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My Journey to Happiness, Current goal: $5/day

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  1. zccool4718

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    Hi, so before I get started I will like to say thank you for everyone else's journeys because I have been readying and learning from you all.

    So a little back story and the main reason why I want to do this.

    About me, I'm 32 years old, I have one daughter. I am a professional general programmer, meaning basically I am not an expert at any given language but I know a lot of them and can become a expert if I wanted. I like being able to pick up any language for the given task and complete it.

    So I got my BS in Information Systems in 09, around the same time that I've done something stupid (all I'm going to say about it) and caused a chain of events that put me and my ex on brake, or what ever you want to call it, but as of right now today we are not together. (She is also my baby's momma).

    So in saying that I know in my heart that one day me and her will get back together and we will become a family again. It's just giving time to work out my issues and the stupid thing I have done. (It's not what your thinking, I never cheated on her and even though we have been apart for a few years now I still haven't been with someone else until I know there is no hope in getting back together with her)

    This is why I'm doing this. I want the income to be able to prove not only to my self but to her also that I can take care of them in the way I want to. Right now I'm at a dead end computer job and not going anywhere for a few years yet, because of what I've done.

    What I'm hoping to get out of this is to learn to put my gifts to work and start seeing income from my hard work. Now, I never done SEO stuff before, I've never done anything online to really make money like this. I tried a few years ago but gave up very easy. This time I have something to work for, I have something I need to do.

    I would love to say My journey to 100 / day or 50 or 200, I'm going to set goals and keep going up, and once I make more than I make in my current job, I will quit, do this full time until I have my family back. (after that I'll still do this :)).

    So what resources do I have to get started with.
    • 2 Dedicated Servers
      • 1 with 250 Meg/s and 4 extra IP, (8 cores, 32gig ddr3 ram, 2tb of space)
      • the other with 1GB /s and currently 8 extra IP, (I can as many IP's from this datacenter as I need) - (16 cores, 32gig ram, 1tb space)
    • $42.99 in my paypal, and every month I get + $15 from a client that I have. (I managed his dedicated server)

    Oh, I only pay for one of those servers every other month, the other I have full access to from someone who has it for a single VPS. Both servers are VPS servers, so I can have as money VPS's on them as I need / want.

    At work I have almost all day to do this, so I will be putting in 12hrs / day into this.

    My setbacks, I never done this, so I'm not really sure what to do in come cases. I made my self 2 pinterest accounts and I still yet to figure out how to follow someone else, I found out how to follow boards but that is about it.

    I made 1 business account that I will be keeping it normal, no spam no tricks no nothing with it. Then I made 1 account that will be my spam account if I need it.

    But I don't know if I will be doing the pinterest / adsense stuff, I dont have the money to get the automated tools to make that worth it and simple don't know enough to even get started.

    I was thinking about the amazon review thing and mixing in light pinterest / adsense with it to drive traffic to the amazon review sites with the adsense.

    But I have to get a adsense because 7 years ago I was stupid and clicked on my own ad's and I have yet been able to get a new one. But I do have a business and was told I can open up one using all that information. I tried once, but didn't have the content on the site so didn't get approved. So this time around I'm going to start a review site put some content on it, I was thinking 2 to 5 reviews, and start the adsense stuff again using business information.

    Now, there are a lot of stuff I don't know about all this but this is how I get it.

    Build site -> do reviews, (some people buy and reword them) -> drive traffic to your site and hope someone buys item you did review

    I think that is the basic's of it. I'm hoping to get started with about 3 sites, why 3, well because thats how much I think I can really do with the starting cash I have. I would love to put more into this but with the job I have IRL my pay isn't as high as I wanted it to and just making ends meet with no extra cash at the end of the check.

    So with 43 bucks, I think I can buy 3 domains then each month buy 1 more until this project starts making enough to buy as money as I need.

    Now, my biggest issue is SEO, I kinda know what to do but just not sure. I mean I build a page, and build backlinks on keywords to build up pageracking for that keyword for page. But now many backlinks to I do and how. I mean is it just bookmarking sites, or is there more.

    So I'm hoping you guys with give me the help I need to get pushed in the right direction but not hold my hand doing it. I want to learn to do this my self but if I have a questions I hope someone will answer it.

    So my first goals are the following.
    1. buy 3 domains - install WP and make them look good :)
    2. go though amazion and pick a niche for each of the 3 sites
    3. start backlinkiny?
    4. apply for adsense using business info now that sites are up.

    Oh before anyone says something, I know this isn't going to be a fast way to make cash. I want to build over time. I know it will take months and months to see any time of ok income.

    Now first major question is, after I buy the 3 domains (I'm hoping I can use one of those 2.99 codes from godaddy and them let me use paypal to pay) what tool / tools should I get then and remember, I only have +$15 / month to work with until this makes me money.

    Thank you.
     
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  2. foxlobo21

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    good luck on your journey !! :D
     
  3. tojamie

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    Great !! Best of luck your journey. Cheers :)
     
  4. Genetix

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    I'll keep an eye on you. Hope you make all the money you need to be free of your dead end job and then go be a dad who's got time to be there for everything!!!
     
  5. JuggernautJukey

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    Money does not = Happiness! Some people need to realize that before they begin their journey into self employment. Believe me, it will make your journey a lot less stressful and more enjoyable!
     
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    Good luck mate, keep up the work
     
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    Will join the "good luck" wagon! Have a nice and profitable journey!
     
  8. zccool4718

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    I know, I have had good paying jobs, I've been self employed before so I know what having money is like.

    I'm after the no worry if or when you can pay your rent, or the phone bill, or if money is going to be put on your foodstamp card so you can eat.. So it wont be new to me.


    I'm not doing this because I want to become rich. I'm doing this so I can be there as a father for my daughter, to pay for things for her because I have the income to do so. Right now I can not. So, me doing this for happiness is correct but not because I want to buy it because I want to become happy by doing thing and having my bills paid for. To buy things for my daughter, because she doesn't know why she can't have something, she doesn't know that she can't have it because I can't pay for it.

    Oh my daughter is 3, so I hope I can do this before she starts school.
     
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    Update

    Ok, so something I was worried about was getting a adsense account back. So on a windows VPS, I made a new google account and signed up using my business name.

    This VPS has its own dedicated IP.

    Less than 3 hours later, "Welcome to AdSense!"

    Now, my main question in this is. Sense its a business adsense account and not a personal account if they somehow tie it to my personal account (that is disabled because 11 years ago I clicked on my own ad's like a stupid kid) will they ban the business account. Because when signing up it does say "AND OR" and just or.


    BTW, only going to be updates every few days or weekly, or when something major happens like this.
     
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    Update 4/12/14

    So this is an update of what I'm doing, so at work I took over a SEO department a few weeks ago and this is where I'm learning a lot of this stuff, and also triggered me wanting to do this for my self. In saying this the department has over 150 websites hosted and about half of them gets about 1k to 5k UV's per month. Now doing after asking I got the ok to put ad's on those sites and change them as I see fit, as long I keep the content and keep backlinking those sites.

    oh, btw "Congratulations!

    Your Google AdSense application has been fully approved. Within a few hours you'll begin to see live ads. Now you can get more value from your online content by showing relevant and engaging ads with AdSense." <-- happy about that. And it is also confirmed that a person can have a personal adsense account and also a business adsense account and it doesn't matter if one gets banned because there both is in different names and one is in a business and the other is a personal your ok.

    This I think is a good thing for me because it lets me place ad's and get over 70k UV's per month seeing my ad's on a ton of sites. Now I can't add custom content on those sites only my ad's, and alot of them are being backlinked to only local keywords for there local business.

    So this will take me a week at lest to make changes to these sites more optimized for AdSense. Now good thing is all the site are mostly SEO optimized and they are all wordpress sites.

    So not only am I going to add my adsense but I'm going to add google analytics and google webmaster tools. I think with those two tools I will able to manage all the sites easier. (If you guys have any other ides or objections of the tools I picked let me know)

    So after doing some research I found that transparent ad's are not allowed by google adsense, also something I learned that most of the site doesn't have is I need to have a privacy policy liked someplace on the site. Also I need a contact form, but all the site have this already so not a big deal. So what I'm going to do is write a general pp and then put that on it.

    So I just need to make a few different custom ad's to fit the theme of those sites. I am going to do some experiments for different ad placements in sets of 2. Because I have because I have around 150 sites to work with I'm going to split them up in chunks of what ever I like. Each set will have different ad placements, different ad types, and are general different in ether different wp plugins and anything else that may make a difference.

    I'm only going maybe 10 different experiments and going to run those on sites that get the lowest or no traffic so I almost start new on them so not one site has a upper hand over the other. I'm just going to general adsense layout of one at the top one on the sidebar and one at the bottom of the page for all other sites until my experiments show results of what is working or not.

    Going to run the experiments in 3 month blocks and report the results of each experiments.

    The site content is nothing special on any site there general business sites that gives basic information about different business, so content stays the same nothing dynamic.

    I'm still at 42.99 in paypal, and I think I'm going to hold on to it until I get my +15 for next month on the 5th so I can get software called ScrapeBox, there is a BHW deal to get it for under 60.
    Unless someone else has something that would be better than that software let me know. I'm not going it for the "spammy" part of it. Its also gives you a ton of good information about how you are doing also. That is the why I'm getting it.

    There was a free version of that called commentBlaster, but the only version I can find is version 2.something and there is a private blog page that has updated version like version 4 that I would love to get a hold of. But you need a invite to that blog and I have yet to find it. So if anyone has a ScrapeBox alt that free or low cost let me know.
     
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    Update: So small update, I wanted to experiment with Amazon but I live in one of the listed states that can't use it "Residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, or Rhode Island are not eligible to participate in the Associates program."

    So that sucks.
     
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  13. zccool4718

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    Update:
    I still have a lot of work to do. So I miss counted the number of active domains that I was given permission on. There are over 300 different domains as of right now. But I'm not going to put heavy ad's on all of them.

    So I was gifted ScrapeBox from my work to not only do things for my work but personal things as well. Like I said I work in a company that does SEO, they do it a lot differently but it work for them so I'll do it there way on there active clients. The way I'm going to do it will be totally differently.

    So out of all those domains about 25ish of them are from clients who stopped paying. When this happens, we do not renew there domain and site gets suspended. What I'm going to do it a little ad spam on them, place 3 ad's there all simple, I have two different versions of these ad's build a black and a white and there both the new responsive ad's. I place one at the very top under the menu, I place one on the sidebar, (the responsive makes that one the big skyscraper one), and one at the very bottom right under the content.

    I'll do my earnings report but so far I have made $0.51. That's not a lot but you have to think about it for the site I got that click from, its only had active ad's for one day.
     
  14. zccool4718

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    Update: So the 15th ended with $0.71 that gave me some good hope that this will take off good. But on the 16th my traffic drop to almost nothing across all sites. I just switched to a new dedicated server so I hoping that wasn't an issue of switching. I'm still looking into it. Today is a slow day also, so very funny, going from having over 1k UV per month on avg on each site to crawling to make a few hits on each site per day. So there is an issue some place.

    There are 31 sites in total, with a total UV across all of them of over 33k, this is an avg of the last 6 months of all the sites. So going from 33k to less than 1k something is wrong I just need to find out what it is. I moved from one dedicated with cpanel and just moved those cpanel acocunts to a cpanel box. (company saved over 100 bucks doing this)

    I have over 55 more sites I can add ad's on to but I need to find out why my visits dropped off on the current ones.

    So what is the difference between page rank and keyword rake. My guess is page rank is dealing with the over all page and the keyword is dealing with just a single keyword for that page. If so, I know how to get keyword rank up but how do I get page rank up? A lot of my sites are not even ranked, but I have alot of keyword rank 1's on those domains.
     
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    What do mean exactly? The difference between 'page rank' (PR) and keyword rank? What do you mean your sites aren't ranked but keywords are? If your keywords are ranked (your site is popping up for that search) then that site is ranking. I'm not sure what you're asking, but if you can elaborate I'm sure someone will chime in even if I don't make it back immediately.
     
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    Ok from my understanding there is a page rank from 1 to 9 higher that number the better.
    Then there are keyword ranks, what position your site for that given keyword is.

    My question how can you get keyword ranked, like number 1, but your page isn't. Keywords are searchable for the keywords. But what is with all this PR stuff. All I know is bigger that number is the better.
     
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    Here is the first week of work. I'm just getting started, but it looks like the placement of the ad's are working and the targeted ad's also. I hope its nothing but up from here.


    [TR="class: syn-report-summary-row"] [/TR] [TR="class: syn-report-summary-row"] [/TR]
    Date Page views Clicks Page CTR CPC Page RPM Estimated earnings
    Sat, Apr 12, 2014 4 0 0.00% — $0.20 $0.00
    Mon, Apr 14, 2014 16 0 0.00% — $0.27 $0.00
    Tue, Apr 15, 2014 87 2 2.30% $0.36 $8.39 $0.73
    Wed, Apr 16, 2014 3 0 0.00% — $0.00 $0.00
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014 42 2 4.76% $0.61 $29.14 $1.22
    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 32 3 9.38% $0.21 $19.39 $0.62
    Sat, Apr 19, 2014 45 2 4.44% $0.85 $37.83 $1.70
    Averages 32 1 — — — $0.61Totals 229 9 3.93% $0.48 $18.70 $4.28
     
  18. pentag0n

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    Doing same thing as you... and we both started same week ;)

    1.) One Dedicated Server: 16GB RAM 8Core 550GB HDD on RAID 5 Network on 1000mbit port (GigaPort) Running, Linux CentOS
    Why dedicated server? -- For virtualization of other micro servers, sitting on same network... this way, I have my own Windows 2008 runing using xen, and bunch of VPS - make sense?


    2.) One VPS: 8GB RAM, 4 Cores 250MB HDD -- running ubuntu OS, apache2, php5, mysql_server etc
    3.) One VPS: 6GB RAM, 4 Cores 100MB HDD -- running ubuntu OS, apache2, php5, mysql_server etc
    4.) Additional 8 micro VPS as Database Server / Production and Live .


    5.) Load of SEO Automation, privately purchased, licensed & or downloaded from forum --- thank you guys!


    6.) Tons of aged domains about (60 domains), 5 years - 19years, with page rank from PR0 - PR8;


    I just plugged my 5 years Old underused corporate Adsense account to 2 of my adsense websites, and Bingo, I made ..this is cool.

    Google Adsense_2014-04-19_213618_2.png

    Anyway, congrats on your journey and goodluck :)
     
  19. zccool4718

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    With all the dedicated servers I have its because a close friend of mine is a systems admin so he takes cares of all the servers. (Not that I don't know how my self). He bought this server just the other day,

    Dual L5520 72GB ddr3 2X1TB Sata on a 1GB connection, making the count of dedicated servers I have access to to 3. With the dedicated servers are setup with virtualization in mind, each has the a standard, of the following.

    VPS: 3GB ram cpanel none mysql install
    VPS: 3GB MySQL server
    VPS: 6GB Windows DB only server MsSQL server
    VPS: 6GB Windows Server (server 2012 currently)
    VPS: 1GB 1/2 total server space for backup

    So with 3 of dedicated's I have 3 of copies of each of those. Each server is backed up on the backup VPS then that backup VPS sends a copy of the backup to each of the other servers. So I have the servers backed up with as many backup servers. Each of the cpanel and mySQL servers are configured with load balancing in mind. Right now I have all my SEO tools that I got installed on of the windows VPS's. I use them mostly for remote desktop. I only do seo on the server with the 1GB connection one it (I know we have two now but the older one). That DC can give me a /27 blocks of IP's for if I need them for SEO stuff. We do have one server on a 250/MB connection, that we can only have 6 total IP's. That is the one that my job is paying for we didn't get it at out normal DC's because we needed one that was out of the country but no do far out.

    So in saying that I have 100% of my hosting for any of my needs that I will ever have. If you wanting to know why I need all that hardware. Simple fact is because I've been in IT for over 15 years and my best friend for almost the same amount of time we know where to get hardware, both of our servers are paid for and the one though my job its being paid for though them. So no real out of packet cost for them.

    I'm still learning how to do my SEO stuff, I can do everything else just I never got into SEO. So if you want to get on skype sometime and talk let me know. Maybe we can give each other some pointers.
     
  20. CribWare

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    Best of luck , for your joruney.