If you have decent writing skills and an passion that translates well to web, you can make a full-time living creating content sites. Content sites aren’t a new business idea, but it has proven to be a viable money maker when built by someone who loves their subject matter and can employ basic SEO writing skills.
The benefits of creating content sites is that it gives you the chance to write about whatever makes you happy while you make money. These tips will give you the information you need for starting a business using content sites.
The first step is to decide on what your content site will be about. It is always best to create a site about a hobby or subject your are passionate about or one that you are particularly skilled at. Search engines are how most of your readers will reach your site and the search engine bots are becoming smart enough to detect content that is created by someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. If you post anything less than knowledgeable content, your site will be pushed back in search engine results and will likely never be visited.
So, write down a list of all of the things you could write at least ten knowledgeable articles about. Once you have a list, do a search for sites on your chosen subjects. Are your potential competitors doing a good job? Is there a niche you could fill with your content site? Make notes about what you discover. In your notes will be the subject of your content site.
Setting Up a Site
Building a site may be the hardest part of the process. The best idea, if you don’t have money to hire someone to build you a site, is to use free website templates until you can afford a designer. Make sure that the company providing the template has easy tools for adding content to the site.
Once part you shouldn’t skimp on is your domain name. Purchase a domain name that reflects your site’s content matter, but is easy to remember.
Solid, useful information is what good content is all about. Good content will help you rise in the search engine rankings, bringing you more visitors, and more profit. Here are some things to remember that will help you end up on page one of searches:
Back up the validity your information with links to reliable sites like the Mayo Clinic, government sites and universities. Make sure the links open in a new window or page.
Add relevant pictures and video to your content. The more media, the better.
Make your articles substantial. Articles should range from 400 to 700 words or longer if you have enough to say.
Only put up content that you created or hired someone to create. Don’t ever post material that is posted on other sites, especially if you don’t have permission.
Your last step is to add ads to your content so that you can make a profit. This is usually as simple as joining an ad provider service such as Adsense, Chikita, Amazon or Commission Junction.
If you follow these steps, you can build a site that provides useful information to others while providing yourself with an income.