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I am considering usign Adsense instead of the aweful banners I am using now and was just wondering what revenue (roughly) i could expect.
i.e. does anyone have a ball park figure of the money generated per 1000 pages with adsense for a targeted audience?
According to awstats my forum gets ~10000 uniques a month and ~300,000 to ~500,000 pageviews.
Before I added an articles section to the site and tons of articles I made enough to get a gumball everyday. A big one not one of those itty bitty chinsey ones.
After I added articles and added a ton of them and learned how to get my stuff indexed properly I get enough to go out and get a big mac every day. No fries No coke. just a big mac. Maybe I should use the dollar menu at mcdonalds instead.
I'm getting around 10,000 unique visitors a month
I get 10K+ uniques a day and I'm guessing (based on my daily ca$h) you will probably pay your hosting bill and get a nice bottle of scotch each month, but thats about it unless you have some real high paying ads for music.
Relying just on Adsense is silly. You may want to consider also reselling music for someone like amazon as I make a serious chunk of change every month from them, and toss in a couple of music affliate programs. The cool thing about amazon is visitors follow a link for some industry specific book off my web site and next thing you know I also have commissions for everything from baby furniture, to microwave ovens and a digital camera :)
Once I figured out that making money via adsense was about trying my best to make content that poeple desire I really started making gains. All that training and time to learn how to make cool widgets and I find out its about how well and how much you can write in the end.
Oh well.. I got a great day job as a result at least :-)
Its a labor of love for me. I know I could make more money on other sites and I even have plans too, but I just want to make this site.... my first one pay for itself at least.
Based on what people have said and what people are saying in other forums, it seems as though Adsense is worth pursuing.
My site is a community-type site and the forums are very active, so revenue will be low with the current content.
However, I plan to research the highest paying subjects such as music copyright and law (thanks Sobriquet) and start producing original content, based on these. From what I can tell, not only is content king but content targeted at a high CPC rate is King.