First Blogversary Report: My Total Earnings

First Blogversary Report: My Total Earnings

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There are actually countless advertising and affiliate networks that you can utilize in order for your web site to earn some cash.

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There’s this adage that rings true when it comes to making money online, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. Meaning, don’t focus on just one advertising or affiliate network. Try to experiment and see what works for you.

However, remember that you have to generate traffic to your site first before you can make money. How can you if no one is clicking on those ads right? The best way still is to do some SEO (search engine optimization) work. Check out my top 100 keywords.

Today is my first blogversary and just like what I have done with my keywords, I’m displaying here how much I made from February 12, 2009 to January 31, 2010.

In year one of this web site’s existence, I can say that I earned enough to subsidize my 8AM-5PM day job income. Yessir, it’s true. You can make money online.

Here are my earnings for each advertising / affiliate network I participated in. Figure is in US $ unless otherwise indicated:

1. Google Adsense – $2,196.23; this is my bread and butter. I registered even before this site was born. I reached the minimum payment threshold of $100 in 5 months, got my first taste of Google juice of $159.58 in 6 months and received $278.56 as my second payout on the next month. Now, I earn at least $250 every month. Payment is through check or Western Union quick cash.

2. Chitika – $206.69; unlike Adsense which requires a minimum payment threshold of $100 before they pay you, Chitika only requires $10. But mind you, getting that amount is hard to come by because their ads only appear to visitors coming from the search engines especially those from US and UK. So you have to target those audience to earn faster. I was able to receive my first payout of $47.40 four months after I registered on May 2009. Payment is through check or PayPal. You can register here.

3. Infolinks – $202.68; inserts text link advertisements on this site. I had a pitiful $0 on my first month and a total of only $18.73 for the first 4 months. But it started to catch fire on the 5th month where I earned $36.65. I reached the minimum payout threshold of $100 on the seventh month and I was finally paid through Paypal.

4. Clicksor – $71.63; I utilized it just last November 16, 2009. Payment threshold is $50 and I got my first payment of $54.07 on January 18, 2010 through Paypal. It provides a passive income for me as I just put their code on my site and I earn based on how many page impressions I got. So even  though nobody clicks on their banner, I still earn something. Cool eh? You can register here.

5. Nuffnang Philippines – PhP1,722.54 ($37.45); amount is in peso because it is locally-based. However, I was not yet paid because minimum payment threshold is PhP2,000.00. You will receive a payment related to the number of unique visits and valid impressions of ads displayed on your site. Payment is via Paypal, check or bank deposit. I registered just last January 22, 2010.

6. CMFAds – $21.86; when I registered last June 2009, my intention is to advertise my ads on their network. I am still trying to gain traffic to my site so I purchase ads on other sites registered to them which only costs as low as $0.01 per MONTH. That’s great right? After a while when my site started to grow, bloggers are starting to buy ad space on my site as well which I set as $1/month. You can actually set it for a larger amount that you deem right. Some of what I earned, I used to buy additional ad space. However, when I started using Clicksor, it violated their TOS and my site was removed from their network. I immediately cashed-out the $43.72 I earned. However, only 50% of that was deposited to my Paypal account due to a 50% tax which they say is used to cover their costs.

7. Entrecard – $19; like CMFAds, I primarily used Entrecard for advertising rather than online money making. When they launched their Cashout program last April 2009 where you will get paid $1 for every 1,000 credits you sell, I decided to give it a try and transferred 10,000 credits to my Cashout balance. After 3 hours, I got an email telling me that $10 has been deposited to my PayPal account. A month later, I cashed-out again for $9. By July 2009, cashout was disabled due to negative feedback from members.

8. CPALead – $24.76; This is a cost-per-action type of advertising where you get paid when a visitor fills up a survey that converts into a successful lead before they can access your content. CPALead is particularly good for movie and TV show sites.  I just registered last January 22 and this is my earnings for 9 days. Not bad I think since I’m still on the experimentation stage. I plastered it on my blog posts that contains videos. However, one thing I noticed is that my Google Adsense earnings slightly goes down for those blog posts. Hence, I conclude that I should create another web site purely for monetizing CPALead. That’s another project I’ll work on if I have the time. CPALead is very promising you know. Payment is through check or PayPal. You can register here.

9. Paypal Merchant Referral – $15.45; for every seller you have referred to PayPal, you will earn 0.5% of his revenue – for the first 12 months that the merchant has his PayPal account.  I got this amount from four sellers I have referred to PayPal. You can register here.

10. PayPerPost Referral – $15; one time only because after that, they upgraded to their new version and I was lazy enough to register again.

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Total earnings I made from February 12, 2009 to January 31, 2010 is US $2,810.75. If US $1 = PhP46, that’s PhP129,294.3!

My earning from February 12, 2009 to June 31, 2009 is insignificant because it’s less than $100. Taking that into consideration; from July 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010, my average per month is $401.532 ($2,810.75 / 7 months). If US $1 = PhP46, that’s PhP18,470.62 / month!

I know some bloggers would be laughing at my measly earning because some of them earns what I make in a year in less than a month. However, considering that I don’t do this full-time and I have only this one web site, I think it’s not bad at all.

For this year, my personal aim is to make at least PhP20,000 / month.

The best thing about making money online? It’s non-taxable. Well, here in the Philippines at least.

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87 Responses to “First Blogversary Report: My Total Earnings”

  1. Top 100 Keywords That Brought Me Money | Says:

    […] First Blogversary Report: My Total Earnings […]

  2. Kerslyn Says:

    congrats! anlaki nyan ah! isang dump truck ng burger…burger..burger! hahay, si adsense d ko pa rin naasikaso. maganda sanang pagkakitaan yun.

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks. I’m sure malaki din kinikita mo sa mga paid posts at affiliates mo. Kanya-kanyang diskarte lang naman yan eh. 😉

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    Nhoel Reply:

    it looks like your doing it right, galing, congrats… enga, burger!

    -Nhoel of keywordspeak.com

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  3. orman Says:

    i am green with envy!

    way to go, mr. hilario!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks sir.

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    James Moralde Reply:

    I am even deeper green with envy here. :)

    My blog would be a year old this coming April, but I never earned that much. Congratulations Ark. Goes to show you’re doing something right.

    I always thought I need to put up several blogs in order to earn. Looks like I’m mistaken. Thanks for this generous information Ark.

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    ark Reply:

    That’s what I thought at first too. One blog is not enough in order to create a significant amount of money online. Seems like we’re both wrong.

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  4. Pinay Mommy Online Says:

    That is already big considering that your earnings from adsense makes me go “laway dropping mode!”

    Congrats! Happy Blogversary!! :)

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    ark Reply:

    Salamat po mommy.

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  5. Jeff's Online Money Making Experience Says:

    Wow! Congratulations. Testimonies like these continue to inspire those who want to learn how to make money online. Keep it up!

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks. I made this so others will know that there really is money online.

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  6. mao Says:

    Congrats Kuya Ark! I still can’t figure how can I make the same.. could you help me please? hehe

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    ark Reply:

    I thought kumikita ka na rin?

    Email me: ark_anthill@yahoo.com

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  7. brVince Says:

    yumayaman! hahaha! gusto ko rin yumaman! 😀

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    ark Reply:

    Di ba may vow of poverty kayo brother? Hehe..

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  8. Cookster Says:

    wow laki ah…sana ako din

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    ark Reply:

    Of course you can do it. What’s preventing you?

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  9. brVince Says:

    oo nga pala ano, hehehehe sowee….

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  10. LIFE Moto Says:

    wow bigtime na ang ark of the phil. tips naman dyan. well just going through your old posting. congrats bro!

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    ark Reply:

    No, I don’t yet consider myself as big time. Saka na pag kumikita na ako ng at least P50,000/month sa blogging.

    Just rummage through my old posts. Madami ako tips na nakashare dun.

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    LIFE Moto Reply:

    thanks bro i will check it out

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  11. Janus Says:

    yeah im from cotabato, im actually here right now. hehe. actually about the payperpost, you don’t need to register again. I checked their site and I just agve my old log in info and voila i’m registered again. wow 100k plus, that’s a lot of shoes to fill haha. As for me I had like 30k and then I stopped using it because of that silly pagerank issue from google late 2007. my PR3 blog went to zero so I guess I was one of the lucky few to receive such heinous web crime lol. Ayun, wala ng ppp posts. hehe

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    ark Reply:

    That P100k plus is not coming from PPP lahat ha. $15 lang ang na-earn ko sa PPP.

    If paid posts are your kind of thing, pwede ka namang magparegister ulit ng bagong i.ph account ah, or sa blogspot. Mahirap na kasi ibalik ang PR once naging zero ito.

    Anyway, nice to know na may another blogger pa from Cotabato City. Kukunti lang tayo na kilala ko dito. I hope maging active ka ulit. FYI, I added you sa FB.

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  12. Gem Says:

    Your adsense earnings occupies huge percentage of your blogging income. And you were able to make your adsense income consistent at $250/month! It’s a good thing too, that you are not dependent on making paid reviews.

    We know there are other bloggers who earn more than P50,000 per month, but remember that there are more bloggers who seriously wished, or decided not, to earn from blogs.

    Keep it up and see you around! :-)

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    ark Reply:

    Paid reviews are not my kind of thing so I stayed away from it.

    Di ba kasama ka rin sa P50k club? Hehe..

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    Jhong Medina Reply:

    Wow Ark Congratz! How I wish the big G write me a check soon.

    Wow Gem 50k in a month bigatin ka talaga taas kamay ko sa inyo! Rock on!

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    ark Reply:

    Good luck to you. I hope that will be sooner than later.

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  13. marhgil Says:

    congrats ark! slowly but surely, palaki pa yan ng palaki. just keep on hijacking keywords! 😀

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks idol. You know that you are one of my inspirations. Malay mo, one of these days eh mag-living the dotcom lifestyle din ako gaya mo, hehe..

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  14. Pastilan Says:

    This is strange, ngayong isinara ko na account ko sa Fatcow naaaccess ko na site mo.

    Good earnings for 2009 you’ve got there Ark, I know this year 10X pa imong ma earn from blogging. Bloggers rule!

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    ark Reply:

    Really? How come? Basta ang alam ko, sumali ako sa fatcow dahil dun sa link na binigay mo? Referral link ba un?

    10x? I hope so. Di kasi ako kasing-sipag kagaya mo. Di ko kaya magmaintain ng 10 web sites at one time, hehe..

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    Pastilan Reply:

    Hindi yun referral. ewan ko, nagkaproblema talaga ako sa Fatcow kaya last four months ko sa kanila pinabayaan ko na lang mga sites ko doon, napakahirap iaccess eh, siguro sa ISP ko or something. I’m on webhostingpad now, so far after 10 months with them wala pa ako problems. I also got hosting from hostgator pero di ko pa nagagamit, kinuha ko lang kasi may promo noon sila.

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    ark Reply:

    So far, fatcow works well naman for me. May mga kaunting glitches lang sa system nila minsan pero not that serious really. Satisfied naman ako sa service nila pati sa support.

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  15. Pastilan Says:

    Pahabol diay.

    “The best thing about making money online? It’s non-taxable. Well, here in the Philippines at least.”

    I disagree, wala kang kawala sa tax, tingnan mo yung resibo mo sa WU, may bawas na tax he he he wala kang kawala.

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    ark Reply:

    The Western Union tax is something I can live with. Gamay ra bitaw to.

    Unlike sa real-world income tax na pirte kadako! Unya ibulsa lang sa uban. Dili mabalik sa katawhan! Grrrr!

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  16. dimaks Says:

    wow, that’s a lot for a part-time blogger like you. keep up the hard work Ark! you will go a long way.

    ako naman, ang adsense ko, pambayad ng rent sa apartment 😀

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    ark Reply:

    Hindi na rin masama yang sa iyo bro. Just kep on posting at lalaki din yan.

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  17. jangeronimo Says:

    Congrats. I’m glad it works out well for you. Makes us inspired na kaya rin namin kumita.

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    ark Reply:

    Salamat jan. Of course you can too. I advise you to check out macuha’s ebook first. That’s always a good start for bloggers who want to make money online.

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  18. elmot Says:

    Wow! Congrats Ark! That is alot of money for just a whole year of blogging 😀

    Way to go!

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks!

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  19. Roy Says:

    wow! you’re doing good!

    kahit kalahati man lang niyan maabot ko, masaya na ako… and to think I’ve been blogging for more than 2 years!

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    ark Reply:

    SEO lang ang kailangan para mabilis kumita. Tsaka always research for keywords na high-trend pero low-density. Meaning, maraming nagsesearch sa kanya all throughout the year pero kaunti pa lang ang nasa SERPs (search engine results page).

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  20. kopi-prinz Says:

    wow…. super galing nyo po naman.. you really can make blogging a business..

    i hope i can get some tips from you… im a newbie with this blogging stuffs..

    … link deleted …

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    ark Reply:

    Check out my post about the ebooks that helped me make money online.

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  21. Eleazar | Entrepinoy Bank Says:

    Congratulations, Bay! Daghan na gyod tang mikitag dolyares using our blogs. This is a great passive income for us who want to earn additional income while working in an 8-5 job.

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    ark Reply:

    Mao jud bay. Good luck sa imuha.

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  22. Poonit Patel Says:

    Thanks very much for putting this post here.
    I hope to earn more from these…
    hope so
    Tnx very much

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    ark Reply:

    I know you can. Good luck!

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  23. melardenio Says:

    galing naman! congrats…nakiki basa lang ako sa site mo…sana may tutorial ka din how we can do it sir.

    brother mo ba si sir Jomar Hilario?

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    ark Reply:

    Nope. I don’t think we are even related although I would like to meet him someday and ask for some tips.

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    melardenio Reply:

    ay ganun…kala ko kasi brother kayo.anyway..thanks for the tips…gusto ko din sana ang UFC site kaso mejo indi ko type yung sports na ito kaya indi ko sya ginawan ng blogs.although I have manny pacquiao blogs.

    hope to meet you soon sir.

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    ark Reply:

    I agree. It’s better to create blogs on topics you are interested in. Mas nakakainspire magsulat pag ganun.

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    melardenio Reply:

    that’s what i blog now.about scooters kasi yun talaga gusto ko..

    anyway salamat at nainspire na naman ako mag blog.

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    ark Reply:

    I’m glad that I have somehow inspired you. Good luck!

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  24. Menard Says:

    Wow Ark!
    Congrats!!!

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks Menard.

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  25. paulo melendez Says:

    envy!!
    hope i’ll get that far someday.

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    ark Reply:

    I’m sure you can.

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  26. Sammy Feliciano Says:

    Yepaaa!! Rock on Bro! Ang galing galing naman. Parang pwede na kayoung pagtapatin ni Bro Gummer (AKA: Pastilan) ah. Well, ako i’ve earned PHp 42,000 in just 2 months sa CPAlead. Pero sana makuha ko yun in just 1 month.

    Bro. Favor link exchang nman tayo sa Pr3 Techno blog ko.

    Eto oh! Latest Technology News

    Thank

    Rock ON!!

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    ark Reply:

    Wala ako’ng kaya dun. Ung kinita ko for one year eh kaya nia in 1 month lang, hehe..

    Kahit sa iyo nga eh wala ako binatbat. P42k in just 2 months? Haneep!

    Anyway, add me up first and I’ll do the same.

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    Sammy Reply:

    Yow Bro! Please visit my blog dahil nasa Blog Friends ko na yung link mo. Eto nga pala ilagay mong anchor text sa blog link ko “Latest Technology News.”

    Humataw tayong lahat ngayong March… Para kumita pa ng mas malaki.

    Thank you very much!

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    ark Reply:

    Done. BTW, please change ung anchor text ko into “Hakuna Matata!” Thanks.

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  27. Jeff Says:

    Thank you very much for this sir Ark! galing mo talaga. Still new to blogging and just have put my first blogsite. Thanks ulit!

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    ark Reply:

    You are welcome. Good luck!

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  28. edan_gwapo Says:

    weeeeeeee kainggit na lng oi..

    gus2 q na rin magblog!. hehehe.. paturo beh…

    may sinimulan nako.. e2 ung

    link. http://edanhilario.i.ph/

    ano pa kulang?.. hehehe

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  29. nikitha Says:

    what is your website traffic yesterday ?? total visitors and total page impression???

    with how many page impression you earn clicksor $54.07 ????

    thanks in advance…

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    nikitha Reply:

    very poor website… not even replying …

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    ark Reply:

    I’m sorry, didn’t mean to. It’s just that I have not checked my stats yet.

    Anyway, I averaged around 2,000 unique visitors per day. I think I got 100k page impression to earn that amount in clicksor.

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    nikitha Reply:

    oh.. thank you..

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  30. Gabriel Says:

    Wow ang laki naman po ng adsense mo.. paturo naman po ng secret about sa keyword hijacking po.

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    ark Reply:

    Just check out my post about the SEO ebooks that helped me make money online.

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  31. Palabuzz Says:

    Ang galing mo naman!

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    ark Reply:

    Salamat po.

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  32. khaye Says:

    Congrats! Keep up the good work. :)

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  33. My 500th Blog Post | Says:

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  34. nikitha Says:

    can you say exactly how much page impression u got clicksor $71.63 (or) in how many page impression you got paid clicksor $54.07 ??? please can you say the exact clicksor report and inform me… i think you will reply the truth…

    thanks in advance…

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    ark Reply:

    I got 115,000 page impressions to earn $54.07. Pretty low conversion I think.

    How about you?

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  35. nikitha Says:

    oh.. really unlucky… i think that is low. thanks for your answer ark… but which is the best ad netwotk in cpm according to you ark???

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    ark Reply:

    Obviously, it’s Google Adsense.

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  36. nikitha Says:

    i am asking cpm network ark ???

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    ark Reply:

    Adsense has CPM also.

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  37. Jeff Says:

    hi ark!

    ask lng. san mo nilagay yung clicksor mo at other ad services? infolinks lng kasi at adsense ang nakikita ko dito. tnx!

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    ark Reply:

    Ung clicksor, nag-aapear siya as another page between every two other page ng site ko na inoopen mo. Ung chitika naman, nag-aapeal lang un sa mga visitors form the US and UK na galing sa search engine.

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  38. Jayson Benn Says:

    hmmm..that’s great kuya, well i should advice you to please refrain from posting your earnings, marami po ang mga naninira sa adsense account natin, i made $2,000 for just 3 months, pero hindi ko po isishare ang blog ko kasi yung mga naiinggit na kabayan natin,,marami na po ang mga na banned sa adsense dahil na rin sa kgagawan ng mga Pilipino, mga inggitero inggitera po kasi..protect your adsense kuya,.mahirap na kasi yung lang talaga ang pinaka the best na online jobs..

    Even western people naiinggit sila kaya minsan nahahacked and mga website natin.

    Good luck po..try to write about “apple and nokia”
    para madali mong mameet ang P50,000 a month. Congrats po ulit..

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    ark Reply:

    Thanks for the sound advice. I’m posting my earnings because I want to provide inspiration to others.

    Un nga lang, you’re right. Maraming naiinggit. Filipino trait na kasi yan eh. Sana nga lang eh instead na mainggit, magsumikap din sila. I’m willing naman to help others make money online too.

    Thanks sa keywords. I’ll try them. Congrats on your earnings too.

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