Today I am happy to share another niche site success story with you! A couple of weeks ago, I requested that YOU the readers send in your success story from building niche websites.
I posted the first story last week from Mark, and today is story number 2. I've received several others that I will be posting soon. But if you think others may find your story interesting, its not too late! Just follow the guidelines found here to send in your story.
Below you will find the story of Benjamin Aries. He answered the 10 questions I requested about building niche sites and some of his success. I love that Benjamin is doing well in a somewhat “obscure” niche, and is one that I've never personally attempted to go into. Just shows that you can do well in ALL kinds of niches.
And like all these stories, I really enjoy that they are current and relevant. These people are making money in 2013…right now…from these niche sites!
1. What is your name and current job/profession?
Benjamin Aries, Freelance business / technology writer
2. How did you get started building niche websites? How long have you been
Started with niche sites by reading nearly every post on Niche Pursuits and
Pat's Smart Passive Income blogs. However, have been building websites for
15 years so already understood the technical aspects.
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.
I recently launched a small 3-page website with information about a
particular model of handheld radio. This type of radio is used by amateur
radio operators and public service professionals. (Prefer not to share URL,
since it's an AdSense site.) I own and use the same radio, which made
building the site easy and fun.
4. How much money do you make from this successful website(s) each month?
Currently, around $400 a month from just a 3-page site. I expect that the
income can be doubled without too much work.
5. What is the reason for this website’s success?
Low competition! As Spencer always says, you have to find a niche where you
can stand out. There were very few sites dedicated to this product. Also,
the niche is product-oriented. In other words, people who search for the
radio either want to buy one, or are interested in accessories for it. This
helps drive clicks more than a general information-oriented site, I believe.
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 strategy is 4 major steps:
-Locate a competitive keyword and matching domain name. Keyword
competitiveness is huge.
-Build a good-looking, useful site. Make sure there is truly useful
-Build backlinks slowly and naturally.
-Place Google AdSense ads tastefully. Avoid having the site look “spammy”
or build just for AdSense.
7. What link-building tips can you offer?
Use RELEVANT blog comments, forum posts, and social profiles. Don't go
crazy. Quality over Quantity. Request links from authority sites in the
same niche — in this case, amateur radio and electronics websites.
8. How has the success from this website impacted your life?
This one website earns enough to pay (most of) the rent, each and every
month. A stream of steady passive income is huge in terms of giving you
freedom and flexibility in life.
9. Do you have any additional tips or advice for others that would like to
replicate your success with their own websites?
Focus on the core principles. Don't try to take shortcuts. Do proper
keyword research, and never try to “outsmart” Google.
10. Do you have a blog or other place that people can following along with
what you are doing?
http://www.LifestyleDare.com is my blog dedicated to building online
income, and using it to create the lifestyle you want.
My Concluding Thoughts
Like everyone, I enjoy reading the success of others…as it really helps to motivate.
Benjamin has shared some of his tips for success, but I'm sure he has much more to share! I've asked him to respond to any comments of questions that you might have below. So, if you want more details, then just ask away!
You may be able to get some real “gems” of wisdom with the additional information that is sure to be shared in the comments section. Thanks!
Benjamin wanted me to post a screenshot from his Adsense account to back up his claim of earning $400/month. In addition, he also wanted to clarify that this website is only about 4 months old; meaning that you don't need an old site to earn good money…newer sites can too.
Here is the screenshot: