How To Setup Your Niche Sites The MWR Way!

In the past few weeks we have been working on setting up niche sites to promote high paying affiliate products in niche markets. We started this niche site series following my announcement of taking part in the niche site challenge, Niche Site Duel 2.0 being hosted by Pay Flynn.

Thus far, we have covered:

1.  Riches in Niches Power Challenge – Niche Site Duel 2.0 Announced!

2. How to Pick a Profitable Niche Market!

3. A Practical Guide to Choosing a Profitable Niche!

4. Niche Site SEO Strategy That Will Put You Ahead Of Your Competitors!

And so, having picked a profitable niche market and the right keyword phrases around which we will be creating our niche site content, our next move is to set up our niche site. In this post therefore, I want to give you a few thoughts on how to set up your niche site for maximum results.

Setting up Your Niche Sites for Maximum Results

Setup Your Niche Site To Fulfill Your Dreams!

I’m sure you already know that we are using WordPress to setup our niche sites. One reason for this is because; setting up your site using wordpress is quick and easy and free – many  webhost already have it as part of the webhosting package. Also many of these hosts have some one-click installation scripts that make installing your niche site a breeze!

Another reason why we want to use the wordpress blogging software is the ease with which wordpress sites can be customized and optimized for the search engines.

So, What Do You Need To Effectively Setup Your Niche Site?

The following guide is my personal strategy. I use it for nearly every one of my niche sites and it’s the same strategy I have used for the site I’m currently using for the Niche Site Duel 2.0 (this will be revealed later!).

I want to assume that you already know how to install a wordpress blog and so we will not go into details about that here. However, here are the things you need to ensure that your niche site is setup the right way:

1. A Domain Name – For this you may decide to go for an “exact match domain” (EDM) name or a brand name.

2. Webhosting Account – For this, I purchased a shared hosting account with the ability to host unlimited domains! Why I choose that? I did because like I mentioned in another post, I plan to set up more niche sites in the coming months and this is my simple way of saving some cost. If you have plans to set up more niche sites like me and also if you want to save money some money doing so, then you will need a plan like the one I’m using right now.

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3. WordPress Theme – I do not recommend some premium theme for your niche sites except you want to build an authority site with unique branding. So, for the theme a decent looking theme will do. Only remember to have a custom header and logo for your niche site. This will help to differentiate your niche site from the rest that use the same theme.

4.  Plugins – There are thousands of wordpress plugins you may want to experiment with but instead of that simply install only the necessary ones. Here are the few I recommend for now:

All in One SEO Pack – This is superb if you want to optimize your niche site for the search engines.

AdSense Privacy Policy – If you’re monetizing your niche site with adsense, then this is one plugin you will need. It’s a simple way of automatically adding an AdSense-compliant privacy page to your site.

Google Sitemap Generator – This is another plugin that is necessary for SEO purposes.

WP Smush.it – You definitely will be adding a lot of images to your niche site. This plugin is necessary to reduce the sizes of the images in order to speed up your site’s load.

WP Super Cache – You may not need this for now but as your site increases in size, you will need it to help with the load time.

Strictly Auto Tags – I love to use this to automatically add tags to every post instead of doing it manually.

SEO Internal Links – Linking your blog posts is a good thing for your site’s SEO. There are different options that can be setup with this plugin.

Related Posts – Offer your site visitors a few ways to stay a little longer on your site.

Jetpack by WordPress.com – This will give you an easy way of adding a contact us form, sharing button, subscription to both comments and posts, traffic stats and a few other options.

Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin – Fight spam comments the easy way.

5. Add the Necessary Pages – Some necessary ones include: Privacy Policy, T.O.S (of applicable), Reviews, Resources, Links, etc. This is to give your niche site some “professional” outlook!

6. Optimize for The Search Engines – Make sure your blog has search engine friendly URLs by using the “custom” permalinks together with your installed SEO plugins.  Use the All in One SEO Pack to optimize your home page putting in the appropriate title, keywords, description, etc. You should also do this for each post and pages.

A Word about Customizing Your Niche Blog Site

Niche Site Strategic Setup!Setting up your niche site is not simply about installing a custom theme or the right plugins. You will need to ensure that the site is setup with your MWR in mind.

So, what is MWR?

MWR simply means your Most Wanted Response!

This is one site design strategy that I don’t hear many bloggers talk about. A few years ago, I read an ebook, the Affiliate Master Course, from where I got the idea of the MWR.

Now, MWR is a strategic approach to website design which allows you to take into consideration what you want your site visitors to do when they first land on your site. It is therefore not enough to simply choose a wordpress theme for your niche site. You must understand that the different wordpress themes out are built to do different things!

Without deciding on your Most Wanted Respond (MWR) before choosing a theme means you will be throwing away most of the traffic you’d be generating to the site. So, first of all, prioritize what you want people to do on your blog before choosing the theme for your niche site. For example, as much as a magazine theme look so great, if it does not help you with your most wanted response, installing a premium magazine theme on your niche site would amount to a waste of precious space!

Here are some of the common MWR of most blogs:

— Build an Email List

— Sell Information or Physical Products

— Promote Affiliate Offers

— Offer Coaching/Consulting Packages

— Market a Freelance Service

— Get Visitors to Donate Money

— Build a Community

As you can see from the above, your MWR depends on your specific situation and your long-term monetization strategy.  Besides, you may have more than one MWR but the most important thing is that you should choose about 2 or 3 and focus on them while setting up the site.

For my niche site, my MWR are: (1) Guide the visitor to click on the adsense ads on the site, and (2) make them to click on my affiliate links and purchase the affiliate products I’m promoting on the site!

With this in mind my choice of a theme was a simple “Plugin-In-Profit” adsense wordpress theme designed to help the visitor do just what I wanted!

So, if you are setting up a niche site take some time to decide on what your Most Wanted Response is before doing anything.

Over to you: What are the best niche designs you have ever seen? What area do you think I’ve left out in this post? Share with us in your comments below.

An Exclusive Guide to Picking a Profitable Niche Market

Last week I informed you of Pat Flynn’s Niche Site Duel 2.0 and how I have decided to take up the challenge. I also mentioned that as much as possible I would be updating you with the details as we go on with the challenge.

I’m pleased to inform you that after working for some hours a few days ago; I was able to pick a niche market to target for the challenge. And so, today I want to give you a detailed guide on how to pick a profitable niche market.

You must understand that this is the most important aspect of building a niche site because picking on the wrong niche can result on your wasting precious time, resources and effort.

But before going into choosing a niche market I want to briefly answer the question,

What Really Are Niche Sites?

I think we need to understand this right from the beginning because I have seen a whole lot of confusion when people talk about building niche sites. For example, among bloggers I discovered that many only see this as choosing a subject for their blogs. You may have heard bloggers telling you to target a niche if you want to succeed as a blogger!

Of course, this is good advice and may truly sound like what we are talking about here. But inherently, it is quite different from building niche sites.

Here are some differences:

1.    In niche blogging, you are expected to be an expert in your target niche. Because of the personal nature of blogs anything outside of being an expert and personal will hinder your success.

But this is not so with niche sites. In fact, I can authoritatively say, even if you don’t know anything about a particular niche you can still make a success of your niche site if you know what to do! Besides, you can run the site with a “pen name”!

2.    In niche blogging you are expected to continuously devote time and effort to updating the blog. This involves constantly writing new content, replying to comments, visiting other blogs to post comments, etc.

Unfortunately, doing all that takes away your ability of building multiple niche sites since you have limited time at your disposal. Can you imagine running 3 or 5 blogs at the same time? How about 10 or even 20?

Can you imagine how overwhelming that can be?

Remember, niche sites are about building multiple blogs that will help you achieve your dream of multiple streams of online income!

Indeed, there are other differences but these two are really the biggest ones. Later on we’ll touch on some other differences but for now let’s consider…

How to Pick a Profitable Niche

Riches In Niches Guide to Choosing a Target Niche!For this, I‘ll quickly give you my simple guide for choosing a profitable niche. Note that this is not about keyword research but “market research.” Of course, you may need to resort to your keyword tools to know what people are looking for but your concern right now is not what keywords you will target. That will come later.

So, what should determine your target niche? For me, these are the determinants:

1) Are there people who are passionate about this niche? Do they have a desperate problem they want solved? Are there enough “motivated buyers?”

2) Is the niche popular? Is the market big enough, but not so big as to have too much competition when you’re just starting out?

3) Is it profitable? Do the people in this niche spend money?

4) What products are being successfully sold right now to this niche? Can you get these products to sell as an affiliate or can you sell a similar product of your own? If you decide to sell your own product, can you improve on it and give them something they want that other products of their kind are currently lacking?

5) What are these existing products in your target niche being sold for? Can you make a good commission selling them as an affiliate? Or could you be profitable selling a similarly priced item?

6) Do you have an interest or passion for this niche? Do you have the experience to create the right content for your niche blog?  If you don’t, do you think you can develop the passion or interest? Or is there some good proven way you can get the content created for you?

You must take note of these 6 points because they will determine how much success you’ll get from your niche site. Picking the wrong niche will result in very unpleasant results!

Let me quickly inform you that Pat Flynn did a post where he gave his own criteria for choosing a niche market. Much of it is really not different from what I have here now but there is a particular criterion he mentioned which I want to note here. He called it “The Grandma Test!”

This is what Pat said about this test:

“This is an easy, but important test – at least to me.

Once I find a keyword with decent search volume and relatively low competition, I’ll ask myself the following question:

If I created a website in this niche and it became incredibly successful, would I be comfortable sharing my success with my grandma?

If the answer is no, then I may have to think twice about getting into this particular niche.”

I think that is worth noting because as much as you want to make money online, going over board and throwing your values away is not the right thing to do. I hope the message there is clear enough!

So, let’s move on…

How to Uncover a Killer Niche Market in a Matter of Minutes!

Build Niche Sites the Easy Way!

If you are in any way feeling that picking a profitable niche is an intimidating adventure then hear this, it is simple and you can actually pick a niche in a matter of minutes!

For example, if I want to quickly unearth a profitable niche, what I‘ll simply do is use any of the following qualifying keywords – referred as “discovery keywords” or “seed keywords” – to run a search on Google’s Keyword tool:

•    How to
•    How do I
•    How do you
•    How to fix
•    How do I fix
•    How do you fix
•    How to prevent
•    How do I prevent
•    How do you prevent
•    How to cure
•    How do I cure
•    How do you cure
•    How to remove
•    How do I remove
•    How do you remove
•    How to quit
•    How do I quit
•    How do you quit
•    How to get rid of
•    How do I get rid of
•    How do you get rid of
•    How to lose
•    How do I lose
•    How do you lose
•    How to get
•    How do I get
•    How do you get
•    How to stop
•    How do I stop
•    How do you stop
•    learn
•    get rid of
•    fix
•    remove
•    prevent
•    cure
•    quit
•    lose
•    get
•    eliminate
•    restore
•    stop

If you look carefully at these “seed keywords” you’d discover that what I’m simply doing is trying to uncover what people are looking to do, solve, or accomplish. Chances are this could help you find some of the hottest niche markets without much effort on your part!

Want to see a live example of how this works?

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Niche Market Selection Take Away:

Picking a profitable niche market is important if you want to make money with niche sites. The easiest way to do this is to look for a niche with a group of “extremely motivated buyers”. Some of the criteria you must consider are, is the niche large, popular and if there is a desperate need that calls for immediate attention. You must make sure that there’s a very strong motivation to take care of a problem.

Over to You: Do you build niche sites? What criteria do you use in choosing your target niche? Share your experience with us in your comments below.

Driving Targeted Traffic: How to Put Your Traffic Generation on Steriods in Five Easy Steps!

So, you need more targeted traffic, right?

Yes, driving targeted traffic to your site is important but you need a definite guide that works. If you go about web traffic generation in a mediocre way, you’re going to attract a bunch of unqualified traffic that eats up your bandwidth. Doing business online costs money and time, if you must enjoy the fruit of your labor, you need “targeted traffic” that love your offers.

What’s the need of sending traffic to your site, when it won’t convert, subscribe or simply click a tiny Google AdSense Ad – you’ve got to think again on how this all works to bring you money. I’m in business to make profit – I don’t know about you but if you agree with that, let me show you the five important steps required to drive targeted traffic.

Driving targeted traffic

 

1. Have A Goal in Paper

Don’t have a goal in mind, have it in paper! Does this look like a step? Absolutely, it’s the innate step that changes everything. If you don’t set goals on how much traffic you need, the quality of that traffic and how to take action, you’re heading for failure. Once you map out your goal, you must make it realistic. I see a lot of beginners to internet marketing claim they receive over 1000 visitors weekly.

Well, if an expert made that claim, maybe I can give it the benefit of doubt. I know that affiliates can send much more than that – but for beginners, you must set your goals realistically. If you were to explain your traffic generation goals to a 2-year old, would he understand and agree with you?

Ask that question and write down your answer. Now, let’s move on to the next important step.

2. Research Your Key phrases Deeply

Success online, especially with search engines, is not via keywords. Keywords don’t send you traffic, but keyphrases does. I can’t remember the last time I searched on Google for the word “traffic.” I usually type a long tail phrase like “how to improve my traffic.” These are terms you should target if Google is to send you hot targeted traffic everyday.

So, instead of researching keywords, research terms that are longer, terms that make sense and have a decent search volume monthly. Although, Google keyword tools is recommended but it does have its flops. Don’t totally believe the stats, simply target terms that have decent local searches, and remember to check your “exact” section.

It’s better to be 9% right than being 98% wrong. Bear that in mind!

3. Make Your Web Pages Google Friendly

I prefer driving traffic from the search engines. My reason is simple, people who search for information via Google and other search engines are targeted. It’s quite different when a visitor comes via referral sites. They may not be targeted at all.

Ask yourself, when you’ve a problem that needs solution, where do you go first? I bet it’s Google. That tells you that the real responsive prospects you need on your site are busy searching and visiting web pages from Google. You need to position your web pages so that it would be found and rewarded. If you fail in optimizing your web pages, none of your content is going to get viewed.

That’s why on-page SEO is crucial. On your blog posts, link back to your old posts to make them strong, Google loves this knowing fully well that you’ve not neglected your old posts. If you don’t neglect them, Google won’t.

4. Write Quality Contents That is Natural

There are so many quality contents online, but few are written in a natural state. What does it mean to write naturally? Well, I will tell you. Let’s take this instance: If I’m your friend and you were writing a letter to me, how do you write?

I’m sure you’re going to write so natural as if I’m with you. You call me sweet names (nick name), tease me and even recommend what you saw the last time you visited the web. It’s the same thing, on the internet, Google spider expects you to write as though your “prospective customer” is standing next to you.

Don’t write your content with the mindset of publishing it later – getting Google to index before traffic comes. You won’t be natural no matter how great the content is. Just write and expect the person reading it to smile, link back to the content and expect more. That’s what marketing is all about – pleasing your customers and converting them into repeated buyers.

When writing for the web, don’t be overly keyword-oriented. Write as natural as you can. If the keywords needs to appear within your content, then insert it in a natural way. If it’s not ideal to include any keyphrase, especially the ones that are odd, stay clear.

5. Focus On Relevant Backlinks Only

After the recent Google panda updates, a lot of sites suffered and that’s a warning to unscrupulous content writers. The importance of backlinks to improving your ranking cannot be over-emphasized but you need to do it well.

Gone at the days when huge backlinks plays a vital role in raising your pagerank, today, what you need the most is relevant, quality backlinks from niche sites. Does that make any sense?

Relevant, Quality, Niche Sites.

Niche sites are those sites that share similar content like your site or blog. For instance, if you get a natural backlink from a gardening blog, assuming your blog is gardening tools and tips, that link carries a great weight. Even though the niche blog is PR 1 or less, it still counts as being relevant. So, stop wasting your time on building thousands of backlinks, focus your energy on quality, it’s the best route to tour.

All in all, with the above 5 important steps, your traffic generation endeavors would be on steroids, if you discipline yourself to abide by them. But remember, it’s action that makes the whole difference – Take Action today and enhance your online business.

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