undertenner.com launched

Hey all,

Introduction

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).

Timing

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:

Hi,
I’ve just completed my site that helps users find items under ten pounds from across the web. It’s completely free to use. It’s not quite perfect just yet but I’m continuing working on it. I would be grateful if you could do an article on it as I’m trying to raise awareness of the site.
Regards,
Mandeep

I got no response.

Plan B

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!

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments