Status: Passive Niche Site
Earnings: Approximately $5,500 per month in very passive income. Earnings come mostly from ads, followed by a smaller amount by Amazon affiliate.
Site Story: Ricky and Jim have both worked on CamperReport. The site started when Jim bought an RV and wanted to start a website to earn more than he’d spent on his RV (goal–completed!). Jim wrote 35 articles on the site and let it sit for about a year, and by that time it was bringing in 100,000 pageviews per month. Now, the site has retired full-time RVers writing for it that we hire to build up the site even bigger, and web traffic is SKYROCKETING. We started a Youtube channel for this niche site with just a few, very poorly produced iPhone videos and some of those videos are now over 500,000 views, which helps drive traffic to this site.
Status: New passive income site. We haven’t yet finished building this one out, but it does have about 50 articles and the traffic is on pace for performing very well.
Earnings: At last
Site Story: Ricky created this site because he’s always been interested in off-grid cabins. His dad bought some land with a cabin and he’s been up there building with him, so he thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to build a niche site sharing what he learns. The site is off to a good start with early traffic numbers looking strong.
Status: Established authority site.
Earnings: This site has produced MILLIONS of dollars of income over the last several years and continues to bring income passively.
Site Story: Jim started this site 8 years ago and it has grown into a massive site. For the story of this site, watch this Youtube video. Jim spent many years running this site as his full-time work, but decided to turn this site passive and stop actively developing it in 2017 so he can focus on the many other sites we have.
Status: Niche site #fail
Earnings: The site has only 10 posts on it so we haven’t given the site a fair shake, but so far we haven’t had much luck.
Site Story: We worked on this site together and the site has not done well. There are two problems we made in building this niche site. #1 We haven’t finished the site.? 10 posts is WAY TOO SMALL to have a hope at a decent return. We don’t consider any niche site done until it has at least 35-40 posts. #2 We wrote scholarly articles titled “Home defense laws: Is it legal to kill a home intruder?” for a number of US states. The articles were obviously about the law, but we fear Google flagged our site as being violence. That was a mistake, and the reason why we haven’t continued with the site.
Status: Established authority site.
Earnings: Income School earns about $60,000 per month at the time of writing.
Site Story: Ricky and Jim have built income school very slowly over a period of years. Most of the time we’ve been focused on working on our own niche websites and haven’t paid as much attention to Income School. The site never really did anything until a year ago when Ricky and Jim started bringing their families together once per week for dinner, and then they’d sneak out and work for an hour on the site.
Working an hour a week, we built the site up to where it is today. The site is EXPLODING with growth lately. Our Youtube channel is adding 2,500 subscribers per month at its current rate, and the income is increasing very quickly.
Status: New niche site. We purchased this site in Fall 2017.
Earnings: This site is earning about $2,000 per month in passive income.
Site Story: We purchased DirtBikePlanet in Fall 2017 from a guy who listed the site for sale and we found it while googling blogs in our niche. We purchased it for $7,000 because it was getting 30,000 pageviews per month, even though it was earning only $40/month. We immediately saw the potential of the site, so we bought it and changed the monetization which has quickly brought up the earnings 8x in only a few months.
Usually, our target for a site with $30,000 pageviews per month is that it should be earning AT LEAST $1,000/month. However, the old articles that the previous owner wrote are in very difficult-to-monetize niches like “best places to ride dirt bikes in New Zealand.”
Jim added 50 new posts to the site that are much more easily monetized and we feel confident they will bring the income up substantially as soon as we can get them to rank. Our best estimate right now is that this site will bring in $2,000/month by the end of Summer 2018, and $4,000/month in Summer 2019.
Sites Completed and Sold for a Profit
Status: Sold to a new owner
Earnings: $5,392/month on average
Status: We no longer own this site as we gave it away to one of our Youtube viewers in a contest.
Earnings: The site only earned up to $400 per month. That doesn’t sound impressive UNTIL you realize that the site only had 7 articles on it! With only 7 articles, that’s pretty amazing to earn $400/month.
Status: I sold this site and it is now run by a new owner under the domain name “BetterBoat.com.”
Earnings: The site earned over $4,000 per month when the site was 16 months old. The site is seasonal, however, so I sold it for $74,000 on Empire Flippers.