3 Ways to Make Money Quickly With Niche Websites.

by Alex on May 15, 2011

ways to make money quickly with niche websites

One of my Subscribers recently asked me a question about niche sites in relation to my Build Rank Profit Course. He said;

“I am going through the Course and I am just building my first site now, thank so much! But you say that it usually takes a few months before you can comfortably start turning over a consistent profit. Is there a way to make money quicker than that? Don’t get me wrong. I am not impatient, I was just wondering how you might turn a profit faster that is all?”

This is actually a fair question, and one that I thought I should answer with a post, because to be honest – regardless of your experience, there are definitely some methods of making money from niche sites that will show you a return a lot faster than going the Amazon route will.

Why Do I Teach The Amazon Route Then?

Before I get into some of the ways of making quick money with niche websites, allow me to justify why my teachings are based on a slower method.

Amazon is based around physical products, products that people are going to buy regardless of whether you exist or not. Building and promoting Amazon sites therefore is a great way of learning to make money online because you can focus on the aspects like Build and Rank first. Once you have the tools and skills to create a  site and then bring targeted traffic to it you are in a position to branch out into any area of internet marketing that you like.

My Build Rank Profit Course therefore aims to teach newcomers to niche site marketing how to fish instead of just giving them the fish and walking away. Where they then choose to go fishing next is entirely up to them.

You’ll Never Make Money Quickly with Niche Sites! [A  Disclaimer]why you will never make money quickly online

There are numerous ways you can make money faster with niche sites, but superseeding all of these methods is your ability to drive traffic and rank a site. If you do not have the requisite skillset to rank a site for the right keywords and/or drive consistent traffic to an offer then no method of niche marketing is going to get you quick money. Unless you are extremely lucky or extremely… no just extremely lucky, then the chances of you making consistent money from day dot are very (very) low.

This is the main problem with get rich quick schemes and the whole make money online niche actually, but I’m not getting into that now.

3 Ways to Quick Riches with Niche Websites.

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1. Physical Products

 

Amazon are a great source of quick profits if you pick the right product

Short cookie life and low commisions suck, but the conversion rates make up for this in spades (which they sell too)

 

 

The first method I am going to discuss is Amazon. (You’re already confused aren’t you :) )

Amazon.com is indeed a slower method to making money online. By that I mean, it takes longer for you to establish a regular return from each site that you build in comparison to other methods of monetization – but that is only as a general rule. Success with Amazon really comes down to the products you pick, and although the average Amazon site I build will take 3 or 4 months before it is regularly returning $300-$400+, there are some that do so a lot quicker (and ultimately return a lot more)

I am not going to disclose the two products that return the most for me as an Amazon Associate, but I will disclose the niche for you – especially since they are both in the same one, but regardless the lesson is the same. Although Amazon is seen as the slower route to riches of all the monetization methods, because it is promoting physical products (generally), if you pick the right one then you can do very very well for yourself.

The Niche that has been most profitable for me as an Amazon Associate is the Baby and Childrens Niche*

*Something to keep in mind: I have had the added advantage of being the father of a 3 year old and a 20 month old so my experience has enabled me to create some genuinely good articles around various topics relating to my products. These articles have been instrumental in(to?) the success of these particular sites.

*It is also interesting to note that the method I used to find my best selling products involved nothing but real life experience – the most valuable source of profitable niche ideas around.

However, The speed at which this niche can return profits to you is a good one, and proof that even Amazon can be a way to faster profits. You just have to pick the right product.

2. CPA Marketing

cpa marketing done well is like money in the bank

Promoting the right incentive can add a great additional income stream to an existing niche blog


 

CPA or Cost Per Action Marketing is nothing new – but it is a great way to add an additional faster stream of income to your niche website. CPA Marketing basically involves placing text links or banners on your site and then getting as many visitors to view those links as possible. If the banner is appealing and relevant enough then the traffic will click through. There are obviously a thousand factors that affect what that click through rate is but the overall rule of every kind of marketing is – the more traffic the better.

Cost Per Action Marketing is termed as such because as a marketer, you get paid for getting a visitor to take an action. The main action that I am focusing on here is the ‘email submit’ – an action that obviously involves getting the visitor to give a name and an email address. Payments for these actions can range from as little as $1 to as much as $10. Some actions – requiring 3 or 4 steps of information gathering will pay upwards of $30 if the visitor gets all the way through.

The reason I personally like CPA marketing so much is because the offers themselves are often incentive enough, with companies willing to give away free…everything! to entice readers to part with their personal details. My first reaction upon hearing of CPA marketing was something like:

“A company is willing to pay me $2.50 for an email address and the Banner they give me to entice readers to share that information is offering them something even I would want!?! … Where do I sign up?”

Building a niche site specifically around a profitable CPA topic then can often be a great way to turn profits fairly quickly. The sustainability of each CPA offer however is not something worth writing home about, and the reason why I don’t promote building a business around it. It is however a great way of adding another income stream to your existing niche websites, and with a CPA related offer being available in a huge variety of niches, it’s just a case of knowing where to look.

Want to Start Making Money with CPA Marketing?

If you have an existing website or blog, or you are tired of the pathetic results you are seeing from your current method of monetization then perhaps a CPA offer might be the answer you are looking for. Here are  the two main sites that I personally use to find great CPA offers to promote:

  • MaxBounty.com (this is a referral link so please click via here if you are serious about signing up with them. Thanks!)
  • OfferVault.com (no referral link but they will make you sign up to their mailing list – and you will be bombarded, so make it a different email to your regular ones)

 

3. Anything Embarrassing or Political

 

 

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, both embarrassing and political.

I said Political AND Embarrassing, NOT Politically Embarrassing! (Australian PM - Julia Gillard)

I hate to say it, but if it relates to anything that is embarrassing or political then you are onto a sure fire winner. If you can combine this with CPA then you it’s money in the bank almost, but before we run off to MaxBounty, let’s take a look at what I mean exactly.

Getting on their Political Nerves

When things get political EVERYONE wants to have a say. This is an international trend, and although I can’t speak for America, I can tell you that here in Australia, not only does everyone insist on having their say at any given time during an election, it seems that the amount one insists on ‘sharing’ is reflective of how stupid one actually is. But I digress…

If you can find a product, CPA Offer, or even Contextual ads for that matter that relate to politics and government (OK so you can’t really find a contextual ad. per say) then, so long as you are smart about the way you market it – your click through rate will go through the roof and the product/offer will sell itself.

Not Sure What I Mean? Here’s an Example:

funny or serious, politics can make you a lot of money with CPADuring the last Presidential Election there were a lot of offers based around Obama and whoever it was that lost (no one ever remembers who came second), from companies trying to get the opinions and feedback from as many consumers as possible Why they wanted this information, who they were exactly and how they were going to then use this information is far beyond my scope of knowledge and is well outside the bounds of care anyway, but the one thing that was important was that during this time the amount of people searching for terms relating to ‘Obama opinion poll’ and the like was in the 100′s of 1000′s!

If you had built a page around ‘Obama presidential campaign opinion polls‘ or something and placed banner ads asking for the opinions of readers (opinions which would net you up to $5 a pop) then can you imagine how much money you could net during the short period in which the elections were held?!

I am sure I don’t need to tell you what the click through rate on something like that would be. People want to tell you what they think anyway, but when it comes to politics… don’t even get me started.

Gee Whizz, That’s Embarrassing.

There are over 160 million searches carried out on Google alone every hour of every day, and even though that’s a lot – the fact is that 9 out 10 searchers could find what they are looking for by asking someone else or simply going to the shops.

When you are promoting a product or service that solves a very embarrassing need however, the people who you are targeting are ONLY going to be online. People who are trying to find answers to questions that society deems as taboo or that are just embarrassing do not want anyone else to know, and more often than not – they are willing to try anything in an attempt to fix or resolve it as quickly as humanly possible.

In the Marketing world this translates to ‘hot buyers’ and with a little focused marketing and (again) quality content you can rank a site and start making some pretty good money fairly quickly.

Not sure what I mean? Here’s an Example:

The Term ‘How To Get Rid of Warts’ has over 40,000 exact searches a month, but it’s not really embarrassing. The term ‘How to Get Rid of Genital Warts’ however IS embarrassing and still gets 3,000 exact searches a month.(the term genital warts gets 165,000 EXACT searches a month btw) This term is highly targeted to someone looking for a solution to an extremely embarrassing ailment.

A Search through ClickBank reveals a few products that can be sold relating to this, but really the money can be made with contextual ads, CPA, Amazon,  independent affiliation with relevant vendors – anything really. Again, it all comes down to how well you can generate traffic to a site/offer but

The advantage to promoting a product that solves an embarrassing problem is that the visitors are always going to be more targeted, more eager to buy,  and less inclined to spend time thinking about whether they should wait and try ‘that other thing’ first.

 

Capitalising on embarrassing trends can be very profitable way to make money

Life is full of hurdles. Some are just more embarrassing than others.

If I was to Take Action Today, What Steps Would I Take?

  • Sign up to the FREE Build.Rank.Profit Course (of course)
  • Build a Website around the applicable niche/product/topic
  • Use Yahoo Answers, relevant Forums and the Keyword Question Tool to find the questions people are asking relative to your subject.
  • Create (or outsource, but good luck) at least 20 Articles answering these questions
  • Heavily market these articles, and the information they contained at relevant Forums and on Article Directories.

 

Marketing Takeaway

Regardless of the product/service you are promoting or the way in which you are monetizing your site, underlying all of this are three factors which I believe play a vital role in making money from niche sites:

  • Quality Content that Answers the questions the market is actually asking.
  • A Passion for what you are doing.
  • A Little bit of luck*

*”The More I Practice, The Luckier I Get.”  – Gary Player

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing May 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I’m thinkin’ I should get some of my physical products on Amazon..

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Missy May 15, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hi, Alex:

The Baby and children niche makes sense, since new parents will spend an ungodly amount of money on their kids…even if broke down broke. Plus kids are always outgrowing things fast and need regular replacements.

Really informative (and entertaining) article, Alex. As an Amazon affiliate who’s looking to grow further, will keep your tips on hand and am off to check out your “Blog Profit Rank” course page.

Cheers,
Missy

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Brankica May 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Alex, I completely agree with you on all these and want to stress out a few things and remind people of it.

You can build a money making niche site around a thing you don’t know about, like the one Alex mentions, but if you have no experience in it, you will fail or hate it (which is actually worse). So unless you have kids or are at least surrounded with kids, don’t get into children niches.

There is ALWAYS something you know that people need. Maybe you are a person that likes to make their own scarf and you are in your 20s. Not many of your friends like the same thing, they prefer partying.

But there are people like you around the world that like the same thing and are in their 20s. Build a niche site around the thing you love – making your own scarf instead of partying. I am serious. That is where you will make money. When you write about stuff you like, have experience with and hopefully are a bit unique just so you don’t have too much competition to start with.

It will take you more to make money with your first site than your second or fifth one. So if you are just starting don’t get discouraged. Just go for it, at least you will learn a bunch of stuff while you are doing it.

My first site took a while to make me enough money for me to say “OK, I want to build another one”. And after building several, I learned enough to start sharing that with others and helping them. That is what made my blog sky rocket so fast. I blog about things I know about!!! You will never see me write a post about how to make 4.000$ a day cause I’ve never done it. But that much in a month, sure I can write about that cause I’ve done it before!

Those who are not under pressure of making a living online from day one usually succeed faster!

Anyway, just listen to Alex and you’re good :)

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Bern May 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Hi Brankica

Whilst it is easier building your sites on topics you’re into..it’s definitely not a pre-requisite.

For us ‘the passion’ is not the niche, but the affiliate marketing process…We love finding a niche, building, ranking and earning – that is our passion – not the niche itself.

You can build 4 figure per month affiliate niche sites with no knowlege of the subject. You can quicky learn topics and if you don’t want to – outsource to someone who does. Of course this costs money and not everyone has it when the start, BUT it’s not impossible. It also depends on the type of site you’re building.

With regards to your blog – I think thats different. You are blogging about personal experience, passing on your wisdom and branding yourself – experience does count here. Great blog by the way..

What I am saying is don’t let not feeling passionate about an affiliate niche site topic hold you back – it’s all learning and testing for future sites.

Cheers

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Moon Hussain May 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Hey Alex,

Thanks for the new ideas ;) But making money with your niche sites, like you said, all comes down to traffic. In my case, I rank sites which can take a freakin’ while… esp. if you want to rank in the top 2-3 search results for a given keyphrase.

SO until then, find other ways to make money even if it happens to be a side job or your regular day job.

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Patricia@lavender oil May 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Hi Alex

Even more ideas for us to make money online. No wonder you don’t get much sleep! All these projects and money-making plans and actions you’re involved with.

I’m not at the stage you or Brankica are at but I am up to my second site build. Realise how much I have learnt from my blog. So this one is being approached very differently. And I’m feeling I know more about what I am doing too, which helps ;-)

And I have more I will be planning. All around topics I either know something about or am interested in. Find it easier to be motivated to write posts on the topics I have some knowledge of too.

Patricia Perth Australia

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Steve@Earn an Internet Income May 16, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Love the cow pic.

As for the article: What an udderly great way to milk niche websites. Quite mooving.

Okay, okay, I am done

I agree with you absolutely. If someone is looking for really quick money they may be trying to get into the wrong business.

To me niche marketing has always seemed like fishing. You want lots of hooks in the water, but you also have to be fishing in the “right” place and use the proper bait. If you can do all that eventual you will drown in fish.

(in my head that is a great analogy… not sure how good it is now on paper)

I love your point on “hot” political or embarrassing topics. Those may be the closest c=some could come to a “quick” payout. But they are also far from, “evergreen.”

I doubt those Obama opinion sites make even pennies now.

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Suresh Khanal@Bivori May 16, 2011 at 2:12 AM

Thanks Ales a BIG thanks. You are rally doing a great job and with every new post and a new module on your course, I’m building up insights and developing how I view the world. I wish I found all these quite earlier.

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samuel May 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This is awesome Alex!
I agree with your points! To earn money quickly with your niche sites, you must be able to drive traffic to your site… also provide what people want. And if you’re to promote a product, make sure you are sure of the product you’re promoting. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Richard May 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Awesome tips Alex! I like that you start off telling people that it will take time. Too many people are looking for get rich quick schemes. And really awesome advice on looking for niches that solves embarrassing problems. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you make a really good point. That’s why digital products related to sex (ahem…porn) does so well online.

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Riya @ Couponseasy May 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Hi Alex,

I never thought of using CPA before but I think it’s also a easy and simple way to make money. It basically depends upon if you take related links to your site.

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Kristi Hines May 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Never would have thought politics would be a money maker online. That was my most surprising find in a how to make money online post! :)

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John Delto May 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Hi Alex!
Thank you for your insight on “embarrassing” niches. Now thats an angle I didn’t focus on before. But it makes perfect sense!
You’re the man, and thanks again for sharing!
John

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Alex May 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Hey John,

Long time no see (hey that commentluv title looks familiar LOL)
Glad you got some inspiration from the post my friend, how is your online stuff coming along anyway? You still with CFM?

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Richard from Amazon Affiliate Profits May 18, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Hi Alex
Great article.
The idea of finding niche markets for the solution to the world embarrassing problems is a good one and something I have made a note of.
Cheers
Richard

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Alex May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Hey Richard,

Great stuff mate, glad you enjoyed the post and got some good ideas.
I am currently doing very well with CPA targeting the ‘embarrassing’ niche areas (not the same example I gave but another filthy one LOL)

Definitley something worth investing some time in, or at least looking for CPA offers that align with whatever products you are selling on your Amazon blogs.
Actually, I got something you might be interested in, I’ll shoot you an email later when I get home

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John@Copper Repiping May 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Totally agree on the child niches for Amazon. I have several affiliate sites with these products and by far are the best selling.

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Brandon@Pizaazz.com May 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Amazon has been hating on my state, and it’s no longer allowed. A good money source with niche sites is CPA.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

yeah that sucks man.

Why they haters anyway?
Bloody tax crap. I never did like the American way of taxing. Why not just add it tot he price you quote me in the first place damnit!!!?

LOL

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Raymund@Lexmark toners May 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Besides Children and Baby niches, what other profitable niches you can recommend in Amazon.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Anything that is related to a hobby
Buyers in these areas will spend before they think – all for the love of their hobbies.

that’s all you get for free ;)

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comsumermarketingmba May 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

This is a very informative post on making money. Thanks for sharing.

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waterpearls May 20, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Hi Alex,
It is a very nice,informative and detailed post.Thanks for sharing the ways to make money quickly with niche websites.This post is well explained and helpful.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:57 PM

My pleasure Ms Pearls ;)

(I am no follow so you may as well use your real name next time)

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Camden@Best Gifts for Men May 21, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Hi Alex,
Just wanted to thank you for the tip for the Keyword Question Tool. I haven’t run across that; it looks to be a winner.

I prefer physical products and was seeing quite a bit of success with Amazon in the toys and kitchen accessories areas. Unfortunately, I got shut out of Amazon since I like in Colorado. So be sure to look for other sources of affiliate products – wish there were a convenient workaround the affiliate tax laws!

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Hey Camden,

SOrry to hear about your problems with Amazon. Bastards!
Glad you are enjoying the question tool (I know you are still enjoying it ;) ) and thanks for taking the time to stop and comment.

Have a great day mate

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rachel May 23, 2011 at 6:37 AM

I’ve been blogging for a year now and seen some success, but after going through your course makes me want to do it over again! My first blog isn’t based on a physical product, but after all the tips you give… I think I might just start a second site.

Thanks!

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I’ll take that as an awesome compliment! :)

Thanks for your generous words Rachel, really glad the post has inspired you.

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fazal mayar | make money online May 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM

good stuff mate, im thinking of making a few niche sites and monetizing with amazon!

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Hope you’re signed up to my course then my friend :)

Either way, glad you enjoyed the post Fazal, thanks for stopping by.

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Andrew Walker May 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

It’s true. Those 3 are the best ways if you want to make money from your websites. But it isn’t always quick I think. It’s back to those visitors again, whether they want to buy something from, let’s say, Amazon or not. If they want, then that’s great, but if they don’t want?

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Hey Andrew,

Definitely comes down to traffic and your ability to get it. You also make a good point that regardless of how quick your niche may make money, it still comes down to the ability to convert traffic into buyers.

Thanks for stopping by mate, I appreciate the input

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Bingo Babe May 28, 2011 at 1:12 AM

I have an Amazon niche site currently doing ok. The best thing about Amazon sites is that around Christmas time people just go beserk. Its funny they leave my fitness equipment mini site and end up buying an LCD TV and about 10 other gifts. That is why amazon is awesome.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Azah to that!

I love Christmas :)

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Taipom May 29, 2011 at 7:19 AM

My main problem with amazon is the time they take to pay affiliates (unless things have changed now). I find it very long to have to wait 2 months to be paid.

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architects June 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Definitely a good plan Alex. It really is not hard but it does have to be done and there isn’t a magic button despite all of the people looking for them. Thanks for nice post.

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Moe June 19, 2011 at 3:17 AM

Hi Alex,

Love your site – got it in my RSS feed.

I just came back to this post after a few months. I was wondering – can you recommend a good affiliate program that has political CPA offers?

Thanks,
Moe

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Alex June 19, 2011 at 3:29 AM

Try offervault.com
I also use MaxBounty but I don’t think they have any of those offers atm, not to say they won’t though.

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Ricardus July 20, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Hi Alex,

Thanks for the wonderful tips. It’s very comprehensive and great post indeed.

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Joseph August 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Hi Alex, thanks for the Tips. Am still learning about Niche sites but I hope to create one soon.
Followed you on twitter.

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Alex@Bsnl Broadband March 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I’m a big fan of reinvesting earnings. You’re right that if you keep planning on adding content, your site will never be finished. For many sites, I think this is true.However, if you do good keyword research in the beginning and you find niches that are truly low competition, you hopefully won’t need to do a lot of maintenance work to keep your high rankings.

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