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[Journey] My First Niche Website

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by UncleS, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. UncleS

    UncleS Newbie

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    Intro

    So as the title says, this is my first go at a Niche Website. I'm not a total n00b. I worked really hard at college where I was studying advertising and when I graduated I got a bursary to do a short course in SEO. I recently finished and now I want to apply myself, work hard and make money! The reason that I didn't end up going into advertising is that, in my country, I would be earning $600 per month. :cow04:

    My Niche Website

    I've been working on this project for about a month already. So far I've picked a niche:

    Keyword Monthly Searches CPC Google Results
    #1 61,500 $3.24 244,000
    #2 9,900 $1.87 95,700
    #3 2,500 $3.014 17,200
    #4 4,500 $2.27 5,610







    #1 is the main one that I'm aiming to rank for, but I know it's going to be considerably more difficult in comparison to 2, 3 and 4.


    Link Building so far:

    Social Bookmarks
    Money Site 17
    Tier 1 (5x Web 2.0s) 55
    Current Strategy (Each week, spread throughout):


    • 3x Articles to Money Site
    • Reddit/Tweet/G+ Each article
    • Send Fake social signals (retweets/favorites/G+ Shares) - just a few for each
    • 2x Article Directory Submissions
    • 1x Set up Tier 1 Web 2.0
    • ~5 manual social bookmarks for money site
    • ~10 manual social bookmarks for each Tier 1 Web 2.0


    What do you think of my little strategy? I'm doing everything manually myself at the moment as I don't have any budget for tools yet.

    Here's how I've been ranking so far:

    Google
    Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 5.40.47 PM.png

    Not really seeing much progress here.

    Yahoo & Bing
    Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 5.44.00 PM.png


    As you can see I'm ranking at position #4 for keyword #4! Which might sound like nothing to get excited about to a lot of you but it feels like progress to me :)


    Traffic:
    Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 6.14.08 PM.png

    With my current rankings I'm not getting any organic traffic, so 99% of the traffic that I'm getting is from the articles I post to Reddit. As a result my Bounce Rate is horrendous (91.59%). I think that's the reason anyway, let me know if my logic is sound: I think that people on Reddit are keen to get back to Reddit and are very unlikely to browse the website. That being said, I just installed a Related Posts plugin yesterday to try improve it as much as I can. Yesterday's bounce rate was 78.95%, so it looks like that could have helped.

    That's it for now. Let me know if you think I'm on the right track, or if you think I'm an idiot and I should not be doing Y but doing X instead, please reply below. I'm going to be doing a proper update like this each Sunday so stick around, it's gonna be a fun (hopefully profitable) ride.
     
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  2. asap1

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    Good luck OP, you keywords are looking pretty good :D
     
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  3. maddawgmackem

    maddawgmackem Junior Member

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    good luck mate, ill def follow this one . As when I'm done with my journey ill be rocking a seo journey.
     
  4. UncleS

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    Awesome, good luck with your journey.
     
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  5. MaxReformation

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    Looks like some good keywords. How's the competition?
     
  6. arpitagarwal82

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    Are you going with EMD of keyword domain?
     
  7. chamal

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    currently how many articles you have on your money site ?
     
  8. UncleS

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    Google Competition for the Main Keyword:


    Position PR Alexa Rank Domain Age
    1 N/A >50 12 years
    2 3 >145,000 0.5 years
    3 N/A >140,000 0.2 years
    4 N/A >600
    5 3 >55,000
    6 2 >500
    7 N/A >100,000
    8 3 <300,000
    9 N/A >50
     
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  9. UncleS

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    Yes, unfortunately the EMD was taken and is ranking at position 2. So I went with a prefix and then EMD.com
     
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  10. UncleS

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    16 articles, a static homepage explaining what my niche is all about, and 1 really useful resource page :)

    and then just the obvious about me, terms and conditions etc.
     
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  11. lord1027

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    I don't think you should have revealed all those stats, it's pretty easy to find the niche you're in now.
     
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  12. UncleS

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    Squidoo deleted the Tier 1 page I made on it despite it being, in my opinion, of high value. It got 5 squidlikes and 3 comments in its 2 week life. So maybe it was the actual subject matter of my niche that they weren't keen on. Oh well, RIP my brave warrior.

    So today I did this:


    • 1x Bookmark for each of my, now 4, Tier 1 sites
    • Published a money site article
    • Submitted to a different subreddit as a test
    • Published a Second money site article for the day
    • Submitted to my usual subreddit
    • Tweeted, G+ed 2nd article
    • Sent 2 retweets, 2x facebook share, 1x G+ share

    Been getting some traffic as a result, there are 3 dudes reading my articles as I type this.

    Feel free to make suggestions on what you think I should do tomorrow. I'm thinking that I should build out my tier 1 a bit more?
     
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    Clifton Allen Says Junior Member

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    How do you know they are dudes/guys and not ladies?? ;)

    j/k good luck with a good journey though.
     
  14. mastersteven

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    Good luck for your journey.
     
  15. UncleS

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    Google analytics ;)
     
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  16. UncleS

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    I'm busy bookmarking and I'm wondering what the best strategy is for SB's:

    1. should I be bookmarking my Tier 1's on the same websites?
    2. is it okay to bookmark a Tier 1, or my money site, on a site more than once? Delicious and folkd for instance, can I bookmark my money site on these multiple times? Like the money site having 5 different delicious bookmarks, using 5 different accounts
     
  17. UncleS

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    Okay so today I did:


    • 2x Bookmarks for each Tier 1 (3 Blogs)
    • 1x Tweet of yesterdays untweeted article
    • 1x Facebook share of same article
    • 1x Twitter Favorite
    • Got an Ezine article approved with a link to the money site

    Yesterday's articles got 107 pageviews and my bounce-rate went down to 84%, though I see my one well-ranking article dropped from #4 on yahoo to # 54... *sigh* could this be some sort of penalty? My homepage went 35 ranks up to #41 at the same time.

    Speaking of which, my homepage is >600 words long and has never been updated.

    1. Are 600 words enough for a homepage, or would longer be better? I'm just thinking with the whole content-favoring Panda update.
    2. Is it important to update the page now and then to keep it fresh in Google's eyes?

    Thanks guys, this thread is helping to keep me focused
     
  18. UncleS

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    Haha, I feel a little like a crazy guy talking to myself but I'm enjoying posting here - keeping me accountable.

    So here's what I did today:


    • Wrote an article for money site
    • tweeted/retweeted/favorited article
    • G+ shared article
    • posted article to reddit
    • added a nice picture to the homepage and made it look a little better
    • added another ±150 words of content with links to useful content on other pages
    • added a little more content to my resource page
    • added a little more content to my highest ranking article

    The main idea with adding more content is to 1. make sure I don't have thin content, and 2. keep changing the pages that I want to rank to keep it fresh and nurtured in Google's eyes. Is this a good idea or am I wasting my time? Makes sense to me anyway.

    Yesterday I got 44 page views (alright for a day in which I didn't post any new content). As far as rankings go, that article that went down exactly 50 ranks, shot back up exactly 50 spots today. Anyone know what that would have been a result of? Everything else seems to have stayed pretty consistent, just a few others dropping marginally.
     
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    Good luck OP, looks like you really have your shit together
    nice keywords too
     
  20. davids355

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    Looks good. Good strategy. Subscribed. Good luck.