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There is no justice in doing the right thing. Google is in no way rewarding content providers as it should. Instead it rewards spammers, MFAs, scammers, domainers and quick buck artists to a much greater degree. Every dollar that is sucked up by leeches just in this for the money, is another dollar out of a real publisher's hand.
It stinks and it is time for honest publishers to complain loudly.
There's plenty of information here at WW to help you make this work. It's unlikely that anyone is going to put it all together in one public thread though. Dig through the old threads, read a lot, find the pieces, you'll learn a lot more that way.
Aside from that, you've chosen a pretty competitive sector. Getting traffic is going to be tough if you are relying on the free serps.
That means get ready to do some heavy duty PPC spending to get traffic or maybe buying links on other sites that would send you traffic. I suppose you might be able to get some free link exchanges going, but I doubt that's likely to be easy on a topic like this, at least if you expect traffic to come from the links.
When it comes to PPC (like Adwords) you aren't going to make it if you spend too much money and end up getting 16 cent clicks. That doesn't mean it's impossible to do this with PPC, but it would take very careful management of your PPC spending and a very good understanding of how to make it work for you.
Frankly, I think you've chosen the hard way to make Adsense work for you, especially if you're new at this. I might point out that we get a certain number of posts in this forum from webmasters who have apparently gone too far and crossed the line of the Adsense TOS and gotten kicked out of Adsense for their efforts.
As others have indicated, it might be better, or at least easier, to start with something less competitive.
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I'm going to try it myself. It won't be a totally useless site (I can't bring myself to do that), but it will be a site based only on subject matter designed to make money, even though I have little or no interest in it and most of the content will be stuff you can get from other sources too (no, I'm not going to steal content!).
I'm not going to violate any of the AdSense rules either. I don't think you have to.
If I can build a better MFA site than most of the other MFA sites (and that should not be difficult), maybe I'll make a few bucks. It shouldn't take more than a few days to throw an SEO optimized site together and have maybe 50+ pages of content. It won't even be a link farm!
Back to the topic:
Mangonet, I guess you have not optimised your keyword well enough. I had been trying out a few keywords sometime back, and the same keyword fetched me more than a dollar for the only click I got.
The fact of the matter is, inventory on high paying words gets bought up quickly - and the odds are, you are going to end up making the same amount per click (give or take a few cents) as any other site you run, but you won't have any traffic.
Not a good business plan IMO.
However, the website I have now is extremely uncompetitive and my site is in the front page og Google in less than two weeks. Though, I'm not making too many cents because it is a forum and monetizing forums is a bit difficult.
So that's the global attitude and reason why the web search industry is in the state it's in? I'd love to see Google fall - and it can happen to anyone....
MFA = Made for Adsense
sites with no value for the user, other than the ads
I'm going to try it myself. It won't be a totally useless site (I can't bring myself to do that)
Maybe there can be such a thing as QMFA.:)