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Day 514 – End Of September Totals

October 1st, 2010


This past month my adsense revenue has continued to go up without me doing anything… I noticed that recently my main adsense account has been having $100+ days again, the last time that happened was before Mayday, back in May.Β  Here are a few screenshots to show you what I’m seeing(images cropped to fit on screen):

My main adsense acct in August:

Acct in September:

As you can see, around the middle of September, it began breaking $100 again after not having done it for a little over 3 months.. It’s gone from a $70 avg to $94, almost a $15 increase..probably a bit more considering the change happened mid Sept…my avg from Sept 14th – 30th was $102.97.

This isn’t my full adsense earnings for this month as well…my total adsense earnings for the month of Sept was actually $3,321.69…pretty close to my highest adsense month which was $3,563.67 in March.

Here’s a full breakdown of the September earnings:

Adsense = $3,321.69 (up $721.40 from last month’s $2,600.29)
CB Hops = 4,903 (down from 7,095 last month)
CB Gross = $627.45 (down from $896.09 last month)
CB Refunds = 1 ($16.61)
CB Net = $601.07
9 UAW Sales = $187.60
2 BLS Sales = $58.20
Ebay = $16.26CAN = $15.77 US

Grand Total = $4,184.33 (up $395.07 from $3,789.26 last month)


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  1. calfred
    October 11th, 2010 at 04:38 | #1

    @Steve Sorry to hear about that. What was your backlinking strategy?

    Was your content duplicate?

  2. October 12th, 2010 at 01:51 | #2

    Steve –

    Wow, that is horrid. My thoughts are (not that you were asking):

    1) A competitor could have found one site and reported you.

    2) AdSense code…being the same…which was already pointed out.

    For what it’s worth – sorry about that. That is a punch to the gut. Can you tell us anything further to prevent anyone else from having this happen?

    I’m interested to know:

    Would you describe them as MFA?

    Were they “thin” (5 pages or less, not including the “legal” pages)?

    Did you use the same theme on all?

    What was the average word count per page?

    I know it seems like a ton of questions – but this is the kind of thing that others would love to prevent. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, and again – sorry.

  3. October 12th, 2010 at 01:52 | #3

    Oh – one more –

    Did you use any trademarked terms in the domains?

  4. Wix
    October 12th, 2010 at 13:56 | #4

    Hi Mike,

    thanks for the answers.

    Regarding the templates you use in your websites, I’ve read that you made the Xfactor template in Xsitepro? Do you still use it? I’m guessing that you’ve probably made a few changes here and there, changed colours and stuff so it doesnt’t look likme the others.

    Is it worth changing the layout to something different or do you still use one similar to Xfactor’s one (photos on top, title, adsense, content)?


  5. October 13th, 2010 at 11:56 | #5

    Hi Mike. As always, you gave me a pep talk without even speaking directly to me. As much as I have a love and hate relationship with UAW, I think I will be re-subscribing and cranking out as many submissions as I can to cover several of my sites. Nice to see your income returning without much effort.

  6. Ash
    October 15th, 2010 at 02:24 | #6

    Hi Mike – I am going to be the annoying one with yet another question, and I’d love to hear from your other readers what they do as well.

    Q: do you write your backlinking-purpose articles, eg EZA and UAW submits, about a general “hot” topic like weight loss, dating, etc or about your website’s topic?

  7. Troy
    October 28th, 2010 at 15:43 | #7

    I had a question about your UAW articles. Do you write the UAW articles for your keyword? Or, do you simply write them to be within the same genre/category that they keyword would fall in?

  8. October 29th, 2010 at 08:13 | #8

    Troy – I know you’re asking Mike this, but if you target your KW’s with your articles, you run the risk of displacing your own website in rankings (slim chance with the targets in UAW – granted – but you run the risk of doing so).

    Anyhow – it’s in the ReadMe – but I found out after some experimentation, thinking my website would be on top: nope. I was on top for a couple of months – at #1 for a number of terms. Then my articles overtook my site! Super lame.

    I was using Magic Submitter, which targets the higher PR directories, like SENuke.

  9. leon
    October 30th, 2010 at 15:25 | #9

    I discover that majority of my MFA thin site has suddenly disappear from the Google SERP and minority of it suffering severe drop in ranking. I still found my website with site:website.com, hopefully it is temporary and not sandboxes though. Anyone have similar experience? I just use UAW for my ordinary backlinking process.

  10. Rocky
    November 1st, 2010 at 04:09 | #10

    I’m having the same problems with leon. I’m noticing a huge drop in rankings all across my micro niche sites. More than 50% of my sites that were ranking on page 1 before are now nowhere to be found.

  11. November 1st, 2010 at 06:33 | #11

    There was an algo change around the 20th-25th. A lot of people are noticing different rankings, myself included. Keep swingin’, Leon.

    But – I’d diversify my backlinks if I were you.

  12. Wix
    November 1st, 2010 at 07:02 | #12

    yeap, I have noticed the same … any idea what is going on?

  13. leon
    November 1st, 2010 at 07:59 | #13

    Have no idea at all. Out of 50 of my sites only 2 maintain their ranking, my current suspect is UAW backlinking not strong enough and try to do some open linkwheel.I just hope this is temporary thingy. Cheers!

  14. joseph
    November 1st, 2010 at 13:02 | #14

    Hey Mike!

    Great work, seems you are going in guns blazing!

    I have a question for ya, I would very much appreciate your feedback.

    Has backlink solutions still been an effective service for you? I heard alot of there stuff isn’t getting indexed thus the concern as I am a paying member and have noticed the same.

  15. Tony
    November 1st, 2010 at 16:13 | #15

    My income got cut by 75% from this algo change…..*Sigh*

  16. Tony
    November 1st, 2010 at 16:14 | #16

    I want to see if this has affected you at all Mike….

  17. November 1st, 2010 at 18:01 | #17

    I recall in reading your past info that you had some reluctance in using Google analytics as they could retaliate on all sites as well as the one that may have only had some minor infraction to their TOS.

    Am I correct and if so what tracking tools do you recommend.

    My sites are finally starting to show some action and I need to know where the successes are coming from. I have a few from the beginning that are paying only a few cents, so I have at least learned from you that it’s better to try for the higher payouts as you recommend as long as they can get a front page listing. Also, I think you have talked about trying to expand on related keywords if some sites are doing well.

    Yes, I looked through your ‘Read Me First’

    Thank you for all your inspiration. I may not have attempted this without your blog.


  18. Mikeman
    November 1st, 2010 at 20:19 | #18

    I’m a bit late here, and some of you may have figured out the answers to your questions already, but I’ll still see if I can help..


    That sucks Steve.

    To be honest, if you build a large enough empire, chances are you’re going to run into some deindexing.

    The best defense is to make sure your sites:

    -Have a non-spammy looking theme(XFactor theme is all over the place and probably isn’t looked well upon if manually reviewed)..you may wind up with a lower CTR when switching.. this is tricky.
    -Have a good amount of posts on each site
    -Make sure you post up good/quality/helpful content(at least make your main page, the likely target of a manual review) good.

    Some would say also vary your backlinks and add videos/images/outbound links as well.

    No single one of these points is enough though…I know sites with 15+ pages can be de-indexed, and I’ve heard a story about someone with 1k word posts being de-indexed.

    I haven’t made all the above changes to my sites, but I’m working on making a few of these changes.


    Ya, I would like to go and backlink all those additional pages I added, that’s on my list of things I need to do.


    Hey Wix, ya, I still have the XFactor template on some of my sites..it’s definitely worth changing your site from that just to be on the safe side, although with XSitePro, it’s not as easy to switch to different themes as it is with WordPress.


    Hey Sara, you disappeared off the face of Gmail..you still alive?


    Ash, about the Ezine submissions…I would make those on totally unrelated topics to my sites, topics that I would have a good deal of background knowledge in so I could whip up 250 word articles easy. Then I’d make the resource box say something along the lines of, “Bob has written other articles on topics other than skiing. Check out his sites ___ or ___.”

    With UAW, I would make at least 1 of the backlinks related to the article, however.. I don’t think even think that is a requirement with UAW.


    Hey Troy, I answered a bit of this above…I don’t care about the UAW article ranking for any keywords though, all I care about is getting a registered backlink.

    I prefer writing UAW articles on topics that will generate a lot of backlinks due to having more categories to submit to…such as articles on Health/Business.


    That sucks, ya, I’ve had this happen as well :< …I'll talk about it in the next post..


    I can’t honestly answer this question as I’ve been totally lax with my backlinking as of late and haven’t used Backlink Solutions for a while..


    Damn..sorry to hear that :<


    Hey Bill, ya, it is best not to use Analytics/Webmaster Tools for that reason..although I’ve already gone and tied some of my sites to it.. If I could though, I would not use Analytics and instead just use Statcounter.

    And ya…it’s best to focus on building up your top performing sites..add tons of pages to them and backlink them all up. That’s how you grow your income.

    If you’re using adsense on these sites, you should be able to track which sites are generating the most for you inside of Google Adsense through the use of channels though.

    Glad the blog helped man.

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