I am sure some of you have read the blog post on the forum where I talked about selling a blog I created for $50,000.00.

Since I am no longer in that niche I decided to share the story because I think there is some great information that can help new folks.

Although I am going to share the niche with you, I want you to understand the actual niche is not that important. It is more about how I found the niche and how you can do the same thing by paying attention to things around you every day.

I will not share the actual site out of respect for the person that now owns it and to be honest they have not followed through with the system I trained them on as a part of the sale. As a result this blog is not longer on the first page of Google where I had it for well over 3 years.

When I first started here at WA I struggled with many things like most and keyword research was extremely tough for me.

At the time I was a pretty hardcore World of Warcraft player and never really thought about using the game as a niche even though I was learning Affiliate Marketing.

If you play WoW you know that there is global chat or what is known in the game as "trade chat".

Like most players in WoW I was always interested in ways I could progress in the game faster and noticed that people in trade chat kept referring to something known as "quest helper"

This was a program or "add-on" that installed in the game and helped people level faster by streamlining the quests you do to help level.

I downloaded and installed this "quest helper" and honestly I found it to be crap...

Without thinking about it I went out to Google and did what everyone does these days...

I typed "WoW Quest Helper" into the search box to see what I could find...

The only thing out there was that crappy free quest helper add-on.

I couldn't believe there wasn't someone out there making something better than that and decided to check out the Clickbank Marketplace to see if there was anything for sale.

At the time there was a ton of written guides but, there were a few guys making these addons for leveling faster.

Then it dawned on me....

World Of Warcraft has millions of subscribers that for the most part use credit cards to pay for their subscription. This means they have buying power or the ability to buy things online.

I kept noticing people talking about this "WoW Quest Helper" and I knew the free option was not very good at all.

Around the same time I started using Hubpages as a free way to test out keywords before spending money on domain names and I really had no clue how to create a website. (at the time you could use affiliate links on Hubpages, you can no longer do this)

I built a hub about "WoW Quest Helper" talking about the issues I had with the free add-on and added some links to the Clickbank products I had found.

Keep in mind that I had not even done any keyword research at this point. I had no idea how many people were searching related terms at all.

My Hub started getting a pretty consistent flow of traffic and I started making some sales. 1 or 2 a day at first.

This was amazing because prior to this point I had made a couple affiliate sales here and there but nothing consistent at all.

My next step was to take a look at keyword research and I was simply shocked.

The term "quest helper" was being searched over 100,000 times a month and as far as I could tell there was no one targeting it to sell these Clickbank programs.

The term "WoW Quest Helper" was being searched over 60,000 times a month and this was just on Google.

Since I was new to Affiliate Marketing I thought I must be looking at something wrong because there was no way I found keywords that virtually no one was targeting.

Could I have been that lucky?

I decided it was time to find out and purchased a related domain name. This would become the start of the blog I sold for $50k.

The very first page was ugly as hell. A simple white background site where I slapped up some reviews of the different programs. It was a one page site...

I pointed a link from my Hub on Hubpages to my ugly ass review site and started writing articles on Ezine and Goarticles as well as Squidoo all with links pointing to my ugly ass one page website.

For the entire first year I left this site alone and kept writing articles about World of Warcraft and adding links to the site. My first year I made around $15000.00 from that ugly site.

I continued my Affiliate Marketing education here at WA while that site consistently brought in sales and decided I needed to step up my game a bit. I had noticed there were some other affiliate marketers stepping into my space and I did not want to give up my ranking in Google.

First page, spot 3 just below the crappy free quest helper.

I decided at this point to do 2 things....
  1. Switch the site over to Wordpress.
  2. Add video.
Switching the site over to Wordpress was a chore at the time because I had no idea what I was doing and it hurt my rankings initially because I just screwed things up pretty bad. There were a few people here at WA that helped me get my rankings back in order. This was tough to approach because I just did not want to give away my niche or keyword.

Thankfully you can always find help here at WA without having to give up the farm....

Video was HUGE.....

I started doing some in game demos and reviews of the programs I was selling. I posted them on Youtube with a link to my site.

The amount of traffic from those videos was tremendous and my 2nd year sales was over $40k....

At this point you may be thinking why in the hell did you sell the site?

This was a calculated risk because I knew a couple things being someone that played the game.

The player base of WoW was dropping and changes in the game made the need for these programs less and less over the years.

There is a point in some niche markets where to sum of a sale is greater than the potential future sales and I believe I was at that point.

How did I sell the site?

I first listed the site in Flippa.com and I posted it with a 25k reserve.

I wanted to sell the site but I did believe there was still a good value in it.

Bids on the site only went as high as 17k but, the high bidder contacted me after the auction closed to see if I was still interested in selling. We negotiated the $50k sale price along with some training so they understood how I was driving traffic.

The entire transaction was done through escrow.com to ensure both parties were protected.

What should you take away from this?
  1. First and foremost, the training here at WA works! you have to dedicate yourself and do something every single day. In the beginning I only had time to work about an hour a day but, I did something for an hour every single day.
  2. Keywords are all around you. You have to learn to pay attention to everything people do and say on and off line. There are keyword ideas in places you would never expect to find them.
  3. Things you know, love and enjoy are the very best places to start looking at niche markets. It makes creating content a hell of a lot easier when you like your niche market.
  4. Forget about short cuts and "cheating the system". In my time at WA I have run across many people that talk about easier ways to do things. In almost every case those people are gone after a period of time. Quality and unique content as well as playing by the Google rules will always win. There is nothing worse than gaming the system to create a bunch of sales using the next great "system" and finding your entire business wiped out the next time Google does and update.
This business requires work but the payout in the long run is well worth it. ANYONE can do it if they truly put the work into it.

The chances of selling a blog for $50k is not something you are going to run into every day but, creating blogs that can make you a few hundred or thousand dollars a month is more than realistic if you are willing to work at it.

Don't be worried about failing. To this day I still create some blogs that make very little money and sometimes they make no money at all.

If a domain costs me 10 bucks a year and the blog makes me a dollar a day that's cool. I'll just keep making a dollar a day and move on to the next blog. It all adds up.

Not really sure if this helps anyone but, I wanted to share to show it does work and if you have never made a sale in this business it will come if you keep working at it.

Keep your money in your pocket. WA is all you really need to be successful.




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myworkathome Premium
I have a niche website that I'm still working on but I will still keep working on this and even when I made money on this, I'm still working on this and be successful at this. Thank You for sharing this information.
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RobSciubba Premium
Love your article!
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lamai Premium
I'm very new to this, a day old but this read was as real life as you can get
building this stuff is like smelling the colour 9!
So keeping it simple black and white is good for me
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Great Story. I'm brand new and you make it sound worth it to put forth the effort. By no means easy, but worth it.
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tso2015 Premium
wow...really awesome story of yours.
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Eriksen Premium
Love it !

Sincerely a retired Turalyon Priest !

My former mates in game keep calling me these days, but meh gotta get that marketing up and running before pleasure. But.............. it was World of Warcraft that sent me here. I was always working the auction house being one of the rich ones....... one day i thought "is it possible to transfer this dedication in buy/sell in the real world?

And here I am ^^)
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joniki Premium
great niche market. Not as big as it used to be, but 7+ million worldwide audience is still not bad.
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Natbjohn Premium
Great story, very inspirational!
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Really awesome story. Thanks for the write up!
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Melaniejay Premium
Wow! That's an amazing story and has inspired me. Thank you for sharing!
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Awesome story man! Great value in there!
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Wonderful story. I hope I travel down a similar path as yours.
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Thanks for taking time to share this inspiring story ...
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benzburg Premium
Awesome post!
Something I will come back and read again. . . .
Thanks Joniki
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emerald860 Premium
Wow, Joniki! That was some story! Thank you for sharing your experience! It is excellent information. I am dedicating time each day now as opposed to hit and miss. I'm hoping to hit a sale soon!
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stargaze1 Premium
Loved your post. Still waiting for my first sale and I know my husband doubts the income possibilities in Internet Marketing. I'm planning on proving him wrong in the near future. The keyword aspect is tough to master. What is your best advice on how you ranked quickly on page one for your various sites? Thanks.
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judebanks Premium
I would guess that he would say follow the lessons in WA, master keywords and use effective SEO practices to generate free traffic.

~Jude
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llimbus Premium
that's inspiring story.. awesome!
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I love this
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rickyjay Premium
Wonderful story and truly inspiring - Like you said, everything you need is here in WA !
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Thanks for sharing I'm new to WA and looking forward to knowing more.
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Thank you for sharing your success story.
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for posting this. I am glad to have joined WA : )
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Thanks for the encouragement and for posting this!
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I still have hope, that someday I will be successful online. I couldn't tell you how much money I've spent! Wish I could just replace what I've spent!
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Great story..Thank you for sharing!
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Great inspiration for those who got screwed by unscrupulous internet gurus. I hope your success replicates for everyone who seeks financial success online
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Great story - love it!
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Great to hear what potential there is at WA - thank you!
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Great article for motivating people to stick it out.
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Wow that's really inspiring I supporse there is light at the end of the tunnel
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing.
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Very inspiring, thanks for sharing
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just getting started. like u I am tired of scams. Thanks for the helo
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Wow, great story. Thanks for the inspiration and proof that WA works.
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That is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it.
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Thanks for sharing. It is inspirational to new members like me.
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fisheagle Premium
Thanks a really great post, inspirational! Well done on your success and thanks for the confirmation that Never Giving Up is actually the only option!
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awesome experience on Wow? is the niche still as hot today?
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Thank you very much for sharing your rewarding experience, which is truly inspiring and motivating. Looking for more posts from you.

Wishing you continued success and every happiness.
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Todd182 Premium
I am seeing what you're saying here a little more clearly every day, and big time lately! Thank you for the re-assuring boost on my trek!!....Pressing on:)
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reefswimmer Premium
Thank you so much for opening up your thought process, and your action pathway to us. I intend to check back at this post from time to time, because it is so practical and detailed. When people read this post, they can easily realize that your claim of selling your blog for 50K is not some empty claim---you took a passion for WoW and for WA and put them together with step by step real work.
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gmee Premium
Cool story, especially since I'm in the same (World of Warcraft) niche, which has been paying the bills for years. I've heard of Quest Helper and agree with your remarks about it. I think I'll follow some of your advice, too. Our method was too put up a lot of content to draw traffic to those same products, the problem is that it all has to be updated along with the game updates.

I've also noticed the slide as WoW becomes more user-friendly, less in need of guides. Now I just have to find something else that works as well.

As far as Flippa, what other promotions did you do to push the site? Or just you "just" list it?
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joniki Premium
All I did was list it. There are certainly a ton of WoW related keyword out there but, you are right that Blizzard has been making strides to add many functions in the game that people traditionally use addons to get done.
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gmee Premium
Hmmm.... maybe I should see about building up a couple of my secondary WoW sites...

Thanks again for your post. :)
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MaryelPhD Premium
Extremely inspiring ! especially the video component. did you use your laptop "Skype" camera, or did you use professional editing system, cameras, lights etc??MaryelPhD
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joniki Premium
I used Camtasia as everything I was doing was screen capture video. I really like doing "inside look" video.

I find that people love to get a look at something before they buy as it helps reassure them they are getting what they think they are getting.
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GREAT MOTIVATION! Thanks for this. Quite informative and Educative.
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Hudson Premium
Thanks very much for taking the time to do this - many of us need this type of encouragement
Regards
Hudson
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Super Blog you have just helped me in the learning area .My hats off to you
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Dude AINT Kiddin bout doin right with SEO and big Gmans, I been wiped 3 times in 5 years, do it the right way and you will succeed!
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My motivation level is restored! Great blog.
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JonnyX Premium
Excellent inspiration and good work to boot!
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tommo1968 Premium
Good to hear someone with only an hour a day work can still be successful. I live in hope!
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Great read, & good job on the website sale:-)
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GaiC Premium
Great advice congratulations on your success. Gai
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Great post for everyone to check out. I concur with you on this Joniki!
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JohnnyMark1 Premium
Fantastic post Joniki! Insights from folks like you willing to share it are very valuable to me. Thanks for taking the time to write it down and share it.
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PMV Premium
Great post and thanks ... encouraging for that hour a day to really make a long term difference :-)
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fel Premium
Very encouraging and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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klrrider Premium
Great post and thanks... needed some encouragement. Your last sentence is the best.
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ECAffiliates Premium
Very Cool article. Would be glad with much less, thanks for the inspiration.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks for sharing this. It is good to read success stories!
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Roper Premium
Oops....should have read 'newbies'.....
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Roper Premium
Great inspiration for heavies like myself
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williamhall Premium
Thank you for sharing your story. I have a better understanding of how blogs, websites and affiliate marking works together. I really didn't understand the importance of key words until I read your blog. Now I would like to share this blog with others I know but not sure how to do this. Guess I have to read another training blog!
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BIS Premium
Your story is really inspiring and Im glad you shared it. Should be compulsory reading for all newbies. You make the two particularly important points - about not being afraid to fail, and that there is a need to be consisten.

Congratulations as well for selling your site.
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PoetSx Premium
very useful article - much thanks.
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michaeli Premium
Thanks for sharing. That is very inspiring to someone, like myself, just starting out and sometimes having doubts about all the content to create.
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joniki Premium
Don't overwhelm yourself. This business is certainly a marathon and not a sprint.
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Excellent blog! The last sentence sums up everything I believe about the IM industry... This is the place to be!
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joniki Premium
There is no doubt. People can say whatever they want but, it has been proven time and time again over the years that WA teaches the correct long term approach to IM.
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anindochk Premium
Very Inspiring! It seems you are a good student of this University!
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joniki Premium
Thank you. I am "sometimes" a good student. I probably would be a much better student if I could stay focused 100% of the time. lol
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anindochk Premium
lol... Without staying focussed you ahieved this feat.. :) :) By the way, I play DOTA a lot. You just gave me an idea! Thanks
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Rea Premium
Thanks for a great post and the share.Some useful nuggets... congrats on your sale.Very motivational.:)
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veronica.l Premium
Thanks for sharing, interesting read and Congrats on your sale!! I remember reading your forumpost. So have you recreated the same success in a different niche now?
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joniki Premium
I would not say on the level of being able to sell one for that kind of money. I currently have a little over 200 sites out online in a wide range of niche markets. I am focusing more these days on helping people get started making money online and of course the heart of that is sharing WA.
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veronica.l Premium
wow 200 sites, I thought I spread myself thin with 40+ sites lol, I do see your point of helping people get started feel the same thing...
How did you negotiate the price from having a 25 K reserve to the 50 K??
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joniki Premium
The bidders have no idea what reserve you set. The negotiation was very straight forward as I kept very good earnings records for the site. On Flippa the highest bidder reserves the right to negotiate further at the end of the auction if the reserve is not met.
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veronica.l Premium
Yes I understand the Flippa process. Did you ask him for a price and he said the number or how did that go? If you were ready to sell for 25K and got the double... that is awesome just curious how you did that :)
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joniki Premium
Initially the buyer contacted me and asked if I was still interested in selling and I indicated that I was but not at the final auction bid. I told them that I valued the site at 50k based on previous 2 years earnings. My thought process behind this was that there would be some negotiating but, I was surprised when they agreed right off.
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veronica.l Premium
Awesome!! Good thing the auction never reached reserve lol! Thanks for sharing all this, I enjoy both buying and selling sites so it is always good to get some info on that...

50 K, two of those sales a year and you are good to go :)
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