Creating a 1 article blog

by svri
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I have a solid niche which covers a decent amount of monthly traffic. I am thinking of buying some hosting, setting up WP and posting a single article containing ~1000 words with an affiliate product.

Does this work? Or would I have to continually add more content to the website?

Note that the niche is something someone would Google only once or twice in their lives.

Also when buying the hosting, do you buy for the whole year or a few months? Because it might be demotivating buying, for example, a month. Once the month is up you still haven't made much and you aren't really motivated to buy more. So initially, do you guys buy year hosting?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Where to begin...

    I don't think your model is sound but who knows. "Something someone would Google only once or twice in their lives" but "covers a decent amount of traffic..." Ugh. What does that mean?

    A single 1000-word article isn't enough. A sales page might be. It's never easy to comment on someone's plan without knowing the market...

    The only way to figure is to find out if anyone else is making money with this niche. If so, you can too. But I don't think you can do it with a one-article blog.

    As for hosting, you can get monthly, yearly or eternity if you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author svri
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      Where to begin...

      I don't think your model is sound but who knows. "Something someone would Google only once or twice in their lives" but "covers a decent amount of traffic..." Ugh. What does that mean?

      A single 1000-word article isn't enough. A sales page might be. It's never easy to comment on someone's plan without knowing the market...

      The only way to figure is to find out if anyone else is making money with this niche. If so, you can too. But I don't think you can do it with a one-article blog.

      As for hosting, you can get monthly, yearly or eternity if you want.
      Groom Wedding Speech

      I mean this kind of website. The owner got it to rank first for 'groom wedding speech' and includes an affiliate product within the blog. The term has about 20,000 monthly global searches. The blog was last updated back in 2009 too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ofthingsmanmade
        Originally Posted by svri View Post

        Groom Wedding Speech

        I mean this kind of website. The owner got it to rank first for 'groom wedding speech' and includes an affiliate product within the blog. The term has about 20,000 monthly global searches. The blog was last updated back in 2009 too.
        I'm going to assume the owner had a massively successful backlinking/social-media campaign to achieve this, but it is always good to look for examples for ideas and motivation. I wish you luck.
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        • Profile picture of the author BamIPD
          Nothing says I love you like buying a speech to give on your wedding day!
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        • Profile picture of the author svri
          Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

          Where to begin...

          I don't think your model is sound but who knows. "Something someone would Google only once or twice in their lives" but "covers a decent amount of traffic..." Ugh. What does that mean?

          A single 1000-word article isn't enough. A sales page might be. It's never easy to comment on someone's plan without knowing the market...

          The only way to figure is to find out if anyone else is making money with this niche. If so, you can too. But I don't think you can do it with a one-article blog.

          As for hosting, you can get monthly, yearly or eternity if you want.
          Originally Posted by Ofthingsmanmade View Post

          I'm going to assume the owner had a massively successful backlinking/social-media campaign to achieve this, but it is always good to look for examples for ideas and motivation. I wish you luck.
          With the use of appropriate keywords, good domain and low competition, would back links and social media campaigns really be necessary?
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          • Profile picture of the author Ofthingsmanmade
            Originally Posted by svri View Post

            With the use of appropriate keywords, good domain and low competition, would back links and social media campaigns really be necessary?
            If you had low competition, maybe. Weddings seems as though it would be a pretty large, and highly competitive market. Depends on your focus within the niche. But backlinking is an important aspect to all SEO efforts, and social media regarding wedding buzz is huge. I'm engaged atm and my fiance lives on sites like facebook and pinterst.
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      • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
        Originally Posted by svri View Post

        Groom Wedding Speech

        I mean this kind of website. The owner got it to rank first for 'groom wedding speech' and includes an affiliate product within the blog. The term has about 20,000 monthly global searches. The blog was last updated back in 2009 too.
        Okay. I believe this is a healthy market but your plan isn't going to maximize its potential. I'm going to give you my standard answer. Put up an excellent blog and build a community around it. There are dozens of ways to attract visitors. "Weddings" is a massive market with all kinds of interest and activity.

        As Alexa mentioned, you can get started with Adsense or any other legit ad platform.

        And yes, social media would be a jackpot of traffic if you approached it right.
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        • Profile picture of the author svri
          Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

          Okay. I believe this is a healthy market but your plan isn't going to maximize its potential. I'm going to give you my standard answer. Put up an excellent blog and build a community around it. There are dozens of ways to attract visitors. "Weddings" is a massive market with all kinds of interest and activity.

          As Alexa mentioned, you can get started with Adsense or any other legit ad platform.

          And yes, social media would be a jackpot of traffic if you approached it right.
          I thought a good different approach was making several websites with unique niches (like the website I showed above). Sure, I might not make as much as I would if I updated it constantly, but it would become a solid autopilot income.

          Take the groom wedding speeches website as an example. Who would come to a blog to hear more about groom wedding speeches? It's something someone will Google once, twice or maybe three times (bad luck with previous two wives). I'm sure thousands of grooms are visiting that blog on a monthly basis. Not having touched the website since 2009 he is probably still making a decent amount of money.
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          • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
            Originally Posted by svri View Post

            I thought a good different approach was making several websites with unique niches (like the website I showed above). Sure, I might not make as much as I would if I updated it constantly, but it would become a solid autopilot income.

            Take the groom wedding speeches website as an example. Who would come to a blog to hear more about groom wedding speeches? It's something someone will Google once, twice or maybe three times (bad luck with previous two wives). I'm sure thousands of grooms are visiting that blog on a monthly basis. Not having touched the website since 2009 he is probably still making a decent amount of money.
            You have a point. But here's how I see it. Weddings is a massive ongoing market. You can mess with keywords and backlinks all you want but the way to kickstart this thing is by networking with people in the wedding market and get them to send you traffic while you do the same. Speeches is an nice little niche within that market but to get any real interest from wedding marketers you're going to have to have an impressive site, something they'll be comfortable networking with.

            If you promote yourself properly on FB, Twitter, etc., you can become the go-to guy for wedding speeches. Don't forget, it's not just the groom needing something clever to say. There's the best man, the maid of honor and perhaps others in the wedding party. You could create a "speech guide" for each one with some generic (and easily tailored) speeches along with tips on how to create your own speeches.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bisturi
        Originally Posted by svri View Post

        Groom Wedding Speech

        I mean this kind of website. The owner got it to rank first for 'groom wedding speech' and includes an affiliate product within the blog. The term has about 20,000 monthly global searches. The blog was last updated back in 2009 too.
        Just have a quick look at the backlinks. The site is being linked from cloaked pages and some of them have already being taken down for infringing some Clickbank ToS. I have checked from different proxies and the site is not on page 1, anyway; not a surprise considering cloaked links are fairly easy to be detected by big ol' might G. You are probably checking the SERP while logged in to Google + or haven't cleared your cache.

        I don't understand why you would use that website as an example.
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      • Profile picture of the author deebee23
        Originally Posted by svri View Post

        Groom Wedding Speech

        I mean this kind of website. The owner got it to rank first for 'groom wedding speech' and includes an affiliate product within the blog. The term has about 20,000 monthly global searches. The blog was last updated back in 2009 too.
        That is a google sniper site
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  • Profile picture of the author Ofthingsmanmade
    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    I have a solid niche which covers a decent amount of monthly traffic. I am thinking of buying some hosting, setting up WP and posting a single article containing ~1000 words with an affiliate product.

    Does this work? Or would I have to continually add more content to the website?

    Note that the niche is something someone would Google only once or twice in their lives.

    Also when buying the hosting, do you buy for the whole year or a few months? Because it might be demotivating buying, for example, a month. Once the month is up you still haven't made much and you aren't really motivated to buy more. So initially, do you guys buy year hosting?

    Thanks
    From my understanding, consistent content allows for consistent traffic. If you never have any new content, you're looking at only getting new visitors as returning visitors would have, well... no reason to return. In that case you need tons of unique traffic, and if it's something that no one searches, that would be hard to achieve. Maybe if you found a market where your niche likes to hang out you could pitch it to them through comment backlinking or something. Other than that, I'm not really sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    Does this work?
    What do you mean by "work"?

    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    Or would I have to continually add more content to the website?
    It depends on what purpose you want the content to serve.

    It also depends on your traffic-generation plan. (You appreciate that what's mentioned above isn't a traffic-generation plan? But then neither is adding content regularly necessarily going to serve that purpose. Putting content just on your own site isn't normally a traffic-attracting proposition, really. All it can ever bring you is a little bit of eventual search-engine traffic. And if that's really what you're after, an AdWords ad might be a much better and much faster way to get it? Just a thought.)

    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    Also when buying the hosting, do you buy for the whole year or a few months?
    Most leading hosting companies allow you to pay monthly, but it's common to get a healthy discount if you pay for the year.

    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    Because it might be demotivating buying, for example, a month.
    Demotivating to yourself, do you mean? I think this depends on your outlook. Once I'd got started and earned something, I've always bought hosting by the year, myself, just because it's cheaper that way ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ofthingsmanmade
    It also depends on your traffic-generation plan. (You appreciate that what's mentioned above isn't a traffic-generation plan? But then neither is adding content regularly necessarily going to serve that purpose, either. Putting content just on your own site isn't normally a traffic-attracting proposition, really. All it can ever bring you is a little bit of eventual search-engine traffic. And if that's really what you're after, an AdWords ad might be a much better and much faster way to get it? Just a thought.)
    Well said. Keep in mind, one page of constant content will only appeal to new visitors. If you're looking for repeat content, you'll need new content. However, I assume you're going for a one-time sales pitch approach anyway. Generating consistent new traffic is tough, but doable if you find the right pocket of potential customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    Originally Posted by svri View Post

    I have a solid niche which covers a decent amount of monthly traffic. I am thinking of buying some hosting, setting up WP and posting a single article containing ~1000 words with an affiliate product.

    Does this work? Or would I have to continually add more content to the website?
    You would have to target a single keyword with low competition, make a damn good blog post, and build a crapton of links to it.

    But yes, if you're willing to do this, it might be possible to rank high for a single keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author online only
    To OP: I have a site that has 5 indexed pages. The website itself has approx 3000 words of content.

    It's ranked 1st for the keyword that gets 39k+ exact local searches per month

    It has 200 contextual backlinks.

    and it's an affiliate site.

    So it's doable, for sure. However, it's extremely hard to rank the site unless it's providing value or useful information. People just wont link to you if you are selling some product. And you can't do any outreaching with a single salespage.

    You: "Hey, would you link to my clickbank super abs review site?"
    Me: "Nope"

    .. and if you are planning to create crappy backlinks or using some softwares then... oh well, then you should forget the whole idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Since you seem determined to plow ahead down this path, here's some technical advice...

      Screw Wordpress.

      For a single-page site that will never grow or change, go to a site like www.oswd.org and find a plain html template you like. Add your content and upload it to your hosting account.

      It will be faster loading, more secure and require virtually no maintenance.

      If you go the WP route, be prepared to keep updating the platform and updating/replacing plugins as new security concerns pop up. And don't let anyone hand any bullshit about "Google loves Wordpress."

      Even if that were true once upon a time, which I doubt, it isn't true now. Too many garbage blogs with one page and no serious content put up by marketers looking for "autopilot" income.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        SVRI,

        It sounds to me like your business plan idea is to spend as little time on one site as possible, get it up online in a good niche selling an affiliate product, then move on to the next new little site. Create as many of these as you can and even though each one makes one sale a month, all of them together will provide a 6-figure income!

        If this is your plan, it has been tried over and over and over again with mostly disastrous results.

        First of all, unless you're buying traffic to each site your little empire will typically sit there and gather nothing but dust. Getting a bunch of sites ranked for good search engine results takes a lot more than this: "posting a single article containing ~1000 words with an affiliate product."

        I can almost guarantee that after your 15th or 20th mini-site (as some have called them) is posted online and no income, you will be totally bored and a raving maniac screaming "why did I ever start this in the first place!"

        Believe me, you would be much better served by finding a good niche (it doesn't have to be great), building a quality sales site, and spending the time you would otherwise spend in creating websites to create original content in the niche and focus on marketing your one site and product.

        Think about it . . .
        • What's easier to build, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to brand, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to maintain, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to drive traffic to, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to get back linked, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to grow a buyer list with, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to add original content to, one web site or 100?
        • What's easier to build as an asset you can sell, one web site or 100?

        Don't reinvent failure. Your IM life is too short. Others have plowed this barren ground many times before without success.

        Good luck to you,

        Steve
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        • Profile picture of the author svri
          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          SVRI,

          It sounds to me like your business plan idea is to spend as little time on one site as possible, get it up online in a good niche selling an affiliate product, then move on to the next new little site. Create as many of these as you can and even though each one makes one sale a month, all of them together will provide a 6-figure income!

          If this is your plan, it has been tried over and over and over again with mostly disastrous results.

          First of all, unless you're buying traffic to each site your little empire will typically sit there and gather nothing but dust. Getting a bunch of sites ranked for good search engine results takes a lot more than this: "posting a single article containing ~1000 words with an affiliate product."

          I can almost guarantee that after your 15th or 20th mini-site (as some have called them) is posted online and no income, you will be totally bored and a raving maniac screaming "why did I ever start this in the first place!"

          Believe me, you would be much better served by finding a good niche (it doesn't have to be great), building a quality sales site, and spending the time you would otherwise spend in creating websites to create original content in the niche and focus on marketing your one site and product.

          Think about it . . .
          • What's easier to build, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to brand, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to maintain, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to drive traffic to, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to get back linked, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to grow a buyer list with, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to add original content to, one web site or 100?
          • What's easier to build as an asset you can sell, one web site or 100?

          Don't reinvent failure. Your IM life is too short. Others have plowed this barren ground many times before without success.

          Good luck to you,

          Steve
          Thanks for the reply. I assumed if your niche is original enough with very low competition then you would rocket through the rankings up to #1. An example of what I mean would be Groom Wedding Speech

          Simply Google 'groom wedding speech' and there it is, #1.

          If my niche is original enough, is there any chance, to sky rocket through the rankings and be able to get a decent traffic from the one-time searches?

          For example, a groom would only Google for a speech once. The niche I have in mind is similar to this.

          So is there any chance of success? Like the guy's blog I posted above?

          Thanks.
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          • Profile picture of the author mungoyonty
            I just googled 'Groom Wedding Speech' and found the website you mentioned at the very bottom of page 20.

            Also, just because a groom might only make one speech in his life, doesn't mean he'll only google the term once.

            He'll probably spend weeks, or even months, researching and looking for help, so in this example it would still be beneficial to build a list.

            In fact, a list can still be used even for other, seemingly short term problems/markets.

            Even if you only follow-up a few times over a short space of time - a few days or a week - you can still see an increase in overall sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author robbiestone
    If you are looking to rank the site on Google, then you will need more content than one page. The latest side of things now is Google looking at sites to be an authority in their niche.

    Affiliate links aren't a problem on a site with superb content, but one page won't do half as much as posting regular content even if its a high quality guide per 2-4 weeks.

    Remember to, if you are link building people will be more likely to link to you with a range of high quality guides/articles

    Robbie
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  • Regarding Traffic: As mentioned above, its of no use just posting 1000 word article and keep it yourself!.. Just with that single article, convert it to video and submit to all videos,, like that convert your article to pdf, doc, audio etc. and submit to top respective sites.. in this way, your single article may have chance to get good traffic..





    Good Luck!
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