In this article, I will explain how I went from zero to 1000 organic traffic in 30 days with a brand new URL. You will learn the fastest ways to rank your website and get out of the Google sandbox period as soon as possible!
Google Sandbox Effect
Every year I try to build a new business. In November 2019, I started a new website that will eventually be monetized via ads and Amazon products.
If you have ever started a new website, you know that it can be a huge task. You have to create content, do the keyword research, hire a new team, and start publishing.
There are so many different things to consider and organize when it comes to starting a new website.
Google also has a sandbox period for brand new websites. If you have a new URL that you’ve never used before and it has no reputation online, it’s going to take a while before Google trusts your website and starts ranking it.
Within 30 days of buying this domain and publishing content, I was already getting 1000 organic visitors per month. This traffic now continues to grow month by month.
Getting Your First 1000 Traffic
I will teach you the exact blueprint that I used to get my first 1000 organic users. You can simply follow the steps and replicate them yourself. I have separated these easy-to-follow steps into three different parts – Keyword Research, Content, and Link Building.
Step one is keyword research. It blows me away that so few people do keyword research for their site before they start publishing content.
You don’t want to just be publishing and praying for success. You need to have a strong strategy that you can focus on for keyword research.
This will make or break your website. When it comes to keywords, you’re essentially creating a foundation. You want that foundation to be as solid as possible so that you will rank for the keywords that you’re targeting.
So, how did I do it?
I looked at my competitor’s keywords to assess what they are already ranking for and if their keywords are generating traffic to the site.
I chose not to look at really authoritative websites with super high rankings, but instead reviewed smaller websites that I knew would be easy to outrank.
Taking this approach meant that my new website could be set up to rank higher than them by having better quality content and more links to my site.
If you want to try this for yourself, I recommend going onto Ahrefs and finding a competitor that has a DR of less than 25. These are low authority websites.
All you have to do is go to the Organic Keywords section and this will give you a breakdown of the keywords that competitors are ranking for and how much traffic they’re getting for each keyword.
When you look at the keywords you need to ask yourself:
- Should I be creating content for that keyword?
- Can I easily rank for it?
- Does it make sense to try and rank for that keyword?
- How much traffic is it going to generate?
It is pretty much as simple as that.
Now that you have a list of keywords that you know your competitors are ranking for without many backlinks to their site, you can use these keywords to generate more traffic to your website. You can use this information to go after the competitors that are getting a lot of traffic.
Publishing Content (Without Writing a Word)
My next step was to publish a lot of content.
Almost as soon as I bought the URL, I had over 50 articles published on the site using a team of writers I had hired and outsourced to.
This was very easy because I based it on the keyword research I had already done.
I had preselected a keyword that the competitors listed had already ranked for. I knew it would be very easy to outrank them because they had very little authority on their site. All I needed to do was create better quality content.
I hired the writers from the freelancing website UpWork. You can also have a VA (Virtual Assistant) in place that manages your whole team.
If you have the resources, I would recommend outsourcing as soon as possible. Writing is such a time-consuming task and you should be focusing that time on growing your site and other more important activities.
It is also very hard to publish high quality content if you’re writing it yourself. This is because it can sometimes take hours to write a blog before it is even ready to publish.
Link Building (The Game Changer)
Lastly, it was time to start building backlinks to my website.
Link building is a game-changer for any website because it generates more authority for your site. The more links you have, the more authority you have.
When you are a new website, you are a brand new URL that has no reputation on Google.
Google doesn’t trust just any website, especially when it’s completely brand new. This is also known as the Google sandbox period. It can take three to six months or even longer before you start getting a decent amount of traffic to your site.
So, how do you get links to your site? One of the best ways is via cold email outreach.
Reach out to websites that you want a link from, promote your content and you will be surprised how many websites will link back to you.
The trick to link building is to focus on getting relevant, high quality, and authoritative links from other websites.
This article has essentially summarised my blueprint for how I went from zero to 1000 organic traffic in one month with a completely new URL.
By following this blueprint you will be able to increase your traffic fast and get a higher ranking.