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

In today’s date, one can easily start a blog and follow various methods to make money from blogging.

One misconception about blogging is that you need to work day and night to make money. There’s some truth to that if what you’re trying to do is create a name for yourself and/or build a brand.

But if your goal is simply to earn money within a short period of time (but with long-term gains), then there are many shortcuts available.

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 from affiliate marketing. All of this only took a few hours of work to set up.

Update: In 2020, it is better to monetize using Affiliate marketing.

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.

This micro-niche blog has made me over $2000 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, niche websites now rank higher in search engines than non-targeted sites.

If you create a high-quality website on any particular topic, your chances of ranking higher are stronger than any existing authority website out there.

Plus, you won’t have to worry day and night about updating your blog.

Once you’ve done the hard work to create your niche site, the next step is to wait for the money to be deposited into your account.

So let me give you the micro-niche blog blueprint that I’ve created.

Remember: This is the exact method that I followed, and you can follow this blueprint to create a successful micro-niche blog of your own.

The Complete Blueprint To Building A Niche Website That Makes Money:

1. Select Niche & 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 the expiration time on this topic was quite high. Furthermore, it had a good search rate on Google.

To find out things like CPC, Google search rate, popularity, and competition, I used LongTail Pro.

Here are a few profitable micro niche blog ideas:

  • Lens Finder
  • Video editing hardware
  • Wall decoration
  • Home automation
  • Peak performance
  • Productivity
  • Yoga
  • Air Purifier
  • VPN
  • Drones

For keyword research, I used SEMrush. I like SEMrush because you just need to put the website link of the most popular site in your target niche & it will show all of the keywords that site is already ranking for.

The next step is to get a nice domain name. Since it’s a micro-niche site, I would suggest including your keyword in the domain name. Ensure it doesn’t look spammy & add a little flavor to it by using words like “Guide”, “Users”, “101” & so on.

For my domain, I settled on CydiaGuide.com.

2. Keyword Research & Content Planning

This is the most interesting part, and it’s a little time-consuming. But it pays off well in the long run.

I usually suggest using a Google docs spreadsheet to jot down your research to keep everything organized.

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

  • Choose topics that would be in demand for a long time.
  • Design this micro-niche site like Wikipedia.
  • Choose keywords that are driving traffic and have a high 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 & as I mentioned earlier, I used the same tool (SEMrush) to find the precise keywords which are already driving traffic to these sites.

Note: SEMrush is a paid tool, but you can use this link to try SEMrush completely free for 14 days (a value of $199).

Keyword research and content planning
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By the end of this process, I had at least 20+ topic ideas for my micro-niche website!

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

Within a few days, I had 15 high-quality evergreen posts and my content was ready to go. (Evergreen posts have a 2-3 year expiration date, meaning that these topics should be relevant for at least the next 2-3 years.)

As I said earlier, if you are not good at writing, there is no harm in hiring someone to write for you. Managing a blog takes a lot of work, and it’s important to make sure you have good content to manage.

3. Setting Up The Micro-Niche Blog

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

The following is a list of the exact tools I used to create and set up my blog:

Plugins:

  1. Yoast SEO for site SEO (click here to see the tutorial).
  2. Akismet for preventing comment spam.
  3. Jetpack by WordPress for multiple purposes, including Social media share and stats in dashboard.
  4. No Self Pings to stop self-pinging!
  5. SEO Friendly Images for image level SEO.
  6. Shortpixels for image compression.

Additional steps that I followed:

  1. Follow my WordPress SEO guide
  2. Took extreme care of content quality and On page SEO.
  3. Made a few videos on YouTube and linked them to my blog in the description, generating additional traffic. This also helped me generate backlinks.
  4. Submitted my sitemap to major search engines. (Google, Bing, Baidu, etc.)
  5. Submitted my blog to Web 2.0 + Social networking sitesNote: Don’t build more than 50 links using them in a day.
  6. Created a logo using a free online logo maker. You can hire someone from Fiverr which usually cost about $10.
  7. Set Up Google AMP.
  8. Set Up Facebook Instant Articles.

Optional (but very good) steps to follow:

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

Here is the traffic report:

Micro niche site traffic
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Remember, the blog had only 29 posts and had not been updated beyond the first month. At this stage, I had to prepare more content to push traffic again.

The following are a few things that I should have done, and are 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 to your site and use social media automation. (I use Sendible to share content from this blog on my Twitter and Facebook pages.)

Backlink Building & Promotion

I did not build a single backlink beyond submitting my site to Web 2.0 and my YouTube videos. I did not do any promotion apart from regular sharing on Social media. All traffic is organic and purely due to the SEO settings of the site.

However, this approach may not work for everybody as it varies from niche to niche. For certain niches, competition is too high & the best way to make your blog rank is by generating high-quality backlinks.

Here at ShoutMeLoud, you can find tons of amazing link building guides contributed by the community. Use the search button to find free link building articles on SML.

Here are a few:

Monetization of Micro-niche website

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

However, if you haven’t gotten AdSense approval, then you should use  Media.net. Both of them work great if you have traffic from the U.S.A or Europe.

Something To Consider

With a $160 investment and 40 hours of work, I made over $2000 in one year. This blog is still making money. The idea is to create a few more niche blogs like this one, thus creating additional sources of online income.

For now, this micro-niche blueprint is enough for any minimally experienced blogger to create a money-making site with just a few hours of work.

If you have any questions, or if you have any tips to add, I would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

If you find this micro-niche site blueprint useful, don’t forget to share it!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

351 thoughts on “How I Built A Micro-Niche Site Earning $174/Month from AdSense”

  1. Exactly True. I Started a micro niche site after 2 times failure and money+time waste and now enjoying my blogging track walking slowly on it . i have full control on my blog contents because writing on just on micro niche. Also there is no every time changes in cpc as multi niche sites owners face this problem. enjoyed the article. Good Piece Of Contents.

  2. nice article Harsh, am blogging from Nigeria, but almost 90% of my traffic are from USA i don;t know what worry, well is Good for adsense

  3. What do you recommend now a days Harsh, a micro niche site with AdSense or amazon? For me, Amazon has been very good when compared to Adsense.

  4. Thomas Gerencer

    Awesome article Harsh! I’m floored because I always thought you had to buy an old domain to get any google love for at least the first six months. Did you really start this site from scratch and have a ton of traffic a short time later? I thought that was impossible???

  5. Hey Harsh very informative info sharing in your post. I agree with you that’s domain select, keyword planning and content is the main factor to build a micro niche site. I always follow you and try to best.

  6. Hi Harsh, Niche website is great for earn extra money instantly. and one thing i learn from this article is if you “narrow down the competition” you get better result. thanks for sharing this article.

  7. Prateek Anand

    Ultimate guide. I am going to create a new micro niche blog and follow all the tips above. I wish there would be some articles to find niche. Write an article on this.

  8. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hi Harsh,

    This is interesting. Niche blog is a nice one to start. But it will for sure require more effort.

    Emenike

  9. To be candid, I am one of the people who started climbing the blogosphere tree from the top. Trying to go for the lion share without looking at the opportunities around me – that is narrowing down to a low competition niche. I taught I had learnt a lot but today, I learnt a fresh lesson all together. Just one question: Is it good to have the US as target audience in google search console when most of your content is targeted towards cameroonians (a low cpc location)?

  10. Thanku for this great advice I have been working on website from one year did not got any results though after I have started implementing these tips on my website http://www.thetechz. com results have totally changed 🙂 things seem to be working and I am getting traffic from google too 🙂

  11. Thanks for sharing detailed information Harsh. Earlier I have confusion to start my own blog but now I am ready 🙂

  12. How smart! no wonder they call you the “blog-institute”. I am surprised and grateful to you Harsh that you share all of your success-mantras with your readers and newbies like me. I have seen many “top-notch” Indian bloggers who simply do not disclose their secrets of success even on asking. I am working on a similar micro-niche project and you clarified everything in this single post. I have printed the whole post (lets you delete it later for selling the ebook 😉 . Any way thank you a lot…

  13. Thanks for sharing this.

    I have collected 7-8 niche site ideas (keywords) but I am not enough motivated to work upon 😀

    This was a kind of inspiration.

    Thanks harsh. Keep rocking.

  14. Hello Harsh Sir
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful article, this helped me in creating different websites and the ideas you gave for finding a topic for our niche was really amazing.
    Thanks

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