The overall progress on my niche website has been a little slower than I had hoped this month as I’d mainly been distracted with my matched betting updates instead, given the Cheltenham Festival and the fact that I recently purchased the Accumulator Generator software.
I’m also finding it hard again to know what is best to focus on as I need to work on the moment as there are lots of things that I need to work on, but don’t have the hours in the day to look at everything.
Anyway, enough whinging, so what did I achieve this month:
MY NICHE WEBSITE
The good news is that I did manage to write another 3 articles, so I have a total of 8 written now and I finished compiling the details of the London listings page.
However, I’m struggling a bit to find additional content to write for the site to be honest. There are definitely more articles out there that I can write, but they are likely to be smaller articles than I have written so far, and I need to figure out how I can bring them into the site and make the site hang together well.
Realistically I have enough content already to launch the site, so I think that logically that should be my next step. Once I have the site up and running it will be a lot easier for me to see how the content fits together and where the holes are.
Content Writing Process
This month I have managed to refine my content creation process so that it is a lot more efficient than previously. This is particularly useful when I’m writing articles for things that I know nothing or very little about.
I found that I could distill this technique down into a number of repeatable steps that would help me speed up this process in the future. You can read about these in more detail in my post on Streamlining your Content Creation, which covers the following steps:
Create a List of Article Topics
pick an article
Create sub headings
research in google
review open tabs
organise the content
rewrite the content
top and tail
write a killer headline
review your article
However, I’ve found that running through these 10 steps has made my approach to content a lot more systematic, logical and of course time saving.
AUTHORITY HACKER PRO MEMBERSHIP
This month I’ve been hot on the learning trail again and one of my key resources recently has been the Authority Hacker website. This is a site run by Gael and Mark, who are 2 entrepreneurs and experienced Digital Marketers who give you really solid and actionable advice in building up authority sites.
I attended a webinar where they pretty much gave step by step instructions on how to build up a niche and authority site so that it brings in a steady passive income stream. At the end of the webinar was a Q&A session and then they offered a discount membership plan to attendees (a pretty standard marketing tactic)
The webinar was really useful and they both provide valuable insight into building out your business so I decided to sign up for the annual membership, for just over £350.
This might sound like a lot of money but for this price you get:• A 30 minute 1 on 1 call with Gael• Access to a private Facebook Group• 2 x monthly webinars and Q&A sessions• Access to all of their blue prints
For me this seemed like a solid investment, especially as I am currently in the process of building out my niche site so I went ahead and made the purchase.
There is a bunch of really useful content available in the ‘Blueprints’ section. Each blueprint is made up of a series of lessons with a video and step by step instructions of what you need to do.
Some of the themes covered were:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Content Upgrades and Promotion
- Email Marketing
- Guest Posting
- Lead Magnets
- Outreach Process
- Creating effective Pop Ups
- Producing & Outsourcing Top Content
The content creation and the outreach blueprints were particularly relevant to me at the moment and I definitely learnt some things from these, however, overall the area is pitched at people who are a bit further downstream with their websites than I am.
Most of the blueprints are for larger Authority sites, that already have a decent amount of content on them and to a certain extent already have some kind of following / social presence.
In the end I decided to ask for my 30 day refund as I think this will be more useful to me in the future and I’m pretty sure that I’ll pick up a membership with these guys again in the future.
If anything, the most beneficial thing is access to the Facebook group and the bi-monthly webinars, where you can ask all of those questions that crop up from time to time. I think I would find this hugely beneficial as a lot of the time it feels like there is no one to ask, and is always great to bounce a few questions and ideas off of other people.
You can sign up for the Pro Membership from as little as $39 per month if you sign up to a yearly membership and I would definitely recommend this service.
If that’s too steep for you at the moment, then they have loads of invaluable information on both their website: http://www.authorityhacker.com/
And also in their podcasts : http://www.authorityhacker.com/podcast-2/
LAST MONTH’s GOAL
- Complete the London listings page for my niche site : COMPLETE
- Write 5 more articles for niche site : INCOMPLETE
- Stretch goal – look at the Thrive Content Builder : INCOMPLETE
NEXT MONTH’s GOAL
- Write 5 smaller blog posts of max 1500 words
- Set up the site in Word Press
- Buy a domain
- Stretch goal – look at the Thrive Content Builder