How to Start Your Own Niche Site
Niche sites are websites that pertain to a specific topic. Goals of niche site are to rank high on Google and generate a lot of traffic. Developing niche sites is not a difficult process, but it does take some time. If you are looking for a way to make some passive income as a side job, a niche site could be the answer.
You don’t need a lot of experience or a lot of technical skills. You just have to be willing to put in the time and effort to meet your goals. If you are wondering how to create your own niche site, these tips can help.
Develop Some Niche Ideas
Before you start creating a niche site, you need to think about choosing the right niche. You want to pick one that isn’t too competitive. The more competitive the niche, the harder it will be to rank highly and attract visitors.
It’s also good to choose a niche that interests you or a niche you find familiar. You will be more likely to update the site regularly. You also want to make sure the information on your site is accurate, so being familiar with the subject will help you create correct content. You can start by listing some of your interests and topics that relate to them. Once you have a list, choose your favorite and research that niche to make sure it’s a good one. You don’t want the niche to be oversaturated.
Establish Your Domain Name and Host
Choosing a domain name and finding hosting services is the next step. You can do this pretty easily and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. The cost of the domain name depends on the one you choose. You want the domain name to be relevant to your niche and easy to remember. It should be something that comes to mind when you think about your niche. Make sure it is easy to spell and not overly long. You also don’t want to choose a domain name that is too similar to another site’s name.
You should be able to find domain hosting services that allow you to pay monthly, or annually. Many hosting sites also offer domain names so you can do everything at one time. This can also make these services more affordable.
Set Up WordPress
WordPress is a great tool for site creation because it is easy to use. You can experiment with different layouts and themes and easily change the way your site looks to meet your needs. It’s also easy to sort and upload content and photos. WordPress is free to use, and it’s simple to set up on your site. You may be able to use WordPress to control everything on your site.
If you aren’t familiar with WordPress, there are several online tutorials that can help you figure out how to use it. If you are struggling with a specific task, you can usually find a tutorial to help. You can also hire people to help you set up and maintain your WordPress site.
Once your site is up and running, it’s time to add content to it. Choose content that is informative and entertaining. You can write it yourself or hire a content writer to do it for you. You may want to start by creating content yourself. Once you see what content works and what garners the most views, you can hire content writers to create the types of articles and posts that you want.
Make plenty of information available to visitors and update the content regularly. Every page of content gives you an opportunity to boost your rankings and improves your chances of making money from your niche site.
Develop Social Media Pages for Your Site
Since so many people use social media, it’s a good idea to have social media sites related to your niche website. You can post on social media regularly and link these posts to your site. You can also use social media pages to share affiliate links that can also help you earn money.
Your social media sites should be as much a priority as your niche site. Once your site and social media sites are running, you may even find it necessary to update your social media pages more often than your niche site. Your social media page may bring visitors to your site and help you build an audience.
Start Making Money
After your site is off to a good start, you need to determine how to make money. There are several ways you can do this. Many site owners use more than one method.
Affiliate links are links on your site that direct visitors to sites that sell products. You can create affiliate accounts with numerous sites.
It’s important to choose affiliate links that apply to your niche and website. People will be visiting your site because they want information on that niche or topic. If you include affiliate links that aren’t relevant, your visitors may become aggravated. Your affiliate links can also help you rank with search engines.
Adding advertisements to your website is another way to make money. You can do this a few different ways. One common way is to sign up for Google AdSense. Ads will appear all around your site and you can control how they appear on your pages.
While more ads may equal more money, be careful how you use them. You don’t want to overwhelm your visitors with ads. Visitors want to be able to access the content and information on your site easily, and too many ads may slow down devices. You also don’t want to place your ads in strange places. Banner ads typically display at the top or bottom of a page and other ads appear on the sides of pages. Try to avoid using pop-up ads.
If you have a well-designed site that generates many visitors, companies may want you to add their advertisements to your page. They may ask you to review a product, share photos, and talk about their products and may pay you based on the assignment. This type of advertising may pay well and is a good way to make your site more appealing to other advertisers and visitors.
A niche site takes some time to create. It may take a while before you start making money, but with some work and patience, it may start arriving with little effort. Once you create your first site, it may become easier to produce others. This is a type of passive income and you can develop other niche sites to generate even more income.
About the Author
Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them. Patrick is currently a writer for Mountain Springs Recovery as well as on his own blog.