Today I am giving nothing more and nothing less than a quick update on the progress of my public niche site project.
I've received lots of stellar feedback from this project from all of you, and I appreciate that! I think as a community we have all learned (including me) different tactics, asked important questions, and felt a little more motivated. Thank you for all of following along and making this project a success so far!
Overall, I am going to give some interesting updates on the rankings of my site, the earnings, and discuss my strategy going forward.
Ranking #1 in Google?!?
I actually wanted to write an entire post today announcing that I was ranking #1 in Google! However, at the time of this writing, I am still currently ranked #2…which is still AWESOME!
I thought I was going to have a chance to write the “Ranking Number One in Google!” post, because I actually saw my niche site briefly hit the top spot on Saturday night! I don't know how long it was there, but sometime on Sunday (yesterday) it must have gone back to number 2.
I think its very possible that I'm ranking #1 in some locations because my traffic was WAY up on Saturday night and Sunday compared to previous days and weeks.
However, I am going to officially say that its currently bouncing between position 1 and 2…so we will see where Google ends up putting it! Once I'm solidly at number one (how's that for confidence?) for a few days, I'll write the “I DID IT” post and give some more nitty-gritty details.
But for now, I'll just say that I'm extremely happy with the ranking and traffic for my site!
Last month my survival knife site earned $83.86. A great start for its first full-month of being in existence (I started it part way through February).
As of yesterday (April 21st), the site has earned $177.03! See the image below:
That's alot of survival knife sales! The best part is that the site is increasing in traffic and earnings in the later half of the month. So, I fully expect to hit $250 in earnings this month. Will I be able to hit $500 next month? I don't know, it will be exciting to watch though.
Strategy Going Forward
I've done some additional link building which is likely the reason its bouncing up near #1. I'll go into much more detail on this later, but I essentially followed the plan I laid out here.
In addition, I've continued to add content at a slow rate. I've added about one article per week over the past few weeks. I would actually add 2 to 3 per week, but my author writing the articles has been a little slow about getting them to me. I'm not too concerned about this, because the articles that he does get to me are high quality, and that's much more important.
I'll continue to add 1 or 2 articles a week for a least the next month or so. Then I'll likely go back and do more knife reviews on more and more knives moving forward. As long as the traffic and earnings continue, its worth the investment for additional content.
Overall, I just wanted to provide a quick update on my niche site project. The earnings a great and so are the rankings! At this point the site is mostly on auto-pilot for me. I just have to read and edit an article about once a week and hit “Publish”.
I would love to hear any thoughts, comments, or questions that you might have below.