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Hey everyone, I'm excited to finally reveal Samara's niche site that she has been working on for the past couple of months.  Today's post is technically coaching call #11, even though we mostly just review the site for you on video and discuss why we did what we did.

I'd like to briefly walk you through the journey that Samara and I have been on before I reveal the site.  Samara has been working REALLY hard on this site, and these 11 coaching calls are only a glimpse of the amount of effort that has been put into the project.

Here's a quick timeline/review of what we have covered in this project so far:

I wasn't quite sure when would be appropriate to reveal the site.  I wanted to do 2 things: First, I wanted to prove that Samara could build a niche site and start showing early signs of success without ANY involvement from the Niche Pursuits community.  Second, I want the Niche Pursuits community to still have a great learning experience; and that often comes with being able to visit the niche site we are talking about.

A few weeks ago, I held a small poll on the Niche Site Project 3 Facebook group.  Here's what the poll revealed:

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Most people wanted to see the site once 20 article had been published.  Well, I'm happy to share that Samara's site now has just over 20 articles published and has made it's first sale!

I felt like if we waited a few months until the site was making $500/mth before revealing it that people would lose interest in the project.  So, I think we've struck a nice balance here, the site has over 20 articles, has made a few sales, and is getting natural search engine traffic from Google everyday.

And the Niche Site Is….

So, with that introduction, it's time to reveal the niche site!

The URL of Samara's site that she has been working on the past couple of months is: TinyFry.com!

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Feel free to go to the site and check out what has been done so far.

Earnings so far…

Besides revealing the site, the big news is that it's ranking in Google and earning money!

Here's a quick screenshot of the earnings.  The site has earned $15.24…woohoo!

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In Samara's Words…

What’s up everybody?

Today’s the big day! We are revealing my website and I’m a big ‘ole bundle of nerves, but I’m also excited to show you guys what I’ve been working on these past few months.

Welcome to Tiny Fry! As you can probably see, the website revolves around babies and kids, a niche I chose to go into mainly because I recently had a baby and this is what’s most interesting to me at the moment. I also chose it because it’s a huge market, I found weak doppelgangers, and there are lots of opportunities and areas I can branch into going forward.

As I mentioned on the call, I started off focusing on toys and am now getting into crafts, gear, and games and activities. I’m trying to publish a few articles a week if I can, and I’m also constantly working on backlinks and outreach. A few people I have reached out to have shared my posts on their social media, and I’m trying to develop relationships with people in the niche, which is nice because otherwise the process is a bit lonely. And as Spencer says on the call, building a website should be a social experience.

How's the Budget?

I have spent about $280, which is slightly more than half of my $500 budget. My expenses to date have been as follows:

  • $50 on the logo, on Upwork
  • $200 on content (10 articles in total), on Freelancer
  • $15 on hosting (around $5 per month), on Bluehost, and
  • $15 on video editing, on Fiverr

We took a look at Google Analytics, which shows that I’m getting just a few visitors to the website, and we looked at Google Search Console, and we saw that I’m starting to rank for my keywords… sometimes in 60th position, yes, but I’m ranking nonetheless. You gotta start somewhere. All in all it’s pretty exciting.

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We also saw how I’m ranking for keywords I’m not even targeting, which just reinforces the idea that focusing on as many long tail keywords as you can is the way to go. I’m also excited to report that I have about 10 backlinks at the moment, which isn’t a bad start (or so I’m told).

As you all know, this is a work in progress and I sense I will be an eternal student of WordPress (and Spencer). Some things on my site may not work right, some of the formatting may vary between blog posts, some of the links might be wrong, but I’m working on it! The learning curve is tremendous, but after slaving away at my desk and after many a late night in front of my computer, it’s definitely starting to come together.

Lessons Learned So Far…

I have definitely learned a few valuable lessons along the way, some of which I’d like to share with the hope that they might help you guys as well.

  1. I think you should spend at least some time planning the structure of your articles. I published a whole bunch and they all looked different because I didn’t really think about how they should look. Around article 20 I figured out what style I liked, and now I have to go back and make lots of changes so that the site looks uniform. This may not be important from an SEO-perspective, but you also want your site to be cohesive and aesthetically appealing.
  2. If you’re testing out writers, think about giving them one or two articles to start, and then decide if you want to send them more work. I sent all of my articles to two authors without giving it too much thought and I was pretty disappointed with the content they returned, but I was stuck.
  3. I think it’s easier to pick a niche that you’re interested in, even if it’s only a remote interest. Building a website like this is all-consuming, so it’s a good idea to actually like the topic you’re getting into.
  4. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, as there are lots of moving parts, from keyword research to the search for backlinks. I think it’s important to get organized and try to do a little bit each day or work on something different every day (Wednesday – keyword research, Thursday – outreach…) to make sure you’re always making progress in each area.
  5. WordPress used to make me swear like a sailor, but not anymore (or, maybe more accurately, not as much). Stick with it! I never thought I’d say this but it does get easier with time (and blood, sweat and tears, but mostly time).

The “big” news we shared on the call is that I earned my first dollar. Someone—who I don’t know (I’d like to emphasize that)—actually went to my site, clicked on a link and bought something. At the time we recorded the video, 2 items had been purchased, for which I earned $1.11, but now I’m thrilled to report that my earnings have skyrocketed to $15.24, since 2 more items were purchased through my affiliate links. It’s an amazing feeling and it has motivated me even more to continue to try to produce useful content. It also validates the process.

I hope you’re all making progress with your own sites. For now, my long-term strategy is, as Spencer says, “more of the same”: content, social media, backlinks and outreach. Hopefully I’ll have more exciting news to report down the line, so be sure to watch this space!

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119 Comments for this Post

  1. Pauline

    Pauline

    Aloha and congratulations (on both the new baby and your site’s progress), Samara! I really appreciate this series, because it’s easy to look at people like Spencer, et al and think that niche sites really aren’t going to be profitable any more, but your participation in the NSP reveals that’s not the case at all. I’m a copywriter and content creator looking to get out of always having to do the 1:1 time/money exchange, so this is very interesting to me! 🙂

    Best wishes and thanks again,
    Pauline

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Pauline! Thanks for your comments! I too am tired of the 1:1 time/money exchange! I’m hoping that this model provides me with a different way of earning income. I agree that NSP3 is valuable because it will (hopefully) show that people other than Spencer, and other experts in this space, can find success building niche sites. I hope you’re building a site too!

      • Sophie

        Sophie

        Congrats Samara,

        I am one out of those thousands of learners who are following this NSP3 to see how we can build a genuine site that will bring value to the readers and also a consistent income for the owner.

        To introduce myself, I am a stay at home mum of three and have started a few projects a year ago. I am a writer as well …but being a Non Native writer I don’t think I’ll be able to earn a good income through my writing work and its hard to earn better in this field…(if you are Non Native English person).

        Though have learned a lot things now but still find myself disorganized and nowhere in my niche site venture.

        I have spent on the site and bought content from Native English writers but I never get what I want.
        I am skilled in dealing with WP customization and handling sites. What I need to know is that how can I start organizing myself and st a straight line to follow things correctly…and is there an affordable way to be a part of such a valuable internship you are working in to?

      • Alan

        Alan

        Hi Samara,
        I too find it great to see your live progresses. Spencer makes it feel like it’s so easy to do this because he’s an expert but it’s not. It took me a couple of attempts to create one successful niche site but I didn’t take a brandable domain so it’s hard to grow it into something bigger.

        I created another micro niche site without a brandable domain last year and it’s slowly starting to show some traffic a year later. I’m bad at building links…

        Over the last month I’ve listened to all the coaching calls you and Spencer had and I’ve decided to create an authority niche site this time.

        Your site is great. You’ve been doing a good job and finding people to interview is such a good idea. I think I’ll do the same on my authority niche site.

        Keep working hard. It’s going to pay over the long run. Making passive income from a site seems to take quite some time nowadays but I believe it’s worth the trouble!

        Cheers

  2. Michael Catrow

    Michael Catrow

    I have been following this project from the start and I have learned a lot to help me with my own project. I am glad to see that you are doing well. Fantastic job Spencer and Samara rock!

    Congratulations!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks for the kind words Michael!

      • Michael Catrow

        Michael Catrow

        No problem, you and Spencer have really helped me a lot. I am actually starting to see traffic. It’s a trickle but its better than nothing!

  3. Dragos

    Dragos

    Hi Spencer and Samara,

    I`ve been following this project since the start of it, but I have to admit that I was starting to lose some interest as you were not revealing it`s website name. Now I`m happy to follow it again and “copy” some things that could help me with my new blog.

    Congratulations Samara for your first affiliate comission too!!! Great work

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks Dragos! Glad you’re following it again. There’s definitely a ton of valuable information being shared in NSP3. I hope you can use it to grow your new blog!

  4. Lloyd Hester

    Lloyd Hester

    This has been a very interesting series. I am surprised you revealed the site and I hope it does not create copycats.

    I have really enjoyed following your progress and wish you all the very best moving forward with the site and hope it brings you in a passive income soon.

    I look forward to watching it grow. 🙂

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks Lloyd! Revealing the site was always part of the deal, that way people can see exactly what Spencer is teaching and better apply it to their own sites. I also hope there are no copycats : ) Thanks for your support!

  5. Edgar

    Edgar

    congrats!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Edgar!

    • Ryan

      Ryan

      I finally get to “Meet Edgar”

      Haha i know stupid!

      This is awesome guys I am stoked for your progress, I am learning after years of trying to pull off this online stuff that it all just comes down to focus and ambition. You have to stay on the same course and keep yourself motivated.

  6. Hennie

    Hennie

    Great job Samara and thank you for sharing your journey. I’m on my third niche site at the moment, so I know exactly how you feel right now. Just keep it up and you’ll eventually be rewarded for the hard work.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Hennie!!

  7. Gavin

    Gavin

    Congrats Samara on your site. I’m glad you stuck with it and plan to be in it for the long haul. Good luck in the future!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks Gavin! I’m definitely in it for the long haul!

  8. Ivo

    Ivo

    Good job on the site Samara. Not sure if you are looking for any feedback but…
    – Since I’m sure you want to make some good connections with “mommy bloggers”, I’m not sure if saying “get kickass ideas” in your newsletter popup box is the best idea since that alone can turn off a lot of readers in this niche.
    – The “Gifts for Teens” article seems out of place on your site.

    Anyways great job overall!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Ivo, feedback is great. Thanks for that. You might be right about “kickass” turning people off, but at the same time, I’m not sure I want to water it down just to appeal to everyone. I will think about it. And maybe when I have more articles on teens the Gifts article won’t seem so out of place. Thanks again!

  9. Louie Luc

    Louie Luc

    Well done Samara! It’s nice to see your progress so far. 🙂

    Isn’t it an exciting feeling when you finally make your first dollar from your (new) niche website? Trust me, it will always be.

    About the WordPress learning curve, don’t worry, you’ll eventually get there… I say this but I’ve been using it for ages (more than 10 years now) and I’m still not that fond of it (but that’s because I’m a web developer originally).

    Good luck & keep it up!
    Louie

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Louie, the first dollar was absolutely thrilling. It’s funny how excited you can get over a dollar : ) As for WordPress, I think it’s a love-hate relationship at the moment… Thanks very much for your encouragement and support!

  10. SEO Gumshoe

    SEO Gumshoe

    Awesome reveal, thanks and good luck with what is a wide open niche!

    Some quick points I noticed

    – The home page title is “Home – Tiny Fry”, I find it is still important to have keywords in the title, (as you have done with the article pages). Index page titles that say “home” have no SEO value at all.
    – Nice theme
    – I like that you’ve dived right in with the Amazon links, but not hyperlinking the images can lose clicks. Heatmaps show that after videos, images get clicked most on affiliate sites. I would recommend you link all your images to Amazon unless its a concious effort to manage your outbound linking ratio.
    – There’s a few menu items that have not been populated with pages (ie empty categories) , this can reduce visitor confidence in a website, you might want to consider removing them (ie activities-for-babies etc) until you have some reviews in there.
    – Your pillar pages are really great, for example “how-to-make-homemade-clay”. As an experiment you might like to consider doing a similar size (1000+) quality article but without any Amazon links at all, you might be surprised at how it ranks compared to a page with more than a couple of Amazon links on it. Worth trying out.
    – The articles are very well written

    Congrats on the first benchmark of your first sale – next one “sale a day”!

    Good luck.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi SEO Gumshoe, thanks for all of this great advice. I obviously have limited knowledge about SEO, so this is all very useful. Thank you!

      • SEO Gumshoe

        SEO Gumshoe

        Glad to help, and I see you have already implemented my suggestions – so here is a bonus tip for you, and it’s a good one, but more challenging to fix :o)

        On your index page you have 4 yellow box-outs above the fold, explaining your sites main content. This area is very important, as Google values this part of a page and its content higher than the lower down sections.

        Unfortunately Google cannot understand this section on your page as the text is actually an image. There are lots of good keywords in there, but they are only of use to people who have *already* arrived at your site, they are absolutely failing to bring you new organic visitors as Google has no clue what they are explaining.

        These images should be replaced as soon as possible, replacing each box with an image on the top, and explanatory *text* below. The image should have an alt tag assigned to it, another thing I think is missing from your current images.

        If you can figure out how to implement this change your benefits will be two fold:

        1. More organic traffic thanks to Google’s spiders reporting back your page content more accurately.
        2. Your page will load quicker for your visitors – very important!

        This is an important tip for your front page, I hope you can action it :o)

      • Jay

        Jay

        @Samara first, congrats for your site, i’m just now following about your niche site. it’s a great case study for me as a newbie too. thanks to @spencer for this site really helpful.

        @SEO_Gumshoe can i ask about this ;Your pillar pages are really great, for example “how-to-make-homemade-clay”. As an experiment you might like to consider doing a similar size (1000+) quality article but without any Amazon links at all, you might be surprised at how it ranks compared to a page with more than a couple of Amazon links on it. Worth trying out.

        do you mean for a post without any outbound link would get better rank page on google?

        • SEO Gumshoe

          SEO Gumshoe

          If you consider that a page with many many outbound links to Amazon will potentially be a poor signal to google’s ranking algorithms, but there are plenty of pages ranking number one with a few Amazon links, then there is a sweet spot of Amazon links to article word count ratio. Taking this to the next step, it is worth having at least on pillar article with no Amazon links, and see how it performs. Your mileage will vary depending on many factors, but I would suggest trying it :o)

  11. Mario

    Mario

    Congratulations! As someone that has recently just started creating my own niche site I take a lot of interest and motivation from your series and progress so far.

    I hope that you have great success and wish you well for tinyfry.com and any other online pursuits you do in the future. well done 🙂

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Mario, that’s very kind! Thanks very much. I hope your website is taking off and that you too find a lot of success!

  12. Rahul

    Rahul

    Nice site BTW. I really like the design as well as the articles. Also, congrats on your first sale.

    While reading this article I noticed something. You guys mentioned overall expense of $280 on this niche site but forgot to mention the Thrive theme & content builder cost. May be Spencer hold a license for Thrive and allowed it to be use on this website but its still expense.

    Anyway, best of luck guys. Site looks great. 🙂

    • Marco

      Marco

      Yes, they got a Thrive membership as a gift 🙂

    • Samara

      Samara

      Glad you like it Rahul! I have been working on it day and night : ) And Marco’s right, we got membership as a “gift”.

    • alex

      alex

      The cost of using some tools like LTP and SEMrush should also be considered. For full access these would amount to 85 USD per month.

  13. Ray

    Ray

    Delighted for Samara and well done the NP.com team. Great niche, best wishes for it’s success!!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Ray, that’s so nice of you!

  14. Savvas

    Savvas

    Hi Samara,

    Congrats on the site! Very good job! TBH I wasn’t expecting anything less with your commitment and guidance!

    P.S: I think you forgot to include the theme in the project expenses!

    All the best!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Savvas, thanks! Thanks for following along and thanks for your support! As for the theme, we got it as a “gift”, so that’s why we didn’t include it.

  15. Sarvesh Shrivastava

    Sarvesh Shrivastava

    First of all, congrats!! The site looks really cool and professional. One thing I really liked is the extensive use of images and videos in every post. That would certainly increase the average page duration per user.

    By the way, the site is missing its Favicon. Would be really nice to have it.

    Kudos to the effort Samara has put in!!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Sarvesh, I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for your comments. I will look into sorting out the favicon, thanks for the tip.

  16. Maggie

    Maggie

    This was a great “reveal.” I loved the breakdown of how Samara has accomplished what she’s done so far and that it’s possible to actually make sales in as little as two months! Her site is really appealing and I LOVE that Youtube video she did…super clever and fun! Thanks for sharing.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Maggie, thank you so much for the kind words. I still can’t believe I’ve made some sales, it’s all very very exciting. Glad you like the YouTube video, it was a lot of fun to make!

  17. Marvin Talaro

    Marvin Talaro

    Wow! Congrats Samara!

    It’s cool to share your progress so far. Goodluck to yiur success. =)

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Marvin!

  18. Michael O

    Michael O

    Wow! Fantastic! What a great looking site and I love the way you are monetizing with toys, cabinet locks and car seats, while providing really good content that is well organized. Also love the TinyFry Squad videos – super cute! The work you put in is obvious. Best of luck moving forward – I predict great things for tinyfry.com. If I may, I find the use of “kickass” on the opening page a bit off-putting (given your mission) and I think you ought to consider a different phrase – just the editor in me…Great job! It’s been a wonderful experience to follow your project – many thanks, Samara and Spencer!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Michael, thanks for all the encouragement! I have indeed been working hard : ) You’re probably right about the use of “kickass”. I have already changed it, thanks for pointing it out. And thanks for following the project, I hope you’re also working on your own site!

  19. Jamie

    Jamie

    Hi Samara,

    Awesome work so far! Really happy that your site is starting to gain traction.

    I’m just wondering where you managed to get your 10 links from? Not the specific URL’s, but if they were from directories, blog comments, guest posts, etc.

    Apologies if you mention this in the video, I’ve not watched it yet. Cheers

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Jamie! Thanks for your support!! I got those links mainly from directories and blog comments, although right now I’m working on some guest posts. Spencer goes over it in the video if you want to see it in more detail. Thanks for following the project!

  20. Jagger

    Jagger

    Spencer,

    I see that Samara’s domain shows up as being in existence since September 23, 2009.

    What made you decide to use a pre-existing domain?

    I thought in the past you were not very high on doing that. Did something change? Are you doing this on most of your new sites?

    Regards,
    Jagger

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Hey Jagger, we actually didn’t know the domain had been previously owned until just now when you mentioned it! The fact that the domain was previously owned was by pure happenstance. I don’t seek out expired domains at all.

      • Ryan CF

        Ryan CF

        Hi Jagger and Spencer,

        Thank you for pointing it out.

        I checked and found “tinyfry.com is possibly penalized or sandboxed by google!”

        What should you do?

        Regards,
        Ryan CF

  21. George

    George

    Congrats Samara.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you George!

  22. Brittney

    Brittney

    Spencer,

    The TinyFry.com url has an extra %21 at the end that wouldn’t let me go directly to the site. She might be losing some traffic from that.

    p.s. Love this project!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I’m not seeing that on my end, anyone else?

      • Rahul

        Rahul

        Working fine here.

  23. Max

    Max

    I love all you guys. Looked at the site it doesn’t have the %21 in the url but perhaps Brittney saw it. Thank you for all the updates. Btw site looks awesome. Great job!!!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Max!

  24. Jagdish kashyap

    Jagdish kashyap

    Above all congratulations for the baby! ^_^
    I’ve been following your coaching classes, and I must say you’ve made it.

    All The Best for the future and again Congratulations for the baby, Keep Blogging!

    – Jagdish Kashyap (Indian Passionate Blogger)

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Jagdish, thanks for your message! I don’t know if I’ve made it yet, but hopefully I’m on my way : )

  25. Mohammad Umair

    Mohammad Umair

    This is inspiring stuff. It shows when you sweat it out combined with perseverance and dedication, you can achieve the goal.

    That feeling of earning 1 dollar (even if it is very small in value) is as good as anything you would experience in your life.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Mohammad, I agree—the feeling of earning just 1 dollar is pretty darn awesome. Thanks for following the project!

  26. john

    john

    wow congrats i remembered my first $5 from amazon… congrats Samara

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks John!

  27. Tia

    Tia

    Hello,

    I love the website! Well done and good luck!

    I just wanted to know where you get your stock images from as they look amazing?

    Tia xx

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Tia! Glad you like the stock images. I got most of them on Pixabay, they have a very big selection of free photos.

  28. Adrian

    Adrian

    Thanks to Spencer for sharing your knowledge but especially to Samara for putting herself ‘out there’ and learning the Internet marketing ropes in public!

    You mentioned about settling on an article style for your blog posts. If using Thrive Content Builder, make use of the Content Templates, if you haven’t discovered already. It will save you a ton of time.

    Good luck with your future developments.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Adrian, thanks for following along! I have been using content templates, they’re great. If only I had known about them from the beginning : )

  29. Natalie

    Natalie

    Congrats Samara on your achievements so far! I created my niche site around the same time that you did, and Ive been following your journey all along and we have had similar successes, which is very encouraging.
    Just a question about the Amazon sale you made, was it for a product you linked to or something else? Ive made a few sales so far but not on any products featured on my site (and only 1 was related to my niche). Not that it matters because money is money and I’ll take any commission! But Im interested to know whether this is a common occurrence in the “early days”, and whether it’s anything to worry about.
    All the best!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Natalie, thanks! I’m glad you’re following along and building a site as well. I wish you lots of success. The sales were for some of the products I recommended and others that were totally unrelated to my niche. Since I’m just starting out I have no idea if this is common of if it’s anything to worry about. Maybe someone with more experience can shed some light…

  30. Tony

    Tony

    Hi Samara and Spencer,

    I love your Blog. The theme is stunning . I know it is one of thrives masterpieces.

    However, did you hire someone to customize it ? Or was this the default look after you installed the theme?

    I am planing to give my blog a face-lift and maybe a nose job . Any recommendation would be great.

    Thanks

    Tony

  31. Rocky

    Rocky

    Hi Samara,

    Congrats! Great looking site and your sales too :-). I have a question, regarding content, would you continue outsourcing your content or you plan to write by yourself? Where did you hire your writers?
    P/s: I like your voice in video too 😀
    Best luck to you.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Rocky, thanks for your support! I plan on writing my own content for the time being. I hired writers on Freelancer and, in retrospect, I totally skimped on the price. Turns out you get what you pay for : ) Glad you liked the video!

  32. Jim

    Jim

    I saw the ranking of the keywords are not at the first page, aren’t these keywords low competition or cauz samara didn’t do any backlinks?
    I’m wondering if a low competition keyword can be ranked without links.
    Do you have any plans about backlinks?

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hi Jim! As I understand it, it takes some time to rank so I don’t expect to be on the first page in the very beginning. These keywords are low competition. I am working on backlinks! I have a guest post lined up and some other things in the pipeline…

  33. Negatif Globalisasi

    Negatif Globalisasi

    Hi Samara

    I have read a lot of article about backlinking, someone say it a must, but someone say to do naturally. Is the backlink mater for SERP nowadays? or better withour backlink and let the web got backlink naturally?

    one more question? i have make a lot of article in low competition keyword, but just 20% going to first page, so i just write and write again and wish the my new article will be ranked better, i never concern about one keyword, when i failed, i just try another keyword. Do you have any suggestion for me?

  34. Zion

    Zion

    That’s awesome, been following the whole project, Spencer I love hearing your advice and the interesting thing is seeing how Samara went from ” but I don’t know anything ” to a mini guru 🙂
    Good job Samara, and good luck !

    Thank you for the motivation.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Zion!

      While I love being called a “mini guru”, I suspect you’re being over-generous : ) I definitely know more than nothing now, but there’s still a long way to go and so much more to learn!

      Thanks for following along!

  35. Ron Stefanski

    Ron Stefanski

    I’ve been quietly following this and love this project. Awesome job thus far, making $15 may not seem like much, but straight out the gate that’s pretty darn good.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks so much Ron!

  36. Andrew

    Andrew

    In the comments so far there’s feedback about:

    – the homepage title
    – empty categories
    – the word ‘kickass’ and its suitability for the niche
    – the favicon

    which have all been fixed already. Samara was a worthy first pick in this contest – she’s ready to listen to advice and keen to sponge up all the information she’s given.

    I’d love to hear back from time to time to see what progress the site is making!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Andrew, thanks for your kind words! I am definitely interested in feedback. It’s super helpful to hear what people think and I value others’ suggestions and opinions. It’s all about the learning experience!

  37. jacki

    jacki

    I have a question about sandbox what do you expect after 6 months skyrocket rise on traffic or slowly growing, I have a site that reached the 6 months but I see no progress what this mean I’m confused whether to continue working on it or not. by the way Im ranking some keyword about 50 on google webmaster tool but not the first page is it a positive sign?

  38. jacki

    jacki

    I have a question about sandbox what do you expect after 6 months skyrocket rise on traffic or slowly growing, I have a site that reached the 6 months but I see no progress what this mean I’m confused whether to continue working on it or not.

  39. Walter Jr

    Walter Jr

    Congratulations. Create niche blog is an art that you know a lot . Thanks for sharing.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Walter!

  40. Mike S

    Mike S

    Hi Samara,

    I was wondering why you decided to have so much affiliate content on your site at such an early stage in the content launch process? As I recall, Spencer specified to have a 1/3 ratio with affiliate to social content. I was just wondering if you know if it’s okay to post a lot of affiliate content as long as you’re providing people with value outside of your monetized posts? I noticed you had about a 50/50 ratio with all the content you have posted now.

    Obviously we’d all love to monetize our site as much as we can, but I was just curious if you’re concerned with the site getting flagged by google at all based on what Spencer recommended early on in the project, and what happend to Perrin’s website last niche project?

    Or, should more people explore posting plenty of affiliate content with a solid mix of social content?

    Great job so far!

  41. LH1102

    LH1102

    Hi Samara & Spencer,
    Congratulation.. I am so excited to see the site starts earning.
    I’ve been following you guys from very beginning. Keep up the great work please. You inspire me alot.
    Thank you again.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks LH1102! I’m glad you’re following along, and I hope you’re also building your own site!

  42. LH1102

    LH1102

    Hi Spencer & Samara,
    Congratulation. I am so excited to see the site start earning.
    To be honest I learn everything about blog here, I’ve been following Spencer from Niche site project 1. So inspired to see your success Samara.
    Keep up the great work.
    Your Fan

  43. Jeanette

    Jeanette

    It’s been great seeing the progress of all the students. I’m trying to catch up without spending two weeks just listening to podcasts! It’s actually inspired me to revisit an old website that’s been sitting for a few years. I’m hoping to revive it and turn it into something bigger with the keyword research that I’ve done.

    (Btw, keyword research makes me want to cry. Too bad I couldn’t fund the cost of a Long Tail Premium subscription with my tears.)

    • Samara

      Samara

      Hey Jeanette, thanks for following the project. I’m glad you’ve been inspired to take action on an old site, good luck with it!. I can’t believe you don’t like keyword research, that’s my favorite part!

  44. Hanuman Chalisa

    Hanuman Chalisa

    Wow is all I can say. Great information! So much to take in. You answered a ton of my questions just in this one article. Thanks!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Glad to hear it Hanuman!

  45. Michael

    Michael

    Hey Spencer and Samara,

    Great work so far in the project, it’s been very educational to follow along with the current niche site projects. I was just wondering why you guys have so much affiliate content on the site? Are you concerned with the ratio and getting flagged by google, or are you just going to make more social content as the coming weeks start to go by to even out your social to affiliate content ratio?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  46. Frank Joseph

    Frank Joseph

    Congratulations Samara! The first $ is the sweetest and Am just looking forward when you hit the $500 and surpass it!

    Go!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks Frank! Me to : )

  47. William Rich

    William Rich

    Wow! Congrats on that site. Really great progress, nothing like that feeling of the first dollar right? Congratulations on the baby! Look forward to following you in the future, keep us updated!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you William!

  48. Georgi

    Georgi

    That’s pretty impressive Samara. Good going with the site I would have look at the site and figure out what I can learn from the strategies you have used. Anyways congrats keep going.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks a lot Georgi!

  49. Gayatri Mantra

    Gayatri Mantra

    congrats!

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thank you Gayatri!

  50. Mohamed

    Mohamed

    What the theme used for this site , and also what about the related posts plugin used , where i can get it

  51. Blog Supporter

    Blog Supporter

    Hi Samara,

    This nice work so far. You surprise us about your site is starting working great.

    I think a most important is links where i do not know how to 1000links to a site. I hope you can share with altogether. Thanks in advance for a nice tutorial on this nice website.

    Regards,

    Brian

  52. Prasad

    Prasad

    Can you refer any one good theme for affiliate site.

  53. Brad

    Brad

    Does anyone here knows if Pinterest is a weak type of site like: article directories, forums, Yahoo Answers, other Q&A sites, social sites, or other user generated type sites?

    I am searching for low competition keywords but pinterest always shows up

  54. Tunde R

    Tunde R

    Wow, every new coaching call is worth more than gold, Am also following and i have made 20 bucks from my niche site too.

    All images of your site are all super quality and very relevant, i struggle with getting clear and relevant pictures, will you please share how you get this images?

  55. Tally erp 9

    Tally erp 9

    congratulations.

    • Samara

      Samara

      Thanks Tally erp 9!

  56. Paulo Nogueira

    Paulo Nogueira

    Hi Samara,

    Congratulations on your current success.

    I have recently discovered the Smart Passive Income Blog which led me to NichePursuits (I’ve been spending a lot more time on nichepursuits 🙂 )

    I am doing some keyword research and seeing some doppelganger sites which are ranking and collecting great traffic according to SEMRush, now when I look at their links, I have noticed that several are using PBN and or getting un-related links which I can’t even find on the reffering website basically spammy links.

    Another thing I have noticed is that there are a lot of NicheSites in my niche do you think if there is too much competition I should just leave it or should I see that as a sign that there is plenty of demand for the niche I am targetting?

    regards

    Thanks for all the content Spencer!

  57. Philip Holmes

    Philip Holmes

    Hi Spencer, is longtailpro needed after I have written down all the keywords for my chosen niche with a search volume of 200 and under?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I use it a lot to check competition over time, when I write new articles (I’m always creating new sites)…and you can check where you rank.

      • Philip Holmes

        Philip Holmes

        Thanks Spencer

  58. Stephen

    Stephen

    Hey Samara!

    I’ve been following along with your progress, and it’s so awesome to finally see the finished product! (or probably the start of many versions of the finished product, I imagine!) I’ve signed up for your newsletter and Twitter feed and can’t wait to see how you grow this!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    And thank you, Spencer for allowing all of us to get a little peek into how you approach these niche sites!

  59. Troy S

    Troy S

    That is a pretty smart looking site. I especially liked the article about the paper mache fish. I even left a comment there as I see, sadly, no one else has so far. Soon there will be plenty though I hope.

  60. Sanjay

    Sanjay

    Thanks……..

  61. Jamie Hill

    Jamie Hill

    Thanks for the all the great advice! I am going each step slowly and I am now starting to get my website just how I like it, it is taking a lot of time ( I am wordpress newbie ) but I am pleased with the results so far. It feels like it needs to be a marathon not a sprint when it comes to creating a niche site with detailed content.

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