Out of the loop and getting back in, suggestions?

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It has been several years since I was busy building websites and generating income with them. Life got busy with a full time job, raising kids, aging parents, etc. My sites were on auto pilot, still generating income while I basically ignored them. Then I noticed that I had missed renewal of several of my sites and it was too late to get them back - one had become a premium domain thanks to my work. Needless to say I was mad at myself big time! So I just gave up. I didn't have the drive to start over.

Well now I am ready. I have a couple of domains that I have kept over the years and I want to develop them and I have no idea what direction to take. I have always planned these sites to basically be blogs with product reviews, articles, etc., because that is the type of content I enjoy writing. Does this still work? Is Adsense still profitable? I plan to continue putting Amazon links in. But what else?

I am going to be hanging out in this forum a lot because that is where I always got the best advice and I thank you in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author preets
    Originally Posted by scrapgirl42 View Post

    Well now I am ready. I have a couple of domains that I have kept over the years and I want to develop them and I have no idea what direction to take. I have always planned these sites to basically be blogs with product reviews, articles, etc., because that is the type of content I enjoy writing. Does this still work? Is Adsense still profitable? I plan to continue putting Amazon links in. But what else?

    Yes , blogs with product reviews is really good option and works very well.

    Adsense is also good but i dont suggest as it is basically take away your traffic .So write the quality content and do the product reviews with Amazon links is good idea. If you dont have time then yu can outsource your site designing work to a reliable person and they will keep a record of domain and hosting renewal also .


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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Originally Posted by scrapgirl42 View Post


    Well now I am ready. I have a couple of domains that I have kept over the years and I want to develop them and I have no idea what direction to take. I have always planned these sites to basically be blogs with product reviews, articles, etc., because that is the type of content I enjoy writing. Does this still work? Is Adsense still profitable? I plan to continue putting Amazon links in. But what else?

    What has happened to you with the dropped domains is
    a part of life in internet marketing. 100,000 domains are
    dropped every day. Keep checking on your domains and
    try to get them back, if that is not possible, then register
    something similar and get that content back online.
    It's YOUR content.

    If you want to develop new authority sites, monetize with
    AdSense, put some Amazon links on there, then go for it.

    If those are the only methods that you know about, then
    I suggest you watch some YouTubes and/or read some
    ebooks about affiliate marketing, passive online income,
    and other topics related to IM.

    Get back up, brush up on your developer skills, and do
    as much as you can until you figure out what works and
    you start generating online income again.

    If you put in the work, you will see the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author davehayes
    I would say that the above two answers are good ways to start monetizing your site, but also remember that you need to build an email list as well as a priority, so that if all else fails you have that as a fall back and it will be there for years to come
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  • Profile picture of the author N1coleW
    You definitely should try to get back your content from your old sites, I guess it will not be very hard. Firstly you need to keep going from the point where you left it. Adsense is still profitable and Amazon links are working good. Maybe you should try with email marketing as you have unique users, so you can monetise this traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew North
    Originally Posted by scrapgirl42 View Post

    It has been several years since I was busy building websites and generating income with them. Life got busy with a full time job, raising kids, aging parents, etc. My sites were on auto pilot, still generating income while I basically ignored them. Then I noticed that I had missed renewal of several of my sites and it was too late to get them back - one had become a premium domain thanks to my work. Needless to say I was mad at myself big time! So I just gave up. I didn't have the drive to start over.

    Well now I am ready. I have a couple of domains that I have kept over the years and I want to develop them and I have no idea what direction to take. I have always planned these sites to basically be blogs with product reviews, articles, etc., because that is the type of content I enjoy writing. Does this still work? Is Adsense still profitable? I plan to continue putting Amazon links in. But what else?

    I am going to be hanging out in this forum a lot because that is where I always got the best advice and I thank you in advance.
    Adsense is fine but I wouldn't rely on it as your only source of income. You need to be in the right niche for good RPM with a lot of organic traffic in order to be worthwhile, but it is valuable for monetizing pages that don't have a clear purchase intent (ie on a general blog article).

    To make more money I'd suggest focusing on affiliate marketing but you probably already know this The twist here is to follow a long-tail keyword strategy to pick up the missed opportunities of larger blogs that only target the head terms. There are plenty of long-tail variations of head terms that are overlooked by bigger publishers due to their smaller search volumes, but this can be a blessing for smaller bloggers as they're easier to rank for due to being less competitive. Also, long-tail terms are more targeted so visitors have a higher likelihood of converting into a sale, plus the longer a search query is the more the searcher knows what they're looking for so you can deliver them a great experience by creating tailored content.

    For instance, ranking for the keywords "shoes," or even "running shoes" would be nearly impossible for even an established blog due to the thousands of other blogs and merchants also optimizing for this keyword. But a longer tail version such as "nikes women's running shoes," or "cheapest nike women's running shoes" etc would be a lot easier to create content for as well as to rank on the first page. The people visiting these listings would also get more value from your site's content as it was built around their specific search query.

    I recommend using a tool such as Ubersuggest. The keyword volumes are not always accurate but it's one of the cheapest tools out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Flm
    Put in the work and traffic will come provided that you know what you're doing.

    That's the magic of the internet - build it and they will come.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Adsense is okay but you will need some more monetary add on like selling some relevant affiliate products.

    Review sites are awesome. I have just started a new one and it just started ranking on Google.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Hi there, I totally understand your frustration as I recently missed renewing one of my profitable websites and had to let it go.

    If you lack time and energy to start all over, why not consider buying an authoritative aged website (in your favorite niche) from Flippa (or similar sites)?.. All while keeping in mind that you're buying the site for its age, the domain name, and the authority it has built rather than for the revenue it brings in.

    You can then use amazon affiliate links and also join other affiliate networks - ShareASale, Awin, FlexOffers, etc and milk the cow.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by scrapgirl42 View Post

    It has been several years since I was busy building websites and generating income with them. Life got busy with a full time job, raising kids, aging parents, etc. My sites were on auto pilot, still generating income while I basically ignored them. Then I noticed that I had missed renewal of several of my sites and it was too late to get them back - one had become a premium domain thanks to my work. Needless to say I was mad at myself big time! So I just gave up. I didn't have the drive to start over.

    Well now I am ready. I have a couple of domains that I have kept over the years and I want to develop them and I have no idea what direction to take. I have always planned these sites to basically be blogs with product reviews, articles, etc., because that is the type of content I enjoy writing. Does this still work? Is Adsense still profitable? I plan to continue putting Amazon links in. But what else?

    I am going to be hanging out in this forum a lot because that is where I always got the best advice and I thank you in advance.
    The short answer is to simply do what you did before - because it worked. It worked then, and it will work now. Dont think because an amount of time has passed that the basics of internet success has changed. Other than inserting Social Media at this point nothing in terms of building a website and developing organic search engine traffic has changed.

    Do you... write write and write, and you will be fine. If you want to add social media efforts, by all means do so, but I would say it probably is not all that needed.

    Hope that helps!
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