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I run an educational site on my server, and the ongoing deal I have with the content maintainers for my work on it is that I get to have full control of the left hand side (about 160 px) of every page on the site - there's a couple of thousand pages.
The site gets 2m - 2.5million page views a month, from 1m unique visits.
Geo traffic split is 50% US, 33% UK 5% Canada, 4% Aus, rest split amongst other English speaking countries ie NZ and Ireland.
Predominant age range is 14 - 18
Curently just running a couple of Adsense strips, bringing in a page eCPM of around $1.40
Obviously the young age group rules out some of the more lucrative advertisers. As the traffic is split mainly between UK and US, would need a network able to do dynamic geo targeting.
Anyone know who might pay $2 per 1000 or more?
Question: Have you tried Adsense Adlinks? They don't work for everyone, but for the sites they work for, they work very well. Give an Adlink a good long trial run in a defined section of your site--it seems to me that it can take a while for the program to figure out the best phrases to show.