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My Niche Site: Over $14,500 Now

Ok guys, I’m back after the holidays here to share my niche results.

The niche is growing and I am going to sit down and chart it’s future sometime this week.  This is again, modeled after what I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg and In Niche 60.  Coming up soon I’ll be adding more to both courses to expand on the stuff I am teaching.

If you haven’t read my previous writes-ups on the subject here they are.  They explain exactly what I did to find my search terms and how I built the site.

Here are the lifetime stats for the site.  Pardon screen shot 2 as it’s hard t get a great overall shot from that account because of the way it’s setup.

jan stats part 1

Now add in the other product I am promoting on the site:

jan stats pr 2

You can see that the site has come a long way since it’s inception.

Traffic has increased month after month and continues to climb.

I now rank for 3,050 keywords (most of which were unplanned).

I had a question come in a couple of weeks ago asking me what I did to get so many keywords ranked with a limited amount of posts.  The truth is some of the posts I planned to include a few keywords to rank for, but, the bulk of the rankings just came from writing detailed write-ups on the subject.

Let me give you an example:  Let’s say you are going to verbally teach someone how to do something.  If you simply said step 1, do this, step 2 do that but didn’t detail it, you’d have less words in the conversation.  The person you were teaching would probably not understand what to do as well.

However, if you said; step 1 do this and then explained exactly how to do it down to the finest detail you would have spoken many words.  This same concept applies to your writing.  Not only does it help make more sense for your audience, but, the search engines see all of those juicy terms and phrases that get searched that even tools (including keyword planner) do not pick up.  I explain this concept in detail at my post about creating a good blog post.

I have been slowly adding new posts as I mentioned in the past.  The detailed ones I am writing, but, I am also using Iwriter for the basic stuff and tweaking their work to sound better, look better and include my touch.

Going Social

I haven’t fully decided yet, but, I am likely going to build a small Facebook community on the subject soon.  Like I said, I am not 100% on board with going social in it right now, but, I might.

I have found in many experiments that social is good, but more money comes from search.  The reason is, is because it’s much more targeted.  1000 clicks from the search engines are always going to make you more money than 1000 clicks from Facebook and it’s not even close.

However, Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter allow you to build communities which help overall success and can just be a nice supplemental source for traffic.

I’ll let you guys know in the next update what route I take the site.  Right now I am leaning towards getting social on it.

Continued Growth

I plan to use Keyword Snatcher again to uncover more terms that I am probably missing (there are thousands) and as I mentioned in the past, these terms are generally easy to rank for without a shred of link building.

I will add a minimum of 1-3 posts per month to the site going forward (more if I have time).

Other Plans

I am sitting down this week to do an update on Niche Blitzkrieg and sketch out new additions to Niche 60 so these 2 things will take some time.  So I will be very limited in my current work on the niche site.  Again, hiring a writer will help with that issue and since it doesn’t cost much, it’s more than worth it.

I am also going to start another niche site (already started actually), which I may actually share with you guys once it’s ranking.  Part of me is still saying not to do this, because it just brings in the people who can’t think for themselves and purposely harm other people’s hard work.  We’ll see, as I am not sure it’s something I want to share, but, I haven’t ruled it out.

I might take a small study group only who I give access to it and break down everything in detail for them if hat is something people are interested in.  Again, I have to think deeply about it though.

I created an affiliate theme, with an AWESOME crew, that I am putting the final touches on.  These guys can code like beasts.

I simply got tired of changing themes constantly so I wanted one that works everywhere and right out of the box and be extremely versatile but newbie friendly.  I’ll be releasing that soon — trust me, you’ll hear about it.

I have the designs sketched out for a product conversion tool as well and I’ll have it created and marketed sometime during 2014.

My biggest focus right now is on what I said I few days ago (you can read that here).  I am having some mind blowing life changes right now and I thank God daily for the ability to seek peace on the stormy seas we all face.

Hard Work

Again, as I always point out in these posts, none of this is to brag.  I am simply just a man and all of the talents that I have are learn-able.  Apply yourself, go after what YOU want, not what I want.

Go in the direction that you feel you should go and build it and keep going.

Building niche sites might come easy for some or hard for some.  As time goes by, no matter what you do, you’ll get better and grow more if you simply strive to do it.

Repetition grows success, skills and a closer walk to perfection.

I came into the world of niche creation with none of the skills needed and have learned and applied and grown.

Not every project is awesome or perfect and I’ve failed countless times.

Not every niche turns out the way you want, whether by chance or by poor planing.  If a niche fails learn why.

  • Not enough planning?
  • No traffic?
  • Poor conversions?

Figure out what went wrong and try again.

Work hard and then learn to work smart, but, continue to work hard, smartly?  Make sense?  😉

Just go after it today and build the site that YOU want to build, but do it!

Michael Brown
 

I'm Michael S. Brown, Internet Marketer, husband and father. I have been successful in business and marketing since 1998. In 2007 I took to the internet marketing world and have never looked back. I love teaching people the knowledge that I have acquired and the ultimate boost to my ego is to see everyone I teach succeed in business. My goal is to make everyone who comes into contact with me as successful or even more successful than myself.

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Mark Fedorchuk - January 8, 2014

Thanks Michael…good stuff!! I find these updates both inspirational and informative. Keep them coming!

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Thanks Mark :) Glad you’re liking the series.

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Justin Lewis - January 8, 2014

Great stuff MIchael! Glad to see that the site is doing even better! I definitely agree on the social being less valuable than search. Social in my opinion is better for opening up other opportunities outside of money (like networking) but search is dominating. Keep it up!

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Justin, Agree on the additional opportunities and that is why I would never discredit social media. It also gives you a chance to engage with users where you might not be able to otherwise.

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Brent Partner - January 8, 2014

Great Michael :) I’ll put my hand up for small study group. I’m a little cheeky that way 😀

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Brent I really am considering that. It’s actually probably going to happen :) I will probably take like 10-15 students that have some serious drive and bring them in. You’re already signed up man :)

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Thomas - January 8, 2014

Fantastic Michael… Over $14.000 with your new site… Yes i do agree on Social over search. Yes like Brent did say. I would love to work with you, in a small study group as well… i have plenty of time to put in.. Looking forward to the up-date to the Niche Blitzkrieg program, love it as well…

Have a fantastic 2014 to you, and your new Business site’s..

~Thomas~

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Seb - January 8, 2014

Good stuff, Michael. Congratulations. My best site made $300 last year. Only been at this for 3 years plus. Please email the url so I can take a look at it. :) :) :)

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Thanks Thomas :) Just to be clear I actually said search over social. You probably just made a typo, but, I don’t want to confuse anyone here.

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Seb,

That’s better than the people who don’t even try and give up. If your best sites are only making $300 build a lot more of them.

I think you’d do well in a group study, you have the basics down you just need to jump up to a new level with where you’re at :)

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Seb - January 8, 2014

Thanks Michael, please note the reference was “site” not “sites.” :(

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Thomas - January 8, 2014

I’m sorry Michael i did make a typo.. Yes search over social.. :)

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Stuart - January 8, 2014

This is very impressive man. Again congrats. Where are you teaching
this stuff? Niche Blitzkrieg or niche 60? or both?

Stuart

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Seb,

Get into some larger niche markets and make sure you’re link building to rank on the first page of Google.

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Thomas,

Haha. I am the typo king so I know the feeling.

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Michael Brown - January 8, 2014

Stu,

Yep, both are so far very similar. :)

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Chris Finnegan - January 8, 2014

Mr. Brown, I have been a member for over 3 years of Niche Blitzkrieg. You are doing good work. Sometimes I wish I had you as a neighbor and could sit with you live and do one profitable site with you. I guess my learning style for this business landscape is hands on, but I know if I do it once I would scale it out and not stop working on sites. I have creativity, ideas and focus. I don’t have the answers when I get stuck, or over think everything, build a site and then realize that I can not produce content or quality content that converts, etc. I will make some business this year, I would love to see what one of your sites that does the sales conversions you mention. So if you need 1 more for the study group I’m all in. Thanks for the sparks of motivation. Justin also!

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Michael Brown - January 9, 2014

Chris,

Based on other comments I’ve received I am very likely going to setup that study group. I just need t plan to do it effectively and do it where it’s most beneficial to the students while teaching it.

I will most likley create a site for the study group that I can teach off of and then show the group everything, in and out, how I came up with the ideas etc. I would probably schedule a few live webinar sessions just for this purpose.

I think that would work best and the audience would get the most out of it.

As for writing good content and getting the most from it, check out: http://michaelsbrown.com/how-to-write-a-good-blog-post-with-these-5-simple-tips/

I have some good stuff in there that I think will help you.

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Jan - January 9, 2014

Looking forward to the theme. I find the themes thing so tedious for some reason.

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Michael Brown - January 9, 2014

Jan,

Glad you’re looking forward to it. It’s designed with simple functionality in mind but with sleekness and cleanness and best of all it’s versatile for any niche. I actually can’t wait to show it off and have more people test it out.

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Thomas - January 9, 2014

Good evening Micheal..

to comment with Chris.. I will be looking out for your live webinar sessions, for that. If you go with it… :)

~Thomas~

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Rachel Keele - January 9, 2014

I want in on the study group too!!!!

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Katie Bauman - January 9, 2014

Michael, Bravo my friend. I sent my comment and wouldn’t you just know it, AOL timed me out. So basically what I said that for the past 3 yrs but especially in 2013 it has been ‘doom and ‘gloom. I was feeling at times it was working and then weeks would go by and nothing. I felt as though I was fighting a losing battle, but as determined as I am (get that from my dad) I kept charging forward. Lets just say more downs then ups. It was sucking the life out of me. Until my body & mind became a walking time bomb. Wanted to just walk from the situation, run more like it but I stayed. Pick yourself up and move on, you can do it, I would say. Of course, it’s eaiser said then done. I kept saying that later I would read your emails, just wasn’t in the frame of mind and quite frankly, money in savings is running low. But on this particular email, God said, ‘Stop and read it.’ I’m thankfuly I listened because your are so right. Move on….no matter what crosses your path. The road to freedom, success, is hard and narrow. There will be a lot of obsticles in your path, will you allow them to swallow you up and just give in or will you just push your way right through them and win. Your blog gave me that inspiration. God works through people. God ‘rest my daddy’s soul’ but he used to say that ‘God helps those that help themselves.’ You and God gave me back the inspiration I used to have. A Big thank you to God. I also played drill sargent to hubby and put fire under his ass, so to speak and he just created a New Song, it’s beautiful. His goal is to have his music on YouTube and let people hear his god given talent, will take awhile for that. Right now, I’m fighting the battle of his teering on Dementia, God & I will win. Thank you again, Michael and may 2014 bring all of us a better, most joyeous and prosperous New Year. God Bless.

Talk about Doom & Gloom, determination being the key, this is ths 3rd time I’ve had to write this. AOL, time me out. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 😉

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Rob - January 9, 2014

Michael – thank you for generously sharing your progress and the components and instruction regarding the build out of your successful niche site! I always look forward to your posts, which are enlightening and offer hope and incentive to people like me who are just getting their first few commissions, many thanks to you, and looking for greater traction and momentum. Please consider me as a participant if you start a study group.

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Robin - January 9, 2014

Hello Michael, I don’t like to respond much but I do appreciate all that you do and I want to give you encouragement to keep on keeping on. I am learning so much through you. I know some day you will be rewarded. As for the study group…Yes, of course but I’m afraid it is already too popular an idea.
You are doing a smashing great job.

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Thomas, Rachel, consider it done. :)

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Katie,

I know you’ve battled a lot of the last few years. Keep fighting and hang on every (even small) accomplishments you make this year towards your goals.

You’re right, there are many obstacles in our paths. In fact, there are going to be more failures than successes but I’ll take 15 failures for that 1 success any day. :)

Keep going strong!

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Rob,

I am glad that my posts make a difference for you. I love reading comments and messages from people who I have helped because it means what I am doing is worthwhile for those that I teach, who strive and want to learn more.

Consider it a go for the study group for you. :)

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Robin,

Thank you for coming on and responding and for the great feedback. There’s room in the study group for you, consider this an official invite :)

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Chris, Robin, Katie, Rob contact me privately at: https://www.facebook.com/michaelbrown2 And I will add you guys to the group. Anyone else that reads this post that contacts me if 3 days will be added in. I will make room for all who want to do this.

You have to be on Facebook to do this one because we are going to share as a group. :)

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Carter McCollum - January 10, 2014

You always inspire me Mr. Brown and I just wanted to send you a thank you. 2013 was a bad year for my online newbie beginnings, I had decided to finally take action after being a member of Niche Blitzkrieg, created a website in the survival bag arena…and was a victim of a home robbery. My computer and many other things that were irreplaceable were taken. They also got into my financial accounts and well it just got sort of bad there for a while. I really, really believe in online marketing and I just want to thank you for your uplifting emails and information, they brought me back out of a pretty dark area and reminded me to believe in myself again. If you have any space left in your study group please save one for me. Thank you, Mr. Brown.

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Michael Brown - January 10, 2014

Carter,

That’s terrible! I’m sorry you had to go through that an I can’t imagine the chaos of trying to put life back together after that. A buddy of mine went through something similar in 2012 an I remember he had a lot to deal with. Give me a shout at: https://www.facebook.com/michaelbrown2 Via PM, friend me and I’ll bring you in.

I admire the courage you’re showing to NOT give up after something like that.

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Rob - January 11, 2014

Michael – thanks! Looking forward to it.

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Lisa Wright - January 11, 2014

Hi Michael,
It looks to me like your site is coming along wonderfully. Thank you for the book on blogging.

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Thomas Purtzer - February 3, 2014

It sounds as if you have some sort of study group to aid people trying to make a living off affiliate marketing? Do you have any openings, is it becoming a regular event? What are the details?

It may be a little late and I am not on Facebook but I definitely want to make a go of it with the niche affiliate website marketing!!

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Gareth Bull - February 8, 2014

Thanks Michael. I’m going to have a look at Keyword Snatcher.

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Rick - March 3, 2014

Hi Michael, can you share with us what type of link building you have done so far on your $14,500 niche site? Simply RankCrew? If so, what size package? Also, approx how many pages of content is your site up to by now? Love the blog..lots of juicy content. Thanks, Rick

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Michael Brown - March 3, 2014

Rick,

I have used just a couple of link building packages so far. I.e. Rank Crew which I discuss in the write-up. There are 3 parts and I have them all listed at the top of the post.

I may get some heavier links built here soon, but, the bulk is Rank Crew.

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Toki Tover - March 3, 2014

Hi Michael,

From reading your posts I was motivated to start a site, created around Amazon products. It seemed easier. First month made 20 and second month 29.. not so impressive.

I would love to learn how you used those other sources to earn such a huge amount fairly quickly. If you have room in your study group I would like a spot.

Thanks!

Toki

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Michael Brown - March 4, 2014

Toki,

I mention this in the case study, but, there are a couple of important variables.

Amazon only pays up to 8.5% commission.

While I do have one program I promote on my site that pays around 6% the other 2 are 35 and 25 respectively.

This greatly helps the final commission. I am still all about Amazon, they are awesome. But, I prefer higher paying sites overall.

The second part of the equation is how many terms you’re ranking for in search.

Are you #1 in search for your main keywords? If not, you’re missing a ton of sales here and you’ll need to do more link building.

Are other terms on your site ranking #1 in search? Even if they are not #1 do you have many in the top 10? If not, get them there.

If you do not rank your site and pages for specific keywords then you’ll never make much. It doesn’t matter if you make $5 or $500/sale it needs traffic.

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Pete Nichols - March 17, 2014

Hi Michael,
Thanks for the info. Do you still have NBK underground and what services to you get from this? I’m looking to take things to the next level. Failure is not an option! :-)

Thanks,
Pete

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Ronald - May 3, 2014

Great info Michael. Do you have a video on article marketing ?
Ronald

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