In recent months, I have been reading about niche sites challenges by Spencer Haws, Pat Flynn, Jon Haver and Tung Tran and I am really excited to take on a challenge of my own. At the beginning of the year, Jon Haver gathered a group people and started something called the Six Figure Challenge. The aim of this challenge was to build a website that brings in $5,000 per month and that would bring the value of the website to $100,000 (20x earnings).
I think it is a great goal and that will be my aim. Since I’m starting 3 months late, my personal niche site challenge will end in March 2016. As I am making this challenge public, I will be as open as I can in my sharing without sabotaging the site. Yes, that includes sharing my Google analytics numbers, income, lessons learnt and strategies (inspired by the people mentioned above and Brian Dean). I hope it will be useful to you if you are just starting out on creating your first niche website.
End Feb -3 March – Researched and found my niche! 🙂
6 March – Commissioned a niche site builder to build up the site with a Thrive theme, Thrive content builder plugin and articles
11 March – Bought my domain and hired my very first VA from oDesk to do some web research
Strategies to Try
The strategies I am using for the site are new to me except content publishing. I have read about them but have not tried them out as full fledged strategies.
1) Social media marketing and outreach for backlinks
2) Publish quality content & reviews
3) Viral content creation (a little difficult for my niche but I’ll try)
4) VA/writing team building
3 Lessons I Have Learnt So Far
1) Niche Selection – Talk to Someone
I found it really helpful to bounce ideas with someone. That prevented me from entering a “wrong” niche. The second niche I selected was a seasonal one (that will work well in summer) and I did not realise it until I bounced this idea with someone in Wealthy Affiliate.
2) Niche Selection – Don’t Rush, Do Your Research
I was really apologetic when I told my niche builder that I changed my mind again. This niche that I am going with is my 5th idea. And I am thankful that my niche builder is understanding. Women are fickle (or perfectionists), I guess. 😉
3) oDesk Job Posting – My Greatest Regret (Must read!)
I followed a template that Jon posted on his site for VA hiring. Not knowing that oDesk policies regarding wages have changed, I used his template as it is. That resulted in the quality team removing my job posting and that caused my “reliability” index to drop. If you are interested to use oDesk, please note that the minimum wage now is $3/hour! Anything you post below that amount will result in a removal of your post.
I signed up using his oDesk affiliate link too because he stated that he would send a couple of recommendations for writers and VAs. Sadly I’ve not received a reply from him. *shrug* I’ll update on the outcome of it.
Till my next update (beginning of each month), I intend to do a couple of things.
1) Have my site up and running – post 1 review/post every 5 days
2) Buy EasyAzon 4 and install it since my site is going to be an Amazon related one. I will write a review after using it for awhile.
3) Set up my social media accounts
4) Follow the influencers in my niche
5) Write a post that is suitable for social media sharing
6) Help out with wikipedia’s backlog
So how’s your progress?
I love to read about other people’s stories about starting up or their processes/learning experiences along the way. Do you have a niche site? Are you just starting out or are you an experience affiliate marketer? Share your experiences with us so we can learn from you.
If you are a newbie to affiliate marketing and find my niche site challenge interesting, you can check out my Wealthy Affiliate review. That’s where I first learnt about proper Internet Marketing and stuff like finding my niche. Or if you are interested to learn how to start a free website to try out affiliate marketing, you can check out my step-by-step guide to create a free website. Please remember to comment below or ask any questions you have about it.