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Fully automated & AdSense friendly news website

After a bit of experimentation to ensure AdSense compliance, I’ve just added a news feed niche website to the premium samples list. The website uses automated scripts (cron jobs) to grab the first paragraph or two from various RSS feeds of well known news sources, such as CNN, BBC, Fox News, Sky News, etc. You can add or edit other RSS feeds to niche your news website to your target market.

News niche website
Screen shot taken from newsbrief.com.au

In fact you aren’t limited to just well known news sources. You might want to choose RSS feeds available from celebrity gossip sites, science journals, or from your local online news agency.

Here’s an example of an RSS feed that your website can read: http://rss.cnn.com/rss/edition.rss

Your news website is also categorised into many different interests, such as business, entertainment, sport, world news, etc. Currently these categories are not editable, but the feeds you choose to display in them are. Further, the template you receive with the website kit is already populated with all the feeds you need to have comprehensive news content  displayed within 24 hours of installation. And it continues to update every hour! You can also add your own news stories and images manually, if you desire. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for Google to index all of your pages  – there will be a lot of them – so choose your website host accordingly.

Watch the number of pages being indexed by Google here.

To monetize, simply place your AdSense code, or any other advertisements using raw HTML, in the admin panel. It’s worth noting, in order to comply with AdSense terms, there are no more than three ad placements on a single page. Pages that display a single article have only two ads due to the smaller content.

See the news website in action at newsbrief.com.au.

How to monetize your niche website

OK, so you’ve got your niche website all set up and now you’re looking to monetize it. Before you start running amok placing banner ads everywhere, let’s take a look at some strategic and effective placement methods, along with some ways to market highly targeted products and services.

At this point we will assume that you have;

  1. your own AdSense publisher ID from the big G;
  2. an Amazon Associates affiliate program ID; and
  3. a ClickBank affiliate account nickname.

We also recommend Big Crumbs for referring specific URLs from popular online retailers. This will give you a lot of flexibility in targeting your niche with highly relevant, commission earning advertisements.

Step 1 – Install the definitive AdSense plugin for WordPress: Quick AdSense

Quick AdSense is golden. It allows you to place multiple AdSense banners and links directly into each post without having to edit them. It’s a huge time saver, and it keeps your blog looking nice and consistent.

Have you ever noticed how many blog and news websites just randomly drop in an ad part-way through an article? I did it just then, and this a great way to achieve clicks. Your readers are already interested in your page if they’ve made it this far, and horizontal links like these provide highly relevant contextual keywords that your users are more likely to click.

So, when using the Quick AdSense plug-in, consider how long your articles and blog posts are, and do not overuse banners (within your posts). You’ll have plenty of room for those in your sidebar and widgets. Also, if you’re a noob at niching, remember not to place any more than three (3) AdSense advertisements on a visible page (you’ll get banned from the program if you do). And, if you’ve just created a new AdSense ad, it can take up to 15 minutes for it to properly display on your web page.

Step 2 – Using plain text widgets, install banners into your sidebar

In your WordPress dashboard, under Appearance, select the Widgets option. Then, by placing text widgets into your sidebar, you can paste your banner advertising links so that they will appear on almost every page. Get rid of any default meta links that WordPress, or your theme, has placed there, because they aren’t monetized!

In the niche websites we provide to our subscribers, the sidebar is usually arranged in the following format (but this can vary from niche to niche):

  • Sidebar top
    • Text widget (fits 300 x 250 medium rectangle banner)
    • Recent posts widget (optional)
    • Text widget (fits 300 x 250 medium rectangle banner)
    • Text widget (optional, for displaying a YouTube video)
  • Sidebar bottom left
    • Text widget (fits (160 x 600 wide skyscraper banner)
  • Sidebar bottom right
    • Text widget (fits 120 x 600 skyscraper banner)

You simply need to insert your code into each text widget to create an advertisement. Not all of your ads should be from AdSense. You’ll want to insert some ClickBank or Big Crumbs affiliate marketing material that is targeted to your niche readers.

Step 3 – Your very own Amazon store

The final way to cash in is to earn commission on Amazon sales initiated from your website. By having a ‘store’ menu option, users can shop on your website like they would on any other ecommerce website. All you have to do is find relevant products to display, or spend a little time creating an aStore. I won’t go into detail about how to do this here, because the Amazon Associates program already deals with this in great detail. The moral of the story is; spend a little time on this so you market the right kind of products to your visitors.

Here’s one of our for-purchase niches to view as an example: Hair Loss