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How I made over $400K in 3 years

Discussion in 'Adwords' started by Dreamz, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Dreamz

    Dreamz Newbie

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    From 2007 to early 2010 I was making over 100K year using Adwords content network with Adult Dating sites. Hugetraffic and Adult friend finder.

    At one point I was even at the top 5 of a AFF promotion push with a grand price of 20K bonus.

    Now just a warning. I no longer use this method to make money. I wanted to share this hoping it can help someone or give them any ideas.

    My secret weapon was the niche I targeted. "Married Dating" meeting married women looking for fun.

    Targeting specific websites such as plentyoffish and myspace using the content network.

    3 or 4 times Google stopped my ads completely and I had to scramble to get them approved again which got harder and harder. Because the ads would stop the $400k actually only came from a few months. For example $90k was made for Jan, Feb 2009 then the ad stopped end of Feb.

    What worked for me was this.

    1) Create site with 4 to 5 review articles, privacy policy, terms... etc
    2) Create legit but questionable landing page. With enter site button under featured site. Site button redirected to Affiliate.
    3)Create several adword accounts.
    4) Create same ad on all campaigns, direct ad to landingpage URL with is directly via htaccess redirect. Begin with ad directed to site home page
    5) Sit and wait. Sometimes months before an approval.
    6) Once approved, change htaccess redirect to landing page.


    Once the ad was approved the ad had an amazing CTR.

    The landing page had the "featured" site at the top with a enter site button redirected to my affiliate. then under the typical screen fold would be 3 other small reviews linking to articles on my site. This was only done to comply with Google.

    My conversions rate for hugetraffic was 1 free trial for every 7 visitors. My AFF was 1 in 10

    Total cost in ads was roughly $50k for the 3 years.

    here is a SS of my Hugetraffic. I chose not to share my AFF as Im not sure how they would feel me sharing my info. I've built up a good relationship with my affiliate manager
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    vipey Registered Member

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    dream on dreamz
     
  3. Dreamz

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    Forgot when I was sharing this how skeptical people are on the net
     
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    graphicnut Supreme Member

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    well done dude, i wonder how well hugetraffic's mobile stuff converts on the google mobile network...
     
  5. dennisyu

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    What is the reason for this? Were you targeting the same site with all accounts?
     
  6. popcrdom29

    popcrdom29 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    That's very nice going. What was your average monthly or yearly cost for adwords and did you gross 400k or were your expenses included?
     
  7. JohnnyRabbit

    JohnnyRabbit Supreme Member

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    Great stuff here!!!!
     
  8. Dreamz

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    Thats why "Search" didnt work and "content network" did. The ad would appear on almost every profile.

    ?

    I did this becuase it was hit or miss to get the ad approved. Becuase the ads were exactly the same my theory is that a human reviewed the ads. So depending on their opinion the ad would be approved or denied

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    400K was gross, it was around 20 to 40K a year expenses. In the beginning it was spend $500 make $1000. Towards the end I was spending around $1k a day and making $1500 to $1600 a day.

    Here is one of my adwords accounts. ignore the daily limit, that doesn't represent the typical setting.

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  9. Dreamz

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    Quick answer is both.

    In 2009 I was only focusing on Myspace with AFF which was giving me $155 payout. I made a bunch of sales early in the year then the ads stopped. It took me roughly 8 months to get them going again but by that time AFF dropped my payout down to the typical $55 until I avg 20 sales per day for 2 months.

    If my payout didn't change I would of been making around $300 to 400 bucks per $1k spent. Not bad for being passive but, I didn't have the cash flow to operate at a loss for 2 months.
     
  10. Dreamz

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    Oh I forgot to mention I had the ability to spend so much on ads from the get go because of CL and Backpage Adult listings which was way to much work even for 2006.

    I truly believe its all about momentum and evolving. Nothing will work forever, theres always a better way of doing it.
     
  11. h4ckzor3

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    Congratz !
    Just one question, at 400k$ banked, how couldnt you operate at a loss for 2 months ?
    Also, what car do you drive ?
    Just curiosity ^^
     
  12. gosu22

    gosu22 Junior Member

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    Do you think that cloaking still works? Like setting a page to one place, and then changing it?
     
  13. .david.

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    Incredible Dreamz! Congrats.. I'm sure you'll morph (or have morphed) into something else just as grand.

    Keep up the good work!