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What has helped me...
What did not really help me...
(I realize the things which did not work out well for me probably do great by some people.)
About the work...
I have given them more impressions, clicks, higher CTR. Some months it looks like I am on track to meet my goals, but then WHAM, they cut the ECPM down big time.
I add pages galore... I have SEOd until I couldn't SEO anything else, yet it all averages out to the same...
Last month Google started adding tips to the Adsense homepage. My tip was to get rid of the ads in my competative ad filter. This came just a couple days after I went over my site with the adsense preview tool picking out all the MFAs I could.
Instead of being praised by G for my efforts in removing bad Adwords customers they said it was hurting my earnings...
So, I emptied my filter. For a couple days my income increasd. I was like "wow they were right" but then just as suddenly... WHAM. Back to the same or lower number than before. Last month I earned a few hundred less than the month before, even though I emptied my filter, added pages, and removed poor performing ad placements.
So far this month is looking WAY worse than last month, but knowing G they will kick up my ECPM by mid month so it all averages out to be about the same as always:(
Can you tell I'm frustrated? In normal jobs you see benefits when you work harder. In this job I work harder and longer, but I can't even find out exactly why my efforts don't produce a higher level of income. That just ain't right...
but I can't even find out exactly why my efforts don't produce a higher level of income.
Adsense requires a different strategy than affiliate programs. With affiliate programs there is usually no penalty for nonconverting traffic but the same isnt always true for Adsense because of the smart pricing factor. With Adsense sometimes more traffic hurts you if it is not very targeted or on a noncommercial topic.
With affiliate programs there is usually no penalty for nonconverting traffic but the same isnt always true for Adsense because of the smart pricing factor. With Adsense sometimes more traffic hurts you if it is not very targeted
Here's my take on that. My main site is a forum, with lots of repeat visitors. Repeat vistors who view the same banner ads over and over without clicking is no different than a commuter driving past a billboard on the highway over and over without ever contacting the advertiser.
It's all about name and product recogition. They don't care that you're not going to run out and buy that day from the billboard advertiser, they care that the message is firmly implanted in your brain and that you will seek out their product when it's time to make a purchase.
Our websites are no different than billboards.
I feel small publishers (smaller than big players such a national media outlets) get the raw end of the deal in MANY ways. We don't know exactly what it takes to earn more money, we get banned without any "back and forth" communtication with "G" and in my case their optimization tips just flat didn't work.
I got the advice to put some more ads on each page. I thought that advice was an April's fool, honestly, because it arrived at April 1st, and adding more ads on my pages definitely wouldn't make sense, because Adsense revenues are not my primary intention. Less than pocket money, currently.
congrats for reaching your goals, mt1955;
Would you be so kind to tell us some details about
- age of your primary website
- average yearly growth rate
- average number daily uniques at present?
Just rough figures, don't violate any TOS.
80 $$ a day is a respectable sum for a young person without family and children to make a living and solely concentrate on his webprojects. I'd suspect there's many students and other younger people following this forum. Some might neglect their studies or other duties due to the illusions drawn from such success-stories. I do not want to be too negative, but we all have the responsbility young people don't ruin themselves.
Second - Thanks for sharing your experience
Third - If I may ask - and I apologize if this is off topic - How do (most) people here make money from their websites?
Are most people running "store front" sites and drop shipping merchandise?
It sounds like you write content of some type which in turn (hopefully) drives traffic to your website then generates ad revenue from Adsense on a pay per click basis?
How many hits (and/or clicks) a day does it take for a site to generate $100/day in Adsense revenue?
Would you care to recommend a subject(s) to base a site on?
Comments from all are welcome and greatly appreciated.
... growth rate?I didn't get Google Analytics until March of 2006 so I can't give you the whole history. I do know I have over 10x the traffic now that I had in December, 2005. In December of 2006 my sites got forced off the shared server I had been using for 6 years and I had to migrate to a dedicated server.
Would you care to recommend a subject(s) to base a site on?
My Goal is the same however I don't commite hardly as much time in it as you do.
- When I reach it I plan on Paying some bills off starting with the MBNA mastercard bill I have been carrying from a google adwords campaign that I just got a Notice in the mail from the Superior Court of Justice Richmond Hill Claims Court. My adsense income stoped last time when one of my last websites got banned 2 hours after mentioning it in this forum. Of Course when I start making this a day, This will just be chump change.
[edited by: jatar_k at 5:31 pm (utc) on May 10, 2007]
[edit reason] no specifics thanks [/edit]
Sounds Fair Right?
Or do all of our actions have no concequence when we work for google.
And I believe that number is fair I pick and have achieve it in the past however I Notice at google as soon as it come time to "Check Time" to pay its affiliates all too often.
"Invalid Clicks" are suddenly found and nothing paid. Help me understand why it is Google Exists.
The number I picked is fine and very achievable since I have done it before however at the end of the month google always seems to cancle all accounts that make over 800 a month.
Its commonplace for the employees that are based in these 3rd world Countries that get paid so low to get jealous of paying out large amounts. However this goes hand in hand with googles highering practices. A strategize used excesively by a religion of the past.
Thx for the figures.
I was interested in growth rate only in so far as
1) age of domain is a very important ranking factor at present: Other people - even if as passionate as you - might not acchieve such a goal until 2015 if they started today.
2) A young student might be interested in getting to know how long it might take to make a living from adsense or whether he'd better continue reading books.
Seems a similar ecpm like on my site though I have far less visitors. This suggests, that it is the topic, which you are primarily interested in, not the revenue. I'd speculate you did not do very much to optimize adsense revenues by adding more adds or twinkering background colours an such things, but instead concentrated on content and user-benefit. This is always the best long-term-strategy.
4 mio unique visitors in one month: Even if you account for half of that being spiders and other machines, this means that presumably every day a hundred thousand people spend some seconds or minutes of their lifetime on your site. A great responsibility for you.
There are companies, which spent thousands of dollars to place a small TV-spot in a show with 100.000 visitors for a few seconds. Google pays 100. The decline of the traditional mass media has not even really started.
Good luck for your further projects, and don't do evil.
So let me be clear I am nobodys friend here I just want my 50,000 dollars back from losing investments in search.
Site with unique reasonable quality articles about 500 words each on different verticles like finance, education, marketing did not work for me.
OP said he has 4 mio uniques per month on a very limited niche-subject, the topic of which I did not even find in my dictionary, with a page covering a couple thousand articles I assume. You claim to have "quality content" on three very broad and highly-competitive topics, which require seven years of university studies EACH to get a limited insight into the nature of the topic in general.
It is easy to write something about anything. But whether what has been written is of any quality, has through all centuries been decided by others: By (amount of) quotations in scientific papers, by links to your site in the internet age. And google is getting better day by day to decide faked backlinks from honest ones.
I did not read what you had written, so I must excuse if I am totally wrong, but it sounded as if; and I doubt anyone will be able to become an expert or authority on all three subjects you mentioned.
I seem to be having problems loging into my Adsense Account are all adsense accounts comprimized or just mine?
And there IS money out there, quite a lot actually. Google is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition to grab it, just helpful.
Even new sites with the all new content (Off-course made for adsense)are not doing anything at all. Google anylyze sites they r made for what..? if it is really something not made for ads, will do good, but if it is made for GADS, hardly you can earn a good amount even after a good website with content. Its all different pictures for everybody...
@Mt1955: Congrats on your achievement! you didn't mention much on how you grew your website traffics. writing good content and visitors will come by themselves? (your content must be REALLY good then...) or, is there other promotional method?
@Matrix_neo: are you suggesting that website focus on a single niche works well for you?
Thanks for the wonderful thread! this surely motivates more google adsenser to work harder. (means more competition? :))