If you are looking to make money of your niche sites you need to get your sites to appear on page one (if not #1) on Google searches. While this does not always gurantee traffic it is your best bet to getting visitors without paying for your traffic. I currently have about a dozen or so sites that I have either bought or built from scratch. So I check their ranking once in awhile (ok I check everyday) and track their progress. I use Market Samurai for my tracking and you can read more about it in this post ‘How are your sites ranking‘
Im not going to reveal site names but numbers will be the same from report to report. This is how they rank for their main keyword(s)
|1||#2||1||Moved up from #5 last week!|
|3||#7||0||Has been bouncing around a bit but remains page 1 at least|
|4||0||site had been delisted and working on reconsideration|
|5||#2||0||After being stuck at #3 forever finally bumped up a notch|
|6||#3||0||Holding at 3|
|7||#1||1||Moved up to #1 Yea!! not much traffic Boo. Post about this later|
|8||#11||0||Back to the land of the living. Bouncing from 8 to 15|
|9||—||0||Oblivion, at least not in top 1000, still indexed though. Ranks well in Yahoo. Have done no work on it either|
|11||246||2||What can I say buy eewwwww|
|12||#149||1||Still moving up but slowly. Think Ill start working a bit more on this one|
|13||#8||1-2||Made it to page one and every once in awhile it makes a little change|
|14||#2||0||Ranks, gets traffic, nada income|
|15||#201||2||Coming back a bit after flood of BL, PR dropped. This one is a lesson in auto blogs, to many non relative pages. Cleaning up site and seeing what I can do with it.|
|16||#23||New site I picked up last month. Been stuck at 23-24 since I got it. Changed template and ads a bit, gets a click now and then|
|17||#11||Another I picked up last month.was in high 200s but last week made the jump to page 2. Changed template here as well and played with ad placements and amazon|
|18||#44||Yet another I picked up last month. Not a high traffic site, but got dirt cheap. Mainly an amazon site. I changed template and added adsense to it as well as some more content.|
Other sites and Learning
My main business SanDiegoMaternityPhotogrpahy.net site has moved up to #1 for its main keywords (San Diego Maternity Photography) and has moved up to #8 for Trash the Cake Photography. Still need to work on San Diego Newborn and San Diego Children as those are #20 and #41 respectfully but moving up.
My project photography site TheFemaleCanvas.com is still #1 or #2 for a lot of its keywords and #1 for female tattoo gallery!! After the move to a wordpress theme (from Joomla) it did come down for some keywords but they are moving back up and still on page one. Did add the membership section using the Wishlist Plugin but has not been the big thing I thought it would be, but Ill give it time.
I’m hoping the recent movements to #2 for a couple sites means an improvement in adsense and amazon. Have to watch and see and continue the back linking/social bookmarking. I am thinking of ditching a couple of the sites that just are not doing anything (those 2 oblivion sites come to mind) See if I can see them on flippa or just let them die away. Consolidate my portfolio down to what has produced and work on improving those as well as adding a few more but being more selective (maybe spend a little more on a proven performer).
Still debating to either peg this as a page or maybe stop reporting…
How do your sites rank?