londrum - 2:16 pm on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I would love to cut out the learning curve or at least the biggest blunders and be able to focus my efforts on what works long term.
i think the worst mistake that people make is that they think of a subject, before they think about the ads.
you need to pick a subject where you know there's going to be plenty of advertisers. and then you've got to think about what the ads are saying.
if you want to make a living out of it then it pays to avoid the seasonal stuff too. because you dont want your earnings dipping for 6 months of the year.
if all the ads are selling flowers (for example), then its no good just sticking up a load of pictures of flowers, thinking that will make the ads appear -- because that is only half the battle. the advertisers want people who are actually going to BUY flowers. not just people who like looking at pictures of them. so your site has got to be focused on trying to pre-sell the flowers.
that is the secret to making money with adsense, i reckon. you have to focus on pre-selling what the ads are selling, in such a way that makes the user want to visit your site first before they make the purchase (to research the purchase).
it's all got to be worthwhile info though -- useful and original stuff. otherwise you'll just end up as an MFA.