Jon Alford – Final CMC Update

First of all, I’d like to thank Sarah for agreeing to lead this challenge and help us all develop our niche sites. It was a great learning experience and the participants added value with their questions and findings.

Sarah worked with me to develop a curriculum for the 8 weeks and she tweaked it making it more effective and put together great study guides with great resources. All in all, it was a positive experience.

What I’ve learned

Being involved in this challenge taught me more about building mini sites. It taught me a lot about what not to do and I know what I’ll do differently in the future. From new layout and design insights to SEO strategy and outsourcing, this challenge helped me immensely.

I’ve come away with a new process for building these sites and getting things done. There are outsourcers I’m now going to avoid and ones that I am happy to work with again for affiliate site building.

Also, this challenge strengthened my belief that having a community to support you and keep you accountable helps get the job done. Without the weekly meetings and Sarah’s homework assignments, I may have been more likely to fall off track.

Working with this challenge taught me about new tools, free and paid, to run the framework of the challenge which is great. It’s always intriguing to learn about and test new tools of the trade.

What I plan on doing with the site

In the coming weeks I plan to make the home page a static page instead of the WordPress posts page. On the home page I’ll test a few different offers and layouts but may initially use a site like Golfsmith.com as my inspiration.

I will continue to add reviews of different golf equipment and have my outsource worker(s) help build backlinks to the website.

This site may also be a good test bed for Adsense so we’ll see if I have any success there. If I lose any passion or momentum for developing this project I’ll list it on Flippa.com, the popular website auction community.

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