| 1:20 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
is like a great scoreboard
except this one pays money
| 1:38 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
maybe i should get one of those displays like in the casinos that show an ever incrementing cash amount which is supposedely how much money you can win. Calculate the average of how much you've made per second in the past, and then have the digits go up at that rate. Put it on top of your computer monitor or up high somewhere in your living room - gives you a nice estimate(albeit not fully correct of course) that you can keep track of when you're watching tv or cuddling with your significant other. Your friends and visitors can then ask "what's that ever incrementing number display?"
oy! One day....
| 4:23 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Almost as nice as breaking through the $10/day barrier is finally rising above the noise. With increased activity and meaningful statistics, I feel empowered.
| 6:56 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
rfung: This is an interesting exercise.
Or in your case "What I've earned so far this month".
LOL, I might write that, just for the hell of it.
| 7:23 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
this is totally off topic (like 90% of this thread so far:)) - but I'm still working for my former boss as a favor, doing some websites because they're swamped when I left (and I 'returned' there because I was so bored at home...humans, never satisfied, are they?:)). But I have to say my motivation is really not there.
I go to the office so I can focus more on the work that I've agreed to complete, and all I do is come here and post, or check my stats, or chat online with some fellow WebmasterWorld'ers :) (btw, AIM: zooks76, feel free to say hi).
I've signed up with the Supporter's forum - and I've started scanning the past messages - there's some gold there that's worth every penny of the subscription (and that's not available here in the public forums) , but it may not be something you can fully digest if you're not at the point where it 'makes sense'.
| 9:35 pm on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Yesterday was pretty good , a $260 spike :D But this is just a one time spike I suppose (at least for this month.)
I think I'll pass the $5000 mark this month.
| 10:02 pm on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The spike I've been getting for the past week made me think I could break $8k....
I'd buy a round for everyone ;)
but it seems the party's over. Back to reality. I'm right on y'er tail though! :)
| 2:25 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Congratulations rfung! This is a most enlightening thread. Because mail order was such hard work, I started buying sites that make money through Adsense, affiliate programs, and text links a few months ago. Now after buying over 60 sites later, that part of the business is pulling in over $200 a day but it will take several months before I recoup my costs. That is provided that nothing untoward happens between now and then.
What I found was that this strategy was anything other than risk free. One lyrics site I bought for $6000 experienced a collapse in traffic after the Feb Google update. I have only managed to recoup $2800. Another site I bought was a complete scam and was a total write off. I can make the following observations after my buying spree.
1. The threat of a sudden collapse in traffic due to a change in Google's algo is very real. Be it due to duplicate content filters or link penalties. In many cases, the traffic just collapsed for no apparent reason.
2. To counter this, you should not rely on any single site.
3. Selling physical or downloadable products are actually more stable than making money through affiliate or Adsense. The reason is that if traffic from Google collapses. There is always traffic from advertising. Whereas if you were an affiliate, you may not have the suitable margin to pay for advertising.
4. Sites that can generate recurrent traffic on its own without search engines are more stable e.g. forums.
Having said that, if I have a site like movingonup that made $3000 a day for several months, I wouldn't mind if earnings completely collapased afterwards
| 3:33 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|Having said that, if I have a site like movingonup that made $3000 a day for several months, I wouldn't mind if earnings completely collapased afterwards |
That is insane, of course any logical person would be upset. Why be happy with 3 months of $3k/day when you could have 12 month, 24 months, etc...
| 4:59 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I would prefer to make a million within a few months rather than to make it in 10 years. I think most lottery winners opt to take a reduced lump sum rather than a monthly payment over 10-15 years.
It is not that I would be happy if the traffic collapsed (Of course I wouldn't). It is just that I would have made so much money already that it wouldn't matter that much.
| 5:17 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
There's a huge difference in taxes between earning $1,000,000 in a year compared to earning it spread out over several years. Also, most people who get a large amount of money in a short period of time (like lottery winners) have a hard time managing it.
I'll take a steady income stream any day over some short term spikes.
| 5:28 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|I think most lottery winners opt to take a reduced lump sum rather than a monthly payment over 10-15 years. |
yeah I use lottery players for my financial advice too
| 5:52 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I haven't looked at the numbers (I haven't won lately), but isn't the lump-sum the present value of the future cashflow?
If the winner thinks he can manage the $ better than the discount rate, then it's logical that he should accept the lump sum.
If not, then he ought to take the yearly payments.
I'm still struggling to break $1 a day, so posting in this thread is pure fantasy for me.
| 11:15 pm on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|I'm still struggling to break $1 a day, so posting in this thread is pure fantasy for me. |
Do you have enough traffic but you're just not converting, or not enough traffic yet?
| 4:46 pm on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Err.. Usually, if you opt for the lump-sum, you get about half of the actual amount.
| 10:18 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Wow, what an uplifiting thread. I've just launched a site with the Google adwords program - and was seriously having doubts about it. In its origins my site was to provide an "image-service" and earn its keep through site subscriptions, but I ended up trashing that idea as as far as online payment the web just isn't there yet. I chose instead to try to draw a large a visitor audience as possible and pay my time by exposing them to ads - and here I see that it's possible. Woohoo! Thanks.
I would like to know more about the "datafeed" thingy - I haven't a clue what it is.
| 2:19 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)|
This is an interesting thread. My site is education related which is notorious for low $ per click. Has anyone had success with this type of site?
| 10:09 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I also have an education-related site which I started with no intention of making money. But after finding this forum somehow and starting to read through the threads, little dollar signs started to move in front of my eyes. I tried Adsense, but no success because of the non-profitable niche. I currently get little over 400 unique visitors and mid XX clicks per day, but this amounts to low X dollars per day. I should start a thread titled "quest to a steady 10$ per day" - which seems very hard to reach with this site. Anyway, it is fun to try.
| 4:51 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)|
i have a college related site with a forum. It wasn't a good fit with Adsense. It barely made a few dollars a day, so I took the ads down. I'd rather have the site clean without the ads than a few dollars a day... It wasn't meant to be a commercial site anyway.
| 6:10 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Rfung, how do you get traffic to your sites? Do you put them up, submit to one directory and then you're done? Or do you spend a part of each day submitting to directories, etc?
| 4:15 am on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Okay, I've been trying to read this entire thread and just can't wait any longer to post something.
I'm a noob who knows a little html and php. I'm laying out a decent informational site that is based on high dollar keywords. So, there's probably a lot of competition. I'm very knowledgable in the subject matter and was able to write about 20,000 words on the topic, which I figure will convert nicely to a 100-page site.
I've been reading the posts by Tabke and others about putting up high-quality content. I hope to monetize the site based on Adsense at first, then learn about affiliate programs from there.
...and that's really about it. I've never put a site up before and have no idea what you guys are talking about half the time. But I really appreciate all the information you folks are putting up on these boards.
Thanks and I'll keep you posted on my progress. In the meantime, if anyone wants to suggest how I might gen some traffic to my new site, feel free!
| 4:46 am on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|just quick question for everyone regarding this... if you did do a research what is a typical high-paying keyword? $1, $2 or is like in the $10 range or higher? |
The main keyword that I decided to write about has a high bid on Overture of about $15. Related keywords range from there down to $7. When I started looking at keywords related to other topics, I was surprised to learn that they were all <$1. Yes, I really am that much of a newbie.
Anyway, based on that little bit of research, I consider my keywords to be high dollar. I have no idea how to assess the competition other than running searches on Google and seeing how many millions of SERPs I get, along with Adwords ads.
Based on the boards I've read on this site, I'm hoping in the back of my head to have 10,000 to 15,000 visitors/month after a year or so, with a click-through of 1%. I suppose my cost-per-click will average in the <$1 range, and that I'll occasionally get a few of those high-dollar clicks. I'm doing this in my spare time when I'm not with my family or slaving away at my day job.
Do these expectations sound reasonable, folks, or do I need a reality check?
| 6:09 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I woe you a lot of thanks for all your info on WW.I am doing some datafeed based AM websites.
Just curious what kinda traffic are you getting in your main website and the amazon one..would you mind sharing that.
| 6:29 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
about 7000 impressions in adsense, if it helps any.
my ctr is also fairly high, in the low double digits.
| 8:16 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
rfung is that for all websites or is it only for your no.1 website? I just reached 1000 impressions a couple of days ago, and a lot of it is because of my own adwords campaign.
Since it's a numbers game, with this method, I'm betting that a certain % of visitors clicks on adsense and a certain % of visitors clicks on my affiliate links, adsense will hopefully pay for a certain percentage of the cost and then the affiliate sales will compensate for the rest, it seems like the possibility of me succeeding is slightly better than failing as long as I keep close watch on the numbers. :) Has anyone used this method and have good success with it? how scalable if you mind telling your us conversions etc, no need for specific industry, products nor numbers, just want to know about the concept.
| 8:53 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)|
the truth is that some channels perform at 15%, while some other channels on the same site perform at 2% :)
This is for my main site - my other sites are around 8% or so, with the same distribution as the above.
| 3:16 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Rfung , how did you managed to get through G's Sandbox.
Were all your domains registered b'fore 2004-march.
| 3:42 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
nop. I've been asked this question quite a few times - what exactly is your definition of sandbox? I bought a domain 3 weeks ago and its been fully indexed and I've been getting google referrals.
Similar thing to a new site i put up wednesday last week.
all I had to do was to link them from some higher PR sites.
Now my sites still have 0/blank pr, so if that's what you mean by sandbox, then yeah Im still in it. If it's about getting traffic from G, then no.
| 3:44 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
But are you showing for any competitive terms. Generally the sandbox won't care about terms that aren't searched a lot. But something like viagra, link that from webmd's homepage and I bet you'll still be sandboxed.
| 4:09 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Good thing then Im not targetting highly competitive keywords :)
now which one is a better proposition? get low key keywords right now, or wait to slug it out over competitive keywords?
| 4:21 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks Rfung.I am into quite a competitive target so I am thinking of tapping yahoo and MSN traffic while waiting for the big G.May be I gotta start hunting for comparitively less competetive niche..