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  1. A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Build A Profitable Niche Content Website
  2. 13 Best Books About Affiliate Marketing
  3. Join the Nation!
  4. The First Steps Toward Passive Income

This initial step often makes or breaks people who attempt to make money from this business model. Because many new entrepreneurs want to jump into the game quickly, often wanting to sell what they think is the best thing on earth. They may be passionate about the topic they have in mind, but they often forget that in order to be successful selling something in this case information , you need to sell what the market wants and demands, NOT what YOU want to sell.

To get started you need a good topic that is in demand online, a domain name and hosting service for your website and a platform software program like WordPress to run your website. There are some turn-key solutions available today that I discuss heavily on my blog which have dropped all barriers to entry.

A 16 or a 60 year old can get online just as easily and have a website up in a jiffy. Absolutely no HTML or programming skills are required, although learning the basics can give you a marginal advantage over your competition. Below are the steps to create a niche website in order of occurrence. The list below is a mere introduction to each step. I plan on talking about these in detail in the future.

But what is that right topic for your niche website? It is a topic that has a significant enough demand, or search volume, yet not as many competitors, or search results. How do you find such topics? The Google Keyword Planner is one resource you can use to guestimate the search volume generated by various keywords within a topic. Simply type in any word relevant to the niche you are contemplating and hit enter or click the relevant button to generate results.

The results will show you various attributes, including monthly local and global search volume for various relevant keywords. I usually multiply the search demand by 3 to account for the other two big engines Bing and Yahoo , as well as the several other smaller ones in the online space. Do a simple ratio of keyword supply and demand and you will be able to rank keywords and topics in order of most favorable to least.

Many go wrong right about when they have found a topic with a high demand to supply ratio. Because they feel this is the be-all end-all of the prep work. However, this is just the beginning of your research stages. I highly recommend researching this topic further to see whether actual demand for products and services pertaining to your topic exist. Here is an example. Spirituality and religion is one of the most demanded and supplied topics online, probably only next to sex, money and weight loss. You will see close to a billion results.

But how many sponsored ads do you see on the top or right hand side of the screen? Maybe a couple at most. This tells you that vendors are not spending money to highlight products and services in this niche, at least from an advertising perspective. What are you looking for exactly? You are looking for products, services and advertisements that fit your contemplated niche or website topic. These represent the flow of money that people exchange to deliver and receive items and services of value in your niche. Once you are settled on a topic you need to start narrowing in on the keywords that you will use to build your website.

Because search engines like keywords. How do search engines work? Web surfers type in key words and phrases, and Google goes out to scour the world and provide you with links that contain those words and phrases, ranked in order of most relevant to least. The entire internet is one big game of keywords and phrases. If you want to be found online, you want to ensure that your website contains keywords and phrases, which web surfers are searching with.

Use the Google Keyword Tool mentioned above to determine this. The disadvantage in using free tools like Google is that the process is very much manual, cumbersome and tedious. Not to mention that you have to search for keyword supply and demand separately. Depending on the size of your website the bigger the better in my opinion , this activity alone can take you hours, days, weeks and can bore you to death. There are more automated tools available online that streamline the process relatively easily.

These tools not only give you the best keywords in terms of demand within your niche, but they also tell you the supply and profitability ratio. You can read more about the tools I use here. Many simply jump into content creation and start building their website with no rhyme or reason. Just like an architectural blueprint matters when building a home, a site structure matters when building a website. Because the various web pages within your website each serve a purpose and can help each other gain higher search engine rankings if interlinked correctly.

Website blueprint is a topic that can be talked about quite extensively on its own to answer the questions why do it and how exactly to properly plan and build a website. I plan on discussing this in depth in the near future. For now, think about your website as a pyramid, where the pointed tip top is your home page and all underlying pages make up the base. Now there is a big space between the top and the bottom, so what goes in the middle? What goes on the bottom? How deep should the pyramid be? Answers to all those questions will be provided in future discussions either here or on my blog.

Building the website is actually the easiest part of the process in my opinion. It is however the most time consuming. If you have done your research well, have gathered the right set of keywords to target and have laid those keywords out in a sound website blueprint, executing on the website can be done relatively easy. This discussion assumes that you are familiar with basic search engine optimization. If you are not, I highly recommend you visit my blog and familiarize yourself with what SEO is and come back here to resume this post.

Building your website entails just a handful of steps. Rinse and repeat the process for the rest of your webpages and you have yourself a website. The answer is the keywords we use, the way we use them in each webpage, as well as the linking and interlinking we do within each web page is done in a very specific manner consistent with the niche content site model. When building a niche content website, each webpage is targeted for one main keyword. Each webpage also has four additional supplemental keywords totaling five keywords which are sprinkled within the content of the webpage.

Specific instructions on page creation is also a topic that can be talked about for days. I will be breaking this topic down into several sub-topics that go into the step-by-step detail in the near future. This is probably the most important step in the entire process. Well optimized webpages equates to a well optimized website, which is guaranteed to attract free, organic search engine traffic growth over time.

Many skip this step amidst the anxiety of getting their website up and running on the internet.

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Truth is nobody likes a lemon. There are varying opinions on whether or not search engines penalize websites with stale or broken links. Frankly, I do not care. The little bit of additional effort you put up- front today can yield heavy dividends down the road. Remember, no one knows what and how search engines think. So do the best you can to provide a high quality product.

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Build A Profitable Niche Content Website

Take some time and search your website for missing images, broken links and convoluted HTML code. There are several free resources online that will help you do this. Although search engines will eventually pick up a highly optimized website, why not expedite the process if you can? Building and submitting a sitemap takes five seconds. Take this file and upload it to the root directory of your server.

Some would debate an HTML sitemap does you no good. Why not? It takes another five minutes to do it. Include a link to the HTML sitemap on your footer or navigation menu. Absolutely nothing! Beware of scams that charge you to submit to 4,, different search engines. Each of the major search engines have instructions on how to submit your sitemap to them. The process is relatively easy and straightforward. However, for those who have websites and blogs that are updated frequently, a BIG inherent challenge that you face is that your sitemap is not automatically updated each time you add new content.

I have found a solution to this BIG problem which I talk about on my blog in more depth. Just search for the topic and you will find it. Once your website has been submitted to search engines, give it some time to soak and gain traction on search results. Search engines take their sweet time in evaluating, trusting and indexing or ranking websites.

While they do this, take the opportunity to put together a digital product for sale and distribution through your website or blog. Having your own product is not a mandatory step in this business model, but is one that I am highly in favor of that I use in most of my niche content websites.

Having your own product guarantees that you have something to sell, and not rely so much on affiliate programs that you have very little to no control over. Your product can be as simple as an eBook, online video series, subscription services, membership sites or anything else for that matter. You can either create this yourself, or outsource the process.

As long as the product is quality and delivers value, you will be just fine while selling it. Distributing digital products is also very easy. There are turnkey platforms available such as ClickBank that will streamline this process for you quickly and easily. Draft a 10 to 12 issue newsletter series that is brief in nature but delivers high value to your readers by including some tips, strategies, educational facts, etc.

Entice them to sign up for your newsletter by promising a free 12 week email course, free daily tips for two weeks or something similar in nature. For example, have a look at this Bamboo Plant Care niche website I developed. Notice the email capture box on the right side? Notice how it offers a free Mini Course?

Scroll a bit below and you will find that digital product I mentioned above. Now click on any other page of this website other than the homepage and notice the ads on the left and right columns? Scroll to the footer and notice the Donation button? This is a highly optimized niche website that generates free, organic search engine traffic and monetizes that traffic through advertisement, digital product sales, donations and affiliate sales affiliate links are embedded within the various webpages and newsletter series.

Once your visitors have signed up for your newsletter, course, etc, you have your chance to wow them with free information that builds relationship and trust. You can then push your product and other affiliate products in latter issues. If you do this step right, your visitors will already be presold, or warmed up for your offer. It will be that much easier to execute the sale when the offer comes around.

Right about now your website should be indexed, or relatively close to it. You will start getting one or two visitors every few weeks, or even months. Yes, the progression is very slow initially until you kick off marketing initiatives discussed below. Now is the time to sign up for advertising platforms such as Google Adsense. Sign up early and let the platforms take their time to get back to you. The ads you saw on the website above were Google Adsense Ads. This is how I usually kick-off my marketing campaign.

Directory submissions are simple to execute, and one way to quickly build some back links to your website to stabilize its place in search engine indexes. I recommend using a submission tool or a paid service to expedite this process and submit to hundreds of directories over time. Check out my blog for more info on this. You need to spread out your link building efforts over time to appear as natural as possible to search engines. If you are not going to do anything else after you build your niche website, make sure you engage in article marketing to ensure each of your webpages is indexed with search engines.

This is also a good way to start building back links not only to your home page, but also to each individual webpage within your website a concept called DEEP linking. Here is what has worked for me very well each time. Instead of the age-old advice of linking to your home page using anchor text, link instead to a webpage within your website using anchor text that is relevant to that specific webpage.

For example, say you have 35 webpages, create 35 articles and submit them to a top article directory like Ezinearticles. Make sure each article is linked back to one of the 35 pages on your website. As far as anchor text is concerned, say you have a website on Kitchen Cabinets , and one of the webpages is about bamboo cabinets , make sure that the article that links back to this webpage has the phrase bamboo cabinets in the anchor text link.

This step is optional, but if executed can quickly build a ton more back links to your website, therefore further solidifying your place in search indexes. You can either manually bookmark several pages of your website, or use one of many automated tools available online that not only bookmark quicker, but can also bookmark on several social bookmarking websites at once. This strategy can be very powerful if used the right way and spaced out over time.

Your marketing efforts must look natural to search engines, so take your time. The more you rush, the more you will raise a red flag. After you execute the steps above over the course of a couple months, your website should be ripe at the point where it is ready to be monetized. It is just a matter of time before traffic starts picking up, so take the time now to implement monetization methods that you are comfortable with.

You can always tweak and experiment over time so do not be afraid to try a combination of various methods. Personally, a killer combination that has worked very well for me on all my niche websites is the following: contextual ads, private placement ads, sales of my own digital products, affiliate marketing, donations.

Yes, I do get trickles coming in from kind souls who enjoy the material on my websites. Monetization is a heavy topic and one that I will discuss in an entirely separate series of discussions. There is much more you can do depending on your appetite, capacity and interest level. The steps above however as sufficient to get your website to a point where it can deliver a decent amount of passive income on a residual basis. Make a video and put it on Youtube. Write an ebook and submit it to the Kindle store and the Nook store. Buy a share of stock in a dividend-paying company.

Put away a dollar a day and in a month or two, you can purchase a single share in a dividend-paying company. In a few months, do the same thing again, perhaps with a different dividend-paying company to diversify things. Buy a rental. The way to start this process is to buy a fixer-upper home, invest your own sweat equity into fixing it up, then rent that home out at a reasonable rate. Since you want this to be truly passive income, the way to do it is to hire a property manager to take care of any issues for you in exchange for a piece of the rent.

All of these ideas have a few things in common. They each eventually result in something that will earn you a small passive revenue stream. With additional effort, these smaller revenue streams can synergize, increasing your passive earnings. I use Mint to keep a close eye on what the current value is at and make goal marks to hit.

Every time I hit a goal, I do a little happy dance and decide what I want my next marker to be and when I want to hit it by. Sam, I alwyas enjoy your posts in regards to actual financial numbers. Real estate is your best bet especially with inflation and a strengthening economy. Keep posting things like this.


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I just think you folks looking to retire early investing mostly in dividend stocks are on the wrong end of the risk spectrum for what they want to achieve. If so, it means we need much more to be comfortable unfortunately. This is a meaty post, Sam, and it is appreciated. I would really focus on branding. What makes your site unique. Will check out the post when I return.

Thanks for this post Sam, impressive stuff. How about one more column in your spreadsheet that shows return on investment where applicable. Then you can calculate your overall return on investment. Seems with a bit more risk you could boost your returns to your goal. As for me, I started focusing on passive income last year, but have owned rentals for 5 years. Heavy in real estate, but feels lower risk than the stock market to me if you have cashflowing properties. Real estate is inflation adjusted, and built in cashflow raise when the loan pays off.

Where are you investing? Interesting perspective vs the risk free rate. Thanks again for sharing your stuff. You can also back out the nut based on the stated returns at least for the CDS. Generating a passive income is not that easy. It takes time and patience before you can really relax while watching the money comes in, the key to making any financial move we make successful is to plan everything very well. Thanks Robert. We just have to balance time with our ultimate demise! While it is important to find something that you love to do and turn it into a money making business, you do have to be cognizant of the return as you pointed out.

There are many opportunities that I found and tried out that at the time seemed great. But when I took a step back, I realized that I was working a lot for very little income whereas other things I love doing brought in much more money. You have to look at how much time and effort you put into it, how much it pays and what the income potential is down the road. Something might not pay well at first, but once established, could be a cash cow. Can you write on Master limited partnerships? I am curious about them. I feel your are a lot like Bill Clinton, an expert explainer of stuff!

Quick question. So props, you had a direct influence on my life. I just got particularly lucky with that. But at my age, without a stable career, while working part time and having to go to school full time, what is a realistic path I could pursue to create passive income online, or even income that requires effort such as writing, but one that is more flexible than working in a stationary low-paid position for 10 dollars an hour?

First of all, big props to you for working 50 hours a week while going to school full -time! Now that is work ethic which will bring you far in life. As an employer, if I knew you worked even just 20 hours a week while in school I would be impressed. Please make sure your academics are priority over work. If you can get great grades while working, awesome. The big alpha in your income will be the job opportunities after college. Join some clubs in areas of interest and crush your grades. Money is tempting as a student because we have little. But I would try to not focus on money as much.

How are you doing in school now? Is there a minimum amount of hours or money you need to earn to establish residency? Good plan, although i thought living for one year and paying bills sufficed. Nah you misunderstood me. I tried working 35 hours and school full time but got burned out last year so no more of that. My grades are so-so. To get residency realistically I got to earn dollars in taxable income a week for a year, and in the meantime am allowed to go to school part time given the fact that I can pay for school with the money I have earned within the period I began to establish residency, so no outside cash because my bank accounts will be audited at the end of the year.

Ah you missed out the only taking a couple classes part. Ok, I suggest you at least register your name online and work to build your brand. The longer your website is around, the better. Out your profile and resume up. Want to expand on this response a bit? Great questions from an enterprising student!

I would also love to hear your ideas for making a modest passive income on-line. I am still working on my passive income, however I like multiple income streams even more. My favorite is capital gains because it is one of the lowest rates. As I near retirement, I like the concept of it supporting my needs and my k supporting my wants. In addition, my brokerage accounts are all at capital gains rates. One has to think what is the end goal.

To work for money or have money work for you so you can do other things. Having multiple income streams is great, but not if you have to work for them. Social Security is going to be a great bonus for folks under 40 if it is still there when we reach our mid 60s. I vote focus on real estate for increasing your passive income. Happy people tend to be the most successful. I have no desire to diversify. Dividend stocks allude me.

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A real estate law expert. Love it! Care to share in a guest post your thoughts on the RE market or key things investors may not be focusing on? Loopholes or risks perhaps? I think your insight would be fascinating! But you are right, RE has treated me very well and I wish I had more. But as I get older I want to be more free so online is where I am focusing. Have you considered more passive real estate? There are options that give you the cashflow, capital appreciation, tax advantages, but none of the management.

Being accredited helps there. I have actually. One of my tennis buddies was raising money for his real estate investment company where he buys, remodels and flips. Count me in for a guest post! I have some hopefully useful ideas on real estate investing I could share. So many great tips in this big post, thanks! And yes save, save, save in the beginning and throughout. I have several interest and dividend earning investments and am looking to expand further. Diversification is a great goal for all of us so we can avoid having all our eggs in one basket. We got to continue to save even when we see our sizable nut grow.

Like eating fruits and veggies forever! Time to really get off my rear and do something! If only it was so easy to write these types of articles on a frequent basis! That really is the biggest thing and second is to not fall off the wagon once you see your passive income fund grow. Let me know. It was painful for the first two years. Worked a lot and finally escaped to SF after the second year. So hard to save in NYC! The reason it is so good is due to transparency. You are giving real numbers and sharing a huge part of yourself with your audience. Plus you went all out and gave a fantastic amount of detail.

This makes for a really, really good post. You have inspired me to try to do the same both with my finances, and with my writing. Thank you. And to think you wrote this while taking a break in Mexico. I do enjoy these type of update, lots of information to digest. Hope to soon be working on more residual -passive income streams in the future. Good luck with the debt repayment! It feels crazy wonderful to finally slay individual debt accounts.

Typos abound no matter what. Why hoard all the money? Share the wealth a bit. Great job and good luck making up the deficiency in a year or two. The idea is to never run out of money, and leave money in a trust for our children, and those in need. Especially with your wife willing to work for 12 more years. Great post, Sam. The government helps protect us from ourselves with their penalties in tax advantageous accounts.

We are going to start working on passive income very soon. We do little things now, but not enough as to where it matters.

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I encourage everyone to try passive income because eventually everybody tires of work. Instead, I feel relieved. The feeling of having little money gives me motivation to try harder in my ventures. Awesome article…if this does not give somebody a clear roadmap, they probably were never going to get there in the first place!

I plan for a 5. One more dumb question…have you found that you spend more or less money than you anticipated once you retired? As low as possible. The best is income from a business because of all the shields. To create a lifestyle business where you have to enjoy experiences, hopefully good to generate revenue is the pinnacle in my mind. Finally, you need less in retirement than you think to be happy. One also continues to adjust to his or her new income and maintain a happy state regardless of income above a certain subsistence point.

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I was very happy about this discovery. Thanks for the info…I kind of figured it is really not that expensive to live if you are not an extravagant person. Not sure if I can live for another 50 years either! I understand that taking a leap of faith after earning a lot of money every year for years is scary. But I can truly say that we have a remarkable ability to adapt and grow if needed. It is very meaningful and why I would like people to read my book and never quit. But each persons living standards and cost of living is different so my numbers are probably irrelevant to yours.

Best for you to figure out your numbers instead. Would you be interested in writing a post here and sharing your story and strategies? Would love to have it. Most likely when I do exit it will either be through a sale of the business which would come along with a employment contract or if a worthy successor s can take it over, then the business is just another annuity throwing off income. Darkness will come for us […].

Developing passive income streams provides a better return for your buck thanks to no FICA […]. Nothing is worse than getting into huge debt and then finding out your main source of income disappears. Build multiple income streams! One change in a Google […]. Your email address will not be published. Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. Sign up for the private Financial Samurai newsletter! My real estate crowdfunding dashboard. Tweet Share Pin Comments I have virtually no relationship with money , and never have.

Great read! How is your blended CD rate 3. Great content — Thank you for sharing! Thanks, Matt. Thanks — keep up the good work! Hi Sam, Recently found my way to your site via yahoo and a lot of your points spoke to me. Feeling lost in this crazy financial world. Gotta love anyone who collects Roberto Clemente rookie cards. Sam, I have been following your journey to build passive income and financial freedom. So so impressive — but how realistic is that much saving for everyone else? Nonetheless, an important example and guide to everyone reading. I am What would you do? Hi Sam, nice article again, I am just starting to create my own passive income stream but I am right at the beginning, hope I will get close to where you already are.

Cheers Andy. Buy a website?? I have never heard of this. Could you share a bit on how this is done? Hi Sam, I absolutely enjoyed reading this! Warm regards. Is there a post where I can get some advice? Hi Sam Great article, your style of writing makes this topic material very exciting to read. Is there an update coming to this post Sam? It might be something that you may want to look into. Gregg Knight gknightjr gmail. Thanks, Jim. Thanks for the great article! Always great to have a good woman teaming with you slog the way. Thanks for sharing your story! Thank you, Sam!

Best, Shawn. Awesome article Sam! I have gone through very similar models for creating diverse income streams. Please share the post with younger friends who could benefit from this post. Hi Sam, Thanks for sharing your insights and strategy. More information here: Thanks again for the great info. Please like on FB and share around if you like the post! Thanks for sharing. Great Article! The difference it makes? Thanks for sharing, Sam. Liquidated k?