Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 36

Hi all…

Well, I have a few things to report on my Ad-sense Publisher Experiment…

First, as I reached the magic $50 limit for cost, I put my ad-sense campaign on “pause”.

Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 36

As you can see from the above picture, I had 287 clicks in 30 days, with 566,614 impressions, an average CPC of $0.25 and a total cost of $52.19 for that campaign.

Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 36 - Performance

And as you can see (as the “well, duh!” moment), my campaign went downhill after I put it on pause.

Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 36 traffic

My traffic has dropped off considerably.

In addition, I have had no new sales since August 9th. I wasn’t making much money before that anyway – maybe one sale every couple of weeks, but at least I was getting sales. 🙂

So I’m torn… The AdSense stuff obviously helped with traffic to my affiliate site. And it’s not really AdSense’s fault that the clicks weren’t converting to sales. So I think I may go ahead and let it run another month to see what shakes loose.

Anybody else having luck or have any good tricks for AdSense? I’m all ears!

Until next time…

–Fitz

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The Entrecard Toolbar Rocks!

Mozilla FirefoxImage via WikipediaHi all…

I’ve been using Entrecard for quite a while now. And on my main blog, I think I’ve met some great new friends and blogs via their service. But one of the things I’ve always struggled with is getting a number of “drops” per day.

Yes, there are some options…

  • You can bookmark 100s of Entrecard sites and open up multiple pages in Firefox or IE and go through them a chunk at a time.  I have about 150 blogs marked this way and was lucky to get through 50-100 a day.
  • You can use the EntreCard Browser from CreateIf. But it gets tiring hitting 100-300 blogs one at a time via this tool.
  • And now we have the Entrecard Toolbar from Entrecard itself! Yay!

Entrecard Toolbar

This cool new tool  does a number of things that I had to go through the Entrecard dashboard to do before…

  • Allows me to switch between my blogs MUCH easier
  • Allows me to [gasp] see how many drops I’ve done
  • Allows me to grab 10 Entrecard sites at a time from a number of categories, including the favorite sites I’ve marked in my Entrecard profile
  • Allows me to buy ads on sites
  • Allows me to add new favorites to my Entrecard profile…

Get the picture? This thing does everything BUT actually do the drops for you.

I’m a big fan. Thanks Entrecard guys!

You can read more about it and download it from the Entrecard blog here.

Be sure to check it out!

–Fitz

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How do you feel about “sponsors” for your blog?

:en:NASCAR drivers :en:Mike Skinner (NASCAR) (...Image via WikipediaHey all…

I recently had an interesting experience. I had someone out of the blue send me an e-mail asking if they could “sponsor” my blog. What it boiled down to was a paid link back to their website and the best income I’ve seen from any blog I’ve created so far.

(Every time I think of sponsorships… I think of NASCAR or the movie Cars from Pixar… Is that odd?)

My only qualm about the whole thing is that its topic (beauty product reviews) isn’t really something I thought of as a target ad for my blog (which is mainly entertainment reviews). That said, I reconciled it with the fact that probably 1/2 of my readers are women (just playing the odds here) and at least a portion of those probably use beauty products.

So I happily took the money, added the link, and was off to the races. The $$ from there will allow me to advertise via Project Wonderful and Google Analytics to further see what kind of revenue I can generate.

What do you guys think of sponsors? Are they a good thing? Let me know!

–Fitz

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Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 20

ExperimentHey all…

So here we are at day 20 of my Ad-sense Publisher Experiment…

And what has it gained me? Well, not a whole heck of a lot…

As of this morning, I’ve had:

  • 386,454 Impressions
  • 142 Clicks
  • 0.04% Click-thru-rate
  • $0.22 Average click cost
  • $30.89 Total cost so far
  • 3.92 Average position

Ad-words Campaigns Day 20

And of all this… I’ve had… One sale.

Yes, that’s right. After 20 days and $30, I’ve made one affiliate sale netting me $2.45. So for $30 in PPC ads, I’ve earned $2.45. Somehow I don’t think I’m doing this right or it’s a scam.

But if it was a scam, I wouldn’t be reading about people making millions of $$ on Google, would I?

Ugh. We’ll see where this goes.

–Fitz

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