Grow Your Mini Sites

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Subscribe to Elliot's BlogI’ve been busy today working on the just launched Secaucus.com, which I had created by Rick and his guys at aeiou.com.   Secaucus is a city in New Jersey, located about 4 miles from Manhattan.   It was voted the 11th best city to live in New Jersey in 2008 by New Jersey Monthly magazine.
While the mini-site Rick and his team created looks great, I wanted to add more content to the site.   IMO, content is what drives traffic to a site, and the more content you create, the more traffic the site will receive. As a result, I expect to earn more Adsense revenue and hopefully get advertisers to want to buy links and advertising space.
Since Secaucus.com is the smallest of my geo websites, I wanted to build a mini site with good information but required little upkeep and maintenance.   I just started adding commonly searched for information, such as lawyers in Secaucus, Secaucus gas prices, and Secaucus banks.   I will continue to add pages with the hope of building traffic and generating revenue.
My aeiou.com mini site template got me off to a great start, and I am going to take off running with it.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Elliot-
    I think the site looks great. I’m actually trying aeiou on one of my sites right now as well. However, I noticed Secaucus.com isn’t on the first couple pages of search results in google, yahoo, or MSN. Isn’t SEO where aeiou really claims their value is? What’s your feelings on this? Is it just too early to gauge in your opinion?

  2. Elliot, I would suggest you get a better panorama of Secaucus. The city actually look better than the headpix you have on that site. There are some areas around the city’s Home Depot where you can get a nice shot of highrise buildings – with Manhattan skyline view afar. Take some time, drive around you will see what I am talking about.

  3. Why pay aeiou when you can hire someone to write more content (same quality or better) for less, and stick it into a nice CMS like WordPress and run one of the hundreds of quality templates available. Same SERP’s, same CTR, same everything, for under half the price. The only thing is the link building they do, but who knows what that could be ($4 directory submissions upwards I guess).
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    There are also plenty of do-it-yourselfers who decide to renovate their kitchens on the cheap. Sure I could have gone around and found someone cheaper, but sometimes it’s about convenience. I think the site looks pretty good, it was easy to do, and it’s VERY easy to manage (and grow).

  4. Matt-
    I totally agree I can do it cheaper myself. aeiou claims they excel at the seo and link building part. Yet I don’t see it helping Elliot at this point. i hope they do better with my RewardsCreditCard.com
    -Mike
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    Keep in mind this was just launched within the past couple days. The name never had been developed before, so it will take a while for SEs to recognize it.

  5. Elliot,
    Nice looking site. As with TropicalBird.com I look forward to hearing about the site’s progress. Part of AEIOU’s package is a day of intensive link building, but it seems there are no backwards links for Secaucus.com just yet – this is no criticism of AEIOU as I guess it takes time for these things to show up, and i guess there are not that many backwards links relevant to such a geospecific site? What is the linkbuilding strategy?

  6. ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    There are also plenty of do-it-yourselfers who decide to renovate their kitchens on the cheap. Sure I could have gone around and found someone cheaper, but sometimes it’s about convenience. I think the site looks pretty good, it was easy to do, and it’s VERY easy to manage (and grow).
    – Not much is easier than WordPress to manage and grow. I have started pumping out these sorts of sites myself. All you need to do is find a good template (which after much testing I have) and a good writer. Fantastico in Cpanel installs WordPress and then you copy and paste the articles in. Easy.
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    Please email me a couple of examples of your sites so I can check them out.

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