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4:57 am on May 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, i finally hit that 'magic' number - today for the first time i broke the $100/day barrier - actually, as of 9:50pm, i'm at $113!

I've been ranging between $40-$70/day for the last few weeks, with two $80+ days.. My trend in traffic has been doubling every 2 weeks or so. Beginning a few days ago my traffic took a another big jump when Google raised me in the SERPS for a few key terms - now i'm getting 2,500 - 3,000 uniques per day.

As i've posted before, my site is 'tech' related, and i'm getting a large percentage of my earnings from Firefox referrals. (in case anyone asks)

My only problem now is that each day when my traffic and earnings get higher and higher, i get more and more nervous that i'll set off some AdSense alarm at Google for getting too much traffic & earnings too fast ((from April to May earnings up over 10X)), or something, and i'll get "THE" email.. Ohh.. my stomach hurts!

5:06 am on May 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Congratulations.
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congratulations. i wouldnt worry if you are playing by the rules. im a newbie here, record day was almost $6. im gaining steam evry day though.
5:12 am on May 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Congrats Tearabyte. Very inspiring and thanks for posting the interesting details too.
5:32 am on May 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tearabite,

Firstly congratulations. Secondly, can you share with us what efforts you put in to get to this markmin such a short time?

Eg, estimate of how many backlinks, any cpc campaign? and how many webpages in all your domain. And your SERP in google is top 10? 20? 50? 100?

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"can you share with us what efforts you put in to get to this markmin such a short time?

Eg, estimate of how many backlinks, any cpc campaign? and how many webpages in all your domain. And your SERP in google is top 10? 20? 50? 100? "

Uhhh....

Backlinks: a hundred or more from low PR sites, dozens from PR2-4,several from PR5, and one from a PR6 site.

CPC? no.. tried that in the beginning - it was $$ down a hole..

about 150 pages in my main site and 150 or so in the related blog. But, it should be noted, 95% of my traffic goes to only 5 pages. I'm working now to get traffic up on the remaining pages.

SERPS are 1-5 in MSN (but very little traffic), and in Google i'm in the top 5 for a few popular terms, and a few #1's for less popular ones..

There are a few other 'secrets' of my SEO that i'm withholding until i prove to myself if they work or not. I've just started a 2nd site (went online TODAY) in a totally different niche. I'm going to apply my 'secret sauce SEO' and see if it works, or if it was just beginners luck.. if it DOES work, i'll be selling my e-book with the recipe in about 6 months..

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How old is the site?
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$100 a day on 2500/3000 uniques is very good. I am not sure what your page impressions are but you must have a decent earnings per click or a very good CTR, or both.
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>if it DOES work, i'll be selling my e-book with the recipe in about 6 months..

I will be first in the queue to buy it. Please start collecting customers now and put me at the top of it :-)

although I agree for "raw" information, before ebook is published :-) I need just info

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How old is the site
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Went online Jan of this year

I am not sure what your page impressions are but you must have a decent earnings per click or a very good CTR, or both.

3,200 uniques yesterday, with about 3,100 page impressions (not all pages have ads). about 3.2 pageviews per visitor.. The BULK (about 3/4) of my earnings are from FF referals, which pay farrrr more than your average click. If google ever dumps the FF referral program, i'd be down to $30 days (which still isnt that bad)..
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Backlinks: a hundred or more from low PR sites, dozens from PR2-4,several from PR5, and one from a PR6 site.

Impressive ... 120+ backlinks in less than 6 months (based on your numbers there). What was your secret there? Just emailing anyone and everyone that you could find and asking for a link? Or was your content/site so hot that all those sites voluntarily started linking to you?

Congrats on your successes!

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The BULK (about 3/4) of my earnings are from FF referals,

You must be the #1 promoter of FF!

This is amazing considering your visitor level.

Congratulations.

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Congrats!

$100/day in 5 months is more than many people make after 4 years of college!

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Tearabite, how did you manage to earn such an impressive amount of money off FF referrals? Tell us ,if it's not a secret :)
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Congratulations!

Do you mind sharing whether you were using text or banners? And if the latter, did you experimented with different sizes?

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My only problem now is that each day when my traffic and earnings get higher and higher, i get more and more nervous that i'll set off some AdSense alarm at Google for getting too much traffic & earnings too fast ((from April to May earnings up over 10X)), or something, and i'll get "THE" email.. Ohh.. my stomach hurts!

My traffic and earnings also grew rapidly I actually jumped to over 5 times the traffic and earnings that you are seeing with no problems. I wouldn't be to concerned about triggering any alarms. Just enjoy it while you can. Save for rainy days. As long as you are following the TOS and are doing it the right way you shouldn't have to worry. Past experience over the last few years says that Google will notify you of any problems and allow you to correct them.

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As long as you are following the TOS and are doing it the right way you shouldn't have to worry. Past experience over the last few years says that Google will notify you of any problems and allow you to correct them.

Thanks Smitty.. maybe tonight my stomach will stop hurting and i'll be able to get some sleep!

Do you mind sharing whether you were using text or banners?

I tried banner ads a while back, when i was getting around 100 uniques per day because I could not get any good ads on the site - They didnt do me any good, so i removed them.. I also tried affiliate click-banner ads, and they got me 0 - so for my main traffic-drawing page I have no ads, and only the FF referral. I then have links off that page to pages of more specific subjects that get much better ad-targeting.
On the pages that have ads, i generally have a 468 or 720 across the top.. some text, a 468 across the middle, sometimes another 468 at the bottom, and then a 468 link unit at the bottom of each page.

how did you manage to earn such an impressive amount of money off FF referrals

I think the secret there is that the people coming to my high-traffic pages have a 'need' to use Firefox. The pages point that out, talk about how great firefox is. the referral buttons are framed with a different background color, and have a quote from the page above them, like "..firefox is great because..blah.." (per my email to AdSense support, they confirmed this does not count as "drawing unusual attention" - NOWHERE does it say click here, or download or anything like that.

You must be the #1 promoter of FF!

Hehe.. i doubt that 75-80 FF referrals is that many to google.. I've seen entire sites built around pushing FF referals that rank very high in Google.. i'm sure they're getting 100's if not 1000's per day..
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I've seen entire sites built around pushing FF referals that rank very high in Google.. i'm sure they're getting 100's if not 1000's per day..

You're "sure"?

I'm not doubting your honesty since you have admitted that without the FF referrals your earnings would drop enormously.

No one else at WebmasterWorld has had, insofar as I have seen posted, had anywhere near your success and as for sites "pushing" FF, well, yeah, you can try and push anything however if the audience hasn't a clue what it is, then ...phutttt...

Nevertheless, you seem to be doing ok for the moment...are you waiting for the new MSIE? :-)))

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i'm not worried much about about the new IE7..yet..

I think the whole key is that
1) i either got lucky OR my SEO'ing really paid off, getting me a LOT of traffic to (at the time) ONE page regarding ONE subject. We'll see with my second site an with other pages in the first site, if it was luck or not

2) After getting that traffic, (and getting lousy ads and virtually no clicks) i decided the best way to take advantage of that traffic was to push firefox, and break the page into sub-subjects, which get great ad-targeting - and of course, pushing FF on those pages as well.

at any rate, i'm trying to enjoy it while i can - i'm not ready to quit my job yet on only 2 days of $100+

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record day here but, only 1/10 of where ur at tearbite :)
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I am guessing by your background you have a heavy techy if not Mac audience. Both groups are open to trying new innovations so your download of "new and improved" FF software/browser would be high. The saying "shooting fish in a barrel" then applies, if so good going!

I am a Mac guy myself, (see I'm going to have to try FF now).

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the overall theme of the site is a particular niche within 'tech'.. but the pages that are getting all the traffic are a bit outside of that.. kinda..

i do have some Mac stuff at the site, but i dont push FF on those pages be cause it's not as much as an advantage to OSX users as it is to XP users.. besides, the referrals only convert for Windows..

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I get mostly 10 cents per FF referral so I have dropped it...I guess you have mostly U.S. Traffic...

Best of Luck..

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how old is the domain?

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i too crossed 100@/day barrier today, but actually i did it with the help of my 3 new sites, most of my viewers are unique, the most imp. thing is i started using adwords a week before.
my sites are
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Congrats on the milestone! Hope you reach $500/day soon enough :-)

I'm hoping to reach that milestone in the next 60 days. I'm on schedule according to the plan I created 60 days ago. Wish me luck!

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1:29 pm on June 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm hoping to reach that milestone in the next 60 days.
oops! I meant $100/day.

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without FF referrals, $30/day per 3,000 unique is 'right on the money'. if your FF refs drop, you'll be doing well anyway.

I too tried FF referrals, but it was useless, i guess having the 'right' page content really helps.

good luck!, seems like a great story. I too had a 3rd best day yesterday [$38], after having LOUSY April and May.

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Well, i finally hit that 'magic' number - today for the first time i broke the $100/day barrier - actually, as of 9:50pm, i'm at $113!

... Congratulation! You have achieve something that seems only a dream to me. How do you make yourself keep focused and high motivated in your earlier days? My daily earning is as small as $1-2 and it seems take forever to get the check of $100. It's so desperating!

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