Two weeks ago, I asked my readers to suggest some ideas for the upcoming public project on CLJ. All the suggestions were great, but this was the one that got me interested the most:
I’m always up for a friendly competition, and his idea is really interesting, so I accepted Josh’s challenge.
In this post, I’ll be talking about our vision for this challenge and the reason why we think that this is going to be one of the most interesting and helpful niche site projects you’ve ever followed.
Why Starting Another Niche Site Challenge?
According to Simon Sinek’s TEDx speak, every success starts with WHY.
For this project, there are four reasons:
- We want to inspire other people to take action.
- We want to help action takers shorten the learning curve and achieve success faster.
- We want to prove that niche website building is still working well no matter what changes Google made in the algorithm.
- We want to see which is the better approach when it comes to building a successful niche website.
How Does It Work? Why It Is Different?
Well, Both Josh and I are going to document and report our progress on building a profitable niche site from scratch. Like other public niche site projects, we’re going to reveal all aspects of the process, including, but not limited to:
- Sub keyword research
- Site structure
- Time spent on project
- Areas that are being outsourced
- What keywords traffic is coming from
- Conversion rates / Income
- Cost of creation
The only difference, which makes this project 5x more interesting than others, is that we’re going to build sites on the same niche and target the same keywords.
Then we can compare both sites on many metrics to see which one performs better. That way we can constantly optimize our sites for better performance both in traffic & revenue.
We will keep you posted with the project by publishing an update once or twice a month.
The primary goal is to find what works and what doesn’t when it comes to building niche website in 2013 (and 2014 as well). This is our main business for now so it’s very important that we can figure out an effective way to build a sustainable niche website.
My personal goal for this project is to document everything and create a scalable system using the help of my virtual assistants.
Meet Josh from FormYourFuture.com – My Opponent in This Challenge
For those of you who don’t know about his former blog at Wsotesters.com, back in 2012, Josh and his business partner was able to build and rank a lot of micro niche websites on Google. After just a few months, their online real estate value was pushing $70,000. Unfotunately, their empire didn’t last long.
In September 2012, Google released a change to their search engine algorithm called the EMD update that destroyed 90% of their sites. That update was quite devastating. As a result, they went from $70,000 to zero :(. Poor guys!
After that, Josh decided to take a break and got a job in for an internet marketing company in his local town.
But his entrepreneurial brain never stopped thinking & pushing him to come back to the online world.
So here he is. Josh has come back with a new blog called FormYourFuture.com and is ready to get back to business.
Check out his new blog now as I’m sure that he has prepared some great articles for you guys.
The Next Step
We meet up via Skype and discuss about the first and most important step which is keyword research.
I hope you’re as stoked as I am about this!
And Josh, you think you know kung fu? Think again.
Let the epic battle begin! 😉