So I’ve been playing around some more with Google Adsense, and I’ve discovered that it’s even cooler than anticipated.
I recently got control of over 500 domain names by working a revenue-sharing deal with the owner. Basically, I agreed to handle monetizing the domains for a 50/50 split of revenue. Since those 500+ domains were costing thousands to keep and only generating a pittance, and since the owner lacks the time or know-how to monetize it all themselves, it’s a good deal for both of us.
Anyhow, back to the Goog. Not only can you host more than 100 domains (you can add 100 at a time!) but you can tie your parked domains’ stats into Google Analytics, and extract all kinds of data on what’s happening with them.
What that means is that you can track how people are finding your sites, where they are, whether or not they click any links, how long they stay on your pages, what search terms they use if they search using the form on the landing page, how they leave the site, etcetera.
What I’m planning on doing once I get the DNS records sorted out for all these sites is pick the best ones and start customizing them with affiliate links, articles, products, and the like. All that Google Analytics data will equal cold hard cash when I’m through. I’ll be pulling revenue from Google Adsense, third-party Affiliate Programs, Products and Content geared to what I discover about my audience.
It’s all still new and exciting to me. I’ve passed the stage where I’m lurking on blogs and buying products that claim to tell me how to do all of this. I’m starting to get a sense of the lay of the land, so I know what to do next and how to do it.
I can’t see down the road into next year or the years to come, except I’m consumed by the growing certainty that this is going to work. Not sure what I’m going to do with it, but by this time next year I’ll have a passive income that rivals my “day job” as a computer programmer.
It’s not all about Google, but I’ll have more on the rest of it later.