Starting a cannabis oriented website can be very rewarding both monetarily and emotionally. Right now there is a great opportunity to provide a great service and fulfill many needs in the marijuana information marketplace. Many entrepreneurs are looking for cheap and easy ways to build a base of loyal followers, hoping to earn revenue in the future. Today we will highlight 5 different web-based ideas that could earn some coin and fuel your way to a full time cannabis venture; here we go!
1. Cannabis News Site
The news and information world is a fast paced and fun adventure. If you have a knack for journalism, and like digging deep into the world of pot, why not start a news site dedicated to all things cannabis. Over the last few months, I have seen reporters and high-level executives and well known publications and corporations leave their job for cannabis news and TV. You can focus on the entire industry, or be very niche specific, such as the cannabis growers market. Bootstrap by writing your own articles, or out source to places like Fiverr or Elance.
*For inspiration check out High Times, a well established force in cannabis news.
2. Cannabis Niche Blog
Blogs are one of the best ways to earn a fan base, and this in return will make you revenues down the road through things like advertising and affiliate marketing. This is business that requires you to take time and focus on creating quality content and providing your readers with value on a continual basis. Pick something you are passionate about and will not get tired of after a few weeks. Consistency is key with developing a blog you can turn into a real business. Many blogs make thousands a month from building their brands into a business. Starting a blog can be a little daunting. For a great and quick guide to setting up a blog check out this book by Steve Scott.
*For blog inspiration check out The Weed Blog
3. Dispensary Information and Review Site
True we all know Leafly has a big grasp on this market, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for coke and pepsi to coexist. A dispensary site can have a map with stores nearest the user, a list of stores by state, and information about what they sell. Reviews are becoming more and more relevant as people want to have an experience they enjoy, so why not add a place for store reviews. Another idea is to open up a discussion forum for users to share ideas and suggestions with the actual storeowners. Add value to your site by including something that makes the experience special, maybe news feeds or some cannabis-based humor. Attaching a blog to the site never hurts! Motezie by offering ad space to dispensary owners on the home page, or find other cannabis companies to rent space on your page.
*For a creative dispensary based platform checkout THC Finder
4. Online Head Shop
Why not try throwing some glass up online and seeing how you do? This may be a good idea of you already have a blog or site generating traffic in the marijuana niche. Along with offering ad space to your site, go a head and put products up you think might do well. You never know, it could turn into a full time gig. There are plenty small items you can sell that will accessorize the cannabis connoisseur. Head shops sell glass pipes, bongs, rolling papers, and much more to outfit the cannabis community. Costs and overhead are low and you can only by inventory you can afford.
*Check out Grass City
5. Cannabis Cooking Site
Cannabis sure has come a long way in the public eye, and in the foodie movement it is making strides! THC-infused cookbooks are popping up everywhere, and people love their marijuana recipes. This is more than recipe and cookbook business, this is a lifestyle. Try creating a cannabis forum for those who are passionate about both food and marijuana. Include recipes on scrumptious cookies, cakes, casseroles, and even the latest trend of THC-infused “drinkables”. Ideas for monetization are endless with this one. Blog about your food and recipes, sell ad space, sell partner ads, and maybe even write ebooks about cannabis recipes. Another way to bring some bucks in off of bud is to offer affiliate marketing links to other authors who write cookbooks.
*Check out the Stoners Cookbook