If you’ve ever wondered about your family history, but are unsure where to start, then you definitely need to check out this amazing online genealogy guide. Owain Couch started this blog back in June 2016 after researching and publishing his own family history with his father.
My first experiences of family history was when I was a young boy. My father would recite stories to me regarding our ancestors. He would tell me over and over and over again, and yet I was never tired of hearing them. Some of these stories would go back as far as the mid 1700s. He would tell me all sorts of anecdotes and tales from different branches of my family tree.
The Genealogy Guide is crammed packed full of resources, tips and helpful information to turn novices, interested in ancestry, into seasoned family historians.
It is with great pleasure, I introduce Owain Couch and thegenealogyguide.com for this case study.
Q. Tell us a bit about you and your website
I’m a family man in my late thirties with a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters. I work full-time but also manage to find time to work on my genealogy site, which is now making enough to cover the costs of being online. This niche is just so fascinating as you just don’t know who you will discover in your family tree, as well as what you will learn about them.
That’s probably why genealogy is one of the worlds most popular hobbies (coming in second after gardening).
Q. How did you first get into this niche?
Because of my father who recited many family stories and anecdotes to me and my two brothers when we were young. In later years I realized how important it was to record these. And so as I did I became addicted to discovering my family history.
After self-publishing my family history and holding in my hands a book containing a wealth of so much personal history I wanted to give back to the genealogy world. So I created the website to help others build and research their family tree.
Q. What has been your biggest success with your website to date?
There have been a few. From getting my first sale, to being complimented on my site and also seeing my rankings slowly increase over time.
Q. What has been the most challenging part of your journey so far?
I would say trying to actually find the time to work on my site.
It doesn’t help though when I learn new things and feel that I have to go back to old posts and improve them. But I feel whatever I am doing is a step in the right direction.
Q. Name the essential tools of your trade
- Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools because they can show me what posts people are looking at, what queries they are typing in, and generally my site’s overall performance.
- Sumo plugin – Use this for email marketing. This tool has definitely helped me to get my site more exposure and help with ranking.
Q. What do you think are emerging trends in genealogy in 2018?
DNA testing is definitely a trend that has seen a rise in the last few years and will definitely see improvements in 2018 and beyond.
Q. What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about starting a blog?
Build your site on a hobby or pastime that you are passionate about. Even for me when I was first starting out it was tempting to just throw it all in when it got too hard. I’m sure I would have given up completely if I’d chosen a topic I wasn’t passionate about. I would soon have given up when it got challenging.
If you are creating a blog just to try to create money, it won’t work.
Interested to learn more?
I hope you enjoyed this post about The Genealogy Guide by Owain Couch and his journey to date. To learn more about genealogy and how to start researching your own family tree, please visit thegenealogyguide.com
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Thanks for reading, Cheers, Karen