When Should My Niche Site Start Getting Traffic?

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I get questions like this all the time. People see blog posts out there or case studies and don’t have a real concept of the actual amount of work that’s needed for a successful Amazon Affiliate Niche Site.

The question might come in a different form, like:

My site is about 4 months old and I’m not ranking for my primary keywords. I’ve done guest posting, but I still don’t get any traffic. I’m not sure what to do. I see my competitor uses Private Blog Network (PBN) links so do I have to use PBN links? I have 4 guest posts total and about 15 blog comments. What should I do?

Your Site Should Get Traffic Within A Few Weeks

Your niche site should start getting traffic, at least a trickle, after you publish about 5 posts or pages. Some people will say that’s fast and unrealistic. The trickle of traffic may not be organic search traffic and I’ll get to that later.

Your site can and should get traffic in weeks if you actually promote the site. My method is the Content Traffic Profit Sprint. That’s what I teach in Five Figure Niche Site, and it works. Jim used the same technique for his niche sites, too.

The Content Traffic Profit Sprint

It’s the Agile, iterative approach to Amazon Niche Sites.

Blog Commenting

All you really need to do is comment on relevant blogs that get traffic. Here is the way I find hundreds blogs to comment on. You can’t comment on 10 blogs and expect to rank, though – You have to commit to the process.

You’ll need to comment on dozens of blogs, maybe even 100s. Many of the comments will not be approved so that’s one reason why you need to do so many. Some people will follow the link in your blog comment and check out your site. That’s where the very first traffic will come from – That’s called referral traffic.

Then when you have some comments live on other blogs, you can move on to the next step: Guest Posting.

Guest Posting

This part is easy in theory, yet challenging in practice. Email the people that have approved your comments and be friendly. You can pitch your idea for a guest post since you have a friendly relationship.

You’ll get turned down a lot, 8 – 10 times more rejections than acceptances. People just don’t accept guest posts from random people, which you are! So keep your head up as you keep pitching ideas. I have a guest posting service and you can check out the templates that I use…

You NEED More Links (than you think)

Overall, you usually need more links than you expect. In fact, you should plan on getting 15 to 20 guest posts that link to a single page before you start trying to troubleshoot. (That assumes that you have your onpage SEO tight.)

That’s exactly the advice that I gave:

Your site is young and you don’t have many links at all. Aim for 20 more do-follow links, probably with guest posting, and then you should be in better shape.

As an aside, PBN links are normally from the homepage of a site so more authority is passed to the money site. The result is that you’ll usually need more guest post backlinks than your competitor needs from his or her PBN.

About the Author: Doug Cunnington is the founder of Niche Site Project. He shows people how to create Affiliate Sites using project management and a proven, repeatable framework. Doug loves creating systems, using templates, and brewing beer (but usually not at the same time).

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