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I have traffic to my site, but at this rate I will never buy a Ferrari with cash!
The cheapest Ferrari I believe is about USD 200k. At the rate of 0.03 USD/Click you need to make a total of at least 6,666,667 clicks which comes down to 555,555 clicks a month.
Considering the CTR you might have, you need to figure out how many visitors you need for all the clicks to actually happen.
I wonder if that many number of map searches even get done in a month.
You need a ton of traffic before you can get something that leaves it in the rearview mirror.
If not Adsense, what? I have a few Commission Junction ads and they get 1% CTR, but I have yet to see how CJ profits.
All this time and energy for what? I really think I should jump boat into a larger market, as Habtom implied.
Thanks all for the quick and useful posts.
zett: lol. F430 1:1 is the goal.
The pitch is to attract enough people looking for maps and if they don't find what they are looking for, I have affiliate ads for map companies.
I am still gaging the effectiveness of affiliate ads.
But I heard so much about Adsense and am stunned at how low earnings are from it.
My issue is that I have a new site, so Google is placing low-bid publisher ads on my site. Maybe in a few years the PPC will be higher.
I am new at this, no doubt. :)
I make beautiful wall maps are give them away for free. So my users download them for free.
Have you checked around to see how many of those maps are now available on other sites, meaning people don't need to visit your site to get them?
Creating unique content of any type isn't enough on the web, you have to constantly fight to maintain your intellectual property. Someone else may be using your maps alongside AdSense and working towards their own Ferrari.
joined:Dec 10, 2005
In this particular niche, I can only think of a couple of major Internet sites focusing on selling maps, which leads me to believe that there may not be a lot of money in this particular niche. Given the wide availability of Internet-based maps (MapQuest, Expedia, Google Maps, etc.) and the proliferation of GPS devices, my guess is that buying maps in a niche that is on the decline.
That's just my opinion, and I can certainly be wrong. But I know I haven't bought a map in 3+ years, and that was for a Thomas Guide covering 2 counties, and I have used it all of 2 or 3 times since then.
joined:Jan 27, 2003
So are ppl saying you CAN'T get rich with niche sites?
Simple logic: you're a niche site, so you need niche advertisers.
Also, the site is 1 month old, so getting more pagerank will likely kick Adsense into putting high-priced ads on the site.
getting more pagerank will likely kick Adsense into putting high-priced ads on the site
the price of the ad put on your site is not related to your page rank.
Google will put the best ad on your site it can find.
I would suggest that when you look in adwords and see the price is $3 - 5 or more, its because as an adwords publisher you are not meeting their quality guidelines and/or don't have enough history to bring your prices down.
The larger companies you are actually seeing advertise on your site have been in the game awhile and have their ad price all the way down.
I always feel sorry (well, until I see my daily total ;)) for a new advertiser on my site who doesn't know the game well yet and who has tripled or more my ECPM :(
I feel doubly sorry for the ones who keep it up for awhile, apparently unaware that their competition is paying much, much less.
I had one once who was using a stats program that published their traffic publically (ouch!), so I was rudely watching the trafic surges she was getting when she had a campaign active with adwords.
Eventually, she closed the site.
I felt so sorry for her, but thats what happens to amateurs :(
If maps are your passion,do not give up yet. There may be other map sites out there making money Adsense which are authored by webmasters who have no passion for the subject, if you persist you will win out in the long run, your interest in the subject will pay off. But it may well take a year or so.
Without diluting your passion for maps, look to diversify. To me (ignorant I am of maps), a map is a map. But to others there must be hundreds of different aspects to the subject. Admittedly from a totally map-ignorant perspective, but are there not associated areas you can write about to get you through the initial low income stage?
Antique maps, comparison of various map producing companies, the inks used, the paper used, the printing processes, the history of maps, their use in the middle ages to discover the New World (Columbus etc), the satelite technology used in Google Maps and the like, etc etc.
Absolutely, don't give up, it's your passion and that will definitely pay off in the long term. Follow your instincts. You will never become a billionaire that way but over time you will earn a very good, honest living doing something you enjoy.
Patience and perseverance are important for turning an idea into something real on the web.
Time will tell. :)
[edited by: MikeNoLastName at 1:48 am (utc) on April 1, 2008]
And the maps I provide can not be found free as I normally charge 300-800 USD to make them per order