Niche Designer

An Exploration of Niche Site Design and Development


Visual Design Stats

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

I love statistics. There is nothing more helpful then data telling you what works and what doesn’t. So I love trying out new statistics programs. Crazy Egg is like no statistics program I have seen. It allows you to track where on your design users click. I think this is going to be great for niche site developers because now we can see where people click and improve our site design to generate even more revenue. It works kind of like eyetracker research, except that it tracks mouse clicks and represents them either on a heatmap or in graphical format:

Crazy Egg Heat Map Graphical Representation of Clicks

I don’t think they are allowing any more beta testers at this time, but the official launch is set for mid-April. I’ll be sure to post with an update when their service is available.

Keyword Difficulty Tool

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I am loving this keyword difficulty tool. You type in a keyword and it will tell you how difficult it will be to rank well in that term. And instead of confusing numbers, it gives you an answer in graphical format.
Keyword Difficulty Tool Results

You can try it for yourself below: webmaster tool

This site also has other neat tools like the google cache dance, which will let you see when the next update of your cache will happen, or you can check to see if you are banned by google.

Wallpaper Site and 3 New Tools

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

I have just finished my first niche site that includes Peakclick as a method of monotization. I made a site about Wholesale Wallpaper with RSSG (really simple site generator). RSSG is a free site generator that is open source. I have never used any of the site generators that cost money, but I must say I rather liked RSSG. In the future I will offer templates to use with RSSG and also additional modules, etc.

For this site I used Peakclick RSS to add filler content that will keep my pages fresh. I found that Peakclick paid about 4 – 5 cents for a click with the keyword “wallpaper”. This might sound terrible, but Adsense usually pays less than 10 cents for this keyword. Also, other keywords do make more (although I don’t think they have any keywords that get over $2.00 bids). I wouldn’t stop using Adsense or YPN and use peakclick instead. But I don’t think that’s what peakclick is meant to do. It is a nice way to add RSS content that can make you a little extra money.

I actually used 3 new tools for this site: RSSG, PeakClick, and Orwell. Orwell is a great piece of software! I found out about it over at the Niche Marketing Mastermind Forum. Basically, its like an article browser. You to go certain article sites with the software and search for your keyword, when you find an article you like, it saves all the information for you. You can save it as a .txt or .html. I used it tonight to find wallpaper articles for my Wallpapersite and it was actually fun to use. I didn’t want to stop finding articles, it is addictive! Be warned. Plus it’s free, can’t get any better than that.

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