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What do you struggle with the most when building niche/authority sites?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by iodalg, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. iodalg

    iodalg Registered Member

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    Guys,

    When it comes to building niche/authority blogs, what is it that you struggle with the most? If you could ask any question to a pro, what are the top 2-3 questions you want have answers to?

    I have build authority blogs the last 3 years with great success. So, I thought why not make some tutorials and give back to the community.

    To be clear, I build authority blogs, not thin affiliate sites or micro niche sites etc... By authority blogs I mean, high quality content that provides answers/solutions to the target market.

    My main focus when it comes to monetization is to build a list, and then monetize the list later. All niches are not the same, so some niches I monetize through affiliate products, some with my own products, and some niches I offer subscriptions to paid content etc...

    I don't believe that stupid questions exist, so please ask anything you want when it comes to authority blogging.
     
  2. BackY

    BackY Senior Member

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    My one and only answer would be TIME!
    No matter how much you know to do SEO, you HAVE to let some time pass, and that sometimes sucks!
     
  3. yensidtlaw

    yensidtlaw Power Member

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    Knowing what I'm doing wrong.

    I do everything that (accurate) guides say to do, Spencer Hawes, Jon Cooper, Viperchill, etc. But sometimes still don't get results.

    Time and money are also a big problem.
     
  4. Vesania

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    I agree with Backy. Biggest thing I struggle with is 3 main things, patience, patience and patience.

    Another problem I have is gravitating towards the many shiny seo toys that they advertise like "click here and rank #1 in 2 seconds" or "click this button to make google rank you!" Then after your like "lol what?" I guess what I am saying here is trying to find shortcuts to faster results due to my lack of patience which ends up back-firing on me anyway. =\
     
  5. MacallanPlease

    MacallanPlease Newbie

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    Thanks for offering your wisdom. I'm still broadcasting the "newbie" status but I've built a handful of white hat, legitimate authority websites over the last several years.

    My latest struggle is leveraging the white hat systems I have in place with grey hat in order to get faster and greater results. I have only recently started playing with black hat, and after many hours of digging through this forum, Jacob King, Matt Woodward, etc on tiered link building, private networks and 301s I'm not confident enough to use some reasonable grey hat methods. I'm currently working on setting up five test websites in the same, low barrier to entry industry with variations on link building to test the inital ideas I have, but I have to admit the real of GSA/PBNs/tiers are intimidating. The number of variables that exist are daunting.

    The other challenge that I have faced in the past is being able to do good CRO. I've used Visual Website Optimizer, Optimizely and Unbounce in the past, but I know that the fruits of the CRO labor could be much greater. I believe this is a matter of having the time to do more myself or having someone exceptional on the team to manage it.

    Would love to know more about your methods in managing your team and processes. Thanks for giving back to the community.

    Cheers,
    Macallan
     
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    srinu0812 Supreme Member

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    How do you gather your content? It is very difficult to get hold of native writers and when you order, they turn to be below par. Any advice on this?
     
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    most hard part is getting high quality content.
     
  8. iodalg

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    Thank you guys for commenting! A lot of you talk about time and patience, and yes patience is very important in this business. It's human nature that we want shortcuts etc... but when we talk about building a real business that can support your family then patience should really not be a problem. This wasn't a big deal for me at least, because I come online after selling some offline businesses i had. An offline business can take sometimes years to develop until you are satisfied, so I had learnt to wait.

    A lot of times I feel really sorry for all the newbies, because I know it's possible to make money online, and only a few make a substantial income even after spending 2-3 years online. That's because they jump from method to method and don't have the patience to wait and test and test and test...

    If more people see their online journey more like a business, we wouldn't have so many that struggle to make money. Take this as an example:
    You invest $50000 into an offline business, a few months later you still don't make any profits. What do you do? I don't think it's likely you close down your business, right? You try new methods, you find other ways to get customers and all that stuff, until you make some profits. That's how you run a business, they are no shortcuts.

    Another thing I notice is, people pay to much attention on SEO. Although SEO is important, it's not the whole world. You need to explore more methods to get traffic, we have paid traffic, partnerships etc... One of my favorite methods to drive traffic, that even is FREE + brings in laser targeted customers is through my content writers.

    So, let's talk about content:

    First, it isn't difficult to get good content, but it's not cheap either.

    They are two ways I find content writers, the first one is through freelance sites like Elance etc...

    I pay on average 0,03 per word, so a 700 word article is $21. For that money you get really good content. But, yes it takes some time to find the writers that really get your niche theme and are perfect match to write content that really offers a-ha moments for you readers.

    However, my favorite method to get content and as a bonus I get traffic too.... and I mean really targeted traffic that converts better than SEO traffic.

    I do a research on Twitter, Quora, Reddit, and niche specific forums to find content writers. Now read that again, because through this method you get magazine quality content+ traffic....and as a bonus you could get super cheap content that is superior quality, let me explain how it works.

    Let's take Twitter first, you can use followerwonk or any other tool to search for niche specific keywords that people have on their Twitter bio. Then look if they have a blog or contribute content to other blogs, then contact them and ask if they could write content for you. Simple right? But do this work? Absolutely, this is how I get my best content written and often the writers have their own blogs with traffic. So, you let them write content for you, and ask if they could tweet to their followers that they wrote an article for you blog, that's how you get targeted traffic that converts... Most often I don't even need to ask for a tweet because they do tweet without me asking this for. So, what do you pay those writers? I always ask what they charge... and it depends how much authority they have....sometimes you find writers with thousands of followers and they really have high authority, so it could be expensive. But this isn't always the case, on average I get a 1000 words article for $60. If you think $60 is expensive, you are wrong. Because they bring you traffic that is laser targeted for your niche, and it really converts.

    Then we have Quora, Reddit, and forums. In those places you find often people very passionate about your niche that can a lot about your niche, and often give answers or write for free on Quora, Reddit etc... Those aren't big authority's like we find on Twitter, but the real magic is they are cheap. Because they aren't pro writers or freelancers, they really like when you come and offer money for content. As an very specific example....I did find on Quora someone to write for me, he writes on average 2-3 articles per week and for a 1000 word article he gets $10. I have only him writing for me on a blog, content costs $20-30 per week, and that blog makes over $2000 per month....
     
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    I just try and build mannual blog posts..
     
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    Like everybody said already, patience and willingness to put in a lot of work without seeing any results.