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SEO Journey to 25,000 visitors/month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by pleb1, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Explorer254

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    Great job. I have a question for you though, hope you'll be in a position to help. So I recently came across this term “Entity” and honestly I am not familiar with what entities are or their relevancy when it comes to SEO. Do you have any idea on where I can get information and tools that one can use to extract SEO Entities from a webpage. Someone mentioned entityexplorer.com, have you by any chance heard of it. Are entities more important than keywords? Your inputs will be highly appreciated.
     
  2. pleb1

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    Thanks, great question. I read a whole article from Search Engine Land about "SEO Entities" without getting much smarter. To me, it was all buzzwords and very little useful content.

    My approach to SEO is: Make content that people want to read. Share your own experiences. Do not lie. Before you publish an article, go through the whole text and ask yourself: "Is it anything I could do to make this text more readable?".

    I do not feel that I am very good at keyword research, which is why I am not outsourcing that bit. :)
     
  3. Fahad Ahmed Haidary

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    Best of luck with your ultimate journey .
     
  4. Nazmul Khan

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    Congratulation for this achievement.
     
  5. Explorer254

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    Thank you for responding. Hope you will not mind me bombarding you with relevant questions once in a while.
     
  6. Abilen Aalfie

    Abilen Aalfie Newbie

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    Best wishes you.
    I think its good for you.
    I following you.
    Thanks.
     
  7. pleb1

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    I will update you all tomorrow on the traffic and work progress situation! :)

    However, I have to spend most of the weekend doing a case study for a job interview. I am interviewing for a digital marketing manager position in a huge medical company, which would be super exciting to get. Excellent salary & other benefits - so I better take this case study quite seriously.

    What I can already say is that this week will be the best week ever recorded - and we will probably see a 30-50 % increase in organic traffic from December 2019 to January 2020. Happy days.
     
  8. pleb1

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    Traffic & work progress update!

    As mentioned in the last post, I am quite busy with a case task these days. However, I'll do a quick update on the traffic and my February goal.

    Traffic:

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    As you can see, last week was the highest ever recorded (391 organic hits). And luckily, this week broke that record again (470 organic hits). I tend to agree that things are moving a bit slower than I hoped, but this is what happens when you run a white hat business. Patience, guys. :)

    My projection is that we are going to see a growth number of between 30 % and 50 % month-over-month.

    Workload:

    I said that I wanted to write at least one article for every day in February. That's still valid. However, I see that I spend an awful lot of time on each article as I do not want to publish something that isn't 100 % high quality. For now, I have already scheduled 7 blog posts (1st-7th February), but have done keyword research to ten more titles.

    February: Writing a lot of content.
    March: Link building, CRO & editing old articles that aren't performing that well.


    These are the focus areas over the next two months. Stay patient, guys - we are getting to 25,000 soon. I promise.

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    Thank you. I feel I haven't achieved something yet, but we are on our way there. :)

    Go for it. I'll be open about my methods.

    Cheers.
     
  9. mikesa

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    Wish you all the best to reach your goal.

    i´m IN :)
     
  10. pleb1

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    Thank you! Next update will be provided on 1st February. By then, I guess I have written another 10 posts or so that will be scheduled for February.

    Back to woooooork! :)
     
  11. pleb1

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    Interesting to log into your Wordpress website and see 3 (!) comments from random people on random article.

    This website is really starting to engage its audience. Which, I guess, is a very positive thing. :)

    Today is the day I am going to hit 1315 pageviews in January, which means that all the pageviews in the rest of the month will equal the growth month-over-month. Things are starting to look good.
     
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  12. pleb1

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    Personal update!

    After three interview rounds, IQ test, personality test and salary negotiation - I got the job that I was applying for! Will be digital marketing manager in a huge company with awesome salary and my own big office. :D If I literally work two months in this job, I can easily spend a full year in low-cost countries like Albania, Philippines, Vietnam etc. (might be something to consider later). This will also allow me to invest an awful lot of money into my website if needed.

    This has taken a lot of the time lately, but I am still aiming for publishing 28 articles in February. 10 of them have already been written.


    Traffic numbers so far in January:

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    As you can see, we are already at ~8 % growth. And it's still a week left of the month. GOOD TIMES.
     
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    Congrats on the job... and office! Been following for a while - enjoying watching the progress.
     
  14. Jokull

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    Wow! Congrats on the job. I can't wait to see the day when your website earns enough to rival the job you have now. I hope you can grow the company and grow your website.
     
  15. pleb1

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    January 2020 update - another record breaking month. :)

    Let me first give you an organic traffic update. As seen below, the organic traffic grew another 32 % month-over-month!

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    Articles and writing

    I promised that I would try to write 28 articles for February. I did not. I have now written and scheduled a total of twelve - 12 - articles, which is slightly disappointing. On the positive side, loads of useful content will be published on the website between 1st and 12th February. That will, hopefully, be enough to push for another record month.

    Fun fact: If the 30 % growth curve in organic traffic keeps steady, I will hit 25,000 by December 2020.


    What's happening in February?

    - This is the last month of my current job. As advertised previously, I start in a new digital marketing manager role for a huge company on April 1st.

    - February is all about doing "everything" but article writing. A couple of things that I will make sure to do:

    1) Do aggressive Pinterest marketing to see if I can gain any traffic from it. I have already customized 30 pins using Canva, but I will do at least 50 in order to see if it can result in some traffic.

    2) Buy a new logo from Fiverr (if you own a logo service: don't contact me. I know who to buy from).

    3) Improve at least 50 of the articles that have already been published. Improve content, add images/Youtube videos, FAQ sections in the end of the article, better and more precise headlines throughout the article, you name it.

    4) Install a "Table of content" plugin.

    5) Potentially buying another link from an authority website.

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    Thanks a lot for following. Appreciated! :)

    Thank you!

    Hah...if this website will earn me more than the job I will now step into, I think I need at least 200,000 pageviews/month. We're not exactly there at the moment. ;) However, I agree. That should be my target.
     
  16. pleb1

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    Update!

    I have spent the day mapping out all the articles that I want to update this month. I add all of their URLs into a Google Spreadsheet - and write exactly which improvement points I could do. That's super helpful. :)

    Knowing that there will be published 12 articles in the 12 first days of February also makes me very happy.

    If I can get another 30 % growth month, I will turn on Adsense just to experiment a bit and see what type of CTR that is possible to get from this website.
     
  17. pleb1

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    Found another bottle neck that needs to be adressed this month: page speed. According to PageSpeed insight, my mobile rating is 31 and my desktop rating is 78. OUCH!

    This will be a very intense month with a lot of work:

    - Content upgrade.
    - Logo.
    - Pagespeed fix.
    - 12 articles published.

    GO, GO, GO!!!

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  18. Pablo1997

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    25k/month is a great goal. How far are you now?
     
  19. pleb1

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    I believe it was 1800 organic sessions last month, which was a 32 % increase month-over-month. :)

    So not even at 10 % of the goal, but we are getting there!
     
  20. pleb1

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    Update!

    New record-breaking week - one pageview more than the second best. But I'm taking whatever is given to me at this point. :)

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    Growth might seem slow, but at least it's consistent. I do not believe that this month will be a 30 % MoM growth, but that's fine - I am getting an awful lot of stuff done.

    Highlights:

    - As advertised, 12 articles are being pushed out this month.

    - I have already been able to update a total of 15 old articles, but are still looking to increase that number to 40 by the end of the month.

    - I did send out a job listing on Fiverr to make a logo, and already got 20 companies responding to it (if you do own a logo company here on BHW: do not get in touch - I will buy from Fiverr no matter what. :) )

    - Working on various projects to improve page speed as well as UX.

    This will probably be my best month so far in terms of getting things done. I am 100 % sure that this will pay off in the end in regards to organic traffic.