Today I'm excited to share with you another success story from one of our readers. A couple of weeks ago, I started asking people for their own success stories in building niche sites. I've been pleasantly surprised with all the experiences that are pouring in.
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The Story of Casey Dennison
I'm happy to share Casey's story with you today. Casey shares that he is a warehouse employee (manual labor), but has still managed to get some niche sites going on the side. No, he's not a full-time internet entrepreneur yet, but he is making money online…and his business is growing.
Can ANYONE find success building niche sites? No, probably not…but the barriers to entry ARE very low. And Casey's story shows that with some dedication and time, you can find success. In addition, Casey shares the URL of his niche site, so you can have another example of a live niche site, that is earning money right now!
So, take it away Casey!…
1. What is your name and current job/profession?
My name's Casey Dennison and I am a warehouse worker (slave laborer, for lack of a
better word lol).
2. How did you get started building niche websites?
It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I was hurting for money to pay off
some of my bills, so I was looking for a way to earn an income online
building websites. Long story short, I noticed the websites I visited had
ads all over them and so I started to investigate, finally learning that
they were earning money from having those ads on their websites. I
eventually came across “NichePursuits” (actually, I believe it was
nicheadsensechallenge.com) and that's when I fell in love with your
blog and have been following ever since. I've consumed a LOT of your
content, learning everything I can about building niche sites.
How long have you been building websites?
I taught myself HTML/CSS about 12 years ago – I was 15 – and been building
websites for friends, family and some bands I was in back in the day, but I
had no Idea that I could have made money from them. I knew nothing about
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.
No problem. I recently built a new niche site (monetized with Amazon)
following your most recent “Niche Site Project” and have managed to get it
ranked and earning in about 2 months, but it took about 3 to stabilize.
I chose to build it around the music niche because I have been playing in
bands from a very early age.
You can check it out here: www.bestacousticguitarsite.com
It was very easy to write content for this site, because I enjoy music and
I'm very experienced when It comes to knowledge of musical instruments.
4. How much money do you make from this successful website(s) each month?
The website is about 3 months old now, and so far I have earned a total of
$350. The first couple months were slow, due to my rankings jumping all
around, but now the income seems to be increasing. I'm really happy with
the outcome (and the income).
5. What is the reason for this website’s success?
The reason this website is seeing success is because I stopped reading and
listening to what others were saying on blogs and forums (e.g. SEO, niche
sites are dead) and I took action.
I was motivated by the success of your own niche sites and decided I was
going to build out a site of my own, and wasn't going to take anything less
than a “top 10” ranking.
I was determined to make this website successful, and that I did..
I had a burning desire to succeed!
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.
My strategy is really simple!
I decided I was going to create a site around a topic I'm most knowledgeable
I decided to go with “best acoustic guitar” because I liked what I seen in
the top 10 – few sites with keyword in their title, no sites with keyword
in domain, low number of links pointed to the page ranking (not the root
domain), low juice page links, and the #1 position (before penguin 2.0) was
another Amazon affiliate site that was thin on content and added no value –
I saw an opportunity, and I jumped on it!
Next, I registered a domain, took a week to write some content, let the
site mature a bit, then begin building links to get traffic through
everyone's favorite – SEO!
7. What link-building tips can you offer?
2. Build links slowly. You don't have to build a ton of links, fast; build
them at a slower rate (I built about 3-4 a day) and you should be just fine.
3. Build quality links. When I say “quality”, I mean to take some time when
building out web 2.0 properties and writing articles – use pictures,
videos, unique content that isn't spun to complete gibberish.
8. How has the success from this website impacted your life?
Although this niche site hasn't had a huge impact on my life, it has had an
impact on how I will spend my time going forward.
Instead of reading about the latest link building trend, I'll spend my time
focusing on my own sites – writing content that's helpful, building links,
and so on..
I truly believe that now I should be able to replicate my process and build
out more successful niche websites, hopefully one day going full-time.
9. Do you have any additional tips or advice for others that would like to
replicate your success with their own websites?
Yes. Stop listening to the negative stuff people have to say about building
niche sites, and just get started building one.
Master keyword research, build out a site and don't stop working on it
until it becomes a success.
I've found that just jumping in and doing something is the only way to
succeed. You'll fail, probably more than once, but eventually you'll see
Taking massive action is the only way to learn!
10. Do you have a blog or other place that people can follow along with
what you are doing?
Yes. I've recently started up my own blog in the Internet marketing and SEO
niche to detail my own successes (and failures) so that I can track my own
progress and show others whats working for me currently.
You can check it out by visiting www.imwithcasey.com.
My Thoughts…and Yours!
Thanks for sharing your story Casey! I love that you were able to find a niche that you were interested in, quickly find a lower competition keyword, and take action. I try to emphasize this alot. You will learn SO much more failing on your first site, then you would spending a year reading about how to build a niche site.
Overall, I think you've shared some great tips here, and most of all, shown that REAL people just like you are making money in 2013 from niche sites. Even though I've shown that its possible over and over again with my Niche Site Project, its always great to hear from others and their success.
If you have any questions or thoughts for Casey, please leave a comment or 2 below! I've asked Casey to stop by and respond to your queries, so I'm sure there will a great discussion (which I'll chime in as well on, as needed). Thanks!