Niche Site Duel 2.0

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I’ve posted before that one of the blogs I read is Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income.

A bit ago, Pat participated in a contest to build a niche site and get in ranking well in Google. His site has done pretty well and is pulling in over $2,000 per month in income.

Pat has now launched Niche Site Duel 2.0. Since the original duel, conditions have changed, so he wants to see if it can still be done. Others can also participate, and I’ve decided that I’m going to join. I would like to build up a successful niche site.

Although I’ve signed up, I haven’t as yet decided on a niche, nor have I done any keyword research as yet. Keyword research isn’t something I have a great deal of experience with as yet, although I have recently been posting some articles based on it on Bubblews. I find coming up with seed keywords to be tricky. Coming up with an entire niche theme to build a site around is a bit of a new one.

I’m currently working my way through the various posts on the blog relating to the Duel, and the next one to read, or rather, listen and watch, is based on keyword research, including seed keywords. I would prefer if the video was accompanied by a transcript though, as I find reading a much easier way of learning things than videos.

I already have LongTailPro (bought with my Bubblews income), which Pat is using for keyword research and am managing reasonably well with it. I think I’ll set up a Bluehost hosting account for the new site; I currently have two other hosts – one is almost at its limit and I am less than impressed with Hostgator so far because of problems with customer service and the fact that it often runs sluggishly.

Now I need to finish reading the blog posts and start researching a niche. Finding something to write about is easy; finding something you can make money doing is harder. Then there’s what software to use to set up the site. Custom would be a good option, but also far too expensive to start with. Instead, I may consider WordPress or Content Management Systems such as Drupal or Joomla. All of these have lots of extras available, and a good base of people who can do custom work.

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