Do niche sites still work?

by sanba
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Hi there,

I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

Thank you very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    OK, if not a niche site then what kind of site? A non niche site?

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    • Profile picture of the author grover69
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      OK, if not a niche site then what kind of site? A non niche site?

      al
      Exactly, everything is a niche. So they will always be there. Some niches are evergreen like making money and romance, while others fade over time such as the Xbox 360 niche (because every few years there is a new console system). But everything online is niches. I can't think of something that isn't a niche. Even weight loss is a niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    It's understanding supply and demand and a niche site is narrowed down and targeted. Yes they still work very well and are easier to get traffic to than ever today.

    A niche site you can set up, optimize it a little and then have it run itself when done right. Of course you might have to create 5 or 10 to get 1 or 2 but if you do your research before hand you can greatly increase your chances of succeeding on the first try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    Yes, this model still works . . . and actually, it works better than ever. Why?

    Because it is a model that most spammers don't care to use. They don't want to deeply focus on one thing and become an authority. They don't want to do the work required to build important, valuable web sites. They don't want to build a business based on repeat customer sales. They don't like providing value or helpful assistance to individual customers.

    The problem with this model? It takes time and work. And there are no guarantees of success. But anyone can be profitable with this method if they sacrifice their dreams of instant wealth and set about building a growing asset.

    You can do it too.

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    • Profile picture of the author dreamingeyes
      @ SteveB
      absolutely a cent per cent response and this is probably the show as well as thread stopper as it covers every aspect.
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  • Profile picture of the author KingRichard33
    off course nich sites still works,gotta go that way if u dont want to compete with the big ones
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  • Profile picture of the author jipolis7
    Not only do they work but they are easier to maintain and target.
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  • Profile picture of the author Olavski
    " I hope I don't piss anybody " . You don't have to ask the question. Yes, it works. If you look at the most consistent affiliates of clickbank products, it are all niche sites!
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  • Profile picture of the author KinneyJ2014
    I would consider as the best way to make money online niche sites , but you should know that the scenario is completely different back 2-3 years or today.

    a site gets an exact match domain was created , create a little backwards to find a keyword spamming and can take 1 in Google . With such tactics will not reach the place is not the case today . You can reach the first page, but will not be long before penalized and expelled from search results.

    hard algorithmic changes , are sure to be aware of Google SERPs anywhere with lousy content .
    Attention focused on quality over quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author t2b010
    Affiliate or Niche marketing still works.I was just reading one article yesterday where they have mentioned by the year 2020 this market will likely to touch $6.8 Billion.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    I think some refer to Niche Sites as very "thin sites" with a few pages of Content and not a lot more. If this is what you are talking about then.. NO !! They do not have much luck as Google really does not place a lot of weight with them


    - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author marywilliamson
    Niche site sites are very much helpful even today for promoting and affiliate marketing. Content must be unique or may be spinned but must be updated regularly. Try to promote in such manner that it doesn't seem to be very much excessive.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Can you find me a site that sells something that is NOT a niche site?

    Granted, some target higher-level niches (ex weight loss) versus others that target very specific niches (lose belly fat) -- perhaps your question was around how "niche" you should go?

    Even a site like Amazon (that targets hundreds of thousands of niches) segments their categories and shopping pages into niches...

    J

    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Hi there,

    I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

    I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

    I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

    Thank you very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author ANDREIS
    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Hi there,

    I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

    I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

    I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

    Thank you very much.
    I can guarantee you: niche sites work. It's just that you can't just put garbage out there and hope for the best. But if you create a niche site, then put on that site a useful content that real people can use, and then apply one or more ways to get traffic - That's it - you're on your way to be making money with niche sites!
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  • Profile picture of the author CityCowboy
    Most sites on the internet are niche sites!

    In order to create a successful niche site, you need to be genuinely interested in the topic or at least spend some time learning it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gijsbertus
    Be sure to choose a ''growth market'' and it will even work better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Iamthetwo
    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Hi there,

    I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

    I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

    I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

    Thank you very much.
    I wonder if you mean MICRO niche sites? Where it only has a few pages and is specifically designed to send people to one offer. If so I would say no if you are looking for a sustainable long term business. If you mean building a quality site with regular content which actually brings value to a reader, and you work at it for 6 months to a year to build authority and status then absolutely. My biggest advise is to make a 12 month plan not a 1 month plan. If you had done that 12 months ago, where would you be?
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    • Profile picture of the author sanba
      Thank you all for your precious advice. It's good to know there is still an opportunity out there. Building a niche site is a thing I always craved, but I'm having trouble committing to a niche.

      However, I put my question wrong.

      What I actually wanted to ask was more about if the classic METHODS for building niche websites still work today (content, backlinks, social, etc).

      Based on your answers, I assume that the basics still works. They are just harder to achieve, and you need to put a lof of time and heart into it.

      Am I right?
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      • Yes, you are right. The old ways still work and there are some new ways too.
        You can monetise your site in several ways. Through affiliate products from say, clickbank, plus Amazon affiliate links for products in your niche. You can also add Google ads to your site.
        Make the site a blog and ad 1 - 2 articles a week to keep your site fresh. Make sure you have a signup box on the site with a free giveaway so you are building a list. Start a facebook business page with the same name as your site and post your blog posts on facebook as well and also mail your list everytime you add a new blog post. Join some niche related facebook groups and make 'friends' with people who like your niche. Ask them if they want to be added to your mailing list for free to get info about your blog. See, I haven't spent any money yet.. not paying for traffic or backlinks.

        Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author rockydx
    Hello,

    They still works very nicely compare to general websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hooda M Kismet
    As long as there's a market for your product, niche sites will always work. There are some methods that just don't die.

    If you manage to get the right traffic to your site, you will make money. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    Hey sanba, niche websites still work and always will.

    While this often requires specialized knowledge, I've always found it easier to focus on a specific niche within a larger market, especially when you're new to the market in general.

    Also, to address what Robert said here:

    Originally Posted by discrat View Post

    I think some refer to Niche Sites as very "thin sites" with a few pages of Content and not a lot more. If this is what you are talking about then.. NO !! They do not have much luck as Google really does not place a lot of weight with them
    He's absolutely right in pointing out that some people (wrongly) think of thin websites when they hear the term "niche site".

    A niche website can also be an authority website (and it should be, if you want to make more money from it).

    That just means the site satisfies the role of being the "go to" place to find information on that specific niche.

    Many people don't realize that, and they assume a niche website doesn't need in-depth information or much information at all.

    Also, a niche is simply a smaller subsection of a market... that doesn't mean the niche itself is necessarily small.

    So yes, niche websites work well... but thin sites don't.

    I'm sure the difference is obvious now, if you haven't already figured it out.

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    Yes, niche sites still works. The misconception is that Google frowns upon niche sites due to MFA, or Made for Adsense sites. As so long as your provide good unique content, update your website frequently, and are able to keep your visitors on your site, there shouldn't be any problems.

    If your niche, however, is too narrow, then you might have some difficulty creating new content for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    I appreciate you perhaps only used this as an example and going off an a tangent a bit, but if you ever set up a site selling anything, I suggest you research into dropshippers long before you consider Amazon so you can yield £20 a sale instead of 20p.
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    • Profile picture of the author terinah14
      Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

      I appreciate you perhaps only used this as an example and going off an a tangent a bit, but if you ever set up a site selling anything, I suggest you research into dropshippers long before you consider Amazon so you can yield £20 a sale instead of 20p.
      I agree to this. But dropshipping needs extra work and time. You also have to be prepared to face clients who get mad when they need a refund or to exchange their items. If you find good suppliers, there's lower risk of being in that situation.

      I also want to dropship, but It requires more time than just setting up a simple niche blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
    Sites do not "work", only people are supposed to.

    The emphasis of the OP reveals an expectation that a website will do something.
    The truth is that a site can only do something for visitors (traffic).

    The OP should look at the following, asking:
    Can I find targeted traffic and affordably drive that traffic to a site that will engage them toward a solution for their wants?

    The site must convert or cause further wanting to merit a click through on adsense or other click-thru monetization.

    Websites are a tool.
    Webmasters MUST work.

    Visitors will do what they always do - buy what they want.
    The more visitors you get to come to your site, the more sales / clicks you can achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    Yes, niche sites still work.
    You need to be super targeted and focus to become an authority in what you do.
    It all starts with a small niche site that converts.
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  • Profile picture of the author saurabhthakur12
    Yes,
    Niche sites are very helpful and you can earn through promotion & affiliate marketing. For this, you need to post only good content & it must be unique and relevant. You can earn a high money through niche website.
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  • Profile picture of the author taurbull
    As a couple of members have already mentioned, try to focus on a growth market and you should find some success going this route. Just another little tip I can also pass on here and which has worked well for me. Try searching for soon to be released items/products in a hot niche on Amazon. Then make a Youtube video or blog post with some content and link it to that product. As I said, this has worked very well for me in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caitlinz
    Yes, it works and it will work for ever as there are new niche markets arising every now and then due to new products/ trends/ problems faced by people.

    Choose the right niche and concentrate on adding quality content that the visitor will read and share. I have seen hundreds of people succeed with niche sites in a short period of time. But it entirely depends on the first keyword you choose to target.
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  • Profile picture of the author gwilfo1988
    Yes it does work, but you have to ask yourself "Are you passionate about it". There is nothing more liberating than doing what you love. Will you be writing quality content for a long enough time for you subscribers to trust you?

    With so many people selling products and providing information, you really do need a niche in order to be noticed. I would try making a digital product to sell directly on your site rather than just trying to obtain you income from affiliate links alone.

    I hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author infomom
    Yes, niche sites work great (and I believe always will). Choose something you are interested in, update often, start a list, and eventually create your own info product to sell to your subscribers. You can find your audience through social media. Niche sites (or blogs) are the way to go, in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ross IM
    They definitely work. A niche site is really just a website, blog, or store focused around a focused topic.

    All you need to make money online is something to sell and someone to sell it to (i.e. offer and traffic). One big problem people make with niche sites is that they try to sell things that people don't want. Don't just guess when selecting a product. Find a proven winner.

    If you want to sell products as an Amazon affiliate, look in the Amazon bestsellers section to find products that are flying off the shelves. If you're looking at Clickbank, check out the gravity of different products to find out how many affiliates are making money with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanba
    What do you think about this?

    I'm planning to monetize a website writing reviews for other's people courses and ebooks within a particular niche.

    Do you think is a good idea? I'm not asking for permission, and I know there is no substitute for taking action and actually do the thing.

    I'm just trying to validate this with you and have more realistic expectations about if this idea is profitable.

    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author johnbs
      Originally Posted by sanba View Post

      What do you think about this?

      I'm planning to monetize a website writing reviews for other's people courses and ebooks within a particular niche.

      Do you think is a good idea? I'm not asking for permission, and I know there is no substitute for taking action and actually do the thing.

      I'm just trying to validate this with you and have more realistic expectations about if this idea is profitable.

      Thank you.
      I think that is a solid idea. As long as you have a ton of content about it and can establish yourself as the go-to site for reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Hi there,

    I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

    I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

    I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

    Thank you very much.
    Heck yeah they do still work man!!

    You just have to do everything the right way. AND take massive CONSISTENT action with what you need to do. Otherwise it is pointless to even pursue this.

    You get what I mean?!!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnbs
    Niche sites work if there is a niche market that you can dominate. A site about lava lamps probably won't have enough traffic, while a site about photography will have a good amount of traffic. You have to do research heading in to picking which niche you want to make a site for, but if you do good research then you can be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lei HP
    Sure they still work and while Affilorama is great but I disagree with their content distribution strategy which is to essentially target these low competition keywords and build these "sniper" niche sites when there are many other more scalable and viral avenues.
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    Sorry to interrupt but what is a niche site?
    I know a niche is something to do with a specific subject? So this one is something in general??
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  • Profile picture of the author Leli
    Absolutely! Most of our top affiliates use niche sites to focus on one topic and promote 1 product. The great thing about this model is that it is very scale-able (you can easily build multiple websites around niches/products) and especially if you target microniches, they are relatively easy to rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasmine Carter
    Yes they still work because the internet has become the new shopping ground of many lazy people today in this world. The stores get less packed because everyone realizes that you can get ANYTHING from the internet. The great thing with niche sites is that if you do your research right and narrow down the best of the best in a niche of your choice then you can really gain big bucks just by the amount of traffic you are attracting which will bring in stay home job. It is why so many today are trying so hard to make their online business a success, because so many are doing it and succeeding way beyond expectation. Keep up the good work, you are on the right track and a good question. It shows that your are thinking about your decisions thoroughly which is wise since any decision we make today could affect our lives forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
    Originally Posted by sanba View Post

    Hi there,

    I have a quick question for you. I hope I don't piss anybody, I just want an honest answer from you who have experienced in the internet marketing game.

    I've been researching many blogs and taking courses like Affilorama where they basically claim to build a niche website and promote products.

    Do this model still works or is something that used to work years ago?

    If I build a website about let's say, lava lamps for example and I write content regularly, rank it and all that stuff. Would this be profitable if I promote amazon products and all?

    I know this may be a current topic but I want to know your opinion.

    Thank you very much.
    Hello,

    There is some really cools products out now, that can help your niche get found on social media, with out seo, also if you add content, great design and seo, you will do even better of course. You will make money, but you must have experience in this business to make real money,

    Many people well tell you how to set up a niche blog, but most of them don't know the right way, and you soon find that it is not working and quit, so it must be done the right way, that's why I say you must have experience in this game.or it will never work right.

    I run many test sites, due to me being a software tester for IM marketing, so even my test sites work.
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  • Profile picture of the author lhlouiscom
    Definitely still, if the product you're promoting and it brings positive results to people, why wouldn't it work. Well this is the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    YES niche sites work as usual.

    I continue to get $$$$ from very old niche blogs that I built years ago (zero updates)
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
    Niche site only making roughly $87 per month.

    JUST SOLD! $3,050 USD

    BikeTrainerGuide.net

    I see some questions in this thread....but look at the information sitting in plain view on a typical website auction.



    Seller's Notes
    You are looking at the listing for BikeTrainerGuide.net. The website receives steady organic traffic from search engines. Earnings growing steadily.

    I built this site from scratch and performed top-notch on-page SEO and conversion optimization to ensure it generates good revenue.

    Overview

    Domain: biketrainerguide.net
    Technology: Wordpress
    Created: July 2015
    Traffic: 1000+ page views per month and growing
    Revenue: $85+ month and growing
    Revenue Source: Amazon Associates
    # articles: 13 articles (2 draft posts ready to be posted)
    What is the site about?

    This site discusses bike trainer products, i.e. magnetic, fluid, wind trainers, for your road and/or mountain bike. A bike trainer is a product for people who want to bike indoors and/or for those who want an indoor exercise machine.

    The site receives majority of its traffic from Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines. Social media has been neglected on this site, which can be an upside for the buyer.

    Why is this the perfect website for you?

    It has been through Google's updates over the past 10 months and has never had any issues. The earnings are in a steady increase. Their is a lot of improvements that can be done to the website. It is a great site for beginners and experts alike.

    The website only has 13 articles. Many more articles can be added.

    What has been done to the site?

    The site has been optimized for site speed and on-page SEO. Images have been optimized for speed. The most visited pages on the site have been optimized to generate earnings from Amazon Associates.

    Articles have specifically targeted keywords that are easy to rank.

    How does the site earn revenue?

    The site is monetized with Amazon Associates USA.

    What keywords does the site rank for?

    quietest bike trainer (#1)
    quiet bike trainer (#1)
    quietest indoor bike trainer (#1)
    bike trainer mat (#9)
    best cycling rollers (#11)
    And much more!
    What should the new owner do to improve the site?

    I recommend 2 things to increase earnings significantly:

    Write articles - Update the website with product review articles and you will see an even more rise in traffic.
    Perform SEO. No links were built for this site. Site is ranking on content along.
    What will you receive with this transaction?

    Website domain
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    Access to Google Analytics and Google Webmaster
    Why am I selling?

    I am a super seller on Flippa and I sell and purchase high quality sites. I like to do this. I created this website for the goal of selling it one day. That time has come. I could just let it sit and earn a nice $100 a month. However, I want to take the money from this transaction and put it into my "chest" for future investments.

    Logistics...etc.


    Hope you realize how powerful this info is to use as leverage in your business.

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  • Profile picture of the author kakikokcak
    it can works if traffic is targetted
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    • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
      I would always build a website that Website Investors would be interested in purchasing. A website that generates monthly revenue really stands out.

      Just do a little research on what buyers are looking for in a relatively new niche site or study auctions that have recently ended successfully.

      -Art
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by Profit Traveler View Post

        I would always build a website that Website Investors would be interested in purchasing. A website that generates monthly revenue really stands out.

        Just do a little research on what buyers are looking for in a relatively new niche site or study auctions that have recently ended successfully.

        -Art
        For the most part I agree. Of course there may be exceptions. Making Websites that are conducive to Adsense and such may not be deemed "investable" by someone because of the heavily reliance on Organic
        Traffic ( which can be up and down and unpredictable)


        - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author steviesama
    I'd say so, but I think saying a site about lava lamps is far too narrow. Niche is more about a class of things, rather than a specific item in particular. But I guess that can work too, but going for a class instead of instances would be better.
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  • Profile picture of the author shahnawazsadique
    Yes 100% its works , if you know the right process then you can make good money with niche sites
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelkoehler92
    Yes, niche sites still work very well, you just have to know what you're doing to make serious money from them
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    What I actually wanted to ask was more about if the classic METHODS for building niche websites still work today (content, backlinks, social, etc).
    If you are chasing Google traffic, good luck.

    If you want to control your traffic, learn how to advertise.

    I'd say so, but I think saying a site about lava lamps is far too narrow. Niche is more about a class of things, rather than a specific item in particular.
    "Niche" is bandied about a lot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niche_market

    I would say a site about Lava lamps is a perfect example of a "niche" site.

    Purple lava lamps that play "Camp Town Races" would be referred to as a micro-niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaxsterjoe
    Websites that target a particular niche with good content (not just affiliate links) I think are still doing well. Write and incorporate your links into the content (recommended resources or reviews).
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    Offer what people want..... it's more easy than doing micro-niche websites
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  • Profile picture of the author Nile Vincent

    Your choice of niches will work if there's a demand...depending
    on how many are interested...

    It's pretty easy to figure out if there's any interest...

    Yet, going with what you really love + knowing there's a demand
    for this...well, that's pretty much a win-win...

    Throwing all your heart and soul into a niche where people
    are seriously interested also...and/or in a desperate niche...will
    surely pay off down the line if it's done right...

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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Niche sites worked well now. Also, they worked well years ago. Problem is that you have work a lot harder on social media to develop a presence. Still, it is a lot better to be a big frog is a small pond than a tiny frog in an enormous ocean. Yeah, you could get gobbled up. Competing against giants is never a good idea, and if you do not believe me. Do asked mom and pop shop owners. What happens when wall mart moves in.
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  • Profile picture of the author irdkkelate
    any live working examples ?
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