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Well I think I wasted the last 3 months of my life.(News Website)

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by aerelis, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. aerelis

    aerelis Newbie

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    I created a news website. Here was my original thinking.

    • I don't have time to sit and write out 20 articles a day. (Right now)
    • Copy/Paste Articles, Maybe switch some up a lil. (Not that it matters, but I link the sources)
    • Once it gets going, write all original content.
    • My thought was to build a base following, than switch up to original content
    • Conservative Niche

    Right now I have a FB page with 10k REAL people, and get about a mil reach on it a week (Mostly through video shares, and some memes, not a lot of article shares)

    • I am averaging 700 visits to site a day. (When I Post alot of articles, and share them on FB)
    • Have adsense approved.
    • Site is 3 months old. Not an old domain.
    • I post about 10-15 articles a day, the content is there, its just not unique right now. (most ppl read the headlines only anyways:p)
    • I feel like I have wasted my time, pumping 2000, mostly non original content articles to my site.
    • I am getting almost zero organic traffic, its all social.

    I have dumped no real money into it other than hosting/domain
    I am open to spending a couple hundred instantly, and maybe a monthly budget of the same if anyone sees a fix/solution/something that would help.
    I am not an expert by any means on SEO, I am newer to this.

    What I want:
    To Rank in google
    Organic Traffic
    More page views

    Did I screw myself?
    I wanted to be in this for the long haul.

    Thanks, Just hope I didn't screw myself too bad, and waste all this time.

    P.S. I googled, Checked throughout this forum, and others on duplicate content, ranking in gogle, penalties, etc. There are about 10000000 Different answers on it.
     
  2. Lunaaa

    Lunaaa Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Duplicate content is bad for seo
     
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    ''I post about 10-15 articles a day, the content is there, its just not unique right now.''
    ''I feel like I have wasted my time, pumping 2000, mostly non original content articles to my site.''
    ''Once it gets going, write all original content.''
    ''My thought was to build a base following, than switch up to original content''

    Find the answer to unlock the lamentations of the followup sentence

    ''What I want:To Rank in google, Organic Traffic, More page views''
     
  4. The Biznessman

    The Biznessman Newbie

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    Consider yourself lucky enough to be even able to access Facebook ads, Facebook has destroyed two of my accounts already.

    Ridiculous "72 hour ban" for "unusual activity" that never ends.
     
  5. virtualpurity

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    Didnt you hear that Content is the new King around ?

    Dont expect much search traffic with copy pasted content.

    And btw you can check if your website is still indexed or it is penalized by typing "site:yourwebsiteurl" in google.
     
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  6. hay706

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    I would say don't worry about organic search. The big guys are going to rank higher for news anyways.
    Keep doing what you're doing. Throw in some fakes news/click bait articles and just pray to the facebook gods they go viral.
     
  7. The Biznessman

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    I agree with this gentleman here, content is the new king around here.

    So either adapt quickly or go broke.
     
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  9. pressrelease

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    Are you talking about two sites or same site, if with same site you manage to get AdSense approved and 10k fb likes, and 700 traffic with all copied article, then my friend you are already a pro in IM. Else this thread is another clickbait.
     
  10. The Biznessman

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    Lol, I mean't in terms of Marketing.

    Quality > Quantity any day though
     
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  12. Vladamir

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    well at least you're honest with yourself if your content is not unique and you're still pumping out 20 articles a day and if you're burnt out and you have no real wants to keep it going then I would suggest you sell it I know a bunch of people that would be excited to buy a site with that much traffic a day because they would do some A/B testing and find a way to monetize it.

    I suggest you give it one more go and try to monetize it in different ways if that doesn't work out then selling it may be your best option.

    Also have you considered outsourcing some of this work so you don't have to create these 20 articles a day, that all depends on the income though
     
  13. Magic555

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    If you were planning on ranking your website then yes copying the articles was a bad move. But if you were planing on getting viral/social traffic it could still work.
     
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    If you copy content and have a weaker site than your source, how did you expect to rank? Especially since it becomes even harder the more it's duplicate content.