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Its articles added since the last update.

Cheers mate :).
ok you got me there :) I understand better. What's your articles count by now? I went back i saw 268 total from your first update till now. Is this correct? If yes when did you see the organic traffic taking off? after publishing 10 articles, 33, 50 or more?
 

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ok you got me there :) I understand better. What's your articles count by now? I went back i saw 268 total from your first update till now. Is this correct? If yes when did you see the organic traffic taking off? after publishing 10 articles, 33, 50 or more?
268 is about right for total articles currently on the site. The image below is analytics from the start of the blog, you can see traffic started to lift after around three months.

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Why do you link to your videos instead of embedding them?
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It was to try see if Quora was triggering YouTube analytics correctly. Normal Google Analytics is much better than the YouTube platform and the YouTube one has problems tracking different things for external sources.
 

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  • Amazon only shipped a small number of the orders for this site all week and then seems to have shipped most of them last night to catch the income up.
  • Bounced off 500 organics per day a few times this week so fingers crossed I can get it next week.
  • Happy with how the Ezoic income is going, the EPMV on the backend is slowly growing every few days too. Not sure if this is due to their AI doing tests or more adspend on the network but I will go into it in more detail in the video for this project at the end of the month.
  • Pinterest really doesn't seem to be working, Tailwind has a bunch of pins loaded into it now to last it months so I will just see how things are by the end of its run and decide if its worth my time making more pins.
  • I set the Ezoic leap tool up myself for this blog and I was happy with the results but just curious if the Ezoic staff can get more out of it so I sent a request for them to give it the once over to see if there was anything I was missing.
  • Approved the eight domains for the guest posts I ordered at the start of the month.
  • Googles core web vital update has started to rollout and won't finish to August so waiting to see if that does anything.
  • The blog got its first natural backlink from a blog and its a DA23.
  • Article 1 - 1380 Words.
  • Article 2 - 1336 Words.
  • Article 3 - 1307 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1540 Words.
  • Article 5 - 1595 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1486 Words.
  • Article 7 - 1728 Words.
  • Article 8 - 1891 Words.
  • Article 9 - 1449 Words.
  • Article 10 - 1249 Words.
  • Article 11 - 1298 Words.
  • Article 12 - 1130 Words.
  • Article 13 - 1561 Words.
  • Article 14 - 1478 Words.
I go over the income differences and page load time differences for this blog since moving it from Google Adsense to Ezoic in the video below for anyone interested.
 

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Great content as always @shaunm
Comment you made on your YT channel
"I was in the Airforce but yea, definitely. I try to use the fault finding skills I used in the military to find ways to push my content to the top of Google."
Can you share any of these Airforce fault finding skills you use for SEO?
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Great content as always @shaunm
Comment you made on your YT channel
"I was in the Airforce but yea, definitely. I try to use the fault finding skills I used in the military to find ways to push my content to the top of Google."
Can you share any of these Airforce fault finding skills you use for SEO?
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The OODA Loop is a great system to try stick to for anything like this when you are just starting out to reverse engineer Google. I still use it now for all of my blogging/SEO test and militaries all over the world use it too. Theres stuff like split half technique that is simple but can help narrow down what the fault actually is and split testing of having a bunch of tests up at the same time to get as much data as possible for your OODA Loops but it is the main thing I use.

It helps to keep you in a set order that loops back on itself to help you develop everything from your keyword research to your monitisation. Although I don't put much time into CTR optimisation, you can use it for stuff like that too and I'm sure it will perform great. Fighter pilots are trained to do it instantly in their heads I still use a pen and paper as I find it easier but you could use something like a free Trello account to set up a digital version if you don't like pen and paper.
 

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  • Amazon income is down even though we had Amazon prime day this week, Ezoic income is up as the adspend on their network is increasing the later we get into the year.
  • Broke the 500 organic his per day mark, hovered around 525ish per day before the weekend lul kicked in.
  • Did a little more keyword research as I was running low on low comp keywords.
  • Article 1 - 1688 Words.
  • Article 2 - 1980 Words.
  • Article 3 - 1088 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1417 Words.
  • Article 5 - 1260 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1255 Words.
  • Article 7 - 1297 Words.
  • Article 8 - 1514 Words.
  • Article 9 - 1298 Words.
  • Article 10 - 1297 Words.
  • Article 11 - 1064 Words.
  • Article 12 - 1294 Words.
  • Article 13 - 1268 Words.
  • Article 14 - 1419 Words.
 

shaunm

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  • The site has been hit by the July core algorithm update from Google. I haven't had a chance to check all pages yet but it looks like it is mainly the YouTube widget being added to the Google SERP for this niche. Keywords I did keyword research for over the last 6 weeks and haven't published an article for yet pretty much all have the YouTube widget at the top now too. This blog is still my main focus on the blogging side of things for the rest of this year but I am brainstorming a potential travel based project for next year. YouTube will probably be the main focus for the travel project with a blog to supplement it as Google has just been changing the SERP to push more traffic to YouTube since the May 2020 core algorithm update and I think it will only get worse so if you cant beat them, join them.
  • Ordered two more guest posts before the update hit.
  • 100 manual forum links and 8 guest posts delivered.
  • Moved up to the Ezoic Premium 4 Star service but not sure if I will still be in the earning bracket to keep it after the update.
  • Article 1 - 1558 Words.
  • Article 2 - 2632 Words.
  • Article 3 - 2721 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1149 Words.
  • Article 5 - 2679 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1099 Words.
  • Article 7 - 1579 Words.
  • Article 8 - 2555 Words.
  • Article 9 - 1220 Words.
I also published the monthly update video for the month of June below but this was prior to the July core algorithm update rolling out.

 

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  • Article 1 - 3106 Words.
  • Article 2 - 2656 Words.
  • Article 3 - 4244 Words.
  • Rather than focusing on the low competition, low search volume keywords that I have been, I am going to be publishing articles testing stuff for my next project for 2022 for the next few weeks until the Google SERP settles.
  • Had the potential domains sent through for the 2 new guest posts and chose the two that I like the look of the most.
  • I have been trying to go over the SERP to see what Google has changed with the July core algorithm update but as you can see from the traffic analytics screenshot above and the Algoroo screenshot below, Google has released a number of updates this month. Each one has changed the SERP by a large amount but thankfully for me, after the initial rollout, the subsequent smaller updates have been pushing the affected keywords higher in the SERP. It's just a waiting game for now I guess it has been a really strange week in blogging when it comes to updates from Google.
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I have also seen a number of people reaching out recently on various platforms thinking blogging is a very easy way to make money and its far from it. I have published the video below offering a more realistic look at the potential downsides of being a blogger to try and balance the overly positive stuff going around on social media right now.

 

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Blogging is very easy
Find highly searched questions
Provide high quality answers
Use blog templates to save time
Different type of blog ---> different template
Write blog, add pictures / video
Download at Hubspot --> HubSpot | Free Blogging Templates
Check SEO with Yoast
Publish
Track keywords with Ubersuggest
 

Honeybadger

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What kind of traffic and income are you pulling with that strategy?
2 sites each pulling 300-400 visits/day
Customers are English-speaking mainly USA and GB
Some from EU and Australia
95% Google search traffic
Combined income is $2k/mo
Majority of income is from Amazon Associates
Also using Flex and CJ
Fashion clothing niche
Many seasonal trends
But niche is always popular
Using Ubersuggest to find questions with search volume
Then posting short but detailed answers
Following Google SEO rules
Difficult for competitors to get foothold
Products are changing constantly every day
Technology and fashion also merging
Massive room for new affiliates
Your RAF background is very useful
Many people wear sport-military combo gear
Following your videos on YouTube
Really great content
Thank you for your new thread
Respect
 

shaunm

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  • The July core algorithm update should have stopped its rollout now and the SERP is looking more settled. I put some time in going over the keywords that have been hit and the main two things that I have noticed is a bunch of buyer intent keywords now have the YouTube widget at the top. Some of these keywords were checked last month as I wrote the article for them so it looks like the widget has been added with the update. The second is that articles using the Army Ants Method and other catch all keywords seem to have drastically dropped in traffic. Pages from user generated content sites with specific answers to the search query are now beating them in the SERP and from what I have checked so far its as if there is something in the update for specific pages to rank rather than catch all style pages. Although it will take time to produce new articles, I have a bunch of data on the main keywords that were pushing traffic for the articles using the Army Ants Method anyway so I will just produce a dedicated article for that keyword over the coming weeks.
  • Although its hard to work out, I think between 1/4 and 1/3 of the current articles on this blog could have been affected by the update so it may slow traffic growth down for a few months until the content from last month ages in. Although some of it is buyer intent, the majority if short but dedicated answers to specific search queries that I think Google seem to be favouring. My plan for moving forward is to finish the keywords that I have banked that are similar to the bulk of last months keywords and then spend a month just smashing out keywords using PhilReddit7s method (explained here, Phils blog, not mine). The thinking is that the articles are short and easy to produce so making them fits in better with the other things I am working on right now, the articles are laser targeted to the keyword rather than catch all, and the search volume is so low that I doubt many people will make YouTube videos for them reducing the chance of the YouTube widget being injected too. If this initial test pays off, I plan to put most of my gains from my Crypto trading into freelance writers to produce content using the method to try and get this project back on track ASAP.
  • The blog turned 6 month old this month so I would like to see some nice growth month on month from now on but really now sure whats going to happen due to what I explained above.
  • Article 1 - 3773 Words.
  • Article 2 - 3142 Words.
  • Article 3 - 1544 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1194 Words.
  • Article 5 - 1314 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1320 Words.
  • Article 7 - 1657 Words.
 

iamb

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  • The July core algorithm update should have stopped its rollout now and the SERP is looking more settled. I put some time in going over the keywords that have been hit and the main two things that I have noticed is a bunch of buyer intent keywords now have the YouTube widget at the top. Some of these keywords were checked last month as I wrote the article for them so it looks like the widget has been added with the update. The second is that articles using the Army Ants Method and other catch all keywords seem to have drastically dropped in traffic. Pages from user generated content sites with specific answers to the search query are now beating them in the SERP and from what I have checked so far its as if there is something in the update for specific pages to rank rather than catch all style pages. Although it will take time to produce new articles, I have a bunch of data on the main keywords that were pushing traffic for the articles using the Army Ants Method anyway so I will just produce a dedicated article for that keyword over the coming weeks.
  • Although its hard to work out, I think between 1/4 and 1/3 of the current articles on this blog could have been affected by the update so it may slow traffic growth down for a few months until the content from last month ages in. Although some of it is buyer intent, the majority if short but dedicated answers to specific search queries that I think Google seem to be favouring. My plan for moving forward is to finish the keywords that I have banked that are similar to the bulk of last months keywords and then spend a month just smashing out keywords using PhilReddit7s method (explained here, Phils blog, not mine). The thinking is that the articles are short and easy to produce so making them fits in better with the other things I am working on right now, the articles are laser targeted to the keyword rather than catch all, and the search volume is so low that I doubt many people will make YouTube videos for them reducing the chance of the YouTube widget being injected too. If this initial test pays off, I plan to put most of my gains from my Crypto trading into freelance writers to produce content using the method to try and get this project back on track ASAP.
  • The blog turned 6 month old this month so I would like to see some nice growth month on month from now on but really now sure whats going to happen due to what I explained above.
  • Article 1 - 3773 Words.
  • Article 2 - 3142 Words.
  • Article 3 - 1544 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1194 Words.
  • Article 5 - 1314 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1320 Words.
  • Article 7 - 1657 Words.
Thanks for the frequent updates and I hope you bring this project back on track as you explained following the big G's update. I believe you mentioned early in your journey that you are outsourcing your content writing for the most part with the guys at BST.

How much would you say you have invested so far in content? $1k, $2k, more?

The main reason why i asked is because you say you will test some new content strategy using Phil's keyword research method. From what I understand Phil writes all his content mostly short 750-900 words and he seems to be a prolific writer with upwards 500+ articles for his projects.
 

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  • Reached out to the SERPRobot team to ask if there is a way for them to show the number of 1st position rankings in their dashboard rather than top 3 as 2nd and 3rd don't bring as much traffic as they once did due to the YouTube widget being so prevalent in the SERP these days. They were working on a new overlay anyway so I am curious to see what it looks like but should make tracking and fault finding easier.
  • Changed up the ad placeholders for this site slightly. It could result in slightly less income from ads but I think that the user experience is much better.
  • I have put an end to trying to fault find the SERP after the July core algo update. It seems that it is mostly buyer intent and catch all informational content that has been hit for me. I'm not planning on doing much buyer intent from now on anyway but definitely want to stick to laser targeted articles for a specific keyword for the informational stuff moving forward. All of the articles below are using the method I spoke about in last weeks update. I have been averaging 45-60 mins per article using it so if it works I should be able to scale into it very quickly.
  • Article 1 - 1033 Words.
  • Article 2 - 1254 Words.
  • Article 3 - 1135 Words.
  • Article 4 - 1256 Words.
  • Article 5 - 1564 Words.
  • Article 6 - 1157 Words.
  • Article 7 - 997 Words.
  • Article 8 - 1112 Words.
  • Article 9 - 978 Words.
  • Article 10 - 933 Words.
  • Article 11 - 1243 Words.
  • Article 12 - 1079 Words.
  • Article 13 - 1048 Words.
Thanks for the frequent updates and I hope you bring this project back on track as you explained following the big G's update. I believe you mentioned early in your journey that you are outsourcing your content writing for the most part with the guys at BST.

How much would you say you have invested so far in content? $1k, $2k, more?

The main reason why i asked is because you say you will test some new content strategy using Phil's keyword research method. From what I understand Phil writes all his content mostly short 750-900 words and he seems to be a prolific writer with upwards 500+ articles for his projects.
For this particular project not even $1000. If these initial tests work and look good then I will be putting a bunch of my own time into articles using this method as well as dropping more cash into freelance writers to scale quicker. Its just finding the time as this blog is not the only project that I am working on right now.
 
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