Hello again to another edition of my monthly niche website update.
As many of you know this is the part of my wealth building ambitions where I charter my attempts to create more and more passive income streams that will increase my monthly income. This is being done by building up my online business portfolio of various niche websites; each one targeting very specific strategies for making money online.
October was an interesting month to say the least. There were more surprises from Google and a few other let-downs. But all-in-all progress wasn’t too bad. And most importantly my Amazon-based site is finally starting to show signs of growth!
Here’s what happened in October:
Niche Website Income Report – October 2014:
Here’s my income and expense report for the month:
As I mentioned in my post last month, one of the things I’m very excited about with the way my income is going is that it is practically coming from 100% passive income sources. Seriously! This month I hardly had to answer any emails, post any posts, or dicker with potential advertising clients. All my sales and all the money I made was completely automated through affiliate links.
Man, does it pay to be the owner!
Here is a closer look at my income sources for the month:
Adsense = $480.89. Adsense was still pretty steady for the month. But I am concerned about decline in revenue. Unfortunately Google rolled out a few algorithm updates in October that I believe adversely affected my two big niche sites, NS1 and NS2. When Google does this, it affects the amount of traffic coming to your sites and that has a direct impact on the amount of money you earn. I was working on adding some more content to NS1 but I had to back-burner the project for a month due to some other higher priority projects. But I’ll likely come back to it in November, and hopefully some fresh content will help to boost the presence of the site.
Clickbank = $294.64. Last month I did really, really well with Clickbank and NS2. However that income seems to have tapered off. Perhaps all the visitors who usually visit NS2 and clicked on this affiliate link have reached their peak.
Personal Capital = $200.00. I was lucky enough to get at least two more conversions this month. Though I think there is a lot of potential here with this product, I’ll probably start experimenting with other affiliate products to see if I get better conversions.
Amazon = $76.21. Though it wasn’t a huge increase in income, I’m pretty excited about the bump in sales on my Amazon site (the one I call NS4). Here’s a closer look at what’s going on there.
My Amazon Site Finally Gets Some Love From Google!
A few months back I was just about ready to write-off NS4 as a failure. But I have a hard time giving up and crafted a few strategies to resuscitate it back to life. Thankfully those strategies are starting to show some progress:
Higher Rankings = More Traffic!
Even though I’ve had my Amazon site for about 8 months, it’s been very slow to penetrate the top 10 with Google.
But thanks to those recent changes with Google, something unique has happened: A few of my articles made it on to the first page of Google. Including my primary keyword – finally!
Here’s a quick snapshot from SEMRush:
Awesome! That’s a lot of rank-love in the last few months!
What could be causing this wonderful increase?
- Perhaps the Google algorithm changes worked to my benefit for this website and actually increased my positions as opposed to reducing them (like they did with NS1 and NS2).
- The other thing: It’s almost Christmas time! People are way more likely to buy stuff around the months leading up to the big day.
Either way – I’ll take it!
Even though the site is not receiving an overly dramatic amount of traffic each day (about 70), I am seeing more conversions in my Amazon account. Thankfully since the products I’m promoting average around $200-$400 each, that’s about $12-$24 commission per sale.
Adding More Content:
While all of this is going on I’m also working with my writer to get new fresh content for NS4. I’ve got a pretty good list of low competition keywords and I’m trying to get 2-3 new posts up each week.
More good content will just increase the number of keywords I’m ranking for, and that will only help bring me the traffic I need to boost those Amazon conversions.
Like I started in my last update, I thought it might be fun to highlight a few blogging observations and things I’ve noticed this month:
Does Google still value exact match keyword density?
One of the things I advise to people trying to crack the Top 10 of Google is to actually research what’s in the current top 10.
While doing this myself recently I decided it would be interesting to check the number of times the exact match keyword I was looking for appears within those top 10 articles. As it turns out, they almost never do. (This is of course very dependent on the size of the keyword phrase.)
Google has been warning website builders for some time that they will place more emphasis on synonyms rather than exact match text. I believe this is somewhat related to what’s going on with NS1 and NS2 versus NS4.
Does the Google Disavow help?
Is everyone familiar with the Google Disavow tool? That’s the tool where Google allows you to submit bad links to your site to Google in an effort to try to disassociate with them in hopes that your ranks will improve.
Despite its intentions, the Disavow tool has widely been criticized by many website owners as not working very well. Regardless I decided to try this on NS3. NS3 has a horrible link profile.
I can vouch for the tool – I was able to submit my bad links and have them disavowed within 3-4 weeks without any trouble.
One problem – it didn’t really seem to do anything to help my site. It’s overall ranking and traffic stats are still pretty bad.
Do blogroll links help?
Another fun experiment I’m trying is to see if sitewide blogroll links can make an impact on your ranking. This is a strategy that I’m borrowing from The Hoth (you can pay them a boat load of money to do this for you). However I’m doing this on the cheap with Fiverr. What I’ve done so far is to interview dozens of niche related sites to my NS3 site. I found about 3 that pass my quality inspection and placed a link to my site on it.
Unfortunately I need to give this experiment more time to see if it actually works. According to my Google Webmaster Tools account, the links have not been indexed by Google quite yet.
Readers – Did anyone else notice any dramatic changes in their website’s rankings or traffic due to the recent Google changes? Any positive impacts?
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