I've been running an e-commecre site for a while so have a bit of experience with SEO, be it WH or BH, and have decided to try my hand at micro-niche sites. I'll be using this thread to post my progress and hopefully to recieve some tips and advice of the more knowledgable people around here! I've found a keyword which has around 4k hits and have purchased an EMD for it. I'm currently waiting for 1and1 to change dns settings so i can get it hosted on my current host. First bit of advice is to not use 1and1 for domain purchases! its been 2 days so far updating dns settings and they have told me its a known glitch in their system which they are trying to fix, sorry 1and1 i dont care! The main competition is my niche is instruction site ie about.com, and there are also 3 competitors in the niche, 1 based on wordpress and another is a html site. I've decided to go with wordpress for mine as its something i can get up and running with less effort than html. Would any of you suggest otherwise? None of the competition in top 10 has more than 75 backlinks to the ranking page. I'm using the time between now and when the dns change comes into effect to get content ready for posting. How many articles would you reccomend for when i launch the site? i do intend to regularly update, but if its gonna help i can hold back pushing the site until i have enough content ready to post. One question i do have is whether i should spin the articles on my site for submission to directories, or whether i should spin totally new articles to the directories? I've used both methods in the past and havent noticed any difference between either method but im sure some people will disagree with me.