SEO Strategy: My New Niche Sites Ranked In Google After 10 Days

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To be precise, on the 12th of February 2013, I finally took a bold step to build passive income streams through niche sites marketing.

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 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

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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…

You look for profitable niches outside the field of blogging, internet marketing and all those make money online subjects.

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!

80 thoughts on “SEO Strategy: My New Niche Sites Ranked In Google After 10 Days”

  1. “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.”This is right!! The more we do the right work the more we get the right results at the apprpriate time.

  2. What interrested me more in this post is the following: Quality content.Quality content is the most essentiel Element in sites.Blogging should be done the right way.This post is interesting and usfuel.thank you for sharing.

  3. Nice SEO strtegy for ranking for niche sites. I have just started my nche site and lookng for different to rank i well for the keyword and make it a authoritative sight.

    Thanks for useful information article.

  4. SEo is a ongoing process and will not going to die and the beauty of SEO exist when the campaign goes old and the keywords still showed as a better ranks keyword just to add as Old wine gets better with time….the perfect results are achieved when you devote time in SEO cheers for a good writeup micheal

  5. SEO field is not to submit blog, posting forums, ad posting ,it is a wast field in this field many criteria are keep in mind……………..
    title ,meta tag, meta data ,descriptions etc.

  6. Good point. I had my host scan the files to make sure there was nothing added because as you said,
    a lot of time hackers leave files in strange places so they come back and do further damage.
    I should update with that tip too.

  7. Hi,great article and good timing…been trying to learn a bit about blog commenting for a local business…spending about a month before I start tondo some stuff with keywords…do you much experience with link building for local business?

  8. Marketing techniques not going to die, because every business needs marketing to grow. But The way marketing techniques can change at any time. So SEO tactics may change but SEO would not die.

  9. hey Micheal, that was interesting Post. Can a newbie start doing that? and when you say its tough to earn from blogging blog because, I have just started one.

  10. i want to know more information about that…….
    i have a “vintage glasses” based website…….
    how i rank that first in Google. please reply me as soon as possible….

  11. I’m really unsure about the idea of using too much exact anchor text in backlinks. This would in essence open up a simple means to push competitors out, but then I also read all the time that you shouldn’t be concerned about this, as there is not really a penalty for too many links. Thoughts?

    • Yes Celisa, you should not be so concerned about exact match anchor texts when building your off-page links. Please try and alternate it, so that when Google releases their weird updates, your website will not be penalized. That’s my 2-cent.

  12. Again another great posts. While I do not have experience or plan to go into niche marketing, I do appreciate the insights you provide. I really wish you the best in your 3 new niche sites and look forward to reading your updates. I like your vision and focus, you are not just wandering around the web as I tend to see when I browse the web. Vision of what you want to accomplish is so important, if not you will be pulled into so many directions or worse still be scared to act. I like how you state your readers should take courage. Your vision is what enables you to have insight and take action. Look forward to your future posts.

    • Thank you Ivy and I’m humbled to have you visit and read my lengthy posts. Sure, I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Keep visiting and please, subscribe to my email list on the header – I promise to establish a one-on-one friendship with you right on your email inbox. Stay gracious.

  13. Great lesson to learn about SEO strategy. SEO has been facing many change’s on SERP for for long time & There are some change’s in SEO. I agree & appreciate “Quality content must include keywords” this point. I’m totally agree with this point.

  14. Thanks Michael.

    Well SEO is far from being dead. Anyway you should not wait with links first 60days rather build handful of quality in content links instead and then see the impact. After 3 months you can go more aggressive.

  15. Thanks for the great article ! I just started following you on Twitter and added your blog to the long list of PR blogs I subscribe to. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  16. SEO is all about understanding who your target audience is, and crafting content suitable for their needs. You’ve nailed it in this post Michael. Thanks a bunch.

  17. The first three examples mentioned require actual setup and regular management of a web site. E-commerce sites require the most in terms of setup and server resources and involve closer management but have bigger potential for income. Affiliate marketing, and adsense works with the simplest server setup. Most people who blog make money online in this way.

    Since this an introductory article, let us discuss how one is able to make money online by maintaining a blog. There are bloggers who write about things and say something nice and exciting about them. Then in the write up, a link is presented that takes the reader to an online store that sells the subject of the blog. If the reader makes an online purchase as a result of that link, then the owner of the blog receives a sales commission. This is how affiliate marketing works.

    • Well explained – you really do have a great strategy with Niche site marketing. Thank you so much Michael. Yes, this is an introductory article, I’ll definitely break it down starting this week.

  18. First of all I am new to your blog and your blog looks awesome
    Your article is great! lots of things I have learned In last Google Page Rank update I have lost my Page Rank but by reading this article I have confidence that at this time I will gain my page rank back really thanks for it

  19. This is really good published article. I will apply it to my self to improve my blogging. Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this useful stuff.

  20. Wow Mike, lets turn that $11.34 into 1,134, and into 11,134.

    It’s very possible. Just make sure to outsource, because it can become more time consuming when you scale, and you need time to watch TV and enjoy the dot com lifestyle

  21. Niche marketing is the best way to earn passive income. I like this method because it can be scaled to a profitable system in the future. Keep us updated Michael

  22. Hey Michael,

    So details and always an open book in share your niche marketing strategies! Just to get something straight are you saying that each of these niches sites are targeting or has a particular product within the domain and the long tailed keyword? But your not actually meaning brand names? For example you talked about golf clubs your not talking about “ping golf clubs”?

    Just wondering,


    P.S. great job and keep up the great work!

    • Yes, I’m saying that the domain names have to target a particular product on the domain name. But make sure you adhere to brand guidelines. If a particular product doesn’t support that, please leave the product alone or register a domain name around the niche.

  23. Hey Chibuzor, its always great having you on board with your clinging post. In the three niches you found and got ranked for, its probably a niche you are not knowledgeable about, please how where you able to generate your contents? and like how many blog posts is each niche site having to get ranked?

    If you ordered the contents because its might probably be a niche you are not too knowledgeable about, what is your outsourcing strategy that anyone of us can employ.

    Thanks again bro

  24. I’m going to put your tips to work and see how much traffic my site will generate from organic searches. Thank you so much Michael. I’m really grateful to you.

  25. Hey Michael,

    That’s what I like about your blog, as you only share what you’ve tested and experimented. This gives us lot of confidence in trying new things. Keep up the good work.

  26. Hi Michael, this is really a nice post about SEO strategy but I have little confused here what about when panda or penguin updated Please tell me suitable answer with your own word, Thanks for sharing with me.

  27. Thanks Michael for this superb post…

    I must confess : I Hate SEO!!! It sucks when you make a little mistake….
    I’m really impressed at the kind of result you’ve had with your Niche sites…

    Dunno if you have listed them somewhere or if you don’t want to disclose them, but can you please list 3 of your niche sites?


  28. Wow may be I will look into niche sites again, have been burned before but I let it get me down-as you advised quality content all the way

  29. You are saying absolutely true that Google gives high priority such as a domain, URL structure and also content name because what your business can be known easily by domain name. Very nice SEO Strategyy

  30. Thanks Chibuzor for this eye-opener. A lot of bloggers are struggling to make a difference in a place that is already over saturated with probloggers and those other bloggers who just want a way to sutrvive. It is difficult for any blogger to survive without carving a specific niche for himself.
    The ability to create those niches that are specifically targeted to a niche group is what would put money into one’s pocket these days. In trying to do so, one should look for areas not yet saturated and create one’s authority there and then harness the traffic to one’s advantage.

    • You’re more than welcome Ezie. If you’re having a difficult time with your blog, as a result of stiff competition, I’d advice that you start niche marketing. It’s a lot profitable on the long haul.

  31. Hello,

    Promoting your site was not so easy to be done, you must be always on way to be inspired on everything you do and be patient.

    thanks for share with me!!

  32. Well, I think SEO is just changing. Google will be penalizing more and more things so at the end only the best remain. I am not sure will they be big corporations pumping tons of money into their “blogs” or will there be space for small one person websites… time will show!
    Best Regards!

    • Yes, time will show what Google is really up to. But there is no way Google will penalize every blog and website out there. It’s just not possible. So take solace in that fact and keep building valuable niche sites, which are powered by quality content.

  33. Great lesson to learn about SEO strategy. SEO has been facing many change’s on SERP for for long time & There are some change’s in SEO. I agree & appreciate “Quality content must include keywords” this point. I’m totally agree with this point. Now Google like unique quality & fresh content & if keywords are being used with fresh content than it’s more better for Ranking.

  34. Niche site marketing is the way to go Michael. You’ve really gone very far with this new project. And your results are so obvious.
    I’m also working on creating a niche site, but I’m still on the keyword research. Will be following along.
    I just started reading your posts and i love everything you’re doing here too. I’ll subscribe to your email list so i won’t miss any of your valuable infos afterward.

    I’ve to really pay more attention on your backlinking strategy. You with all the Google animals moving about, one has to be very careful on building backlinks.

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