Hello Ladies, Gents, Boys and Girls, Having read a million and one journeys I figured it's my time to get involved, show what I'm made of, share my knowledge and make some money in the process. Just over a year ago I took action and jumped in to the Amazon rainforest of niche building websites. I had keyword research organised here, picked up all back links and most of the knowledge from BHW too. I joined another affiliate network at the same time and have just flipped the site to start a web dev company and this: An Amazon & Affiliate niche website. The goal of the new site is to replace the old one, the previous averaged $250 a month and just peaked at $400. I'd like to hit $500 a month, that's enough to take me on a couple / few decent holidays a year. So to the project: Goal target high volume search with low keyword competition Build out a website with between 30k - 50k content, depending on how many keywords I end up targeting, amount of fluff content and pillars to generate an income. Eventually achieve $500p/m. The how: Keyword research: (I have a copy of Longtail Pro though use this to build out from a seed keyword I purchase) I purchased 3 different keyword research services here on DigitalPoint, tempted to ask for a refund on one and purchase from another... - jr D.I.P's Treasured 4k+ Searches amazon keywords $40. Ordered on the 27/12 delivered today, great communication, friendly seller. Sent over keyword competition details without keyword first to check whether you want it. Longtail pro gave it a KC of 25, it should be pretty easy to rank. - KeywordSpot's V2.0, ordered on the 25/12 delivered today, keywords provided were pretty pants, though I have brought from them before and they always deliver the bacon. Still waiting on a mega keyword from them. - nihalsad's Illuminati Keyword Research, order placed 24/12. I haven't heard a dickybird since, may have to ask for a refund on this one. Finally, I haven't purchased this service, its a little more pricey though from communication, quality of details provided I would definitely recommend namhq89! Webhosting:- Cost $0 I jumped on the Power Up hosting giveaway and have free hosting for the next six months, win! By the looks of things there are few more accounts still up for grabs:- http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...ting-giveaway-power-up-hostings-giveaway.html Domain name:- Cost $0.99 (then got given $5 paypal) Registered a partial match domain with branding. A cool little domain that will stick in people's mind. Get in touch here:- http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...55-quick-5-everyone-who-has-5-mins-spare.html Theme / site:- Cost $49.20 As most do, its a wordpress site, they're easy to build out. Customisable and a simple setup. So I've purchased a themeforest theme that's quite contemporary / designer, ideal for the type of product I'm promoting. I always use a unique premium theme as it sets you apart from the competition. Logo design:- Cost $15.43 Using a designer called Logo Hulk he'll put three unique concepts together for the site, I use him for most projects and recommend. So these shall be here in 2 days tops! Content writing & articles:- Cost up to $1 a 100, I'm trying out a new writer who's a little cheaper but I do not like to compromise on quality so I'll find out shortly. Just in case anyone asks I do not share my writers, as I've got more than enough work for them. Sitting on the tube today I typed this out on my phone and am just waiting for some content back from my writers before I provide the next bulk of work. So to help noob's (as I was in the same boat last year) this is my strategy:- - Have or write 7 - 10 fluff articles each anything between 500 and 1000 words each, these need to be relevant and use a few of your main keywords, these add value and help establish your site's authority. TIP: brand your content, have your site name dropped in throughout. Also when your site is reviewed by Amazon when you sell your first product it appears to be a genuine site, not just full of adverts promoting other products. Should also, fingers crossed, help you get passed a manual review (I haven't had one so this is a guess). - Home page, you need some killer content here, for this site I'm going to slap up a 2k - 2.5k pillar article introducing the site, niche, types of product and link out to the rest of the site. My previous site didn't have this and I think I missed a trick. - Finally money pages, sorry I mean comparison / review pages. I'll let you know how this turns out later. Then the SEO.. That'll come later, I shall update you as I start implementing. Come for the ride and enjoy the journey.