You may remember my post on Niche Site Duel 2.0 and my beautiful little Coon Hunter’s Blog. Well I haven’t updated you on that for a while so it’s time to spill it. To be quite honest I haven’t done any work to this blog since May 30th!
I have learned a lot through this process and am shocked at some of my findings.
Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and what the future holds.
Surprisingly, the Coon Hunters Club is doing well with the search engines and gaining reader interest.
In fact, I had three people email me this month about coon hunting and coon dogs. One person even wanted me to come get raccoons that were scaring her cats! I think she may have been a bit confused though because I do not live even remotely close to her.
On the search engine front my little website is ranking for several keywords. And ranking very well for the two keywords that I had concentrated on: coon hunters and coon hunters club.
So, for the month of August the Coon Hunters Club received a total of 1,584 page views. That may not blow your mind but let me remind you – “coon hunters” and “coon hunters club” is not a highly searched for term, believe it or not. And, I barely did any SEO (search engine optimization) for this blog.
Visitors stayed on the blog for an average of 1:29 in the month of August. So, for the little amount of link building I did for this site I am actually pretty impressed it’s ranking so well in the search engines.
Even though I am getting a little bit of traffic my way the monetization strategies aren’t going great. I did a log of Google AdSense and Media.net ads with this blog. While they do clicked on quite a bit the payout is terrible. I mean really, really low.
I need to remove all the ads from this site and focus more on affiliate marketing.
I did put up an Amazon store but have yet to make a sale. The next time I make a niche site I will definitely do more research on ad payouts beforehand.
I think this site could be profitable if I put more work into it, built an email list, and focused on affiliate marketing. If I could consistently make a couple hundred dollars a month I would probably just sell the blog since I don’t jack about coon hunters anyway.
But, I am a bit strapped for time at the moment. When I make the self-employment switch niche sites will definitely become a bigger part of my portfolio. And, hopefully the Coon Hunters Club will have a future.
Want to read about some niche site success? Check out fellow blogger MMD’s progress!!