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Niche Site Creation

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

NICHE SITE

What the heck is a niche site? Well, it's become a very popular term in the last few years. You'll find website after website talking about the "niche site" being the next San Francisco gold rush. And it may very well be just that. It's very possible that thousands of people (who do this correctly) will create for themselves a nice little portfolio of passive/residual income. Uh oh! We did it again. We used a term you may not be familiar with. Okay, let's define these phrases a bit.

Niche Site: A particular website devoted to specializing one specific area. Here are few examples of niches that might help to further define this term:

  • Halloween Costumes
  • Church Organs
  • Restaurant Silverware
  • Golden Tubas

You could go so much further with these ideas, but understand that a niche site is simply a website specializing in providing quality content for a certain sector of the market.

Passive/Residual Income: A passive or sometimes called a residual income is a financial earning that is continually made from an initial amount of work. The inceptive work is very important here because for a few weeks, months, or sometimes years you create something that will continue to make you money, even if you quit doing that work. I like to call it money while you sleep. Some examples of this are:

  • Writing a book
  • Building a niche site
  • Multi-Level Marketing (I don't like this one)
  • Article submission (like InfoBarrel)

CREATE YOUR NICHE SITE

So you want to know how to create a niche site? There's a lot that goes into figuring out which niche site you'd like to start, but let's begin with the essentials. You've gotta choose something that you are passionate about (or even something that you are interested in learning about). This choice is important because building a niche site isn't a one-day trial-and-error test. It takes time and effort. So 3-6 months down the line, you will want to be able to enjoy what you're doing. This will keep you going and more likely to be successful.

Once you've decide which niche you'd like to be about, then you should choose a nice keyword that will get people to your website. To simplify the definition of a keyword, it's basically words that people put into search engines to find something. You want a keyword that lots of people are already searching for. It might be helpful to buy a program that will tell you which keywords are good, but I suggest starting small with the least amount of financial investment as possible. This will get you quite excited when you've spent nothing and made tons. It's quite possible.

Once you've chosen your keyword, now go and find a domain name that contains your keyword. If it's not possible to find a domain possessing your direct keyword, add words to the domain name to make it easier to find a website name. A keyword that is lengthened in this way is called a long-tail keyword. Long-tail keywords are helpful because they can cover a multitude of keywords without sticking to one specific keyword, thus limiting your traffic.

Now that you've got your domain name, start building your website. A great platform to use, is the WordPress Content Management System. It's so easy to use and you can choose from a multitude of nice-looking themes to change the look of your website for your personal taste.

Now to add the content. You'll want to spend much time studying your niche and all of the topics related to it. You want to be the authority on this precise topic. So study and study hard. Then write tons of blog posts and articles on the subject. Articles that you think people would find very interesting. You want to write for people, not search engines. This way it is genuine, quality, and in the long run, worth it. For the next couple months you'll want to continue to put quality content on the site. Adding to it's authority and reputation. Then comes the backlinking (which you can start as soon as you write your first article).

BACKLINK YOUR NICHE SITE

Backlinking is the process of creating articles, posts, comments, and such on other websites that contain links back to your site. In this way you are receiving recognition that your niche site has authority and purpose. Google loves authoritative websites. And the more authority (backlinks) you possess, the better ranking you will receive in Google. And the higher you go up the pages until you're #1 for your keyword (or many keywords). So backlinking is very important.

My Strategy

There are an infinite amount of ways to backlink to your niche site. Some of them include:

  • Writing for article directories
  • Hiring people to backlink for you
  • Link exchanges with people
  • Writing comments on other sites
  • Bookmarking your site
  • Bookmarking your articles
  • Writing reviews
  • Simple organic links

These are just a few, but I want to go into detail on how I go about backlinking my niche sites and articles. This way you can have a detailed process that you can either copy or make to fit with your schedule. Sometimes you will find that doing things the same way others do them can hinder your progress. You have to make these standards fit you and your lifestyle. Then you will succeed. So here's how I go about backlinking my niche sites.

  1. Create my niche site (with all the bells and whistles we discussed earlier)
  2. Write a post on an article directory with links back to my niche site
  3. Write a bunch of little bookmarks or blurbs with links back to my article
  4. Rinse and repeat

This is a simple explanation, but let's dig deeper.

Step 1:

Step one is simply what we already talked about. I like to create a niche site with about 25 pages of quality content ranging from how-to's to the "10 interesting facts about..." subjects. This way your site is not empty and Google knows you're dedicated to this niche.

Step 2:

Step two consists of writing one 500-word post on an article directory site. Some of these sites include HubPages, EZine Articles, and Buzzle. There are tons of them so choose which you like the best. Sometimes there are so many that you can't keep track, so it might be helpful to choose between 3 and 8 of them. This way you won't become confused about where you wrote your articles and where to link to them. Remember to add at least one link back to your niche site in these articles. For step two, it is possible to write one 500-word article for each of these sites per day, as long as you're at least writing for one.

Step 3:

Step three involves writing little blurbs on bookmark sites that contain links to your article (not your niche site). You're not linking directly to your niche site because Google will easily pick up on it and boot shut you down. You don't want this backlinking to be an issue. So creating backlinks to your backlinks helps to both add authority to your niche site and to not be detected on Google's radar.

I would also suggest doing at least 3 backlinks these step two's articles. For each article you submit to HubPages, Buzzle, etc. you want to have at least 3 blurbs pointing back to that article. This creates a nice tree pattern that will help bring those authority juices in. Some bookmarking sites include:

  • Xomba
  • InfoPirate
  • She Told Me
  • Del.icio.us
  • Snipsly

Step 4:

Now you simply rinse and repeat. If you've got 25 pages of quality content on your niche site, you'll want at least 25 articles out there (you should have much more) pointing to each one of these pages. And then you'll want at least 75 blurbs pointing back to your 25 articles. But here's the kicker. You should be doing this article-production and backlinking everyday, as much as possible, until you are #1 on Google for your direct keyword. This may takes months. But it's worth it!

RECAP

So here's a simple recap of what you should be doing day-to-day to get your niche site at the top of Google. It's not easy, but nothing that's worth it ever is. With persistence and hard work, you will obtain your passive income dreams. After you've created your website and you've got 25 pages of high-caliber content on your site this is what you should be doing on a daily basis:

Day 1:

  1. Write an article for HubPages (about 500 words) with 2 links back to one page on your niche site.
  2. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your HubPages article.
  3. Write an article on Buzzle (about 500 words) with 2 links back to same page on you niche site.
  4. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your Buzzle article.
  5. Write an article for Squidoo (about 500 words) with 2 links back to same page on your niche site.
  6. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your Squidoo article.

Day 2:

  1. Write an article for HubPages (about 500 words) with 2 links back to one page on your niche site.
  2. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your HubPages article.
  3. Write an article on Buzzle (about 500 words) with 2 links back to same page on you niche site.
  4. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your Buzzle article.
  5. Write an article for Squidoo (about 500 words) with 2 links back to same page on your niche site.
  6. Write 3 blurbs (1 on InfoPirate, 1 on She Told Me, 1 on Snipsly) all containing a link back to your Squidoo article.

And so on. Do this for a couple months and you'll be set. You don't necessarily have to write 3 direct article per day. You could stick with one, but more the merrier, right? Unless you're going overboard with more than 10 articles all pointing back to your site everyday. Google will notice and shut you down. So make it spread out, but make sure you're consistent.

CONCLUSION

So that's from beginning to end what you must do to create a niche site that will scale the ranks of Google and eventually provide you with a nice little passive income. And once you've seen this work, you'll want to keep doing it. Most people who start this type of portfolio, end up creating at least 9 more of these sites.

If you have any suggestions on what I've discussed in this article, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for spending the time writing and I hope it will be beneficial to you. Good luck in your niche site future!

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Comments

May 14, 2011 1:00pm
miketmartin
These are some great tips. I also use niche sites to earn a passive income through ebay and adsense. you can read about my experiences over on my blog at http://pennyonthefloor.com/

thanks for this great information.
Oct 9, 2011 9:43am
CapstoneTrends
This is awesome... I read it. Now I have to more fully STUDY it and FULLY implement it. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Very smart stuff.
Dec 20, 2011 6:25pm
BobD
Great tips to get started on making a niche site rank.
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