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Is it worth it for me to put effort into Making a Site for AdSense?

 6:17 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello everybody!

I'm new here. I'm trying to make money from AdSense. I started a <snip> website with articles on how to program. I just wrote 7 articles. I also created a free wallpaper website. I get like $3 bucks a month and I guess that's ok for now. I do not like my websites and going to redesign them and add lots more content.

I just want to know if all the effort Im going to put into this is going to be worth it. So I want to ask you guys...

Around how much you make a month per website only from AdSense and what kind of website is it?

You think my websites can give me at least $500 monthly if I put enough effort into them?

[edited by: martinibuster at 1:45 am (utc) on Aug. 26, 2008]
[edit reason] No site reviews allowed. See TOS. Removed specifics. [/edit]



 6:45 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

That's like asking if you can make $500/month selling widgets door-to-door.

It's possible, but it all depends on the widgets you're selling, your personal work ethic, your market, your location, the economy, etc. Far too many variables to give a yes/no answer. People here make tens of dollars/month with AdSense, others make hudreds of thousands of dollars/month.


 6:49 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

if I put enough effort into them?

Yes, you will need to invest effort, but effort does not guarantee results unless it's accompanied by serious market savvy.

It's important to work hard, but it's even more important to work smart.

Make sure (1) you're working in a topic area that attracts enough advertisers to be worthwhile, and (2) your site will attract the kind of users whom advertisers want to reach.

A site offering free wallpapers would probably score poorly on both counts.

Invest some effort into market research before you do anything else.


 6:50 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

In the cases you mention neither site is catering to people who want to buy anything.

The first is aimed at people who are looking for information, the second at people looking for free things, so they are not exactly a great market for advertisers. They are also in subject areas where there are a LOT of other very large and well known sites. As a result are thus unlikely ever to generate very big revenue.


 7:49 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

thank you all for your replies.

can you tell me what is your website about and about how much it makes a month?

is there a topic you guys can recommend for me to write about?

i love coffee, so i was thinking about writing articles about coffee. what do you think?


 7:59 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

You'd probably make more money if you wrote reviews of different types of coffee and coffee makers - because the people who would be attracted to your site would likely be the ones who are looking to *buy* - you want people to find you who are actively looking to plunk down money for something.

Informational articles about coffee might be interesting to coffee lovers, but they might come read your articles and then what? They go away.

But review a bunch of different types of coffee, or more particularly, coffee makers, and you'll get some ads, you might be able to find some affiliate products to augment the site, and you'll be offering something of value to prospective buyers just at the time they're looking to buy. win-win-win.

can you tell me what is your website about and about how much it makes a month?

is there a topic you guys can recommend for me to write about?

In general, we don't discuss specific niches here. And you can't really expect anyone to want to create their own competition by giving you niches to look into, nor share personal earnings info. But you'll get lots of help in a general sense; it's up to you to apply it to your own particular areas of interest.


 8:12 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think a good starting point for you would be this topic:


 8:13 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

yes i understand.

i wasnt looking to get ideas so i can compete with those subjects. i just wanted to have an idea of what to expect from adsense. people keep on saying that they make thousands of dollars, and i know you can do it, but it doesnt look very achieveable. maybe before you started you also thought it was kinda impossible, then just decided to try it and you realized it work. but from my perspective im kinda skeptic, but im trying to see if i go into the believers group or not.

one of the sites i have, the one about programming articles, i added the capability to add comments to the articles and many people thank me. so i think they are kinda quality articles. right now, just my 7 articles (i know they are just a few, i plan to add more), i get about 100 visitors per day, but like 1 click per week.

maybe you are right and my readers are not looking to buy, but they also get ads for programming books and tools that will help him achieve what they are reading about.


 8:14 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Caffeine and non-caffeine coffee may be an avenue to explore. But thinking about it, that's a site I'm going to open tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.


 8:49 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

not giving you any more of my bright ideas (frown!) haha


 8:53 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hey, I want a cut!

You can absolutely have quality content that just doesn't draw a lot of adsense income. My first AdSense site is a type of event site - and free events at that - but I didn't build it with monetization in mind; it's been up for almost ten years. I just decided one day if I was going to get as much traffic as I was getting, I might as well throw some ads up. But the people who come there are definitely not looking to buy anything, they're looking for something for nothing. So as a percentage of my traffic (which is huge) my earnings are pretty low.

I have other sites that do better on a per visit basis, even though they don't (yet) have the traffic of the first one, because they're more focused towards capturing someone in the mood to spend some money.


 9:14 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

wow! how many sites do you have?


 11:32 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

but from my perspective im kinda skeptic, but im trying to see if i go into the believers group or not.

Some people make a lot of money with Adsense, more people make some decent extra money on the side, and the majority don't make much. It's like anything else in life. It depends on work, talent and luck.

But it's not a matter of believing or being skeptical. Take basketball: A few very talented ones are called to be pro and make tons, a few more get an appreciated scholarship, and most just play for fun.


 1:04 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

If I was you, I will do it just for fun, enjoying what you are doing every day without thinking in AdSense. Only in case your site is growing up and having a little room in this vast Internet World, then you can start to thinking in getting money from your site.


 1:44 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)


In the future you may want to consider reading previous posts as you may find similar discussions. ;)

Good luck.

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