Yahoo!-Bing Media.net Review: Five Years Later Using A Google Adsense Alternative

CPC Advertising Option

by in Lifestyle on Sep 15th, 2014

When I first started blogging in 2009, Google Adsense and selling text links was all the rage. I remember reading everything I could about ad positioning with heat maps, figuring out the optimal number of CPC ad blocks to place, and understanding which keywords were more lucrative. It was fun and exhilarating to earn several bucks a day. But all I really wanted to do was write for the fun of it for the first couple of years. Writing posts to try and rank well for CPC advertising was quite a soul-less endeavor, especially for one who had a full-time job at the time.

After working on CPC income for the first couple of years, I began focusing 80% of my efforts on developing affiliate income because once you’ve optimized your CPC ads, there’s nothing much more you need to do as the ads show automatically. CPC income is truly the most passive of incomes there is online! With affiliate advertising, I wanted to further optimize my ads displayed by choosing the best products to feature on my site that I personally use as well.

After five years on the Yahoo-Bing Media.net platform I’d like to provide another review about the pros and cons of using Media.net specifically. I also have Google Adsense on Financial Samurai as well, so I’ve got a good idea of how everything works and compares.

MEDIA.NET CPC ADVERTISING REVIEW

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When Should You Quit Your Day Job To Become A Full-Time Blogger?

by in Lifestyle on Sep 2nd, 2014

I was doing some financial housekeeping the other day and I realized my online company’s operating profit YTD finally outstripped my day job income from the very last full year. I was excited not so much by the amount, but because I had finally proved to myself that I could finally make something sustainable on my own. Creating something from nothing is a thrill.

Financial Samurai and the Yakezie Network started in the summer and winter of 2009. We’ve all heard that most businesses fail within 5 years, so getting over the 5 year hump is definitely something I’m pleased about. It’s been a fun and long road since then – lots of failures, lots of conflict, lots of stolen ideas, and lots of doubt. I’m not sure I’d be as appreciative of my situation now if it wasn’t for a lot of problems in the past.

It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to focus more attention on making online revenue since that is when I left my job. Before then, I was just writing for the fun of it. I still write mostly for the joy of writing, but there’s a little more business strategy involved now. Writing for leisure and connecting with other people online is probably what saved me from quitting. I think most of us blog because it’s a rewarding experience unlike any other. Read More

Should I Still Accept Guest Posts? Absolutely Positively!

Guest Posting Diversifies Your Audience And Keeps Things Interesting

by in Lifestyle on Aug 25th, 2014

In early 2014, there was a lot of buzz that Guest Posting was dead thanks to Matt Cutts from Google saying that a lot of guest posting is just spam.

I seldom host guest posts on FS because most of the inquiries are thinly veiled advertorials or indeed spam. My average guest post hosting frequency is probably one every 1.5 months over the past five years. But for the SEO industry to go in a tizzy and say that guest posting is detrimental to your site is just ludicrous. I swear to goodness, if I wasn’t a blogger, I’d be an “SEO expert” because they have successfully been able to make a ton by making clients do things, and then undo things, and then do new things, and then undo the new things!

Remember, if an SEO is such an expert, why doesn’t s/he have her/his own site to make tons of passive income? Passive income is clearly superior than active income. I play poker with a couple Google middle managers in the search department and they consistently tell me about crazy stories some webmasters do online to try and game the system. Beyond basic SEO, there’s nothing much more you need to do! Read More

Finding The Best Money Making Affiliate Program For Your Blog

Go Direct To The Advertiser Source If You Can

by in Lifestyle on Aug 12th, 2014

Someone asked me the other day what were the three things that gave me the confidence to leave my job in 2012. My initial response was being able to negotiate a severance package worth six years of existing living expenses. The severance was seriously the unexpected X Factor that I did not foresee happening when I was planning on one day leaving Corporate America. All I planned for was saving as much money as possible and building passive income streams.

But as I got to thinking a little more about my financial situation back in 2011/2012, I realized that it was really the POTENTIAL of generating a decent income stream online that got me really excited about pursuing online entrepreneurship full-time.

Back in the Fall of 2011, there were still a lot of direct advertising opportunities despite Google getting increasingly harsher in punishing those sites who sold one too many links. I didn’t want to live in fear of Financial Samurai getting punished, so I decided that I would no longer accept any direct advertisements, or do only a very few that would at least be relevant to some of the content on my site.

I decided to finally focus on affiliate advertising, which is way more congruent and a much safer way to earn income online. Before then, I was just too lazy to try, and I also didn’t really care about making money online as much since I had a job. Read More

Does PageRank Still Matter? It Sure Seems Like It Doesn’t

by in Lifestyle on Jul 29th, 2014

The other day I was having a conversation with a tennis buddy of mine whose wife has a fitness blog. Her site receives about 30,000 pageviews a months. Not too shabby at all.

I mentioned I do some blogging too, and he asked me the address for my blog and I told him Financial Samurai. Given we were at our tennis club working on our laptops before playing a match that afternoon, he immediately looked my site up.

Here’s the first thing he said, “Nice site. I really need to work on personal finance. Oh…….. you’ve really got to work your PageRank up to a 5. That’s when good things happen and Google will really like you then.”

I was pretty surprised he mentioned PageRank given I haven’t read any articles from the SEO circus on PageRank in at least a year and a half. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough? I know we have the occasional PageRank discussion in the Yakezie forums from newer bloggers, but we definitely haven’t published any PageRank-related posts on Yakezie.com.

There once was a time when PageRank and MozRank were all the rage. Here’s a June 29, 2011 post I wrote here called, “Google Updates PageRank And The Yakezie Rises” as reference. Ahhh, the good old days! But now, unless I’m totally out of it, I don’t hear much about PageRank at all.

PAGERANK’S IMPORTANCE

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How To Make Money Quitting Your Job
  • jgalvin @ NearlyRetired: Perfect timing — I was planning to start integrating advertising into my site during...
  • Robert @ The Prop Trading Futures: I never tried their customer service, so I’m happy to hear your positive...
  • debt debs: 100,000/mth page views are unfathomable to me. I’m at 6-7K a month now. I know I’ve only been...
  • Derek@LifeAndMyFinances: Sam, do you use only Media.net? Or do you use both Media.net and Google Adsense?
  • Financial Samurai: 7 years is a long time. Congrats and good luck on the new gig!
  • Financial Samurai: Hmmm, weird. I’m sure they can as they were more than happy to customize my skins for...
  • MMD: I’m both surprised and excited to see that you do so well with Media.net. I had them on MMD for a while...
  • moneystepper: Phew. I’ve just this week moved from my full time job into focussing solely on my online revenue...
  • Untemplater: Having great customer service is worth a LOT. That’s awesome you’ve beeb able to get so much...
  • Financial Samurai: Every single site is like it’s own little business. Definitely worth trying to maximize!

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