I Reached the Top of the World Then Fell Down to Earth

How I Reached the Top of the World Then Fell Down to Earth

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I have been blogging for almost two years now. My first motivation was really to share to others random thoughts culled from the deep recesses of my existence. But there came a point where I decided to monetize my blogs. Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, kailangan may extra income. I buy and sell NBA trading cards online but I don’t make much as I’m also a collector and what I earned, I buy for my own collections.

So this February, I invested in a new domain and started making SEO posts. However, I still mixed it with posts of my personal stuffs like my wedding chronicles series and my action figures. After 5 months, I made my first Google Adsense $100. Then on August 9, Sunday, I made a total of $212.16 from Google Adsense, Infolinks and Chitika. Wooo! Ang saya-saya! Feeling ko, nasa top of the world ako!

It’s the first time I made P10,000… in one day. I’m just a regular 8AM-5PM employee and don’t have any other source of income so it was really a joy for me to be able to achieve that. The next day, traffic to this site remained strong albeit weaker at 9,916 visitors. I also managed to earn $64.14 or P3,000+. In 2 days, I already have $276.3 or more than P13,000.

Then on August 11, Tuesday, the inevitable happened. This site was penalized by Google. My top-paying posts appear no more at the 1st or 2nd page of the SERPs (search engine results page). Waaaahhh! Traffic is now going down at an alarming rate. Search from Yahoo!, Google Image and Bing as well as links from  Yahoo! Answers and social bookmarking sites and networks are the ones now keeping this site alive.

I don’t really know why this happened. I reviewed this web site thoroughly and my suspicion fell to the pingbacks I got on August 9-10. You see, the posts I made for those days were so hot that several web sites linked to me and sent me a pingback. I accepted them all without reviewing because my thinking was when another site links to you, it is good for you.

I was wrong. This is not the case at all times. I think I flattered myself much. There are several sites who made a living by scraping other’s contents and post it at theirs. These are spam sites and are banned by Google since they are considered as “bad neighborhoods”. One of Google’s guidelines says,

“Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or “bad neighborhoods” on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.”

When I checked those sites giving me the pingbacks (I have a tutorial here), I confirmed that they are indeed “bad neighborhoods”. By accepting those pingbacks, I was in effect creating a backlink to them. Yes, you can’t prevent them from linking to you but you can prevent your site from making a bridge to their site. Checking my stats for August 9-10, I have indeed created a bridge to them and sent 233 of my visitors to them. That’s a lot I must say. That’s enough for Google to think that I am linking to “bad neighborhoods”. Enough for Google to give me their much dreaded penalty. Huhuhu…

I already removed the offensive pingbacks and now waiting for the penalty to be lifted. I hope I’m not banned because when I Google site:arkhilario.com, my  web site and web pages still appear to be indexed. I hope that this is only temporary. I am now only averaging 400 visitors per day and my earnings from Google Adsense, Chitika and Infolinks are back to cents. I hope somebody with first-hand experience like this can help me what to do.

On August 9 and 10, it fells like I’m on top of the world. On August 11, I fell down to earth…

… hard. Ouch!

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34 Responses to “How I Reached the Top of the World Then Fell Down to Earth”

  1. enad Says:

    never been to the top of the world but i know how it feels like to fall down to hell. i got some pingbacks but never accepted them. they’re suspicious. looks like they’re using autoblog. and the posts are just reblogged without even a comment. they just took a line or two from my post and presto, they have their own and new post under music category. my post then was not even related to music. we learn lessons from time to time, dont we?

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    ark Reply:

    You are right. It’s a big lesson I learned. I should be careful next time.

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  2. ricojake Says:

    a sad story with a valuable lesson.. great for this site to generate adsense income of $64.14 in one day! Wow!

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    ark Reply:

    Correction bro, ung $64.14 is from adsense, infolinks and chitika combines. Tsaka sa 2nd day lang un dahil nung 1st day ko, naka-$212.16 ako. 😀

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  3. Selboy Says:

    actually, what you’ve experienced is just normal. there are really times that your blog top the SERP. If that’s temp only then after the next day your blog’s ranking will fall deeper in the SERP.

    But at least you earned a lot from that temporary ranking.

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    ark Reply:

    What if my previous posts who used to be on the top of the SERPs are also affected? Is this also temporary?

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  4. Miah Says:

    awwww… ana diay na ark, hala dili napud ko magpataka ug approve sa comments hahaha… as if naay ga-comment pud nga daghan…

    nagsend ba ang Google sa imu ug mail na napenalty ka or warning ba?

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    ark Reply:

    Wala man ko’y nadawat. Siguro temporary kang jud ni kay murag mag-email man ata sila kung banned jud ka sa ilaha.

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  5. Tyrone | Millionaire Acts Says:

    Wow ang galing naman! Sana tumaas din ang earnings ko sa adsense.

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    ark Reply:

    High-paying at mataas naman ang CPC ng mga keywords sa niche mo eh. So I’m sure lalaki rin ang kita mo. :-)

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    ark Reply:

    Tsaka millionaire ka na nga eh, hehe..

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    Tyrone | Millionaire Acts Reply:

    Sino naman nagsabi na millionaire na ako? Haha…

    Kulang lang kasi traffic ng site ko e. Dahil sa dami ng malalakas na blog, kahit the same traffic pa din ako katulad dati, bumaba naman ng todo alexa rank ko kaysa dati. Dapat talaga maraming maraming articles at konting SEO posts on my niche.

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    ark Reply:

    Nasa name ng site mo eh, hehe.. Many articles doesn’t really immediately translate to higher earnings. HITLOD keywords talaga ang kailangan. Kaya lang, ang hirap din magresearch.

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  6. Cyril Pauya Says:

    This is a hard lesson to learn and I’m glad you made a post on this. Keep them coming tol… :)

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    ark Reply:

    Hard lesson talaga. Thanks bay, just visit here often.

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  7. Vlad Says:

    I hope that Google will lift your penalty soon now that you made corrective actions.

    Just charged it to experience and thanks for sharing this post and it will be valuable for newbie bloggers like me

    Think positive and I am sure everything will be fine

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    ark Reply:

    Hey, you are in a worry-free site so I’m not losing sleep over it, hehe..

    I shared this so that you will not also make the same mistakes as I did.

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  8. enad Says:

    im not really sure how intensive google protects its search result quality. i hope google penalize me duplicated contents. some of the contents i posted was posted on my friendster blog which i no longer maintain. posts from that blog have also been deleted. i hope google will not do to mine the same thing they did to your blog

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    ark Reply:

    Google is very critical of duplicate content. It’s good that you have deleted your friendster posts. Google always changes its algorithm so we can never know if our site might be penalized later or not.

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  9. ianemv Says:

    Ouch talaga ark. Sige lang makabawi ka rin nyan at least you have lessen if not totally removed na yung mga bad neighborhood. Very useful post.

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    ark Reply:

    Yap, di naman talag ganun kadali ang road to success eh.

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  10. Analou Says:

    I am really sorry to hear what happened. Talagang sa mundong ating ginagalawan there are people who are happy when we are down. Although this people are in small numbers but they will ruin our lives if we don’t be careful. Hope everything will go back to normal again and I do wish whatever you loss will come back to you in a good way a hundred fold. Take care and enjoy your day. Pls. if you have time kindly visit my other blog which is www. analousplace2remember.com/. Thanks for the visit.

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    ark Reply:

    Hmmm, why do I feel that you have not understood my post much? Hehe..

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  11. Eric : BlogDemanila : Philippine Blog Says:

    Ark, the best thing is you fell down on earth and not somewhere else 😉

    btw, “I’m you’re friendly neighborhood” – so don’t be scared to link on me. 😉

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    ark Reply:

    You are right. Care to exchange links?

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  12. Snow Says:

    Medyo hindi nga okay kay big G kapag parang naghahakot ng link. Charge mo na lang sa experience.

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    ark Reply:

    Dahan-dahan naman ung link-building ko eh kaya I’m sure di un ang reason bakit ako napenalize.

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  13. lloydsbackyard Says:

    hmm, thanks sa post na to..babalik ka din sa top of the world dahil alam mo na pumunta doon. :) naadd na po kita, salamat sa pag add :)

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    ark Reply:

    Sana nga magdilang-anghel ka. Salamat.

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  14. temujin Says:

    Hehe. Ayos lang yan dude. Atleast alam mo na kung paano gagawin para kumita ng 172 usd a day. you can always repeat the process.

    Congrats na rin.

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    ark Reply:

    Yap alam ko na. Pero useless pa rin kung di rin ako makikita sa Google SERPs. :-(

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  15. enad Says:

    paano ka nag-aavatar sa site mo gamit ang yong pic. i cant seem to do it on mine

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    ark Reply:

    You have to be registered first sa gravatar. Then sa wordpress settings mo, go to discussion. Sa avatars section, iactivate mo ung Show Avatars sa Avatar Display option.

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  16. mheo Says:

    Thanks for the information. I hope our blog achieves the same adsense earnings as yours. Thanks again and God Bless!

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