As promised back on my 100 words post from the Income Press challenge, I’m creating a few quantity of new sites I’m planning to grow up and convert them into micro niche or niche sites. After reading some great guides from Sunil (extra money blog), Ana Hoffman (Traffic Generation Cafe) and even the Niche Site Duel series from Smart Passive Income, I’m in!
A few weeks ago I was talking with my girlfriend. She has managed to grow a blog in the last 10 months going from 0 to 200-400 visitors per day. It’s a very specific niche but it’s become difficult to monetize, Most of the visits come from Google Images, and after talking a little bit with Tom Ewer from Leaving Work Behind and doing some research on Webmaster Tools and other statistics tools, we found it would be very difficult to monetize. The visits are there, and they keep growing every week, but most of them won’t click anything (especially banners).
The blog is called Design Models and it gathers a few hundred of Vectors for graphic designers. Back on April, Maryam Sicard (my lovely geeky girlfriend) created almost 100 posts in 3 weeks or so. She was not patient, and failed to see results on a short term and practically abandoned the blog.
When I finally pushed her to check the stats page to see if at least she had a few hand of visitors that would cheer her up. When we both checked the statistics via Google Analytics and Jetpack our jaws almost dropped to the floor. Instead of receiving 20-30 page views per day (as I was expecting), Design Models was receiving almost 200 visits. I almost felt bad because I’ve had a hard time to achieve 200 daily visits at Stream SEO (But I’m almost there) and I’ve been publishing a lot of posts lately.
Sure, not as many as the 100 hundred posts she did back on April, but at the end, my posts are 1000-2000 words long and gather a lot of information, whereas her posts barely have written content.
She basically did a niche site without knowing it, but a “difficult” site to monetize, and totally based on Google Image Search Engine. Still, a niche site with a good amount of traffic for the time being (9-10 months).
So, what’s our next step?
Niche Site Challenge!
I decided to do a big analysis and create 2-4 small niche sites and see how good we can rank them and monetize them. We’re barely starting the challenge, but we’ve done a good research and there’s confidence we can achieve it.
We already know it’s possible. And yes, that means we both had our doubts when we started a year ago, but Maryam’s site has 200-400 daily page views and Stream SEO is getting close to 200 page views. So, it does works if you are patient and keep working hard on your blog. I bet many of your feel the same, don’t you?
In fact, I was very confident at the end because I knew I could replicate what I did with my team back in 2006 where we created a profitable blog from our main passion.
So in the following months, we’re working on some niche sites (4 of them, to be exact) and we’ll see how much can we grow and monetize them in a short-mid term.
I want to go all over the process here at Stream SEO so you can follow us and see the results in real time. From my perspective, there are no better posts than Case Studies and Challenges, because it really creates engagement and helps people who are on the same level.
So, if you’re thinking on starting a blog or you’ve been waiting to create a niche site, this challenge is for you.
I’ll post an update on the niche challenge every week, so you can follow and replicate what we’re doing instead of just reading how we did it a long time ago. This will be the Niche Post series and I’ll post all the articles here:
Of course, this is a great opportunity to start your niche blog/website and follow us. Share some ideas and we’ll help each other to get the best results. I’ll be totally transparent on this challenge, so I’m revealing the domain name, keywords and strategies to get traffic.
Our idea is to monetize it via Google Adsense, but you can select any other alternative if you think it fits better. We already choose the domain and did the keyword research and market analysis, which I’ll explain to you in the second post of this challenge.
So, who’s in?
If you’re participating just let me know or post a comment below. You need to keep up with the updates because I’ll add your results and experience on my niche challenge series. At the moment, we’re 2 persons and we have 4 niches to start, so there’s a lot of information to share already. But don’t get me wrong. If you’re in, it will definitely be more interesting!
Oh, by the way!
I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoy a happy new year!