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How To Make Money Blogging-Through Niche Blogging Of Course

How do you make money blogging if I may ask? Have you found your best monetization method that works better than others? Perhaps it’s affiliate marketing, one of the most popular business models because it’s relatively easy. I like to hear what your favorite and most profitable method of making money blogging is. Please go ahead to put a short comment.

As for me, and if you have been a frequent visitor to my blog you’d know by now I’m sure – its niche blogging or niche marketing if you will.

Why You Must Have a Favorite Method of Making Money Blogging

If you have been blogging for as long as I have, which is 3 years and 1 month, you would know what is working for you and probably that’s what you are now focusing more efforts on. That’s the right thing to do anyway as  even the experts say so. I remember while working for a client, I saw an article from Liz Tomey and she says that the key to online success is to “find a proven profitable business model and stick to only it”.  So have you found this? Do share a little success story if you have so that we can learn from you.

Well I’ll share some insights and the intricacies of building small and profitable niches. If you are new to niche blogging, hope some of this information is useful to you especially if you are venturing into niche blogging one day. If you’re someone who is already making good money from niche sites, well then do share with us what works well for you. It’s a learning process for all of us right?

Niche Sites-Don’t restrict to building small sites

Forget about the one-page wonder in niche sites if that’s what’s been ingrained in you about what a niche site is. Many years ago, this would have worked and worked really well I might add. Many online marketers just built a single page (excluding the default pages of Privacy Policy, About, Contact) and they began making money. Nowadays people built more pages to their sites, not so much to avoid getting the Google Slap but more pages make more money.

My Insights: Try to eventually build each of your small niche sites to a 10-page site first, then add more when you’ve accomplished that. In fact I’ve known some successful niche bloggers use this 10-page site requirement as a pre-requisite before considering their site is “ready” i.e. ready to do the work of ranking in search engines and to start making money from adsense.

You don’t need to rank every page on a large site. The benefit of a large site is to be able to provide more information to your visitors. In the past people were saying that Google tends to value sites that have a bit more substance than that of say a 2 page site. This has been proven to be totally false as I’ve seen some 2 page-sites ranked on Google’s No. 1 position and beating other bigger sites with higher PR. And they are not the flash in the pan either. The ones I know of are still ranking well.

Larger sites also get rankings for many long-tail keywords even without any backlinks.  Therefore it is to your advantage to build more pages because generally you increase your chance of attaining top search engine with more content on your website.

Keep abreast of All Google Changes

As you know Google is known to make many algorithm changes throughout the year and you should stay informed of what these changes are. A good way to do this is by visiting some of your favorite online forums and you will know such news instantly.

Beware Google’s Sandbox

Personally I’d say a new website that is less than 6 months runs a 50-50 chance of getting Google’s Sandbox or sometimes called differently. Till today, Google has never shared any more information as you and I know about the subject which isn’t much. It’s another of  Google’s  secrets where they don’t really tell anyone much. Here is a post you can read up: Sandbox effect – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My insights: I’ve learned to live with such possibility. There are actually 2 ways that you can do something about it. (1) Do continuous linking everyday but don’t overdo it or (2) let it run its natural course and wait and your site will re-appear in the same SERP as when you lost it provided you still do the occasional link building. I’ve actually tried on one of my sites that’s got the sandbox and I used Angela’s high PR links and managed to get it back for 2 days before it disappeared again so I’ll just give it time.

Linking for niche sites – the old and the new way

I still see many bloggers preferring to do link building on their niche sites the old fashion way. While there is nothing wrong in it, personally I think it’s a slower way to increase your adsense income or at least that’s what I learned. What’s this old way – well they create a one page and target just one main keyword phrase throughout the page. Somehow the old way continued even if they had more pages now.  The newer way I learned is to optimize each page with at least 2 keyword phrases and apply Latent Semantic Indexing when you are writing. Here read up something on LSI here: http://www.wilsonweb.com/seo/google-lsi.htm and about using more than one keyword per page learn from someone who’s done it successfully – Lisa Parmley.

What’s the No. 1 Taboo in Domain Name registration?

It’s got to be using an existing brand name of someone or a corporation. Just taking an example if you try to register a name like sonylaptopsdotcom, you could land yourself in deep trouble not less than getting sued. So don’t jeopardize all the hard work you know starting a brand new site takes when you know you’re violating copyright laws.

What Niche to target?

Take it from someone who’s done more than 20 niche sites – it’s topics that I like that I find I tend to focus more on these sites. Like they say “follow the passion” or “follow the money” how true that is.  If it is a product niche there must be buying interest in your market. Then make sure in your posts you include buyers’ keywords too e.g. “discounts”, “best deal”, “cheaper” words like that.

What motivates you?

When I first started niche blogging one year ago I was motivated by other people’s success namely John Xfactor as he earned $500 a day from his army of niche adsense sites. Now I get motivated by my own little success. I get really motivated whenever I could increase my daily adsense taking and when it happens I usually get charged up to write more, do more link building or find something to improve on, on all my 20+ niche sites. Actually I’m in that state again as I write this post as the last 3 days have been good – at more than $20 per day. It just spurs me on. Ok now tell me what motivates you?

Before I sign off, here’s wishing you great success in your home business, affiliate marketing, work at home and other make money blogging businesses that’s keeping you busy and happy :-)

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22 Responses so far.

  1. Jayorban says:

    Niche Blogging is great my favorite method of monetizing my blogs is through affiliate marketing I have a business based around affiliate marketing. There is a slight learning curve involved and you have to actually work to make things happen. But once your affiliate business is set up and running you can make money on autopilot even when you sleep. Just keep adding unique fresh content on a weekly basis.

  2. peterlee says:

    @Jayorban: Looks like you are one of the 5 % marketers who are successful in affiliate marketing….Good job and good to see you here on my blog.

  3. nice idea of making more money online, but having 20 micro niche sites would be very stressful to write a content for all of them :)

    how about the idea of hiring a writer for the micro niche sites, would that be worth it?

    Thanks peter

  4. peterlee says:

    @Jewelry Making Supplies: I do outsource some of my writing to others from time to time but mostly write myself since I do have time. It's still manageable I guess…for now at least.

  5. I guess it'll be worth it. I mean, now I have 1 writer for my blog, I have to post like 3 articles a day atleast because it is indexed in Google News.

    Well, if a site is indexed in Google news, I guess you should hire a writer. It pays off, really because if your blog is a google news source, you should expect thousand traffic and thousand traffic means big bucks.

  6. lukman nulhakiem says:

    I like to build site one by one. and optimize each site after at least 1 year online.

  7. peterlee says:

    @lukman nulhakiem: I guess you are referring authority sites. How many sites do you own now BTW

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  9. It's not actually easy to make money from blog. Oftentimes, if you are just starting up you will actually encounter some hurdles along the way and the key is to be patient at all times. Also, continuous learning from others because you cannot learn by yourself only believing in your thoughts alone. Reading a lot is one of the great weapon you can use to succeed. Not everyone can have a slice of the pie when it comes to blogging and not all became successful so yeah try to see which niche you are great and learn to learn more of that and surely you can compete eventually.

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  12. peterlee says:

    @pc health check: Well there is definitely a lot of hard work that goes into blogging. If one is not careful, this “job” may be even more stressful than the day job one is working on if you don't have a plan or learn from many others who have done it. Why do you think more than 95 percent failed in their start up business.

  13. win money says:

    Yea following your passion is probably the best thing you can do. The more of niche it is the better you can get high rankings.

    Then you just need an actual website that people in that niche would enjoy!

  14. peterlee says:

    @win money: Absolutely! The 2 most important ingredient of niche blogging is – passion and interest. Thanks for dropping by.

  15. Abhishek says:

    very great to know such things over here.Keep the momentum on and you would definitely do good.

  16. Abhishek says:

    Thats Great..I really loved this post.very admirable and informative.

  17. peterlee says:

    @Abhishek: I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by here.

  18. Mike says:

    I think the secret to creating niche blogs is to work on one at a time. Buying 20 domains will results in 20 unfinished websites.

    Good article, thanks for sharing!

  19. peterlee says:

    @lukman nulhakiem: I usually buy one domain at one time to work on my niche. Otherwise it can be quite overwhelming.

  20. peterlee says:

    @Luxury Hotels in Delhi: Yup, doing research and doing it right is the key to niche blogging success. So much depends on your niche you have found. If you select the wrong niche, so much work is lost and you get so de-motivated.

  21. Josh says:

    $20 a day… I am working on getting to $100 a day… : )

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