Day 15: Earnings Update after 2 Weeks

Its hard to believe, but it has already been 2 weeks since I started my 30 day challenge to build 100 niche adsense websites!  I am well on my way, and have completed 50 websites as of yesterday.

Although, 50 sites are built, only around 25 or 30 have been fully indexed by Google.  I finished about 20 sites in the past 2 days; so the rest of the sites will begin to get indexed over the next couple of days.

I just wanted to state that before I list my earnings.

So far through 14 days, I have earned: $27.12

I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed.  I was really hoping to have a bigger number to share with all of you, but as I have promised to be open and honest throughout the process, I am sharing where I am.

So, why is it so low?  Well, first of all, its only been 2 weeks.  Its important to realize that many times it can take a couple of months before a new website moves into the top 10 of Google.  Right now, most of my websites are actually doing fairly well; they sit right between number 10 and 20 on Google for the most part.  This means I didn’t hit any homeruns yet, but I fully expect these to move up in the rankings over the next couple of months.

Secondly, the earnings aren’t higher simply because many of the sites are not indexed yet.  And alot of the sites that are indexed have only been so for a few days.

If you take a look at my original projections, I was expecting to make $200 in the first month.  At this point, it doesn’t look like I am going to make it, but after further reflection this shouln’t be surprising.  I think I was making a projection of 100 websites for a full month.  When in reality, many of the sites will be completed in just the last few days of this month and won’t have any chance of contributing to earnings.

Anyway, am I disappointed?  Yes, I am a bit disappointed.  However, after further reflection, this probably isn’t too far out of the norm.  I have had many sites in the past that did not earn much at all for the first 2 or 3 months, and then started doing quite well after that time.

In addition, while it hurts to share the truth with all of you; I hope this helps you realize that this whole challenge is not just some sort of facade.  I am actually building these sites and will share everything that happens good or bad.

Anyway, let me know you thoughts below!

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25 Responses to “Day 15: Earnings Update after 2 Weeks”

  1. Hi Spencer

    I think I asked you this before but dont think you saw it. What numbers are you getting – impressions, clicks and click prices and what are the ratios?

    Also have you got the same colours for your links on your sites as on here? As I think they are too subdued, they should be a bright blue to stand out.

    Also have you tried the medium rectangle 300×250 and wrap your text round it? I’m getting some good click ratios with it.


  2. I just want to post a comment that I have really enjoyed this and keep up the good work. I appreciate the honesty and insight throughout…thank you.

  3. John:
    My CTRs are great. (I believe its against Google TOS to share exactly what they are or else I would). So, the CTR is not an issue. Its just the amount of traffic I have been getting is small right now.

    I also shared some of the templates I have used in a previous post, which shows my layouts and ad colors, they are not setup like this site at all.

  4. Hi Spencer,

    There is nothing to be ashamed about. Your earnings are better than mine! Keep up the great work! Also keep in touch after about 2 months or so to let us know how they are doing once they all get fully indexed.

  5. Spencer – here’s a thought – (sorry you’re disappointed) – but when the 30 days is up… why not continue to post every 2-4 weeks an update on these sites again, (even just 1x a month) – to let us know how they’re earning *on the long term* which I think is much more important for people to know?

    (i.e., too many want a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, and while you yourself even realize it takes time to build – but a FULL month 1, month 2, and 3 may truly realize the income (and beyond) :)

    Just a thought.

  6. Thanks Brian!

    Thanks MD! I plan on keeping the blog going for AT LEAST the next 6 months or so, because that is when the earnings should really start kicking in anyway.

  7. Amber, I think you hit the nail on the head; I too think it will be more valuable for everyone involved to see the long term effects of these sites…no get rich quick scheme here that’s for sure!

  8. How about posting a link to one of the sites so I can see what one of your 100 sites look like?

  9. Bob: if you do a search on this blog, you will see a post on the templates that I use. I am still using these.

  10. Nothing to hang your head about Spencer.

    Anyone serious about earning a nice income on-line knows it doesn’t happen overnight (Or even in a month.) Your starting this project right at the point most people will be thinking more about proms, graduations and vacations, not surfing the web. Watch how your Adsense income increases in the Autumn months.

    Stick with it.


  11. Golden Girl says:

    You ….GO GUY!!!!

    I think that you’re doing …..WELL.

    Remember the 80/20 rule…..



  12. I think you should get things straight here. Your goal was 100 sites and not money. Continue the money will come later. Keep it up Bro.


  13. Kenny: Great point! Overall, it really will take a few months to see my income increase.

    Golden Girl and Allen: Thanks for the comments!

  14. hi Spenser,

    Don’t get dissappoited easily with low earnings or traffic. “the night is still young”. sometimes more websites doesn’t bring more income. quality is better than quantity. I’m working on those microniche as well and didn’t make a penny after 2 weeks.

    find the mistake and correct it. we don’t want to manage 1000 sites rite?

  15. Good to see your progress.
    I think you are on right track…Time will tell.
    we are so much on to ‘instant gratification”..

    Please keep us posted…Great Job, Spencer.


  16. yeah this is great amount already! I also take almost 1 year only can get 20 sites to give me just only $50-100/month. You have $27 in 2 week is very fast already! My first month get only $5 with about 10sites built.

  17. hi Spencer
    thats great news even if its only $17.00 its more than i have ever earned at adsense how do you build your sites are they all content sites with say 6/10 articles on each one

    or are they auto blogs like your opion on using auto blogs to earn adsense income
    peter mcgrath

  18. Peter: I have 2 original articles (typically) on each site. I do not add any content after that; no auto blogs here! If you search this site, I explain my entire process step by step. Here is one post on my process:

  19. Wow, not bad Spencer!

    I hope when I start tackling Adsense micro-niche site building I’m off to such a good start too!

    Like you said, remember that your actual goal is 100 sites in one month. Of course the sites built towards the end of the 30 days won’t start earning right the same day you build them.

    TIME WILL TELL! I agree that once the summer is over, you should start to see major increase in income. I want to build them before the summer is over as well.

    Good luck and keep it up!

  20. Jeremy says:

    i am just beginning. 50 site in 2 weeks , that is impressive. i can’t find keywords .

    • There are lots of ways to generate keyword ideas, some of which I have discussed on previous posts. Start by using ebay or amazon to get some keyword leads. There are TONS of keywords…best of luck!

  21. Jeremy says:

    Thanks Spencer, i just watched your keywords video, Very good, now i have idea to do that. BTW, how to manage your 70 sites in your bluehost ? USE wordpress mu ? or install 70 wordpress sites?

  22. Jeremy:
    I install wordpress 70 times on my bluehost account using SimpleScripts (or Fantastico). It takes about 10 seconds to install wordpress each time.

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