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Should I Give Up On Adsense?

 5:19 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Should I give up all hope of ever earning a steady income through Adsense? I ask this because, since the close of last year, my earnings have been depressingly low. Whereas one time I would have consecutive days where my earnings have been around 6-7, I am now lucky if I earn even 2.00 a month! What on earth is happening? Have Google reduced the earnings potential or something?

I have now set up a new site, a singles/dating directory, in the hope of augmenting my earnings. However, so far, not seen a significant return to the previous level of earnings.



 5:48 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Well okay, I don't know what your niche is, but for example, the singles/dating directory - there are already tons of those, are you doing anything really ground breaking there, or just trying for whatever scraps fall your way?

There are a lot of variables; take a look at the post pinned to the top of this forum.


 8:55 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Should I give up all hope of ever earning a steady income through Adsense?

Yes, if you expect steady income using AdSense, then give up, or at least give up on the idea that the income is reliable in any way. Do it for extra income, and nothing more.


 9:46 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Find a better niche. Its something you keep working at, expect lots of failures, but don't stop trying. You can turn that 2/month into 2000/month. But not in your present set up.

Could take a couple years of hard work.


 10:03 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's taken 5 years for me to be earning a steady, fairly reliable income that pays for a comfortable living (although that could change at any time). I would say that 99 of 100 things I've tried, with Adsense and in other areas, do not work. It takes preserverance and trial and error to make anything work. Don't give up.


 11:05 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think a lot of it is luck with finding the right niche at the right time with the right competition level. After that it's talent, knowledge and hard work. Knowing when to quit a niche or persevere can be difficult. Make sure it can either become very popular in terms of traffic or profitable in terms of commercial interest. Getting those two together is the holy grail.


 11:09 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm going to say +1 on the perseverance, determination and not giving up.

I'll add a statement on how I've evolved and where I believe the golden trail lays. Provide undeniable value for the end user and the money will follow. I haven't proven it yet, but I'm convinced of it. Its been said by many minds greater than mine, and reinforced all over the web. Innovate or do your niche (hopefully one worth being in) better than your competition, stick to it, and float to the top.

That's the principle that I now live by. My "adsense" sites were closed down. I'm now in the second month of developing an "asset". I'm stubbornly convinced it will provide value, and therefore value in return.

So even though I say perseverance, determination and don't give up. At the same time I would suggest an evaluation of what you are offering with your hard spent time.


 2:06 am on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Research shows it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in any given field. Keep trying.


 3:34 am on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Some niches are simply not made for AdSense monetization.

I buried a big music project of mine (> 5 Mio PIs/month and around 60k registered members) 2 years ago because it hardly paid the hosting costs. 5 years of development and we dropped it.
It was too much work to maintain, we did not want to keep on going and the price we got offered for it was way to low for all the work we spend.

Sometimes you have to cut the cord if your focus is on the business site of a project and it is not paying off.

Today I run several health forums and could live from it if I wanted but I like being a paediatrician so quitting my full time job is not an option for me.


 6:29 am on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

>>Some niches are simply not made for AdSense monetization.

i agree and it's not just adsense, it is any advertising.
if companies don't want to advertise in your niche you are on a non starter.

you need to understand how publishing works, imagine a print magazine, do you think they just publish articles they like? no they don't, they'll be selling ad space opposite the article before it's even written in some cases, and if they can't sell the space they don't publish the article.

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