My Gift to You: Newbie Niche Site Month

Next week kicks off “newbie niche site month” – a month where I’m going to help those who are new to creating niche sites in a way that no one has ever helped someone before (at least, not for free).

There is a TON of information out there about niche research, keyword research, setting up a WordPress blog, monetizing it, etc.  People happily give away this information, especially when they can insert an affiliate link in every other sentence.  There’s nothing wrong with that (everyone, even the most respected bloggers, does it).

The one thing people almost never share are the results of that research – specific keywords and domain names that are available.  What I’ve found (just based on questions in e-mails that I’ve received) is that people have no problem learning the entire process and gathering all the necessary resources.  What people do have a problem with is that first step – finding a domain to build a site with, based on solid, fundamental keyword research.  And that’s going to be my gift to you this holiday season.

The Details of Newbie Niche Site Month

During this month, I am going to send out one e-mail per week (and I won’t tell you in advance which day it’ll be) to my newsletter subscribers (in addition to my pre-scheduled content that you may receive if you’re a recent subscriber) that will contain a short list of available domains, generally based on products that you can sell as an affiliate.

The Goal

I want to help people who have never built a niche website, or who have tried building one, but failed.  I’m not trying to feed amazing domain names to people who are already experienced with developing niche websites.

Starting Small

I’m a firm believer in starting small when you’re new at something.  Run a 5k before you run a marathon.  Cook dinner for your girlfriend before you cook dinner for an entire party.  Achieve “small wins” so that you gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to go after the big fish.

With that in mind, I’m going to give out domains that aren’t highly competitive – they may be based on keywords that only receive 1,000-2,000 exact searches per month.  Even if a site like this only allows you to earn an additional $5-10 per month, that’s still $5-10 of passive income each month.  It’ll pay for your domain, and you’ll take what you learned and go after a bigger and better website.

What Types of Domains Are These?

These domains will generally be the types that work well for Amazon affiliate niche sites.  These are great for beginners because it’s very easy to convert sales with Amazon.  You can read more about what I’m doing as an affiliate of Amazon with my Amazon niche site challenge.

Also, these domains will all be .com/.net/.org domains.

Sign Me Up! How Do I Make Sure I Receive These E-mails?

If you are already subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll receive them without needing to take any action.  If you’re not subscribed, you can subscribe in the fields below or in any of the sign up forms you see on this blog (if you are reading this in an RSS reader, you may need to actually open up this post in your browser to see the form):

In addition to getting the newbie niche site e-mail, you’ll receive my regularly scheduled “muse news” newsletter (it’s non-spammy, helpful content that I don’t really share here) and my Ultimate Backlink Tracker.

Won’t There Be Many People Rushing to Register These Domains?

Maybe, but I don’t think so.  A lot of people may already be experienced with finding good domains, so these won’t interest them.  Other people are simply too lazy. :)  If you see a domain you want, go for it.  If it’s taken, don’t worry – try another one on the list or wait for next week’s e-mail.

I’d love to hear what you think about this “newbie niche site month” idea, so please leave a comment!  Thanks!

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43 Responses to “My Gift to You: Newbie Niche Site Month”

  1. Love the idea Eric, starting Jan. I’m going to be stepping up a lot on niche site creation – got most of the niches I want to tackle down on paper, some I’ve wrote content already and just getting a few last things in line so I can dedicate my afternoons to building them.

    I’m a bit overloaded with email at the moment but I’m definitely paying attention to the developments as it unfolds.

    To others: Eric is really great when it comes to emailing – doesn’t come across as spammy like so many other people that want to hit you every day.
    Murlu recently posted… Eight Ingenious and Profitable Niche Site Ideas

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sounds great Murray – judging by your success with content creation in the past, I’m betting you’ll crank out these niche sites pretty quickly and efficiently.

    Also, I appreciate what you said about my e-mail – I definitely don’t spam or try to be annoying. Whenever I see someone unsubscribe, I immediately dig a little bit deeper to understand why (probably a waste of my time, but oh well).

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  2. I’m so excited about this! I am new to learning about niche websites (through your site and a few others) and I am very excited about it. I was actually poised to buy a domain the other day (but it was .info… wasn’t too sure about that!) but I chickened out. I’m excited to see the ideas that you send out – hopefully one will spark my interest.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Glad to see that you’re excited, Catherine! Just a heads up on these domain names – they’re going to be very targeted toward specific product niche sites (i.e. selling one particular type of product for each site). In other words, they will be perfect for sites that have maybe 5-10 pages of content.

    I certainly wouldn’t expect someone to take one of these domains and try to turn it into a larger project. Ideally, niche sites like the ones I’m referring to should take 6-10 hours to create (depending on how good you are with WordPress), and can be put on “autopilot” once you’ve completed it. Essentially, this is the strategy I follow with my Amazon niche sites.

    Best of luck to you!

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  3. I have been meaning to spend more time looking into niche sites. There seem to be some excellent opportunities. I will have some spare time over the holidays to make this work.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sounds good – best of luck to you!

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  4. Hi Eric, will be looking forward to your emails. I’ve been doing Niche Profit Course as well and the hardest part has been finding a niche with enough exact match traffic AND a suitable exact match domain with a .com, . Net or . Org extension that isn’t already taken. I’ll be watching my inbox to see your ideas!
    Cheers
    Kaz

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s the hardest part for sure, Kaz. Hopefully I’ll be able to throw some helpful ideas your way. :)

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  5. Awesome. It takes a lot to get me out of Google Reader and onto an actual blog website, but you’ve managed it :)

    While I won’t be registering any of the domains, I am in the process of preparing to go after some Amazon affiliate sites. This will give me an opportunity to see what domains you are selecting, and by extension, what qualities you are deeming “good” in a keyword for this type of thing.

    You should really keep track of these, and come back in six months to see which ones are developed, and how :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Woohoo, I’m glad I was able to get you out of Google Reader! I’m the same way (I love that Google Reader…).

    The domains I’ll be sharing are probably ones that have a little bit less traffic than I would target for myself right now (which is one reason I’m sharing them vs. using them), but I think they’ll be perfect for people who are just starting out and can’t seem to find a good domain for Amazon products.

    That’s a great idea to keep track of them and revisit them later. Could be very interesting.

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  6. Sounds like you are offering a lot of value, so I’ve signed up to your newsletter. Looking forward to learning more with you, and specifically how to choose keywords. I just recently purchased Market Samurai but I have some troubles finding good matches.

    Thanks for this!
    Steven | Business Diaries recently posted… Get Targeted Traffic Using Twitter

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Steven. As I’m sure you’ve found, Market Samurai is an awesome tool. As you get more familiar with it, you’ll see that keyword research is actually pretty fun. 😛

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  7. Awesome idea, as busy as I am I might want to give this a go!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I think I’m going to need to come up with a nick name for you – something like Content Maniac or Writing Machine.

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  8. Hi Eric,

    It’s the first time that I’m at your blog and I love it already. Love the idea about helping one person set up niche site and you know what, I actually just see a niche site duel series in your blog so I’m about to read those now before I sign up for the newsletter so that you can help me. :)
    Mike recently posted… And Here’s–The Working Guide To Get 1 Position on Google Proof Inside

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Awesome, thanks so much for kind words Mike. :) I appreciate it. I hope you find something helpful here.

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  9. Eric, great concept! It’s not something I’ve seen, and I’m pretty sure there have been a few days when I reached the end of the Internet – kudos to coming up with a great value add.

    I’ll echo Murray by saying being on your list is great – solid content and not too frequent. Most IM lists I’ve been on are garbage! Is that stuff really working with people?

    Anyhow, I have my plate full with niche sites so I won’t be buying any, but I think it’s a great chance for someone new to get an education and avoid the common terrible domain name choices we all have made!

    Cheers,

    – Devin
    Devin Elder recently posted… Website Update – Week 16

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Devin! Hopefully providing domain names to people will prove to be valuable. I guess I’m on the wrong side of the “If you teach a man to fish…” saying.

    I guess for right now, I’d rather just give away the fish. :)

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    Devin Elder Reply:

    Haha, very cool. Who knows, I might have to buy a few of those fish and let them marinate for a few months… aged domains is good domains
    Devin Elder recently posted… oDesk Review &amp Case Study- How to Outsource Just About Anything

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  10. Hi Eric. I’ve been a subscriber for the past 1 month and I love the blog. I seemed to have found a niche with no competition. I just need to do more research in Market Samurai before I commit to it. With the vacation/holidays coming up, I won’t be able to attack this until Wednesday, January 5th. I look forward to your help.

    All the best,`

    Mike

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s awesome that you’ve found a niche with no competition – hopefully you can turn that into a wildly successful project. Let me know if there’s any way I can help.

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  11. Wow Eric! Giving away exact match domains with low competition is like giving away gold! Seriously, once you find a low competition keyword and an exact match domain (provided the keywords receives enough searches), the rest is a cake walk. I will be interested to see what you are giving away…everyone should! I won’t take any of them (I’ve got more than I can handle already), but I just want to see what turns up…
    Spencer recently posted… Specialized Outsourcing- How to Hire Top Notch Link Builders

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Maybe I’m crazy for giving these away, but I figure since I will probably never get around to using them, might as well put them up for others to use! Thanks for the comment, Spencer.

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  12. It’s such a nice fact that people are making money from Niche Sites. And it’s even greater that you will help them by sending those emails!
    I’ve been making money from Niche Sites for a couple of months now and I have to admit I’m so glad I started.
    It takes time and knowledge but if you try hard, you get there. That’s the beauty of it :)
    Hope to read those mails. See you around :)
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    Fernando Reply:

    I don’t know why but every time I post a comment it goes directly straight replying some other comment :(
    Fernando recently posted… Hey Blogosphere- I Am Here!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Fernando. :) Hopefully these domains help some people (and I apologize in advance if they get registered quickly)!

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  13. I’ve actually just started trying to make money online. I’ve got my website up, and things were going well. I went from 127 in google to 80. Then all of a sudden I disappeared. I’m hoping it’s just a little google dance. :)

    Signed up for the newsletter, looking forward to some tips.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Mike, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. The Google dance is frustrating, but very common. It’s really getting me down on one of my sites right now, but I know it’ll work itself out eventually.

    Thanks for subscribing to the newsletter – hopefully you’ll find my tips helpful! :)

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  14. I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve been reading so much about niche websites but I haven’t started anything up yet. I suppose I’ll find out the answer to my question shortly through the first post, but I was wondering if these niche ideas are mainly static or are they going to require WordPress setup?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey James – hopefully you’ll be able to grab one of these domains and start your first site. The niche ideas (i.e. domain names) can be used however you’d like, but I think it’s easiest to set up your sites using WordPress.

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  15. Eric, I am one of these newbies that have sent you a few emails asking questions. I am looking forward to this. My biggest problem is making the jump to start a site after gathering all the information. It’s completely overwhelming. Hoping this will helping me calm down and make that proverbial “jump.”

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I hope you’ll finally be able to make the jump! Feel free to reach out to me if you need any help along the way or just need a little bit extra motivation.

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  16. Hey Eric,

    We had a chat before (via email), and wow this sounds like you answer my prayer. I have learning so many things about niche marketing, and still sometimes quite difficult to find good domains , especially exact match domains. Your idea is definitely one of my Christmas gift wish lists.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Stella – happy to help in any way I can. :)

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  17. This is a great idea! I just stumbled upon your site and it is filled with a ton of information! I am in the process of making some micro niche sites and am interested to read your guide.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Chris! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you out.

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  18. I am interested in the niche market as it relates to small websites. Not garbage sites with no real information, but small sites I could create and maintain in my spare time with honest content. How would I find the right niche? Is it mostly trial and error?
    Edited Name recently posted… Choosing a font for your website

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    Eric G. Reply:

    It’s partially trial and error – finding the “right” niche is also a combination of figuring out what you’re interested in, and how competitive the relevant keywords are (and how much traffic they receive).

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  19. I’m also interested in guide for creating niche site. But as far as I know, you got to know a lot on that specific niche before you start your site.
    Best Regards
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s true in some ways, but you can actually start niche sites with niches that you don’t know a lot about. All it takes is a bit of research. :)

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    Ali Mujtaba Reply:

    Interesting. There is lot of tabu regarding microniches and how much people earn from them. Most won’t share an example fearing people will start competing with them on that specific niche.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ve seen the same thing – people fear that if they share a profitable niche, everyone else will try to copy their strategy. I really think there are enough opportunities out there where people shouldn’t have to resort to copying someone else.

    Even if you do compete with someone else in the same niche, it’s not as if you and the other person are the only people in that niche anyway!

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