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My news website, the full story

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by emptyzero, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. emptyzero

    emptyzero Regular Member

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    first, I am into ( websites and forums since 1998 ) i have a good experience in networking, coding, servers management and Ethical hacking :p
    Decided 2 weeks ago to start a news website of my own, after being partner with another news website ( started 2 years ago ) and making now 2000 Eur as pure profit via ads.


    in this thread i will be sharing step by step what i am doing as White hat SEO, to make my news site strikes and start earning money, including what i spent and stuff like that, this thread will be useful for guys trying to start their own websites, and for websites owner who might be missing something.

    First : domain name selection
    this took me a while to find a good domain name, and when i found one, it was a premium domain registered by a company and asking 2800 USD
    for a 6 letters domain name spelled the same in english, frensh, arabic ! sure i won't pay that so i checked for the .net with same domain and noticed that it will expire soon :) back ordered it and got it for 50 USD.

    second : Webhosting
    I have a dedicated server that cost me nothing cause i have some companies websites hosted on it and it kinda cover server cost, so i hosted the site using 1 dedicated ip.

    third : CMS
    used Wordpress, and a paid theme costed 50 USD

    website is ready and running

    total cost:
    100 USD


    SEO

    installed some plugins for seo ( all in one seo, seo images, auto tags )
    added some content ( 400 topic )
    added some private content ( news i wrote my self - Note i am graduated from faculty of media and documentation )
    setup a team of content creators
    setup a facebook page with 2000 fan starting.
    added facebook comments on site
    started targeting specific keywords ( main keyword on site + sections keywords )
    added 3 back-links on aged sites i own ( page rank 4, 3, 2, n/a )
    Alexa rank droped from 18 Mill to 3,5 Mill
    Ranked first page second result in main keyword, and First page first result on sections keywords.
    Used my stumbleupon account to stumble all topics
    Used a twitter account with 900 real follower ( changed it's name n stuff like that )
    Used my G+ accounts on every search keyword to boost it up ( five aged accounts )
    Used a facebook account with 5K friends to drive some random traffic that serve my keywords ( take keyword search link, shorten it and share )

    without publishing anything, i noticed to gain some visitors ( 400 - 600 visits ) from keywords i never thought of ( singer name, and some general important news and events ) so i Added other topics with same tags to boost it, and boosted it more.

    Today i was getting 300 - 400 visits and i noticed a good sign about ( returning visitors, which means that visitors are enjoying the website and coming back to visit again and check for new stuff )

    wanted to boost alexa rank In my country a bit, so i bought a 10,000 visitor for 45 USD located in my country, they served 1600 while i am writing this thread.

    total cost till now : 145 USD
    income : 0 USD :)


    that's all folks, i will be posting updates for everything i do, so it can be recorded as experience for starting a website, thank you for your support :)
    please feel free to ask questions and any suggestions.

    emptyzero
     
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  2. lanbo

    lanbo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good job, is your old news site still active and running?
     
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  3. steelballs

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    Looking forward to seeing how this rolls out and makes money...
     
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  4. emptyzero

    emptyzero Regular Member

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    Yes sure it's still active and ranked 50 k in alexa with 20 K to 40 K visitor per day.
    i added a back-link on it for the new site, and it helped a lot.
     
  5. emptyzero

    emptyzero Regular Member

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    thank you, i hope that also :)
    i have another news site that's making money, but i found it useful to Archive all steps i do to keep it if i decided to start another, and to help new guys making their own websites :)
     
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    Hi OP, I have a question concerning your news stories. Where do you get these stories? Do you copy them off from other news agencies; are there no copyright issues involved?
     
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    This looks interesting! I wish you good luck with the website and I hope that you will make it very popular and earn much money from it!
     
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  8. emptyzero

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    Yes, i take them from Big & medium local news agencies but i Change the content and rebuild it myself, and for smaller news i just change the title, never leave it the same.

    I also take news from global agencies and translate it to my local language, plus having ( my old news site, i can get some private news from reporters and post it <- this will help gaining entrance to Google News )
     
  9. mast3r0flol

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    This is great! What are your next steps :)
     
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    Do you translate news from english to arabic?
     
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  11. emptyzero

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    Yup, sure if it's fresh and useful, doing that should give you advanced ranking on other ( arabic ) sites, when you get fresh news and updates.
     
  12. emptyzero

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    i will be posting every step :)

    my target now is to get into ( google news ) but this is a long term target, should be able to make it after boosting alexa rank
     
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    Interesting. Do you you have a specific niche or you just write about anything? I see that you've added content to 400 topic so I guess your site is about anything.
     
  14. emptyzero

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    it's a news website, so it should contain almost every kind of news.
    Local news, regional news, global news
    also added : technical news, and funny stuff
     
  15. emptyzero

    emptyzero Regular Member

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    04/30/2013

    Today i will be doing some 2.0 web, wordpress, blogs etc.
    not going to use automated stuff, just 10 - 15 web, and taking care of their designs and information etc.
     
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    i wish you luck bro, keep us updated on your next steps.
     
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  17. emptyzero

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    added 2 Private content on site and shared em on many pages with big fan base ( 200 K ) then shared em on 3 news sites ranked 50 k, 80k, 120k, on alexa including a backlink for original content on my site, pinged backlinks.

    today i got 950 unique visitor :)
     
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    gratz mate, thats a good number :)
    keep us updated, share your glory with us :)
     
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    Looks like you are really experienced. Good to see a journey thread from an experienced member.
     
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  20. emptyzero

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    Today, 05/1/2013

    I went to a " Brand Design company " and ordered a professional logo, met them in person and described my needs, they will setup 2 logo and ill pick one of them, Cost : 90 USD it will be ready in two days.

    - Added some youtube videos and setup ( google video sitemap )
    - Pinged video sitemap
    - 75 Bot came from : google, bing, facebook, and other crawlers.
    - I noticed some articles not indexed, so i pinged xml sitemap, and all articles are indexed now !
    - contacted some local journalists and a young English teacher i have her between my fb friends! i will train her to become journalist ( and she will add good quality English news on site so it will have 2 languages, Arabic & English ! FOR FREE

    today's unique visitors : 1030
    total cost till now : 235 USD