how many articles or blogs would be necessary to generate $1000 a month passive income?

Hello and Good Morning Everyone

             I remember reading from different sources that it is possible to generate $1000 a month using 15 different blogs with at least 10 articles within each blog by using Google Adsense.  Realizing all of the hype given to internet marketing these days, it is often difficult to separate out real stories from the too good to be true scenarios.  At any rate, what does everyone else think on this topic?  I gather that it is indeed possible to generate revenue or a passive income using Google Adsense.  At the same time,  I am under the impression the amount or amounts is not much in the grand scheme of things.

               Any followup given to this question will be greatly appreciated.  

               Thank you

               George
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
It's definitely possible to generate passive income with Adsense. This can be done through 1000 low quality web sites earning $0.34 per day, or one high quality web site earning $34 a day. The question is what you are capable of, or interested in creating and do you know how to get visitors to your web site consistently.

If you are better at content creation, you may want to focus on one very high quality site that naturally attracts repeat visitors. If you aren't great at creating content, maybe you want to create a large network of lower quality 'niche' sites and put your effort into building links and trying to rank for long tail terms that drive less visits.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening

              Thank you so much for your feedback to my question.  While I certainly follow all of your input, there is one area I am not clear on which is a 'niche' site.  If it would not be too much trouble, could you explain what a 'niche' site and how it would be different from a regular website?

             George
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
A niche site is a simple site that is focused on one very narrow topic. For example, 'toenail fungus cure'.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I don't agree with the many crappy site theory.  The reason is the more engaged your users are, the more likely you are to get not only clicks, but clicks that pay a decent amount.  In all ways, content is important.

If you own a site to sell widgets and run a ppc campaign, in order for the ppc campaign to be  successful, you have to have good content on your landing pages that the ads link to.  This means you have to pay attention to content just as if you were going after organic SEO (which should be a given).  If your competitors bid the same amount on ads as you, but you have outstanding landing pages and content where they are linking everything to a home page, your ads will win out.

On the partner sites that use adsense, it is just as important for them to not only have good content, but engaged users.  I have several sites where adsense is used and the site that had a large number of engaged users vs just visitors made a big difference in the amount of money received per click and how many clicks per visit.

It takes a lot effort to build up and maintain a following for a vertical.  The most I have made averaged $400 to $500 per month with about 30,000 uniques / 100,000 page views.  While nice to have, it was not really a good pay off for that amount of engaged users.  The real money is not on the ads, that is just some bonus.  Also, in that case, ads were not the main focus and the earnings were probably low because of it.

The main factors are the average cost per click, click through ratio, number of pageviews/unique visitors, the vertical you are in and competition.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone

         I am really enjoying going over everyone's feedback given to this post.  After reviewing everyone's input, I do have a few followup questions which should wrap everything up here.  For starters, what would be some good tips for getting users to be more engaged or interactive when visiting my site?  The site which I will be a part of is an academic website with articles about history, philosophy, electronic media, and so forth.   From a previously closed post, it was suggested to me to use back links to my site.  What exactly are back links?  What would be some good examples of back links being created?

          Thank you

          George
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,

I'm the guilty one on "backlinks". :)

It is a part of so-called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). As I mentioned before, the extremely simplified summary to get traffic at your site is to create quality content, update it often (keep it "fresh"), and get backlinks to your site. A good place to start in understanding backlinks is the Wikipedia article on it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlink

And if you Google "backlinks", you'll find plenty of food for thought. The quick explanation is that some other site has a link to your site. For example, let's say someone writes a blog post at their site and says, "I just read a great article at that fantastic site, Academic-Articles.com". That is a backlink. Regards, Joe
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Using back links is a function of SEO and engaging people on your site is a function of content, design and layout.  Both of these would constitute their own separate thread since they are not directly related to your original question here.

Since you mention the verticals you are going to write about, you can get an idea of the popularity of a subject by looking at google trends https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Philosphy.  If you spend time there,  you can play with looking at specific countries, related terms and time frame.

Good luck on your blogs.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I think the discussion of SEO and back links belongs in a different thread as this is a subject that is under constant change.  Just know that farming for backlinks can hurt you.  If you have such compelling content about academic philosophy that a highly regarded academic webiste cites a page on your website via a direct link without using no follow, you may receive benefit.  If you get a 100 sites to link to you and they have low value or spamming content, you will be hurt.  This is a bigger discussion that belongs in a separate thread.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
George,
I agree with Scott's comments. You may recall that in your previous question when you asked about encouraging visitors to come to your site, I said this:
This is a huge topic in its own right. It is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and if you Google "seo" you'll find volumes on it. There is no simple answer, and whatever answers there are, change over time, as Google modifies its ranking algorithms. For example, Google "google panda" and you'll learn a lot, including this article at Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda
Regards, Joe
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone

             First and foremost, I want to apologize for going off in other directions within this thread.  While followup questions are good and have been encouraged in the past, they still should remain focused to the original question.  I just get carried away sometimes with my thinking by branching out with other curiosities.   For that, I am indeed sorry for not staying on track.

               Like all other post in the past, I have certainly learned a great deal here which has opened my eyes to avenues that was not originally thought about thanks to everyone's followup feedback.  It is always an enlightening experience to gather suggestions and tips from others who are experienced and knowledgeable on topics of personal and professional interest.

               George
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,
No apology needed. It's an interesting thread. Best of luck with your site! Regards, Joe
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