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10K per month

Will finally get it!

     
2:32 am on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've been sitting at the edge of my chair all week, watching stats. This close to the end of the month and this close to 10K, I'm positive I'll reach it tomorrow. I only need a couple hundred more and should easily get it within the next day and a quarter. Wow, I've come a long way!

This was my ultimate goal as far as making money from Adsense. Now what? I think I'll enjoy the rest of the holidays before I get back to work in January.

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congrats spaceylacie
care to find your post where you made your first $100 and post it here? how long did it take?
1:44 am on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have no problem with posting when I got my first $100 day compared to when I started... it took a year and 2 days...

May 21, 2004- my first day with Adsense

Income averaged between 10 and 80 dollars a day, lots of ups and downs... then...

May 23, 2005- my first $100+ day

Things went uphill from there with only a few minor set-backs.

I officially launched my 'how-to' site in April of 2005 and advertised it heavily in the beginning(not adwords, just within my industry). I think that site and the others that followed validated me as a "real" publisher. At least in my own mind.

sailorjwd, maybe if annoying them involves assault with a plasma TV! Sorry, just kidding, if you really have already written about everything you know, just learn something new, it's fun!

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congrats spacey...

base on your best guess, when will you get to $20k / month?

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Thanks all who have allowed me to gloat in the moment. It's been a very fun day for me, reaching my goal and all. It was worth waiting for. Also a big thanks to everyone here who helped me, I couldn't have done it without you, I hope you know who you are because a list would bore most reading this.

base on your best guess, when will you get to $20k / month?

LOL, I don't know. I haven't thought past 10k.
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Congrats :)

Did you design your sites yourself from scratch? Do you use a CMS or your own code?

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Thanks, Karma. Yes, I did design them from scatch with my own code. That's probably not a good thing because I'm still using the same basic design I was using 7 years ago. I've got the primitive look going on and my navigation buttons are on the wrong side of the page, so I've been told. It's mostly just plain html except the cgi and php parts that I paid someone to set up for me.
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if you really have already written about everything you know, just learn something new, it's fun!

A great suggestion.

I started going back to college a year ago. Not to get a particular piece of paper this time, but to explore new areas of knowledge. I could put up a new website for each class that I take, just researching the field.

Then there is that whole library thing. They are wonderful places to just go wander till you find a book that sounds interesting, in a field that you know nothing about.

Congrats on the 10k. I hope you're being smart and investing a good portion of that.

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We have been near 20K goal (just $525 more for the jackpot!).
Maybe December (and it's extra day).
9:17 pm on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well done, spaceylacie!

Fingers crossed I'll be joining you in a month or two. >;->

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the only problem is the dollar is loosing lots of value....and in 2007 probably another 50%?
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jason, we aren't allowed to talk about politics here, but I've thought about that many times and trying to prepare best I can.
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I hit $9500 in the month of June but have lost 1/3 since then. Bummer!
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Well done from Australia
I started today so far $2.62 :- )
You mentioned that you did lots of ads with your community.. so u get more traffice, well I do the same, I have copied 8000 catalogues in china and will send them to customers with the community newspaper hope that will get me more traffic and then return from adsense...
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This is really inspiring. :) I love my Adsense income, mostly as 'extra money' but reading stories like yours makes me want to push a bit more. Thanks!

Take care,
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hi spacy foirst of all congrats!
do u manage ur site alone.the reason why i am asking is,i have a site and i have to do it all alone.averaging 2000 impressions a day now.no search engine no adwords nothing just a smal community website which has only mouth to mouth publicity.I dont have HTML ,java or any kind of back ground(still i make 100 $a monthy).Will i ever make it to 10 k.i am learning by doing.
congrats once again
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preeti,

Yes you can do it. I manage everything and I earn about 2k pm. I don't code but I use ready to use CMS and Forum software. The only coding was ad rotating (just small php script) and nothing else. However I am good at HTML and javascript and recently I rolled out my own template. This new changes seems to quite good; it has doubled my daily earnings. I wish I had dome something like this 6 months back.

My goal is to get 10k by next Christmas.

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i wanna no1 best of luck for u.i am zero in web programming.times i dont understand which code i am working on.I use custom templates from frontpage and other free codes from free websites.i have no idea about php,java or anything,i dont know how to write html.now....the question? can i make it like spacey or join you for the next christmas?.if u have any special tricks or secrets for ur sute please stickey me
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Yes u can make money. However it will not happen in a day or night. It will take year or two to build good site and then money will follow :)

It is pretty simple;

U need to work hard and follow adsense heat map [google.com...] put ads as shown

See following ulr and follow the information provided here
[google.com...]

How do u updated site? How many times a day? I update all my site 5-10 times a day. It is like 8 hrs job ;)

Good Luck!

10:29 am on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is the $10k before or after taxes?
4:54 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Spacylacie

I've got the primitive look going on and my navigation buttons are on the wrong side of the page, so I've been told.

Your navigation is on the "right" side of the page where it should be, NEXT to the Scroll Bar! It's just simple ergonomics. And your sites are fast and easy to use. Keep it simple! You must be (you are) doing something "right".

Congrats!

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I was wondering if you guys who finally made it could share some of the obstacles and difficulties you all had and how you all managed to get through them? I believe it will help many of the aspiring webmasters here.

Thank you.

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Thanks bumpski, visitors do seem to like them just fine. It's other web masters that have told me about the "problems"!

Drakke, hopefully both if I have my way with the IRS! I'm investing a good portion back into the sites. If I spend the money back into the sites I don't have to pay taxes on that money. For example, the $3000 piece of equipment I bought and the $2000 I spent on business related Christmas cards and gifts aren't taxable, they are considered non-taxable expenses to the IRS and considered non-taxable investments to me. I could have kept that money, spent it on myself and paid taxes on it but I didn't. Also, whatever I have to pay out for help isn't taxable. I'm also investing some of it in other things and I DO have to pay taxes on that money but profits from the investments should very much outweigh the amount spent on taxes.

preeti, my secret ingredient is maybe the ability to talk people into things. Like submitting content for the sites just for the "honor" of their material being accepted. I don't do all the work myself. Together, myself, some part-time help and volunteers spend about 156 hours a week on keeping up with existing content and adding/editing new content.

Again, thanks all for letting me gloat in the moment!

Added: fi5hbone, I just saw your question, might post again after dinner!

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spaceylacie,

Are you in partnership with anyone or just a one man show like me?

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A one-woman show in my case, Mistra. I do pay for help when it comes to various technical issues and some simple but time-consuming things that I don't have time for. But, they just get paid for the immediate work they do and I only hire them when I need them. I've got a few excellent technicians and programmers on stand-by anytime I need them, but they run their own businesses helping out people like me(who only know how to use a computer once it's all plugged in with the programs I need installed).

Over dinner, I asked my life partner what he thought about fi5hbone's question, what obstacles and struggles I've had to overcome and he laughed. He said, "like what? saying 'okay, it's time to get to work'?" As I've mentioned before, just staying motivated on a daily basis has been the hardest part for me. It's so easy to get lazy and settle with what you've done so far. My sites will never be finished and will never be totally up to even my own standards, there is always improvement to be made. Mine have a long way to go! I hope Google continues to make the ride easy and fun for me by continuing to provide a simple way for me to monetize my available ad space.

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I guess you have accomplished plenty and thus staying motivated would be your tricky spot to get over.

For me, it's about staying hopeful despite the pennies I am receiving. You got any tips on that? Haha. They should have more than just adsense tips showing at Google. They should have a "How to stay hopeful when you are getting peanuts" kind of tips.

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great advice, Spaceylacie. I want to be motivated too!
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spaceylacie Are U from U.S.A?
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Congratulations to u :)
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Well done, Spacelacie.

I've just started testing out Adsense on a small part of my site to see what the potential is, and to see what works best. Probably because of the small scale of the experiment the results have been very up and down, but it looks like $1,000 to $1,200 a month would be my starting point. Realizing this and hearing about your example is inspiring me to write more material for the site! Adsense is a pretty easy way to make money! Easier than shipping widgets, anyway.

Like you, I run a "how to" site, but in my case it's in several languages.

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I was also above 10k some months ago.....but then it changed to only about 6k-7k.....hope it goes up again, espeially as the dollar is only worth 50% of what it used to be some years ago....and still falling.
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