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Niche Research Without Using Keyword Tools

Written by Marc on June 6th, 2009 with no comments

I know that pretty much every website that you will read will tell you that you should use keyword tools to do your research.  Some of the more common ones that come up include Wordtracker, Adwords external tool, and a few others.  These tools do provide valuable advice and can be a great resource to find a niche for your next site.

But you can do keyword research without keyword tools.

I know that this might be a little bit against the grain, but hear me out.  You see, lately I have been working on creating some niche store websites.  Specifically, these are eBay affiliate websites and they will just be another income stream in my business operations.  …

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Don’t Just Build Sites: Monetize Them

Written by Marc on May 4th, 2009 with no comments

I have been talking to a number of people lately in some Skype rooms I frequent, and for the most part, most of them have at least a site or two.  Their sites cover many topics, and it is great to see that the Internet can provide an outlet for you to express your passion, no matter what it is.

But at the same time, I hear a lot of grumbling from these same people that they really aren’t making any money online.  I know that this can be a challenge for some people, but in the case of these people that I have been talking to, they are all doing something wrong:  they aren’t monetizing their sites.

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Case Study: Proxy Websites

Written by Marc on March 17th, 2009 with no comments

Proxy Site Example I thought that we could start with proxy websites as our first type of site that you can create to make money online.  The reason that I thought we should start with web proxies is that they are a “set and forget” type of site – once you have them setup, there is little work that needs to be done except for marketing.

Now to clarify what a proxy website is, it is a site that offers a service to your visitors that allows them to stay …

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Case Study: Online Business Opportunities

Written by Marc on March 4th, 2009 with no comments

For the next few weeks, we will be looking at various types of sites that you can create to make money online.  I will include in detail how to go about creating these types of sites, costs involved and any other special information that may help you to succeed.

My reasoning for doing this is that when I started online, I really had no idea where to start.  It seems that everyone bombards you with their opportunity but doesn’t tell you the whole truth – and that is where most people either get ripped off, or lost.

So, I will try to lay things out, leave no stone unturned, and lay out a blueprint for you.  If I …

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Niche Domination Tactic: Locally First then Globally

Written by Marc on February 26th, 2009 with 2 comments

leader in your niche If you have any niche (topic centered) websites, chances are that you have done some niche research.  Usually in these instances, you are looking for topics that have good monetization abilities and low competition.  I know that I have done research this way myself, and for the most part it works really well.

But, I would say that this method isn’t the easiest way.  Most gurus and other online experts tell you that this is the way to go, but let me share with you a method that I …

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Diversification Essential to Succeed Online

Written by Marc on October 24th, 2008 with 1 comment

I know that there is a lot of talk about diversification when it comes to investing in stocks or mutual funds.  But when it comes to business (specifically online business), it seems that this subject is quite often overlooked.

There are many people that will tell you that the way to succeed online is to create a site, optimize it, and market it and the money will come.  Now, I suppose there is a possibility that it could happen that way (take for example Facebook.com as an example), but chances are that it won’t.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hit or miss when it comes to the success (and revenue) that a website will generate and that is …

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Creating an Online Business with No Budget

Written by Marc on September 1st, 2008 with no comments

One of the biggest hurdles for some people with respect to starting a business is finding the capital to make it happen.  The problem is that most people don’t have much in terms of savings or other money to spare, and the thought of shelling out a lot of money to invest in a new business venture can be a large hurdle.

But thanks to the development of Web 2.0 sites, that is no longer a problem.  Quite a few of these Web 2.0 properties allow someone with no money to earn their first dollars online.  Sure, there is a bit of a time commitment, but beyond that, no money is required.

A good example of these types …

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Outsourcing to an On-Demand Workforce

Written by Marc on August 7th, 2008 with 2 comments

One of the biggest things that I learned this year is that you need to outsource what you can so that you can get more work done.  This was very hard for me, as in some respects I am a bit of a perfectionist – I want to make sure that everything is done to my standards.

In that case, you would put your potential employees through a hiring process of sorts, and weed out the good from the bad.  This process can take some time, but what if you need to get something simple done quickly?

Post your job on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a marketplace that …

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Gather Your Thoughts Online and Profit

Written by Marc on July 26th, 2008 with no comments

With the popularity of Web 2.0, there is an increase in the number of content sharing sites available on the Internet.  These not only allow you to develop free webpages in any niche, but can also allow you to dominate search engine rankings from many different avenues.

One of the most recent sites about joined is Gather.com.  It is a little different than other content sharing sites such as Squidoo.com and Hubpages.com.  The site more resembles an article directory and design where he would submit a single piece of content such …

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OAPD: Big Day for Making Sites

Written by Marc on July 3rd, 2008 with no comments

It has been awhile since I updated my progress of the One Asset Per Day (OAPD) challenge.  I have been very busy with a blog posting service that I started up, but I finally had a moment to breathe and make some sites today.  The sites that I created today are not related to my core market, but were niche markets that I came up with and I felt that they would be easy to succeed in.

The first Squidoo lens I made today was about bad breath causes and remedies.  It is something that we all suffer from, and it was a good opportunity to write about something that I was …

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