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Succesfull Blog, 300k hits in 3 months, 250 fb fans= Still no idea what I'm doing. No Rev.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by golfies88, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. golfies88

    golfies88 Newbie

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    Hi All

    I was going to post this up at the start of my journey, and keep track, but it went so well, I never had time. Now I am about 3 months in and A LOT has happened.

    The plan was:

    1) Build a kickass WP site, around my niche of commuters & people generally consuming content on their way to/from work/in general. - Think UNILad/LadBible

    2) Build a social following

    3) Monetize traffic

    (that plan is "in a nutshell", but its as much info as is needed here)

    Where am I now?
    I am using google adsense and a related posts plug in for monetization.

    I have an article writer, who I pay £25/article, I also have a second writer at work, he is my apprentice, he so far has written for free.

    If I post to FB, I get traffic, I posted 45 min ago, and I have reached over 100k people, got over 2000 likes, 600 shares, tons of comments. I have had over 200 people on the site since posting, consistently.

    The actual site has good metrics, organic rankings, and good domain authority. I have done no link building, but the site has been in a couple of newspapers etc naturally, so its got some organic backlinks.

    This sounds great Golfs! Whats the big problem

    I am making zero money from this. I have made so far £1100 in revenue, but hosting, writers, and the rest, add up. I have nearly 300 posts written exclusively for the site.

    Should I stop producing so much content? Is this project worth proceeding with?

    Feel totally lost with it. If anybody would like to discuss, I will keep this thread up to date and answer any questions.
     
  2. leodios

    leodios BANNED BANNED

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    Dont rely on just adsense. Maybe start by checking out clickbank, see what they have for offers. With that kind of fanbase you should be making way more money.
     
  3. hekke

    hekke Senior Member

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    Oh dude, most of the articles on these "viral sites" are like at most 500 words long (if even that) to keep the visitor interested. Get a cheaper writer as that cost per article will essentially make it so much harder making this profitable. Is this a journey that you will update? It would be interesting to hear the background and your approach to it all. Did you start of with FB ads like many suggest you to? Or did you grow it all naturally?

    Good luck with monetizing! I have thought of started a similar site so I will check this thread closely for replies from experienced members regarding the monetization! :)
     
  4. golfies88

    golfies88 Newbie

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    My content to be fair is really good, and I am ranking for a few longtails, and I think thats down to the quality of the content.

    I did the page entirely naturally, though I must admit, somebody else started to grow the page initially, so I guess I got lucky with that. But it was all organic based around a specific celebratory day of the year.

    I did start a second page today though, and I am using paid ads to grow it. Honestly, it seems a bad idea to me. If you use paid to grow your page, your engagement will be lower, and your page far less valuable. A page with organic likes is just so much better. I think this second page that im using paid to grow, will not do as well.

    Update: As of making this post, ive had 10k hits to my site.
     
  5. Rakoff

    Rakoff Newbie

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    social media is a commitment that phases me entirely. I have a hard time staying dedicated to it.

    What I would do: understand your audience and what they're coming for. Anything to make their lives easier? Anything they just truly enjoy? Something keeping them up at night? Start allocating content (an offer) to fulfill any desires they may have. What is attracting the most engagement, find something related. Can also find relevant offers per specific posts, instead of making this something you need to do sitewide.

    Or maybe reach out to companies -- online or offline -- and explain you have an (expansive) audience that would be interested in what they provide.
    There's so much out there to promote ... you really can plug any hole.

    And if it's something they're interested in... it's no longer "an ad", but information.


    There was a time I was in a 6k+ member texting fb group, I reached out to a software provider that allowed subscribers to easily extract text conversations to save and share from their laptop. A need that we all struggled to fulfill otherwise. I simply explained I had a large audience that would absolutely love their program and then created an affiliate link, posted it.

    hopefully that gave a little inspiration