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 Not really seeing much progress here. Yahoo & Bing 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: 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.