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Get your Adsense earnings reported in your own currency

June 15th, 2009

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I just logged into Adsense to see that I was able to update my adsense reporting to my own currency (GBP). I thought at first I might not like it (the figure would be lower than USD) but after a while I just took the plunge… and… ITS ACE!

Seriously it’s very cool, its so much easier to figure out how much you are actually earning when things are in your own currency. I for one thought I earnt more but I didnt. For example today I had earnt about $16 at the time of my switch. It now reports £10 which isn’t too bad, it just seems… a lot… lower.

Still I am happy about it.
A good thing too is that my adsense checker (I need to release this, sorry about the delay) will automatically pick up your own currency and display your earnings in whatever your preference is set to! Win.

In other news I joined twitter, follow me.

Oh and wordpress 2.8 is out… I shall upgrade shortly.

Chris About me, Adsense

Exploring the earning power of a niche site

May 15th, 2009

So I have been talking a lot about creating niche sites recently, and how to use them to earn money online.  Well I was checking my Adsense stats today and came across something that so beautifully illustrated how choosing the right niche can really help you land on your feet.

The image below is a partial screenshot of my Adsense earnings yesterday (for just two of my sites) . Site 1 gets a lot of hits and clicks, but doesn’t earn that much as it is in a low paying niche, Site 2 is a site that I haven’t promoted much and so only gets 50 hits a day and 3 clicks a day, but earnt $3.50 which is a massive difference to Site 1!

Earnings 14/May/2009

If Site 2 had as much traffic as Site 1 then I would be laughing all the way to the bank, sadly it doesn’t and probably never will.  But the point still holds true, choosing a well paying niche is paramount to your earning success!

Chris Adsense, Adsense Challenge, Make money online, Uncategorized

Tutorial: Using AdsBlacklist to increase your Adsense eCPM

May 14th, 2009

A few weeks ago I ran a little test to see if using Adsblacklist can actually increase your earnings, and it does work!  One or two of you have contacted me saying you are unsure how to actually use this website, so I thought I would create a quick tutorial on how you actually use it.

If you haven’t already signed up to Adsblacklist do the following:

  1. Firstly goto Adsblacklist and register an account.
  2. Once you have registered click on My Account.
  3. Now click Add New Domain and add your domains

If you have already signed up and added your domains then you need to generate a list of poor quality sites:

  1. Goto Generate Filter List
  2. Drag and select the domains you display Adsense on to the box on the right
  3. Select MFA (Made for Adsense) and LCPC (Low Cost Per Click)
  4. Click generate!

Now we have a list of sites that notoriously pay low for Adsense clicks we now need to add this to

  1. Goto your Adsense account
  2. Click Adsense Setup then Competetive ad filter
  3. Paste the list generated from AdsBlacklist into this page and then Save

Now over the next day or so the advertised sites will be blocked from showing on your site and hopefully you will see an increase in earnings.  Please let me know if anyone uses this and sees an improvement!

Chris Adsense, Make money online, Tutorial

Quick Update

May 7th, 2009

Hey everyone. First up apologies for the lack of updates recently. I have been mega busy working, so blogging has taken a back seat. A nice saying I once heard was that “the people who make money don’t blog; because they are too busy making money” and I believe that to be mostly true, with a few exceptions of course.

I have my Adsense notifier app almost complete and it’s looking pretty darn good! I’m just adding some final touches to it. It will hopefully be complete within a week.

I now also have my adsense challenge site indexed in google with a good few articles, I will be looking to write some more this weekend.

My most exciting news related to a new SEO technique I have implemented. It’s a very special PHP class the essentially modified your site on the fly to rank your site better. I’ll post results in a few weeks.

Stay posted for a proper post soon!

Chris About me, Adsense, Resources

Adsense blacklist does work!

May 5th, 2009

So it has been exactly a week since I questioned whether adsense blacklist works or not and I now have the results!

A week ago I posted my eCPM for a particular site as $2.01 for its previous week.  As of today the last 7 days (since using adsense blacklist) has increased to  $2.29 for that site.  For those of you not good with maths that’s about a 15% increase, which is good by anyone’s standards!

What I never did, and should have, was to test it also across all my sites as the competetive ad filter works across all your sites indiscriminantly.  I did notice that all my sites did appear to earn a little more too.

So all in all a good test, and a good thing to do, I encourage other peope to test if it works for them and let me know how they get on!

In closing, I think it may well be worth while updating this list quite often (say once a month??) as new MFA sites come up quite often so you want your list to be up to date.

Chris Adsense, Make money online

Getting Approved by Adsense without waiting 6 months

May 1st, 2009

I was speaking to a colleague earlier about the adsense challenge.  He is going to do it alongside me following my steps but he currently knows very little about the web and Adsense etc.  This makes him a perfect candidate to follow my steps to see just how well a complete beginner can do simply by following my challenge!

He was doing a touch of research online into Adsense and came across a few blog posts that stated the Big G wasn’t accepting new Adsense publishers from people with brand new sites, in fact the general consensus is that it takes close to 6 months before you will be accepted.  In an attempt to qualify these rumours I went researched and found corroborating evidence, and this blog post, which had a few tips on how to get your site accepted quickly.

I think some of his points have merit, but some aren’t very good, so I thought I would post my own list using his as a basis but cutting out the rubbish.  So here is my guide on how to get accepted quickly into Adsense.

The real way to get accepted quickly is to have a quality site

Lets break this down into what constitutes a “quality” site, and remember that all new Adsense applications will be vetted by a human being, so we are really trying to appeal to the person reviewing your application.

There are three main factors that contribute to a quality site.

  1. Quality content
    Quality content is possibly the biggest factor in any websites success.  The Adsense team want quality publishers, and to get accepted quickly, you need to be one.  What this means is that you cannot use stolen content (a big no anyway) and it can’t be flaky.  If you are unsure if your content is of a high enough quality question what you would think if you found your own site and read it.  Try get a spouse or friend to give an objective opinion.
  2. Quantity of content
    As well as having quality content, you want a fair amount of it too.  A website with 3 pages just won’t cut the mustard.  You want 15-20 pages of quality content before even thinking about applying.
  3. Aesthetics.
    As a person will be reviewing your site it will pay to have it look aesthetically pleasing.  If the reviewer likes your site they are more likely to accept you.  It doesn’t have to be a design masterpiece, just not gary.  Get a nice template online or create one yourself, just make sure it looks good (you can always change it later)

Some say traffic matters when applying, I’m not sure on this one as Google has no way of knowing your exact traffic details… I mean you may get all your traffic from Yahoo? Other search engines do exist!  One thing that might help is having your site indexed before applying, in fact I would suggest getting your site indexed be one of the first things you try and do once you have a small amount of content.

Getting indexed is easy, just get a couple of links back to your site and within a week or so the big G will come and visit your site.  The more links you have and the better quality of link you get, the faster and more thorough the indexing will be.  But this is a matter for another post.

Chris Adsense, Google

Adsblacklist and adsense competitive ad filter, does it work?

April 27th, 2009

If you are familiar with adsense at all you have probably heard of Adsblacklist.  The site is based around the competitive ad filter in adsense.  The competitive ad filter was designed to let you block competitors from advertising on your site, but it also allows you to block any other site you want to.  Quite a lot of low cost clicks can be put down to MFA (made for adsense), or similar, sites.  These sites bid on any keyword they can at the lowest price possible and will then attempt to redirect the user through more ads on their site to earn more money.  This is called arbitrage and goes something like this:

  1. Spammer pays $0.04 for your visitor and directs them to a landing page
  2. Spammer throws up loads of cancer ads to visitor paying out at $20 per click
  3. Spammer has a 10% CTR rate on his landing page
  4. Spammer earns $20 per 10 visitors (or $0.40)

The theory goes that if you block these bad sites your earnings will increase. So this week I am trialling this to see if it does work.  The eCPM for one of my sites is currently sat at $2.01 for the past week.  We shall review this in a week’s time to see if it has made any improvement.

Chris Adsense

Good news and bad news

April 17th, 2009

The good news is I have chosen my niche and bought a domain for the adsense challenge but the bad news is that my hosting company have not renewed the cPanel licence on my hosting account.  What this means is that I cannot do any modifications to my account, such as setting up new domains or SQL databases.  This sucks because not only do I pay them quite well, but it has been down for a week and I have heard no response from them.  If I do not hear from them soon I guess I will have to think about alternative hosting solutions which I don’t want to do because moving hosting is always a pain, especially when you have a lot of sites.  My current hosting provider has also been pretty good to me so far so it’s a shame this has happened.

As soon as I get my cPanel back I can get my site up then release the new post in the adsense challenge series about how to pick your niche, keywords and the domain name! Until then wish me luck!

Chris Adsense, Adsense Challenge, Web Hosting

Adsense Challenge – Join me!

April 15th, 2009

A few days ago I wrote about my upcoming adsense challenge where I plan on creating and profiting off a niche site, using adsense, within just 3 months.  I think this would be a far more interesting challenge if some of my readers got involved too.  If you participate then not only will you benefit from any advice I have, but it will also help prove to others how anyone can do it! I want this to be a two way street!

What I would like to prove with this challenge is that neither skill, IQ, technique nor ability is a prohibiting factor in making money is simply effort.  Obviously having higher skill / IQ will help you achieve this faster, but without effort and motivation they are worthless.

With having a few of us do it, it should make for a more complete test as there will be more variables, more information, and more brains working!

Dont put it off!
If you are reading this then you are probably in one of the following camps…

  1. I’m going to do this with you!
  2. I want to do this, but not yet!
  3. I want to do this, but will procrastinate and probably never do it.
  4. I don’t need to do this I’m just wondering what the fuss is all about

If you are in camp 1 then great! Leave a comment and lets get this started! If you are in camp 2 or 3 then my question to you is… why wait? If you wait too long you may feel like you have missed the boat, or you will just never get round to doing anything.  One thing I have learnt in this business is that you will never make any money if you put things off. Do it now, make time for it, half an hour a day is enough, just do it! And finally, if you are in camp 4 then hello and I hope you enjoy the ride :)

Quick update to finish: I have chosen my niche and bought a domain name, I shall put together a post soon on how I chose it and what I plan on doing next.

Chris Adsense, Adsense Challenge

What is Adsense?

April 14th, 2009

After speaking with some of my readers I realised I had jumped the gun on what Adsense actually was.  I often found myself explaining it to family and friends as they simply don’t know.  So if you are a hardened internet guru then feel free to skip this post, but if you want to know more then read on!

How do I get Adsense onto my site?
Adsense, put simply, is a contextual advertising service from Google.  It is Google’s cash cow that generates most of it’s $21,800,000,000 a year [thats $691.27 a second]!  Here is how it works:

  1. You register with Google adsense
  2. You goto Adsense Setup, and create an advert block – this is where adverts will be placed
  3. You copy the Javascript code provided and place onto your site where you want the ads to appear
  4. Google will then attempt to show text or image ads based on the topic of the page
  5. You will earn money everytime someone clicks an advert, although you can earn small amounts if someone just loads your page

How do I make money using Adsense?
Once Adsense is on your site you now need visitors so that you can make some money.  Essentially what happens is a visitor goes to your site, and if they find the ad displayed interesting and click it you will make some money.  The money you make is dependent on a lot of things, but essentially it comes down to how much competition there is for advertisers.  The more competition an advert has the more it will cost the advertiser to be there, and the more money you will make.  Top paying niches tend to be medical / law related, but there are a lot of varying niches with good payouts.  The trick is finding ones that not many people know about :)

Checking your Adsense performance / reporting
When you log into your Adsense account you can view reports and see the performance of your ads.  You can see page impressions / views.  Click through rate (CTR) which is the percentage of clicks to view ratio. eCPM which is the estimated cost per thousand impressions, this is essentially what you earn, on average, per 1,000 impressions.  And of course you get the total figure you earnt.

The reports can be broken down into channels.  You can assign any number of adverts to be part of a channel, for example if you have a block of ads at the top of your site you could label these “site_top” and you could see a breakdown of how well these perform separately to the rest of your site.  This is very useful when trying to optimise your site.

How do I increase my earnings on my site?
I will go into adsense optimisation in greater detail at a later date as there is far too much to cover here, but essentially there are a few things you need to look at to improve your earnings on an established site.

  1. Improve click through rate (CTR) – the more clicks you get, the more you will get paid
  2. Improve eCPM – this will go up if your CTR increases
  3. Use adsense link units
  4. Test, test and test some more!

The list there is very breif and a lot of factors can affect this, for example having one ad block on your site may increase your revenue.  But this is a topic for another post.

I hope this helps some people, and if I have missed something out or if anyone has questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will try help out as best I can.

Chris Adsense