Making money online is a dream scenario for most people. Who wouldn’t want to make money and have the flexibility that can go along with an internet-based business?
Although many people would love to make money online, most people simply don’t know where to start or how to go about it. If you’ve been discouraged because of a lack of results from your own efforts to build an online business, or because you’re not even sure where to start, you’ve probably read about all different types of ways to make money online, with none of them really standing out as the right approach for you.
If that’s the case, you may want to consider creating a niche website. While there are a lot of different possible side hustles and ways to make money online, but making money from home with niche websites is one of the most realistic and practical for most people. As a result, it’s one of the first things I recommend if you are just getting started and looking for a way to make some money online.
That being said, creating a successful niche website is not easy. It takes work and some patience. In this guide I’ll cover all the basic steps that you need to take to give yourself a great chance at creating a site that generates income for you.
There are a few other side hustles that I also recommend, and I have written detailed articles on those as well. Here are the links in case you want to read them:
- How to Start a Blog
- How (and Why) to Get Started as a Freelance Writer
- Complete Guide to Selling Private Label Products on Amazon (FBA)
What is a Niche Website?
The definition of a niche website will vary, depending on who you ask. In general, a niche website is a site that is tightly focused on a specific topic. When it comes to blogs and information-heavy websites, they often get classified as either “authority sites” or “niche sites“. An authority site or blog often covers broad topics, publishes a lot of content, and aims to become an authority on the subject. An example of an authority site would be CNN.com. On that site you’ll find articles on topics of news in all different categories. CNN publishes new content all the time, and of course, CNN is a recognized authority when it comes to news.
But a blog or website doesn’t need to be a globally-recognized brand or attract millions of visitors to be an authority site. Most personal finance blogs, including Vital Dollar, would be classified as authority blogs. They publish content frequently on all topics related to money and finance, and their goal is to become a recognized authority in the industry.
On the other hand, niche blogs and websites tend to have a narrow focus, publishing content that is all tightly related. For example, a niche site could focus on a topic like camping. Rather than publishing articles related to all types of outdoor activities, the site would focus exclusively on camping.
Niche websites also tend to be highly-optimized to rank in Google searches for their chosen keywords. These sites depend on free traffic, mostly from Google searches, so they create content with the intent of ranking high in the Google search results.
Examples of Niche Websites
Let’s take a look at a few real-world examples of niche websites, which should help to clearly identify what we’re considering a niche site. All of the examples listed here are well known because they are popular in their niche. A lot of people, myself included, would prefer to let their niche websites fly under the radar to avoid a lot of people creating sites to compete with them, so I don’t want to expose anyone’s site aside from those that are already widely known.
Baby Gear Lab
Baby Gear Lab is a successful niche site that focuses on all types of products related to babies and parenting. They publish a lot of helpful product reviews, as well as other types of articles. Even the articles that are not review posts still feature products, and of course, the site makes money through affiliate programs when people purchase the products that are reviewed or mentioned on Baby Gear Lab.