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Two buddies trying to scale it up - Journey to 130$ a day

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by marcothebest91, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. marcothebest91

    marcothebest91 Regular Member

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    Hello guys, with this post I'm going to stop lurking and take part actively to the forum.

    About me

    I started reading about PPD six months ago, and when I searched some information about it, bhw came up in search results. So I began reading some guides and figure out how PPD works. I found some other IM guides, too, but I didn't care them at the beginning.
    So, I contacted one of my schoolmates who has some experience in web developing (I have 0 experience in coding - both web and software -) and started doing this business. We applied to FileIce using fake info, but we got refused. Then we found Cleanfiles. Learnt the lesson, I wrote a real application and got accepted.
    I still remember our first niche... We choose that niche, 40k monhly searches, made a low quality vb keygen, a low quality video, and upload it. Then we boosted it with u2bviews' and vagex's views, and enhanceviews' likes. Seeing that it wasn't ranking, we decided to buy high retention mobile views from bigbuddy.
    We were so excited! We bought 10k views and received 40k! Then we saw our video in the second page for our keyword... But it was making us only 3-5$ a day... Well, at that time I didn't know the difference between broad searches and exact searches, our keyword actually had 1k monthly exact searches, LOL.
    So far - between school and other commitments - we managed to earn 400$. But now we want to put more efforts in this project.

    Why did we open this journey thread?

    Because we are lazy. Very lazy. So, we need to keep us motivated. With a large community following us, we'll definitely scale it up. Our goal is 130$ a day, which is 50? a day for each of us.

    What's our method?

    We are currently in Youtube (Videos) + Blog + PPD. But I'm reading about SEO, Facebook Methods and Youtube Top Comments. We are on gaming niche.

    What we have?

    -Knowledge about ranking videos
    -Knowledge about making quality videos with proof
    -2 VPSs, bought from host-stage, with Vagex, u2bviews, EnhanceViews running on them (hopefully we will manage to run AMF's scripts)
    -18 videos up, bringing 1-5$ a day (we don't boost them since April)
    -A blog with 3 months hosting
    -About 140$ budget (waiting for CF payment)

    What are we going to do?

    -Buy proxies
    -Buy Youtube Phone Verified Accounts
    -Boost every video every day with views, likes, subs, comments, favourites and social signals
    -If with that amount of ranking factors a video won't rank, we'll buy High Retention Views (BigBuddy's or Fiverr's drip feed ones) and backlinks (still searching for a cheap but good seller)
    -Upload new videos (both saturated and unsaturated niches)
    -Re-record and edit old niche's video in a professional way
    -Write unique 1000 words article on the blog for each niche, optimizing them (I'm still a noob in that) and boost them with Social Signals
    -Try to rank our site in Google (I'm learning how to build backlinks, but I'm still doubtful, go for manual link building or buy one service here?)

    I would like to thank bhw for all the info we got since we entered IM and for the motivation I got reading journey threads here.
    Every tip or advice is well-received!

    I'll get updated this thread daily. Hopefully you will follow us!

    Have a good day and thanks for reading :)

    P.S. Sorry for my English
     
  2. easycash27

    easycash27 Senior Member

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    Best wishes with your journey.

    maybe you have to redo your math, $130 is not €50 a day for each one, is €33 a day for each..

    Again, good luck!
     
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  3. arnosv

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    €100 = $130 so he's right :)

    Good luck with your journey guys!
     
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  4. T2tkid

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    Good luck with your journey and i know with two people together, you guys can make. between is your friend on BHW?
     
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  5. TheMoneyWizard

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    Good Luck with this Journey OP!

    Having a partner to help you will definitely help a lot! :)
     
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  6. marcothebest91

    marcothebest91 Regular Member

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    Thank you all guys! We are feeling so motivated after reading only 4 "good luck" :D

    No, he's not on bhw. Between the two of us, I am the bhw assiduous reader :)

    Thanks! However, I'm really enjoying reading your journey :) we may go for Youtube Top Comments very soon, I thought about a method, but we need first to test it.


    So, here's the first update!

    Day 1

    What I did

    -Some keyword research, splitting high competition keywords (which need a landing page or a blog) and low competition keywords (which need only youtube video)
    -Switch all our video's links to Cleanfiles links, because I want to do some changes to the blog
    -Exchange 140$ from our Cleanfiles balance to 120$ Paypal

    What my buddy did

    -Try to run Addmefast's scripts on the VPSs, but we need more Youtube Phone Verified before going ahead
    -Re-renderize a video, which will serve as a promotional video for our blog (It's actually a white board video)
    -Analyze competition, and find some landing pages to "steal"

    Our earnings

    Earnings: $2.11
    Impressions: 108
    Clicks: 33
    EPC: $0.06
    Downloads: 6

    What we are going to do tomorrow

    -Set up the blog with atleast one unique 1000 words article
    -Set up a vb high quality keygen
    -Record and edit atleast one video
    -Buy Youtube Phone Verified accounts
    -Buy Proxies
    -If we receive proxies and accounts tomorrow, we'll upload that video
     
  7. marcothebest91

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    Update time!

    Day 2-3

    What I did

    -Set up the blog, fixing the "about us" page, adding "privacy policy" and "terms of use" pages, adding a 550 words article about the software I am promoting (it's like a keygen), and a 720 words article about one niche, fixing menus and categories
    -Designed a nice-looking Cleanfiles widget -I'm actually very proud of it-, and inserted it into those two articles
    -Fixed the vb generator's design in order to suite it to the blog's theme
    -Bought Proxies from NewIPNow and asked for YouTube-friendly proxies

    What my buddy did

    -Analyzed competition, finding pages we can "rip"
    -Nothing else, his real work will begin when he will have to record and edit videos :)

    Our earnings

    Day 2
    Earnings: $3.56
    Impressions: 137
    Clicks: 27
    EPC: $0.13
    Downloads: 2

    Day 3
    Earnings: $3.98
    Impressions: 125
    Clicks: 35
    EPC: $0.11
    Downloads: 7

    I feel like our epc is so damn low... I don't know if it's because of direct links or because the offers are bad-converting

    What we will do today

    -Write atleast two articles
    -Recover a VPS which went down yesterday
    -Set up Addmefast's scripts on the other VPS
    -Try proxies (We had only bad experiences with Proxies, it seems that Google can always recognize my real IP, in fact it shows me Youtube's homepage in my language)
    -If proxies work fine, buy 20 Youtube Phone Verified Accounts

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  8. marcothebest91

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    Update time!

    Day 4-5

    What I did

    -Written, on the model of previous article, two 700-1000 words articles about two of our niches
    -Tested proxies and doubled them (now they're 20) by posting the transaction ID on the seller's thread here. I managed to create two accounts with two proxies, hopefully they will last
    -Recovered the VPS which went down and set up viewers again

    What my buddy did

    -Recorded and edited a video in a professional way ( actually we're using a twisted method, which I learnt viewing a video on YouTube, in order not to post links in description. This will keep our accounts safer )

    We found that our VPSs cannot handle Addmefast's scripts, the free ram is pratically zero. So we are going to run a few scripts on our laptops, and buy other Social Signals on Fiverr.

    Our earnings

    Day 4 - June 30, 2013
    Impressions: 140
    Clicks: 41
    Downloads: 5
    Earnings: $3.10
    EPC: $0.08

    Day 5 - July 1, 2013
    Impressions: 169
    Clicks: 41
    Downloads: 7
    Earnings: $14.05 (a lucky $9.49 download from Netherlands)
    EPC: $0.34

    What we will do today

    -Record and edit two other videos
    -Upload all the (4) videos
    -Boost all the videos
    -Write at least one article

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  9. marcothebest91

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    Sorry for not updating this thread guys... Even if it seems that nobody is following us...

    Day 6-13 Stats (7/2/2013 - 7/9/2013)

    Impressions: 1127
    Clicks: 273
    Downloads: 26
    Earnings: $19.53
    EPC: $0.07

    EPC is still sooo bad, but we haven't ranked our HQ videos yet.

    What we did
    -Recorded, edited and uploaded with self-made YouTube accounts (with Proxies), 3 HQ videos
    -Boosted them,
    • one with a Fiverr gig (5500+ retention views drip feed in 10 days, plus some likes and favourites)
    • one with ViralSocials' views (I'll add 1k credits a day, for 5 days)
    • one with BigBuddy's views (5k per day for 2 days)
    -Written 2 other articles (they're on the model of others)

    We will see which video ranks higher... even if they're on different niches, the competition is similar

    Current budget: $70+
    Current earnigns (CF's Account Balance): $46.91

    What we will do today
    -Record and edit two videos
    -Upload them
    -Write two articles

    We're planning to set up some landing pages, too... We have already found some cool ones, we only have to edit them a little (it will be not easy for us).
    Also, when the budget will allow that, we'll buy a SEO service (Currently looking around, but I think I found the more trusted and effective ones).

    Thanks for reading! :)
     
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  10. kinlee

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    I like how you're detailing everything. Keep it up you guys!
    I'll be following.

    Posted via Topify using Android
     
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  11. hexis

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    With all the gigs you guys are buying, how long it takes to rank videos in saturated niches? i'll be following this :)
     
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  12. marcothebest91

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    Thanks mate!

    Well, we don't know this because it's the first time we buy views from fiverr and from ViralSocials, and it's been a while since we bought from BigBuddy (the last time was, maybe, March?). Read the update below to see what happened ;)


    Update time!

    Day 14-15

    Our earnings


    Day 14 - July 10, 2013
    Impressions: 128
    Clicks: 29
    Downloads: 10
    Earnings: $10.56
    Epc: $0.36

    Day 15 - July 11, 2013
    Impressions: 127
    Clicks: 35
    Downloads: 2
    Earnings: $1.03
    Epc: $0.03

    What we did

    • Made 3 articles
    • ​Recorded, edited two videos and uploaded them with proxies
    • Uploaded one old video
    • Boosted the first three videos (the ones from the last update) with likes, favourites, comments and subscribers
    • Bought two fiverr gigs for the video boosted with BigBuddy views - one for 820 Social Bookmarks and one for Social Signals -
    • Bought a fiverr gig with extra (15$) for Social Signals for our website's homepage - 20 Social Signals every day for 20 days -

    And there's also some bad news... We noticed that the views from fiverr are mobile, and the retention isn't high as expected (it is 44%); we realized that we forgot to buy targeted views from BigBuddy, so now 2/3 of the views are from Brazil/Russia, totally useless as now we'll rank in these low-converting countries; also, the views from ViralSocials haven't started to come yet, even if the video is approved.

    Fiverr is now out of the game for views. The two "competitors" left are now ViralSocials (if the views will come...) and BigBuddy (We'll order another time)!

    What we will do today

    • Record and edit atleast two videos
    • Upload them
    • Write two articles
    • Buy views from BigBuddy

    Thanks for reading!
     
  13. marcothebest91

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    Update time!

    Day 16-18

    Our earnings

    Day 16 - July 12, 2013
    Impressions: 113
    Clicks: 32
    Downloads: 0 (Bad day..)
    Earnings: $0,00
    EPC: $0,00

    Day 17 - July 13, 2013
    Impressions: 117
    Clicks: 30
    Downloads: 1 (Bad day..)
    Earnings: $0.43
    EPC: $0.01

    Day 18 - July 14, 2013
    Impressions: 46 (It was a CF's bug)
    Clicks: 46
    Downloads: 5
    Earnings: $8.07
    EPC: $0.18

    What we did
    -Recorded, edited 4 video and uploaded them
    -Made 5 article for those videos (one for a video which isn't recorded yet)

    What we'll do today
    -Write 2 articles
    -Record and edit atleast two videos
    -Upload them

    Soon we'll buy again views from BigBuddy, the video for which we bought views from him has ranked first in the second page (yesterday, when YouTube was counting only 4k views of 14k, that video was in the first page! But I think this "dancing" is normal and soon rankings will stabilize)

    We bought also some social signals and backlinks from fiverr for that video, even if the backlinks aren't delivered yet. So the actual rank is only thanks to BigBuddy and, maybe, Social Signals.

    And that's all for today, thanks for reading!
     
  14. tresm

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    Good luck with your journey! I imagine it must be much more motivating to work with someone else!
    Will continue reading and looking forward to updates. :)
     
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  15. marcothebest91

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    Day 19-20


    Day 19 - July 15, 2013

    Impressions Clicks Downloads Earnings EPC
    116 31 1 $0.58 $0.02
    Day 20 - July 16, 2013

    Impressions Clicks Downloads Earnings EPC
    113 35 0 $0.00 $0.00
    As you can see, our epc is really really bad... We can't know if there is a mistake on our side or it's CF/CPA fault.
    We'll provide more traffic on our videos with retention views USA Targeted, then if our EPC will be still bad, we'll switch to a CPA Network (maybe Adnooka?)


    What we did

    We recorded, edited and uploaded a video, and another one is on "editing" phase
    We wrote two articles on our blog
    We discussed about SEO, if we will do it manually or we will buy services here on bhw (see below)
    We discussed about top comments (see below)
    We discussed about switching to a CPA Network

    What we are going to do

    Edit and upload the current video plus atleast another one
    Write two articles


    So, we discussed about doing SEO. Initially, we were thinking about doing it manually, building web 2.0 blogs with unique articles. But this would have cost us much time - we are struggling to make two videos a day! -.
    So, aware that every link we buy here is waaaay more powerful than any links we'll build manually, we decided, once budget will allow us, to buy one SEO service here at the BST. We are currently attracted by SEO Envy, so, we decided that once we will be able to earn the necessary money (197$) in one week (about 30$ a day), we will buy that service.

    Then, we discussed about top comments. We decided to start them as soon as we have one YouTube account per proxy. At the moment we have 11 proxy left, so we think that in 11 days, we will start doing top comments.

    Then, reading Kinlee's journey thread, I figured out that we need cool graphics for our thread. At the moment we can't insert images, but soon I will insert a little logo made in photoshop in our update post (I'm not skilled at photoshop, but I am proud of the work I have done today :) ).
    Then, always inspired by Kinlee's thread, we decided to "steal" his/her codenames idea, so now we will be able to give a nickname to our niches and keep all easy to understand for you. We will start and implement this idea in our next update. (Expect big things, my buddy is currently struggling to find nice codenames!)


    Thanks for reading and have a good day!


     
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    You've had some terrible EPCs. Once you get some more traffic I think you'll figure out where the problem is.
    If you buy an SEO service make sure you get a report at the end of it, it'll give you some ideas of where to post to when you do it manually.
    And thanks for the mentions! :eek: I'm looking forward to seeing some snazzy eye pleasing posts from you guys.
     
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    Yeah thanks for the tips. SEO Envy, the service we were keeping an eye on, doesn't offer reports. So we are going to choose another SEO Service. Now we are keeping an eye on Seo Lover's Niche Blaster, we are going to buy 10 post from him as soon as we get 17$ per day (so they're 120$ in a week). Hopefully we get that achievement within the end of July, so I'll spend August writing the articles and all other stuff to build our own blogs (about 30 blogs will be ok). I found two great guides on Cleanfiles forum and here on bhw, I'll take the best from both.

    Our epc has raised a lot today, maybe it's because my buddy has favored some US high-converting offers, or maybe it's just karma, we are working a lot today :)
     
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    Looks like SEO Envy gives you links on their own network, probably the reason why they don't give a report. There are other ways you can find out where the backlinks are coming from.

    You guys are working hard, a lot harder than I am. You'll hit that $17 a day in no time.
     
  19. marcothebest91

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    You don't know us, lol. For each day of the week we work hard, there are six days when laziness catch us. :D

    However, update time!

    Day 21

    June 17, 2013

    Impressions Clicks Downloads Earnings EPC
    123 39 13 $8.52 $0.22

    We don't know what's going on. Same traffic, same files, same articles, same videos, but yesterday we received 13 downloads (no lucky downloads, everyone was in the $0.22-$1.28 range). Today we're already at 14 clicks, but no downloads. Maybe we have to wait, Americans have just woken up.


    What we did

    We rercorded, edited and uploaded three videos
    We wrote two articles on our blog

    What we are going to do

    Record, edit and upload two more videos (one of them is already on editing phase)
    Write two articles on our blog



    Random thoughts

    I am worrying about our articles' uniqueness, currently our articles are all on the same model, when I write another one I just change keyword/images/title/meta description.
    This can be a problem once we start doing SEO.

    There are six days missing before we can order 50k USA High Retention views from BigBuddy. Currently noone of our 12 HQ videos is bringing us traffic (only 2-3 clicks a day), even if one of them is sitting at #14 spot for its main keyword (which have got 8k monthly exact searches).
    Maybe we have to get it to the first three spots, before we can see a huge amount of traffic coming from it.
    We will call that video and that niche with the codename "Baked Lasagna" (We have got 20 more codenames for our niches, my buddy is a fan of no-sense humor, lol).

    I can't wait to reach 50 posts here and upload a custom avatar and our custom image which I created on photoshop :D


    We have set our goals, they're a little ambitious for two lazy guys like us, but ehi, let us dream! :)

    Main goals

    10$ a day within the end of July []
    75$ a day within the end of August []
    130$ a day within the end of September []

    Secondary goals

    5$ a day for a week []
    10$ a day for a week []
    25$ a day for a week []
    50$ a day for a week []
    75$ a day for a week []
    100$ a day for a week []
    130$ a day for a week []
    25$ in a day []
    50$ in a day []
    75$ in a day []
    100$ in a day []
    130$ in a day []

    In August my buddy won't work too much, so I'll continue boost our videos, and get ready all the stuff needed to build our web 2.0 blogs.
    In September we will give our best to set up everything before the start of the school. Then we'll focus on upcoming games and make only two videos a week (with their landing page, of course).

    And that's all for today, have a good day!
     
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    Day 22-23

    Day 22 - July 18, 2013

    Impressions Clicks Downloads Earnings EPC
    129 46 2 $1.91 $0.04
    Day 23 - July 19, 2013

    Impressions Clicks Downloads Earnings EPC
    137 45 4 $2.99 $0.07
    Our EPC went down again. But this is due to old files which are monetized with low-quality video and no landing page. Our new files have got $0.15-$0.20 EPC, but they get only 3-4 clicks a day, so earnings are low.


    What we did

    We recorded and edited 6 videos
    We uploaded 3 of them
    We wrote 8 articles

    What we are going to do today

    Record and edit 3 videos
    Write 2 articles
    Upload 6 videos


    Random Thoughts

    We don't know yet which type of views we have to buy. High Retention USA Targeted or High Retention USA, Gender and Age targeted?
    In the second case, there may be some clicks and conversions, but this depends on luck, we will have to hope that viewers are really interested on the game on the video.
    One guy on BB's thread said that he received 500 clicks and 50 conversion thanks to 10k age and gender targeted views, and now we are tempted to buy them. 30k age, country and gender targeted views are 54$ (to be split on 6 videos), with the same price we can buy 50k country targeted views, and cover 10 videos. We will talk about it today and decide which type of views we'll buy.


    We haven't reached any goals yet, so I won't copy-paste them again, you can found them in my previous post.

    I still think that thanks to BB's views, we will reach 10$ a day within the end of July. :)

    And that's all for today, have a good day!