How many niche sites do you run?

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For people who are making their money from niche sites selling affiliate products, using organic traffic, how many sites do you run?

How many sites did you have running before you started making substantial income from them?

It seems like people are always bragging about how much money they are making, but I'm just curious how many niche sites people actually have up and running before they are making enough money to quit their job, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    I don't sell affiliate products, I sell real products. But I can tell you it's not how many sites you have up but how well those sites perform. Technically you could make millions off of one site. But if one doesn't do it, you build another and another.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      How do you define substantial?

      For me, my first two established sites/pages had started giving me around $4,000-odd per month as I got them etablished (of course it does not stop at that, but since you asked about the starting point, so...). Now whether that's "substantial" or not in your eyes is something impossible to know unless you mention that explicitly.
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      • Profile picture of the author anwar001
        Originally Posted by FredJones View Post

        How do you define substantial?

        For me, my first two established sites/pages had started giving me around $4,000-odd per month as I got them etablished (of course it does not stop at that, but since you asked about the starting point, so...). Now whether that's "substantial" or not in your eyes is something impossible to know unless you mention that explicitly.
        4k per month from just 2 sites is awesome. How did you manage to do it? Do you sell your own products or as an affiliate?
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  • Profile picture of the author bdunndchi
    Yeah, 4000 a month is substantial to me. Since I'm just starting out, 1000 a month is substantial at this point to me. I like the answers. I was hoping I didn't see that it took like hundreds of blogs/sites to make decent money. I understand it's all about performance of the sites, but still good news.
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    • Profile picture of the author Giftys
      Originally Posted by bdunndchi View Post

      I like the answers. I was hoping I didn't see that it took like hundreds of blogs/sites to make decent money.
      It doesn't but it still helps... because they can still be working for you in other ways. We use quite a few. Some perform great and others just OK. The cool thing is, if Google decides to derank one of them, you've still got some other players in the game. Spreading out (in my opinion) is one of the key factors to success. Putting all your eggs in one basket is a risky game.
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  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    Well for now I am just focusing on the one niche one site theory hahaha OK maybe not a theory.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDebtEliminator
    Greetings Bdunndchi,

    The best strategy for you to take ... is to set up a WordPress site that is monetized with Clickbank or Amazon affiliate offers.

    The easiest one to start with is to have reviews of your products that you wish to sell.

    The next step, is for you to decide what source of traffic that you are most comparable working with?

    If you prefer targeted organic traffic ... You must set up everything for SEO and optimize it.

    Once you have one or two sites producing income ... It is quite easy to outsource, grow quickly, and cut back on your personal working time.

    If you wish to have a few pointers ... Send me a PM with your goals and I will try to help you as best I can.

    All the best ... Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    Around 20. But 3-5 that are more authority-type sites that I regularly post content on and keep updated. Those 3-5 make the most money.
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  • Profile picture of the author DukeNukem
    I'm currently at a little over a dozen sites, but I want to get to 200+. I think the safest way to turn your business into stable income is to make sure that you don't depend too heavily on any one site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Giftys
      Originally Posted by DukeNukem View Post

      I think the safest way to turn your business into stable income is to make sure that you don't depend too heavily on any one site.
      Nor spread yourself too thin with several. We're teetering on that now. Balance is such an important part of business... as it is with life in general.
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  • Profile picture of the author barath13
    1 internet marketing forum ,busy with link building for my forum too
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Smith
    I would say the most important question that you have to ask yourself is why do you go into this niche marketing business? Is it to make money? Is it to build your own brand?

    In most cases, you’re probably going into niche marketing because you want to build yourself an income that can provide for you, your family, your lifestyle. And in that case I suggest that when you start the very first time that you start with one niche. But don’t focus too long and that one niche. Start with that one niche just so that you get a little bit of experience. Start with the one niche so that you understand the process that is involved. Start with one niche so that you have done the steps that are involved in starting a niche business long time already, and that you already have some real life experience under your belt.

    ~Bruce
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    • Profile picture of the author polrbearz
      Hi Bruce:

      Your approach makes sense. That's exactly what I intend to do myself. I am going to start with a niche that I am already connected to offline. It should be an easy transition; I have lots of ready purposes in mind for such a site.

      DebtEliminator: You make a lot of sense as well. I'll be using building a Wordpress-based site (not sure if it will be a blog per se or not) for the niche mentioned above. As you suggest, I am hoping that experience makes subsequent sites much easier and start lending itself to outsourcing.

      How generous of you to offer a fellow Warrior the benefit of your experience--even though I've only been here since December it is easy to see that you are of the veterans here--and your posts are always relevant and practical. Your avatar is terrific by the way It really conveys a sense of concentration; a studious problem-solving mode. This fits the service that you offer in your sig. Well done !

      I am in a course put together by WF'er E. Brian Rose that looks like it will give me the jump start I need to take action ! I am sure that any approach that gets your first niche site built will accomplish the mission.
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  • Profile picture of the author derrickschwan
    I am only running one niche at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author bdunndchi
    Do these niche websites ever become passive or do they require constant care?
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    • Profile picture of the author barath13
      Originally Posted by bdunndchi View Post

      Do these niche websites ever become passive or do they require constant care?
      you need to have eye on the site always it is not like to start a site without doing anything but promoting your site gives no value at all , so you should update with unique things in your site.so that visitors will get attracted towards it.
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      • Profile picture of the author mrmanpower
        Originally Posted by barath13 View Post

        you need to have eye on the site always it is not like to start a site without doing anything but promoting your site gives no value at all , so you should update with unique things in your site.so that visitors will get attracted towards it.
        it requires attention and proper setup which leads to automation and semi-automation through outsourcing etc. I have 10 niche sites. 6 niche sites minimal maintenance. building 3 a week now.
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    • Profile picture of the author UncleDearest
      Originally Posted by bdunndchi View Post

      Do these niche websites ever become passive or do they require constant care?
      I have 5 good money makers and working on my 6th & 7th. The 5 good ones require very little care. However, I did put a lot of work into them before they became "passive" as you say. I basically just check on them once a week to make sure there's no server problems and add a few articles a year for each site. Good articles have served me well as they are spread out everywhere for backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author bareket57
    I have 2 niche sites used to promote my sales via eBay and my webstore. In addition I have a blog for promoting sales of my affiliate webstore. Conversion could always be better but blogging and participating in forums (in my case astrology and crystal healing) are gradually improving things, thank God.
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  • Profile picture of the author mello87
    Currently running 15 sites. Each site needs close attention. If its google rankings im assuming you will be interested in, then you have to make sure your actively creating backlinks etc, and updating with rich and unique content. Google are cracking down on blog farms and crap content sites. I wouldnt even bother spinning articles to be honest anymore since they just changed their alogrithm. You could have lots of sites making a little or less making more. Making more usually requires a few more methods of bringing in income besides adsense. Your own product, amazon affiliation and even ebay as was mentioned above. Make sure you squeeze every bit of potential out of your site. Its hard work, but it will pay off!
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  • Profile picture of the author JDiNozzo
    I run 3 niche sites, and used XSitePro to create them. It's really helped me out with its unique and varied range of site templates, as they have guided me to shape the overall layout of each of my niche sites, as well as get all the SEO built-in and ready, so all good!
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    • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
      Great question! I am a firm believer in diversification. In the IM business, you can be shut down overnight with absolutely no warning. Build and move on to build again. I am not saying that you neglect the sites you build. The key is to build a low-maintenance site. If you get bogged down in moderating forums, etc., you will find yourself spread way too thin.
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  • Profile picture of the author seafrontsteve
    I made the mistake of starting out with too many site all making a little money - but working 16+ hours a day.
    With hundreds of sites, even a simple change - like a WP unpgrade was days of word.
    smwordsmith is correct that you need some diversification (I still have one hacked hosting account with 50 domains shut down)
    I think somewhere between 5 and 20 sites are manageable numbers that compomise between not having all your eggs in one basket and being able to regularly post quality content that grows your traffic
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    We run about 6 at a time
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    I haven't actually started, but hoping to learn and start on my own...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Well, since I deliver SEO services, you can imagine I own quite a lot of them. But in the beginning, I had 3 sites monetized with Adsense making 2-3K per month.

    Some users have already stated the obvious: if you have only one and you're dependent of G, you can get in trouble.

    But, if you own 100 or more and don't have a staff or freelancers to take care of them... you're screwed.

    As one user said: balance is the secret.
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  • Profile picture of the author LawrenceTam
    still playing around with 10, and less than a month old so results aren't too good yet....
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I was lucky and hit big on my first site. However since then I have tried a ton of different niches. Some of them work for me, and some don't. The trick is to be able to realize as quick as possible those that aren't working and move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author HiAbby
    Balance is key, for sure, but I think there is a lot to be said about carefully and wisely picking your niche.

    I suggest starting off by focusing on one (obviously until you get the gist of things). If it doesn't work out, move on until you find one that does work. Keep that one maintained then focus the majority of your efforts on finding another one that works until you have about 5 that are profitable.

    That should be manageable. Also, a nice tip to finding a niche is not just randomly picking one that you are somewhat interested in. Do some keyword research to see what's in demand.

    In other words, don't pick a niche and a product, then go looking for prospects. Find the demand first (the more specific the better) then build your offer based on that.

    Also, I highly recommend that you take thedebteliminator up on his generous offer to give you pointers. It always makes me happy to see successful warriors paying it forward.

    <3 Abby Elaina
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencengirard
    Originally Posted by bdunndchi View Post

    For people who are making their money from niche sites selling affiliate products, using organic traffic, how many sites do you run?

    How many sites did you have running before you started making substantial income from them?

    It seems like people are always bragging about how much money they are making, but I'm just curious how many niche sites people actually have up and running before they are making enough money to quit their job, etc.
    id suggest running just one site and having subcategories instead of doing all these little niche things its too distractin
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    • Profile picture of the author garyv
      Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

      id suggest running just one site and having subcategories instead of doing all these little niche things its too distractin

      It may be distracting, but it's usually what the search engines like.
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  • Profile picture of the author bdunndchi
    TheDebtEliminator - Thank you greatly for your offer to help me out. I just wrote out my whole strategy in a PM to you, only to realize that I don't have enough posts to send it to you yet
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