Archive for April, 2009

The challenge: Profit off niche sites with Adsense!

April 12th, 2009

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Last year I decided to see if I could make money off a wordpress blog using a random niche, I chose one and got a site up within a few days and made a few bucks.  It was pretty random and not really anything to shout about.  But that was then and this is now, and right now I want to prove a few things, namely that:

  • You, anyone, can make money off the net
  • It won’t drain hours away of your life
  • It will provide recurring income

The real thing stopping most people is will and effort, as the old saying goes: You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

So here is what I plan on doing,

  1. I am going to make a website in a niche that I am not already in
  2. I am going to aim to make at least $10 a day off it
  3. I will aim to do this within 3 months

Compared to a lot of Adsense “schemes” this is quite low key; you may ask why I am only targetting $10 a day?  Well for starters to me, $10 a day is quite a lot, and if you are not already earning off Adsense it is to you too.  Plus it is quite a realistic target.  The biggest thing I am worrying about is the time frame.  Creating a new site and getting traffic to it within 3 months is quite difficult, but this is one of the things I will have to overcome.

I will attempt to be as transparent as possible with what I am doing, and what affect they have.  I will be revealing the exact niche, the keywords I use, my traffic and my adsense earnings.  The key here is enabling you to repeat what I will do with other niches!

I will count tomorrow as day 1 though :)

Chris Adsense, Adsense Challenge

Back on top, kinda

April 12th, 2009

The other day I wrote about how my site got hacked, but thanks to a Google employee was slowly on the way back.  I checked my rankings this weekend and not only is my site ranking again for its main keyword, which is ace, but it is also in a higher position than it was before – I am now beating a Wikipedia entry I have been attempting to beat for ages!  It is really good news and im pretty happy but I’ll have to wait until next week to see what effect it has on my traffic, currently I am only receiving 50% of what I was before the hacking incident.  I’ll keep you all posted of the news as and when it happens.

Also, in other news
One of my first blog posts was about my aims for this blog, well I thought I would update you on these.  I now have 4 subscribers at the time of writing – which isn’t too bad for a blog of less than a week with no promotion [although I know 75% of them are friends lol] but every little helps!  I have also made some progress with the Adsense notifier program.  I have currently made a nice class that will connect to Google services, which is pretty cool as Google makes you jump through quite a few hoops before you can log in.  Anyway I can now log in and grab Adsense details, and the API I wrote should allow me to access any Google service too, which may have other applications in the future… Anyone have any uses for this?

Chris Google, SEO

The Google remove URL tool works… unfortunately!

April 10th, 2009

My most successful site earns me a nice amount each day and is continually growing, I have been working on it for almost 2 years now and still grows strongly month in month out.  If it continued to do so I would have been a very happy man.  However, last Thursday I noticed my site had completely dissappeared from google’s index.  It did not even show up when I ran a command.  I put it down to an algorithm update and left it at that.  3 days later I was still no where to be seen and I really started to worry.

First things first I went into webmaster tools and attempted to find out what was going on, I noticed that google thought all my main pages, including the top level URL were restricted by robots.txt, apparently.  I quickly checked my robots.txt and saw nothing wrong and was stumped.

I then spent the next day googling around what I thought the issue could be and eventually stumbled across the a  google forum related to indexing issues.  I made a post and a few hours later had some helpful responses including one by a google employee who pointed out that a URL removal request had been sent to google a few months ago and last Thursday it actually happened! Who the hell did that! Thankfully the employee did some magic behind the scenes and within hours I had more google bot crawling than ever, by a massive factor.  I was back in the index and ranking highly the next day.  I am still not ranking for my main keyword, which pulls in 50% of my traffic, but I assume that will come with time.

I still don’t know who did it, all I can say is that I have now changed ALL my passwords.  People get hacked and I suggest you change your passwords too and I hope it never happens to you!!

Chris Google, SEO

Mr Robert Dutu has a business proposition for you

April 9th, 2009

I came across this today and thought it worth of a chuckle.  Some of you may be familiar with 419 scammer tricks but I enjoyed the honesty of this one chap.

419 Scammer

Chris Funny

Increase your profits with Adsense link units

April 8th, 2009

If you use Adsense then you should consider using Adsense link units.  I always used to be against them, I didn’t have any real reason to, I just didn’t.  I guess I thought they would reduce my eCPM and CTR because it would take visitors away from my main adblocks.  Also for you to actually earn off a link unit the visitor needs to click the link unit, and then click again onto one of the ads shown.  This seemed to me like too much work for the visitor who I thought would just give up.

One day though my friend told me he started using it and gained an extra $1 eCPM, which if you get a lot of visitors, is a pretty decent return.  The trick is to blend them into your site so that they appear as normal links.  For example if you have side navigation, place them there in a vertical unit or you can place them horizontally above your content.

Ideally what you need to do is test, if your site is established I would suggest noting down your current earnings, eCPM and CTR for a week, and how many visitors you got.  Then trial the link units in the two locations I mentioned, or any more you can think of.  Do each test for a week then see what gets you the best return.  It may not work for all sites but I have seriously seen a good return on it.

The key thing is… test test test, and dont be afraid to try new things! If my friend hadn’t I would have been earning a few less dollars a day!

Chris Adsense

My aims for this blog

April 8th, 2009

I haven’t set out to make money off this blog, or to become an Internet celebrity, but I do a few things I want to do, so I figure if I list them here, we can all see if I did, or didn’t, achieve them in a few months time.

Given that I am a world class procrastinator there is every chance none of these goals will be met, but maybe, just maybe, I might pull my finger out and do them!

So here is my list, the target date will be 3 months from now which is the beginning of July [and yes unfortunately I had to whip out my calendar to figure that out!]

Get 100 RSS Subscribers

It sounds obvious but why write a blog if no one reads it? So I have set myself what I would consider to be a fairly modest target of getting 100 subscribers.

Get 100 comments

I can’t figure out if this will be harder, or easier than the first one.  Comments usually occur on established blogs where the reader has some sort of relationship with the author or content.  As this is a new blog I am going to have to rely on compelling content where I can; you can let me know if I actually achieve this.

Write an adsense checker tool

I saw that Paul had done something similar on his site, I downloaded it and really liked it, but being an alleged C# Professional I reckon I could give it a good go.  Whilst I am re-inventing the wheel a bit here it is (a) something I want to do and (b) might help some of you folk out there, so its all good baby!

So there you go, three relatively easy targets that loads of people can easily do.  So, you ask yourself, why set them at all if you are some kind of Internet Marketing Guru?  Well firstly I am not, and secondly I don’t blog so this is all new to me.  But more importantly setting yourself targets is the way to achieve anything in this life.  The only way I got through college and university was by setting targets for myself.  I do it every day at work, and if you treat your internet marketing like a business, you should set yourself targets in that… no matter how big or small!

Chris About me

Why start blogging now?

April 8th, 2009

I have always wanted to start a blog, but never had the energy or reason to do it in the past.  Now though I find myself increasingly wanting to make comments on other blogs, forums or share what I think I know about the Internet world and figure this might be a decent place to start.

I recently started reading another blog by a chap called Paul, I admit I only subscribed to his email feed to get access to another part of his site but after reading a few of his posts I quite liked the blog even though I was not interested in all the content.  Anyway, I made a few comments and half way through writing one I thought to myself that it would make a great blog post… I never did anything about it and shelved my thoughts for another day.

Then last week something terrible happened, it shook me up and almost made me quit “internet marketing” for good… I’ll cover this in another blog post but suffice to say I felt I should share my experience so here I am.  Hopefully my next few posts will have some actual real interesting content in… The first two seem to have been allll about me :)

Chris About me

When is a blog not a blog

April 7th, 2009

Hello all.

This is the first post of my new, and technically first, blog.  First post’s always seem a little weird for me, mostly because when you start a blog you have no one reading it, so for whose benefit is it? And secondly you have not yet established a natural writing flow so its usually a bit… disjointed.

Anyway… who am I and what do I do?

I am Chris, a Software Engineer by day, Web Developer by night.  At work I write C# apps for Windows and PDAs, I’m learning WPF and MVVM as we speak and thoroughly enjoying it.  Web wise I own a couple of graphics sites and also do the odd spot of web design for people.  I enjoy SEO but more so the theory of it, rather than actually doing it.

Right well thats me, short and simple, on to some real posts?!

Chris About me