Tools I Will Use For The Challenge
Over the years I have amassed a huge array of software tools to help with making money online.
Do they all work? Probably not – and there are only a handful that I keep coming back to that do work and will give me the results I need. I plan to use a few tools for the Niche Site Challenge that will help me research my keywords, make me money, track my ranking and also write my content for me.
Here is a list of the tools I plan to use, which will most likely change over the course of the challenge:
For me, this has been the best keyword research tool I have had. I bought the full version when I started the 30 day challenge (when market samurai actually first came out I think) and have not looked back since.
One of the massive upsides for me is that it runs in Adobe Air, which means it is native on my MacBook. I have to run other Windows tools inside a VirtualBox virtual machine, which is ok and not too much hassle, but it’s nice to have a product that runs on my Mac.
Also, the support and updates and investment that the MS team make on a regular basis is excellent. It is all too common for someone to make a tool and then dump it soon after raking in the cash. I have also tried other tools such as Micro Niche Finder, but as they are PC based, they always leave me annoyed at having to run them inside a VM.
You can get a free trial of Market Samurai here.
I assume I will be using Spin Rewriter to spin an article for submission to either my main money site, or most likely as tier 1 backlink articles, submitted to places such as Ezinearticles.
As with the previous tool, this software is web based, so I can run it on my Mac with no issues and the quality of the spin is very good (and getting better!).
I used to use The Best Spinner, but often found that I was spending too long navigating the (Windows) program. I actually found it easier to use the “sentence rewriting” option that allowed me to view a sentence in the article and the rewrite it manually in my own words.
Since moving to Spin Rewriter, I have created my own article tool that will allow me to manually rewrite articles by the sentence/paragraph. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it works and it’s great for dropping in an article from somewhere else and giving it your own voice.
Hopefully, I will plan to use both of these tools on my new site.
GSA Search Engine Ranker
This Windows software is designed to create backlinks to your site by dropping comments, articles, posts and accounts around the web. I know that tools like this already exist (Senuke, XRumer etc) but GSA is much cheaper and can be tweaked to run in many different ways.
For example, you can set a project to run, dropping articles (created with spun text) onto article sites with a PR or 6 or more. This article will obviously have your backlink to your site added, which you can rotate through any keyword you want, plus random “click here” type anchor text.
GSA Search Engine Ranker will also handle all of your registration emails and verify that the links have been created. Once they have been verified, you can set a 2nd project to only work on those verified links, dropping less valuable backlinks to it, rather than direct to your money site.
Therefore, with a bit of work, you can set up a good link pyramid quite easily and schedule it to run at only a set number of submissions per day (plus or minus a random amount to make it look natural) or between certain hours of the day.
The power of this tool is amazing. When combined with GSA Indexer and GSA Captcha Solver, you have a very automated tool on your hands.
I would like to invest in a Windows VPS to run this 24*7, but I have it running all the time inside my VirtualBox image on my Mac, which is not too bad.
How do I plan to use this tool as part of the Niche Site Challenge? I am not 100% sure yet, but I suspect I will use it to create a backlink pyramid to my money site, slowly over time. Nothing is set in stone yet.
WordPress And Plugins
I will be using a WordPress site for the challenge and a few plugins that will make managing the site much easier.
I will most likely use the following:
- Yoast SEO plugin
- WP-Insert for managing Adsense or banner ads
- WP Super Cache to keep the site nice and speedy
- Maxblogpress Ninja Affiliate – something I picked up quite a while ago that allows me to create pretty affiliate links and have the plugin automatically hyperlink relevant words on the site to the offer. It’s a great time saver.
I am not sure beyond that with regards to WordPress plugins.
Rank Checker Ace
This web based service tracks the SERPS of Google, Yahoo and Bing! to show me where my site ranks for certain keywords. The great thing is, that it sends you an email daily with your rank revealed and shows if it has dropped or gained any places.
I will be using this tool to track the location of my site during this Niche Site Challenge.
Plus, it’s free 🙂 So what’s not to like? Sign up here
So which tools will you be using for your Niche Site Challenge? Let me know in the comments box below.