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Life After AdSense: Part 5 – Alternatives to Making Money With Niche Sites

Are you a member of the Warrior Forum?

I bet you spend a lot of time reading about niche sites and AdSense.

Niche sites monetised with AdSense are hugely popular with Warriors. But they’ve not the only way of making money online! They’re not even the most lucrative, and neither are they the easiest.

So here are some ideas for other money-making schemes.

Immediate Cash

If you need to pay a bill or put food on the table then niche sites are a waste of time.

You need money now, not in 30, 60 or 90 days.

Here are ways of raising cash quickly:

  • Take surveys. I’ve never done this, but my brother made some money from this. Project Payday is supposed to be good and this site will tell you all you need to know about paid survey sites that pay big bucks.
  • Pimp yourself on UpWork. I hired a couple of translators on here. They were good, so I paid them well. If you have a white collar skill (writing, programming, design) then you can make money on here. I did a couple of gigs on the site while I was living in Asia back in 2013. Just bear in mind that this is raw capitalism and you’ll be competing with folk who will do stuff for $2 an hour (or less!). The key to UpWork is getting your reputation up. I paid my translators $20 an hour. That’s four times the average wage in their country. Why did I pay them so much? Because they were good!
  • Write articles for other people’s sites. Two trustworthy sites for getting writing gigs are Text Broker and The Content Authority. I’ve hired writers from The Content Authority and they were great. Again, reputation and experience matter on these sites. Do good work, and you’ll earn more for future tasks.
  • Respond to “write for us” gigs. I don’t know if these are as common as they once were. But I started my online money making career by writing tech articles for programming blogs. These gigs were quite lucrative, paying around $50 an article. If you have specialist knowledge, then Google “write for us” plus your niche’s keywords, and see what you can come up with.
  • Sell gigs on Fiverr. OK so this is more speculative but if you have an idea for something you can sell for $5 then you’re in business. Saki the Niche Laboratory figurehead was designed by a guy from Fiverr.

Longer Term Plans

  • Start a list! Many experienced folk on the Warrior Forum are making good money from promoting goods and services on their mailing list. If you’re in a niche that people will want to engage in, then try starting a list. Lists take time to build, but they can be extremely valuable. Once you become a trusted source, people will buy anything you recommend. Just be careful where you host the list. I got banned from MailChimp for promoting affiliate offers on my list. These things aren’t always easy, are they?
  • Write on other peoples' sites. I did really well on HubPages, and for a couple of years it was my #2 source of AdSense revenue. The nice thing with these sites is that you can often earn money from ads even if your AdSense account got banned. On the downside, these sites irritate the hell out of me with their rules and regulations. Still, if you know a good niche that’s not ever going to get too spammy, then these sites are worth a look.
  • Drop Shipping. If you’ve got niche sites in the physical goods niche, then why not set up an actual online store? Google loves actual, online stores, because after all somebody who wants to buy sunglasses wants to visit an online store, not read an eZineArticle or a HubPage about buying sunglasses. Making an online store is incredibly easy to do. Just find a wholesaler who can supply you with the goods, then sell them via your website. One alternative to this is drop shipping. With this you take orders on your site, but they’re shipped using a dedicated shipment company. This is great, because it means you don’t have to have a house full of unsold merchandise, and you don’t have to worry with being left with stock you can’t sell. Drop shipping is beyond the scope of this guide, but you’ll find plenty of information elsewhere.
  • Plenty of Fish marketing. Did you know that you can place adverts on Plenty of Fish? It’s a lot like AdWords, but much cheaper. This is a high risk venture in that you could lose a lot of money. On the other hand, if you’re good then you could earn potentially unlimited amounts of money.
  • Online gaming. My brother knows a load of guys who earn a living hustling those online poker tables. Probably not a good way of earning money if you’re a compulsive gambler. But if you have the brains to develop a system then you can earn big here. Not as much as you used to be able to (when people with a system could fleece newbies), but still good money.
  • Kindle books. Kindles and eBook readers are really hot right now! My sister has a Kindle and must read 4-5 books a week on the thing. If you’ve got something interesting to say, then you could make a killing through the Kindle publishing system.
  • Get into Apps. My sister also buys 1-2 apps a week for her iPhone. Despite being a software developer, I’ve never written an app. I’m not really into mobile tech. Apps aren’t as good as they were – we’re approaching saturation point here. But if you’re in a niche that’s outside of the usual weight loss, money making or fitness ones then get your thinking cap on and come up with an app. Think of Plane Finder. Point your iPhone at a plane overhead and Plane Finder will tell you where its going. Genius, and this app has sold in its hundreds of thousands. You don’t even need to be a software developer to build an app. Just find an app developer for hire (try UpWork or the Warrior Forum) and tell them what you want.
  • Consult for others. Find a friend of a friend of a friend who has a site and needs some SEO done. If you know how to research keywords and write good articles, then you’re half the way to dramatically improving the search rankings on an existing site. There are millions of small sites out there – go give them a hand! Over time as your reputation grows, you should be able to make some good money from this kind of job.
  • Find a full-time job in IT. Everything you learn about SEO, Wordpress and web servers is useful in the real world! If you’re at all technical, then try writing tinkering with your PHP code, write a Wordpress plug-in or custom template. Software development jobs pay well. PHP is good to learn. Java, Python, ASP.NET and C# are also good choices. Become a MySQL or SQL Server expert and you won’t struggle to hard to find well paying work. You don’t even need a degree in computer science to find these jobs. I’m completely self-taught in programming, and I’ve worked in IT for over 15 years.
  • Retrain as something else. Get a career development loan or remortgage or something and train for something that's REALLY in demand. Like yesterday I read in the newspaper that London needs an additional 400 paramedics. Worried about retraining? It's easier than you think - I've had five different careers so far.

Read Part 7: What Happened After I Took AdSense off My Niche Sites


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