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SEO Case Study Results - 58,900 pages indexed in 2 months

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by dtang4, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

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    For the past couple months, I've been conducting a SEO case study to measure how quickly I can index a new site.

    For background, the site is a niche jobs search (focused on clerical jobs) based off an API. The API takes care of the majority of my initial content and ongoing fresh content creation. The rest of the content I pulled and modified from Wikipedia, e.g. facts about bookkeeping jobs, and is relatively static.

    Upon launch, I estimated the site had ~300K pages. My goal was for the site was to operate on autopilot, relying solely on long tail search engine traffic. To do this, I wanted to get as many pages indexed as possible.

    Here are the daily indexing results you can benchmark against.

    • Day 1 - 2 pages indexed
    • Day 2 - 31 pages indexed
    • Day 3 - 92 pages indexed
    • Day 4 - 129 pages indexed
    • Day 5 - 361 pages indexed
    • Day 6 - 3,340 pages indexed
    • Day 7 - some fluctuation between 3,340 and ~3,800 pages indexed
    • Day 8 - 3,960 pages indexed w/ some fluctuations during the day
    • Day 9 - 6,510 pages indexed
    • Day 10 - 8,080 pages indexed
    • Day 11 - 10,100 pages indexed
    • Day 12 - 11,000 pages indexed
    • Day 13 - Forgot to check stats. I noticed that 80% of the traffic was from long tail search traffic, where my site is ranked on page 1 for all the the referring search terms.
    • Day 14 - 17,000 pages indexed
    • Day 15 - Fluctuations between 16,000 - 17,000 pages indexed
    • Day 16 - 19,900 pages indexed
    • Day 17 - 19,800 pages indexed
    • Day 18 - 21,300 pages indexed
    • Day 19 - 21,300 pages indexed
    • Day 20 - 22,100 pages indexed
    • Day 21 - 22,700 pages indexed; for week of 2/24, received 150 visitors and 233 page views
    • Day 22 - 23,000 pages indexed

    • Day 23 - 23,900 pages indexed
    • Day 24 - 24,600 pages indexed; slapped on some Google Adsense ads, so will begin to monetize this site now
    • Day 25 - 24,600 pages indexed
    • Day 26 - 22,400 pages indexed
    • Day 27 - 22,500 pages indexed
    • Day 28 - 22,400 pages indexed; for week of 5/1, received 138 visitors and 394 page views; made $7.37 across Indeed and Adsense (almost recouped my initial $7.50 GoDaddy domain investment after only 1 week of monetization!)
    After day 28, I started doing weekly updates and tracked 3 metrics: indexing results, web traffic, and earnings.

    • Days 28-34
      • 21,900 pages indexed
      • 150 visits, 391 pageviews (78% US), 84 keyword searches
      • $8.40 earnings
    • Days 35-41
      • 22,800 pages indexed
      • 194 visits, 480 pageviews (72% US), 79 keyword searches
      • $3.23 earnings
    • Days 42-48
      • 47,500 pages indexed
      • 227 visits, 629 pageviews (63% US), 111 keyword searches
      • $11.79 earnings
    • Days 49-55
      • 56,900 pages indexed
      • 394 visits, 1,045 pageviews (70% US), 240 keyword searches
      • $124.08 earnings (mostly from direct ad sales)
    • Days 56-62
      • 58,900 pages indexed
      • 168 visits, 470 pageviews (72% US), 92 keyword searches
      • $9.38 earnings
    I've recently ended the case study. Hopefully you'll find this info interesting and useful!

    Feel free to reply with any questions. Don't PM. (I'm still building my post count, so can't even respond to PMs, lol)

    Thanks.

    Dave
     
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  2. DaDaDj

    DaDaDj Newbie

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    Incredibly interesting data but $ amount seems incredibly low for the sheer amount of index's?
     
  3. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

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    Yea, I was getting good number of indexed pages, but organic traffic is still weak. I think $ is more related to the traffic.
     
  4. fung1990

    fung1990 Power Member

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    i am seeing you show off?
    not case study i think.
     
  5. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

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    What other stats are you looking for to make it a case study?
     
  6. imserious

    imserious Senior Member

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    Seems like the one shared in the war room in WF. If its yours, you shared the ebook also there.
     
  7. vlerian

    vlerian Junior Member

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    Any link buildings done for that site?
    What kind of links (if there)?
    Thanks
     
  8. SuperLinks

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    What are you doing for linkbuilding? Also what type of API is offering this much content? Did you create a custom scraper/spinner for the Wikipedia content?
     
  9. gsy159

    gsy159 Power Member

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    Ok i didn't get it, did you use an automatic app?
     
  10. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    now imagine your earnings if that was all unique content....
     
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  11. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

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    Yea, this is the same case study shared in the war room. (I decided to share it here too to build up some posts, lol.)

    The job search results are pulled thru the Indeed API. For the surrounding context text, I manually copied and it reworded it from wikipedia. Each page (as a whole) has unique content.

    I did do some link building targeting 4 inner pages. The link building involved a 4-tiered structure of random interlinking across different types of web properties (e.g. articles, blogs, microblogs, forum profiles, etc.).
     
  12. dizztro

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    Interesting case study.

    Appreciate you sharing.
     
  13. kawarimi

    kawarimi Registered Member

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    Thanks for sharing this data.
     
  14. teeniegenie

    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    What tool(s) are you using to track how many pages you had indexed?
     
  15. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

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    I'm just doing the site:domain search on Google to check.
     
  16. littleli

    littleli Newbie

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    i am seeing you show off?
    not case study i think.
     
  17. Sexylingerie

    Sexylingerie Newbie

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    Incredible , anyway, nice post,
    thanks for sharing
     
  18. getseoonline

    getseoonline Registered Member

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    nice case study mate yea but traffic to the site seems like a problem.
     
  19. Carlosse

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    Thanks for the share...this would be a great post if you enlight us in the way you used the API to generate such a ton of content
     
  20. randomsoftwaregroup

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    You can have over a million indexed pages and not get much traffic unless things are set up correctly :

    See here

    They were getting "a lot" of traffic until they decided not to pay and I pulled the optimization plug, now they are lucky to get a few a day from those pages.