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What are the Best Examples of Authority Sites You Know?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by oldweb, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. oldweb

    oldweb Regular Member

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    What do you think are some of the better authority websites you have come across lately or that you know of?

    I want to continue to develop my sites into authority websites but I would love to see some examples of what others think the best ones are?
     
  2. iBrazilian

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    Search on ahrefs or alexa for top sites in your niche and you'll see ;)
     
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    check the alexa top 2000
     
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    Search:

    your niche + "guest post"
    your niche + "contribute"

    There's a lot more you can search.

    If I were you, I'd try to find out who your competitors are, do an hrefs search like what iBrazilian mentioned above, and check where they have contributed and contribute on the same site also. If it seems like you can't, take note of how they word their "contribute" page. Go search that too on google.
     
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  5. oldweb

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    I will test out these ideas later, cheers.

    what about websites that you all like, any favorites as far as the layout and content arrangement goes?
     
  6. Sherbert Hoover

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    When I first hear the word "authority site" and want to connect it to a member of an SEO community, I immediately think of http://phandroid.com trigatch4.

    A formerly very active member of the dying-out WickedFire, trigatch4 spent years painstakingly building up the site into what it is today.

    Here is a thread from December 2009 when he first started making it big: http://www.wickedfire.com/shooting-the-shit/78964-congrats-trigatch4.html

    Now he is page one for "android news", page two for "android reviews", and literally the number one spot for "android forums".

    And dat Alexa rank: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/phandroid.com
     
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  7. oldweb

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    Sherbert, I have a mobile site as well so I will study phandroid when developing it, cheers. I like the left menu and the seo friendly feel.

    any other websites that I should look into?

    I have about 30 websites (down from hundreds) and I will continue to develop about 20 of those into Authority sites. My subjects vary including computers, travel, motorcycles, guitars and luxury goods plus lots of others. I like to have different stuff to write about to keep me from getting bored although looking back I wish I only registered about 5 domains those years ago so I could have focused better. :)
     
  8. Sherbert Hoover

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    I was in your spot a while back. Too many eggs in too many baskets, unfortunately for me. I quickly realized that having 10+ websites that I was handling on my own was:

    1) Spreading myself too thin, and not allowing the websites to flourish with content as I had hoped,
    2) Stressful as fuck to remember what needed to be done when.

    I had a good plan to work on one website per day for a two week period (10 total websites, so I gave myself weekends off to spend with my wife and dog). It didn't work. Think about it. Website 1 would get a couple hours of focus on it. I may bang out an article or three, post one and schedule the other two out, and do some social media updates and check some rankings. Then it stayed untouched for two weeks.

    Websites need tender loving care.

    I'm trying to get into upper echelon small business branding as a future business endeavor. A lot of the above projects I have put 100% on the back burner after taking the entirety of June off to travel, reflect, and regroup. I am currently one at a time working on some branding portfolios in the area I will be targeting. These are fake companies that don't exist, and I'm working towards ranking them higher than the real niche companies to show that, yes, I can get the job done. Social media and all. I've got three frameworks set up, but I'm modifying, streamlining, automating, and perfecting one at a time. Once they are all taken care of, I will develop my business website, articles, social media, the whole works. I have a one year plan from July 1st, such that July 1st 2017 I can go live with minimal cost investment.

    I much prefer getting paid to build a portfolio and develop websites for flourishing businesses instead of putting up a ton of websites simultaneously in the hopes that one will be a diamond in the rough.

    I will tell you already, that one at a time has such a great effect on my stress levels and my work quality.

    Best of luck to ya.
     
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  9. Android Tipster

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    this is awesome man, I was already starting to stretch myself thin as you mentioned but now i see where that's going.

    My main site is in similar niche as the one you shared above, will be studying it to get a better perspective of the changes i need to make for my own.

    thanks again
     
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  10. oldweb

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    yes i agree Sherbert, that focusing on only one or a couple of projects is a lot better. I like your ideas and I'm doing something similar but with the 30 sites instead of a few. I'm not new to this situation as I first starting developing my own sites around 2004 after I got tired of dealing with client demands as a web designer from the 90's to 2005 at my last commercial job,

    I had a good run up until around 2009 before Google took over completely. I was able to make a lot of money from affiliate sales, one could put up one page of products on any niche subject and sit back and watch the money roll in without one bit of promotion :) It peaked in 2009 when i brought two properties from sales in the millions for the merchants with commissions over a hundred thousand that year.

    It went down hill from there. I had to leave my tropical island Asian paradise where i lived regularly flying about 10 trips to AE Asia from 2008 to 2014. I had to head home to work out how to make money again. I got slack, partying and chasing women and neglected my revenue streams. Luckily I managed to come across this places like this when i got home in 2013. I studied some methods and I was instantly able to make great money on uploading yt videos and link to my affiliate sites. I was able to rank top 3 Google for nearly anything I wanted to. But by later mid 2013 it changed and that revenue nearly dried up as well as the remaining affiliate streams all came crashing down with changes to the industry, I was mainly targeting (coupon cookies) .

    So it was back to the blackboard to think of some ideas and I was able to continue to travel until late 2014 before my income became so little I had to move back and I have been here ever since working on my sites and plans part-time as i worked a normal job again to.

    I now have a solid business plan I'm making for a forum I have had for 5 years and that has huge potential as the domain name is perfect and covers a wide audience range and many niches can be covered under it. Anyway I started a thread about that today on some questions on that but that is another thread.

    My other sites I have had for up to 10 years with some of the domains. Unfortunately they have barely no income now although many had income in the past so I could not sell them easily.

    I'm also quite interesting in most of the subjects my sites are about so the plan is basically to concentrate on my forum for 50% of the time and to make that my main project as I believe it has huge potential to become something big. I have already culled down another 10 domains recently reluctantly and just let them expire as I could not be bothered to try to sell them for pennies with all the fuss of selling them and packaging them up or even the domains.

    I also redirected other domains to sites so I have less sites to manage.

    So with all the other sites besides the forum I will get them all looking how I want which is mainly to simplify them and even make some into one page responsive sites and get away from wordpress as much as I can as it takes up too much time with the updates plus all the plugins which are a ongoing hassle.

    I will try to get each site making some income but will try to scale them down even more if I can, 10 sites for me would be easy to manage after managing up to 100+ in the past. I can write up to 10 good articles a day but as long as I can get the websites away from wordpress so I don't have to deal with all the updates etc.

    I'm also mainly focusing on a few of my websites, the ones I have the most interest in while some of the others I will get to later once I get the others running smooth. Once all the sites are running how I want I think adding content won't be too much of an issue. If i can write 10 articles a day then that is about 50-60 per week or around 2 articles for each site a week. The plan is to get them making enough money so I can then use those profits to pay regular writers to write the content.

    I also have many aged facebook and social media accounts like reddit where I can get a lot of traffic when i want and I have tons of great FB pages I built over the years that have keywords for each of my websites they target. I also have a number of FB groups that are building up nicely too that I control but I don't even post my own links etc much as I just want to build these up for when everything comes together. It's like one big puzzle that is taking years to build and then I all I will do all day is post links to my landing pages and articles although I already have article publishing automated on my sites to post to social media accounts.

    My main forum will be the center piece and as it's such a general subject forum I can later start promoting all my sites from it and to my members. It's a slow long going process but i'm starting to see the top of the mountain after many years of work. I'm not going to throw the rest of the sites away now as all of them I want to keep at least until I can monetize them enough to sell.

    I'm just aiming to get most of them into Authority while having them simple and easy to add content to wiithout all the hassles of wordpress although I will still use wordpress for a few of the larger ones that need it's features like my woocommerse sites etc.