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More Ads, More Money?

January 29, 2008 by · 23 Comments 

In November last year I’ve decided to place more ads at Sabahan.com as an experiment to see if I could make more money from this blog.

The experiment was conducted in response to a post by Sha of Shamoneymaker.com where he calculated how much a space is dedicated to advertising in a blog.

In the article, Sha asks if ads percentage has some correlation with the amount of profit generated by a blog. I know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that in general more advertising units usually mean more revenue streams if things are done correctly that is.

But if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not a fan of making my blog looks like a giant billboard for the sake of making money – at least not at my main blog.

Do You See an Upward Trend in Your January’s AdSense Earnings?

January 26, 2008 by · 21 Comments 

I guess this is a follow-up to my post regarding the downtrend in AdSense earnings I first noticed in October last year after Sabahan.com’s PageRank was dropped from PR5 to a PR3.

This time around, at least at the time of this writing, my AdSense earnings appear to bounce back up a bit. It’s still early to conclude that the end to the downtrend that I’ve been experiencing for the past couple of months is near.

Let’s see how the trend looks like. To avoid violating AdSense’s TOS, I have to erase some of the x-axis values in the graphs below.

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Note that the data for January does not include the last 5 days of the month. As it turns out, all but the eCPM value shows an upward trend. I believe the final eCPM value will follow this trend once the data for the entire month is taken into account.

Follow-Up To The Recent Changes AdSense Referral Program

January 25, 2008 by · 7 Comments 

You may have received an email from the AdSense team giving a follow up to the recent changes in regard to the referrals to AdSense program. In case you haven’t read it this post is for you.

In the recent changes, Google announced that if you are not from the US or Canada, Latin America, and Japan, they will no longer pay you for referring new publishers to Google AdSense.

As you can imagine, many affected publishers weren’t too happy about this as they felt that it’s unfair for Google to exclude them based on where they are located physically, regardless of where the majority of their traffic comes from.

After considering feedbacks from publishers, Google appropriately decided to backtrack and will now allow those from outside of the above regions to refer new publishers as long as the referrals are based in Japan and/or any countries in North America and Latin America. To ensure payment for valid conversions, you’ll need to check the targeting settings on your current AdSense referral units.

Interviewed By Gobala Krishnan of InternetMillionaires.com.my

January 23, 2008 by · 20 Comments 

Last week I had the privileged of being Interviewed by Gobala Krishnan. If you don’t know him, he is one of the most successful Internet marketers in Malaysia who have been making a killing online.

Instead of repeating what he writes in his blog, I suggest you hop over there if you want to learn more about his interesting journey into the world of Internet marketing where he lists down his experiences in some sort of timeline.

Initially, Gobala suggested we did an audio Interview, but I don’t have Skype installed and was unable to schedule a phone interview so I thought email interview would be fine as an alternative. So we did that instead.

My answers are rather simple because I just wrote down what came to mind when I answered those questions. I would had given longer answers if required but I hope he finds them satisfactory.

Christmas Gift from MaxBounty

January 16, 2008 by · 13 Comments 

Two days ago a packet from Canada was delivered to my P.O. Box. I wasn’t expecting a delivery and thought it might be a bonus from PPCClassroom.com, an online course by Jeremy Palmer and Anik Singal that I am a member with.

I ripped open the packet wondering what it was and lo and behold it was a gift from MaxBounty. I’ve been receiving Christmas gifts from MaxBounty all these years, and how nice of them to continue the practice.

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Unlike some other super affiliates who are pulling tens of thousands from MaxBounty annually, on average I am only making around US5000 per year with them. The gift contains a T-shirt, fresh breath mints, a notepad, a pen and a yo-yo. Nothing fancy but I guess it’s the thought that counts. I think some other networks like CJ.com have only sent me a gift once even though I am making more than the amount I made from MaxBounty.

Google’s January 2008 PageRank Update

January 15, 2008 by · 24 Comments 

There has been a lot of buzz around the blogosphere and forums about the recent changes in PageRank and backlinks counts from Google

From where I am sitting, I can see that Google is getting tougher towards those selling text link ads and paid reviews. It appears that Sabahan.com is penalized again for selling text links, and this time around my PageRank has been reduced to 0.

Personally I think PageRank is important but not as important as the amount of traffic you get. For example if 10K unique visitors stop by at your blog daily, and you are making tons of money from them, do you really care about your PageRank? I don’t.

On the other hand, when the drop in PageRank is followed by a reduction in your daily traffic, which does happens every now and then, you can start dropping everything you are doing and promise to follow Google guidelines to a tee and hope Google will give your original PageRank back.

Google AdSense Referral Changes and How It Affects You

January 14, 2008 by · 12 Comments 

If you are promoting Google AdSense referrals, you may no longer able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The change will affect publishers from certain location regardless of where their users are located.

Specifically, if you are NOT from the US or Canada, Latin America, and Japan, Google will no longer pay you for referring new publishers to Google AdSense and that would include Malaysian publishers and those from other big countries like the UK and Australia.

The reason given was Google have found that AdSense referral has not performed well in these regions. The option to create a referral button for AdSense in you account will be removed soon and this change will come into effect during the last week of January. So, yes, you can stop promoting Google AdSense from your blog now.

How to Make 2008 Your Most Profitable Year Ever

January 10, 2008 by · 18 Comments 

For those of you who have been waiting for an update from me, sorry to keep you waiting. Things cropped up just when I planned to sit down and get back to my regular work routine. Nothing major though, so here I am. Welcome back to me :)

In addition, while I’ve started working since a couple of days ago, I didn’t feel motivated enough to do tasks that require too much attention.

As much as a workaholics that I am, shifting gears to return to work would be as hard as going away in the first place. I guess the thought of having to return to my regular routine, with all the disciplines it demands takes a certain amount effort.

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