Niche Site Duel 2.0 – Putting My Cards on the Table!

A few weeks ago I announced my decision to join the ongoing Niche Site Duel 2.0 hosted by Pat Flynn of smartpassiveincome.com. It was that decision that gave birth to the niche site series that has been on this site for a few weeks now. I must report that the response to the series have been very positive. Your comments and contributions so far have been wonderful. Thank you all!

Today, instead of my earlier announced video on how to run a keyword research using Traffic Travis, I want to use this post to talk more on my niche site strategy as regards the Niche Site Duel 2.0. I’ve decided to do this for 3 reasons:

1. Today being 1st of July is actually the beginning of the first full month in this challenge.  Because I intend to give a situation report at the end of every month, this is just the right time to post this information.

2. Putting my thoughts and niche strategies here for everyone to read will serve as both a guide to help me stay focused as the challenge progresses and also as a “marking scheme” that will determine what scores I be awarding myself at every point in time!

3. I intend to post more details on the strategies I’ll be using on this blog and then once a month, I’ll post a report for that month. I hope this will give you the opportunity to follow along with me and also give you a platform to offer your positive criticism and suggestions.

4. These updates will offer me the opportunity to compare notes with others who are involved in this challenge! (My good friend Theodore of topBloggingCoach.com some days ago, published his own niche strategies and that gave me an idea that I should also lay my plans on the table so we can better assess ourselves as we go on!)

My Niche Site Duel 2.0 Strategy

Will Niche Site Duel 2.0 Meet Up With My Expectations?

In my first post announcing my decision to be part of the Niche Site Duel 2.0 I mentioned the reasons why I decided to be part of this challenge. These include:

1. It is in line with my 2013 business resolutions of building some new niche sites within the year.

2. It will help me hone my niche site building strategies and also learn new ones

3. The challenge offered me an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone!

How this challenge will meet up with these expectations will be seen in the days ahead as would be revealed in the reports as we go on.

Site Setup and Content Strategy

Like I mentioned earlier, my niche site for this challenge is already up and running. However, for a few reasons I’ll want to keep the site address to myself, at least for now! At the appropriate time it will be revealed! 🙂 For now I want to simply say that I bought the domain name a couple of weeks ago and installed the blog a few days ago.

For the past 7 days or so I have been working on the site customizing the theme, installing the necessary plugins and also created the content for the necessary pages – About us, Privacy Policy, Contact us and a Resources page. Right now the site has about 3 blog posts!

Details of how I did these will be in a later post.

For content, I’ve decided on writing them myself, at least for now. I must repeat here that I’m not looking to build some authority niche site. I intend to build a niche site of about 20 to 30 pages of content for a start. Once the site is doing well in the SERPs, I will commit to occasionally update it on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. This is for the site to stay relevant in the SERPs in view of the recent SEO changes by Google, especially the Freshness Update“.

I may consider outsourcing some of the content along the line depending on how the site performs in terms of ROI. Also because I intend to build more niche sites within the year trying to write all the content myself when other sites are up and running will be tasking, so once I start building other sites the content creation may be outsourced.

How About Monetization?

I’ve already said it before that building niche sites is about building money sites! You’re not here to build relationships with other bloggers or a place to rant about your personal life and how your cat or dog is doing in life!

The primary purpose of a niche site is to make money. GED!

This being so, I’ve decided to monetize the site for this challenge in the following 3 ways:

mking money with niche sites1. Clickbank.com – There are a good number of products with very good reviews on clickbank.com and from these I’ve chosen 3 products to promote on the site.

2. Amazon.com – I’ve also found some very good products from Amazon.com. The reviews are also very good from which I’ve picked 4. I’ve also built an Amazon store and integrated it on the site.

3. Google Adsense – This is going to be the only Pay Per Click (PPC) ad program on the site for now and it’s simply to complement the other products. The niche presently has a very high volume of sponsored adverts on Google.com with the CPC for some of the keywords going as high as $4.3!

I want to concentrate on these ones for now but as we go on, depending on the results, I may add other monetization tactics like selling ad spaces or getting other products from other platforms and possibly creating my own product!

Traffic Strategies?

Traffic is definitely one thing that you cannot toy with when it comes to building niche sites. To make a success of your niche sites, the traffic you generate must be the right type of traffic. Simply driving traffic from just any place will not give you what you want.

Recommended: Website Traffic Generation: Why You Are Getting It Wrong 99% of the Time!

The best traffic for niche sites is traffic from search engines (organic traffic). These are people who are online searching for solutions for one problem or the other. This being so, my primary traffic source will be the search engines.

In a nutshell the traffic strategy will include the following (in order of preference):

1. Search engines (SEO)

2. Guest blogging on similar sites

3. Blog commenting on similar sites

4. Niche forum profiles and updates

5. Online answer sites

6. Social media

7. Article submission directories

8. Directory submissions

9. Link exchange

It will interest you to know that during my niche research I was able to uncover some potential similar sites for blog commenting, guest blogging and link exchanges. I also have some potential niche forums to concentrate on for that purpose.

Where Would This Be Leading?

Niche Site Duel 2.0 for me is only a primer. I intend to use the gains from this challenge to build more niche sites in the nearest future. If it turns out the way I want then it might just be my top-most online business model in the coming days!

Over to You: What do you think of my niche site strategies as revealed above? On the traffic strategies what is your take? Are there some traffic strategies you would suggest I consider? Please give your comments and suggestions below.

Driving Organic Traffic: My Real Estate Blog as a Case-Study!

Driving free organic traffic is something that many online marketers desire to master any day – who wouldn’t anyway? But unfortunately, it is only a pipe dream for many!

But this shouldn’t be because driving targeted organic traffic is not really as hard as some people think it is. Truth is, if you understand the basic requirements of search engine optimization (SEO) and you commit to applying them in your marketing content, pulling free traffic from the search engines becomes a child’s play!

In this post I want to share with you a few SEO tactics and strategies I’ve used in the past few years to grow my real estate blog.

Targeted Organic Search Traffic

But first, let me emphasize that the online Real Estate market is a big emerging market. Only recently, this market has grown increasingly diversified and very competitive. Despite this big competition however, a few years ago I started a real estate blog because I’ve always had a deep passion for real estate. Today that real estate blog is pulling in free organic traffic from the search engines like a magnet!

So, how did this come to be?

Here Are 3 Simple Organic SEO Traffic Strategies To Begin With:

1. It Begins With the Understanding

Yes. For your blog to surge free organic traffic from Google, you need to understand your niche.

What kind of people are you building the blog for?

Lawyers, Accountants, Marketing Consultants, Realtors? Name it! You’ve got to find out the specific people you’re building the blog for.

There was a time when I had challenges of ranking my web pages on the first page of Google; at first, I thought I was going about it the right way, but didn’t realize I was actually messing the whole thing up.

Let me point out this truth:

It’s not enough to know the problems or challenges people face; you’ve got to understand and find out what got them into the problem at the first place. You’ve got to proffer solution to those challenges.

Pro Tip: Prospects don’t want to know the pain they’re going through, they’re after the solution. Give them the solution—that’s what blogging is all about.

Recommended: The Watertight Strategy for effectively Writing Content for SEO in A Post-Penguin Internet!

2. Write Profit Pulling Content

The only way to resurrect a dead blog or turn a dying blog into a money making machine is creating quality content.

My real estate blog is today surging a whole lot of free organic traffic from Google because, my content is well written and planned.

I had my reader’s goal in mind. Usually, before I write anything, I study my readers to know the kind of problems they’re seeking solutions for.

By doing this, you’d gather helpful information to help create better and more informative contents.

Driving Organic Search TrafficThe best way to go about creating quality contents that get ranked in Google within 2 weeks is by planning a keyword strategy.

And, do you know that the best keyword tool or strategy isn’t Google’s keyword tool or any other SEO tool?

An effective keyword strategy can only be discovered when you take time to study and understand your readers.

Are you a real estate blogger, social media consultant or Word press expert?

Then make LISTENING the ultimate thing to do in your business.

Don’t listen casually; listen with your mind; feel the pain and desperation in your prospects mind…

3. Build Quality Links

I can’t stress this enough. Most of my external links are from related real estate and investing blogs.

Here’s what I mean:

The page rank of a blog doesn’t matter, what matters to Google is the relevancy.

If you’re starting out in the blogging world, you don’t have to struggle to build quality backlinks from Problogger, Huffingtonpost, or Copyblogger, you can start from niche based blogs.

Begin with small blogs of PR 2 to 4. Contact the blog editors or owners and propose to write for them.

Recommended: 5 Awesome Free SEO Tools For The Wise Blogger/Webmaster!

Don’t be scared of getting a ‘’No’’. The fact is, some are going to reject you but don’t allow that discourage you. Don’t give up or give in. If you’re rejected, take up your mantle and move on to the next blog.

Pro Tip: Do you know that if you publish ten quality guest posts in real estate or investing blogs in 7 days or less, you can easily rank on the first page of Google for your desired keyword in 90 days?

But you cannot achieve this if you use primary key phrases. You can only get results from your guest posts if you use keyword variations.

Here’s what I mean: If my main keyword is, ”real estate Dallas’‘ and I’m linking from realestate.com which is a top real estate blog; I’d use ”Dallas real estate investing” as my primary anchor text and link back to the same page or article on my blog.

Take-Away Tip: That’s how to get quality results from your guest blogging campaign.

I’ve got to end this now

I’m sure you learned a few things from this post content.

But please note, my success did not come overnight. I had to work hard, invest a lot of time and efforts into creating quality content.

I didn’t give up–you shouldn’t.

Don’t give up–don’t give in; keep working hard and Google will send you more traffic than you can handle.

Were you inspired by this post?

Kindly share your thoughts and views in your comments below.  Feel free to share with us your experience on driving free organic traffic to your sites. I’d be waiting to reply your comments.