I think I've recently discovered a niche with several high-traffic keywords, that doesn't have a good source of content ranking for it. I intend to create a content site for this niche, and I'm looking for suggestions on how to best do it. To be clear, my priorities are:
The current plan is to register a domain for it, set up Wordpress, start writing articles, aggregate content others have produced (legally; roundups w/ exerpts or video embedding or link lists, not scraping), build links, and eventually monetize through affiliate sales of relevant products (e.g. well-reviewed books on Amazon about the subject).
What tips do you have for setting this up, managing it, promoting it, and monetizing it? Edit: I'm looking for specific tactics, the little details that make a big difference. I know how to do each of the things I talk about above, but I haven't executed on each of them for this purpose before.
You seem to have a very executable plan already - go for it!
The idea sounds similar to what Mahalo is doing - check out this interview with Jason Calacanis. There is plenty of niches to be filled.
For setting up - There are hosted Wordpress solutions. Fast and easy.
For managing it - Best to do it yourself in the beginning - but when it gets complex enough, you can always hire help.
For promoting it - Since you're targeting high traffic keywords - you're gearing yourself towards Google traffic - just don't get banned and you'd be alright. Having fresh content on a daily basis also helps a lot.
For monetizing it - Ad links, or premium service like Mixergy Don't know which "niche" you are targeting, so, it's very hard to advise (also not sure of what leg work you have done so far - you may already have done the following) - but here are some spectacular things I've observed over on projects over the past year to work out really well.
1) Have an iPhone page / app - You've probably read Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point (and his other wonderful books) - if you are in a specific niche - it is very likely to reach the "influencers" in that niche via the iPhone app. Personal anecdote - having seen an app reach a few thousand downloads - but the corresponding website saw a multiple of that growth (no other marketing until later). For a while, the influencers/mavens are being curious on the app store - and open minded, as they are looking for opportunities - this is the best time to reach them. Mavens love "discovering" and sharing what they've discovered.
Next wave of that is coming in with the iPad.
2) Physical connection still matters. Being able to meet people in the particular space still creates the best reference buzz. If you're developing content and niche for a particular space - and if there are events/conferences for the community - be there in person. The smaller the niche, the more powerful this is - since the community is fragmented, and your content/site would become a sort of reference point. By meeting the group in person, that meeting would be a reference point in the future when your site/brand comes up. Word of mouth is still the unbeatable reference.
All the best!
A few tactics I've discovered since I started looking into this:
There's not really any other way than developing great connections and doing right by the particular community. That usually means getting out there on the front lines (i.e., conferences, local events, etc.) and be laser focused what you're about. Usually, if you're friendly, listen and show good discretion, people tend to open up some. (Alcohol can also help.)
Most of all:
MAKE IT AWESOME!