with some of the most popular earnings programs. I am currently at the 5 figure a month level and beyond with my blogs.
My old static html websites were all converted in Jan. of 2010 to wordpress. I kept the page hierarchy and reset them all in order by copy/pasting the text I did not want to lose. I have seen a major increase in visitors from that time. My stats were horrible back then, but as time went on and I had added plugins and other changes, something happened.
I have since that time outgrew servers at Bluehost, and most all of Hostgator. I am currently at level 9 vps and it is tweaked a great deal just to handle the server load. So..what the heck did I do? Besides just your normal linking and making sure there was fresh content, I had built a large keyword base and had used wprobot to add a large amount of related back-end content that had Amazon, clickbank and of course adsense ads in them.
But really..what the heck is the main ingredient? I would have to say in all honesty that I used almost exclusive use of programs available here on Warrior Forum. I have bought a few WSO's, not as many as some people, but a few. I was really careful with what money I had to spend that was extra, and that was not much.
I had a fairly cheap hosting plan, it lasted until the resources used were so much I got almost booted from Bluehost. They shut me down so many times from overuse of resources they actually got a bit mad at me. The main problem was, I had way to much traffic for a shared hosting service.
I had to find a new home, being without a hosting plan that had the power for me was not an option. I looked all over and decided that maybe Hostgator could handle the traffic. I signed up and spent the time getting the move of my blogs over to their service. That's a hassle I do not want to repeat, so be careful where you start your blogs in the first place.
I did an entry level service called the business plan. This seemed like a good fit. But, I was to find out that this would not last long. After a fairly short time, I found that my blogs had been shut down again! I called support and they said the same old thing..overuse of resources. I was really hitting the servers in this same type of shared hosting, I thought maybe because the base level of power I had ordered would last a bit longer.
I was wrong with that assumption! My next server level was vps level 3. I was looking at yet another server move and if my blogs files were corrupted, I would be sunk. (My blogs were so huge, file moves had become a manual process only). I gave it some thought on that day and asked for advice from a server specialist, they said go to level 5 right away or you may be in trouble.
This server level lasted about 60 days, I was going along fine and one day my cpanel would not load. I asked for confirmation and yes..you guessed it. I had blown out a level 5 vps. Well, next case I thought to myself. I had to get this under control and right now. I ordered via email my upgrade to level 7.
More time goes by, my income has almost hit my long term retirement goals. I was really killing it for traffic, but it all could go away if I was not vigilant with my server. My impressions had hit 2,125,000 for the past month, it was going really well.
Going well until I went to my cpanel to do some work, oops. It crawled and finally loaded. I looked at any error messages and found that same old indicator, I had to upgrade again! I had a great support person who had owned his own hosting company come in and take a look again. He had set some things up for optimization before and it was helping, I had just outgrown my memory allowed on this level.
He took a look and advised may need an upper level dedicated server, but took a second look and said hang on, let me try some things. I did end up ordering a level 9 vps that day. He did go in and set it up to offload some of the load on a nice offsite service.
The moral of this story is..If you do not have a lot of traffic for your sites, then you may not be able to make as much money from them as you like.
My goals set by my wife of 9k a month has come and went for my retirement. I still have miles to go before I feel I can truly do that, but the money level is now there. I hit over 11k for January this year from all of my income methods employed on my sites.
I use above the fold ads for adsense just like they suggest you do in ebooks and also Google themselves. I use a small variety of ad types, large rectangle top center, and wide skyscraper both left and right. I name each as individual channels for tracking, this will help you confirm in your own mind what Google has already told you works. Follow the heat map they show and it is right on.
I use a 3 column wordpress template I built myself with artisteer. There has been some small tweaks done to it, like removing or no-following the default links, but other than that it is a stock template. I like the way it shows all ads above the fold. My content gets hit on getclicky web stats about every 3 seconds around the world. I also have a visual sitemap.
There are ways to get better Amazon listings by using actual item model numbers, but I do not always use this as my title. I have played around with different post models and have tested over the last year to find what works best for me.
The front end of my blog is always hand written content. Content I wrote or hired a professional writer to do for me. I started out with only myself as I could not afford to pay anybody. I have been there like everybody else has.
My traffic has doubled every month for many months in a row. This is why I had to upgrade server level many times over the past year. I have over 48k pages on my main blog, I get a ton of repeat visitors each month. It all runs on autopilot and brings fresh visitors everyday like clockwork. I can look at my clock on the wall and roughly guess what my income is for that time of day.
The automated portion of this works like a charm. I can sit and watch getclicky and see all of the people coming in from around the world and what brought them to my site.
My current indexed pages is around this.. site: blah-blah About 56,500 results, and just from one website.
My Alexa rank has built up nicely over the past year, I have passed a lot of websites in the dust.
I would like to thank the following warriors for making this all work for me..
Sean Donahoe-Manic Marketer and his current traffic strategies I use
Rob Fore-article blasts
Daniel Tan-Press Release WSO
Holly Mann-kicking me in the backside years ago and making me do wordpress