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The Internet’s Biggest Google Whores

written by John Chow on September 25, 2006


The following is a list of the Internet’s eight biggest Google AdSense publishers. The information was compiled from interviews and articles found on the Internet. Whenever possible, I list the source of the information.

I apologize in advance if I missed anyone on the list. If you make more than the people listed, please send me proof of your Google AdSense earnings and I will add you on the next time the list is updated. This is a list of individual site owners – people just like you and me. Big corporate AdSense publishers like AOL are excluded.

1: Markus Frind: – $300,000 per month

Markus Frind is a local Vancouverite who is turning the online dating world upside down. His site, is the biggest free dating site on the Internet. receives up to 500 million page views per month and make over $10,000 per day for Markus, who runs the site from home.

You think a site this big would be staffed by a hundred people but the only employee that Markus has is his girlfriend, who helps to answer the emails. Markus coded Plenty of Fish all by himself. The site is lean and mean and requires only four servers to handle all that traffic.

Doubts about Makus’s Google earnings were silenced when he posted this $900,000 check from Google. According to Markus’s blog entry, the check represented two months of AdSense earnings.

2: Kevin Rose: – $250,000 per month

Kevin Rose started Digg in December of 2004 with just $1000. Today Digg is one of the biggest news sites on the Net, with over 400,000 members and over 200 million page views per month. According to this article from Business week, Digg will make $3 million this year from a combination of Google AdSense and Federated Media ads. Unfortunately, only Mr. Rose and his accountants knows how much came from Google and how much came from Federated Media. I can try to take a guess based on the number of times I have seen a Federated Media ad vs. a Google ad on Digg but, being in Canada, it’s almost 100% Google ads.

Whatever Google’s share of Digg’s $250,000 per month in ad revenues may be, one thing is for sure, it is not small.

3: Jeremy Schoemaker – $140,000 per month


If ever anyone can be considered an Internet marketing superstar, ShoeMoney would be near the top of the list. Jeremy Schoemaker is a search engine marketer who knows how to take advantage of both Google AdSense and AdWords. In the above photo, you see him with the biggest Google AdSense check he has ever received from Google. The income was earned back in the month of August 2005. Since then Mr. Schoemaker has moved to wire transfers. No doubt, he got tired to dealing with the bank tellers when trying to deposit $100K plus checks every month.

Unlike the other Google whores on this list, ShoeMoney, as he likes to be call, does not own just one site. He makes his enormous Google checks using hundreds of sites and thousands of domains.

4: Jason Calacanis: Weblogs, Inc. – $120,000 per month

Before Jason Calacanis sold Weblogs, Inc to AOL for $25 million, he got the network of blogs making over $4,000 a day from Google AdSense. So impressive was his AdSense performance that Google used Weblogs for a case study.

Now that AOL controls Weblogs, you can bet it is making a lot more than a measly $120,000 a month.

5: David Miles Jr. & Kato Leonard – $100,000 per month

According to this Washington Post article, David Miles Jr. and Kato Leonard, claims they make $100,000 a month from their site,, which gives away designs that people can use on MySpace.

The only problem with the revenue figure is it is not 100% AdSense. Free Web Layouts use other advertising networks in addition to Google. However, with a claimed $100,000 per month in revenues, I am fairly confident that the AdSense portion is higher than our next Google whore.

6: Tim Carter: – $30,000 per month

Tim Carter is a licensed master plumber and carpenter with his own radio show. He also makes frequent television appearances. He founded in 1995, The primary focus has been catering to an avid following of fellow builders on the site. According to the Google case study, Mr. Carter did such a good job tweaking the Google ads on his site that it now makes $30,000 a month.

Tim’s AdSense revenues now average $1400 a day and growing. Overall, Carter is enthusiastic about AdSense: it allows him to focus on content development, and gives him built-in tools to measure ad performance and make changes to maximize revenues. “People come to me for help,” says Carter. “They get what they need from my columns and advice – and also from ads delivered by AdSense.”

7: Joel Comm – $24,000 per month

Joel Comm is get rich quick guru. He wrote the best selling e-book, What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense. The e-book, along with the website that promotes it has a screen shot of Mr. Comm AdSense earning from November 19, 2005 to December 15, 2005. Whether or not Mr. Comm still makes this much from Google is anybody’s guess.

8: Shawn Hogan – $10,000 per month

Back in January of 2005 the New York Times had an article about AdSense, featuring Shawn Hogan, founder of DigitalPoint. The article states that Mr. Hogan makes $10,000 per month from Google AdSense using a very unique revenue sharing model.

Google pays Digital Point about $10,000 a month, depending on how many people view or click on those ads, said Shawn D. Hogan, the owner and chief technology officer of Digital Point.

Mr. Hogan said he started the revenue-sharing approach in 2004 “as kind of a marketing gimmick.”

“But everyone seemed to think it was a cool idea,” he said. “I saw a lot of other sites doing the same thing maybe six months later.”

DigitalPoint have grown a lot since that article and while Mr. Hogun would not say anything, the DigitalPoint forum members speculate that he is making at least twice that amount now.

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Miha September 25, 2006 at 9:09 pm

Andrew Leyden of receives nearly a million hits and makes around $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

David Miles Jr. and Kato Leonard, owners, say they make $100,000 a month from a site that provides ready made web design templates for MySpace social-networking pages.

Steven September 25, 2006 at 11:08 pm

Nice compilation!

Seems that most of them are having just one main site for the income, which I think is a bit risky because if goes down in SE such as Google or Yahoo, there goes your paycheck.

However for Shoemoney, “hundreds of sites and thousands of domains”? How can he managed to do that?

Go for ninth spot, John!

popo February 14, 2007 at 12:07 pm

There are some sites that will never drop out of the rankings because they are far too important like in terms of the number of, and influential links they have. So, for them, its not risky at all.

Ben September 25, 2006 at 11:42 pm

Shawn Hogan makes at least $15,000/month, he has even said it on the DP forum, but that is just from Adsense sharing. He makes much more through other things

John Chow September 26, 2006 at 12:01 am

It is true. Most of the really big AdSense publishers make their income with one site. However one doesn’t really have to worry about what you’re talking about (dropping down in SE).

This post should explain it:

mcp September 26, 2006 at 2:42 am

I know a few people who reached the 5000 – 7000 range and fell down to 500 in two months.

They either
1. didn’t know exactly what made them successful the first time.
2. relied on the search engins and lived to regret it.

So don’t rely on the search engines.

Carl September 26, 2006 at 3:54 am

Yeah! This is what the internet is all about! MAKE MOENY! If you buy a domain, build a website, all you have to do is wait! The money will come ROLLING in! You know why? Because IT’S A BONANZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vik September 26, 2006 at 9:11 am

Great post John. This is just one of the reasons why I check your blog every morning at work. I hope our IT people don’t put a block on your URL. LOL.

Matt September 26, 2006 at 9:25 am

Nice list John!

Thomas Czaszynski September 26, 2006 at 9:42 am

John can you put me on the list as #9?? i make about 10 a day.

But really, those are the only guys who talk about their income. Theres lot more people making 100k a month but don’t want to share that among the community.

Michael September 26, 2006 at 11:11 am

Well I use AdSense and I have not seen a dime. Maby you can check out my blog and tell me what is going wrong.

Brent Franson September 26, 2006 at 11:34 am

I do not believe that Markus Frind makes as much as he says he does. Shoemoney is for real as is Kevin Rose (obviously). I just don’t trust this PlentyofFish guy. Great post!

Matthew September 26, 2006 at 11:34 am

I’m drooling. Thanks for the list. It gives me inspiration to not give up on adsense.

kzos September 26, 2006 at 11:41 am

No mention of Max Goldberg from Here’s proof he makes more through Google than #8 on this list.

And he’s been feautred in Wired and other major publications…while nobody’s ever heard of most of these people!

But it’s great that krose is making money through Google, and I think he’s better classified as a “drunk” than a “whore” :P

Aaron Jay September 26, 2006 at 11:42 am

Wow, only a measly $120,000 a month? How is he gonna eat, lol. But seriously that is something else. I get a lot of hits and so far my earnings are rather miniscule by comparison.

SEO Articles September 26, 2006 at 11:44 am

Keep in mind that these sites need to pay expenses too. 10k a month sounds like a lot, and it’s a good income for one person. But when you have to pay for staff, servers, bandwidth, etc etc it can end up being no more profitable than any other business.

Frenchchick September 26, 2006 at 11:47 am

Good article

kay September 26, 2006 at 11:53 am

i personally now 5 people making over 30k a month….

Brett February 5, 2007 at 7:48 pm

What do they do to get so much traffic.

Karn Griffen September 26, 2006 at 11:53 am

I have made over $4.83 in just two months with my blog! I estimate I am #1,234,567 on the list.

dan September 26, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Steve Pavlina makes $10,000/month, so he might be in the running for spot #9.

Andrew September 26, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Ya Canada

Ivan Minic September 26, 2006 at 12:25 pm

I’m pretty sure this is very incorrect.. 10k a month isn’t much money .. I mean this should be very exclusive list…

Robert September 26, 2006 at 12:27 pm

I’ve had a website up for months, chock full of content and havent even broken $80. Can’t get google to index my site.

Marc Echols September 26, 2006 at 12:27 pm

How about Joel Comm and other gurus? They don’t get to the top 8?

Dustin Jones September 26, 2006 at 12:42 pm

These people are good at what they do. Simple as that. Its just like anything else. I’m sure they have spent countless hours producing content, coding, and optimizing. You get what you put in.

Dustin Jones

showbiz September 26, 2006 at 12:51 pm

all I can say is


ATB September 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm

It would be interesting to see how much PROFIT these people make. For example, Jason Calacanis has to pay all of his bloggers. As somebody who often gets cash for posting on tech-recipes, I know that can be expensive!

This fact makes PlentyOfFish even more impressive (no matter how slimey that site may seem).


No name September 26, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Hey guys,

I’ll keep this anonymous, but I fall in (easily) between numbers 5 and 6.

Your list is extremely incomplete – there are a lot more people like me.

Michael September 26, 2006 at 4:03 pm

Good article, even if it isn’t complete. I know Steve Pavlina and the guy from (Darren Rowse) should have made this list.

wissam September 26, 2006 at 4:40 pm

Wow, great list keep up the good work .

Patrick September 26, 2006 at 5:21 pm

Very nice list, thanks for sharing.

Philomena Ojikutu September 26, 2006 at 6:17 pm

The eternal verity of the Formular C.O.T.I. is what they are all using to stupefy the web audience. That formular would work for anyone that stritcly follows the its principles.


Congrats to the leaders and fore-runners.

Philomena Ojikutu September 26, 2006 at 6:35 pm

@Marc Echols,
Joel Comm is on #7 spot and am proud he is my mentor.

you’re very correst, the list is by no means comprehensive. Earning $5,000 to $10,000 per month is fast becoming the average for many expert publishers. I would not be surprised if over 200+ publishers are in this bracket.

Sharon of dogbreedinfo(dot)com was also a case study used by, she is above the 25,000 dollar income solely from one site!

Philomena Ojikutu September 26, 2006 at 6:46 pm

@Karn Griffen and Robert,
don’t despair, visit the expert sites that John Chow listed for us here and see how the gurus lay-out and optimized their adsense blocks.

Secondly, you have no right to complain yet until your traffic is significant. Can’t you see the terrific traffic and page views that the gurus’ sites magnetised? You can’t have that level of traffic and not experience an explosion in your adsense income.

mehdi September 26, 2006 at 7:53 pm

I don’t think that 10 000 $ is a lot of money, I think that the list needs to be completed, good job thinks

Adler September 26, 2006 at 9:48 pm

Well — I like to know who hosted all this good stuff. Goodness, templates from various sources, Google doesn’t like my code, I can’t get it to fit things. Meanwhile — these guys are my new Gods. I think a lot of people are scrambling.


Shawn Hogan September 26, 2006 at 10:07 pm

I know 10 people off the top of my head that would be top 5 on that list.

My little $10,000ish (heh) a month isn’t really anything in the big picture. I certainly don’t put up sites for AdSense. It’s more like, “Gee, I have an existing page that I guess I could put AdSense on it.” I wouldn’t change anything I do (at all) if AdSense was terminated tomorrow.

Now if I could just be a AdSense Premium publisher…….. ;)

Moneygeek September 26, 2006 at 11:10 pm
Randolph Penna September 26, 2006 at 11:12 pm

i visted these sites that had links posted and supposedly make so much money. most of them are crap. its not the sites or the content, its the traffic. without the traffic, these sites are horse crap. seems like they find thier target and suck them in. works good.

Wicked Niches September 26, 2006 at 11:38 pm

Nice list. Too bad we don’t know how much the others make from this, “the ones in the shadows”. I could bet that many of these guys would leave your list if all the big earners would come out.

Znaj September 27, 2006 at 12:08 am

go work, you lazy bums

K September 27, 2006 at 12:08 am

How can a cheque for $900,000 for two months earnings lead you to conclude that he earns $300,000 per month?

PK September 27, 2006 at 12:40 am

Actually, this is peanuts money. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be earning it, but if these are the TOP EARNING GUYS in their industry, then it’s a poor earning industry.

Most medium-sized investment banks would have a whole bunch of people earning more than any of these guys, for example.

Chris Lawrence September 27, 2006 at 12:58 am

I run my website from home, and I make on average $10,000 a month and I’m not even sure how I do it with my site!?

Jon Waraas September 27, 2006 at 2:58 am

the real money makers stay in the shadows….


Keith September 27, 2006 at 3:15 am

That’s wonderful…. I’m not even sure if I am capable of doing something like that for myself….

James White September 27, 2006 at 3:33 am

Great post!

I wonder how many of these people declare it to the tax man :)

I seem to make anywhere between $1 and $10 a day. Its really variable, but at least it pays my hosting.

Dawn September 27, 2006 at 4:21 am

Great post John! I’ve had my site up for a little more than a year now and I’m finally getting my first $100.00 check from Google! I like to read about others making it big with Adsense, it keeps me going. We need all the $$$ we can earn to keep the site up and running. Hosting costs alot! :)

Dawn – Where Stepparents Come to Vent

Matt September 27, 2006 at 4:26 am

I’m in the same position as James above me at the moment! Hoping to expand everything over the next few months so that I can afford a dedicated server.

PsychoDude September 27, 2006 at 8:05 am

Nice compilation you got there, and damn what an amounts. Probably everybody here would wish they would be getting turned out the same amounts of Google, or hell even 1/10th of it :D. I guess the secret behind succes is not that easily to unravel though :P.

Prashant September 27, 2006 at 9:13 am

So John, when are ya planning to catch you with them? :)

Neale September 27, 2006 at 9:15 am

Thanks Great Article

Sam Gibson September 27, 2006 at 9:33 am

Seems like a good enough reason to turn on AdSense to me.

Now, how do we get Blogger to get past that stupid 0% updating issue that so many people have?

Tell me here:

milo September 27, 2006 at 9:50 am

Interesting post, now what is the secret behind the success?

Michael Brougham September 27, 2006 at 10:04 am

We are currently making about 1000$ per month on our free dating site through Adsense. This is a very inspirational article. Now I know we can do much more.


Sonia September 27, 2006 at 10:09 am

Shoemoneymaker has got a sexy mouth :)

Jon September 27, 2006 at 11:10 am

What the hell… I thought internet marketing was dead?! ;)

madonna September 27, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Hmm.. well well – very nice list
I can be number 8 i don’t have to be first ;-)

Jay September 27, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Great article! Opened my eyes to how the little guys can help make up some of our expenses… thanks :)

nuevojefe September 27, 2006 at 1:45 pm

“How can a cheque for $900,000 for two months earnings lead you to conclude that he earns $300,000 per month?”

Canadian dollars.

And as Shawn said, there are plenty out there who would displace folks on this list.

Maybach September 27, 2006 at 2:53 pm This site brings $1000 in a month.

Jose Ribeiras September 27, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Wow, I’m earning about 20K/month, and my site is not in english. ;-)

Now I wonder what’ll gonna happen when the “adsense” program of Microsoft start with full engines. Will the “pay per click” be raisen by Google or we’ll hava to migrate to the new system to earn more money?

w3bmaster September 27, 2006 at 5:48 pm

Hmm i think only Shawn has a good site and usefull and Shoemoney has a good business for exemple plentyoffish seems stupid for me like other “succeses” on the net like myspace , onemilliondolarpage etc

So i’m trying some stupid site to see if it proves my theory :


Andreas Bard September 28, 2006 at 12:22 am

Nice list, thank you for that.

Some of these guys I did know about, but not really the big amounts. Kind of inspirining, but as somebody mentioned above I hope they do not solely rely on Adsense it can drop quite much in a small amount of time.

// Andreas Bard

D.O. September 28, 2006 at 12:52 am

A very good advertisement for AdSense itself. :-)

gnt September 28, 2006 at 1:01 am

Isn’t revealing your earnings of adsense against their TOIs??!!

John Chow September 28, 2006 at 3:26 am

Revealing your earnings is not against the TOS. You are not allowed to reveal your click information, but you can reveal how much you were paid and how many page views you get.

ruijie September 28, 2006 at 3:53 am

How about friendster? I see all the pages contain the adsense…

Tim September 28, 2006 at 6:26 am

Thats a nice list. But i think in the 10.000$/month Adsense region are a lot of sites and most of them we would never suspect for that.

Kay September 28, 2006 at 10:34 am


My mum gives me ten pound a month to limit my internet access to only ten hours a night.

I am an earner.

Justin September 28, 2006 at 11:19 am

Definitely content, and sometimes just being quick on the draw are what really affect your ad earnings. When the tsunami occurred I quickly had some videos linked, and it didn’t even take a whole lot of hits before my ad revenue increased substantially. And I’m talking around a 1000% increase.

My New Choice September 28, 2006 at 11:28 am

Being new to AdSense, I was familiar with some of these people but that is a very interesting list. As was mentioned, I am sure there are many more that haven’t disclosed their earnings but this adds to the motivation of using AdSense as there is proof it can be done.

My site with AdSense is new and the earnings pale in comparison to anyone on this list but it is inspiring. My site is about free help to get out of debt, so maybe if I can earn this kind of money with AdSense then I can eliminate my mortgage too! :)

James Smith September 28, 2006 at 1:24 pm

What a dream i was excited about earning $60 from my own site i would like to someday get a check this big.

Good on you all for your well rewarded work.

Sharon September 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Okay, that’s it. I’m dumping Lemmy. Are any of these man still single? :)

Tom September 28, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Very interesting post. This article is proof for me that AdSense can be a great income source. I think, best is to keep going with good web project, work hard on adverts optimisation and never look back. Soon or later money will come from adverts. :)

Nabeel September 28, 2006 at 4:51 pm

Well it’s not that easy to earn money with adsense and I mean big bucks. High traffic? well .. high traffic can hurt your adsense performance too .. if users don’t click the ads. If you get dugg at digg .. then according to a recent study .. diggers go through ad blindness .. and the google adsense is calculated based on the impressions and clicks. So if one has many many impressions and no clicks .. your 50 click will produce less money that it would have without so many impressions.

The best thing to do is to drive not that tech savy people to ur website or blog .. they are the ones most likely to get confused and click on an advertisement.


Mike September 29, 2006 at 1:52 am

I read somewhere that makes about $50 000 per month. Is it possible ?

Amish Shah September 29, 2006 at 3:56 am

I personally earn over 120K a month in AdSense. I have hit a hidden niche that many people have not discovered yet. More information can be reached at my blog.

juliano dias September 29, 2006 at 4:41 am

muito bom ter essas informações. tá de parabens

Joao September 29, 2006 at 5:34 am

mando bem!!
ta maluco…………………..

pondlife September 29, 2006 at 6:26 am

Absolutely inspiring! I was thinking of giving up until I read this. Thanks!

Tiago September 29, 2006 at 7:55 am


Scott September 29, 2006 at 8:38 am

//So far I’ve made $8.06 in 2 months on my site: now I can finally afford that toy Ferrari I’ve always wanted!

Stew Houston September 29, 2006 at 9:59 am

Great article..

I just don’t understand how Plenty of Fish makes THAT much money!

tony marc September 29, 2006 at 10:35 am

o porque e como juntar tamto assim de dinheiro
em apenas dois meses ???

Carlo Rubio September 29, 2006 at 3:21 pm

Your list is cool… but very incomplete. Me and 2 of my best friends each make close to $100K a month with AdSense. We are having a competition to see who can have the best year. I am presently in second place by only a small percentage, but I plan to make that up before the years out.

I also know at least 2 other guys that are making over a half million each per month, and I am guessing there are guys making over a million a month.

Bill September 29, 2006 at 9:20 pm

They could divide that money…


Eddy September 29, 2006 at 9:28 pm

These people are totally inspirational.
It just goes to show that the little guys
can make it.

anindita September 29, 2006 at 10:44 pm

nice list!

chouette September 30, 2006 at 6:19 am

Impressionnant !
But how ? ;)

WebMaster ToolBox September 30, 2006 at 7:07 am should be up there.
Huge site with the ads heavily placed in the middle of every page.


emon3y September 30, 2006 at 7:54 am

wow.. big money .. i hope i can make like that 6 month from now

Hudibaba September 30, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Really, a very motivating article. Need to work hard to earn such a huge pay.

Vinnie Richards October 1, 2006 at 9:41 am

Tennis for Dummies $150,– per Month

Joris October 1, 2006 at 10:47 am

Very, very motivating :) Too bad my weblog is in Dutch and will never attract millions of visitors…

Sérgio October 1, 2006 at 2:24 pm


Tatiana October 1, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for the nice article but as many
said before me – the list is incomplete and
people earning bellow the $50.000 shouldn’t
be even included.
As there are many more earning between
$500.000 to $100.000 and prefer to keep
it for themselves.
Don’t take me wrong though, I’d be glad
with 10% of it a month

marble2 October 1, 2006 at 5:39 pm

John great compilation here. I’m sure there are plenty of other six figure earners monthly, and with all the response to your post hopefully they’ll be included in your next update. It would be great if you have one willing party who shares their progress from startup to six figures and any insights they picked up along the way.

Mike October 2, 2006 at 7:03 am

No body answer me.

Is it possible that makes about $50000 per month ?

John Chow October 2, 2006 at 11:34 am

Mike – Yes it is possible. Just get enough traffic. It’s really simple. Just if you were making $100 a month on the page with 20,000 page views, just increase the page view to 1 million page views per month and you’ll be making $50K. :)

Jason October 2, 2006 at 1:36 pm

WOW great article. I would love for my site to get anywhere close to that. Right now im at 40.00 a month…hahaha with

I guess I should start working on when i get a chance……I would love to make 300000 a month….
Again great article….I bookmarked your page.

Dena October 3, 2006 at 4:25 am

I made about $10 in the past 2 months….. on this blog:
Thanks for the list though. It’s encouraging to see that it’s POSSIBLE!!

Dave October 3, 2006 at 8:30 am

We’re all in the same boat with adsense but soon someone will come out with the infomercial

MJ October 3, 2006 at 3:56 pm

on 26 Sep 2006 at 12:27 pm Robert

I’ve had a website up for months, chock full of content and havent even broken $80. Can’t get google to index my site.

Frank Visnaw October 3, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Great post! Made me call our tech guy and found that our company website generates over $80K per month in ad dollars.

DrO October 3, 2006 at 11:15 pm

Yes! Good article! WAw

SlyRay October 4, 2006 at 1:02 am

Hello John. I’m that guy that posted this article on my blog without your ermission. I’ve put a link to you, but as i see – it is not the way I had to do that.

Please sorry. I removed article from my site.

John Chow October 4, 2006 at 1:15 am

Thank you SlyRay – Your posting on “How do you manage your blog?” was done correctly. You told your readers about it and you link to the full article. That is the accepted way of doing it. Posting the entire article is a copyright violation even if you link to the source.

Thank you again for removing it.

SlyRay October 4, 2006 at 5:26 am

John you don’t need to thank me – that was my fault. Sorry again!

Bill Skywalker Edwards October 4, 2006 at 6:53 am

I had a look at and I don’t see how he does it. I would think ads would be all over his site, but it’s not the way. Guess I’m going to have to take some time off and realy study this guy.


ipanks October 4, 2006 at 11:27 am

wooowww…that’s first word from me. how you do that? i wish i can earning some bucks like you.
btw, nice to meet you in here. GBU

Sprung Media October 4, 2006 at 12:42 pm

I happen to know for a fact that the publisher of and the publisher of is NOT making more that $10,000 per month. They make much less.

Gerben October 5, 2006 at 1:17 am


I figure that’s te cloe of the site.

Not to much Adsense and not all around the place.

Just using it on the most popular pages.

Normally such a site would be filled with ads so you don’t know where to click.

Otherwise, I also have some Adsense accounts and at some of them i create a ctr of 10%.

When you’ve got 500 Mln. pageviews a month and u use only the best performing pages, you can easily generate 10 Mln. adsense clicks a Month.

Now you know how he does it…you don’t have to take time off…..Hm…can’t I send you a bill for free advice?


Ian October 5, 2006 at 5:03 am

Traffic, yeah, that’s the ticket. Easier said than done, these days. Anyone have any secrets for quick traffic they want to share? :) Other than get on the front page of digg…

Paulo October 5, 2006 at 11:08 am

Resulted congratulations for the excellent one in the GOOGLE, here in Brazil I also use this system, that I consider of better resulted

paulo araujo

Nikolai October 5, 2006 at 4:48 pm

This is very impressive. Actually, I am not surprised.. as long as you have chosen the right niche and get a decent traffic from the SEs or have built your own community, it is quite possible to generate those amounts.

Gerben October 6, 2006 at 5:10 am


While you post.

Consider using for using the best Title of you’re post.

I do it in Holland and it really works out fine.

Also use for outbound links target=”blank” so user will come back to you’re own site.

And the last one I will post over here.

Read for the best places for you’re adsense.

So…..anybody I can send an invoice to?

Robert L. Kuhn October 6, 2006 at 2:14 pm

I have a website called “Find A Date”

I currently am a partner (one of many)with a larger dating site. Due to tme limitations I currently do little to no advertising for Find A Date so only earn 500-1,000 a month, the traffic is mostly from type ins. Find A Date has earned up to 5,000 per month spending 1,500 a month in advertising using adwords.

My question is:

Would it be better for me to perhaps use the domain, build a date site directory type site using adsense on it rather than the current relationship I have with the larger company?

Any thoughts or comments?

Alex October 7, 2006 at 2:44 am

Hei brother that is 2005 check , now google change a alot , is not easy like last time

Fernando Araujo October 7, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Resulted congratulations for the excellent one in the GOOGLE, here in Brazil I also use this system, that I consider of better resulted.


Fernando Araujo

adsense October 8, 2006 at 2:22 am

Can I translate this nice article into Chinese and post it on my website

John Chow October 8, 2006 at 4:23 am

adsense – You may only do so if you give me full credit and provide a link back to my blog.

This permission is granted to only. No one else has permission to copy or translate my article.

jay October 8, 2006 at 1:14 pm

I ran a social network in 2003 (back when Myspace had 50,000 members). I was getting 1 million page views a day and was making $6,000 in adsense per month…. And then Google went public and our earnings dropped to under $700 with the same content and the same number of clicks. After hearing from other publishers at the time, it sounded like Google changed their payouts and I have since discontiued using them.

Andrew's Paint & Panel October 8, 2006 at 9:48 pm

I’d like to see the adsense/adwords ratios for some of these sites.

It is easy to make $10k on adsense – spend $100k on adwords.

Nikolai October 11, 2006 at 8:15 am

Hi Jay,

I do beleive that with your traffic you can make much more than $700/month LOL. My site is making me that amount but it only gets around 1000 uniques/day.

Good luck to us all.

danaiou October 12, 2006 at 12:33 am

This is very impressive. Actually, I am not surprised.. as long as you have chosen the right niche and get a decent traffic from the SEs or have built your own community, it is quite possible to generate those amounts.

Joris October 12, 2006 at 6:03 am

Looks like has been hacked by Turkish hackers…

Jeff October 12, 2006 at 8:33 am

I’m surprised Google is not more involved with these guys. Seems like they send a check and that’s it. eBay on the other hand actively promotes and embraces their community of power sellers.

TOFUmonkey October 12, 2006 at 7:46 pm

hey, this is great stuffs!

makes us drool with envy and rekindles the fire within to whoosh ahead and to earn those huge cheques monthly!

Ming Chern
founder of

Dena October 13, 2006 at 2:56 am

I went and ordered Joel Comm’s newest Adsense templates as a result of seeing that much money CAN be made.
Thanks for advertising this list!!

techblology October 14, 2006 at 1:24 pm

Hopefully will be up on that list soon

Reggie October 15, 2006 at 3:01 am

I was happy to start with my

BUT, vow..great post and certainly inspired me to do something special

fred October 15, 2006 at 8:35 pm

I question the income from some of these on the list. On there is simply not any diversity of ads that would seems enticing to click. The site has a very narrow theme that does not cover many ad markets. I think traffic does not always equal money – there needs to be a viable market for advertisers and a market for related products and services. Some free myspace graphics site can’t possible offer many ads that could lure away visitors. The dating website – seriously – adsense is site topic relevant right? How would a dating site make money off ads – are people clicking on ads for pay date sites? If that kind of money is rollin in, then the site sure doesn’t reflect it. Maybe spurge on a logo?

A lot of money can be made online, but I think some people are bullshitters that like the idea that they can throw out numbers or show one check and get “filty rich” status. One check doesn’t mean crap. Revenue comes and goes. I’d have to see online bank statements in person to believe any numbers, then remove operating costs from profits.

What shocks me more is the hordes of people working 5 hrs a day on websites or blogs that make 100 bucks a month. That is insane.

TOFUmonkey October 15, 2006 at 11:30 pm

i always thought SEO plays a great part of it?
at least we don’t need to pay adwords money to drive traffic to our site.

i still really suck at SEO.

any ideas/reviews at

WebmasterResources October 15, 2006 at 11:40 pm

Brilliant, thanks for sharing! I’m not there yet, but hope to be in the not too distant future :)

Miguel Angel October 17, 2006 at 12:27 am

No, no me busqueis entre los más pagados. Mi web no se encuentra entre ellas. Tan sólo es una página de venta de fincas rurales en Castellon

Chrispy October 17, 2006 at 1:01 pm

Nice List! – Oh to be just a cent behind them!.

Nevins Manafe October 17, 2006 at 9:55 pm

im goin to make that much in 3 months..
im confident!

anna October 18, 2006 at 4:07 am

nice cashe :]

girish October 19, 2006 at 8:45 am

I am amazed. The best number I could make with adsense is about $200 per month … too bad.
I am cetainly excited and motivated after reading this.

samirvohraindia October 19, 2006 at 10:03 am

I m new in adsense but i think good post.

Word Farmers October 20, 2006 at 9:07 am

Looks like we all have a bit of catching up to do!

HealthRen October 20, 2006 at 7:09 pm

I am a Chinese girl, I have a blog and a website

Roger October 22, 2006 at 8:12 pm

You have to add this guy lazygeek10 to your whore list also

lialexander October 26, 2006 at 2:21 am

Very inspiring, right now my object is 20 dollar

$1 million a year is my goal October 26, 2006 at 5:38 am

My husband and I made $32,000 for September 2006 and will make $42,000 for October’s check. I wish we could add ourselves to your list because that would be pretty neat, but we are concerned about my husband’s ex-wife knowing exactly how much we make. We pay her plenty as it is.

We have wanted to get out there and be a part of the Adsense community for a few years now. We know we have something special here and could give some great tips and advice, maybe sell some ebooks. I believe strongly in stating your intention if you want to acheive anything so I will say here that I want this money issue to clear up in the very near future so that we can “come out” (lol) and tell the world how well we’re doing. It would get a ton of local attention as well as Internet mentions, giving us more traffic, of course.

By the way, I’m sure everyone knows this, but the Google checks can be easily scanned and edited in a graphics program. We do that for visualization purposes. The one I am using now for visualization says “1 million”. If you want to get rich, learn about mind power and visualization and use it. Read any success books and they will all tell you that. It works. Good luck to you all. You’ll hear from us again in the future when we are able to be more open about our income.

Thanks for building this list. It’s very interesting and inspiring.

Jon October 26, 2006 at 3:40 pm

I believe the huge profit of plentyoffish is not just primarily on visitors from the sites. “Dating” advertisements pay high.

High CTRs and High CPC. That’s plenty :)

lankakolla October 30, 2006 at 6:17 am


Ive been in adsense for the last 5 months, but still i couldn’t even get to $20. It’s been a pretty bad experience so far :( Can some expert give me some advice on how to increase my revenue?

Thanks in advance


simon November 1, 2006 at 10:53 am




kostas November 2, 2006 at 5:52 am

I made only $30-$40 a month form adsense

Ryan Northcott November 2, 2006 at 5:25 pm

I made my first money, hahaha, finally, $1.41! WOOOOHOOO. Only $299,998.59 to go!

Thanks for the article.


Vinay November 6, 2006 at 11:25 am

Can’t believe such money can be made with Adsense and related tools. I am new to blogging and would be more than happy if I can earn my 1 month broadband charges ($40)in; say 3 months time. I blog mainly on Indian astrology, a not-so paying subject I presume!


Ravi Jayagopal November 8, 2006 at 10:47 am

The Joel Comm guy is a big scam. I bought his $97 ebook on Adsense and it was utterly disgusting – he basically compiled information from Google’s blog and help pages, including the “heat map”, and compiled it into a friggin ebook!

I’m guessing (intelligently) that the guy makes money by doing what sploggers do – hire cheap labor, create a huge number of web sites on a varying number of topics, publish Adsense ads, and drive traffic to the sites using a number of black- and white-hat techniques.

I’m still on his mailing list just to see what the guy’s upto – and this guy pimps each and every product the “guru” crowd puts out. Stay away from Joel Comm.

- Ravi Jayagopal

Lewis November 9, 2006 at 11:33 pm

that list is bull. people make much more than that trust me. i am new to the ad sense community after my father introduced me to a 26 year old, ex electrician now earning 105,000 usd a month from hes websites (he owns around 25. hes not on the list so obviously a lot more wouldnt be

Merv Skilton November 18, 2006 at 2:10 am

How come Jeremy Shoemaker doesn’t actually have any Google Adsense on his page but has a big Google cheque?

Regards Merv @ November 21, 2006 at 7:32 am

figure Out how to invest money in the internet , with google, and another tips.
easy and fast.

Michelle Crofts November 21, 2006 at 7:32 am


This post and your other big-money post on the hi-tech urinal have really motivated me to try and make some unusual posts in future – I had no idea one fairly straight-forward but unique article could generate so much traffic!

Thanks for the fascinating posts :)


Sams November 21, 2006 at 7:08 pm

I just started using adsense a month ago and I make around 200 dollars a day with a 25% cpr. My method of driving traffic is wild but it works.

Jon, November 22, 2006 at 5:13 am


I never realised you could make so much money from adsense. This is quite remarkable really. However, I am sure when I read the terms and conditions of Adsense it states that you should not / cannot publish how much you earn using it. I hope these people are aware of this, as if this is the case, Google could cancel their accounts. But then, I guess if some people are making 100,000 dollars a month, Google must be making a fair packet themselves. And if the Adwords clients are gettign extra traffic, then everyone, as they say, is a winner !

Rodney, by this time next year we’re be millionaires !



gottabkd November 22, 2006 at 6:08 pm

This is it is truly inspiring
An interesting list and many good points.

Good luck to everyone… .
Till next time

Gary November 22, 2006 at 11:52 pm

I believe Marcus owner of is making that much due to the amount of traffic he has on his site on an hourly basis. Let’s say he is getting 20 million page views per day. Divide that by 24 hours and then that number by 60 minutes in an hour. And you come out with about 13,800 people viewing his site every minute of every hour of the day. That’s amazing. Then let’s say he gets a small 1% CTR. 138 people clicking on ads per minute is most incredible. Ant that’s at 1%. Great site with a remarkable concept.


Seth November 23, 2006 at 4:58 am

Well… do you really think that Google would cancel their biggest accounts? I think it is an art. These guys show that you do not have to be a multinational to get a good online business and I think there will be many more to come in the future.

Eliza November 23, 2006 at 6:21 am

Hi John, congrats on the list and thanks for this list, it is very inspirational. I don’t make much, in fact only in the last two months did I really start making anything and that’s only because I joined Momgadget. I find it funny that everyone here is commenting on how $10,000 a month isn’t much. Send it my way if ya don’t want it, I guarantee I can find many uses for it. Keep up the GREAT work John. I found your site by the mention of mine and have been reading your site ever since.

Rich Jerk November 23, 2006 at 2:20 pm

The websites which make money with Google Adsense, really do generate lot’s of money. I have a website and it’s not getting accepted in the Google adsense program. Someone please help

Seth November 24, 2006 at 2:53 am

Google probably does not like sites which handle about fast money making. One tip I CAN give you is to make a other site in which you will get a account and when you finally have a account you can add the code to the site you just showed.

One warning though: IF your sites does violate the rules of Google then it can cause a “account-ban”

Goog luck.

Marv November 26, 2006 at 6:45 pm

Does anyone know how much hi5 and myspace easrn from adsense?

Moses November 27, 2006 at 6:00 am

I have started a blog
and i have applied for Adsense and i am waiting for approval.
I want to see whether its true that i can earn $10.
I am from Africa.Do they have restrictions.

khush November 27, 2006 at 9:10 am

I earned 10$ in 2 weeks .How am I dooing?Check out my site .I will return to for your answer?

john November 29, 2006 at 12:30 am

hey now

dev November 30, 2006 at 10:53 am

I am making 100$ per month on my site
will use it for server charges and broadband service charges.

huZmid December 2, 2006 at 1:09 am

A little bit too late for me to discover this entry, inspirational indeed to read this success story.

Divine December 2, 2006 at 3:33 am

I feel if you have a passionate interest in personal development and world peace then the message in this website takes it to the highest ultimate advancement and understanding. Soul-purpose and sole-purspose is to change the world. Can you help spread the message?

Deepak December 4, 2006 at 1:03 am

hi really unbelievable!!!I m from india.Getting started with adsense.hope to reach atleast 10000$ per month by next year same time.

Geld lenen December 14, 2006 at 4:20 am

Great post! Hope to be succesfull like that someday :)

Ashwin Kandoi December 15, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Great Post…… Amazing how people make money… Welcome to the new flat world where people are clicking all the way to their bank accounts..


OneLoveNet December 16, 2006 at 12:34 am

Great post. These kind of posts makes you to stay online 24/7 and build websites…

dicky December 18, 2006 at 7:27 pm

congratulation for all of you,…
hope i can be in the top 10 list too

Andrea December 20, 2006 at 5:10 am

Complimenti, un giorno anchi’io guadagnerò 1.000.000 di $

ankur December 27, 2006 at 12:35 am

huge figures those
really appreciated, lot of hard work required to reach there.

Bishnu December 28, 2006 at 7:31 pm

I am also making $1000 per month

Jeff December 29, 2006 at 4:44 am

Shoemoney is listed at $140,000 a month.
He is shown holding a check for just over $132,000 and the capsule on him denotes that: “In the above photo, you see him with the biggest Google AdSense check he has ever received from Google. ”

Well, if $132,00 is the BIGGEST one, what makes us think he earns MORE than that each month…?

Brendan December 30, 2006 at 4:49 pm

WOW WOW and WOW for a third time.

That is a lot of Mouladh (IS THAT HOW YOU SPELL IT)

900k every month. Imagine what you could do with 900 k.

I wonder though how much the worlds most visited websites would make.

100million visitors every day.

Paula January 1, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Great post. Very inspirational.

Ryan Driscoll January 4, 2007 at 1:24 pm

A 100k a month from Google? Sounds too good to be true. I read a post on that said only 5% of bloggers are in this category. I suggest diversifying revenue streams becasue these guys are few and far between.

Vinny S January 15, 2007 at 11:45 am

I think it isnt as easy as it once was to make money using adsense. It a game of sheer numbers. How easy is it for a blogger to get 500 million page views a month to reach to the level of some of the bigger fish is anyone guess

manu January 20, 2007 at 3:31 am

hi,does adsense help your site in google ranking

Wow its me January 21, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Hopefully soon I will be up there in that list…Im a quarter of the way there…woohooo…

Evelyn January 22, 2007 at 2:01 am

Hi John, Is it really true people make all that money from blogs, please enlighten me on this.

Troy January 31, 2007 at 12:57 am

Wow! Maybe I need to start a blog. I have had Google adsense on my site for the last year and have yet to break the $50 mark.

Andrew Koblick February 7, 2007 at 11:21 am

The list drops off pretty quickly.
It looks like you have to hit a home-run
just to make $10K.

Though when you look at the time spent it
still can be profitable.

I just spent a couple of hours tweaking
my ads after reading an article and added
$5-6 per day. All things remaining constant
that is $1,500 more for the year.

REBCO February 12, 2007 at 4:28 am

I’m start to count days when I got the same.

biggi February 14, 2007 at 10:02 am

I am shocked by such fees!

mister scruff February 16, 2007 at 6:22 am

note how plentyoffish is very sparse with the ads – they arent in your face. in other words, user content is king on that site. no wonder his traffic levels are enormous.

Bryan Baker February 20, 2007 at 3:15 pm

You should be on this list soon John…

Queentorrent November 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

The best money I have made on Adsense was on pages having to do with specific high value advertising. For instance, I am working in the automotive category now, the pay is really good. A couple years ago I was writing political articles and the pay sucked.

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