You may remember I started building a niche site a few weeks ago – PottyTrainHelp.com.
The website went live at the end of June and since then I’ve referred to it in a couple of blog posts.
Since I’m now a couple of months into it, I wanted to give you an update on how things are going.
My previous attempt at building a niche site was a complete failure, so the question is, can I make it work this time?
Well, let’s first take a look at the traffic statistics from Google Analytics for the past month and the previous month.
Analytics For PottyTrainHelp.com
The end of August saw a sudden huge increase in traffic which I suspect had something to do with a change in the Google algorithm.
It was a welcome surprise and means that unique visitor numbers have jumped in the right direction by over 250% on the previous month.
Bounce rate is sitting at over 90% with a decrease in the number of pages per visit and average visit duration.
These numbers don’t really concern me too much though.
The way that my site is set up is to pre-sell a particular ClickBank product (Start Potty Training) by focussing on different aspects of the product in the blog posts.
Most of these blog posts have a link back to my product review as well as having a direct link to the product itself.
I have also placed internal links to other pages on the site within each blog post.
You can see from the Google Penalty Checker at Fruition, I’ve had a pretty good time of it with algorithm updates.
It’s interesting to see that according to the checker, I got a huge bump up in traffic from the In-Depth Articles algorithm update.
The articles I’ve written on the site are very specific to that niche but aren’t particularly long at between 500 to 750 words.
I plan to keep adding more articles every couple of weeks assuming I can stretch the information out even further.
So far, that’s been enough to bring in the traffic.
Traffic is great but if it’s not converting into sales within a couple of months then you should really thinking about stopping and building a niche site based on something else.
I mentioned above that my earlier attempt was a dismal failure. It focussed on in-car speakerphones and selling Amazon products.
It generated very little traffic and made no commission whatsoever.
So, how is PottyTrainHelp.com getting on? Well, let’s take a look at my up-to-date ClickBank earnings report.
In the last month I’ve made $331.44 in affiliate commission. That’s not bad at all I don’t think at my second attempt at a niche site in its third month of existence.
There was only one refund; unfortunately it was one that included an upsell though!
Imagine if you could make ten or more sites like this, all making $300 per month. That would be a decent income to work with, huh?
I definitely plan to set up more niche sites in the future but equally I don’t want to lose sight of this one and maintaining and growing it.
The next 5 sites I put together may not work and I could end up scrapping them too!
I’m also conscious that traffic from Google is fickle and whilst I’m getting some love from there now, in a few weeks time it could be the opposite.
How Did I End Up Building A Niche Site?
I ended up building a niche site all thanks to a man named Steve Scott.
He’s a six-figure affiliate marketer who has written a number of Kindle books and in particular he wrote a book called Your First $1000 – How To Start an Online Business that Actually Makes Money.
I’ve studied his book in great detail and followed much of his advice in the book. PottyTrainHelp.com is the outcome.
You can get hold of his Kindle book on Amazon:
So far I’ve done very little in terms of promoting the site on social media or building backlinks.
The traffic to the site is 71.5% driven by search engine traffic with links from my blog and a Twitter account being the only things I’ve set up beyond that.
Now the search is on to find the next product worthy of building a niche site for!
In the meantime, I’ll continue to add more content to PottyTrainHelp.com and I’ll report back when I reach the $1,000 mark.
Over To You
Have you ever tried building a site? What was the outcome? Did it turn out to be what you expected? Is your site now an authority site?
Building a niche site isn’t for everyone and it can be a little hit and miss but I’ve found it very rewarding and a great way to generate revenue.
I’ve love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this so please leave a comment below. Please also share this post on your favourite social media site!
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