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I am without a doubt the top individual adsense publisher in terms of pageviews. Me talking about how I did it won't help you, but here is what i found you need to be successful in adsense.
1. Get a database of IP's so you know where your traffic is coming from. Then create channels for each country. Its not uncommon to see US traffic with a CPM of $5.00 and a CDN traffic at 20 cents and vice versa. If you have access to the hints option, give different hints based on IP. ie if your page is about 401k plans, that won't get you anything outside of the USA.
2. You have to create sites that will bring in repeat traffic. If you think you will get rich off SEO think again. If you create a Free jobs site you could net 30 million + a year if you got big. Club listings site, free religious personals etc would all be big money makers. Look for established markets and offer a service for free and support it with adsense.
3. Have your users create content and lots of it. User reviews of night clubs, Resorts, golf courses etc. Build your site around your users and make them part of your site, don't build your site for consumption.
4. Do not enter markets with a lot of competition monitized via adsense. Try and undercut paid content markets by offering a free service, or better yet create your own market.
5. Keep your site dead simple, it has to load fast and have no more then 2 ads and 1 or 2 pictures other then your logo. Do not confuse your user, give them what they want and give it to them fast.
6. Troll around various forums and if people are not talking about your market, there is a good chance you will make money.
Hope you don't mind sharing the following :-
1. how do you let visitors create content? What scripts do you use?
2. how do you research niche markets besides snooping around in forums?
3. how many sites do you think one need in order to earn, say, $50k a month?
4. I know most of your traffic is viral but how do you start it off?
Thanks again :)
i'm one of those serving content with no visitor involvement, all generated by me and heavily dependent on SEO. I can plainly see how your model will net so much more revenue and in the end be that much more self-sufficient. I'm currently brainstorming a new idea, this gives me a few things to add to the list.
I have a question: who developed the database/backend for your site(s)? A free product or did you pay for setup?
As for pageviews, there are only 60 to 100 sites in north america with more pageviews, and none of them are run by only 1 person.
Is this ranking via Alexa? lol.
In any case, congrats on the mill. what did you gross? with that many pageviews, and all of it dynamic(seemingly) content, you gotta be paying a pretty penny for infrastructure and development, no? Netting out a Mill after those expenses is truely impressive.
>I am without a doubt the top individual adsense publisher in terms of pageviews.
Maybe.....but, I don't think that is an achievement. A pageview is a cost, don't convert and you are a loser!
I believe you made a $million in 3 months, but, how much could you have made by being the best converter of traffic to those pages?
I believe markus007 is making very good money from Adsence, what I would like to do is give him 6 months and then here back as to how converting traffic is the most critical thing!
Traffic is step #1, conversion is step #2, then for #3 we have to play with psychology ;)
To anyone reading this thread, it ain't easy, even though this makes it appear to be ;-)
I'm sure there's been months and months of late nights, long days and hard work. You also need a lot of luck thrown in - things just working out as intended or hoped.
But it does go to show what you can achieve with a creative mind, high quality content and a great ability to market your website.
So, in summary, users can find in his sites free services that are usually paid elsewhere, and they get them in a simple and fast way, and targeted to their locations, with lots of user feedback.
This seems to confirm the often quoted #1 Google's advice [google.com]:
1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
The thought provoked in me, though, is "what do I want to do?". Assuming I could come up with ideas that could take me down a mega-earning path, do I really want to go down it. It sounds as if Markus is enjoying the work he is enjoying, but would I?
For me, the answer is probably no. Actually, I want to write and publish content, and do other things related to that. I'd prefer to avoid technical matters, having to worry about database performance, server distribution and all that. And pursuing the content route I can make 'enough' money to support my lifestyle - perhaps it is buttons by comparison iwth others, and I'll never own a Ferrari, but that's not important to my personal happiness.
Having said that, there are some lessons from Markus' guidelines that I may be able to use as I pursue the content-writing route. So, thanks for sharing the insights.