100 Days To $100k: Day 5

For Day 5, I researched for silo5. Here are the things I found:

  • 61 competitors
  • 932 keywords to target
  • At least 30 physical products
  • 17 info products

Because of all the data I found, I was able to finalize the silo-ing of the money site, i.e., the structuring of the pages. It will be like this:

  • Home
  • Silo 1 (product category; on a wordpress page)
    • Product 1 review (product name; on a wordpress post)
    • Product 2 review
    • Product 3 review
    • Etc.
  • Silo 2
    • Product 1 review
    • Product 2 review
    • Product 3 review
    • Etc.
  • Silo 3
    • Product 1 review
    • Product 2 review
    • Product 3 review
    • Etc.
  • Silo 4
    • Product 1 review
    • Product 2 review
    • Product 3 review
    • Etc.
  • Silo 5
    • Product 1 review
    • Product 2 review
    • Product 3 review
    • Etc.

For this silo structure, I will use Network Empire’s Simple Silo Builder plugin so that silos would be WordPress pages and the product reviews would be WordPress posts. My homepage will also be displaying WordPress post thumbnails so I won’t have to make much content for the homepage.

In my research, I found 8 possible silos. But I’ll work on the 1st 5 ones first. After they are finished, I’ll work on the last 3 ones.

I’m also considering now that my old money site targeting this market is still ranking well for some keywords. But most of its old money-making rankings are already on page 3 and 4. I already abandoned it a long time ago. Perhaps I should just focus on it. But I’m still undecided.

It was ugly. So if ever I go for it, I’ll have to make a really good design for it.

I’ll check on its health and all the work needed to bring it back to its former glory. When that’s done, I’ll decide whether to work on the old site or just build a new one for this campaign. Whichever it is, I will document it here.

I worked around 8 hours for this in total.

That’s it.

Bye.

100 Days To $100k: Day 4

Today is another day for research.

I researched these things for silo3 and silo4:

  • Keywords
  • Competitors
  • Physical products available
  • Info products available

Thought For The Day

Many SEOs skip the research part and want to go straight to the tech stuff. It’s very tempting to go there straight away but I discipline myself to do research first. The reason is simple – the data is the foundation of everything that I’ll do later.

Like in building a house, you wouldn’t want to be painting the walls when you haven’t set the cornerstone yet. So, I’m not even thinking of website design yet. I’m just collecting data so that I have a strong foundation… so that my future decisions would be backed by data.

Tomorrow is the last day for research.

In total, I spent around 8 hours today for this project.

Bye.

100 Days To $100k: Day 3

It’s Day 3.

I’m still on research mode. Today I researched about silo2.

Some of the things I found:

  • 56 competitors
  • 41 keywords to rank for initially for silo2
  • 37 physical products that I could potentially promote
  • 15 info products that I could also promote

I spent 4 hours today for this research.

Thought For The Day

In the past, I met some people who did not want competition. I almost always point out to them, especially beginners, that competition is good. It’s a sign that there’s money in the market.

With that said, in doing your competition analysis, make sure that you can compete in that market if you ever decide to focus on it.

That’s all for now.

100 Days To $100k: Day 2

It’s Day #2.

Here are the things I accomplished in my 8+ hours of work today.

  1. Keyword research: I looked for the “best” and “review” keywords related to silo1. I used Ahrefs.com to get keyword search volume, keyword difficulty (which I don’t take seriously), and CPC (cost per click). There are now 120+ targeted keywords in total for silo1.
  2. Physical products: I looked for physical products on Amazon relating to silo1. I listed 41 physical products in my spreadsheet but there were still many others.
  3. Info products: I looked for info products related to silo1. I used Offervault.com and Odigger.com and found a handful. Then those I found, I searched for related websites using good old Google. I found a total of 27 info products.

Because of the Amazon research I did, I also discovered another closely related market which is another possible silo. But I’m just taking note of it for now and won’t go deeper into it in the next 100 days.

This is it for now.

Bye.

100 Days To $100k: Day 1

The whole day was spent for research.

Results:

  1. I’ve decided to focus on 5 major topics (which we’ll call “silo” in future posts).
  2. I found 150+ competitors for my 1st major topic/silo.
Industrial Silos

What is a silo?

It is proper categorization of topics according to major themes. Bruce Clay has a full explanation about it here: https://www.bruceclay.com/seo/silo.htm

In my case, I decided to make 5 silos (i.e, major topics or big categories).

Niche Research Done

The reasons are these:

  • They are all related to 1 pain/problem – that is security and safety from theft.
  • There are big sites doing well in their respective markets.
  • There are also small sites doing well.
  • I found easy keywords to target.
  • I found info products to promote.
  • I found physical products to promote.

Competitive Analysis Part 1 Done

I proceeded researching about the 1st main topic/silo, which I’ll now call “silo1”. And I found more than 150 competitors. I’m sure there are still a handful left but I’m already tired.

Last time I researched about this market was in 2014. The research I did today was eye-opening. There are some major players that are still relatively new. And some old competitors – that I previously thought were the best – lagged behind. Overall, it’s good that I did this research even though I’m very familiar with this market.

Another benefit is that I now know what keywords they’re ranking for. ALL OF THEM. Muhahahaha!

I’m confident I can compete here.

By the way, I mainly use Ahrefs.com for my competitive analysis.

It took me around 7 hours to do my research today.

Plan For Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I’ll look for physical products and info products related to silo1. I do not aim to promote all of them – only the ones that are helpful to my intended audience.

After that, I’ll do competitive analysis for silo2.

I’m off!

100 Days To $100k: Day 0

Welcome to my website!

This is my 1st ever blog post here.

Follow along for the next 100 days as I build a website that could realistically give me $100k/year in profit.

$100k/year is around $274/day, which is very achievable. I’m 80% positive I can do this since I already earned more than $300 per day before for several months. I’ll just have to earn it with more consistency.

This campaign will be my main focus for the next 100 days and by November 2018, it should already be making $274/day profit consistently.

  • Niche: Theft protection
  • Traffic source: SEO (search engine optimization) – organic Google rankings
  • Monetization: Affiliate programs, more than a handful of them

True story: My house was robbed in August 2016. It got me paranoid for several days. But I learned some lessons from it. And now I’ll be making money out of that bad experience. 🙂

I’ll spend at least 4 hours/day for this, 5 days/week. So this means this campaign will take me 20 weeks.

These are the tasks for each week.

  • Week 1: Product selection; keyword research; website topic organization mapping (a.k.a. silo-ing or categorization); affiliate links collected and organized
  • Week 2: Domain name and hosting bought; basic website building; branding and design; logo and associated graphics outsourced; semantic markup done; keywords added into rank tracker; Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools integrated
  • Week 3: Top 3 most important articles written and formatted by me; press release outsourced; content syndication network outsourced
  • Week 4: Next 7 most important articles written and formatted and published by me; content briefs for next articles done; next articles outsourced and scheduled

  • Week 5: Website load speed optimized; preliminary links for the content syndication network outsourced; Feedburner links done; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 6: Google properties stack outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 7: Preliminary links for Google properties stack outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 8: Web 2.0 properties stack outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted and formatted as they come
  • Week 9: Preliminary links for web 2.0 properties stack outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 10: 10 private blog network (PBN) domains bought, built, and tested; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 11: High authority whitehat backlinks built (Ebay, Amazon, Inc.com, Alexa, Wikipedia, Huffington Post, etc.); 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 12: Preliminary links for high authority whitehat backlinks outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 13: Articles converted to audio format; podcast submissions and linking outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 14: Articles converted to video format; video submissions and linking outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 15: Articles converted to document format; document submissions outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come

  • Week 16: Preliminary links for podcast, video, and document sharing websites outsourced; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 17: 5 private blog network (PBN) domains linked to 5 main pages of website; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 18: Job posting for whitehat backlink builders posted; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 19: Whitehat backlink  builders interviewed; automated traffic campaign begins; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come
  • Week 20: Whitehat backlink  builder hired; 2 outsourced articles posted, formatted, and published as they come

After 20 weeks, I’ll move on to my next project but I’ll be coming back to this from time to time depending on the things that need to improve on.

The only regular tasks left after 20 weeks are:

  1. formatting and posting of the outsourced articles
  2. monitoring the results of the whitehat backlink builder that I hired

However, I will not disclose the website. You will not see the website that I’ll be building; you’ll just see how I build it.

I’ve already made money in the products that I’ll be promoting. I already know which keywords to rank on Google for. I already know what kind of content to put on my website so people buy.

In fact, this is already my 4th iteration for this kind of campaign.

The past 3 versions did not look good – but I still made money from them. I’ll be making this 4th version better in every way.

So why am I blogging about this?

The only reason is accountability. I want to make sure that I’m working on it and that I’m on track. So I need to discipline myself.

The 1st time I blogged about my affiliate marketing campaign, I did achieve my intended results.

General principle is “Implementation Only”. Less than 10% of my time should be spent for unproductive thinking and monkey-mind. (I will not harm any monkeys!)

Please don’t expect me to have beautiful blog posts. I’ll just log my activities here every night. Chances are, I’ll already be tired when writing here since this will be the last thing I’ll do for the day.

Wish me luck!