|10-25-2011, 07:00 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Most profitable Adsense niches?
I would like opinions and information on this.
I have heard good things about medical keywords and legal keywords having high-paying Adsense terms. However, I wonder if there are any other niches out there that I am missing in my search.
I ask because I've decided to start experimenting with made-for-Adsense type content sites (not trash but actually useful content), so I'm looking for advice and discussion from others before I get heavily involved in any specific topic.
|10-25-2011, 10:41 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Anything where the price of the product is very high.
Training, like life coaching training NLP training
Financial stuff more generally
certain medical conditions
yes legal stuff / finding lawyers
most of them are serious things that should probably be left to the professionals.
Besides, the high paying keywords are really hard to get into. I experimented with this a while back, and aiming for high paying keywords never worked. If you could go back 3 years and a financial site or something, then spend 3 years building it up full time, that would be good.
What worked better for me was doing a lot of keyword research and setting up lots of sites on very specific product-based keywords, like "Ladies red high heeled shoes," or "brown Danskin tights," and stuff like that. You just use Google keyword tool to find a site with decent traffic and ad revenue, then check the PR of the sites on the first page for that, and if there are a few with 0 you set up the site. Yes, trash sites.
The problem is, you need to set up hundreds of sites for this to work. After about 20 sites I just tired of it, and didn't like the way I was filling the internet with crap, so I shut them all down. I kept one that earns about $100 a year, because it at least had some comedy value.
To be honest Curtis, I wouldn't recommend going after the high-paying keywords just to make money. Especially if you don't have a passion or background in that area. Because you'll have to do a lot of background reading just to make decent content, and a LOT of link building. So the return on the time you invest might not be that great.
I think it's better to find something you already know about, or that you don't have to research to write about. If you could stream off a post every day by freewriting, you must already have solid knowledge or experience in that area. This is easier with "creative" rather than "technical" stuff, like medical or financial topics, which are more fact-based. If you could find a topic like that which had decent paying ads, I think that'd be a better choice than one with high paying ads that you're completely new to.
|10-25-2011, 10:40 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
I think Warren hit it on the nose. It would be a huge chore to set up websites you dont care about, just for the money. Plus, the fierce competition could drain all your traffic so all that effort could lead to... really nothing.
I do think it is best to base your business on passion, not money. Obviously, you want money, but if that were your sole goal you'd stop this online business stuff and go train as a stock broker or lawyer. So, what's your REAL passion for? Could you apply it to the SBI model again? I'm sure you've got another great content website in you... one that you really care about.
|10-26-2011, 01:48 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Madison, WI
|10-26-2011, 10:32 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Thanks for the feedback guys.
When I look back at my acupuncture site, I see a lot of somewhat mediocre content much of which I made years ago when I was just learning about the SBI process. But one good thing I also see is that a huge number of people find my unique acupuncture-related images to be very useful to them. In my opinion, these images are the specific very valuable gem of unique content that my website provides to visitors, and much of the related textual content just serves as a "fishing net" to catch visitors and lead them to the useful images that many of them are looking for.
What I intend to do for new niches is to find out how I can create a new gem of valuable content for each new niche. Whether that is via unique images that are custom-made by a freelance artist (how I got the acupuncture images), or via something else, I don't know yet.
But my plan is basically to have written content be the "net" that catches visitors from search engines and leads them to a super-valuable piece of content for them to find. This content will be very related to the specific gem I am promoting, and not just random spam content grabbing at visitors in every direction.
By focusing my efforts on 1) creating unique gems of very valuable content that can be "given" to an unlimited number of visitors, and then 2) creating "nets" of content/links that bring visitors to the gem so that they receive value from it, I feel like I can be satisfied in myself that I am actually providing value to people and not just spamming the internet endlessly like many other marketers tend to do.
This is also my idea for maximizing my value creation. In my mind, if I can create one tiny piece of super-valuable content and proceed to give it to 10,000 visitors, then I will be giving away a huge amount of value to the totality of my visitors. And in my mind, the amount of money you make is directly proportional to the amount of value that you give to others (this has proven true in all of my past experiments; the ones that give real value away are far more successful than the ones that don't).
As far as writing content goes, honestly I have never been much of a "people person" so to speak. While helping others is admirable, it has just never been a strong part of my personality to decide "I will write content to give value to others". As horrible as this sounds, "helping others" is not something that appeals to my analytic style in and of itself.
However, "helping others" as a part of a process in order to achieve a specific goal, solve a specific problem, or create a specific system (ie the SBI business model), is something that does appeal to my nature. In other words, instead of my thinking going like this:
Write content => Create value => Help others
I prefer for my thinking to go like this:
Write content => Create value => Help others => Achieve goal
I know it may sound pedantic, or horrible, or ridiculous, but I am much more motivated by the idea of helping others as a necessary step in a viable business model, rather than the idea of helping others as an end unto itself.
tl;dr: I really want to create value in my websites, just in a slightly different way and due to a slightly different motivation.
(sorry for the rant!)
Last edited by Curtis2011; 10-26-2011 at 10:34 AM.
|10-26-2011, 02:35 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2011
When a freshly-minted entrepreneur talks about "helping others", it tends to come off as if it's some new concept that only a select few are doing. However, I defy you to find me a single successful business that does not help other people.
Many blogs make "helping others" the central point of their business. As stated above, helping others really is central to business. However, it's not THE business. Lo and behold, most of them fail to make money.
The backlash you and I are anticipating will come from people who believe we should give unconditionally and somehow make a living from it. That's what I call a pie in the sky approach. It has worked but usually, it doesn't.
The vague concept of "helping people" can actually screw you over. I'm almost done creating a site in which I sell my writing. Initially, I wanted to go the "Help people" route. I was going to write tons of articles informing people about what they can do with my writing. That's a great idea if I'm looking to wrangle newbies, convince them that they need my product, and teach them how to use it. What about all the people who already know how to use articles? I should focus on helping them with excellent writing that people actually want to read. Sounds a whole lot less exhausting, while still being lucrative.
Anyhow, good luck
|10-26-2011, 11:12 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Toronto, Canada
Don't forget about thee credibility developed when you have a site that helps others. I know many photographers who have outstanding blogs and have developed a huge community.
This has helped their credibility in the industry. Even if they're not know, a few links to a store selling prints or even camera gear would benefit greatly from a non-monetized website.
Plus don't forget at the end of the day, you typing thoughts onto a blog can actually make a major difference to someone out there.
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