I’ve been working on, and thinking about authority niche sites a lot lately. Authority sites are quickly becoming (in my opinion) the best way to make money online. While they are certainly not a get rich quick option, they are great for building up long term income which, if you stay focused, will keep growing and growing over time. Thousands of people in the ‘make money online’ world create (or attempt to create) authority sites because they know just how profitable they can be. In fact, a great number of my freelance writing clients are marketers who are building authority sites, but don’t know how to write well (or just don’t enjoy the process.)
Whether you write for clients directly, or you work for the content mills, you are almost certainly building up the content of someone else’s authority site. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but it really got me thinking. If you are building up other people’s authority sites with your content, why not take a little bit of time to create your own. If these other people are able to make a profitable site while still paying you to write the content, imagine how much more profitable your site can be! In addition to simply being able to get all the content for free, you won’t be limited to the amount of content you can publish based on a budget!
It’s Too Hard?
Many of the writers I’ve talked to have commented that they wish they could build a niche site (or even just a site to market their own freelance writing business) but they believe it is too hard. Some writers aren’t very technical, and can get overwhelmed by the process of setting up a new site. The fact is, however, that it is easier than ever to set up a new blog. Once the initial installation is complete, there is very little technical work to be done, because it is all managed by WordPress.
I’ve created an extremely detailed, step-by-step guide to creating a new site which will walk you through from choosing a niche to setting up your site and even giving options on how to make money from it. If you’re interested in learning more, you can see it HERE. If you follow that guide, you can have your site set up and ready to go in under an hour! Being too difficult is really not an excuse for anyone any more.
You’re Too Busy?
Another common excuse I’ve heard is that you’re too busy. Many of us writers (myself included) work full time jobs, do a lot of freelance writing, and also have a family and friends we want to spend time with. There is no doubt that being busy can make it more difficult to create a successful authority niche site, but it isn’t impossible. If you choose to make a site about something you are already knowledgeable about, it won’t take you too long to write the posts for the sites. I can typically create a new post in under a half hour, and as long as I post a couple times per week, the blog will quickly grow!
In addition, if you ever have a time when you don’t have many orders coming in from your freelance writing clients, you can use that to build up your content. When you have that lull in orders, create a bunch of posts for your site, and schedule them to be posted in the future. There are many ways to make sure you have the time to create the content you need for your site, it just takes dedication to getting it done.
Here to Help!
Remember, if you do decide to create your own authority niche site, you’re not alone! The online writing community is extremely friendly, and always willing to help. I’ve met some amazing people online who have given me great advice, helped me improve my writing (and my sites) and have just been a great support system. I recommend you join some writing groups to get this support as well. You can see (and join) one great community which helps keep you motivated to write. It is run by Bonnie Gean (and I help a little bit too when I can). It’s over on Facebook, you can find it HERE.
In addition, I’m always here to help you in any way I can. Just contact me in the comments below, or email me at Michael@WriteForMoneyOnline.com. Thank you!