Using Google keyword tool for content ideas

Content ideas

The Google keyword tool is a very good tool to find new content ideas. If you put in a keyword, the tool will give you suggestions on other keywords, the search volume and the CPC (cost per click) that comes with the keyword. If you are in a specific niche it can be hard to find new post ideas. With this tool you don’t have an excuse to find new post ideas.

Yesterday I got my motivation killed a little bit, but I got over that again. I just pulled out a fresh 1,000 words on the creditcard site. Made 2 pages on it with keywords found on the Google keyword tool. I’m about to post them on social media to get them ranked and see how they do. I also installed a word count plugin to see how much words are online and I got a bit embarrassed. The total word count is only 7,000. This is really low for a content site. Good I know this so I can work on it…

Online investing

I am checking webmaster forums to see if there is anything up for sale for reasonable prices that have potential to make money online. I got a budget of a few hundred for this just to try some things out. I will keep you updated on if I buy a domain or website.

Motivation Killer

First two days of the new month have passed. I worked quite a few hours the last weekend of January to start the new month strong. Till now I only made €0.02 on Google AdSense which is really killing my motivation to work on my content sites. It got me thinking if I’m heading into the right direction… Maybe I should ditch Google AdSense and go with affiliate marketing? Not sure what to do… Maybe I am pulling that dead horse I was talking about in my last post..

While thinking about affiliate marketing and how to get into it I checked a couple of affiliate marketing blogs. All these guys are killing it with a few thousand profit a month (some way over that). It all looks so easy but it is definitely not! I got this great domain for a sneaker affiliate shop… I bought it for way too much money last year when I had a short rush of getting back at the make money online niche. Well, I got new motivation and I guess these kind of set backs are part of the game. Got to make it through this…

Enough said, back to the drawing table and I am not sure what to do yet with the creditcard site… The goal of making €100 a month on Google AdSense looks further away than ever… The actual number of earnings on Google AdSense in January; €5,00. *depressing*

No lazy Sunday today

Today I put some good work into my creditcard site. I updated all posts from the site (25 posts at the moment) and got some new content in as well. I am still not sure if i’m pulling a dead horse here but okay…

Internal linking

One of the SEO factors is internal linking. Google also notices content easier and quicker when internal links are good. Most of the older posts didn’t have any internal links in the content. So I got through all posts and added 40 to 50 internal links in total if i’m guessing right.

Updated content

While checking posts for internal links I also updated some of the content. I’m still getting the hang of it again as I didn’t blog or write for a long time. So it takes some time to write a few good sentences that make sense on the creditcard topic. In some posts I just added a few words / changed sentences and in other I wrote an extra 200 to 300 words. Now lets see if this helps the rankings

Google AdSense

I also changed all Google AdSense ads on the site. I’m trying some of the recommended sizes now including the responsive size. The responsive banner ad will change to the device that is visiting (desktop, mobile, tablet) which should do good I guess… I tested myself on desktop and mobile and it looks good.

Like I mentioned before in this post I am not sure if it’s worth it to work on this site. The site is nearly two years old and never brought in any money. I will find out after a month or two I hope.

New Domains

Today I registered some new domains as well. These domains are in the financial niche and I am planning to make some small Google AdSense sites on it. They are exact match domains and get around 250 to 1000 exact searches monthly for the keyword(s). The financial niche is not easy I know… But lets give it a try.

Testing Google AdSense

Last week I decided to put up some Google AdSense ads on the neglected creditcard site I started 2 years ago. In the past I have been earning a decent amount with Google AdSense. Some months were over €500,- which is a nice extra. But I am starting at zero again. The ads are online for a little over a week now and in the image below you see the results of the last 7 days.

AdSense last 7 days

A bit over €1,50 in the last 7 days. Makes an average of €6,- a month. Not something to brag about… As I am back with new motivation and putting in hours again to create new content and links I expect the earnings to climb.

Google AdSense Goal

I just came up with a new goal of earning €100,- monthly with Google AdSense in the month of April. That gives me a full two months to do whatever it takes to make that €100,- in April just on Google AdSense. After this I will set a new goal, but lets first see if I can make it to this one!

If any of you is starting with Google AdSense and has some questions, please ask me in the comments and I will be happy trying to help you out.

Putting in hours

Just checked one of my servers to see what my old sites were doing apart from collecting dust. I remember starting a creditcard website in late 2014 and it still gets some traffic. It’s not much but around 800 uniques generating 1,500 pageviews. 82% of that is organic traffic (stats from last 30 days).

Fresh content

To check if this site is worth it to work on again I started to make a couple of posts in the last week. I did some research on semi popular word phrases on the google keyword tool and put up some unique posts about it. One of the posts ended up at #11 in google.nl (It’s a dutch creditcard site). That shows me it’s not that bad and i’m thinking of working on it again and putting in more hours on this website.

Started a new website

In my last post about selling another domain I mentioned I also bought another domain for €50. A generic term with an exact search volume of 22,000 monthly. I checked google and the top 10 results were all deeplinks, which shows me there is not THAT much competition. Just got a WordPress site installed on it and I will publish a new article this afternoon to get it ranked. Not sure which way to go with this site as it is in the recipe niche and I never had a site in this niche before. At least i’ll make sure I get top-notch images on it which seems important in the recipe niche.

I’ll keep you guys updated on both the creditcard site as the recipe site. Also got other plans for a new site in mind but more about that later!

Sold another domain

Buying and selling domain names is an option to make some extra money online. Although most good domains are already years registered you can snap up quite good names for a few bucks on webmaster forums / marketplaces. Most of the times I buy a domain with an idea to develop. But as you might guess, that idea will soon be collecting dust or i’m not getting the motivation to get things done. I’m working on the motivational thing though, more on that later…

€120 profit with zero work

The domain I bought set me back €140 and I bought it on a domain auction site. There were a couple of other bidders that drove the price a bit up. It was a pretty generic term in the web hosting business and actually was trademarked. The plan was to build a review kind of site about web hosting but I decided to sell it off as I have much more domains and old sites that need my time. I ended up selling it at a webmaster forum for €260.

Yesterday I bought another domain for €50 which has an exact search of 22,000 monthly for the term. It is in the recipe niche and this domain will be developed into a website. More on that later.

If you have any questions or good stories about buying and selling domain names, don’t hesitate to put them in a comment 🙂

Hello Again!

A first post begins with ‘Hello World!’ in WordPress. Not this time… I started blogging like 10 years ago and was done with it after a couple of years. The blog I had was about everything happening online with a focus on the make money online niche. Blogging helped me to stay focussed on my goals. After selling the blog and signing up for corporate life I lost my focus on creating sites and making money online. Why would I? I get paid every month and it is enough to live on.

The Quest;

What happened? Why start blogging again? Well… to make more money! I got new motivation and life is too short to fool around and working a 9-5 job till you are 70 (ouch). The actual last push that made me getting back tot the make money online scene are these two images of waitbutwhy.com;

a 90 year human life in years

a 90 year human life in months

At this point i’m 30 years old, that means one third is already gone… No time to waste! My goal is to make enough money online to quit my job and do whatever I want. The plan is to share everything with you! If I make money online I will blog about it and will tell you what I did to get there. I know the online world has changed a lot in the last few years, but I am sure there is still a lot of money to be made!

If you want to know more about me, check the about page or ask me in the comments.