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I Make Money Online: Building Niche Sites

It’s time to share with you another way that I’m making some extra money online.  I love this series because it shows that no matter your situation, if you have some skill or interest in a particular topic, you can usually find some way to monetize it online!  That’s the true power of the internet.  But on to how I’m making money.  This time it’s with niche websites or blogs.

What Is A Niche Site?

For those of you not living in the web world, a niche site is usually a website or blog that covers one particular subject and nothing else.  Some would consider this site to be a niche site since it covers personal finance, but it’s too broad a subject since we talk about everything from making money to paying off your debt.  Niche sites usually choose the deepest minutia of a topic and drill down to the barest essentials and cover nothing else.  For instance, a general medical website might talk about diseases.  A topical site might talk about cancer.  A niche site might talk about skin cancer.  A deeper niche site might talk about melanoma.

Finding My Own Niche…and Failing

I first learned about niche sites by somehow stumbling into Pat Flynn’s site called Smart Passive Income.  He was challenged to a niche site duel by Tyrone Shum.  The goal was to see who could build a niche site from scratch and get it to make them some money.  The only rule was that they could not pay for traffic.  This duel started way back in August 2010 and I followed along intently.   The great thing about these two guys is that they updated everyone following along regularly and showed us their techniques for getting their sites up and making them money. Some other bloggers soon joined into the niche site duel and shared their own techniques as well. I’ve linked to the niche site duel hub on each of their individual pages. Pat Flynn’s site is now making him an extra $1,500 each month!  What could you do with an extra $1,500?!

Motivated by these posts, I thought of building my own niche site, but I really had no clue what to write about.  I looked around for a hot and trending topic.  At the time, bed bugs were a huge problem in New York, so I thought about doing one on bedbugs, but I really wasn’t motivated and didn’t put the effort into it.  In October 2010 I started building the site, How To Kill Bed Bugs Now (I’ve since deleted the site).   About a third of the way into building the site and adding articles, I stopped.  I just wasn’t motivated enough and I didn’t have any money to hire someone to do it for me.  I know that you’re wondering, if you didn’t have any money, how did you build the site.  Simple.  It was only $6.99 to register the domain (I caught a sale) and I already had hosting for this website, so I just slapped it under my existing hosting plan for free.  The template that I used was also free.  So, essentially it only cost me $6.99 and my time to build the site. But a half-completed site really won’t make you money.

Take 2?

I continued to follow Pat in his duel and updates.  In the meantime, I was having problems with my tenant and since it was really popular on this site, I decided to build My Tenant from Hell (again only $6.99) to share those stories with you where I wouldn’t have to censor myself since she made me want to curse a blue streak every time I wrote about her.  I didn’t want this blog to become all about my tenant, plus I wanted other people to be able to share their stories and avoid the hell that I had gone through.  I built that site in January I think.  I never though of it as a “niche” site per se, but that’s essentially what it was.  So far that site has made me over $400 and I update it once per week, when I remember.  Half of the fun it that some of the stories come from you!  I don’t even have to think about.  By the way, if you want to share a story about a bad landlord, tenant, or roommate you can go over, register and write your own story.

Okay, so this niche site thing might work.  What if I had 10 sites and they could each make me $100 per month?  That would be an extra $12,000 per year.  It was an ambitious goal and I have a short attention span, so I knew that I would never take the time to do that, but the potential had me thinking.  Okay, let’s try this niche site one more time.  But again, what could I write about.  I took a different approach this time.  I came back to this blog and looked for the one article that made me the most money from Adsense advertisements.  For those of you wondering what that is, it’s the ugly little advertisement block on the top right hand part of this page that you hate and some of you click on.  Every time you click on one of those (well, almost every time) it earns me money from Google.  Okay, so which article was earning me the most money?  Funny enough, it was one short little article that I had thrown up on this site almost 2 years ago and forgotten about.  I hadn’t done any research on the topic or anything.  I just shared some information that I though you would find helpful.  It turns out that many did find it helpful and it was ranked #1 on Google for it’s topic.  Sweet!

I looked around on Google to see if anyone else was really writing about this topic and there were a couple of other sites that had some information, but no dedicated site…at the time anyway.  I wondered if this topic could stand alone as a site.  I figured for $8.99 (domain prices went up), I might as well give it a try.  I registered the site and literally spent two weeks putting articles up.  Funny enough, people started finding the site even before it was finished, and it started earning me money.  Okay, it was only $4.27, but that was about half of its cost, so that was good, right?  The first month that it was up it earned me $34.56.  Kaching!  I was in the plus. This month it has earned me $18.47 so far, and I am not selling any products or direct advertisements.  It looks like this will be a money maker for me, because I am still not finished!

Big Whoops!

One of the most important things about the niche site challenge was getting your site to rank high on Google for its search terms.  My site doesn’t rank in to top 100 for its key words because no one has linked to it yet.   For those of you wondering why that’s important, it’s kind of like throwing a party and forgetting to send out the invitations.  If people show up and bring a gift it’s totally random and by accident.  That’s what I have done.  I need to go back and follow Pat and/or Tyrone’s strategy for publicizing the site.  I haven’t done that because 1) I’m lazy; 2) I don’t have much time in my day; 3) I’m too cheap to hire someone and; 4) It’s already making me money.  Don’t forget, I still have an article here on the same topic that’s also making me money.  I know that my efforts will be directly proportional to the amount of money that I could make from the niche site.  I can easily see the site making me $100 every month once I start building links, or from my example, sending out the invitations. When I had the opportunity to meet Pat Flynn at the Financial Blogger Conference, I thanked him for sharing this information for free, and told him how much my site had already made me.  He was genuinely psyched and happy for me!  What a class act.

Let’s Do This!

So, you want to build a niche site, but have no idea how? There are plenty of people that can and will do it for a fee!  I’ve mentioned oDesk before for outsourcing and hiring virtual assistants.  You can find someone to build a site for you for cheap!  I would just be sure to go through Pat’s Niche Site Duel page to find out what it’s all about and see what’s involved before jumping in head first.   One thing that you’ll notice from this article is that I haven’t mentioned the final niche site or the topic.  That’s on purpose.  Maybe I’ll mention it in the future when it’s 100% complete.

So, if you have time on your hands and extra hosting space for another website, consider shelling out $10 to register a domain that could potentially make you extra money online.

Update (December 2013)

Want to know how much new niche site is doing? Well, it’s been making me at least $200 every month.  I share that in my debt summary every month.  In November 2013 the site hit an income high of $523.16 in one month with zero effort from me and still no promotion and less than 10 backlinks.

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102 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen many people talk about having niche sites, but for some reason they act like it’s some big secret about what they actually are. That you actually put your sites is really cool and gives some ‘reality’ to it.

    Something I’ve thought of but haven’t invested the time.

    I’m bookmarking this article for if/when I get a burst of energy and want to get this going.

  2. I found this very interesting because I have a niche blog that’s not making any money. In its defense, I don’t have any advertising on there…gotta get that done soon!

  3. Hmm.. the name Sandy rings a bell. Not sure if I have the right person though. Anyway, I actually read your entire post. Your writing style is catchy.. and you make A LOT of sense to me. Actually inspiring me to start another site which I’ve been contemplating for a while actually but like you, I lack time.

    Either way, keep us posted on how that niche site goes.

  4. I was there for the talk with Pat and it reminded me I need to get my niche site back up. My site is based on an article on my blog like yours is. The niche is seasonal and has already resulted in one sale from my article this month. Hopefully, a niche site would result in more sales.

  5. Sandy, this is good stuff. I got on the niche site bug a over a year right around the same time that Pat and Tyrone started their duel. I ended up signing up for a course Niche Site Duel and paid a monthly fee of like $50 for a few months; so unfortunately I had more invested.

    Also, having the lazy approach, I actually tasked my intern at the time to watch all the training courses and put it to the test. He wrote many of the articles, outsourced some to oDesk, and created a 15 email autoresponder series. We were ready to rock-n-roll!

    Except that we didnt. :( Actually, we didn’t make a dime off it. It was a learning experience, but for about $200.
    I ended up letting the domain expire primarily because the niche was something that I wasn’t passionate about. I do have another niche site that is still active and I think I’ve made a whopping $150 from it, but at least it’s better than my first one. I don’t do much with it, but lately have found a few ways to turn a profit.

    I love the concept of yours and I’m sure you’ll see continued success from it.

    • Jeff I think that you probably have a really good niche site in you. I read your recent post about leasing with options and was fascinated. I could totally see you building a site around a course on how to do that since you have lived it! What I love is that you explained it without the B.S. and too much jargon. I’d give it another try! You have great content.

      • @ Sandy

        You betcha! That’s already crossed my mind. I started a separate newsletter for those interested in real estate investing and my plan is to develop a course with my buddy.

        FYI, I’m not the one that has made the money. It’s my friend. Luckily, he knows nothing about online marketing and I know nothing about real estate investing. Sounds like a winning combo to me :)

  6. Hey Jeff,

    That was great that you got started and it’s better than not doing anything. As Pat and I have said everything on our site is all free and by following everything we have on there you should have enough to build a niche site. The real difference is whether anyone takes action, and it goes to show you have. Keep it up and it’s worthwhile to keep going and not give up.

    • @ Tyrone.

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. I haven’t totally given up on niche sites, I just feel any spare time I have can be utilized better spent on building up my current sites or growing other business opportunities.

      We’ll see. My tone could change tomorrow and find myself buying 3 more domains :)

  7. I’ve had various ideas for sites that I’ve tried but most didn’t pan out. I think a key to this is having enough of a passion for the niche site to keep it going.

    It’s great to hear you are doing well with at least one of the sites so far. I think I’m going to do some work to continue developing mine. Thanks for the kick!

  8. Whoaw… that was refreshing. So is building a niche site easy? probably it’s true and false. But thanks to your article that got me thinkin’, is my niche reader freindly? well, I’m not puttin’ up any ads. But I will soon once I get some avid readers.. That’s for sure.

    • You’re right it’s easy and not easy. If you have no technical skills whatsoever you can hire someone. The hardest part though is filling a site with relevant content.

  9. Hey Sandy, Some might argue that my whole site is a niche site!

    But over the summer I did the same low cost niche experiment that you did. Under my existing hosting account I whipped together a quick site (only one page) and threw up a couple ads. Without any promotion or linking, this basic site became a PR 3 (last I checked) and I’ve made $25 so far. pennytest.com is the site, essentially it’s how do you use a penny to check if your tires should be replaced.

    I was amazed to see how I could get that PR without doing anything except choosing the right niche. I’ve put about a billion times more effort into my main site and that’s only a PR 2 after 2 years!

  10. I love working from home it give the freedom and the opportunity to spend more quality
    time with my family and my kids,
    Now that I work for myself, I’m free to stop for an hour ot two, clean the house,
    Pick my daughter from school bus stop and return to work-for-money jobs. I love the flexibility.

  11. What a great idea to build a niche site based on a page that is generating lots of traffic and clicks. I have a few of those that I could probably whip up.

    @Geoff, That’s pretty neat about the one page site! I think it does well because it is information that is well needed and people probably find exactly what they need.

    I have a few niche blogs but I am working on my first true niche site this fall. I hope to have it complete by the end of the year. It’s at biblicalfinances.org

  12. What a helpful article. And such a great way to find a niche. I have found myself in the past having a hard time selecting a niche that I was interested enough or knowledgeable enough about to keep working on. Thanks for the idea. And for help with getting traffic check out my website for a great product.

  13. Hi Sandy,

    You say, “Yes, I’m Cheap”…Well, just call me BROKE…LOL…

    This is the best niche idea I’ve heard yet…I just want to know, do you think that it’s possible to do a niche site through a free domain???

    Thanks for the great tip…Now if only I had a site with any article making some money for me to select as my niche…

    Thanks again…Shelley…

    • Yes, you can do a nice site through a free domain like blogger. I would recommend at least buying a URL that has your key words in it for better ranking that will redirect to you free domain though. Some of the experts like Sunil and Tyrone can probably provide you more information about that. My hosting plan is pretty cheap though. I think that I pay $85 each year and I host something like 8 websites right now.

  14. niche websites are a great way to capitalize on underexposed keywords. once established the web properties are passive in nature. not to mention that you have an income producing asset that you can now sell. i make a full time living online and currently maintain a portfolio of 20 or so niche websites. recent signs from engines have shown volatility in this model – however it is still the most automated business model online that i have come across.

    • Sunil,

      You give some great free information on niche sites. I’ve actually downloaded your FREE eBoko and was reading it on the subway when someone started reading over my shoulder. I ended up just handing it to him.

  15. I have about 6 or 7 niche sites that I’m working on right now. Actually, I took the next week off from work, and they will get much of my attention during that time.

    I’ll let you know how things turn out…I would love to have your opinion on them!

    • I know about the weight loss one that you work on and have paid ads on (kudos!). Have you got a bunch more? Any of them making you money yet?

  16. I’ve read a lot about niche sites since taking up PF writing. I was wondering what your time commitment is to it in the beginning. You already mentioned that you only do one post a week now, but did it take long to start up initially?

    • The tenant site was probably another 2 to 3 week commitment. Most of that time was really spent revamping the template a little bit. I put up a couple of pages on owning rental real estate and then I started off with 2 articles every week for about the first month just to get some content up and then I’ve been at once per week (mostly) for a few months now. Again, on the tenant site, half of the stories are from other people. The time commitment is very minimal for me these days. I probably send one hour each week.

  17. great article! I believe doing what you love is the key to finding your perfect niche. For example, i love money. I don’t mind doing the necessary things i have to do to get it.

  18. great article! I believe doing what you love is the key to finding your perfect niche. For example, i love money. I don’t mind doing the necessary things i have to do to get it.

  19. After doing a few niche sites, I’ve learned a lot on how to make them and actually make money from them ;-).

    I’m currently building tons of them (my goal is to have over 10 sites by the end of 2011) but I don’t put emphasis on promotion or link building yet. All I do is create content, content and content!

    so far, without any marketing or linking effort, I make about $200 per month from my site. What is dividend making about $100 per month since its creation and I never put a single minute on it after its launch. Technically, it will earn me $100/month forever unless I work on it and make it grow ;-).

    The key on niche website is to go deeper than usual for one specific topic. Instead of trying to make a quick buck easily, I’ve decided to take very specific topic and go with roughly 50 articles per site. This gives you a site where people will see in average 4 to 6 pages per visits and stay more than 3 minutes. Those are the stats I get from What is dividend at the moment. Since google is looking for quality, chances are that number of pages viewed and time spend on site will gain more and more value for search engine.

    I wish you the best of luck with your sites!

    Mike.

    • Thanks Mike! I look at you as an authority since you’ve been doing this much longer and are much more successful at it than I am. If I had a clone I would have more sites!

    • Thanks for sharing your insight about niche sites. Sometimes I get so bogged down by the whole backlinking thing and forget what is important. Content! That’s totally awesome that you have made that amount of money without doing any marketing.

  20. I also follow Pat Flynn and listen to his podcasts. If you enjoy his blog, you may also like Spencer of Niche Pursuits. Spencer has a lot of useful info on making niche websites and explains how to find long tail keywords.

    Godaddy gives domain name registrations for .com sites for $1 every few months. You can normally do a Google search to see if there is an active coupon. Although I’d like to get .com sites more frequently, I’ve been purchasing .info sites for $0.50 through Godaddy.

    One of the things I’ve struggled with is focusing on one or two sites and not knowing when to drop them and move on… I think niche site building requires that you build several sites just to see if you have some duds and watch others takes off and earn money..

  21. I also follow Pat Flynn and listen to his podcasts. If you enjoy his blog, you may also like Spencer of Niche Pursuits. Spencer has a lot of useful info on making niche websites and explains how to find long tail keywords.

    Godaddy gives domain name registrations for .com sites for $1 every few months. You can normally do a Google search to see if there is an active coupon. Although I’d like to get .com sites more frequently, I’ve been purchasing .info sites for $0.50 through Godaddy.

    One of the things I’ve struggled with is focusing on one or two sites and not knowing when to drop them and move on… I think niche site building requires that you build several sites just to see if you have some duds and watch others takes off and earn money..

  22. This was a very interesting read. Yes, Tyrone & Pat are 2 groovy dudes. I’m also about to hop into the niche game and I picked up a few pointer from your post that will take me along way!

    Thanks Again

    Marc

  23. Great article and very interesting! Your writing style is so personal. I am in the process of making niche sites also but still doing alot of research about them. I think they are a great way to make money online if you know how to backlink to them correctly and use several different approaches. Sometimes I really think the google algorithm is flawed because there are TONS of get sites that never get on the first page due to other sites having tons of backlinks. And most times you can’t find all the information you are looking for on the top ranking sites! It’s kind of a paradox to me.

  24. Great article and very interesting! Your writing style is so personal. I am in the process of making niche sites also but still doing alot of research about them. I think they are a great way to make money online if you know how to backlink to them correctly and use several different approaches. Sometimes I really think the google algorithm is flawed because there are TONS of get sites that never get on the first page due to other sites having tons of backlinks. And most times you can’t find all the information you are looking for on the top ranking sites! It’s kind of a paradox to me.

  25. Good post!

    I have been a student of Pat Flynn’s for a while & he provides a ton of great free content online [his podcasts are my absolute favorite!!]

    This stuff really works & I know folks who have generated full time incomes building niche sites using techniques similar to Pat [but it is a lot of work creating content & linkbacks].

    • Site building is easy. It’s the backlinking that’s the PITA. But, you put in the time and reap the benefits later.

  26. Good post!

    I have been a student of Pat Flynn’s for a while & he provides a ton of great free content online [his podcasts are my absolute favorite!!]

    This stuff really works & I know folks who have generated full time incomes building niche sites using techniques similar to Pat [but it is a lot of work creating content & linkbacks].

  27. Wait a minute… did you ever reveal the NEW niche site you started? Inquiring minds want to know!

    I loved the tenant from hell site… great idea. I just read some great stories in a newspaper, like the guy who fills out an application for an apartment… the property manager says, “Your name sounds familiar,” and he says, “Yeah, I was renting from you guys, but I just got evicted.” (True story.)

    I was just googling for some info on this “Niche ATMs 2″ thing and found this. I was too impatient to watch the whole video, didn’t get how it worked, was wondering if it’s useful or a scam. Anyways, thanks for a great post!

    • Nooooo I didn’t reveal the new one. ;) The problem is that when you do, others will try to copy you. For now it’s between #1 and #2 for its search terms because, quite honestly its only competition is me and one other person. I’d like to keep it that way.

  28. Wait a minute… did you ever reveal the NEW niche site you started? Inquiring minds want to know!

    I loved the tenant from hell site… great idea. I just read some great stories in a newspaper, like the guy who fills out an application for an apartment… the property manager says, “Your name sounds familiar,” and he says, “Yeah, I was renting from you guys, but I just got evicted.” (True story.)

    I was just googling for some info on this “Niche ATMs 2″ thing and found this. I was too impatient to watch the whole video, didn’t get how it worked, was wondering if it’s useful or a scam. Anyways, thanks for a great post!

  29. This was a very interesting read. I have a niche site, but I’m not yet making money on it yet. It’s more of an online journal at this point, but I really think it could help some people in the same situation as me. Anyway, I appreciate all your tips!

  30. This was a very interesting read. I have a niche site, but I’m not yet making money on it yet. It’s more of an online journal at this point, but I really think it could help some people in the same situation as me. Anyway, I appreciate all your tips!

  31. I find many of the suggestions on this website concerning money making adventures online to be out of the ordinary but very interesting. It just goes to show you that in many cases its a lack of knowledge that often stands in the way of a business marketing online effectively. The internet techology online is always changing so keeping up with it is the best possible way for someone to have an edge over their competition.

  32. I find many of the suggestions on this website concerning money making adventures online to be out of the ordinary but very interesting. It just goes to show you that in many cases its a lack of knowledge that often stands in the way of a business marketing online effectively. The internet techology online is always changing so keeping up with it is the best possible way for someone to have an edge over their competition.

  33. I really like your site because you have similar hopes with your site indeavor. Not millions! Not riches! Just to be able to have fun and make some cash in the process. A very sincere and realistic approach. I love it

  34. I really like your site because you have similar hopes with your site indeavor. Not millions! Not riches! Just to be able to have fun and make some cash in the process. A very sincere and realistic approach. I love it

    • Pat has a built in audience, which works when you’re launching something. We don’t so we have a build from the ground up. It can be done though!

  35. Starting from scratch (including not much computer knowledge) I have been up and running for a year with my first niche site and about 5 months with my 2nd. It has been mostly a learning experience so far but I can see that there is potential to earn a 2nd income with niche sites with part time devotion. My initial niche site just hit the $100 Google payout mark in January.

  36. No matter what others might tell you, it takes a little bit of work to make quick money online. If you can put in a few hours of work, it’s entirely possible to create your first $1,000 dollars online. In order to make quick money online, however, you first need to put in the work to research your niche.

  37. No matter what others might tell you, it takes a little bit of work to make quick money online. If you can put in a few hours of work, it’s entirely possible to create your first $1,000 dollars online. In order to make quick money online, however, you first need to put in the work to research your niche.

  38. I made a website for gamers and so far its not a dud. I’ve done over 2 dozen post in 1 week and fill it with lots of content. Content is key to making people stay on a site and it should work for me.

    Its easy and hard to get a site off the ground. Youjust buy a domain name for $9.99 or les and boom that’s it. Well not exactly. Don’t forget you have to put in hundreds of hours of work into the site to fill it with meaningful content and have multiple pages.

  39. I made a website for gamers and so far its not a dud. I’ve done over 2 dozen post in 1 week and fill it with lots of content. Content is key to making people stay on a site and it should work for me.

    Its easy and hard to get a site off the ground. Youjust buy a domain name for $9.99 or les and boom that’s it. Well not exactly. Don’t forget you have to put in hundreds of hours of work into the site to fill it with meaningful content and have multiple pages.

  40. Great article! I came across something I think will be of EXTREME value to everyone on this chain.

    This is a 15 minute video where he briefly talks about his experience building a niche site. He posted on his niche site, winelibrarytv, for 17 months before it popped. Like all niche sites it takes passion and purpose. What do you want to blog about every day? If you have patience and purpose you will make it. Not overnight. But eventually.

    Here is a link worth watching about niche sites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhqZ0RU95d4

    The video is from 2008 but just as relevant today.

    Hope this helps some of you get more perspective on niche sites.

  41. Great article! I came across something I think will be of EXTREME value to everyone on this chain.

    This is a 15 minute video where he briefly talks about his experience building a niche site. He posted on his niche site, winelibrarytv, for 17 months before it popped. Like all niche sites it takes passion and purpose. What do you want to blog about every day? If you have patience and purpose you will make it. Not overnight. But eventually.

    Here is a link worth watching about niche sites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhqZ0RU95d4

    The video is from 2008 but just as relevant today.

    Hope this helps some of you get more perspective on niche sites.

  42. I agreed that’s why I have my current website but right now my EMD doesn’t work anymore because it’s seasonal,not constantly so I suggest everybody find EMD that constantly has been being searched that way you won’t fail like me

  43. I agreed that’s why I have my current website but right now my EMD doesn’t work anymore because it’s seasonal,not constantly so I suggest everybody find EMD that constantly has been being searched that way you won’t fail like me

  44. How have your niche sites been doing since the EMD updates? I just found this blog and it is inspiring. You seem like a “regular” person that has found a way to make money rather than a “guru”. It’s extremely refreshing.

  45. I like how honest you are in your writing! I just started my niche site on “How to create a website online” and I put the link in my name. Thanks!

  46. I like how honest you are in your writing! I just started my niche site on “How to create a website online” and I put the link in my name. Thanks!

  47. Thanks, I have got to try this… I followed the duel also, but didnt act on it… The thought of me bldg an authority site? nada…
    Still I am jazzed again and will start tonight with some kw research, I should be able to bld a site quickly, then write the content over the next week. Then the backlinking. I could do 1 and maybe 2 a month on my own… I have got to try this…
    My blogging site is The Bumbling Blogger Its not much yet, but I am blogging regularly now. Thanks

  48. I need it. Get caught up in details and seem to get way off track.
    May be easier now, maybe Google won’t require so much backlinking and will really just look at activity and not past activity.
    I decided to try a Article Directory, still figuring how to get others to post on it.
    Thanks
    Rob

  49. I make $1,000 – 1,500 a month with my niche site, but it’s not a blog, it’s for niche health products. Too many blogs about, best advice is to promote niche goods.

  50. I make $1,000 – 1,500 a month with my niche site, but it’s not a blog, it’s for niche health products. Too many blogs about, best advice is to promote niche goods.

  51. I agree niche sites could be a good idea for beginners but the income generated is very limited to a newbie. Especially if they dont have any seo knowledge. If you focus more on content people will actually link to your site any way. I have one site that brings in around 5000 people a day and i did no seo work on it at all, just focused on quality content and the keywords ranked themselves.

  52. I agree niche sites could be a good idea for beginners but the income generated is very limited to a newbie. Especially if they dont have any seo knowledge. If you focus more on content people will actually link to your site any way. I have one site that brings in around 5000 people a day and i did no seo work on it at all, just focused on quality content and the keywords ranked themselves.

  53. I love hearing others stories about their niche sites. I’ve been practicing looking for keywords and creating hubs over on hubpages and I’ve managed to get one long tail keyword to the number 1 spot and another article is steadily climbing. I think I may be ready to take the leap soon and start investing more time on my own hosted sites. I need to stop being a scary cat. Thanks for sharing your progress, looking forward to reading much more!

    • Good luck! The niche site mentioned is making me almost $300 per month without me touching it one bit. It’s great to have automatic money on a site that costs less than $30 per year to run.

  54. I know about the weight loss one that you work on and have paid ads on (kudos!). Have you got a bunch more? Any of them making you money yet?

  55. The tenant site was probably another 2 to 3 week commitment. Most of that time was really spent revamping the template a little bit. I put up a couple of pages on owning rental real estate and then I started off with 2 articles every week for about the first month just to get some content up and then I’ve been at once per week (mostly) for a few months now. Again, on the tenant site, half of the stories are from other people. The time commitment is very minimal for me these days. I probably send one hour each week.

  56. Thanks Mike! I look at you as an authority since you’ve been doing this much longer and are much more successful at it than I am. If I had a clone I would have more sites!

  57. Pat has a built in audience, which works when you’re launching something. We don’t so we have a build from the ground up. It can be done though!

  58. I love your secret recipe! I just got into IM a few months ago and am still trying to find my feet…thanks for the insightful post.

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