I got asked this question so many times. And it is definitely one of my favorites. Because I can advocate for both sides
So, do you need a lot of pages to be a successful blogger? Let’s dig in!
Sites with hundreds of pages
Of course these big sites will attract more visitors simply because they usually have more indexed pages in search engines.
With more content, more people will read different pages they like and share it on social media. Kinda like a snowball, once it starts rolling… you get the point.
With hundreds of pages on a site, you also have so many more (in content) monetization options. You can add affiliate links to your posts and include some in-content ads like Adsense, it would not be hard with so many pages on the site, right?
By seeing what is your best received content you can create targeted products and offers. So many pages are bound to give you some product and monetization ideas. Having variety is usually a great way to always have different offers for different audience.
But in all reality, you can really make (a lot of) money with one page site and I don’t mean only a long sale page.
One page sites
You can make a lot of money from one page sites. Or even having a single page on someone else’s site, like Squidoo I mentioned in a previous post.
So let me give you two ideas on how to make money with one page:
- Build a list
- Build a Squidoo lens
Building an “email blogging” list
This isn’t just building a list for the sake of it. The idea behind this is to create a squeeze or landing page, what ever you want to call it and get people to sign up for the list. The reason for signing would be “email blogging”.
So you would not have a blog, worry about SEO or anything like that. You would be blogging directly into peoples’ inboxes, sending them information they want to read along with product offers. If you target your offer good, people will sign up all the time.
A different variation of this same strategy is simply charging a small fee for your newsletter. I actually pay monthly subscriptions for some newsletters I signed up for using this exact strategy.
How would you get traffic to that page? You can do the same thing you are doing with your blog now, makes no difference, blog commenting, guest posts, forums, social media, etc.
As long as you are providing value for your target audience, you will send traffic to your sign up page. The best part is that even your costs will be lower.
Building a Squidoo lens
This doesn’t even have to be a Squidoo lens, it can be a one page WordPress.com blog, Blogger blog, a page on another site, but the reason I recommend Squidoo is that you can use all the traffic the site gets and the more popular lenses already there.
The main idea is to find a keyword for a single product that sells good, build a very good page and put affiliate links for the product. Then, use the same traffic generation strategies you would use for a blog.
To use other peoples’ hard work make sure to go through Top 100 lenses in the category you are interested in and see what you can do better. Also, use all the tags those lenses used, you can put many of them on your lens and help being found as a related lens from one of those more successful ones.
This is an overview of how you can make money from one page. There is so much more you can do and different ways you can do things I mention. I just wanted to show you that you can make money from one page, without selling a sleazy low quality product on a sales page you need to scroll through for hours.
The good thing with one page sites is that you are sending all the traffic to one page so it will be easier than trying to build links to several dozens of pages on multi-page blog. Focusing all those efforts on one single page bring results faster than getting spread too thin.
So let me know what do you think about this and if you have ever done something similar?