I know a lot of people who are lured into creating an information website, whether a blog or a website itself. They’ve heard stories of people making good money just by serving ads or offering other people’s products.
True, there’s a lot of money that can be made by simply putting up content on the Web. However, with billions of sites out there and lots of information on every imaginable topic, the question is always how will your site rise above the noise?
Here are my tips to a Yahoo Answer user when she asked this same question:
1. What sector do you want to focus on? “Information website” is a very broad term, and it could be anywhere from information on how to manage your personal finances to breeding animals to online marketing. The first step is to determine what sector you want to focus on and what unique perspective you can offer in that sector.
2. How will you monetize your website? How do you want to earn from the site? Will you earn from advertising? Will you offer a paid subscription content? Will you be syndicating the content?
3. How will you create the content? Will you write the content yourself? Will you pay writers or buy articles? Will you just use those articles in free article submission sites such as Ezinearticles.com that thousands of other sites are already using? Or will you let your visitors create the content for you?
If you want an information website, start with the basics first and think of what type of unique information you can offer — or if you want to do information that thousands of other websites are already doing, what is the unique angle you are going to explore? If your site has no value, it will just languish as one of the billions of sites with hardly any visitors and no income