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Nov 1,2007

In the spirit of John chow reporting his monthly blog earnings, I too have decided to share with the world my income. If you recall my September earnings report, you will remember that I earned a whopping $0.00 from! So, my headline is not at deceiving as if I earned anything it would be a 100% increase, right? 😉

For the month of October I earned $.65! Here is the breakdown of my record breaking month!

Adsense Earnings: $.22
WidgetBucks Earnings : $.43

In actuality, this total number really doesn’t matter. I plan on writing a post soon as to why I don’t care if I earn 65 cents a month or 65 dollars a month from this blog.

Of course, this blog is not my real earner. I have a bunch of sites that I manage which I have detailed in the past. A couple of those I have highlighted with a few experiments. I would like to keep you up to date on how they are all panning out so you see if I am successful or not.

The first of the two is my Tiger Army Experiment. In my first month of running the site (September), it earned me $1.67, for October it earned me $2.56.  The positive thing is that it is increasing.  I need to do some promotion to get this higher.

I also wrote a post on how to quickly increase your Adsense earnings which detailed that I added a search box to one of my sites.   It performed quite well for me adding $23.81 to my pocket.  Not bad for 5 minutes worth of work!

How are your sites doing?  Are you making any money yet?

Oct 25,2007

It seems as though Google is at it again! It has been widely publicized that yesterday major blogging and news sites (and others) received a reduction in pagerank. The speculation is that Google is looking for people that are selling text links on their sites, which they apparently frown upon. Here are a few major sites with noted changes:

  1. Problogger – 6 to 4
  2. John Chow – 6 to 4
  3. Washington Post – 7 to 5
  4. Forbes – 7 to 5
  5. Engadget -7 to 5
  6. Seanology 0 to 0 (at least I didn’t fall!)

The real question is, should you care? Well, if you are doing all the right things on your site then the answer is no. Pagerank is a made up number from Google that they control. What you should really be concerned about is if your site has traffic, return visitors, and if it is performing up to standards. None of this should be controlled by pagerank. Of course, DoshDosh has a great post entitled: Google PageRank Doesn’t Matter. Can We Stop Talking about it Now?

Has your site been affected?

Oct 12,2007

Since Google bought YouTube a while back, it was only a matter of time before they leveraged the video technology to integrate with their existing money maker business model.

Here is a quote from the email I received announcing the new format:

We’re excited to announce video units, a new way to enrich your site with quality, relevant video content on an embedded, customizable YouTube player. With video units, you embed a snippet of code and have relevant YouTube partner content streamed to your site. You can choose categories of video to target to your site, choose individual YouTube partners, or have video units automatically target your site with relevant video. Companion and text overlay ads displayed in the video unit are relevant and non-intrusive. If you have video content of your own, you may even be able to sign up as a YouTube partner to have your content distributed to other AdSense publishers’ video units.

Without further adieu, here is an Adsense video unit!

I think I may try this on my Tiger Army website and target music videos and see how it produces. Anyone else ready to try out this format?

Oct 9,2007

I am sure you all are waiting on baited breath to find out how much my blog made last month during my first 20 days of blogging. I hope you all are well prepared for the shocking news to follow . . . made $0 last month!

Well, this means I can only go up, right? 😉 Anyways, the purpose of this blog isn’t really to make money in and of itself, it is highlight techniques and give tips to winning in the Adsense and affiliate marketing game.

To give you a little update on some of the case studies that I have presented forward, I did make a little money (and October is shaping up to increase as well). First off, I have highlighted my Tiger Army case study in Part 1 and Part 2. As you may recall, I bought the site for $10 and redesigned it. Well, in September I made $1.67 from Adsense! This is a small success 🙂

In my other experiment, I added a search box to one of my sites to try and get a few extra dollars a month. I installed that on September 24th and it earned me $2.04 for the 6 days it was running.

I know you are all gasping for air at my riches 😉 Actually, I make a fair share of money on a bunch of sites I haven’t mentioned yet, but these are the ones I have highlighted and have shared so far. Continue to read the blog to learn more of my stories!

Oct 4,2007

One of my Adsense sites has suddenly stopped producing 🙁 This site was consistently on the front page of MSN for a very popular search term. It appears that they have drastically changed their algorithm which results in very different sites attaining these top search engine placements.

Has anyone else experienced this? Any idea what the new algorithm takes into account? To most of you this is a non-issue as your site is optimized for Google, but I have had great success in MSN and found it easier to attain higher rankings. I guess those days are gone! This is a great lesson in remembering to diversify and not obtain all of your traffic from one source.

Sep 29,2007

In a follow up to my post Quick Tip to Increase Your Adsense Earnings, I went ahead and implemented an Adsense search box on my best performing Adsense site. Since I put it in an area near the bottom, the only people that would be using it is probably ready to leave the site anyway, so why not get a click or two from them?

So how is it performing? Take a look at the screenshot and you will see:

Adsense for Search

Since I have put it on, I am averaging $.27 per day. I know it’s not a lot, but I’ll take an extra $8.10 per month for a simple 5 minute change any day!

Sep 26,2007

Just so you know, I am not just talking about making money online, I am making money online. I have been dabbling with Google Adsense now for about a year and a half with Adsense earning sites like these. Some become successful, and others make me just a few pennies.

Well yesterday I posted my best day ever with earnings of $48.32. While this does not make me rich (yet) it is motivating enough to make me want to continue to push forward. If I kept this up, it would equate to $1500 per month. Not too bad. I know there are plenty of people out there that are becoming Gazillionaires with Google Adsense that might think this is peanuts, but I am pretty happy.

What happened yesterday that made my earnings increase? Well, from what I can tell a network of sites that I have about a particular topic is simply paying more. There is about the same traffic, but the eCPM has more than doubled. Up until 2 days ago the eCPM was averaging somewhere around $7.00 for this topic, but yesterday it capped out at $19.09. Will it continue? I sure hope so!

Meanwhile, why don’t you sign up for Adsense and start making sites of your own? 🙂

Sep 24,2007

Here is a quick tip to increase your Adsense earnings. Add a Google Search box! One of the types of advertisements Google offers is called Adsense for Search.

To place a search box within your site:

  • Log into your Adsense account and click on Adsense Setup
  • Select Adsense for Search
  • Select the options of how you want the search box to look and whether you want it to search just google, or your site, or both.
  • Copy and paste the code into your site!

Here is a search box that I created. I prefer not to use the Google logo as to make it appear blended in the site better.

The best place to use this would be somewhere below the fold of the page. If users get down that far in the page and are ready to leave your site, why not have them give you a little revenue on the way out?

Sep 20,2007

In order to make money on a site, you need to get traffic. Today I will continue my series of posts explaining the exact steps that I am taking to try and make my Tiger Army website successful.

After I redesigned the site I went ahead and started to submit the site to the search engines. Of course, I started with the big 3 and submitted using these URLs:

Once I took care of those 3, I went ahead and added to a few other well know directories and search engines such as:

Once I was done with these submissions, I went ahead and added a link to each of my other sites that are related to music and entertainment. I have a couple of these types sites, so they all help each other when they are linked together and are relevant.

Lastly, I posted a message on the Digital Point forums requesting a link exchange with my music site. Quite often there are people out there that are willing to exchange with you since they are in the same boat as you.

Next, I may spend some money (under $10) and hire someone to submit the site to a bunch of directories. The value of directory links is declining, but it is still good for building links which most search engines like.

Oh yeah, one more thing is that the previous owner added a link to the Tiger Army Wikipedia page. This will also help drive people to the site.

Sep 14,2007

As you know from my previous post, I recently purchased the site for $10 with the hopes of turning it into a revenue producing site for me.

Step one in this process was to redesign the site. The purpose of redesigning the site is to 1) make it more visually appealing, and 2) to blend in more advertisements that will hopefully make me money. Here is what the Tiger Army site looked like when I bought it. And this is the Tiger Army site now with the redesign. However, I did not reinvent the wheel here, I used the design I had for another site of mine about Secondhand Serenade.

So, the real question is how are we going to make money? For starters we are going to include Google Adsense on the pages. I have also included an affiliate link to Amazon for various Tiger Army Albums. And lastly, I am using AuctionAds to display some eBay auctions on the Music page. I will be discussing AuctionAds in more detail in a later post.

The next part of this case study will involve linking the site, discussing SEO, and submitting to search engines.