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WordAds vs Adsense – How to Maximise Revenue from Your Blog?

wordads vs adsense

Wordads by Automattic (the creators of WordPress) is an advertising system like Google Adsense to monetise your blog or website. If you’re confused about the two and wondering which one to use for your website, get this right:

  1. You CANNOT run WordAds on a non WordPress.com website! Not even on self hosted WordPress websites.
  2. You CANNOT run Google Adsense on a WordPress.com hosted website – whether it’s free, premium or business.

So may I request everyone who does not have a WordPress.com hosted site to stop worrying about Wordads and focus on getting more traffic and optimising Adsense ads please? If you have a non-wordpress.com hosted website, you have 10 seconds to close this page and stop worrying about all this Wordads hype.

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Okay and now for the 0.01% of you left, who have a wordpress.com hosted blog/website, please note the following:

  1. Even if you have a wordpress.com hosted blog, you can’t run Wordads on the classic yourblog.wordpress.com type URL.
  2. Your blog must be upgraded to one of the three plans to qualify for WordAds.
  3. You do not auto-qualify to run WordAds. Your website must have a certain minimum traffic threshold.
  4. You need to have a certain level of user engagement, no thin content, no auto-generated traffic!
  5. You need to apply and wait for them to approve you for Wordads.

Now, for the 0.01% of the 0.01%  that tick all the points above: you can apply for Wordads here. Many news sites and reputable blogs have claimed that with Wordads you can make more money than Google Adsense but to be honest I don’t believe that. An honest comparision can’t be made between Google Adsense and Automattic WordAds because a lot depends on your Adsense ad placements and how good you are with it. With Wordads you don’t have control over where to display ads, they have their fixed pre-decided areas where they’ll place ads (mostly flash based good quality ads).

This is also a wordpress.com hosted website and I’ve applied for Wordads today. Since there is no mention of the minimum traffic requirements, I’m not sure if cafearjun.com will qualify. If it does, I’ll update this post with the kind of earnings you can expect with WordAds.

Until then, keep well.

Update – 6 hours after applying for WordAds – Got Approved! 🙂

Awesomeness happened and I got an email saying that cafearjun.com has been approved for WordAds! I’ll share some stats on the traffic on this blog to give you an idea of what you are looking at in terms of traffic.

Traffic in the Last few Days

Wordpress.com site Traffic in the last few days

Traffic in the Last few Months

Wordpress.com site Traffic in the last few months

Traffic History (This blog used to be a superhit a few years ago)

Historic Traffic

How Much Can You Expect to Earn From WordAds?

I’ve been reading about this on the web for sometime now and it seems you can forget about making any decent money unless your users come primarily from the US or Europe.

  • Mark Madrona report from the Filipino Tribe reports his earnings to $104 from apprx 75000 impressions. That is a CPM of 0.13 USD or 1/10th of a cent per impression. His audience is primarily from the Philippines. And if you’re a blogger, you’ll know how hard it is to generate 75000 impressions. I see of lot of other ads on Mark’s site now, he’s probably moved to WordPress self hosted now. Would be interesting to know how he is doing now in terms of revenue.
  • Prannay Jha who writes mostly for an Indian audience on his blog Subtle Words has reported figures that would even disappoint Not for Profits. I love his writing style and probably because of the Indian target, he can’t rely on Blogging for a livelihood for sure.
  • Dennis who writes about technology and is a really positive guy reports in his post an earning of 133 USD for 67000 ad impressions. This is way better than Mark and Prannay’s earnings possibly because Dennis gets US traffic.

I get 70% US traffic and 20% Indian traffic, let me complete a month and I’ll update how much I earn 🙂 exciting times! Thank you WordAds!

Update 26th December 2015

Earnings are $4.55 for this month. That’ll just about buy me a Starbucks coffee.

Considering that in the period between 20th November and 20th December the blog got just under 7000 unique users, I don’t understand why the impressions are just 4427 – maybe because I run the ad only at the bottom of the page and not everyone scrolls right to the bottom of the post.

My earnings in terms of impressions vs dollars made are on the lines that other bloggers are making.

I’ll try changing the layout to something that allows ads at the start and end and see how that impacts the earnings.

Will keep you all  posted, see you next month.

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Make Serious Money From a Legitimate Online Business from Home

If you’re a “stay at home Mom” or someone really unhappy with your job (planning to quit and start something on your own), or maybe in a country where you don’t have a work-permit, or a retired person looking to start something online, or someone who’s bed-ridden and therefore looking to make good use of your time or a fresh graduate not sure about what to do career-wise, let me tell you this:

  • You Can Make Money Online from Home
  • You Can Build a Serious Legitimate Business Online With the Right Coaching. It is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!
  • Without a Huge Start-Up Investment – under $500
  • Not 25 – 50 dollars a Month – You Can Make Much More Money Online! Amounts Much Greater Than What People Typically Make in 9-5 Jobs.
  • You Don’t Need to Lie  or Cheat Anyone to Make Money Online! Do It Legitimately and Legally.
  • You Don’t Need to Sell Stuff That You Don’t Like or Don’t Endorse
  • You CAN Be a Complete Newbie/Beginner/Layman And Still Make Money
  • You Can Make Money Without Completing Surveys and Without Watching Stupid Ad Videos and Without Reviewing Businesses You Don’t Know
  • You Will Need a Website – It’s Simple and I’ll Teach You It in 5 Easy Steps!
  • You Don’t Need to Gamble to Make Money Online – No Stocks, No Betting, No Online Casinos or Quick Rich Schemes – Just Genuine Hard-work Like Any Other Job.
  • You Don’t Need Technical Knowledge, You’ll Learn On The Job!
  • You WILL Need Savings to Help You Get By in The Initial Months
  • It’s Not A Job, You Will Build Your Own Home Business That Grows In Value With Each passing Month!
  • Your Online Business If Done Ethically Can Give You Earnings and Returns For Lifetime!

making money online is no magic

Why read this article? Who Am I?

I’m Arjun, have run 800+ websites in parallel, made money from those using every possible strategy there is. I started in 2004 and it took me 3 years of learning to start making money online in 2007 and I’ve never looked back since. Of all these ventures, the most money I’ve made is in projects that don’t really need any technical know-how, don’t require any upfront investment and don’t require lying or cheating or conning anyone. These kind of online businesses are not only the most fun to run but also are the longest lasting. There are hundreds of people out there that will teach you a step-by-step method of making money. Yes they do work, but they come with an expiry date – think – if there’s a short cut technique for making money, sooner or later it will be exposed to way too many people for it to be effective anymore. Don’t go for that or you’ll never have a reliable online business ever.

In this Blog post, I will explain a way of creating an online property that will require you to put in hard-work, use your brains, and create a website that will help thousands but at the same time will never go out of fashion and will continue growing in value with each passing month. I will be very direct and strict and put numbers in place that you will need to follow – provided you do exactly as I say, you WILL build an online property (website) that will make you money and will be a superb asset in the long term.

An Online Business Can Be Built Only With Ethics

To Make Things Clear – First I’ll Answer Some Basic Questions

  1. Who is this system for? 
    • This system is for someone who is disciplined, has a decent IQ, believes in honesty and in the act of giving and has the capability to self-motivate. It is not easy sitting in a quiet room working toward a goal for months on end. People tend to give up, they can’t follow through, get demotivated or attracted to other schemes that promise more riches quicker. If you are one of those people, then don’t waste your time starting this activity because while I promise you that this will make you money, a lot of it and it is a stable business to be in, I can also tell you that it won’t be easy, will require hard work and it won’t happen overnight.
  2. How long before I start making money online? 
    • Your first dollars will start coming in, in 3-6 months, but it will take a minimum of 9 months to start making money that’ll justify you quitting your job. Some can start making a lot of money very quickly, whilst some can take slightly longer, but money you will make and you will ENJOY the process and the highs and lows that come with it.
  3. How much money can I make online?
    • In 2 years time your business will be worth 100,000 dollars plus and should be generating USD 5000 plus monthly in profit for you. I say this because with my technique, the average businesses I’ve seen have been valued at over USD 100,000 in 2 years’ time, hence this is a safe estimate figure to go by. After 9 months you can expect to be making enough money to sustain yourself comfortably. Just like any aspect of life, there will be some of you making a lot of money and some not so much. That will depend on the decisions you make and the smart work and hard work you put in.
  4. How much investment will I need?
    • About $350.
  5. What skills do I need?
    • Superb written English is necessary if you have a low budget. If you have money to invest, then you can hire top-class writers and they will write for you. The figure of $350 above is valid if you’re capable and willing to write yourself.
    • General street smartness.
    • Some business acumen will be handy, but not necessary.
    • Flare to read.
  6. How much time do I need to invest?
    • It’s an alternate career and at the start it requires as much time as any other profession – so I would say 8 hours a day to start with. Later when the business starts to make money, a lot of it is going to be on auto-pilot and at that time you can reduce that 8 hours a day to 5 hours a day or even move out completely by recruiting and training people to manage the business. You can also start it part-time along with a day job, but that would increase your gestation period by many months depending on the number of hours you put in per week.
  7. What technical skills do I need?
    • None, you just need to be a savvy Internet user.
  8. It’s an intangible business, can it evaporate overnight?
    • The business we’re talking about relies on people who visit your website. The search engines are a brilliant way to get users on your website, but if Search Engine Optimisation is done wrongly, then Google, Bing and other search engines can remove your website from their listings. If you follow Google Webmaster Guidelines and do stuff honestly without the intention of manipulating search rankings, then you have nothing to worry about and just like big businesses like Walmart, your business will not go anywhere. It will grow bigger and better with each passing month as you continue working on it.
  9. Will I need to recruit people?
    • Initially no, after a few years, maybe.

Let’s Get Started – Here’s a Summary of My Online Business Technique

Arjun's 3 Phase Online Money Making

Phase 1: Creating a web property worth $100,000 in the next 2 years with average monthly profit of $5000 per month.

You will create a new Brand in the business sector or niche of your choice by identifying:

  1. Product topics where there’s little or no information on the Internet. Product problems that are yet unsolved but are affecting hundreds or thousands of people every month. I will teach you how to identify keywords where there is interest but where little help is available. Here’s an example: People buy baby carriers in the US and UK all the time but new parents in the hiking community have been looking for baby carriers that would be ideal for hiking. There was no such information available online until I created a website on that topic. Another example in the same niche – baby carriers for parents with bad backs – there was no information available until we addressed it. Long story short, we addressed these problems, identified products after thorough study that would suit each customer group and suggested what people should buy. Monthly profit after this activity and 6 months of constant legitimate hard-work – $1000 per month 100% legally, ethically and honestly in a way that genuinely benefits people.
  2. Content marketing and Affiliate marketing will be used by us to monetise your business.

This will enable you to create a Brand in 9 months to 2 years that you will own 100% and that will be worth many thousands of dollars.

Phase 2: Taking that web property to the big league by expanding the brand and launching self-branded products to touch $200,000 to $1,000,000 (1 million US dollars) in sales.

You will reach this phase in 9 months to 3 years depending on how much time, energy and effort you put into your online business. I can’t say when you’ll reach this phase but I can promise that you WILL if you continue on the path I show you. In this phase you will develop your brand into a household name and will use all the experience and knowledge that you’ve acquired during content research. In this phase you will learn to source products from China, put your own branding on them and start selling on popular e-commerce websites like Amazon. This will give your business a whole new revenue stream.

Phase 3: Using your product and niche knowledge to create products that are better than anything available in the market. You will go on to make a multi-million dollar business in 5 years.

In this phase you will start innovating products, start filing your own patents and produce products in your own little niche that would be better than anything else in the market. In this phase I will teach you how to turn your very profitable Brand into a multi-million dollar business.

The Details, Getting Started and My Fee:

What you’ve read above is a very brief overview of my foolproof method of creating a genuine business online that makes serious money and genuinely helps the online community. This technique of making money online will stand the test of time and with the right leader go on to become a multi-million dollar business. I charge $200 for sending you Phase 1 of my course which is spread over 6 months and 12 emails full of content, audio and video. Of 100 people who join my course’s phase 1, only 12 go on to join Phase 2 because as I mentioned in this article, 88% people don’t have the patience, will-power, discipline or self-motivation to do this. IT IS NOT EASY! If you choose to go through to phase 2, I charge $3000 for the next 3 months as all material is sent to you over the next 3 months. This material contains everything you need to know to set up a process to import products from China into the US, making the brand bigger, the regulations, the customer service, returns, and profit margins. Of all businesses that complete Phase 2, I personally get involved to take businesses through to phase 3 where I contribute in the innovation of your products and help take your business into the big league.

What’s next:

My course is opening again soon and if you want to be a part of it, please leave your name and email in the form below and we’ll inform you when that happens.

Further reading – Be Inspired!

There are innumerable entrepreneurs making hundreds of thousands of dollars per month from their online businesses – some from Podcasts, videos, amazon, affiliate marketing, adsense, fiverr, ebay, advertising, clickbank and what not, but they all have the following in common: their primary objective is to make their user happy and to satisfy the user’s demands, they’re all honest entrepreneurs who work hard and run processes that are legit and legal and finally they’re in it for the long haul not into the “make money fast” or “get rich quick” schemes.

Here are my favourites:
Learn how Entrepreneur on Fire made a profit of nearly $200,000 last month or how Pat Flynn made a profit of over $100,000 last month. Amy can teach you a thing or two about becoming your own boss. Finally here’s the ultimate inspiration – 50 top earning blogs with their earnings.

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Google Plus: Hours Wasted, Listings/Reviews Removed!

Here’s a Google Plus – Page & Local Listing Nightmare!

After noticing my Google plus page on the local listings, I decided to start sharing the URL with my customers so the page could get some reviews. We got some excellent reviews so I thought why not update a nice profile pic, add some pictures, a description and make sure the marker location is precise.

I did that and BOOM! My account got suspended with a message saying “Your page is disabled and won’t appear on Google.” So I went through the entire guidelines page and without any hint whatsoever, was made to figure out, what out of the 100 things I’ve may’ve done wrong. So I removed the links from my description, removed pics that may’ve contained text etc. and it emerged that I had changed the address to match another local listing of my business that someone else had created.

Google Plus Page & Local Listing removed!

Now because 2 listings with the same address aren’t allowed, I started trying to verify the other listing. Despite that having the correct phone number (a mobile number with a preceeding 0), Google couldn’t make a call to verify that listing and said “call failed” after multiple attempts.

When I woke up this morning, this is what I saw for the listings of the 2 centres of my business:

Google Local Business Page Disabled

Both the listings have been Disabled despite having clearly distinct addresses and being two disconnected centres.

The 5 hours I spent last night deleting a listing, writing emails to people to remove the local account so I could remove duplicate accounts – all gone into the trash can.

We have hidden your page and removed it from Google Maps due to changes in our system.

All customer reviews gone!

Yes, all reviews that my lovely customers had written for the business, the hours they had spent writing those – all GONE!

The message points me to https://support.google.com/business/answer/6003589?p=page_hidden&hl=en&rd=1

check back on this article for updates

 

I’ve now put a weekly reminder on my phone to check back this page. Next, I’ll quit my job to follow through this. Why not, what better use of my time anyway!

A tip for Google

The Google Plus product that you have is fantastic, the unfair advantage you give it on Google rankings is also awesome! If only you could get some real life businesses to test it and for them to be able to reach actual people in the Google Plus team, you’d realise that its working would improve overnight. I just feel that the products aren’t tested by actual people and when your systems change, you probably don’t account for the “genuine, on the ground” hassle that the business owners go through. We have 2000 reviews/ratings on Facebook and we know those are safe. Google Plus is a “touch me not” where everytime you try updating your profile to make it better, you risk losing all your data and the page. Why would a business owner spend time on G+ then?

I am open to speaking with someone from G+Page & Local Listing department regarding my experience and I’m happy to recommend some ideas that I think will make the whole G+ experience way more valuable than it is now. If someone reads it and cares, please get in touch. 9910222770 India.

Also, what’s with this “remove all other listings with the same address” impossibility? What if they weren’t created by me and have wrong phone numbers or slightly incorrect addresses? For example, someone has created a listing with a slightly mismatched address and a wrong phone number with my Business name, what do I do about that?

Jaao, pehle uska sign lekar aao jisne woh listing banayi thi! :p

Why don’t you remove them based on the one that has more genuine reviews or based on the “more recently verified Local listing”? To think about it, that listing came from an old yellow pages directory in the first place, and a newer verified listing with the same name should be allowed to over-write that. I understand that practically it won’t be that easy.

I love the Google plus page and I want to really work on that, I hope Google Plus guys will soon figure out these glitches and allow business owners like me to use the G+ page and Local listings for the actual benefit of my customers.

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2nd August 2012 Google Pagerank Update Confirmed

The latest Google PR update has taken place today, on the 2nd of August 2012.

The last Google Page Rank update was in May and I have been expecting a PR update for a few weeks now. I first noticed it today at around 23:00 IST. While checking one of my old Internet Marketing websites Modulus Systems, I noticed the change in PR and then on visiting a few others and Google-talking a few friends in other countries, it was confirmed that there was a pagerank update.

This PR update has come in just about 3 months from the previous Google Pagerank update – which is the approximate frequency that Google also mentions in its webmaster guidelines. With the recent Pandas and Penguins and the constant threat of them two, this PR update will make things clear for a few webmasters.

Google Pagerank and its importance now a days: Go back 2-3 years and SEOs used to check their PRs everyday and telling someone you have a PR 7 site was a statement that needed no explanation. All that has changed in my view – Pagerank isn’t the defining factor for topping the SERPs anymore. Its importance with respect to ranking for your finest key-phrases isn’t the same anymore. It is still something that webmasters and SEOs check frequently and it continues to be an important factor when determining the authority and popularity of websites linking to you.

This PR update has been really beneficial for Kapil, a friend of mine who is into internet marketing and high PR link building and has seen a significant PR increase in most of his ongoing projects. Have you seen an increase in PR too?