How to Build a Niche Site That Brings in at Least $500/Month

How many times have you thought about (or even started) building a niche website with dreams of making thousands of dollars in passive income each month?

If you’re like most people trying to make a living on the internet, the thought has probably crossed your mind at least once, if not thousands of times.

For me, this idea of the niche site is one of the most fascinating anomalies on the internet.  It’s one of the hardest, yet stupidly easy things you can do online.

The steps to building a successful site that pulls in at least $500 a month are extremely straight forward, yet most people come at it from an angle of trying to game the system – they’ve lost before they even reached the starting line.

Sure, there are people out there who make hundreds of thousands of dollars off crappy niche sites and products – but most of them have some serious technical, spam, and SEO skills that let’s face it, we don’t have.

So we’ve gotta come up with a better way, you know, one that actually helps people.

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Niche Site Quick Start

This is the longest post I’ve written in a year.  I go into detail about what to do and why to do it.  Don’t have time for that?  Here’s the 14 step, quick start, Cliff’s Notes version of my strategy for building a niche site. If you have questions about something, then quit being lazy and read the rest of the article.

Still have questions? Leave a comment.

Step #1: Write out as many niche site ideas as you can, using your interests as a starting point.

Step #2: Narrow down niche based on the following criteria:

  • Wide array of products you can review and discuss
  • Higher price, lower volume
  • Are there affiliate programs with good commissions?
  • Are people currently making money?
  • Could you write 100 articles on the topic?

Step #3: Setup your site using this tutorial

Step #4: Start creating content.  Here’s a good outline to get you going:

  • Write 5 articles reviewing 5 of the most popular items in your niche
  • Write 3 in depth tutorials on your niche (How to _______)
  • Write 3 list posts
  • Repeat

Step #5: Sign up for affiliate programs relating to your niche

Step #6: Do keyword research to find 5-10 of the best key terms/products to try and rank for

Step #7: Install Yoast SEO for WordPress and do on site SEO for all posts and pages. Also review “The Backlinking Strategy that Works.” Some of this borders on the spammy realm, but pick and choose what you like.  I used a lot of these general concepts when I got going with my first niche site.

Step #8: Create a list of friends and colleagues to email and tell about your new site

Step #9: Setup social media for the site: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Step #10: Sign up for HARO

Step #11: Make a list of all large blogs and syndicated publications you’d want to be featured on

Step #12: Start contacting previously listed blogs and websites offering guest posts or story ideas (here’s how to do it)  

Step #13: Create a high quality pdf or email series to collect email addresses. Add to site.

Step #14: Repeat Steps 4 and 12, while continuing to build your social media channels and links for SEO.

There you have it, 14 steps to a niche site that will make you at least $500/month.  Want to actually learn how to do this? Then keep reading.

My First and Only Niche Site

Ok in this for the long haul? Cool, grab some coffee or a beer and let’s get going with this. About two years ago a friend of mine and I started a niche site called HDR Software.

For those of you who don’t know HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a process where you take 3 versions of the exact same photograph where one is over-exposed, one is under-exposed, and one is taken at normal exposure. The software then allows you to combine these images to take one perfectly exposed image.

Here’s an example:

Yangshou HDR

I’d already had a site based around this process, so it was a natural fit to jump into this market. For the first year we did very little paid SEO, wrote all of our own content, and really didn’t spend that much time working on it.

Within 6 months the site was making over $1k a month.

At it’s peak it was making closer to $3k/month. Things were great. We provided unbiased reviews of software, along with tips for HDR success, and were making good money in the process.

That’s when we started making mistakes.

We hired out two different SEO companies to do some link building for us – believing them when they said it was all hand built, non-spammy links. A month into working with both of them, we couldn’t believe what we were seeing when we looked at our link profiles – nothing but spam.

We canceled the accounts immediately – but the damage was done. A few months later the Google Penguin algorithm update happened, and our traffic dropped by about 75% overnight. The site still brings in about $1k/month and I’ve had a renewed goal of getting it back to it’s former glory.

However the point of me telling you this is I know what works, and what doesn’t – both through my own experience, as well as that of close friends who have seen spectacular success, catastrophic failures, and many who just saw a whole lot of nothing when it comes to niche affiliate websites.

Today, I’m going to share with you, exactly how to build a successful niche affiliate website. More importantly, we’re going to do it in a way that would make your mom proud.

Crash Course: How Do You Make Money Through a Niche Site

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s talk real briefly about how we’re actually going to make money through this site. There are a lot of ways to make money on the internet, a few of the ones you’ll find on niche sites are:

    • Affiliate Links
    • Adsense Ads
    • Other Paid Advertisements
    • Paid Text Links
    • Direct product sales

However for the purposes of this post, we’re solely going to focus on affiliate marketing. What’s that you might be wondering?

Glad you asked. Here’s the process in the simplest terms possible:

    • You have a website
    • Someone else has a product
    • You get a special link to their product
    • A reader clicks on the link and buys the product
    • You get a commission

Simple as that!

However for as simple as it sounds, actually getting traffic and getting people to buy products is a much more difficult task that we’ll be covering in depth in this article.

Now that we’re on the same page though, lets jump into exactly how to select a niche, and more importantly how we’re going to select the specific products we’re going to promote.

How to Find and Test a Niche 

I believe you can build a niche website around just about anything, assuming you’re passionate enough about the topic. The reason most people fail is because they choose a niche like “Swedish leather furniture” when they are nomadic and have absolutely no interest in what they’re writing about.

If you want to do this successfully, basically think of this new site like a blog. A blog where you have to write a LOT about one particular topic, and the content has to be really good.

If you don’t have a certain level of knowledge or interest in that topic, you’re going to get burnt out before you even make your first dollar. This is why niche selection is so important.

Action Item: Write out a list of every product, hobby, or interest you have that you might be able to build a site around.

Why? Because everyone always says they don’t have a good idea.  I’m willing to bet if you get a list of 50-100 possible niches you’ll be in good shape.

Need a jumpstart, here are some from my brainstorm list:

    • Tennis ball machines
    • Islay scotch
    • DSLR cameras
    • golf balls
    • tripods
    • travel credit cards
    • video editing software
    • travel backpacks
    • headphones

I could go on like that forever, as I’m sure you could too if you start thinking about it.

Now, with enough time, motivation, and passion, I think you could probably build a successful niche site out of just about any one of those niches I listed. But we don’t have all the time in the world, so we want to make sure we give ourselves the best shot at success possible.

How are we going to do that?  By running our list of niches through a few key filters.

Action Item: Narrow down niche based on the following criteria:

High Price, Low Volume

I’d rather make a bunch of money off one sale, than a little money off a lot of sales.

This holds more true for e-commerce/dropshipping websites – but I look at it like this: if I have a low priced product I have to get maybe 5 or 10 times as many people to actually whip out their credit cards and buy something, but if I only have to convince one person to make a good commission – it’ll be easier to make money over the long term.

Could I write 100 articles about the topic? My strategy is all about creating incredibly useful, shareable content – so if I can’t see myself writing 100 unique articles over the next couple years then there’s a good chance I’m not interested in it enough to invest the time and energy into the project.

Don’t get me wrong, maybe you’ll be able to, but for me, this one’s a deal breaker. Note: If you have some money to invest, you can hire this out as long as you’re diligent about the quality.

Are there affiliate programs (with good commissions)?

There are affiliate programs out there that will allow you to sell just about anything.

The question is, what are the commissions like? The whole “high price, low volume” doesn’t work if you still only get a 1% commission off the sale. I generally won’t get into any market with less than a 10% affiliate commission unless I have a really good reason. I also shoot for at least 25-30% with everything I do.

It’s worth noting you generally won’t find commissions this high with physical products, but if you have a few goodproducts that you can recommend with higher commissions, it can help subsidize the rest of the products that may have lower commissions.

Are there currently people making money?

This can be a tough question to answer definitively, but here’s how I go about it.

Come up with 5-10 keywords that people might search for when looking for your product. Let’s say it’s DSLR cameras, in particular let’s use the Nikon D7000 as our example. I might search for: Nikon D7000 review, Nikon D7000 sale, adorama coupon code (a site that sells the camera), Nikon D7000 vs. D600.

I’ll then run those through the Google Keyword Tool or Market Samurai to see how much traffic they each get. In this case, “Nikon D7000 Review” gets 27,100 searches per month.

Note: Doing this will also provide you with a hundred other keywords that may be more attractive.

When I do a search for that (and all these other keywords), one site continually pops up: This just so happens to be one of my favorite photography sites – where all he does is review Nikon camera equipment.

Is he making money off the site? Yep. He even tells us he is at the bottom of every page.

Moreover, he says the site makes him enough for him and his family to live off of. This is the perfect example of an affiliate site done well. But, that’s just one guy.

Are other people making money?

Looking through some of the pages on the search results, there are other reviews with affiliate links in them, so I’ve gotta imagine that because there are so many people in this market reviewing this particular product, that people are making some decent money (especially if they are reviewing a bunch of other cameras and equipment as well).

Here’s my basic formula for determining if it’s a profitable niche: Buying Keyterm Traffic + Lots of reviews with affiliate links + High priced product with good affiliate commissions = Good chance people are making money.

There are much more scientific and in depth ways you can research this, but if you’re just starting out this can help you get a good idea.

Why I Personally Wouldn’t Build a Site Around Amazon

Before we start jumping into the specifics of getting your site setup, we should address one thing: Amazon. Amazon is the biggest and most well known affiliate program in the world – and for good reason: you can sell almost anything.

There are certainly people out there that make a good living off nothing but Amazon affiliate sales – but for your first niche site, I don’t recommend going that route. Amazon starts you out at 4% and as you sell more bumps you up to around 7% commissions.

There’s a lot that’s attractive about it. If someone clicks a link and then buys anything in the next 72 hours you get paid.

So why not go that route? You need a lot of traffic to be successful. I’ve used Amazon links a fair amount across all my sites, and the biggest month I ‘ve ever had I sold 100 items that earned me about $80.

If I had a whole site devoted to nothing but one type of item it might be different, but usually there’s going to be a more specific affiliate program for your product that will probably have higher commissions.

For instance I could sell the photography software I promote through Amazon and usually earn around 6% – but if I do it through their own affiliate program I make 30%.  Hmmmm… Use Amazon as a supplement, not a primary focus.

What to Focus on When You’re Starting Out 

Ok, so you’ve done some research and selected a niche.  From there you’ve found some specific products you’re feeling really good about. Now what? Well you need to actually get the site up.

Action Item: Follow this process in order to get your hosting, domain and basic site up and running.

Don’t worry about spending tons of money on a custom design or anything like that.

Get a premium WordPress theme, hire someone on Fiverr to do a logo for you, and you’ll be good to go. Design is completely secondary at this point to content.

Action Item: Install these extra things you’ll want to make sure you have:

    • Yoast SEO Plugin. Search engine traffic is going to play a big role in the success of your site.  This is the best SEO plugin out there, and makes it extremely easy to see if your pages are optimized – even if you have no experience with SEO.
    • Optin Skin – I’m increasingly convinced in the importance of an email list for niche sites.  This is the best tool I’ve used for helping to build that list. It costs $67, but trust me, it’s well worth it.
    • Google XML Sitemap – You want to make it as easy as possible for the search engine spiders to find and categorize your site.

How to Create a Content Plan that Works

When you’re trying to drive traffic to a niche site you can do so in two ways:

  • Legit Way
  • Spammy Way
We’re going to be doing it the legit way, which in turn makes the content on your site a thousand times more important.  We’re not just writing any content either, we’re being very deliberate as it has a couple specific goals we want to accomplish:
  • Extremely Sharable – Because we’re not going to be doing a lot of spammy link building, we’re going to need to get links by you know, actually creating something people want to share.  Brush up on your headline and copywriting skills, as this forms the basis for everything we create.
  • Content that Sells – The end result of all of this is you need to get someone to buy something, so your content should help sell them on why they should do that.
  • Ranks in Search Engines – You don’t want to write specifically for the computers, but like we mentioned above, you want to make it as easy on them as possible.

So, how do we accomplish this?

Well there are a few specific types of content that I’ve found works extremely well. Let’s go over what those are in detail.

Review Posts

One of the best ways to sell any product is to include an entire post that details how the product has had a personal effect on you.  How did it improve your life? What can you do now that you couldn’t before? What were the legitimate downsides of the product?

All of these things help make a buyer’s decision much easier – this is especially true if you create a brand built around quality and trust.

At HDR Software I personally review every single product.  I give my honest opinions, I compare them to one another, and I do my best to allow the user to have a solid choice about what’s best for them by the time they’re all done.

Detailed Tutorials Showcasing a Product

Just as important as review posts, are posts where people can learn a thing or to – after all your readers won’t always be in a buying mode, so you want to get them to come back on a fairly regular basis and build loyalty to your brand.

The best tutorial posts feature a product in one way or another.

For instance this post about Black and White HDR Photography showcased a few different products that I use in order to create black and white HDR.  It’s not only educating, but it’s playing up the abilities of the software – hopefully making people realize it could be a good asset to their photo arsenal.

If you get detailed enough, these are also the kinds of posts that could get picked up and syndicated by larger blogs in your industry.

List Posts About Your Niche

Bottom line, list posts are easy to read and easy to share. People love them, even if they often don’t provide as much in depth value as the previous two kinds of posts.

If there are a lot of products in your niche, you can potentially make these posts profitable by writing articles with titles like:

  • 5 Best Point and Shoot Cameras for Low Light
  • 3 Best Golf Shoes for Playing in the Rain
  • 7 A/V Receivers That Will Make Your Neighbors Hate You

Posts like that are enticing, and if you do little mini reviews in them, you can generate some sales.

It’s also worth noting, not every single post has to be trying to sell something. Yes that’s the goal of the site, but you’re only going to make money by providing value, so make that the priority above all else.

Coupon Code Pages

This is less of a content post and totally an SEO play.

When you’re on a checkout page getting ready to buy, what’s the first thing you do when you see that little box  that says “discount code”?

You Google “product name discount code” – or something similar.

With many affilaite programs instead of getting an affilaite link, you get an affilaite code.

The user enters in the code at check out, they get a discount and you get paid.

In addition to using your code in tutorials and review posts, you can create a page that walks people through exactly how to use the code.

Title the page “Product Name Discount Code” or some variation, and use some of your SEO resources to build a few links for that page.  Often people will see it come up and see the coupon code in the title, and without even coming to your site you’ll get paid – because you gave them what they wanted, a discount.

Action Item: Start writing content based on these types of posts. Here’s a good plan to get started:

  • Write 5 articles reviewing 5 of the most popular items in your niche
  • Write 3 in depth tutorials on your niche (How to _______)
  • Write 3 list posts
  • Repeat

The Most Important Factor for Any Site

Bottom line, if no one comes to your site, you’re not gonna make any money (with the exception of the little tip above about coupon codes).

With the content strategies I’ve outlined, you’ll position yourself well, but in the beginning simply writing good content isn’t going to cut it.

Use the following strategies to help spread the word quickly and help you gain traction.

With a Little Help from Your Friends

Have any friends that do stuff on the internet? Great, give them a call or send them an email to let them know about your new project.  You don’t want to be the dude that’s constantly inundating all your friends with pitches and favors, but don’t be afraid to let them know what you’re up to.

Often they’ll be able to do something small like give you a link on their site, or mention it via Facebook or Twitter.  When you’re getting going anything helps, and it’s usually the people you’re already close to that will have the biggest impact towards getting on the right track.

If they have blogs see if you can write them a guest post.  With almost every guest post I write I find a way to work a link back to my HDR site.  It’s always relevant, but by doing this I’m not only building my blog, but my niche site as well.

List Out the Big Sites that Might Be Interested

Major blogs and news outlets are constantly looking for story ideas.  When they are posting dozens of articles a day at times, editors love it when people come to them with good ideas and make their lives easier.

Make a list of all of the big web sites or blogs directly related to your niche and send the editors an email telling them about your latest post or story ideas.

Need ideas on how to do this, read “Trust me, I’m Lying” to get the juices flowing.

If it’s someone’s personal blog, maybe you offer to write a guest post (here’s how to pitch it). Be persistent with this, and eventually you’ll have the BBC writing about your marathon or Psychology Today writing about your unique lifestyle.

Landing just one publication like this can be a total game changer for a small site.


Help a Reporter Out makes it even easier to find opportunities for press.  You sign up for the topics you’re interested in and receive an email or two a day from reporters looking for stories.

If you want to really dig deeply into exactly how to use it for media mentions, check out this post. Simple as that. This can help you position yourself as an expert on your topic, and potentially drive a lot of traffic to your new site.

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest – all of these can be huge drivers of traffic to a site.  Provide unique content via each of these mediums, and develop a little mini-community around each of them.

The better you are at this, the more interested they will become when you’re sending them back to your site to see your latest post.

I’ve personally found Facebook to be the best for traffic.  It’s easier to be seen and the ability to add a photo and longer caption to a post can be just enough to get people to click through more than say Twitter.

Email List

Once you’ve done all the basics, you can hop into “niche site 301”, and come up with an email gift for people. Maybe it’s a 4 part email series educating users on your niche, or perhaps it’s a full on pdf ebook that teaches them something useful.

Either way, giving people something of value for signing up to your email list is helping you to build a huge asset.

Like I said, traffic on our site dropped nearly 75% overnight. Had we been building an email list, we’d still have a way of communicating with our most loyal readers.

If you setup the list to send emails for every new post, you’ll also drive more traffic back to the site in the process.

Action Item: Do all the things listed above:

  • Make a list of friends to contact about your new site – contact them.
  • Make a list of larger blogs and publications you want to be featured in – contact as you begin creating content
  • Sign up for HARO
  • Register social media accounts and star posting
  • Begin formulating ideas for your email list

A Quick Primer on SEO

So we talked all about how to build content that gets shared, leading to backlinks from others, which improves SEO, and ultimately makes you money.

In a perfect world, that’s all you need to do.

It isn’t always that simple however, and sometimes you just need a jump start.

Review How to Become an SEO Freelancer in 48 Hours

This is one of the highest trafficked posts on this blog.  It’s a full overview on SEO and is worth reviewing as you’re getting your site up and running.

Yoast SEO for WordPress

As we’ve mentioned above, you’ll want to grab Yoast SEO for WordPress.  It’s free, and it makes it as easy as possible to see if you’re optimized for a particular key term:

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO Page Analysis Screen

Select your keyword, and use their handy system to see if the keyword is in all the right places.  Once you’ve got a “green light” you know that post is in good shape from an on site perspective.

The Backlinking Strategy that Works

We want to do our SEO in the least spammy way possible – however with these sites, the vast majority of your traffic and income is going to come from the search engines. So in order to help facilitate that process, you might need a little kickstart.

When my partner and I began HDR Software I essentially used the same system that Pat Flynn recommends in “The Backlinking Strategy that Works.

He’s done a pretty good job of keeping this post up to date, but make sure you read the notes at the beginning of the article for the caveats.

This will help get you a good base, but it’s through high quality content, sharing, and larger media outlets that you’re really going to get the good links, traffic, and in turn money.

Action Item: Read both “How to Become an SEO Freelancer in 48 Hours” and “The Backlinking Strategy that Works” posts and begin implementing

Does This Process Really Work?

Well there you have it, this is exactly how to build a niche site in a non spammy way that will make you at least $500 a month.

Really? You might be asking “Is that all I have to do?”

That’s pretty much it. Don’t get me wrong though, you can sum up the process in 14 steps but it takes a lot of work and a lot of trial and error.

The main way you’re going to make consistent income is ranking highly in Google for buying key terms.  Spend extra time doing the research to make sure you’re link building efforts aren’t wasted on terms that won’t have much monetary benefit.

If it takes a few months to start seeing rankings or even your first dollar – don’t get discouraged.

With every piece of content you create you’re opening up the door for someone to find you.  This is not an overnight project – you’re in this for the long haul.

That said, if you’re willing to devote some time up front, in the end you’ll be rewarded with a business and asset that will make you relatively “passive income” for years to come.

Want to Go Even More In Depth?

This article tells you all you need to know in order to get started.  But I’ve built an entire blueprint on affiliate marketing inside Location Rebel that will totally hold your hand if you want more help.

Want to know about the HUGE benefit of rich snippets? How about how to create an email campaign that sells? Google Authorship? The most up to date things I (and hundreds of others) have learned? 12 other detailed blueprints helping you build an online business?

For this, and so, so much more check out my private community and business building course Location Rebel.

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Michael .O. April 14, 2015 at 4:27 am

l really took my time reading this piece, it was on of the best l have seen recently, very down to earth and practical,,, l would love to start trying some of your advice out, although earning a living from my location (Nigeria) is one of the most difficult things on this planet earth. but many thanks to your article.


Megan Pangan May 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Sean!
This was really informative. I was wondering, what’s your opinion on using Weebly over wordpress. I’m a big fan of wordpress, but I more just want to focus on content than worry about design.


Amy May 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Hi Megan,
Can I offer you some advice? Lead Pages has good ideas for layouts. Canva can make you a designer. If you look around the web, most of the logos are pretty basic. Find a Wordpress theme that you like the layout of. What I did for my website was find a theme with the colors that I loved and then designed a Canva logo that complimented it. I still use a free theme but it looks nice. You can even do black and white and then add colors from Canva.
Hope this helps!


Toko KOmputer dan Gadget May 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

I still confuse how to put the ads for best CTR, but thanks for share, I got something new here.

This is possibly the best guide to affiliate marketing I have read. This is really going to help me finally get started and jump right in.


Neeraj June 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Sean you have mention all the things in a proper way in this single post …..I really like your way to describe all the thing short and simply.


Erik June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

Hi Sean,
awesome information!
At beginning of this year, I started using LongTailPRO.
I found a profitable keyword, I used to build a niche site from scratch.
Now, after 3 months of natural link building, I rank #4 for its keywords for Google U.S.
Feeling proud!

Thanks for sharing your guide, Sean.


Sameer Sahil July 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

Hello,This is the best guide for Building Niche Site i must say.I’ve seen hundreds of case studies over the years,but this one is really good.I’ve recently made a Entertainment niche site I’m currently monetizing it using Adsense and Amazon Affiliate and I’m already making 3 figure income which is good for the first time.


osas July 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

i need to start small good business


Raini July 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Great article! The only question I have is how do I go about setting up commissions?


Jenny July 22, 2015 at 10:15 am

Very useful list to follow. Thank you. I have started a niche site but not earn money. I will try to do again with your detail guide


Mike July 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the insightful post! Very easy to follow guide. I am in the middle of building my own niche site, and have no background in any sort of online business. I have been running into some smaller problems such as, where do I get pictures to put on my website and include with my posts? Do you know of any resources or guides that address this or other small problems people may run into when they begin building niche sites?


Lourensia July 30, 2015 at 3:38 am

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome and practical post!


Chris August 3, 2015 at 11:45 am

Thanks. This is a really helpful post. I’m just starting out and there’s a tonne of useful stuff here.


NicheLaboratory August 11, 2015 at 5:34 am

Thanks for a useful article. I built a lot of niche sites in 2010. Loads got killed off by successive Google updates. However, some sites are still doing well. The key really is to provide USEFUL services in less competitive niches.

When I mean useful services, I mean moving away from just writing articles, and provide real value for your site visitors.


Ben August 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Hi everyone, just an open question anyone can answer if you please:

I was going to build a site around my hobby, kitesurfing, not necessarily to make money but as it is time consuming it would be good to make a return on it.

Following the research steps I’ve come to realise that there are no affiliate programmes in the niche, only retailers selling products themselves. There are also not a high number of buying keyword searches in the niche each month.

As a result the only income I can think of would be Google Adword clicks and direct advertising if the site became more popular, possible free samples of product later down the line.

The question: Is it inadvisable to develop a site in a niche in this state?

Thank you all.


Rahul September 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Thats is very nice working on a micro niche sites because these kind of blogs take less time and produce great results.I really like this task. Thanks for the informative article. 🙂


Rohit Singh September 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for this post and I think that niche sites are good way to make money if you are able to rank them successfully in Google


@199flags September 23, 2015 at 12:50 am

These are the kinds of write ups that make the internet a better place. With the huge boom it’s tough to sift through everything. I’ve been fighting tooth and nail to get up to speed after coming late to the party. Thank you for your post! I myself am trying to become travel independent, but my niche is a tough one.


Glen Sickemore September 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

Is there a reason my comment didn’t make it through moderation?


Sean September 23, 2015 at 8:39 am

Sorry just hadn’t checked it yet 🙂


@199flags October 2, 2015 at 7:52 am

My apologies for being impatient.

Cally October 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

I am so dumb,I kept reading your name as Seanogal and was fully convinced that you are a die-hard Tolkien fan and your favorite character is Smeagol 😀

Great article by the way, you described about a year’s worth of work in a light positive way, I liked your style of writing, so clear, coherent and the content was very helpful as well.

Thank you


Tim November 1, 2015 at 12:24 am

Great read Sean.

You mentioned “buy key term traffic”.

For the life of me I cannot find what this means on Google… And you don’t explain it in more detail. What’s key term traffic? Targeted traffic for chosen keyword? Cheers!


Shameem Reza November 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

This is just an awesome guide I was looking for. Basically I am a programmer but as writing is my hobby, I was thinking about to start Affiliate marketing. Trust me this your this article just save 80% of my time. Thanks, Thanks a lot.


Miro December 15, 2015 at 6:03 am

This is really great post. Long article but going right into the point of choosing and building the niche sites. I definitely got some good ideas, and could see where I do the mistakes.

Thanks Sean


Ajay December 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Hi Sean, awesome information. Always look forward to read your posts.
Thanks 🙂


Eren January 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

You said that Amazon isn’t a good start for beginners, but what do you think of Azon Authority, hence in gives 90 days for the consumer, and if they pay within the 90 days, you will get your comission. And they have other things that stand a out. My question is, is this a scam-thing, because it is just too good to be true, I think. Well thank you for your time,
Best regards,


Jayar Reynado January 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

I’ve maid a blog with multiple niche. And I’m getting a hard time thinking and starting a articles for each niche that I have on my blog. When I just rear this article from you, I got sad and realize my mistakes but at the same time excited to revise my blog =).

This was really helpful for me!



Omar Saady February 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm


Thanks for sharing this awesome post

Yes it seems to be the ultimate affiliate marketing training report specially for newbies

I think that affiliate marketing is all about pinpointing the right niche – the one that you’re willing to pour hours of your life into. Yet, at a certain point, you need to choose one in which you’ll be able to find solid, willing prospects.

Thanks again
Omar Saady


Chris February 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

Just curious, how much time would you say it would take the average person who has a decent understanding of how to do much of what you covered to get through all of these steps? Just a rough estimate. And how long, again, on average, after doing all of this would it take before that person starts seeing $500/month in a medium competitive niche – one that you would consider being pretty ideal?


Karthik February 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Complete post for Build a Niche Webside… I have learned lot from this article. Now i can understood about niche blog..Thanks for Sharing..


Sam Torres February 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

Thank you for this article. I have created a niche blog following most of your guidelines. Which would be the best affiliate system that you recommend for a website focused on gardening tools?


Jennifer Alvarado March 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Building niche site is a wonderful way to earn decent amount of money in shorter periods. Also, you do not have to use many strategies for making them creative and user friendly.
Thanks for your detailed information about building a niche site. Although I was having adequate information of building a niche web site but I was not aware about the step by step procedure..So, your article had inspired me to build niche websites for my online business..
Can you explain about benefits of HARO strategy? How it help us in our business?


Luana March 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

This is a great list, find good niche ideas has been one of my major difficulties, because not all we find has a good search volume and at the same time with low competition. I like these ideas. Thanks for sharing.


Mark March 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

Hi Sean,

Thanks for a great article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I’m following al of your steps.

Just one question. I have visited your site where you are currently making $1000 a month, and I cannot see any links to purchase software or goods.

Can you please tell me how your website generates so much money when the links are not clear to see?



Sean March 14, 2016 at 11:47 am

There are affiliate links and affiliate coupon codes in each of the reviews.


Henrique March 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Great tips, I’m looking for good niche markets to build a money site and I found your page. Interesting ideas I’ll try some of them. Now I’m looking for something that is related to some of my passions and hobbies and you have possibility for monetization


Pavlos March 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Hi there,
I have a question for you my friend. Is it writing content the only way to earn money through affiliate marketing? What if I am not the best copywriter out there? Is there any other form of marketing that dosn’t require rich content? For example, which is the model of platforms like Gadget Flow?


Dweepayan Das May 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

Great tips, I’m looking for sensible niche markets to make a casting website and that I found your page. Interesting ideas I’ll strive some of them. Now I’m trying for one thing that’s associated with a number of my passions and hobbies and you’ve got risk for monetization


Jonathan May 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Great post, Sean! Do you still think this works now after all the animals Google released lately :)?


zach June 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

Hi Sean-

My passion is golf and watches. The 3 niches I’ve narrowed down are:

1) Vacation golf packages
2) Golf Simulators
3) Luxury watches

What niche would be a good way to start? Also, do you focus content on brands or do you create a umbrella name and affiliate market off of that i.e..

Create a golf site that follows the outline you’ve provided regarding content, but link to golf simulator affiliate sites, golf club affiliate sites, etc.. you stay more focused? For example, only do a golf club site, or only do a simulator site , or only do Rolex luxury watches.

All feedback is appreciated!



Sean June 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

haha you and I would get along well.

I have quite a bit of experience in all of these niches, so if you want to talk in more detail shoot me an email at

But here are some thoughts:

1) does this really well. Where the real money is, is building up your email list and getting the resorts to do direct mailings.

2) The high end market is tough with this, I make a nice affiliate income from reviewing some of the lower end products:

3) Luxury watches are tough – because most people will buy them through authorized dealers, and with so many fakes out there, you have to overcome quite a bit of skepticism from anyone who is not authorized.


Kunal July 1, 2016 at 3:36 am

I was searching for Amazon niche and got this wonderful article. I must say that my thinking regarding niche marketing has widened after reading this post. The idea I had thought of working is mentioned in much more elaborated form.

Thanks Sean!


Sarah July 6, 2016 at 1:15 am

This article is the most helpful one I have come across so thank you. I’m in the planning stages of my site. I didn’t think I’d be able to make money out of my interests but it makes sense that it is the best way to go. Thanks to you.


Joseph Moran July 12, 2016 at 1:41 am

Hi sean,
Your article is really really great …Information you have shared is very useful for me..I have just bookmarked your post and also forwarded this to my friend…Much thanks for sharing 🙂


Rich July 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Great article Sean – I’ve added it as a resource to my business idea directory.


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