FitnessGames(dot)us Strikes Gold – How I Got On The First Page Of Yahoo out of 314 MILLION results!

Today I found a surprise when I looked at my Adsense account – a domain of mine, FitnessGames(dot)us had made $31.48 and that’s as of 1:45 PM – there is a whole second half of the day ahead! While this has been one of my consistent money-makers it isn’t making $30 a day…until now! So of course I’m suspicious at first (as you always should be) so went-over to Analytics to check-out where the traffic is coming from. Much to my relief I found the traffic is all coming from Yahoo search – specifically the term “fitness video games.” I went to Yahoo and typed in the search string and there I was – on the first page, third from the top! In fact I’m outranking Shop.com and PriceGrabber which means my site is now in a very valuable slot!

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Just today I’ve received over 1,200 pageviews! So what happened here? Well, given that Christmas is getting closer by the day and Wii Fit is a hot product, people are looking for fitness games – and of course they’re searching online. I picked-up this domain around the time the Wii Fit came-out however it isn’t until now that the trend has literally exploded and my rankings along with it! A domain that was making me a reasonable income is now on-pace to make around $1,000 in the next month if this trend continues! Yes – it’s only day one but I have over 120 domains of which around sixty are on the first page of Yahoo or Google and the day they hit is always the beginning of something big.

Now am I just going to sit-back and collect the money? Not yet! When a domain gets to this point there are lots of little tweaks I apply to make sure I am maximizing the revenue the domain can provide. As I said I make thousands of dollars a month domaining, not tens of thousands, but every time a domain like this strikes gold I get one step closer to my goal of making five-figures a month with domains. Mark your calendars, December 14th is the day I got one step closer! This same experience has happened to me around sixty times…how many times has it happened to you? If not feel free to have my company design a site for you – we have great prices and put a big focus on SEO and Monetization so your sites will rank well and generate revenue!

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  • Sammy Ashouri December 14, 2009, 3:42 pm

    Awesome! I experienced something similar last month and have been procrastinating at blogging about it.

    You always read about it not worth optimizing for Yahoo–bunch of crap. Free traffic is free traffic… bing, google, and yahoo–all worth it! (and ask).

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  • Ed December 14, 2009, 3:52 pm

    Amazing! I’m just new to your blog and am finding a lot of interesting articles! I hope you do reach the ten of thousand mark soon.

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    • Morgan December 14, 2009, 4:29 pm

      Thanks @Ed – hope you enjoy the blog and thanks for the comment!

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  • Chris Robbins December 14, 2009, 4:20 pm

    I wouldn’t tweak it too much. I just watched this video intervie over at mixergy.com (and if you haven’t watched all the videos there you should as they are endlessly informative and inpiring). This particular one called, “How A Kid Earned $2 Mil Before He Could Legally Drink – And The Shocking Way He Lost It – with Andrew Thompson” offers this warning:

    “As the site got more “Google juice,” it got more traffic. Pretty soon he was up to about $200,000 in revenues. At 18, he was a millionaire. He bought a house. And a car. And another car. And a truck. And presents for girlfriend. And pretty soon the money was running low. But he didn’t worry because the revenue kept coming in.

    Then one day he did something that seemed like the right move, but it made it all go away. He improved his site. He improved it so much that Google considered it a whole new site — and dropped him in the rankings. That’s when it all went away.”

    Here’s the link (and sorry for the long comment): http://mixergy.com/andrew-thomspon/

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    • Morgan December 14, 2009, 4:30 pm

      Thanks @Chris – that is good advice. I usually do small tweaks as any big changes can definitely hurt the site. That being said after reading this article I think I’ll hold-off a few days so if the traffic does fall-off at least I’ll know it wasn’t my fault πŸ™‚

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  • Jamie Zoch December 14, 2009, 4:31 pm

    You also rank # 3 on Yahoo for just ~ fitness games ~ no quotes are nothing … which to me is even a better keyword. 498 Million results for that one!

    Congrats!

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    • Morgan December 14, 2009, 7:05 pm

      Thanks Jamie! Excellent point and definitely adds to the food news πŸ™‚

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  • Greg Slaughterbeck December 14, 2009, 7:46 pm

    I am very fond of the dot us extension and this encourages me to develop some of my stronger dot us names. Congrats on the traffic and revenue, may it continue at a faster pace!

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    • Morgan December 15, 2009, 10:08 am

      Thanks Greg – dot us has always been very kind to us πŸ™‚

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  • PPC Ian December 14, 2009, 11:35 pm

    Morgan,
    What a great post – congratulations! I really like your excitement, it’s contagious! It’s really interesting to see you finding such success on Yahoo (and with a .us domain). Typically, Yahoo takes a bit longer than Google to rank in organically because they place such an emphasis on site history. It seems like you have found the secret sauce. It will be very interesting to watch the Yahoo/Microsoft partnership as it hopefully materializes and how it will affect organic search results (as of now, Bing is slated to power the organic and paid search results). Congrats again and thank you for sharing this awesome story!
    Best,
    Ian

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