Most everybody knows that there is a lot of cash changing hands every day using business models such as niche marketing, and you can have your share of it.
This quick start guide will walk you through each step of the process of setting up a profitable niche site, from coming up with the idea to actually creating the site.
Step 1 – Brainstorm Twenty Possible Niches
Start by carrying a notebook with you everywhere you go. You’ll probably come up with ideas when you’re in the least likely places and you want to make sure you note them. Look online for inspiration. Look at Google Trends, Amazon.com and eBay Pulse to see what’s hot right now. Browse bookstores for more inspiration.
Step 2 – Research Each Niche
Do some basic traffic research on your ideas to find out how much traffic is in each market, and how much competition there is. Look for niches that have lots of searches, and not a lot of competition. Cut out the clearly bad ideas and start to narrow down your list.
Step 3 – Pick the Best Market
Pick one market to tackle. The market should have adequate traffic and low to moderate competition. Furthermore, the market needs to be passionate or desperate about solving a problem. Customers need to be willing to spend money in your niche, preferably repeatedly.
Step 4 – Learn the Market Inside Out
Start reading the blogs and forums and learn everything you can about those who are interested in your niche. Get to know their language, their problems, and also what your competition is offering. Become an expert on the market.
Step 5 – Pick a Domain name and Install the Framework
Choose a domain that’s either catchy and memorable or keyword rich. You can find domains at a number of places – I use and recommend BlueHost or HostGator. Install Google Analytics and set up the basic framework, such as WordPress, for your website. (Both BlueHost and HostGator have excellent tutorials to show you how to do all this, step-by-step. They also offer free live chats to talk you through anything you might have questions about).
Step 6 – Create a Killer Product
Create a product that fills a gap in the market. Make sure that whatever you create is 100% unique and completely unlike anything else out there. You’ll want your product to be a USP in and of itself.
Step 7 – Create A Killer Sales Process
Create a killer sales page or sales video. Make sure that your sales page gets to the user emotionally. Get them to really feel the pain of the problem and feel genuinely excited about getting the solution.
Step 8 – Write at Least Ten High-Quality Articles
Write at least ten high-quality articles, which are at least 500 words in length. This is both to prove to users that you know what you’re talking about, and also to help get your site ranked in Google.
If you’re not a writer at heart, you can purchase private label rights (plr) articles to use instead, but always re-write these articles (at least partially) so that they will be somewhat unique and of good quality.
Step 9 – Set Up Your Autoresponder and Write Your First Five Messages
Get a subscription from the autoresponder of your choice. Aweber is perhaps the most-used and most popular one available. Write your intro message, along with the first five emails to send out through your autoresponder. (Aweber also has excellent tutorials to walk you through all processes).
Step 10 – Pick a Traffic Strategy and Execute
Pick one or two traffic strategies and put all your energy into executing on those strategies. Do one or two well, rather than try to take on too many at once. Once one is working, then and only then – add another.
This ten-step quick-start guide will take you from the beginning of not making any money online (or very little) to having a profitable niche marketing site in two to eight weeks. The rest is up to you!