[My Journey] Yet Another but Promising Affiliate Blog Journey to $1K/month

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Hi Blackhatters!

Disclaimer: English isn't even my third native language. I hope for your understanding and tolerance when catching my spelling, grammar, or any other mistakes. Thanks in advance.


Nearly a year and a half ago, I started getting involved in online marketing. I read a lot of documents, watched videos, tested tools, played with the most popular SEO methods, analyzed a lot of web pages, and had sleepless nights doing keyword research. I'm endlessly grateful to the people around me who shared their knowledge with me and provided me with resources so I was able to test everything in action.

In December 2020, if I'm not mistaken, I had the first sparkles of my curiosity into affiliate blogging. I can't explain the reason (most likely because it seemed to be more stable) why I'm keen on affiliate marketing when there are so many other amazing businesses, but I feel from the bottom of my heart that if there is owning an online business in my destiny - that's it.

As you all know the key to starting a successful affiliate blog is the niche. You have to choose the right niche. I had different ideas in my head for the last 3-4 months. Finally, I came up with the very one recently.

I'm creating this thread mostly for self-motivating purposes. I'm sort of a lazy guy. Just for the sake of updating this thread, I will work my ass off (I hope)

So,

What's my plan?
1. Generating as much content as possible. 5 articles a week at least.
I'm not a native speaker as you already noticed, I'm in a good copywriter search at the moment. I cannot afford "premium copywriters" here on BHW who charge $50 per 1000 words, and the average-price writers' works do not fit my requirements. I'll try Philippines copywriters on Thursday as an OP of another journey thread suggested, will update on this.

2. Being as active as possible on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
I can take the designing part of this, will find someone for managing.

3. Creating at least 8 videos a month for YouTube, video content is underrated.

4.
Invest only in guest posts and niche edits.
For these, I'll address @MisterF, most likely. Will find someone for generating forum links manually. Yes, this is the whole plan for backlink building: Guest posts, niche edits, forum links (manual), and of course social signals (manual).

5. Inserting affiliate links starting the day when I get 50 clicks a day. There will be Amazon and CJ.

What's done so far?
1. I registered an exact phrase match domain name on March 1, this year. I think I was lucky to be able to register it.
2. I built a WordPress site on Generate Press with 31 lines of my custom CSS. I'm very proud of the design. Speed test results below.
3. I designed a simple logo: took a template from Freepik and changed it quite much. Overall - not bad. Also, designed three featured image design templates. (I have only three categories)
4. I derived 3 of my biggest competitors' weakest keywords + 100 from my own research (I'm proud of my keyword research skills). Overall, I have around 250 keywords waiting for their copywriters.
5. Yesterday, I published 3 expired and edited-by-me 600-700 words long informative articles. Today, in the morning I promised myself to never do that again. I'm cheating on myself from the start, everything should be bloody legit and original.
6. Created profiles on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest but nothing published yet.

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Will be updating this thread on a weekly basis.

I will highly appreciate any corrections, suggestions, and other types of ideas. I tagged you @davids355 as you asked a while ago.

So,

05.06.2021. Week 1.
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Published Articles: 0
Spent: 0
Earned: 0

Wish me good luck! Thanks.
 
I have same plan and already started on march 12, 2021.
Already published 11 articles.
9 organic keywords, two of them on 4th page.
Focus on pinterest and twitter.
 
Good luck for your journey.

I'm not a native speaker as you already noticed
Why are you undermining yourself? Your post shows that you have strong command of the English language. In my opinion you can write your own articles too. The readability is good.
You may write informative and filler articles by yourself and save that much money to invest in a good copywriter to write your money articles. Those professional writers do know how to soft-sell that's why.
 
I have same plan and already started on march 12, 2021.
Already published 11 articles.
9 organic keywords, two of them on 4th page.
Focus on pinterest and twitter.
Sounds great mate. Do you have a thread on your journey?
 
Good luck for your journey.


Why are you undermining yourself? Your post shows that you have strong command of the English language. In my opinion you can write your own articles too. The readability is good.
You may write informative and filler articles by yourself and save that much money to invest in a good copywriter to write your money articles. Those professional writers do know how to soft-sell that's why.
Yeah, writing English articles is easy if you set headlines and structure your content. You then spend a few minutes to correct it and it's ready to be stuffed with images.

Can you tell me more about soft-selling? I would be grateful.
 
Good luck for your journey.

Why are you undermining yourself? Your post shows that you have strong command of the English language. In my opinion you can write your own articles too. The readability is good.
You may write informative and filler articles by yourself and save that much money to invest in a good copywriter to write your money articles. Those professional writers do know how to soft-sell that's why.
Thanks for wishing me luck.

At some point, I thought about this and even bought a premium subscription to Grammarly but, it took more than an hour for me to write 50 words :/ Also, when I read my competitors' articles, I feel native "English thinking", they use tons of phrasal verbs, and stuff. So, I thought hiring someone with real experience is a more profitable option here.
 
Thanks for wishing me luck.

At some point, I thought about this and even bought a premium subscription to Grammarly but, it took more than an hour for me to write 50 words :/ Also, when I read my competitors' articles, I feel native "English thinking", they use tons of phrasal verbs, and stuff. So, I thought hiring someone with real experience is a more profitable option here.
Do you consider phrasal verbs some sort of a keyword? If you think this is going to help you rank, you can just copy them. But in reality it's just you overthinking. In fact you can type super fast and if it makes sense to google, you will rank. Notice how many writing services are in the marketplace. It's real business.

Also, phrasal verbs do not keep users on a website. Unless you are in some crazy niche where people consider your writing an art.

I don't think uncle google will devalue your content because it wasn't written by a native. If people find what they need on your website, they won't search further. There is no algorithm called "native scanner", "professor style checker" or some other BS.

Take care of readibility by adding lists where they fit and help users scan your content. Additionally you can add some image content for different purposes.
 
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Interesting journey. Any tips on plugins and what you do to achieve such good website loading speeds? And whats your keyword research process
 
Good luck on your journey. I already had two failed affiliate projects. They both had various reasons for failure. I am gearing up again to start another project, determined to overcome the mistakes I did before. Hopefully I can start my own journey thread pretty soon.
 
Best of luck to you. Your backlink plans are top-notch. That is what I do myself. However, I add google stacking, web2.0s (manual contents) to mine.

I started a new website after a successful site sold for $238,000 (it was making $6,800+ per month).

Did tons of KW research and to be honest, I think I found a goldmine, the KWs the site is ranking for having almost zero competition, and there are 1000s of these KWs with no strong authority websites targetting them.

But, I am too lazy to even start a journey thread. And English is my third language :)
 
Yeah, writing English articles is easy if you set headlines and structure your content. You then spend a few minutes to correct it and it's ready to be stuffed with images.

Can you tell me more about soft-selling? I would be grateful.

Soft-selling is something where the writer understand the psychology of readers like their fears, ambitions, goals, requirements and other traits. Then they create content like that to convince the readers that the product/service is beneficial to them. It satisfy their requirements and peaks curiosity which makes them click on the affiliate link. And then then end up on hard-selling offer page. That's how a lead is converted into a sale.

Soft-selling is a skill which not all writers have. I'm not a writer so you are better to find examples of these by searching.

Thanks for wishing me luck.

At some point, I thought about this and even bought a premium subscription to Grammarly but, it took more than an hour for me to write 50 words :/ Also, when I read my competitors' articles, I feel native "English thinking", they use tons of phrasal verbs, and stuff. So, I thought hiring someone with real experience is a more profitable option here.
You seem alright to me.
 
Best of luck to you. Your backlink plans are top-notch. That is what I do myself. However, I add google stacking, web2.0s (manual contents) to mine.

I started a new website after a successful site sold for $238,000 (it was making $6,800+ per month).

Did tons of KW research and to be honest, I think I found a goldmine, the KWs the site is ranking for having almost zero competition, and there are 1000s of these KWs with no strong authority websites targetting them.

But, I am too lazy to even start a journey thread. And English is my third language :)
Mind sharing what strategy u follow to find that many kws?
 
Good luck with your journey. btw which host do you use?

Cheers
 
Best of luck to you. Your backlink plans are top-notch. That is what I do myself. However, I add google stacking, web2.0s (manual contents) to mine.

I started a new website after a successful site sold for $238,000 (it was making $6,800+ per month).

Did tons of KW research and to be honest, I think I found a goldmine, the KWs the site is ranking for having almost zero competition, and there are 1000s of these KWs with no strong authority websites targetting them.

But, I am too lazy to even start a journey thread. And English is my third language :)
Can i know your website address? as you already sold it.
 
Soft-selling is something where the writer understand the psychology of readers like their fears, ambitions, goals, requirements and other traits. Then they create content like that to convince the readers that the product/service is beneficial to them. It satisfy their requirements and peaks curiosity which makes them click on the affiliate link. And then then end up on hard-selling offer page. That's how a lead is converted into a sale.

Soft-selling is a skill which not all writers have. I'm not a writer so you are better to find examples of these by searching.

Sounds like a typical persona based writing. You identify your potential clients and create content to convince them your product is worth their money. That's it?
 
Mind sharing what strategy u follow to find that many kws?

I got the 'seed' idea/KW from the site that was sold. Then, from Ahrefs, I got so many KWs with zero competition that are all related to the niche.
Heck, I even digress a little bit from the main niche and added a sub-niche. I have so far done 100s of Keyword research. My topics are all ready, and my plan is to add at least 10 to 20+ articles per month for the next 6 months to 1 year.

My site is a few days old, you can see the KW ranking on the top 30 already :D . Also, the second KW inner page is yet to be index, but the homepage is already ranking for it. So, I believe that this one too will be in the top 20+ in a few weeks or maybe days.

About Ahrefs, there are many many tutorials here on BHW. Those threads are worthy to be packaged and sold for a few $$. Find them and thank me later :p

So far, the site has ZERO Backlinks, DR 0. Everything N/A.

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Can i know your website address? as you already sold it.

Actually, I am not the one who sold it, I saw it on one of the many buy/sell websites in WWW. Even though I did sell my website, I won't review it to anyone.

OP, I hope I didn't hijack your thread. Still wishing you the very very best in your Journey.
 
Sounds like a typical persona based writing. You identify your potential clients and create content to convince them your product is worth their money. That's it?
Yes
 
UPDATE #1
03.05.2021

5th week of the journey. The date of the first week is stated incorrectly in the OP; it was 05.04.2021.

So, why did I not update the thread for a month? I don't know...really don't know. I was satisfied with the results I received in return for what I did during the period, so it's not about there was nothing to track. Most probably, I was too lazy to update this thread. From now, I will be at the beginning of each week.

Here what I did from 06.03 to 02.05:
1. I found a Filipino copywriter whom I gave almost everything I know about SEO copywriting. Now he is doing very well.
2. Consistently posting on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. No followers so far on Instagram as I'm doing nothing but posting only. I had 5 followers on Twitter, all of which are businesses in my niche with 5-6K+ followers. No movement on Pinterest because I'm only publishing there too, no effort in terms of marketing yet.
3. I registered an account on CJ Affiliate and applied to multiple big programs in my niche, 2 accepted, 2 declined so far, more are pending.
4. No YouTube videos yet.
5. No affiliate links are added yet.
6. No links bought yet. I submitted one link to a Wikipedia relevant page two weeks ago, they did not remove yet. It was syndicated to other wiki websites and 4-5 of them got indexed.
7. I published 15 articles in total: 4 informative (600-700 words long), 11 review articles (1900-2200 words long).

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Two days ago, the main keyword of a review article with around 500 monthly searches jumped up to the 4th position. I'm kinda skeptical about this and think it will go back to its 2th-3th page as the domain name is too young and has almost 0 authority in order to rank in the 4th position, but who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ANALYTICS:
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Connected the analytics only in the middle of April, here is what it got so far.

I pretty like how it goes so far and will keep generating and publishing original content.

Thanks so much if you read until this part.
 
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