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But just how hard is it?
I had no intention of making money when I started, but when I discovered I could, it was like a bunch of lights went on.
I'm seeing a stalling effect now, though. I think I've tinkered and gotten backlinks about as far as I can go on those two sites. So I'm building more sites.
I find that Adsense is, for me, better than Yahoo, because it has more ad inventory. My largest site is on an obscure hobby that has quite a few related ads on G, but none on Y.
My advice on which one to use would be based on which one seems to have the best inventory in that topic.
Use Chitika or YPN.
Adsense are having problems with their targeting and it will be 10x easier to earn $30 with a different company.
While chitika targetting is great because you have total control over it, in my experience Adsense targetting is about 5 kajillion times better than YPN.
I think telling someone to use YPN over Adsense for targetting is not good advice except for some segments where Yahoo! actually has ad inventory.
--be careful about buying an existing domain. You can buy a domain that has been banned by AdSense, not discover this until it's too late, and end up not only being unable to use AdSense on that domain, but being banned yourself for association with a previously banned site! But don't believe me, browse for the threads about this.
--although some have done better on Yahoo or Chitika than on AdSense, AdSense is probably better to try first, because compared to Yahoo the targeting is more accurate and there are more ads, and compared to Chitika it's less work to set up. Also, you've probably read posts complaining about "smart pricing" at AdSense. Chitika recently made some changes that amount to setting up a crude version of smart pricing, and Yahoo has admitted that something that sounds a LOT like smart pricing is coming in the future, though they won't call it that. Again, don't believe me, read the old threads.
I installed adsense in the morning and I left! when I came back at midnight, I checked my earning... My site had been online for 3 days, which means it wasn't that popular... I expected to see maximum $2 in todays earnings and guess what! It was 82$ :) NOT A JOKE!
the sad story is that in about 3 months the income had been dropping in an abnormal way! from 82$ to 5$...
And I woke up one day and found out that google has disabled my account (invalid clicks... I didn't know from where those invalid clicks came from... probably from hell :( )! It was the worst day ever! I didn't even did well in my exams that day :P
Now I'm waiting for the Yahoo! publisher program... It's still beta as you know and I'm not in the US so I can't get the payments...
So sad... isn't it?
im now 1 year 24 hours 7 day's a week behind my computer, i dont know what im doing but not earning money.
my highest a day was something arround 18$ , today im on 50%
anyway.. we are not stupid if you cant do it for yourself try to sell your knowlegde...... i dont know how haha
happy christmas, enjoy your turkey; woodenshoos from holland
Just to let you all know, I just put my first site live about a 1.5-2 weeks ago and put adsense on it today. (I almost had a heart attack since only a few hours after I put it on there I got a click, wooohooo, lol).
I also (thanks to all the people on this site with all their tips) am on the first page on msn for my keywords... already. It took them about a week to index me and I am still waiting for Y! and Google.
So I am on the road with all of you and hopefully I will soon have some storys to tell with you all :)
Very easy to achieve.
$1k to $2k per day should be your goal!
Search engines are great.....they actually tell you of the markets you should target. It is all about the markets!
My target is 2K per day from search engines (Adsense and the like), 4K per day from affiliate marketing, and 3K per day from client SEO.
I specialize in a seasonal market(Jan to Nov), so I fail to achieve these goals after Thanksgiving and before New Years (hence I waste my time on Webmaster & vacations