The Great Adsense Experiment

Monday, March 13, 2006

A response from John Reese

If you're an avid Adsense fan, chances are you've seen John Reese's video proving that he raked in over half a million bucks in the last year with Adsense.

John had a chance to silence his critics on the Warrior Forum:
http://www.warriorforum.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=75941&whichpage=1

It's a really interesting read, and some great tips there from John!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Get rich or die tryin'

I'm still working away at this project. Made a couple cents yesterday with blogs & adsense. But that hardly enough to retire on! ;-)
I hope perserverance is the key. Keep on truckin!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Half a million bucks for 120 hours work

Sounds good, eh? I watched a fantastic video from John Reese today showing how he made over $500,000 in about a year with Google Adsense and a network of content sites (or what he calls "virtual real estate").
It's encouraging to see someone else doing it big, and helps to keep me focused and motivated on my goals.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Thomas Edison was onto something...

After a massive problem with my hosting company, all of my 44 mini sites were lost. Unfortunately I didn't keep a back-up on my computer so there's at least 4 weeks of progress gone down the drain! Arrrrrrgh!

So what's next? Ok, I'm trying 2 things at the moment:
1) Trying out DSG to auto-generate hundreds of scraped pages. The concept is the bigger the net, the more traffic you'll catch. At the moment, I'm up to 39 niche sites (around 200 pages each), and only MSN has got them listed (within just a few days)
2) Clickbank affiliate program + Google Adwords. However, Google have a policy of only 1 affiliate link displayed at any one time. So that's my guess why my ads aren't showing. How annoying! So I'm making a variation of a "comparison page" where several products are compared side-by-side. Let's see what Google says about that.

As Thomas Edison once said, eventually you'll run out of things that don't work and success is the only option.

Monday, February 06, 2006

I've been blogged!

I had a really useful chat with John Chow the other day. From experience I've found that most guys making big bucks on the net are either:
1) Very vague about how they make their money (they provide generic tips)... very secretive; or
2) They cash out on what they know and sell an e-book for $27 bucks a pop... then it becomes diluted and loses its effect.

So it was really nice of John to share some "inside tips" on making money on the Net. He's even posted a useful article at:
http://www.johnchow.com/index.php/so-you-want-to-be-a-google-whore/

Adsense placement and images

I came accross a great post on DigitalPoint Forums describing how to place images near Adsense ads to improve the click-thru rate.
http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=17104

I think that the ads not only look better, but it helps them to blend in with the rest of the content. Very smart!

The Holy Grail is found!

A really useful online magazine, A List Apart, offers great web design tips. It describes itself as "for people who make websites", but it's not only for computer geeks... its for everyday bloggers as well.

One of their recent articles "In Search For The Holy Grail" describes how you can put the center column content (the important stuff that Google's crawlers need to analyze) at the top of the HTML page, not after the side columns. Matthew Levine's code is almost perfect and definitely worth a close look.

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/holygrail

Monday, January 30, 2006

The journey so far...

Just to summarise what I've tried so far...

1) Reasearched top paying keywords from dozens of lists around the web
2) To date, I've built 44 niche article-focused websites under the banner "OnlyTheBestArticles.com".
3) Articles have been collected from various sources around the net (obviously with free reprint rights)
4) Website have been generated using 2 tools: The Article System & Article Site Developer, but still required some "manual" tweaking/optimizing.
5) Submitted websites to hundreds of search engines and directories using IBP 8
6) I've tried purchasing "paid traffic" ranging from $9 to $16... but all of them a complete waste of time and money - keep away from this!
7) I tried getting traffic from Google Adwords, but this proved to be uneffective.
8) Created Google Sitemaps for each website using GsiteCrawler and submitted to Google... no results from this yet.
9) Tried "blog & ping" technique by building 22 blogs by hand... but found this very tedious
10) So I tried a new software package called BloggerGenerator to create lots of low-quality blogs with incoming links to the various niche sites. However, these blogs got shut down in a matter of days. What a waste of time!
11) At the end of it, most sites are now found in Yahoo and MSN, but Google is a bit slower on the takeup.

So that pretty much sums up the last 4 weeks of experiments.

The obvious lessons learned:
1) Making the websites isn't too hard if you have the right tools
2) Getting quality free traffic to your website from search engines is the hardest part... and takes a long time.
3) A "$20 dollar keyword" doesn't really mean you'll get $20 per click... more like $1... if you're lucky! ;-)

The experiment is underway

Adsense? What's this all about?

On my Christmas/New Years holidays I found myself with a bit of spare time. I was surfing around the net and came accross a few "how to make money with Google Adsense" websites, and it got me thinking... in particular: http://www.adsensevideos.com/

I'm certainly not a newbie to Adsense, since I looked into the concept around 14 months ago. At the time when I crunched the numbers, I couldn't imagine there being a way to make significant profit out of it... however, there were a couple factors I overlooked... all my calculations where based on creating just 1 websites, making just 5 cents per click.

When I saw how other marketers were generating dozens and even hundreds of quality websites targetting higher paying keywords, a light switched on. As a proficient web developer and internet marketer, I thought it would be worth a try... what have I got to lose?

On Jan 2 2006 I started out building a few small article-focused niche website. I started regularly reading about how others have made money using Adsense, and integrating their techniques into my methods.

To say it's been smooth sailing would be a gross overstatement. So far it's been a lot of trial and error, and a few mistakes along the way. But hey, that's the only way to learn! :-)

So I've started this blog to document my progress and help make sense of the ideas whizzing around my head. And hopefully other Adsense newbies will find this useful. If experienced Adsense "gurus" have any useful ideas or feedback, feel free to post a comment on this blog.