The Baby and The Bath Water

Last Update: February 23, 2016

WA has given me a lot of knowledge, but now I need some WA wisdom!

Off to a good start

It's been two months since I joined WA and started my first website with lots of enthusiasm and perhaps some rose colored glasses. Over the past two months I've written content, gotten well over a hundred comments on my site (two hundred plus if you count my responses), used Google + and started social media.

An uneasy feeling

Sometime last week I started to get an uneasy feeling. Some of my WA peers who started around similar times are blogging about Google page 1 rankings and even a few small sales.

How is my site doing?

My pages, including the ones with low hanging fruit keywords, are still stuck at Google page 5 or worse.

It seemed like my website's development was lagging, or worse, arrested.

Englightenment!

Then, I watched some of Jay's training about SERPs. His lessons taught me something very very valuable. Just because a keyword looks like low hanging fruit from a QSR perspecitve, does not mean that it'll be easy to rank...who are the SERPS for that keyword? What are their page authorities?

The wedding niche is competitive anywhoo. I don't see the ROI for low volume search terms just to get QSRs under 50 ESPECIALLY when those low hanging fruit keywords have super competitive SERPs.

I'm not whining or complaining. No PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) here...just setting the stage for my question to you.

What would you do?

Should I wipe the slate clean and start looking for a new niche?

P.S. The stubborn part of me wants to stick with it....but at what cost? Success to me isn't making the first niche work at all costs, no matter how long it takes, against GREAT ODDS...it's about learning and making money online so I can leave my cublicle job in 403 days :)

Eagerly Awaiting Your Words of Wisdom...

Respectfully,

Alyssa

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lavera Premium
what is your website about and maybe you can share your link. I'm here since may of 2015 and did earn few very small commissions from my site. I do believe that for any niche there are the people to read your post and be a loyal costumers. If it is your passion you should go for it.
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AlyssaBaron Premium
Hi! It's about beach weddings www.beachbrideboutique.com. I think I bit off more than I could chew in a super competitive niche. Or perhaps I didn't go narrow enough. Anyway, after getting some good feedback from WA and family, I'm going to keep the site, but change it to an ecommerce store (probably via Shopify), and take the lessons learned and focus my immediate time and energy on finding a good affiliate marketing niche. I've got more than one passion :)
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RaeAnnePond Premium
I agree with Jude completely. Don't get rid of this site because you can do something else with it later. But for now, focus on something that has a marketable value now, rather than down the line. You have so many options available here to you, jump on them. Why the heck not? Go for it!
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AlyssaBaron Premium
Hi RaeAnne, you and Jude are the voices of reason I needed to hear this morning. Why create a dilemma with an "either/or" approach. You've provided the "and" :). I'll hang onto the site, but I think its not suited to affiliate marketing. Okay, then. Now I feel good about this new approach. Keep the old and start something new!
Alyssa
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RaeAnnePond Premium
I'm so glad I could help you Alyssa. I'm a black and white type of person and sometimes I need someone to take me by the hand now and again and show me the grey area in between. I think we all need that from time to time.

Rae Anne
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JudeP Premium
Ooh, you got me thinking now! Maybe put your first love on the back burner for a little while and take a look at something new. Don't forget you can create a lot of websites here as a Premium member, but DON'T throw the baby out with the bath water! You can always come back to it when you have the luxury of time and money :)
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AlyssaBaron Premium
Hi Jude - nice approach. I'll keep the site! Heck, it only costs $10 a year. Maybe I'll turn it into an ecommerce shop down the road. No sense trashing two months worth of work. Thanks for the level-headed advice.
Alyssa
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