Today, I am sharing another niche site success story from one of the readers of the NichePursuits.com blog.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked for experiences from people that are making money from niche sites right now. I know that when I first got started, I always felt like I was unsure if certain “methods” were still working today. Sure, they worked yesterday, but are they working right now?
These stories are from very real people seeing very real success TODAY! I've shown from my own niche site project that you can indeed still make money with niche sites, but these experiences are from OTHER people finding success as well.
If you have a story you would like to share, I'm still accepting them! Please read the instructions here and submit your story.
Today, I'm excited to share a story from Jason; who is doing well in the Jobs and Employment niche. What's great is that he just started building niche sites a few months ago! He shares how he uses expired domain links and more to help his sites out. To be honest, just reading his story even motivates me a bit more…so thanks Jason!
And finally, I have personally been on vacation for about 2 weeks, and I just got home. It was a great vacation, and perhaps I'll have to post about it…but I'm happy to be back! So, starting on Monday or Tuesday I will begin posting more regularly again. My first post “back” will be my monthly income report for my survival knife niche site.
This is just one of many ways to make money with a website.
But for now, its all about Jason's story! Take it away Jason…
Jason's Success Story
1. What is your name and current job/profession?
My name's Jason. I'm doing the 9 to 5 right now as an Operations Reporting Analyst. It's fun for me to crawl through data at work, but my experience with niche sites this year has opened my eyes to an even better potential lifestyle with niche sites.
2. How did you get started building niche websites? How long have you been building websites?
I launched my first niche site in mid-March this year. After reading so much from you and the AdSense Flippers, I finally pulled the trigger and started work on my first niche site on January 1st this year.
I had a little experience messing around with websites in middle school. I built a couple(terrible) Pokemon sites over a decade ago on Angelfire and Freeservers. Building a website has changed so much. Back then, they didn't have the usual tools like WordPress and HostGator, so almost all of the niche site building process has been completely new to me.
3. Tell us about one (preferred) or multiple of your successful websites.
What is the URL and what niche are you targeting? If you are not willing to publicly share your domain or niche, that's just fine.
Looking at the problems with your Niche Site Project, I'd say it's best that I don't reveal the URL of my site. I will say that it is related to the Jobs and Employment niche.
I got the idea from Pat Flynn's Security Guard site from the Niche Site Duel 1.0. What I liked about building a site in the Jobs and Employment niche was how easy it was to get content ideas. You can easily create over 50+ pages of content because you can write an article for every state.
I was also impressed with how long his site has consistently made money. He made the site in 2010, yet it consistently makes over $2000 a month. I wanted to replicate that success with my first site. I planned to create a large, stable site that would cashflow for years.
4. How much money do you make from this successful website(s) each month?
The month of June was a huge turning point for me. My income jumped from ~$50 in May, to ~$240 in June!
The site makes its money entirely from AdSense, but I've since been introduced to new methods of monetization.
Earlier in June, I was contacted by a rep from QuinStreet. He'd found my site and asked if I was interested in placing a lead gen widget on my site.
The widget's purpose is to collect a visitor's information. When a visitor fills out his information, QuinStreet passes that information to an appropriate school and then pays the webmaster $20 for the lead. It sounded very profitable, but unfortunately, my niche wasn't a good fit for their network. But it did give me ideas for a second site…
5. What is the reason for this website's success?
The website succeeds for two reasons:
1) Long tail keywords: With over 60 pages of content, less than 1% of its traffic comes from the primary keyword.
2) High PR backlinks: Unfortunately, part of the reason my site receives 1% of its traffic from the primary keyword is I chose a more competitive primary keyword(guess I'm not as good at Keyword Research as you). From March to May, my site never ranked for its primary keyword, only getting traffic from the long tail. I knew I needed a stronger backlink strategy so I tried buying expired domains.
The results came quick. Within a couple weeks, I was ranking on the 1st page for my primary keyword, and on the 2nd page for a synonym keyword with a huge search volume(over 12,000 per month).
As my ranks continue to increase, I can see the site earning 4 figures a month by the end of the year.
6. Please briefly share your overall strategy for finding a niche, getting traffic to your site, ranking in Google, and making money from niche sites.
My ideal process has evolved a bit since making my first site. After my experience with QuinStreet, I'm fully aware that AdSense isn't the most profitable method of monetizing traffic.
Going forward, I won't treat monetization as an afterthought. Actually, it will be my first step.
Step 1- Decide on a highly converting monetization method (CPA, Affiliate programs, etc)
Step 2- Choose a CPA or affiliate offer that has low competition keywords, but high conversion potential
Step 3- Outsource article writing
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Step 4 – Build backlinks immediately to rank as soon as you can
For my next sites, I'm looking forward to experimenting with a combination of AdSense and highly targeted affiliate/CPA offers.
7. What link-building tips can you offer?
High PR domains completely changed the game for me. I didn't do good enough keyword research for my first site, but high PR links made up for my mistakes.
But most importantly, focus on the keyword research. Especially analyzing the top 10 results. Building High PR links is expensive, and if you do your keyword research right, your site will be much less expensive to rank.
8. How has the success from this website impacted your life?
It's opened my eyes and shown me just how possible it is to create your own lifestyle. Times have changed.
Making money is no longer about getting a job, sucking up to your boss, and hoping for a raise. If you want a raise, you can get it for yourself.
Build a cashflowing asset like a website and take control of your own income.
9. Do you have any additional tips or advice for others that would like to replicate your success with their own websites?
Get started. I'd been reading about niche sites for nearly a year before I finally made one. And I know you have plenty of readers right now, who were just like me back then. Watching from the sidelines. Dreaming. But doing nothing.
Build a site today. Reading blog posts doesn't make you money.
Take action. Make mistakes and learn from them. Then, take action again. Every time you act you come back smarter with a better chance at success.
10. Do you have a blog or other place that people can following along with what you are doing?
Sure. I set a goal for myself to to make $2000/month in online income by the end of the year. To hold myself accountable and to focus my strategies, I've started posting monthly reports on RealOnlineIncomeReports.com
Writing out my thoughts on a blog has helped me to better focus my strategy to hit my goal. If my thoughts help out your audience, then I'd love to hear their feedback on the blog. It'll help to keep me motivated.
My Opinion and Yours
Thank you Jason for sharing your story! I did want to quickly interject my own opinion about Jason's comment on Adsense not being the best monetization method. I agree that sometimes its not the best method, but many times it is the best method!
In particular, you mentioned how much you wanted a site like Pat Flynn's security guard site that is making $2000+ per month…well that all comes from Adsense! And Pat has tried for years to find other ways to monetize that site…he won't find anything better than Adsense for that site. Its absolutely the best way. Sounds like its the same for your site.
I agree that you should think about monetization before creating a site; however, I often look for great Adsense opportunities, because there are so many and can do very well.
Okay, that's it for me…now its your turn! What comments, questions, or opinions do you have to share?