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Optimizing Adsense on a blog?
Jarodboy




msg:1346022
 11:30 am on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I tryed to use search but a got an error, so please forgive me if there were a topic related to this.

I would like to know what is the best way to optimize my blog in order to have more clicks from my visitors.
I'm having about 1k visitors a day and less then a dozen clicks...
What should i do? Which type of ads are the best for blogs?
Should i implement Google Search on it too, or it's not worth it?

Excuse my english, i'm from Portugal...

 

Jarodboy




msg:1346023
 5:57 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nobody to help me? :s

hunderdown




msg:1346024
 8:11 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

AdSense doesn't work well on a blog. People come to the blog to read the blog, not looking for a product or a service.

I had been running AdSense on a "monthly column," which brought the same people back to see it again and again. Very low CTR. Now on those pages I've concentrated instead on moving people elsewhere in the site.

The new CPM advertising that AdSense announced recently may help. You should read about that, and then wait and see.

Jarodboy




msg:1346025
 10:06 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't ask for much money, it's just a help to my wallet...

Another noob question, how long does it take to receive the cheque of March after i seen the approved payment?

The cheque was dated April 25th, that's the date they send it to me, is that right?

tlainevool




msg:1346026
 10:13 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hunderdown said: "AdSense doesn't work well on a blog"

i wouldn't agree with this. I run a website that lets people share their AdSense revenues and there are some blogs that are doing just fine. I think a lot of it has to do with the topic of the blog. You also need to experiment with the best ad layouts, positioning, and colors.

weela




msg:1346027
 12:27 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

"AdSense doesn't work well on a blog"

I couldn’t disagree more. "blogs" come in many shapes sizes and colors. What defines a blog? The software used for delivering the content? The content itself? If I take the content off of a "website" and create categories and post titles that match the originals and upload it all, do I still have a blog?

To me a blog is more of a "personal journal" and with that descriptor I would agree with you, but more and more "blogs" are evolving into serious news sites, or even online-magazines, which do quite well with conventional forms of advertising.

Just my 2cents.

stuartmcdonald




msg:1346028
 12:54 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just posted this link over on Affiliates - may be of interest here as well as it is interesting how few of the "big" blogs are using adsense (no to say they aren't making loads of cash...

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[edited by: Jenstar at 1:56 am (utc) on April 28, 2005]
[edit reason] Sorry, the TOS doesn't allow blog links [/edit]

oziii




msg:1346029
 1:50 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm the blogger behind the blog that that link (which I suspect will get deleted shortly) points to.

I've done some extensive research into blogging for an income and am a big believer in it. I know of numerous bloggers who are pulling in 5 figure incomes each month and myself own 20 blogs that fully pay my own income.

So I'd disagree with hundredown - blogs can make money - big money.

It is all a matter of choice of topic - as with any website.

Personal blogs, political blogs etc probably won't make as much using Adsense as other topics (although they can do well with impression based ads if they generate enough traffic - and some get 400,000 visits per day that I know of).

But if you choose a topic about products or services a blog can do as well as any other type of website in my opinion. If you're smart with the way you design and write content for it.

superbird




msg:1346030
 1:27 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've got Adsense on my blog, and CTR and CPM are respectable, I just don't get enough traffic to make it work (am just negotiating investment to change that)

One thing I think is relevant to this thread is the Adsense in RSS feeds that G is rolling out. At least half of my readers read through RSS, and because there's no easy way of serving targetted ads I'm losing money.

I think once I get that going, my CTR will go up as well because targetting will be better once the bot is looking at one post rather than all of them.

hunderdown




msg:1346031
 1:55 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

OK, I shouldn't post late at night. Yes, some kinds of blogs can do well with AdSense. But the typical blogs, which tend to be personal or political, aren't well-suited to AdSense.

As a sweeping generalization, sites that have a steady stream of visitors looking for information about specific products or services will tend to do best with AdSense.

If your blog is about products or services, then you've got that kind of site.

Jarodboy




msg:1346032
 7:56 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok after getting to an agreement that blogs can make some revenue...
What should i do to optimize my blog? What kind of ads result better?
Thanks

hunderdown




msg:1346033
 7:59 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

You need to experiment. Try different positions. Try different ad types. Try different colors. Make the ads blend in. Make the ads stand out. Run each different variation for a week, make notes, and go with the one that performs best....

Jarodboy




msg:1346034
 8:11 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well...For what a read at here i had learn that.
I'm trying to find out with others who have adsense on blogs, what does better to them, so that i can try it myself...
I'm not very good with Html, is just getting started to learn so trying diferent things on my own will take a little longer im afraid...
Excuse my english, I'm from Portugal.

henningh




msg:1346035
 5:15 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm brand new to AdSense (just set up my account yesterday) and I got it just for the purpose of using it with my blog.

I'm having a problem with what ads are being displayed. I have a site about topic A. Of course, there are lots of things within topic A that can be discussed, call them X, Y, Z, and W.

The problem I'm having is that I have an AdSense block on my main page in my sidebar, and all the ads (there's even a charity ad in there!) are about W. This is really annoying! What about all the other content I have? I also have AdSense on individual blog entries. When you click on a blog entry, you see just that entry and two AdSense ads. That works fine. Clicking on a blog entry about X will have AdSense ads about X with it. The really frustrating part is that when I click on each and every one of my blog entries, they all showed relevant AdSense ads that I'd love to see on my main page, and NONE OF THE ADS WERE ABOUT W.

I've recently blocked a couple of the websites advertisers about W but it hasn't taken effect yet. I'm afraid, though, that I'll get a bunch of charity ads.

This is a WordPress 1.5 blog, if that makes any difference. (Am I allowed to mention that?)

Any ideas? This is quite frustrating...

Thanks in advance.

henning

Nikke




msg:1346036
 5:52 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Don't blog about blogging.
Don't speak of your blog as a blog.
Try to remove all blog references from your posts.
Also, when you reference another blogger, try to speak about it as a column or site.

Or else, all you get is AdSense ads for blogging apps.

Also, try to use a setup where you don't publish all entries on one page. Try instead to divide your blog into categories, where you publish a snipped, about 350 characters, from each post.

That way, the full page will at least have on-topic ads, and presumably also the category pages, even if the main page might get some blogging ads.

jretzer




msg:1346037
 5:54 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I made $450 last month on my two blogs using AdSense alone.

My traffic in total amounts to about 2500 hits a day.

Neither is in one of those "premium" topic areas that people write (mostly because I have no idea what those areas are -- not enough imagination on my part, I guess)

I have set up another blog (using WordPress) where I have written about my experiences in using my blogs to make money. (A nice, recursive loop, that). It gets virtually no visits, but I mostly think of it as a way to keep track of all the things I've learned for my own purposes.

If you send me a message, I will tell you the url.

henningh




msg:1346038
 7:08 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot, I've already removed some of my references to blog, and I'll do more. But the problem isn't that. The problem is that AdSense displays ads that are relevant to a very small subtopic of things I discuss, instead of all the things I discuss.

Even doing a search for a non-word, and getting an empty results page, turns up better ads than I see on my main page.

Should I have created a separate topic for this? Maybe I will...

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