A Blog that I started in college, learned SEO and took the blog from 0 to 58,532 hits/Month in about a year and eventually sold for $21,101.
Strategies I used
Golden nugget keywords:
Most experts will tell you, find high search volume low competition keywords. Only one problem with that advice, there is no such thing as high search volume low competition keywords. Initially, you won’t produce really great content. You will not have followers lined up to link back to you either. So instead, target low search volume low competition keywords with lots of long tails. Even a keyword with the search volume of just 20/month can get you 10k/month in traffic. Because if your content is great it will rank for LSI and all related long tail keywords.
Example- The article on TechGreet called – Top 10 Satellites Launched by India in Space in Last Few Years. My initial target keyword was ‘recent satellite launches by India’ a keyword with search volume less than 10/mo. Without a single backlink, the article ranks on page 1 for keywords like famous satellites.
Fetching search traffic~21,00/mo.
To be honest, it’s one of the shittiest articles on the internet.
Article coming soon on how you can use this strategy!
- Using my clients’ influence: Few months after starting TechGreet I dropped out and I was working at an agency with clients like Samsung and Bigrock. With those credentials getting backlinks and building contact and relationships with relatively new bloggers was a bit easier.
- Sparsely dropping backlinks in relevant client article: We did a lot of guest posting for Samsung at that time. I sparsely drop backlinks to TechGreet in those guest posts. If you already thinking ‘how unethical!’. I did it sparsely, only in relevant places. So it was a win-win and the clients knew about this. so there was no undisclosed conflict of interest.
My Tips For You
- Actually start: Most beginners fail because they focus too much on setting up the perfect blog. Perfect design, perfect domain name, perfect hosting, perfect speed (page load time), perfect sales funnel…. But they avoid the most important thing- ACTUALLY PUBLISHING ‘PERFECT’ POSTS. At the end of the day, it’s a blog. People will not come for the look, feel, subscription funnel, load time etc. They will come for content. If you don’t create, publish and promote useful and actionable content to the right audience, all this ‘setup’ does not matter. In fact, you would be much better off if you start by frequently writing and publishing on Quora and Medium. Because, then you would know how to hit the publish button regularly, how to identify your target audience, how to create posts that make them tick and finally how to interact with them and build your own audience. These things are just as important as creating your own platform if not more.
- Learn the drill: Blogging for beginners is not tough. There is nothing tricky or uncertain. If you are afraid of link-building or approaching people without any track-record- here’s a secret. Learn keyword research & on page SEO, put in the hours and you can get up to 30,000/month or more in search traffic without a single backlink.
- Follow the right influencers and experiment as much as you can: When you are starting out you don’t know anything. You have big aspirations and no idea how to achieve them. But if you can stick to it, you just CAN NOT FAIL. Initially just focus on learning. You can not do that by sitting and thinking about it. Follow the right influencers. read their blog posts. Take their advice. Experiment on your own, as much as you can. Observe what works, tweak and perfect your methods. That’s the only way you can learn.
- Enjoy your first success and don’t forget to brag about it. Once you know what works, you can brag about your method. Like by publishing a case study. ‘How I took my niche blog from 0 to 10K/mo in 6 weeks with 0 backlinks’. All it really takes is STICKING TO IT AND CONTINUOUSLY LEARNING.