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Anyway, if the goal of the portfolio is to attract web dev work, then I would forget about AdSense. It's a totally different animal. You need a fair amount of traffic before it pays more than pennies. I'd encourage you to do some reading up on AdSense so you can see for yourself if it's a fit.
I have tried it on a politics site with not much success.
Opposing politicians bid on each other's name as a keyword so you can end up with unwelcome ads on a page.
For example, consider a site to promote John McCain for President. It attracts McCain supporters and has the word "McCain" a number of times on the page.
Hillary Clinton's campaign bids on "McCain" as a keyword and Hillary ads show on the McCain site. Not only is it not likely to generate clicks, it will frustrate the McCain supporters.
It can work, if the ads are for complementary products, but more often than not tends to look cheap.
The other day I landed on a hotel website with Adsense plastered on it, filled with ads for what seemed much more appealing hotels than theirs. They earned pennies from my clicks, one of the advertised hotels got a booking worth £80.
Who won? :)
Thanks Koan but what do you mean by sarcasm detector lol? I am serious about being new to this Google AdSense and slowly finding out more each time.
So the more traffic you get allows you to make money off it, is that right?
So who puts the ads on your website you or google and is it only google ads or can you have anyone who is willing to pay?
I did some thinking last night, came up with a few ideas and a target market/audience that may help me in generating traffic but I need help in how you make money off this google adsense? Is the traffic that important to make money off it or is there a price that you charge people for allowing these ads to be on your website?
I signed up and waiting for google to send me some stuff. So long does it take to process through?
Maybe write an article site that's worthwhile with good information for DIY types, and run Adsense on that.
If you have enough work to not take clients, or may not be for other reasons at the moment, like concentrating on another area, sure - run something if the traffic is there.
You could also write up some interesting stuff and link to it from that page, with a call to action at the end of thre other articles/pages. Adding content can never hurt, and linking to it is doing something else on the portfolio page.