Is a niche website better than a blog?
A niche site isn’t necessarily better than a blog, but it does require less upkeep & can be easier to grow. If you love writing, are good at it & have a charismatic personality then a blog might be good for you. The fact is that ranking for a niche keyword can be simpler than building a blog following, mainly because running a blog is that it is more of a personality contest: like a writer you need to sell people on yourself, your ideas & your presentation of them. Blogs also require a steady stream of updates as the readers will accept new material on a regular basis. This can be very time consuming, especially if you are doing it in your free time.
What are the startup costs for a niche site?
The startup costs for a niche website are only the cost of hosting & registering your domain name, usually under fifty dollars. There are, of course, hundreds of applications & services for sale that you could use to automate some parts of the process, but they are by no means essential unless you have the money to invest.
Other costs might include stock images for your site, or paying virtual assistants to help with parts of the process, this is also of course, contingent on if you want to invest the money or not. Building the site can easily be done using WordPress, not only is it free, but you don’t need to know any code at all to create a professional looking, search engine friendly website.
Is it possible to run a niche site while keeping my present employment?
Yes, it is perfectly possible to run a niche site without quitting your job. The way niche sites work and make money doesn’t require a lot of maintenance once they are setup. That makes it a method you can use to supplement your income while keeping your nine-to-five. The initial set up process and SEO can take time, but the beauty of websites is that you can work on them any time. What can this mean to you? Well, it can be a way to save for your child’s college (or your own), it can mean a way to pay off debts faster, save for retirement or vacation.
How do niche websites make money if I’m not selling a product on my site?
Niche sites generate income through advertisements & affiliate links you place on your site. One of the amazing things about the niche site model is that they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year, whether you are around or not. There is no 9-5 schedule so your site can be making money constantly, even while you sleep. The way niche sites make money also requires no action from you in order to earn. There is no shipping and handling & direct contact between you and a user for any transaction. You can literally be making money while you sleep, or are on vacation or are out with friends.