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Not bragging here (in case someone is 'jealous' or offended...) Just want to do a survey on how well this works for everyone.
The one thing that would concern me about G setting a minimum revenue threshold for sites to be involved in the Adsense program would be the temptation for fraudulent clicks just to stay in the program.
I think an even bigger concern is the use of fraudulent clicks to earn money, period. :-)
I was referring to Amazon's Associates program, not to Amazon in total, and the welcome competitive threat that Adsense poses to the Associates program.
It's true that many mom-and-pop Web sites may switch from Amazon to AdSense because of the higher returns. And who knows: Maybe Amazon will need to up the ante if it wants to continue earning revenues from its Associates program.
FWIW, AdSense and affiliate programs aren't mutually exclusive. On my site, affiliate links continue to produce excellent revenues despite the presence of the AdSense box, and I'd guess that other sites are witnessing the same "peaceful coexistence" of affiliate programs and AdSense.
Don't forget that each ad may have a different bid--and in some cases, the bids may be far apart. On a New York travel site, for example, an AdSense ad for "Manhattan hotels" will almost certainly fetch a higher price per click than an ad for "Buffalo motels." Add in the fact that bids will vary by the day or even the hour (as bidders' daily budgets are exhausted), and you've got an environment where revenue can go up and down fairly dramatically unless your numbers of pages and impressions are big enough to smooth out the average.
Currently my traffic is low enough for a 20/80 distribution, where 20% of my clicks make 80% of the income. I have to add that my site covers a huge number of topics as it's a directory, and I get some clicks as low as $0.02.
1) People's Vices (Gambling, etc.)
2) Words where people are usually ready to buy.
3) Words where someone stands to make a lot of money on a success. After all, if they make $13,000 per person who uses them (although, perhaps "used" should refer to the clicker, but...), they can certainly afford a few $4 clicks.
No, I won't tell which one I am, but I think you can get the picture. :)
x% average click-through, with range of 0.7x-1.25x% depending on the day (no, I'm not going to say what x is!) If I eliminate the two most extreme days, the range is 0.72x-1.17x.
$y average CPM, with range of 0.55y-1.5y. Again, if I eliminate the two most extreme days, the range is 0.77y-1.31y.
$z average $ per day, with range of 0.63z-1.38z. Eliminating the extremes leaves 0.72z-1.37z.
CTR %: 0.72x-1.17x
IMO, the above ranges are fairly tight, considering the huge potential difference in the value of any given click. In other words, in my experience at least, throwing a large volume of traffic at AdSense leads to fairly consistent results over time.
If its the page in your profile, I just got
"The page cannot be displayed"
Could have been losing yourself a fortune in the last two hours ;)
Actually it's not, that site was a temporary box I had running here...unfortunately it was hacked and I haven't taken the time to restore it since that website really wasn't doing anything useful yet...
...I'll be changing my profile link to something more relevant now :)