Leaving Work Behind

3 Niche Site Link Building Strategies Explored In Detail

Written by Tom Ewer on April 8, 2012. 22 Comments

3 Niche Site Link Building Strategies Explored In DetailLast week marked a big change in the approach I will be taking with my mass niche site project. It started with a decision to put my production line method on hiatus (with a reveal of the lessons I had learnt that led me to making the decision).

I then moved on to reveal that I will be experimenting with different link building strategies, in the hope of finding one solution that works effectively (which I can then scale up). Special thanks to the following guys who offered their thoughts:

Today I am going to reveal the “contenders” – those strategies that I intend to move forward with. They are not however set in stone – I am opening these strategies up to comments and criticism. I would love to get your feedback on them! If you are building niche sites yourself and experimenting with different link building strategies, perhaps the following list will be of some value.

1. Pat Jackson’s Mass Article Marketing

Cost: $16.40 per site (bulk discount)

“Mass Article Marketing” is not the name of this strategy – it doesn’t actually have a name. You can find this link building service over at the Traffic Planet forum, where it is has been available for nearly six months (edit 23rd May 2013: this service is no longer available). My sincere thanks go to Tory McBroom for introducing me to it.

Here is a breakdown of the service, in a nutshell:

  1. You provide 2x URLs and keywords
  2. A related article is written and spun
  3. The spun article is then submitted to the following services:
  4. All of the article URLs are then run through Pat’s Unique Link Indexer
  5. Finally, the articles are converted into a RSS feed and submitted through Bookmarking Demon.

In theory, this service provides a large quantity of well-indexed, low quality links across a wide variety of article submission sites.

Pat’s service has previously utilized article submission services that have subsequently been de-indexed by Google – and that may well happen again. But I think it highly unlikely that all 9 of the services listed above will be de-indexed in the near future, so I think the service is pretty safe on that front.

Article marketing is a tried and tested link building strategy (especially for niche sites), so I think that Pat’s service could work well for the low competition keywords that I am targeting.

I have just one main concern, and that is using just two anchor texts / URLs per submission. I would prefer to use say 4 in the following arrangement:

I have asked Pat if this is possible, and am awaiting his response. I will likely still use his service if the answer is no, but will be less comfortable in doing so.

2. Tory McBroom’s Stack Modulation Strategy

Cost: $12 per site (approx.)

Thanks again go to Tory McBroom for recommending this strategy to me. At its heart, it is akin to a garden-variety link wheel, but with a few differences. Most notably, it doesn’t include the use of any web 2.0 properties such as WordPress.com and Squidoo. Here is the strategy as I understand it:

  1. Sign up to 5 “do-follow” social bookmarking accounts, such as:
  2. Manually bookmark your “money site” (i.e. your niche site) with those 5 new accounts
  3. Hit those 5 links in addition to your money site with this social bookmarking Fiverr gig
  4. Hit the resultant links in addition to the 5 original social bookmarking links (but not your money site) with this comments Fiverr gig

So theoretically, your money site is hit with around 200 social bookmarking links in addition to 5 heavily backlinked high authority social bookmark links. The idea of a link building strategy revolving entirely around social bookmarks and comments is new to me, and instinctively feels like it is lacking any real “quality”. However, I do have to question the logic behind my thinking – is a social bookmark any less valuable in Google’s eyes than some low quality article link? I don’t know.

One of the best things about this strategy is its cost. The Fiver gigs come to a total of $10, and it wouldn’t take long for a VA to create the social bookmarking accounts and submit the links. I have two questions though:

  1. Which social bookmarking sites would you use?
  2. Would you create a new account for each and every site, or create just one account that you use for all of your link building?
  3. Are the particular Fiverr gigs Tory has recommended the best for the job?

3. The Link Wheel

Cost: $27.50 (approx.)

What post such as this would be complete without a link wheel strategy? A link wheel method got my very first niche site to #1 in Google back in August 2011 (for what experience has taught me is a relatively competitive keyword), so in my opinion it is definitely worth revisiting. However, I did all of the work myself and it was pretty labor-intensive – can it be effectively scaled? Here is what I have come up with:

  1. Take the primary article from your money site and spin it
  2. Create web 2.0 properties at each of the following websites:
  3. Add a spun version of your primary article in addition to some relevant images and a video
  4. Link back to your money site from each web 2.0 property with a variety of anchor texts
  5. Use a private link building service (contact me if you want to know more) to hit each web 2.0 property with a drip-feed from a mass article submission service (such as Unique Article Wizard).

I like this strategy. You get 6 links to your site that are relatively high-authority to start with, and you get plenty of link juice from the six mass article submissions. I know that web 2.0 properties of this type do not get taken down by at least the first five sites listed above (as I have previous examples that are still standing). Posterous is an unknown for me – has anyone used it successfully in a link wheel?

The main issues with this strategy are scalability and cost:

This is by far the most expensive strategy out of the three, but if it is the most effective, it would be money well spent.

What Next?

I have outlined above the three link building strategies that I plan to move ahead with in the near future. As mentioned in my previous post, I have 12 sites that I am going to be using in this link building experiment. Each strategy will be tested on 4 sites.

By the time you read this post, I may have in fact already ordered Pat Jackson’s service, but I will not have started on the other two strategies. Because before I start, I would love to know what you guys think about them. So please, be forthcoming with any questions, comments and criticisms!

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My Mass Niche Site Project – What Next?

Written by Tom Ewer on April 6, 2012. 24 Comments

My Mass Niche Site Project - What Next?It’s been over two months since I introduced my mass niche site project. And I have learnt rather a lot in those two months, as I revealed yesterday.

Here’s the situation in a nutshell – I have been spending a lot of money on unproven system. It sounds crazy – because it is – but it is easy to get carried away once you have an idea in your head. Whilst the system might work and I may have gotten a great head start if I’d carried on along the same path, on the flipside it could have gone disastrously wrong.

At the start of the year, I was in a huge rush to scale up a niche site building process. Now I am feeling far more laid back about the whole endeavor. My freelance earnings are healthy (and I am confident that I could increase them at any point if I wanted or needed to).

In January I was heading into the unknown. In April I feel under no pressure – so being patient and methodical is now the name of the game.

What Next?

The niche site business model that I originally laid out back in January is now on hiatus. I have cancelled all of my subscriptions, and my VA quit the other day, so my ongoing overheads are now non-existent. Here’s what I have right now:

I will not be touching the first 6 sites now until they are at least 90 days old. Meanwhile, the other 12 sites are going to be the subject of some experimentation.

I have found someone else who is willing to build out the 5 remaining sites on a dollar per hour basis, so I will get her to follow the instructions that I laid out for my first VA. It’s what comes next that is interesting.

Backlinking Is The Issue

I’m pretty happy with every element of my niche site building process with exception to link building. That is the one area I am unsure of. So I plan to trial three different backlinking methods across the 12 sites in an effort to discover an effective strategy that I can scale up.

I have already decided upon one backlinking strategy – an article marketing service offered by a guy called Pat Jackson. This was originally brought to my attention a while ago by Tory McBroom, and I instinctively feel that it would be an effective strategy for niche sites. I am targeting very low competition keywords, so it shouldn’t take an epic backlinking strategy to climb the rankings, and this service targets several different article networks – which means that if some get de-indexed by Google, there should still be plenty of other backlinks from other services to fill the gap.

That is of course all theoretical – which is why I am testing it to see if it works. The question is – what other strategies should I test?

That Is Where YOU Come In

I know that a lot of you guys have good experience in building niche sites. So I would like to take this opportunity to ask what strategies you use to successfully build links to your niche sites. There is just one “rule” to this experiment – the strategy must not require signing up to a specific service. It would be completely uneconomical to do so, given the relatively small scale of the experiment. So we’re talking about services like Pat Jackson’s, Fiverr gigs…or anything else your imagination can permit.

I will be sharing the results (positive or negative) of my experimentation over the coming weeks, so it could be a useful learning experience for all of us. So please, don’t be shy – reveal your link building strategy in the comments section! If you don’t have a strategy but have something else to say, you are of course welcome to comment also.

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4 Lessons Learnt From 3 Months of Niche Site Building Naivety

Written by Tom Ewer on April 6, 2012. 36 Comments

4 Lessons Learnt From 3 Months of Niche Site Building NaivetySo my virtual assistant quit yesterday morning.

She was supposed to fill in time sheets on a daily basis so that I knew how her time was being apportioned, but she hadn’t completed one since last Friday. So I sent her an email asking why. She replied telling me that she had gone out of town on holiday, and wouldn’t be doing any more work for me.

So that was a bit of smack in the chops. I also got an email yesterday from Unique Article Wizard, telling me that my first article submissions had been rejected for the following reasons:

I was surprised to receive this email, as I was following Spencer Haws’ backlinking strategy to the letter. I dropped Spencer a line to let him know what had happened, and he was equally surprised. He speculated that the problem was down to UAW tightening their quality control, and SimplyPLR producing less than stellar content more recently. I can certainly verify the second point – to be honest, even the un-spun versions of SimplyPLR’s content is pretty crap (and the spun versions are terrible).

Rather than move into damage control to take care of these problems, I actually decided to take a step back and reevaluate my niche site strategy at a macro level. My evaluation has led me to consider a completely different course of action from what I had planned.

Lessons Learnt

One thing has become resoundingly clear to me – I have gone about things in completely the wrong way. That has led to a lot of wasted time and money. I am not too concerned about that – not only do you have to spend money to make money, you also have to spend money to learn. And I have been learning plenty. Besides, there is no point crying over spilt milk – the money and time is gone forever – all I can do is try to improve my processes moving forwards.

With that said, I thought that it might be of value to pass on what I have learnt.

1. Do Everything Yourself (To Start With)

Near the end of January, I wasn’t particularly enamored with the idea of writing content and populating my niche sites. I decided that I wanted to outsource the whole shebang. Part of my logic was that I could actually make a net profit outsourcing the work and spending the time I gained doing freelance work.

Whilst that is absolutely true, I missed one key pointer – when it comes to building niche sites, you generally need to do everything yourself at least once. If you don’t have a good idea of how everything comes together, how on earth are you supposed to teach someone else to do it?

Case in point: I spent Saturday afternoon trying to prepare a tutorial video for downloading pre-spun articles and submitting them via UAW before I had even done it myself. After 3 hours, I gave up because not only was I unfamiliar with the procedure, I didn’t even know if the articles would get accepted. Stupid stupid stupid.

You need to be very comfortable with every element of the process in order to outsource it. It’s much like how the owner of a business should have at least a rudimentary understanding of what all of his employees do. Laziness and impatience will do you no favors when it comes to outsourcing work.

2. Build A Solid System, Then Outsource It

This tip is not so much about the process, but more about how you teach it.

I remember listening to an Online Income Lab podcast back at the start of the year. Trent was interviewing a chap called Matthew Newton, and he talked in detail about how he had put together the training material for his VA. He actually roped his brother into testing the system for him, and kept working on it until it was essentially foolproof.

Knowing your system is just the first step. Translating your knowledge into clear and actionable instructions is another. I would personally recommend that you prepare training material in video format, for two reasons:

  1. Written instructions and screenshots take an absolute age to put together
  2. If your VA follows your instructions carefully, there is little room for error

First write out the steps, then use a piece of software such as Screenflow (for Mac – what I use) or Camtasia (for PC) to record them. If the process is somewhat complicated, you should split it up into several videos, so that your VA can take things step by step.

3. Once You Have Outsourced, Don’t Get Lazy

Here’s a fact – everyone makes mistakes. Your VA is no exception to that rule. If you think that you can hand over your training videos and wipe your hands of the whole process, you will be in for a shock. You can of course leave your VA to his or her own devices, but they will get things wrong. It doesn’t have to be about incompetence – it can simply be about making honest mistakes.

In the first few weeks of your VA learning a new process, you should follow their progress carefully, and correct any minor errors along the way. Far better to nip mistakes in the bud than for them to turn into a habit. If major mistakes are being made, there is either something wrong with your training material, or you’ve hired the wrong person.

4. Know That Your System Works Before You Outsource It

For me, this is by far the most important point. You can get away with the others to a certain extent, but if you have simply dreamt up a system, created training material, then handed it over to your VA, you’re going to end up wasting a lot of money.

Because believe me – the system you start with will not be the system you end up with. Unless you have money to burn, it’s best that you make the majority of your mistakes on a lower budget (i.e. one where you are doing the bulk of the work).

I decided I was going to outsource before I had any of my processes down. Some of it came together quite nicely, with little financial loss (such as keyword research, content creation, and site population), but I have hemorrhaged money elsewhere (particularly in link building subscriptions that I haven’t even used) because I essentially didn’t know what I was doing.

Before you start outsourcing your process (or any particular element of it), make sure that your system works. For instance, I am very happy with my keyword research process, so I would happily outsource that (although I will probably always do the final analysis and decision making). But my link building strategy is still up in the air, so I need to keep costs low on that front, find a winning formula, then forwards with a concrete system.

In A Nutshell – Know Your System

All of the above advice boils down to one main point – you should know your niche site building system back to front before you outsource it. At that stage, you will be scaling up on a winning formula.

I mentioned at the start of this article that I have decided to take a change of direction with regards to my niche site building business model. Stay tuned, as I will be revealing my plans very soon.

I know that quite a few of you outsource at least part of your niche site building process. So please chime in with your thoughts – do you agree with what I have said above? Do you have additional recommendations? Let us know in the comments section – and thank you in advance for your input!

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3 Reasons Your Niche Site Keyword Research Strategy Is Ineffective

Written by Tom Ewer on February 27, 2012. 14 Comments

3 Reasons Your Niche Site Keyword Research Strategy Is IneffectiveI have been practicing keyword research across multiple sites for the past eight months. I have done it for niche sites, for this blog, and for my clients. Most recently, I have been doing a lot of keyword research on niche sites for my mass niche site project.

If there is one thing I have learnt in the last eight months, it is that most people who are trying to build profitable niche sites are going about keyword research in entirely the wrong fashion. As soon as you start overcomplicating the process, your effectiveness in choosing profitable keywords disintegrates.

Here’s a simple fact – finding low competition keywords, when systematized properly, is in fact a relatively straightforward process. If you want proof of that, look no further than the likes of Spencer Haws or Justin and Joe – guys who are producing niche sites on a grand scale. If keyword research is that difficult, how are they able to keep rolling out tens (or even hundreds) of sites every single month?

Picking profitable keywords is a process that I want to cover in great detail in the future. However, I am only going to do that when I have ample evidence to back up my own methods. In the meantime, I want to draw your attention to three reasons why your niche site keyword research strategy if ineffective. If you take the below points on board, your likelihood of picking profitable keywords will be greatly improved.

1. You Are Trying to Rank 1st

There are ten available spots on the first page of Google, and each spot will attract a certain percentage of clicks, depending upon numerous variables. I wrote an in-depth post on this topic over at Think Traffic, which I recommend you check out.

Let’s assume for a moment that 40% of searchers click on the 1st result, and 20% click on the 5th. You’re looking to find a keyword that will send you 1,000 exact match visitors per month. So a keyword with 2,500 exact match results for which you can rank 1st in Google will do the trick. But a keyword with 5,000 exact match results for which you can rank 5th in Google will also work.

In fact, you could argue that the second keyword is a better one to target. With the first, there is a definite theoretical ceiling of 1,000 visitors. But with the second, if you exceeded your expectations and ranked higher, you could attract up to 2,000 visitors.

Stop focusing on the 1st spot of Google – there are 10 up for grabs on the 1st page, and they can all send your website traffic.

Whilst I used to use Market Samurai for keyword research (old reliable), I now use SECockpit (hugely powerful, but buggy – I will be reviewing this tool soon). I actually use SECockpit’s method of dividing the first page of Google up onto three “sections”:

1. 1st-3rd spots
2. 4th-6th spots
3. 8th-10th spots

SECockpit calculates that each section will attract a fixed percentage of traffic. It isn’t perfect, but it is impossible to calculate the precise level of traffic you will receive from any given keyword. For my purposes, SECockpit’s estimates are good enough.

Once you have split the 1st page of Google into three parts (and taken the differences in traffic into account), you can analyze the competition in each section independently of the rest of the page. This allows you to consider keywords for which you do not expect to rank 1st in Google.

2. You Research Only One Keyword

I was guilty of this until only recently, and it is a really crazy thing to be doing. In looking to build a niche site, I would go out in search of a keyword. Once I found a keyword that I thought would do the trick, I would go about building the site.

This is wrong, wrong, wrong! No two keywords are created equal, and you want to have a considerable backlog of researched and ready keywords before you decide to build a site.

Justin and Joe of AdSense Flippers say that for every one keyword you build a site for, you should have researched 50 other potentially viable keywords. This may sound over the top to you, but the fact is, the more keywords you research, the better chance you will have of finding more profitable ones. If you only research one keyword and then build a site, you are reducing your chances of it being a success.

There is always strength in numbers, and keyword research is not an exception to that rule.

3. You Don’t Score Your Keywords

This follows directly on from my previous point. You must have a way of scoring your keywords. If you are going to research 50 keywords for every one that you decide to base a site upon, you need to know which of those 50 is the best one to target.

By no means is this an absolute science, and your scoring system is bound to evolve as you gain experience, but something is better than nothing. I personally score my sites based upon a number of variables, focusing on offsite and onsite SEO. I will probably reveal my scoring system at some point in the future, when it has been adequately proven to be effective.

In the meantime, you need something. I wouldn’t worry about getting too anal with your system to start with – just find a way of ordering your keywords, see how well your system reflects the performance of those keywords, and adjust accordingly.

Do YOU Have Any Suggestions?

I have covered above what I consider to be three vital areas of keyword research that are neglected by many niche site builders.

But there is certainly more to be said. For instance, there are various common keyword research mistakes that you must avoid.

So if you build niche sites, please feel free to reveal your tips in the comments section below! And if you think this article would be of help to your followers, please share it using the buttons below.

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My Mass Niche Site Project

Written by Tom Ewer on January 25, 2012. 62 Comments

GoalDuring my first couple of weeks out of employment (and in business), I have found myself occasionally referencing my short term progress against my monthly and quarterly goals. I have in fact set myself a reminder to check my monthly goals at the start of every week, to make sure that I am on track.

And as I said in my recent post, Let’s Make 2012 A Game Changer, flexibility is key when it comes to goals. Even though I only published my first set of goals 20 days ago (of which I was on holiday for 10), some have already become redundant or subject to change. That is to be expected from a new business finding its feet.

So with that in mind, how have January’s goals relating to niche sites been affected, and what progress have I made to date?

Any links to products on this page are not affiliate based – I do not get paid a commission if you buy any product that I recommend. If you would like to know why this is the case, check out my article: Why I Am NOT Trying To Make Money From This Blog.

Niche Site Mastery

As per my monthly goals for January, I did sign up to a niche site building course – Trent Dyrsmid’s Niche Site Mastery.

As you may be aware, I have some reservations regarding this product, as Trent barely makes any money from niche sites himself. In fact, I suspect (but cannot verify) that he is running at a considerable loss on his niche sites, as he is a huge advocate of using virtual assistants.

He made just $227 in December on AdSense sites, and I am sure that the setup costs of the sites were higher than the income produced to date. And before you mention asset value, the problem with arguing that the sites are all worth 20x their income is that the value is entirely theoretical until the sale completes.

Gravity

I voiced my concerns on Trent’s December 2011 Income Report post in as neutral and non-accusatory manner as possible (because I am not in fact accusing Trent of anything). I asked Trent to reveal how much he spent on virtual assistants to build his sites. Unfortunately, he did not do so.

Furthermore, he asserted that I had “zero risk” as his product carries a 60 day money back guarantee. That would only be the case if his whole business model wasn’t based upon using virtual assistants – which it is. In pursuing his strategy, I am very much at risk of considerable financial loss.

Unfortunately, most of the people in the comments section of the post weren’t particularly receptive (which is unsurprising, given that it is his site), and my concerns weren’t really addressed. There was in fact only one chap called Mike who spotted that I wasn’t attempting to “undermine” Trent’s credibility (as Trent put it). I think everyone else thought I was just another troll.

Anyway. I have a lot of respect for Trent as a businessman, and my instinct tells me that he is an honest guy who wouldn’t put out a product unless it worked. He claims to have a system that can set you up for niche site success, and I am going to take a leap of faith in believing him. So I signed up to Niche Site Mastery. Only time will tell whether or not his techniques result in a healthy net income.

Just in case anyone is still in any doubt – I desperately hope that his course works. Not only would that be for my benefit, I also desperately want Trent to be who I think he is, and him producing a successful product would prove that to me. On the very limited basis that I have communicated with Trent, he seems like a great guy. I really don’t intend to start a war here.

Niche Site Building

Time to get back on track. The other niche site-related goal in January was to set up 5-10 sites. That is going to be a tough call, but I will give it my best shot.

Ray Gun

With laser accuracy, I hope.

My original plan was to build little 2 page sites. I felt I could handle that kind of workload in January (along with everything else that I am doing). However, I recently read this article over at Niche Pursuits which leads me to believe that a two page strategy may not be advisable.

So I have now switched to a 5 page strategy, which of course is more involved. And that is why I am not as sure as I was at the start of the month that launching 5-10 sites will be feasible! I am aiming for 5 sites this month – I doubt I will have time to build any more than that.

Progress To Date

I don’t really have anything to tell you at this stage regarding my progress. I have already set up one site in full, have one under development, and I also have another keyword picked and ready. All things being well, I hope to complete three niche sites this week, which leaves me with just one more to build on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

I built the first site myself entirely, and started doing the same with the second site. However, I quickly realized that I simply do not have the time to do the content creation myself (and in addition to that, it is pretty boring work).

Bored

This is me after writing six articles on a topic that doesn’t interest me in the slightest.

So I have turned to Text Broker (which comes recommended by both Trent Dyrsmid and Spencer Haws) for my content creation. At around $8 per article (which would take me around 20-30 minutes to write), it really is a no-brainer.

Link building will also be outsourced. I will be experimenting on different link building strategies across the sites, to see which ones are most effective (and most economical). I currently have two strategies in mind – one  is based upon this post, and the other is simple link building via BuildMyRank (or a comparable private blog network).

Without wanting to state the obvious too overtly, all of the above costs money. I am prepared to risk a proportion of my cash reserves in pursuing this project, but as with any business, I must keep tight control over my cash flow. Which leads me to…

Cash Flow

You may have seen my quarterly cash flow projection for my business that I revealed in this post. It shows me as being relatively comfortable up until April 1st, at the least. And in fact, due to positive advancements this month, my cash flow projection is now even healthier (all will be revealed in January’s income report). A healthy cash flow allows me to set aside some money for niche site building.

At this stage, I have made some provisional projections as to how my niche site project might offer a suitable return. There are two key factors to bear in mind when making an investment such as this:

  1. When will my gross income, week by week, start exceeding my expenses?
  2. When will I break even (i.e. when will my total amount invested be equalled by my total gross income)?

In an attempt to answer those questions, I put together this spreadsheet:

Niche Site Income Projection

As you can no doubt see, there are 4 factors that affect the accuracy of this spreadsheet:

  1. The number of sites produced per week
  2. The cost of building a site
  3. The amount of time it takes a site to start generating income
  4. The average income per site

At this stage, there is only so much I can do with regards to projecting income and making investment decisions off the back of my findings. I have control over the 1st factor, and I have partial control over the 2nd factor. However, I have no control over the 3rd and 4th factors, the numbers for which are largely based on guesswork.

I have set a rather arbitrary 13 week gap between a site’s inception and its first money-generating week. It took me around 90 days to hit top spot with my first niche site back in 2011, so I am roughly following that time period.

Fingers Crossed

Yeah…I am basically crossing my fingers and hoping for the best on that front.

The income per site, per week, is based on two reference-points. The first is this post, which I use to project my gross income per site. (like Spencer, I am extremely analytical guy – in case you hadn’t noticed!). The second is an average of the projected gross income across the 4 sites I have already built or am in the process of building.

Niche Site Income Projection

This is what my income projection per site looks like (the totals are monthly figures).

You’ll note from the above that I separate the 1st page of Google into three bands. In reality, estimating the organic SERP click-through rate is a crap shoot, so I believe that separating the CTRs into three bands is a sensible compromise.

Analysis

So let’s assume for a minute that my estimates are accurate. If I build two sites a week, I will have to spend a net $3,720 (and wait until July) before I start making a weekly profit. Furthermore, I will have to wait until December before I break even on my investment. On the face of it, those figures are not pleasing, and at this stage, I am willing to invest a maximum of $1,500 on this endeavor.

If you focus on those facts alone, my plans do not look particularly promising. However, I am hoping for two possible game-changers to emerge:

  1. A higher average income per site than anticipated
  2. Early niche site sales fueling future investment

Either outcome would be extremely welcome, but I am really angling for the second one. As you can see from the income projection I showed earlier in the article, I will reach a net investment of $1,500 at the start of March. At that point, I will either need to sell one or more of my niche sites to continue funding the project, or reassess how much in startup funds I am willing to invest.

With the above in mind, I will go full steam ahead with my niche site building until March at the earliest, and hope that the additional data I gather over the next few weeks will provide me with the kind of information that can shape my long term plans. Only time will tell, and you guys will of course be the first to know!

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