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    • #13473
      Spencer Haws
      Keymaster

      Welcome to the official Niche Pursuits Challenge to Build an SEO site with AI Generated Content. Below you will find the details, rules, and application process.

      The Challenge and Prize Money!
      I will be awarding the winner of this challenge $2,500!
      The winner is determined by the site with the most ORGANIC traffic over the previous 30 days at the 6 month mark.
      In order to participate you must fill out the application below (including submitting your video in Community.NichePursuits.com) and follow the rules outlined below.

      Rules:
      1. Must build a NEW site (on a new domain) created after 9/20/23
      2. Must use AI to generate most of the content on the site. (You can human edit or write other articles/pages as needed).
      3. You must provide a short video update of you speaking into the camera each month for 6 months. This video should be 2 minutes or less in length.
      4. You must be willing to provide Spencer Haws access to your Google Search Console or Google Analytics so that he can verify your traffic claims.
      5. You are NOT required (but highly encouraged) to reveal your domain to everyone. However, you must reveal your domain name to Spencer in order to participate.
      6. You must be willing to share the tools or strategies you use to create AI content and grow your site.
      7. I agree to allow any video clips of me to be used by Spencer and Niche Pursuits for future content, videos, and case study updates.

      How to Apply:
      The application has closed. You can still unofficially follow along, but I’m no longer accepting official participants.

      • This topic was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Spencer Haws.
    • #13481
      Princess
      Participant

      Hey guys,

      I’m a freelance SEO strategist from the Philippines. Looking forward to the result of this challenge. Good luck to everyone!

      https://youtu.be/s850_DU7baY

      • #13522
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        I enjoyed your introductory video…You did an excellent job of presenting your skills, your challengers, and your goals. Well done, and I wish you the best…

    • #13484
      Duncan
      Participant

      Hey everyone. I’m a content marketing human from the UK. Here’s my intro video: https://youtu.be/beePtAPxqMs

      • #13523
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Nicely done Duncan. It gives hope to people like me, who are older than dirt, to see young people like you thinking strategically and learning. I wish you the best of success in your endeavors, as well as in this contest.

    • #13485
      Nell
      Participant

      I am up for the challenge πŸ’ͺ

      • #13524
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Nicely done, Nell. I love the fact that you have so much experience doing things in a non-AI well. I look forward to all your contributions. And your speech in English was understandable to me. I look forward to learning from you and wish you the best of success in the contest as well as in life.

      • #14132
        Nell
        Participant

        Hi Tom & Spencer

        Would like to know whether I am allowed to change my participation to existing site challenge, I am interested with the ranklogic free trial 😊

        Please let me know

        Thanks

        • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Nell.
    • #13489
      Ray Roman
      Participant

      Hello everyone. My name is Ray Roman, and I’m excited to join the Build an SEO site with AI Content.
      Here is my video.

      • #13525
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Hello Ray. I’m so happy to meet you online. I’m also an RV Dweller, although we also own a long-term RV park. So, I work in my office in a shed. I love learning from people like you who have been doing this type of thing forever, and I look forward to watching and learning from you as well.

        One thing that RV living has taught me is the value of community and how we all affect each other. Even though I’m not nomadic and moving, I know that I’m extended into this lifestyle of nomadic dwellers.

        We have a lot to learn and teach.

        Best wishes in the contests and I look forward to interacting with you more.

    • #13542
      seogiraffe
      Participant

      Hey Spencer, just wanting some clarification about what qualifies as a new site.

      I have domains that I’ve purchased and have added to my hosting service. I then install WordPress and they site dormant. No content. Empty site.

      If no content or anything else is added until the 20th and thereafter would these still qualify?

      I can send you the domain ahead of time for approval if necessary.

      Thanks!

    • #13494
      Tom Walsh
      Participant

      Whatsup!!!!

      • #13526
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Nice to meet another Tom on here…I’ll think of you as the Tom across the pond…

        Love your background and hope to learn from you. In any case, best wishes in the contest.

      • #13585
        Diane
        Participant

        Hey Tom, I’m down the road in Blackpool πŸ™‚

    • #13498
      Mike Tarantino
      Participant

      Let’s do this! I didn’t mention I’m from Youngstown, Ohio, USA.

      • #13527
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        I enjoyed your introduction, which is basically the same reason I am here. In any case, I wish you success and hope to learn and grow with you.

    • #13500
      Gayathri
      Participant

      Hey Guys, I am in for the challenge.. Looking forward to it

      • #13528
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Well done. Not only are you generating human content, but you’re actively generating a human or humans as well. I have four of my own sons, also. Look forward to learning from you, and wish you all the best in the contest. Let me know if I can help in any way, but I likely can’t…

    • #13543
      Jon Kurtis
      Participant

      Hello fellow builders! I am excited to take part in this challenge as a sort of competitive motivation and case study. I am a Marketer and Web Developer and currently building my first SaaS product, GrailWriter.com, so this will be a great opportunity to dogfood my own product as they say. I also run a Slack Group for programmatic SEO builders to help each other learn at pSEOHackers.com. I have been following Spencer for quite some time and love how open he is sharing his Niche Sites and doing fun things like this contest to engage the community. Good luck to you all.

    • #13501
      Kyle Gordon
      Participant

      Hi Spencer, does the domain name have to be registered after 9/20/23 if we already own a new domain that has never been used?

      Thank you,
      Kyle

      • #13536
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        If the domain has never been used, has no links, has never been indexed…then it can be used.

      • #13767
        Brittany
        Participant

        Oh good this was my question! I bought the domain when I heard about the challenge and was hoping I didn’t disqualify myself! Yay. πŸ™‚

      • #13882
        Sjpals
        Participant

        urg, Ive just realised that out of the two domains I really wanted to use, one had only had a blank wordpress website on, which I deleted, but shows its indexed doing site:{domain}.com, Whereas the other one is not indexed at all when I do a search, but semrush shows a backlink. Im guessing that I cant use either at all πŸ™

      • #13884
        Dennis
        Participant

        Same here, I bought a domain a month ago and it is showing 1 backlink from the Yellow Pages, I’m guessing it was used years ago.

      • #13790
        Tom Walsh
        Participant

        Yeah i bought the domain exactly for this competition – there’s nothing live on it right now, so i think it should be fine?

      • #13912
        Sjpals
        Participant

        Need to check if it’s indexed in google. Go to google.
        Type in
        Site:(your domain).
        If it shows, it’s indexed.

    • #13502

      Let’s do it πŸ’ͺ

      • #13545
        Jon Kurtis
        Participant

        Great video. Way to spice it up.

      • #13509
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        I love your video! Haha. Welcome to the challenge! More details coming soon!

      • #13529
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        I think you’re ready for the podcast, given your existing track record of interviews…The interviewer did an extraordinary job interviewing you as well.

        I hope to learn from you in the contest and will enjoy that accent in your videos. I have other friends that reside up in that part of the world, and I miss them when I hear the accent.

        Well done, and welcome.

      • #13853
        learningmachine
        Participant

        haha Let’s do it πŸ’ͺ

    • #13503
      Jaymes
      Participant

      This seems really interesting, Spencer, and I’m thinking about getting involved. One question: What counts as AI-generated content? For instance, if the content is first outlined by a human, then written by an AI, does that disqualify it?

      • #13510
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        That would count. Any content that involves AI in any step of the process counts. You can human outline, human edit, etc.

    • #13504
      Tim
      Participant

      Can’t wait to start this challenge, I’ve been learning SEO over the past year and started building content generation tools using OpenAI so I am eager to test and learn my automated systems.

      I have no idea where this will take me and to be honest will be both excited and surprised if I actually get any traffic! Good luck everyone.

      • #13530
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome Tim. Great minds think alike.

        While I have no interest in actively selling software anymore, I create my own tools all the time and want to treat it as a test for mine as well.

        In any case, I look forward to learning from your journey and hope that you have lots of success in the contest as well as selling your software.

    • #13506
      Shahzaib Arshad
      Participant

      I’m up for this challenge. I’ll win this challenge. Super excited!

      • #13531
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Glad to hear from you all the way over in Pakistan.

        I look forward to observing someone who has had much success in the AI niche already.

        Welcome, and I look forward to learning from your successes.

    • #13547
      Emmanuel Sunday
      Participant

      Hey everyone. I’m Emmanuel Sunday and I’m in for the challenge! My intro video is below…don’t know if was clear enough cos of my accent. But that’s it. Any questions, I will be willing to answer them. Also, pardon my video quality, it’s my phone camera. Thanks!

    • #13511
      Sonila
      Participant

      I run a food blog and always wanted to start a 2nd website. I bought a brand new domain a long time ago but never started the 2nd website. Does that unused domain count? Or do I need to buy a new one for the challenge? Thank you!

      • #13512
        Tim
        Participant

        @sonila As far as I can see, the rules say the domain name needs to be bought after 20th September which is yet to pass in 7 days time!

      • #13513
        Christina
        Participant

        I think Spencer already responded to a similar question, stating it’s fine as long as the domain has never been used before and has not backlinks.

      • #13537
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Yes, sorry for the confusion guys. If the domain has never been used, never been indexed, never gotten a backlink…basically if its been sitting in your domain registrar and truly never been used, then it’s okay.

      • #13555
        Sjpals
        Participant

        Indexed is the hard one! So many unused ones, but they show up in google if I put site:url

    • #13516
      April Duffy
      Participant

      Alrighty! Let’s go! I already feel like I’m busting a move having made this video with no prep!

      • #13517
        April Duffy
        Participant

        I would love it if we are able to use URL’s that we have registered but did nothing with. I have about four just sitting there, ha ha!

      • #13538
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        That’s okay! No links, no website, not indexed…it can be used.

      • #13532
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome April. I love your accent. My wife’s grandmother grew up in Smith Falls, and we come up that way about every five years and spend some time in the area. I really miss the Chip wagons…

        In any case, I hope you figure out how to grow the new site quickly using Organic traffic and do well in the contest. I’m confident you will win either way.

      • #13577
        April Duffy
        Participant

        Aww, thank you Tom.
        Ha ha, I hear the accent sometimes and others I don’t. A good poutine is worth a visit every few years for sure, ha ha.
        I know I can do the on-page when I take my time, but will AI and volume work (so not messing with the on-page for hours each article)… Gah, I don’t know! It will put me and my SEO to the test for sure.
        Good luck to you as well!

    • #13519
      Sjpals
      Participant

      I am excited to join this challenge…

      • #13533
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome Sara or Sarah (I hope I heard your name correctly). I’m a domain buyer too so I understand your challenge.

        I wish you the best in the contest and hope you can overcome the steep learning curve and win…Either way, both of us will learn.

    • #13520
      Mike Mahaffey
      Participant

      So, is it going to be ok to buy links and traffic?

      • #13539
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Buying traffic will clearly show that its not organic. So, no…you can’t buy traffic and I’ll be able to easily detect this through Google SEarch console.

      • #13554
        Sjpals
        Participant

        I presume other sources like socials are also not allowed and that the whole point is to get ai to generate content that will generate organic traffic

      • #13578
        April Duffy
        Participant

        In my opinion, social signals help, so that would technically be link-building, no? Especially since some of us come with larger social platforms already, it could tilt things I would think.

        I will be curious to hear what Spencer decides.

    • #13521
      Madison Cates
      Participant

      Hey there! I am super excited about this challenge. I’ve been on the freelance side of content creation for the past 7 years and I’m excited to get on the website-owner side of the game.

      • #13544
        Jon Kurtis
        Participant

        Hey Madison. I also have two young boys. They are amazing, but the struggle of trying to be a present parent and still scratch the side project itch is REAL. Good luck.

      • #13546
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Welcome to the challenge, Madison! We are here to provide that extra kick of motivation…this is going to be AWESOME!

      • #13534
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome Madison…I envy your ability to remain competitive even while raising the kids. I look forward do learning from you as well, and best wishes in the contest.

      • #13579
        April Duffy
        Participant

        Oh man, do I understand! I was also trying to do this (without AI) when my daughter was that small and it was HARD. My main site didn’t take off until she went to school and I could get some solid hours in the daytime.

        Good luck! Win or lose (and I want to see a mom win, I’m rooting for you, you got this!) whatever seeds you plant now will sprout and be ready for when you have more time to water them. <3

      • #13776
        John Morphis
        Participant

        Hey there neighbor! I am about an hour east of Dallas. I also have kids so I know the challenge of juggling. Good luck and if you need any help, let me know.

    • #13557
      Jane Maghanoy
      Participant

      Hello, everyone!

      Excited to participate in this Challenge. I’m Jane from the Philippines. Looking forward to learning from everyone.

      • #13644
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        It’s going to be fun watching you make progress, Jane. One thing I love about this contest, as designed by Spencer, is that we have all these participants from around the globe. And we can all learn from each other.

        In any case, I wish you nothing but the best, and I hope you win.

    • #13561
      Chibuzor Aguwa
      Participant

      My name is Chibuzor, and I want to be partake in this challenge. So, here is my challenge video.

      • #13645
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Well done, Chibuzor. I love your attitude, your strategy, and your confidence. Best wishes and I look forward to the lessons I learn from observing your progress.

    • #13562
      Gen Daniel
      Participant

      Here’s my entry for the challenge πŸ˜…

      My interest | My Elevation | And Competitive mindset

      • #13646
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        I love it. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, so I love learning from those that do…Best wishes.

    • #13564
      Tim
      Participant

      When are we supposed to start this challenge, can we start now? I am a bit lost with what is supposed to happen after we have done the video and posted in here?

      • #13597
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Wait until 9/20 to start. I’ll be sending out an email with more details. I’m just keeping the “application” period open until 9/20 (no one can join after that date).

    • #13572
      Rick Orford
      Participant

      Greetings, fellow adventurers of the written word!

      I’m Rick Orford, your trusty travel and finance aficionado, and I’ve embarked on a journey that’s about to take the Niche Pursuits 6-month AI writing challenge by storm. With a pen in one hand and a calculator in the other, I’m on a mission to conquer the world of content creation like no other. They say creativity is king in this age of AI, and my royal quill is ready to reign supreme.

      https://youtu.be/oRGiXu-YETs

      From unraveling the mysteries of the stock market to jet-setting across exotic destinations, my words will whisk you away on a whirlwind adventure while ensuring your financial acumen stays sharper than ever.

      So buckle up, folks, because with my wit, wisdom, and wanderlust, I’m about to pen a victory that’ll leave the competition in awe!

      P.S.> This was written with AI, and edited by me πŸ™‚

      Rick

      πŸŒπŸ“ˆβœˆοΈ #AIWritingChallengeConqueror

      • #13573

        haha, I love it how you are using AI from the start 😁

      • #13630
        Suzyb
        Participant

        Wow, could not tell that was AI written content, brilliant lol.

      • #13632
        Mike B
        Participant

        If you hadn’t mentioned it was written in AI…I wouldn’t have known!

      • #13647
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Well done Rick. I look forward to learning from you. I’ve never focused on the YouTube side, other than doing some automation, so I look forward to learning from you.

    • #13575
      Troy De Ville
      Participant

      Hi Spencer, this sounds like a fantastic challenge.

      Would you be open to a collaborative approach? I have a few blogging friends who are equally interested, but individually, we might struggle with time constraints.

      We thought we could group our time and efforts together for one site. I just want to be completely transparent with you and everyone else. Thank you!

    • #13576
      Rajneesh Singh
      Participant

      Hey there, I am Rajneesh. I am a part-time blogger.

      • #13648
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, and well done, Rajneesh. I love seeing another part-time blogger on here. One thing I love about AI is that if we apply it correctly, it is a great equalizer when it comes to our opportunities online. In any case, I wish you nothing but success.

    • #13582
      Victoria
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Victoria from Ontario, Canada. I’m excited to enter this contest to meet new people, learn new things, and hopefully win!

      • #13633
        April Duffy
        Participant

        Yay! Another Ontario mom! Hello from just outside Ottawa. We should chat; if we’re close maybe we could create a mini-mastermind. It would be so nice to talk to someone who doesn’t get confused when I try to explain what I do. Ha ha!

        Good luck!

      • #13649
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome to the dance, and best wishes…

    • #13586
      Diane
      Participant

      Hi everyone, I’m Diane from the UK. I’m excited to take part and see what a site can do with AI generated copy. best of luck!

      • This reply was modified 9 months ago by Diane.
      • #13650
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, Diane. I look forward to learning from someone with so much experience. Best wishes.

    • #13596
      Jenny Meechan
      Participant

      Hi, I’m really excited to start this challenge and I’ll sort my video tomorrow. Are we allowed to link build etc? Also, I know the traffic has to be organic, but does that mean we can’t try and send any from social media? If we’re giving you access to view our GA, you’ll be able to see the source and maybe discount it?

      Sorry if you’ve covered this and I just haven’t got it.

      • #13602
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Absolutely, you can link build! You can send traffic from social, but the “traffic” stat that I will be counting doesn’t include social. (Social traffic might help you get more organic traffic?). I’ll be able to view the sources and get what I need. Thank you!

    • #13616
      Heidi
      Participant

      Hello everyone! Here’s my entry.

      • #13651
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, Heidi…Nice to see another cat person here. I think we have roughly 30 now that have adopted us. We get em’ fixed when we can catch them. Our cat food bill is higher than our car payment and van payment because we buy them the premo stuff, which is why they probably keep showing up. In any case, I look forward to watching and learning from your copy/paste strategy.

    • #13621
      Jen
      Participant

      Oh my goodness, I am having a horrible time posting my video and am totally not tech savy at all…..

      https://youtu.be/T26O-_OI5QY

      • #13626
        Sjpals
        Participant

        I’m not tech savvy with video either! I’m fortunately fine with building websites though

      • #13628
        Jen
        Participant

        I was initially afraid of the “tech” needed to build a website and it prevented me from starting years earlier. Thankfully everything can be taught and learned! πŸ™‚

      • #14137
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        @jen, can you make your video unlisted instead of private? Currently its not viewable.

    • #13623
      L
      Participant

      I’m really just interested in following along in the background. No desire to make a video, but I will be working on a brand new site and following along. Do we have to officially enter?

    • #13624
      Chelsea
      Participant

      Let’s do this!

      • This reply was modified 9 months ago by Chelsea.
      • #13652
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, Chelsea. I look forward to learning from you and your past experiences. I don’t have a strategy yet but will likely have a couple by the time I do my videos. Best wishes.

      • #13680
        J Paul Hendricks
        Participant

        Chelsea Clarke! Wow.. So cool that, with all you’ve done previously, you are jumping in to do and learn something new. Inspiring!

        Long-time NP listener and follower of Spencer’s, but first time in the forum here. What an awesome mix of participants. I love the variety of people and motivations.

      • #13701
        Madison Cates
        Participant

        Hey Chelsea! I’m on your email list and am excited to see you’ll be participating!! Best of luck!

      • #13787
        Brittany
        Participant

        Hi, Chelsea!

        So cool that you’re here. πŸ™‚

        I’ve been following your journey with Her Paper Route for a while now.

    • #13631
      Mike B
      Participant

      Quick question. I have a domain that I registered a couple months ago. Can I use that URL. There isnt’a website up on the domain currently.

      THanks,

      Mike

    • #13635
      Jill C
      Participant

      Excited to take part in this! Thanks so much Spencer! I come with over 16 years of SEO experience and only recently started playing with AI for full content and am exciting to see what I can do in 6 months using both of these!

      Here is my video (but I do have Covid so would rather not share this one too far): https://www.loom.com/share/fd0108ece24e43dbbea7cbac975f0645?sid=0d13b42a-c57f-4968-b4fd-f9d344bd95f5

      I can do another intro video when I am feeling better if you need something more shareable – just did not want to miss out on the deadline!

      • #13653
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Best wishes with the Covid, Jill. I look forward to learning from you. I hope you feel better soon.

    • #13637
      erickson odiaga
      Participant

      Hello am Erickson Odiaga from Nairobi,Kenya.
      https://youtu.be/UoGtZqjjd24

    • #13638
      Brian Church
      Participant

      Here’s my entry video:

      • #13655
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, Brian. I look forward to learning from you and about your businesses.

    • #13642
      Brad
      Participant

      Entry Video!

      • #13656
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Welcome, Brad. I look forward to learning from someone who has so much experience doing this by hand. Best wishes.

      • #13780
        John Morphis
        Participant

        Hey Brad, another North East Texan here. I am in between Dallas and Tyler. Looking forward to seeing how this goes. Good luck!

      • #14129
        Brad
        Participant

        To you too, John!

    • #13643
      John
      Participant

      Hiya all,

      My name is John and I’m a Web & SEO Specialist in Marshall, North Carolina. Looking forward to seeing how AI can grow my existing website! πŸ™‚

      Here is my entry video:

      • #13657
        Tom Seest
        Participant

        Hi, John. Welcome to the dance. I love your video equipment; it’s quiet and crisp. In any case, best wishes.

    • #13662
      Mike B
      Participant

      Entry Video. I tried this a few minutes ago but don’t see my post.

      Video

    • #13663

      Hello, Spencer.
      Here’s my entry video. Sorry for the background noise.
      Happy to be here.

    • #13665
      Harshajyoti Das
      Participant

      Just wondering about something.

      A website targeting a country like India with trending topics can get a lot more organic traffic as compared to a niche website targeting a US audience.

      Don’t you think, there should be a rule that it should be US organic traffic so that it is an even playground for everyone? What are your views?

    • #13672
      Harshajyoti Das
      Participant

      Here is my official entry video. Let’s make this happen.

    • #13677
      Tom Seest
      Participant

      While I read the instructions for signing up for the contests carefully, I basically failed in one part in that my video exceeded 2 minutes by 2 seconds. May the gods and God of heaven and earth, and Spencer, have mercy on my poor soul.

      I apologize for my breathiness in the video, but as you’ll see, I’m suffering and learning from heart failure right now. You can watch the video by going to https://youtu.be/KGXZ_6rBVTA in your browser of choice or read the transcript that I pasted here:

      My name is Tom Seest, and I reside atop a mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee, along with my wife, three of my four sons, roughly 30 cats, and roughly 25 chickens. My journey into website creation began prior to 9-11, while I was contributing to the Lambert St. Louis Airport Expansion project. Growing up on the plains of Illinois, I delved into various programming projects, much like Abraham Lincoln, who pursued programming as a side hustle.

      When the COVID pandemic shook the world a few years ago, I saw an opportunity to immerse myself in website blogs and expand my knowledge of related processes. Over the past period, I’ve crafted more than 400 WordPress websites, engaged in configuration, and maintained blogs for several of them.

      Presently, I grapple with a heart condition, having dealt with heart failure on and off since 2017. While my heart’s condition is gradually improving, I find myself spending more time in bed due to persistently elevated heart rates. These limitations prompted me to reimagine my work approach, harnessing my automation skills and venturing into the realm of AI.

      These contests provide an avenue to document my progress and metrics for projects of this nature, as well as to offer guidance for others facing similar challenges. It also brings structure to a subject I’m relatively new to: organic website traffic generation.

      Participating in contests, despite maintaining a full-time developer role and health setbacks, is a personal challenge. I doubt if I will win the prizes, but my proficiency in automation and AI serves as a strength.

      Ultimately, my definition of winning transcends contest victories. Waking up each day on the green side of the dirt and continuing to learn and grow is the ultimate triumph. Competing alongside all of you enriches my experiences, reminding me that every day can be a victory. As they say, β€œWinners win,” and I aim to win each day.

      In any case, I look forward to following and learning from each of you. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    • #13679
      Saptarshi dhar
      Participant

      Here is my video. Let’s take this challenge & grow together.

    • #13681
      Miroslav Georgiev
      Participant

      Hello fellow community members!

      Dear Spencer,
      I have started a new niche website less than a month ago. The domain was registered on 24 of August. The content is pure AI. Would I be allowed to participate in the competition considering the fact that the domain is one month older?
      Looking forward to your approval.

    • #13682
      Sarah Auerswald
      Participant

      Hi Spencer and the Niche Pursuits Community!

      My name is Sarah and I’ve been blogging for a while, and only just started using AI tools in the past year. I’m looking forward to creating a site – maybe many more – using AI. And I’m excited about the challenge!

      I have a domain I bought a couple of years ago and only just started adding content on September 1st. It’s all AI-generated. If it’s cool to use that site, I’d like to do that. If not, I’ll start a new one for the challenge.

      Thanks!
      Sarah

    • #13685
      Troy De Ville
      Participant

      Hi everyone! A few friends told me about this AI challenge, but we don’t really have the time and resources to do it alone. We decided to group together and make one site. (My friend Latoyia had asked Spencer on Facebook, and he said it was fine.) Best of luck to everyone!!!!

      Also, sorry for my son in the background; my wife and I homeschool, so the kids are always just kind of hanging around lol πŸ™‚

      Thank you,
      Troy De Ville

    • #13689
      Holly
      Participant

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    • #13691
      Abhishek Sarkar
      Participant

      Hello! I am Abhishek and I am going to be taking part in this challenge as an individual.

      Excited to be a part of this challenge!

    • #13694
      Jeffrey Wayers
      Participant

      Hi everyone! I am Jeffrey from the Netherlands and below you could find my introduction video.
      Sorry for my English pronunciation, it is not my native language.

      Looking forward to start building and see all of your results as well.

    • #13700
      Bec
      Participant

      Hey! Bec from Melbourne, Australia here 😊 Have been wanting to try building my own sites for so long but shiny object syndrome certainly kicks in – plus being busy with the little ones doesn’t leave a lot of time πŸ˜… think a challenge will be great to push me! Looking forward to seeing how everyone goes πŸ‘πŸ‘

    • #13702
      Tim McReynolds
      Participant


      My name is Tim, and I hail from the great state of Kansas, I do, however, live in Texas. I didn’t know when I married my wife 36+ years ago that it was against the law to move out of the state with her, and I like her enough to stay here.
      AI has been coming since, well the dawn of digital electronics. (Trust me, I was there.) The level of “I” in “AI” is amazing and I’m really looking forward to stretching the limits with it.
      I bought my first internet marketing course a long time ago in a far away land. I have discovered that the knowledge is easy, action is the breaking point. If I don’t follow the instructions, this project will never make any money. I want the Nomad lifestyle, and I’m really excited for this nudge to hold me accountable and flip that procrastination into action.
      Thanks Niche Pursuits and Spencer for giving me a reason for action.

    • #13703
      Darrin
      Participant

      My name is Darrin, I am a cross-country coach, a marketer, and a print shop owner in Florida. I am looking forward to the challenge.

    • #13704
      Mark
      Participant

      Hey Guys, my name is Mark, I’m from South Africa. I’ve been wanting to start a niche website for the longest time ever, this competition has been the push I needed to commit to it. I am excited for the challenge!

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    • #13707
      Tommaso
      Participant

      Hello my name is Tommaso from Italy, the thought of building my own website has been in my head for years and now I’m going to do something about it finally. Good luck to everyone! 🀟

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    • #13711
      Becki
      Participant

      Hey, I’m Becki from Spain – although you’ll hear in my accent that I’m originally from the UK. This challenge is the kick up the arse I need to do to start a niche site, and AI isn’t going away any time soon so this is the perfect opportunity to see what it can and can’t do.

      I’m also looking forward to the networking and community side of the challenge. There’s a ton that I think we’re all going to learn from this.

      Am I going to win? haha, not a chance. I’m coming in as the total underdog. I don’t have a team – it’s just me, not so much experience with AI, and limited time and resources compared to lots of people in the videos so far. I’ve already bagsied myself the site with the least growth – so at least the rest of you won’t be coming in last place πŸ˜‰

      On a serious note, I’m looking forward to getting started and seeing how far I can come in 6 months – I’m just in competition with myself.

      Good luck everyone πŸ™‚

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    • #13712
      Becki
      Participant

      haha – just to reiterate I have zero experience here – I can’t even get the YouTube video to work – great start

      We’ll it’s there – those of you who are computer savvy, I’m sure you can work out how to view it – I’ll just be down here in the dirt.

      • #13720
        Bec
        Participant

        Haha don’t stress, I’ve never done a video of myself and struggled with the video and how to do it too! Lots of learnings to be had :’). Also limited time and resources here – no team – just a few spare hours (If I’m lucky!) haha. Good luck from a fellow Bec! πŸ™‚

    • #13713
      Becki
      Participant
    • #13714
      Becki
      Participant

      Becki - Niche Persuits AI Challange

    • #13715
      Becki
      Participant

      Hahaha – ok, I can’t figure out at all how to get that video to show.

      This is going to be a long 6 months 😬 πŸ˜†

      • #13716
        Harshajyoti Das
        Participant

        Just copy paste the youtube url directly. Plain and simple.

      • #13719
        Becki
        Participant

        Just added it again below by cutting and pasting the URL – but the thumbnail doesn’t show πŸ˜’

    • #13718
      Becki
      Participant
    • #13725
      Afzal
      Participant

      Hello Spencer, I have a question. Should the majority of the traffic come from the USA? Is there a rule for that?

      • #13748
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        The organic traffic can come from any country.

    • #13727
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Hi there, can we create a website on other CMS than WordPress?

      • #13750
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        You can use any CMS you want.

    • #13728
      Diane
      Participant

      Can we report spam messages anywhere? Already have someone DMing trying to sell something πŸ™„

      • #13749
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Oh dear, yes, you can report them privately to me and I’ll ban the member.

    • #13730
      Tom Walsh
      Participant

      What prep is everyone else doing for this? This is what i’ve done so far!

      1. Written 50+ article titles
      2. Made a list of 10 relevant affiliate programmes
      3. Setup instagram, tiktok anf facebook pages for my niche site
      4. Made a SM content plan with post dates etc
      • #13731
        Harshajyoti Das
        Participant

        I am still in the keyword research phase. Damn, I should wake up.

      • #13786
        Brittany
        Participant

        Wow way to go!!

        See I wasn’t sure if we were allowed to prep yet since we start on September 20th. Can’t wait to get started though! I’m gonna document the whole process.

      • #13788
        Tom Walsh
        Participant

        Yeah as far as i understand, the site can’t go live and start generating traffic until the 20th, but putting a plan together is allowed πŸ™‚

      • #13847
        Seb
        Participant

        I like your style. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

      • #13944
        Khushboo
        Participant

        Love your one-step-ahead approach man 🀌

        I’m wayy behind – decided to participate a few hours back πŸ˜‚

    • #13737
      Daria
      Participant

      Hi everyone! Here is my introduction video, looking forward to start the challenge!

    • #13742
      Tom Seest
      Participant

      Building in Public or in Private?

      I honor both. I plan on building in Public as I’m here to try to help if needed. I already won in life.

    • #13745
      Lindsey
      Participant

      Hi all, great to meet you – looking forward to this amazing journey we are embarking on together!!

    • #13746
      Lindsey
      Participant

    • #13747
      Ray Roman
      Participant

      So far, I have chosen my niche, a domain name (pending registration), and decided my strategy to get the most Google organic traffic will be content only. No social media, no videos, nothing. Only content. I am anxious to see how far this will take me in six months.

    • #13754
      Dennis
      Participant

      Hey guys,

      I’m a niche website builder from El Salvador. I’m super excited about this challenge and can’t wait to see what we all create. Best of luck to everyone!

    • #13755
      Matt
      Participant

      Nevermind, I just re-read the rules and it clearly states in Rule #1 I can’t use a pre-registered domain πŸ™‚

      I have a question about the registered domain. I have a domain that I used for my now defunct e-commerce biz. I’ve been wanting to build a niche site on the domain, and this seems like the perfect excuse to do so. The ecomm site was basically a thin one-product website with some landing pages. Would I be able to use this domain for this contest?

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    • #13766
      Natasha
      Participant

      Hi! I’m Natasha and I’m super excited to join the challenge. I’ve been in digital management for over a decade and have learned tons, so I can’t wait to apply all those skills to this new website!

    • #13769
      Brittany
      Participant

      Hey, all!

      Nice to meet you, I’m Brittany.

      I’m a full-time freelancer and blogger, and I’m SO EXCITED for this.

      The niche idea I have for this challenge is so fun!! And this challenge is giving me the kick I need to make it happen.

      I’m especially interested to see what will happen with most of it being created with AI.

      See you all around!

      • This reply was modified 9 months ago by Brittany.
    • #13774
      John Morphis
      Participant

      Hey everyone! My name is John and I am excited about throwing down πŸ˜‰ in this challenge. I have been building niche sites for a while now and currently have a portfolio of sites. I am looking forward to participating in the challenge and helping others if they need it.

      • #13789
        Tom Walsh
        Participant

        Hey John! My brother-in-law lives in Spring, Houston – one of my favourite places to visit. It’s like a totally different world to the Lake District, UK – where i live!

        Good luck with the challenge πŸ™‚

      • #13793
        John Morphis
        Participant

        Yeah, I bet. We lived in Houston for a little while but we like the small-town vibe much better.

      • #13827
        Brad
        Participant

        Hey from NE Texas! πŸ™‚

    • #13782
      David
      Participant

      Hi, I’m David, from the UK, I’m an animator by trade, having run my own small studio for 15 years.
      Now I want to try and build a site not in my nice (I’m attempting both challenges… let’s see how that goes)

      Many thanks!
      Here is my intro video:

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      • #13785
        Brittany
        Participant

        Just here to say your camera quality and studio setup looks AMAZING!! #goals

      • #13809
        David
        Participant

        Thanks @Brittany This is where I work from, my home animation studio, but the camera I purchased after a year building a youtube channel. It’s not too expensive it’s a Sony ZV-E10, thanks

    • #13795
      Selma
      Participant

      Hello Everyone,

      My name is Salma and I am based in Toronto, Canada. I am new to SEO and website building and have been running 2 sites since Sep 2022. I am looking forward to participating and building an AI site with like-minded people!

      https://youtube.com/shorts/9L-PXQNLJSo?feature=share

    • #13796
      Srini Tentu
      Participant

      Hey guys,

      I’m Srinivas, India, working full-time as a Production Manager in a Design and Video Agency. I’m new to Blogging and SEO, however I have been learning on side about it for last 6-9 months. Looking forward to participate in this new blog building challenge along with interacting with like minded people. Good luck to everyone!

      Please Watch My Video Intro Here

    • #13800
      Nell
      Participant

      AI News site not niche site, is it okay?

      • #13972
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Sure, as long as it gets traffic from search engines. That the only traffic that counts.

    • #13801
      John Walker
      Participant

      Hello!

      My name is John Walker from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I’m excited to join the challenge with everyone and build something. This is a great period of time as our sites will have an opportunity to exist throughout the holiday season and winter when there’s typically more usage.

      Aside from chasing blogs, I have been working at a company that manufacturers brake and safety components for trucks and heavy duty vehicles since 2007 working in Information Technology. In addition to my day job I also run a consulting company with an emphasis in Information Security and Web Design.

      I have two kids (5 year old boy and 14 year old girl) so they keep me busy when i’m not at a computer supporting websites or creating AI πŸ™‚ I also teach part time at a local university online.

      PS – I did have some fun with the video playing with Microsoft ClipChamp πŸ™‚

      Good luck to everyone. Look forward to working with everyone!

      Video Submission

    • #13803
      Tian
      Participant

      Hello everyone,

      My name’s Tian, I’m from Bangladesh. I’m so excited to build an AI content website alongside so many brilliant minds in this challenge.

    • #13805
      Lorenzo
      Participant

      `Let’s go!

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=-SJdlP0SQco%3Fsi%3Dg37xAU1SrAunzoLi

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      • #14138
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Hey Lorenzo, your video is private, can you make it unlisted instead so we can watch it?

    • #13810
      Kazi Al Imran
      Participant

      Hello Everyone,

      My name is Kazi Al-Imran. I’m excited to join the challenge with other participants to build AI-generated content site. Here is my intro.

    • #13812
      Alpi
      Participant

      Hello everyone,

      my name is Alpi and I live currently in Austria with my wife and kids.
      I got a full time job, so niche website building is really just a side hustle that I’ve been trying to improve in the last couple of years.
      I am really excited for this challenge because I’ve got an awesome strategy involving AI that I want to try out.
      I hope I win of course, but I am really in it for the experience and meeting people in the community.

      Good luck to everyone!

      PS: @Spencer – What do you think of my side bet proposal?

    • #13813
      Afzal
      Participant

      Hello Everyone,

      My name is Afzal Sharif. I’m excited to join the challenge with other participants to build AI-generated content site. Just a thought, it is tougher to make an intro video than making an entire AI site.
      Anyway, I am excited and pumped up to participate in this competition.
      Here is my intro video.

    • #13815
      Valentina
      Participant

      Hello ladies and gents πŸ™‚ Happy to take this challenge together with the best minds here πŸ™‚ Here’s my introduction video.

    • #13818
      Tonja Gasperlin
      Participant

      Hello everyone, I am Tonja and am happy to be part of this challenge.

      I wish you all a lot of success.

      Don’t give up!

      Enjoy my slavic accent. Haha. Tonja’s introduction video.

    • #13819
      Mel Isaacs
      Participant

      Hey, I’m Mel. I’m a content manager with 10 years of experience building websites and blogs, so I’m really excited to experiment with using AI to help me generate content! My site is going to be in the online money making/side hustle niche.

      Here’s my video.

    • #13820
      Chris LeBlanc
      Participant

      My name is Chris and I am excited to start this challenge. I have always dreamed of having an online business and this is a great opportunity to get started. One day, I wouldn’t mind stepping away from the 8 hour day job that dictates my time and start having FREEDOM that comes with doing my own work…on my time.

      Here’s my intro video.

    • #13828
      Johnson
      Participant

      Hey,
      I’m Johnson from Denmark, and I’m up for the challenge.

      Here is my into

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    • #13833
      Adeel Zafar
      Participant

      My name is Adeel Zafar from Pakistan, working as an SEO Specialist for the last 4 years. Really excited to join this competition & learn from each other. Here is my Intro Video.

    • #13835
      Ahmed
      Participant

      I am Ahmed, and here comes my video.

    • #13836
      Adrian D.
      Participant

      Hey everyone!
      I’m Adrian and here is my introduction video.

    • #13837
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      @spencer just to triple check… We can officially join the competition (including posting the video) up until the end of business on 09/20, yes? Jammed with work and travel stiff but, if so, I’ll get in under the wire! Thanks!

      • #13974
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Yes! The challenge starts now! But I’m extending how long I leave the application open. People can still apply until Friday around 10am PST. Then it closes.

    • #13844
      Jenny Meechan
      Participant

      Hi,

      I’m Jenny and I’m a parent blogger from the UK. I’m dipping my toes into SEO and niche sites etc and I’m excited to be part of this challenge.

      I’ve tried to post this about 3 times already so apologies if this has already popped up for you, I keep not being able to see me comment!

      My video can be found here: https://youtu.be/Z9Z5MGcakxc I’m looking a bit dishevelled because I just remembered I needed to do one and I was on my way to the school run.

    • #13845
      Seb
      Participant

      Hey, I’m Seb from Montreal, Canada! Excited to be a part of this! https://youtu.be/xnfDVMnv6cI?si=6CMgXeM_a3g8Eqe0

    • #13846
      john
      Participant

      Hi, John here, here is my video: https://youtu.be/QWmMtS-EzY0

    • #13848
      learningmachine
      Participant

      Hello Everyone! Best wishes to you all.

      As we come together, remember that each of us brings a unique light and energy to this world. Let’s make every moment count, uplift each other, and pave the path toward our collective dreams.

      We have the power within us to achieve greatness, so let’s harness that energy and shine together. Embrace challenges as opportunities and remember, every step we take is a step closer to our goals.

      Here’s to our journey of growth, purpose, and boundless potential! (human-assisted ai writting πŸ™‚

    • #13851
      learningmachine
      Participant

    • #13852
      James Montgomery
      Participant

      Hi, I’m James from Virginia. I just can’t resist a new shiny object, so I’m in! I hope we give each other some accountability and learn a lot from each other.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpTohJ4iP6g

    • #13858
      Virges
      Participant

      Hello guys, I’m Virg from the Philippines. I would like to participate in this challenge. Good luck to all! Thank you!

    • #13859
      Shafi Khan
      Participant

      Hey all, my name is Shafi Khan and I’m from Mumbai, India. Excited to join the challenge and follow along with everyone. Here’s my participation video.

      • #13902
        Amit
        Participant

        Mumbai in the HOUSE! πŸ€œπŸ€›

    • #13860
      Kunika
      Participant

      Hello everyone, I am Kunika Patel from Mumbai, India. I am super excited to join this challenge. Here’s my introduction video :

      Good luck to all!

      • #13901
        Amit
        Participant

        Nice to meet a fellow Mumbaikar. I miss Mumbai… good luck with the challenge!

    • #13862
      Hassan
      Participant

      Hey Everyone! Here’s my participation video. Looking forward to this challenge.

    • #13866
      Alex
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Alex from Michigan. Excited to hold myself accountable to take action with these sites! I manage a pressure washing company by day and work on niche sites on the side. Looking to grow and learn with AI content.

      I am entering both of Spencer’s challenges:
      Build an SEO Site with AI Generated Content
      and
      Grow an EXISTING Site with AI Content

      Intro video below:

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Alex.
    • #13871
      Abel Babs
      Participant

      Hi everyone,

      My name is Abel Babalola, from Nigeria and this is my entry into the Build an SEO Site with AI Generated Content challenge.

      Excited to join like-minded people to learn and grow.

    • #13874
      Alen
      Participant

      Hi everyone! I’m Alen and I’d like to try to build a new AI site. Here’s my intro video:

    • #13875
      Chris
      Participant

      Hello all, I’m Chris. Here is my video and official entry. Looking forward to the challenge!

      • #13900
        Amit
        Participant

        YAY, fellow Texas! Nice to meet you.

    • #13878
      Brooke
      Participant

      Hey ya’ll! Excited to join the fray!

      I’m building a brand new site in the travel niche.

      (I’m also enter the Existing Site challenge to revive my company website after letting it go dormant since 2020.)

    • #13879
      Gibson Mwangi
      Participant

      Hi Guys. I am Gibson, from Kenya.Looking forward to participate in this Niche AI content challenge. Here is my intro video

    • #13883
      Temilade
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Temilade.
      Looking forward to the challenge

    • #13890
      Darrin
      Participant

      12:00 am EST?

    • #13892
      Jo – USA
      Participant

      Hey there everyone, Jo from the USA here. Looking forward to throwing my name in the hat for this challenge and learning from all of you!
      Here’s my Challenge Video.

    • #13894
      Jo – USA
      Participant

      Hey there everyone, Jo from the USA here. Looking forward to throwing my name in the hat for this challenge and learning from all of you!
      Here’s my Challenge Video.

    • #13895
      Chris S.
      Participant

      Chris from Atlanta, GA here! This is finally the extra incentive to get a niche site off the ground. Here’s my video!

    • #13896
      Brian Kessler
      Participant

      Hi everyone. My name is Brian Kessler from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I can’t wait to learn and maybe one day earn alongside all of you like-minded people! I’m looking forward to getting started. Here’s my introduction video.

    • #13898
      Amit
      Participant

      Ahoy, me hearties! Avast ye! I be lookin’ forward to competin’ in the Build an SEO Site with AI challenge. Arrr, I’ve already built a few sites the natural way, just like a jolly pirate scoutin’ for hidden treasures. Now, it be time to hop on the AI bandwagon and see if we can make our site rank like the Captain of the Seven Seas. Let the games begin, me mateys! πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈπŸ’»πŸš€ Oh and happy Talk Like A Pirate Day – Arrrrr!

      Official Submission Video πŸ‘‰ https://youtu.be/uLmcG85sDBY

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Amit.
    • #13903
      Ryan
      Participant

      Hey everyone! Good luck in the challenge. It will be interesting to see how much everyone’s sites can grow in a short period of time. I’m really looking forward to hearing what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully we’ll all have another asset in 6 months!

    • #13905
      Michael Ungerman
      Participant

      Hi Everyone! My name is Michael from Kansas City, MO, USA. I’m looking forward to learning from all the great SEO wizards in this challenge over the next few months! I’m a retired IT Sys Admin turned Home Improvement small biz owner. I’ve always wanted to own a website, looked at buying already established as investments; now I’m interested from building one from scratch! I can’t wait to get started!

      Here’s my intro video!

    • #13910
      Piapazi
      Participant

      Hi, everyone, my name is Piapazi. Am from Cameroon and super excited to join this competition. Here’s my short intro

      Short Intro

    • #13914
      Tom
      Participant

      Hey Folks, I’m Tom. Looking forward to this. Here is my video:

    • #13918
      Silvia
      Participant

      Hello!
      My name is Silvia, I am Croatian living in Belgium at the moment and here’s my video.

      https://youtu.be/Fu6Qa-O9LhI

      • #13962
        J Paul Hendricks
        Participant

        @bsilvia Love your opening cuts haha! Very real! Good luck!

      • #13999
        Silvia
        Participant

        πŸ™‚ Thanks! Good luck to you too!

        • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Silvia.
      • #14139
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Haha, I loved all the outtakes! :). Welcome!

    • #13922
      Tom Walsh
      Participant

      Site is live, sitemap submitted, search console & analytics added – now we wait (and add content!) how’s everyone else getting on? @Spencer… would it be good to have a discord / slack group for this so we can chat a bit more organically?

      • #13923
        Tian
        Participant

        & here I am, haven’t bought the domain yet πŸ™

      • #13939
        Amit
        Participant

        +1 on Slack/Discord/FB Group

      • #13958
        Sjpals
        Participant

        and heres me, waiting over 8 hours for my domain to propagate…

      • #13975
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Hmm, I really wanted to keep all discussion on this forum so people following along could browse the threads even years later if they wanted. Maybe we bring this up on the call on Friday?

      • #14136
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Okay, Tom and others…I went ahead and created a Discord server for this group! It’s meant for participants only, so I send the info via email a few minutes ago. Check your email and join the discord server!

    • #13924
      Dmytro
      Participant

      Hey guys! My name is Dmytro and I hope I’m not too late to join.

      Here’s my video intro.

    • #13926
      Eduardo
      Participant

      Hey everyone, Eduardo from Brazil here. I can’t wait to start the challenge along with you all.
      Here’s my intro video.

    • #13927
      abdul
      Participant

      Hello all
      I am joining from malaysia.
      Here is my video

    • #13929
      BUNGOSANA
      Participant

      Hi everyone! Bungosana Singha from Bangladesh. Here is my Intro

    • #13931
      ANTHONY
      Participant

      Hello everyone!

      Anthony from Nairobi, Kenya.

      Looking forward to the challenge and meeting you all!

      Niche Pursuits Challenge, Intro Video

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by ANTHONY.
    • #13934
      Khushboo
      Participant

      Just got in!

      I’ve a love-hate relationship with AI content. Taking up this challenge to resolve it! πŸ˜…

      So excited and looking forward to connecting with everyone here πŸ™ƒ

    • #13935
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      In under the wire!
      Good luck, all! Looking forward to hearing and seeing how everyone does!
      And thank you all, in advance, for the support and motivation I know I’ll get from the Niche Pursuits Tribe!

    • #13941
      Jo – USA
      Participant

      Noticing language of “after 9/20″ in the rule and want to confirm we can all systems launch today, not starting tomorrow. It seems like registration may still be open? Are we waiting on an email/green light to go? I bought my domain and started content strategy but haven’t done anything more than that yet.

      +2 on starting a Slack/Discord or something more organic for participant group chat

      Excited to learn from this process and see what we can all accomplish in 6 months.

      • #13954
        Sjpals
        Participant

        I understood it was midnight in PST, which was 8am in the UK!

      • #13976
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        I know I didn’t word it properly. You can start now! Go for it! Starting 9/20…today. I just sent an email letting everyone know they can start.

    • #13942
      Ashley
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Ashley. I’m an SEO-nerd from the United States. I’m excited to jump into this challenge! https://youtu.be/UHboqQIcyrI

    • #13943
      Amit
      Participant

      πŸ€”πŸŒ What’s everyone’s go-to for buying domains? I typically go with Porkbun on Spaceship. πŸš€πŸ·

      • #13948
        Tom Walsh
        Participant

        I’m a Namecheap kind of guy πŸ™‚

      • #13950
        Shafi Khan
        Participant

        NameCheap or NameSilo works for me.

      • #13953
        Sjpals
        Participant

        internetbs is my choice. I had a big security problem with namesilo and its cheaper than namecheap

    • #13951
      Jake
      Participant

      Hi, my name is Jake and I’m from Boston. Looks like a fun challenge and excited to join and see what can be done!

    • #13952
      Vicky
      Participant

      Hello everybody,

      Let’s judge another thing on day one, perception!

      [I want this discussion on a new thread, Spencer].

      Based on the intros on this thread, excluding yourself, who do you think will win?

      Write the name in a reply. If it’s already there, upvote it.

    • #13955
      Karan Mallya
      Participant

      Hey
      My name is Karan and I am from India. It will be a great opportunity for me to learn while competing with you guys. All the Best to Everyone!

      Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQL94-KcWlo

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Karan Mallya.
    • #13961
      Matt
      Participant

      Hello, Matt from Ohio here. I’m in! I still have to register a domain, and pick a niche for that matter… but I’m in nonetheless!

      My Entry Video On YouTube

    • #13968
      Kerwin
      Participant

      Yup, gotta do it.
      Here’s my vid – https://youtu.be/6BeyJk2HQ4s

      Kerwin from Houston, Texas.

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Kerwin.
    • #13970
      Amit
      Participant

      Y’all – not sure if there is an official group for this challenge other than the FB Group & this forum. Some of us mentioned having a Discord channel. I’ve created one “unofficial” just so we can all connect in realtime. Maybe Spencer will create one and we can all migrate there. And of course, admins please delete this post if it violates the group rules/norms. Sounds like we all have more questions and also a “want” to connect with one another.

      https://discord.gg/NVbGSfEf – This is totally unofficial and apologies again if it’s against the forum rules.

      • #13977
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        I’ll need to think about how I should organize further discussions beyond this forum…hmmm.

    • #13982
      BryanH
      Participant

      Here’s my entry. I’m Bryan from Los Angeles and I’m excited about this challenge.

    • #13983
      Jacob Maslow
      Participant

      Jacob Maslow here, excited about the challenge.

      this is my entry video

    • #13986
      Dennis Anderson
      Participant

      Hi Everyone
      Looking for a challenge.
      Here is my video:

    • #13987
      LarryO
      Participant

      Hello, Spencer and everyone! I’m Larry, and I’m from Malaysia. Nice to e-meet all of you.
      Here is my video: https://youtu.be/PuDLSBXTxQQ

    • #13989
      Harshajyoti Das
      Participant

      So, do we wait till Friday to launch it or can we launch it today? When and where do we disclose the domain to you? How do we add you to our search console? Will you be emailing us privately?

    • #13990
      Ian
      Participant

      Hey guys, my name is Ian, and I’m from Illinois.

      I’ve been a long-time reader of Niche Pursuits and have been building niche sites since 2016.

      Here’s my entry video:

      • #14005
        Matt
        Participant

        Uh oh, Ian is competing?! Not good for the rest of us! πŸ™‚
        Ian, I scoured your Curated Niches airtable pretty hard for this competition.

      • #14015
        Ian
        Participant

        Sorry! Lol
        I don’t expect to win just cause of time constraints, but I am pretty competitive so we’ll see… I have a lot of unique ideas I want to experiment with on my challenge site, and will share those along with my learnings. Whatever the outcome, I’m sure we’ll all learn a ton by the end. It’s gonna be a fun six months!

        Great to hear you have Curated Niches! You’ve already got a head start then haha. I’m also doing one from the list. πŸ˜‰

    • #13991
      Rodney Yarde
      Participant

      Hey guys! Doesn’t it happen like 90% of the time when you’re excited about something like the challenge and then the unthinkable happens? My camera on PC broke so I’m going to upload my video as stated in the “challenge rules” later. It’s the 20th so I guess I still have some hours.

      Wish me luck

      Rodney

    • #13994
      Elis
      Participant

      Hi
      Happy to take with you this challenge and find out how to use AI for writing content and rank in Google.
      Wish you all great success.
      C.U SOON
      Eli

      my video

    • #13995
      Avi Lang
      Participant

      Check out my video:

      I just brought a domain name that is a great name and I feel like this would be a great start.

    • #13996
      Mike Tarantino
      Participant

      Does the domain need to be purchased after the date? I have domains that were purchased this year that have never been used.

      • #14001
        Harshajyoti Das
        Participant

        I think Specer said earlier that it should have no content, no links, and shouldn’t be indexed.

    • #13997
      Stef
      Participant

      Hi everyone,
      I’m hoping I managed to get in since I’m cutting it a little close. I’m a freelance writer and I’d like to join the challenge to use it as motivation to get a site off the ground. Here’s my intro video:

    • #13998
      Isaac
      Participant

      I am happy to join this challenge and see if I can meet some new friends with similar SEO interests.

    • #14003
      Kyzz
      Participant

      Hello everyone, great to be here

    • #14007
      ClementW
      Participant

      Hey y’all this is our entry for a new site we’re building using AI. We’ve been wanting to build a site around ecommerce, amazon and brand building for a while now so this is our kick in the pants to do it. We are planning to use AI to help build better and faster. We don’t know if we will win, doesn’t really matter, but we’re gonna try.

      • #14140
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Whoa, Clement I finally had time to start watching all the videos and finally saw yours! Thanks SO much for entering, and hopefully we can catch up next week!

    • #14009
      Wazzy
      Participant

      Hey everyone,

      I’m Wasim from Canada. Looking forward to growing a new with AI content and seeing how it performs. I’ve grown one site to 5 figure traffic levels before.

      Here is my video. https://youtube.com/shorts/JxbU5YqPOsQ

    • #14012
      Rosman Ali
      Participant

      Hello Everyone,

      I’m Rosman from Malaysia. Im joining this challenge to learn an grow my AI site

      Here is my video: https://youtube.com/shorts/D_dwCJ7AeeI

    • #14014
      Raul Alessio Carozo
      Participant

      Hi Everyone,

      I’m Raul from Adelaide in Australia. Have been doing websites and SEO for local businesses for over 5 years. Looking forward to building my first niche website. Here is my video: https://youtu.be/IkrjwXmI_74

    • #14016
      Dan Crone
      Participant

      Hi,
      Dan here. Well, I guess if you haven’t used YouTube Studio before this presents a challenge. I didn’t decide until the last minute to enter, and now it has take 30 minutes to figure out YouTube Studio. Hopefully, this entry will be accepted. If not, good luck to everyone. I’ll be following the contest.

    • #14017
      Diego
      Participant

      Hi everyone

      My name is Diego, I’m from Adelaide in South Australia. I’ve been building websites for local businesses for the last 5 years but I wanted to start building affiliate websites. I thought this challenge is the perfect opportunity to get into it and see what results using AI can produce. I’m looking forward to learning, good luck to everyone. Here’s my video

    • #14021
      Faisal Khan
      Participant

      Hello Friends

      Intro video πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

    • #14022
      Mohamed Nayeem
      Participant

      Hi Spencer, this looks great.. unfortunately, I cannot participate in this journey since I don’t want to be on camera, but I would like to join this journey unofficially; I will post the results of my efforts for everyone to see. I already have a domain I purchased two months ago with only a handful of content and relatively one visit each month. I will try to bring this website to at least 100 visits per day in the next six months only with the AI content.

      • #14033
        J Paul Hendricks
        Participant

        I am officially cheering for your unofficial participation. I thought about doing the same thing. Anyway.. go for it!

    • #14024
      Scott
      Participant

      Hi Everyone! I’m looking forward to participating in this challenge.

      Below is my video:

      Good luck everyone!

    • #14029
      Ferdie
      Participant

      I guess expired domains don’t qualify for this competition?

      • #14036
        John Morphis
        Participant

        No. Spencer has said that you must use a new domain that has never been built out, had content, links, or indexed.

    • #14031
      Ferdie
      Participant

      Hi Everyone,

      Total newbie… here to learn and challenge myself!

      Ferdie

    • #14034
      Vicky
      Participant

      Clarification question about rule #3:

      “3. You must provide a short video update of you speaking into the camera each month for 6 months. This video should be 2 minutes or less in length.”

      Since we are exploring AI and its adoption, will my AI-generated avatar be considered as me speaking into the camera?

      Thanks!

    • #14035
      Taj Uddin Ahmed
      Participant

      Hi, I am quite excited about the contest. It doesn’t matter who the winner will be, the matter is I can overcome the barriers and obstacles from my path I could have faced later. Besides, this game will help me speed up to do my job. Can’t wait for the upcoming days how it goes! Let’s see what happens next. Cheers!
      Taj.

    • #14039
      Trust
      Participant

      Hello there,

      I am excited to try this new challenge and see what results it can bring. I have been wanting to build a niche site, probably this is an opportunity for me.

      This is my video: https://youtu.be/MZnW57hFE4Q

    • #14040
      Chelsea
      Participant

      Hey everyone! I’m Chelsea. I’m excited to join this challenge and get started on a website that I’ve been thinking about for at least a year. Hoping to stay motivated and keep moving forward on it, even though I have a full-time job outside of my own websites. Can’t wait to see where it is in 6 months!

    • #14042
      Faikor Kastrioti
      Participant

      Hi Everyone, here’s my short video

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Spencer Haws.
    • #14043
      Natasha
      Participant

      That feeling when you find a perfect domain on Namecheap for $10, buy it, spend a day building it up, and then realize it was indexed on the Wayback Machine 2-4 years ago, so apparently it’s technically an expired domain. Ugh.

      • #14047
        Amit
        Participant

        Ugh! Sorry to hear that πŸ™ I went with Substack for this challenge and gonna stick to a subdomain vs. main domain this time. Good luck!

      • #14049
        Jacob Maslow
        Participant

        you can use it for the other chaallenge

      • #14054
        Ian
        Participant

        Spencer, can you clarify whether this is alright? I also found a domain that shows up on the Wayback Machine in 2015 as a “coming soon” page. But doing a site:domain search in Google returns nothing, so it’s not indexed.

      • #14087
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Hey guys, I’m fine with these domains. If you truly just hand registered it, that’s the key. Go for it!

    • #14044
      Jen
      Participant

      Oh no Natasha!!!

    • #14050
      alex
      Participant

      Hello to everyone
      I am Alexi from Greece and I am happy to give it a go.
      Nice work Spencer!

      Here is my video

    • #14052
      Mike
      Participant

      Hey there all, Mike here. Quick Question: Are the competitors going to be able to buy backlinks? I would love a PURE ORGANIC comp. Just curious. Thanks!

    • #14055
      Hazel
      Participant

      Excited to be here with you guys! https://youtube.com/shorts/RYoR17UF_2w?si=7Q5LxwcfBP1ayRUZ

    • #14057
      seogiraffe
      Participant

      Excited to join the challenge! Had a domain I was just about to start working on with an idea that I think makes it viable for this contest and can’t wait to get started.

    • #14058
      Stephan
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Stephan Dreyer, a full-time civil engineer from South Africa. I’m no expert in building new sites, but really look forward to challenging myself and learning from others on this journey! Here’s the link to my video:

    • #14059
      Frank Soto
      Participant

      Hey everyone my name is Frank from Guadalajara, Mexico. Bob, me and my AI team are prompt ready.

    • #14070
      Mark G
      Participant

      Hi everyone, My name is Mark and I’m from the Kansas City area. I’m excited to get started with this challenge.

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Mark G.
      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Mark G.
    • #14073
      Mark G
      Participant

      Hi everyone, My name is Mark and I’m from the Kansas City area. I’m excited to get started with this challenge.

      My video

    • #14078
      Rodney Yarde
      Participant

      Hi guys I’m officially in the challenge and like I said in my video may the best man or woman win but may we all get valuable information.

      Here’s my video – https://youtu.be/eQMe7dHxrO0

    • #14080
      Laarni Paredes
      Participant

      Hello, I’m Laarni from the Philippines. Looking forward to this challenge!

      My video

    • #14083
      Sue Arbing
      Participant

      Hi,

      I’m Sue from Nova Scotia, Canada looking for a potential side hustle. I’m always interested in learning and look forward to learning more about AI generated content.

      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Sue Arbing.
      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Sue Arbing.
      • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Sue Arbing.
    • #14088
      Mark
      Participant

      This HCU from google has so many sites seeing 50-80% drops in traffic. Trust this to happen when I’m about to start this challenge, it is a little demotivating. Any tips on how to ensure we comply with this update to ensure things start off on the right foot?

    • #14090
      Steve Wahl
      Participant

      Hey everyone, my name is Steve, and I am going to be doing two sites for this contest. 1 new site and one existing site. I look forward to seeing what everyone does! https://youtu.be/w7fKROFfSVg?si=A4sug2YmzgWoYLqo

    • #14093
      Chris
      Participant

      I’m in. Video.

      • #14141
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        @Chris can you make your video unlisted instead of private? Its currently unviewable.

    • #14101
      Alpi
      Participant

      @Spencer: Does the contes for building an AI website from scratch last from today 23 Sept until 23 March or does it officially count from 1th of Oct until 1st of April?
      I’m basically interested in the last day of contest, when the winner will be announced.
      I think it makes sense to start measuring from the 1st of Oct, so that people have about a week to set everything up.

      • #14126
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        That’s a good point. Originally it was “6 months”, so until March 20th; however, perhaps it does make sense tto end it after a full month. I think I’m going to say, April 1st it ends (and we look at traffic for entire month of March).

    • #14103
      Shea
      Participant

      Great to be here! LET”S GO!!! https://youtube.com/shorts/3YtJ0fSkqRc?si=zHkD-EOptCWHofKZ

    • #14104
      Ann B
      Participant

      Ann from San Diego, CA.

    • #14110
      Md Abdul Kader
      Participant

      Hello there, I’m Abdul Kader, and I’m from Bangladesh. I’ve been working in the field of SEO since 2018. I’m a freelance SEO specialist, and I also run my own niche websites. I decided to take part in this challenge because I’m curious to see how AI technology works in niche site projects. Best of luck to all the everyone!

    • #14111
      Vijay Bhand
      Participant

      oh shit, im late

    • #14118
      Charles
      Participant

      So apparently, I did this while I was on a small vacation, so I decided to add some vibe to my video, for no particular reason at all. Let’s gooooo!

      • #14125
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Hey, I know you…welcome to the challenge Charles!

      • #14127
        Charles
        Participant

        Hey too Spencer, haha I know am a familiar face, thanks for welcoming me on board. Let’s see how this turns out.

      • #14150
        Charles
        Participant

        Hey Spencer,

        Btw, how can one know if they got into the competition? I’ve just read that you have communicated with the participants through mail, but haven’t received such mail myself. Not sure if by the time I sent my video it was late or not (since this thread was still open to new postings), so am now wondering how I can confirm if am in or out.

        PS: I asked this question both here and in the “Grow an EXISTING Site with AI Generated Content” topic since I want to participate in both, but you can answer give me a general answer in one of them.

    • #14122
      Mark
      Participant

      I have just landed on a niche that has excellent search volume and low competition. Registering the domain tomorrow and setting up the site structure and content clusters.

    • #14131
      Jonathan
      Participant

      Quick question, I was assuming the latest post will be showing at the top, Anyways is it too late for me to Apply?

      • #14135
        Spencer Haws
        Keymaster

        Yes, it’s too late to officially apply. You can still build a site and follow along!

    • #14173
      Diane
      Participant

      Should I have submitted the url yet? I’ve been wrapped up in work and looking after my son with Covid and was delayed starting but want to make sure I don’t miss anything. Where’s the best place to check to make sure I’m not missing any news please? Thanks!
      PS I saw the email about the YouTube event on Monday but not seen anything since?

    • #14183
      J Paul Hendricks
      Participant

      Oct 7 update form and video JUST submitted (with ~30 minutes to spare, I believe). πŸ˜₯

      It should have been easy with so many numbers that start and end with 0. πŸ˜…

      Hope everyone is doing well, wherever you are in the process!

    • #14184
      seogiraffe
      Participant

      I too similarly got my submission in at the last minute. 7 minutes to spare!

      I work for an Amazon seller and had quite a Prime Day yesterday which took all of my attention, got to bed and realized I had to set the alarm clock early to wake up and get this taken care of hahah.

    • #14196
      Wazzy
      Participant

      I thought the deadline was later today. Is it too late to update?

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