I love experimenting with small side hustles. It’s a great way to learn and also make some extra money on the side.
My latest experiment is creating websites from my old articles. I have had some early success, as I sold my first one for $395.
Where do I get my articles from?
I previously wrote about how I earned over $7,000 writing on Medium. Unfortunately, the good old days of Medium are over. In my best month I earned almost $1,700. Last month I only earned $48, with half of that being from referrals.
As most articles won’t earning anything at all, I decided to delete them from Medium and move them to a series of blogs. There were over 500 articles.
Another source of articles is from some old blogs that no longer exist. I have around 200 of those.
That means I have over 700 articles that are already written that I can use to build a series of blogs.
How do I build the websites?
This is super-easy and takes me 3-4 hours to have a website with 50 articles up and running.
Step 1 – Buy a Domain
First of all I choose an appropriate domain name. As you can see, the domain I chose for this site is articlevault.net. It cost me around $12. A .com domain will cost around $10 and maybe even half of that if you’re a new customer. Namecheap, GoDaddy and Google Domains are popular places to buy a domain.
Step 2 – Buy Hosting
I find Siteground much easier to use and they allow you to host multiple websites for one price. That means that each additional website that I build doesn’t cost anything extra to host. Packages start at just $1.99 a month for the first year.
Step 3 – Build the site
I now follow a similar process for each site, so I can get them up and running quickly. First I install WordPress and then add a theme. The theme for this site is Baskerville, which is free. With Siteground, it’s just a matter of clicking a few buttons to add WordPress.
Next I add the plugins I need. At the moment I have the 3 Siteground plugins that get installed automatically and also add the following:
- WP Legal Pages
- Site Kit by Google
- Yoast SEO
That’s it. I like to keep things simple.
Step 4 – Add the articles
I do this step manually by just cutting and pasting the articles. I usually use a free image from Unsplash.com, as I’ve done on this article.
Once I’ve used all the articles I currently have, I plan to continue writing one or two articles a day so that I can build a new blog every month or so. That should give me a regular income of $495 a month if I can sell each site, which I think I can.
Step 5 – Set up Google Search Console & Analytics
This is a simple process that I do via the Site Kit plugin. I just follow the simple steps that the plugin provides. This step is important because I need Google to index the pages and start ranking the site.
Step 6 – Sell the site
I usually wait a couple of months until all or most pages are indexed and start receiving traffic. I then offer the site for sale to my small list of people that are looking for starter sites to buy. My last site sold within 3 days to $395.
I plan to sell this site and all future starter sites for $495, as I think that is fair value, especially when you consider that I usually charge $25 for article writing. Assuming a site has 50 posts, that’s $1,250 worth of articles. That doesn’t even include the site and all the set up, including adding the required legal pages.
I usually leave it up to the buyer to add more articles, get backlinks and start monetizing the site.
Sometimes I’ll do some basic monetization though. For example, this post has a few affiliate links.
The steps above are just a general overview, but note that each step requires a little more work than mentioned. But I can get the whole lot done in 3-4 hours.
If you’d like to buy one of my sites, they’re $495 each. However, anyone reading this post can get a 10% discount. See About Us for contact details.
The two sites that I currently have for sale are this one and KitchenCountertopTips.com. Both have around 50 articles and have already been submitted to Google and the pages are starting to be indexed.