The one main thing I learned this month is that it’s not easy work. Well, it is actually pretty easy work compared to being an electrician in winter or a heart surgeon… but overall it’s very time consuming and requires a lot of mental power. I was tired after this month. I also realized after the 3rd week of research that there probably isn’t one BEST WAY to do things - everyone has their own opinions and they all counter each other - if you’re looking for the answer it’s not going to come - there just isn’t one answer to any of this. The best SOLUTION is to just get going and see how it goes otherwise you will suffer “Analysis Paralysis”.
Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the US right now due to its legal status and myriad of proven health benefits. Aside from physical stores and dispensaries, online shops are also making a ton of money selling this stuff. Given the fact that most customers prefer shopping from home now, I’d say the chances of running a successful online business is much higher.
If I read all the information correctly, and I did a few SERPS searches for each site, I don’t rank within the top 120 for any of my current target keywords… but I rank pretty high on my older site for keywords that I will no longer be targeting. I’ll have to understand this more to be able to talk about what that means and how I should be using this information… Can anyone explain it to me?
My strategy was to get sales and traffic through SEO. That meant I could work 1 to 3 months without seeing any substantial increase in my affiliate commissions. But once my SEO tactics allowed my sites to climb Google’s ranking, then I would have a sudden increase in profits overnight. However, SEO became tougher and tougher, plus the mix of paid/organic results changed a lot in favor of paid listings.
Each domain was already targeted to specific niches so really that was sort of already set... I just had to niche-down a little and do a ton of research to identify and potential opportunities. Starting from scratch might have been easier since I would have discovered a niche and then buy the domain... This way I had the domain and had to kinda back into the niche.
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If you noticed the first table in my summary it showed that one of my sites was active with over 3000 posts before I started this case study. I used to run it as a business and I had 11 paid freelancers all writing content for me for a couple of years. It didn't work out - the business model was flawed as well as a lot of other factors - but the content was already paid for so I left it up there. Other than the content that was in the first table, I wrote everything myself this past month. I'm pretty good at structuring articles and pumping out content. I get that from college - my B.S. skills are pretty good! Thanks for the question!