In this third installment of the Making Money with Niche Sites series (part 1 , part 2), I’ll move forward with a niche topic that I found using the “Discus Care” keyword phrase. Discus are a type of fish. I decided to use Discus as an example because I found it on Amazon.com in Making Money with Niche Sites – Part 2, and since it met some of the criteria for this method of making money online, I’m sticking with it, for now.
As a reminder, we’re looking for a niche that has at least 1,000 searches a month with less than 10,000 resulting search pages on that topic. According to the course that was being offered in Making Money with Niche Sites – Part 1, there is a quadrant that you use to eliminate or continue on with your chosen niche.
I didn’t take the course so I don’t know what the other two quadrants are to determine if I move forward or not, but comparing “Discus Care” to the example of “Betta Fish” that was used, I think we can at least establish some next steps based on the information we have.
Some more stuff to remember – with this methodology, we’re not interested in finding a niche we know anything about, if we do know something about the niche then great, but if we don’t, that’s okay because we’ll be creating content based on someone else’s research. This is one way to do this, this is not the only way.
As a reminder, if we check the Google Adwords Keyword Tool for Discus Care, we find approximately 1,900 searches for January 2009 and an average search volume of 2,400 queries per month over a 12-month period. So that’s good. It tells us that people are searching on that keyword phrase. Now, go to Google and search on “Discus Care” (with the double quotes included) and we see the total number of competing pages (results) are “about” 3,810. So that still looks good.
Now, the next thing to do is take a look at the site that was used as an example – the Betta Fish Center. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the Site Map link. This gives us a good view of how the site is laid out. Part of the course is to find niche sites and use the rinse and repeat method, which means to setup one site that works and use a template for your next niche site based on the previous niche site and so on and so on.
Here’s a summary of what we’re looking at with our Discus Care site. I’ll list the site map we might use for our Discus Care site based on the Betta Fish site map .
- Free eCourse – this takes you to a one page landing page with an email opt-in for a free mini-course on Betta Fish
- Pictures of Bettas – one page of pictures of Betta fishies sent in by readers, a sidebar with the site map, a $15.00 ebook and the opt-in free mini-course
- Betta Care Tips – a page that lists 16 Betta fish and related articles
- Types of Bettas – a page with over 30 different types of Bettas with links to separate pages for each Betta fish
- Affiliate Program – sell the eBook mentioned above for a 75% commission – Nice!! 🙂 This is a way to make your eBook go viral. But with this niche I don’t know if we’ll be going viral.
- About Us – a couple paragraphs – about us
- Resources – a couple pet resources
- Contact us – contact information for the site owner
- Site map – the site map that makes up the website and how it’s laid out
- Privacy – a lengthy privacy statement about what they do and don’t do with the information provided by readers
- Disclaimer – a very short disclaimer
Note: at the bottom of each page is the Custom Google Search box. Don’t know if that’s there just for Adsense purposes but there ya’ go.
What’s pretty impressive about the Betta Fish Center is that it’s coming in at #16, or page 2 of the Google search results using the keyword phrase “betta fish”. That’s pretty darn good since the site was setup in 2005, according to a US Google search.
Your search may vary depending on what country you’re in. If you want to test the search results for “betta fish” in Australia, you can use the Australian Google Search . Today at this time, it looks like the Betta Fish Center shows up as #30 (page 3) on the Google search results for Australia. That’s still pretty darn good assuming for now that it hasn’t been updated for a long time.
Well that it’s for now, stayed tuned for the next part where we can possibly map this site to a Discus Care site. We’ll see. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a fish. 🙂 Have a great day!!