15 May

How To Start A Niche Site For Less Than $32 [Updated]

Stop putting it off, will you?

You keep telling yourself that it just costs so much to start a niche site.

That you’re going to invest all this money and never make anything back.

But starting a niche site doesn’t have to break the bank.

In fact, you can start one for less than you’d spend on a meal in a restaurant. Heck, you can start one for less than a round of drinks with your friends.

In this article I’ve created my own niche site for less than $32 and I’m going to show how to start a niche site step-by-step, too.

 

 


What You’ll Learn

  • How To Start A Niche Site For Under $32
  • Where To Find The Best Logo For The Cheapest Price
  • The Truth About WordPress Premium Themes
  • Simple Ways To Market Your Site For Free

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

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The Site You’ll Be Following…

I’m going to take you through the step-by-step process of how I’ve started my site, One Day In .

In fact, I was going to wait to get it all online, but instead I’ve decided to use it to show you how to do it yourself.

I’m not a big believer in people that say, “You have to spend money to make money”, either.

So I’m going to try and do this as cheaply as possible, but to a level that I’m happy with. Because I have other things to spend my money on, like you probably do to.

 


Buying A Domain Name ($10.30)

I’m not going to preach to you about choosing your actual brand name. Because, well…that’s down to you and the niche research you’ve done (you have done research, right?).

Instead, let’s focus on buying a domain name and getting you a reserved space on the Internet…

 


Your Domain Doesn’t Need To Be Your Brand Name

When you’re starting a niche site you’re going to be forced to make some decisions out of necessity.

For example, my brand name is One Day In. But, all of the domains under that name are already reserved:

 

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So I needed to choose a different option that still fits my brand, and I opted for this one: www.onedayguides.co.uk 

What I’m saying here is that you need to prepare to be flexible.

Because, unless you want to get into a big bidding match for other domains, be open to choosing a different domain name. It won’t kill you, I promise.

 


Where To Buy

For me, I use ZEN Internet from the UK. Because they’re based in my city, they have great support and I just like them (I’m in no way affiliated with them).

But I know Stuart recommends Name Cheap, so if you’re outside of the UK, I’d suggest going for them:

 

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Okay, so, you’ve bought your domain, now it’s time to get it hosted…

 


Hosting ($5.72)

I also get my Linux Hosting through ZEN Internet.

Because, it’s only $5.72 a month. So if you’re UK based I’d highly recommend them.

But, after that, my first choice would be Host Gator.

They’ve got packages as low as $3.95 a month, and even for a mid-level plan you’re not going to go above $9:

 

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If I go completely full disclosure, I get my hosting with the same company I get my domain from because I’m no good at getting everything to link up properly from different companies.

If you have the same issue, it might be worth looking at where you can get a package deal.

 


Logos ($15.75)

I’ve gone the really cliche route here and opted for a Fiverr designer to make me a logo.

But, you know what, I’ve always had great results from it, so why not?

If you’ve never used Fiverr, simply click this link and it’ll take you directly to the logo design page.

 

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Now when most people say, “Oh, you should get a logo on Fiverr” they think it’s actually only going to cost you five bucks.

But, it’s probably not.

While there will normally be a five dollar option, there are little add-ons that will cost you more like:

  • Design revisions
  • Delivery times
  • Image resolutions
  • File types

I’ve looked across a lot of different designers, and the most you’ll really need to pay though is around the $15 mark, like I’ve paid here. In the end I went for this designer:

 

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Because I’m a damn sucker for these sexy little badge logos. But, here are those add-ons I was talking about:

 

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You’ll need to do a little shopping around to find a design that you like and fits your brand.

But, there are tonnes of different designers on there for you to look through.

And, let’s be honest, at the absolute worst you’re going to spend $20 in total to get it re made if you don’t like it.

Here’s my end product…

 

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Theme (Free)

Wh…what? Did he just say free theme?

Yeah, I did. Because you don’t need to pay for a WordPress theme to get your site off the ground. You just don’t. It’s not necessary.

For example, when Jeff Goins launched his Coffee Snobber site in an attempt to make money from a hobby in just 48 hours, he used the standard WordPress theme to do it.

And when you’re looking at how to build a profitable niche site, you should too.

Right now, you don’t know what the future of your brand holds.

And, you’re probably not that good at coding a site and a theme, either. So why spend $60 on a theme right now?

There are tonnes of free themes in the WordPress database that you can download that look super professional but don’t break the bank.

Like this one I was able to use and put together in under 10 minutes…

 

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If you’re adamant that you need a Premium theme, you can check out MyThemeShop where they have some free options of premium themes for you to work with.

But, if I’d recommend starting off like I’ve done above, and making a proper investment in a theme further down the line.

 


Mailing List (Free)

Recently I reviewed all of the big-players in Email Marketing for Matt Woodward and I found one epic thing:

You can start a mailing list for up to 2,000 people with MailChimp, and then when you’ve hit the 2000 limit, you can transfer the database for absolutely free to a different software.

That means you can start your mailing list now for absolutely nothing, then move to a software like Aweber for less than $20 a month when you’re ready to become a fully fledged business.

And, once you hit 2000, you’re already there.

Simply head over to MailChimp and sign up. And, the rest is so easy even your elderly grandmother could do it.

 


Marketing Channels & Outreach (Free)

Damn, your site itself is pretty much complete, right? You’ve got a:

  • Domain
  • Hosting package
  • Logo
  • Theme
  • Mailing List

All you need now is a way of getting it out there.

And, with these free tools, that’s going to be super easy.

Now I won’t teach you to suck eggs, you know you need to go and set up free social media profiles for your niche site, like this Facebook page:

 

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After doing some research with CoSchedule, I’d only recommend using one channel for now.

Pick the one you feel represents your brand best, and run with it.

Because choosing one platform can give you a lot more traction than spreading yourself too thin:

 

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You can find help on how to set up pages through these links:

 


Free Social Media Marketing Tools

For this I’d recommend you set up a Buffer account.

It allows you to schedule updates for your social media profiles days in advance, and can save you a tonne of time, even on the free version.

It’s also the go-to choice of Nichehacks’ Stuart Walker for his updates, so, it’s battle tested for you too:

 

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Free SEO Tools

You don’t need to be an SEO Genius to master it for your site.

You just need to understand some of the basics that can help you get off the ground. Jawad wrote an awesome guide on this if you want to take a deeper look.

But, as far as free tools go, the Yoast SEO tool is the best you’re going to get.

It gives a lovely analysis of your on page, and tells you simply whether you’re going to need to improve or not:

 

 

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There You Have It, Folks…

I’ve just shown you how to start a profitable niche website for less than $32.

That can’t be bad, can it?

You’ve learned how to buy a cheap domain.

Get yourself some hosting.

Get a working logo made for next to nothing.

Why a free theme really isn’t that bad to begin with.

How to set up a free mailing list.

And get traffic using free SEO and social media tools.

If you can get started for $32 there’s really no excuse for not having the budget.

It’s time for you to take action now.

 

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02 May

So What Do You Do Online? Plus How To Keep Control Of Multiple Projects

One of the questions I have gotten a lot lately is so what exactly is an “internet business”  or “what exactly do you do”?

Similarly a lot of my online friends ask me so how many projects do you have on the go and how do you manage them all?

With this post I hope to be able to answer both.

I will show exactly what I do with my online business and also all the different projects I am currently involved in…

What Is My Online Business

If I had to describe my business am I an affiliate marketer, website developer, investor, software creator, SEO, private label FBA seller, ecommerce operator? The short answer is yes to the majority of those but I guess the easiest way to describe it is that I am an online entrepreneur (I get a little gag reflux when I say that because it is very over-used). If someone has a better description I can steal I would be very happy to hear it!

 

How Do I Make Money Online

I will get into many of my projects below but the simple formula is that I build/buy online businesses (usually authority websites) and then convert the traffic into money through different monetization strategies.

This is definitely a simplification but for almost every project this high-level formula remains the same…

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Why Do You Share/What Businesses Do You Run?

People wonder why share so much information about my online business and why not leverage that sharing to sell an information product. Instead of selling an info product I have chosen to go a different route that I believe adds more value… share everything for free and leverage me and my teams skills to sell the same services I am using to build my business.

My model is most closely aligned with a player/coach model where I don’t talk about anything I am not actually doing in my business and only sell services that I am also personally using to build my business.

For me it is important that my ratio of shovel selling to gold digging remains balanced (hopefully some people got that reference ? ).

 

So How Many Projects/Businesses Do I Have?

My business has 4 main focuses and under each of these “divisions” I have several key projects on the go.

Here are my 4 main divisions to my online business…

  1. Portfolio of Websites
  2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com
  3. SEO Services Business
  4. Amazon FBA Business

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Let me break this down into more detail to include both the projects I have with each and the main activities that need to be performed to keep the business moving.

 

Portfolio of Websites – 5 Key Activities/Projects:

I have around ~40 websites that make money with some performing better than others.

To keep this business moving here are the several projects/activities I need to stay on top of…

  1. Website Building– I have done this less frequently recently but still build authority sites when I identify a niche I am wanting to go after.
  2. Website Buying– Buying websites quickly and at a price point that doesn’t make sense for the seller to list on the more popular marketplaces has been a decent project for me. As always if any reader is looking to sell their website that is making money quickly please let me know!
  3. Website Management– Having all these websites I require a team to execute the right activities to help them all grow. The primary activities to manage my portfolio of websites that I now have a team to help me do are the following…
    1. Keyword Research
    2. Content Creation
    3. Backlink/Outreach Effort
    4. Monetization Improvement
    5. Website management (hosting/updates etc)

Team:

The team including the number of people for each position I have to execute this work is the following…

  • Website Builder (0.5) – Does double duty in my services business as well
  • Keyword Researcher (0.5)
  • Content Publisher & General VA (1)
  • Hosting/Website Lead (0.25) – Used for all kinds of different projects/problems

 

AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com – 2 Key Activities/Projects:

AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com is a key project on all on its own. For the majority of my other divisions I am continually setting up systems/teams to pull myself out of the day to day operations of the business. However, with AuthorityWebsiteIncome I write every post (rare exception for a guest post). In addition I am the only one responsible for doing any outreach/promotion.

  1. Highly Useful Content Creation – I create 1 detailed and highly useful post per week.
  2. Outreach within community – Participate in others podcasts or similar
  3. Manage email list/marketing funnel – I haven’t done a good job of this but the idea is to

Team:

  • Content Creation & Outreach – Myself
  • General VA for Posting (1)

 

Services Business – 2 Key Projects

  1. LightningRank.com
    1. Expired Domains for Sale
    2. Done For You PBN Service
    3. Use My PBN Service
  2. BrandBuilders.io
    1. Done for You Amazon FBA Brand Websites
    2. Done for You Affiliate Websites

Team

Below is the team I have to run my business including the number of people by role…

  • Higher level outreach/marketing (1) – Me
  • Project Manager (1) – Kelley
  • Domain Finding Lead (1)
  • Domain Finding Team (3)
  • Domain Backlink Review Lead (1)
  • Content Creation Lead (1)
  • Writers (5-10)
  • Content Reviewer QA/QC (1)
  • Website Building Lead (1)
  • Website Building Team (2-5)
  • Hosting and IT Lead (1)
  • Hosting and IT Assistant (1)
  • General VA (1)
  • The BrandBuilders Team is its own team led by the business lead/partner for BrandBuilders (Andrew)

This business is relatively complex with a LOT of moving parts and systems some human and some software that all need to be working together.

The business manager Kelley is doing a great job keeping all of these moving parts for LightningRank humming along and continuing to deliver awesome rankings to both my sites and customers!

 

Amazon FBA Business – 4 Key Projects

Amazon FBA is the newest online project I have been working on for the last 9 months.

The systems and team to run this business is still getting developed and I will be looking to build a world class team in this space over the coming months!

  1. Brand #1 – Sale and partnership– I am in the process of closing on the sale of this business and joining into an ongoing partnership with the buyer.
  2. Brand #2 – Investor Group– Working with a group of investors to rinse and repeat my Affiliate Site to Amazon FBA business model.
  3. Brand #3 – Next Personal Brand– I will be looking to launch another private label business off the back of one of my affiliate sites. This is a lower priority than #1 & #2 above.
  4. SAAS – ListingEagle.com– This is a very exciting project that is weeks away from launching! A web app that monitors people’s Amazon Private Label listings to ensure there are no hijackers and if there are it notifies them IMMEDIATELY and helps them through the process of getting rid of them!

Team

The team and systems are less developed for the FBA business. Most activities are still being completed by my wife and I. I am training up a VA to be my go-to resource for this business.

  • Inventory Management/Customer Support etc (1)
  • General VA (1)
  • ListingEagle has a GREAT team…
    • Business Development Lead
    • Developer (20% of his time for 1 month)
    • Advisors (3 – very little time commitment)

 

Final Thoughts

This post is meant to provide a behind the scenes look at how my business is setup to hopefully give you some ideas as well. In addition, I hope it helps explain what I do online.

If you are just getting started DO NOT feel overwhelmed with this post, it has taken me 7 years to build up to this business and team. Start with one project, do it yourself, build systems hire a VA to take over those systems and move onto the next part.

If you work online and have to answer the question so what do you do… let me know what you say as I haven’t yet found a good way of explaining it!

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