Need some monetization advice.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by mike87, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. mike87

    mike87 Registered Member

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    Hello my fellow "entrepreneurs" (sounds good right?),

    First, let me introduce myself since I still haven't done that yet. My name is Mike (No shit), I'm Dutch, 24 and I have started in internet marketing in Januari this year. I spent a shitload of money on ONE single course (money I need for my education :eek: ), kind of a dumb move BUT it did kickstart me into IM.

    Anyways, I have learned alot from BHW allready but im still to make my first dollar$.

    Today I found some great keywords (I think) I even saw someone in the top ten with only a smiley as content! this one ->
    :)

    So competition is LOW. VERY low!
    Here's what MS says:
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    (hopefully this is readable!)

    I'm not looking to be spoonfed but I would love some advice on how to handle this.

    What can I say, Big keywords, small guy with no money.

    My initial plan was starting a forum for the main keyword since that keyword is related to "forums". I could eventually monetize by using a content locker and Adsense and such... There are a few products to sell here but not a lot, although I think thiss will grow in the future. I CAN however make some how to's and videos about this to offer as download. Good idea, bad one? It allready has one big competitor with a huge forum (No not BHW :cool:)

    Who will help me out here? Any advice is welcome especially SEO and monetization (Hope this isn't asking for a spoon:eek:).


    PS I own the EMD but it has a .CO extension.....
    PPS "sorry for my English":rolleyes:
     
  2. mike87

    mike87 Registered Member

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    Not even a "welcome to the forum"? :(...

    Bump ;)
     
  3. freelapse

    freelapse Junior Member

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    Ok try to be as specific as possible without giving it away...

    What is the appeal of the niche?
    What is your target audience looking for?
    How rare/hard-to-find is your output?
    Similar, how unique is your output compared to similar offerings?

    Edit: just noticed the .co extension bit - I wouldn't recommend it if you can avoid it. The newer (but generally marketed) ccTLDs - .co, .ws, .me - along with .info and to a lesser extent .biz don't do as well on domain keyword based rankings AFAIK.
     
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  4. dowser

    dowser Power Member

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    Hey Mike, don't get discouraged by the silence - it's almost time to bed in North America :D

    It's a bit too vague to give you advice (and I'm probably not the best person to give you advice on it anyway...), but "hit the road running", get something going.

    I don't know much about .co extension, but it's a good start. Check different scripts to run a forum, pay close attention to the security features (I've lost one forum as it was overcame by spam and I couldn't handle the security). Make a plan how to advertise it and stick to it leaving room for obvious changes.

    Good luck!
     
  5. johnconnor

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    Don't hesitate to use the .co Domain. I use .co for some very competitive niches (forex, finance) and they are doing good. Just don't forget to point the .co in WMT to dutch audience, as i guess you want to target google.nl...
     
  6. mike87

    mike87 Registered Member

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    It's a gaming niche, the audience is looking for information and tutorials.
    The info is out there but it's scattered all over the place, a forum holds it al together. And there is new stuff out like every 2 - 3 weeks. + it's easy to create content that other people might want to have.

    Allready own the .co, so I'll just have to work with it.

    Thanks, I guess I was a little impatient =). Am hitting the road rigth now, have to fix my host first though. I created some nice errors for myself on there... contacted support.

    Good to hear that it's not a huge deal, but it does feel like there's something missing right? .co? Oh and... no it's going to be all english, Holland is way to small ;) But don't worry, I'll have someone check the spelling and grammar etc.


    Thanks for your feedback!
     
  7. mike87

    mike87 Registered Member

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    Bump =)
     
  8. freelapse

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    Mike, I sent you a PM.
     
  9. hgear

    hgear Power Member

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    Your selecting a competition which is wayyyyy to high! Start with something much smaller if you want to start making $$$