It may seem a huge task to emulate a website that is already established and works wonderfully. But it can be easy if you work on your site one step at a time, using a website plan.
A website plan doesn’t need to be fancy. Just write a list on a notepad, or use a sticky note.
Write: 1, 2, 3, 4 on separate lines and then jot down each of the things you want on the site, while looking at the site you wish to emulate. It will be easy to work through a list. Visually organizing with a list and setting a small goal for yourself makes building a new website manageable instantaneously.
Let’s try it!
A Sample Niche Authority Website
To inspire you, I’ve included this nice authority niche site with affiliate monetization. It’s main focus is very easy to pick out and the way it makes money is also easy to understand– it’s plainly stated on the sidebar! You can make a site like this too.
The website is NippyFish.net.
First thing, the name is pleasant and that means the owner probably is happy to update it. If you have a site name you don’t like, chances are you won’t want to update it frequently. I’ve had sites like that.
Find a domain name that you actually can care about, as a hobby. A new website won’t be swell the first month, in most cases, so treat it as a fun hobby on the side. It probably won’t make much money, either. You have to start with doing what you enjoy on the site, as these things will be easiest to finish quickly.
Choose .org, .com, or .net. They have worked out best for these types of sites and most people are familiar with .com’s and .org’s.
Key Points About This Sample Niche Affiliate Website:
- It is highly informative on a single subject: Beta Fishes.
- It has a .net brand name, not a Exact Match Domain name. This means in the future it can be branded more heavily, and a product can be created. Moreover, it is less likely to suffer a penalty, should one arise from the Search Engine Google.
- It has been added to DMOZ successfully, which makes it an authority site automatically. The DMOZ directory is high ranked and difficult to get into.
With that, you can use MOZ’s Site Explorer to find out which sites they used to make their website more popular. You can request a link on a Hubpages site to help your site rank like this one, too. Contact an author and negotiate something that works for the both of you.
More importantly, make sure you do what you enjoy. Don’t pick a subject you hate and would not want to update.
Important Principles of A Niche Affiliate Website That Works:
The Beta fish website illustrates some great design principles, and if you miss one your whole website might become a little less friendly to use.
- Create a nice logo you like, even if it is just fancy text for now (Use Assistant Cafe to post a job if you need logo help).
- Have good spelling.
- Be honest, even about how you make money on the site (this niche site illustrates by example)
- Be Helpful. All the pages are relevant and not fillers. They are meaningful to Beta fish owners and Beta fish shoppers.
- Personable – the owner of this site has chosen to reveal their face on this site, this makes the site even more friendly to use and trustworthy to us.
Using a Personal Photo for Your Website
If you decide to use your own picture, make sure it is professional, the lighting is good, and that it isn’t done in haste. Take your time to find a good photo that you can be comfortable with search engines propagating hundreds of times. You won’t be able to remove this picture completely from the web, so make your decision carefully and slowly. It will also be associated with the subject matter of your niche site, so consider this carefully as well, if your posting your identity in any way effects your future employment opportunities, or creates an association that will harm future employ-ability.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at What’s Happening on This Affiliate Website:
1) People are interacting because they see there is a real person running this site (they see the picture of the owner)
2) They see the posts are written by a real person, it isn’t a bot writing articles…the articles have revealed there is someone that cares about this subject and enjoys updating the site.
3) It answers many questions about Beta fish and it does so quickly. There’s nothing that confuses me about using this site, I know what it does and how to find Beta fish information on it. Links are clearly legible, the layout isn’t strange, distracting or flashy.
4) It has traffic coming from hugely authoritative sources like Dmoz.
5) They are open about making money from their site. They are not concealing ads within promotional review blog posts. I trust her more because she reveals her intentions with this site. (this alleviates the stress of coming to a dotcom that you’re not sure about because of the unfamiliar domain name)
6) The site is simple. It isn’t slow, either. Because it is simple and it isn’t the biggest and most popular beta fish site on the web, it has potential to get bigger (some people enjoy smaller sites to big corporate sites like About.com for information.)
All these points indicate that this site has lots of potential to become even better as it ages. It may keep its old look, or it may upgrade as it receives more income. Regardless, it is a site that the owner enjoys running.
If you want to run one like it, you can emulate this style of niche affiliate website for passive income online. But be sure to make it your own – choosing a subject that you enjoy and can inform people about with accuracy.
If you are patient and work diligently to keep your site fresh, engaging and continue to improve your site – your traffic will continue to grow, and eventually, we believe, you will succeed in generating passive income.
WARNING: Be sure you do research and confirm the advice you give on your site, that it is actually factual and beneficial.
I’ve written a number of posts on my other sites that I regretted later because I actually didn’t know anything about the subject!
Do your research, confirm what you write is true to the best of your ability. Then post. If it’s not factual, opinion only and vague, then revise or delete.
Always review your website for accuracy and errors.
Please let me know your thoughts on niche sites like this, what can make them better?
LAST UPDATE: 4/16/15