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6:02 pm on Sep 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I had quit my day job close to 1.5 months back wishing to focus entirely on my websites and get them to rank well. Here on WebmasterWorld,I've always heard people say keep writing good content and traffic will improve.

And that is exactly what I have done. For all these days, I've maintained a pretty strict regimen and my daily task involves writing close to 8-9 articles on my main website and another 15 odd articles (these are relatively short) on my other new website I'd opened.

In spite of me continuing with this for over 45 days now, I don't see any great increase in traffic at all. I've got a couple or more PR6 inbound links during this period too. And with such a consistent influx of articles, I would tend to think that there should have been a good jump in traffic.

Or, am I doing it wrong by waiting just for traffic to increase and make money through adsense? Should I also go the way the webmasters (aka scammers) on other popular webmaster forums who advice to find a niche and submit articles to ezines and sell affiliate ebooks?

I'm getting a little desperate now. Was my quitting job worth it?

6:27 pm on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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"Keep writing good content" is good advice as far as it goes but it's only part of what's needed.

The other side of the coin is promotion. Active promotion, not just waiting for traffic.

What steps are you taking to promote your sites? The PR6 links you mention should help the cause, but that's only a beginning. What else are you doing / intending to do for promotion?

6:33 pm on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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My articles get tweeted on Twitter by at least 6-7 people everyday. That besides, I really do not know what else I should be doing. Because any 'active promotion' borders on spam.

I've taken up to writing to a couple of new ezine directory everyday in order to build backlinks everyday.

6:44 pm on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google: Feedback + your niche keywords
Google: review backlinks of your evil corporate competitor, Acme Widgets.

Hi,
I see you have a link to Acme Widgets in your resources section. Just wanted to let you know about my site, Fabulous Prancing Widgets {insert URL}. The articles are written by an industry expert on widgets, with twenty years experience in Consumer Widgetry. Please take a moment to check out my site, I think you'll like it. And if you do, I would be much obliged if you listed it as another resource.

Thanks!

anand84

Try to get some testimonials or awards or citations in a news media etc. Anything to show that your site has been appreciated and validated by someone important. As seen on TV, etc. Use that on your site and in feedback submissions.

Btw, you may want to consider getting your day job back and working on the content at night. It could take a year or more to build the traffic/income.

2:10 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'd second the advice about getting a day job back. It can take years to build up a content site to the point where it is making enough to replace a day job income. My biggest site took 7 years before earning enough for me to quit my job. Granted I had a pretty hefty salary to replace.

There is no guarantee either. Not every site will succeed. I'd guess that only 10% of folks starting content sites ever make enough to leave their jobs. Probably far less. I'm being optimistic.

Don't be discouraged. Just realize that you may need to hold a day job while you build your side business up over the years.

3:39 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Martinibuster. I know the advice you gave me has been put in here so many times, but I gave it a skip thinking content alone would suffice. I have a decent PR4 on my website, so think it should not be a problem getting decent number of linkbacks. But I think most people would want a link back. Would the two-way link be as effective?

@Maximillianos
I do realize your point. I gave a long thought before quitting too. But I realize my future is here, and I have sufficient qualifications to get back to a day job any time. What is at stake is the yearly savings, which I am still making with an hour or two of freelance-writing everyday.

Besides, coming from India, the money I have to make to replace my day job in dollar terms is relatively lower (thanks to the exchange rate ;) )

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hey Anand,
Is your internal linking strong enough to ensure that the content you add daily gets indexed easily and frequently; else all your content writing is a waste if it does not gets indexed. Also, few inbound links to these new pages would be good for faster indexing and eventually good ranking(traffic).
5:37 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Ankit

I guess so..My website is built on wordpress, and I have paginated links at the bottom (1 2 3 4 5 Next Last). I also have a plugin that helps me link to all articles in a category. So, at least from from indexing and juice-sharing, I think I am doing right..

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But I think most people would want a link back.

Depends on where you're fishing. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Unless your content can go "viral" don't expect quick results. The web, for all it seems "fast" is actually "glacial". Give it time. The effort expended for good content will eventually pay off, just not yesterday or even today. And anyone who says different is just selling a brand of snake oil.
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anand would you mind sharing the url here so that we can come up with specific ideas to it
If you have not done it pls re-write (manually and parallely) each of your articles and submit them to other article sites too...
it would surely boost your traffic.

[edited by: phranque at 6:13 am (utc) on Oct. 3, 2009]
[edit reason] No urls, please. See TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]

12:13 pm on Oct 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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@jaiganeshv ..Posting of ones sites is not allowed here TOS [webmasterworld.com]
12:58 pm on Oct 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot to you people, especially Martinibuster. I have been focusing on link building, and guess what, not all people are the link-exchange mongers that I thought webmasters were.

I've managed to get a lot of backlinks in the past few days, including an awesome PR 8...I was so much excited yesterday..

Thanks a lot again :)

10:05 am on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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@Leosghost thanks it was an accident. I got a PM for the same from admin, and now I'm aware of it.

Great Anand, that you've got a PR8 backlink

Thank you!

11:47 am on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I had quit my day job close to 1.5 months back wishing to focus entirely on my websites and get them to rank well.

That's always an incredibly risky decision, but good luck with it. I hope if it doesn't workout you have a backup plan.

Here on WebmasterWorld,I've always heard people say keep writing good content and traffic will improve.

It helps, but it can't guarantee anything. There's way too many factors to say for sure. It may not get noticed, it may get stolen by others, it may be in a topic that's too saturated with content.

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Even full blown expensive seo campaigns with top firms suggest 6 months before any rankings are achieved, and that's using an aged domain that is already established with years of seniority.

Good content is only one factor, there are many other variables all which must work together for top rankings.

 

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