Three Ways To Start Turning Your MiniSites Into Brands

As you all know I’ve spent the last three years building-out MiniSites like a madman. I can tell you with 100% certainty that these sites absolutely do generate income, however only if you’re building in the right niche, with the right content, and of course – good SEO. I see so many new Domainers jumping-into the industry and throwing-up a rough MiniSite on a mediocre domain name and then exclaiming, “I’m not making any money, MiniSites don’t work!”

However let’s say that you actually did build a great MiniSite with good content, strong SEO, on a domain with nice keywords and a high CPC. Now let’s go a step further and say that your making $30-$40/month. Sure – it’s not a fortune, but build ten, twenty, thirty – you get the idea, it adds up.

Okay, but there is a catch. If you don’t touch your MiniSites over time competitors will outrank you, take your traffic, and leave your once profitable cashflow machine into a Google Page 2 nobody. This leads me to the topic of my post – turning your MiniSites into brands.

You see I like MiniSites, but I also know that some MiniSites that are making $30-$40/month have the potential to make ten times that. Scalability is an issue – you can’t expect to turn 100 MiniSites into brands, but you can pick your top ten sites and start to give them the TLC they need to become a brand and make it to the next level. How do you know when you have built a successful brand? That’s easy – advertisers will come to you and you can move from PPC or affiliate marketing to direct advertising and lead generation.

I could go-on for hours about this but for now I’d like to provide what I’ve found to be three powerful ways to take your MiniSites to the next level and begin turning them into brands.

  1. Twitter – this is #1 for a reason. Twitter is one of the best ways to grow a brand because it allows you to easily reach-out to people talking about things related to your site and help them discover your brand. Start by picking your top performing site, create a Twitter account and just start with 1-2 Tweets a day to people who are talking about something related to your site or brand. Suppose you own a site about Home Loans, search on Twitter for “home loans” and start networking with people looking for more information about home loans.
  2. More Content – your MiniSite doesn’t have to stay mini forever, write an article a week, an article a month, whatever you can do, over time you’ll have 30-40 pages and before you know it you’ll actually have a very useful resource…but remember only well-written content will help you. Buy your content for $2 and you’ll get what you pay for an work against your brand. I spend more money on content than anything else and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
  3. Professional Logo – so many MiniSites have no logo and instead just have the site name in some plain boring font at the top of the page. Hop-onto a service like oDesk and shell-out $20-$30 and you’ll have a nice-looking logo that will add instant credibility to your site.

As always I want to hear from you! Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • TeenDomainer October 6, 2010, 6:32 pm

    What a great post love the ideas, I have started to do stuff like this for all of my top minisites. Minisites on their own do not earn huge money but they add up quickly. We’ll have to chat about minis soon.

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    • Morgan October 6, 2010, 6:36 pm

      Thanks @TeenDomainer!

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  • fizz October 6, 2010, 7:06 pm

    Nice post Linton.
    At what what point does a site lose its ‘mini’ tag?

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  • Leonard Britt October 6, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Add relevant video! Create a playlist within Youtube related to your topic. Then use Youtube’s API widget to create a custom player, select your playlist, copy the HTML code and you have a minivideo player with relevant videos. To see a few examples I did recently (obviously this is just a start)…

    Accountancy.tv
    Activewear.tv
    AntiqueCars.tv
    BoatShow.tv
    BusinessSchool.tv
    CaribbeanVacations.tv
    CoinCollecting.tv
    Collectibles.tv
    EuropeanVacations.tv
    FinancialMarkets.tv
    LakeBuenaVista.tv
    Menswear.tv
    ModelAgency.tv
    Paintings.tv
    Safaris.tv

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  • loganberry October 6, 2010, 7:33 pm

    You domainers really have no idea what you’re doing when it comes to making money with websites.

    $30 or $40 a month? Are you serious?

    Even $300 or $400 a month.

    Sorry, but that’s a joke. I’ll take what you guys would consider a mediocre domain and get it earning $5,000 a month within 6 months.

    The domain doesn’t matter. Reaching people who want to buy and solve a problem – that’s what matters.

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  • James October 6, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Great advice Morgan, thanks!

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  • backorder it October 7, 2010, 1:18 am

    Great advice too…we love minisite..

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  • Wufuquan October 7, 2010, 3:02 am

    Morgan,
    I’m interested on buying content (article) for US$2.
    Could you share some more info?
    Thanks.

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  • todaro October 7, 2010, 11:20 am

    i think the wufu guy is mocking you but i’m not sure

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  • Charlie Rheo October 7, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I agree with your comments. Can you talk about dealing with Google sandbox – what do you do while waiting for Google to place your site in top 3 like Bing did in a month?

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  • Mark October 7, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Hey Morgan:

    $2 definitely seems quite low for professional writing.

    Can you provide a range of what one can expect to pay for professional writing services that offer solid value to a reader.

    I don’t know if I should be paying $.25 cents a word or $1.00 a word or more or less.
    Thanks for your feedback.

    Mark

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    • Morgan October 8, 2010, 9:01 am

      @Mark – make sure you read my article, not sure where you’re getting that. What I say is that one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to pay $2/article. I then go on to explain that this is one of the biggest spends in my business. I pay between $12-$20 for each article and I don’t think you can get acceptable quality for less.

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  • Wufuquan October 7, 2010, 2:30 pm

    @Todaro:
    Nope, I’m not mocking.
    I would like to know some more information regarding buying content.
    Thank you.

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  • roddy October 7, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Consider writing your own contnet , just join up at ezinearticles/com and do some wrtiting that other poeple pick up and use (as well as your insrted link)

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  • yanni October 8, 2010, 3:12 am

    @Wufuquan
    The post is trying to tell you NOT to buy 2 dollar content.

    You’ll find content writing services in most domain forums and freelance sites.

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