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So I got into the whole IM thing back in April and my first website was and still is a success, it's there on page one as we speak. I got my first sales in May ($20) then I made $40 during June, July saw $160, and August got me $300! However the second website I built a couple months after the first one was there until I got greedy with the backlinks and it was blasted into oblivion.

I thought I had cracked SEO and bought 4 more domains, and maybe rushed the whole backlink process, but all of the new sites where sandboxed or something and lost the promising rankings they had. I'm kind of happy that I've increased my sales each month, but I'm afraid that I just got lucky with the first website and that the sales I'm generating are from the alternative traffic generation I've been doing.

So now what?! Do I study my backlinks and try to rescue my websites by adding content and non spammy backlinks? or do I accpet the losses and build more websites hoping for the best?! I'm thinking about getting blogger accounts in order to avoid any potential losses if I screw up again...

what do you guys think?! THANKS!
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  • Profile picture of the author specmurt
    Originally Posted by eduguate View Post

    So I got into the whole IM thing back in April and my first website was and still is a success, it's there on page one as we speak. I got my first sales in May ($20) then I made $40 during June, July saw $160, and August got me $300! However the second website I built a couple months after the first one was there until I got greedy with the backlinks and it was blasted into oblivion.

    I thought I had cracked SEO and bought 4 more domains, and maybe rushed the whole backlink process, but all of the new sites where sandboxed or something and lost the promising rankings they had. I'm kind of happy that I've increased my sales each month, but I'm afraid that I just got lucky with the first website and that the sales I'm generating are from the alternative traffic generation I've been doing.

    So now what?! Do I study my backlinks and try to rescue my websites by adding content and non spammy backlinks? or do I accpet the losses and build more websites hoping for the best?! I'm thinking about getting blogger accounts in order to avoid any potential losses if I screw up again...

    what do you guys think?! THANKS!
    How many sites you've made total? Five?

    Come back when you have at least 100 under your belt.

    You need to keep making these suckers in bulk to learn. Don't be afraid to lose site or two here and there. This is how you learn.

    Focus on what you want. It is impossible to screw up when you keep building sites and getting better and better at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Gibson
    I agree with Spec. If you can do it once, you can do it 10 times!
    If you can do it 10x, you can probably do it 100x. Just think of the sites that didn't pan out as experiments.

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  • Profile picture of the author jasontim86
    Dont build MORE websites. SEO will never work that way anymore..

    1) Get 1 up and milk it with your heart using quality content
    2) then go contact blog owners to do guest postings
    3) then join 1 or 2 bigger forums in your industry and start answering questions
    4) then get involved in social media (Facebook and twitter) talking to your audience
    5) keep repeating and build a name in your market
    6) Build a list of loyal subscribers so you can sell them anything you want

    With all the animals running out of Google Zoo, that is how SEO is gonna be in the near future. You need to start being the BRAND itself, or else you're just gonna get out-ranked by the big boys anytime of the day.

    If you don't wanna go that route, start learning paid advertisings. As you can already see from the list above, SEO is not anywhere "cheaper" than running Paid ads...

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author SlavenH
    When you do something really well right off the bat, it's natural to assume you've done something great. But when you're a beginner, the reasons you come up with will often be wrong. The result will be lots of mistakes. So, good news: messing up means you're on the right track!

    As specmurt said, you need a large sample before you can come to any conclusions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matida
      I agree. You have to gain a lot experience and keep practicing a lot. It's okay to make mistakes as long as you will learn from them.
      In any case: never give up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Digitalis
    OK guys THANKS! this really helps! Do I need to keep buying domains or can I use blogger accounts if I want to just keep learning and getting better?
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  • Profile picture of the author jasontim86
    Get a new domain for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    Congrats, your sites seem to make some good passive income. I hope the more you will continue marketing them the more you will get sales. But a point of caution, don't spam lest you will be deindexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Digitalis
    do you guys recommend getting scrapebox?
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  • Profile picture of the author ShaunQ
    To be honest, you seem to know what you did well with your first site, and also what went wrong with some of your other sites. So simple, just avoid making the mistakes you made with your other sites again, and focus on the formula you know works.

    And like others have said, if you can do it once, you can do it countless more times.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    Continue to grow that one good site. Don't set and forget it. Add content as you can. Don't rush the backlinks. You don't want to mess the good site up.

    Try to add another site each week.. Contact successful niche site holders here on the forum and ask them what is working for them as far as backlinking goes so you grow each site without any slaps. Always keep one eye open for content or content writers that could benefit your sites and get your name out there in a laid back style so you are very visible but not pushy.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerjaysen
    yeah man it sounds like you got a winner on that first run...which is killer. Usually that is the way it goes when you build up niche sites and see which ones are home runs and which ones are duds.

    So consider yourself a stud that you hit one out of the park ....it seems like on your first at bat...yea...

    ......just keep at it ...and you will start to unlock a bunch of secrets to making money with your sites
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