[Journey] How I'm Creating a Six-Figure Affiliate Marketing and Ads Business

Bloooop

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Hey @Bloooop, following your journey threads keeps me on my toes. Thank you for doing it how you do it!
You've covered a lot about Business mechanics and SEO. But how do you manage yourself every day to stay consistently productive?
Especially in the early days (I know you can afford better living conditions to support your productivity now). I live in a 3rd world country myself and I know you're likely familiar with some of the struggles that come with that.
Great question. I'll start the update by answering this as it's a really good question.

When doing SEO, one of the biggest factors you contend with is patience and discipline, which are tied to consistency.

You need to be consistent with your efforts in order to see results.

Which takes time, and sometimes this time feels like forever, especially when building a brand new site—then having to deal with financial challenges, environmental factors, and other things that can zap your motivation.

That's one of the reasons I've started my journeys and actively read and follow a few other journeys.

The beginnings are usually the hardest, especially if you haven't been through the entire process of building a successful site.

For people in this phase, I'd suggest starting a journey or getting in touch with other like-minded people(other journey creators).

Don't be a burden to them or ask a million noob questions; instead, try to form a rivalry/friendship where you comment on their progress, and eventually, you'll be chatting back and forth.

I believe this is one of the keys to staying consistent.

Another thing is your "Why."

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Why are you doing this?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Is it worth all the effort?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • What do you have to gain?
Here were my answers:
  1. I started doing online work because I saw no other way out. I hate being controlled from the depths of my bones, heart, and soul. So having to report to work pisses me off to no end.
  2. I want to be free. Free to do what the fuck I want when I want. I want to sleep long hours without worrying about anything or feeling like I owe someone something. So I need to make money, then more money, then lots of money. Right now I'm making more money and working to make lots of money.
  3. 100% yes! Nobody can tell me shit. I sleep when I want, eat when I want, and go where I want.
  4. My freedom.
  5. Everything.
Those are my convictions.

These answers are deeply rooted in why I do what I do so passionately. There are other factors such as taking care of family. And another big one is my competitive nature.

I believe that if someone else can do it then I can do it too and better.

Maybe not immediately, but I'm willing to work harder just to prove I can.

This is a huge motivator for me.

The last thing I'll say is it's important to learn to have fun with it.

Initially, I understand that fun won't be a thing you consider when dealing with poverty factors, family issues, zero friends, and no one believing in your dream.

But getting to fall in love with it is a crucial factor in staying consistent.

The freedom, flexibility, and potential gains from doing this for me are extremely exciting.

Every day I wake up rearing to go tackle a new issue with my sites or just research niches and see how much money I stand to make just by getting into these niches.

So in the end, all of this adds up to make sure you're passionate about what you're doing, because if you're not, then it'll be harder to stay consistent.

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Back to the main part of the update.

I've finished hiring the new writers, in total, I now have 13 writers. From the new batch, I've only found 7 that I think are good enough to join the team.

I also published some new content that I had to publish. I have a few more but I'm running short on time.

So let me just share a few screenshots of the current progress.

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Breakdown of writer outputs and cost:

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Site stats Rankmath:

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GSC screen:

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And that's it. See y'all in the next one.
 

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Great question. I'll start the update by answering this as it's a really good question.

When doing SEO, one of the biggest factors you contend with is patience and discipline, which are tied to consistency.

You need to be consistent with your efforts in order to see results.

Which takes time, and sometimes this time feels like forever, especially when building a brand new site—then having to deal with financial challenges, environmental factors, and other things that can zap your motivation.

That's one of the reasons I've started my journeys and actively read and follow a few other journeys.

The beginnings are usually the hardest, especially if you haven't been through the entire process of building a successful site.

For people in this phase, I'd suggest starting a journey or getting in touch with other like-minded people(other journey creators).

Don't be a burden to them or ask a million noob questions; instead, try to form a rivalry/friendship where you comment on their progress, and eventually, you'll be chatting back and forth.

I believe this is one of the keys to staying consistent.

Another thing is your "Why."

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Why are you doing this?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Is it worth all the effort?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • What do you have to gain?
Here were my answers:
  1. I started doing online work because I saw no other way out. I hate being controlled from the depths of my bones, heart, and soul. So having to report to work pisses me off to no end.
  2. I want to be free. Free to do what the fuck I want when I want. I want to sleep long hours without worrying about anything or feeling like I owe someone something. So I need to make money, then more money, then lots of money. Right now I'm making more money and working to make lots of money.
  3. 100% yes! Nobody can tell me shit. I sleep when I want, eat when I want, and go where I want.
  4. My freedom.
  5. Everything.
Those are my convictions.

These answers are deeply rooted in why I do what I do so passionately. There are other factors such as taking care of family. And another big one is my competitive nature.

I believe that if someone else can do it then I can do it too and better.

Maybe not immediately, but I'm willing to work harder just to prove I can.

This is a huge motivator for me.

The last thing I'll say is it's important to learn to have fun with it.

Initially, I understand that fun won't be a thing you consider when dealing with poverty factors, family issues, zero friends, and no one believing in your dream.

But getting to fall in love with it is a crucial factor in staying consistent.

The freedom, flexibility, and potential gains from doing this for me are extremely exciting.

Every day I wake up rearing to go tackle a new issue with my sites or just research niches and see how much money I stand to make just by getting into these niches.

So in the end, all of this adds up to make sure you're passionate about what you're doing, because if you're not, then it'll be harder to stay consistent.

---
Back to the main part of the update.

I've finished hiring the new writers, in total, I now have 13 writers. From the new batch, I've only found 7 that I think are good enough to join the team.

I also published some new content that I had to publish. I have a few more but I'm running short on time.

So let me just share a few screenshots of the current progress.

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Breakdown of writer outputs and cost:

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Site stats Rankmath:

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GSC screen:

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And that's it. See y'all in the next one.
Just letting you know your'e such an inspiration. Whenever i feel im gonna burnout, Im visiting one of your many journey threads!
 

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Great question. I'll start the update by answering this as it's a really good question.

When doing SEO, one of the biggest factors you contend with is patience and discipline, which are tied to consistency.

You need to be consistent with your efforts in order to see results.

Which takes time, and sometimes this time feels like forever, especially when building a brand new site—then having to deal with financial challenges, environmental factors, and other things that can zap your motivation.

That's one of the reasons I've started my journeys and actively read and follow a few other journeys.

The beginnings are usually the hardest, especially if you haven't been through the entire process of building a successful site.

For people in this phase, I'd suggest starting a journey or getting in touch with other like-minded people(other journey creators).

Don't be a burden to them or ask a million noob questions; instead, try to form a rivalry/friendship where you comment on their progress, and eventually, you'll be chatting back and forth.

I believe this is one of the keys to staying consistent.

Another thing is your "Why."

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Why are you doing this?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Is it worth all the effort?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • What do you have to gain?
Here were my answers:
  1. I started doing online work because I saw no other way out. I hate being controlled from the depths of my bones, heart, and soul. So having to report to work pisses me off to no end.
  2. I want to be free. Free to do what the fuck I want when I want. I want to sleep long hours without worrying about anything or feeling like I owe someone something. So I need to make money, then more money, then lots of money. Right now I'm making more money and working to make lots of money.
  3. 100% yes! Nobody can tell me shit. I sleep when I want, eat when I want, and go where I want.
  4. My freedom.
  5. Everything.
Those are my convictions.

These answers are deeply rooted in why I do what I do so passionately. There are other factors such as taking care of family. And another big one is my competitive nature.

I believe that if someone else can do it then I can do it too and better.

Maybe not immediately, but I'm willing to work harder just to prove I can.

This is a huge motivator for me.

The last thing I'll say is it's important to learn to have fun with it.

Initially, I understand that fun won't be a thing you consider when dealing with poverty factors, family issues, zero friends, and no one believing in your dream.

But getting to fall in love with it is a crucial factor in staying consistent.

The freedom, flexibility, and potential gains from doing this for me are extremely exciting.

Every day I wake up rearing to go tackle a new issue with my sites or just research niches and see how much money I stand to make just by getting into these niches.

So in the end, all of this adds up to make sure you're passionate about what you're doing, because if you're not, then it'll be harder to stay consistent.
Thanks for the detailed response Bloooop! You bet I'm opening my journey thread within the next 3 days. All the best with your goals.
 

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The last thing I'll say is it's important to learn to have fun with it.

Initially, I understand that fun won't be a thing you consider when dealing with poverty factors, family issues, zero friends, and no one believing in your dream.

But getting to fall in love with it is a crucial factor in staying consistent.

The freedom, flexibility, and potential gains from doing this for me are extremely exciting.
You could not have said it better!
 

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Ask yourself these questions:
  • Why are you doing this?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Is it worth all the effort?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • What do you have to gain?
Here were my answers:
  1. I started doing online work because I saw no other way out. I hate being controlled from the depths of my bones, heart, and soul. So having to report to work pisses me off to no end.
  2. I want to be free. Free to do what the fuck I want when I want. I want to sleep long hours without worrying about anything or feeling like I owe someone something. So I need to make money, then more money, then lots of money. Right now I'm making more money and working to make lots of money.
  3. 100% yes! Nobody can tell me shit. I sleep when I want, eat when I want, and go where I want.
  4. My freedom.
  5. Everything.

This resonates with me 100%.

It intrigued me a lot when you say to connect with other people with similar mindset. It makes me strange to do this... with people who are on the other side of the world and speak another language... but this is the power of the internet

I will open a thread on a project of mine.
 

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Update - Content Team Progress

This week was another tight scheduled one where I didn't get any time to come and give updates.

I think most likely that will be the case for a few weeks as I'm giving the writers tasks on a weekly basis.

At the end of each week, I'll count my chickens and see how many eggs they laid for the week.

With that said, here's all that took place this week:

To kick start the week, I had the writers book a 30-minute session where I go over the feedback in their trial articles.

Of the 7 writers, 6 managed to book an appointment and I met with them. 1 of the better ones gave me a BS excuse of having family issues.

She's been the least responsive of them all and I have a feeling that I'll end up firing her. She also requested an extension of the content ordered until next Wednesday.

So we'll see what she says then.

At a later date, I'll make a full breakdown of my opinions so as to keep a record of my impressions of the writers.

Here are the stats:

# of Writers: 13
Content Ordered: 53
# Received: 31
Completed by me: 4
Total Word Count: 47,213
Content Cost: $528
Expired Domain Cost: $317


I also managed to grab an expired domain for this site that I will 301 to it. I'm planning to get another 1-2 on Monday & Tuesday. The first expired domain cost $317.

I'll publish this content tomorrow and also get some more articles from the writers so we'll see how it goes if I can increase the total article count.
 

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Update - April Summary

Legendary Month.

That's what I would call the month of April. It was a time when I grew so much mentally and unleashed my creative side like never before.

Sure, over the years I've been building websites I've done a lot of work. But in April, something inside me changed. And it all started with a simple task...

Hiring Writers

So for anyone that has been following the thread, you know that I've been investing heavily into hiring writers to produce content for my sites. This process has been both good and bad.

The good is that I'm now getting a lot more content than I ever have before. It's allowed me to be much more productive with my time and grow my sites at an exponential rate.

The bad is that it's been extremely challenging to manage all the different writers, and edit their content. I also had to get rid of three writers as they came up with BS excuses.

(If a writer gives you BS excuses or misses the first deadline kick them out immediately)

Still, I can't help but marvel at how far I've come in just one month.


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Maybe this chart doesn't do it justice...

But in the month of April my team managed to produce:
  • 170 Articles each about 1300 words
With that, this site is now the biggest site I've built to date.

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For those that understand the significance of producing this much content then you know that generating this much in a single month is impossible to do on your own. And the benefits down the line are well worth it.

Here's how the growth projection of the site looks:

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You can already see that it's poised to start taking off.

Here's a shot of the analytics for this month vs last:

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I know that it doesn't seem impressive yet but that's just how it goes with building a brand new site. It's a long process that feels like forever, but sometimes you just have to trust the process.

On another note, let's talk about costs...

Content Costs: ~$3,400

The costs for last month were a bit higher than I initially planned them to be. But I realized that I can't be so passive anymore and have to be extremely aggressive.

As such, I bought not one, but 4 expired domains last month. The first two will be used as a 301 redirect to the site I'm building at the end of June/July.

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This one was initially a DR 20 when I bought it but it's dropping in DR. Whichever way, this one was pretty cheap. I paid about $300 to get it. There are some good links, not-so-bad links, and a few niche relevant Blogspot which is why it has so many backlinks from 315 RDs.

The second domain:
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This one is a bit "cleaner" and costs a bit more but it's a 1-to-1 match with my site and future plans for the site. It costs slightly over $1000

So by the end after the redirects, this site will have a DR of maybe 25-30. We'll see...

However, just in case all of these redirects fail since I've only done this once successfully I bought an additional domain in the same niche to build a backup site.

I'll build this site at the same time as the main site. Doing this will be a good case study to see how well a site built on an expired domain ranks vs a brand new domain with 301s.

Here are the metrics for this site:
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This site was the most expensive at about 2.3k.

Additionally, I'm planning to build another site using a 301 redirect. That domain costs about $300.

So in total, I've spent about $3,800 on expired domains.

Total Expenses: $6,280

And here's a quick breakdown of the one site earnings that I've got going. Nothing impressive but its something:

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Total Earnings: $4,095
 

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Looking good! This might compound in some big earnings over time
 

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What to do you consider most when your buying expired domains so you can 301 them?
 

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What to do you consider most when your buying expired domains so you can 301 them?
  1. The domains must be clean with mostly branded anchors.
  2. Must have a good ratio of follow - Nofollow.
  3. It must have great follow links.
  4. It should be a real business/organization or actual website instead of a blog from some previous SEO.
  5. TF/CF Over 10
  6. At least 100 RDs.
  7. Must be very closely related to the niche.
  8. No Trademarks.
 

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Coming along nicely @Bloooop mate.

I also love this from earlier; (If a writer gives you BS excuses or misses the first deadline kick them out immediately).

Lost count the number of people I have binned for this sort of stuff.
 

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I also love this from earlier; (If a writer gives you BS excuses or misses the first deadline kick them out immediately).

Lost count the number of people I have binned for this sort of stuff.
#Facts.

I never realized this until I noticed that the excuses are similar among all writers that do it.

For future reference to anyone that will be hiring writers, the general excuses they will have to miss deadlines are always a combination of the following:
  1. "I had a family emergency."
  2. "I was sick."
  3. "I was busy with other projects."
  4. "The project was more difficult than I thought it would be."
  5. "I didn't have enough time."
Here's a full example of the last writer that tried it:

"I'm so sorry for this inconvenience. We have a family emergency but I will do my best. If it's not too much to ask, may I have a deadline extension for my articles? I haven't had the time because of the family emergency but I promise to be a good employee after dealing with this personal matter."

She then missed the second deadline after I agreed to the first one with this message:

"I apologize. My personal situation has escalated unpleasantly. If it's not too much to ask, may I request to start my proper work on May 6th? By then my situation would be better but I am willing to take 2 articles and I can have my meeting with you tonight. I will wait online. I hope for your kind consideration. Thank you."

This is actually the third writer that tried this, and I only allowed it because she was supposedly one of the better writers. But no matter what, don't accept any excuses.

If they were working a real job they couldn't try this shit. So get rid of them!

Last thought, if the writers aren't eager to work you'll probably be better off letting them go too.
 
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