I received an email from one of my readers a couple of weeks ago explaining how he had failed about building lots of smaller niche websites. He also tried out several other affiliate avenues, but had never really seen much success.
In fact, after having his Google Adsense account closed (sound familiar?) and basically seeing the income from 200 of his niche sites go away for various reasons; he decided it was time to change.
Well, today I want to share with you the story of Adam Hodara. His success didn't come with building niche websites (although he learned a ton from it along the way); but it has come as he decided to create an eCommerce site selling Surfboard Racks! He still cares about getting traffic from Google, but he's much more focused on helping his customers and only using “white hat” techniques.
I love Adam's story because it just goes to show you that there are LOTS of different business models out there.
Recently, I've been focusing on sharing niche site success stories (which you can read here), but there are many other ways to find success online. If you have a success story from building niche sites or from other online ventures, please read here and submit your story!
So, with that, I'm going to let Adam take it from here…
Adam Hodara's Success Story
1. What is your name and current job/profession?
Hey Spencer, my name is Adam Hodara, right now I'm a location independent
entrepreneur, I have online businesses and I am a wordpress developer too.
2. How did you get started building niche websites? How long have you been
I got started 3 years ago, I was working in an online forex trading
company and noticed that the affiliates were making the most money so I
decided to try my luck with affiliate websites and from there got to know
SEO and reading blogs like your blog helped me develop myself and get where
I am today, not only in terms of money and income (which is not that big
anyway) but also in terms of happiness and understand what really my life
should look like.
3. Tell us about one (preferred) or multiple of your successful websites.
What is the URL and what niche are you targeting? If you are not willing
to publicly share your domain or niche, that’s just fine.
My main website is my Surfboard Racks ecommerce niche store where I help
people to carry their surfboard easily to the beach and I want to believe
it helps them surf more and I feel like in a way (small way hehe) I promote
the sport and way of living I love, the site is http://www.justsurfrax.com
4. How much money do you make from this successful website(s) each month?
I would like to keep it to my self if possible (for the competition and
more reasons) but its in the 4 figures each month 🙂
Screenshot of a Few Recent Orders
Google Analytics Screenshot
5. What is the reason for this website’s success?
After creating lots of adsense niche sites and having some success, my
adsense account got disabled and I got hit by all the updates….I learned
a lot for this failure.
Took me months to really start doing anything online again I almost even
cried lol the day I received google's email (literally), but I came back
stronger and smarter with the end goal of helping my customers and using
only white hat techniques that help to the long end goal of my business/es.
I probably will create more niche sites in the future because I do believe
in them but I should act smarter (like you do Spencer and you teach ) then
when I first got started.
6. Please briefly share your overall strategy for finding a niche, getting
traffic to your site, ranking in Google, and making money from niche sites.
After having over 200 niche sites I started from scratch basically and
decided not to care about google and only care about my customers, the
theme/ design, the service I provide, the products I sell and even the
content I create to help my visitors even if they don't buy.
I found this specific niche because I'm a surfer myself and saw it as a
good opportunity to be related to something I love.
I have to give credit to people like you Spencer and Eric Ward of
http://www.ericward.com that really helped me being and moving forward with
the right mindset.
Sometimes its tempting to take “grey hat” shortcuts after everyone is
bragging about how much they work and they are offered everywhere but I'm
a member of Eric's linkmoses and a fan of niche pursuits and I can't even
tell how valuable is it for me to keep myself in the right track and
7. What link-building tips can you offer?
*The best tip is a quote from Eric:
“The less you rely on Google for traffic, the better your chances for long
term success. Ironically, if you stop worrying so much about Google and
worry about creating the best site possible, your Google
rank will likely improve as a side effect”
8. How has the success from this website impacted your life?
WOW, Since I started to have relatively good success I became location
I quit my job and moved to Costa Rica to be able to surf
everyday that is the thing I love and eat healthy, I also bought a piece of
land here with a very nice ocean view and started to build my house (
attached picture of the view :), the house will be ready in 2 months!!
9. Do you have any additional tips or advice for others that would like to
replicate your success with their own websites?
I think I'm not yet very successful but I am very thankful to all I
achieved and I'm fighting to get to where I want to get in small steps.
The best tip I can think of is that do not give up on your internet lifestyle
dreams because if you are willing to work hard enough and you really want
it you will get there eventually, also I think people should understand
that worst case you can still go back to a normal job and continue with the
life you had before.
This is the worst case scenario and is not that bad anyway
(I mean is what we used to do before and what 90% of the world does)
so you really don't have anything to lose ONLY TO GAIN! and you will GAIN!*
10. Do you have a blog or other place that people can following along with
what you are doing?
I don't have a blog yet but I do have a personal website that I plan on
updating in the future my site is http://adamhodara.com
Overall, I want to thank Adam for sharing his success story and wish him the best of luck!
Even though this story isn't specifically about a “niche site” but rather an eCommerce store; I think its one that we can all learn from and find some inspiration in. I've asked Adam to stop by and answer any questions that you might have, so please feel free to leave a comment or question below. Thanks!