joined:May 25, 2018
I wouldn't drop my site because I'm interested in the topic and I live it every day. I've been a blogger since 2006, first started on Blogspot, and then moved to self-hosted WordPress site in 2014. I had hundreds of posts that I migrated over but later deleted many of the old ones that were created before 2014 due to poor quality.
Bear in mind, the articles can take 4-5 hours (some way more) to write, and I simply don't have the time to do all that research and write a good article, only for it to do well and then Google throw it from position 0 and 1 on Google to page 5.
The way I get my content is from experience and through analyzing data, reading peer-reviewed journals, doing surveys, etc. A lot of the praise I get from readers is about how thoroughly I explain the topics and how well-researched my arguments are compared to many people in the niche. A lot of them are very "woo-woo" if you know what I mean.
I'll probably be on government benefits within weeks and looking for a job anyway, so I won't have the time anymore.
And I mean this is becoming a joke now... I've been going up and down like a yo-yo since August 18. Down in August, Up in early Oct, Down on Halloween, Up March, Down June. With each point having gains and losses between 50-80%.
And I've seen this happen to other health sites with millions of page views a month. Exact same pattern. Some of them even have all Ph.D.'s and MD's reviewing and writing the content. So it makes me think, what hope do I have? Even if I niche down a lot.. which is what I've been doing. It's not just about "general health".
I'll have to change my expectations and consider this a long term project. I still believe I can succeed, but I'll have to accept it will take longer than anticipated. And I've learned so much from this project, too, which I can apply better and probably rank better in non YMYL niches.
Although, as I build up another website, I will try to engage more with the community in forums and other bloggers in the niche to gain more authority. I've been reluctant to go into Youtube, but I think I'll pursue that as a side project, instead of writing more articles. I'll make videos based on the topics I talk about on my website. Even 10-year-old YT videos with 200-500 views and also short text to speech videos are performing better than my articles now, so maybe it can't be too hard.
I have quite a few other interests and hobbies besides my main topic, one of which I love talking about I'm very passionate about it. But I just need to look at the competition and think of a unique angle I can come in from and find some low comp keywords.
I think many people start off writing about a topic they don't know much about but they learn over time. And they get experience and expertise over time. You don't have to know everything, you just need to know how to research and know more than the other person.
I don't run ads on my site, just have a few Amazon affiliate links on around 30% of my posts with all the rest being informational content. This provided a fulltime income, which was fairly low, but growing steadily.
My content was always about helping people solve their problems. Helping people find specific types of products that can take quite a lot of time to find. Putting information in front of people that is not available elsewhere.. so I'd go after underserved searched queries. Many of them are still not properly answered, and no one can find my page anymore. It's very sad to see rambling and poorly written reddit posts (with no source) in the niche now ranking above me.
I really wanted to focus and dedicate myself to just one project, but this is not viable or smart anymore. I've watched friends see massive success in niches outside of health (earning 10K per month) in the time I've been serious about blogging (2017). I also know others who have struggled because of updates and they are also in health.
There is nothing to fix on my website, I've improved just about every part of it and all those improvements were reflected by user metrics in a big way.
I've learned my lesson.