Remember when mini-sites were all the rage?


Let’s take a step back in time, rewind back to 2004, 2005, 2006 and when I got started in this crazy world of domain names – 2007. These were the times when mini-sites were all the rage. Yes – the idea was simple, or so it seemed. Buy a bunch of domain names, put a simple 5-10 page “mini-sites” on them laden with Google Adsense and sit back while you money printing machine did it’s job.

Then came Google who over the course of a couple years crushed the mini-site, which in the end was probably better for the average user searching on Google but royally sucked for those of us who were making good money with mini-sites.

All that being said, there are still mini-sites that are alive and strong today and tonight I was just thinking back to when I had a network of mini-sites, each their own little money-printing machine which in aggregate made good money and were a meaningful part of my business when I was just getting started.

In 2016 I know most mini-sites have been killed off by Google but some still survive. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from my readers – do you have mini-sites that are still making money? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Ricky October 12, 2016, 4:50 am

    Mini sites are alive and well. Those that do well grow up to become full sized sites. The flaw in your concept was when you started using “not .com” names. Those won’t supply any natural traffic, ever.

  • Stan Friedkin October 12, 2016, 8:58 am

    5-10 Pages wasn’t that a bit too much? you only have 5 pages for
    I have 343 mini sites making great pounds.

  • Adam October 12, 2016, 10:31 am

    Nah, not possible these days.

    You need to focus and build 1 or 2 authority sites with lots of articles, audio, or video.

  • Rob L January 3, 2019, 4:44 pm

    In what way did Google “crush the mini-sites”?

    Also, as fewer and fewer dot COM’s are available at reasonable prices, doesn’t it stand to reason that other TLD’s have to pick up “sooner or later”?


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