While the personal taxes niche is highly seasonal, IRS audit and tax attorney is something that individuals and companies have to deal with year around.
Of all tax niches I tested, including tax software and tax preparations, IRS audit and tax attorney (these are connected, as you understand) is the tax niche I had the most success with.
The way I did is was the following – I went to the IRS site (IRS.Gov) and scraped content that was audit related. You did know that ALL content from government and state agencies is copyright free, didn’t you? That you can create sites, book and infoproducts based on government documents and not have to pay a dime to anybody?
Do you know that fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent fears there is? Yep, people hate the idea of public speaking. They absolutely hate it.
However, public speaking is a big business. And it’s good for AdSense too. Seriously. Public speaking training, seminars, tapes and infoproducts are quite pricey. And that’s not all.
The other big faucet of this niche is public speakers. Public speakers are hired to talk in seminars, conventions or bootcamps. Or you can hire them to give a keynote speech. Or whatever.
And the net is full of advertisers for public speaker and the speaker bureaus. So, go get ‘em boys.
Trademark registration and trademarks in general are great for AdSense. As more and more business is done online, the trademark issues keep popping up more and more frequently.
If you came up with a new product, you need to check if the trademark for it is available. You need to make sure your trademark isn’t infringing on anyone else’s trademark.
And, get this, even if you registered your trademark, it doesn’t mean it’s registered worldwide. For instance, the Starbucks trademark in Russia belongs to some lawyer, not to Starbucks. Weird, isn’t it?
With all that trademark mess, trademark lawyers and patent attorneys are happy to help out. For a fee, of course. And this, my friends, is good for your AdSense account.
I have a number of blogs and one of them is on the subject of crime. Not particularly a profitable niche, but it’s a hobby of mine. Anyhow, I’ve posted there a New York Times articles about diploma mills – online “universities” that sell PhD degrees and various kinds of diplomas.
When I put that article up, I was surprised to see a bunch of ads that said “get PhD online” in one way or another. I thought that this was a little bit odd, but I was even more surprised to see how much these ads pay. Wow, PhD degrees rock!
Get this – the diploma mill industry is worth over 500 million a year in US alone. And it’s extremely profitable. Basically, you give two hundred bucks for a piece of paper that has PhD or MBA next to your name, but diploma mills have no fixed costs as such. No campus, no faculty, just a fancy printer.
Credit score is a niche I’m not all the wild about, but it’s still worth mentioning. The reason I don’t like this niche very much is that it has MFA written all over it. It’s really pretty bad. Still with some filtering and tweaking, you can make OK money with the credit score niche.
So what is credit score (also known as FICO score)? Basically it’s a number that supposedly indicates your credit worthiness – how likely you are to pay off your debts. It’s all based on statistical analysis and is surprisingly accurate, or so they say.
Recently, the government made a decision that once a year credit rating agencies (like Experian, Equifax or TransUnion) give you a free report (if you request it).
Invoice factoring is a niche that I heard about. Literally. I first learned about factoring from Guy Kingston’s podcast called Mind Your Own Business.
So what is invoice factoring. Actually I don’t know exactly. This is how I understand factoring. Say, your business needs money. And it manufactures something. So it has accounts receivable and so on (meaning that somebody purchased your products and promised to pay or to be mor exact, it’s money which is owed to a company by a customer for products and services provided on credit).
Invoice factoring is a financial operation when a bank of a factoring company gives you money and takes your invoices and makes sure that folks who own money pay up.
Avoid bankruptcy is the one bankruptcy niche I like the best. The bankruptcy itself has long been known to be an MFA niche, so most of the times you get crap ads displayed (4 best sites about bankruptcy, free bankruptcy resources and other classic MFA ads).
Bankruptcy lawyer and bankruptcy attorney didn't perform all that well for me either. But after doing some keyword research, I decided to test two key phrases - avoid bankruptcy and bankruptcy loans and these consistently gave me higher profits.
Here is why. Avoid bankruptcy and bankruptcy loans, AREN'T about bankruptcy really. They are most often about refinancing. The companies that bid on these two terms are actually high risk high profit lenders.
I love reading about inventions. Sometimes there are incredible stories about inventors coming up with strangest ideas, like How Scratched CD Made One Man Multimillionaire. Pretty incredible, ain’t it?
Inventions are a great niche for me. First, it’s addictive. Inventions always make a great read. And there is a hungry crowd of wannabe inventors. Second, there are tons of patent lawyers, inventor consultants and other online advertisers, which is always good for your bottom line. Third, I am able to sell a lot of books as an Amazon’s affiliate on this subject.
Ringtones is the niche I got interested in about two months ago after listening to Shoemoney. I can’t say that ringtones are easy to make money with. I’ve tried a few angles like free ringtones or free ringtones downloads.
I’ve played with ringtones+artist name (like Madona ringtones). But all I got was penny clicks. I finally figured out that the best way to pay with ring tones is either by mobile phone operator + ringtones (ie Cingular Ringtones) or cellphone model + ringtone (like Nokia Ringtones or Samsung Ringtones).
PLUS, this is the only niche I had to do some heavy duty ad filtering, because most ringtone ads that were displayed on my sites were ads for ringtone affiliates and they paid next to nothing.
CRM software is pure gold. I’ve been involved with software and shareware since 2002 and I don’t know too many software niches, like customer relationship management software, that are obscenely profitable with AdSense.
It just happens that I co-own one of the first shareware discounters ever called Deprice.Com (if you need cheap shareware, that’s the place to go). And because we have a searchable database of 15000+ titles, I occasionally stumble upon a niche that brings more profit from AdSense than from affiliate commissions (that’s not typical at all. Actually that’s exceedingly rare).