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nichemarketingbullseyeYesterday I found a website that got me thinking.

It’s a niche website with a lot of unique content that is heavily SEO optimized. The business model was very simple – they have 4 CPA lead generation offers on each page and the goal is quite apparent: keep people on the site long enough with the content and drive them to one of the CPA offers. I imagine that the site is very successful at making money.

It’s a model that is simple, and a website that is not technically difficult to create.  However when I started to think about how to duplicate this business model for myself I found it to be a mountainous undertaking.

And so I’m going to ask you: If you needed to get 30,000-50,000 words of high quality unique content that would keep people on your website for 10+minutes how would you get it? The two options I could think of are:

  1. Pay someone to research and write the content for you
  2. Buy a website that already has the unique content on it

Both of those options could cost $$$.  Is there another way to get great content fast without spending so much money?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

By the way…  the interesting  website I found that started this train of thought is NursingSchool.org.  How much do you think a website like that would be making?  How much would it cost to develop?

alexa_logoSometimes it’s useful to know where all the back-links to a website are coming from.

As a competitor it can give you information about how your competition is promoting their site. You can shortcut the process of finding the good places to get links from, and who might be a client or a good contact for your business by finding out who is linking to your competitors.

If you’re buying or selling a website the number and quality of back-links helps determine the value of a site. checking the links to a site should be on the checklist you use when buying a website.

With that in mind I wrote a short script that scrapes the links to a particular domain from the list that Alexa provides.

import urllib2
 
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
 
def get_alexa_linksin(domain):
 
    page = 0
    linksin = []
 
    while True :
        url='http://www.alexa.com/site/linksin;'+str(page)+'/'+domain
        req = urllib2.Request(url)
        HTML = urllib2.urlopen(req).read()
        soup = BeautifulSoup(HTML)
 
        next = soup.find(id='linksin').find('a', attrs={'class':'next'})
 
        linksin += [(link['href'], link.string) for link in soup.find(id='linksin').findAll('a')]
 
        if next :
	    page = page+1
        else :
	    break
 
    return linksin
 
if __name__=='__main__':
    linksin = get_alexa_linksin('halotis.com')
    print linksin

One thing has become clear to me in the last month or so. I simply don’t own enough of the internet!

I’m just trying to realize the scope of the problem. Until you get to the Guru status where people buy whatever it is you have to sell making money online is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Whether you’re making money on Adwords, building out niche sites, creating products or anything else. It comes down to one of two factors required to get real success:

  1. Testing massive numbers of niches to find one that works through either exhaustive market research, or just putting stuff out there.
  2. Putting something good out there and then spending lots of time or money pushing traffic to it trying to get it to work.

Both are valid approaches, but both require a lot of work. There’s no way around it. To build a solid passive income stream you need to do lots of work up front.

So I’ve started down this road of doing massive amounts of work by launching 10 new websites last night.

But that got me thinking. Just how many do you think I’ll need to get enough traction and find a site that really rakes in the money? How many websites do you maintain?

Share your thoughts.