My Niche Website Project – Update #3

The TimeLine

Number of Days Since Launch: 56 Days

Apr 9, 2020read about Niche Pursuit Project #4
Apr 28, 2020bought the domain
Apr 29, 2020launched the website
May 3, 2020published the introduction post
May 11, 2020got approved by Google Adsense
May 28, 2020got a ranking post for the first time, at 99
Jun 9, 2020had my first Pinterest visitor
Jun 17, 2020the beginning of a 5-day visitor streak (1 or 2/day)

Update by Category

💵 Google AdSense (Ad Revenue) – $0
📈 Google Analytics (Traffic) – got my first Pinterest visitor & a 5-day streak with at least 1 visitor
🏅 Keyword Ranking (The Hoth) – ranking between 42 to 95 for 7 of my target keywords
🌐 Website Design – installed a new free template
✍️ Posts – published 21 posts since last update (29 in total)
📌 Pinterest – published 23 pins (25 in total)
🤝 Affiliate Programs – applied to 2 programs and got approved, started including links from 1

Google Adsense

As mentioned above, I have not made any ad revenue yet. My experience with jenthinks tells me I won’t be making anything significant anytime soon.

However, I plan on doing this for the long haul and since this is my first attempt at a niche website, I expect it to take longer than average.

Keyword Ranking

I don’t pay for any keyword research tool or SEO ranking check service yet so I have decided to use the free SEO ranking check function on The Hoth for now for consistency.

As mentioned, 3DIAC ranked between 42 to 95 for 7 of my target keywords. This likely won’t bring me any organic traffic but I have noticed that this free SEO ranking report on The Hoth is a little delayed. This means my site could be ranking better than what the report suggests now (but the opposite could also be true).

I don’t anticipate spending money on any paid SEO ranking or keyword research tool this year but depending on how jenthinks grows, I might think about it next year.

Website Design

Thanks to spending a Saturday looking for a template for jenthinks, I have also applied the same free template to 3DIAC.

It is not 100% what I wanted 3DIAC to look like but I think it’s pretty satisfactory for now. My vision for 3DIAC is for it to look more informative and less pretty but that will probably be a project for later this year.


Since my last update, I came up (with the help of Eric) with an idea of a series of complementary posts for a single pillar post. There are 12 pillar posts so far and the site has a total of 31 posts since launching the website on Apr 29, 2020.

I have slowed down on posting considerably in the last couple of weeks as I focused more of my attention on CPA and jenthinks. After my exam, I will be spending an equal amount of time on both sites.


Getting my first visitor from Pinterest was very exciting! My Pins started getting impressions and were even saved a few times. Since the website doesn’t rank well on Google yet, Pinterest’s traffic is very critical right now.

I have some catching up to do on Pins but since I normally do them in batches, I should be able to catch up on a weekend.

Affiliate Programs

I found another commission program (not Commission Junction) which I applied to and was approved the next day. I started including affiliate links in the posts and even though I have not had any successful referral, I think I will once traffic picks up.

I would be really happy if I can get my first successful referral in 2020 but I am not sure about it yet.


Even though 3DIAC is barely getting any traffic right now, it got its first organic and social referrals a lot earlier than jenthinks did. I believe it has a lot to do with both the volume of posting (29 posts in less than 2 months) and the effort I put into keyword research.

For jenthinks, I mostly posted whatever I wanted to in the beginning. I also barely posted in the first year so the first half of my posts (~30 posts) were posted within the first year when the other half were posted within the last 3 months. Now, I also make sure I do some keyword research before I write a post on both sites.

My plan for the next month would be to catch up on some posts and Pins.

Read all of the Niche Website Project posts here

about jen

CPA in Vancouver. 9-to-5 Traveler. Hotels Lover. Real Estate Investor.


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