The Niche Site Tests is one of the biggest projects that Trevor and I will be conducting here at WSOTesters.com. At the moment, we are far from Internet Marketing Gurus. Actually, we may be just as “green” to building niche sites as some of you who are reading this. What we have done so far is a ton of research. Thanks to the help of the Warrior Forum and transparent internet marketers such as Spencer Haws and Trent Dyrsmid we have accumulated a wealth of valuable knowledge. Now we plan on diving into the deep end and testing the methods out ourselves. Life is too short to not take action!
The Goal: 50 Sites Per Month For The Next 4 Months!
That comes to a whopping 200 adsense niche sites in total. It sounds like quite an intimidating task, but we feel up for the challenge. Do we expect all of these sites to be huge earners? Nope. What we do expect, is to quickly find out what is working and what is not. Site building techniques that are working will get documented and will be used for future sites. Techniques that aren’t working will get tossed away. We will not reveal our domains or keywords but we will be telling you our exact methods to building these sites. We will also tell you the results of these methods.
In the end we expect our set of Adsense niche sites to generate money even as we sleep. We plan on keeping some sites, but we also will be Flipping many of them as well. Sites will be sold either on Flippa.com or here on our site.
Our General Strategy for building these sites can be broken down into three main phases. (some links listed below are affiliate links):
1. Keyword Research
After initially trying out Market Samurai, we found that it was just too slow for our liking. So we are primarily testing Long Tail Pro. The filters for our keyword are as follows:
- At least 1200 Exact Match Searches in Google Keyword Tool
- At least $1.00 CPC
- Exact Match Domain used if available, if not then we’ll add a Prefix or Suffix (such as “pro” or “hq”) to the keyword when buying a domain
- Low Competition on the Google Top Ten :
– Less than half are optimized for keyword in the title
– Low PR on at least 2 of the top ten sites
– Low amount of SEMoz/Juice links
Notice that we do NOT include “phrase match” competition as a limiting factor in choosing a keyword. Case studies from multiple marketers show that “phrase match” competition is irrelevant. Simply put: If the competition on the first page of Google is weak, then we will go for it.
Even though we are NOT including “Phrase Match” competition as a limiting factor, we will be keeping track of this data. Our end results will include the statistics as to whether lower “phrase match” competition ranked higher.
2. On Page SEO
We are building all sites on WordPress. The following themes will be tested: Prosense, Bluesense, and CTR. Each site will have at least 5 pages of unique content of 500+ words. We are testing a keyword density of 2-3% on 25 sites and a keyword density of 1-2% on the other 25 sites this month. We are using several plugins to assist us such as SEOPressor, All In One SEO, Cbnet Ping Optimizer, and Google Xml Sitemaps.
For our backlinking strategy, we will first use SocialADR to social bookmark 20 of our sites. Another 20 sites will receive social bookmarks from either Bookmarking Demon or Only Wire (we are still debating on this). 10 sites will NOT receive any social bookmarking.
All sites will be receiving backlinks from Build My Rank (BMR). From our research on Warrior Forum and other marketing forums, these guys may be the strongest blog network out there. Some people claim to rank solely on BMR. Later on we will test other backlinks, but for now Build My Rank has our full attention.
March 22, 2012 UPDATE: Build My Rank is no longer being used. Google has been cracking down on these Private Network Blogs and BMRs network has been largely deindexed (see Here) . We are now splitting the backlinking strategy of our first 50 sites among several different methods. More info on this to come in future blog updates.
We may also run an SENuke campaign on a small set of sites (although this may be overkill).
And that’s it!
That’s the general overview of what we will be doing for this project in the next few months. We only started a week ago and I can tell you that surprisingly some sites are already beginning to rank and get traffic! We will be elaborating on the details of our research in future blog posts and we’ll also keep everyone posted on the progress of our sites. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, leave us a message… we’re always happy to hear from our readers!
All The Best!