It's on complete auto pilot, which is definitely nice -- considering I haven't touched my niche sites in that 3 year period. However, I want to amp things up and I don't know where to start in this new environment. (3 years is life time in this game after all).
I figure I will start with the same method that started it all and where I really shine... article marketing and content creation.
My biggest method for traffic was article marketing. I'd get clickbacks from my resource box for a good article that hit top search for a chosen keyword (articlebase or ezine or some such other) and then I'd get links from said articles that would help boost my ranking further. I then would spin a new article and build links to that. I would flesh out my sites with new content and new information. Overuse of buildmyrank and other types of private link networks etc direct to my site eventually became my undoing. That and the whole "over use of specific anchor text" -- I won't get into it, haha.
So, it all crumbled and I moved on to a new business (I make dog treats now if you can believe it.... running a collection of websites making 10k per month to making dog treats making not even half that per month. Funny how life it, but I'm happy).
Point is, I have some down time and would greatly like to get back into.
The notion that every task completed is a building block that makes your business bigger and more profitable VS set amount of time = same amount of money made. Yes, it pays the bills, but I long for that feeling of "empire building" with a plethora of niche sites (affiliate products was my monetization method).
Back on track.... I'm a competent and fairly engaging writer and have no problem writing articles that give good information and engage the reader. I just don't have a grasp of the landscape like I once did.....
Is submitting articles to directories effective at all any more?
Does one need to build their own private network with expired domain names with fresh content added daily?
Is contacting website owners and offering articles for links still a go-to method for quality links? (always preferred automation, part of my downfall I would say)
Is there a place that accepts articles (is ranked high by google) and actually drives traffic to your website like the old days -- or is that kind of article marketing dead?
I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop there. Just need someone to point me in the right direction to get the ball rolling. Tips, pointers, etc.
Thank you very much for your time. Will check in often.
P.S. Types of websites I created were simple niche websites designed around correcting a problem. Favorite was skincare -- aging, cellulite, moles, dark eye bags, etc. I gave great tips and information which kept them engaged and wanting more. Then they'd get hit with offers that would quickly fix their problem for a small price (and without all the effort that is required of home remedies/tips). This led to a review of different products and hopefully some commission in my pocket and their problem solved. They were happy, I was happy. It was a good relationship until google decided to pull us apart.
PPS. Yes, I am already researching my way into this fresh start and am doing a lot of reading already (probably too much, information overload, it sucks). Please don't tell me to go use google. It doesn't hurt to ask the experts in the very place that helped me take my $100 per month business and turn it into a $10,000 per month business for nearly 2 years. Some sort of information to just get me started would be HUGELY appreciated. Not looking for 10k in a month, lol, this isn't one of those posts. Just need someone to put the training wheels back on until I get my balance. THANKS!!!!