Is it possible to rank a new niche site in 10 days?
I’ve been postponing it, but I felt it was time to break out and start making real money online.
I quickly loaded my credit card, went straight to Hostgator and purchased a reseller web hosting package for 1 year.
I just discovered it’s called “Aluminum,” which has Disc Space of 50 GB, The Bandwidth is 500 GB.
This hosting package also came with unlimited domain names.
In other words, I could easily host up to 50 domain names or more, provided that my Disc space isn’t exhausted.
But this post is quite unique. Because I’ve been able to start 5 niche sites from scratch last month.
Many people no longer consider SEO as a good traffic source because they’re scared.
Of course, I’m not immune to whatever updates Google planned to roll out, but there is a truth you must know…
Google can’t penalize every web page
If Google deletes all the content pages that were earlier indexed, Google will be out of business within 24 hours. It’s our free organic listings that give life to those paid per click ads on Google search engine.
The hard truth is that no matter what Google had done in the past, or what they’ve in mind, there is no way Google can successfully penalize every website out there.
From my personal experience in affiliate niche marketing, the best way to bulletproof your source of income if you’re a website owner is to build several sites. Then power those sites with quality content.
Please don’t get me wrong. When I say several sites, I’m not talking about blogs ‘that discuss blogging tips.’ It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to earn $2,000 with a blogging blog.
Even if your blog is about content marketing like mine, you may not succeed anytime soon, not even in 3 – 5 years time frame.
My readers already know me – I say it like it is. I don’t give people false promises that blogging can make them wealthy, because it’s not as easy as you think.
The truth is that if your website isn’t generating buyer traffic, you can’t sell any of the products you’re promoting.
My SEO journey in February
Earlier on, I told you that I purchased reseller hosting package on the 12th of February. That particular day, I registered 3 domain names because I’d profitable niches already to target.
So it wasn’t a big deal for me. But this step is really important if search engine optimization will work for you.
SEO is a long term project – you can’t jump in and expect to get results almost immediately. But I like the fact that at the end, it pays greatly because organic traffic is 75% more targeted than social media and paid traffic combined.
When Google rolled out the Exact Match Domains updates, a lot of EMDs were penalized and drowned. I know people who were making $5k – $10k with their niche sites prior to that update.
The savvy content marketers didn’t blame Google after the update for smashing their income source; instead they started again because they’ve the profitable niches in store, on their swipe file.
The first thing that I did was to search for domain names that have at least 1 – 2 words of the product I had in mind. If you want to build niche sites, I’d recommend that you include at least one of the words you’re targeting.
Don’t include all the words – position yourself as someone who really wants to help a specific group of people get what they’re searching for – not merely a keyword targeting blogger.
The best way to do this is to ensure that the primary keyword you’ve in mind appears at the beginning of your domain name.
For instance, if you want to register a domain name for the term “best golf club.” Don’t just include all the words as this would make your site look odd. Instead, register “golf club pick.com. Just be creative and get an SEO and people friendly domain name.
This is the exact strategy I used to register 3 domain names on the 12th of February. Google loves such domain names, because they direct the spider on what the sites’ themes are all about.
How content affect SEO
What’s the place of content in SEO?
I actually discovered a shocking strategy that anyone can use to rank a new niche site in Google homepage within 15 days.
Here: Write a relevant, long post that targets a keyword with less than 5,000 competing web pages and Google would reward your hard work.
Bear in mind that the keywords in question must be low in competition, and must target a particular product. Don’t try to compete against Amazon, CNN, BBC or Mashable.
These authority sites don’t have time for long-tail key phrases. They usually go after the head keywords which have 1 – 3 words. They’re not scared of competition because Google has proven their sites as authoritative.
You hear a lot of people talk about quality content. But did you realize that 85% of bloggers and content marketers don’t even know what ‘quality’ stands for.
They think it’s about sounding intelligent. But I learned a different lesson, which I’ll never forget. Do you want to know what I discovered?
Quality content must include keywords
Don’t listen to any so-called expert who tells you that keyword research isn’t that important.
See, the Panda, Penguin and EMDs update didn’t stop keyword research and trust me, Google will continue to reward content that are written around a particular term, providing that it offers value.
In a nut shell, research your keywords first and foremost before writing any piece of content. Even if you want to create videos for YouTube, you need to optimize for search engines and viewers alike.
Tell me, if you write a blog post and nobody reads it, did you actually write it?
The answer is NO. You wasted your precious time.
The purpose of writing any type of content is to share it with others, so that eventually potential clients, customers and readers would find you relevant and willingly pay for your products and services.
This is what content marketing is – in case you’re still confused.
This goes to show that when you write an article or blog post and didn’t target a particular keyword, you’re actually making the job difficult for search engine spider and your target audience, too.
You’ve got to understand the when people visit your niche site through the words they searched for on Google, their eyes are still active – scouring the entire article looking for signals (search queries).
Where my niche sites are ranked now
On the 24th of February, I made my first sale which earned me a whopping $11.34 in affiliate commission. With this amount, I could live in Seychelles if I want. Lol!
But don’t worry, I’m going to scale that up and write a detailed post to share my income on these niche sites – maybe quarterly because I need to give the sites enough time to mature.
So, at the moment, the 3 niche blogs are resting on Google homepage for their primary keywords. Fortunately, I’m also getting additional hits from key phrases I never optimized for.
You know why? It’s because long tail keywords actually have the potentials to attract people who search for head or seed terms.
For instance, if I wrote an informative and helpful article targeting “best Panasonic TV to buy,” there are chances that when potential buyers type in “Panasonic TV to buy” or “best panasonic TV” that my content page would appear.
I’m sure you understood the BIG traffic potential in long tail keywords.
Don’t just talk about long-tail term; actually write an epic content that truly helps. But never forget to NATURALLY include the term on the title, on the first paragraph and on the subheads.
Does this sound like a pre-panda SEO advice? Well, search engine optimization hasn’t changed, trust me. The same language of keyword research, market selection, quality content, on-page linking still applies.
Why didn’t I mention link building?
Because link building has changed drastically. Did you know that my 3 niche sites don’t even have external links pointing to them? No single backlink at the moment.
Once the competition on your niche (your keywords) is low, it doesn’t matter whether you build off-page links or not, just research your key terms and write exclusive content that your target audience can’t find anywhere else.
Actually, I said to myself before starting my niche sites that I’ll not build a single link to any of the sites in the first 60 days.
I wanted to experiment post-panda and post-penguin updates SEO practices. I’m so happy with the way my new project is turning out.
I’m not saying that link building is EVIL. On the contrary, good links still would benefit and improve your rankings, but be careful not to overdo it.
By the time Google rolls out their updates, if you don’t have spammy links pointing to your blog or sites, your rankings would still be intact. So don’t be scared anymore.
The best links you’ll ever build are RELEVANT and AUTHORITY links.
In other words, if your websites talks about “teeth whitening products,” then do your best to build links from sites that discuss “dental issues” and other “health topics.” But don’t build links from blogging blogs or money making blogs.
Also, use web 2.0 sites like squidoo, yola, Google, Yahoo, quora, doomby, webs and others to build authority high pagerank links.
Content marketing really works, when…
There are thousands of products you can promote online as an affiliate and gradually build up passive income streams.
Of course, I still make a living online from freelance writing, but my goal this 2013 is to wholly replace it with residual income. I hope you’re with me on this journey?
That’s what content marketing is all about.
Doing what you love and having enough money to travel the world.
Being able to impact lives globally and help people who love you to see the good side of life. But “internet marketing” sub-niches are highly competitive – if you’re beginner, KO (keep off)
Find a way to branch out and quietly build streams of income in other niches. No, you don’t have to stop blogging.
You could use your blog to share your experiences; success and failure and at the same time, build a community – because a lot of people desire passive income. Help them out…
As it is now, blogging per se might not work for you – differentiate yourself and seriously consider building niche sites of your own.
Is SEO dead? Don’t voice your fears
My aim is to write a detailed blog post as regards this question. Because recently, SEOs are starting to predict the future of SEO once again. Soothsayers, be gone!
Even though those SEOs have never REALLY implemented core and ethic SEO practices, they’re just voicing their fears. Don’t be like them. My question to you today is simple: do you think that SEO is dead?
What’s your SEO experience so far in this post-panda age? Share your valuable comment below. I’ll reply you ASAP and if there is a need, I’ll write a post to address your comment. You’re awesome!