The first full month of Niche Site Project 4 is now in the books! Now it's time to provide a monthly report for what happened last month.
However in addition to my update on my site for Niche Site Project 4, I'm also providing an update on everyone else that is participating! Nearly 800 people signed up to participate in Niche Site Project 4, and below you will find those people that sent in a report for the first month.
But before I dive into the participant reports, I'll give a full accounting of what I've been up to with the project.
A Quick Timeline Re-cap
- July 31st, 2018 – I publicly announce Niche Site Project 4
- July 2018 – I selected my first niche idea before announcing the project, but write about finding a niche here (in early August).
- August 7th, 2018 – I buy a misspelled domain name for my first niche idea. Whoops.
- August 16th, 2018 – I buy a correctly spelled domain name for my first niche idea.
- August 20th, 2018 – After more in-depth research, I decide to scrap my first niche idea and select another one. Luckily before I had started my website.
- August 22nd, 2018 – I decide on a new niche. I also reveal what my “old” niche was and why I didn't select it here.
- August 24th, 2018 – I buy the domain name for my new niche.
- August 24 – 30th – I had found 50ish great keywords that I feel like can do well.
- August 30th – Hired first author for the site.
Overall, I think the above quick timeline shows you exactly where I am with the site.
I have my niche selected that I'm very happy about. Then towards the end of August I finally got my domain, found a bunch of keywords, and hired my first author.
I did not have anything published in August, hence no traffic or earnings for the month.
So, for my official report, there's nothing too exciting. I only owned the domain for about a week during August…so there are no visitors and no earnings to report. However, that's just fine…right?
The site is being built, I have authors in place, and I'm excited to start getting some visitors.
I am already 13 days into September at the time of this writing, and I'm happy to say that I've officially published 2 articles on the site and 2 more will likely be published today or tomorrow.
I've hired 5 writers and I'll keep the ones that do a good job.
The initial set of articles are all Amazon affiliate type articles (best product xyz). However, I'm also working with one author that is producing non-affiliate articles that are more image heavy type content.
I've given her a batch of 10 articles that are more informational that she is working on. These will be the start of my venture into Pinterest. I expect Pinterest to be a key element of my site. I might get around to actually creating my Pinterest account in August and start pinning some images.
First I'm getting a logo done…on Fiverr. Yep, Fiverr.
I've got my GeneratePress Premium theme in place and may tweak the look and feel a bit more once I have my logo in place. Once I have my “branding” down, I'll figure out how I want my Pinterest pins to look to match this branding. Then I'll be ready to rock and roll on Pinterest.
Overall, 4 of the writers I have are all working on Amazon affiliate type content. The 1 other writer is producing more image heavy/informational content. This will ensure I have a nice balance of both affiliate content and informational content.
I recently asked in the Facebook group if anyone had additional questions about Niche Site Project 4. So, here's a few quick answers to those questions.
(These are the exact questions submitted on Facebook).
How will you tackle link building ?
I'll dive into this in much more depth in a future blog post. But to start I'll go with some basics just to get the ball rolling: blog commenting, creating social profiles (FB, twitter, etc), resource page links, and Pinterest.
I'll only create social profiles on sites I plan to keep posting to. (I'll find a solution to auto-post content to my social profiles). Blog commenting will be less about expecting great links and more about just getting my name out there and potentially connecting with a few people in my niche.
I'll discuss more advanced link building tactics in the future when the time comes in the project. I plan on looking at what links my competitors have and then trying to replicate. That's not my entire strategy, but that's a big part of it.
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How to incorporate amazon products? Make sure you discuss them in your posts?
Yes. If my article is “best razors”, I'll find the 5 to 7 top razors on Amazon and review/link to them.
To piggyback off of this, is there a certain amount of amazon products you should not go over? Amazon products disappear all the time and it can be tricky to do audits all the time to make sure those links are still working
I like to shoot for 5 to 7 products when I'm doing a “buying guide”.
Do you consider price history charts worth including on product pages??
I've never done this.
What did you do to make your “best pages” convert better? I already have some getting #1 here in Brazil, but I want to improve my conversions. What's the best type for conversion? Can you give us some tips?
Here's an article I've published in the past on how to increase your amazon affiliate earnings.
What are you using to create beautiful tables? And, do you intend to use CTA buttons from EasyAzon? Or something else?
What is your schedule for articles?
– Are you writing the articles yourself or are you outsourcing it?
I'm outsourcing, and just publishing my first 50 articles as soon as possible. No specific schedule, just as soon as they are written and edited, I'm hitting publish. I expect that to be about 5 articles a week.
Want to start your own blog?
what exact requirements do you give the writer? Any references/research?
what is your budget per article?
I have an entire process set up for writers including keywords to target (and sub-keywords), article length, and then exact templates/instructions that I've given. This is a more in-depth answer. If you want to replicate my exact process and templates though, they are available inside Organic Traffic Formula here.
I'm paying authors hourly. But I expect most articles will cost between $40 to $100.
Monthly Report from NSP4 Participants!
Now I'm about to try something that could be really awesome or really difficult to read. I've had over 100 people report on their site for Niche Site Project 4!
If you'd like to join the project and get notified when it's time to report for next month, please join the email list here. Please note that only sites that were created after July 31st, 2018 are sites you should be reporting on.Join Niche Site Project 4 Here!
Overall, the project should getting more interesting with each passing month. The first few months are the hardest as my site and your site could take a little while to start ranking in Google and making money. However, I expect that many of the people reporting below and hopefully me will start seeing more and more earnings with each passing month.
Be sure to sign up above to get to report next time.
Enjoy the monthly reports below. Looks like a few people are starting to get visitors and a few sites even made some money!
|Real Name or Nickname||Number of articles total published on your site?||Number of “Sessions” your site received in August 2018?||Earnings for August 2018?||
What was accomplished in August 2018 for your site?
Found a niche and then changed my mind. Found a new niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress.
Found a big niche, did a great design, published 25,000 words of articles, happy with on page SEO so far.
Found niche, bought a domain name for branding, hosting and WordPress, launched my site august 26 and now am at 7 articles, also doing social sharing aswell. Doing all the work my self
Was able to get a few articles up, mainly keyword research. Slow start as I am spending the majority of my free time finishing my basement to make a studio for working in.
Found niche, bought domain and hosting, set up wordpress, set up Pinterest and Instagram, got the branding and “bones” of my site completed (home, about page, aff. disclaimer pages done and sidebar set up, etc.), set up my email newsletter (I have 1 subscriber besides myself! ha!), I have over 130 blog post ideas, will start to write this weekend as well as look into hiring writers (brand new to me!) Thanks!!
I finished setting up the site and posted multiple articles and multiple youtube videos
Just started, configured everything and did the keyword research a couple of days ago. I published my first post on end of the month
8 articles written and uploaded. 150 potential keywords. Social media set up and auto posting on hootsuite. Found around 20 potential blogs for linking (Guest posts)
Found a great niche, bought the domain, set up WordPress on hosting and designed a logo. Also created pinterest account and built a list of about 50 keywords. I've started to write my first article.
Made a list of 15 long tail keywords to start creating content for new pages. Increased Social Media followers (Pinterest and Twitter). Found a writer via Upwork to work on the first 5 articles.
Niche selected. Keyword research done and competitors analyzed. Domain and hosting setup.
Chose niche and sample keywords, created doppelganger list. Setup WordPress site and designed logo and color scheme.
kw research, teaching myself how to research and write review posts, setting up plugins – Amazon Associates Link Builder, EasyAzon, created better logo and branding, started writing review posts
Identified niche, bought domain, completed reasonable amount of keyword research. Wrote list of article titles. Writing solid for the last 4 weeks. No optimization of articles. No link building. Website looks pretty rough around the edges.
Scholarship Link Building, Amazon Product API setup, Networking, Full details: https://precisiondigital-llc.com/2018/09/niche-dreams-part-2-networking-tools-link-building-content-creation/
The site is up and running with five 1000 word article published and have 1-2 more articles incoming per week. Only doing on page seo for traffic.
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress. outsourced 1 article.
Redesigned the website and wrote a few articles. I also did a lot of keyword research.
Zeroing in on niche, just secured hosting
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress, signed up for text broker. Ordered first batch of content.
Found niche, researched keywords, setup hosting.
Wrote 5 articles, created some social profiles and posted links to articles.
Domain + Hosting setup. Found niche and low-competition keywords, wrote a 5000+ words pillar article, one additional general article, and optimized the website.
Found niche, bought domain, setup hosting, WP theme installed, pages created, opening article written.
Setup WordPress, Posted some articles, setup social profiles
|Greg||10||15||0||Added 4 articles|
found niche, purchased domain, setup wordpress container and installed Parabola theme
Found niche, bought domain, setup hosting, installed WordPress & theme, designed logo, found 10 keywords, wrote & published first two articles – 2549 words & 478 words.
Found my niche, wrote about me page in draft
Had to skip first Niche – too competitive. Found new and am super excited about it
A small non conclusive niche research.
Content update+ Published new content
Niche chosen, name and domain purchased. First 20 keywords/articles chosen.
I have my niche selected. All up and running. I’ve written first article with over 4k words which is different approach from my previous sites.
Domain name, identified first set of articles
Found niche, bought domain, hired writer and beginning work.
I chose my niche before Niche Site Project 4 started. However, I'm going about things a little differently. I'm trying to aim for what would be popular on Pinterest or social channels, not just competitiveness of keywords.
Found Niche, 72 informational keywords and 29 commercial keywords, bought domain, set up hosting, installed wordpress, installed and customised theme, created logo, created about and contact pages and wrote 23 articles.
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress. Right now, I'm really having difficulty with content creation. I know the niche and am very familiar with how to create content that will attract traffic. I also have researched low-hanging fruit keywords to use and optimize for. However, I am having problems having time to create content due to my work. I don't have enough funds to delegate the work to someone else. Hopefully, I can get this sorted out before the end of the month.
Found niche bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress also published 2 article.
Picked niche, bought domain, set up hosting & put wordpress on, bought second better domain, re-set up, and now trying to find a decent alternative to Thrive themes now that they're subscription based (dang it! – and just 2 months ago!?) Hoping I can get comparable power out of GeneratePress + some thrive themes – I'd LOVE input on this. What add-ons (paid or free) will make this set up comparable?
|NaurisLV||15||55||0.50 USD from Adsense||
Bought Premium theme, published 10 articles
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress. Planning content.
|Michele||0||0||0||I haven't done anything.|
Found niche, bought domain, set up hosting and wordpress, published first article
Niche researched and picked, setup hosting and wordpress, theme installed and configured, SSL cert installed, plugins set up.
Still fine tuning niche selection and monetization methods.
Found niche, bought domain, set up hosting. Want to use Thrive Theme Builder for my theme, but it is not yet available to purchase. What are your suggestions for a theme until TTB is available to buy?
Managed to build the site, connected to its social accounts and built a couple of backlinks.
Used a niche and domainname I already owned but didn't do anything with, set up WordPress and added 6 articles
I accomplished the following:
– I selected a niche
– keword research (22 KW to target)
– The site is up and running.
Welcome Page, About Page, and domain and website set up.
Found a niche, bought a domain, setup hosting and wordpress
1) Niche chosen and confirmed 2) Domain name confirmed 3) 10 initial article mapped 4) Decision to make it a non-affiliate site – I will only sell my products and services 5) Primary marketing tactics chosen – Podcasting, Youtube and Pinterest (all 3 integrated around core content as much as possible 5) Back-end product (online course) mapped 6) Videographer booked for October for shooting quick tip videos for newsletter and core content on the site.
Found niche, bought domain, set up hosting and wordpress. Identified first 20 keywords and wrote first 6 articles plus about us, privacy and contact us pages. Set up social media accounts.
Found niche, bought domain, hired writer, setup site with content, designed logo, set up autoresponders and newsletter, now working on getting ranked and growing content
keyword research for more content
Domain, Hosting and one Article
Still not found niche. Currently in exam phase (bad Start of Niche Site Challenge), but I'm finished with that at the end of this Week and will than start and try to catch up on the rest.
My eyes went bloodshot staring at the screen while writing the first few 1,000 word posts
Set up hosting, WordPress and wrote my first article!!
|Greg l||6||10||0||Hired a writer|
Found niche, Built site, added 5 articles
I found a niche, I created a website and I'm creating content, both written and video with examples and reviews for the site. I have set up all social media for it too.
Niche found, 50+ Keywords found for articles, domain bought, hosted and theme found. Began writing 1st article.
Found Niche, Bought Domain, Setup Hosting and WordPress, Added 11 Pages and 1 Post of Content, Setup Google Analytics and Google Search Console, Created Accounts on YouTube, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
Still looking for niche. All most done with niche research.
Keyword research, a few articles, setup of site
Found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and WordPress. Commissioned first pillar article. Still fixing WordPress design
Unfortunately, I have been faced with an unexpected circumstance that has prevented me from starting. Trying to get caught up ASAP.
I am redoing and working an old site that I left. I am in the middle of doing SEO
|Grace Maria George||16||6||0||
Keyword research, created article design template, posted few articles
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress also published 3 article.
Found niche, bought domain, setup hosting/cloudflare, setup wordpress plugins/themes, wrote content calendar plan/headlines, researched competitors, planned affiliate products
found niche, bought domain, setup website, defined main structure
Found niche, Setup basic site structure with essential plugin
Found a niche, bought domain, setup hosting, and wordpress.
Found a niche, brainstormed domain ideas and verified availability.
|Rohan Bhardwaj||4||0||0||Site is set and up|
found niche, bought domain
Found niche, planned first 10 articles, found hosting
Found niche, did keyword research, domain found but not yet purchased
In August, I finalized the niche as well as bought the domain. I have a list of initial keywords ready and I am working to get the content for those keywords ready. I plan to get 20 articles ready by end October.
found niche, bought domain, add 2 articles
Posted daily to Twitter, created around 50 manual blog comments, published some articles, created a giant list of keywords, hired a writer
found niche, set up hosting, installed wordpress, themes and plugins, installed SSL cert
KW research done. Failed at hiring good writers and lost some money. Strategizing and writing my own content for now (at least until I start to make decent money) Will plan to build backlinks once I've 15-20 articles and 2-3 skyscrapers.
I find a niche & bought domain and hosting, installed wordpress & published 15 content in total. I am going to publish more 15 content in this month.
Started going through Organic Traffic Formula so I paused my process for a little while. But the site is set up and ready for the articles to start being published!
found niche, bought domain, working on wordpress theme/design.
I picked niche, bought domain, built the site, and published my first article.
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress, 2 articles
Only done keyword research and bought a domain
I got a good hosting company, installed wordpress and important plugins, did keyword research, published 5 posts
I found a niche, bought a domain name, installed wordpress and a theme, and wrote 3 articles. I also did keyword research. I have about 100 potential keywords to go after
Wrote 7 articles which have all been indexed and all rank between pages 1 – 11. Found niche and setup website/hosting a few months earlier.
found 3 interesting niches (relative easy competition)
setup hosting and wordpress
setup social media profiles
made 1 pillar article and 10 normal posts for one niche
made some internal linking
|Rob and Christine||0||0||0||
Identified a niche and bought a domain
I've found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and WordPress
I am stuck. I'm afraid. I wish.
I got done with the basics, set up WordPress on my blog and got the necessary pages up. I've already published 4 articles at this point though there's no traffic yet.
Initial keyword research, including doppelganger sites and approx. 30 keywords. Selected and purchased domain. Designed logo. and set up hosting and wordpress.
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress, and 5 articles
signed up for this, listened to np podcasts eps and 90 min webinar.
found niche, bought domain, setup hosting and wordpress
I had only registered the domain and made two pages around the last day or two of August.
Re-following and with existing niche site I built following niche site project 3.
Had to put previous site on HOLD due to life.
I'm back and determined!
Domain was bought by previous months. Config the WordPress and start publishing articles in August 2018.
Found niche, bought domain, set up website.
Learnt how to research for keywords. Been actively coming up with titles and sourcing for writers. Two unpublished articles from a writer, editing them at the moment. Set up an IG for my website. Bought domain and currently editing WP template. 🙂
Decided to crest 2 niche sites one where I write the articles the other where I use articoolo. Have sites up and is research done.
-published 1 article per week
-set up amazon affiliate links
Found niche and setup site couple months ago (spent a bit too long on design) but now working slowly in it around full time job. Pushing for 15k word pillar article at the mo.
Nothing 🙁 still need to find my niche. I fined this very difficult. Will have to reread/watch all the niche selection, keyword research stuff
Working on more keywords
Identify a niche. Doing deep research on the niche before purchasing domain
Found niche, bought domain, setup hosting, wrote 7 articles.
Still doing niche research. I was going to use a site I already have that I haven't touched in 2 years, but that defeats the purpose of this. So, more research…
niche , domain, hosting, wordpress setup
Got more organized with outsources. Need to keep adding content. Plan is to be making $1,000/month within 6 months from content being posted.
Niche identified; Domain Purchased; WebHosting Purchased; WordPress Theme Purchased and installed; created 2 articles, but not published.
Found a niche, bought a old domain which has 1 million backlinks, setup hosting and wordpress, Published 4 articles so far
Identified niche, selected domain, wrote 2 articles