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Hey all.

I guess I'll make a journey post once I'm allowed, but for now I'll say "hi" here!

Jumping in here feeling a little bit like I've outgrown a few of the subreddits where I see objectively bad and shallow advice on the regular.

The quality and accuracy over here from my time lurking is on another level, based on the things I do know. I just hope it's the same for the things I don't know!

Where I Want To Be

50,000 pageviews/month by the end of the year.

I built and sold an affiliate site a few years ago and exited. I've been in a rut since then but I'm back with fire.

The Niche

I found the niche I want to target.

There's basically one big player (but not super dominant, 40ish DA) and a bunch of little players. The big player is receiving 1.5m pageviews a month. They are making bank. Their content is of average quality.

The little players are fighting over ranks 2, 3, 4 and 5 with weak, third world written, factually incorrect, content.

Think small law firms that are convinced by their SEO Agency to set up a blog, that that Agency then outsources for 1c per word on Fiverr and publishes unedited.

Monetization

A lot of the content is info content. The big player is monetizing with ads, some affiliate (but it's relatively limited), and info-type products.

The smaller players are monetizing some with Ezoic, and a couple of manufacturers are using info pages to funnel people to their physical product stores.

The Plan

I've got my site structure set up and I'm planning to hit it sub category by sub category. To an extent I will play it by ear.

I started publishing at the end of November after spending too much time making the site look nice. I've got 17 articles up since then and am receiving around 70 pageviews a day.

I have around 10 articles left in the current silo before I move on.

This is not an affiliate heavy sub-niche, so I haven't any any income yet. I am planning to make the next "silo" one that's a bit more affiliate friendly so hopefully I can get some income coming in that I can reinvest in content.

I really don't want to turn on ads until I have a footing. And I also really want to avoid Ezoic at all costs. I'm still mulling my options in this area.

Current Focuses

Writing is exhausting so I'm hoping to get in the groove of outsourcing content over the next few months. I've already ordered some content from over on the marketplace. I'm also testing local students in my niche to see if that's a viable option. Starting slow.

One of the issues I have is the balance between quality and quantity. Every article I've published so far I can genuinely say is the best written and optimized article for it's keyword compared to what's on the first page of the SERPs. I have little doubt my posts will mostly be in the top 5 once the domain ages a bit.

But I spent way too much time on them, and
this isn't sustainable - I need to let my perfectionist tendencies go and be happy getting 80% of the way there. It's the only way I'm going to be able to ramp up article production. I'm working on it.

Building links is something I'll get to, but I really want some income produced first.

Anyway that's me for now. Hope to be able to contribute to discussion moving forward.
 
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Hi,

I've been in this space for over a decade now.

I run an EdTech company which I'm scaling from just under £10k MRR to £100k MRR

I started all those years ago on forums just like these - and now, I return.

Looking forward to exploring
 
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Hey everyone, long-time lurker here on BuSo and finally looking to contribute where I can.

I've been in the SEO space for a while now with a good amount of success with local clients and the occasional heartbreak...especially with the most recent update.

Looking forward to learning more from everyone here.
 
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Hello!

Another lurker here. My name is Janis, and I am from Riga, Latvia.

I have been in IM from the days Squidoo and Hubpages were the Beez Neez.

I have had some success, a few five-figure months, a mid-five-figure exit, but now after the latest batch of G updates, I am learning how to make 1000 per month again. Actually, getting a factory job is starting to look like a viable way to pay the bills LOL

(Edit - grammar)
 
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What's your site about? LOL just kidding.

Lesson 1: Never divulge your niche.
Lesson 2: Never share your site, especially not on a forum.

Welcome aboard the forum and the internet marketing game. I hope you have a tolerance for ups and downs.
The situation gets tough when a friend of friend asks this at a gathering and they think I'm hiding something.