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However, I stumbled on a reasonible "how to" niche that I thought about making a little site on. This site would only be 10-15 articles, just simple tutorials (maybe grapical). Then I'd just slap on a few CJ.com and some Adsense and be done.
Won't be big buck... but it could pay maybe a nice dinner every month.
I was wondering, so micro-sites with only a few articles work?
You should be able to do farily well with a small site if the niche isn't too competitive.
Make the site as big as it needs to be. If you can get all your content into one page great. If you need 500 pages, that's fine too.
Most search engines evaulate on a page by page basis, so the size of the site is irrelevant.
5-10 pages might be limiting it more than necessary, unless your site is focusing on a single product, but most of my sites run in the 30-40 page range and do very well in the search engines and in earnings.
Will a micro site survive from repeat visitors if it got dropped of its search engine position?
I wonder this too.
Generally mini sites only work in niches. For example my 10 page site on web development isnt going to compete with WebmasterWorld.
But niches generally have less reciprical links. For example my 10 page site on how to choose the best olive oil for a meal will not have very many sites linking to it. Certainly not as many as a site with 100,000 custom recipies with video instructions.
Therefore, since a larger sites will have more links to anchor it in the listings, I believe you will be more stable over time.