Niche Site Duel – Update #3: Earnings, Rank, and Traffic Update

It’s hard to believe I’m only two weeks into this duel.  For some reason, it has felt a lot longer than that.  Anyway, I thought it was about time for me to share some statistics about my progress so far, in terms of my earnings, search engine rank, and site traffic (I’m copying what Pat did yesterday).

I was originally going to dedicate update #3 to content strategy, but I’ll push that discussion off a couple of days so that I can really focus this post on my progress (which is probably what you’re more interested in right now anyway!).

Overall, I’m feeling great about it.  My search engine ranking has jumped up much faster than I originally anticipated, and I’m starting to see a rise in traffic over the past few days.  Hopefully, this positive trend will continue far into the future.

P90X Niche Site Statistics as of 9/29/10


My earnings to this point are really nothing special, but it’s nice to know that I’ve earned something so far with what little traffic I’ve had.  Here are a couple screen shots of my Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate earnings:

Adsense – $0.96

Amazon – $0.20

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Total – $1.16

Okay, I know this isn’t impressive.  But considering that I’m only two weeks in and there hasn’t been a lot of traffic so far, I’m satisfied with these earnings.  I just need to keep pushing harder to add content and get my site higher up in the rankings (which I’ll go over below).


Most of the traffic so far has been from people who read this blog.  Here’s what the traffic has looked like since inception:

If we actually look at the sources of traffic, it’s clear that most of these visitors are not true organic visitors (over 70% of visitors have reached the page by directly typing in the URL):

One nice thing is that, although I’m not on page one for my target keywords yet, I’ve received some decent traffic from a lot of long-tail keywords:

It’s amusing to see what people are searching for to reach your site.  This above list doesn’t contain anything out of the ordinary, but when I view my analytics for this blog (My4HWW), I see all kinds of crazy long-tail search keywords.  Occasionally, I’m perplexed to find certain keywords that are leading people to my blog.

Search Engine Ranking

I’ve saved the best for last.  I don’t mean to say that my progress here is astonishing, but search engine rankings are my favorite thing to follow.  Honestly, I’d much rather monitor search engine rankings than earnings.  Sure enough though, the two are highly correlated.

As a reminder, I’m targeting three primary keywords for this niche site: P90X review, P90X blog, & home workout routines.

Here is how each has progressed so far (I use Market Samurai to track this information):

P90X Review

  • September 14th: 114
  • September 23rd: 46
  • September 26th: 47
  • September 29th: 15

You’re reading it correctly – I’m currently on page 2 for one of my main keywords, and I did it in about two weeks!  I’m helped by the fact that this keyword is my exact domain name, but that was all part of my SEO strategy.  My backlinking is apparently working well so far too, and I’ll talk all about that in a later update.

P90X Blog

  • September 14th: (not tracked)
  • September 23rd: 75
  • September 26th: 68
  • September 29th: 59

I’m also progressing here, although not as dramatically.  It’s worth noting that this is my 3rd priority keyword.  As of right now, I haven’t been building backlinks with “P90X blog” as the anchor text.

Home Workout Routines

  • September 14th: (not tracked)
  • September 23rd: 174
  • September 26th: 169
  • September 29th: 177

This keyword hasn’t gone as well as the others so far, and it’s clear that this will be the most challenging keyword to rank for.  The main reason the other keywords are way ahead of this one is because I have the word “P90X” in my domain name.

Here’s a summary screen shot from Market Samurai just for fun.  As you’ll notice, I’m also tracking the keyword “P90X review blog” even though it isn’t one of my targeted keywords.  I’m doing well there due to the extremely low competition – the main reason I’m not officially targeting that keyword is because it receives very little traffic.

According to Market Samurai, I’m not ranked in Yahoo or Bing yet, which is kind of odd.  I’m guessing it’s because the site is still very young, and they’re not as fast as Google to index sites and find backlinks.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for the next niche site duel update where I’ll discuss my content strategy.  Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed (if you haven’t already) so that you don’t miss future updates!

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6 Responses to “Niche Site Duel – Update #3: Earnings, Rank, and Traffic Update”

  1. Eric,
    Great post! Seems like you are off to a really super start. Traffic and earnings are exponential – I bet a few months from now you will be bringing in some great money!
    All the best,


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Ian! I appreciate the encouraging words. As soon as I get onto page 1 (hopefully not too far away), I’ll enter an entirely new world of traffic – at least, I hope!

    [Side note: Sorry for the delayed response – your comment got caught up in my spam filter, so I didn’t see it until now.]


  2. This is really great Eric – love that you were able to already hit page 2 with just two weeks – makes you chuckle a bit when people are tearing their hair out because they can’t even get in the top 10 pages – content, backlinks, keyword research.

    It seems you have the fundamentals down so it’s only due time before your next report is going to make our jaws drop 😉


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks buddy, I appreciate the comment. To me, it’s a very methodical process. Do your research, build content, build backlinks, and optimize your on-page factors. For bigger sites (“authority sites”), you probably need some extra promotional effort. If it’s not working, you’re doing one of those wrong. At least, that’s the way I look at it.


  3. Wow, awesome – second page already! Congratulations. :)

    Reading your updates has really been motivating (even if I’m a tad late).

    Don’t worry about the earnings now though. I think earning money even when you’re only 2 weeks in with your niche site is pretty good. Most people can’t earn a decent amount of money for months anyway, so you’re ahead of the game. :)

    Keep it up!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Glad to hear the updates are motivating – comments like yours are motivating to me! I agree that it’s fine for earnings to start off slowly. Our main focus should be on traffic during the first few months – once we nail that down, the earning part is easy. :)


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