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Home and Garden Niche Monetization Mentoring Part 3

Hi everyone! This is part 3 in our series on monetizing the home and garden niche. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by our Home and Garden PLR membership program and you can use the coupon code LUCKY to get $10 off per month, bringing the per page total to just 54 cents!

So far we’ve discussed why you should be in this niche, and how to grab a domain for it. Today I want to look at the options you have for site building. You can go static site or blog.

Blog or Static Site?

I like either. I have both. It’s up to you! But here’s how I would determine what I would be doing…

If I had the money to hire someone for (or the talent to create) graphics, I would go static. Why? I don’t know. I just sometimes like the layout of a static big, wide site than I do organizing and dealing with a multi-column blog. I feel like I have more control over a static site, rather than bowing down to the demands of a certain theme.

If you’re REALLY proficient with WordPress and can organize like the wind, then go for a blog! Nothing wrong with that. But when you install it, don’t do like I did here and do domainname.com/blog – unless you use your domainname.com as a squeeze page to build a list.

Instead, just make it so that your blog IS your home page (you do this by leaving the directory blank if you use Fantastico in Cpanel).

How do you organize a blog for the home and garden niche? Well, you COULD do it similar to what you see here: http://toytestdrive.com/.

As you’ll notice on my toy site, I have categories on the left. So each blog post goes into a category.

For instance, let’s say I make a bog post on a blender. I could put that into the Kitchen category. Or, categorize it really small with things like “small appliances”

I also have that toy site set up with brands. So for the home and garden niche site, you could have a Kitchenaid category or page.

I think the way I did it for that site with toys (and would again) is I made categories for sections, like “blenders,” “lawn mowers,” etc. Then I made PAGES for the brands. And then those pages linked back to the individual blog posts.

Organizing an HTML Static Site

Now that I’m comfortable with HTML, I kind of like doing static sites. I would personally hire a graphics guy like Oki at MiniSite911.com (no affiliate link) and have him create a simple package with an index file that includes a header, footer, and background. I believe it’s about $87 if I’m not mistaken?

Then you just work with a tool like Microsoft FrontPage and edit it! One tip: Make SURE you save a clean copy in case you screw everything up. My mentor taught me that after I messed up a gazillion times.

So what I do with my static sites is first I create my text for my home page and it stays as my index page like this for example: homeandgarden.com/index.html. This page would welcome people to the site, maybe explain what my slant is.

Then I save the same file with a different name for the next page I create, like homeandgarden.com/kitchen.html and the content would talk about everything people need for the kitchen – from big appliances to small.

And I would create a table so that I had my main text on the left, and a section on the right for more specific categories. For instance, links on the right to the pages I create for narrower kitchen topics, like this (note: the left side would be wider – but I wanted it to fit here in the blog post). Also, the bottom part of the left side should say, “As I…”

I would then go narrower, with homeandgarden.com/smallkitchenappliances.html. This page would talk about small kitchen appliances – the toasters, blenders, bakeware, etc.

I then do even deeper, saving a page like this: homeandgarden.com/blenders.html and then maybe homeandgarden.com/immersionblenders.html, until finally, a specific product page is created like this: homeandgarden.com/ cuisinartCSB76SmartStick200WattImmersionHandBlender .html.

That exact product name is the last level of “deepness” I would go on my site. That doesn’t mean you can’t have more content. You can STILL have a blog that answers questions about home and garden tips! Just make sure it’s located somewhere like: homeandgarden.com/blog so that it doesn’t interfere with your static site.

So what I’d like you to do is whip out a pen and paper or open up a new document and create an organization system for your new home and garden site.

For example, it might look like this:

Home and Garden Index

Interior

—-> Kitchen

———->Small appliances
—————>Blenders
——————–>Immersion blenders
——————–>Hand blenders
—————->Mixers
—————->Toasters
———-> Large appliances

—–>Living Room
—–>Bathroom
—–> Bedroom
—–>Office

Exterior

It’s really easy if you log into Amazon.com and look through their categories on the left. You can keep digging down.

This will come in handy later as you create your site.

So which will you choose – blog or static site?

Okay I promised you another FREE private label rights article and it’s ready! It’s called Great Kitchen Appliances and today, my Mom wrote the freebie! The other two days, I wrote them. She’s soooooo good. It’s a 454 word article – yours to do with as you please. Our gift to say, “Thanks for following along!”

Hope you enjoy and tomorrow we’ll be discussing how to start loading content into your site for promotions! Don’t forget to grab one of the spots at HomeAndGardenPLR.com – they’re dwindling and it’s limited to a total of 250 members!

Tiff ;)

33 Responses to “Home and Garden Niche Monetization Mentoring Part 3”

  • Conrad King says:

    Well i think it’s time to break out the copy of Xsite Pro 2 have and take it for a whirl with a static site.

  • Deb Britt says:

    Awesome tips for organization, Tiff. Got my domain a few days ago (setting up a blog format in WordPress using the Thesis theme), designed my header, and uploaded one of the free articles yesterday and another today to get the site indexing in Google.

    REALLY looking forward to seeing how you recommend setting up the regular content (reviews, reports, etc), as there is SO much information!

    Deb

    • Tiffany says:

      Everyone loves Thesis Deb! Go for it!

      • Kimberley says:

        This is what I was talking about when I mentioned the frameworks; thesis or genesis. Is it necessary to have one of these or will WordPress work just as well without one?

        • Tiffany says:

          I don’t know about frameworks – I don’t use Thesis or Genesis. I have WP sites for Amazon. I dislike the organization of them when compared to a static site. Let me put out a call for help today and see what people can contribute on today’s thread.

  • Sandra says:

    Hi Tiff,
    nice silo distribution. I´m starting to spin my wheels about that old domain about home and garden I didn´t do anything with…

    I would use joomla. It has unlimited nested categories and there are plenty of templates with flexible columns (you put something there, it appears; you don´t, it doesn´t).

    The only times I use wp is when I am thinking on maybe selling that site; and would never go static, structural updates are a nightmare.

    Sandra :)

    • Tiffany says:

      I had a Joomla site but it was a nightmare. The Hostgator people wound up telling me it had a lot of vulnerabilities so I switched platforms. But it was nice when I used it!

      • Sandra says:

        Oh wow,the old versions were intense, but didn´t know that so intense.
        I had my fair share of interesting conversations with host gator. after the first jump they went under, they were short of resources. So they put the setting in a way that the amount of processes you could do were very limited and that killed joomla and any other big script (like stores) after certain size.
        I made them change the settings, but it took me some time to figure it out.
        They are good hosting though…

        Sandra :)

  • Andy says:

    Great posts Tiffany you really seem to know what your doing. I’m really enjoying your course and it’s given me some good tips.

  • Peggy says:

    Lots of information for a newbie to assimulate. I’ll have to spend some weekend time pouring over all of this to put the pieces together in my head. It takes me a while to get to the AHA moment. But what’s nice is once I learn it I don’t forget it.

    Some days have more overload than others.

    Thanks for the information, the content and the free PLR.

    God bless to you, Mom and the family.

    Enjoy spring break with the kids…

  • Cindy says:

    Hi Tiff,
    The link to the free article isn’t working :D

  • Marg says:

    Conrad, I agree re. using XSitePro. Much easier than Expression Web (which used to be FrontPage) or Dreamweaver, both of which I’ve used in the past.

    XSite Pro is a great website builder for beginners, with plenty of power for IM when you need it. But it does require an initial expenditure to buy the software: if $$ are a concern, then WordPress offers a fast start at $0.

    Marg

  • Diane says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. You have such a great way of communicating your ideas and encouraging us to get our businesses in gear. I was wondering what happened to those videos you had on youtube where you taught how you were monetizing the lemon cleanse — those were great videos — they inspired me to make a slide show and record myself on it — but then they went missing. Have they been put up again?

    • Tiffany says:

      Diane, YT deleted my entire account because one video had the title “Make Money on Squidoo” and they were doing a house cleaning on all make money online stuff. Even though the video itself was all about free methods. LOL! Wasn’t even selling anything.

  • Philip says:

    With html, updating or making changes could be a problem especially if you’re doing a big site?

    • Tiffany says:

      Well it depends on what you need to change. It can be I guess if you have to alter all the links, but it honestly doesn’t bother me. LOL I can go through one by one and paste in new code.

      • Philip says:

        Thanks Tiff! I have always been in two minds if I should go for html or thesis (which I have been using for sometime). Makes me want to think again…

  • Kathy says:

    Thanks for the next lesson and gift Tiff. I only have one static site, I’m glad I built it as it was a huge learning curve but never again. Each time I wanted to update something such as a new category, I had to change each page individually. And heaven forbid a spelling mistake as that had to be changed on each page as well.

    Perhaps I was doing it wrong but I love the ease of just adding a category to WordPress and having it there on all my pages and posts, ready to use immediately.

  • Joe Mudd says:

    For me WordPress is the easiest thing to use. I can add content without fooling with using an FTP program.

    I can setup category pages like you talk about, and have new items get added to the list automatically. Saves a few steps.

    I can also have control over making individual posts/pages be full width, or have various amounts of columns. This depends on what theme package you build your site on, though. I don’t think Thesis let’s you change the look on a post-by-post basis.

    I used to use a program called HomeSite. It was a code based editor, and I loved it. I tend to think in code (engineering school does that to you), so it worked great for me. But Dreamweaver bought them up. I’m a Mac guy now, and I don’t want to spend the money for Mac versions of those expensive programs.

    WordPress is easiest, but like all good things it comes with a cost. I spent all this past week fixing sites on my Bluehost account. Some jackass managed to hack into them and screw them all up. Plain old html sites are much less prone to being playgrounds for idiots with nothing better in life to do than be a pain in the ass for others.

    So, like most things in life, you have to weight the pros and cons and make your choice based on your comfort level.

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Joe! That’s another reason I like static sites with HTML. I had a couple of days when one vulnerability in a WP blog resulted in many of my sites being hacked. Hostgator had to fix it.

  • Conrad King says:

    Hi Tiffany;
    I am wondering what your take is on mobile compatible websites. The need for or can it just be too much of a pain in hinney ?

    • Tiffany says:

      I’m sure it’ll be needed and Ill be behind the ball probably but I don’t do it. In fact, I get very annoyed when surfing on my iphone when sites automatically stick me on the mobile version. I ALWAYS click the full site option at the bottom so I can see what I’m used to seeing. Old fashioned I guess ;)

  • GmaSoup says:

    Its always great to see how your mind works.

    So basically you build the site on paper before you ever actually build the website.
    I really like the way you run it down.

    I have to agree with others, wordpress is so much easier, especially for newbies.

    Any tips on where to get graphics?

  • gmasoup says:

    Thanks, will check him out. I thought he just did site building.

    Maybe I’m using the wrong words. I was thinking more along the lines of pictures etc for articles or graphics like the one Craig made for you on the opt in form.

  • Wow! This is a lot to digest. I am keeping all of your posts so that I can go through them and take notes. LOL I do better when I can make a plan on paper.

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