a rookie journey building a site from strach to 1K$/Month and learning along the way

Ibraisthegod

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Hello dear BHWers, so i wanted to start my first journey here on the forum but definitely not my first journey in IM.
Just a quick disclaimer before im starting : English is not my first language as you may notice in the writing of this journey.

a little background about me:
20 years old, just caught COVID, LOL. living in a middle east country, have my 9 - 5 job so time is not gonna be in my side although i will do as much as i can to get job done in my project.
I had some IM projects before, doing some Instagram when it was a little more popular, made like 400$ a day at the peaks but nowhere south from 200$ a day which was damn nice but times have changed and its no longer the reality.
I tried few blogs which was a total failure due to my lack of discipline and consistency (which is something that failed me a lot in the past but im planning on changing it), had adult site which brought in few bucks but nothing to get excited of and that's probably it.

My SEO knowledge is pretty good in my opinion but not in a good shape at the moment, as i mentioned in the title im going to start this project from literally ZERO which means i didn't buy the domain yet nor did i chose the niche or anything else so this is probably be my very first steps in my new project that im so excited about but i know this is gonna be a long way before i'm gonna see the result i want.

This journey is going to be about my Project along with my personal life progress which will affect on the project for sure. Today, i started reading a book that called "Atomic Habits" that tells about how the little habbits in life make a HUGE effect on our lives, for better or worse.
TBH the book caught my attention and intrested me so i'll finish it probably pretty soon and hopefully, i'll embrace the lessons from there to my real life and to my project as well.
Last few words about the book, it's idea is to show how all the little things come togheter and affect our lives but not right away but in the long run.

Im going to write all my content myself, build the site with wordpress obviously, and see what ranks and what doesnt.
I could use any advice you guys have, like what themes should i use for my first site, plugins, what host to pick and anything you think might be helpful.

So for now, i'll try to figure which niche to choose based on this i'll choose my domain name and register it and then will start building the site with Home Page and About Page and the basic stuff.

I know the basic SEO Stuff but i have never tried Amazon Affiliates before.

i'll learn how to write Amazon Affiliate articles (best, info, buyers guide etc) cause i have no idea about those but im sure i'll figure it out pretty fast.

i'll learn how to do keyword research along the way.

and many more thing.


I'll update once a week most of the times but we will see about it.

Thanks for being part of the lovely community (Im not really new to here i just lost my other account lol, here for like 3.5 years).

Any suggestion will be welcomed, Thanks,
 

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Following. Good luck.

Atomic habits is a great book, fighting against procrastination it's hard af.
 

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Following my friend, i am in a similar situation, i recommend you some extension for the browser like grammarly or similar.
I am starting a blog in a semi broad niche and when it generates a good amount of visites am gonna do yt videos. Good journey.
 

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Well, wish you clear of mind from start.
After you have decided your niche and domain, spend all it takes to do a thorough keyword research.
That's key when starting a site. From there, all will fit in place.
Best of luck!
 

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Well, wish you clear of mind from start.
After you have decided your niche and domain, spend all it takes to do a thorough keyword research.
That's key when starting a site. From there, all will fit in place.
Best of luck!
Thanks for the solid advice !
 

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Quick Update :

Chose a niche and registered a domain name based on that.

It's a niche that i have a bit knowledge of so its should'nt be that hard to write about and based on my research can make nice bucks out of it (In the dogs niche).

Well, that next few steps are going to be like this :

Set up the blog (logo, about us, privacy and terms pages) will see how i do it.

Make some keyword research (I'm gonna start with the obvious long tail keywords with 0MS and easy to rank for) as i think this would be the best strategy for a total newb like me.

There are quite a lot i need to figure out before i even start to write the content like structures and stuff like it but i think i'll just start and learn along the way.

Total Expenses :

Domain : 14$/year

Hosting : 35$

Total : 49$


By the way, about monetization, i wont be doing any until the third month and then i'll probably just display some ads to see how it goes but its too early to say so i don't know already.

Do you guys think i should create social profiles such as Facebook, Pintrest, Instagram, Twitter ?
 

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I'm following your journey .
Keep it up and good luck bro .
 

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Good luck OP! Atomic Habits is a “Page-turner” :)
 

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Another quick update :

Purchased a logo for my site with some available credits that i had on Fiverr (25$) but thats okay since i had nothing else to do with these credits.

Instailled a SSL (HTTPS instead of HTTP as i figured its better for SEO purposes)

Submited the home page / about us / privacy policy / terms and conditions pages to GSC trying to indexing the site (now nothing is indexed yet not suprise tho i just bought the domain yesterday).

The site is now ready to start publishing some articles to it as i finished the designing part of it (took longer than i expected but thats okay)

Before writing any article i need to do the keyword research obviously but thats just part of the game.

as i mentioned in the OP, i'll go with long tail keyword with 0 keyword difficulty as those should be the easier to rank for regarding their low search volume.


My plan is to write 2 articles a week on a regular basis and when i have some extra time, i'll just do as much as i can. Now its more like trial and error to see what works and what doesn't as im pretty new to the whole blogging world however, this is how you make progress and learning along the way.

Keep the hard work up BHWers !

PS: need to figure how to improve speed of the site =]
 

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hard work = success

Started a blog 1.25 yrs ago, valued at 20k+ now, $600 monthly income, all affiliate earnings, ~10k monthly traffic, 85 articles published.

Use Porkbun as a domain registrar and Veerotech is a good affordable host. I get great performance.

HIGH QUALITY CONTENT is king. Do the absolute freaking best you can. I ranked high for competitive keywords with 0 DA and keyword research just because my content is waaay more in-depth and quality - not just 800 words, my guide is 5k words while competitors are 1.2k.

DO IT
 

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Another update :
Site is now indexed and showing on google search.

Wrote my very first 2 articles ! :
article 2 - 1057 words
article 2 - 950 words

curenntly, targeting 0 search volume keywords and writing only info articles to give the users some value.
Will see how it goes and continue writing 2 articles per week hopefully.
 

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Looks like you know what you're doing.

I wouldn't bother with creating social pages. If you need social signals you can always link info articles in relevant groups.

Good luck with your journey!
 

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Looks like you know what you're doing.

I wouldn't bother with creating social pages. If you need social signals you can always link info articles in relevant groups.

Good luck with your journey!
Thanks !
Your journey thread really motivated me when i first thought about starting a blog !
Good luck for you too !
 

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Update :

Uploaded another 1K words article so now it's 3 articles on the site.

To be honest now it's more learning process for me, i have zero expactions from the site even tho i would like to see it sucess.

I want to improve my writing skills, publishing a single 1k words articles takes me near 2.5 Hours which is a lot but its fine, i know i'll improve it over time.

It's nice to see some impressions on GSC (only 4 tho lol) but im not expecting anything yet since its TOO early.

Right now i'll just keep write whenever i can (around 2 to 3 articles per week so i won't burn out too quickly) but i do wanna improve over time in this aspect as well.

By the way i didn't mention this before, whenever i'll be profitable i will reinvest any profit to this site or any other site i'll create in the future.

That's it guys, keep the hustle !
 

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Just another update :

Its 3 weeka now since ive started and i have learned so much really...

This journey changed a bit as i have started using an ai tool in the last couple of days since im burning out so fast writing my own content and i'd really like to see how it goes.

Also bought Grammarly premium.

The plan for the next following month is to add 2 articles daily on avarege and see how it goes.

Grammarly - 35$
AI - 99$

TOTAL - 205$

Google Search Console :
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Nothing fancy but its the first month.
Forget about the clicks tho theyre all mine lol.
 

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It seems like my site cannot be indexed at bing...
Any idea why ?

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When i write at bing site:mysite.com it shows only my Home page...
Any idea why anyone ?
 
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