Hello BHW! A little backstory on me before I lay down what I've been in the process of doing: Since 2014, I've focused primarily on building websites for local businesses on the side. The pay was pretty nice, and through my experience doing this, I was able to land a career in SEO. I always struggled with sticking with side projects for the long haul, however, and tried and failed dozens upon dozens of times when it came to building Amazon affiliate niche sites. Earlier this year, I finally put my foot down and decided to try this thing one more time after years of putting it off. I started experimenting with buying expired/deleted domains with high TF using ExpiredDomains.net and building niche blogs on them. Essentially, rather than building PBN's out of the domains, I made the domains themselves the money sites. I built a site using this method and within weeks the site was already ranking and within 3 months it was on the first page for almost all of the relevant terms I was targetting. I just checked GA and the site will finish out September 2019 with 2,000 sessions which is pretty cool. The site itself doesn't make me much money since the terms I'm targeting are more informational focused vs buyer-intent keywords like "best" review-type terms, so I'm only making a tiny bit in AdSense revenue with it. Still, this was the catalyst for what I'm trying to do now. I purchased several different expired domains that met certain metrics I put into ExpiredDomains.net's filters over the last several months, so these are the domains I'm using in this journey. What I'm Attempting to Do Build 6 Different Authority Niche Blogs in Multiple Different Categories How They Will Make Money Amazon Affiliate revenue & AdSense How I Am Managing This I am outsourcing all of the article writing to a couple of Fiverr writers that I've used in the past that are really good. How I Am Funding This I recently sold a niche site I built up using this method for $x,xxx on Flippa. The site wasn't ranking for anything yet, and I literally just put it up on Flippa as an experiment to see what people would pay for the site. The site itself cost me around $60 - 70 total to build and took around 16-20 hours to create (spending about 4 hours a day for 4-5 days to build it) so needless to say I was happy with the profit I made. The money I made with this sale is being used to fund the content ordering of the 6 other niche sites. Website Design The sites are built in WordPress and I have a specific template that I am using for each of the sites complete with all the necessary plugins & theme. I use Siteground for hosting, so I simply use the WordPress migrator to migrate the demo site to the respective add on domain folder. Replace what needs to be replaced (text, affiliate ids, etc.), and they're good to go! Super easy to do. Keyword Research I am using SEMrush to find keywords to target. I am specifically targeting keywords with low KD% (<50%) but I made a few exceptions if I determined the keyword was good to target based on search volume and the page 1 results having poor on-page SEO. A technique I like to use is to see what keywords a blog within the same niche I'm targeting ranks for and sort of "reverse-engineer" things that way. Content Ordering I created an Excel sheet with 10 articles for each niche blog to order. 5 of them are "best" or "versus" review keywords and 5 of them are informational articles. Since I'm dealing with 6 different sites in bulk, I plan on breaking things down into 3 phases: Phase 1: Order Content & Post It Phase 2: Optimize & Grammar/Spelling Check Phase 3: Build Up Social Profiles & Share Articles using FPTraffic & IFTTT Once all 6 of them are launched and all of the baseline 10 articles have been ordered, I will likely create a new document with more keywords found via SEMrush and order 2 articles per month for each of them totaling 12 articles a month. Depending on which writer I use, it will likely cost anywhere from $30-90 per month which is perfectly doable in my current financial state. Backlink Building Since the sites already have a good amount of backlinks pointing to them, I don't really plan on focusing on backlink building - at least not at first. Perhaps once the sites start to gain traction I'll look into doing some guest posting but we'll see. I've never used PBN links before as I get really nervous dealing with them - maybe being on this forum will change my mind! Progress So Far I have already launched 4 of the 6 blogs. I use Trello for a site launching "checklist" to ensure everything is in order before launching. I decided to launch some blogs even if I don't have all of the planned blog posts ordered and posted yet - once I receive back the first batch of articles for one of them and get them posted with a featured image and affiliate links, and assuming everything else is in place with the site's structure I launch them. An issue I'm running into currently with one of them, though, is that one of the domains has a manual action against it that I need to repeal. I have done this in the past for other domains I've purchased, and it has usually ended up OK for the domain, but this was an oversite on my part as I didn't check the archive.org history carefully. Worst case scenario if the site doesn't rank well even after the repeal goes through, I try to sell it. I will try to make weekly updates with my progress. My goal is to ultimately make $1,000+ per month passively through Amazon Affiliates. This will be nice beer money for the wife and me to travel with. I have no intention of leaving my day job any time soon, so I don't feel any pressure or stress in having to make enough money at a certain point. I learned the hard way not to approach these sorts of projects that way. This is all in good fun!