To give you a very short intro, I got my start in 2006 when I first discovered that you could make money from blogging. From that point I dug around the internet for truth and knowledge. Eventually I started making a little bit of money and by the end of 2011 I was making close to $25k a month when it all came to a huge crash when the first Penguin roll-out occurred. I was completely devastated. I took a break for over a year to learn a thing or two about life and accept what had happened.
Moving forward to 2013 I decided to start back up. I had let most all my sites go and had a few left that were bringing in scraps of change here and there. I sat down and put together a game plan. Here is what it came out to be.
1. Choose a general niche
2. Get 500-1000 articles written
3. Build a handful of quality links daily
4. Monetize with adsense
5. Bust tail til I reached $100 a day
From that point on I started working 12-14 hours per day building my site out the right way so it would not get slapped by the next update. In under 2 months I already started having $200 days in adsense earnings.
Chance you say? Not at all. Persistence and determination along with some skill!
Can this be replicated by someone else? Of course it can. Does it cost a little money to get it done? Yes it did.
Here is a breakdown of my costs.
$1300 in content
$200 in links
$10 for domain with private registration
$5 a month for hosting
Total Cost: $1515
Was it worth it? Heck yes it was. And now I have already made my investment back plus earning a healthy chunk of cash daily.
If you have been planning on getting started with building an authority site I suggest you start working on it today! If you put in the time and dedication you will make money if you build your site properly.
If you have questions feel free to ask? Just don't ask to see my site
Update: Additional things I did which are being asked in this thread is, I built a list of keyword phrases each week to target what I wanted to rank for.