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Day 463 – Update!

August 11th, 2010


Doug’s the man..

Hey guys,

As you know by now, I decided to take an extended break from this website…Even when I achieved a full time income online, I did not stop updating/working to fully enjoy what I’d done, so I figured now was the time to do that.

I thought about coming back and making a small update post, but then realized I’d likely just get pulled back into updating my site, something I didn’t want to do just yet..so I completely took this site off my mind and did not check in on it for the past month.

Sorry to those who had posts caught in ‘pending’ status…People who have at least made 1 post are put on the auto-approve list (unless a word triggers it to go to pending)…Then of course there are spam users/posts that wind up in the trash.  I usually add new posters manually to an auto approve list, but was not around to do that.

After taking this break, there is one thing that I’ve learned, even at this stage in the game… it is ‘still’ beneficial to keep yourself accountable via something such as a daily blog as it does help you to get more work accomplished.

Regarding the past month, I have intentionally not worked on my business as much as I normally would, however I do have two writers who continue to produce content for my sites on a daily basis.  A lot of this content is made to expand out a lot of  my sites which are at 5-6 pages to 10-11 pages…I’m now at a point where I’ve had all that extra content written out for about 80-100 of my sites and I’m in the process of posting those up.  After this I’m going to focus on building up the writing on a select few(20 or so) websites.  The focus has mainly been on content lately, I’m going to have my hands full when I get around to backlinking..

One other thing to note is that I’ve found my adsense income has picked up since around the beginning of August.  In June, when the Google change hit the sites, it was at an average of around $71/day…Now for the first 10 days of August it seems to be around $85/day on average.  The main reason for this is due to an increase in eCPM.  What caused this?  I’m not 100% sure…backlinking is usually the cause for increases in income, however the only thing I’ve done with regards to backlinking were the UAW re-submits.

BTW, at the moment I don’t have any plans to do any structured updating, so updates/me checking in may be sporadic, although that may change down the road…

And again, in the meantime, feel free to talk in the comments below :>

-Mike

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  1. leon
    August 11th, 2010 at 22:51 | #1

    Mike. Finally you are back. Miss your video posting a lot. Cheers!

  2. August 12th, 2010 at 01:19 | #2

    Hey Mike,

    Glad to see your post again buddy. Gotta admit that this past month has been pretty slow for me as well, as in churning out new sites. Probably after seeing your new post(s), it would inspire me to start churning out new sites again.

    Oh heck…let’s just get it kick started again!!! 🙂

  3. August 12th, 2010 at 09:00 | #3

    I just missed the videos. Too lazy to look for them myself! 🙂

    Glad you’re doing well Mike.

  4. Mikeman
    August 12th, 2010 at 13:20 | #4

    @leon

    @bay37com

    Hehe, ya, I got a stockpile of videos now :>

    @Zeb

    lol

  5. August 12th, 2010 at 18:18 | #5

    Mike, I’ve made 50 sites in the past few months and tracked/observed how they do. 20 are clear winners. I want to sell the other 30 as they only bring in one third of what the other 20 bring. I also want to concentrate on building up these 20 to have about 50-100 pages each.

    Do you have any tips on where I could sell these sites? (and just general thoughts on this situation)

  6. August 12th, 2010 at 23:03 | #6

    Hey Mike, Nice to see you back again. Good to know your still alive ;). I’m also glad you got your income back, good job :).

  7. August 12th, 2010 at 23:07 | #7

    Glad to see you doing good Mike….I have to say that I too missed the vids…. man, Doug is the man!

  8. August 13th, 2010 at 05:15 | #8

    Mike – glad you took a break, you seriously need to enjoy life a bit, imho – not that you haven’t been. I’m just glad to know you’re able to do so.

    It’s also good to see your AdSense is back up, too. I’ve noticed that as well, from about mid-June on.

    So, did you wind up making any changes to your sites besides beefing up content?

    Did you wind up adding anything else to them, or changing them around (i.e.: adding shopping links or what have you)?

    I expect an answer after a week or three – take your time! Seriously, you should have an umbrella drink, put on a few pounds, become one with the Blu-Ray.

  9. August 13th, 2010 at 11:21 | #9

    hi mike,

    nice to see you come back. i’ve been monitoring your updates for the past few weeks. do you have earning updates now, say mtd earnings? missed your posts and updates.

  10. Mikeman
    August 13th, 2010 at 11:56 | #10

    @Jorik

    Hey Jorik, that’s how it’s always going to be, you’re always going to have a select few sites bring in the majority of money and then the rest will bring in the remainder..

    If it were me though, I wouldn’t sell anything, it is all valuable passive income real estate. When this trend plays out amidst 100’s of sites, that adds up to thousands of dollars a month in passive income.

    I can’t really give you tips on where to sell them as that’s not something I’ve looked into..

    @Paul Morales

    Hey Paul, thanks man :>

    @Luciano Oliveira

    Haha, ya..

    @JamestheJust on Elance

    Hey whatsup James? Ya, there was that pickup back then, this is yet another one for me starting in August.

    I didn’t do anything else to my sites other than those 100 odd UAW re-submits. I’ve got some great writers right now so with the time that I spend on my business, I’m just focusing on building up the content…Now that I’m starting to build up the content on some 20 odd sites, I’m getting close to the point where I’m going to have to stop with the content though and start doing some backlinking….

    I’m trying to relax :> Don’t have a blu-ray, but I do stick some avi’s on a USB stick and plug that into my TV..

    @addict-4-life

    Hey Addict, I don’t have earnings for the past month, but I can say that it was similar to July’s…If all else stays the same, considering adsense picked up, August earnings may be higher..

  11. Darren
    August 13th, 2010 at 14:53 | #11

    Hey Mikeman!

    Great site – as always I find these sites late.

    Couple questions for you:

    I have heard of G doing audits of a persons account once their ad income hits $100 a day – did this happen to you?

    I have read UAW links being “riskier” links to have pointed at your money sites – have you changed your link strategy with UAW?

    Is a UAW resubmit – send an article through UAW you have used with them before?

    Backlink Solutions – are memberships available? Because your link sends me to sign up and backlinksolutions(dot)com it says membership is closed and offer a waiting list.

    Thanks for this blog – it’s amazing!

  12. August 13th, 2010 at 16:35 | #12

    Hi Mike Bro
    I miss ur daily updates.
    However, I am very keen to know…
    Can u please show us just ONE site u r working on and is earning you??
    Hmm,,can u?
    Im curious.
    Thanks for the effort of this blog though.
    Thumbs up

  13. August 13th, 2010 at 17:56 | #13

    Funny thing about the UAW re-submits – I TOTALLY forgot you could do that! I’m glad you mentioned it, though, I read that earlier on your blog and hit my forehead.

    DOH!

    I re-submitted a bunch of articles and climbed a bit more in rankings. I feel like a Homer.

  14. August 13th, 2010 at 18:06 | #14

    By the way, LOVED the video. The thing is – I wouldn’t tell my wife to shut up. She’d clock me. I married up, she don’t play… :/

    The guy’s a hero, though: and in 9 more years when we have out 25th, I’m sure my wife would be right beside me as we clocked the jerk…

    Sorta Cali-style one-two step. It’s how we roll.

  15. Mikeman
    August 13th, 2010 at 18:07 | #15

    @Darren

    Hey Darren, nope, never had any issues when I reached $100..

    There’s lots of garbage floating around the net, I’ve never had any issues with UAW links.

    To your re-submit question, yes, that’s right, It’s explained in UAW…

    Ya, BLS opens up near the end of every month, you’ll get an email if you’re on the mailing list..

    @women abs

    Hey man thanks, I answered your question in the readme…

    @JamestheJust on Elance

    :>

  16. August 14th, 2010 at 00:29 | #16

    Have you tried out any CPA offers, like Azoogle, Neverblue, or Maxbounty?

  17. Tony
    August 14th, 2010 at 18:59 | #17

    Hey bro, great to see your update! = ) Good to hear your average has increased. I look forward to your future updates as well. Consider doing just a video post a day…u always put up some interesting vids. GO DOUG! Dude was awesome.

  18. Jay
    August 15th, 2010 at 17:18 | #18

    Google made some changes to the AdSense ad block layouts recently. I’ve noticed a slight increase in CTR. Has anyone else noticed a difference? I like the leaderboard better but the rectangles less. I assume Google knows what they’re doing based on the volume of data they must have. Just wondering what everyone else thinks…

  19. August 16th, 2010 at 17:07 | #19

    Mike,
    I have missed your updates-It can be a chore keeping up a blog. What if you only did one long update a month-including what you did for that month, earnings, and software.

  20. greentea
    August 16th, 2010 at 18:04 | #20

    as always good luck man.
    hoping to carry this chat to one of your prodigy’s blogs! haha

  21. August 19th, 2010 at 13:10 | #21

    Hi Mike
    Thanks for the update. We miss your daily stuff, but it’s nice to hear from you once in a while.

    Good Luck.

  22. Jon
    August 20th, 2010 at 06:16 | #22

    Hey mike or anyone i was wondering how hard do you guys find it to rank for inner pages. Does it carry as much weight as a regular site if you backlink correctly?

  23. August 23rd, 2010 at 21:28 | #23

    @Jon
    No problem here – in fact I have a post going up about this subject…I think I dripped it for the 25th or 26th. Doing an interview over the next 2 days – but so long as it’s properly SEO’d and you checked the competition, and did some deep linking – it should be fine.

    Have other pages and backlinks going to it. I think if it’s not ranking (I have several that out-perform my main pages) it’s due to competition.

    Another factor is how many clicks does it take to get there? Is your navigation set up so you can reach the page from 1 click away from the home page?

    If you need 2+ clicks then that may be an issue, but just link to it from a higher ranking, higher traffic page. The spiders will see the “shortcut” and it should be fine.

  24. August 24th, 2010 at 01:48 | #24

    Headed to the Genius’ website! take care everyone

  25. August 25th, 2010 at 10:24 | #25

    Mike, I thought I should drop you a message to chat up with you. Just recently saw your daily updates as I was tracking my UAW submissions.

    Hmmm.. Given your traffic, I thought you could make much more income. I’m not sure would you give me a reply but I was wondering how much sites do you have that generate these income?

  26. Mikeman
    August 26th, 2010 at 16:49 | #26

    @Chris

    Ya man, I did CPA a long time ago, was one of the first things I did…made a lot of money but it wasn’t passive the way I was doing it.

    @Tony

    Haha, thanks man.

    @Jay

    Hmm, I don’t see any significant change in CTR ..each month it stays in the same range.

    @Kelly

    Hey Kelly, I don’t think I’m the type to post 1 big post once a month..I may post more frequently in the future though.

    @greentea

    k, cool..

    @Bill

    Thanks Bill.

    @Jon

    It’s easier to rank for your main keyword due to the domain matching the keyword you’re targeting..when it comes to ranking inner pages, it takes a little more backlink work.

    The way I’ve been handling it is just throwing backlinks at the inner pages via a backlinking system I’ve laid out and seeing what sticks.

    @George Tee

    Hey George, I go over how many sites are generating my income in my Read me page at the top..

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