My First Niche Site: Update #5 – The Power Of Targeted Traffic
This is Part #5 of a series. A list of all the other updates can be found at the bottom of this post.
Please note that Modeling For Kids is no longer an active site. If you’d like to know why I shut down the site and started up a new one, click here.
Hello all! You may have noticed that my niche site updates come somewhat sporadically. This is because I only write updates when I feel I have an important lesson that I can teach, or am able to report an uptick in rankings.
Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I am here to teach you what I think is a very important lesson. The bad news is that I have little to report in terms of a ranking improvement!
My Niche Site’s Key Statistics
- Site online: 80 days
- Total Visits in last 14 days: 633 (45 per day)
- Google ranking for my primary key phrase: #9
- Gross income generated: £8.76 ($14.19)
Taken out of context, some of these figures look very positive. For instance, the visits per day has shot up by well over 100%. However, the Google ranking is still #9, and the increase in income generation is extremely modest. So what is the story behind the numbers?
Thylane Loubry Blondeau
Thylane Loubry Bloundeau is a French child model, who recently featured on the front cover of French Vogue.
Her spread has attracted an enormous amount of (largely negative) publicity due to the sexual nature of the photos.
Until last Saturday evening, I had never even heard of Thylane (I admit it – I don’t keep up to date with fashion news!). I was contacted via email by the BBC on Saturday, asking for my reaction to her controversial spread. Being the opportunistic chap that I am, I quickly read up on the story, gave the lady at the BBC a call and gave her my two cents. I was hoping for a link from the BBC website, which would have of course been a huge coup. Unfortunately, the BBC representative never followed up the story with me.
However, I noticed that the story was getting an enormous amount of coverage, so I decided to write an article on the subject. Little did I know the relatively huge impact this would have on my traffic.
Within a couple of days of the article being published, traffic on my niche site exploded. Monday brought an above-average 40 unique visitors. Tuesday brought 113. Then Wednesday brought a remarkable 230 visitors!
So it is clear that I capitalised on a hot topic. However, this whole venture was of no real benefit to me, apart from serving to reinforce an important lesson.
It’s Not Just About The Numbers…
Traffic is all well and good, but there are various different types. Some traffic is highly valuable, and some offers little to no value whatsoever. It just so turns out that the huge uptick in traffic my niche site has experienced is the completely useless type.
The fact is, the vast majority of people who have been visiting my niche site over the last few days have little to no interest in child modeling whatsoever. And that means a few things:
- They are not going to explore my site
- They are not going to give me their email address
- They are not going to click on my targeted ads
Or, to put it more concisely – I offer them no value whatsoever beyond the article. It’s like a vegan walking into a butchers – no sale to be had there.
How do I know this? Two reasons:
It is clear from the above metrics that the vast majority of visitors are not people I am looking to attract. For the most part, they want to see photographs – Modeling For Kids is an authority site, not a media site. When the visitors hit my site, they are more often than not bouncing straight back off.
People who aren’t looking for child modeling advice are not going to want to hang around on my site, and they are not going to be interested in clicking on my targeted ads. My site is of limited value to them, and they are of no value to me.
The site briefly flirted with 7th position in Google before returning to 9th position, which is encouraging. What comes as a very pleasant surprise is that it has been gifted a Page Rank of 4! This comes as quite a surprise, given that the site is still very young. Many people try for months or years to obtain such a PR. Unfortunately, the increase in PR doesn’t seem to have had a positive effect on the rankings.
I am starting a fresh backlinking strategy starting today. I am aware that many of you would like to know what my strategies have been, but I am hesitant to reveal them until I have reached the #1 spot in Google. Once I have acheived my goal, I promise you that I will be revealing all!
Read The Whole Series
- Update #1 – One Month In
- Update #2 – Metrics And Keyword Analysis
- Update #3 – Failure! Failure?
- Update #4 – The Power Of The Long Tail
- Update #5 – The Power Of Targeted Traffic
- Update #6 – We’re Number One!
- Update #7 – Disaster Strikes
- Update #8 – Phoenix From The Flames
- Update #9 – A Fresh Approach