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Demotivational Posters

Tuesday 5 May 2009 @ 9:28 am

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

Make Money with Niche Websites: Part 2 – Choosing A Niche

Saturday 12 July 2008 @ 9:10 pm

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 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, 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.

Stay tuned!

Buying My Frist Website!

Wednesday 28 May 2008 @ 11:00 pm

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! 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

Make Money with Niche Websites: Part 1 – Introduction

Monday 19 May 2008 @ 8:38 am

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.

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