Micro Niche Sites - Still Profitable?

by AZJ0SH
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I have a blog that is growing in traffic and size daily, it's about a specific animal that people keep as pets. I wrote 10-15 articles initially and update it every now and then. The site was created as a hobby more than anything but I quickly found others were using my information for their pets as well.

With 10k-15k unique visitors per month what kind of Adsense revenue could I expect if I was to add some ads on the sidebar?

At this rate I am expecting double the traffic over the coming months. I am also about to sponsor a pet-specific website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    It all depends. You can't base Adsense revenue based on website traffic (as we would all like to do). Test and see. That's your ultimate answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author zamzung
    I wouldn't choose AdSense as my monetization method... There are many other more profitable monetization methods (like affiliate programs) which could be better options for a website with 10k-15k unique visitors per month... just my opinion...
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnTheJock
      Originally Posted by zamzung View Post

      I wouldn't choose AdSense as my monetization method... There are many other more profitable monetization methods (like affiliate programs) which could be better options for a website with 10k-15k unique visitors per month... just my opinion...
      Totally agree.

      NEVER have AdSense as your only monetisation model.
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  • Profile picture of the author AffiliatingAlan
    Originally Posted by AZJ0SH View Post

    I have a blog that is growing in traffic and size daily, it's about a specific animal that people keep as pets. I wrote 10-15 articles initially and update it every now and then. The site was created as a hobby more than anything but I quickly found others were using my information for their pets as well.

    With 10k-15k unique visitors per month what kind of Adsense revenue could I expect if I was to add some ads on the sidebar?

    At this rate I am expecting double the traffic over the coming months. I am also about to sponsor a pet-specific website.
    Have you done any linkbuilding/seo?
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Geez.. if your getting that kind of traffic, you obviously know a lot about this specific animal, why not write an eBook centering around "How to care for..." -or- "How to breed ______ in Captivity" or something like that and offer it up for $17, $27, or even $39?

    Then, sprinkle a few more affiliate product links inside the eBook that are directly related to your expert advice, and make back-end sales through your book via recommended products, which will earn you commissions.

    Lastly, if that starts to generate some cash flow, then pay ClickBank $50 and recruit others who will glady market your eBook (*and internal links) to their audience for 50% - 75% of the cover price.

    Win/Win/Win
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  • Profile picture of the author mwwebsolutions
    Have you considered creating a Facebook fanpage related to this animal? As you seem an expert in this micro niche you could make a killing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    adsense is dangerous and might get your site unranked....too risky for little money...get clickbank product or make your own...
    you will do better...
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    • Profile picture of the author M0n3yMan
      Originally Posted by tristatemedia View Post

      adsense is dangerous and might get your site unranked....too risky for little money...get clickbank product or make your own...
      you will do better...
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      sign up with banner broker like buysellads.com and sell banner space..., could make $1000 a month from banners
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      why in the world would google penalise a site for running googles own ads where they make revenue from???????????? seriously u cant actually believe that. ive seen some retarded advice going around all the time but thats just ridic
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      • Profile picture of the author OfficerIM
        integrate ad sense, and an opt in form, you can also sell ad space commercially or privately
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Add some videos if you haven't already. Pet videos rank very well. And agree with the other posters that you should make your own products in this niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natasha2003
    What's the average a person can make a month if they set up a mini niche site and sell products including their own and affiliate?
    I'm an expert in a health-related niche and thinking of doing the same thing. Can he make more if he set up a membership site?
    May I ask what methods did you use to bring traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    Obviously you've come somewhat of an authority in your niche. Use that to your advantage.
    I echo previous opinions that adsense may not be the best option. I would monetize as follows:
    * affiliate products (starting with ones you've used and can recommend)
    * product creation - ebook, video series, utilizing your expertise
    * possible cpa offers (willing to bet there are some for pet foods and products) to round things out

    And keep focusing on the article writing. That's what has gotten your traffic to where it is. If you neglect that and strictly focus on monetizing, you'll lose momentum.

    Oh and by all means put an opt-in form in there for a free newsletter. Then you start building a list which gets your newsletter say once a month. And then you can market to them more directly.
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    • Profile picture of the author JimReano
      Originally Posted by Mark Tandan View Post

      Obviously you've come somewhat of an authority in your niche. Use that to your advantage.
      I echo previous opinions that adsense may not be the best option. I would monetize as follows:
      * affiliate products (starting with ones you've used and can recommend)
      * product creation - ebook, video series, utilizing your expertise
      * possible cpa offers (willing to bet there are some for pet foods and products) to round things out

      And keep focusing on the article writing. That's what has gotten your traffic to where it is. If you neglect that and strictly focus on monetizing, you'll lose momentum.

      Oh and by all means put an opt-in form in there for a free newsletter. Then you start building a list which gets your newsletter say once a month. And then you can market to them more directly.
      Good points, bump.
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    • Profile picture of the author AZJ0SH
      Originally Posted by Mark Tandan View Post

      Obviously you've come somewhat of an authority in your niche. Use that to your advantage.
      I echo previous opinions that adsense may not be the best option. I would monetize as follows:
      * affiliate products (starting with ones you've used and can recommend)
      * product creation - ebook, video series, utilizing your expertise
      * possible cpa offers (willing to bet there are some for pet foods and products) to round things out

      And keep focusing on the article writing. That's what has gotten your traffic to where it is. If you neglect that and strictly focus on monetizing, you'll lose momentum.

      Oh and by all means put an opt-in form in there for a free newsletter. Then you start building a list which gets your newsletter say once a month. And then you can market to them more directly.
      I would consider my website an authority website for this specific animal but still consider it micro in size personally.

      The animal is not the typical family pet, so no toys, food, etc. I can say it's a type of reptile that is commonly kept however. I don't want to share to much yet until I can monetize this site.

      I forgot to mention I am building a list, there is an opt-in form but I have not sent out any newsletters yet. I just added the opt-in form a few weeks ago and only have about 100 subscribers so far.

      TBH I got lucky with this site, most of my sites do not get nearly this much traffic and I have no clue why I did exactly to rank it. I never built any links, never did anything but basic on-page SEO, it's just a ton of content and images.
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      • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
        Originally Posted by AZJ0SH View Post

        I am building a list, there is an opt-in form but I have not sent out any newsletters yet. I just added the opt-in form a few weeks ago and only have about 100 subscribers so far.
        Start writing your Newsletter. I started mine when I had 3 (yes, three!) subscribers. They are expecting something from you. Remember, they shared something valueable with you: their email address.
        Also writing the Newsletter Trains you in creating Content. Because when you create your own product as suggested before, you Need lots of good Content.

        You could integrate a quick Survey into your Newsletter subscription process. Something along the lines of: "Get our most burning question about your Pet answered in my Newsletter - Subscriber here". And then you offer not only one field for the email, but also an additonal field for the question. This way you get subscribers and ideas for Content.

        Regarding monetization I would prefer Amazon. I am pretty sure that you find a few articles there that an Enthusiast for this Special pet Needs. Any sales on Amazon (that are related to the pet) also give you an idea what is neededin the market and you can write about.

        You could also hide your best Content behind a Firewall and create a membership site, so yo not only get a onetime payment, but earn residual income as Long as the members stay.

        Good luck and Keep us posted on your Progress.
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        • Profile picture of the author AZJ0SH
          Originally Posted by onlineleben View Post

          Start writing your Newsletter. I started mine when I had 3 (yes, three!) subscribers. They are expecting something from you. Remember, they shared something valueable with you: their email address.
          Also writing the Newsletter Trains you in creating Content. Because when you create your own product as suggested before, you Need lots of good Content.

          You could integrate a quick Survey into your Newsletter subscription process. Something along the lines of: "Get our most burning question about your Pet answered in my Newsletter - Subscriber here". And then you offer not only one field for the email, but also an additonal field for the question. This way you get subscribers and ideas for Content.

          Regarding monetization I would prefer Amazon. I am pretty sure that you find a few articles there that an Enthusiast for this Special pet Needs. Any sales on Amazon (that are related to the pet) also give you an idea what is neededin the market and you can write about.

          You could also hide your best Content behind a Firewall and create a membership site, so yo not only get a onetime payment, but earn residual income as Long as the members stay.

          Good luck and Keep us posted on your Progress.
          While my content is great and informative I don't know if the paywall solution would work here because they could find the information elsewhere. I basically created a definitive source of information from across multiple areas.
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          • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
            Originally Posted by AZJ0SH View Post

            While my content is great and informative I don't know if the paywall solution would work here because they could find the information elsewhere.
            No Problem - then create a product and the Newsletter. Don't tell anyone that they could find the Information elsewhere
            Remember that humans are lazy and want to have Solutions.
            When you offer an ebook/guide you help them and solve (hopefully) their Problem.
            Don't put all the Content on the site. Use the site as a teaser subscribing to the Newsletter and buying the book you promote in it (and on the site).
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  • Profile picture of the author koubain
    you can also add an opt in form to collect emails and promote some clickbank products and you can add some posts about product reviews in your niche
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hi,

    what seo method is best for adsense niche site's?

    @zamzung; yes I think affiliate products will be better they pay higher commissions as adsense or azon...

    but with that you must build a list, without a list you will not make affiliate product sales (please correct me if I be wrong)?

    best wishes
    marco005
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