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My first 1000 dollar month
fatpeter




msg:3351823
 4:47 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I used to be an addictive checker of my adsense account but this month I haven't been looking so frequently. I'm sure I'm a tiddler by comparison but so far this month I'm at US$983.26 ..... over 200$ better than my best ever month. Out of interest I looked back to the start of my account on the 14th August 2003 $1.16 and then I looked how long it took me to make my first $1000 .... a mere 279 days :)

Next target is $100 a day :)

Thanks to everyone who posts here. Everything I know I learned here!

 

Deusdies




msg:3351826
 4:52 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Good for you! I still earn about 0.50 - 0.80$ per day :(

The good sign is that I earned nothing 10 days before :) or maybe 0.01 - 0.20$ per day... :)

[edited by: jatar_k at 4:57 pm (utc) on May 28, 2007]
[edit reason] no emails thanks [/edit]

Hobbs




msg:3351827
 4:55 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Congratulations fatpeter,
It is a very big deal indeed no matter who else makes what, what matters is that it makes YOU happy and proud, the result of your hard work.
$100 a day is not too far, and trust me, when you are there, you will have much higher targets in mind, so enjoy today and be proud.

iwannano1




msg:3351848
 5:14 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Congratulations fatpeter

I know the feelings very well :)

fatpeter




msg:3351856
 5:23 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys.

What makes it even better is that about a year ago I wasn't going anywhere with it. I was spending too much time trying to find lazy ways to succeed. As soon as I gave up that direction, put a bit of work in and did something useful things started to work for me! who would have figured it? :)

youfoundjake




msg:3351860
 5:28 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

fatpeter,
good to hear your success with adsense.
would you mind sharing with us some of the things that you did?
I see that you mentioned you were 200 dollars more then you last record, did you do anything that helped boost the extra revenue?
On a side note, we should start seeing some threads about the summer slump since people will be spending more time outside, so lets all take that into consideration.
But regardless of that, again congrats on the first $1000 a month, hope there are many more.

fatpeter




msg:3351879
 5:48 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

"would you mind sharing with us some of the things that you did? "

About 6 months ago I felt like I was flogging a dead horse..my traffic was increasing slowly but earnings never seemed to increase. I think that basically I was sending low quality traffic and this was recognisable. Basically the new traffic I was gaining was not really related to my theme... I was succeeding in getting unrelated traffic but it wasn't doing me any good.

My sites (2) were very low tech... no user inputted content. I spent a few weeks looking for a suitable script to modify and then spent a hard 6 weeks putting together a site very similiar to one I already had. I launched it in December and it took less than 6 weeks to overtake the traffic on my other site. In the space of 4 months it collected about 2000 one way links (most worthless)

1 thing worth noting...the domain for the new site had content on it for 3 years so it wasn't new!

I achieved in 2 months what it took me 3 years to do with the other site. I was stunned and spent a few weeks scratching my head... then I spent another 4 weeks modernising the old site with the same script and after about 10 hours of working on my htaccess and 301.ing that site is starting to produce similiar results now.

Pageviews per visitor were 2.1 now they are 7.9
which suggests to me that my sites were not exactly catching the interest of the surfing public :)

I have now entered the world of trying to get users to supply my content and I love it!

dollarshort




msg:3352091
 12:54 am on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

its good to be on the upswing, enjoy while it lasts.

kool002




msg:3352144
 2:38 am on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

"
I spent a few weeks looking for a suitable script to modify
"
Can you please share what scripts did you used?

fatpeter




msg:3352306
 9:19 am on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Can you please share what scripts did you used?"

No problem... I spent a long time looking and eventually settled on

2 copies of Gossamer LinksSQL heavily modified. My skills were very weak so I had a lot to learn and it took me a long time but they were very helpful.

FrostyMug




msg:3352433
 1:10 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

congrats!

very similar to you, it took me 8 months to go from $5/month to $1,000/month. But I didn't modify the site to reach the goal, I just keep adding content. I've been stuck around $1,000 - rising and falling, for a while now. I have one site and I think it could do twice the revenue. I add content, but everything on my site is static, there's no user input or interaction. I too feel the way you did - my personal favorite sites are all about visitor to visitor discussions on page subjects. Currently, my repeat traffic is less than 5% - all other traffic is natural SERPS.

Thanks for posting, this will help me move in the right direction. I looked at LinksSQL, did you purchase the package? I don't want to add a forum to the site, I want meaningful discussion (reviews) on the subjects, but with the least amount of moderating. If you can offer more info on this, please do. One thing that I like is having a reviews section in a pop-up page - that way, all comments are off the main page but this still allows for discussion.

kool002




msg:3353154
 6:48 am on May 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

FrostyMug,
How many pages of content did you create to earn that much.

Thanks

FrostyMug




msg:3354107
 2:57 am on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

kool:

about 300-400 pages. each page is at least 1,000 words. I have sections that make more, some make less. SERPs traffic is steady (except for Google hiccups). I get about 3,000 to 4,000 uniques a day. Average page view of only 1.5-2 pages / visit. 95% new traffic / 5% repeat. I think OP's strategy will work for me: it will increase page views and repeat traffic.

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