Looking For A Profitable Niche Site Idea? Start Thinking Like A Kid Again
|January 3, 2013||Posted by D. Dixon under How-To, Niche Sites|
As a social media entrepreneur, one of the ways I’ve chosen to make money online is by building niche sites. To me the idea of making money with a blog or site is even more exciting because it brings out my sales/marketing experience that started when I was a little girl.
Lord knows, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and will make a lot more but I’m learning about the fundamentals of how to make money from blogging, affiliate marketing, keyword research…and it’s not an easy process.
So, if you’re a blogger who wants to take that next step, how do you do it? How do you find that niche that you like and how can you build a solid site from the start?
Remember when you were a kid…
When I was about 10, I got in trouble for selling homemade “cinnamon toothpicks” to my classmates. Basically, I saw one of my classmates selling them, asked them how, came up with my own recipe that made them extra hot (like my customers liked them) and opened my own “shop” selling these flavored toothpicks for a quarter each. I quietly spread the word, got customers and made about $20 before I got caught. The vice principal wasn’t the least supportive and let me off with a warning but my Mom was proud (outside the principal’s office ).
So what does this have to do with building niche sites for profit? I have always been fascinated with selling products that people want, particularly food products because I like food. When I’m looking for a niche site that could help me make money, I let that memory guide my research and help me find great opportunities. So the question is, what did you love to do as a kid that you can leverage into an online money making opportunity?
Research your idea and your keywords
Finding good keywords means getting more traffic to your blog or site and increases the likelihood you’ll generate income. The key here is to find low competition keywords that catch customers at the right moment in the decision-making process (when they’re about to buy) and build your niche site around those words. With the Google Adwords Keyword tool you can view the sites and blogs that are using your chosen keyword phrases. You get some great feedback by checking out the competition.
Find your products
Those who make money with a blog do so in a variety of ways. They create products to sell online, they buy products to resell, or they become affiliates. There are plenty of sites that will cater to these options and that’s one of the things I go into in the Bloggers Secret E-book
Buying your domain and hosting
Once you’ve got that main keyword, use it as your domain. It’s all about relevance and focus and what better way to achieve that than to create your site around that main keyword? One of the sites I use is NameCheap. I find an available niche site url, save it on my shortlist or buy it immediately. It’s really inexpensive and pain-free. If you’re interested in buying older sites, as some engines favor aged sites, you can check out SnapNames. Finding a good host is essential because having your blog crash is no fun and you need to find a host that will support you when things go right, wrong and sideways.
These are just some of the steps that are included in the e-book. In it bloggers have a basic foundation and can get started with building their own niche site(s). Making money with a blog is a journey I finally took in 2012. I learned a lot of lessons as I was getting started, made a lot of mistakes and will more than likely make some more which will probably turn into another e-book