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I joined the Adsense program back in June 2004. On my first full day I made 90 cents and was delighted. The next day it was over a dollar, and the next almost two. My site was pretty small back then and I hadn't put much thought into ad placement or appearance, although I was pretty conservative in my use of them because I didn't want the site (which is informational/encyclopedia in nature) to look too commercial. Had a visitor spike on Sep 14, 2004, and made over $20 -- my first time into double figures. A couple of weeks later I was a guest on a big radio show and made over $60 in two days -- whoo-hoo! By the beginning of 2005 it was pretty consistently into double-figure dollars every day and by March 2005, with more visitors and better ad placement, was averaging $25 to $30 a day. By the end of 2005 it was over $100 a day. Since then there have been ups and downs, obviously, some seasonal, others unpredictable, and yet others due to minor catastrophes (such as when my site was hacked or my web host was on the blink). But overall, life has been good. For a program that costs me nothing to run and precious little effort in optimization, etc., it's been extraordinary effective. To date, it's earned me close to $300,000 and is making $80K-$90K pa. I work on the site a few hours a day, or whenever I feel like it. Even if it all ends tomorrow, I count myself a lucky guy. My best tip for success -- quality, rich, unique content supported where possible by good images. Also, don't worry about daily or even weekly fluctuations. Month-end and year-end figures are what count.
A few years ago I was making most of my (web) money from affiliate programs with some Adsense income. At some point I would find it increasingly difficult to market product websites so I started developing an informative site. It has grown into a popular resource now and I make good Adsense $$ from it. What I like the most is that I can now focus on providing useful information for my visitors and G takes care of the rest. Let's just hope it will last.
Thanks to "astrobiologist" and other folks who openly discussed their success gave so many tips with Adsense,that many will never disclose(mean-minded?).
I am trying my luck since 7 years,but with mini sites on only one hosting server. Does that affect income? I do not have dedicated hosting that sharing on an easy site as I am not young, but work hard day & night towards success & retirement. How can I as I do not have much know how of HTML/Java, other than simply make small site and add contents. Any valuable advice will be appreciated by me and newbies as well dear astro! & all other exp folks.
Regards, Dr. Altaf
Honestly adsense cares mostly about high earning publishers like most of you here but those who have just started their businesses have to bear the brunt of corporate bullying and Google's partiality.
Had to say it... No thanks from me! A day was there when I spread the G word like everyone else, now whenever I talk I talk with extreme anguish.
Great thread amongst the doom and gloom. My success so far is much more modest - around $1000 per month - but threads like this encourage me to press on.
Astro... has 14000 pages of unique contact. That works out at about 4 new pages per day every day for 10 years - that's quite some output!
I just started testing w adsense and made fifty cents this weekend. Oh how excited I am! After stumbling accross this post I'm honestly encouraged to pursue this as a solid revenue stream.
So happy for all of you who have made it work!
you must have some sweet sites.
I just found this thread, and boy is it encouraging. Would someone be willing to review my website (on my profile) and offer some advice? I have recently been going back through to re-keyword some of the content and adding some new content as well. My traffic is pitiful.
|I joined the Adsense program back in June 2004. . . My site was pretty small back then . . . |
14,000 pages of unique, rich, densely cross-linked content
Let's say a reasonable person would call a site of <500 pages "small".
So, 13,500 pages of "unique, rich, densely cross-linked content" added in 5.5 years since June 2004:
- 13,500 pages/articles
- 5.5 years
- Equals 2454 unique, rich, articles per year
- 6.7 unique rich articles a day, every day
- 1 hour to produce a unique, rich article? 2 hours? 3?
Success stories are inspirational but a clear understanding of what it may take to be successful if often missing in web-based inspirational stories.
7 unique, rich articles a day, every day, every year is not humanly possible for most human beings. Add to that output that you manage to have lots of time for travel, gigging, etc. (Also, no mention of time devoted to "other employment", so gauging the output I assume you're a full time Web publisher.)
I'll assume that, lacking specific evidence to independently judge "uniqueness + richness", that all 13,500 articles/pages are of varying degrees of uniqueness and richness. Assuming a minimum time 1 hour for research, drafts/editing, crafting a good title and having time for crafting inter-article links - to 1000s of unique and rich articles = WOW. That's subject matter genius (exceptional command, required to judge quality/utility) + search/research genius (query skill, fast reading/absorbion/processing) + copy writing/editing skills + superior typing speed.
My hat is off to you for being so consistently productive. I can think of few humans could match your output of unique, rich content, especially in the field of science publishing.
I'm married to a microbiologist with an advanced degree, have a son who's an analytical chemist and I practice law, so I have some idea of the time demands for producing quality technical writing. This publisher's output is beyond extraordinary . . so don't get your hopes up too high. :P
|7 unique, rich articles a day, every day, every year is not humanly possible for most human beings. |
Sites with this kind of output usually accept user submitted articles. No one person can do this alone.
|I remember when I was doing 300 - 500 a day on adsense, I am starting again after stopping for about 4 years |
Why on earth did you stop?
I've seen no mention of user generated content, that is, the site being a forum or somehow otherwise generated by the efforts of outside individuals. The language of the thread - 14,000 pages of unique, rich . . strongly suggested authorship of original content articles, not a forum.
I'm not certain qualified technical writers/scientists would be lining up to submit quality work to a site that pastes a large Adsense box ahead of the fruits of the scientist/author's labor. Possible but, as professional-scientist behavior goes, doubtful. Science authors, submitting to a peer review site? A respected science journal's site, for a fee or for the peer-esteem that attaches to such a publication? Possibly. Perhaps the OP is of such great repute that scientists around the world clamor to have their writings approved and added to his/her site?
A forum or UGC? Frankly, it would be quite something to have such a unique, quality content forum that can "get along with" this approach:
|I work on the site a few hours a day, or whenever I feel like it. |
Again, the success in the case of a forum or other version of UGC site would be extraordinary. A site, such as WebmasterWorld, relies upon the efforts of dozens of volunteer moderators and administrators, plus a paid staff, to uphold any degree of spam-free valuable content. This 1 section of WebmasterWorld alone has 3 moderators and the OP's "site" apparently has an equal number of specialty sections. There is no mention of the efforts of volunteer moderators, etc.
My point is, whatever the site actually is, the results by any measure I can infer might apply are beyond exceptional. Kudos to the OP. Such genius is rare. My praise is almost as great as my envy for this degree of talent and genius. Even with my best efforts, and the help of several others, I wouldn't be able to replicate his/her success. The OP's success is the stuff of legend.
All the more remarkable is this factoid, in the OP's historical posting record:
|I had a bad Friday mainly because I have a single .info site [webmasterworld.com] which was laid low by what seems like a (thankly short-lived) google glitch which affected .infos and blogspots. |
$80K-$90,000/year derived off a single .info site?
We have now moved into a realm beyond legend and into the pantheon of Web publishing deities. Now I am inspired. Thank you astrobiologist.
People's fortunes can change Webwork ;)
I don't know how the OP actually built his site, but...
sitting in front of a keyboard pecking out page after page isn't the only way to build a site full of decent quality content.
Building 14,000 pages of reasonable, even high quality content over several years doesn't seem at all unreasonable to me.
|All the more remarkable is this factoid, in the OP's historical posting record: I had a bad Friday mainly because I have a single .info site which was laid low by what seems like a (thankly short-lived) google glitch which affected .infos and blogspots. |
That was a one or two day glitch in Google which I think dropped every single .info and blogspot site in their index and freaked out many web publishers across the Internet.
|My point is, whatever the site actually is, the results by any measure I can infer might apply are beyond exceptional. |
I was wondering how the OP got all of those pages as well with working so little hours on his site. Are they images? Pre-existing catalogued data pages?
The site actually doesn't make much per page per day. The only thing exceptional is the number of pages which is why the total income is decent. If you have a site that averages a dollar a day per page you can make the same income with a tiny fraction of the pages the OP has in his site.
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