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Feb 14, 2012 | No Responses

When it comes to moving outside of your comfort zone and living in a foreign country and city, one of the first things that people worry about is whether or not they will have some form of income coming on a regular basis. And it’s more than just a requirement for basic living expenses; some countries actually require you to prove your monthly income before they will allow you to take up residence. And while living in Cancun Mexico is fairly easy in the sense you can stay for up to six months alone on a passport, if you plan on staying here for the long term you need to have some form of income coming in, if only to provide proof for your FM3 residency visa.

One of the beauties of the Internet and living in the digital era is the fact that making money has never been easier. Setting up online businesses is something that—while it does require some up-front work and a little bit of working knowledge—anyone can do as long as they have the spare time and the willingness to learn something new. And just like any other activity, the more you do it, the easier it becomes, until eventually it’s just as familiar as riding a bike or driving a car.

One of the easiest ways to make money on the Internet while living in Cancun is to set up niche websites. While these days the market can sometimes seem over-saturated with the concept, there’s still plenty of money to be made as long as you are willing to put in the time to research your keywords and build your website. Because at the end of the day you can set up a blog and have it running within a few hours, and once you get into the routine of building simple WordPress sites you can come up with an idea, research your keywords and have your site up and running within a week, if not less.

But let’s assume for the moment that you are someone who doesn’t know what a niche site is, or how they work. The concept itself is fairly simple. You do some initial research on an idea, find a niche area that isn’t over-serviced with a ton of websites already, build a website around your target keywords, stick up some Google, Chitika or similar ads and let the site sit there and earn you a couple of dollars per day in advertising revenue.

An example would be a website regarding how to groom a dog. You would research which keywords people are searching for in regards to grooming dogs, and you would create a website around those keywords and phrases. The articles on the website would all be targeted towards the topic of grooming dogs, and would include the keywords and phrases most commonly used by people. The ads on your website would be related to dogs, grooming dogs and products for grooming dogs. The keyword phrases build up your ranking with Google (and other search engines), and if you have done your research properly your page will rank high enough in the search engines that when someone types in a key phrase that you have used for your website, your site comes up in the search results. The people come to your site, read your content, click on the ads to the products being sold, and you get paid for the clicks.

While a couple of dollars might not sound like a lot, when you consider the fact that you can get a niche site up and running within a few days’ worth of time, and you extrapolate that out over a year, you could potentially set up at least 52 niche sites in a year. If each site is making an average of $2 per day that’s $104 per day in revenue, or 38k a year if all of the websites are performing within that average.

Now obviously it’s great if you can have a niche site that makes more than that, but to show you the potential it’s easier to explain the low end of the charts. 38k a year is still a good wage, especially considering that once a website is up and running it requires virtually no maintenance. Instead, you can keep investing your time in researching new markets and building new websites and potentially getting hundreds of niche sites up and running. And when you are living somewhere like Cancun, Mexico where the cost of living is virtually nil compared to some of the higher-priced places in the U.S., U.K. or Canada, you can live like a king on 38 thousand a year.

There’s more to it than just the numbers, however. Finding profitable niches is key, which means doing the up-front research.  Keywords are also important, as is whether or not there are physical products you can also generate sales from, such as with Amazon’s Affiliate program that allows you to stick up ads to physical items that are related to your niche topic and keywords. And you won’t be making money right from the start. It takes time for sites to climb up the Google rankings, which means the first three to six months of a website’s life are going to be fairly slow in terms of income coming in. But once a website is up and running, so long as you have done the research and picked the right niche, you can see your annual income going up considerably, all from just a few hours here and there sticking up at least one niche site per week. A fairly small investment for some pretty serious long-term rewards that can help make living in a place like Cancun even more enjoyable, and a hell of a lot easier than working a 40 hour-per-week job with someone else as your boss.

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Author: T.W. Anderson

T.W. Anderson is a location independent digital nomad who has been traveling since 1999 and living abroad in foreign destinations since January of 2008. Along with writing services offered through Complete Writing Solutions, he specializes in teaching people how to live like a local in cities and countries around the world via Marginal Boundaries

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