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In recent months though this has died back (It fell with others in late 2007). A good day now will be $2.00+ though more often than not it's below $1.
Page impressions haven't changed too much (if anything they're growing slightly as I put more effort in improving page design and structure). I have dropped Adsense from some pages, however I've also worked to try and place Adsense blocks more prominently to try and boost CTR.
It's getting frustrating checking every day or so and seeing little improvement.
Is it worth leaving Adsense where it is and just focusing on page development or should I be considering removing it altogether (remove adsense and wait to see if the pages become big enough to warrant selling private ad spots, things like small button banners for a fixed price).
Should I be working to improve ad placement to inject life into flagging performance (as things stand I'm looking at around 5K impressions a day with a CTR of around 0.20%). Is it worth putting Adsense in more obvious places if it's only going to get a few more clicks?
I've followed the Adsense heatmap loosely, however ads tend to be based around the design rather than in key areas.
Typical stats for my two bigger groups of pages are around 2,500 impressions with a CTR of 0.20 and 1,500 impressions with a CTR of 0.10.
These aren't article based unfortunately (they tend to be image heavy with limited text) but it would help to have a slightly higher CTR (perhaps around 1%?).
These aren't article based unfortunately (they tend to be image heavy with limited text)
and that' the source of your low CTR. Your solution is either to add plenty of text content or have a HUGE amount of traffic which is the only way to monetize image pages with AdSense. First option may be easier to achieve.
Would adding Wordpress blogs help to address the text issue (semi frequent posts relating to the content on the existing pages and expanding on the images to help foster strong adverts), funnelling traffic from existing pages to it to try and increase revenue?
Another think that you can do is to find a partner, better if is a friend, to be in charge of the text part of your site. You can share your revenues with him, for example, or he/she can add some Adsense. At the end both of you will gain with the increase of traffic.