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Income Report – March 2012

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March marks an interesting month in the world of search, internet marketing, and here at AdSense Flippers. Once again, we find ourselves faced with both some successes and some struggles this month and we’ll lay them all out for you with the hope that sharing this information will help you as you continue to grow your business. These income reports of ours are always interesting to write as they provide motivation for ourselves and for others while at the same time allowing us to hold ourselves accountable when it comes to our goals, added value, etc. We ended March, 2012 bringing in a total of $15,851.31. That brings our total revenue for Q1 2012 to $72,892.03 which definitely puts us on track to hit our annual goals.

Note: Make sure to check out the bottom of this post for a free iPhone app giveaway from Eduardo with QuickAdSense!

While we do have a few potential site sales lined up from some of our larger individual investors, the focus in Q2 will be on tightening up our current process, building out our current team so that we can further scale, and looking at ways to expand our niche sites to further increase their ROI. Selling sites to individual buyers does take a considerable amount of our time, so we think our strategic focus should be on improving and scaling our sites and our crew over the next couple of months. We’ll continue with current site sale agreements we have in place and hope to make up for less site sales in Apr/May by selling off quite a few sites in June so that we can hit our Q2 goals and keep on track for our 2012 goals overall.

Business Opportunities And Challenges

There weren’t any major changes to our plan or business model in March, but the private blog network shakedown that happened forced us to rethink our linkbuilding strategy. Ultimately, we thought it prudent to renew our focus and efforts on article marketing as it seems to be one of the most effective long-standing strategies around.  With our limited budget, a more well-rounded article marketing or backlinking strategy wouldn’t fit, so we’re doing the best we can with the budget available.  In the end, it’s the ROI that matters, though, so we’re definitely willing to spend more per site up-front if the long-term rewards show us that an increased investment is worth it.

We’re still waiting on one of our larger investors to pick up his batch of sites, totalling right around 18K.  We’d thought we might be able to squeeze the deal in for our March report, but it’s taking a bit longer to get the deal done. No worries…the prospective buyer is an extremely busy guy so it’s not surprising it’s taking him a while to get this deal wrapped up. Worst case, we’ll put a few of the sites up for sale on the site, put up a few batches on Flippa and then sell them across a few buyers. It’s much more convenient for us to sell to one buyer instead of quite a few, but we’ll end up offloading those sites in April either way.

Navigating Risk

We made an effort to look for local staff this month, particularly to fill a few Content Manager positions.  Unfortunately, we’ve had a pretty bad string of luck with interviews and haven’t been able to pick up staff for this as quickly as we were hoping. A few days ago, Joe and I sat down to discuss this and we debated whether we should continue to look for staff or whether we should focus on selling sites and increasing revenue over the next 30-60 days. Ultimately, we decided we were better off opening up our geography requirements for staff, focusing on recruitment, and then selling off more sites in June, most likely. That gives us time to get them hired, trained, etc. and a chance for some of our latest linkbuilding and site creation efforts to come to maturity.

As much as we wanted to hire in Davao, we decided to open it up a bit to all of the Philippines and turned once again to Virtual Staff Finder to help us find an agent quickly. We asked them if it would be possible to find a person that meets our requirements AND is in Davao, but they thought that might be a little too strict for them as well. If you’re looking to pick up staff, definitely contact Stephanie from Virtual Staff Finder.  Tell her Justin and Joe sent you! It’s too bad too…I know that Chris is planning to run a VSF seminar here in Davao this month which will likely bring in quite a few more home-based agents in Davao. We’ve also been looking at picking up some staff through oDesk and we’ve had a couple of great interviews, along with some that were not so great.  While we pay a bit more for these agents, we can also use it as a temporary fix while we look for less expensive local agents to hire directly.

Traffic To AdSenseFlippers

We’ve had another growth month in traffic to the site, receiving 20,568 total visits for the month.  Our content output in March was a bit low, but we started adding a bit more at the end of the month. We had a great day for traffic, pulling in 1,596 visits on March 29th, the most we’ve ever had! I was playing around with Real-Time Analytics (Where you can view exactly how many people are on your site at once…pretty sweet feature!) and saw that we had 72 people on our site at once!  I know that’s probably no big deal for the top bloggers, but for guys like us it was awesome!

AdSense Flippers Analytics March 2012

Our Top 3 referrers were the Warrior Forum, Twitter , and Facebook respectively but coming in 4th was Sparklewise.com. It was really interesting, as we only had a mention in a comment on the site  and had 303 visits…most coming in at the end of the month. Tommy’s site seems to get a ton of traffic!

Podcast Statistics

We continue to get some great feedback from everyone on the podcast, even if the downloads seem to be leveling off a bit. We’re up to 64 iTunes reviews as of this post and had a total of 14,345 downloads in March.

AF Podcast downloads March 2012

Silly of me, but up until now I’ve been the one that uploads all of the podcasts/posts, finds the images, adds the links, etc…but just recently I’ve brought in my own assistant to help with this and it’s going great, so far. I’m really excited about this as it should free up quite a bit of my time to focus on putting out more content in the near future.

AdSense Earnings

AdSense Earnings March 2012

Our AdSense earnings remained pretty consistent, coming in at $2,889.99 for the month of March. You’ll see a slight incline throughout the month, with our best day on March 20th at $121.91.  We didn’t have a ton of site sales for the month, so I would have expected better earnings for March.  We didn’t have any real setbacks and, in looking at the sites, I think the reason for the limited growth this month was still due to our linkbuilding falling behind. It seems that the sites across the board aren’t getting ranked as well and I think this is due to our slacking on article marketing…something we’re in the process of correcting now. Even with some fairly large site sales coming up, I would expect some improvement in this area through Apr/May/June.

Flippa SalesFlippa Sale March 2012

We had another Flippa auction go through at the beginning of the month for another $2,320. We really do like to offer Flippa auctions as it exposes quite a few new people to our brand and tends to get some buzz going, but getting all the information together is significantly more work than it is to put the sites on our BuyOurSites page. Almost all of the stats on our site are pulled automatically, making it extremely easy for us to add the sites, whereas we have to pull all of the data for a Flippa auction manually.  Unfortunately, this isn’t something we could have an agent do as it would require significant access to get everything needed for the auction, so it’s something we have to do ourselves.

Private Sales

We had a fairly strong month with private site sales selling $9,419.60 worth of sites. We were really hoping we’d be able to squeeze in the 18K private sale in March to finish out Q1 with a bang, but carrying it over will help make sure we hit our goals this next quarter.  We continue to have a ton of requests to broker sites, but that’s not currently part of our business plan.  Much of our business is built on trust with our clients and selling sites for others puts that trust at risk.  I think it would be hard to scale the due diligence process required for buying sites and making sure they’re well-built…that would take up a considerable amount of our time.

Affiliate Sales

We did quite well with LongTailPro again at $615.90 for the month.  We did get a final payment from BuildMyRank for around $50 that’s not included on this income report because we received at the beginning of April.  We’re glad to see another VirtualStaffFinder purchase as we just made another purchase from them ourselves and the affiliate deal helps to offset the costs there…awesome!

Summary:

We’re really excited we were able to finish out the quarter pretty strong and are excited about the next three month.  Q2 will be pivotal for our business as we continue to grow, create more sites, and push our company forward.

Sites Created: 149 (136 last month)
AdSense Earnings: $2,889.99 ($2,750.33 last month)
Flippa Sales: $2,320.00 ($2,890.00 last month)
Private Sales: $9,419.60 ($5,620.30 last month)
Total Affiliate Sales: $1,221.72 ($1,648.92 last month)

Total Income: $15,851.31 ($12,749.55 last month)

Free Giveaway Details:

One of our readers, Eduardo, contacted us and wanted us to check out his iPhone app for AdSense, QuickAdSense.  Unfortunately, Joe and I are both Android guys but our Intern was able to download it and we were able to play around with it a bit.  It’s great…we love the fact that you can customize your reporting dates and the stats you’re able to pull are fantastic for checking earnings on the go.  He’s graciously offered to give away 5 free promo codes to AdSenseFlippers readers and listeners!  It’s worth the $1.99 of course, but thought we’d do something fun here.

Want to win a free app download?  Leave a comment on our site, give us an iTunes review, or mention AdSenseFlippers on Facebook or Twitter and include the code #QuickAdSenseApp and we’ll be selecting the 5 best comments, Tweets, or mentions!  You have until 4/9/12 and then we’ll be emailing the codes to the winners.  Thanks in advance!

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  • http://www.mikefrommaine.com/ Mike From Maine

    Justin and Joe,

    This month seems to have been a nice building month for you. I’m sure you’ll see a nice boost next month with that pending sale you have going. Nice work!

    I’ll be interested in seeing how you change your link building plan for each site. I’m currently using SocialAdr, Unique Article Wizard, Article Marketing Robot, and EZArticle Link. I did a post about it if you don’t mind me posting it: http://mikefrommaine.com/how-i-do-link-building-for-niche-websites/

    I really don’t spend too much for each site. I’m currently spending a total of about $7 per site, which isn’t much at all since all my link building is hands-off.

    Keep up the great work!

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Mike…thanks for the comment!

      Links are just fine when they add value to the conversation and yours definitely does!

      I like your linkbuilding strategy. I especially like the price at which you’re able to get it done. We’re going to trial out our more expensive delivery and see how it works. If it’s less effective, we’ll be going back to another low-cost option, heh.

      • stevewyman

        IMHO (and i mean that)

        http://www.ezarticlelink.com/ is a terrible idea.

        Why would i want none related articles with no quality control from myself on my domain! I get its in a seperate directory.

        But would i want google to see me publish X number of articles per day?

        One thing panda can or does do is average the quality of the sites content so a bunch of crappy articles will lower the overall value of the site.

        ALso i dont like he idea of the interconnetions between all the sites in the created network I think this can cause a “neighbourhood” connection of sites which have an unnatural link pattern related to their rankings.

        I could be way off but I never (again abfter BMR) want to put the domain into any “system”.

        Just my 0.0005cents worth

  • http://www.sparklewise.com/ Tommy

    Hi Justin, glad to have sent some traffic your way ;-) The blog post you’ve mentioned went really viral and got a ton of visits from Hacker News, Reddit and Twitter and you got a part of that. Congrats with the progress, I’m watching you guys closely!

    • JustinWCooke

      Thanks, Tommy!

      Yeah, was surprised at how much traffic we were getting from that mention, lol. Hoping we can return the favor and send a few back. Good luck with your passive income pursuits!

  • http://ianrobinson.net/ Ian

    Congratulations guys. Another killer month.

    • JustinWCooke

      Thank you, Ian…appreciate it!

  • http://hangout-lifestyle.de/ Florian

    Not to bad guys. More than 15t bucks it really good.

    • JustinWCooke

      Thanks, Florian! We were hoping for an even bigger month, but we’re thinking about pushing that to June and focusing on building more staff, sites, etc.

  • http://www.pkarun.com/ P.K.Arun

    Nice earning… And about QuickAdsense app, I have been using these app-Nice app. I think you guys have to create some affiliate sites too. It is easy to make money with affiliate sites compared to adsense but LOT of competition will be there.

    • JustinWCooke

      Yeah, from what we checked out, we liked the app…was pretty sweet/smooth.

      You’re probably right…we’ll have to do some affiliate sites at some point. Maybe when we start up another authority site test?

      • http://www.pkarun.com/ Arun

        Hi justin, we don’t need any authority site for affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing is possible with niche sites with 2 posts per site but we have to target buyers keyword which is generally have high competition, and one more thing is we have to be in #1 – #3 in google to make money.

        I have sites with 2 post per site which makes money (they are in #1 – #4 in google, but some sites dropped ranking during recent algorithm change).

        • JustinWCooke

          There’s definitely money to be made selling via affiliates with niche sites. It’s something we’ve dabbled with but haven’t fully explored. We’ve definitely been considering, though. With our product-based AdSense sites my guess is that it would provider better UX if we actually gave them something to BUY…as that’s clearly the intention with some of the keywords targeted.

  • http://www.ingeniousinternetincome.com/ Steve Eason

    Guys, great work and great results. I’ve been following your posts and podcasts for a while, learning about you from your comments over at Spencer’s site. I really appreciate what you are doing with being open about information. To be honest, your comments on the podcast about this whole concept have really made me change my plans for my upcoming site/business. I’m going to be taking that same approach.

    As I’ve told Spencer, who also publishes his income reports each month, I really look forward to these reports. They give me an opportunity to see that it is possible to earn a very good living in Internet Marketing. It is possible to succeed. They give me the extra encouragement I need to keep pressing on to that future goal.

    I am working with a like minded business partner to build our own Adsense sites and to get them earning. Over the past 4-5 months we’ve been seeing the income slowly increase each month. Last month we hit a milestone for our business. We hit $200 for the month of March in Adsense income. And this month we’re on target to beat that number as well. One day we’ll be posting our income reports each month with numbers that reach our goals. I can’t wait for that day.

    So keep up the good work, I look forward to the future content and podcasts!

    Steve Eason
    Jordan Venture Crossings

    • JustinWCooke

      Awesome, Steve!

      We’re so glad you find the income reports motivational, but would warn others that it’s not necessarily easy. It may look like we just write blog posts and build sites and that’s all you need, but there’s quite a bit to it…a ton of work.

      Do keep us informed as to how your niche sites are progressing…we’d love to hear about it!

  • Stephen D.

    Congrats on your earnings, definetly motivational. I am curious about your future link building strategies so I’ll be looking out for that. I don’t know If you guys answered this anywhere but do you build sites using other monetization methods or is it strictly adsense for now since that is what is killing it for you guys at the moment. I’m trying real hard to stay focused on Adsense when I see all these other methods working for different people. I wanted to do like 10 Adsense sites, then 10 amazon or click bank sites, then go back to 10 Adsense sites and so on, what do you think? QuickAdsenseApp

    • JustinWCooke

      Thanks, Stephen!

      We’ve dabbled with some affiliate offers on our sites, some clickbank products, etc. but didn’t have much success and didn’t see it through very well. In the near future our plan is to test through building out sites. It’s on the project list for our Intern, but he’s been tied up with the Niche Site Guide we’ve been building.

      It’s difficult to convert AdSense sites to affiliate sites. Affiliate sites require a bit of pre-sell…not needed for AdSense sites. I think it’s much easier to convert affiliate sites to AdSense sites than the other way around…

  • Vin D’Eletto

    Hey Justin and Joe,

    I was going to hit you up on WF, but I figure here is just as good. We are both in agreement that article marketing (when done properly) can have some serious long term benefits when it comes to link building. However, defining “quality” article marketing strategies seems to be pretty difficult after the recent Google Panda updates.

    I quite interested in discussing how you guys go about your article marketing. Are you writing a unique article for each link property? Are you writing one high quality article and spinning it? If so, what are your readability and uniqueness requirement for the spins?

    I’m assuming that you’re outsourcing all of your content creating for this as well. So, how are you budgeting for article marketing?

    My strategy, which seems to have mixed results, is fairly simple. I’m writing a nice article, spinning it on sentence level, and creating about 15-20 article/web 2.0 properties for every 1000 local searches that my target KW gets per month.

    Any insight would be appreciated!

    - Vin

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey, Vin, great questions!

      You’re right in that defining quality article marketing is a bit rough!

      We’ve done our article marketing in-house in the past. (We own an outsourcing company here in the Philippines) We have the agents order original content for around $5 per article and then they would apply the spintax themselves manually. Some of the spins are less than great, but we didn’t have them spin very deep…only around 30-40%.

      We’re going to be trialing out some higher-quality content via an outsourced source and extremely well spun content at around 70%. We’ll see how that goes, but the per-article price is awfully expensive. You can find out more about that in our backlinking strategy update here:
      http://adsenseflippers.com/niche-websites/niche-site-linkbuilding-strategy-part-2

      • Vin D’Eletto

        Ah, very cool. That’s a great post.

        I actually got my spin percentage to 100% yesterday by using sentence level spins. I wrote 4 alternate sentences for each original sentence (essentially rewriting the article 4 times). It took me about an hour and a half.

        I’m testing them on a URL that doesn’t have any links pointed at it just yet. My only concern is that the articles don’t pass the duplicate content filter of both Google and the individual link properties.

        We shall see…

  • Pete

    Seems like you only have 1 adsense account. Don’t you consider that pretty risky considering Google is banning accounts left and right? Whats your view on that?

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Pete,

      There’s been chatter about “bunches” of accounts being banned well before we ever got started with AdSense, while we were getting started, and ever since. I think it’s really hard to determine whether that volume has increased, gone down, etc. Many people I’ve spoken to privately knew exactly why their accounts were banned or should have known. (There are a few exceptions to this, for sure)

      Anyway, I try not to worry about things that are outside of my control…I leave that to Joe. :-) We have personal AdSense accounts, but the income from those is not attached to the business and remains unreported here. We have considered setting up other corporations and probably will in the future, but that’s not a terribly high priority at this point.

      • http://empireflippers.com/ Joseph Magnotti

        And working on it I am! It’s always good to have a backup plan — honestly I would prefer to lose an AdSense account then have all our sites deindexed. Either way it would be painful, but maintaining ranking and traffic are most important.

        • NoHatSEO

          I highly suggest it. Recently had 2 of my accounts banned for suspected invalid click activity. No I do not click my ads – basically the CTRs were too high and advertisers were likely not converting.

          Lost about 3k per account. Luckily I have another 5 accounts :)

          BTW it may interest you to know that moving the sites that were on the banned account to a new account worked fine (in about 20 days and still no account ban). Also the earnings are higher.

  • http://twitter.com/Legit_SEO Alex

    Justin,

    Congrats, I was very curious to see how well you guys would do last month after all the Google updates, deindexing, etc . Looks like it didn’t set you back at all! These earnings reports are always my favorite, it’s really cool seeing exactly what methods are ACTUALLY working and really gets me motivated. Keep up the great work!

    Alex

    • http://empireflippers.com/ Joseph Magnotti

      Thanks Alex we love when our readers appreciate all our hard work. Income reports let us visualize that for sure.

    • JustinWCooke

      Great, Alex!

      Yes, no major adjustments from last month’s craziness on our end that we can see. I think it helps that our content has improved dramatically from when we started. Ultimately, I’d like to continue to level up in that area and we are continuously improving the quality of our content.

  • http://www.lazybastardlife.com Jason

    I’m not sure if you guys disclose this, but how many total sites do you have currently running adsense. Curious for some baseline numbers on what it takes to bring in almost $3K per month (understanding that many of your sites are not fully mature).

    Glad you moved the podcast to Tuesdays. However, now that it’s Thursday, I’m sad you moved the podcast to Tuesdays. How about twice a week? Three times? Daily?

    Keep rocking the free material. Looking forward to your free eBook. Coming soon???

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Jason!

      Hmmm…kind of difficult to answer. Not difficult because we don’t know, but difficult because it can easily be misunderstood. Let me know if this makes sense:

      We’ve created or are in the process of creating right around 1,700 sites in total. Around 450 of those sites were created this year, so we have around 1,250 that were created through Dec 2011.

      Ouch…that means our 1,250 sites are only creating around $3,000/month in AdSense…not good, right? That’s only around $2.50 per month per site!

      Well, we’ve sold off somewhere around 400 of those sites and they were (typically) our top earners. If we would have held onto those sites, we might be closer to around 11K-12K/month in AdSense revenue alone.

      That means we’re left with around 850 sites that were created last year that earn around $3,000 per month. These are our lower per-site earners. You’ll see that we’ve sold some of these sites off on Flippa in our recent auctions.

      Any of our sites that turn into complete losers (i.e. make less than $4 in a 6 month period…around 5-10%) are not even worth renewing, most likely…we’ve had very few of these so far that we haven’t renewed. The low earners (i.e. make $4-10 in a 6 month period) we might just keep around, package in auctions, etc.

      • http://www.lazybastardlife.com Jason

        Thanks Justin! On surface that does make someone say ouch, but any avid follower of this site should understand your business model of getting sites to a minimum level to sell. Many of your sites are new and the backlinks aren’t there yet to push rankings (and earnings). Looking forward to the webinar!

  • http://www.andregarde.com/ Andre Garde

    Great month again guys. I had a good month in March as well, surprisingly. We’ll see what happens in April.

    It’s interesting to see the curve for your AdSense income. My earnings exhibit recurring patterns on certain days of the week where earnings are always down, and then pick up again. It’s like my earnings take a few days off (sucks) and then continues at a normal pace. I’m trying to figure out how to even out the curve but I’m thinking it’s niche-dependent at this point.

    My sites are maturing and I’m at the point where they’re sellable. Given your numbers… damn, I’m really considering it.

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Andre!

      I’d seen your income report…congrats! I saw that you lost your VA this last month. For a great article on working with VA’s, check out this post from Tom at LeavingWorkBehind (and my comments on it):
      http://www.leavingworkbehind.com/4-lessons-learnt-from-3-months-of-niche-site-building-naivety/

      Really useful stuff.

      Our traffic/earnings definitely have some patterns as well. If I crunch it down and spread it over a long period of time, you’ll see little humps in pageviews and earnings. Our earnings are typically better early in the week and worse late in the week. I think it corresponds with search volume overall, honestly…maybe advertisers as well…at least when it comes to cpc and earnings?

      • http://www.andregarde.com/ Andre Garde

        Thanks Justin, and yeah that’s the exact same pattern I have experienced. Holidays also kill my revenue as well, unlike the Amazon/affiliate guys where it’s usually the reverse. I’m not too product-focused in terms of my niche sites though, so that might be another reason why it’s like that.

  • steve wyman

    Hi Guys

    Good solid month again. Keep it up.

    One thing that comes out of the data here and in comments is that you really are selling off the best/better sites thats a great thing..

    It shows that you are giving buyers the best possible value for the sites you sell. Rather than as people like Trent Drysmid “business” model rely’s on selling off the failures which ive never liked as a business idea.

    Congrats

    • JustinWCooke

      Thanks, Steve!

      We do try to make sure the buyers have some upside, for sure. I get a little frustrated when Joe sells sites TOO early…with some sites I think we leave WAY too much value out there as the sites are still climbing in revenue but, ultimately, that’s good for our buyers, keeps them happy, and gets them buying again…an all around good thing.

      Selling off low-earners still isn’t a bad strategy, though. “One man’s trash…” as the saying goes!

  • Arkons

    I have seen that some of your sites that you have flipped were using brand names in the TDL. What is your policy on this?

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Arkons,

      No real policy here in particular. We try to avoid for the most part, but will pick up domains if the keywords are right regardless. We’ve had some contacts from the brand owners and were forced to give them up a few times. This usually happens pretty early in the process…right after purchasing the domain or right as the sites get indexed/ranked.

  • Aleshia Green

    Awesome income report.I am striving to reach this point one day. Such inspiration. Would you say your Adsense income this month alone is down, or does it steadily run around the listed amount? Or does it vary with with your flipped sites?

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Aleshia!

      Our income varies pretty widely, depending on our site sales. We were up to 45K in January with site sales and down to 12K in February with quite a few less sales. We’ll be building up, most likely, for a bigger June, but April might be pretty large, depending on whether a larger client comes through or not…we’ll see!

  • Mike Reynolds

    Justin….
    First off I really appreciate your work and efforts you put into all of your post. Your no nonsense no bologna helps make things clear and put into perspective the “real” business of making money with adsense . (and of course filpping sites)

    When ever possible I try to send viewers that can learn from you guy’s from the Warrior Forum..

    Thanx
    mike reynolds
    arnold55

    • http://empireflippers.com/ Joseph Magnotti

      I’ll speak for Justin here and say “thank you”. We always appreciate people spreading the word about our site. It help us continue to offer top quaility content FOR FREE because there are more possible eyeballs for the things we actually sell. Which right now is not much! ;-)

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  • http://www.blogging24h.com/546/how-to-start-a-blog/ Trung Nguyen

    Justin, $15,851.31 is big income, wow, awesome, what I can say now, nothing more than I wish your case was mine :)

  • razvan

    Hi Guys

    I always wanted to ask how you handle angry customers who got their adsense banned or simply they have lost ranking of sites they purchased for you and they want refund of something ? Cause if you refuse to refund they could open a paypal dispute and your paypal might get limited. Do you always use escrow ?

    Thanks

    • JustinWCooke

      Hey Razvan,

      We have had a customer who had their AdSense account banned, several customers who are earning less than they were initially, etc. In the case of the banned account, the customer wasn’t angry and was aware it was due to other sites he had in his portfolio and not ours.

      For those who lost rankings, earnings, etc. they understood for the most part that website earnings are fairly high-risk. Just as we didn’t go back and charge MORE to those who ended up earning more than expected, those who were earning less didn’t expect that either.

      In one instance, we had a problem with sites that became “tanked” during the transfer process. Because the sites were still under our control, we viewed that as our problem and not theirs. We went through the process to fix the sites and, ultimately, added sites to their portfolio so that the earnings were as agreed.

      • razvan

        thanks for clearing this up
        I always feared of this thing.

  • Diego Aravena Ramirez

    hi guys, i was wondering you guys got $2,889.99 from how many niche sites?

    • http://empireflippers.com/ Joseph Magnotti

      Although we have created over 1700 sites all time, we have sold more than 400 of those. About 300 of the original 1700 never made of any money. And perhaps 500 or so are still in the first 3 months of the creation process so they don’t earn very much.

      Therefore, I would say we earn $2,889.99 from about 500 sites. Again that’s an educated guess. It puts us at $6 a site per month which sound about recent for recent months.

  • http://amoreinternetmarketing.com/ James

    Wow – what an awesome site!

    One question: with the resent changes from G early this month, do you really think that posting articles enough? You mentioned BMR- are you trying to find a substitute for BMR? Or just assuming that articles will suffice?

    I’d love to know how you get your sites to rank. I’m not so sure that long tails and articles cut it anymore – but I’m not quoting gospel.

    My best site dropped off dramatically early this month from crappy SEO blogs (not BMR – but similar) getting deindexed – that’s why I’m asking. I went page one for all my target keywords to page 2 (which is a dramatic drop in income).

    Looks like I could learn from you guys. I’ll be around.

    • http://empireflippers.com/ Joseph Magnotti

      Thanks for stopping by James, sorry to hear about your site.

      We’re not looking for a replacement to BMR. For now we are going to stick with articles as they provide the most natural type of link building structure we can easily scale. This might change in the future though as we experiment a bit more. We’ll keep you updated.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vishal-Mahadik/100000303819236 Vishal Mahadik

    Justin and Joe this is my first visit to AdsenseFlippers.com and I must say I quickly bookmarked this website as soon as I saw the quality of the content and value provided here. Your monthly earnings post is really motivational and encouraging for those who still think that making money online is really tough. Yes, you indeed have to have consistent focused efforts and well executed plan to achieve your goal. But with sheer dedication and persistence you can get what you want in the internet marketing world. I wish you best of luck for your future endeavors.

    • JustinWCooke

      Wow, Vishal, thank you so much for your kind words!

      Making money online IS really tough…and risky…and scary, as we’ve seen with some of the recent changes and updates. Still…we’re in this for the long haul and we’re not going anywhere. Changes come and go, but it’s important to treat it as a business and not a hobby, I think. That helps to keep you motivated and going when you have setbacks, failures, etc.

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