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I also run a site with hundreds of articles in a specifc niche area and it does quite well, though certainly not to the levels I would like it to go.
My question(s) is those that run sites that have thousand of pages, or tens of thousands of pages, how do you fare? How many hours a week are you spending maintaining that level of a site? Is google on each and every page?
How do we fare? Very very well.
Google is in most of our pages, except for our discussion forum. We make more from banner ads there than Adsense
No it's definitely my part time job. I can't commit to working on my site full time just yet, nor do I want to. I would strongly advise you to keep a full time job before quitting anything web site related. I'll recount my history for you a bit: Started selling on eBay about 3 years ago for fun to supplement my income. At one point, I was selling in a highly competitive field and clearing 1K a week. At this point I'm thinking "BYE BYE BOSS". Then overnight, the bottom fell out, my field became super competitive and I decided to start my site. 3 years of hard work and learning part time and now my site still only provides me with about 1/3 of my regular income. Plus don't forget, a twitchy Google algorithm can wipe out your traffic overnight! If you're making good money with Google now, keep at it. If you know what you're doing, it will only grow over time. And none of us here can predict what will happen to AdSense in another 2-3 years down the line. Eventually I think a lot of webmasters here can regard their site as a supplemental retirement fund. (Bill & EFV not included :-)) Just my 2 cents.
The income is over $3K month from adsense alone but i dont trust this income.
I didn't know it when I started it, but it was kind of a "perfect storm" site topic. It just happened to be very popular (14,000 or so daily searches for the main keyword according to Wordtracker), but also had a comparatively low number of competitors. Hit the jackpot with that one. Haven't quite duplicated it yet, but I'm working on it! Love this business.