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$1,000 Challenge: Final Update + Special Offer!

It's been awhile, but now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to work. 

I originally stated the giveaway would be on 1/20/2018. But, as we're basically done (no more money!), I figured handing it over a few days early is fine. 

First, I want to summarize the whole process and see where we ended. Don't worry, I'll try to be as brief and clear as possible. 

The General Flow of the Process

I want to be totally clear -- this is not the only way to build a niche site. This is just the way I built this one. And remember, I outsourced wherever my $1,000 budget would allow.

Keyword Research

I needed to spend some time picking a niche. I did so by finding some juicy keywords through a trial and error hunt basically. 

Tools Used -

Money Site Content

The site needs content, so once I had the niche, I ordered content. I made one batched order since I already had my keyword research finished. This way of batching is a big time saver.

It also takes time for the writers to complete it all, so I like to get this going A.S.A.P.

Service Used


This is pretty straight forward. You need a domain for your site. I like brandable partial match domains personally. 

Service Used


A domain and content are meaningless if you don't have a place to store all the data. I like to pick a host that is easy to work with that also has a very good reputation in the niche affiliate site community. 

Service Used

Web 2.0 Content

I like to use real content for web 2.0 link building. It doesn't have to be great, and it's cheap enough that I feel it's worth it when you have room in your budget. Spun content also drives me nuts, so I'll spend a couple extra dollars here. 

I also set this up A.S.A.P. as I like them to index sooner rather than later, and I tend to tier them with cheaper 2.0's.

Service Used

WordPress Theme

I don't bother with other content management systems when building niche sites. WordPress is just too easy to use and makes selling a site easier. I did however go a different route since I didn't want to use a suite like Thrive for this. 

Theme Marketplace Used

Set Up the Money Site

As I wait for the ordered content, I like to set up the basic site. That means getting the domain and hosting connected, uploading and setting up the theme, and adding all the supporting pages (About, Contact, etc.).

Then I publish and style the content as it rolls in. 

Service Used

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Link Building

This was a four-step process. I used a PR, the 2.0's I built, and 2 sets of network links. 

Services Used

The Results

Apologies for the length of the above section. I wanted to get the whole flow in one place so you don't need to go and re-read all the older updates. 

But, now that it's out of the way, let's see how the site is doing. 

This is a screenshot from Ahrefs from about a week ago - 

niche site challenge

We're still a little bit away from page one, but there are some nice juicy keywords that shouldn't take much more to get them into a revenue producing result. 

A few more links could go a long way.

If I had to do it all over again with the same budget, I would probably save the money spent on the 2.0's and use it for more PBN links instead.

Special Announcement & Offer

Before announcing the winner, I want to share this while I have your attention. 

I received a lot of questions during the course of this whole process, and I have had a few people ask about coaching. That got me thinking.

Since this whole challenge was based around starting from scratch, I thought it might be fun to offer a type of mini-mastermind that comes with a shiny brand new site.

The Niche Site Mastermind - Beta

If you're new to working with niche sites, or haven't even gotten started on a niche site yet, this is for you.

I have spent the past five months building and trying to rank a site from scratch, all for under $1,000. And, I tried to outsource as much as possible. 

It wasn't easy with that budget while also trying to limit my hands-on time. But, I feel the results were pretty good. 

Now, instead of helping myself with a site, I want to help you. That's why I am trying this Beta launch of my niche/affiliate site mastermind. 

Here's what is included:

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    A Shiny Brand New Starter Site from Human Proof Designs ($998 Value)
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    An Essential Diversity Link Package from Diversity Links ($229 Value)
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    6 Months of Keyword Reporting (10 Keywords) from Serpbook ($19 Value)
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    6 30-minute Private Skype Coaching Sessions Over 3 Months (Priceless!)

Excluding the coaching sessions with me, all of that adds up to $1246 USD. That means you are basically going to get the coaching for free with this Beta. 

I'm only opening this to 5 people at the introductory price of $1250. So, for $1250 you get a professionally built site, high quality backlinks, keyword monitoring, and private coaching. 

Not too bad! 

When you're ready to join, just click the button below. And remember, I'm only taking on 5 people currently at this introductory price of $1250. 

*Clicking the button will take you to PayPal. After payment, you'll be redirected to a page where we can get you started.

And the Winner is...

It's actually sad to see this site leave my hands as it's just about to start earning some money. But, I do my best to keep my word. That means I need to give this away. 

I used the Gleam.io app to help decide the winner. And, that winner is...

Michael D.

I have emailed Michael (Mike?) to let him know, but if anyone else following along knows him, please let him know as well.

He has one week from today (deadline: 1/15/2018) to claim the site, or I'll draw a new winner.


What's Next?

This is a 2-part question. For the site winner, I hope he has the time to build up the site. It has the chance to be a real winner. 

If I were him, I would style it a bit better, as I did not do the best job with that, new theme and all. I would also add a few more pages of content and try and get a few more links to push it over the edge. 

For me and this site, I hope this Mastermind works out well. If it does, I can open it up to more people. I also want to focus on adding more useful information to this site for affiliate marketers and general SEO's all through 2018. 

Lastly, I am working on one more secret project for the site. If/when that launches, I'll be sure to let you know. 

Thanks for reading and following along!