First of all, thanks for all the great information in the NicheSherpa course. I started a website for a hobby back in 2005 http://www.game-room-decorating-ideas.com. This site was put up for fun but it started gaining momentum and I kept adding pages. Sure enough it started making nice extra revenue, passive income. Not enough to quit a job but it paid the bills plus a little extra. Things were going great but I must admit that it was mostly by luck. I THINK I figured out the whole SEO for the pages and that helped me rank number one for years on a number of my pages. As soon as I thought I had the whole thing figured out I was crushed by Google Panda and Penguin. It was definitely a rude awakening. Unfortunately I NEVER added an opt in page to capture emails, I just sailed along blindly. It was fun to say, “Yeah I have my own business now.” But in the back of my mind I had a feeling it wouldn’t survive.
Along the way I used numerous affiliates from Adsense, still on there, to Amazon, Ebay, Shopster, Shopzilla, Infolinks and many more. Adsense by far was my number one income generator. I tried to recover from the Google Algorithms but it was in vain. I started to redo my whole website and wasted what seems like years doing a couple different design changes. Currently it’s still in flux, half changed. Thing is, after being crushed I have no passion for this site. It’s my baby though so for now I’ll keep it going but don’t work on it.
Also over the years I’ve had my eye on internet marketing but could never really get my head wrapped around it until I saw your videos. To me you’ve laid it out really well, and my head is getting wrapped around finding a good IM Niche to get into, I have a couple ideas already but need to check out their profitability. I must say, that it IS hard choosing a niche. I know it’s going to be even harder to pull the trigger when I finally settle on one, there’s always doubt in the back of my mind.
To back things up a moment, after my Game Room Decorating Site started making a little income I decided to make similar sites. Baby Room, Kids Room, Outdoor Lighting etc. I spent so much time working those sites up, none ever did make me any money, they just took up all my time that I should have been spending on my original Game Room Site. But I tell you, back in 2005 – about 2011 it was pretty easy to rank in Google if you could do a little SEO. On a few rare occasions I did use Google Adwords to various success but then THEY banned my account saying I was just getting visitors to my site in order for them to go onto EBAY or other sites that would gain me more money? I never did Black Hat stuff but they wanted me to change my whole site. Crazy! In any case the past is the past. I learned a lot but NEVER did I capture the emails of my visitors, dumb on my part.
I’m sure you get the jest of it but NOW I’m ready to start over, it’s like a punch to the gut starting from scratch but I want to use what I learned from my mistakes and USE everything you’re teaching in your Niche Sherpa site. I do find it really informative and thank you again for setting it up. The info in the videos and PDFs alone are worth way more than the fee to sign up and having an expert in the forums answering questions personally is invaluable. Thanks.
I’m sure I’ll have many more questions for you as time goes on, but to be honest I’m still stuck on Getting my Head Straight. I want to get it right from the get go with no turning back so I’m going to spend time on this one. I just hope I don’t get bogged down with Paralysis by Analysis! It’s a catchy disease.
Thanks Again Moe – Good Luck in Your Ventures!