate program I've joined before. This girl's products were nice, and she gave me some free stuff to review and keep even though I probably converted zilch for her in the past.

    Cost: +$15 for logo, header and footer.
    Earnings: Free Stuff which I sold on ebay for $50. I was really tempted to keep the stuff though.
    Profit so far: $50 - $15 - $10 - $13 = $12

    STEP 4:

    I started
    building backlinks manually. I've already been burned by Google before for spamming, so this time I was careful. I also bribed a friend to help me build backlinks. It's amazing what that boy would do for my cookies. He's like my best friend, and he's really really good at following instructions. Anyway, this is the bulk of what I'm doing now, and for the first time in a long time, my affiliate stores are actually making me some decent money.

    Cost: About $85 so far for cookie ingredients and coffee.
    Earnings: At this rate, I'm about to earn around $100 for October. Not bad for a month-old site. I hope that by next month, I'd have it up to $500 so that I'd have some money to invest on a large Christmas product-launch. I'm already preparing for it as we speak.

    My backlinking strategy looks something like this:

    200 Web 2.0 Backlinks
    200 Wiki Backlinks
    100 Blog Comments

    . Yes, manual submissions, all live, different IP addresses and browsers, different urls, no bought links. I'm pretty sure my friend is the Terminator, since he built two-thirds of all my links. And I made sure he was doing them manually, and not using some software or service. I wasn't too sure about the link quality at first, but I checked them and they seemed good enough.

    The big surprise is that I'm ranking for my keywords now! I said before that I started 20 days ago. Well, I meant that I bought the domain 20 days ago. I actually only started building links two weeks ago, and already I'm at number eight for my main keyword, and average of number 19 for all my secondary keywords (not counting the ones that are nowhere to be found, of course). These are the highest SERPs I've ever gotten, and if I'm careful, I bet I can take my site to the top.

    So far I have 1924 links to my site (don't know how many are indexed, but I've tried submitting all of them), and have experienced some dancing from Google, but I think I avoided the dreaded sandbox so far. I hope they don't sandbox the site during Christmas season. Bet that'll feel like a punch to the uterus.

    Anyway, that's about it.
    When I get to around 5000 backlinks, I'll see about using a backlink service here on BHW since by then, my site can probably take some spam heat.

    Wow, this post got long. Hope it helps someone here out. BHW has turned my life around, and I'm now a step closer to fully realizing my dream of passive online income. I just wanted to help the community in anyway I can, and I figured sharing my method was the least I could do.

    One last thing. Finding new and interesting methods to make money is fun, but all the methods in the world are useless if you don't actually act on them. Guys,

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  2. Absurtuk

    Absurtuk Regular Member

    Mar 1, 2013
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    Hey this is a great sum-up of all required stuff . Thank you.
  3. imktng

    imktng Junior Member

    Dec 4, 2012
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    That's great! $100 on a newish site is pretty cool! All the best with this!
  4. AquaticGamer

    AquaticGamer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Apr 13, 2013
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  5. dulkemot

    dulkemot Junior Member

    Jan 5, 2011
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    i use EMD method for amazon affiliate
    but not Luck in this mount..
    thanks for your jurney.. bookmark it
  6. azusa

    azusa Newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
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    There's something wonky going on about the BHW commenting system...
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013
  7. azusa

    azusa Newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Hi guys, I'm Azusa and this is my second post.

    To start with, let me just thank
    Absurtuk, imktng, AquaticGamer, and dulkemot for replying to the thread and wishing me luck on my journey.

    It's now been exactly one month since I built my affiliate store. In my last post, I said I was on track to make $100 (I think I forgot to mention that this was pure profit after deducting my living expenses) for October, assuming I didn't get sandboxed or deindexed or anything. Well, I'm happy to report that my store is still alive, or more appropriately for the season,

    This is how I spent the ten days since my last post:

    10 DAYS AGO:

    I contacted the girl who creates the products I promote.
    We discussed what products to sell to take advantage of the season. She says that she and her team would get started on some stuff right away. I spent the rest of the day researching halloween-themed sites, looking for design elements I could copy. Seasonal fashion stores are some of the best-designed sites I've ever seen, and they were perfect for what I had in mind.

    9 DAYS AGO:

    I start rolling over the Halloween-theme for the store. This included making links orange instead of the usual blue. I also changed the background of the store to have spooky Halloween-inspired elements such as spider-webs, witches, cauldrons, and pumpkins. Luckily, I've become damn good at editing css and html over the years and didn't have to hire anybody for this, beyond paying for the actual graphics on fiverr. This came from loads of practice, plain and simple. Unfortunately, no blackhat method can ever truly replace actual practice. Wish there was though.

    8 DAYS AGO:

    I spent the whole day preening myself up for a party later that night. I don't actually remember much of what happened during that party. I pretty much wasted, in every sense of the word, a day for stress-relief and fun. It's important to do this once in a while, otherwise you'll burn out.

    7 DAYS AGO:

    I woke up with the worst headache ever and an awful taste in the back of my throat. After taking a couple of pills, I showered, dressed, and kicked the Terminator off the bed to check my email. My supplier said she would make it just in time for a Halloween Product Launch. I began planning and preparing for the launch. I asked my supplier to give me preliminary, high-quality photos of her products. I began preselling to my email list, announcing the new products on my affiliate store, and other efforts to make my readership aware of the upcoming launch.

    6 DAYS AGO:

    I notified my hosting provider that I might experience some spikes in traffic
    on Halloween. I told them that it would be because of an upcoming product launch. They said they have already begun relocating websites weeks ago so that the servers can better handle the expected traffic spikes this Halloween. They assured me that the server my store was on could handle the traffic. I also notified Paypal, telling them that I was expecting a sudden influx of payments to my account that would correspond with a Halloween product launch, just in case. Paypal sent me a completely unhelpful and unsolicited automated response telling me how to send money to other Paypal accounts. I recorded a log of my email to them and their response just in case.


    The Terminator and I began building links to the site like crazy. Between the two of us, we managed to make maybe twice as many links as we normally could. We've barely slept or showered in the last five days, and my desk is stacked to the cieling with empty pizza boxes, half-eaten cookies, and coffee cans.

    As I said in my last post, these are
    manual submissions, all live, different IP addresses and browsers, different urls, no bought links. I've been trying to do this strictly by white hat, at least, until my site gets enough trust from Google to take some spam links.

    Speaking of trust from Google, as of yesterday, I'm ranking at number 6 for my main keyword and an average of number 15 for my secondary keywords, (not counting the ones that are nowhere to be found). So far, I have 3895 backlinks to my site, and the site seems more stable. It's not dancing as much as it did ten days ago.


    The product launch was a real success! I've been getting sales all day, and it's only now that the influx of customers has died down a little bit. I monitored my traffic, and the site hasn't been down at all today. I am so glad that I've moved to paid hosting. I've made it a point to be on call to answer customer inquiries for every product launch I've ever done, and today wasn't any different. Being on call could mean the difference between a sale and a "maybe later" that would never convert.

    Anyway, that's about it. Here are my costs and earnings for October:

    $500-$600 for food and sustenance
    $800 rent for my place
    $500-$600 miscellaneous expenses

    Total Costs: $1800 - $2000

    40% of all sales I refer
    40% of $6305 worth of sales: $2522

    Total Earnings: $2522


    So yeah, I totally blew away the $100 profit I was expecting! See, this is what happens when we actually...


    Anyway, that's about it for now. I hope this update gets to help someone here even a little bit. I'm going to go pass out now.

    Happy Halloween, Eveybody!
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013
  8. ipodtouchhackerisher

    ipodtouchhackerisher Senior Member

    May 6, 2009
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    Nice update keep it up I will follow along
  9. Sharer

    Sharer Power Member

    Apr 11, 2009
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    Great going. I am glad to see you profiting.

    Keep up the good work.
  10. radarXtreme

    radarXtreme Newbie

    Jun 3, 2012
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    Very nice thread indeed.
    Can you tell me what is your competition of your keyword on google i mean
    search "your keyword" with quotes and see the competition
  11. azusa

    azusa Newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Hi guys. I'm Azusa, and this is my third post.

    First, I would like to thank ipodtouchhackerisher, Sharer, and radarXtreme for publicly replying to the thread and giving me their kind words.

    I would also like to thank all the people who PMed me. I won't be sharing their names because they obviously used PM for a reason, and I respect their privacy. Unfortunately, as much as I would have liked to PM them back, I am currently unable to PM due to my low post count. Sorry, guys.

    Also, I'm sorry for not updating this sooner. I usually just post on BHW and then put myself to work. I don't really hang out here that often anymore. Too busy trying to actually make money, I guess.

    Anyway, this will likely be a short update, as I haven't done anything too differently in the two weeks since my last post.

    It's been pointed out to me that I haven't mentioned what my site was in this thread. This was intentional, since I don't want people to find my site or my micro-niche. All I have to say on the subject is that I found a profitable, medium-to-low competition, mostly evergreen micro-niche in the fashion mega niche after doing some intensive keyword research. I DO NOT recommend getting into the fashion industry, because the people in this niche are remarkably cut-throat. I did not know that going in as an IM newbie a few years ago, and have survived only through:

    1. Sheer luck
    2. My friend, the Terminator
    3. An obscenely intimate knowledge of fashion trends
    4. A teenage obsession with celebrities
    5. A shameless reliance on food coupons for a couple of disillusioning years while I tried and failed to live the dream of auto-affiliate blog riches.

    Yeah... moving on.

    My site has now moved up to number 5 for my main keyword, which has 259000 search results on Google by the way. The top four results are all listings from aged, highly-rated seller accounts on E-bay, but I should be able to outrank them soon enough. I'm not bragging or anything, but my site's featured products category has already beat out Sears, Etsy, Amazon, Target, and Macy's. Not bad for a site that's only a month and a half old.

    I'm also still averaging number 15 for the secondary keywords. Most of my keyword rankings have gone up a bit, but some have dropped significantly. This often happens in the fashion industry due to the volatile trends. I'm not too worried yet.

    My site currently has 5503 backlinks. The Terminator and I have slowed down quite a bit with the backlinking because I got sick for a few days right after Halloween. That's okay though, because I said in the first post that I would start spamming links to my site after I had about 5000 backlinks.

    That being said, yesterday I signed up for a spammy link service that was being advertised here on BHW using one of my many paypal-linked email addresses. They said they've begun the work, and that I'll receive my report in three to four weeks. I don't want to review or reveal the service until after they've completed the work and I see results. If anyone's interested in that review, make sure to let me know.

    So that's about it. Wow, this is much shorter than my previous posts. I hope it's still somewhat helpful though.

    Remember guys, TAKE ACTION!
  12. azusa

    azusa Newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Hi guys. I'm Azusa, and this is my fourth post.

    It's been over a year since my last post, and during that time, I've been working on my fashion sites and making a decent living.

    The site I was working on last year has been making me approximately $4000-$8000 a month in profit and it's been an amazing journey for me. I attribute the success I've found to BHW, my amazing suppliers, and my now-boyfriend the Terminator (I sometimes still call him that ;)).

    The site is consistently in the top five of the first page for my main and secondary keywords. I don't think I'll ever beat those damn first four E-bay results. Urgh. I have the strangest feeling that those four accounts belong to a single person... who might also be on BHW... hmmm...

    Anyway, I have approximately 60000+ live backlinks at any given time with my main site, and I've set it up so that all my other sites form a sort of loose link pyramid to that site. I keep buying a lot of spammy SEO services to the pyramid sites but never to my money site anymore. This strategy seems to be working for me. I've also moved a couple of tiers higher on my paid hosting plan to accommodate the extra traffic I've been getting.

    So yeah.. basically that's what I've been up to this past year. I now have an small office in Greater Toronto, and I'm kinda living my dream now (here's hoping I don't jinx it).

    Thanks to everyone here for posting awesome strategies and content that I totally ripped off to use for myself :p. I especially want to thank Taktical for giving me the idea about my spiffy referral strategy. I set up my own affiliate referral program because of his BHW post "How I built my offline SEO/Social Media empire earning $15,000 a month in three months!!!", and so far it's probably been the most profitable addition I've done to the site, haha!

    So that's about it! I've been doing awesome, and I hope everyone here has been too. All it really took was for me to pull my panties up and take action.

    Remember guys, TAKE ACTION!

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
  13. IslandCat

    IslandCat Junior Member

    Mar 17, 2014
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    great success, glad it worked out