About a week or so ago, I decided to start my journey into Internet Marketing by signing up to a free online program called The Challenge, I’m sure many of you have heard of it. It is based on modules that allow you to move at your own pace (well, sort of). I learned A LOT through their videos and I also downloaded the software they used called Market Samurai.
After hours (literally, hours) of brainstorming and writing down ideas on a piece of paper, I found a micro-niche of interest to me, but that still wasn't enough. I still had to make sure it was profitable. That was the hardest part for me. I mean, to find something that I would find interesting to write about, with the potential of bringing me money AND which hadn’t been thought of by other people? (Competitors) That sounded impossible. But I did it. At least, I think I did.
According to Market Samurai, the micro-niche I chose should earn me over $200 if I get ranked first on Google. It has been a week, I took some days off from watching the Challenge videos due to a busy schedule, but I continued to add content to my site. I’m currently on the very top of the SECOND page of Google for the phrase I chose. That isn’t too bad in my opinion. I’m receiving about 5 to 11 views a day. Only earned about $0.05 this whole week. I’ve submitted articles with links to my site to directories such as E-zine articles and Squidoo. So far, it has helped a little but not as much as I hoped. I guess I just have to continue to dump more content into these and other directories in order to make my website “stronger”.
I have followed the Challenge criteria to the letter. I have kept the number of competitors low and focused on a higher phrase-to-broad keyword ratio. So far so good. I think?
I guess I should describe how I’m monetizing my website. Without delving to deep into the micro-niche or my exact domain name, I will try to explain. My site contains health-related content and centers on medicine and lifestyle improvement. It is aimed specifically to those who have lost their gallbladder for whatever reason (gallstones, cancer, etc). I have six text-based adsense squares positioned strategically over, below and at the sides of my main content. Inside the content, there are ads to products related to the gallbladder on Amazon.com. They are all linked to my Amazon affiliate and Adsense accounts.
So far, four people have clicked amazon ads, but none of them have purchased anything. =/
I have written about 6-7 articles on my site. I plan to write another one today. They are filled with keywords that I got from Google’s very own keyword tool. I’ve also made entire posts based on the keywords that my organic traffic searched for to find my website. If they searched for those words, I guess others could too?
Like I said, I’m fairly new at all this and I just want to know if I’m doing this correctly or not. I’d love to hear suggestions on what I could improve or change. Anything I’m not doing? Or that I may have missed?