It all depends on your niche and traffic, eg you can corner the market and still only make five bucks a day. To get 3000 a month require substantial traffic, if you don't have it you aren't going to get it no matter what you do.
One of the first things you can do, of course, is to investigate programs you can promote during the times of the year your other programs aren't as active. If you're somewhat successful in the one seasonal niche, you might want to take a demographic approach and suss out programs the same type of people would be interested in.
And yes, hosting is a difficult nut to crack; it's a very overcrowded and competitive space. Unless you can bring something very unique to the table it's doubtful you can make it pay as a part-timer.
Easy. Make $100.00 per day!
I'm at about $2000 per month and that took me years to reach. I did make $3000 one month. I'm part time and it took me a while but I found a good niche and I'm running with ;).
I donít see traffic in and of it self being the key. Whatís important is finding the *right* traffic that is people looking to spend their money. Iím in travel and that works but again it took me a few years to find a good (and better yet somewhat unknown) niche. Good luck.
Hosting is competitive. I don't know if it's worth the hassle. One of my bigger success bits was when I decided to do some content around something that "there was no money in" as far as I could tell. Now it's the biggest part of my business even after years of it. There is more competition than there used to be as with everything nowadays but still nothing compared to obvious markets.
Find a product with decent demand, that costs more than $100 and that doesn't have a ton of competitors and is achievable for top 10 ranking in 12-18 months.
Ignore big-gun keywords like mortgages and go towards a decent niche. Create a site dedicated to it - write every single bit of content about these products that you possibly can. Buy some links.
Then you can either sell advertising, join an affiliate program or use adsense. I have had the best luck by contacting google advertisers (knowing the pay $1 per click) and selling them clicks for $.50 using a click tracking script.
"click tracking script"
what click tracking script you are using?
"To get 3000 a month require substantial traffic"
That is simply not always true. Some of my best income comes from sites with small traffic, but the key is to have quality traffic.
With all due respect, you'd have using multiple websites, getting a very high CTR and high paying advertisers if you have low traffic.* If you are not getting a buck a click you are not going to make $3000.00 a month from advertising revenue with low traffic.
I have one site with about 50 pages that's on the first page of Yahoo and Google and gets about a thousand uniques a day. It has a high CTR, but what it generates a day wouldn't a fancy cup of coffee at Starbucks. To make $3000.00 a day I'd need at least fifty websites.
* A lot depends on what you consider low traffic, 1000 uniques a day? 5000, 10,000 etc.
If your niche is in a finance related area for instance you really don't need much traffic. I am not talking about Adsense here, I mean from affiliate programs / merchanst, some of which can be very lucrative.
Wash, rinse, repeat :) In other words if you're making 1K month now with 2 programs or sites, why not triple the number of sites for these programs and theoritically triple your income since you know these two niches earn money.
Most affiliates that do well have multiple sites for the same niche/product. Why reinvent the wheel searching for a profitable niche when you have found one already :)?
want more traffic? don't forget about pay per click. I am an affiliate with no organic traffic or link trades. pure ppc in competetive niches. but to be successful with this method you must be willing to experiment, take risks, absorb loss at times, and aim for expert status with adwords. I've been doing this for over 5 years full time.
your goal is not unrealistic at all. good luck!