Last week, I wrote that I was going to begin an application process for those that wanted to be selected as my “student”. I held a poll, and the votes clearly showed that out of the 3 choices, you wanted to see me taking someone and coaching them through the process.
In a nutshell, I am going to be picking one of my readers here, and coaching them through the process of selecting a low competition keyword and then building a niche website. The idea is that they can hopefully build up a successful site, similar to how my BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com site has done.
The coaching process; including Skype calls, videos, screenshots, and more will all be documented and shared. In other words, the student that is chosen will be required to share everything. So, if you are not comfortable sharing your domain name and being on audio or video; please do not apply.
In addition, I also received some great feedback in the comments section of my last post that has helped me think about how to choose a student.
Before You Apply…
Before you start following the steps I have listed below, I want to add some words of caution. If you don't think you have what it takes to commit to this process, please don't apply.
Here are some of the things that I'm looking for in a student:
- Must be willing to commit to recording coaching calls via Skype or Google+ with me. (This means your voice and possibly video will be shared publicly).
- Must be willing to spend up to 10 hours a week working on a niche site and spending time with me for one to two months. Time spent will significantly decrease after the first 1 or 2 months.
- Must be willing to invest up to $500 on this project. (This could be less if you write well).
- Must be willing to share your domain publicly. You won't have much choice in this; I'll be sharing it :).
- Must be willing to share earnings, traffic, and other stats for the niche site.
So, if you don't have the money or time to invest in this project; please don't apply. I want to make this project as successful as possible, so I prefer to review candidates that have met these requirements.
How to Become My Student
I am going to lay out exactly what is going to happen now, and how you can “apply” to be the student for Niche Site Project 2.
Rather than holding a standard application process where I ask you to write an essay explaining all your hopes and dreams, or explaining what animal you are most like and why…I thought I would take a less painful approach.
I am going to take a 6 step process, to pick the eventual “winner”.
Step 1: Only people on the Niche Site Project 2 Student email list will be considered. So, if you are interested in being coached, simply input your name and email in the web form below. This will give you 1 entry (like a raffle ticket) to the drawing.
Step 2: You can also earn 3 ENTRIES if you own or buy Long Tail Pro by August 6th. You can also earn 3 MORE ENTRIES if you own or buy Long Tail Classroom by August 6th. In other words, if you input your name and email from step 1 and own both Long Tail Pro and Long Tail Classroom, you will have earned 7 entries. More entries obviously means your name is more likely to be chosen. You do NOT need to email me and tell me that you own Long Tail Pro or Long Tail Classroom, I already know who owns it and will handle the additional entries on my end.
Please note: If you own Long Tail Pro and/or Long Tail Classroom, you are still required to complete step 1 (sign up for the email list). In other words, just because you own Long Tail Pro doesn't mean you have been entered into the drawing. I don't want to pick random Long Tail Pro users – I only want people that are interested in this project.
Step 3: I will then combine all the entries (up to 7 entries per person) and then randomly select TEN NAMES from that list. These will be the finalists.
Step 4: I will email these 10 finalists and ask them a series of questions (to be determined). I may even ask them to record a video. Essentially, these will be the applications looked at to determine if they would be a good student or not. I will ask questions about their experience building niche sites, other background, and more.
Step 5: Niche Pursuits community picks the winner! The finalists answers to my questions (possibly including videos) will be posted live on NichePursuits.com for all to see. I am going to post them up and let YOU the community decide which of these 10 finalists you want to see for Niche Site Project 2! How cool is that??
Step 6: I will have a poll for all the finalists applications. After a week or so of voting, the finalists with the most votes will be selected as my student!
So, with that, you can now input your name by filling out the form below. Remember, you don't have to do anything to tell me about additional entries. If you have purchased Long Tail Pro or Long Tail Classroom, I already know about it – I will multiply your entries on my end…no need to email me any additional info.
Finally, if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them below! As always, I'm more that happy to discuss what's on your mind or to clarify.
I look forward to Niche Site Project 2!