Can a website be a source of passive income? Well, the the simple answer is yes……but some thought out research and seo needs to be done first. I’ve been silently working on several website projects over the last few months/year to see if web sites can be built, optimized, and left to run while providing a steady stream of income. Here are some of my general thoughts over the past year.
It was an extremely challenging proposition as I had many ideas for websites, from car parts to party supplies. I had days when I would find some wonderful keyword ideas using google adwords and then have my hopes dashed by finding several websites already in my niche. What to do? Well, that’s where keyword research and seo comes in play. I already had a little knowledge about keyword research and seo through creating this blog. I knew I ranked well for keywords like passive income or passive income ideas. What made me more interested is why I ranked well for other keywords not necessarily in my niche. I’ve found some great tools, and I will share them with you over the next few posts. Many of the tools are free and I found them priceless while building many of my websites. I also payed money for some tools, and some just flat out didn’t work for me. I’ll tell you all the details, good and bad.
Was I successful? Yes and maybe. I’ve had months where I’ve made $200 and months where I’ve made over $800 online through ads and selling products. The most interesting part about creating these websites, is the fact that the google ranking system is so mysterious and random. I’ve had a site rank in the first listing for a keyword for two months straight, only to be moved to the 3rd and 4th position for the following 3 months. I have tried to come to terms that I may never understand how I can change rankings so quickly.
What can I control? I can create other websites that have similar seo strategies around similar keywords for other niches. Can you do this too? Absolutely! This is not rocket science and I’ll give you some great tips and free resources that you can research and try for yourself. Am I still looking for that one site that creates $10,000 a month in passive income? You bet! But, in the meantime I’ll be working away at $100 a month websites that I can build consistent income.
What’s working for you? Do you have a niche site plan that is building passive income for you?