Hello everyone, I decided to make a journey thread, maybe to motivate myself a bit more. Maybe to get some motivation boost, i don't know. I am not here to discuss how much money it makes per day or things like that. At least not for now. but it does more than 1K $ per month, that's all i will say. I am not a native english speaker, and it is going to be a little long read. I appologize for any grammar mistakes and if it is not pleasant to read. Site: General Porn I am hosting all videos on a CDN, and i have a dedicated server. It is not niche videos but general porn, where there is extreme competition. I know everyone says to start a niche site, but i decided that i want to do something for much longer term. My thoughts were, if i can rank on about anything, my audience will like everything they get. however, i plan to work on some niche that gets the most attention if any by adding more of such content and of course the ads that go with it. My site will be 3 years old in the first quarter of 2020. Some numbers: 180-190K sessions per day (167-172K uv per day) About 700K page views per day Alexa Rank under 4.5K In the top 1500 Adult sites on SimilarWeb Most traffic comes from Google The total daily bandwidth for now is over 11 TB (lol and i use a lot of tricks to reduce the spent TB) I have one 92K twitter account linked to the site Several reddit subs to promote including auto post (IFTTT to post new videos automatically as the videos are hand posted daily ) I don't have tons of back links, my numbers DR/UR in ahref are nothing impressive at all, yet i am ranking on some very competitive keywords on first page. This should be a good example of taking UR and DR numbers with a pinch of salt. GOAL: Get to 1M unique visitor per day, and having more visitors from Tier 1 countries, including Europe. Background on the project: PRE HACK: I started a tube site early 2017, firstly i was embedding videos like most people who starts such journey and one day, the site got hacked. But not hacked by owning the server, but rather by using a 0day in the script i was using. I had a lot of videos, but it was embedded. After spending several hours to find out how that person did to delete my videos, going through apache logs i found the vulnerability, and i edited the php page that was responsible for it. Basically, it was possible to send delete request without logging as administrator of the site. I won't give further details nor which script it was. However, after i found that problem, i first reprogrammed the faulty php in order to remove that vulnerability. Thereafter, , i renamed all the methods and moved the php files in different places. I made a dummy php that was used by the attacker and kept it around, which returned proper HTTP 200 but of course did not do anything. Let the attacker loses their time of dummy scripts which are no longer alive ;-) As extra security, i added IP check on the delete function wrappers, which means that only order of deletion coming from my static ip can delete videos from the server. and before the IP check, i also have a country check too POST HACK: Once the site was secured, i added more features to protect it against it, including 7 days of backups, and yes even the TB of hd videos that i host on my server. (which at that time, i did not host yet, because i was doing embedded) I decided at that point that i should go HD videos only (at least 99%), and i used the opportunity of having empty site to switch to HTTPS. which i did. I then uploaded videos similar to the embedded content i had before, with nice description, title and so on, and modified my htaccess to redirect all the old pages which were not existing before, to a similar video which was now hosted. Google updated the links nicely. It prevented me to lose too much ranking , even though it was nothing so big. I joined affiliate networks of very big studios, and some of them just gave login and password, so in order to get new content, i had to download huge videos, and cut them according to their rules. As it was taking a lot of time, i found other tube sites who had videos following their rules and i wrote a robot to download all the HD videos from the server directly and rencoded them. Over 8000 videos were downloaded, description and titles saved. After that, i hired someone to start posting videos after making different titles, keeping porn star and so on and i worked a lot on On page SEO. Fast forward, my site was ranking until update of August 2018 which killed a big part of my traffic. It recovered very slowly but daily, but it was June update this year fixed it and put the numbers up , even to higher numbers that it was before. The last update this 24 september gave me an extra boost of visitors, and i am now working a lot on on page SEO , and i found ways to please google. Since the june update, google likes to rank me even if not always in nice positions, at least get something from almost anything, including very competitive keywords. Now i am working on doubling my daily visitors by end of year with a lot of programming to make google rank me on a lot of different keywords without spamming. That's about it. I will keep people updated. here are some screenshots where you can see some keywords for USA, it is dancing daily, but more or less stable. you can also see as i type this, i have almost 1000 pages views minute. And CDN for fun, last 30 days, and i have reduced by 4TB my daily bandwidth one week ago. I am going to reduce it even more to reduce the cost and thus increase profit. 469 Million served files I am going to try to grow my backlinks with high quality , adult related sites. I am planning to create a lot of niche satelite sites, but they won't be hosted, i started to program my own aggregator to create new sites in a few clicks. (mostly to sell traffic and also to send visitors to my money site) Sorry for the very long thread!