I was the worst student (I had lots of backlog) and took extra one year to complete my B.Sc. Engineering. I have completed my graduation at the end of 2015.
If you want to know more about my struggle then check it my about page.
Those 5 years, I was involved only freelancing work. But, at the beginning of 2016, I make a plan that i need to do something big within this year. And at last, I execute it. So, let’s begin my case study.
First, check my 9 month total $6823 Earning screenshot
Amazon earning = $6,823
Sponsor payment= $700 (I was promoting someone product and he paid 8% extra commission in my PayPal)
Sold Website = $43,000
Total Earning = $50,523
How I Sold my website without any broker?
My plan was I will sell my website on January 2017. But, plan always not go as your way.
However back to my website selling story.
Normally, I get lots of email through my website contact form. It is because I was on top for couple to keywords. But, I do not reply most of them because lack of time. I got an email from a girl who wanted to publish a product review on my website(She was an assistant of the buyer). She emailed me most probably 12 September. I gave reply 27 September.
After my response, that assistant reply was like this:
I knew most of the people don’t know the right value of the website. Thus, my reply was like this:
After 3 days the owner of the company personally email me like this:
Buyer was doing Amazon FBA and he has his own product on Amazon for selling. I am also promoting same kind products. So, if he can buy this website then he can easily increase his income 2X.
Now, I sent email explaining everything about my website. I also explain future growth and what is the benefit of the buyer(Because he had own product on Amazon).
My expected price was between $50,000 to $60,000. I told him everything, why I am expecting that kind price.
He reply me that he cannot invest that kind amount. He can only invest $30,000.
After receiving his low offer I did not reply him instantly.
I was calculating what could be the last price from my side. My August, September and October income were like this = $1148, $1740 and $2000+ (We were discussing middle of the October so I estimated the October month income according to growth).
I thought $43,000 is a fair price because we will use directly escrow.com for selling the site. Here will not be any third party and it will save mine 15% extra broker fee.
After two days I reply him, my last price $43K and i cannot go below this. Within 2 hours I get reply from him like this:
Next 15 days we did a couple of time video chat. He checked my Amazon earning, Google analytics tools visitor graph even i gave him permission to “read an analyze” the data. I was getting almost 90% visitor from search engine. So, I have not any problem with that permission.
I did everything white hat SEO; So i gave him everything that he wanted to verify. Even buyer research about me and found my total online history 🙂
It is not bad. He wanted to make sure i am not a fraud. I gave him my freelancing profile ID link too. It gave him some trust I am working online from a couple of years and I am genuine and i have not any fraud activity.
At the 2nd November I transferred the domain. I gave full Cpanel control (Hey man i did research about my buyer too 😉 ) and his developer and within 6-7 hours he completed everything.
I need to wait now 2 days (Tension period). The buyer will check sell on those two days. When he saw that he is getting a good amount of sell and everything is real what I told him. Before finishing the 48 hours time period hour, buyer released (confirmed to the escrow.com) the money.
Escrow.com send me the money within next 3 days.
Tension Tension Tension:
When escrow.com released the money I instantly went my local bank with all kind proves. I was expecting they will not create any problem because this is real freelancing work income. I have all kind documents. But, my local bank directly denied and told me they will not accept that kind big amount. Can you believe this? Can you?
I just became hopeless. I waited more than 18 days to add that amount because of bank issues. You cannot believe of 18 days tension time. I cannot explain mine and my family situation.
After 18 days somehow my local bank agrees to receive the money.
My website details:
I spent 20-25 days to find a powerful keywords. Actually, I have learned lots of things within this time too. Now, I can find lots of money keyword within 5-6 hours.
I use a simple, responsive themeforest paid theme. I published 12 articles and then submitted my website google webmaster tools. The date was 5th February 2016. And then all was the history. I have explained everything below part of the article.
My main targeted keywords structure:
I normally do not target “best + product + review” type keyword as main keyword. I target “best + keyword” type keywords. Here keyword means only “chainsaws” as an example.(Check keyword research section for details).
1) “Best + Keyword” = 3 words = When, I started that Search volume was only 5600. Now, reach at 12100+ per month. This keyword Ranking top 2(table show 1).
2) “Keyword + review” = 3 words = 4400 monthly search volume. Ranking top 4-7.
3) “Keyword” = 2 words = 49,500 Monthly search volume. Ranking top 4-6.(I guess, If buyer can rank then only from this keyword he can earn more than $5,000).
My Total Post:
Ohh man! I had only 7 pages and 45 posts. So, I had only 52 posts 🙂
I have not detailed data about my website cost. But, I am sure I did not spend more than $1500 for that website. Almost all cost was only for quality content.
When I sold it, I was getting 500+ visitor per day. But after selling I am seeing huge improvement and website are now getting 600-900 visitors per day(Why I sell it at a low price:(
According to Google website tools I have gotten 224 backlink.
According to Ahref tools I have gotten 179 backlink and 53% dofollow.
How I build this money making website within 9 Months?
I didn’t anything extra-ordinary and I followed simple step. But i worked hard day and night on it.
Step 1: Keyword research
Step 2: Domain Selection
Step 3: Content
Step 4: SEO
Very simple step. Right? Ok, let’s start with how I completed those steps.
Here I will share how to build a simple niche and easily reach 1000-3000 per month.
(Authority website tactics will share another post later of this year). If you are a beginner or you failed lots of projects, then first build a small successful niche. Never think too big when you start. If you do then your failing chances will increase.
Step 1: Keyword research:
Your project will completely fail if you start a website without keyword research. Website success totally depends on keyword research. You need to find low competition keywords to create a successful niche. My 20+ website was failed only for this reason. So, I spent few days only for a keyword. When i got my main keyword i found another 4-5 sub keywords easily.
How i did it?
First, go to amazon.com then
Departments-> Full Store Directory
or Directly go this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/site-directory/ref=nav_shopall_fullstore
Here you will able to view all amazon category. Choose one of the categories that you interest or know very well about that.
For example, I am selecting Home, Garden & Tools category.
Now, (1)Home, Garden & Tools => (2)Patio, Lawn & Garden => (3)Outdoor power tools => (4)Chainsaws
This (1),(2),(3),(4) has lots of category and sub category. Just play with all categories that you like.
Look my last sub category was (4)Chainsaws. Now, I will go to the Google keyword planner.
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Check the screenshot very carefully. I include Best word with Chainsaws. Also look left corner of the image. “Keywords to include” here i use “best” word.
“Best Chainsaw” has a good search volume of 8100.
The most interesting part is here. Check screenshot below part of the keyword planner.
Here, i have found some long tail keyword which has “best” word.
“best electric chainsaw”(1600), “best chainsaw for the money”(880), “best small chainsaw”(480), “best rated chainsaws”(480), “best chainsaw brand”(720), “best professional chainsaw”(590), best cheap chainsaw”(210),”best gas chainsaw(320)”,”best chainsaw chain(720)” and so more…
Do exact same process, but now use word “reviews” instead of “best” word and hit again “Get ideas” button.
You will get few more long tail keywords.
Remember, “Best” and “Reviews” both are buying keyword and always try to get those keywords which have “best” or “reviews”.
Now, I will go any keyword tools to check the competition.
For example, I will check through long tail pro. For this tool, I will check only Domain Trust Flow and Domain Citation Flow. If I find first 3-4 website have authority more than 35(Here, Domain TF and CF) score then i will avoid that keyword.
Normally, I do not check any other metrics. Because, if I find first 3-4 website weak or less authority, then I believe it will not be hard to beat other top website.
Check same thing with other long tail keywords.
Main keyword at least 2000+ USA monthly search volume and then I try to get more 5-10 sub keyword which monthly search volume 300-1000.
Very interesting! Right? Now, I believe if you understand the logic the you will never face any problem with keyword research. If so, You can contact me through my new website contact page.
Step 2: Domain Selection:
Most of the people will say don’t buy exact match domain. If you do a homepage statics normal niche site, then the exact match domain very very important. Yes, buy exact match domain with .com, .net or .org whatever you get.
Step 3: Content:
Big, big headache. What i did?
Before produce content, I read lots of articles about my selected topic. When, i knew everything about that topic, then I started to look for writers.
I went hirewriter.com, freelancer.com and clearly explained what i want. I gave article structure details, example site links even how to finish the article. Normally, I go with a new writer to minimize my cost. Then, I teach him how to write and what i want from him. If he/she try and follow my instructions i stick with him/her for the next 30-50 articles. As test purpose i send 5 articles and writer need to prove his/her quality within those articles. I always try to finish one project with only 1 writer!
Because when he writes a few articles about same topics he knows everything about that. So, now he can write more easily and quicker time with great quality. A random writer cannot do that.
Step 4: SEO – Link building
I guess, 90% people stuck here. They don’t know how to do.
Onpage SEO is very important than Off page SEO.
Onpage SEO: Homepage with keyword optimize + lots of variety of keywords. I did it myself because writer cannot do it. The other post/page only followed Yoast plugin instructions. Post/page’s permalink should be short other word, it should contain only main keyword.
Now, Google give so much importance on LSI so you need to create lots of variation of your keywords. Like our example: Best Chainsaw, Chainsaw review, Best chainsaw review, Good chainsaw etc.
Offpage SEO: Backlinks! Only backlinks are real if you want to rank your website. I don’t know who invent this that irrelevant backlink not work. It works. Really, it works. You cannot follow everything that Google tells us. If so, then it will take long long time to rank your site. From my experience, I will say get link as much as possible! No matter, it’s relevant or not.
But, powerful backlink really matter. If you have a travel website and you get a backlink from dog website then will it work? Yes, it will; If dog website is very powerful. Like, If you get 50+ relevant backlink but from low quality sites, then it will not work. So, high authority website links important not relevancy.
But, to remain a safe site I recommend you should create at least 50% relevant website backlink.
Nofollow backlink work?
Actually, not. But, it has something.
My experiment says, you can try to get two type nofollow link.
1) Relevant website link.
2) Authority website link.
No need to extra work for that. Just post comment will be ok to get those type nofollow links.
Now, How I check website powerful or not?
Install this plugin to your google chrome browser:
If Alexa rank less than 30,0000 then I consider that website link is good.
If Alexa rank less than 20,0000 then I consider that website link is better.
If Alexa rank less than 10,0000 then I consider that website link is the BEST.
Hottest thing of this add-on is you can check any website backlink profile too. It will not give 100% backlink profile, but it will show at least 70% backlink profile of your competitor. And yes, it’s totally FREE.
How can I get dofollow backlinks.
Really, I did not anything extra-ordinary again.
First, I checked my top 10 website backlink profile. Using rank signal add-on. I checked every website backlink profile and I get all kind link which are easy to achieve.
After that you can try Ahref tools to check backlink profile. It is Only paid tools that I like much.
Now, I need to find a new backlink source. What can I do…What can…
Ok. I start to check my sub keyword list again. There were few new websites (for those keywords) who is ranked in the top 10. So, I can check those competitors and get some link using rank signal again.
I don’t know it’s called spamming or not. But, I did and it works. I find out 30-40 high authority active forum. And 50% were relevant and other 50% irrelevant. I active one month of those forums. First, I gave lots of question answer to make my profile real. Then, when I get some trust I gave my website link few of the post thread.
I explained earlier powerful backlink work lie charm and powerful forum backlink also work the same way(I know how hard to get it).
This topic has lots of posts. I do not write much about this. But, I will share some tips. When you offer someone for top website they will not care that. He/she gets lots of email like yours. So, why he/she care? You have to give something more than their expectation. You can give offer like this:
“I will find a good buying keyword; If you have specific topics, then you can send me I will write a good informative article for you; I will write more than 1000-2000 words article” etc. If you personally contact the webmaster then it will be helpful for your future projects. So, try to give them a very high quality article. And before sending email to the website little bit research his/her website. I wouldn’t care to spend more than $100 if I get quality link.
Here a few notes:
Use keyword anchor text when you get dofollow backlink from high authority sites.
Use keyword variation anchor text when you get links from other or normal sites.
Have you any question? Comment below. Or You can contact me through contact me page. You can find me on Facebook here. I just open a Facebook group to help newbies. Join my Nichestarter Facebook group.
Only Money Talks not Grammar. So, if you find a few grammatical errors let them go 😉
Actually, I didn’t read it 2nd time or hadn’t enough time to read it.
However, I am sharing here my strategy only not business. Thanks for reading 🙂