My Niche Marketing Plan
I spend a lot of time hunting for profitable niches and setting up content sites based on my findings - these content sites bring me a handsome chunk of passive income every month.
My technique is pretty simple, I find the niche and then I use Google's external keyword tool / Micro Niche Finder and/or Market Samurai to weed out the best key phrases.
A profitable niche is usually where your visitors would be in shopping mode as opposed to researching mode. So a site on GPS units would probably do better than a site about a celebrity. The word probably is of course important here as it might be super hard to get 10 visitors a day for your GPS site while you might have thousands every day looking for boob shots of Angelina Jolie. The GPS site would be easier to monetize and more profitable per visitor though.
Where to Find Hot Niches?
Good places to look for hot niches would be for example Ebay Pulse, Buy.com's What's Shaking and Price Grabber's Most Popular page.
A really cool feature for us profit hunters on buy.com is: Coming Soon - Buy.com
It shows you what people are PRE-ORDERING, anything good enough to pre-order will certainly be super hot niche once it gets released. They got other categories than games for pre-ordering, so look around.
Every time I see a product that might be good, I run it through Micro Niche Finder, I filter out the results and check the SOC (Strength of competition). I look for keyphrases with SOC lower than 5, searches per month above 500 and competition (Exact Phrase Count) under 10,000.
Content is Still King
Once I got that I set up a WP blog and order 50-100 articles from my content store based on my keyword research. I never go for smaller amounts of articles on a site than 50, I believe in volume and it is easier to position yourself high with a lot of unique content on the topic. Also I like checking my stats and see you had 10,742 visitors who found you from 8,967 different key phrases. If a site shows potential and starts to making money, it will get a more content - somewhere around 1-3 articles per week depending on traffic/income of the site.
I am currently developing a plugin for FrontpageContent that will make content publishing to WP blogs automatic, that is going to save me heaps of time when done.
Sometimes you strike gold and make one of these 50 article / $25 a day sites and other times you can hardly get this brand-spanking new 50 page website to make $0.10 a day. But again, I go with volume and my chances are much better because of all the long tail keyphrase traffic that will come naturally by owning more of cyberspace.
Show Me the Money
Ok, now I got a niche, I got the blog up and the vast amount of content makes sure I have a ton of long tail traffic coming in...
I am probably going to catch some flack for this, but I have basically totally abandoned affiliate programs and I am using Adsense for monetization only on these sites...
I have done this because I got tired of watching 10+ different programs slowly move up to a level where their way too high fee's for payout could be justified. I would not wanna pay CJ or Shareasale $45 or whatever they charge to get $100 right? And for some reason they refuse to add cheaper / better ways to transfer money to their affiliates - PayPal could be done cheaper for example.
I recently invested in John Reese's Traffic Secrets 2.0 - maybe that course will change some of my ways, I doubt I will move on from my current practices completely though - it simply makes too much money :)
Happy niche hunting,
Wow, thanks very much FrontPageContent, great post!
thanks for sharing your technique, however I am wondering where's the part that cover how to bring the traffic to your new wp blog, ;) guess that's the part you wish us -the readers- to figure out ourselves :p, right?
anyway, once again thanks very much, at least I learn something new such as softwares to use etc..
Originally Posted by FrontPageContent
I get mostly search engine traffic.
I submit some articles for each site(not the articles from my site but totally new ones) to article directories.
I also build a few blog comment links. I bought the software Fast Blog Finder for this, but it is kind of buggy :( Another option I have been using is hiring freelancers from DP to do some blog commenting.
To get my site indexed fast I Digg the first post.
Sometimes I hire a freelancer from DP to do directory submissions, I am not really seeing a lot of benefits there, in fact the last site I just built up and had a guy from DP submit to 500 directories got penalized and went in sandbox for 3-4 months.
I usually work with a low amount of links at least to begin with, as long as my site is indexed and it has vast amount of articles, it will get traffic.
Then I check my Adsense stats after a few months for the new sites and pick out the ones which produce a decent income and invest a little more in to them (more article submissions, blog comments, forum posts - just the usual link building stuff)
But I believe my traffic is mostly due to the amount of unique content I blast up there for each of my niche sites.
Once you get your income up, I would certainly recommend outsourcing most the boring tasks.
I give your strategy a big thumbs up! :)
I did arbitrage PPC back in the day, but Google does not like that any more :)
Originally Posted by Will.Spencer
It ruled to get $0.05 Adwords clicks to a mortgage site which paid $1-$2 Adsense clicks :)
Yeah arbitrage is not really working anymore... I think about 2 years ago, I made quite a nice income from arbitrage but then heard the big G start banning adsense accounts for this practice so I quit.
Gonna try this unique contents website soon after I have enough funds :o, I am currently still promoting my free glype themes website/blog, have to beat glypedesigns.com :p. Any ideas maybe???
Originally Posted by FrontPageContent
Yup that is what I meant - I am Danish by birth so English is not my first language, which is why I got an American editor at Frontpage Content :)
Originally Posted by Dr. Stavros
So besides our content, anything I need proofread goes through him as well.
Didn't think to put this post through him though :)
Nice post ;) :)
How long it takes you to see any search engine activity?
Originally Posted by budhi1976
Build more links and add more content regularly.
You got #2 already and #1 is not really adding new content - only 3 new articles since May last year, so you can gain the edge there. #1 however has much higher PR than your site, so you gotta get going at more link building to catch up as well.
Simple but a lot of work :)
It starts within a few days, but in very small numbers. I publish 3-10 articles the first couple of days to get the site going, and then I add 1 or 2 more per day until the site is up at a decent size - decent size I would say around 50-80 articles.
Originally Posted by mixke
After this I set my autopublishing to once or twice a week to keep my site current.
After around 3 months on average the site is pulling in steady traffic.