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Make Money with Niche Websites

Mar 19, 2012 | No Responses

The Internet is a powerful tool when it comes to making money, especially for those individuals who are living and working remotely as digital nomads. The need for a brick-and-mortar office job faded out with the advent of global Internet, and while you can always choose to find a local job once you get settled into Cancun, the advantages of working online are multifold. Not only do you control your own schedule, but you also control your income based upon how many hours you feel like working and how much effort you put into it.

While niche sites are certainly one way to make money, there is more to building a niche site than simply researching keywords and setting up advertising through Google and other companies to rake in the pay-per-click rewards. If you truly want to be successful building niche sites you have to look beyond the advertising alone and think about physical products.

There are three ways to go about selling physical products. You can set yourself up as a distributor and either sell things on your own, or you can use a drop-shipping agency that ships the products for you as a third party vendor. While the second is certainly easier in terms of time investment, the former is more hands-on and is thus more easily controlled in terms of what you are physically shipping. However, you also have to deal with customs on items if you are shipping to countries that have restrictions on items, such as selling natural herbs and medicines that may be legal in Mexico but might be illegal in the United States.

However, there is a third option that is also viable, which is setting up your niche site to sell physical products through Amazon’s Affiliate program. The way their affiliate program works is you can set up ads similar to Google ads, only instead of merely getting paid per click, you are actually getting paid a percentage of each physical item you sell via Amazon’s marketplace. Let’s say, for example, that you set up a niche website that is all about vacuum cleaners. You do the initial research, you write the content for the website, you set up the articles about vacuum cleaners and sundries, but instead of Google ads you have Amazon Affiliate links that are selling actual vacuum cleaners and parts/supplies associated with that physical product.

While a normal niche site is set up to make money purely off of the people who click on the ads that are related to whatever topic your niche site is about, an Amazon Affiliate site is about making a percentage off the actual profits on physical items sold. The more products you sell, the higher the percentage of earnings you make, which means the potential is only limited by the popularity of the physical product your website is marketing to sell.

Similar to a regular niche site, there is more to a physical product site than simply the products you are selling. Keyword research is key, and you still need to research the products you are selling to ensure that you aren’t setting up a website in a niche that is already saturated with other vendors selling the same thing. However, once you learn the basics of setting up a niche site you can easily balance your time between setting up normal niche sites for Google ads and physical product sites for Amazon Affiliate sales and make the best of both worlds.

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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