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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Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 10

ExperimentHi all…

Thought I’d put up an update on Day 10 of my latest experiment. It’s been interesting.

I dropped one of the two ad campaigns and decided to just keep the ad campaign for my affiliate site. And I have to say (and I know this won’t shock all the experienced ad words folks out there) that impressions and even clicks don’t necessarily mean sales.

Ad-words Campaigns Day 10

So for my active campaign, over the last 10 days, I’ve had 122,601 impressions and 60 clicks for a click through rate of 0.05%. And between the active and inactive campaigns, I’ve spent $16 of my $50 budget allotment for the month.

Out of my 60 clicks, I’ve had zero conversions to sales.

Considering that I’m doing this pretty much blindly at this point, the fact that I have impressions and clicks is a good start. But I’m bummed that I haven’t had ANY sales come out of my $16.00.

We’ll see if another 10 days makes things any better.

Any words of wisdom from my readers would be great! 🙂

Thanks in advance… Talk to you in another few days.

–Fitz

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Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 1

Hi all!

It’s been a while, I know… I’m trying a new experiment. This time I’m actually paying for ad placement at Google. This is something I’ve read about over the last couple of years, but never thought I’d actually try.

However… I decided I’d take the plunge and see how this works. I created a couple of ads. One for my main blog and one for an affiliate blog I’ve been running for a while.

Over night last night with my main blog, I received three clicks for about 3000 impressions. And today with my other blog ad I received 1 click for 610 impressions, but it’s slightly more targeted than the first one.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll check in occasionally over the next week or so to let you know.

How are you guys doing with placing Google ads? Any luck?

–FItz

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The 10-Day Cash Secret Doesn’t Work For Me…

Experiment FailedHi all…

I’m officially calling it quits with the 10-Day Cash Secret program. I’ve let it run now for nearly a month. It’s earned $0.00 for me. And it cost me $99.00. This means my net is -$99.00.

So I’ll be sending Neil a nice e-mail requesting a refund. I am in the 30 day window. I’ve given it a solid shot with three separate sites. And have received nada.

Has anybody (except Neil) made any money off this thing?

–Fitz

Experiment Follow Up #4 – Neil Shearing 10 Day Cash Secret

Experiment FailedHey all…

I think I have to call this a failure officially now…

Here are some stats for you…

Blog #1… Started March 8th (16 days ago). Total hits – roughly 245 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 8 visits a day with 17 page views. 38 clickthroughs to my affiliate from the blog.

Blog #2… Started March 9 (15 days ago). Total hits – roughly 31 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 2 visits a day with 4 page views. 9 clickthroughs to my affiliate from the blog.

Blog #3… Started March 10 (14 days ago). Total hits – roughly 257 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 8 visits a day with 17 page loads. 10 clickthroughs to the affiliate.

Money earned – $0. Money spent on the 10 Day Cash Secret program – $99.

Doesn’t seem like money well spent to me. What about you?

I think I’m going to let this run up to the first week of April and then request a refund (would be within the 30 days) from Neil if it continues to go this route.

Hope somebody else is having better luck.

–Fitz

Experiment Follow up #3 – Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret

ExperimentHi all…

A quick update on this St. Pat’s day for my experiment regarding Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret…

(Note that I’m currently out of town on a business trip, so this isn’t going to be as detailed as my last couple of posts… sorry. I hope to detail things quite a bit once I get back home next week.)

It’s been 10 days since I created my first site using Neil Shearing’s feed tool. Since then it has been indexed and I am getting hits, but have had no sales.

It’s only been 9 days since my second blog was created and 8 days since the third was created, and both of those have also been indexed and are getting hits, but have had no clicks converted to sales.

I have three very different niches — stuffed animals, wines, and college basketball/football merchandise for various teams in the NCAA. The one that has garnered the most interest is the last one, with March Madness making people start foaming at the mouth in certain parts of the U.S. (I too have this disease, which is what made me think of it as a good niche.)

So though I’m hopeful that people will start purchasing via my three blog tests, it’s not looking great. Shearing offers a 30 day guarantee, so I’m going to watch my time carefully and see if anything comes of this experiment. Hopeful but wary I guess would be the best way to describe my current view of these blogs.

That said, since I’m away from home for a while I’m going to let things go until next Monday and then see where they’re at.

Has anyone else had any luck using Neil’s system? I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Thanks

–Fitz

Experiment testing out Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret…

Hi all…

I’ve purchased Neil & Linda Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret program to see how it works. Relatively low price and simple process sucked me in, so that’s one plus for the program so far.

Neil & Linda Shearing's 10 Day Cash Secret

Using the steps and tools from the program, I’ve created a blog using an affiliate feed and the 10 Day WordPress plug-in, so we’ll see how it goes. I set it up yesterday, March 7. So we’ll see if I’ve made any money by March 17th (St. Pat’s day, which should be lucky for me being Irish!).

Has anyone else tried out Shearing’s process? I ran into a few glitches here and there, but got it working with some work and help from Shearing’s support site. So I’ll be curious to see how this works out.

The process is simple enough that you can set up a number of blogs pretty quickly, which would then start steamrolling your profits hopefully.

So we’ll see how this goes. I’m curious as to results anyone else has seen with these tools and this process. Let me know and we can compare notes!

–Fitz

Pretty Girls Experiment Results…

Hi all…

Experiment FailedSo I did the pretty girls experiment… I had some in my last post here and here.

What did it prove? Not much actually…

EntreCard, even though I didn’t drop any cards yesterday, still provided the majority of my pageviews, and the Jessica Alba photos didn’t get any hits. Marion Cotillard however is continuing to generate a lot of search engine traffic for me, which is hilarious.

Where does that leave me?

Continue reading “Pretty Girls Experiment Results…”

Does Pictures of Pretty Girls = More Traffic?

Hey all…

I decided I would perform a bit of a test today… On my other site, I’ve posted an article about Mike Myers and Jessica Alba’s new film called Love Guru which comes out in June. Near the top of the article, I have a picture of Jessica Alba. This is to test the prevailing theory that if you have pictures of pretty girls you’ll get more traffic.

This is the picture…

Jessica Alba

Funny enough, I had a picture of Marion Cotillard (who won an Oscar recently) in one of my other postings and it continues to get search engine traffic day after day, so we’ll see if it holds true in this case also.

(Here’s the picture of Marion Cotillard…)
Marion Cotillard

I’ve decided NOT to drop any Entrecards to see what the result is. I’ll post the results later in the week.

–Fitz