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7:11 pm on Dec 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ok, riddle me this...

I had a channel 'ABP' that received 89 impressions, but 0 clicks which results in a 0.00% CTR but my Page eCPM is $0.12 & I was paid $0.01 for all this so....why?

Why would I get paid for only giving impressions & if that's the case, why not create a website dealing with hot college chicks or Osama Ben Laden so that you run up a high impression rate & get paid for it or, am I missing something.

(Sure, I realize that you can make money off the ads, that's the whole point but..)

7:21 pm on Dec 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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a website dealing with hot college chicks

I think somebody already did that.
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Fortunately, two things keep me from creating a hot college chicks website: 1. My wife & 2. My marriage to said wife...

Any clues on this situation? I another channel that pays without clicks.

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...pays without clicks.

CPM ads.

8:01 pm on Dec 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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...pays without clicks.

CPM ads.

CPM ads for findhotcollegechicks dot com
8:47 pm on Dec 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Definitely CPM ads.

But to answer the question... "why not create a website dealing with hot college chicks or Osama Ben Laden?" ... it's because Google probably won't allow Adsense ads on sites with those topics.

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Since when is he called "Ben"? I always thought the name was Bin, like cgi-bin.
9:38 pm on Dec 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ben sounds more friendly

Ben sounds like someone you could bring round to meet your mum.

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a website dealing with hot college chicks
I think somebody already did that.

Off topic: Isn't this a wrong idea? If someone else did the same type of site doesn't mean yours would not be successful.
If a very popular site like let's say youtube makes $1 million a month then it doesn't mean you would be unhappy with only $10 000 a month with a similar site you made.
I see this very often "- Wait, I cannot do that*, someone else already did it". So what?
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I think wyweb was just being a little jovial and I think it was supposed to be taken more as a joke....that's just how I took it though. :-)

Of course you can create sites that are based on the same topics of others - if it was otherwise we would have Monopolies left and right! LOL

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But those sorts of sites don't get CPM advertising, so they're not exactly the cash cows you would think.

I seem to recall that this was a great business model up until 1997 or 1998, by which time advertisers were already wising up to what was obviously a bad deal for them.

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I think wyweb was just being a little jovial and I think it was supposed to be taken more as a joke...

Well, yes and no. Anything that's already been done, depending on the degree to which it's been done, the doers who are doing it (particularly their level of expertise with regard to SEO), the depth of their pockets in terms of advertising budgets, etc, is going to have a direct impact on your ability to get traffic to your new website.

It would be a nightmare if I were a legitimate webmaster who had a genuine message to bring to the internet concerning Mesothelioma. If my area of expertise was actually debt reduction/consolidation, I'd have a hard time right now getting traffic to any new website that promoted the same. Why is that do you suppose? It's because a huge number of people have already done it and some of those people know a thing or two about getting websites noticed. They've already done it and they've already done it to death. If you want to do it too, this is something you should be aware of.

I'm certainly not saying you can't or shouldn't do something that's already been done. The web would be a boring place if that were true. The level of success you have in doing something that's already been done is definitely going to be impacted by how many other people are doing it though. Oh yeah. It's a law of physics, I think. "A body in motion will be crowded out by other bodies..."

I had a channel 'ABP' that received 89 impressions, but 0 clicks which results in a 0.00% CTR but my Page eCPM is $0.12 & I was paid $0.01 for all this so....why?

Another possibility is that stats don't always update simultaneously. You may actually have had 7 clicks for those 89 impressions but, depending on the time of day, you may not have been seeing your overall totals. The fact that you say "was paid..." tends to discount this theory but it's a possibility and I did want to take a shot at getting back on topic here.
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Okay, yes, I had already inferred this is what you were getting across as well. (nice post by the way)

I was just pointing out that you weren't being completely serious about not starting a new website; and like you said, of course you would be effected by websites of the same type that are already established. I guess you would have to weigh your benefits and expenditures, time, etc...and figure out if it would be worth it to go out for a certain website/topic.