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Our Journey To $200/day [Amazon + Adsense]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by MajorKusanagi, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. MajorKusanagi

    MajorKusanagi Registered Member

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    Heya everyone, going to get straight to the point first.

    Goal: To reach $200/day with a bunch of websites doing amazon affiliate + adsense.

    Timeframe: By January 2017.

    Setup:
    - 6 websites for Amazon Products (3 niche and 3 semi-broad)
    - 3 websites for Adsense
    - Every website on a dedicated IP, in a different location
    - Trying to prevent Google from linking us and our sites together, so we're using Piwik instead of Google Analytics
    - We still want to access the sweet Webmaster Tools data so we're going to setup a few virtual machines with different configuration + proxies and only use them to register & access webmaster tools (one account per website per a VM)
    - We got a couple of writers on Upwork
    - The typical silo structure (except on niche sites)

    Status: We're trying to get 20k+ words written and get it all up and running by mid of August 2016.
    - Site A: Already has 60k+ words of content written and around 70% of that posted. No amazon product reviews at all yet, only information articles targeting a lot of keywords. Already indexed in Google and getting 6-8 sessions a day. (150k+ searches overall, targeting to rank for keywords summing upto atleast 50k worth of searches)
    - Site B: 20k+ words written, all product reviews, site not yet up. (200k+ searches in total)
    - Site C: 20k+ words written, all informational, site not yet up. (400k+ searches in total)
    - Site D: 20k+ words written, all informational, posting the articles; for adsense. (300k+ searches in total)
    - Site E: 20k+ words will be done in a couple days (informational), posting the articles. (70k+ searches in total)
    - Site F: 20k+ words in pipleline. (30k+ searches in total)
    - Site G: ~4k words written, more in pipeline. (700k+ searches; very low CPC)
    - Site H: 20k+ words in pipeline (info + review articles); for adsense. (50k+ searches)
    - Site I: ~4k words written, more in pipleline; for adsense. (broad and open ended; fashion niche)

    Many of these search volumes are quite high and to be honest, difficult to rank for, but we'll be targeting a small fraction of the keywords with low volume first which are easy to rank for and then work our way up. Even this is ambitious for beginners like us but hey, time is money and we don't want to wait too long experimenting with smaller projects.

    Further plans:
    - Keep improving on-page SEO
    - Build social media accounts and then shortly after, some social signals
    - SEO: We're kind of confused about how we should go about this. We're going to research more into this. Probably a mix of Ranker X, GSA and some BHW services for Web 2.0s and PBNs. Any suggestions?
    - Add 5 more sites in the next couple months.
    - Eventually have at least 50k words of content on every website

    Expenses:
    - $9-10 for domains each
    - $15-25/year per server per website (these are low end unmanaged OpenVZ servers, which are typically cheaper than managed cPanel hosting). Will move to more powerful servers once we start getting traffic.
    - For content, $3-4/1k words. The content is not the best, but good enough. We can't afford to spend more given the volume of content we need at this stage. There are good and cheap writers out there but it takes a lot of effort weeding out the bad ones.
    - Yet to spend on any SEO tools or services (used a SEMrush trial for our keyword research).

    About us: We are a team of two, MajorKusanagi and MonsieurCandie (just asked him to register a separate account here). We've been lurking over here for last few months and began planning out the projects and working on them about 45 days ago. We are both kind of new to this and expect to make mistakes and learn from them. We'll try to keep you guys updated on a regular basis (expect weekly updates) and hope to get some advice and feedback on our plan. Feel free to ask questions.

    Looking forward to learning, making money and giving back what we can. :)

    Cheers
     
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  2. kahuna74

    kahuna74 Regular Member

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    Good luck on your journey. Looks like you have a solid plan. I would add some hand built links into your plan in order to make your link profile look legit. These can be BHW services, but I like to get started by hand, then start automating.
     
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  3. keywordspot

    keywordspot Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Looks GEM. Keep update your journey on here.
    For SEO you can use tier 1 service on here. And then, please buy GSA for tier 2 process.

    PBN, web 2.0 and guest posts are playing well.

    Best of luck for your future. :)
     
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    Subscribed. This look like an interesting journey
     
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  5. Cool Guy

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    Good luck for journey..I didn't understand the point of having dedicated ip's & different webmaster tools. Is it really necessary?
     
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  6. MajorKusanagi

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    We hadn't considered hand built links. We'll definitely do this. Thanks kahuna! :)

    Thanks for the advice! Like we said in the OP, we haven't yet done our homework into link building so any advice regarding that is appreciated.
     
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  7. MajorKusanagi

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    Very good question. The rationale is that in case one of the website gets slapped, we want to prevent google from knowing that the same entity owns all these others websites and flag them all for a manual review. Now, I don't have any source that google does manual reviews this way but if I'm going to spend my time and money on all these websites, I'd rather not take any chances and cheap out on web hosting. Hope that answers your question.
     
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  8. JasonGraham

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    Good luck on your journey
     
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  9. knowing25

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    please update how much money you will spent on this journey..
     
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    Good progress mate. But, I feel that disbursing direct call-to-action articles are better than purely informational ones - main target is to lure them away. Understand that looks are important but the focus is to drive conversions
     
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  11. MajorKusanagi

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    Updated the OP.

    Thanks!

    We've thought of updating all our informational articles later on to funnel users towards review articles and affiliate links. But really good advice, it'd be more efficient for us if we considered this right from the beginning. I'll discuss with my writers and see what we can do. Thanks again! :)
     
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    Subscribed. This look like an interesting journey
     
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    good luck with this project. I'm getting more interested in Amazon myself lately and I got a few commissions last month I just realized today so that gave me more inspiration. I will be looking at writing extremely professional content, considering that every man and his dog is building amazon sites lately. I would guess that Google will start spitting most of them out in the coming months and just keep the cream with the best content.
     
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    Good luck for your journey...
     
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  15. MajorKusanagi

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    I agree with every single word. I suppose that right now we are in the "every man and his dog" crowd but we've planned to move out of it as soon as we can afford. :p

    Thanks man!


    A quick update

    I just lost my (non-IM) business's primary client few days ago so I had to temporarily suspend all the new writing projects due to funding issues. Content for Site E is done and F & H are about to be finished. This will cause a setback of about 2-3 weeks but we still have the same goal/timeline on our crosshairs. We're going to use the downtime to finish on page SEO on all our content, improve our websites and explore Instagram (6-7 accounts already up and running :cool:) since that's a comparably low $$ investment method.

    Will keep you guys updated. Thank you for following the journey!
     
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    This looks really good!
     
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    My condolences on the "lost" primary client. It's a new endeavor now and keep it going and flying high!
     
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