| 10:05 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|The work may be hard, but the reward will come! |
Keep on going!
If you are creating evergreen content you might be able to look forward to months or years of continued income from pages you build today.
So spending a few hours today could pay off nicely in the long run.
If you make even a dime a day in earnings per article, and that goes on for years, the dime begins to look pretty good, as does writing more articles.
| 10:23 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
That dime-per-article principle you mentioned is actually a very nice metric for the profitability of a site. Thanks for that!
| 10:46 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
as kenb stated, pages can continue to earn income for years to come
as you know, quality IBLs also come naturally with quality content, boosting the pages you created and published before, to further increase their traffic and revenue.
keep up the good work, sometimes the fast buck is not the most profitable!
| 11:12 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|That dime-per-article principle you mentioned is actually a very nice metric for the profitability of a site. Thanks for that! |
It's pretty easy to calculate your own metric--though I'd use pages, not articles, because pages are easier to count. Just take your daily, monthly, or annual earnings from the site and divide by your number of pages.
Knowing your site's average RPM (revenue per 1,000 impressions--from all sources, not just from AdSense) is also useful when making projections or concocting "what if" scenarios.
| 11:12 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
| 11:27 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)|
s_j, so far my eggs are all in the adsense basket. I do make some income off affiliate links, but it's negligible. One step at a time; I know from own experience that starting one project will lead to one finished project, whilst starting a million projects will lead to a million scraps of nothing. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to affiliate marketing. Diversification is definately in my grand scheme o' things, but for now the focus is on making $50/day on adsense.
| 1:44 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|If you are creating evergreen content you might be able to look forward to months or years of continued income from pages you build today. |
I think that's a good point that is often overlooked.
If you work one hour at a $10/hr job, you earn $10. You don't earn another $10 unless you work another hour.
Often, with AdSense, if you work one hour you continue to get paid "residuals" from that one hour's work - it keeps going and going - like the pink rabbit.
| 2:02 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I've got articles from 5 to 10 years ago that earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.
"Evergreen" content is the gift that keeps on giving, if you update it as needed. It's a small-scale version of owning the rights to the Nancy Drew book series or the "Friends" TV show.
| 3:07 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|If you are creating evergreen content you might be able to look forward to months or years of continued income from pages you build today |
Ken, you know enough about me personally. Your comments are totally spot on - to an extent!
As you possibly/probably know I've not written anything new, long before AdSense was even invented. I only got into affiliate programmes to "hopefully" re-cover the costs of an ever increasing bandwidth. That was back around 2000. I either had to earn some "money" or close down my informative sites.
AdSense accidently came along, I made more in the very first hour [this is true] which you could miracoulously track back then, almost real time [a first] than I made with Amazon, et al, in a month.
Even if AdSense died tomorrow I would still be a million miles in front.
I've "NEVER" had a site devoted to making money, if I did, I expect my "peer group" would crucify me. Earning money to cover costs is one thing, earning large sums by accident is entirely fortuitous among my peer group. Devoting your sites as money earners is totally beyond the pale.
Last time I checked, a friend of mine had nearly 200+ valuable lectures on the internet. Each page as wxyz.txt files.
Yep, plain old vanilla text files they render, and curiously, defying SEO were rated very highly. No title, no description, no keywords etc. just millions of links back.
He simply dumped onto his "free" server as part of his account, a lifetime of lectures etc. he had written and had ultimately put onto his Mac around 1990 [I think] as a "record" to print out again and again.
He really could have made billions.
I can remember "begging" him as far back as 1998 to let me optimise his pages [not for monetary gain which was scarce back then] but to get a well deserved higher profile in Alta Vista, Lycos whatever where he deserved every inch of relevancy. Just let me convert to HTML <title> etc. etc. Total indifference, maybe Professors pensions were much larger than I imagined.
Google came along as Yahoo's SE and it exploded. Like myself, he was faced with ever increasing BW costs.
To me, the theory of carefully crafted SEO pages out perform anything else is BS. He was in those days the "Wikipedia" of our genre.
I can't locate links to those pages because of a HD crash in 2002 and so much lost information. I don't even know if he is still alive, if his site still exists.
One of the hazards of my sites is that "authorative" links back to my sites die with their owners. We're in that age group.
|If you are creating evergreen content |
To me that's the answer. Content.
| 3:22 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|Often, with AdSense, if you work one hour you continue to get paid "residuals" from that one hour's work - it keeps going and going - like the pink rabbit |
When AdSense first started and, I was around 5 days late getting on board. Later looking at my stats for the first few days later, I used to go to bed at night feeling guilty of this incessant "taxi meter" ticking over money.
Up until then my best earner had been Amazon where I covered my costs plus a little bit over to give me those little luxuries in retirement each quarter.
Later the figures became obscene, not so much now of course, yet enough to almost reduce my Govt. pension down to the point I lose a lot of valuable benefits.
All because of good content I had written some four year before.
| 8:41 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)|
| 12:12 pm on Dec 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Well done! I do agree about the importance
of long-term rewards rather than seeking
quick profits. Also the need for quality
| 1:46 pm on Dec 14, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Its 100% true.Adsense is a long term process.Instant income never a goo choice
| 5:30 pm on Dec 14, 2008 (gmt 0)|
As I grow my site(s) by adding content, I see two trends:
1. My traffic goes up slowly
2. My income from these sites climbs slowly
3. Inbound links grow slowly to the sites
Long story short, focusing most of your time on building useful sites/services does really pay off if done right. But keep in mind there are more wrong ways of doing it than right ways... So not everyone is the world is able to do it successfully...
| 6:52 pm on Dec 14, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|But keep in mind there are more wrong ways of doing it than right ways |
I'd be curious to know a few of those wrong ways you had in mind.