I spend a lot of time in designing my sites and then creating content for them. I also give time for proper SEO and link building exercises. I try to give at-least one year to my sites to get them well ranked and making me some good money. But once in a while I make some “quickie” sites. I call a site quickie if I spend not more than a day for the “content generation” for the site. So what are these quickie sites, and can they make money?
Once in a while, I see some scripts or databases being sold on the forums. These scripts/databases may not be of much value because they are sold at dirt cheap prices and thousands of sites are built around them. But if you tweak those scripts or database, then I think you can surely make some money. I will give you 3 examples of such sites here.
Sites Based on Databases
These are the simplest way to make sites. Just get the database for $2 to $5 on any of the webmaster forums, and write a script around it. Use .htaccess to re-write your URLs to make them look static. You are done. But the biggest problem with such sites is the “duplicate content”. So can I do something to make it look not “not-so-duplicate”? Well yes, I can. Lets have a look at http://www.drnew.com website. This is a car dealers website driven by a database bought for $5 on digitalpoint forum. This database contains the “addresses” of car dealers. So how do I make it look “not-so-duplicate” from other websites?
I write a small function in the script to change the address by replacing some words in the address.
“1909 West Hillsboro St., El Dorado, AK, 71730″ will become “1909 W. Hillsboro Street, El Dorado, Arkansas, 71730″
“2781 N. College Ave, Fayetteville, AK, 72703″ will become “2781 North College Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703″
Similarly, I do some more optimizations on the database to make it look like a more unique (more unique: is that a word ) database. So, this way, just writing a small function make this site worth $400/month in earnings. Total time put on the content of the site: 1 day. Google shows 22,000+ pages listed.
XML Feed Driven Sites
The second simplest way to make a site is, just find an XML integrator and integrate some XML feeds from some places and put a site up. But I did it with a little difference. I just took a XML feed from a job site and applied my “unique-filters” to it and created a site http://www.joblistingslive.com I also did some optimizations on them by making categories based on stats and job titles. This site is worth $200/month after 2 months on launch. Google shows 15,000+ pages listed. Total time put on the content of the site: 1 day. Now, when I see this working, I am planning to launch 50 state based website based on this one. If each of them makes me $200 per month, I would be happy.
Another XML Feed Driven Site
I see many XML feed scripts being mentioned on the forums. Some scrap youtube, some scrap yahoo answers, some scrap ebay listings, and some scrap amazon etc. So I thought of giving a trial to one such script called “QuestionsAnswered”, which fetches content from yahoo answers. Now if I fetch the regular content, it would be called duplicate content. So I try to fetch old content (which is lost deep down inside yahoo answers). I made a site http://www.bcsy.org based on “car” related keywords. Don’t ask me what does this bcsy.org domain means? It was a useless domain lying in my account, so I thought why not create a useless site on it to test it. I tried to find ALL long tail keywords. I fetched old content from yahoo answers, applied my “unique-filters” and put it up on the site. After a month, site is already making me $100 a month and google is showing 12,000+ pages listed. Total time spent on the content of the site: 1day.
So, do such quickie sites work?
Well, the answer is, yes. Yes, they do work but you should know how to use them. When you launch such a site, you need to understand that they will most probably work only for very long tail keywords, which has very less competetion. So you need to have a lot of pages on the site.
I have recently launched two more so called quickie sites. One based on BANS and other based on PHPBayPro. I am trying my best to make things look unique. Let see how my experiment with these sites goes.
I will keep you updated.
Have you ever tried such quickie sites? Did they work for you? If not, try these ideas.
Related Make Money Online Posts:
59 Responses to “Can Quickie Sites Make Money?”