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3:02 pm on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi i've just been running Adsense for about a month.

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.

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Add new sites, your income is more stable
3:15 pm on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The biggest change in my stats came when I stopped watching my stats every hour and just concentrated on developing site (new and existing).

I expect another big jump if webmasterworld ever goes down again. ;)

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Hi pmidds;

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]

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I expect another big jump if webmasterworld ever goes down again. ;)

This is very true for me. Being WW addict is sometimes unproductive :-).

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I find that goal setting is a key ingrediant to success with adsense. Pick a goal of how much you think would be a good number of dollars to shoot for. Think about that number first thing in the morning, when you're working on your website/s, and before you go to bed at night.

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!

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The 4 thinngs I did that affected earnings

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

steve

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The three most important things to be successfull are:

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5:02 pm on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Diversify - Better to have a few sites with different topics, to weather the ups and downs of various parts of the year.

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.

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One other thing - don't put a site up unless it's complete and ready to launch with actual content. I see too many people make this mistake - you want the first impression to be the best, and certainly not the last.

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.

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"Share 3 Adsense Tips"

Thanks for providing that link Ken_B - which means, darnit, I'll be spending even more time on WW ;)

12:00 pm on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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regarding jump in earnings please read my experience here [webmasterworld.com...]
6:12 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone shed some light on a question I have about Adsense placement?

The questions is:
Is it better to place one adsense on the top of the page, one on the bottom of the page, or both?

Thank you in advance.

Ken_B you had a couple of good ideas I am going to try. Thank you.

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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.

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The key is interactive web development. Make a useful site that people visit repeatedly.
8:57 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the help :o)
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The biggest change for me was when I replaced the skyscraper on right side with two leaderboards; at top and at the bottom in my forum. It more than doubled my revenue. (The site is not only the forum, but teh change had big impact)

So the heat map works well.