Launching a niche content Newsletters/Blogs/Web sites (I)

Launching a niche content Newsletters/Blogs/Web sites (I)

HOW TO LAUNCH A NICHE CONTENT NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEBSITE

Launching an niche content business intimidates too many business owners who expect the experience to be too complicated, too technical, too time-consuming or too expensive. Creating a Niche content venture can be easy, fast and economical (even cheap) if you know a few basic things about the process and understand how to evaluate service providers. The following tips can help you stake your claim on the Internet and build a commercial presence there without giving up a weekend, reading a manual or spending more than you would on a tank of gas.

1 Find a name:

First reassure yourself that launching a Web business is a modular process—you can start with a simple core and add more to it as your needs grow.

Build or get a Web site:
Domain name registrars typically include a customizable Web page with every name registered.

Set up a mailbox:
Your domain name is essentially your business' address on the Web. For the same reasons you set up mail service at your business' street address, it makes sense to set up a mailbox at your business' Web address.

Next Steps

1. Identify Hot Topics.
Identify 10-20 issues/ topics from business trends + your experience that will be on consumers minds for the next 2-3 years or beyond. Good SEO can drive search traffic. This is very, very important. Minisites are not blogs, so they will not have regular readers. However, see below about adding forums.

2. Take Your Pick.
Pick the 5 or 10 topics that interest you the most and set up a mini-site for each. Usually, people focus in a single niche that interests them, and build sites for sub-niches. E.g., health is an umbrella niche and a particular set of diseases might be the topic sub-niches for which you’d set up individual sites. Note that no matter how many hot topics you stumble across, it’s best to focus on a few, build up the sites, and then later consider expanding.

1.Register domains for each, or if they’re related topics (say health), get one good domain and use subdomains.

2.For each topic, produce a list of 10-20 questions that searching visitors might have. Read newspapers and biz magazines as surrounding these topics will help, as will FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sites. For business, health and other topics, Canadian public and government often has this sort of content online.

3.Write or buy articles – one article per question. Don’t use too many outbound links to other sites but do have maybe a page of references for each minisite. Make sure that if you’re covering sensitive topics that you offer well-researched, accurate content and that you publish a disclaimer, for your own protection. It’s better to put in the time/money now, to build each site up as an authority, if you want long-term results. Crap content for the sake of making money isn’t going to fly for long.

4.Publish the articles on your sites. Some blog platforms such as WordPress are versatile enough to act as a general CMS (Content Management System).
5.Decide how you want to monetize the minisites. You have several choices:
1.Ads – CPC (Cost Per Click – paid per click).
2.Ads – CPM (Cost Per Mille – paid per thousand pageviews).
3.Affiliate programs (typically the same as CPA ads or Cost Per Action)
4.Other content (e-books, newsletters, DVDs)
5.Services.

What you use depends on the nature of the topic and what you have available to you, or what services you can offer.

3. Adding Forums.
Optional: If something is a hot topic and you have the traffic to support it, consider adding a forum for each minisite. Either that or a way for vistors to post or answer questions. If the subject is sensitive, allow for some anonymity.

4. Maintenance.
Maintain the sites by occasionally adding new articles. The frequency is up to you, and might be determined by how well the site is monetizing.

5. Send Web Traffic.
Now drive traffic to each site, either from other blogs you write, purchased traffic (e.g., Google AdWords), or suitable social media sites.

You’ll notice I didn’t say “blog”. Mini-sites take less work to maintain, though they do take much longer to build up traffic, unless you’re proactive about it. So they don’t necessarily monetize “immediately”. Some may take six months to a year, but on a long-term basis, if you’ve selected a niche that enjoys a lot of search traffic, you might start making $200+/mth long-term.

To speed up the process – though not guaranteed – you might add a blog to supplement each minisite, but that is a lot of work/cost to maintain. Instead, if you’re setting up 5 or 10 sites in the same umbrella niche, then you can have a single active blog drive traffic to all of them. I’ll expand further in part II.

About the Author:
Marisol Diaz is a free spirited entrepreneur and business owner committed to helping individuals discover personal and financial freedom through infopreneurship, online business, web-based business, information based and membership sites. If you would like to learn more about setting up a membership site, contact me and also visit:
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