My Journey to Build an Authority site to $1k/mo

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Still plan to provide a larger update on a monthly basis but happy to provide some details on the month thus far. Currently between 300-500 organic searches a day which makes between $6-12/day with Ezoic.

Certainly receiving more traffic across different articles but most articles top out between 10-15 views a day. Looks like a ton of articles have yet to bring in traffic (mostly the new informational articles).

I have been holding off on outsourcing content - currently at 453 articles. The other day I actually wrote an article (~1000 words) after watching a motivating video on Youtube about ranking new content.

My niche does have an element of seasonality to it but I tried to hedge that risk by writing some "off-season" articles that satisfy popular searches during those months. One would think that the holidays will always provide an extra boast to the amazon affiliate product review articles.

Over the last week I have actually questioned the idea of a sandbox and which challenges everything that I have followed. I assume that this thought process is natural given the uncertainty of articles ranking. Hopefully, I am in that weird period before traffic soars. Certainly proud of the site thus far but not ready to celebrate just yet.
 

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Still plan to provide a larger update on a monthly basis but happy to provide some details on the month thus far. Currently between 300-500 organic searches a day which makes between $6-12/day with Ezoic.

Certainly receiving more traffic across different articles but most articles top out between 10-15 views a day. Looks like a ton of articles have yet to bring in traffic (mostly the new informational articles).

I have been holding off on outsourcing content - currently at 453 articles. The other day I actually wrote an article (~1000 words) after watching a motivating video on Youtube about ranking new content.

My niche does have an element of seasonality to it but I tried to hedge that risk by writing some "off-season" articles that satisfy popular searches during those months. One would think that the holidays will always provide an extra boast to the amazon affiliate product review articles.

Over the last week I have actually questioned the idea of a sandbox and which challenges everything that I have followed. I assume that this thought process is natural given the uncertainty of articles ranking. Hopefully, I am in that weird period before traffic soars. Certainly proud of the site thus far but not ready to celebrate just yet.
Nice and good earnings with Ezoic! I've contacted them again and I'll do a split traffic test to see which one pays better for my niche, Monumetric or Ezoic
 

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Nice and good earnings with Ezoic! I've contacted them again and I'll do a split traffic test to see which one pays better for my niche, Monumetric or Ezoic

Earnings are better than expected with Ezoic - receiving EMPV between $13-19 as of late.
 

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Earnings are better than expected with Ezoic - receiving EMPV between $13-19 as of late.
I used to show their ads on my website when I was driving traffic from social media, but now that I finally have organic traffic, I guess my earnings will be much better than before. I'm at 700-800 daily visitors right now. I think that I should be getting at least 10$ per day now. Hopefully, with Ezoic I will.

Did your website slow down when you started using Ezoic?
 

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I used to show their ads on my website when I was driving traffic from social media, but now that I finally have organic traffic, I guess my earnings will be much better than before. I'm at 700-800 daily visitors right now. I think that I should be getting at least 10$ per day now. Hopefully, with Ezoic I will.

Did your website slow down when you started using Ezoic?

Certainly did slow down but my account manager tells me that since the ads "lazy-load", it won't appear slow to Google or my users.
 

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Nice graph! You'll get there soon!

Remember; slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
 

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Probably the most inspiring journey for me in BHW, especially for many who are starting from scratch. I have just started on a similar journey and have gathered the budget to go from one step to another.
Somethings I can conclude from your journey:

- Be optimistic as long as you know what you are doing.
- Quality content matters even when it costs higher $$.
- Long term perspective is very important for such a Journey.


Would you also be able to sum up what all you felt you could have done differently or what you felt was mistakes in your journey?
 
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Probably the most inspiring journey for me in BHW, especially for many who are starting from scratch. I have just started on a similar journey and have gathered the budget to go from one step to another.
Somethings I can conclude from your journey:

- Be optimistic as long as you know what you are doing.
- Quality content matters even when it costs higher $$.
- Long term perspective is very important for such a Journey.


Would you also be able to sum up what all you felt you could have done differently or what you felt was mistakes in your journey?

I could have been better with keyword research early on as it did take some time to learn. I have learned a lot with the mistakes so it wasn't awful to go through that. I wish I found the content writers that I have now earlier in my journey :) (don't we all)

Awesome journey!

Those are really solid traffic numbers considering the age of the site.

I hope you overshoot your target once your site matures a bit and Google starts picking up your content more and more.

Thanks! I am a little worried as I passed the first week where traffic went down. My niche is a seasonal niche but I still expect it to grow with so much published content in a short period..

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Does ezoic accepts if the traffic is only from social-media?
 

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September wasn't as crazy as I expected. I published only 23 articles for the month and organic traffic didn't really grow as much as I wanted. I do think a few factors impacted the growth - seasonality and website speed from ads. I think seasonality is the more important factor. Still, none of my articles are 7 months old yet and I still received 9,405 users to my site from organic search.

Amazon earnings took a hit, so many returns for large ticket items. Someone bought 10 - $150 items and returned them all, not sure what happened there...

Glad I made some decent money with Ezoic. Averaging a $12.25 EPMV which is awesome. Ordered another 14 informational articles today which I think should keep the site fresh and help with future growth.

August organic search users - 7,516
September organic search users - 9,405

Glad to see that my site hit another $200+ this month (20% of $1k goal).


Data [As of 9/30/20] for Site 1 -

Content: 454 articles
Posts optimized with affiliate products: 61/454
Informational content: 393/454
Total Website Word Count: 708,500 words


Organic Research (semrush) -
5/11: Keywords Ranking: 72
5/19: Keywords Ranking: 86
5/25: Keywords Ranking: 102
5/30: Keywords Ranking: 125
6/7: Keywords Ranking: 170
6/11: Keywords Ranking: 286
6/17: Keywords Ranking: 310
6/22: Keywords Ranking: 321
6/24: Keywords Ranking: 348
6/30: Keywords Ranking: 449
7/6: Keywords Ranking: 467
7/12: Keywords Ranking: 860
7/18: Keywords Ranking: 1,500+
7/31: Keywords Ranking: 2,600+
8/9: Keywords Ranking: 2,800+
8/31: Keywords Ranking: 4,500+
9/30: Keywords Ranking: 5,900+

Ezoic Earnings for September - $176.15

Amazon Earnings for September ($188.04 for August) -
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Google Analytics Organic Search for September-
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Ahrefs ending September-
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I'm using Ezoic as well but it really slows down the site, especially on mobile. Would you mind sharing what score you get on page speed insights? (Mine range from 10-20)

I get a little worried about any page speed affects on rankings. But I'm currently averaging around $30 EPMV so it's hard to make the switch.
 

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I'm using Ezoic as well but it really slows down the site, especially on mobile. Would you mind sharing what score you get on page speed insights? (Mine range from 10-20)

I get a little worried about any page speed affects on rankings. But I'm currently averaging around $30 EPMV so it's hard to make the switch.

I always think about that as well. I use the Ezoic plugin because I prefer to not forward to their nameservers.

Here are my PageSpeed scores:
Desktop: 57
Mobile: 11

I may ride with the ads until year-end. If traffic isn't where I want it, I may remove ads to start 2021 just to test.
 
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