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

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Awesome, I find yours more inspiring than kikerinka's whoever that is ))
How is it more inspiring than someone you don't even know whether is inspiring or not?

anyhow:

Great journey, been inspired by your journey and I'm working on my own affiliate blog too with my own little odd niche :) Wish you luck man, looks very solid.
 

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This journey is so refreshing!

All those $25.000 a month thread are scary and probably feel impossible to reach for most people reading them.
This one has a small goal of $500 a month and someone doing, well, blogging.

Keep it up, I'm following you and also find a lot of resemblance to my journey.
 

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Update:

I'm in the process of migrating both my websites to a new host. Almost finished moving the first blog. Every time I move to a different host there's a tiny difference that makes it a pain. I'd stick to the previous host, but I wanted to get a local host, since it's a local blog duuuuh.

I decided to give Ezoic another try, especially for blog 2, which grows in traffic but doesn't have much monetization options, nor can I get other traffic sources (fb) other than organic, since the niche is so tiny.

Blog 1 isn't doing great on the affiliate side, while pumping traffic with fb shares doesn't convert. Hence, I shall submit it to Ezoic once again. Even if I make just $10-$20 per month from organic traffic that's better than nothing. AND.. fb traffic will DEFINTELY increase ad revenue (compared to increasing affiliate revenue).

So, I'm thinking of creating a nice daily routine for blog 1, to revive it. Say, everyday I post an article and I share it on FB (usually, I share once or twice a month).

I find yours more inspiring than kikerinka's whoever that is ))
LOL, I'm sure you know about kikerinka but thanks for encouraging me :)

been inspired by your journey and I'm working on my own affiliate blog too with my own little odd niche :) Wish you luck man, looks very solid.
Nice bro. I'll come by to see your journey.

This journey is so refreshing!

Keep it up, I'm following you and also find a lot of resemblance to my journey.

Thanks for the kind words! I'll check your journey too.
 

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I was looking forward to the update. Thanks for posting.

Two questions:
1. Where are you posting to generate FB traffic and are you growing your own fan page?
2. Can you post some updated stats on your visits?

I'll check your journey too.
I haven't started my thread yet. I feel it's too soon and I want to see some other nice journey threads first and learn.
 

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Update:

I did the onboarding process for ezoic on both blogs. There's tons of steps to follow. Adsense seems so simple in comparison.

Where are you posting to generate FB traffic and are you growing your own fan page?
Niche-related local fb groups. I'm not growing a fan page nor a group, there's a few established ones already and I think it will take ages to grow a new group from scratch when people have alternatives.

Can you post some updated stats on your visits?
I posted stats 2 weeks ago and not much has changed since. I'll post updated stats at the end of the month.

I haven't started my thread yet. I feel it's too soon
Even if you're still learning and it's too soon, try to write some pieces of content for later, trust me, it'll make a difference when you start. You'll always need more content.
 

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Update:

Published a new article on blog 2 (1.3K words).

Pushed the newest article from blog 1 on fb. Only got approved on one group but that brought me 200 extra visitors.

This fb traffic isn't converting yet. But even if I don't have ezoic ads yet, I'm sure a small fraction of the visitors will convert later, from a postponed affiliate sale, or at least they'll subscribe to the newsletter.
 

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So, you are writing 2 articles a week?
do you have Adsense on your site?
 

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Update:

Saturday I published a new article on blog 1 (1k words).

I got accepted into ezoic and made the first cents from blog 2:

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This will improve over time. Hopefully blog 1 gets accepted as well soon. Affiliate revenue is very slow atm and when I report revenue for July, it'll probably be the lowest month ever. But I have hopes for August, with ezoic ads and bringing fb traffic.
 

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Congratulations on your first Ezoic cents! Keep them coming.

I'm interested if there were any changes to website speed/performance when you switched to Ezoic?
 

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I'm interested if there were any changes to website speed/performance when you switched to Ezoic?
The page speed score goes from 80-90 to 50, but from POV of visitors it still loads fast. Same happens with adsense, score goes to 40-50, so no biggie.

The big issue I mentioned earlier in this thread is about the wp dashboard. It becomes unusable when adding ezoic, but depending on the host, it can be solved, otherwise gotta change the hosting.

There is an option to use free hosting provided by ezoic, but don't know how good it is.
 

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TRAFFIC AND REVENUE UPDATE FOR JULY:

In the meantime I wrote 2 more articles (2k words total) one for each blog.

I didn't rush to post this update, because earnings have been slim to none, so not very happy about it, but I think in August things will get better.

Here's the GSC traffic:

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This is more GSC data for blog 2, so I can compare with last time, when clicks where 2.4K, impressions 14K and avg position 8.5, so definitely blog 2 is doing great atm.

I just monetized blog 2 at the end of July, so it brought a whooping $1.88 with ezoic ads. That's over a few days and ezoic revenue is supposed to improve over time using AI, so let's see what happens by the end of this month.

I also wanted to show you an ezoic screenshot but analytics page returns error 500 for some reason, so maybe another time.

JULY: $5.06 ($1.88 Ezoic, $3.18 affiliate)
JUNE: $41.13 ($3.28 Adsense, $37.85 affiliate)
 

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TRAFFIC AND REVENUE UPDATE FOR JULY:

In the meantime I wrote 2 more articles (2k words total) one for each blog.

I didn't rush to post this update, because earnings have been slim to none, so not very happy about it, but I think in August things will get better.

Here's the GSC traffic:

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This is more GSC data for blog 2, so I can compare with last time, when clicks where 2.4K, impressions 14K and avg position 8.5, so definitely blog 2 is doing great atm.

I just monetized blog 2 at the end of July, so it brought a whooping $1.88 with ezoic ads. That's over a few days and ezoic revenue is supposed to improve over time using AI, so let's see what happens by the end of this month.

I also wanted to show you an ezoic screenshot but analytics page returns error 500 for some reason, so maybe another time.

JULY: $5.06 ($1.88 Ezoic, $3.18 affiliate)
JUNE: $41.13 ($3.28 Adsense, $37.85 affiliate)
Affiliate keeps making the sense. Cool.

Adsense and Affiliate on the same site or different ones?
 

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Adsense and Affiliate on the same site or different ones?
Different sites. I'll specify from now on.

Blog 1 has a bunch of affiliate links, but since traffic dropped it barely converts.

While blog 2 is not as good for affiliates (or I haven't found a suitable affiliate offer yet) so I'm monetizing it with ezoic ads.
 
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