My name’s Mandeep I’ve just finished the first version of my site, undertenner.com, which presents results from Google Products in a clear and simple way. The site currently serves the UK and US and there are still a few things that need to be ironed out (ebay and Amazon used goods sometime have misleading prices in the search results as they can change often).
I first registered the domain on 31 August 2009 and wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with it. The site was inspired by undertenpounds.com and underfivepounds.com, both of which no longer exist, and to a certain extain by the retail chain Poundland.
I started working on the current version of the site on 13 May 2010, whilst working full-time, and with my low skilled, hook and crook approach to coding I managed to get a live version out on 19th May.
Traffic (the absence of)
I was quite pleased with getting a live site out in 6 days and the next challenge was to generate traffic. I thought the best place to get my site noticed was on www.moneysavingexpert.com, one of the leading money saving sites for frugal people in the UK with 15 million visits a month (8 million uniques). I registered on the forum, which is very active, and posted a thread for my site on 19th May in the bargain finder section where I thought I’d find my perfect audience.
I received two responses to my thread, the first said I need to have some rules for the site so I can ban users if they break the rules. Rules? All a user can do is search the site, and there is nowhere to register just yet – either I missed something or the comment did.
The second comment said the site was ‘bloody awful’ as it returned a result that was over ten pounds – this was true and a valid point. A few minutes later my thread was deleted from the whole forum http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2479515 ! The deleted thread is now the first search result when searching for ‘undertenner’ on Google!
I decided instead to email moneysavingexpert.com and request an article on my site. I sent the following email on 19 May:
I got no response.
With my absence of traffic, I’ve decided to try my hand at SEO. I googled ’101 SEO tips’ and came across http://www.seobook.com/archives/001792.shtml by Aaron Wall and Andy Hagans.
I’ve now decided to sequentially work through the approved SEO methods listed in that article over the next few months and see where I end up. See future posts for progess!