First off, sorry for being so quiet on the blog recently, it has been a crazy month! My goals kind of shifted mid-month, and I ended up launching a group internship project with 8 interns, and am also working on two projects with a couple people (a content tool and a link network tool). I will post my August updates shortly, and will also keep an eye on comments again. Anyway on to the updates!
Setup 10 expired domains as Adsense sites.
For a bit of a background on the first 5 domains, check my first update in July.
#1 – deckmen.ca
Content was added July 28 and Google refuses to index this one. Probably a penalty. Oh well. I will scrap it and just host another site on this IP.
#2 – retirementincanada.ca
Content was added July 30 and not ranked for it’s target keyword, but is ranked #16 for retirement in canada which isn’t so strong for exact match but has huge broad match results. I will likely retarget it to retirement in canada and use a custom content tool I developed to pick up lots of long tail on it.
#3 – sustainabletimes.ca
There was a misunderstanding and my assistant targeted this site to “financially sustainable living” based on my understandably confusing post in the July update. It does rank #2 for the term, but since it gets very little traffic it means nothing. I will retarget it today to something less competitive.
#4 – Pukwis.ca
Not ranked. I will retarget it to a smaller coupons term. Clearly just far too competitive. I was hoping for page 4-5 results to build on.
Content was added August 4 (6 days ago), and still not in top 100. Probably the keyword car insurance was way too competitive. I will retarget. I was hoping for maybe 50s or 60s in ranking to build on.
As for the other 5 domains, I asked Ben my SEO in the Philippines to choose some more standard, non-experimental targets. Here’s what he chose:
cric.ca – Previously Center for Research and Information Canada
Keyword: research job in canada – 2 in top 10 >50 APA – GMS=12100 LMS=5400, $0.94 CPC (contextual CPC of course).
Went PR5 as soon as I setup WP (no content). Didn’t get content until August 9, 2012 (yesterday). Still unranked in top 100.
Keyword: “guidelines COPD”
GMS=22200 LMS=1300 CPC=$1.55
This guy went PR5 as soon as I setup WP (didn’t even add content), and ranked #3 in Google.ca within hours of launching – even without an article and page title. Now it is #2 (content was added on August 8, the day before yesterday). It’s also ranked #1 for the exact match COPD guidelines which has an LMS of 390.
candlelighters.ca – cancer foundation
Keyword: cancer treatment in canada – GMS=3600 LMS CANADA=1000, CPC CANADA=$1.81, LMS US=1600, CPC US=$5.31
Content was added yesterday (August 9) and it already ranks top 10 in Canada (#7) and the US (#10)!
211windsoressex.ca – formerly an info site about Windsor Essex
Keyword: real estate in windsor ontario – all top 10 < 50 APA – GMS=4400 LMS=3600 CPC=$0.95
Content still not added. Oops. Will add soon.
ictsummit.ca – ICT Summit (now PR4)
Keyword: what is ICT – 1 in top 10 > 50 APA – GMS=4,090,000 LMS=60,500, CPC=$1.10.
Content still not added. Oops. Will add soon.
Just a note: Writing this post was literally the first time I even looked at the sites. I asked Ben to just put up some random theme on them, and I haven’t even looked at the articles. This was a test and I am purposely making the style of these sites very different from what I normally do. So don’t go out and copy them thinking this is what I do. I will add Adsense to the sites on Monday.
Portal Sites and New Product-based Biz
Basically no updated on these since last time. The sites still wait on content, my designer has done some designs and the photography is done. Also we have 40 products not 20. Still need to get the money sites coded too.
Remaining Adsense Sites
Just bought about a dozen Adsense sites to replace some of the very strong earners. Still need to launch and do content though. I shifted mid July to building the Adsense sites with interns so I just haven’t focused here and don’t feel bad about it.
50 premium+3 or better domains
I got 45 domains total this month, of which half are Premium+3 (though I now value domains using this calculator). I could easily pickup a bunch of $60+ domains right now though due to the lists the interns have built. Alas, I don’t have the time to develop them. I plan on selling them when I’ve done a thorough cleaning of the list.
Update on Josh the Intern
Josh had some difficulty in finding lists using the standard methods, so I gave him a drop list to go through with my tool and he is finding a bunch every day. He launched 70 money site domains with content, and has 26 expired domains developed on different hosts. So overall he hit about 1/2 of the original goal, and probably put in about 4.5 hours/day on average. I realize now that for someone completely new to this my time estimates were just off and although his time is technically up today, I decided to extend his use of the tool for another month since he has now learned all of the processes and it takes next to none of my time.
How did you all do with your goals?