How I Built A Niche Site That Ranked #1 in Google and Made $93.32 in 38 days

How I Built A Niche Site That Ranked #1 in Google and Made $93.32 in 38 daysAs I’ve promised in the last update, I will be revealing my entire process to build my 2nd niche site from scratch in today’s post as a case study so that you guys may learn something valuable and apply the tips to your own businesses.

Some of the tasks that I did are basically the same so you may want to read some of my previous posts.

I will not replicate what I’ve written so be sure to check out those posts before reading ahead if you are new to this blog.

Updated: August 20th, 2013

Let’s recap some important things about my niche website project:

  • I invested $170 in my 1st niche site. Unfortunately, it was a failure.
  • I learned that keyword research is the most important thing. If you have a solid keyword, everything else after that will be a breeze.
  • My second lesson was not to invest too much money on one site in the first place. You have to test the water before throwing your money in any particular site.
  • Build your site slowly and be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  • Be careful with High PR backlinks. They are powerful, but you have to use them properly. (I will have a detailed post about this).

Ok. That’s enough. Let’s talk about my new niche website.

Site Detail

  • Domain:
  • Purchase date: March 17th 2013
  • Total invest: $170.17
  • Earning so far: $93.93
  • Profit/Loss: – 76.24
  • Traffic: Average 40-50 visits per day. Mostly through the main keyword.

Updated on August 20th 2013: This site has made over $2k5 in 5 month period. Check the screenshot:

Earning update

Update on October 1st, 2013: I sold this site on Flippa for $10,000. Check out the listing here!


Keyword  Research

As you may know, my keyword researching part is mainly conducted by Long Tail Pro – a premium keyword research tool that was created by Spencer Haws at It’s fast, easy to use and powerful. (check out my Long Tail Pro Review)

I love the KC calculator module that helps me quickly analyze the competitiveness of a particular keyword. As Spencer has claimed, any keyword which has KC under 35 is easy to rank.

At the first place, I didn’t believe that, but after some testing, I found that the calculator is quite accurate and reliable, but you shouldn’t rely on that completely, be aware to analyze other factors as well. For detailed information, read my 3000-word tutorial about keyword research here.

My usual steps to do keyword research with Long Tail Pro are to collect a list of seed keywords, enter 5 keywords at a time to LTP, set the filters, click “Generate”, wait for LTP to pull the data and analyze the competition one by one.

For this niche website, I did little bit differently. I used LTP only to check the difficulty. So How did I find keywords? The cool thing is that I found the main keyword manually using Google Adword Keyword Tool.

I learned this method in one training video about Pillaging Amazon For High End Niches inside Forever Affiliate, which is an affiliate training course that I highly recommend you to join because of its high quality. The owner Andrew Hansen is one of just a few internet marketers I trust whose products are of high quality.

If you are serious and would like to make a living online, check out the Forever Affiliate course here. (affiliate link)

Basically the idea is to look at the category section of Amazon and use the category names as seed keywords. Also look for the most popular product in that category and use Google Adword Keyword Tool to analyze the stats (search volume, trend, cpc, etc) and then use Long Tail Pro to check the KC and competition.

Setting Up The Site

The process to set up this site is basically the same as written in this post. I got the domain name for $6.17 via Namecheap with the coupon code: buythedomain and hosted the site on my shared hosting at Hostgator. I’m considering to make a switch soon as I want to separate Cloud Living Journey with my other niche sites on different hosting accounts to minimize the risk of getting hacked.

As the main keyword is in the same format as Spencer’s public niche site, I decided to reverse engineer his survival knife sites, so I went ahead and purchased the Niche Website Themes.

Here is a list of the plugins I used:

  • WordPress SEO
  • Digg Digg
  • Easy WP SEO
  • Related Posts via Categories
  • TablePress
  • Visual Website Optimizer (Optional): I’ve installed it recently to split testing on improving click through rate.

Here’s the quick look of my site (I used Photoshop to create the header):

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 9.22.21 AM

For more information about setting up niche website, click here.

Content Strategy

The most common question that people often ask is : What Niche Site Model Should I Choose? Mini Site or Authority Site?

Honestly, That’s not a good question. The better one is: With Which Niche Site Model Should I Start? 

There is a big misconception here: Authority site is not a website that contains lots of content. In fact, the authority of the site could only be gained after a period of time. A new website that was created 1-2 months ago cannot be seen as an authority in the eyes of Google even if it has 100 pages of content.

By the way, adding 100 articles on one site in the first place is not a good strategy in my honest opinion because you will waste your money if the site don’t perform well.

So, my best recommendation is : Start any site with mini site model (5 – 10 articles) to test the water and scale up to the authority site model if the site performs well.

By doing so, you will keep your investment minimal on a few sites for testing purpose and only invest more on the winners. That’s a great strategy for any kind of business.

For my niche site, I added about 11 articles at the beginning. As the site is doing very well, I will keep adding 1 article per 2 days this month to develop the authority and gain more traffic from long tail keywords.

I prefer to use static homepage, but you can use sticky post on the homepage as well. I don’t see any difference. I added 1500 words on the homepage along with a comparison table featuring top 5 adjustable dumbbells. Other articles were 500 word long.

I outsourced the article creation to my Filipinos writer who has been working with me for over 2 years. He delivers very good work at an affordable price. Here are some places you can visit to find some good content creation services:

One lesson I learned when talking to a friend Vlad from Amz Super Sniper Blog to boost the click through rate is to include 3-4 call to actions in the articles. This works very well! Just make sure your CTAs are eye-catching and compelling. I’m not an expert at this so here are some resources I gathered for you:

A good CTA will skyrocket your CTR, and higher CTR means higher earning so be willing to spend some time learning to write a good CTA.

Ranking and SEO

Most people get confused at this (include myself). They don’t know how to rank a site, what backlinking tools to use, how many links are enough, etc. When it comes to SEO, there are unlimited questions to be asked.  I was struggled at SEO for a long time, so I know the feeling.

The truth is: You don’t need that many links to rank a site targeting an easy-to-rank keyword. Forget all the complicated SEO tools and systems or secret methods. Focus on your keyword research and you will save lots of time and efforts doing SEO.

This is a proven way to make money with niche sites. My niche website ranked at #3 in Google after 14 days without any backlinks at all. Yes. #3 WITHOUT ANY BACKLINK. That’s cool, right?

Actually right now I’m delegating all my SEO to the high quality services at Black Hat World to make my life easier, but I’m also slowly building out my blog networks to take full control on my link building in the future. I will write more on that later. If you want to build links yourself, here are some good articles to read:

Not only my site got #3 ranking on its main keyword (best adjustable dumbbells), I also noticed that it ranked #34 for a second phrase term that has lots more searches (9900 per month), which was a very good sign that I had chosen the right niche with fewer competitors (maybe the niche will be much more competitive after I publish this post :P).

I went ahead and purchased a backlink package from this amazing service which got amazing reviews from real BHW members. If you decide to purchase, be sure to use the coupon CLOUDLIVINGJOURNEY in the order form to get 15% discount.

After about 10 days using this service, here are my rankings:

ranking 1
Best Adjustable Dumbbells – 1000 searches per month
Adjustable Dumbbells
Adjustable Dumbbells – 9900 searches per month

I’m now at #1 for best adjustable dumbbells (1000 searches per month) and #8 for adjustable dumbbells (9900 searches per month). Here is a timeline of some major movements in Google since I created my site:

  • March 14th, 2013 – Keyword Research Done.
  • March 15th, 2013 – Content outsourced.
  • March 17th, 2013 – Domain purchased.
  • March 18th, 2013 – Content added to the site. 5 articles at first, 6 articles scheduled to be published in 6 days.
  • March 22th, 2013 – First Ranking #14 in Google (wow)
  • March 30th, 2013 – 7 (position in Google)
  • April 2nd, 2013 – 103 (dancing) – First Sale – 2 items ordered
  • April 3rd, 2013 – 10 – Second Sale – 3 items ordered – Total $71.60 in commission in 2 days 😀
  • April 7th, 2013 – 5 (still without any backlink)
  • April 13th, 2013 – 3 (without links)
  • April 14th, 2013 – SEO Package Ordered
  • April 18th, 2013 – 2 (campaign is on progress)
  • April 22th, 2013 – 1 (AWESOME !!!! )

That’s what happened in the last month. 🙂

According to Ahrefs, My niche site now has 301 backlinks across 81 referring domains. The result is great, but I have a concern that whether my site will be affected or penalized in the future or not because of too many links in the first month.

The seller who is a very reputed member at BHW claimed that there is nothing to worry about so let’s see how my site performs in the next couple of months. I will keep building links so hopefully my site will be alright.

Earnings So Far

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 10.47.17 AM
$93.32 In 25 days… I still have 2 items not shipped yet.

This is my first site to be monetized with Amazon, so that’s great for me :). I was so excited when the commission rate increased from 4% to 6% when I sold 7+ items. I was lucky at the first days of April that I got a whopping 350% conversion rate, but the rate decreased quickly and now it is just 4.64% :(.

My Plan To Take The Site To The Next Level

The stats above shows that everything I did was right, and this site is clearly a winner hehe. Now I have few options:

  • Sell the site for $2,000 on Flippa as I did with my previous blog (sold for $3,500)
  • Scale up the site by adding more articles and turning it into an authority site.
  • Leave the site alone and build more sites while enjoying the passive income.

My decision?

Of course, I won’t sell the site for just $2,000. It has huge potential to become a 4 or 5 figure business, and then I can sell the site for much higher amount if I want to. Here is my plan:

  • Change the theme and test some variations to have a higher click through rate.
  • Optimize existing article and tweak the content to have more search engine traffic.
  • Add new articles regularly based on my long tail keyword research.
  • Promote other related products. People who are interested in dumbbells maybe interested in fitness and health as well so that I can promote fitness and workout product.
  • Build a list. I’m considering because it may decreases my Amazon earnings.
  • Create my own product. Maybe an ebook or training program on how to make the most of adjustable dumbbells.
  • And a lot more ideas…

Your Thoughts

Do you build niche sites? If yes, How about your site’s performance? Do you have any tip to scale up a well-performed niche site? I’m willing to listen to your advices or recommendations on how to improve the earning of my niche site as I’m still new and there are a lot for me to learn. If you have anything to share, do let me know by leaving a comment. That would be great!

If you want to build a niche site, but don’t know how or haven’t started yet, I hope this case study will motivate you and give you a clearer look at the process of building one. You will never know if you don’t take action, even if you fail at first that would be 100 times greater than doing nothing. Take action now and you will succeed!

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of

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  • Great work!

    I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer:

    1. you mentioned outsourcing articles, when you do this, what average cost per article do you suggest so as not to over spend as you warned.

    2. you mentioned selling on flippa. I know you probably won’t be doing that because of the potential, but if you do, do you change all the amazon affiliate codes, and will you have to do this one by one?

    • 1. I pay over $1 per 100 words
      2. I will use Pretty Link lite to track the URL now. so when I sell the site, the process to change the affiliate link would be very easy

      • If you don’t mind my asking, where did you find the writers at that cost?

        I noticed the links you placed, the average cost per article/words is higher.

          • Another place you could use is They are a bit more expensive mind you, but you can get the work hella fast.

            There are tons of options out there for you to check out.

            Great post Tung.

            I look forward to how you recovered from the drop. My Niche site that was ranking number 3 recently dropped as well, which has been annoying. It happens I guess.

      • This is pretty hilarious. I recently saw your listing on flippa for the above website and thought wow, that’s some quick money. So I made a similar niche website. I checked out your back link structure, and arrived at this post. As I was building the site I was thinking the whole time, how did this guy do it and get ranked so fastttt!?!?!

        I’m relatively new to building websites, and typically spend along time with content and what not, that by the time it’s all said and done, I’m not in the mood for back linking. Which is probably stupid.

        Thanks for post, and giving me some assurance that not all websites are complete overnight successes. The people on flippa who monetize a website so quick and flip it… it can be a bit depressing for the rest of us.

        Just had to leave a comment because this was too much of a coincidence. Sorry if I revived an oldddd post. You can check out the site in the signature. Not expecting any 1 on 1 treatment but if anything stands out as good/bad let me know!!

    • Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum
      it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
      I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.

      Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

  • Hello,

    Congrats Tung.

    I am also learning the Rigors of building niche sites.

    I started my first site on around first week of March, means it’s 45 days old.

    I did one thing differently. I choose 2 primary keywords (wanted a backup keyword and was ready to build links to both because writing is my passion so building links won’t be that hard I suppose).

    1) 4400 Exact monthly searches, $5+CPC
    2) 6000 Exact monthly searches, $6+CPC

    I am ranked on 5th page (45th position)and 4th page (31 position) respectively. That means I selected higher competition keywords, obviously. (Fair for newbie? I think YES).

    Higher CPC also suggest higher competition I suppose.

    I am not disappointed at all. I am ready to put hard yards on this site to get to first page for both these keywords.

    I already have 15 articles, and planning to post 10 more in next couple of weeks.

    Most amazing thing, my bounce rate is only 18.40% and avg, time spent is 3 minutes 45 seconds. So I think people are connecting to my contents. Though I only have 5-10 UVs from search engines daily.

    But this is what I learned from my experience till now:

    1) If you are just starting out, go for lower exact searches. Around 2000-3000 Local exact searches. This is to have lower competition.
    2) You must, must, must learn evaluating SEO competition from Spencer and Pat (Niche site duel) of SmartPassiveIncome to choose keyword with low competition.
    3) Never underestimate power of great content. For me, great content is something that satisfy your audience, nothing to do with fancy writing I think. Graphics to support your information is very important.
    4) Linkbuilding is easier part. So, focus on keyword research, competition analysis and quality contents before even thinking about backlinks.
    5) Never underestimate yourself and what you are doing. Best part is that you are doing something progressive. Doing is more essential than just learning. You learn by doing, not do by learning.

    Hope this helps newbies like me.

    Thanks for everything on this blog.

    Priyank, Your Indian Friend.

  • Amazing Article, buddy. Just one thing to say about this article:”Best guide for niche site ever”, I will follow what you shared in this post to build my own niche site. Thanks.

  • Pretty cool Tung,
    I ‘m very happy for your stat so far, it shows that making creating a successful niche site is not that hard once you’ve got the necessary tools.

    I’m still watching mine for now, though have not been giving it much attention lately.

    I will also follow the tips you gave me last night.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • i am also on the road of building my own niche site, your article is very useful for newbies like me. In the next time, i will use a part of your strategies to my site

  • Great stuff Tung!

    3 questions

    1) How long did it take you to find a KW using LTP?
    2) Are you using LTP Platinum?
    3) Do you think you would have done better with an AdSense as opposed to an Amazon Affiliate site for this particular keyword?


    BTW, I’m glad you tweeted this, I follow you on twitter and I would have not known were it not for Twitter.

    • 1) I usually spend around 30 minutes to research on LTP and found many keywords to target 🙂
      2) Yes
      3) I dont know 🙂 I haven’t got a change to register an adsense account. But I may try it soon

      Thanks for your questions!

  • Excellent work!

    Of your total investment of $170.17, how much did you spend on articles and how much did you spend on the link building service?

    It would be nice to see a breakdown. This will be a great guide as how not to spend too much on building the niche site.

  • Hi Tung,

    #BOOM!!!! Excellent job, mate. This post puts it all in perspective for me.

    I am curious about your idea of flipping these sites for fast cash. Will you ‘sit’ on them and generate more traffic and earnings before selling them or will you be listing them for sale based on ‘potential’?

    If you are going to hold on to them for a while, how long will that be? I take it you have experience with flipping sites, so do you feel proven sites sell better than new sites?

    Thanks for this transparency.


    • Hi Ollie,

      I will continue to grow this site for 2 – 3 months before selling. Potential doesn’t sell well in Flippa :).

      We can sell the website for 15- 20 times of monthly earning so for every one dollar increase in earning I can get 20 dollas more when selling :D.


  • Hi Tung,
    I first saw your comments on Spencer’s blog and followed the link till here.
    I just wanted to say that you and Spencer are guys that I’ll have to follow from now on, anyway am happy for your success.

  • WOW! You are killing it!

    I am impressed man, ranking #1 that quickly for such a great keyword.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with the link velocity – with so many links at the site will it cause any problems that fewer links will be going to it over time?

    You got a couple backlinks that are great especially the it2… is that an expired domain you bought or was that part of the link building package you purchased?

    Best of luck continuing to build the site!

    • I think my site will be alright if i keep building link at that rate. We will see in a couple of months.

      Yes the it2.. is a part of my private blog network :D. I won it from Godaddy Auntion. Building a blog network is the best way to take control of our tier 1 backlinks and it’s quite a powerful method.

      Thank Jon for being here. I’m so happy that people like my post


  • Hi Tung! Great article! I have also been following Spencer’s niche website project since day one.

    I am currently working on my first website for the purpose of getting approved for Google AdSense. I have been following Spencer’s guidelines in his article on how to get approved. I hope to start making niche sites using Amazon affiliates as well as Google AdSense to compare the earnings.

    I am considering purchasing the ‘easy WP SEO’ plug in. Do you think is worth it? Is it worth $37? My website that I’m trying to get approved is not ranking in the top 500 of Google although I feel like I did pretty good keyword research using longtail Pro. I’m guessing my on page SEO is over optimized or that I am getting penalized for having an EMD?

    keep up the good work! I love to see people that are just starting out see results. It gives me hope 🙂

    • I use Easy WP SEO on all my sites but it’s quite old. You should get this instead

      The EMD has nothing to do with penalization. Try building some links to your website through social bookmarking and blog comment. If it doesn’t rank, perhaps you’ve chosen a not so easy keyword

      Never give up buddy )

      • Thanks for the reply! Are you thinking about switching over to seopressor? Is easy WP seo outdated?

        I have been doing blog commenting over the last few weeks. I am actually ranking in the twenties on yahoo and bing but I’m not in the top 500 of google says LTP. With a 28KC and only 1300 local results.

        It’s very frustrating since I have hand written almost 20 articles and the site has been live for just over 6 weeks 🙁 I will keep on trying tho!

  • Nice Tung, I won’t type your name wrongly again 🙂

    Do you think monetizing with CPA is a good idea?

    I’ve some niche sites which are performing well with Adsense but I don’t want to put my eggs in 1 basket. In addition, I can’t use Amazon for monetization because of my country.

    Do you think outsourcing a 1,500 words article for $30 is reasonable or way too expensive?

    Anyways, you are doing great at your public project. And, good luck for your future performance!

    Greeting, LA!

  • Hey Tung,

    Regarding related content and products…

    Question: What’s the first thing we know about someone who buys adjustable dumbbells?

    Answer: They like to work out at home!

    So I think a great idea for related content and products would be to focus on home workout keywords and products. Maybe a series of short video clips demonstrating how to do a full-body workout at home using adjustable dumbbells? An ebook on that same idea would work great too, either as an opt-in incentive or a stand alone product…maybe even just as a free ebook offered in your sidebar or something.

    People with home gyms may also be interested in cardio equipment, workout bands (elastic), kettlebells, and workout videos (the only people who buy workout videos are people who work out at home, right?).

    I haven’t visited your dumbbell site yet, so I apologize if you’re already using these ideas on there.

    Anyways, good luck =)

  • Well done Tung! I’m really looking forward to following along with your journey. I’d say you’re doing pretty damn well for just starting out.

    I’m very new to niche sites and I’m planning on giving one of these a shot so bear with me if I sound a little stupid here.

    Here’s my question…

    I found a kw that has the following monthly searches: 6,600 broad and 1,300 exact. I checked out the competition and it seems as I shouldn’t have an issue making the first page of Google if I plan accordingly.

    There are a variety of these products being sold on Amazon but the problem is that they’re all priced around the $10-$20 range.

    This could be a good and a bad thing The good thing is that it’s a VERY affordable product therefore people won’t have an issue dropping $20 on something even if they never use it but then again, I would need to hope to get a ton of sales to really make any money. Does quantity ever come into play? As in, you hope to sell a ton of these items and other items as well versus trying to promote an expensive product like adjustable dumbbells?

    Do you think it’s worth it to create a site around a product that is on the cheap end? Especially in comparison to your product which sells for $200-300.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Yes. It’s definitely worthy. cheap products sell a lot so that you can increase your commission rate up to 8%. Then you can just build some sites that sell expensive products and take advantage of a new high comission rate =) … that’s my plan now… making a site that sell tons of cheap products.

      • Interesting. I’m going to keep searching because I don’t want to jump the gun just yet. I understand what you’re saying about getting to 8% but lets say you mentioned to create sites that sell more expensive products to get past the 8% tier. Does that mean you would use the same amazon affiliate code across ALL sites? I imagine that would be a nightmare if you decided to sell the site down the line?

        • I will create a separate tracking ID for each site but all are in my account. When I decide to sell my site, I can change all the tracking ID easily using a simple query in Mysql 😀

          • Hey Tung, any chance you could explain how to create separate tracking ID’s? I currently have an amazon affiliate account that is tied to my travel blog and I do a decent amount of sales through it. This month was the first month I reached the 6.50% tier. If I was to build a niche site and use the same amazon affiliate account, I could potentially hit the 7% mark with sales. The problem is that I wouldn’t know what to do when it comes to Mysql if I wanted to sell the blog eventually. I’m just not versed in sql.

  • Hi Tung,

    Thanks for that reply. It is in line with what I know, i just wanted to confirm it with someone who has done it before.

    Do you know of any other way of determining LongTailPros’ KC Score without having to sign up for the recurring fee?

    I notice the homepage of the site has a PR of 4. Is this a new domain or an aged domain?

    Thank you!

  • Hey dude, congrats on your success. I have a question and have been contemplating on what theme I should choose. Since you’re already using the niche website theme what theme are you looking at buying for your site?

  • hey Tung

    congrats for your accomplishment!!

    glad to read this insightful post…
    I’ve read a few articles last week
    from your site, but this one rocks, sincerely.

    I love reading your blog, Pat’s, Spencers’ and Jon’s…

    Great detailed niche income/traffic reports 🙂

    Now, I have a few quick q’s, maybe you could explain further…

    1. Did you build links to the root domain only?

    2. Can you detail your back-linking pack
    like what type of links and how many?

    3. How did you climb to #1 within 10 days
    … is Google that fast to find those new
    back-links indexed?

    4. Which site did you sell on Flippa before
    do you have a listing link where we can
    take a look at?

    5. Is Niche Website Theme better than Genesis?

    that’s all for now I guess, thank you in advance for the support!

      • Thank you for the prompt reply

        Here are three more:

        1. Did you do any other link building besides BHW service?

        2. How do you plan to further create/generate the back-links?

        3. What roles does the 2 SEO plugins listed play in your ranking success? Are they better than Platinum SEO (free)?

        4. I see you’re not using a GoogleSiteMap plugin for example to have Google index your posts… do you use something else instead or what do you think about this aspect?

        5. Besides the low competition keyword research part and back-linking service, what else do you think has attributed to your success? 🙂

        Thank you in advance!

        • 1. I build some high PR links using my own blog network.
          2. Building more links using my own high PR blog network
          3. WordPress SEO is essential. Easy WP SEO is just for Onpage suggestion
          4. I use sitemap generated by Wordpres SEO
          5. Keyword Research is the most important. I even rank #3 without any lin

          • Hey Tan,

            Let me address a few other questions which I’m sure Codrut and others will be glad to receive an answer to…

            A. I’m sure readers would love to know more about your blog network… how many sites do you have, are they related to your blog’s niche or not… cannot wait to read your next detailed post 

            B. You’ve said you’re using the sitemap plugin, but there’s no link in your footer/home page… am I missing something here?

            C. You’re linking to a wiki page, why? Does it make a difference?

            D. How detailed are the writing instructions you give to your outsourced guy? Can you detail on this topic maybe in a further article or here?

            Thank you my man!

          • A. I have about 10 sites now :D… i have many categories on various topics on each blog
            B. I dont include the link to the sitemap in the footer 😀
            C. I prefer linking to authority site. It does help to increase the ranking.
            D. I include some things like :
            + SEO instruction
            + Post format
            + Some resources to research
            + Some sample articles that I like

          • hey Tan,

            I’m intrigued about your sitemap approach… maybe you could explain why you aren’t including the xml URL on the home page… is there a good reason for it?

            would Google still detect that hidden page? how?

            will it matter?

  • Thanks for sharing all of this in-depth information Tung. Just when I thought I knew most everything about niche sites, I learn even more from you! Which makes it kind of odd that you keep calling yourself a newbie. You seem to be pretty advanced for a newbie!

    Your quick and relatively easy success (and Spencer’s) is definitely providing a great deal of motivation for me. I just purchased two more domains and have the utmost confidence that my next two sites will be more successful than anything I’ve tried yet.

    • Haha actually I’m not new to this kind of business. I have been making money with websites for over 2 years but the fact is that I spent less time taking action than reading. I know a lots and it’s time for me to put theory into real and massive action. I did have some successes in the past. There was a time that I made thousands of dollars on a monthly basis. You can read more about my story here :

      Keep up your good work :D. Be an action taker!

  • Hey Tung,
    Nice work man.
    I really like the way you guys do all this stuff. I too am trying to get into niche sites business. However the only thing I lack at finding a proper keyword and niche.
    I am currently learning into getting a hold in this. Hope I learn it quickly.

    I hope we both can get into a duel of building niche site. Not now but in the coming months. I would love to learn from the experience of competing with an expert.

    What say ?

  • Hey Tung! I ended up buying easy WP SEO instead of seopressor because I am on a tight budget. I got the plug-in set up on the website I am trying to get approved for Google AdSense and it shows that I have a 34% SEO score and .9% keyword density :/

    I was wondering what your SEO score% is as well as your keyword % for your new adjustable dumbbell site?

    I was also wondering what keyword density formula you use. Because I know they have three different options. Are you using the default ‘total keywords/total words * 100 for your phrase ‘best adjustable dumbbell”?

    I am guessing that I am not drinking because my SEO is so low. This plug-in has tons of options 🙂 Hopefully it will help!

  • What’s your thoughts on adding Google Authorship to a niche site? I just read a case study that seemed to prove that authorship really boosted Google indexing the site and had an effect on rankings. Any thoughts?

  • What you fail to point out is that the domain name you’re using has actually been around for 2 years and likely already built up backlinks.

  • Great article, I left you some social shares on the niche site. I found this post through the Niche website building group on Google+ Matt Allen invited me to. Those Bowflex dumbbells are awesome BTW 🙂

  • What plugins did you use, and what were they for? (I want to create the table to compare products)

    thanks in advance

  • Hey Tung, I made a niche site around a product related topic roughly 15 days ago and its already ranking 6 with 1600 exact local monthly searches and I only put up 2 articles yet. Keyword research is defiantly the biggest factor.

  • Your niche site is fantastic! I’m a follower of and I came across your blog a month ago. Real great job here! I have a quick question for you if you don’t mind, do you cloak your amazon links?

  • Hi, Tung, very cool website. I notice you add a wizard on your website. I was looking for the same ideas few weeks ago for my niche website. But I cannot find any good one. Can you tell which plugin did you use to implement this wizard?

    Keep doing the good work. I find this website even better than bestsurvivalknife of Spencer 🙂

  • This is a great post!

    I am just getting ready to start my new niche site. I will be using LTP Platinum too.

    I see there are lots of similar sites in the serps now, have these sprung up since you wrote this post?

    I started a fitness big niche site a while back and think I went after this keyword for some of the internal pages.

    Good luck!

  • Looks great! Was wondering how you did great the matrix. Is that a wordpress plugin or so?

    I really have trouble ranking my sites even for super easy keywords. Maybe I fuck it up with swapping backlinks and submitting sites to these link farms or so. Kinda hard to find good links. Maybe I should outsource it as well 🙂

  • Thank you. I was looking at the Adjustable Dumbbells keyword too. I’ll take it off my list :). I’ll try to use some of your strategies with my new website, test how they work, and hope to get similar results.

  • You say your conversion rate went to 4.64%.

    Is this visitor –> buyer ? So for every 100 visitors on your site 4.64 will buy something on amazon?

    Or is this for every 100 visitor you send to Amazon 4.64 will buy something?

  • Very nice job! Definitely motivating as well…I found your site from Spencer’s blog post and am extremely excited about your growth potential. How many expired domains do you have right now for your private blog network?

  • i see you already ranked #2 for the keyword adjustable dumbbells which get more than 8k searches per month , so now how much you earn per day and your CTR ?

  • Hello tung,

    I was doing some keyword research earlier and set my mind on that keyword to go after 🙂 I didn’t know it was your site seating at top. I later found your site from spencers blog today and discovered it’s you !:) Anyway, since i have been spying on your site for long I can recall some of your backlinks. I think it’s the high PR links from your network that’s making the difference. Because I only found 3-4 backlinks indexed and all from PR pages when i first investigated the link profile in OSE. Now i can see some other backlinks pointing to the site (which is obviously from the service you have purchased) but these are not of high authority as your PR links. So I think you should definitely include that while writing this post. I read you were ranking 3 without backlink for your primary keyword but to rank for the keyword that has 8k+ search it’s definitely the PR links that’s playing the big role here. Btw, how much did it cost to purchase those domains? Did you tried spencers strategy to find PR domains?

  • Hi Tung,

    I was just doing some keyword research and saw your keyword come up in LTP.

    best adjustable dumbbells has 1000 exact match and 37 kc
    adjustable dumbbells has 8100 and 39 kc

    Was your primary keyword ‘best adjustable dumbbells’ and do you think 1000 exact is enough?

    I’m not sure what criteria to use at the moment. I think Spencer says KC of less than 30 and 3000 exact match per month?


  • Well done Tung!

    I’m really inspired, having just started my first niche site. I have to admit that Amazon doesn’t quite excite me enough, not nearly as much as other affiliate programs or even Adsense for that matter.

    I’m going to give Adsense a go at first. With a primary keyword getting around 22,000 local searches per month, I have a good feeling that Adsense will do pretty well. I’m also thinking about writing the ultimate resource for my niche and selling it as an eBook in PDF format, directly from the website. What do you think?

    All the best for the future and I’ll let you know how it’s going with my first niche site! Keep us posted!


  • hi Tung,

    I wonder what’s wrong with my first niche site after it index and rank from 1xx to #30, suddenly moving backwards to #70, and now #117. There is no backlinks at all… Is that anything to do with new google updates?


  • Hi Tung I noticed your main keyword doesn’t get much exact match search volume. Can you elaborate why you picked best adjustable dumbells?

  • Some of the things you mention are quite foreign to me. I have the skill and time to write content, what disturbs me is the idea of getting a niche topic that can translate into affiliate sales. I hope to find an answer soon.

  • Hi
    I visited your mentioned site, it has only one page and one product only. Are you only promoting a single product? Can you clarify that?

  • Hi Tung,
    Thanks for your the great info. I live in Vietnam, too. Do you mind to share which SEO pack you use please? Also please make an article on link building as well.


  • Hi there Tung.

    I saw that you use some of a widget on your right, when you scroll down the image is scrolling too.What kind of plugin is that?


  • Hey Tung,
    I bought the backlink services just like you did for my website and so far most of my pages are on page 40+ of google…. some of them are on like page 3 but im not getting much traffic.

    My website is

    Any advice?

  • Congratulation Tung. Its good to see you succeed with niche sites. Are you participating in the niche site duel that is conducted by Pat? Would love to see how you progress, I’m trying something from my end as well.

  • A value post. I ‘m watch Forever Affiliate. This is actually a great course. I help me change my old method and get more money. However, I still feel difficult in keyword research. I like Amazon Affiliate but I can’t find a profitable keyword. Can you help me this problem?
    Thank Tung

  • Love what you have done man, you are going to make a killing pumping out tons of micro sites doing the same thing. If you ever want to get the ins on some things that can have you set for life, shoot me an email so we can discuss a few things my friend. 😉

  • Hi Tung would you mind sharing how much do you pay for your content per article? And maybe recommend some good writers that you have used personally? Or at least tips to finding good writers based on your experience if you want to keep your writers to yourself 🙂 Searching on your recommended sites gives too many results and I’m not sure which ones are good writers to hire.

  • I jumped into this game a while ago and I have to say that this post help me learn stuff I did not know in the past. It is true that one of my niche site got ranked #1 on Google few days after creation to my astonishment but all was pure luck, I was just focused on feeding the site with quality content without even minding the traffic, the SEO and all the rest, I just happened to be lucky in a way.

    I will stick around, there is a lot for me to gain in here

    good job

  • Awesome Tung! I saw your comments on Spencer’s blog and followed over here. Kick ass site here and your dumbbell site! Going to check your other articles now and prob have a few questions. I want to build my own blog network, as that seems to be the way to go.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • HI,
    I am also trying my hand in micro niche site and your article came on right time.
    I learned a lots of fact about micro niche site from your article.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  • I found your site through your listing on Flippa. Congrats on the sale and you’ve got a new reader. I’m hoping to be successful with my niche and bring in $1k by Christmas.

  • HI Tung,

    I’m very impressed with this 🙂 I am about to start my affiliate marketing niche site. Is it possible to search my keywords just by using google adwords keyword planner and google search engine without using long tail pro?

    Also how many keywords did you put within your content?

    I hope you can answer my questions immediately.


  • Questions!
    1. How many words do your blog article have, on average?
    2. How do you structure your blog articles for keyword optimization? In other words, how many
    times do you use your main keyword in the article and where do they appear?
    3. How many days did it take for your blog to start ranking #1 in Google?

  • Okay, more questions!
    1. Do you always include your main keyword in all the titles of your articles?
    2. As far as link building is concerned, how many high PR links do you have which
    point to your keyword?
    Thanks for a fast reply, btw!

      • 1. Okay, so depends on the competition. If the competition is moderately high (not too strong but not too weak), how many links do you have pointing to your keyword?
        2. If the competition is a little weak, how many high PR links do you have pointing to your keyword?
        Thanks again!

        • Hi Marie,

          Actually I don’t have the exact numbers to tell you :).

          It really depends on many things:
          – the quality of the links
          – the competition
          – the onpage SEO of your site
          … etc

          So don’t look for an exact numbers. Try things out and see if it works or not.

          You can start out with a few PR links. if it works, build some more until you get the #1 spot.

          • Okay, thanks for that. I just found your site on Google and I’m glad I did. I’ll definitely be following your experiments as you serve an example to those who wanna make it online.

  • Hi, it’s me again. Just wondering, you said you bought a linkbuilding package from Blackhat World. I went over to take a look, and they’re offering different packages. Which package did you use? Just asking cuz I don’t know if too much links might be too bad for brand new sites. Tnx!

  • Hi,

    your example micro niche site earn $93,32 with only 1 amazon ad in the sidebar?

    Every marketer tells you that these amazon ads/banners convert very lousy.

    I wonder that you earn this amount of money with only 1 amazon ad.

    best wishes

  • Hi Tung,

    Really interesting case studies you got there. I’ve been looking your niche keyword in google and notice there are also an ecommerce site – Amazon listing in top 10. Can you outrank an ecommerce site by building a high PR backlinks? Appreciate your reply 🙂

  • I see the rankings have dropped a bit since you sold the site, at least for the main keyword anyway as I haven’t paid any attention to other keywords it might have ranker for.

    Do you think it was because of panda 2.1 or did you remove links to the site from your own pbn, or something else?


  • Hey Tung, I know you use Genesis theme and see you have digg-digg working on your page. Did you have any issues with getting the floating bar to show up? I’ve got it enabled and it’s not showing the floating bar on the home page. Just curious if you had any issues you had to work around for getting digg-digg to enable?


  • Tung,

    How long do I have to wait after creating my niche site before buying the backlinking package you suggested? Saw you waited for 1 month before engaging their service. Is that a good guideline to follow?

    Is there a possibility that my site be penalized with the backlinks that they created?

    Had a bad experience with engaging backlinking service but willing to give this package a shot if you say it works. =)

  • Hi Tung, I just signed up your newsletter and found your blog from Spencer, congratulations on your site and this motivates me to build niche site with low competition keyword.

  • Hi Tung
    I have 1 simple question to you . for a product review article what is the slandered word for a review above 1000 word with keyword density . below 1000 or keep under 500 words.
    hope you replay back

    • the word count doesn’t matter at all. it just needs enough words to tell all the benefits and shortcommings and to address all the objections.

      if the writer doesn’t know much about the topic he writes than shorter is better.

  • Hi Tung,

    Your result is really great. But there is one thing that I don’t understand. Why is it when you (or many other people out there) make a niche site, you don’t repeat and rinse with other niche? I mean if you can earn $200/ month, why don’t you duplicate this method and make say 30 of them and you can earn $6000/ month?

    I’m quite a newbie, so I’m trying to understand this concept.

    But great effort on you nonetheless 🙂

  • Hi Tung, thank you for all the valuable info. I need to ask you if the bestdumbell site you sold on flippa was made using the Azon rocket plug in? Thats what the guy says in the OTO. You can see here: when he mentions his jvs the advantage of buying the developers license.
    Just wanna know if u recommend the plug in? Or if he is lying.

  • Hi Tung, great results! I found out about you through spencers NP.

    I was just wondering about the back linking package you ordered on BHW, was it purely just to save time or do they offer other services or have secret techniques?

    Thanks! Keep up the good work and more success!

  • The info that both you and Spencer have posted is invaluable. Thanks for helping others learn to make a decent living in an honest and ethical way.

    May I make a suggestion? You mentioned outsourcing your writing, and you mentioned having a certain favorite writer. As a content writer myself, please consider not so much how cheaply those writers can provide materials, but consider that if you are able to profit significantly after using their work, then consider giving them a significant bonus. If the writing was purchased cheaply, below 5-cents per word, then consider a bonus equal to the original payment at the time you are able to flip the site or at the time the site proves massively profitable.

    The writers are trying too to make a living in this tough world. If they provide something valuable that allows you to “make it” – then reward those who helped you get there.

    I don’t mean this disrespectfully. You’ve given so much to the community. It’s just from my perspective as a content writer, who has clients who deem me as their favorite writer, and they can not live without my writing business-wise, then rewarding that effort. Not being rewarded with bonuses is what made me search how I could become the site builder instead of the writer.

  • Hi i found you on Flippa and i am very appriciated for this step by step detailed instructions . Not having any site but for now i am researching for best tips in how to do it 😀 so thank you

  • Awesome Case Study! Read it fully! Seems that you were too struggling a lot to build a niche site, am struck with the keyword research part, Can you publish a post concentrating on Niche Keywords using LongTailPro? Cheers! 🙂

  • Hi Tung,

    First of all. Big fan of your blog and what you do here.

    I had a question re: how long I should expect a new niche site to get indexed and start ranking in the SERPs. I ask because I noticed for your case study above, it took you 4 days to get to #14.

    I’ve now published my initial content 7 days ago and have been slowly link building since then, but see absolutely no movement in the rankings. All the posts are indexed (site:xxxxx), but not ranking for their respective KWs.

    Do you have any idea as to what might be causing this? Do I just need to be patient and build more links? I am not sure what else to do! Thanks for your advice!!

  • Hey just a question. I type best adjustable dumbbells in google and the no. 1 site some kind of site that has drupalgarden as host. and the website is just awful I don’t know how it was ranking there. the website has no reviews just a short post and all affiliate link to amazon? Wonder how this happen?

  • I installed the Amazon Product in Post plugin but I have no clue how to set it up like you did.
    Can I have some help please?

  • What a great post! It is packed with everything a person needs to know about how to get started in Affiliate Mareting and/or Internet Mareting the right way. There’s so much bad info out there and outdated info as well so it’s nice to see someone advocating doing things the right way. Looking forward to exploring other areas of your website and sharing your insights with my audience. Have a great day!affiliate training courses

  • Hi Tung,

    I have take a look your site and your articles. They looks great! In your opinion, What is the advantage and disadvantage of auto site for affiliate marketing? And how about niche affiliate for amazon? Please give me your details.


    • Hi Hung-good question.Will have a blogpost up published very soon! You rock Hung.Our names are similar too Hung-Tung lol =D

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  • Hey Tung,

    I also builted a micro niche website with Good searches and low competition and I added around 7 to 8 articles on related keywords but it is now like 3 month and his earning is 0. Could you please help me in that?

    • First, fix your expectation. It’s no longer 2008. A 3-month old website with 8 articles would never earn anything.

      Second, add more content

      Third, build more backlinks.

      Rinse and repeat.

  • Hi Tung
    Did you use your main keyword for all the articles you published? I’m using SEO Pressor where I can have 3 keywords, plus LSI keywords.

    I haven’t started a niche money site yet, doing the keyword research with LTP. Someone hacked/cloned/mirrored my travel blog, so I’m sorting that out first!

  • Well..That was really an inspiring post of yours.. It really challenged me to take up the 38 days challenge.. Let me see how that goes 🙂

    Thank you buddy very much

    Indian friend

  • Hey,

    Do you think niche sites still work in 2016. The 38 days thing will definately take way longer now, no ?
    I started a niche site 15 days ago and am not expecting real seo trafic in the next 3 months.

    The awful thing about that is that you don’t know if the site is good or bad for 3 months…


  • Hi,

    One thing I need to ask you. according to my experience one backlink from an authority site gets into action or can be counted as an effective backlink, after about 3-4 months– I am saying because I seen it while I checked via google webmaster.
    I got backlinks from some sites and they were not visible as backlinks in the backlink list..

    If that is so… how a backlink can affect the ranking within a few days.

    hope you will reply and help me out..


    • I mean, I have posted an article on ezine article, with a back link to my site.

      that link was counted as a backlink after a few months and not immediately after I posted the article on ezine, so how can we rank our site when the links to your site take time to be considered as backlinks?

      • First, ezine article is not a good place to build backlinks.
        Second, A backlink is counted as long as they’re dofollow and as soon as Google craws it. So try to search for the URL con Google. If you find it, it’s counted.

        Tools like Ahrefs/Majestic can take longer to find your links because they’re much smaller than Google.

        But usually I don’t care much about that. A good backlink is a good backlink. Just focus on getting good backlinks and Google will reward you 🙂

  • Hi Tung

    I’ve built a niche website and launched it. I have one question for you, when you added the other articles were they reviews or general blog articles in the niche? I’ve added 6 review pages with 10 or 5 reviews on each page, each review is a niche within the main niche. I’m adding extra articles under a blog section, with internal an anchor keyword link to my main review page, also using the same with other review pages linking back to the main page. I have a static front page with 1500 words and 3 keywords within the niche.

    I’ve also setup Facebook, Twitter and Google+, plus using my blogs Pinterest and StumbleUpon accounts to generate interest. Not sure if I’ve done this right or not?

  • I have a question for you.

    First of all thanks a lot for such insights.
    And let me tell you something I moved from cloud income dot com to your site and you know that pretty well. This Site is just awesome.

    I get confused in keyword research and based on that creating articles. If I have 5 keywords listed for me.

    So now.
    Kw1 — 1 article

    KW5 — 1 article
    Every keyword now has 1 article. so in all 5 articles

    What next should I create more articles based on the same 5 keywords?
    Or should I again do keyword research for new words?

    While writing a guide for my niche should I use all 5 keywords sprinkled around?
    Should I use keywords for my category and add keywords in the excerpt of categories?


  • Nice article, very detailed and informative. You are right first we have to see what is working or what is not working, then only we can think to invest more money.

  • This is useful article for those who wants to work on Niche Blog. After this post surely, I will start work on niche blogs and try to earn few bugs from it.

  • Really fascinating case studies you got there. I’ve been looking your niche keyword in google and notice there also are an e-commerce website – Amazon listing in high ten. Can you stand out an e-commerce website by building high PR backlinks? Appreciate your reply

  • Hi Tung. I am sorry for out of topic.
    But I have a question, I am using focus blog theme too for my Amazon niche blog, but when I open the site via my phone (not landscape mode), the area is not wide like yours.
    How could you do that?

    thanks for read my comment and consider to answer it, Tung.

  • Thats awesome buddy. i really appreciate your work and congrats to you. After reading your post i have started working on one my site as per your blueprint i hope i would also be able to rank it.
    thanks again

  • Hey Tung. I’m new to niche marketing and I just stumbled upon your blog men. Great tips by the way. I’m just curious as to what happened to I searched it and it’s no longer up. What happened?

  • Hello, I liked your article, it has helped me a lot in this respect and from today

    I will follow up on your site, and put into practice what you teach on your site!
    thank you

  • Hi Tung,

    I am impressed with your success. I just starting out building a niche site promoting clickbank product and found it very hard for me as a beginner.

    The hardest part for me is to do build backlinking to my webiste (white hat strategy). I always tempted to outsource it to fiverr but I want to learn build it myself.

    Your story is inspiring and I hope can imitate your success soon.

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