So I’m half way into the second month of testing the Empire Flippers “Building a Niche Empire” e-book business model and already a lot of questions are popping up about the finer details of producing an adsense website.
I have decided that I will vary the model slightly for every 5 websites produced. The goal here will be to quickly identify any dud procedures or mistakes so I can eliminate them from my formula.
Obviously it’s going to be important that I record each variation so that I can revisit them later to measure which ones were more successful. I also realise that because I am only producing five sites per month, then my test group is very small and to get any meaningful data out of this I will need to repeat some or all of these variations again.
So with this in mind I am delivering two variations to my original formula in the next batch of sites.
1. In my first batch all the content was published as posts. This creates at least one instance of duplicate content, namely the latest post, which is displayed on the home page, and also on it’s own post page. In the next batch of sites they will all be pages.
2. The second variation will be the main content page, or home page. Instead of using the article suppliers provided I will write these articles myself and spend a bit more time creating quality, linkable content. I think a good list will be the best option here.
Although I am very dubious about using the bulk article submission process, I am going to stick with it for the second batch so I can get a better idea about how effective it is measured against a site with relatively poorly written content and a site with reasonably thoughtful content. (At least on the home page).
Update on project process so far
The first batch of sites have been live for about 30 days. Article submissions are still in progress.
All five sites have been well indexed in Google. Four out of five have all pages in the index. One has only the home page indexed.
None of the sites are receiving more than 20 visits in the last 30 days, but one is already ranking inside the top 100 for the main keyword.
Another promising sign is that Google is displaying relevant ads most of the time in all five sites.
Once the article campaigns are complete it will get interesting.
December 9, 2013 | admin
Article marketing was the big thing for quite a while in the world of SO and backlinks, but the big question now is: Is article marketing worth it?
I have come to this question as I follow the instructions in the road to building my Adsense empire. (See my first post: starting a home based business).
I have done the keyword research, written the copy (or paid for someone else to write it) and published first 5 sites. Last week I ran the first article campaign using the recommended supplier, http://www.submityourarticle.com.
But at the end of the day Is article marketing worth it?
First of all, I want to be very clear that I’m not complaining about the service. For $2 they submitted on article to about 80 article directories. The problem was that for the cheaper price, it only goes out to the cheap seats. Meaning, all of the directories it went out to were Page Rank n/a or 0. (mostly n/a). So I got a whole bunch of duplicated backlinks on a lot of very poorly rated domains. I am wondering if it did more harm than good.
Submit Your Article offers a membership service where the coverage looks better and allows unlimited article submissions. They submit to the big 7 article directories that do carry some decent page rank, but the cost for this is $49 USD per month. Unfortunately with the size of my venture, (5 sites per month) I can’t see it being worth it at this stage especially considering that I am not sure if article marketing is actually going to deliver the results I want.
So how and I going to find out the answer to the question? Is article marketing worth it?
Well, I think for the first 5 sites I am going to stick to the formula, and for the next 5 (the December batch) I am going to create my own formula. What’s that you ask?
Well I think guest blogging looks like a much better option. It allows me to get high quality backlinks from relevant articles and I hope I will be able to do it, but I will get back to you on this in the next couple of posts.
Stay tuned to find out: Is Article Marketing Worth it!!!?
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December 4, 2013 | admin
At the beginning of this blog I told you that I was gong to take a shot at building an Adsense website empire as per the Empireflippers.com “Building a Niche Site Empire” e-book.
I started about a month ago, with the intention of building 20 sites per month. I have revised my goal back to 5 sites per month, which has drastically reduced my projected income, but has also made the entire project a little more realistic.
In short, the plan is to build small websites focused on Long Tail Keywords that are easy to obtain top 3 position Google rankings, and then make money through Adsense.
Where am I up to?
The update on the progress of this project is as follows.
Month 1 – November.
- 5 keyword niches researched and discovered
- All domains purchased
- WordPress installed
- Longtail and secondary keyword research complete
- Content written as per ebook instructions
- All content installed
- All sites running the Intellitheme WordPress theme.
Once all this is done, the plan is to sit back for a few weeks before running a small article marketing campaign. That is the next step in this project for this batch of little micro sites. In the mean time, I will research the next 5 websites and get them developed through December.
Project income update
- Intellitheme: $97 USD
- Article writing – Secondary: $45.50 USD
- Article writing – Primary : $40.77 USD
- Domain purchases: $45 USD
- Software – Longtail pro: $97 USD
- Software license (first month): $17 USD
So the total investment so far is $342.27
I am a bit concerned that my decision to only build 5 sites per month is going to make it pretty hard for me to get the profit level above the expense curve,… I.e. given that I am only expecting somewhere between $5 and $20 per month per site, it might take too long to become profitable.
My per site set up expense looks like about $26 per site, not including software, and after that I’ll be paying about $1 per site per month for the domains.
I guess time will tell if it works out on paper.
One thing I really should say about this project is that it has been a fantastic learning curve. Although I haven’t specifically learnt anything “new”… I have learnt to look at a lot of things in a different way and in a bit more detail in some places than I have before. As the guys in Empire Flippers say in one of their posts, this business model for many people is a launch pad for other ideas. For me, this is certainly true. I am using the new ideas and skills that I have picked up on all my other projects, and developing new ideas as a direct result of following the instructions from Empire Flippers.
I’ll need to send them a case of beer at some point in the near future.
November 29, 2013 | admin