An interesting discussion arose over at PPC Super Affiliate Amit Mehta’s blog: Is it easy to create content, which ultimately drives traffic and generates profits, at an attractive price?
Amit and I are in obvious agreement that niche sites can be very profitable. As Amit notes:
Yes, $1k-$2k/month is fairly typical for the amount of revenue that I generate from my content sites just free traffic. Small compared to what I make from PPC from these site, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great source of long term revenues & profits, especially if you continue to add content and get backlinks to your site.
That $1k-$2k/month can grow to $1k/day, I know one affiliate who have done this in 6 months by ranking high in Yahoo and MSN.
Certainly, niche sites can provide nice long tail income, especially if you’ve built a critical mass of niche sites.
Amit’s experience of talking to one super affiliate: I had a chance to speak with some other very successful super affiliates. I talked to one guy who was running 500 affiliate offers at one time, making $20-$50/day from each one. WOW!
Is fairly typical of a number of Super Affiliates I’ve worked together with.
But the one limiting factor, especially if you’re not already doing this regularly is:
How do you generate original and more importantly “sticky” content.
Tim notes in the comments to Amit’s post:
Thanks for addressing the issue of content creation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m curious to know where you are finding writers who work for $5 a page. Most of the eLance article writers I have seen who actually have a good command of English and write well charge a lot more than $5 a page. Maybe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not negotiating enough.
It would be great if you could share your Ã¢â‚¬Å“insider strategiesÃ¢â‚¬Â on quality content control and selecting the right people to outsource to. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve found some great people on eLance, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not insanely cheap not do I want to insult them by nickel-and-diming them down to nothing. I think what Amit has said is that if you find someone good, expect to pay them well because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in pretty high demand.
The reality is that you will get what you pay for. Proven quality costs.
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