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I've read some inspiring posts regarding Adsense earnings I was wondering if some of the more experienced Adsensers could post the one thing that made the biggest (positive) difference to their earnings (excluding increase in targeted traffic).
ie. Ad placement, multiple sites
I'm sure others as well as me would appreciate this and it is coming up to Christmas ;-)
Thanks in advance.
The single most profitable thing I've done [with Adsense] is to use Adlinks on pages where I also have a regular set of ads. That one thing added about 40% to my income. They don't work that well for everyone, but they sure worked out well for me.
Another good idea is to pay attention to the heat map when deciding where to place ads on your pages, it'll help you put them in the best location.. But I wouldn't and don't sacrifice my page layout or content flow just to get the ads in a better location. In my opinion there's a balance between ad location and user friendlyness that needs to be found.
Here's a link to the heat map [google.com]
And here is a link to a long thread full of tips from this summer... "Share 3 Adsense Tips" [webmasterworld.com]
[edited by: ken_b at 3:36 pm (utc) on Dec. 6, 2005]
And as Frequent commented, don't get caught up watching your stats all day long. As they say, "A watched clock, never moves."
Although it is a good thing to check your stats "goal number" at least a couple of times a day. What we focus on expands.
Good luck reaching your goal.
You can do it!
1 Decreased number of adds per page
2 Took adsense of poorly converting pages and replaced with Affiliate programmes related to season or hot areas at the time
3 On new sites or upgrading existing sites tested use of hot spots and tried to implement in original web site design
4 Used channels to understand most productive areas for growth of business ( NOT WHAT PAYS HIGHEST ) but what has growth potential and is in my own area of expertise
a good example would be I know very little about the M word so why try and develope content targetting that area
Each of the above taught me a lot about the best use of my time and marketting space and were helpfull to me not just for adsense but maximising revenues without losing my original concept of what i wanted to achieve as an entrepenuer
Don't create more sites than you can handle - better to create 4 sites that you update/add to often, than 6-8 sites that you are spread thin on and don't get to update that often - people will take a look at spread-thin sites and move on. Updated/Quality sites, they'll bookmark and come back, or refer others. Plus having a lot more content on fewer sites helps with relevant ad targeting.
As was said - don't watch stats. You watching stats is not going to make them go up. If you spend that "stat watching time" adding new content, your stats will go up. You can always go back later and look at them.
Putting incomplete sites up, regardless of the "under construction" signs went out years ago. Nobody cares about what your site will offer in the future. Unless you can produce the winning lottery numbers in advance, they aren't going to bookmark it and keep coming back to check.
Is it better to place one adsense on the top of the page, one on the bottom of the page, or both?
There's no rule that applies to all sites. I find that one vertical ad block, top left, starting where the content starts, does best for me. Others do well with those square blocks. Some do well with one, others with two or more.
Secret: You have to try out different things.