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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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

10 Day Cash Secret With No Cash = Experiment Failure?

Experiment FailedHey there…

So it appears I’m getting some hits a day on two of my three sites that are using Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret plug-in for WordPress. And occasionally I’m getting click throughs to my affiliate links.

None of this has translated to a single sale however.

This is now day 13 for blog 1, day 12 for blog 2, and day 10 for blog 3 I believe. So using Neil’s formula and plan, I would expect to see some sales (even just one) from one of these three niches. I don’t believe I’ve picked bad niches. And I understand that not all niches make money. But one of these three diverse areas should have generated one sale you’d think if Shearing’s pattern worked and was reproducible on a regular basis.

That doesn’t appear to be the case. I’m going to let these blogs continue to run until next Monday to see if they need more time to sink in, but I’m doubtful at this point that it will pay off.

Seems I will most likely be requesting a refund within 30 days if this doesn’t pan out, which is a bummer, but it happens. And this may just be one of those cases where “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”. There are no get rich schemes that work. (Except winning the lottery, and I’ve not had any luck with that.)

So at this point I’m probably going to end up declaring this experiment a failure.

Has anyone actually made any money using this process? (Besides Neil?)

–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

Hiding RSS Feed Count Experiment Results…

Hi all…

Experiment Failed Well, when I tried this experiment to hide the RSS feed count on my other major blog, I got a boost of 2 or 3 readers according to FeedBurner.

I now have 9 readers for my Lair of the Green Knight  RSS feed, which is more than I’ve had in the past (I tend to hover around 7).

So was this particular experiment a success? Not really. I’m going to leave the count hidden for now, as I don’t think it’ll hurt anything. More than anything else I think having the big RSS feed button in the top right of the blog makes it easier to subscribe than having to hunt for the link further down the blog.

There you have it. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

–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?

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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

Is EntreCard Really Worth It??

Hi all…

For the last few weeks, I’ve been attempting to do the EntreCard dance every day… Dropping at least 100 cards, sometimes more than 200 if time allowed, and my traffic has grown considerably. I’m getting about as much traffic as cards I drop in a day. It’s averaging about 100 pageviews a day at any rate.

EntreCard

That said, the process of dropping every day is very time consuming. Yes, I’ve come across some great blogs and sites in that time of dropping all these EntreCard cards, but still… Is it quality traffic or just people flying by to drop cards on my site to get their own stats up?

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EntreCard and Driving Traffic

Hi all…

EntreCard

I’ve been trying out EntreCard for the last few days on my other site — Lair of the Green Knight — and I have to admit that my traffic has increased. And I’ve had a few additional comments from some of those who have stopped by. The comments were via the EntreCard site, but it’s still something…

Izea Ranks - chart for Lair of the Green Knight over last 7 days

You can see the rise in my RealRank over the last 7 days because my visitors and page views have risen as a result of spending some time with EntreCard. We’ll see if the trend continues, but if nothing else it’s expanding my community of bloggers. I’ve talked to a number of folks via e-mail for blogs that I probably wouldn’t have found except through EntreCard.

So we’ll take the good with the bad for now. It certainly can’t hurt.

How have other folks done with the EntreCard system? Has it helped or hurt? Let me know!

–Fitz