This is an experimental site and therefore I picked a topic pretty much at random. Normally such a decision will involve a fair amount of research and analyse. I spent two minutes to make sure there wasn’t already highly target site of this nature. Not ideal but in this learning phase I didn’t want to experiment with one of my fully researched topics that I think have potential. I’ll save them until I know what I am doing!
My long term goal is to have a system that makes it as simple as possible to throw up a micro niche site. You want to read about pink ten inch netbooks? Then I can throw up a site in minutes that will cater just for you! I want the site to be ready themed, set up for SEO, ads, monetisation, etc. All I want to have to do is write up some content and select some images.
No installation of WordPress. No configuring my preferred permalinks. No picking a theme. No setting up plugins. Just a one time script that will put that all in place based on a template!
Cheap, quick and efficient
I want to be able to throw up a site for no cost other than my time. This is why I searched for a great commercial WordPress theme that was permitted for use on multiple sites, so a one time license for me. Each new install can reuse the same theme. Another key consideration was the purchase of domain names.
It has long been my belief, based on the information Google themselves provice, that subdomains will rank well in Google. There are a few considerations around this. For example Google will only show a limited number of sites on that domain on any one results page. They make exceptions for big sites such as ebay. But for us, if we have sites on subdomains that overlap, they won’t all rank for one keyword.
Subdomains are also treated as individual sites. I see this as a good thing if you are looking to set up individual sites based on very different topics. The classic example is uk.com this is actually a .com address and someone registered the letters uk early on!
Subdomain Rank Testing
Well, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is (all Â£6 of it) and buy a domain with the soul intention of creating subdomain sites off it. If you are interested in this idea then follow this blog and I’ll post up the results. The trick is to buy a domain that will still look enticing to Google searchers. So building a site called cameras. Blogercise.com is not going to look like a great ecommerce site when that URL comes up in google. However what if you had cameras.to-buy.co.uk or cameras.bargin-prices.com?
I suspect that many users will consider these as ‘genuine’ domains and sites they are potentially interested in. Remember 95% of Internet surfers are probably not even familiar with subdomains and what they mean! Not quite as good as cameras.com! But I don’t think that domain is for sale! This means that throwing up a new site is free and easy, if you are like me you have 10-20 impulse buy domains that you have never been developed! Well with this idea you can test ideas at no cost. Each of those domain may only cost around Â£5 a year but when you have a load of them come up for renewal your bank balance notices it!
You can then move to a “real” domain if your site takes off and you are convinced that has value. People might be concerned about losing traffic but I have done this with SammyNetbook.com and the transition from subdomain to full domain was easy. I had no dip in traffic whatsoever. In Fact the week after I was getting 4,000 daily hits, the busiest the site has been!
More about my first experiments to follow!