You will need a hosting account to do this, and it helps to have Micro Niche Finder or another keyword tool that will help you gauge competition. Without Micro Niche Finder I would not be able to get the information to make every article I write pay me $41.
Step 1-use Micro Niche Finder or other keyword research tool to find general, non brand specific 2 or 3 word keyword phrases that get at least 250 EXACT phrase searches a month. I used to do 1000/month, but with the new Google keyword tool 250 is equivalent to what 1000 used to be. This phrase will also need to have its exact match .com, .net, or .org domain name available. You should be looking for physical products that are sold on eBay or Amazon, and they should have an ad cost of $1 or higher on Micro Niche Finder.
Step 2-check the method of backlinks function on Micro Niche Finder. This number should be low no higher than 10, & the lower the better. This is the number of backlinks that show up on page 1 of Google. Many times the whole 1st page is nothing but ebay, amazon, and next tag results that have no backlinks. These keywords are easy to conquer.
Keep in mind that Micro Niche finder makes it extremely easy to check this information, and saves a ton of time. If I could keep only one of the many IM tools I have bought, it would be MNF. ALL of the money I have made has been as a result of information from this tool. You can do the research by hand, but it takes much longer, and if you are off on the competition, the technique may not work.
Step 3-purchase the exact match domain for your keyword. It can be .com, .net, or .org. I use Godaddy and do a search for "godaddy promo code" on Google. Using codes from the blogspot website at number 2 for that search, you can get ANY top level domain for $7.67 or less. Many times Godaddy runs specials where you can buy domains for $1. So much the better. Point the nameservers from your hosting to the domain once you have bought it, and install as an add-on domain in your hosting.
Step 4 Install Wordpress using Fantastico on your control panel. Install the following plugins by saving them as a zip file to your hard drive and using the upload function in your Wordpress control panel to install.
Platinum SEO Pack
Maxblogpress Ping Optimizer
Google XML Sitemaps
Configure the plugins and set up Platinum SEO with your keyword
I also use phpBay Pro to monetize. If you have an EPN account you can use phpBay lite for free. You can also build out a really nice site and submit for approval to EPN. Despite what many will tell you, EPN is great if you build solid sites to drive targeted traffic to eBay.
delete the links or blogroll, change the permalink structure to custom: /%postname%/
go to the writing function on your Wordpress control panel under settings and install the following ping list under Update Services:
blog marketing free traffic site at blogstreet.com
FeedBurner - Ping FeedBurner
Install a free wordpress theme like premium news or a Woo theme by uploading the saved zip file through the themes section of the control panel.
Step 5-Write a 400 word or better article related to the keyword. Keep the keyword at 2-4% density throughout the article and use it in the title. Placing the keyword in h1, h2, and h3 tags will increase the SEO.
Post the article on your blog and use the keyword in the title, the permalink structure separated by -'s between the words, and as a tag on the post. Publish your post.
What you have just done is created an SEO optimized mini site around an exact match keyword that gets traffic in Google. When you post your article, the ping list will be alerted, and spiders will begin to crawl your site. I usually add a link to the new site from an existing site of mine to get indexed. Doing some social bookmarking with Digg or other sites can help get indexed as well.
A site built this way will usually index on page one or high on page 2 of Google without any real backlinking. Adding a few backlinks will push it higher.
Step 6-Once it is indexed, you have a site that is super SEO optimized for a buying keyword that people can check in Google, and they can search the keyword and see that your site is indexed on page 1 or 2 of Google. If you can show income from EPN or adsense, so much the better.
You have created an asset that will sell itself. I get 4 or 5 of these ready and then post them on the Warrior Forum under Complete Web Sites For Sale. It costs $20 to post, but you are putting it in front of a bunch of people hungry for sites that generate traffic and income. Price each site you list at $49.
Most of the sites that are listed in this section are not SEO optimized, and get zero traffic. Point this out in your post. Let people know that your sites drive traffic, are ranked in low competition niches and that it will be easy to achieve a high Google ranking with a good back linking campaign. You can provide proof of income and traffic stats if you have them.
Eventually you can develop relationships with your buyers so you do not have to spend the $20 to list the sites. I have one buyer that has bought 4 different times. I only paid the $20 once to find him.
So if you buy a domain name for $7.67 and sell a site you design around it for $49, you have been paid $41.33 to essentially write 1 article. How many articles do you have to write to get 1 affiliate commission? How many of you have written article after article with no success?
Even if you have to lower your asking price to sell your sites, it is still way better than traditional article marketing in my opinion. The average clickbank commission is between 20 and 25 bucks. That means you can lower your price to as low as $27 and still make a profit on every article you write that is equivalent to the average affiliate commission on Clickbank.
I have sold 12 or 13 sites like this, most at $49 some higher, some lower, but none for less than $29.
This is a way to shift your focus from what conventional wisdom says is right and make some real money. It requires you to get some "skin in the game" and make a commitment towards making things work. If you commit to this and spend some of your coffee, pizza or cigarette money on domains, hosting, and a keyword tool, you could start making money in a month or less.
BONUS here are some keywords that some enterprising soul can use to get started:
zebra print sheets: .net available 390 monthly searches
beer can crusher: .net and .org available 320 monthly searches
soda can crusher: .org available 390 monthly searches
guillotine cigar cutter: .org available 260 monthly searches