So I am not a big fan of most programs out there teaching you how to build a niche site. 99% of them are scams and a big reason for the internet becoming crap. Even though I do SEO for a living I am always reading, always learning. Any tricks I can find simply make be a better SEO. A few months ago I purchased Chris Lee’s RankXL SEO niche course. I have been practicing some techniques he mentioned on a brand new site and all I can saw is wow. Check out my RankXL review below.
If you want to build an authority niche site the right way, this is definitely the course you want!
Note: This course is not a shortcut. It requires work, commitment, and is all about building an authority site with best SEO white hat techniques and strategies. But if you stick with it, the payoff is huge! What do I mean by authority site? This is not your typical small Amazon affiliate or Adsense site targeting small keywords. This is about building a large site long term that generates 20x that of a small niche site. Yes all the secret sauce is in this!
Chris Lee’s course focuses a lot on Adsense since that is what he makes a living on, however 95% of this course applies to best practices for gaining organic traffic, SEO, link building, etc. It works great for Amazon affiliates as well. And yes it is all white hat. If you follow this course you won’t have to worry about Google penalizing your site.
This is now version 3.0 of Chris Lee’s course. I bought it when it was version 1.0 and he has added so much information that it is almost mind boggling. Seriously, everything you need to succeed is in this guide!
4 Main Parts
The course itself contains 4 main parts.
Part 1: Niche & Keyword Research
Part 2: On-Site SEO & Site Structure
Part 3: Link Building
Part 4: Adsense, Growth, Putting Everything Together
- Niche Book
- Scalable Link Outreach Guide
- Deep Dives
- 3 Month Checklist
- PDF Cheatsheets
- Q&A Pack
- WordPress Themes
My Success with RankXL
So I decided to give his course a test drive! I have a niche site I am building on the side (I don’t want to reveal the domain yet due to competitors). I started it in October 2015 following only Chris Lee’s RankXL course. Since I have a full-time job and other projects I am involved with I have only been spending around 30 minutes a day or less on this! That’s right you heard me, not very much time. In fact this week I have not even logged into the site once because I have been busy. You don’t need a lot of time for this to work. Obviously the more time you put in will result in faster success.
Here is my traffic since October 2015. The site now gets a consistent 9,000+ visitors a month. All organic traffic. And that is from 30 minutes a day or less, only touching the site 3 or 4 times a week.
And here are the profits! Yes, profits already. Some of this is from Amazon and some from Google Adsense. What works great is if you pick a niche where both can be used.
- October 2015: $4.09
- November 2015: $45.78
- December 2015: $98.19
- January 2016: $125.35
- February 2016: $165.22
- March 2016: $235.10
- October 2016: $1000.00+
Now part of Chris Lee’s strategies is outsourcing the content. That is how I don’t spend that much time on the site. This is not a new strategy. I can tell you I have outsourced 100% of the website’s content to iWriter. Chris also mentions other places to outsource in his course. So the profit above is not really profit yet since I spent money on buying articles. Each article I am buying only costs $10.50 (1,000 word articles), but you can go even cheaper and get $7 articles! But I can stop at any time and it would be profit. In fact in March I only spent $40 on content, so there was profit achieved in March.
June 2016 Update
I had my first $10 day from Google AdSense happen in June! Not to mention the biggest earnings to date during the month of May. And the site now gets over 25,000 visitors per month, all organic.
September 2016 Update
As of September 2016, my niche authority site now consistently makes well over $500 per month and gets over 70,000 visitors per month! Now that it has so much traffic I am actually spending more time on optimizing better ways increase the revenue, such as A/B testing ad placements, new 3rd party ad networks, etc. I am also in discussions now with some big name brands about ad placements. Things get exciting when you get closer to the 100,000 visitors per month mark.
At the beginning it is all about ranking for keywords and building your organic traffic. I use Accuranker to keep track of all my keyword rankings. I haven’t published a single blog post this entire week and traffic has continued to rise, that is how I know this strategy is working. Here is a snapshot of my Accuranker keyword ranking distribution.
I can also click into the dashboard and see which URLs and keywords are ranking in which positions, and monitor their change over time.
Now is $1,000 from a niche site a lot of money? No, but the beauty of this is that it is totally scalable and there really is no limit on how big you can grow. You can easily do this while working another job and grow it slowly over time. I will not stop until my niche site is earning $5,000 or more per month. My next strategy is to introduce some paid advertising, like Facebook ads to really jump start the growth even further, as long as I make more than I spend, it is totally scalable.
October 2016 update: I have now taken my authority niche site to over $1,000 a month and over 100,000 visitors. Check out my in-depth post on how to build a niche site.
Questions Answered with RankXL
Being an SEO and practicing new methods on a daily basis I still personally learned a lot with Chris Lee’s course and there are few hidden gems which made it totally worth it. Here are some commons questions that are answered in the course.
- How can I find good niche that will make money?
- How do I rank for keywords?
- How do I build long sustaining SEO traffic?
- How do I outsource the writing and where?
- What type of Google Adsense units perform the best?
- What colors of Google Adsense ads perform the best?
- What WordPress theme do you recommend for earning the most?
- How do I build backlinks?
- What should I say when asking people to link to me?
Chris Lee has a 30-day refund which is rare on information products. The reason is Chris is a smart guy, he knows how much value is in his course. There is no way you will be asking for a refund! You’ll probably want to print it out and sleep with it, trust me.
So you are probably wondering how much it costs. You can get the complete course for $297 or 3 monthly payments of $99. Yes, I know, it’s not cheap by any means. But in my opinion he could be charging $500-$1000 for the amount of quality content that is in this course. Everything you need to be successful and earn passive income is in this guide.
I hope this RankXL review was helpful. Have any questions? Feel free to ask them below. Let me know what you think of the course if you buy it and join me on my authority niche site building adventure!