Blogger Interview: Mark Wielgus

Todays interview is with Mark Wielgus. Mark runs the blog 45n5 is the home of the now infamous Make Money Online Top 100 list. Mark also runs the ad network

  • Question 1: In your about page you state that you started your 45n5 site in October
    of 2005 and made over $1000 in the month of December 2006. Care to share
    what an average month clears you now?

    When it was hobby money it was fun chronicling the adventures. I keep
    my earnings to myself now 😉

  • Question 2: Are there any specific experiences related to the rocket-like success of
    your Top 100 list that you’d care to share?

    Create something cool and let people know about it. Promotion was the
    key to the top 100’s success.

  • Question 3: You recently pushed out your ad network,, which is quite the undertaking. What growing pains have you had to overcome that you
    didn’t expect? Also, originally the network was to be named
    Why the name change?

    The name change came because I thought ShowYourAdHere was more viral and not tied to an initiative by the search engines.

    The biggest growing pain was actually doing the initial programming.
    I worked on it two weeks straight night and day to get it started.

    Another hurdle was figuring out how to do a hosting setup that
    wouldn’t lock up websites if the host went down. I’m now using DNS
    failover and 2 hosts. They aren’t completely redundant, however they
    won’t return a dead page now should one host go down.

  • Question 4: You recently made the decision to try and post a video post every day.
    What helped you make the decision to go video? And was it worth it?

    I have missed one day already which I’ll make up soon 😉 I enjoy
    video so I wanted to do more of it.

    I wish more blogs would do video. I want to create the type of blog
    at that I would want to follow, therefore it for sure needs a
    bunch of original video.

  • Question 5: Do you feel that your location in Kentucky, and more specifically your
    distance from the heart of silicon valley, has any negative effects on your

    It has some good points. It’s dirt cheap living. I can still
    communicate with the same people around the world. It’s central to
    most of North America.

    Business wise it’s a good bet living in Kentucky. Personally Kentucky
    is way too conservative for me.

My thanks go out to Mark for participating in the interview and for giving some really great answers. You can go see the Make Money Online top 100 at or check out the best revenue share ad network at

About Shane Ede

Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.


  1. Thanks for the interview 😉

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