I’m no niche site king yet
You probably remember that a few days ago I started this niche site experiment where I decided to launch and track the progress of three different niche websites, each with a different approach and link building strategy. Now it’s time for the first update, a pretty unimpressive one but a good starting point.
Niche Site #1
Launched five days ago, my technology blog has just been indexed by Google and is nowhere to be found. I have done no link building yet as I have gone a slightly different route than planned due to lack of time: I have published two blog posts but not the main one on the front page. Hopefully by the end of the week things will change and I will be allowed to start the link building.
Costs: 34 (articles) + 0 (free domain from Bluehost) + 0 (theme already owed) = $34
Niche Site #2
This one was already launched when I started the experiment (blog launched on July 2nd). As I said, I have done no other link building than commenting on a few select blogs in the same niche. As a result, traffic has been growing steadily but slowly. Here is how the traffic looks since the blog was launched:
A total of 1,400 uniques in more than two months is not impressive. A fun fact comes from Google acting crazy (and my link building strategy being based on commenting alone, which only links to the main page): none of my targeted keywords are on the front page, but two articles are now ranking in the top 3 – two articles that I wrote as filler articles. Pretty crazy:
In September, which is two months after the blog’s launch, things started to pick up a little and traffic increased a bit:
617 uniques and we’re closing in to the 50 uniques per day mark. Pretty good for no real link building in a very competitive niche!
Costs: $68 (20 articles, just three of them published) + $45 (premium theme) + $12 (domain name) + $18 (three months of great hosting on its own shared hosting plan): $143 in three months
Revenue: $2.85 (AdSense) + $0.40 (CPM) = $3.25
Plans for the future: Ad codes have just been placed and with the amount of traffic we get so far, I’d say that revenue is decent. I am planning to generate some affiliate income too, but I still have to figure out the best possible approach here.
Niche Site #3
The Analytics screenshot is pretty hilarious, actually. However, it is the September traffic (and how most of the October traffic looks like) before doing any link building. I have just ordered some link building gigs on Fiverr and I am really curious to see if they will have any possitive effect (and how long will it last before Google kills it).
Costs: $40 (20 articles) + $4 (shared hosting) = $44
So… things are just starting up now and October will probably be a bit more interesting, even though I’ve started two of these projects at the middle of the month. But I am really curious to see if the slow but steady rise will continue in the case of NS#2, and if any traffic will be brought to the other two. Stay tuned with Uniblogsity for more updates!