How To Build a Portfolio Of Websites From Scratch? My Journey As a Webmaster In Learning SEO
The answer to how to build a portfolio of websites from scratch, is indeed a difficult one. I would say that successfully building a portfolio of websites is probably one of the hardest things that I have ever tried to do in my entire life. It is harder than working a 9 to 5 job, it is probably harder than making it through law school or even working as an Accountant. There are so many variables to successfully building Search Engine Optimization blogs that rank well that it really is like building a start-up company, especially when you first get started. If you do decide to go this route, be sure to know what you are getting yourself into. In order to be successful at this, you will have to put a seriously extreme amount of dedication and grit into building your business. It will be hard and it will take a very long time. I have personally been trying to build up income generating affiliate websites for more than ten years now, and while I have had some decent success around it, I will tell you that it is just road block after road block, battle after battle that you will need to face in order to successfully pull this off.
Some of the major topics that we will discuss in this article include the following:
How much content you will likely need to succeed at this
How much money you can make
Writing Sales Copy
Technical SEO – Site Speed, Page Load Time and More
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How to Build a Portfolio of Websites from Scratch, Start With a Niche You Love And Hit It As Hard As You Can
One of my favorite SEO Youtubers of all time, being Dan Brock the Deadbeat Super Affiliate, I think told it best when he said in one of his high traffic youtube videos “they key to winning in SEO is to just never give up, and to just keep publishing content and to never stop” and that’s gosh darn right right there. I can tell you the profound impact it has had on my bank account balance over the years by doing just this. The one thing that I love about SEO in comparison to day trading, trading options, or any other high risk money making strategies, is that it is actually a low risk strategy, which is what makes it work! SEO costs virtually nothing, and is very easy to monetize, in fact the most it will really ever cost you is your time, and perhaps some grey hairs. For say $25 you can have a fully functioning dot com website and can really make a lot of money at it with something like 2-3 hours a day for five years.
This website on its own, being inflationhedging.com, is probably worth around $5,000 to $10,000 right now, on revenue of like $200 per month currently in ads. And this is after nearly 500 blog posts, about 10,000 visitors per month in consistent traffic to the site, and about 2 hours a day of work for two years. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, and am seriously glad that I have found a way to monetize writing, it’s like I can taste success each time I publish a new blog post or find a new SEO strategy. I also have a Youtube channel that gets around 50,000 views per month, for say $100 per month in revenue once it is monetized, I have some freelance writing websites that I regularly post on for as much as $500 to $1,000 in monthly passive income, and I have a TV show website that makes another $20 a month or so right now.
All in all, I fully expect to have something in the range of $5,000 per month by the time I am 30 years old, say 3-4 years from now, from all of these different online passive income sources. I am also hoping to move my career into accounting by then and am currently studying for the CPA exam, as Wealth Management and in person sales is getting extremely boring to say the least. More blog posts on how that’s going later on!
My Experience Building More Than a Dozen Affiliate Websites, How They All Panned Out
I have probably built something like a dozen affiliate websites over my last 10 years of being obsessed with SEO. It is really crazy how time has flown by, and I can truly say that the knowledge, computer skills, development in my writing skills, in my writing speed, and in my ability to strategize that I have gained from this pursuit, is something that I will never give up. I hope to be doing SEO, at the very least as a side project for my entire life, as I truly love doing it and could sit here at the computer for 15 hours a day, writing affiliate posts and building websites with a big smile on my face.
Over the last decade, I have built
5 websites in the health niche with total revenue of around $300,000
1 Website in the Beauty niche that was up to $100 a month at one point
2 websites in the finance niche, with one website making $200 a month
A marvel superhero blog
A Spiderman YouTube channel that makes several hundred dollars a month
A TV show review website that currently makes consistent revenue
And more! I’ve generated hundreds of thousands of dollars online and have had tons of fun doing it. In a nutshell what I would recommend doing when you first get started, is to:
-Pick a niche that you enjoy writing about
-Aim to write 1,000 quality articles, at around 1,000 words each. This will possibly take several years, but once you are here, congratulations, you have an online income source that will earn you money for life!
-Learn as much about SEO as you can. I would recommend Matthew Woodward and Matt Diggity and their Youtube channels and blogs as my go-to SEO mentors. For a more simplified version of them, Dan Brock the Deadbeat Super affiliate is another good one as well.
Why You Should Eventually Build Multiple Websites
I would probably start with your first website and get that up to 1000 blog posts. From here, depending on how this is doing, you may want to diversify a bit and pick up a second website in a different niche that you are interested in. A niche can be a subject in school, a career field, or even a TV show that you are really passionate about that you could write blog posts about without going insane. I would build the second one to diversify on the off chance something happens to the first one, and same thing, keep posting content regularly and just never stop, that’s how you make money with SEO! It is a persistence test, it is a consistency game, and if you are patient enough to just never stop posting, you will win in the end!
Why This Is a Persistence Test, And Why The Key Is To Just Never Stop Publishing Content as Fast as You Can!
To finalize this blog post on how to build a portfolio of websites from scratch, I basically wanted to tell you to strap up, get ready, and to post as much as you possibly can, as quickly as you can, for as long as you possibly can. Some very realistic revenue estimates with just basic ads up on a website are as follows:
-100 blog posts – $20 a month
-500 blog posts – $150 a month
1000 blog posts – $350 a month
5000 blog posts – $3,000 a month
10,000 blog posts – $7,000 to $10,000 a month per life. Or the ability to sell the website for as much as $500,000 lump sum.
If I told you that if you got to 10,000 unique, quality blog posts that were SEO optimized on your blog that I would give you a check for $1,000,000.00 once you were done, no matter how long it took you, would you do it? That’s essentially what your customers are telling you, so get to writing, and no matter what happens, never lose sight of the dream!
Final Thoughts On How to Build a Portfolio of Websites from Scratch, My Opinion
Hope you enjoyed reading, this blog post was a bit more conceptual and motivational than technical but I think you get the idea. Slap up a website and get to writing, trust me you will not regret it. For more details and information on all things business and finance, be sure to read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
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