I can hardly believe that it has been a full-month since I posted my most popular post on my blog ever; Income Report for 90-day old sites! That blog post totally took me by surprise as I was not expecting the response that it got at all. As of right now, it has received 265 comments which is more than I have received on any other blog post. Since there appears to be some interest here to see how these newer sites of mine are doing, I am going to post a 120 day report on these exact same sites.
As a reminder, I created 20 small niche websites in the month of August and so now these sites are all approximately 120 days old. In addition, I am going to share the income report for my “Authority Site” which was also created created right around the same time. You can read all my past posts on my authority site right here.
How I Created These Sites
In a nutshell, I used the processes that I discuss in great detail on the Niche Websites Hub to create these niche sites. In particular, the most difficult and more important part of the process of building these niche sites was finding the right keywords. Once you find the right keywords, its much easier to rank well in Google and to make money. I used the software tool I created to make keyword research easier; Long Tail Pro. Honestly, I don't think I would have ever found as many great keywords as I did if I was not using Long Tail Pro.
I try not to over promote Long Tail Pro on my blog here, but the reality is that if you don't get keyword research done properly, you will fail; and Long Tail Pro helps you to easily find, organize, and analyze keywords very quickly. You can definitely use other keyword tools, but I and many others prefer Long Tail Pro because I built it specifically for niche website marketers – so I wanted to mention it since this is indeed how I found the keywords for the sites I built in this report.
120-day Old Sites Income Report
Below is a chart of the earnings of these sites that I created in August 2011. In my last report, I ordered the sites 1 through 20 based on their October earnings. I have kept the names of the sites the same: so “Site 1” on this report is the same website as “Site 1” on the last report. However, they are now ordered by their November earnings, so you can see the changes in earnings, etc. Overall, you can quickly compare the earnings from Oct. vs. Nov. as well as rankings.
As you can see, my top earning site from October was also my top earning site from November. I saw a drop in earnings of about $31 is all for site 1. Towards the end of the month, the site dropped in rank to around 15 or so, but appears to have bounced back (its been between 9 to 12 for the past few days). As a reminder this top site was targeting one keyword that gets 14,800 exact match local US searches per month (which is the ranking listed above). But the site is also ranking around 10th or 11th on Google for a much bigger keyword – which was unexpected. This bigger keyword gets nearly 200k exact match local searches. So a good deal of my traffic is coming from the unexpected bigger keyword. In addition, I added about 20 articles to site 1 as I hope to build it into a bigger site.
Site 16, which earned $250.16 in November saw a big jump in earnings because of its increase in Google ranking. It was only the last day or so in October that it started ranking #1 in Google, so even though you see its ranking as #1 for both months – only the month of November shows the true earnings for being at #1 in Google for the entire month. In addition, this keyword is getting MUCH more searches than 3600 per month now as its becoming more popular. I can't go into too much more detail without giving away the niche, but I expect the keyword to at least get a base of 3600/mth for the long term, but will have spikes in a somewhat seasonal fashion from time to time.
Also, all of the rankings marked with an asterisk (*) in the month of October had just moved to those spots at the end of October. So, you will see a big difference in earnings even though the sites were ranked the same on each month; its really because the sites were not ranking as well for most of October.
How Did I Get My Sites to Rank?
I did not do anything extraordinary to get my sites to rank well. The most important thing I did to get my sites ranking so well, was to pick easy keywords to rank for. Its all about the keyword research. But I also did some link building, which I have discussed in detail in my Ultimate Link Building Guide for Niche Websites right here. In a nutshell, I distributed articles using 2 services: Unique Article Wizard and MyArticleNetwork. I have started using Build My Rank as well, but I have not used it at all on these new niche sites. I have only used Build My Rank on some of my older niche sites at this point. These are all affiliate links, and of course I would be honored if you decided to purchase based on my recommendation.
This is the exact strategy that I used to build links to these sites, nothing more.
My Authority Site Project Earnings
Now I want to move onto the monthly earnings report for my Authority Site. Last month, I reported the ranking of all 3 domains that I purchased for this project. As you may recall, I actually built 3 sites all targeting the same keyword. But I have only added additional content to 1 of them (the one earning the money). This will probably be my last month to report on all 3 domains as I have clearly chosen the site that I am going to focus on at this point. I may report in 6 months or so on the others, but I think just reporting on my “real” authority site is sufficient.
Rankings in Google:
Site 1 – 36
Site 2 – 27
Site 3 – 14
Site 3 is the one I am building all the content on and has also been my highest earner of the 3. Here is the earnings for the 3 domains for the month of November:
Site 1 – $5.78
Site 2 – $9.52
Site 3 – $118.98
I am VERY happy with the earnings that I am seeing on my new authority site! Earning $118.98 is pretty good in my opinion considering that I am still only ranked 14 in Google for my primary keyword. Here is a breakdown of the earnings over the past 3 months so you can see the growth at a glance:
September Earnings – $3.56
October Earnings – $20.55
November Earnings – $118.98
I can attribute the rise in earnings to the additional content that I have added to the site. The site now has about 65 posts on it all targeting different keywords that receive around 200 to 1000 exact match searches per month. I am starting to rank for a few of those keywords, which is where I am getting the majority of my traffic. However, I do get a few visitors per day (2 or 3) for my primary keyword, which is a good sign actually because I am only ranking 14th. Once I break onto the front page and hopefully top of the front page of Google, the search volume should increase significantly for this keyword.
My linkbuilding for my authority site has been pretty minimal this month. I had my VA submit a couple of articles to MyArticleNetwork and UniqueArticleWizard, but that was it. During December I am going to focus more on linkbuilding and getting my site to rank better. Up until this point, I have been more concerned with getting quality content on my site. Now that my site has some great content and has aged a few months, I feel a bit better about getting more aggressive with my link building. So, we'll see what happens this month!
Overall, I am very happy with the earnings of my 120 day old sites and my authority site. I want to mention as I did last month, that I usually don't do quite this well with new sites, this is definitely an above average group of 20 sites. However, this is really the results of my sites – so I'm sharing what the upside can be like.
I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts and questions in regards to my earnings report! Did I miss some details that you are curious about? Do you have any additional ideas that you would like to add or have discussed? Let me know with a comment below!