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Reviving an Old Blog That Still Has some Traffic, Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by hopkism, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. hopkism

    hopkism Newbie

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    My most successful blog, which I have not done much with at all lately gets about 1,000 visitors a month and makes me about $xx each month, mostly through Amazon. I'm looking for some suggestions and feedback. I lost interest in writing for it about a year ago and unfortunately never really did any proper SEO or keyword research. Should I try that now or is this a lost cause?

    Any feedback is much appreciated. It doesn't look like I have permissions to post the domain name yet...
     
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  2. Earned Results

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    By reviving, you mean it's been offline, or stagnant?

    Create and publish great content, regularly and consistently. Scheduling posts helps with this.

    Building a site that earns well takes a lot of hard work (whether its you working hard or somebody else).
    If you put a few hours aside each week to write for it, it will grow.

    Its really a matter of whether or not you're willing to commit to making this site successful. Lots of blackhatters are lazy and don't put enough effort into their projects, which is why they fail.
     
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    Consistency is key, when it comes to this concern. Earned Results is right. You should make sure that you post regularly, as missing to do so can bring about negative impacts to your page.
     
  4. hopkism

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    By reviving I mean it has just been sitting there, collecting visitors and small amounts of income. I paid for the domain for a few years and paid for hosting so it was totally accessible but I was not updating it in any way.

    I updated it about 3-4 times a month for about 3 years. I was getting traffic but was not making much money. I had the writing thing down but was horrible at converting. For a few months I hit it off perfect with articles about a particular event that was happening and my 1,000 visitors a month was 4,000-6,000 and the income was comfortably at $xxx.

    However, the blog was about a hobby that I really don't care for anymore so writing for it would be an immense chore, aside from the inevitable hard work of promoting it.

     
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    In order to revive this blog, you must add a lot of useful and unique content than backlinks. If you have already traffic that is really good. Just keep adding content and I am sure your traffic will boost.
     
  6. hopkism

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    Today I took the time to get rid of all of the Adsense and just focus the advertising links to just one central idea that fits each page, giving the user a clear map of where I want them to go. I think this will have a huge impact and to be honest, the clean up has inspired me to do some more thoughtful and precise writing. This time I'll start with some keyword research.
     
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    Just re-start it mate. Old is always gold :)
     
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    if you have no interest in writing why not use some of the writing services here on BHW and then just schedule them to your blog. you could of course try at flipping it
     
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    Update your content. I am sure that this will help to revive it. If you can not create the content, have someone do it for you.
     
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    I would have an intro video made on fiverr and then a video submission with lots of google+ on tier1 then add a few link pyramids while you are there and get the ship back in the fight.
     
  11. hopkism

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    Thanks for all of the support guys. Interestingly, over the last two months I had received only 2 affiliate clicks out of my dozens of affiliate ads and about $10 in Adsense. I got rid of all of the Adsense, cleaned up the layout (making sure it looked really good on mobile and tablets), then chose the best converting affiliate link as a text link in a prominent spot. I also verified to make sure it had an enticing landing page. After the first day I already had 9 clicks! Ill have to wait to see if those transform into leads but I'm already feeling a lot more motivated. Ill keep producing content.
     
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    More content is definitely the key in my view.

    If the topic lends itself to Top X posts (where X is a number that works for that particular post, I tend to use 3, 5 or 7 a lot) then those are good and quite easy to write as it's only maybe 200 words on each of the sub-topics.

    Then weave in affiliate links along the way. People are used to clicking links to other pages in Wikipedia so use that training to let them click your affiliate links.

    Adsense is the low hanging fruit on income and pays the least because it's relatively easy to add.

    Affiliate income is lumpier but can be very nice when it arrives.
     
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  13. hopkism

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    Just thought I would update everyone on some of the successes I have had lately. I am really happy with the cleaned up and simple site. Got rid of the sidebars and made it very appealing for tablets and smartphones. I also learned that a lot of my visitors have ad blocking on so it was a good change.

    I still only get about 40 visitors a day but am averaging 5-10 clicks a day from my affiliate links within the articles, outside of my usual Amazon affiliate linking. For the month of September, two of those clicks turned into leads which pay me $50 so I'm pretty excited.

    I also have posts scheduled until January on a weekly basis (all of them are 700 words+) and sent off three really solid guest posts.

    Things are looking up!