I think my eyes are finally returning to normal, so I will be getting back to focusing on the Elvis project after a few days off. Did you miss me? I hope so.
So far on our journey to build the Niche Super-Site we have discussed:
- Definition of the Niche Super-Site case study
- List of Niche Super-Site design goals
- How to select your niche
- Choosing your keywords
- Choosing a domain name
- Setting up your niche site
- Making things look nice
- Installing Plugins
- Getting listed in Google
- Making Money with phpBay
- Adding PopShops to your site
- Adding Adsense
- Adding Amazon Omakase Widget
- Adding a favicon
- Long Tail Keyword Test
You will recall that the purpose of this case study is to get a niche site up and running as quickly as possible in the style recommended by Caroline’s eBook and then expand the site into a “Niche Super-Site” by monetizing it with other methods like Adsense search, Amazon, PopShops and phpBay. When you need to get up and running quickly, you need content. The absolute best thing to do is write some compelling original content. Content is king.
Sometimes, you might want to get started by borrowing some content. 🙂 In this context I really do mean borrow with the permission of the author. I do not mean steal.
One source of content that is “designed to be borrowed” is Ezinearticles.com. EzineArticles.com is a service that tries to match the articles of content authors to the needs of publishers. Article writers can post their articles to be featured on Ezinearticles.com. They have hundreds of thousands of original articles available for use on publisher sites (you are limited to 25 articles per year per site according to their Publisher TOS). Ezinearticles.com has some social-media-like features that allow popular authors (experts) to be featured on the site. The attraction for authors is exposure to “hundreds of thousands or even millions of people” (according to their web site).
So, with the task at hand being bringing up the HistoryofElvis.com website, I searched Ezinearticles.com for “elvis” and amazingly found 921 results. I selected on that I liked based on keywords and posted it on the History of Elvis page on the historyofelvis.com site. Now, organic site traffic gets something like what it expects — some information on the History of Elvis, and I have started a base for some great original content (to be added later perhaps in the form of blog posts).
Of course, it is well known that use of massively duplicated content is penalized by google. So, you should use this approach at your own risk.
Topics remaining on my list for this niche super-site series include the following:
- Traffic strategy
- eZineArticles submission
- Write your own content
- Set up AA404 plugin
- Set up a pseudo-link-directory as pillar content
- Remember to back up your data.
- Comment Kahuna
- Secure WordPress
- Blog by email
- Great podcasts
- Running adwords ads
- Other marketing ideas
- The 50 site checklist