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Looking For A Profitable Niche Site Idea? Start Thinking Like A Kid Again

Think like a kid to find some profitable niche ideasAs 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 :)




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19 Responses to Looking For A Profitable Niche Site Idea? Start Thinking Like A Kid Again

  1. I love this article and when life takes a lot of friends
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  2. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment
    (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum
    it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.

    Do you have any recommendations for beginner
    blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.
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    • Hi,
      Thanks for your comment. I just have piece of advice and that’s to just keep writing. The practice will help you develop your own style and eventually you’ll get better. I’ve been working on writing projects intensely for a month now and I’m seeing the changes every time I work on a client job. Research, write, repeat. Hope that helps and sorry my blog got greedy :)
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  3. I wanted to thank you for this wonderful read!!
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  4. The best way to define affiliate marketing is an agreement between a merchant and an associate where the affiliate receives a fee for directing a customer to the merchant’s website and purchases their product or service. There are even Some Affiliate Marketing programs that will pay the affiliate commissions for generating leads by the visitor opting in to their subscriber list, or just for sending customers to their website through clicks. There are many affiliate marketing programs to contemplate joining, but every affiliate must consider the needs of their customers before joining any program.

  5. I didn’t know about keywords when I started my blog/website. Though I was bright enough to make my brand from what I thought were popular words. Turns out I did well for a naive newbie. I have two other sites planned for the future. I will use your clever tip to make domain names for the sites from low competition, high volume keywords. I’m learning how to better define and market to my target audience. Next, I am studying how to turn my followers/fans into buyers. I’ve made a few dollars. I figure if I can make a little money knowing nothing, I know I can make more as I learn more! I will never, ever give up! Thanks for your help, Mr. Dixon. Your blog is invaluable.

  6. Awesome tips you gave & I absolutely love your story to! But when I was a child I loved to play teachers I’d pretend all day long especially on Saturdays that I had a classroom full of students that I was teaching. It took me years & years as an adult to figure out that this was my passion & calling from GOD. I love to teach & guide others on how to do things such as how to build a business online & offline.

    Thanks for this advice you definitely touched me with it!
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  7. When you were a kid, it was usually all about what you wanted, and you would always try to find a way to make it happen.

    I believe people are more inclined to buy what they want vs. what they need, so your post is dead on.

    It’s interesting that your entrepreneurial spirit was already kicking in at 10.That’s impressive!

    - Steve
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  8. Just a thought on choosing niche related keywords: You can have a keyword phrase that is geo-specific, for example one containing the name of your city or country. People often search for such phrases and they can be surprisingly easy to rank for.

    Also, you can advertise them offline, and bring quality traffic that way. People are much more likely to buy from a site that is strongly related to their own country or city.
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  9. I liked the part about thinking like a kid. It’s true. People want to check out interesting and silly stuff. They don’t want to be advertised to or spammed.
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