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How I Built A Micro-Niche Site & Earning $174/Month From AdSense

How I Built A Micro-Niche Site & Earning $174/Month From AdSense

Internet is full of opportunities to make money, and blogging is one of the smartest and ethical way, to earn money. One big mis-conception about blogging is, you need to work day and night to make money. It’s true when you want to create a name along with money, but if your goal is earn money in shortest time and long-gain, then there are many shortcuts out there. For an example, a micro-niche blog.

In this guide I will share an example of one such micro-niche blog  which I created and it is making $174 from AdSense/month for me, and $100 on an average from Affiliate marketing with few hours of work.

Niche blog ideas

This is a blueprint of creating such micro-niche blog, and you can use it for any topic/niche you like. In my case, I didn’t use any content agency, so I picked up a niche which I enjoy reading and writing about. So, instead of sharing a general post, I’m sharing the actual steps I followed to create one such blog, and after 40-50 hours of total work, this blog has made over $2000 for me in last one year.

Why to start a micro-niche Blog?

First of all after so many algorithmic changes from Google, a niche website ranks higher in search engine. If you create a high-quality website on any specific topic, your chances of ranking higher is stronger than any existing authority website out there. Also you don’t have to work day and night on that blog, as once you have worked hard to create an ever-green niche blog, all you need to wait and see money-getting deposited into your account.

This is the blueprint of a micro-niche blog which I created. Do remember, this is exact method I followed for my blog, and you can follow this to create one for yourself right away.

The Complete BluePrint to Build a Niche Website which makes money:

niche site example

Select Niche and domain:

The most important thing which you need to do is find a niche that you are most comfortable with. Make sure to think of commercial and popularity aspect of it.  Since our target is to make money from it using AdSense, you should pick a topic which is popular in countries like U.S. and U.K.  In my case, I picked a topic call “Cydia” which is a jailbroken tool for iOS device, and very popular among iPhone users. I picked this topic, as I was very comfortable with it and expiration time of this topic was quite high, and it has good searched in Google. For quick research, I used LongTailPro Keyword research tool.

For domain, I settled with Cydiaguide.com

Keyword research and content planning:

For content planning, I was clear about few things:

  • Pick those topics which will last for long.
  • Make this micro-niche site like a wikipedia for the topic you are targeting.
  • Pick the keywords which are driving traffic or CPC.

So instead of being particular about picking only high AdSense CPC keywords, I created a mindmap of content. Which was more like a FAQ of that topic. For example:

  • What is [topic]
  • How to use/install [Topic]
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using [topic]
  • Important Facts about [topic]

These were some of the basic ideas which I started before getting into detailed Keyword-research, and later I used SEMRUSH to find more keywords. I picked few existing blogs which are driving traffic related to my target topic, and used SEMRUSH to find all those Keywords. Also, competitor in organic search feature of SEMRUSH, gave me more options for similar websites, and thus more keywords. You can use this link to try SEMRUSH completely free for 15 days, which is valued at $150.

Keyword research and content planning

This way by the end I had at least 20+ topic ideas for micro-niche website. Next few hours I spent writing 4-5 blog post, and one post daily for next couple of days. This way my content part was done, and I had 15 high-quality evergreen (2-3 year expiration) content.

Settings up the Micro-niche blog:

Now, rest part was very easy, as if you know how to create a blog on WordPress, you don’t have to worry about much. Your content will do the rest of the magic. Here is exact tools I used to create and setup my blog. This checklist includes plugin, theme and other important details which you need to create your own micro-niche blog.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast for site SEO.
  2. EasyWPSEO for Keyword optimization. (Learn how to use EasyWPSEO plugin)
  3. WPSocial for social media optimization
  4. Akismet for preventing comment spam.
  5. Auto post thumbnail for automatic generation of featured image.
  6. Digg digg for Social bookmarking icons
  7. Google XML sitemaps for creating sitemap.
  8. Insights for helping me in inter-linking while writing post.
  9. Jetpack by WordPress for multiple purposes including stats in Dashboard.
  10. No Self pings to stop self pinging
  11. PushPress for faster indexing.
  12. SEO friendly images for image level SEO.
  13. Subscribe to comments plugin.
  14. WP Smush.it for image compression.
  15. WP Super cache for Caching.
  16. Wptouch for mobile friendly WordPress blog.

Additional steps which I followed:

  1. Made my blog on site SEO perfect.
  2. Took extreme care of content quality and Keyword score.
  3. Made few videos on Youtube and linked to my blog from description. This generated traffic and also earned decent quality themes.
  4. Submitted sitemap to major search engine.
  5. Submitted my blog to top 100 sites using IMT submitter.
  6. Created a logo using free online logo maker.

The whole idea with this blog was to work less, and make it ready for earning. So I didn’t invested much time on branding, as goal was to great search engine traffic, solve the purpose and make money from the niche blog. Here is the traffic report of this blog from starting:

Niche blog traffic report

 

Do remember, this blog have only 26 blog posts and it’s not updated from month. At this stage, I have to start preparing few more content to again push the traffic up.

Few things which I should have done :

Created separate Social-media page: Social media profiles are helpful in many ways, but in this case I skipped doing it, as I had few technology blog, and I integrated their social-media pages with this micro-niche site. Reason being, I didn’t wanted to create a new social media property. But, it’s always good to add Social media profile and use social-media automation.

I use tools like Bufferapp and hootsuite to share content from this blog on Google plus, Facebook pages.

No back link building and no promotion:

I have not built even a single backlink, and no promotion apart from bit of social-media promotion. All traffic is organic, and purely due to quality of content. I have worked most on On site and on Page SEO.

Monetization:

For initial couple of months I used only AdSense, and later added one affiliate product related to iPhone niche, which generated extra income of $100/month on an average.

Over all if you consider all the aspects in nutshell:

With $60 investment, and 40 hours of work I have made over $2200 till now, and blog is still making money. More over, I don’t need to spend time on backlinks and other promotional stuff which takes time. The whole idea is to set few more niche blog like this, and create different sources for online income. An eBook explaining step by step guide will be on sale from next month, for now this micro-niche blueprint is good enough for any experience blogger to start a money making site with few hours of work.

If you have any question or more tips to add here, I would love to hear from you. If you find this blueprint useful, consider sharing it on Google plus and Facebook.

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  • Mohamed Maideen

    Dear Harsh, following your blueprint I created a micro niche blog for first time. Thanks for providing those value tips and list of plugins it really helped me to create my website.

    But I read on some websites, that micro niche blog websites are not performing well after google’s updates. Is that true?

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  • hamza

    yeah.it is true that micro niche sites require less work.i have started a few of them but didn’t have time to manage them.i have just written the home page and will work on it.hope to see the same results as yours.

    Reply
  • Laasya Adusu

    What a great case study, Harsh!

    I’m impressed with the planning and the focus on quality approach that you used for this micro site.

    A question: how did you attract visitors? What made them fall in love with your site?

    Really curious, as user engagement is something we’re still struggling with. :-)

    – Laasya and the Adusu Team

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  • Manoj Bhargav

    Hey harsha,

    This was an awesome post for which iam waiting from a long time thank you for this. Keep going.

    loved this stuff..

    Reply
  • Raihan

    To make money there are many shortcuts in internet.For example- SEO,WEBDESIGN ,GRAPHICS DESIGN etc..etc but I am agree with ” Harsh Agrawal” beacous he said that “and blogging is one of the smartest and ethical way, to earn money.” thanks for sharing this idea.

    Reply
  • Divankar

    Hi Harsh Sir.
    Micro niche is an good idea. But sir I want to ask one thing how I get good income from micro niche.because sir I tried many time but I didn’t get good traffic and I lost lot of money on niche blog plz help me out . and I know you can resolve my problem thank you

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  • Red Apple

    I am very impressed with this article from this I got basic guidance about onpage optimization.
    One question sir how many posts needed for blog or websites to get approved from addsense ?

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  • Sudhanshu

    I m very impressed with this article on micro-niche websites. Thinking to bulid a micro-niche website in future. Please tell me how to get a good keyword related to tech niche.

    Reply
  • Rakesh

    thanks sir, i am also looking to start some niche site..
    i want to know how much time it takes to get ranking for an average keyword ?

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  • Nilantha Jayawardhana

    I am very interesting on this post and I bookmarked and visited this few times. I want to thanks for this useful guide.

    I am a newbie blogger, I made my journey on 4th August in last year. I have made $125 for last for months from affiliate marketing.

    The biggest challenge, which I have to face is building traffic for my blog and today I am getting about 40 visitors per day. It is very small amount of visitors. But I am proud for my income with a low traffic.

    I know that traffic is money. I am doing a research these days to increase my daily traffic and I think I am on the way to build a successful traffic.

    I always admire your advices Mr. Harsh Agarwal. What are the best free and paid traffic building methods according to your experiences?

    Reply
  • Jacob Koshy

    A real blueprint type post, I feel very confident in starting a niche blog after reading this!

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  • vithalreddy

    how to do backlinking and seo of niche site please write a detailed post it will be really helpfull and plese tell some tips increase backlinks.

    Reply
  • munna

    Hi Harsh,
    I have targeted a pair of keywords and want to make a micro niche site but the problem is the domain name does not contain any keyword. Will this help or make problem? The domain is 1 year old so will give me better serp than starting a keyword containing new domain.Please suggest me , I am going to start it the next week.

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Munna
      Even if your domain name doesn’t have the Keyword, it doesn’t affect a lot. Though having a Keyword rich domain name is always better.

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    • Neil

      Heard of EMD (exact match domain) algo update? Exact match domains no longer get any SEO benefit (partial matches still do I think). Don’t worry to much, just get a partial match if you can. Otherwise just get a short and catchy name.

      Reply
  • Ali Iqbal

    This is really a good post for starters and for someone who are trying to ignite a niche blog earnings. Looking forward some more statistics on this blog.

    One question Harsh, did you applied separately for adsense or used previous code on this site. Because I have read on some blogs that adsense required 6 month domain age to approve?

    Looking forward your answer!
    Thanks
    Ali

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  • Alexa K

    That is a great post! Just wanted to mention also that targeting micro niches is a great way for beginners as first projects. I am using this method now with one of my sites.

    Reply
  • Gopal

    First of all thank you very much You have very important role in my life i have registered my domain name just two month ago and today i have 4k Unique visitors daily with 8k Page view and all credit goes to you.90% my traffic come from Search engine i have read your all post in a week to understand word press more better. Thanks dear good going i wish u all the very best.Keep writing.

    Reply
  • Rameez Malik

    Although I agree with your concept of a micro niche blog as it will be the showstopper in its category but these sites are highly unpredictable according to me as any big giant can overtake them with a blow.And moreover targetting a highly specific keyword is also not a very easy task.But still I will give it a try.

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  • Arsie Organo

    Thank you for sharing this case study Harsh :) Although it is true that we need to work hard to earn decent money from our blogs, you’ve given me an idea now to work on micro-niche sites.

    Reply
  • Anurag

    Hi Harsh,
    Well, I have been thinking a lot about making a niche site lately.
    The thing I am not able to do that is because I have not able to find a micro niche.
    I mean of which should I write about?

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  • Greg

    Hi. I really liked this case study however, I just checked the keywords thats in the screenshot and your “cydia guide” website doesn’t show up in any results Google or Bing???

    i suppose my question is “where is your website getting it’s traffic from?”

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  • Nickk Bisht

    Already working on my niche blog and following your guide. Quite happy to see the results. Started getting traffic with just 11post on my blog. Now going to buy domain name, hosting.on your footsteps.
    Thanks a lot for your such useful post. Stay blessed.

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  • Temitope Akinlonu

    I just started my first blog last month and will try implementing your strategies. I hope it works out well for me wish me luck.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Temitope
      Do let me know how these changes affected your traffic and earning. Would look forward for your results.

      Reply
  • Mohan

    Hey Harsh, thanks for this article, especially for the keyword research part.
    I too own a few niche sites and am making good money with them using AdSense and Amazon. Micro Niche Sites are currently the best way to earn money on almost autopilot.

    @Amit Kumar
    No it’s not compulsory. We generally choose niche which is more popular in U.S. or U.K. because AdSense CPC for those countries are generally high.

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    • Nickk

      Hi Mohan! Just visited your blog and came to know about “porestrps” , nice product. :)
      I have one question, I am running a blog based on windows phone ( don’t know if its a Micro niche or not ). I don’t about the future of my blog whether it’s going to work or not , though the blog is 1 month old with 15 posts and the majority of visitors I am getting are from US and India.
      Please suggest me if I should go for domain name and hosting plans or not. ? and if you say YES then what time would be right for me to apply for google adsense.?
      NOTE : My query is for all so any help would be appreciated.
      Thanks

      Reply
  • Hunain Ahmed

    I Was very much inspired by this post. And 3 weeks back i took the initiative of creating my own micro niche site having this post of ShoutMeLoud as my instructor. Registered a Domain YesCydia , chose my niche(Cydia & Jailbreak) and started writing 1 to 2 blog posts daily.Didn’t build any backlinks just the social media and reddit , Installed all the plugins that you Described in the Blog . Used Semrush (didn’t help at all) .
    I am glad to say that in about 3 weeks of constant blog writing and average SEO of blogposts i am getting about 200+ Pageviews daily and 100+ UV’s Daily. Adsense is just been integrated, currently not earning much (about 0.3$+ daily) and this encourages me to go on.
    I want to thankyou shoutmeloud for this great post. Without this post i would not have succeeded in my microniche so early.
    Thankyou Harsh Agarwal
    From Hunain Ahmed (Hoping to be the top Pakistanii Blogger amongst ALL entrapreneurs)

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  • Deepak patel

    Hi Harsh, I am big fan of your and you inspire me to start blogging and making money online. Like all previous articles this is also awesome. But if I am not wrong this article is quite old, I guess. BTW Great info produce in this article about Niche blog, But making only 175 is not enough.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Deepak
      $175 is just a case-study and you can use the same model to reach any figure you want. Use this post as a blue-print for your micro-niche site.

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      • Bharat Bhushan

        Dear Harsh,
        Neat and tight article about the quick micro-nich website.
        When your E-Book will be launched on the same?

        Thanks for motivation.

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  • Niladri Chatterjee

    Hey Harsh, brilliant article for niche bloggers like us. Some people say that the content is the king, and some say that the promotion. Can you please can suggest, where to put much effort on? Thanks for sharing anyway. :)

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  • James

    Meeh!!, Harsh I must say you got me thinking here. You must have really committed a lot of time and hard work to get that kind of traffic under a few months. AM not really surprised about your earnings cos traffics=$

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  • Ravi

    Writing a Micro Blog Niche certainly shows many advantages. Is it true that google approves Micro Niche websites adsense account in less time as compared to any other broad niche websites? Also, if we choose any micro niche websites, one might not be able to post that frequently or daily as producing new topics that frequently is sometimes not possible. So if one does not update blog on daily basis, will it hamper the blog traffic?

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  • Ankur

    I would like to ask a few things

    1) Isn’t there any legal risk in getting a domain name that has a brand keyword in it?

    2) If ever you build any backlink (not in this case), then what is your best backlinking method? Is it PBN, guest post or any other?

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    • Neil

      1) I think you can run into some trouble if you use the exact brand name. A brand name is “trademarked”. You cannot use it for other purpose. But companies do not usually create a fuss unless you are affecting their business.

      2) For long term perspective, natural link building is best (check Brian Dean’s blog – he has some great ideas). Guest posts work well from my experience. PBNs also work as long as you don’t get caught. If you have 10 blogs on same host and IP, linking to each other, then its risky)

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  • Alex Periera

    Kudos to you Harsh! Micro niche blog is an excellent idea, I wonder if it came to you like Issac Newton while enjoying the shade of an apple tree or you got it from some where else. This comes closest to ‘sitting on the arm chair and earning’. Who wouldn’t love it?

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  • Prafull Singh

    Thanks sir.. I am going to add follow every step. But sir i want to ask one thing That it will use lots of plugins then it will make slow my website or not

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Prafull
      Don’t worry about site Slowness if you are using a good hosting company and plugins from known developers. All the plugins which I listed above are verified and tested.

      Reply
  • Gaurav Dutt

    Micro Niche is a great way to make money not just that with micro niche sites with can learn more of blogging, to be honest the reason i like that micro niche sites helps one to use his knowledge to the fullest instead of rewriting crap from other place.

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  • Nikhil

    Hey Harsh,
    I’ve also started similar project, but the niche I chose is totally out of my experience so I’m finding it very hard to generate content on it. I should have considered the topic of interest but now my progress on same path is going very low. However, I haven’t given up on it yet, glad to see that it worked for you. Now I’ve enough motivation to move forward with my project. Thanks for sharing your precious blueprint.

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  • Nitin mohan

    yeah micro niche sites are does not need much efforts to earn money easily. Most of us try to start work with multi niche which results in failure of the blog coz its not focusing the particular keywords..

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  • Kunal

    Hey Harsh, Does content curation hits the SEO. As it says it puts the content on the blog. I was planing to go your way building a Niche site. Can you sugget about the content curation.

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  • Amit Kumar

    Hi friend!
    Its a great effort to understand us the value of micro niche site.
    Is it compulsory to select the niche from U.S or U.K only?

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    • sachin

      It is not necessary to find niche ( or keywords from US or UK ) I guess. But at the end of the day , CPC is higher for US and UK, and believe me, potential buyers are mostly from US and UK if you are running any affiliate stuff.

      Reply
  • michael rayburn

    Great article,i have some blogs but there is no income .I hope i will earn but i have tried many more times to create AdSense but they didn’t accept it.why it’s happened ?and how many visitors per day have to come for making money ? please advice me .

    Thanks for sharing nice informative article .

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    • Jon Page Acabo

      Hi Michael,

      Earning in blogging doesn’t come as easy as Sta. Claus. It takes more time to build your online reputation and make thousand visits in your blog. Blog traffic is one factor that make your blog earn. The articles in this site is very well-versed and it explains a lot on blog monetization.

      Reply

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