When I started my first blog I found it a little intimidating.
There were so many questions I had running through my head, and not enough answers.
Fast forward 15 years later, having created over three hundred blogs, and learning what I shouldn’t do, I have come to the conclusion that, if you’re willing to put in just a little effort, just about anyone can make money with a simple blog.
You’ll find that most of the top bloggers who are earning $100,000+ a month started off with a simple blog.
They may not have started out with the intention of making hundreds of thousands of dollars per month, but once they became aware of the potential at their finger tips, they soon realized they could develop it into a full-time income.
But like starting anything new, there are some actions that move you closer to your goal and others that move you away from your goal.
I have seen a lot of new bloggers start a blog with enthusiasm and excitement, but then give up, primarily because 1) they don’t know if what they’re doing is right and 2) because they don’t see quick results.
I created this article to not only illustrate the process that I go through when creating a Niche (blog) website, but also the exact steps I take, and why I take them.
This is, in no way what you should expect when creating a blog, just more of the results I experienced when I created this one, and maybe the potential income a simple blog can offer you.
Although the date I created this website was back in March 2014, the system still works in 2019 and beyond.
My intention is that anyone who has a desire to make money online with a blog, can get a birds eye view of the general process I have followed.
Use this training as a STARTING point to getting your business off the ground. To develop your business further I recommend this training program.
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The domain for this niche website was purchased on 02 March 2014 and the content for the website was completed by 04 March 2014.
The video’s below shows you the entire process of creating a niche website.
The first place to start, before anything else, is to get some decent website hosting, this is so you can host your website.
You’ll also need to get a domain name.
I’ll tell you how you can get a free domain name in a minute.
Some professional web hosting plans will cost you around $50 per month to host a website, but you don’t need to spend anywhere near that when starting out. In fact for just a few dollars a month you can get a very secure hosting package with a one click install of WordPress.
I’ll show you exactly how you can get your own domain name and hosting and I even show you how to set up your website – step by step here.
So before I start … this tutorial makes the assumption that you already have an account with Wealthy Affiliate, if you don’t then you can get one by signing up free here.
You don’t have to be a premium member for this to work, but some of the tutorials mentioned below, require a premium membership for you to access them – but like I said, you don’t have to have a premium account.
You DO have to have a premium account to use the WA Keyword Tool though. As alternative keyword tool, you can also try out Jaaxy which uses the same keyword engine as the WA Keyword Tool for free. You will have access to 30 free searches. Click here to create a Jaaxy account.
You can sign up to Wealthy Affiliate for one or two months or however long you need to get the in-depth training you need to master this process, so it’s up to you.
In this ‘real life’ example I am hosting my niche website at Wealthy Affiliate.
As a premium member you can host up to 50 websites per membership, which means you could potentially have 50 website making money for you all at the same time.
As I say, if you don’t have an account, then you can get one here and by using this link you will have access to my expertise within Wealthy Affiliate when you need it.
Are you really able to create a niche website in a week?
Well, I use the term “in a week” loosely, because it depends on how much online experience you already have.
Some people will be able to accomplish the majority of these tasks (except for content creation) in a single afternoon, (I can do it in less than an hour), but others may take a little longer.
If you’ve never created a niche website before, then it can take you a week to work through the process, but, just like starting anything new, it takes a little bit of practice to become proficient.
It also depends on how much time you have available a day to spend on learning each task.
Some people have to work a full-time job, others have full-time study … so, learning the process can vary from person to person.
What I’ve done is break each task into 30 minute chunks or less.
You’ll see what I mean shortly.
But if you follow along, you’ll be able to apply each step yourself, and create your own online business – super fast.
Plus if you become a member of Wealthy Affiliate you can get a ton of help from the community whenever you need it.
So where do you start?
Day 1 – Finding a Niche
In order for you to attract the right visitor to your website you need to not only understand your target audience, but also understand what they search for in the search engines.
The best place to start finding your own niche is with the things you’re already interested in, or already have a bit of knowledge about.
Many of you are experts in a lot of different niches and don’t even know it.
So to find your own niche try this exercise.
Create 3 lists of 10 – 20 items.
Mine would look something like this …
List 1) Interests – as in what are you interested in and have knowledge about
List 2) Stuff that’s cool, but you don’t know anything about.
Automatic gate openers
List 3) Frustrations – What frustrates you could frustration a lot of people
pitch forks that always bend
losing tv remote
post workout nutrition
Once you have got your lists, then order them by what you’re most interested in … to you’re least interest.
Use the Keyword Tool
Start plugging the seed keyword into the “WA keyword tool” and then sort by search volume.
It’s important to search by search volume, because it shows you the keyword phrases people are most interested in, in your niche.
Follow the flow of traffic.
I’m not sure where WA gets all of it’s keyword data from, but it is certainly not from the Google Keyword Planner – it could be a combination of many different search engines.
Nevertheless, it is a great indicator of searches performed around the internet.
Following the flow of search volume shows you where the interest lies in that niche.
Click the digg button under the keyword phrases that might be of interest to you, and you will slowly start to narrow your niche down.
Watch me do it here.
You can also watch this video on how to uncover 3 niches in a matter of minutes.
Once you think you’ve found a niche,these are some questions that you might be asking yourself.
How do you figure out whether it’s gonna be profitable?
Will it reach a financial ceiling?
Is there any interest in the niche beside me?
These are recurring questions that I get from people.
So I created this.
Day 2 – Assessing Your Keywords
Now that I have my keywords, I want to figure out how I am going to use them.
To do this I look for some affiliate products online that I might be able to use with those keywords.
Looking at my keyword list one of the things that kept popping up was product names, specifically Sennheiser, Sony and Bose, which is a good indication that those brand of headphones are not only popular, but also related in some way to wireless headphones.
I choose the most popular brands of products to sell on my website.
Also watch :
Day 3 – Analyze The Competition
What you want to do here is to type your main keyword into Google to see what type of results it brings back.
I do this for several reasons, one being that whatever is on the frontpage of Google has passed their algorithm check (there are over 200 indicators) so if we want to have any chance of ranking on the first page then it only makes sense to see what Google thinks is worthy of frontpage results.
Another reason is to pick up some ideas of how you can layout your website and how to best serve your audience.
Depending on how much knowledge you already have in SEO, I might have gone a little too fast for some.
Not to worry, because there is an in-depth video that covers everything you need to understand how to analyze the competition on the first page and then how to beat them so that your website is ranking on the first page of the search engines.
Still Day 3 – Pick & Register A Domain Name
This is a no brainer really.
Find a domain name that has your main keyword in it.
In this case I have chosen wirelessheadphonestvreview.com
For more information on how to do that at Wealthy Affiliate watch the video below.
Day 4 – Create Your Website
Creating content is the life blood of any website and because you have already completed your keyword research on day 1, you have a fair idea what they type into the search engines.
So the next thing to do is to create the content that will satisfy their search.
So based on the research that I performed in the first few days I know what my target audience is searching for, and also know what sort of competition I’m competing with on the first page of Google. The next phase is to create the content.
In this video I walk you through my new niche website and show you my thought process for creating it.
The fiverr gig that i used for this website is non longer available.
BUT, I have included another source that I use now to get high quality content written for my websites.
If you don’t know the first thing about creating a WordPress website then start here.
- Building your own website
- Setting Up Your Website
- Getting your site ready for SEO
- Finding content ideas from keywords
- Understanding website pages & writing your first 3 pages
You might also be interested in these article too.
Day 5 – Start Building Backlinks
Use Wealth Affiliate as a stepping stone. WA has some great ranking authority in Google and because content is being created on a constant basis, the Google bot comes running to slurp up any new content all the time. So by placing a link in the content your website will get indexed super fast.
As you can see in the picture to the left WealthyAffiliate.com has a Moz rank of 55 Domain Authority and 63 Page Authority, which is a pretty big deal if you know anything about SEO.
You can put your new website link in your profile account.
Also Wealthy Affiliate encourages feedback from other members which means you can drop a few more links on other pages.
Watch the following video to see how you can instantly get feedback on your new niche website.
Here’s the link to the page shown in the video.
Watch this live webinar for ranking metrics you need to be on the first page of Google.
Don’t be put off by the date when this webinar was aired, I know we have had a number of Google update since the 3rd August, but the information contained in this webinar is evergreen.
So that’s about it for the time being.
I have tried to capture as much information as possible on one page without over whelming you too much.
The information on this page should really be viewed as a blueprint and the detailed training within Wealthy Affiliate the lessons on “how to accomplish the blueprint”.
Honestly, there is just so much training within Wealthy Affiliate that it would literally take years to recreate.
Anyway I would love to get your feedback on this page. Was it helpful? If it was, it would give me incentive to create more like it.
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