Its coming up on 8 years ago in a few weeks now since I posted a cheque for 900k for 2 months of adsense revenue. I’m going to post the history of adsense from the day I added adsense to the site so that there is some context to how POF went from 1 pageview to billions. Keep in mind by the time 2006 rolled around this was one revenue stream of many. After I posted that cheque the site really exploded, 3 years later in May 2009 when I hired my first developer the site was doing 2.2 Billion pageviews a month and we are over 10 billion a month today.
Thinking back now I am amazed I was able to do what I did. I spent at least 2 to 3 months of every year traveling, and during this time there where insane scaling issues. But somehow I still managed to create the largest dating site in the world without a single employee and travel the world!
I constantly hear from people that the cheque i posted back in 2006 inspired them to start a company, I hope that this will continue to inspire people and for people to see success is not instant, it does take a little while and when you have a extremely successful company this is what the month by month looks like in the early days.
Click on the image to see the original adsense screen shot.