June Update for Niche Site Project 3

By Spencer Haws |

This update is a little late, but I’m happy to publish the June report for Niche Site Project 3 at least before July is over.

As you may recall, last month was really the first time I started these “monthly” updates. I don’t know how long we will keep publishing these monthly reports, but certainly long enough to see some nice growth with the sites.

Samara, Colleen, and Ryan have each made some progress with their sites, and I’ll let them give their individual updates themselves.

So, continue reading below for the reports.

June Update from Samara

Hey guys,

I’m back with a quick report on June data for Tiny Fry.

I published a total of 8 articles, which is more than the previous month but still lower than my goal. I also launched two new sections on the website, one of which is a Q&A and the other has an interview-type format, where Tiny Fry speaks to sector professionals, parenting educators, midwives, baby massage experts, etc. I have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the people I reached out to, and I have interviews lined up until the end of the year already.

I’ve been getting new subscribers to my email list, which is very exciting, and right now I’m sending out a monthly newsletter, but I hope to make that bi-monthly in the future.

As for traffic, I’ve seen a gradual increase in organic visitors over the course of the month, which is great news. I’ve also had a positive trend in impressions and clicks from Google, with 40 clicks in one day, compared with 10 per day just a month ago. I’m also appearing on the first page of Google for a few of my keywords! I’m hoping these trends will continue.

Traffic Search Console

My earnings in June amounted to $15.54, which I’m pleased about. It’s a good start, but most importantly, I think it confirms that this strategy works, you just have to be patient and persistent.

Earnings June

I’m working on getting backlinks, and am trying to learn and apply two new strategies each month.

Overall I’m excited about how things are looking. My plan is to continue to add content, do outreach and get backlinks, and hopefully Tiny Fry will grow even bigger.

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June Update from Colleen

Hi NSP followers,
June has been a busy month both for myself, but of course also for Coustii! I’ve been backpacking around Europe, crossing things off my bucketlist, and exploring new cities I’ve never been to before. But, it hasn’t been all play and no work!
The month of June has held quite a few accomplishments for Coustii. I had a personal goal to hit 100 links by the end of June. I now have about 100 links more or less with a few in the pipeline still. Looking back, I remember when Perrin told me that my goal was to make 100 links. I’m pretty sure I scoffed behind my computer screen. It was such an effort to make 5 links, back in April, I couldn’t imagine getting 95 more! But here we are! Another major accomplishment for Coustii.
Google Analytics June Audience Overview
With a combination of our linkbuilding strategy and our careful keyword research, Coustii received almost 800 views from organic traffic and over 2,000 sessions in the month of June. I’m still building more links and am now going to whip up some more content, making Coustii bigger and badder than ever with more keywords!
Google Analytics June Organic Search

But wait, there’s more….
Last month, I still hadn’t monetized Coustii yet. I imagine myself as the over-eager player on the bench, sitting on the sidelines and waiting to be put in the game. Coach Perrin has given the nod of approval folks! Halfway through June, I monetized with Amazon Affiliates. 
June Amazon Report

Now, don’t get too excited here, I haven’t made any money yet. That’s OK though! I’m very hopeful, plus I know how much work both Perrin and I have invested in Coustii to know that it’s a work in progress and we have lots of room to grow.

I’m back to the States this month and going to say goodbye to the carefree, backpacking life. And hello to buckling down and giving Coustii all I’ve got!

Until next month!

June Update from Ryan

Remember last month when I was the seriously depressed owner of a failing niche site? Well, I’ve got some good news…

I’m only the slightly depressed owner of a failing niche site, now! Woo hoo!

All kidding aside, things are going much better. It won’t seem that way from the screenshots, because the results have not caught up yet, but I’m finally back on course to make the site grow again. Over the last month I’ve been writing a lot, have gotten a great backlink, and positioned myself for a few more good backlinks in the near future.

JuneTraffic AllTraffic_ThroughJune GoogleTraffic_June

It’s not where I want to be at this point (not even close), but it’s so much better from where I was before. Especially in terms of my outlook.

So while I might not be able to point to any shiny numbers, there are a few things that I’ve learned that I can pass along.

1) If you’re having trouble writing, try switching up your writing space. Once I began leaving my house to do my writing, it’s been much easier to concentrate and produce content. When I’m home, there is always a distraction. If I’m stuck on an article, I’ll do the dishes, or get up and pace around, or check my phone, etc. When I’m in a coffee shop, none of these things are available for me to occupy myself with. It results in a much more productive few hours.

2) Don’t sleep on social media. I’m still not very active on social media channels because I’m focusing on getting the site on its feet (and revealed to you guys) before turning my attention there. However, the little social media that I have engaged in seems to have a real impact. Organic search traffic is still the number one goal, but Facebook can be a really valuable tool to push traffic, I think – especially when you don’t have much in the way of backlinks.

3) Don’t isolate yourself. Creating a website can be a very solitary experience. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your own head, writing and thinking and writing and thinking. The more you can reach out to others and collaborate, share ideas, or just talk to in general, the more well rounded your site will become and the more sane you will be. I’m guilty of this big time. I don’t reach out to Jake enough, especially when things were really tough. I think it would have helped a lot. Hopefully a lot of you are finding people to connect with in the Facebook group.

To wrap up, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you out there who had encouraging words to say to me after my last update in May. It really meant a lot to me that so many of you were able to relate to my struggles and offered such positive words of encouragement.

I want to thank Jake as well, because he too has been incredibly supportive through this process. I’m getting there, hopefully you are too!

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By Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws is the founder of After getting a degree in Business Finance from BYU (2002) and an MBA from ASU (2007) he worked for 8 years in Business Banking and Finance at both Merril Lynch and Wells Fargo Bank.

While consulting with other small business owners as a business banker, Spencer finally had the desire to start his own business. He successfully built a portfolio of niche sites using SEO and online marketing that allowed him to quit his job in 2011. Since then he's been involved in dozens of online business ventures including: creating and exiting Long Tail Pro, running an Amazon FBA business for over 3 years and selling that business, founding, and co-founding You can learn more about Spencer here.

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Kent Chow

Thanks for all these update. I have been following NSP 3.0 along this year. I have picked up some great tips on Content and link building. You guys are on the right track.

This is the reality that we all put in hard work and hope it pays off over-time.

Provide values first. I am very confident that traffic and income will come after. Looking forward to the next half of year.

Make sure that you rock the content piece and bank this Nov/Dec. It gonna be huge!

Spencer Haws

Thanks Kent!

Dave Nicosia

Thanks for the update! I’ve been silently following along since the beginning. My own site I started along side of this case study is growing slowly but steadily. I’m about to monetize it so well see what happens!

Spencer Haws

Thanks for following along, good luck Dave!


Hi Dave and Spencer,
I’ve been following along here too and I’ve also been starting a new authority niche site last month using your great template Dave, your great keywords research tool Spencer and all the great advice found here. I hope to bring it to 500$ a month within a year too. That would be great.

Thank you to you all and to the participants in NSP3. It really helps to read all those updates and to listen to the coaching calls. I’ve listened to some a couple of times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It’s really great content and a great idea to do that.

I’ve been following your site for a couple of years Spencer and I don’t think that I ever commented. But I’d like to thank you for all your efforts here. Thanks to your advice I have created a micro niche site of 34 pages in 2014. This site has been making 150$ a month consitently over the past year and a half without any intervention from my part and honestly even with that small niche site I’m dominating the niche. So much that I was considering to launch a real life business on the subject or to sell ads space to local businesses instead of monetizing with adsense. My site recently got mentionned in a major newspaper here in Canada so I just got another great backlink that recently boosted my monthly income to 500$ last month. So I can say that all of these tips really work. It took me about 6 months to rank but since then my traffic has been growing consistently.

Unfortunately I didn’t pick a brandable domain but an exact match keyword with 1500 searches per month and low competition and it’s a pretty narrow niche so it’s hard to expand that site but it’s been a very good experience. Building a bigger site with a brandable domain seemed like the next obvious step to me.

Also, I’d like to thank the participants in NSP3. I can relate to you guys in the fact that writing alone on our own on a site that is barely getting any traffic at all can be a little depressing at first so it’s fun to be able to relate to your live examples.

My wife,friends and parents don’t really understand why I spend so much time writing for “nothing”. I can’t wait to prove them wrong when this new site is going to bring in 500$ a month for doing “nothing” 🙂


Bhuboy Villanueva

Thanks for the update, I am on Part 12 of NSP 3.0 , and can’t wait to reach the point where Perrin teach Coleen about link building. 100 backlinks is really awesome. Keep to the good works guys, you are giving us ( well at least I am sure I am ) an inspiration and hope that there is really light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks again Spencer


Colleen! 100 links, that’s impressive. Out of interest, what is your DA (I know it’s not the end all but still interesting). Depending when they’re added, could be a nice jump on Thursdays update.

Khalid Farhan

Hey Guys (Especially Ryan),

Continue the good work. It seems like Samara is going to hit a big number soon. Rooting for her and the others too. Come on Ryan! You can do better :p

Following NSP 3 very carefully guys. Wishing all of you great success.

Ben Doyle

Well done guys!

Wow Colleen, 100 links that’s awesome – I couldn’t even imagine building that many links on my own so congrats!

Samara, sounds like things are really moving for you now so good luck with the interviews.

Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. Keep pluggin’ away buddy. Life is hard and shit happens and some just have more luck than others. But I’m rooting for you, many people in your spot would have thrown the towel in by now but winners don’t quit. I look forward excitedly to the reveal of your site. So keep going!

Congrats and good luck to you all!


Rahatul Islam

“Don’t isolate yourself” I like this Quote very much. Last couple of month I will try to create Niche Site. Thanks


Well done all of you!
As Ryan says: don’t sleep on social media. I find Pinterest to be the best so far.
Keep up the good work!



…just another thing. Looking at TinyFry in LonTailPlatinum it shows site age 6,8. How come?


Thanks for great tips on Content and link building.. 🙂

Ree Klein

Great update and I’m cheering for each of you!

Ryan’s point about not isolating yourself is really important. I recently started my own Niche Site that is a combination of an authority site AND shop that sells private labeled products. Just last week I went out and pounded the pavement in my local areas visiting store owners who serve my target audience.

I had a chance to speak about my business, its purpose and show them one of my physical products. I was able to get valuable feedback about what sells well in their stores and what customers asked for but they didn’t carry. A couple even took some of my product on consignment.

I now engage with these store owners on social media and have a chance of getting back links because I’ll list them on my site.

Anyway, just wanted to add to what Ryan was putting out there…

Wishing you all much success!


That’s awesome about hitting the pavement Ree! I’ve got a project coming up, will definitely consider implementing this.


Thanks for the update. I love reading these as they are so motivating me to keep pushing with my own niche sites.

All the best,


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Michael O

Thanks for the updates! It’s been quite a learning experience and I am grateful for your sharing.

Angelina Grey

Awesome read…!!!

I have been following you since long time privately 😉 and trust me I am a big fan of yours.
You inspired me alotttt that I started my own Niche Site… I am pretty sure that it is also going to be a case study very soonnn…!!!

keep earning and motivate people to earn..

Thanks a ton

Angelina 🙂

Paulo Nogueira


I have noticed that the traffic and monetization on these “authority sites” are a low slower than on simply niche sites is it just the way that it is or was Spencer & Perrin’s case with the niche sites “best case scenario”?


Arthur parkson

I think there should be a more creative plan to get more traffic. Can you guys also try using Viglink to monetize your sites.


I am really glad to read your amazing and marvellous post. It was my pleasure to read your post.
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post…


Todd Connelly

First off, thanks Spencer for all the help through the last two years. Second, thanks to the three willing to share their experiences and even their sites! I’ve been following this Project from the beginning. I’ve read through all of the previous Projects too! It’s nice to see you’re not the only one struggling to build a site and have the same mental blocks and frustrations. And the joy of getting a post done or achieving a goal. I wish all three the best. Thanks for sharing and keep grinding!

uthman saheed

Thanks for the update. It always inspire and challenge me to work hard. I like reading any blog update (either traffic or earning) of successful people. Its really a wonderful motivator for me in this career. Thanks for your time to write this.


Great article, congratulations!


Interesting. I don’t want to be a spoilsport, but it seems the earnings are much, much lower than niche site projects 1 and 2 despite the same amount of work. Maybe the era of making good money from niche sites is over and the new era is Amazon FBA.

Shane Stanford

I was just thinking the exact thing.

Most of the site’s for sale these days on empire flipper seem to be FBA and not affiliated sites.

Spencer Haws

Dont get discouraged! SEO does take longer these days, and no doubt Amazon FBA can be a great business. FBA takes more capital upfront, both have positives and negatives.


Hi Spencer,

Thanks for this post update. Good to read the experience of the 3 niche bloggers and I have learned something new here.

Right now, I work on general blogs but would like to start niche & event blogging. The shared stories are really inspiring me to blog with dedication.

I’m familiar that the keyword research, good blog design, and link building matter a lot in driving organic traffic.

Thanks you for sharing the helpful details.

Kyle McFarlane

Hey I just wanted to give Ryan some encouragement with a personal story.

I started my authority site in 2014 and for the entire year I had no more than maybe 10 visits each month(if that) it was really tough.

I was writing what I thought to be good content, but it just didn’t rank at all…no ranking, no traffic. I actually gave up at one point (for 3 months).

My problem was that I was following and listening to the wrong people. You know the videos and blogs that claim make “$1000 mth in 30 days” type people. I definitely got ripped off a few times as well.

At the time I knew nothing about longtail pro as a product or Niche pursuits. That all changed in the fall of 2015 I came across the SPI blog and read a post about affiliate marketing and it mentioned longtail pro.

I signed up for the 10 day free trial, found some keywords to target and wrote some content. I wish I could show you a pic of my google analytics, but in just those 10 days I saw an increase in traffic and was convinced.

I now use longtail pro to target keywords for each of my posts.

Long story short, I now get almost 500 unique visitors & 1000 page views a day, and just last month I finally made $500 in amazon affiliate commissions.

So don’t give up, stay the course until it works even if it takes 2 1/2 years. Trust me, when you make it to your goal, the feeling is amazing!

And Spencer, if you ever want me to put all my stats into a case study for you I’d be glad to put something together for you.

Thanks for everything.

Spencer Haws

Excellent story! Thanks for sharing, feel free to shoot me an email via my contact form and perhaps we can work out a case study idea.

Kyle McFarlane

For sure

Jake Cain

Very cool – thanks for sharing.

Kyle McFarlane

One more thing, great job with Niche Site Project 3, It’s helped me learn a few new tricks.



I’m rooting for you. I’ve been working on niche sites for about 2 1/2 years while having a full time job (and you have more jobs; not sure how you’ve done this much). So I understand how difficult it can be to generate content and do the back link work.

My screen shots looked like yours for my first 2 years. My first 3 sites got destroyed on exactly the same day Perrin’s APennyShaved site got zapped by the Google PBN update. I re-branded all three sites and re-posted (while kind of re-writing) the content to the new brands. After a year on the new brands (with practically no link building), am finally seeing some success. Even though it’s only one of the three sites.

I attribute part of my success to LTP (thanks Spencer). And, part of my success to Claire Smith (thanks Spencer again for bringing her to me in your podcast). I HATE link building.

Anyway, I am rooting for you Ryan. Mainly because I have been where you are and know how frustrating it can be. And, I also know how rewarding it can be once you start to see movement.

So, even though it was only one site of mine that is seeing movement, I’m here to let you know that it’s possible (even while working full time). And, I have no doubts you will get there eventually and sooner than I have. So, keep it up and look forward to that first bump from Google. It’s coming soon. And, when it happens, it feels great!



Spencer, what do you pay per 1000 words of content on your site?


Yo Spence, are you busy or something?

Spencer Haws

didn’t see this one, my bad. Interns wrote the articles, we didn’t pay anything.

Andy Wu

Ryan – Keep going hard! I am struggling the same way with my website currently and slowly building 1 link at a time! As long as we keep going we will be able to get there.


what tool do you use for the earnings summary table which shows fees and bounties?


I’m not saying there is not any valuable info here. Nor am I saying that Spencer and all the other folks who have a significant following haven’t put great info out over the years – because they have.

But… 2016……This is going to sound like I’m a hater no matter how I say it, so I’ll just say it…all the hype around niche sites (past couple years) and Amazon FBA (past 2-ish years) has only really served to bring more people on to the bandwagon – which is no biggie.

What nobody is telling newbs is that the reality is that it’s far easier to earn a goal of $500 per month just buying and flipping stuff (thrift stores/garage sales) on eBay. You’re not going to be waiting for months either.

Forget niche sites….forget Amazon FBA = you need lots of time, money, and significant discipline in order to make those happen.

Kevin Hellriegel

Great update! I was following along and listening to the coaching calls but life got in the way. Now, I’m ready to get back into it after reading this update!


Very Nice article.
I want to ask which training is best for learning Back linking.
and which one is the best tool to check backlinks


You can learn something new from here .Seriously it’s something update .!!


You can learn something new from here .Seriously it’s something update 😀 !! really nice

John Vincent

Hello there, how I wish I can share my SEO strategy on your article. First 2 months, got a boom result



When do you think the July update will be ready? We already are in September and I can’t wait anymore to see the results!


Spencer Haws

We are going to do a 2 month update for both July and August. When its ready, we’ll publish (probably end of Sept).

tanveer habib

I have a newbie question how can we find relevant blogs …quality blogs though to comment on them which are don’t have those crapy thousands of spammy comments.

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