Washington Post On People making truckloads from adsense….

Washington Post has a piece on people making a lot of money from adsense.

Some of those mentioned are

PodcastDirectory.com $30,000 to $40,000 a year

David Miles Jr. and Kato Leonard, two 20-year-olds in Louisville, say they collect $100,000 a month from their year-old site, Freeweblayouts.net.    (Might want to get rid of popups which are against googles TOS)

SeatGuru.com $10,000 to $20,000 a month  and another 10 to 20k from direct sales.

Like i’ve said before  industry after industry is being invaded by little 1 or 2 person companies that are more then happy with making a living per year of sites they love.    People keep talking about web 2.0  which no one cares about in the real world,  Adsense/YPN is what is truly changing the web,  and at the end of the day the ideas that will change/decide the future of the internet  is those ideas that make money.  

Adsense/YPN  is where the action is,  they are the platform/foundation of the future web.  
Thousands of sites have come out of nowhere and changed entire industries in the last 2 years,  another 2 or 3 years and many of these  10-20k sites are going to be making a LOT more money and be a lot bigger.  

Like I said in my other post I call this new trend “Web 3.0”  and I think we can sum up as  ”Good bye Venture Capitalists” and good bye “Paid Services” and good luck existing if your company has more then 5-10 employees.

23 Responses to “Washington Post On People making truckloads from adsense….”

  1. James J. Says:

    The mainstream media seems to be ignoring you and plentyoffish, Markus. How could the Washington Post do their homework and not find you. Unless they did and you declined for some reason.

  2. Markus Says:

    If you aren’t american you don’t exist 🙂

  3. Paul Says:

    “If you aren’t american you don’t exist”


  4. Michael Webster Says:

    I am not sure if you will turn out to be correct on your prediction. Right now the popularity of websites stills seems to some power function and if you are right then we should see a shift away from a power function to a fatter tail. So far, I don’t see any evidence that is happening. But I guess we will revisit this in 2 or 3 years.

  5. Deron Says:

    I like some of the points you make about web 2.0, because I often find myself getting caught up in trying to design a site around “web 2.0”. I just like the looks of alot of the sites out there today, but the bottom line is, as you said, visitors to your site don’t care about web 2.0, they care about getting the info they need, period. I need to quit putting so much effort into getting this fantastic design made, and just make something, get my content up and start to get visitors. I can always change things later.

    Thanks for the insight.

  6. James Says:

    Articles like this bum me out…cuz it’s only a matter of time before a billion more people get in on the action and dilute the market so nobody makes anything. Bummer.

  7. susan Says:

    i was thinking the same thing as james – now everyone will set up websites hoping that it will free them from having to work a regular job.

    however, it may not happen because setting up a succesful site takes work!

  8. John Says:

    There is certainly going to be an influx of developers trying to set up such revenue-generating websites. Competition will heat up and everybody will make less money.

  9. Chris Lake Says:

    Adsense isn’t the answer for all small websites in search of a revenue model, but it works really well on *niche* sites that rank well in Google (or have some other reason for attracting significant traffic).

    It is ultimately a numbers game – the more niche and focused your subject matter, the more targeted your audience, and thus the more likely they are to be interested in clicking on a Google ad. Multiple subjects don’t tend to make for good clickthrough rates (so then you need larger amounts of traffic).

    So if you want to do well on Adsense it is best to be niche, in terms of your subject matter. The free web layouts site is a good example of this – remember that niche subjects don’t necessarily mean small audience numbers.

    This is why small publishers with 2-10 people can do pretty well online… you don’t need a large personnel to maintain a themed blog or other publishing website. But you *do* need a theme, in my opinion, to do well.

  10. John Ioannou Says:

    I agree with Markus that the 1-2 person companies that publish compelling internet sites will be the future. Even though there has been more publicity lately on these success stories, you’ll be amazed that a large majority of IT knowledgeable professionals still don’t understand the Adsense advertising model…my friend who is a top level manager at one of the world’s leading software companies, laughs when people say they are going to use the advertising ticket to generate revenue. He is under the assumption that publishers need to physically recruit advertisers…Just ask around…there’s only a small minority who understand this business at this point.

    Another trend that is in our favour is the Instand Messaging Generation 15-30 year olds..this demographic is a major contributor to the demise of tradional media publishers. Generally speaking, they do not watch TV, read papers and magazines. and listen to the radio..they’re information world evolves around the Internet. They get their quick fix of info and contect, they download their music, and so on…As a result, it provides early web publishers with tons of opportunity and a market stronghold if they can create sites that cater to this niche group…happy publishing!

  11. Jesse D Says:

    I don’t think all companies with more than 5-10 employees are doomed. Obviously, things are changing, and companies who live off of a paid model might need to adapt over time. But I wouldn’t be surprised if in 15 years, it’s still profitable to make money off of paid dating sites. High upgrade rate + Low CPA = $$$. It depends how many people will still click sexy banners and how many people will still be tricked into upgrading to get the promised results. This number might decrease as more free sites come out, and as the older more easily-duped generation leaves the dating game, but I don’t think it will disappear.

    But more importantly, give me a reason why a company with 25 employees, run by smart people, can’t develop 20 of these $10k/month “niche sites” and be quite happy making a few million per month? They would also have the resources to do a better job of designing and marketing these sites than the 1 or 2 man teams (unless you’re so caught up in the romanticism of the underdog that you think all people running/working for corporations are stupid..🙂

  12. John Ioannou Says:

    I think the key to success behind any web site is first mover advantage and the ability to achieve critical mass. Look at ebay, amazon, myspace and so on…once a site reaches critical mass, why would anyone want to migrate away from these sites…more choices, more variety, and more people to communicate with. That’s why I think plentyoffish will survive the long run and why other 1-2 person free dating sites may be short-lived…

  13. Jonh Says:

    If a site like plentyoffish makes such truckloads of money from adsense, there’s no reason it should remain a 1 person company. Markus could afford to hire more developers to add more value to plentyoffish or to build other sites. 10-20 people companies don’t necessarily have to die, but they will have to attain a very high popularity in order to survive in this new adsense-driven world.

    The exciting lesson to learn from plentyoffish is that small 1-2 person companies *could* make a good enough revenue for their creators, who would otherwise have to work in a dreary day job🙂

  14. Pat at Affiliate Moneymaking Says:

    Your link to the article is not working anymore. Try this one:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/27/AR2006072701622.html (may need registration)

    Great blog, lots of good information, thanks.

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