You decided to start a new niche site and you wonder how much time it will take for you to make money with it. That’s a fairly common question to ask, and you’ll find the answer in this article.
I’ll assume that you don’t want to invest money in advertising your niche website because if you’d do that, you could make money the next day. I’ll assume that you want to make money only with the organic traffic that the niche site is generating.
I’ll also assume that when you launch your niche site, all the content is done, and there’s no more time needed to be spent on that.
Now, let’s talk about how to start your niche site on the right foot.
How To Have The Best Start With Your Niche Site
Of course, there are a lot of factors that influence the amount of time you’ll need to make money with your niche site. And you want to make sure that you have the best conditions on making money with it.
First, you’ll need to have all the content ready for your niche site before launching. This is my advice on it. If you start small and then update the content, you have a much slower growing than having all the contents ready at once.
It’s much better to write your contents before launching your website and have it ready in your Word files. This way, when you’ll launch your niche site, Google and other search engines will pick up the full juice of contents you have.
This will increase the chances that you’ll get the most out of your organic traffic.
The second important factor is to have your website SEO optimized and speed improved. It has to work well on mobile, to load fast and to be optimized for SEO from the beginning, because further updates/improvements can take much longer to be considered by the search engines.
For Google, the loading speed of your website and how well it works on mobile devices is a ranking factor, and you don’t want to miss out on ranking opportunities because of it.
The third important factor is to have your niche site spread out on as many platforms as possible. We talk about having a Facebook page for it, a Twitter page, a Pinterest page, an Instagram page and so forth.
You can also submit your RSS to many aggregators that will spread your content all over the internet. The idea is to have your niche site in as many places as possible before launching it officially.
If you do these 3 things right, you’ll have the best start for your niche site that will guarantee that you’ll get some profit out of it as soon as possible.
What Are The Factors That Influence The Time You Start Earning
Your niche website will depend on a couple of factors that will influence how fast you’ll start making money from it.
1. The keywords you are targeting
This is one of the most important aspects. If your niche is too small, it might take a lot of time to attract enough visitors for you to make a profit out of it.
But if your niche is too big, you might have a hard time ranking high enough to attract visitors, so you have to be somewhere in the middle.
When you do your keyword research, keep in mind that anything with over 1000 monthly searches is a good sized niche, while anything below 1000 might be too small to bank it. Staying within 1K-10K range is optimal.
2. The quality of your content
Nowadays, Google takes into consideration the amount of time people spend on your website and if people hit the back button after reaching your niche site. If they consider that your content is of low-quality, they will derank you pretty quick.
Therefore it’s extremely necessary that your content is high-quality and provide your visitors with a ton of value. Optimally, you’d want to research the best in your niche, currently, and make your content even better.
I know this takes time and effort, and for some people the need to hire a professional writer, but keep in mind that this text is going to be your only salesman. If this salesman is good, you’re going to make money, if not, you won’t make money.
How To Accelerate Your Earnings
There are a couple of ways that you can use to accelerate the earnings you get from your niche site. Let’s talk about them.
1. Getting backlinks
Backlinks still remain one of the most important factors in deciding which website rank higher than the other. While these are not easy to get and sometimes require a little investment, the profits that you’ll get from them will be long-time.
This is not a necessary step to do, as niche websites can rank well even without the use of backlinks, but still is a very great source of rank juice that will propel your site into the first spot faster.
One method that is still very effective and doesn’t cost any money is to guest post on other blogs that cover something similar to your niche. Many webmasters are more than glad to accept a high-quality article in exchange of a backlink inside of it.
2. Outbest your competitors
Research your competition with tools like Ahref and Moz, and see which number 1 spot on Google are not optimized for SEO and are not relevant for that specific keyword.
By providing a better option for that keyword with better content and SEO optimization, you can be sure that Google will put you into that number 1 spot instead of your competitor.
This is a simple yet very effective tool to make your niche site position for the top ranks.
3. Pick a niche that you’re passionate about
Listen, anybody can slap some content on a website and call it a day. But there’s a difference between a great niche website and an average one. You don’t want your website to be average, because that means your revenues will be average as well.
The key to this is to pick a niche that you’re passionate about. There’s no point in writing about something you have no interest in. Any niche can be profitable if you have the right mindset and the right passion to make it profitable for you.
A lot of internet “Gurus” talk about numbers, but very few talk about emotions. And that’s a bad thing. You see, you can’t be good at something that you hate. Plain and simple. Every success story is based on doing something that they enjoy doing.
Also, if you pick something you’re interested in as well, for example playing video games, you can better understand what visitors need (gamers in this case) and how you can serve them better with your website.
Many see niche websites as only money machines and their visitors only as clients, but the end result will be that people feel that the information is displayed only to get a sale and they quickly leave.
No one wants a sleazy salesman to try to sell them everything just because that means more profit for them. People want to be served and cared about.
If you cannot care about your visitors you cannot create a successful niche website. That’s why bloggers are so good at generating profits because they don’t just present something with the intention of sale.
They care about their visitors and they present the cons and pros as well of each thing. Bloggers show them real-life examples from their life, and that’s what creates confidence. And this is just one example of how effective caring about your audience can be.
Just make sure you pick something you’re really passionate about, and the content that you’ll create will produce much better results than those that create content only to sell.
How To Not Sabotage Your Earnings
There are many ways that you can sabotage your earnings, and we’re going to discuss the most important ones that you should avoid.
1. Do not buy backlinks or anything else blackhat
Using blackhat techniques are the surest way to kill your niche site even before it starts. Google is much smarter at identifying blackhat techniques with each update, and your website will end up on the last page of search results, or even not at all.
2. Don’t settle for low-quality content
Content is one of the most important rank factors after backlinks, and it will tell Google if your website is worth for their visitors or not. There are even some new state-of-the-art algorithms that can pick up the subject of your text and even how good it is.
All of these alongside with time spend on the page will tell Google if your niche site is worth having on top positions. Invest time and money to create really good content before launching your website and share it around. It might take longer for you to get started, but the long-term result will be worth it.
3. Check your niche for popularity
Before investing time and effort on your niche, make sure that there is enough demand for that niche. Look upon Amazon and other retailers and check the products that are sold within your niche. If you can find products with thousands of reviews, that means your niche is popular enough to create a great influx of visitors to your niche site.
Remember that you can go too deep into a niche as well as you can go too broad. Search your targeted keywords on Google and see if there are paid ads for them. If there are, that means it’s a profitable niche. If not, you might want to reconsider.
4. Don’t send visitors to an unfinished website
There are a lot of people that consider it’s OK to start slow and make the modifications as they go along. The problem is, the first impression with search engines matters, and if you have an unfinished website that makes the visitors hit the back button in 2 seconds, the search engines will take into account that aspect and make your website fall on rankings.
If you launch an unfinished website, it will be very hard to recover later on.
5. Don’t forget to optimize for SEO
SEO is a very important aspect of niche sites, and you need to make sure that your website is properly optimized for search engines. If you’re using WordPress, using the plugin Yoast SEO is a must, and it’s also advised that you follow through all their recommendations regarding best settings.
Besides all the SEO that all people know, take into account that your loading speed is a vital metric for your ranking. Make sure the pictures you use are optimized and the website is cached properly. Test it regularly with GTmetrix and Pingdom to see how fast your website loads.
Time to kickstart
While niche sites are not an exact science and there are a lot of factors that influence how soon you’ll start to make money with them, there are a few ways that will make sure you get the best time possible.
Getting the right keywords, following your passion, crafting great content and staying away from blackhat techniques are just some of the ways you can make sure that your niche site has the best start. When you start on the right foot it’s much easier to make it big and cash on it, but when you do rookie mistakes there are chances that you may never recover.
Follow all the tips you have in this article and you’ll have the opportunity to make money with your niche site as soon as possible. Even without investing in a paid advertisement, niche sites can make money starting from the first month.