3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year

3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year
3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year

On March 14, 2011, I pushed the “Buy” button and took my first step to learn how Amazon Affiliate works and tricks to earn a paycheck from Amazon.

As one year anniversary (this blog post published on Mar 12 2012), I’d like to reflect about my first “success” and let you know my 3 learned lessons. Hope it inspires you to take actions on whatever you are doing.

2016 Update: I’m focusing on my Niche Site income these days and try to work for an hour-ish besides 9-to-5.

I plan to share more my lessons how I bounced back to 4-digit monthly Amazon Affiliate income in 2014-2016.

After all Google Penguin and Hummingbird update, I could bank in some good extra income regularly. Will share with the Niche Site Community later.

It’s a little bit history about what happened to me before taking Niche Profit Course.

Early 2010, I was spammed by Make Money Online ideas.

I finally bought my first domain name and started this blog early July 2010, I wrote about 5 posts in a few weeks with “excitement”,  my passion faded out and I gave up, It was just hard to blog about blogging, without making a dime online.

2010 was over and all the sudden I stopped all Online Business Activities except bought a few $7 training here and there and reading some blogs.  I would say it was a good break after the information overload after long period of time.

I was a little bit frustrated and wasn’t determined to success.  It didn’t work out for me.

Is there any real business model out there?

Early 2011, I learned about Niche Profit Course from Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 10. I saved up some money. On March 14, 2011, I finally took the courage and bought NPC. I finished watching the video in a week.

Then did my product research and bought the first niche domain name within a week. I was slowly creating content and building up the traffic. It wasn’t very successful. I had my first sale which was $1 in May.

I almost gave up because the commission rate 4% is just too low for me. Then I built a few more as experiment. Honestly, I didn’t really trust the model and I just wanna get the best out of $77.

Tell you the truth, I didn’t make $1000 a month for 11 months straight to make this income. Most of the sales were coming in from Oct to Feb.

Many of my niche sites are slowing down and sales dropped recently. Traffic and Online Business is very dynamic. I’m ramping up a few and building new ones on monthly basis. I’m still working on my second $10,000 these days.

I’m not selling you a Making Million Online Dream. I’m doing this part-time after 9-to-5 as many of you guys do.

Amazon Associates Income One Year
Amazon Associates Income One Year

(My First Year Amazon Affiliate Income back to 2011-2012)

These are the BIG lessons that I have learned through the process and hope they are inspiring to your Online Business no matter what you are doing.

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15 Sources to Find Keyword Seeds for Building Niche Sites

15 Sources to Find Keyword Seeds for Building Niche Sites
15 Sources to Find Keyword Seeds for Building Niche Sites

Do you have hard time to think about Keyword when building your Adsense Niche Sites? A year ago, I didn’t have any clue and hesitant to even start and buy my first keyword domain name.  I’m unveiling some of my best tips and hope they could help you create tons of “keyword seed” to build this Adsense Niche Site Empire.

Today, I’m starting a series about this Adsense Niche Site Business Process and How I approach my Case Study.  A year ago, I made $0 from Adsense and was seeking out free information and tools helping me to make my first $100 Adsense paycheck.

This post is sort of my combined notes collected in the past.

What is Keyword Seed?

I call it a Keyword Seed as like a seed helping you to gather hundreds of potential keywords to go after and rank for. For example, “Insurance” could be a keyword seed. This is a high CPC but very competitive though. Once you plug it in Google Keyword Tool, it will let you to have another 800 potential keywords to decide building niche sites on.

I spend time thinking about Keywords on daily basis and these sources could help you brainstorm keyword seeds

1. Google Trend

Do you know everyday, there are thousands of new terms being searched on Search Engines?

Google Trend tells you what is hot and people are searching.

Google Trend for finding keyword seeds
Google Trend for finding keyword seeds

2. TV Ads

Advertisers are paying millions for TV ads daily, that means there are demand and return for them. Those keywords are people searching online.

3. Thinking about Expensive Services

This is sort of like reverse engineering thinking..

What legal and medical services do you pay for hundreds and thousands? I am sure that there are service providers bidding on the Adsense Ads.

What kind of keywords are they competing for to get their Return of Investment (ROI)? Those could be your seed keywords such as DUI lawyer and Dentist as example.

4. Magazine Racks

Magazine racks
Magazine racks

There are tons of magazines and readers. There are niches. Check out the Advertising pages and you will get ever-end tons of keyword ideas.

Grab something that interest you such as Fitness, Beauty & Parenting Magazines when you go grocery shopping this weekend.

The potential is unlimited!

If there is a demand, there should be supply – your niche sites.

5. Consumer Report

I am also on Amazon Affiliate and I subscribe to Consumer Report. A lot of germs there and I will talk more about how Consumer Reports help me pick product niches.

Some Products pay extremely high CPC like HD TVs and Computers. Think about what expensive and high demand products that people are buying on daily basis.

6. Local Newspaper

I haven’t explored this local niche approach yet.  I have found many local business advertisers and there are market for sure.

I heard that Local Advertisers are not very “skillful” and they pay higher cost for those CPC bids.

You may be able to find some germs in those Free Community Newspapers too.

7. Walmart and Home Depot

Just open your eyes when go shopping in your favorite stores. There are tons of keywords flowing everywhere. Are you aware of those?

Walmart and Home Depot are my favorite stores to shop at. And you?

I love doing my niche keyword research and field trips once a while. Also you could catch up your product niche and trend. There are always new models coming out on annual cycle.

I read an interesting tips… The “sub-niche” products are at the bottom of shelves. They may not be most-demanded ones, so they are not so competitive either.

8. Evergreen Niche

Money, Health, Relationship, and Hobby are ever-green big niches if you haven’t heard about. 10 years from today, people are still looking for those solutions and information.

You can’t go wrong if you could dominate some related and high researched keywords

9. Problems

This is like end user search pattern that you need to be aware. People just type in their “questions” or “problems” in Google. Like “How do I make money online fast?” or like “How to sleep better?”.

When people have issues and problems in lives, they look for solution and they go Google. Those could be your seed and Longtail keywords.

10. Movies and TV Shows

I enjoy watching action movies and love stories + comedy type of movies. Sometimes I watch Disney movies with my kids. I picked up a few keywords while enjoying the entrainment.

Check out your favorite TV shows and sure that some money making keywords flowing around.

11. Glossary

This is a very powerful tips that you can’t miss. One of the best tips I have learned last year. Search your keyword + glossary in Google and you will find a lot of germs.

For example, Real Estate is a huge industry, do you know there are tons of words that you may not have heard of such as: “subordinate financing”, “sweat equity” etc.

Check these out and you should be amazed some of those have very high CPC such as “escrow account” – 4,400 Local Monthly Search – $11.01 CPC” on the search network bid.

Hop over this example and see if any keyword you could pick and compete.


12. Flippa

Yes, I always check out those high-paid Adsense and Amazon Niche Sites being sold or sold out on Flippa. They could be very inspiring about what could be selling and making hundreds and even thousands a month.

Check out these Flippa Auctions – High End Over $1000 a month ones

A few times, I could snap the ideas and pick related keywords to go after. Also you could do reverse engineering of what other selling sites are and why. (I may talk about how, so you could learn from real samples.)

13. Browsing web Around

Yes, I always encounter new vocabulary when browsing around and reading for fun.  I love checking out yahoo.com, aol.com, and  msn.com content network, they always have some interesting news and ideas catching my attention.

14. Talking to your friends and relatives

I love talking to my co-workers and friends. Everyone is different and have various different hobbies and interest.

By knowing others, you would learn what they care and what their problems are. Most Likely, they google search those information on daily. Yeap, you get some new keywords almost in every conversation.

15. Keyword Research Package

I buy keyword packages on WSO ranging from $5 to $20. I bought many WSOs and they are just saving my time and be my inspiration. English is not my first language, I don’t even know some of vocabulary or usage exist. 🙂

You could even get those [FREE WSO] Keyword packages for inspiration too.


Open Your Eyes and be Sensitive to “Keywords” today. There are a lot of germs out there.

Don’t tell me you don’t have Keyword ideas anymore? Hope these tips inspire you to pick up a few winning keywords today!

Action Items

Go and find 10 Keyword Seeds this week. We will talk about How to generate related and potential keywords to build your Niche Sites next week.


How do you think of Seed keywords? Do I miss anything on this list?

Do you know any creative ways spilling out seed keywords?  Please kindly share in this IMT community.


MMO Monthly Report February 2012

This is my second Make Extra Income Online Monthly Report. Feb was a short month and disappointing regarding to my Online Income, but I learned a lot during my reflection. I was very stressful and busy on weekends, but thankful that it was over and have added a few hundred dollars to my Offline Passive Income portfolio. (I will touch on that a little bit later.)

My Feb Online Income was a little disappointing

To be transparent, I am NOT here to “teach” you how to make money online. I am just an action-taker and read/learn how to MMO in the last year. Who said Making money online is easy and fast?

To document my journey and process, I’m here to INspire my readers how it is possible if you take actions and be patient persistently, it’s do-able. I’m doing this after 9-to-5, as a full time dad and husband (I wish those could be part-time and quit somethimes. 😉

I structure this report a little bit each time. I would talk about my learned lessons, my numbers, how I reach my Annual Goal, and the game plan for March.

MMO Learned Lessons in Feb 2012

Feb is super busy and very stressful to me due to my work and personal life.

I’d say my full-time work was not satisfied, I wasn’t very productivity. I met my deadlines, but know I could focus and did better job.

I wasn’t “productive” and lost FOCUS on this Online Niche Site Business in Feb. I admit that I failed and it was a good Failure Lesson. I was very distracted by my Offline Passive Income Project (Will be touch on that at the end of this report.)

That is life, and we need to have good balance spending time at Full-time job(if you have one and it’s sort of part of me and commitment.) You get regular paid-check and you are tight to your job commitment – time and energy. Family is important too and they are my reasons working extra hour. (Hey, I woke up 4:30am this morning and working on this monthly report, could you imagine?) I do enjoy writing this now.

Regarding to my Niche Site Traffic, it sucked pretty bad in Feb. My Amazon and Adsense Income Sinked and Dropped more than 50% comparing to Jan.

It happens and Web Traffic and Demand is so dynamic. I didn’t forsee that it would drop and cut my Online Income HALF though.

As a lesson, be prepared, and FOCUS on maintaining your business and GROWTH. If you don’t grow your business, it would just be doing Backward. You can’t expect it would be maintained without doing anything and laziness.

Procrastination is my buddy and I have been procrastinating with a lot of great good ideas. No matter they are great or not, TAKING actions is the key to see if it works or not. Do you have a lot of niche and business ideas? Are they dotted down? Do you have any action-item plans to execute them?

I do have some ideas flowing in my head. I got to drop them down, and schedule to make them happen. Otherwise, they are just “dreams” never happening.

Feb 2012 definitely was a great month learning more about myself and this business. I’m sure that when I look back, it motivates me not making the same mistakes again. I could be just a better person.

Don’t let Failures stop you. Learn and Take away from it. Failure is my buddy and I love to fail fast.

Show me the Number

My Total Online Income in Feb 2012 was $645.52 (Almost 50% off of $1203.95 Jan Income)

1. Amazon Affiliate Income ($412.81) (~60% off of $1,014.07 in Jan)

I’m not too surprised as I was monitoring this on daily basis.. which is not healthy. Just a few mins a day, but I could do other productive work.

Amazon Affiliate Income Feb 2012
Amazon Affiliate Income Feb 2012

In Jan, I saw the orders were slowing down and could tell that it won’t shipped much in Feb. Also I couldn’t and “failed” to hit Valentine’s Day Shopping Season.. I tried to rank a few pages, but failed. I didn’t start to rank them early enough. I learned so much that if I wanna hit the Shopping Seasons, I need to plan and act fast. This is how I hit almost 5-digit last Christmas Season.

7% Commission Rate for Feb is not too bad. I need to ship double volume to hit 7.5%.

$400 is good enough to fund my business for March and I gonna re-focus BIG time.

In March, I plan to add closed to 20 Product Review Posts and RANK them. You don’t need another new 20 Amazon Niche Sites to grow your business. All you need is High Traffic and Conversation Pages to make profit from this business models.
I’m super thankful to get AMASuitefor less than $20 and find some great products to promote fitting my Gold-mined Formula.

If you promote a $100 priced product (Have a well written and high traffic ones), get a sale at 7% commission rate everyday, that would be $200 a month, this is a simple formular comparing to what you think of as Make Money Online?

How about 10 High Demand and Popular products? that would be $2000 a month which is my current goal as for 2012.

If you haven’t made money from Amazon and want to test it out, feel free to grab this Killing Deal (70% off) NPC Training (I follow this blueprint making money from Amazon Affiliate) before it’s taken down. I got mine at $97 full price. And you?

2. Adsense Income ($53.27) (60% drop from $129.30 in Jan)

Yes, this is my first month not getting Adsense Paycheck since getting my first $100 Google Paid-check.

Adsene Income Feb 2012
Adsene Income Feb 2012

My Feb Adsense income dropped significantly, due to the traffic to my Adsense Niche Sites dropped almost half. I may have gotten Smart-pricing.

One of my money making ones dropped from $23 in Jan to $2 in Feb. The SERP of the keyword (Exact Match Domain) sinked from #3 to #14. (This is a five-page Adsense Niche Sites that I gonna replicate and build my Adsense Case Study around.)

As a side note, 336 x 280 and 160 x 600 Ads Blocks are my Favorites. I will unveil if you are interested later.

As clear as is, I should diversify My Adsense Sites, build a few Strong ones, and continue building up Micro-Niche ones to weed out the Winners. Stay tuned and I gonna have a series of blog posts about this and you will witness how I grow this on monthly-basis.

I will focus on growing this on DAILY basis – mentally and taking actions as well.

3. Other Affiliate Income ($179.44) +196% vs $60.58 in Jan

I got many emails from readers asking how I learned my Amazon Affiliate skills and what software and services I use on regular basis.

I haven’t hard-sold these as I just believe what I do and have.  I buy a lot of stuff on monthly basis – to save me money and make myself productive. Sometimes, I would just buy and promote if they are really helpful. 🙂 Many times, I don’t even talk about cramp stuff that I get – I am not a smart IM buyer.

Thank you for your trust buying Niche Profit Course via my Affiliate link. As I said, this is my blueprint getting paid check from Amazon proved by my Monthly Income reports.

For those who are seeking the next Shiny Objects, you don’t need another new business ideas to make profit online. Just pick one whatever you have purchased, focus on execution, to get there. Anything would work, it just depends how you do it.

Offline Passive Income was my Distraction

I don’t expect to mention much about my Full-time job income and Offline Passive Income (whatever that is.) I just wanna touch on this and how it could be distracting, but I’m thankful to have this HAPPY problem to work on and solved finally.

I worked a lot offline on weekends in Feb. I spent more than 40 hours (A week of full-time work) working on my Rental Property – Painting the home, Clean-up, DIY Fixing the home, Buying stuff at Home Depot,  Open House, Working with potential Tenants, All home rental stuff… you could imagine.

I’m glad that it was OVER. The new tenants moved in couple days ago. As Rich Dad Poor Dad does, I acquire Assets – this is a case of rental property, it’s by far the best Passive and Residual Income I could have. I am doing Property Manager myself, but forsee it wouldn’t take me much time (comparing to this part-time Online business) and add couple hundred profits to my pocket.

Well, the entry cost was very high though.. 5-digit figure to start with for my case. (If you look for rental property to invest in, it varies. The process is just long and stressful in my opinion.)

I love my Online Business much more as you could invest and start today with as little as $10 for the Domain Name and Web Hosting.

One of my dreams or goals, is to make Good Online Income, to fund my Rental Income Business. Eventually, I would hire a Property Manager and hand over all the work to a trusted Real Estate Agent.

Sorry for my boring money theory, I don’t think it applies too much to my Fans. 🙂

My 2012 Goal Progress

1. Making $100 a day (In Progress)

I had a few $40 a day in Feb. Feb income was 1/5 of my $3000 a month goal. I need to play a catch up game to reach my annual goal.

A lot of times, people only care how much you make. I do care.. but more than that, I care more how much I grow and learn from how others grow too. Learning and Growing never ends.

Thanks for your interest and I hope my journal could help you grow as well.

2. I put in 2 hours average ONLY a day (√)

Indeed, I work much fewer than 2 hours a day online due to the offline distraction. Also energy wise was low as I was so stress out renting out my property.

It’s not about how long you work – it’s how much and productive you work.

3. I will spend $500 a month on this business (√)

I spent totally about $ $498.85 (my best estimate including new domain names from NamecheapHostgator Web Hosting, a few WSOs especially AMASuite, UAW, Fiverr, and Article outsourcing)

Highlight of my Spending Feb 2012

– I bought 2 PR2 and 1 PR3 Aged Domain Names. I am building out my own Private Blog Network Slowly. I will do a lot of testing, blog about this later and how it may help or not my search ranking of my niche sites. I think it’s one of the best Investment for my business. I paid monthly for UAW, but it’s always good to diversify my backlinks.

– I start enjoy blogging and communicating with my readers and other Niche Site Bloggers. To re-invest in myself and have good education, I spent $97 on How to Start a Blog that Matters of Corbett Barr. Blogging is not for everyone. It’s a lot of hard-work. This is the best Blogging Training that I have so far. Corbett support on the site is awesome. I got my response in day. Also I could read what other students ask too.

Stay tuned – I am learning and executing what I learn from HSBTM here and you would see a Blog that Matters in the near future. 🙂

I’m building this blog contributing values to the world and being helpful to others. Is it always nice to make extra income online?

It’s all starting from You and how possible it is to make extra income – starting with you. I’m not living off by my Online Income only, but at least it’s paying off a portion of my mortgage and monthly bills.

– I am in love and promote AmaSuite. It is awesome but a little bit pricey at $40 now.  I grabbed mine at $20 when it was launched. Can’t believe it was sold more than 4500 copies in the last week or so. Sorry to tell you that this WSO gonna be closed on March 7th and probably doubled the price at Clickbank.

The reason that I got it is to SAVE TIME doing my Amazon Product Research. To reach my Amazon Goal ($2000 a month), I dig out the best product to promote and gonna rank my reviews high in a few months.

4. Writing a Blog Post once a week (√)

I met my schedule to post at least once a week in Feb. Traffic picked up pretty well and I have 50 visits average a day. My bounce Rate is as low as 30%, that means my readers love to stay around which is awesome! Some data is from my browsers though. 🙂

IMT Web Traffic Report Feb 2012
IMT Web Traffic Report Feb 2012

To grow my blog traffic double, I plan to write 2 blog posts a week in March – one would be full of tips and how-to as a part of the series of my Adsense Niche Site Case Study, one would be a little bit soft and motivating to your Online Business.

5. I will have an Income/Expense Statement every month (√)

I keep all my expenses in ONE checking account and paypal account, so it’s so easy to do my book-keeping and do all my numbers in a Spreadsheet.

6. I read a business book every month (√)

I’m proud finishing up Midas Touch and it’s a great book talking about Entrepreneurship.

My take-away is Entrepreneurship is not easy, We shall think about building up a business instead of running a Small Business (what I am doing.) The business should have business process in place to scale up big.

It’s not about me. Indeed, the process could be hand over and even be able to transfer and sell to someone else.

I’m trying to knock down my process so I could “Educate” others how I do it and Make Extra Money Online Together.

I’m still figuring out my passion and mission and why I am doing what I am doing – Creating Niche Sites and Blogging about my business. I am happy for my Extra Income Online, and hope I could help others accomplish that too. (Sorry that it’s NOT a push-button business I am peaching here.)

Online Business is a Real Business and involves time, investment, and dedication.

In March, I am reading The 4-Hour Workweek of Timothy Ferriss. I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about this book, and I know it’s inspiring.. don’t know if I really could just work 4 hour a week Online.

March Game Plan

Focus, Focus and Focus. Focusing on my daily task will drive me forward – at least a little bit closer to my goal. A lot of times, I am just distracted by reading blogs, tweets, free information, or just “dream” about what to do next.

To get closer to my goal, I will add in More Content on my niche sites (Content is the KING), and build backlinks to maintain and grow my search engine traffic on daily basis. Yes, I say.. it’s a daily process.

The beauty of this online business is that my niche sites and this blog working 24/7 for me. Some of my online income from Feb is an outcome of what I was working on in the last couple months.

Some of my product review posts still rank and have traffic and sales via Amazon Affiliates.

I’m adding a lot more Product Review Pages and Rank a few Amazon Niche Sites that are aged (3-6 months old.)

Also I am focusing on my Adsense Case Study, at least I will be building 8 brand new niche sites in March.


How did you do in Feb? Do you have a solid plan for March?

Do you have any productivity or focus tips to share? I look forward to hearing from you.


How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study

How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study
How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study

1/29/2015 update: I prefer working on 1 Niche Authority Style Site with $500 Investment in Content outsourcing, to get to $100 Adsense + Amazon a month.

One of my goals is to have $100 a day Online Income in 2012. In order to accomplish that, I plan to grow my Adsense income as $1000 a month, that is around $30 a day. I haven’t focus much on building Adsense niche sites in the last two months yet.

This is my Case Study – Is it possible to invest $500 to build $100 Adsense Monthly Income?

I am not a “brand-new” guy trying to tell you how to make extra income with Adsense. I had some “success” and it’s time to scale it up big and fast. Writing this Case Study is to motivate myself to focus and Walk the Talk.

In case you don’t know me much, I have more success with Amazon Affiliate back in 2011, please feel free to check out my First Guest Post – $4,000 Month With Amazon In Under 1 Year (Student Results)

Below is my Adsense income history, I have been making $800 from Adsense last 8 months. That is almost $100 a month. A year ago, I knew nothing about Google Adsense and Niche Sites at all.

All it took is little steps, experiments, and trail-and-error. Is it possible? Sure it does if anyone put in effort, be patient, and persistent following a system and process.

My Adsense Income in the last 8 months
My Adsense Income in the last 8 months


I have been reading and learning from Pat Flynn, Spencer, Adsense Flipper, and Trent . If you don’t know all of them, you should follow their blogs.

They are my inspiration and I know this business models work. Each of them has different scale and capability earning from Adsense.

I’m committed to integrate and custom-make what I have learned from them and focus on growing my Adsense income on daily basis. Yes, I mean to focus growing it.  Everyday, I take actions to drive myself one step closer to my goal.

Is it possible? I have been thinking and planning about it this month while I was distracted by various 9-5 work, family, and offline income. It would be fun to make it as a Case-Study and unveil my plan, strategy, and action items. I am dedicated to build a set of 8 Adsense sites and have another $100 Adsense steam in 3 months.

It’s hard to find a FREE detailed step-by-step plan for this kind of information online. I hope my Case Study could inspire you to take actions if you buy in this.

When is the best time to plant a tree? Many said it’s 100 years ago. The next best time is today.

I’m building up new 8 Adsense Sites in March; Once I get used to the schedule, I plan to do it every month with some tune-up.

I love Micro-niche site approach as it’s the best to find the winner and scale up my site size smarter (You don’t want to work on something that is not your potential winner.) Failing fast is the secret.

8 Niche Site Approach and Break-down

– 2 Product Keywords (I will monetize with Amazon Affiliate links too.)
– 4 Information Keywords
– 2 Authority Site keywords (I will start with 10 piece content.)

My keyword criteria

– 1000 Exact Monthly Search with $1 CPC (My Minium Requirement)
– For the Authority Sites, I will aim for 5000 or above Exact Monthly Search keywords.

Since I am doing this as another part-time job beside my 9-to-5, I plan to do various outsourcing to accomplish my goals – not over-work online myself. How would I break down my $500 investment / expense?

My Initial $500 Investment break up:

Adsense Niche Site Case Study Cost
Adsense Niche Site Case Study Cost


How about Time Commitment?

Each site would take me around 3-hour work as:
1 hr  – main keyword research on average (It’s just a time-consuming process to dig out good keywords with decent search volume and low competition. I have heard about some paid services saving the time but I haven’t tried out myself yet and will do some experiment later.)
30 mins  – WordPress site setup including theme, plugins, and SEO setup
30 mins  – Content research and Outsource order
30 mins  – On-page SEO and post the content
30 mins  – Backlinking Order via Fiverr

In the upcoming 3 months, I gonna have weekly blog posts about my business process, schedule, income status, and let others know how these sites are doing.

I use paid services for productivity and saving my time. There is no way I could work less without them.  As future update, I will report my site SERP and Adsense income. This is a very exciting lessons for myself. I am sure that I will find some winners and grow my SEO skills and niche site experience even more.

In my experience, most of new Niche Sites would take about 3 months to rank and generate traffic. Meanwhile, I’m fine-tuning and document my process so I could outsource even more with full-time VA when my income reaches $2000 a month.

Adsense Case Study Ultimate Goal and Break Down

As an experiment, I’m focusing on spending $500 to build $100 a month Adsense Income for now.

My ultimate goal for Adsense is to make $1000 a month in 2012.

My break-down is as simple as to get 1000 Ad impression per day with many niche & authority sites and pages.  With 3% conversion rate, I will get 30 clicks a day.

Assuming that we have ~$1 per click, that would be $30 a day. With 30 days a month, that is closed to $1000 a month.

You may know once you have a set of niche sites making $100 Adsense a month consistently, you could flip and sell them out around 20x as $2000 on Flippa. Then, you could reinvest in this cycle and create anther set making $100 a month.

Sharing and Comments

Do you think $500 investment for $100 monthly income is worthy? Do you have any specific questions about my process so I could address in the future blog posts? Any suggestion to my case-study is more than welcomed.



Know your Why and Reasons Make Money Online

Know your Why and Reasons Make Money Online
Know your Why and Reasons Make Money Online

Do you know your Why and Reasons make money online and want to have your own Online Business? A lot of times, we look for How to make money online. Did you spend sometime to think about your why?

Everyone is different. Your why would be different from me and his/her.

Do you Know Your Why?

I’d like to share mine and hope it could be Inspiring and Interesting to you.

Extra Income

In this kind of bad economy, there were many laid-off in Silicon Valley last couple years. The job market is just bad and more than 10% in the US and around the world. There is no “real” job security anymore. Making extra income for me is a big deal. If I could make couple thousands a month, at least I could still pay my mortgage when I am let go one day.

With Extra income, I could have “more” nice meals and buy some cool toys and clothes for my kids. I could buy more gadgets, huge LED TV, whatever you name it in the shopping mall.

Indeed, not that I don’t have the cash to buy those stuff. It would be even better when they are paid with my extra income instead of my saving.

With extra income made online, I have more saving cash in my saving for rainy days. What I get really sick and need money for treatment. What about family emergency?

You could see I wouldn’t spend all extra income right the way, I do invest and save as I mentioned on this how to spend $1000 extra income.

As Rich Dad Poor Dad said, poor work for money, rich let money work for them.

For me, I’m building and acquiring assets making the positive cash flow. Real Estate could be the “ultimate” assets for me, just that entry cost is high and it’s not truly “passive”.

I feel great

I feel great
I feel great

Many times, I was asking why I wake up like 5 or 6am early in the mornings while the kids are still in sleep. Why do I work on my computers a few hours more each day?

Because I feel great and am proud of my own “business”. It’s awesome to have my own business no matter how big or small it is.

When I was in high school and college, I wasn’t super smart and was a “B” student. I didn’t think much that I could have my own business and empire.

Well, I am doing this part-time so the business scale is very different comparing to those gurus that I look up to. Indeed, I have less worries and concerns; sometimes I just take day off online and my niche sites are still generating passive income that is awesome.

I feel great that my business grows and is still generating income 24/7 even when I am in sleep, eating, and at bathroom.

I feel great that I make myself bonus everyday and every month.

If you work extra hours and even hard at work, it’s for your company and you are making profit for them.

I love my full-time 9-to-5 and I’m not peaching you how to have your own job and quit. Indeed, I hate working from home whole day. I did and it’s boring.

My family is the core reason I am doing what I am doing. I also spend quality time with them so I feel even greater!


I have kids and family, and other responsibilities. For me, it’s not about Life-style Design and traveling around the world while working online. It’s a cool dream and I wish I could do it when I’m in 50’s when the kids are in college. Maybe could be retired and don’t need to work online.



I think working on this business part-time, is that I’m not trading hours for money like working in a pizza store or fast food restaurant. I could work an hour here and there when I feel like it, and around the clock.

This is the “FREEDOM” I’d call. I’m not selling you the dream to be your own BOSS. Indeed, it’s hard and involves dedication and focus. I’m writing up this post 6:30am on Sunday morning.

Trust me. When you have your own business, you get to think and work hard after 9-to-5. Before working on my Online Niche Site business, I think less and just relax on weekends. I was thinking more like where to go and eat, and have fun. Now, I still do, but feeling more “controlled” in my life.


Last Thought

These are the reasons why I make extra money online. They keep me motivated, wake up early, and get moving.

I had some failing months; one month, my money-making sites was in sand-box and no traffic for weeks. (I could share more about what happened later.) It was disappointing and depressing; my WHY reasons kept me up and continue working hard towards my goals.

Open Discussion

And you? Do you know your WHY and reasons to make money online? If not, spend some time to think about the WHY down in your heart.

This WHY question is super powerful to keep you moving forward. Mine keep me going.

What are yours? I look forward hearing from you.