Having an online presence is vital for any enterprise you engage in order to connect with the widest variety of people. There isn’t a bigger forum than the Internet. If you want to show off your expertise and also make a little money doing it, a niche blog is a great place to start.
What is a Niche Blog (or site)?
A niche blog is a chronological ordered series of posts with information and/or products for your niche or target market. It’s purpose is to get traffic so you can eventually make money either as an affiliate, with Google Adsense, writing and selling e-books and/or selling advertising.
How to Attract Traffic to your Site
- Have updated and fresh content for those who visit your blog
- Market your site to attract traffic
- Use any and all of the tools on the net that are at your disposal
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How to Start
Before you start posting, decide who your audience, theme, and niche will be. It is said that if you sell to everyone, you sell to no one. You need to narrow your niche to the slimmest possible group. A jack-of-all-trades blog doesn’t do well — you need to be focused toward a particular niche (group of people).
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If you are interested in crafts, let this be your niche. You could create posts that discuss how to craft, what to craft, how to make crafting profitable, and so on. After deciding on a subject and who the people are that would be interested in your content, you can begin to write (great content) about it.
How Can You Make Money?
To make money with your blog, you need to have a lot of traffic. To get traffic, you will have to market your site and get it known out there on the internet. There are many ways of doing this, and it takes time and patience.
Money comes only after you have built a strong readership by offering interesting posts to people who are interested in reading them. You’ve probably heard it before, but this cannot be said enough: Content is king! Give lots of free information. Give hints and tips to help others when they are stuck. Offer free tutorials. Do whatever you need to do to get people to come to your site and then return over and over for your latest content.
Although Google Ads aren’t recommended for a personal business site, if you intend to run your blog as a niche site, then you can add some or all of the following programs and/or products:
- Google AdSense
- Selling Advertising
- Affiliate Marketing
- EBook Marketing
The simplest to set up and use is Google AdSense. These are targeted advertisements (targeted based on keywords that your niche would be using) to create revenue for your blog. You are paid if someone clicks on the complimentary ad that Google has placed on your site.
You can also become an affiliate for products and/or services sold by others. Most businesses on the internet have some sort of affiliate program that you can join. You are paid if someone clicks on your affiliate link (on your site) and they purchase the package, program or service you are an affiliate for.
The best possible case for being an affiliate is when you have tried the product or service yourself and would recommend it to your niche. You can lose credibility quickly by recommending shoddy products or services, so be careful in your affiliations.
E-books are downloadable electronic books that you can create yourself and sell on your website. You can turn your expertise into written work that your niche is willing to pay for. E-books should contain your best possible content, as there are millions of people writing ebooks, often substandard. Don’t be tempted into thinking that you can ask money for badly written or uninteresting content. It must be information that is new and helpful to your customers.
So that is a summary of several ways you can make money with a niche blog.
Do you have any tips on attracting traffic to your niche site?
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