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Hi, I registered a few months ago and have been a lurker, reading forum threads and learning from you and your experiences. Thanks.

I am going to explain my dilemma.

I've been working on two websites for a while now (I've had a period where I didn't work on the websites and I didn't have any progress). But now I am working constantly, and I feel like I'm making very slow progress by not focusing only on one of them. Getting organic traffic is slow, and so is revenue growth.

I don't know which one to choose to work on first with all my attention. I enjoy working on the topic of both sites, and I think this is the main reason why I find so difficult to make a decision, so I want to explain the main characteristics of these sites to get some feedback from you.

Site A: easier to rank and therefore easier to get traffic, but it has a low RPM (around 3$, most of the traffic is from Latin America)

Site B: less visits than site A, harder to get traffic than site A because it has more competition, higher RPM (~10$, most of the traffic is from the USA).

Lately I have been working a lot more on site A because if I work it consistently, it is easier to receive traffic than site B. But sometimes I get a peak in visits on site B where I can get more earnings with less traffic and I have doubts again about whether I am doing the right thing.

As I said before, the fact that I like the topic of both sites and that both involve the same level of work makes it more difficult for me to make the decision on which site I should focus on until I see significant progress.

What would you do? I appreciate your feedback a lot.

I hope I have made myself clear. English is not my first language and sometimes I have difficulties writing.

Thank you.
 

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@mochi, I think I'd tell you to work on Site A first because it's an easier and faster path to revenue. In a one-to-one comparison it may not generate as much as Site B will, but it's easier and faster, and any revenue is better than none at all.

Once Site A is earning a reasonable amount, you can use some of the income to outsource work for Site A or Site B, and then use your own time and energy to fill in the gaps. Eventually you can have both earning well. But you're right in that spreading yourself thin across two sites is doing more harm than good in the beginning.
 
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I am going to explain my dilemma.

I've been working on two websites for a while now
I agree a lot with Ryuzaki above in his recommendation, it makes a lot of sense.

However, I have one suggestion you can consider, if it's possible for you.
I think you should work on both sites strongly for a month or two (if possible), and see which gives you better results in terms of income.
Reason being that while site A is easier to get traffic, it makes less money due to power RPMs.
And while site B is harder to get traffic, it makes more money due to higher RPMs.

So since you're in this to make some money (I assume so), then I think you should go with whichever one gives you more money per effort put in.

So for example, you may find that if you put in the same amount of effort for a month in both of them,
Site A will have more traffic but MAY make less money in total for the month and for your effort, because it has lower RPMs.
Site B will have less traffic but MAY make more money in total for that same month, for the same effort, because it has higher RPMs.

So since the bottom line is money, it will make more sense to go with site B since it gives you more money for the same effort put in compared to site A, even if it's harder to rank and it's traffic is less.

And the only way to find out this categorically is to test it.
To put in the same amount of effort for the 2 sites for 1 or 2 months if at all it's possible for you, and compare results in terms of income from both sites for similar effort.
Then you have raw hard data to make your decision.

Note:
I'm just a relative newbie in this just like you, so take my advice with half a spoon of salt, lol.
But that is just what makes sense to me, if it's in any way possible for you to do so.
 
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@Ryuzaki Thank you for your response. I agree with you. There are days when Site B hardly receives
any visits and Site A, especially since I've been working on it more lately, is getting a more continuous flow of visitors throughout the day.
As you say, it can be quicker and easier to see results with this site.

@Execute Thanks for your feedback. Yes, that was the idea I had in the beginning. I've been working on both for a while, but I haven't seen one stand out over the other. I suppose I haven't worked hard enough for that, because this is very time-consuming for one person and the job and life itself also takes my time and energy too.
In the months that I have been working on them, both get similar figures, they are very little now, but the Site A is always slightly higher.

I think that seeing more continuous traffic on the Site A is more motivating for me since I see the results of my work quicker, and I think I'll continue to work harder on site A these months for that reason.
I won't forget Site B, I like it and despite having less visits I've received some very valuable
backlinks without paying or asking for them (which was surprising for me because the site
does not have all the content it should have). But definitely I will work on it less compared to Site A...
Right now I think I bite off more than I can chew, and this gives me some anxiety and I need to be more efficient and see more progress.

Thank you both for your comments! You have helped me a lot.
 
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Yo I use Astra WP Premium. So my main primary menu is working however, in mobile my menu opens up the footer menu for some reason. Anyone know how to fix this?
 
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If I'm using company logos in my round up reviews, should I ask them for permission? I want to avoid running in any copyright issues.
 
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Yo I use Astra WP Premium. So my main primary menu is working however, in mobile my menu opens up the footer menu for some reason. Anyone know how to fix this?
Contact their support, that's why you are paying for the premium version! It should be an easy fix
 

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If I'm using company logos in my round up reviews, should I ask them for permission? I want to avoid running in any copyright issues.
Do you really imagine any company is going to be upset that you used their logo while generating sales for them and giving them free marketing? What about the business name without the logo, that's also trademarked. Do I need to contact Donald Trump before mentioning Trump Plaza™ in this post?

If you take the time to contact everyone over everything, you're not going to get any work done. If they have a problem with it later on, then you can just take down the image and the review even. Just don't imply a false association with them and it's not a problem.

You can use trademarked logos (logos aren't copyrighted) legally in the USA anyways under the Fair Use Doctrine. Just don't change the logo in any way and don't imply association and you're fine.
 
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What's the best initial financial investment some can make into their business at the very beginning?

I've gone though the crash course and feel I have enough knowledge to be dangerous now so it's time to put my money where my mouth is and invest in this.

I'm currently looking a Odys for a suitable domain but are there any other things I should be investing in to get earning asap?
 
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I'm trying to build links to my tech website. I also have a travel website which I don't work on much. The travel website has a decent DR.

I found several travel bloggers who're interested in doing 3 way link swaps with my travel website. I give them a link from my travel website and they link to my tech website.

Would these links be useful for improving my tech website's overall authority? I understand they're not as good as getting a link from a website in my niche (tech), but would this be even worth spending time on if I'm bound to get several links?
 

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What's the best initial financial investment some can make into their business at the very beginning?

I've gone though the crash course and feel I have enough knowledge to be dangerous now so it's time to put my money where my mouth is and invest in this.

I'm currently looking a Odys for a suitable domain but are there any other things I should be investing in to get earning asap?
It’s not clear what type of business you’re referring to. It sounds like something SEO-based, though. A strong, brandable domain is a good choice if you’re sure how to set it up and not squander it. Past that, and assuming it’s an SEO project, we need more details to answer your question appropriately. Could be content, inventory, web design, copywriting, advertising, etc.

I'm trying to build links to my tech website. I also have a travel website which I don't work on much. The travel website has a decent DR.

I found several travel bloggers who're interested in doing 3 way link swaps with my travel website. I give them a link from my travel website and they link to my tech website.

Would these links be useful for improving my tech website's overall authority? I understand they're not as good as getting a link from a website in my niche (tech), but would this be even worth spending time on if I'm bound to get several links?
Yes, it’s worth it. I’m assuming you’ll at least get links with relevant anchor texts in relevant paragraphs if not even the whole article. That is more than good enough to move the needle. Especially if the other sites are juicier than your tech site.
 
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Would you focus on a niche that:

a) Has better Keyword to traffic ratio (e.g. 1 keyword = 100 volume per month)
b) Has better potential revenue per user (e.g. $0.50 per 1 visitor per month, projected revenue)
c) Better keyword per revenue ratio (e.g. each keyword can bring on average $11 per month)
 
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Question 1:
Is Google analytics the most accurate source for Page Views? The data I get from there is vastly different from what WIX provides for me (Yeah, I know I need to migrate to WP at some point...).

Its more accurate to go off of analytics, correct? Although it seems like the page views are 2x what WIX shows me... is that really the case?

Question 2:
Does the CPC # from Ahrefs affect the RPM for display ads? If I write about a higher CPC KW, will it also translate to higher RPM?

Thank you!
 
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When guest posting does it matter if the article has the word sponsored mentioned in the article? The link itself is dofollow but some websites mention either within the article or near the title that the article is sponsored.

Do links from such posts carry less value in the eyes of google?
 

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When guest posting does it matter if the article has the word sponsored mentioned in the article? The link itself is dofollow but some websites mention either within the article or near the title that the article is sponsored.

Do links from such posts carry less value in the eyes of google?
Google made mention of this in the past when guest posting was becoming a problem. Guest posting in itself isn't a problem, but when does as a link generating scheme instead of a marketing scheme, it breaks their rules. At one point they were going after a bunch of public guest posting "marketplaces" for lack of a better word.

At that time they wanted people to mark their guest posts as sponsored and to nofollow the links. And I don't recall if it was explicitly stated or just heavily implied that: 1) They would toss out penalties for guest posting (which they did, as seen in many failed reinclusion requests after manual penalties in the example links they'd send out), and 2) They would mark these posts as nofollow internally within their own systems.

They, without a doubt, did #1. I don't think they do that any more as they seek to ignore "bad" links instead. I don't know that they ever did #2. Could they? Probably. Did they? I really doubt it. They run a lot of PR campaigns to scare people into stopping doing what they don't want people to do, make it ineffective or harmful for a while, and then go back to the way things were after the public moves on (like how a lot of the old on-page stuff works again now...)

I think you're fine but when I was pitching for guest posts I always said the only way we had an agreement was for the links to be dofollow and for there to be zero mention of it being sponsored or a guest post. It had to be normal and I'd write it for them as if they themselves wrote it. It was basically free, optimized content with or without me paying them too.
 
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Adthrive and Mediavine seems to be the preferred choice for most since that is what I keep seeing all over this board but if they weren't available what would be 2 options that you would consider as next best? Thank you!
 

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Adthrive and Mediavine seems to be the preferred choice for most since that is what I keep seeing all over this board but if they weren't available what would be 2 options that you would consider as next best? Thank you!
Adsense & SheMedia

Would you focus on a niche that:

a) Has better Keyword to traffic ratio (e.g. 1 keyword = 100 volume per month)
b) Has better potential revenue per user (e.g. $0.50 per 1 visitor per month, projected revenue)
c) Better keyword per revenue ratio (e.g. each keyword can bring on average $11 per month)
All of the above. Sometimes it's not the niche but the article. How are you measuring revenue potential? There are more options than display ads.
 
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Adthrive and Mediavine seems to be the preferred choice for most since that is what I keep seeing all over this board but if they weren't available what would be 2 options that you would consider as next best? Thank you!
Ezoic and nitropay.
 
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I got a dumb question. I'm asking my VA to gather images for articles, and he asked about editing the details of the images in the file Properties. I edit the alt tag and description in Wordpress but it never crossed my mind to edit the details in the file Properties before uploading the image. Is this necessary?
 

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I got a dumb question. I'm asking my VA to gather images for articles, and he asked about editing the details of the images in the file Properties. I edit the alt tag and description in Wordpress but it never crossed my mind to edit the details in the file Properties before uploading the image. Is this necessary?
It's called EXIF data, which is like image meta data. It might effect your rankings in Google Images to some degree but I doubt it matters for the standard SERPs. Like... geolocation data and addresses and all that I could see making a difference to location based image searches. But not the camera model and the aperture and shutter speed and all that. Personally I don't spend the time or have my image guy spend the time on such things.
 
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Hello! I own a gift-ideas website and post blog articles titled "best gifts for 12 year old boy" for example.

The problem is - some of the gifts are repeated (because it can be gifted both to a 12yr old boy and a 13yr old boy. Each gift idea has a short description on the blog post.

Does Google see this as duplicate content and tax my rankings?
 

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editing the details of the images in the file Properties
geolocation data and addresses

Matthew Woodward has a great post about this: The Hidden SEO Ranking Factor You’re Probably Deleting

Even an accompanying video:


I would strongly suggest if anyone is doing local to get images from that location uploaded your Google Business profile. If you can get customers reviews with images that's even better.

Google read the location area of customers within the EXIF to determine this photo was taken at this location - therefore adding more validation to your local results.

I notice a lot of people that can't get local results don't have the opportunity or utilize it for images.

Edit: There is "Batch Exif Editor Pro" for Mac that allows editing. There are other EXIF editing Apps as well available.
 

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Hello! I own a gift-ideas website and post blog articles titled "best gifts for 12 year old boy" for example.

The problem is - some of the gifts are repeated (because it can be gifted both to a 12yr old boy and a 13yr old boy. Each gift idea has a short description on the blog post.

Does Google see this as duplicate content and tax my rankings?
No, it's not duplicate content unless you're not writing new unique descriptions. If you're copy-and-pasting your previous description into the new post, then yes, it's duplicate content.

Google has answered this question before. In these cases Google will assign one single post of yours to have credit for that chunk of text. Let's say you put the specific paragraph on 10 of your pages. (This happens naturally in sidebars and footers and email opt-ins and author boxes). Google isn't going to present all 10 of those pages if you search the author box. They might if you search the specific text string in quotes, but in general they're going to choose a post, probably the first one to feature that text, and assign it credit for having that text.

Anyways, it won't actively hurt you, but it will passively hurt you. Just take the time to rewrite the description and you're fine. You can feature the same product as many times as you want, but provide new content each time. Don't be lazy about it and you'll be fine.
 
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So, I'm currently using WIX but I want to start playing around with Wordpress and eventually migrate over since it seems to offer significantly more options and functionality.

What's the recommended theme for WP for the fastest loading and least code bloating so I never have to worry about site speed?

Thank you!