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Day 496 – A Look At My Adsense Income Increase + Shopping Next To TIFF

September 13th, 2010

Hey guys,

As I mentioned in the previous post’s comments section, I have recently noticed another increase in adsense revenue..  It started funnily enough on my birthday, Aug 29th, and is carrying on steadily…

The increase is about $16/day.  I obviously can’t go into specifics about what I’m seeing, what I can say though is that while there has been a slight increase in impressions, it is mainly the clicks and eCPM which is causing this.

I haven’t really done anything to bring this about, but I can see that a good chunk of this increase is coming from a few of my main/bigger sites performing better..The reason?  While I have been adding a few pages to my sites here and there, I didn’t add any to these sites which are bringing in more money so it could be due to the sites just aging, however that’s just a guess.

I’m not too interested in finding out the cause as regardless of what it is, it won’t change my approach/plan of action when I go full on into my business again, which is just to continuously add more content to my sites then backlink as many of the new pages as I can.  I like to keep things simple.

Here’s a look at the incrase in income in screenshots (I cut and pasted them from these 2 images here and here, so that they’d fit on the blog):

August 15th – August 28th (2 weeks before the increase)

August 29th – September 11th(2 weeks after the increase)

As you can see there has been an increase of about $16…However this isn’t ALL the adsense money I’ve been making.

You see one thing I’ve alluded to in the past but never officially stated was that I do have another adsense account under a separate legal entity…I never mentioned it before for a few reasons, partly because I wasn’t comfortable talking about such a matter, also partly because I didn’t want my blog to become a place to discuss/explain the process of setting up additional adsense accounts.

For those who don’t know, it is within the TOS to have 2 adsense accounts PROVIDED they are under 2 separate legal entities (ex: a Corporation and under your name, or under 2 corporations)… you can’t setup 2 under the same name though.

This other adsense account at the moment brings on average an additional $14/day so really my income has gone from $81/day to $97/day…not bad considering at my peak I was making $100-120/day.

BTW on another topic, here in Toronto, there is The International Film Festival(TIFF) going on..lots of stars are here, Edward Norton, Zack Galifianakis, Ben Affleck, Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke…I overheard some girls mentioning they saw “Fox” and how small she was, I’m guessing Megan Fox too, among others…

I was just downtown doing some shopping, updating my wardrobe and I saw this barricade, a mob of people and police officers… I had no idea this was going on!  I just wanted to get into this store, ‘Style Exchange’ and had to ASK to be let in as it was next door to some theater where all these stars apparently were headed.   I didn’t see anyone I recognized, but when I was trying to figure out what was going on, I remember seeing some guy waving in my general direction(I was walking behind the mob) as if he was someone of import.

I’m not one to be into this stuff, but just cool to know that’s going on in the neighborhood :>

Oh and about the clothes, I’m usually the type who’s really into dressing up nice, but got lazy about it since getting into IM…This past week or so I think I accrued 23 new casual dress shirts/t-shirts (Affliction/Guess/Buffalo/Le Chateau), 5 new jeans(Diesel/Parasuco/Buffalo/Guess), 2 new shoes (Jo Ghost) and 3 new jackets (Buffalo/Guess/Firetrap).  I tend to like getting stuff that is unique looking, thing is this stuff all ends up being damn expensive!

-Mike

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  1. calfred
    September 13th, 2010 at 07:39 | #1

    you know Mike,

    I thought I saw you in Salt!

    is your real name Liev Schreiber?

  2. Mikeman
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:25 | #2

    @calfred

    lol, never saw that movie, wasn’t rated high enough on IMDB :p

  3. September 13th, 2010 at 20:40 | #3

    Wow, Congrats Mike, thats fantastic, all that hard work is paying off. Has this increase been attributed to just the older/most pages sites or have you seen an increase across the board?

    Quick question and forgive me if you’ve posted this elsewhere (I’ve searched quite a bit and couldn’t find the answer here). Regarding UAW submissions, when you get your 3 rewrites back, do you spin these yourself or do you get your writers to do these? Also, what kind of uniqueness percentage do you go for? I’ve been using UAW for about 2 months and spinning articles for nearly two years but just wanted some direction. Finally on UAW, how many keywords do you target and should you target a certain number of pages, I just want to make sure I don’t dilute my backllinks.

    Finally, what’s your take in Google Instant? Good or bad for us SEO’s? Do you think this may have an impact on your business?

    Also, good to see Google AdSense ad units changing to much bigger formats, this should be interesting.

    Thanks for your posts, very inspirational and keep up the hard work (apologies for all the questions).

    Oh and its always nice to treat oneself once in a while…lol 🙂

    Zaheer

  4. Mikeman
    September 14th, 2010 at 00:01 | #4

    @Zaheer

    Hey Zaheer, well, there hasn’t been any work lately :p

    This is due to a handful of my top earners suddenly performing better. And ya, a bunch of them have more pages than some of my other sites, although not all of them.

    Once I get my 3 re-writes, I input that into the UAW system, which we can’t really talk about as it’s against their TOS, but you should know how it works as you say you’ve used it for 2 months. No more work is done other than that…

    And I outsourced my UAW submissions.

    I usually get a uniqueness of 55% or higher when checked with Dupecop.

    About the keywords in UAW, that’s something I cover in the readme. I don’t worry about getting the perfect keywords much, get your main kw in there 50% of the time at least and have a good variation of alternate ones… the main thing is just get the backlinks.

    I haven’t been following all the latest IM news, so I don’t know about Google instant. If something happens that affects my business, only then would I ever consider it important and look into working around it.

    There’s always going to be some new thing other IM’ers will be talking about and getting worked up about.. in the end though, the basics of this game always remain the same…add more content, then backlink…rinse and repeat.

    -Mike

  5. September 15th, 2010 at 13:41 | #5

    Good to see your results Mike

    You are right. I am learning more and more to focus on creating content and backlinks. All else is commentary …

  6. Mikeman
    September 15th, 2010 at 23:24 | #6

    @dee@ prayer shawl

    Exactly..

  7. Bob
    September 16th, 2010 at 18:08 | #7

    Hi Mike,

    Sorry if you have covered this somewhere else but when you do your uaw submissions do you link to every page (e.g. main page + inner pages) of your website or just the main page e.g. pianos for sale?
    Thanks,
    Bob

  8. Mikeman
    September 16th, 2010 at 21:38 | #8

    @Bob

    Hey Bob, in each submission I link to 2 pages. It could be the main page and an inner page, or 2 inner pages…to link to more pages, I do more submissions.

  9. Kerry
    September 19th, 2010 at 10:12 | #9

    Hi there mike, I’ve been following since the beginning but i have a question? But first I would like to say congrats on your achievment and I have read every single post you created here. But i was wondering do you think its worth it? You have over a hundred sites.. created about so MANY articles for EACH of the SITES. Outsourced alot of article to them as well. and the numbers (adsense + Affiliate commissions) keep changing. If I had your amount of sites I would hope (just me though) to be making at least 10k a month. Why do you think this is with you amount of websites? Niches? But you worked very hard and created thousands of articles? Submitted with UAW and everything? But all in all i would still love to be making what your making.

  10. jamie
    September 19th, 2010 at 13:50 | #10

    How are you do with your content writers now? How much are you paying your current batch? I found a solid guy, his rate is $5 per 500 word article.

    Good to see you are still doing well. I too have had a strange bump in my adsense income for no apparent reason – I havent touched them for 3 months, yet they jumped from $35 per day to about $70 per day in the last couple of weeks. Strange, maybe you get more per click after a certain timeframe? Anyway, I am not complaining, the extra income is very nice indeed!

  11. Mikeman
    September 19th, 2010 at 15:59 | #11

    @jamie

    Very nice increase Jamie, double the money :>

    I hire my writers at $2 to start for 400-450 word articles, then raise it based on performance, to $2.33, $2.50ish.

    One thing you realize in this game though is that no matter how good the writers you hire are, you’re going to have turnover or lapses in performance, it’s a part of the game.

    What I’ve found is that you can count on steady performance for 4-6 weeks with what you initially thought was a solid writer, sometimes you get really good writers who will be steady for 2 months.

    The writers I have submitted work daily, without fail, always meeting deadlines for about 2 months. They still submit work for me, but at a reduced rate these days.

    I’m fine with it at the moment as I’m not aggressively expanding right now.

  12. Darek
    September 20th, 2010 at 06:49 | #12

    Hello mike,

    I wonder something.. I hope You heard about the difference between GAKT old and new interface. Old shows data from google + search partners, when new interface shows data only from google.

    I bought a domain that in google (old i.) had 18 000 exact searches
    but in analytics I saw only 13 (A MONTH) then I checked it in new interface – it showed me only 16 exact searches.

    Both Market Samurai and Micro Niche Finder are based on old interface.

    I wonder how do You find keywords now.

  13. September 20th, 2010 at 13:19 | #13

    @Mikeman
    Hi mike any tips for expandin very aggressively right now. I have start from the scratch. Means i am buying 10 domains. What should be my strategy? Adding 5 article per month or drop loads of articles of loads of links. Or wait for few months then increase the pace.

    But i wanted very aggressive expansion..in shortest timeframe.

  14. Mikeman
    September 20th, 2010 at 15:13 | #14

    @Darek

    Hey Darek,

    Apparently the new GAKT generates more accurate results…I personally haven’t tested this by looking at my sites placement for various keywords and looking at the old vs new GAKT numbers to see which ones line up best, so I can’t give you my personal take on if I find that to be the case or not.

    What I can say is that many marketers including myself used the old GAKT tool or research tools based off of it with great effect.. Sure, you get some keywords that are way off, but that was chalked up to part of the game.

    So even if you did go with the old tool, it’s not like it would prohibit you from developing a successful online business.

    Having said that, if I were aggressively picking up new keywords now, I’d probably use the new GAKT tool and see how that works out…although when coming up with inner page keywords, the search numbers are not as important to me as they are when chosing a domain to be an exact match for a keyword.

    @All Is Well

    Hey man. Well, if you want to expand aggressively, the key would be to outsource like crazy.

    I would hire 2-5 writers to develop all your content and spend your time doing keyword research/putting up the sites. Put up sites at the rate of 1 or 2 a day and send a UAW run to each one. then once you’ve got 50-100 sites up, assess which ones are the winners and focus on adding more content to them and backlinking up each page.

    I don’t bother to drip articles these days..if I’m posting up say 5 new pages of content to a site, I’ll just post them all up the same day..if I had say 20 pages of new content for a site though, then I’d probably drip that out though.

  15. Mikeman
    September 20th, 2010 at 15:28 | #15

    @Kerry

    Hey Kerry,

    If I wanted to make more money, it’s just a matter of outsourcing adding more content and backlinking it up. If you want 10k, put in the work for it and you’ll get it. What I’ve done may seem like a lot of work to you now, but it’s not as big a deal like you’re making it out to be..

    Once you leave the notion of doing all the work yourself and instead get a lot of experience with outsourcing, you can get A LOT done in a short time frame and your view of all this work will change…you will start to see how the amount of work that was done is not as big a deal and can all be achieved in a short space of time with a sufficient amount of outsourcing.

    This game takes WORK though to get to that point where you’re comfortable doing all that and a lot of people don’t realize how much work you need to put in to make $$ in this game.

    Also, one thing to note is that during my journey, it was a learning process, I was blogging about everything as I learned. At the point I’m at now knowledge wise, I could build my business significantly faster if I chose to…it’s all about the outsourcing.

    And asking whether it’s worth it, well, I think that’s an easy answer. When you’re picking up a new trade like this, you’re going to have to go through all this shit before you finally figure it out…but once you have it figured it out, things are much smoother.

  16. September 21st, 2010 at 11:17 | #16

    @Mikeman
    Thanks i am doing the same. producing content but i will adding sites with lower rate. I am putting 10 blogs with tons of content and 25 niche as you told.

  17. Bob
    September 21st, 2010 at 17:03 | #17

    Hi Mike,

    I am followed your advice with creating adsense snipers. I have used x factor’s template and changed it to my own. I have also sent a uaw run on the first two sites and a bookmarketing demon run about 6 times on each site. I have roughly ten pages (5 pages are actual content ones with keywords etc). How long roughly do you think it will be until I start to see some results as my sites have been up for about 10 days now and I haven’t had any clicks? Btw my soc in micro niche finder was 60 for my main keyword. If you want I can provide you the with url if you send me your email address if you want to have a look at it to see if it is ok?

    Sorry for the long winded question and thanks in advance for your help!
    Bob

  18. Jorik
    September 22nd, 2010 at 13:21 | #18

    by the way, now you can start with 720 exact searches in the new google keyword tool as an acceptable benchmark number for the site.

  19. Kerry
    September 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 | #19

    @Mikeman
    Well Said Mike. Well said. Thanks

  20. Chris
    October 1st, 2010 at 02:51 | #20

    Hey Mike,

    I hope you get a chance to answer these questions… It will definitely help me out a lot.

    1) How many websites do you have in one adsense account? Would having about 150 sites on one account be bad?

    2) OK i read through your linkbuilding setup.. and I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. I have MAS, and I was wondering if Google wouldn’t sandbox your account for submitting so many links at once. I know only some get indexed, but still.. don’t you run that risk?

    3) How many links for a website do you build at once over a week? Is it ok to build links aggressively?

    4) What about for pings, RSS feeds and bookmarking. Isn’t do mass amounts bad as google might sandbox it?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this

  21. Mikeman
    October 1st, 2010 at 04:59 | #21

    @Bob

    Hey Bob, best thing is not to wait around for results…just plow through and put up 50-100 sites, backlink them all, THEN assess.

    A lot of people tend to build 1, 2 or 3 sites then wait to see if those yield any results before continuing..That’s not the way to do it.

    10 days is also way to early to be assessing any site. At least let 2 preferably 3 months go by…by that time you should have your 50-100 sites up..you can see which one’s are the successful ones and focus more on those.

    Also, I don’t go by SOC in MNF anymore as I’ve found it’s easy to rank for many SOC’s that are in the red. I just go based on the competition I see on page 1, I talk about it in my readme a bit more..

    @Chris

    Hey Chris, ok:

    1. Close to 200…nothing wrong with having 150 sites on 1 acct, different people have different comfort levels though.

    2. All I can say is that I’ve had no sandboxing issues with the way I’ve been backlinking up my sites. As long as you don’t do anything crazy like run XRummer on a brand new site, you’ll probably be OK…the only way you’ll find out what you can and can’t get away with is through trial and error. Don’t be worried about making mistakes in this game.

    3. That really depends on how old the site is…I go over the rate I leak UAW submissions though in the Readme I believe..

    If you’re going to do any REAL aggressive automated linking(XRummer/Mass Scrapebox usage or SENuke usage), it’s best to do it only to Web 2.0 sites that link to your money site to build up the links that link to you, rather than go nuts on direct linking.

    But I’m not sure what your personal definition of aggressive is. Again, best way to find out the limits is through testing.

    4. I’ve never had any issues with running BMD/submitting RSS feeds and pininging my new sites right off the bat.

  22. October 5th, 2010 at 09:25 | #22

    I guess it does help to have 2 different accounts. Any tips on setting up the LLC? I am using my friend’s info since i got banned long time ago from my other friend “misusing it”. So i want to transfer my adsense stuff to a new adsense account (which i assume should be fine since people buy and sell sites all the time).

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