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6:05 pm on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just a rant ;~)I am beginning to wonder if adsense is even worth bothering with any more. I mean what's the point of expending hours of effort only to get clicks worth .01-.09 cents? I know in my case the hours would have been better spent making money another way. I don't depend on adsense for my income, but it certainly has not been worth the effort put into it tweaking pages, removing non performing pages, adding pages of new content etc.... for what I get out of it per page.
6:10 pm on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, that is a very low figure you're describing. I would be depressed with those numbers. Do your pages mention products at all?
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Some look for higher paying clicks, I seek more traffic.

Getting $100/day is as simple as 1,000 clicks @ $0.10 ea.

6:31 pm on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There are clicks around at $1 a time, youve just got to look for them

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8:21 pm on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Quit tweaking and start getting your site known.

Submit everywhere you can, ask for link trades or back links, etc. Remember with 1 link to a website that is #1 ahead of you is you, going piggyback to the top. More clicks to your site that way and if X sees that Y, a presumably popular site, lists you then others will link to you without asking. Put a bookmark this site/make it your homepage script on your page...don't be shy, all's fair as long as you keep it ethical.....try to become a household word. How?

Someone posted, I'm sure jokingly, to aim for pregnant women with broadband. Lots of forums out there about all types of subjects to join and actually participate in plus most will allow links.

You can figure out the best type of individual to aim for, the above was just a 'for instance'.

Good luck,

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My sites average about 9 per click, but you know what? I don't sweat it. Like the others here have mentioned, go for traffic and constant site improvements. I don't sell any products directly, so I look at every penny that comes in as nearly pure profit. I don't buy traffic and my only overhead that I wouldn't have anyway is the low monthly hosting fees and the one-time domain registration fees. Get links from related sites... never stop. The more you get and the more relevant the sites they're from, the more traffic you'll see over time. It's not rocket science.
8:41 pm on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have been getting about 15 cents per click. Sometimes more on weekends.
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It's also possible that google never intended the adsense model to be a replacement for your day job!
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What is wrong with .01 to .02 cents a click....

10 clicks thats 20c that comes in at $73 for the year.

Pays for your hosting, aim for 20 clicks and then you are in the profit.

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I wish all the people who make those made for adsense scraper sites felt like that and stopped making make for adsense scraper sites.
10:09 pm on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Lovejoy,

How many pages do you have on your website?

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Remember with 1 link to a website that is #1 ahead of you is you, going piggyback to the top...

Sounds interesting, but I couldn't quite follow this. Do you mean getting a link from a website that is above you, or linking to a website that is above you?

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this thread just adds fuel to my fire - that we don't have the ablity to block low-paying ads,. i don't care how you look at it... i could better use the ad space for perhaps better earning ad/networks.

of course we will likely never see google add this feature but i am going thru great lengths to finding and blocking these advertisers..

i refuse to waste ad space on my site like this.. like i said, i would rather use this space for better earning ads..

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Rover,
If you can get the #1 site to link to you or trade links with you then your site name in their link list is up there #1 as long as that persons website remains so even though your site may be on page 50 in the serps.

Plus it gives a bump to your prestige with other sites looking for someone to trade links with or an authority site (like yours) to link to..Some links you may never know you got.

I have thousands of people who visit me from bookmarks and links from other websites so don't discount return traffic.

Once they finish reading they will usually click an ad to go read somewhere else, sometimes even make a purchase before leaving.

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but i am going thru great lengths to finding and blocking these advertisers..

Be careful with this!

Across my site the SAME exact ads can pay between 7 cents and 50 cents. It has to do with what keyword combination triggered the ad with the different content from page to page.

So... it is not always a low paying advertiser. Sometimes they just bid less for certain keywords within their campaigns. I've seen this phenomenon consistently, so I never block advertisers for this purpose alone.

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I guess I must be one of the lucky ones getting $1 - $2 a click. I hate to think would would happen to me if (when) the price drops!
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> I guess I must be one of the lucky ones getting $1 - $2 a click. I hate to think would would happen to me if (when) the price drops!

everyone gets good clicks now and then.

basically my point is when i get these 3 cent ads i'm actually loosing money because i could be using that space for my other advertisers that pay more.

if we were able to set a price to only allow ads that meet a threshold then when there aren't any ads available i could swap them with my ads..

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"basically my point is when i get these 3 cent ads i'm actually loosing money because i could be using that space for my other advertisers that pay more."

That's your solution then, dump adsense.

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Yeah, I am starting to get some good clicks. In the last few days I've had one just below $4, and quite a few in the $1-$2 range. I must *finally* be doing something right!
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With all due respect, if you are not satisfied with adsense remove it from your sites is that easy. Then just use another ad netword if you think will genrate you more income.

Adsense is free to join and free to quit, no long term contracts or something like that. So If you think Adsense is a waste of time, space and money, quit using it and problem solved.

In my case I found myself google as a great tool for making extra money and in the long term, why not a full time income. But that's just me.

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[qoute]everyone gets good clicks now and then.[/quote]

$1 - $2 is not now and again - it's constant. My revenue per click has never dropped below $1

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If you can get the #1 site to link to you or trade links with you then your site name in their link list is up there #1 as long as that persons website remains so even though your site may be on page 50 in the serps.

Ah, I see what you mean, thanks very much Ann. That's an important point, and I'll need to work on that more.

I make sure that my sites get on the major directories, and specialized niche directories for a similar reason. Because I have found that there are sites that actually create links to relevant resources, without thinking about PR, ranking, search engines, etc. They actually will use directories to help create their list of relevant links. So even if the clickthrough from the directories isn't always high, there are other benefits.

Anway, I didn't mean to get this off topic...

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Maybe you've tried this, but if not, here's a suggestion: Use channels to see if there is variation around your site. If you can isolate pages/channels that get the low clicks, then do something else with those pages, and keep AdSense where it pays better.

My site average CPC is decent, in the middle double digits, but there are pages where the CPC was well under ten cents (and the CTR was poor too), and they have AdSense code no more. And on the other hand, there are other channels that consistently perform better--I try to write more pages like those.

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A nine cent click today is nine cents more than I had yesterday, and I didn't spend any time or money to get it, so what the heck.
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To Make a little Sense,

I currently have about 50 pages, my main site has been number #1 on Google off and on for the last three years and lists within the first five results on all the other major engines under its most relevent keywords. Clicks in my category used to pay over a $150.00 are now less than .05 cents.

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That last post should have said "Clicks that used to pay $1.50" Not $150.00 ;~)
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smart pricing? I thought it is gone!