I tend to focus heavily on building niche websites on this blog. However, I also have several other projects that I am currently working on that I have not discussed very much or not at all up to this point.
Because I am working full-time for myself, I have a lot of flexibility in the type and quantity of projects that I take on. For all of you potential full time internet business owners out there; I guess this is what you have to look forward to! I definitely have my plate full, and I’m actually looking forward to when I can complete a few of these. I actually would prefer to focus a bit more on building niche sites than I have in the past month or 2!
Anyway, here are a few projects that I am working on right now:
Building Niche Websites
My niche site production has gone down a little bit with all of the other projects I am working on. However, I have been able to get 2 new sites built that I am excited about. Both of them are focused on bigger keywords that I hope will have a bigger return.
However, in the coming weeks and months, I hope to continue to find new niches and build additional sites. This is still a passion of mine and plan to build my niche site portfolio for the foreseeable future.
I plan to take a 2 pronged approach for now. I will still build some small niche sites (i.e. 5 pages or so of content) to hopefully find some quick winners that I can built out more. However, I also plan to built maybe 2 or 3 larger sites (25+ pages of content) each month as I tackle head on either keywords with higher search volume or that are a bit more competitive.
Included in my niche websites are 2 “sub” projects that I have discussed:
Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites
I mentioned that I was going to start building Amazon affiliate niche sites, and I have. The sites are up and running, but its really still too early to provide any sort of constructive feedback. Essentially, I have chosen keywords, built the sites, added content, and started building links to the site.
Authority Site Project
I recently discussed the latest of my Authority Site Project here.
Long Tail Pro
My keyword research tool continues to do very well. This is a project that takes up a lot of my time, but its well worth it. My team of programmers and I are constantly updating the software and my number one goal is to make it the best keyword research tool on the market.
As many of you know, there have been some interesting happenings recently in the keyword software industry. Market Samurai recently sent out an email that essentially said their rank tracker was no longer working and they would likely move it to a monthly fee service (for just the rank tracker). They also discussed some other issues their software was having and how they would be moving to Bing data for things like SEO competition and SEO Title Competition.
I believe that that they have since gotten the software back up and running as it should; however, this has actually affected my Long Tail Pro business significantly. Because people wanted to see what alternatives were on the market, many of them have discovered Long Tail Pro!
I’m happy to say that the software continues to function as expected and I have seen a significant increase in sales since Market Samurai starting having their issues. So, if have recently joined the Long Tail Pro crowd…thanks for joining! I only see this part of my business growing and getting bigger with time. I have lots of things planned for this and expect big things throughout the rest of this year.
Adsense iPhone Application
As I have discussed on the blog here, I am in the process of building an iPhone application that will allow users to check their Google Adsense earnings – and a bit more. I actually hired an iPhone developer off of Elance.com about 2 weeks ago and they are busy at work.
I also hired a separate freelance graphics design person to create all the graphics for the app. The graphics look really nice, so I know the app will at least look good! I’m sure the developer will deliver a solid product as well.
I don’t expect the product itself to be completed for a month or so, and it will likely be another month before I get it up on the App Store…these are all just “guestimations” of course.
I and a partner have been working on building a theme for niche websites for at least 3 or 4 months now. For those of you that didn’t know…surprise! I haven’t mentioned it on my blog here, but I have on the NichePursuits Facebook page.
Its not an easy project! My vision for the theme has been to create a highly customizable theme that could literally be used on tons of different niche sites; yet still have a unique look to each and every one. As you know after reading my post about themes here, I have been trying for the most part to use a different theme on every single site that I build. This can be very time consuming.
So, I decided to build a theme that would meet my needs for a different look for every site that I built. This theme will allow you to choose from multiple different layouts, multiple different ad configurations, and give you COMPLETE control over all the different color variations. No need to go into the stylesheet to change the background color or link colors – it will literally be point and click design on the backend.
I’m very excited about the project and its currently being beta tested by several people. We are getting some early feedback for things people would like to see and finding those inevitable bugs that still lurk. You will be hearing a lot more about this project as we expect to be releasing this one very soon.
Opt-in Product with a Partner
I also am working with the same business partner (as the WordPress theme) on a separate product. I won’t go into the details at the moment, but it’s a product for blog owners or other webmasters that want to increase their email opt-ins. It has a much cooler name than “Opt-in Product”, but I don’t want to give away too much at this point.
I expect this product to be completed in less than a month as well.
Software Application with My Brothers
A few of my brothers and I have been tossing around a small software application idea for several months. It’s a product that is NOT internet marketing related at all, but is something completely different.
We even submitted a job to Elance.com to find out how much it might cost to build. The issue is really how to market the product and how big the market is. The product is something that no other product quite does. Some are close, but our idea would stand out we believe. However, we have been hesitant to do anything because none of us are really involved in the market that its in and so we are having a difficult time figuring out exactly how we would market the product.
Niche Pursuits Blog!
Don’t forget that I have to keep NichePursuits.com up to date as well! Keeping up with my blog here is another is another significant on-going project. I do my best to post helpful and informative posts as well as responding to as many comments as I can.
Overall, I have a lot going on and the projects definitely keep me busy. I’m sure that some of these projects will not work out as expected or hoped for, but I also know that some of them will do better than expected…just like building niche websites.
Finally, I know this isn’t the most informative post as far as my typical “How to…” type posts; however, this gives you a good idea of how I spend my time day to day. Its also may give you something to think about if you ever decide that you want to go full-time as an internet entrepreneur. There are lots of opportunities and plenty of projects out there that you could potentially be working on as well.
Let me know what thoughts or questions you might have in the comments below!