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$0 to $3000/Month in 4 Months: Mental Health Domain Case Study

For Jason Mills of The Affiliate School, an SEO expert of over 6 years, the use of aged domains was a relatively new experience.

In March 2022, after I spoke with Jason about the benefits of older sites, he picked up an aged domain from the SerpNames inventory.

The domain Jason chose was in the mental health space; a highly competitive niche also called YMYL (Your Money Your Life). Google holds these kinds of websites to a high standard. Therefore, it is more challenging to rank in YMYL niches than in others. 

I will show you, step by step, how the chosen domain went from 0 visitors and $0 revenue to generating:

  • 5,600+  visitors per month
  • $3000+ per month

All within 4 months. 

For privacy, the domain name will remain anonymous. But I will share screenshots and stats with you.

Are you ready? Let’s get into this. 

Background Story

Who Is Jason?

Jason Mills is an SEO expert who has been in the field for over 6 years. He runs Rise Online, an agency that helps SMBs achieve online visibility. Over the past 4 years, Jason has focused on building his portfolio of sites. After hearing about the benefits of aged domains, he decided to add an aged site to his portfolio.

I went on Jason’s YouTube channel for an aged domain Q&A. Shortly after, I offered him a pick from our SerpNames inventory of aged domains.

Why Jason chose this domain

Jason went into our inventory and took a look around. He picked a domain in the mental health niche. 

While making his selection, he considered the following core factors:

  • Niche relevancy of the domain
  • Backlink profile

For Jason, the domain’s relevancy to the niche was the most critical factor. Identifying the niche would allow him to position new content similarly to existing content. 

He also wanted to pick a domain with a strong backlink profile because it helps estimate a site’s value and predict expected results. A site with many quality backlinks from high DR domains may yield better results.

Jason also looked at the anchor texts. He was happy most were branded or naked-URL based. According to Jason, targeted anchor texts for backlinks tend to look unnatural and attract Google penalties. 

Once he chose a site, our team transferred the domain to him within hours. We also included a starter pack containing color schemes and site logos.

About Domain: Initial Site Metrics

At the time Jason acquired the site, these were the metrics:

  • Niche:
    • The domain is in the mental health niche. 
    • Jason decided to focus on the Nootropic supplements niche, which is highly competitive and profitable
    • The domain is also in the YMYL (Your Money, Your Life) space.
  • Value: The site was valued at $3000. But, we gifted him the site.
  • Backlinks and Ahrefs Domain Rating:
    • Ahrefs Domain Rating: 38
    • The site had 659 backlinks, 153 referring domains, and 130 do-follow links. 
    • The links included mental health and tech because the site promoted a company’s software.
    • Many backlinks came from influential sites like:
      • bbc.co.uk - DR: 93
      • techcrunch.com - DR: 92
      • crunchbase.com - DR: 90
      • wired.co.uk - DR: 89
  • Traffic: 0 visits
  • Revenue: $0

Month 1 – May

May initial stats:

  • Traffic – 1.
  • Revenue –$0. 
  • Backlinks – 659
  • Referring domains – 140
  • DR – 39
  • Ranking keywords – 19.  Most ranking keywords were branded.

What Was Done in May?

In May, Jason focused on pushing new content. Here’s everything he did, in order.

1. Jason chose the US market and zeroed in on the niche

Even though the domain’s TLD is .com, many backlinks came from .uk sites. The domain was registered with a UK address and marketed primarily to a UK audience. 

However, Jason decided to break into the US market. This allowed him to target larger search volumes and the global market, which increased the site's revenue potential. 

He also decided to market Nootropic supplements only. Even though the keywords in this niche aren’t many and tend to be competitive, the affiliate commissions are high.

2. He resurrected old pages and redirected some backlinks

Jason analyzed the domain’s powerful backlinks using Ahrefs to ensure they were still active.

To utilize the site's link juice, he resurrected the pages with backlinks pointed to them. That is, he updated the content of those pages and internally linked them to relevant new pages.

He also 301 redirected the following old pages:

  • The blog subdomain to the homepage
  • An author’s page to a new page
  • A blog post to another new page

3. He published a lot of new content

This step was Jason’s main focus throughout the entire month of May. His main goal was to hit the ground running and publish as many new articles as possible. 

Jason hired 2 writers plus himself – making the site’s content creators 3. With himself also on board, he could reduce costs and the workload for his writers.

He published 1 buyer’s guide and 5 individual product reviews. They totaled 14,452 words and cost £755.60, equivalent to $913.

All the new articles targeted commercial keywords. To find achievable keywords, he found low DR sites ranking for relevant competitive keywords and reverse-engineered their keywords. You can check out this video for how Jason chooses keywords.

Each article he published had EAT signals—for instance, each article included a publish date, fact-checked status, author name, and affiliate disclaimer. 

EAT stands for Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness. EAT signals are elements on a website that shows Google that a site is credible.  

Jason also used 5 to 6 internal links per article. The anchor texts for internal links were exact or partial matches to keywords.

4. He set up a basic WordPress site design

Jason did not spend a lot of time on the site’s design. At this point, his design setup could be simplified to:

  • A navigation bar with links to category pages like Mental Health, Brain Boosters, and Supplements
  • Links to the latest reviews and featured articles on the homepage
  • Featured images and CTA buttons per article

He set up individual review pieces as pages, while roundups, buyer’s guides, and informational content were set up as posts.

He also installed WordPress plugins like Rank Math SEO, ThirstyAffiliates, and Smush Pro.

According to Jason, you should not waste time on the site’s design. At the beginning of a site project, focus on the content and the primary site structure. Start building topic relevance. Do design later.

5. He set up monetization channels

He added the domain to his FanFuel affiliate account and joined several other direct affiliate platforms. These programs had no set entry criteria and judged applications site by site.

Problems Faced

Jason had an indexing problem in May. He found that old pages had been indexed again by Google and were ranking, but all of his newly published pages were not indexed.

He decided to wait for Google to index them naturally. He published new content, internally linked articles, and waited for Google crawlers to notice them.

Results

There were no significant results in May. Traffic went from about 5 visits to 21 daily visits. He had a total of 223 visits in May. Users spent about 3 minutes per page.

Month 2 – June

June initial stats:

By early June, new pages started getting indexed and ranked.

What was done in June?

  1. More content was published

Jason published 10 to 12 new articles in June. He added 5 new review pages, 1 new buyer’s guide, and 1 new info article. He paid for 5 pieces— a total of 10,000 words for £500 ($632).

  1. Jason enabled new design elements

Jason added a secondary navigational bar with links to an editorial process page, about page, and disclaimer page. These pages help build EAT signals that increase the site’s authority. For a YMYL domain, strong EAT signals are valuable. 

According to Jason, the editorial process page helped to give the website authenticity and build trust with readers. 

Another new design element was a reusable block for an affiliate disclaimer. It got added to every affiliate blog post. The bottom of each article also had a reusable block for the author’s bio.

  1. 1 new backlink came in

Jason acquired 1 new backlink in June. However, it’s doubtful that it had any impact on the domain. Rankings have been seen because of the existing backlinks on the aged domain.

Problems Faced

No significant problems popped up in June.

Results

Rankings:

By the end of June, all pages had been crawled, and new pages indexed. Some keywords were already ranking high. For instance, a “neuriva vs. prevagen” keyword with a 3,600 monthly search volume ranked number 3 on Google. Several other keywords ranked number 1 and 2.


Traffic: 

There was a 988.8% increase in organic traffic. Daily site visitors reached 151 per day. 1154 website visits were recorded in June.


Earnings:

Jason’s main affiliate program is FanFuel. In June, there were 94 clicks, 7 conversions, and a conversion rate of 7.45%. For each click, Jason earned £2.5. Revenue from Fanfuel was £233.96 ($262.79). Jason made $48 from Stacked Brands and $20.70 from Ubernets.

Total revenue generated in June was £290.81 ($351.46)

Month 3 – July

July initial stats:

July started with traffic of over 1000 monthly. About 20 articles have been published. Several are ranking number 1 on Google. 

Also,  1 affiliate sale came through at the very start of July. That 1 sale generated an affiliate commission of £59. It goes to show how choosing a profitable niche can be amazing.

What was done in July?

  1. 6 new articles

Jason published only 6 new articles. 3 articles targeted commercial keywords and were set up as individual pages in WordPress. The other 3 were published as posts. 2 were informational, while 1 was commercial. All were indexed and ranked shortly after.

He spent $300 on new articles.

  1. A new design for Calls to Action boxes

A new call-to-action reusable box was added to articles to increase engagement and drive conversions.

  1. New backlinks

Jason brought in 2 new backlinks by guest posting on relevant sites.

Problems Faced

No major issues came up in July.

Results

Rankings: 

Just like the previous month, 6 keywords ranked number 1 on google. The difference was that more competitive keywords came to number 1. For instance, the “neuriva vs. prevagen” keyword, ranking number 3 in May, was number 1 in July. 19 keywords ranked on page 1. Most of them were commercial keywords. 

Traffic: 

Organic traffic increased by 183.36%. The domain attracted hundreds of visits per day, with daily visits peaking at 203 per day. Total monthly organic visits for July was 3270.


Earnings: 

437 clicks were registered on Fanfuel. There were 39 conversions, a conversion rate of 8.92%, and revenue per click of £3.14. Income from Fanfuel was £1370.70 ($1679)

6 sales came in through Ubernets and generated $275.81. 3 sales came in through Stacked Brands with commissions of $72.85, $48, and $48. In total, revenue from Stacked Brands was $168.85. 1 sale was generated with Amazon for a commission of $4.94

In total, revenue in July was $2039.

Month 4 – August

August initial stats:

Daily traffic was consistently over 150, and many keywords ranked on Google’s page 1. New pages are being indexed within 24 hours.

What was done in August?

Similar to July, 4 to 6 new articles were published in the aged domain. Again, about 5 of them were commercial keywords. Jason added 2 new backlinks through guest posting and link insertions.

Problems faced

There were no problems in August

Results

Traffic:


Earnings: 

On Fanfuel, there were 744 clicks, 66 conversions, and a conversion rate of 8.87%. The income generated from Fanfuel was £2,698.93 ($3032.49)

Ubernets recorded 192 clicks, 5 sales, and a conversion rate of 3.09%. The total commission from Ubernets was $193.85.

Total revenue for August was  $3226.34.


In Summary:

  • Jason focused on publishing new content during the first 2 months.
  • He published about 10 articles monthly for the first 2 months, then settled at 4 to 6 per month
  • 90% of articles targeted commercial keywords
  • He gradually added new designs and slowly built EAT signals
  • Used Ahrefs and Keyword Chef to find low competition keywords to target
  • From the beginning, he had monetization methods set up

A recap of the results Link building: 

In total, 10 new backlinks have been added to the site. Most of them came from guest posts and link insertions. Jason targeted high DR, high traffic, and relevant niche sites for new backlinks. Most links were directed to commercial pages.

Expenses:

May: $913

June: $632

July: $300

August: $300 

Total costs: $2145

Earnings:

May: $0

June: $351.46

July: $2039

August: $3226.34

Total revenue: $5616.8

ROI:

$5616.8 - $2145 = $3471.8

Plans for the Site – What to Expect in the Coming Months

Jason says he will continue to publish new content and target as many keyword opportunities as possible. Once the site's full potential has been reached, he plans to sell for a decent multiple.

He will continue to promote specific affiliate products and may build an email list.

Wrapping Up

The biggest challenge while running this site was consistent content creation. But it is solved because Jason now has systems in place. Jason's SEO tools include Ahrefs, Keywords Everywhere, Detailed Chrome Extension, RankMath, Keyword Chef, and RankMath.

Jason saw no significant problems with this site. He says that he may only work with aged domains from now on. 

In his own words, “Right now, aged domains work brilliantly. I would now not consider starting sites from scratch as the time-saving and money-saving benefits of an aged domain are vast.” 

The story does not end here. We will release updates on how this aged domain grows over time. Subscribe to stay notified.

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