Where does all the time go?
You've got some spare time to work on your niche site.
You brew a coffee.
You sit at your desk.
You get distracted by family, chores, and life in general.
And, suddenly, it’s the end of the day.
And it feels like you've got very little done.
You know you’ve worked hard on your niche site (see this post to see a profitable niche idea). But, you don’t feel like you’ve achieved anything.
At least you’re not sure if you have, anyway.
Frustrating, isn’t it?
To put all of that time and effort in and still not be sure if it’s going to pay off in the long run.
That’s the problem with working hard. You never quite know where it’s going to take you.
That’s why you need to ditch the hard work and start the smart work. (Check out the ultimate guide to digital products)
Which, today, is what you’re going to do. You’re going to learn how to use small, 15 minute chunks of time to improve your niche site, and:
- Boost your traffic
- Get more cash
- Engage more people
- Have more free time
Sound good? Then read on…
(P.S. If you'd like to download a free list of 101 expensive affiliate niches click here or the image below)
What You'll Learn
- The simple way to become a Reddit traffic God
- 8 insanely actionable ways to improve your niche site, right now
- How to become a product selling ninja by using old content
- An easy trick to read your audiences mind and never worry about content again
Before You Start, Read This!
Each mission* in this article should only take you 15 minutes or less.
Each of them is instantly actionable. Meaning you can bookmark this page, go and do it, and come back. Or, read them through and add them to your to do list.
Now, to make this even easier for you to follow, I’ve color coded each point into:
- Money or Products
So no matter what your focus is, you can pick and choose as you go. Simple, huh?
Okay, let’s get started...
*Why missions? Missions are just cool as hell. Missions have barrel rolls and front flips and explosions and James Bond shit. They're exciting and you're more likely to do it.
#1 - Contact 5 Influencers For Authority Boosting Guest Blogs
Head to Google and type in [Your niche] + “Write for us”, like this:
Which will bring you up a list of sites looking for guest contributors:
Follow a link and look for an email address:
Or, if you’re feeling super lazy, press CTRL + F and type in [email protected] or ‘[at]’ and it should take you right to it:
Then send them a quick email, or a few blog post ideas, that will spread your name about. You can get a template for a good email in this post right here.
"The reason most people fail is because they choose a niche like “Swedish leather furniture” when they are nomadic and have absolutely no interest in what they’re writing about" - Sean Ogle
#2 - Ask Your Audience A Question And Learn What They Really Want
People are a part of your community for a reason - to get their questions answered.
It’s the lifeblood of your niche site. So, take advantage of it, because it can lead to a more engaged (and more likely to buy) audience. And give you insight into better content to create in the future.
Try asking a question on your Facebook page, like Stuart:
Run a Twitter Q&A Session, like Buffer do:
Or, send one out to your mailing list:
This is a tactic Canva employed to boost their blog traffic 226%. So just imagine the results this could bring for you.
#3 - Learn 1 New Copywriting Trick And Stop Losing Money Every Month
I'm going to be really blunt here:
If you don't learn to write good copy, you may as well end your niche site now.
Because if you can't write copy that converts, you're costing yourself hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.
Now, you don't need to be a great writer. In that, your skills don't have to be honed to absolute perfection.
Instead you just need to learn some simple tricks of the trade that make readers want to devour your content, and convert from your sales pages.
Just picking up a simple tip like asking a question, and putting the answer below, like this:
It can make a world of difference to how long people stay on your page. And the longer they're reading for, the more likely they are to buy from you.
For this mission all you need to do is learn one new technique. Do this once a week for a year and you'll be a pro copywriter in no time.
"Writing is heady, powerful, and inspiring stuff." - Jeff Goins
#4 - Become A Product Selling Ninja By Adding Links In Old Content
Your old content - blog posts, on site pages, etc. - is where a large chunk of your traffic is going to come from.
In fact, over at HubSpot, they managed to boost their search traffic over 106% by optimising their old posts.
But you don't just have to optimise them for search results. You can optimise them to increase your income too. How?
By adding links to new products you recommend in to your old posts.
Let me show you what I mean:
Back in October 2014 I wrote this post on how to build a Niche Site for under $110.
And I listed lots of cheap and cheerful ways you can start an effective niche site.
But, back then, I didn't understand the power of visual content in niche marketing. And, I had no idea that "Share As Image" existed as a tool.
Now, as an affiliate for them, I could go back to the section of the post where I recommended products and free traffic building ideas, right here:
And then go back and add in an extra section where I seamlessly add my Share As Image link to the mix:
Then share it and make it live without anybody knowing. Now, when people land here through search, I've added an extra little money maker.
You can do this with your own new products, amazon affiliates, JVZoo or any other money making method you have.
#5 - Get Some Reddit Link Karma For Thousands More Page Views
Yeah, I can see the blank expression on your face. Don't worry, I'm used to it.
Reddit is a brilliant place to get traffic to your niche site. But, only if you do it in a Reddit friendly way.
If you just turn up and say:
"Hey, here's a link to my site, come and buy my stuff. OK thanks, bye."
Then, well...you're going to fail. Miserably.
Yet this is what most niche site owners do. And are then surprised when they're sent virtual abuse by anonymous 13 year olds on a subreddit.
Instead you need to become part of the community. Which is what constantly building Reddit Karma (the stuff in the image below) lets you do:
And, thanks to this neat little system I found on the Robbie Richards blog, you can do it in 15 minutes a day.
Here's the short and sweet version for you:
- Step #1: Find a subreddit that interests you: Like motivation or sports or shoes or anything you actually enjoy in your day to day life.
- Step #2: Do some digging: Find some linkable content that's performed well on this subreddit in the past - videos, blog posts, quotes etc. - and bookmark a few of them.
- Step #3: Share the link to the content: Post it on the reddit, with a non-spammy, but clickable headline (this could be your next copywriting mission). And, wait for the up votes to roll in.
- (Optional) Step #4: Take the time to find some questions or comments to answer. And, you know, become an active member of the community.
Once you've done this for a few days consistently, your karma will (hopefully) start to build. Which means that when it comes to the occasional times you want to share your content there, people are more likely to read it.
And, if you're lucky, it might just give you your first viral hit.
#6 - Find Quora Questions To Mind Read Your Audience
If you don't know what Quora is, here you go:
It's a site where people go to ask, and give answers to, important questions in any niche. From photography to Zoology and and podiatry to beard care, there are questions and answers for everyone.
Which makes this an insane resource for you. Because every question your audience will ever be looking for the answer to will be on Quora.
That gives you an incredible insight, because it lets you:
- Find tried and tested topics for content
- Generate ideas for products your customers actually want
- Become part of a bigger community that cares about your niche
- Find competitors
- Look for link building opportunities
Don't believe me? Okay, watch this.
Let's pick a random niche site topic by looking around my office...
Let's search it in Quora:
Here are some of the questions it brings up:
Okay, if you're in the Chalkboard niche (two words I never thought I'd say), you could have these content ideas:
- How To Build And Maintain Your Own Chalkboard
- 10 Unorthodox Chalkboard Ideas Your Kids Will Love
- The Starbucks Method: How To Create Chalkboard Calligraphy That Sells
- Chalk And Talk: 5 Scientific Reasons To Ditch The SMART Board Once And For All
And you know that people would want to read them, because they've already been engaged by people on the forum.
Try it with your niche and see just how quickly you can come up with four blog post or eBook ideas.
"If you are looking to build up your professional brand as an authority in your niche or industry, one great way to do so is to simply answer people’s questions."
#7 - Find Broken Wiki Links For Easy Backlinks
This has become one of my favourite SEO tips for niche sites. Because it's so easy to do.
Wikipedia uses external links to cite (reference) any of the articles that are used in it's articles, like this:
But sometimes these links become dead links. Either when the site they're on stops being a site, or they moved domain or any other number of reasons. It doesn't really matter.
What matters is that it's your chance to get a lot of quality links really quickly.
Let's do it together. This time for a beard-related niche.
Head to WikiGrabber and search your related keywords:
Then hit that "Dead Link" button.
Now choose one of the pages that's relevant. For this I'll go for the one aptly named, Beard.
When you're on the page it won't take you directly to the dead link. Don't worry. Simply follow that CTRL + F tutorial from mission #1 and search "Dead link":
Now, I'm doing this in the most honest way possible, and this link looks a little well...unpromising. Or is it?
By clicking the little '^' arrow at the start of the link, it takes you up to where the dead link is:
If you don't have any content that fits this on your beard site that gives you two options then:
- Do nothing and look for other dead links
- Create a piece of content on beards in sport
I'm opting for option two. Because I like linkable content.
And, here's the best bit...
If I take the link that was there and run it through my Backlink explorer (I used SERPed, but others are available) I can see there are 67 pages pointing to this piece of content:
Which is a whole list of people I could contact with my new piece of content and let them know that their link is dead, and here's a much newer one for them to use.
For this mission you don't have to write the content. But in 15 minutes you should be able to find one good dead link and create one content idea to fit it.
#8 - Flash Sell A Product Bundle For Fast Cash Now
Flash sales are amazing for niche marketers.
They add a level of urgency and exclusivity to your products. Especially if you're selling your own products.
For example, I spent $100 on the P&Co fashion website last week because they were giving away a free coffee cup with every $100 worth of purchases. And, I wanted that damn coffee mug.
Now, the sale can last as long as you want it to. But it should only take you 15 minutes to set up.
- Create a sexy bundle
- Tell everyone about it
- Wait for the sales to roll in
And, while this may not work every time, you can trial and error and see what products you can create great sales with. And, if it puts an extra $20 in your back pocket, it's 15 minutes well spent, eh?
(P.S. If you'd like to download a free list of 101 expensive affiliate niches click here or the image below)
Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It...
Don't worry, this blog post won't explode after reading...or will it?
It won't. Promise.
But your mission now is to choose two missions from this list and do them before the end of the day. That's 30 minutes of your time to improve your niche site and make more cash.
So, which ones are you going to choose?
Let me know in the comments...