Health Site Case Study (June 2021) – $511/Mo, New Aged Domain, Link Building

mushfiq sarker

The public case study site earned $511 in June 2021. The focus in June was to acquire an aged domain (done successfully), perform SEO tweaks, and add more content.

Here is what I cover in this update:

  • Site recap, highlights, and setbacks
  • Site revenue and cost breakdown
  • Acquired an aged domain for a redirect
  • Started Shotgun Skyscraper link building using Niche Website Builders
  • Plans for July 2021

For the previous update in April and May, check out this post, or check out all the posts here.

โžก๏ธ Website Flip Status

On April 9, 2021, the asset was purchased for $10,000. The site at that time was earning $180 per month on average over the last 6-months (L6M). This equated to a 55x multiple.

The new L6M average for the site is now at $422 (previous L6M was $343).

๐Ÿ“ˆ Site Recap

For more details on why the site was purchased, make sure to read the first case study update. Here is a high-level recap of the site:

  • Purchased on Flippa for $10,000 via a buy it now
  • Sub-niche within the health vertical; solving a major pain point for many people
  • AHREFs DR 7 with a few quality backlinks
  • Expertly written content with 45 published articles
  • Receiving ~20K organic pageviews/mo
  • Includes a 250-page e-book, backend database for users to find info
  • Includes 2 checklist PDFs given away for free
  • Diversified traffic to top pages (9% to top page)
  • Pinterest account with 36k monthly views (no active management)

๐Ÿ“ˆ June Highlights

  • 10 new articles published
  • Acquired and setup aged domain to redirect to site
  • Optimized post SEO titles using data from Google Search Console
  • Redesigned all pages in GeneratePress from Elementor for faster page speed
  • Started Niche Website Builder’s Shotgun Skyscraper Link Building service (see below)

๐Ÿ“‰ June Setbacks 

  • Traffic has been down-trending
  • Lower revenues from e-book sales than typical months

๐Ÿ“Š June 2021 Website Metrics

Last 12-Months Google Analytics

GG Traffic

Revenue Breakdown

Here is the breakdown of revenues for the past 3 months. In June, Ezoic was operating for a full month and their algorithms getting more optimized. E-book sales from Amazon Kindle program and direct on-site dropped.

April 2021May 2021June 2021
Amazon Associates$48.17$37.72$25.96
Ebook – Website$386.73$371.09$285.53
Ebook – KDP$77.05$72.08$27.69

Cost Breakdown

Here is the cost breakdown for June:

  • Aged domain: $1,104
  • Content: $637
  • Hosting: $15
  • VA: $318
  • Total: $2,074

I have two writers for the site: (1) a registered dietician who charges 10 cents per word, and (2) a native English writer at $55/article fixed. The native writer wrote 8 articles for the site, which were primarily to topically match content with the aged domain (see below).

๐Ÿš€ SEO Improvements

Acquired and Redirected a DR 31 Aged Domain

Through GoDaddy auctions, I found an aged domain in the same exact niche with topical and backlink relevancy to my site. Here are the domain metrics:

  • AHREFs DR: 31
  • Referring Domains: 376
  • Domain age: May 2004 (17 years)
  • Example backlinks: Wikipedia, WikiHow, How Stuff Works, Bustle, Livestrong, and more niche relevant backlinks plus EDU links
  • Domain source: GoDaddy Auctions
  • Domain cost: $1,104

The main reasons for buying this domain was:

  • Old website on the domain matched one-to-one with my site
  • Inner pages on the domain matched closely with similar content on my website
  • Existing backlinks on the domain were impossible for me to obtain

To perform the redirect, I did the following:

  1. Created a press release page to redirect the homepage
  2. Redirected individual pages to 1:1 exact match pages on my site
  3. Wrote 5 new articles that were on the old site but need to be on my site, then did redirects
  4. Nonperfect match pages redirected to specific category blog pages
  5. Catch-all redirect to 404 pages for everything else

This technique was covered in my guide on how to redirect aged domains to niche sites. The strategy can be visualized as follows:

MA Page Redirect plus Silo page

The domain redirect was set up on June 21, 2021. The site will need to be monitored for a few months to understand how it performs.

Takeaways: Buying an aged domain is the easy part. Putting together the proper strategy of how redirects should take place, which articles should be written, and which pages should be redirected is the difficult part. Make sure to take your time; laziness, where you redirect all pages from the domain to the homepage, is the surefire way to get penalized.

Used to find low hanging fruit keywords

KeywordChef is a new keyword searching tool that hit the market recently. I was an early beta tester of the tool. The powerful aspect of this tool is the ability to use “wildcard” operators. For example, I could use seed keyword terms like “Does * cause [TOPIC]”. In [TOPIC], you can place your niche topic, e.g., acne.

Here is a screenshot for a search I did:

keyworc chef 1

This returned 323 keywords of all variations. I analyzed all of the SERP results and KeywordChef automatically highlighted any SERP results that are from forums, Reddit threads, Quora posts, etc. The theory here is that it’s easy to beat out user-generated sites with a detailed article that is SEOed.

Takeaways: I was able to find 15 extremely easy keywords that other tools like AHREFs did not uncover for one seed keyword. I can rank for these easily over time. Easy win!

Optimizing Post Titles and Tracking Results

The previous owner of the website was not an SEO specialist. Therefore, most of his article titles were not optimized for high-traffic keywords but the content is still getting traffic.

I used Google Search Console to do the following:

  • Filter for keywords that receive high impressions and are ranked in the middle of the SERPs (position 5-10). I also look at the clickthrough rates to catch any low values.
  • Optimize the title tag (SEO tag and article title) for a variation of these keywords
  • Resubmit the page for indexing

Takeaways: After doing this, it’s a waiting game to see if they start creeping up in the SERPs and generate more traffic.

I’ve partnered with Niche Website Builder to have them build links using the shotgun skyscraper technique. I will provide a completely unbiased look into their entire process, the content they write for me, the backlinks they build, and everything else in between.

I had a face-to-face call with the link building team in late June. The process of their service is as follows:

  1. Month 1: researching topic ideas, writing the content, and setting up the prospect list (no active link building)
  2. Month 2-3: actively link building to the skyscraper article
  3. Months 4+: another new article is posted, new prospects found, and continue link building

Immediately after the call, they sent me 3 topic ideas for a long-form article they can use as the link bait for backlinks. I picked one of them.

Since I have a dietician on my team, I asked the link-building team if I could have her review the content for accuracy and add in more research to make it more authoritative. The team happily accepted and said that will provide an even better chance of attracting links.

Takeaways: Niche Website Builder’s onboarding was great so far. Their link-building team genuinely wants to see success. The topics they chose for the article were highly relevant. Stay tuned for next month where I will reveal the article they wrote and provide an update on the next steps.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Revenue Improvements

To promote my digital products, I added a mobile footer sticky that follows the user. The sticky has a call-to-action to the digital product landing page. This is what it looked like:

After running this setup for 1-month, I checked on the clickthrough rates, and it was extremely low:

Screen Shot 2021 07 01 at 10.15.44 PM

With over 10K visitors and a 0.3% clickthrough rate to my landing page, that is too small. I disabled the floating bar and instead opted to add Ezoic’s sticky advertisement. This will yield more potential revenue.

Takeaways: Always keep track of your stats and keep testing. On my previous sites, the footer floating bar converts well. However, for this site, it did not. On this site, a display ad in that same location will perform better. Standard easy wins do not work on all sites.

๐Ÿ†• Plans for July 2021

Here are the plans for July 2021:

  • Implement AAWP product boxes and comparison tables in articles
  • Add 10 new articles
  • Add new Ezoic placeholders for increased revenues
  • Research new affiliate programs with higher payouts than Amazon

Thatโ€™s it for this update. Stay tuned for next month’s update.

mushfiq sarker

Analyzed by Mushfiq Sarker

Mushfiq has been buying, growing, and selling website assets since 2008. His first exit was in 2010. Since then, he has done 218+ website flips with multiple 6-figure exits. He is the founder of The Website Flip. Check out all Mushfiq's articles, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

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