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Hello When I am reading threads on webmaster forums I often see threads about which niche is best for AdSense and about which topic should ...

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    Hello

    When I am reading threads on webmaster forums I often
    see threads about which niche is best for AdSense and
    about which topic should I create a website.

    What I have learned in my 12 years of web development
    and community building is that only those projects of mine
    succeeded for which I am passionate about. Granted
    I never really tried to create a website about a topic that
    I don't know much about solely because it was a high paying
    niche. But I have several websites about topics I know a lot about
    but I am not that passionate about. These websites don't really grow.
    But the once that I really like these are the once I am finding myself
    working on constantly or at least with much more consistency then
    those I don't like that much.

    This reflects to the success of those websites.

    So if you plan your next website make it about something you care about.
    Something that you want to continually write content for
    or at least make a continually effort to grow your community around this
    topic. Don't care much about how much the niche pays you.
    If a site gets big enough you can earn a lot of money in any niche.

    Granted some niches pay much less then others but if it is the one that you
    are most passionate about then simply don't care and start a project anyway.

    What are your thoughts on this?
    How do you come up with ideas for websites?

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    Personnally I've moved to create platforms for other to produce content for the site, I motivate them to do so via adsense revenue sharing. So I don't select the topics/niches. For my latest such site, I've kind of restricted the format of the content members can submit, because I had an idea that people were looking for the BEST, the TOP, REVIEWS, about products or anything before purchasing one item and also I've noticed in adword keyword tools that any product name was paying more with the BEST in front.

    But if I am doing a site by myself, I would go this way:
    not something I'm passionate about, because it is too restrictive. I want something that has mass appeal even if nobody is really passionate about it, but can touch everyone. Your health forum is a good example, everyone at one point or another look up on internet for symptoms even if they don't care about health, when they have something they start to worry. Well, without being in such an urgency, there are other topics which can touch anyone at some point and even regularly in the year. Also I would look at topics that are either not time related or which come back every year in a cycle, like xmas, motherday, etc.

    Then when I have a topic with mass appeal I do a quick check in adwords keyword tool to check that the CPC is not too low, for instance flash games is really bad and should not be chosen. But if the CPC seems correct. I then check online competition between webmasters, on google. If the competition seems to me low or even intermediate, then I can go for it. I don't expect the site to take off before 1-3 months of promotion. But after that, with content submitted regularly, it can only go better and better, and after one year maximum you start to really get a good income out of it with then minimal maintenance.

    That's the general idea I apply now.
    Do you really need traffic? Where to? What for? If you really do need traffic then stop messing around!
    Advertise on my sites today: She Told Me & Best Reviewer : 200,000+ UV / Month

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    I agree with Starbug - if it's something that you want to build and work on long term, it really helps for you to be genuinely passionate about it.

    My most successful sites have been sites which I've really enjoyed creating and writing for.

    That said, I also enjoy creating small niche sites in a short space of time, with a burst of energy over 1-2 weeks, and then spending some weeks/months building good quality links to them.

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    Well done sirs, but for me creating of multiple sites are not neccessorily the major issue, but traffic. How do you see facebook or twitter? Overwhelming, i would love my site to drive such traffic of 500 000 000 in a single morning, e.g fb.

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    I am currently trying twitter but so far the work is to extensive for the low back flow so I automated twitter postings and stopped building personal contacts with it.

    Never really tried Facebook however my audience is mostly not the audience using Facebook anyway

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