Maintain A Site For A Month And Sell It For Thousands
December 4, 2007
Photography by: krisdecurtis.
I recently read a great post over at BloggingFingers.com, challenging you to build a niche site in December and sell it in January. Before you snort and dismiss this idea as impossible, let’s look it over first.The main idea is to buy a domain and start a site (which will cost you less than ten dollars if you already have hosting) and then promote affiliate products on it. Since it’s December, now is the time of the year where people will be buying gifts and spending the most money – why not take advantage of that? As a blogger, you can easily start a site and begin making money off of people’s Christmas shopping!
For example, your niche site could promote books, acne cleansers, or even Samsung HDTVs. You could use Amazon.com and do so; for you receive a percentage of each sale that you help bring about. To profit the most, you’re going to want to promote items that are in demand and relatively expensive so you get high commissions – items that you know people will buy or that will be easy to promote so you’ll get more money.
To get traffic you can link to your niche site from your other blogs, use StumbleUpon.com and other social media, put keywords to good use and get search engine traffic, and implement article marketing. As the visitors flow in, some of them are bound to purchase an item from your site and viola, you’ve just earned yourself some money.
Since blogs usually sell for 10x their monthly income, if you just make $100 you can probably sell the blog for a thousand – and if you’re smart and know what you’re doing, you can make plenty more than that.
Some have questioned the ethics of using this method to make money online, but personally I see nothing wrong with it. Yes, you are basically inflating a site’s price, but this is the online world. If a buyer is satisfied with the site’s young age or does not do much research on it before purchasing, that is their problem. We’re all trying to make money online here, aren’t we? Building a quick-sell niche site isn’t unethical – I think it’s genius.
Of course, running a blog for just one month and then getting a couple thousand dollars from it isn’t a task for the beginner. You will need to know what you’re doing so you can choose the right products that will sell well, sufficiently promote the site, draw in buyers to the affiliate products you chose to sell, and then be able to sell the site itself successfully.
However, if you think you can make success out of this, go ahead and do it – see and comment the Blogging Fingers original post to get a full grasp on this tactic and to let Matt know you’re in on his challenge. It’s $10 you’ll be spending to start this project, and you could come out with thousands. Either way, you can make your $10 back through the affiliate sales alone. A month’s time and $10 is definitely worth it, so give it a shot!