This is part four of my series on how to build an affiliate website, where I’ll be using websitehosting.com as a case study. In this article I’ll be discussing the progress of the site so far and talking about the process of submitting the site to Google News. You can find previous installments in this series by following the links below:
Website Hosting Progress:
It’s been about 10 weeks since I purchased Website Hosting and I think it’s important to cover some of what I’ve done so far. In previous parts of this series I talked about how important posting original, well-written content to the site is. In fact, this has been my main objective from day one. I’ve done my best to ensure that at least one new piece of content has been posted to the site everyday since I launched it. I’m happy to say that I now have over 150 news articles on the site, 10 web hosting reviews, and about 10 general hosting related articles. Since I now have over 100 news articles on the site, I feel comfortable submitting the site to Google News – something I’m going to talk about in depth later in this post.
I’ve also been successful in getting some early links to the site. By working with my partners in the hosting industry, I’ve been able to get a few very high quality links from Host Gator, InMotion Hosting, and WebHostingHub. I’ve also gotten a few totally natural links by writing the news articles mentioned above. These links will prove to be invaluable in the future and they are all 100% white hat.
All this hard work has translated in higher rankings for my main search term “Website Hosting”. Over the past month I’ve jumped 10 positions and now find myself on the 8th page. The additional news articles have also translated into additional traffic. I’m now at about 80 unique visitors per day, a 62% increase in traffic from last month. Finally, the most exciting thing is this translating into signups. My total signup ticker is sitting at about 10.
Submitting Your Site To Google News
The main reason I wanted to write this post was to talk about the process for submitting a site to Google News. It’s been my experience that you need a site that is at least 3-4 months old, has at least 100 quality news stories, and has at least 5 authors before they will accept your site. These are unwritten rules, but they have worked for me in the past.
I recently crossed the threshold for the before mentioned requirements, so I felt like now was a good time to submit my site. However, it is my understanding that Google News has made it harder to get included, because so many people are trying to take advantage of it. If they deny me on my first attempt, I’ll just keep adding more content and try again in 3 months.
In addition to the requirements I mentioned above, Google has some additional requirements that they openly discuss. Let me review those below:
Number Of Authors – Google will allow you to submit the form with 0 authors, but it is generally accepted that you need at least 5 authors before they will approve you. I used a combination of authors to write my content and had a total of 6 authors when I submitted my site.
Contact Information – You’ll need a place to list the contact information for your site and contact forms do not count. You’ll need a physical address, phone numbers, and an email address. You can see an example of what I setup for my contact information on Website Hosting’s contact page.
List of Authors – You’ll need a place to list all the authors on your site and their respective contact information. You can see how I handled this on Website Hosting’s about page.
Other Information – The rest of the form is pretty straight forward, requiring you to fill out your full name, address, type of site you run etc.
You can submit your site to Google News by following this link.
After I submitted the form I got an email that said “Please note that due to the high volume of sites we review it may take several weeks before we’re able to respond. We’ll work to review your site as soon as we can, but cannot predict exactly when you will receive a response from our team. Furthermore, we ask that you refrain from re-submitting your site for inclusion as it may create additional delays.” As soon as I hear something, good or bad, I will make a follow up post.