In my last post I mentioned that I was concentrating on making niche sites. Well, I’m still working niche number two and have decided to turn it into an “authority” site.
What’s the difference between a niche site and an authority site? I think of a niche site as a small tightly focused site with no more than 5 or 10 pages. Its purpose is to create a low or no maintenance site that shares information and/or products while earning money.
An authority site is still a tightly focused site, but it’s larger. It’s chock full of information and becomes the place to go when researching the subject matter. The biggest difference between a niche and an authority site is the size and the depth level of information.
Niche Site #1
As I said before, I tried to create a small niche site after performing a bit of keyword search. That site is up, running and lonely. It’s had a total of 33 hits since it went live on March 24th.
I think I knew when I created the site that it just wasn’t me. I did what the experts/gurus told me to do and my site is out there falling flat on its face. I’m chalking that one up to experience.
Authority Site Type of Gal
Learning quickly from that mistake, I modified the information I got from the experts. What I did was I inserted the Felicia factor for the Felicia sites. You can substitute your name where mine appears in this blog post. The Felicia factor is factoring in my personality, preference and nature. With the second blog I still took a bit of what I learned from the gurus but calibrated it just a bit to suit my personality.
I’m still amazed at the early results of blog number two. The blog currently has 9 posts and 4 pages. The pages include the privacy, about/contact, sitemap and a primer on the subject matter. It went live on March 31st (two weeks ago) and has had over 500 page views and earned over $16. I knew I had something when a public library linked to it on day number 5 (by the way, I didn’t do any backlinking).
Originally I was going to create a small niche site but as I continued to write content and learned more about the topic, I realized I wanted to explore the topic in depth and produce an authority site. I think I can fully cover the topic with a 70 or 80-page site.
The More I Learn the Easier it Gets
As I delve into the topic, it’s becoming easier and easier to write additional posts. The information flows. I have a better understanding of my subject matter and I think I’m gaining a bit of information on what the reader is looking for. I’m not employing any tricks for getting them to click on ads. As a matter of fact, I think the information is so complete there really shouldn’t be a need to click on the ads, but they do it anyway. Go figure!
How I Did My Keyword Search
Some time ago, I came across a Hub about the Money Matrix. That very same matrix is the one I used to come up with the keywords for both blogs. I apparently screwed things up the first time, but learned a valuable lesson for the second go ‘round.
When I’m wasting time on my computer playing Solitaire, I realize I can play the Money Matrix game instead. After all, it’s
not fun losing imaginary Solitaire money and going further in the hole. With the Money Matrix game, I can come up with keywords for my next site and earn real money.
Getting Rid of the Bottle Neck
When I come up with winner keywords, I put it on a list for further investigation. I currently have 4 more niche sites waiting for content. Since I’m not very passionate about those particular topics, I’ve decided to use Textbroker to have someone else write content for those subjects. This way, I can continue creating the authority site that I’m enjoying so much while other writers can help me get my other sites up and running. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m learning to get out of my own way when it comes to exploring new avenues for earning money online. It all comes down to that chubby Panda guy. I’ve said it before, but I’ve got to say it again. Thank you, Panda for forcing me to take a new and exciting path.