Do Micro Niche Affiliate Sites Still Work?

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Many years ago, I quit my day job, thanks to the micro niche affiliate sites network that I have created. I developed many sites, ranked them high in Google, and earned money from Google Adsense ads.

Even though I regularly write about micro niches sites and build big “authority” websites, it’s up to you to decide to go for a small micro niche site that is easy to develop or choose a longer path. 

I still receive many essential questions about what micro niches sites are and how do they work. 

Do Micro Niche Affiliate Sites Still Work?

So, this post is intended to answer your questions on the micro niche subject.

What Are The Micro Niche Sites?

A “micro” niche site is generally a smaller website pf blog that targets only 1 primary keyword. 

Because it doesn’t have a great deal of content, its called “micro.” Suppose you target one small audience that is interested in one particular product. In that case, you are naturally limited to the amount of content you can produce on that narrow subject.

What’s the difference between a general niche site and a micro niche site?

A niche (or micro niche) website could be a blog with a lot or just a little bit of content. 

“Niche” only means that it targets a specific topic. 

Of course, if your micro niche isn’t super narrow and you can write many posts covering different areas and aspects of that niche – more power to you. Taking a micro niche and building a 500-pages website around it is definitely the ideal case scenario.

But it’s not always possible.

Most of the time, you will be lucky if you manage to write 10-20 blog posts on the subject.

And it’s enough to make $10000 a month.

Besides, a micro niche website is often an exact match domain. 

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For example, if you target the keyword, “how to train parrots,” then your domain name would be these precise words: howtotrainparrots.com, .net, or .org (typically). 

Suppose you are a business targeting customers locally. In that case, you should go for a local extension such as .us, co.uk, or whatever country you are based at.

Since you are domain will have all the keywords you are after, you will automatically have a higher chance of ranking in Google and outranking higher authority domains. 

If you want to dive deeper into that subject, read about SEO optimization for micro niche websites.

My Experience with Micro Niche Websites

As I already have mentioned, I’ve personally built dozens of micro niche websites. I have done very well with them all. I began developing these micro sites many years ago when the competition was not as fierce as today.

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The key benefit of these types of micro websites is that you can target a keyword quickly, and having an exact match domain often provided a benefit for ranking in Google. Moreover, by targeting such specific terms, I was often able to write articles about exactly what the visitors and readers were looking for. 

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On the other hand, my competitors only generally discussed the topic and were not as specific.

Therefore, targeted keyword relevancy was vital to my website’s success.

Authority Niche Sites – How Do They Rank?

Even though I’ve built so many small niche sites successfully, times have changed. 

Google has updated its’ algorithm and the way they rank websites – if you follow the Panda update / Penguin update, you probably know that already. This has added a few obstacles to how quickly websites used to rank high in Google.

You can definitely still rank micro niche affiliate websites in Google, but it’s just not as easy as it was 10 years ago.

Nowadays, Google values massive quality content.

I personally believe that the strategy of developing a larger authority site is a better long term strategy.

I do quite well with my current micro niche affiliate sites. However, considering the time it takes to rank, why not create something more substantial that will bring in even more money?

Can You Make $1,000 a Month from a Micro Niche Affiliate Site?

We have already covered theoretical ways to make $5000 a month online and even how to make $10000 a month on this blog.

But, can you make $1000 a month, specifically from a micro niche affiliate website?

The answer is yes, and no.

You may stumble upon people who claim to make over $1000 a month from one micro niche affiliate site. 

It’s difficult to determine these claims’ accuracy since they are made on different forums by anonymous people and rarely disclose the website that is making money, out of fear to create competition.

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Now you can see why micro niche sites are so tempting. 

They are easy and cheap to set up and manage. You can buy a domain for less than $10 and decent shared hosting for $3 a month. WordPress and WP themes are free and take about 5 minutes to set up. 

The only missing ingredient is the content.

You cannot rank in Google without content. The content might seem like something that would take a while. You need to be an expert on the topic of writing and have writing skills. 

Turns out, for micro niche websites, you don’t

Since you pick a keyword with very low competition, even mediocre or content can get you a good rank. 

It could be hard to earn $100 from one micro niche website. However, what I do (and what most affiliates do) is create 10 websites, or even more. When each website, in its’ specific niche, will be earning $100 a month, which is very doable, you can easily multiply and replicate the process and earn the same revenue from more sources.

If you are looking to create a big and established website, I would advice to invest your time, money, and energy into a larger, authority website. On the other hand, if you want to start making money online faster (and easier), making many small micro niche websites is the ideal shortcut.

Conclusion

If you decide to create a micro niche website (assuming you have picked the right keywords and target a lucrative niche), you are destined to succeed. Small websites that target a highly specific niche can have a keywords-rich domain name and extremely targeted content that appeals to the readers right away. 

Since it’s easy to rank in Google, and the content is 100% related to what the reader is looking for – it is easy to make money selling products directly related to that topic. It doesn’t matter if you offer products through affiliate links or sell them directly through your own e-shop or dropshippingThe bottom line is that micro niche websites still work and will work in the future. As long as the marketing model will not change drastically, which isn’t going to happen any time soon.

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Elizabeth Sramek
Elizabeth is a Senior Content Manager at Scaleo. She received her bachelor's degree in Netanya Academic Colledge in Israel. She's been in the digital marketing business since 2006 and currently living in Prague.
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