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getting clicks on ads

 5:18 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't understand it. I realize my site is still small and i am only averaging probably 180-200 hits a day. But, why is it i barely get 3 clicks a day? My ads are targetted and stuff. They al hold content relating to my pages but I am just at a loss here how i get such a low cpm rate. any suggestions?



 5:45 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are you getting 180-200 hits or pageviews?

Those 2 can differ quite a bit. If you are getting 200 hits, you might only be getting 100 page views.

If you are getting 3 clicks on 100 page views that is good for some publishers.

There are publishers who get less than 1% CTR.

Search around the AdSense forum as there are tons of tips to get a higher CTR.

Also, what type of site do you have?


 6:02 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a site archiving thousands of wav sounds files from movies, and television shows. I am really not 100% on my hits, i know i get over 150 "page impressions" a day. I cannot find a good way to track visitors on my site :\

awall19s brother

 6:13 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

whats the site name ill look at the ad placement. I am pretty good with ad intergration with blogger. I can look at see if i can make a suggestion


 6:17 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

It could be that your visitors are looking for freebies. AdSense is likely to work best when visitors are researching something that involves a purchase--e.g., when they're reading product reviews, planning trips, searching for information on mutual funds or insurance, etc.


 6:29 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Work on your site, change and test your ad format and most importantly, do not give up ; )

awall19s brother

 6:35 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

ok ill give you a example i just opened this blog it prolly wont make much money off of it with adsense but the ad placement is spammy but intergrated so well people dont even mind it. i am making all my blogs with ads integrated like this. <snip>

[edited by: Jenstar at 3:43 pm (utc) on Jan. 14, 2005]
[edit reason] No URLS as per TOS, please! [/edit]


 6:52 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

No URL drops. It will get snipped.

Sounds like your site is probably not made for Adsense. Adsense is most appropriate for thematic sites with plenty of original content.

If you site is audio/video files, well, that's not great material for Adsense, I wouldn't think. Try an affiliate program instead.


 1:26 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

thank you all, ill try some of these things and can anyone recommend a good affiliate who will most likely accept me?


 3:50 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you had more traffic, I'd suggest going with a traditional banner network. An affiliate program isn't likely to work any better than AdSense if your visitors are just looking for free downloads.

In any case, it will be difficult to earn significant revenues from any source without a lot more traffic or a more commercial topic. Assuming that you plan to stick with your existing site and topic, you should be looking for ways to increase your page views.


 4:20 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

what do you suggest for a more commercial topic? nothing is too big. i can make pretty much anyhting in html. just not good with coding php and that such yet. so any suggestions on a better topic?


 7:08 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Find a topic that you know something about and can develop into an authoritative Web site that will attract significant numbers of people. And don't think of AdSense as a get-rich-quick scheme--for every publisher who's making a good income from AdSense, there are countless others who are making little or nothing.


 8:44 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

As EFV says, adsense isn't a get rich quick scheme. It relies on you having a content rich site, with a good number of visitors - and that's down to time, patience and commitment to the site, and not the idea of earning money.

My site started off as a personal interest site, and was online for 2-3 years before I started Adsense. I started adsense to contribute to the cost of hosting the site, and after a year of adsense, the hosting is paid for every few days. So if you have found an interesting topic, then I think it proves that it doesn't necessarily have to be commercial to make you money.

I would say that different schemes work with different content. I tried various affiliates and made a total of 0.20! You might find that affiliates work better for you than adsense does. You can have both on your site, but beware that both have TOS you need to comply with or get booted.

Sorry I can't reccomend any affiliates, as none of them worked for me! That's down to my site content and not the affiliates though.

I realize my site is still small and i am only averaging probably 180-200 hits a day. But, why is it i barely get 3 clicks a day? My ads are targetted and stuff. They al hold content relating to my pages but I am just at a loss here how i get such a low cpm rate. any suggestions?

The ads may be totally relevant, but that doesn't mean visitors will click through to them. I've found that some pages on my site will have a good clickthrough, and some will get virtually none, despite the ads being very well targetted. I only put ads on pages where there is a reasonable return nowadays.

Also, there are so may variables you can't control that any statistics are up and down like a tart's knickers. Don't take too much notice of any one day's stats - look at the longer view. Some days the bid price is high, and clicks are low. Some days the clicks are up but the bids down. Some days it's a public holiday in some obscure continent and nobody much visits, despite high bids and good clickthrough. Just go with the flow!

awall19s brother

 9:03 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree. Like I said in my emails with you. My sites only 6 months old and i got maybe a total of 5 or 6 clicks a month. I made a total of 6 bucks and some change in december. Right around mid december i changed my ad layout. Now halfway through January im at $11.50 . Now my goal this month is to make 20 bucks. I think I'll be able to do it. February im hoping for 30. It's a slow going thing. But you need backlinks my friend. I didnt find any for you. Think about SEO. <snip> Anyway your site needs more content for one. It all falls in line as long as you do it right. Get good content. Good links to you. Results will = better Google pagerank which in turn will get you better search engine results, because Google takes note of pagerank when determining SERP. Theres more than Pagerank of course but its important. Work on getting better Content. Use headers. <snip> WEll good luck and email me if you have any questions.

[edited by: Jenstar at 7:56 am (utc) on Jan. 16, 2005]
[edit reason] No promotion, as per TOS; language [/edit]


 7:58 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

thank you all for this. But, what exactly are the backlinks? I am sort of lost on that part. And I am jsut looking for alil bit of money, nothing huge or anything. I realize I will not get rich quick or anything.


 8:04 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

hi donkeybreath,
backlinks are where another website links back to your website. Search engines (can) use this as a large part of their ranking formula.

The idea being that if lots of other websites link to a particular website then it might be a particularly valuable resource.

If you are going to look into linking strategies then you should look through the forums for a while as getting the right links takes a lot of time and patience and there are 'get links quick' schemes that you'll probably want to avoid.


 8:14 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

> February im hoping for 30

I hope you don't get disappointed - February only has 28 days. ;)

awall19s brother

 9:35 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Dang forgot. Well anything close to it and ill be happy.


 11:30 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Im sure you can do it. il give ya a click a day ;)

awall19s brother

 11:49 pm on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

donkeybreath have you thought about submitting your site to directories?


 12:50 am on Jan 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

i have :P of course. google finally updated my site. The description of it was wrong and i changed it and it took forever to update. I used <snip> to search for it and it is #1 on that keyword, although not many sites really with that keyword :P . I am trying to get it ranked higher on other keywords. it doesn't even make the top1000 on others :(

[edited by: Jenstar at 7:55 am (utc) on Jan. 16, 2005]
[edit reason] No specifics or keywords, as per TOS [/edit]

awall19s brother

 8:04 am on Jan 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Dont worry I have a site that ranks #2 on canadas msn and yahoo server but not even in top 1000 of google. My sites only 7 months old.

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