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

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Hey @Kikerinka, amazing journey so far. I always come back to this thread and search for tips. From what I read, I saw you wouldn't recommend grammarly because somehow it encourages robotic content. My question is, how did you manage to write so many articles in the same niche without getting burned? I assume you have a specific way: read - research - understanding the topic - write down - review - publish. Or maybe something like that, because I see it's quite easy to spend good hours for 1k words, especially if your not that familiar to the topic. Cheers!
 

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Thank you bro!

Just woke up for a second rejection from Adthrive :(
Waiting for MV, but I don't think it will be any different. I'll get in touch with you once I hear back from them.

You said your US traffic is 42% from the US, right? I guess that's about the same as the site of @Kikerinka if I remember correctly.

Don't mean the hijack this thread but just wonder as it might interest people following this journey and who want to join Adthrive or MV (like me):

1. How many articles does your site have?
2. How many % of traffic do your top 3 pages have?
3. Do you use your personal info on your site or is it somehow anonymous?

Thanks in advance :)
 

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You said your US traffic is 42% from the US, right? I guess that's about the same as the site of @Kikerinka if I remember correctly.

Don't mean the hijack this thread but just wonder as it might interest people following this journey and who want to join Adthrive or MV (like me):

1. How many articles does your site have?
2. How many % of traffic do your top 3 pages have?
3. Do you use your personal info on your site or is it somehow anonymous?

Thanks in advance :)
Mine has around 90 posts.

My traffic is mostly spread across all pages. But the top 3 pages may be 15% of the traffic.

No, I don't use any personal information.
 

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How does it feel that your website makes such a great money and all? How did it change your lifestyle? Don’t you think of selling it?

Google updates might be crazy, does that not affect you in potentially loosing profits due to rank drop?
 

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Mine has around 90 posts.

My traffic is mostly spread across all pages. But the top 3 pages may be 15% of the traffic.

No, I don't use any personal information.
Do you have an author page, or an author box in your publications?

You don't have to give the real name, but you should have a section for the author.

*Sorry for hijacking the thread*
 

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Do you have an author page, or an author box in your publications?

You don't have to give the real name, but you should have a section for the author.

*Sorry for hijacking the thread*
Hey, No. I just publish using the site name.

Do you mean, Author Box / Author Bio below every post?
 

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Hey, No. I just publish using the site name.

Do you mean, Author Box / Author Bio below every post?
Yes, or a widget in the right sidebar for example

You have to publish with the author's name, you can use a pseudonym.
 

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Hey @Kikerinka, amazing journey so far. I always come back to this thread and search for tips. From what I read, I saw you wouldn't recommend grammarly because somehow it encourages robotic content. My question is, how did you manage to write so many articles in the same niche without getting burned? I assume you have a specific way: read - research - understanding the topic - write down - review - publish. Or maybe something like that, because I see it's quite easy to spend good hours for 1k words, especially if your not that familiar to the topic. Cheers!

Hey mate, thank you for coming back time and again :)
Having processes in place definitely helps. For me, I try to somehow find a good balance between an artist and a businessman, who no doubt fight for spotlight in my mind and sometimes also in my heart...

As long as I like processes and really structuring my posts in a certain way, and perhaps it would be faster to stick to certain principles all the time, what I really enjoy is creative writing.

That means when you simply let your fingers type stuff, based on everything you've been through in your life, and how it relates to the topic you cover. Such writing you do almost subconsciously, and time really flies. You feel like you've been writing for five minutes, but in reality an hour has passed, and you have 1K words ready :).

Of course, I know this is not for everyone. But when I write like this, there's almost no chance in experiencing burnout. Because when it comes to the way you perceive such writing, it doesn't really feel like work...

Anyway, I believe that you should find a way that works for you. That means a way of writing, approaching a topic, but perhaps also how you structure your day, when you write your posts, when you take a break and what you do during the break etc. In my opinion, even people who find it really hard to write, can eventually come up with a way of getting at least 3K words done on a day.
But everyone is different, and hence you should try to find a way that works for you--which can be very different to mine :).

Also remember that I wrote over 1K articles in this niche, for my authority website alone. So even if I had no background in it before (which I have), by now I'd be very familiar with the niche and a variety of topics within it.

You said your US traffic is 42% from the US, right? I guess that's about the same as the site of @Kikerinka if I remember correctly.

Don't mean the hijack this thread but just wonder as it might interest people following this journey and who want to join Adthrive or MV (like me):

1. How many articles does your site have?
2. How many % of traffic do your top 3 pages have?
3. Do you use your personal info on your site or is it somehow anonymous?

Thanks in advance :)

You made good points here. In my opinion:
1. This does not matter much for Adthrive.
2. This matters somehow for Adthrive.
3. This matters a lot for Adthirve :).

How does it feel that your website makes such a great money and all? How did it change your lifestyle? Don’t you think of selling it?

Google updates might be crazy, does that not affect you in potentially loosing profits due to rank drop?
To be honest, it feels quite good :). But it is more about this peace of mind, feeling of security, knowing that you "do not need to check price tags in shops", if you understand what I try to say here...

And, of course, it gives you an ability to either devote your time to whatever you want (be it family, hobbies, traveling, etc), or to work on bigger projects, ones that have a social or other impact, maybe helping to contribute to certain change you want to see in the world...

But every coin has two sides, and that's something you should remember. It is not easy being poor, but it isn't easy being rich (even relatively speaking) either.

When it comes to my lifestyle, it hasn't changed much though... I still live in the same flat, drive the same car, wear the same clothes as I did when I started this journey :).

And I still find the greatest pleasure & satisfaction in the same things as I did before--enjoying a good day in the mountains on the skis or on bike, having an honest conversation with an interesting person, helping a stranger, forgetting everything while playing a song on a piano, focusing just on the way your fingers touch the keys and how it transforms to music....

So no champagne and cocaine and corvettes & XYZ for me up to this point :D. But who knows what awaits me down the road???

When it comes to Google updates, I am not stressed about it at all. Even if they decide to target my website (though they have no reason to do so), it isn't going to lose 50% of traffic or anything like that. The website is just too big, with many different categories of posts, and traffic distributed nicely. Remember that even my 500th most visited post had over 300 PV in last 30 days.
No plans of selling the website either :).

Do you have an author page, or an author box in your publications?

You don't have to give the real name, but you should have a section for the author.

*Sorry for hijacking the thread*

Mate you are welcome to hijack my thread anytime you want :).
And you made a good point here, definitely, because that's one of the pillars of brand of Adthrive really, or at least how they try to present themselves to all sorts of stake-holders & the general public.

They want to have this image of being a network of independent publishers with great stories behind their websites. And it is hard to fall within that image when there is no personality (real or fake) standing behind the content...
 

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To be honest, it feels quite good :). But it is more about this peace of mind, feeling of security, knowing that you "do not need to check price tags in shops", if you understand what I try to say here...

And, of course, it gives you an ability to either devote your time to whatever you want (be it family, hobbies, traveling, etc), or to work on bigger projects, ones that have a social or other impact, maybe helping to contribute to certain change you want to see in the world...

But every coin has two sides, and that's something you should remember. It is not easy being poor, but it isn't easy being rich (even relatively speaking) either.

When it comes to my lifestyle, it hasn't changed much though... I still live in the same flat, drive the same car, wear the same clothes as I did when I started this journey :).

And I still find the greatest pleasure & satisfaction in the same things as I did before--enjoying a good day in the mountains on the skis or on bike, having an honest conversation with an interesting person, helping a stranger, forgetting everything while playing a song on a piano, focusing just on the way your fingers touch the keys and how it transforms to music....

So no champagne and cocaine and corvettes & XYZ for me up to this point :D. But who knows what awaits me down the road???

When it comes to Google updates, I am not stressed about it at all. Even if they decide to target my website (though they have no reason to do so), it isn't going to lose 50% of traffic or anything like that. The website is just too big, with many different categories of posts, and traffic distributed nicely. Remember that even my 500th most visited post had over 300 PV in last 30 days.
No plans of selling the website either :).
Great answer again from you. Takes a lot of work but once you are there things get a bit easier. More money could lead to even more money if done correctly.

If I would have a very big website making good amount of money, which in my opinion everything over $1k a month is good for a smaller website which does not require 100 hours of work each month, then I would have to keep it for a while or better, sell it.

A google update is always a lot of risk and having one website making most money is even more riskier, thats the way I see it.

I have learned lots of good things from this thread so keep these nice updates coming so we get more motivated to publish more content on our websites. I think lots of people follow this thread every day.
 

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Great answer again from you. Takes a lot of work but once you are there things get a bit easier. More money could lead to even more money if done correctly.
That's true, and as you know for sure from the thread, I've made some investments over $100K during last months of 2021, into other "almost-passive" sources of income.

But I still believe one should invest into the thing they understand the best, and that's always your own business, especially if it is doing well :).

If I would have a very big website making good amount of money, which in my opinion everything over $1k a month is good for a smaller website which does not require 100 hours of work each month, then I would have to keep it for a while or better, sell it.
You have a point, but you should understand that things differ for different scales of websites.

It is a big difference whether your website has 10, 100, 1,000 ranking articles.

It also makes a lot of difference whether you earn most of your money from a handful of posts (either because they make for the majority of traffic, or because they have some golden conversions and you earn high payouts from those conversions), or whether you simply earn a nice amount of money from each one of your articles.

And of course it also matters how you built your website, if you took risks with things that may (though not necessarily will) induce penalty, such as buying links, going with some redirects, using AI content, etc.

What I try to say here is that you can diversify your risk even within one business, one website. And I believe I did a pretty good job with mine authority website when it comes to such "risk diversification" within the business. That's why I am not stressed at all about the updates and whatever.

Generally I try to not stress at all in life, though for example when I go to a dentist I cannot control it and I experience an hour of high stress :).

I have learned lots of good things from this thread so keep these nice updates coming so we get more motivated to publish more content on our websites. I think lots of people follow this thread every day.
Thanks, yes, the thread has over 160K visits, so sure enough some people check it regularly or irregularly. Monthly update coming in 2 days, I myself wonder how the numbers will look, for example in comparison to January last year. Stay tuned for that one :)
 

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That's true, and as you know for sure from the thread, I've made some investments over $100K during last months of 2021, into other "almost-passive" sources of income.

But I still believe one should invest into the thing they understand the best, and that's always your own business, especially if it is doing well :).


You have a point, but you should understand that things differ for different scales of websites.

It is a big difference whether your website has 10, 100, 1,000 ranking articles.

It also makes a lot of difference whether you earn most of your money from a handful of posts (either because they make for the majority of traffic, or because they have some golden conversions and you earn high payouts from those conversions), or whether you simply earn a nice amount of money from each one of your articles.

And of course it also matters how you built your website, if you took risks with things that may (though not necessarily will) induce penalty, such as buying links, going with some redirects, using AI content, etc.

What I try to say here is that you can diversify your risk even within one business, one website. And I believe I did a pretty good job with mine authority website when it comes to such "risk diversification" within the business. That's why I am not stressed at all about the updates and whatever.

Generally I try to not stress at all in life, though for example when I go to a dentist I cannot control it and I experience an hour of high stress :).


Thanks, yes, the thread has over 160K visits, so sure enough some people check it regularly or irregularly. Monthly update coming in 2 days, I myself wonder how the numbers will look, for example in comparison to January last year. Stay tuned for that one :)
Really like these detailed replies which you put effort into answer and you don't write something just for the sake of it, thats why I feel its one of the best journeys to learn from.

Also it motivates a lot when you talk about how you build the website and how large it is which makes you to stress less about the risks that different updates might come with. I am staying tuned for the update mate.
 

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Monthly update, January 2022

Analytics:
  • Visits: 700,321 (+40% vs last month, all time record).
  • Page views: 827,311
  • Average time on page: 6 mins, 43 seconds (+9 seconds vs last month).
Screenshots from G. Analytics:
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- As expected in my niche, things started slow from 1st January, but then each week got better and better, and we ultimately broke 30K, 31K and also 32K session on a single day.

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January 2022 vs January 2021, 100% growth year over year (less than 114% in December, but as I always say, this is completely expected as it reflects the publishing activity in the journey).

I am also super happy about average time on page growth from 6:11 to 6:43. It seems we made the content even better in 2021. No doubt those 32 extra seconds count for more ad impressions, better RPM for the website, and eventually for better earnings, and also for better rankings...


Earnings:

- Adthrive: $13,970 (- 1% vs last month).

- Product sales: $5,072 (+90% vs last month, gross sales, deduce approximately 6-7% PP fees to get real profit I can eventually transfer to my bank account. Out of it:
  • The BIG product (general one) generated $2,358 in revenue (compared to $1,188 last month). 58 sales of full version priced $39 (vs 28 last month), and 4 sales of "lite" version priced $24 (vs 4 last month). Sales of big digital product really exploded in January.
  • The many small specialized eBooks generated $2,714 in revenue (compared to $1,479 last month, a nice growth here as well).
- Affiliate program: $86. Six commissions, but once again there were some ridiculously small commissions like $5.70 or $8.70.
Not sure how it is possible since I do not link to products that should bring in such a small commission. Anyway, I cannot be bothered with this since the affiliate program plays a very minor role in this project...


- Total earnings from the website in January 2022: $19,128 (+14% vs last month).

- Expenses: $39 (VPS).

- Profit: $19,089.

- Best day during the month (in terms of earnings): 26th January 2022, $965
- Worst day during the month (in terms of earnings): 1st January 2022, $201

Adthrive screenshot
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- Things grew nicely as month progressed. Actually the RPM isn't that bad, considering it was only $14.03 in January 2021.

Last year in January we made less than $6K from ads. This year almost $14K. If the trend for traffic, RPMs, etc stay on track, experiencing the $30K month (in total earnings) isn't completely unrealistic in 2022. We will see.


Work done in January: I haven't done any work on this website in January. Worked on my side projects, but since I will make a separate update for them later this week, I prefer not mixing things up. Will explain the work done on side projects in my update for side projects :).


Observations:
Sales of my BIG digital product went completely bananas in January.
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- On many days we had multiple sales, including one day with 5 sales. Last year in January we made 23 sales of this product, this January 58 sales.

I am not sure what exactly should I credit for such a growth. Perhaps more factor contribute to it: better optimized landing pages (for sure you remember how hard I worked on this in first half of 2021), better sales page, new update to the product, more traffic to landing pages...

Anyway, it motivates me to make at least a brief update to more of my top selling products, at least writing that they were updated for 2022 (even changing one sentence is an update :)), since I feel it can help with sales, and want to give it a shot. It probably won't change much for a product that sells 1 copy/month, but for products selling 10+ copies/month it can make a difference.


- One article got trending in USA, India, and Germany simultaneously, delivering some record page views for any article on my website:

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- I actually hoped it wasn't trending, and that it was ranking for some new keywords with high traffic potential. But it was only hope, not something based on a realistic hypothesis, because of course I knew then topic of the article, and how much traffic it can realistically attract on any normal day...

As you can see on the chart, it reached a peak of 2K page views on a day, but then it dropped sharply really. Yesterday it had "only" 138 page views, which can be a realistic daily average for this one.

Anyway, it made us $213 from ads only (from 1st do 30th January, I do not have data for 31st yet), and that's not bad when you consider I wrote the post in 90 minutes, and then simply forgot it. This again makes me think that writing content is really the best investment you can do for your website.

I made one mistake though--since it was quite a new post, and it didn't have a lot of visits when I made a last round of RPM optimization on the website, it wasn't really optimized.
It showed less ads than it should, plus did not link to my BIG digital product, though there is a slight match, and it could convert maybe at 1/4,000 - 1/5,000 page views. Hence by this mistake I theoretically lost about $117 on product sales, plus maybe $10-$20 on ad income.

Definitely going forward I have to pay more attention to articles that start trending, to make sure we benefit the most from the extra traffic they get (typically over a short period of time only).


- Towards the end of the month I individually checked articles from all content pushes, especially articles that were not ranking on Google when I checked this last time (in November 2021), and I was surprised by certain things. Look at this one for example:
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- I published this one on 6th August 2020. It got some negligible direct traffic right from the bat, than in May 2021, but it really got first Google traffic only in late November 2021, and more than 30 hits (126 exactly) only in January 2022.

It means that it took this article 17 months to start ranking on Google. Currently no. 3 for the main keyword, and no doubt this one has a potential to bring it at least 500 views/month.


And check this one (here we'll need two pictures to demonstrate the point):
article_two_late_comer_all_ttrtaffic.pngarticle_two_late_comer_organic.png- Both pictures are for the same article, published on 25th September 2020. On the first picture you can see traffic from all sources, whereas the second one is filtered only to Google traffic.

As you can see, it took the article about 6 months to get some traffic from Bing, but really just in January 2022 it started to rank on Google for the target KW (currently on no. 8), which is visible as clear spike on both charts. So it took this one 15 months to start ranking on Google...

It seems we can never give up on an article. Some pieces of content start to rank on Google within two months, some in six months, but for some it may take more than a year. Not sure if you guys see this as good or bad news :D, but I see it mostly as good news...

Anyway, current stats for all main content pushes:
  • Content push no. 1 (May - October 2020): 339/345 articles ranking on Google, or 98%.
  • Content push no. 2 and 3 combined (February - April 2021): 122/131 articles ranking on Google, or 93%,
  • Content push no. 4 (September - November 2021): 65/100 articles ranking on Google, or 65%. Nearly half of those 65 are in very early stages though (below 50 PV/month from Google), and they will grow a lot in the next months no doubt...
* Please note that I have published more articles on the website since the start of the journey, but articles that were scheduled or published outside of the main content pushes I do not track actively. It can be roughly 30-60 extra articles, and I do not collect such data for them...


Plans for next month:

I will likely work mostly on my side projects in February (update on their progress coming later during this week), but I may do some work on my authority website as well, mainly:
  • Checking top 200 articles making sure they are all optimized properly for ads and monetized with a product (if there is any fit).
  • Evaluate my Bounce Rate improvement experiment (check my last month's update for details on this one), and take action accordingly.
  • Briefly update a few best-selling products on the website, just making sure they look up-to-date for the visitors, which can improve conversions.
  • Schedule 4 new posts for March (I have scheduled articles only until the end of February).

So that's it for today's update guys. Hope you enjoyed it, and thank you for your support and for following this journey for such a long time :). As always, any questions, do not hesitate to ask!
 

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Hi Kikerinka,

Thanks for detailed updates! I have been following your journey for a long time and always curious to see how you are doing. Probably this journey inspired me to give up dropshipping and start my own website that would have value in the long run.

Also, still have a lot to learn and it would be interesting to know your opinion on following topics. I know that quite frequently you choose to write for a topic that "makes sense" instead a keyword. What do you think about this situation, is it worth to write article on second topic below, even if it shows 0 searches and google doesn't show this in "People also ask"?

What is the healthiest food for cat? (usually Top10 ranked by strong websites, xxx searches)
What is the healthiest food for siamese? (usually Top3 are ranked by solid websites, and others should be easy to outrank, but tools shows 0 searches, and google doesn't show this keyword in auto-suggest)

These are just examples, but i hope i have formulated the question clearly.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi Kikerinka,

Thanks for detailed updates! I have been following your journey for a long time and always curious to see how you are doing. Probably this journey inspired me to give up dropshipping and start my own website that would have value in the long run.

Also, still have a lot to learn and it would be interesting to know your opinion on following topics. I know that quite frequently you choose to write for a topic that "makes sense" instead a keyword. What do you think about this situation, is it worth to write article on second topic below, even if it shows 0 searches and google doesn't show this in "People also ask"?

What is the healthiest food for cat? (usually Top10 ranked by strong websites, xxx searches)
What is the healthiest food for siamese? (usually Top3 are ranked by solid websites, and others should be easy to outrank, but tools shows 0 searches, and google doesn't show this keyword in auto-suggest)

These are just examples, but i hope i have formulated the question clearly.

Thanks in advance!
This definitely is one of the best threads on BHW :) I agree with that :D

From my experience the keywords with 0 searches are the best, they have almost no competition and you can rank them faster and easier.
I think you should post all kind of articles that really makes sense and is logical and useful.

On one of my websites that was about 150k organic per month and had some niche authority, I published about 50 articles that were basically without a keyword and there were no blog posts about that topic. But many of those articles easily brought in 50-150 views per day after just a few months.

Also thanks for the awesome and detailed update! Super inspiring!
I love how structured your work is. :D
 

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@Kikerinka you inspired and @Bloooop pushed me.......

And now making almost $1.2k

Thank you, guys.

Now waiting for @Bloooop's update.

If anyone wants to make any money, small or big, then the dude should follow you both as a comination.

Here is my Jan income, which is all mine cos I am selling digital products.

Thanks, both of you and @Kikerinka please don't be offended for bringing in @Bloooop but I have seen much success by following you both and you are very supportive to everyone.
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Amazing update once again, thanks Kikerinka!

Very impressive that 93%+ of your first 3 content pushes are ranking. Keyword research is definitely your forte! Not quite there yet myself, although getting better!

Managed my first 2 article 3k+ word day last week, still don’t know how you managed 3/day consistently but slowly building up the posts. Thanks for the motivation boost!

Starting to read through your thread again and have a question.

Early on you went through your timeline of prior activity and highlighted that you addressed EAT at the end of 2018. What did you do here?
 

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Hi Kikerinka,

Thanks for detailed updates! I have been following your journey for a long time and always curious to see how you are doing. Probably this journey inspired me to give up dropshipping and start my own website that would have value in the long run.

Also, still have a lot to learn and it would be interesting to know your opinion on following topics. I know that quite frequently you choose to write for a topic that "makes sense" instead a keyword. What do you think about this situation, is it worth to write article on second topic below, even if it shows 0 searches and google doesn't show this in "People also ask"?

What is the healthiest food for cat? (usually Top10 ranked by strong websites, xxx searches)
What is the healthiest food for siamese? (usually Top3 are ranked by solid websites, and others should be easy to outrank, but tools shows 0 searches, and google doesn't show this keyword in auto-suggest)

These are just examples, but i hope i have formulated the question clearly.

Thanks in advance!
Hi mate, thanks for following and for asking good questions :).

What I tried to say with "writing for the topic instead of keyword" was related more to the process of content creation than KW selection. I have a KW for each post, but when writing the actual article I do not focus on it much. Instead I try to think about the topic, what the reader really wants to know, information that may interest them while searching the query.

With the "healthiest food for Siamese cat", I would likely cover different food options, and describe the benefit of each (nutrients it has, benefit for the hair, impact on stomach, recommended brand). I may even come with a dietary plan in the article, or with most common mistakes people do when feeding their Siamese.

Since they query is related to heath (healthiest food), I may even touch one-two most common health problems these cats suffer, and how you can prevent/positively impact it with right diet...

So while the keyword in my list of KW will be "healthiest food for Siamese cat", it likely won't appear anywhere in the article instead of the title of the post. Instead of focusing on it and forcing to have it X times in the post, I'll cover all angles of interest someone may have when it comes to feeding their Siamese in a healthy way.
No doubt such an article will easily beat most competitors in time on page and other user metrics, and hence it will in time outrank most of them, if not all of them...

And to give a quick answer to your questions: It is definitely worth writing an article for that keyword. Many people have Siamese cats. And each Siamese cat needs to eat. Logically there is demand for such information, regardless of what the tools are saying :).

This definitely is one of the best threads on BHW :) I agree with that :D

From my experience the keywords with 0 searches are the best, they have almost no competition and you can rank them faster and easier.
I think you should post all kind of articles that really makes sense and is logical and useful.

On one of my websites that was about 150k organic per month and had some niche authority, I published about 50 articles that were basically without a keyword and there were no blog posts about that topic. But many of those articles easily brought in 50-150 views per day after just a few months.

Also thanks for the awesome and detailed update! Super inspiring!
I love how structured your work is. :D
Thank you for your kind words mate, and also for sharing your experience with us!
My niche is competitive, and there are many players in it, including websites with thousands of articles. Yet exactly as you say, even in such a niche you can still find topics that nobody covers, and that can easily bring in 1K+ visitors a month.

What really helps me to discover such gems are data from Google Search console--when you rank top 10 for a KW with loads of impressions with a relatively irrelevant article, you can easily write a relevant one for it, and in the process also collect clicks for many secondary/long-tail KW belonging to the same topic.

@Kikerinka you inspired and @Bloooop pushed me.......

And now making almost $1.2k

Thank you, guys.

Now waiting for @Bloooop's update.

If anyone wants to make any money, small or big, then the dude should follow you both as a comination.

Here is my Jan income, which is all mine cos I am selling digital products.

Thanks, both of you and @Kikerinka please don't be offended for bringing in @Bloooop but I have seen much success by following you both and you are very supportive to everyone.
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That's great, I love reading these posts!
And huge props for making your own digital products. That's definitely something you have close to 100% control of. It cannot happen that they get out of stock, creator gets out of business, or they cut their affiliate commissions or whatever. :)

And do not worry, I do not mind anyone sharing someone else's journey here, or support for them. On the contrary, I see BHW as a community, and love nothing seeing people motivating & supporting each other, achieving good results online, quitting their jobs, etc :).

If you do not forget, update me on your progress in six months from now. I wonder how your website will grow.
Amazing update once again, thanks Kikerinka!

Very impressive that 93%+ of your first 3 content pushes are ranking. Keyword research is definitely your forte! Not quite there yet myself, although getting better!

Managed my first 2 article 3k+ word day last week, still don’t know how you managed 3/day consistently but slowly building up the posts. Thanks for the motivation boost!

Starting to read through your thread again and have a question.

Early on you went through your timeline of prior activity and highlighted that you addressed EAT at the end of 2018. What did you do here?

Thanks mate, I know you really follow this daily, because you like so many of my posts :).

One cannot run a marathon under three hours with no training, and one cannot write three thousand words a day straight from the bat. You're getting there, improving your skills, always writing a bit faster, and a bit better, creating these good habits. Just stick with it and maybe one day will come when you actually find it quite easy to get 3K words done on a day.

To your question: EAT is abbreviation for "expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness". And I know Google checks this with a help of manual reviewers, because my friend had such a "job" here in my country, checking results for local market, and EAT was one of the things he checked. So this is a fact that it happens, not a hypothesis.

What I did is that I added a much bigger about us to the website, easily clickable from any page on the site, where I describe my expertise in the niche, my background, give some links, share the story behind the website, etc.

I also added author box to all articles, so it is clear who published them and also there's a brief background as well. Adding some social presence will likely help as well, but except of YT (which I do not actively work on anymore), I didn't add any social presence.

These steps are mostly for "E" and "T", that means expertise and trustworthiness (which has something to do with another T- transparency). The "A" from the equation is also about how big your website is, whether you cover the topic really in-depth, and also how long you are around with your website...

Hope this helps, and enjoy re-reading the journey. I must do it as well one day :)
 

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That's great, I love reading these posts!
And huge props for making your own digital products. That's definitely something you have close to 100% control of. It cannot happen that they get out of stock, creator gets out of business, or they cut their affiliate commissions or whatever. :)

And do not worry, I do not mind anyone sharing someone else's journey here, or support for them. On the contrary, I see BHW as a community, and love nothing seeing people motivating & supporting each other, achieving good results online, quitting their jobs, etc :).

If you do not forget, update me on your progress in six months from now. I wonder how your website will grow.
Definitely.
I like the way you respond to each and every one in detail.
 

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Hey I have a query which I will ask by quoting an eg. (hypothetical)

Niche: Pet

All the blog posts are in English language

Topic: Best Foods for Bulldogs, in USA it says in Ahrefs that it has high search volume, with high competition

BUT

When i search the same topic in lets say Spain, it has very low competition, with KD of 1 only, and with high search volume.

The thing is readers are expecting article in Spanish language.

While i generally target English readers.

Now my question is how do I navigate this scenario.
1. Should I start publishing article in Spanish, with an option given to readers to translate it into English?

2. Or should I publish two different articles for each language?

3. And fundamental question is what impact does it have on rankings if I have multiple languages articles on a single website. is it bad?
 

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Hey I have a query which I will ask by quoting an eg. (hypothetical)

Niche: Pet

All the blog posts are in English language

Topic: Best Foods for Bulldogs, in USA it says in Ahrefs that it has high search volume, with high competition

BUT

When i search the same topic in lets say Spain, it has very low competition, with KD of 1 only, and with high search volume.

The thing is readers are expecting article in Spanish language.

While i generally target English readers.

Now my question is how do I navigate this scenario.
1. Should I start publishing article in Spanish, with an option given to readers to translate it into English?

2. Or should I publish two different articles for each language?

3. And fundamental question is what impact does it have on rankings if I have multiple languages articles on a single website. is it bad?
I did some experiments with content translation in the past, including on my authority website. And I also built some websites that were originally built to have two or three languages, but these were small business/person/project/idea presentations, so not really blogs meant to rank for some keywords.
So you can say I have some experience, but it isn't super recent or 100% relevant to what you are asking.

Anyway, what I will suggest you (based on mu limited experience in the field) is to:

1. Either making your entire site bilingual--with a language switch button at the top. There are plugins to make this happen, both free and paid. But make sure to translate the content manually, and adjust the Spanish stuff for the nuances of the language & market, because as you for sure know, it isn't the same.

Now, it doesn't mean that you have to translate absolutely everything on the site... Certain articles can have only an English version. But the default language for the blog should be clear for both Google and users--that means if your target market is English market, all posts should have an English version.

There is one thing to remember here though: the way that these translation plugins work messes up a lot with your database. It is relatively easy to set it up, but if you anytime in the future decide to revert it, and delete the translations from the website, you may find it hard to do so, without messing up something badly on the website.

2. Start a new site is Spanish, ideally .es or similar domain extension, one dedicated solely to Spanish market. Sure, you won't benefit here from the domain authority, but if the competition is really low as you said, it doesn't matter much and soon enough you can be ranking for those keywords anyway.

One of the options you recommended (no. 2)--throwing a random Spanish article on an English website, definitely isn't going to work.

Hope this helps, and let me know what you eventually did :)
 
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