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Was it changing where you placed the ads? the colors? the size of the ad blocks? adlinks make more than skyscrapers?
I've learned so much from the webmasters in this forum and I would like to thank all of you for the education, the knowledge, the experience that you come here with and are willing to share.
To start off, in my case, it made a large difference when I went from my first contrasting color ads, to blending in the colors. The left column gets more clicks than ads in the right column and the 728x90 adlinks at the top blending with your navigation does well also. Most of these things were learned right here at WW. Thanks again!
for myself....was a combination of two things
1) changing colours so background was same as background, no border and links the same colour as links throughout the site.
2) changing design to use medium rectangle right in the middle of the page (for home page), with the text flow down the right of the ad. i was cautious with this at first but if you get the design right it works really well and combined with number 1 isn't too intrusive.
i am very interested by the removing lower performing pages / ads. i currently use adsense on all pages (60ish), ranging from just adlinks to 3 units per page. how do I tell if SmartPricing is having an effect on my earnings? eCPM's are always quite low.
i currently use a large affiliate program too for a couple of different ads but have earn't zero from this so far, and these are taking up valuable ad space. considering removing these all together at the start of next week and monetising with adsense (website has time-limited life period due to subject).
Just want to thank everyone for clueing me in on Smart Pricing. I removed Adsense from around 50 old pages nobody was reading and my PPC has gone way up in the last two days. I was getting 5 cent and 10 cent clicks. Now I am getting 30 cent and even up to $1 clicks.
I removed Adsense from around 50 old pages nobody was reading and my PPC has gone way up in the last two days.
On 250 pages, there is a standard banner sized ad displaying either two text ads or a banner image (mostly it shows text). Its at the end of any article, usually near a text link that matches its colors. So those pages have two text ads mixed with the content, and the aforementioned four text ads in the sponsors/advertising area on the side (two ad blocks total, with six ads)
I can only track channels for some of the main pages, otherwise I don't think I can create 250 different channels for each article to determine the CTR. The four ads that appear on the right make up about 40% of ad revenue for the site. Since they appear on every page, should I consider removing them to see if the CPC improves via just the two text ads that appear on most of the pages? Will decreasing the number of ads on the site improve the quality of ad I get, and subsequenly the overall revenue since the two content ads have a higher CTR?
Think about it. If you write a killer article about your specialist subject that everyone links to then you boost your traffic X fold.
So what are you to do? Spend 2 hours working out how to boost AdSense revenue by 20% or spend 2 hours writing an article that will double your traffic today and probably provide you with 1000% more traffic over the next year.
I feel that most people reading this thread though would benefit from my advice because I am *guessing* that they aren't at that stage and that doubling their traffic is probably easier at the moment than doubling their AdSense revenue from optimization.
[edited by: zampik at 8:01 pm (utc) on June 15, 2006]
I have 6 sites and I just don't feel like working on all of them every day. Some of my sites I don't touch for months. But nonetheless the earnings of these sites have about the same ups and downs as some of the sites I do update very often. One site I haven't touched for 6 months. For the past four weeks revenue for this site has risen 25%.
Sometimes you just can let visitors, advertisers, Google and time do the job!
1. Use larger ad formats, especially the square ones. The higher up on the page and the closer they are to useful content, the higher the performance.
2. Blend the colors of the ads with the colors of your site (specifically, the link color). Lose the borders!
2. Eliminate poorly performing ad blocks or investigate how you can increase their performance by increasing the quality of the page(s) on which they reside.
3. Continue building quality pages and letting people know about your site (via blogs, forums, e-mails, etc). One of the hardest things to do is get traffic, but a link here and there on some relevant blogs will go a long way toward introducing your site to new visitors.
4. Prodigiously (but smartly) use channels to track your ad block performance.
5. Read the official AdSense Blog.