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I started doing some research and found some better ways to layout my site and the change was dramatic. It increased my click through rate by 300%! I made the change on July 5th and last week my site is now back in the top 10 and I've averaging over $80 per day, my highest ever.
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Keep working, believe me with your hard work you will get there. I doubted first, but always kept the focuse and hope and trust in God.
As a side story though I found as soon as I reached it (took 3 months to do) that it sat there for another 3 months and i was pulling my hair out then the 4th month in I jumped way up again, I have come to find out that it was google sandbox issue basically but man I was sure someone at google didnt want me ever getting to the $200 mark.
How many clics on the ads? What format of Google Ads do you use?
I can't divulge this info. Against the TOS. But I can say that the best performing ad size on my site is the large rectangle.
It's funny, when Adsense first came out I gave it a try by putting the 468 x 60 banner ad on my site. I didn't try to blend the colors or anything. It performed horribly, people were just ignoring it. I think I pulled in like $20 a day or something off of 10K visitors/day.
So I dismissed Adsense just like I had dismissed Valueclick for underperforming. It wasn't until about 3 months ago that I started looking into it again after hearing about so many success stories.
I learned that you have to blend the ads into your site. As soon as I did that, the revenue started taking off.
so the main lesson I've learned is that it's really all about testing, testing, testing. Don't dismiss something just because it performs poorly at first. And of course you have to strive to continously increase traffic to your site.
BTW, if anyone lives in the Bay Area, CA, I'm trying to put together a group that would meet up once or twice a month to discuss internet marketing, adsense, SEO, and anything else that will help us learn to make more money online. (I'm not selling anything by the way, this would purely be a learning and discussion group)
If interested, please IM me.