Using the Flu to make money

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So, the other day I came down with the flu and like always it was miserable and I didn't want to do a darn thing. While browsing online today I found this image from Google Trends

Flu Google Trends Picture

Searched online for "Flu cures" and surprising there is a lot of products that can help fight off the flu, help protect against getting the flu, ect. Needless to say, I think this seems like a good niche to go into so I'm gonna give it a shot.

If anyone thinks this is a good idea feel free to build a site and let me know how it goes. My goal is to have a site up by the end of the week (sunday) and have it earn $1000 by the end of February. I think this is pretty reasonable and if I have success, next flu season I'll be prepared for much more income.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by jpsween88 View Post

    I'm gonna give it a shot.
    Ha ha. U made a funny.

    I don't think it'll be a year round success, but you may do well during flu season.

    We've had about 20 deaths this year in Mass already. And flu shots ran out from what I understand.

    Obviously there are no guarantees - and you are late in the game as far as flu season goes (I think we are in the height and it ends in just a few more weeks?).

    But that is no reason to disregard - because work you do today will carry you into next year when the whole thing starts over again.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
    Exactly, I know I'm late to the party on this year but with how often some of these search terms are looked up I can't pass it up lol. Test this year, and next flu season should be ready to rack in the $$$
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  • Profile picture of the author Niko A Berezkin
    Agreed this is highly seasonal, but also one of those great "desperate niches" like "get rid of acne" or "stop snoring" where people are actively searching out serious solutions to their serious problems.

    And those are great niches to be in.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Seasonal? Maybe so but with a bit of adjustment in thinking, there might be other ailment opportunities. Also, it might be that this is not the only country that has medical issues from time to time.

      I'm just saying... :rolleyes:

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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    You have to remember that while you have winter in the northern hemisphere we have summer and vice versa. So the southern hemisphere has its winter June- August.

    So you could have more interest than you originally thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveWF
    Nice idea and it goes to show you that the old cliche is true...

    "Every cloud has a silver lining"...or in this case a GREEN lining ( $$$$ )

    Congratulations on you're imitative and good luck with the site. I'm
    sure it'll do well.

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  • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
    Pumped up by the responses guys, now I'm even more anxious to get this going. Funny how finding something so small like a keyword idea can still excite me so much after doing this for 3 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    I think it's a good idea for a seasonal website...

    I know I just recovered from the flu and it was not fun for me either.

    I would love to hear how this works out for you, be sure to update us again in February.

    Good Luck!

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Anton
    1) Turn on the TV
    2) See how hard the media is pushing the flu shot
    3) Profit (for big Pharma)



    It reminds me of hackers that put out viruses and the software that "cures" it, raking in profits for problems they caused, i.e. firefighters that create fires. You know what cures the flu? A healthy diet, rest, and moderate movements / exercise. I don't think it's ethical to market "cures" but if you are chasing the all mighty dollar you can look the other way.
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    • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
      Originally Posted by Matthew Anton View Post

      I don't think it's ethical to market "cures" but if you are chasing the all mighty dollar you can look the other way.
      Im not necessarily chasing the dollar, we all know that in order to make money you also need great content and a dedicated audience. Asking questions in this niche is no different than someone searching for the phrase "how does warriorforum work" and building a site on that. I assume you would not consider that unethical.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Anton
    I would disagree that marketing cures/health vs how does X work are the same but it's not Taboo or unethical (at least in the publics eyes) to market the flu "cure"; they are really pushing it on TV. I just think it's all about $$ instead of actually helping people. I had the flu as well recently (it's an epidemic in the NorthEast).

    I'm from the mindset that health cures and health related products should be promoted with extreme caution, and the "cure" is usually much simpler, yet tougher than what the consumer wants (eat your veggies! but where's the profit in that). Again, it's more of a personal bias but if people want to sprinkle stuff on their food to lose weight, I guess there's no harm in giving them what they want, not certainly need. Don't want this to diverge into a health / moral debate, (although I've taken it there ); if you can promote the right ways to the "cure" then I don't see anything wrong with it. Probably and ebook would be the best, ethical way to go about doing it.

    http://ecochildsplay.com/2008/11/18/...min-d-instead/

    Good read
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