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Pay Off University Before I Leave - £50,000 - 3/4 Years Max - Amateur 2 (Hopefully) Expert

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by StudentDebtRecovery, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. StudentDebtRecovery

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    Student Debt Sucks! Let fix that!

    Hello everyone, I have been reading these journey threads and it has been interesting too see how people start out and growing some crazy amounts of cash a day/week/month from just making websites with a dedicated purpose. I've done online sites on and off for two years and want to take it to the next level.

    So.. What do we have?

    Right now I have two websites, and (hopefully) going to be back into the Adsense program. I also run adverts in another network and am running in two different, but VERY competitive niches. Go big or go home am I right?

    To give you some perspective on how badly I want to to be completed, I am using my nieghbours Wifi using a publicly open connection just to let you guys know that this is now happening.. I REALLY want this to work and I REALLY want to learn!

    Experience

    So lets clearly lay down at what level I am at in order too improve, this is an honest analysis of where my knowledge is at, what I know and what I don't:


    • [*=center]Minimal/No SEO knowledge. After reading the other journeys, I understand the termanology, but knowing how to do it in practice, or the most efficently, is not something I know how to do.
      [*=center]Minimal/No Programming experience. I know HTML to an extent, but I have outsourced all of my website work to developers. I still turn a profit, but this is by far one of the most expensive cost of running currently.
      [*=center]Minimal Design experience. Related to the above, I like what I like and try to gage my site if I was a user. Still very little experience.
      [*=center]Minimal/No Market understanding. This is a hard one to admit/gage, but I have advertised effectively (though inefficently) and all manually.
      [*=center]Minimal/No Social Media experience. Alot of the journeys suggest social media is by far the best way to expand/grow your niche (from what I can get at) as right now I don't have/use any for my projects.

    So basically yeah.. Not alot. I would say at this point from two years of trail and error, not really paying attention and just earning a passive income. I have made £2,000 give or take, after all costs. I have never invested my own money, I still remember making my first $13 from a blogspot site just to I can get a real domain.

    Current Sites

    Site One - Rice Site Two - Ceramic
    • [*=center]Stats: ~2,000 UV/day. ~$10/day Income. Passive but dropping slowly. [*=center]Current earning king, makes 95%+ of my income. [*=center]Has a Twitter account with bought followers, let me know if I should even try to fix this or simply make a new account for the site to advertise. [*=center]Facebook has a page (will restart if I try again on facebook) with no posts for a year. [*=center]No keyword research. [*=center]Has good retaining users, I have lots of longtails that I happen to be ranking for from user generated content. [*=center]HTML errors which are being fixed. [*=center]Working theme, would like to make some edits.. but it works. [*=center]I have purchased packages on here for this site, ranks have rised the crashed. Again lack of experience is likely a strong factor.
    • [*=center]Stats: ~400 UV/day. Less then $1/day Income. Passive but dropping slowly. [*=center]Alot invested ($1k+) to be outcompeted. [*=center]Site has a strong userbase again, however because of the competion I feel that this is not the best place to put my time and effort into as much as I should. [*=center]Ads are earning little to nothing, need to think of a way to monitise it better. [*=center]No social media backing. Not sure how to market it.. But we shall see.

    The Plan

    So lets be honest. I need to learn alot, but I have set what I feel is a reasonable/acceptable time frame.

    This is not something I want to learn and use one, this is something I hope to use for the rest of my life so lets get it right! I may make more websites too add to this plan, and possibly even go back to my original site that I started with. Who knows..

    Main sources of Income should be PPV or PPC adverts on major networks, I have tried other styles like PPD and CPA but never achieved much, so I will stick to what I know. (For now).
     
  2. skoroshkin

    skoroshkin Registered Member

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    Interestingly, good luck in the journey buddy
     
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  3. StudentDebtRecovery

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    Day 1

    The Plan

    The plan for today is to setup social media accounts for the site on the two major networks, Twitter and Facebook. For now I will have to post manually and also work out how to get good social signals to increase the sites rankings. Looking at peoples posts this is the best method to gain a rank boost.

    I also need to work on targeting some keywords. I haven't selected any yet (other then the most obvious, searched ones) so I need to work on that to gain some stable traffic. My clicks are dropping rapidly from google by over 50% then rising again, not sure as too why.

    The Stats

    Site One - Rice Site Two - Ceramic
    Unique Views: 2,100 +120
    Main Keyword Rank: N/A
    Total Income $8 -$2
    • Setup a Social network page for the site on Facebook and Twitter. New ones. Find a way to get an audience.
    • Work out some good keywords to start targeting and gain some ranks, stable traffic from Google is priority.
    • My developer is transfering the site to a better script, could take upwards of a week though. Gives me time to make a plan of action though.
    Unique Views: 820 -100
    Main Keyword Rank: 1
    Total Income $0.10 -/+0
    • No plans, focusing on the earner to allow more investment into this project, competition is high.
    • Added social networking buttons, up to the users if they way to use them in anyway or not. (Share buttons, not linked to pages).

    I have profited overall, but for this journey I will take all profits and keep them, treat myself/reinvest. Below is a table I plan to keep updated for each day of the journey, this should be really useful to keep track of how much is going in and out without having to worry about profit/loss numbers going missing. I am trying to lay out this thread as cleanly and professionally as possible.

    Key: Additional Costs - Any sort of purchased SEO, bots, dev time etc, will be included in this section.

    Hosting Costs: $25/Month
    Additional Costs: $0
    Todays Cost: $25
    Total Costs: $25
    Todays Payout: $8.10
    Todays Overall Profit: - $16.90
    All Time Overall Profit: - $16.90
    Suggestions and feedback are welcome! If you are planning to join me, remember to include the cost of a domain and theme, I already had this developed so will not be including it.
     
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  4. TayaX

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    interesting, I'm subscribing, hope you get to where you want to be !
     
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  5. ProNe55

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    Really cool layout. Anyways , best of luck with your journey!
     
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  6. Not Ste Hughes

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    Titles like this will always end in disapointment.
     
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  7. StudentDebtRecovery

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    Thanks man!

    Thanks alot!

    Thanks for the feedback, trying to make it as friendly to read as possible.

    Just another reason to succeed. To prove you wrong.

    Can I ask why you think its going to end 'in disappointment?'
     
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    Interesting! I will try to keep an eye on this journey.
    What is your exact goal? How much do you got in debt?
     
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  9. Sherbert Hoover

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    I'm a fan of how you're laying our your posts. Best of luck to you.
     
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    That's awesome, student debt is a pain but getting rid of it is like lifting 10 tons off you. Good luck and kick ass with it!
     
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  11. Aatrox

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    Good luck man, student debt sucks!
     
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  12. StudentDebtRecovery

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    £50,000 as said in the title once I will be finished.. A goal to earn is better then no goal at all!

    Thanks!

    Thanks alot! Being a student fresh out of university without debt would be an amazing boost!

    Agreed, thanks!
     
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    Day 2,3,4

    The Plan

    Apologies for the lack of updates, still no internet in my own house so doing anything is either by phone (on limited data) or going to a public cafe for wifi.. Yes I am that dedicated. So I have posted twice onto the new facebook page, using groups as a way to promote my posts. Only posted to 4-5 groups as the facebook account is fresh, I am however in like 30 groups. Managed to gain 1 like from the first image.. we all start somewhere.

    Question: Would it be better to post to Twitter manually? Or is linking the Twitter to auto-post my facebook links fine/the same?

    Also, development work to migrate to the newer, much better script has begun! Work is slow but it is progressing, plus the fact the site is already online and working makes no difference really, thats the best part about this passive system I have currently.

    The Stats

    Site One - Rice Site Two - Ceramic
    Unique Views: 2,800 +580
    Main Keyword Rank: N/A
    Total Income $8.50 +$0.50
    • Transfer to new script has begun, working as we speak on moving the software/site/users over.
    • Posts to the new facebook page have begun, two posts so far with some engagement, new account and new page so no idea what to expect.
    Unique Views: 860 +40
    Main Keyword Rank: 1
    Total Income $0.10 -/+0
    • No plans, focusing on the earner to allow more investment into this project, competition is high.

    Key: Additional Costs - Any sort of purchased SEO, bots, dev time etc, will be included in this section.

    Hosting Costs: $25/Month
    Additional Costs: $0
    Todays Cost: $0
    Total Costs: $25
    Todays Payout: $25.50
    Todays Overall Profit: $25.50
    All Time Overall Profit: $8.60
    Suggestions/Advice and Feedback are Welcome!

     
  14. StudentDebtRecovery

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    Day 5

    The Plan

    Got a tempoary block on the facebook account for joining too many groups, it was only like 20 but I guess that happens. I also am getting like 50-60 likes on my posts in groups but my page isn't getting many likes, any ideas?

    Question: Would it be better to post to Twitter manually? Or is linking the Twitter to auto-post my facebook links fine/the same?

    The Stats

    Site One - Rice Site Two - Ceramic
    Unique Views: 2,300 -500
    Main Keyword Rank: 15!
    Total Income $3.50 -$5.00
    • Transfer to new script has begun, working as we speak on moving the software/site/users over.
    • Posts to the new facebook page have begun, two posts so far with some engagement, new account and new page so no idea what to expect.
    Unique Views: 790 -60
    Main Keyword Rank: 1
    Total Income $0.10 -/+0
    • No plans, focusing on the earner to allow more investment into this project, competition is high.

    Key: Additional Costs - Any sort of purchased SEO, bots, dev time etc, will be included in this section.

    Hosting Costs: $25/Month
    Additional Costs: $0
    Todays Cost: $0
    Total Costs: $25
    Todays Payout: $3.60
    Todays Overall Profit: $3.60
    All Time Overall Profit: $12.20
    Suggestions/Advice and Feedback are Welcome!
     
  15. Sherbert Hoover

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