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

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Fantastic growth, especially the ranking keywords, when compared to just one month ago. That number is actually much better than the same number for my site ;).

If it continues like this, and the ranking KW are climbing higher (which is typically the case for authority websites) 60K-70K page views/month is a realistic expectation until the end of the year, or beginning of 2021.

I appreciate your kind words! I'm thinking 30-40k keywords ranking is a good goal by year-end.
 

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Hello, I'm on a similar journey here on BHW.

Reached the point of ~6000-7000 page views, and I hope to reach 25k as well this month.

It's a luxury question, but it is relevant for both of us: should we earn money on Mediavine/Adthrive or on Amazon Affiliates?

I get the impression that you chose ads as your preferred earning method. Could you just elaborate a bit on why you chose that? For me personally, I am more focused on Amazon affiliates at the moment (more affiliate articles, less informative content).
 

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I am at 300 articles myself. I also want to get to 500 articles for this site. It currently has Ezoic on it and makes a couple hundred dollars a month. I really want to push it higher. I have a few other sites I have been neglecting that I should put some more effort into. Great job so far!
 

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Hello, I'm on a similar journey here on BHW.

Reached the point of ~6000-7000 page views, and I hope to reach 25k as well this month.

It's a luxury question, but it is relevant for both of us: should we earn money on Mediavine/Adthrive or on Amazon Affiliates?

I get the impression that you chose ads as your preferred earning method. Could you just elaborate a bit on why you chose that? For me personally, I am more focused on Amazon affiliates at the moment (more affiliate articles, less informative content).

Amazon makes really good money but I don't want my website to be focused on that, it simply gives too much risk for the income of the site. Ad revenue will always exist. If I have the traffic, I can make money with ads. If the amazon commissions change, my business is still doing ok.

I am at 300 articles myself. I also want to get to 500 articles for this site. It currently has Ezoic on it and makes a couple hundred dollars a month. I really want to push it higher. I have a few other sites I have been neglecting that I should put some more effort into. Great job so far!

What type of traffic are you seeing? Would love to see an organic search chart from google analytics since your site was launched.
 

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So I have made some mistakes. I sold a site and during that process I obviously gave the new owners access to analytics etc. I accidentally deleted myself from analytics and ended up having to re-adding my sites with different code. My data only goes back to like April 6th now. I also changed hosting for my main site and there was a hiccup with Ezoic because I was using their site accelerator. It is a long story but the last few months I have made tons of mistakes. Oh ya, and let's not forget the Google May update which hit my site. lol I am in it for the long haul though. Reading this today has spurred me to order some more content for my site. I did include a screen shot of one of my main site.
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So I have made some mistakes. I sold a site and during that process I obviously gave the new owners access to analytics etc. I accidentally deleted myself from analytics and ended up having to re-adding my sites with different code. My data only goes back to like April 6th now. I also changed hosting for my main site and there was a hiccup with Ezoic because I was using their site accelerator. It is a long story but the last few months I have made tons of mistakes. Oh ya, and let's not forget the Google May update which hit my site. lol I am in it for the long haul though. Reading this today has spurred me to order some more content for my site. I did include a screen shot of one of my main site.
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How many articles does this site have and how long did they have to rank?
 

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I have around 300 articles. The bulk of my articles have been added starting in 2020. Basically when I started this site I made some mistakes like targeting only buyer keywords. The site had very little movement or even a sale. FYI, I have had the site since 2018. I bought it from a provider on BHW as an Amazon Affiliate website. Over time, I learned about Income School, KGR and even read some Journey's on BHW and decided to focus on informational keywords. I was able to get Ezoic on the site and that sort of helps keep me motivated. I'll go ahead and include a screenshot of my Ezoic.
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I wanted to provide a small update as each week is hitting a new level of record organic traffic. Uploaded a few more articles (should be at 400 total articles very soon). Several articles that were published from May/June started to see some decent organic search traffic and are climbing in the SERPs. Site is growing well and the metrics are very encouraging. For July, the best day of organic search traffic was 209 users from organic search. Yesterday, the site had 293 users from organic search!

Amazon sales have been stable to start August until I sold an item for $1300! I had a variation of the product in several articles on my website but looks like someone wanted to spend the big bucks on Amazon :)

The keywords ranking number did not take as big as a leap forward as the last update. What I noticed was a lot of irrelevant long-tail keywords in position 50-100 fall in and out of the SERPs which has led to that number being quite volatile.

For the rest of this month, I will continue to upload more articles at a much lower velocity. Site is gaining some authority but hope to have more exciting numbers in my next update. I have been debating whether or not I'll use Ezoic but I think I'll hold off until I can join Mediavine (50k monthly sessions). I was at 4,390 sessions for July. I'm hoping for 8,000 sessions for August!


Data [As of 8/9/20] for Site 1 -


Content: 383 articles
Posts optimized with affiliate products: 61/383
Informational content: 322/383
Total Website Word Count: 624,100 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+


Google Analytics Organic Search for July - August 9th:

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Read the journey from the first page upto this point, must say you have some great going on.

I want to ask, how many guest posts do you have right now?
 

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Good luck mate. Are you facing any kind of indexing issue?

Thanks. I did in the beginning. Now, I manually submit all my articles to GSC after being published.

Read the journey from the first page upto this point, must say you have some great going on.

I want to ask, how many guest posts do you have right now?

Appreciate it. I probably have ~20 guest posts. Majority of my recent links have been niche edits which I probably have ~30 niche edits. All have been built slowly since April.
 

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With due permission from @larcha, I would like to inform you that we have a long-standing partnership with him and have provided him with high quality content these past few months.

Happy to do business with him.

Looking forward to more business from him and other potential clients.
 

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Minor update - I have been doing some keyword research and I decided to do another large content push as the site approaches 500 articles. Just did keyword research for 8 - 1500 word articles and 50 - 1000 word articles. Still not sure when I will formally outsource them to some of my writers but I have a lot ready to go.

Over the past week or so, the site is receiving 200-250 organic search sessions a day with Sundays receiving upwards of 300 sessions. A month ago, the best day was 153 sessions. In only one month, the organic search traffic almost doubled which is a positive! Not even one article is 6 months old yet. 304/394 published articles are less than 3 months old.
 

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How do you do the KW research?

I keep it really simple. I use Google autosuggest and scrub competitor sites. However, the true goldmine is publishing an article that answers a question that hasn't been fully answered before. I know a lot about this niche so it is easier for me to find new topics. Those articles always rank the quickest. I also stress an importance on having some articles with competitive search phrases. As the site gains authority, those articles should bring in a lot of traffic down the road.
 

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Good luck mate!

Thanks!

I will be documenting my current progress on Youtube soon. I was invited to do a video on Doug Cunnington's channel. Will discuss my content push, current traffic & earnings.
 

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August saw a big jump in earnings. Saw some meaningful growth with ~$188 in earnings from Amazon and a nice spike in organic traffic. I convinced myself to join Ezoic and I have been very happy thus far. I have a TERRIFIC account manager and she has helped me with everything. I have had ads on my site for only a week so far and have made ~$30, with the past two days hitting $10 EPMV. Looking forward to seeing the impact of ads on a full month's worth of earnings.

I had a strong month in terms of publishing new content - adding ~95 articles (117,000 words)! Kinda nice to see the large jump in keywords ranking as well (hoping it doubles for the month of September).

Glad to see that my site has achieved $200+ this month (20% of $1k goal). Let's hit this goal soon :)


Data [As of 8/31/20] for Site 1 -


Content: 441 articles
Posts optimized with affiliate products: 61/441
Informational content: 380/441
Total Website Word Count: 693,800 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+

Ezoic Earnings for August - $29.60

Amazon Earnings for August ($74.63 for July) -
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Google Analytics Organic Search for August -
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Ahrefs ending August -
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