The Year Ahead

So here we are, a New Year, and a time to assess what we’ve all been up to.

I started this Blog in May 2004 so it’s been going a while and has seen some big changes along the way mostly due to social media. For what blogging used to be about, an online diary, everything has shifted to Twitter and Facebook, and so what’s left on here? Just me talking about websites etc. To be honest though I don’t really share too much on Facebook and Twitter anyway so you’re not missing much.

Last year was all focused on one thing for me and that was getting married in July. That meant that everything else was put on the backburner and my focus from the time I got engaged was planning, saving money, and then actually doing the biggest and best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

So I got married (July), went on honeymoon(July/August), and then at the end of November bought a new house. Christmas was spent renovating and decorating and with the big jobs done I’ve now got some scope in my life to start new hobbies. So what do I do?

  • I’ve neglected my niche sites and so I’d like to get back on track with those as the extra money does come in handy and I also have fun making the sites too.
  • I’ve got a massive garden now so I’m looking forward to gardening and growing my own food.
  • I’m living in a lovely village and so I’d like to start walking a bit more and also getting back into photography. I’ve got a nice Canon DSLR sitting at home not getting used so that’s another opportunity.

That’s not a great amount of pressure on me so let’s do this!

What are your plans for 2013?

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About » Adem Djemil : Blog

This blog is about me, Adem, and how I am going about increasing my passive income.

If you’re reading this page then I’m sure you’ve read many other blogs where the authors are make £1,000s a day and seem to have nailed the ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Of course a lot of them are willing the share this with you if you buy their latest ebook for $37. Great news eh? The fact is that there is money to be made online but only the very few will make huge amounts of money mentioned and be able to quit their job, but I don’t want to quit my job, I just want to earn a little on the side to supplement my 9-5 wages.

After reading many articles on niche websites, passive income, and making money online I created my first ‘niche website’ in May 2011 and I got lucky and it has been a success earning me over £200 each month from AdSense adverts. It’s not enough to retire on but it’s a significant figure that is helping me pay the bills. The aim now is to make more websites, make more money, and share with you how I am doing this.

A bit about Adem

I’m 30, work in the higher-education sector, and live in the UK. Concise enough an answer? You really don’t want to know more do you?

What you can expect from this blog

I will primary be letting you know how I’m getting on and how much I’m earning from my websites but I also read a fair amount online so will be hoping to share useful information with you about how you too can improve your passive income.

Why small niche sites will not make you rich

So this ‘making money online’ thing is harder than it seems! After selling my main earning site I’ve been left with a handful of smaller sites which last month only earnt me about £150 and without a lot of hard work that figure isn’t going to rise.

In my last post I spoke about ways I was going to improve my online earnings and I guess I’ve had a slight shift in that small niche sites really, most definitely, absolutely, are not the way to go due to quite a few factors.

  1. Too focused on one keyword
  2. Less topics to write content about
  3. Less searches
  4. Smaller earning potential
  5. Too easy to lose rankings due to algorithm changes in Google.
  6. Unable to create a ‘brand’
  7. Harder to promote and love

I guess those are the key factors of small sites. Yes, I’ve had some do very well in the past but with the EMD (Exact Match Domain) update they’ve lost a lot of visitors and I can’t see a potential of growth in my sites. They are still bringing in some money but nothing to shout about and aren’t worth putting in more effort to try and revive them. I probably need to draw a line after them all, and start from fresh.

I have one site I am currently working on that is going to have a lot of content and is hopefully going to be very useful too, but at the moment I’m working on content etc and am a long way from getting it launched.

I still want to have a personal project too and the other month I bought theturkishkitchen.co.uk with the aim of creating a recipe site. I’m half Turkish-Cypriot and love cooking, so what better way of having some fun? I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment so that’s on hold for now but I will get some content on there soon, especially as I’m visiting relatives over Easter in Northern Cyprus, so maybe I can pick up some recipes there?

So what’s the outcome of this post then? Well, fewer sites will hopefully mean more money, as the sites will be better, have more content, and rank better. Sounds simple eh?

That does leave me with quite a lot of domains that I’ve bought which are still useful for small niche sites, but not for what I want so what should I do with them? I think I’ll create a portfolio post next and see if anyone wants to buy some of them.

Till then….. see ya.

Ways I’m going to improve my online income

It’s been almost a month since I sold my main earning website and as my monthly website earnings have now dropped I’ve been looking at ways of upping my income. This has fallen into two categories:

1. Improving my current websites.

2. Build new websites.

Improving my current websites

Although I sold my main earning website I still have others that bring in a combined £150-200 a month and so it would be ideal to simply add more content to these so they get more visitors and more click on adverts (I am mostly using AdSense for revenue). This isn’t actually as easy as it sounds as some of the sites I have are very niche focusing on a single topic within a wider area and so they only really need a few pages of useful content. These generally earn around £25 a month and have zero upkeep so whilst I can’t add more content I am looking to improve the click through rates (CTR) by varying advert colour, style, and location. At the moment I seem to have a better CTR by changing the majority of the adverts to plain text.

I do have couple of sites that could do with more content and I’m taking a slow and steady approach to this ensuring that it’s only good stuff getting publishing. This is slowing increasing visitors to the sites as I’m creating more longtail keywords for them to get through the site.

Building new websites

I’ve bought about a dozen new domains and that was the easy bit as now I’ve got to look at getting websites running and getting lots of useful content on there.

I have bought some content to go on several of the domains but to be honest I wasn’t overly impressed but know that’s partly due to what I’m willing to pay. That has lead me to the decision to write all the content myself. After reading Jamie Farrelly’s eBook ‘How Anyone Can Become an Online Content Writer‘ which I luckily got to download for free, I realised that I actually like writing content and specifically I enjoy learning about new topics for the various niches I write content for.

Writing my own content also means that I am in full control of the quality on the site and I can feel proud of those sites. Yes, it means that the site development is going to be slower but it will hopefully be worth it in the end.

What type of sites are they?

In an ideal world I would focus on one or two sites and purely focus on them but the fact is smaller sites are easier to rank and all these £25 a month sites do add up.  So yes I will still be making some 5-page websites but I have also bought a couple of domains that are focused on quite large topics and these will be long term projects which I hope will make at least £200-300 a month each although it will take some time getting there. Just don’t mention the phrase ‘authority site’ though as it doesn’t mean diddly squat!

Why Adsense and not Affiliate sites

I do have some affiliate sites but they are making very little money for me due mainly to the fact that Google is my main source of visitors and it’s getting increasingly hard to rank for physical products. AdSense has been good to me and I think I’m better suiting to writing about topics rather than products. Yes, I have bought a couple of new domains which are suited to an affiliate site but they’re just sitting on the backburner for the moment.

Will you be publishing Income Reports again?

I last published a proper income report in May 2012 to outline my year in niche sites and I think people enjoyed reading them so maybe I will start again as  way to keep myself to account and try and improve my month on month earnings. I guess I stopped partly because I’d leveled out a bit but now I’ve lost my major revenue stream I need to get back on track.

So expect a few more posts from me from now on.