After getting the hang of using WordPress and learning the ins and outs of writing a post and adding links the next logical step is to find some images or videos to put on your site. But before you go do an Google search and nab any ol’ image you desire be aware that nearly every photo on the internet is copyrighted. Which means it’s illegal for you to use it without the the copyright owner’s permission. Simply giving them credit or a link back does not make your use of their photo legit and you can actually get sued for doing so.
But, no need to fear because you can find free stock photos around the internet with a little effort. Do pay attention to what the terms and conditions are for the image licensing though. Each site or photo owner may have different conditions.
For most people the only two types you will encounter are “free” images and “royalty-free” images. They are different. Free images are free to download as to be used in whatever way you desire within the limitation and conditions. Royalty-free images, on the other hand, require you to pay for them one time and then you can use them however you would like, but again within the limitations and conditions the author set forth.
What’s up with the limitations and conditions? Well some image owners may set certain restrictions to how you are allowed to use their photos. For examples they may not allow you to edit the photo or change the resolution or size or use it for commercial purposes. So it is important not to simply skip past these “Terms and Conditions” as most of us do when installing new software.
Here’s a list of places to find free images:
Everybody loves case studies to not only learn about a new topic but also in order to demonstrate what is possible. I remember reading about a similarly documented phenomenon in the book “The Talent Code.” In one of the chapters the author talks about the rapid increase of talent in places such as the tennis world of Russia and soccer in Brazil. Also the 4 minute mile time record had not been broken for a long time but when it was finally broken it continued to be broken more and more by people in a relatively short time. Why does this seem to happen?
The basic idea behind what he found out was that when a person breaks a record or becomes a extraordinarily talented in any area in which it draws other peoples attention, then more will follow. People see that it is possible thanks to the pioneers that crossed into uncharted territories. Well, generating an online income in various ways is no different. And with a process with as many steps to it as creating a niche site this is especially true. So I am sharing below some resources that I have been found that demonstrated their process of building niche websites for others to learn from and to demonstrate how doable of an online business model this is. I hope you enjoy them and let me know if they help you out and of course if you know of some other beneficial case studies you think I should throw up.
- This is Spencer’s first Niche Site Project (his older one)
- Spencer’s second Niche Site Project (his most recent and ongoing one)
Where you are an online business veteran or a brand spanking new entrepreneur looking to start your first internet business here are some online business ideas to get your gears turning and to introduce you to what is possible. There are many different types of people generating part time income and full time income online. Online entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and genders and ages and from every part of the globe. One trait they all have in common is the desire for more of both financial freedom and personal freedom. The successful online entrepreneurs also share the trait of very strong willpower and the determination to always improvise, adapt, and overcome because the web is a constantly evolving environment. To keep your head above water when your first starting out and to excel after you’ve been in the game for many years you are going to need to continue to improvise, adapt, and overcome every obstacle your face.
That being said, it is important to remember that creating your own online business can really be a lot of fun especially when you make your first dollar and begin to see and believe that it is possible. There are no limits from that point on… you can start small and keep scaling up until you build an online empire. Now let’s dive in and take a look at some different online business models.
– Avoid targeting eCommerce keywords: The reason for this is because Google favors ranking actual eCommerce websites (Website that sell physical product like Amazon, eBay, etc.) for eCommerce related keywords. And example of an eCommerce keyword would be “buy camera.” As an alternative try experimenting with a prefex or suffix. For example changing the prefix to “best camera” may give you much different results. Or try adding a suffix like “camera review.” Again, a seed keyword like this may change your results to less eCommerce related results.
– Weakness in the top 10: When checking Google’s top 10 results to analyze your competition you want to see signs of weakness such as forum posts, question and answer websites, other niche websites, or other types of weak sites already ranking in the top 10 results. If you see this, you have a very good indicator that you can rank on the first page relatively easily. Of course, if you find a keyword that has almost all or only weak sites ranking in the top 10 on Google… guess what? Your are almost certain to rank in the top 10 with ease.
– At Least 1,500 Local Monthly Searches : Your niche site keyword should have at least 1,500 local monthly searches (Set to US for location). Go ahead an put this in your filter on whatever keyword tool you are using so you don’t waste your time browsing through keywords that will not bring you an adequate amount of traffic. 3,000 to 5,000 monthly local searches is an even better minimum but when you are working on your first few niche site it may be better to learn with keyword that has a smaller number of searches since they will typically have weaker competition than a keyword with a higher number of searches (not always the case though.)
– Pages within the top 10 results of Google that contain exact match keyword within the domain: For example if your keyword is “best canned beans” then take note of how many websites within the top 10 results on Google have best canned beans within their URL. For example Amazon.com/best-canned-bean or AbsoluteBestCannedBeans.com.
– Pages with a young site age: How many pages within the top 10 results of Google have a site age of 2 years or less. The more of these you see, the better a sign it is that you may beat the competition.
– At least $0.25 CPC (Cost Per Click) value: You actually want more around $1 dollar minimum CPC keywords to target however for the learning process you may want to accept a lower CPC and then increase your minimum acceptable CPC as you go along and get better at this.
– Multiple results within the top 10 with PA (Page Authority) of less than 30: This is a scale of 1 – 100 based off of SEOMoz.com. This metric measures a webpages ability to rank for arbitrary content, 1 being the least likely and 100 being the most likely. Lower numbered sites will be easier to beat so the more of these you see the better your chances of beating the competitions.
– Multiple results within the top 10 with less than 30 juice links: A juice link (another SEOMoz.com metric) is basically a quality back link likely from a more authoritative and higher page ranked source. You want to see several websites ranking with less than 30 juice links because this is another indicator of weak competition.