Making Money with Micro Niche Finder

As I mentioned in my previous article, The Thin Affiliate Site Experiment using Micro Niche Finder, I recently purchased Micro Niche Finder and I wanted to crank out some thin eBay sites and see if they would convert.  So, in August I bought ten new domains and I cranked out 10 eBay Niche Stores using phpBay and the wordpress Search2Post plugin.  I'll talk more about Search2Post in a coming post, but let me just say right now that it's seriously changed the way I create Niche sites.

My goal with these sites was to target small niches that would require NO BACKLINKS.  I'm freaking tired of making backlinks for all my niche stores.  I just want something I can crank out and leave it there.  Sure, it's not going to make buckets of money, but as long as it makes enough money to pay for the domain registration and compensate me for my 20 minutes of time, then I'm fine.  I expect all of these sites to be profitable after 2-3 months of being indexed.  The best part about this strategy is that I can just rinse and repeat and not look back.

So, with the help of Micro Niche Finder, I found 10 keyword combinations that I could easily rank on with absolutely no backlinks.  I put a little bit of Adsense and maybe some Amazon (using phpZon Pro) and then moved on to the next site.  These sites all got indexed in late August or early September and at the end of September I've made $47.32 total on them.  That averages out to 4.73 per site per month.  And, keep in mind that many of these sites weren't indexed at all at the start of September.  So, what we are looking at here is a worst case scenario.  I fully expect these sites to make $10-15/month for quite some time with out any more support from me.  So, now it's just a case of how many I can crank out.  And, with a site taking me roughly 20 minutes, things are starting to look pretty sunny.

What's so great about this is that there a loads of ways to make money using Micro Niche Finder (in fact, check out these videos which shows your 5 different ways to make money), I just picked the one I was most comfortable with and went to town!

Picking a niche for your niche store.

So, I've made a handful of niche stores so far.  At first I was using a free WordPress plugin but I got tired of not being able to search by category, minimum price and so on.  So, I finally bit the bullet and bought Phpbay Pro.  It was $79 and that's a chunk of change, but you can use it on unlimited domains and it's free upgrades for life.  Besides, my time is valuable to me.  So, if I can make more niche stores in less time then it's completely worth the $79.

NOTE: If you do buy Phpbay Pro (or you already have it) something that isn't really in the manual is that you can have multiple keywords by using the "|" pipe character.  So, if you put in "doorknob handles hardware" in for a keyword in Phpbay Pro, you are actually looking for that exact phrase.  That might not be what you want.  You are probably wanting this instead "doorknob|handles|hardware".

Anyway, on my previous niche stores, I picked things that I was already into.  But, these things aren't necessarily good subjects for niche stores.  That is to say, I wasn't doing any research, I was just picking out of a hat, effectively.  What you really need is a way to see what people are looking for on eBay.  Now, there is eBay Pulse,which is pretty cool, but it seems like you can only see hot searches one category deep (unless I'm just missing it somehow).  Also, I don't know how far back the data goes on eBay Pulse.

So, after a little bit of digging around, I found TeraPeak.  They have over two years of eBay research data and you can use it for all sorts of purposes.  That is to say, if you are an eBay seller (as well as an affiliate marketer) then you use their data to know when to sell on eBay. I recently searched 90 days worth of auctions to find the best time of day and the best day of the week to sell some of my old HP DL320 servers.  You can find the best time/date for sell-through percentage or highest price, or try and find a balance of the two.  It's great for this!

But, I think for something like $5 you get access to all the search data as well.  So, now you can look for hot categories, hot searches, hot products, etc.  And you can drill down by category.  So, yesterday I used it to search something like 5-6 categories deep to find the searches that people are most often typing in a particular category.  Then I can create pages using Phpbay Pro where I use those popular search keywords to display auctions related to those searches.  The users dig it because now they can find what they are most likely to be searching for with just a single click.

Still not convinced?  Believe me, I get.  It seems like there is so much software to buy out there.  But, in my opinion, TeraPeak and Phpbay Pro are worth it.  Your niche stores are going to be quicker and easier to build and your niches should be more lucrative if you do the research up front.  But, if you want to see it in action, check out the Terapeak eBay Demo Videos.


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