I’ve got to admit that I’m slightly frustrated. Ever since the Google penalty was removed from my niche website, I was happy to see it go from as low as Number 40 and stabilized between No. 16 and 20. But then over April it hasn’t really moved too much beyond that …
Obviously the goal with building these money earning sites is to make some money! With Google Adsense as my major monetization stream for this site (for now), I’m not going to receive nearly as much action on the bottom of SERP 2 as I would if I were at the No. 1 spot. That’s why cracking the Top 10 spots by getting to the first page of Google and eventually the number 1 spot is absolutely imperative if I want to see any amount of significant income.
And so that leads me back to the question of “what to do”. While that may seem pretty straight-forward, I’ve had some experiences that have left me a little puzzled. Here’s what’s been happening:
I’m not sure if I just made up a new phrase here with Accidental Organic Optimization, but I can’t think of what else to call it.
Here’s the funny thing I noticed this week about my niche site IRA vs 401k Central.com:
If you’ve had a website for any length of time, then you’re probably already aware that every 3 months or so Google will give you “grade” called a PageRank. Your PageRank is simply a score of how prominent your website is, and it can have a lot of implications on other factors like your earning potential, rank placement, and more.
If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to increase PageRank within Google, rest assured you are not alone. My Google PageRank was pretty much stagnant for 9 months at a PR2 before it finally increased to a PR3. Even though I’m not an expert on search engine optimization, I have tried a number of things to get my rank to increase. Consider this a “regular guy’s guide” of straight-forward strategies that I have personally used and had some success with.
When last we left, the latest of my money earning sites seemed to be lost in the desolate wastelands of ~ No. 300 in the Google search results. No one was ever going to find my website, and it was surely never going to make any money! Obviously I did something wrong, and Google wanted me to know. Thankfully, I was able to get a clue as to what my sin was and what I should do to correct it.
Here’s what I did to get my niche site back on track. If you’d like to read previous chapters, follow the links at the bottom of this post.
A brief introduction for those who don’t know me: My name is Matthew Allen and I blog over at Dumb Passive Income about all the things I’ve been doing to try to create online passive income. Creating sites and systems that will earn money passively has become an absolute obsession of mine. Admittedly, there is nothing passive about the amount of time I have spent and continue to spend to build up these sources of income. But, I am finally beginning to reap some of the rewards for all of my hard work. The coolest thing about building sites or systems to earn money passively is that once the work is done – you can just let it sit and earn while you work on something else. I’ve experimented with several different strategies, trying to find which works best for me. This is how I got to where I am today…
It’s been only 3 months now since I really started to crank things into high gear and focus on developing my niche website: iravs401central.com. For anyone who wants some background, you can read about my development in Part 1 and Part 2. My goal is to figure out what works and create a portfolio of money earning sites that will contribute to my passive income initiative.
If you’ve been following along (and I appreciate the interest), here is an update on how things are going:
Thank you for being patient with me and returning this week to see the unveiling of my niche site. If you’re just now joining me, then you should know that last week I talked about how I was finally going to get to work on the next of my extra income ideas, and that idea was to create a niche website (a smaller and more concentrated website that is built around a very specific keyword).
If you follow the blog carnivals, then chances are you may have come across it already. But in case you haven’t, without any further ado, here is a snapshot of my niche site project: Read more
With P2P investing off the table as one of my extra income ideas, I got right back on the horse and turned my attention towards a new type of side project: Building a niche website.
For those of you who are not familiar with what a niche site is, it’s generally a smaller type of website that focuses on a very specific topic. If its full of good content, then they can be of great value to readers who are interested in that subject. Chances are that you’ve probably typed a very detailed search term into Google and one of the first results that you’ve clicked on was a niche site that someone created.
Did we really just quote some Dickens’ to open this post? A Christmas Carol was always one of my favorite Christmas stories, but that’s not what’s got me thinking about this topic.
This week I was trying to clean off some of the broken links from my site in hopes of FINALLY raising my Google Page Rank score in the next update. While running the link checker, I kept noticing the same trend of broken links popping up in the results window: Past personal finance bloggers.
Yes, if you really want to bum yourself out, go visit your post archive from about a year ago, and look at the names of the people who used to leave you comments. I was finding that a pretty significant number of them no longer visit my site. I decided to find out why.
Bloggers – Do you reply to every blog comment that is left on your site? Given some pretty tough work weeks and time constraints, I’ve been asking myself that question lately as I try to optimize the time spent on this blog.
Like many newer bloggers, I’ve felt compelled to respond to each and every blog comment left on my site out of respect and appreciation for the time spent visiting my site. But sometimes when its 11 PM at night and I’m just now getting around to logging onto my site for the first time, it can be extremely difficult.
Plus as my blog grows, comment volume increases, and other activities take priority, I question whether replying to each and every comment is really value-added or even necessary.