If you don't have time to wade through it, let me give you the gist:
A user at the Warrior Forum is earning about $300 a day from 31 AdSense sites. He builds unique content and posts articles to roughly 5 article directories (EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com are two of them). He focuses on product-based keywords (e.g. keywords related to Toaster Machines, Ovens, Washers & Dryers, etc.). He targets only on long-tail keywords (three and four keyword phrases that get a small amount of traffic each month from Google).
In short, he's doing a form of what I did in my niche site case study. Focus on small niches and try to achieve a few dollars a day from the site (incidentally, the little niche site in that case study has now earned over $4,200 in AdSense from my 5 hours of work. It averages over $6 a day -- twice my goal.).
The author makes a few very important points that I feel warrant repeating:
1. Don't listen to all of the "expert advice" you get from forums. This guy is breaking many of the "rules" you commonly hear about.
2. Don't wait until you find a perfect proven system to get started building your sites -- there is no perfect system. Just build your sites and in time you'll fine-tune your own system. (Along the same lines, don't waste all of your time on forums -- spend most of your time focused on your work. There's nothing wrong with participating at forums, but don't let yourself get sidetracked.)
3. Once you have a system, stick with it. The original poster made the mistake of getting himself side tracked for a while, and it slowed down his progress. Once he got back on track things picked up again.
4. It's not hard to rank for long-tail keywords. Just a few links will often get you ranked and keep you ranked for a long time.
5. Everybody fails. If one of your sites just isn't working, move onto another one. I can vouch for this myself. I've built many sites that are ranking fantastically, and others that aren't doing what I'd hoped. Focus on the ones that are working for you -- don't spend all your time trying to figure out what went wrong with the ones that aren't working.
6. It's better to have a lot of small niche sites than one big earner. It's a lot harder to maintain your rankings for competitive keywords, and in the end you earn less than you would from building numerous smaller sites that take less work to rank and earn more collectively.
That's the gist of the thread -- at least it's what I got out of it. It's a great thread, so if you have the time to read it, read it. But the bottom line is:
Do one thing. Do it well.
Please post your thoughts and questions in a comment below.
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