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Journey to $10,000 a month with niche websites

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TheStrandDiaries, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. TheStrandDiaries

    TheStrandDiaries Registered Member

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    Hi BHW!

    I've been a lurker here for a long time. Probably about 10 years or so. I started in IM back in 1999 when a co-worker of mine told me about eBay. I tried it out, made a lot of money, and discovered that I could make a lot more money on the Internet than at any of my day jobs. I was making really good money at my day jobs, but eBay had pretty much surpassed them all.

    After seeing what was possible online, it did not make sense to remain at a day job. I decided to put all my career efforts into the Internet. I eventually learned web design, and majored in product design during college. This allowed me to create my own websites and design my own products to sell online.

    Then it happened. Sometime between 2007 and 2009, I got the suspension email from eBay telling me my account had gone up in flames and there was nothing I could do about it. Nearly 10 years down the drain. Like most eBay sellers, I was not going to take "No" for an answer. But eBay refused to help. I eventually turned to Google, which led me to the Aspkin forums. I was back on!

    While Aspkin helped tremendously, he always reiterated that these selling platforms could remove us from their websites at any time. He suggested affiliate marketing as a more permanent solution if we were really serious at making money online. I always thought that was excellent advice. Advice that led me to BlackHatWorld!

    Since I was still in eBay mode, I spent most of my time on Aspkin. However, I always lurked over here and on Warrior Forum to learn more about affiliate marketing, and Internet Marketing in general, that way I could make the transition from eBay to IM.

    I've always enjoyed reading the clever tricks people from BHW come up with to maximize their Internet earnings. The methods that I have learned and implemented from here are not only creative, but they have also been highly effective over the long haul. The most influential part of the forum for me has always been the journey threads. I love watching people achieve their goals. It motivates me and keeps me in the right frame of mind to achieve my own goals. I always wanted to start a journey of my own, but the timing always seemed off, and other aspects of my career never really seemed to line up with starting one.

    Every 5-10 years, I do an evaluation of my career by doing more of what has been successful, and removing what has not been successful. Last year, 2018 was another 10 year mark in my career. I also turned 40 years old. I decided that I was going to celebrate these milestone dates by adding a BHW journey thread to my career. This journey also conveniently comes in right at the beginning of 2019 during my 10 year "anniversary" of lurking since 2009. What seemed like a struggle to implement before, now seems to line up perfectly.

    Since my specialty has always been niche products and niche websites, I am going to continue with that method as my journey. I have about 10 niche products that I would like to create, along with a website for each product. The goal is to earn a total of $10,000 a month from all 10 websites.

    The first part of this journey will be to gather seed money so the journey will have it's own funds allocated to it. The goal is to earn $1,000 with a small method that I use to earn seed money quickly when I do not wish to take funds from my savings or from other projects. This method does not generate a lot of cash, but it does pay out daily so I can get things moving faster than with a higher paying method that takes a slower 60-90 days to pay out. Once I receive the $1,000 seed money, I will start creating the niche websites.

    Today is my first official day back to work for the new year, and I will start updating my progress every 1-2 days.

    See you all soon.
     
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  2. jamie3000

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    Welcome dude, what's your plan for ranking your niche sites?
     
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  3. TheStrandDiaries

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    Date: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2018
    Journey: Seed Money
    Goal: $1,000
    Earned: $3.80

    Today I set up my method and did few practice runs to make sure everything was working correctly. So far, I have made $3.80 towards my goal.
     
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  4. mhtro

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    Following! What is your ultimate plan for ranking the sites? Also how many niche sites do you plan to own?
     
  5. TheStrandDiaries

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    I normally use long tail keywords with low to medium competition and place them into an SEO/Keyword plugin on the back end of my site, and also in the content on the front end of the site.

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    I also try to find a micro niche within a larger niche so I can zoom in as close as possible on a small group of people/community who I know will think my product is unique.

    Date: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2018
    Journey: Seed Money
    Goal: $1,000
    Earned Today: $2.98
    Earned Total: $6.78

    Well, today was pretty annoying. The website I use for this method was having major problems today. I was able to earn $2.98, but wasn't able to get much else done. I will start again tomorrow.
     
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  6. anushady

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    Hi,

    Good luck on your journey mate.
    I am also planning to start a set of niche websites. The problem is the funds to pay for domains, hosting, content and backlinks. As I am a student from a third world country, it is difficult to get seed money. Could you suggest me the method you are using to get these dollars daily?

    Thanks, Anwar
     
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  7. JWASQ

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    Are you going down the affiliate or CPA path?
     
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    What does that means? What plugin and what does it do?
     
  9. chimatim

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    How do get the seed money?
     
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    This is interesting.. Hope you would succeed. Would be glad to come back here and know more about your updates...

    Wishing you luck!
     
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    Let me stick around and see how it goes ... meanwhile are you targeting specific niche or broad ?
     
  12. Leodegarius

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    Good Luck with your journey mate! Following this one.

    Just one question: With how much money are you investing to start this venture? Have you a budget for each niche website?

    Thanks a lot
     
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    hope you get the goal :)
     
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    Good luck on your journey, how are you monetizing your traffic? and I am more interested to know how (and any other for that matter) makes their keyword research to find profitable niches.
     
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    I wish to know how you make those seed money
     
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  16. TheStrandDiaries

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    Date: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2019
    Journey: Seed Money
    Goal: $1,000
    Earned Today: $5.24
    Earned Total: $12.02

    Today was a better day. Things were more stable and I earned $5.24. Things seem to be back to normal, so let's see how much I make tomorrow.
     
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    Goog luck with your journey,would you mind sharing with us the method you use to make the seed money?
     
  18. TheStrandDiaries

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    I may reveal the website and method that I use for seed money once I have reached the $1,000 goal.

    I do have plans to join affiliate programs to help boost my monthly income on some of my niche sites. I also have plans to offer an affiliate program on some of my niche sites to boost sales and visibility of my own products. I probably will not do any CPA though.

    I use WordPress for my niche sites. You can add plugins to WordPress to make your website work better. One type of plugin is an SEO plugin. You enter your keywords into the plugin and it will help your website rank faster and easier. The most popular WordPress SEO plugin is "Yoast SEO".

    I start with a broad niche, then I narrow it down as far as possible. Then I choose a niche within that group that seems like it would be a popular product/service to a small group of people.

    Example:
    Home Decor > Bedrooms > Girl Bedrooms > Pink Girl Bedrooms > Pink Rugs > Pink Square Rugs

    You can use any of those 6 niches. Or continue to narrow it down even further.

    Probably "pink girl bedrooms" or "pink rugs" would be a good niche. The niches to the left of those two niches might be too broad to get sales, and the niche on the right of them might be too narrow to get many sales.

    I am going to start with an initial $1,000 investment. The start up cost for each site will most likely be around $100. This will cover the domain, hosting, and a small amount of inventory to start with. However, if one site only costs $20 to start up, then I will probably use the remaining $80 across the other sites.

    I normally start my search for good niches in the social sphere. One place that I always find an abundance of niches is on Instagram. The "Explore" page displays everything the people you follow are interested in. I choose from there.

    Example:
    If it always seems like coffee and Star Wars are always on my Explore page, then I know that is a good niche. I create a product/service that has to do with coffee and/or Star Wars that I think this group of people on my Explore page will like. Maybe they would like a coffee mug with "coffee" written in a Star Wars font? You can put "Star Wars coffee mug" into your keyword tool and see how many searches it gets. It will offer you more keyword ideas as well to see if those lead to something better.

    If the coffee mug idea looks promising in the keyword tool, then I can proceed to have it manufactured, or I can find one that is already being sold somewhere and become an affiliate. I create a website, along with an Instagram account, upload photos of the coffee mug with hashtags, and tell the Instagram viewers it is available on my website.
     
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    Best of luck with this mate, I'll keep an eye on this for sure.
     
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  20. TheStrandDiaries

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    Occupation:
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    Date: Friday, Jan 11th, 2019
    Journey: Seed Money
    Goal: $1,000
    Earned Today: $15.39
    Earned Total: $27.41

    Today was a pretty good day. I made $15.39. I am happy with this since the week started off a bit slow. Sometimes I work the weekends as well. If I work this weekend, I will make updates. Otherwise, I will see you all on Monday.
     
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