I have the 4th of the 15 sites I want to get up about 80% done which is I-BondRate.com. This will be an interesting site since it’s in an area that definitely is not “niche”
First, I don’t like domain names that use hyphens in the domain, so I wasn’t sure whether to get this one or not. I decided to do so because a lot of people write the word “i-bond” and in that sense it’s a quality domain name. I was actually quite surprised that it was available.
I also liked it because it only needs to be updated once every 6 months and is something that I’ll be writing about on the main site in any case, so it isn’t much work at all, but will be updated on at least a semi-annual basis.
Since “bond” in general are a pretty competitive area, I needed to do something a bit different with the site to try and get it higher in search engines. My choice was to focus on the people that actually are on the I-bonds. I made a separate page for each of them. This is an area where there isn’t a lot of information out there which may bring in some traffic and has a much better chance of getting to a good position more quickly than “I-Bond” which will take a long time and a lot of effort.
I’m not sure how this one will ultimately turn out, but I think it will be one that brings at least an average amount of money with the possibility of bringing in quite a bit more two times a year when the I-Bond rates are changing.
I did finish up the Cost of Smoking site and was able to integrate it well into the Cost of Smoking Calculator and the original Quit Smoking – How Much Can I Save? article I originally wrote that is already bringing in some search engine traffic. Hopefully that will funnel people to the satellite site.
I said I wanted to get 15 sites up by December 31, but I’m not sure how realistic that is. The sites are taking about 3 – 4 days to get up, so I think 10 is a more realistic number – especially with the holidays where I’m sure there will be days I can’t work on the computer. Still, I’m shooting for 15 and will continue at the current pace until they are all up.