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I've tried all the tips I've found for AdSense, but I'm still only making a couple cents per day.
I've tried all sorts of ad placements/types and I still average about 1.0% CTR.
Also, I can't really target a higher-paying keyword because all I can really think of is "breakdancing", "dance", and "hip hop." None of these keywords will earn me much at all.
As far as content goes, I've tried my best. There's really not much content you can make based on breakdancing. I've written a ton of breakdancing move guides, I have original content (such as a list of MySpaces for famous breakdancers), etc. Most of my content is on my forums (such as the move guides, etc.). Heck, I even wrote a "Battle Network" script for breakdance battles online which took me several months to complete. I even made a "Move of the Week" section where I post up a new video every week - which is very high maintenance, I'd prefer to not have to worry about finding a new clip every week.
So I'm stumped on what I should do. Should I give up? Is anyone in a similar situation? Any tips?
Any help is appreciated.
[edited by: mack at 2:19 am (utc) on Jan. 1, 2006]
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I spent a lot of time at Overture's keyword suggestion tool so to discover what keywords, even remotely related to my topic, were being searched for the most. I then developed pages based on these keywords.
In the early days my site was about one thing but in reality probably most of its pages were on subjects just to the left or right of being directly on topic, but I was drawing traffic.
Since the early days I have now filled in the voids and have the majority of my site's pages directly on target.
I also spent time back then looking at the bids on Overture. I didn't just create pages for the big money keywords in my topic, I just looked for keywords that had any potential at all to be marketable at any level. In fact, one of my biggest money making topics today is one where I get a ton of traffic although as an Adsense keyword it pays very modestly. (And this is one of those keywords that is slightly off target for my site's topic, but I wrote some good content and the search engines love it.)
While I know that your main topic itself may not involve big money keywords possibly you can add pages for slightly off topic things like where to buy hip hop records or hip hop clothes or such. Maybe the side topics are that which you do so you can continue to do what you love (your main topic).