[Journey] Scaling an Authority website to 10K a month (and beyond)

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To be honest, affiliate programs do not care much about design. Or not at all to be honest :D. They do not even care about the level of English. As long as you have the affiliate disclaimer on the site, you're good to go. Ad networks can be much more picky here...

What matters for the affiliate programs is traffic, clicks to their platforms, conversions. Remember the specific affiliate program I run on my website, as a small side income stream?

The affiliate manager shared with me once their best publishers. The no. 1 on the list made $10K from affiliate commissions on best months.

And I can tell you that the website was just horrible. Actually it was worst than that, but I perhaps cannot find a better expression :). The design was completely awful, texts were just stuffed with affiliate links to the program in question, and often they did not even make sense....

Anyway, it was as close a match to the program as it can be, they ranked for the right keywords (it was a very old domain in that specific niche), they generated clicks & conversions, so apparently everyone was happy.

But to answer your question: Maybe you can, just to give yourself a short break from writing. It helps to alternate between various activities... Just try to not spend entire month with that :).
Thanks again for good answer..

I got rejected by a smaller cpa-network although I have unique and quality content, my website is does not look spammy and it solves a problem, answers the peoples question and I am giving them a few choices. Thought maybe the design would help.

To be fair I enjoy writing content. Maybe I should keep pushing out articles although half of my current ones aren't indexed. Do you have any thoghts about this?

I've read some where in different threads, that around 120 articles and 1 month old website would make $1000 approximately. I know this is jus an estimate and it depends a lot on the articles, wordcount, keyword volume, affiliate comission and much more..but when do you think I will see my first dimes on this website. I am patient but want to make the money now. Haven't built any links yet.
 

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I've read some where in different threads, that around 120 articles and 1 month old website would make $1000 approximately. I know this is jus an estimate and it depends a lot on the articles, wordcount, keyword volume, affiliate comission and much more..but when do you think I will see my first dimes on this website. I am patient but want to make the money now. Haven't built any links yet.
I don't think it's entirely possible for a 1-month-old site to be making $1K right away. Things take time in the world of SEO, and it's very likely that you won't see any earnings during the first 3-4 months after you publish a post. Sure, in some cases that's very possible, but I'm just speaking about how things go in general. The hardest part of blogging is to be consistent. Like, you can be publishing 2 articles per day for 6 months and not see any traffic or earnings on your site, but everything can change in the 7th month. It's crucial to be consistent and to have enough mental strength to keep going and not to give up. Good luck!
 

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I don't think it's entirely possible for a 1-month-old site to be making $1K right away. Things take time in the world of SEO, and it's very likely that you won't see any earnings during the first 3-4 months after you publish a post. Sure, in some cases that's very possible, but I'm just speaking about how things go in general. The hardest part of blogging is to be consistent. Like, you can be publishing 2 articles per day for 6 months and not see any traffic or earnings on your site, but everything can change in the 7th month. It's crucial to be consistent and to have enough mental strength to keep going and not to give up. Good luck!
I am the old man, now. I can see my patience has increased. I had a few more events that taught me this. I don't give a shit about all that quick money. I'll try this blogging. I have everything except perfect English, but Google doesn't give a shit as I don't give a shit about a complete black hat.

Interestingly, I know blogging has been profitable for about 10 years. I noticed this when I was 13. And since then I have lacked the patience to do it. This is crazy.

I wanted to enter niches like marketing or software, but I can see it's a tough business. Maybe there is something more beginner-friendly.

I already have a habit of writing, holding my domains, paying for hosting, and doing something everyday.
 

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I don't think it's entirely possible for a 1-month-old site to be making $1K right away. Things take time in the world of SEO, and it's very likely that you won't see any earnings during the first 3-4 months after you publish a post. Sure, in some cases that's very possible, but I'm just speaking about how things go in general. The hardest part of blogging is to be consistent. Like, you can be publishing 2 articles per day for 6 months and not see any traffic or earnings on your site, but everything can change in the 7th month. It's crucial to be consistent and to have enough mental strength to keep going and not to give up. Good luck!
I don't know why I typed month but I mean 1 year.

I do agree with your thoughts. SEO take a lot of time and the first few months there is no result from all the work, but over a longer period of time, it can give good result.
 

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Hi again :)

Maybe you should start another separate journey about your 3rd website that you bought in December? The information on what did you look at when you bought it, what challenges faced would be easier to find. Plus the whole journey on that would be kinda different from what you experienced with your main website.
 

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You should also remember that out of 100 people who start blogging, less than ten of them actually get to your level. It is easy to forget such things when one sees some successful journeys here :).
Definitely there's no reason to be down, and no doubt if you continue doing what you are doing, things will only move up from now on!
That's a really good point for sure, glad to still be on the journey even if it's in the more uneventful part. I won't stop and folks like you are saints for giving motivation.
 

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Hey bud, loving this thread still!

I'm at ~10k monthly pageviews now. I tried setting up with Ezoic but it completely just ruined loadspeed and layout and after fussing a lot with them I decided to drop them

Is there another good ad network you'd suggest with high RPM and nice quality care and support? I'd love to get on Mediavine and whatnot later, but obviously don't quite have the traffic yet.

Serving to vast majority T1 audience in mostly outdoor adventure, travel, tech niche.

Many thanks!
Nice to see you around again :).

I also joined Ezoic recently (more on it later on), putting one of my smaller domains on the network, because I wanted to get an account before the transfer of the domain I bought at the end of Dec 2021 is finished, since 90% of income for this domain comes from Ezoic.
By the way, the transfer still isn't done :D. I would probably cry instead of laughing if my income depended on this new domain, but luckily it does not.

Back to the point though. The domain I joined Ezoic with had below 10K page views/month, so I had to go through Access Now program, passing all the courses, learning about the platform.

I must say it is relatively complicated, complex, and the explanations are far from good... But I also see there are many customization options, integration options, and stuff, and I believe if you set it properly, there won't be any impact on speed.

The website I put on this platform kept their CWV scores almost unchanged, still in orange bracket (needs improvement).
Maybe I just got lucky with the setup, but somehow it is working so far :).
I believe that when you join with 10K PV/month website, they do a lot of stuff for you.

While this may seem to be a better option, it necessarily isn't, because nobody knows who sets this up on your website, and they may as well not know what they are doing...

I do not know any premium ad network you could join with your current traffic, so cannot give you any recommendation here.

Thanks again for good answer..

I got rejected by a smaller cpa-network although I have unique and quality content, my website is does not look spammy and it solves a problem, answers the peoples question and I am giving them a few choices. Thought maybe the design would help.

To be fair I enjoy writing content. Maybe I should keep pushing out articles although half of my current ones aren't indexed. Do you have any thoghts about this?

I've read some where in different threads, that around 120 articles and 1 month old website would make $1000 approximately. I know this is jus an estimate and it depends a lot on the articles, wordcount, keyword volume, affiliate comission and much more..but when do you think I will see my first dimes on this website. I am patient but want to make the money now. Haven't built any links yet.
Such an estimate (120 articles and $1,000) is really a random number in my opinion :). Who made such an estimate, and based on what? So many things come into play:
  • Niche
  • Search volume of targeted keywords
  • Quality of writing
  • B2C or B2B niche
  • Competition
  • GEO of visitors
  • Desktop vs mobile
  • Monetization methods
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • ......
In my opinion, whoever gives such estimates does not know what they are talking about :). A one year old content website with 120 articles can be making anything from $0 to $10,000/month...

Please note that the $10K upper limit is mostly because of the current state of affairs in IM, and how well most niches are already covered. 10 years ago, I would give a much higher upper limit, but we have to live with what we have now...

I don't think it's entirely possible for a 1-month-old site to be making $1K right away. Things take time in the world of SEO, and it's very likely that you won't see any earnings during the first 3-4 months after you publish a post. Sure, in some cases that's very possible, but I'm just speaking about how things go in general. The hardest part of blogging is to be consistent. Like, you can be publishing 2 articles per day for 6 months and not see any traffic or earnings on your site, but everything can change in the 7th month. It's crucial to be consistent and to have enough mental strength to keep going and not to give up. Good luck!
True words from someone who has experienced the process first hand :).
Thank you for your input SpezzNacci!

I am the old man, now. I can see my patience has increased. I had a few more events that taught me this. I don't give a shit about all that quick money. I'll try this blogging. I have everything except perfect English, but Google doesn't give a shit as I don't give a shit about a complete black hat.

Interestingly, I know blogging has been profitable for about 10 years. I noticed this when I was 13. And since then I have lacked the patience to do it. This is crazy.

I wanted to enter niches like marketing or software, but I can see it's a tough business. Maybe there is something more beginner-friendly.

I already have a habit of writing, holding my domains, paying for hosting, and doing something everyday.
Mate, what "old man" stuff are you talking about? :D. You discovered blogging 10 years ago when 13, that means now you're 23-24. You're by far not an old man, so do not tease those of us who are older than you :D.

But it is great that you've managed to create a habit. Stick to it for long enough, in ten years & all these journeys you've for sure learned something so this time around you'll make it!

Hi again :)

Maybe you should start another separate journey about your 3rd website that you bought in December? The information on what did you look at when you bought it, what challenges faced would be easier to find. Plus the whole journey on that would be kinda different from what you experienced with your main website.
Nice to see you again Shwepps!

Regretfully I just do not have resources to run another journey, without having to drop the quality & consistency of this one, which I do not want to do... Will try my best to update on this side project here, together with other side projects.

I honestly think there will be many challenges with this domain. I still even do not have it up and running...

The transfer is finished but we have to move Ezoic account, Amazon links and stuff. Everything takes too long, and the fact that people involved in this process are based in completely different time zones does not make it any easier.

Anyway, I will update here on my action plan and results with this domain for sure!

That's a really good point for sure, glad to still be on the journey even if it's in the more uneventful part. I won't stop and folks like you are saints for giving motivation.
Thank you for your kind words :). My biggest satisfaction for running this journey will be seeing people like you coming back here, saying that they did not give up, and now live from blogging. So I am looking forward to your next update in a few months from now :)
 

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Love this journey, really appreciate the time and effort you take for the monthly updates and regular replies.

Reading your updates has given me a lightbulb moment that I’m definitely targeting keywords that are too competitive and that’s why I’m not seeing much progress. Also that I need to be more patient and just keep cranking out new posts and forget about the metrics until the site reaches a decent size.

You’ve given me the motivation to keep going! Thanks!

Also random thought, although when reading one of your earlier posts you highlighted that you’d just made a material improvement to your big ebook/main product. Know you also have a “lite” version of this product. Have you ever emailed the people that bought the “lite” product (assuming you have this data) and let them know about the update? Might get a few new purchases with a few minutes work. Done that a few times myself, sent out an email then get a flurry of purchases, definitely is quite magical!
 

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Your dedication to this thread is legendary ! i can't even imagine the amount of work you do on your websites ! just amazing
Thanks mate :). I do not do things half-heartedly in life. Either I do it properly, or I do not do it at all. This journey is no exception.

Love this journey, really appreciate the time and effort you take for the monthly updates and regular replies.

Reading your updates has given me a lightbulb moment that I’m definitely targeting keywords that are too competitive and that’s why I’m not seeing much progress. Also that I need to be more patient and just keep cranking out new posts and forget about the metrics until the site reaches a decent size.

You’ve given me the motivation to keep going! Thanks!

Also random thought, although when reading one of your earlier posts you highlighted that you’d just made a material improvement to your big ebook/main product. Know you also have a “lite” version of this product. Have you ever emailed the people that bought the “lite” product (assuming you have this data) and let them know about the update? Might get a few new purchases with a few minutes work. Done that a few times myself, sent out an email then get a flurry of purchases, definitely is quite magical!
You made some good points in your reply. No doubt you really read some of my updates, instead of just skimming over them!

Effort and results cannot change the order. Focusing on effort, you'll get results. Focusing on results (checking stats & metrics & traffic too much), you won't get anywhere :).

Good luck to you, and come back here whenever you need motivation. Things are slowly getting back to full-flight in my niche (after the typical December and early January drop). In last 24 hours, I made $356 just on digital product sales on my authority website (12 sales). I guess some milestone update is on the cards for the coming week :)
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DP sales, for reporting period of 14th January 2022 in PST time (different than my timezone on PayPal)

- Thank you also for the idea with the emails! The lite product is actually a paid product, and for some people it is simply a better choice than the full version. I do not do any email marketing, but it may be an interesting experiment giving it a shot.

No doubt I cannot just push the full product for the full price. But perhaps if I offered them it for $10 or $15, bearing in mind they are existing customers, and already purchases something so this is an extra, I guess I may get some purchases. Though it is also true that the problems I help people solve in my niche are the kind of problems you face once (and hopefully solve it with the help of my website or other resources) and than you may not face it for many years. So really the biggest chance for making up-sells would be right after they made the initial purchase, and not some weeks/months later.

Anyway, I may try this experiment later on during the year, when I have more free capacities.Thanks again and good luck!
 

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Milestone update: Yesterday, for the first time ever, we broke 28,000, and also 29,000 sessions on a single day:
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All traffic milestones so far (over the duration of this journey, since 12th May 2020)
:
5K sessions/day : 9th June 2020
6K sessions/day : 10th August 2020
7K sessions/day : 15th September 2020
8K sessions/day : 13th October 2020
9K sessions/day : 17th November 2020

10K sessions/day: 7th December 2020 (jumped straight to over 11K sessions on the day)
12K sessions/day : 7th January 2021
13K sessions/day : 11th January 2021
14K sessions/day : 12th January 2021

15K sessions/day : 19th January 2021
16K sessions/day : 26th January 2021
17K sessions/day : 2nd February 2021
18K sessions/day : 9th February 2021
19K sessions/day : 23rd February 2021

20K sessions/day : 9th March 2021
21K sessions/day : 20th April 2021
22K sessions/day : 11th May 2021 (exactly 365 days after starting the journey)
23K sessions/day : 24th May 2021
24K sessions/day : 13th September 2021

25K sessions/day : 14th September 2021
26K sessions/day: 20th October 2021
27K sessions/day: 26th October 2021
28K & 29K sessions/day: 18th January 2022


- You guys who follow this journey carefully might thing that we were trending down, or at least sideways with the website, since Thanksgiving.

The truth is though that the period from the end of November to the beginning of January is the lowest period in my niche.

But I really like this period of the year, since the website is like a sleeping giant, like a volcano ready to erupt with nobody noticing anything...

Traffic as a whole is down, but no doubt many articles are climbing in the SERPs even in this period, and when mid January arrives, and things come back to normal in this niche, only then we can see what was actually going on during these "low months".

Some articles from my 3rd content batch (that means end of august - mid November 2021) have really stepped it up in SERPs, considering how "young: they are:
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- I published this one on 3rd October 2021. So just three months old really. Already attacking 600 PV/day. Think about it: Such article alone can bring 15K visits/month. Publish 8 such articles, and you can join Adthrive :D.

Of course, it isn't as easy as that, and it takes time, experience in your niche (that's why it is good sticking with one niche for long enough), data, and also a bit of luck to discover such gems...

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- This one has a different story. I actually scheduled it back in May 2021, to be published mid August 2021 (to keep the schedule at 1 article/month while not working actively on the website). So it got live mid August, while I was in Spain, not thinking about the website at all. I didn't even manually index this one in GSC..
Anyway, it was quite dormant for 4 months, just to totally explode in December. On best days it was approaching 500 views/day, and let's see what's ahead for this one.


- Of course, two articles alone do not count for the entire growth. When I look at data in my Analytics, looking at page views of various articles yesterday vs 26th October 2021 (previous traffic milestone), I can actually see that vast majority of top 100 articles grew in traffic. Some grew by 5%, some 30%, some 100%, and some (like the two on pictures) grew by 1000%+ in this period.

Anyway, happy with the progress, and who knows, maybe today we will get 30K sessions/day for the first time, which will be a big milestone for me.
The dream of getting 1 million PV/month in May 2022 or June 2022 is definitely still alive :).

Traffic by day from the start of the journey:
traffic_from_start_oF_journey.png

That's it for today's milestone update. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I will be here with another one, because we were really close to 30K sessions/day with 18th January already. Let's see :)
 

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Just updated my journey and swung over to see how this was going. I love seeing your traffic grow. Makes me very excited that this can be done with just publishing content! Keep up the good work!
 

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Was wondering @Kikerinka if you could answer a question I have.

I'm trying to rank for a certain buyer intent keyword, let's call it best potato peelers (not my niche).

Now using a method of topical authority which I read about, if you create multiple posts targeting long tail topics around the entire potato peelers topic, you can rank highly for this lucrative best potato peelers keyword without any backlinks other than your own internal linking.

Miles Beckler talks about this in one of his videos:


He basically says you can rank for these highly competitive keywords with a good SILO of strong internal linking and no backlinks where you exhaust every possible question a person may have about a particular topic, linking back to the main parent topic you want to rank for.

At some point in the video he also mentioned something like two internal links from your own website are equivalent to one external backlink from a domain that has a DR that's the same as the one on your own site.

So, I've implemented this strategy on my site and I've got 68 articles of between 1000-4000 words all linking back to the main best potato peelers keyword.

The articles are well written, complete with images, tables and videos. I'd basically vouch for their quality when asked.

Examples of the kind of articles are:

  • best metal potato peelers
  • best wooden potato peelers
  • best golden potato peelers
  • best potato peelers for cooks
  • best potato peelers for parents
  • how much does a potato peeler cost?
  • what is a potato peeler made of?
  • where are potato peelers made?
  • can you wash a potato peeler?
  • do potato peelers rust?
  • is a potato peeler safe to use?

Now I've got those 68 articles (both informational and buyer intent) all linking back through internal linking to the best potato peelers article.

The problem is I have a page that's ranking for the main term when it shouldn't.. guessing it's some sort of keyword cannibalisation.

So instead of my best potato peelers page ranking, I have the best wooden potato peelers page ranking in its place (around 14th position in the US SERPS).

This article (best wooden potato peelers) doesn't answer the intent and it's ranking instead of my best potato peelers article which does a much better job of satisfying that same searcher intent.

I've used a VPN and what I'm seeing is that my best potato peelers article isn't showing in the SERPS when I'm connected to the United States. However, when I search from a UK location my best potato peelers article comes up 3rd in the SERPS.

And when I browse locally via incognito, I get the best potato peelers article coming in 5th spot.

What could be the issue here?

This best potato peelers article is about 3700 words after I updated it with a lot more useful information a few days ago. Before it was around 1500 words and I'd argue it wasn't the best even though it used to rank between 13th and 25th in USA SERPS - without any external backlinks.

It's annoying cause I want to rank for USA searches for this keyword but at the moment it's not happening. Estimated volume is approximately 2k searches per month.

One thing I've noted is that Yoast SEO gives me the link keyphrase warning in my Wordpress for this post:

"You're linking to another page with the words you want this page to rank for. Don't do that"

But when I check the links within this best potato peelers article I can't see any anchor text that talks about the primary keyword yet links to another page whether that's internal or external.

At the moment I'm not sure what to do about this. Yesterday I tried making my anchor texts clearer in the other 68 articles by trying to tell Google exactly what this page is about - best potato peelers.

I used variations of the word best, I linked sentences like "check out my article on the finest potato peelers", etc just to add some variation to the anchors.

Another thing I'm wondering is whether it could be due to my web host server location which is based in UK (rookie mistake). Should I change this to US? Would it make a difference?

Other than that I'm not sure what else to do.

My thinking is that I should at least be ranking for this keyword in the USA on page 1 based on the fact that it shows up 3rd and 5th on UK and local SERPS. The article is very high quality and I'd argue it's better than anything currently on the 1st page at the moment.

The article ranking 1st has about 80 external backlinks according to Ahrefs but they've got the those short 200 word reviews for each product. It's also a got a low DR in the single digits although I know this has doesn't really have much of a bearing on ranking. I feel as though my article should at least compete though.

Now on the other hand, I don't want to deindex the offending page - i.e. best wooden potato peelers - because it ranks 1st in the US for it's target key phrase anyway.

For now I'm just trying to publish more articles so that I can link back internally to the best potato peelers page because I don't know what else I can try.

I'd appreciate if you or anyone else who's experienced something similar could help me out.
 

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Can you share with us how I configure the structured data (Schema)?
Have you shared all this time as a person or organization? I don't have this part of the configuration very clear
 

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An Interesting journey to follow.
Thanks, I am glad you do not find it boring :D
Just updated my journey and swung over to see how this was going. I love seeing your traffic grow. Makes me very excited that this can be done with just publishing content! Keep up the good work!
Thanks, we did not break 30K sessions on Wednesday, but next week I am almost sure it will happen :)

Was wondering @Kikerinka if you could answer a question I have.

I'm trying to rank for a certain buyer intent keyword, let's call it best potato peelers (not my niche).

Now using a method of topical authority which I read about, if you create multiple posts targeting long tail topics around the entire potato peelers topic, you can rank highly for this lucrative best potato peelers keyword without any backlinks other than your own internal linking.

Miles Beckler talks about this in one of his videos:


He basically says you can rank for these highly competitive keywords with a good SILO of strong internal linking and no backlinks where you exhaust every possible question a person may have about a particular topic, linking back to the main parent topic you want to rank for.

At some point in the video he also mentioned something like two internal links from your own website are equivalent to one external backlink from a domain that has a DR that's the same as the one on your own site.

So, I've implemented this strategy on my site and I've got 68 articles of between 1000-4000 words all linking back to the main best potato peelers keyword.

The articles are well written, complete with images, tables and videos. I'd basically vouch for their quality when asked.

Examples of the kind of articles are:

  • best metal potato peelers
  • best wooden potato peelers
  • best golden potato peelers
  • best potato peelers for cooks
  • best potato peelers for parents
  • how much does a potato peeler cost?
  • what is a potato peeler made of?
  • where are potato peelers made?
  • can you wash a potato peeler?
  • do potato peelers rust?
  • is a potato peeler safe to use?

Now I've got those 68 articles (both informational and buyer intent) all linking back through internal linking to the best potato peelers article.

The problem is I have a page that's ranking for the main term when it shouldn't.. guessing it's some sort of keyword cannibalisation.

So instead of my best potato peelers page ranking, I have the best wooden potato peelers page ranking in its place (around 14th position in the US SERPS).

This article (best wooden potato peelers) doesn't answer the intent and it's ranking instead of my best potato peelers article which does a much better job of satisfying that same searcher intent.

I've used a VPN and what I'm seeing is that my best potato peelers article isn't showing in the SERPS when I'm connected to the United States. However, when I search from a UK location my best potato peelers article comes up 3rd in the SERPS.

And when I browse locally via incognito, I get the best potato peelers article coming in 5th spot.

What could be the issue here?

This best potato peelers article is about 3700 words after I updated it with a lot more useful information a few days ago. Before it was around 1500 words and I'd argue it wasn't the best even though it used to rank between 13th and 25th in USA SERPS - without any external backlinks.

It's annoying cause I want to rank for USA searches for this keyword but at the moment it's not happening. Estimated volume is approximately 2k searches per month.

One thing I've noted is that Yoast SEO gives me the link keyphrase warning in my Wordpress for this post:

"You're linking to another page with the words you want this page to rank for. Don't do that"

But when I check the links within this best potato peelers article I can't see any anchor text that talks about the primary keyword yet links to another page whether that's internal or external.

At the moment I'm not sure what to do about this. Yesterday I tried making my anchor texts clearer in the other 68 articles by trying to tell Google exactly what this page is about - best potato peelers.

I used variations of the word best, I linked sentences like "check out my article on the finest potato peelers", etc just to add some variation to the anchors.

Another thing I'm wondering is whether it could be due to my web host server location which is based in UK (rookie mistake). Should I change this to US? Would it make a difference?

Other than that I'm not sure what else to do.

My thinking is that I should at least be ranking for this keyword in the USA on page 1 based on the fact that it shows up 3rd and 5th on UK and local SERPS. The article is very high quality and I'd argue it's better than anything currently on the 1st page at the moment.

The article ranking 1st has about 80 external backlinks according to Ahrefs but they've got the those short 200 word reviews for each product. It's also a got a low DR in the single digits although I know this has doesn't really have much of a bearing on ranking. I feel as though my article should at least compete though.

Now on the other hand, I don't want to deindex the offending page - i.e. best wooden potato peelers - because it ranks 1st in the US for it's target key phrase anyway.

For now I'm just trying to publish more articles so that I can link back internally to the best potato peelers page because I don't know what else I can try.

I'd appreciate if you or anyone else who's experienced something similar could help me out.
Hey mate, first of all, kudos for typing this up, that's a long post really and just by that I see how serious you are with your website--which is of course very important.

I do not have the same experience like you, but I have experienced many times something where I see an analogy to what you are describing.

As you know for sure, I work a lot with Google Search Console when it comes to KW research. Often I target keywords I am already ranking for, on positions outside of top 5, with an article that isn't 100% relevant for them, though many times it is close (just like your potato peeler variations).

So what almost always happens is that it takes some time (sometimes months) until the new article (written exactly for the targeted topic) replaces in the SERPs the original article, the one that does not specialize in the topic, but is ranking for it. Also, both of them never stay in top 10, it's always either one or another.

I just feel it takes Google some ti me to figure out which of the articles on your website is the best match for the given set of keywords. Maybe it has not figured it out yet in your case?

Two more things to consider:

1. The hosting is for sure not an issue. What can be an issue though are your settings in G. analytics/search console where you setup the GEO for your domain (not sure how it is called exactly, I think it is something like "country of business"). If you set that to UK, than it can have an impact on where you are ranking.

2. One thing I noticed is that for keywords of certain value (typically very high search keywords), slightly different rules come into play. I talked about it a couple of times in my journey. There are some keywords in my niche (with 50K + monthly search volume), where the top 10 of Google just looks completely differently than it does for 99% of keywords in the niche.

There are simply those HUGE domains (think top 1,000 of the internet) that do not necessarily specialize on the niche, but they cover these big keywords, are 20+ years old, have all this authority etc.

Of course this is just my theory, but perhaps even in your niche there are keywords that Google treats differently than the rest of the pack--for one reason or another.

- Not sure if this helps you anyhow, but this is my thought process when it comes to the issue you described :).

Can you share with us how I configure the structured data (Schema)?
Have you shared all this time as a person or organization? I don't have this part of the configuration very clear

I do not configure it at all :). If I did it, however, I'd likely go with the real data, that means if the website is an organization/run by an organization, I'd go with that.

Honestly speaking though, I believe all these technical settings are over-estimated, people focus on them too much, and they have very little impact on how your website does. But they can certainly have negative impact if you overdo it--which is the case for example with the website I bought before New Year's Eve, I'll explain more details once I update here on the progress of that website....
 

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Hey mate, first of all, kudos for typing this up, that's a long post really and just by that I see how serious you are with your website--which is of course very important.

I do not have the same experience like you, but I have experienced many times something where I see an analogy to what you are describing.

As you know for sure, I work a lot with Google Search Console when it comes to KW research. Often I target keywords I am already ranking for, on positions outside of top 5, with an article that isn't 100% relevant for them, though many times it is close (just like your potato peeler variations).

So what almost always happens is that it takes some time (sometimes months) until the new article (written exactly for the targeted topic) replaces in the SERPs the original article, the one that does not specialize in the topic, but is ranking for it. Also, both of them never stay in top 10, it's always either one or another.

I just feel it takes Google some ti me to figure out which of the articles on your website is the best match for the given set of keywords. Maybe it has not figured it out yet in your case?

Two more things to consider:

1. The hosting is for sure not an issue. What can be an issue though are your settings in G. analytics/search console where you setup the GEO for your domain (not sure how it is called exactly, I think it is something like "country of business"). If you set that to UK, than it can have an impact on where you are ranking.

2. One thing I noticed is that for keywords of certain value (typically very high search keywords), slightly different rules come into play. I talked about it a couple of times in my journey. There are some keywords in my niche (with 50K + monthly search volume), where the top 10 of Google just looks completely differently than it does for 99% of keywords in the niche.

There are simply those HUGE domains (think top 1,000 of the internet) that do not necessarily specialize on the niche, but they cover these big keywords, are 20+ years old, have all this authority etc.

Of course this is just my theory, but perhaps even in your niche there are keywords that Google treats differently than the rest of the pack--for one reason or another.

- Not sure if this helps you anyhow, but this is my thought process when it comes to the issue you described :).

Thanks @Kikerinka for the insight..

It could simply be a case of me needing to wait longer for Google to do their thing, you could be correct in that assessment.

Perhaps they're still re-evaluating it and figuring out where to place it in the US SERP, who knows. I'll give it some more time.

Indeed there are some established domains ranking on page one for this term so maybe it could be a case of my website's own authority having not reached a required threshold to be considered yet..

Anyway, I'll check those search console settings and make sure that it's configured to primarily target US searches.

I've worked a lot on this site from last year - 180 articles currently - so I'll just keep writing and see what happens.
 
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