SEO Keyword Hell

Hang on to your seats as we peel back the curtain to reveal the dark secrets behind how we’re mining Google to find the perfect term to bring the hoards to our new niche website.

There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they start thinking –  “How the heck am I going to get more people to my site?”  Turns out it’s all about the SEO (search engine optimization) here in internet land.  Really the question is how can I get a good ranking in Google so that I’m at the top of the page when someone searches for something I’ve written about.

Oh, for those of you who are thinking, ‘Yawn…watching a video on SEO keyword research sounds  really  boring’ we are ready to prove you wrong.  Well, at the very least it’s only 4 minutes and if you don’t like it you can have your money back.

Molly:  We are STUNNING  people!

Mike:  Forgive Molly, she  just finished imagining she was presenting at a seminar on positive thinking. 

And yes, the title of this post was based on the very best google keyword search term we could find.  Molly was going to name this ‘Niche Site-Keyword’ but NO, NO, NO! we know so much better now!

You know the drill!  Here’s part two of the vlog…

Great links to check out the 411 on SEO keyword research and niche sites:

Sandy @ Yes I Am Cheap

Pat @ Smart Passive Income

Tyrone Shum @ Outsource Live

Who competed in the  Niche Site Duel?

Sunil @ The Extra Money Blog

To see all the parts to our 3 week and 1 day challenge go to:

Part I:  We are So F**Ked

Part II:  SEO Keyword Hell (you are currently here!)

Part III: Finding our Niche (neesh)- Trust Issues

Part IV:  Finding a Niche Site: The Finale!


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  1. Tracey
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Tooooo funny!

    • Posted February 19, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      You were the first one to view it!!!! Thanks for all the support, Chicky!

  2. Posted February 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    You guys are hilarious. Loving these videos.

    Can’t wait to find out what your “neesh” will be. Maybe it should be on what the proper pronunciation of the word niche is. 😉 

    • Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      Hmmm…is this one of your notebook ideas? It’s golden! We’re  going to owe you 5% , aren’t we! 😉

  3. Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    That was hilarious. I like the chicken jackets keyword.

    • Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      You and two other people at day!  Yep, 3 people a day search for this word through Google.  I thought I was on to something!

  4. TygerCub
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    “CHICKEN SCRATCH”!  That’s what the chickens should have said.   

    Let’s see…. Back-Yard (or City) Homestead… Self Learning (for the Instructables)… Self Employed… Family Friendly…. Find Your Way… Creative Comforts… …. 

    Yeah, finding key words for search engines is HARD!!! 🙁

    Good luck guys.  

    • Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      HA!  Looks like you’d be a great VA (virtual assistant)!

  5. Noelle
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    LOVE IT!!!!! I saw the first raw cut and you really got it right! Love Day Three. 🙂 I think this is your niche…..niches! Keep it up…..I’m listening and cheering you both on. Well Done!

    • Noelle
      Posted February 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      really got it right? Oh my english is great in the am. the shame…….

  6. Mike's Mom
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I read somewhere that one of the most visited blogs is about how to win video games.  Not your market, I realize, but the take-home lesson I see in this is that you need to appeal to people who spend a LOT of (recreational?) time at their computers.  Wishing you, as always, stupendous amounts of inspiration and success.

    • Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      We’ve come across a few ideas that would work but we just don’t have the interest to sustain it.   The things we love, like papercrete, get about 2 searches a day!   I wish we could take our brains out of the equation!

  7. Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Y’all are cracking me up! Glad I stumbled upon your blog.

  8. Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Hi Mike & Molly,
    First time commenter though been following y’all for a while (Courtesy of a Google search for mudbricks/papercrete) if thats of any help coming up with keywords.
    I know the idea of passive income is kind of appealing but have you ever thought of combining your awesome internet presence with awesome real world presence.
    Bear with me a minute before you shoot me down with a “What you talking about Willis” comment.
    Over here on the other side of the world (OZ) theres a bit of a niche market (theres that word again) for people to teach ‘hobby skills’. Not the right word but I can’t think of another. Theres plenty of Evening colleges that you can do short courses at but they don’t tend to be adventurous; massage, cooking etc. Over the years I’ve done a couple of  very short informal courses in peoples homes and always thought they would be a good little earner if I was good enough (read knowledgable enough) to run one.
    For instance. Theres a guy here in Sydney whos passion is Valve Amps. He runs a weekend course out of home where with 10 like minded souls you learn as much as he can teach you about building a home brew Guitar Amp. You get to build a basic version and for $500 (x 10) if you are the guy running it, You walk away with a wealth of knowlege, something you’ve made and  that warm fuzzy glow from having made something and hanging out with a bunch of like minded souls.
    Example 2: I used to work in a Motorcycles breakers and the boss did a similar thing a couple of times a year. A 10 week course (Saturdays) where you would come in and learn how to overhaul your caburettor or spoke a wheel or whatever the class wanted to learn. Very informal and relaxed, Content driven by us students and he got to make a nice little pile on the side.
    Another course which i havn’t done but am seriously thinking of is mudbrick building weekend. Same deal, informal tuition,  lots of fun and a bit of extra cash in hand for the person running it.
    Now both of you people seem to be people, people. (I’m sure i could fit another “people” in there if i really tried:-)
    You also have specific skills you could pass on.
    I know you got lots of space and outbuildings that could be used as a classroom cos’ well theres pictures of them all over your Blog.
     So what are you good at that you could teach other people? Lots, a whole blog full in fact.
    Hell! I’d enroll straight away in whatever you were teaching if only the Pacific Ocean wasn’t in the way.

    • Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Hey Brett,
      First off thanks for coming out of the comment closet.  Good ideas and a Diff’rent Strokes reference?  Awesome!  

      I think you have a good point about doing local classes.  Molly has started a sewing class and it’s doing well.  Not making tons of $ but everyone has fun. A few other classes could really help our bottom line.

      I think we’re also coming around to the idea of sticking to what we do best rather than diluting our efforts on yet another time consuming site.

      If you do host a mud brick workshop (remember there are always others more ignorant than you) you’ll end up with a pile of bricks to build with.  Do a few and then you can charge the same people to come help you build them into something.   Hmmm….that’s not a bad idea.

      Molly’s all for teleporting over for classes.  You know she loves her Aussies.

  9. Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I think you should forget the niche and start charging to view your videos.  I can see you two in Amazing Race.  I have been telling Fred we should apply -that would be some real entertainment!  BTW – I love how your little dog (that looks like Lydia) is enjoying your performance – he even yawns during it – lol!  I’m headed to watch #3 and I can’t wait!

    • Posted February 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      That’s Archie- he’s the female version of Lydia!  I’ve seen the Amazing Race.  Mike hadn’t and looked it up after he read your comment.  His comment: ‘IT’S HARD!’  You all are nuts to ‘want’ to do it!
      We are having so much fun making the videos (I have an entire series just of the outtakes that cracks me up).  We can’t think of an immediate way to make money from them.  We can’t monetize them on Youtube because Adsense kicked us out a few months back 😕

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