A few weeks ago, I listed 10 different ideas that I had for a second niche site project. After reading through that list again, I realized that many of them were essentially the same, with just small variances.
So, today, I've narrowed down that list to just 3 different types of projects that I would be willing to work on. Out of these 3 results, I would like your feedback to help me know which one is most interesting to YOU!
The 3 projects that I am willing to work on are:
- Build a Niche Site and reveal everything (just like the original Niche Site Project).
- Teach a student to build a niche site – and document their progress.
- Build a Niche Site, but don't reveal the domain until its ranking near the top of Google.
I feel like I need to explain in detail what these three options are all about.
Option 1: Build a Small Niche Site
This is exactly what I did for my first Niche Site Project. This is just ANY type of affiliate site (Amazon, Adsense, Clickbank, CPA,…you name it). In addition, I call it a “niche” site simply because its one that is focused on one specific topic. It could grow to a much larger site if it totally catches fire, but I would expect the site to be about like my BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com site.
For the most part, this site would be outsourced as far as content and link building. I would personally put in all the initial effort to research the proper keywords and to develop an overall content strategy. Like the Niche Site Project 1, I may write some of the content, but most of it I would expect to outsource to quality freelance authors.
This choice could include MANY different options for the type of site I would build. I could build an Amazon Associates site that targets a high end product, or I could find an affiliate product on Clickbank or elsewhere that I promote. I could promote CPA offers or some other independent offer I find.
How I monetize the site will all depend on the keyword/niche I decide to tackle. So, don't just think of this as a replica of my BestSurvivalKnifeGuide.com project, this new project could turn out very different and make money in a completely new way.
Option 2: Teach a Student to Build a Niche Site
The second option, is to pick one of my readers, and teach them how to build a niche site. I would do one-on-one coaching, and likely record those Skype sessions for everyone else to listen in. Then I would allow the “student” to go through the entire site building process on their own, with my coaching.
I would of course be there to answer questions along the way.
Then I would also share the domain, keywords, and everything so that readers on the blog can follow along as well.
The draw of this option is that it would allow a perspective from someone that is “new” to building niche sites. This student may ask questions that I may not have thought about on my own, that could potentially by useful to you. In addition, it would also show that some of the methods I used are able to be replicated by others.
The potential downside to this option is simply that the project may not go as planned. Because someone besides me would be involved, there is no way I can guarantee that they would follow through with the project. I would fully expect that with my coaching and motivation, that they would pull through. But its very possible that they would decide to quit the project, and there's not much I could do about that.
Option 3: Build a Niche Site – But Wait to Reveal the Domain
This would be exactly like Option 1; however, I would not reveal the domain until it was already ranking in Google. Because I can't predict how long it would take to rank in Google or start making money, I would expect that it would be at least a few months before I revealed the keyword/domain for this project.
Why would I do this?
I had a lot of people comment on my previous project wondering if I would have ever ranked in Google if I hadn't revealed my domain. I can say over and over again, that I have ranked sites in Google many times using the exact techniques that I shared…it doesn't matter.
The truth is that I did have my site targeted for negative SEO purposes (as shown here) during my last project, and this likely could have been avoided if I hadn't revealed the domain.
In addition, it would prevent all the copy cats from building my exact same site (at least for a few months). So, I do actually see a lot of advantages to completing the project in “private”. However, I WOULD eventually reveal the domain and keyword, so that everyone could check out the site and see what I did.
The downsides to this option are obvious. Because you wouldn't see the keyword and domain from the beginning, you wouldn't have a concrete example to look at right away. I wouldn't be able to make as many instructional videos and tutorials, because I wouldn't be able to share my website…at least not until later.
But deciding whether the pros or cons are more important…is up to you!
Vote for Your Favorite Option!
Now that I've explained the 3 options for Niche Site Project 2, its your turn to vote for your favorite! You only get one vote, so make it count! I will be closing this poll on July 22nd, so please vote now.
Once all the votes are in, I'll announce the winning idea and start the project shortly thereafter.
I look forward to your feedback, and am excited to begin the next niche site project!