I guess I’m a little late to the game when it comes to Pat’s Niche Site Duel. Apparently, this was a pretty big deal amongst internet marketing bloggers last summer, as can be seen by the number of other bloggers that attempted to replicate the “duel” – and are now listed in Pat’s Niche Site Duel Hub. I only recently found Pat’s blog, as well as a whole group of other useful blogs, written by other online marketers that are much better off than myself. I, on the other hand, spent last summer playing baseball, drinking lots of beer, going to the beach, and occasionally sitting down to churn out a half-assed niche website. Only now have I really focused on creating better niche sites, and consistently blogging, and reading Pat’s blog has been a real motivational factor.
Side note: (If you aren’t familiar with who Pat is, here is a good article about him on Entrepreneur’s Journey.)
So What is the Idea Behind a Niche Site Duel?
Last August Pat was challenged to a Niche Site Duel by fellow blogger Tyrone Schum. The basic idea is that they were both going to explore the idea of making money from niche websites, so why not blog about their journey’s and cross-promote each other’s blogs at the same time. Each person would choose a niche and explain the entire process as they built their website from the ground up. They both touch on topics of keyword research, finding contents, monetization, article marketing, building backlinks, and eventually ranking high in Google – to the point that Pat is now making a nice little chunk of change each month from just this one niche site. The eventual goal is to either flip the site for big bucks once it is making consistent money or churning out multiple sites and earn a decent living – but we will save that debate for another blog post.
So that brings me to where I am at. I figured I should jump on what is left of the Niche Site Duel Bandwagon. As I mentioned above, I have some experience with “niche” websites, though I question if I have ever yet truly hit on a good niche. Some of my best performing websites are for very broad topics, so they kind of contradict the whole concept of a niche site. And on top of that, I’ve yet to really make a truly focused content driven site, complete with a full, complete backlink strategy. I settle on a handful of articles and blog comments, a few hundred visitors a month, and move on to the next website.
My new plan is to choose a niche (with some actual research behind it that lasts more than 5 mins), build some quality content, and then work on getting enough backlinks to actually push myself to the first page of Google for my chosen keywords.
Along for the ride may also be my girlfriend Jessie. She has zero experience with creating any type of website, but she is very motivated to make some money on her own and she has become excited about creating a niche website after seeing the money I make each month and from reading Pat’s blog with me. So while I create my site, the plan is to also help her become familiar with WordPress and help her design her site as she does the research and article marketing. We will have our own little niche site duel.
I’ve actually already picked my niche and bought a domain from GoDaddy – but I’d like to work on the site a bit more and then blog about it (and reveal my site) in my next post. So stay tuned for Part 2 in the coming weeks…
And if anyone would like to join me in my Niche Site Duel journey, hit me up below. If there is enough (any) interest, perhaps I can start my own little hub page and readers can follow us on our journey to fame and fortunes…