How to Make Money With a Small Site: Part 1

Just yesterday I bought a very small but very old website (> 8 years) in the ‘work at home’ niche called SeekFreelance It’s currently not making a whole lot of money (best month ever was $30 via AdSense), and it has very few pages indexed in search engines.

I’m going to show you exactly what I do to improve the site . This is what it currently looks like:

 

Given it’s day 1 and I don’t have much time, all I’ve done so far is swapped in my AdSense code. Woo-hoo I got 1 click already :) . The immediate and glaring issues I see with this site already are the header size (it’s taking up all of the ‘above-the-fold’ space, and the content (it’s pretty crappy). That’s probably where I’ll start.

Stay tuned :)

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WhyDoWork Insider WhyDoWork 05 Jan 2012 3 Comments

How to Get Good at Making Money

Came across this great article today. Worth the read if you’re a small business owner.

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WhyDoWork Insider WhyDoWork 24 Nov 2011 1 Comment

Use Your Traffic Wisely

Well isn’t this blog a model of neglect. I happened upon the link and noticed that the last post was exactly 364 days ago. Time sure does fly. A lot has changed for me both personally and professionally, and it’s interesting to look back on the posts that we had written around this time last year.

I have some extra time so I thought I’d quickly post a quick tip that I think has worked for me, and might work for you too. I noticed we were getting a lot of traffic to WhyDoWork.com for the search term “cool google tricks”. It was all going to one thread, getting a ton of views, but not a ton of comments.

In about an hour, I bought a domain name, set up a wordpress blog, and had some content on the new site, cleverly titledĀ cool google tricks . Once the site was set up, I did a 301 redirect on the content (see how to do that here) and had traffic flowing to the new site. It now makes a few dollars a day, and has over 1,000 views/day across a number of different posts and categories.

Not rocket science, but not something I’d usually think about doing. Think about your own sites, if you do have something that might be getting some traffic outside of your main content theme, consider spinning it off into something new. It just might work :)

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