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Smart Passive Income #281 – Spam?

Niche Site Spam
Niche Site Spam?

Creating niche sites seems to be like stock trading … you continuously watch the rank of your pages, get depressed when they do not change or worsen, and rejoice when they rise …

The rank of Pat’s niche site rose from #117 to #53 … Could it be that the sand box a myth???

Nevertheless, Pat learned (or better remembered) that the quality of back links is far more important than the total number

Rule #1: Create excellent content, and you will get quality back links. Motto: Build and they will come … 

To get more (?quality?) back links Pat posts articles to:

… he creates additional blogs with quality-content posts on:

For his niche site duel, he created new blogs on those sites using his keywords in the blog name. Strangely all of that blogs contain only a single entry … did he abandon his strategy later on, or does this really suffice?

… and he uses two “cheating” tools to create his content … don’t know if I like that! … he writes an article and uses the tool to “spin it” to create a new article … is this really “quality content“, or is it just spam?

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Smart Passive Income #280 – Sandbox Effect & SEO Crash

SEO Crash
SEO Crash

Last time Pat learned about the Google dance, now (September 2010) “he had to” discover the sandbox effect.

The sandbox effect describes the “unconfirmed” phenomenon of being penalized by search engines for bad SEO … e.g. link spam, buying back links, …

Pat wanted to speed up his ranking for the niche site duel, using a service which should enter his site into hundreds of web directories … he paid real money … his rank did not improve … now Pat thinks, Goggle does not like him any more 🙁

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Smart Passive Income #279 – Niche Site Duel Master Plan

Niche Site Duel Strategy

… back to Pat’s niche site duel … after one month … it seems Pat is a little bit complaining … the niche he chose is/was more competitive than the ones of his niche-site-duel opponents … and he does/did all the work himself

Nevertheless, his site now (September 9th, 2010) ranks #119 at Google, #8 at Yahoo.

His strategy did not change:

  • creating content that people find useful and helpful,
  • and content that help higher rankings in search engines. 

Concerning the first one, Pat faces the problem that he actually does/did not know anything about his niche … Here he refers to “The Curse of Knowledge” found in Made to Stick by Chip by Dan Heath. People who know everything about a certain topic sometimes find it hard to teach newcomers. Where to start? What is considered to be basic knowledge? How to reduce that amount of knowledge to a beginners level …

Pat starts at the same level – zero. Documenting the steps of his research, provides a unique point of view, which experienced teachers don’t have, but might help others starting from scratch and soon excelling, becoming experts …

To create content that helps higher ranking in search engines, Pat tries to find out what people are searching for and fits his content to address those topics and use those specific terms as keywords …

… and did you know about the Google Dance? New sites change their ranking quite drastically depending on the indexing process …

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Smart Passive Income #272 – Setting Up a Niche Site

security guard training hq
security guard training hq

Pat started setting up his niche site for his niche site duel.

He used WordPress hosted by his favorite hosting company including four plugins:

  • The All in One SEO Pack allows to optimize the site for search engines (SEO) e.g. by setting page titles, descriptions and keywords.
  • Google XML Sitemaps generates sitemaps which are provided to all “major” search engines for their indexing process.
  • Syon Policy provided templates for legal privacy policies … but is not available anymore via the WordPress repository …
  • The Google Analyticator provides an interface to Google Analytics to track what’s going on.

As theme, he used one available for free …

Concerning monetization he contacted (will contact?) the site owners of online courses for his niche whether affiliate programs are available. For now (back then) he used Google AdSense.

He did (will) write the content for his niche site himself and came up with a list of questions, concerns and topics he wanted (wants) to write about …

He also presented a new tool to investigate keyword questions, which does not seem to exist any more in 2014 …

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Smart Passive Income #270 – Changing the Niche

He was wrong :(
He was wrong 🙁

In his last post Pat found a niche for his niche site duel. Now he noticed, he was wrong

Pat chose “Cop Training” because it had lots of search queries, and not to much competition. It turned out that there is this guy named “Cop” who offers “Trainings” and those search queries where meant to find his site …

Thus Pat changed his niche site to “Security Guard Training” …

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Smart Passive Income #269 – Finding a Niche

Cop Training
Cop Training

Pat was looking for a niche for his niche site duel:

  • First he created a list of seven passions, seven problems and seven fears.
  • He narrowed them down to ten potential markets.
  • He researched keywords for those markets, to see if the are used in search queries often but have not to much competition.
  • He checked if a domain was available which matched those keywords exactly.

 … and he ended up with “Cop Training“.

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Smart Passive Income #268 – Niche Site Duel

Niche Site Duel
Niche Site Duel

Pat has been challenged to participate in a niche site duel by Tyrone Shum.

What’s a Niche Site?

A niche site is a website (or a bundle of websites) focusing on a certain topic. Providing content about that topic in combination with placing the right keywords and creating links and back links to those sites will – if you are succeed – place you on #1 of a e.g. Google search query for those keywords. (At least that’s the idea …) … and thus if you sell products using those pages or if you place affiliate links to appropriate products should create a steady stream of income for you …

The Duel

Now Pat and Tyrone will (actually did – remember those posts are from August 2010) create such niche sites from scratch to see who is more successful … The only rule they agreed on, is not to use any paid advertising to drive traffic to those sites …

While Tyrone plans (planned) to use those sites to collect emails address for a newsletter, and to use that newsletter to offer products later on, Pat will (did) try to use them directly to make money via affiliate links …

They will (did) report their steps … and Pat alone wrote about 18 posts about this duel … I will report … if you are nosy go ahead and read who has won 😉

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