Making money online is one of the most searched keyword with 673K Global Searches, according to Google Keyword Tool. Blogging is one of the most used method to make money. With a blog, you can build a recurring income source and this helps in focusing on more ideas.
Everyone can start a blog but not everyone can make it big. Blogosphere is a very crowded place and there are hundreds of thousands of blogs created daily. So thinking that you will start a blog and you will be making money within the next month, then you won’t even make a single penny.
But with a different approach, you can make money online, and that too recurring income model. You have to work with blogs or more precisely build niche sites.
What is a Niche Site?
A Niche Site is a basically a blog that is built around any particular topic. You have to find certain keywords and built a website around it and see the traffic coming and thus money will also be generated.
Another approach to build such sites is to find out a profitable product and build a site, add 4-5 pages and rank it in search engines and you are done.
After doing all these things you won’t even have to look what’s going on in the site but you will surely remember it as you will see the regular income coming from it month after month. 🙂
Recommended Read : Blogging Gameplan – The Only Strategy for Success
How to Build Niche Sites ?
There is nothing new in building a niche site. The procedure is the same as you do while setting up a blog. You need just these 3 things.
A Profitable Keyword :
The first thing that you need to do when you want to build a niche site is a proper keyword. Without a proper keyword, you won’t be able to succeed with your niche site. You can use Google Keyword Tool (Free) or you can use LongTail Pro (Paid) to speed up your keyword research work.
Try to find keywords that have low competition and around 2000-3000 global monthly searches as they are easier to rank. You could take the help of Google Trends to find out which is the trending topics currently and build a niche sites around it.
Don’t just finalize a keyword that has no income potential. What’s the point of building a site when you can monetize it. You must know CPC of that keyword or at least there should be some products available for that particular keyword to use affiliate marketing.
A Domain Name and Hosting :
After you have got a good profitable keyword, its time to register a good domain name. All the marketers preferred to go with a Exact Match Domain (EMD) but recently Google wiped them all out with its EMD update. So don’t go with an EMD but keep it somewhere related with the keyword. GoDaddy is one of the best domain registrar to register domain names at a cheap price.
For hosting the niche sites, I use HostGator as they are the best. You can host multiple niche sites with them without any downtime or any other issues. So my first preference will be HostGator. Or otherwise you can go with BlueHost as well.
Read my HostGator Review
Setting up the site :
Now that you have a domain name and hosting, you are all set. Just go to your Cpanel and install WordPress. It’s damn easy. Within minutes you will have your WordPress blog. Be sure to change the nameservers of your domain name with the ones of hosting provider.
Once you blog is installed, login to the blog and gear it up for the launch. Change the settings and the permalinks structure for better SEO results. Install a proper theme, not any fancy one just a simple theme will do.
Now you will have to install certain plugins to your niche site. I normally use this plugins for my site.
– Yoast SEO or All in One SEO pack
– Quick Adsense Plugin
– Yet Another Related Post Plugin (Not more often)
– W3 Total Cache
– Google XML Sitemap
– Pretty Link Lite
All this plugins are free and you can download them from WordPress Plugins directory.
Adding Content to your Niche Site :
You don’t need to update your niche site daily. Just add around 15-20 articles on your site, but the content should be unique. Do Proper SEO for every post.
If you are targeting a single product, then just 5-6 articles will be enough for your niche site.
Read : SEOPressor V5 Review
Link Building :
This is the most important part as you have to be extra cautious with your efforts as you don’t want to get penalized.
The best link structure for your niche site would be a 3-tier link pyramid. This can be explained as :
Tier 1 :
In the first layer of your link pyramid, you will be using high-authority Web 2.0 sites like Squidoo and Article Directories like EzineArticles or GoArticles. In first tier of your link pyramid should contain backlinks from high-authority sites. The first layer of the link pyramid will point directly to your Niche Site.
– 1 Squidoo Lens
– 1 Article Submission
– 1 Youtube Video
Tier 2 :
The second layer of your link pyramid will contain other web 2.0 properties, not the authority ones, but with proper PR and some authority. The second layer will link to your first layer not to the Niche Site.
– Some Web 2.0s (Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr etc.)
– Article Directories
– Some Guest Posts
Tier 3 :
The third layer of my link pyramid will contain thousands of links, spammy links which you can get it for $5 at Fiverr. However I would go with building wiki links as my 3rd Tier links. The third layer links will point to the 2nd layer.
– Wiki Links
– Blog Comments, Forum Posting etc.
You can even use Pat Flynn’s backlinking strategy he used to build his public niche site.
So Your Niche Sites Are Ready !!!
Now you don’t have to do anything further. Just keep a tab on how your site is performing by seeing the rankings of your niche site. If you don’t see your site getting ranked within the first 2 weeks then you should think of building other link pyramid as well.
Once the site is ranked and you see the traffic influx, employ the monetization strategy. If your site is around a keyword, then you might be using Google Adsense for the income but if you have built a site for just a particular product then using Adsense won’t be a good idea.
Why People Build Niche Sites ?
The answer to this question is very simple. People build niche sites so that they get recurring income month after month without any extra effort.
Once you have build niche sites and they start ranking, you can concentrate on your other online ventures and take some risks without any fear as you know that your niche sites are making you money and they will continue to do so for the coming months or years also.
Won’t that be too great ? Having a recurring income model that requires no extra efforts and give high returns is a dream for every person. All the work you have to do is build it and rank it.
So that’s the only reason why people go with niche sites rather than exploring other monetization strategies to make money online.
I too am working on 2 niche sites and the work is about to get completed. Once I see the results coming in, I will update you on which strategies I used. 🙂
So what are you waiting for ? Take action now and start your research work and build a profitable niche site. Do let me know if you need any help in how to build niche sites for passive income flow !!!