April 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm #3119
In late 2009 I ran across Chris Rempel’s website thelazyaffiliatemarketer.com. His strategy for finding good niches was to build 5 to 20 page test sites in a weekend.
I thought why not, because what I was doing with my 3 year old SBI site Konafriends.com certainly wasn’t working. KF was making about $100 per month.
So I built a handful of test sites and let them sit. After about 90 days, one of them started making affiliate sales. At 6 months it was making more than Konafriends.com and had more traffic.
So I focused on that site and ditched the others that were duds. Usually in these types of posts the author won’t tell you the URL. But I will, http://www.Tire-review-expert.com Originally I built it using X-SitePro. Then about a year later I converted it over to WordPress.
I don’t really like writing about tires anymore, so I outsource most of the content these days. Which by the way, I haven’t done in 3 or 4 months? But traffic seems to be growing again anyways.
That’s how I test niches these days without wasting a year of my life.
April 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm #3123
- This topic was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by Elena.
Foremer6yrssbir, thank you so much for this post! I just made a new forum section Making Money Online and moved it here. Hopefully we’ll get more posts like this 🙂
Tried to look at that site using archive.org but apparently the author blocked it.
It needs courage to acknowledge to yourself that what you are doing isn’t working. I personally always have problem with it. And yes, efforts that go into building a site are huge. That’s why I don’t seem to be trying anything new anymore, but I’ll get that fixed!April 21, 2013 at 12:06 am #3126
Failing fast is the key. Had I used the above formula in the very beginning I would have saved myself thousands of hours of beating a dead horse. Live and learn.
You can call me, JoeApril 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm #3129
Failing fast is the key.
I really need to tell this to myself every day. It’s probably my personal issue. I just can’t say: Ok, I failed. But on the other hand, if I spend thousands of hours building content with no returns, it’s even more of a failure.
So how do you suggest to research niches? Any particular technique or you just kind of throw the mud against the wall and see what sticks? I’ve heard the last one can be effective. It just sounds scary.April 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm #3130
Hi all., Oh this is just so “me” right now. I have one site with SBI that I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on. I do earn a few hundred pounds a month from that site but what I’ve put in wasn’t worth it. I don’t blame SBI for this though. This is my fault for not looking at the M hard enough! So the site I am building now is a super niche site. Now, I’m (as usual) a bit late to the game when it comes to these types of sites.
The one Im building now has 1000 searches a month (Google Adwords) but have no clue as to the competition other than what GA tells me which is “high competition”. I know you should look for low competition but the site Im building should do well, because I have my own product to sell, and my competition is lame. I think most micro niches are made for Adsense?
I also have someone building me ten more micro niche sites. Im wondering if Im a bit too late to the game really, seeing as there must be millions of these sites out there.
But anyway, if the micro site Im building does well, Im going to build it out with more content and other M options.April 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #3131
1000 searches broad or exact?
ElenaApril 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm #3132
Hi Elena. These are exact match. But in SBI’s Brainstormer the monthly searches are 490 and the supply is 54! I have noooo idea why there is such a discrepancy, I’ve never found an answer!April 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm #3133
I wonder if Market Samurai is worth buying?April 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm #3134
You know, if their basic tools fail to work properly, what can you expect from brainstormer?
Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. I had huge success with some keywords that even didn’t register with brainstormer. I failed good numbers too. Who knows?April 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm #3135
So how do you suggest to research niches? Any particular technique or you just kind of throw the mud against the wall and see what sticks? I’ve heard the last one can be effective. It just sounds scary.
These days I use Market Samurai to evaluate niches. In the past I used Wordtracker. As a matter of fact, I used Wordtracker before I built this site: http://www.tabletpccomparisonguide.com/ I don’t remember off the top of my head what the keyword numbers were, but they were good enough to build the site accordingt to Wordtracker. And it gets no traffic, it’s a dud. But, I did it in a weekend. Just like my tire site, which makes $500 to a $1000 per month depending on which way the wind blows at Google.
IF, I was really interested in the tablepc niche, I could probably add a ton of content and squeak out a couple hundred in affiliate commissions per month. But the topic is boring to me and I can’t. I might have become interested had the site started making sales with minimal content like my tire site did.
Now that I think about it, I don’t really like writing about tires, but I like the money. Before some of you start thinking you’re going to build a tire site, let me share this, I’m an expert in the field. I’ve been in the tire business since I was a kid. I’m over 50 now. Creating UNIQUE content is fairly easy for me. Scraping content from other sites and rewording it doesn’t work anymore.
And let me add, when I built the tire “test site” I scraped all the content. I don’t recall adding anything unique at the time. After the site started making sales, I removed all the scraped content and replaced it with my own unique view.
So, I’ve done it both ways, I’ve thrown it against the wall to see what sticks, and I’ve analyzed keyword demand till I’m blue in the face. Ultimately, these days I pick something I’m interested in. Not necessarly passionate about.
It’s easy to stop working on a loser site that you’re only interested in compared to a site you’re passionate about.April 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm #3136
I also have someone building me ten more micro niche sites
FYI, once you get the hang of WP and a real host, you can build your own ten sites on a single account quite quickly and easily using add-on domains. All under your main account at no additional cost except for the domains.April 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm #3137
Hello Joe. Yes Im going to add them to my Hostgator account. I haven’t the time to build them myself. If I was experienced with WordPress, Id have the time but I want to use my time learning WP. It will be exciting to see which ones bring in the money. I will let you know. Wordtracker is what Brainstormer uses isn’t it. I used to rely on those numbers religiously but now I look at BI and GKT to get a rough idea, and it is a rough idea as there is such a big difference.
I would never start a new website now without testing it first. I’ve written pages and pages of worthless keywords and its only now that I get it. I’m really excited though. Thanks for your posts. 😀April 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm #3142
Wordtracker is what Brainstormer uses isn’t it
Yes, and they add from their own keyword database they’ve gathered from the web. Or so they say… Good old BI has led me on more than 1 wild goose chase. 😀
Out of 10 sites, you’re bound to have a winner. Good luck.April 22, 2013 at 3:02 am #3146
Wow that’s SO interesting Joe! I am very tired today, it’s 4am and I can’t think straight anymore. I’ll come back to this thread tomorrow 🙂April 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm #3276
Looking at Market Samurai right now – $150 – not cheap. They have a trial version too, I tried it last year but didn’t really use it much and it expired. I remember it was quite slow. Perhaps will sign up for another trial again with different email.
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