Make $5000 A Month Online, One Hour A Day

OK — so now I sound like that reverse funnel guy or Jeffery Lant. After all, the great promise of something for nothing is what fuels a lot of the scam artists out there. I am not really interested in talking about “something for nothing.” Rather, I want to do some math. Those that know me know that I am an engineer. I do more math before breakfast than most people do all day. So, let’s do some AdSense math.

$5000 A Month Is Really Cool

Honestly, I just picked that number because it sounds cool.  Who wouldn’t want an extra $5000 per month?  I mean, if I told you that you could make $5000 a month working only an hour a day, would you do it?  Well, that is what I am going to tell you.  Of course, there are no guarantees.  Your ability to make money on the internet has to do with your abilities and your personal situation.  I am not able to promise that you will make money online.  You mileage may vary.  Not valid in Nevada.  You get the idea.

I’ll also tell you that the hard part is the traffic.  You can trade off click through rate for traffic, so if you think my traffic assumptions are too high, you should know that my CTR is low.  If you assume a higher CTR you can use less traffic.  You can also use less traffic if you assume higher earnings per click (EPC).

I’ve been thinking about this because I have been looking at FirePow (which is even cooler than I imagined).  It is so easy to make sites with that system, you can easily imagine making a ton of them.  FirePow also has some automatic traffic stuff — so it looks really appealing for the creation of AdSense Sites.

Let’s Do Some Math About Making Money Online

The vision is about passive income.  By passive income, I specifically mean websites that are set up for generating income via AdSense revenue.  As you probably know, AdSense are those little ads that show up on sites and say “Ads by Google”.  If you own a site with those ads and visitors click them, you get paid.  How much you get paid depends on the following factors.

  • How many sites do you have? For the purpose of this analysis, I am assuming that you have 30 sites.  I choose 30 because I will recommend that you get to the point where you can work on one site per day each day of the month for about an hour.  So, for site #13, you will work on it for about an hour on the 13th of every month posting new content, doing promotion, etc.  You may want to outsource the generation of 4 or 5 articles per month per site so you can post them on that day.  Of course, you’ll probably want to work more at first to set the sites up.  I am currently working in October to get my 30 sites set up.  But once they are set up, you should be able to “invest” 1 hour a day to continuously improve the sites.  This is really cool for people that have a “day job” like me.
  • How many people will search for the terms that your site is ranking for each day? I am going to assume that you have set up your sites to optimize around 5 or so keyword phrases, and that those phrases have a total search volume of about 1500 searches per day.  That’s 1500 people searching for your keywords, not 1500 people visiting your site.  Maybe your site is targeting 5 keywords with 300 daily searches each.  This is pretty conservative.
  • How many of the people that search will click on your link? I am assuming that you will choose keywords and do search engine optimization that will allow you to rank on the first page of Google for each of your keywords.  If you can get in the first 5-6 listings and you write a great page description for page, you should be able to capture 10-15% of that search traffic.  If you are in the #1 position, you might get as much as 40% of the traffic.  For this analysis, we will assume that you only capture 6% of the search traffic.  This will get you about 90 visitors per day.
  • How much traffic can you get from Article Marketing? I am personally a fan of article marketing.  It works well with AdSense because it complements organic traffic and provides backlinks which improve search engine performance.  For this analysis, I am assuming that you can get 10 visitors a day from article marketing from 4 or 5 articles published to 15 directories each.  If you want to know more about Article Marketing, check out my blog post on that topic.
  • Just 100 visitors total per day. So, I am assuming that you can create a 5 or 6 page site that can get 100 visitors per day using search engines and article marketing (social media traffic not included).  Think you can do that?  I think you can.
  • How many people will click your ads? I have assumed for this analysis that 8 out of every 100 visitors that visit your site will click an ad.  For an AdSense site, that would be pathetic.  I have see conversions using my Niche AdSense Themes for WordPress between %10 and %20 (your mileage may vary).
  • How much will clicks pay? For this analysis, I have assumed that clicks only pay a measly $0.55 per click.  That is terrible.  You can easily find higher paying niches on SpyFu.com.  When I look at SpyFu, I assume that I can get 20% of the average that the report.  So, for “home mortgage” where the average is around $10.00, I would expect to get about $2.00 per click.  That is just an estimate, but $0.55 is a very conservative number in this game if you are careful about keyword selection.

So, the bottom line is that if you do some search engine and article marketing so that you get 100 visitors per day, you can get 8 AdSense clicks.  Those 8 clicks could be worth $5.60 for each site that you have.  If you have 30 sites, you can make $168/day or about $5000 per month.

30 sites not the right number for you?  Here are the numbers for 1, 10, 20, 30 and 50 sites.

Once you are up and running, you can maintain the rankings an traffic with a little content and link building each month — maybe one hour every month.

Don’t like AdSense or have a site with traffic but low EPC?  Consider converting that traffic to affiliate sales using something like phpBay.  I am actually doing that with a couple of sites that have a low AdSense EPC.

What do you think?  Can you do it?  I am off to build a couple of these sites in FirePow and see what happens.

Regards,

Mark

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31 comments
Lean Brandal
Lean Brandal

Based on everything I see I am even more astonished with WWW marketing based on watching the way the the current generations operate with their peers with the internet. My 14 year old daughter just showed me a portal they had developed to aggregate areas of interest for their group of friends. They were asking about the best way to setup some advertising on the website to generate revenue. I am extremely poud.

Chris
Chris

It'll never work. It won't happen. Not possible.

Jake Siemens
Jake Siemens

I just wanted to say that it is very possible to get well over 0.55 a click. I have been using Mark's NAT and Joshes $5 mini site formula and have only had my 1st site getting traffic for 1 week and have made over $20 already. I am currently averaging just over $2 a click and I am only just starting seeing traffic. The high paying clicks are out there you just need to do a little research!

All I have is 4 articles linked to the site so far and am getting only about 2 clicks a day. I am looking forward to writing a lot more and watch my earnings rise.

adwords wrapper
adwords wrapper

Mark, I have to argue with your system. As many other posters have commented, getting 100 visitors to a 5 page website you maintain for an hour once a month is unreasonable. Plus, getting $0.55 per click is unreasonable.

You countered the first argument on you can't get 100 visitors by saying you need to target high traffic niches. But, we all know that the high traffic niches are the most competitive. Do you really think you can get page one results for niches like mortgages or weight loss? Is it with a 5 page website? If you do, can you prove it?

The second argument about low CPC you countered by saying the website is smart priced. I disagree. I have a site I launched in 2004 that is lucky to get $0.10 per click. Even my best Adsense website which earns close to $2,000 a month gets only $0.20 CPC.

Honestly, I think if you are getting 100 visitors to a 5 page website and getting $0.55 you are in a rare find of niche. If that is the case, then question becomes exactly how did you find that niche? How about I'll show you my website making $2,000 a month and you show me your 5 page website getting 100 visitors and $0.55 CPC? I earn more so you should be willing to participate.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Karl -- I get this question a lot. The short answer is that I have not found the time to get all the sites up yet due to other priority projects (like this blog and some other products that I have been working on).

I still have that as a goal, and have hired some help to get the sites up. The sites that are up indicate that I should be able to hit my target.

So -- project is still "incomplete but promising."

Karl Hall
Karl Hall

So,

I am interested... It is now almost MAY!

Have you had 5+ Months @ 5K?

Thanks alot

Karl Hall

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Ankush;

These are all EXCELLENT points. Let me take them 1 by 1.

1. This is absolutely correct. Not only do they take time, your time is worth money. When you get to the point of having some success, or when you have some money to spend, I would definately recommend outsourcing writing. You can get a 300 word article written for between $1 and $15 depending on the size of your order and the quality you want. If you have a site that will make $100/month once mature, it is easy to justify investing $100 in articles to get it started.

2. Again, your time is worth money. You can outsource. But, once a site is making money, you can often leave it alone. I have a good friend that has a 5 page site that he built 2 years ago. He has not touched it in a year. It has 6 pages and make $200/month in AdSense revenue. He spends zero hours per month.

3. You have to select niches with high paying keywords. Examples are weight loss, travel, acne, legal advice, etc. You must not build sites with low CPC -- like "sports socks" or "free cheese". (I am being silly, but you get the idea.)

You can screen your niche ideas for CPC using a tool like the one at SpyFu.com. To see how crazy the CPC can get, check out this list of high paying keywords. http://www.spyfu.com/TopList.aspx?listId=3

Now, you are correct that you will not get paid the AdWords CPC. When estimating AdSense earnings, I assume that Google will keep 50% and the content network will result in a 60% reduction from that. So, I assume that I can get a CPC of 20% of the AdWords cost. That is a rough estimate. It means that if someone is paying $5 for a click, I will get to keep a dollar.

If you are getting $0.01 for clicks, you are either targeting a low-paying niche or your account is "smart priced" due to low conversions or low CTR.

Hope that helps.

Ankush Kohli
Ankush Kohli

Hi Mark,

I'm doing the same from last 1 yr 2 months. It's easy to say than doing all this. Here I prove:

1. In order to bring traffic from articles, you need to write them (time consuming activity).

2. One hr. per month is really not enough in order to promote your site for regular 100 visits traffic (link promotion, writing fresh content, publish it, ping it, social book mark it etc.)

3. On content network, adsense is paying very less money like 0.01 or 0.05 etc. so how you can make 6$ per day.

Waiting for logical answers...

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

I definately think it is worth looking at given the guarantee. I love it, and if James comes through with all of the planned upgrades it will be an amazing value.

Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson

Can I ask you an honest opinion? Do you think MNF is worth the price? Granted everything can be gather and researched for free, but the SOC looks like it would really save time.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Thanks Joe.

I use Micro Niche Finder and use it a lot.

Garry Conn will tell you correctly that you can get all the information you need for free from the Google AdWords tool.

In fact, Garry just released a eBook/report on niche sites. I have not read it yet, but I like Garry and you cannot argue with the results. He makes a TON of money with AdSense alone.

Firepow is very cool indeed.

Regards,

Mark

Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson

Hey Mark,

Great article. I'm always finding cool things on your site! I stumbled this article too!

I have to admit the numbers are pretty daunting. I have several sites that have lots of good content but no where near 100 visitors a day. I think its my keyword selection. I still don't quite have the keyword research part completely down. I'm considering getting Micro Niche Finder and see if they helps me get over some of my deficiencies. Between Gary Conn and yourself it seems like a great tool.

I'd also love to check out firepow.. I just need to get the site income improved to be able to afford it.

Thanks again!

Joe

Scott
Scott

Mark, Great post. I found my way over here from Garryconn.com after surfing his archives. It's nice to finally read about a path to making money online without out all the hype(ie:how I made $100,000 in 30 days) and be forced to subscribe or pay to find out the details. Then once you read the details all they say are, build an email list of 200,000, make an info product and sell it for $10. I really like the way you break it down. You make me think I could really do this is I had the time, energy, focus and determination. I'll have to check out some more of your blog, but so far it looks like between reading your blog and garry's, I will be able to make some money online.

I will also have to find out how this experiment ended up since 30 days have passed.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Thanks Patrik - you should make a product out of them. People need good AdSense themes, and there is plenty of room in the market for both of us. Let me know if you need any help.

Thanks,

Mark

Patrik Berggren
Patrik Berggren

Great article. I have also some rejections regarding searchtraffic volume. To get 100 visits/day (avg.) requires a great deal of SEO to be done, month after month ... but, a more proper value of avg. visits per day should be 50. That ain't that hard and can be accomplished by 2nd page listings in the SERP, the use of social networks & bookmarking services etc. Much easier.

I have some AdSense optimized themes for wordpress that have CTR between 40 - 60% :o ... maybe I should make a product out of them :D

/Patrik Berggren

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Thanks Richard -- I will take a look and correct it. Too many late nights lately....

Regards,

Mark

Richard
Richard

Mark,

I think you are providing value in the process you are teaching... but, I thought I would point out that $0.55 per click at 8 clicks per day is only $4.40 per day... not, $5.60.

I think you were looking at your spreadsheet for the total, but you used 10 clicks per day, instead of 8.

Please take this as only a point of reference that you may want to correct for your readers... like I said, I think the process you are teaching people is valid and good for people to follow. Just would hate to see someone hit your typed metrics and end up a thousand dollars short at the end of the month and not understand why.

Nice blog and content. Keep up the good work!

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Sorry -- should say "4 or 5" -- fixed. Thanks.

Mark

Rob
Rob

I am personally a fan of article marketing. It works well with AdSense because it complements organic traffic and provides backlinks which improve search engine performance. For this analysis, I am assuming that you can get 10 visitors a day from article marketing from 4 05 5 articles published to 15 directories each.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

@Angela -- Thanks!

@Joe -- thanks. That is a neat idea for a widget. I do have a subscription-based course planned based on my 30 blog experience. Stay tuned.

@gWallet -- Thanks. Stay tuned for updates. All 30 blogs are up and running (but mostly empty) at this moment. Woo hoo!

gWallet
gWallet

Mark, absolutely brilliant! This should be considered a roadmap to all aspiring AdSence jocks out there. Looking forward to your article on traffic generation, as this is they element in any campaign.

Joe
Joe

Interesting. I also would be interested to track your progress on the 30 blogs you have built.

Perhaps you could put a widget or something in the sidebar column of this blog that gives your readers a current up-to-date dollar amount of how much you have made on your blogs.

Your blog income widget would be a good marketing tool as well. When people see it they can click on it and you can take them through the post above and or offer them to signup for a seperate newsletter series where you teach them how to do it. Then perhaps offer them the full version of the course in an eBook or something for a small price.

Good luck Mark,

Joe

Angelina
Angelina

Hi Mark,

Good article. You are giving great tips here that people can apply immediately to start making money.

Keep it up!

Thanks,

^Angelina

Fred
Fred

Mark,

I really liked how you showed through math what is needed to make $5,000 per month. As I read through your post I did have a few questions.

1. 5 keywords that you can rank in the top 6 in the SERPS that give you 1500 searches a day - What criteria do you use to determine whether you can obtain a top 6 ranking for a particular keyword? I have many adsense sites, but I find it very difficult to get 100 visitors a day.

2. Article Marketing Visitors - Are these visitors that find your articles in the SERPs or are they people surfing the article directories? Do these visitors tend to click adsense ads? I noticed you carved out social media traffic. It is my opinion that these visitors don't click. This leads me to wonder about the visitors from your article submissions.

3. 100 visitors a day - How successful have you been with being able to consistently build small sites that get 100 visitors a day? I have built a lot of sites, but I really have trouble getting this many visitors.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

@Fred;

Thanks.

1. Well, I need to do a separate post on that. Basically, you need to look at the "authority" of the stuff on page one and decide if you can beat it. One simple method that Josh Spaulding likes is to average the PR on the front page. He describes that here: http://ez-onlinemoney.com/ A lot of times, I will simply use the strength of competition index (SOC) from Micro Niche Finder.

2. Typically they come from SERPS, find the article on the directory site (ranked well because of the authority of the directory) and click through to your site. They definately do click. They are hunting for something -- that's how they got there. AdSense CTR from these guys can be over 20% in some cases.

3. This is clearly the hardest part (as I mention in the article). I have done it, but I would not say that I can do it every time. One of the things that I am doing with the 30 sites that I am creating in October is experimenting with a couple of different methods for traffic generation. So, hopefully, I will have some better answers for you in November.

That is one of the reasons I am interested in FirePow. There are several "traffic gadgets' in there that can help (that's the claim I want to test).

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

@Dhaval -- I recommend that you read my eBook to get started. You can download it after opting into my list on the upper right hand side of this page.

Thanks!

Mark

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

@Mark -- Well, that is the question -- can you make enough money with FirePow to justify the cost. That is what I will be trying to determine.

In the mean time, I have negotiated a special coupon code with Andrew for MasonWorld readers if you are interested in a discount. He is offering a $25/month discount.

Contact me directly for the code.

Thanks,

Mark

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Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com
Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com

Firepow does seem like a great system. I've heard others praise it. Trouble is, my budget would be blown in a few months if I signed up now. I'm not letting that keep me from building niche sites though.

I too am interested in how it goes for you with your 30 blogs. Sounds like a very reasonable plan. Have you tried doing just one page sites?

Mark Mason
Mark Mason

Thanks Joe. I'll let you know how it goes this month. I have 30 blogs up and running, and I am currently doing more keyword research and adding content. I should have all 30 "complete" by the end of the month. In this case, complete means 5-10 pages of content and some promotion for each blog.

Normal Joe
Normal Joe

Awesome Mark! I love how you laid it out and I know it is possible. That's the thing, you have to have a plan! Great work. I may have to try this.

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