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Just recently I have been setting up some affiliate sites for other people (see here) , in the last four weeks, two of which I spent in Poland, I have made four sites and I’m working on 2 more now, but this then made me think “DO YOUR OWN” to myself, after all I have plenty of domains sat there waiting to be developed.

So this is what I’m going to do, I am also going to pick one, possibly foodmixers.org.uk and document the whole process of building it, getting it into the Search Engines, and then hopefully making some cash on it!

In April I attended an SEO Course at the excellent SEO Junkies, I think I’ve got a decent grasp of on page SEO and wanted to get more insight into Link Building, I had been using profile linking a lot and it worked but I wanted to know how to do the kind of Link Building you might do if Argos came knocking on the door, the course was great, it confirmed the stuff I already knew and gave an insight into a few other bits of SEO, when you’re at home working, learning things by yourself, you never know if what you know is right, so it was good to confirm some of that knowledge with people who do it succesfully every day for major clients.

As I am now working 3 days a week in my main job, I have more time to work on the affiliate sites I have and it would be nice to at least double the amount I make at the moment , fingers crossed!

I will start the ‘Building a Niche Affiliate Site’ series very shortly 🙂

White TV’s 2010 and misc stuff.

I know it’s almost March but I thought I’d report the final figures for 2010 for the White TV niche site, the trend continued since the October YTD update and the final profit the site made was £2215.43.

An increase of just under 100% on 2009, so if I’d actually sold it for the £2k figure I was looking for last March the new owner would have pretty much made their money back without even doing anything to the site, luckily for me I pocketed the money instead, it works out at an average profit of £184.62 per month. 🙂

I am in the middle of actually making the site into a WordPress site, and will actually make it a lot better in terms of the comparison prices with individual posts for each TV and hopefully it will increase sales.

The site received an average of 2,957 unique visitors per month, the highest income came from Amazon at £1172.71 followed by eBay at £548.15.

This is from a keyword with just 1,900 local exact match on it, when I see people answering questions negatively about if you can make money from a site/product with so little exacts it makes me laugh, it all depends on what the product is, one of the sites I sold just before Christmas only had exacts of 880 but made £3k every year.

I’ve set up a little group of Niche sites since January too, babydolls/org.uk which sits top of Google for ‘babydolls’ already likewise with babydolldresses/org.uk which sits top for that term too and babydollnightwear/co.uk which is sitting in second, as you can imagine it was quite pleasing on the eye making those sites, they are seriously thin sites for now and have made sales so I can’t complain.

I’ve got a to do list with about 4,342,101 things on it, I’d love to post more often about how to do certain things and make this blog a bit more interesting but 1) I feel so busy and 2) I don’t do anything groundbreaking that you haven’t already read elsewhere 🙂

How one of my niche sites did in 2009

I thought I would make a post on how one of my niche sites did in 2009.

whitetv

The site is White TV which as the name suggests is about white televisions, so a pretty niche niche if you like.

A bit of history about how the site was developed, in January 2009 I set up a design contest at Digitalpoint for the design of the site, I paid around £95 for the design and about £25 to have it coded. I would update the site with new TV’s and prices manually until Easy Content Units came along, which was like a godsend as I was getting fed up with researching and updating the site.

At this point the site wasn’t ranking very well in Google, the content wasn’t too good as I’d written it myself and I’m hopeless at writing content! A search of Google for ‘White TV’ brought up 325,000,000 results and 190,000,00 for ‘White Televisions’ so I thought I better do something about it.

Around the middle of June somebody posted on the A4u forum about content writing so I thought i’d give them a shot and I was pleased with the results so had them write content for the White TV site a few weeks later, I’m not sure exactly when it was or how much a part these changes made to the site ranking, but the site is number one in Google for most of the keywords you’d think of for this niche ‘White TV’, ‘White Televisions’, ‘White LCD TV’ etc.

So how did the site perform in 2009?
Commission for Feb – Dec 09 came in at £1135.29
Looking at where the sales went shows:
Amazon – £793.02 – 72 sales
Play.com – £119.20 – 99 sales

Play.com pay such an aweful commission rate, if those sales had gone through amazon or even anywhere else I’d have been looking at an extra £900 based on average commission figures, as frustrating as it is I always include Play.com in most sites as I think a sale is a sale and the customer may end up getting there from elsewhere anyway.

On the last update I did to the site I noticed fewer new White TV’s which is probably why i’m doing this post now, I’ve noticed a couple of other White TV sites popping up in Google now, they’ve certainly ranked page 1 quicker than I did though 🙂

A new niche site and advice wanted

Last night I set up a new niche site, Cufflink Box, it took about 2 hours to do (as you can probably tell!)

Normally when I do these kind of sites I just submit the URL to Google, Yahoo and Bing and then link to it from an older site of mine and depending on the product place an ad on Gumtree, just from doing this I’ve seen quite a few sites sit at 1 or 2 in Google quite easily and other times take an age to index, but what else should I do, what do you do?

I don’t expect this to make any decent money to be honest, I’m not sure why I did it, I get bored sometimes working on bigger sites and create a small one that doesn’t take so long to set up, I need to learn to be more patient I think!!

I set the site up for PPC just for Cufflink Boxes and not cufflinks and have already made a sale, £1.16 from John Lewis, happy with that! 🙂

An example of a niche site

To make the first blog post look less lonely I’m going to write about a niche site I made last year just before Christmas.

It didn’t make a fortune but it was some nice pocket money, the brand is in the domain name which was a bit risky but I didn’t realise about brand domains until earlier this year, now I avoid them like the plague!

The site in question is Philips Arcitec which is an electric shaver for men and I thought it would sell well being near to Christmas, girlfriends and wives buying these for their man and I was very pleased with the results from it.

I created the site in photoshop then chopped it up and saved as html, as you do, and added price comparison tables manually, which I was updating almost daily with the Amazon price changing constantly, very annoying! (Thank god for ECU!) I started promoting the site using Google adwords and then it started ranking ok and sat at number three in Google behind Philips and Amazon (I’ve just checked now at it’s currently number one, no wonder I sold one this week!) The site is now actually made using a css/xhtml template and using Easy Content Units for the price comparison, makes life a whole lot easier.

amazon earnings

So as you can see, for the period of Sept – Dec 08 the site made £534.14 not amazing but nice for just one niche site.