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Personally, I wouldn't add a picture add on a page that's main purpose is to show your picture.
Are your adds targetted? I came across a site with lots and lots of pictures, but the google adds where completely not about what you could see in the picture. So if the adds are out of context, your visitors won't be interested in reading them.
Here's one possible cause: traffic comes to my image pages from links and searches on keywords like:
widget pictures; photos of purple widgets; pictures of big widgets; etc.
Those coming to my website DO SEE the appropriate pictures for their searches along with a wide range of ads for widgets. But there are no ads for "pictures of widgets", which I presume that many visitors would click, and without which, my CTR will stay low.
Basically, one thing that's quite effective to get relevant ads is to use the url.
If you use http://example.com/showimage.php?id=123, you won't get relevant ads if the page itself contains few content.
If you use http://example.com/showimage.php?id=123&title=purple+widget, chances are high that you will get ads about purple widgets if the page contains few content.
A search for "pictures of 1998 Sports Cars" brings up your page of images for 1998 Sports Cars. On that page are AdSense ads for parts, manuals, wheels, restorations and Sports Cars for sale. A great range of ads that are associated with the theme of your page. However, the visitor only wanted to see - for whatever reason - pictures of 1998 Sports Cars. He got what he wanted, is finished with your site and didn't click one ad. Why? Because he was only looking for pictures. If there had been, say, one relevant ad "click here for 1998 Sports Cars images", most visitors might have clicked that one ad, looking for more images.
Adding text to the above page may enable it to be found in the search engines on searches for "1998 Sports Cars". Given the same AdSense ads as in the above example, you could expect some clicks. However, this is a lot more work than simply presenting images on a page. And you have the added complexity of SEO'ing the page in a much more competitive environment in order to have a chance at decent traffic.
Image pages seem like a fast and easy way to AdSense riches. However, for the overwhelming majority, that won't be the case. My advice would be for you to think long and hard before investing any time at all in image-based web pages. Unless you can put up large amounts of cheap domains with free images you find somewhere, the resultant CTR's won't produce much revenue and it'll just be a huge waste of time.
Anyone had any experience using adlinks on an image page, if so were they successful in reagrds to CTR and ECPM
Absolutely no problem whatsoever with either normal ads or Adlinks however to be successful you must complete your titlebars and all metatags and keyword descriptions along with the image alt tags.
Then you only need to add a one line description above or below the image. This, of course, assumes that you are going to display an enlarged image on a separate page as opposed to the general thumbnail style of page.
The thumbnail page still needs all alt tags completing with a generalised titlebar however with, preferably, all the image descriptions in the keywords etc too.
This will pay huge dividends vis-a-vis your competitors, assuming you have any?
I have two core sites each with 1,000+ image pages like this and nearly all rank #1 and have great targeted ads however, knowing your site, I wonder what kind of ads would be shown?
Vacation ads, security ads, residential ads?