In my last post Freedom Writers PR Chaos Again!, I looked at the new changes that seemed to come very early from Google with regards to Page Rank and how they affected this freedom writer and his sites. This time, I’m not going to go back into that rat’s nest of controversy, so instead I’ll get on to something that has got this freedom writers interested in subdomains again.
A while ago, I posted about the possible advantages of using a short, generic domain name to act as a base for keyword-specific subdomain names and then to set up subdomain niche sites that were tightly focused to exploit certain aspects of those niches.
Well, back then I didn’t get very far – only setting up a pretty good PayDay Loans site and creating several other niche sites but not populating them with much of anything. Time, or the lack of it was my freedom writers undoing!
Since then (and a few months have passed) I’ve had a little time to turn my attention to these neglected niche sites once again. Since I’ve been buying up expired domains, it has been painfully obvious to this freedom writers that in order to dominate any niches, I need several sites focused on each niche and there simply is not the quality of expired domain name available to do that effectively. Sure, one or two domains have come along and I’ve grabbed them, but in the main, most are rubbish and not worth the effort.
But from a freedom writers perspective, its back to the subdomain thing. Yes, they are free and the keyword is easy to place in the fully qualified subdomain.domain name. The downside is that they are not individual sites that can be sold at a later date for big profit. But if that’s not a concern and they’re really only for adding presence to any one niche where I have got a dedicated domain (or domains) with good sites set up, then its a very good idea to use them.
I’ve since updated two of my neglected subdomain niche sites with a nice template that I jigged together myself from a certain WordPress theme and modified it to work as static web pages. Well, they not only look pretty good, but they are SEO’d to the hilt and have a great additional money making feature. I’ll explain…
A while ago, I heard about BANS sites, so I decided to find out more about what they are, from a freedom writers curiosity. Essentially, BANS is a package you buy that gives you the ability to create sites that promote niche oriented products on eBay. You get a Commission Junction account, set up an affiliate account with eBay and then promote their stuff. Anything that your site promotes that directs a buyer to the auction and they buy, you get a commission on the sale.
Its a trick I was using almost a year ago but slightly differently – this freedom writers method back then was I scanned craigslist and found the want ads and simply contacted the owners of the ads and directed them to my affiliate link to eBay where there were a selection of the item they wanted. Same result, different method.
So BANs intrigued my freedom writers curiosity. Once I figured out that BANs was simply doing what I already knew how to do, except this time you use a website to do the promoting rather than actively researching craigslist, I set about finding how I could use eBay’s affiliate program to set this up. Its was easy!
There are editor tools that you can generate a search on a particular item, say, iPods. You put in your CJ id, create links and the the editor creates a search results panel you can display on your website. It looks pretty good and all I have to do is build some content around this tool on each of my subdomain sites and I have myself some free BANs style sites!
Ha! I’m a perennial tinkerer as well as a freedom writers and when I get an idea and have the time to follow it through, it amazes me what I can sometimes achieve! Why pay for some software to do what I can already do for myself?
So the Freedom Writer’s experiment is now on. It’ll take a while for the new sites to get recognised in the SERPs, but once they get up there, it’ll be interesting to see how much traffic they get, how high Google will place them and how much commission they can make for me by just sitting there as static niche sites.