I knew I’d be facing some tough obstacles when starting my niche website. However, I expected to encounter the obvious difficulties that come with growing a website. Those being SEO, traffic, link building, social media and everything else that requires a great amount of effort. I never thought I’d be hit with such a nasty malware attack.
Building a website is easy; building a sustainable website that helps boost conversion is hard (but not impossible). When it comes to creating an eCommerce website, the stakes are quite high as it includes many elements that need to be systematically added to the website. From product gallery to payment getaways to taxes and delivery, the list of essential eCommerce elements is quite extensive. Thus, even a minor mistake can affect the performance of the entire website. Apart from hiring a skilled and professional web design agency, who is well-versed with the technical know-how of building a fully-functional eCommerce website,...
One year ago I started detailing my efforts for building a niche website in Part 1. I thought I would be in for a challenge but never expected it to be this difficult. My dreams of earning $1,000 a month in affiliate commissions at this point have yet to be realized. It’s not because of a lack of effort. Instead, it most likely has more to do with that fact that I believed I could rank keywords primarily with on-site SEO.
Perhaps the title of this entry is a little bit over-dramatic. However, it accurately sums up my state of mind as it’s been nearly a year since the beginning of this blog series. Countless hours of writing, designing, networking, and other various efforts have been poured into Kettlebell Krusher. Just a few short months ago things were heading in the right direction and earnings were increasing at a nice clip. However, this downward spiral continues to reach new lows and the fact is, for the month of June, a measly $22.55 was earned.
I’ll cut right to the chase. It feels like things are going in the opposite direction in regards to my niche website. Earlier in the year, I had a couple of earnings cross the $100 mark for certain months. This current month marks the 3rd straight decline in earnings.
I’ve discussed on several occasions how I believe readability is just as important as SEO. Since search engines are becoming more human-like, there’s been an emphasis on creating quality content over the last several years. Keyword stuffing and article-spinning are relics of the past. Even though that may have worked a decade ago, today it just looks very unprofessional.
Since I started seriously blogging over a year ago, it’s always been my goal to get both the SEO and Readability analysis in the green. In doing so, I’ve found that it has helped me to become a better writer and obviously rank for targeted keywords. The key is to get the overall average of each test from Readability and SEO with the majority of green bullets. That’s easier said than done, especially if you’re writing about a complex subject.
The main benefit from clicking on the cached version of a webpage is to get information when a website is down. Unlike The Wayback Machine which saves captures of pages on various dates indefinitely, Google’s caching system strives to get the most up to date version of a page. This is helpful to recover information that might have been inadvertently deleted or changed. Sure, WordPress has a revision system which can roll back pages from certain save points. However, if all your looking for is a block of text, it might be easier to view cached pages than undo an entire version of a post or a page.
I had high expectations of having another stellar month for commission earnings from Amazon. In last month's report, The Turning Point, I thought I had made a breakthrough. A couple of months in a row of earning $100+ and the increase in traffic had me believe that April would set a new high in earnings. Unfortunately, my niche website ended up earning much less than anticipated. Am I disappointed? Sure. It's a bit of a bummer when you work so hard only to take a step back. However, that's life. There are ups and downs and building an affiliate website...
Since I’ve started seriously investing time and effort into link building, I’ve noticed many SEO’s put a lot of weight on DA and PA. At first, I did as well. However, I’ve shifted over to majestic’s Trust Flow and Citation Flow as a better gauge of website authority. Still, the most important statistic that I look for when seeking out guest post opportunities is the organic traffic of a website.