I’ve launched a new site, and so far it seems like its going to work out well. Its been up for just over a week now and I’m already getting some traffic going to the site. I’m not sure how well the monetization will work or what the rates for those key words will be, but at least I’m getting traffic!
The site is my collection of funny demotivational posters. They are broken down into categories and tagged appropriately, so whatever you are looking for, I’m sure you will find it easily. The pictures are plays on the traditional motivational poster that you might find hung up in your bosses office. Many of them aren’t actually motivational or demotivational in the traditional sense, but are just plain funny so they’re included.
Check out the site: Less Than Motivational
There is a great and easy way that you can earn some extra money online, and that is through a company called Subvert And Profit. They pay you $0.75 per task that you complete which is basically digging a few websites, or voting in Stumbleupon that you like a site. They’ve recently also expanded the service to include Newsvine, iLike and adding videos as favorites on YouTube.
Once you’ve signed up for the service, they will get you to perform a task to confirm that you have an account with one of the websites from their list. You’re able to sign up for as many as you like, and they will send you an email when they have a task ready for you to complete. Usually this will be something like visiting Digg and ‘Digging’ something like four stories. Once you do that, you click a button to verify that the task is complete and your account gets credited 75 cents, its as easy as that!
You can also earn extra money for referrals, you get an extra 10% of whatever your referrals earn which is nice as well and the cashout minumum is only $10. So if you’re looking to make a little bit of extra cash online, subvert and profit looks like a nice, easy way to do it.
This is part 2 in my series on making money with Niche Websites, if you haven’t read part 1, you can read it here.
This is the most important step if you are going to make money with your niche website, you need to choose what that niche is going to be. Your main goal here is to find a niche that is high paying, but has low competition. You will also want your niche to have keywords with a decent number of daily searches, as most of your traffic will come from search engines. Finding a balance between these three points will be the key to success with your niche website.
There are a couple places that I would recommend you go and look at to find your niche topic. The first site is Ezinearticles.com which is one of the biggest article directories on the web. Take a look at their categories on the site to get a good idea of some niche areas. Also take a look at some of the articles in those categories to see which ones are getting the most views. You want to find articles on a topic that people are actually interested in, which means there is more of a chance that they will visit your site. A good number of views for an article in your prospective niche is about 20 per day to get a good return on investment with your site. You can find this info by clicking on an article and scrolling all the way to the bottom. There it will show you how many views it has, and when it was published. This method will help you with a ‘popular niche’, but what about finding a high paying niche?
One of the best places to go to find out how much a niche will pay is SpyFu. It is a great PPC analysis tool that gives an estimate of what people are currently paying for keywords and phrases. It was designed as a free tool for Search Engine Marketers to spy on their competition, but is also great for researching niche keywords. You will not be able to find exact numbers, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect so that you can make a better decision about your niche.
Type in the keyword for the niche that you are thinking about targeting. This can be something that you found on Ezinearticles.com, or just some other topic that you think might be a good choice. Try to be creative here, you’d be surprised as to what strange keywords pay really well! After you’ve done your search, you will be shown a whole bunch of data for that keyword or phrase. The main thing that we are concerned about here is the Cost/Click. This shows approximately how much advertisers are paying for these keywords, so if the advertisers are paying more, you will receive more money from Adsense for each click.
For example: If you do a search for “mortgage” you will see that advertisers are paying between $1.00 and $16.60. But if you search for “camping” you will see that advertisers are only paying between $0.40 and 1.03 per click. This tells us that as Adsense publishers, we are much more likey to make money with a site on mortgages, then if we had a site on camping. You generally want to find a niche that is paying about $1.00 per click on the low end.
Now that you’ve got your niche topic chosen, it’s time to start building your site. In part 3 of this series, we will look at building the content for your website, and how you can target long tail keywords to increase your rank on the search engine result pages and increase traffic to your site.
This is something that I’ve been considering more and more lately now that I’m becoming more serious and interested about online marketing and making money on the internet. Last week I finally made the plunge and purchased a website!
I’ve doing a lot of reading over on the Digital Point Forums and I usually check the “sites for sale” forum when I’m there, just to get an idea of what some things are worth. One type of site that seems to appear on a regular basis is a site on a travel niche, focusing on information about a specific travel destination. These sites seem to get a fair number of bids, and seem like a decent niche to focus on. They are pretty specific, which means less competition, and there are lots of opportunities to target your content to specific long tail keywords, which will help with the SERP.
I found a user who said they were clearing up room on their server and had 10 sites for sale, all at different prices. There wasn’t a lot of information given about the sites, and I think they were assumed to have very little traffic. I didn’t give much thought to it when I first saw the post, but I left my browser open and noticed it again the next day. Most of the sites were blogs, but I noticed one was a travel niche site which was priced lower than most of the other ones.
I took another look at the site, and really liked the design, there was some effort put into it and it didn’t just look like all of the other travel niche sites. I also saw some quick improvements that I could make to improve the monetization and SEO, and got some ideas for a bit more targeted content that would help with the site.
The site was already indexed by Google, as it has been around for at least 6 months. Although it didn’t have any PageRank, this is still a positive note as it gives me more to build on and improve.
I got pretty excited the more that I thought about and decided to make him an offer for the site! I offered him half of what he was asking and then waited. While I was waiting, I thought more and more about the site, and decided that it was something that I definitely wanted, and actually sent him another offer, increasing my bid if we could close the deal that day.
He got back to me within a few hours and everything was set, I was now the new owner of RomeTravelGuide.net! I even got my first AdSense click on my first day hosting the site, I’ll take that as a sign that it was a good purchase!
I’ve made a few quick improvements, such as blending the AdSense colour schemes in with the the rest of the site and changing the header graphics for the articles to styled <H1> tags. I’ve also added an extra page of content for a long tail keyword that I’m going to see if I can target, but my facts about Rome page isn’t finished yet.
I’ve already got some traffic coming in from Google, and I”m ranking well with a few good keywords, so I’m thinking positive that this site will do well.
Take a look at the site if you want, and let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for improvements. You can find it here: Rome Travel Guide
So yes, many people will say that posting a comment on a blog solely for the purpose of a backlink is unethical. I’m not going to completely disagree with that, but it can be a good way to build up some links for your site, and it can really help with page rank if you can find some high ranking blogs. As long as your conscience allows it, read on!
It’s not to tough to find lists online of dofollow blogs, but the problem with these is that its tough to find blogs with content that is similar to the site you are trying to promote. You don’t want to be sifting through these long tedious lists, hoping to find something that might be related to your site. A backlink from a site with similar content is much more valuable then just trying to spam your links onto any random blog.
The search query below will help you to find blogs with commenting available with whatever keywords and phrases you want. Just replace <Target Keywords> with some of your keywords from your blog and see what you can find. Start with the first results, as they will generally be higher ranked and more popular pages, and those are they types of backlinks that you want.
Here is the search query:
<TARGET KEYWORDS> “Remember my personal information” “Notify me of follow-up comments”
Don’t forget to view the source of the page to make sure that the blog isn’t using “nofollow” links for comments. And please make sure to try to post a somewhat reasonable and intelligent comment. Comment spam sucks, and if the blog is moderated there is a good chance that your lame excuse for a comment won’t get added, especially on a dofollow blog.
I know this is a little off topic for this blog, but it’s actually a lot more relevant than you might think! One of the most important things when you have your own blog, is networking and establishing relationships with other bloggers.
If you have your own blog, then chances are very high that there are several other blogs that you read regularly, if there aren’t then you should definitely find some! Two blogs that I love are DoshDosh and College-Startup, check them out if your feed list is empty!
Keeping up to date with other blogs can help you in 3 ways, especially if they are on similar topics to yours.
Does the idea of some steady daily income from a website that you can basically build and then forget about sound good to you? I thought it would. That is the basic goal of building a niche content website, and my next few posts are going to help you to setup your own.
Now I’m not saying that you’re going to start of making thousands of dollars a month without any effort, this will require some work on your part, but once you get your first site up and making money, you can leave that one and start working on the next site. With each site that you add to your portfolio, the more your monthly income will increase because each site is adding a small passive income.
CashCrate is a ‘Get Paid To’ (GPT) website that allows you to make money in two ways:
- Completing Offers: The website provides a list of possible offers for you to complete, each with they’re own payout value which is presented to you when you are choosing which offers you would like to do. These payouts can vary anywhere between $.20 and $50 depending on what is required of the user to complete the task.
- Completing Surveys: You can complete one survey each day and are payed a flat rate of $.80 per survey.
- Referring Others: You will also receive a commission for users that you refer to CashCrate. You receive 20% of what your referrals make, and 10% of referrals that your referrals make. You also get a bonus if any of your referrals reach the $10 minimum payout level.
Before signing up, I did a lot of research to see what experiences other users had, and whether the company actually paid out and was happy to see a lot of positive reviews, and many users showing proof of payment. I haven’t received any payment yet, but I have not done enough to reach the minimum $10 required. I just signed up, and after a short amount of time, I’ve already been credited with $8.
If you’ve never heard the term “long tail keywords” before, then you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about, and how can you actually use these to increase your traffic. Long tail keywords are different from your normal search engine keywords like “web designer”, “toronto restaurants” or “buy cds online”. They are much more specific, contain more words, and are sometimes on the brink of a full sentence! For example, instead of just searching for “web designer”, someone might search for “blog web designer for making money”.
The main reason for focusing on these long tail keywords, is because instead of using popular and more broad keywords which are generally much more competitive, you optimize your site for longer, more specific keywords which generally are much less competitive. When your keywords are hit, there is a much greater chance that your site is going to be returned on the front page of the search results, which increases your chances of a new page visit.
Many people tend to focus on the popular keywords, then end up sending the majority of search engine traffic to their sites. And when an optimization is done, that increases the traffic on those 10 or 20 keywords, people rejoice. This goes along with the 80-20 rule, that says that the top search terms provide 80% of the page views. The problem is, that after looking at a lot of different sites, this doesn’t really seem to be the case anymore, especially for small to medium sites, that just can’t compete with the giants.
Google’s Blog search works differently from it’s regular search when determining your page rank. Instead of indexing your blog’s html pages, it uses your blogs XML feeds. Any blog that publishes a site feed such as RSS or Atom will be included, if your blog isn’t already included in the search, you can add it by giving them a ping here.
Google’s patent application for the process reveals the positive and negative factors which are used to determine how the blog search ranks its search results. For more details, you can take a look at an article by Bill Slawski over at SEO By the Sea. There, he goes into more details about exactly what each of these points mean, and what Google says about them.
- Links from blogrolls (especially from ‘high quality’ blogrolls or those of ‘trusted bloggers’)
- Links from other sources (mail, chats)
- Using tags to categorize a post
- The number of feed subscriptions (from feed readers)
- Clicks in search results