It has been another crazy week here at the Love Family Household. Leah is Coming into her last month of pregnancy, and we should have little Everett to take care of sometime this month. We are hoping that if we can crack the Online Marketing Business Code we will spend all our time at home or traveling with our child and possibly make some more children.
Even if we can get our niche site to make us a good part time income we would be happy. Leah can continue to work at UPS part time (which provides us with Insurance), and I can continue doing magic shows part time.
So, let us see where we are in this Niche Site Journal.
Week # 6 Results
We have finally confirmed that we are indexed with Google. We launched the blog 3 weeks ago, but we waited till 2 weeks ago to use the WordPress SEO PlugIn to register with Google and other search engines. With article spinning I have found that we already rank on the first page of bing.com, but I am not sure yet on Google or Yahoo. I am still trying to figure out how to use Market Samurai‘s Rank Tranker tool, but I should have our rankings by next week’s post.
We did try a web tool at http://www.tools4google.com/search-google-position/keyword_tracking.php. It showed zero results, but limits search to the top 1000 positions of a particular keyword on Google.
We realize going into the pregnancy niche that we are going to have a high competition rate. To overcome this, we are focusing on a less popular keyword, but we also need to take advantage of untapped long-tail, non-target keywords. In other words, we need to write great content that people want to read. If we create an informative site with lots of content we will get more people to our site.
To capture these long-tail keywords we will use market samurai, but more importantly, we are going to write articles on subjects that we are interested in for my wife’s pregnancy. The more articles we write, the more keywords we will rank for, and the more we will increase our traffic. This will give us the opportunity to help more pregnant woman and their loved ones while making a few dollars.
Our goal is to get a total of 20 articles on the website before the end of week 8. We currently have 6 articles written right now with only 2 of them up on the site. We should have the finished ones published by next week, but we also need to spin a few of those articles for our backlinking strategy.
Google takes it’s time
It has come to my attention we can’t force Google to rank us number one. I can’t complain as I have only put in a few hours into marketing. I am not sure how fast others have accomplished the #1 ranking, but my goal is that we get there in under 4 months (by the first of March).
Income: $0 (Total to date $0)
No Income yet.
Costs: $0 (Total to date $346.30)
We didn’t spend any money this week…. That always makes me happy.
Time Breakdown: 11 Hours (Total to date 81 hours)
We only worked 11 hours this week. The week of Halloween is always busy for a magician, in case you didn’t know I am a magician, so I had limited availability and needed a lot of rest between events.
Leah’s Time (8 hours):
- 8 hours writing articles. It takes Leah about an hour to do research and outline her page, about 30 – 45 minutes to write, and 15 minutes to read back over several times for editing.
Jason’s Time (3 hours):
- 3 Hours studying backlinking strategies, niche site tools, and learning about Google’s Disavow Link Tool.
Here is an update list of our plans.
- Week 7: Create articles, spin, and place on other sites with links back to my site. Sign up and plan to use mass article submitter/creator software and social bookmarking sites to point at web 2.0 sites, articles in directories, and articles in external blogs.
- Week 8: Comment on other related sites with back links to mine, become active in forums, and build a basic social media presence.
Lesson: Learning Curve
It has come to my attention that comparing my progress to other niche site creators is not a smart thing to do. The fact that I am spending so much time learning is slowing down my progress tremendously. Next time Leah and I create a niche site we will have a better understand of the process and will not need to reference or research niche selection, article marketing, how to use the tools we have purchased, etc, etc. This is why I am trying to present this as a Niche Site Journal instead and hoping you can learn from my mistakes and not have to do the same amount of research.
For those of you who are also attempting a Niche Site, I recommend that you try to do most of your work in one sitting. I have found that by spreading out my time to work on the niche site I have had to constantly go back and read over information I read the week before. It becomes a circle of time waste having to read over everything for a few hours, work on what needs to get done, and then stop. The next week I have to go over the process to ensure I didn’t forget anything.
If at all possible do your work in burst broken down into smaller tasks, such as:
- Choose Niche, pick a domain, and buy web hosting.
- Install wordpress, choose themes, and add plugins
- Create content and publish
- Article Marketing
By working in bursts you can research the part you are on, implement what you learned, and the next week work on the next step. Our plan is to use this productivity method for the next niche site.
My Niche Site Journal:
- Week 0: Explaining Niche Site Journal
- Week 1: Choosing a niche
- Week 2: Wordpress Site Theme and Launching the Blog
- Week 3: WordPress Site Editing & Content Creation
- Week 4: Add Plug-ins, Add Widgets, and Adjusting the Theme
- Week 5: Back links and Article Marketing
- Week 6: Getting Indexed, Writing Content, and Waiting for Google
- Week 7: Back linking Strategy
- Week 8: We Made Money!
- Jan 2013 Update
I realize I have not invited people to follow along in the last few posts and wish to do so now.
If you are interested, you should use what I have learned and attempt your own niche site journal. It can be on a free site like blogger.com or wordpress.com. If you have a personal blog like this one, that is another option. No matter were you host your blog, I ask you to go ahead and post your URL in the comment section with a brief description of your strategy.