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Monthly-RoundupLast month I started writing ROUND UP posts for this blog.

In round up post I try to analyze my business activities, growth of this blog, traffic stats and summarize my plans for future.

Check out my first round up blog post here.

Lets see what happened in February -

As far as concern to SRI, February was the month of activities. I started writing for this blog again. (Previously this blog was rarely updated) During entire month I managed to write almost five posts. Most of my time has gone towards reading and creating content for few niche sites that I am building actively, so I pays less attention to SRI.
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On Page SEO

Whatever era it may be of internet, on page SEO is basic and crucial thing of every website. Get it right and search engines will definitely reward you.

If you are a newbie and looking for few practical tips about on page SEO then I hope this guide will help you to learn the basics.
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This is my first report about SRI in 2014 and will going to publish such report every month.

Monthly-RoundupI have written few  earning reports in early months of 2013 then I stopped writing my earning reports.

There always a good side and bad side of publishing income online.

I have seen my competition got increased as soon as I started publishing earning from my niche sites, so please do not expect to read my earnings from niche sites in this post. But may be occasionally I will publish earning report ;-)

If you are one of those; who knows me personally or following this blog since 2012 then you might seen that during last 7 to 8 months of 2013 I have not published any content neither I have updated my progress on this blog. This is only because I was reading many business related blogs and was trying to learn new changes in SEO. 2013 was a really clumsy year for me. I build few sites that does not brought any income but things are changing since last four months.
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It’s been almost 3.5 years now; when I understood that my hobby of building websites can be turned into a thriving business.

Soon I monetizing my websites and things changed completely. Before that I was just a curious guy about internet and was building mobile site on Yahoo Geocity.

My online journey was never been easy and never will be easy; it has ups and downs. But when I look back, I found that; I could have been done better than whatever I have done in past. I learnt few lessons from my mistakes and hope someone will learn from this.

This is not just a simple list post of my mistakes but this is something that you might be missing.

Lesson Learn

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Every business start with an IDEA whether it is in real world or virtual world. But with advanced technology made it real simple to start an internet business for any one who are willing to work hard & smart.  One can easily start working online to generate money and good thing about it that it does not demand for setting up any office, store or retail shop. After spending almost three years in online business and internet marketing here is my favorite internet business ideas that can be helpful for newbie.

Internet Business IdeasOne important thing you should keep in mind before you proceed to read further that like real life business online business also demands your time and efforts, they will never grow solely on autopilot but if done perfectly with good strategies you can run them on autopilot in future with your minimal involvement.

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Failure-Success

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If you have been on my blog  before and checked out my archive, possibly you might be stumbled upon my Goal post for 2013. After spending a month analyzing my success and failure in 2013 as well as planning the things strategically for 2014 & implementing them successfully; I am here to round up all the things I have done in last 13 months.

When I look through the whole year of 2013 and my goals that I planned for 2013, many things runs to my mind. If we talk about making money online 2013 has been a good year for me (though the not a great year like 2012  ;-) ) My niche sites that I built in 2012 still makes money everyday even though got severely punished by all Google updates. They all are built on EMD and got punished and my income dropped. So I dropped few niche sites in 2013 and only kept 3 niche sites from 2012 that brings the traffic and money. I never ever updated these old sites neither I gonna updated them in future.
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Feeling achieved, getting back to SRI again :-). My last post was on 01 sep and since then I stopped writing on this blog. Don’t have any valid reason to give but it was just pure laziness that stopped me from creating some content here. Many time life keep throwing different challenges to you and you have to be strong enough to deal with it. Whatever challenge it may be; you have to face it. May be it is health, financial, or family problems you have to deal with it.

Okay, lets get to the business mode. If you are reading this, you might be aware that few month back I have participated in Niche site duel from Pat and was building a niche site. It is almost 4 to 5 months my site is up and running and I have rarely documented any progress on this project.

Speaking about the niche that I have selected for this blog is ‘Kitchen Niche’. I am selected a product that is being used in kitchen  so I can able to monetize my site with amazon affiliates. During the month of July my site was having almost 6 to 7 articles and during August I have added  two more articles. The final article was published in September & currently site is having  11 articles. Most of them has been outsourced from textbroker.

With 11 posts and few hundreds of backlinks (counting both nofollow and dofollow) and most importantly after going through all the nasty updates from Google; site is currently ranking #6 for its targeted keyword and ranking 1st or 2nd for few other keyword since last couple of months and bringing approximately 40 to 60 visitors per day. Though this is not a great achievement  as far as concern to traffic; but whatever traffic that site is getting now; is HIGHLY TARGETED and bringing few sales for me ;-)

Here is screenshot of stats -

NSD-2-stats

 

Monetization -

I have monetized this site with Amazon affiliate. (One of my goal for this year was to build an Amazon affiliate site to diversify my income streams) It’s easy to use and implement. It is interesting to experiment with site to see what works best. When it comes to Amazon contextual links work better than image links. During November I have added a CALL TO ACTION image in sidebar and seen the growth in sells :-)

NSD-Earnings

Site is earned almost $170 since last four month, out of which 80% income is came from last two month.  For this month site has generated  almost $51 and still 15 days of this month has to go ;-). Inspired by this site I have started two more sites (2nd & 3rd in screenshot) to improve my referral rate and both of them are in draft (means I am not working actively on them) both of them have huge potential and will bring lots of money if ranked well in Google but I am not working enough on them. The main reason behind doing so is to let the site survive themselves for few months and once site become few month older I can go hardcore on link building.

SEO Part -

Many bloggers might be interested in the SEO part of this case study. With lots of Google updates since last few month SEO is become a difficult task. Building links  does not work any more as it was working few month back. Search engine getting really smart to understand organic backlinks. Though the LINKS are integral part of internet and backlinks are gonna stay here for long time. Without links web will be a dead place. Assume a webpage which does not link to other webpage!! You will feel like stucked in prison which does not have any door to go out.

The SEO that I have done to my NSD site is working well. If this works for my other two sites that I have mentioned above; I will share it on SRI.

Future Plans -

The future plans with NSD site is to see how it perform in next two months. Once 2014 starts I gonna add some more content to it and will go for few more secondary keywords.

Working on NSD site and understanding the complete procedure was fun and I am getting some results which keeps me going forward. If you are done reading this post so far please dont forget to leave your insight; it motivates me to pump some more content on SRI ;-)

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I know It’s been long time since I not posted here anything! Most of you reading this might aware that I have started a Niche site as a part of Pat Flyn’s Niche Site Duel and my site is up & running with almost 10 to 12 posts. Building niche sites and is actually a easy task but finding the market and KEYWORD’s are the main important factors in this process. If you fail to find best keywords then you are planning your niche site failure from scratch. Yes quality content, SEO, Backlinks, Social media sharing do affect the success of niche sites but if you fail at KEYWORD selection 99% your site will be either failure or you will end up spending thousands of dollars on SEO and other stuff.

Lets shade some light on my NSD 2.0 progress -

Since almost a year I am building niche site and earning few bucks but I never done any project that documented every step, success, and failure of my nice sites. So I grabbed the opportunity of NSD 2.0 to open up my few cards. Almost three months back I have competed keyword research and came out with a possibly low competitive KW, you can check out that process here. Though I have not revealed my KW yet!!

Most difficult thing while building this site I have faced is my ENGAGEMENT with another niche site! Yes before NSD 2.0 started I was building one health related niche site (which now rank well in Google but does not earned a penny for me; seems like a failure to me :-( ) and was paying full attention to it, this reduced my working hours on SRI as well as on my NSD site. But I have managed to complete almost 1500 words homepage article for my NSD site and outsourced few articles.

Next step I done with my site is BACK-LINKING.

I have done this pretty slowly. Initially I have submitted my site to few DIRECTORIES, then added few HIGH PR comments, then few anchor text backlinks after which  I never worked on my NSD site since last 40 to 50 days but my site ranking on first page of Google for few low competitive keywords and got few visitors in August ;-)

I have decide to add few articles to my NSD site in coming Weeks and to give more time to build some quality backlinks which can eventually help my site to rank better.

How I Indexed My Brand New Site in Google withing couple of Hours! 

While searching for few more low competitive keywords I ended up on one KW for which I have decide I will build one more niche site to increase my Amazon sales and to increase my commission rate. I brought the domains (Yes I brought all .com, .net and .org TLDS ). Then redirected .net as well as .org to my .com domain. Immediately installed wordpress and uploaded Thesis theme, added ‘Google XML Sitemap’ plugin, tweaked my theme and published a post with almost 650 words and a Image. Overall process took my one and half hour.

I wanted to see how fast Google can Index my site so I have not left my focus instead I submitted my post to almost 10 to 12 high PR social bookmarking sites, and created one video with the help POWTOONS and exported it to youtube with my new sites link.

After a hour I have checked Google with sites URL and there it is :-) Google has indexed my site, all bookmarks, a youtube video!!!

Its amazing feeling to see how fast this is happened!!

 

 

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Adsense earningsAfter Amit Agarawal thousands of Indian students, professionals, moms  are becoming full time blogger. They are doing great work. In last few years many professional bloggers emerged from India taking ‘Indian Blogger Community’ to a next level. With rising bloggers community their income also increasing rapidly.

I have started my blogging journey in 2012, though I was writing haphazardly on many website before I started blogging in true sense. If you check my Adsense earning for 2012 it’s been in 5 figures in dollars; which is a descent amount to live life happily in India.

When any Indian earns money he is liable to pay taxes to Indian government. There are few slabs provided by income tax department to file an income tax for every Indian these can be found on Indian govt site, just Google it. ( I am purposefully not providing them as they are subjected to change every year) (Please note that I am neither a professional Chartered accountant nor any tax expert; whatever I shared here is my personal experience, so before you file tax please contact your CA)

Once you finalise your total Adsense earning for a financial year, it become easy to see how we can file tax, these can be shown under the head ‘Income from Business or Profession’ and ‘Income from other sources’. If you are a full time blogger and earning major chunk of your income from blogging then it will come under ‘Income from Business or Profession’ otherwise it will come under ‘Income from other sources’

Receipts of monthly Adsense earnings (One can get it from Adsense dashboard) are really important while filing tax on Adsense earnings.

It is important to show all expenses related to Adsense earning as a deductions from that income. SO it is important to keep track of all expenses that we spend on our online business. It includes Internet bills, Newspaper & Magazine bills, Print & stationary, Domain name & Hosting bills, web designing cost, advertising expenses, staff salary, computer purchase bills etc. After deducting all business related expenses whatever income you left is liable to pay tax.

Recently it has been clear that blogger does not require paying service tax on Adsense earnings. (Please understand that service tax is different than your income tax). To know more check out the this post on labnol.

There are few other things that can help you to save the tax like premium for medical insurance for self and family member, premium for LIC or any other company approved by Income tax board, Fixed saving deposits in nationalized banks etc…..list is exhausting and can be found here.

 

 

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MoneyWelcome to monthly income report of SRI.

So far SRI completed four monthly income report and we are back with our monthly income of May 2013.  I did not making fortune online but surely I am making enough money to live my life comfortably in India. I have started this report series just to show any new blogger that making money online is possible and with proper strategy and smart work every one can achieve success online.

Lets get to the stat -

Smart residual income has completed 900 pageviews in May with average visit duration 2.44 Min which is slightly reduced than before, because my posting frequency is reduced since last couple of months. Since there is not much new content bounce rate is also increased than previous month.

By the way whatever traffic I am getting on SRI is organic and I am not putting extra efforts to bring new traffic or building backlinks to SRI.

Important Going On -

I have participated in Pat Flyn’s Niche site duel and already completed my keyword research as well as my niche site is up and running with few post. I am still developing content for it as well as building backlinks for that niche website. Details about that niche site is beyond the scope of this post and will be covered in upcoming posts. Till then I feel good to inform that my new site is ranking on 5th page of Google :-)

I am also busy building a another niche site since May which will be monetized with adsense. This new adsense site is ranking on second page of Google.

May Earning Report -

Google Adsense Earnings- $596

Previous Month – $670

Difference-  -$74

With lots of updates in Google algo my all niche website loosing there ranking which causing drop in my earning. Only best things is that my 5 websites are able to bring minimum $20 per day in my pocket no matter whether they are ranking in Google or not. My plan is to build a site with possibly best content and to rank higher as much as I can, I am reading a lot to understand best SEO so my new adsense site does not loose ranking in future Google updates. I always talked about diversifying my income source and finding something else than adsense. It seems like I will be able to monetize my niche site with Amazon; that I am building with Niche Site Duel.

Please be tuned for future updates on Niche site dual ;-) seems like I have chosen a correct keyword that have low competition to rank for in Google.

 

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