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My second try with more experience

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  1. issorc

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    Hello guys :)

    If you only want to know what this journey is all about, without all that not-straight-to-the-point-motivation-background stuff, just skip 'till the end :)

    What happend to my last journey?

    It's been some time since my last update on my last journey (read it if you want, but you don't have to and it does not contain a lot of useful information). Well, my last journey was crap. I read a lot here before I started it, but I failed. Nevertheless, taking action was the best I could've done. I was experienced in creating websites, but SEO was never a part of that. So I started this journey and was full of motivation, but had a lack of experience. I bought hosting, bought a domain and got some keywords.

    Than came all the mistakes that did let my last project fail.

    1. These keywords were shit. I did not know it back then, because I had no experience in keyword research and trusted Keywordrevealer, which said that this keyword would be low competition. I had a bad feeling from the beginning, but I were to naive. These keywords did not even had buyer intent and were good for ecommerce stores, but not for affiliate sites. They had huge authority sites on first page I could have never been able to beat at this time.
    2. I did not make a plan on what type of content I would need. I did not think about what topics to cover in the articles. I simply took my main keyword and gave it to my writer for every article.
    3. Another problems that comes hand in hand with point 2: keyword cannibalization. I just had a bunch of 5 keywords that were used in nearly every article on my site. That was so wrong and i actually thought that would be helpful in any ways lol.
    4. I created an english affiliate site. English is not my native language and it's far away from being good enough to write decent content by myself. So I had to spend money on content, but I did not have much money. So I actually bought shit content I could have been able to write by myself. Additionally, without enough money to buy a lot of content, I ended up with like 7-8000 words on that page. And I was actually trying to crack in 2 niches with that.
    5. Bad Siloing. I tried to structure my site like a Silo, but because of that lack of cotent and structure I actually had empty pages that were part of that Silo, could not have been worse.
    6. My on-page was not on point. Starting from this really really bad keyword density and usage going over to empty pages getting indexed etc. The categories I added were mostly empty pages and they got indexed thats really weird and I should have blocked them from getting indexed. Additionally I got my legal disclosure and privacy statement and other things indexed which is not really useful.
    7. I had no solid plan for linkbuilding. Well, I was actually a bit lost. I read some guides on linkbuilding, but always thought that I would not be able to do it that good and that it would be much easier to use some good linkbuilding services. So I bought some linkbuilding services from the marketplace here. I actually send the most crappiest 5$ backlinks to my money site with like 20% exact match because there were like 5 fields for keyword and I gave no special instructions to the seller. My linkbuilding was the biggest disaster of all, it was not natural in any ways and i'm still shocked that my site has not been penalized yet.
    8. My site looked ugly as. That did not matter in any ways, because I had like 5 UV a day at the best times, but it was really bad. I did choose an useful amazon affiliate theme, was happy that it was easy to implement products and reviews and chose the best looking predesigned template of the template. That was a shame, because the site looked really ugly and I've been doing frontend development for like 2 years now. Shame on me! I simply was too lazy to get my hands dirty and take a deeper look into the ways you can modify wordpress themes.
    So, you can see, I fucked up with a lot of things. If you read through all of this, you might think now that it was too early for me to take action at that time, but I don't think so. It's like wasted 3 months a couple of dollars, but I could have never learnt all that and a lot more from watching google reactions to the crappy links I bought, only from reading guides. I'm so much more experienced now and I'm quite sure my next site will be much more successfull.

    What am I going to do now?

    Well, after all those lessons I've learnt I'm going to give it a second try! I was foolish enough to start a journey without a lot of very important knowledge, so why shouldn't I start a second one when I'm much more experienced now? That's like training for Olympia because you think you can do it but you realize you are simply too bad and you really overestimated yourself. But you are stronger then because you fuckin' trained and than you won't give up, then you are going to train more and get better and better until you reap your goals. That is most likely the worst comparison ever but fuck it, it was even hard for me to word it in english :D

    I'm not going to hop to another method now, I will continue with SEO and websites until I'm able to reap all the fruits I've been working for so hard. The most people earn good money, because they master anything, I'm willing to become a SEO expert over the time. I know that I'm really far away from being an expert, but anyone has started small and everyone has failed atleast once while climbing up the ladder. I'm really determined now and I will stick to that project until it fucking works!

    So, back to the journey now, I already sounded like one of those motivational gurus lol.

    What did I already do?

    • I picked a niche. It's much more better than the niche i focused on in my last journey. The products in this niche range from 15-150$, but they are more likely to be sold on amazon.
    • I picked a domain. I did not spend to much time on that. It's hard for me to find good expired domains in my national tld so I simply went with a new one.
    • I picked hosting. I actually went for the price. In the beginning, with no real traffic, I won't have any performance problems.
    • Installed Wordpress and optimized it. Google Page Insights gives it good grades for performance and for the nearest location at the pingdom check i get loading times far below 1 second.
      The website is increadible fast, what even shocked me too tbh.
    • Did proper onsite optimization. I did everything you can simply do without any content. I followed all guides from experts like phpbuilt and did everything as good as I can. The website is way more optimized than the old one.
    • Made a plan on how to categorize and structure all the content, will be very useful in the future
    • Spend fucking hours doing proper keyword research. Everything has a buyer intent now and should be kinda low competition.
    • Made a plan on which keywords to add in which article. This prevents myself from doing keyword cannibalization like in the last journey.
    • My girlfriend and me started to write the content. Got like 4k right now. She helps me by writing content and it's pretty awesome because its really decent because she'll study our language and is an experienced writer :D
    • I checked keyword density on all articles and added all important on page factors for each one, except of videos and pictures.
    • Did some basic interlinking between the already existing articles
    • Submitted the already existing articles to the big G
    That's all!

    From now on I will update with all the steps I do and post updates on visitors, earnings, serps and content.

    For the beginning we plan to only rank with content, I will maybe start backlinking once i feel comfortable with the amount of content we have but not seeing the expected results.

    First stats:

    Content: 3.639 Words
    Visitors: 0
    Earnings: 0
    Serps:

    Out of 16 keywords I wanted to rank, Serpbook actually says:

    Top 20: 1
    Top 30: 4
    Top 100: 14

    I'm totally fine with this stats for a completely new website :) We'll see how things continue in the future!

    Thanks to everyone who reads the full text, I don't know how but I wrote 1500 words about me beeing a noob lol :D
     
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    great start ... its perfect if you have seen your mistakes from the last time and do much better this time :)
     
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    Well you obviously learned a lot from your previous journey! Sounds like you're already on the right track with this one too.

    Good luck!
     
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    I wish you the best man!
     
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    Hopefully I do, if not, there's again much to learn on this journey ;)

    Thanks! :)


    Thank you :)

    My girlfriend wrote a new 965 word post. Added it to the site :)

    New Stats:

    Content: 4.604 Words
    Visitors: 0
    Earnings: 0
    Serps:

    Out of 16 keywords I wanted to rank, Serpbook actually says:

    Top 20: 1
    Top 30: 1
    Top 100: 3

    So, I'm actually struggling with my articles not getting indexed properly. It seems like they mostly got deindexed again since I first submitted them lol. Submitted an updated sitemap to google and I'm going to wait. Serps are not good yet so I don't care about a day or two not being indexed and than hopefully I'll be up again :)
     
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    Good start, best of luck.
     
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    Really annoying right now, I see all my posts indexed and ranking for a few minutes and then all get deindexed again. Search console actually shows I'm ranking for 44 keywords right now, which is really okay for me to start with.

    Thanks :)

    Edit:

    Some really weird stuff happening imo. Seems like everytime my site gets deindexed, google kind of reevaluates my page. I know the "google dance" but it happens in minutes lol. My main article yet has been indexed and deindexed like 3-4 times in the last hour and everytime i checked when it was back in, it climbed like 1-3 spots in serp lol.
     
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    Good luck on your journey, OP!
     
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    Thank you both! :)

    First time today that all my articles are ranking at the same time, additionally, the pages i do not want to be indexed disappeared. Seems like google finally understood what I wanted :D
    Rankings are okay for a new site imo, one keyword is already ranking on #18 :) It does only have 150 ms but better than nothing :D
     
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    Good luck with the Journey!
     
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    Thank you :)

    Now, as everything is indexed, a quick update :)

    New Stats:

    Content: 4.604 Words
    Visitors: 0
    Earnings: 0
    Serps:

    Out of 31 keywords I track, Serpbook actually says

    Top 20: 2
    Top 30: 7
    Top 100: 23

    That's some pretty good progress for a completely fresh site with few content imo :) will try to add some more content the next days :)
     
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    Quick update on here.

    No real changes to content or backlinking, did some social bookmarks by myself and ordered 30 more from a seller here on bhw. All are going to be naked urls, branded or generic. Will build some diversification first and then go in with HQ Web 2.0 to my money keywords! Thinking about ordering 50 do follow (didn't know bhw would blend that out if you write it in one word lol) blog comments, what do you guys think about that?

    Somehow fucked up the responsiveness of my theme, really annoying, because I did not really change anything than the colors and the layout. The layout was only changed through the wordpress form itself so no way i fucked up coding there. Will see how i could get this fixed, because a good mobile site'll be fucking important

    Just because i want to include it in every update and there were some (really small) changes to the rankings:

    New Stats:

    Content: 4.604 Words
    Visitors: 0
    Earnings: 0
    Serps:

    Out of 30 keywords I track, Serpbook actually says

    Top 20: 2
    Top 30: 6
    Top 100: 25
     
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    Thanks :)

    So, another quick update here. I did not add any content and the serps had no reportable changes, there were some small changes going on.

    I finally managed to fix my responsive problem, it was because of a plugin... took me more than a hour to fix it. Finally finished the design as i would like to have it, the site does look professional and decent now imo. Added affiliate links and pictures to all articles and did setup all the legal requirements like all the text about privacy and stuff. Got another article nearly finished right now and will publish it today or tomorrow! :)
     
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    Again, time for a small update. The newest article is finally published and I rewrote some of the earlier articles to rank for a few more longtails.

    Current stats:

    Content: 5.826 Words
    Visitors: 0
    Earnings: 0
    Serps:

    Out of 35 (+5) keywords I track, Serpbook actually says

    Top 20: 4 (+2)
    Top 30: 8 (+2)
    Top 100: 30 (+5)

    Things are going slowly, but it's okay for me. I will continue this Journey slow and steady :)
     
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    The thing is, ranking with mostly content will take a lot of time, thinking about months at least, in competitive niches it takes years to reach first page. So don't worry about the dance and don't worry about the rankings yet. You are gonna do it.

    If you build links, take a look at the links of your competitors and try to replicate the ones you think are good. This might be really easy or not possible at all but chances are they got some easy to achieve backlinks as well

    Oh and good luck :)
     
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    Thanks! :) i'll be on vacation soon and after that i'm going to add much more content and will start to build the first links :) i'll have a look at the links of my competitors, thanks! :)
     
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    Got 2 new articles in the pipeline, one written by my girlfriend, one by me :) Will maybe publish them before we'll go on vacation :) Doing some freelance writing as a side job to earn some money for this and other projects and was able to finish a 30$ text yesterday and earned 40$ for a translation job where I did not even spend an hour on, that's great for me! Will be going harder on this project once I'll return from my vacation :) Next to this project I'm growing some Instagram Account. Right now my 9 accounts are going to hit the 10k follower mark altogether today, so I hope things will speed up there soon. Stay tuned :)
     
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    Good luck! I hope it'll live up to your expectations and even more!!!

    You do seem to be experienced - you'll do just fine.
     
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