How I Built a Micro-Niche Site Earning $174/Month from AdSense

The Internet is full of opportunities to make money, and blogging is one of the smartest and most ethical ways available.

One misconception about blogging is that you need to work day and night to make money. That’s certainly true if what you’re trying to do is create a name and/or build a brand, etc.  But if your goal is simply to earn money within a short period of time but with long-term gains in mind, then there are many shortcuts available to you.  Let’s take a look at one such shortcut, the micro-niche blog.

In this guide I will give you a detailed example of a micro-niche blog that I created which is currently making $174 /month from AdSense, and an average of $100 /month through affiliate marketing with just a few hours of work.

Niche Blog Ideas

This is a blueprint for creating a micro-niche blog, and you can use it for any topic or niche that you like. In my case, I didn’t use a content agency, so I picked up a niche that I enjoy reading and writing about.

Read on to see the actual steps I followed to create a micro-niche blog that has made over $2000 for me in the past year, requiring only 40-50 hours of work!

Why start a micro-niche blog?

First of all, following many algorithmic changes from Google, a niche website now ranks higher in search engines than others.  If you create a high-quality website on any particular topic, your chances of ranking higher is stronger than any existing authority website out there. Plus, you won’t have to worry day and night about an evergreen blog. Once you’ve done the hard work to create a niche site, the next step is to wait for the money to be deposited into your account.

Following is the blueprint of a micro-niche blog that I created. Remember, this is the exact method that I followed, and you too can follow this blueprint to create a successful micro-niche blog for yourself today.

The Complete Blueprint to Building a Niche Website that Makes Money:

niche site example

Select Niche and Domain:

The most important thing you need to do is find a niche that you are comfortable with. Make sure to think about the potential commercial and popularity aspects of your niche.  Since the target is to make money from the blog using AdSense, it is very important to choose a topic that is popular in countries like the U.S. and the U.K., and that has high commercial value (high CPC).

In my case, I chose a topic called “Cydia” which is a jailbreaking tool for iOS devices, and very popular among iPhone users. I chose this topic because I was very comfortable with the subject matter, and expiration time on this topic was quite high.  Furthermore, it had a good search rate in Google.

For keyword research, I used SEMRUSH. (You can try SEMRUSH for 14 days using this special promo link!)

For my domain, I settled on

Keyword research and content planning:

For content planning, I was clear about a few things I need to do:

  • Choose topics that would be in demand for a long time.
  • Design this micro-niche site like a Wikipedia.
  • Choose keywords that are driving traffic or CPC.

Instead of being particular about choosing only high AdSense CPC keywords, I created a mindmap of content, which was more like an FAQ. 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 I started with before getting into detailed keyword research.

I then used SEMRUSH to find keywords.

Next, I chose a few related blogs on my topic that had a decent amount of traffic. I used SEMRUSH to find the keywords those websites were using. You can use this link to try SEMRUSH completely free for 14 days, a value of $150!

Keyword research and content planning

By the end of this process, I had at least 20+ topic ideas for a micro-niche website!

Next I spent a few hours writing 4-5 blog posts, and then one post daily for the next several days. This way the content piece was completed, and I had 15 high-quality evergreen topics and my content ready to go.  (Evergreen topics are topics with 2-3 year expiration days, meaning that these topics should be relevant for at least the next 2-3 years.)

Setting up the micro-niche blog:

This part of the set-up was very easy. If you know how to create a blog on WordPress, then this step will be easy for you as well. Beyond this, your content will create the rest of the magic.

Following is a checklist of the exact tools I used to create and set up my blog. This checklist includes plugins, themes and other important details you’ll need to create your own micro-niche blog.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast for site SEO
  2. Akismet for preventing comment spam
  3. Auto Post Thumbnail for automatic generation of the featured image
  4. Monarch for social bookmarking icons
  5. Jetpack by WordPress for multiple purposes, including stats in dashboard
  6. No Self Pings to stop self-pinging!
  7. PushPress for faster indexing
  8. SEO friendly images for image level SEO
  9. WP for image compression
  10. WP Super cache for caching

Additional steps that I followed:

  1. I made the blog on my site SEO perfect.
  2. Took extreme care of content quality and keyword score.
  3. Made a few videos on YouTube and linked them to my blog from the description, generating additional traffic.
  4. Submitted my sitemap to major search engines.
  5. Submitted my blog to top 100 sites using IMT submitter.
  6. Created a logo using free online logo maker.

The whole idea of the blog was to work less and create a blog capable of earning money. For this reason, I didn’t invest much time on branding. The goal was to create great search engine traffic, provide solutions, and make money from the niche blog.

Here is the traffic report::


Micro niche site traffic

Remember, the blog had only 29 posts and had not been updated beyond the first month. At this stage, I had to start preparing more content in an effort to push the traffic again.

Following are a few things that I should have done, (and things that you should do if you are interested in creating a micro-niche blog):

Create a separate social media page:

Social media profiles are helpful in many ways, but I skipped this step because I didn’t want to create a new social media property. That said, it’s always good to add social media profiles and use social-media automation.  (I use tools like the Buffer app and Hootsuite to share content from this blog on my Google+ and Facebook pages.)

No backlink building and no promotion:

I have not built a single backlink, and did not do any promotion apart from a bit of social-media promotion. All traffic is organic, and purely due to quality of content and the SEO settings of the site.


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

Consider the following:

With a $60 investment and 40 hours of work, I made over $2200, and the blog is still making money. Moreover, I don’t need to spend time on backlinks or other promotional work which would take time and effort. The idea is to create a few more niche blogs like this one, thus creating additional sources of online income.

An eBook offering a step by- step guide will be on sale next month.  For now, this micro-niche blueprint is enough for any minimally experienced blogger to create a money-making site with a few hours of work.

If you have any questions or if you have tips to add, I would love to hear from you.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 211 )

  1. says

    Very usefull post. I am planning to create some micro niche sites and doing the keyword research for that. But the SEMRUSH promo code given above is not working. it says, the promo code is expired.

  2. says

    Thanks for shared great article with detailed information for building good earnings blog. You gave a detailed example of a micro-niche blog. I have downloaded your shoutmeloud App from Google play store. But i am still visiting your site because navigation of site is very easy. If AdSense is main source of earnings this article help us to maximise Adsense earnings.

  3. says

    Your articles are very detailed.I have viewed this post more than 100 times.This post encourages new bloggers to focused in the right direction.The idea of micro niche sites is pretty awesome.I also started a micro niche site.Thanks for this guide

    • says

      Wow! 100 times is little too much… But I guess you must be coming back to see if you are doing things right or not. Best of luck for your niche blog though I wouldn’t recommend others to work on Cydia niche anymore, as it’s a dying niche. Focus on some other micro-niche. Bitcoin, Internet of things, Home automation could be a great topic.

  4. says

    Hi Harsh bro,

    I really got inspired by this post. I was actually looking forward to make some quick income. All though, it takes a few weeks to get established, but it will give back rewards. Thanks for sharing how you built it. Gonna try your method and I believe to make some handsome amount of money using your tips.

    Bright Joe- A 14-old year kid who is an active reader of your blog! :)

  5. says

    I made a new micro-niche blog inspired from this post.I believe that i could make a decent income from my new blog.Every time i read this post my energy is getting boosted and it improves my confidence to become a successful blogger.I don’t have words to thank you HARSH.

  6. says

    This post inspired me a lot and I keep reading this post time to time. I have also started a micro niche website.
    Thank You Harsh for making amazing posts like this!

  7. says

    Wow! That’s very impressive!

    You have done an absolute great work here! To be able to generate such earnings with not a lot of efforts and time invested is amazing!

    We used to know that Hard work always pay, and you just showed to the world that also not too much of hard work can bring a lot of benefits too.

    Just a question, what are going to do now with this website since the Cydia market is dying?

  8. meme says

    Hi, I was approved for AdSense and tried to put it on my blog. I used a very basic theme. I would get the blank yellow squares indicating the ad was going to show, and it said “active” in the Dashboard. Each time I got to that point, the ads would disappear out of the dashboard and never show, only the yellow square. I tried a bunch of different free plugins as well as putting the code in the Widget area, which does not strip the code. But no matter what, it never worked. There is no one at Adsense to ask. I tried the forum but didn’t get an answer. Has anyone here had this issue? Thanks for any help.

  9. says

    Thank you for this post.

    Hard work always pays. Now you just showed that even not too much work can bring back a lot of earnings. (considering the few hours of work, only 40 hours? That’s impressive!)

    You have done a great work here, but I think the Cydia market is dying these days, so what will you do then for this niche website?

  10. okedokie says

    what is the best between micro site and authority site in 2015? and also with niche site, we usually use EMD, i just read Exact match domain not effective now in google

  11. says

    Hi Harsh,
    Your posts are great source of guidance for bloggers and a source of inspiration. This post is another one of your informative post. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      I haven’t updated the blog for sometime & traffic is low & so is the revenue. Still it’s considerable amount considering only few hours of work overall. Will update the blog next month & update the post accordingly.

  12. says

    I must say I am inspired.. I have a blog am building , the results are not that encouraging, but with this post I believe I can achieve greater success overtime. Thanks for sharing this knowledge.

  13. says

    Really nice case study for micro niche blog, we can earn more money with less efforts if we want more money from our micro niche blog then create targeted site list of your niche and start commenting on those site. these makes change of your traffic and you will be going to earn more revenue form your blog.

  14. says

    I created a micro niche site about 10 pages based on your guidelines. So thank you for that. I realize now generating traffic is the toughest challenge.

  15. Kirill says

    Harsh, recommend what is now micro-niches are popular in USA? I do not live in the area and do not know which way to look.

    Of those niches in which I understand, is a software and programming, but these sites are already full.

    Recommend the direction in which to look for the best


  16. says

    This Micro niche site has backlinks:
    Total Active Backlinks:136
    Unique Active Backlinks:27
    Links to Home Page:74
    Nofollow Links:9.6%

    Do you added any pbn links to boost rankings?

  17. says

    Its a good article for us. Now a days adsense publishers are very upset about their earning. It will be helpful for them. This article can make a good career most of the people. We have to keep trying to develop self. I am trying to do like that. But my earning is so much low still now. I have removed low cpc ad from my account. But having also the effect. Expected logical support to you all. Thanks. Its my site

  18. says

    Dear Harsh

    Really thank you so much for the post. I am a newbie in the blogger community. I always think about and searching in the internet how to make money online. Then I have find the excellent answer from I have read your all posts related to blogging. Recently I have read your “How I Built a Micro-Niche Site Earning $174/Month from AdSense” post. This guide is really helpful. Its giving the step by step guide. Also I had seen your Finally I trust the way make money online from niche based websites. This idea get from you only.

    Now I had startup my first niche site successfully from your guide. Kindly see my first niche site and give me your valued feedback.

    My site name is :

    Thank you

  19. says

    Question, How did your site get so much traffic so quickly? It looks like you are getting about 2K views per day.

    I don’t see how you could go from Zero to 200K views in 4 months.

    Any traffic advice would be appreciated.


  20. says

    I would like to know is it possible to make money on technical tutorial site (stuff like programming etc.). I have just started to blog ( and interest in your opinion

  21. says

    Its interesting post on how to set up niche blog, but we are not able to see any adsense ad on this page. Also hope that wordpress was free the one you explained and the one you used.
    Could you bring some details on infographics as this will give more scope to our content and posts Harsh

    • says

      Dear Tom

      I agree with you that trying to ‘make money’ out of blogging can be frustrating and may not pay as expected.

      But let’s face it. The focus should be towardstowards quality of content and not how much money that content can make you. There is no shortcut.

      You have to start writing in your area of interest where you can engage visitors, get them interested, get them to link to your site because of what they read. All this will lead to increase in traffic and hence possible revenue.

      Patience and consistency is key. I have also failed miserably whenever i tried to create a blog for making money. I had zero visitors. But a website i was maintaining to help people with technical problems is still getting visitors eventhough i stopped writing on that site in 2012.

      Do you see what i mean ?

      Wish you all the best. Don’t give up yet.


  22. says

    Excellent post, i am currently working on micro niches site and found a great results, only you have to do a great key word research. Overall great post, nice to read it.

  23. says

    Hi Harsh, Glad to read such great info regarding micro niche, Most people now a day are making micro niche on various topics and earnings a good amount. Finally i got a idea how to do it. thanks for sharing

  24. says

    Hey Harsh,

    I have been reading your blog for a long time now. I wanted to tell you I look up to your blog for referrals and tutorials. Including this article, everytime I lose my focus I re-read this article.

    Just wanted to let you know, I am able to subscribe from the form, it gives me error (name and email missing but I have added.)

    The new theme looks really good.

    • says

      Glad to meet you & for your comment.
      Right now I’m in the process of rolling out new design, and it would take a day or two to fix all bugs & missing part. Once that is done, will make the final announcement.

  25. Air says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thank you for the article. It is helpful.

    Said in there:
    “By the end of this process, I had at least 20+ topic ideas for a micro-niche website!

    Next I spent a few hours writing 4-5 blog posts, and then one post daily for the next several days.”

    My question is:
    – How contents (blog posts) should be adjusted to the keyword that we chose earlier? For example: On ‘cydia apps’ keyword, how should we write good content leading to this?

    Thank you in advance,


  26. says

    Hi Harsh, I have been reading your articles but I have never commented, it is really good to see you writing about micro niche sites. Thanks for the information

  27. says

    Hi Harsh, your blog is very useful! I’m from Italy and i recently found your site! I love read your articles, but this post really caught my attention. I read about IMT submitter and i have some question:
    – This Tool create dofollow and nofollow links, right?
    – Google may penalize this links? I think 50,100 or 1800+ link created quicly could be seen as spam.
    – How i should set the limit number of created pages?

    Thanks in advance.

  28. says

    Great post, Harsh! I have decided to take the plunge into niche site marketing. As I am sure you know, I think we all face information overload. So, I think it’s important to focus-in on just a few key people who have had success and draw from their experiences. Thank you for sharing yours!

    • says

      These lines “With a quick search on oDesk, eLance or any other freelance site, you can find writers who will produce decent 500-1000 words article on a given keyword for just 1 cent per word. $20 will get you 2-4 SEO articles, which is all you need for a micro niche site.”

      The key is what kind of niche site you are creating. A low quality, less impact niche site or a high-quality, informative niche site. If it’s low quality one, you won’t be enjoying the benefit of micro-niche site.
      Niche site works, and following the formula of above niche site, I added 2 more niche site, which is generating over $2000/month.

  29. says

    Hi Harsh, I have been a constant reader of your blog for a long time and it was really good to see you writing about micro niche sites. I have been working on one since past 7 months and made few thousand dollars. I haven’t used SEMrush till date, looking forward to it. Thanks and Cheers!!!

  30. says

    You are definitely a great source of information for Indian bloggers, specially the newbies who ant able to make this much from their one in all site and your posts revives them to work in a smarter way to earn better.

  31. says

    Hi Harsh,

    This is really good and inspiring. I think most important part of niche websites is to select the right topic and titles for posts. Do you have some detailed article about keywords research?

  32. says

    it’s a good income with smallest investment I have seen before. So, there’s no backlink building, how can it get ranked in the search engine so fast?

  33. says

    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???

  34. says

    It is not all-important to acquisition alcove or keywords from US or UK ,I guess. But at the end of the day , CPC is college for US and UK, and accept me, abeyant buyers are mostly from US and UK if you are active any associate stuff.