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Authority vs Niche site which has more money involved

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by TheMoneyWizard, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. TheMoneyWizard

    TheMoneyWizard Elite Member

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    Hi,

    I don't know whether to go for an Authority site or a Niche site. Which one is quicker money and which is more money in the long term. I will be using Amazon and Adsense to Monetize. Which do you think I should go for?
    I was leaning towards the Authority site more as I can't find a Niche to save my life
     
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    IMDB or howtotrainyogaathome.com ?
    (just random address)
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    I think the answer is simple.
     
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  3. TheMoneyWizard

    TheMoneyWizard Elite Member

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    Thanks I didn't think of it like that, is just that it would take a long time to create an Authority site. But I suppose it will be worth it in the end.
     
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    Who do you think makes more money? Google or dogpile? You probably haven't even heard of the latter, and they're not making the money either.

    Authority = Slow but $$$
    Quick niche = Fast but less $$$

    Saying a "niche" site earns less is wrong. Google is in several niches and is an authority in all of them. Templatemonster is in the template niche an an authority. Instead of "niche" you probably meant a microniche site or an adsense site (5-15 articles then let it roll.)
     
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    Long term think authority as it means solid revenue year on year!
     
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    Thanks everyone. I am trying to think of a catchy domain that hasn't already been taken.
     
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    I own several authority sites and the domain name is not that big of a deal... I don't care to rank the root domain anyway as I rank inner pages.

    I rank domain.com/blue-widgets for blue widgets.
    I rank domain.com/red-widgets for red widgets.
    I rank domain.com/green-widgets for green widgets.

    Take a look at wikipedia and the other authority sites and you'll see that is what they do as well... actually I learned from them so that was poorly expressed.
     
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  8. TheMoneyWizard

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    Thanks, I am looking to do an authority site on electronics, do you think this is overdone and too hard to rank, or do you think it is possible. I would aim to cover almost every single electronic on Amazon, and the latest electronics, do you think that it would be worth doing this or do you think I should pick another subject other than electronics?
     
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    I have an authority site, sort of... 14 years old and it makes me nothing. A bunch of completely shitty MNS make my living at the moment. I guess it's all about how much knowledge you have, how desperate and/or persistent you are... we all like to think of ourselves as tough as nails, but if you've put years of work in it and it still makes you nothing, and you got bills to pay.. well, don't be surprised if you find yourself with a day job in the end.
     
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    What is your authority site about, e.g electronics, news, health and fitness ,ect?
    This is my only concern, I don't want to put a lot of effort into it to find that I could be making more with a MNS.
     
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    It was an honest attempt at a music community. One of the very first dynamic database driven ones at that. Was quite popular in its time, all whitehat, lots of unique content, had a forum, moderation system, you name it. Several former competitors are still going strong, probably paying their owners' bills, but given the amount of effort it took vs the return, I can only imagine how much harder it'd be these days with all those tougher niches. So if I were you, I'd at least start with a less ambitious plan, and then expand if possible.