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My IM Journey: A series of unfortunate events..so far...

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by polymath, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. polymath

    polymath Registered Member

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    Hi guys,
    It's been a while since I've posted anything on this site. This is not because I didn't like it here anymore. On the contrary, I find it quite addictive here and instead of executing the things I've learned from your great posts, I tend to read on an on, week after week without executing them completely. I would just jump from one great technique to the other(spamming, nanoblogging, CS etc..) So I decided to choose one technique where I'd devote my time and effort.
    Here's where my story starts. The first technique that I chose was Autoblogging with adsense as my monetization technique. The earnings for the very first month was pathetic, just around 4 dollars. 3-4 months went by and I've already set up 20 decent sites(the pace was slow because I have a fulltime job), the contents I got were great because I manually searched for related blogs that got regular interesting posts. Traffic was increasing(600-900 unique visits per day), the earnings trend was promising.
    1st month-$4
    2nd month-$15
    3rd month-$27
    4th month-$39
    5th month-$55
    I know this type of earnings look pathetic, but this was my first time earning consistently from adsense).
    This is when things went terribly wrong. One day, with a big grin on my face, I checked my adsense account and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Earnings = $0 for the entire day! I immediately checked the analytics and traffic was zero! At this point in time, I was expecting to reach $100 per month and the daily traffic to break the 1000 UV per day.
    I checked my sites one by one, all of them showed a message like:"site suspended...". I immediately checked my hosting account to find out what's going on. I got in touch with a customer service representative and I was told that they detected a security breach and malicious code/activity going on with my hosting account (probably the bots that I've set up to autopost) so they suspended all my sites without my consent! They also erased everything! I haven't backed up my sites yet, I was planning to back it up in the past but because of procrastination, I didn't. I coulIt felt like I was punched in the stomach. I felt sick that day. 5 months of work goes down the drain. I was cursing myself for a few days for not backing up those sites.
    I got back to my feet after a week and go forward. I chose another technique. This time, I chose to do microniche adsense sites(Xfactor). It was pretty difficult to complete one microniche site for me. I wasn't used to writing. I only completed 3 sites a month. After 2-3 months, I was motivated again since my sites started to earn.
    1st month = $10
    2nd month = $20
    3rd month = $35
    4th month = $46
    but things didn't look good after this..
    5th month = $27
    6th month = $19
    7th month = $9
    I realized that after working to increase the first site's ranking for about 2-3 months and leaving it for a while to work on other sites, it started going down the rankings and obviously the earnings will go down as well.
    Right now, I haven't made a site in about 6 weeks already. I feel so drained and I'm doubting the microniche adsense technique if it really does work as well as people say they are. I mean it just does not seem scalable to me right now. It requires a lot of work to maintain and as the number of sites grow, so is the work required to maintain them.
    For those of you who are earning from autoblogs and microniche adsense, could I ask for your advise? Any of you experienced the same things that I did?
     
  2. gooberhead

    gooberhead Newbie

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    You can't go for these unstable ways of making money and expect them to be long-term solutions. They did exactly what they are meant to do... snag you some quick money.

    I'd say pick you a niche that you LOVE and go for an authority site. Although you say you hate writing as well. Maybe you could go for an online gaming arcade, or something that doesn't involve writing.
     
  3. accelerator_dd

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    Well my friend you have broken the first rule for being a blackhat "NEVER EVER GIVE UP". In 6 weeks you would have done 2 things:
    1)make at least 2 more sites = 6$ per day more = 180$ (month) plus what are you making
    2) get better at writing

    Every week you would write one article for every site and publish it to a lot of sites. If you had 10 sites, 10 articles for a whole day isn't that hard.

    In my experience, you are better off with unique content if you are doing SEO.
     
  4. polymath

    polymath Registered Member

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    This is what I'm thinking right now, looking for a technique that will not require me to be a fulltime writer. I was thinking of something scalable and could be leveraged.
    If I made more sites and need to update my sites once a week with a unique article, by the time I reach 1000 dollars a month, assuming a site generates $15 a month(which is already pretty high after averaging the earnings because some sites don't work out too well), I'd be a full-time writer!
     
  5. polymath

    polymath Registered Member

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    You're right, we should never give up and I'm actually not giving up:) I'm asking for people's advise so that I could make a more informed decision about my next steps:)
    You've got a point, there are still a lot of things that I could do to improve this situation..Thanks:)
     
  6. accelerator_dd

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    I am very glad to hear you are not giving up. But this is probably where you made your first mistake. If you are averaging 15$ /month, you have done your research badly. Try some more profitable niches for micro niche , so you get some 2-3$/day. Look into hotboy123 thread about microniche sites.
     
  7. Cloaks

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    You might want to look up programs that recognize your voice so you can spit out articles faster and don't have to write stuff up.