I promised myself I wouldn’t build any more “mini” sites. I really did, and I’ve basically stuck to that this entire year.
However, a very good opportunity came about the other day, and I had to jump on it. I bought SlipperyElm.com in private via Sedo, and wanted to put a website up ASAP because slippery elm is suppose to be great for colds, and it’s almost cold season.
The term “slippery elm” has 4,400 exact match local searches, which isn’t huge, but when you look at the broad searches, that is people looking for slippery elm products like tea, bark, powder…etc, it’s a much larger number. Even Thayers, the company that produces the most popular slippery elm lozenges, owns SlipperyElm.net.
As I discussed the other day, I used TextBroker.com to write the articles, which I edited a bit where necessary, although there weren’t many edits. I also found a few photos on Flickr (made sure they were free to use). I found a template on FreeCSSTemplates.org, which I modified, and I spent about 3 hours building the new site.
So… now comes a little bit of link building, some SEO work, and hopefully it will rank well. As you can see, it’s monetized with Google Adsense.
When you build your own sites, don’t forget to add a sitemap (freebies at XML-Sitemaps.com or a free plugin for WordPress), add your Google Analytics code, and add the website to your Google Webmaster Tools account.