SEO results after one year with a content website.

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SEO results after one year with a content website.

You have all kind of SEO experts and visions, mine is a simple one, create content, a lot of content in a feel good website so users will add more content and let Google index it. After one year and a lot of discussions on a Dutch webmaster forum I showed the results. All my criticasters became silent.

I call it reverse Link building, the most natural way and the way Google likes it a lot.

My philosophy was not to start link building, but to create a website in a niche that people like to talk about. Let other people do the link building for you. Not SEO experts, but humans who like your website, your subject and your pictures.
I started on the 21th of June with just a handfull of links, and old data base of cars for sale and a new website. The results after one year are:
  • 259.047 Visitors came using Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and other search engines in 12,5 months
  • 157.344 Different keywords and strings they used.
  • 2105 Different keywords and strings stand in the top 10 of Google in the last 3 month only.
  • Position 1 - 374 Keywords
  • Position 2 - 385 Keywords
  • Position 3 - 361 Keywords
  • 141 Different Google search engines were used. (.com, .de, .ca, .nl, .co.uk, etc)
  • 841 Different links from forums, blogs, directories and blogs come in. 98% Not asked or paid for.

For it showed that the website I created will be a solid website, that is made to last, because the way the link building is set up. If you look at the PR, it is still a PR2 for the main page. But many pages inside have a higher PR.

It also shows that a PR is not that interesting, because I out rank many higher rank website. I expect that in the next years the incoming links will go up faster and faster. All I have to do, is that what I like best. Working and improving the website, the possibilities and going on the street taking photos of more cars.
I hope that you guys and girls understand the real value of good and variation in content. If you start with content first, the backlinks will come, if you start with backlinks first, you never know if the content will come.

Because I not want this to become a promo topic for my website, I will not give it in the topic. For me it was important to share the result of a content made website. If you want to see it, send me a PM and I will give it to you. Just don't mention it in the website. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    You left out the most important part... amount of profit.
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

      You left out the most important part... amount of profit.
      For me at this moment not important, because I'm still developing the website, ask me in some years. This topic is how good content and variation in your content can make a difference in the search results.
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      • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
        Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

        For me at this moment not important, because I'm still developing the website, ask me in some years. This topic is how good content and variation in your content can make a difference in the search results.
        Well be sure to not just stick your head in the sand about monetization. I've seen people build websites that get large amounts of traffic before, then they show up in forums asking how to monetize it, and as it turns out there is almost no way to monetize.
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        • Profile picture of the author allegandro
          Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

          Well be sure to not just stick your head in the sand about monetization. I've seen people build websites that get large amounts of traffic before, then they show up in forums asking how to monetize it, and as it turns out there is almost no way to monetize.
          Thanks for reminding people about that, what you say is really true. But this project is built in one of the biggest niche markets in the world. The plan to make money was ready before I started to build it.

          Knowing that the money will come, I focused on the one thing that many seem to forget, to build a really nice looking website, made for users to use. All this did cost me a lot of time and a big investment, but know in search results it is paying out. The real money will be later...
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

        For me at this moment not important, because I'm still developing the website, ask me in some years. This topic is how good content and variation in your content can make a difference in the search results.
        Nothing wrong with that and having a good site is the first step for good seo results. I turn away all work for affiliate and MFA sites because of that. Thing is you can do both SEO and a great site. Its not rocket science. However to be honest - Sorry - this is a marketing board. If you are not making any money from your site then your test is incomplete and really doesn't prove anything yet. Look forward to seeing some results. Although I hate adsense as a business model I don't have anything against adsense on a site that has a real business model. That would at least bring in a little change until the other monetary aspects kick in.

        Building a social component to a site or a social site can be very rewarding though and it cuts down on having to always create content on your site since users do it for you too.
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        • Profile picture of the author allegandro
          Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

          If you are not making any money from your site then your test is incomplete and really doesn't prove anything yet.
          When we started to develop the website, we decided that making money was not important the first 2 years. We programmed to be liked and be found.

          Now we have some adsense on it, and I hate it, it looks very bad and I will remove it soon.

          Our money making system is totally ready, advertisers are also standing in line, just some last testing.
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  • Profile picture of the author stolf
    Looks like you found a niche you like and enjoy.Good work.

    Dont you monetize the site at all? With that traffic you should be able to make a few coins
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by stolf View Post

      Dont you monetize the site at all? With that traffic you should be able to make a few coins
      We are doing some tests, and it is in the pipline, but the big one to monetize it will come later this year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Kahuna SEO
    I guess some of us build websites for fun, to feel good, to try some things out.... If that is you then good for you. For me, I build sites for money. In my free time I like to do other things than write content, page after page, without getting paid...

    Not meant to be a criticism I think good for you. You must be a very patient person...
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by Big Kahuna SEO View Post

      I guess some of us build websites for fun, to feel good, to try some things out.... If that is you then good for you. For me, I build sites for money. In my free time I like to do other things than write content, page after page, without getting paid...

      Not meant to be a criticism I think good for you. You must be a very patient person...
      I agree with you, I started like you, but I changed my mind after some years and decided to make a monster project with all the experience I build in the last years. This experience of being found is working. And not only I add content, the users of the website add content. So I have some spare time, and I even remember how my kids look when I see them.
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    Excellent work! The best part is you don't have to fear link penalties all the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

      Excellent work! The best part is you don't have to fear link penalties all the time.
      That is one of the things I hope to avoid and untill know it is working...
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  • Profile picture of the author TolyZ
    Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

    841 Different links from forums, blogs, directories and blogs come in. 98% Not asked or paid for.
    Don't worry, Google will slap you for other 2%
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  • Profile picture of the author indiana jones
    Interesting how this strategy will be working in high paid/deadly competitive sectors
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  • Profile picture of the author guillaumejd
    All I have to say is Gooood job!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Anton
    Would be a lot more valuable to people in this thread if OP could show the website for this content marketing strategy so others can see how it's done, so they can replicate in their own favorite niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author godoveryou
    A database of cars for sale eh?

    How many indexed pages does the domain have and how many pages came from the database?
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  • Profile picture of the author Stardustpoint
    My philosophy was not to start link building, but to create a website in a niche that people like to talk about.

    You got it right man
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by TolyZ View Post

      Don't worry, Google will slap you for other 2%
      Ufff, that would be harsh! :confused:

      Originally Posted by indiana jones View Post

      Interesting how this strategy will be working in high paid/deadly competitive sectors
      I think it would work in all niches, because people start to search more and more on longstrings, and that is where you win the most.

      Originally Posted by guillaumejd View Post

      All I have to say is Gooood job!!!
      Thanks!!

      Originally Posted by Matthew Anton View Post

      Would be a lot more valuable to people in this thread if OP could show the website for this content marketing strategy so others can see how it's done, so they can replicate in their own favorite niches.
      Everybody can ask me for a URL in a PM, but this topic is about the possibilities and results of a content website not a "Lets promote my website topic"

      Originally Posted by godoveryou View Post

      A database of cars for sale eh?
      How many indexed pages does the domain have and how many pages came from the database?
      The website has 16.000.000 pages, 4.000.000 are index by Google webmasters, 234.000 are indexed when you use Google search.
      Less than 5.000 pages came from the old database.

      Originally Posted by Stardustpoint View Post

      My philosophy was not to start link building, but to create a website in a niche that people like to talk about.

      You got it right man
      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author RTakemura
    Great work. Good to see reverse link building success. I'm sure you'll be able to monetize very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author WareTime
    Congrats Allegando. You are doing it the right way. We constantly see posts here on how to link build in dishonest, below board ways that the search engines eventually attack and devalue. Real people are the best link builders ever. You've obviously got that part down. The monetization can be figured out as you go. Key is getting traffic in the first place.

    You may want to check out Webmaster world - become a paid member. Well worth it in my opinion. Keeps out the riff raff. A completely different dynamic than here. Webmasterworld doesn't have folks asking basic SEO questions with 4 signature links touting themselves as SEO experts.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoed
    Interesting.

    How exactly is your content strategy? Articles or other things too?

    With how much content did you begin your site?
    And what were the topics?
    How many articles / posts do you have now?
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by RTakemura View Post

      Great work. Good to see reverse link building success. I'm sure you'll be able to monetize very well.
      On that part we are working at the moment very hard, because it is time to make some bucks. ))

      Originally Posted by WareTime View Post

      Congrats Allegando. You are doing it the right way. We constantly see posts here on how to link build in dishonest, below board ways that the search engines eventually attack and devalue. Real people are the best link builders ever. You've obviously got that part down. The monetization can be figured out as you go. Key is getting traffic in the first place.
      You may want to check out Webmaster world - become a paid member. Well worth it in my opinion. Keeps out the riff raff. A completely different dynamic than here. Webmasterworld doesn't have folks asking basic SEO questions with 4 signature links touting themselves as SEO experts.
      Thanks, I will have a look as well.

      Originally Posted by seoed View Post

      Interesting.

      How exactly is your content strategy? Articles or other things too?

      With how much content did you begin your site?
      And what were the topics?
      How many articles / posts do you have now?
      The strategy is to let other people add content, with a mix of my own content.
      Off course we use sitemaps to let it all be indexed well.
      I started with several thousand of cars for sale, now the website had 16.000.000 pages, a combination between long texts, short text, photo's, articles, advertisements etc etc.
      The variation in the website, but all with one and the same subject makes the website interesting for Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mayergaab
    Good work.I look forward to seeing your results!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by Mayergaab View Post

      Good work.I look forward to seeing your results!!!
      Hi there, I just send you a PM with the URL.
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    Profit will come later easily. As long as you have traffic, profit is not a problem. Good job and good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author anwar001
    Is this a classified website? Did you start with genuine car for sale ads or fake ones just to get started? Thanks for sharing your case study with us. Finally are you making profit with this site?
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by anwar001 View Post

      Is this a classified website? Did you start with genuine car for sale ads or fake ones just to get started? Thanks for sharing your case study with us. Finally are you making profit with this site?
      Thanks for the questions.

      It's a social network, inch a classified section, but I added a lot more.
      Most important is, that it is totally focussed on one thing only tuned cars and that makes it stronger.
      It's for each website, keep focused on one subject and add content, alone or with others and you will see your traffic grow and grow. The moment you go off topic, people will lose interest and Google as well.

      All classifieds are posted by real sellers, no fake.

      Untill now, we didn't focus on making money, but we made a money making system that we will start in the next months.
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      • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
        Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

        Thanks for the questions.

        It's a social network, inch a classified section, but I added a lot more.
        Most important is, that it is totally focussed on one thing only tuned cars and that makes it stronger.
        It's for each website, keep focused on one subject and add content, alone or with others and you will see your traffic grow and grow. The moment you go off topic, people will lose interest and Google as well.

        All classifieds are posted by real sellers, no fake.

        Untill now, we didn't focus on making money, but we made a money making system that we will start in the next months.
        keep us updated for sure! My content site is going to follow in your footsteps, with only natural backlinks
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  • Profile picture of the author HostGarou
    Matt from Google always encourage people to create great content and you push that out to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and then that audience will likely share it, and start doing other things that cause visibility and help it rank. That’s a cool way to do link building naturally.
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      Originally Posted by sehangel View Post

      Matt from Google always encourage people to create great content and you push that out to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and then that audience will likely share it, and start doing other things that cause visibility and help it rank. That’s a cool way to do link building naturally.
      Believe it or not, a large percentage of web traffic doesn't care about those social sites (Twitter, FB, G+).

      It all depends on the niche. Example, the niche I'm in doesn't care about social besides the same niche forums, but sites like web/dev do very well with social sites.

      The 3 big social sites aren't one size fits all.
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by sehangel View Post

      Matt from Google always encourage people to create great content and you push that out to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and then that audience will likely share it, and start doing other things that cause visibility and help it rank. That's a cool way to do link building naturally.

      Maybe time to add this like button to the website, did not do that yet. Thanks
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  • Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

    SEO results after one year with a content website.

    You have all kind of SEO experts and visions, mine is a simple one, create content, a lot of content in a feel good website so users will add more content and let Google index it. After one year and a lot of discussions on a Dutch webmaster forum I showed the results. All my criticasters became silent.

    I call it reverse Link building, the most natural way and the way Google likes it a lot.

    My philosophy was not to start link building, but to create a website in a niche that people like to talk about. Let other people do the link building for you. Not SEO experts, but humans who like your website, your subject and your pictures.
    I started on the 21th of June with just a handfull of links, and old data base of cars for sale and a new website. The results after one year are:
    • 259.047 Visitors came using Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and other search engines in 12,5 months
    • 157.344 Different keywords and strings they used.
    • 2105 Different keywords and strings stand in the top 10 of Google in the last 3 month only.
    • Position 1 - 374 Keywords
    • Position 2 - 385 Keywords
    • Position 3 - 361 Keywords
    • 141 Different Google search engines were used. (.com, .de, .ca, .nl, .co.uk, etc)
    • 841 Different links from forums, blogs, directories and blogs come in. 98% Not asked or paid for.

    For it showed that the website I created will be a solid website, that is made to last, because the way the link building is set up. If you look at the PR, it is still a PR2 for the main page. But many pages inside have a higher PR.

    It also shows that a PR is not that interesting, because I out rank many higher rank website. I expect that in the next years the incoming links will go up faster and faster. All I have to do, is that what I like best. Working and improving the website, the possibilities and going on the street taking photos of more cars.
    I hope that you guys and girls understand the real value of good and variation in content. If you start with content first, the backlinks will come, if you start with backlinks first, you never know if the content will come.

    Because I not want this to become a promo topic for my website, I will not give it in the topic. For me it was important to share the result of a content made website. If you want to see it, send me a PM and I will give it to you. Just don't mention it in the website. Thanks.
    Its should be really good after 1 year if you do the good white hat seo at the time and do the quality work at whole of the time
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by Freeclassifieds12 View Post

      Its should be really good after 1 year if you do the good white hat seo at the time and do the quality work at whole of the time
      Originally Posted by seekdefo View Post

      Nice job mate

      Thanks, and that is what I wanted to share with you Guys, if you take the time and work the correct way, the results will payout, not in the first days, but in time.
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  • Profile picture of the author juliaffdt
    Looks like you found a niche you like and enjoy.
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    • Profile picture of the author allegandro
      Originally Posted by juliaffdt View Post

      Looks like you found a niche you like and enjoy.
      I think that is very important, if you want to make a content website. Make it in a niche you like, love and are passionate about. Then the writing and finding new content becomes much easier.
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