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Introducing Niche Desire Webinar Series.
In this webinar, I have shown LIVE how I do niche and keyword research for my own sites that make me over 10k$/month.
I started Niche Desire with the aim of sharing my success stories, ongoing projects as case studies so that my readers could follow along and create their own successful niche sites.
Today I am back with an interesting case study on how I ranked a brand new niche site for an 11 Million monthly search volume term in just a couple of months.
I’m sure many of you might be wondering is it even possible to rank a new site so quickly for such a huge volume term?
Believe me, it is possible.
And you need not worry. I will be sharing the exact step by step process I followed in ranking this site and how you can do it too.
Before we jump into the exact process, let me give you some details of the niche site.
I won’t be sharing the URL or the niche for obvious reasons but I won’t hold back anything else. I would even mention the sources from where I outsource my link building and other tasks.
So, this site is in the App downloads niche and has huge monthly search volume. As you can see in the above image, the primary keyword gets a monthly search volume of over 11 million while the secondary keywords also receive around seven hundred thousand monthly searches.
Here are the current rankings of the site.
The CPC for this keyword was a bit on the lower side but the mammoth search volume made up for that.
Although, upon ranking, I’m receiving an average CPC of $0.15 which is way better than what was mentioned by the tools.
In this post, I will be basically sharing the off page strategies I used to rank this site. If you would like to know more about how I do on-page SEO for my niche sites, Backlinko has an awesome guide.
Before we jump in, I would like to debunk a few myths that are being circulated in the SEO world.
I am sure everyone and their dog has read numerous times that EMDs and PMDs don’t work anymore.
How about I tell you that it’s a complete lie?
The niche site we are talking about is a PMD (Partial Match Domain) and it created NO issues in ranking. Absolutely none.
Income Bully has some interesting stuff to say on this topic.
Another very interesting myth I’m sure everyone would have come across is that non-TLDs don’t rank well.
Yet another lie.
This site has a .download extension.
Although, Google has recently clarified that they ignore the keywords in the TLD portion of domain names, having your keyword in the domain extension part still works (as you can see in my example).
So, here is the exact method that I repeat for almost all of my niche sites. In fact, I follow the same order as well.
Social links are the very first links that I build to my niche site.
I get my VA to set up the Facebook page, Twitter handle, Pinterest and other social media profiles for my niche site as soon as the site is ready.
It makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
What is the first place a business owner would go to after creating his website? Social Media platforms, right?
So, it’s very NATURAL for a site to receive its first links from a social media platform rather than from any other source.
It doesn’t matter if the social links are Nofollow or Dofollow (generally Dofollow. We are building them only to get some trust in the eyes of Google and not for link juice.
Once I have the social links built, I go ahead and order a press release .
Press releases are good because of two reasons.
Second, they help in creating a well-diversified link profile.
The main issue with press releases is that they are hard to index. I have tried several Press release services and the majority of them failed to index more than 30% links.
However, the index rate of the press release I am currently using is better than the other ones. About 50-60% of the links get indexed in Google automatically without me trying to index them.
Once the press release is done, I start sending some social signals to the site.
Social signals help in justifying the amount of links the site has suddenly received through press release.
I usually order the 300 signals package from PBNButler and select 10-15 days drip feed option.
The next thing I do is I build some niche relevant blog comments and forum links.
But I make sure these links are not spammed ones. In fact, I prefer only Nofollow links when it comes to blog comments and forum links.
What these links do is they help in establishing a topical relevance of the niche site in Google’s eyes.
Now that the site is ready and has the base links built up, it’s time to send the real link juice and rank it.
Before anyone of you asks, let me tell you PBNs still work. And they work amazingly provided your PBNs are of high quality and not spammed ones.
In the initial weeks, I send like a couple of pbn links a week. Then after a few weeks, I speed things up to 5-6 pbn links per week.
One very important thing to note here is that you must mix up the anchor text while linking from your PBNs in order to be safe. I usually start with branded and naked links and then gradually move towards target anchors.
Having your own PBN Network is good only if you have lots of money sites. If you only have a handful of sites, then instead of setting up your PBNs and spending a lot of money on managing it, I would recommend you to buy one off links from high-quality PBN Networks.
I have recently started offering permanent links from my HQ PBN Links Network called Links Desire. These links are not only super high quality but very cheap at the same time. A strong permanent homepage PBN link costs as low as $12. Check it out here!!
Guest posts are a really good way to secure high quality links on real blogs. Not only they provide link juice, they drive lots of referral traffic as well.
However, it is easier said than done.
Securing links from high authority sites through guest posting isn’t a child’s play. It requires serious efforts, awesome content, and a lot of PATIENCE.
Also, securing guest post links is even more difficult when the niche is a bit absurd like mine. Running a guest post campaign for a site based in downloads niche is pretty difficult and that’s why I decided to stay clear of them for this project.
So, these were the exact steps that I took to rank a brand new niche site for an eleven million monthly search volume term in less than a couple of months.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below. I would love to answer them. 🙂
One of the questions that I have been receiving lately from my readers is how do I find a profitable niche for building Adsense based sites.
Thus, I have decided to share the exact method I use, along with examples, making it easier for you as a reader to go out and find those killing niches.
For those of you who haven’t read the introduction post yet, let me show you how much money can be made with adsense niche sites.
I am generating $10k+/month and the majority (70%) of my income come from adsense based niche sites.
And I am not alone who’s making it huge with Adsense. Chris Lee from Rankxl also makes a killing income through Adsense niche sites.
So, what am gonna teach you is something I have personally tried and succeeded in.
Before jumping in, you need to understand the basic mindset difference while researching for niches and keywords for an Adsense based site and an affiliate site.
An Adsense site usually requires lots of traffic to generate passive income. You get paid when the reader clicks on the ads being displayed on your site.
More Visitors= More Clicks= More Earnings
So, the basic mindset difference is that you need to find keywords having high monthly search volumes for Adsense sites.
With high, I mean keywords that are having a monthly search volume of over 30k.
If you don’t find a single keyword with that search volume, you can go with multiple related keywords having combined monthly search volume of 30k+.On the other hand, affiliate sites usually need less traffic for making a decent income as the visitors are highly targeted and often ready to buy.
Usually, the affiliate products being promoted give a fair share of the earnings back to the affiliates(sometimes even 100%) making the earning per visitor a lot higher.
Amazon niche sites are usually the easiest to build but are highly profitable. Here is a 7 Step Process to build Amazon Niche sites with little efforts.
I am sure while reading the last paragraph; you would have thought, “If Affiliate niche sites require less traffic to make money, why should I go for Adsense sites? Why not opt for Affiliate sites?”
That’s a valid question.
If I can make the same money (if not more) by having fewer visitors, why do I still prefer Adsense based sites?
Well, there are many reasons for that.
As per my experience, adsense niches are usually easier to rank as compared to affiliate niches.
I have personally seen throat cutting competition for affiliate keywords while I haven’t experienced anything such with adsense sites.
However, it all boils down to how you do keyword research. If you devote enough time and energy to finding the right keywords with the right methodology (which I’ll be sharing), you can succeed in both adsense and affiliate sites.
One of the things that make adsense niche sites stand out is that you don’t have to take any tension of converting the readers to buyers.
All you have to do is to bring the visitor to the page and leave the rest to Google.
They will target the user and show them ads relevant to their interest.
While with affiliate sites, your content must convert the reader into a buyer. Your content should be compelling enough to help the user go over the line and buy the product.
I’m not saying that you can get away with low-quality content for adsense sites. Your content should always be good no matter it’s an Adsense site or an affiliate site.
All I am saying is that with adsense sites, you just need to provide the best information about that topic. You don’t need to convert the reader into a buyer. Thus, you can freely mention everything related to that topic including its cons. Your duty is to provide the best possible information on that subject and leave the rest to the reader.
It’s a misconception that adsense sites have a low RPM. Like always, I would say, it all depends on the kind of keywords you target.
Sites are making huge pile of cash solely through adsense and have better RPM than the majority of the affiliate sites out there. I, myself have a site that gives an RPM of $250.
It’s all about right keyword research guys.
Spencer has an interesting take on the Adsense v/s Amazon Affiliate debate. Be sure to check it out.
Now that I have already mentioned a couple of times about perfect niche research, you must be wondering what exactly I call a good niche?
What do I look for while deciding whether or not to enter the niche?
Well, no more guesses. THIS is what I look for in a winner niche.
Just keep these six points in mind while doing niche research and am sure you will find a good one in no time.
Now that you know what a winner niche looks like, the next step is to know how to find such niches.
When I was a newbie, just like you, I was clueless about how to get started. Numerous guides were showcasing various methods, none of which seemed easy for someone like me who’s just starting out.
That’s why I have made sure all the stuff mentioned in the guide is completely actionable. No fluff, no bull shit.
Before we jump in, there are a few simple yet crucial advices that I would like to give to you.
If you ever want to be successful in SEO, never hesitate to invest in your knowledge and useful tools.
That’s a lesson I learned the hard way and didn’t want you to suffer because of that.
Second, ALWAYS treat SEO as a business. Never treat it as secondary stuff. Invest the way you would do in a REAL business, think like a real business person, act like a TRUE business person. Period.
Okay, back to the topic now.
For an effective niche research, we will be using some free as well as paid tools.
Here is a list of all the tools we will be using.
Long Tail Platinum is one of my absolute favorites. If you are into niche site building or planning to jump in, LTP is an essential tool to have in your arsenal.
LTP makes finding profitable keywords lot easier. All you need to do is to enter some broad keywords and leave the rest on LTP.
One of the best features of LTP is its KC score (Keyword Competitiveness). The KC score gives you a quick idea of how competitive the keyword is. Any score below 30 is usually easy, 30-40 is moderate, and anything above 40 is tough.
LTP makes finding good niches a piece of cake. Go ahead and try out Long Tail Platinum for 10 days just for $1
Google Keyword Planner is one of the best free tools for Internet Marketers out there.
Actually, most of the other keyword research tools pull the data from Google Keyword Planner.
If there’s one tool every Internet Marketer should be well aware of, it is Google Keyword Planner.
Since it’s a Google product, the data it shows comes directly from Google’s database. And the best part is that it’s completely free.
Here is an awesome guide by one of my favorites, Brian Dean on how you can use Google Keyword Planner more effectively for keyword research.
Semrush is the backbone of a niche site builders like me. I just wonder how difficult would niche site creation be without SEMRUSH.
What SEMRUSH does is it allows you to enter your competitor’s site, and it instantly shows you all the keywords your competitors are ranking for.
Before even starting your site, you will have a list of all the keywords you need to target.
Crazy, isn’t it?
I would strongly recommend you to subscribe to SEMRUSH if you are serious about making money through niche sites.
Am sure you would be thinking “I am not making money yet, how do I invest in these tools?”
But as I said, you need to think, act and invest like you would on a real business.
If you can’t, the hard truth is, either it will take you a very long time to achieve what you could in a matter of months or you would never reach that stage, EVER.
Harsh but true.
So, stop being paranoid. Get up and take ACTION.
So, first of all, we will find a winner niche and then we will look for all the possible keywords within that niche.
The key here is that instead of looking for a broad niche, we have to find a sub-niche within a very broad niche.
For example, Health is a very broad niche. So, what we will do is we will look for its sub niches such as Home remedies. I hope you got the point.
So, how do we find sub niches?
The easiest and the most effective way is to open the Wikipedia page for that topic and browse through the content table.
Almost everything mentioned there is a sub-niche. 😉
Let’s take an example. Suppose you are interested in creating a site on baseball.
Now, search for baseball wiki on google and open the Wikipedia page. Here take a glance at the Tablet of contents.
Each one of the red marked items is a potential sub-niche.
Now, this is where the real game starts. We throw each one of them in Long Tail Pro and click on Find keywords button.
What Long Tail Pro would do is it will fetch all sorts of related keywords to that sub-niche. It will present you with a list of thousands of keywords which could empower your niche site.
But the main reason why I love LTP is yet to come.
Imagine how tough would it be to look at the competitiveness of each and every keyword manually. It would take days for you to go through the list once and even then you would leave lots of potential keywords on the table.
That’s where LTP’s Keyword Competitiveness (KC) score comes into play. With just a click of the button, you can calculate KC score of all the keywords and thus you will be able to know just by a glance if the niche is profitable. Go ahead and try out Long Tail Platinum for just $1
I’ll get back to competition analysis later in the article but before that let’s see some other ways to find sub-niches.
WikiHow is one of the best websites out there. It has all sorts of guides and tutorials spanning across almost all of the niches.
An awesome way to find sub-niches ideas is to browse through the WikiHow category of your main niche.
For instance, if you open WikiHow Education and Communications category, on the right side you will see a huge list of sub-niches.
These are all potential sub-niches waiting to be explored and monetized.
The next method to find awesome sub-niches is by digging into the forums of your broad niche.
Let’s take basketball as an example.
We go ahead and google for baseball forums. You can use the following strings to find forums related to any niche.
Once you have found a good forum, browse through the forum and see how it is divided into multiple sections. Usually, each of these sections is often a sub-niche.
Another way to get sub-niche ideas is to look for subreddits of your main niche.
Here are the subreddits of education niche.
As you can see, there are many potential sub-niche ideas here.
Note: This method might not be that effective in some niches. Try the other ways in such niches.
I am assuming by following the above methods, you have found at least one sub-niche. So, let’s move to the next step now.
Now that you have your sub-niche decided, the next step is to find lots of keywords for your niche site.
We will be using a combination of Semrush and Long Tail Pro for this purpose.
Our aim is to find some high volume keywords through Semrush, plug them into Long Tail Pro to find lots of low competition keywords.
Log into SEMRUSH and type your sub-niche topic in the search box and select Phrase overview.
I am taking “Essay” as our sub-niche to show you how it’s done.
Now sort the result in descending order of search volume.
Copy all the keywords having search volume greater than 3k to a text file and move to the next step.
Launch Long Tail Platinum and create a new project. You can name the project anything you want but make sure the name reflects your project so that you can recognize it later on.
Select the country you are looking to target. I usually go with the United States as they have arguably the best CPC.
On the next screen, you will be asked to enter seed keywords. Copy the first ten keywords from the text file and enter it in the seed keywords field. (LTP allows adding up to 10 seed keywords per project)
Finally, click on Generate Keywords button and let LTP do its work.
Once LTP finishes processing, you will be presented with a huge list of keywords. Here, we need to apply some filters in order to find the profitable keywords.
Apply the following filters:
Suggested Bid > $2 (Enter the amount in your local currency)
Local Searches > 1000
After applying the filters, click on the orange exclamation type mark under Avg Keyword Competitiveness. What that button does is it fetches the KC score of all the keywords at once.
Let LTP fetch the KC of the keywords.
Once it’s done, in the Avg KC tab, put 35 KC score as the max.
Now, you will have a list of keywords having KC less than equal to 35. As per my experience, the majority of these keywords are good enough to create a niche site.
Now that we have a huge list of keywords to choose from, we will do a thorough competition analysis to choose the best possible keyword for your niche site.
LTP comes in handy here as well. It allows you to do a quick competition analysis just by clicking on the keyword.
Following are the criteria for a good keyword:
The above criteria will help you eliminate lots of bad keywords from the list.
For a detailed analysis, I switch to Kwfinder.
Log in to KwFinder and enter the keyword.
Kwfinder fetches in almost all the details you would like to analyze in a keyword. DA, PA, Linking root domains, Social Shares (FB, Google+) etc. It also shows Google search trend graph for the keyword.
I believe that manual analysis of competitors is a must before entering any niche. One should never depend solely on the analysis done by tools.
Although, they are generally accurate, there are occasions when their analysis doesn’t reflect the actual toughness of the keywords.
For manual analysis, I prefer Ahrefs over other tools because of it’s better indexing capacity. Matthew Woodward did a detailed comparison of Ahrefs and Majestic and Ahrefs turned out to be the winner.
Go through the link profile of top 10 results for your keyword and see the kind of links they have. Again, keep in mind if thy have tons of authority links, stay clear of that keyword.
Here is a good guide on how you can copy your competitor backlinks and outrank them.
Once you have found a good keyword, the next step would be to copy all the other keywords that your competitors are ranking for.
My friend Iftekhar calls it the Sweat Steel Technique.
Trust me, it’s the best way to get some really nice set of keywords that you would have missed out otherwise.
I follow the same strategy on all of my niche sites including the Niche Desire Case Study site.
What you have to do is to spy your competitors sites one by one with the help of SEMRUSH.
Just put in their site in SEMRUSH and apply the following filters:
Suggested Bid > $2
Local Searches > 1000
Applying these filters will give you a list of some really nice keywords. The next step would be to enter them in LTP and check their KC score.
Basically, you have to rinse and repeat Step 2 to Step 4 every time you find a new keyword to check whether it’s worth it or not.
So, this is how I find winner Adsense niches and profitable keywords. This is the exact process I repeat every time I build a new niche site and I can say with assurance that this process WORKS.
In the next guide, I will be showing how exactly I rank my niche sites. Again, that would be a huge one where I will reveal my off page strategy and show you how you can build links. So, make sure you are subscribed to Niche Desire.
I would love to know how you like this guide. Drop in a comment below and let me know. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 🙂
Signing Off until the next one!!
As promised in the introduction post, here I am with the very first Niche Site case study on Niche Desire.
I’ll be calling it NDCS (Niche Desire Case Study) to save some keystrokes. 😉
So, what exactly is this case study and how will you be benefitted as a reader?
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In this case study, I’ll be sharing the journey of a niche site that I had started 3 weeks back. Basically, it will be a log of how I rank my niche sites. I’ll share every step that is taken to get the site on top of Google.
If you’re serious about making a living online, get up and start a niche site right now. Follow NDCS updates and apply those strategies on your niche site.
By the end of 6th or 7th month, you’ll have a winner site making you a decent figure every month on autopilot.
First things first. I won’t be sharing the exact niche and URL of my site.
Sorry, there are too many copycats out there.
However, everything else will be shared on Niche Desire.
When I say everything, I mean it.
I’ll be mentioning even the smallest things I do for the site.
I’ll tell you the exact services and gigs I order for my sites.
I won’t be holding anything back. There will be no secrets, nothing that isn’t 100% actionable.
The niche I am targeting with this site has a huge potential. There are tons of related keywords with a decent search volume.
Here is the screenshot of the search volume of keywords I’ll be targeting along with the KC score. Highlighted one will be the primary keyword.
If you are unfamiliar with keyword and niche research, don’t worry. I’ll be getting up an awesome niche research guide in a couple of days which will help you to find low competition niches and keywords.
This niche basically solves a particular household related problem. Thus, it has a huge scope when it comes to monetization.
There are tons of products related to that problem. So, I can either opt for Amazon affiliate program or affiliate programs of different vendors. Many vendors have their own E-commerce stores and offer affiliate programs.
The keywords have got a really nice CPC, so I’ll be using Adsense as well.
Overall, the niche has got huge potential and can make nice bucks once it starts ranking.
The very first thing I did was to register a brand new domain. I made sure the domain name clearly reflected the niche and is brandable at the same time.
Many of you might be wondering why I didn’t go with an expired domain?
As per my experience, creating money site on an expired domain is more of a hit or miss these days. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Moreover, finding an expired domain related to that niche was a bit difficult too.
Once I had the domain registered, I went ahead and bought the hosting package from Interserver. Interserver’s hosting is very reliable, has a good uptime and isn’t very costly.
After installing WordPress, the very first thing I did was to get a logo designed. Having a professional logo helps in developing trust in the eyes of the reader and I recommend it to everyone starting out a site.
When it comes to selecting a theme for my niche site, Rehub is my absolute favorite.
It is one of the best themes out there. Looks stunning, is easier to setup, mobile friendly and makes reading a lot easier.
I use it on all my niche sites.
For niche site, I order 2k words of content for the homepage and around 10 unique posts of 500 words each.
That makes it 7k words to begin with.
I have hired a couple of in-house writers for producing awesome content.
I start with publishing the Homepage content and a couple of posts at the time of launch and spread rest of the posts through a duration of 2-3 weeks.
Currently, the site has 9 posts live along with the homepage. 6500 words in total.
Once, the content is live, I go ahead and order a press release.
Press release gets you link from different sources and helps in creating a diversified link profile.
I have tried several Press release services in the past but the one that stood out was this.
The vendor submitted my press release to tons of high-quality sites which in return gave me some nice brandable links.
One thing to note here is that I always use naked URL or branded anchor text for Press release. I never use exact match anchor text. Rather, I save them for high-quality links such as guest posts, PBNs etc.
The index rate of the press release service I mentioned is better than any other service. About 50-60% of the links got indexed in Google automatically without me trying to index them.
Along with press release, I order the 200 social signal package from PBN Butler.
This is done to mimic the hype around the creation of your niche site which in turns helps in reducing the sandbox length.
Sandbox is for REAL. I experience it with almost all of my niche site.
Here is a good guide from Matt Diggity on how you can time your backlinks to reduce sandbox length.
Currently, the site is fully indexed and has already started to rank for some long tail keywords.
Here is its ranking for primary keywords.
I’ll be updating the case study every week and will mention every action that is taken for the site.
If you would like to be informed about the NDCS update and want it to be delivered straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe to Niche Desire.
What do you feel about NDCS? Have any suggestions? I’m all ears. 🙂
If you have any questions, comment below or write to me directly.
My name is Sarvesh Shrivastava, an 18-year-old Blogger and an about to be Engineer. I am based in India and have been earning a decent figure online since a year now.
Unlike other entrepreneurs, I am not making a living out of my online ventures at the moment. Although I certainly can, with a $10k+ figure a month but I have decided to focus on my studies as I have no plans of dropping out of the college 😉
I am based in a small town in India where I suppose hardly anyone knows it is possible to make money online. Not even my parents until I shown them my first $124 that I made through an Adsense niche site.
Thanks to my parents, I got a computer and an Internet connection very early in my life (when I was in the 4th standard).
Though, it was 2-3 years later when I discovered it was possible to make money online.
Blogging seemed to be the way everyone was making money at that time. After reading numerous guides, I finally created my first ever Blogspot blog.
Didn’t go with a custom domain as convincing my parents to invest money on a domain seemed impossible for an 11-year-old me.
What followed was writing 200-300 words articles on a daily basis on the site. No, I wasn’t aware of keyword research, building backlinks and all. All I though what was if I keep writing content, the traffic will come automatically.
And that actually happened to a small extent. About 6 months later, the site did start making some money through Adsense. However, it took me 3-4 months to cross the $100 threshold.
With my first $124, I presented small gifts to my mom, dad and sister and actually proved that I wasn’t wasting time online. 🙂
However, shortly after that, I had to take a break of two years due to my studies and it was only in the last year that I got the chance to restart my online ventures.
It has been a roller coaster ride since then. I have managed to launch around 7-8 sites, of which 2 became really successful, a couple are on their way and a few didn’t turn out the way I wanted.
At the moment, I am easily collecting over $10k a month with my niche sites. I have attached the screenshot of my Adsense earnings of last 30 days. Rest income is from Amazon affiliate program.
To be honest, I had no intentions of starting Niche Desire until a couple of days back.
It was the thought of having a site where I can I can write about my ongoing projects, my ambitions, struck me and led to the creation of Niche Desire.
At Niche Desire, I’ll be sharing my success stories, failures, the projects on which I am working along with tons of case studies.
What you won’t find here are boring beaten to death topics covered on almost any other SEO blog.
Whatever I’ll share here will be completely based on my personal experience and it will be 100% actionable. No bullshit guides. Nothing.
So, make sure you subscribe to Niche Desire in order to get awesome case studies delivered right to your inbox.
If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to comment below or write to me directly. I’ll get back to them asap.