Parenting My Teen
Hi ClickNewz Community! My name is Aurelia Williams and I am the owner of Parenting My Teen. Parenting My Teen is a resource site that also is the home of a podcast that was created to help parents of pre-teens and teenagers navigate through what can be a rough time.
The site is filled with information that is down to earth and touches on hot topics. On the site you can find information on everything from school, peer pressure, drinking, sex, drugs and more.
1. When did you set up your website?
I created the website in June of 2006! WOW, Five years already.
2. What gave you the idea for this particular niche & website?
Honestly, my own daughter, Isreal Jean, is the reason that I created this site. Back when she was just 14 we were going through such a rough time. She was skipping curfews, not doing well in school, talking back and just about anything else that you could think of when it came to an out of control teenager.
Her issues were “outside” of the normal teen issues. Well, one night while frustrated with her to no end, I searched and searched for information online to help me and I didn’t find anything that truly worked so guess what?... I sat down and wrote down all of the things that I felt would be helpful to me and then I set out to create this site.
I started to collect my own data, do my own podcast interviews with experts and then I started writing my own articles to help others parents just like me.
I can honestly say that this website and the Internet radio show that I produced was truly birthed from my desire to help parents of teenagers get through the trying, yet most crucial time of their child’s life.
The best thing about this process by far is that it actually drew Isreal and I closer together! I began to do podcast with her and I also wrote about a few “real life” issues that she was dealing with as well. It got to the point that when she would mess up and miss a curfew she would say “Oh Man, are you going to post this to your site mom!” (smile)
3. Did you have any experience with online business prior to creating this website?
Yes, I am a certified Personal Life Coach and my 1st online business was www.reallifecoaching.net. Since I believe in learning from others, I quickly joined the ClickNewz Community and Mom Masterminds and have been long time members of both.
Thanks to the help & information that I received from many great internet marketers, I was able to launch my coaching business online and when that became successful, I immediately wanted to help others in different areas of their life (but outside of my personal coaching business).
4. What did you do for work prior to setting up an online business?
For the past 9 years, I’ve worked part time for my husband at his Exterminating Company. I’m a wiz at Administrative Tasks so I handle the day to day running of the office there.
5. How did you initially promote your website, and if different – how do you promote it now?
Thankfully by the time I got around to creating Parenting My Teen, I learned a bit about keyword research and search engine optimization. I used that along with word of mouth, article marketing and guest blogging to promote my website.
I still do all of that now but what I do differently is also add in Social Media. I now use both Facebook and Twitter to promote my site. I also make myself available for special projects that others put on and have served as a ‘Parenting Expert’ for many teleseminars.
6. Is your website profitable? Can you share some basic traffic & profit stats with us?
Yes it is! Yay!. I am constantly seeing growth in my daily unique visitors. Just last month I reached my highest performing month yet and had a monthly total of 20,645 unique views! A lot of my income comes from Google Adsense on the site but the bulk of my income comes from the affiliate programs that I promote and my own products that I’ve created.
So far, I have 3 awesome products in the Parenting Teenagers niche and I also have an affiliate program for those interested in earning a nice commission! It’s funny – once I got a taste of what it was like to earn money from promoting products that others created, I quickly began to learn how to create my own products around my niche and sell them.
7. What are your plans for the site going forward?
Moving forward I would love to jump back into producing my podcast bi-weekly again. I will admit that keeping up with the site, promotion of the products and such left me in a time crunch for producing a top notch podcast and I would like to go back to podcasting on a regular basis soon.
I also would love create more products. Parenting My Teen did inspire me to jump into the product creation realm and also allowed me to showcase all of my products on my www.reallifeguidance.com site.
8. What ONE piece of advice would you give someone interested in starting their own niche site or blog?
Just do it! Yeah, like Nike..lol. Really, if you are interested in starting your own niche site or blog, I would suggest that you surround yourself with people who are knowledgeable and learn from them and then set your plan into motion.
Working smarter and not harder is the key. I also feel that creating a site around something you are truly passionate about is a big help as well!
-Thank you, Aurelia and congratulations on your success!