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Building a Niche Website From Scratch [Research - Content - Ranking - Success]

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by tristangemus, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. tristangemus

    tristangemus Regular Member

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    I've seen a lot of people giving out free information here at BHW and it's a really great thing to see so I thought I'd share my method for niche websites. I am going to show you how I build my websites form scratch. In this post you will learn the following:

    1. Keyword & Domain Research
    2. Wordpress Configuration (No, not how to install Wordpress)
    3. Content
    4. Monetization
    5. SEO

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    Just so everyone can participate, I am going to be using free methods only! Of course, I use software for things such as SEO and Keyword research but it is not mandatory, just highly recommended ... ;)

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    1. Keyword & Domain Research

    The big question I always here is how to find a niche. What the heck drives someone to think of the website they built in the first place. Is it an interest? Something they've seen or heard of? That question even boggles my mind. I honestly sit here and think of products or topics and see what I can come up with. I take a look around my room and words just come to mind.

    Just by sitting here at my desk I see the following:

    Deskpad Calendar
    Cologne
    Coffee Mug
    TV Remote
    My Glass Computer Desk
    Fan

    After checking out some keywords I stumbled upon "ceiling fan wiring" which receives 1,300 exact US monthly searches

    I typed it in Google without quotes and a big smile landed on my face.

    What did I like about these results?

    1. Whenever you see anything from ask.com or about.com ... You're usually in the clear. Yes they are powerful sites but they are extremely easy to pass.

    2. There are only 75,800 exact results which is fairly low.

    3. I checked out another website on the first page

    http://www.marvindyck.com/wiringfacts/Ceiling Fan Wiring.html

    His website was only registered in 2010 and this page isn't even one of his popular ones. I used http://who.is for this search.

    I then threw the exact URL into http://majesticSEO.com site explorer. It is a paid service although I just take a peak at the number of links it shows which is perfectly free. He only has 2 unique domains linking to this page ... SCORE!

    Now I am positive I can hit the first page.

    The next struggle is finding a domain name. For quick results I use http://instantdomainsearch.com

    Hey look, the .org EMD is available. Got lucky there!

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    Now we have to install Wordpress and blah blah blah ... Go on youtube if you can't install Wordpress.

    Delete all of the default content (post, page, links)

    Install these two plugins:

    All in One SEO Pack
    Google XML Sitemaps

    In my opinion that's all you need. you have your onsite SEO and your sitemap. Some people have ten plus plugins and that's fine but I keep is simple and straight to the point.

    Find a high CTR theme, I recommend Heatmap or something.

    Do a Google search for "CTR Wordpress Themes" and find something you like.

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    Let's add some content. Write an article about "ceiling fan wiring" around 500 words. Kind of a stupid subject to write about but just BS the article and throw the keyword in it 2 or 3 times.

    Now, find a couple more keywords. We're only going to add three articles for now and you can keep adding more content as you go along.

    I found:

    "ceiling fan wiring diagram"
    "wiring a ceiling fan with light"

    Write about those, pretty easy just find another post with instructions and you're done!

    Make sure to add a picture to each article and try finding a youtube video as well. This helps a lot.

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    Monetization is the next most important part. You can be raking in 10,000 visitors per day and not earn a penny since you do not have ads or are selling products online. My favorite money makers are:

    1. Google Adsense
    2. Clickbank
    3. Amazon

    Most of you could have guessed my list considering this is what everyone uses and for a very good reason, they work! I like to incorporate Clickbank into my keyword research to directly market that product, but we'll talk about this in another tutorial.

    I use Adsense with almost everything, unless I am trying to promote a big sale. If a sale is worth $50 to me then why would I direct someone away from my sales page to earn a measly buck? Do you see people with Google Adwords on their salepages for software or ebooks? You need to decide what is the best way to monetize your website.

    Lastly, Amazon. I usually either use Clickbank by itself or combine Adsense and Amazon. Amazon obviously is used for websites about a certain type of product.

    I haven't found anything directly related to ceiling fan wiring on Amazon but you can still market ceiling fans and who knows you might sell a bunch! I believe that Adsense will be the big money maker on this website though. So put your ads on your website and let the website sit.

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    Check back within a week and see if you've been crawled. I don't recommend linking and pinging just because it's not natural. Let Google find your website and go from there.
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    SEO

    The moment you've all been waiting for. How to rank these little bastards!

    I've devised a chart to show exactly what I do with my websites.

    Week 1: Let Google find your website
    Week 2: Build as many high PR bookmarks as possible.
    (alternatives: ultimate demon, se nuke x, fiverr)
    Week 3: - Build 20 Web 2.0s and put a general post on them with no link
    (alternatives: ultimate demon, se nuke x, fiverr)
    - Write & Spin an article and submit to as many directories as possible
    (alternatives: ultimate demon, se nuke x, fiverr)
    Week 4: Write a review on your website and spin it 20 times and post on web 2.0s, with your link at the bottom. Diversify your hyperlinks. Example, {ceiling fan wiring|how to wire a ceiling fan|click here|http://ceilingfanwiring.com}
    Make it look natural! Google will catch on if you use the same hyperlink on each post.
    Week 5: Write another article and spin it and link it to the web 2.0s this time and submit everything. Submit them to link directories and bookmark them as well. You want these properties to be strong links.


    PAID OPTIONS

    If you have the cash then my best suggestion for you is to get a private blog network blast from aged high page rank websites. I have never seen results like these. Everything else you can do yourself and save money! At the very most, pick up software to do your own SEO work. But the blog network is HIGHLY recommended!

    Post any questions/comments/additions in the thread, thanks for reading!
     
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  2. bumba1988

    bumba1988 Junior Member

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    That's a great plan that you have stated here :)
     
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    tell us about your success rate?
     
  4. tristangemus

    tristangemus Regular Member

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    Almost all of my micro sites hit top 5 results. Keyword research is your best friend. I have moved onto authority sites and am doing pretty well, starting up many more maybe starting a JV so if you want earnings keep your eyes open for my thread in the near future!
     
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    bumba1988 Junior Member

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    I am a writer and I am always game for a JV with a proficient internet marketer like you. Let me know if you have a plan for this?
     
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    nticked Newbie

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    Thanks a lot for the info! :)
     
  7. tristangemus

    tristangemus Regular Member

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    Hey bumba,

    I am looking for a writer for a service I am launching, if you're interested in more details please add me on Skype: tristangemus thanks. PM sent as well.
     
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    Awesome tutorial. Thanks for the insight.
     
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    I like the plan. Keep it up .
     
  10. CoyoteAssassin

    CoyoteAssassin Elite Member

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    Great share... Thanks and +10 rep given.

    It's easy to share other people's work - taking the time to write up how YOU do it takes even longer. Thanks.

    Micro Niche marketing is something I am looking into. I feel that the money can be decent but I'm not sure how much time I should truly expect it to consume.

    If it is a lot of time, it may be better for me to stick with email marketing but I also like the idea of making money and now having to send emails.

    I found a four-word phrase that has 708k exact results and the .com is also available. I currently own a .co URL that redirects traffic to one of the sites I would feature on my niche site. I make $50/month on it. It's not much, but I do not have to do anything.

    An example would be me targeting "how to make bread" and buying howtomakebread.com and setting up the niche site. Currently, I own bread.co and when people type it my mistake (leaving off the 'm'), I get a commission if they buy something.

    What do you think, are those pretty good stats?
     
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  11. kapotman

    kapotman Newbie

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    Man I am going to get the skills for this I am going back to school lol
     
  12. bumba1988

    bumba1988 Junior Member

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    I just replied to your PM. Hope to talk with you soon.
     
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    Great tutorial OP.

    I have 2 curiosities:
    How long do you wait until you add your links on web2.0's?
    How much are you banking, on average, once you hit first 5.
     
  14. tristangemus

    tristangemus Regular Member

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    I give it 1-2 weeks and make sure to add 2 introductory posts to them as well. So maybe before starting your sites build them then when the time comes they are already aged enough to add links.

    Depends on the total number of searches per month. The few authority sites I've owned earned me $200-500 monthly. You can expand on that as well.
     
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  15. prithviraj0007

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    thanked you for the share, subscribed too.. :) Will follow your strategies..but what would you suggest for people who are not accepted into adsense yet? Is there any adsense alternative which is easier to get accepted into even if it pays less?
     
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    tristangemus Regular Member

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    Keep working at adsense, but use clickbank and Amazon for now. But, adsense is a huge contributing revenue generator!

     
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    How does your site structure look like on your AS?

    Im building a few myself but kinda stuck on the structure of the site

    For the keyword researches is there any diff when building a niches and AS?
     
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    Good share OP, hope your niche site work continues to be a success
     
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    tristangemus Regular Member

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    I use themes that allow for more to be done. Kind of hard to explain. Kind of like magazine themes with lots of options. I need room for an opt in area, of course ads, categories, etc. When building authority sites, avoid "crunched" themes that look like garbage. Those are good for clicks yes but we are wanting returning visitors we are selling products not only looking for adsense clicks.

    When doing keyword research, don't only focus on your main keyword. An EMD is still important but focus on your other keywords as well, you need to research every article you decide to write. Keyword research takes a lot longer but once you find a niche you're usually good for each keyword you find.
     
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    Thanks OP, some great information here