for newbies to make some money, here is a simple method that has worked for me. create an article directory: i used WP and an article directory plugin. all you need to do is create some categories. you can do so by copying them from existing directory sites. what happens is that 'spammers' (sorry for lack of better words lol) will find you and post articles (majority of them, as expected, are spun and barely legible writings). so it is basically like they provide you with free contents for you to run adsense ads. at the same time, you can moneytize with text links. i used infolinks(?). i limit the word count to a minimum of 1500 words, and outbound links to 1 or 2. in a couple months, i had 10s of thousands of articles, and made up to $20 a day from adsense. what happened was somebody posted things like "watch live streaming tv".. some kind of popular tv series. evidently, it was not real, so desperate people click around on my site. it last for less than a year when i got too many articles for the server to handle. the site went down for a week when i was too lazy to fix it. my experience is that when a site went down for some 5 days or longer, google kills your search ranking. another method to create maintenance free sites is universal-fact sites. with these sites, i made money without doing any seo whatsoever. just remember - never to let your site stay down for an extended period of time.