Can you make money with small niche sites?
This is a question I want to answer in 2012.
You see, I’ve built a successful authority affiliate marketing business. But I’ve never tried my hand at creating multiple small-scale websites.
So my goal for 2012 is to figure out this whole niche site thing. I even created a special series that talks about how I’m doing it.
In today’s post, I’ll provide my first income report from these experiments. I’ll show what has made money. Plus I’ll detail a major setback that’s a negative impact on these sites. And finally I’ll give my opinion on the future of niche sites.
Let’s get to it…
This might be the first post you’ve read on my blog. So let me go over the six types of niche sites I’m currently testing:
Launch Jacking Videos: You make money by targeting a specific product launch and creating YouTube videos that attract customers who have a buying mindset.
Product Review Sites: This income model is similar to launch jacking. The difference is you go after established products with a proven track record of converting sales.
Affiliate Product Sites: Here you find high traffic keywords in a specific market and create a content site. People visit your site because they have a specific problem. Then you convert this traffic by recommending an affiliate offer.
Google Adsense Sites: This is another way to monetize niche-specific traffic. The difference is you’re getting people to click on links instead of buying an affiliate product.
Amazon Sites: Building an Amazon site is another way to leverage search engine traffic. It’s different from other affiliate sites because you’re recommending physical products instead of information-based offers.
Kindle eBooks: I believe in simplification. So I treat my Kindle eBook as a niche site. It’s content-based and depends on search engine traffic. That means you can optimize a Kindle book like you would with other sites.
That’s my brief overview of the six types of niche sites. I recommend you check out these posts to learn more:
- 8 Ways to Make Money with Niche Sites
- 5 Case Studies on How to Make Money on YouTube
- How to Make Money with Amazon Kindle
Now let’s see what happened in the last few months…
I started my first niche site at the end of 2011. But I wasn’t serious about this income model until January. So I spent most of this month re-learning SEO and how to get backlinks. As a result, my income didn’t amount to a whole lot:
|Video Launch Jacking||$0.00|
|Product Review Sites||$0.00|
|Affiliate Product Niche Sites||$48.41|
February brought an exciting change to my online business. I joined forces with my brother (Gene) and we decided to build niche sites together. This is great because we’re able to bounce ideas off one another. Gene helped me realize the profit potential to building Amazon affiliate sites.
February was another month of testing and experimentation. Some things worked. Others didn’t. The good news is we made a little money:
|Video Launch Jacking||$422.99|
|Product Review Sites||$400.00|
|Affiliate Product Niche Sites||$47.84|
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
That’s how I’d describe March. We had a profitable month. But some of our niche sites took a major hit from Google (more on this later.)
Here’s the breakdown:
|Video Launch Jacking||$376.69|
|Product Review Sites||$600.00|
|Affiliate Product Niche Sites||$235.50|
The good news is we made money. $2397.48 to be exact. Not bad for brand new sites that didn’t exist a few months ago.
I think this proves the point that you can make money online – Even if you’re just starting out.
The bad news is the death of Build My Rank and other blog network sites.
Build My Rank (BMR) was my favorite “trick” for getting a high search engine ranking. This service is no longer available. Even worse – Some sites have been penalized by Google because we used BMR to get backlinks.
We’re back to square one with some of these niche sites. It can be quite frustrating to see a site make money and then watch it get penalized a few days later. This makes me wonder if it’s worth my time to focus on this income model.
Here’s my honest opinion about niche sites…
I think they still work. But I’m not sure how long it’ll last. Google has declared war against “thin” websites. Eventually they’ll figure out how to permanently weed out content that doesn’t provide genuine value to the reader.
Don’t believe me?
It happened with Pay-Per-Click (PPC).
It happened with Article Marketing.
It happened with Google Adsense.
Okay…this income report has turned into a Chicken Little declaration that the sky is falling. But that’s just how I feel. No longer can you create a tiny website and expect it to remain profitable for years to come. Eventually Google will come a knockin’. And Google likes to knock hard.
What’s the answer?
You’re not going to like it.
My solution is to build quality authority-style niche sites!
Trust me… I love the idea of having tiny money-makers. But Google HATES these sites. That’s why they work hard to slap them down.
There’s a lot of profit potential to niche sites. The trick is to stop building dozens of five-page websites. Instead it might be best to concentrate on a few and make sure you provide great content!
Obviously it takes time to build these kinds of sites.
So we probably won’t make much money in the next few months. The upshot is we’re building web properties that will develop into a long-term source of passive income.
Stay tuned for more details…To Your "Internet Lifestyle",