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Monetize Your Niche Site

by Mustafa Khundmiri2012-04-24

Niche websites are a great way to generate a consistent online income. There are many online marketers who have created their own niche empires starting from scratch.

Regardless of your approach towards niche sites, it’s important that you monetize them effectively. Eventually, the success of your niche website will be measured by the money it makes.

But before you monetize your site, you need to prepare it to get the best results. If you don’t lay a strong foundation – you won’t see much returns.

Here are 3 useful tips to help you prepare your niche site before you start monetizing it

Tip #1: Focus on Content and SEO First

One of the benefits of niche sites is that you know exactly who your audience is. You are sure of your readers and that makes the monetization process easy.

However, in order to make money from your niche sites you will need some high quality traffic coming your way. And that’s why you should first focus on creating content that’s optimized for the search engines. Not just any content, but high quality content that your readers want.

Search engine optimization helps you generate free and targeted traffic. So if you’re doing it right and have valuable content, it won’t take you long before you receive organic search traffic. But still, don’t monetize your site until you’re getting at least a few hundred visitors. Work on the content first, everything else will follow.

Tip #2: Capture Email Addresses from Day One

Many niche sites make the mistake of not capturing email addresses. But if you really want to build a long term business, you need to start building an email list from day one. It’s crucial that you get people on your list or else you lose all those visitors that didn’t take action on their first visit.

Also, see to it that your email subscription form is on every page of your site. Don’t miss out on any chances to grab their email address. Since you don’t know what page your visitors will land on, look at each page of your site as a landing page.

And once you start monetizing your site, all you’ll have to do is shoot one email to your list, and a surge of targeted traffic will come your way.

Tip #3: Think Beyond Google AdSense

Before you do any kind of monetization on your niche site, see to it that you have your monetization strategy in place. You need to zero down on multiple monetization methods and then choose what’s most applicable to your site.

Many niche sites forget the power of affiliate marketing and instead focus on running Google AdSense ads since they’re easy to setup. There’s nothing wrong in using AdSense, but you can earn so much more by promoting relevant affiliate products.

You can write reviews, create comparison charts between two products, interview the affiliate product owner, etc. Don’t look at your niche site as a mini AdSense earner. Go beyond that and leverage the true power of affiliate marketing.

What steps do you take to make the most out of your niche site? Do share your thoughts and comments below.

About The Author
Mustafa Khundmiri
Mustafa Khundmiri is a staff writer for Performance Marketing Insider. He is also the co-founder of Foundora.com - a knowledge hub for entrepreneurs.
23 Comments
  • 2012-04-24 at 15:23

    I use the RSS feed button and social media sites instead of capturing e-mail addresses. You make a great point of capturing e-mail addresses early on to harvest a target market.

  • Dave McGurk
    2012-04-24 at 15:51

    All excellent points in your article! Very good post.

  • 2012-04-25 at 00:13

    Hi Mustafa,

    Thank you for the tips! I have several niche sites, that i wanted them to be monetized, and you gave me all the tools i will needed. Google adsense is good for those who have their sites for 6 months running, but what to do for the people who hasn’t theirs for so long? I think the ways which you described here were very useful for me..

    Thanks,
    Rick @ Berlin.

  • 2012-04-25 at 06:09

    Hi Mustafa,
    You make a important point here of capturing email addresses.Email marketing is important for building relationships and when we build relationship then we should have to share latest news and happenings with customers by emails. Our customers will remember us if we approach them by emails also there are several brands in market therefore it is easy for customer to forget us and the best way to remind them is email marketing.

  • 2012-04-25 at 06:16

    Great tips! I would just like to further emphasize the importance of content. In the ever changing world of cyber space one of the things that can withstand the test of time is timely, timeless, original, appealing, and relevant content. So exert the effort!

  • 2012-04-25 at 22:18

    I don’t know if email subscribers are that important in ALL niches, yes I do warrant it in some niches, but not all… I prefer to have strong authority sites with great SEO where I funnel people to the proper CPA products, affiliate products, etc… other than that I thought your article was a great read 🙂

    • 2012-05-26 at 11:10

      Email subscribers are important in the majority of the niches. There are many Amazon affiliates out there who focus all their efforts on building niche mailing lists so that they can sell to them over and over again.

  • 2012-04-26 at 17:14

    Now there are a lot of problems with niche site,Google hunt this sites and more and more affiliates are loosing lot of organic traffic.Of course when traffic exists,it’s easy to capture emails and flood them with affiliate products.Social networking will play a major role in near future.

  • 2012-05-03 at 23:29

    There are many ad providing sites besides goodle adsense so these can be a good alternative for google adsense and so far google has become very conservative in providing the authority to keep the ads..

  • 2012-05-14 at 02:29

    I agree with Ganza, with this year year the google adsense are always changing the style..

  • 2012-05-16 at 20:45

    Hi Mustafa,

    Great post. You make an important point that I think lots of people tend to over look and that is Tip #2 (Capture Email Addresses from Day One).

    You build your list once, but you can keep making money with it for ever if you treat your list the right way and give them what they want.

  • 2012-06-07 at 06:56

    I believe thats a great idea, social media is also a good point , Great content and a attractive site will enhance and compel the end user to follow you. Blinding them with adsense ads as soon as they open your site is not a good idea. Basically all your telling the end user if you do that, is we care about making money first not helping them.

    • BYE BYE
      2012-09-07 at 21:13

      They are cookie, They are spooky, that’s the Freiberg Family… The father and mother did so many drugs during the pregnancies all the Freiberg kids are retarded and deformed poor poor Freiberg kids, oh my god one even died,yes they really really did kill their own kid… (WAS BIG IRV ABOUT TO GO AWAY) They really are cookie and spooky. Why is Abbey in and out of Rehab Big daddy Irv was trying to get the sympathy of the judge who sentenced him while drugging Dear old Abbey who has been having sex with anything and we mean anything and everything,, it worked the judge fell for Big Irv;s line of bull, guess what the jigs up he is going to jail once and for all. I guess the judge didn’t realize he kept drugging dear old Abbey and filing false police reports, Big Irv says he was only trying to protect his retarded kids from going to a foster home. Too late its about to go down…THIS FELON WHO IS STILL COMMITTING CRIMES NEEDS TO BE LOCKED UP ONCE AND FOR ALL. IF you or anyone you know has any information that could throw the key away for good on this CRIMINAL, please call the US FEDERAL Probation department in Boca Raton Florida, tell them you were defrauded by Irv Freiberg…

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