Unfortunately after many attempts, my niche website has still not broken into the ultra competitive Top 10 in the Google search engine results (SERP) for my main keyword. While some may call that a disappointment (since the goal for most money earning sites is to make it to No. 1 and start generating revenue), I’m not completely sure that all hope is lost just yet. I have noticed a few very interesting things that put a little bit of sunshine over my situation. Let’s take a look at them:
First off, my Google Adsense account for the past two months has generated about $35 each month.
Although this does not break the bank, that’s not all that terrible – especially for not being on the first SERP like I aim to be. So that makes me think that with perhaps a little more effort, I could potentially increase this my prospects. Why do I think that?
Well, consider that if I am making SOME money, it has to be coming from somewhere. So where?
Without hardly any real promotion or activity, I can see in my Google Analytics account that the site has averaged around 75 to 100 visitors per day.
When I compare that to the incredible amount of effort to get My Money Design to the same traffic levels, I am amazed that this has happened naturally on its own. (Though I do note that some of that traffic may be a direct result of these public updates).
So with some organic traffic and some earnings, what is going on here?
The answer is simple:
- While I’m not ranking No. 1 for my main keyword, that doesn’t mean that I can’t rank on page 1 for other popular keywords.
Just take a look at my Google Webmaster query results.
As you can see, my posts are getting picked up for more and more search queries as I add more and more articles.
A more thorough review of the results shows that:
- My money earning site is ranking on Page 1 for at least 12 versions of keywords
- Each of those keywords is bringing in traffic
As I scroll down my Webmaster results and compare that to my main keyword (not shown), I appear to have no click-through traffic from it whatsoever.
Niche Website Conclusions:
With 20 high quality posts on the site, all between 500 and 1,000 words and SEO compliant, the site does appear to have some potential as it seems to be getting found naturally by regular visitors and having some small conversions. But the main whale post on the homepage seems to not be receiving any attention at all from organic traffic. So perhaps this is where the biggest avenue of growth can come from.
So at this juncture, I’ve decided to do the following:
- Leave the site alone for a while and see what happens to the earnings, rankings, etc.
- The only thing I plan to do is some minor backlinking to make sure the site gains some metric popularity.
- I’m going to discontinue adding any new posts. See below and I’ll tell you why. I could of course always come back and add more content later if I really wanted.
Outsourcing My Link Building?
I’ve been pretty cheap when it came to this niche site because I wasn’t really sure what would happen. It could be a complete flop or maybe it wouldn’t.
I think altogether I’ve spent about $25 on the site for the domain registry and privacy protection. The monthly hosting is free because iPage allows me to have unlimited domains under one account. So this niche site piggybacks onto My Money Design.
So taking a step back at where the site has gone so far and what I’m personally capable of as far as link building and SEO, I had to ask the question:
- Should I open up my wallet and pay someone else to do the link building?
After all, just like when you don’t know how to fix something around the house, it simply makes sense sometimes to outsource it. Sometimes these kinds of things are better left to the pros. Even Spencer from Niche Pursuits used a virtual assistant to build some of the links for his No. 1 niche site. Scroll over to the “Link Building for My Niche Site” section.
So there I was – all set to outsource my link building campaign on eLance when I was abruptly persuaded by a blogger friend NOT to do it. He made a valid point that choosing the wrong service provider could do more harm than good, and that I was in a much better position having control over the issues myself. Plus with the site so close to page 1, why risk it?
So for now, I will continue to build the links myself manually while I give the content creation a rest. I think this is a fair trade-off of time and effort. And if my earnings increase, that will only prove my point further.
But to my readers: Does anyone have any experience with outsourcing link building? Any horror or success stories?
Adding More Money Earning Sites?
Just like I alluded to in my previous post, I do have intentions to try this whole niche website process over again BUT this time with a much better targeted keyword. That means doing first things first: Finding THE RIGHT keyword through a valiant effort of research. Looking for keywords may not be the most exciting part of the website creation experience, but I do have strong beliefs (after witnessing it first hand) that the right choices with high traffic and low competition CAN equal extraordinary results.
So here’s some good news: I believe I may have my next target for Niche Site 2. This is why I mentioned above that I would probably stop creating content for my first niche website and spend some time researching this opportunity. Obviously this is a very early announcement and I still have a lot of work to do before I can move ahead with it. But I am very excited to give this another try and see what happens. With any luck, I will be able to turn this into a portfolio of money earning sites before the year is over!
Readers – How have your extra niche website projects been going?
Previous Niche Website Chapters:
- Starting the Next of My Extra Income Ideas – Building a Niche Website
- Niche Website Project Part 2 – The Unveiling
- Building My Money Earning Sites – Niche Website Update Part 3
- Building My Money Earning Sites – Niche Website Update Part 4
- Building My Money Earning Sites – Niche Website Update Part 5
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