I Started a Niche Site

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After writing on this site for awhile, I thought it would be fun to try to take what I’ve learned to create a niche site. In particular, I decided to launch a site for one of my hobbies: playing trombone.

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Lately, I’ve been having struggling with figuring out who I want to be. After finding out that industry wasn’t for me, I tried to moving into academia. Now that I’m a year into that, I’m realizing that I don’t really like data visualization, so I’m trying to move into education.

Over time, I’ve realized that money would really alleviate this stress. After all, I wouldn’t have to worry about making any poor choices because I’d always have the money to do whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to earn much of anything on this site.

As fate would have it, I’ve been turned on to Income SchoolOpens in a new tab. which has a ton of YouTube videos on how to launch a niche site to earn money. Obviously, I broke a lot of those rules when I made this website, so I thought it would be fun to pivot into a new space with a new blog.


Now, you can’t exactly have big dreams without acting on them, so I decided to pull the trigger on a new domain: trilltrombone.comOpens in a new tab.. As a part of my hosting package, I was able to get this domain for free, and I even get to keep the contents in the same place as The Renegade Coder which is great.

Also, since I’m already used to working with WordPress, I decided to stick with that. However, I really made sure to pick a light (and free) theme this time around. Now, my new blog is blazing fast which should help me out in Google rankings.

In addition, I made sure to pick a topic that I could actually monetize. Unfortunately, teaching people to code isn’t all that lucrative—at least in terms of Amazon revenue. I don’t exactly write posts about products since almost everything I do is free.

With a site all about trombones, I have a lot I can monetize: trombones, slide lubricants, songbooks, mouthpieces, etc. And, I can write really focused articles about things I’m interested in.

At any rate, the site is up! By the time you’re reading this, I would expect there to be at least 10 articles, so that’s exciting. In fact, I’ve already written the following articles:

As you can see, a couple of these articles are extremely targeted. Hopefully, that means I’ll get extremely targeted traffic which means increased engagement and ultimately sales. In other words, I’ll be making some income through that site shortly—knock on wood!


As is often the case on this site, I like to share updates every now and again about what I’m working on related to this site. Typically, these articles are fairly short and include updates for projects like the Sample Programs repoOpens in a new tab.. Of course, I felt website building was fairly related to what I do here, so I figured I’d share this story about my niche site.

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Jeremy Grifski

Jeremy grew up in a small town where he enjoyed playing soccer and video games, practicing taekwondo, and trading Pokémon cards. Once out of the nest, he pursued a Bachelors in Computer Engineering with a minor in Game Design. After college, he spent about two years writing software for a major engineering company. Then, he earned a master's in Computer Science and Engineering. Today, he pursues a PhD in Engineering Education in order to ultimately land a teaching gig. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, playing Overwatch and Phantasy Star Online 2, practicing trombone, watching Penguins hockey, and traveling the world.

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