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The Journey of the Unknown Towards a Successful Website

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by DAveSEONub, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. DAveSEONub

    DAveSEONub Newbie

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    Hello all, this is my first post, so be gentle!

    Let me say, that BHW is an impressive resource of information and experts. You guys and gals should be proud of the things
    you figure out and pass on to the rest of us.

    I've been working in IT for about 20 years, and dabbled with web publishing over the years, but nothing serious. As my user name implies, I wasn't too savvy on SEO. Hell for a few years, I didn't even know what the acronym meant! That's changed, however, in the past six months, thanks to BHW. I've learned so much and read all the successes and failures. I got the bug to work on my own website again, after being on HubPages for about two years, and just generally being annoyed and disappointed by that experience. What I wanted was freedom to do what I wanted on my own site.

    Since I use Adsense, I won't be doing any BH, but it sure is awesome to read what you all can come up with. I just wanted to float a status to fellow white hatters out there, and see if I'm doing it right.

    -I'm taking the reality approach with my site, and not trying to target any one niche too heavily. I write my own articles, and spread the topics out. I write a mixture of informational, self-help, and how to's, based on my research with Google KW's. Honestly, I write mostly about what I know. I kind of like to write, so this part isn't hard.

    -As for SEO, I'm slowly doing blog posting, guest posting, and keeping my sitemaps up to date with both Google and Bing. Suprisingly, they have index alot of pages in a short amount of time.

    -For social media, I have a Facebook Fan page, Pinterest, Live Journal, and Twitter, but I try to spread the love around and not post EVERY single link to all of them. I have been getting views from Facebook, which makes me think it's worth it.

    -I know the biggest thing I need to do is be patient. The site has only seriously been live for 3 weeks, but the progress looks good.

    So, what do you think? Did I learn from you all, or do I need to refocus? Thanks BHW for being awesome!

    Dave
     
  2. soadown

    soadown Registered Member

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    Hi Dave!

    Working IT myself, what did you do?

    It's great that you enjoy writing as it makes it a big difference when it comes to blogging! What do you write about on your site?

    There's nothing wrong with sharing all your posts on all of your social networks!

    Make sure that you optimise your post/page titles, URL and content around your focus keywords and make good use of H1,H2 Etc.

    If you benefit from anything black hat; it will be link building.

    When starting any website with the intention to monetise it you should focus on building an email list, this is crucial.

    Place sign up forms at the bottom of each post, in sidebars, on the home page above the fold and make them stand out. Use contrasting colours in the call to action also to catch the eye.

    Create a downloadable give away such as an eBook or whitepaper to generate more emails to your list.

    The biggest thing you need to do is to be persistent and work hard.

    Good Luck!
     
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  3. DAveSEONub

    DAveSEONub Newbie

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    Thanks Sir, that's some great advice. I'll incorporate that into my plan.

    Oh, I'm a certified network engineer. You take that whichever way you want, as in certifiably insane. LOL

    I'll give you an example of the type of article I write, one is strategies on home defense, while another is how to report bank/account fraud.
     
  4. soadown

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    Your welcome!

    If you understand ​Classless Inter-Domain Routing (which network engineers should) then you are insane ;)

    I work in desktop and application virtualisation myself. Try spending 12 hours down a data centre troubleshooting. That is a true test of sanity haha!


    That's some interesting topics you write about!


    How do you plan to monetize the site?
     
  5. DAveSEONub

    DAveSEONub Newbie

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    OMG, When I took CCNA, I lived and breathed CIDR, and I'm sorry to say, I'm still able to subnet in my head. I'm sure I lost some more important knowledge trying to stuff that in!

    For monetizing, I'm going with Adsense for the moment, but need to understand what I can legally use with Adsense on the same page. I tried Amazon stuff for awhile, but I was unimpressed.
     
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    I'm glad to say that I can't do subnetting in my head anymore, because i have replaced it with more important knowledge haha!

    That's cool! It may be worth trying to find an eBook or some sort of information product to affiliate for, Clickbank are good for information products. Just find one that closely fits with what you write about.

    Try to create an information gap between what you write about and what you sell. So give them just enough information that they'll still be hungry wanting more and thats when you lead them to the information product.
     
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