So this post is really just a general update about what I have been doing and how my experiments are going…
During the past 2 / 3 weeks, I have been steadily building up my personal PBN using the really useful Easy Blog Networks (EBN).
To be honest, it costs a bit more than just doing it all yourself, but boy is it worth every penny. Seriously!
I know this because I have about 8 PBN websites that are hosted on different servers, with different logins and all the rest of it. But what EBN does is take away all of that hassle, and just make it nice and easy to bend the big G over and insert smoothly 😮
The best part, for me at least, is that you can buy an extra add on “Content Module” whereby you get constant blog posts written, (via spinning software), based around certain parameters that you choose such as:
- Post frequency
- Type of media, i.e. rich text or media or both etc.
The whole thing for 10 websites costs about $39 USD per month.
Whilst this may sound pricey, you have got to believe me when I say it is great value. It also depends on how lazy or how much time you can dedicate to it.
For example, if you had a lot of time on your hands, then you could leave out the content module and save yourself $10 USD per month and write your own content. In fact this is better as it ensures that you write as naturally as possible.
But for me, I have a family and also work full time so I took the easier route 😀
I will write up a post doing a full review soon enough, but for now, I am just populating it and getting it ready for use with my existing sites.
I am only using 7 out of my allotted 10 spaces, so I need to find some more domains to add. Coincidentally, I was using a great scraping software called PBN Lab for this purpose; but due to a recent and very annoying update to the MOZ database, (MOZ of DA & PA fame), it has got harder to find quality domains.
I reckon I will again revert to buying 3 more from my favorite marketplace: Source Market.
Niche Website 1 (NS1)
Ticking over quite nicely.
I am on course to make over $900 USD this month, maybe more due to Black Friday. Also I hope to clean up over Christmas and want to make over $1,000 USD for the month of December.
Now, I don’t expect this to last because as I said, November and December are 2 very crazy months where consumers go nuts for stuff. My average is around $500 USD per month, but I am doing a few things to improve that for NS1.
One thing I want to ficus on even more, is improve the conversion rate because right now it is sitting at just under 6% which is not good enough really.
Niche Website 2 (NS2)
Not doing very well at all really.
The rankings are just not budging and it is becoming really frustrating. No matter how many links I throw at it, it just will not give anything back.
I have stopped spending money on it for the time being and am focusing my efforts on building up some more blackhat ranking methods which I will mention later.
I really think that NS2 has been a bit of a disaster to be honest, but it it did help me to learn a whole lot more about how this whole thing works, so a success if you look at it like that!
Niche Website 3 (NS3)
Yes…that is right, you read correctly. I have decided to buy yet another website!
This time, however, I got a very interesting looking one about cooking utensils.
Well, a quick check over at Empire Flippers, indicates that home and kitchen sites do very well, both in terms of Amazon income, but also when the time comes to eventually sell it.
Just take a look at 2 examples I found in the space of about 3 minutes and there are actually a few more:
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The key thing for me though, was that I am interested in cooking and kitchen appliances, (I’m normal I promise), and so I saw the opportunity to create something a bit larger than just a “Best Kitchen Blenders” type of site.
I learnt my lesson with NS2 and now understand the importance of writing about things you understand and enjoy.
Even if it is based around a single product, there is still a lot of scope to write a whole load of pure value articles based around cooking and the kitchen etc, as well creating secondary sources of income via new review posts.
Also, the long tails are to die for!
Another one that I have put on the back burner a little bit as I focus on other projects. I haven’t really invested a lot of effort into it, but its rankings are slowly, (very slowly) climbing, and it is making a few pennies a day from AdSense!
Not a lot I know, but one thing that has kept me thinking about it is that I added 1 Amazon product a while ago, and it is getting a few click through’s!
That on its own is nothing to write home about, but what I may do in the future, is alter it from a purely AdSense site, into a bit more of an authority site about hardware and see what happens.
Here is where things take an interesting turn…
Basically, I got super impatient and threw a large amount of SAPE links towards the main keyword and it worked to some extent.
The main 6,600 monthly searched for KW jumped from nowhere land to be in the low 30’s and 2 secondary KW’s are sitting pretty on page 2!
Again, nothing to be kissing my dick about, but movement nonetheless. If I carry on and develop it, then I am sure that I will make a small amount of money back.
For that, I will focus solely on SAPE and a buffer site that I recently had made for me by authoritylinkbuilding.com.
The guy is really nice and a serious whizz at all of this blackhat SAPE stuff.
Enter the Blackhat
So I will be honest and say, I don’t really care for all of these different SEO labels; to me, if you rank then that is all that matters.
I am open to pretty much any kind of methods, hence this website being testing ground for what actually works and what does not.
However, there is 1 path that I would not cross, which is negative SEO. Not really because of any kind of moral kind of thing, but mainly because I think it is a really shitty thing to do.
There are so many other ways to beat a competitor in the SERPS other than negging their site.
I just think it is not cool.
I would hate it to happen to my site, so I will not attempt it on anyone else.
I personally enjoy the chase and trying to beat someone by hard work. The effort you invest in negative SEO could be better placed in ranking your own site in a much better way. The internet is shitty enough as it is and there is no need to make it worse if you don’t have to.
Anyone who thinks that “blackhat” is an easy way to rank, then I would say that you are probably missing the idea a bit.
I would consider it a bit more of leveling the playing field to new sites that want to play the game as well.
Here comes some authority juice!
Finally, I just want to quickly mention that I am also starting an authority site in something that I enjoy; philosophy.
I don’t really know how I will monetize it, but I am not really thinking about that right now. With an authority site comes a whole different set of tactics to adhere to so I am looking forward to learning.
I want to try some proper outreach and guest posting to get nice clean, juicy links and see how it goes.
I say it is based around philosophy, but it is a bit broader than that, and I may even mention it here when it is a bit more established.
Why an authority?
Well that is the way that the normal people, i.e. non TOR internet is going, so I want to join in whilst the going is good.
I also want to learn a whole new way of doing things that will hopefully translate across to my Niche Websites and boost their earning potential even further.
The weird thing is that I decided to start this authority site from finding a great domain using PBN Lab. I was looking for PBN domains, but found this doozy and thought, why not!
I have got it indexed and will begin working on it shortly, but something odd happened when I checked it on Majestic. For some reason its Trust Flow has dropped significantly, not enough to worry about, but easily by half!?
I am not too worried because it will still bypass the Google sandbox which is really main point of using an expired domain to begin with. If I was using it as a PBN domain then I would be worried.
Lucky call I guess!
As I said, I will think about letting you guys know if I decide to mention it here, I will see what happens.
Let’s wrap this up in a bow
So there you have it, a brief summary about what I have been up to with my online shenanigans.
As usual, if you have any questions about anything, then just use the comments section below. You can contact me directly, but I prefer the comments section so that everyone reading can chime in and learn something.
I don’t know about you, but I always read the comments to get a fuller understanding about the post as the author usually answers questions that they never thought of when writing the post!