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Viral Blog Journey in a Foreign Language

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by AdamsSixEcho, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. AdamsSixEcho

    AdamsSixEcho Registered Member

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    Hi Everyone!
    I'm from a smaller country in Europe and I've noticed that when I see an interesting article, video or story online on english sites usually after 2-3 days it appears on my fb timeline (liked by XY) in my first language by blog-like sites. Now I've checked these sites and they have terrible design, filled with ads and they are just rubbish in general, yet they have 100k-500k active followers on facebook.

    I want to make a similar site but with nice design, interesting content and I could be much faster than these sites. Also the main audience of these sites are not the brightest people. With clickbait titles and huge "share this" buttons you can reach those people easily but my main goal is to keep a balance between this audience and people who can see through these tricks with real, interesting content. I think there's a lot of young people in my country who don't want to read those rubbish sites, but their english isn't good enough to read foreign sites.
    I will post 3-4 translated articles, videos a day and monetize my site with adsense.

    I already have good hosting (because I have two bigger micro-niche sites), so the next step is thinking about a name that doesn't sound too direct, but easily remembered. My competitors have names like "all in one", "you have to know this", "look at this"; in my first language these sound better but still look unoriginal. Maybe I should choose something brandable for my domain.
    I want to spend $100 on facebook ads to gain traffic and followers to my new site.

    My goal is $300/month, what do you guys think, is it an achievable goal?
    Does anyone have experience with translated posts, especially in smaller countries?
    Please share your thoughts on this project!
     
  2. MoneyEagle

    MoneyEagle Regular Member

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    Achievable, but not only by AdSense, it will be the harder way, you should try CPA with AdSense so that you have some real revenue. Also collect their email and send them paid emails when there is some concert like thing at your place.
     
  3. AdamsSixEcho

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    I've considered collecting e-mails, but I don't want to be too intrusive, for example I hate sites with pop-ups. Maybe I will make a subscription box in the sidebar and send a mail weekly with the most interesting stories. Do you have a suggestion for e-mail marketing? MailChimp looks promising with its free "Starting Up" pack.

    For the monetizing part, I'm sure that I can find advertisers, smaller companies in my city, but I don't know how it works in my country, I think I might need a special tax number and permissions that could take away my profit. I will look it up, but sadly the taxation authorities aren't friendly with small businesses around here, so usually everyone is just evading taxes. When I say someone that I'd like to pay the taxes after my online earnings they have no idea why would I want that. ;)
     
  4. genicon

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    Good luck with your journey! I have tried something similar in my home country - again a small Eastern European country and the results were not that good. I didn't work too much on it (just published several articles on a website I owned to see how it goes) and pushed it with ads, got very good results in terms of traffic, but horrible in terms of AdSense revenue. The problem with the smaller countries is that the CPC rates are very, very low and I was getting 5 cents and below. This might change a bit with more traffic and it might be improved with some extra testing, but I considered it wasn't worth the time and effort - but I might be wrong. I will follow your progress because I am extremely interested in this! Good luck!
     
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  5. AdamsSixEcho

    AdamsSixEcho Registered Member

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    Thanks for your reply! I've looked around a bit more and you're absolutely right. While my english amazon review-micro niche sites have small traffic they have really good CPC rates. I talked with a guy who has a site in my language and what he said about the earnings/traffic rates are nowhere near to my numbers. I'll sleep on it and think about if I really want to make a site in my language.. Don't get me wrong, I've already written dozens of articles in english, but writing in my language just seems so much easier for me. (And I don't want spend another hundred dollars on a failing project.. /rant off;)