Mike from Gas-Grill-Review.com
Great to see Mike share his story! We’ve been talking for quite some time online and will probably meet on some tennis tournament next time…
I have been building SBI sites since 2001. However, they were mostly support for a consulting business, and not really for making money online.
I got serious about taking what I had learned to the next level about a year ago. I started using my BrainstormIt! credits to find a niche that could generate the traffic I needed to monetize the site and one where the competition was manageable.
I’ve been following Tomaz’s efforts since I stumbled upon his tennis site (I’ve played all my life). I don’t quite remember how, but I stumbled upon his vacuum site last year while I was planning my niche.
This is what prompted me to explore the product review concept in more depth. I could tell with my Compete toolbar that, while not super accurate, he was getting a ton of traffic. Doing a quick search at Google showed me why. LUCKY!
Once again, I somehow found the Freedomideas blog. Don’t ask me how, he must have a link from his tennis site or blog. But, I found it.
It was then I realized that he was putting a lot of thought into his strategies and that I needed to read every post. Which I did. It was eye-opening even though I had read the Action Guide a number of times.
I began my site, The Gas Grill Review, 6 months ago. This past week, it reached the 1000 visits a day mark and it’s growing quickly. I haven’t even ranked for the top two keywords I’ve targeted on this site yet; gas grills and Weber grills.
If that happens, it will be an incredible income generator for me. It’s already starting to do well (about $1000 a month). So, how did I do it?
- Proper research and planning
- Motivation to create content
- Proper interlinking of pages
- In-bound links – I wrote articles and interviewed BBQ bloggers to get links from high PR blogs.
- Regular publishing of content – not all at once.
- Let SBI do the rest
I planned out my site structure in advance based on not just BrainstormIt, but also the suggestions Tomaz has; like the free keyword tracker. Value demand is great, but a high VD may mean low search volume and high Adwords CPC.
The keywords I selected tap into scores of thousands of daily searches. I might have made a mistake in keyword selection if I hadn’t read this blog. I also have literally thousands of lesser searched for keywords and key phases to support my tier 2 pages and will never be short of anything to write about.
After a few months of courting with Google, I went from zero pages indexed to many page one rankings overnight. That was a glorious day.
As Tomaz wrote to me in an email, once you get past 150 pages, “good things will start to happen“. That is very true in my case.
I have a mixture of personally written and outsourced content. At the moment, I’m writing most myself. I’ve only had marginal success finding decent writers.
The best service I’ve found was needanarticle.com, but this can get expensive in the early rounds of site building. Once I feel I’m earning enough, I will be more comfortable finding an excellent writer and paying them what they’re worth for bulk content.
I can’t wait for that day because it will mean “auto-pilot” and time to plan my next site.