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10 Steps for Building Profitable Niche Sites

March 31st, 2011

Today is the fourth anniversary of Karlonia.com, and after crunching the numbers on site statistics and revenues at the end of this month (and quarter), one thing has become abundantly clear: my niche sites are outperforming the eclectic ones by a wide margin.

To give you a sense of the large differences in efficiency between the two models, I have one finance-related niche site that has just topped $800 per month in revenue but contains only 20 pages of content and has not been updated for more than a year (other than approving comments posted by visitors). I also have several other narrowly focused sites that are moving through the $20-$100 per month range with approximately the same amount of content and no new posts for several months.

By contrast this eclectic “Internet marketing blog”, in spite of having over 1,460 posts with daily updates for four years and an average article length of 795 words, has seen its revenues moving mostly sideways within the $400-$500 per month range for almost two years. When we factor in the extra time and money spent on article procurement, daily postings including the necessary editing and proofreading, and attempting to monetize hundreds of pages with many different topics, the greater efficiency of the niche site model in terms of overall amount of revenue gained compared to the total expenditure becomes obvious.

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Becoming a Successful Marketing Consultant: The Art of Branding Yourself

March 30th, 2011

branding-yourself-marketing-consultant.jpgAre you tired of working long hours for an ungrateful management team, fed up with being held to the fire by unreasonable deadlines, or have had enough of dealing with the pressures of trying to reach the company’s quarterly numbers?

If you are like most marketing professionals, you are handling an increasingly larger workload, have fewer resources at your disposal, and are constantly looking over your shoulder for the hammer to drop if you don’t hit your targets for each quarter.

As today’s business world continues to look at ways to cut costs and marketing budgets continue to get slashed, many of the most successful marketing professionals are looking to brand a whole new product — themselves.

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Creating a New Price Tag to Boost Affilate Commissions

March 29th, 2011

affiliate-commissions-make-money.jpgAffiliate marketing does not mean having to make do until someone purchases the product. One way to make more commission from your product is to invest in a free website. There are online organizations that offer free Web space, or you can purchase your own domain for a nominal yearly payment. This is one of the easiest ways of launching an online business to earn more profits. Here are other ways in which commissions can rise to another level.

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How to Find a Profitable Niche Market

March 28th, 2011

niche-profits.jpgFinding a profitable niche market is the first step to making money online and succeeding in your online business. In order to do this, you need to look for a niche that will target a buying market. Getting into the right niche is vital if you want your Internet marketing efforts to be productive and earn profits for you.

There are several ways you can make money online. You can sell your own products, make commissions from affiliate products, or make money through AdSense clicks. Whatever way you choose to earn money on the Internet, the following basic steps will help you find profitable niche markets, which you can capitalize on to succeed in your online marketing efforts.

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Using Video and Audio for Internet Marketing

March 27th, 2011

play-symbol-audio-video.jpgMaking money online used to be fairly simple. One would be able to create a simple, one or two page website with keyword rich content, and then promote it by plugging in meta keywords and getting a few dozen backlinks. This would usually result in a website that would be fully capable of ranking in search engines, after which it would generate and sustain income. Now, however, almost everyone seems to be employing the same techniques that used to work, and their effectiveness has dulled accordingly. While the “old school” methods of Internet marketing are fine if you work harder than other marketers, truly capable marketers are always looking for new avenues to generate traffic and sales. As such, video/audio marketing is still fairly new, but it is one of the things that the A-list marketers have picked up on. But how exactly can you use video/audio to your advantage if you’re an Internet marketer?

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Google Sniper 2 Review

March 26th, 2011

google-sniper-product-review.jpgGeorge Brown is a well-known Internet guru living in the United Kingdom. He tried different ways to make money online, and in the process he invented a system that produced over $100,000 profit for him in a short time span as documented by his published ClickBank reports. According to his sales pages, he then put the most important parts of what he learned into a course called Google Sniper.

Google Sniper was a simple system that taught beginner webmasters how to drive free, targeted traffic to affiliate offers by gaining a first-page ranking in the Google search engine results. Hundreds of people have testified the course was well worth the small amount charged for it.

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Writing Covered Calls for Additional Income

March 25th, 2011

covered-call-money.jpgInvestors who wish to generate additional income while waiting for long term price appreciation of a particular stock in their portfolio might want to consider selling covered calls. The covered call is a strategy in which an investor/trader writes or “sells” a call option contract while simultaneously owning an equal number of shares of the underlying stock. This strategy is designed to generate additional income and is most successful when one has a neutral to slightly bullish view on the underlying stock. First, let’s examine the basics.

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Good Uses for Credit Cards

March 24th, 2011

credit-card-portfolio.jpgSome consumers avoid using credit cards because of the fear of getting buried in high interest credit card debt. If you use your credit card with restraint, it can not only help you build a stronger credit rating, which is helpful for obtaining a mortgage or car loan, but it can also give you financial benefits. Consumers should be able to identify the best uses for a credit card in order to reap the maximum benefit credit has to offer.

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Can You Count on Natural Medicine?

March 23rd, 2011

natural-herbal-remedies.jpgThe topic of natural medicine often leaves consumers confused. Some well-informed people argue that such medicines are much safer than the more toxic pharmaceuticals pushed by drug companies and doctors. Other people argue that natural medicine is itself a big business and that its products are completely unregulated, and therefore unsafe.

Chris Sumbs of UndergroundHealth.com argues in the book Alternative Therapies that natural remedies are safer than prescription drugs for a number of reasons.

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Electric Cars During World War One

March 22nd, 2011

electric-car-lemans.JPGDuring World War One (1914-1918) the European countries sent their gasoline to one place: the battlefront. Little remained for those back home. If you wanted to drive a car in Europe during the war, you had only one real choice. You needed an electric, say Curtis D. Anderson and Judy Anderson in their book Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History.

Europe’s natural resources did not include much natural gas, but they did include plentiful coal. England mined for coal. Germany mined for coal in occupied France. Today, we may think of electric cars as clean, but these early electric cars were not. For the most part, the burning of dirty coal fueled them. An exception would be in Italy, which converted energy from waterfalls into electricity.

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Target Your Gift with a Regional Gift Basket

March 21st, 2011

gift-basket.jpgLocal foods, once only available to people in a particular culinary region, can be packaged, shipped, and eaten anywhere now. The flavors of a favorite place can make the perfect gift. Online, there is a gift basket for every palate.

For some unfathomable reason, gift baskets seem to have a bit of a bad reputation. There is no good reason for this. How many things are better than opening your front door to a delivery of delicious treats, chosen just for you? When trying to find the perfect gift for a homesick friend or frustrated traveler, consider a gift basket that evokes memories of home or a favorite destination.

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