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Easy Way to Make a Few Hundred Extra per Month

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by nam6641, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. nam6641

    nam6641 Supreme Member

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    This is something I tried out and it worked well so I'm sharing it here...

    I have multiple white hat sites. I use Google Analytics on them all. So I was browsing through Analytics and seeing what keywords drove people to one of my sites and noticed a keyword really had nothing to do with my site (this particular site was a forum) and so I noticed in a thread someone mentioned this keyword and this thread got indexed highly in Google for this keyword. This automatically told me competition for this keyword is almost nonexistant. Now you can do keyword research and try to find weak competition keywords, but by using Analytics I was able to find something I knew 100% was very weak in competition.

    So I bought a domain with this keyword in the name. Cost $10. Time spent 5 minutes.

    I installed wordpress and wrote 5 articles. Cost $0. Time spent 45 minutes.

    I optimized my wordpress blog using maxblogpress plugin, xml sitemap plugin, all in one seo plugin. Cost $0. Time spent 20 minutes.

    I added one adsense ad to my site. Adsense ad is 300x250, and I put it between the title of my article and the article. It abides by adsense t&c, nothing shady there. Cost $0. Time spent 5 minutes.

    This was my initial test. $10 of cost, 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    My site's homepage URL was indexed on second page of Google within a week and was bringing in a little adsense revenue. After 2 weeks one of my articles was also indexed on the second page. Clicks were only generating $0.10/click but i wasn't trying to make a million bucks with this. And i knew if i did a little link building i'd get on first page easy.

    I spent 20 minutes setting up a scrapebox blast to build some backlinks and blasted out backlinks. I got about 1,000 which was more then enough for a brand new site. Both my homepage URL and article were on first page within another week.

    I now waited a week and in that week I made $40 from adsense. Not bad for a $10 investment and less than 2 hours of time.

    I then bought 3 more domain names (with keyword in domain). Ran through the same exact process. Now I own 6 out of the 10 places on Google's first page for this keyword. In the first full month I made $300. Now is the second month and it'll come out around $425-450ish. I do not own the top spot yet, so if I get there I can probably get up to $600-700/month capped out. Keep in mind, this is all for a keyword that pays only $0.10/click on average. My clickthrough rate is 20-25% on average.

    Now I am writing 1 article per week (takes 5 minutes). I spin it 4 times. Upload one spun article to each of my four sites. So my upkeep is 20 minutes/month to earn a couple hundred per month.

    I'm not sharing my keyword, or my sites so don't ask. The point of this thread is to point out another method for keyword research which I haven't heard many people use. And also to point out that you can make some easy money with low paying CPC keywords, you don't need to attack the insurance or health care niche to make $XXX per month.
     
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  2. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    Congrats! It's awesome when an idea hits you and it actually works!
     
  3. brittany46

    brittany46 Junior Member

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    I have to remember to keep on doing this. I have found lots of golden nuggets just reading my logs. G anylitics makes it even easier. When you think about it, your post is a great method for any KW......period! Whip out some original content, spin it, post it, blast some links, and bank!
     
  4. simplyblue

    simplyblue Junior Member

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    how many exact searches a month for your keyword? approx. number of competitor backlinks?
     
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    sangbiru Newbie

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    very motivated thread... thanks for sharing, i've read about this so much, but never taking action... may be the problem is investing the $10 at the first place... :D
     
  6. carlito

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    Congrats, very good tip.

    But i still dont understand how such a weak keyword can bring you 300 bucks per month, with a 10 cents click ....

    Could you tell us how many times this keywords is searched according to G Keywordtool please?
     
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    SmartBoyZ Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thank you OP.
    Same as carlito, I'm curious as to the search volume of your kw. Mind sharing?
     
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    mrsix Power Member

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    planning on building a lot more sites in the same style? there's a lot of 20/mins a week in 8hrs a day ;)
     
  9. mrankin

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    Thanks for sharing! It would be great if you wouldn't mind indicating what you consider to be a low competition keyword, and what sort of algorithm you use to determine this (.e.g. x searches/month vs y sites in search results or whatever).
     
  10. indieee

    indieee Registered Member

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    Nice post, and I have to agree with the method.

    I have found some weird keywords on my sites that I get a lot of traffic for, so I just write more articles realting to that keyword. I'm not making as much as the OP is but every little bit helps.

    Check your stats/analytics on your sites and you will find a lot of useful info in there.
     
  11. KeyzDT

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    This is very cool. Yes I have seen keywords that I didnt think twice about get a lot of traffic when checking my sources in analytics. Nice method to further keyword research.
     
  12. pruss25

    pruss25 Newbie

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    Newb question:

    I am getting familiar with Wordpress but I'm having trouble placing Adsense ads where I want them to go. Can anyone help?

    Also for the OP - are you using a certain template for your Wordpress sites? Did you have to purchase the template or was it free?
     
  13. simplyblue

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    get yourself an adsense plugin for wp there are tonnes around with a simple search on the wp plugins pg also be sure to grab Easy Privacy Policy to get your google tos straight.

    Grab a high ctr template by simply searching wordpress adsense themes should be in the first few serps on google.
     
  14. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    Way to be aware of new opportunities. I watch my Statpress plugin stats for random keywords that I'm getting traffic on. I'll then backlink directly to that page that drew the search result and maybe add more content. I haven't had your level of success yet but I have just been using it for my current sites.
     
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    Totally agree with using Statpress. Interesting to see what people are searching on to get to your site (and the amont of traffic for that keyword).

    OP - Great post and it shows what can be achieved with minimal cost. Which maxblogpress plugin are you using?
     
  16. Dumper

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    Way to take it and run with it. I'd be interested to know as well how many searches per month it get to make that much from a $.10 cpc keyword.
     
  17. ashok

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    really a nice idea... if we blogspot then the investment is $0...but i don't have adsense, so it won't work for me... :( :(
     
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    Awesome! Congratulation for you... Thanks for your tips...:)
     
  19. rianova

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    Congrats for you mate and very awesome tips, the important thing here is find a micro niche keyword but there are most of online businesses can't do that, that's right?
     
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  20. Linkk

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    This sounds like a very good method, I'm gonna try it with statpress, as I cant get google analytics working on my site