[Journey] Growing A Money Site Network To Over $25,000 A Month!

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So my actual journey has been going for a while now and I managed to earn almost $6400 last month from the Amazon Affiliate program as you can see in the image above. Although I am yet to break the $10,000 a month mark yet, I have set myself the goal of getting to >$25,000 a month as I am trying to scale as rapidly as possible and want to document the process along the way.

The majority of my current income is from two sites that were not affected by the Amazon commission changes, I also have two sites still well within the Google sandbox too that should start aging out over the coming months, and another site that has been hit by Google updates and Amazon commissions that only makes around $200 a month now. I am spending most of this week trying to fault find the Google May 4th Algorithm update to plan for future domains as I want to try and outsource a domain as much as possible in August 2020 with the team that I am building.

The vast majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program but I am starting to diversify as I am overexposed to Amazon cutting their commissions as they did in April 2020. My current main project is mainly a display ad site and I am looking to add some stuff based around ShareASale and CPA networks to it too as it breaks my income sources up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Would be good going forward if you can list what you plan to do - a timeline or something is great.


    The idea of a 'path thread' is twofold - to held your motivation to reach your goal and to helpp others understand the work necessary to reach a goal.


    Good luck - sounds like you have a great start to build from. I think many members will be interested in your progress mainly because of Amazon recent changes.
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    Originally Posted by Shaun Marrs View Post


    So my actual journey has been going for a while now and I managed to earn almost $6400 last month from the Amazon Affiliate program as you can see in the image above. Although I am yet to break the $10,000 a month mark yet, I have set myself the goal of getting to >$25,000 a month as I am trying to scale as rapidly as possible and want to document the process along the way.

    The majority of my current income is from two sites that were not affected by the Amazon commission changes, I also have two sites still well within the Google sandbox too that should start aging out over the coming months, and another site that has been hit by Google updates and Amazon commissions that only makes around $200 a month now. I am spending most of this week trying to fault find the Google May 4th Algorithm update to plan for future domains as I want to try and outsource a domain as much as possible in August 2020 with the team that I am building.

    The vast majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program but I am starting to diversify as I am overexposed to Amazon cutting their commissions as they did in April 2020. My current main project is mainly a display ad site and I am looking to add some stuff based around ShareASale and CPA networks to it too as it breaks my income sources up.
    How long has the journey been going?

    I am confused. Can you put this in perspective because a lot of your statements confuse me?
    • You state that you earned almost $6400 last month from the Amazon Affiliate program as you can see in the image above.
    • then you state the majority of your income is from two sites that were not affected by the Amazon commission changes,
    • then you state The majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program.
    • then you state another site that has been hit by Google updates and Amazon commissions that only makes around $200 a month now.
    • then you state The vast majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program but I am starting to diversify as I am overexposed to Amazon cutting their commissions as they did in April 2020.
    With respect, I for one do not know where and when you began, more less how you got to where you are now and I have no idea of where you are going.

    Is there a plan?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update
    • Income seems to be down due to Amazon suspending delivery services due to the riots as actual orders seems to have held as normal.
    • Article 1 - 2105 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 2 - 1500 Words - Outsourced.
    • So I was talking to a friend who has been doing really well with affiliate blogging and asked how he is diversifying away from Amazon and he basically said he is going all-in with Amazon and dropping more per month on scaling than I am earning from my own network in total. I asked him about shareasale and other programs like that and he basically said how they have their own issues too as vendors leave the platform or close their affiliate program down with little to no warning and its usually harder to find an alternative where as Amazon can just do their job of trying to show an alternative/more recent version of an item to someone who clicks your links. Although I am still wanting to scale this latest domain to diversify income sources, I also want to look at getting back into a fresh Amazon blog in a month or two as I have more confidence in actually ranking those types of keywords.
    • I spent most of today fault finding on May 4th update, and it looks like the YouTube videos in the SERPs for my niche have normalized into the horizontal YouTube widget now rather than 3 individual YouTube entries in the SERPs. I have been doing keyword research in a bunch of niches for "review" and "best x" terms and this seems to be widespread unfortunately and the niche for the domain I started in January is affected too. Amazon.com does look like it will hold on the top page too now as its showing results for some really good customer reviews rather than the old product page it used to prior to the update so seeing Amazon on the first page of Google is not a tell for low competition and an easy keyword anymore. I am wanting to put more time into trying to tweak my keyword research method to try work out a way to quickly find low competition keywords after the May 4th update for the potential new Amazon Affiliate project in a month or two so that will probably be the plan for tomorrow.

    Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

    Would be good going forward if you can list what you plan to do - a timeline or something is great.


    The idea of a 'path thread' is twofold - to held your motivation to reach your goal and to helpp others understand the work necessary to reach a goal.


    Good luck - sounds like you have a great start to build from. I think many members will be interested in your progress mainly because of Amazon recent changes.
    Cheers .

    Right now I am focusing on a domain that is based around diversifying my income with display ads and shareasale affiliate programs as I am overexposed to Amazon right now. Although I do still plan to keep on scaling this domain, I may slow down on the content generation for it temporarily to launch a new Amazon Affiliate website in a month or two as its what I'm more comfortable with then come back to the display ad/shareasale domain once its had more time to age in and let me get data on if my informational keyword research method actually works.

    Timeline wise, its a pain to plot one in all honesty, the Amazon commission changes in April cut some peoples incomes by 60% and the Google update in May cut people's traffic by as much as 90% and I expect more of the same. I would hope to be above $10,000 a month by this time next year at the latest but no timeline for >$25,000 yet, need to see how this diversification domain goes.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    How long has the journey been going?
    I have been doing various types of internet marketing for years but this current money site network is made up of domains from around 2018 with each one taking on board the lessons identified from the last.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

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    You state that you earned almost $6400 last month from the Amazon Affiliate program as you can see in the image above.
    Yep.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    then you state the majority of your income is from two sites that were not affected by the Amazon commission changes,
    In April 2020 Amazon release an update to their commission rates for their Affiliate program, my two highest income domains are in niches that were not hit by it.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    then you state The majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program.
    Something like 99% of my online income is from the Amazon Affiliate program.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    then you state another site that has been hit by Google updates and Amazon commissions that only makes around $200 a month now.
    A third site in my money site network was hit by the Google Medic update and fell from over $1000 a month down to less than $400 a month. This same domain then had its comission rates slashed by 60% in the Amazon cuts in April so its income fell again to below $200.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    then you state The vast majority of my income currently comes from the Amazon Affiliate program but I am starting to diversify as I am overexposed to Amazon cutting their commissions as they did in April 2020.
    The domain that I am currently working on is to try and diversify my income streets so that I won't potentially drop 60% of income the next time Amazon cut their commission rates in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tung Dao
    This is really inspirational, after so many things you hear about Amazon cutting their piece of pie for affiliate marketers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
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      Income is from my full money site network.​
      • Did a ton of keyword research ready for the potential new Amazon Affiliate site in a month or two. I ended up getting a fair few decent keywords that could actually be split into two domains if needed. I found 127 for one sub-niche and 55 for another sub-niche but will probably initially go with a much smaller number initially. I basically want to try a scaling process where I do the keyword research and then outsource the backlinks and content to keep as much as my time as possible. This next site can probably work as a test for for this process.
      • Spent more time fault finding the May 4th update. It definitely seems as though YouTube and Amazon have been given more power for buyer intent keywords and Reddit, Quora, and stackoverflow have been given more power for informational keywords with Pinterest seemingly winning on both fronts too. Some of the keywords for a domain that I started in January have been effected pretty badly by the update unfortunately before that project even had a chance to rank.
      • The owner of the new writing service that I am using got back to me and confirmed that she will tell her writers to type my content directly into Surfer SEO to prevent the formatting issues that I previously had. I have built out the first buyer intent template for this new site as it is currently all informational content and put the order in to see how it goes. Once it has been delivered, I will do some initial backlinking as this is kind of a mini test for the new affiliate domain I plan to build in a month or two with as much of the process being outsourced as possible. Should be a week or so before I get this buyer intent article back, my other freelance writers should be returning their informational intent content over the next few days.

      Originally Posted by Tung Dao View Post

      This is really inspirational, after so many things you hear about Amazon cutting their piece of pie for affiliate marketers.
      Yea a bunch of Amazon Affiliates who left for other programs seems to be coming back now as even with the cuts in commissions they still earn more from the Amazon program due to the higher conversion rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsimms
    I think you just gave several reasons why you should not become an amazon affiliate.

    1: sales can be unreliable...
    2: you have zero control
    3: you own nothing but your site and content which is all but useless without amazon.

    If I were you, then I would stay with amazon as long as you can still squeeze a dollar from them, however, I highly recommend that you sell your own digital product, have your own affiliates and rely less on another source like amazon.

    I have never been all that keen on using 3rd party affiliate sites simply because you could be cut off on a dime with no advanced notice, not that an advanced noticed would really matter, cut off is cut off....
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  • Profile picture of the author tryootechamit
    Awesome keep up the good most inspiring post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 2003 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 2 - 1509 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 3 - 2074 Words.
    • The second affiliate program that I applied to on ShareASale seems to have been removed for some reason. Not sure if they ended their affiliate program or if ShareASale kicked them off or not but kind of goes to show that programs other than Amazon can have their own dramas too so the grass is not always greener.
    • Google put out a tweet last night saying that they were aware of and have now fixed a bug with their indexing, as search console has a few days delay on it update it will take a while before I know if its the same bug on the coverage tab thats being a pain for two of my domains or not but I have my fingers crossed.
    • Finished putting together the services that I wanted for my outsourcing team to try scale as quickly as possible in the future. After reaching out to a bunch of web 2 services, one seemed promising but they seem to be ghosting now so I will just stick with guest posts, niche edits, and manual forum posts for the foreseeable future as it has worked out well enough so far.

    I also published my monthly update video going over the progress for my full affiliate blog network that may be interesting for some following along.

    Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

    I think you just gave several reasons why you should not become an amazon affiliate.

    1: sales can be unreliable...
    2: you have zero control
    3: you own nothing but your site and content which is all but useless without amazon.

    If I were you, then I would stay with amazon as long as you can still squeeze a dollar from them, however, I highly recommend that you sell your own digital product, have your own affiliates and rely less on another source like amazon.

    I have never been all that keen on using 3rd party affiliate sites simply because you could be cut off on a dime with no advanced notice, not that an advanced noticed would really matter, cut off is cut off....
    What kind of numbers are you pulling from your own project and having your own affiliates out of curiosity?

    Originally Posted by tryootechamit View Post

    Awesome keep up the good most inspiring post.
    Cheers dude .
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 2645 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1496 Words - Outsourced.
    • The Google indexing bug seems to be worse than ever, there's reports of all kinds of random stuff happening since Google pushed their fix live and it looks like one of my older sites may be affected by it now too. Until more is known about this indexing Issue I am slowing my content production right down when it comes to freelance writers to save cash.
    • I got an email from ShareASale saying that one of the programs on there has changed their payout rates so with one program removing themselves from the platform and this new one changing their rates, it's making me just want to stick with Amazon even more. I have been asking around and people have told me that this is very common for platforms like ShareASale so I am just going to build out the keyword list for this next domain-based around Amazon and potentially eBay while also trying to fault find the indexing bug more.
    • Spent some time doing keyword research for this new project, I have well over 100 keywords that fit my new keyword research method that I have tweaked since the May 4th Google update now but they are definitely harder to find than they used to be due to Amazon, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, and YouTube taking up so much of the first page and seemingly being unshiftable able right now but I will keep doing keyword research.
    • I had a little think about domain strategy for moving forward too, I am kind of looking more towards building smaller niche sites rather than bigger authority domains to try and reduce the risk and open the buyer pool more for potential exits on the domains in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Poprugan
    Wow! You really are getting into it! Your thread would be an inspiration to others to work hard and never give up such as myself. I look forward in reaching your target and I hope the best for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
      Update

      Income is from my full money site network.​
      • Did some fault finding for the Amazon.com pages pushing my blog pages down in the SERPs. From what I can tell, Google are now actually ranking reviews from Amazon in the SERPs as well as actual product pages. From what I can tell, if there is a decent review for the product on Amazon Google rank it highly but if its still just the regular product page then my articles are still beating them. Did a little keyword research based around this for my next project and it seems to be a mix of product pages and review pages from Amazon ranking for various keywords but I am still currently taking product pages in the SERPs as a tell for low competition but if a decent review is posted on Amazon then it could probably outrank me with ease.
      • I got the new article back from buyselltext and although the actual content is great, it has the same formatting issues in the Surfer SEO again so I have requested they fix it as its a 4000 word article and I can't be bothered to fix it myself as the writer was specifically told to type the content up in the Surfer template rather than copy and paste the text in due to it breaking their formatting.
      • Manually checked the keywords for all 136 pages online for the domain I launched in May and only 37 (27%) of them seem to have made it through the Google May update without having their competition increased by sites like YouTube and such on the first page. As it is a brand new domain I don't have any pages ranking for it yet so I couldn't see a traffic drop in my analytics to see this happening but the domains and level of competition on the first page has definitely increased in general.
      • Due to so many of the keywords for the diversification domain that I launched at the start of May being affected by the May 4th update I have just decided to flip my freelance writers over to working on my next affiliate project to let the dust settle for the informational domain to see what happens with it. I pushed the first article out to one of my freelancers and I will put the rest of them onto this new project as and when they deliver their content jobs that they currently have. This domain will be outsourced as much as possible to try and use it as a proof of concept for a scaling system that I am wanting to use to grow everything rapidly over the coming years. I also have some keywords for another domain that I can work on in my downtime too in another niche that I know pretty well too.
      • Built out a bunch of surfer SEO templates for this next project so I can easily send them to my freelancer writers when required and did some final keyword research checks too to double-check a few things.

      I also published a video going over a zero search volume keyword strategy that I have been playing with over the years that may be helpful for anyone just starting out.


      Originally Posted by Poprugan View Post

      Wow! You really are getting into it! Your thread would be an inspiration to others to work hard and never give up such as myself. I look forward in reaching your target and I hope the best for you.
      Cheers dude .

      With the way Google is going I think its going to get worse before it gets better .
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 3195 Words.
    • Article 2 - 4371 Words - Outsourced.
    • The buyer intent article from buy sell text was tweaked and the formatting issues have been fixed, the content is excellent for the price in all fairness. Ordered a test batch of 10 manual forum posts from the new provider for the article as a test to see how they measure up against the other service that I have been using.
    • Really not feeling well today so I'm taking the rest of the day off and probably going to take tomorrow off and sleep to try and get better for next week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1959 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 2 - 4124 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 3 - 1971 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 4 - 1955 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 5 - 1959 Words - Outsourced.
    • I published a pretty long traffic leaking post for Reddit.
    • Released one writer from the contract on upwork as they are more of an informational content writer. Templates for this new affiliate project have been sent out to the buyselltext team and the two writers that I have on Upwork still so they are all flipped to the content for this new project now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • I feel better than I have the last two days but I still feel a little ill so I have just been in bed most of the day sleeping or watching YouTube videos on how to market on Pinterest.
    • Ordered a >DA50 guest post from the new provider that I have been waiting to try. I have used it as more of a test of the service for my new project but targeted it towards a buyer intent term on the domain that I started in May as it has the highest chance of a return and may help push the other pages on that domain high in the SERPs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Van Dam
    This is fantastic. I always like to see people succeeding in life. I like how you are documenting along the way and just look at your profits. You mentioned above that you were looking for other ways to create extra income. Why not try a hand at your creating your own product showing people how to do what you are doing? You have plenty of outsourcers available. They could help you out with it. I've subscribed to your thread to see future updates. Congrats and keep going. You are doing great.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
      Update

      Income is from my full money site network.​
      • Amazons one link dashboard has frozen again so just the income for Amazon.com above.
      • Had another ShareASale commission rate change so I am planning to just go with Amazon/eBay affiliates for this next project.
      • I have 3 buyer intent projects and 1 informational project planned for the future now. The informational project is just an extension on the domain that I started in May based around display ads using my new keyword research method based around patterns since the May 4th 2020 update from Google, just waiting to see if more of its pages have issues with the Google indexing bug but if it holds as it is for the next few days I will start to push content out for it again.
      • Reached out for to a broker about selling my two highest income domains but I probably wont now, I am planning to slow time scale rather than rapidly scale as I need a proof of concept that this new keyword research method that I Have developed over the last week or so works or not.
      • Tried to do more keyword research but Keyword Shitter appears to be offline, fingers crossed they can fix it soon.
      • Seen a few people talking about a new Google update over the last few days for "Best x" keywords where Google essentially add a snippet from the ranking pages with product recommendations directly in the SERP, probably not good news if they scale this out.

      I also uploaded my Q&A blogging video for June that might be helpful for people following along.
      Originally Posted by Van Dam View Post

      This is fantastic. I always like to see people succeeding in life. I like how you are documenting along the way and just look at your profits. You mentioned above that you were looking for other ways to create extra income. Why not try a hand at your creating your own product showing people how to do what you are doing? You have plenty of outsourcers available. They could help you out with it. I've subscribed to your thread to see future updates. Congrats and keep going. You are doing great.
      Cheers dude, no plans to do a product on how I build these sites, I rather just scale up with my own freelancer team and expand that way.

      Originally Posted by TobiMDD View Post

      interesting, good luck and continued success with it!
      Cheers dude .
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  • Profile picture of the author TobiMDD
    interesting, good luck and continued success with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 4063 Words - Outsourced.
    • Got a few thousand words of content back from test writers on Fiverr for a video for YouTube to show the quality of content available while also trying to screen for a cheap writer. So far, none of these initial test orders are what I would consider to be good enough to use on a money site but it gives me stuff for video content.
    • Sent out two new test orders for new writers from Upwork that I am wanting to work with on the informational domain that I started in May as it doesn't seem to be having the issues with the coverage tab that my other domain from January is having. As it is lower-income content due to being based on display ads I am looking to drop the quality and get my better writers to focus on my buyer intent domain.
    • Started looking at ways to try and integrate Instagram into promoting my YouTube channel and personal blog, I think I have a plan set out now but doubt that it will work on any of my actual money sites.
    • Finished my Pinterest marketing plan, I am going to proof test it with my YouTube channel as it is black hat in case the account gets banned or URLs get ghosted then I plan to try build a new site in the future based around nothing but Pinterest keywords to try diversify traffic sourced across the network.
    • Keyword research with my post 4th May update method is now complete or my new site for next month as well as the rest of the keyword for the informational domain. I also have keywords banked for two more future sites too but these initial keywords that I will order content for over the coming weeks are more of a test batch and proof of concept.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    This its some nice income with amazon and i am pretty sure your traffic gets a lot of traffic if you make that income .Do you spend money on advertising ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
      Update

      Income is from my full money site network.​
      • Unfortunately, I was absolutely smashed with returns last night dropping almost $100 on amazon.com.
      • Article 1 - 4166 Words - Outsourced.
      • Article 1 is from BuySellTexts and the feedback about using the Surfer SEO templates has all been taken on board so I have transferred $1000 to them to start getting these articles ready for the site next month.
      • Set up the hosting for the blog I am going to launch next month but Namecheap took ages to propagate the DNS update so I will just prep the content and add the plugins and stuff tomorrow.
      • Got both of the test articles back from the test writers for the informational domain that I put in last night and the content is actually worse than the stuff I got from Fiverr so not going to be moving forward with either of those writers. I have a guy in mind that I will probably use for it and he is starting writing again from Monday.

      I also published a video going over some tips a friend gave me on how you can potentially get a higher blog valuation if you choose to try and sell the domain. I am going to try and implement as many of these as possible on the new domain that I am building to try and be able to sell it for as much as possible if needed in the future.


      Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

      This its some nice income with amazon and i am pretty sure your traffic gets a lot of traffic if you make that income .Do you spend money on advertising ?
      Nope all traffic is organic from Google but I am going to start playing with Pinterest more for my display ad stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Set up the new domain to launch next month, plugins and themes are all on there as well as the first few articles the first two 4000 word articles are now formatted and ready to launch on the 1st.
    • Did some keyword research for the domain for next month based around the zero search volume keyword method that I have been playing with on other domains. I have about 50 keywords already, I have build Surfer SEO templates for 10 of them and will push these initial 10 to my Upwork writers when they are free ready for launch, the buyselltext team will be used for my higher search volume stuff.
    • The writer that I was planning on using for my informational domain that I launched in May got back to me and said he is fully booked with content orders. I think I will just leave content generation for this domain until next month now and put the cash into my current writing team for the domain I want to launch on 1st July.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • I'm getting absolutely smashed with returns right now, the last three days have all had at least $50 of returns on Amazon.com. I'm guessing that it is due to so many people buying gear last month with their stimulus checks and then deciding to return it.
    • Article 1 - 1463 Words.
    • Article 2 - 4210 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 3 - 1455 Words.
    • Spent some time getting my Pinterest marketing schedule up to date for my YouTube channel and setting tailwind up, I see some potential in it and if the strategy comes off then I will scale it into other money sites if possible.
    • 100 manual forum links delivered, manually checked 25 of them and they are all good quality so I have pinged them to my indexer to try and get Google to crawl them, with the issues with indexing in Google these days though, not sure what kind of benefit this will offer is any.
    • AAWP dev got back to me, the custom button idea is a no go but I have come up with a slightly different way to do it that actually looks better anyway so I have implemented it in the posts that are currently in draft ready for launching on the 1st July.
    • Got suckered in by a paid traffic offer on Pinterest of £10 worth of credit if I spend £15 so I have decided to give it a little try to promote my Pinterest account.

    I also published the video below on choosing a niche and ways that you can make money from them that may be helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Smashed with returns again, this time on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
    • Article 1 - 1685 Words.
    • Shopllc kindly said he would help me with the custom AAWP buttons and although there was some user error on my part, we ended up getting it done. I spent some time going back through the articles saved as draft on this new domain I am planning to launch next month and added eBay links where possible.
    • My personal blog is getting smashed with bot traffic and it will likely go offline in a few days if I can't fix it. Installed the Blackhole for Bad Bots plugin to try and get a quick fix but will leave it for a few days to see if it helps or not. If I can't fix it I might just switch it to a branded domain on a service like bitly as I only need the shortened URLs.
    • Applied to the Walmart affiliate program to try and increase diversification of income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1619 Words.
    • Article 2 - 4468 Words - Outsourced.
    • Spent some time trying to decide if going with genius links will be better for this new domain rather than intext buttons. A friend uses them and he said his income held after switching to them but it is much more diversified now so I think I will give them a try later in the week.
    • Put a new test up on Quora for traffic leaking and I think I have worked out a way to track hits now.
    • 10 manual forum posted delivered from the new service vendor, 2 dead, 4 do follow, 4 no follow, considering they are 30% cheaper then the old vendor I will probably stick with this guy from now on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1640 Words.
    • Article 2 - 4011 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 3 - 4395 Words - Outsourced.
    • Pinterest paid traffic test came in at $0.28 CPC so I will be focusing on just trying to grow my account and pull organic traffic if possible.
    • Spent some time planning the diversification approach and I think that I might swap all of my domains over from AAWP to Genius links over the coming months or so. I have stuff on tomorrow so it probably wont be till Thursday when I actually sign up and see how I feel.

    I also upload the video below going over what I would consider to be a realistic approach to the first six months of part-time/full-time blogging that may be helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 4059 Words - Outsourced.
    • Article 2 - 1471 Words.
    • MediaVine increased their minimum session requirement to 50,000 per month so it's going to be a pain to get the domain that I launched last month on their network in its current state, I guess Ezoic or Monumetric will have to do but I'm not even sure if it's going to be getting to 10,000 sessions a month anytime soon so it might just have to sit on Adsense.
    • Bot traffic still smashing my personal blog even with wordfence and bad bot blackhole set up. Ticketed Sitegrounds support and apparently its something to do with the htaccess causing issues with Apache generating hits that aren't real from pretty links redirects so its not actually bot traffic. Their tech team has tried to fix it but its going to take a few days to see if it actually works.
    • Turns out Pinterest traffic does track on YouTube analytics so going to look into scaling into Pinterest and Quora from now on as its more longterm traffic rather than one-hit-wonder traffic. I have only been messing with direct links with Quora for a few days and its already up to the fourth highest external traffic source for my YouTube channel. Now that I have a way to track the Quora traffic I am thinking of doing one post per day on the platform for all of next month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • This I have given myself food poisoning or something so been in bed most the last few days and it's been worse today so didn't get much done.
    • Article 1 - 4297 Words - Outsourced.
    • Been in bed watching a bunch of videos on Pinterest and Quora promotion.
    • Microphone deliveries seem to be starting up in the UK again soon so hope to be able to get an upgraded mic.
    Uploaded a video last night on some ways that you are able to use IFTTT with blogging.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Basically been man down with this food poison or whatever it is all week, not much better so I guess it will be the same for next week too, even just sitting up right hurts. Going to think about going to hospital tomorrow for prescription meds and scans if its no better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
      Originally Posted by Shaun Marrs View Post

      Update

      Basically been man down with this food poison or whatever it is all week, not much better so I guess it will be the same for next week too, even just sitting up right hurts. Going to think about going to hospital tomorrow for prescription meds and scans if its no better.

      Get better. Fitness is all our primary niche whether we want it to be or not.


      Enjoy reading your mindmap.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
        Update

        Income is from my full money site network.​
        • Finally feeling better so took an easy day with some light work.
        • Caught up on emails after being sick for so long, no real dramas but most of my content writers are done with their jobs for this month, just need Amazon to pay me then I can send their next batch of jobs out to them.
        • I started formatting the content that my freelancers had been delivering while I was sick as I was just saving it to draft as delivered when ill to let the freelance writers keep going with their content orders.
        • I haven't heard back from the Walmart affiliate program so I'm just going to stick with Amazon and AAWP for this next website as I already have it set up to take that route anyway.
        • Setup the next content templates in Surfer SEO for one of the writers for next month, I will try to smash all of the ones for me and the other writers out tomorrow and then get back to regular work from Monday.
        • I have been offered a niche edit review from a new service launching. They couldn't wait for a URL from the new domain so I had to use it with the site from May that is kind of in limbo but considering that its free I will check it out incase I need a new niche edit provider in the future anyway.

        Originally Posted by Profit Traveler View Post

        Get better. Fitness is all our primary niche whether we want it to be or not.

        Enjoy reading your mindmap.
        Cheers, finally feeling better .
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 2018 Words - Outsourced.
    • Built out more Surfer SEO templates for next month's content orders all caught up with the template side of things now.
    • Spent most of the day prepping the content from that was delivered from the freelance writers while I was sick, pretty much up to date now but still have a hand full to finish tomorrow then its up to date.
    • Guest Post order from the new service has been delivered, the actual article content is solid and the post is on a DA89 domain with solid metrics so I'm really happy about it in all honesty, going to put more orders their way next month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Finished formatting all of the banked articles for this new domain, I will probably start publishing them tomorrow ready for the 1st as I have a few things on next week so depending on how things land I might not be able to publish them all in a single day.
    • Been number-crunching my analytics and rank tracker data more and more today and I think buyer intent affiliate keywords are only going to be getting harder and harder as Google seem to be adding more and more widgets to the SERP rather than just having organic articles. After this domain that I am launching in a few days, I will probably try an informational domain again for the one after it based around display ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author umc
    I have to say that I don't understand everything that you post simply because I may be unfamiliar with certain terms or tools that you may be using, but I find this an interesting look into your journey. I wish more people would share as regularly as you. Even if I have my own path that isn't like yours I like seeing how the sausage is made, so to speak. Good for you, keep hustling, and I hope others might pick up some ideas from this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
      Update

      Income is from my full money site network.​
      • Article 1 - 2034 Words - Outsourced.
      • 3 x niche edits delivered from last month's order, all 3 have solid metrics and I will be using the niche edit service again in the future for this new domain.
      • The guy I reached out to a week or two back to work on the domain I started in May got back to me and said he can probably fit me in for a few articles a week starting next week as one of his clients has cut their order short. Going to have him work on some informational articles for the domain that I launched in May using a tweaked version of the keyword research method to try and avoid the issues caused by the 4th May update.
      • Prepped the keywords to push to the writer for the informational domain and gave them one last check, tried to make the Surfer templates for them but the Surfer server seems to have been down most of the day or something and I couldn't log in so I will do it tomorrow.
      • Finished setting AAWP up with the Amazon API access on the domain I am launching on the 1st and finished off a few other little things so its pretty much good to go now.

      Originally Posted by umc View Post

      I have to say that I don't understand everything that you post simply because I may be unfamiliar with certain terms or tools that you may be using, but I find this an interesting look into your journey. I wish more people would share as regularly as you. Even if I have my own path that isn't like yours I like seeing how the sausage is made, so to speak. Good for you, keep hustling, and I hope others might pick up some ideas from this.
      Cheers dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1565 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1473 Words.
    • It finally looks like microphones are coming back in stock so hoping to get a new mic for YouTube next month.
    • Managed to publish all of the content for the new domain and submitted the sitemap to GSC. I will keep an eye on the coverage tab as I am expecting to have indexing issues with this domain too but fingers crossed it doesn't happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.
    • Article 1 - 1616 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1281 Words.
    • Smashed out some Surfer templates to use the rest of the credits that I have for this month before the credits reset tonight. I will probably quickly use up the credits for July too and then downgrade my package with them as I'm not getting through the credits quickly anyway.
    • Two test orders sent out for the informational domain started in May using the post May 4th update keyword research method and I will scale this up over July.
    • All of the content that I published last night for the new domain has had its initial crawl from Google according to GSC and there's no issues in the coverage tab yet so hoping for more of the same as the pages start to jump into the SERPs and hope it will just climb as usually and not be in the Crawled - Not Indexed section.
    Published the video below going over my highest income domain that may be helpful for some people following along.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.
    • Article 1 - 1558 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1694 Words.
    • The pages for the new domain that I just launched are starting to show up in webmaster tools but they are in the "Crawled - Currently Not Indexed." section. I'm hoping that its just because it's brand new and that they will index soon, if not I will try the forced indexing thing in GSC to see if that can help.
    • Ordered 11 new 4000-word buyer intent articles from Buy Sell Text.
    • The guy who I have sent templates to for my informational domain emailed me back saying the slots he has free are in the middle and end of the month but he will try to get content back as and when he can.
    I published a video going over ordering content on Fiverr at different price points with examples of the articles that the gig vendors delivered that might be helpful to people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1583 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1623 Words.
    • Article 3 - 1797 Words.
    • Did more keyword research for the domain that I launched in May using my post May 4th method. With any luck I will have this new domain that I just launched in maintenance mode by the end of this month and then be able to focus on the domain from May again as my primary project as the issue with the coverage tab in GSC seems to have cleared up.

    I also published my monthly update video that might be helpful for anyone following along.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    Update

    Income is from my full money site network.​
    • Article 1 - 1563 Words.
    • Article 2 - 1578 Words.
    • Article 3 - 1479 Words.
    • Did more keyword research for the project I launched in May between the articles above to keep productive.
    • Had to order another bot on SERPRobot as I was maxing out my daily checks on my rank tracker and prefer to have it run daily then reduce the frequency of checks.
    • Initial entry positions for the new domain I launched on Monday are starting to show up in my rank tracker project giving me hope that it won't have the same problems that the domain from January is having with the indexing bug in Google.
    I also uploaded a video going over how I make my blog article templates in Surfer SEOs content editor that may be helpful to some people.
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