I hope you can forgive me. This is my first post in almost 10 days. For a while there, I did not know where I was going. I wandered off the path. I became confused, disorientated and discouraged. I was lost in the Internet Marketing wilderness.
But now I am back.
I am found.
Here’s what happened…
10 days ago, I decided it was high time I got back on the path to making money online. I had spent two weeks getting this blog up and running and learning as much as I could about WordPress. At the end of two weeks I had learned a lot, but I was no closer to making money online.
It was time I got back to building my first niche website, helpwithtoddlers.com. I realized my time would be much better spent building a site in a niche that is not quite so overcrowded as internet marketing/make money online.
I went back to my toddler keyword list and spent a day organizing the keywords into a site structure. Feeling very proud of myself, I then identified 20 low competition keyword phrases which would form the basis of my first 20 posts.
I installed WordPress and a new theme from StudioPress on the domain. I followed my own guide to setting up a WordPress blog (very helpful!). I set up categories and menus based on my site structure.
I wrote my first toddler post, How to Stop a Toddler Whining. It’s easy when you know how.
Not So Easy When You Don’t Know How
I reviewed the remaining 19 post subjects and realized I knew nothing about any of them. I started researching a couple of posts, but found very little good information. Sure there was lots of generic advice, but I had no idea if it was good advice. The last thing I wanted was to spend time rewriting someone else’s bad advice and offering it up as my own.
I became confused and just a little disheartened. I was unsure what to do next. I spent hours staring at my keyword list hoping for inspiration. I wasted countless more hours on toddler and parenting websites.
I was lost. I didn’t know what to do next or where to turn to for help. Negative thoughts started to take over. I began to doubt myself and whether I could do this. For 3 days I wallowed.
But on the 4th day..
Internet Marketing Salvation
Into my inbox popped an email from Travis Sago. He was promoting his InstaCash Keywords product. He’ll send you a list of low-competition starving crowd keywords every day for a week for $4.95. He also includes research and 5 PLR articles on each niche, a recommended affiliate product and detailed instructions on what to do with the keywords. That’s the introductory offer. After the first week I think it costs $27 a month for one keyword list per week.
As always Travis was both convincing and persistent. I decided to sign up for the week long introductory offer. $4.95 for 7 niches with articles seemed like a no brainer. But the real reason I was signing up was to get his detailed instructions on how to tackle a niche. I needed some guidance, some inspiration. Basically I needed a pep talk and who better than Travis Sago to deliver it.
The Amazing InstaCash Keyword Income Plan
So far I have received 2 niche keyword lists from InstaCash Keywords. One is a pretty obvious niche (I think), but I never would have thought of the other one. I may tackle them someday, but the big prize for me was Travis’ no nonsense guide to tackling a niche, any niche. He calls it the Instacash Income Plan. It’s a 42 page pdf with video tutorials.
The guide covers article marketing briefly, but the main focus is on setting up a niche blog. He walks you through the whole process from purchasing a domain, setting up WordPress, how to write content, get backlinks and rank on Google.
The tips and tricks come fast and furious:
- SEO in 3 steps
- a 30 second trick for devising a site structure that Google will love
- how to write quality content always
- 2 simple backlinking strategies
And so much more.
By the time I finish reading the Instacash Income plan I am totally psyched.
I have also realized a couple of things that seem obvious now in hindsight:
1. My niche, help with toddlers is way too broad. My site structure had categories ranging from behavior to sleep problems, health, feeding, learning, toys and games. I was trying to create an empire, not a niche website.
2. My second realization was that I should find a product that I am happy to promote and use that to narrow my niche.
I spent yesterday searching for a product. I found one in the toddler behaviour niche. I signed up as an affiliate and got a free copy of the product. What I have read so far is very impressive and it contains all the information I could possibly need to write the content for my site.
So I have found my way out of the internet marketing wilderness. I am back on the path. I can see what lies ahead and what I must do. I have no doubt I will wander off the path again, but right now I am feeling good. Thank you Travis!
I’m going to concentrate on the toddler site for the next while, but I will check back once a week or so and to update you on my goal of making money online.