I cannot believe that we’re only days away from Thanksgiving. This year has been a whirlwind for me as my wife and I moved from Minnesota to Colorado, I launched two products (Auto Content Cash and Halloween Super Affiliate), I was misfortune enough to lose my AdSense account which was on a fast track to hit $75,000+ this year and, as if all that was not enough, Google had de-indexed several hundred of my sites.
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Yet I had made more money than ever before. Yes indeed, it was quite an interesting year.
I am sitting in my new office while writing this blog post and enjoying the views of Cheyenne Mountain. This is the first time in nearly three years that I have no need to work on a new product launch. So I am giving myself the opportunity to get back into that which I really love and that is creating passive online income by combining the power of free search engine traffic with affiliate programs and/or AdSense. Along the way I will be sharing some of my marketing ideas and strategies on this very site in hopes that it helps others on their path to financial freedom.
Creating products and selling them online has certainly made me some serious income this year. However, it is passive income which I enjoy best. Until my recent debacle with AdSense, which had fortunately been resolved by now, a number of my websites generated solid income since 2003; day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
Regardless of how much or how little work I put into those sites, they continued to produce. Granted, each of them only brought in between $250 and $400 per month and that is certainly not a job-ending income. However, when multiplying that kind of income from a number of sites, the proceeds can become substantial (image below).
Thus, several weeks ago I initiated the process of once again creating that potentially lucrative passive income stream. I started by implementing new themes across my freshly launched sites and followed by incorporating the AdSense code, the result?
Earnings of about 67 cents …
Of course, 67 cents in not worth write home about, but it’s important to keep in mind that anything worthwhile takes time to develop through the exertion of energy and concentrated focus. Having been launched as very simply, one page site that contain just a handful of outbound links and nothing else, these new websites have already been online for about two months.
So, what am I doing with them? What am I focusing on? How am I maneuvering them?
Although, in the past six month, Google has made the process of getting ranked onto their first page more challenging, it is by no means impossible. In fact, many of my brand new sites are already ranking on page two, three or four of the Google SERPs.
You need to know that these sites are geared toward tremendously competitive niche markets. Actually, one of them is competing for a two-word search term with more than 60 million results and it has been bouncing on and off Google’s page two. To build these sites, I am mostly using old school tactics while also applying some new video marketing strategies that are paying off quite well. (Stay tuned because I will be posting more about video marketing in the coming days). To add more functionality to my sites and to bring their content up to higher levels, I have also been leveraging a few new WordPress plugins.
Return of the Authority Site!
I have been building websites for ten years now — some have offered more value to visitors while other have offered less, some were large while others were rather small. Most of my first sites were massively large and that is what I am focusing on again while building my new sites.
AdSense is a very, very viable business model!
Yes, there is some risk involved here. After all, every business must face at least a few risk factors and anyone who has ever made substantial money has also had to suffer some setbacks. I had overcome numerous setbacks myself because I always know that, in the end, I will win. Right now, with these new sites under my belt, I am heading in a great direction. I am adding value to the web which is proven through the results of Google Analytics and I am giving visitors what they are looking for which is again proven by the fact that people are hanging out on those sites.
How is your AdSense business doing? Let me know by posting below.