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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
What would you do if you've got a niche site that's making around $150/month after hosting and content expenses, but don't care about the industry it's in?

It used to be at around ~600/month but I got dropped by a bigger magazine and now it's following a downward trend.

I tried selling it off, but since it dropped rank and couldn't get shit for it.
11-20-2017 09:13 AM
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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
(11-17-2017 12:59 PM)nomadbrah Wrote:  
(11-16-2017 09:01 PM)HardcoreSexpatMotherfucker Wrote:  Yes, there's lots of talk about "passive income" but these days you really have to build value into a site, aka active income. It's a business like any other.

Nothing is really passive because the internet improves better non stop, and a "niche site" that might give you "passive income" for a few months or years can dry up very quickly after a Google update, an improvement in web standards, etc. So you always have to keep up. Rather than creating plenty of crap niche sites, I focus on 2 or 3 that I'm relly into it and that I know I'm able to watch and keep updated (in terms of content and technology) over the years.

Passive income, is income that doesn't depend directly on hours in -> wage out.

You do make money while you sleep if you have a business of this kind. You also make money while you build a new moneymaking project. This is a fundamental difference from wageslavery.

That's not what passive income is.

The fact that you make money while you sleep just means that you own a business with employees or have a website with an automated payment system.

From talking to guys who actually have setups like this, they have to sleep a phone next to their head that'll wake them up with automated notifications the moment their Google Adword results start dropping off so that they can wake up at 4AM and fix whatever went wrong.

There's nothing passive about that.

Passive income would be building profit generating business or website, hiring people to do all of the daily management and just give you an update every month of two. That would be passive income.

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11-20-2017 09:40 AM
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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
(11-20-2017 09:13 AM)ClintTalks Wrote:  What would you do if you've got a niche site that's making around $150/month after hosting and content expenses, but don't care about the industry it's in?

It used to be at around ~600/month but I got dropped by a bigger magazine and now it's following a downward trend.

I tried selling it off, but since it dropped rank and couldn't get shit for it.

I have no experience doing this so take it with a grain of salt, but reading some of the posts here, maybe you could:

1. Start pumping into content creation/SEO/adwords for two months to beef up your stats. Show that it has promise.

2. Network your ass off (@Leads style) and find buyers.

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11-20-2017 10:37 AM
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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
(11-20-2017 09:13 AM)ClintTalks Wrote:  What would you do if you've got a niche site that's making around $150/month after hosting and content expenses, but don't care about the industry it's in?

It used to be at around ~600/month but I got dropped by a bigger magazine and now it's following a downward trend.

I tried selling it off, but since it dropped rank and couldn't get shit for it.

Where did you try to sell it?

How is it monetized?

Is the content static/evergreen or needs updating?

I'm not really sure selling such sites is worth it. Why not just take the money? Maybe you could be lucky and get like 20 months profit. Would that make a big difference?

Better to just spend some of that revenue on new content. Find a writer, get a bunch of articles, plan them out for publication automatically, do automatic SoMe promotion.

There's other ways to take advantage of a web property than strict ad/affiliate income. Swap content, links, network.

I'd just keep it running if it makes money, but not spend a lot of time on it. Check in once a week to confirm everything working as it should.
11-20-2017 08:02 PM
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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
(11-20-2017 09:13 AM)ClintTalks Wrote:  What would you do if you've got a niche site that's making around $150/month after hosting and content expenses, but don't care about the industry it's in?

It used to be at around ~600/month but I got dropped by a bigger magazine and now it's following a downward trend.

I tried selling it off, but since it dropped rank and couldn't get shit for it.

How much effort would it take to restore it close to the glory days?

And how much does it cost to create the content?

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11-21-2017 02:31 AM
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RE: How to make passive money with niche websites
I'm still putting out content on it. The issue is the competition.
I've got to either link build links like a mofo or spend cash on pbns.

The sites bumping my rank are definitely backed by pbns as well. They're young and don't have solid visible backlinks.

I think the amount of effort to restore it would maybe take a month and around 1k.

If anyone knows some good ways of making money on the site besides amazon affiliate and AdSense, let me know.

I've reached out to Etsy product owners to try and get them onboard, but not much luck.
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11-21-2017 06:22 PM
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