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My Journey to God Knows Where.. Zero to Hero (Hopefully)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by fatjack'sblackhat, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. fatjack'sblackhat

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    Let me start out by saying I am pretty much a complete n00b because I've never tried to rank sites for different niches. I created a review site with the name of my affiliate product in the domain of my site in early June using Wordpress. It was suggested by someone on this forum that I use the Hades theme by themeforest, I think. (I dont recall) Anyways, I was pleased with the design and customized it just a little bit to fit the theme of my affiliate product.

    Having no expectations at all, I went to iWriter and purchased 15 articles related to my affiliate product. I told them if I didnt like it and it didnt convince me to buy my affiliate offer product, I wasn't going to approve it. I only had to reject 2 articles but people really did write me some nice stuff that educated the reader about the product very well. Each article was 5 dollars for 500 words and I also added tips of like 1.00 for each article.

    So up to this point I spent:
    1. Whatever for hostagtor ( I bought a year)
    2. Domain from GoDaddy (I took advantage of their .99 promotion at the time)
    3. 15 articles (about $80)

    My Wordpress plugins are:
    1. Askimet
    2. Google Plus Authorship
    3. SEO Ultimate
    4. Ad Squares Widget
    5. WordPress Database Backup
    6. WP Super Cache <-- recommended by bluematter Thanks mate!

    If I should have any more plugins please let me know but the Hades theme already takes care of things like wordpress post ratings and social sharing for each post.


    So far I have 12 of my articles up. I am adding them slowly because I think it looks more natural, plus I'm lazy. Each article has a featured image and a call to action at the bottom of my article which means at the end of my article it says: click the image below for more information.. I have an image turned into a click-able image that goes to my affiliate offer.

    I have 3 keywords I am targeting and my home page has my 3 keywords at 3.03, 3.03, and 3.75 keyword density levels. I used Market Samurai with the golden rules to find my keywords. The only thing I changed was the competition level. I set it to a max of 500k

    Here are the stats of my kwds: (Exact match monthly)
    kw1- 17k searches and 328,000 competition
    kw2- 7.6k searches and 178,000 competition
    kw3- 7.6k searches and 81,000 competition

    About a month ago, I ordered Shakark's Sherlock Hacks Google and I bought The lion's mane package. I didn't see any change in my rankings, in fact I still wasn't ranking for any of my keywords after his service but that may have largely been due to the fact that I did not submit a sitemap until yesterday. Currently I am still not ranked for any of these 3 keywords.

    Now that my link profile has been diversified I have gone with a private blog network. I dont want it to sround like I'm promoting everyone because that's not what the aim of this thread is. Just know that it is a monthly service that costs a little over 400 dollars a month. So I really do hope I make my money back so I can support another month and hopefully profit. I dont really know and I feel like Im taking a huge gamble with all of this but what the hell? It takes money to make money, right?

    I also made a facebook page and a twitter page and bought followers and likes to both pages. On my facebook page I have 2800 likes and on my twitter page I have around 3500 followers. I made a pinterest page with one post and a google + page with one post. These I did manually. I also went to fiverr and paid for a guy to write 80 comments on my different articles about my affiliate product.

    So basically, I have spent around 750 dollars on my site not including all the time and research I have done manually. I really hope this pays off. Let me just add that I will be posting my daily traffic stats here to keep everyone updated and I dont know how but last month I made one sale so I know it converts. Ok, without any more rambling, here are my stats for yesterday (8/4/13):

    From Google Analytics


    Unique visitors: 21

    From my affiliate network

    Clicks to my affiliate offer: 5
    Sales: 0
     
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    Good luck man - make sure you keep the thread updated with your progress
     
  3. fatjack'sblackhat

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    Everyday I will!! :) I just want to first off see if I can do this thing right and second, if I can do it right it will prove that anyone can do it. Hopefully this thread will reinforce the philosophy that sometimes you just have to "do it." Ive realized you either are doing it or your not doing it and there is no in between. Up until now I have been not doing it and its time I start making moves.
     
  4. tamland

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    Dude it sounds like you're on the path to success. Best of luck just stick with it :)
     
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    Good luck on your journey
    I to am starting a similar journey but I have very limited budget but I ain't going to let that stop me-you are right when you say you are either doing it or not doing it and I to need to step up and try!
     
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    August 5 2013 stats:

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    32 unique visits.. Edit: So weird google is saying I had 0 visits yesterday now.. wtf?

    Affiliate network

    6 clicks; no sales

    While the drip feeding of my 600 high pr private blog network is going on, Im putting together 30 web 2.0 properties with unique content about my niche. I will add a link to one everyday rotating between my site, an authority wiki related site, or no link but a 200 word post instead. I'm also doing some product research to see where the best deal is now and Im trying to join those affiliate networks. Lol I know I probably should have already done that but I know this offer converts because it has already.

    Maybe if I work on these 30 web 2.0s a little everyday, I can establish some more authority in my niche. Dude Im trying to give this thing all Ive got because Im tired of failing. I want to win. Im going to will it to happen.
     
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    Good luck man.
     
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  8. fatjack'sblackhat

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    I changed some urls on the titles of my articles for on page seo purposes.. Should I make another sitemap and submit it to google?

    When I submitted my sitemap, I went to
    HTML:
    xml-sitemaps.com
    and created a sitemap file, then I uploaded it to the root directory of my site through filezilla

    It doesnt matter now because I just made another sitemap and submitted it to google again today. I just want everything to be perfect. MUST NOT FAILLL lol
     
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    Ok so the work is already being done on 30 more web2.0 properties all will have unique content and look non-spammy. Some will link with exact match and other with lsi and naked. Now Im making 25 short descriptions of about 30-40 words each for social bookmarks. So far I have 10 written lol. Taking a break from everything.

    Im not too sure how Im going to submit them yet and keep them unique. My idea is to put the ones I wrote on the most popular social bookmarking pages and to put the spun ones on the less popular ones. I don't know how I'm going to spin my articles, I used to have tbs but my subscription expired. Will figure that after I have all descriptions written lol.
     
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    Best wishes for your success.Keep posting so that we can learn new of success from you.
     
  11. Zoomer3690

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    Seems like you have invested a lot of money already! The sad part is that some of it seems to have gone waste(for example the SEO package you bought but it didn't help in improving your rankings). Not discouraging though. I will be following this journey :)
     
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    Yea I am a little discouraged by that myself. I think it was because I had not submitted a site map yet.. Does anyone know if my rankings are permanently affected because I did this? I know it was a n00b mistake but Ive put too much money in this domain to switch it over to a new one..
     
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    Are you going to be adding more content after you've posted the original 15 articles? Are the affiliate links inline with the article content?
     
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    Yes I will be adding more content but only after I start making some money off the 15 I already paid for. The affiliate links are exactly in line with the article content.

    Oh and to keep everyone updated, I currently have written 20 descriptions for social bookmarks. I have no idea how Im going to spin and mass submit them though.. :/

    I just added another 500 word article because of this post lol. Gotta keep grinding even if I dont know where its going.
     
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    Sorry for the repost but to give an update: My entire host is down. I dont know why this is happening, what should I do? Ok nevermind its back up I was freaking out for a second...
     
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    Maybe you should use some plugin for xml sitemap generation...so you don't need to manually create it every time u add a post!

    what r u using to track ranking?
     
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    I am sure noobs like me can learn a lot from ur experiance .. thanks for updating regularly ...
     
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    Hmm, maybe you should have just started with a low amount of investment. Anyway, I don't know anything about submitting site maps myself, but I think you can discuss more before going for any service. Just to know if it will work for you or not.
    BTW this might become an interesting journey :)


     
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    Yea Im getting it today. I really have no idea about how the whole sitemap thing works, I might be fine because when you go to that sitemap generation website, one of the options you choose is the frequency of change for posts within titles. That tells me that a sitemap is set up one time and runs itself after that but I could be wrong so someone correct me if I am.

    Ok, fellas, so I have not checked my traffic stats yet Im going to do that in a second. My stats yesterday will probably be nearly the same. What is different though is that I am not ranked for one of my keywords. Currently these are my keyword stats: (Exact match monthly)
    kw1- 17k searches and 328,000 competition
    kw2- 7.6k searches and 178,000 competition ****** Ranking @ #161 from N/A
    kw3- 7.6k searches and 81,000 competition

    One keyword ranked, 2 more to go. Wish me luck! Here are yesterday's traffic stats:

    Google Analytics
    Unique Visits: 47

    Affiliate Network

    Clicks: 7 Pageviews: 9 Sales: 0

    Ctr to my offer has gone down just a tad. No idea why.. It could have something to do with all the on-site seo I was doing yesterday when I spent a lot of time on my site interlinking certain phrases that relate to some of the other posts on my site. I was sort of expecting this anyways as the traffic isn't going to be as targeted as I want until Im higher in the rankings, but Im not sure about that either as I have no experience in this area.

    Anyways thats yesterday's stats. Will do some work on my site later today and report back.
    #dedication #lol #whatisheon?
     
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