Niche Site Diary #4 – Progress Update

by Tory McBroom · 12 comments

This niche site is now about two months old and not only has it made it in the top 10 for all three keywords I’m targeting, but it’s ranking #1 for one.  Here’s the breakdown:

Keyword 1
Exact monthly searches: 33,100 - Current position: #8 in Google

Keyword 2
Exact monthly searches: 18,100 - Current position: #4

Keyword 3
Exact monthly searches: 720 - Current position: #1

Not too shabby.  Typically though, I would like to be at #1 for all three keywords by now, but I decided to use this site as a test ground for some Fiverr gig reviews, which I believe has led to the slower than normal climb up the ranking ladder.

But, that’s fine, as I found some pretty good and worthwhile Fiverr gigs that I will be using for future projects, as well as some worthless gigs that seemingly had a negative impact on rankings (perhaps from a negative link velocity due to Big G deindexing a lot of the links).

Traffic

Unique visitors is a little erratic right now as Big G is deciding exactly where to place my site.

And while, my keywords have been jumping around on the first page, the two main one’s which will send the most traffic haven’t broke the top 3, so my current daily unique visitors is nowhere near what it’ll be if/when I make the #1 spot.

Here’s what my traffic looks like for the last two weeks:

Niche Site Traffic

Earnings

Even though traffic is low, the site has been making a decent amount of money through Adsense.

I also plan on diversifying the income by adding private advertising options and also promoting the job board a little more, which I will reveal the entire process for that when I get to it.

So far, the site has made a total of $449.12 with about half of that having been made in the last two weeks.  So, we’re heading down the right path!

I expect that number to really take off if/when I hit the first spot.

Future Plans

So, now I must concentrate on getting the two main keywords, the ones that will send the bulk of the traffic, to the first spot.

To do this I am going to concentrate more on manually creating quality web 2.0s and backlinking the hell out of them.

I have always found tiered linking to be a safe way to climb the serps and it really stabilizes the rankings (stops them from jumping all over the place).

And with Big G now handing out warnings to people in their webmaster tools about unnatural links pointing at their site, I’m going to try and play it safe and build a natural looking diverse link portfolio.

I was careful about only choosing certain Fiverr gigs to point at this site as to make the links still look natural and to build diverse types of links, ie. Manual comments, social bookmarks, wiki’s, etc.

As I’ve said before, I don’t build one page micro-niche sites, I build fleshed out authority sites that hopefully stick around for many, many years to come!

And, as usual,I will periodically update you as the site’s ranking and income improves and let you know what other tests, etc I perform on the site.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus or enter your email address below! If you have any questions please leave them below.

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Tom Ewer February 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Fantastic work Tory – I’m rooting for ya! :)
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Tory McBroom February 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for stopping by Tom! Hope all is going well with your niche sites!

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Tom Ewer February 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Very slow going actually – but with good reason. Decided to hire a VA, so my efforts over the last couple of weeks have been setting up systems to automate the site building process, rather than building them myself. All good things come to those who wait…
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Tory McBroom February 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I’d be interested in hearing about the “systems” you’ve set in place to automate the process. Might make a good future blog post for your site. :)

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Tom Ewer February 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

It’ll make a few, the way I’m going ;)

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Mike Long February 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Thanks to Tom for pointing me in this direction. Tory, I really like what you’re doing. I’ve built sites like this off and on since 2003, and they are truly the best long-term option for those who want to build a lasting business, and not just make a little extra money in the short term.

I’ve added you to my list of people to watch. Thanks for the transparency you’re showing here!
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Tory McBroom February 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hey Mike! Ya, Tom’s good sh*t!

I’ve been building sites for about a decade now, sort of flying under the radar. Now, it’s time to give back, which is the point of this blog. Thanks for commenting and I hope to see ya around!

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Hamish March 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hi Tory,

I’ve been following your progress for a while now (since just before Christmas I think) but haven’t checked in for some time. I’m delighted to see you doing so well and I’ll be interested to see how you score when you get your main keywords up to top 3 – or #1.

The way Google is laid out these days, you really need to be in the top 3. There are so many Adsense ads at the top, plus Google shopping results, videos etc. that just making it to page one is no longer enough (maybe it never was). I have even seen some search results where the third ranked result was below the fold!

Anyway, congrats on your results thus far and I’ll be fascinated to see what you do for your next trick, :)
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Tory McBroom March 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thanks Hamish! Good to hear from you.

Ya, I’ve seen certain keywords where the entire above the fold is dominated by Google ads, shopping results, etc, which I covered in this post: http://www.torymcbroom.com/targeting-low-competition-keywords/

As far as this niche site goes, I lost a few positions after the Panda 3.3 update, which is most likely due to a lack of anchor text variety. But, I have a few “systems” in place that I’m currently testing and I’m slowly starting to gain my positions back (I’m still on the first page for my keywords).

Of course, I will detail this process in my next niche site post.

Thanks for commenting Hamish!

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Jamie Northrup March 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

First time here, clicked through a comment left on Kikolani. Up until this year, I had mostly blogs, but one of my goals is to turn 3 of them into niche sites, along with starting 2 new niche sites.

Hope you don’t mind me following along for the ride Tory.

I’ve been making money on Fiverr for a while now, and have thought many times about purchasing gigs for SEO purposes, but never knew which ones would work, so I’ll go check out part 1 of your Fiverr reviews, and will look forward to the next parts. (You’re in my Google Reader now).
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Karin N. Jacobson January 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

The next question is how many keywords in a URL is too many. I would answer 2-3 for a .net/.org and 3-4 for a .com. BestBusinessCreditCards.com may be long, but I think it is still effective and too the point. Four words is pushing it, but I think you can still make a valid argument for a 4 word .com domain in certain spaces where most all the domains are taken, and there are some very niche commercial products worth targeting specifically. While .net/.org domains are still very credible, there are more of them available, so I think you have to reduce by a word. 4 words max for .com, 3 words max for .net/.org. 3 word .com or 2 word .net/.org is the best idea.
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Mike Huiwitz August 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Congratulations. $449.12 for 2 weeks isn’t bad. But I’m sure by now you’re earning much more than that.
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