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Monday, June 27, 2011

I Got My Work Cut Out For Me

Recently, Felicia at No Job For Mom was celebrating a $100 day with AdSense.  Clearly she is deserving as she has spent quite a bit of time building up her residual income and is the consummate online professional in my book.  But she offers a brief glimpse at her humble beginnings in a follow up post where she explains that she earned all of $16.25 for a whole year.  Needless to say, that is quite a journey and one that I would like to achieve if only one-tenth as much.

It got me to thinking.  What does it take to get a $100 day on AdSense?  Felicia has talked about having multiple blogs, but what does it actually mean?  So I asked and found out that she has 16 active blogs of which 4 bring in the majority of her income.  She is batting about 0.250 for all you baseball fans.  Not enough to make it to the Hall of Fame, but certainly respectable to have a decent career in the Show.  I figure if I can just make it to triple A ball, I will be blessed.

Now what will it take to make it to triple A?  A lot of work, that's what.  I figure that I could probably achieve decent success with maybe 10-15% of my blogs.  Decent would be defined as earning $5 per day.  If I could simply put up 3 blogs in each of the next 12 years, I could probably hit my goal of making $10 per day with AdSense or even so sort of affiliate program.  I have a couple ideas that can get me through the rest of this year already.

The best part of Felicia's strategy is that she doesn't do any backlinking to speak of.  That is great news since I really don't like that type of busy work.  I am doing some blog commenting but that is more social and getting to know fellow bloggers.  She does writes great content and let's nature take its course.  My content will probably only be decent, hence the 10% success rate.  But even getting 3 blogs moderately successful at $5 per day would lead to almost $500 per month which is nothing to sneeze at.

That being said, I really have my work cut out for me to get 36 blogs online with a fair amount of decent content for each one.  But breaking it down over the course of a decade really shouldn't be all that difficult.  So my goal is to actually act on the two ideas that I have for the remainder of the year and get something up and running.  I don't think that part will be all that difficult.  The hard part will be maintaining my patience while waiting for traffic to develop and not giving up entirely.  There are times that I wonder why I am putting in so much effort.  But, you know what, it is simply a lot of fun!


  1. I have to tell you that you and I are on the same track here. You speak of all the work involved and it seems to me you are worried about what to blog about. I was just talking to a friend about this whole blogosphere thing and making money on the internet with the pay-per-click thing. It all makes sense. But, I believe the important thing is not to worry with what you blog about but to blog about what you know. It could be today's news with links and such. I think the biggest thing to keep in mind is 'relevance'. It's a big factor in getting your link toward the top of Google's search when someone types in a keyword that just might happen to put your blog link in that top half of the search results. 'Content' is another key word here. You are on the right track I think. You like me just need to get in the habit of daily blogging. I'll be watching.

  2. One thing I love about following your progress is that you have patience! Honestly, I think spreading your goals out over a period of years will work out a lot better for you in time. You're not chasing the next best thing, and you give your blogs time to grow. And that also means you'll give yourself time to come up with the content you need.

    I know you said patience will be hard for you, but in all honesty you're a lot more patient and focused than most of us already (including me) so I think that will serve you well :)

  3. @Paul,
    Yes I think I will be writing on things I know about and letting the chips fall where they may. At least that way, I know that I will be motivated to write and not feel like it is real work.

    Thanks. Not depending on online income to feed myself or my family is a big help for spreading out my goals. I can simply write to write and enjoy the journey in the process.

  4. Kidgas, what you’ll discover over time is that you’ll get better.

    You know my story. When I started I didn’t know anything about SEO, backlinking, etc. I did it for love and ended up making money. My first site was 100% love and little money. The more I learned over the years the better I got with building sites. My latest site has me totally amazed. I think the more you do this stuff, the deeper it gets into your blood.

    You will find that after you build a couple of sites, your next few sites will perform much better. Not because of any tricks but because you know better. As Oprah says, “When you know better, you do better.”

    The good thing is that you have a realistic view on blogging. I believe you’ll blow through your conservative estimates, but only time will tell. I’ve been at this for a few years now and have learned a lot. A few years from now, you’ll be sitting right where I am (or better).

  5. Felicia,
    I have no doubt that the more I do this, the better I will get. That is true of everything in life. I have learned a lot when I look back over two years. In that respect, the future seems very exciting.

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  7. Instead of 36 blogs, what about 1-3 websites with high quality content? I've found that my efforts are best rewarded when focused on just a few niches.

  8. That is another alternative for sure. Unfortunately for me, knowing which one would be the best niche for creating those sites might be difficult. Instead throwing out many test sites and running with those that are doing well may be the way to go. I must confess that I am focusing on one right now so I may end up changing my tune. I am keeping both options in mind and open so far.


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