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    • #14411
      Spencer Haws
      Keymaster

      The month of October was the first FULL month of the AI site challenge! I’m excited to start seeing more and more traffic and results!

      You can see the all the reports for the first month right here!

      (I’m still accepting reports, so this will be updated over the next few days).

      Go ahead and check out all the reports, video updates, and more.

      Thank you!

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    • #14415
      Jenny Meechan
      Participant

      Filled in the form (twice, because I sent a link to PayPal invoice by mistake the first time so please can you delete that!) and this is my video https://youtu.be/Ue7z4Yad4zs?si=6YMNBviOGQ5dU9Zy

      • #14425
        Diane
        Participant

        Jenny you’re not alone with the low stats and absolute lack of time (school holidays scupper any chance of working on this!) so don’t be disheartened. Your accent sounds fairly local – I’m in Blackpool

      • #14509
        Jenny Meechan
        Participant

        It’s so hard fitting it in around actually earning plus looking after the kids! I’m Grimsby, but I’m not sure it has much of its own accent, when I go down south no one can place me!

    • #14416
      Brad
      Participant

      Bowing out of the competition, another project is taking off very nicely and I need to double down and focus on that!

      All the best to all participants!

      • #14418
        April Duffy
        Participant

        Good luck with the other project!

      • #14492
        Brad
        Participant

        Thank you, April! Really appreciate it.

        All the best to you in this challenge!

    • #14417
      Madison Cates
      Participant

      Here’s my video! I forgot to add that I am also working on backlinks as well.

    • #14419
      April Duffy
      Participant

      Here’s my video (form submitted).

      I swear, I’m still in this! πŸ˜‰

      • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by April Duffy.
      • #14423
        Madison Cates
        Participant

        Haha, I always love your videos! You got this!

      • #14522

        Love your enthusiasm! You were not afraid to change your topic, this is great!

    • #14421
      Alen
      Participant

      Here’s my video!

      Not particularly satisfied with the numbers but hopefully the site will pick up steam.

    • #14422
      Bec
      Participant

      Hi all!
      Here’s my video for month #1!
      Please excuse the shocking videography and baby – rushing out the door for a holiday!

      Working on a POD site with ChatGPT product desc. and starting to get my pages indexed on search console now- organic traffic is 0 but I’ve seen some impressions!! Hopefully month 2 sees a little more success haha.

    • #14424
      Diane
      Participant

      Here’s my video. Hope that everyone else is doing better than me! https://youtu.be/J6E01nP27Pg

      • #14426
        Diane
        Participant

        Wow just watched some videos I’m impressed by how many articles people are publishing! I’m at a grand total of…..7 posts πŸ˜… I seem to be in my own personal competition for ranking with the least amount of posts πŸ˜†

      • #14430
        Sjpals
        Participant

        I only have 9!

      • #14432
        Diane
        Participant

        Go us Presto Names! I’m glad I’m not alone πŸ™‚

    • #14427
      Silvia
      Participant

      Hello!

      My progress is slow, but since I’m not putting in much effort (I don’t have enough time), it seems ok.

      Here’s my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP8taclvyHM

      • #14523

        Great video!
        I have a question: Why do you want to publish videos on TikTok? And not on YouTube?

      • #14561
        Silvia
        Participant

        Thanks!

        TikTok is easier to use, videos can be prepared and uploaded quickly. Videos on TikTok are shorter, which suits my niche because it’s not serious πŸ™‚ And according to my tests – I have more views, comments on TikTok.

      • #14573

        Thanks for the reply, Silvia!
        I have started a YT channel and plan to post only shorts there. I do not know if you know that YT shorts are like TikTok videos and reels on Instagram.
        On TikTok, do many viewers go to the profile to click on the website link? Or is there another mechanism to channel them to the website?

    • #14428
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      We’ve got things moving and picking up steam. Very few clicks but G knows we exist and is getting to know the site. I have not hit all my personal goals but the team is doing great and I’m feeling pretty good! Lots planned for November. Onward and upward!

    • #14429
      Sjpals
      Participant

      Looking forward to seeing how everyone else is doing. Here’s mine https://youtu.be/TeiMHJ6rRnk

    • #14433
      Adrian D.
      Participant

      Here is my video (Nov. 1st Check-in – report on traffic from October):

    • #14434
      Jen
      Participant

      Here is my video for Update #2!!! https://youtu.be/3AaqgfqIT8g

    • #14435
      Ryan
      Participant

      Here’s my month 1 update. Pretty boring so far on the stats front. I’m happy I’ve been able to stay consistent with the project. https://youtu.be/TlHzAgWxdvk

      • #14525

        wow, you have published a lot of content!!! How about the possibility of being penalized? You are not afraid of that?

    • #14436
      Ryan
      Participant

      Anyone who’s having trouble getting their site indexed, I’d suggest using the rank math instant indexing plugin. For Google you have to take a few extra steps, which sounds daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy if you use this post from Rank Math to walk you through it. Hope this helps! I set it up day 1 and my site has 375 pages indexed vs 11 not indexed. https://rankmath.com/blog/google-indexing-api/?utm_source=Instant+Indexing+Plugin&utm_medium=Setup+Guide+Button&utm_campaign=WP

      • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Ryan.
      • #14442
        Alpi
        Participant

        Nice one. Will have to give it a try.

    • #14439
      Sarah Auerswald
      Participant

      I’m happy to say the new site had 14 visits in October – and it makes me want to work harder in November.

      Video update: https://youtu.be/fRLjXBSvR1E

    • #14440
      Alpi
      Participant

      Here is my Vlog for October.
      Had about 20 clicks in GSC, nothing spectacular, but an ok result for a brand new website.

      Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3gV2Zc5ac8

      • #14526

        oh wow, what a challenging month has it been for you!
        In your video, you mentioned “Web stories” – what’s that?

      • #14574
        Alpi
        Participant

        Web stories is essentially a Google product, a plugin that you download on WP. I use it to create something similar to FB/IG reels/stories with the added bonus that it can appear in Google discover. I had websites where one of these slides brought in 5k traffic per day for a short period of time.
        They can also be monetized and I’m pretty sure it counts as google search traffic. This is what helped one of my websites to apply to Mediavine after only 6 months I created it.
        So it can be quite good, if your niche fits the profile. Usually image heavy, visual websites in the fashion, cooking recipes, etc have a lot of success, at least in my experience.

      • #14575

        oh cool, thanks so much for the detailed explanation, Alpi! Appreciated!

    • #14441
      Tom
      Participant

      Here’s the link for our monthly update:

      Great to see everyone still smiling!

      Cheers Spencer.

    • #14443
      learningmachine
      Participant

      1st-month update https://youtu.be/TZ_y8IvVnpo

    • #14444
      Holly
      Participant

      Only 11 articles live so far because I’m completely time-poor right now. Urgh! But 20 clicks is a start!

    • #14445
      Tom Seest
      Participant

      • #14446
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        GA4 has been connected but doesn’t seem to be collecting. Search console numbers are better. I reported GA4 as instructed, though.

      • #14450
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        SiteKit reports 127 users for Organic Search from GA4 but the GA4 Front end shows me nothing. It also reports 325 users overall from GA4. Search is reporting 9 Clicks through SiteKit, and 217 Visitors.

        I’ll try to study up on GA4 and try to figure out Google’s latest helpful content for getting it to display something besides a 0 when I try to get the numbers.

    • #14447
      Tom Seest
      Participant

      • #14448
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        218 Posts for this site. Going well. Getting no love from GA4.

      • #14449
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Even though GA4 won’t report users or traffic to me directly, the Google Site Kit plugin does:

        According to it, I got 30 Users from Organic Search in October using numbers provided by Analystics. And, 183 users overall. How Google can make GA4 report the numbers through the Site Kit plugin but not directly in GA4 is beyond belief. Search Console shows 30 users as well.

    • #14451
      Dan Crone
      Participant

      October report. Whole lot of nothing to report as I haven’t launched yet. I don’t think I posted here last time. Well, by the time the contest is over, I’ll be doing it right.

    • #14452
      Ian
      Participant

      Hey all, here’s my month 1 progress report:

      This is essentially the prompt I use in ChatGPT. I say essentially, because mine is customized to fit my site’s needs. The one below is a very general prompt that would work for almost any type of article. Of course, for certain use cases (like recipes or product reviews), the prompt should be more customized. I’m sharing the general one below because it’s more universally useful than the very specific prompt I use. Mine is extremely similar, though. Replace the words in [brackets] with the appropriate information. Use the GPT-4 model.

      Prompt:

      Instructions for article targeting the keyword β€œ[your keyword]”:

      Title should be simple and descriptive, and list the target keyword first.

      Article body:

      [Insert your outline]

      Guidelines:

      Please add a quick summary after the introduction section. Concisely summarize the important points from the article using bullet points. Label as β€œQuick summary”.

      Use simple wording that is easy for anyone to understand, but always use proper terminology.

      Be thorough.

      Do NOT leave any section unwritten.

      Use short paragraphs.

      Use formatting like bold, italics, lists, and tables where possible.

      Avoid fluff.

      Avoid explicit section and heading labels like β€œV.”.

      Optimize for NLP with the provided target phrase.

      Format using markdown for CMS compatibility.

      Maintain proper heading structure. The title should be H1. Main headings should be H2. Sub-headings should be H3.

      If the article is too long to create in a single output, simply stop when necessary and await the user to prompt you to continue.

      End Note:

      Take a deep breath and ensure you grasp the format and guidelines. Do you require any clarifications before we proceed?

      Once ChatGPT confirms that it understands the requirements and is ready to proceed, simply ask it to begin.

      ChatGPT will pause at some point. When it does, simply ask it to continue.

      NOTE:

      If ChatGPT isn’t following one of your instructions, specify what it did wrong and ask it to try again.

      For example: β€œLooking good, except that you forgot to ______. Please try again”.

      If ChatGPT continues to forget your original instructions, the context window was likely exceeded. If that’s the issue, you will need to begin a new chat.

      The context window basically means how far back ChatGPT can remember. For GPT-4, the context window is about 6,000 words (which includes both your instructions AND ChatGPT’s output). However, in my experience, ChatGPT begins to forget things even before it reaches 6,000 words.

      Feel free to adjust the prompt as necessary. The real customization is within the outline. The rest of the prompt simply helps minimize the need for editing, and helps ChatGPT to follow best practices.

      • #14494
        Alpi
        Participant

        You seem to be getting a lot of impressions but only a few clicks.
        I also noticed that your title prompt for ChatGPT is only one line:
        “Title should be simple and descriptive, and list the target keyword first.”

        I would experiment with a tool like https://headlines.coschedule.com/headlines.
        Take the title from 10 of your articles that have the most impressions on GSC and throw them into that tool.

        You might get a better CTA with a better optimized title.
        Good luck.

      • #14500
        Madison Cates
        Participant

        Does changing titles hurt anything? Do I reindex after I change it? I’m getting over 20k impressions but few clicks. I think I need to update headlines

      • #14502
        Ian
        Participant

        Madison, changing titles can affect click through rate, but otherwise shouldn’t hurt anything. You don’t need to reindex. Also, it’s better to just change the title tag (that shows up on the SERPs), not the main H1 heading that shows on your page. All the SEO plugins I know allow you to just change the title tag without changing the heading.

      • #14501
        Ian
        Participant

        Thanks, Alpi! Cool tool! I entered a few of my headlines and they scored higher than the tool’s alternative suggestions so I’m not sure the headlines are the CTR issue. I think the bigger issue is that a few of my articles rank at the bottom of the first page, and the keywords that I’m targeting can be answered satisfactorily by any result. There’s no need for the user to scroll down and click a lower result. The niche is English grammar, by the way.

    • #14453
      Troy De Ville
      Participant

      It’s a super short video because I’m at work lol. There is little to report, a few clicks here and there. A bunch of articles are not indexing. I’m going to work on backlinks.

    • #14454
      Janet Brandon
      Participant

      I’m not part of the challenge but I am following your progress closely and results are encouraging to me.
      I started my hybrid website (ai/human content) in September, and so far, have 83 articles published (44 indexed).
      Ave position 44.9, wish I had more clicks and impressions though.
      99 health score in ahrefs, ranking for 68 keywords in ahrefs with top position 26 (so work to be done!), 4 backlinks.

      Congrats to all participants for your work so far, and keep up the good work!!!

    • #14455
      Harshajyoti Das
      Participant

      Google might have penalized my site. From a peak of 7.2k impressions, now it is getting 0 impressions. The next focus is to start editing the articles and see if it makes any difference.

      • #14516

        Oh shoot, the penalty happened so quickly! Sorry to hear that! I hoped we had more time/content to spare before getting under the hammer 😬 I have been carefully editing all my articles from the beginning, which slows me down, of course, but gives more trust to Google, hopefully.

    • #14456
      David
      Participant

      Hi everyone, here is my one month video update, cheers!

      • #14461
        Amit
        Participant

        Site is looking great and nice to see a fellow Zimm user here. Great job πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    • #14460
      Amit
      Participant

      Happy November Y’all! Here’s my Oct update video πŸ•ΊπŸͺ©πŸ€–

      Good luck to all and enjoy your Nov πŸπŸ‚πŸ¦ƒ

    • #14465
      Mike B
      Participant

      My October Video Revew

      • #14504
        Jon Kurtis
        Participant

        Why are you waiting to submit the sitemap? That is always the first thing I do after going live with a new site. Just curious the reasoning.

      • #14514
        Mike B
        Participant

        Jon,

        It’s just test to see if Google will pick up the pages naturally. I know submitting is the way to go but I have another site in which google hasn’t crawled my website since October 10. So I’m not sure what’s going on with Google. It could be simply because the sites are new.

        Another reason is that I would like to get up to 50 articles before submitting the sitemap and see if that helps in any way.

        Again…just a test.

        Thanks for the question!

    • #14470
      Johnson
      Participant

      Hey,
      Here is my update for October. I’ve only had 38 clicks but I’m expecting to get more clicks in the next month. I’d say that I’m still motivated and satisfied with the results.

      My video update

      • #14518

        100 articles, wow 🀯 No signs of a possible penalty? I am really scary of getting penalized πŸ˜…
        What tool do u use for Pinterest?

    • #14474
      Rajneesh Singh
      Participant

      I am stuck. So far 11 articles. Will make progress this month…

    • #14483

      Here’s my video! In October, I got a whole one organic traffic visitor πŸ˜… I also started a YouTube channel for this website and posted 1 short. This brought me a few referral traffic visitors 😁 I also plan to start a second AI website….πŸ™ˆ

      • #14520

        Just thought that I should write some facts about I am doing things:
        – for generating text, I use Surfer SEO, which is a bit expensive compared to ChatGPT but is very convenient to use when it comes to editing the text and uploading it to the website
        – in October, I got 1 organic visitor after publishing 11 articles.
        – editing the articles manually slows me down a lot but hopefully, it will prevent from getting penalized down the road
        – I also use my own images and my own face on these images to show Google that it is not a faceless website!
        – To understand my topic better, I bought a subscription to an online community that provides me with a lot of knowledge!
        – my niche is in Gardening and I really enjoy writing about it; it is important for me to keep me pushing!

    • #14484
      Chelsea
      Participant

    • #14486
      Ashley
      Participant

      I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to spend on this project over the last month, but I’m encouraged by the progress I’ve made with the time I’ve had. https://youtu.be/76UzEaresVY

    • #14489
      Seb
      Participant

      hey y’all! here’s my October report. πŸ™‚

    • #14491
      seogiraffe
      Participant

      Here’s my update!

      So far things are still slow. But I can see ranks popping up in the top 100 and with the little off-site SEO I’ve done, I’d say that’s pretty damn good.

      Excited for the next few months where the focus shifts to more off-page SEO.

    • #14493
      Brad
      Participant

      Ok, I decided NOT to bow out after all.

      Here’s the update! Congrats to everyone who is still in the running and I hope November is the month that you see 10x progress.

    • #14496
      James Montgomery
      Participant

      October Update

    • #14503
      Jon Kurtis
      Participant

      I feel very behind on the challenge as I have nothing published yet. But I do have 2,589 “Definitions” generated which will be part of my Lawfred.com site. I have not started on NameGrail.com or WordGrail.com, which are the other 2 sites I am intending to build.

      So far I have wrote a script to scrape quite a bit of data that I am using as context in my prompts to the OpenAI API to get better output. I find this helps to prevent “Hallucinations” and give better output. I also ran into issues with rate limiting when attempting to bulk generate using the OpenAI API. I solved this by adding a delay of .5s, 1s, and finally 1.5s. Though in the process I did end up wasting about $5 worth of API usage because I was waiting to “save” the previously generated posts in batches. I have also occasionally ran into issues where the API will hang and then I lose all of the previously generated posts. So it is good I was batching them.

      I’m hoping that next month I will have a lot of articles generated and published.

      Here is my video.

    • #14505
      Natasha
      Participant

      October’s update is here! Slow going so far, but we’ll see how things go! https://youtu.be/2YFBkoMAL24

    • #14508
      Harshajyoti Das
      Participant

      Update on 2nd Website:

      • #14519

        Good luck with the 2nd website!
        And that’s a great tip on how to quickly add custom knowledge to ai-generated text! πŸ‘ I have been writing my thoughts and feeding them to the ai text generator but it was slow and my text had a lot of typos. I’ll try audio transcript!

    • #14511
      Edvard
      Participant

      Here is my October update: https://youtu.be/LdCrtOMMsJg

    • #14512

      hello everyone. My first month update. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHCFD8LTsbI

    • #14513
      Brian Kessler
      Participant

      Hey Everyone! Here is my 1 month update!

      • #14515
        Mike B
        Participant

        Brian,

        I don’t think you are alone with getting very little traffic!

        -Mike

    • #14530
      Temilade
      Participant

      OCTOBER AI SITE UPDATE

    • #14532
      Chris LeBlanc
      Participant

      Hey everyone, here’s my one month update.

    • #14534
      Hassan
      Participant

      Youtube Video for the October Update for the AI-niche site

    • #14536
      Tian
      Participant

      October Update https://youtu.be/5w0b6Q5unR0

    • #14537
      Becki
      Participant
    • #14538
      Gayathri
      Participant

      October month update – https://youtu.be/xQYGTGkL4eg

    • #14545
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Video

    • #14548
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Dear people.
      I am getting more than 500 organic searches by now.

      My video is 10 minutes long, because I wanted to share everything with you. I can also send a transcript of a this video, if you feel overwhelmed by my beautiful accent πŸ™‚

    • #14552
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      What I forgot is say is, that I always tell to chatGPT to write me unusual information and facts, besides the common knowledge.

    • #14555
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Things that help me

      https://ghost.org CMS

    • #14557
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Things that help me

      https://ahrefs.com/keyword-generator FREE AHREFS KEYWORDS

      (sorry for writing many replies, but it just doesn’t want to post all together)

    • #14558
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Things that help me

      https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page FREE REAL IMAGES

    • #14559
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Things that help me

      WHATS TRENDING ON GOOGLE https://trends.google.com/trends/

      Down on the page on the right are Search Queries and make time frame from 2004 for more or better results.

    • #14562
      Charles
      Participant

      Here is my video update: https://youtu.be/n3EubXTzf9c

      So, in brief, I am running 21 sites for this experiment. I have had some setbacks and operational issues that has delayed my progress. Thus, I still haven’t posted a single article on any of the sites. However, my plan is to post at least 5 articles on each site by mid next week, and at least 10 articles by the end of next week. I have started at a slow pace, but am sure I will catch up.

      • #14566
        Vijay Bhand
        Participant

        thats lot of work to do

      • #14578
        Charles
        Participant

        Yes it is. Good thing is that I love such challenges.

    • #14563
      Raul Alessio Carozo
      Participant

      Finaly got my website up and running. It was a bit of a struggle trying to make the time to get it going. Even managed to post 3 articles. Got 20 more ready to go. My aim is just to improve on my previous months efforts. https://youtu.be/Qv398120dMs

    • #14564
      Vijay Bhand
      Participant

      Well, I am an unofficial entry to this challenge, and after seeing the results of other participants I think I’m doing well with my site, as i started late its a 9 days old site and here is the performance so far:

      Articles: 14
      Web Stories: 10
      GSC: 469 Impressions, 3 Clicks
      Discover: 171 Impressions, 6 Clicks.

      There are no links obviously and I’m posting 2-3 articles a day right now so hopefully my site will do well in next few months.

      • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Vijay Bhand.
    • #14570
      Adeel Zafar
      Participant

      October Update, not satisfactory results. But lets hope for best: https://youtu.be/bTGwHnhdzwg

    • #14571
      Adeel Zafar
      Participant

      Not so good performance yet: https://youtu.be/bTGwHnhdzwg

    • #14577
      Murtaza Lodhi
      Participant

      Sorry, just got on board. Wanted to ask if everyone is using brand new domain? Or people are using expired domains as well?

    • #14582
      Tim McReynolds
      Participant

      It appears that I had a sudden case of S.O. syndrome (Shiny Object Syndrome) when I filled out the form for the new site report at the end of October. I filled in the form but never hit the submit button. This time I not only filled in the form but I submitted it. (Sorry for the extra work Spencer.)
      Regardless, my report should strike fear in the hearts of anyone trying for last place because I think I have that placement nailed down.
      Time for new strategies and time to double down on my learning and my actions. It may just be time to release my inner Web Master.
      Good Luck to all.
      I have my video uploaded here https://youtu.be/dbZUnBtRnZw

      • #14617
        Mike B
        Participant

        Tim,

        I’m in a battle with you for last place!! Zero traffic so far. I did want to test Google to see if it would find my site without a Sitemap. Unfortunately, the Big G hasn’t found my site.

        I’ve am interested to see what happens next month. I have 50 articles on the site and will be submitting my Sitemap tomorrow night or early on Dec. 1 to see if that makes a different on how fast G indexes a site.

        Fingers crossed.

    • #14616
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      Deadline is almost upon us! πŸ˜…

    • #14629
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      Hi Spencer, will the NEW site challenge update form be shared soon? Making sure I didn’t miss an email. Thanks!

    • #15309
      Unagi S
      Participant

      I was wondering If I should start a Twitch blog and later on start selling the Twitch viewers services on it?

    • #14567
      Vijay Bhand
      Participant

      thats not gonna work mate

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