I am completely new to this and know absolutely nothing about web development or internet marketing but would like to setup several sites offering good content on closely related subjects that I feel I have good first hand knowledge on. My aim is to monetise them and hopefully provide myself with a passive income at some point, however small. I'm already thinking about how my sites will link to each other and how the subject matter of each site will complement exisiting ecommerce sites to facilitate traffic and revenue in the form of affiliation, click throughs etc.
I guess my question is can good money still be made from this type of busness model and can anyone offer any advice on where to get started? I appreciate my question is ridiculously broad but I guess I have to start somewhere and am looking for general advice or pointers that anyone can offer someone like myself who is starting from scratch. Also is Wordpress a good program to use for a general informative website and is it good for future expansion, SEO etc? My sites won't specifically be blog based.