How I Made $860,538.38 PROFIT in 4 Months!

Written by Zac Johnson
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First off, I would like to make it clear that this post is NOT to impress you, but to impress upon you what’s possible! This is a quick review on how I went from one of my worst years of making money online to my best year, and all it took was one big idea, one web site and several hundred hours of effort along with many sleepless nights. This is “How I Made $860,538.38 Profit in 4 Months!“.

MARKETING EXPERIENCE & RIDING THE WAVES:
Time and time again, I talk about how you must change your marketing niche every once in a while to continuously make new money online. Over the years I have done everything from content web sites, to sweepstakes and freebie type sites, to running my own affiliate programs and even permission based email marketing. In early 2004 I had one of my best years with making money online, then later on in the year things started to slack off and this continued on through most of 2005. At the time I wasn’t making much money and it was quite depressing. It’s very tough to get back into the groove when you hit a few underachieving projects in a row. In short, I was in a dip… and at the bottom of my latest successful wave. It wasn’t until October 2005 that I came up with my next big idea that would soon bring me my best months and year!

FIND A NEW IDEA & TAKE CONTROL OF IT!
Social networking was just starting to catch fire and for months I knew there was a way to profit from it, but I just hadn’t come up with an idea yet. MySpace had millions of users on their network 24 hours a day, there had to be a way to take advantage of this. Soon enough I realized, instead of trying to sell to all of these users, why not offer them something for free. I ran through some ideas and came up with my own site to provide free content for social network users. To make a long story short, my site and my content went viral extremely fast. Instead of having users upload their own content or have to search around for what they were looking for, I provided everything for free. In no time I was receiving thousands of users to my site daily. At max points I was pushing up to 180,000+ unique visitors per day, while pushing TERABYTES of data bandwidth. Imagine hosting thousands of images, viewed by millions across several different social networks!

MANAGEMENT OF MASSIVE GROWTH:
Just two months after going live with my new site, I was starting to accumulate some amazing hosting costs. Imagine the cost on hosting thousands of widgets, text applications and images, which are loaded millions of times a day across social networks like MySpace! The only reason why I was able to afford these insane hosting costs, was because of the massive volume of users I was receiving back to my site, not only through social networks, but also from Google and other search engines. You only need a small percentage of a very big number to click on ads, fill out surveys or take any action, to make money. In two short months I went from having a single dedicated server to having over TEN, then with the insane bandwidth costs added in I was paying up to $12,000 a month. At this time I was currently with EV1Servers.net, and leasing all of my servers. Since I’m not a tech/programmer type guy, I also had a server management team watching my servers constantly to make sure they were always running, just being down for a few minutes would have lost $100s of dollars. This server management team was not part of EV1Servers, and cost $1000 a month to manage all of the servers, and keep the servers balancers in place. By the end of the third month, I talked with my server management team and we decided it was time to for me to invest in my own servers and take out the middleman for hosting. I went on to order 17 servers from Dell, which are all held and managed in a data center now.

MONETIZATION IS KEY:
On average, my site was receiving around 100,000 unique visitors per day, and I was generating most of my ad revenue through Yahoo Publisher Network, ValueClick Media and CasaleMedia. It wasn’t until a year later that I would start testing CPA offers on the site. To my surprise, the CPA offers from networks like NeverBlueAds worked extremely well. Originally I had stayed away from promoting a few of their offers because I thought they were over saturated and wouldn’t convert. I finally took their advice and listed a few on the site and to this day they are still pushing some great earnings through the site.

TO EXPAND, SELL OR STAY THE SAME:
Back in April, I wrote a post asking the question… “To Sell, or Not to Sell?“… This was a question I had to ask myself when I was approached by a company that wanted to merge/purchase my MySpace resource site. I not only turned down their seven-figure deal, but I was lucky enough to not be one of the many sites screwed by the company, as they tried buying many other sites as well. Once acquired by the company, they would wreck the site with adult-like video content and I heard from several people on how they got screwed out of their owed money and contracts.

SUCCESS IS FOUND:
Two years, and over seven-figures later… my little site idea that rapidly became one of my most profitable ideas yet, is still running strong. Despite the fact that I really haven’t touched the site in several months, it’s still receiving over 25,000 uniques per day and still making a decent amount of change.

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EARNINGS DETAILS:
As I mentioned earlier, three of the main initial revenue sources I monetized my site with were ValueClick Media, CasaleMedia and Yahoo Publisher Network. While I did use other programs such as NeverBlueAds and Google Adsense later on, these three programs were heavily used during months of peak traffic. As for promotion costs of the site, during this three month period, there were none. No PPC Advertising either, everything was viral traffic and a couple links off my other sites. This write up focused on how I made $860,538.38 PROFIT in 4 months. The site is now well over two years old and has since earned over seven figures in profit/earnings.

ValueClick Media is a company that buys your web site advertising space on a CPM basis. From my stats chart below, you can see the monthly increase in revenue went from $243.63 to nearly $30,000 a month.

CasaleMedia provides the same type of service as ValueClick Media, but are more strict with acceptance into their program. They also have higher CPM rates, but usually purchase a smaller percentage of your ad space. Peak earnings with CasaleMedia were around $7,000 a month.

One of the major reasons for my dramatic increase in income, was due to the release of the Yahoo Publisher Network. This program, run by Yahoo, is basically their response to Google Adsense. Like Adsense, you are paid an unknown percentage for each click you send to the contextual advertisements displayed on your site.

It wasn’t til about a year after launching the site, that I would start testing with CPA offers from NeverBlue. To my surprise, the majority of offers I listed on the site performed extremely well. Even though I thought the market was over saturated on these offers, there was still a high demand. With the new revenue generated from NeverBlue, the site was able to pull in another $60,000+.

For any of the doubters, or photoshop addicts… Just to prove my legitimacy, take a look at the video below!

 

 

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367 Replies to “How I Made $860,538.38 PROFIT in 4 Months!”

    1. Inspiring – Truly Inspiring – I believe it’s the new unique idea which unlock the door to wealth.

    2. Definitely have to agree here! You've proven how crazy the Myspace days used to be as well!
      My recent post How My Site Dropped From Negative SEO & Not The Penguin Update

  1. This is incredible and a very motivational post! You are a hero! Always be thinking and willing to adapt to change. I just found this site…nice photo of you and Mark Cuban! You aim high Zac! You should release your profit and expenses for this blog, like John Chow does, it would be an interesting read!

  2. This post is great motivation to keep people like me working at it cause this is one of those days when I just want to give up.

    Congrats

    Thanks Zac

  3. Great inspirational post for everyone that is trying to achieve their dreams with affiliate marketing! Congrats on all your success Zac.

  4. Zac,

    One of the coolest affiliate marketing stories I've ever heard – the fact that you earned that kind of money in such a short amount of time without expending anything on PPC traffic or blackhat SEO tricks is outstanding!

    Can't wait to hear more about this during ASW next week.

    Kris
    http://www.pepperjamnetwork.com

    1. Much appreciated. It was quite an amazing task, when you see that it was done without paid promotion through ppc marketing or other unethical tactics. Affiliate Summit will be great! I'm looking forward to meeting all of my blog readers this weekend.

  5. Photoshopped!

    Just kidding, nice job! It's refreshing to see a "real" post about long hours and sleepless nights leading to a big payoff. (Unlike so many of the "hey I started a blog and got rich" hype posts.)

  6. Zac- awesome job man! I know one day you will be interviewed on 60 Minutes (like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was last month)

    Question- Did it take you a lot of time to gather / create all the content on your MySpace sites? From visiting them, they are quite massive with content so I was curious how long it took to put them together.

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks Vinny. I spent so many sleepless nights working on this site, it was definitely my biggest site yet… as much time consuming as well. Although, when you are working so hard on something and seeing results, it's almost more fun than anything else.

      1. WOW made > $860,000.00 in 4 months, very impressive and motivative!

        Would appreciate if you could let me have the link to the site that enable you to make that impressive figure.

  7. Very impressive. Another guy that got into one of these hot items at the beginning. That's a big reason you kicked ass. Early on social networks and early on YPN.

  8. NICE!!!! i always wonder how u guys do it….. but can u give me a link to your website that you are earingng this much from… thankyou….!!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hi Zac,

    Well sometimes you have to step up to the accquistions from other people, and in the process give hope and tips and tricks to many other people.

    I also started on neverblueads.com (through your refferal) after reading some posts on how to achieve success on cpa networks.

    Keep the knowledge flowing, and do not worry about the 20 something entering in the IM area.

    Vijay

  10. Congrats! Way to stay ahead of the curve. I'm sure you're already brewing your next seven figure idea..

    All the best,

    Jeremy

  11. Nice stats, have you had any success since YPN has been acting up, why did it stop at 300,000k? Would you want to continue and make more?

  12. Zac

    My question to you is why have you saved those six figure check photos for now? I mean you are in shoemoney territory there. I want to see what happens when word about those pictures get sent around the blogworld. What is your myspace page? I would like to see what you are using there and how it is set up.

    1. I thought long and hard about releasing this post. While making a decent amount of money in the quiet is fun, I'm also looking to help others make money online as well. Releasing this info only helps and legitimizes my earnings statements and advice of this blog.

  13. Hey Zac,

    Cool post.

    Why not get wires for payments above $10k?

    Seemed like it might be simpler to handle.

      1. Showing that check is so much better than saying that you make such and such amount of money. Was this a one time swing in earnings and how much is a steady income now from your myspace page?

  14. You may have covered this elsewhere, but why YPN and not AdSense? I've tried YPN on several different sites and never got anywhere near what I was making with AdSense.

    1. Yahoo was pulling much better numbers at the time. Several months later I switched back and fourth between the two. Google Adsense earnings from the site were well over $50,000 as well. Best to test both programs on your site and see which converts best with your traffic.

    1. Ye of little faith… I've been posting earnings from many different programs since this blog went live. Once does not thrive for 11 years in this industry, being a one hit wonder.

  15. wow……the little affilaite engine that could……..I think i can….i think i can…

    Then you find something that works and Cha Ching

    Can't you just feel the inspiration in the air. Thanks for sharing!

    Zug.com linkbait comedy crew

  16. “super affiliate dollars” I like that catch phrase! damn nice work Zac! See you at the summit! great work!

  17. I tried adding up the numbers but they just don't add up. When you say profit, I assume you mean gross minus expenses (ie server costs, any other costs such as PPC if any, etc etc).

    And since this was only a "4 month" span, I assume you meant from Jan 06 to April 06 (since your YPN account listed up to April 06). The only thing is your YPN didn't list dollar amount for January and the other screenshots didn't list April's earnings and went beyond the 4 month span.

    I mean it's obvious you made a lot and theres no doubt there but I couldn't make it how the income was broken down to be PROFIT. There was no mentioning of expenses vs gross and the exact 4 month period. Could you clarify =]

      1. Don't you think Zac deserves the benefit of the doubt? He's not trying to trick us with his numbers. I wouldn't be so concerned with the actual dollar amount. I for one am brainstorming ideas on how I could possible do something one day this successful!

        1. I wasn't doubting him. Apparently you failed to read my entire comment. I stated that I don't doubt that he made a lot of money. I just like to make sense of it. I don't care if you are concerned with actual dollar amounts or not, but it's interesting to know (in my opinion). Sometimes, the minor details really do help you see the big picture. In this case knowing what his expenses were can possibly in some way help you better understand how he was able to profit so much.

    1. Easy to clarify. On top of the big 3 programs listed, there were also several other programs/ad networks running on the site at the same time, such as Google Adsense, Incentaclick, AdBrite and many other cpa offers. These offers alone, more than covered the cost of server hosting. I could have went into more detail on these, but it would have just flooded the post with way too much information. I focused on the top three revenue sources and made sure the extra revenue from all other sources were able to cover the server costs.

  18. Very impressive,

    Zac,

    I use all your tips on all my websites. I am not making big numbers like you but its a start.

  19. Wow! Awesome! How exactly did you make money from a CPM network such as Casale/ValueClick if you do PPC/CPA? Great job!

  20. Zac,

    First of all, congratulations on your success – that's what I call major bank :-). What I like so much about this post (outside of that fat YPN check) is your admission to hitting a big slump after your initial success and having the persistence to make another move to change things up. Very inspiring to me personally.

    Any chance you will do a super affiliate guide on creating profitable resource sites?

  21. Great revenue – but matey this is 2008 and your refering back to 2006 when Yahoo were fleecing it's customers left right & center …. How are those sites doing now?

  22. Like how your replying to everyone but me… Just asked what your social networking site, the market is over saturated in that area anyways.

  23. The good ol' days of YPN. You can't make anywhere close to those amounts anymore. I have been in the same niche as you were Zac. I'm pretty close to your site's listing for THAT popular keyword on the SERPs =) Social networking is still profitable but you have to work really really hard to get close to 300k uniques/day. I'm sure you know about the site I'm talking about P****.com. I do IP delivery while running YPN and run Adsense for International users.

      1. Yes, same niche as myspacenow.com. I’m above your site’s listing Andrew. I’m now ranking higher than you =) I know you were making like $6k/day back in Jan 06 with YPN.

  24. Dude, this is awesome! I am impressed. Shows the value of Web 2.0. Some people still do not get how powerful that is and maybe reading this will help them. My hat goes off to you and those that are successful with SMO.

  25. As far as the content, images, widgets, and other myspace bling, did you create that yourself? Hire developers/graphic designers? Or just pull it from other sources?

  26. Pimp myspace or something keyword got on first page got tons of traffic, exploited YPN, gamed it, parties over I think, but well done.

  27. That is very well done in doing this, but I find it *interesting* that you are blogging this 2 years after it happened. You would think if that trend continued you would be showing us million dollar checks with "2008" printed on it.

  28. QUESTION: First, thanks for the info, Zac. Even if, as some say, it is 2 years old, I still see the value in it. Ok, so maybe we'll make $200k in 4 months now and not $800k, boohoo. 😉 My question is… how did you initiate the initial bursts of traffic that helped it go viral… it couldn't possibly be all organic SEO all the way… were there off-page factors, initial joint venture deals, the use of friend adders on various social networking sites.

    How did you get that initial burst of traffic that, ultimately, went viral? Thanks.

    Sam

  29. Congrats Zac,

    I understand you worked really hard to make all of that content, but 10,000+ pages seems almost impossible by one person. Can you us some insight on ways we can make our sites that content rich?

    Thx and congrats!

    Steven
    http://dmogul.com

  30. Zac, one more thing, my friend. I have some exceptionally unique content that would be highly desireable for myspace type sites and I've been researching such site scripts. Would you mind telling us, at least, which myspace resource site script you used or recommend? So far, myspacescripts.info and http://myspacepros.com/products/

    Can you give any insight? Thanks…

  31. Boy do I wish I had even the tinniest idea what any of that means, its all too technical for me I have tried to understand it but I dont even know where to begin, all I do know is that is a fantastic amount of cash to raise in four months, so if you feel like unloading some I have a Brownie Pack ( think Girl Scouts) here in Engalnd that could always do with a cash donation! other than that congratulations nice to see someone making some cash!

    Lynsey

    (England)

  32. This post it's the most inspring one that i'ver read. It make me feel that i shouldn't give up at all and with time and effort the success can come.

    Thanks Zac for this superb inspiration

  33. It's okay but can you help me in earning money faster without investing any dime at all. Well I would be ready for working harder and harder to any extent.

  34. That's a lot of money you made from Myspace related sites!

    That's the good thing about internet marketing that sites keep on going even when you not monitor them anymore, because you moved on to new projects.

    I still make till today revenue through advertising networks from old projects I started a couple of years ago and don't really do anything with them anymore!

  35. That's pretty awesome Zach, believe me I feel very good in knowing that you too were also where I presently am. Wondering what to do-give in and give up- or mindmap for that awesome hot niche.

    Great Work In showing perseverance

  36. Awesome bit of motivation, my friend. The key is finding that bit of web gold that will make people come back for more. I am truly inspired by your success – keep up the great work.

  37. Wow..I like this post coz its something i can relate to. You said there was a time when things were low and werent making enough money..that is something i can relate to…but you bounced back and didnt give up…

    Thanks for the info

    Gerald

  38. You are lucky with your MySpace Resource site. I don't know if it would work now, I don't think so. But I will search for a good idea and maybe I will profit like you a decent income monthly.

  39. Very impressive.

    I have been struggling to make 3K…Zac, please help me. I need a guru, I can work hard but need some support..!!

    I hope I get an email back from you.

  40. Great post. Full of motivation. I guess the main message here is it is possible to make a good income from online marketing. All you really have to do is work hard at it.

    My online income is nowhere nearly as large as yours but i too can vouch for the possibilities in affiliate marketing

  41. Inspirational. Motivational… but, I'm confused. And I'll tell you why.

    My first thoughts were wow, that's awesome. Congrats to you, in both the scale of your rewards and the tenacity of your efforts.

    My second thoughts were what do I learn from this. And that's where I'm caught up. I'm new to the game. I'm making coffee change with affiliate marketing through PPC advertising. And I'm not quite sure the business model on this one.

    You ran a… my space forum? You were providing content, people were leaving comments, and you were moderating the comments for appropriate content… and the monetization occured through ad revenue? What's the address of this money-maker? My eyes are blurring and I couldn't find it, or perhaps you haven't released it.

    Anyways, I appreciate your insights (and patience) with the new guy.

    1. This was a resource web site, not a forum. The massive amount of traffic was monetized enough to keep generating a large amount of revenue/profit.

  42. That is very impressive. I would cry like a little girl if I earned that much in less than a year. Keep up the great work with that.

  43. Yes, impressive indeed. An actual profit of 860000$ (after expenses) is amazing. This is the stuff that keeps me going through the rough times.

  44. hello,

    i'm new in affiliate. to known some one like you zak it's very motivated me.

    and i don't how i can made thats much ….

    please some body help me to begin in affiliate

  45. Man, just one of those, just once, please God ?

    I'm thinking about publishing a post I've had in draft form that's similar to yours.

    'How I lost $380.00 to AdWords in less than (3) weeks!!'

    (That's a lot of money for me)

    🙁

  46. What am I doing wrong I have had my yahoo account for like 2 years and the most I have made is this month I just honestly dont make much. how can i boost this up to a profit after my bills 😉 please and thanks

  47. Very Very cool..just gettign into the biz. I'm reading and soaking in as much infromation as I can…keep up teh good work and the sharing 😉

  48. Great post! WOW.. always so inspiring to see others succeed in this online world. Ill post up some checks like that in a couple of months maybe, at least Ill try 😉

  49. Zac, first, I’d like to say your content is great and I’ve subscribed! Secondly, thanks for sharing your success with us, it’s truly inspiring. Oh, and the only people doubting your legitimacy are haterz! I’ll admit, I’m a little envious…ok, I’m A LOT envious haha, but I give credit where it’s due. This only serves as motivation for me to reach my goals!

  50. hi Zac,

    this is one of amazing post that i've ever seen

    Thanks for sharing your sucess story with us!

  51. Many thanks! But I have to say that make money online it is not easy. It is very difficult. me for example, I don't have made any dollar with adsense until now!

    But money is not everything!!

  52. WOw..

    Very good earning. Thanx to sharing this info. Mine highest cheque was just $3200

    Hope I will make more than you.. lolz…

    Its motivates me too much… towards my target.

    🙂

  53. Very interesting earnings and a great source of inspiration for many. Would you mind sharing a few tips with us 😉

  54. That is very impress post and revenue .. I just got into the online / home business / affiliate marketing scene two years ago so I think I missed the big picture on social networking but hope to find a way to cash in like this someday!

    Amazing stuff here!

  55. Great post…great source of inspiration for many people like me!

    Hope I will make more than you… but I think that for an italian blog is impossible…

    But never surrender!!!

    Stefano

  56. Hey Zac do you think there is still any money to be made now that the market is so overloaded or if we have a myspace site should we just give up?

  57. Wow amazing man!! but sad that yahoo publishers dont accept any other country except USA :9 hope they will accept other countries soon

  58. First of all congrats, and this is only just because of hardwork, you earned this much.

  59. offer people free stuff & this will bring more traffic and put PPC ads..wow!! thats a brilliant idea i ever heard..

    thanks for sharing..really appreciate it…

  60. This is incredibly inspiring. Love the blog, keep it up. Sometimes I find hearing this kind of news frustrating because I'm so far off of these kind of earnings, but you need to stay focussed on your own job. Can't go wrong like that.

  61. Phew.. I’m tired Mr.Zac, reading about your earnings…. such huge profits really possible!?!? And me being an Indian, when i convert these to rupees, well i’m lost in figures!! 😐

  62. Hi Zac,

    I noticed you deleted my comments from this post. Why? The questions were very fair and deserved an answer. Someone claimed you did something and you haven't responded except to either ignore or delete the comments relating to it.

    If you are going to put something out there, be prepared to discuss it.

    My questions agin were:

    [1] Where did the testimonials come from?

    [2] Same question regarding the "Before and After" pictures

    [3] Nickycakes claims the landing page design in your post and most of it's content were "stolen" (his words) from one of his associates. He makes a compelling post on his blog. How do you respond? Nickycakes blog post: http://is.gd/2zyi

    I only learned of you last night from a tweet by Shoemoney. And I learned of Nickycakes by reading the comments in this post (comments that have since been removed).

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Zac,

      I would also appreciate your comments on this as I learned about it a while ago. I've been following your blog as I'm trying to get started in Affiliate Marketing. I try to not jump to conclusions, but I'd like to hear what you have to say.

      I've read a lot of bad press on affiliate marketing and I'd like to think a 'Super Affiliate' wouldn't resort to this type of conduct.

      Thanks,

      Jeff

  63. This is one example of success, but the yield of successful sites from your stack of ideas is very low.

    I think streamlining and accelerating the website development process would be of greater value tool. This way, you could come up with an idea, and put it out there. idea after idea. Or alternatively, a way of filtering out your bad concepts, that way you only spend your valuable time on the good ideas.

    Might sound rudimentary, but when I come up with a way to make this easier, you'll be reading my post on how much I made. Until then, I'll keep brainstorming.

    Great work Zac

  64. Making money is not difficult, just knowing what the market needs and willpower. In my case only lack discover what the market needs. Congratulations on huge turnover.

  65. Inspirational and motivational, thanks for posting this.

    It seems to me if you want to make the big money online you just need to put in the time and find an un-tapped idea. The 'million dollar web page' (the selling pixel thing) really epitomizes this; he really did make a million dollars, and now there hundreds of others trying to do the same, but they'll never succeed as its already been done.

    BTW I don't think its sounds like you bragging at all, I think you should post monthly about your earnings, I enjoy reading about how much others are earning online!

  66. Always are people with 'tall poppy syndrome', good on ya Zac, I read this post when it was published, but followed back to it with your latest post on CPM advertising, which was a good one too 😉

  67. I just visited JohnChow, and Neil told me about you and him.

    He had earned lot $40k/month… and you made $860 K / 4 Months.

    It's really great achievement. I still not able to manage in thousands, but will check your strategy and develop my blog like yours. Thank you very much.

  68. I know this post is around eight months old but I still feel the need to comment as its an absolute inspirations to people who are just getting their feet wet in affiliate marketing such as myself!

  69. Awesome! No doubt you know what you are doing! Of course this would rightfully so…be the most Popular post 🙂 THANK YOU for sharing your story
    ~Laura

  70. Wow this is invaluable information and very encouraging at the same time, congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!

  71. very encouraging

    i start affiliate just now, meet much problem..

    but it's for sure giving back my motivation

    thx zac

  72. argh! im kicking myself for quitting affiliate marketing! this was all i needed to see to get me back into it! glad i found you again 🙂 and say hi to shawn collins for me! he is still around – amazing!

  73. Wowie wow! I love hearing success stories and that is one of the best ones I have heard.

    Congratulations!

  74. I can't believe I hadn't noticed this story until now. Very inspirational indeed, and it gives me courage to know that it can be done if I come up with just the right idea. Way to go; thanks for sharing.

  75. Before surprise, I lost my vision for a while. Really it is the gift of your plan of motivation that you believed in strongly. I like all your other post also. I book mark your site for deep study. I wiill be here again! Thank you!!

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  78. I'm just wondering why you've evaded mentioning that website you said you've made a lot of money from. I want to check out said website.

  79. Posts like this are great! I'm fairly new to affiliate marketing, but ive been into building websites for a long time. I'm making a couple hundred dollars a month on various networks, I can't wait to hit that golden niche!

  80. OMG.. $860,538.00 in 4 months? Thats so much money is soo little time that I just can’t believe it.

    Hi Zac, thanks for sharing your affiliate story. Great inspirational post for me.

    btw. I just "found" your site from DP.

    Regards and Happy New Year!

  81. Wow, that's extremely impressive earnings. Any thoughts on what to spend all that money on (besides investments, bills, etc etc)?

  82. hello i love your story it inspires me profoundly favorably but i was wondering if u could at all tell me of possibly where i could start 2 like sell some of my ideas 2 some co.,people or sort that would listen and not try and mess over me and i am a very creative person but everybody probably thinks that but could u perhaps get me going in the rite direction thank u sir.

  83. Very impressive numbers….thats a lot of money to be made in just 4 month. Many mom and pop store not even making nothing near those numbers.

  84. One year later, this is still my all-time favorite post! Your wicked Zac, you really know how to engage your readers!

  85. One of the coolest affiliate marketing stories I’ve ever heard – the fact that you earned that kind of money in such a short amount of time without expending anything on PPC traffic or blackhat SEO tricks is outstanding!

  86. Very informative post. I'd be curious what you think of some of the new tools that claim to be able to optimize across the multiple channels such as adsense, ypn etc. In other words they display from different ones and optimize for you based on the results…

  87. Well i must say that is a heck of a lot of money to be sent as a cheque, i am quite interested to know what you spent it on!

    I am a very keen Web Designer, and am looking for new fresh ideas, something that no-one has thought of before. Maybe one day i will be as Rich as you!

  88. If I were you I would've just kept my mouth shut about that. It's definitely an interesting post, but there was a ton of sketchy stuff going on with myspace sites:

    using copyrighted content

    manipulating ypn to display car insurance ads instead of low cpc ads

    using images next to ads to increase click thru rates.

    I've always wondered if anybody got sued for their Myspace sites.

  89. oh, yeah, i'll try to understand how to make money online.

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  90. I would be happy earning just half of that amount in one year, that is super impressive Zac, and that's awesome for your achievements! I will get there one day. It just might take a long… long time, lol.

    Till then,

    Jean

  91. Hmmm…I often see the super-bloggers and affiliates talk about how much they make or have made and it still seems quite unattainabl…not impossible but unattainable.

    I've read your blog before…first time commenting however…even you (as well as a few others) would make a good case study to see if your methods really work or if it's a combination of hard work and a lot of luck.

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  93. It all depends on a one good idea. Your results from this viral marketing campaign are really good. Funny, that you monetized ONLY with ad-clicks, not with affiliate links.

    But in the end of the day, who cares where the money comes from. Your traffic figures were awesome. Congrats!

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  94. I have recently taken up photography and photo editing as a hobby. I started a blogging to share some of my work and improve my skills (hopefully). I was thinking about doing some theme's to improve my creativity. Examples: Wordless Wednesday's, Faces Friday (I found off other sites). If anyone has any suggestions please share them.

  95. Wow..it's very amazing strory and tricky. I wish someday i would be like you..Mr.Zac..! But, remember, inspite of making money, don't forget to Donate your money.. :=) May God Bless You..!

  96. Great Post !

    I'm sure you would have worked a lot in the past to achieve success. Well, can you write a detailed post regarding – how can people like me who are looking to get into affiliate marketing, make money through affiliate programs? What are things to keep in mind? How to get started? What are the different affiliate programs that really pay? How much traffic need in order to begin and such and such info — can you offer us such a post?

    Cheers

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  97. in other terms, you have to invest a lot to get a lot 🙂 great

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  98. Really Amazing! Lot more things to learn from you.

    I have just started a shopping blog running affiliate products. going to have my own domain name when all well set up.

    By the way, i am sincerely to invite you to take a look at my blog, and drop me your valuable comment on how can i improve further.

    I'm new in blogging, i don't really know whether i am on the right track, but i truly know affiliate program really works. I did benefits before.

    Thanks!

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  99. Zac, that's really amazing! You went as far as purchasing your own servers. Very impressive work. It takes a lot of work to achieve this, but well worth it. Congratulations! Hopefully I can do the same someday.

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  100. Just came across your post… let me honestly tell you that I really appreciated the sentence "…this post is NOT to impress you, but to impress upon you what’s possible! " I am REALLY impressed seeing what is possible and wonder if I ever will have 1/100 of your success! Thanks for sharing this kind information.

  101. I have heard of such a method of earning. However, to earn 860 thousand for 4 months, it's just fantastic!

  102. Congrats my man, just stumbled upon your blog and after watching the video will defo have to digg deeper into your archives.

    Also great to see you proofing your earnings with a video and not a screenshot which as we all know can easily be fabricated!

    Sam.

  103. That is intense. That is really good too. I have been doing this for about 4 months and I have only made $17 lol. I am trying many different ideas and maybe one of them will do something pleasant. Who knows. All I can do is try eh..

  104. Wow, that's amazing. Good for you Zac, really impressive earning. I take it as inspiration. Congrats!!!

  105. To make so much profits in just 4 months is simply mindblowing. This so rightly demonstrate that the Internet can really make you rich. But, the idea needs to be there. Not any idea will do. It needs to be a brilliant idea as seen. Hard work pays. I will follow on your footsteps Zac.

  106. Oh really wonderful, It's amazing to see your screen shot of income directly with your video.

    $860,538.38 is pure/net profit, rigth ?

  107. Dear Zac!

    I just come up to this amazing site and I can honestly say it already CHANGED my WAY OF THINKING about internet marketing !!!

    This website is a great motivation for me to continue working hard for the success. I was recently experimenting with different affiliate programs and websites and as everyone can figure out it is not so easy to enter the "game". This site made clear many things to me.

    This is definitely the BEST site i ever seen as I feel it contains real content that works for you and can work for me too. I have many ideas I'm experimenting right now and I know I just need some good starting tips as this site gives a lot! Thanks a million for the great content here. Now it's time TO START WORKING HARD !

    I just can say WOW!!!

  108. Really inspirational. I've been playing around with only one foot in for a while, thinking that it wasn't possible for me to make it but you've shown me that it's possible.

    Thank you.

  109. Impressive … thank you so much for sharing. Not many people share their revenue with such details as you did. I really appreciate this post. btw, Do you still own this website?

  110. Thats Insanly Great.!

    I keep my targets low and try to achieve them.

    Thanks for the great inspirational share.

  111. Amazing stats.. This is the first time I am visiting ur site.. Thank God I foudn your site I learnt lots of new things and had subscribed to ur feeds instantly.. Kudos zac johnson..

  112. Have you made these only with this blog or you have another website…

    Just a simple question…

  113. i am very new in this business. i hope this article and this blog helpful lot to me.

  114. @Money Never Sleeps:

    I sleep while the coming keep coming in. Rolling rolling rolling….all those coins are rolling into my account.

    It is possible to make 1 million dollars immediately, if you just focus.

  115. That is such a big money. I wonder if you can share some to me. =)

    I will share your blog to my friends who are also newbies in blogging and earning online. You are really great! Thanks for the share….

  116. What on earth you are amazing..it's unbelievable but believable. i wish i get paid just $5000/month,,it will my best day in my life..Oh god it's just a dream..

  117. What a huge income! This is a great motivation for me…
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  118. Nice points, Get up success in dollars just in 4 months. I am sure that you will bring out more dollars figure idea.

  119. The tutorial has been a great inspiration for me . I think it is one of the best ones i have seen . Keep it coming.

  120. Lovely post to inspire the likes of me who are new to this sector. Going to fwd this on to some mates to inspire them as well
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  121. Hi Zac

    Those are massive amazing figures. I think I would be happy with just $1000 per month. But then again, whatever happens to my website, I would be happy.

    Thanks Zac

    Richard

  122. Very inspiration story. Any one get inspiration from your success and specially those are already online to earn money. This also is an example of fantastic management. yahoo Got valuable infor about Yhoo Publishers network and neverblue Ads
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  123. yaaaaa Nice earnings dude. I'm very happy. This post is a encourage for me to make money online. I never try Yahoo Publisher, Neverblue….

  124. This is truely inspirational, Zac. I realize that the real online business is NOT a rich-quick game. It takes years! Yes it is hard to keep the focus and consistency but the good thing is: not many people will do a long journey like yours.

    Thanks, Zac!
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  125. Considering the significant earnings you achieved through this one web site you are quite low key about the phenomenal earnings you have made. Again the reason why you were successful is because like so many other successful internet marketers you found a new way to target a very large market. Interestingly enough your target market MySpace has fallen out of favor now which shows how important timing is in success.
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  126. I like to congratulate you for doing a nice job Zac.
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  127. Nice work – I'm interested in where you host your own servers these days after the explosion in growth?

  128. I never imagined that this is really achievable! Totally inspiring Zac. Now I bet all of us are fired up to do something really awesome. Keep it up and congrats!

  129. Amazing Zac! I'm very thankful I stumbled to your blog. I know your pretty popular but I never thought that you're so generous as well. I will do a research and a personal study based on your recommendations. Thanks!

  130. Fabulous stuff, thanks for the help!
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  131. WoW ! It's really super amazing. I'm motivated now 🙂 I hope 1 day I'll achieve my goal.
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  132. Zac this post is legit. Affiliates need to keep an open mind about what converts. Referring to MONETIZATION IS KEY – people really leave money on the table all the time. That is where a good network can come in handy. If you're dealing with a network that knows what they are talking about like ours, we can help guide you into the right offers for your site. So many times people ignore my advice and run adwords or something "safe" but as soon as they split test and see what's possible they always make the switch. Even 10% ROI change can be a HUGE difference, so make sure you're maximizing your opportunities because none of them will last forever.
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  133. Holy cow money, love your story. I hope I can hit the payload like your one day. Right now I am still struggling to make 4 figures from my blogs. Thank you for the awesome motivation, Zac!

  134. Zac..this is just great…I wonder how did u get the site running, I mean who develope it..as I have also a great idea but there is nobody I can trust to develope it..and so far, I am not good in PHP,..also hiring will cost me couple of thousands for sure…
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  135. Wow Sir you have given me a new hope, that is nothing to laugh at. If I can do this I will prove everybody wrong. I heard about your site through another famous site, I knew if they mentioned you, you had to be star but I did not realize how much of a star. This is insane.

  136. Wow Zac, how you do it? Give a brother some tips because you are the man.
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  137. Wow that's awesome! My goal is to eventually work my blog into making money, but right now I'm more focused on traffic.
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  138. Zac,
    A storey that should inspire many new people starting out on the web. Its great to see someone do so well, as well as be humble about their success, instead of big noting themselves as a guru. Hope your future projects are as succsessful.
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  139. Really great and motivational post – using the power of internet it is possible for everyone who is willing to learn and does not quit. Good luck to you!
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  140. Amazing Zac! That really inspires me and I'm not afraid of putting in the effort! I'm working on a couple of sites, and wanting to bring in other authors as a JV. Any suggestions on that one? Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  141. Great post Zac. Your numbers for visitors is staggering! I'm blown away and hope to hit a fraction of those numbers someday. Really enjoy your blog!
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  142. Very impressive. Another guy that got into one of these hot items at the beginning. That's a big reason you kicked ass. Early on social networks and early on YPN.

  143. Zac or what do you called yourself? sorry just wanna show how your post touched me…lol… You really made my day. This is my first time of visiting and am hooked up to your website. Keep the good job up. zac am coming behind you. Thanks
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  144. You are an excellent marketer! Building a business to be passive on some level is difficult yet rewarding at the same time. Good Luck to you.

  145. Congratulation at all. I just pleased to read about this. Really I was looking forward to read about it. Thanks for this allocation. 🙂

  146. sounds great but i am not interested in affiliate marketing, its irritating ..
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  147. This is awesome Zac, your recent email "Creating Killer Content that Keeps Readers Coming Back‏" brought me here, please can you share with us your most recent earnings so that we get some encourage
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  148. This is a great blog Zac…this is the first time here and I have a lot to learn! Thanks

  149. Hi Zac,

    Really keeping me motivated with your post just started blogging and stories like yours motivate me to keep going at it.

    Cheers for now,
    Jeffrey
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  150. Very impressive!
    I have heard from many that you are one of the top internet marketers out there, and I just read a proof of it.
    Keep up the good work
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  151. well, reading this article is so inspiring) I see it's possible and I'm ready to work hard to create my own web resource and to fill it with useful information.
    Thanks for your help)

  152. AWESOMELY inspiring post!!

    After 7 year long painful and shocking struggles to start to make any money online, now I've decided to get up like Rocky Balboa again from being down on my knees many times so far and finally win the game of making money by means of internet marketing.

    By the way, I have been extremely skeptical about making money as an affiliate for years. However, this post as well as the real life experience of another internet millionaire who's recently helped me recover from all the pain and failures by teaching me the right millionaire mindset and little known internet marketing strategies are now making me confident and encouraged enough to make it.

    By the way, I'd like to learn your real story on your journey to becoming an internet marketing millionaire and also why you'd like to become one.

    Please, feel free and welcome to visit my blog and post your comments there.

    In advance thanks a lot.

    Bruno Babic

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  153. Hey Zacjohnson, i am every time want make more money online, but how please help me sir
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  154. Simply superb. I am wordless at your income. U seem to be a typical role model to follow now.
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  155. I am so speechless, really! You are more successful than shoemoney! I wish you can share your method here.
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  156. this is the most attractive stats I've seen Zac. It so Great!
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  157. That is great earnings…I wish I could earn the same 🙁
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  158. when ever i need motivation, i just open this site and I will be totally refreshed and start again my work with a great enthusiasm.Thanks Zac.:)
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  159. 1. Telling about how you made loads of money without disclosing this cash cow is useless, sorry. But I understand that you don’t want to share it:)
    2. It would be nice to see the comments here a bit more moderated, as most of them are just spammy-alike ones.

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