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Building A Niche Site – Earnings Update

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Building A Niche SiteYou 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.

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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

Potty Train Help Analytics

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.

Potty Train Help Fruition

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.

Commission Earnings

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.

Building A Niche Site - Potty Train Help

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:

Amazon US (Affiliate Link)
Amazon UK (Affiliate Link)

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!

Tim Bonner

Tim Bonner is a Stay At Home Dad, Blogger and Internet Marketer. Learn more about him here.

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  1. says

    Hi Tim, wow, that is great, you really inspired me. I just bought the book for my kindle. I can’t wait to read through it now. I love how fast it downloaded to my Droid too. Very neat.

    I wonder how click bank compares to LinkShare – I’ve been using LinkShare for most of mine and wonder how others do compare.

    Thanks for sharing, I love these kinds of posts that get me excited to make more money online.
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    • says

      Hi Lisa

      I’m glad to hear it!

      I’ve found Steve’s book very easy to work through. I studied the sites that he gives as examples a lot too.

      After doing that, I pretty much based my own site on what Steve had done with his.

      I’ve got an account with LinkShare but I’ve not really used them much. There can be a lot of rubbish on ClickBank so you really have to seek out the good things!

      I wish you every luck with it Lisa. I hope you have the same success as I have!

    • says

      Hi Reginald

      I was surprised how easy it was to put together 10 or 11 articles all linking back to the product and my review.

      I read the eBook I’m promoting several times and picked a few subjects which I could expand on and refer back to the eBook with.

      Google has actually done something good for me for once!

  2. Jeevan Jacob John says

    Hey Tim,

    Good to see that everything is working well :)

    I haven’t tried it in the past; I do plan to do it in the future, once I get my upcoming blog established.

    Steve’s blog is my guide too (and thanks to him – I plan to go into Kindle books; write and sell). I am still deciding whether I should pursue Niche sites, especially with all the Google updates. It is hard to get traffic with all these changes, unless I can get some traffic through SM sites (I am already struggling to manage my current accounts, that too, without a blog).

    Anyways, I have planned what I should go with niche blogging. I have come up with a list of niches, I just need to narrow it down. If I do go through with it, I will definitely go with a topic that I have some knowledge in, experience with (so, I can counter Google’s effects, perhaps even convert the blog into an authority blog).

    Anyways, I do appreciate you for sharing your story :) Congrats, and good luck with the future!

    • says

      Hi Jeevan

      I’ve not tried Kindle books in terms of producing them myself yet.

      It may be something I think about in the future though. I know Steve’s written a load of them!

      I was surprised at how easy it was to get traffic to my niche blog. I did little promotion: no backlinks, no social media sharing as such and no blog commenting.

      Maybe I was lucky with this one. I think now I’ve found a formula I like though, I hope I can replicate it again.

  3. says

    Hi Tim,

    Awesome job so far on your new niche site. I’m sure that eventually it will start making money.

    I haven’t built a niche site in a while. Although I know that they can be extremely profitable…especially if you target the right keywords.

    I love building niche sites, it’s just with the lack of time that I have right now, there is no way that I could find the extra time to work on one.

    Can’t wait to read about the updates and see how your site is progressing. Have a great weekend.
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    • says

      Hi Susan

      I’m pleased with the results from my niche blog so far. It’s made some money and hopefully that will continue!

      Hopefully I can reproduce the same results on my next niche site!

      I know what you mean though. Finding the time to build these things and add content isn’t easy.

      I had planned to build another one last week but just never got the chance.

      Great to see you Susan and thank you for the encouragement!

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Tim

  4. says

    This is awesome Tim. I have never created a niche site, but I have thought a lot about it. I have even bought Steve’s books and course, but so far, I haven’t done a thing about it. I believe that I should do it, because it’s one of the best ways to earn money online.

    I’m going to follow what you do, and it seems that you’ve got a great start. Keep it going Tim.

    • says

      Hi Jens

      Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed building this niche site.

      I can’t say I enjoyed doing the first one, which failed miserably, so I must remember to keep these sites on subjects I can write about quite easily!

      I reckon you’d be brilliant at writing niche sites. You have the marketing experience to make them work.

      Thanks for the encouragement Jens.

      Have a great week.

      Tim

  5. says

    Hi Tim,

    Finally you made this post! Glad you make it. I believe many will learn from you (and you will find new money making opportunities ahead :) ).

    I’ve done a niche site so far (in my native language). I do more on PPC ads as a way to earn money from. This is merely because there’s not many quality affiliate source available in my local market. When PPC takes place the amount of traffic matters. This is the downside of monetizing blog using PPC ads.

    Thanks for this post Tim. Surely wait for your next report!
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    • says

      Thank you Okto.

      I’m going to write another post when I get to the $1,000 mark from the niche site. I hope it comes quickly :-).

      I haven’t done any PPC ads yet. I’m sure that’s something I’ll need to learn for the future though.

      Great to see you Okto and thank you for your comments.

      Have a great week.

      Tim

  6. says

    bravo mate! now it could be worth looking in to ppc and as long as you track it properly you can really scale up the traffic and see some results

    another possible thing is to offer a related opt-in bonus and when they’re on your list, survey them to find what demographic they are in and use that to do some facebook ads etc

    good work Tim!
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    • says

      Cheers mate!

      I got my account at Adwords banned a few years ago so it would have to be somewhere else for PPC!

      I’m still not really sure of the reason why I got banned.

      I haven’t tried PPC for such a long time now so maybe I’ll give it a whirl with Bing.

      I haven’t added an opt-in form on the niche blog at all yet. I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough to follow up with. It’s definitely something to consider though.

      Thanks for the encouragement Andy and I appreciate your comments!

      Tim

  7. Efoghor Joseph Ezie says

    Tim, thanks for this write up. I have tried to promote a niche site when I was relatively new to the concept. I was promoting a weight loss product, but I ended up dumping the whole thing because I couldn’t make sales; I eventually refused to renew the domain name and let everything go.

    I am still considering doing it again in the future. I am currently busy with so many things – Tweetlow, Mygigerr, Bizsuccessguide, etc. And I think going into niche sites now would make me lose focus.

    However, when the projects I am currently handling become stabilized and I have people to look after them, I could consider setting up niche sites.

    Thanks once again for the post. Do have a nice week.

    • says

      Hi Efoghor

      It sounds like you’re a very busy man!

      I struggled with my first niche site because I wasn’t interested in and didn’t know much about the subject matter.

      It’s not always the case that you need to be interested in or knowledgeable about the subject of the product but it certainly helps.

      I think that was why I’ve had a little bit of success with my latest niche site.

      So, I’m going to follow the same formula with my next niche site too.

      Find a product that I know something about. Read it several times then take parts of it and write articles about it on the site.

      Thank you for commenting Efoghor. I appreciate it.

      I’ve not had a chance to respond to you email yet but I’ll get back to you by tomorrow.

  8. says

    Nice work Tim, this is definitely something I am also considering. Once you get a hang of blogging, writing and marketing it all starts to get just a little bit easier and I think you can then make money. I also read some other stuff from guys like Glenn at Viper Chill (you should check it out if you haven’t) and it is definitely worth investigating. I just have to come up with the topic and product. I seem to be able to rank content (I also seem to get bumped by google and got one of my reviews to number one for the keywords I wanted) do time to put that to work?
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    • says

      Hi Ashley

      I hope things get easier to make money on this blog! Although I’m thinking more along the lines that email marketing may be the best way to do that.

      I’ve not checked out Viper Chill so I’ll add that to my list of things to check out. Thank you for the heads up.

      I’m not great at keyword research I must admit but I seem to be able to get things ranked too.

      If I spend a bit of time on it, maybe I can get to the #1 spot too. I’m on the first page with the niche site for quite a few specific terms.

  9. says

    You niche site’s stats really amazed me, i’m thing my create my own affiliate niche store soon. Actually i failed in a niche store, in simple it doesn’t make a money. I believe the reason was not choosing a right niche.

    Anyway keep going with your niche site..

    Good luck.

    • says

      Hi Kuldeep

      I failed with the first niche site I set up too.

      I had no enthusiasm for the subject matter I’d chosen and that was a non-starter.

      When I set up the potty training niche site, it was based on something I knew about and could write about.

      I bought the product I was promoting, read through it several times and then wrote 10 articles about it.

      From there, the idea was to write at least one new post a week, although that has happened as yet.

      Best wishes with starting another niche site of your own.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Tim

  10. says

    Hi Tim,

    Your post is an inspiration as I completely agree with you that blogging for free isn’t going to work for long. After all, we need to pay our bills, have to run our family and save money to secure our as well as our children’s future. Blogging full-time must generate revenue, at least as much profit as required to sustain our existence.

    Well, I haven’t yet tried about the niche site as explained by you but surely, I need to look, research and learn to evaluate, if it can be my cup of tea.

    Thanks for inspiring and opening up such an interesting topic about earning money.

    • says

      Hi Ashutosh

      My niche site has slowed down in terms of traffic since the latest Panda update but I hope to get it back on track in the coming weeks.

      You should definitely give niche-blogging a go if you think it’s something that might interest you.

      Word to the wise though, you should try and pick something that you’re knowledgeable about so writing the content comes as second nature to you.

      Great to see you and thank you for your comments.

      Tim

  11. says

    Sorry to comment on an older post. Just curious if the site is still doing well for you? I think the sales you’ve gotten are impressive for a smaller niche site. Sure many people would be envious of your success on that one.

    Surprised the site doesn’t have more advertising, or you planned it that way?

    I use to do niche sites, but like you mentioned, they can be time consuming. Although I do build turnkeys for those who are into niche sites. When I did niche sites, they did pretty well, but it can be hit and miss at times. Also depends on G, as to how well they did.

    I’ve personally moved to selling my own digital products. More control and profits. But that’s just me, I enjoy it.

    Also been moving more towards my own recurring products and listbuilding. Just tired of dancing with G for so many years, it get’s old for me. Been building more reliable income streams. Least that’s the plan :)

    Wish you the best with niche sites. Looks like you have a knack for it.
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    • says

      Hey Ron

      The niche sites made over $500 but it’s slowed recently.

      I’m guessing it may have something to do with Google and I haven’t updated it for a while.

      I may put some more advertising on it but at the moment, the idea is to funnel readers to the review page for a particular product.

      I’d like to eventually move to doing my own digital products too.

      Niche sites are time-consuming and I must do more with the one I have to generate more traffic!

      I’m building a list on this site but not on the niche site at present.

      It sounds as if you’ve learnt from experience and know what you’re doing Ron!

  12. says

    Hi Tim,

    What an incredible report regarding your niche site!! :D

    I love Steve Scott, he is my idol. Also, I do have his book, “Your First $1000.” I started reading it then got distracted, put it down and picked up another book. But after reading your report here, I will keep reading this book till I finish it.

    So your niche site “Potty Train Help” I notice there’s no comment on there but your traffic is mainly coming from organic search…this is inspiring to see. I’m inspired by this post.

    You see, I have been contemplating now for months whether to continue my other website. It’s niche is about “Love & Relationship.” Health Matters and this site L&R (lovesexmarriage.com) are among the two blogs I started before angelamccall.com.

    However, when I bought Steve Scott’s book “Affiliate Marketing Without the Bullsh*t” he said in his book that you don’t have to have bizillion niche to make 6-figures and that you can make 6-figures in one SINGLE niche!

    That’s when I stopped these other 2 blogs–one in health, the other love & relationship and just CONCENTRATE on my design & marketing site for now. Now that I think that the traffic is a bit more established on Angela McCall’s site, I want to start building the lovesexmarriage niche concentrating mainly FOCUS on the family.

    I think Love & Relationship is too general. I will narrowed it down more on just love & relationship between a couple. What do you think? I’m still brainstorming on these ideas. I know that this niche is highly competitive and there are bizillion other blog about this. So I’m still ambivalent. I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

    I’m passionate about it coz I think I have a lot to say based from my own experience but being passionate about one thing yet lacking vision on how to execute it is another. I want a niche that’s high in demand and yet low competition.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing us REAL report on your niche site’s earning. This post I’d indeed unique. Based from your own experience is one of the BEST one!

    Angela
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    • says

      Hi Angela

      You’re right. There are absolutely no comments on any of the posts on my niche site.

      I haven’t encouraged it either because I’m more interested in organic visitors at the moment.

      People are funnelled from any of the posts to the review post or to the sales page.

      I really need to concentrate on the potty train help site more because it brings in loads more money than this blog!

      In 2014, I plan to do just that and also set up another niche site as well.

      From my experience, focussing on one product has really worked and then possibly introducing more later on after the $1,000 goal has been reached.

      If you’re passionate about the Love & Relationship between a couple niche then that’s a great start.

      Are you focussing on a particular product or products? What about ads?

      I’ll be interested to see how you get on!

      Thank you for your comment Angela.

      Happy Tuesday.

      Tim

      • says

        So far, I am just concentrating on developing my website making it professional looking. I don’t have any specific product that I focus right now other than I’m an affiliate with Studio Press (Genesis), Go Daddy, Hostgator, Clickbank, Chitika…and more!

        Btw, you mentioned “autopilot” and I meant to ask you about this. I’ve heard this term so many times but didn’t understand what it is or how it works. Can you elaborate more of this?

        Angela
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        • says

          Hi Angela

          Well, I wish you luck with it Angela and I’ll be interested to hear how you’re getting on.

          When I mentioned autopilot it just means that I’ve left the niche blog to it’s own devices.

          I haven’t added any posts, used social media but it’s still bringing in affiliate commission.

          Does that make sense?

          Tim

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