One Month of my SEO and my Results

By Ian Fernando

Well, technically not me persay but my SEO person who does all the hard work. After the Ads4Dough Meetup, I headed over to Seattle to host a small meetup. I met up with friends in the industry, one particular, Logan Thompson. He does SEO and he loves it for some apparent reason, me on the other hand - I have no patience for it. I showed him some of my rankings for several keywords and he seems to be impressed with what my SEO person has done within a month.

For example, the screenshot below is a month worth of organic rankings:

So in the beginning our internal SEO person started very strong. We did a bit of 'dancing' for a day or two but spiked up to page one for a key term and ranked on the second page. As you can see we were stable for the rest of the month. I told my SEO person to go ahead and make me number one, he said not until the next month.

He has a strong strategy and he does not rush the building of the links because then Google will see these backlinks in such a short amount of time which then I can be penalized. Being penalized in Google's eye isn't good because your site can get banned or you drop in rankings. Since I am on the second page, I am satisfied so far and I am looking at how my next month will be for this particular keyword.

As far as income, it only generated $100 of affiliate income. Not too pretty being that I am still on the second page for this keyword. I wonder if 1st page truly does make a difference and if  number 1 also does increase in huge sales.

For example, this blog by itself ranks pretty naturally for a lot of key terms and I do make affiliate income from these products I discuss and review. I am all about SEO, the only part is it did take a long time. Maybe Google sees this blog as an augmentative blog among others and ranks me higher, maybe the age of the blog, content surrounding the ranked content maybe? I am not sure, as I am not an expert in this organic stuff.

What I do know it does bring traffic and it does generate income. It just takes time. While my internal SEO person is doing the SEO rankings, I can concentrate on my other projects and campaigns.

In the end I am trying to get this specific blog to be making at least $1000. I also have about 25 other sites he is working on as well and I want them to be making $1000 a month as well. Right now, making $100 a month isn't too bad. I def want to get these sites to do bigger volume and generate bigger income.

The goal is to turn these small sites into authoritative sites. If I can start benefiting off the SEO and then generating leads, then producing my own products for them, adding contextual ads, private banner buys, etc. Then this means that $1000 a month can be more over time and that is what I am looking for. I want to create something I can have for years to come, this is the reason why I am now all about having and owning something that is mine.

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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