Jon Gales is a 19 year old and runs a blog using Movable Type. It’s called Mobiletracker.net. According to the webstats available from his site he gets about 8000+ unique visitors per day which is well over 200,000 per month. He delivers about double those stats in pageviews. His site has a PageRank of 6 and according to his archives the site has been operating since at least February 2003.
He runs one Google Adsense ad at the bottom of his site. Currently Google sends him cheques for about $5000 USD per month for the clicks that AdSense banner brings in. Not bad for a 19 year old still living at home.
This is a great example of a good quality site with a solid niche built up over time that targets an obviously lucrative market for AdSense/AdWords. Building a site that brings in 8000 unique visitors per day is not easy, but certainly attainable. Anyone that builds up good content, has a differentiation strategy and a focus on a niche market AND sticks to it over time can have success of this magnitude.
Fortune: Jon Gales loves Google, but not for the reason you might think. It’s a terrific search engine, sure, but what Gales really likes is that Google is making him money. Gales’s website, Mobiletracker.net, is a compendium of news and reviews about cellphones that after a year and a half attracts about 200,000 users a month. Google supplies the ads for the site, visitors click on the ads, and because of the site’s popularity, Google sends Gales monthly checks of $5,000 or more. That’s a decent chunk of change for any sole proprietor. But for Gales, the numbers are eye-popping. He’s only 19 and lives expense-free at home with his parents in Tampa, posting four or five items in the course of the day while parked on the living room couch with his laptop. Says Gales: “If things keep going the way they are going, I’ll be making more money than my dad next year.”
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