I hope that opening this thread and getting feedback that it will enable me to kick start my drive to begin new sites. I read somewhere that getting input from other people makes you want to strive more. Anyways, I am in my 30s and a graphic designer, but what I am really passionate about is writing. During my school days, I use to daydream all the time about various ideas. Writing was the outlet of those musings. Around 5 years ago, I discovered personal blogging. I wrote about politics, art, economics, philosophy, science, etc. I wrote not because I want to make money but because I really love the notion of writing. Seeing dozens of positive comments on a short story that I wrote brings pure unadulterated joy. The comment plus smiley in the parody I?ve written lift's spirit that day. I was satisfied to make blogging a hobby, when one day, I stumbled upon man who bought a car from the income he derived from blogging. Being a poor schmuck who can barely pays his rent, I was intrigue and want to know how he did it. His advice is: write what you are passionate about, apply for Adsense and the money will follow. I followed his advice and put some Adsense in my personal blog at BlogSpot. The result was dismal. The income was not even enough to cover my daily snacks. I was about to give up when one of my articles got the heads up by a famous blogger. Bam! The links poured in. Front page back when Digg was still relevant. The traffic surged, and my income at least for that month more than covered my snacks expenses. Suffice to say that single article opened my eyes to the possibility. On that day, I decided that my blogging for hobby was over. A few months later, I stop writing in my personal BlogSpot, remove the Adsense from it and dedicated all my writing time elsewhere. I did a lot of reading about building Adsense sites. I did a keyword research, and use the money from Adsense to hand registered three exact match domains and set them up on the custom domain of Blogger. I paid Hostgator for a few years and have tried Wordpress, but I seeing that I am more comfortable with the Blogger interface, I stuck with them. Authority Site #1 EMD Local US at GAKT ? 200+ CPC at GAKT - $1.7 Ads Platform - Adsense Actual Average CPC - $0.21 Average Monthly Income - $150 Number of Pages - 800+ Posts Backlinks - 9000+ (600+ Domains) EMD Google Position - #1 EMD Bing Position - #1 These articles are my bread and butter. I write here whenever the inspiration strikes. I sometimes go months without writing. This site proved resilient during the Panda, Penguin update. However back in the November 2011 it took a significant traffic dive when the ?Freshness update? rolled in. However, there were months where I wrote non-stop, twice or thrice a day, that?s where I see significant increase in traffic and income. Most of the traffic though comes from long tail keywords. I manually built backlinks for it but since then stopped building backlinks. This site still receives links from anonymous random sources. Whenever a keyword I rank for trends in Google, I earn around $3000 in a month. There was a month last year when this site earned $7,000. Those months were short-lived however, as the site has since stabilized to around $150 a month. I use almost all the money to help a poor family. Is it wrong to altruistically help others, instead of reinvesting the money to further increase the coffer? It depends on who you ask, but for me helping others in need has a socio-political, as well as economic benefits in the long run. Plus it feels good to see others improve their life. Micro Niche Site #1 EMD Local US at GAKT ? 300+ CPC at GAKT - $0.50 Ads Platform - Adsense Actual Average CPC - $2.80 Average Monthly Income - $200 Number of Pages - 7 Posts Backlinks - 200+ (40+ Domains) EMD Google Position - #1 EMD Bing Position - #1 Here?s a site that I built specifically to earn money. This is one of those ?evergreen? goldmines, so it wasn?t affected by the ?fresh update? back in November 2011. I wrote seven articles three years ago. I have since stopped updating and also ceased building backlinks. Because the target is such a low search keyword, competition has been relatively weak. The Penguin/Panda update didn?t touch this. The 200 dollar per month is due to its high CPC and +/- 20% CTR. The surprising thing here is that people who came from Bing click the ads more than Google users. I might update this soon. Adult Site #1 EMD exact worldwide at GAKT - 60,000+ CPC at GAKT - $0.10 Ads Platform ? Adult PPC Actual Average CPC - $0.05 Average Monthly Income - $120 Number of Pages - 80+ Posts Backlinks ? 1400+ (200+ Domains) EMD Google Position - #1 EMD Bing Position - #1 A ?not safe for work? site that I initially built to write my erotic stories but became something else together. I have tried various adult PPC over the years. Traffic from international viewers is high, but very low CPC. I stopped building backlinks and ceased updating these years ago. In recent months serp competition became high but my EMD was able to hold #1, at least for now. I might or might not update this depends on what my competition do next. THE GOAL: Additional $30 per day Right now, I am earning +/- $20 per day from three of my blogs. That?s $600 a month of stable core income for 4 years straight, from doing something I rather enjoy (or in some instances doing nothing). Some exceptional month though income jumps 5 times. Coming from a poor family, that?s a whole lot of money for a part-time job. Over the years, I registered by hand seven exact match domains (or near exact because couples are with hyphens). These are topics I know really well. However, due to lack of time, I didn?t develop them (but I will now): New Site #1: EMD. Info, 40K exact local US at GAKT, $1.6 CPC, high serp competition New Site #2: EMD. Info, 8K exact local US at GAKT, $5.5 CPC, low serp competition New Site #3: One hyphen adult .org, 135K exact worldwide at GAKT, $0.20 CPC, low serp competition New Site #4: EMD .net, 4K exact local US at GAKT, $1.6 CPC, low serp competition New Site #5: EMD .net, 30K exact local US at GAKT, $1.5 CPC, medium serp competition New Site #6: EMD .net, 7K exact local US at GAKT, $2 CPC, medium serp competition New Site #7: three hyphens .com, 30K exact local US at GAKT, $2.2 CPC, high serp competition The Questions Question #1: How hard is it to rank a .info domain on a high SERP competition keyword? Question #2: Backlinking, can it be done manually without outsourcing? Question #3: How long till these new sites combined earn an additional $30 dollar per day? The only way to find out the answer is by trying. It?s a big gamble of my time, but not of my money because I will answer my own questions by designing the blogs, writing the articles, and manually building the backlinks myself. When outsourcing, the real commodity is as much time as ability or as the old adage goes ?time is money.? I will try to update this from time to time. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading.