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How I made $5,400 in three months with AdSense

Make big money at home in your spare time!

     
4:06 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Some of you in this forum deserve credit for the help you've given me in becoming reasonably successful with AdSense. Thanks.

Now that I've had AdSense on it for three months, Google is depositing an average of $1,800 into my account every month. My thanks to the talented people at Google for all of their hard work in setting up and running the best search engine and the best advertising program anywhere. We may complain sometimes, but we'd be lost without you.

For those of you who are new to all this, here's what worked for me:

1: Spend ten years building a big, fast-loading site that's full of quality, original content, and keep making it better every day.

2: Get hundreds of sites to add links to it.

3: Lurk here for a couple of weeks, and read as much as you can.

4: Create a sitemap for Google to spider all of your pages. Google explains how to do this if you read their guide for Webmasters.

5: Apply for AdSense. Read what you are agreeing to. If it's available to you, go for the direct deposit.

6: Read all of the Help information Google provides. The heat map works well.

7: Add AdSense ads to some of your pages, but not all of them. That part is up to you.

8: Once a week, check every page of your site that has AdSense ads on it, and look at all of the ads. If you see something you might not want your visitors to see on your site, bookmark it and then look where it points, and if you want it off your site, filter its domain.

9: Keep reading this forum when you can. Share what you can. Don't believe everything.

10: Don't worry about anything, ever. Instead, take your dog for a run.

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You make it seem so simple, especially step 1! :-)
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Creating a Web site is like writing an article (but you add the HTML code).

Writing an article is like talking about something, except you type it out.

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I thought 8 was once an hour?

You got off the phone the other day because it was time to "check your stats" and you needed the line for the dial-up.

Hey, I have an Ocicat that is leash trained is that good enough?

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Good Tips but shouldn't the title of this topic be "How I made $5,400 in 10 years and 3 months with Adsense"?

;)

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1: Spend ten years building a big, fast-loading site that's full of quality, original content, and keep making it better every day.

Nonetheless, this is probably the best advice possible.

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Yes. Choose a topic or topics you love and know something about.
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1: Spend ten years building a big, fast-loading site that's full of quality, original content, and keep making it better every day.

Doesn't sound very exciting. I spent much less on my college education and make much more on my 8-5 job.

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I created the site, and maintain it, in my spare time, when and only if I feel like it.

My days are free. I can do whatever I want with them, including running my own business (which also allows me to do what I want, when I want). The AdSense is a bonus.

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I created the site, and maintain it, in my spare time, when and only if I feel like it.

Part-time eh? I wonder what you could really make if you worked at it?

Come back in six months and tell us you're on USD 5~10,000.00 per month:-)

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I spent much less on my college education and make much more on my 8-5 job.

Same for me. And that's why I still have that lousy job.
Wish Adsense came along 10 years ago.

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Yeah,
I was there once, used to make over 1000$ per month, and then it all went down, so down that now I don't even do much over 20$ per month with the same site;

I think it's because of a few points:

- I lost a lot of traffic down to 1/5th of what I used to get because of (see 2nd point)

- competition (it's a desktop and website backgrounds site, and probably everyone started to make their own when they saw they could make money out of it... But to the point that I'm making only 20$ per month?)

- I don't update the site no more, I feel I have done enough backgrounds, and that's not really what would draw more people, as my stats said most people were visiting the site for the first time, not from a bookmark

All in all I would say be careful, it can really be tricky, one day you're making a lot of money, but it can go down very fast, to the point of getting crazy in trying all sorts of ways to make it get where it used to be, I tried all I could and finally gave up.

Might depend in what arena your site is.

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i think earning more is not so enough the maintenance require too for the survival of any website.
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10: Don't worry about anything, ever. Instead, take your dog for a run.

Damn, now I have to get a dog too?

Seriously, thanks for the great tips. Glad things are going well for you. I also am thankful to everyone's advice on this great site. I've noticed a 300% increase myself since joining here!

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Same for me. And that's why I still have that lousy job.

LOL

Can't wait to get rid of my job :-) Still a long way to get there ....

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[....Now that I've had AdSense on it for three months, Google is depositing an average of $1,800 into my account every month.... Don't worry about anything, ever. Instead, take your dog for a run...]

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Exceptional good start, the real challenge is how could you keep it up as the earnings are affected by many factors *** OUT *** of publisher's control.

And, I'm worry because my dog needs a feed first before it could run .... :P

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Yes

Wait till your employer gives you an opportunity you can't refuse;

commonly known as a layoff!

It's good to diversify if nothing else, have some "outs". A layoff is an opportunity!

Jobs are easily as unreliable as Adsense! Your employer's company may be sold tomorrow! Competition in the job market leads to outsourcing world wide and declining incomes as a result.

Now my dog wants me to scratch his chest!

But the stress is still there, perhaps a little less.

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You make it seem so simple, especially step 1! :-)

It is simple -- when you leave out this part:

And be sure you get lots of traffic that is qualified to buy stuff that pays more than $.01/click, because otherwise you can do all those other 10 steps and still be making bupkis

:-)

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Wait till your employer gives you an opportunity you can't refuse; commonly known as a layoff! It's good to diversify if nothing else, have some "outs". A layoff is an opportunity!

Jobs are easily as unreliable as Adsense! Your employer's company may be sold tomorrow! Competition in the job market leads to outsourcing world wide and declining incomes as a result.

Totally agree. Happened to me... well almost. when i saw my company going to s**t, I started my home catering biz and a website which made $24.75 cents in the first year. The catering biz saved my family but Adsense in my second site is providing the nice extras. Yes, in my case, the "almost" layoff was a golden opportunity. My only regret is - I SHOULD have started earlier!

If you're someone reading this and you're in the same boat.... DO IT NOW! Start your website now... whatever it is!

Now my dog wants me to scratch his chest!

fleas?

But the stress is still there, perhaps a little less.

lots more stress... more of a physical type now instead of the mental stress of not knowing if you have a job or not.

That's why I keep telling people... Adsense is a great "insurance policy". Something to keep money coming in even if it is only a little...

OK I DO have a second regret... that I didn't use my company's broadband leased line to the max and build a hundred websites in my 10 years with them... duhhhh ;)

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Here are some thoughts regarding the issue of how some topics (or keywords) generate ads of varying values.

Every one of the pages on my site that has AdSense ads on it has a different topic, different keywords, and unique text. Since every one of those pages has been assigned to its own URL channel in my reports, I can get an idea of what the various keyword-triggered ads are earning me. In looking at the reports over time, there are fluctuations in value everywhere. Nothing is constant.

Remember that AdWords advertisers can bid not only by keyword, but by country and by time of day. There are a few pages on my site that earn particularly well. Many pages earn relatively poorly, but there are times when ads will pay several times what they normally do.

The result of the fluctuations caused by an almost-endless number of variables leads me to believe that it's wise to have a diverse array of topics on different pages.

I would not be inclined to focus on a particular, very narrow niche, because you never know what can happen in the future.

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every one of those pages has been assigned to its own URL channel in my reports

That's a bit of a head-scratcher.

In ten years of work you've created less than 200 pages?

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Actually the site has just under 100 pages, which I keep adding to regularly.

If I was trying to make the site something that appealed to everyone, it would lose its primary focus and become too much to maintain.

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Wish Adsense came along 10 years ago.

It might have matured just as quickly and it would still be hard to make money with it now.

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i just do what's profitable and clickable when it comes to adsense. and no, that doesn't mean high paying keyword list, which are mostly crap if you don't know how to use them correctly. i am a business man and this is no mere hobby for me, although the internet is not the only business i want to get into ;)

I'm new to adsense (not the internet) but my site already makes about 2 dollars a day, due partly to the fact i haven't started to promote like I should, but that will change this weekend..... i should get to about 50 dollars a day. for me that's a good start.

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I'm not a veteran at this - however I do earn a significant amount of money from it. I think the key to making money is to not stagnate. Move with the times - create fresh new sites/and pages. It is very easy to get sucked into a "formula" for writing pages and creating sites. I recently launched several new sites in totally different formats - they are all doing well. Users change the way they view the internet and often become blind to adverts. I am not so convinced these days that the alleged "hotspots" are still in the same place. I reakon that more and more people have wisened upto these hotspots and simply mentally block them out. I personally hate sites that have a bombardment of adverts or too much colour on them - I just find them too busy. What works best for me is just one simple block of adverts - not disguised - and not placed so that it is visible when the page is opened - the user has to read and scroll in order to get to them. The sites look cleaner, and definately do not look like the plethora of MFA sites that are out there. :)
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" Get hundreds of sites to add links to it. "

not so easy ...

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Congratulations on the $1,800/m Car_Guy,
Would be nice if you gave beginners tips on what contributed to your earnings most (other than traffic)
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[...Can't wait to get rid of my job :-) Still a long way to get there ....]

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My honest and sincerely advice, never quit your job just because of your AS earning, but a long-term plan.

[edited by: GoldenHammer at 9:35 am (utc) on Sep. 9, 2006]

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Every one of the pages on my site that has AdSense ads on it has a different topic

It's definitely not an authority site then, more like a jack-of-all-trades personal selection of information correctly optimised?

I would not be inclined to focus on a particular, very narrow niche, because you never know what can happen in the future.

Yep, the sky may cave in, they'll stop drilling for oil, no more cars will be sold, insurance may not be required, no one will require medical operations or advice, no more houses will be constructed and no one may go on holiday.

The entire point about the Internet for AdSensers is that, just like the real business world, it is a constantly moveable feast and, just like real business people, one has to learn to live to adopt and adopt or die.

There is not just one AdSense business model, they are all unique, it all depends on one's professionalism in extracting as much profit from it with the least expendable energy and hassle.

Of course it certainly helps enormously if one is interested and knowledgeable about the chosen subject but simply to state "htis way" or "that way"is the only correct method would be very mistaken.

Most of us here can only comment about our general experiences about our own sites and what may be best for someone else, to try and state categorically any of us knows the definitive answers is incorrect.

Even AdSense don't know that because they keep changing the game plan and algorithmic rules!

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Every one of the pages on my site that has AdSense ads on it has a different topic
It's definitely not an authority site then, more like a jack-of-all-trades

Just a quick correction there Opti, there are authoritative directories and edu sites that follow this pattern.
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