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Day 264 – Misc Stuff + $100 Streak Day 3

January 24th, 2010

Today marks the third day I’ve made over $100 :>  I love how these jumps in income are consistant.. I made $101.05 in Adsense today.

Apart from that, I’ve had a drought in terms of getting new content written for me by my writers..I had to ask one of my writers to re-write a bunch of stuff and that slowed her down and thereafter she fell a bit behind the following days and another ghostwriter is still suffering from the power outage for a 3rd day straight.  For the most part though these writers have been great and very responsive on a daily basis and also punctual, so hopefully these issues will pass soon.  Although 1 of my new writers who writes quite well missed a day of writing yesterday without saying anything about it, which is not good..at least my other writers mentioned when/if they couldn’t write.

All part of the game though!

Aside from that, I put up 7 articles to one of my older sites and I also researched inner keywords for 7 new sites so that I can have something to assign one of my writers when they finish up with their current work.

I didn’t get much else done today because today I wound up buying a new condo 😛

Yup, just as I reached my goal, I went ahead and got a new condo which is going to push me to make even MORE money, so it’s time to up my standards again as far as what I earn per month!

The only thing though is I’m not 100% sure I’m going to go with this condo, I have 10 days to back out of the contract if I want, but there’s this other condo with a much nicer view and better lobby/ammenities that is about 45k more that I’m still considering.

Condo 1(the one I bought tentatively) = brand new, never lived in / new appliances, stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, microwave / South East exposure / 5th floor / 8ft ceilings / corner unit…

However the view overlooks mostly an industrial type zone…only 1 window can I see a highway where on the other side are some houses.  Also the hallways & lobby are just so-so..

Condo 2 = 45k more / lived in for 1 year(it’s 1 year old) / 6th floor / 8ft ceilings / North East exposure / corner unit …

It has some holes in the wall where paintings were put, a few scuff marks on the wall…appliances are black but not stainless steel, cabinets are nice, but not AS nice as the previous, however this is bigger by 142 sq ft, has a gorgeous rounded window section jutting out in the living room with tall windows that give you a GREAT panoramic view of a large park area in a residential zone and the lobby and ammenities are just amazing.. The lobby has a huge staircase going up where at the top on the marble walls at both sides of the staircase a sheet of water gently trickling down them.. really posh looking luxury condo.

Anyway, I’ll be going to check that condo out tomorrow as well as a few others in that building, but I’ve got some BIG decisions to make in the next week while at the same time still running/growing my business further.

Earnings For Today:

  • CB = $0
  • Hops = 178
  • Adsense = $101.05


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  1. Evita
    January 24th, 2010 at 05:17 | #1

    OK, I would NOT buy condo #1. You have too many reservations about it… Unless the place has your name written all over it, don’t get it.

    Reading what you wrote, you sound a lot more enthusiastic about condo #2. But I guess in Toronto a NE exposure can be a bit chilly…

    There should be no hesitation about your choice. If there is maybe you should keep looking.

    JMHO! (Been there!)

    Congrats on the triple day!


  2. Susan
    January 24th, 2010 at 06:57 | #2


    Hey Congrats on $100 in adsense in 3 days in a row! Definitely something to be proud of; my adsense is one of those has that has those inconsistent spikes and it is so frustrating; just when I break $50 it goes back down to $25. Oh well just have to keep pushing forward like you did; eventually I will get there.

    I wanted to know if it was difficult to add the click protection that you added to your sites? I have gotten several clicks on one site that I would like to protect and possibly start using it for all my new sites.

    And congrats on your condo; always exciting to be buying rather than renting.


  3. Frank
    January 24th, 2010 at 09:27 | #3

    Congrats on the $100/streak and the condo 🙂

    One thing I’ve been wondering about. How do you set up your META descriptions for your pages?

    Are they just a quick summary of the article itself or more like “find the best deals on modern table lamps…” and so on?

  4. Daniel
    January 24th, 2010 at 12:41 | #4

    Congrats on the condo! What made you decide to get a condo vs a house? Also how long did you search for it?

    In the U.S. the real estate market is in the dumps so it’s a real buyer’s market. I used to live in a condo, but it didn’t have a lot of insulation so you could hear the neighbors across the walls. Was not cool especially when their kid took up violin lessons!

  5. Daniel
    January 24th, 2010 at 14:08 | #5

    By the way, do you think the “contact us, about us, and private policy” pages are important? I’m deciding whether to put it on my sites and whether it would make a difference in the serps.

  6. January 24th, 2010 at 15:20 | #6

    Mike. a condo? dude. Move to my state, man – I’ll hook you up with some serious land, know some great realtors here in Idaho. If you’re in Toronto, you sure can’t complain about the stinkin’ weather (which is great right now, btw).

    6 bedroom house
    2 acres
    roughly 5k square feet



  7. January 24th, 2010 at 17:30 | #7

    Mike I have been meaning to ask you are you following the xfactor rule of sticking with sites that are under 10k competing sites or are you going over that. If so what is your limit.

    I noticed that one site I have up has 75k competing sites but it ranked on the first page pretty easy though it is not in the top 3.

  8. Mikeman
    January 24th, 2010 at 20:31 | #8


    Hey thanks for the input Evita..Ya, it’s a tough decision, I may even pull out of it all together.. the problem about keeping on looking is I only have until June as in July there is this new tax (HST) coming out here, which will add 7% to the cost of every home purchase, so I’m kind of in a race to find the next place.


    Thanks Susan, ya, I think the reason why mine is more stable is I went mostly after kw’s that have a CPC between $1-3..But, just keep building sites and raising your average.

    To be honest, I haven’t added that click protection as of yet so I can’t really comment on that. I know that the program I got doesn’t work with wordpress, only html sites and it looks simple enough..


    Hey thanks Frank..as far as the meta info, all I enter in within XSite Pro is the page description, title and keywords, I don’t bother with anything else.

    And ya, I just put a short blurb in the description enticing the user to check out the website to find out more about Product XYZ. No need to over analyze this part of the game though…


    Hey Daniel, well, if I wanted a house in Toronto that’s decent, I’d need to spend around 450k+ (on the low end) …that is unless I move to the outskirts of the city (which I considered, but I’d be too far away from everyone)..

    I hear that the condos these days don’t allow sound to travel as freely as they do in older units though, but I guess I’ll find out…

    And ya, put the privacy/ocntact us/about us in, Google looks well upon sites which carry those pages.

    @James H

    Ya, that’s insane…I could buy that outright at that price!


    Hey Dee, I actually went over my methods for kw research, check the read me file…

    I don’t see the competition in quotes as being too important, as long as it’s not something too crazy. I’ve found keywords with 100k-150k competition in quotes that have worked out…The main thing to consider is the page 1 competition…checking PR and backlinks of the competing pages and finding keywords with 2 or more PR “-” or PR “0”‘s as well as a low count of backlinks(preferrably less than 10 but less than 50 works too)…

    I also go off my intuition as there are exceptions.

  9. January 24th, 2010 at 22:01 | #9


    Alright. I’ll make the calls. Then I’ll get that mind meld. Purely platonic, I’m married, you understand…

  10. Daniel
    January 24th, 2010 at 22:53 | #10

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for answering my questions 🙂 I think you might be the most helpful person who knows what they’re doing in IM!
    Can you clear this up for me though? I was reading Google Sniper regarding CB, and he says that with 3 posts you can rank on the front page of Google. If that’s true then would this be effective for adsense snipers?

  11. Mikeman
    January 25th, 2010 at 01:54 | #11

    @James H

    Good stuff, glad to hear it..


    np Daniel :>

    For Adsense sites things are a bit different because you don’t want to appear to be just another “made for adsense” spam site. That is why it’s best to take the safe road and build up at least 5 pages of content for each site.

  12. January 25th, 2010 at 12:11 | #12

    Go for the better condo if you can afford it and make them a low-ball offer. I’ve been in RE for 40 years and you won’t believe the offers that are accepted in a lousy market like this.

    Good Luck


  13. Chris
    January 25th, 2010 at 17:53 | #13

    Hey Mike,

    I’m in Toronto too and going to be moving out this summer so i did some reading. You may already know this but the HST only applies to newly constructed homes and only $400,000 and higher homes.

  14. Mikeman
    January 25th, 2010 at 22:15 | #14


    Ya, just today I found a new condo which I’m considering which has amenities and hallways that make it feel like you’re in a hotel, and it’s cheaper..so I think that more expensive one is out of the picture now.

    Got a tough decision to make this next week, thanks.


    Hmm, ya, the condos I’m looking at are pushing the limit of that #

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