hannamyluv - 1:49 pm on Aug 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
1. When have you started and when did you realize that you can make a living out of Google Adsense.
Yes, because I knew people who were (mostly from here). But to be honest, I did not think this site would be the one to do it for me. The niche is rather saturated and I thought it would just be fun to maintain a site on it.
2. Do you still update your current content (improving it), Do you add content on a regular basis?
Yes and yes. Never stop adding content. There is always more you can write about. Way back when I first started working on my site, I thought that we would eventually run out of things to write about. But today, our to-do list is so long, I am not sure we will even finish that - and we add even more to the to-do list daily. Once you wrap your head around the sheer amount of information the world wants to consume daily, you can begin to see that no matter what your niche is, you can always write more.
We go back and improve content as well. In the beginning I was not as, um, stringent about the quality of my writers as I am now. So when we come across an old article that could be better it gets flagged to either be re-written or to be added to.
3. Isn't it be better to have one and only website, which is easy to control and develop than many.
There are varying opinions on that and both sides have valid points (one site vs. many). I think you have to do what works best for you. Like I said, what I do may not work for everyone.
4. Are you still depended on Google organic search (will you survive if G drop your traffic to zero)?
For the business to stay as it is, I am. But if I lost the G traffic completely, the business would survive. I would just be back to doing it all myself.
***apparently, the post I responded to below was removed - I will behave, martinibuster - I promise. ;)***
but can anyone tell me what we are supposed to rely on if we can no longer rely on search?
In a way, you are right. It is really hard to have any kind of internet business that does not rely heavily on Google. But, I think we are entering an era where that is not as true. I am aware of a few sites that were banned from Google (for good reasons) and now still make a good income from purely social media traffic. I think that is where you will see your scrappers and scammers more and more.
You can copy a site and it won't do well in a search engine, but that does not mean you can't promote the hell out of it on Twitter or Facebook. It is like the old days of search engines when it was easy to cheat and everybody did. Social media has been making it easy again and I doubt social media has nearly as much incentive as the search engines did to put a stop to it.
hannamyluv's perspective matches google rhetoric so closely she sounds like a google shill
I suppose in a way I am their shill. After all, they do sign my paychecks. :D But you can believe me or not. Does not affect what I do.