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    I have done this before, but that was a long time ago (5 years in internet time is long time) when it was relatively easy to make money from blogs. Not that it is impossible now but it certainly is much harder than it used to be. I think this should be a proper challenge, because I am trying to do something in one year that took me 2+ years to do in favorable conditions.

    My Goal:

    Is to take my ~8 months old site with average traffic and minuscule income to a $1000/month blog with at least 500,000 page-views per month.

    The niche of my site is technology. Here are some stats as the site stands today:


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    As you can see from the stats screenshot there was one freaky month when the site did really good (and I didn't have any ads on it that time because it was a new site) after that I pretty much stopped working on the site till this December. The site has ads from lijit now, I am just trying them out (for the 2nd time), I tried them out once before and they didn't do much good. Now it seems to be doing not so bad, at least considering the size of the site. BuysellAds and Adsense won't even accept my site to their network. BSA said to come back after I have at least 50k page-views for couple of month. I think BSA is the right fit for my kind of site, but we will see as the site evolves and I get a better idea.

    I don't do keyword search type of post. Or short "regurgitated" articles from other similar sites. I try (most of the time) to write from my heart with my own point of view. This is an exact opposite to one of my other projects I am doing (but not part of this journey thread) where I just make dozens of short blog posts, that site is just a test ground to see what happens, not a serious project like this one.

    I also work well when I set small goals for myself. I call them "milestones". Here is a list of milestone for this blog i am hoping to achieve (I might add/remove milestones as the project matures).

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    What kind of update you can expect from me.

    - When I reach my small milestones
    - Something interesting happening with the blog
    - Answering question related to site

    Feel free to "poke" me for updates if I fall off the radar and stop updating.




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    Looks interesting. Good luck, man. I'll try to e sure to make sure you keep updating it.

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    Good luck with your journey man.

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    Good luck, so you want traffic from SE only for this blog or you will use other techniques also?

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    looks good best of luck

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    I will promote on social media sites. Which usually gives me nice bumps in traffic if the content is good but dies out the next day. Traffic from Google is still the king. You have to do both. I do zero hand-on SEO, I just setup yoast plugin and forget it, besides wordpress itself is pretty good SEO ready on default setting.

    So once in a while I will submit my article on social media sites (twitter and facebook gets automatically submitted in all articles) some site will pick it and write about it with a link back and google will pick it from there. This is exactly how I always did things, I never asked for link-back or link-exchange. My theory is I am doing it for the long term, I (try to) write quality stuff and people will pick it based on the merit of the article . I think readers now a day a very sanitized towards SEO optimized post and they are good at telling a difference between a good thing and "just trying to make some money" thing.

    Eventually you get to have this "Sticky group of small fan" that regularly comments on your blog post. Those are the people that will promote your blog for you. I haven't reached that stage yet, but that's the plan.

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    Stats look superb and I think you can certainly repeat it. Just try to evolve your methods as per the recent changes. All the best for new journey.

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    You can do it! good luck with your goal.

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    I just spent the last 4 hours researching top blogs on mine and similar niches and find out how and why they are good at what they do. How did I find sites on my niche? I went to BSA (buysellads) and looked at the sites with the most traffic, I did the same on federated media. These sites have traffic information and how much they charge for their ads and a link and description of their sites.

    I needed this, because not only did I get a good idea of what I need to do to be successful, but I also got a huge inspiration from watching and studying other successful blogs.

    I divided the successful blogs in three categories:

    - Blogs which are famous for their star power. Well-known personality with wide following who happens to start a new blog. I don't have interest in this type of blogs because I am not a well known personality.

    - Blogs which has dozens of paid and unpaid bloggers who are churning out insane amount of contents per day. These sites don't interest me either, because I am only person who will be working on the site until I reach a point where I have the funds to hire additional authors. Even these sites have two sub-categories. One in which they just publish rubbish articles daily just to have a huge number to show off to Google (these sites stagnates after reaching a certain viewership) and the other is where even large number of contents published daily has very high standard. The second type of blog is what I am hoping to reach. These type of blogs are very very rare for obvious reasons but they are the ones that have potential to be huge one day and not just stagnate to one level.

    - The last kind is the kind of blog which was started by a single person and still more or less run by a single person. Has average number of contents and he is no one when he started out but slowly and steadily generated a following on the internet. This is the type of site that I am interested in creating but once I reach a certain point I want to expand to multiple authors with very high standard for articles.

    All these sites (except for one I found which I am not going to name) had few things in common which I believe is what makes for a good and successful blog on the internet.

    - Very frequent updates. I initially though I am just going to make 12-15 posts per month, looking at these sites made me realize that's a very very low number of posts per month to have. I should go for something like 25-30 posts minimum per month. Anything lower than that I shouldn't even bother trying. This is not easy but I think I can push myself to do it.

    - The all have clean and professional looking site. This is also very important. But of course design is subjective and I found couple of them rather ugly looking but still garners good traffic. In my own biased opinion, my site is rather decent looking, unfortunately I don't want to share the site with you at this point in my journey, but maybe someday if and when the site makes it big.

    - All the sites have good following on social media sites. This is still a work in progress for me, but for the size of my site it doesn't have a bad following on Twitter or Facebook; it certainly could be a lot better.

    - Have patience, things will get better. As an impatient person I needed to see this for myself. One of the things that I did for 40-50 sites that I researched in the last couple of hours is that I looked up their very first entries in their blog. The first 2-3 pages when they started blogging and then I compared them with the recent articles (by the same authors/owners) its just amazing transformation in both quality and the tone of writing and frequency of writing and the type of feedback they got on comment. Just amazing stuff. It show that if you stick to your guns and keep doing it and have patience it will come to you. Persistence is very very important. There is only one way to find out and its the hard way.

    I am sure some of these point I wrote here is nothing new to most of you and probably read a 1000 times by now. But there is a difference between hearing from others and doing your own research and seeing it for yourself and actively re-discover by yourself by actually doing it. A knowledge is only good and useful if you actually get to use it for yourself.

    I will be working in the next couple of days to make frequent updates on my site - I will update you guys if something interesting comes up.

    Yesterday I made .09 cents on my blog. Remind me on this day next month to update you specifically today (I will of course keep updating you guys in-between) to make a good comparison on how far I have come after doing my research and some self-examination in my motivation and goals on what I have to do to be successful.

    Cheers!
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    Quite interesting, will follow, good luck.

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    Nice to see you using Wunderlist -- which is an awesome app!

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    you can prolly saperate effort driven milestone, kpi and goals.
    make some note on task dateline and when do you expect your goals and milestone be achieved.
    it will greatly improve your productivity.

    all the best and good luck!

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    As I said in my earlier updates that I will be working on some quality articles. And as it is with most hard work, it almost always pays off. I published 2 articles yesterday on my blog and both of them did quite well on social media sites, helping to break some of my easier milestones. Yesterday I made $1 whole dollars Which is the most I have made in a day from this blog so far. The traffic stats and the ad stats are on different time zone. Unfortunately I can't change the lijit ad time zone so it doesn't sync with my analytics stats. Nothing biggie, but it would have been nice if it did. Another thing with lijit is that it only pays good cpm with US traffic (that too not always), for traffic outside US the fill rate and the CPM is shitty. But lijit is a temp solution for the blog till it gets bigger, then I will move to better ad network (considering they take me in). I have tried adbrite and it wasn't so good for me. Hoping to get in to BSA when the traffic is good enough.

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    The milestone are really easy, but it feels good that I am done with them and now I can move on to completing harder milestones.

    Until something interesting happens the next update should be the end of the month update. Where I will summarize what was done this month and my goals for next month.

    I think its better to only update when there is something meaningful to show, then to make daily meaningless update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r4ys-- View Post
    you can prolly saperate effort driven milestone, kpi and goals.
    make some note on task dateline and when do you expect your goals and milestone be achieved.
    it will greatly improve your productivity.

    all the best and good luck!
    The thing with this kind of goals/milestone is that some of it is in my control (like how many posts I will make) and the others are completely out of my control (like how much ad money I will earn or how much traffic I will get on my blog). I can only work to reach my goals but I can't control the environments. So expected time frame for most of these goals are not doable. As a matter of fact the only thing that I have direct control over is how many (and the quality of) articles I can publish for my blog. That's about it.

    Cheers!

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    I know its not the end of the month yet. But I want to summarize whats been done this month and get it out of the way so that I can plan accordingly for the next month. Phew, its a new year and next thing you know its been (almost) one month already!

    So whats been done on the blog this month?

    I posted 9 articles. Something I am not proud of at all. If I want to reach my goal in any reasonable time than I have to do much better than this. 9 posts is just not enough. Successful blogs that I researched even when they are at the pick of what they do make 50-60 significantly large articles per month. Of course they have the help and luxury of more than one authors, but still 9 articles per month is just not enough even for 1 author. Need to put on a lot more effort on this.

    At 27,000 page-views this is the second busiest month in the six month existence of the blog. Considering that I published only 9 articles, this is pretty good but no where as good as originally planned it to be (100k page-views). It means:


    1. We over-estimate what we can do.
    2. If I can get this traffic from 9 articles, it tells you that I am good at promoting and writing the right kind of articles that people might be interested in.


    Now, if I can scale this effort to triple the amount of update I do, then I should be, to a certain extend also increase the amount of viewers I get.

    So my plans for the month of February:


    • Write and publish 40 articles for this month. This might not seem like a lot compare to established sites, but because its a single person blog and I have other plans for the month not related to this blog I think its a fair amount of posts. The trick obviously is not to just post large amount of articles but also to post good quality articles. So this definitely will be a challenge for me. Consider this. In the six month history of the blog there has been 34 articles, some of them quite small. So, in that context its a significant goal to have I think.
    • Reach At-least 60k pageviews. Of course this is not all in my control. And I don't do anything black-hat spamming stuff.I just write articles and submit them on social media sharing site. But considering the amount of articles I am writing, it shouldn't be too difficult to reach this goal, I think.
    • This month so far I made ~$2.30 at the time of this writing just from lijit ads. I know its not significant, but its still $2.30 more than I ever made anything on the site because this is the first full month of ads on the site. Again things are not in my control in terms of what kind of CPM I get, but I am hoping to make at-least $30 from February. I am hoping that lijit CPM will get better with more time and also I will be making some cold calls to see if anyone would be interested in putting some ads on the site. Again $30 might not seem like a lot of money, but I am in it for the long run not quick bang money and then sink to oblivion.


    Thats all for now. I should put couple of articles before the end of this month.
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    Got an email from adsense telling me that I passed a partial review and to install adcode to help pass a full review. I installed a single 469x60 in single article page footer and linked my google analytics to adsense.

    Even though I haven't used adsense in a long long time (6-7) years I have been told by Private message that with my traffic I should be expecting more CPM then what I get from lijit. Which I think could be true because lijit doesn't serve on every visit (fill rate is very very low) and barely serves ads outside USA traffic.

    So hoping for the best to get accepted by adsense so that I can test and see if its better than lijit.

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    Took couple of days off from computer to clear my mind.

    Got approved for Adsense (yay!) and replaced all my lijit ads with adsense ad units. Will be observing them in the coming day/weeks to see if its working better.

    using Adsense for the first time in 5-6 years, Few things I noticed:

    - They now load ads async. no more stuttering for the webpage to load (hated that)
    - Their Dashboard UI still sux donkey *ss. Ugly and convoluted.
    - No real-time or even short-time delay stats update. Probably the only ad company that does this.
    - No official android app. You would think they would make something like that since they are on mobile OS business big time.
    - Still a 30 day gap before payment.

    Anyways. Hoping for the best. This month should be all about writing contents and generating traffic from social media sites. Hoping for the best.

    Total Earning from Jan: $2.47 (only Lijit ads)

    Edit: just realized adsense actually updates same day earnings. I must have missed it before.
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    Subscribed. Good luck! Sounds like you've got a good plan.

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    Good luck. This will be interesting to follow.

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    I am running some 4 figure alexa rank tech blogs.. If you need any kind of help/question do let me know.

    Tips:
    #Post atleast 700+ words articles.
    #Make backlinks on each post.
    #Conduct interviews each week of popular bloggers.
    #Don't post news/trending topics.
    #SEO optimized articles with proper keyword research.
    #Use only longtails in each post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stfrank View Post
    I am running some 4 figure alexa rank tech blogs.. If you need any kind of help/question do let me know.

    Tips:
    #Post atleast 700+ words articles.
    #Make backlinks on each post.
    #Conduct interviews each week of popular bloggers.
    #Don't post news/trending topics.
    #SEO optimized articles with proper keyword research.
    #Use only longtails in each post.

    Thanks! This is close to what I have in my plans, including an interview section (when the time is right). I feel the blog needs to be a bit more well know to go with interviews. I don't do news at all, instead I do commentary on new things happening on tech industry (like firefox phone OS, ubuntu phone OS), only if they are interesting, not just fillers. I recently learned about the importance of back-links and I see that it helps readers hang around more on the site. I have to work on my long form articles, I have very bad ADD and its always a challenge but I can do it.

    Feel free to send me more advise when you see fit.

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    Interesting one.
    One advise.......do work on your theme......some brings more money than others..

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    great work, subscribed

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    I can assure you that since you have put Google Adsense on your blog, you will earn a lot more. Technology has a great CPM on Adsense, and seeing that you got arround 7000 visits to those 2 articles, you would have made atleast 25$ or more, instead of that measly 1$ you have now!

    Goodluck with your Blog!

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    Interesting journey!
    Subscribed!

    BTW's
    Is your blog a .com or a subdomain of blogspot/Wordpress etc !? and
    Do you do any SEO for the blog !?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwillnbd View Post
    Interesting journey!
    Subscribed!

    BTW's
    Is your blog a .com or a subdomain of blogspot/Wordpress etc !? and
    Do you do any SEO for the blog !?

    Its a .com.

    I have SEO plugin yoast installed, That's it. I don't do anything manually.

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    Wish you good luck man

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    haha!

    Made $.01 one first day on adsense. Same number adspot as lijit and similar traffic as lijit. To Adsense defense, the first couple of days lijit had very low income too. Maybe it takes a couple of days to show better paying relevant ads?

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    On Motivation and Persistence.


    I will use this journey thread not only to talk about my projects but also on other aspects that indirectly relates to this projects and my personal goals. Feel free to ignore it, but I think it might help people who are in to personal development and the process, not only knowledge.


    I would like to talk about motivation and the process, because if you look at most of the journey threads there few things most of them (including mine) have in common. Sooner or later they all die (or will die) a miserable death. This is not only true for this kind of MMO journals or initiatives, if you look at business stats in general both online and offline; overwhelming majority of them die out in the first few months/years.


    The simple truth is that if 100 people tries to be an online millionaire (or successful in business in general), 99 of them will fail. If everyone could do it easily this is what everyone would be doing; instead of working in their miserable 9-5 jobs.


    So whats going on, why are so many people failing and why isn't everyone a success at this? I have taken down few points as to why I think most of this goals fail so bad and so soon.



    • You don't really know what you are getting yourself in to. Really you don't. Because if you did you wouldn't be making a goal like "$1000 per day in x months". I am not saying that this kind of goal is impossible, I am saying that this kind of goals needs the kind of dedication and experience and self-motivation you don't have. If you had that kind of self-motivation you wouldn't need to start a journey thread on BHW to help people motivate you. As a matter of fact such a journey thread would only slow you down towards your audacious goal.
    • No, doing black-hat techniques to trick people in to clicking something won't make you successful in your audacious monetary goal (unless doing exactly that is your goal). You will be constantly playing a cat and mouse game with the big guys on their platform. Google, Facebook twitter pays millions of dollars to hire really really smart people to do a good job to stop people like you trying to use their platform and employing cheap trick to make some money from low hanging fruits. You will fail. The question is not if, the question is when.
    • You compare yourself to "x,y & z" person who has done it and makes you believe that you can do it too. There are two problems with this kind of thinking. First I know very few genuinely successful people who brags about their wealth and shares their secret; chances are they are a hack and trying to sell you something (there are few exception, very rare though). Second, you can't compare yourself to someone else's success simply because you don't know what led that successful person to be successful at what they did. Their circumstances are not the same as yours. That person might have failed a 100 times before being a success and that person had a different set of motivation than yours.
    • There are a limited pool of money (be it adsense, or affiliate) and there are a million people like you, some much much more motivated and experiences then you, going after it. You are not simply fighting with your own motivation and your own circumstances but you are also fighting against a million other people who are trying to do the same thing. If you starting out just now, the odds are very very very much against you.



    So this all sounds fine and de-motivational and man I am not being very helpful. The thing is I am not trying to be very helpful to make you success. I am trying to make you understand why most of you are going to fail miserably. Because the sooner you realize why you will fail miserably and sooner you will learn in your own way what you need to do be success in your next journal or your next project or your next goal. You need to be able to fail quite a few time in order to get yourself together so that you can be successful. Its really that simple. Some of you will give up after failing the 5th time, some will carry on a little bit more and but only the most persistent and the most self-motivated will carry on trying - even if he needs to try it for 50 more times before he finally makes it.


    I don't have answer to all the problems. Hell even I am one of guys who is trying to make it. I am not successful and probably don't have anything insightful and unique to teach through my journey thread you don't already know and haven't read a million time somewhere else already. This is re-hashed bite sized knowledge, nothing insightful, nothing new.


    If you look at the general concept of what you need to do to be successful on online market and idea is very very simple.


    "You have something of value to give and people has interest in that thing."


    Really its that simple. If I want to go more specific, with my own journey experience.


    "Make a blog. Write unique and valuable contents. Make money from people reading your contents."


    The concept is so so simple and there are million people telling you million ways to get it right. Yet why is it so difficult and so few actually make it big?


    I have some idea on what I need to do. How to make it. I don't know if its the right formula or if there is one formula or if my formula is going to work for you too. All I know that is that this is what I am going to try and see if it works for me (and might work for you).



    • Make a realistic goal for your journey. You are the only person who knows what you are capable of, you are only person who knows your strength and weaknesses and your limitations. Take that information and ask yourself - "knowing myself, can I do this?" if the answer is "Yes", go for it and if it's "No" re-evaluate you goals and try again. As for me, is it really possibly for me to make $1000/month from a single blog within one year? I think so, because I have done this before. If anything I should be able to do even better after I get my basics in place.
    • Make short term small goals. Break down your Big yearly goal in to monthly goals and then break down your monthly goals in to weekly goals and then break down your weekly goals in to daily goals. What it does is keep you in tune as to what you need to do now as opposed to what you need to achieve by the end of the year. Because thinking too much about the big picture too often can be scary and overwhelming and 2 months down the road will actually seem de-motivational. By breaking it down in to smaller pieces what you are doing is you are only caring about the next goal and not worry too much about the whole picture. Some times you will miss your daily or weekly or monthly goals. Its OK, people have bad days, weeks and months. But if you keep doing those smaller goals your bigger goals will seem less impossible and more closer to being a reality.
    • Take some time out and get out of the bubble. Really, burnout is a serious problem and is probably the number 1 reason majority of people give up after few months on their goals/journey. If you obsess yourself constantly and worried about something everyday and work on only one things for months at a time and do nothing else. It will drain your willpower and soon you will start not to enjoy the journey and start to dread it. So get away from computer and do something else for couple of days, take a break and when you come back you will be fresh and eager to go like a tied down tiger. I was very anxious in the last couple of days (for both personal and this project reason). Taking a few days off really calmed me down and helped me look at things in a different perspective.



    Why am I writing all this? Its a journey not only to make money and be successful on my goals but also a journey to test myself and understand myself as a person and understand my limitation and understand my obstacles and try to analyze them and try to overcome them and finally be a success.


    Whether I will be success or not, only time will tell and I really don't have answer to this. What I can say is that I will give my best and then I will probably fall down a few times and I will probably need some cheering up from you guys from time to time to keep me going.
    But I need this journey to be a success both for personal reasons and also to be financially independent (like most of you guys). It feels great to be financially independent and probably why there is so much interest (an competition) in MMO world. But only few of us will be successful, the most persistent and the most dedicated.


    Lets be that person.

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    Nothing much to update on other than I am working on contents and trying out different combinations of adsense placements and using adsense with lijit without overwhelming users with too many ads. Its a trial and error process and only time tell whats the best combinations that will work for the site.

    Besides that I have been busy with personal projects. I am training for my first 10k run due on March 1 and I am also writing my first book (also due this month) as a personal project. Don't worry, its not a MMO book and I am not trying to sell you the book here . Its just my personal project for my bucket list.

    I am starting to think that I am putting too much on my plate and might be running myself thin. Its already 1/4th in to the month. So for next month I will try to have less projects on my plate and instead concentrate on one or two things.

    I will post next update when something interesting comes up.

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    Why not simply outsource some articles if you can? Also, if your site is not worth advertising through Adwords to gain popularity and traffic, then your site has absolutely nothing people want. You might want to make your site (over time) worthy enough to be advertised through Adwords. This will test the quality of your site greatly compared to just relying on free traffic sources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by therage View Post
    Why not simply outsource some articles if you can? Also, if your site is not worth advertising through Adwords to gain popularity and traffic, then your site has absolutely nothing people want. You might want to make your site (over time) worthy enough to be advertised through Adwords. This will test the quality of your site greatly compared to just relying on free traffic sources.
    True, as it currently stands. The site is not big enough (not enough diverse content) to be worthy of high-paying ads. I am not disappointed or annoyed by this. I know that it is not there yet. The only way to be there is to create quality content and wait and thats exactly what I am doing right now. The ads comments was in reference to me trying out adsense after a long time (5-6yrs) and playing around with options to see what works better.

    I am not going to outsource articles. Its a personal choice. I have tried it before and didn't like the idea much and it defeats the purpose if I am trying to make an authority site (which takes time). I rather hire full-time editors when and if the site reaches the point.

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    Going Adsense was the best decision I have made (thanks to peeps who suggested it). The RPM and CTR are really good, better than I was expecting.

    I also noticed that I am getting google search traffic just within 24 hours of writing them and decent traffic too. Is this normal? I always thought, it takes couple of weeks.

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    Yesterday was the single best day in terms of income. Far from my goal but its getting there. I am planning on writing a post here on how I get article ideas on my blog that goes viral (or at least moderately successful enough). My last 5 articles all did very good in terms of traffic from social media sites. Not 100k page views good, but generally good enough that I start seeing traffic from search results. From my observation doing good in social sites increases your chances of getting traffic from Google.

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    What kinda traffic you getting on average per day mate?

    Seems not to be making much on adense!? and I thought adsense would kill it with a tech niche!

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    What kinda traffic you getting on average per day mate?

    Seems not to be making much on adense!? and I thought adsense would kill it with a tech niche!
    Honestly I always thought Tech is relatively bad with CTR based ads like adsense. Because tech users tends to be less likely to click on ads and more likely to use adblockers. So considering that, I think its not so bad. The real money is when (and if ) get very high traffic (like in the tune to 400-500k/month) than I can ask for high CPM ads from more premium ad networks.

    I just feel like I am not working as hard as I can with the amount of free time I have, I really need to buckle down and try harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudosu View Post
    Going Adsense was the best decision I have made (thanks to peeps who suggested it). The RPM and CTR are really good, better than I was expecting.

    I also noticed that I am getting google search traffic just within 24 hours of writing them and decent traffic too. Is this normal? I always thought, it takes couple of weeks.
    if you use pingomatic or pingler combined with onlywire (to submit to 33 social sites)
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    On Motivation and Persistence.


    I will use this journey thread not only to talk about my projects but also on other aspects that indirectly relates to this projects and my personal goals. Feel free to ignore it, but I think it might help people who are in to personal development and the process, not only knowledge.


    I would like to talk about motivation and the process, because if you look at most of the journey threads there few things most of them (including mine) have in common. Sooner or later they all die (or will die) a miserable death. This is not only true for this kind of MMO journals or initiatives, if you look at business stats in general both online and offline; overwhelming majority of them die out in the first few months/years.


    The simple truth is that if 100 people tries to be an online millionaire (or successful in business in general), 99 of them will fail. If everyone could do it easily this is what everyone would be doing; instead of working in their miserable 9-5 jobs.


    So whats going on, why are so many people failing and why isn't everyone a success at this? I have taken down few points as to why I think most of this goals fail so bad and so soon.



    • You don't really know what you are getting yourself in to. Really you don't. Because if you did you wouldn't be making a goal like "$1000 per day in x months". I am not saying that this kind of goal is impossible, I am saying that this kind of goals needs the kind of dedication and experience and self-motivation you don't have. If you had that kind of self-motivation you wouldn't need to start a journey thread on BHW to help people motivate you. As a matter of fact such a journey thread would only slow you down towards your audacious goal.
    • No, doing black-hat techniques to trick people in to clicking something won't make you successful in your audacious monetary goal (unless doing exactly that is your goal). You will be constantly playing a cat and mouse game with the big guys on their platform. Google, Facebook twitter pays millions of dollars to hire really really smart people to do a good job to stop people like you trying to use their platform and employing cheap trick to make some money from low hanging fruits. You will fail. The question is not if, the question is when.
    • You compare yourself to "x,y & z" person who has done it and makes you believe that you can do it too. There are two problems with this kind of thinking. First I know very few genuinely successful people who brags about their wealth and shares their secret; chances are they are a hack and trying to sell you something (there are few exception, very rare though). Second, you can't compare yourself to someone else's success simply because you don't know what led that successful person to be successful at what they did. Their circumstances are not the same as yours. That person might have failed a 100 times before being a success and that person had a different set of motivation than yours.
    • There are a limited pool of money (be it adsense, or affiliate) and there are a million people like you, some much much more motivated and experiences then you, going after it. You are not simply fighting with your own motivation and your own circumstances but you are also fighting against a million other people who are trying to do the same thing. If you starting out just now, the odds are very very very much against you.



    So this all sounds fine and de-motivational and man I am not being very helpful. The thing is I am not trying to be very helpful to make you success. I am trying to make you understand why most of you are going to fail miserably. Because the sooner you realize why you will fail miserably and sooner you will learn in your own way what you need to do be success in your next journal or your next project or your next goal. You need to be able to fail quite a few time in order to get yourself together so that you can be successful. Its really that simple. Some of you will give up after failing the 5th time, some will carry on a little bit more and but only the most persistent and the most self-motivated will carry on trying - even if he needs to try it for 50 more times before he finally makes it.


    I don't have answer to all the problems. Hell even I am one of guys who is trying to make it. I am not successful and probably don't have anything insightful and unique to teach through my journey thread you don't already know and haven't read a million time somewhere else already. This is re-hashed bite sized knowledge, nothing insightful, nothing new.


    If you look at the general concept of what you need to do to be successful on online market and idea is very very simple.


    "You have something of value to give and people has interest in that thing."


    Really its that simple. If I want to go more specific, with my own journey experience.


    "Make a blog. Write unique and valuable contents. Make money from people reading your contents."


    The concept is so so simple and there are million people telling you million ways to get it right. Yet why is it so difficult and so few actually make it big?


    I have some idea on what I need to do. How to make it. I don't know if its the right formula or if there is one formula or if my formula is going to work for you too. All I know that is that this is what I am going to try and see if it works for me (and might work for you).



    • Make a realistic goal for your journey. You are the only person who knows what you are capable of, you are only person who knows your strength and weaknesses and your limitations. Take that information and ask yourself - "knowing myself, can I do this?" if the answer is "Yes", go for it and if it's "No" re-evaluate you goals and try again. As for me, is it really possibly for me to make $1000/month from a single blog within one year? I think so, because I have done this before. If anything I should be able to do even better after I get my basics in place.
    • Make short term small goals. Break down your Big yearly goal in to monthly goals and then break down your monthly goals in to weekly goals and then break down your weekly goals in to daily goals. What it does is keep you in tune as to what you need to do now as opposed to what you need to achieve by the end of the year. Because thinking too much about the big picture too often can be scary and overwhelming and 2 months down the road will actually seem de-motivational. By breaking it down in to smaller pieces what you are doing is you are only caring about the next goal and not worry too much about the whole picture. Some times you will miss your daily or weekly or monthly goals. Its OK, people have bad days, weeks and months. But if you keep doing those smaller goals your bigger goals will seem less impossible and more closer to being a reality.
    • Take some time out and get out of the bubble. Really, burnout is a serious problem and is probably the number 1 reason majority of people give up after few months on their goals/journey. If you obsess yourself constantly and worried about something everyday and work on only one things for months at a time and do nothing else. It will drain your willpower and soon you will start not to enjoy the journey and start to dread it. So get away from computer and do something else for couple of days, take a break and when you come back you will be fresh and eager to go like a tied down tiger. I was very anxious in the last couple of days (for both personal and this project reason). Taking a few days off really calmed me down and helped me look at things in a different perspective.



    Why am I writing all this? Its a journey not only to make money and be successful on my goals but also a journey to test myself and understand myself as a person and understand my limitation and understand my obstacles and try to analyze them and try to overcome them and finally be a success.


    Whether I will be success or not, only time will tell and I really don't have answer to this. What I can say is that I will give my best and then I will probably fall down a few times and I will probably need some cheering up from you guys from time to time to keep me going.
    But I need this journey to be a success both for personal reasons and also to be financially independent (like most of you guys). It feels great to be financially independent and probably why there is so much interest (an competition) in MMO world. But only few of us will be successful, the most persistent and the most dedicated.


    Lets be that person.

    Their circumstances are not the same as yours. That person might have failed a 100 times before being a success and that person had a different set of motivation than yours.

    This is SUCH a strong point. The point is to keep experimenting and see what personally works for us - because people may have arrived at success in different ways - and we have to keep experimenting to see what makes us successful.

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    I didn't know, I submit to 3-4 social bookmarking site all manually. I will check them out.

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    Waiting for your tips on Article Writing...

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    Sorry, I have been a bit busy. I will do it as soon as I get some time. Thanks for your interest.
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    A quick update on whats going on with the project. As mentioned before, in my very first post in this thread that I will not do daily updates instead I will concentrate my updates on milestones I have reached, when something notable happens with my project and when I have something of value to share, like motivations and writing tips and so on.

    Today I want to share with you whats been going on since I switched to adsense. Its the best decision I am made by far. I didn't have a lot of positive experience with adsense last time I tried but thing seems to be better this around. Its not insane, but certainly better than expected. Today I crossed a personal milestone by making more than $2 on a single day. Actually I made about $3 total for today 2.60 from adsense and .40 from lijit. I have decided to completely remove lijit and just stick with adsense. So far I have had horrible performance with lijit, even the, now defunct, adbrite paid more money than lijit. Not, recommended at all.

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    Remember, this might not seem like much to most of you. But I think incremental progress is important for the process, instead of slam, bang and sink. Its little amount but still a progress:

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    As for traffic. Its been a decent first half of the month and if I can keep up the pace I should be able to do better than last month's traffic:

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    Wow what a day, I didn't even finish writing my last update when one of my post went viral. This helped reach a single milestone by earning more than $5 a day (earned $7.48) and also crossed last month traffic with 10 days to spare in this month. This truly is the first time that I am optimistic about my chances of reaching my goal.

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    Nice to hear that!
    Congratulations on completing the milestone!

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    New milestone: 30k pageviews in a single month (so far):

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    The easy milestones are done, now the relatively harder ones are left.

    Work update:

    I am finding it hard to write as many articles as I thought I could in a month. For example: for this month I made a target to writing 40 "good" articles, not 1-2 para but a decent size article. I find it very hard to do it, not only because its actually hard to write good stuff but also because I had way too many other personal goals and commitment for this month, which are eating away on my time. My articles rarely goes below 500 words and often crosses 900-1000+ words. Its difficult to write 40+ articles with this much intensity in a single month. Its also matter of building habit/practice of writing so much so often. So I will have to slowly build up this habit over months, instead of forcing myself to do it.

    On a separate note I am talking to this company about direct relevant ads on my site. The conversation is ongoing and if it works I might be able to do my first direct ad sale (and finish many milestone is short time). I hoping it works out. You can't beat direct ads, they are almost always more profitable than other forms of ads. I have been making a lot of called calls (or rather emails) to relevant companies on my niche to put ads on my site.

    Here is a repost of milestones left:

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    Milestones keeps me focused on the short term goal, instead of getting worried about the big goal.

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