Monetization and SEO Frustration

Last Update: October 21, 2018

I am proud to say I have officially created my first site. I also monetized it a couple weeks ago! However, I am incredibly frustrated at the fact that I implemented adsense over a week ago and still no ads are live on my site. Furthermore, I have a key word list of 134 words with over 90,000 searches for those words in monthly traffic according to Jaxy. However, I'm averaging 1-2 visits to my site a day and those could honestly just be my friends. Also, the majority of those key words have ridiculously high traffic and low QSRs, so that just doesn't make sense to me.

Can someone please explain to me how to generate more traffic because I've invested countless hours and tons of money in my WA subscription and it still doesn't seem like I'm going to see enough returns (if any) to be able to pay for my WA subscription, let alone make up for the sacrifices and countless hours I've invested into this process. I'm starting to doubt the process here and would love a success story or constructive pick-me-up to help me understand what I'm doing wrong, so I can get back on the right track.

This community has been awesome and gives me hope, but I really need some help here.

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Dale123 Premium
Okay, I totally understand your frustration - let's get to the bottom of this.

Firstly, the site is relatively new - now this is where you have to look at it from the search engines perspective. Search engines want to provide the best quality content to their users - this means you have to essentially build trust with them, in return for them to trust you and display your content prominently in search.

Even with the worlds greatest content, a search engine will still be wary to trust you from the off - so you must prove yourself, you must show the search engine you are going to continue putting out good content - and that you are not just going to "abandon" the site (as many people do). This is where most people fall down - they abandon the site before gaining the trust.

Search engines reward consistently greatly - so point 1, stay consistent, and it will 100% fall into place.

Secondly, regarding your website - think about user experience a bit here. There are a few changes I would personally recommend (and I hope these don't come as an offence, they are changes based on my experience of knowing what users want).

For your particular niche, I would suggest dropping the sidebar from your site & having a purely "full-width" content display on posts.

Secondly, when a user lands on your site - they see "post title" - "big image".

A better way to go about this for engagement is "post title" - "brief explainer of what to expect" - "image" - "content".

People don't like to scroll unless they have good reason too - sadly it's much easier for people to click the back button, so you really have to utilize that "first view" to catch their attention & get them to scroll.

Also, I would strongly suggest adding some "in-post" navigation to your posts.

Example, on the tapestries post:

Post title
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Oh you came here looking for some awesome tapestries? Don't worry - you landed in the right place...

Feel free to browse through them all below, or alternatively use the links below to jump straight to the tapestries you're looking for:
* Nature Tapestries
* Space Tapestries
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etc....

Hope those pointers help for now :)
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kevinzshan Premium
It's probably a good idea to give a link to your website here but first question is how long are your posts and how many posts do you have?

Google Adsense sometimes takes forever and there's also a chance that they denied your website in which you should put up some more posts and apply again.

As for traffic, the keywords are only reference guides. Basically if they are good keywords, you have a higher chance of someone finding your website when they search up that keyword. It doesn't guarantee that there will be lots of people. One thing to check is if your posts are indexed. If they are not indexed then there is no chance anybody can find your site.

To get indexed, make sure you write high quality posts and also actively get some people on your site. I found you need to actively get people to come onto your site before anybody comes passively. Check out the Site Feedback and Comment platforms here on WA to get people on your site as well as learn a little about what's wrong with your site.

I've also noticed you haven't been on WA for long. My site only has like 100 users after 3 months and has only made $0.05 from Adsense. So I definitely believe it is a long term thing. Gotta have that patience and try to enjoy yourself. Don't focus too much on the money.

Summary: Post your website link somewhere so we can help you out more, Check out Site Feedback and Comment Platform, Be patient and continue along with training at a steady pace

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Kevin this is really helpful but please remove your link :)
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kevinzshan Premium
Sorry, I thought having something to compare to would be good for him. But I'll take it down.
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Vickic3 Premium
you can always pm him if you like :)
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gregturner6 Premium
Thanks a to for the feed back!
My website is:
dorm-room-decor.com
If you could give me any pointers at all I'd really appreciate it.
Also, how do I check to see if a post is indexed or not?
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kevinzshan Premium
Okay having that link makes it tons better. A few things to start out with is posting more. Usually people who qualify for Adsense have around 30ish posts with a few comments on every site. So definitely start posting more and using site comments.

One thing you should really do is create a custom menu. Check out this course for how to do it: It will help organize your content a lot better.

As for indexing, go into Site Manager to see if your site has been indexed. There should be a space where it says Yes or No above Google Index. For individual posts, go into Site Content. If you write in Site Content then the posts that have a colored Google logo will be the ones that are indexed.

Hope this helps!
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gregturner6 Premium
It says my site is indexed, but as for sites, I'm not completely sure. Where exactly am I looking for the colored Google logo on my posts?
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gregturner6 Premium
Also, can you explain what's wrong with the custom menu I have in place now, because I know how to create a custom menu and that's what I did on my site?
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Vickic3 Premium
go to websites then all content and you can check there
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Vickic3 Premium
Ask on live chat Greg and see if you can get some answers or ask your question in the search box as there are 1000's of answers in there as well- I'm sorry I can't help with this question
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kevinzshan Premium
The problem with your menu right now is that it's slightly disorganized. I can't find some of your posts through the menu.
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Gregory
Firstly- how many posts have you written in the short time you have been here?
If you have already made a little money- this is telling you to work hard, add more content with those awesome keywords and keep building your foundation for your website.
You are not quite to the 3 months yet as a member and at 3 months this is where a lot of people think like you are today and this is the time to really push through the self-doubt.

WA is an amazing platform and if you take a look around there are 1000's of people all making great money here.

WA is not at fault at all and I encourage you to realize you are only new to this and building an amazing business takes time and lots of content
Don't let the 3 months' bug eat you-Keep moving forward
All the best
Vicki
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gregturner6 Premium
I'm working on my 11th post now...
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Vickic3 Premium
Ok- Greg - I think you need to write a lot more posts to get traffic as this is how the process works
I have been here for 4 months now and have a lot of posts and I am getting traffic but it takes some really good work to do this
Hope you stick to it
Vicki
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