Can you imagine what the internet would be like if there weren’t websites? There would be no Facebook. There would be no e-magazines. There would be no places for us to do our online shopping. Indeed, without question, we need websites to gain access to everything that we need in cyberspace.

So, if you’re thinking about launching a website, whether it’s for your business or to promote a hobby or special talent, that is definitely a good idea. However, before you begin, we wanted to provide you with five things to consider; just so you can be sure that you make a great “website impression.”

1. Know What Your Website Will Be About

There is data to support the fact that people, on average, only spend 3-5 minutes on another individual’s personal website; that means that you have to make every second (literally) count. For this reason, make sure that you are clear about the mission and purpose of your site.

Is it to share some kind of product that you sell or service you provide? Or maybe it’s to showcase some of your special gifts and talents. Or, perhaps you’re someone who wants to do some consulting or public speaking. Whatever the case may be, make sure that everything on the site keeps people focused on no more than two main things. That will keep visitors from being overwhelmed while on your website and truly interested in what you have to offer.

2. Have the Budget for a Great Website Design

We all know the saying: You only have one time to make a first impression. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a spectacular website design. If you can do it yourself, you will definitely save a lot of money that way. But, if you don’t have the skills, it’s a worthwhile investment to hire a professional to do it.

3. Get Good Web Hosting

All websites need a web host and you want to make sure that you pick one that has enough bandwidth, can provide you with around-the-clock tech support and is also able to accommodate any additions that you might make to your site. Some of the current best-rated web hosting companies include Just Host, Fat Cow and Web Hosting Hub. If you’re looking for recommendations on web hosting services that are free, some suitable ones would include Webs, Wix and x10 Hosting.

4. Have at Least Two Months’ Worth of Content (Before You Launch)

All of us have been to websites where it has been months since the content has been updated. When that’s the case, it’s not really a good way to make people want to return to the site. So, before you even launch your website, make sure that you have at least a couple of months of content to post. The more updated your site is, the greater chance you will have of people returning to it.

5. Be Open to Networking On Other Sites and Blogs

If you asked a web design company like FireBubble about a way that you can draw more traffic to your website, one of the things that they might recommend is that you make time to connect with other websites and blogs. That’s because the more that you network and comment on other people’s content, the greater chance you will have of giving your own website more visibility.

Some people think that once they build their website, most of the work is done; however, the reality is that if you need to devote a few hours per week to do some online networking. It’s a bit time-consuming to do, but it’s, without question, time well spent.

Choosing the right niche for your blog can be a tricky thing. You have to pick a topic that’s popular and potentially monetizable. You should be able to write a great deal on the topic as well, so it’s necessary to pick a topic with which you feel totally comfortable.

This can be a taxing job for anyone, which is why we’ve provided 10 steps that’ll help you choose the perfect niche for your blog.

1. Make A List Of Topics You Know Well

Niche bloggers need to earn subject matter expertise in their chosen area and have the ability to research information. It’s important therefore to blog only on topics with which they are comfortable. Dig through your knowledge base, your hobbies, interests and pursuits and come up with a list of 15 topics for your niche blog.

2. Test The Topics For Longevity

Trendy topics such as current politics, policies and so on will not hold user interest over time. If you plan on monetizing your blog and building a name for yourself, you need a niche that will stand the test of time. Review your list of 15 topics and shortlist 10 or 8.

3. Perform Keyword Research To Check Niche Viability

Search engines index your site based on a number of factors, but primarily, they look for targeted keywords. Locate specific keywords that pertain to your niche topic shortlist using Wordtracker’s Keyword Tool.

4. Check If The Niches Are Popular Or Not

You need to know if people are going to like your blog once you’re up and ready. Run the keywords you isolated through Google Analytics to find out exactly how many people are searching for related topics. You can use this method to compare different topics and gauge the popularity of each one.

5. Check Out The Competition

Search for the most popular keywords from your isolated keyword list and check out the blogs that correspond to them. By doing this, you can find out two things; the popularity of certain niches, and the presence and density of competition in each area.

6. Fine-Tune Your Shortlist

Set aside those niche-specific keywords for which there are fewer competitors. Fine-tune your shortlist of topics based on these results; at this point you should have no more than 5 topics on hand. You know that your final shortlist of topics will work in the blogosphere. There are few competitors, but the niches are popular and there’s scope for interest.

7. Check If The Markets Are Buying Markets

After your keyword research comes market research. Find out if the topics you’ve shortlisted are part of the buying market. Many bloggers who started blogging years ago started their blogs on a whim but found that it takes hard cash to sustain their blogs over time. There’s no point in doing all this research if your niche is not part of the buying market. Who knows, doing this exercise might even open up a few new ideas of niches for you.

8. Check Out Market Segmentation

If you have a number of popular keywords for your shortlisted topics, find out how segmented the market is. One of the most important steps in marketing is to divide your audience based on their interests. You can then craft a customized, targeted message to grab more eyeballs.

For example, if you want to blog about movies, find out how many people are searching for “top movies 2011,” or “download movies 2011.” If more people are interested in watching movies and talking about them than downloading them for free, a blog targeting movie fans will probably get you more traffic.

9. Further Fine-Tune Your Shortlist

Review all your research up to this point. At this point, we suggest that you create a worksheet with the following columns: Niche Topic, Popularity (out of 10), Competition, Keywords, Audience Segmentation, and Monetizability Scope. Bring your shortlist down to 3 or 2 from 5. Make sure you document every aspect of your process in your worksheet. You never know when you might need to start another blog or take up a different niche.

10. Follow Chosen Niche Blogs ON Social Media Sites

Make a list of the blogs that correspond to your shortlist of 3 and follow them via social media. Find out how each blog is faring. Study their posts regularly and subscribe to their feeds. Take a few days time and pick the niche that’s most successful out of your list of three. Now you’ve done everything you could to pick the best niche. You know your niche is popular, the competition is bearable, you know your audience, you know the keywords to target, you know who your biggest competitors are and therefore who to network with. In short, you have all the info you need to start the blog.

With today’s media, we can’t help but to see millionaires and billionaires all over the place. They show the actors, the football players, even Warren Buffet gets some TV time. The media highlights their lavish lives, and all we can do is envy it.

Watching things unfold, it appears the rich will continue to get richer and we are stuck to fend for ourselves. Since you are reading this article, I guess you are not a normal individual, huh? You don’t want to stay doing the same thing you’re doing right now. You have this gut feeling that there is a better life for you and your family, right?

Let me tell you, I feel the same way. Welcome to the club. I’m about to reveal to you a way to get that life you are seeking. This can even be done from your house. Yes, it’s true, there is an easy way to make money online at home while sitting in your favorite recliner.

Please understand, I’m not saying you will make a ton of money tomorrow. But, what I am saying is if you are serious about this and treat the strategy I will go over in a minute like a business, you will have great success.

I wrote this article for anyone new to making money online or those of us who have not gotten over the hump and are making consistent money every month. The strategy I’m talking about is making money writing reviews. This strategy is great because it can be applied to millions of consumer products like televisions, DVD players, or the latest As-Seen-On-TV product. But, the easiest way to capitalize on this strategy is to promote products that someone can get instant access to.

With the information age continuing to increase, and the introduction of the electronic tablet, the demand for ebooks (electronic books) and video training will only grow. The best way to promote these products is using a website called Clickbank. Clickbank is the leader in selling digital ,and they have over 17,000 products and counting for you to promote. You can promote anything. An ebook, a video training course or a membership site. The people reading your review can buy through your affiliate link and get their hands on the product immediately.

How Can I Make Money Writing Product Reviews?

Here are the basic steps I take to bring in thousands of dollars per month writing reviews on Clickbank products.

  • Find a Clickbank product to promote. With over 17,000 Clickbank products, it can be overwhelming as to what product to choose. I use a free Firefox plug-in called CB Surge to help me decide on what products are profitable and what products I can rank well for in Google. You can learn more through my CB Surge Review. CB Surge gives you analytic information about every single product in Clickbank. It’s an awesome tool.
  • Once I have found a product, I purchase it.
  • I then write a thorough review on the product telling my visitors what I have discovered. I mention things like :
  • What I got for the price.
  • Were there any upsells during the checkout process?
  • If I have a problem, does this product solve it?
  • How long the course is. How many pages does the ebook have, if that’s what the product is. If it’s a video training course I talk about how long the videos are.
  • With Clickbank products, there is always a 60-day money-back guarantee. But, I still mention that in my review.
  • Then, I sum it all up and give my recommendation. Don’t be afraid to say something sucks. If you didn’t like it, give detailed reasons why.
  • I add my Clickbank affiliate link to the end of the review and tell my visitors to click that link to get the product.
  • After writing my review, I post it to my own website or a web 2.0 property such as,,, etc.
  • I get other websites to link back to mine so I can become popular in Google’s eyes, and they rank my review high on their search results for the product name.
  • I can usually get a review page to the top of search engines in a couple of weeks. Then, I just watch the money roll in.
  • After I have started promoting the first review I am on to another product and start the process over again.

To get started on the right foot, you should really select the right products using CB Surge which really speeds up that process. Then, you need to separate yourself from all the other guys writing reviews. Let your personality shine through to give a uniqueness to your product review.

As mentioned above, utilizing this method is a proven easy way to make money online at home simply because you have millions of products you can review.

Of course, I can’t go into great detail in this little article about all of the things you should do because it would be extremely long. So, I want to help you out even further. I have put together a complete course on what you should do step-by-step to make this a full-time living. It is getting great reviews on a popular internet marketing forum. The product is called CB Surge Profits, and I recommend you check it out.

The internet is probably the most powerful tool ever for those wishing to work from home and be their own boss. What I love so much about the internet is that it doesn’t discriminate… you can be fat, ugly, have a speech impediment, or any other number of obstacles that would cause challenges in the “normal” work world. But none of those matter when it comes to making money on the internet… all that matters is how much work you put into your business!

And, if you’ve put a lot of work into your business and you’re now generating a satisfactory level of income, you may think it’s time to kick back and relax. Think again. If you only have one online business, you’re setting yourself up for failure… regardless of how successful that business may be. The key to sustaining your work from home career is to diversify your revenue streams.

Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Did

I am the founder of Credit Card Forum, which is one of the leading sites for credit card reviews on the net. Before the credit crash of 2008, business was going great for me. But, instead of using that as an opportunity to diversify my business, instead I did the opposite, and dedicated all my time to my credit card business.

You can probably guess what happened next… the “Great Recession” hit, and the credit markets basically froze. Many banks stopped marketing credit cards altogether. Some didn’t “officially” cease their advertising, but they were hardly approving any of the credit card applications coming in, so it was more or less the same. It was so bad that I remember one month where not a single commission was earned! Instead of making money off credit card reviews, ironically I was now staying afloat by raking up debt on my business credit cards!

And just like that, my work from home career was over, and I had to go back to working a 9-5. Fortunately, I only had to do that about half a year because during that time, I began to finally diversify my business into completely different niches. It worked out perfectly because I ended up being fired from that job, but at that point, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel with the new ventures I had started.

What I Would Have Done Differently

No matter what niche you work in, the bottom line is that every niche is prone to an earthquake. For my credit card business, it was the credit crunch. But, if you worked in the health supplements industry, for example, that earthquake could be changes in FDA laws governing the marketing of supplements. What I’m trying to say is no sector is risk-free, so diversity is a must in order to make it through the ups and downs.

When I say diversify, I want to be clear that I’m talking about choosing totally different niches. For example, credit cards and personal loans would definitely not qualify – they’re too closely related. I think that everyone that works from home on the internet should be in at least 3 or 4 completely different sectors.

Last but not least, I also think that at least one or two of your niches should be highly specific (think a niche within a niche). That way there will be less competition, and you will be more likely to maintain your slice of the pie, rather than get squeezed out by other sites down the road. In fact, if I were just getting started today, I might even choose micro-niches for all my businesses.

Michael is the founder of Credit Card Forum. Today, he writes the reviews for the business credit cards on the site. He is also the founder of a few other online businesses (in completely different niches, of course).

The time has come. The moment you all have been waiting for.

I am finally announcing the niche I have chosen to go into along with the actual site. A lot of planning and preparation went into this, and I’m hoping those efforts pay off.

No matter the case, I’ll be sharing every step of the process. And with that said, the very first step in starting a niche site, or any site for that matter, is choosing a domain name.

Before I get into the details, here is the domain I chose for my niche site…


There it is in all its glory. I’m sure you can guess the niche I’ll be targeting. But if not, here’s a few ideas.

Couples who just broke up, boyfriend/girlfriend wanting their ex back, couples on the verge of divorce, etc.

You get the idea. Obviously there are niches within niches, but the main niche I’ll be focusing on is for those wanting to get their ex back.

I can either go broad and branch away, or I can go deep and narrow in on a specific group of people. the possibilities are endless really. Pretty exciting stuff, eh?

Why the Relationship Niche?

Before I get into all the domain name goodies, I feel I should answer this question for those wondering why I would want to get into this niche.

Truth be told, I’ve been through a bad breakup. As recent as June of this year. I was engaged. No need to go further into details. At the time, I wanted to get back together, but not anymore.

A lot of people were in my position, and you will always have couples who are breaking up for numerous reasons.

All in all, there will always be money to be made within this niche. People are desperate to get their ex’s back and will do anything, including paying for valuable advice on how to do just that.

So, that’s the why.

Let’s get into how I ended up with the domain name I  chose and the necessary steps I took to get there.

Preliminary Domain Name Research

It doesn’t sound fun, and you’d be right to think so, unless you consider the money you can make by getting it right.

It’s important to realize that when you’re building a niche site, it’s a little different than building a branding website, e-commerce site, personal site, corporate site or something similar.

Take my site for example. It’s more of a branding-type site, targeting a very broad and large niche. With niche marketing, you’re targeting a small niche, usually a specific keyword phrase.

This is the same as targeting larger niches, but the competition will be much less. So with that in mind, the keyword research is exactly the same. The only difference is that you’ll be looking for keyword phrases that get searched for less (but still have a good number of searches per month) and have little competition.

Another difference is that your domain name is going to include the keyword phrase you choose to target. As you can see by the domain I chose, my main keyword phrase I’m targeting is “get back your ex.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t get an exact match domain name with just those words, as it was already taken. That would have been ideal.

But what you can do, and what I did, was add a word to the end of the phrase. The word I added was “advice.”

Again, ideally you want just your keyword phrase as the domain name. But, when that’s not possible, add a word to the end.

So, how do we get to this stage?

Keyword Research

Like I mentioned before, the way you do keyword research never changes. The only thing that changes is what you’re looking for, and that is determined by the the niche you’re going into along with the amount of competition there is.

I’ve covered keyword research in previous posts, so I don’t want to get real technical here, other than to show you exactly what I did to land on the keyword phrase I’m targeting, along with the reason behind my decision.

I don’t have any fancy, expensive keyword tools (yet). Honestly, you don’t need them. They make life easier, but you can get by using free tools. I use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool.

After spending around 3 hours searching various keyword phrases, I came upon the “get back your ex” phrase and chose to use it. Here’s a screenshot at what this looks like when using Google’s free tool:

It’s important to note that you must check the “Exact” tick box so that you get an accurate number of exact match searches per month. Otherwise, you get an inaccurate, normally much higher number of searches per month.

As you can see, the exact match shows 1,000 searches per month for “get back your ex.” This is a fair amount and will serve well when you’re just starting out. It’s important to start out small and then slowly start targeting more lucrative keywords once you’re already bringing in traffic.

To get an idea of the competition for the phrase you’ve chosen, all you have to do is use Google search and enter in the keyword phrase, without quotes. Here is the list results when I search “get back your ex” without quotes:,24279,27731,27759,27867&sugexp=gsih&xhr=t&q=get+back+your+ex&cp=6&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=0&aqi=&aql=f&oq=get+back+your+ex&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=e18ec2db23988f7d

If you click on the link, you’ll see that there are 133 million websites that come up. Normally, that’s A LOT of competing websites. However, what’s important here is to take a look at the top 10 websites that show up. Look at what kind of sites they are, whether they’re article directory sites, news sites, etc.

Also, take a look at their Google Page Rank. The only real threat is the very first web page. It has a Page Rank of 4, and it’s promoting the exact same program I am. However, the site is boring, and it looks like a sales letter. I couldn’t get any traffic stats on it either.

The next two listings are article directory sites. Not saying it will be easy to out-rank these, but I’m pretty optimistic that will some strategic backlinking, I can pull it off. I think I can even get to the number one spot.

The Next Step

All these factors I mentioned are an important part of doing the necessary research to find a suitable domain name. You have to factor in the number of monthly searches and the strength of competition. Obviously this takes time, more so when you’re going the free route. This process can be quickly sped up when using tools like Micro Niche Finder or Market Samurai.

Like I said, it took me about 3 hours to finally come upon the keyword phrase I wanted to run with. That’s time worth spent in my opinion. If you also noticed, there are many related keywords I can focus on too. The screenshot shows you another one that might be suitable, depending on the competition, and there are close to one hundred more related terms from the complete list.

These are also factors to consider as well. No one said it would be easy, but with a little patience and creativity, finding a suitable domain name doesn’t have to be super difficult.

Now, once you’re set on a keyword phrase, the next step is to actually reserve your domain name.

Buying Your Domain Name

I use NameCheap to register all of my domains. They’re cheap, reliable, offer free Whois protection, and registering your domains with a separate registrar than your web host is a good idea for many reasons.

All you have to do is enter your keyword phrase into the domain name lookup and hit enter. You’ll be presented with a screen like this:

Of course, your choice should not be taken. You can choose as many domain extensions you want. .Com domains are the most popular, next would be .Net and then .Org.

Once you’re done, click the “Add to Cart” button and go through the checkout process. After that, your domain is ready. It’s all a matter of changing your DNS settings to point to your web host and setting up the new domain as an add-on to your existing web hosting account. If you need help with this, just let me know.

The next phase of the niche site building process is the overall design of the site. I will cover these aspects in my next niche site update, so stay tuned for that.

I realize I covered a lot of information here. If you have any questions or there’s something you’re not sure about, please feel free to ask. You can either leave a comment below or email me directly. Either way is fine.

It’s been rather warm here the past week, which I’m not complaining at all. The weather has been beautiful, and I’ve been trying to enjoy it while I can. Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a hike with a friend up the Thousand Steps, a historical trail named after the thousand plus stone steps placed into the mountainside, located in Mt. Union, PA.

The view was amazing, and I was blessed to be able to enjoy God’s creation and all the wildlife that was around us. We brought along with us Marles, my friend’s dog. That dog is a beast and was in much better shape than both of us. We had a blast, though!

Do anything exciting this weekend?

I have another update to share with you that I hope will interest you as it relates to making money online, but I’ll share that at the end.

Right now, let’s take a look at how my income fared last month.

Income from

Total = $264.38

Income from Proofreading/Re-writing/Editing Services

It’s an honor for me to be able to provide a high quality and much needed service, and it’s been an honor serving my clients. You can learn more by visiting the link below.

Total = $30

Income from Micro Niche Adsense Site

My micro niche site keeps improving each month. Google Adsense earnings for this month from the site totaled $10.10. The site has already paid for itself and then some. When I find time to add more content I have no doubt I’ll be able to earn more.

Total = $10.10

Total Online Income

Total online income from all sources comes to…



I mentioned in previous post updates that I would soon be venturing into niche marketing. I’m not talking about micro niche sites where your main goal is to make money with Adsense, like my current micro niche site. I’m talking about building an authority site centered around a very specific niche or product and promoting either your own product or an affiliate product to make money online.

In my case, I’ll be promoting an affiliate product through Clickbank. What spurred me to get moving on this is because Daniel Scocco is holding a Webmaster Challenge where participants start a brand new website from scratch, and after the end of four months, whoever earns the most money from their site will take home the grand prize. The prize in this case will be $1,800. Second place prize will be $200.

I’m not going to reveal the niche or the domain name yet, as you wouldn’t see anything anyway. I don’t even have access to my cPanel yet as I had to sign up with a new web host as per the challenge requirements. I’m hoping to start building the site this weekend.

This is exciting for me, but it should also be exciting for you as well because I’m going to be posting my progress here on the blog as to how I’m doing with the site as well as what I’m doing. I’ll lay everything out on the table so you can see what exactly it takes to get a site up and running and making money.

I won’t hold anything back… I promise. Whatever I do, no matter how small, I’m going to share with you. I probably won’t be posting daily updates, but when I do update you, you’ll find out everything I’ve done up to that point.

Isn’t this exciting? You’ll be able to look over my shoulder, so to speak, through my success, or failure. If I make money, you’ll know about it. If I fail, you’ll know about it. This will be FREE, usable information that you’ll be able to put into action right away.

This will be just as much of a learning process for me as it is for you. I know what it takes and what has to be done, now it’s just a matter of putting what I know into practice for yet another new website.

Stay tuned for the first Webmaster Challenge update post coming soon as I’ll go through the process of setting up web hosting and getting a domain name, along with the necessary research that should be done beforehand.

See ya then!

Rachel and IThat’s right, folks, it’s time for yet another blog post roundup. My oh my does time fly, and I hope you’re enjoying every minute of it. Speaking of, I got to enjoy last weekend in Virginia for my cousin’s wedding (picture of my cousin and I). It was a great time of visiting and spending time with family and also meeting new people.

Did you do anything exciting last weekend? What about this weekend?

Let’s get to last month’s blog posts that you may have missed:

Q&A: Getting Traffic to Your Website

10 Freelance Jobs You Can Start Today

How to Create a Killer Affiliate Marketing Squeeze Page

August 2010 Income Report and Micro Niche Site Update

How To Find a Niche Market and Make Money Online

Q&A: Building Links to Your Website

Now, I have some exciting news. Well… exciting to me at least, but I hope you’ll find it exciting as well.

Starting next month and every month after, not only will you find my last month’s blog posts in each roundup edition, but I’m also going to start including other blogger’s posts that I find interesting and helpful from around the web.

Exciting, right? This will give you an idea of what kind of blogs I follow and enjoy reading, which is healthy as a blogger because you should always be reading and learning. Plus, it helps to build community and allows me to network with other bloggers and bring in new readers.

That’s a big hint, BTW!

So, I hope you’re looking forward to that as I know I am.

P.S. If you want to see more pictures from the wedding last weekend, just add me on Facebook. 🙂

One of the fundamental keys to making money online is being able to find a niche market to sell to. There are thousands upon thousands of niche markets out there, and some with very little competition.

For those just getting started and who want to venture into making money online, they usually face one of two problems:

  • Finding a low-competition niche that isn’t profitable
  • Finding a profitable niche with too much competition

This isn’t always the case, though. Some may have done their homework ahead of time (kudos to them), and others just get lucky (it happens).

However, for MOST people… they don’t have a prayer in the world. They find themselves stuck in one of those two situations, get frustrated when no money comes rolling in and give up.

It’s a real shame. Let me ask you this…

Do you know how to find a niche market?

Unless you’re already making money online, then the answer is probably “No!”

If that’s you, and you’re ready to give it a real go and make money online, then keep reading.

I just got done reading the e-book Nomad’s Guide To Make Money Online. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for me because I’m in the planning stages of venturing into other niches, as talked about in my recent income report.

You see, I chose to go into the ‘work from home‘ niche, which is by far one of the largest and most competitive of all the niches. What this means is that it’s very hard to get ahead and beat out the competition and make serious money online. Hard… but not impossible. It’s a long road for sure, and I’m still traveling. The ride is fun, though. 🙂

But… I want to venture into smaller, less competitive niches. There will be less work involved, and the rewards can be just as good.

That’s where this book comes into play. I know that it will help you out tremendously just as it’s going to help me. I’ve already gone through it and can tell you that it’s the most complete guide I’ve ever seen that shows you how to make money online by finding niche markets. That speaks volumes considering there is so much information out there. Normally, the information you need is either scattered far and wide or is incomplete, or even inaccurate.

This book is different, though.

Nomad’s Guide To Make Money Online

The book is written by Janet Smith, whom you’ve probably never heard of before, and that’s because she prefers it that way. Janet is a “digital nomad,” able to travel the world while making money online at the same time (hence the name of the book). She specializes in making money with small niches, and was quietly doing so until she decided to write her book and share her knowledge.

The book is so in-depth that it took a solid two days to absorb the information. A two days well worth spent, might I add. Unlike a lot of people that talk about making money online, who always seem to leave out a little bit of important information here and there, Janet doesn’t hold back one bit.

Her approach is honest and straightforward; she starts from the very beginning of the process of how to find a niche market and walks you through step-by-step exactly what you need to do to make money online.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the e-book:

  • The Mindset of a Digital Nomad
  • How to Make Money Online
  • MMO Vocabulary Terms
  • Finding Niches & Conducting Keyword Research
  • 3rd Tiers, Content, & White Hat SEO
  • Backlinks, Black Hat SEO, 1st Tiers, & 2nd Tiers
  • Monetization Methods & Maximizing Your Income
  • How and Why to Get the Right Traffic
  • Tips for Getting Started
  • Helpful (Optional) Tools
  • Free Resources
  • Using the System for an Online Business

The guide is 179 pages long, jam packed with exactly the information you need to understand in order to implement what Janet teaches so you can begin making money on the internet. Let me just say that you don’t need to know this stuff from the get-go. You could be completely oblivious to this stuff and not have a clue what I’m talking about… and you will still be able to understand what is taught in the guide.

Janet goes out of her way to explain everything so that complete beginners can understand and grasp the concepts. The “MMO Vocabulary Terms” in Chapter 3 will immensely help if you fall into this category.

Final Thoughts

I could go on and on, but that would be pointless. The simple fact is that if you’re looking for a way to make money online, you need this guide. I have yet to see another “MMO” guide out there that comes even close to the value of what Nomad’s Guide To Make Money Online offers.

This book is going to be my make money “Bible” when it comes time to start my new niche sites. It’s just that good, and I can’t thank Janet enough for the time and effort she put into writing it.

I highly recommend grabbing a copy for yourself if you want to make money online…

Get your copy today. Version 2 is now out and even better.

I know it’s been awhile, but if you remember from my previous post, I told you to write down your interests and hobbies. I hope you did just that because today we’re going to take that list and narrow it down to just one interest.

This one interest will become your perfect niche. And, by perfect I mean the one niche you have a vested interest in and will make you money. I don’t know what could be more perfect than that. 😉

There are many… literally… MANY different ways to pick a niche that is going to be profitable for you. If you’ve been a long time reader of mine, then you might remember a previous post I did about finding a profitable niche. I’m sure that post will provide some useful tips for you.

However, there’s a “scientific” approach you can take to find the perfect niche. While I was drumming up ideas for this post, it just so happened that Court Tuttle of The Keyword Academy came out with a killer post on this exact topic.

Talk about great timing.

Court provides a very detailed and mathematical approach to finding specific keywords that are going to bring in income and be profitable. As long as you don’t mind doing some simple research and crunching some numbers, this is a sure-fire way of knowing whether or not your interest could become your perfect little niche.

Take the time to check out Court’s article on Analyzing the Profit Potential of an Online Market.

To better understand this, you’re going to want to associate keywords with your interests. Come up with some broad keywords that describe your interests. Take your list of interests, along with the associated keywords, and put them through the test using Court’s methodology.

I haven’t had the chance to use this myself yet, but I can assure you that I will be when I decide to start my next niche blog.

If you have any questions about Court’s method, chances are someone may have already asked it on his blog, so read through the comments first before you shake your head in confusion.

What do you think about this method? What do YOU do to find profitable niche markets?

AffiliateMarketingWhen I first came online, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing or even know where to start. All I knew was that I wanted to make money online. A passion that has stuck with me even till today.

Once I was introduced to affiliate marketing, it started to make sense to me. Of course, everyone made it sound so easy. You know, the pie in the sky, hyped up promises… and so on and so forth.

I can assure you it’s not quite that easy, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion and finally getting my own little slice of pie.

At the time I didn’t know anything about niches and why I should target a small niche rather than diving into a huge niche, such as the “work from home” niche. As it turns out, that’s why it’s been a struggle for me. Had I started over and did my research first, I would’ve gotten into a smaller niche where I could get my slice of the pie more quickly and maybe even get more than one slice.

But, while the “work from home” niche has its struggles, the rewards can be huge once you do gain momentum and become an authority site. Afterall, it’s one of the biggest niches on the entire internet.

I’m not going to tell you what niche you should or should not get into, but rather explain why affiliate marketing should be your choice for making money online. I believe it’s the way to go for most people… at least in the beginning.

Here’s 3 reasons why you should choose affiliate marketing:

  1. You don’t need your own product – Unless you already have a solid plan in your mind from the start, a product is the furthest thing from people’s minds when they’re just looking for some extra income. This is why affiliate marketing is lucrative because it allows people to capitalize on other people’s products.
  2. No special training required – One of the best things, I think, about affiliate marketing is that you can jump right into it head first without having a clue what you’re doing. That sounds like a bad thing, but when you think about it, there’s no better way to learn something than to just do it. And, affiliate marketing allows for this. You can learn while you go, and if you somehow manage to really mess up, there’s usually plenty of leeway for this and can easily be fixed.
  3. Zero cost is required – Seriously, you can start making money with affiliate marketing for absolutely no money out of your pocket. Of course, there will come a time when you’ll want to setup your own website/blog, but the cost is less than $100 a year. But, that’s not necessary in the beginning, although I highly recommend it as it will help you further along from the start.

Now, rather than going for the big bucks at the beginning and picking a very competative niche, I recommend finding a smaller niche to start with. Besides, you can make a lot of money even with smaller niches, believe it or not.

What are you passionate about? Do you have a hobby?

Answering these questions will help you determine what niche you may want to get started in. It helps to like what you’re doing, not to mention being knowledgeable in that area will help tremendously.

Stay tuned as my upcoming post will detail how you can determine if the niche you want to get into will be profitable or not. You don’t want to waste your time if there’s not a big enough market in your niche. Weeding out the profitable niches from the duds will aide you in your decision.

In the meantime, here’s some homework for you. Write down all the hobbies and interests you have on a piece of paper. You could have 1 or 15… It doesn’t matter. Jot them down and save them for my next post as you’ll be using this list to narrow down your interests and hobbies to just one that you’ll target for your affiliate marketing venture.

However, if you want to skip this and go right for the big bucks and target the “work from home” niche (the most money online is spent in this niche) just as I am, I recommend reading this post.

See you soon. 🙂