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September 2013 Income & Niche Site Updates

I made huge strides in getting a few of my niche sites off the ground this month and I think I made some fairly good progress. I am also attempting a Grey hat authority site where I am creating my own private blog network in an attempt to rank without utilizing any paid for links directly to my money site.

 

Combined September Niche Site Income Figures

As this is my first month I didn’t expect much, and in fact I don’t expect much until around 3 months, so we will see how things progress as these sites start to rank in Google.

Earnings: $0 | Expenses: $748.25
Total: -$748.25

 

Niche Site 1

Niche site one is an Amazon niche site and it is focusing on a rather expensive product. The original idea behind this was that if I could only sell 4-5 of these a month I would end up getting around $250-$300 a month. I expect to make some sales next month now that my rankings are increasing and I am actually starting to get people to Amazon.

 

Niche Site 1 Income & Expenses

September saw a total of $341 spent and $0 earned.

Earnings Expenses Total Amazon Hits Sales
$0.00 $401.25 -$401.25 49 $0

 

Breakdown:

  • Private Blog Network links x 2 packages ($339)
  • Social Bookmarks ($2.25)
  • Content ($60)

 

Niche Site 1 SERP Rankings

As I mentioned earlier, I bought a couple of link building packages to help in ranking my site in the SERPs. The first lot of links worked like a charm, but I did start to see diminishing returns on those links as the seller uses SEO hosting and many of the high PR links where all on the same Class C IP address ranges (Note: Google is all over this now). That is why you will see many of my keywords below start to dip as more and more links are added.

I decided to also buy some social bookmarking links, but made the mistake of sending them directly to my money site. I don’t think this will hurt me much, but I also don’t think I will see any ranking improvements either. Note: The first link package was dripped over 20 days and was started on the 1st of September.

The last link package I bought towards the end of the month and so far none of these links have been started yet. So I am hoping that in early October we will see some further gains. In terms of linking to pages – I have only linked to my homepage (keywords 1,2,3) and a secondary page (keywords 4 and 6). All other ranking increases are from onsite SEO.

 

Keyword 1 – My Site Name (Brand Link)
Local Search – Unknown / 0

Keyword1

Keyword 2 – Main Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 14,800

Keyword2

 

Keyword 3 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 1,300

Keyword3

 

Keyword 4 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 1,000

Keyword4

 

Keyword 5 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 880

Keyword5

This keyword was interesting. I decided to do some onsite optimization for this keyword and the very next day it shot up onto around page 5.

 

Keyword 6 – Secondary Keyword | 3 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 880

Keyword6

 

Keyword 7 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 720

Keyword7

 

Niche Site 1 Other Stats

Some other interesting stats I have pulled out of Majestic.

Anchor Text Variation

Link Profile

LinkMap

Plans for October

Depending on how this last link package turns out I might not spend too much more money on this site. If I can hit the first page then I might just buy a blog comment service to keep my link velocity up, but if I fail to hit or stay on page 1 then I will probably buy another link package. The only other thing I will be buying is some social signals (Facebook likes, tweets etc). I will also focus on building my social media accounts and maybe linking back a YouTube video or two to my site if time permits.   For more information about Niche Site 1 check out these other posts:

 

 

Niche Site 2

I made a pretty big blunder on this site as I purchased some SAPE links without really looking into them. They worked like a charm and shot my onto page 1 (currently sitting on spot 6 for my main keyword), but when I looked into the links, many of them were hacked websites with my link embedded into the html. Now I know that buying links is BlackHat according to Google, but I don’t care.

What I do care about is getting links on hacked sites, that is really a bit too black hat for me and so I have cancelled that service. I must admit that I didn’t really know what SAPE was until after I ordered it, and once I found out I really didn’t like much about it.

It was an expensive lesson at close to $200, but none the less it gives me confidence that I can re-rank this site using other non-SAPE links and I now know what not to do. Fortunately I have not yet received a penalty on my site and so hopefully all the links can be removed before Google takes it down. Worst case I will build it up again with a different domain as I now know I can get to page 1 without too much effort.

 

September saw a total of $341 spent and $0 earned.

Earnings Expenses Total Amazon Hits Sales
$0.00 $197 -$197.00 160 $0

 

Breakdown:

  • SAPE Links ($197)

 

Niche Site 2 SERP Rankings

As mentioned just before, I purchased SAPE links which rocketed my site up to the top of the SERPs, but also left me feeling dirty. I have since cancelled my subscription for SAPE and will try to rank this site the old fashioned way. One thing this dead teach me was that I can rank these terms ahead of some other sites there, so I now have confidence that I can do it again.

 

Keyword 1 – Main Keyword | 3 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 33,000

chart

 

Keyword 2 – Main Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 8,100

chart(1)

 

Keyword 3 – Secondary Keyword | 3 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 3,600

chart(3)

 

Keyword 4 – Secondary Keyword | 3 Words | Low Competition
Local Search – 210

chart(4)

 

Keyword 5 – Secondary Keyword | 3 Words | Low Competition
Local Search – 2,400

chart(5)

 

Keyword 6 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 6,600

chart(6)

 

Keyword 7 – Secondary Keyword | 2 Words | Medium Competition
Local Search – 2,900

chart(6)

 

Niche Site 2 Other Stats

I won’t bother with any other stats for this site as I have cancelled the SAPE links and so this site should start from scratch again now. At the end of next month I will build it back up again if I make some money out of it.

 

Plans for October

Nothing, sit, wait and see how many conversions I get on Amazon.

More info on niche site 2:

 

 

Niche Site 3

In October I have niche site 3 kicking off. Niche site 3 is another Amazon site

September saw a total of $112.50 spent and $0 earned.

Earnings Expenses Total Amazon Hits Sales
$0.00 $112.50 -$112.50 0 $0

 

Breakdown:

  • Content Creation ($112.50)

 

More info on niche site 2:

Starting Niche Site 3

 

Niche Site 4

Niche site 4 is also starting in October and is my attempt at branching out with real products which I am sourcing from China and selling at a marked up price. I am not sure how successful this will be, but I am keen to give it a go.

September saw a total of $37.50 spent and $0 earned.

Earnings Expenses Total Amazon Hits Sales
$0.00 $37.50 -$37.50 0 $0

 

Breakdown:

  • Content Creation ($37.50)

 

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