Wednesday, April 23, 2008

But what is the secret to doing Google Adsense

by Mary Evans



But what is the secret to doing that?

I believe that slow and steady wins the race--and, you'll get to keep your Adsense account for the long run. Let me give you some perspective. Google is worth $120 billion. Google stock is now valued at over $400 per share. A good portion of their profit comes from pay-per-click advertising (Adwords). Yet, online advertising is still a relatively small percentage of total (U.S.) advertising dollars spent. However, things are rapidly changing. Online advertising will see steady growth for many years to come.

The potential windfall for online web publishers is enormous. A web publisher making $30 a month today, could be making $300-$500 per day in a few short years. Those who go for the quick, unethical profits now, but lose their Adsense accounts because of it, may be kicking themselves in the future. To me, it's just not worth it.

Anyway, for those of you who think that you'll never make it to that coveted $100 per month mark so that you can join the Google monthly check club, take heart. There's still plenty of time for you to get there. However, you must get serious. You won't make the big money if you're treating your websites like a hobby.

Ok. So, here's some quick tips on what you can do to grow your Adsense profits (I'm currently making over $300 per month with Adsense by following this very strategy):

=> BUILD QUALITY CONTENT SITES

Content is King.

You will not see good CTR without quality content. Put yourself in the visitor's shoes. What's the first thing you'll want to do when you visit a crap website? Yeah, that's right. Leave. Some web publishers believe that quality content doesn't matter. That people will be less likely to click if they get good information at a site. This is not my experience. Some also believe that a crappy content site will cause visitors to click on Adsense ads. When's the last time you clicked on an ad to escape someone's site? It's too easy to hit the "back" button or close the browser.

Your job as an online web publisher is to give people quality information. The ads are an added benefit to your visitors. If they want more information on a product or service related to your subject matter, then they are more likely to click on an ad. They will trust your site more. And, yes, my sites consistently have really good CTR. That means "high interest."

=> BUILD MORE THAN ONE WEBSITE

While a few lucky web publishers have hit the golden jackpot ($10,000 a month and up) with only one site, most of them had built up a very popular site over several years and already had tons of steady traffic (in the thousands). When they put Adsense on their sites, they saw instant big money, and they continue to reap the rewards.

You and I, down here in the trenches with fairly new sites, cannot realistically expect to achieve these lofty heights overnight. It's gonna take a lot of work to get where they are, if we ever do. Even if we don't, we can still make a nice enough income to achieve our desired financial goals. So quit obsessing over what so and so is making and focus on your own web publishing business.

Now the truth is, the more quality websites you build, the more money you'll make with Adsense. This goes for blogs too. If one site drops in clicks, then another site often picks up the slack. This is my experience. And these sites don't have to be big money makers on their own, or get lots of traffic. It's a numbers game. The more sites you build, the more opportunities you'll have to reap Adsense profits. How many sites you build is up to you, but it's not uncommon for successful web publishers to have between two and 10 sites, some have many more!

Yes, this takes a lot of work. You have to research a niche topic, keywords, popularity potential, design a decent looking site, write or hire someone to write quality content, get your site listed in the search engines, keep monitoring your site, etc. So, you'll be working some long hours in front of your computer. But think of it as building your online empire--one site at a time.

I=> USE HIGHEST PERFORMING AD BLOCK

While you can test various Adsense ad block sizes and colors on your website, others have already done the research as to the top performing ad block. It's the 300x250 rectangle. This block should be blended into your web page so that it doesn't look so conspicuously like an ad. People hate ads. They don't like to be sold to. However, if your ad blocks don't scream "advertisement" to them, they're more likely to click. This has been proven.

The best positioning for ad blocks is at the top of the page (center position seems to get more clicks). Also, blue link color gets more clicks than any other link colors. But of course, you're free to experiment with ad blocks on your own site.

=> TWEAK AND UPDATE YOUR WEBSITES

No website is perfect. You can always make improvements. Change or add new (relevant) information. If your website is ranking low, try adding new information. Search engines love websites that have fresh information. You don't have to add something new every week, but you can tweak and update your sites periodically. I've had sites move into excellent search engine positions just by doing a little tweaking.

BEWARE of auto-generated feeds and content. Google is cracking down on sites that have too much automation. The search engines seem to love organic content that looks and reads like the web publisher put some personal effort into it.

=> WORK ON GETTING MORE TRAFFIC

I know. This is the 100-pound gorilla for all of us. By now you know it's not easy getting web site traffic. Whole ebook empires have been built around this very subject. All I can tell you is that there are some proven techniques, but they take work and time. One of the best ways, and the method I use consistently to get great results is writing articles like this one, and submitting them to article directories and lists. It's also a nice way to get new sites indexed relatively quickly.

You MUST keep working on getting more traffic to your websites. Traffic=Clicks=$$$

About the Author

Mary Evans is a writer and a network marketer. http://www.myspace.com/giftingactivity http://www.freewebs.com/cashgiftingsuccess

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