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How to Make Your Niche Website Stand Out: Coaching Call 5 with Spencer and Samara

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How to Make Your Niche Website Stand Out: Coaching Call 5 with Spencer and Samara

Welcome back to another coaching call for Niche Site Project 3.0!

Samara is making some great progress with her site and is about ready to start publishing content! Today's coaching call is all about figuring out a vision for your website, how to make it unique, and a basic branding discussion.

As you may recall, during our last call we discussed in-depth keyword research.  Samara was left with the assignment to find 20 low competition keywords using the methods shown during our last call.

I'm happy to report that Samara SMASHED that assignment and found closer to 100 great keywords to target!  The other students might need to watch out, Samara is the real deal folks!

Now that she has her keywords in hand, I felt like we needed to discuss some bigger picture strategies before she just starts posted articles all willy-nilly.

Some of the big picture items that we discuss:

  • Developing a Vision Statement
  • Finding ways to make your website stand out; being unique
  • Registering a brandable domain
  • Hosting and WordPress Themes
  • Voice and Tone of website

Overall, I think this is a very valuable call and hope you will listen in.

Samara's Thoughts…

What’s up everybody?

Well here we are on coaching call no. 5, and as Spencer says, “It’s about to get real!” The call might have been on the shorter side, but it still packs a punch!

As I mentioned to Spencer, looking for keywords was totally addictive. I was supposed to find 20, but I went ahead and found more than 100. Once I got into a groove, I couldn’t stop; in fact, I had to be physically removed from my desk! Alcohol and cigarettes have nothing on keyword research!

Today we talked about the big picture. Spencer says it’s important to set out the vision you have for your business from the get-go. This is actually something of a challenge, since I initially thought we were just going to build a regular ‘ole niche site and call it a day. Before the project started, I hadn’t considered the possibility of creating a brand or developing my own product, so it’s hard for me to get my head around that. But that being said, the idea is so freaking exciting. Who wouldn’t want to try to build a long-term business and grow it over time into something big?

As you guys can see in the video, Spencer served up a lot of food for thought in this call. It was helpful to be told to approach my vision statement by answering the question “What problem is your site solving?” It’s easy to get caught up in picking a niche and then rushing to put a site together, but it’s vitally important to figure out what you’re adding to the conversation. How are you helping? What have you got for people? In the past I think I tried to build a site that catered more to Google than to the general public, which was probably part of the reason it was a total flop.

It’s also important to find a way to stand out, especially in the niche I’m going into, which seems especially saturated. Spencer gave two really good examples of gimmicks, so I have to get to thinking about my unique value proposition. I think this part will be fun, as I like to think outside the box.

I’m glad to hear that Google doesn’t give preference to exact match domains. Anyway, an EDM wouldn’t really be brandable, so I need to come up with something short, catchy, memorable and clever that’s specific to my niche but broad enough to allow me to cover a wide range of material. Sounds like a cinch!

When Spencer pulled up the slide about WordPress, I have to admit I felt ill. Roughly 99% of my previous experiences with the platform have all involved lengthy chats with customer support, an insane amount of swearing and, eventually, tears. As a result, it’s very exciting to just have someone tell me what kind of theme I’m going to want to install and to provide guidance during the process.

Spencer has given me about a thousand assignments. From the logo to the voice of my site to the About Us page, there’s a lot to think about and many a decision to be made. I better get to work!

Watch the Coaching Call

If you would like to watch the entire coaching call, please do so below.  Or if you would rather just listen to the audio, please download it here.

Coaching Call 5: Vision Statement and Developing a Brand

Assignment from Call 4

  • Find 20 Low Competition Keywords for Your Niche Website
  • Use the various methods discussed to input seed keywords
  • At least 3 keywords with search volume of 1,000 or more
  • Remaining 17, search volume doesn’t matter

Vision Statement

  • What is the overall goal of your website?
  • What problems are you solving for your readers?
  • Assignment: Develop an overall vision statement for your website

Examples:

  • Microsoft – A computer on every desk and in every home; all running Microsoft software.
  • Nike – To be the number one athletic company in the world.

How to Make Your Website Stand Out

Brandable Domain Names

  • Create a domain that is short and memorable if possible.
  • Easy to spell if possible
  • Get a .com if possible
  • Bad examples: bestsurvivalknifeguide.com and scootersforsalereviews.com
  • Good Examples: NichePursuits.com, OverStock.com, FinancialSamurai.com
  • Brainstorm Help: http://www.namemesh.com/ and http://www.panabee.com/
  • Assignment: Find an available .com that is brandable

Hosting

WordPress Theme

Logo

  • If possible, make logo align with your vision, brand, and voice of your website
  • Cheap logo designs at: Freelancer.com

Developing a Voice

Again, this depends on your angle and brand of your website – they should align.

Assignments for Call 5

  • Develop a Vision Statement
  • Consider ways to make your website stand out
  • Find an available .com that is brandable
  • Get a Bluehost account (http://www.nichepursuits.com/bluehost )
  • Install Thrive Themes on your new domain (http://www.nichepursuits.com/thrive )
  • Consider the “voice” and tone of your website
  • Over-achiever goal: Write an about us page, contact page, and privacy policy page

Your Thoughts

As always, I hope that you have found some value as you watched this coaching call!  If you have any additional thoughts or questions, please leave a comment below.  Thanks!

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44 Comments for this Post

  1. Jim

    Jim

    Great podcast! Spencer gave me some of the direction and focus that I’ve been missing, but now I am back on track! The only thing I would change is the hosting provider. Currently, Bluehost has a technical issue with the server that is hosting my websites and they can not give an estimated repair time. So, my sites have been down for the past 2 days !!!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Jim! Hope Bluehost gets things figure out for you. Lots of other hosting providers out there that are great.

  2. Daniel

    Daniel

    this is completely different than the approaches taught by others. Very interesting, especially the ‘tone’ and ‘voice’ of your website. thanks for this.

    Your previous niche site on survival knife did mention that you needed a domain name that has the exact same main keyword of your website. Why did you change your take on this?

  3. Julia

    Julia

    Can I ask a question? As soon as you install a theme on a Bluehost account, will it then be “live”? Should you wait until you have written a certain number of articles before getting Bluehost and a Theme?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yes, it will be live. No need to wait. No one is going to find your new site, and google won’t penalize a site for being “blank” for a while.

  4. GigHacker

    GigHacker

    Man you guys are relentless. Pushing out the content like CRAY-ZEE.

    I really enjoy the new NicheSite challenge. 🙂

  5. david

    david

    nice couching call 5 indeed!

    um I think i should speed up my process, start build site or maybe lose this opportunity again

    good luck to all of us

  6. Sreenivas

    Sreenivas

    Great going and lot of helpful information.

    Any reason that only .com is preferred for the domain name?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      .com is the most well know and easiest to brand. However, all domains will rank just as well in Google.

  7. paul

    paul

    Another great post from spencer and samara. Am also launching my blog and following steps as this coaching call keeps going as well.

    Cant wait to get exclusive results and share here.

  8. Another Mike

    Another Mike

    Will there be anything this time around about webpage conversion optimization? Some 30% of the webpages might be monetized and some of those will be by reviews, I expect. There are all sorts of review web-pages on the internet – I’m sure some layouts are more lucrative than others, even for basically the same sort of information.
    What sort of conversion rates might you expect on an affiliate page? And have you noticed big differences just by presenting the material differently?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      We may or may not ever get around to doing conversion rate optimization.

  9. Ahmed

    Ahmed

    Hi Spencer, when choosing the theme what category i will choose from.blog or magazine or ………………etc..
    because i’m confused, there are many awesome premium theme out there.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Blog, magazine…it doesn’t really matter the style of theme you chose.

  10. Hung The

    Hung The

    Hi Spencer,

    Hope you can answer my questions, I really confused about keyword research progress?

    1. Take an example, my keyword I want to rank for is “best survival knife”. Now I need to find more longtail keywords (example: flashlight survival knife, fire survival knife). Does need “buying kw” before them? (Such as: “best flashlight survival knife” or only “survival knife”)

    2. As you told, “At least 3 keywords with search volume of 1,000”. Has forced the main keywords or longtail?

    I’m hope you can help me out this issues. Thank you so much.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      1. no
      2. I don’t understand the question.

  11. David

    David

    Hey Spencer great post it’s good to see you guys considering your sites voice. The NSP 3.0 journey is excellent and it’s great to get the coaches different view on things, but with that being said, I’m wondering when we will be getting coaching call #4 from Perrin and Colleen?

  12. Mahesh

    Mahesh

    Nice post Spencer,I too started a adsense micro niche site couple of weeks back.It was doing well(I think)

  13. Gaurav

    Gaurav

    Great post as always. You guys are really being helpful with this challenge. Though I have been able to follow along previous challenges as well but this one seems more existing probably I am progressing too.
    Thing about Samara I like the most is that she puts everything in words. I hardly get time checking the video, though that can be the most helpful thing but by just going through the notes helps me save my much needed time. Thanks Samara for that.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Glad you enjoy the blog posts!

  14. Jen

    Jen

    Hi and thank you for this project. I am really enjoying following along and learning.
    Quick question – Is putting the words …over forty or… over fifty at the end of a domain name going to make the site too limiting, in so far as someone might see, over forty and click off right away? Really interested to know the answer to this or even if there is an answer.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yes. I wouldn’t put anything like “over 40 or 50 in the domain name. Make a brandable domain (without keywords in it usually), rather than worrying about keywords in your domain.

      • Jen

        Jen

        Thank you. I have been thinking about this for some time so can put it right out of my head now

  15. Alex

    Alex

    Thanks Spencer.
    This is quite interesting… You have covered some of the major aspects of developing a great website that we often miss!
    I’ll surely put this into perspective as I continue with my quest for more sites.
    Cheers!

  16. Michael

    Michael

    I have a question about branding. What if the name I want to be my brand, is actually out there somewhere in the internet, but nothing big though? Can I use it and is there a way to make it legally only mine?

  17. Andrew King

    Andrew King

    Thanks Spencer for these powerful notes! My website will stand out and I’m happy to say you are my mentor!

    • shajeer

      shajeer

      mm.. i am accepting..

  18. Alan

    Alan

    Hi Spencer,
    I have recently signed up for Long Tail Pro, and I have yet to get around exploring it. But I know I have found something really good in LTP 🙂

    However, I have some questions.

    How do I go about creating an online business, perhaps not an eCommerce store that carries physical products that I have to keep stock of and ship? I was thinking of a niche site/blog that has affiliate links that can be profitable for it to work. Or is this niche site/blog route too slow and needs long term planning and building for it to earn anything, if at all?

    Could you provide some advice?
    Or is nichepursuits.com all about finding that profitable niche(s) and to eventually create your own eCommerce stores that carry physical inventories?

    Thanks, Alan

  19. shajeer

    shajeer

    Hi Sir,

    Great ans super sureshot tips. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards
    shajeer

  20. Doug Cunnington

    Doug Cunnington

    Hey Spencer, you guys are pumping out so much new content! Great work! It’s hard to keep up. 🙂

    Hey Samara, I know exactly what you mean about WordPress! This time will be better. 🙂
    “Roughly 99% of my previous experiences with the platform have all involved lengthy chats with customer support, an insane amount of swearing and, eventually, tears.”

  21. William

    William

    Spencer, just curious, not complaining, just asking is the focus of the podcast going to be about building out the niche sites with students for a while?

  22. Joy

    Joy

    Hi Spencer, I really love your coaching calls and have a more advanced question about keyword research. You always recommend targeting low comp keywords.

    Once you establish an online presence, how do you identify higher comp keywords you can rank for. Your own site for example has PA and DA that is around the 40-50’s I believe do you then target keywords that have sites ranking with less than your DA and PA or can you shed some light on it for an established site?

    Thanks in advance, Joy

  23. Brian

    Brian

    Hi, I think I know abit about WordPress because I am a web developer. Actually this above test is very nice to guide other people as a key and to alert their works..Hahaha

  24. Odhora Khan

    Odhora Khan

    Another great case study you produced.Thanks for sharing!

  25. Tony Hilsden

    Tony Hilsden

    Have been following the great training and have LTP… planning 2 new Niche sites.

    I note that many of the reference links and podcasts for the various steps in creating Niche sites were made in 2013… So, are they still accurate in 2016 or have things changed, if so what do we need to be aware of ?
    Thanks for the abundance of knowledge shared….

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      The information in this project 3.0 is the most up to date.

  26. Sifat Shahariar

    Sifat Shahariar

    Hi Spencer,

    Thanks a lot for your amazing coaching. I have few questions in my mind regarding website layout. What is the ideal layout for a niche site? Do you recommend magazine type layout or simple blog layout with latest 5/10 post? Or a simple static homepage with 1 pillar article? Looking forward to hearing from you. :)

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Magazine, static, or blog are all fine.

  27. S. Andrew

    S. Andrew

    Can you clarify which thrive product to buy? In the article it says thrive themes but the link takes me to thrive content builder. What do you mean by “complimentary”?

    I’m about to purchase thrive content builder but am unsure if that’s what you were recommending?

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