30th November 2006 - my most memorable birthday gift.
I woke up on my 28th birthday and rolled over to check my laptop, as I always did, to check how much money I had made.
That year, I had created a network of 2000 websites and gotten them to rank in Google for all sorts of keywords, in order to generate ad revenue. I was feeling good, as they had generated over $1,000 the previous day.
When the report appeared, I froze.
Reported revenue was $0.00.
I checked my traffic report, and my sites had received no visitors.
They were all dead.
I felt cold even as my heart raced.
There must have been some mistake.
But even as I scrambled and my mind struggled to look for hope, I knew what had happened.
I searched for my websites in Google and found no trace of them. They had been purged.
Hundreds of hours, months of work, completely erased.
I felt horrible, empty - but worse than that, I knew it was what I deserved.
I had created no value - my sites were junk sites filled with recycled...