My first working blog - Journey to $500/month adsense+affiliate

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Hello BHW,

This year I finally started to get some organic traffic on my blog and I'll try to use this opportunity to monetize it.

I started this blog at the beginning of 2020 on a hobby niche that I enjoy. I added 15 articles in a few months (I am very slow with content, but I write quality) and since I didn't see any traffic, I dropped it (cancelled hosting). It stayed offline for 2 months.

I started blogs before in the past, but always the same thing, only start and never continue, cause not much traffic and not a lot of interest in writing the topics. But this time I told myself to try long term, especially since I enjoy the topic, I could write a lot of content over time. So I put the site back up, even if it was offline for 2 months, and was afraid that google removed it from index and go back to sandbox. I started to revive it by linking content on FB, which was only temporary traffic.

I was writing 1-2 articles per month. Not much, but better than nothing. The traffic was very low, 1-2 per day after another 2 months. But in December 2020 I was getting 10 uniques per day (organic), so I added Adsense. In January the traffic doubled (20 uv per day) and made 2 euros from Adsense (made 0.6 in December). But then every month the traffic kept going up.

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Traffic 10x-ed from January, now getting around 200 uniques per day. 75% organic. I kept writing more, at least 1 article per week. Not a lot, but I'm very slow with content. I was doing other stuff too, like optimizing, adding Astra theme for super speed, combined with AMP. Added affiliate links as much as I could (not spammy, but plenty). I learned a lot from Kikerinka's thread. I try to do that method, so no link building, mostly focusing on quality and optimizing.

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This is adsense revenue. Did 10 euros in March, 20 in April and I'm on track to 30 this month. Not huge, but increasing steadily. I think I got a shot at reaching 500 USD per month, both adsense and affiliate earnings.

Right now I have 42 articles and trying to create more content based on search console queries, plus using Google autocomplete. I'm also trying to build an email list (only got 16 subscribers so far) but I'm currently working on creating a free PDF to get more subscribers faster.

I will report earnings in USD, because many affiliate programs pay in USD and goal is in USD (also I'm dumb, forgot to put USD currency in adsense, and was converting manually).

CURRENT MONTH (MAY): $20.02 (only Adsense so far) +
LAST MONTH (APRIL): $32.77 ($25.62 Adsense, $7.15 affiliate)

TOTAL EARNINGS ALL TIME: $147.2 ($71.83 Adsense, $75.38 affiliate)


I haven't withdrew any earnings yet. I'll let it add up for a while.
 

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dude keep the great work... I have same problems like you.. If i start doing something and i don't see any results after 2 months + i simply just give upl.....

Yes bro. I will not let it go this time, I never had this traffic so far, neither earnings. I also try to get better affiliate programs, this could earn more than $500, I am sure.

Also what tools did you use for keywords research ?

I use search queries in search console and google autocomplete for keyword research. Not using tools, I try to write more natural, like Kikerinka and income school.
 

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Nice journey dude, I'm planning to start my journey in the coming days too.
 

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Looks like kikerinka finished the journey, can't believe it. Anyway he had huge success and I will use his thread as inspiration.



I use wordpress, you can learn from youtube how to customize. Astra theme was free from festinger. Look it up on the forum. AMP is accelerated mobile pages. My traffic is mostly mobile, so I need that for faster loading speed.


Nice journey dude, I'm planning to start my journey in the coming days too.

Thanks bro
 

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UPDATE:

I forgot to mention that I have a web 2.0 from last year (with 10 articles) and I planted a link in wikipedia. This is the entire link building I did and won't put more efforts into it. I'll continue writing on main blog, trying to rank naturally.

One thing that may be important is social signals so I created a tiktok account today. Also I changed my personal ig username and will use it for the blog. I created a funny pic and posted it on ig, also a funny video on tiktok.


As for fb, I won't be creating a page nor a group at this time, because I can just use my personal profile and post a link in groups from time to time. Usually I get 100-150 new visitors when I share a link. But I don't want to spam, so I rarely do it.

Now I'm working on the free pdf (to get subscribers). This will take a while because I need to do more research. Not sure how many words yet, but it won't be short.

Word count per article?

Longest 2000 words and shortest 500.
 

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Keep up with firm attitude and you'll get there, good luck. I'll be following
 

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Plans to shift ad provider when possible?

Yes, need 10,000 sessions for Ezoic and I'm sitting at 2/3 of that now.

I also checked Adthrive but requires way more traffic. Do you know something else that accepts 200 uniques per day and does better than adsense?

Keep up with firm attitude and you'll get there, good luck. I'll be following
Good luck with your journey bro.

Thanks bros!
 
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UPDATE:

  1. I wrote 760 words for the free pdf (1/5 of the whole thing).
  2. Applied to 2 affiliate programs. Need to apply to more programs, so I can sprinkle the free pdf with affiliate links.
  3. Made a list of 4 titles with sub-sections for upcoming articles to write.
  4. Watched keyword research videos by Shaunm (recommended by Kikerinka).
  5. Added 2 more images to ig and 1 video to tiktok.

Added WP Word Count which I didn't know existed till yesterday (found out from GVald, he has a blogging journey too). Here's my stats if you were wondering:
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The average number of words is quite small.
Do you do simple question/answer articles, or how it comes that it is just over 700 words?
 

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Try focusing more on content and the growth of your site before applying to any program in my opinion, start banking later.
Also consider writing 2K + articles even if your writing sessions are 800 words each (avg) publish an article any 3 sessions (for more quality articles and better rankings in the future)
 

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Hello BHW,

This year I finally started to get some organic traffic on my blog and I'll try to use this opportunity to monetize it.

I started this blog at the beginning of 2020 on a hobby niche that I enjoy. I added 15 articles in a few months (I am very slow with content, but I write quality) and since I didn't see any traffic, I dropped it (cancelled hosting). It stayed offline for 2 months.

I started blogs before in the past, but always the same thing, only start and never continue, cause not much traffic and not a lot of interest in writing the topics. But this time I told myself to try long term, especially since I enjoy the topic, I could write a lot of content over time. So I put the site back up, even if it was offline for 2 months, and was afraid that google removed it from index and go back to sandbox. I started to revive it by linking content on FB, which was only temporary traffic.

I was writing 1-2 articles per month. Not much, but better than nothing. The traffic was very low, 1-2 per day after another 2 months. But in December 2020 I was getting 10 uniques per day (organic), so I added Adsense. In January the traffic doubled (20 uv per day) and made 2 euros from Adsense (made 0.6 in December). But then every month the traffic kept going up.

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Traffic 10x-ed from January, now getting around 200 uniques per day. 75% organic. I kept writing more, at least 1 article per week. Not a lot, but I'm very slow with content. I was doing other stuff too, like optimizing, adding Astra theme for super speed, combined with AMP. Added affiliate links as much as I could (not spammy, but plenty). I learned a lot from Kikerinka's thread. I try to do that method, so no link building, mostly focusing on quality and optimizing.

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This is adsense revenue. Did 10 euros in March, 20 in April and I'm on track to 30 this month. Not huge, but increasing steadily. I think I got a shot at reaching 500 USD per month, both adsense and affiliate earnings.

Right now I have 42 articles and trying to create more content based on search console queries, plus using Google autocomplete. I'm also trying to build an email list (only got 16 subscribers so far) but I'm currently working on creating a free PDF to get more subscribers faster.

I will report earnings in USD, because many affiliate programs pay in USD and goal is in USD (also I'm dumb, forgot to put USD currency in adsense, and was converting manually).

CURRENT MONTH (MAY): $20.02 (only Adsense so far) +
LAST MONTH (APRIL): $32.77 ($25.62 Adsense, $7.15 affiliate)

TOTAL EARNINGS ALL TIME: $147.2 ($71.83 Adsense, $75.38 affiliate)


I haven't withdrew any earnings yet. I'll let it add up for a while.
hey what niche are you currently focused on
 

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You should be able to 5X that pace with more content
Do you rely on any other tools apart from the autosuggest feature?
Good luck!
 

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I would really like to know what triggered the increase in traffic, perhaps the articles dropping out of the sandbox?
 
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