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Means: all 10 sites that I got live now account for 150,000 unique page views, the best site pulls in 50k.
Far ways to go...
Does Google News help a lot?
Yes. The articles posted on my site get to Google News in around 8 minutes, no more than 10. For example, soon after I posted the news about the new worm e-mail. It was the second one on Google News this morning (NZ time) and the site had more than 1000 visitors coming from Google News, in a short period after this.
Note that they do not get all applicants. They don't get blogs or aggreagators. In summary your main content has to be news.
Does anyone have any UK figures they would like to share, I feel we are not far off being considered a "big" publisher in the UK with our PPC partner and wonder if that figure would be negotiable with google if you are a regionally based site?
I'm not sure that being a "premium" site has any real advantages if you have a strong niche site with a reasonable clickthrough rate and decent earnings per click. It seems to me that a premium arrangement would be most useful for a general-interest news and entertainment site or other high-traffic, non-niche site that's hoping to negotiate a CPM deal with Google.
A site about world widgets will cover everyone interested in widgets from everywhere.
A site on European widgets will cover everyone interested in those.
While a site on French widgets will cover everyone interested solely on French widgets.
France is still very big, how about Albanian Widgets or even smaller Corsican Widgets...
Now a site for Britney Spears Widgets :D that one will get you traffic LOL