Can you believe the year is almost coming to a close? It seems like just the other day I was writing for the first time about which passive income idea I was going to actively pursue as my next great way to try to increase my side income. Obviously for me I felt that developing a niche site was the option that made the most sense. And so now here we are with almost one year down and three active sites moving along.
This November our niche website portfolio had a lot of ups and a few downs. One big event that was a pretty big scare happened right on the first day! More on that story below.
But luckily we ended the month with a record-breaking bang! And on that note, let’s get down to it starting with the part of these updates that everyone loves to see – our monthly income report.
When they say “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, you can add niche sites to that assumption as well.
All throughout October I spent the majority of my niche website effort getting content and uploading it to both of my sites, NS1 and NS2. As has been the goal for the past 2 months, I’m trying to build each one of these niche sites to be much larger than they are now – 50 or posts or more to be specific.
My current theory (as observed in other people’s niche website developments) is that if I can build them up that high, they will rank for thousands of various keyword queries, attract far more organic traffic, and increase the potential for people to click through on the ads I have placed on them.
So how is that assumption working out? It’s a bit early to tell since we just got started in October, but here’s how our income is looking so far.
When last we left in Update 9, I announced at the end of the post that I had just launched a brand new niche website. This one was going to micro-niche site meaning that it will have less than 10 pages of content. I’ve read a number of stories now about people who have created such sites and been able to make $100 or so per month from them. Plus 10 pages of content is extremely easy to create, upload, and then build links back to. Seems like a sure-thing, right?
And so how’s that going? Terrible! … and I’m happy with that. Yeah, you read that correctly. I’m okay with NS3 performing terribly (for now) because I’m still getting a lot of value out the experiment. Here are the reasons why and what I plan to do about it:
In the beginning, it was probably just for fun.
The first time you likely started your blog or wrote your first post, it was just for sheer enjoyment. You wanted to say your piece and connect with other like-minded people within your virtual community. And for a while things were good, and you were happy to be this way.
But then something happened. Someone emailed you with an offer for a $100 to add a certain link or post some post that wasn’t yours. Suddenly the lights came on and all those income reports you had always read about on Smart Passive Income flashed before your eyes. You probably thought:
“I’m an entrepreneurial person. I’m sure if I put a little more effort into this, I could be pulling in 4 figures of passive income in no time! Financial freedom, here I come!”
And so the race began.
I’m pleased to inform everyone that things are still going pretty well for my small niche website portfolio. To quickly recap my last update, I had just revealed my second niche site launch (called NS2), provided a full run-down of all the activities and links I built to it, and then gladly reported that it was already ranking No. 4 in the Google search results for the exact match keyword.
Well, another month has passed and I have some more developments to share. First I am going to compare NS2 to the achievements of my first niche site (NS1), and then give some critiques for both. And if you stick around long enough, I’ve also got another surprise for you…