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I dont have time to sort which country is better than the others. I just blocked all Asian countries and some countries in Europe, then i saw a spike after a couple of hours. then it stayed there on top since then.
Here are the countries that I chose: US, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, Scandinivia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain.
The best thing is to continue experimenting to see what works best but make sure to save the original page first before you overwrite it.
Where do you get your traffic?
It helps to be a phone call away from your server people, as it needs to be tweaked from time to time.
Hope this helps.
Worked well with both blocking countries that just used brandwidth and targetting ads and content to the relevent users.
Made an admin system for it as well, so the guy i made the site for could easily remove or add the countries he wanted.
The database was 50$ i think for a year (with updates to the database from time to time), and it was well spend, decreasing brandwith from "non paying" visitors. And pretty easy setup if you know just a little about php.
If you have an extremely bandwidth-intensive site (or are paying far too much for bandwidth) then it's conceivable that the costs outweight the revenue from such countries, but IMO the resulting loss of goodwill, loss of visibility, the loss of inbound links will almost always make this a losing proposition.
[edited by: jomaxx at 4:30 pm (utc) on July 4, 2005]
Where did you see this "spike"? Are different ads now being displayed, or different ads being clicked on, because your mix of users has changed?
I think it would be wiser to increase the exclusivity of your ad space by reducing it. If you were a newspaper that only had 2 pages of solid classifieds and you were the top newspaper in your town then you can charge a premium for listings. If you're a crap rag that features any old dross then surely you'll get just that- the rubbish that nobody else wants; including lower revenues.
Advertisers want to promote themselves, you want to promote your earnings. You have to give, to gain in this world. BTW, I'm not flaming or picking on any individuals, just this strange mentality that is going around.
Aspiration : People in poorer countries may not have the disposable income we have, but they may aspire to having it; likewise services we have here like better medicine etc should be in reach of all (do you not agree?). The internet isn't just in America, it spans the Earth. Google Ads are provided for advertisers to advertise their products and services to a wider audience, capping that hurts the advertiser who will pay less because the ROI lowers. You are effectively starving yourself.
Crude Censorship : If my second language is English do I have less right to enjoy your content (assuming your content is in English). Similarly, is my capacity for clicking links that interest me reduced simply because your content is not in my native language? I'm reading about iPods, Apple are advertising iPods; can I click the link please because I've never seen one before.
Get down off those pedestals, you're all so high it's making you dizzy. I really can't understand this mentality of producing websites solely for income from advertising programmes. Then to cap it all you block some of the very people that can make you that money, then wonder why Google throws you out because you're treating them and their advertisers like your #*$!es. Doesn't this smack of the get-rich-quick kids of 2000? Wake up baby, smell the coffee, that era has gone. Don't bite the hand that is quite clearly feeding you. Find better ways to help that hand feed you more.