A Young Entrepreneuer's Quest

$1,000 a Month From a Minisite


by Patrick Toerner on March 19, 2010

This entry is part 1 in the series $1,000 Per Month Minisite

The title says it all.  I am going to make a minisite, that will be making $1,000 per month.  Here are some questions and answers below:

1. What is a minisite?
-Well, it is a miniature site. It focuses on a niche, helps people with their problem and tries to make a few dollars by doing so.

2. Do you have any experience with minisites?
-I have made a few, but none worth keeping. They were there just to make money and not focusing on actually helping people with their problems.

3. How will you be getting traffic for this minisite?
-If you haven’t heard, I am banned from Adwords. So my only real other option is organic traffic.

4. What niche will your minisite be in?
-No idea yet.

5. Why the sudden urge to make a minisite?
-I purchased Cloud Living by Glen from ViperChill. It inspired me to try some minisites again. I have always loved the idea of minisites: you help people with their problems and sometimes get paid. (I guess that is every business in a sense)

6. Gonna do all the work yourself?
-I’m thinking about getting some help with the SEO. (Know anyone good?)

7. Why do I care?
-To learn! It is all going to be laid out here. Step by step. I am sure I am going to make some mistakes, and you guys will be the first to know. I am going to hide the niche for a month or two, though, just in case one of you tries to outdo me!

8. What if you fail?
-It’s just another notch on my fail belt. And I will have just found another way to “not make money online.” There can only be so many before I start finding ways that actually work!

9. How can I follow this?
- Subscribe to my RSS feed here.
- Get email updates every time I make a new post here.
- And while you’re at it, why don’t you follow me on twitter here.

10. I have another question! Where can I ask it?
- Either below in the comments, through my contact page, or email me direct at patrick [at] OneMillionBy30.com

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1 Moon Hussain March 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

I just set up a mini-site using Glen’s template from Cloud Living. Launched it a couple of days ago and will work on it some more this weekend.

I’m hoping to hit $500 a month with it. I’d love for it to rank in Google but we’ll see. For now, I intend to write articles and promote the site through them. Not that I love it this way, but you gotta do what you gotta do!

Looking forward to your progress.
.-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..Clash Of The Titans: Pros & Cons of Various Types Of Passive Income Streams =-.


2 Patrick Toerner March 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Hey Moon, I was thinking about buying Cloud Living. What are your thoughts on it so far?


3 Keith Davis March 20, 2010 at 4:48 am

Hi Patrick
“help people with their problems and sometimes get paid” sounds like a perfect business plan to me.

Problem is finding the problem and then finding a solution that people will pay for.

My blog is about Public Speaking and since many people have a Fear of Public Speaking, my solution would have to be to help them overcome that fear.

Sounds simple!
.-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.


4 Patrick Toerner March 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Well, I will be writing about how I found the problem, but a quick preview would be to find a problem you have. If you have it, others are bound to have the same problem. Thanks for the post Keith!


5 Chris Roane March 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’m a web pogrammer and have always been interested in trying to generate income outside of my 9 to 5. This did poke my curiosity! Keep us informed!
.-= Chris Roane´s last blog ..101 Killer WordPress Plugins that Kick Ass =-.


6 Patrick Toerner March 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Will do, Chris. I promise to let you guys know every little detail. As long as you don’t compete with my same niche :)


7 Jack | Online Marketing Blog March 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Hey Patrick, Just stumbled onto your blog. Your experiment looks interesting and I’m curious to see your results. Keep it up man.
.-= Jack | Online Marketing Blog´s last blog ..How I Got My 3 Month Old Blog Listed As Technorati’s Top 100 Small Business Blogs! =-.


8 Patrick Toerner March 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Jack, I will keep you guys updated on the progress.


9 Developerholic March 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm

One million by 30! Hmm, witty – I’m a first time visitor. Anyway, $1,000 / month from a minisite is achievable given that you put your heart into it!
.-= Developerholic´s last blog ..21 Jquery Autocomplete Tutorials =-.


10 Patrick Toerner March 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

And I plan to :) I hope to make it understandable enough that anyone can repeat it as well.


11 Eric March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

I love the last one. It really reminds me of the strait fact that you just have to keep trying and every time you don’t make it, it just means you’ve found one way NOT to make it. All that means is that your one step closer TO making it.

Good points.
.-= Eric´s last blog ..A Tough Move Into New Opportunities =-.


12 Patrick Toerner March 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Its like Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


13 harvestwages March 23, 2010 at 5:54 am

minisite? first time hearing.
$1000/month, i think it’s achievable, all you need is the passion and focus for what you are doing. Don’t just go into it because you taste for money.
i will like to follow up your success in this project.
.-= harvestwages´s last blog ..5 traps that seducess great minds =-.


14 Jay - DatMoney.com March 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

Let me know if you need any help with this man!

And now I’m a little curious on why you got banned by Adwords… let me go check out that article.

.-= Jay – DatMoney.com´s last blog ..eBooks and Guides Coming Soon! =-.


15 Patrick Toerner March 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Jay, I might have to take you up on that offer!


16 Steve Scott Site March 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

Good luck Patrick. If you need help let me know… Specifically I’ll have a post on Monday which describes how I intend to help folks out during my travels.
.-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..Is Howard Stern the Answer to Successful Blogging? =-.


17 Richard Scott | Jewelry Secrets March 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm

What niche will your minisite be in? That really is the ultimate question. It’s not easy finding the perfect topic for a minisite. Especially one that you can put your heart and soul into, even if it is just a couple of pages. I believe that the best products and topics to push are ones that are near and dear to you. Things that you love and use and can really motivate people about.

I’ll be following this and seeing where it goes. I’m very interested in developing minisites. Maybe a coffee table book about coffee tables??? ;)

What SEO are you looking for that you don’t already use in your blogging?


18 Patrick Toerner March 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Ah Seinfeld! It is basically the same SEO but you really can not expect people to link to your minisite, so you gotta do a lot more link building.


19 Matthew Needham March 29, 2010 at 4:10 am

Good look with this endeavour Patrick, I look forward to reading all about it.
I have no experience with Mini-sites, but I’m interested to learn more.


20 Patrick Toerner March 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

You gotta start somewhere! Minisites are a pretty cool thing if you can get good at them. (Which I am still in the process of)


21 Julius Kuhn-Regnier April 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Interesting article Patrick! I actually thought of creating a mini web site. Do you really earn around $1000 per month from these web sites? Btw. do you use blogspot or do you host your web sites yourself, I mean the mini web sites?! Thanks for stopping by at my blog ;)


22 Patrick Toerner April 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I don’t make $1,000 yet :)

I have made plenty of minisites and made money by getting traffic from Google Adwords, but now I am going to try to do it with organic traffic, from search engines.

I have researched a bunch on making minisites and I don’t think $1,000 a month is unreasonable at all. I will lay out exactly how I did everything. If I make $1000 per month that should help a lot of people to do the same. If I don’t make it, maybe I can get some feedback as to why, and people can learn from my mistakes as well.

There is no loss in creating one of these, except for maybe the $7 domain. I have a hosting account where I can host 25 domains, I just put them all on there. It is getting kind of slow, as you might have noticed though. So I am thinking about moving/upgrading.

I actually use blogspot to get backlinks (will talk about that later), I host the sites myself.


23 sam June 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Interested to hear how you get on mate


24 frontline dogs January 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I really like this write! I enjoy it so much! thanks for give me a good reading moment!
Sammy´s last blog ..HTML5 Demo


25 KindleDepot January 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

It would be nice to know where you can get templates for minisites. now that I have read this I really want to try this passive income method. Hope you meet your goals with $1000/month =)
.-= KindleDepot´s last blog ..Top 10 Adult Nonfiction Bestselling Books of 2010 =-.


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