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$100 a Day from Niche Adsense Blogs [Experienced Blogger, New To Black-Hat]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by BobMcBill, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. BobMcBill

    BobMcBill Registered Member

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    The following is taken from a blog that I recently started. My intention is to earn $100 per day in (relatively) passive income by building niche blogs about topics that interest me. I know there are quicker ways to a fortune but I love writing and I've made plenty of money before. I just want to make stable money at this point. (Or as stable as can be.)

    I'll be posting a weekly update (once again, just grabbing it from the weekly posts I'll do on my blog) but feel free to ask questions, offer advice, or whatever in the mean time. I've only recently got into paying for link building etc so I'm sure I have a lot more to learn. I'm also keen to experiment with different services for different sites and report back on the results.

    Hope you enjoy. :)

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    Building a Niche Blog, Part 1
    Getting Started: Choosing a Niche, Domains, Hosting

    Between the ages of fourteen and seventeen I made decent money building niche sites (mostly on WordPress) about topics that I found interesting. Then school ended, my income went through a rough patch, and I became swept up in ?having a personal brand? because that seemed more stable.

    And in some ways, it was, and I did make it work. I earned the most I ever earning while also reaching an audience of hundred?s of thousands of people a month. There were problems though:

    • I?m an introvert and prefer to be out of the spotlight where possible.
    • The business could not be made passive without sacrificing most profits.
    • My passion suffered for many reasons (which I?ll cover in the future).
    I do still maintain the personal brand I?m referring to and I?m not exactly eager to give it up since I do care about the audience (the income isn?t what it used to be though). But I do need a change. I?m in a rut and I need to get out.

    Building niche blogs, I think, is the answer.

    To be clear, there?s no void inside of me that I?m filling with niche blogging. I travel, have people that I care very deeply about, and am working on projects completely disconnected from the Internet. Niche blogging isn?t everything. It might, however, allow me to replace my income with something simpler.

    I?m not afraid of hard work but my current work is more complicated than it needs to be. I want to start anew and, if that takes some time, then so be it.

    Choosing a Niche
    I don?t believe ?passion? is a prerequisite for choosing a niche. To me, passion is reserved for a few fine things in life that I don?t want to monetize. I just want to enjoy them. But I do believe in choosing a niche where:

    1. I?m the target audience.
    2. I?ve actively researched it before.
    3. There?s more for me to learn.
    So while I?m not going to yap about my niche with a mega-phone in a crowded area, I don?t mind the idea of writing about it for a while. I?d like to share what the niche is but, of course, that wouldn?t make much sense. But I can share that it?s in the health and fitness industry (it?s nothing to do with weight loss).

    Because this is my first niche blog in a while, I wasn?t looking for the perfect niche in terms of effectiveness. I just wanted something easy. That means I didn?t bother to check the CPC, but:

    1. The root keyword gets 4400 exact searches a month.
    2. There?s only one blog post ranking for the term (and nine forum threads).
    3. It?s not a fast-growing keyword but it also won?t become less popular.
    I?ve always profited mostly from SEO, so I?m confident I?ll be able to hit the top spot before the end of the year. If I don?t, then shame on me.

    Keyword Research
    I didn?t do extensive keyword research for this niche because, again, I could see that it was going to be easy and didn?t want to make it difficult for myself. But I did use both WordTracker (Free) and KeywordPlanner to check the numbers.

    I?ll share more of my (fairly simple) strategies in the future, but the ViperChill guide is pretty great. I?m never going to outdo that.

    To track the keyword rankings, Serpbook is the best option I?ve found. It?s not useful right now but I want a complete history of the rankings that I can share.

    Domain Names
    Domains that exactly match the keywords you?re targeting aren?t as useful for ranking in Google anymore, I hear, which is good because there was no way to get the exact match domain for this niche. But I did choose a domain that:

    1. Includes the root keyword.
    2. Exact matches a phrase with 590 searches per month.
    3. Sounds relatively good (but not super-brandable).
    For the past decade, I?ve been registering names with Namecheap.com and they haven?t caused me trouble so far. As long as you stay away from GoDaddy, you?re smart. There are new coupons available for Namecheap every month.

    Hosting
    I see a lot of people yapping on about HostGator and Blue Host for their niche sites, but I imagine that?s because they?re getting affiliate commissions. I think there?s a much better option:

    DigitalOcean.

    It helps to have an understanding of the command-line to use DigitalOcean (there?s no control panel like cPanel) but it?s super easy to launch a new $5 a month server with WordPress installed and there are a lot of advantages:

    • They?re SSD-based servers. That means they?re fast.
    • Every server is on a different C-Class IP (good for multiple sites).
    • For $5 a month, you get quite a lot of space, bandwidth, etc.
    If you?re completely unfamiliar with the command-line, PeepCode has you covered.

    If you need a control panel, check out CleverKite. They?re SSD-based and served me well for the couple of years that I was with them. DigitalOcean is just more my style these days (the command-line can be quite fun).

    WordPress
    I wanted to use Jekyll to build my niche site because I like the simplicity of running a static website but I?ve been using WordPress since 2.0 and I?m not ready to jump ship just yet. It?s just too convenient (and change is scary).

    The first thing I installed in WordPress was the Thesis theme which I mainly installed for two reasons:

    • I already owned a copy from ages ago.
    • The design would at least be functional.
    But the newer version is actually quite nice and I?ll be using it for any future niche sites that I create. (And I?ll share my favourite things about Thesis in the future. You can also see it in action on this blog.)

    Plugin-wise, I have Yoast SEO and Amazon AutoLink installed. I like to keep my installs as light as possible though, only adding features when I need them. Since the blog?s only just begun there?s not a lot that I need just yet.

    I use Clicky for tracking stats. I don?t use Google Analytics anymore because tools exist to discover every site that someone owns based on their Analytics code, and that weirds me out. I also prefer the interface of Clicky.

    And next up?
    Backlinks. Content strategy. Money. There?s a lot to cover in the coming weeks and months and years. I?ll keep the updates coming on a weekly basis.
     
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  2. SPQR

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    Wow, nice and in-depth entry post; that is something that you do not see most of the time. You explained your process perfectly. You will succeed with a great base or game plan. There is plenty of room for members like yourself on this forum! If you need any help, I am sure people would be honored to collaborate. Good luck!

    Also, have some rep! This is great!
     
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    Seems like a solid plan :) gonna be following along. Doing something similar only instead of more niche blogs I am working to make an authority site :)
     
  4. BobMcBill

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    Thanks, man. Just happy to contribute.

    This is something I considered doing since my first niche sites could have been packaged into a single site. Just more used to making smaller sites though. Might take the authority approach later on if that doesn't work out though. :)
     
  5. hatimyal

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    Looks good.
    I would be following this thread for sure.
    Want to do something similar but dont have time as of now.

    Thanks
     
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    Naah niche sites should work out great aswell as long as your focused on it and committed to work. I just work better when I have all my focus on one thing :D
     
  7. BobMcBill

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    The previous post was meant to be published last week meaning the sites have been around for a week at this point and this is the second update. From here on out, all big updates should be shared on Thursday.

    Like the previous post, this is copied and pasted from my blog.

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    Building a Niche Blog, Part 2
    Backlinks & Content Strategy


    It's been a week since I started my niche blog and I've been working hard. I thought about breaking each post down into a precise topic but figured it's a little easier to do a broad-sweep each time. So yeah, enjoy.

    A Second Blog
    What I didn't mention last time is that I had a hard time deciding between two similar (but still distinct) niches. I could either go for the easier one or the one with greater long-tail potential. I went with the easier one to begin with, but it only took a day before I launched a second blog for the other niche.

    "Isn't that doubling the work-load?"

    Pretty much. The first blog is still the priority though, and I've made the work-load simpler by making both sites identical in terms of design, plugins, etc. The only differences are the niche, the content, and how I'm building links (which I will cover later in this post).

    No matter what, I was going to be running both blogs eventually and I couldn't figure out a reason to wait. I'm perfectly capable of running two blogs.

    Indexing
    Within a day of each blog launching, they were indexed in Google. This was before any link-building had taken place and I'm fairly it's because:

    1. I submitted them to Google Webmaster Tools.
    2. Yoast SEO generates an XML sitemap.
    These were only the home pages being indexed at first, but now the entire first blog is indexed and I imagine the second blog isn't far behind.

    Backlinks
    I know it seems strange to mention backlinks before content but I actually paid for link-building services before I wrote any content. Link-building takes a while anyway, so I still had plenty of time to prepare content.

    An advantage of running two blogs is that I can test different services and figure out the best one. At the moment, I've paid for two services:

    1. Sherlock Hacks Google
    2. Backlinks Storm
    Both of these come from the BlackHatWorld marketplace and offer similar services like article submission, social bookmarking, and Web 2.0 profiles. If one of them works, I'll be satisfied, but both do get quite good reviews.

    I decided to pay for link-building services because:

    1. I'm too lazy to do any of this stuff myself.
    2. I want to focus on writing.
    3. I'm curious if they work or not.
    If I'm able to secure decent rankings within the next month or two without doing any link-building myself, the blogs should start receiving natural links before too long. Then it's a matter of taking over the world.

    (I'll also be posting full reviews of these services a month or two after they've been delivered, so stay tuned for those.)

    Content
    I don't want to own sites that suck. I'm not looking to create a effort-free source of income at the expense of visitors. I'd rather build something that:

    1. Solves a real problem.
    2. Doesn't require daily input.
    3. Will stand the test of time.
    That, to me, is success in the world of niche blogging.

    Because of this, I've already published thousands of words of content across both blogs. The first blog has been receiving most of the love but the second blog has a couple of long, definitive articles.

    My content strategy isn't too sophisticated at the moment. I'm just writing whatever comes most naturally point since most of the traffic will be from long-tail phrases anyway. Being too concerned about precise keyword choice seems like wasted effort until I know what phrases I rank easily for (and can therefore target specifically for those early wins).

    That said, there is some strategy involved:

    On the first blog, I've started a thirty-day series since it's a niche that allows me to share progress over time. I'm experimenting on myself and writing daily updates about the experience. This:

    1. Is easy content to write, being very similar to a diary.
    2. Has already sparked many ideas for guide-centric content.
    3. Should be easy to spread around forums, Reddit, etc.
    I will, of course, keep you up to date with how the series is progressing (and also offer tips if the series is successful like I hope it will be).

    On both blogs I've setup pages like the "Start Here!" page you see on this blog. These are top-level resource pages that will make sense of the archives as they evolve over time. I'm targeting the most important keywords with these pages.

    To generate ideas for future content, I'm using Ubersuggest. This free tool allows you to scrape hundreds of popular searches from Google's "suggest" feature. It's a brilliant way to spark ideas that grab some search traffic.

    I'm a writer at heart, so expect to see a lot more talk about content in the future. This is a taste of the strategy but I do have a lot of beliefs about how content should be constructed. Hopefully I can teach you a thing or two.

    Rankings
    The link-building services have turnaround time of 10-14 days, so as far as I can tell, none of the links have been built yet. Even so, the sites are ranking for the precise keywords in their domain names:

    • Blog #1 is at #62
    • Blog #2 is at #238
    So nothing remarkable, but with no links being built so far it isn't terrible. It should be very interesting to see what a few links can do to those rankings.

    For the curious, I'm using Serpbook to track keyword rankings. I've tested a dozen different tools but this one's the simplest to use and quickest to update. It's also cheap (I'm using the $4.95 per month plan).

    But in the mean time...
    It's back to writing. By the time the links are coming to the site I want to have a few more thousand words on either site. Google is going to love these blogs.
     
  8. grizzlyro

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    I am looking for a niche in which I can say that "is easy content to write" :)

    Congratz for your journey and hope you will be on #1 very fast and stable!
    Try to make some natural backlinks from forums, blog commenting, q&a websites. All those from your niche related.
    Did you made any social signals?
     
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    Will definitely into some forums soon. Lots in this niche, luckily.

    There are some social signals in the link-building packages I've ordered but I'll do more outside of that fairly. I've used gigatrail.com before (found it through this forum) and will probably be a repeat customer.

    Thanks man. :)
     
  11. hatimyal

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    Hello

    From the way you write
    I think you are a very good writer
    hopefully you will make it big

    I am following you

    Thanks
     
  12. nanavlad

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    Unique content and lots of it, Is a great start

    Updating daily will keep google crawling all over you

    This is a recipe for success
    I dont need to wish you luck
    With this method the only thing that can stop you is adsense not performing as well as you hope

    Great tutorial
    Thank you for taking the time to share it with us

    Repped.
     
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    You have really good writting skills no doubt your content will be awesome as well which will keep the reader glued.

    best of luck.
     
  14. BobMcBill

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    Thanks. :)

    Thanks for the rep, man.

    Already getting some nice crawling action going on, which is cool. Links are starting to be recognised, too. Looking forward to writing the next update. :)

    Hopefully so!

    Thanks. :)
     
  15. Voidray

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    Will be following your journey. You can do it!
     
  16. BobMcBill

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    Thanks! :)

    Excited to post the next update.
     
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    What are your ranking now?
     
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    Yep, any updates.
     
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    I hate it when I get excited over a journey and then the person doesn't follow through. :(