I’ve got some terrific news: My new niche website (NS2) is currently ranking on the first page of Google at #4 for my main target keyword!
Believe it or not, this comes as a great accomplishment to me because it means that all the tricks and things I learned through the first niche site do in fact work! This is also very exciting news to me because if I consider how much my first niche site (NS1) makes in terms of a modest residual income every month from the advertising, I now just DOUBLED my income potential! Can you imagine how much money I could be making after experiencing success with perhaps 5 of these types of sites? The possibilities are endless!
Although I was, of course, targeting to get on the first page of Google, this does come as somewhat of a surprise. The website itself was only created just over 1 month ago. My first niche website is still not even on the first SERP (search engine results page) even after 7 months of effort.
Another reason why this has been a pleasant surprise:
- NS1 is currently receiving an Average Keyword Competitiveness (KC) = 35 using Long Tail Pro to analyze the first page results.
- When I originally did my research, the main target keyword had a KC = 24. Recently when I’ve analyzed it, it received as high as KC = 39!!! When I saw that, I was instantly starting to have my doubts about whether or not I would ever be able to get the site to rank close to the top or not. To my delight it has found its way to the first page and that is something I feel good about. I guess this is just a lesson in seeing how easily the first SERP results can fluctuate.
What I Did to Get Niche Website 2 to Rank on the First Page:
To give you an idea of how this process has been going, I’m going to share with you a log of the tasks that took place during this creation. I really wanted to understand the process better this time around and thought it would be very beneficial do document my actions and see what I can learn from them.
Plus a lot of the comments you guys have been leaving have been asking about my link building process. So now you can see what it is that I do.
Here are the actual actions that were made over the last month:
- 6/22/2013, Rank +500: The domain is purchased and the theme installed. My main static page content is uploaded and my first post is published.
- 6/23/2013, Rank +500: Three more posts are published.
- 6/24/2013, Rank +500: Google Webmaster account code uploaded and verified.
- 6/27/2013, Rank +500: Two more posts are published. Also added Google Adsense ads.
- 6/28/2013, Rank +500: My first back-links created by making a few blog comments.
- 6/29/2013, Rank +500: Submitted the site to several very popular blog directories (Technorati, All Top, etc). Also made a few more blog comments.
- 7/1/2013, Rank +500: Started publishing new weekly posts. Commented on some more blogs.
- 7/2/2013, Rank +500: Started my weekly submission to blog carnivals.
- 7/3/2013, Rank 34: My blog finally starts to show some rank for the main keyword! However, the result is very interesting. It wasn’t my main URL that was ranking. It was a subpage pointing to one of my archives pages. That was kind of weird….. I also started my weekly submission to popular social media sites.
- 7/4/2013, Rank 35
- 7/7/2013, Rank 16: The same URL to the archive page is the one ranking. Not my main URL.
- 7/13/2013, Rank 39: More weird stuff. Now the archive page that was ranking has vanished and a different archive page is ranking for the main keyword. Not my main URL.
- 7/16/2013, Rank 15. NOW my main URL is the one ranking for my main keyword.
- 7/17/2013, Rank 8. Doing even better. Now the main URL is on the first SERP.
- 7/20/2013, Rank 8.
- 7/25/2013, Rank 6
- 7/27/2013, Rank 21
- 7/28/2013, Rank 21. Uh, oh. Time to do some more commenting.
- 7/31/2013, Rank 6. That’s better. I’m back on the first page.
- 8/02/2013, Rank 4.
- 8/03/2013, Rank 4. Let’s hope we keep moving in the right direction.
I do think that I will have some difficulty getting to the No. 1 spot for my keyword choice. The jerk that holds that spot has a pretty strong post. (LOL – the jerk is me and it’s a post on this site that is ranking for the first spot).
Niche Site 1 Progress:
NS1 is still holding strong at the #10 to #11 position for the main keyword and has been that way for some time.
As I mentioned before, I do not plan to give up on my first niche website. I still do weekly back-linking and maintenance for NS1. It is my belief that I’ve got a lot of great quality content there, and given the fact that several of the blog posts are ranking on the first SERP for their main and secondary keywords, I’d say that other people can agree with that as well.
I did receive a lot of great comments during my last niche site update encouraging me to keep uploading content to the site. I’ve seen a lot of differing opinions about whether or not it is critical to keep posting new content to your site. Some people believe you have to do this often. Others do it once a month and their site continues to enjoy high ranks, great search engine results, and lots of traffic.
Therefore, so as not to risk endangering any of my progress, I have decided to post at least 1-2 new articles on the site each month. That should keep the website relatively fresh without creating a lot of extra effort on the back-end for me.
I think that one of the biggest things I did differently between NS1 and NS2 was to outsource the content and get that all created way ahead of time. Even though I did all the keyword research and architecture for how the niche site would come together, outsourcing the content saved me an incredible amount of time which I plan to recuperate from quicker earnings.
Therefore, I’ve decided to try outsourcing yet another task. This time I will be using oDesk to outsource the mundane tasks of submitting to blogger carnivals and social media sites. I know that a lot of the big-time niche website masters use these virtual assistants (VA’s) to do these types of things; everything from site management to uploading and responding to comments. Though I don’t plan to go that far yet, I will try this out and see how it goes. What I hope to get out of it is more time to work on my overall strategy or higher level tasks.
Readers – What do you think of the progress of NS2? Do you see anything different you would have done? Was there anything I did that surprised you? Who has experience with oDesk?
Previous Niche Site 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
- Building My Money Earning Sites – Niche Website Update Part 6
- Niche Website Update 7 – Site Number 2 Launched!
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