Anyone up for a friendly Niche Site Challenge?


I have recently started exploring Niche Sites as a source of passive income. I actually set myself to explore at least 5 new passive income revenue streams this year (started last April) and this is one of them.

I was reading a lot about it first like I always do and came across this post were Pat Flynn explains how Tyrone Shum challenged him to see who was able to launch a more successful niche site. He also explained how other fans who read about the challenge decided to join as well and they all started working towards a common goal, building a successful niche website.

I thought this was a great idea, it’s like making a kid eat vegetables and be happy about it but for adults. It’s a win, win situation, and it can be a lot of fun and life changing for many.

I’ve written about why I believe everyone should build their Passive Income portfolio in the past, even if you are happy with you regular job and want to stay at your company and keep growing there professionally. Well a challenge like this one can be a great way to get started. It brings some game dynamics into the equation, some healthy competition that will keep you engaged and exited.

That’s why I believe that duel that Pat and Tyrone had back in 2010 should be replicated, and that’s why I would like to challenge anyone who feels like it to compete against me (and as many of you who would like to join) in building a successful niche site on 2016.

Niche Site Challenge ground rules

Any challenge need some ground rules, and although there won’t be many here are a few guidelines I think will help keep everyone on the same page.

  • Challenge starts on January 1st 2016 and lasts for 6 months.
  • If you already have niche sites that’s cool, but for this challenge you will have to start one from scratch. Any domain names registered before January 1st 2016 won’t be valid.
  • Success can mean different things for different people. In this case success will be measured by earnings (dollars).
  • To ensure everyone has the same opportunities two things will be forbidden; 1. Paying for traffic and 2. Using an already existing site or mailing list (if you have one) to drive traffic to the new site.

Everything should be documented and any numbers you want to use as proof of success should be backed up by screenshots of reputable sources (AdSense, Google Analytics, Amazon Affiliates, etc.)

What do you say? Anybody up for a little healthy competition and making some money in 2016? If so, I encourage you to comment on this post so that we all know who is in and start to know each other!

Subscribe to the Challenge!

Subscribe and you’ll receive a series of posts I will be putting together before the end of the year on how I personally approach the creation of a new niche site. You will also receive updates on the challenge itself once it starts!

15 Comments on "Anyone up for a friendly Niche Site Challenge?"

  1. Love this idea! Im definitely in.

    I guess I should use the Christmas holidays to start thinking about a profitable niche 😉

  2. I’m down. You got skype or something?

    • Guillermo Carone | January 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm | Reply

      Hi Pav, that’s great to hear!

      Sure, look me up (ID: guillermo.carone). I will also be reaching out to all of you who decided to participate really soon for a short “interview” to go up on the challenge page.

  3. I’d be interested to follow along.

  4. I would be down to get on this!

    • Guillermo Carone | January 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm | Reply

      Hi Greg, glad to hear that! Now I just need two things from you to sign you up:
      1. A short bio (a couple of lines would do)
      2. A bullet list with your goals for the first 30 days of the challenge

  5. Guillermo, count me in! Just bought a domain yesterday!

  6. i am totally interested , i am newbie from india not good in english but still wanna make it spo i am focousing on improving it and i would go with amazon niche site

    • Guillermo Carone | January 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm | Reply

      Hello Asjad, happy to have you on board! I just need two things from you to sign you up:

      1. A short bio (a couple of lines would do)
      2. A bullet list with your goals for the first 30 days of the challenge

      And don’t worry about your English, I will edit your bio and goals if I find they could be better written. Getting started is what really counts! 😉

  7. Just joined. Looking forward to working with you all and building a fantastic new website and finally learning how to market it successfully and drive traffic.

    It looks like we already have a real mix of people with different skills, which is great. Cannot wait to get started :-).

  8. I’m in! I built an e-commerce site in 2015 + a site providing tools. Both sites had no visits, so I now want to do it the other way now : build a site with content to get visitors first, then monetize.
    I will be slow because I have another job taking most of my time. I don’t expect more than finding a niche + build an empty site in 30 days (which includes : buying a DN and hosting stuff with WP+theme)

  9. Hi Guillermo!!

    Laia told me about this challenge! I really love to participate! Its posible??? Thanks a lot!

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