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How I Make Over USD500 Monthly from MaxBounty

August 20, 2008 by  

This is a follow up to my previous post regarding the PayPal funds withdrawals with Public Bank Visa Card.

My intention for writing that post was of course to try to discuss if there’s a way to remove the daily withdrawal limit imposed to Malaysian PayPal users. A reply from PayPal clearly states that the limit cannot be lifted for the time being.

But there’s one question that was asked repeatedly in the comments as people are curious how I made that money. I don’t blame them for asking, in fact, I think it’s a good post to share with my readers.

Personally though, I don’t think making around USD500 monthly from one affiliate network is a big deal, that is, if you compare that to what other super affiliates are making in this case from MaxBounty. However, what so good about this income stream for me is that it’s generated almost passively.

I spent nothing on pay-per-click marketing or any other form of advertising to attract targeted traffic that convert those MaxBounty offers. Most of the traffic comes from the organic search engine results – Google in particular. Every commission generated is basically pure profit for me.

I am going to reveal the website where I made the money from and how I made it. The income is generated mostly from one of my oldest websites at AbsolutelyFreebies.com. That website was created in 1997 but the domain name was only purchased in 1999. It offers free stuff, trial offers, sweepstakes, free samples and other pay per lead offers.

I guess I should point out that in addition to MaxBounty, I am also making money from other affiliate networks at AbsolutelyFreebies.com such as from CJ.com, COPEAC, ModernClick.com, AzoogleAds, ValueClick.com, BulletAds, ClickBooth, among others and of course from Google AdSense too. By the way, MaxBounty is not my biggest money maker at AbsolutelyFreebies.com.

This is the amount I am making from MaxBounty for the past several months. Not much, things add up though.

I guess the next question in almost everyone’s mind reading this is that, exactly, how do I make money from AbsolutelyFreebies.com in an auto-pilot mode? There are several factors but none has anything to do with the idea of just build it and they will come.

It’s crucial to identify your goals when you build a website and everything you do must contribute towards achieving those goals. Here are several reasons why the website is profitable.

 

First Page Rankings In Google for Several Competitive Keywords

All pages in AbsolutelyFreebies.com are fully optimized for the organic search engine. Obviously I don’t claim I know everything there is when it comes to getting high rankings in Google given the fact that their ranking algorithm changes almost on the daily basis.

I don’t devote my waking time trying to reverse engineer the search engines. It’s a futile attempt to “uncover” their secret via such method because what you find out today could well be outdated tomorrow. Just leave this to those SEO experts who are doing this for a living. You job is to create good content for your visitors and offer them better experience while browsing your website.

That said, I know enough SEO techniques to help me create pages that are likely to rank high in Google or Yahoo. Let me give you some examples. At the time of this writing, several pages in AbsolutelyFreebies.com are ranked highly for the following keywords

"Freebies" (yes that one word keyword) – currently AbsolutelyFreebies.com is ranked in the top ten in Google US organic search result (it used to be in the top three). In case you don’t know about this, the Google search results are tailored to your geographical location – there’s no such thing as Google global search result at Google.com.

The top ten search result for a particular keywords produced in Malaysia is often different from that of other countries even though you are searching through Google.com.

To find out the results that you would see as if you were located in a certain country, just append the following code in your search string where “gl” stands for geographic location. It can be set to “UK”, “US”, “CA” and so on.

gl=US

For example to see the organic and paid search results in the US for the keyword “freebies” you would type

http://www.google.com/search?q=freebies&gl=US

Instead of typing this manually though, I am using the Google Global Firefox Extension to perform this task

Alternatively, searching through Google country specific domain such as Google.com.my may show you results that are more relevant to you locally because the results comes from servers hosted in the area.

AbsolutelyFreebies.com is not in the top ten for the keyword “freebies” in Malaysia though which is good because Google is clever enough to know that I am trying to target the US traffic and not the Malaysian traffic.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you enable personalization, the search engines will look at your search history and other preferences and tailor the results specifically for you.

Here are some more keywords:

Wedding sweepstakes – currently number five in the Google US organic search results.

Get free money – currently number two in Google US organic search result. I used to be number one for the phrase “free money”, sadly it had slipped to number 15

There are several other competitive keywords and phrases that the websites are ranked highly for. This ensures continuous arrival of highly targeted visitors to the websie. The only constant in Google is change so those high rankings won’t stay there forever. The good news is, if a keyword ranking drops, another might take its place.

If you are interested, here’s an article I wrote previously to give newbies an introduction to onpage SEO. Here’s another article about linking and off page factors that may affect your rankings.

 

Put Your Visitors First & Make Money Second

On the Internet, the saying “follow your passion and the money will follow” should be everyone’s mantra. When I first created the website, it made little money if any at all but that didn’t stop me from burning the midnight oil working till the wee hours.

Building the site was a joy and not a chore, and it was satisfying to find my visitors actually interacting with the content. Then the money followed, which was not much but it was fun to have when you were a poor student. That was in 1997, today I have someone to help me update the website.

I am aware that the website is far from perfect. While most of the content consists of affiliate links, I find that people do no really bother as long as you give them what they want. There are tons of non affiliate links sprinkled all over the site to ensure a balance content.

Visitors arriving from the organic search engines have a different mindset. Depending on the keywords,  they can be highly motivated and when “lured” with the word free, it could do wonders to your conversion rates.

 

Update Your Content Frequently

My assistant updates the website almost daily with new offers. This will not only encourage visitors to return to see what’s new, many SEO experts believe that Google favours sites with fresh content too.

I admit that, if you search further you may stumble upon some expired offers and links on the site but that’s how things are on the Internet. As long as you are aware of this and replace expire links as soon as you can, then it’s not a big deal. That said offering fresh content doesn’t necessarily mean better ranking in the SERP but it tells the Google crawler that your site is worth check out often.

Little has changed in term of site design and navigation since the site was created. It’s still text heavy instead of graphically intensive as it has always been. The navigation is simple enough to help visitors find their way around easily.

 

Diversify Your Revenue Streams

While AbsolutelyFreebies.com has been making me some money since its early days I don’t depend on it as my main source of income.

It’s important to diversify your online income and as they said do not put all your eggs in one basket. I chuckled when I read someone wrote in a blog post that said I am probably making money doing “phantom blogging” whatever that means ;)

My latest posts here at Sabahan.com often give little clue as to how I make money online besides blogging, I suppose only my regular readers know what I do.

Besides promoting pay per lead programs from websites such as AbsolutelyFreebies.com, as some of you know I am also a part time blogger, an Internet marketer doing Pay Per Click marketing selling my own products as well as other people products and service.

In addition, I’ve started experimenting with direct advertising, starting at Sabahan.com. And who can ignore making money from AdSense – one of the easiest ways to make money online if you do it right. That said, there are still tons of things I’d have to do before I consider myself really successful.

 

Should You Start A Freebie Site Now?

Now I am sure some of you may wonder if you should drop everything and start a freebie site to make money. If you ask me, my answer is no.

Unless you have a highly motivated team behind you and you have money to spend on advertising, I doubt any individual could create a freebie website today that can be profitable solely from the organic search traffic. The competition in this niche is getting tougher by the day and you have to be really creative if you want to stand out from the crowd.

I am actually lucky that I’ve started early because a website age is one of the most important factors used to rank it in the search engines. That’s one reason why my website enjoys good ranking almost naturally.

That’s said, it’s not just the age of the domain that matters, but how long the website “talks” about a specific niche. The logic is simple, if you have been active in a certain niche for a while, you are probably into this for the long term and not one of the fly by night websites and this tells Google that your website is trustworthy and it will award you with some good rankings accordingly.

So there you have it. I hope the question how I make money from MaxBounty has been answered.

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54 Comments »

Comment by Gallivanter
2008-08-20 17:19:38

Gaman, you looking to hire personal assistant cum botak-guard ka? :-)

Comment by Gaman
2008-08-23 15:51:08

I don’t think you need the job hehe

 
 
Comment by bennyliew.com
2008-08-20 18:47:29

Wow amazing!

 
Comment by pinolobu Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-20 20:33:09

So… what niche do you recommend to go for?

Comment by Gaman
2008-08-20 20:57:49

You can take the pay per lead & PPC route.

 
 
Comment by super blogger
2008-08-21 00:09:13

I must try this make money income..
Nice tips..

 
Comment by bantingboy
2008-08-21 01:43:38

i see. I understand now how you manage to make money now. :)

 
Comment by kotoh
2008-08-21 05:31:48

Google and Yahoo cares about website age, no doubt. Yahoo cares site that talking about really specific subject too. Google also love to index site that have loads of pages aka fat archives. That why, we are only could dominate profitable keywords in their organic ranking naturally if found it long time ago :(

However, MSN aka Live Search tend to cares site that have a fresh unique content rather than age, as what I’m concerned.

Anyway, honest exposure Gaman & it clarify some of my assumption before… Thanks.

Comment by rajapayloadz
2008-08-23 19:07:02

yup.i agree with that. :)

The more old our site, more thing we can get.

 
 
Comment by papajoneh
2008-08-21 09:43:26

Great info as usual. This is permanent bookmark for me. Thanks Gaman. :)

 
Comment by Rice Blogger Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-21 11:15:30

very very good post…thanks for the long detail insight

how long did it take you to get up so high in google for such a good keyword?

Comment by Gaman
2008-08-23 15:53:32

The keywords ranking changes all the time. I’ve started getting good rankings since the first years because there wasn’t much of a competition during those days.

 
 
Comment by Noorizam Shah
2008-08-23 10:20:48

Saluted you, Gaman! :D

 
Comment by Loker
2008-08-23 20:03:27

Thanks for the details Gaman.

I’ve tried aff marketing thru COPEAC before, but it is completely waste of time. I only got $2… :D

Comment by suhaimi Subscribed to comments via email
2010-01-10 18:40:25

maybe you should try this.I have try register with COPEAC but did not get approved…why?
http://zerofrictionmarketing.com/

 
 
Comment by Custom T-Shirts
2008-08-25 06:02:52

Wow, that’s really impressive for passive income. Yes super affiliates make a lot more but this is very encouraging for the rest of us!

 
Comment by Custom T-Shirts
2008-08-25 06:43:02

That’s pretty amazing. And on mostly organic SEO too eh, impressive!

Comment by ira
2008-08-30 00:19:09

i also don’t believe for first time. But i will try too soon. 500usd every month. Its huge to me.

 
 
Comment by bebek
2008-08-26 18:37:14

you are sabah’s own bill gates sir… tabik gaman…

but even bill gates can’t tahan singgarung 5 gelas lihing…. i believe u can gaman…

from gaman no 2…

Comment by Gaman
2008-08-27 10:11:45

Belum bah sampai peringkat tu lagi tapi kalau pakai lihing buli kali hehe

 
 
Comment by Kay Kastum Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-27 19:03:56

That’s really encouraging. When you come to KL, must minum kupi sama kau oh.

Comment by eri
2008-08-29 21:22:13

apa kata kalau minum susu kocak? hehe :D

 
 
Comment by Jayce
2008-08-29 15:21:17

Woo… When can I get the amount like you did? :?

 
Comment by Lorna
2008-09-02 08:26:56

I’ll try registering with the affiliate networks you mentioned.

I had an idea about providing freebies (for a specific niche) for a while, so I created a web site around Feb this year to try to earn via AdSense. It didn’t work well, and was earning in the pennies… that is, until last month when I removed my skyscraper and square ad units, and left just one link unit and Chitika. My ad income jumped to more than tenfold after that and now I’m almost at a $1/day which was my initial target, LOL :D

I now have another niche site that I just started last month, and hope to build another four more so I can reach my next target of $10/day. I have just 3 rules when I do these: 1) The info must be useful, 2) The info must be free, and 3) The niche must be something I love to do. So your post came at just the right time!

 
Comment by Kotoh
2008-09-02 13:32:40

Well, I think the very basic procedure to setup new site is; 1. Keyword research 2. Do investigate yr competitors 3. Do track yr visitors & aff links. This is basic thing that people always fail 2 do makes them fail 2 make money miserabily. Just my 0.02 cents.

 
Comment by SEO forums
2008-09-03 01:53:35

I think I should give it a try now.

 
Comment by cekakums2
2008-09-03 05:51:19

waa. its really big. How you manage to withdraw that much every month. :)

 
Comment by iPod Touch
2008-09-06 17:38:39

Wow congrats man.

Static websites can still be successful in Google though.

 
Comment by Yan Shall Blog Subscribed to comments via email
2008-09-07 02:03:42

Interesting! Insightful! Informative! That’s the 3 I’s I tip my hat off with… This is the first time I drop in here and wow, you have tons of awesome articles I’ve been missing out so far.

Anyway, congrats on your achievement!

Yan

 
Comment by Vicky
2008-09-09 15:20:56

very interesting post. I’ve learned new things, thx for the google global FF extension link.

 
Comment by cekakums2
2008-09-24 17:58:19

wow. You really earn big. I like to know more.

 
Comment by R Web Subscribed to comments via email
2008-10-23 04:13:18

Well I am always looking for ways to earn money. I MUST check this out $500 monthly, thats awesome

 
Comment by reddebt
2008-10-28 17:26:56

i wonder if i can do something like this..

 
Comment by savings
2008-11-10 18:15:15

I totally agree with that.

The older our site, more thing and equity we can derive.

 
Comment by pmb pedan
2008-12-24 22:22:44

Woah, one more again … look likes the heaven sounds, em

 
Comment by Blog Tactic
2009-01-02 13:19:41

Very impressive tips

 
Comment by MyBlog
2009-01-05 00:31:09

tq for the info, i shall try this

 
Comment by FortuneKitty
2009-02-01 15:37:14

I was researching on MaxBounty and I found your website. Thanks for the tips you shared! Hope to share some success too :)

 
Comment by nuaeman
2009-02-06 12:58:27

I just register with maxbounty.. will apply some of tips on my blog.

 
Comment by goblogging
2009-02-21 16:07:54

Nice post! :) really inspired.
I’m also amazed by your effort to optimize your freebies site, since you generated monthly income only from organic search result.

 
Comment by earnword
2009-03-11 14:30:43

i guess, its time to earn big with max bounty now.

 
Comment by Cocacolya
2009-04-18 21:34:14

wow..impressive sum..i should try it too

 
Comment by IT Buzz
2009-04-28 10:26:26

Thats really impressive i ‘ll also try to grab that much money hopes so i could :)

 
Comment by xaer8
2009-05-08 14:51:54

Very honest and excellent post. However, i wonder why does this sabahan.com is in PR 0? I thought last time i visited the homepage, it was better.

Anyway, i’m sabahan too. Its good knowing that sabahan can do this.

 
Comment by naz Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-17 15:20:28

nice! inspiration! you make my day! thanks bro! I’m gonna try it =)

 
Comment by bloggosh
2009-10-05 16:38:16

this is really cool

 
Comment by suhaimi Subscribed to comments via email
2010-01-10 18:28:47

I try to register with CPA program like COPEAC and Azoogle but very difficult to approved by the both CPA above…
I got confused, if some one does not have their own website that means they cannot become CPA affiliate?or what?????

 
Comment by usahawanmuda
2010-04-25 12:25:00

admin, can u publish and teach how the newbie like me to sign up the maxbounty program.

and..can u attach it with figure to teach newbie like us?
hopefuly you can fullfill it…

 
Comment by tompinai
2010-05-07 22:12:24

tudukai oku do poingkuro gia tii payperlead ti sio…konsikou

 
Comment by Atif
2011-02-05 15:01:44

Very nice post dear

 
Comment by allhotmovie.tk
2011-02-20 08:08:14

nice info…thank

 
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